So do I!

The problem comes when I make a list of all the stuff I want to do, and all things I want to accomplish in my business, and in my personal life this year.  I take a look at it, and get kind of overwhelmed.

First of all, I feel really far behind from last year (and my last quarter specifically).  Second, I have just had some really huge changes in my life, and so now is the time I want to really shine.  I want to prove to myself that I can do this.  Third, I simply have a lot I want to accomplish this year.

It’s all about Priorities! Creating a Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly Road Map

Little by little, a little becomes a lot!

Over the holiday, I sat down and created a really huge list of things that I want to accomplish (a brain dump of sorts).   I looked at things I want to accomplish both in business, and in my life.

little by littleLooking at the list all by itself is just completely overwhelming!  So I am starting to break it down and set Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly goals and projects.  I have a ways to go to get it all mapped out, but I’m seeing progress…  a road map of sorts to where I want to end up by New Years Eve 2016.

I am creating time blocks for myself, so that I know on Mondays, I work on ecomm, Wednesday is my writing day and so on.  This way, I can be working on several different projects all at the same time and more will get accomplished.

We can’t do everything all at once, it doesn’t work that way.  It’s about baby steps.

 

 

Finding Focus

It is very easy when you are working online, and working from home to get distracted and lose focus.  For example, getting on Facebook, email and social media first thing in the morning can kill a good portion of my day.  I know this and yet I catch myself doing it all the time!

One of my mentors, Lynn Terry suggests that you get up in the morning and start with 1 Money Task, and 3 Top Priorities.  This makes so much sense to me.  Even if you get nothing else accomplished in the day, you have done something to make progress in your business.

I have really been working on getting that minimum done daily, FIRST THING!  I am going to make this into a habit, so it just feels like a natural way to start the day.  Ideally I want to get a lot more accomplished than that, but that is the minimum.

paper-mousepadMy niece had given me a cute Christmas gift, a paper mousepad.  Just for quick notes, doodles when you’re on the phone or whatever else.   It actually works pretty good as a mouse pad and I like always having some paper handy to quick jot something down.

I went and checked on Amazon, they actually have one that is a 5 day a week planner (that’s my link) and one that is like a to-do list with space for all of the calls, emails, etc that you need to make.  Info-Central

I think I am gonna get me some!  They are a great idea, save space on your desk, and are a pretty cool organizational tool.  Plus I love having a scratch pad right there (because I am always trying to find something to write on.)

Creating Checklist for Daily Tasks

We all have things that we need to get done everyday, without fail.  But, if you’re like me, sometimes we (I) fail just because we (I) get so busy we (I) forget until I’m dragging my tired self off to bed at the end of the day.  Then I realize I can’t go to bed until it’s done.

Ideally I will like to outsource these very repetitive tasks, but for now I have create a checklist.  Just really quick and easy in excel.  Listing all the things that I need to check on/complete on a daily basis.  I made a section for business items, and for personal items.

Daily-Task-Checklist

Finding different ways of doing things

There are things that I have been working on for what seems like forever.  I am just spinning my wheels, and not feeling like I am even getting anywhere with it.

fix-itThe big one here, for me, is my bookkeeping.  It is a HUGE PITA (Pain in the A$$), but a very essential task to running a (profitable) business.

I have been looking into different ways to get this accomplished with a lot more ease and speed.  Through reaching out, doing so some networking, and asking for help I think there may be a solution at hand (and I am super excited about that).

If what you’re doing isn’t working… Do something else!! 

Sometimes it is important to take a step back and say…. ok this is total B.S., what can I do to make this better?!

 

Find some Good Accountability Partners

Find some good accountability partners that you connect with regularly.  I have found that this helps me a lot.  I have a few, and I really find that just even having to “report in” with that person helps to keep me on task and focused.

One is for my personal weight goals.  That person is actually my mom.  I check in with her every single morning.  It (she) has REALLY helped me to have that accountability every day!    As of this morning, I have lost 75 pounds in just over 5 months.

The other is for my business.   This isn’t a “formal” accountability thing.  A good friend of mine and I keep each other focused.  Just a few minutes a day to say to talk about what we’re working on and again, it just really helps me to maintain my focus.

I fully plan on having a breakthrough year.  Reaching new heights in my personal life, and in business!

We are already 8 full days into 2016!  I do NOT want to blink and find out it’s already June 8th (the older I get the faster that seems to happen).

What about you? Are you planning for a successful year? What are you doing to keep yourself on target and laser focused to accomplish your goals and priorities? How can I help?  I would love to hear about it.

