Tag Archives: Technology

Addiction: Blogging vs. Living

15 Jun

What happens to an addicted blogger decides to live without technology for a period of time? (Note I still had my phone – I just limited my time on it)

 

  • The first few hours you are having mini anxiety attacks wondering if you are going to make it and you might even log back in just to see if everything’s okay.
  • The first day you spend twitching wondering if you have any views or your followers are mad because you haven’t posted but then say “oh yeah it’s only be 24 hours they probably don’t care”.
  • The second day you are seriously questioning your decision to stay off it and think all of your followers are going to hate you, leave, never come back, unsubscribe, and shake their head thinking “another one bites the dust”.
  • The third day you wake up wanting to just check it once – that’s it, then you’ll be okay for the rest of the day you promise.
  • The fourth day you get an email from a blog on your phone that you are subscribed to and shake your head wishing you were as awesome and dedicated as they were.
  • The fifth day you swear you won’t look at your blog or even open your iphone app!! (which at that point wasn’t a problem for me because it kept crashing grrrr)
  • The next few days you find things to keep you busy like reading an actual book instead of your PC downloaded Nook or other blogs or spending some quality time outside!
  • The last few days you are sitting around thinking, wow I should totally write a blog post about this and take a picture so they can all see!!!
  • The very last day you are overflowing with things you want to blog about, don’t know what to start with, and if you weren’t going to be made fun of you’d jump up and down with glee that you’ve made it this long and will be back to blogging in no time!!!!!
  • The last few hours, you are sitting next to the computer, staring at it beating yourself up about the fact that all you want to do is LOG ON RIGHT NOW!
  • The last ten minutes, you have up until now kept yourself busy with mindless miscellaneous tasks around the house and you are seriously at your breaking point with excitement and anticipation.
  • The moment you log on – it’s like a breath of fresh air. YOU ARE BACK BABY!!
  • After you write and submit your post you click on your view stats every minute to see if your followers are going to come back or hate you forever!
Thanks for coming back 😉

Love Always,

J

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This Is What I Choose!

4 Apr

I ran across this on someone’s facebook page and read it over and over in awe of it!

This is something I need to wake up to every morning! I can’t even choose which line is my favorite, they all really apply to me. I’d have to say these past few months I have done something I have never pushed myself to do before. Just spending the time to really figure out what my problems were and how I could fix them really has made a difference in my life.

I started out realizing what was working in my life and what wasn’t. Lists overwhelm me, clutter drives me nuts, the things in my home don’t necessarily make me want to spend time there! So I’ve been slowly fixing each thing.

  • I quit making lists, if something came up that I needed to do – I did it right away so there was no reason to write it down to remember. If it was something I needed to add to my schedule – I put it on my calendar and no where else!
  • I spent a little time getting rid of things that were a waste of space and taking up room in my life and home! This took a good few weeks to tackle. I spent a little time in each space and realized that even though I went through my entire house and decluttered – I should be doing a little of that each day and I have been.
  • I’ve put a little money aside each weekend to go buy something to make my own. I’m slowly designing my home piece by piece until I feel like it’s a space that I really love. Thank goodness for thrift stores because I’ve found some awesome things at really great prices that I get to make into my own thing!

I went from someone who didn’t want to work outside of my house because I wanted to spend time with my daughter and I like to hibernate in the winter – to someone who realized that I need space to do my work and if that meant a little time away from Emma or even a spot outside of my house, I needed to do it!

I’ve set goals that aren’t unrealistic! I’m a big dreamer. I love planning my future and hoping for the best things in life but I’ve never been the kind of person to follow through with my plans. Instead I make new, even better plans than before! These past two years I have stuck to my goal, set realistic mini goals within my big goal, and stuck to it. At the rate I’m going – I’ll be achieving my big goal in no time!

So here’s to choosing! Because you can and when you do – it makes life that much better 🙂

What are choosing to do?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Give Me Some Space Please <3

29 Mar

One of the things that I’ve been trying to do these past few months is work in an area with limited space! I’ve spent months after months setting up the ironing board, pulling out tubs from storage with fabric, clearing off as much table top spaces as I can find, and attempting to make projects that take hours and finish it in a two-hour timeline so that I can pack it all up, put everything back, and make it look like I was never there. After a while that’s exhausting. It’s especially frustrating when you don’t get to finish the project but you know you’ve got to pack it up anyways.

For a few weeks now I’ve been trying to figure out a solution. I’ve been dreaming about magically making an extra bedroom appear out of thin air in this apartment!! Finally, my husband and I came up with a solution. We’d figure out how much money I could put into studio space without paying so much that I only broke even.

Problem.

Solved.

I now have a studio to make all my projects in. I never have to set up and break down an entire studio within a two-hour window! I can leave my projects half-finished, close the door, and get back to it when I can! I don’t have to worry about waking up my daughter while I’m trying to sew during nap time! I have set hours to get work done without interruptions. I am on my way to being a successful small business!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll show you the pictures of my awesome space tomorrow 🙂 because right now I’m so exhausted from moving in, my body can barely handle it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

Thoughtful Thursday: A Hard Lesson To Learn

1 Mar

If you’ve been reading the last few Thursday posts – you know that I’m trying to enhance my life, work efficiently, and grow as a business and a person. This week has really given me a hard lesson to learn!!

After following my seven steps and working hard to be productive (which I have) I have also come to my realization of what exactly is holding me back. It’s not motivation, it’s not family or friends, it’s not even really me. It’s my space. Trying to get work done in an area that isn’t exactly defined as your own is a hard thing to accomplish. Since I live in a small (but perfect size for our family) apartment it has come to my realization that there is not one spot in the house that you can’t look around and see all the chores or things that are left undone. Even without a list of things to torment me – all I have to do is open my eyes and turn around!!

My parents went out-of-town and I invaded their space. I took all the things I need/want to work on and nothing more. I am surrounded by clean open space with lots of room and table space. It’s a crafter’s dream getaway!

I can wake up, get ready, get my chores done, and escape to my area to get things done! Emma can even come up and go hog-wild and it doesn’t change a thing. You can see that all the mess – is just my work stuff. Even with that pile of paperwork I still have room to sew! I mean how hard is it to pile a couple of books and paper together to make more room instead of looking at the dirty dishes, laundry, toys on the floor, other not as important paperwork in piles, and things you can’t move out of they way because you have no where else to put them!!

The hard part is that I don’t get to keep it. As soon as they are done with their trip I will be back into my old routine of things. The other hard part is knowing that we will be moving soon and I’ll have a chance to get my own space in my own house like this – but we aren’t exactly sure when that will be right now. We know it’s soon!! But there’s not an actual date set yet.

So if you are like me and easily distracted and weighed down by all the things you haven’t done. Get away from them! Pack up your things or find a room in your house that you can create your own getaway. I can’t tell you how clear my head has been while I’ve been working and how much progress I’ve made. Here’s just a few things:

Taxes -Done

Blog Posts – Prepped & Ready to Go

Etsy Teams – Questions Answered

Ideas In Progress

Blog Updated

Topic Discussions Prepped

Meet Ups Organized

Business Blog – Contacts Made

Reviews Prepped & Ready for Approval

Pictures In Process

 

My Store – New Listings Prepared & Ready To Go Live

Inventory Accounted For

Pictures In Process

Orders Completed and Sent

 

I am so happy with how much I’ve already accomplished that my to do’s are dwindling and I’ve been adding some fun new things to them that I’ve been dying to try! Welcome to the world of success – A place away from all the things that bring you down!

 

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what helps you get things accomplished!

 

Love Always,

J

 

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