When You Just Want to Nap…

This week I’ve been trying hard for consistency.

It’s hard.

The hardest part is doing something productive when I just want to take a nap.

I’m 35 1/2 weeks pregnant.  If this baby comes at the same time that my previous baby did, I will have a baby in 2 1/2 weeks. Yikes!

I don’t want to give myself excuses though.

Monday, I naturally felt energized and productive.  I got so many things done, and felt on top of the world.  It’s impossible for everyday to feel like that though.  It’s not a great triumph to do something because I feel like it.  I want to be able to get past “I don’t feel like it,” and I felt like yesterday was a great success with that.

On Tuesday, I was exhausted.  I needed to clean.  I needed to get some business stuff done.  I needed to take care of my kids.  I wanted to nap.

The thing that has helped me the most during those days are little things.  I don’t put pressure on myself to get the whole world in order.  I started with little things.  I started a load of laundry.  I posted a picture quote I had created a previous day to Instagram.  I wrote a post to my business group.  I worked my way up to talking to business prospects.  It was a lot harder to do than it was on Monday, when I wanted to do all those things; when I had energy.

I didn’t get as much on Tuesday, but I am so proud of what I did accomplish, because it was so much harder to do.  I am working to be consistent in my good habits.  Good habits are what bring me closer to my goals.  That is where I want to be.

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Work

Today I worked hard!  I’m very proud of myself.

We ordered some chairs from Ikea, and they came at the end of the week last week.  Ikea takes their packaging seriously.  We assembled chairs all weekend, but ended up with a really trashed house.  Somehow the rest of the house followed suit.  Today I caught up though.  Yay!

I also got a lot of work done as far as business is concerned.  I spoke to a lot of people, and got a lot of content made.

As I was looking for material for my Instagram, I came across this quote.

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I really liked it.  It’s important to continually look for opportunities in life, and most of the time those opportunities include a lot of hard work.  So go find a great opportunity and get to work! 🙂

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Family Videos!

I just wanted to make everyone aware that Evan has been doing daily vlogs!  They’re just little snippets of our daily life, so I welcome you to watch them if you’d like to get to know our family a little better.

Here is yesterday’s video:

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A Balance Between Gratitude and Goals

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This morning we had to go into the city so I could meet with my midwife, but after my appointment, we picked up Evan and went out for lunch.  It has been a beautiful spring day, so we bought some sandwiches at the food court across the street, and sat by a fountain to eat our lunch together.  Gardeners and other grounds workers were busy getting things ready for spring.  My kids kept trying to pick the pansies that had just been planted, and splashing in the water of the fountain.  I was just glad they didn’t fall in!  They were exhausted when we got home, and we are having our quiet time now.  🙂 Whew! It was a beautiful morning though.

Yesterday I talked about the things that I want, that I don’t have.  This morning was ideal though.  As I search for more, and make goals for myself, It’s also important to be grateful for the things that I do have.  It’s important to take notice of perfect moments.  I am grateful that my husband works near such a beautiful place, and that he has the flexibility to wander the city with us for lunch.  I’m thankful that we could afford to buy sandwiches and cookies.  I am most thankful for my family.  I feel blessed to have a steady, loving family.  It is the thing I prize most in my life, and I realize that not everyone has that opportunity.

It’s important to find a balance between reaching for dreams, and remembering what we already have.  Don’t get so caught up in your dreams that you forget.  No matter our circumstance, there is always something to be grateful for.  Find that thing, and hold on to it. 🙂

I’d like to hear from you. What are you most grateful for?

 

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My Average Day Dream

Evan and I had an interesting conversation today.  We often dream together, and talk about what we would want to do in our future.

When we dream, he talks about going into the film business and writing and directing for TV.  I talk about traveling to exotic places.  He talks about buying a beautiful house, and I dream about a big yard with trees and water.  We talk about vacations, and what we would do on those vacations.  Those are all big things though.  Go big or go home, right?  I think it’s good to have big dreams, as long as you put the work in, behind those dreams. 🙂

Today was a little different.  We talked about an average day.  Right now, our average day is pretty traditional.  He goes to work at his desk job 40 hours a week, and I stay home with the kids.  Both of us work hard to build our business during this time.  Interspersed, we have church responsibilities, preschool related things, and social activities.  Pretty average, right?  We are very blessed, but I can’t help but want more.  Cue Little Mermaid…

What can I say?  I’m a 90’s kid.

