3 Things I am LOVING Lately: August 17

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3 Things I Am Loving Lately What about you

Where on earth has August gone? I feel like I blinked on August first and when I opened my eyes August was half over.

reselling againFirst Thing I am LOVING Lately…

Getting back into reselling items

Once our family started planning our RV trip I decided that one major way I could help add to the savings for the trip was to start reselling things again.

When I started this blog, I put reselling aside for the most part. I needed every second I could scrounge out of my day to do all I could do to make this blog profitable enough to be worth the hours I spend on it–otherwise it isn’t worth the hours it takes me away from my family.

To date I have sold $4454.78 worth of stuff out of my home. My largest item was our pair of 20+ jet skis that sold for $3500 but still you take that sale out and I have earned $954.78 from smaller items we were not using.

I honestly feel my results are not uncommon chances are your home has around $1000 of items you are not using in it too!

Visit my reselling page for how to sell your items successfully using various methods including, yard sales, buy and sell Facebook Groups, eBay and more.

 

gerber daisies

Second Thing I am LOVING Lately…

My Gerber daisies

I am so glad that I grabbed these Gerber daisies this spring and planted them in my front porch flower boxes.

They have provided beautiful blooms week after week. I have my daughter to thank for these beautiful blooms , she picked out all the flowers with me and when she picked these daisies up I wasn’t so sure they would do well  but I trusted her and I am so glad I did.

 

brownies

Third Thing I am LOVING Lately…

Doing some baking again

I don’t know if has been the busy year we have been having, or perhaps it might have been my plantar fasciitis that made it hard to stand for long periods whatever it was I have not baked as often as I have in the last week in quite a while.

The baking isn’t lasting long though. I made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies and they were gone in two days. I made these brownies pictured one afternoon and by evening only half of the 9 by 12 pan was left.

I think my family is loving that I am baking again too!

Psst….one more thing

This year I really wanted to put myself out there and get to know exactly who reads this blog and let them see who writes it. Lately I have discovered that Facebook live is a great way to do that. I am doing a short 5 minute show each weekday between  10 a.m.  and noon EST. I know that is a big window of time but you can sign up to get notified by clicking at the top of any of my Facebook videos and if you join in be sure to leave me a comment and let me know you are watching–or press like so I can see that big thumb zoom across the screen.

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What To Expect When You Start Implementing Make Over Your Mornings And Make Over Your Evenings

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So last week I told you that I needed to press the reset button and get my routine back on track after the crazy lazy days of summer.

What to expect when you start transforming your days with the Make Over Your Mornings and Evenings courses. Trust me--it is not as hard as you think to transform your days from frantic to fabulous.

 

I was staying up at least 2 hours later than normal and therefore sleeping 2 hours later most days. I was feeling really rushed in the mornings and this snail pacer really dislikes being rushed.

So I took the time to reread Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings to refresh myself on what it takes to start and end a day well and I made myself both a morning routine and a night routine.

Here are a few things I discovered about pressing the reset button on my morning and evening routines

I dress better when I pick my clothing out the night before

In Make Over Your Evenings Crystal mentions that one way to prepare for a less rushed morning is to pick out an outfit for the next day before you go to bed.

I was doing this for a short while this spring and then I just fell out of the habit. This week when I picked up the habit once again I noticed by mid week that I had felt better about what I was wearing all week.

When I pick an outfit in the morning, I am often rushed and just grab the first thing I see. A tank top and shorts becomes my daily uniform and forget jewelry–who has time for that? But when I pick my outfit out at night I have time to think about my outfit. I also have the time to add accessories to it.

It is rough to get up with that alarm the first few mornings

The first two days I got up with my alarm I was really tired, but by day three I woke up well rested before the alarm.

My tip is to place your alarm clock far away from where you are sleeping so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Place your robe and clothes for the next day beside it–so you can hit the ground with everything you need to be ready for your day. Also turn on those lights as soon as you can. Of course, if you have a sleeping spouse beside you that might mean waiting until you are in the next room.

Eventually you do start getting tired earlier

The reason it was so hard to get up those first two mornings is that I had not gotten the 7 to 8 hours sleep my body likes. I simply wasn’t able to fall asleep early enough to get those hours in since my body was used to a much later bed time. By night three though, my body gave in to the earlier bedtime that was needed and I was able to wake up on time without feeling groggy.

There are always more hurdles in sticking to your routine than you might think

Getting to bed earlier was harder than getting up earlier. Each night I had to juggle things with my husband and my older son that drives so that I didn’t need to be out picking up my younger son or daughter at a time when I should be in bed.

No one needs to be picked up from an event at 4:45 in the morning!

Now I realize I am not always going to be able to crawl into bed by 9 each night, but for the first week I really wanted to do my best to make it happen so that a habit was formed.

Even if you don’t follow the guidelines of a course perfectly you can reap rewards

I did not follow all  the suggestions of Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings to the letter. For instance, I did not make a to do list at night even though Crystal, the course author, swears it is a huge productivity must. I know that I am not a person who can make my to do list in the evening.

I know for a lot of people it helps them stop thinking about all they need to remember to do the next day but for me it gets me thinking, “Oh, I can knock that off the list right now,” and then next thing I know I am in bed hours later than I wanted to be.

I write my to do list in the morning and you know what? I don’t feel rushed each day doing so.

While I was thinking on this last week it reminded me that many people toss courses and such completely aside because one point doesn’t work for them–guess what: you can still reap rewards from courses like Make Over Your Evenings and Make Over Your Mornings even if a few points don’t work for you.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water–instead reap a harvest from what works and store the rest to share with friends it might work for.

You have to do it for you and no one else

When I pressed publish on last Monday’s post I was really hoping that many of you would comment and say, “I am so in!” And I got crickets. Not a single person said, “Me too!” And for 24 hours it was all that I could think about. I almost scrapped the whole  idea of sharing live Facebook updates on how I was doing, but I decided I needed the accountability of updates whether or not others joined in.

I have missed my un-rushed early morning hours for quite some time. I needed them back. This challenge was truly 100% about me and that is why it worked.

If you are about to make a change in your life, you need to dig deep first and find out if you are 100% in or if you are allowing someone else to make you think you need this. Until you are 100% in–the change won’t stick.

Grab the courses  and press your own reset button

Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings Sale are reasonably priced, easy to use, and simple to implement. Plus they are cram packed with information that will help you get more done in less time so that you can have some time each day to relax.

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My reset post and this post just scratch the surface on all the great things there are to learn in these courses–things that will transform your day from frantic to fabulous.

Would you benefit from a less rushed start to your day? Would you benefit from more time in your day for you? If so, go grab the Make Over Your Mornings Course (click here) and/or the Make Over Your Evenings Course (click here) today–trust me you won’t regret it. (psst–it even comes with a 30 day money back guarantee)

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If You Want To Improve Your Finances You Need To Look At How You Manage Your Time

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If you want to improve your finances, you need to improve your time management skills. It truly is that simple.

Well, almost. You of course still need to take the time you find with your better time management skills and use it to do things that will improve your finances.

If you want to improve your finances you need to look at how you are managing your time. Saving time and saving money are more connected than you might think.

Now, I know what you are thinking, “But I don’t have time to waste–my days are packed.”

Trust me, mine are too. But I have learned that I waste more time than I think I do–especially if I don’t keep a close eye on exactly what I am spending my time on.

Every year I like to read a book or two on time management or take a course on it. It never fails that when I do, I find I have slipped into some time wasting traps once again and when I eliminate them life gets a little less frazzled and oddly enough we end up spending less money.

Why Wise Time Management and Saving Money Go Hand in Hand

When we run short on time we are often guilty of  doing the easy instead of the simple.

We grab take out because it is easy instead of keeping simple, quick dinner ingredients on hand. We spend our money and try to track it later because it is easy instead of taking just a minute or so to log our expenses into a simple budgeting app or in a notebook. We use our debit (or worse yet, credit) cards because it is easy instead of making the quick run to the ATM machine or bank for cash to fill our cash envelopes for the week.

When there is breathing space in our day we are more able to see that money saving tasks really are not that hard or time consuming.

If you want to improve your finances you need to look at how you are managing your time. Saving time and saving money are more connected than you might think.

Good time management can also help those who are currently struggling financially to finally take the time to:

Research, create and implement a budget

Here are 3 great books to read for learning how to manage and budget money effectively

Here are articles on both paper budgets and budget apps

Research and implement ways to save money on groceries

Research and implement coupons and rebate apps

Research and begin a side job that can provide the income needed to pay down debt or reach another financial goal

Two reasonably priced courses that can help you manage your time well

I have personally taken both Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings. They have helped me tweak my morning and evening routines in simple, yet effective steps.

If you want to improve your finances you need to look at how you are managing your time. Saving time and saving money are more connected than you might think.

 

The Make Over Your Evenings course helped me free up 25 minutes every morning simply by moving some no-brainer tasks into a time of day when I really wasn’t doing much. Okay–I was being a couch potato during that time and now instead complete a few no-brainer tasks that open up my mornings to do more complicated things while my brain is fresh.

 

If you want to improve your finances you need to look at how you are managing your time. Saving time and saving money are more connected than you might think.

 

The Make Over Your Mornings course helped me come up with a morning plan that included fun things that make me want to get up early.

Both courses have helped me find more time in my day to do the tasks that need to be done to keep us on track financially as well as the time I need to work on my blog, which has become a good, steady source of income for our family.

Both Make Over Your Evenings and Make Over Your Mornings are 14 day video driven courses. They are designed to be done in 15 minutes a day with a 5 minute video, a 5 minute reading and 5 minutes of filling out worksheets related to the course. Of course, you can do them at a faster rate or a slower rate once you have access to the course and you can even go in again and again to retake the course as many times as you want.

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