Day 3136 – Having Goals And Meeting Them – or – James Joyce Celebration

One thing Bret and I have been doing is setting rewards for different successes. One of Bret’s was to go to James Joyce when he closed a deal. He has a wall of photos of things he’s working towards. Things like Disney World, trips, a new home, etc. A few weeks back, we were able to fulfill the goal of James Joyce! It is such a fun restaurant with delicious food. I’m going to print out the photo of us there so Bret can replace it on his wall as something he HAS done.

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Day 3130 – How To Find Joy When You’re In The Middle Of Your Story

I have to say, this week was just amazing. From spending hours learning lots of things, to realizing a TON of things about myself, to communicating with absolutely amazing people, it’s been a full week.

One thing that seemed to come up a few times was being in the middle of your story, whether it was conversations or seminars. It’s hard to be in what I’m calling “the middle of the story.” You know what I mean – the times when you can’t see the finish line, when it looks like there’s no way the bills will be paid, when it feels like you’ll be stuck at the job forever. But it also struck me that we are ALWAYS in the middle of our story. If you are alive, you are in the middle of your story, no matter what. So there should be some solace knowing there are still things to come.

Ok, so we know it’s the middle of the story. There is still more to come. But how do we find joy where we are? Here are a few ways I try to find joy.

I remember how far I’ve come. I’m a big believer in tracking your progress and having a record of what you’ve already done. I love looking up at my daily checklist and seeing my consistent showing up in a few areas. Some days it’s super small steps, but each day is a step. Facebook’s On This Day has been a huge source of remembering the past for me. I can see what I was talking about, complaining about, wishing about, etc. I can see pre-Bret Jennilyn looking for love, I can see pre-engagement Jennilyn wondering if she’d marry Bret, etc. Ha ha, I can also see pre-minimalist Jennilyn versus the minimalist Jennilyn of today.

I take time to celebrate the things I HAVE done. It can be so easy to wish for things we want to do. I want to visit all 50 states. I want to travel here. I want to buy this thing. But if I take a few minutes to remember the places I have been, the experiences I have already had, and things I have bought, I’m blown away by the sheer volume of them.

I try to stop, and enjoy where I am TODAY. Not tomorrow, not yesterday, but today. Whether it’s “I am having an AWESOME and productive day!” or “I am having a terrible day and I need a nap.” In both cases, I embrace what I’m experiencing, and celebrate my growth. My past self used to work way too hard and was way too hard on herself for not meeting unrealistic goals. My current self has gotten a lot better at self love and letting poor tired Jennilyn take a nap or take the day off.

I remember that every moment is a chance to start over, to change my perspective about something, to enjoy the fact that I may not see Mordor yet, but I’m on my way to the mountain and will get the one ring there.

How do you find joy in the middle of your story? Let me know in the comments below.

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Day 3129 – An Important Lesson – Rest

Today I am definitely recovering from a pretty full week. After watching all of the amazing speakers on The Sales That Don’t Suck Summit, my body is so done. From a crick in my back, to numb arms, to pains all over from spending way too much time in front of a computer. I have said multiple times to myself – “self, I’m going to give you a break this evening/weekend” but in practice, I keep working on the computer, I keep pushing the sore parts of my body.

So, how does my body respond? Well, with the beginnings of a migraine, and somewhat of a fuzzy head.

One thing that I have learned over the last few years is the importance of actually listening to your body and your gut. There are times when all you need is to listen to what your body is saying – if I’m cranky, maybe I just need a nap and/or a sandwich. If I have a bad feeling (i.e. a gut feeling) about a situation or a person or a business opportunity, maybe I don’t do it.

In an effort to listen to my body, I’m going to try and avoid my computer this weekend (beyond things I HAVE to do….ah how easy it is for the need to work to sneak back in!), I’m going to read, I’m going to sleep, I’m going to rest my poor muscles.

How are you resting this weekend?

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Day 3127 – Doing Things You Said You’d NEVER Do

How many times have you thought to yourself…
“I would never do that”
“You’ll never catch me doing XYZ”
“Can you believe they 123?”
“I would NEVER stop ABC!”

I definitely have a long list of things I said I would never do, that would never be true of me, that I would never do again. Thankfully, my story doesn’t stop there. I am SO glad that I am doing things or not doing things I would have thought I would always do.

– After a break up with a long distance boyfriend, I said I would NEVER do a long distance relationship again. Thankfully, I did have a long distance relationship (ha ha, and at one point it was multiple countries long distance).

– After different experiences, I said I would never date a military guy. Thankfully, again, that was not the case.

– I thought I could never quit drinking. While I attempted many times to do so, I finally did do that thing I never thought I would/could do.

– I’ve never really liked the MLM marketing systems. I HATE being sold to and not helped (can you tell I’m watching a summit on sales that don’t suck this week?) I hate being sold a product that I don’t need. Last year, I had a need for a good way to change the smell of a room. Through talking to a friend, I was helped by using essential oils. For YEARS I thought those “oil people” were crazy. Like, really, it’s just oil, come on now, calm down. But I got myself set up with a diffuser, and started diffusing lemon, peppermint, and lavender. It smelled great, but it wasn’t until I came upon allergy season and something happened that I was changed. Dudes, as soon as I felt my allergies kicking in, and thought, wait, I wasn’t feeling that earlier, I refilled the diffuser, and I realized that it was actually helping me! Now, this is NOT a buy oils from me statement. I have no desire to do that. But you better believe I’m encouraging people to try it out, no particular brand (though I am a doterra girl), just a “hey, this worked for me and it might work for you.” I’ve also come to believe in the “even if it doesn’t make sense, but it works for you, go for it!” school of thought.

– I never thought I would stop wedding photography, and yet, it was one of the better decisions I’ve made. And a really awesome ride. We met so many great couples and made so many friends along the way. There are days I miss THAT part. Ha ha, and the wedding industry is really really cool. But hey, it meant I could jump out of a plane and not worry about leaving my couples without a wedding photographer (seriously, I didn’t jump out of a plane until a few months after my last wedding).

I never thought I would change in a myriad of ways. But I’ve learned that constant change is the best thing that can happen to you.

What have you sworn you would never do, but did?

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Day 3122 – Actual Footage Of Us Working Together

Working with your spouse may sound like fun. Getting to hang out with your favorite person all the time, going on adventures together, etc. One thing we’ve been aware of recently is this idea that you shouldn’t compare your life to someone’s highlight reel. i.e. What people put online is rarely the full story. A beautiful photo may have taken 30 minutes to stage just right.

But, here at 365, we like to give you the truth about things. Some things about working together are freakin’ amazing and some things are really hard. Today, we spent some time discussing our real estate business, who will do what, and how we can grow. There were a few times it was a little super stressful, and really not fun. For example, Bret recently posted that he closed his third deal. But he didn’t share how many hours he put in, how many mistakes were made, how many decisions he had to make without knowing how it would end up, how many nos he heard, etc.

We figured we’d give you a recreation of our discussion today!

Editor’s note – Bret was not stressed at all, Jen was. You never know the full story.

While it can be frustrating, and we don’t have it all figured out in our marriage or business, it’s really cool that we’re figuring it out together.

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