2018 is about CDF’s!

I’ve been missing again from my blog, yep, I tend to do that quite a bit.  2017 was quite the year for me and I’m not even going to review that year, in short there was many things that required my personal attention and when I needed relief I always turned to my CREATIVE LIFE. I’m still living creatively – it’s what drives me!  NOW I’m back and the “Now” and present moment is all we have.  My 2018 has started off really, really well!  I’m excited to share my creative projects and when I have some great photo collages of those I will post, but for now let me ask, “What is your 2018 looking like so far?” Right now, mine is truly about my CDF’s – what the heck is a CDF?   That’s what I thought when I got my 2018 Desire Map Planner by Danielle LaPorte.

Core Desired Feeling – much stronger than just a “feeling” 

A CDF stands for Core Desired Feeling!  That sounded great to me so I am diving in.  I hope your 2018 is looking good with desires and hopefully everything you are doing is full of love and I hope you are asking yourself how you want to feel in 2018 and how do you want others to feel in 2018?  We should all want to feel loved! For me of course I want that, who doesn’t, but I’m also focused on “Feeling Alive” and that will be a post for another day – and hopefully at least each month as I’m creating a monthly theme around the words “Feel Alive”.  Anyhow…

Love is the answer for many, many things.  I’m not talking about romantic love, of course most love “romantic love” and maybe when you see the word, “love” your thoughts go to that, but I’m referring to pure love. The kind of love where you disappear because you put others first, the kind of love that keeps humanity thriving.

I’m not great at practicing this kind of love, but with age comes wisdom and some of the books and works of my favorite mentors (ya – Dr. Dyer and lately, Danielle LaPorte) wisdom that I’m recently digesting are having a positive impact on me, including music (may lyrics are crazy, deeply powerful) and I have this knowing that we should be living with this kind of love in all our actions, I think for the most part with all the turmoil (aka – Shit) we are dealing with collectively in the world and personally in our lives can just pierce our soul until we get that epiphany that we are half way through are lives (or at least I am) and it’s time to go deeper….”oh don’t you worry, follow your heart and nothing else – Simple Man”.  And look to nature – we can learn so much by observing clouds, the trees, the birds and of course the FLOWERS! pexels-photo-839442.jpegI wish us all the best to make 2018 full of love, this post is just an excerpt for my pre-exercise I have given to myself to find a CDF (Core Desired Feeling) through writing and practicing fierce love and wide-awake living in a way that works for me and ask myself at the end of 2018 – “How did you love?” not live, but love – “one thing you will leave behind is how did you love?” – Shinedown And that’s it from me. BTW – I’m a major Shinedown Fan now (ahhhhh….so just another band to occupy me!) I have some digital art photos – but I won’t post just yet, Shinedown has become somewhat of a distraction – it’s like chocolate for me, I just can’t eat one….so about 2 hours later I would still be listening to them or watching their videos on YouTube and I certainly don’t have time for that right now….see what I mean – Shinedown distracts me (Big Time!)

Back to my point(s)….
Now from Danielle Laporte, “ Desire Map Planners are universal, keep it light or go deep. Answer the soul prompts with just one word or fill up the margins. You can whisper the mantras or burn some pages. However you go about it, I hope you keep remembering, more deeply every time, that you can create a life that feels amazing – the way you want it to feel.”  I love my new planner and now my new book – The Desire Map book – it’s capital “A” AWESOME & AMAZING + (PLUS) I have already identified my TOP CDF – CDF is a Core Desired Feeling.  My TOP CDF is “Feeling Alive” – yep, that’s what I want to feel Alive!  (BTW – Shinedown has a song, “I’m Alive! – yep, I would add that in!)  So how do you want to feel in 2018?

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Got to roll with the CHANGES!

My head is spinning!  But what’s new? it just seems to be my daily routine.  I feel like I’m just barely keeping my head above water, but I’ve gone under a bit too.  I can’t believe it’s mid March already.  I just was checking my Etsy shop, I’ve been busy with administrative tasks, but actually haven’t checked the shop.

So I log in and there’s an ad at the top of the page stating Etsy is going to have a new look and I can edit my page….ugh, not ready for the changes yet.  I just refined a shop banner a month ago.  Then I noticed 43 of my listings expired!  Double Ugh, already? I had until March 16th or something like that….ohhhhh, wait, what the heck… it is March 16, what in the world, when did this happen?  I’m going to blame it on Daylight Savings time…I lost more than an hour, I lost 2 weeks!  I’m just kidding, I really don’t gripe too much about things, I’m not a “blame’ on something else type person!

I just haven’t stayed on top of things.  I have added things into the mix (so I’ve taken on too much lately – I sometime do that and have to stop and think ok, what ALL am I really doing?).  I have quite a few things going on right now besides just the day-to-day stuff…throw in a few “odd ends” my son just got a different car and a different job so that throws our home routine off a bit. My daughter has a birthday next week so I’m getting those plans together and I started attending a gospel doctrine class on Tuesday nights and, and, and…..

