5 Small Ways to Celebrate Valentines’ Day

5 Small Ways to Celebrate Valentines’ Day

I wanted to write a simple post for this love-ly holiday that many people choose to hate. But I wanted to share a few ways that maybe those people or couples who want to switch it up will have a handufl of new ways to celebrate. My hope is that some of these may stick and you’ll have fun with this sweet but sour holiday and I wish you all lots of love. 

5 small ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

1. Enjoy some chocolate covered fruit on a special day-buy the chocolate (the good stuff!) and pick out all your favorite fruits, all different kinds (pineapple, apple, strawberries, raspberries and mangoes!). 
2. Take new pictures for yourself or you and your S/O to create and make memories-try different poses, new sorts of backdrops and all various moods and smiles. Have fun and enjoy each other or do this with your friends!
3. Have a fun date with a group of friends like movie and dinner-grab all your 5-6 closest friends or less a close 2-4 friends and go see a fun movie and have a fabulous dinner from someplace new perhaps.
4. Self indulge; do everything you love for one day- a nice bubble bath, a spa day, a meal or two with yourself-all of the above! 
5. Go on a local stay vacation-discover your city or town, maybe you’ll find a new favorite-find a quaint place and go to a new restaurant or museum or botanical garden. Check out anything that’s a new experience for you! Make a new memory book based on this local weekend of fun. 

I hope these are new ideas that maybe you’d apply to this ever lovin’ holiday together or alone! 

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Feb Goals + Jan Recap

Feb Goals + Jan Recap

Happy February! This month has flown by and it’s been moving at a snails pace though too- January was never-ending! It’s what I’ve heard from nearly everyone, that january felt lke months and months on end. And while I agree I’m glad it’s finally a new one and on into 2019 with a new fresh perspective that maybe will wash away the crud of January. I wanted to get a post up for you and my positive plans for the next 24 days. We had some serious issues this last month with finances and are trying to clean up and simplify our lives in other ways. How was your January and I genuinely hope it was better than ours…. Onto the GOALS & RECAP!

February Intentions:

1. Read one book and listen to one book every month

2. Listen to podcasts and more video media

3. Stretch and move my body at least 2x a week (start 2/7)

4. Blog 2-3x a week

5. Meditate and Journal daily PM

6. Track water intake and count steps with fitbit and thermos water bottle or waterminder app

7. Quality time weekly with Sean

8. Get in touch with 5 friends this month

9. Keep apartment clean by following a chore chart weekly

January Recap:

1. Read half of one book (want to finish The Four Agreements) and finish listening to Troublemaker while doing chores and while doing mindless tasks

2.Started a journal but didn’t keep up with it, want to make that a daily habit either in the coffee time AM or before bed at PM

3. Taking better care of dogs; Maggie was hurt for weeks but hoping to incorporate more play and longer walks, regular schedule for potty time

4. We had a HARD month so a lot was emotionally and psychologically draining. However it’s helped show me how to get through and what it’s like to struggle… Anyway, we are strong.

5. I got a job and decided that I couldn’t hnadle that type of job. I just don’t think retail is for me. I was very overwhelmed and didn’t like that they had a sales quota and I didn’t see myself continuing that.

6. Maggie had injured herself for a good two weeks so we nursed her back to health and she’s doing a lot better now.

7. I did blog somewhat but with all the actual stress and confusion I didn’t make it a priority. I’m trying harder this month. SHARE and REPIN please!

 This month has also flown by already, its 3 days until Valentines day and I’m just aiming to do more and get more done. I haven’t been doing very good this month yet with my goals. But bit by bit I’m going to implement just a few things a day to start these habits I really want to achieve. 

I’ll do an update later this month- I’ve been drinking more water, listening to more media and taking care of the dogs and keeping the apartment clean and tidy. So I need to stay on top of the small things, like tracking water and steps, cooking more at home and journaling daily. Wish me luck!

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Welcome back to Happy Friday! Every week my friend and one of my blogging BFFs, Krysten from Why Girls Are Weird posts this run post collecting all the things that made her (and us) happy this week! It can be anything, As few or many as you like but typically I do 10, it helps you to remain thankful and really think about the nuggets of happy in your week. Come join us and be sure to tell her I sent ya. Drop your link below and I’ll be sure to check it out and comment! I hope you’ll do the same.

