Month: January 2017

The Returning by Rachelle Dekker – Book Review

The Returning by Rachelle Dekker – Book Review

I was given this book by Tyndale Publishing Network with the wonderful opportunity to review it however I wished. All opinions are my own.  Glorious Summary of “The Returning” by Rachelle Dekker – derived from the back of the book, for who can summarize it […]

New Year’s Revolution

New Year’s Revolution

Hi friends! Happy New Year! Oh, wait. We’re over three weeks into the new year. (How’d that even happen?) This is the point when resolutions are starting to waver…or just flat out crash and burn, right? Unless, of course, you’re like me, in which case […]

How To Organize Your Life As a Working Mom

How To Organize Your Life As a Working Mom

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PilotYourLife #CollectiveBias

As I stood at nearby the Kindergartner’s table, watching them happily and frantically shovel their Christmas Party goodies into their mouth, I did what all good mommies who attend parties do. I swapped tales and empathetic head nods with the nearest mommy, who was also awkwardly hovering over her child.

“Do you work?” I asked, then I stopped and started laughing, “I’m sorry,” I continued, “You’re a mom OF COURSE YOU WORK! What I meant was, do you do any work in addition to the more-than-full-time-job of being a mom?”

If you’re a mom, you’re working, day in and day out 24 hours a day. I was a stay-at-home mom to my first baby for 2 glorious years. Believe me, I know that it really is work! Some of us super crazies, though, decide to add a whole other layer. In addition to being full-time moms, we also add in other jobs. That’s when things really get interesting!

But regardless of where and how you work, this post is for you! It’s for all of you, who like me, are everyday overachievers! Maybe you’re class mom, soccer coach, and play date queen extraordinaire. Perhaps you’re a corporal boss pulling the 9-5 and coming home to housework and homework. Or you could be just like me and you work from home and somehow try to smoosh those two worlds together in a glorious and utterly crazy mess.

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The people at Target and Pilot G2 get us. In fact, they get us so much that I just had to laugh when I saw this display at Target and read the back of the G2 Target Fashion Collection Package. They get us so much that they have created a club for us!

Are you an everyday overachiever too? (If you’re reading this post that tells me the answer is most likely yes!) If so then you should also Join The Club! Be a part of the Target G2 Overachievers Club to receive promotions, product news, Overachiever life hacks, giveaways and more. Text G2CLUB to 40679 to join and we’ll send you a coupon to kick off your new club membership.

Fun right?! I joined right away because I always love finding new ways to save money and overachieve even more!

I have been a deep lover of metallic gel pens for years now. Picking up my new box of G2 Metallics gave me big time nostalgia and I just had to go dig out one of my old journals. I never wrote the year on the dates (oh to be the age where a year on the date didn’t seem necessary because life was long and *right now*).  Looking at the babble on the pages about crushes and seeing cute boys, though, I believe I was probably about 14 years old when I wrote this one. So, it’s completely safe to say that I’ve been addicted to pretty gel pens for over 15 years now!!! (P.S. I was totally going to take a full page shot to let you all snoop, but it’s seriously embarrassing to read what I prattled on about as a 14-year-old, so this side view is the best you’re gonna get! 😉 )

These days I have a whole lot more to yammer on about than going to the store with my mom. But no matter what you use them for, Pilot G2 is America’s Go-2 gel ink pen! Known for its smooth writing and comfortable grip, Pilot G2 is the #1 Selling gel ink brand in America (NPD, 2015).

I loaded up on both the Pilot G2 Target Fashion Collection & the Pilot G2 Metallics to help me keep my crazy life organized. Today I’m going to give you some fun, easy, and practical tips to help you do the same!

Tip 1: Buy New Pens & a Paper Planner Head to Target and purchase a variety of fun Pilot G2 Pens. There are a ton of different options, because, after all, pens aren’t one size fits all. Also, purchase a paper planner. Yes! Do it! I’m a huge fan of using both online and paper planners, and I’ll give you a few more hints about them a little lower down. Also, peek at tip 2 before you head out, in case you need to add it to your list as well!

