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.
Four years ago today my life changed.
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.
Just do it.
As of 1030 central time we cut the cable TV cord. Not only will this save us about $80 per month it shortens the list of excuses we both make for not doing other, more important things.
Yes, we will still watch TV. I bought a digital antenna from Amazon for about $25 so we still get our local channels. We have a Smart TV which gives us simple access to multiple streaming sources. We both have tablets.
But we are now forced to narrow our viewing focus. Instead of channel surfing, we must now be a little more intentional about our viewing.
And, yes, I do understand we’re both adults and could have chosen to do this while still paying Comcast almost $1000 per year for cable TV. But we didn’t. So now we must.
We tried this experiment a few years ago. We both got so much more done. But we missed our local programming too much. Especially during football season. But with this digital antenna we can watch some football without the time killer of all those other channels.
Hi 2014. Welcome to the world. I’m glad to see you, but I’ve got some super important and high expectations from you. Just so we can get off on the right foot together I’ll share some of them with you.
To be clear, 2014, you’re my year of returns. Here’s what that means to me. During our time together I’ll be returning to my creative roots.
I’ll be returing to the basics of my faith as a follower of Jesus-not church doctrine-but the gritty mess of what it means to walk in Jesus’ footprints.
You still with me, 2014?
I’m also returning to simplicity, to a lack of extravagance, to the absence of drama.
I’m returning to seeking honest and real friendships by being an honest and real friend to those in my life who can return that to me.
Have I scared you off yet, 2014? No? Good.
Now, lets get moving. We’ve got a whole lot of returns to make.
Catchy title-LOL! But seriously covers my weekend.
Reading: need to catch up on my TBR stack/file. Books to finish. Books to start. Books to write a review for. Goal for the next week-finish Captives and read one other.
Writing: gearing up for NANO. Trying to get out of my own mind about it. I really can do it if I get out of my own way. Sigh.
Facebook: Must wean myself off. Seriously. No more than one hour per day with a goal to whittle that down to no more than 30 minutes per day by the end of the year. I get FB PMs on my phone. While I enjoy staying in touch with everyone, some stuff just bogs me down and depresses me.
Dog vomit: Friday night Jack had some GI stuff-I’ll leave that to your imagination. Since he already had a vet appointment Saturday morning at 8 to check the atopic dermatitis on his feet I didn’t call. Two injections, Four oral prescriptions, and almost $200 that we really did not have later-he’s fine. I’m glad he’s fine. We concluded that he was likely snacking in the cat litter while we were at work. Dogs can be really, really disgusting at times. So today, Angel is safely locked away in our bathroom with her litter box, food, and water.
I need a day off work today to rest.
So how was your weekend? Hopefully without dog vomit-or any other kind of vomit.