Monday, August 1, 2016

Motivational Monday: Go eat a frog!


That's right! Go eat a frog!

Mark Twain once said "If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." No kidding right!?!

What is a frog?
In this case a frog is something that is the most important task that you need to get done that maybe you have been procrastinating doing, or will take a lot of focus, determination, and just plain ol work. We all have frogs! For some it might be mopping floors. Many people I know say that mopping floors is one of the things in their home that doesn't get done often because they just put it off. Perhaps it is cleaning out that garage, coat closet, or even attic/basement. It could be something like having a difficult conversation, paying off a loan, or heck getting your tires rotated.

Why do it first thing in the morning?
It is a common fact that when you tackle one of your tasks that you would most likely put off until another time first thing in the morning, the rest of your day is a breeze. And in my case, I often find other things I have been putting off and now actually have a desire to do. Let's take this morning. Well it started weeks ago, but I am going to share my experience of this morning. That's right.... it started at 4am!

Yesterday I worked in my planner, and began to plan out the week. I have been adding potential frogs to my planner for two weeks now and decided to go ahead and instead of putting them on the side, to actually assign them days. Two of the biggest were to shampoo the carpet in the dining room and the living room. They are both very high traffic areas in our home and were needing some tlc. I have a carpet shampooer and specifically made sure I bought some cleaner this past weekend with groceries. Before dinner, I decided that after everyone ate, I would go ahead and clean the carpets in the dining room that way it could dry over night.  Little did I know when I woke up I immediately decided that I was going to go ahead and do the living room. Once I was done with that, I decided I would go ahead and do the master bedroom and the hallway. Done. Less than an hour. :) My carpets look lovely, they smell nice, and it has set me on a good pace for the rest of the day. In fact, even though we are going to go out and play some today, I have decided when we get back I am going to tackle washing down all the baseboards as well as the windows. :) Guess what. When those things get done, our home is just about spic and span. I mean there is ALWAYS something to do.

Will it make a difference? 
Did you just read the paragraph above? Yes it makes a difference! Try it just for one week and see what happens! This concept is what has helped me get my home completely decluttered and deep cleaned (including garage!) in less than 30 days! I am actually writing a quick book on this that will be coming out in time for you to get your home clean and ready for the Holiday season!

"If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it." ~ Olin Miller

I am sure some of you are thinking I don't have time for that! Well, yes you do. We all do. It is just a matter if it is a priority for you or not. There is a quote floating around and I don't know who to credit but it is genius! "If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not you'll find an excuse."

I challenge you to go eat a frog today, and continue to make it a part of your daily plan! I am sure once you get into the habit you will see how much MORE TIME you actually have in your day. That is what I discovered, and why I am such a fan! If you would like more inspiration Brian Tracy wrote a book called "Eat that frog: 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time." I have this book in my Amazon Cart but haven't ordered it yet under the opinion of Clutterbug on Youtube. I also, have figured that since I have the concept down and am working pretty diligently in eating the frogs in my life I am doing my own thing. Really... if you just stop procrastinating .. the concept is easy! Now... get find a frog and eat it!

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Coordinating Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi0UwwaEcMA

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I DID IT!!! I just forgot to tell you!

Oh my goodness! I haven't told you! I FINISHED writing #mydirtylittlesecret! YES I DID! It took me just over a year. Now, I am in the editing process and have been brainstorming for the next book that I have planned to write! It is NOT the second installment of The Ladies of Cotton Lake Series, but the next in that series will be written after that. I am hoping to have the book released by August 15th. That is the goal. And speaking of goals. I have found as a writer who is also a busy mom, wife, and teacher ... if I set myself a hard deadline (since I am a self published author) it is keeping me on track! Just writing as I "feel" like it, I can often find other things that I "feel" like doing too!



I really came on to begin writing a blog to coordinate with a video and realized I hadn't shared that good news! Did you know I am doing more YouTube videos? In fact, I have been striving for hitting at  minimum of 5 videos a week, and I for the most part I come close! You can check those out here:
ONE PRETTY LITTLE BOX YOUTUBE

Alright! It is my goal NOW to at least blog three times a week, continue the 5 videos a week, and of course regular updated links and such over on the facebook page: ONE PRETTY LITTLE BOX FACEBOOK PAGE



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Friday, June 3, 2016

I woke up with a hangover that every teacher knows all too well



Today, I woke up ... knowing I was going to be feeling a bit worn for wear. See... I just spent the last ten months running a real life marathon of trying to be Super Mom & Super Teacher, both of which I have failed at miserably, yet have had some successes that at least take a bit of the sting away.

I indeed have a hangover! A School Year hangover and the only cure is summer break! I am being very careful and diligent at allowing myself some down time. Yet, when I sat here to write this blog post this morning , I got up (right after that first sentence of this paragraph) and began cleaning up the house. I have not being keeping up with my regular cleaning schedule and it was getting out of hand. Like most other teachers, I found myself doing just enough to survive. I had greater intentions but I didn't have the follow up to go with it. Intentions are not always enough. You need that follow through to claim it as reality ~ and that goes for anything we desire in our lives.

I woke up immediately wondering if I had done anything in the school year that might would come back to haunt me later. Just like a real hangover, I had those thoughts "Did I do anything I will be embarrassed by later on?" ,  "Did I do something that might later on embarrass my co teachers, my boss, my family?". I also had questions like "Did I make an impact big enough to matter this year?", "Did I waste too much time?", and "Did I make a difference?".

I am weary. I did not sleep in on a morning I could. It is HIGH on my agenda to do that tomorrow though. BUT I am beginning to feel elated about the possibilities of regrouping, restructuring  my time, and like I have said before ~ NOT give my husband and my kids my left overs. They get the priority of my time and energy. THAT alone excites me.

As a teacher we give out every single minute those little people are in our presence, and even in the moments before and after they leave our care. Heck, I take them home with me ~ in my thoughts, in my heart, and ... for some .... in my emotions. Kids now a days have so much they go through that we did not face ourselves in the age in which they are in. I myself teach preschoolers and there are some who have seen too much for their little mind and hearts. It hurts! It hurts so much to know they are in such an environment that we as adults would crumble under, yet for them it is simply just life as they know it. THOSE are the things that we take home (as teachers) and can't seem to shake off. When I walk into the school ~ I am able to shake off my own concerns because they are NOTHING compared to theirs. It truly puts life into perspective.

I have always said every single person should be required to work retail for a minimum of a year. I am now realizing that maybe everyone should be required to teach for a year. It would so change your thought process on life. Period.

If you are a teacher ~ I commend you on getting through one more year! You are amazing and have changed and impacted lives in ways you may not ever get to know ~ but I know. Have an amazing summer and make sure in between all those ideas swirling in your head on what to change for the next year that you open up your day to recover, recoup, and regroup!

I filmed and shared a video the other day that might give you some inspiration on how to get the MOST out of your summer! CLICK HERE to see it!


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