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Preparing for a Challenging Week or so

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I truly am starting this year off in a completely different head space then I have ever been, or at least in the last 16ish years. I am working very hard to be very deliberate in my actions and plans and more importantly to STICK to them.

In the past, a week like the one coming up would send me into a tailspin…which would end up with lots of eating out, maybe some emotion induced spending and an unproductive day or two recovering. But not anymore…

What is Happening

  • My mom will arrive in town without a caretaker. My mom has Parkinson’s and definitely a touch of dementia, previously diagnosed as Lewy Body Dementia. While the Parkinson meds have definitely helped physically, she still needs a caretaker or supervisor most of the time. She will be staying at my grandmothers, and is not open to the idea of moving to my house.
  • My grandmother will undergo surgery to remove the cancer in her mouth. While I have been relieved of hospital duty this time (I stayed with her when she had her pacemaker put in earlier this year,) I will be the primary caretaker when she returns home. We believe she will also have a home healthcare provider for at least a short period of time so that will definitely help.
  • Same old routine with Princess back in school for the holidays…driving to and from school every day.
  • Same old routine with work, working 60ish hours a week these days. While I certainly have some flexibility with when and where I work, I can’t really take time off, I am working on launching some pretty big products over the next month or so for various clients.

Getting Prepared for 2 Patients

I am planning now. I am working on freezing some meals. Getting all the normal things I do for my Grandmother done in advance…groceries for my mom, undergarments and bed protection supplies and trying to look at the house from the perspective of “I just had surgery” to see what if any changes we need to make.

I will essentially have two patients to care for once my Grandmother is released from the hospital. And I’m not sure how long my mom will stay. (A week is normally her max, but I understand why she wants to be here while her mom is fighting cancer.)

I imagine if it goes on for too long, my dad will come to help with my mom or help convince her its time to go home. But I certainly respect and support his need for a break!!

Microwave to the Rescue

One thing that is going to help tremendously with this on my home front is that for Christmas, I bought a microwave as the family present. (We haven’t had a microwave in 5-6 years now.) It was $64 and on a smaller side since we don’t have a great deal of counter space. The kids love it!

As a result, I have added some frozen meals to the grocery order this week, those $1 Michelina’s meals, so the kids can feed themselves in a crunch without having to really cook or go out. Score!

I feel like I’m as prepared as I can be. And committed to not spiraling from the stress and overwhelm this type of situation can bring on.

There is Nothing More Motivating

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There is nothing more motivating then being told you have done a good job. As I have looked back at how much my business and resulting income have grown this year, it’s because I have done a good job for my clients.

I’ve shown up every day. I’ve done what I said I was going to do. And I’ve done it well.

As a result, many have hired me for additional projects or referred new clients to me. I am so grateful for that! And it has made a huge difference for me, my finances and my family.

Continuing My Efforts

For this year, I am committed to keeping up this growth and expanding my marketing efforts. But I’m also committed to helping others get to a place like this, where they are satisfied and thriving. For the holidays, I gave away strategy sessions. My soul purpose was to give back. To give others the same “hand up” as others have given me.

It was amazing. I had the privilege of deep diving into virtual strangers’ lives and businesses. There is something about the anonymity of the internet and a phone call that helps people be more honest, more open about their goals, their struggles, I think.

I didn’t do a sales pitch. I didn’t add them to my mailing list. I just simply listened and shared some tips based on my experience. And I’ve already gotten messages from people sharing just how much our 1 hour or less conversation meant to them and how it altered their way of thinking about their business and their personals goals for it.

What’s your point, Hope?

I know that’s what you are saying. So here it is…it’s been rough here on the BAD blog for me. I know you know that. I have definitely grown thicker skin. I’m hard headed and don’t always listen…sometimes for a long time and sometimes not at all. But the fact of the matter, that the strangers on the BAD comments have been so helpful to me. So thank you for sharing your expertise, your life experience with me. Every week, day in and day out.

I may REALLY SUCK at personal finance and getting out of debt and making too many guilt ridden, emotional financial decisions…but I am working on it. And my eyes are wide open.

But I am REALLY GOOD at what I do. I am an excellent business strategist, I know tons and tons about business technology and integrations, I have worked for years with clients to market their products and grow a warm target audience. There is virtually no industry I have not consulted with over the last almost 12 years in business.

So I wanted to offer something back to you…and please don’t bash this. If it’s not something you would find useful, that’s okay. But if you are an entrepreneur or a mompreneur or a want to be side hustler, I would like to offer you a free strategy session. No obligation, no sale. Just a virtual coffee date…maybe you will learn something, maybe you won’t. But it’s on the table, click below if you would like to set up a time to chat…