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

 

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As I sit here and drink my coffee this morning, I realize that I am in a position that I don’t remember being in before…

 

Today is the first Monday of 2016.  A day that I would normally be busy making lunches, trying to hustle kids out of bed and off to school. Instead, I sit here quietly drinking my coffee and planning what I want my week… and my life to look like!

New-beginnings

I have been a foster parent for 18+ years. The children that I have had in my home have moved on to a permanent placement very recently and so my nest is empty. I have been planning this for a long time, but it is finally here, finally real and it is starting to actually sink in.

I had decided long ago that after helping these children find a forever home that it was time for me to take time for me.

I am sure that most moms reading this can relate to how busy and hectic life being a mom can be.   Often the thing that gets neglected most of all is YOU! Fostering is even more challenging because the kids that we serve always come with issues (if they didn’t they wouldn’t be in care). Trying to give kids back a sense of themselves, of being loved, of feeling confident is a very weighty task.

So for the time being, I have decided to keep my home empty to recharge my life and work on who it is I want to be.

In a way, it feels very selfish of me!!

So I have been doing a lot of thinking…

What do I want to be when THEY grow up?!

 

I really have an open slate here…
I can do or be anything that I want…
The problem is I am not totally clear on who that person is.
So it’s time to start exploring that!

Some of my main priorities are:

 

  1. My Health.  As many of you know, back in August I adopted a new way of eating and have so far lost 72 pounds.  I do have a long way before I reach the state of health that I am looking to achieve, but it feels really good to be working on it.
  2. My Business.  I have been tinkering online for 10 years.  It has been only in the last couple years that I have become serious about creating a generous income from the comfort of my home, on my terms.  Really diving in with both feet to expand my business and make it a true success.
  3. Finding what it is that excites me and that I can become passionate about.
  4. Finding out how I can best be of service to the community of empty nesters who are likely in the exact same positions as me.
  5. My family and friends.  Keeping strong relationships with family and friends as well as meeting new friends and work colleagues.

Now I am ready… it’s time…

Finding my Inner ADULT and letting her SHINE!!!

I invite you to join me as we explore growth and adventure together!

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

I am actually very excited for the fresh start that a new year brings. I am NOT a person that is into the whole New Year Resolution thing, because as everyone knows they do not work. What I am super excited about is the “firsts” that I will be undertaking this year. 2016 is shaping up to be a year of big change in my world. That is both exciting and terrifying LOL.

I did a quick Facebook post yesterday on how I had hit my year end weight loss goal of 70 pounds. Thank you for all the comments and love that the post received. Many people are asking me what I am doing to lose the weight, and so I thought I would share a bit more.

In August I undertook a 90 Day Challenge to adopt a new Way of Eating. A friend of mine runs a challenge group on Facebook that inspired me to adopt a #LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) way of eating. The pounds started coming off and once I was in full ketosis, the junk food, carb and sugar cravings subsided. I eat to keep my “net carbs” (carbs – fiber) under 20 net carbs per day. That’s really all I have been doing.

I haven’t been spending money on any of the fancy potions, teas, drinks or supplements that claim to bring about major change.  I am simply eating whole real foods and keeping my net carbs under 20 each day.

To follow along with how I have been doing, you can search healthy weight loss here on AHWH.

New Year, New Challenge

The point of posting this today is that there is a New 90 Day Challenge starting.  If you are interesting in getting healthy and starting off 2016 with a new way of eating, I invite you to join the challenge and get healthy alongside me.

healthy-weight-loss

Although I have lost 70 pounds, I still have a long way to go before I reach my final destination.   It is the first time in a really LONG time that I have even felt like I will get there.  I am excited to continue on this journey to health.

Here is some information that will help you get started:

  • Click here to join the 90 Day Low Carb Challenge Group on Facebook.   This is a fairly large group, and it has a ton of information and inspiration on eating low carb.
  • Click here to get signed up for the email information regarding the challenge.
  • Here is a quick checklist to help you get started with this Way of Eating.
  • You can also follow me and my progress on Facebook, and also via email.  I would love to see you join in.  Send me a quick message letting me know that 2016 is a year of change and we are gonna do it together!

Of course it is a perfect time to start a new WOE and a new challenge. After the holiday are over, we are all wanting to shed those few extra pounds that were put on with all the yummy foods, family time and parties!!

I would love for you to show this post some love!! Like, comment and share it! I look forward to having you join me on this journey, WE CAN DO THIS!!!

