Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stick With The Plan

  My husband and I have created a "life plan".  Part of this plan includes me leaving my current position to work part-time for a different company.  Part of our reason for deciding this was because we had found that we were no longer loving the work that we do, but working in order to live.  Many of my friends are asking "why I would want to do a thing like that?"  They want to know don't I like to acquire new and nice things?  Don't we want to be able to enjoy life and take vacations?

  I was second guessing our plan until I read a recent article on the internet.  The article is based around a paper   created by The New Economics Foundation(NEF).  The paper states that advanced countries, such as the US should transition to a 21 hour work week.  They state that we need to reset social and political norms.  It also talks about how so many of us who are caught in the 40 plus hour work week are stick in the controlling wheel of living to work, and working to earn, and earning to consume.  We are so caught up in acquiring things that don't matter or don't define who we are, that we loose sight of what matters most;  Our families, friends, health and enjoyment of life.  When was the last time that many of us were able to really sit down with our families and enjoy a meal, while engaging in conversation; be it thought provoking or trivial?

  Earlier this week I had read another article, about a German woman who had gotten rid of everything she owned, except for the essentials, and began living through the bartering system. She bartered for a place to sleep, food and whatever she needed.   Her kids thought she was crazy, but she insists that her life has been so much better. I'm not talking about going to this extreme, but we need to examine our lives and see what things are in it that are sucking the life out of us!!

My husband is telling me every week "Stick to the Plan."  I can now truly and honestly say that I am sold and committed to "THE PLAN."

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Well as we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012, I think of Frosty The Snowman and his words when he was brought to life"Happy New Year!!"

While many are happy to see 2011 gone,  I think about all the wonderful things that occurred in my life in 2011.  I was reunited with the love of my life, and we experienced a heart warming wedding in Vegas!!  Vegas has now become one of my most favorite places in the US.  The year 2011 was also when I received my epiphany; that if I wanted to experience true happiness and fulfillment from my life, I would have to make some major changes.  One of those changes include leaving my current job.  I have realized that I can never live up to my full potential nor obtain the most out of life until I stop advancing someone else's dream that is causing mine to  deteriorate.

This new year will be one of excitement, wonderment, and uncertainty.  I will be releasing my first book Hand to Hold this month.  The release date set is January 15th.  I hope that all of you will check it out.  It is one that will pull on a lot of peoples heartstrings.  I anticipate releasing at least one other book this year as well.