Thursday, December 13, 2018

Write About Something for Which You Feel Strongly

Day 10 of the challenge is for you to write about something you feel strongly about. This is a slippery slope for some people. Most of the time if it something you feel strongly about, then it ends up being a controversial issue. Someone gets their feelings hurt, someone gets offended, etc. I don't really like going too deep on my blog. I don't want to offend anyone and I like keeping my views to myself on many issues. That is why I chose something a little more peaceful, I hope.

Here goes:

Something I feel strongly about is being a mom. If you are going to be a mom, then you have to be a mom. When you choose to carry a baby inside you and then raise that child, you take on a huge responsibility. You choose to feed, clothe, teach, discipline, and most important love that child. This means that sometimes sacrifices must be made. Sometimes you are the most important person in that child's life and sometimes, you're the bad guy. Sometimes, you get to sit at home and sometimes you have to go to work. Sometimes, you get to take them to the park and sometimes you get to take them to the doctor. Sometimes you can let them eat what they want and sometimes you have to step in to protect their health.

There are so many tasks and chores that come with being a mom. I would like to say that it is all roses, but when your teenager tells you that you are a horrible parent because he didn't get his way, those moments are not pleasant. However, seeing that same teenager achieve greatness because you were so pushy is a great moment.

Being a mom isn't all sunshine and roses. You have so many tasks rolled up into that one job. It is a hard job, but the reward is always great. Don't take on the role of mom if you you can't handle it. Give that baby to someone who will. Because every child needs a mom. They need that person that will be the good and bad guy. You can't be their friend because you are their mom. One day when they are grown and your job of raising them is done, then you can also be their friend because by then, they are ready. Why are they ready, you ask? Because you did the hard part. You did the work.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Post Some Words of Wisdom That Speak To You

Day 9 of the Writing Challenge is to post some words of wisdom that speak to you.

I have heard many different phrases, different words of wisdom that will often jump out at me. One that I firmly believe is this:

"The Definition of Insanity...Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -Albert Einstein

Most people will recognize this famous quote. I have heard it often through my life and it is very true. This speaks to me because there are things that I have done over and over again before really stopping to think about what I was doing. These words are some that many people should listen to.

You can't create more debt to pay off debt and expect anything in your life to really change.

You can't continue to eat fattening foods and refuse to exercise then expect to lose any weight.

The list of different scenarios goes on and on. This is one of those quotes that really sticks with you and makes you think. I definitely consider these wise words.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Share Something You Struggle With

Day 8 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge wants you to share something you struggle with.

I can say with certainty that one thing I struggle with above others is:


It drives me crazy to say it out loud or type it, but it is the truth. My main issue with time management is picking a planning system that works for me. Bullet journal, rings, traveler's notebook, Happy Planner, Erin Condren, recollections. It goes on and on.

When there are so many different options out there, sometimes it is hard to find the one that works for you. I mean, let's be realistic. If you are a planner lover, then of course you may run across the issue of picking a planner that works for you. Because of this, my time management becomes affected.

I have used all these different options including my Outlook calendar. However, with my Outlook I didn't give the calendar a real chance. While I love the bullet journal style, I really want more functionality from a planner. I was getting lost in the decorating and it was enough to drive me nuts. It had really become more of an Omni journal than anything else.

 The rings are always either too big or too small. I love my Filofax Malden personal size rings, but it is too small. I love my DayRunner A5, but it is too big. Traveler's Notebooks are beyond cool and there are so many different ways to set them up, but once again they usually end up being either too bulky or too decorated. Again, I need functional. The Happy Planner is cute, but the discs really bother me. It's just not a planning system that will work for me.

As for Erin Condren and Recollections, the spiral planners are beautiful, but I can't get into the smaller ones and the classic size drives me crazy. Just too big to carry around. I don't want to have to carry a huge bag just because my planner is so big.

So, I have bounced between all these options for years. Because of all the bouncing, it has really affected my time management. I used to be a lot better at managing my time than I am now. I used to be more disciplined as a teen and young adult than I am now. How crazy is that? When I read this prompt, I couldn't believe the first thing that popped in my head was time management and planning. That really sucks, but obviously I realize that I am struggling and my old system was not working.

