Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Goals

It's probably enough of this welcome to 2018 stuff but I cant believe that its really already this far into the new year and I feel like I just opened my eyes. I just got a grip and I'm already behind! Let's catch up and get going on these goals! I started yesterday with a water challenge and I'm doing pretty good so far. I didn't do good with tracking and keeping goals last year. Last year review was kinda in the Word of the Year for me so I won't touch that I was MIA, no excuses and I want to do better. Leave me a comment about your goals and intentions this year and how you've started! I just feel like there aren't enough hours in the day- does anyone relate?!
Without further ado, here ya go!


-Keep House Tidy
-Organize spaces
-Declutter room by room
-Keep surfaces clean
-just dust already*

Self Care

-Weekly basis for self care
-Chart self care in bullet journal 
-getting Bullet Journal layout done and using it
-Treat myself when I'm able to hair/nail treatmnets


-Go LIVE everyday at least once  
-Post 3x daily to group, page and parties
-Grow my VIP beauty group (let me know if you would like to be added!)


-Grow blog and have "active" engagement (comments, shares etc)
-Grow socials/SHARE to socials for every publish
-Write 1-2x a week to 2-3x a week if possible 
-New freebie options
-Newsletter 1x weekly (coming tomorrow or perhaps this weekend) 

Self Care

Read one book a month 
Meditate daily (5-10 mins) 
-Morning routine coffee time, meditation, journal
Get dressed, brush teeth, makeup etc


-Aim to drink 71oz of water per day
-get health insurance again (sean's work) 
-get annual checkup and dental appts
-yoga or some physical activity


-Focus on quality evening time 
-Be nice, use kind words, slow down and listen 
-Help Sean when he needs it
-Take more pictures
-Find ways to communicate more effectively

Maybe you related to some of these, to be quite honest I've been working on nailing some of these down for years. So let's all just #CRUSH2018 okay? I'm taking today and planning away with my bullet journaling. 
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Word of the Year

Welcome to 2018! I hope your celebration into the new year was amazing! We didn’t do much but that was enjoyable for us. We had pizza and watched cartoons together since my husband has been working a lot lately. So I hope you’re ready to see some amazing content coming.
I took a long break in 2017 and I was really sad because I missed the writing and the community. So here I am back to my passion with writing and back with new things to talk about!

 Things I did in 2017 before I dive into my word of the year.
•switched to a new domain (this one)
•celebrated my 29th birthday
•celebrated seans 29th birthday
•Anniversary Trip to Disneyland
•took a break from blogging when I needed to
•after 6 months- quit ITWORKS.
•Joined Younique
•worked on myself
•became more positive
•lost a few loved ones suddenly
•reorganized my home and online social spaces (posts coming soon!)
•new design-check it out!!!
•got rid of my old domain

So Word of the Year!
It was harder to pick a word this year because my year was harder than in the past. It had ups and downs but more downs. So what does Renewal mean and why did I choose it?
Renewal means:
•Replacing, repair of something that is worn out or broken.
•an instance of resuming an activity or state after a state of interruption

I want to pour myself into this space and show you all the work I’ve done on myself over this past year. Most recently did some cleaning of my social media accounts which felt very healthy and I’ve been working on my positivity in daily life. It’s been harder and easier than I expected. Rejuvenation is another word that comes to mind or maybe I have a thing for R words lately. It’s all a process of emerging and beginning again. I always love the start point- not so much the continuing party the monotonous day to day is a lot harder to keep up. But alas I hope I can bring you something you value and relate to in some way.

What were some iconic or important things that happened to you this year? Did you choose a word of the year? Or for each month? I might do that as well. If so, what is it? Share it below and let me know what types of topics you’d like to see this year!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

September Goals and Intentions

HI everyone! Oh my- this month has been C-R-A-Z -Y already?!Every month I make Goals and Intentions for areas of my life that I intend to work on and keep striving towards to improve my well being and mindset. We have this linkup in hopes of everyone joining in.


