I Didn’t Do My Weekly Newsletter Last Night and I am Not Sorry

I didn't do my weekly newsletter last night... and I'm Not Sorry! | Motivation and Personal Development“Sorry” is a phrase that IMO (in my opinion) is overused. At least in my world.

In my businesses I am constantly following up with people who have told me they wanted something from me. A product, the biz opportunity, a party, a meeting, etc. Often when I am following up, I get this response, “No thanks, sorry”.

I like to ask “Thanks for your response, what are you sorry about?” But I never get an answer. I actually truly want an answer because I am curious what they are sorry about? For example if someone is wanting to lose weight and I tell them about Beachbody’s nutritional shake, Shakeology, and they say they want to try it and will order when they get paid Friday, I follow up.

“Hi Cindy…did you still want to order Shakeology today?”
“No thanks, sorry”

Why are you sorry? Who are you sorry to? Me? I’m not the one wanting to lose weight. I’m not the one asking for help. I’m not the one who said I wanted to order it Friday.

Maybe she is saying sorry to herself? For not making her health or her needs a priority? For not following through with what she wants for herself? For putting other people’s needs in front of her own?

This is what I woke up thinking about his morning. Not Cindy or Shakeology or even any of my businesses (I have no idea how that tangent even happened), but about saying “sorry”.

You see, almost a year ago, I decided (or was prodded by my marketing coach, Tara) to start a weekly newsletter.

Every Wednesday I send a newsletter to whoever wants to get it with an easy vegan recipe, a fun workout, and one of my recent blog posts which mostly deal with my personal growth and all the things I am passionate about and screwing up in my life. Only one time I did not get my newsletter out on time and only one time I skipped the week.

The skip was “excusable” because it was halfway into my 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 states and that’s a cool reason to miss a week. The late time was because my life was so crazy I actually forgot it was Wednesday!!! I woke up early the next morning and apologized profusely and swore I would get my shit together! I felt like a loser and a slacker and that I let people down…all 28 of them who opened my newsletter that week!

Was I really sorry to those 28 people, half who may have opened it but never read it, the other half who probably wouldn’t have noticed it was late if I hadn’t mentioned it in the newsletter? Did anyone even care? I highly doubt it! So yes, I was saying sorry to myself, for not holding up my end of the bargain, for being the one who broke the deal, and finally for being so hard on myself for not getting it done.

I have no idea where that all came from as that (again) was not where I was going with this!!

Anyhoo…last night (Wednesday) after a long day with several unexpected, unplanned adventures, I got home at 7:57pm, gave my dog a kiss and my hubby a pat on the head (or maybe it was the other way around, I really can’t remember), and grabbed dinner and took it up to my office to get on a team video meeting at 8:00.

After the meeting, I was beat. I left my dishes next to my computer, took a shower, and crawled into bed. In the 8 seconds before I fell asleep, I suddenly remembered I didn’t do my weekly newsletter. I almost jumped out of bed to make sure to get it sent on the day it’s “supposed” to go out (it’s called Happy Hump Day from Kirsten) but then I decided against it. I chose to take care of me and get enough sleep for the first time in a month.

I woke up this morning (Thursday) and lay in bed thinking of the apologetic message I was going to write in my newsletter when I sent it out this evening, which got me thinking “why am I sorry?

I chose to sleep instead of doing the newsletter. I can’t be sorry for something I chose to do.” And that is what I wanted to write about today. To remind myself (and you) that we all make choices every single day and we need to own our choices, not be apologetic for them.

If you are sorry for your choices, make other choices. If you are sorry for your actions, chose a different action. I feel like “I’m sorry” these days is an excuse and easy way to get out of something. And that doesn’t feel good to me. I want to be impeccable with my word, and to me saying sorry when I’m really not sorry goes against that.

So I am committing to not saying sorry unless I really truly mean I am sorry. I’m not sure what that situation would be because as I am writing this I’m trying to figure out if there is anything in my life I am sorry for? My life is a compilation of every choice (both good and bad) I have ever made and has made me into the person I love (finally) today.

So I am not sorry.

But I do love you guys.

And I’ll get my newsletter out to you.

And I’m not mad at myself.

