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Life Happens

Last night, while getting ready for bed, I had a moment. A moment where my current life felt surreal. Not good or bad, just not mine. And I realized, this was not the life I had chosen for myself.

Allow me to explain. When I use to think of my life and how it would be, this is not what I imagined. Not at all. If you had told me 15 years ago that I would end up in Wisconsin, the coldest state I’ve ever lived in, and knitting as a form of recreation, I would have laughed at you. Not an image I would have wanted for myself 15 years ago, not at all.

However, where I’m at today is not what I would have imagined even a few weeks ago.,. nursing injuries, looking for a new car, and still contracting with a local company. Why, because all those things were unexpected. My contract assignment was just suppose to be a 2 month assignment, it’s been almost 10 months now. And the auto accident was…well unplanned.  It’s as if my life got away with me. As if life just “happened”, and I’m not sure how I got here.

Have you ever felt like that? You know, as if you don’t know how you got here, in this life. And do you wonder why you didn’t end up in the life you dreamed up for yourself years ago? What do you do at that moment of realization?

I know, that from this moment on – things are different. I’m not sure how, yet, but things are different. I feel more determined, more on fire, and more alive somehow.

And now…to dream up what’s next.

So, I wonder…What is the life that you had chosen for yourself, before life “happened” to you? Or are you living the life you dreamed?

Simple, Easy, Better…Simple, Easy, Better…

This last week was packed full of “activity”.  I have talked to all sort so support people and sometimes it felt like overload, trying to keep all the parts moving smoothly and still concentrating on work and home at the same time.

But earlier this year, I decided to make a commitment to myself, to look for the Simple, Easy, and Better Way through life.  I know it exists, but I don’t always allow myself to experience it.  Especially, when I’m afraid that letting go and trusting might not yield me the results I want.  The auto accident this last week feels like the ultimate challenge in maintaining this belief.

So, to keep with my own commitment, I’ve been singing a little mantra in my head. “Simple, easy, better…simple, easy, better…how can it be simple, easy, better?”

I know, that even in the most difficult of times, there is always a way to keep things simple, easy & better and still accomplish all you hope for.  Always.  My goal this year?  To prove it to myself, beyond where I already know it exists.

So, on the drive over to the Lawyer’s office I sang my little mantra; “Simple, easy, better…simple, easy, better”.  Secretly hoping that no one saw me singing to myself without the radio.  And praying that the conversation would go smoothly.

And you know what happened?  It was easy.  Everything went so well.  And I gained the understanding I needed.  Just simple, easy and a whole lot better than I could have imagined.

My first proof that even what seems difficult at first can be simple & easy.

I wonder, where could you prove to yourself that “difficult” can be “simple, easy & better” instead?  What challenge do you face that seems daunting at the moment, but may be the perfect opportunity to find “Simple, Easy & Better” in your life?

I wonder…

Your Gift

Your gift  will always feel easy, simple and uncomplicated.

Easy, Simple & a whole lot of Fun

I often get stuck when something feels too difficult. I’ll avoid the situation or task and procrastinate like crazy. But if I take pause and step away from it momentarily, I can often find an easy and fun way to approach it.

So if something feels daunting, difficult or just plain scary. Or you find yourself hesitating to approach it; try asking yourself this question…

“If this was Simple, Easy and a whole lot of Fun, what would it look like?”

Hmmm, I wonder what you’ll find there.

Money Comes in Many Forms

So I just had to share this with you…

I’ve been in a mood to fix things. This last weekend I rearranged the kitchen and repaired the handles on the lids to our pots. Most of them had broken, but it only took one screw to fix them. Then this weekend a lot of things broke, the kitchen faucet, the washer, the heater and a kitchen drawer.

But for the first time in a very long time, I was not worried about any of it. I figured I’d fix it myself, get it fixed, or buy a new one.  No big deal.

First – the kitchen faucet – a 5 dollar piece of plastic broke in the handle of the faucet.  So we used a set of pliers to turn on and off the kitchen faucet for a week.  When I finally had time to look for the part, no one carried it. Not Home Depot, Lowe’s or Ace Hardware. We could have ordered it on-line, but we would have to wait up to two weeks, and then pay shipping on top of that.  It would have cost us over $25 dollars for a $5 part. But, lo and behold, a little plumbing store in Milwaukee carried the part – Plumbing Parts Plus. Hallelujah!  On Saturday I drove over and picked it up.  It took me 5 minutes to repair the faucet once I got home.  All for less than $10, including gas.  Savings: $15.

