I’ve been having having a lot of fun playing around and creating Subway art lately. The sky is the limit and it’s fast and easy! Here’s one of my first tries, I’ll be sure to post more.
This is one of my favorite quotes. It really is simple, but has profound meaning. It actually took me some time and experience to even understand the impact of this message. Sometimes we feel like we wish people in our lives (or the world) would act a certain way or be a certain way. It can be frustrating. We wish and we hope certain people would change and it doesn’t happen.
The empowerment occurs when you embrace the knowledge that the change begins with you. You can’t change people, they have to change themselves. When you let that go, it’s liberating! All you have control over is yourself.
I love the thought of being completely organized at home. It’s really exciting, but when it comes down to it I find it hard to commit to taking my precious down time to clean a closet – you know what I mean? I’m a coach, so I know full well that I’m making excuses, but I just don’t make it happen.
I went back to work full time last year which was a bit of an adjustment. Even while I was home with my daughter for 10 years, I was always working part time and running my own business. So, working wasn’t necessarily an adjustment, but working out of the home, full time and a generous commute was.
Luckily, I have an incredibly supportive husband who basically jumped in and did everything that needed to get done. We hired back a cleaning service, but he does everything else; laundry, getting my daughter to school (making her lunch), toting her around, the yard work and on and on. (YES! I really do know how supremely lucky I am!) It makes my life so much easier right now to know that I can come home at the end of a long day and we can all just spend quality time together.
So, I know my house is clean (our cleaning service is amazing!), but I have these nagging projects that I just never seem to do. I mean, I would much rather have fun with my family on the weekends or my days off than clean a closet. I’m sure you can relate!
Anyway, one of my good friends recently started selling for Thirty One Gifts. I had heard of Thirty One a little over a year ago and was always very curious. I had a party with my friend last month and became instantly hooked!
Of course, I love purses, so one of my favorite items is the skirted purse. Isn’t it super cute?!
I am really picky when it comes to handbags, but have to say that I am in love with this one! It’s the perfect size for what I need to carry, but is not too heavy which can often be the case with some of my bags.
I absolutely love this bag’s fashion versatility. These two bags have the very same base, the covers (and cute flower pins) simply cover a plain black bag. They easily switch out with a hook and eye attachment in less than a minute. I love different looks (easily) and this totally fits the bill! Ok, so I digress – back onto the topic of organization…
Beyond the cute fashion stuff, Thirty One offers many great products to use for organizing and a funny thing happened after I got my order, I was motivated to organize!
One Sunday morning, my husband and I opened the doors under the kitchen sink and started to dump things. (I guess I should have taken a before picture, but I’m sure you can probably imagine what it looked like). Needless to say, I was beyond excited that 1) We actually took the time to do this project (which was literally 20 minutes) and 2) It looks so pretty! I mean, who gets excited to open the cabinets under the kitchen sink? Well, now I do!
This little success has me totally motivated to continue with these little projects throughout the house. So, here is another…
As a hostess, I was able to purchase a hostess exclusive. I went right for the XXL Utility Tote, because, at an incredibly reduced price of $40 I thought it was a super deal – although I had no idea what I was going to do with it!
I decided to use it to organize my yarns and projects for all of my crochet. The first picture shows all of my projects, scraps, and yarns and the other shows them neatly stored in the bottom of my *newly* organized hall closet! I love this piece so much that I put together another small catalog show to get another. The second will be used to organize scarves, hats, and gloves. I can’t wait to get it and keep organizing!
Ok, so that’s it for now (I’ll post more pictures as I continue to organize!)
The moral of the story – whatever motivates you to get it done – just go with it! I felt such a sense of accomplishment and energetic relief to work through my blocks and get things done!
What kind of blocks are you experiencing in your life? What’s holding you back? What can you do to break through?
I show up big, bold, and ready to rock. Do I have bad days? Sure I do, but they don’t have me.
When my husband and I started kicking around the idea of me ‘going back to work’ a year and a half ago, it was exciting, yet scary for me. Now, I wasn’t scared because of what you would think the normal reasons would be. I was scared because I knew I needed to align my passion and my purpose where ever I was working. How would I find this? I really didn’t know.
I knew managing social media for an insurance company wouldn’t fuel my fire or my passion. Quite the opposite, I knew it would dull my light.
Through my journey, I just believed. I was picky. I didn’t send out a lot of resumes or apply for a lot of jobs (actually only four). When my answer showed up one day, it was like a gift from the universe. I knew I had my answer and I ultimately manifested the very thing that I wanted. A job that I love, working for a company that I believed in so passionately. It really was a dream come true! My passion and my purpose were aligned with my work. I far exceeded my goal and was ready to take on new ones in this new chapter of my life.
When you do work that you love and you believe in – it doesn’t feel like work, even on days when you are working hard and multitasking like crazy. When you work from this place, it becomes wildly contagious. Your energy is like a light for others. Now, it’s not something that you can see, but it’s something that you just feel.
You see, I am an optimist. I see the opportunity in every challenge. I always look for the lesson and the opportunity for me to grow in any situation.
So, how does passion and purpose show up and align in your life each day? Do you look for opportunities no matter how they appear in your life?