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I simply can’t believe it!  Today I post my 100th blog  and it’s a huge reason to celebrate. 

For those of you who truly know me, you’ve already noticed that technology has been a challenge for me.  I’m getting better every day but I really have to work at it.  You see, I was raised at a time when we used typewriters – the kind with a return handle.  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you’ll understand how I feel about technology – many times I don’t know what YOU are talking about.

So starting my first blog was a HUGE learning curve.

It all started when a good friend of mine asked me to help him with his blog.  My answer was quick: “Sure, as long as you realize I’ve never read one or written one.”  Then I went home and googled: What is a blog.

He then emailed me a blog about writing blogs.  I found this interesting and began to read it, and I really liked her writing style: https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/category/blog/.

A few weeks later, I visited my brother and he had a book about writing blogs on his desk.  I asked: “Are you thinking of writing blogs?”  His answer was: “No, my daughter gave it to me.  Take it if you want.”  (Blog inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho)

So there it was.  The third time the idea of blogs came to me, and since I believe in the rule of three, I had to take a serious look at it. So I wrote my first blog on September 22, 2016. 

And, as they say, the rest is history.  So today, 100 weeks later, I celebrate taking that first step into the unknown, into feeling uncomfortable, and not knowing what was going to happen next.  Because of that, I have grown from this experience in ways I never imagined possible.

So now I’m curious.  What leap of faith have you taken?  Anything you’d like to share that took you from “What the hell am I doing here?” to “Man, I’m really proud of myself?”  I’d love to hear about it.

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Overworked? Overwhelmed?? Sound Familiar???

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I walk into my office and there it is, staring me in the face, almost laughing at me…piles everywhere, otherwise known as:  My Massive TO DO List.  So many times I feel so overwhelmed that I just turn around and walk out the door.  I don’t know where to start, so I do nothing.

We all have them, there’s no denying it.  Maybe your piles are like mine scattered all throughout your office, maybe you have color-coded them and filed them in your computer, or maybe you’ve downloaded one of the many apps on your iPhone.  But no matter where you keep them, they always seem to be lurking in the background, reminding us that we don’t have enough hours in the day.

So what can you do to gain control?  Well, I’ve come up with three easy techniques that have helped me master my piles – at least, most of the time:

Learn to say “no.”:  Stop adding to your never ending list of things to do.  There is always another book to read, another webinar to watch or another podcast to listen to.  But the real problem is that you already have so much great information from the past books and webinars and podcasts you’ve invested time and money in.  Take that hour and apply it to all that valuable information you already have sitting in those pretty color-coded files.

Make a file folder for each day of the week:  Label them Monday through Sunday.  Then, as something comes up that you need to accomplish on a specific day, put it in the appropriate folder.  This has helped me immensely.  I check my day folder each morning and it helps to keep me on track for the day.  There, right in front of me, is my “to do” list for the next 24 hours.  I can stay focused and it keeps me from chasing the next shiny object.  Pick a file holder that is fun and inspires you.  Check out the office supply stores -I’ve seen some lovely ones there.

Celebrate your small successes:  Many times we are so focused on the big projects and what we didn’t get done that we get frustrated and overwhelmed.  But what if we celebrated our small successes along the way, like making it to your appointment totally prepared, or serving a dinner that was actually pretty good.  By celebrating our small accomplishments, it gives us the courage and belief to tackle the bigger ones.

I can’t lie – I still have piles, but by using these three “tricks,” I find them more manageable and I’m not driving myself crazy.  Give these a try and let me know which one works best for you.

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Here’s a Toast to You

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Today is Valentine’s Day.

Some may love it – and some may hate it.  But it is here to stay.  It will return again next year and the year after that.  It’s very persistent!!!

This year I’d like to think of it a little differently and see it as a day to celebrate love. ALL love.

Over many years I have celebrated Valentine’s Day in so many different ways.  Sometimes I’ve enjoyed it with a boyfriend, sometimes with a spouse, sometimes with my parents and sometimes with my friends, but I never once took the time to celebrate with myself.  That’s right – myself!!!

I didn’t always see the good in myself.  There were times when I was scared and disappointed and felt crummy about my life.  Loving myself did not come naturally.  But now I realize that life is a circle.  There were times when my heart was singing, other times when it was broken, sometimes even shattered, but it always found a way repair itself.  This cycle will be repeated again, and now I know that my heart will survive.

No matter what was happening in my life, I always found a way to get out of bed in the morning and put one foot in front of the other.  As hard as it was some days, I did not give up on myself.  And for that I celebrate!

So today join me in raising a glass of wine to celebrate love – past, present and yet to come.   Here’s to believing in yourself and always finding your way.  Here’s to loving yourself unconditionally.

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Celebrate – Anything

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Yesterday was my birthday, and I took the entire day off just to celebrate and do all the things that I love.

When was the last time you celebrated something – for yourself! Of course, we take the time to celebrate birthdays for our kids, and anniversaries for our parents, but when was the last time you really said “whoo-hoo” to yourself.

I’ve heard so many people say: “Oh, I’m too old for that” or “I just don’t celebrate birthdays anymore” and I think:

How sad!

How sad it must be to give up on celebrating your life – on celebrating being alive.

I have to tell you that the very best part of my birthday was all the good wishes I got from my friends and family. All the cards and phone calls really made my day, knowing that they took time out of their busyiness to just stop and say “Happy Birthday – I’m thinking of you”.

That warm feeling and that smile on my face, is exactly what I will return to them when it’s their turn to celebrate, whatever it may be. And there’s no excuse for forgetting anymore, thanks to Google calendar and all the other gadgets out there that help us remember everything that is important.

So go ahead, put your own birthday on that Google calendar and remind yourself that this is your day to celebrate, in any way you want – in any way that will make you happy. Take a moment and just yell:

Whoo-hoo, I’m alive!

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