As I walked on the sidewalk towards the condo unit that I had purchased just a few days prior, my sister, mom, and brother in law accompanied me.
“It’s a little bit rough” I mention one more time, trying to properly set expectations as each step drew us closer to a building in which there was a unit that I now, well…. owned.
My thoughts fluttered over the list that had been increasingly growing both in my mind and phone (thank goodness for apple lists, yes?) which I quickly set aside as I smiled, trying to appear confident in my recent choices, as the distance to the front door increasingly became smaller.
“I definitely bought the worst house in a really good area” I concerningly yet somehow confidently said next.
“Do you think HGTV tells each show/cast that they need to incorporate that statement at least once per season?” my brother in law followed with.
Hmmm, this is a good point I thought. However, if this is Chip and Joanna’s theory….I can be confident in that notion, right?
Within a few seconds, my hand found the key, faded with an image of the American flag at the top. A lawyer had handed it to me only a few days prior at the closing. After a few quick jiggles, the door unlocked and swung open to reveal, well……this…..
Yes, there was a smell that may or may not have taken each and every person’s breath away as they entered. Yes, there were things…growing? from the floor. Yes, the ac/heater needed to be replaced. Yes, the hot water heater was on it’s last leg. Yes there were both pink and bright purple walls.
You may have read that and thought “no way,” “no thank you,” “I think this girl is possibly crazy,” or a few other thoughts.
If you are still reading, thank you. You may be curious to see just where this story may end up. Or, maybe….you resonate in some way.
The truth is, the thought of buying a “fixer upper” always made me curious. I had gotten close a few times but it never felt “right” if that makes any sense.
However, this home, from the minute I entered....I knew. From the fact that the area is bringing in a lot of jobs, to the fact that it’s very close to my sisters and family, to the fact that it's less than 15 minutes from one of my favorite beaches.....it all felt….right.
I’m excited to start this endeavor….to transform a really rough space into a home and to fill it with love and a promise of new beginning.
Maybe you are considering buying a fixer upper. Maybe you are considering making a life change. Maybe you are considering moving to a different state.
Wherever you are on your journey, I’d love if you would join me.
I’d love to offer any tips I learn along the way. I’d love for you to learn from my mistakes (I’m sure there will be PLENTY). I’d love to add some joy or laughter to your day (I’m sure there will be a lot of humorous situations to come).
I’d love for anyone who fears failure to find a space that makes that fear disappear because failure simply is a sign that you are making big decisions and learning as you go. I’d love for anyone who needs a space where they feel encouraged to find that here.....because no matter what happens in life, no matter how hard it gets, there is something good around the corner.
I hope this space echos these things and more and that you are reminded of beauty of the unknown, your abilities, and your gifts here.
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Thank you for stopping by, I hope you’ll stay awhile!
Recently, I have found myself playing the role of an interviewer (seeking new individuals to join my department or team) more and more frequently. Often times, when I am preparing to conduct an interview, I think back to younger self, first starting my career and how I felt on the opposite side of the spectrum, preparing for the many interviews I myself have had. I wish so badly I could tell myself what I know now.
If you are a job seeker or preparing to be interviewed, I want to help you ace this!
As a result, below are 7 interview tips to help you rock your interview and land your dream job!
What interesting questions have you been asked in job interviews? How did you answer them? Please feel free to leave your comments for others below!
LET’S TALK ABOUT PERSONAL SETTING GOALS
I know it’s hard... trust me.
I hear your frustrations, the battle cries of those struggling to be resilient and adaptable while managing their time and their resources.
Sometimes, amidst the chaos, being focused on ourselves is: hard, on the back burner, draining, and even overwhelming.
That’s why I’m feeling especially thankful that you’ve got your hands on this guide, this resource; because these tools I’m about to share with you? My hope is that they will make personal goal setting more manageable and dare I say, even fun?
The experience of setting personal goals should be a FUN experience, easy, and stress-free. This helps make the experience better, resulting in goals becoming achievable. As a result, today I’m here providing you all the tips and tricks to take control of your personal goal setting with my 3 step process!
CREATE A VISION
Dream the dream (literally!)
Focus on what is important to you and what is going to truly make you happy.
A lot of times we may overthink our dreams in the fear that our goals may be too “big.”
Today, however, I want you to dream big and create that vision for yourself of what will truly make you feel whole, accomplished, and most happy.
MAKE IT ACTIONABLE
Take your vision and clearly define it, creating a specific phrase for vision. Something concrete, realistic, and clearly defined. This will make it actionable.
Furthermore, it is important to set an achievable timeframe. At the end of the day, this will result in maximum impact.
Lastly, it is important to define your success criteria; what will success look like for you if you achieve this goal?
Having a method for tracking your goal progress is key.
I use a spreadsheet that has enabled me to strategize for both professional and personal growth.
Successful, productive, goal documentation and tracking will enable you to increase your goal setting effectiveness.
As a result, you will have an easy way to make your goal setting visual, see your timeframe and where you are in accordance with your timeframe; all which will give you tools to use to accomplish your goals!
To get a free copy of my personal goal setting spreadsheet simply, fill out the contact form here.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT:
Ready to rock personal goal setting?
These tools are the ones I use every single day in my personal and professional goal setting. They have simplified my process, helped me maintain my goal setting while making goals more accomplishable, and they’ve entirely changed up the way I pursue happiness. These 3 steps have helped me take the stress and feeling of being overwhelmed out of it all which is so important when you are focusing on an opportunity to show up and be our best, happiest selves.
Please remember, I’d love to hear from you! If you have questions, need a little support or encouragement, or even if you feel that you are struggling with something that maybe I can teach or help give back please just let me know!
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