Anything I can do, you can do better…

Anything I can do, you can do better…wait, what?

 

Yep, you read that correctly. Most of us actually believe and perhaps have even said this statement. Most of us believe this because we’ve been told to believe it from one single person. That person sucks. They always run you into the ground. They always make you feel like you’ll never make it. They’ll always tell you that you’re not good enough. But you know what? Forget them. They are only stopping you from reaching your goal. Who am I talking about? I’m talking about you. That’s right, you. You are the person that keeps you from jumping out there and actually accomplishing something.

 

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The Background

So now, a little context to my introduction here. I am a six month old web developer. That’s right, six months ago I thought HTML was a MySpace feature, Bootstrap was an article of clothing, and JavaScript was someone writing my name on a Starbucks cup. Yesterday I successfully launched my first client’s website. You can find it at www.timsconcreteproducts.com. Yes it’s real. Yes I built it. However, it was also me that was holding myself back. I kept staring at it. It was missing something right? I mean, it can’t be good enough yet. It doesn’t have enough features. That thing needs to be moved over there. This border is too thick. That button is the wrong color. It made me want to scream. It made me believe that anything I can do, they can do better.

 

Drown Yourself Out

I had to finally just sit back and say, “enough is enough.” It’s going live. So i did it. I pulled the trigger. The client was happy with it, and that’s all that mattered right? I really didn’t think so at first. Part of me still felt like I hadn’t done a good enough job. After all, I’m in the web development community. People know a lot more stuff than I do. Am I really good enough to take part in this realm of opportunity? There’s people younger than me and they know HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, Rails, Ruby on Rails, and the list goes on and on and on. Then I jump on YouTube and see videos of what you should know to be a web developer in 2017. That list is even longer! On top of that they claim, “you’re not a REAL developer until you know (insert language here).” JUST STOP IT! You have to drown yourself out. Tell yourself that you can do this, and you will in fact do it. Stop listening to your biggest enemy, your own doubt.

 

The Reaction

So I took Tim’s Concrete live online. I am a member of two coding groups on Facebook. I hesitated to post anything. Once again my mind is whirling. Is it good enough? Am I about to get slaughtered? Am I going to be the laughing stock of the group? The result was the exact opposite. People swarmed to me. Telling me how great I had done. How they wished they could be where I am. They wished they could do what I do. Are you kidding me? Is this real? My mind did flip flops and loopy loops in my skull. How was this possible? These people know so much more than I do. They’ve been doing it longer. They’re better than me. Anything I can do, they can do better…right?

 

The Epiphany

That’s when it hit me. Everyone that I was talking to was EXACTLY who I was. They were me before I snapped and decided to just go for it. I talked to a lot of people in these groups that were insecure about their abilities. They were constantly doubting themselves. They were constantly waiting until they finished learning (insert language here). Need I remind you that I’m only six months into this? Anything I can do, you can do better. If any of you from the groups are reading this please pay attention to what I am saying here. Even if you are reading this and you’re not a part of that group, please, continue to pay attention here.

 

The Reality Check

Take this next point with a grain of salt from an all-wise and all-knowing infant web developer:

If you think you’re not good enough right now, you’ll never think you’re good enough ever.

I mean it. If you can code a simple landing page website, there’s a small business near you that would be happy to have one. If you can take a regular website and use something like Bootstrap to make it mobile responsive, there’s a mobile-crappy website out there in need of your assistance. The bottom line is work with what you can do right now. Get out there and do something with it. Stop waiting to finish (insert language here). Keep learning while you’re building something real. Jump out there and (as Nike would say) Just Do It.

 

The Application

So rather than just leave you with some encouraging ideas, I want to share with you how I actually got this far in my elite, elaborate, wealthy career (that can’t even pay the water bill yet). Jump out there. Here’s exactly how I did it. I went to my local facebook sell groups. Here is the exact posting I typed up:

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There it is. My all-time secret to how I got started. I don’t care if you copy it word for word! Reach down deep into your gut, pull out what courage you have, and DO IT!

 

The Conclusion

“Anything I can do, you can do better.”