  1. I will keep up my morning routine.  
  2. I will continue to construct and rework my night routine to find something that works.  
  3. Blog 1-2x per week. 
  4. Slowing down considering for biz and behind scenes blog/va work. 
  5. Spend time on vacation creating memories and taking lots of pictures for blog post. 
  6. Restart my meditations and daily journaling
  7. 15-30 mins of daily personal development for my biz.(reading, listening, watching.)
  8. schedule TV time after chores and tasks are done for the day
  9. Number one daily goal: 6 list!
  10. Spend time intentionally with Sean/communication/love
  11. Get dogs and records up to date
  12. Begin Fantasy Football league with Jessica and some gals
  14. Catch up on enjoyable youtube vids


  1.  Make blog a priority
  2.  Do daily 6 List 
  3. Self care routine/daily am/pm routine
  4. Create Office Hours for biz **
  5. Communication and quality time with Sean
  6. Stay on top of housework and important tasks


Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Bloggy Brunch

Hey everyone! I've been so busy in my own little world I almost forgot about this special link up! I didn't wanna leave you all hanging and I feel SO bad for abandoning this space but I'm still learning how best to balance and prioritize my life. I don't think I was able to get the last two up but aside from that, I have been apart of this since it began. I hope your month has gone well and I am focusing on my monthly goals.

This is a GREAT resource and I've bookmarked it for future use! It's a great post with so many helpful linkups through the week on any sort of category you could want. The easiest way to schedule out what I want to link up and when. I would love to find more things to share and how to grow overnight would be so amazing. If you have any personal favorite bloggers, websites or linkups that are tried and true- please drop them in the comments!

I find this post very useful as I do have some smaller bathrooms and kitchen spaces that I'd like to effectively decorate without clutter or being too messy/busy. I need some barstools for my breakfast bar and I also would love to have a few kitchen essentials on the counter but minimizing clutter and taking up less space. 

Sorry, this was such a short linky but I haven't read a whole lot lately or engaged much..

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Flannel Design Co. Etsy Shop: Review

One day after scrolling social media and watching through my biggest YouTube followers on snap chat I saw this company that creates their own prints and custom decals. I was so excited about how cute and funny they all were. So I thought "hey I've been a blogger for awhile... maybe they'd like some more promotion and I'm sure that people in my audience would like these things."Of course I just literally wanted to buy everything up but I resisted.
So I decided to reach out and say that I'd like to review their products! I was so surprised when she immediately got back to me with interest and was excited to send me a few things to share!

Flannel Design Co. Website

Etsy Shop

Facebook Page

From their website; they said:
we traveled through the Pacific Northwest with our flannel shirts
trough the forests and to the coast, we imagined a shop where we could
see new things and create new ideas; a place where imagination combines
with inspiration. Henry Miller wrote, “one’s destination is
a place, but a new way of seeing things,” and this idea is what our
company was founded on. We take inspiration from the world around us and
create fun and imaginative designs for any and all events in one’s
life, from birth announcements to moving cards, to wedding designs.
Flannel Design Co. is your one stop shop for all your design needs, big
and small.  You create the idea, and we create the design. 
Like the material, Flannel Design Co. is versatile and you can count on our materials and design to hold up to any challenge."
I reached out to them on Instagram with a little note about how I'd seen them and thought their things were so cute. She said they had some new things coming out and if I was willing to review them. All I heard was HOLOGRAPHIC FOIL...Of course! New items are so exciting and I couldn't wait to share with you guys.

You are For Me print

Can't Touch This 
adventure awaits decal/the mountains are calling and I must go decal

I also got a "let's flamingle" decal, which was not shown on their shop but they do have this in a print or a tumbler

I have already starting decorating my place with these beautiful and one of a kind prints. They make me smile and I've never seen anything like them! Head on over to the Etsy shop and check out all their unique items.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

August Goals & Intentions

So I haven't published an official post on how things are going yet (that's what a bad blogger I've been) but I started this self-run biz with the help of ItWorks and I'm throwing all my energy into it. I am enjoying myself doing this and helping people. But I miss blogging so here I am to dedicate time to do both- give me some grace here, please. I appreciate any support or encouragement (or referrals) that you can send my way. I've been working really hard on time management and productivity as well. If you think this is an easy task for me it's not but I'm doing better each day and I start to be more effective in my daily routines and tasks.
Here are my goals and intentions I'd like to try to stick to this month:

AUGUST GOALS (various want to's, should do's but not must do's)

1. Blog consistently (starting now)
2. Keep house clean weekly (morning 15 min tidy) (nightly- dishes and Sunday laundry)
3. Read one PD book, Go for No (FINISH & review?)
4. Meditate Daily
5. Journaling Daily
6. Use Planner Daily/Weekly view
7. One-two bottles of water daily -no backups, iced tea emergency soda etc
8. Batch write/social schedule plan ahead
9. set a day aside to VA every week? (Sundays? new members weekly)
10. Get one to two DTs for work-earned a 100$ shopping spree and bonus in 30 days! It's possible!!

