I was really tempted to send you all a picture of Ed modeling for April Fool's, but I didn't get to it in time - next year...lol!
This photo was taken from The Edge Hotel in Clearwater, FL - we had a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico and Siesta Key (that little jut of land on the left side). If you're ever in the area, there's a delicious breakfast spot right on the water called Maggie Mae's where you can often see wild dolphins and fish while you eat.
Normally, this would be the weekend we take a trip, but when we got back from Miami last month, the weather was starting to warm up here in New Jersey. So, I decided we could skip a month, and I'm definitely noticing it. Without being forced to be away from work and school and the responsibilities of the house, we don't really stop. We're working on being more mindful and taking time to rest and relax even while we're home.
I've been keeping myself super busy and loving it. I quit my SOS gig - the paid streaming gig I was doing - because the time requirements were too strict and I wasn't able to grow my main income stream - Twitch - enough because of it. So, I replaced it with a higher level of income generating activity - working for Ed on his real estate businesses. I've been learning a lot and it really feels great to get out of the house and work with people face to face in the world. It also feels really good to know I'm helping take some things off his plate so he can focus on other, more important things in the business. We get to spend a lot more time together now, too which is a plus! Not to mention our love and passion for business is one of our most powerful connections.
I'm still getting in solid hours of live streaming on Twitch - and more during the "prime time" evening hours - which is helpful. I stream anywhere from 3-6 hours/day. If you're not already over there, the link is https://twitch.tv/nexjuice
- with Periscope officially shut down now, it's time to make the switch. I recommend setting it to night mode for the best viewing experience.
I took on a second case as a CASA which has 2 teens on it, and it has been deeply rewarding. It's given me great perspective and although it is time consuming, it's as though time disappears when I'm working on it. I definitely go into a state of flow. It's also great validation that I want to work in a clinical setting - helping people directly. Research and academia has a special place in my heart too, but nothing fires me up more than taking action to directly impact the lives of real people.
I did some more brainstorming on my nonprofit and linking the benefits to teens like these that I'm working with. It's a little heartbreaking how many more teens need CASAs and don't have them. To move this to the next step, I need to call the IRS to be sure contributions to my nonprofit are tax deductible and get the info on how to go about doing that so I can run our first official fundraiser. You'll likely see me running a charity stream for CASA in the next month or two, too. They're setting up everything they need to on the back end so I can get that going. Not only will it help raise money for the cause, but it'll help bring awareness, too.
I'm in the last month of the Spring semester and everything is still going well. I just registered for Fall classes which will kick off the last year of the Bachelor's program - and the first year of being at the University. The courses I'm registered to take are: Statistics in Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Psychology and Law, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and E-Business.
I've been able to read a little bit more of the Willpower book and the Money book, but still haven't finished either. I'm enjoying life experience over book knowledge at this stage in my life, but I still love the things I read. It's just not making it to the top of my list every day - and I'm ok with that.
What's up with you? Did you do anything with family for Easter or anything like that? Did your kids (or you) have Spring break? Have you gotten vaccinated? Are you making any travel plans now that things seem to finally be getting back to normal? I'd love to hear what you're up to.