I’m ready for March to be here, this month has sorta been hard. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get ahead, batch write and mass schedule somehow. I’ve had no motivation and next to no concentration to form ideas or do what I know what I should be getting done daily, weekly, etc. But I’m still finding so many ways to be and remain positive. It took me all night to just write this little bit however I’m glad I got it down. I’m beginning into my Virtual Assisting role and looking for potential clients. I’m looking for bloggers/entrepreneurs who are so busy or have a side hustle and cannot manage to juggle all the tasks? Then I’m your gal! Email me or look here: Work With Me
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Hello everyone! I hope your week was well and that as February comes to a close you are feeling happy and fulfilled.
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1. Watching Netflix crime documentary series
2. Listening to new podcasts
3. Getting magazines in the mail
4. working on virtual assistant page
5. journaling more and more
6. playing Township
7. Crossing Jordan
8. Velveeta Mac N Cheese
9. cuddling with the puppies
10. beautiful crystals
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Biting my nails
I’ve been a chronic nail biter for years and I’ve mentioned this before how I don’t know why i started it. I think it’s stress/boredom related but I haven’t pinpointed it yet. I need to cut back and usually have fake nails on but instead I need to stop it. So my nerves need to go somewhere- I’ve tried the stinky nail polish and all that mumbo jumbo, none of it works for me.
Not answering people back (mostly calls/emails)
Usually I will text like cray, cray. But I’m not a good phone caller or emailer- usually, my email grammar and dialect is nothing to be desired but I’m working on it as I become more professional. I don’t feel very confident or comfortable being on the phone. I don’t know why I have had so many bad experiences on the phone so I equate it to that.
Not cleaning up after dinner/dishes never get into dishwasher
It’s easy to get caught up by making food and eating that by the time that you need to clean the dishes and put them in the dishwasher. But a good way to keep your kitchen clean constantly is to do them directly after you eat or as you cook. And if you clean them or pile them in the sink, they can live there for hours or days (sometimes longer). But if you don’t want your house getting stinky of dirty dishes then try to make a habit of cleaning your kitchen before bed.
Going too long without shower/dry shampoo on 4th day hair
I am not a disgusting person I promise but
sometimes it takes me an extra day or two to pull myself together. Dry shampoo is a miracle worker my favorite one to use is this one by Living Proof
OR (this one by Amika
). Perfume goes a long way but I feel a million times better after a hot shower with some wet body moisturizer and shaving those legs (after winter leaves us-ha ha) So creating a daily routine is definitely needed in my life sooner than later.
Never using my brand new planner
Speaking of making a daily routine- this is where and when my new beautiful planner would come in handy. I don’t have hourly time commitments but I’ll use it more for all my daily to-do’s and appointments I may have. I need to incorporate colors and washi tape to motivate me more. I do really enjoy the goals part of the planner but I need a wider, space for daily and not as much for weekly or other areas of my life. Writing in my plans for my week is a good practice so I need to keep doing that. What do you do in your weekend that helps during the week?
Never hanging up my clean clothes
Doing the laundry is one of my favorite things but putting them all away for over an hour is NOT. I hate the tedious manner in which hanging up all my clothes except my pants and pajamas takes all the time in the world. I hurt my back usually doing it, I’m short so it’s a lot more difficult and I try to set up a system to get it done quicker. I put everything on hangers on my bed, I put away all my under-things and socks (same for husbands things) and then I grab a step stool so I can then put it nearest the side of clothes to put up first. All the while, however long it takes me I am normally listening to music or podcasts or an audio book on my Amazon Echo Dot. I have been attempting a color ordered wardrobe so wish me luck to keep that up.
Not drinking enough water
I despise drinking flavorless water. Tap water-yuck. It has to be cold and not taste like nothing. by eating green, leafy and watery veggies and foods that contain water of their own. I avoid drinking plain water as much as I can. But I can drink it if I’m really needing it (my body craves it) and if I’m honestly feeling hot or dehydrated it’s the first thing I will do. I use water enhancers to combat my detest to mucky ‘ol drinking water. I love lemonade and berry flavors. You can instead buy a infuser but I have a very nice smart water bottle so I use that one.
