Wednesday, July 8, 2015

You don't need credit to do your best: Adrian's Crazy Life

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When people LOVE to help people, they instantly become my kind of people.  Adrian of Adrian's Crazy Life is a giver, supporter, and a beautiful bursting bubble of ideas with insightful inspiration.

Nail polish pointers, she's got it!
Gadgets & gizmos, right on top of that!
Saving money, holiday fun, head shots, giveaways, Adrian is in the mix of it all.
Natasha Layne Brien

Ever hear the expression, "JACK of all trades, master of none".

Notice they didn't say JILL, because women have the impeccable ability to do it all, keeping it cute, while holding their skirts.  Adrian's certainly a lady that has "all" covered.

As a mother of three,  and with nearly 30 years of parenting under the waistband, she affirms, "A child who is allowed to keep an excess of toys and clothes is likely to not notice the clutter in their adult life because that seems like a normal situation for them."

Job titles and daily hats call for more than motherhood, as if that was not enough.  For approximately 25 years, Adrian worked as a Financial Analyst for a large bank. When we speak of spreadsheets we are not talking bedding but the data and  numerical info that would drive a mad man sane.

My favorite piece of financial advice from Adrian is "renew EVERYTHING". Though speaking specifically about borrowed library books, Adrian inspired my new personal slogan. Can you see how that motto applies to thoughts, feelings, and your daily focus. BOOM!

Adrian is a wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend, and blogger.  In this superhero line-up, the only thing I did not read is hip hop rapper.  But, please, I don't put it past her to lean how to Nae-Nae, and tutor us through each step.

Michelle Obama & Ellen Dance

The blogger with the most is a Scout leader, gives to her church regularly with time and singing service, and has connected hearts with kids in N. Ireland.

Adrain is a night owl bit by a traveling bug, that stays up too late, and is allergic to cooking.  She loves animals and caters several side hustles because life just can't seem to keep her occupied.

I love this Sparkstar so much because with little to no credit or accolade, she gives her best and hardly complains.  Life is good as Adrian is crazy enough to share herself with us.

From her heart to yours...

Declutter Queen
Who are you really? Describe yourself without using your name, or any attributes given
to you by society and really think. Deep down, who are you?

One thing I stand by is my tagline on my blog.  It says I am passionate about helping women become better Moms, manage their finances, & organize their clutter. 

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you in the world?

Definitely my children.  That they grew up to be kind and successful human beings who are happy with their lives.  

What gets you excited and driven to achieve?

Praise.  Praise and encouragement.  I will work myself into the ground for someone who appreciates me.  People who are critical – not so much.  I don’t do my best work if I am always looking over my shoulder waiting for someone to grouch about what I’ve accomplished or to find the one thing I might have done wrong and ignore the 99 things I’ve done right.  

When was the last time you travelled somewhere new?

    Adrian Donating to the Utah Ulster Project

January.  I hopped on a cruise ship all by myself with a group of bloggers I barely knew and we traveled down to Cozumel and back.  It was a blast!  

If karma was coming back to you, would it help or hurt you?

I think it would definitely help me and I see so many instances where it has.  I put a lot of good into the world and I see it come back to me again and again.  To my way of thinking, acts of charity and service to others is the way I show gratitude for the many blessings I am given.  

How do you spend the majority of your free time? Why?

Doing things for others and sometimes that isn’t a good thing.  I have to work sometimes to be a little selfish and take better care of myself.  But sometimes that Sally Fields feeling “You like me – you REALLY like me” gets a little addicting.  So I’ve been working lately on pulling back and getting my time a little bit more under my control.  

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Ready for this? – I wanted to train animals for the movies.  I originally wanted to be a vet, but I decided I did not want to see animals that were sick or in pain, so I decided I would train lions and tigers to be in movies.  However, I can’t even manage to train our dogs properly, so I have no idea how I would have accomplished such a lofty goal.  

What have you done that you’re most proud to have achieved?

I think the work I’ve done with my Scouts.  When I put together an Eagle ceremony for these boys that really puts the exclamation mark on 5 or 6 years of achievement for them and it’s a great feeling to have been able to be a part of that journey with them.  My own son’s Eagle ceremony is scheduled for this Sept, so it will be nice to see it from the parent’s side as well.  

Adrian's Crazy Life
If you dropped everything to pursue your dreams, what would you be risking?
What is your greatest strength?

I am a complete optimist.  I always think there is a way.  If you can’t go through it, go over it, go behind it, go under it, go around it, or get someone else to boost you over the wall.  If you want something badly enough, there always HAS to be some way to make it happen.  I think that’s where I get my out-of-the-box way of thinking.  Also, I try to be very inclusive.  I’ve had plenty of times when I didn’t feel welcome or included in situations and I hated that feeling, so I make a big point of trying to connect with people and make them feel included.  

What is your greatest weakness?

I think the usual stuff of self-doubt, thin skin, and uncertainty.  Even though I am a definite extrovert, I have my moments of shyness and I don’t often open up to people completely.  I’ve been burned a few times that way, so I tend to be more guarded about sharing personal stuff.  And I’m really good with words, so I have to be careful not to use them as weapons.  There have been time when I’ve written Emails and letters when I was angry that I’ve later regretted.  

What have you done today to make someone’s life better?

Well, yesterday I worked at the Food Bank with my group of kids from N. Ireland.  We are teaching them that Protestants and Catholics really can get along and in fact can become best friends.  

I am passionate about helping women become better Moms, manage their finances, & organize their clutter. 

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