Category Archives for "Stuff Happens"

Aug 21

Ep087: When Plan B Comes Together Perfectly

By Donna Doyon | Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Stuff Happens , Surpassing Self

Plan B. The backup to what you really want to do or accomplish. Instead of climbing a mountain, I sat for hours looking at a lovely view of mountains and visiting with family. I climbed an 8,000 ton glacial erratic, walked along the Sandy River, and saw an amazing sunset. Sometimes Plan B, turns out to the be perfect plan.



Show Notes:

Earl is 6' 3". Daggett Rock is approximately 25-feet high.

Earl is 6′ 3″. Daggett Rock is approximately 25-feet high.

 

Me, standing between two fragments of Daggett Rock, Phillips, ME

Me, standing between two fragments of Daggett Rock, Phillips, ME

The tree branches that were propped against Daggett Rock to assist adventurers.

The tree branches that were propped against Daggett Rock to assist adventurers.

Looking at those logs and wondering... do I dare?

Looking at those logs and wondering… do I dare?

This adventurer had to give it a try.

This adventurer had to give it a try.

On top of Daggett Rock. My legs may have been trembling, but my smile was strong and bright.

On top of Daggett Rock. My legs may have been trembling, but my smile was strong and bright.

View from the bottom. That's how high 25-feet is. Yikes!

View from the bottom. That’s how high 25-feet is. Yikes!


I love the smooth rocks on the Sandy River, Phillips, ME

I love the smooth rocks on the Sandy River, Phillips, ME

You can see how the water has worn smooth circles into the granite. Ah, the power of water!

You can see how the water has worn smooth circles into the granite. Ah, the power of water!

I see prehistoric looking bones in these rocks. Worn smooth by water and time.

I see prehistoric looking bones in these rocks. Worn smooth by water and time.

 


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


Jan 09

Ep055: The Lesser of Two Negatives

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Stuff Happens

The toilet paper battle raged in Donna’s home. After being caught tissue-less, she challenged her rogue/paladin partner to pick one of two “crimes” against clean bottoms.

You decide which charge was the lesser of two negatives. Or if there was a third consideration–one that wasn’t a “crime” at all.



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The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


Nov 28

Ep049: Making Adjustments for the Holidays

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Podcast , Stuff Happens

The holiday season throws most of us off kilter. Typical routine activities are suddenly fraught with glitches. Our once quiet and relaxing weekends are stuffed with activities that require more energy than we possess. Instead of wishing the holidays were over, learn how to make adjustments for this special time of the year.



What are some things you do to make the holidays less stressful, and more meaningful? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Aug 10

My Leaky Tub Put My Goals at Risk

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Gratifying Goals , Stuff Happens , Videos

Don’t you hate it when life gets in the way of achieving your goals? Or I suppose the better question to ask is this… “Don’t you hate it when you LET life get in the way of achieving your goals?”

In this week’s goal setting tip, I share a home maintenance situation (the subject line give you a clue as to what it is) that is trying to steal my attention… it’s trying to divert my focus from what I planned to accomplish today.



What do you do when life throws distractions at you?

  • Do you let them completely derail your goal achieving progress?
  • Do you close the closet door on them so you can focus on something else?
  • Or perhaps you’re like me and you keep ignoring the situation until you finally HAVE to deal with it.

I’d love to know how you’d handle similar situations.

Jul 11

Ep029: Shiny Object Syndrome – Send out the S.O.S.

By Donna Doyon | Gratifying Goals , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Stuff Happens

Shiny objects… what are they and how are they impacting what you accomplished yesterday and what you hope to accomplish today?

In this week’s episode, I talk about the distractions that steal our attention from tasks or opportunities that we’d previously chosen and committed to focusing upon.



It’s time to stop letting “shiny objects” break down our spirits and steal our enthusiasm for our own success. What are some shiny objects you’ve pursued (and how did it work out for you)? I’d love to read your stories in the comments box below.

May 09

Ep020: Quitting is Not an Option (or is it?)

