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Why I’m Still “Doing It All Myself”

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2015 | 90 comments
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When it comes to my blog and business, I’m often asked why I haven’t hired anyone to take over part of what I do — or to do all that “boring stuff” like social media, email newsletters, proofreading, editing, etc.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a super simple answer for these questions… but today, I’m sharing approximately 1500 words as to why I’m still doing it all myself after almost 8 years!

HOW I Plan Ahead

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2015 | 12 comments
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Over the past few years, I’ve written many posts about WHY I plan ahead — to save time, money, stress, etc. etc. However, if you think about it, the “WHY” of planning ahead is relatively obvious. It’s the “HOW” of planning ahead that is the road-block for so many people.

So while I know my methods won’t work for everyone, today I’m sharing HOW I plan ahead in many different areas of my business and personal life.

My 2015 Goals (finally!)

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2015 | 76 comments
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I know, I know… it’s already the first week of February and I’m just finally getting around to sharing my 2015 goals.

A Day With the Dekkers (January 2015 Edition)

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2015 | 29 comments
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Over the last few months, many of you have requested a day-in-the-life post, and I suppose it has been a couple years already… so I’m due for an update!

While no 2 days are ever exactly alike (can you relate), here’s what a relatively normalish weekday looks like in our house.

Developing the Habit of Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2015 | 27 comments
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Simple living can sound like an overwhelming task for many of us… and it CAN be at first.

However, I know from personal experience that when simple living becomes a habit, or “an unconscious pattern of behavior,” it just feels right, and easy, and oh so simple you won’t even be able to imagine living life any other way!

Our Home Office (The Updated Tour)

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2015 | 28 comments
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It’s been over 3 years since I last shared any update on our home office renovations… and we’ve made a fair amount of changes over those 3 years. So, I figured it was time for another Home Office Tour.

I can’t wait for you to see the transformation!!

2 Simple Healthier Habits I’m Working On This Year

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2015 | 34 comments
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Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.

However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!

Why I Don’t Reserve Goals for the End of the Year

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2014 | 10 comments
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I know many of you will be setting some type of goal or resolution over the next 2 weeks — yes, I’ll be right there with you. I love setting goals, planning for the future, and thinking about what might happen over the next year. However, I don’t just reserve this activity for the end of December.

Keep reading to learn why!

A New Year, A Fresh Start, and A Fun Opportunity

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2014 | 18 comments
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We’re just weeks away from another new year — a fresh start, a new beginning. And while I definitely don’t want to rush through the holiday season, I can’t help but be excited to flip over my calendar on January 1.

If you share my enthusiasm, yet feel like you’ve been struggling to “really live” your best and most fulfilling life, today’s post might be just what you need to get excited about another new year.

Giveaway: Personal Planner!

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2014 | 31 comments
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Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from Personal-Planner.com!!

7 Tips for a More Productive Morning (and why I’m not following most of them!)

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2014 | 28 comments
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If you’re looking for a few tips to get your morning off to a great start, this post should get you on the right track.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of waking up early, I’m right there with you… and I think you’ll take comfort in what I have to say at the end of this post.

AndreaDekker.com… Start Here!

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2014 | 17 comments
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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a few small changes to my blog… and as I was updating things, I realized that I’ve never done any type of “start here” post for new readers.

So although I know many of you are veteran readers (and I’m so grateful for you) I thought it might be time for an AndreaDekker.com “how-to post” — and I think even you veteran readers might learn something new!

My Thoughts on Intentional Free Time (and why I don’t “sleep when the baby sleeps”)

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2014 | 11 comments
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For anyone who may be tempted to click away thinking “another post about babies… I’m not interested”, let me assure you this post has little to nothing to do with babies. 

However, it might change the way you use your free time!

If My Passion Becomes a Paycheck

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2014 | 42 comments
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Since I’m often asked (both by readers and other bloggers) how I’ll know when, if ever, it’s time to hang up my keyboard, close down the blog, and move on with my life, I thought I’d share my super simple answer in today’s post.

But don’t worry, I’m not planning to go anywhere any time soon :)

So…What Exactly Is a Virtual Assistant?

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2014 | 18 comments
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Every time I write a blog post about my Virtual Assistant (VA) work, or even casually mention what I do, the emails and questions start coming in.

So today, I’m sharing my personal experience working as a VA for the past 4 years — and hopefully answering some of the questions I get on a very regular basis.

My Work + Life Update {Summer 2014}

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2014 | 22 comments
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Over the past 3 years, as I transitioned from from working part-time from home with no kids to full-time from home with 2 kids, I’ve definitely had to make many adjustments with how I balance both my work and personal lives.

So since Simon is already almost 6 months old, I figured it was time for an update on what my work and life looks like with 2 kids!

We HAVE the Time… We Just Don’t MAKE it

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2014 | 34 comments
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We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day. What we make of that time is up to US.

In today’s posts, I’m sharing one of my weird pet peeves — and also how I empower myself by swapping out one simple word!

Reduce Procrastination by Making it Easy to Start

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2014 | 26 comments
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In previous blog posts, I’ve mentioned how using a timer gives me the motivation to work quickly and keep going. However, a timer doesn’t address the issue of “getting started”– which is often the hardest part.

Today, I’m sharing how I reduce my own procrastinating tendencies by making it really easy to get started.

My 2014 Goals: Progress and Updates

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2014 | 20 comments
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Remember all those goals I set back in January? Well today, I’m sharing an update on my progress…

Graphs and Charts and Survey Results… Oh My!

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2014 | 27 comments
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I’m FINALLY sharing the results from the blog survey I asked you to take way back in February. I learned so much from that survey and was blown away by all your kind, generous, and encouraging responses. Thank you!

I had a little (OK, a lot) of fun making a few graphs and charts to outline the results… some of which might surprise you!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2014 | 16 comments
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A few weeks ago, I blogged about our super overwhelming yard project. After that post went live, several people commented that my “any progress is still progress” philosophy could actually be applied to almost anything in life. And I totally agree!

Do you have any overwhelming projects on your to-do list? If so, I hope this post will be the motivation you need to get started.

A New Normal… how I changed my most productive time of day again!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2014 | 10 comments
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Last May, I blogged about how I changed my most productive time of day to the evening hours — and that has been working REALLY well for me this past year.

Then Simon was born and I had to make more adjustments in my schedule in order to pack everything in. Today, I’m sharing how I’ve been tweaking and changing my schedule to accommodate both kiddos, my home, my business, and more!