Our Need To Want More

Do you ever go to the store for something and come home with more than you set out to get?

Are you the type of person who cannot go shopping without coming home with way more than you need?

Why do we tend to have this need to want things that we don’t really want?

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Why do some people just go out for one item and come home with one item? My husband is just like that.  He goes to the shop for milk, coffee and the paper and comes back with milk, coffee and the paper.  I go to the shop for milk, coffee and the paper and I come back with milk, coffee, the paper, bread, chocolate, croissants, juice, apples….  you get the idea.

So I’ve decided I’m now only going to buy what I set out to buy and see how I get on.  Get only what’s on the list!  No extras!  I’m going to see what different it makes to my day/week (if any) and in about a month or so I’ll let you know what I’ve discovered.

In the meantime if you have any words of wisdom or scientific findings on why some people do and some people don’t then please share in the comments below.

Happy shopping!  🙂

Wohoo! I’ve Done It!

10 consecutive days of blogging! What an achievement!

It wasn’t easy at times but it is hugely rewarding to get to this point and complete the challenge.  I realised I actually loved writing these posts even though I’ll probably read them in a few years and cringe a little at how they sound.  But it was never meant to be perfect.

Imperfect action and adventure are the main stand out themes for me from this challenge.  They helped create a change in attitude and perception that allowed me to just let go – let go of what people might think and allow my posts to be ‘good enough’ rather than perfect.  Letting go of the need to have the perfect post meant that I stuck with the challenge which is why I’m here now writing this blog today.

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My favourite post has to be the day 9 post – Work Where You Live and for two reasons:  it was easy to write and it was inspiring to dream and write about how life can and should be.

So where to next?

Well now that I’ve got a taste for it, I’m definitely going to keep this blogging thing going.  I’m going to continue the momentum and post a daily blog for the rest of the month and see where that takes me.  Then at the end of the month I’ll re-evaluate and plan the next steps forward.

As I said in the day 7 post “I just might end up a full time blogger”  Yah!

Happy blogging everyone!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10

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Work Where You Live

This is the dream goal for me – to be able to work from anywhere in the world without the need for a fixed office space.  Essentially I’m generating enough income to allow me the freedom to travel as and when I wish.

I just need a laptop, a good internet connect and a thriving business and I’m there!  Once I’ve got this setup and running efficiently then the location is whatever takes my fancy.  I can’t wait!!

beach2My ideal location would be somewhere within walking distance to a sandy beach with plenty of sunshine and warm blue waters.  Somewhere that is secluded but not too far from amenities such as good restaurants and cafes; wandering streets with little curiosity shops and country markets selling fresh local produce.  My house would have a veranda overlooking the beach and at night I would drift off to sleep while listening to the sound of the waves on the beach.  I’m thinking Lazy Lagoon, just not as hot at night.

I would start the day with my yoga practice, have breakfast and then take the morning to explore the area around me.  Perhaps pick up some lunch from the local market or bakery and then spend the hottest part of the day working for about 2/3 hours.  The afternoon would be spent on the beach, going for a swim and reading.  Then in the evening I enjoy a sundowner with family and friends as we share good food and watch the sun set.  Bliss!

Next day – repeat.  My perfect balance of work and adventure. 🙂

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9

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Live, Love, Laugh!

Today I decided to have some fun!  Do something that I’ve been meaning to do but for various reasons but just haven’t gotten around to making it happen.

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A while ago I bought some vegetable seeds to plant in the garden but despite all my good intentions it didn’t happen.  So today I though, lets get out and just do it!  And so it began.  The ground was dug up and the seeds were planted and for something that didn’t actually take that long to do, it was surprisingly rewarding.  I have limited gardening experience so this was more like an adventure for the kids and I and a bit hit and miss at times but we gave it our best shot.

It would seem I’m a bit late in planting some of the seeds but I’m hopeful for some mild weather and that in a few weeks time I get to see some lovely shoots burst though the soil and begin to grow.

What I learned from today is that getting out and about in nature is definitely worth the effort. Sometimes it’s difficult to get that time.  Today was a very busy morning with the kids off to various activities.  If it were not for the blog challenge I am fairly sure I wouldn’t have planted any seeds at all.  But I did and boy am I glad!

Today also made me realise how important it is to make sure that each day I incorporate some sort of outdoor activity into my routine.  And that’s exactly what I plan on doing – fit in at least 20 minutes of outdoor activity into each day and get the kids involved too.   Whether it’s going for a walk, playing football with the kids or planting seeds it’s well worth the effort.  I thoroughly recommend it!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8

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Good Enough Is The New Perfect

Yesterday’s blog post was a tough one due to a very hectic day.  It got out there, but only just!  I’m soooo glad today’s topic is about imperfect action because it makes me feel a whole lot better about yesterday.  If I didn’t decide to go with imperfect action yesterday then there wouldn’t have been a Day 6 post.

procrastI like things to be perfect and I’ve learned over the past few months that can so easily lead to achieving nothing.  It’s difficult to just let it go because it’s good enough rather than wasting way too much time trying to get it absolutely perfect.  It’s getting easier to do but I’m still wary of it!  And here’s the thing….  It might never be perfect.  Then there’s the scenario where I think I can’t do x or y because the timing isn’t right – it’s just not the perfect time.  I procrastinate. Here’s the other thing I’ve learned…. there is no right or perfect time.  Just get started!

So I’ve decided to up my game a bit and give this imperfect action thing a real go.  I’m enjoying the blogs and the challenge (not withstanding the imperfect action) and have decided my challenge, should I choose to accept it, is to continue writing and posting daily blog posts until the end of this month and see where it takes me.  Who knows I might end up a full time blogger!

Wishing you all a Happy Friday and Happy Blogging!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7

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Ask for Help!

Mentors, coaches, your tribe, accountability partners, peeps.  What are they?  Basically any individual or group that can help you in your business quest by providing support and advice.

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I have a few mentors and here are two that I particularly like.

Seth Godin

What I love his blogs and emails.  There are brief and to the point but very insightful.  They provoke though and give me inspiration.  I also like them because they are simple in their design.  Less is definitely more.  Brevity is the key. I like that.  We need that in todays world.

Mark Shaefer

Mark has great wit and insight.  He is a great story teller and again I think he sees through all the crap in the world of business and gets straight to the nub of the issue.  I also like that he ask questions.  His writing gets people to think about current trends and how people view the world of business and marketing.

In both mentors I love their creativity in thinking and ability to think outside the box, not to accept the status quo and just follow the crowd.  I would hope that some day I could be a an insightful a though leader just like them.

My questions 

This is a difficult one.  What would I ask?  I had to think abound this for a while.  It’s a daunting thing to meet people you admire and look up to.  So in the end I decided on this one topic for discussion:  what would you say if you were asked to write about how you would envisage the world in 50 years time.  How would the world of business look?  How would we behave in society? And lets hope they answer!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6

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