The Plate is Full

Opportunities have been pouring in from everywhere lately and I have been jumping at all of them. Which is why I haven’t been posting in forever! I have what feels like no time. I’m certainly not complaining about this, I’m just using this as a way to teach priorities.

Being able to do things is a blessing, but if you can’t give your 100% to something, then no one wins. This is teaching me the power of saying no and creating schedules.

I haven’t been going out with friends to both stay money and to get up early for other things that take precedence over socializing, like exercising and getting a full night’s rest.

I was going to sign up for a financial class to help me learn not to live paycheck to paycheck. A responsible move but none of the classes would fit in my schedule. So I have developed my own method and will look into taking it when they offer it again.

I’ve also learned that it’s not always about money. For instance, I turned down a much needed job today in order to blog, do laundry, and catch up on things I’ve been neglecting around the house. Sure, I could have used the extra cash to pay down the bills but I would have been tired and stressing over when I could fit in the rest of my to do list. This would have made me distracted while teaching, which wouldn’t have benefited the children.

These are all great things but I believe you should be fully committed to what you’re giving your time to. Granted this is a lot easier to talk about than to put into practice, but it’s very important. Just part of the lovely life lessons we learn by growing up.

Forget Me Not

I just started taking a new class to better learn how to channel my artistic abilities. As I’m reading the assigned book, I came across a quote from Deena Metzger that struck me:

“We know things when we are very young that we forget as we age.”

This is so true!

Think of all the things we accept so easily or the way we see the world as children. We don’t have to be convinced of faith. We believe Santa’s the man with the presents. We believe we’re all artists. We create and use our imaginations every day. We accept people for who they are. We don’t judge them or discriminate against them, we just befriend them.

So what happens to our brains that make these things that were second nature to us as children, suddenly the hardest things when we’re adults?

We can blame our environments. It’s the way we were raised and the culture we’ve grown up in. We can blame life itself. We learned more, we were hurt, we finally accepted reality. We can say it’s maturing. We’re too responsible for childish games and we don’t have the time.

But reallly who are we fooling? We are the masters of our own universe. The best gift we’ve been given in life is the ability to choose. Our free will is so important, we even founded a country on it. It smatters political ads and is imbedded in our speech. Whenever we can whip it out in arguments, we do. It’s like our trump card.

So why don’t we start taking the free will and admit the truth? We’re to blame for choices and decisions we’ve made.

They’re not all bad. We don’t want to take them all back and personally speaking, I wouldn’t change anything about my life now. Sure there are many things I’ve looked back on and been ashamed of or would do differently, but that doesn’t mean I regret them. If it wasn’t for the low points in life, you couldn’t truly appreciate the highs. If you were to go back to change things, you wouldn’t be the person you are today. Which is not something I’m willing to sacrifice, I love the person I am today.

Sure there are things I want to change but that’s life. We’re constantly changing and becoming new because we have new experiences and learning moments that shape our lives. We just need to start embracing them more.

Here’s to embracing my inner child that I know is still in me. I’m not going to stifle the five year old in me, rather I’m going to shape her into the creative person she was meant to be.

Take a Day

I haven’t had a day off in three weeks and it’s completely by choice. I have a lot that I’m trying to accomplish right now, while working as much as possible, in order to have the funds to make it all possible. Which is why I was annoyed when I wasn’t called into work one day this week.

I found myself with a whole day that I had to do whatever was needed.

I took advantage of the off hours to run errands while avoiding rush hour and mobs of people.

My body took advantage of the down time to demand a nap. Evidently, I have been neglecting it’s sleep needs.

The most important thing that happened, however, was I took the time to focus on my projects that sometimes only get my leftover time. I have these projects that I want to turn into my full time life, but I give them the back burner to focus on monetary ventures of the moment.

You see my error.

If you spend all of your good energy and time to focus on things that don’t matter at the end of the day, how will the things that matter prosper?

Take from my realization and take some time to focus on you. Whether that’s on your values or a project that you’ve really wanted to finish or even just do nothing. There’s a lot of joy that can be found from doing nothing. No matter what you’re doing, just be sure you’re a priority so that everything else can prosper around you.

Happy weekend!

I find myself visiting the library on a weekly basis and am constantly reading a new book. It’s so important to broaden your mind and educate yourself. I encourage all of you to read and expand your viewpoints!

belle

Properly Managed

I have a new manager at my corporate job and I just can’t handle it. As a manager myself, I know there’s a difference between being a dictator and a leader.

My manager’s favorite saying is “You have to think business, not feelings.”

I’m all for pulling emotions out of business, but you can’t forget that you’re working with human beings. She only thinks in terms of how to earn a bonus and how is this going to benefit my appearance to the corporate office.

Although these are important things, you have to remember that the “lowly” people working for you are the ones that help impact those bonuses and appearances. You can’t just dock their hours without cause, especially since people rely on that income, and you can’t talk down to them.

If you treat people poorly, they aren’t going to want to work hard for you and will stop caring about improving the business’ image. They are also more likely to quit. So if you have poor service or no staff, what’s the likelihood you’re going to receive a bonus?

I just wish the corporate world would treat people less like numbers and more like what they are, human beings.

Heart Transplant

Normally, I am an unemotional person that people like to describe as cold or heartless. Lately, however, I have been moved by all the children suffering from being bullied and wanting to raise awareness.

I have come up with new awareness movements and I’m getting really close to finishing my books.

I know that this is greater than me and is something I’m being called to do.

When these things happen, you have no other choice than to just accept your task. No matter how much you fight it, it’s going to keep coming back to you and, eventually, it’s going to hit you in a way where you probably won’t like it.

Even though I’m anti-emotions, I’m ok with becoming a sap if it will help make a more tolerant society.

Psalms 37:7

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Things to think about today 🙂