And I’m not a loser.

If you do want to get my newsletter go to…

www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/newsletter

Or text FFFF to 22828

See you soon!!

Homework: Do What You Love

Homework: Do What You LoveA little over 10 years ago, I was struggling with some issues, and ended up hiring a life coach to help me work some things out. After getting to know me a bit, he gave me an assignment to write down 50 things I was “wildly passionate” about.

Seriously? Wildly passionate? That sounded both corny and impossible to me. After much negotiation (I was a horrible client I now realize), it ended up being 25 things I liked or that made me happy.

My next assignment was to pick the 10 I loved most. That was easier. Since I already had a list of 25, I just picked the 10 I liked most. And “loving” something was easier than being “wildly passionate” about it!

I still have my original list (I had it pinned to my wall until we moved into the RV 3 years ago) and it looked like this (in no particular order):

  • Setting Goals
  • Eating at Taj
  • Getting a Massage
  • A Super Hard Workout
  • Watching a Movie
  • Being with my Family
  • Making Money
  • Personal Development
  • Competition
  • Organizing/Planning/Scheduling

I even went as far as calling it 10 Things That Make Me WILDLY Excited About Life. Excited was OK, passionate was still a weird word to me at the time! Baby steps.

The next goal was to incorporate AT LEAST 1 of these 10 things into my schedule every single day. This was a challenge at first. I was working too much, I was tired all the time, I had no money, I wasn’t taking time for myself or my family, and I was living day to day trying to prove to “someone” that I was “something”.

But I stuck with it and looked at the list every single day while making my schedule. Some days I did ZERO (such a failure), but over time, with practice and awareness (baby steps), I was incorporating more and more of this list into my daily life. And something amazing started to happen. The more I did these things, the more I did these things!

Now, 10 years later, I am extremely good (sometimes too good) at taking care of myself and making ME a priority. There are days where I am incorporating 3 or 4 of these things into each and every day! And if I were to make a list of 10 Things That Make Me WILDLY Excited About Life, it would look pretty much the same as it did 10 years ago. AND…I think it would be easy these days to make a list of 50 things that I am wildly passionate about! What’s-his-face (my coach…can’t remember his name) would be proud.

So I want to give you this gift! I challenge YOU to make a list of 25 things you like. I challenge you to pick 10 that excite you. Write them down. Hang them up where you can see them every single day. And start doing AT LEAST one of them every single day.

Oh and PS…you need to schedule them into your day. If you are waiting for “spare time” or “extra time” or your day to “open up”, that’s not going to happen!!!

I would LOVE to see your list!!!
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And CONGRATS for making yourself a priority!

See you SOON!

Happy Birthday Joey | A Doggie Love Story

Happy Birthday Joey!On Christmas Eve one year ago we started looking online to adopt a new dog…and by “we”, I mean “me”. Our last dog Sam had died in June and we were ready to add to the family again. I spent 2 days reading through profiles and when I came across Joey’s, I was sold!!!

He said he was energetic and loved running but also loved being a couch potato! OMG! That is me to a tee! My ideal day would be running a marathon in the morning and then watching movies the rest of the day!! He was perfect!! Plus he was 2 years old (young enough to be part of the family for a long time but old enough to have already been trained) and small (we had never had a small dog, but were living in an RV so it was time to downsize our dog).

We read through the application and it mentioned a home visit. Boo! I wasn’t sure if someone would give a dog to a family living in an RV in an RV park with no yard, no dog door, and no place to run around during the day. But I sent the app anyway! Joey was meant to be with us!

I got a call the following day and as luck would have it, I knew the woman who ran the shelter!! Boom! I was in! Anyone who knew me at all knows I would treat my dog like my own child and would make sure he was always taken care of no matter where I lived! Now all we had to do was meet Joey.

We met him where he was being boarded and he was a ball of energy, climbing all over the furniture, chasing the ball and running in circles. I loved him but was worried Rick would object since Joey was a shedding machine AND Rick had never let his dogs on the furniture…ever!!

On the way home we chatted about it and Rick said if I loved Joey, we could take him in.

