A New Experience: New Food

Have you ever tried this or wanted to try?

This morning I didn’t want to eat my regular breakfast.  Almost every day I eat oatmeal for breakfast.  When I am not in the mood for oatmeal I will have cereal or a frozen breakfast sandwich.  Sundays my husband usually makes us a breakfast.  So, 6 days a week my breakfasts breakdown to about…  92% is oatmeal, 4% is cereal, 2% is breakfast sandwich and then 2% is whatever I can figure out making (I don’t like cooking).

This morning I was not in the mood for any of my regular breakfasts.  I was thinking about cooking eggs, but my stove was a bit cluttered and did I mention I don’t like cooking?  I had a banana that has been around for about 3 days now and I knew my breakfast was going to include a banana.  All of a sudden I got a craving.  I couldn’t believe that I was craving this meal.  I have thought about this for years, but never had the desire to try it. This morning the craving was strong.  I am following my interests more these days, so I started to look through the kitchen to see if I had everything I needed.  Luckily, it only needed 3 ingredients.

I remember growing up and hearing that Elvis loved eating this.  Well, now I want to experience what Elvis had.  I toasted 2 pieces of toast, cut my banana into slices and grabbed a jar from the pantry.

Do you know what I had for breakfast?

I had a peanut butter and banana sandwich. (I did an open faced one.)  And OH MY!  This is going to go into my rotation of breakfast choices.  This open faced sandwich was so easy to make.  Luckily, I don’t consider putting bread into a toaster cooking.  Though I do consider slicing as cooking, but I can do a banana without a cutting board, so very doable.

I enjoyed my breakfast immensely.  Only took me decades to get brave enough to try it. Where the strong craving came from is still a mystery, but I am really glad it did.

So, have you tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich or want to?

Tangent: RVing

(Have you ever taken off on a long RV trip or want to go RVing?)

I have so many things I am trying to do right now.  My main focus is that I want to be RVing.  Not just a week but weeks or a month at a time.  I want to see our great United States.  I have wanted to explore the US as long as I could remember.  There are a few places I would like to see outside the US like: Egypt (the pyramids), Mexico (The Mayan Ruins), and Australia (koala bears, my favorite animal).  I have never really wanted to visit Paris, London, or France.  I would much rather see and experience my own country.

I stumbled across videos of people that have sold their homes and are currently traveling the world in RVs.  So, now I  want an RV.  The problem, besides not being able to afford one at this moment, is that I am working at a job that is not able to be done on the road. That means I need to find a new career that will allow me to travel.

I go back to YouTube to research options on how to make money online. My top 4 choices is: opening an ecommerce affiliate store, trading stocks as a swing trader (I have been wanting to do this for about a decade), youtube videos, and blogging.  I do not know a whole lot about any of these, though I do know more than I did about 6 months ago.  I have started working on an ecommerce store and played with my phone to do videos.  I am jumping in carefully and since I don’t have much capital to back it up I am going slow and inexpensively.

The open road is calling me though.  I must push on and get these new income earners up and running.

Have you ever taken off on a long RV trip or want to go RVing?

Technology: Google on the Cell Phone

(Tell me what is the last question you’ve Googled and what did you learn?)

I am NOT a techie and I always seem behind on new technology.  One of the features we have had for a while is Google Search on our smart phones.  It has taken me a couple of years to start using it consistently.  I would often joke with my husband, “If only we had a handheld device that I could look up that information.”  He would respond, “We do!”
The last half of this year I have been using Google Search on my phone much more than before.  Previously I would have a question, but by the time I got to my computer I would have forgotten what it was.  Now that I can check right away, I am learning so much and loving it.

The question I had tonight was, ‘How much oxygen does a tree make?’

Google answered, “On average one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.  Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four….”
Then farther down the page it says, “Explain to students that rainforest are responsible for roughly one-third (28%) of the Earth’s oxygen but most (70%) of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants.  The remaining 2 percent of the Earth’s oxygen comes from other sources”

I have had this question come to my mind many times over the past decade. I finally have an answer.  Now, I know it is really important to keep the planet’s marine plants healthy.

Tell me what is the last question you’ve Googled and what did you learn?

Going on a Tangent

(What is the current tangent that you want to follow?)

At times my brain goes a million miles an hour.  It is thinking of 3-5 different things at a time.  This may explain why I have a hard time focusing and getting a task done.  Even though this may sound like a disadvantage, I love the creativeness that comes from my random thoughts.  These thoughts will lead to activities (tangents) I want to try.

I decided to look up the definition of this word. Tangent:
a completely different line of thought or action:
                    “he quickly went off on a tangent about wrestling”

My thoughts often go off on tangents.  In the post titled “Missed Opportunities and Adventures” I called following these tangents as following your passion.  Whatever you decide to call them: Tangents, passions, rabbit trails… start following them.