AUGUST INTENTIONS (more defined and narrowed down)

1. Work my biz DAILY for an hour-two per day at most

  • showcase the promos and how people need and can use each product
  • relatable and real
  • message and ASK or the answer is always no
  • get on weekly calls/weekly online events/read up on products to get familiar

2. Blog Editorial Calendar and Brainstorm with Pam/Rae

  • mass brainstorm ideas and original thought provoking posts
  • editorial layout plan and social media schedule with Buffer/on paper/each network/groups etc.
  • batch write and batch design graphics

3. Virtual Assisting- stay consistent and ask for direction or what I can improve on

  • Sundays: new member day
  • Saturday/Sunday: V/A scheduler days- get links, check posts, podcasts, tailwind 5-7+ days out at least, scheduled to groups and pages

4. Stick to daily routine, healthy lifestyle and begin to incorporate exercise at home from youtube or on demand free

  • wake up at 8-9am on time, brush teeth, feed dogs, get coffee, make the bed, do AM meditation/affirmations, let dogs go potty, 15 min cleanup, first IW post (11 am).....
  • go to bed no later than midnight, (early shower/bath) get PJs on/PM meditation, brush teeth, put dogs in bed, read half hour (maybe), lay out clothes for following day. 

Well, this just about covers it! I'm sorry I've been gone for awhile, I hope you missed me though. What are your goals for this month? What habits are you working on improving or changing? Is there any way we can help each other? And if there is please shout out and tell me. I'm currently using "Forest" to pump out this blog post and well, heck I did it! Congrats to me! Thank you for hanging around and being patient! Stay tuned and I hope to share lots more soon. I have two sponsored posts to get to you.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017


 Hey everyone ladies and gents! I know I've been missing and completely gone for a bit but I HOPE to be officially back. A lot has happened and also nothing has happened. I needed a break and just felt sorta unmotivated so I stepped back for a breather. I hope your June and July have been wonderful! :) I'm working on myself and my goals a bit more but I hope to grow this space and become more involved here again. This is a special place and I won't abandon it! So, I want to see what wonderful things you've all been up to lately, please follow us all and link up down below to join in.

 I decided to do a quick link mashup since I've been gone and didn't participate last month that I remember so here's a bunch of things I found that I love in the last week on the interwebs.

Well I hope you liked all these links I've been loving this week and recently, just these few really caught me eye and I wanted to share them! :) I will be making that marg soon I tell ya! I'll have more fun announcements coming in this week so stay tuned and follow me on social media if you aren't already! Happy Monday! 
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Things I Can't Live Without: On My Desk

Photo by Roman Bozhko on Unsplash


This year was the first time in a long time I reconsidered actually using a planner for growth and productivity. I looked and looked around and asked so many people their opinions on what planner is best. Until I found it! Panda Planner has been my savior, literally. I am not going days without writing in it. It has everything I need in it- monthly, weekly and daily undated so that I can fill it out and use as needed. My days and weeks go smoother when I really know what I'm doing and what I'm expecting of myself. I can also track just about anything with goals and daily habit tracker. I don't think I'll ever go back to any other planners.


Sometimes I like these to write in my planner to color code, to doodle or when I need to tell apart something I'm jotting down like an appointment alongside a post I'm thinking about. Colored felt tip pens seem to always come in handy in some way or another. Using color always seems to make me more productive.


These simple pens... They are the bee's knees. Only pens I've ever used that don't skip or leak ink. I think they write well and I have a good handle on them as well. I can write as fast or slow as I want and my hand doesn't cramp or change. I can get them in packs and be good to lose them or not lose them and I don't mind because there are so many. I know they come in blue, black and red. Other Bic pens also in other colors.