I realized I’m really just doing much more than I can handle right now and it takes time for everything!  I signed up for a 5 week business seminar and got a lot out of just today’s lessons…things take “time”.  Take Time.  Ok, much of my time is getting directed to other areas of my life, but that’s ok. It’s ok.  I will have a bit more free time here in about a month….I just got to hang in right now and be patient with the time all my stuff is taking.

I’m trying to reflect now on the few things I have accomplished and cheering myself on for getting some major tasks done!  Woohooo….we got a room revamped!  It was a mess…like the “junk drawer” it was a “junk room” with lots of old toys and just whatever thrown wherever.  The room got entirely de-cluttered!  Everything came out of the room except a daybed and a dresser!  We (my husband and son and I) painted the entire room  and then they helped me put a new desk up!  And now I’m sitting at that new desk and I’ve got plans to make this my business office!  It’s going to be SWEET!!!!  I may just enjoy some naps on that daybed! Won’t that be nice when I can find a day to just nap. Yep, I missed “National Nap Day” too…so that’s also why I’m behind (hehehe)

About my business….well, it’s really slow right now, BUT that’s ok I have enough change going on in my life and I’m going to keep learning biz stuff and I need to get more organized and just take it all day by day.  I don’t have lots of time right now to stress about anything.  Bad stress would just hinder me and this busy-ness is a bit of good stress…it’s like the stress that gets things done!  Pressure stress, but just got to keep in check a bit:)

Life is full of changes and I know that, I’m just feeling slightly behind, but really I’ll be ok and we really don’t “catch-up” in life we just manage day-to-day right?  Who is all caught up on everything?  Ok, maybe you are caught up, but guess what the next day you will have laundry or dishes to do…at least I hope you do!

No pics on this post…it’s just not in me tonight, but that’s ok.  I wanted to post and share my changes and grow my story, it’s going to be fun to look back on this one (my future self knows that she is going to accomplish so much in the next 6 months!)  Yep, changes are good they keep me on my toes!

If you read my post, it may have just been crazy and all over the place, but I feel better…I needed to get this out.  It’s all good!

Blogger Illiterate

Ok, I finally updated my theme on WordPress, something I’ve wanted to do for several months, but kept thinking I’ll just do it when I “upgrade” to an actual website.  Well, I’m putting off the website now for a bit while I make some decisions!  Since starting a business of turning my crafting hobby of 18 years into a business my head has been spinning out of control!  I’ll save you the blah, blah, blah stuff. Except I got my business license finalized on Monday!  Whew!

Anyway, in keeping with my post title (I can get off track easily!) I’m seriously blogger illiterate – the only things I’ve managed to do since start/re-starting my blog is:

1) create a blog posts (getting more consistent now – yay)

2) Add my Instagram Widget!  Not sure how to add other widgets – facebook and Etsy (store link)

3) And affiliates – just another ball game I have to figure out

4) Today – I managed to change the theme and add my logo and banner!  My banner is not centered and that’s ok – for now, I’m in a rush (again) and I’ll probably tweak with it later.  At least I have more uniformity to my page now – that matches my facebook and etsy shop!

Ok, I know there are lots of tutorials/you tube videos for everything and one of these days I’m going to need to commit some time to learn the tips/tricks of re-fining blogs. For now, I’ve got too many ovens in the fire with wrapping my head around business things so I’m going to table the tutorials for now and get used to my new theme and decide if I like it or not?

I don’t have many followers, but if you have landed on my page a time or two and notice my changes and like the new theme or have suggestions – I’m all ears…or eyes I guess makes more sense.

AND oh, boy…speaking of eyes….the eye strain of managing sites and being online can take a toll ….I think this is why I’m taking things kind of slow.  Since being an “online shop” I’ve had to be “online” much more than I anticipated.  And after working on a computer all day at work and then managing my online biz stuff in the evening for a few more hours well that adds up to about 12+ hours a day between smartphone and laptop. I finally got my laptop a month ago.  I can’t even believe I was trying to do blog posts on a phone – no wonder why my eyes and brain were killing me!  Well, besides the fact that I’m 40 something and not as quick typing/texting and figuring all the tech stuff out!  BTW – can anyone just tell me what is the difference between Categories & Tags when it comes to using things on a blog?  I’m used to “hash tagging” every image of mine on Instagram, but not sure if I need to pick categories on the blog – it just seems redundant.

I’m really appreciative of Bedtime now when my poor eyes can rest from all the eye strain.  Any good tips for taking care of the eyes (besides taking a break from computer!)

Thanks for reading/visiting my page.  I’m pretty excited for my new business ventures and blogging is going to become a wonderful time to share all the ups and downs of Entrepreneurship!