Don’t Forget To Follow Your Dreams

Remember when you were little and all around you, you were told you could be whatever you wanted to be? Well, let me tell you something. You still can.

I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m not saying to go spend every last dollar you have, but please, don’t forget to get out there and live!

About a year ago I found myself in the middle of jobs and feeling a little frustrated. I needed to feed my soul, not just my bank account. So (with the help and support of my hubby,) I did.

I had already been blogging a bit and it came easy to me. I like to talk so I have a lot to downloadsay and rather then blab to Nick all day, I started writing and sharing. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t come right away, but soon I had secured my very first, remote, freelance writing position! I still write for this 80s website in which I started and will write about the 90s too, come this fall.

I find myself working four (part-time) positions, and I couldn’t feel better about it. You see, I never wanted (nor excelled) in a 40 hour work week, at the same job. I always preferred multiple endeavors (and income streams) and it turns out, nothing has changed.

But all the sudden. I work from home, with a schedule that’s mine to make, and (almost) more work then I know what to do with. And well this may not be your dream, I just want to encourage you to remember YOUR dream. And make it happen.

imagesHow do you do this? Well, you have to figure out what it is you want. What do you love to do? What do you do everyday, “work day” or not? What makes you smile? Laugh? What do you loathe? Dig deep and make sure to be honest with yourself.

Find ways to indulge your soul. Do more of what you love. Want a new job but don’t know where to start? Do something on your own, at home or whenever you have time, unpaid, and dive in. If you start a blog, make sure to post more than once a week. Want to become a personal trainer? Talk to someone at your gym and see what they have to say. You can further your education with free online courses (some even taught by Harvard!) Whatever you do, remember this is your life. Don’t waste it.

The thing is, for me, I laugh at myself. Why? Well, everyday, I like to write, cook, and workout. The weekdays are filled with this (and tapings.) But then, so are the weekends. I find myself always wanting to do these things whether it is a workday or weekend day. A holiday or vacation. For instance, I’m on a train in Norway, right now, on vacation. And what do I do? Write.

As for my other jobs, because I know you’re wondering, here you go.

  1. I write for LT80s (liketotally80s.) Like I said, it’s remote (from anywhere I want) and freelance, making it fit into my life, my way. Also, starting in the fall, I will be writing for the same boss for another website he’s procured, noduh90s. As an 80s baby and a 90s kid, both of these writing gigs are nostalgic and fun.
  2. I work as a mystery shopper for A Closer Look. This job is too fun, fully reimbursed, sometimes includes a bonus, and includes write offs. The company has “shops” all over the US and even into Canada. Taking in a great meal, visiting the dentist, or even having a drink at the bar are all things that you can do with this company. Love it.
  3. I work for Trust Review Network. This job sends me products (again, fully reimbursed) to try out and write a review on. If you share it, you make more money. If you tape yourself doing a video, you make more money. In a couple of months, if they are happy with my work, I will make more money. Pretty awesome, huh?
  4. I test recipes for HelloFresh. As a part of their taste makers program, I am sent recipes to test and try (most of which I already have the ingredients for as I am an avid foodie and cook) and then I complete a short, concise survey, and I’m done.

Oh, and did I forget my blog? I guess that’s five jobs. Not to mention I have written four self-published (mostly cookbooks) in the past year as well.

So, that’s that I guess. And the thing is, since starting vacation (a little over a week ago,) I have received next to no work emails, stressed phone calls, or anything. It has been over IMG_20170821_125717two years since both Nick and I have taken a non-work vacation, and it’s a true and honest vacation this time. What a blessing.

But here we are, on the train, working. Haha. Happy Monday!

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Sauteed, and Sliced Zucchini, Onion, and Mushroom

Are there any foods you like the smell of, but not the taste? This was me, and mushrooms. My Mom loved them, and sauteed them often, but as much as I liked the smell, I never wanted to eat them. Then came this dish.

This side dish was made for me by a friend, and I’ve loved mushrooms (and onions) ever since. These vegetables are a great combo, and all you have to do is sprinkle on some salt and pepper. So good.

Sauteed, and Sliced Zucchini, Onion, and Mushroom

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh zucchini
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh onion
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large, shallow skillet pan (or wok) add the coconut oil to the pan on medium heat. Add your zucchini slices to the pan, and cook for four minutes or until they have begun to brown. Add the onion slices, and cook for one minute. Last, add the mushrooms, and cook an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper and it’s ready!

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Goals, Dreams and Life- Thoughtful Thursday

Dreams are an interesting thing. Goals even. You want this or that with your life and you put in so much effort and you strive and try harder than ever and then..

Then, you hit that goal! You made your dream happen. And now what?? Now you work even harder!

Say what?

Yes. Continued effort. More trying. Harder work. More work. More time and dedication. More striving. More learning.

When you get married, for many that’s a dream. But it isn’t until after that, that you put in that time or that effort. Because now you’re not trying for that dream of getting married, you’re trying for a dream of being married. You’re trying to make your marriage the best it can be.

The same goes for a job. You work so hard to get that dream job. Whether schooling gets you there or it’s the experience you need, you do the unthinkable and you make it happen. Then you have your dream job, so you’re done right? Nope. Time to work smarter, work harder and try more.

Come to think of it, having children will likely produce more of the same. The goal is to get pregnant. For some, it’s the natural ease it was meant to be. For others, just getting there can turn into a dream. For those people it’s nonstop prayers and doing the best you can all while trying to remain patient and calm.

Then you get pregnant. Whew, what a relief. Your dream became reality. But now you have to prepare life for a big change. And then suddenly your baby is there with you, all the time, everyday. And now that you made your dream happen, what now? Well now you just want to try harder, strive harder and be the best (parent) you can be. 

And so on it goes..

That’s the thing about dreams. If you work tirelessly and manage to achieve your dream, then that’s when the work starts. That is when the efforts are needed.

This is what makes dreams, dreams. Most people can’t get there. So if you do, don’t let it slip through your fingers.

TRY HARDER, DO MORE, PROVE IT, MAKE IT HAPPEN

…and remember, this is your life.

 

Happy Thursday!thought-bubble