So, my house is getting cleaned very slowly. It’s really tough having a full time job as I’m sure many of you know. With kids and a husband that works two jobs, I’ve had a lot of trouble managing everything AND keeping my home cleaned.

When this month started, I had no idea how difficult it was going to be. I thought that my job would have been the toughest, but dealing with the effects of an assault on my husband, a loss of a job (following said assault), the death and difficult circumstance around Thanksgiving, sickness, and much more has taken a lot out of me, more so than the anti anxiety/depression medication has been able to handle. I’m looking forward and towards this upcoming week, and I’m seeing lots of more emotional turmoil heading my way. I’m not excited about it and trying to figure out ways to handle it better than retreating to my room and crying all day haha! But, enough about negative stuff…we all have negative stuff happening but this isn’t my focus for this post. As it’s been forever since I’ve said anything here and I’m a person who works hard to keep her committments, I felt that an update is proper.

Work is work, which is pretty normal honestly. I’m doing well in my new classroom and finding ways to belong and be useful now. It’s been such a wonderful transition and a lot of fun being supported better and working within my comfort zone. Hoping for even more success as I’m better able to work towards going to bed at a better time and building more success as I continue to work.

My other blog is doing fantastic! I recently passed 3000 views, which for me is very unexpected as my goals were just to hit 2000 or 2300 at the very most. I felt that I really didn’t do a lot to promote either, which is why it’s so surprising to me. I’m not upset though…actually, I’m pretty excited as there’s been a lot of negative events happening that has made it difficult to focus or concentrate on anything other than what was going wrong.

We had a death in the family that was very unexpected, and as we were in the process of getting picked up to meet her, which was rudely interrupted by situations we couldn’t control, she passed without ever meeting us. The loss of a chance to meet a very important part of my husband’s family in the early part of his life has been rather tough in ways I’m not even able to articulate yet. It’s been really tough as the kids were expecting their Nana to visit and not getting to see her. I am confident that something good will come soon to balance out all this bad stuff as it feels like life’s really trying to derail all the good things that have happened this year. It’s been brutal to say the least.

Well anyway, enough of the news about me. I feel that it’s important to be honest and to not gloss over the bad things that happen in our lives. I’ll be able to post more later, but for now, this is what’s up with me!

September, October, and November Update…Yes I’m Terrible about Updating this one.

Welp! I suck officially at updating this blog! Life just didn’t really give me a lot of time to do much more than sleep, eat, and work over the past couple of months. Hoping for a little more time coming soon. It’s already November and a couple months before the new year! I’ve been a bit more productive with my SuccessfulMommy blog, but that’s just what I’ve been able to do. I’m switching between cleaning and writing since my attention is just not on anything in particular. It can usually be concentrated on one or two things, but today isn’t one of those days.

Today was a stressful day with working and everything going on with my online career and family needs. We’ll be doing quite a few dr appts in the next few weeks, so that will be really fun with trying to find time to work and not end up losing lots of hours. Hoping for a really restful week and for my transition with work and everything involving that. I’m so ready to move out of my room and I’m hoping it will happen soon.

Since this is just a biographical and random blog, I’m not going to post a super long post. It’s time to get something out there, but I have neither the time nor energy to really put a ton of effort. I know it seems like it’s bad, but I would rather focus on staying up with housework and kids than update this with constant long posts.Thank you for understanding.

Life According to Me: Update for September

Oh my goodness it’s been way the heck too long since I’ve said anything here! It is definitely time for an update!

So, I started my employment today. Lots of filling out paperwork and documentation, learning how the school works and what’s expected. It’s a very small school, so that will take some getting used to, but I think both my kiddos and I will transition okay. I’m going to be working full time, which also will take a lot of work to get used to, but with the extra money I’ll be able to restart Thrive, which has worked fantastically for me to maintain my energy. Also, debt will begin to be taken care of, which has been a huge headache for me and I’m so excited about it.

Kids are also doing well…Daughter is a ball of attitude and precociousness, which is totally what I expected of her. She is a social butterfly and loves to talk to anyone. My son’s more like me, and doesn’t always love being around people, so it may be a bit stressful for him, but I know he’ll adjust.

My goals this week and for the end of the month home-wise are to get my home organized and to streamline the process of finding everything we need when we need it. I will be working on an updated budget and start finding out places we owe money to and start some payment plans. This having a little extra income will come in so handy when things are due and we have had to delay or pay part at a time. I cannot wait to see how this new job will help out.

