Embracing Dabblism (Part 4: Famous Dabblers)

Blog Famous Dabblers

In high school I was in the International club, I was part of the sewing team for the drama production, I volunteered with elderly folks, ran cross country, and I even dabbled with pole vaulting for a week.  Through my many activities I was able to find what I liked and what I didn’t like.  There are many dabblers that have come before us and have rose up to become very successful.

  • Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.  He dominated the arts, mathematics, and sciences. He had an “unquenchable curiosity” that lead him to pursue many interests and it lead to some great discoveries.  Due to his wide range of interests there were numerous paintings and sculptures that he never finished, but that did not stop him from becoming famous.
  • Denzel Washington studied Biology and Political Science in college before he first acted in a YMCA staff talent show.  He went on to be an Academy Award winner.
  • Coco Chanel was a cabaret dancer before she started designing in her mid-20’s.  She went on to found the brand Chanel.
  • Thomas Edison was a dabbler. Without him, we wouldn’t have the light bulb.
  • Benjamin Franklin was a writer, newspaper publisher, scientist, postmaster, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.  He certainly dabbled in many different fields, but that didn’t stop him from being one of our founding fathers and creating great inventions such as the lightning rod & bifocals.

As a dabbler we do have it in ourselves to become great just like those mentioned above.  Follow your interests, pursue your dreams, and keep trying new things even if it means leaving projects unfinished.  Through a little dedication we do have the skills necessary to become great!

Motivation Monday #6: Good Morning Productivity

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I love Mondays because they are a chance to start the week fresh, with goals in mind and to-do list items waiting to be crossed off.  I have found that in order to have a productive week, I must start with a schedule.

Since I have no kids and only have to take care of my husband, I generally have my days wide open which can lead to a lot of wasted time if not planned out properly.  Before I go to bed each night I write down a tentative plan, like so…

7:00am – Wake up
7:30am – Breakfast
8:00am – Read my Bible/Pray
8:30am – Work/Blog
11:30am – Lunch Break
12:30pm – Work/Blog
3:00pm – Exercise
4:00pm – Chores
5:00pm – Shower
6:00pm – Dinner

I give myself generalized time blocks which allows me a little flexibility, but still provides a basic plan for the day. On Sunday night I will also plan out meals for the week, create an exercise routine, and find a motivational quote/verse. I use a printable weekly to-do list to keep track of the above and it also ensures that I do the essentials like drink water & take my vitamins. View my printable weekly plan.

Do you enjoy Mondays like I do? Do you plan out your day or just wing it?

March Goals

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Let’s review my progress on my February goals…

  1. Try Yoga – Epic Fail.  My partner in crime (aka my husband) ended up really sick, so he didn’t feel like going and I am too big of a coward to go by myself.  It is on the to do list for March.
  2. Create a fun Birthday for my Husband – Done! I was able to plan a manly adventurous & funny birthday for him.  Read about it here.
  3. Read “Let’s All be Brave” – Done! I’ll be writing a review soon.
  4. File Taxes – Done.  We owe a lot of money this year because my accountant told me to save the wrong percentage.  Really bummed about this.

Goals for March…

1. Plan a Brainstorm Brunch – I have been wanting to have a few friends over to help me brainstorm blog ideas. So I was thinking of hosting a brunch.  I will supply the food & my friends will supply the ideas. Plus, it is my birthday this month so it will also be a birthday celebration.

2. Write 3 Postcards – One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more intentional with my relationships.  My goal this month is to write 3 postcards to friends who I have not talked to in a while, because it is always exciting to get something fun in the mail.

3. Participate in a Rock Climbing Competition – This year I am also trying to be more daring, so I am going to do something that I have never done before… I am going to participate in a rock climbing competition at our local rock gym.  I am not looking to score any kind of medal.  I just want to have fun, face my fears, and try something that I have never done before.

4. Read Make It Happen by Lara Casey – The subtitle of this book is, “Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.”  It sounded perfect for my journey to become more daring.

5. Double my Facebook fans – Help me by liking here: www.facebook.com/Dabblism

6. Try Yoga – If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

What is on your to-do list for this month?  Check out more blogger goals at The Nectar Collective.

