The Adventures of Moving to Idaho Part III Finally Home

Well, once again it has been a while since an update about our moving to Idaho experience. We now have a home, and wow has it been a busy 2 months. Projects galore, but they are almost finished. Since the last post, we have had the whole place painted, a pellet stove installed and ready for winter to arrive, a new french door will be added hopefully soon, and last but not least new countertops will be installed all in about another month. Starting to get really excited and relieved that it will all be done soon, and we can finally settle in for whatever the winter months may bring. Oh!, and I have to add that new gutters and downspouts have been added all around, boy are they nice.

Finally, I can say I am home, things are starting to calm down, and we can finally breathe, take a look around and take it all in. In just a few short weeks the countertops, and the French Door will be installed and the kitchen will feel more complete along with an island that will complement the table we have had since last year. I will be so glad when this phase is over and we can finally settle into our new little part of the world that is called Nampa, Idaho,

Until the next blog,

Leslie

 

The Adventures of Moving to Idaho-Part II

Well, It’s been a while since I have filled you in on the move to Idaho. I don’t think I have felt this exhausted in a while, it has been such a whirlwind of excitement. Last time I talked about the process of actually purchasing the home, but now we have finally moved in and it feels great to have my own space once again. The projects have been happening and are in full swing, it is just crazy and I am still lacking sleep because of the painting that is taking place right now as we speak except it is night, but they will be here bright and early in the morning to begin again.

I would like to say that it is best to have painters come in before you ever move in. That would make your life so much easier, but in my case that could not happen, because we had no home and it got rather stressful living with family although we were very thankful we had them to fall back on thank you, Carol and Toni, we could not have done this without you. Anyway, the painting should be done within the next couple of days, and then the french door will be coming next, then the pellet stove and then we should be all finished with the major things and we should be able to relax and enjoy the fruit of our labors.

In closing, I would like to tell all of you who read this blog, that I am grateful and thankful for all of you who take the time, so please leave a comment below with thoughts and suggestions that would help me to create enjoyable content. Once again I thank you all!

Until next blog,

Leslie

The Adventures of Moving to Idaho Part 1

 

Hey you guys!, it’s been a while since I have posted on this blog, bet you thought I was gone, but not so. There has been a lot going on since my last post, and I want to take a few minutes to share. If you have not heard me on Social Media platforms, we are moving to Idaho from Oregon. Needless to say, it has been a ride. We have learned a lot about moving and buying a house in another state that I would like to share with you so you will know how to handle each situation as it makes its appearance.

First, do not put in an offer on a house if you are under a contingency. Sellers do not work with you well unless they are sure you are going to sell, and they are never sure and neither are you. Chances are it will not go through and you will be left disappointed, make sure you are free and clear to make your offer with no strings, it will save you heartache in the long run.

Second, make sure you go to visit your property, do not make an offer based on the pictures you see online, the pictures online are not what you actually see when you go and physically visit your property in person. Real Estate photos are posted to make the property appear in better condition than they really are most of the time, and they only take partial pictures of each room and it is not always clear what you are seeing.

Third, make sure you do an inspection on your property before purchase, and go over the inspection report completely. This is the time that you can get the seller to fix and repair everything that you don’t want to do when you move in. We had an offer on a house and if it wasn’t for the inspection we would have had an expensive mess on our hands, so please examine your inspection report diligently, it could save your pocketbook.

Until Next  Blog

Leslie

What to do when you lose focus

I will be the first to admit that from time to time I lose focus on what I am doing. I recently lost focus yet again after the Daylight Savings Time took effect. The Monday following when I returned to work I could not figure out why  I felt great in the morning as always when I got there, but I also felt that something was not as good as it usually was on this day. I could not

retain my focus on any part of my work, and it was draining. I mentioned this sluggish feeling to another co-worker who said she felt the same although she had been sick a few days’s before and was not sure if it was being sick or the time change, or maybe a little bit of both. I was making silly mistakes, was able to catch some, but not all and it seemed to be affecting everyone all week long. Needless to say, I was glad when the week was over, and it was time for a few day’s off. It was also Veteran’s Day holiday so not only was it a weekend it was a 4 day weekend for me. Thank you Veterans for all of your services.

