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Setting Small Goals For GREAT SUCCESS

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Setting Small Goals For GREAT SUCCESS

Hello! I am one of those people that like to get things done immediately and do it well. However, in this current juncture of my life, everything has been overwhelming and I barely got things like cooking, cleaning, or self care done at all. After over two months of running myself ragged and being disappointed by things that I couldn’t do because I had no time or energy, I decided to make a change. Rather than attempting to do everything and doing nothing instead, I began setting small, achievable goals for myself to meet throughout the week.

This has been a most helpful change and I have had GREAT SUCCESS already. Although the pace I am getting things done at is leisurely, I am now getting them done and I feel great about it. Here are some of the ways that I have switched things up:

Cooking:

When things were falling apart, cooking was the first thing that plummeted. This was no good for me because I love to cook and DoorDash is expensive! I knew that what I was doing wasn’t working and set the goal for myself to make easy meals on the days that I am home early. Yes, I was tired once home but eating actual food is important and I found that I had more energy once I was done cooking because I was finally enjoying myself. Now, I am making dinner at least three times a week with plenty of leftovers for off days and I am really proud of that! There is also nothing better than seeing how happy Johnny is whenever I’m in the kitchen and eagerly asking what I’m making. ❤

Cleaning:

In my perfect world, I would be able to dedicate an entire morning and afternoon to cleaning the apartment. However, I simply don’t have the time to do that. So, I started small. I have begun texting Johnny in the mornings about his designated chores he could do when he gets home and I take care of everything else that needs done throughout the week. I now have Wednesday as my set morning to do laundry, cleaning toilets on Thursday (just like my mom’s chore schedule lol), and using spare time to declutter in sections. Breaking the chores up into a manageable schedule has really helped to turn the apartment around and it feels good to return home without immediately spotting glaring issues to clean!

Leisure:

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnny and I used to love doing things on week nights. Dinner out, going for walks, or catching an early movie at the theater. That seems so long ago, but it was so nice to have fun things to look forward to during the work week. Together, we decided that now would be a perfect time to get back into this habit – especially since the weather is beautiful! We don’t plan on going crazy with plans and like the theme of this post, we are starting small. I suggested a hike at least once a week in one of the many Metro Parks we live by and having the occasional dinner on our balcony. This is a change we will be implementing this week because Johnny worked crazy overtime hours last week. I’m excited to go out and do things with my husband again and a hike seems like an easily accomplish-able way to start.

Although everything still kind of sucks right now, I am feeling much better by setting goals and reaching them. By breaking tasks up into smaller pieces, I have been doing more of the things I love and the things that are necessary. It’s a minor change, but one that I am so pleased with and will be sticking to from now on!

How do you make adulting more manageable? What is something that you are proud of? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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4 Strategies To Transform Your Body & Achieve Fitness Goals

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4 Strategies To Transform Your Body & Achieve Fitness Goals

Are you struggling with reaching fitness goals or transforming your body for good? Don’t panic. Success with physical fitness can be achieved using effective strategies, diet, and exercise plans. This article outlines four tried-and-tested tactics which have been shown to work overtime to help achieve the body of your dreams. From building good habits to improving nutrition, these steps are sure to put you on a successful journey towards physical fitness:

Set Realistic Goals:

Setting achievable and manageable fitness goals is the first and most crucial step toward reaching them. Setting ambitious yet manageable targets can prevent disappointment and frustration from overshadowing any progress you’ve made, while unrealistic or overly ambitious ones could thwart any effort you put in. To stay motivated, set reasonable expectations; even though it might take more time than you initially anticipate, it will definitely pay off in the end!

Focus on incremental rather than radical transformations; for example, set small daily goals like eating a nutritious breakfast every morning or doing 30 minutes of exercise instead of trying to run 10 miles every day! Don’t beat yourself up when you slip up. Simply readjust and move forward with your plan, remembering that gradual change over time is the key to reaching physical fitness goals.