Another interesting thing is that I am finally beginning to earn a little here and there with Successful Mommy Tips blog. It’s not enough to live on, but since I’m so focused on being happy with even small gains, it’s definitely something I’m proud of. If you’re looking for a profitable ad company and you’re even remotely food or recipe focused, you can definitely apply to the company I use. It’s been giving me bits and pieces of income and my other blog has a very small reach. Cannot wait to see how it turns out once I start gaining more and more views.

What Surprise Visits from Maintenance Can Do

So, maintenance came by our home today…for many people, that’s no big deal because they have their homes in a semi clean (or immaculate) state most of the time. This is true for many parents too…not me! I tend to have trouble with getting to the entirety of my home clean all the time! Plus it doesn’t help I have very nosy children that love to just toss their room and my room and the kitchen…etc you get the picture. As a result, since I got about thirty minutes of warning, I frantically got the house about halfway presentable before they showed up. So very embarrassing if you ask me!

Now, I’m very self conscious about my housekeeping. Always have been, so being forced to do this yet again just seems to have lit a fire under me and I have decided to completely clear out EVERYTHING and ensure that anything we have is only what we need. I’m tired of sifting through everything to find what I need, so this whole week will be dedicated to de-cluttering, cleaning, vacuuming, and sorting through all my paperwork and placing it where it can be easily found and stored. All toys my children will have will only be the ones they actively play with. I want my home to all fit into a single smallish U-Haul trailer or a shippable container. I am done with never having enough storage.

Thankfully, the house was moderately respectable when they did show up. I was able to hide most of the junk until I could find time to clear it out. I’ve pulled out a bit of trash so far and a few unnecessary toys, papers, and personal stuff. It’s hard getting rid of everything extra, so I’m taking it as fast as I can handle the change. Tough is good, because it forces you to continue on, which breeds perseverance and a stronger state of mind.

Basically, I want to tell you that it’s okay that you’re not the best housekeeper! Everyone starts somewhere, so if my story can help you in any way, then I’ve done my job. Thank you for reading!

Translating Kid’isms

Okay, so what would you do if your kids asked you to find something that you were completely unable to find? This is me today…My kids asked me to find a Power Rangers show. Not too difficult right? I’m somewhat familiar with the series as it’s their favorite genre for the moment. Only problem is I don’t know every villain and every attack for all 20+ separate show types. This is now a problem because they’re asking me for the “one with the tickle wind” with no further explanation. Quite frustrating indeed!

This isn’t a long post, and I don’t have a lot of stuff to talk about, but I did find this oddly humorous and totally endemic with having children. I am good, but I’m not THAT good!

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs I have going on at the moment.

July/August Goals

Here are my goals for the month of July and August. As you may know, I own/publish several blogs and have been conflicted on my roles and purpose for them. This is my attempt to begin to figure out what my plans are and what my ultimate goal for my life in general. I’m also writing this as a way to keep myself accountable and keep myself on track for my plans. Thank you for reading.

Twitter Goals: Get up to 1000 followers

Instagram Goals: Get up to 500 followers and 10 posts a month

SuccessfulMommy blog goals: Increase my daily page view average to at least 50 and 2000 views per month.

Randomfactsinhistory blog goals: Actually get posts up every few weeks and get at least 10 more followers

Cryptoblog goals: Start posting again and begin promoting more consistently

RandomMusing and My Jewish Conversion blog goals: Get at least 5 more followers

Overall Blog goals: Earn at least $10 dollars a month with affiliate links and other options

Facebook Goals: Continue to promote and build my pages up to at least 300 readers/followers each

Affiliate marketing goals: Earn more than $50 per month from affiliate offers.

Income creation goals:

  • Clients who use my writing and editing programs to better themselves.
  • Edit and create content worthy of republishing other places
  • Create useful documents, programs, and ideas
  • Get residual income wherever possible.
  • Become profitable in under 3 months
  • Create effective selling strategy for Social Media Management and Branding trainings.
  • Get Patrick able to quit at least one job and just go to school

Monthly Sales Goals

  • July: $15 per month income
  • August: $20 per month income

Yes, these all overlap somewhat, but since everything I do is pretty overlapped anyway, it works. I look forward to learning how best to help all I come in contact with, so it’s part of my job description. Life takes work, so if I can help lessen the work YOU do then it’s worth it.

Back from the Field Meals: Hawaiian Chicken Skewers

Delicious recipe if you’re confused on what to make for dinner!

Strength 4 Spouses

When you are married to someone in the military, you realize how important a home cooked meal is for your spouse.  My husband is like a growing child, he is always hungry. When he comes back from the field, I know he is ready to enjoy real food after eating MRE’s for days, weeks, and sometimes months.

