Pre-editing

Y’know, sometimes I really just pull post titles out of my butt and what I pick has nothing at all to do with what I’m going to post for that day.

Just sayin’.

Today is a lovely day outside. The temps are mild (high of 66ºF), the sun is out and the sky is clear, off and on. Partly cloudy, I think they call that.

I spent some time outside this morning and got a couple videos filmed, for which I am grateful. I also finished The Science of Getting Rich yesterday afternoon…or maybe this morning? I’m thinking yesterday. It was so very good. And, bonus points, since I already had a bit of exposure to quite a bit of self-development, Law of Attraction stuff already, I now know where everyone got their materials. But seriously, it did make the book easier to understand. The language, as the book was written in 1910, is a bit stiffer than many people are used to, and it sometimes takes a while to get used to the “accent”, so to speak.

I journaled, but still want to meditate, and this was the third thing on my List Of Things That Must Be Done (blogging). And then I’d like to edit some, but I need to be mindful about the kids. Not because I’m doing something inappropriate, but because I want to spend some time with them today, so I’m going to try to squeeze the editing into spaces where they’re occupied with their interests.

I need to wash my glasses. There’s a fussy smear that doesn’t want to go away with a huffy breath and a shirttail swipe. Time for the Big Guns (soap and water).

Have you got any plans today? I know the day is more than half over, being after 1 pm as it is, but I figure I’ll ask anyway, and you can just apply it to whatever day you read this on. I’d love to hear about it!

I hope you’re having a great day!

And if you’re not having a great day, I hope you’re having a good day.

And if you’re not having a good day, I hope tomorrow is better.

Loves!

Gorgeous!

It’s an absolutely lovely day right now where I am. The storms took the humidity away a bit, and the sun is warm, and the green things are very, very green.

Gorgeous.

I had a plan this week to get videos up on certain days (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) and so far I’ve done well. I have the Saturday video ready to post, but then I thought it might be nice to have today be a vloggy kind of day, but I’m not doing so well. I think if I get it recorded well, I’ll put it up Monday. It sounds like a plan.

Today is Laundry, and I have a little more than usual. It might add another couple hours onto the time, which is less optimal, but should work out okay. I have plenty to do – a couple ebooks to read, journals, and my video planning notebook. I need to get some ideas planned so I can post stuff next week. I think I might have some good ones, too. We’ll see.

I’m watching Swiss Family Robinson for no reason whatsoever. I didn’t realize there was another version made before the one I’m watching, so I may watch that one, too, for no reason at all. It’s one of the movies we taped off of the Disney Sunday show way back when. Does anyone else remember when Disney played their movies on TV on the weekends? We taped quite a few movies that way. Ah, the days of the VHS and the VCR, renting it from the movie rental place at first, then getting our own.

The actual first film we recorded off TV was Aliens, with Sigourney Weaver. It took a lot of re-watches before I was able to not get my pants scared off. And then I wasn’t even watching the whole film! I’m still startled when I watch something now that I had seen as a kid over and over on videotape from TV, and realizing just how much had been edited out. It was a heck of a lot!

Anyway, I suppose that’s enough nostalgia for now. I keep starting sentences I forget how I wanted to finish them because I get distracted by the TV. Not helpful when writing the blog!

I hope everyone is having a great day!

And if you’re not having a great day, I hope you’re having a good day.

And if you’re not having a good day, I hope tomorrow’s better.

Loves!

Almost done

I don’t know why I’m so excited about almost finishing a book, except maybe for the fact that I have been an avid reader nearly all my life, and in the past couple of years I’ve only managed a few a year. As a kid and in my 20’s, I would go through 50 books in 6 months, easy. What’s been my problem lately?

Priorities, I suppose. I want to say, “I just don’t have time!” except that’s a lie. I think I have time for what I make time for. So I haven’t made time for reading. That’s really a shame, because there’s a buttload of things to learn from books, and I like to learn things.

Anyway, so I’m almost done with my book. I could have finished it this morning on the porch, but I felt like I was rushing through it. I really want to take in the end of the book (even though it’s a re-read) as well as I have the rest.

I have another plan. The last time I read this book, I picked a recommended book out of the list in the back of it and bought it. I’m going to do that this time, too. A real, actual paperback (or hardcover if that’s my only choice). I’m looking forward to it.