Discover an Exercise Program That Suits Your Needs:

Step two in your body transformation journey should be to find an exercise program that’s personalized to you. When starting out, make sure your exercise focuses on targeting all major muscle groups to provide a comprehensive workout without over training or injury risk. Also don’t be afraid to switch up your routine periodically by adding new exercises or equipment into the mix – doing this will keep things interesting while propelling you toward better results. Be consistent in your workouts, rest properly between exercise sessions, and don’t forget to have fun while working out! By making fitness an enjoyable part of life, it will become much easier to stick with it and achieve results faster.

Focus on Building Self-Confidence:

An inner sense of confidence is essential for reaching fitness goals and changing the shape of your body. One way to build self-confidence is through positive affirmations. Instead of dwelling on negative comments or thoughts, give yourself credit for all of the progress you’ve already made and remind yourself of how capable you are of succeeding. Celebrate small victories along the way – even if it means doing one extra rep or running one more mile than last time; doing so will foster long-term motivation and drive.

Consider Cosmetic Procedures:

Plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures may provide an effective means of attaining a desired look; however, there may be risks involved and results may not always meet expectations. Before making the leap into cosmetic surgery or other similar processes, always consult a qualified physician like drvitenas.com who can explain all possible outcomes of each approach. It’s wise to think carefully about why you want a procedure; if it stems from insecurity or pressure from others it might be more beneficial to focus on increasing self-confidence instead. Remind yourself that plastic surgery isn’t a miracle cure. While it might help you reach some of your aesthetic goals, it cannot replace hard work and dedication needed for true body transformation.

By following these steps and setting realistic goals, you can make significant strides towards changing your body and realizing your fitness dreams!

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2023 All About Me

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2023 All About Me

Hello!! Your favorite Lil Red blogger has had a very busy past few months. Between bunny parenthood, new jobs, and the kerfuffle of daily life, I am ready for a little break any time now! It has been a while since we have had an updated All About Me post and I figured no better time than the present to talk a bit more in depth about everything happening in Lil Red’s world. Let’s get to it:

Bunny Babies:

Johnny and I have had our Lionhead bunnies, Mel and Penelope, for over four months now and they are thriving! In fact, I would say that they are fully settled to their new lives with us. Melvin is as adventurous as ever and loves to evade his dad by getting under the couch and exploring the non bunny proofed area while he plays video games lol. He is never too quick for his dear old mom, though! Melvin is not quite a year old yet and he is also never too old for an evening cuddle with me. It’s so sweet! ❤

Penelope took a decent amount of time to get acclimated to her new setting and I think that we are finally there. Her favorite activities are eating leafy greens from my hand and chilling out in her go to spot behind the hutch. Pen and Mel both also really enjoy being brushed, which is great as they are long haired and shedding season has been nuts! I was very proud of Penelope because this past week, she explored a few stairs for the first time but was scared to go down. She let me know of her distress by making some noise and allowed me to pick her up and take her back to the floor. Pen still isn’t the biggest fan of Johnny, but she sure loves her mom! 😀

New Job, No Prob:

I have a very entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy both my work as a provider for people with special needs and a writer so much. In the new year, I was really hoping to take my writing work to the next level and that happened on January third. I am currently managing a plethora of social media pages and building websites and businesses with my new boss and it is awesome! Between three jobs, it can be a bit stressful during the work week but I make it work. I am learning so many new things and being able to work from home a lot and hang out with Mel and Pen is such a joy. Eventually, I will decrease my work out in the field but, for now, I am just loving the experience!

Accomplishing Goals:

One of my other goals for the new year was creating a lot more OOTD content for lifewithlilred and I have been very dedicated to it. My sweet blog husband is also most helpful in that regard too! During the work week, I am rarely in the general public and put minimal effort into outfits and makeup. Saturday, however, is a totally different story! On Saturday afternoons, Johnny and I go on an outing for a lunch date, errands, or a visit at his or my parents and end up taking OOTD pictures some time in between. Johnny is always so accommodating and Saturday has definitely become our designated picture day. This setup has worked wonderfully and I look forward to our date days every week. ❤

Birthday Extravaganza:

Starting on March 7th and ending on June 7th, Johnny and I have lots to celebrate. In three months, there are seven birthdays in my family and mine and Johnny’s second wedding anniversary. I love this time of the year because I LOVE shopping for birthday presents and taking part in someone’s special day. I am also very excited for mine and Johnny’s second birthaversary jubilee and cannot wait to put together another get together to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary in one mega event!