As of 5 months ago I have really tried to follow all the interesting tangents that I think up and I plan to start sharing the multitude of tangents with you in upcoming post.

What is the current tangent that you want to follow?

Working Toward Goals

(What would you choose for your morning affirmations?)

I will not achieve my goals if I don’t work toward them.  It is very common for me to do easy activities rather than tackle my more challenging goals.  So, I have been trying to watch videos that will help me reach the goals I know I can reach if I will just spend time moving toward them.

I wanted to share this video…

I am doing most of the things that Stefen mentions in the video.  In the morning before I get out of the bed I smile, stretch and say a few things I am grateful for.   I then get up and do my affirmations while I am doing simple exercises. This takes less than 5 mins. Before eating breakfast and getting ready for work I do my deep breathing and drink water.

Being grateful and reading my affirmations out loud is really helping me stay motivated and feeling more ready to face the day.

Here are my affirmations:  I think I took one from the video, but most were ones I made up.  I started with 5, but have added 2 more since starting 2 weeks ago.

– Failure doesn’t mean I should give up.  Keep trying!

– Nothing taste as good as being healthy and strong feels.

– I can use other activities rather than eating food when bored or upset.

(These next 4 are my favorite so far)

– I will spread happiness (not sadness or anger) today.

– I am smart and I can figure things out.

– Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction. (Anne Frank)

– I have a purpose for being on this planet, even if at times I don’t see it.

God has a purpose for me.

Starting each morning with these activities is making my mornings better.

What would you choose for your morning affirmations?

My New Plan: The Library

(Do you have an area in your life you are struggling with?  How many plans have you implemented to solve it?  Did you finally come up with one that worked?)

Well, the School Plan as gone to the waste side.  The good side with me failing to come up with a plan that I can stick with is that all of you who are reading this will have many plans to try. Hopefully one will work for you.

One of my problems is that when I get home I get distracted and not get done what I say is important to me. I will even write me a to do list and after 3 days notice that I hardly looked at it.

My new plan is that I go to the library for a minimum of one hour Monday – Friday after my first job. I go straight there for if I stop by my house most likely I will not leave.

I have filled a backpack with paper for a to do list, journal, class planner, my story notebook, a couple of books I have been wanting to read about a topic I want to learn.  I did not have all of these from the beginning. The first two days I walked in with a book, my future to do list and my journal.

That first day I did pretty well. I did some journaling, worked on my to do list, worked on class stuff and found a book on the library shelf that will help me learn the new topic I have been trying to learn for about 3 years now.  I was very proud of myself, though the last 15 minutes went slow because I started to get tired and hungry.  I am now bringing a snack and water for me.

I started this about 6 days ago.  I forgot how much I love the library. One of my fantasies is to get locked in a library for a day or two.  I love books!

The library has so much more to offer than the last time I was regularly using it, which was about 6-10 years ago. I am so glad the library is still there and it is being used.

Since I have started going I have been reading to learn, journaling, working on class items, and have even worked on my story that I started about 2 years ago.  In addition to that story I wrote a storyline for a children’s story which I would like to make into a series of stories.

I am feeling more productive than I have for a while.  I have a friend that recently went to a coffee shop with a pile of papers that needed to be dealt with.  She said she was surprised how much she got done without distractions.  I guess it isn’t where you go, but that the distractions are minimal.

I hope this works for me.  It is just sticking to it and making myself do it!

Do you have an area in your life you are struggling with? How many plans have you implemented to solve it? Did you finally come up with one that worked?

My Newest Strategy – School?

 

(What 6 things would you like to be working on or learning?)

I have read several books on bettering myself, procrastinating, how to stop the negative thoughts in my head and how to get organized.  They all have good advice in them.  I try to follow their advice, though nothing substantial has stuck.  I have learned a little from each book and at times I think back to my favorites, but I am still looking for that magical strategy that will work for me.

I have been journaling in my notebook so I can figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life.  Right now I am working 4 jobs and volunteering a few hours at a Senior Center.  When you put these all together I am working 7 days a week.  If that wasn’t bad enough I am not breaking the 40 hours a week mark.  That could be a good thing, though with 4 jobs you would think I would be making extra money by working over 40 hours.

So one of the several things I am trying to work out is what jobs am I going to have coming September and how I am going to accomplished what I (keep telling myself I) want.

As I write in my journal I vent and then tried to problem solve.  I started thinking about High School.  During school I was taking 6 classes and doing homework for these classes.  I liked learning new things.  What if I treat all these ‘wants’ as classes.  As long as I fit some homework in every week then eventually I would get to my goals.

