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During This Quarantine Time

What are you doing during this “lock down”, quarantine or whatever one choses to call it?

With everyone having to stay at home, I’m curious as to what others are doing. I know some people are working from home, which is always a plus no matter how you look at itπŸ™‚. Teachers are doing their part by teaching from home bringing a whole new light on schooling. Others who are in professions where they can’t work from home are just taking this time to spend it with their family or maybe just enjoy their own down time.

I know there’s quite a lot of people taking this opportunity to get projects done around the house. Home Depot in our town has been super busy. I guess that “Honey Do” list is getting shorter and shorter! I told my husband there’s gonna be a lot of home improvements going on and looking good!

My daughter and son in law live in LA, California and have been going on long hikes, bike rides, walking my grandpuppy, cooking, baking, puzzles and my son in law has been doing a lot of his very artistic drawings. When I call, I ask what the arts and crafts of the day will beπŸ™‚

My husband is working since he’s in charge of the districts’ irrigation and since that’s classified as agriculture and cannot shut down, well he’s out there doing what he always does….and at it’s best I might add😊

For me, life hasn’t really changed. I haven’t been panic shopping, we’re pretty self sufficient and always are blessed to have enough, I will admit a few things I did get just a little extra of, but only because so many staple products may not be there when I need them. But all in all, my food shopping has been the same.

I’m home everyday anyway so nothing has really changed. As a freelancer, I I’m a digital nomad anyway so work for me is the same. I’m always either doing something on our ranch, in our home or in my home office. Life is never boring for me! Currently my big project has been a total remodeling of our chicken coop and run which I’m having so much fun with! I’m always surrounded by three dogs, two Pygmy goats, ducks, chickens and pheasants so I always have plenty to talk to🀣

I’d like to think people will take this time to enjoy it, you may not like it, but can make the best of it. Some may be taking a long wind down! So many talk about how hectic their lives are, now’s the time to really relax, decompress and make the most out of this.

Share your “staying at home” comments with me, I’d love to know what others are doing now with this Covid quarantine.

Have an outstanding day and keep smiling…..it makes people wonder what you’re up to πŸ™‚ Follow me on Instagram and Facebook and feel free to leave comments. I personally read and answer all comments.…….Cindy

Fear and the Role It Plays in Life

Is It Holding You Back?

This may not be a super exciting topic for many, but it’s there, and exists in life and is normal. Expect it, we all have it at some point in our lives but the trick is how we deal with it, work through it and above all….keep it from holding us back.

Thirteen years ago when I decided to let go of working for someone else and helping to build their dream, I was told fear can and will hold you back. But just the word itself….FEAR…it’s actually False Evidence Appearing Real. Pretty cute huh? And definitely true!

For the purpose of this site post, I’ll deal with fear on a more business related side, because far too often those starting out on their own deal with this and it can grip them hard, in many (sad) cases it causes them to actually let go and shut down on their dreams, goals and huge ideas. First off let me say that fear isn’t a sign that you’re doing something wrong, rather it means that you’re doing something new and right and bold!! You’ve stepped outside your comfort zone, a place you may find scary but just embrace it and let it all sink in and tell yourself that you are in that rather small percentage of people who’ve taken a leap of faith to forge ahead and go after your dreams and goals. If you don’t have the fear it means you’re not moving forward or challenging yourself to grow. I like this part of a quote Christy Wright wrote in her book Business Boutique quoting a friend “Fear establishes the limits of your life. The bigger your fear, the smaller your life”. I love that! How true it is. Fear can stop you in your tracks, make you ask yourself “Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this, is this right, what if it doesn’t work” and the list goes on. My favorite part of that line is what if it doesn’t work…to which I say what if it does?