Nothing Too Exciting:

As I have been working three very involved jobs for the past three months and Johnny is in a constant state of tired from his demanding job, we haven’t been doing much of anything. Part of it is the weather and part of it is exhaustion! That’s okay, though, because we rally around this time of the year when the sun starts setting later. We might not do anything during the work week but we do end up staying up later than our normal seven PM bedtime and that’s good enough for me. We are thinking of doing a few weekend trips this summer and it will be so nice to have a getaway of our own considering we haven’t even had a honeymoon yet. All in good time!

As busy as these past few months have been, I will never be too busy to post daily on lifewithlilred or get my nails done. Peep those tomorrow and keep it posted for all of the latest and greatest! ❤

What is new in your world? Is anything exciting coming up for you soon? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Build Your Self Confidence With These Tips

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Build Your Self Confidence With These Tips

It is absolutely essential for us to take the time to build our self confidence as it can profoundly shape how we experience our lives. Self confidence is a huge factor in how people perceive themselves, their environment, and how they interact with others. When people have low self confidence or lack of it, they tend to be easily affected by external factors like criticism or failure. On the other hand, when someone has high self-esteem and confidence, they can handle life’s issues without giving into fear or stress. This article will explain why improving your self confidence is of cardinal importance and some practical steps you can take towards building more confidence in yourself:

The Benefits & Power Of Self Confidence:

When you have healthy and positive self-esteem, it allows you to believe in yourself and confront any challenges or obstacles that come your way. You are more likely to take risks and make bold decisions when you feel confident about yourself. Plus, having high levels of confidence enables you to live a happier, more fulfilled life since the assurance that comes with it helps you appreciate who you are and embrace your unique qualities. It has been proven that people with greater self confidence tend to be healthier physically as they’re better able to handle stressful events without breaking down from anxiety or depression.

Building Your Self Confidence:

Now that you know the power of self confidence and why you should strive to have it, let’s talk about practical steps to build your own:

Focus on positive affirmations: Start by consistently telling yourself that you are capable and worthy of success. Positive affirmations like “I am strong and powerful” or “I am a valuable person” will help increase your self-esteem and provide an emotional boost when needed.

Identify areas for growth: Take the time to analyze where you currently stand in terms of self confidence. If certain aspects of yourself could use some improvement, such as communication skills or public speaking ability, make a plan for how you will work on them.

Set achievable goals: Setting realistic and achievable goals is an essential part of building any level of self confidence. When you can see that your hard work is paying off, it will motivate you to keep going and also build a sense of pride in yourself. Choose tasks that you know are within your reach and build from there.

Practice self care: Taking the time to do something nice for yourself can help increase your self-esteem. Whether it’s taking a few minutes out of your day for meditation, treating yourself to a massage, or even allowing yourself some time away from technology, these small acts help remind us that we are deserving of love and care.

Build relationships: Lastly, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people who will help motivate and encourage you. Having strong relationships with family and friends is essential for self confidence as it gives us a support system that can remind us of our greatness when we are feeling down.

Facing Your Insecurities:

Sometimes we have insecurities that can be difficult to face. Eczema is one such issue, and it can cause feelings of low self-esteem or embarrassment in those who suffer from it. Luckily, there are treatments available to help you manage eczema and improve your overall skin health. Creams and ointments containing corticosteroids are often used as eczema treatments as they can reduce inflammation and help soothe the skin. In addition, moisturizing on a regular basis is also very important in preventing eczema flare ups, as well as avoiding irritants like certain fabrics or chemicals that could worsen symptoms.

Participate in activities that make you feel good:

This step is all about learning to do something for yourself and having fun! Choose activities that make you feel happy, such as reading a book, listening to your favorite music, or taking a yoga class. Doing things that bring joy into your life can have an incredibly positive impact on your self confidence.

