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Epic Fail

I am seriously failing school right now, well at least in my Business course.  I just took Test 1 and I got….64%.  Um.  I am used to an A due to absolutely no social life, aka sucks, but at least I get an A.

I am kinda pissed on several levels right about now.

Maybe disappointed is a better word.

I cancelled my trip to CA to see my sis and family to enjoy Great Wolf Lodge water park/slides and Disneyland with them in order to try to complete the 3 classes I signed up that are needed to complete the Bookkeeping Certificate.

This alone upsets me greatly.  I wanted to hang with them and experience a water park galore.  For real.  A big dream.

Plus.  I really haven’t had a “real” vaca in 10 or so years.

I am a water baby.  I am beyond words energized by water and so wanted to enjoy the lodge.

But nonetheless, here and now, I am between a rock and a hard place.

I don’t want this certificate to take 2 years.  I really don’t.

I have a slight scheduling problem when it comes to school because of tax season, which runs January 1st – April 15th is Spring Session in school.  That eliminates one whole semester for me as there is no way I could do both.

I signed up for 3 summer session classes (which are shorter sessions than Spring and Fall semesters, um, as you can tell, I wasn’t prepared for that).  I am trying to get it done as quickly as possible so I can move on to the next stage…an Accounting Certificate.

That one really may take two years due to tax seasons.

I wanted to at least complete one certificate by the end of 2017.

And I am soooooo pissed that I am spending so much time on this Business Class!

By the way, like I said, it is the class that I am currently failing.

I am spending more time on that than the Accounting Class….the whole freaking reason I am here in the first place!

Anyway, I am a little discouraged tonight.  Tomorrow hopefully will be a  new day.

But for the love of God, I cannot believe I failed my first exam

#MostlyMyFaultButWhoTheHellCanKeepUpWith3OnlineSyllabusesAtOnce!!!!

Do not count me out yet, as I oddly find all of this information I am learning very interesting.

It is just the time frame that I have to pull it all off that is giving me trouble.

Until then, thus far, epic fail…..


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World

Best. Audio. Book. Ever!

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World by Admiral William McRaven, retired Navy Seal Commander, is an amazing book.

Short and sweet.

After I bought it and went to download it, I noticed that is was just over an hour, whereas most of the books I have purchased can run up to 8 hours.

This book is a bestseller, #5 on Amazon, so I was intrigued as to what he could share that was so powerful.

His book has 5 stars from every reader who rated it on Amazon as of just now.  I don’t think I have seen 100% 5 star rating before.

And I must say, he does not disappoint.

I think it is better to listen to the audio book because he reads the book himself.

His voice alone is powerful.

Here are the bullet points that he makes, but you are going to want to hear or read the full story behind each for yourself.

“If you want to change your life or maybe the world remember:

Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. 

But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the down trodden, and never EVER give up…

If you do these things, then you can change your life for the better, and maybe the world.”   — Admiral William McRaven

Me.

I got up at 5am this morning.

I made my bed better than I normally do.

I completed the task of riding my motorcycle for an hour.

I am telling you, you are going to want to check out this book.

 

 

 

 

 


School is in Session

Well not really.  Not yet.

My classes start a week from today on Monday, May 22nd.

Yikes!

My boss agreed to let me try working extended hours Monday – Thursday, and taking off Fridays (since our non-tax season hours are 8:30am – noon on Fridays).

Notice the word try.

As in this is not a completely done deal yet.  So, I will work hard to ensure that I stay on top of my duties.

One less day of commuting and one more day to study = would help me tremendously not to burnout on any fronts.

Although my official school classes don’t start until Monday, I’ve been studying audio books like mad for the last year, with a concerted effort for the last six months.

I don’t only listen to the audio books during my commutes to and from work.  I listen in the morning, I listen in the evening, I listen while cleaning, I listen while walking, I listen while sitting out on my porch.  In short – I listen, listen, and listen.

When I am tired of listening or need a break, I turn to music or silence for a while (even days) until I am ready to hear more information.

I’d like to share what I have been listening to over the last year.

Perhaps you will find something of interest.

I started with one book which led me to another, or I would read or hear about a book and I just followed the path.

The first two are my absolute favorites because they are personal life stories, and I am very interested in these people’s lives and how they got to where they are today.

I hope you find something of interest.

 

 

My deepest desires?

To never stop learning.

To never think I know all that I need to know.

And to always keep an open mind and be willing to at least explore.

 

 


I Think I Am Going To Be Sick

Principles of Accounting I

Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts

Intro to Business

I just signed up for the first three of seven classes I need to earn a Bookkeeping Certificate.

And I just paid for it too.

I think I am going to be sick.

 


Pondering Again…

Go back to school?

Buy a condo?

Seems to me if one keeps pondering the same things, perhaps one should do something about it.

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Bouncing Back From the Ultimate Disappointment

I was finally going to drive my Harley Street 500 motorcycle into work today.

