per·pet·u·al – 1. never ending or changing. 2. occurring repeatedly; so frequent as to seem endless and uninterrupted.

pop·py·cock – 1. nonsense.

synonyms: nonsense, rubbish, claptrap, balderdash, blather, moonshine, garbage; informalrot, tripe, jive, hogwash, baloney, drivel, bilge, bunk, eyewash, piffle, phooey, twaddle; informalbushwa, malarkey, gobbledygook, mumbo jumbo; informal,bunkum, tommyrot; vulgar slangcrapola, verbal diarrhea
“their claims are poppycock”

The idea hit me like a slap in the face. This is a great idea! I want to do this! I mean, I really want to do this! I immediately begin planning and researching and building my idea up until it is ready to be executed. But, at the pinnacle of excitement, as I’m standing on the proverbial cliff about to take my leap of faith, perpetual poppycock sets in. And just like that, my great idea is derailed and status quo wins again.

Hi! My name is Ashley and I suffer from chronic Perpetual Poppycock Syndrome, self diagnosed and coined name. I am a master in the art of overthinking, undermining and derailing any good idea. Its a skill I’ve honed over decades and today, it is my natural state.

Well the buck stops here! This blog is a testament to my trials and triumphs of overcoming perpetual poppycock and actually doing what I say I want to do. Living, how I say I want to live. Being, who I say I want to be. Saying…you get the idea.

Just a bit about me before we get to the good stuff. I’m living the good life. Married to the greatest guy, mom to the coolest kids, living in a house I never thought I’d be able to afford, and working in a job there’s no way I’m qualified to do…my life is pretty great! So what’s the problem you ask? Well, I’ll tell you, the devil is in the details!

While I am very content with status quo, I’ve stopped allowing myself to dream or actively work towards goals I’d like to accomplish during this one precious moment I am granted on the planet. I use excuses like, my kids need all my time, my job is too demanding, my body can’t do that anymore, I’m too old…the list goes on and on! The clock is ticking and using each moment with purpose is becoming a big priority for me. All these excuses have become the perpetual poppycock that plagues my efforts, so it’s time to squash them.

Here’s a little of what I’ll be working on in front of the world wide web…

I have always wanted to create financial security to afford some choices in my future. My parents worked all their lives and retirement hasn’t been easy because they were not able to achieve this goal themselves. I want to learn from their experience and create a different path. This means finding a way to pay off debt and actually save for the future rather than just living paycheck to paycheck. I’ll chronicle my efforts to budget, save, diversify income streams, and learn how to use my money to grow wealth. How? Well, I don’t know! But I will share with you what I try and how it goes.

My health and physical fitness are also high on my list. I “let myself go” about 25 years ago and its time to give back to myself and really celebrate my body. Learning to create health and take care of my body will be one of my greatest gifts to my family that depends on me. I also think this will be my greatest foe, as I’ve tried many, many times in the past to lose weight “for my health”. The key to unlocking this achievement probably lies within unpacking what it really means to be healthy rather than just losing weight. We will find out!

Having fun with this blog will also be an outlet for me to share lifestyle opinions, experiences, and options that I’m doing in my life. The pandemic has catapulted some of those decisions for me so now I’m working on making the most of this new world we live in. I’m currently homeschooling two elementary aged kids while working from home full time.  I’ll share with you my homeschooling experiences, tools, questions, and fears. I also enjoy cooking so there will probably be a fair amount of recipe tasting, tool testing, and video demos. I am currently a Pampered Chef so I’ll be sure and disclose that in any post I make that involves their recipes or tools. I do make an income from products purchased from my Pampered Chef site. My sister is also a brilliant designer who is constantly helping me put together a home I’m proud of so I’ll be sure and share with you any wisdom she imparts to me. She makes everything beautiful. It’s her gift.

Stay tuned for stories of successes and struggles, about no one notable, dealing with perpetual poppycock and beating it. Thanks for reading!

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