It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey that Counts – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 67

Life is a Journey

“Get ready to
take the picture, Mom.”

My kids never cease to amaze me and today was no different.  Today, Isaac, Precious and I went for a walk.  Along the way, we made a few stops.  For me, I would be in “go” mode – getting my miles in and getting home.  Today, was different.  We stopped and spoke with one of our neighbors, we took our time and on the way back, Isaac picked dandelions and made wishes on them.  As I watched him do this, I realized that those moments are what makes life so enjoyable.  The look on his face was priceless.

Making his wish

We continued on our walk and we came upon an apple tree in bloom.  We stopped again and took pictures and once again, I watched as Isaac reveled in all the beauty that was around us.  Once again, I realized that sometimes I just need to slow down and appreciate what is around me.

Yeah, the bills need to be paid, the dishes need to be done, same story every day.  But in those moments this afternoon, they will be in my memories forever and I have to thank my little guy for that.

Making a wish on
a dandelion

He’s a kid of
many expressions
Love that face

On Pins and Needles – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 45

Exciting Times

I’m taking a day from the topics of the blog challenge to let everyone know how EXCITED I am right now!!!  I am all packed (almost), and ready to go.  I’m heading out to Salt Lake City, Utah for our National Convention.  This is my 4th convention and this one really feels special.  I’m not sure if I can explain it, but the days leading up to this week have been nothing shy of “butterflies in my stomach.”

I’ve got an early morning flight and I’m still up.  I’m listening to a training call and I’ll be leaving in just over 3 hours.  I am crazy!!!  But, I’m excited.  These next few days are going to be filled with so many great things that I hope I don’t burst.  Looking forward to seeing some great friends I haven’t seen in a year and making new friendships.

So, what gets YOU excited?  What are some things that give you that pit in your stomach that is just so amazing!!!

Stay tuned…the next few days will be exciting.

Can’t WAIT!!!

Making Connections, Revisiting My Why and Moving Forward – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 30

A Work in Progress

Wow, I’ve hit the 30-day mark with my blogging, and it’s been quite the adventure, so far.  To be honest, I don’t really have a system in place, I would just write what I felt or what was going on for me that day.  I actually found a couple blog challenges that I plan to implement for the next 30 days and it will be exciting to see how that pans out.

But, for now, going back to my title, I’ll discuss a little about what happened today.

This morning, I had the chance to meet with one of the women I met a couple weeks ago at the Women in Business mixer I attended in my area.  That was a great experience, and to sit down with her today was a real eye-opening experience.  The original focus of the meeting was to share with her a little about what I do in hopes that she may offer some referrals and/or guidance to steer me in the right direction.  

I got so much more from that.

In terms of eye-opening, I finally saw what I knew was to be true in the back of my mind…I have NOT been taking my business as seriously as I should.  Sure, I would be  “busy” during the day, but, really looking at my days, I may have been busy, but a lot of that “busy work” was more of a distraction to what I should be doing during the day.  Yes, I still have one more little one at home, and he does take up a lot of my time, but, after leaving that meeting, I took an honest look at myself and realized I am doing more harm than good to my family, my kids, my business, my team and more important, myself.

Sometimes it’s hard to go down that road or even hear it from someone else.  We quickly go on the defensive side and try to justify our actions.  But, what I got from this meeting was a genuine straight talk from someone who is looking out for my best interest, offering some key suggestions to move me forward.  Why get defensive about getting better?  Isn’t that what we all want anyway?

I was given some referrals as to who to contact for better exposure as well as suggestions to brand myself better online, which has been a struggle for me.  I’ll be taking baby steps, but I already know that this requires a change in my THINKING!!!  

The other realization that came to light was what happened after I asked, “How am I REALLY portraying myself?”  Am I REALLY portraying myself as a business woman or a Mom who’s busy trying to build a business?  I could do better, I could improve a lot of things, and while it’s not easy to admit, it’s also quite doable.  So, I’ve realized that I need to get better, brand myself better and be willing to continue the learning and growing process with blind faith.  Keeping my why in my sights is key.  I must NEVER lose that focus, no matter how difficult it gets, who shuts me down or whatever obstacles come my way.  This is too important for my family and me to not take it seriously.

The time is NOW!!!  

It’s a great feeling when you realize what isn’t working and that it can be fixed.  It’s simply a matter of admitting, recognizing, correcting and moving forward.  There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes.  There’s nothing wrong with stumbling and failing.  The time when it becomes an issue is when you aren’t willing to recognize you’re on the road to nowhere, being stubborn, proud and/or pigheaded and continue down that road.  Just get off that bad road, make a couple turns, refuel, recharge, look at the road map (i.e. your goals) once again and get on the right path.

So many others have been there.  It’s nothing new to any of us.  But, I am thankful for that conversation this morning.  It was a true eye-opening, A-HA moment for me that made me realize what needs to happen and that all is not lost.

Take care, and thanks to all who have been reading and following me throughout this challenge.  It’s been fun so far, and a great lesson for me.  Enjoy.

My New Website: A Work In Progress – 100 Day Blog Challenge Day 18

Yesterday was filled with lots of emotions and craziness.  I survived, learned from it and moved on.  Today has been focused on becoming a better ME.  I’ve been listening to lots of great trainings today that have not only blown me away, but given me the reassurance that I am on the right path.  It’s okay to brag about yourself every once in a while,  as long as it doesn’t come off as arrogant. 
I’ve come to realize that what I do helps others.  I “Pay it Forward, ” in a sense.  It’s all about helping others get what they want.   
I am a Coach. 
I am a constant work in progress and always learning as I go.  Once you stop learning, you stop growing.  So, I’m real excited about my new website and would LOVE for you to take a look.  Simply watch the 4-minute video and if you like what you see, please fill out the information and I’ll contact you to discuss further.  
Rest assured, the only person who will receive this information is me, so no worries.   I wouldn’t do that to you.   So, please CLICK HERE, to learn more, and I can’t wait to hear from you. 
Thanks in advance.
By the way,  it’s Day 2 blogging via my phone and I’m starting to get the hang of it.  But, it’s NOT something I can see myself doing long-term.