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Accomplished

I’ve been away a while.  I needed to be.  I needed to figure out what I wanted from my life and what I wanted to do with myself.

I’m still a wife and mother.  I still work.  I still have a home, bills and everything that comes with life.

I still have depression.  I am still searching for my own happy place.

I have been listening to podcasts more and more lately.  I switched jobs back in August 2016, which has lead to a longer commute (funny how 3 extra miles gained 20 extra minutes to my drive time).  These podcasts focus on productivity, time management, business, and simplicity.

Simplicity – it seems like such an easy thing to accomplish.  However, the reality is that it can be very elusive.

So, as I focus on simplicity, the theme that has come up more than anything is goals for the new year.  Resolutions have never really worked for me.  I wasn’t sure why, but one of the podcasts I listened to brought some clarity to me and I plan on exploring the thought process in depth in the near future.

So, if I cannot seem to make resolutions work for me, how can I set goals for myself for this year?  I turned my thoughts to my friend Kate.  Over the years, she has focused not on resolutions or goals, but mantras; usually one word mantras that define the focus for the year for her.  The first year I met her, her focus was “Saying Yes”.  Yes to those things that scared her, yes to going out, yes to whatever life threw her way – it brought her out of her comfort zone and led to a ton of personal growth.

So, how could I do the same thing for myself?

I focused on what mantra I wanted to go with.  The one word that kept coming to me in all of my thoughts, dreams and meditations was:

Finished

Finished?  Why would this word keep coming back to me?  I looked around me – at the unfinished projects, unfinished goals, unfinished dreams, unfinished plans – and realized that the word was pretty close to what I needed to do in my life.

But I rebelled against the word “finished”.  It sounds so final.  So defeatist.  So done.

I’m not done.  I have a ton of things that I want to do with my life.  Done is not what I am.  I am my own biggest life project and I’m not done!

So I looked up synonyms to the word finished – and one word stood out to me – Accomplished.

I have projects that I want to accomplish.

I have goals that I want to accomplish.

I have plans that I want to accomplish.

Some of these accomplishments are one and done.  Most of my accomplishments in life are lifetime projects – only steps of which are truly accomplished.

Writing out all of my projects, goals and dreams led me to a long list of items I want to accomplish.  Some of them are easy, some of them are important and some of them are pie-in-the-sky wishes.  But it led to clarity in what I not only need, but want, to accomplish this year.

Accomplished

That is my goal for the year – to accomplish what I set out for myself.  I have 4 goals that I want to accomplish:

  • Study for and pass my certification test
  • Complete my mom’s flamingo project
  • Assemble and finish LaLa’s graduation blanket (it’s only been 3 years!)
  • Complete the crochet blanket I started 17 years ago.

I am going to accomplish what I set out for myself.

I can do this.

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Let The Journey Begin

I am about to embark on a very exciting journey!

I have decided to open up my own business.  I have the general idea in place and am currently working through a lot of the planning stages of a venture such as this.

I’ve never owned my own business.

I have no idea what to do, where to start, or what to expect.

But that’s okay, because I’m not the first person to take on this adventure.  Others have gone before me and have paved the way.  I have countless blog posts saved for aspects of this business idea that I haven’t even thought about yet.

Everything points to starting with a business plan.

Plan?  Like in lists?  And expectations?  And getting down to the nitty-gritty details?

AWESOME!

I LOVE planning!  I LOVE making lists!  I LOVE details!

I don’t love not knowing what I’m doing.  Sigh.

That’s okay – these road blocks, speed-bumps and detours are not negatives at all.  They are there to make sure that I am considering all angles and my business will have the best chance for success!

Every negative that has been thrown at me so far has been nothing but another bullet point on my planning list to explore, learn about and incorporate into my business plan.

Will I be successful?

I have no idea.

Will I regret not trying?

Yes!

Will I include everyone in on my journey?

You betcha!

“Abandon Ship!”

My life is full of more drama than I know what to do with some days.  Anyone want to share in this wealth of mine?  As I write this, I am alone in my office.  It’s quiet, except for the radio in the background announcing the morning news.   I currently feel like the last man standing.  That’s not accurate of course, but it sure feels that way anyway.

Last week, the recession finally hit my office.  If you had asked me 2 years ago if I would have seen this coming, I could have told you “sure”, but I wouldn’t have believed myself.  The industry I’m in – healthcare – is considered “safe” from recession – HA!  What a joke!  Tell that to my younger co-worker, with 3 young kids, who had to go home to tell her husband (who is also currently without a job) that she was just laid-off. 

That could have/should have been me.  She reminds me so much of myself when I was her age:  wickedly smart, but clueless; gung-ho, but laid-back; quick-witted, but quiet.  She’s dealing with some of the same things I have at that age as well – crazy in-laws/family, a not-too-helpful husband (mine is now an ex), and a distant psychotic bio-parent  (her oldest is not her bio-son, but she and her husband have custody and are currently going through the adoption process to make him theirs).  My heart aches for her, but at the same time – since I see so much of myself in her – I know she’ll be okay.

Why?  Because people like me and her are survivors.  You might knock me down, but I’ll rise back up and prove you wrong – just to spite you if I can figure out an angle.  I’m not inherently evil like that, but it is an added bonus in life if I can get my digs in while passing you by with my tongue stuck out, my thumbs in my ears and my fingers waggling like crazy.  Wait….maybe that does make me evil…..or…..maybe just human. 

I’m continuing in my evil ways and have decided that this sinking ship of an office I work for can no longer be bailed out by me.  My bucket has gotten too small for the amount of refuse flowing through the gaps.  My boss may be the captain of this ship, but she’s delegated the direction of progress to me by refusing to determine the direction herself.  She has elected to stay holed up in her office and allow me to decide on my next call.  She’s in for a surprise.

My call is to “Abandon Ship!”

I have an interview with another department on Friday.  I have mixed feelings about this.  On one hand, I can’t wait around waiting on someone else to rescue me from this sinking ship.  On the other hand, my boss was there for me and has been there for me through so much in my life career-wise, so how can I just abandon her?  And that is how she will view it – that I am abandoning her.  Welcome to my evil side.

However, I put the responsibility of this sinking ship directly on her shoulders.  She will attempt to pawn it off on me as well, like she has so much of the running of this office, but this time I’m refusing to accept the burden.  Attempting to take any more work responsibilities onto my shoulders at this point will land me in the psych-ward. 

The really sad part is, the other co-worker that is left in my office is currently on vacation to Hawaii.  She knows about the lay-off, but is unaware of my plans to bail on the department.  By the time she returns, I will probably have a good idea if I have the other job or not.  Do you think she will get the hint if I post a sign on our office door that states:

“Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here”

Although, spending a few days in the psych-ward, with all of the really good drugs and a padded room sounds like bliss right about now too.  <<Sigh>>