Every day is a challenge. Some days the challenge is easy. Some days it’s fun. Some days it’s not. Some days push you to your limit. And some days it’s about leaving plan A behind and accepting plan B.
This has been me the past two months…more so than usual. I’m a worrier. I always stress about how I’m going to get everything done; how I’m going to please everyone; how I’m going to pay the bills; how I’m going to be there for those that need me; how I’m going to put together this program or schedule that event…you get the idea. I worry. Most of the time it’s not “bad” worry, it’s just how I function. I make my lists and feel like I’ve got some semblance of control as I cross things off.
The past two months there’s been no feeling of control. Just panic and dread most days as I look at a list that grows with two more items for every one I cross off. Things will balance out again eventually, but for now there’s a bit too much on my plate. Every night I go to bed wondering how it will all get done and somehow I stay on top the things as best I can and what needs to get done does.
To everyone that struggles and wonders how to do it all, you’re not alone. *take a deep breath* One thing at a time. That’s the only way to do it. One thing. Then another. And another. And somehow it gets done.
This can apply to all things in life (both big and small). Starting a business…introducing a new product…trying out new markets. There are so many things that I have succeeded at and many things I’ve fail at. I’ve learned from that failure. It’s never been a waste. Any from all of this some amazing new friendships were formed. I got to experience and learn from others. I got to be an inspiration for others.
Life is a journey with many ups and downs. Here’s to more adventures!
As many of you know I am working on my Master Exam Certification (through the HSCG). I had to kind of put work on hold the past four months as I was overwhelmed with show season. Now, I’m working like a crazy lady on it as my deadline fast approaches.
I’ve come across this quote at various times in my life and it popped up again and it seemed appropriate for this month. As a teacher, a student, and never ending learner (more than just a student) this resonates. Especially now as I work on my Master Exam. The whole point of the exam is exactly this. It’s asking me to show/demonstrate my knowledge over a wide range of topics. And when it comes down to it, if I can’t explain it simply, then I probably need to do more studying.
I also find I have more confidence in myself when I realize that I can take many of the topics on this test and (now) explain them simply. I have definitely grown as a soap maker because of this test. It’s pushing me to become more than I thought I could when it came to soap making.
Let the studying continue! I’ve got more to learn yet!
Something a little different for December! I love books (obviously). Every year my goal is to read at least 50 books. If you ask me for a book recommendation I could give you dozens upon dozens. I have favorite books I’ve read over and over. Reading lets me disappear into my imagination and get lost on the most amazing journeys! So, I want to challenge all of you! Read more next year. Set up a challenge for yourself. I’m on GoodReads (you can friend me). If you want recommendations ask me! I’ll share my favorites. Books are amazing things that will make you laugh and cry and add something special to your life!
Part 2: Guilty. I generally have multiple books going at any given time. I currently have about four books going. I know! I know!
Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. When I look back at things I didn’t “get” in life I am kind of thankful now. There are many things I still “wish” I’d gotten accepted to, relationships I wanted to work out, jobs I didn’t get that I still sometimes wonder about. But I also know I wouldn’t be here with my own business if I hadn’t been “rejected” by those things I thought I wanted more than anything else. Life has a funny way of working itself out despite our plans for it. 😉
Recognition is nice, but don’t just do work just for it. I’ve learned a few things in life watching award shows, attending award events, seeing people work for a prize: only a few come out with the “trophy”. Guess what, that doesn’t mean any of the others were undeserving of that same reward. And guys 99% of the time award giving is so subjective.
As an introvert with very high standards who doesn’t make waves or standout in any way I’ve seen myself passed over time and again for awards, recognition, and what not. When I was a senior in high school I got really upset when I was over looked for an award. It was then that I realized I was never going to be the outgoing person who made waves and stood out–like the student who did get the award. Somewhere between freshman and senior year of college I stopped caring about trying to stand out.
To this day I’ve done everything (starting a business, teaching, taking on projects and other responsibilities, being in charge of projects…) because I wanted to. Because it’s made me happy. Because I knew I could make a positive difference.