Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Do we prep for back-to-school?

This has been an ever-growing thought on my mind recently. Do we prep for back-to-school even if our kids aren’t going to the school? Do we still shop for school supplies and back-to-school clothing? Do we do anything to really prep for a return to school that is all virtual?

Truthfully, I don’t have the answer. Until Friday we didn’t even know what our daily schedules for our oldest would look like, because the school district, like so many others, have been struggling to come up with a plan.

Today I made a decision though. There will be back-to-school preparation. It might not look like any school prep we have ever done. It might not be what we expected. But we do need to do something to “rally the troops”, to get our kids excited for the start of the school year. Because, like it or not, we will be back in school in less than two weeks. And we need to get motivated and prepared.

So, in our house this will look like reorganizing our school and art supplies. Potentially getting a big colorful calendar created for our dining room wall, and even shopping for some fun new supplies to provoke excitement.

On this Setup YOUR Success Sunday I encourage those of you with school age children going back-to-school online, to figure out how you will ring in the new school year. Will you go shopping? Will you clean? Will you find different ways to get organized? Let’s do this! Because it’s coming whether we are prepared or not. So let’s get prepared!

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Nurture your relationships

I’ll admit it; I get so busy in life. So much so that sometimes I can seem antisocial.

It isn’t that I intend to, or that I don’t value the relationships I have. It is more so the obligations I have tugging at me. They can consume all of me until there’s nothing left.

Today, while I felt the pull of obligations, I chose to listen to the need to just be present and connect. Yes, I still worked on some pertinent things, but I put aside many. Why? Because sometimes business can wait, but the relationships that keep us strong cannot.

This Setup YOUR Success Sunday, I encourage you to remember your relationships. No matter how busy, stressed, and overwhelmed. Make sure to take a little time to spend with the people you care about. And not just today, but a little bit everyday. Because without those people, YOUR people, you could not be successful.

Also, take a moment to tell those important people in your life how much you care about them and appreciate them. They should hear you say it, because just knowing it inside is not enough.

And to all of those friends and family out there that put up with me, thank you! I appreciate you, and I love you.

Happy Sunday!

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Get things done

Today I sat for over an hour watching my kids play, refusing to pick up my computer and get my homework done. Homework? Well…yes, for a continuing education class I am taking for work this summer.

But…my assignment was due today, and I had put it off until the last day, because I am a procrastinator. I suppose it’s because I thrive under stress. So this week, well this week I am striving to do something different.

Instead of putting things off until it’s almost too late, I will work at getting things done ahead of time. And I’d like all of you to join me this Setup YOUR Success Sunday.

Let’s hold ourselves accountable this week. Need some extra motivation or accountability? Comment on this blog post (whether on WordPress, Instagram, Facebook, or another one of my platforms). We really CAN do this together!

Taking initiative, and getting things done is important in everyday life. If we have the ability, we shouldn’t put it off just because it isn’t something we want to do. And if it is important to us, we can make it one of our priorities, instead of choosing comfort and pushing it to the back burner.

This week, let’s get things done! We have got this!

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Start with making your bed

This morning I read a quote from William H. McCraven, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” This quote may be more powerful than we initially realize.

If you know me, I already make my bed every morning. It helps me to get moving and start off feeling like I have accomplished at least one thing. In fact, I have written on this subject before.

Essentially, by starting our day off making our beds, we set our minds up for a positive outlook. This happens because we immediately feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in what we do and what we have the ability to accomplish. Personally, I also feel a sense of being put together, because my bed looks clean, dressed, peaceful.

As parents, often woken up earlier than we wanted, we need something to push us back into the realm of positivity. We may have been woken up by an alarm, signaling us to start our days. Or, if you have children like me who are early birds, you have been woken up before your alarm by screaming babies or bickering siblings. Worse, you could be woken up by a joyful toddler who bursts into your room at six o’clock with a sing-song pep of a Good Morning Mama salutation. Okay, perhaps this is better than the prior, but it can be harder to embrace when you are not ready to take on the day. Simply put, starting with a simple action of making your bed can immediately force you back into thinking positively and moving toward a successful day.

And, as parents, we should not stop with us. In fact, having your children participate in this morning activity will help promote their positivity and sense of accomplishment. Have your children make their beds in the morning as part of their get ready routines. Just think, if we can change the world by starting our days off making our beds, what might our children accomplish?

Starting this Sunday, I will be encouraging our children to start the day making their beds. And, I hope you will join in as well by doing the same (including making your own bed). Are you with me? I hope you are!

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Personal development

I believe we are all on a continuous personal growth journey. We can feed this drive through learning new things that are of interest and/or importance.

Personal development is such a great opportunity for growth, and can be achieved through various channels. I personally choose to surround myself with positive, like minded mamas who are continually seeking new learning opportunities. This helps my drive to continue to improve my writing and small family business. I also find myself in personal development with a focus on family, rearing children, nursing practice, and whatever else comes my way and challenges me to grow.

Personal development can be big or small. It can be as simple as reading a daily blog post, or as challenging as taking a full time course load at a college. Whatever inspires or interests you, take at least a little time each week to learn something new about it.

This week I am starting a new learning program with a coach who pushes me to continually improve. While I know this program will be hard, and will push me far out of my comfort zone, I am excited because the growth may be exponential.

