July Jumped Right In…

…with a family emergency that means my husband will be out of town for five weeks. How will I last that long without him you ask? Well, let me put it this way. I love my husband very much but we have been together 24/7 (he’s retired, I work from home) for the last 8 years. You know that old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder?” It applies here. LOL

I have big plans for the available time. I have many projects around the house I would like to get done and some serious time in the studio is calling me. It is time for me to look back on the vision cards I made for this year to pick the areas that need tending to the most.

In order from top to bottom, left to right:

Business of Magic is the title I used for my craft business this year. I actually have been doing pretty well there and even was able to do a pop up craft show in June. I have made at least one or two sales every month and that is kind of like magic. I just got a notice to sign up for one of the holiday boutiques in November so it looks like things are flowing in this category. I did some rearranging and reorganizing in the studio too, which makes working in it much easier. Also made myself some new business cards with a new logo. What do you think?

Sharing is the title I used for connecting with family and friends. Of course the pandemic limited that a bit but we have had dinner with friends and made plans to go to a couple concerts in September with others so we’re getting there. I also did some Zoom and FaceTime interactions so I’m counting that too and we had a great 4th of July gathering.

Prosperity is the category title for our financial health. It is a struggle because my transcription business is quite hit and miss but fortunately I’ve been able to move some money around and we are doing okay. Of course winning the lottery would help!

I have had a lot of action in the Experience category. All my excursions through San Francisco for the A to Z really helped there.

Self-Care is one of the areas that needs some work this next six months. I have stalled in the weight loss department but haven’t given up hope to get going again. I intend to use the time while hubby is away to get more serious with my healthy eating and to increase the activity by dancing in the living room since he won’t be there watching TV. I also started listening to meditation while I walk Benny in the morning. It helps me focus on the day.

Nest is another area that I will be concentrating on. I have made a goal to go room by room listing all the things I want to attend to. I also have plans for the outside like a small fence in the front yard so I can let Benny get out there and not have to worry that he’s going to chase a passing motorcycle or run across the street to visit another dog walking by. I still haven’t gotten my fire pit yet either!

So, how has your year been so far. Did you make a list of goals you wanted to accomplish? How are you doing with them? You still have time to tackle something!

About scr4pl80

I'm a 60-ish, married, mom to 3, creative soul looking to make the world a better place one smile at a time.
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9 Responses to July Jumped Right In…

  1. I always feel a little guilty when I express the need for alone time so I was happy to read that you feel the need too. If I could orchestrate a five-week family emergency (as long as it’s not too serious 🙂 ), that my husband had to attend to, I would. Even though we have separate work areas, there is nothing like having the whole house to oneself for an extended period of time. Enjoy your time alone, then enjoy your husband when he returns!

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  2. John Holton says:

    Look at it this way: when your husband comes home, you’ll be ready for him to.

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  3. LA says:

    My goal was really not to lock my immediate family in a closet. So far so good

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    I understand your point of view about spending time apart from each other. Married life is great, but so is space. As for goals I’ve accomplished things, but I never have a proper list. I just kind of get in a flow and do things. I wonder if a vision board would focus me or hinder me?

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Thanks Ally. Sometimes people don’t seem to understand that I am not devastated to have the hubby out from underfoot occasionally. As far as the vision boards, I find them very freeing in terms of beating myself up if I don’t get things done. I generally notice that by the end of the year I’ve accomplished one or two things at least in all of my different categories and I call that a win for the year. Oftentimes it is a surprise to me what I have done and something that I wouldn’t have thought was a goal actually was AND it got done!

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