Yes ... I'm back from the beach, re-charged and ready to roll!! I've been PLANNING to post for a few days now but ... well ... apparently I'm still in relaxation mode and nothing has been happening very quickly around here! While I guess that's a good thing in THEORY it doesn't really help you when you pop in and see the same post for 2 weeks straight, right? *lol*
I'll bore you with just a FEW pics and highlights from our trip. Here are a few pics (well, maybe a more than a FEW ...):
(Yep - somehow our Elf on the Shelf "Trixie" made it to Hawaii too!! Imagine our surprise when we were going through our pictures and found some of Trixie!!!)
We went to Maui .. and stayed in Honokowai. Do I even need to say it was fantastic?? Some of the things we did:
- Whale Watching
- Snorkeling to the Crater and Tutrle Town
- Hyatt Luau
- Shopping, browsing and more shopping :))
- Beach, pool and more beach :))
- Bickered and whined (this was more the girls than me *lol* ... there was a LOT of 24/7 family-together-time ... while you would HOPE that would lead to many "Hallmark Moments" in reality it often leads to trouble!!
Now! About stamping! While I was away I did the usual holiday-type-thinking ... you know ... replecting on your life ... what is good about it .. what needs changing and so on. I realized (after it took me about 4 days to catch up on some sleep and 7 days to truly unwind!) that I needed to adjust the balance (or lack-there-of) in my life. I realized that I was spending SO many hours THINKING about stamping and my business that I was missing out on the things I wanted to be able to do by HAVING a home-based business! I didn't have TIME to volunteer at school ... I was spending too many evenings and weekends WORKING than spending time with my family ... if I DID spend time with them I wasn't truly "present" .. always multitasking and/or my mind thinking about other things. SO! As happens everytime I come home from a holiday I vowed to change things. Oh I know ... changes usually only last about as long as a New Year's resolution but so far ... in the first week ... I have already made 2 or 3 decisions that let me know that I was CHOOSING to do things rather than HAVING to do things. IT was VERY empowering. Case in point. 2 days ago I was supposed to go to the Belinda Elsworth seminar here in Edmonton. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love and respect Belinda. She has helped my business in SO many ways! When I got the e-mail about her seminar I signed up right away ... and couldn't wait to see her in action for the second time. Then Sunday came. I had a WONDERFULLY relaxing Friday and Saturday, spending time with friends, family and crafting (just for FUN!). Sunday came and I realized I didn't want to GO to the seminar! I started getting grumpy because of course PART of me wanted to go ... and I had already paid for it ... blah, blah, blah ... but as I was showering and getting grumpier about it I stopped and realized ... I didn't HAVE to go!!! Duh! Hello? Yes, I'd already paid for it - so what?! That's a sunk cost! IT's paid for whether you go or not! I wanted to stay home, craft with the girls and make Cake Pops. So I DID!!! OMG! It felt SO amazing to make that little decision!!! I made a few others in the last week that felt equally as good! I've given myself permission NOT to do everything every other Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is doing .. it's OK not to earn the crusie I really wanted to earn ... I realzed that the return on investment just wasn't worth the cost of my time to the family. So things have changed. I am working smarter, not harder now and hope that I can maintain it. Wanna see what I did to HELP myself maintain it? I made what I call a "Today I Choose ..." Journal. It's like the popular Gratitude Journals you hear about all the time (but frankly I could never keep that going ... after about day 16 I think I'd be stretching for decent things to be thankful for !!) So this is a picture of what I created:
That's it for now. Pop back again soon to check out the cute little card I made for my friend who watched my pup while we were away. Until then ... have a stampy night!