Newsletter for January

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You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.- Marcus Aurelius

This simple quote has been a guiding force for me over the last 8-10 months.  I thought it was about time for me to share it with you all.  There are days that I find myself lamenting things that are out of my control, and I will waste hours on them.  What will my friend think of me if I have to cancel our plans?  I spend an hour worrying about it, and then discussing it with some unfortunate victim; but, all that wasted time and ENERGY didn’t change the outcome. (My friend was not mad at me by-the-way).  Just recently, a lady cut in front of me at Trader Joes.  I politely confronted her and she turned her nose up at me.  The nerve!  I proceeded to call my husband and waste 30 minutes of his time telling him the story, which didn’t get me enough satisfaction so I called a girlfriend and wasted 30 minutes of her time.  Still, I let this lady’s actions bother me for another hour or so after that.  Even when you understand this philosophy (focus on what you can control, not what you can’t) it can be hard to employ.

Recognizing what you can control is the first and most critical step in finding your inner strength.  As I sit here typing today, I realize that so many of the things I want to get done this year are completely up to me. For example, spending at least ten hours a week on my business. Ten hours may not seem like much, but over the last two months I have spent ZERO hours; so, ten hours is a big improvement.  In order to reach ten hours I will have to be better organized (back to making lists) and committed to myself.   Most importantly, I have to realize that what I do this year is in my control.  I can’t control the actions of others and I most certainly shouldn’t expend energy worrying about may happen tomorrow and who is doing what.  That alone should save me a couple of hours a day!

Visit TheInspiredMom.com to read a couple of new entries about finding inspiration- you might even find inspiration in scrubbing your toilet (I did).  Instead of my standard interview this time, I am asking you to find the inspired mom in yourself!  That’s right each and every one of you are TheInspiredMom- I just wish there were enough days to write each one of you up.

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