As the weekend progressed, and I was diligently working to get my housework done, I check my work e-mail from time to time to try to keep up on things, and there it was the e-mail that listed all of the oversights and mistakes that were  collectively made during the week, I was not shocked or surprised as the week seemed to have affected all of us. So! was it the time change or was it a lack of focus on the work at hand. I dare say a bit of both, but possibly more the latter. When we lose focus on our work, we forget to do things, and make stupid mistakes that affect the day-to-day operation and could possibly cause a major unnecessary disruption in whatever service you provide. This is not a good thing, so what can we do to correct this lack of mental focus that seems to at times rear its ugly head? I am going to list some of the daily habits that I am going to try to incorporate in my life that will help me when I feel a lack of focus.

  1. I have installed a  chrome extension called PostureMinder,  that sends out a notification to watch my posture and to sit up straight, you can also set this extension to tell you to get up from your seat for stretching and movement. I find that slouching in my chair tends to make me tired and unfocused. When this notification pops up on my computer it directs my attention to be more aware of how I am sitting and refocus on my posture and it also makes me become more focused on the task at hand.
  2. Movement is so important when sitting at a computer most of the day. I  take a walk on my lunch break every day when the weather permits. I find that I am more alert after I come back and can finish out my day a little more alert than before the walk. Getting outside helps to bring back clarity and focus, just to be able to get some fresh air helps with getting your mind back, and regain mental focus.
  3. I know it’s not popular to share how your feeling with another co-worker or boss, but letting someone know how your feeling and that you are struggling with staying focused, may help to bring you back on task and provide the clarity needed to “snap out of it”, and continue on with more focus. (It couldn’t hurt).
  4. Admit you may have made some mistakes, we all do.  When lack of focus hits, especially when  it’s been a crazy day,  I will make sure to let the person coming in after me know that I had a difficult time staying focused and that mistakes may have been made, but make sure to check your work for the day to try to catch and avoid mistakes if at all possible, just know that there will be times that something will be overlooked. You can count on it!.
  5. Sleep…, Make sure you’re getting enough. What a difference sleep makes in one’s ability to focus. As a person who is up very early, I sometimes find it difficult to sleep after a long weekend. The weekends can sometimes, and usually does wreak havoc on a person’s sleep schedule. If at all possible, work on getting quality sleep, get the phone away from your head when you sleep, if you use it as an alarm set it across the room where you have to get up and turn it off. I am so bad at doing this because I can’t sleep, I find myself doing this very same thing. I find myself watching video’s on the phone, or turning the TV on and letting it entertain me until I go to sleep. Such a bad habit, I am working on this.
  6. Finally, don’t beat yourself up, It happens to everyone, give yourself some grace. Tomorrow is a new day, and you can re-focus and be productive once again.

I hope these 6 habits are beneficial to you and can help you to become more focused and productive in your daily work, I am personally working on incorporating these as well especially as I am approaching my last few weeks before I retire. I think they will come in very handy in the coming weeks.

Until Next Blog, Stay Focused

Leslie

 

 

What keeps you in your “Comfort Zone”

Why do we stay in our Comfort Zone? Fear of the unknown? Comparing ourselves to others?  these are two of the topics I want to discuss that keep us secluded in our little bubble of comfort. We have so many things on our  “to do”  lists that occupy our time and keep us doing busy work and not really focused on stepping out and making a real change in our lives. Why is that? first I want to talk about “fear if the unknown.” Let’s say you have an idea for a blog, or a business that you want to start, maybe you want to become an actress or some other venture that you’ve been thinking about, but you don’t know where to even start, this can create fear of the unknown, because you don’t think you will ever be able to succeed or be able to find the resources to help you create the life you imagine for yourself. Just the thought of stepping out in uncharted territory is horrifying, trust me I know the feeling, I have had many ideas racing around in my head that I have wanted to try but have always felt that fear of the unknown rise up and cause me to doubt if my ideas would ever come to fruition. I have also started things that begin on a positive note, and then after some time, that fear rears its ugly head again, through feelings of inadequacy even though the project has only begun. I am discovering that I just need to press on, with the thought in mind that my en endeavor may and probably will take time to blossom into something profitable, or of value to others. Sometimes you just have to keep putting yourself out there until someone discovers the value of what you are trying to accomplish.

