Tag Archives: Time

These Girls!

9 Mar

Everyone likes to ask me how Emma adjusted to Payton. At first it takes me a minute to respond because I have to go back and remember what it was like before they were inseparable!

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When Payton was first born, Emma didn’t really respond to her at all. It’s almost like she had tunnel vision and didn’t even notice her in my arms. She has always been an independent player, and when I got home with Payton, she just kept playing!

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I’m sure she noticed when I would tell her to hold on, let me get Payton set and then I’ll help you, but she never got upset about it. I think I do remember a time or two where she seemed frustrated and I thought it might be from sharing my time but she had also just started Kindergarten DAYS after I came home with Payton.

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She would be gone all day and come home in the afternoon. Payton would sleep and we’d get some time together, then dinner, then quiet time, then bed time. It was all still the same routine. It wasn’t until Payton started to smile and laugh that Emma got interested in her. I think the day she made Payton laugh she fell in love.

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Now they spend most of their time side by side. Payton loves to hand Emma blocks and Emma loves to build castles, then Payton likes to know them down. Emma reads to her and share her colored pencils. Payton loves to chase her around the room and dance with her. Seeing them together all the time really makes it hard to remember what it was like before this.

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It’s Time to Change Your Life

11 Aug

If you resonated with the title of this blog post you’ve probably been struggling with who you are. You’ve been fighting with yourself and maybe others to find that balance with who they want you to be and who you want to be. This is something that weighs on my heart specifically because I go through this all the time!

Make The Change

It’s time to make a change, and trust me, it is well worth your TIME investing in this because it’s most likely way overdue. Living your life for what other people, or in this case we’ll say the world, wants you to be can kill you. You might not literally die but everything inside of you will. Each of us has something unique, something amazing, something that is only us inside and each time we do something just to please the world we take that piece of us and step on it like it’s a bug not worth being alive.

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You might not realize you are killing your soul, but I bet you can feel that weight that it puts on your heart and your shoulders. It’s that feeling of doubt when you do what you love, that it won’t be good enough, or that it’s not the “right” thing to do. It’s that feeling of emptiness when you can’t seem to find the joy you once had.

It’s time to make a change. This isn’t going to be easy. This isn’t going to be fun. The outcome will be worth more than all the struggle it takes to get there and once you do get there, getting back there is much easier.

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Here are a few steps I suggest you take in changing your life. There are only four to get you started but they are enough to make an impact:

Stop comparing yourself to others.

The absolute worst thing we can do is listen to our inner self that’s saying we aren’t good enough or there’s someone who is better at this than I am. Chances are you are right, If you are just now doing what you love – you have not mastered it! It is going to take time, dedication, hard work, and a little elbow grease to become what your inner self deems good enough. So stop looking outward for success, look inward.

Start paying attention to what you do on a daily basis.

What is it that you are doing every day that is crushing your soul? What is it that you do every day that shows signs of bringing you joy? Why aren’t you doing that more? What’s stopping you from doing joyful things? How can you create a positive space for this joy to grow? Ask questions, dig deep, and really think about what brings you joy. Do you need to know the answers to these questions right away? No. But it’s time to start asking them. Get your brain wired to think about your actions before you do them!

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Find positive motivators and inspirations in your life.

If you aren’t motivated to change it’s not going to happen. Even though you are miserable there is a comfort in knowing the outcome of your task even if it’s a failure. Find things that create a spark in you to change that comfort into drive for something new. Listen to that podcast that tells you it’s okay to fail – get back up and try again! Look at those pinterest boards full of positive motivational quotes, or turn on some happy music. It’s time to think positive.

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Work on what you love.

Work on you. Don’t give up on this process. Don’t give into those negative comments that are happening in your head. There is so much to look forward to in this life and there isn’t enough time to let it waste. Change your life now. Reign that positive energy and motivation into what brings you joy. Spending time focusing on your craft that brings you joy, will change your life in a larger way than you could ever imagine.

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There is so much more to changing your life but I hope this little glimpse of how it can be done inspires you to move forward and change your outcome because I don’t wish those guilty, heavy, and painful feelings on even my worst of enemies. Who’s with me on making a change? Let’s all be better versions of ourselves.

Thank you google images for the wonderful pictures above.

Are You Taking Care Of You?

29 Jan

I can just hear my mom’s voice in my head. “You can’t take care of everyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself.” She’s a genius.

So need to start doing this more often. It is definitely a MUST! Tired of letting myself be a pushover.

When your life is full of a list of things to do for everyone else, you tend to forget what you need. Last year I realized I was balancing too much and if I kept going at the rate I was, I was going to break. As much as that would hurt me, I was more worried about my family. Two little girls are dependent on me, and my husband – although he could do it on his own, he deserves someone who is there.

