Monday Musings January 16th

As a Mom, one of the biggest lessons I have learned is to go with the flow. Before having kids, I was the type that planned out everything in detail. When I was in college, I had a spreadsheet with which classes I was taking at which time to get me finished with school fastest!! When I was planning my wedding, I had everything I needed to do and by when, written out. Even when “planning” for kids….or our third as that is the only one we planned haha….I had a specific time when I wanted to happen. Of course it didn’t work like that at all haha. Being a Mom has taught me although I may plan, I need to be flexible with the changes!

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This past weekend I had BIG plans for things I needed to get done, and surprise, NONE of it did! Instead I went with the flow and ended up having a better weekend than I had planned! Learning to let go of control, and focus on what we can do makes all the difference in your attitude!! I got some much needed time with my Dad, and it’s so nice to have a parent you can empty your heart to and always listens and offers any tips they can…without trying to tell you how to live your life! As an adult, I have the hardest time with others tell me what they think I should do, or what they would have done differently. I prefer to ASK and not just have other opinions pushed on me haha. So it ended up being a wonderful weekend…and it gave me a great new blog idea to share too!!!

 

As a business woman, I learn to make plans, but as a Mom, I know I have to be flexible. Those two things are hard to balance sometimes and I know many other people struggle with that too. My best suggestion is make a plan, but if it does not work out, be flexible and don’t be too hard on yourself. At the start of my work week, I sit down and write out the plans for the week. I put everything down on paper, and then I go back and write the day I wish to accomplish each thing based on it’s importance. For example, I love making graphics for my blog and social media accounts, but those make me no income, don’t help my team, and aren’t a required thing. But it’s something I enjoy and you need to enjoy your work! Because of that, I move that item to Friday’s as it’s not required but it still needs to get done!

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When you write out your list of things you want to get done, it allows you to look at each item and ask “Is this a requirement, or just a want?” Focus on the items that need to get done first!! Items that make you the most money for the least amount of work. And then items that will grow your income eventually and over time. I personally also enjoy blog parties, but they are something that goes on my list if I have time….and I usually don’t haha. But someday down the road I will so I keep them on my list as I know they add new viewers to my blog. Make a plan, try to follow it, but be flexible! That is also the reason I do the required items at the start of the week as you never know what may come up. That is also why I exercise first thing in the morning. Due to my health issues, my day can turn rough at any moment but first thing in the morning ensures it gets done with no excuses later!

 

For this week, make yourself a plan and stick with it as best as you can possibly can!! Remember as  Mom you have to be flexible so if something happens, don’t beat yourself up! As always, just keep trying and have an amazing week!!!

 

 

Dana

Job Or Hobby

Is your business a hobby or a job? A lot of times I see people start a work from home businesses and they do it just because they love the product. That’s great! That’s when you really know you have something good! When you personally love it, people can tell and you’re selling it not just to make money but because you love and believe in the product. But a lot of times with those people the business is not a job, it’s a hobby. So what is the difference between the two? How do you turn a hobby into a business? How do you know the difference, job or hobby?

Job Or Hobby

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It all comes down to how much time you put into your business and how serious you treat it. Do you make it a priority? Do you allow excuses to stop you from getting it done? Are you consistent with it?

A hobby you do from time to time when you can fit it in. That shows it is NOT a priority but something you do when you don’t have other commitments. Hobbies might be things you do once a week, once a month, or once every few months. There is no consistency for many hobbies.

A job, you do every day. It’s a priority. It has to be done consistently or you know you won’t get paid. It’s one your to do list every single week, no matter what!

How you treat it and how much time you devote to it is what determines if your business is a job or a hobby! It comes down to YOU! The main thing to think about when you’rjob or hobbye starting a business or for the business that you already have, is how do you treat it? Do you treat it as a job or do you treat it as a hobby? Start paying attention to how often you work. Do you consider your work something that has to get done everyday and comes first, or is it something you may or may not do this week?

Are you consistent? Can you look back over the past six months and show how much you have worked? Do you track your hours each week to make sure you are working enough? Do you put in extra work when you need to hit a certain income? Does everyone know what your job is, or do they think it’s a hobby?

