Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 93: Gratitude

Today's Gratitudes:
  • Fridays: RED Shirt Friday! (Remember Everyone Deployed) I had my red shirt on!
  • Physical Therapy: Doc says I've regained 70% mobility and use so just another 30% to go. Told me it will be the roughest to regain. I got clearance to try a recumbent bike and/or elliptical so long as I buy support compression stockings, stretch before hand, wrap my ankle then promise to ice down afterwards. I am to start with only a few minutes and can slowly increase it so long as I don't push it. Yeah, patience is a virtue and not one I possess but I'll give it a shot!
  • Friends & Family: My Aunt Karen had told me that my grandmother's assisted living called to say that they received a large envelope of signed handprints with donations for the Alzheimers Association from some of my California friends. My friends are the best!! It is not too late. Copy your handprint on a copier. Sign the print and send it with $1 to Belmont Village 6605 N Quail Hollow Rd. Memphis, TN 38120 Attn: Deb Kornrumpf Thanks again everyone who has helped!
  • Dinner with my youngest: I had some one on one time with my youngest daughter. I love the conversations we have had lately. We are definitely getting closer.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 94: Gratitude

Gratitudes for the day:
  • Long Conversations: Today I had some deep long conversations with Tim about a great number of things. Communication is import and something that I need to work on. I hate the telephone so this conversation was over the net but that's still super effective.
  • Silence: It hasn't happened that often in the past but a quiet, silent house is kind of a nice thing to behold.
  • Friends: I sent a few angel friends and other friends a few little treats via snail mail and it appears they have received them. It is cute to be able to touch their lives in tiny ways and them appreciate it.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 95: Gratitude

Today's Gratitudes:
  • Morning Laughter: Sierra is SOOO not a morning person. She was practically falling asleep until I started doing the "COFFEE!!!!" dance in the car on the way to school. Nothing like a giggling child to start off your day. She kept reaching over and touching me, "Looking for the off button." Hahaha
  • Discovering Helpful Books: I found a book today called "The Grief Recovery Handbook". This book is perfect. It deals with all losses in ones life and provides a path for recovery. Favorite quote so far, "Grief is about a broken heart, not a broken brain. All efforts to heal the heart with the head fails because the head is the wrong tool for the job. It's like trying to paint with a hammer - it only makes a mess."
  • Dinner Alone: It is rare that I get such but I spent my evening reading and having dinner out alone.
  • Proud Mom Moments: I got a notice from my eldest daughter's AVID teacher naming her the Junior Student of the Month for September. How awesome for her!!
  • Amazon's New Kindle Fire: Yep it is amazing and I pre-ordered myself one as a gift to ME!!


Full Accounting - Contingency Planning

Do you feel like your life is spinning out of control? Have you been part of one of the many recent lay-offs? Are you struggling to make ends meet? Are you looking for ways to cut back on costs?

We need to evaluate our personal situation just like companies are doing during these times:


1. Make a contingency plan.
What would I do if I was subject to a salary cut? Or lost my job? Or had a medical emergency expense? You need a contingency plan and an emergency fund.

2. Protect the core - Food, clothing, shelter, utilities and transportation.
Think of this as similar to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. You have to build walls of safety around you and your family so that you can focus on the other things you need to take care of. I saw someone describe this as "Fortifying Your Fortress".

3. Identify the people who matter most and keep that group strong.
Family and friends are extremely important especially when times are tough. Get to know others in your field of work so that if you are subject to a lay-off, you have a network to fall back on to help you find something new. Sites such as Linked In are great.

4. Shape up your finances.
Do you know what your monthly expenses are? Do you know where you can cut back? Do you know how much you owe on your credit cards and what the interest rates are? When was the last time you balanced your check book?

5. Involve the entire family.
Get your kids involved. They have amazing ideas. Besides, if you get buy-in from them, they'll learn and will help out more. Try low-cost, no-cost ideas. Present a united front: "We are all in this together."

6. Keep the lines of communication open.
Let friends and family know what is happening. It is so much easier for you to decline going out to restaurants with friends if they know your situation and/or goals. Stay in touch with your family. Email and social networks make this easier to accomplish than ever before.