I have more than 6 things I want to work on, though I decided to pick the top 6 to start with.  Here is my list:

  • PE  (I need to get exercise back into my day.)
  • Blogging about decluttering  (This way I can cover decluttering and blogging in the same class.  I do plan to do other blogging topics also.)
  • Make $ on the internet  (I want to learn how to make money from home and try to learn about passive income.)
  • Making furniture   (We are going to build a loft in one of our bedrooms… I need to figure out a plan for this, the materials we will need, and how to actually build it.)
  • Planting, gardening, yard work  (Since all of these are outside in the yard… I just grouped them together.  I am not sure I am ready to garden, but I want to grow food.  I have blackberries, a plum tree, a pot of strawberries, and I just got me a raspberry plant.  I am hoping to get blueberries next.  I want to utilize them this year… in years past many went to waste.)
  • Swing Trading  (I have looked into this some but then stalled out.  I feel like this would be a good fit for me, though I need to learn more about it.)

These are my six classes that I want to spend time doing homework for.  I hope this strategy will work for me.  If not, I am not sure how many more ideas are out there for me to try.

I look forward to completing these classes or better yet having them become a habit or future job.  Then I can go onto my next 6 classes.

What 6 things would you like to be working on or learning?

When You Think You Have It Planned

(Have you ever thought you had something all planned, then have it fall apart?)

I have been working hard making plans for my summer and when I think everything is settled, all of a sudden it isn’t.

I have been looking for a new job to go along with my others.  I have quit my morning job (they knew I was looking) after I have found a new morning job.  I had figured out my hours, how much money I will be making, and how much time I would have off to get projects done this summer.  It was all looking great.
I went on a camping vacation with my family and I was to start the new job on the Monday after returning.  The night before I got a call from a different boss telling me they are closing their business with no warning.  I am now losing about $400 a month.  Then to find out that the new job I just got may not be steady work, but come in as needed.

I am not panicking because I really wanted more time in the summer to do my projects, though I do need to make sure I can pay my bills.  Walking that fine line can be tricky.

So, I am going to go with the flow and hopefully if I start to struggle I can ask for more hours from another job that I still have.  Sometimes there is a benefit working for more than one company.  Like the saying says….  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

This is life?  As in the movie Matrix…  if life was all easy we would get bored.  I will definitely say I am not bored and at times I just want to laugh at this situation.  Stay tuned and see if I make it through the summer.

Have you ever thought you had something all planned, then have it fall apart?

Days Fly By… Little Progress

Stuck  (my first title for this)

(What are the things you want to accomplish?  Are you working toward them?)

One minute, one hour, one day, one week, one month, one year flows into the next.  It can go by so fast and I look back and see very little accomplished.  Nothing has really changed.

I am working just to pay bills I have caused.  These bills from fixing my car, buying a few things I didn’t really need, going out to eat that shouldn’t have gone on my credit card, and the most fun Vacations!  I need to do better not turning to the credit card.  Watching all the videos about minimizing, and living without debt is making me crave it, though to get there work is involved.

So ‘Do the work’ I think to myself.  I have many excuses why I am not doing the work.  Most of them are not good excuses.  But even if the excuse is bogus it will hinder me from getting to what I believe I want.

I want to be debt free
I want a decluttered house
I want to spend quality time with my family
I want to remodel my house
I want to be able to follow my passions without worrying so much about money
I want a job where I am happy, satisfied and know I am making a difference.
I want to be healthy and have a healthy family

Doesn’t sound too hard!  Though most of these take time and determination.  I need to stay motivated if I am going to accomplish them.  That is what this blog is about for me.  If I know people are watching, then I hope it will keep me motivated.

Keep watching, liking, and encouraging me.   Thanks in advance.

What are the things you want to accomplish?  Are you working toward them?

My Procrastination Problem

(Do you have a procrastination problem?  Have you come up with any tricks to help you?)

I am the queen of procrastination.  Leaving things to the last-minute is the way I live.  It frustrates me, it’s depressing, and I just don’t get things done that don’t have a deadline.

If there is a deadline at work I will have it done!  I had a job once that my boss would give me a list of things to do in the office that day.  I would do bits of the jobs all throughout the day and I would get it done.

A few times my boss would add something that needed done halfway through my shift which would mess up my plan and throw me into stress.  I was not very good with things just popping up.  Saying that I still almost always got everything done by the end of the day.

So why can’t I do that for myself?  I write a TO DO LIST in the morning.  I know what needs to get done, but by the end of the day only a small portion gets done.  I have enough time to do it if I would just work and get it done.  I just don’t stay focused on my list.

I recently read a blog by blogger ‘my one life. today’ and she put in a great video into her blog titled ‘Unopened boxes’.  I am so grateful I came across this.

The video’s name is ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator’

This video totally explains how my mind works.  I have a monkey problem.  I have put deadlines on myself, though if I don’t get it done I just have me to report to.  That is not much motivation for me.

I started this blog to help me declutter my house.  I am dragging my feet.  Working on my house seems very daunting.  Even a small pile of papers seem like a mountain at times.   I am not giving up.  I will be decluttering again.

I just need to get the monkey to shut up and stay in his tree.

Do you have a procrastination problem?  Have you come up with any tricks to help you?