Here we go; my happy list for 2/1/19

1. New playlist on spotify

2. I finally finished The Fosters show and about to start Good Trouble

3. Blogging

4. going simplistic on my phone

5. cleaning and listening to audiobook Troublemaker

6. Sean got the job at Home Depot in garden dept

7. cuddles with bouncer

8. watching new documentaries like Ted Bundy on netflix

9. cozy socks and heat on to stay warm

10. snow coming monday

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Reading List of 2019

Reading List of 2019

One of my major goals this year is to read more so I’m going to make that happen (granted I’ve started late to the game). I began The Four Agreements and loved it but life got crazy the last week or two and I haven’t picked it back up. I’m going to take a few solid days to catch up and it’s a short book so I think I can still finish it easily by the end of January. Although while I clean I have been listening to Troublemaker and I love hearing Leah Remini’s own voice and spunk about her early childhood experinences. And that is much easier for me most time anyway- I can usually absorb a audiobook okay for the most part.

My plan going forward is this: Read 1-2x day AM/PM (even just a few pages) read according to my guide and lined up books. I’d like to do reviews on these books or at least some so let me know if that interests you at all. I just gave away a lot of physical copies of books I had since I just never read them but I had so man others that I needed to read, so those were donated. Most of these are books that I’ve had for at least a few years and others I’ve just gotten recently in Kindle or Audible. This is my take on a reading challenge which it is- because I’m lucky with my slow reading speed and comprehension if I can read one book a month.

Here’s my 2019 reading list goal plan:

January: The Four Agreements-paperback/Troublemaker on audible

February: The Power of Now-kindle
March: The Soul Searchers Handbook/Adventures for your Soul-kindle
April: Daring Greatly-kindle
May: May Cause Miracles-kindle
June: The Untethered Soul-kindle
July: Make it Happen-kindle
August: Sacred Powers-to be ordered
September: Talking as Fast as I Can-audible
October: This Is Just My Face-Try Not To Stare-audible
November: Seriously I’m Kidding-audible
December: Big Magic-to be ordered

And a few extra suggestions of ones I have/want to read if I have extra time or swap any of these out.

-Catcher-kalyn nicholson
-Kind is the new Classy
-Girl stop apoligizing
-The power of habit
-Becoming
-Nine Perfect Strangers

 

What are you looking forward to reading this year? New or old? What is your favorite types of books to read and why? Let me know in the comments below. Drop your favorite books down below in case I need to add them to my list!

2019 Word of the Year

2019 Word of the Year

COMMIT

com·mit
/kəˈmit/Submit
verb
1.
carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act).
“he committed an uncharacteristic error”
synonyms: carry out, do, perpetrate, engage in, enact, execute, effect, accomplish; More
2.
pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.
“they were reluctant to commit themselves to an opinion”
synonyms: pledge, devote, apply, give, dedicate
“they committed themselves to the project”
*from the Dictionary search on Google*

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This word stuck out to me right away when I started to think about Word of the Year. I have in much of my life lacked a sense of commitment and sticking through the tough times. Not so much in a sense of personal commitment but in pretty much every other way. I tend to bail out on things when it gets hard or when my anxiety comes into play. So being consistent and commiting to each and every adventure and new thing I take on- I can at least try and follow through on. The goal is to apply this to my personal life in learning to drive (permit), my new PT job, and my relationship. It will also help me being consistent and commited on here in this space, also helps to batch write and plan ahead.

Last year my word was “Renew” I think I did well and applied this word Renew in many places. I started this new blog and maybe didn’t make as much progress last year as much as I wanted but that’s okay. I started out feeling as fresh and new as I do now-but we had obstacles and we balanced and problem solved it better than before. I wasn’t I as anxious this year as I was the year prior. I have found ways and techniques to cope day to day and change my reality in a better way. Now committing to the process and the journey will be a whole new place I haven’t been in before.

I want to recap some of my acheivements from this year that were motivated by renew. And will be pushed forward more by commit.