My pen holder is a mug of my papa's that I always saw (or used) growing up. It has a lot of memories attached to him and breakfast time.  It holds all my pens and markers and stamps. Every time I look at it it makes me smile and think of him. 


I had wanted this Nate Burkus stapler to snazz up my desk for awhile. I kept seeing it at Target and couldn't get past it. So I bought it! And I love when I use it all the time I can feel like I work in a real office. It works well and isn't cheaply made also it's shiny and nice sitting on my desk! 


I have a HUGE variety of notebooks! Spiral, bound, small, big, moleskin, graphic- so many to choose from. I've been going through them to distinguish what is what in them. But so far I have no luck, they are all a mush mosh of my thoughts, needs, wants and desires. I have a couple from high school that have collections of my writings and those are so special to me. 


I have this one small screen technology cloth that's I always use. It's a microfiber cloth and it's great for my phone but I always will pick it up if I smudge my completed screen. It's soft and never scratches. I also love a good safe technology cleaning spray but I can't find mine right now. You can also safely wash these if they get dirty or spill something on them.


And no I don't mean a hair stylist. I mean a pointer pen. I've had a bunch of them- the funky little cheap ones that don't work and frustrate you. If you invest in a good one it will make your technology life much much easier. Sometimes my fingers on my phone don't work or I'm being lazy. I often use mine on social media to "write" messages or draw things. It makes my handwriting turn out a lot neater.

If you liked this post go check out the on I wrote on Things I Can't Live Without: On My Nightstand

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Letters to Myself: Current Edition

Dear Me,

I just wanted to touch base with you and have some good inner dialogue and say that you’re doing just fine. I’m working towards my goals and making strides in my personal development and growth. I’m a happy, semi-healthy, friendly and loving person with a lot to offer the world. (I’m not writing this to gloat on myself but give myself some therapy and self-love). I am present and doing my best in the current moment.

I’ve been happily married to the love of my life for almost six years now and that is a long time for someone who’s the longest relationship prior to this was about 8-9 months max. All with just very selfish incompatible people who really weren’t the greatest people themselves either. I don’t know why I chose them I just did and that was pretty hasty. Now I think back to that time and realize that a year is a long time and that these six years have just flown by. We were engaged quickly because we had that deep gut feeling that we were meant to be and I still find it true.

Some things have changed like school and work, for instance, I used to be very motivated to “do better, be better” but it’s just not the case. After the economy took a large hit a few years ago I thought “what’s the point?” and just quit my now dead end degree in Psychology. Further schooling is needed to really do what I want to do and become successful. And to not really earn much money at all and be in a field where there are openings.

Blogging is a wonderful world to me. It’s been a constant in the past for almost 8 years, I have tried to document and re-document things that have happened and come up. To make it interesting I’m just trying to incorporate more “me” into the mix and connect more with other bloggers. As I begin to monetize and get sponsored posts, I just am proud of how far I’ve come and the work I have put in. I have toyed with photography to make my blog feel real and come alive. I have put some endless dollars into my design and always had a presentable nice clean blog site. Many things have changed and I have written hours upon hours of ups and downs and in-betweens. It is something I plan to continue and morph for a long time.

I’m also very proud just how far I’ve come as a person and a friend. I used to be a welcome mat, happy for people to come along step all over me and wipe off their shit. But no more! I have grown a real backbone now and that’s not to say I’m a bitch. I only tolerate quality people in my life now and realize I deserve better than that. I have learned not all friends stay with us through life and others come and go through stages. It’s most important to be there for each other always and be understanding.

This place I'm in feels oddly healthy and like I’m in a growth stage currently. Learning new things, trying new things and adapting to a new lifestyle. I have made goals come and go, “achieving is believing”. Now I wouldn’t call myself successful or driven, because well I’m not those things all the time. But again, there is progress happening and more to be made. I know what I have to work on and that is follow through. I need to search and contemplate what I really want in life and how to get there. My path has been challenging but not impossible and I have proven to myself with the help of my husband that I can get through anything. If I only try, listen and speak up when I need to.

So as you go through life, remember a few things, be patient, be kind, be sweet, be daring and most of all be yourself because that’s the only way to be.