 

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

 

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So it’s been 2 months since my last blog post and I want to apologize for that.  I don’t really even know how to start this post except to say that my life has been on a crazy roller-coaster for the last several months and I was simply unable to manage all the projects that I had on the go.

I have actually being putting this post off for several days because I didn’t know what to say or how to start…. so here goes. 🙂

Updates

My grandson was born on September 18 – he turned 3 months old already last week (time is going so fast).  He is growing like crazy and getting cuter every single day!  I never really pictured myself as a Gramma, but I have to say it is one of my very favorites “hats” that I now wear proudly.

christmas-diederik

My daughter Janine and baby “D” (as we call him) stayed with me for the first 6 weeks after he got out of the hospital.  That time was very special to me as I got to watch him grow and change every day.  I also got to spend time with my daughter and strengthen that mother-daughter bond we have.  Time I would not change for anything.

baby-snugglesThey have been back home since November, and I truly miss watching him grow and change everyday.  They are coming home for Christmas later today and I am super excited to spend a few days catching up on baby snuggles.

Florida

 

 

 

I went to Florida at the end of October for an Event and got to spend a week in the hot Florida weather.  This was the first actual trip I have taken since my son was 12 and we went to Disney in California.  I was actually very nervous to go, but it all turned out well.  I was there for the DS Domination event (more on that in a future post).  I was grateful that my mother was able to come with.

fun-in-florida

I do plan to do more trips/vacations in the future, and this one was a great starter.  I was traveling with someone, I was going to meet with people I already knew, and so it felt safe.  The time went extremely fast though and now it almost seems like a distant memory.

I have never been to an “event” before.  Wow it truly is a great way to meet people, form friendships and working relationships.  It is true what they say, the time at the event just networking can be priceless and well worth the trip.

Christmas sales started immediately upon returning from Florida.  Unfortunately with all that had been going on my business was not in great shape to enter the holiday shopping season.  So I basically had to put every spare minute and ounce of energy that I had into building up to where I was able to do quite well in my eCommerce business.

In the midst of all of this, I was also going through a huge life change, and as of December 19, I officially became an “Empty Nester”.  This has been a huge challenge for me and major goal.  It is a very bittersweet situation and at the moment still very fresh and emotional.    I am not all that ready to talk about it just yet, but look forward to sharing more with you on that in early 2016.

My Healthy Weight Loss journey is the last thing I wanted to update you on today.  So many people have been asking.   The last time I posted was October 5th (sorry it’s been so long) and at that point I had lost 37.5 in two months.

healthy-weight-loss

As of Monday December 21st I have now lost 67 pounds from what I weighed on August 3rd!!!!

 

I went to my doctor on Tuesday for my regular 3 month blood sugar check and he was THRILLED with my progress.  My sugars are down to within a normal range, and I am officially off the Metformin (another of my major goals).

I would love to be a full 70 pounds lighter by the end of the year…. but we shall see, it is Christmas after-all!

Now that the Craziness is over….

I wanted to be sure and do this post before Christmas.  I am excited for my life to settle back into a bit of a normal routine, though with so much change in such a short period of time I don’t really know what that normal routine will be…

I look forward to resuming a regular blog schedule and have already jotted down some great ideas for future posts.  Since I want At Home with Heather to be about building the life that you love, and sharing how I go about doing that with you, it should be very interesting and will include things like:

  • Being a brand new Empty Nester
  • How I plan to make a very nice full time income working from home
  • Being a new Grandma
  • Learning to live a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Finding things that excite me and learning to move from the role of caregiver to caring about me!

I would love for you to follow along with this journey.  As I write this today, I am feeling so many emotions:  excitement at starting a new phase of life, sadness at the end to my 18 plus year career as a foster parent, and nervous anticipation at whether or not I can actually pull this off lol!

I want to take this time to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  Take time to spend with family and loved ones to make good memories.

 

Merry-Christmas

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

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fat doesn't make you fatSaturday was officially 2 full months since I started this way of eating (starting on August 3rd). I have been on a plateau for several weeks. Which is actually very frustrating because I’ve been working it so hard. I haven’t had anything at all that would be considered a “cheat”.

  • I haven’t had any chips (which is my biggest, baddest comfort food)
  • I haven’t even had one Diet Pepsi (which I normal would have 3-4/week)
  • I haven’t had one slice of bread, bun NOTHING
  • I haven’t been eating any kind of high carb fruits

I have been eating soooooo  clean!!! But regardless, plateaus will happen anyway.  My point is DON’T GIVE UP when you are going through the plateau!!! [click to continue…]

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