I’ve spent 14 years raising kids and building a business, 14 years fighting every step of the way to keep everything together. I’ve done the best I could but I’m tired of the fight – not that I’m saying I give up, I just want a more peaceful and positive life. I want to find a way to build and grow and move foward.
GaryVee posted a video yesterday about letting go of the past; the biggest thing I took away from this is to quick looking at the past and look forward. The past is GONE! I think I have a pretty good grasp on this most of the time but I want to work harder to surround myself with positive people who also are able to stop looking back and only look ahead to where they’re going.
Maximizing My Time
This past week, I spent quite a bit of time on Monday and Tuesday setting up content for my Instagram feed – I have enough done to reach the end of the month. On Monday, I’m going to do the same thing and start getting things ready for the upcoming month. The biggest reason I’m not more active on social media is that I’m always scrambling to find something to post and then it ends up being haphazard and crappy. So planning ahead is my new focus.
Since I started planning ahead with my social media strategy, I decided I needed to get on top of my game with meal planning again. Like my social media strategy, meal times have been haphazard and less than appealing. It seems like we’ve been having the same dishes over and over again. So I decided to dus off my Once a Month Meal Plan and do a monthly cooking session. I have to admit that instead of doing a “once a month” cooking sessiong, I’ve had to spread it out over a couple of days. Which is fine! I’m in charge of my own actions and destiny and I can do what works for me. Once I get done with the cooking, I’m going to get it all written up and posted to Rose’s Family Recipes so it might benefit someone else.
It’s been a pretty quiet week. We’re still digging out from the 25+ inches of snow that we got last weekend. Our driveway is pretty crappy, it’s a bit difficult to get into/out of without 4wd. The beautiful 50+ degree weather that we’ve been having is doing it some good though as the snow is melting rather quickly. It won’t be long before we have muddy soup in the driveway!
Isaac’s vehicle is broken from trying to get it unstuck from the snowbanks last weekend. Now we have one vehicle between the three of us. All my appointments and events, I’ve been cancelling – it’s just too much to try to get 3 people different places with one vehicle. Isaac is going in to work 30 minutes late everyday until he gets his vehicle fixed. And I’ve been scouring facebook and craigslist looking for an affordable SUV that I can drive until I’m able to save up enough to buy something newer and more reliable.
I’ve quit drinking Pepsi – this time it’s going to last awhile. I’ve been drinking Real Sugar Pepsi for awhile now but during our snowstorm last weekend, I ran out of it. There was some regular Pepsi here in the house and I started drinking it. The day after I switched to regular Pepsi, I woke up and my lips were swollen. I didn’t really associate it with anything that I’d done differently. Day two my lips were again swollen and I was a bit annoyed. On day three, my lips, cheeks, and eyes were swollen and I couldn’t ignore the problem any longer. I thought back and realized that the regular Pepsi must be the problem. So I quit, the next morning I woke up and my face was back to normal. High fructose corn syrup is really, really bad for you! With kicking the soada habit comes the added benefit of loosing a few pounds, yay!
Discovering My Passions
One of the things that I really want to do is help and make a difference but I’ve had a hard time defining the who, what, and how part. I’ve discovered I really enjoy working with start-ups and entrepreneurs. I love the passion and energy they have for their business and I really love finding ways that I can help and encourage them.
The AMVETS is another one of my passions. I have a very strong love and respect for veterans and they’re very dear to my hear. But after joining the ladies auxillary and the riders group, I’ve discovered a few things about myself. I don’t like being the low-level grund person like I am in the auxillary where my hands are tied and I can only do the things they tell me to do …like serve food at Bingo! LOL I enjoy being part of the AMVETS Riders because I can actually do stuff to help in ways that I’m good at and in ways that I truly enjoy.
I want to focus my energies in directions where I’m passionate because I find that I’m more productive and focused and I find ideas flow easier in areas where my passions lie. Since I’ve started defining the who and what of my passions, I think it’ll be a lot easier to define the how.