Reprogramming the Robots - Auto Pilot Spending

Have you ever been driving down the road then realize suddenly that you don't remember driving past a certain point then realize your brain was on autopilot? Have you ever gotten on the freeway to go some place and find yourself automatically heading in the direction of your job because you do that several days a week?

I think our spending habits are sometimes like that as well. We always shop at the same stores, eat the same foods, get gas at the same place, pick up take out since it is convenient, and money just pours out the door through these habits.

We need to reprogram our robot, in other words, our brains. I can hear part of us already screaming, "Danger! Danger! Will Robinson!"


For one month, track each and every penny you spend so that you can see where you money goes on a normal basis. This is to help you become more aware of how you are spending your money and change the autopilot habits. When you determine where you want to change your spending habits, you control your money instead of it controlling you.

Our robots aren't the only one that needs reprogramming. Kids and spouses will need to be reprogrammed as well. My kids will say, "Hey mom, how about a soda run?", or "Want me to pick you up a cup of coffee while I'm out?", or "You know what sounds good? Jack In The Box."

I've discovered that we kind of trained our kids to spend our cash. Time to reprogram their robots as well because now, only *we* get to determine where our money goes. For me, I say it goes towards becoming more financially stable.

By reprogramming our responses to "No thanks, unless you are buying", it should help reprogram theirs. Isn't it funny how our kids are willing to have someone else spend their money but when you suggest that they buy, they change their minds in a hurry?

Time to Reboot!


Embrace Change and Your Choices

"We stand at the crossroads, each minute, each hour, each day, making choices. We choose the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, the passions we allow ourselves to feel, and the actions we allow ourselves to perform. Each choice is made in the context of whatever value system we've selected to govern our lives. In selecting that value system, we are, in a very real way, making the most important choice we will ever make." ~ Benjamin Franklin

The one constant in life is change. The world is forever in perpetual motion. By being able to adapt, it ensures survival. I have become very good at survival. I have learned not to always fight change so much but at times rather flow with it. We at times try to fight the currents of our lives when we should merely enjoy the ride.

However, I do not believe that we are all victims of circumstances. We are not at the mercy of "the hand nature has dealt to us," nor are we forced to live a life that we do not find fulfilling.

Our lives are shaped not by the way things are but by the way we think things are. Through how we speak, think and our attitudes, we can impact anything in our life that is not in service to our path.

You can either adapt and adjust or move on. I have seen many people who cannot adapt to change very well but instead cling to old ideas even when someone can point out to them why something is a better way of doing it. Life is all about choices. Embrace them.

For these last 100 days of 2011, I have choosen change - drastic change. I'm no longer content with mere survival! I want to push toward goals that will improve my life so that I enjoy it more.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 96: Giving Back and Gratitude

"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another." ~ Erma Bombeck

Are you involved in giving back to your community? There's huge rewards when you give a little part of yourself to make this world a better place. When things are going wrong in your world, volunteer and get involved. You will find that there are people who are much worse off than you. Giving a little part of your time, money and energy leave you feeling better and happier.

How can you get involved and make a difference?

Gratitude:
  • Volunteers of San Diego: I've helped paint elementary schools, cleaned up beaches, worked food banks and volunteered for the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5k (ROC) through VSD. Volunteer San Diego, a nonprofit organization, is the premier provider of volunteer programs and services in San Diego County. Annually, Volunteer San Diego helps 62,000 individuals, families, corporate and community groups fill volunteer needs at 500 community organizations. Volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are mobilized to feed the homeless, serve seniors, protect the environment, read to youth and change San Diego for the better in many other ways. Learn more here!





  • Soldiers' Angels: I love my angel friends. I'm extremely passionate about supporting our troops. I often say, "If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them." I help support a small group of Marines, support numerous medic units as well have my own adopted hero. You will often find me at a local festival or event working a booth to spread the word about Soldiers' Angels, what we do and to help raise money for First Response backpacks. Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. Learn more here!





  • Patriot Guard Riders: The PGR is an organization supporting those who risk their lives for America’s freedom and security. Our main mission is to attend funerals of fallen as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives: (1)Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities. (2)Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors. We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means. To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all. Learn more here!





