A new day!

Ever wonder when you might feel like you have it all together?  I have wondered that for perhaps my whole life. Well, ever since that day that I woke up and was less a kid and more a teenager and I realized that the decisions I was making were actually going to start impacting more than just my next few moments. Remember that? When you realized that if you didn’t do this paper AND the next 3, that it would mean you failed that class, and failing could post-pone graduation? Or not getting your permit by THIS date meant that your time to finally drive would be pushed back that much farther?

Well, I still feel like I am barely holding on by the skin of my teeth most days. But I’m starting to wonder if many people feel like me too. Am I the majority, or the minority here?

But, what do you think? Is it possible to wake up one day and finally just be accomplishing more than you are not accomplishing? Is it even feasible that over time one might gradually be closer and closer to meeting their many, many goals in life.

I suppose this is why Bucket Lists were created. So we could have those important things we do not want to die w/o doing laid out there to tick off like a to do list. So, it is a new day. Every day is. I’d like to lay out some of the things I’d LOVE to carry out gradually (’cause we can’t just get crazy here) over the next 6 months before we ring in 2012:

*Paint the main level of our house (has NEVER been painted by us though we celebrate 12 years in this house next month)
*Make working out daily a habit
*Have more lean muscle than I do FAT
*Make writing every week a habit
*Make blessing my house something I do on auto-pilot
*Carve out regular time for my business so it can grow
*Make reading the bible a morning ritual
*Grow and cultivate systems for our personal finances

So there. I don’t think it is too much to ask that I am able to improve upon and create in these areas. And having the above list be a reality in my life would give me such a thrill! I’d like to have the life the above would give. I’d love to sit here in January next year and have to really concentrate to come up with a new list . . . after checking off the above as done (and will keep being done)!

Anyone care to share their list and join me? It is the last half of the latest new year. Has yours gotten stale? Or is it still a new day for you?

🙂 Kaycee

It’s not rocket science

Day 47 in my 100 day transformation.

Things are certainly coming along. I’m gaining ground in all of the areas I set out to improve 47 days ago when the year began. Here’s an update …

Prayer life: My goal is to live life inside of God’s will and purpose for me. In order to line up with God’s will, I am working to strengthen my prayer life. I feel this should be a great focus for my last 50 days. I want to build more quiet times of listening to God into my every day. Like brushing my teeth, I don’t want to start or end my day without doing it. Having 5 children makes this a challenge. But it is possible. I have been praying at the start of my day. And I’m reading the Gospel verses of the day most mornings now. It is the end of my day that needs that quiet listening the most, I think. And the morning could be stretched to a longer amount of quiet with Him.

Health: I have been working out faithfully 6 out of 7 days per week now since 2011 began. I am so happy to be engraining this habit. It has been easier to fit the workouts in since I began waking earlier to workout first thing. Getting a workout in before I usually would have been awake for the day has really been transforming. It feels good, and Mike and the kids have been so very supportive! It has been impowering and humbling, all at once. I will continue to work on lengthening the workouts to eventually be consistently getting in a full hour now that I’ve built the habit of getting up for 20 to 40 minute workouts.

House blessing & organization: I’m sure you’ve heard that to get things done you’ve got to raise some dust. Well, in order to kick up some dust around here, I first needed to raise some motivation, encouragement, and support. So, slowly I have done that. Finding some online cleaning buddies I could work with a few times a day makes cleaning more fun and less isolating. And racing to empty the dishwasher or rescue a room adds an element of urgency that gets the task done in 1/2 the time. Now I’d like to have some regular morning, afternoon, and evening routines in place by the end of this 100 days. So that is where my focus will turn for the next several weeks. Perhaps 12 days or so per routine to really get them down and fine tune their efficiency.

Last, I have committed to transforming my business. My goal is to be putting 10 hours a week to my business. Where as up till now, I have put in a few hours a week at my busiest. I have really just made it a side hobby, till now. A secondary supplement to my life as a mom. But I want more for my business and I want more out of it too. So I’m working to build some business building activities into my daily life. The key seems to be taking time during the evenings, when I would normally sit and watch TV to plan my business calls for the next day. Not easy when I finally feel like the kids aren’t demanding of me or calling on me for things when the house is finally quiet and it is my choice how to spend my minutes. But since those kiddos are my 5 biggest why’s for even wanting to have my own business, I think it is certain to be fulfilling & so rewarding when this business is helping to give us more time together and not only the chance to keep me home and here for them, but also helping to afford their college studies and the possibility of their Dad working from home too eventually.

So, the transformation is under way and the first 100 days are almost 1/2 way to completion. Let the game of change continue, and the true fullness of life open up wide.

My 100 Day Transformation

Day 21

At the first of the year, I set out to make some lasting changes. My plan was to write about the journey from the start, but the first step bumped the journal part of the process down on the priority list. That’s because my first step was to list the things I want to add into my life as good habits, and then put them in order of importance.

Well, now that I’m 21 days in, I’m happy to get a chance to get some things down. I have been focusing on adding positive things and one area is fitness. So I set out to workout more regularly. Since squeezing the workouts in later in the day hadn’t been working since we started back to a school schedule in the fall, I decided it was time to see if I could make morning work outs work for me. Now I’m so excited! I went from years of dreading the idea of ever possibly needing to wake earlier to just to work out to looking forward to my morning workouts! Can you believe that? All theseyears of thinking I would hate it, and within 3 weeks I’m loving it. For the last 3 weeks I have woken up at least 30 minutes earlier 6 out of 7 days a week. And the 3 days off we on purpose so I have those muscle recovery days. I’ve lost 5 lbs in the process – even though I know I’ve gained back muscle.

More soon. Ahhhh, sweet transformation!

🙂