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Figuring out Me!

23 Mar

After going through a process of making a schedule and figuring out how to be the most productive I took a little siesta! It feels like ages since I’ve been in a routine of things even though it’s only been two weeks but a toddler can do that to you! All it took was missing a few naps and I was completely off tune 😉

So now that things are back to normal around here (someone decided naps weren’t all that bad), I’ve been picking up my old routine habits and restoring order!

One thing that I always left time for in my schedule was some research and reading time! I love reading other blogs and success stories for small businesses and something caught my attention. I read that the most successful businesses and blogs spend three years failing, learning, striving, and making it work! Another post I read said that you have to do what you love the most in order for it to be something you want to keep up with!

So I’m all set and prepared for another two years of failing, learning, striving, and making it work! I’m also working on me and finding out exactly what it is I love, what I’m good at, and what I’m not so great at. Here’s a list of pro’s and con’s that I came up with – thanks to a little help from the people I love the most 😀

Pros: Things I’m good at, enjoy, or personality traits that are positive for my blog and business

* I love making something new out of something old.

* I can visualize an entire project in minutes.

* I’m easily motivated & excited.

* I get a kick out organizing & planning things.

* I’m always up for trying something new.

* I have this overwhelming need to help.

* I like sharing & teaching others.

* I always keep an open mind – nothing is impossible!

Cons: Things that I’m not so great at and probably need to work on or just keep in mind while I’m moving forward

* I’m either indecisive or jump into things too quickly.

* I strive to be budget friendly – but often times I spend more than I’d like.

* I overwhelm myself with too many things.

* I can get easily frustrated.

* I hate cleaning up an unfinished project but I can’t leave a mess out.

* I’m easily distracted!

* I have a hard time saying No.

* I don’t always finish everything I start.

* I never leave myself enough time.

So now that I’ve got this list in front of me I feel like I can put all my pro’s in to order and make the best out of my blog & etsy store as possible. I just can’t forget about those con’s 😉

I’ll keep you posted on how this process is working out for me and how it’s helping my blog and business!

What are your pro’s and con’s?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Working Mom: Naptime = Mommy’s play time!

2 Mar

Both girls are down for a nap and P will probably be up around 2:30-3:00 and E around 4:00 so that gives me almost two hours of mommy play time 🙂 Of course my play time requires a lack of noise I still enjoy every second of it!

Today I am debating on reading a book or crocheting but since I finished Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush I have been super pumped about being extra crafty! Let me tell you if you are planning on being crafty and selling your craftiness even if it’s just for fun money or an income this book ROCKS! I had a read a review of it from a blogger that I love to follow and she raved about this book. Well she was spot on!! This book gives you all the details, do’s & dont’s, and encouragement that you need. If you have an extra couple hours I would read this! I bought it on my Nook, realized that there were worksheets and stuff you could use (which I always use and end up needed to keep me organized) so I went to Borders bought it, skimmed over what I had already read and finished it in a matter of hours. Love it and I am keeping it!! It pretty much has given me an idea of what I need to do, in what order, and key things to look into. I now have a budget, a year plan, and some serious goals.

Let’s just say I have three scarf’s done and about 27 to go!

Well I better get off here and start crocheting before my play time is over 😉

Love Always,

J

Success feels fantastic!

13 Jan

Successful once again! I really should stick to my routine everyday! I got up this morning showered, ate breakfast, and started laundry all before E woke up! Then it was breakfast time for her and an hour on the computer for me! I still have 15 minutes left but I have already finished my usual reading & research.

The trick will be staying off the computer until after dinner!! (Unless I have another post to type of course!)

Have a great day!

Love Always,

J

My life is like a rollercoaster!

15 Dec

It seriously has some major ups and downs .. but who’s life doesn’t!? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like it’s taken me until E was born to realize that I may not control the ups and downs but I can make it worthwhile. For the past year it seems like I have gone back to my roots (aka highschool / beginning of college days) where I ignore all those mean people who like to bring me down, and instead I keep track of all the amazing stuff. It’s about dang time! Right?

Instead of dwelling over all the crazy, uncontrollable, stressful things that happen, I have been making note of the things that I love the most about my life. I have successfully managed to let the bad go and bring in the good. This wasn’t an easy process and I feel like at times I am still learning it but it’s totally amazing! After lots of practice and complaining to my husband when I am hitting the down times, I have managed to keep this blog and my facebook almost completely positive! I have been tracking all the things that have made me laugh, and remember to make the effort to go out of my way to make hot chocolate on a cold dreary day! Who doesn’t love that!?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to make my life a living happy bubble but come on! Doesn’t it feel good to feel good! Especially in this cold yucky season?

The main steps that I have been teaching myself to take is to recognize when I am in that nasty, horrible, no good mood. I find out what is really bugging me and then decide to just “let it go”. Because honestly, it doesn’t matter what you do. If you are negative about something, it’s only going to come out with more ugly negative news. I kept track of the things that are mood-lifters to me. Like hot chocolate, some good music, doing something productive (even if it means that the cleaning is not going to get done!), or just doing something you love like reading maybe!?

Then after the mood lift happens and your back in your “happy place” do something FUN! For me it’s obviously crafting, and when your negative nancy, let me just tell you.. your crafts come out dreadful! Sometimes it takes all day to get back out of my funk, and some days it just takes a few seconds but lately it has seemed to work out wonderfully!

Then after your relaxing from your uplifting mood, write it down! Remember it, take a picture, change your facebook status! Whatever it takes so that when you go back to look at all the things you have done the past couple of days, your realize that your life totally rocks!

Maybe it will work for you? Maybe it wont. You might be surprised…

Love Always,

J

My Happy Place:

It’s all Uphill from here ..

7 Nov

Do you ever get that feeling like no matter how hard you try it’s just not working today. Although I have spent a majority of the day lounging with B then went to the movies to see Due Date with B, JO, and SO (which was totally awesome despite its horrible reviews) it seems like whatever I say today is just not good enough. I am doubting my blog, doubting my craft abilities, doubting my cooking skills, doubting my priorities.. this list could go on.

I know that these days come and go that everyone gets them but how do you get out of the slump of failure when it’s all around you? I haven’t been very crafty lately. Instead I have been seriously clean! This kitchen and living room haven’t looked this clean since we moved in (besides the crazy amount of toys E has thrown across the floor). I spent a half a day yesterday organizing the storage hoping to make that into my craft area and I should be super proud of how far I have gotten but all it did was added to my list of things I want to get done and none of them involve actually completing a craft .. sad. Crocheting is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I am almost done with a complete arm but I took a break from it because I felt like I was just messing up every time. I am in the process of reading Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner and it’s been a slow start compared to the last book I read so it’s been a little hard to be dedicated to it. Lets just hope it goes “uphill” from here. Haha okay I had to throw in a quote from Due Date because it’s just THAT GOOD!

So basically I need a pick me up. A project/craft/book/SOMETHING that just gets me back on track with blogging, life, and crossing my fingers that I make something that’s actually worth some value.

That’s today for me.

Hope today is better for you!

Love Always,

J

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