REBLOG: Searching for Happiness – The Value of Suffering

reblogPart of my weekends are dedicated to catching up on my reading and networking with other bloggers. I was intrigued when I found a post on ScaleItSimple – a blog that focuses on Positive Vibes, Lifestyle, and Travel. Please take a moment and check out her post: Searching for Happiness – The Value of Suffering.

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It’s Meet & Greet Weekend!

Head over to the Meet and Greet at Dream Big, Dream Often! Meet some new bloggers and find some fun stories to follow! Happy Saturday!

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Mondays Are for Motivation (and coffee)!

There’s tons of negativity associated with Monday, specifically a Monday morning. I get it – you just had a great weekend and chances are you’d rather be at home than heading into a new week at work, I’ve been there. But Mondays can be about so much more! Monday morning is the jumpstart of your week, giving you an opportunity to set yourself up for success. Mondays are for Motivation (and coffee)!

I hope you take the time this morning to plan out your week ahead, write down things you’re grateful for, and identify what you’re excited about. I guarantee by doing those things you’ll feel a little more pumped to attack this week ahead! You got this!

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Don’t forget to share your attitude of gratitude and excitement with me on any of my social media platforms or via e-mail! I’d love to support you as you go through your week!

 

Now Presenting: The Four Time Blogger Award Winner…

cropped-no-2-guide.pngI have hesitated to call myself a “blogger” for quite a while, I felt like it wasn’t a real thing and so I didn’t talk about it in my “real life”. It was something that I did on the side, for myself, and knew that even though I dreamt of it turning into more, that it probably wouldn’t, because who gets to live out their dreams?

I kept myself in a little bubble, not really engaging with others unless I really felt confident that we had connected already and that it wouldn’t seem strange for me to be there and reading the, sometimes personal, happenings of their lives. People with thousands of followers, making a living from what started off as a personal blog.  I was just a hobby blogger, with my 100 followers. No big deal.

And then my holiday break happened. It was 10 days for me to put my “real life” job behind me, and focus solely on writing and engaging with other bloggers. The difference in readership, relationships, and the community that has been building is palpable. I have found that my “real life” job is no longer the one that I think about at night when I can’t sleep, when I’m looking around on Pinterest it’s not about progressing that work, it’s about writing, engaging, and building a community. Blogging became a little more real.

I may never be the rich and famous blogger turned entrepreneur with perfectly designed images, dreamy workspaces, blogging full time – but I definitely think I am comfortable calling myself a blogger.

Part of the growth in my blogging community has been to look for new writers to follow and engage with. I have been on the hunt for others that I can relate to, and that can tell a compelling story. I’ve shared their stories, connected with them on social media, and commented on their posts. You wouldn’t believe the amazing talent and is out there, across the world. I aim to give them all the opportunity to share their contact information, and build relationships across the blogosphere.

In the last week, four of these amazing people nominated me for three separate blogger awards: The Blogger Recognition Award, The Versatile Blogger Award and The Mystery Blogger Award. I couldn’t believe it as the notifications started rolling in. These awards were created by bloggers, for bloggers, to help spread the word, expand reach, and showcase blogs you enjoy reading. I am so honored to have been nominated for each of these awards.

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In an attempt to streamline the continuation process, I am going to combine the three awards into this single post. Nominees are welcome to select the particular award they are most interested in displaying and participating in.

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Thank you to Mrs. Mulvihill & Jasmine for nominating me for THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD! I enjoy reading both of your blogs and am honored that you thought that The Corner Office was a place you enjoyed spending time in, and wanted to share.

The Guidelines for this award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

To give you the story of how The Corner Office started, I’m going to point you toward my About Me page: What’s This All About?” – it gives a brief explanation of the transition I have gone through, and what my mission behind TCO has transformed into. Community baby, community!

