I don't have a baby making update for you this week. I know everyone is busy spending time with family and enjoying the holiday shopping deals. So instead of an update I am letting you know that the Chasing Joy Shop is having a Holiday Sale!!!! Come back next Friday for your regularly scheduled baby making update. In the mean time and checkout any videos you may have missed on my YouTube Channel. Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!!!!
I have so much to be thankful for this year family, friends, pets, employment, safety, etc... I could go on and on (actually I am going on and on with my 1000 gratitudess list). I want you all to know I am super duper grateful that I can follow my passion of encouraging others to find happiness in life and to make joy a priority through this blog and the Chasing Joy brand. I am thankful for every single reader, every comment, every like, tweet, and follow. I appreciate your emails and words of encouragement. I appreciate when you let me know that I have made you realize you are not alone or unique in your struggles. I love you all and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a Joyful holiday season.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving followed by Black Friday and the official start to the Holiday shopping season. I am super excited to announce that Chasing Joy Holiday Shirts are here!!!!! I love them and I hope you will too.
These next weeks get so busy with shopping, wrapping presents, gift giving, holiday parties, cooking, and visits from family and friends. All of these things are fun but they are also stressful. It is easy to get so caught up in what we have to do for the holidays that we forget what they are all about. We forget why this is the most wonderful time of the year. We forget to Chase Joy. Let the I Am Chasing Joy shirts remind you what the season is all about.
They com in two styles, T-Shirt and Three Quarter Length sleeves. Sizes run from small to 5X for the t-shirt and small to XL for the three quarter sleeve shirt. The t-shirt is also available in both classic fit and woman's plus size cuts. They are perfect to wear with jeans to go out Christmas shopping. Dress them up with a skirt and boots for to visit friends and family. Or, throw it on with pants and a blazer or sweater for your work's holiday team lunch (this is what I'll be wearing). They are perfect for any occasion this holiday season.
OK, I know most of us have heard that we are not supposed to make assumptions. I'm sure you've heard the saying when you assume you make and ass out of you and me. No one wants to be and ass right? But I challenge this. Making assumptions isn't bad if you make the right assumptions. Here are three assumptions all joyful people need to make.
Assume it's them and not you. We all have had experiences where we have felt rejected in some way shape or form. It could be the love interest who did not have an interest in you. The friend who let you down. The co-workers who left you out. I could go on and on. We have all been there. When these things happen it is really easy to slip into the why aren't I good enough negative thinking. Stop it. It's one thing to be introspective and improve yourself. But it should not be based on someone rejecting you. Instead put on your No Negative self talk T-Shirt and realize that it is likely their issue and not your own. Perhaps the love interest is not at a place in his life where he can return those kinds of feelings. Maybe the friend is going through their own stuff. What if those co-workers are feeling intimidated by your kick-ass performance in the work place. You never know so why not assume its them and not you. Assume the grass isn't as green as you think. Life can be hard sometimes. It can down right suck. During those times it is easy to look at someone else's life and think they have it easier. The grass always looks greener when your stuck in the mud. But, you never know what may be going on inside that persons house. Their grass might be lush but that cold be do to the water constantly leaking onto the lawn. You never know. I mean think about it, do you really want to trade your problems for someone else's. I don't. How many times have you talked to a friend and they reveal how they have been dealing with X, Y, and Z and you never knew??? It just happened to me the other day. Realize that everyone has hard times. It may be your turn today but that won't always be the case. Stay focused on what is going right in your life and not on your neighbor's grass.
Assume things are going to work out. Life can be hard and sometimes we even feel rejected. But you have to have hope. Hope is believing that things will get better and that things will work out. My hope is based in faith and I hope yours is too. But even if it isn't look around. Most of us have good lives. Sure we have hard times, stress, bills, and experience loss. But most of us also have people who love us, friends to laugh with, and a place to call home . Most of us when we think back can recall more good memories than bad. Hold on to those good memories and let them give you hope that most things work out. They may not workout exactly when and how you think, but most things do work out.
What assumptions are you holding on to? Are they helping you or hurting you?
NaBloPoMo is hard! No, I have not quit, but I did need to take a little break. I took the weekend off. My brain just felt plain old tired. Not quite like a headache, more like too weak to think about anything of substance. Rather than just write a less than stellar blog post for the sake of NaBloPoMo and writing every day, I gave myself permission to have a couple of days off.
Today I'm back. It's Monday. I'm thinking about goals this week. This is a short work week for many of us because of Thanksgiving. So I don't have too many day job goals. I have a couple of blogging goals to keep me on track. For the first time ever I have a list of things and corresponding deadlines related to the Chasing Joy Brand. However, taking precedent before my blogging goals, my big goal for this week, is to SLEEP!
I have made some positive health changes over the last few weeks. I am taking some medicine to help with my thyroid and pre-diabetes, I am drinking more water, making better food choices, and eating smaller portions. I have lost about 5lbs since meeting with the nutritionist. One area I have not improved in is sleep. If I am lucky I get about 4 hours during the work week. I know this is really bad for me and totally unhealthy. So this week I am focusing hard on going to bed earlier.
To do this I need to prioritize my activities. The things that must get done before I can go to sleep need to happen earlier in the day. I also need to allow myself to set aside the things that don't have to get done when it is time for some shut eye. My motivation to get to bed earlier is knowing that everything will improve if I am more well rested. I will wake up feeling better. I will have more energy. I will have an even more pleasant disposition. I will lose weight easier. My body will be in a better position for baby making. Overall I will have more joy.
Do you guys struggle to get to bed? How much sleep do you get? What are your goals for this week?