Thursday, November 3, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude: Days 1-3

Wow! November! Already?! I don't know about you but this has been one year that has just flown on by! I mean like really! With that said, November has been notoriously a month dedicated to gratitude by many people on social media so I thought I would participate. However, instead of participating on Facebook because it is easier, I have decided to participate here on the blog!

But in true One Pretty Little Box fashion as of late I am a bit late in the start so I am using this blog post to update Days 1 - 3! :)

Day 1 Smell

Smells are amazing! I love the scent of fall in the air, rain, bleach, the scent of my husband after a shower, the sweet smell of babies after a bath when they are cuddled in their pj's, a pile of leaves, snow, fresh cut grass, flowers, coconut candles. Seriously this list could go on and on. I am extremely thankful to have the sense of smell so alive in my life! Not everyone is as blessed, and I do not take it for granted.

Day 2 Technology

This list could seriously go on and on too! If I had to pick one though it would be email. As I filter through the junk it is nice to come across a "letter" from a long distance friend, a notification about my children's success at school, or even a new opportunity that could potentially change  my life for the better.

Day 3 Color

I do not have ONE particular color I can be thankful for. See, I again am very thankful for the ABILITY to see color, and to be able to deeply differentiate between various shades even of the same color. If I had to pick though, I love tiffany blue, hot pink, and currently as much as I am confused by it ~ Autumn Orange.

So I pass this challenge on to you ~ and I ask that you come back tomorrow to join me again! : Have an amazingly blessed Thursday and I hope all your dreams and wishes come true!



Monday, September 5, 2016

Motivation Monday: Making time for the important things in life!

Hello! It is finally September and with that returns more regular blogging on my part. Nine times out of ten it will NOT correspond with a video I do on YouTube ~ so let's just consider this blog a place to share things that I don't get around to showing on videos!

Since I have been gone, the twins have started their first year of high-school (along with a season of football), and our daughter has started her senior year with her last year on the drill team. Needless to say Football has taken over our free time lately! At work, I moved up to next "grade" level from the older three's to the older PreKers and that transition has been beautiful! I work a pretty conservative schedule to accommodate the kids practice schedules and I am honored to be able to do that. We have gained a new family member in the process of the return to school.

She is a full blooded German Shepherd and comes from good and clean stock. She is now 11 weeks (10 weeks in the pic above) and is working on allowing her ears to pop up! As you can see she is 1/2 way there. She is an inside beauty, so we are in the process of housebreaking which is going great! On the days I get off early, I rush home to pick up whatever discoveries she has found (which has been pretty much eliminated besides her toys) and to allow her time to go out to potty and play. I have been behind on YouTube videos though that is all getting back on a regular schedule as well.

But I get frustrated when I am doing all these things and I hear people who stay at home all day say they have no time to do anything. Uhm, what are you doing with your time? I mean I get it .... if I don't have a focus, I can waste a ton of time myself. In fact the last two days I layed around the house. I can tell you though I needed it. I go from 3:45 am until about 10pm non stop. I wrote and published a book over the summer break and having that focus kept me going as well as much deep cleaning throughout our home.

I am going to spend a bit of time this week contacting various people about #mydirtylittlesecret and hoping to get some publicity out of the deal ~ and being real with the world sharing my own story of being a secret keeper and how I have broke free. I have also been bitten once again by the writing bug! So, besides being a mom, wife, home keeper, I also work outside the home, pick up/take to practice, cheerleader on Thursday and Friday nights, along with whatever else comes my way. Stop saying you dont' have time if you haven't stretched yourself to simply do what needs to be done and still tackle something on your WANT to do list.

So my motivation for you this Monday is get up and make time for the important things in life! Stop living on the excuses that there is not enough time and prioritize your day a bit better.


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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