Second – the washer stopped spinning properly and at the end of a cycle, our clothes still had tons of water in them. So I researched the problem on the web, tracked down a web-site where a plumber had photographed the procedure for repair and then I proceeded to clean out the water pump (the culprit in the whole mess).  A few cuts and scrapes, but no big deal. Total cost $0.

Third – Our heater stopped heating about a week ago.  I called a local heating and A/C place (Burlington Heating) at 2 am in the morning. The unlucky Technician, Charlie, answered my call.  He was extremely knowledgeable and helped me to find a way to get it restarted.

Then Sunday it stopped again. So knowing that Charlie probably knew what we was doing, I called him again.  I was right, Charlie did know what he was doing, and he ran through all the possible scenarios with me again.  He reviewed the furnace error code, walked me through how to cleaning out the condensation trap and discharge tubes, and more.

When I still could not get it started, he traveled out from Milwaukee to help me fix the problem. I knew it would be expensive – being a Sunday and all, but I was willing to pay to have the issue corrected.

Charlie showed up and knew exactly what to look for.  He repaired the furnace and gave us lots of instruction in proper heating unit repair and maintenance. All in all – a great help! The cost – $410 dollars. Ouch. But, I wasn’t worried about it.

However, Charlie had a trick up his sleeve.  He told us that there was a small chance that the furnace could still be under warranty – but we didn’t have papers. So on Monday morning he had the admin at his office look up our furnace and lo and behold – WARRANTY! So, what was going to be $410 dollars was only $155. Can you say HUGE SAVINGS???!!!!

OH, MY, GOSH! I feel like I just won the lottery!

We also found out that the manufacturer of our furnace had some sort of parts warranty that covered the total cost of a new heat exchanger, so on top of all the repairs already done, Charlie will be returning to install our new and no cost heat exchanger in a week or so.  More free money (another $400 or so).  That’s like winning $700!!!!

So…what can we learn from this experience?

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. ANYTHING! And money comes in all shapes and forms. Including rebates, gifts, warranties, and more.

Where are you receiving money today?!?!

So I just had to share with you gals…

I’ve been in a mood to fix things.  While Michael was out I rearranged the kitchen and repaired the handles on the lids to our pots.  Most of them had broken, but it only took one screw to fix them.  Then this weekend we had a lot of things break…and I wasn’t all that worried about it.  I figured I’d either fix it myself, or get it fixed, no big deal.  So…

First – the kitchen faucet – a 5 dollar piece of plastic broke but no one carried it.  Not Home Depot, Lowed or Ace Hardware.  So we used a set of pliers to turn on and off the kitchen faucet for a week until I could track down the part.  Low and behold, a little plumbing store in Milwaukee carried the part – Plumbing Parts Plus.  So, on Saturday I drove over and picked it up…took me 5 minutes to replace the part once I got home.

Second – the washer stopped spinning properly and the clothes still had tons of water in them.  So I researched the problem on the web, tracked down a plumber who had photos that showed how to clean out the pump (the culprit in this case), then I proceeded to clean out the pump, and put it back together.  A few scrapes, but no big deal.

Third – Our heater stopped blowing heat while Michael was gone.  I called a local heating and A/C place (Burlington Heating).  The guy, Charlie, on the other end was extremely knowledgeable and helped me to find a way to get it restarted.  Then Sunday it stopped again.  So we called Charlie at Burlington Heating who ran through all the details with me.  The furnace error code, cleaning out the condensation trap and discharge tubes, and more.  Then we I still couldn’t get it started, he traveled out from Milwaukee to help us fix the problem.  We knew it would be expense – being a Sunday and all, but I was willing to pay to have the issue corrected.  Anyway, he showed up, knew exactly what to do, repaired the furnace and gave us lots of instruction in proper heating unit repair and maintenance.  All in all – a great help!  The cost – $410 dollars.  Ouch.  But, I wasn’t worried about it.  Then he told us that there was a small change that the furnace could still be under warranty – but we didn’t have papers.  So on Monday morning he had the admin at his office look up our furnace and low and behold – WARRANTY!  So, what was going to be $410 dollars was only $155.  Can you say HUGE SAVINGS???!!!!  So, we saved almost $300 dollars.  OH, MY, GOSH!  I feel like I just won the lottery!

So…what can we learn from this experience?  ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.  ANYTHING!  And money comes in all shapes and forms.  Including rebates, gifts, warranties, and more.

Where are you receiving money today?!?!

You are important too!

The following quote was said by a good friend and fan of mine.  Wise words – for any of us – and a great reminder that your life, your mission and your message is important too.

“It’s not about whether what you’re saying has been said before. It’s about reaching people who haven’t heard it yet.” – Nicole Newberry

Thank you Nicole – for the wonderful reminder!

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