-less anxiety

-working with younique

-practicing my makeup and getting on video

-worked on budget all year long (still learning and fixing it)

-reading more although not entirely successfully but more intake media was accomplished

-got a job (in december) PT at Chico’s

-figured out who and what I wanted in my life

-building on my relationship and making it stronger

-we moved and then regretted it

-working on calming my intense emotions and not being snappy, angry and annoyed over literally small things I can’t control

-found my blog and local tribe of babes and brainstorming new projects and more content that’s valuable

-worked on my self love, and self care journey; made serious progress

-stayed at home and kept on top of chores and wifey duties pretty well

-purged and organized a LOT this year which felt so good

 Those might be semi vague but honestly they were HUGE for me. So I feel good about moving into a new year with these things in my belt. I am thankful to have Sean by my side and be growing into a newer person by exposing myself to things that seemed hard or impossible. It’s not- it’s just adjustment and progress not perfection. I can’t expect to never feel uncomfortable because we all feel that way from time to time. It’s moving through the muck and learning to be okay and get stronger by learning not by being ‘all knowing right away’.

I’m going to start a couple things this year that I want to focus on and implement immediately. 

  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Yoga/exercise
  • Quality Time with Sean 
  • Dogs; get them active and playing more

That’s pretty much it. I have rambled enough, I think. Hopefully this is helpful or gives you an idea of my plans for 2019 and at LEAST for the month of January. Small steps- big accomplishments. I’m psyched for this year-here we go!

 

two zero one nine

two zero one nine

What I want in 2019:

1. Blog 2-3x a week

I should start prepping content now and thinking of topics that people will find helpful in the new year or in January in general. There are many subjects that I haven’t even explored or touched on so if there is something specific that you’d like to see please leave me a comment below or feel free to email me.


2. Travel-California, Florida, Greece?

Start a savings TRAVEL fund so we can take a trip or two this coming year. The only way to make this happen is to start being more conscious of money and paying off debt and setting extra funds aside. My dream trip is Greece and by god, I would FLIP if I got to go.


3. Read one book a month

I can absolutely do this. I find when I am reading often I do really enjoy that intake of story and information. Set a schedule to do this every AM/PM and stick to it. Find the only books that you enjoy and really want to fully read and gain knowledge from.
“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


4. Personal Growth- self love, self care, self actualization commence

Do a self care routine a couple times a week if possible. Have a better sense of my own self love and self respect. Start doing and achieving whatever I can for self growth and actualization. *Read personal development and write notes or take aways to apply those principles*


5. Save 1K for emergencies or towards 10 yr wedding fund

Again another savings goals. But I have to make this happen for a better wedding plans and emergency savings because we have learned this year that that is IMPORTANT. If you yourself don’t already have one or has recently depleted I encourage you to start one.


6. Listen to more audio media- podcasts, ted talks, music etc

I have started applying this while I clean or write posts/brainstorm etc or sometimes before bed when I’m antsy and can’t chill out. I enjoy a few podcasts like Pretty Basic, Coffee Talk with Kalyn and also a few crime or general knowledge ones. I try not to grab too many downloaded for lack of space and also for simplicity sake. I am working on decluttering every inch of my mental and physical space.


7. Volunteer- aka being a nicer, more giving person; and/or donate more often to non profit charities

I want to (if not a job) have a better sense of community and doing something with my time that I enjoy and helps others. I’ve often thought of volunteering at a soup kitchen or a dog shelter or even helping at a donation center or charity. The only thing holding me back is transportation so let’s make that happen too. The second part of this is donate more and keep track of those things so they can be deduced for tax reasons.

8. Get my freaking LICENSE

I go back and forth on whether I want to or not and being more independent as a human being. But overall, I know it would help so much for me to be able to get out and do things without asking for a ride or relying on other modes. Fear about driving is common, but it will be better in the end to gain the knowledge and then make a decision from there.

9. Improve Exercise and Nutrition habits

I have somewhat improved upon eating better, not in a perfect way but definitely different that I’m not eating just only junk and fast food. Finding healthy snacks and drinking more water is a basic start I’ve begun. I am not really as close on the fitness track but I have a goal for a new gym routine/yoga and stretch days.