Embracing Dabblism (Part 3: Not an Expert)

Blog Benefits of a dabbler

I always thought to be someone of value that I had to become an expert in one area. This notion kept me from doing many things, because I knew I wouldn’t ever have a long enough attention span to become great in that one area. After years of feeling worthless, I one day just realized and accepted the fact that I would never be a world renowned expert. This acceptance freed me to step forward. I began to embrace the fact that I am a DABBLER!

I like to start new projects, lots of them.  In fact, the excitement & enthusiasm of starting a new project is one of my favorite feelings.  In those beginning moments I feel like I can accomplish anything.  I am on top of the world.  Being excited about life & trying new things is one of the greatest benefits of being a dabbler.  We have great life experiences, memories, stories, & pictures to prove it!  Dabblers are definitely not boring & people envy our enjoyment of life.

Here are some tips to embrace being a dabbler, and to learn how to deal with misconceptions you may run into.

  • When you try new things, don’t give up just because others can do it better than you. Learning a new skill takes practice, effort, and time.
  • If you try something and don’t like it, that’s a good thing. Some times knowing what you don’t like is more helpful than knowing what you do.
  • Each endeavor you try is a learning experience: creating handmade earrings teaches you something different than taking a cooking class or training to run a marathon.
  • Everything in life is a tradeoff.  If you become an expert you sacrifice missing out on other things. If you dabble then you miss out on being the top of the class.  When you feel down about not being an expert, look through old pictures & remember the great memories that you have made in the past through your enjoyment of life.
  • You can be a person of value to someone else by loving them, cheering them up, or offering encouragement.  Life is about relationships.  “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou
  • Whether you dabble in two hobbies or six, know that every hobby requires discipline and patience. Try to focus on one at a time, so that you can give each hobby the attention it deserves.
  • Find mentors or teachers in whatever hobby you are currently exploring. They will save you a lot of time and heartache by teaching you the correct way to do something and keep you from making mistakes.
  • Create a bucket list, and find enjoyment from crossing things off the list.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others; you are living your own life in your own way. “Comparison is the thief of Joy”.
  • Keep challenging yourself in new areas of disciplines & continue to be a well-rounded opportunist!

 Dabble on  my friends!

My Husband’s Manly Birthday Party

Last week was my husband’s birthday and I wanted to throw him a party that encompassed who he is… manly, adventurous, & funny.  So that was my theme!

MANLY – To create a manly environment I choose the colors: black, white, red, with a hint of blue.  I also went for the grunge look because guys are messy.

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Motivation Monday #5: Stop Drop Pray

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Today was a hard day for me to be motivated, thus this post is not going out until 5pm.  I have been having a hard time dealing with my infertility and then to top it off I found out that we owe several thousand dollars on our taxes this year.  Bummer! 

In the midst of this blazing fire, I am reminded to STOP, DROP, and PRAY.  God did not put me in this position, but he is my strength to get through it. When I finally took some time to revel in Him, it brought me a complete sense of peace.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

I encourage you to stop what you are doing, fall to your knees, and pray to our great and mighty Lord Jesus.  He wants to hear from you and help you right where you are.

Motivation Monday #4: Enjoy the Journey

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Stop for a moment & remember this: Jesus choose you & called you His.  He has given you everything you need for this life.

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15

Solomon reminds us to enjoy the life that God has given us.  True happiness comes from centering our lives on God, not ourselves.  When we criticize our faults and weaknesses, we tend to be too distracted to find much if any joy in the Lord.  So take your eyes off yourself and focus on the author & perfecter of our faith.

Struggling to find joy in your journey? Try these…

  • LAUGHTER – It always immediately brings joy to my life no matter if I am by myself or with a group of friends.  Even laughing through the tough times makes can make them a little easier.  Laughter = Joy.
  • SERVING – Helping others makes you let go of your self-criticism, because it is no longer about you when you serve.  It also makes you realize how good you have it in many situations.  You always feel good about serving & if Jesus did it, that has to be good right?
  • PICTURES – Remember the joyful moments in your life by looking back at old pictures.  Sometimes it can be easy to forget all the good in your life, so remember to take pictures & look back on those joyous occasions.
  • GO OUTSIDE – Being in God’s creation always helps me to be joyful, especially on those days when the sky is blue & the sun is shining.