“I want more… ” This is the part where you sing it to yourself. 😉

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Here’s how my absolutely perfect, but completely average day would go:

We would all wake up together, eat breakfast, and send the kids off to school.  Evan and I might go exercise together, and get some reading in.  We would have our business that we are growing online as our main source of income, and would get to work that morning on creating content, meeting new people, and helping others in their own businesses.  We might squeeze in some housework, then have lunch together.  We wouldn’t do anything fancy; remember this is a regular day.  We would probably just make sandwiches in the kitchen together, and talk.  In the afternoon, if we had more to do, we would continue with business related things.  We might meet with other business owners, or host a webinar.  If we were taking an easy day, we might go to the park, or I could bake some bread for an after school snack(something my mom did for me growing up).  The options would really be endless.  The kids would come home from school, or they might have after school activities.  We would sit down to dinner together, and have a great conversation, and in the evening, depending on the day, we could either have a family night, or have some alone time (introvert here!).

The general idea is that we would have complete freedom to do what we wanted with the day.  We could play, lounge, and especially, work together.  I love my family, so my ideal day would be where neither of us had to go into the office that day.  Our office would be our home.  Evan and I are constantly messaging each other throughout the day about business related things now, but in this scenario, we wouldn’t have to message each other, because we would be in the same room.  We are a great team now, but we could be even better.

It’s fun to dream about crazy vacations or big purchases, but that’s not really what drives me.  My goal is this average day, where we work together.  This is my dream.  I don’t want the fancy car, or the elaborate mansion.  I want to keep my family as close as possible.  I want the freedom to make my own schedule, and work alongside the person I love the most.  I want people on our team that work hard, work smart, and dream big.

Maybe all of this seems naive to you, and that’s OK.  It won’t stop me from thinking about it.  Dreams don’t always stay exactly the same either.  They evolve as we evolve.  It may change, but the thing that won’t change is the size of that dream.

Connecting

We ended up visiting the “suicide slide”  today. 😉  Admittedly, there are definitely bigger thrills in the world, but for a two-year-old, this slide takes the cake for thrills.

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As far as business is concerned, Evan and I have been focusing a lot on the importance of personal connections.  I usually start off my day by posting on Instagram.  I then comment and engage on other people’s posts.  I want to genuinely connect with people, and Instagram is great way of meeting people with common goals.  While I am connecting with people online for business purposes, my kids are usually parked in front of Disney Jr, eating cereal.  It doesn’t last all morning, but using the TV as a babysitter generally triggers some mommy guilt if I’m not careful with my time.  I try to make them my priority (it’s easy to meander on social media).  While it is important to connect with others for business purposes, it is more important to connect with these two awesome boys.

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So we went to the park.

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He found a stick.

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Lunchtime came, and it was time to leave.  Some took it better than others.

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I hope you can make the time in your lives to connect with those people that are the most important, and connect with new people as well.  Human connection is really the most important part of life.  Let’s make it worth it. 🙂

 

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Night Owl Problems…

I’d like to recognize a problem.  Usually I write on the blog when I have time during the day, which is usually nap time.  Sounds like a good idea, right?  Working during the kids’ quiet time should be common sense.  Here’s the problem:

Twelve-thirty (after lunch) rolls around, and I want a nap.  Especially being 34 weeks pregnant, I need my nap.  My brain feels dull, and tired.  I never feel inspired, or excited to write, and that’s a problem.

My brain is the most awake from 10PM to 12AM.  I have been a night owl my whole life.  Night comes, and I feel alive.  All of my sisters, roommates, and husband can attest to the fact that I get (really) talkative at night.  My mind comes alive with ideas in philosophy, religion, questions, and memory lanes.  Everyone who has ever shared a room with me has learned to fall asleep while I am talking. (rude. haha) Evan can usually keep up with things like, “Is the door locked,”  but the nature of God, parenting philosophies, or business ideas tend to go over his head while he’s mostly asleep.  Weird huh?  You’d think he’d be able to keep up. 😉

So here and now, I have decided to write at night.  Why the heck not?  I’ve been fighting natural tendencies, and I’m hoping that by embracing it, my writing can be better… and maybe I won’t keep my husband up all night with crazy ideas.  I can tell them to you lovely readers instead. 🙂

I was also thinking about changing the direction of my blog a bit.  I want to involve my daily life and family more.  Since looking at the stats on this blog, I’ve noticed that the topics that I am passionate about get more views.  What a surprise, to learn that the blog gets more enjoyable to read when I am more passionate about what I write!  Yeah… I guess that shouldn’t have been a surprise. Haha.  Anyway, I hope you current readers aren’t super confused at this shift in the blog.  We’ll see how it goes.  It’s an experiment!  You will have to tell me how it is going as I go along. I would love the feedback.

Tomorrow I might write about my research on hashtags for business purposes, or playing outside (which neighborhood slide is best!! Actually it’s not a contest.  The one by the elementary school is a suicide slide), or maybe my progress in the mounds of laundry I’ve been washing and not folding…  Maybe I’ll write about them all.  Who knows. 🙂  I hope you can join me in this great experiment!

I think I might need a different blog name…

 

 

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