Remember your business is going to pay you based on how much time and work you put into it. If it’s a hobby, and you’re probably not going to make very much money because most bobbies don’t make that big of an income. In fact most hobbies cost you money! But if it’s a job, then over time with you consistently doing it you should start seeing a full-time income…if you are putting in the hours!

 

So ask yourself:

  • Is my business a job or a hobby?
  • Do I wanted to pay like a job or a hobby?
  • Am I putting in the work every single week?
  • Do I need to be working more?

 

It comes down to putting in the time and working consistently….. so if you’re ready to start turning your hobby into a job start putting in more work!

Dana

Monday Musings

Today was the first day back to school for my two oldest kids, and WOW!!! I forgot how quiet my house is with just one at home! And how much I am able to get done during his nap time. I feel I got more accomplished in one day than I have the past two weeks!!!!! It’s funny how that works out! Now I finally have time for a Monday Musings!

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Monday Musings

I have to say, the past few weeks with all my kids home was so much fun! It truly is a blessing to have a job where I can decide not to work for a few weeks. We got to enjoy time with 3 different sets of family, visit a museum, go to a movie, and play fun games together! Just what I needed to start the New Year off right!!

 

I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, but my goal this year is to focus more on my health. I have learned when I feel good, I am able to be a better mom, wife, friend, business partner, mentor, etc so my goal is to focus more on ME! This will be my selfish year where I don’t take on more than I can handle, tell people NO when I need to, and ask for help. I’m determined to get my health better because I truly miss the old ME! Life is all about choices, and I’m choosing to have a healthy year.

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Speaking of choices, remember many of our circumstances in life are about choices! If you want to be debt free, have better health, spend more time with your family….make different choices! I get told all the time I’m lucky to work from home, but the truth is it is NOT luck at all, but a choice to make this work so I can have more time with my kids. Make 2017 the year you chose to enjoy life more and reach your goals. At the end of the day, it is all up to YOU!

 

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See you next week for Monday Musings!

Dana

Dear 2017

2016 was a very rough year for me. As a personal trainer, it’s hard to watch your body change from strong to weak. As a Mom, its hard to have to tell your kids many days a week that you are sick. As a friend, it’s hard to act like you are fine when the truth is you feel horrible….yet you don’t want to be a burden to people. One of my biggest struggles though is sharing what I’m going through. Most my life I’ve been told I’m a “perky” person and I like that trait….but the health problems have turned me into someone else. It’s a struggle to admit what I’m going through but that’s one thing I want to change in 2017!!! I hope that my story might help someone else who is going through the same thing, to know they are not alone!

unnamed-1Backstory: In March 2016 I had been struggling with some health problems. Fatigue, bruising, sore muscles, nails breaking, hair falling out, etc. A visit to the doctor resulted in the discovery of a nodule on my thyroid. After a rushed trip to the hospital for an ultrasound and the discovery that I did indeed have a lovely lump growing….I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. It is an autoimmune disease that targets your thyroid and attacks it until your thyroid no longer works. Repeat attacks on the thyroid is what caused the lump to form. For those that don’t know, the thyroid stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in our bodies. It’s kinda like the powerhouse of the body and when it doesn’t work well you feel horrible! There is no way to cure an autoimmune disease so instead they treat the damaged thyroid.

 

I began thyroid replacement treatment in the hopes that would improve my symptoms as the autoimmune disease had put me into hypothyroidism which meant my thyroid wasn’t working as well anymore.  The hypothyroidism can cause many harmful side effects so I also had issues with my reproductive system and now have hormone treatments plus ultrasounds. It also damaged my stomach and we discovered I have something called Barrett’s Esophagus where the lining of your esophagus has been badly damaged and you have a long term risk for esophagus cancer. I currently take a daily acid reducing medicine in the hopes of stopping the damage to my esophagus and will have another biopsy done on it in a few months to see if it has gotten worse. I’ll get to have those for life BUT luckily that put me to sleep, its over in a few minutes, and the recovery is easy!

