I’ll be honest. My It Works business is not going at all as planned. I love the products I’m using. I’m super excited about them. But I have get to sign one loyal customer. 😦 I’m not sure what else to do? Okay, that’s a lie. There are several things I have not tried in order to share these great products with others. I’m just feeling sorry for myself.
One thing I’m thinking about doing is just going to Panera for a couple of hours after announcing it on social media. Just tell folks I’m there in case they have questions. I could maybe hand out some blitz cards while I do that.
Anyway, I’m a little discouraged, but I’m not giving up!
Winter Storm Jonah slammed the eastern seaboard a couple of days ago. While we missed the huge snowfall of our neighbors to the east, Jonah did wave as he blew by. He dropped about eight inches of fluffy, white stuff on us here in the mid-state.
Daniel and I drove to Kingston Springs after work to pick up Jack the Border Collie.
He hesitated a few moments before trying the stairs up the porch to the front door. But quickly decided a few steps couldn’t stop him from exploring his new home.
He met Angel the geriatric cat.
They’ve since become buddies. Although he still herds her mercilessly.
Jack initiated me into the wonders of sharing my life with a border collie, and now I can’t imagine my life without one. Within days he not only taught me that while it’s true border collies are not dogs for everyone, but for those willing put forth the effort to gain knowledge about breed, accommodate their quirks, keep their minds active, and become partners with them in learning, there is no better companion.
Every once in a while a dog comes into your life and changes everything.
My reading goal for 2015 is pretty simple: read one non-fiction book per quarter. Why? Simple, really. I don’t typically read a lot of non-fiction. Decided it’s time to stretch and grow a little. Or a lot.
This first quarter I chose Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection. It’s kicking my butt. I may have to read it more than once.
I’m sure there will be a book report sometime later this year. Maybe.
Anyway, I’m only halfway through the book, and I can recommend it to pretty much any adult.
Sometimes in order to make unpleasant tasks tolerable, I let my mind wander, and wonder, while working. Scooping the dog poop out of the yard is one of those unpleasant tasks. Over the weekend I found myself making some interesting observations about how sometimes poop parallels life.
Clean up your own messes
Often, the fresher the mess, the easier it is to clean
Sometimes the mess is hard to see until you step in it
Some messes smell worse than others, but most of them stink
Just because a mess has been there for a while doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean it up
The more frequently you clean up the messes, the fewer messes there are to clean
There’s often at least slight evidence of where the mess was, but it fades with time
A new year. Evolving thoughts and goals. Things that once filled my mind no longer matter.
I have come to truly believe that saying that the most important things aren’t things at all.
Friendships become more important to me the older I get. Several friends and I started the new year by meeting for breakfast this morning. I hope it becomes a thing we do every first weekend of January.
But beyond that I hope we stop waiting for “occasions” to get together. I hope we get together just because. Just because we value each other. Just because it’s fun.
We met at Cracker Barrel this morning. We sat at a large round table, drank coffee and ate eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy while we talked dogs.
I felt nourished. Not from the eggs, bacon, and grits. But from the feeling of belonging. The feeling of being with friends who mostly get me.
So I claim this the theme of this new year. Nourishing. Friends. Spending time as opposed to passing time.
Five dollars isn’t a lot of money for most of us, most of the time. But for non-profits out there trying their best to make the world a better place five dollars can be a fortune.
Here’s a challenge.
Every Friday that you can spare it, pick your favorite charity and give five dollars. Don’t post a video, don’t call out your friends by name, don’t tell anyone what charity they should or shouldn’t donate to. Don’t whine that it’s only five dollars. Five dollars adds up. Quickly.