Writing posts last minute/procrastination/preoccupied brain
And lastly, this post is very last moment but I hope it’s helpful and fun to point out some great things that I (and maybe you) want to change for this year. I procrastinate with the best of them by watching hours of a silly show that won’t change my life. Or often spending hours looking through social media at bloggers and people I don’t know and won’t meet. I put too much emphasis on this in my daily life so it’s time to break that. Often I think I am a master at the multi-task. I have indeed learned I am not. I like to pretend I am and stay busy while darting around my computer, house and through my phone but it isn’t very productive and hasn’t gotten me far. So while I wish I could do ten things at once; I’m sure mommies and daddies wish they could too. One thing at a time that’s my new rule. And it’s proven itself here.
I know a lot of bloggers who write similar posts about how they got started or how it feels to be a writer. But usually it’s along the lines of “Why I Blog” or “How Blogging has Changed Me” but how it’s made me a better person. There had never been anything I cared about more before blogging. I wasted my time and felt pointless. I hope that in the time I’ve created these spaces I have changed or brought joy to someone’s life.
I haven’t held onto any kind of hobby for this long. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel real, that I get to just sit on the computer and put my thoughts and feelings down for others to read and enjoy. I cannot believe it’s truly been the best 7 years of my life! Aside from being married all that time as well, I’ve never been so proud for sticking with something before. I love to write, I always have.
Improved My Writing
My writing has definitely improved over these past seven years. I’m still always learning and growing as far as typing and grammar go but, it’s been a journey. I have started to work on making my titles better and including everything in each post that I need to so it can be successful. Aesthetically though I have worked hard in creating a post theme and layout that works. I always include a signature and “call to action” when I have one available.
Built Lifelong Friendships
I’ve started and grown some of the best friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve bonded and shared with these new women in my life who are similar to me and busy following their dreams. Collaborating with like minded people makes you more creative and think harder than you do on a daily basis. I trust them with giving me vision, opinions and brutal honesty when I need it. I hope that someday we can all meet face to face but screen to screen is close enough for right now. They don’t feel like my real friends- they are my real friends. Actually I often speak with online blogging friends more than people in my own home town. But why that is, I don’t know. I love them both personally and professionally.
Sense of Confidence and Self-Development
Blogging has done one major thing in my life and that’s helped me cut out negative people who always took me for granted/manipulated me. I learned to trust others around me and everything my gut tells me. When I have the slightest intuition it’s usually right. I’m much more confident in myself than I was when I began. In addition, blogging makes me want to be a better person in my self development-become a more well rounded person. And so far, it’s working!
I love coming up with posts and personal stories to share with friends and family. Because I’ve been blogging here for so long and gone through so many changes and titles, it is literally a living memory book. My favorite thing is to go back, update and relive all the good, bad and the ugly times. It’s a comfort that I have every detail recorded somewhere. Seeing a timeline of how I’ve changed and grown into my own person is also pretty neat to have for keepsake. It’s really neat knowing that I have record of so many things I’ve done big or small.
This has been a difficult one because I’m not the best at scheduling things in my everyday life. I’m continually working on making a daily schedule and an editorial calendar so I can stay on track for my blog deadlines. Having everything happen on time is something I can really take pride in. I use many tools like Hootsuite and Trello to stay on top of my time management needs to keep to a schedule or deadline. I also really love the app called Forest which is a fun concentration game where you cannot exit once the time starts making you be productive on your single task in a sense. Unable to use your phone for 30 mins more or less- definitely cuts down on my darting tendencies. If you have troubles in this area I highly reccomend looking on Pinterest for ideas or following my Productivity board here. Or my Motivation board here.
The end of the week usually brings either relief from a hard work week or regret from not getting enough done. I however have landed somewhere in the middle- happy with staying on track for blogging but also wishing that some other tasks had gotten checked off. As I’m typing I’m also scrambling to get a newsletter up for this week-Monday or Tuesday I hope.
This is my personal pick for the week. I really enjoyed this post about all the things you can do together based on the love languages.
50+ Date Ideas that fit your Love Language
I love this post giving me all kinds of fantastic date night ideas. How to tell what we would both love based on our love languages which are polar opposites (his=physical touch and words, mine=acts of service and gifts). It can be tricky sometimes to find an activity we want to do together at the same time- so personally this was very helpful for our future date nights.
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