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One Word Wednesday #1 “Family”

FAMILY DEFINED

Every Wednesday I will write about ONE word and what that word means to me.

This week’s word is FAMILY.

Family is a word that should be simple to define but ends up a complicated matter for most people.

We easily consider relatives as “Family”. We often consider close friends to be “Family” and others view those of similar faith as “Family” as well.

I expand that definition to include my loyal readers. I love the emails I get and the feedback about the things I write.

“Family” doesn’t have to be blood to have meaning.

Your relatives you have no choice about, but you do have a choice in what you decide to read. I am thankful for you reading this and your continuing support of me.

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Miranda dreams of Rving across the country with her family and her 2 crazy little dogs – unless she’s swamped being a working mother and helping other moms with practical wisdom she has learned from over 2 decades raising a family. A teen mom, single mom, stay at home mom, working mom, she’s been there done that.

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How to Defeat Procrastination Once and For All!

Defeat Procrastination

Procrastination is a formidable foe that defeats many mothers. We allow fear, doubt, and excuses to keep us from getting projects done. Often the go to remedy is waiting till the last minute, when delay is no longer an option. The stress and anxiety are not worth it, and the result is crappy work. The victims tend to be our families and those closest to us. While there is no secret formula or spell that will magically get things done, the below tips will help you defeat procrastination:

Just get started

Ironically enough the best tactic for beating procrastination is to begin working. The smallest step, followed by another, can put you on the path towards getting the project done.

Listen to music

Music you enjoy can take your mind off the task and should allow you to get moving and make progress.

Think about being done

Thinking of the finish line can create motivation and drive enough to get you going.

Do the easiest part first

Worrying about the hardest pieces won’t help, so start small and work your way through.

Talk yourself through each step

Often the inner voice in us keeps us from doing anything. Turn that inner voice around and have it narrate what you are doing. Before you know it you are well on your way.

Have a reward in mind for finishing

Give yourself extra incentive. A desert food, desired item, or some entertainment can serve as motivation.

The worst thing you can do is allow procrastination to rule over you. You will find a large weight lifted as you get tasks done. The key is to get started today.

If you want to know more about the study of Procrastination, take a look at the informative article by Shirley S. Wang from the Wall Street Journal or the thought provoking article by Olga Khazan from the Atlantic. Don’t use them as another form of procrastination, though.

To help you defeat procrastination I’m going to send you a handy, easy to carry Infographic, the same one I use to help me everyday. Make multiple copies and refer to it when you need a little push. It will also appear below so you can print a copy immediately (Make sure to also check your email).

P.S. If you want some other quotes to reference please check out this great list by Duccio Manfredi

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Miranda dreams of Rving across the country with her family and her 2 crazy little dogs – unless she’s swamped being a working mother and helping other moms with practical wisdom she has learned from over 2 decades raising a family. A teen mom, single mom, stay at home mom, working mom, she’s been there done that.

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Football is here and I’m torn!

football, NFL, NCAA, Crafts, Crochet Hats, ETSY

Football is back and for most this is an exciting time. For me this time of the year brings mixed emotions. On the one hand, my Etsy Crochet hat business picks up as the weather cools and parents buy team themed hats for their little ones. On the other, I lose my husband and TV to football.

I’m not much of a sports fan. My grandmother, growing up, used to sit and watch baseball games with me and my brother. We were never ones to attend sporting events and I never had much interest. My passion was crafting and I would use my free time on that.

My husband loves football, so during football season there’s football on tv, radio, and in discussions. I am thankful that my husband is not as bad as many men, but it is still tough. On days when there is a win, my husband is in good spirits. When there is a loss, I can tell he is irritated.

I also have to deal with my husband going with his buddies to watch the games. With football on multiple days, it seems there is always a game on. It does free up the tv so me and the kids can watch other things, but I still miss him when he is gone. He does try to involve me at times, and invite me to go, but I’d rather not spend my date night at a bar or restaurant watching football.

What I end up doing, at home, when football has my husband, is work on my crochet hats and spend time with the kids. NFL and NCAA colored hats are my best sellers. Parents love to outfit their babies in their team’s colors. The little treasures are so cute wearing my hats and I love the pictures I get back.

Football season is relatively short, so things in my home should be back to normal in January. Wish me luck!

Please share your experiences involving your men and football in the comments. I look forward to hearing what wives and girlfriends do while their men are consumed with sports.

Miranda

Team Colored Newborn Baby Hats

P.S. If you are interested in one of my team themed crochet hats (NFL, NCAA Football, MLB, NBA, NHL, Etc.) for your kids or as a gift, visit my Etsy shop. Also please spread the word. I appreciate all the referrals I get.

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Miranda dreams of Rving across the country with her family and her 2 crazy little dogs – unless she’s swamped being a working mother and helping other moms with practical wisdom she has learned from over 2 decades raising a family. A teen mom, single mom, stay at home mom, working mom, she’s been there done that.

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