We were planning on doing a test run over the New Year weekend at our place, but the day before he was coming over, we got a call from the shelter saying Joey had an aggressive episode and they wanted us to be aware of it. And that it would be best if we kept him on anxiety meds and saw a trainer on a regular basis. This didn’t scare is off, we decided to wait and see how he did in our family. Our last dog Sam was super anxious, needy, and aggressive with others but did well with us since we are pretty low-key and relaxed.

So on January 1, 2015 Joey came to check us out and he has never left our sides. We declined the drugs and trainer and he has never once showed us anything but love. He is playful and energetic when we are but calm and snugly when we want to be. He is soft and obedient and makes me laugh every single day.

He is the perfect addition to our family and I am so grateful he was put into our life.

Happy birthday Joey!!

PS…please adopt a dog! There are so many who need good loving homes!

Here is where we got Joey…

http://www.softplacetoland.org

Please like their facebook page and donate if you can!!

https://www.facebook.com/A-Soft-Place-To-Land-Inc-129697580375910

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

See you soon!

My Top 11 Blog Posts from 2015

My Top 11 Blog Posts from 2015My Top 11 Blog Posts from 2015

That is why my target market is me…and others like me. And the reason my blog is all about food, fitness, finance, and fun in your 40s!! Because those are the 4 issues in my own life I struggle with and I am in my 40s…DOY!!

So when I get an email from someone saying “Thank you so much for writing this, I seriously thought I was the only one who felt that way” or “OMG it’s so nice to know someone else out there thinks like me” (btw…both actually taken from emails I have received), I get SUPER excited because I know I am making a difference in the life of that ONE person, and that is what I want.

Writing a personal blog is scary. Sometimes I feel like an idiot for failing and screwing up and not learning a lesson until the hundredth time, but if my experiences can help someone else feel not so alone or help them so they don’t have to go through the same hard time, then the trepidation I had to publish my inner most feelings and emotions goes away.

So THANK YOU for loving me for ME and not because I have accomplished something or did something spectacular, but because I am human and flawed and need love and connection as we all do!

I was reminiscing about 2015 (obviously) and looking through my posts from the year and wanted to share with you my top 11 faves of the year. The reason they are my faves is because they are the ones that gave me the most response from others that they appreciated the post.

So without further ado…

MY TOP 11 POSTS FROM 2015

#1 – Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

#2 – Homework: Live in the Moment

Homework: Live in the Moment

#3 – 7 Marathons in 7 Days in 7 States: Daily Race Reports and Results

7 Marathons in 7 Days in 7 States: Daily Race Reports and Results

#4 – The Shitter’s Full | Living The RV Life

The Shitter’s Full | Living The RV Life

#5 – Throwback Thursdays are the BEST!

Throwback Thursdays are the BEST!

#6 – Today I Am Grateful For My Scale

Today I Am Grateful For My Scale

#7 – My 100th Blog Post

My 100th Blog Post | Fitness, Food and Finance Lifestyle Blogging

#8 – 3…2…1…WE’RE DEBT FREEEEEEEE!!!

3…2…1…WE’RE DEBT FREEEEEEEE!!!

#9 – If Kir Can do It, Anyone Can do It

If Kir Can do It, Anyone Can do It

#10 – What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

#11 – How to Get Off the Super Slippery Slope

How to Get Off the Super Slippery Slope

Thanks for being here!

I hope you decide to make 2016 your best year EVER!!!

See you soon!

5 All-Natural Solutions to Everyday Products

5 All-Natural Solutions to Everyday ProductsOver the past few years I have become increasingly aware of all the harsh chemicals we put in and on our bodies. I would love to say I am an “all-natural” girl and don’t put anything harmful on or in me, but that’s completely untrue. However, I am taking baby steps (as always) to start leading a life free from chemicals and artificial crap.

