Timeline of Your Day – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 51

Timeline of My Day

I have to admit, when I saw this topic, I was dreading it.  In the past, I have been and was pretty diligent in keeping “To Do” lists and being on top of the things that needed to get done in my day.  This, I think, is a STRONG indication that I need to get back on that horse and start crafting my “To Do” lists once again.

So, here’s what my day looked like:

5:25am – Up out of bed
6:15am – Breakfast for Eljah and Isaac
6:30am – Lunches made for the boys
7:45am – Justus awake and had breakfast
8:15am – Boys out the door for the bus
8:20am – Bus picks up boys
9:15am – Pre-workout shake
9:30am – Workout
10:30am – Post-workout shake
11am – Phone calls
Noon – Lunch
1pm – Phone calls
2pm – Start dinner
3:45pm – Kids home from school
4pm – Snack
4:30pm – Homework 
4:45pm – Skye leaves with Mom
5:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Downtime
7pm – Bathtime routine
8:30pm – Boys in Bed
10pm – Training webinar
11pm – National Fast Track
Midnight – Finish blog 

Throughout the day, laundry is also being done, which includes lots of loading, unloading, folding, repeat.  There’s a load in the dryer as I’m typing.  Something I’ve taken notice in this little timeline is my eating patterns needs to be a lot better.  To be honest, I was going to think of an excuse NOT to post this topic, but, that would defeat the purpose of taking on the challenge, right.  The timeline has some additions and unexpected turns.  For instance, my oldest woke up about 45 minutes ago complaining about his ear.  didn’t really want to add that to the timeline, but, he’s resting in the living room right now, and is doing a little better.

So, starting tomorrow, perhaps tomorrow night, I am getting back to my “To Do” lists.  I was trained on this quite extensively, and I need to make sure I put this back to good use.  When I had those lists going, the things I got accomplished.  If I’m going to keep with this “New Day” theme, I better get on it in every aspect.

Thanks for reading, take care, and make today your new day.  if you’ve done “To Do” lists in the past and have gotten away from them, consider revisiting them.  If you’ve never had a list, consider starting.  Who knows what we can accomplish when we see it in writing.

Enjoy your evening, day, night, wherever you are right now.

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A Determined Soul – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 49

Moving Forward

Me in the hotel lobby
in SLC leaving for home.

I have made it home safely, and instead of going to sleep, I am up. Some would call this crazy, but, it’s my mind at work, and it won’t let me rest until I get done what needs to get done.

I had a great 4 days in Salt Lake City for our annual Convention, and as usual, I left with a lot of passion, drive, and determination to move forward.  As I was sitting on the plane (on one of my many legs,) I started to write out my game plan.  It’s great when you leave from something like this with a lot of drive, but you also need to put a plan in place.  At least, that’s what I needed to do.

A year from now, things will be different because I will make it different.  My resolve has never been more clear, and once you make that decision, you will not be denied.  It’s funny, so many things are starting to align into place and starting to happen.  How crazy is that?  Just making a decision results in things happening.

Who would have thought?

Anyhow, as excited as I am, I better get some sleep.  My little guys will be waking up in a few hours and will be excited to see their Mama.  It would be a good idea to be a little rested when they decide to unleash all their excitement.

In closing, here’s something to think about…what do YOU want your life to look like a year from now?  What are you determined to make happen in your life?  When will you decide?  It’s up to YOU.  No one else.

Embracing Change

Change…it’s such a hard thing to grasp sometimes.  I mean, why do things have to change?  Can’t things just remain the same?  I don’t always think this way, but this has come into play fairly recently on many different levels.

This week, my hubby left for work in Alberta, Canada, which is about 3,000 miles and 3 time zones away.  We knew this was coming, and waiting for the call for a new job, but the reality setting in was a different story.  At first, I was just numb.  I didn’t know WHAT to feel.  It’s  not like this was something new.  This has been my life for the past 7 years.  What made it different was he’d been home for the past 14 months or so.  While our finances took a hit, something else happened…we were a family.  The boys got to know their Dad and he got to know them.  We were a unit and it almost felt normal.  So, when we had to watch him get on a plane Monday morning, it was a little surreal.  Hearing and watching Elijah, our oldest, break down begging for his Dad to stay home was a whole new level of “whoa.”

It’s amazing how one person or one event can have such an impact on your life.  We know it’s for the greater good, and at least he’ll be home every two weeks, but transitioning back to single mother duties is going to be a challenge.  It already has been a challenge.  The emotions, the adjustments, EVERYTHING has shifted.  We’ve all had to make some changes and it’s been a little rough.  Day 3 of Operation Single Mom has commenced, and so far, 80, no 70, no 60% of the kinks have been worked out.  This is going to be a process.

Change has happened in other areas of my life as well.  I’ve embarked on a fitness lifestyle since 2010, and it’s been going great.  So far, my favorite instructor is Chalene Johnson.  I’ve done 3 rounds of TurboFire, and finished ChaLEAN Extreme in December.  This month, I started RevAbs, and as I posted in one of my fitness groups, I was not feeling it.  Here’s what I posted:
“Hey Fitness Pals, so I’ve been doing the RevAbs program now for 17 days, and wasn’t really feeling it (hence the addition of TF here and there.) Then it dawned on me. The reason why I haven’t been getting into it is because I haven’t ALLOWED myself to accept the new workout. I’ve been so used to Chalene Johnson’s technique that I kind of compared the two. I wasn’t open to the change. We all know how we tend to react to change, right? So, this morning when I popped the Power Intervals DVD in for class today, I made a mental note to myself to let go and embrace the workout. Wow, what a difference it made. By changing my mindset just a tiny bit, allowed me to not only have a great workout (I finally did a couple of the full-on Squat Thrusts) but I actually had FUN!!! So, there’s my thought for the day. Embrace change, because it’s what will get you to where you want to go. Take care, and be well, my friends.”

This post is actually what inspired me to write this blog.  Change is hard; change is tough; change forces us to, well, CHANGE!!!  And sometimes we just don’t want to.  But when we are willing to let go, embrace change, and allow what happens to happen, we may be pleasantly surprised at what we find on the other side.

We’re 23 days into 2013, and I vowed this would be a year of change.  I am currently redoing Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Challenge, which has totally given me a new found energy and drive to tackle my goals.  I have noticed my confidence level coming back; I have more posture and I am handling my tasks with a go-get ’em attitude.  It’s still a process, and by no means am I where I want to be.  But this challenge has given me to push I need to get back on the saddle, re-evaluate my priorities and do the things that will give me the results I seek.

As far as my business goes, I have my goals in place, and doing the right activities that will lead me to my goals.  Many will disagree, many will argue.  Those who catch the vision and see what I see will partner with me and I will help them reach their goals. 

So, while change may be scary, uncomfortable and downright awful to swallow, EMBRACE it!!!  This is a new year to make your dreams come true.  So, decide what you want, seek the information to get you there and put a plan in place to make it happen.

Take care, be well, and until we meet again, never stop dreaming!!!  Here’s to achieving our goals.