Day 3435 – What Does My Day Look Like?

A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same as I’ve transitioned into real estate investing as my main job. I have adjusted my wake up time. It’s rare that I actually get up at 5 anymore, 7 is the typical these days. That is attributed to staying up later to work on things, which I’m ok with. My morning tasks have been lessened since I’ve put a number of things on the back burner….for now.

My morning
I gradually get up, enjoy some coffee and jump into devotions.
My devotions include an Ask Pastor John or two, followed by a few chapters in the bible. I’m currently doing a one year plan and am almost done.
After that, depending on how Bret’s morning is going, we’ll have coffee and chat about things. It’s really nice having that time together in the morning, whether it’s a quick chat or a longer one.
Next, I’ll spend some time reading. I used to read non-fiction/business/personal growth type books, but right now I’m using the time to finish up a few of my reading challenges.
After that, I’ll post in my Facebook group and respond to any comments.
I’ll then write my post here.
Then I’ll go for a run (3 days a week).
I squeeze in the wash here.

My workday
On come the work notifications at this point. I’ve really enjoyed that mental “clocking in and clocking out” of work each day.
The bulk of what I do in my workday changes from day to day. If we’ve recently signed a contract, I’m running the deposit up to our title company, and that takes a big portion of my day.
If our postcards have hit within the last two weeks, most of my day is spent on the phone and managing the leads.
Or I could be working at a client’s place.

I like that my days vary but also have a system and pattern to them.

My evenings
I finish up most of my work by about 3 or 4. Sometimes Bret will come home at the end of this day, right about 4, then we chat about anything that may have come up or just random things.

The evenings are spent either doing things around the apartment like dishes, putting clothes away, etc. Or reading. Sometimes preparing contracts or other work tasks.

I do think I need to do some refining to my mornings and my evenings. What I love about making changes is that sometimes just a small change or investment can make a BIG difference. My most recent investment was buying a Spotify subscription. Initially, the purchase was to listen to a setlist for Thrice while driving to their show, since you can download a playlist.

I got the trial but then decided to keep the subscription. See, I am on Spotify pretty much from 7 am when I get on the computer to about 8 pm when I go to bed. I mainly listen to movie soundtracks, Hans Zimmer specifically, so when a commercial would come on, it would really throw off my groove. Ahhh, it has made my workday much more peaceful, I have to say.

My weekends are mostly about working on reports and different projects, so my routine is much less strict.

Do you have a routine in your workday?

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Day 3392 – The Power Of Words To Help Or To Harm

One thing I’ve been thinking about recently is the power of our words. Making a passing comment has the ability to build up or tear someone down, and you may not even realize the impact.

For someone struggling to not drink, hearing “Oh! Why aren’t you drinking? Are you pregnant?? Just one drink!” is a huge deal. When I first stopped drinking, it was SO uncomfortable when someone asked what I wanted to drink.

I’ve talked with folks about this and it’s a very real struggle. I’m practically begging you to NOT make a big deal about someone not drinking.

For someone who has struggled to read, hearing “You only read ONE book this year?!?” When they’ve struggled their whole life to read, getting through one book is an amazing accomplishment. I hope that I haven’t inadvertently done this through my blogging about my reading.

Just like I pass no judgment on someone who drinks, I don’t take lightly your reading habits. If you’ve finally finished that book, I am SO proud of you!

For someone struggling to get pregnant, hearing “When are you having kids? You’d make such a great parent! You’re not getting any younger!” Can be absolutely devastating. I’ve blogged a lot about not asking someone when they’re having kids, and how us not having kids has made me really sensitive to folks that ask these questions. You have no idea what is going on in someone’s life.

For someone struggling to find a workout plan that works for them, hearing “That’s all you did? You should do more. Why aren’t you doing XYZ?” Is a total blow and might make them want to completely give up. You may not know that they’ve been trying to find something for years, and they finally find one that works for them, that has allowed them to show up consistently and make progress.

I am constantly aware that my words have power. I take that very seriously and am considerate of that with each post. I am absolutely humbled when folks talk to me about reading my blog, and what they’ve taken away from it.

I have had folks reach out to me about drinking and I am SO thankful that I put myself out there about my struggle. I think it’s important for others to know that they’re not alone and that not all alcoholics look the same. Some of them look and act just like you and me.

So be careful with your words. Take a few minutes to respond. And think through how they could be taken.

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Day 3370 – You Never Know What’s Going On Behind The Scenes

As I scrolled through my On This Day (much later in the morning thanks to blocking Facebook on my phone), I noticed this post, How Is The New Reading Plan Going?, where I talked about doing a devotional plan with Bret.

I wrote this post a few days after I got sober. I said this “Up until this morning, we’ve only missed one evening!” What I didn’t say in that particular post is that the one evening, I got plastered. I was so drunk, we couldn’t read together.

There have been many times on my blog where I only share part of a story, there are times when I cannot share the full story for a myriad of reasons. It got me thinking that we need to be aware of this in our day to day lives. There are folks out there going through things you would never know.

Sometimes it’s good things like carrying a large check into the bank that will finally pay off the debt that has taken years to pay off. Sometimes it’s the death of someone, and their pain comes across as anger. Sometimes it’s a secret, long carried, and never or very rarely shared.

I don’t think we can every truly, 100% know someone. There are just too many layers and experiences and moments that cannot be shared. As you’re going through your day today, remember that you never know what’s going on behind the scenes of someone else’s life.

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Day 3244 – Schaffer Behind The Scenes – repost

Our internet is out today, so I’m reblogging this fun behind the scenes for y’all!

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Originally posted 5/29/15
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The first thing I want to say about this behind the scenes is how awesome the staff at Gramercy Mansion is! At the last minute, since the rain had stopped, they set up the outdoor ceremony site! What a great way to show the bride and groom that it truly IS their day!

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Here’s a look at how things go behind the scenes at a wedding….

We try to block out your kids in photographs…

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We try to sneak into group photographs…

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If you don’t let us in your pictures, we get mad…

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But don’t worry, we’ll follow you around to get in there somehow!

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Ha ha, we’ll just go where you aren’t!

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We get really sneaky…

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Keep your eye on the prize Bret! 😉

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Pssst, Bret, you can get in this one by fixing the dress!

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Ok, now get out of the way!

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Do you see a good spot for us to hide to sneak in??

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Oooo, I’ll “help” bustle the dress!

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Or at least hold the veil! Ha ha! I win!

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Day 3175 – Way Back Wednesday – Behind The Scenes: Murphy Wedding – repost

I had every intention of posting something else today (I thought I hit 500 books read on Goodreads and I logged in to get my profile link only to realize I was off by two books, doh!), and I got hit with a cold (again….come on Maryland with your crazy weather). So you’re getting something I posted five years ago today. We had such fun working as wedding photographers. It is an amazing part of our story as a couple and as business owners. There are aspects that I miss, like all the new people we got to meet and work with, the great food, and the behind the scenes photos. 🙂 Enjoy this little walk down memory lane.

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originally posted 3/21/15
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As I’ve been editing the Murphy wedding, I’ve found a few fun behind the scenes pictures.

So here is what you get when you hire us…

We’ll be focused…

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We’ll be smiling just as much as you…

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We’ll give you advice…

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We’ll laugh at your jokes…

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We’ll take nice ring shots…

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We’ll keep your parents company at dinner…

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We’ll Bret will show you his awesome dance moves…

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We’ll point out any obstacles when you throw the bouquet and garter…

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We’ll smile as much as your guests…

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And every so often, we’ll sneak loving peeks at each other… 🙂

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