My advice for new bloggers: engaged with others, and be true to yourself. If you’re trying to be someone you’re not it shows – and you’ll end up exhausted and frustrated. Find other blogs you enjoy, follow them, comment on them, share them. It makes you seem like a real person – which you are! – and makes you approachable. I promise it will increase your readership. (As long as you’re not a jerk!)

mysteryawardThank you, Tina, for nominating me for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD! This award is for “amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they did it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma, the award creator!

The Guidelines for this Award are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me: 

[ONE] I tried yoga for the first time last week – I loved it!

[TWO] I am currently drinking my favorite coffee (Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll KCup) in a new mug!

[THREE] I have worn some version of pajamas for the last three days.

Questions from Tina – I will use these as my questions as well:

[ONE] Why did you start your blog? See response in award above.

[TWO] Do you feel young at heart or your age? I actually feel older than my age, I always have. I tend to more introverted, and in my 20s and 30s, that has not been in line with the rest of my generation.

[THREE] What kind of vehicle do you drive? A Ford Escape. My second one, I love it.

[FOUR] What is your favorite television program? Oh my, picking just one will be impossible. The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, New Girl, Parenthood, Friends, The Office – BAH! I could keep going!

[FIVE] What’s the last movie you watched? We watched both We Are Your Friends and The Accountant yesterday – I enjoyed both of them!

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Thank you, Jen, for nominating me for THE VERSATILE BLOG AWARD!

Guidelines for this award are:

  1. Display Award
  2. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you & provide a link to their blog
  3. Write 7 things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven Things About Me:

[ONE] I’m going to cheat and use the three above 🙂

[TWO] I regularly dream of being back in my northern Michigan family cottage, it was my happy place.

[THREE] I have a LulaRoe addiction, I wish it was acceptable to walk around in leggings all day.

[FOUR] Speaking of addictions, I am also a notebook and journal collector, I have so many adorable notebooks that I can’t bear to open and write in. I have this expectation that I use them for something grand…but instead they just decorate my office.

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Onto my nominees – select whichever award you would like. I selected you because I do enjoy reading your stories, and have related to something you’ve written. You’re putting yourself out there, and I love it! Pick your award and display it proudly!

Making Time for Me

Not The Average Mama

Flying Through Water

Thoughts from Jasmine

The World of Suzy Homemaker

Suzie Speaks

Crazy Love Parents

Lists & Links

lists-linksA week back into the real world left me with tons of things I wanted to share with you! There were so many times I wanted to drop everything and start typing out a blog post, or posting on Instagram! I didn’t, because, well, I need my job. But I’ve kept a list – JUST FOR YOU! Here’s this week’s Lists & Links!

One of the standard things on my Christmas list (yes, my mom still makes me write out a Christmas list!) is Target gift cards. It’s a store that I frequent and can easily spend hundreds of dollars in so having that little cushion to go and spend specifically for myself helps fill that need to SHOP. This year I walked away with a Kleen Kanteen and Blue Sky Daily Planner. So far I am loving them both!

Going back to work this week was a bittersweet thing. I was excited to come back with a fresh perspective and set some goals, but I also was missing my productive (and cozy) life as a blogger from the holiday break. At our weekly Jumpstart meeting, I walked them through a goal setting process. At the end I asked them to make the last goal about them as a team and they decided to focus on collaboration, communication, and support of each other. I was so pleasantly surprised! I am proud of them for all being open, honest, transparent, and supportive people – they are going to do so well together this year!

I’m not sure about you, but I am officially a Pinterest addict! A friend introduced it to me years ago and I have been using it daily ever sense. Over break, I finally finalized my Pinterest account for The Corner Office! It was so much fun to put together some boards specifically for this community and has been an unexpected source of inspiration as I’ve been thinking of moving forward with TCO.