Ignite your passion and strengthen your knowledge through finding a personal development activity that speaks your learning language. This task will be powerful because it’ll challenge your thoughts, broaden your understanding, and get you out of your comfort zone. This will lead to growth, and keep you ever evolving.

What will you choose to learn this week?

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Find little ways to make everyone happy

I do not mean to approach this topic in the typical sense. It is not a parent’s job (mom or dad) to constantly make everyone else happy. But finding a way to create a cohesive environment where all kiddos are happy at once, means happiness and more ease for the parents.

So this Sunday, I recommend creating a plan or two on how to create cohesive happiness in your home. Simple shifts in your routine can make each summer day more manageable, either with a single project for all, or individual activities that are similar enough to happen all at once.

In our family, if you have just found my blog, we have been spending a lot of time outdoors. However, this has been a challenge for our youngest who wants to be walking and playing. Problem is, we can’t keep him from instantly traveling from grass to pavement, where he inevitably falls as he still learns to master walking. In this event one of us (me or my husband) will hold him until he screams, then will have to bring him inside where he can have his independent play in a safe environment.

So today we worked on a solution to change this. To help our youngest feel like he’s a part of the bicycle gang. We got him the famous little red push car that has been made for generations. And the verdict is out: he loves it! He feels like he’s now a part of outdoor play time.

Even the simplest of things can make a lasting impact in everyone’s happiness. And, in the end, the parents might end up benefiting the most as less stress occurs in managing every child’s wants and needs.

Today, find a way to bring yourself a little more peace in your week by finding and implementing the key to your family’s cohesive happiness.

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Use a notebook

How many times a day do you write down information? How about in a week? Chances are, if you aren’t using a notebook, those things you write down are getting lost.

A notebook is a simple tool you can use to consolidate all your thoughts and lists. It can be carried with you in a bag. And it can be easily located when you need to come back to your thoughts, or write down more.

Having a notebook to use is a great way to setup your success today. You don’t even need to have different notebooks for different things. You can just use the same for everything if you like.

Get organized today with a notebook. I promise you will not regret consolidating your paper notes into one place.

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Exist in the moment

Sometimes we get so caught up in preparing our next move that we forget to just exist. While I am all for having continued movement toward goals (I live like this myself), sometimes we just need to be present and live in the moment.

This evening we did precisely that. We forgot about the mess in our house and the need to prep for our week. We just let the kids play with the neighbors for a couple hours. We let them stay up past their bedtimes. And we momentarily forgot about our responsibilities. It was nice.

Of course, that is why I am publishing this post so late today. And perhaps later this week I will regret my choice, only briefly, when I realize I didn’t get something done today. But honestly, it is okay. Sometimes we just need to be with our family, and enjoy our loved ones. Sometimes we need to close the electronics and stop thinking about our next strategic move.

Sometimes just existing in the moment is exactly what we need to be successful in our quickly approaching week. Take some time. You deserve it!

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Schedule your content

This post is meant for the parent who posts regularly on social media. The parent that may be a blogger, a business owner, or a coach. Or this could be for the parent who is hosting a party or two through social media purely for fun and potentially earning rewards.

Posting content on the regular can be daunting, to say the least. A well written, well thought out post can take time to develop, edit, and get just right. And getting this content posted at the right time can be an added layer of stress and obligation.

Let’s face it, social media can take a lot of time. And for some it’s important to make sure you’ve got it all just right. And when you are utilizing social media platforms for promoting things, consistency is key.

But for parents this can be hard. This takes away from family time, and unexpected situations with the kids can cause a bump in your social media road to success. So today I encourage all the social media, go-getter, parents out there to schedule your posts!

Find a day each week to plan out and schedule your posts. Then let your platforms post for you, while you spend the week enjoying your family instead of stressing about how to get your social media tasks done.

Be honest, if you don’t do this, you are thinking you don’t need to. You’ll just get it done when you can, each day. But…how often have you said that only to not post several days in a week because things didn’t unfold as you planned? This is parenting reality.

So, if you post every week, or just need to post temporarily, utilize your resources. Get things set up, written, and ready to go before your busy week starts. Today is your day to start being organized and consistent. You will thank yourself later.

Setup YOUR Success Sunday: Be kind and success will follow

I received a great reminder this week. I believe in kindness above all else, and we teach our kids this value as well. Sometimes the added reminder of the ties between kindness and success are encouraging, and this week I was grateful to get such reminders.

Sometimes we can get caught up in things not going right. Not going our way. And when this happens, our kindness for others suffers. Sadly, it most often impacts those we are closest to and care most about. But it is important for us to give ourselves grace and then work to get out of this funk.

It is true, if you do good, good will follow. Kindness is so important in all we do. If we are kind to others, we will receive kindness in return, which ultimately leads to positive vibes and a path to success.

A simple analogy…if you shout at your children and get frustrated with their simple requests (something we all do from time to time), your children will reciprocate with acting out and refusing to follow directions. If you are kind to your children and take time to hear them when they are sad, happy, frustrated, whatever their emotions may be, then your children will feel respected and then respect you. This helps immensely when you are trying to get stuff done, whatever your tasks may be.

Same goes for our interactions with adults. Adults need a little kindness. We do not deserve just to receive though. Giving is the key. And when you give kindness you should not expect something in return. This is what makes your acts genuine. With genuine kindness, success will follow.

So today, and everyday this week, month, and year…be kind. It will take you far, and you will appreciate the effects it has on others and on yourself.