Everyday my family and I talk about our goals and dreams and try to chip away at the list of things necessary to get me and my family closer to them. My husband is working towards our shared dream every time he leaves the comfort of our home and has to go work for weeks on end just to provide for us.
We were smart enough to learn that being entrepreneurs was in our best interest. Now that we know that, we just keep learning everything we don’t already know about how to complete our goals. Sounds like obvious stuff, right?
Well, it’s not that easy when you’re goals involve buying a large piece of land and it’s not in our plan to settle for a tiny lot just because that’s all we can afford. So ten years, 3 babies, 3 dogs, 2 cars, 1 motorcycle, and no land later, we’re still trucking along towards the perfect situation. (I know we put the cart before the horse, but I still feel like that shouldn’t mean we can’t make it ahead just because inflation rises faster than wages.)
And if you’re thinking: Sell everything and buy land, we’ve been doing that for the last 4 years. No joke! Every time we’ve saved ANY money something came along that takes just about the same amount away. Like there was an invisible message written in the sky above us that said “They have extra. Take it!” Well no more!
Since we run our own business and our expenses are all our own, we know that we haven’t been making any profit for the past few years. Since we don’t want to take out any loans, we are just paying for most things as we go.
This is great and horrible: We make the money. We spend the money. It goes towards bills or expanding the business or something that works towards a goal so that we may hope to make more money. Then it’s gone and we literally have to wait until we make more money.
So, I’m trying to follow the rules of the successful places that give their tips to do this or do that, to be successful in life, blogging, saving, penny pinching, etc. I plan on posting about what works on here so I can share the love.
I do worry sometimes that I’m too late. Bloggers gotta blog and I’m in a see of millions trying to be seen who put way more time into it than me. I have busy days, pretty much everyday. Even my husband usually has to wait his turn for my attention whenever he is home because I do so much myself so that we can save money.
To get an idea of some of the things I do myself most of the time. This includes, but is not limited to cooking and baking from scratch (can we say bulk food ;), kid raising, cleaning, laundry, outings, shopping (one of my faves! Hey, I’m still girly and I only like to buy sustainable, ethical, humane, good for the planet stuff) crafts, most kinds of repairs, homemade soaps and cleaners, toothpaste, face and hair creams and masks, healing through food, essential oils, and so on.
During the summer, life is amazing because it’s warm and there is so much to do. During the winter, ehh…. not so amazing, unless we’re out on an adventure and we’re not big fans of cold weather so winter adventures are kept at a minimum.
Don’t get me wrong. We do a lot of fun stuff. Play cards, board games, playstations, computers, light sabers, dinosaurs, learn about the cosmos, watch Planet Earth, build forts, make home movies, bake/cook, teach, fly drones, play music, go on walks, and so on. But our dreams, ten years in, are getting closer than ever before and I just want to push us onto that life raft and yell “We made it!”
Are you working on any dreams right now? If so, what have you found to be most helpful in attaining them? Let us know in the comments below!
Have a wonderful day,
Since I approach my life a bit differently than most, people randomly ask me what my take on certain things is, like commercialized holidays.
Today being February 14, 2017 or Valentines Day, V-Day, ❤️-Day, etc. I found it appropriate to answer this question.
My personal belief is that no holiday really matters. If you’re feeling flush with fat stacks of money spilling over, I can understand wanting to splurge on your loved ones, otherwise, just keep reminding the people you love and care about that you love them way more than once a year.
It can be so simple and free (or almost). If you aren’t busy and your loved one is, maybe make a meal for them as a surprise or do something else you know they’re bound to enjoy. After all, you’re together because you bonded over something, right?
If you’re both busy, lighten up and plan to celebrate when you can, in a way that is special to each of you.
Ultimately, at the end of the day, all that matters to me is that you didn’t give me a negative memory. It is kind of that simple.
I’m comfortable in my skin and I want people to be free to focus on themselves. I am not influenced by any date unless it is directly special to me or someone I love.
We celebrate what is important for us as individuals and as a family. I love spreading love, I just don’t wait for a holiday to do it.
If you can try to get and/or give someone a happy, authentic, positive memory on any day…
Well then, those are the kinds of memories people cherish that last forever.
“The number one self-discovery tool on the internet.”
According to the website thefouranswers.com.
My wonderful mom sent me their link and told me I’d need my dad’s birthday to get my results.
This intrigued me because outside of my results on my kick-ass cookin’ or after doing a few weeks of Tracy Anderson, I don’t get told to expect results very often.
So after doing some house cleaning, cooking, general momming, and spending some quality time with my oldest son, I opened my email, clicked the link, entered my info, and waited for my free personal energetic profile to come in my inbox.
The form looked like this and asked for some personal information.