Here are 5 changes I have made over the years to healthier DIY options on products I use every single day…

1. Toothpaste.

I used to get whatever chemical whitened my teeth the best. And topped that with a chemical-filled whitening booster. I was super obsessed with my teeth. And wanted them as white as possible!! After learning more about toothpaste ingredients, I switched to a natural toothpaste which was way healthier than my originals. It still had quite a few ingredients that I didn’t know about, plus it was super expensive, so a little over a year ago, I decided to make my own. I mix enough baking soda in coconut oil to make a paste and then I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Here is where I get my essential oils… www.youngliving.org/expandtofreedom

2. Sports Drink.

Gatorade was pretty much my go-to sports drink for decades. The only thing I didn’t like about it was all the calories. I was so happy when they came out with the low-cal version G2. At the time Gatorade was made with corn syrup. They took the corn syrup out of most types of Gatorade, but most still contain dyes and artificial flavoring and coloring which can pretty much be anything!! For the past 2 years I switched to an all-natural sports drink that I love by R.W. Knudsen called Recharge (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Recharge). It’s delicious and all-natural but expensive and hard to find. So a couple weeks ago I started experimenting with making my own.

Here is my most recent favorite recipe: 1/2 c apple juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, a few drops of lemon essential oil, and a pinch of iodized salt. Mix with water to equal a quart.

3. Face Wash.

This has been the toughest one for me. I have struggled with acne AND dry, sensitive skin my entire life and have literally tried every single product (both OTC and prescription) out there short of Acutane. I have also made several DIY face cleansers with not much long-term success. Right now I am loving my newest concoction. I have only been using it for 3 weeks so it’s still under testing BUT so far so good! My skin is both soft and calm with very few new breakouts. Yay!

Here is my recipe: enough baking soda and coconut oil to form a paste, add a few drops of lemon essential oil.

4. Face and Body Moisturizer. Simple.

Coconut oil. When I first started using it on my face, my breakouts increased. So I stopped. But I liked the idea of it and wanted to keep trying. So every few months I would try it again. Breakouts. When I started with my new face wash, I found my face was moisturized enough that I only needed the coconut oil at night. And the combo of the two, fewer breakouts!!

5. Deodorant.

I saved this one until last because I didn’t want to scare you off before reading about my first 4 products. When I was in college, someone came out with a study about how deodorant causes cancer. So I started using the rock or crystal or salt rock or whatever it was. It didn’t really work and it hurt to apply it, so about 15 years ago, I just stopped using deodorant. Yes, you heard that correctly. I haven’t used deodorant in over 15 years! And no, I don’t stink! I do sweat a little (more when I work out of course), but for the most part my body has completely adapted to me not wearing it. I’m sure it helps that I eat pretty clean, but I’ve only been eating as well as I do for the past couple years, so I really do think that my body doesn’t need it because I don’t use it.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to start removing chemicals and artificial crap from your life.

A few other tips I think help me live cleaner…

In my food and drinks, I avoid all artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors.

I only use soap with a couple of ingredients in it and only in bar form to avoid over use of plastics with liquid pumpy soaps.

Even Joey, my fuzzy kid, eats all natural, raw, no grain dog food. He loves it and is full of life and energy just like me!

I’m for sure a work in progress and there are many other products I can work on making more natural and healthy in my life. I can’t wait to discover new and exciting ways to make myself the best version of me possible!!

I would love to hear all about your natural and DIY solutions! Share here or in our community on Facebook…

www.facebook.com/FoodFitnessFinanceFun

See you soon!!

Why I Love Streaking | Goal Setting Tips

Why I love Streaking | Goal Setting TipsSorry to disappoint you, I don’t mean streaking like running through the quad at a college party naked! I mean…if you’re into that, I don’t judge, I have just never done it to see if I like it, but any and all streaking stories are welcomed (no pics please, I still have Will Ferrell from OLD SCHOOL stuck in my mind and that’s plenty).

I’m actually talking about using “streaking” to pick up a healthy habit and repeat it daily for a certain length of time. This can be for health, nutrition, fitness, business, finance, relationship, personal growth, spiritual or any other area of your life. It’s so easy.You just pick something and commit to doing it every single day until the date you decide to end it.