By Donna Doyon | Gratifying Goals , Podcast , Stuff Happens

Sometimes I get tired of hearing people say, “Quitting is not an option!”

I get tired of hearing and reading the motivational quotations that urge me to continue traveling on whatever path I’ve taken to whatever destination I thought I wanted to reach.

Sometimes I believe that quitting IS an option. Sometimes I think quitting is the BEST option.

And that’s the topic of this week’s episode of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling.



If you’d like to have support for a goal or a project you’ve started and stopped in the past, please join my Facebook group Start Today and Continue Tomorrow. We are all about cutting ourselves some slack, staying true to our own agendas, and returning to past goals as we can. I’d love to have you join us.

Jan 10

Ep000: My Inaugural Episode

By Donna Doyon | Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Stuff Happens

Confession time… I am writing this entry at 6:42 p.m. on January 10, 2017. I am going to post this entry to show a publish date of 04:59 a.m. I am going to do this so future visitors to my website will be able to listen to my podcast episodes in the proper order.



Why am I posting this episode AFTER my episode 001?

Let me tell you… a funny thing happened on the way to creating this episode. Okay, it wasn’t really funny, it was momentarily devastating. Here’s what happened…

My after-work plan for yesterday, Monday, January 9th, was to record this introductory episode, edit and publish it. The plan was for it to be published moments before Episode 001: Inner Voices.

All was going well until it wasn’t.

I was finalizing/reviewing my talking points in a Word document, when the computer locked up. The mouse worked, but the keyboard didn’t. I thought the wireless keyboard’s batteries had died. Then the monitor screens went black. The computer powered down and tried to restart–unsuccessfully.

I gave it a few minutes to try to recover, but it didn’t. I should know computer CPR, but I was a baffled bystander who could only watch as it tried to survive unassisted. When I could witness its suffering no longer, I pressed the power button so it could rest in peace.

Selfishly I bemoaned the loss of the required technology for my new podcast. Almost immediately I wrote off the contributions this magnificent tower of technology had provided thus far and replaced it with a relic: a laptop running the Windows XP operating system.

Two black screens and one relic laptop to get the job done.

Two black screens and one relic laptop to get the job done.

It took some time to reacquaint myself with a much older version of my audio editing software. Before I knew it, I was out of time.

High tech recording studio? Not so much.

High tech recording studio? Not so much.

This afternoon I recorded the episode, edited it, and discovered that the older version of the software doesn’t recognize the music and intro clips I used with my first three episodes. Oh well. Life happens, right?

So this afternoon I published a naked version of my introductory episode.

Now I have a week to figure out how I am going to put all the pieces together for next week’s episode.

Earl is working on rebuilding the computer. Fingers crossed he is successful.

Jan 01

Happy twenty-seventeen!

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Gratifying Goals , Maximizing Mindset , Stuff Happens

“My goal for 2017 is accomplish the goals of 2016,
which I should have done in 2015
because I promised to do them in 2014
after planning to do them in 2013.”

Does this sound like you? Are you beating yourself up mentally for all the things you didn’t do in 2016? Are you still holding on to those extra pounds? Are you still dealing with the clutter in a bedroom closet? Are you still spending more time on the couch than on your feet exercising?

If you tend to start each year with a lofty New Year’s Resolution, but continue to end each year with a sense of disappointment or frustration, I encourage you to cut yourself some slack.

New Year’s resolutions can be fun, but frequently they are things we think we are supposed to do, rather than something we actually want to do. If we don’t have a strong enough reason to do something, life easily gets in the way of doing it. It is human nature. It is not your fault.

If, however, you have a strong need and/or desire (they are not always the same thing), to accomplish a specific goal, I’d like to help you do that. Share your goal in the comments section below and your greatest frustration when working to achieve it.

I’ll offer some tips for overcoming the obstacles in an upcoming written blog post or on one of my podcast episodes (my podcast, Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling is scheduled to launch on January 10, 2017).

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