Sincerely, the present me

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Morning Routine

I've been wanting to write this post for some time. These I find hard to write because there isn't much to say but I'll do my best to elaborate and make this more enjoyable for you. I hope to maybe mention some things that I use or do in the mornings that help me start my day on the right foot. I'm working on my healthy and relaxing steps of my morning so I can be productive and motivated for the whole day.


The second I wake up, I take a few deep breaths and wipe my eyes. I am guilty of getting on my phone the moment I wake up so I've been trying to just relax in bed for a few minutes before grabbing it. I feel like I'd be one of the few (or many) that could just stay on their phone 24/7, which I know isn't really healthy. I need a day off from social media that's for sure but man it's hard and I constantly have FOMO. How does anyone else deal with this?! Like I said, I'm working on it. Usually within minutes of me actually waking up the dogs come out of the covers, because yes they sleep with us, and they start prancing around for food.

GET UP 9:30AM-10AM

Sean's alarm goes off about now and as he crawls out of bed I stay for a few more minutes.
I'm taking back my mornings....
I roll out of bed and try to pull the covers back together and fluff the pillows. I throw some bottoms on and fix my hair quickly for a minute so it isn't in my face. I grab my glasses and put my socks/slippers on. The dogs run around my legs and hide under the bed waiting for me to say "okay, food, who's hungry?" and they dart into the the other room.


I walk to the kitchen, reach into the pantry closet and feed the dogs- one by the toy box and the other by the back door. As they eat for about 5 minutes (they eat super fast/LIKE THIS)  I try to go hug and kiss Sean and say good morning to him while he gets ready for the day (work or not). I then put the dogs outside to potty (bark at the top of their lungs and pee on the back porch, so not okay Maggie...). While they do their thing, sometimes I'll play a music playlist or get through a podcast or two while I gather clothes, get dressed, brush my teeth and redo my hair. Sometimes I do my makeup and sometimes not. When I do, I really love Younique and all their products, it is good coverage and doesn't freak my skin out and feels light like it can still breathe. I've been starting their skincare products lately too, I'll leave an update  for that later. I do love this moisturizer though and didn't know how thirsty my skin was.  I'm almost always messaging with Pamela and Raewyn by now and seeing how their mornings are going. I bring the dogs back inside and if they pottied they will get a treat like these from BarkBox -referral code link- (I tried one last month and they LOVE IT ALL). I would highly suggest this as a sub box because even my small dogs loved their toys and goodies!
Then their energy kicks in while I start my day-they play and jump around, or they hop on the couch and go back to sleep.


I do live on caffeine. I don't know how people survive (yes survive...) without it in some form, in some way or straight into their veins... just kidding, kind of. I am definetly also working on having less than normal for me, which is an obscene amount of soda really. So a cup of coffee each morning with a tan color of creamer and sugar is what I'm working towards. And by having much more water intake and about one soda a day. It's hard so far but I'm doing okay besides the killer headaches I've had the last few days coming off the cliff of it. Some mornings by the time I get to this place in time, perhaps after Sean leaves, I am calm and waking up fully thanks to the cup of java. I like to write in my Instant Happy Journal or I read some affirmations or my other informative favorite which is Skimm an online teller of news in a unique original fun kind of way.. I don't know how to explain it, subscribe and see what you think. I also tend to do my planner right away in the morning as early as I can so that I have a solid outline for my day's goals. Here's what I use; Panda Planner and TBH, I LOVE IT! For me, even better than an Erin Condren and less money too! Use Code: PANDAFAM for 10% off! 

I think this is basically the end of my morning by then its about 11AM or NOON and no longer really morning at all. I will be on social media or working hard on my blog for the next few hours and updating everyone as needed to be current. Most months I plan out my days and topics in an editorial calendar, one thing that I am getting better at and drafting posts ahead of time (as I write this at midnight before bed.. *ha*). I hope this maybe inspired you to create your own daily morning routine and begin one tomorrow! It did wonders for me when I started to care about my minutes in the morning and how I was wasting my time. There are still very lazy days when I don't do anything until noon but those are more rare now than they once were. I'm very proud that I've become more of a morning person and that I am starting to wake up happy and positive.

Are you a morning or a night person? And WHY? Do you have a morning/night routine and what is your favorite part? 

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