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