Prompt: Future self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)
I haven’t been following along with reverb10 lately but I really wanted to write this post… I think I need it right now. Here it goes…
Dear Future Self,
I wanted to write you today to tell you that you rock! Your lifestyle has changed completly! You are going to go through alot of trying times in the next five years. Especially having 2 little boys. Always remember that all those frustrating, horribly annoying and seem to be unbearable moments will all be worth it when those boys look you in the eyes and say I love you mommy. On the days when you are frustrated about finances, remember that money won’t hug you back when you are old and gray. There is no better gift than children and you have been blessed with it twice. Also remember that even though you want to be working and making money, there is no harder job than raising a family (even if you dont get all the appreciation you deserve). You will do great! You wouldn’t be put in a situation you couldn’t handle! Rock it out like you always do and remember you can handle any challenge put in front of you!!
Your Younger Self
Dear Past Self,
You are a 16 year old girl working, going to school and on dance team. You are workin’ it out! I want to tell you that some things are going to happen in a few years. You have to stay strong! Remember that you will never be put through anything that won’t make you stronger! It’s also ok not to plan things out 100%… Go with the flow more… Things always end up working themselves out. Don’t stress! You are living life in a good way and ALWAYS appreciate what you have and don’t take anything for granted! You are a strong person and people rely on you. Remember that, it will help you through your road ahead.
Your Older Self
Prompt: Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.
I feel like this is a very challenging prompt. I think it is difficult for a person to describe themselves. Or to ask a person why they are beautiful.
The only think I could think of that might possibly make me beautifully different might be my attempt to find the positive or reason in everything. I try not to hold a grudge and try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Usually. I mean I am not saying you can just walk all over me and I will just keep smiling. But usually in situations that arise I try to find a positive in it. I think I do this more when my family and friends vent to me. I try to help them see the other side of things or how they can make the situation work for them in a positive way.
Going forward I would like to continue to find positivity in things in all aspects of life. There is enough negativity in the world and I don’t need to be sucked into it.
Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
I discovered the “Mompreneur” community this year… I FRIGGIN LOVE IT! It is so right up my alley! It’s mainly online but also I have tried to connect with people in my industry recently. There is so many amazing women out there that are doing their daily hustle as a mom and successful business owner. I am inspired by these women beyond words!
Since I will be technically unemployed after I have Baby Numero Dos in February, I have been trying to figure out how to get more involved with this community and become a Mompreneur (I really don’t know if I like that word). As I have said I am getting my business up and running and should be ready to hit the ground running soon.
I remember talking with an HR rep one time and she told me she didn’t see me as a stay at home mom, I am a business oriented person and need that to feel successful. So hey, I am up for the challenge!
In 2011, I want to be even more involved with this community and maybe even start up a group in my community for working mom or small business moms. Hmmmm ideas are a churnin’!!
Prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
So I really want to write this post right now but I don’t have the photos with me… Maybe what I will have to do is future post including the photos.
What I made this year that I am proud of was a ROCKIN’ 2nd Birthday for my son. Since I am working part time right now I felt I had time to get creative with this! I like to be creative but since there is always so much going on I have a hard time finding the time for it. I made his invitations this year and they were so CUTE!! I mean to say they were ROCKIN’!! I also made his cake. It was an electric guitar. If you couldn’t tell the theme was Rockstar! Everything was red and black and skulls. It was so fun! I will do a post with pictures describing what materials I used and what not.
I am already thinking about next year!! FUN!
Prompt: Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
This year I have let go of the idea that I need to try to control situations. Alot of things are impossible to control! Take other people’s actions for example. I cannot control the way other people treat me. I cannot control the tantrem my son insists on having. I cannot control if people choose not to hold up their end of the deal. I CAN control how I respond and react to those things. I think that if I can continue to know that alot of things are out of my control and just take things as they come and handle them in the best possible way then that alone will make me a more understanding and less stressed person.
