For me the “shutdown” of 2020 caused by the PANdemIC panic began while we had puppies. In a way, I was happy when the Leonberger club (and everything else) canceled the annual meeting and dog show.
We would have had to stay home because we had puppies. They were born on February 17th, 2020.
When the 3-11 shutdown occurred, the puppies were occupying my total attention, so it was a little bit nice to know I wasn’t missing out on going out since everyone was in the same “boat,” so to speak.
(Speaking of boats, we had enjoyed several cruises the past couple of years. I do hope we can enjoy that again some day in the not too distant future.)
Now we’re just past 11-3 (election day) which seems to be what the PANdemIC panic was really all about. Everything has not been revealed to us publicly yet, but I’m so glad the unfolding will soon be happening bit by bit.
God continues to be faithful to us. The sun rises every morning producing daylight, even when it is a rainy day. We have all that we really need and best of all is faith in our creator.
The more quiet time has allowed for inward meditation.
Here we go again! How many diets have you tried? These pictures actually scare me, because it is not how I view myself! I think of myself as I was in my teenage and early twenties. I was slim and had a very flat tummy!
I’m one of those people who buy magazines at the grocery checkout based on the before and after pictures, and I’m always concentrating on dieting.
Usually, I try the meal plan at least for a few days and decide if I like it or not. I do have a few that I go back to and I can count on dropping off a couple of pounds in a short while with them. Nothing has ever been something I could stick with in the past.
With this diet, my BIG motivation will be seeing these pictures that I am putting out here for anyone to see. This is what I don’t want to be looking or feeling like.
I’ll update you on my progress every few days. I’ll tell you if it is easy or not. Follow me if you’d like!
Are you working on a plan to become who you want to be too?
To your MASSIVE SUCCESS!
I am not a list maker by nature!
I like to pack for a trip by getting up in the morning and getting dressed.
I put everything into my cosmetic bag that I put on, as I use it.
I usually take too many clothes, and sometimes not the right things. At least I think about what I might need. Shoes are the single most important item. Nothing is worse than being unable to walk because your feet hurt.
I love the excitement of getting ready for a trip.
I usually get more done just getting ready to go. It is the best time to clear my desk too. Sometimes I take organizational tasks with me and find it easy to take care of them while I’m gone and there aren’t so many things to do!
However the main thing is being able to focus on having a good time and “being with ” everyone you’re with on a trip!
Think of everything
Pack the best attitude possible and the rest will fall into line for you! It always does for me.
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To your abundant life!
Packing bags, getting ready seems like such a job.
Details, details, details. I’m not a list maker, but I believe I will become one! Going away from home for more than a weekend there are many things that just simply have to be done. Bills paid? Everyone notified? Arrangements for other people to do things every day? A place to stay? Reservations for a car and activities? Documents in order? Laundry? Packing? So for the first part, a great deal of planning and energy goes into getting ready. This builds anticipation of something fun to come and that is exciting. Getting ready is a booster to morale! There is a drop-dead deadline. When it is time to leave for a flight, you’ve got to be ready!
Then the relaxation begins. Even before arriving, there’s some time to read, to think, to relax. Traveling itself is very exciting and fun.
Could the sky be any bluer? Seeing all the other travelers is interesting if you are a people-watcher! Whatever your view, you get to see it from a new angle!
Nice that a vacation in another place is the experience of a time-stops-still kind of pace. Instead of clock time, everything is “in the moment.” Drink it in, savor it. It is a click-click-click in the mind as though a camera were recording every moment!
What is bluer than sky? Water!
The third reason for me is returning. It is not with sadness, it is happiness and a new perspective! Energized! Being refreshed and having been pampered there’s a new energy of expectation of how I want my life and surroundings to be! So a part of the “vacation brought home” involves the vision of and what I can do to be better and to do better.
Our last view on this trip of Hawaiian Sunset!
In case you want to experience travel as I do, ask me about it and how we are doing this much in our retirement!
To your abundant life,
Right after I pay the bills, I’ll write my blog post for today!
Right after the closet is rearranged, I’ll make appointments.
Right after I wash up these dishes, I’ll invite some friends for a get-together.
Right after I take out the trash, I’ll get started on social media posting.
Right after the kids go back to school, I will begin my new home business.
You get the point! I’m the queen of “Right After.” You may be also!
It all comes back to What do I really want?
Do I really want to be a blogger? Do I really want to make appointments that turn into sales? Do I really want to help other people become successful in doing the same thing? Do I really want to run a successful home business?
So two-step tango really: 1. Write down what you really want and 2. Write down what you will do.
Then do it right away!
To your massive success!
- Join a company with a valid product you really love or can become passionate about.
- Decide and begin quickly to promote.
- Get going every day to repeat step 2! Do not over think it, and do not complicate it!
When you check out the company, spend a little time researching how long it has been in business, how many reps are already selling the product, whether they truly have a unique niche product that people will want. Many companies go out of business each year and many new companies launch each year. Getting into one that’s on the startup side of things allows more possibilities to take a larger market share if you are in the earlier stages! Make sure you absolutely love the product and do a little looking around. Maybe nearly the same thing is available somewhere else. Make sure the product does what is claimed, suggested. Health and wellness companies are springing up daily it seems. Once in a long while there’s something really new, but most companies are in the “me too” business. What they offer is also offered elsewhere — ( and sometimes that’s right there in your local health food store, drugstore, or grocery).
Joining a winning person or team can also help you, but ultimately these types of business have as a selling point that you will be in business for yourself, so the adage, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” is true. So ultimately this requires self-confidence. I can point you to some great sources for that! 🙂
Look around and join someone who you can feel comfortable will be there to help you, but not manage you. You want someone with leadership but not someone who wants to hold your hand! After all, isn’t what you are looking for something you can hold in your own hands?
To your massive success,
Back in the last decade of the last century, like many near empty nesters, we shifted to the canine children.
My husband says, each time a kid left, we got another dog. We generally favored the female sex, and it has taken me nearly thirty years to be able to call them bitches.
Our sweet girls are “the girls” to us!
Our first Leonberger came because my husband went to a social event at the home of some folks with a Leonberger who quietly mingled among all the people there leaving vases and coffee table crudites for only the guests to enjoy. But this was an illusion, I call “training.”
By nature, all the Leos we have had have happy tails which wreak havoc to those types of coffee table items!
Here is Dick back in 2013 with Maisy – who was our fifth Leo, and is still the most* loved! She was born in May 2013 and was the sole survivor in her litter.
Maisy is a fighter who came with us having undeveloped lungs and a broken leg. She was sorely wanted to fill a vacuum we had and lots of love have gone out to Maisy. It is a miracle she is still with us today!
- each one is “most loved,” as each one is special. Those are the feelings I have when I talk or think about each one. The same with children and grandchildren, actually!
To your massive success!