Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few things I've been doing, thinking, reading or learning throughout the previous week. Many of these things will be inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media... so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself! Let’s get to it:
What’s one thing I’ve done this week to positively impact my own life?
You may recall I’ve talked a bit about creating more balance between life, Combat Flags and my day job. In an effort to do just that, this week I removed Combat Flags email from my phone. It may not seem like a big change, but it’s been pleasant to make the decision to go and “physically” check my email on the iPad or laptop instead of having it fed to me in real time. I’ve also found that I am less passive in responses (that is, less likely to read an email on my phone and say “I’ll respond later”) due to the fact that now I’m there purposefully to review and respond.
What’s one purchase that’s had a positive impact on my life?
In all honesty I didn’t make this purchase this week, but I used it for the first time on Wednesday. As you may know, the Original Combat Flags are finished with the skeleton-ized American Flag overlay. Previously, I’ve worked with another company to cut those for me. Looking at where I can grow the company, I found that this process was prohibitive to making more Original Combat Flags available each month. So, I purchased a cutting plotter in December and got it up and running. I can cut the flag overlays either on demand or in bulk. It’s reassuring to know I have more control over the supply of the overlays.
What’s one failure from the week that made me better?
My headspace hasn’t been all that great the last week or so. I’ve been dwelling, hyperfocusing and playing things out in my so intensely that it’s been 1) exhausting and 2) counterproductive. I know when these things start to happen, and this time I didn’t catch it early enough to stop it. Wednesday night was a turning point where I turned it off and got myself to a better place. With that, the failure is not saying (either to myself or anyone else) “hey, something’s up, let’s get this figured out.”
Conversely, what’s one success that made me better?
Getting back in a routine and sharing what I’m doing. Both seem small, but I LOVE a good routine and I really enjoy sharing what’s happening with Combat Flags. The routine has been lacking since Christmas and this week I’m back to about 75 percent to a full routine, which is helping to alleviate some of that mental stress I just mentioned. And sharing the small wins from Combat Flags with each of you on on social via stories and posts has been fun. It’s been cool (and unexpected) to see a handful of you respond through direct message or comments with what your goals are.
What have I been reading?
Unlike previous editions of Just a Few Things, this one isn’t a book selection, rather a magazine article. I know, right? An actual magazine article? It’s from an October 2017 issue of Smithsonian Magazine and the story is called “What ever happened to the Russian Revolution?” I’m increasingly interested in Russian history (no, not because of the news). They’ve had such a volatile history that seemingly continues to repeat itself every 50 or so years. If you’re interested, you can read the digital article here.
That’s it for this week’s Just a Few Things. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out. Like I mentioned earlier, feel free to drop a comment with a few things you’ve been up to!
Also, feel free to checkout a few other BlogOps post to learn more about the history of Combat Flags and our 2018/2019 State of the Union update.
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