Why fixing it now is easier than later…

I’m currently staying at my husband’s parents house, as the rental property we have been living in has been declared non-livable due to a hole in the bathroom ceiling and a leaking roof.  This is just the latest of many problems we have had in this home and it is definitely the last for our little family.

Through these housing problems the one thing I really learnt and was hit home by numerous contractors who have visited is that it is easier to fix something as soon as it comes up rather than wait til its completely broken and you have no choice but to correct it.

The roofer who came out to check the problem had quoted over twelve months to correct the problem, however the owners chose not to do anything about it. Now they have no choice but to fix it as the outside is coming in, and not in a good way.

What I took from it was that you could take the easy way out when an issue pops up and just avoid finding a solution for as long as possible until you have NO choice but to find one, OR you could nail it on the head as soon as it comes to your attention and avoid having to fill a bigger  hole later.

I found when thinking about this (which by the way I have heard this lesson a million times, but never really followed it myself) it applies to more than just my house situation.

It is easier to lose weight when you first realise you have started putting some on, it is easier to correct a child’s behaviour when you first notice it, it is easier to pay off debt when it is small before it spirals out of control with interest payments.

It is easier to fix a friendship straight after a fight than years later, it is easier to clean your house if you do it regularly rather than monthly.  It is even easier to clean the dishes before you eat than it is to do them tomorrow (the food comes off easier before it goes hard).

Still I find myself pushing things on until tomorrow, or later, and just not getting around to it until its too late, when it can no longer be something to do tomorrow but HAS to be fixed right now.

Well since learning this I realise it is easier to do things differently.  If I work in a different quadrant and stop dealing with crises when they appear and start working/living proactively, life will be a hell of a lot calmer, easier and way more enjoyable.

So here’s to getting the car serviced when its due, not once it’s broken down…

The moment when you are all on your own, and you have to make a decision…

I started RCG Creative a while ago, but put the agency into action properly in June last year and boy has it been a ride.  I went from full time work, to part time work, and the agency grew and grew where I am now full time on RCG and about to hire staff.

There comes a time when you stop in your tracks, get short of breath and start panicking remembering that you are all alone. That the responsibility of earning your own money, relies solely on you.  Its daunting, scary in fact.  But it’s the step you take after this feeling that determines where you end up.

Before last year, I at times, let fear stop me from doing some of the things I wanted to do.  And I regretted it.  I’d keep thinking of that missed opportunity, the chance I had that I didn’t take.  All because of fear. Fear that I would fail or get hurt or lose something.

Then I had an experience with an employer that made me realise. You never really have anything to lose. Apart from an opportunity.

The stuff you think you have to lose, is simply stuff.  I realised we place too much emphasis and influence on the stuff we have.  It ends up stopping us making decisions about things we want to do.  We almost eliminate anything with risk because we are scared.  But if you ask yourself – are you really happy today?  do you love what you do? If you answered no to any of these, what are you going to do about it?

You are the only one who is going to make something happen, or hold yourself back. It has nothing to do with anyone else.  Its all in your head.

So anyway, last year I decided to work through the fear, pushed it aside and started working towards my ultimate dream – owning a business doing something I love which provides me with the opportunity to pull people in to live the same dream.  Its very rare you get to use both sides of your brain at once, but with RCG I get to do exactly that.

I’m pretty passionate about what I do, and I believe in small business having the chance to make something of themselves (hence why we are priced to be affordable).

With a kid on the hip, happy hubby,  a laptop, and soon to be awesome team member… living the dream is way better than living a nightmare. Its simply a choice I made.

A week… without swearing!

Sh*$ this was a hard week… I didnt realise how much I swore.  Im not a heavy swearer, but I use the S word more than I need to, because there is actually NO need for bad language, EVER!

But you know what, sometimes there is no other word to replace them when you need it most, like when you hurt yourself playing sport and you are rolling around on the floor screaming, you arent going to be saying “Whoopsie daisy, oh my silly leg, oh the pain is really hurting”.  Or when you are in labor and having a contraction.  Im sorry but no amount of nice words were going to be said in this lovely experience.

I do believe there is a time and a place, and I think Im pretty good usually.  What this challenge has taught me is that I am more aware of when I am speaking, and thinking about what I am about to say… BORING CHALLENGE Oh and I swore so I FAILED 😀

A week of…cleaning!

Yes, I put myself in a mindset of being crazy cleanfreak who couldnt sleep with any mess around. (For those who know me, this is a nonexistent problem for me).

I always joke about Paul and his OCD with cleaning so I decided to see how it felt to have a clean house for a week.

Verdict:  Its actually really relaxing, but HARD WORK!  It is not easy to keep a house completely clean, especially with a baby and full time work.

What I took out of this week: It would be awesome to have a cleaner, but there are a few tips that Ive found make a BIG difference, and most of these lessons I learnt from Paul or through Time Management articles Ive read through the week.

1/. Cleaning as you go in the kitchen, makes the meal more enjoyable.  Cleaning dishes and pots etc means that once the meal is ready, you can sit down enjoy the meal and breathe because there is no ‘work’ that needs to be done after. However, its not the end of the world to have dirty dishes in the sink if you are too busy/tired or any other reason.

2/.  Doing a quick ‘whip around’ before bed to pick stuff up etc is AWESOME.  Probably my most fav lesson of the week was doing a quick tidy etc makes a massive difference in the appearance of the house, organisation in the morning, and just eliminating the thought from your mind when you go to sleep makes sleeping all the more relaxing.  Yes, The Project inspired my naming of this task.

3/. I still have more decluttering to do.  I definitely do not need all the things I have.  Less stuff means less mess means less stress means MORE smiles!

