Day 3404 – How One Decision Can Change Your Life Forever

I’m currently reading I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel, and I have to say, it is a delightful read for any reader. I’ve always loved what Anne has to say on Modern Mrs. Darcy, from her book recommendations to organizational tips. This morning, I read about how one decision changed her life.

It got me thinking about the decisions I’ve made that have changed my life in big ways and small ways.

If I hadn’t gone on what I thought was a blind date (what it was is really a really long story), I wouldn’t have met Bret.

If I hadn’t been moved by someone else’s testimony, I never would have shared publicly about my alcoholism.

If I hadn’t shared about my alcoholism, others wouldn’t have felt led to share their struggles…with me or those important to them.

If I had said yes to something, and no to something else, I wouldn’t have gotten sober when I did, which is something I truly wouldn’t trade for the world.

If I hadn’t decided to help Bret with his business, it wouldn’t have become our business, and I wouldn’t have been able to help as much as I am now.

I have made big decisions, small decisions, life-changing decisions, but the thing is, you won’t always know that a decision will change your life until years later. This brings me back to my advice to have a record of things. Whether a journal or a blog that you share with almost 2000 people.

Also, take time to look back and see how you got to be where you are.

And, as always, enjoy the journey.

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Day 3380 – Reflections On Getting Arrested In 2006 – repost

Originally posted on 9/16/16

Ten years ago at 1:59 a.m., I had a number of thoughts:
– I was so excited about my new job! It was my first “real” job. A 9-5 where I had to wear business casual and not a uniform.
– I really enjoyed working at Target.
– I should not be driving right now.
– I texted someone and said as much.

Ten years ago at 2:00 a.m., when I was pulled over, I had a number of thoughts:
– I shouldn’t have been driving.
– I shouldn’t have been texting.
– I should be ok, I didn’t have that much to drink.

Ten years ago around 4:00 a.m., after being officially arrested, I had a number of thoughts:
– I can’t believe this is happening.
– I can’t believe I blew a .13.
– I can’t believe I talked to the cop on the way back from the official breathalyzer test about thinking God wanted me to talk to him. How embarrassing.
– I can’t believe the cops at the station said I took a good mug shot.

Today, ten years after being arrest, I have a number of thoughts:
– I can’t believe I didn’t think I had a problem back then. I found a short survey I took for my court mandated substance abuse classes. I scored an 11 out of 24. 9 or more meant probable alcoholism.
– I am SO thankful that God graciously helped me quit drinking cold turkey.
– I am so thankful I was pulled over that day. If I thought I was ok driving that day….I shudder to think what could have happened on the days prior that I knew I wasn’t ok to drive.
– I am thankful for those who stood by me through the last 10 years.
– I never thought I would put this out there publicly! I remember being SO scared about people finding out.
– I am thankful for work that doesn’t require me to check off a box – “have you been arrested” etc.
– I am thankful that I can now be a designated driver and not be mad about it.
– I am most thankful that alcohol doesn’t hold any power over me anymore. I always thought I wanted one of those stories….you know the kind…..drug addict, alcoholic, etc sees the errors of their ways and comes to Jesus and is completely saved from their vices. I always thought, well, my story isn’t that exciting….I grew up in a Christian home, gave my life to Christ very early and have clung to my faith ever since. I now know that is one of THE best testimonies. But, now I have both testimonies. 🙂

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Day 3104 – Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

“Mindset” is such a buzz word, it can be easy for it to lose its meaning from overuse. But changing our mindset in different areas has truly changed our lives the past few years. We’ve had some major shifts in how we view our money over the last year, as well as how we spend our money and think about saving for things. I’m in the process of creating a budget for an EPIC trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. I want to include EVERYTHING we want to do and not come at it with a “how can we do this cheaply” mindset. I’m trying to take my own advice from My road trip book (Note this is an affiliate link – so I’ll get a small percentage if you purchase) and I’m planning a big trip so I know what it would actually cost. Instead of thinking it’s a “pie in the sky” trip, I’ll know, we need XXX to make this trip, what do we need to do to get there?

I had a seemingly “small” mindset shift from reading a book about consistently showing up, every day. Before I was just overwhelmed with everything I needed and wanted to do, but once it clicked that it’s ok to take even super small steps (one page read, one blog post edited, one small workout) because they add up to huge things over time. Instead of feeling “I’ll NEVER get all this done” I now think, “ok, I may still have a long way to go, but I’m making my way there.”

Also changing from a “We can’t afford this” mindset to “HOW can we afford this?” has been a huge shift.

I’ve even changed my mindset about my online presence. I thought I had to get my other websites up to date and regularly updating them to be successful. But it hit me – THIS blog is my home in this digital world. THIS is where I have set up shop. Even though my name isn’t in the web address, this is where people are finding me. And instead of trying to figure out what everyone wants me to write, I’ve embraced writing what I want and what I’m experiencing. (Thank you to Tribe of Mentors for this particular shift). And I’ve already noticed a change. From more views to more subscribers to feeling truly proud about each post. Sure, they’re taking a lot longer to write and that takes time from other projects, but I feel good about it.

I think the best advice on this whole “mindset thing” is that it’s ok to change your mind about things. It’s ok to think one way and then another and then go back to what you originally thought. Growth, honesty, and a willingness to fail is what we’re after here.

Have you had a recent mindset shift? Was there one big event that change your mind about things or was it little things along the way? Let me know in the comments below.

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Day 3060 – My Life Has Changed A Lot In The Last 13 Years – or – 13 Years Ago, I Photographed My First Wedding

I was scrolling through my On This Day on Facebook, and it reminded me that today was my wedding photography anniversary. It’s funny, just yesterday, Bret and I were talking about how much our lives have changed since we got married. We were chatting about his real estate investing business, and my virtual office management business, as well as what I’d just read in Tools Of The Titans. Basically, Tim Ferris was talking about real world MBAs, and how if you look at taking a pay cut to learn something, it’s like getting a real world MBA. In a lot of respects, you could look at the last few years for me, and say I did a 3 year alcohol rehab, I did a 5 year writing degree, etc. One thing I’m thankful for is that it’s ok to change your mind. It’s ok to have new dreams on a new day. And getting to know yourself is a life long process.

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Day 2912 – Jennilyn’s Memory Day

July 1st will always be a big deal to me.

On July 1, 2008, Bret proposed.

On July 1, 2011, I put in my notice at my last 9-5 job.

I’m not sure if anything that major will happen today, but I will definitely spend the day thankful for where my life has taken me, and look forward to the steps I’m taking to take my life where I want to be.

Do you have any special dates that you can never forget?

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