In this section of the blog, I will be sharing with you some of my husband’s favorite meals that are easy on your budget, healthy and balanced, as well as simple to prepare.  Due to my new found love of using fresh herbs in everything I cook, I will also include a section in each post describing the health benefits of the herbs used.

This week’s recipe is perfect for summertime and hot weather.

This recipe calls for fresh Cilantro, Thyme, & Parsley.  Cilantro is not only one of the tastiest herbs, but…

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Things you learn when setting up an online shop.

Okay, well I am a firm believer in the concept of challenging your comfort zone. With that being said, I had no idea how much work running blogs, facebook pages, twitter accounts was. It is crazy!

This is a few of the things I have worked on from the beginning of this year. It’s shocking to me to see it all listed here since as I was studying/working, it didn’t seem like much. Mind you, most of this was done since the beginning of this month, which is really exciting for me because I’m actually really working hard. This makes me happy because I hate feeling lazy. Here’s a short list of my accomplishments/learning so far.

  • Set up shopify store
  • Added apps
  • set up social media accounts
  • added store to two facebook pages
  • studied logistics
  • watched a webinar regarding increasing your business and sales
  • read over a hundred articles relating to online shops and how to scale up
  • Advertising tricks and tips
  • Learned how to and wrote product descriptions
  • studied SEO and how it affects search rankings
  • Studied how to target and retarget
  • learned how to integrate various appps to shopify store
  • Created/tweaked(still tweaking) theme
  • how to download and use pictures
  • how to lead with eye catching headlines
  • how to create and maintain value
  • Studied and researched trending projects
  • Researched how to connect digital cryptocurrency to payment accounts
  • Tried to (still failing) download and install and sync a cryptocurrency wallet
  • Went on a genetics/inbreeding/royalty/monarchical history binge during free time
  • Researched and created blog posts relating to history, creative writing, cryptocurrency education, and studied more ways to create income through residual methods
  • Researched USPS shipping costs and particulars
  • Did product research for new gift baskets to be offered during holidays and special eevents,
  • Looked up courses to attend that help get me up to speed with online marketing and advertising
  • Filed taxes
  • Created, applied, and received sole proprieter EIN for my business
  • Scheduled posts for facebook
  • Worked hard on increasing my organic reach on facebook, twitter, and instagram
  • Looked up books to read with Amazon Kindle, started a few.

It didn’t seem like a lot while I was doing it, but now it does especially seeing it written up here point by point! Unfortunately, I have to go get the other half of my brood, so this will have to be cut short! More soon!


Wow…I’m experiencing a flashback

As has happened often in the past, I forgot to update my readers on anything/everything that is going on. Since I have started my store, my days have been full of writing, reading, rewriting, studying, planning, worrying, taking pictures…etc. It reminds me of when I was younger and in school while the MySpace/xanga/livejournal craze was going on. I’d remember to write occasionally, but sometimes I’d let it go for months and then feel like I HAD to write something. This is a little different as so much writing happens on a daily basis that I tend to forget time for myself. I’ve remembered, so here I am.

As my store has evolved, I’ve been doing tons of study/testing on various types of tea so that I can only include the best in my gift sets and separately. This means that I’ve had a lot of different loose leaf tea and have realized again how much I love tea! My husband bought me a fantastic thermos cup thing, so my tea stays warm a lot longer, which is a true God send. I don’t own a microwave, so if my stuff gets cold previously my only choice was a pot or the oven. Now I don’t have to worry so much about i. I have also gotten involved in testing/using essential oils, which has been lovely. I use them just about every day and my sense of well being has improved! My favorite has to be either lavender or one of the oil blends created to spawn an environment of calm productivity. It helps a lot.

This is going to be short, since it’s almost midnight in my area of the world and I do need some rest. I wanted to leave you with a small encouragement though. Please remember that you are worthy, and special, and worth a lot. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not!

I choose to be kind

Have you ever been in a position when someone you barely know is yelling at you, or is just unexpectedly rude and your first response is to respond in kind? What if you stopped a minute to think about why this person is reacting the way they are? What if their mother or father just died…or they’re dealing with a diagnosis of terminal cancer and haven’t been able to process it yet? Why not hold your tongue a second, take a huge breath and react with kindness instead of anger? You never know if your response will be the difference between a horrible fight or something wonderful happening in their life. I have been in this position many times. Every single time I’ve decided to respond kindly and basically ignore the anger, it’s turned out to be wonderfully helpful to the one who responded angrily.

It’s important to realize we don’t know the struggles those we run into are facing. We must remember to react with charity and kindness instead of anger just in case that’s exactly what the other needs. I am not saying to let them walk all over you, which is not okay, but simply responding with a considerate answer can do a lot to diffuse a very negative situation into something positive and helpful.