That’s the lie. I told myself this every single day that I logged onto Facebook and saw my competition. I truly believed it. Stop believing that and believe in yourself. If I can do it, so can you. Let me know what you think. Ask the amazing, all-powerful, six-month-old developer whatever questions you may have, and I’ll see what I can do. One more thing. Right now, tell yourself out loud:

“Anything they can do, I can do also.”

Have a wonderful day!

 

This is what my gut told me

Health issues

I’m normally against MLM but after some convincing from a friend, I have decided to give Plexus a try. My reasoning? As I’ve wrote before, I’ve been dealing with anxiety this year along with fatigue, hypo symptoms, and just feeling like crud. Gut issue? No, not me! Ha ha! Or at least that’s what I thought….

At first, I told my friend I was not interested. She told me her story, or as Plexus ambassadors call it, “their testimony.” The more I talked with her, the more I was curious, but not 100% on board. I needed to know why their brand was better than other probiotics.

Another reasoning, well I was approached by some other ladies selling Plexus and telling me how VitalBiome helped their anxiety. Was I skeptical? Ummm YEAH!

Gut Test reveals….

About the time this topic came about, I received my gut test back from uBiome. My gut test showed I had VERY little probiotics in my system. Here is a quick caption of what my gut microbiome looks like;

Bifidobacterium: 0.09 %
Lactobacillus: 0.05%
Akkermansia: 0%

On the uBiome site it even states, “Certain strains of Lactobacillus have been shown to improve mental health, including anxiety and mood, in addition to improving gut health. [3]” So I began googling, researching and was surprised my mood/anxiety might be caused from my poor gut health or at the very minimum contributing to it.

I have been skeptical but when I was told Plexus was backed by a 60 day money back guarantee, well why not? Obviously my gut needed some good bacteria so it couldn’t hurt. Worst case scenario, I tried it, it didn’t work, and I got my money back.

Neglecting my gut

Why have I never looked into gut before? I mean, almost any site you read about hypothyroidism, there is some kind of connection. Well, I never had bowel issues like diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramping or irregular bowel movements. This is going to get down to, well poop, so feel free to skim over. I had bowel movements 2X a day. I also don’t eat a lot of junk, avoid processed foods, GMOs, haven’t taken an antibiotic in 4 years and before that it had been years, and the list goes on.

I also have taken probiotics before and noticed no difference when taking them. I actually was taking a brand before trying the VitalBiome. Taking or not taking made no difference. I just assumed it was because my gut was good due to my lifestyle choices. But then I got my gut test back. I can’t deny the test results. My gut needs help.

My experience with Plexus so far

So my experience, I have been on VitalBiome for 3 weeks now. The first week, I had major die off symptoms. I have NEVER experienced die off until starting the VitalBiome. It was so strong, I’ve had to cut my dose in half and add a high dose of Vitamin C. Some may think, well this means its bad for you. No, it means it’s killing off the bad bacteria. I was told to stick with it. So after cutting the dose in half, adding vitamin C, I’ve noticed my mood has been improving. My anxiety is improving. Is a placebo effect? You know, I don’t know and honestly I don’t care.

I even searched many of the strands in VitalBiome. Plexus said it could help with mood but what did other sources say. Well, they agreed.

Plexus VitalBiome™

You’re skeptical right?

I know, I know. Everyone is skeptical. I’ve encountered some nay-sayers and honestly, I am kind of one of them. But you know what, even if Plexus is some kind of scam, I’m seeing small improvements in a short amount of time. I will take it! Who knows? Maybe it will help. Maybe it won’t but I’m giving it a go.

Akkermansia

Last week I added in Slim by trying a 7 day challenge. I had die off symptoms again. I am only taking 1/2 Slim as of right now. This product I was not interested in because I have tried every diet under the sun, supplement, and it never helped anything. So why did I decide to try Slim? Well, it came back to the gut test. Ubiome had told me why Akkermansia is a good bacteria and I had 0%. Yep, nadda.

I went to Google to find out more. At the time, I didn’t realize Plexus sold a product to help improve Akkermansia. It brought up the plexus site as a result. I kind of rolled my eyes and thought, stupid Google is tracking me. I passed over the Plexus site and clicked on another link. I began reading but as I was reading, I thought why in the world did it bring up Plexus when I typed in “Akkermansia.” So I clicked the back button and clicked on the Plexus link.  What did I find? Well the Slim helps increase Akkermansia by 250X. 😮 What?! Ok, yeah right. I bet I can buy akkermansia from another provider without being sucked into this MLM company, right? Nope. Can’t find a product that contains Akkermansia or even claims to help improve Akkermansia except for Plexus. Hmmm…

Slim Video – Full Length

I soon will be giving the Triplex a go but having to take things slow right now. I’ve been resistant to the Triplex as well. lol

Healthy Gut. Happy You. And Weight Loss Too.* – Plexus Worldwide

What if?

I went back and forth. I asked tons of questions, I googled, I viewed the information on the Plexus site, looked up negative reviews of Plexus, and even critically critiqued their ingredient list in some of their products. The more I tried to prove Plexus was a scam, the more I became curious. And yes, I did find some negative reviews but then I saw so many positive reviews. Most of the negative reviews was of the old Slim not the new one. Would it help? Would it work? Would it make me feel better? Would it make feel worse? SOOOOO many questions! But what if worked?.. What if……

Finally, I got to the point, oh what do I have to lose? Money? No, they have a 60 day money back guarantee.So here I am trying it out. Will it help all my ailments? I don’t know. Does it seem to be helping? Yes. If it does help, I will be more than thrilled to stand behind this brand. And as of this moment, I think it’s helping. I mean, this is what I have been praying for right? Something to help?

What do you have to lose?

At first, I would not sign on as an ambassador. I didn’t want to be locked into purchasing the product or selling X amount each month. And I knew I could not in good conscience sell a product I did not believe in.  But after giving it 3 weeks, I wanted the product for cheaper and signed on as an ambassador so I can give this a fair shot. I have never been good at sales. I’ve tried selling Avon, Mary Kay, but my heart and soul have not been in it. If Plexus does amazing things for me, my heart and soul will be in it. And I will be sharing my story with EVERYONE.

Right now, the science is behind their products. Most importantly, I see improvements. So here I am sharing with you today. Am I in it for the money? No, but I’m not going to lie. It would be nice to have a supplemental income to help pay off some debt.  So I will ask you the same… What do you have to lose? What if these products could help you? Try Plexus with me. Give it a fair shot and see for yourself!

If you would like to give Plexus a try, you can browse the Plexus 2017 summer catalog via interactive catalog or PDF file.

 

Is my homeschooling child missing out?

Are my kids missing out?

It’s typical to see our news feed loaded with proud mommy moments of how their child achieved something great in public school. There is nothing wrong with a parent sharing their child’s achievements. But sometimes, it tends to make us homeschooling parent’s feel like our kids our missing out.

 

The Curse of The Facebook Newsfeed

I am a member in a few different homeschooling Facebook groups. Usually around the beginning of the school year and end of school year I often see a homeschooling mom post about how she feels her kid(s) are missing out after seeing her friend’s pictures of their kids. I have felt the same at times. My kid isn’t an AB Honor Roll student. Not because she’s not smart enough but because we homeschool, and sometimes this makes us feel down about our decision to homeschool.
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How I plan to reduce stress

Reducing stress

Stress… ahhh! One of my biggest enemies. I am a worrier. My mother used to tell me I was a worry wart. Maybe it’s in genes, it’s just who I am, my introverted self that makes me overthink everything, or I could blame it on whatever I wanted. Bottom line, it wasn’t until my anxiety was through the roof, that I decided it might be a good idea to start being proactive about my worries and stress.

 

I have been known to stress about everything under the sun. Worried what others think of me, my health, if I’m a good enough mother or wife, if I will make it to heaven, if my house is clean enough when company stops by, if I’m giving my children the best of the best education, do we have enough money, and on, and on my list goes. I don’t think it helps that I am perfectionist. Eeek! And how many times have I asked myself “What if….(insert worry here) ?”

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