Having self confidence can give you the power to keep pushing forward when faced with any hurdles or obstacles. With dedication and commitment, anyone can learn how to build their self-esteem and appreciate themselves for who they are. Remember that it’s okay to take time for yourself and practice some self care; after all, taking care of yourself should always come first!

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Pursue Your Dream Career With These Tips

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Pursue Your Dream Career With These Tips

Pursuing your goals to land your dream job takes dedication and hard work. There is so much that goes into following your dreams, but don’t let that stop you from making them into reality. Giving up a career to pursue something you really want should not be taken lightly, but it can be done if you have the passion and dedication for it. Here are four tips to help get you started on your journey toward a dream career:

Know Yourself & Your Goals:

Before you even begin the process of pursuing your dream job, it is important that you take some time for self-reflection. Consider what your goals are, what kind of lifestyle you want, and how this job fits into those goals. Knowing yourself and understanding your goals will help guide the decisions you make about what kind of job you want to pursue. Write down your goals and create a plan of action to achieve them; this way, you can stay motivated and focused on the path toward your dream job.

Research Companies & Industries:

Once you have a clear understanding of who you are and what your goals are, it is time to research companies and industries that align with those goals. Take some time to explore different industries and pick out specific companies that interest you. Doing this research will help give you an idea of what types of jobs these companies offer and any potential opportunities that could arise in the future. In addition, researching and familiarizing yourself with a company before applying can give you an edge over other applicants.

Build Your Network:

Networking is key when it comes to finding your dream job! Building relationships with people in the industry who may have access to job opportunities or insight into hiring processes is important. Joining professional organizations or attending networking events such as conferences or seminars is a great way to meet new people who may be able to help further your career path. In addition, utilizing social media platforms like LinkedIn can also be an effective way of connecting with potential employers or recruiters who may know about jobs that aren’t posted publicly yet.

Stay Up To Date On Trends & Industry News:

In today’s ever-evolving job market, staying up to date on industry trends and news is important to stay ahead of the competition. Subscribing to relevant publications, blogs, or newsletters can help you gain valuable insight into what’s happening in the industry. For example, if you’re interested in pursuing a career in the medical industry, you can learn a lot from Hanid Audish DO. Industry experts like this can give you a valuable look into the job market and what positions are in demand.

Pursuing your dream job can be a long process, but it is possible. By following these steps, you will be setting yourself up for success. Good luck!

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What To Do If Your Career Seems To Be Stalling

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What To Do If Your Career Seems To Be Stalling

Do you feel as though your professional life is in a rut? Are you having trouble deciding what to do next or do you not see any opportunities for advancement? If so, you are not alone. This feeling is one that many people have at least once in their careers. Getting your career back on a more positive track doesn’t have to be difficult, and you shouldn’t put it off if a change is needed. Here are some steps to take if your career seems to be stalling:

Reassess your goals:

Reevaluating your career goals requires taking a step back. Are they still the same as when you first started working? Do you still need to reevaluate your goals or have you already achieved everything you set out to do? Think things through, consider your current goals, and decide whether they align with where you want to go.

Talk to your supervisor:

It’s crucial to speak with your supervisor if you feel trapped in your current position. Express your worries and seek suggestions on how you can do better. Your boss might be able to offer you new opportunities or make suggestions for how to advance within the organization. Your manager might be able to advise you on what to do next if there are no growth opportunities at your company.

Take on new responsibilities:

If your current position doesn’t offer you any chances to advance, you might want to think about accepting more responsibility. This can demonstrate to your employer that you’re dedicated to your work and ready to take on new challenges. Seek out opportunities to volunteer for or accept more duties that will allow you to gain new skills.

Seek out training and development opportunities:

Finding training and development opportunities is another way to launch your career. This can entail going to workshops, enrolling in online classes, or earning certifications. You can take on new challenges and prove your value to your employer by learning new skills.

Network:

Developing your network is essential for career advancement. Establish relationships with individuals in your industry by going to networking events. This can assist you in discovering new employment possibilities and connecting with individuals who might be able to aid you in advancing your career. You can also look to successful people who have already reached the goals you want to achieve. If you work in sales and want to improve, look at the strategies and success of someone like Hussain al Nowais.

