I have been blogging since January 15, 2006. Wow. Soak that in for a little bit. That is a long time. It started out as just a way to share my life with whoever might be interested or no one. It didn't matter. I just wanted to write my story.
Then I started writing over at MoxieWorks to share inspiration, practical tools and ideas for small businesses. It has been an amazing journey of people sharing and using tools that I have created over the years.
A big change is in the works though. Instead of blogging at two locations I will be blogging at my new domain JacquelineWolven.com. It isn't set up yet, so don't bother going over there. I just purchased the domain name and will be blending my life with my work. (Note - the posts are in. It is a HOT MESS, but it will get there. Blended Blog Here)
I realized that while the compartments were nice - being able to put a work/life hat on, it wasn't helping me build just a life. I work, play, and live all as one person and now I want to share all of that together.
I will be moving all (fingers crossed) the posts from both blogs into one blog and then going from there. I am excited, nervous and ready for this step all at the same time. It has been a long time coming!
Photo: A Pumpkin and a Princess - These are so cute and are a DIY project. Might just HAVE to make some!
I was named Citizen of the Week by our local paper. Nice to be recognized for the work that I do in our community. That would make me a CoW... moo!
In the last week I have been feeling less than focused. I realized that I am very effected by the lack of sunshine. It can be cold, but it needs to be sunny or I tend to feel unsettled, unfocused. It seems like such a small thing, the sunshine, but it is a huge impact on my mood and, sadly, my productivity.
I am embarrassed to say, but with all my gung ho spirit on my word of the year - focus - it has been hard staying focused. I realized that the number of distractions is formidable. My own push and pull, media, email, other people, family - nothing and everything. If I get off track on keeping up with my To Do list, I am lost. I get unfocused so easily... mostly by nothing except myself.
So, how do I get back on track?
Today I set three simple goals for myself. Clean off the little nagging paperwork on my desk, empty one more area in my house and do some yoga - nothing huge, just three things.
Tonight I am going to sit and write all of the things I think I need to do - a big massive list to get it all out of my head. I will do it after dinner, in my office, focusing just on that.
Tomorrow I will do the very same thing. Over and over. Sometimes getting out of a funk is all about recommitting. I feel like the drug addict that says, over and over that they are going to be clean. Each day they start new. Instead, I am saying I am recommitting myself to focusing on moving towards my goals.
OMG - huge duh moment! I haven't DONE goals for this year. I have these 12 intentions that I am working on in the One Little Word project, but they aren't goals. THAT is what I need to do too. I need to sit and see what I want to work on. The big and the little for this year. No wonder I am floating around here not exactly putting my feet firmly in place. I need to clear some space away to focus on what I want to be doing - otherwise I am like the ball in a pinball machine pinging and ponging towards anything that bats me around.
I would call this a blog epiphany... thanks for joining me as I wend my way!
I LOVE popcorn. Always have. The salt, the butter, the crunch. It is, by far, my favorite snack. The problem is the butter. I can't, and shouldn't, eat that much butter. So, I have been looking for an alternative. Ta da! Coconut oil. It gives it a different, but not bad taste. Tropical and subtle. Not like olive oil, which is too overpowering for the popcorn. I suppose, but have no evidence, that coconut oil is better for you than butter. Please let that be the case because I love it.
Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a heavy pan. It is hard, but you should be able to scoop it out of the jar with a spoon. By the way, I purchase my coconut oil at our local natural foods market, but maybe the larger grocery stores carry it now.
When the oil is melted put in three kernels of organic popcorn. I love popcorn so much that we buy this directly from the UNFI Truck in 50 pound bags and go through 2 bags per year. I prefer yellow kernels rather than white because it pops larger.
When the three kernels have popped it is time to add the 1/3 cup of kernels. Drop them in the pot and cover. My husband insists that I shake my hips when I shake the popcorn over the burner, but that isn't really necessary. Then again, if I am going to eat all this popcorn I might as well move a little before hand.
When the kernels are done popping salt and place in a bowl of your choice. Salt when it is hot or the salt won't stick which is the whole point of oil or butter in the first place.
Settle in to watch your favorite show, read a book or just enjoy the crisp crunch of a salty snack.
I never meant to get into The Voice, but the down on my luck and looking for a chance stories get to me. Every single time. I was bopping along watching the singers get booted off one after another when I found myself rooting for one of them. He even made it to the final 3. Then, as usual it happened. The one I didn't want to win, ever, won. It always happens that way for me. I never pick the winner. In fact, I like the underdog.
I get involved in their life. I feel for them. I want them to win and have that big chance.
Living vicariously like that does nothing for me and makes me feel terrible, when inevitably, they don't win.
Because, really, do I need to spend time watching that crap?
I also am giving up award shows. Yes, I love them, but self congratulatory events with so so host bits aren't really something that I need to spend time watching either. Yes, it kills me that two of my favorites are hosting the Golden Globes tonight, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, but a deal is a deal.
I'll watch award shows when they are giving them for folks I know, doing things that make a real difference. That is worth watching.
A movie, TV show, play isn't any better if it wins or doesn't win. If I like it, I like it.
So, that cuts down on a LOT of TV. Really, if you made a list of all the shows that are unscripted/reality and awards we would be left with very few other shows. I don't watch most of them so I just gave myself hours of my life back.
Now I have to decide what I am going to do with it.