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Late Night Chats With Myself ;)

15 Nov

Even though you are reading this at some point and it’s probably Thursday for you – technically I am writing this at 11:15 pm Wednesday. So I’ll go ahead and apologize for the lack of pictures and random long sentences.

I’m sitting up after realizing that I have absolutely no clean clothes to wear to my appointment tomorrow. Little Mrs. Has It All Together from my list post yesterday, doesn’t quite have it all together 😉 Well at least not for tomorrow!

If you are a mom, you probably understand when I say that I tend to put everyone before myself. In this case, the rest of my families clothes managed to get done before mine. Silly me thinking I’d be fine with raggity t-shirts and leggings. Whoops!!

So tonight I will be sitting up listening for the dryer to stop so I can move loads in order to have an outfit that is allowed to step out in the public clean for tomorrow!

It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed up late and been the only person awake. If you have been a long time follower of my blog then you’d know that I used to do this all the time. It was the only way to get peace and quiet to myself. Emma was hardly napping for a while there and when she was, I was too!

I had gotten used to staying up later just to get some me time and I spent it sewing, crocheting, blogging, catching up on music and tv shows. It’s amazing that an hour or two of dead silence for your brain to think can really change a person! I felt so free, got so much crafting accomplished, and almost felt like a teenager all over again 🙂

My blogging might have even been better because of it! When I have time to think, writing comes so naturally. Like now. I could probably ramble on for hours because it’s like my mind has space to stretch out and breathe! That is if you like it when I ramble 😉

Staying up like this tonight is a reminder of all that. It’s also a reminder of why I quit doing it!! Sure an hour or two of freedom sounds so refreshing and exciting, but I was also dead tired the next day. I hardly woke up on time, counting down the hours to Emma’s nap time so I could nap too, and feeling like a zombie. I really don’t miss living like that. I missed out on so many fun things with Emma!! I’m not so much looking forward to that tomorrow – but at least I’ll be clothed properly.

Luckily tomorrow is a day off for me as well. Emma will be playing with Nana all day and I’ll be with my Mom in Alexandria for my appointment, her appointment, and then running a few errands. I’ll be able to not be completely all there tomorrow 😉 and if anyone understands that – it’s my Mom!!

As much as I’ll hate this tomorrow – I may just end up doing this again every once in a while. My brain needed it!

Well it’s time to change loads and catch up on shows 😉 See you all bright and early tomorrow and probably napping as soon as I get home haha!

Love Always,

J

 

 

 

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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

 

Thoughtful Thursday: How to Step Up Your Game!

16 Feb

These past few days I’ve been daydreaming about what it would be like to go full-time with my business. I have been reading articles on etsy and WordPress with tips and hints and then I came across a new website I’ve never seen before! It’s about this man who gave up his job moved across the world and started two business!

I was reading his posts about tips on creating a less stressful life and also about setting yourself up on creating your own business. If you read Freshly Pressed you may know who I am talking about! There was something so intriguing about what he had to say that I ended up reading his entire blog in one sitting!! Now I know this is far from my usual posts about cleaning organizing and crafting but it’s been something I’ve been seriously interested for a while and this might just be the right time for me to reorganize my priorities and really make an opportunity for me!

So today I’m going to do a post about stepping up your game! This might not work for everyone but these are the steps I’ll be taking for the next few weeks to see if I’m headed in the right direction.

1. Create an easy work environment 

                   This has been something I’ve been continually working on. Being a mother to a young child it’s important to have my own area that’s uncluttered and easy to pick things up and put them down without worrying about it. Also having a very small area to call my own there are some things that just can’t be left out (for example: the ironing board – there’s just no room for it). These next few weeks I’m going to finish up my area to make it the most accessible to my lifestyle and still be a great place to get work done.

2.  Get all of the daily chores done within the first hours of the day.

Since I haven’t been doing my daily lists anymore I’ve gotten in the habit if doing a few chores each day without thinking about them. Getting all of this done in the morning will leave me with plenty of time the rest of the day to do other things like concentrate on getting this business up and running!

3. Use time wisely

                  I know I’m not the only person that spends a little too much time on the computer, gets distracted by TV, or something else around the house that doesn’t necessary need that much attention! For the next few weeks I’ll be organizing my time by importance. First thing on my list is getting my inventory up and completing projects, then listing, then working on my storefront. That means working on the computer is the last thing on my list – which in the long run I think will benefit the amount of time I waste since I’ll be doing it last.

4. Keep motivation up!

                  The worst thing that happens to me when I have the time to get things done is being in a not so motivated mood. I did a post last Thursday about this called Bad Day Go Away! Keeping a positive attitude is a serious must do and for those procrastinators like me out there – tricking yourself into getting it done instead of putting it off is something that is necessary in order to boost your mood. Procrastinators may be the worst when it comes to getting things done but when they do accomplish something they get this enormous boost of self-pride so motivating yourself and getting the littlest things done will create that boost to keep you going!

5. Put yourself first

This is something that I am TERRIBLE at. The blog I was mentioning about said to learn to say No more. He said he was easily wrapped into doing things he didn’t want to do just because he had a hard time saying no and that is clearly a huge problem of mine. Instead of immediately saying yes to something – check your calendar and make sure you are giving yourself enough time to accomplish all your goals. Owning your own business isn’t easy and it’s definitely not going to happen if you let other people take your time away. Now I’m not telling you to say no to everything. You do need some down time and to have fun but don’t let someone take up your entire Sunday when you know that’s the only day of the week you have time to dive into your big projects.

6. Keep track of your progress more than your need to-dos

                  This is a great motivational booster as well as helpful when it comes to keeping track of what you have already done is like a reminder of how far you have gotten. It is important to know what you’d like to get done in order to stay on track but don’t concentrate on that as much as what you have accomplished. A long to do list only leads to stress and anxiety!

7. Take care of you

                   Getting enough sleep, eating right, and taking care of your body is one of the most important things of all. If you aren’t doing these three things there is no way you can accomplish any of the above without struggle! Keeping a set schedule of going to sleep and waking up will help your body adjust properly and be prepared for whats ahead. Even if you are in the middle of working on something it’s important to put it down and eat at an appropriate time. Food keeps the body going and if you aren’t taking care of those needs it’s going to make it hard to work efficiently.

 

These seven tips are going to be my guidelines for the next few weeks and I’ll be letting you know how they are working and if I’d change any of these! Feel free to share tips that help you get through the day and accomplish your goals.

 

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,

J

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