Consider a career change:

It might be time to think about a career change if you’ve tried everything listed above and are still not seeing any opportunities for growth within your current job. Look for employment opportunities that fit your interests and skill set. To learn about new opportunities, get in touch with recruiters and go to job fairs.

It’s important to feel rewarded and fulfilled in your career, and the tips above will help you take your skills to the next level!

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The Importance Of Taking Interest In Your Child’s Hobbies

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The Importance Of Taking Interest In Your Child’s Hobbies

In a world where children are constantly glued to their electronic devices, it’s more important than ever for parents to take an interest in their children’s hobbies. Doing so can help foster a love of learning and exploration that will stay with them throughout their lives. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to take an interest in the subjects that are special to your child:

It shows them you care:

Taking an interest in what your children are passionate about demonstrates that you value their interests, hobbies, and opinions. This reinforces the bond between parent and child and lets them know they have the freedom to explore and pursue whatever interests them. In addition, it reminds them that you are always there to support them in their endeavors.

It encourages exploration and creativity:

By taking an interest in your children’s interests, you can encourage exploration and creativity by suggesting ideas or activities related to their hobbies. You can also provide resources for further research or offer assistance as needed. This allows for a better understanding of the hobby and provides an outlet for creative expression and problem-solving skills.

It keep communication open:

When parents take an active interest in their children’s interests, it encourages conversation and dialogue between the two parties. It is important for the parents to stay connected with each other and for children to feel comfortable communicating any issues or concerns they may have.

It helps them develop their skills:

As the adult, you can help foster the development of their specific skills related to their interests and hobbies. This could involve providing additional training or instruction, offering advice or guidance, or providing a space for them to practice and hone their talents.

It builds confidence:

When parents take an active interest in their children, it often helps to build a sense of self-worth and confidence. This is especially important during adolescence, where identity formation is critical; showing your children that you believe in them and their passions makes them more likely to engage positively with their activities, boosting their overall confidence level.

It helps them stay focused:

When children are passionate about something like collecting Kevin Burge Sports Cards, painting, or a sport, it’s much easier for them to stay focused and engaged in the task at hand. This is because they’re more likely to be motivated by their own interests rather than outside influences or pressures. Taking an interest in your children’s hobbies can help keep them motivated and on track with their goals.

Taking an interest in your children’s hobbies will show that you care while also helping them develop confidence, creativity, problem-solving skills, communication skills, and a passion for learning. It also provides opportunities for parents and children to bond over shared experiences and memories. Take some time out of your day today to talk with your children about what they’re passionate about and get involved in their hobbies. You’ll be glad you did!

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Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions With These Solutions

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Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions With These Solutions

Are you making a New Year’s resolution for a more healthy lifestyle? If so, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions often fail due to a lack of planning and support. Even when you make the conscious choice to live healthier by implementing simple steps, such as switching your food choices or being more active, these decisions can be tricky to maintain in the long term. In reality, most of us end up unknowingly self-sabotaging because we lack support. Here’s what to do about that and where to find the support you need this year:

Creating a support system:

Creating a support system is key to successfully turning your healthy resolutions into reality. No matter how much we plan and prepare, there will be times when we simply lack the motivation to make healthy choices. This is why having a support system is so important: It helps provide encouragement and accountability to keep us on track. Having a supportive group of friends, family members, or colleagues will give you a group to share in your success and push you to keep improving.

Picking the right insurance:

Having the right insurance coverage is an important part of any health plan. Whether you are trying to make healthy lifestyle changes or just need financial protection, having the right insurance can make a huge difference:

Medical Insurance: Medical insurance is a great way to get access to preventative care like physicals, screenings, and vaccinations. It can also provide financial protection for medical emergencies, helping to ensure that you receive the care you need without breaking the bank. As not all policies are made equal, you want to research the best option for you.