The next thing is “Comparisons”, Comparing yourself to others is sometimes a very difficult thing not to do. Many times we look at other people’s lives through the lens of Social Media, or maybe a person you know who you look up to and think to yourself ” Man, they have it all together”, but as you step back and take a closer look, you find that the things they had to go through were not easy either, and they had doubts and fears of the unknown, but pushed through that fear and continued on until their dreams became real for them. They refused to let fear of the unknown stop them from pushing forward and not paralyzing them from taking the steps needed to achieve their vision for the life they want.

If you have ever felt this fear of the unknown,  don’t let it stop you from creating the life you want, find a mentor, who has done what you want to do and make that to do list be more than just tasks on a piece of paper or post-it note, write out your to-do list in such a manner that it directs you toward the steps needed  to bring you out of your comfort zone and moving toward making your dream a reality.  Step out and show the world what you’ve got!

Until Next Blog,

Leslie

Embracing Your Age!

Your age is nothing to be ashamed of, yes that’s right!,  you should embrace the woman who you  are becoming right now. The old  is gone and the new has come.  The new woman who is beginning to emerge as we enter into this new phase of life called “Getting Older”. We have grey hair, we may not be as slim as we once were, but we have so much more wisdom, and we have gained many experiences to share with the younger generation. Some will listen and some may not, but we can move ahead with confidence knowing that we are still intelligent, confident and beautiful women who can be influential in the lives of others.

The last few day’s I have been trying to decide what to blog about this week, and then as I sat in the wee hours of the morning preparing to go to work, I began to write down ideas for this post. I wrote the typical things like Motivation, Time management, you know the same old stuff, then I thought about the aging woman, so many blogs and topics around aging gracefully have been written on this topic, so I thought I would put my two cents in on it as well. I am 59 1/2 as I write this blog, and there are many days that I think about how I have changed over the years, my hair is turning white, my middle is expanding, (but I am working on that), I find that I have a low tolerance for non-sense from other people , my patience is not what it once was. Now!  with some of my flaws out in the open lets talk about this next phase of life called “Getting Older”, shall we…

This blog is all about retirement, and moving from  working a full-time job to starting a blog and a YouTube channel as a way to express my creativity, and to share what I have learned over the years. I am learning about a side of me that I have never known, and  to see if I even have a creative side, I am going use these platforms to express them with others who are moving in the same direction as I am.  When I talk about  “Getting Older”  it does not mean we lay down our dreams, ambitions, and creativity at the door and never be productive, or learn and grow as women, we need to take the time to reflect on what we have to offer the world and to then ” Let our little light shine” in  the lives of others.

A time of reflection, is a key element of “Getting Older”, it is time to sit quietly down with pen and paper and take stock of where you want your life to go. Like I said in my previous post, Don’t let life’s circumstances dictate the direction of yours, you are the master of your one ship, if you will… there is still a lot of life to live yet. You  may going through a difficult season in your life, but you are stronger than you think you are, and with a little motivation and drive, you can get thru anything. Just push through.

Motivation,   How does one gain perspective on this concept? There is a lot of  information on  the topic of  motivation out there, and it’s all good information about how to get it, but  if your like me, I  can listen to all of the motivational speakers or read articles that are meant to inspire , but there is time when motivation is hard to find despite doing these things. I find that many times motivation is renewed in the quiet moments of reflection and soul-searching to find out what is on the inside just wanting to come out Stealing quiet moments especially in the early morning hours when there is no noise to distract you is the best time to sit alone with pen and paper,your thoughts and prayers, write them down and prioritize them and then start the work.

Time management is  also very important, even when you retire. It should be a little easier to manage time during this phase of your life because you’re not rushed and hopefully life is a little less demanding. When you make your daily to do list, prioritize your time and you will find your time will be utilized better and you will get more accomplished than you ever thought you would.

In closing, this sounds much easier to do than what it is sometimes because we are distracted with many things. There are times when the demands out weigh the times of peace, quiet and solitude, but don’t be discouraged find the time I promise you it will be worth it.

 

Until Next Blog

Leslie