Creating a Vision For Your Life

Vision Boards.  Everyone who has ever worked direct sales knows this is a HUGE piece of helping you achieve in your business.  But have you ever thought about it helping you achieve what you want in your life?  Maybe your direct sales business is just a piece of what will help you achieve all those great things you want in your life.  Or maybe it’s the answer to it all.  You won’t know until you create it.

I am sure you can find many ways on the internet to create a vision board.  One size does not fit all.  You can cut out pictures from a magazine, use Pinterest, write it all out, whatever your heart desires…and whatever will help inspire you most.  Having a vision for what you want in life will help you figure out how you will get there and will help you set the goals necessary to get there.

Start by making a list

Write it all down.  Everything that comes to mind.

Mine looks something like this: Gardens full of vegetables, solar panels, chickens, bees, a vineyard, fruit trees, goats, homemade soaps, homemade bread, healthy body, healthy life, happy son, happy husband, annual vacations, no debt, a small cape house with a barn…and I am sure I could go on further!

Now create your Vision Board

Use Pinterest or use magazines, tape, and glue.  It’s up to you.  You could even write it all out.  Describe how you want each of those things on the list to look.  What it will do for you, how it will make you feel.  Search for good quotes that support what you are trying to achieve.  It’s going to take you time.  It doesn’t happen over night at all!  But make it simple.  You want it not to feel cluttered.  Ultimately, photo representations are the best way to inspire the vision for yourself, but if you’re writing it out, try drawing pictures, too. You want it to be something you can glance at and have it inspire you.

Now let it inspire you!  Hang it where you can see it.  Somewhere you will see it just about every day.  That way, you will never forget your inspiration and vision.

Now I’m going to get to work and design my vision board to share with you all soon! 🙂

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What is PCOS?

One of the big underlying themes I think you see in my last post is health related issues that all seem to connect back to one thing…PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

As I was talking to a coworker today and listening to her talk about a family member who has not been able to conceive, I asked a few questions about what kinds of tests that this woman had had done.  Everything.  But then, the coworker told me some things she noticed about this family member that made me think PCOS…but the family member hasn’t been diagnosed.  Trying to help this individual find a provider who would help her, I talked to some friends…and realized that there’s a common misconception about PCOS….

Yes, PCOS stands for poly (i.e. many) cystic.  HOWEVER, new research has shown that not all women have cysts all over their ovaries.  WOAH!  So you’re thinking, “That means that there is a huge number of people out there with PCOS, right?”  RIGHT!

PCOS is an endocrine disorder.  Your endocrine system are all those organs that help you with hormone regulation.  And hormones affect how everything in your body works.  Think about your car…your car (if a 90s or newer), needs a computer to help everything function properly.  If one piece of the computer goes down, the whole car works a little funky.  Your endocrine system is just like that.  And then if one piece of your endocrine system doesn’t function quite right…all your other systems start to not work right.  And boom…then it’s time to fix it all.

Here’s the list…you would have two of three of the following to be diagnosed…

  1. Your ovaries are polycystic
  2. High androgen levels (this is what causes the abnormal hair growth or hair thinning some girls get)
  3. Menstrual dysfunction (i.e. lack of periods, lack of ovulation, or irregular periods)

Any way you swing it…it all sucks…but the good news is there’s ways to fix it…my favorite resources is PCOS Diva!

My Goals for 2017

I decided if I write my goals for 2017, you all can help hold me accountable, so here it goes…here’s my good, bad, and ugly of what I want to achieve in 2017!  SMART goals are the only way to go: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based. What are your goals for 2017?  Are they SMART goals?  How are you going to achieve them?  I will be following up on all of these goals in future blog posts, too, and hope you will update me on yours!