I planned it out.  I would be taking as many back roads as possible and only be on the highway briefly.

I was up very early too, so I could get on the road well before rush hour.

Once I made it into work my plan was to walk, walk, walk AND walk some more because I am currently in three different FitBit challenges.

I am winning the first challenge by a pretty good lead.

I am winning the second challenge, in this moment in time, by a slight lead.  I had that one in the bag too, until someone seems to have gotten inspired.

I am in 2nd place in the third challenge, battling step by step with the person who is currently in 3rd who really seems to want to be in 2nd place.  This same said person is also the one battling me in the challenge I mentioned above.

At this point neither of us has a shot in hell of winning the first challenge.

The leader of that one is waaaaay ahead of us.  I did tell her tho, let’s do this again next week and I will give you a run for your money! hahaha

From last Thursday to this Thursday I had a really crappy, stressful and upsetting week.

I didn’t talk with anyone about it, mostly because those I know would have said – You did what???  You said what??? Are you bleeping crazy???

Obviously, I was not in my right mind and I allowed bottled up emotions, disappointments and frustration to come bubbling out.

Rest assured all is well now, so no need to ask me about it. hahaha

But the ultimate disappointment is that my Harley would not start this morning and I don’t know why.

I have kept the battery charged (last time that is what killed the bike).  I have even shared my toy and had a co-worker over to ride it to juice it up.  And so he could practice his skills since he recently got his motorcycle license.

As I trudged back upstairs fully geared up, I was sooooo disappointed.

Then I started thinking, I really need a dude in my life to maintain my bike.  I’ll ride it and he can keep it maintained.

In reality, I just want someone to show me how to keep it maintained.  If you show me, I can do it.  If I read it, I am like, huhhh?

And then I remembered, hey, I have a credit for a motorcycle class and guess who are in motorcycle classes????

DUDES and TEACHER DUDES!

So I signed up this morning and will be training and doing drills on a Harley like mine on Sunday for 2 whole hours!!

And I sure as heck am going to try to sweet talk someone into helping me.

Wish me luck!

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Oh, this pic, this is the only thing that did go well for me last weekend.  I got my hair highlighted.

This pic also represents me telling myself ~ I’ve got your back babe, no matter what.

And we will find someone to help us one way or another! hahaha

 

 

 

 


Listen To Your Heart, Sharpen Your Mind & Pay Attention to Your Body

I was re-inspired to pick up my lifelong learning tendency again.

I’ve been studying audio books again since December 2015, because what else are you supposed to do when you are sitting in 2 hours of daily traffic to and fro work, you know that traffic you are not supposed to be sitting in because that was not part of the hiring agreement .

Sorry I digress, that is a very sore spot for me.

And that was complaining and bitching. hahaha

Anyhow, I have been studying audio book since December 2015.

The topics I have studied include: Inspiration, Spirituality, Health, Fitness, Self-Development, Money and Business.

I have purchased and listened to 47 books.   And some of them I have listened to many times over.

My focus for the last 9 plus months has been on business.

In particular, I have been studying extremely successful WOMEN and really taking heed in what they have to say.

One of the more recent studies was Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office by Lois Frankel.

Boy did she give me a lot to think about.

She totally blew my plans out of the water by making complete sense as to why I will not get to where I want to go on my current path.

In March, I will be turning 46 and I thought I’d be making $100k by that age.

That may sound like a lot of money, unless you live in the DC metro area and you are the sole-provider for your present and future living conditions and you presently rent so your cost of living increase annually.

In my vision, the $100k didn’t necessarily have to come from one source.

I am not lazy and could work on the side doing bookkeeping or so many other things for others.

But with my current job, commute and maybe even industry – that is not possible.

Frankel pointed out that many women earn certificates or degrees while working but cannot move up where they work once they complete their studies because they have been type cast and are only needed for the position they have been hired to fill.

She also shared that the new norm for those who want to move up is to work for a company for three to five years, learn all that you can and do everything you can for them….and move to another company with a higher position.

Gone are the days that you stay somewhere for your working career, unless of course you have made it to the top, then by all means stay and reap what you have sown and enjoy!

I’ve been with my current company, two different times and positions, for a total of five years.

I’ve learned a lot, and I feel like I have given a lot in return.

Now I want more, but not necessarily more in the way of duties.

I keep getting more and new things to do at work and that is awesome!

Slight problem, these additions are on top of what I was already doing.

So.  That is where I am.

My heart says, I want and can do far more.

My mind says, I am open and keep learning.

My body says, girl, you better get me back in shape!  Don’t you know it helps in all areas of life to be fit and attractive?

My broken foot last year and my love for margaritas have totally dorked up my body!

My focus now, due to tax season, is doing the best job possible at work while focusing on body (fitness and health) too.

That is about all I will have time for until all is said and done aka Tax Day Deadline.

And then we shall see what I can do with the rest of 2017.

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