Weekly Email

Navigating Your Life

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Hope Needs Action

By Megan:

Have you ever gotten lost in your thoughts while on a drive, fantasizing about what your life would look like if you won some mega jackpot lottery? I do this often, but Jess from Carats and Cake reminded me recently how hope is not a business strategy - nor is it a life strategy.

“Often times I hear people attaching hope when they talk about their business goals, whether that’s wishing they were making more money or wanting their career path to be different. But the reality is, hope isn’t a business strategy. Instead it’s about figuring out what you can do in that moment to get one step closer to what you want.”

It’s still fun to dream the lottery dream, but more practical (and rewarding) to make a plan and get busy.


Navigating Your Life

By Mike:

The best app on my phone is Maps. Being able to navigate most locations with realtime traffic and step-by-step directions is mind-blowing.

To navigate a destination you simply need to know where you are and where you want to go. Navigating our lives (goals, dreams, desires) requires the same two pieces of information, where we want to go, and where we currently are.

Knowing where we are includes our thoughts, mental blocks/limitations, and mindset.

Paying attention to “where I currently am” gets routinely overlooked as my busy mind focuses only on tomorrow. To get this in balance I've started a daily journal to track my thoughts.

Journaling is new to me, but I figured if Oprah Winfrey attributes much of her success to keeping a daily journal, then journaling it is.

If you’re looking to reach new destinations, consider journaling. It may provide you with a better route.


This week at Hillside Farm

We’ve been getting things buttoned up around here, saying goodbye to Summer and welcoming in Autumn as the leaves explode with color.

We were really hoping to use our summer items a couple more times, but the chill and rain was the deciding factor to finally move our lawn chairs, umbrellas and kayaks into the shed. The picture above shows the stand up paddle board tucked tight against the barn beams until next spring.

We also walked the property picking the last of the apples from our trees, made apple muffins as a thank you to our neighbor Chuck and froze the rest to make apple pies at Christmas when our boys arrive.

We're glad you're here, see you next week!


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~Mike & Megan

Mindset Matters

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Abundant Thoughts

By Megan:

I knew our move to Maine from California would impact my established photography business, but I was excited for a change, knowing a new beginning would allow me to pursue a few business ideas I’ve had on the back burner.

However, what I could not foresee was how slowing down my business and income would affect my mental state.

In these last 10 months, I’ve found my mind going from, “I can always make more money” to “It’s all gone forever!!” and it’s been quite the mental rollercoaster.

Mindset is everything! I spent much of my 20’s figuring this out and applying what I learned to help create the life I currently live. But over the last decade or two I’ve let some of these principles slip and can see how it’s impacted my thoughts. Since thoughts are the seeds of our future it's time to get things dialed in.

I found this podcast about fear helpful in my journey towards getting my abundant mindset back on track. Especially with this statement that Marie practices daily:

“Every time I’d write a check I would bless it and say, ‘there’s always more from where that came from’.” - Marie Forleo


How Expectations Kill Gratitude

By Mike:

Choosing a partner to do life with is interesting if you really think about it. It complicates everything by 10x, but also makes it more beautiful by 10x all at once.

After a few months, and especially years together it’s easy to forget you are two separate people with individual dreams and desires.

An overlap of shared goals and responsibilities blends the lines turning me and you into we. As we lean on each other for inspiration, guidance or support it becomes easy to simply expect your partner to be there, pick up the slack and deliver. After all, that’s their job, right?

Reading this article on how expectations kill gratitude was a great reminder, we are all in relationships by choice. Sure we need to rely on one another, but recognizing our partner is also choosing to be here is important.

Paying attention and being grateful for what they do everyday (big and small) to keep our relationship boat afloat is a great step towards a happy life.


Current Book:

We try to read one book together every month or so and share our thoughts and takeaways with each other.

Now that you're with us we'll share the books and thoughts with you as well.

Ryan Holiday has a facinating background and has written some great books, he just released Stillness Is The Key and we're just diving in.

Join us in reading and we'll share thoughts!


The Clouse Chronicles: Sharing

Please forward this issue of The Clouse Chronicles to a friend. Thank you!

~Mike & Megan