Life Insurance: Life insurance is a way to provide financial security for your loved ones in the event of your death. It can provide funds to pay off debts and provide financial support to those who depend on you. More importantly, it’s part of a long-term health plan involving your family. Unsure about the right policy for you? It’s worth reading about it, starting with these National Life Group reviews for guidance.

Seeking specialist support:

Why do everything alone when you can find guidance from experts?

Hiring a personal trainer will help you reach your health and fitness goals this year. Personal trainers offer personalized support and guidance to help keep you motivated and on track with your fitness journey. They provide custom advice and support and can also help you create a fitness program tailored to your individual needs and abilities.

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A nutritionist can also be a big help in achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even if you think you already know what a healthy diet looks like, seeing a nutritionist can provide insights on how to add variety and make sure you’re getting the proper nutrients for your specific needs.

Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions die out this January. Seize the opportunity to go further and give yourself a chance for success!

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Change Your Career Smoothly With These Steps

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Change Your Career Smoothly With These Steps

If you want to change careers, you need to invest time and money in yourself. Before you make a decision about an investment, you should learn as much as you can about it. Let’s look at some things you need to think about before making a career change:

Have A Look At Yourself Closely:

If you’ve decided to change careers, you should first take an honest look at yourself. Think about your skills, values, personality, and what you like to do. It’s smart to check out some online tools, like a career test. These will help you look at a list of jobs that you might be good at based on your answers. You could also talk to a career counselor or someone who works on personal development.

Create A List Of Potential Jobs And Research:

Now is the time to look over the list of jobs that have been created. The list may be long, so try to cut it down as much as you can. Make a list of jobs you’d like to learn more about. If you like what you see you can take the next steps like learning how to become a life insurance agent.

Explore Your Options:

For each job on your list, you should look at the job description, required education, career outlook, the chances of getting promoted, and the pay. Most of that information can be found online on sites like Indeed.

Set Goals:

You should already know what you want to do for a living. Before you take steps to find a job in the field you’ve chosen, you should think about what you want to achieve. There should be both short-term and long-term goals. If training is going to take you two years, you need to give yourself that much time to reach your goals. After doing this, you can put finding a job the field you want at the top of your list.

Training:

Most of the time, you need the training to change careers. You may have some skills that can be used in different situations, but if you want to work in a specialized and competitive field, it’s a good idea to look into courses that will help you reach your goals.

These steps should make it easier and smoother to start a new job. Make achievable goals and work hard to achieve them for your dream job!

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New Year, Same Us

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New Year, Same Us

Hello! One of my favorite things about being married other than annoying Johnny every day for the rest of our lives is the holidays. I am a huge fan of birthdays, holidays, and any occasion that calls for a family get together and being able to double the celebration time with Johnny’s family is such a treat! This past weekend, Johnny and I celebrated our third New Year together and we just had to show out in our best for the handful of people that saw us lol. Check it out:

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As you can see, “act more normal” was clearly not one of our New Year’s resolutions. In fact, we didn’t make any! However, we both have several projects and goals that we’d like to see come into fruition this year. I currently have a rough draft for a children’s book and I am meeting with a potential illustrator in a few weeks. I also would very much like to continue gaining clout with my social media presence and blog. While I am a word gal, Johnny is my music guy and he has plans for a new honky tonk band with two of our musician pals. So, no resolutions per se but lots of exciting things to work towards!

Let’s be real, the past few years have sucked eggs. Since 2020, I have gone into every new year thinking the best and then craziness broke out with the pandemic. This is the first time that I have felt, dare I say, hopeful for a new year ahead of us. It is also nice to kick start 2023 with the major goal of self publishing a book. I have never done anything like that before and I am ready to sink my teeth into a brand new challenge. I also have a very rough draft of a sequel written already and a majority of the writing I did was to the tune of Johnny’s guitar. It’s a match made in heaven. ❤

Maybe I feel a bit better about 2023 because nothing could be worse than the last few months of my 2022 lol. I can’t wait for Johnny and I to have success in these side hustle projects and have my fingers crossed that the curve balls will be kept to a minimum!

What is something that you are looking forward to this year? How did you celebrate the new year? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah