So, one recent topic on the PostAWeek site was “What would you tell yourself 10 years ago?” Well, here goes…
Dear me at 22,
Well, what can I say? You won’t turn out the way you think – way better and way tougher than anybody gives you credit for right now. Life is a lot harder than you imagine, but well worth the ride. I know, you’re really excited right now because you’re engaged to be married in a few months. I’m tempted to tell you not to go through with it, but then you’ll miss out on some seriously important life lessons, and you won’t get the most precious gift known to man – your sweet baby girl. Oh she’s GORGEOUS! Word of advice though: EPIDURAL. Seriously.
Don’t be too trusting when it’s time for some big decisions. Make sure you listen to your gut. Fall in love. It’s OK! Oh, and you’ll get a chance to go to a concert in Hawaii – GO! Don’t pass it up – it’ll only slow the process of falling in love again. Trust me, just go. You’ll never hear the end of it if you don’t. 🙂
Find your faith again, and hold on tight. You’re gonna need it.
Don’t try to perfect, just always be true to yourself.
That’s it, I guess. No details – it’s more fun to find out for yourself. God Bless!
Kirsten at 32
So, as you can see by the little badge over to the right –> I’m participating in the Post A Week 2011, which means that at least once a week, I’ll blog about one of the topics posted on that blog. This is the first week that I’m participating, and I really like the topic that was posted the other day: What’s the most important thing you’re putting off?
Well, I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting a business for quite some time. This time last year, I actually sat down over the course of several weeks and devoured an incredible book called “The Boss of You” by Lauren Bacon & Emira Mears. I have a full spiral bound notebook of ideas and business stuff that I wrote while reading this book. I’ve read so many blogs and books about starting my own business, I’ve researched other businesses similar to what I want to do, I’ve made countless notes and have a billion ideas. And the only thing holding me back is fear.
I’m terrified. The sad part is, I can’t even allow myself to be terrified of failure because I’m too terrified to even make the attempt! The business that I want to start is something that will require a lot of my time because it’s something that requires a lot of creativity and hands-on crafting skills, as well as photography and editing. Also, my target market would be higher income families, which means I’d have to spend some serious dollars on marketing. I just got out of debt a year ago so I’m terrified of getting back into debt trying to do something amazing.
Anyway, that’s the most important thing. I really have every intention of getting the business off the ground. I feel like every day that I go to work and sit in my office is a day wasted. I can’t be creative and crafty at my current job. I have so many ideas that are just bursting to get out! I plan on spending a good deal of time at the beginning of this year working on a real solid business plan and trying to move this “idea” into more of a “real business”. I’ve got to stop being afraid and just take one baby step at a time.
In the meantime, this is my motivation. My drive. My determination. My reason for being. I love her more than I ever imagined was possible. No matter how crazy life gets (and it definitely does!) and no matter how stressful my job is (today was really crazy), she always brings me back to Earth and reminds me to just have fun!
My sweet Marley brought home another straight-A report card today! She’s one of those smart kids. 🙂 We had fun tonight, too. Mom brought over some fresh home-made banana pudding (YUM!) and we played a game of Cranium. So fun!
HEADS UP – WEEKEND ACTIVITY FOR THE FAM:
Hey, in case you haven’t thought about it yet –> it’s time to start thinking about summer camps. Atlanta Parent is hosting the Summer Camp Expo – there’s 3 chances to go. This weekend it’s at North Point Mall in Alpharetta Saturday from 11-4. If you can’t get there, you can go to Town Center Mall in Kennesaw on Feb. 13th or Perimeter Mall on March 19th. Mark, Marley and I are going Saturday so we’ll report back to let you know how it is.
My office building is in a heavily wooded area and we see lots of critters throughout the year. We have a hawk family who nests behind our building in the spring and summer, and we get to see them flying around and hear them talking to one another. We have tons of squirrels who like to walk along the rock wall under my office window. And we have chipmunks everywhere – they like to dart around the parking lot when anybody comes out to their car. Today, though, I saw a different kind of critter – this cute little possum. 🙂
This cute little fella came down the tree in front of my window today and I snapped a few quick shots with my phone as he (or she!) slowly made it’s way through the leaves. Cute! 🙂
As I wrote yesterday, I’m in the process of reassessing my goals, vision, future, etc. I’m not the type to make New Year’s resolutions or any such nonsense because I never stick to them. But I do get myself stuck in a rut from time to time, and I get antsy and need a change or perspective. So, since my senseless wanderings sometimes turn into good ideas, I’ve decided to keep up with said wanderings here on my blog. Yea, it says “photo blog” but I don’t always feel the need to post pictures.
Since I’m in the mood to blog more often, I’ve decided to join the “Post a Week 2011” that WordPress is setting up. It’s pretty cool, I must say. Somebody else comes up with ideas of things to write about, and it inspires people to blog. It will keep me, and anyone else participating, from getting stuck in a rut. Cool, huh?
So basically, my goal is to write more often. I’ll post pictures from time to time, sometimes from my Photo A Day, sometimes other things that catch my attention. I spent a little time early in 2010 writing articles for Examiner as the (clears throat to sound official) “Atlanta Northside Family Entertainment Examiner” but I really didn’t have the time to do all the research for my articles and post them, especially when you don’t really get paid (much). So I think I’ll incorporate some of that general feeling to this blog as well. If there’s something cool going on in the Atlanta area for families, I’ll let you know about it. If I go, I’ll tell you how it was – and probably post pictures!
If I’m working on a cool craft (like my Family Album of 2010) I’ll share that, too…with pictures. If I’m cooking something uber-fabulous that looks scrumptious, I’ll post that, too.
You get the idea.
Twice a week at least. That’s the goal. I promise they won’t all be random thoughts of a wandering mind, like this post. I just want you to know what I’ll be working on.
I’ll end with this: Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll miss all the cool stuff going on. Try to be more like Dakota, one of my dogs. She knows how to RELAX! LOL!