Welcome to June! This is the first post in my Summer Blog Series, which I've decided to do as a way to share and document some of my summer activities and projects. I've come to accept that being a full time blogger is just something I don't have the time or discipline to do however I love writing and sharing information, so I will pop in every now and then to do just that.
This Summer Blog Series will include a variety of summer themed posts that focus on the following:
So I hope you'll check out my posts every Friday this summer!
During the first week of May every year, I create a calendar of activities, events and projects for the entire summer. Disclaimer: Not every single day is accounted for and those are the stay-in-pajamas-and-binge-watch-Netflix-all-day days. But since I do have two children (actually one of them is officially a teenager now) I've learned to be prepared for the, "What are we doing today?" "I'm bored," "Can we go to the mall?" (And that question would actually come from my 8 year old daughter!)
I just find we maximize our time (and I reduce my headaches) when I create an actual calendar. Here's my approach:
Even if you are a parent working outside of the home, having a calendar can still be useful. It helps you schedule time with your family and makes quality time a priority. If you need some ideas of things to do over the summer just head over to Pinterest and enter "summer activity ideas", enough ideas come up to last you until your kids have kids! Have fun and enjoy your summer!
As parents we face such a paradox as we try to protect our children from the same world that we need to also prepare them to live in without us.
Sometimes as parents we fall short because want to be our children’s friend or we want them to “like” us or we simply don’t want to see them struggle or hurt. But failure and some form of struggle is inevitable and it helps build character. One of the main things we should teach our children is responsibility. If we strive to raise responsible citizens it will go along way in helping them to be successful in life.
Here are some ways to teach kids to be responsible:
If you wake up some mornings wanting to give up on your dreams. You're not alone. There are probably some days that it seems too hard or that you're not making any real progress. Maybe you feel too old, too young, too overweight, too shy or that you have other obstacles that will keep you from being as successful as other people. You have to be vigilant in your efforts and take the good with the bad.
Here are four tips for staying on track:
1. Stop complaining- Don't give in to the urge to bemoan every setback or hiccup. Embrace the challenges and mistakes. Learn from them so that your next attempt is better. Complaints are problems that you want someone else to solve because you feel like a victim. Stop creating problems and start devising solutions that will help put you closer to your goal so that you can be victorious!
2. Stop criticizing- Complaints and criticism usually go hand and hand. We are our own worst critics. Focus on all the amazing things about yourself and when you look in the mirror empower yourself by saying, "I am capable of greatness!" People who feel empowered usually go on to empower and inspire others instead of inviting negativity.
3. Stop comparing- There is only ONE you. Period. There is only ONE Beyoncé. One Oprah. One Random Sally Doe who has 110,000 followers on Instagram. And on and on. It's one thing to allow these people to inspire you to be YOUR best but emulating them or comparing your journey to theirs is a surefire way to destroy your own self worth. What makes YOU special? Focus all your energy on being the best version of yourself. When you're happy with yourself and love yourself unconditionally, you become unstoppable!
4. Stay consistent- It's not what you do once and a while that makes the difference it's what you do ALL THE TIME. Establish solid routines and block out the noise and distractions. You can't expect instant results when you've only been working at something for a few days. It will take longer than a few days, possibly more than a few weeks or months. You have to ask yourself the following questions: Am I willing to WORK for it? Am I willing to WAIT for it? And if your answer is yes to both questions, then keep plugging along and before you know it- those consistent small steps with get you to your destination.
The Internet has deluded people into thinking they can do anything and everything. They think they can watch a few YouTube videos or dig around Pinterest and suddenly they are an “expert” in a particular area. Some people have even boldly tried to build careers around things they learned in one sitting.
Believe me it takes a lot more than following an online tutorial to be considered an expert in a particular field. I have a degree in Communication, I have been writing professionally for almost 20 years and I have been freelancing as a graphic designer for three years. However there are times when I still feel like a novice. Being an expert is not only about execution but also attitude.
Here are three tips to becoming an expert:
I am wife, mother, author and feelancer. My days tend to fly by at warp speed, so when dinner time rolls around I often find myself frustrated and uninspired. My main issue is I don’t necessarily like the idea that I am responsible for making sure everyone in our house eats. That is a big burden to bear. Not to mention, after a while you run out of stuff to cook.
There was a time when I cooked spaghetti once a week and a balanced meal consisted of baked chicken, corn and green beans. Throw a picky eater in the mix and I just want to scream! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind cooking- I mean mainly because I like to eat- but I’m impatient and long hours slaving over a hot stove is not my idea of fun.
So, recently I’ve started playing around in the kitchen googling recipes and thumbing through cookbooks. I’ve also started planning my meals in advance and I’ll take meat out of the freezer as soon as I wake up in the morning. And it’s been a game changer. All the meals I cook are 30 minutes or less. Unless I’m doing a roast, which I put in the crockpot the night before.
I have an Instagram page where I share some of my most successful meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with quick, prep tips. Follow my page @quickanddelish on Instagram for quick and delish recipe ideas that anyone can prepare!
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