Find joy in the journey!

#NoGreyNoWay

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Today marks the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, a movie that promotes sexual violence as an acceptable form of love.  It’s not love, it’s abuse.

Protect your innocence and refuse to watch this movie.  As a wife I would not want my husband to watch porn, so why would it be ok if I did.  I choose to support real love, not violence, manipulation, self-interest, and abuse.  I’m saying #nogreynoway and #yestofreedom!

Support the movement by:

  • Refusing to watch or read 50 Shades of Grey.
  • Post a black & white selfie with a sign stating #NOGREYNOWAY on your social media platform.
  • Donate the price of a movie ticket to help free those from sexual slavery. Donate Here.
  • Say NO to anything that is less than love.  Love is not grey, it is black and white.

My Epic Engagement Story

Since it is the month of love, what better story to tell than my own engagement story.  Let’s just say it didn’t go quite as planned…

It was a beautiful April morning and Chad decided that we should go rock climbing.  I agreed and we set out to conquer the 450′ tall Independence Monument.

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There were 4 pitches to climb and we made it to the top fairly easily.  Just another fun day rock climbing!

Rock Climbing Independance Monument

Once we were at the top we enjoyed the views for a few moments before Chad got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  I was a little shocked and mortified that my hands were covered in chalk dust.  I of course said “YES!” and then Chad proceeded to pull out a small bottle of sparkling apple cider from his backpack.  We wrote our romantic story in the trail registry book that sits on top of the rock.  We celebrated for a few moments and then realized the sun was starting to set so we better get a move on.

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Embracing Dabblism (Part 2: Profile of a Dabbler)

Blog Profile of a Dabbler

Strengths & Weaknesses of a dabbler.

Growing up I was always starting new project & doing different hobbies. I would have one round of tea with my dolls, then paint a picture, and then I was onto something else. The only thing that I could do for hours at a time was play board games. I loved that each game allowed me to try a different strategy. It kept me intrigued and interested well beyond my opponents attention span. My mind was always going, thinking, analyzing, and strategizing. I had these qualities as a child and I am still like that today.

My biggest struggle is with finishing projects. Starting is never my problem. I always have a notebook overflowing with more ideas than I could possibly ever execute. When I start something, and it doesn’t go perfectly, I often leave it “for later” and never return.

Embracing your strengths and weaknesses will help you to become the best version of yourself.  Knowing that my core struggle is not finishing projects, I am able to take more steps necessary to overcome this weakness.  Some steps I might take include…

  • REWARDS: Giving myself a reward when I do finish.  Like taking the rest of the day off or buying that new pair of shoes.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Having my husband or a friend keep me accountable.  If I know someone is going to ask me if I finished a project, I will be more likely to get it done so I don’t look like a failure in their eyes.
  • SCHEDULE TIME:  I will set time aside each day to work on only that project without the distraction of social media.
  • TO DO LISTS: Taking a larger project and breaking it down into bite size pieces helps me take baby steps.  I also love crossing things off my to-do list, so if I have more smaller takes that means I get to cross more off the list.
  • NOT STARTING: Knowing I don’t like to finish things, sometimes I have to keep myself from starting in the first place.  I have to assess if it is a temporary thing I am excited about or if it is something that I have been wanting to do a for a long time.  When I don’t start new things, I then have more time to finish those projects that are only half-done.

On the flip-side, knowing that I am really great at coming up with ideas, analyzing, and strategizing helps point me in the right direction of what job I should take or what new hobbies I should try.  For example, I recently found a love for rock climbing partly because I have to analyze the route in order to make it to the top successfully.  I also worked as an accessories buyer which allowed me to constantly come up with new ideas and then find a strategy to successfully sell those items.

Embrace your strengths and weaknesses as a dabbler and use them to your advantage!