  • Operation Just Cause: I am also a member of OJC. I have adopted Lieutenant Commander Marvin Benjamin Christopher Wiles who is a missing POW since May 6, 1972 in North Vietnam. Ask me about him some time. I'm happy to share his story. Until he has returned home and his family has gotten some closer, I will honor him so that he knows, he is not forgotten.






  • Cogs - Continued

    Continued from Here

    "We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects." ~ Herman Melville

    Remember my analogy about our lives intersecting with other people's lives - kind of like the legs on a cog? It is a good thing because we all can help one another with the various sections of our lives.


    No one is autonomous. We are connected to other people through our interests, desires, needs, education, friendships, lovers, technology, etc. When we have an area of deficiency, we tend to attract and gravitate toward those who can help.

    Like cogs or gears, we help propel one another along our paths. Sure there are some that cause the gears to grind, overwork, break or come to a halt. Our goal in life is to limit those interactions or correct them as soon as we are able. Notice I said, able? Just because we realize that we have those kinds of people in our lives, doesn't mean that we always let go of them immediately - merely because we aren't yet able to do so.

    Like tends to find like, so we attract those who share our interests, etc in those areas in our lives where things seem to be running well, flowing smoothly without a glitch - unless we start to ignore them. That's what happens sometime to our relationships. People put all this work into them at the beginning then once it is established and running smoothly, we get complacent and forget to do the maintenance needed to keep that balance. We can't ignore the areas of our lives where things are working. We have to pause and do a pulse check on those to make sure we avoid any issues that could cause our lives to just come to a screetching halt.

    Are the areas of your life balanced? Do you need to pause and check on the areas of your life that are currently working well so that you can focus on the others to get your life back into balance?


    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Day 97: Grief and Gratitude

    "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~ From a headstone in Ireland

    Grief is your response to loss and is such a diverse and profound thing. No two people grieve the same way or about the same things. There's no right way or wrong way to grieve. You have to learn to do what is best for you.

    We all experience grief in some form, whether it be from the loss of a pet, loss at a ballgame, loss of a friend who no longer speaks to you, loss of a job, divorce, loss of your sense of self due to a violent crime or the death of a loved one. There are innumerable types of loss.

    What happens when the loss is so profound that it affects you not only on an emotional level but on a physical, behavioral, social and philosophical level?

    When Rich died, the loss was so great I simply could not function. It felt as if all of that pain became sandpaper on my skin, rubbing and rubbing and rubbing until I was nothing but a raw and bloody soul. Memories felt like alcohol being poured on the wounds from which there was no escape. At times, I physically could not breathe. To make matters worse, I was left with a ton of questions for which I'd never get the answers regarding him. I also would never understand what would possess Dean, at the age of 22, to take his own life a mere two weeks later and in such a violent way when he had so much to live for. Here was a kid, who called me "Madre", who had decided he simply could not live with the pain of his life any more while telling everyone he was coming over to my house. It left the rest of us reeling and I found out just how staggering the level of anguish your heart can endure.

    Until you have experienced such a loss and pain, you can never understand what someone else is going through. I used to think I knew - I was wrong. Until the deaths of Dean and Rich, I truly did not even come close to comprehending. You struggle with your pain and are astonished that the world continues on around you. You feel like shouting for everyone to stop! How could they continue on with their days when your life has been so utterly destroyed?

    Part of me just felt like I was hollow - the need to just be numb, to escape from it for just a bit was almost welcomed relief. However, the only way to truly get past the pain and grief is to go through it. There are no detours on this journey. If you cry, you might begin to wonder if there will ever come a day where you don't shed those tears. If you don't cry, you wonder if you'll ever start to cry.

    If you are grieving, please remember to forgive people for the things they say to you during this time. They will say some of the most amazing things to you and are usually not something you want or need to hear. They truly mean well - it is just they are so uncomfortable with the emotions of grief they don't know how to help. I remember telling a friend how such events had profoundly changed me to my core - on what I believed and what I expected from life. So much so that I would be forever changed. That person thought saying "No, you are still you. You just lost someone in your life, that's all, not yourself. You are still you," would be the right thing to say and even went on to argue the point. Soooooo not what I needed to hear at the time. I realize now they were saying things out of their own fear because they had no idea of how to deal with the emotions I was showing.