Fear is real folks, especially when it comes to business and there’s scientific fact to back it up. Back in the 1970’s researchers called this the “Imposter Syndrome” (Christy Wright; Business Boutique), because it can give feelings of undeserving of their achievements or dreams/goals, afraid of being found out and this one…..”Who am I to do this?”.😲

I think the best part of all this is that ironically, the ones who suffer from Imposter Syndrome are usually high achievers and the ones getting stuff done! Someone there binge watching TV eating bon bons or aimlessly surfing social sites and saying “look how lucky he/she is” isn’t even wondering if they’re performing up to standard and not even dealing with the fear….(then again perhaps they are and that fear has gripped them so tight they’re afraid to make any moves)

A lot and I mean A lot of people have a fear of failing…..especially when it comes to any type of business venture or idea. It’s so common. But to that I say FAIL and FAIL BIG, yes folks that’s right you heard me say it…FAIL and FAIL AGAIN AND AGAIN! Ben Franklin had what…some 1,000 failures before getting the light bulb right. ONE THOUSAND! Michael Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Colonel Sanders…just to name a few have had so many failures and strikes against them…did it stop them? Nope! Ya see, the thing is, if you never try you’ll never fail. Plain and simple as all that! Failure is an option, failure is good, failing forward is a good sign!

When starting something new, there’s always going to be nay-sayers, the “fear inducers” the “what ifers” (yep that’s a word in my world) these people will always be there no matter what to crush you down and put the fear into you, even if you don’t already have it. Walk away! Put on ear muffs! Play loud music to drown them out! Whatever it takes, just don’t let them make you step back into your comfort zone. Press forward and just say “What if it doesn’t? Ahhh but what if it DOES”?

So as the book says “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” (Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.)

If you’ve ventured into something new and stepped outside your comfort zone, give yourself a pat on the back and when someone says “It can’t be done” as I always say “Watch Me!” and fail forward my friend!

How Things Change

Ever sit and think about the changes in your life and/or business? I especially do this at the end of a year, more-so in my business life. This is when I look back over the year and see what my goals were, how I did in achieving them, what held me back, what was challenging and what steps did I take to achieve a goal.

This year in particular, I looked at just how my business(s) have morphed over the years, much like a caterpillar evolving into a butterfly and how much fun I’m having with that. My freelance business had started out back in 2007 as virtual assisting, remote assistance, off-site assistance….whatever you call it, it’s still as an independent contractor or freelancer. While I started out primarily in one niche, over the years I’ve found what I really enjoy doing, better at, and what gives me the greatest satisfaction, not to mention clients.

When I look back over the “morphing” of my business, it’s really kind of cool to just see how it all came to be, and I know it’s going to keep evolving. I’m a person who loves change! I embrace it! Never one to just be content with things staying the same. Go outside your comfort zone! That’s pretty much how I’ve done things in my business and personal life and it really does put a smile on my face when I look back over all of it.

So in conclusion, Change it up! Keep the spark! Embrace the change!

Have an outstanding day and keep smiling…..it makes people wonder what you’re up to πŸ™‚ Follow me on Instagram and Facebook and feel free to leave comments. I personally read and answer all comments.…….Cindy

It’s Time to Review and Set Goals

Here we go, the year is winding down to a close and a new one is about to begin. I always say where has the year gone! Always reminded of my grandma telling me that time goes faster as you get older, to which I always said “oh granny you’re wrong” Ha, oh how wrong I was and now being a “granny” myself I say the same thing!

As a business owner, this time is kind of a fun time, it makes me take a good look at the past year, all the goals set and exactly how I did, along with what were my biggest challenges. It also allows me to set new goals or maybe update some. Goal setting has always been a biggie for me and it’s funny how it took me so long to “really get it” and see that this stuff really does work and makes a difference. I think my biggest realization of it came when years back I started with declaring my goals out loud, writing them down, and keeping them in my face. I remember writing a sales goal for my month and at that time, I hadn’t kept it in my face, but kept it written down and in my mind. I was super surprised when a few days after the month ended I found my goal sheet and that I had exceeded it by $3,000!!

