So I’m super thrilled to announce that I was featured on my first podcast! Ever since I started journaling back in July 2016, I’ve been obsessed with learning about productivity and self improvement, and I’ve been reading a number of books on the subject.

One of my favorites and the most useful is called The ONE Thing written by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. After reading the book, I got super inspired to start living MY ONE Thing, and implementing this mindset into my own life.

I based my June 2017 monthly spread around the ONE thing concept. The mantra of the book is this:

“What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

I left a spot each day to write down the ONE thing I needed to do each day to help me reach my “someday goal.” Ever since reading, I’ve kept this little phrase in the back of my head, and my work seems to get easier and easier. I’ve started to get ahead on projects that I’m working on instead of having them swirl in the back of my head all day. I’m filling in my free snippets of time each day with productive tasks to help work towards the NEXT steps.

After tagging Jay in the Instagram hyperlapse of my June draw-up, we connected and had a phone meeting about my story, the blog, and how I’m implementing the book in my own life. Geoff Woods, the VP of The ONE Thing, then invited me to be on the podcast, and I gladly accepted!

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The Podcast + My Story

The podcast was published on Monday, 7/31/17, and you can listen to it HERE. It’s all about my journey to find my blogging passion after losing both of my parents to cancer in my mid-20’s. This is a huge transformational period for someone’s life on its own… I was just finishing grad school, and deciding where and what I wanted to do after.

My dad passed in January 2010 in the middle of pursuing my masters. He was a fun-loving elementary school principal here in Orange Beach and even made his diagnosis into a fundraiser for the school. He LOVED his job and was passionate about making that school the best around. His legacy still lives on with his dream project the Sea, Sand & Stars Science & Nature Center – a learning center by the elementary school that blossomed from just a tiny idea in his head. He unfortunately had an aggressive cancer from an unknown source and lasted about 1 year and 5 months after being diagnosed. This was all in the middle of my mother’s on/off 5-year battle with breast cancer.

I ended up graduating in December 2010 from Auburn, and I moved back home to help my mom take care of my [14-years] younger brother, Rocky. In January of 2011, right after I moved home, Mom had planned a week-long trip to Glendale, Arizona to see our Auburn Tigers play in the national championship. We had a great trip, and little did I know that would be the last ever with her. It was one of the coolest trips of my life, and now definitely one of the most memorable. We ended up losing her about a month later in February 2011, and the rest is history…

I’m now taking care of my younger brother (who is in 11th grade now), and I’m still working at the family’s pharmacy. My mother was owner and pharmacist (passed down from her father), and the family still owns and manages the pharmacy. We have a great, loyal group of workers and customers that have been coming to the store for 50 years. We even have an employee that just reached 50 years with the store! I use my business degree to help run the store, manage payroll, pay taxes, etc. and I’m also an active pharmacy technician. Pretty fun fact though — THE Tim Cook worked at the pharmacy when he was in high school, and was on the yearbook staff with my mom… so that’s our small town’s claim to fame!

The blog is my passion project that I’ve recently discovered a love for after blogging in the food space for about 2 years. I’ve been glued to the computer since I can remember, and back before college, I loved keeping scrapbooks and being creative. I lost a lot of this love for creating when I went to college and had to get a little more serious about where and what I was doing with my time… a lot of it involved sleep, socializing, and of course I had to fit in studying.

I’ve always been a night owl and late sleeper, and I never EVER thought I would voluntarily wake up at 5:00 AM, but I’ve found that it’s the best time for me to get my most challenging work done. My mind is fresh, and if I’m coming home from work after being gone 11 hours, I’m not likely to be in the mood for more “work”. It’s certainly not for everyone, but I now enjoy my time in the morning to get ahead on my blog and current projects.

I’ve learned so much about productivity, creative journaling, lettering, and MUCH more after creating the blog. I’m way more intentional about how I spend my “free” time and try to make the most out of every single day. Even on my 30-minute commute to & from work, I listen to helpful books & podcasts to help better myself & the site. I’ve also connected with so many influential, successful, creative, and hard-working people that I would have never thought I’d connect with. And it’s only been a year! This blog has truly been a blessing, and I’ve enjoyed the whole journey.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this — whether it’s your first time here or you’re a frequent visitor. I encourage you to make your dreams a reality. Doing this WILL take work, but if you want to change anything for the better, it’s up to YOU to act on it. And it is NEVER too late.

I hope my story inspired you in some way. I’d love to hear your comments, questions and stories in the comment section below or feel free to email me and say hello.

If you’re interested in learning more about The ONE Thing team and what they’re doing to help people live their dreams, the podcast can be found here or by searching The ONE Thing in your podcast app.

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