Are YOU stressing yourself out?

Do you ever catch yourself saying “It shouldn’t be this hard?” and then you hear back “Life is hard, deal with it.” Hmm, well who’s right?

When we push against who we naturally are, we feel stress, things don’t progress easily, we beat ourselves up for getting crappy results, everything is an effort. ~You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

The above quote struck home with me as I was reading the chosen book with my book club group. Maybe it’s not your job, your situation, your circumstances, maybe it’s YOU, that is creating the stress you feel. Uh oh. Yup, I went there.

I know it’s been true for me. The good news is that if it’s YOU, you can fix it. If it’s your lot in life then you’re a victim and things will never change. Personally, I’d rather it be my fault, my responsibility and thus also my ability to change it, wouldn’t you?

For me, one way I was pushing against who I am was with a simple little thing like scheduling my day and having a structured to-do list. ABSOLUTELY wrong! Every single thing I would do then became so hard, I felt miserable, pressed for time, that I wasn’t accomplishing enough. I was tired, frustrated and beating myself up. And then tomorrow would come and half of my list I had to carry over to the new day, writing it all out again – ugh! And so it went day after day. The list never stopped, I never felt good about myself and yes, I was stressed.

What I decided to do was to let go of the belief that making money has to be hard work and that if I’m having fun and not slaving away working my tail off round the clock like others around me who are also building their own businesses, I must not be working hard enough.

What this change in mindset looks like for me is focusing on doing more of the fun stuff. Imagine that! LOL. I always say that I can do anything when I’m having fun! And it’s working.

I still have a written list and I do plan my goals for the month. I even review my list daily. The difference is that now it’s a master list and I’m working on all of it, all the time. I go with the flow. As ideas strike me, I do them right then, not pausing only to write it down as an addition to The List to be time scheduled later.

Follow me on this totally under-exaggeration of an example: I’ll be sending out a simple email and it’ll take me an hour or even two ? as I go off on tangents. I’ll have 15 other things going on at the same time- an idea for a blog post strikes me so I immediately go write it before the inspiration leaves me. At the same time I’m also playing ball with the dogs and making lunch, which reminds me to go get dinner for the dogs out of the freezer in the garage and as I’m putting it in the laundry room tub to thaw I think to throw a load of clothes in the washer, which leads me to grab the dirty clothes in the closet hamper where I see a shirt I wanted to use in a video and as the lighting is perfect outside (I know as I’m still playing ball) I might as well do a live video now before I miss the light. Then, I text someone I needed to follow up with which brings me back to my email as I’ve now thought of exactly what to say and three more people I want to email. ?

Does this make you crazy? Thing is, NOT doing life this way makes me crazy. And every self help book and strategies in the ‘how to be successful’ books I’ve tried to implement lead me into exhaustion, stress and a complete lack of joy, all while I’m doing what I should be doing, that, according to the experts, is the only way to achieve my goals. Huh.

But see, I know what are my top priorities and I keep coming back to them, in my own time. I allow myself to have the flexibility to create, to play, to have fun. I might block a time frame to do some work and have a couple things in mind but during that time I could be all over the map. I used to beat myself up about that – “why the heck does it take you TWO HOURS to send one email?!!”

Now I celebrate moving in a way that works for me. Accomplishment has become my new middle name! ? I’m getting loads more ✅ while at the same time having way more fun.

When you listen to your heart and connect with who you’re meant to become, you have energy because you’re in a state of flow, things happen more easily, opportunities land in your lap, you’re turned on, inspired, engulfed in a sea of brilliant ideas. ~Jen Sincero

Doesn’t that ⬆️ sound sooo much better?? It feels loads better too!

What does listening to your heart look like?

Why not take a few minutes when you have a peaceful moment, maybe in the morning with your cup of coffee, and dwell on that question. Take note of what thoughts come to mind. Don’t dismiss anything, no matter how crazy it sounds. Then commit to doing at least one thing you’ve noted down that speaks to who you are, that makes you smile just looking at the sentence you’ve written. ? I’d love to hear what comes up for you!

