Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Ch-ch-ch-changes! Embracing 2016!

Hey everyone!
I have been in reflective mode lately - thinking back on 2015 and really what an awful year it has been - on the back of several bad years.... (this is a positive post, I promise!).

I am a passive person by nature - I take a back seat and let things happen to me.  This has caused untold problems over the last few years.  I finally 'got it' - if things were to improve, I needed to be pro-active and make things happen - the only person who could turn my life around was me!  So, I made some decisions - some small, some bigger!  These involved making changes in both my personal and 'business' lives - the two halves which make the whole me!

Where to start??  The simple puzzle above will tell you what has most been on my mind!  A combination of chronic illness, stress, bad habits and an increasing awareness that I was no longer one of the 'young ones', moved me to finally take action.  It's not as if these thoughts hadn't plagued me before - I would make a list of my good intentions and promptly fail, as my expectations were always too high.  I needed to make realistic goals and stick to them, not least because my 'failures' were having such a negative impact on how I viewed life and how I interacted with people.  Yes, there are lots of things I would like to change - be cleverer, be slimmer, be prettier, be younger, be fitter, be richer.......but it was time to focus on what I could ACTUALLY change.  So in no particular order, I decided to make a start and change 10 things that would have the biggest impact on my life.

1.  I bought a nutribullet and swapped my breakfast for a healthy juice
2.  I go to bed before 1am

3.  I plan my meals and only buy what I need

4.  I alternate walking, elliptical, rowing and weights workouts

5.  I decluttered my home

6.  I take the weekend off and plan fun things/spend time with my family

7.  I retired from teaching

8.  I turned my hobby into a business

9.  I volunteer at a local school and a dog rescue center

10.  I scheduled a 'work' day to grow my business

This list could be much longer, but I stuck to the things that are most important to me and will have the biggest impact on my health and well-being at the moment.  If you follow my blog, you will understand what has prompted these changes - there is no real need to list the whys here.

More generally, for a long time, I have been so frustrated with myself.  Most days were filled with resentment, exhaustion and stress.  I blamed others for my unhappiness, not really realising that it was me who needed to change - I finally understood that it wasn't too late - I couldn't live in my head any more, I had to make the best of the one life I had been given.

So, is there anything you can take from this blog post?  Hopefully yes!  Your list may be totally different than mine, but if you have felt anything like I have over the last few years, I implore you to start making those changes.  Make sure they are realistic and achievable - they don't have to be a major changes - just changes that will have a big impact on your happiness and well-being.
The biggest change I have made is to be pro-active about making changes, if that makes sense?!  Even if I don't become slimmer or my business doesn't grow as I'd like, I still feel incredibly good that I am taking action. I am trying - I am not waiting around expecting things to change for me.
This quote is somewhat pertinent!
I finally got it!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Rock The New Year Promotion!

Hey everyone!  After a bit of a break, I am back in full work mode and moving forward with a fabulous promotion!

A group of friends and TpT sellers have come together to bring you 3 days of fun and giveaways!

You can download the promotional freebie in my store and see what we've got planned!  Images and products are linked in the PDF and you will find loads of bargains to start off the new year!

Just click on the pic to go to my store and download the PDF.
You can also enter 4 rafflecopters each with a prize of a $50 TpT Gift Certificate!

The rafflecopters are located on Primary Pals blog.  Just click on the pic below to hop over and enter.

You will also find a contest on my facebook page to win store credit to either my design or teaching resources store - whichever you choose.  The contest closes on Friday.

Also last but not least, I have finally organized a regular newsletter for followers.  One of my goals was to create a regular newsletter with details of upcoming sales, promotions, exclusive clip art freebies and just to keep in touch! You can find a 'subscribe pop-up' on my blog (it appears on the bottom right as you scroll) if you'd like to sign up - I'd love it if you would! All subscribers will receive an exclusive freebie by the end of January!  Thank you so much! 

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Baby Jay

Apologies that I haven't been around for a while.  I know I promised you a mini-series of teacherpreneur tips through the month of November, but life has a way of hijacking your plans.

For those of you who have been following the story of my grandson, Jay - I wanted to update you.  Sadly Jay lost his battle for life on Friday, December 11th at 1.38am.  He passed peacefully in his mummy's arms, surrounded by those who dearly loved him.  He was laid to rest on Tuesday, December 15th at 12.30pm.  Our brave little munchkin may only have just reached his first birthday, but in those short 12 months, he touched so many people's lives.  Difficult times often bring out the best in people - Jay's parents have been supported by so many across the world.  This support has given them strength to keep going when they were physically and emotionally exhausted.  Jay brought so much joy to so many people and will remain in our hearts forever.

Rest assured I will resume the planned mini-series in the new year and look forward to bringing you more useful tips.

It just remains to wish you all a wonderful festive season - I'm looking forward to spending quality time with my family this year.

God bless you all.

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