Waiting for a bloom to turn into a harvest

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This year we decided to plant a small garden. We purchased two large above ground containers and planted cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, basil and thyme. I’ve never planted cucumbers before so I was excited to see if we would produce any. Imagine my delight when I went out one morning and noticed dozens of blooms on the plant. I was told that each flower represents a cucumber that will be produced so in my mind if that was the case, I was going to have one bountiful crop!

I patiently waited and waited and it would seem like little cucumbers were starting to grow and then they would disappear. Suddenly my bountiful harvest produced only 3 cucumbers. One of which we threw away because it was so curved it wouldn’t grow any more the other is still on the vine growing but not sure if it will fully develop and one that grew perfectly and we kept and ate.

I was so disappointed that what I thought was blooming suddenly didn’t. I feel like that in my life right now. There are certain things that I have been planing for and expecting a bountiful harvest only to get a small recognition. It has been frustrating and there are times where I feel like I literally can’t move forward as if my hands were tied on purpose and I just need to wait. Waiting sucks! I’m not going to lie or sugar coat it. There is this constant feeling like there is something you should be doing and then we you try to take a step forward you only muck things up worse.

I’m not sure when my harvest will start to produce but I’ll do like the quote says and just concentrate on the task before me.

What about you? Have you ever felt like you are in a holding pattern waiting for your harvest to produce? I’d love to feel like I’m not alone. Please leave a comment below.

Ways to Use Your Journal – Fashion Notebook

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Here is a short video that shows you how you can use your journal as a fashion notebook. I made this video some time ago so we are using on of our older journals in case you were wondering :) You’ll also see some major savings I scored on an outfit verses my inspiration piece.

Minimal efforts for greater gain

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Recently my hubby and I made the decision to turn off our cable. We decided to opt for an HD antenna and subscribe to Netflix. We did this gosh I guess about 6 months ago and we haven’t looked back. We haven’t missed cable at all. We actually find that we watch less TV and I feel like I’m more intentional and productive. Plus, I don’t miss all those stinking reality shows especially the Kardasian one.

I was on my iPad the other night getting ready to watch a movie and on the new release section of the account was a promo for a move called “Tiny“. It intrigued me and I decided to watch it. My eyes were opened to a world of people building what they call “tiny homes,” which is anything under I believe 500 sq feet. The average tiny home is about 186 sq feet. Not only did the home intrigue me but it was more the reason why most of these people choose to build a tiny home and downsize. I could so identify with their reasoning. There is a great article here that explains a bit more and has a great infograph on the “tiny home” movement. I also created a Pinterest board with some great images of tiny homes.

Maybe its because I’m getting older (like Clooney says) or maybe it is a movement that is up and coming but I find that I’m tired of buying crap to fill up my home just because I have the space. I find that when I purchase things now, I want to fewer things but better quality. That is the idea behind one company called Cuyana. Their philosophy is simple: “We believe in both beauty and intentional buying. We love the joy of finding treasures and the pride of spending wisely. We know that with less we are more and that the essence of insight is simplicity.” I just love this brand and their site is amazing so be sure to check it out. They certainly are inspiring me to want to simplify and how I can apply this approach to my own business.

One of my favorite podcasts is The Lively Show with Jess Lively. I love listening the show while I’m taking my walks. She recently had Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker on her show. Here are some notes about the show, “Dana is a talented food blogger who crafts gorgeous, easy to make recipes that often have a vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free slant. In the show, Dana explains what minimalism means and shares how she and her husband have implemented several big and small changes that have created more time, space, and freedom in their lives.” It is a really great show so be sure to check it out.

What about you? Does simplifying intrigue you like it does me? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.

 

Finding Time to Journal – Tip #2

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Last week’s tip was so popular that I decided to share another tip. I certainly have plenty. If I can get you to journal just a little bit, you will begin to see the power of it. I hope this tip is helpful.

Finding Time to Journal – Tip #1

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We did a poll recently where we asked people what is the number one reason you don’t journal more and the majority of you answered that it is because you don’t have time. We’ll we’ve got you covered with tips we will be sharing to find more time to journal. Here is the first tip.

Is cursive handwriting disappearing?

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I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and she was sharing with me how they are no longer teaching cursive writing in schools. I don’t have children yet so I wasn’t aware of this but it shocked me. I decided to do a little research and came across this article. Of course my immediate thought was how are they going to sign any papers in life such as mortgage papers, wills, contracts, etc. I mean I think back to the Declaration of Independence and how John Handcock’s was the first signature and now when we want someone to sign something we often hear the phrase, “put your John Handcock here.” I mean could you imagine looking at our Declaration and not seeing all those beautiful signatures?

I am all for technology I mean one of my businesses runs on it but it is sad to see that handwriting is now becoming an art rather than a standard practice in daily living. To me a signature is like your finger print. I mean you identify yourself so much by your signature or your handwriting. There are even handwriting analyst out there.

There are some great articles on the benefits of the act of handwriting. This one by Psychology Today is great as well as this one from Mental Floss. One of the biggest benefits that struck me was it keeps your brain sharper when you get older. Here’s an excerpt from the Mental Floss article:

“According to The Wall Street Journal, some physicians claim that the act of writing — which engages your motor-skills, memory, and more — is good cognitive exercise for baby boomers who want to keep their minds sharp as they age.”

I shared the question, “What are your thoughts about taking out cursive writing in schools?” on Facebook and below are some responses I received.

facebook-commentsI’d love to know your thoughts. Be sure to share below or join us over on Facebook.

The Power of Meet Ups

quote-connectingFor the last 11 years, I have worked out of my home. I’ve met amazing people from all over the world but most of them I have never met in person and while I talk on the phone most days, I still feel very isolated and alone at times. My husband works at home as well so we are together 24/7 basically and bless his heart, he has been a girlfriend to me more times than he should.

I decided it was time to do something about this and stop feeling so recluse. I have used the Meetup.com website in the past and had major success with it but I had put it on the back burner and hadn’t really visited it in quite some time. For those who may not know what Meetup.com is, here is a very quick and dirty description. It is a website where you can go to find groups of people that meet in your area. You can find a group based on your topic of interest. For example if you love wine, you can find a vino group that meets.

When I first moved back to Florida, I used Meetup.com to start to find some friends. It was great and totally helped me to make some long term friendships. About a week ago, I was notified via Meetup that there was a new group for women forming so I joined. As I was looking at the members of the group, I came across one person who wrote the following description of herself:

“Hi everyone! I am a 40-something work-at-home Graphic Designer… so I don’t get to meet people. I love my husband but I need to meet some “girl friends” to do fun things with or even just relax and chat.”

It was as if I had written this! I knew instantly I needed to meet this person so I posted on her profile and she wrote me back. A few emails back and forth and this past Saturday we met for lunch and talked for 2 1/2 hours! It was so great to connect with someone in person. I have a new found friend!

If you work from home, what do you do to keep from feeling isolated? Have you ever tried a meet up group? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Be sure to leave a comment below.

(Source: simplybeingaisha)

Bonus Ways to Use Your Journal – Prayer Journal

A few weeks ago I partnered with Journal4Faith.com and held a contest to giveaway one journal. We drew the winner and I shipped her the journal. Not only did she send a wonderful email thanking me, she did something amazing with her journal that I wanted to share with you. Better yet, she posted about it on her blog and you can read all about it here. Be sure to check it out as it is amazing what she has done. Below is a sneak peak.

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Unusual way to connect on the NY subway

I was watching PBS this past weekend and caught this story on the Newshour. I thought it was such a beautiful story of how powerful connecting with people is and the act of writing. Enjoy.