Hmmmm seems like my posts all go along the same line… Just let it go and LIVE!!
Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
–verb (used without object)
1. to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.
2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often fol. by at ): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.
This year I have been in a state of wonder alot! I am constantly curious about the road ahead… Where we are going and what are we doing and are we on the right track. This is a challenge of mine… I feel that I need to constantly evaluate my life and plan things out. Most people would say that is a good thing. I can agree to a certain point… I have learned though that if you constantly try to plan and wonder what will happen if this doesn’t go the way it should, you may end up thinking you have failed. I am constantly telling myself that I do not need to KNOW what is going to happen and always wondering and worrying about the outcome doesn’t necessarily change it. Being okay with any outcome and bringing out the positive in any situation is what I want to acheive. This is again my goal for 2011..
Another way I have experienced wonder is through my son. He is at the age where everything is starting to make sense to him and the smallest things are so fascinating to him. I have begun to think we should exnay the toys and just go with boxes and paper! I am amazed and in awe everytime I watch him and his actions. I sit there and daydream about how he will be in a year or 5 or 10 years from now and only hope he continues to enjoy the small things in life.
Prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
I know this post is late… And I have been thinking about it since it was prompted. I honestly cannot think of a time that I felt most alive! I think this prompt will make me become more aware of my surroundings at all times. I need to learn to take things in more, and observe what is really going on. More often when we venture out for day trips or whatever I am so consumed by my son and making sure he has what he needs or is acting right that I forget to take in everything else that is going on.
So for 2011… Sit back and take things in!!
December 2: Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
So I am having a hard time with this prompt… It is really making me think! That’s the point though, right?!
So off the top of my head I think something I do daily that doesn’t contribute to my writing… Kids, TV and sleeping! When I break these down though each contribute to my writing in some way… Kids, my son is my whole life! I write about him all the time! His actions and just him as a whole contribute to my writing content. TV, we watch the news alot in our house. I know it’s horrible, we probably shouldn’t because the news can be so negative but I think it’s important to know what is going on in the media. If we don’t have the news on it’s Disney Channel or Reality TV. I’m a junkie! So I have to say that TV contributes to my writing as well because if I hear something on TV that is interesting I may blog about it. So what does that leave me with?? Sleeping! Not that I sleep too much because how can you do that with a toddler and being pregnant! To everyone’s surprise, it ain’t easy to sleep when you’re 7 months pregnant! But I could get up earlier… I could probably get up earlier than I do to get work done or finish setting up my website or just really anything that could be done alot quicker before the monster wakes up! So no I cannot eliminate sleep totally, but I could eliminate an hour or two to be more productive… But man oh man! Me and that pillow are like peanut butter and jelly!!
Until tomorrow! Happy blogging!
December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)
My Word: Explorative
I chose this word to encapsulate my year because this is exactly what I have done all year. I am a planner, in all ways! I mean I even plan my birth of my children to the date. That’s for another post I guess! 😉
This year I have explored jobs in fields that I was not familiar with. I went from Real Estate to Childcare and back to Real Estate. I have been exploring how to live life as a working mother. Which I must say is a challenge in so many ways. I am currently exploring how to live life as a pregnant working mother of a toddler. (That almost sounds like a cuss word! lol) I have explored business options. Which I am continuing to learn about and tackle. I will be launching my virtual assistant business very soon and hope for success in 2011. So all in all, for 2010, I have been quite the explorer and even though I am a planner and like to know where and when I am going, I let that go a little this year and let my decision guide me to where I am now. Whether or not I am where I want to be, I can’t say right now… I am still exploring!
For 2011… I am going to say my word will be Challenge. I am looking at that word as a positive. I will be challenged professionally with my new business, as well as personally with my growing family and becoming a work at home mommy of 2 boys. Yes there are fears and hesitation but I wont let that slow me down. I am up for any challenge that comes my way! Bring it on world!! This OfficeChick is ready for it all!