Here are some examples of streaks…

Health/Fitness/Nutrition

  • Bike (one I am currently doing): bike every day at least 30 mins
  • Run/walk: run/walk at least a mile a day
  • Water: drink at least a gallon of water each day
  • Veggie: eat a serving a veggies at every meal
  • Vitamin: take your vitamins/supplements daily
  • No sugar: don’t eat any sugar

Business/Finance

  • Meet new people: add one new person to your database each day
  • Share: share your business in some way with one new person a day
  • Savings: save at least $1 a day
  • Debt: pay at least $2 a day toward credit card
  • Sales: sell at least 2 things a day

Relationships

  • Show spouse love: say “I love you” first thing every morning
  • Kiss: one passionate kiss each day
  • Write a note: write a note a day to your sig other
  • Friend gratitude: send a thank you card to a friend a day

Personal Growth/Spiritual

  • Gratitude journal (also doing this one currently): write or post something you are grateful for daily
  • Read/listen to books: read 10 pages or listen to 10 mins of personal growth book every day
  • Give back: do a random act of kindness each day

I could go on and on but you get the idea. And the great part is, like the drag race in GREASE, “the rules are…there are no rules”. This is YOUR streak so you get to make up the rules!

Here are 4 reasons I love streaks…

1. It moves me toward something I want. I would only pick a daily activity that is a habit I want to create for life or something that is working me toward a result I want.

2. I am forced to do it daily. Streaks are not easy or they would already be a habitual part of your life, like drinking coffee. Most coffee drinkers can’t get through their morning without coffee, but they don’t have to be on a “coffee streak” to drink their cup (or six) every morning!

3. In the end I am closer to creating a habit I want as part of my life anyway. Not only am I working toward a result I want, but along the way I am creating a positive habit. This habit may not stick daily but it will for sure be closer than it was before the streak.

4. It is fun and inspires others to be better. I have been doing streaks my whole life because they are fun and challenging and move me toward my goals. I have not always shared them because I never knew how many people I could inspire just by sharing my stories. Over the past couple years with social media being more and more a part of our daily lives, I have gotten better and better about sharing my own. I’m sure the people who know me think it’s TMI sometimes, but if I can inspire or motivate ONE person to be better, grow, love herself more, just do it, go outside his comfort zone, or follow her dream, I am happy!! And all the haters just fade away!!

So now what? Now it’s time to take action. Pick a habit you’ve been wanting to start and pick a length of time and start today!! Share your streak with those you love and trust (if you’re new to all this sharing and personal growth stuff) or with everyone you know or don’t know (if you’re more advanced and their possible negative reaction won’t faze you at all), and start streaking!!

If you have no idea where to start, my new video course will help. Go to www.ItTotallyMatters.com and sign up today!!

And I would LOVE for you to share your streak with me! Thank you!

See you SOON!

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday To MeI know a lot of people who don’t celebrate their birthdays, who don’t like to make a big deal about living another year, who are not excited about getting older, and who don’t want everyone to know it’s their special day. I am NOT one of those people.

On my birthday, if you don’t already know it’s my birthday, I will let you know. Even the checkout lady at Whole Foods knows it’s my birthday that day!

And I don’t just celebrate one day, I pretty much celebrate the entire month!

I figure I am the only person I will be with from the day I am born to the day I die. I better learn to love and celebrate me!! Plus…I made it another year. Through smiles and tears, lessons and growth, successes and failures, I am still standing strong! And that, my friend, is something worth celebrating!!

So it’s hard for me to imagine anyone not wanting to live it up on their birthday!! Maybe they aren’t excited about getting older? I am!

My mom got married and had me when she was 20 years old. I can’t even imagine what that would have been like. By the time she was 24 she also had my sister and brother. My dad worked a lot of jobs to keep mac and cheese on the table and my mom was working and taking care of 3 babies. As a kid, I rarely remember seeing my mom happy.

When I was 17, my mom met the man she is now married to. And I finally saw her happy. So yes, this story has a happy ending for her…and me. She gave me hope. If she could be happier at 37 than she was at 27, then so could I. So throughout my teens and twenties, when I felt sad or lost or stuck or unsure, I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel. I knew my life would be better when I got older.

And it has gotten better every single year. I love that I love myself now. I love that I know what I want and I’m not afraid to go for it (and ask for it). I love that I care more about the people I adore and less about the haters. I love that I know myself enough to know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea so I don’t need to be accepted by everyone. And I love that I have people in my life who love me unconditionally, no matter how crazy I get. WOW! That’s a lot of love!

