If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.
In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!
I’ve already shared various posts about what a typical day in my life looks like, but I thought it might be interesting to share more about how I make the working + raising babies + housework happen… without feeling like I’m totally stressed out or way too busy.
I think there are 2 key factors for me to be able to work from home with kids — I’m sharing more in today’s post!
I have had MANY years of my life that were extremely “full” and sometimes verging on “too busy”. But over the past few years, even after adding more children and work responsibilities to the mix, I have continually felt less and less “busy”… all while maintaining a very full and productive life.
Today I’m sharing my thoughts on being “productive” versus being “busy” — and I’d LOVE to hear your take on this subject too!
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!
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.
I know, I know… it’s already the first week of February and I’m just finally getting around to sharing my 2015 goals.
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!