My Leaky Tub Put My Goals at Risk

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Ep009: Changing Your Direction

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ~Lao Tzu



If you would like support and guidance as you change directions in your life, please join my Facebook group Start Today and Continue Tomorrow. We are a group of goal-getters who face the same struggles of balancing the many aspects of our lives with our dreams and goals as individuals.

Ep000: My Inaugural Episode

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.