Positively me

18 Apr

I reread yesterday’s post and felt like it was so negative. The day did improve and ended with a fun girls wine night- lots of laughing.

I often feel like I am positive about everyone else except myself. I believe it is a pretty common syndrome.

So today, I am going to remind myself of back when I was positive, naïve and a total dork.

One summer vacation, my next door neighbor and I took a babysitting course at the local hospital. I was about twelve years old, had big glasses and thin blonde hair. I looked like I needed a babysitter myself. We learned how to put diapers on babies, how to make an arts and crafts kit and of course, we learned the always important CPR. I had already watched neighborhood kids and my siblings here and there for short periods of time, so I was quite the expert already, obviously.

After becoming “babysitter certified”, we booted up the computer and printed out homemade business cards. We had to cut 8×11 copy paper and paste it onto poster board, but it did the job. We then spent the next few days circulating our cards around the neighborhoods. Trust me, we were go getters!

Believe it or not, the cards worked. We became the hottest babysitters in town. We were booked up and raked in the money that summer and for the next several years (although I hear nowadays babysitters make A LOT more money). Kids loved us and parents loved us.

We saved up our money and our first big purchase was a tent that we spent many summer nights camping out in (okay, so we probably only used it a couple times- short attention spans). That summer was one that I will never forget.

So, from now on I am going to try and revert back to that eager girl with the big glasses. I kind of liked her and she certainly was a success.

Do you remember your first big purchase with your own money?

Today was Day Sixteen (or Day P) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

And, of course, it was also Theme Thursday:

I promise I have been responding to all your comments, but I’ve recently received advice from several sources that I should do it via E-mail instead of the posts themselves because you may not have been receiving them. Going to try it this way until further notice.  Also, as usual hoping you’ll follow me on Bloglovin or Twitter!

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36 Responses to “Positively me”

  1. megan April 18, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Cute post 🙂 I started babysitting around age 12. I thought it was so cool to come home with $20. Most of my babysitting money in high school went towards my college savings, but i’d use it to go out with friends too.

  2. JennSomethingClever April 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Did you read The Babysitters Club, too? 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Ha- yes! I’m pretty sure the hospital person who thought of the kits also did!

      PS- Did you get this response? I am unsure about the whole responding via Email versus on the post thing…

      • JennSomethingClever April 18, 2013 at 9:17 am #

        Kid Kits! Right! I did get it, but that’s because I always subscribe to the comments if I leave one. I’m no help there.

  3. Bradley Charbonneau April 18, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    This is way too true, “I often feel like I am positive about everyone else except myself. I believe it is a pretty common syndrome.”

    My business partner reminds me to stop worrying about the 3 things I’m “doing wrong” and focus instead on the 97 things I’m doing write. I think it’s just human nature.

    I do remember taking money out of the bank for my first car. Actually going to the bank, withdrawing the money, paying cash to the guy selling the car. Actual cash in hand makes it all more real, doesn’t it?

    • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Wow- you were a good saver to be able to buy your first car in cash. Totally makes it more real.

      Your business partner has good advice. It’s all good in theory, but tough to put into practice!

  4. The Sadder But Wiser Girl April 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I spent one summer working as a “mother’s helper”. I helped out a mother down the street with her two seriously cute little boys. I took the money I made and bought a Casio keyboard-it was the 80s, we all HAD to have them!

    • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Did you become a keyboard playing extraordinaire or did your phase end as quickly as our tent phase?

  5. School of Smock April 18, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    My 12 year old niece recently had a birthday, and she has started to babysit in her neighborhood. So we gave her this “babysitter business kit” — pre-made business cards, a business plan, etc. I think it was American Girl. I thought it was a cute idea, but it would be much cuter if she had made them on her own!

    • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      That’s adorable! And probably much more professional than our shoddy cards 🙂

  6. Sunni Morris April 18, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Wow! Good for you. We did a bit of baby sitting, but we lived in the country on a farm, so rarely got to town, until we moved there when I was about fifteen or sixteen. Usually, we saved our money from picking cotton in the summers and bought records (the ond 45’s and 78’s) when we got to go to town, which wasn’t often.



    • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      You had one of those storybook childhoods 🙂 I would have loved to live in the country.

  7. Jen April 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I loved babysitting when I was a kid, but back then computers fit into large rooms 🙂 optimism is a great thing to hold on to!

  8. dmauldin53 April 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    A wonderful article on Positivity. I try to stay positive, but sometimes that ‘n word’ comes creeping in and I have to fight to keep it from taking control. 🙂
    A to Z April Blogging Challenge

  9. Cherie Reich (@bookworm0753) April 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I only babysat a few times, but we didn’t really have many kids in the area where I lived.

    I guess my first big purchase was when I was 17 and bought a car for $500. It was a piece of junk and lasted around six months, but it was the first car that was all mine.

    A to Z Participant
    Cherie Reich – Author and Surrounded by Books Reviews

    • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      The part about it being all yours is the most important part! It would be tough to even buy a piece of junk for $500 now!

  10. Me April 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Cute post. I am optimist, atleast when I talk to others. But when it comes about my own thing I worry like there’s no tomorrow.

  11. Lucy Ball April 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Where’s your facebook fan page? I can’t find you!!! Can you post a comment on my page so I can find you? https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Life-As-Lucille/344948842237303?ref=hl

    • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      This is only month two of blogging! I didn’t think I needed one. I will like your page though 🙂

  12. Sonia Lal April 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    That’s cute. I baby sat, but nothing like that. LOL It was fun.

    Sonia Lal

  13. Jean Heff April 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    How awesome were you?!? I was never that ambitious with the babysitting but that is what I did for money long ago. I know ONE thing I paid for with my money was my first traffic ticket. I told my mom about it about 5 years ago!

  14. Katia April 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    That’s a very cute story! And it’s so great to use a concrete example from your past to keep yourself motivated and to prove to yourself that you can. BTW, I like the girl with the glasses too. She seems like someone I could be friends with 🙂

  15. running mama April 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    My first summer job I was 15, my first big purchase was a TV, then a VCR. 500 bucks for a 19″ RCA and a Panasonic. That’s how old I am…

    But man was I proud

  16. JulieYouJest April 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I don’t know how I missed this one! Yay Bloglovin! I love this post! This was so me when I was 12 (giant glasses and all). We could all learn a few things from our eager 12-year-old days!

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