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Dec 14, 2016

All In A Day’s Work – Almost

Last night’s conversation with myself – really it was early this morning.  Go to sleep Rhonda. You’ve got to make your fabulous Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing for the Salad Luncheon in the morning. And don’t forget, you gotta deliver the soap order to Whole Foods. And make the soy candles, and sew the “Joy” placemats and aprons. Oh yeah, write the blog posts, set up Shopify too. Where are my elves?

Fact is there are no elves at my house.  Or maybe they’re just as tired as I am and have beat me to bed.  I used to be able to stay up all night getting various projects done.  I don’t do that very much these days.  For one – I simply can’t.  Usually when it’s time for me to go to sleep, my internal body clock demands that I do.  Second, I’ve come to know how important sleep is to our overall health.  Third, I know that I do my best work in the morning after I’ve had proper, quality sleep. With the above list in my head – I went to sleep.

Here’s my day in pictures and a bit of commentary in between on how I approach making a project list, setting priorities, getting it done and moving on to the next day.

Spinach Salad and Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

All the ladies at the Salad Luncheon expect my Spinach Salad and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing every year.  It and the festive red bowl is a tradition.  Here’s the recipe for the dressing.   Two items done!

Candles have a special place in my home and I’ve come to find that I really, really, really like the soy ones better.  I decided earlier this year to make some in small batches for myself and a few select markets.  These are called “Joy” and are a result of suggestions from my online community as well as family and friends who responded to the question:  What does JOY smell like?

Hand-poured essential oil soy candles.

My interpretation of “Joy” is an uplifting, cheerful and spicy blend of orange, grapefruit, cinnamon and clove essential oils.  They are curing now and will be on my website on Thursday.  I think you’ll love them as much as I do.  What a great hostess, friend, exchange or gift to self this would make.  Another item completed!

Joy Placemat.

I remade store bought tea towels into lovely reversible placemats.  When I saw the word “Joy”, I knew I had to make it into something to go along with my word of the month.  They’re reversible to the bold red and black block print that I now know is called, “Buffalo Print”, “Buffalo Plaid” or “Buffalo Check.”  Four made, four more to go.  And if all goes well, I’ll still have time to make an apron later this week.  Another project 1/2 completed!

I attended an online “Shopify” class on how to set up an new eCommerce store.  The class is being taught by my friend Shalena Diva Broadster.  Check her out her and tell her Rhonda sent you.   This is an ongoing learning project and I’m happy to be getting it done.  One more project checked off.

Working down my list of things I wanted to do today.  I wrote two blog posts today.  This one you’re reading (yeah) and the one I sent out at 6:15 a.m. this morning to my college alumni chapter regarding our upcoming Holiday Party (yeah, yeah).  Another project completed!

So, what didn’t I get done?  I didn’t deliver the soap to Whole Foods Market.  I didn’t get the apron made.  How did I decide to let these items “slip” to another day?  First, I asked myself, “What are the real priorities for today?  What must be done?  What’s on a deadline?”  The soaps are due to the store on the 15th.  I still have time to get them there.  The apron(s) I can make later this week.  I lightened my load and completed the most important tasks, moved what could be moved and still had a very enjoyable day.  And in the end, that’s my goal – get stuff done, connect with people and Live Life Marvelously – and get some sleep along the way.

It’s now almost exactly 24 hours since I posted my to do list on Facebook.  Time to go to sleep.  I hope you’ve had a productive past 24 hours also.  I”ll start off with a new list tomorrow – including the two carry-over items.  Don’t stress out too much about what you didn’t get done.  Focus on the important stuff first.  Move somethings around.  Ask yourself what’s really important.  Get that done first – the rest can wait – until it can’t!

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  • Cathy Foxworth

    Great job on getting your top priorities completed. Somehow, I really do believe that you might have been given more hours in the day than the rest of us. It’s 1:30am and I’m finally on my way to go to bed after working on just ONE project all day! Thanks for always sharing your marvelous self!

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