    Others will do everything they can to truly help. My friend Darren, bless his heart, just listened to me wail and cry my heart out on the phone while downing a bottle Gentlemen Jack until I passed out. My sons scraped me off the living room floor and tucked me safely onto the sofa, wrapping me up in soft blankets without leaving my side. I let everyone see me at my absolute worst. Others will do what Tim did: let you talk when you need it and let you stay silent when you need it while offering the reassurance to take what comfort you need and leave the rest.

    This process of grief takes a while to get through and the length of time is different for everyone. The challenge is to let the memories of things that hurt so very much become moments that make you smile. Learn to cherish the fact that you had shared such things with someone else and strive not get too comfortable with the pain of it all. If you don't learn to let go of the pain and embrace the fact that you have some wonderful memories, you become a victim instead of a survivor.

    Which will you be?

    Gratitude:
    • Monday Night Football: I absolutely LOVE sports and football season is no different! This year I joined a Fantasy Football League without letting the guys at work know it is me. I want to see how I do and I don't know how they'd take it if a girl, who happens to work in their Human Resources department, did well. LOL! Tonight's game solidified my 4th place in the league so far. Not to0 shabby! This week I picked 12 winning teams out of 16 games! :)
    • Dinners with all of my kids: TJ moved out last year and now Toast is talking about moving in with him. These dinners may become rarer and rarer so for now I'll soak it all up when the chance arrives.
    • Friends: I love my friends. They are wonderful and my life would not be the same without them.
    • Music: It soothes my heart and soul.


    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Day 98: Life Balance, Cogs and Gratitude

    "I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles." ~ Zig Ziglar

    I believe that to be truly happy, you have to have balance. I view our lives as being divided up into different aspects:


    To have a fulfilling life, you have to have balance in: Community, Financial, Spiritual, Health, Friends & Family, Romance/Partner, Recreation, Personal Growth and Career.

    Think of your life like the wheels of an automobile. You need even pressure, tread, and number of miles for you to get the best use from them. Often times a bump in the road, perhaps one you keep hitting over and over like a speed bump, causes the tires to shift just a bit so they begin to wear differently on each one. Perhaps the miles on the road have begun to make certain spots in the tread thin out. The temperature and pressure changes cause it to begin to deflate or bubble on one side. If you leave all of these items unattended, sure you'll still get by for a while but eventually you will end up with a flat and/or have an accident and not have gotten any where near as far as you could have.

    If we take all of our efforts and focus on setting goals and improving only certain sections of our lives while basically ignoring the others, then your life gets thrown off balance and those neglected sections will indeed remind you that you need to tend to them as well.

    Our lives intersect with other people's lives - kind of like the legs on a cog.

    This is a good thing because it means that we all can help one another with the various sections of our lives.

    More to come on this...Continued Here


    Gratitude:
    • Facing Fears:My daughter felt safe enough to face a fear. Her fear has been of the pain getting her ears pierced would cause. We've been trying to get her do that for years but this weekend, she decided it was time. I was so very proud of her. Even better, she was proud of herself.
    • Nails:I spent time with my girls today. We went and had mani/pedis plus got our caterpillars, aka eyebrows, done. It was so nice to be able to finally treat myself to such after having had my foot in a boot or cast for the past few months. While there I remembered the first time I took Sierra to get her nails done, she was 7 years old. It floored me that we've been going there for 6 years. WOW!
    • Laughter: My life seems to be constantly filled with the sounds of laughter. I happen to love that about my family and home.
    • My Mom and My Aunt Karen:I'm so grateful for my mother and my Aunt Karen. They have been dedicating their time and lives to help my grandmother who is suffering from dementia. I'm eternally grateful that she has them to help her when I'm so far way.


    Day 99: Gratitude & Self-Knowledge

    Gratitude:
    • Baby Shower: I had a great time at Jayden's baby shower. It was so nice to get to visit with everyone. I was surprised by how much everyone loved the diaper cake I made for gift.
    • Coffee: Mikaela, my 16 yr old daughter, wanted to go game with her friends so she made me coffee this morning. Yes, I can truly be bribed by Coffee.
    • Facing Fears: Today while shopping, Sierra, my 12 yr old daughter, asked to go get her ears pierced. She said it was time for her to face her fears and she was glowing with pride once it was done. They look fabulous!
    Self-Knowledge:
    I bought markers and colored 3x5 cards to help with my new vision board. I'm looking forward to this project.


    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Day 100: Two Shoes, Open Communications and Connections

    Began Here

    “Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

    Did you begin working on your goals for the last 100 days of the year? Here are my items based on the categories selected yesterday. I'm sure we will discuss other items as well along the way. I want this to become a learning path.

    Gratitude:
    • Two Shoes!
    • After my physical therapy appointment this morning, I actually got to wear TWO shoes for my day. This is the first time since the end of June! It sounds crazy but that one tiny accomplishment meant the world to me. Of course my ankle is super swollen now and I won't be running any marathons in the near future but the joy of simply being able to walk out without a boot or cast on my leg is amazing!
    • Lunch with Old Co-Workers:
    • Met Trevor Renfield and Shawn Swaney for a quick lunch in Sorrento Valley Food Court. It was great to see my old "bosses" and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed working with them.
    • Opening Lines of communication:
    • I mentioned today was the beginning of the last 100 days of 2011 to my PT. We talked about year end goals and we shared how we had each lost someone very important to us in the past year. She had lost her mother (turns out she has lost her father and her brother over the years as well) and was dreading the holidays this year. I told her about Rich and turns out she had been at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf the day Dean took his life outside of World Market near there. She had witnessed the chaos. Our conversation was the first time I've spoken aloud about Rich and Dean and didn't cry. That felt like a great accomplishment. Perhaps our meeting was fate. She talked about how she had gotten invited to Tahiti for Thanksgiving this year and how the holidays would be so different without the gluing force of her mom's presence. I told her to be kind to herself. If she wanted to go to Tahiti, then she should do it. She should allow herself some heal time and time to make some new happy memories for the holidays. I also discussed the Blog with Tim. We agreed that while some of the topics and the work I'm doing for these 100 days may be difficult, it is a necessary process for my own healing. I just need to be aware of the fact that when I work through such things, I tend to shut out people. I'm going to strive to not do that during this process but that means I am not going to censor my writings so that I can actually work through all of this.
    Physical Health:
    My ankle tendons are ridiculously tight and do not want to stretch at all! I got a couple of new exercises. My PT said something that just sort of resonated with where I am in life at the moment. She said, "Just remember that you are in control of your pain. Stretch until you can feel it but if it becomes too much, back off some." I definitely need to apply that to many facets of my life.

    Emergency Preparedness:
    I am researching the various items I am going to need for these two kits. So far my list is as follows:
    • Battery Back-up for Cell Phone (my phone died within the first 10 minutes of the outage)
    • Snacks
    • Water
    • Candles
    • Lighter/Matches ( I couldn't find a lighter because I quit smoking 19 months ago. Funny how I could find those everywhere until now)
    • Hand crank radio/flashlight - Really need to research these since they now have the ability to charge a cell phone too - but at how many rotations?
    • Glow Sticks - Perfect for leaving in bathrooms during the night so you aren't leaving a candle burning to be able to find your way
    • Cell phone car charger (Need to check my fuses because my outlet in my car wasn't working)
    • Phone Numbers List (if cell phone dies, you can't see the numbers in your phone to call anyone on a land line)
    • Extra sneakers for car (If the power is out and you run out of gas because stations can't pump - you might need sneakers to make the long walk)
    • Batteries
    • Cash (If all of the power is out, your bank card is useless)
    Finances:
    I paid all of my monthly bills. I need to call my apartment office and make an appointment to renew my lease.

    Self-Knowledge:
    It was nice to quiet my mind for 15 minutes this morning. I let myself simply be in the moment - to drink in the stillness and simply be.

    All in all, I'd say not a bad start! :)

    So what was on your lists for today?


    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    100 Days of Little Ways

    “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” ~ Chinese Proverb

    It has been awhile since I started this blog. Often times we take two steps forward, then suffer three steps back. So long as we continue to strive for forward movement, even baby steps count so I've decided to dust this blog off and begin again.

    The Beginning of the End
    At 12:01 am, the last 100 days of the year begin. Many of us begin each year with a list of resolutions or goals. How many of those have you accomplished? Now is the time to take some steps to finish the year strong! Focus and utilize this time to close out 2011 with forward movement in little ways to accomplish some of the things you started out this year doing. Use this an opportunity to learn more about yourself so that you can begin 2012 with a whole new grounded perspective. What did you begin and stop? What stopped you from reaching for those accomplishments?

    For the next 100 days, I will work on:
    * Gratitude
    * Physical Health
    * Emergency Preparedness
    * Finances
    * Self-Knowledge

    These sound like lofty goals but I'm not trying to accomplish everything to do with each subject. Instead, I'm breaking them down into a few focused smaller steps that I can complete in 100 days. Here's how:

    Gratitude
    As many of you know, last year ended very roughly for me: the man I dated for almost 10 years died suddenly Thanksgiving weekend; a young man who called me "Madre" decided life was just too much to bear and took his own life in December while leaving a 7 page letter in which he asked me to take care of his mom, the very next day my great aunt lost her battle with cancer. To top it all off, the company I work for was acquired by another company and it was announced 2 days before Christmas that the company that bought us was also being purchased - so none of us knew if we'd continue to have jobs. Needless to say, it was an incredibly stressful time. I realize that the anniversaries of these events is rapidly approaching so for the next 100 days, without fail, I will post things I'm grateful for every single day. This is to remind me of the good things I have in my life as I continue to work through the pain that still comes from those losses.

    Physical Health
    One of my goals for 2011 was to get into better shape. I did a ton of walking (it was my therapy) then I began to hit the gym 3 days a week. This was something I was feeling great about actually doing!! Unfortunately, that all stopped when I tore a tendon in my right ankle. I've spent months trying to avoid surgery and recover from the injury. From what I'm hearing from the medical community, I might not complete this recovery in 2011. This means I need to find an alternative. Who would have ever guess that I'd miss the bane of my existence, that damned elliptical machine? For the next 100 days, I will continue to do the necessary exercises to regain the range of motion, etc in my foot as well as begin some isometric and dumbbell exercises. This won't allow me to be in great physical condition but it is definitely better than nothing. It's still forward movement towards the goal. Baby steps, right?

    Emergency Preparedness
    This year my life has been filled with unique utility issues. LOL! A gas main broke at my apartment complex. It took a month and a half before the gas was restored at my apartments. Even then, it is just a temporary fix. This meant no hot water and no ability to cook in my own home. That sure made things interesting! Then just a few weeks ago, we experienced a huge blackout here in California. From Southern Orange County, through all of San Diego County, into Yuma, Arizona and all the way down into Rosarito, Mexico. This all brought to light (no pun intended) that we needed to prepare better for such emergencies. For the next 100 days, I will compile an emergency kit for my home as well as my car. I will work with my family to devise a plan should a natural disaster hit or should we experience another outage.

    Finances
    Another goal for 2011 has been to get my finances in better order. I'm proud to say that I have managed to put aside my emergency fund and pay off five student loans. What an amazing feeling!! Now I need to continue my snowball payments to get completely debt free! I recently ran a credit report and there are a few things I truly need to clean up. So for the next 100 days, I will strive to accomplish that. Since there are three credit reporting agencies and they have up to 30 days to make any corrections once notified, then 100 days will be the perfect amount of time to do this.

    Self-Knowledge
    I want to finish this year by learning more about myself. I will begin every morning with 15-20 minutes of meditation. I'm also going to strive to answer some very deep, insightful and probably uncomfortable questions about myself as well as make a vision board/journal. I have a list of 101 questions from The Personal Excellence Blog (I love her site) as well as the 62 from the Life Literacy Lab. These should help me to learn more about myself and help me to focus on the things I truly want in my life.

    Won't you join me in this journey? What will you strive to do for the next 100 days?