Saturday, June 14, 2014

I Want to Have a Big Rummage Sale

I'm having one of those days where I want to sell and give away almost everything of mine that isn't nailed down. Do you ever look around your living space and feel like that? I want to keep my cameras and my laptop but I am seriously just looking at everything else in my apartment wishing I could just put it all up for sale on Craigslist or something like that and start over with my clothes, my dishes, furniture, etc...

I know that everything I have wouldn't get much money but for some reason this morning instead of wanting to clean anything, I just want to get rid of it all. Tell me I'm not alone in this feeling.

I've talked about this before, but I have a desire to live more of a minimalistic lifestyle. I have watched the movie Jack Reacher a few times and one of my favorite things about the character Jack Reacher is he has no belongings. There is a scene in the beginning of the film where he walks into a thrift store, buys clothes to change into and then donates the ones he was wearing when he walked in on his way out of the store.

Now, I would never put on clothes from a thrift store before washing them, but the idea of having no possessions and being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want excites me.

I think this feeling is one of the reasons I've recently become addicted to reading about Natalie Sisson a.k.a. The Suitcase Entrepreneur. When she built her business she made it so that she could work from anywhere in the world that had an internet connection. She lived and worked out of her suitcase! Talk about freedom!!! Her clients never know if they are getting an email from her while she is sitting on a beach or doing a webinar minutes from the Eiffel Tower! How cool is that?

More and more lately I've just wanted to sell and give away my possessions and just hit the road with my husband making money by writing and taking pictures.

I've started to wonder what is holding me back. I've got debt but so what? Who says I can't make enough money to pay my bills from the road?!? I'm not getting any younger and I fear that if I don't just take off and hit the road soon I may never do it.

So, this post began as one about me not really wanting to clean my apartment, but I guess the real heart of the matter is I want to run away from home. LOL!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Wake Up Call- Stop Burning the Candle at Both Ends

burning the candle at both ends 

This morning was a serious wake up call. I woke up feeling so sick that I couldn't go into my day job. I have seriously got to make some adjustments to the way I organize my time, my business, my life. If I keep burning the candle at both ends there won't be any light left for me or anyone else to enjoy. 

Folks chasing your dreams while trying to pay the bills- how do you organize your time to have it all?

I posted this originally on facebook this morning and Domestic Goddess Kristen behind the amazing blog The Road to Domestication had the best answer for me. Check out what she wrote:

I literally SCHEDULE IN down time. Sounded so dumb to me at first…but everything else in life takes up time, so why not schedule in some time to rest, too?!

I have also had to remind myself that I CANNOT DO IT ALL, and I can’t HAVE it all…and that is
okay. I prioritize the day – the things I HAVE to do, like go to my full-time job, because if I don’t do that, then I’m in trouble as far as budgetary needs, ha!

I make sure there is time to do something for MYSELF. As selfish as I thought that was at first, I realized that, if I crash and burn, I can’t do anything for anyone! And if I am rested, and happy, and not feeling stressed, I really can do everything else BETTER. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m out getting a pedicure every week or anything. Sometimes doing something for myself is just going for a walk in peace and quiet…or going to bed early! LOL

New for me in 2014 is blocking. I have literally blocked out several months of the year so I don’t have anything else happening except photography, Or except insurance. Or except family time. Or anything else. Not only can you get more accomplished when you’re focused, but you don’t feel so scattered from having to fight 10 fires at once.

I don’t even know if any of that book I just wrote makes sense…but YOU asked! LOL....

We are the ones who have a hard time listening to our bodies But we only have one! Hard to remember, but true!

To me every single part of what Kristen wrote makes perfect sense. I think it's exactly what I needed to read right now. I realize I can't keep giving myself to everyone because that's what caused me to wake up this morning and literally have nothing left. I could barely form a sentence when I called in sick. I had the most massive migraine and just took some Advil and went back to bed.

I normally get up at 6:30/7 at the latest and I slept in til 11 a.m. and felt so unaccomplished because of it. I just have been trying so hard to do so many things that my body slapped me silly this morning and then threw me back in bed.

Now I want YOU to chime in. How do YOU find a balance when trying to chase your dreams and maintain a day job?

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

I Hate Asking for Help

I hate asking for help. I am so used to getting up to get myself something when I want it and I get very annoyed when this isn't possible. Today I have no choice but to ask for help. I hurt my heel and because I need to stay off my foot today to be able to work tomorrow I'm being confined to my chair and only hobbling around to go to the bathroom. It sucks!

I'm sure anyone who has every had an injury that leaves them unable to do things on their own knows what I'm talking about. The feeling of not being able to be independent is as crippling in the mind as the injury is to the body.

I know I need to heal my heel but it's very frustrating sitting in this chair. I have errands to run, things I need to be doing but I can't do anything but sit here...GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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