Tip 2: Set Up an Enjoyable Work Space Including a Fun Pen Holder. Your beautiful pens will not do you any good if they’re scattered every which-a-way or hidden deep inside a drawer. Here are some super easy and fun ideas to keep them close and on display! One easy option is to purchase a store bought or handmade holder. This handmade clay holder is somewhat of a mystery in our family. It has the initials “MG ’87” on the bottom and none of us have any idea who MG is or why they made the pottery the year I was 2 years old, or why it’s now in our possession. All mysteries aside, it’s beautiful, and it’s also perfect for holding my Pilot G2 pens!

How many of you own a zillion and one adorable coffee cups that never-ever get used? *Raises Hand* Go grab your favorite and re-purpose it into an adorable pen holder! This brings a smile to face because I bought it for myself. (5 points for the first person who gets this reference!)

I’m a huge DIY fan if it’s fast, easy, and involves up-cycling. Throw in a little glitter? Even better! I made this adorable pen holder by up-cycling an old salsa jar! I just removed the label, washed it, and used glitter spray paint to coat the entire outside. Bim, Bam, Boom, Done!

((PPS Those are not Christmas Lights, they’re my Happy Lights that I keep on, around, and over my desk year round!))

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Tip 3: Use Your Pilot G2 Pens & Planner I’ve heard it once said that all the organizing tools in the world won’t do you a bit of good if you don’t use them and it’s sooo true! Now that you have all your tools it’s time to use them!

I’ve found for overachievers it helps to have multiple calendars and lists to help keep everything on track. For my paper planner, I always purchase one that is large and has the “month at a glance” as well as detailed daily sections.

On the month calendar I put BIG things happening–birthdays, meetings, appointments, special trips, etc.

Then on the day to day list, I split it into two categories — Work and Home. Under each, I put all the tasks that need to be done for the day.

Tip 4: Define What To Say Yes To & What To Say No To This is SO HUGE you guys!! As a working mom, it is so easy to feel like we must do ALL. THE. THINGS. Then if you’re anything like me you get completely overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted. As you’re prepping to get organized do yourself a HUGE favor and use these two printables!

Print “Things To Say Yes To” Here

Print “Things To Say No To” Here

So if you’ve never done this kind of a soul-searching, priority defining exercise you might be completely lost at what I even mean. So I’ll give you my example of Things To Say No To and hopefully it’ll help you get started on your own! Remember, we most likely have extremely different personalities and values, so all of these might resonate with you, or none of them will. This is all about taking the time to stop, taking a step back and evaluating your life and schedule. As you do this hopefully you will realize what things are literally sucking the joy and life out of you at the moment (to put it bluntly!)

These are my things to say No To! You’ll notice that by “things” it can be an activity or a physical thing, and I have 4 distinct overlying areas. First, you identify the thing, or the area/activity to say no to. Then I want you to narrow it down just a bit, and start to come up with a plan on how you’ll identify that in your life and how to practically say “no” to it.

I’ll walk you through this whole process with my first “No” which is Drama! Any kind of Drama gets me all sorts of upset. In my “real life,” I’m surrounded by amazing and wonderful people. While, yes, real life is always hard and it’s not always happy, there is very little drama in it.

Online, however….well do I really even need to explain this?!?!?!

So how do I say no to it? By avoiding it entirely!!! For example, during this entire election season, (pre-post-and-now) I avoided my main newsfeeds and political articles LIKE THE PLAGUE. Instead, I went to only the specific sites I needed to, to evaluate and research candidates, and I only went to my personal notifications, my work pages, or specific friend pages I knew didn’t post drama and that I enjoy talking to.

Find your things to say NO to! They will help you free up time and emotional space and energy to run toward your goals!! Going right along with that, I’ll leave you with these great tips that tie right in with everything we’ve talked about today!

Put all of these tips into your overachiever world and watch your productivity soar!! And Don’t Forget To Sign Up for the G2 Overachievers Club With Me!

Also! Go Here to find even more great tips and ideas on how to get the most out of planning and organizing your life!

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