UP AND AT ‘EM!!!!! TODAY…you CAN do it (whatever “it” is). Just START. I’d rather see you start today and not finish than to not start at all! Have you been wanting or needing to get something done (i.e. make a dentist appointment; open and sort bills; clean a closet)? Set a small goal JUST for today. Make a dentist appt and just gather the bills together or JUST go through and pay a few bills (marking “paid” on the envelope feels great)! You could just focus on shoes in the closet…nothing else. And, if you’re like me with millions of shoes, then how about you organize the red shoes or put away the winter shoes/boots. That’s it! Then tomorrow, tackle another small task. You’ll find that it was fast and easy come the end of the week when you’re smiling and you have, what I like to call, “better” chaos. Yes, it’s still there…for the most part the mess may still be there, some bills won’t get paid (OF COURSE) and some of the shoes weren’t tackled (unless you surprised yourself and, while listening to your iPod, got carried away and completed way more than you expected, he he he!) but the shoes and/or mess are not the issue. Really. WHO CARES?! I’ll say it again…WHOOOOO CAAAAARES! In the big scheme of things, I don’t know about or care that you can only find just the left shoe to each pair. The goal is to FEEL GOOD. THAT is what life is all about. Doing things and being surrounded by people, places and things that make us feel good.
So, if a mess, unpaid bill, annual check-up, cleaning out the fruit drawer (brown apples creep me out and at the bottom of this post I’ll give you a tip on how to keep them from turning brown) are just a few of the things that are hanging over your head, just starting can actually make you feel good. You may find that you feel less overwhelmed if you do it on YOUR terms. Not someone else’s terms that have you believing it must all be done today (and that includes your own alter ego, your “perfect” BFF, your mother/M-I-L, your kids’ teacher, your boss etc.). Doing things on your terms and, more importantly, being OK when you decide to stop though the task is unfinished, can make you feel GREAT! Because you know that it will get finished finally. How do you know? Because you started and you are moving toward completion each day no matter how big or small the steps. Success is INEVITABLE! How ya like THEM apples! :p
I think I’ll go open ONE bill (if I could open half a bill I would because that’s how I’m rollin today)!!
I have a couple of free hours to live today (instead of hours to kill…see how I did that?) so I’m off to commit some fun random acts of kindness then home to do some writing and read the new book ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James because I’m on a “feel-good mission” too! You go ahead and decide to have a GREAT day! Then do it! Have you decided?? *I’ll wait while you wake-up and try to get behind this decision* Ready? Set? GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! *Oh geez…I can hear the ‘Rocky’ theme music from here*
Below you will find my tip to keep apples from turning brown so quickly and a FREE goodie to help you with those tasks mentioned above!
P.S. – Since you’re such a hotshot now, how about adding this one last task to your list: Click here to vote for me for the 2012 Nations United Social Media Award! I am the only woman (and 1 of only 2 nominees from the US)! Every single nominee is deserving and I am so glad to have met them virtually and look forward to meeting them in “real-life” at the awards! So, I thank you in advance and TRUUUUULY appreciate not only you taking the time out of your busy day (which by the way, should not be as busy now that we’ve got the plan mentioned above *wink*) to click and vote but to have been nominated at all. I was so focused on the other types of awards that were right under my nose to intentionally go for and add to the virtual wall of my website when… BAM! I’m nominated, for the most meaningful award I’ve ever been nominated for, behind my back! As if!! All for my ‘Random Kindness Rally Project’ where, instead of fearing my 40th birthday and wallowing in self-pity, I decided to come up with a plan to feel GOOD that day…make it the BEST birthday instead of the worst. So, knowing that nothing makes me happier than to make others happy, I set out on a mission to commit 40 acts of kindness; one for each day of life that I’m grateful for! To get others involved in such fun, I started a project. I created an annual Twitter “Tweetrally” for others to follow and interact with me as I go, through-out the day, paying-it-forward and hopefully get inspired to do the same. I asked, in lieu of gifts this year, that everyone commit one random act of kindness and share what they did along with pictures if they chose to do so! My video and pictures will be up on my website soon! I’m so looking forward to watching this project grow as I now have an R&D team to bounce my happy ideas off of, making next year an even bigger success! March 15th, the Ides of March, will now be a happy day of kindness instead of a sad day of betrayal!
Thanks again for your vote…it will come back to you tenfold! Kindness begets kindness. ;) While you’re there, check out some of the other WONDERFUL nominees and their projects. www.nationsunited.org/awards/nominees
Nations United…beautiful people doing beautiful things.
As promised: A GREAT apple tip for keeping apples from turning brown right after you cut them so that you, and especially the kids and their lunch boxes, can enjoy them longer: Click Here!
ALSO…since we’re talking about completing tasks (and to help make this even EASIER so that you have NO excuses), I’ve asked my friends Matt and Nick over at Time Dog if they could help a few of my readers out as well! Being the awesome, sincere (and funny) guys that they are, of course they would absolutely LOVE to help you with your tasks and complete some FOR you for FREE!!!! That’s how they roll!
Now, if you know me you know that I am always searching for great finds, deals, products and services online. You would also, then, know that I am honest and NOT one for quick schemes (even if it were to put money into my pocket…blahhhh) and have a very low tolerance for BS! This is why many people (friends and total strangers alike, who have followed me and learned this about me) come to me when they need to find the perfect product, gift or service and fast! Because they know that I am honest, I have OCWSD (Obsessive Compulsive Web Surfer Disorder…I don’t sleep and have come to the end of the internet several times) and I want the best for EVERYONE, including success for the good, legitimate, businesses that are out there marketing to us. Nothing boils my blood and gives me “crow’s feet” more than internet BS! Even some of the legitimate businesses get you to their website and then bash you over the head with their sales pitches and now, not-so-interesting “deals”. So, though I may have originally been interested in their product or service, if you make me think that I’m getting one thing and then I realize that I’m not (or I am as long as I pay a million and two dollars and give up my first born) I frown and go back to Pinterest.
But that is NOT what Time Dog is (and believe me, I TRIED to grill them to find the “Ah Ha! I KNEW it!” when I first found them but there wasn’t one. Then I just stared at them…made them listen to the crickets and the wind between my ears). But it’s true, these guys are actually providing busy people, like myself, FREE virtual assistant services and then if you like them (which you will), they charge you like $35 a month to do an UNLIMITED amount of stuff every day that you don’t have time to do (or don’t feel like doing)! They do all of this without a contract so you can cancel if you must (Time Dog is confident that you’ll return, no worries, they understand that your $35 may need to go to a more pressing issue that month ), without paying them up front for the year etc. There are absolutely NO disclaimers needed here when I type this because not only was I not asked or paid to say these things, but Time Dog has no idea that I’m adding it to this particular post which will be read by many, making even more work for them (so get OVER there! Sheesh, I’ve given you the link like 35 times now! You’ll want to find out what it is that they do not do ’cause they looked at me as if I had two heads when I asked them to bathe my kids and wash my car. BUT, I need a new car anyway and finding me what I want for the price that I want with all of my quirky, picky must-haves and betta-not-haves is right up their alley *pulls out phone to call Time Dog)!
Thankfully, Time Dog is fully staffed and love what they do! FREE to try though guys? Ten tasks a day (unless you decide to keep these cinderfellas after the FREE 15 days, then it’s unlimited) for free? Everyday?? They even have REALLY pretty gift cards to give the gift of a virtual assistant to someone else! See…I told you it was crazy but hey, that’s what happens when you stay positive and surround yourself with positive people…that’s what happens, man!
Until next time…Warmest wishes,
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