If you’d like to be in the company of other women who are creating lives of Love and Joy you’re warmly invited to join us in our Joy, Wellness and Women. Creating a Vibrant Life You Love! Facebook group.

Until next time! 😃

Always groom before a vet visit!

I always brush or groom my dogs before taking them to the vet. I consider it part of my responsibility as a dog owner, aka “dog mom”.

Here’s why:

•Pretty, groomed, sweet smelling dogs get more love and attention. ☺️

I’ve seen it first hand. My husband thinks I’m crazy or maybe just silly but when the receptionists come out from behind the counter to knowingly get licked and slimed while petting your dog; when the vet techs smile as they greet your dog to take them back, as they laugh when they then get yanked away by a happy Gordon off on an adventure; when the vet kneels down and gives them extra ear rubs and tells them how handsome they are…it’s true. The staff are always pleasant and kind if my dogs aren’t looking their best but they go out of their way when around clean, shiny dogs. ☺️

•First impressions of a well cared for dog say without a word that you will go the extra mile for your dogs care and you want the best. And of course you do, so that’s a win!

They treat you with more respect when you come in with a visibly well loved family member, not simply a pet.

•A trimmed dog is easier for the vet to actually ‘see’ so they can catch something that might otherwise have been buried under hair.

They can’t go over every inch of your dog, they count on you for clues as to where to look. And when you’ve bathed them and hand your hands all over, you’ll feel any unusual spots or new bumps that you can make a note to ask the vet to check out.

If your dog has short hair, at least make sure their toes are trimmed, eyes and ears are cleaned and their coat is smooth and shiny with no caked on dirt.

•Your dog will feel better, even if they are under the weather. The love they feel from you while being brushed goes miles towards helping them heal.

They have pride too! Doesn’t Ian look happy to be handsome? ☺️ This boy will proudly hold his head up that much higher when he’s groomed as he walks in the vets office. He’ll soak up every bit of love and “awwww ???” he’s given.

•In an emergency, no I don’t bathe and trim my dogs before taking them in. I DO however throw a brush in my purse for while I’m waiting in the office.

The intent isn’t to be “Oh my gosh, I have to hurry and brush you before anyone sees you!” Instead the intent is that it gives you something to do with your hands and a place to focus your attention when you’re upset. You never know what you might feel while having your hands on them that will be helpful in diagnosis. It keeps you both calmer too. ?

There really isn’t any downside to doing this and so many wins. So why not?

As a side note, this just came to mind as I’m writing, it’s important so I’ll share even though it’s a little off topic of this post.

If you have to leave your dog at the vets offices Go Visit Them! Don’t ask if you can, ask instead for when would be a good time or do you need me to call first. They may say, oh he’ll be sleeping or you don’t need to come, we’ll have someone looking in on them 24/7. Don’t Listen. Trust me, your dog needs to see and feel you and know that they haven’t been deserted. Even if they aren’t fully alert, they’ll know you’re there and can feel your vibes. That will absolutely help them heal and be less stressed.

Also, the vet and staff will again see without you saying a word that you are a very concerned “parent”. The more you can say thank you to them and be appreciative for the great care they are giving your dog, the more likely they are to do the little extras, like stopping by just to talk to them or to brush them.

What going to the vet routines do you have with your dog?

Super Quick Chickpea Basil Salad

This recipe is why you want to always have a batch of basil pesto or even better, basil vinaigrette, whipped up and ready to go or frozen in the freezer.

Then with only a can of organic chickpeas, some celery and a cucumber ?, you are set to make the simplest, fastest, healthy recipe ever! And tasty too. ?

Holding a plate away from me to take a photo is a signal to the boys that a sample might be coming their way. Nicklas was standing by. Lol

Recipe:

* 1/2 large English cucumber, thinly sliced

* 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

* 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

* 1/3 cup Basil Vinaigrette or Pesto, your choice

* Squeeze of lemon

* Salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions

In a bowl, mix together cucumber, celery, and chickpeas. Add Basil Vinaigrette and a squeeze of lemon. Season with salt and pepper. That’s it! Serve up and enjoy! ?

Tip: Make a double batch and have leftovers the next day.