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In the beginning of August, I started having severe sinus infections. In fact, I have currently had 5 since then!!! The reasoning behind that….I’m not sure haha. I did find out I basically have no immune system right now which means I have to be very careful with who I am around as I get sick so easily. I also noticed I began gaining weight, was cold all the time, and has weird pains in my hands and feet. A return for more blood work showed that my thyroid had been damaged even worse than before and which resulted in increase in my medicine plus some more blood work and another ultrasound to see if my lovely little thyroid growth has gotten bigger.

 

Needless to say, 2016 has been rough! I think the hardest part for me was mentally handling all this. Waking up everyday feeling sick is a lot to handle especially with 3 kids and a husband who isn’t around very much due to his schedule. Before long, I noticed myself feeling depressed. It seemed each time I went to the doctor, they found something else wrong. It was the most frustrating situation as I’m not a big fan of going to the doctor, but now I have FIVE doctors I go to! I understood pretty quickly why many people with an autoimmune disease suffer from depression. A chronic illness is lonely. No one understands how painful it is (physically and mentally) unless they have been there. Gone is your motivation, your perkiness, your desire to socialize. You become someone different.

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This has taught me so much though! I’ve learned I’m far stronger than I ever thought. I’ve learned that I have a voice, and even though I hate talking about my weaknesses, I need to! I’ve learned that simply being there for someone who is struggling, is one of the BEST things you can do. I’ve learned to relax more, stop beating myself up, and ask for help. I’ve learned to laugh as much as possible and make good memories. But most importantly, I’ve learned to be thankful. I’m thankful it’s me going through this and not my kids! I’m thankful for a job where I can work from home…if not I would be on disability at this point! I’m thankful for my wonderful tribe of supportive friends. I’m thankful that I’m a fighter!!!

 

2016 was a very rough year for me…..but 2017 will be amazing. I actually have a tattoo of a Phoenix I got over 12 years ago, and it applies even more now than then! Sometimes you have to be worn down and defeated in order to rise again!

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For 2017, I’m taking a lot more time for me and focusing on my health. My husband is taking some time off from college to help me more. I plan to find a doctor that can handle all the issues an autoimmune disease causes, and hopefully focus more on total health. I have a great nutrition plan in place as I follow the paleo diet, and a workout plan that is not too much stress for my body to handle. I can always use extra prayers though so if you don’t mind adding my to your prayer list, I would greatly appreciate it! And if you know anyone with an autoimmune disease, I beg you to reach out to them often and let them know you are praying for them. That simple act could change their whole day. An autoimmune disease is a very depressing, lonely, and overwhelming disease and just giving someone a shoulder to lean on can truly make all the difference for them.

 

Here is to 2017!!! It may take a little while, but I know it will be amazing!!!

Dana

2017 Goals

When the New Year arrives, a very popular trend you will see is people setting 2017 goals. But the reality is, most those goals are punishment and not something you look forward to doing! Losing weight, cleaning your house, being more organized….YAWN and BORING! The point of goals is to motivate you to improve your life and be happier. Not dread the goal so much that you are actually happy you failed it!!!

2017 Goals

2017 Goals

This year, work on goals that are good for you, but also you will enjoy doing! If weight loss is your goal, make it fun! Join a class with a friend, learn to cook healthy recipes that taste good, get outside while you exercise, make it something that is not miserable! Life is short, you don’t need to make yourself miserable to live a healthy life! If you are improving your finances, take a class to learn how to do it with a friend! Get creative on how to save and reward yourself with free to do activities (there are so many in most areas, you just have to look!).

Find ways to make yourself happier in 2017. Drop people that are negative and toxic! Even if they are family members, life is to short to have people around you that suck out the joy. It’s a freeing feeling to say BYE BYE to the negative nellies! Look for ways to help others. Give back where you can! Find a fun hobby you can do that will make you happy.

Life is short, make 2017 the best year yet and leave the miserable resolutions in the past!

5 Types Of Goals To Set For 2017
1) Something that will improve your health
2) Something that will improve your finances
3) Something that will make you happy
4) Something that will allow you to help others
5) Something that will be fun

2017 Goals

Dana