Now, I am trying something somewhat new. I am going back to the way I used to plan (high school and college), before I fell down the planner rabbit hole on YouTube, by using a simple notebook. Only this time, I'm adding a slight twist. I am using my Outlook Calendar which syncs to my computer and phone for my appointments and to schedule certain tasks that need to have a time frame. I also use this to plan out my week. With this, I am carrying a notebook. I guess you could call this a downgraded bullet journal minus the index. I look at it as more of an Inbox. I use this notebook for notes and a running to do list. If I have to jot something down, it goes in this. If I need to schedule an appointment it goes in Outlook.

So far, this system is really working for me. If someone wants to schedule something, I grab my phone. If I need to make a note, I grab the notebook. I really think I may have found the way I need to plan. I was happy that this idea was sparked in me. When I was younger, I usually did a list of appointments on one page of the notebook, but I firmly believe that the Outlook calendar will work better than that. I look forward to using this planning system and maybe cutting back the time I spend planning so that I will be more productive.

Happy Blogging!

Monday, December 10, 2018

List 10 Songs That You Are Loving Right Now

So, day 7 of the 30 day writing challenge asks for you to list the ten songs that you are loving right now. Here is my list and it is not in any particular order.

1. Last Christmas by Wham

2. Christmas in Dixie by Alabama

3. This is Christmas by John Lennon

4. Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

5. Into You by Ariana Grande

6. Heaven by Kane Brown

7. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) by Mariah Carey

8. I'd Come For You by Nickelback

9. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

10. Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me by Elvis Presley

I know there are several Christmas songs listed, but that is something I truly enjoy doing around this time of year. I will jam out to Christmas songs while I shower or drive. So, I have to be honest that most of my list is Christmas songs because of the time of year. In a month or two, this list will completely change.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Five Ways to Win My Heart

Day 6 of the Writing Challenge calls for a list of five ways to win my heart. If you asked my husband, he would be able to tell you with no problem exactly what gets to me and what doesn't.

I'm sharing my list with you guys. Here it is in no particular order.

Five Ways to Win My Heart:

Do the Dishes- I am not making this up. I know it probably sounds silly to you, but have you ever been faced with a sink of dishes and thought how awesome it would be if someone else would do them for you. Make my heart melt every time my husband fills the sink with soapy water.

Encourage my Writing- There isn't much I like better than someone who supports my love of writing and encourages it. My husband is always offering to buy me more office supplies if I need them, give me the space I need for writing, and encourages me to talk about my WIP.

Buy me Fudge- While I need to lose weight, this one has to make the list. Fudge is one of my favorite things. Yummy. So when my husband brings me fudge for a special occasion or remembers I love it when I say I am craving something sweet. That is no small thing to me.

Come Running- Nothing gets to me faster than someone who truly cares. When a person will come running when you need them, then you know that person loves you. That is a heart winner right there. My husband turned a twenty minute drive into a ten minute one when I tripped over my dog and broke my foot. I called him and he was there in no time. Then, he carried me to the car to go to the emergency room. He did the same on the day my father died. Knowing that I can call my hubs and he will come running. That was a heart winner.

Watch a Horror movie with Me- Yes, this one is on here. My husband hates horror movies so when a new one comes out you would think I would get stuck watching it alone. Nope. He is always willing to sit down and "suffer" through it to please me. It makes my heart swoon to know that he would do that knowing how much he hates horror movies that don't involve vampires or werewolves.

So, there is my list. Hope it was entertaining. Hope you guys will consider the 30 day challenge. So far, it's been fun. Happy blogging!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Five Places I Want To Visit

Day 5 of the 30 day writing challenge is to list five places that I want to visit. So, here is my list:

Sidney, Australia

Miami, Florida

New York City

Los Angeles, California

Estes Park, Colorado

There is my list of five places that I would love to visit. I actually have many more than that, but luckily this just called for five. You guys wouldn't want to sit here all day reading all the different places I would love to go.

Happy blogging!