Interesting but tiring week (plus I have muscly arms from pushing the vaccuum way more than I ever have).

 

A week of…. decluttering

This week excited me…. I couldnt wait to get stuck into decluttering the house. There were many ways I could have approached this challenge, but I decided to do it in a pretty unstructured way. 

Firstly, I decided to take photos of all the things I could sell that I no longer wanted/needed. I then uploaded some things onto eBay and then the rest onto Facebook. I figured whilst the stuff was selling online for a few days I would then go through and declutter each room.  I started with my wardrobe.  This was super fun!  Getting rid of things that no longer fit, things that I didnt like and so on and so on. The way it ended up meant that my husband now has more clothes than I do.

This challenge was inspired by a show I watched on Foxtel called Consumed!  It was about hoarders and people who couldnt throw things out and just kept bringing ‘stuff’ into their homes.  I felt caustraphobic just from watching the show.  I was driven to stop requiring stuff! It was almost an automatic adjustment to my way of thinking.  Less is more, and it can feel freeing and amazing.

I was never a person who really got attached to ‘stuff’, but I do find that I go through stages of buying things I dont need.  I dont know why or what brings these little splurges on, but I guess Im lucky they arent big expensive shopping sprees.  I like second hand stuff, and cheap clothes.

I dont really buy much for Liam, well at least as much as I thought I would.  We were lucky to be given soo many hand me downs that we havent needed to, and after learning how fast they grow, I am hesitant to buy anything he doesnt NEED.

After a week of decluttering, I feel lighter and less stressed.  However one thing I have learned is that decluttering or ‘editing’ as I like to call it, is a continual task, and when thinking of bringing something home I have to think, do I need it? Do we have a use for it at home? Do I want it just because I like it? etc etc.

Its been a mental shift which Im liking, and I look forward to continuing the editing journey… Have a go, its super life changing.

A week of… being creative

I loved this week. I felt motivated and happy and excited at the thought of having to be creative. I am a pretty creative person but this week I was forced to put things into action.

What did I achieve?  I rearranged our house, I designed a new business, I created a new outfit, and painted a picture for Liams room. I wrote a poem and made a new video for work.

I felt creative, free and satisfied. I think we set boundaries on ourselves when we hear people say things like “Im not creative” or “Im not feeling very creative”, or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”.

I believe all humans are creative, just in different ways. Some of us visually, others with words, some are problem solvers.

Be limitless and have no boundaries when it comes to your creativity.  Dress awesomely, sing out loud, write a letter to your mum, paint a picture of your dog… do anything and everything because the more you create, the more you feel alive!

As goes the quote I live my life by “Life is not about finding yourself, its about creating yourself”

A week without… Bread

Ever noticed how after you eat bread you might feel a bit puffy?  Well, after a week without it I was less puffer fish and more goldfish (? I had nothing else).

Its amazing what carbs does to us, it bloats up our belly and fills us up all at the same time.

This was actually a really boring week challenge. I found it difficult as when hungry I couldn’t pull for the default sandwich option. I had to get creative in the way I snacked, and also had to make time to eat a proper breakfast rather than relying on toast.

Verdict: I never ate white bread, always try to have grains.  I think it tastes heaps better.  I wont live without bread, especially a fresh crunchy bread roll from the bakery (butter optional).  Its one of those simple pleasures I wont be getting rid of, no matter how go I look as a goldfish.

A week of… setting goals

I was completely looking forward to this week.  I hadnt updated my goals for a while, and had a whole week challenge dedicating to thinking, writing and actioning them.

Ive had a few things in my life change recently ie like having a baby, changing jobs, starting businesses, selling businesses etc and I decided to sit down and listen to a Tony Robbins CD I had been given by a friend.

There was a great goal setting exercise in the series which I sat in my car on the side of the road and completed it (the poor people in the house I was in front of for half an hour must have thought I was crazy).

The exercise focused on three different categories. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, THING (MATERIALISTIC) and FINANCIAL GOALS.

I had to do a brain dump seperately for each one, then give them a year timeline (1,3,5,10,20 years) followed by choosing the top 3 from the next 1-3 years that motivated me the most.

Want to know what my goals are? Without going into too much detail they are:

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Own my own business
  • Be a size 10
  • Go overseas every year

THING GOALS

  • Great wardrobe
  • A Personal Assistant
  • Build a home with a soccer field in the back yard

FINANCIAL GOALS

  • Earning $10K a month
  • Give $100K to charity
  • Own five investment properties

This exercise forced me to do a lot of thinking in a short amount of time, and with no limitations or self inflicted boundaries.  It was inspiring.

Since last Thursday I have been ridiculously motivated, driven and focussed that I really think all of these goals will be achievable in the next three years.

What I learnt: we waste time thinking about the things we want, we never get around to the actual DOING something part.  Having direction is more important than ever in today’s world, nothing is out of reach.

Have you set your goals and if so what are they?

A week of no sugar…

This week was going to be easy, Im addicted to salt, not sugar… but boy was I wrong.  Day 2 and I would have jumped somebody for a chocolate, or a lolly or anything with that sweet sweet sugary goodness…

DAY 4 and I was totally over the hump period.  I wasnt craving anything sweet really any more, and I had learnt how much “FOOD” has sugar added to it.  I learnt how to read food labels better than before this challenge had started, and now am at least aware of the amount of sugar I am eating on a daily basis.

I got to DAY 6 and my sister had come over ready for a road trip armed with drinks and food… and before I had realised it, I had a sip of the drink and the sugar challenge was OVER!  I wasnt too depressed about it (ask her and she will say otherwise).

Now two weeks later I am aware of what sugars I eat, what has sugar in it and make conscious decisions based on these facts now rather than just diving in….