New Year and I have not started yet?

Of course not. You are a procrastinator, like me and you did not get ready for this.
Let’s see: did you get busy with work, family commitments, life in general?

Believe me, I am right there with you. The only difference between you and me is that I am not stressed about it.
Today, I got this really great tip on Marie Forleo’s blog In preparation for the new year she gets rid of what no longer serves her. I started yesterday unsubscribing from most lists and making a statement on Facebook that said that if you did not have a presence on Facebook or Twitter, I could no longer receive your emails. Why? Because I don’t have time to read them all. I do keep my eye on Facebook and Twitter and check blogs as they become available.

I am still a fan, just not a slave to email.

Tomorrow, I will tackle the last side of my bedroom that is still messy and the rest of the week I am rearranging my blog in its new home. How about you? What are you doing to get ready for the new year that began this weekend? Let’s talk about it.

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Love During the Holidays

This year I decided to help the birth of my business by getting a seasonal job. I have learned a lot about myself and about others during this month. The most interesting question I make myself is the meaning of the holidays.

On Black Friday I watched people making long lines and trampling each other in order to get into the stores. Others were interviewed. Some were happy and others were upset. And I ask you all: if you made the decision of waking up early and taking advantage of the sales, are you happy or mad? Does that reflect the spirit of the holidays? What is your intent?

I can tell you that I missed out on some of the savings. In this economy, great sales are really important to me. I’m sure they are also important to you. Just keep in mind that the gift is as important as your mood and if you are happy, the season will be great.

Home Again

We are back on this blog for a while. We are working on some changes for AviddivA and for now, the blog will be here. Later on, we will have a new home.

As you all know by now, I am working outside at the mall for the holidays. I don’t have a lot of time to write and I made the choice to write only once a week. So far,that has not happened. Today, as I get used to the new schedule, I would be able to write more often. For now, please friend us on Facebook and Twitter and keep up leaving your comments. We love reading what you have to say and your opinions are always welcome.

Thanks.

Some Days You Should Go Back to Bed

As many of you know, last week I had a little issue that inspired me to comment on going back to bed. In a nutshell, I went through a lot of trouble to make an appointment, only to find out that appointment was the day before. Shocker!!! As the day kept going, I saw an accident on the road, the buses were late, I forgot to eat breakfast and got sick on whatever I ate, etc.

Most times, every coach and motivational speaker will tell you that you should keep going, break through barriers and move on. My advice to you is simple: there will be days when you should just go back home, curl in bed with a good book and start all over the next day.

Is my advice contradictory to what the gurus say? Not exactly. Notice that I said that you should start again the next day. This is the key. Some times, our best plans may not work out or the day might just go south, no matter how positive and empowered you feel. Those are the days when it is important to take a step back, regroup and the next day you will have renewed energy. I am asking you to stop, take a break and then go on.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.

Update: What is Going On

Just as I promised, I took a week off and had a chance to get some things done.

I have a job for the holidays and I hope I’m really good at it. I am working for a great place an hopefully I will make a good impression. We definitely need the income. The business needs cash and I could use a few dollars myself.

The job is full time, which will limit the amount of time I will have to dedicate to the blog. For the next two months, the plan is to have one post per week, maybe two. If more come out, I will be more than happy to post them everywhere as usual.

I have set a challenge for myself that involves making $5,000 by December 31, 2010. So far, I have $27 and I am hoping that I can get some more this month. You can always go to the little DONATE button on my page and make a donation or buy any of the books I mention on the website.

For the month of November I have a cute challenge. November is my birth month, my daughter’s birth month and the legal birth of my business in the states. For that reason, I have set out a challenge to get 1966 followers on Facebook, 1966 followers on Twitter and 21 active contributors on the blog. In Twitter, I currently have 852 followers and in Facebook I have 149. The blog has about 7 active participants. Please help us achieve our goals. We will keep you posted on the progress. This challenge ends in November 30th, 2010.

So there are the updates. Don’t forget to tell us what do you want to talk about by leaving your suggestions in the comments section below. Thanks.

Challenges Big and Small

Have you ever felt sick and considered not going to work? Have you ever planned your whole week only to wake up on Monday and your car breaks down? How do you deal with these challenges? Do you persist on your endeavors or do you feel this is a sign from the heavens and give up?

For the last week, I had to deal with knee pain. I’ve had trouble with my right knee for 30 years, on and off. The last time I had a doctor check it, he said he could operate but I would go through the same thing in three to five years. Back then, I would get pain every three to five years. I said “No, thank you” and kept going. This week, the pain was different.

It all came to a head on Sunday when, the pain was so bad that I could not sit, lay down, stand up or walk without feeling like somebody was stabbing me from inside the leg. A little research on the internet took me to discover that the pain I had just described to a family member over the phone, was a textbook definition of runner’s knee. The treatment: ice for 20 minutes four times a day, take an anti-inflammatory, knee brace, elevate the knee and those thingies that you buy to put on your shoes. Since necessity is the mother of invention, I grabbed the first plastic bag I found, used a small towel to position it on my knee. Then I put my knee sleeve on when I finished with the ice. My leg is elevated and as much as I hate taking medications, I am taking an anti-inflammatory every six hours.

Why am I telling you all that? What does this have to do with having plans and all I said in the beginning? Because today, I was supposed to leave my house in the early morning hours to run a series of errands and the advice given to me included “STAY OFF THE LEG FOR 24 TO 48 HOURS”. So as I write this to you, I am sitting in my sofa, with my leg elevated, writing in my laptop while my daughter is out running errands.

Things are going to happen, challenges big and small. It is not the challenge that is the problem. It is how you choose to tackle it that may be a problem or a solution to your problem. You can change your plans to work around your situation, delegate some tasks, work on other things while you wait for your problem to be solved. If you just sit there and do nothing, then you loose. Take one step forward every day. You will accomplish more than most people.

If you want to share how you tackle your challenges, leave a comment on the section below. Tell us how you deal with challenges. We are reading all your comments.

33 Miners Coming Home

Today is a short post because I am glued to CNN. It it about hope and how small our own problems look.

You have 33 miners, stuck 1/2 mile underground. I walk 1/2 mile with my dog twice a day. It is not a long distance, and yet, it has taken 68 days to be able to start rescuing them. It does say a lot about hope that nine of these men are out as I write this. Hope is the last thing we have left.

Hope is the one thing that you hold on to no matter the challenge. Today, I ask you to keep the hope alive for the 24 miners left and the four rescuers that volunteered to go down there. I also ask you to keep hope alive for your own dreams. If this men can come out and be here with us, imagine what you could do.
10/13/10…10+13+10=33 miners.

Picture thanks to: Deseret News
33 Miners - Thanks to Deseret News

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