I submitted my info and am not sure exactly how long it took to receive it, but it was within a few hours. The email had a five page PDF of my Personal Energetic Profile results attached to it. In that profile, they give you your 4 lifestyle traits, what kind of attraction style you have, and let you know if you have any personality modifiers (I believe, their are 5 possible personality modifiers).
Fast forward to me reading my results and being blown away that it was so spot on!
You wind up with an amazing new insight into yourself and how you vibrate energetically. As they so eloquently put on my detailed results in the five page PDF, “This is your relationship with yourself.”!
That’s huge! The more you know about yourself, the less guesswork you wind up doing. Win win!
I can’t wait to do my husbands with him and I totally recommend that everyone take a moment to gain this new knowledge into their own existence.
Let me know how you match up with what your Personal Energetic Profile below.
Have a wonderful day,
I keep thinking about this quote, “Grow through, what you go through.” I think it’s so deep. It’s hinting at really being aware of yourself and that, whatever life throws at you, there is growth to come from it.
This brings me to a very important introspection; Self love. It is so important and as a step towards building or maintaining a loving relationship with yourself, I ask you, when was the last time you wiggled, giggled, stretched, squirmed, and/or squealed around? Perhaps jumping into bed or getting on to the floor. Perhaps you’re more of a social stretcher and bust into some mid sentence sun salutations for added physical benefit, all in the name of health? Just me?
All the same, I hope if you can’t find a solid block of time to really work out, then sprinkle it throughout your regular day. That way, when you do work out again, it doesn’t feel like you’re back to square one.
Standing in front of the sink? Time for the horse stance.
Using your phone on the bed? Try to stretch in any way you can (smooth movements, not jerky ones).
Sitting at your desk? Then I recommend flexing your muscles when no one is around, as long as you can. Trading muscles, holding it until that muscle set is tired and going through every muscle you can think of. It’s a great way to wake up a sedentary body.
I can tell you, that most of the times I was having a hard time in life, I wasn’t wiggling around joyfully in my bed, or on the floor, or anywhere. There wasn’t enough moving of any kind and I felt emotionally blocked for it. Who knows which comes first, the pain or the suffering, but how you get back on track faster, always starts with you and your health. Mental health and physical health are tied together. More so than most people realize.
So, since I’m not worried about sounding like a complete goofball, I can admit that I stretch it, wiggle it, sun salutations it, downward facing dog it, quite often. Like a handful of times throughout the day, if I can’t get a block of personal time to myself. I am comfortable doing it practically anywhere and in front of some, because I have my own understanding that my life just feels better when I keep moving.
Even if I only have three minutes. I’ll still take those three minutes (maybe even while I’m having a conversation and that usually gets the other person to realize “Oh! I should do that too!”to work out any kinks I have.
I move slowly and methodically with my breath, using my body to guide me into my next move. It’s like physical meditation for me, which, I love!
If you don’t feel comfortable guiding yourself I recommend using YouTube or just Googling whatever questions you have and watching a few different people to find the one that speaks to you and your body in the best way, so you can get moving and keep moving.
‘Cause, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time, or even want, to go pay for a personal trainer or some other expensive thing, but I still want to look bomb on date night!
All this talk about stretching, I think I’ll go do some now. Peace out!
In the sea of “this is good/no that’s bad”, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with and/or figure some seemingly insignificant things out. Who owns what brand? How far did this product travel? Why can’t I afford my own land? Where do my tax dollars really go? Is there really a demon in Arizona? When did Kourtney Kardashion get sustainable? I’m kinda impressed.
When Facebook shoved Victoria’s Secret ads in front of my.. “freaky ‘lil face”, I told them to offer me something I might want to buy! Stop outsourcing your workers and start fixing some problems. I want to hear that the company I buy from is doing something about clean drinking water or that they used recycled tires to make McNuggets or what ever… Why does it feel like somebody is always trying to get away with something?
I look forward to the day that I don’t have to look out my window and see so much concrete… Bring me to the shire. I want to take everyone home!
I recently watched this great video about Jim Carrey and his spirituality, which reminded me that one of my favorite movies of all time is “Ace Ventura”, both of them. It has affected me. I love being silly. I have mucho appreciation for Mr. Carrey! I always thought that If I ever made a movie it would be named Grace Ventura. Al-ri-high-ty-then! Just kidding 😉
Instead of aspiring to become a rich and famous comedian/actress and having a way to take care of all my own wants and needs, I became an animal whisperer-like person whose parents moved all over America with the Forest Service. This made it so that I ended up connecting pretty well with all of the family pets. At the age of 8, I got my very own pet, which was a miniature dachshund named Princess Pip Squeak. For the record, I did not like this name, but my parent’s got her for me for my birthday, so my dad got the last word on that one. He even registered her as an AKC with that name. We called her Pip, she was the cutest doxie you’d ever seen and actually grew up to be quite bitchy. Excuse the language, but I mean that in both meanings of the word. She was my dog and as she grew out of puppy-dom, she knew my parents were the alpha’s in our house so she only listened to them. I tried every trick in the book at 8 to teach her to respect me, but I failed miserably.