And in between when that gets ordered and when it arrives, I’m going to read (finally, for the first time) a couple of old books on finance. I think they’re old enough (written in 1910 and 1937) to be available for free on Amazon, which is how I came to have them. Otherwise, I may not have bothered. Or maybe I would have. I honestly don’t remember.

So I have reading plans again. And I’m almost done with the first book, which means I’m almost ready to do a write-up about it and post it here in the new Books I ❤ section I’m going to pull together as soon as I have a book to put in it. And then I think I’m going to try to do a video on it, too, but maybe not. I haven’t decided with certainty yet.

Well, it’s almost time to start my day. I hope you’re having a great day!

And if you’re not having a great day, I hope you’re having an okay day.

And if you’re not having an okay day, I hope tomorrow is better.

Loves!

Badass

I’m re-reading a book (did I already mention that?), You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. It’s about the Law of Attraction, and manifesting, but it’s also about loving yourself.

I mean, every damn list in the book (maybe not every list, but most of them) ends in “Love yourself.”

I love it.

Ultimately, apparently, Sincero wrote a book on self-love, and I’m having a lot of fun re-reading it. I’m almost done, just about 1/6th of it left to get through. I’m sure I’ll finish it up tonight, and then I think I’d like to vlog about it, if I can do that tonight without getting rained out. I’m sure there’s a way. 🙂

Today I did not wake quite as early as yesterday. The possibility was there. Somewhere in the 3 o’clock hour I woke for the bathroom, and going back to sleep wasn’t instantaneous. I went to bed early, though, so had I woken then, I would have had about 7 hours of sleep, so I think I’m going to start paying attention to when I go to sleep, and what hour would be reasonable for waking if I ended up waking that early.

Because there were things I had thought about doing this morning that haven’t gotten done yet. I’m just a little disappointed about that, but not too much, because there’s a whole day left.

I’m working from home again today, so obviously not the whole day can be dedicated to things that don’t relate to the Day Job, but there’s a lunch hour in there that I can give at least 15-20 minutes to a vision board. HA!

Okay. I’m off to work, so to speak. I’m working on getting more water down than yesterday (yesterday, though, I probably managed 100 oz, so there’s quite a bit to go yet as I consume my first 40 oz).

Wish me luck! Have a good day!

Early AF

Well, then. I certainly woke up much earlier than usual today.

Working from home has been great, and I’m finally into the rhythm of it. I get as much done from home as I did from the office, if not more on many days. I haven’t felt any urgency to get back (and in fact have quite a bit of reticence, but that’s because of some stuff going on in my personal life, not only because of COVID-19 concerns).

But today, well.

I woke up early.

I haven’t had the best track record in the past month with waking up, to be honest. My “get thy ass out of bed” time has been slowly working closer and closer to 9 am – the time I need to move from the bed to the computer. Not my finest moment, especially because I always regret the time and productivity lost to sleep.

But today, I work from the office for the first time in over two months. I’ll pack up the computer from home, all the things I brought with me that I’ll need there, and take it all in, and then pack it back up again at the end of the day since I work from home the rest of the week.

I don’t know whether it was the fact that I knew I needed to go into the office, a side effect of just having to use the bathroom, or whether my body really had gotten enough sleep last night (I went to bed around 9 pm), but I woke up at 4:30.

4-f*ing-30 am

This is a thing I only do if I have to catch a flight.

Or drive halfway across the country.

Or….yeah, actually, those are the only two things I can think of that would require me to awake at such a ridiculous hour.

I got up and used the bathroom, then went back to bed, and was oddly not groggy. I didn’t slip immediately back into sleep. I just kind of lay there, eyes closed. Then open. Then closed.

And something slipped into the back of my mind, then the front of my mind, then wouldn’t get out of my mind. The thing where if you wake up and don’t immediately fall back to sleep after a certain hour, you might as well just get up and be productive.

So I sat up. Well, I played games on my phone. Then I sat up.

Meditated.

Watched some YouTube for an hour.

Drew out next month’s calendar page in my bullet journal.

Did my Start Today journal.

Chatted with a friend.

Blogged.

Ooh, I ate breakfast in there, too, somewhere between YouTube and the #bujo.

And hey! It’s barely 7 am at this point!