Plus I am in a sport where old people are ROCKING IT and are racing into their 80s. They are active and healthy and fit and loving life. I am excited to be there too!

So YES! I am celebrating hard core! My life matters and I am excited to share it with anyone who will listen. Your life matters too! You matter! You make a difference in the lives of so many people around you. So don’t be a party pooper and be sure to let the world celebrate you too on your special day!

How am I celebrating this year? Well there of course will be magic and fun all month long, but on my actual birthday, November 6th, here is my plan…

Wake up

Swim 4,300 meters

Bike 43 miles

Run 4.3 miles

Eat lunch at Taj Mahal in Fort Collins

Nap

See the new James Bond movie, Spectre

Eat popcorn possibly

Go to bed

Now THAT is the perfect day!!

What are you planning for your next birthday? I hope it’s a little bit of everything you love!!

Happy next birthday to you!

See you soon!!

The Importance of Knowing Your Mission

The Importance of Knowing Your MissionIn the world of Personal Growth, your Mission is a big deal. In network marketing we call it your “why”.

It took me years to figure mine out. Partially because I was comparing what I wanted to other people and so mine ended up seemingly small and selfish, and partially because I was so wrapped up in my own world of learning to take care of myself that I couldn’t see the forest through the trees…or whatever that saying is.

I spent time in workshops and seminars figuring out what my passions are, what I wanted to do with my life, and how I wanted to impact the world with my Mission. I met people who wanted to stop world hunger and cure cancer and put clothing on all the precious babies on this earth. I couldn’t compete with that! All the ideas I came up with were so small and insignificant so I always thought I needed to come up with something bigger and more impactful.

So I did…for the workshops…and I shared them with others and they all thought it sounded great. But I got home less than excited about my new found life’s Mission. So obviously that wasn’t it.

Back to the drawing board. I talked with Life Coaches about it and came up with more of the same. I couldn’t come up with anything worthy of a Mission that got me passionate and excited about my life.

One day while talking with one of my Life Coaches, Kim, about just this topic, she asked, what is it that you want to do with your life if it could be anything you wanted it to be. That was easy…I wanted to live my life exactly the way I wanted to and for that to be enough to inspire someone to want to make theirs better.

“So why can’t that be your mission” she asked me.

“Because it’s not big enough or important enough and kind of selfish.”

“How is inspiring people selfish?”

Well okay then! Problem solved…I found my mission in life. I spent the next couple weeks tweaking it until it ended up as this…

My Mission is to Inspire Hope and Life Transformation

And that makes me super excited!!

So why is this so important and what made me write about it? One day last week I was posting my usual stuff on Facebook. My meals, workouts, positive quotes, etc. I send a daily text with a health/fitness/nutrition tip (text me at 970-214-7745 with your first name and FT if you want to start receiving it) and then I post it in one of my groups, fan pages, or on my timeline.

This day I posted it on my timeline. I got a comment saying: Could you give it a rest. Yah you’re in great shape. I know you’re trying to get others on board with your mission but maybe some find it offensive that you have all the time in the world to do so. You’re doing great with your physicality but everyone needs to know at all times? I may be completely out of line but you should think about it.

In the past I would have taken that very personally and been upset, but because I have read THE FOUR AGREEMENTS like 100 times (http://amzn.to/1J0j4WB) and I believe 100% in my Mission and why I am posting all my stuff for the world to see…and criticize…I responded with compassion and love.

OK…full disclosure…not initially…my first response was a little defensive…I let him know that I am a health/nutrition coach so posting health/fitness related stuff on social media actually IS my job.

When you KNOW your Mission and believe 100% in what you are doing, nothing anyone can say or do can stop you from moving forward. There will ALWAYS be “haters” and you will always get to decide how you want to respond. I choose love. No matter what your Mission is, love will always help move you in the right direction.

For today, choose love.

YAY!

See you soon!

Budget Tips for Living or Traveling In An RV

Budget Tips For Traveling or Living In An RVI realized today while I was taking a shower that we have never used the little shampoo / conditioner / soap dispenser thingy we bought and mounted to the shower wall. It reminded me of several things we bought for the RV that we have never used in the 2 1/2 years we have been living in it.

This got me thinking about other expenses that we could have avoided along the way, especially starting out.

