Ep012: Declutter Your Home & Declutter Your Life

Ahhh… a clutter-free home. That would be a dream come true! Clutter is an energy sapping, time sucking, distraction. Clutter keeps you from focusing on the things that matter the most to you.

In this episode, Donna offers tips on how to overcome everyday clutter.

P.S. It’s up to you to do the work!

And yes, I did FINALLY hang up the picture of my son and his fiance! Here’s the proof.

And yes, I did put the rest of the picture hangers AND the hammer where they belong!

Resources & Links

Get your copy of 21 Everyday Actions to Help You Overcome Everyday Clutter.

Start today and Continue Tomorrow – my private Facebook group for women who want to get more done.

Ep006: Dealing with Difficult People – learning how to appreciate and respect people who look at life and tasks differently than you do.

Is Your Lifestyle a Healthy One?

What exactly is a healthy lifestyle? Is it a one-size fits all existence? I surely hope not. If being healthy means I have to eat broccoli and carrots, well, I don’t want anything to do with it.

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So many people talk about doing cleanse diets, fad diets, and assorted other diets. They think that if they follow these short term, quick result plans they will magically be deemed “healthy.” Unfortunately, that isn’t reality.

These fad diets may help you lose a few pounds, but they won’t provide the long-term benefits of a nutritional, well-balanced diet. Your body won’t receive the nutrients it needs to be strong and to function well.

Likewise, you can’t expect the occasional exercise session to keep your body fit. Muscles need to be used regularly in order to retain their strength, flexibility, and tone.

The easiest way to be healthy and fit is to “act as if” you are healthy and fit.

It’s the old “fake it til you make it” strategy.

Acting as if you eat healthy foods, means those healthy choices may not be your preferred choice, but because you are acting as if you are a healthy eater, those are the foods you eat. That means fresh fruits, vegetables (as many as you can tolerate), lean proteins, and an appropriate level of carbohydrates.

You know the better food choices you could be making. You know which processed foods, sugary foods, and fatty foods do support a healthy lifestyle. The challenge comes in making the better choice.

But let me tell you a secret… once you’ve started eating healthier, you start to feel better physically and mentally. It’s amazing that you really can feel the difference! But the choice is always yours. You can fall for the fad diets and quick cleanses or you can start making healthy choices.

As far as exercise goes, over the course of a day you have many opportunities to strengthen your body. Time cannot be used as an excuse. Spend five minutes doing planks in the morning; take a 10-minute walk at lunchtime; or do squats or lunges while watching your favorite TV show in the evening.

Hopefully, if you are not currently enjoying a healthy and fit lifestyle, you will make a conscious choice to pursue one now. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and high pressure. It doesn’t have to be expensive.  just a series of simple choices, made

A healthy lifestyle is just a series of simple choices, made every day. It’s making your health a priority. It’s breaking bad habits and developing new ones. It’s celebrating the gift of your body and the promise of future good health.

Do you want to keep chasing the latest fads or do you want to enjoy a healthy and fit lifestyle? The choice is yours.

Join me in the Start Today and Continue Tomorrow Facebook group. We can become and remain healthy and fit together!


Ep011: Believe in Yourself

When you envision yourself doing something new, can you picture it happening? Do you believe you can accomplish the changes you want to see in your life? In this week’s episode, I’ll share some thoughts about the power of self-belief.

If you enjoy this episode, I do hope you’ll share it with your friends!

Here are links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:

Toastmasters International – Where Leaders are Made – Public speaking and leadership skill development

Weight Watchers – Helping people change their relationship with food so they can reach and maintain a healthy weight

Inner Voices – Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling (episode 001) – Learning how to overcome negative inner voices

Start today and Continue Tomorrow – A private Facebook group dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Where Do You Find Your Strength?

Are you a strong person? What do you think it means to be strong? Do you equate that word with physical strength? Mental strength? Emotional strength? All of them?

I believe that strength comes in many forms. I also believe that we don’t discover our strength on the easy days. We find strength in ourselves on the hard days–on the days in which we push ourselves beyond what we thought we could do.

On the physical level it might be adding five pounds to the weights we are lifting or adding an additional set of reps we do. We may not think we can do it, but then we make the decision to give it a try and we discover that we can do it. What a great feeling!

I feel my physical strength when I am out hiking. On most hikes there is a point in the trail where I pause. I look at the trail ahead of me and wonder, “How the heck am I supposed to get up (or down) that?” Somehow, someway, I have always done what I thought I couldn’t.

Mental strength is our determination, our self-belief, our unrelenting commitment to that in which we believe. It keeps us going when the odds are stacked against us. It allows us to stay calm in the most chaotic of circumstances. It is something we can strengthen by facing the obstacles life throws at us with a plan and a positive outlook.

Recently at work a big mistake was made. This mistake meant we had to stop producing one of our products. It meant that we had to remake the material that had been ruined. It meant we might be late meeting one of our customer’s order dates. I’ll be honest–I totally flipped out. I was ready to just call it a day (at 6:30 a.m.), go home and crawl back into bed. I really did not want to deal with it. What did I do? I pulled up my big girl panties and I made the changes necessary to get that material remade. I determined which other products would need to be pushed back to accomplish this. I worked to solve the problem and move forward with production rather than doing what I wanted to do–let someone else figure it out.

Emotional strength is our ability to deal with the daily stressors of life. It allows us to move beyond the moments in life to continue growing as individuals. It is not letting events define us and keep us frozen in a moment in time.

In 2011, my 21-year-old son died. One thing I heard from many people was this, “I couldn’t handle it if my child died.” I didn’t think I could either. Before Sean passed, I would never have imagined I could handle that loss. When he died, I found out. I could handle that loss. I deal with that loss every day. It never goes away. My life settled into a new normal. I have a good life. That loss didn’t define me.

Each of us has different levels of these three types of strength: physical, mental, and emotional. When challenges are put in your path, face those challenges. Rant, rage, cuss, cry in the moment. Being strong doesn’t mean you can’t feel those emotions of the moment. Just let yourself move beyond those emotions. Take a deep breath. Ask for help, make a plan, and make an attempt to move beyond the obstacle.

Kenneth Blanchard said, “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do.”

Be strong today!