The “downside” to all this waking up early, is that my being awake and active has attracted both of my children into my space, so I didn’t really get the full effect of getting all this stuff done in my own, peaceful bubble, but hey! I got it done.

Next, shower. Packing up the computer. Hauling it to the office, cleaning up the stuff that’s not mine in my new space, setting up the things that have been at my house for the past two months, and getting a bunch of crap done there, too.

Ooh, I should pack a sandwich.

I hope you have a great day!

Blog

I have an alert set up to go off every morning at 9am to remind me to blog. That’s all it says, actually, just Blog.

I’m in a rare mood this morning. One of motivation and energy and (pause to take a big chug of water) desire to do all the things possible.

Yesterday I watched a video from someone who seems to usually do videos about How To YouTube. But the video I watched was her talking about the Law of Attraction.

Oh, yeah, I remember that. I learned about it 3-4 years ago. Maybe five? I don’t remember the when, but I do remember the books. You Are A Badass, Ask and It Is Given, and another Badass book on Money.

I remember driving home and listing all the things I was grateful for them before they happened, and then watched them happen. I’m grateful for getting into traffic easily, then pulling out into a space that just appeared, giving me time to get my car placed where it needed to be for my drive home. I’m grateful that light is staying green for me, then driving through the very green light, catching just a glimpse of amber as I drove underneath it.

Silly things. Not big things.

Yesterday I watched the video, and I was riled up enough to pull out my yellow Badass book from the shelf and read a third of it before the day was over. And I’ll probably read the green Badass book before the end of the week. And the Ask book by the really-out-there Hicks’ couple.

I’m going to make things happen.

Watch.

Yesterday was my 42-day streak

42 is a good number, because it matches my age, and so that was nice to see.

I was just about as productive yesterday as I intended, which was lovely. And I got a little bit of relaxation in at the end as well, which was also lovely.

One of the interesting side effects of watching quite so many “How To YouTube” videos as I’m watching right now is that all those videos with the “secrets no YouTuber will tell you” all have the same things in them, which I suppose should have been expected. Also, with the sheer quantity of videos that I’m consuming, I’m discovering the advice starting to repeat. It’s a good reminder that there’s really no original content/original stories. The original portion is me – or the creator in question – and that’s what makes it unique.

It’s a good realization to have. When a person starts to feel like they can’t do anything new or original, remember that you are the new and original. Your experiences can put a spin on things that no one else has.

Well, at any rate.

The rest of today may include a trip to the office to try to tidy up a little, as I will be working from the office one day this week, and will hopefully include more similarly productive activities as yesterday. I have few actual plans, honestly, aside from doing all the things that I get inspired to do when I’m usually at work.

That said, I should get a move on, since it’s after 9, and precious time is wasting!

Sunday!

I slept in today after 8 am and it was lovely. I almost wanted to sleep longer, but then I remembered I had YThings to do, so I woke and started working on them. At this point, I’m essentially awake and up for the day. I just need to shower.

I had a pretty productive day yesterday once I got home. I spent the afternoon reading a short book I think I’ve talked about before here (yes, actually, fairly recently in the A to Z challenge), and I got Ideas from that. There’s actually a lot of stuff out there about failure, and how failure isn’t the opposite of success, but rather a stepping stone on the path to success, so I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how “failure” looks on YouTube.

Aside from the obvious “nobody watches your videos and you stop making content,” because that’s not a thing you can control.

Because most people set goals in terms of subscribers, or view counts, and you can’t control those. You can only control the content and frequency of what you upload.

So I have a script that I think I might try this morning before the sun comes out (if the sun comes out), as well as a channel trailer, which is apparently a thing people do. We’ll see how things go.

I also have some paperwork I need to collect and assemble and mail out, so I’ll spend some time on that this afternoon, after lunch, I think.

Aaaand…I think that might be it!

I’m excited to have a work holiday tomorrow. We haven’t got any plans right now, but I’m sure it’ll be a relaxed day. I should get the hamburger down today and make burgers tomorrow. I’m not confident I can make good ones. The last ones we had were from a We Ship You Meat company, and probably much better quality than I can whip up from the hamburger from the store, but I can try.

Happy Sunday!

I hope you have a great day!

And if you don’t have a great day, I hope you have a good day.

And if you don’t have a good day, I hope tomorrow is better.

Loves!