So I wanted to share a few with you to save you a few bucks.

Whether you are traveling for a weekend, month, or a year, these tips apply to you.

1. Don’t buy crap until you know you need it.

Prepping for life in the RV was kind of like prepping for my first year of college. I had no idea what to expect so I spent an entire day at Target and hundreds of dollars buying a basket worth of crap I may or may not use.

We did the same thing before we started living in the RV, only on amazon.com and I’m sure it was more like thousands of dollars.

What I would do differently now is make a list of what I think we would need, find it on amazon, and save it so it’s there in my cart with 2 day delivery as soon as I know it is something I actually need.

2. Buy more non-perishable food in advance.

I don’t know why I thought truck stops and small town grocers would have cheap healthy food! They don’t. Some have expensive healthy foods, but most just had expensive unhealthy foods. Double suck!!

Stock up your cupboards and your fridge! That’s what they are for. Especially water…you can get a 5 gallon refill before you leave for the price you would pay for a 10 oz bottle on the road.

3. Don’t pay to sleep.

If you are between stops or need a break, stay the night at a truck stop or Wal-Mart parking lot. Most truck stops have showers and wi-fi…what more do you need? Plus it saves time since you don’t have to check in and out, hook up, and drive around looking for your space.

We have slept in many truck stops all over the US and only one has been disgusting. And Wal-Mart is nice because you can buy pretty much anything on your list that you need/forgot, plus stock up on cheap food!! Triple bonus!!

After living 2 1/2 years in the RV I can go on for pages and pages on all the lessons we have learned the hard way!! And that is exactly what I am doing in my e-book I am working on. I want to make sure to get all your questions answered in the book so if you have any questions that you want answered about living or traveling in an RV please post here or reach out to me in our facebook community at…

https://www.facebook.com/TheKarsAdventures

Have an amazing summer and remember…ADVENTURE IS WORTHWHILE!!

See you next week!!

Homework: Gratitude Journal

Homework: Gratitude JournalWhen I was 13 years old I didn’t like myself or my life. I’m sure most 13 year olds feel that way at some point, but I felt like I was alone and didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

My mom noticed and enrolled me in a class at her church called “I AM” with other sad teens. At first I thought it was cheesy. We had to go around the room each week and say one thing we loved about ourselves…BARF!! We also had to keep a journal and each night write 3 things that were good from that day. How awful right? It was hard at first but over time it got easier to see the good in myself and in my life. And the more good I found, the more good showed up.

I am so glad I learned at an early age the importance of gratitude. Even through dark times in high school, college, and as an adult, I have always found something to be thankful for. And when things seemed the toughest, I would go back to my “I AM” homework and write down 3 things every day that are good in my life.

I have a gratitude journal that I pull out anytime I feel stuck, frustrated, sad, or angry. I force myself to write 3 things a day I am grateful for. Guess that “I AM” stuff wasn’t so terrible after all! And actually, I haven’t had to pull it out in over a year!! How awesome is that!!

In the meantime I am still grateful every single day and share my gratitude daily. I typically think of at least 10 things I am grateful for before I even get out of bed in the morning and another 10 before I go to bed at night.

Last year I participated in a 30 day gratitude challenge on facebook and afterward decided to continue for a year. I started a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IHeartGratitude) where I post daily. I love getting notifications that others are posting because it reminds me to post again! Talk about an upward spiral!!

I also post daily on my fan page (www.facebook.com/KirstenMcCaySmith). I set a goal of 1,000 days of gratitude and I am on day 329. I am grateful I have had something to be grateful for every single day for almost a year!

So here is your homework…

Start a gratitude journal (private or public) and post in it daily. If life is rough for you right now, start private, start with 1 thing a day, it can be as little as being grateful you woke up this morning. If you want to challenge yourself even more, go for 3 gratitudes each day! And for the ultimate challenge (and reward) post your gratitude publicly. Share with the world that you are grateful. It will inspire others to be grateful and the more collective gratitude we have in the world, the more amazing our world (and your life) will be.

I double dog dare you to try it for 30 days and see what happens. Or join me for a thousand days on my fan page.

And PS…I am grateful for YOU!!!

See you next week!