Hard Work & Luck
Happy Friday! Good Lord it’s been a long week for me. I don’t blog about Scott’s travel for safety reasons but he’s been gone all week.
So in addition to me returning home from Mexico City last week
And moving into a new home last week just 24 hours after I was back from an international trip
This week I have been a single parent. Along with working fulltime.
Needless to say, I am running on fumes.
But his flight just landed. Thank.God.
Needless to say, Daddy and Skylar will be having fun at the park Saturday afternoon. Mommy needs to catch her breath.
Here are my cookies on their site
Do I “get” anything for this? No, not really. No money, no blue ribbons, no pats on the back from Martha Stewart or anything like that.
Does it still make me insanely happy? Yes.
Why? Because Foodgawker gets thousands of submissions each day to their site. Most don’t make it. That’s just the cruel truth. The food sites are really picky and I have tons of photos turned down just like everyone else who submits. Declines are common. Of the thousands of submissions they receive daily, they probably publish less than 100 per day. <–Just a guess.
But of the submissions they do publish from the last 7 days, let’s just say it’s 700 for the week, mine made the most gawked list and at the time of this blog post, I’m on page one!
That means that either my recipe is good, my photography is good, or possibly both. I’ll take it.
I work really, insanely, ridiculously hard on both my recipe development AND my photography. I do put lots of effort and hard work into everything I do in life; including my blog, my recipes, my photography. And it looks like the Gawking Gods are smiling down. Thanks to everyone who has gawked. Without your gawks, I wouldn’t be on that list!
Things like this makes me want to work even harder. I am not mentioning this to get pats on the back. No!
I mention = it to remind myself that hard work pays off and to encourage everyone else to keep on working hard at whatever your passion is! Dream big, set goals, and work hard at whatever it is you want to accomplish!
I’d also like to work hard at devouring some Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread (Gluten/Soy-Free)
Between the bananas and the peanut butter, this is the moistest banana bread I’ve ever had.
I have lots of other work to do!
From my last post about the Grocery Store Shuffle, we all seem to go to multiple stores. Ugh! Why can’t it just be one-stop-shopping?
Do you believe that hard work pays off? Do you believe in luck?
I believe in hard work.
I really don’t believe there is much “luck” in life. Some luck, yes, like the circumstances you were born into or the type of parents you had, yes, that involves luck, fate, or destiny; for others they may term this God’s will, but in a broad sense, I really don’t believe much of what happens to us or the course and path of our life is determined by luck.
I believe most of what happens to us is shaped by our own efforts, our choices, and our mental attitude and outlook on things and how we deal with the circumstances and things that life throws at us.
I have been the victim of violent crime. Was this unlucky? Yes.
Does my mental attitude and outlook allow me to wallow in this, to live my life being shaped by this unlucky turn of events? No! It happened, I processed it, I am alive, I have moved on.
People who seem “lucky”or who have achieved some success or wealth or accomplished great things didn’t usually get there by chance. They got there because they worked hard!
Did Oprah, Donald Trump, or Paula Deen get where they are because they were lucky? No! They all tell stories of how hard they worked, the sacrifices they made, the obstacles they overcame from abuse to poverty to single parenthood to long days, sleepless nights, and sheer fortitude and determination and drive and hard work.
Yes, you could get “lucky” and win the lottery.
But I believe you have a better chance of positively shaping and effecting your own life through hard work! Pursue your passions and dreams like there’s no tomorrow, and just dive in. Work hard, play hard, and seize the day.
I believe that “luck” does sometimes happen. However, I define luck as: the intersection of preparedness and hard work meeting opportunity.
Be prepared, work hard, and that way if a door opens, or if there is opportunity for something “lucky” to occur, you will be ready for it and can take the fullest advantage of it.
I can’t wait to read your thoughts. There are so many shades of gray, nuances, exceptions to rules, and opinions on these topics.
In a half dozen sentences there is no way I can fully express all my thoughts on the matter. Just giving broad brushstrokes.
What are your thoughts?
Thanks for the Barre 3 Giveaway Entries. You all want to get your fit on!
Have a great weekend!