  1. Sell our house: It’s no surprise that I want to offload this house because a big part of our dreams is building our new homestead, so goal number one it is!  I want to sell our house by July which means the first goal is getting it ready to be on the market by April!
  2. Share essential oils: I am just starting out, but by the end of the summer (September 1), I hope to have shared my essential oils biz with at least three people and have them seeing what a difference oils can make in their life.  I love this stuff and I want to share it with the world!  Message me through my Contact page if you would like to talk more about essential oils.
  3. Improve my eating habits: I’ve tried every diet with no success.  I learned recently that if it is your problem, it’s not your solution, so a couple of other goals may help this one actually happen…but I want to have balanced out my eating by this summer (June 1) so that I am eating healthier on a more regular basis.  I want to have that balanced plate each mean with more vegetables than meat and fruit for dessert (most of the time).  This will just be one more step to a healthier me.
  4. Seek the counseling for my PTSD (and other issues): At my next doctor’s appointment, I intend to ask for a referral for the mental health counseling I have been procrastinating.  I sought counseling after our twins passed away, but I don’t think I really was ready for the level of counseling I needed.  I stopped going due to not meshing with the counselor.  It’s time, 4 years later, to find someone else to help me deal with some of the PTSD that has brought on.  And help me work through some other mental health issues that are important for my well being.  I know it will help me be a better wife, mom, daughter, and friend.  It’s time.  By the end of this year, I hope that I will be on track with my mental health so that all the other piece of my health fall into place!
  5. Lose the weight for good: I’ve been doing regular exercise with the hubs 5-6 days a week for the past 6 weeks.  I feel amazing.  I haven’t lost a ton of weight (okay, okay, in 6 weeks, I’ve probably lost almost 10 pounds, mostly in the past couple of weeks), but I want to keep going.  I need to make exercise a continued priority.  It’s a complete lifestyle change, and so far I’m feeling amazing about it, so that helps me stay inspired to keep going.  And for my PCOS, it’s the BEST thing I could do!  I’ve only got 30 more pounds to go to not be considered “obese” any longer.
  6. Run a 5K: I’ve said this ever year, but with fitness being a huge part of my goals, I am GOING to do it this year (you’re going to make sure I do, right??). So for the CHaD Hero, I plan to DO IT this time.  I will run the 5k at the Hero this year!  And I might even dress up. 😉
  7. Read more books: I set a goal of 30 books ever year, and I never do it.  By the end of 2017, I am going to have read 30 books!  And I will try to review all of them here for you, too! 🙂
  8. Be more consistent with my crafting business: I want to have at least a Facebook shop up at all times with lots of stuff to choose from.  I love crafting, and I think making at least $200 this year from it would be AMAZING.  That’s the goal!
  9. Blog more consistently: Alright, here goes…3-5 posts a week for at least the next 6 months.  That’s the goal.  Y’all gonna stick around for it??

Stay tuned for updates and more in depth information in all of the goals!!

New Year, Big Changes

It’s the new year and I’m determined to make progressive, but big changes.

Over the past year I’ve learned a lot about health and endocrine disruptors and PCOS.  I am a woman with PCOS, and I am DETERMINED to beat my PCOS naturally.  No drugs, no hormones, nothing but natural.  In order to do that, I’m making a lot of changes.  I’m going to use my blog to chronicle how I’m making those changes in things I do on a daily basis…things like cooking, shopping, cleaning, and even activities I do with my little man.  I listen to podcasts.  I read blogs and research and journals.  I want to know what I can do to not only live healthier for myself and my family, but to create a life where the things I’m doing are sustainable and natural.

As we get ready to sell our house, I’m looking forward to the new house where we can have gardens and orchards and live much more sustainably.  I dream of having solar panels and being off the grid.  I hope to chronicle that here, too.  Don’t get me wrong, we won’t live without SOME of the amenities like internet and phones…we aren’t quite THAT progressive…yet.  Honestly, I’d love to live in a tiny house and homeschool my son and live a simple life, but personality wise as a prepper household, that’s not exactly in the dynamic of our mindsets at the moment…maybe someday.

But I will still share with you our journey to there.  And all the things in between.  I want to chronicle this journey for ourselves, our kiddo and family, and everyone else.  I feel like this journey to simplification and natural living is really a movement.  Plus, ya know, how can you be a natural living prepper, right?  Maybe I’ll figure that out, but I’m glad you’re along for the ride.  Welcome!