Following through on New Year’s Resolutions

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

It’s the last day of March, the end of the first quarter of the year, and the ideal day to evaluate how my New Year’s Resolutions are going. Since my life is only getting more complicated as time goes along, my major resolution this year was to bring more structure to my workdays. I work from home and can set my own schedule and since I’m not generally a morning person, my workday would usually start around 9:00.  I was determined to set that back to 8:00 for 2014. So I’ve got the first part of my day fairly scheduled. We get up at 6:00, make the bed, get the workout gear on, drink a quart of Kangen water, check the i-Phone for texts and new e-mails, rebound/walk/run for up to 30 minutes, drink another quart of Kangen water (half a gallon in before 7:15 a.m.), then shower.

If all works out as planned, I’ve got the house to myself by 7:30 and  I’m in the recliner by 8:00 reading a book (usually personal development or sales training). One of my top 10 goals for 2014 is to read 50 books. I knew if I didn’t schedule this in, it wasn’t going to happen. So my workday starts off with 30 minutes of reading. This week I’m finishing up Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. Next week it will be The Sandler Rules. We’ve got hundreds of books to choose from so who knows what it will be the week after.

After that it’s off to my office (the 10 step commute). I start working through the list of things that need to be accomplished. Every evening before I go to bed I write down 50 things I intend to do the following day. It sounds like a lot but some things are as simple as sending an e-mail or text, booking plane flights or making a quick phone call. The list always starts out with my morning rituals including writing out my top 10 goals for 2014, visualizing my perfect customer, or studying my dream board. Some days I work methodically down the rest of the list, other days I pick the easiest things and do them first to create some momentum.

There’s seriously something so satisfying about marking something off the list when it’s completed. I’ve got this great set of highlighters and my best days are when the majority of the items are highlighted by the end of the day (which can be anywhere from 5:00 until midnight). Before I turn off the office lights for the night, I put everything back into place (as shown in the picture) so I can start out fresh the next day. My days may sound long but there’s a lot of laughter and some down time thrown in, so it never gets old. I  love what I do for a living (writing/marketing/connecting with people). No two days are ever the same and my schedule is really flexible, which is super important for me.

I’m usually pretty wiped out by the time we go to bed and I dream about work a lot but I can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning and hit the ground running. I’m loving this stage in my life!

 

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Welcome to my world!

Wife, mother, author, marketer, grandmother, journalist, proofreader, water girl, photographer — a lot of titles for one gal! That gives you a glimpse into my busy but rewarding life. I’m self employed so no two days are ever the same so I’m never bored.

I’ve been considering writing a blog for a long time because I love to connect with people and this is a great way to document this exciting time in my life. Every day just gets better and better!

Being a journalist, I live by deadlines — not sure how much I’d get done in a week without them. If it wasn’t for deadlines this blog would still be filed away in the action folder in the back of my head. But I’ve written a novel, which by chance has the same title as this blog — A World Such as Heaven Intended — and having a blog is a great way to get the word out about this amazing story. It’s coming out in print and on Kindle October 1. If you’re a fan of reading fiction that includes any of the following subject matters: the Civil War, romance, humor or suspense, get in line to get your copy. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’ll move you Larry.” (Gotta love those Veggie Tales.)

Here’s a more detailed picture of my life. I’ve been married for 32 ½ years, we have four children, our oldest daughter is married and has a 1-year-old son, our son is married, and then we have our middle daughter and our youngest daughter, who is graduating from college in nine weeks (but who’s counting). Age range is 29 down to 22.

I’m self-employed in two different fields — so the phone calls and e-mails never end. Besides being a published author, I’m a journalist, a photographer and professional proofreader (trust me, my kids have tapped into that skill through the years). My other career, or my mission as I like to call it, is sales and marketing. I am an independent distributor for an outstanding company, Enagic Corp., based in Okinawa, Japan, that produces medical grade technology that is bringing hope, health and healing to all corners of the world. Now who couldn’t get excited about that!

Life isn’t all about work though. My husband and I love to exercise together, bike, compete in 5K running races, golf and travel. One of my favorite things to do when I have time during the cold weather months (which there are a lot of here, living in the Upper Midwest) is traditional paper scrapbooking (which is best done rocking out to my favorite tunes — 60s and 70s classic rock).

Every day my husband and I say to each other, “We’re living the dream!” That’s so true! My life gets a bit hectic at times but I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s. Do you feel the same way about yours? Do we have anything in common? If so, post a comment in the comment box below!