Monday 27 March 2017

Growth in the first quarter

I've been off-track this year. Lost in the HUGE pile of stuff I've got to do. And it's really impacted my writing. And my feelings.

I finished 2016 on such a high of all the things I was going to achieve this year with my blog, with my life. But none of it has happened. Or is even close to happening.

But I've had somewhat of an epiphany recently.

And it's come from the weirdest of places. Me!

So, a couple of weeks ago was my birthday. And it was a shit of a week, literally, because our sewerage pipes are blocked, and need replacing as soon as possible.

And when I woke up on Tuesday morning (my actual birthday day), I decided that I actually would follow through on a Facebook Live challenge I had randomly signed up for the previous week.

Now, if you've been around here for any length of time, you know that I sign up for all the things. My inbox is full of emails from people I'm not sure if I want to hear from, because I wanted their free thing. I fork out lots of money for classes (usually scrapbooking, but sometimes blogging) that I never even open, let alone work through and finish. And I'm always reading stuff about stuff on Pinterest. Follow through is not my forte.

But on that Tuesday, I did it. I posted my live video, shared it to my profile, and floated through the day from all the comments and support from people.

And then on Wednesday, I did it again!

I know!

Go me!

I actually completed the challenge, and now a couple of weeks later I'm still on a high for actually finishing (and discovering just how much fun video really is.)

Related what I learned from posting #5dayslive

But what I really wanted to talk about today was a little light bulb moment I had during that week.

The prompt for the third day was what matters to me. As I thought about this prompt, and making it purely about me rather than falling back on the kids are important my husband is important, I did a spot of google searching, and ended up talking about my core values. Take a minute to watch the video above, and hear me ramble some more.

Now, as I finished that video I realised that I was actually too hard on myself over my One Little Word® for the year GROWTH, because the simple fact that I had gone back and done the video that day showed that I have grown this year. And completing the challenge backs that up.

So, while I haven't achieved whatever goal I {didn't} set for this first quarter of the year, I have actually achieved something a little bit better than that, and trusted myself to follow my gut and do something completely out of my comfort zone.

And my success in finishing this challenge has spurred me on to actually go back to my original goals, and set newer ones for the second quarter of the year, and work hard at following through.

How are your first quarter goals going?
Have you kept touch with your word for the year?

Linking with One Mother Hen, Denyse Whelan and All Mum Said


  1. Completely relate to this! I find it so hard to step outside my comfort zone. It's inspiring that you felt a sense of achievement after posting your videos. I need to actually do the things I've been meaning to do for ages, I'm way too good at procrastinating lol

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  2. I can't believe you managed to put together a video that was coherent and lasted that long! I hate putting my face on screen so I admire you completely!

  3. As a fellow 'fail to follow through' type (aka ye who promised you a guest post on sensory play some ions ago and never delivered) I congratulate you! And you are much more brave than I. I'm too much of a scaredy cat to do video. Well done on completing the challenge!

  4. Your life sounds exactly like mine!!! Good on you for completing that challenge!!!

  5. I am so pleased to know that YOU have seen how much you have 'grown' and continue to do so. The inner critic is too quick to tell us off but you can tell it 'thanks' and then move on...go Cate!!Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 13/52 Next week: Daylight Saving is Over.

  6. Video scares me!! Live video scares me x2. You did such a terrific job. Go you! (:

  7. My word for the year is courage and think I'm following through with it after surgery and coping with endometriosis.

    I think I'm also hitting some blogging goals but it's starting to stress me out and I'm thinking of taking it slow for self-care purposes. :)

    Good job on your fb live video! I have yet to do that and I don't feel ready. Hihi


  8. I really couldn't pin point a word for this year. I am aware that I need to be a little selfish and make more time for the things I need to do for ME. It is slowly happening. I love being creative! I don't necessarily stick to one medium, but jit shops and changes on my mood. Right now I am going crazy making stuff to use as props for kindergym sessions :)


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