With Justin’s transplant just a couple of weeks away I am working on simplifying my work life – delegating things I can, and streamlining our workflow so that I will be able to successfully work remotely almost daily. Weekly team meeting agendas – out the window! When I asked my team if they felt their weekly motivational e-mail was something they wanted to see continue, they all said very positive things, even that it sets the tone for their week! So I kept it on my to-do list and sent one later that afternoon. It was very nice to hear that something I came up with years ago, and have been spending hours on every week is worth my time and effort. Maybe I’ll even start writing them for you ::hint, hint::

I have this amazingly eccentric and mature part time staff member that works in my program. She is young, accomplished, hilarious, and just an amazing person to be around. For Christmas I bought her the journal Start Where You Are – I just had the opportunity to give it to her this week and she was so excited to spend some time thinking about her life and setting her self up for a good final year in her undergraduate program.

What are some of your favorite things from this week? Share your lists & links!

Turning Reflection into Everyday Goals

Shortly after I posted my last Five Stages of Reflection Series, I finished my work in the PowerSheets, identifying goals and a word for the year of 2017. I am not one to keep make new year resolutions, so I was still skeptical when thinking so broadly about the next 365 days. It’s easy to be motivated when you’re on a break from work and have the time to be thoughtful, intentional, and take care of yourself. Resolutions fall a part in the day to day of our lives. When the real world comes rolling in, it’s hard to maintain the energy that we once had on January 1st. But I pressed forward, determined to give my full effort to completing the PowerSheets.

As I went through my reflective notes and thought about the potential for the year ahead, I started to see pieces fall into place. The difference was, the pieces weren’t traditional goals about accomplishments and big ideas. My goals were about simplicity, my relationships with others, and finding happiness in everyday life. CONTENTMENT. I had spent so much time in 2016 feeling miserable and depressed that all I wanted out of my life was positive energy.

Once I started making all of the pieces fit, it became clear that I had found the path to my intentional year. Without hesitation, I selected my word of the year: CONTENT. Once I was committed to the word and the outlook for 2017, I started spreading the word on social media with both my personal community and my blogging community. The response was amazing. And, it turns out: I’m not the only one looking for contentment.

hygge-3In my efforts to share my new-found mission, another blogger commented on something I had posted: “Hygge! I’ve only discovered it recently.” – At first I thought she had misspelled hooray, maybe she commented on the wrong thread, or her phone autocorrected the word pineapple or something. When I took “hygge” to the Google machine I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is actually a Danish word for finding contentment in everyday life. Amazing! Inspiration all the way from across the pond!

 

Determined to break CONTENTMENT (or HYGGE) down into tangible goals and tasks for the year, I started in on the details of what that looks like in the real world – in the thick of life. I broke down my goals into eight categories: Relationships, TCO Blog, Marriage, Faith, Self-Care, Health, Simplify, and Project: Transplant.The beauty of the PowerSheets? It took me through the same process that I would take my team through to develop goals, and I was none-the-wiser during the along the way. Bamboozled by the ease the process, I didn’t even realize this was the intention since the beginning. I’ve created meaningful, important, and attainable goals that have the ability to create lasting impact in my life. I’m not hustling hard for some crazy big goal; I’m just simply trying to live the most fulfilling life as myself. The epitome of Doing Me.

In an effort to maintain some accountability and to be completely transparent, I thought I would share January tending list with you!

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Each month your tending list is broken down into Monthly, Weekly, and Daily goals to help you make progress (not perfection) toward your overall mission. January is bound to be a personally challenging month for my family as we get closer to Justin’s transplant so I decided to keep it simple for the month – focusing on slow progress to get me in the habit of thinking about these things.

I’ve made some progress already on my daily goals, but much to my trying have yet to hit 5,000 steps a day. I live a relatively sedentary life, and even with incorporating intentional exercise I am still coming up short. While I am disappointed that I haven’t hit that daily goal yet, it was really eye-opening to see just how little I move throughout the day. My FitBit and I are going to be become BFFs over the next few weeks! Slow and steady – that’s how we’re going to win this race!

Goal setting is no stranger to early January, and whether you’re a resolution setter or not I want to hear about what your intentions are this year! Are you a goal setter? If not, why not? What is your vision for what 2017 will look like for you? Whether you are a repetitive goal setter or a new year pessimist I hope that your year brings you everything you need!