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This year I made some major changes in my life. I hired help to get me through the work and dedicated that time back to my family. We are spending more time together and focusing on what’s really important in our lives. Each other.

This is not an easy thing to do so I gathered up some things to help you remind yourself how to get back to what’s really important in your life.

1. Find a schedule that works for you, not against you.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

3. Learn to say no graciously. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s fine to have a role model to look up to, but don’t beat yourself up trying to be them.

5. Worrying only takes up precious time. We can’t control everything, and we shouldn’t.

6. Enjoy the small moments and victories.

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After all, these moments won’t last forever!

What do you do to refocus and take care of you?

The little things in life

21 Dec

Today was a day of doing anything and everything NOT on my list to do!! Haha. This morning I woke up planning on wrapping the last of my presents (what I thought was the last of my presents). All my orders had come in and I was ecstatic that I was done .. but little did I  know I was wrong! B had a gift that came out today so to Target I went! Then my mother-in-law called to see if she could drop off some stuff for E at the house and we ended up meeting for lunch! That turned out to be an awesome  surprise. I always love spending time with her. She is the kind of person that you always have something interesting to talk about and it’s always a good time! Time flies by when I spend it with her and always end up wishing we had more time then we did!! After we came back from lunch E and I were completely exhausted. She napped and I watched a little TV then got some serious motivation at of nowhere.

Instead of wrapping, I rearranged AGAIN! It’s a habit I just can’t seem to get rid of..

I moved the loveseat around and made the living room more of a little nook and finally managed to put in a little table!! YAYYY! I have wanted a table in here for quite some time for multiple reasons. Eating and watching TV without having to eat food out of my lap on the couch and crafts!!! Hooorayyyy! I have had this little table and chairs since college. My Great Aunt moved out of her house and into an apartment style place and was giving away a whole bunch of furniture and that’s one of the things I snatched. I decided to recover it with some awesome fabric I found on sale at JoAnn‘s because it has been in the family for quite some time and needed some TLC. I think I am going to recover the (bright yellow) cushions eventually but I actually love them! They just don’t really go with the rest of our house.

It’s funny how the little things in life excite me the most.

Well it’s time for a drink, E teething is wearing me out!!!

Love Always,

J

Just a fair warning

9 Dec

This weekend I will be out-of-town .. with limited internet and picture-taking possibilities!! So my blog may take second place just for the weekend! Okay okay, maybe for the next month too. I am really trying to make this stay at home mom thing work in my favor so B and I are giving me 57 days + 4 hours a day = 228 hours to make it work! This is going to be my time to shine or my time to realize I need a part-time job and I have decided that even if I do end up getting a part-time job, I am going to be spending the rest of the year making magic happen so this time next year my etsy shop will be loaded with fun things!! I’m not sure how other people have managed to make a million things for their etsy shop and keep them on hand for purchasing but I think I am going to have to bust out some serious crocheting time to make it work. This is going to be do or die! The other thing I am curious about is I realize that selling stuff on etsy isn’t a bi-weekly income. It’s a kind of you get paid when you get paid deal but if you make enough stuff does it end up working out that someone will at least buy SOMETHING you make so you can almost count on it? I am guessing no but hoping someone will say yes.

Enough talking! I have got to get to work!

Love Always,

J

Lessons Learned

28 Oct

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I was reading a blog today about time management and goals. Basically they stated that if your goals are that important to you then managing your time shouldn’t be that hard. This made me think about my daily routine and my goals and it made perfect sense. I don’t enjoy doing my daily chores because well lets see, I do them every day often multiple times a day (pick up toys, laundry, cook, clean kitchen) and then I don’t manage to have time for the things I WANT to do (read, blog, crafts, reviews, surfing the web). I try to get my list of daily chores done before I even consider my goals that I really want to do. Luckily I have an amazing husband who doesn’t care if the toys picked up or the house isn’t perfect as long as I am happy so I think I will be rearranging my daily chores and goals!

They made a valid point that the more that you get done in the morning within an hour or so makes the rest of your day that much easier to plan. As much as that really seems like an awesome idea I am not so much a morning person. By the time I get my “things” started its usually 11:00 and I am thinking about lunch. Then after lunch and cleaning that up it’s 2:00 and there goes my day! I think also having a schedule with a child is a lot more difficult than having a schedule with school or a job. Children kind of make their own schedules and you just work around it, or at least I do. Then I thought well it just makes sense to wake up before E so I can get an hour or so of things out of the way before she wakes up. Did I mention I am not a morning person? The earlier it is the slower I seem to get so waking up an hour early turns into me needing to wake up two hours earlier just to get an hours worth of stuff done. At that point I am a crabby mess who needs a nap along with baby in the afternoon 😛

So how exactly am I going to figure this schedule out? I let you know when I do! 🙂

Love Always,

J

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