Archives for November 2008

Yay! It’s my birthday!

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Today marks my 37th birthday, although I’m telling everyone I’ve turned 29 – again!

I think back to when I was 29 and am amazed at just how far I have come. A few months before my 29th birthday I walked out on my marriage after 9 years of verbal and emotional abuse, so things were looking a little scary at that time.

Since that day 8 years ago I have lived life as a single mother, I eventually met my husband who I married three years later, started my own business, gave birth to my baby girl and now here I am, celebrating my eldest daughter’s 11th birthday (she was born on my 26th birthday) along with my own.

Tonight I am going to write down 10 of the things I am grateful for. To attract more good into our lives, we must first appreciate what we already have:

  1. My husband
  2. My daughters
  3. The fact that the storm held off until after my daughter’s birthday party!
  4. The wonderful friends who have contacted me today to wish me a happy birthday
  5. The rest of my family – just because they’re my family!
  6. My beautiful home (it’s got a pool, which kept the girls busy today!)
  7. The internet, so I can continue to work from home
  8. My business contacts who have been so supportive
  9. My mentors
  10. Avocados – they’re my current favourite!

I can’t believe how fast the last 37 years have gone, and I look forward to the next 37, although I know I’m going to live long past that!

What do I do if I get off track?

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I am the worst offender when it comes to flitting from one project to another.

I know what I want to achieve, and I know what I need to do to get there. But I am only human.

And like most humans, I get off track sometimes.

So what should you do if you are working towards achieving a goal and for some reason, things just head in another direction altogether?

The first thing is to stop beating yourself up (if that’s what you’re prone to do!) and know that these things will happen from time to time.

Remain focused on your goal, maybe sit down and write down what achieving your goal will mean to you. What do you hope to gain by achieving that goal? Why do you think you’ve drifted in another direction? Be honest with yourself.

Next, decide what your next step should be – write it down. Then make a plan to follow the next step, and the one after, and so on….

For me, it usually takes a conversation with one of my mentors, or watching or reading something inspirational that gets me back on track again, and full of enthusiasm and ideas!

Whatever works for you, just do it! You owe it to yourself to achieve your dreams!