A few of my 2019 goals still are a work in progress, I look deep into what kept me from reaching them and learn, be it from mistakes I made, or perhaps I just need to learn even more about how to reach them, and then again some I need to just suck it up to the fact that it’s not the destination but the journey, it make take a little more time to get to where I wanna be, but I’ll get there and the journey will have been so well worth it.

While goals need to be big and really make you stretch, they also need to be attainable. I learned early in my goal setting that while setting that BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) is great, it also needs to be attainable. So while say, your BHAG is earning $10,000 by X date, is it realistic for you to do, or perhaps starting with smaller steps like, earn an additional $2,500 by X date, you exceed that then increase the amount and date and exceed that…all those smaller steps will get you to your grand goal and would have been a little more realistic for you. AND there needs to be the roadmap of how to get there. No goal should or can be written down without some sort of “map” of how to get there. You wouldn’t embark on a new journey without knowing how you would get there right? Same thing here. Yes, my goals stretch me, and long long ago I learned to come outta my comfort zone, but they also contain my steps on how I’m going to reach them.

For a goal to be more than just a pipe dream, it needs to be written down and revisited daily! Every day, I write mine down, but I write them down as if they already have happened. It’s training your brain really. Some of my goals have dates set to them, and some do not but even if there’s a date, that can be changed along the way if need be. The bottom line is, just set those goals, raise your bar and get going on a brand new year. It’s a brand new start so seize it!

Have an outstanding day and keep smiling…..it makes people wonder what you’re up to πŸ™‚ ****Cindy****

What’s On Your Book List

What’s on your book list, or what are you reading now? What you read is so important. I personally will only read books that will help me, educate me or bring positive change. Usually I keep a running list in my phone notes of books I hear about and as I finish one, I’ll check my list of what to get into next. There was a time when I’d have about three books going at once, but since my lifestyle has changed and my businesses have morphed, well I find I can concentrate better with just one.

Not sure how any of you feel and I really would love to hear from you on this, so feel free to comment….I do personally read every one and will answer backπŸ™‚I have an iPad loaded with so many books and it’s super convenient to have so many all in one compact place. However, there is just something about a physical book that always has appealed to me. Having that actual book in your hand, the look, the feel and even the smell. So I find myself ordering hard copy books regularly and I especially love a hard cover book! Just one of my quirks I guess but hey, it’s my own world and everyone there knows meπŸ˜€I’m also a fan of reading the Bible and that one folks, must be in hard copy form! To me that is one that definitely has the feel and smell. Ever smell a Bible?….ahhh to me it’s something so cool. I have to admit that of late I’ve slacked off on that reading a bit, not something I’m proud of and do like to really try to set time aside for even if only a few minutes a day to devote to Bible reading. It’s one of my habits to get back into and as we’re heading out of 2019, one of my habits to seriously stick to in 2020!

Back to my type of books. I love personal growth, those that deal with growing business, networking or forming those relationships. Personal growth, development…whatever you want to call it, they’re my favorite go to books. Recently, I finished two….what I feel are awesome books written “in real terms and in a real way”. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and Girl Stop Apologizing also by Rachel Hollis. I loved these two! As a budding Influencer myself, these were stacked with useful and practical information along with Rachel being herself and it really coming through in her writing! Loved them!

Now on to my new read, No Place Like Known by Megan Valentine, as the cover says “a journey of self-discovery, chasing dreams, and finding home right where you are”. Looking forward to starting this later, so stay tuned for my feedback later on!

The teacher is always available to the student willing to learn, and I love learning new things that can better my life, business or anything I do. It’s a lot of my reading that has lead me to copywrite, ie content development/management. Love to read and love to write and what I learn along the way sure has helped me.

So on that note, I’m going to end this post and do encourage y’all to hit me back with what you’re reading, and oh yeah…love to hear feedback on what you’re reading, it may even end up on my own reading list!

Have an outstanding day and keep smiling…..it makes people wonder what you’re up to πŸ™‚ ****Cindy****