We were more like siblings than an alpha and omega. She was sure she was the Alpha, ppff, growled at me and we’d bicker with each other all the time, but I begrudgingly walked her, fed her, watered her, kept her as my pet and she slept with me every night for another eight years (hence why she thought I was her slave…). I can’t let you think she was a bad dog, because she had her amazing moments. My family used to be quite the bickerers and she cured that. Every time we fought she would squeak, squeal, and bark until we stopped. It seemed to work. I only realized a few years back what a lesson Pip was for me and that’s a topic for a different post. I finally earned her respect after I had my first child at 21 which ended up feeling quite comical when I brought my first baby boy home and she was sooo sweet to me.
Since “Ace Ventura”, I’ve really appreciated some of Jim’s other movies, like “Bruce Almighty” and “Yes! Man”. You can watch the video below.
Thanks for checking in,
To learn more about Jim Carrey on Wikipedia Here.
Thank you The Journey of Purpose for that one.
I am so excited for the year ahead. We have big plans this year and look forward to sharing it with you all. Some of those plans include continuing to build this site and its content. That will be my most challenging aspect of the year, incorporating more working (blogging) into my already long work(momming) day. When you’re a mother of three kids, especially high intensity boys, then you’ve got to get your goals and get going, otherwise someone grabs you and sends you on their mission they have for you. (Love you boys…) I’ve come up with the ideas for the pages and I really want to know what you think. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years. I was a blogger a few years back and really enjoyed it, but my kids were so young and life outside blogging got too demanding to keep track of.
If you don’t know what it’s like to have kids, let alone, 3 boys, let me give you a little insight. I wake up each morning around 5:30-6 a.m., excited for the day ahead, I ponder to myself… “How long do I have before anyone else wakes up?” about that time my youngest, Aiden, wakes up. Everyday.After about an hour of just mommy and Aiden, my other 2 wake up and then it’s the breakfast dash. I closely relate it to Parana’s feeding if we’re having cereal, but if we’re going with “Egg and a Hogle” then it’s a whole different adventure. It’s more like the seagull’s from Finding Nemo “Mine. Mine. Mine.” Not to give the impression that they don’t share well, but they definitely are competitive at times. After breakfast we try to discuss our goals to accomplish for that week or that day. This is another big goal for 2017. Really focusing on working goals that have tangible rewards. It’s been 10 years since my first pregnancy and 6 years since my last. I have fully potty trained kids, which is HUGE! and now I finally feel like my days are becoming my own. When I’m in the thick of momming and my days are not my own it feels like I’ve stepped outside my mind and I put my body on loan to the little souls that need it for all their own needs. When I just had my first son, i didn’t understand how easy I had it. Then I had my second son and thought, hey this is a piece of cake, I’ll have another. I thought it would be a girl, but hey, I love all my boys and couldn’t imagine my days without them. What i didn’t realize was what I was really getting myself into. I thought that I just had to be there and that would be enough, but if you want to be successful at momming then you need to look at the BIG picture and if you look at it enough like I did you see that if you can’t afford all the luxuries and intricacies that being wealthy and having your own version of a helpful tribe would, then it all falls on whoever is taking care of your children. And for me, that’s me and my family. It used to only be me and my husband, then it was just me, and in the past few years everyone has been slowly coming around, realizing “Hey, you’ve got something amazing here.” If I’m grocery shopping, I buy all organic local ingredients. I’m a co-owner at the local CO-OP and try to make almost everything from scratch. I’m a soft believer in the 80/20 rules in life. I don’t believe anything too strongly because the opposite of crazy is crazy, and I’m really into healing the whole body and soul, but I don’t walk around preaching smelling like patchouli (…not because I don’t like it, but I don’t, lol, and I don’t want to smell like it, no offense to anyone who enjoys it 😉
This year I plan to share how I make this confusing jigsaw puzzle of life make a little bit more sense to me. I have shortened healing time when my children suffer from illnesses, regrown enamel and gums, cured my own autoimmune/thyroid disorder I was suffering from due to depression, working on healing my torn rotator-cuff with collagen, making my own homemade beauty products and tips, sharing great unique family recipes, and anything else that pops up that seems worthy of sharing.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful 2017!
Since I was fortunate enough to get a Go Pro Hero 5 Black as an early holiday gift, I got to test it out when the whole fam went snow tubing at a little tubing resort outside of Boise, ID.
This was my first time ever messing with a Go Pro or their apps, so let me know what you think.