10. Build better relationships

My actual relationships, friends, family or otherwise, have been sort of  put on the back burner. I don’t mean to and yes I’m close to a small group of close people I love and trust. But I have pulled away from many and also put up with far too much interpersonal abuse so that has stopped this year. However I do care about many people I know and want to continue to get to know in my life and that is what I’d like to improve upon. Building and focusing on nurturing a friendship/relationship takes both parties giving 100%.

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End of Year Reflection

End of Year Reflection

This year has been a crazy wild ride for sure. Up and down, in and out, bad and then good again. I didn’t know what to ever expect and that was kinda hard.

January was a fresh start and we had a lot going on that we took care of in the first few months. Then in March, we suddenly moved because we were out of city limits and didn’t like the place we lived at. We moved back into town and returned to a previous complex only to find out that it was basically a joke (i.e loud neighbors, constant barking dogs and management that doesn’t care at ALL). So we quickly regretted that. I think we will end up moving this year when our lease is up in May.

Sean’s job situation has been up and down all year due to many crappy situations, but we are striving and reaching for more. We want to grow and be even more successful and take on more serious responsibility. I was working for Younqiue and Doterra which I may still continue in the background but I want to have a J-O-B, so I hope come the new year I may be set up to do so. I would love to invest more time and money into making this a better place and trying to better myself in many ways coming into 2019. I want more for myself and my personal growth and development. (Side note: I got a job and I’m so excited-nervous for it… wish me luck!)

I’ve come back full circle to this place where I love to blog and share my life with others so I want to continue to have time to do so. I’m trying to get this one post up to recap maybe some of the year and then continue strong into posts for the new year, new me (old phrase I know-but meaningful). Let me know if there’s anything specific that you’d like to see. I’m going to make January a time to discuss personal growth, goals and the ways to improve your life on a daily basis- while finding ways to be happy in the middle of the dark months. My tribe has help close to me, I’ve let go of a few toxic people and moved away from hearing the negativity or falseities. But I’m so overly thankful for those who love me and support me in every step of my life. I have some amazing women around me and I’m sure you know who you are (Raewyn, Pamela, Bonnie, Kris, Emily, Cate-my blogging besties & Krysten who has always been a huge source of encouragement and inspiration) Thank you I had to mention these great ladies! I appreciate Ashley and Cynthia who’ve both been in my life and circled back again, I love you two SO much, seriously! I’d do anything for you both. We have 20+ years and I can’t believe we will grow old all together. Stevie, you’re my rock- you’re an amazing person and I love you SO SO SO much. Thank you fo always being there and I’m happy to be there when you need it; you’ll be my Steve forever; my Jeff Granola supporter. 

I’ve been trying to take better care of myself and who I surround myself with. It might be silly to say but I have been diving into self love and self growh videos on youtube premium, I love watching videos and advice there that I can learn and implement too. My self care has been upped- more baths, more skin care, more breathing, more journaling, more quiet time… I love it. My home has had a big purge too and decluttering has been the best form of feeling clear. So my chores have been my top priority for months, trying to stay on top of it all.

The holidays were calm and chill. We didn’t decorate much and didnt do much anyways during the month. We spent it with my in laws and  didn’t really make a huge deal out of the holidays like we normally do. 2019 is sneaking up so so fast and I’m relieved. It always feels like a new start and I need that about now. I’ve learned how to be more positive overall and I have changed into a more complete happier person in the last six months or so. I know that even our relationship has changed and eveolved and will improve even further in 2019. It feels like a new year, a fresh start. And maybe some people hate that idea; the waiting to be productive, the “it’s a new day/year” mentality when really everyday is a good day for growth, goals and change. But I just like that something motivates me that much to really do so and if I can find a way to stick to them then that’s great for me. It’s gonna be a year to commit but more on that coming soon……

Thank you for reading and following my blog this place means so much to me and I hope as I start my new journey back into the workforce (PT) that I can balance everything. I really appreciate every comment, every share, every repin- my job here is to share my journey and hope that it affects or helps you in some way. If you’d like to tell me anything closing out the new year  please take a moment in the comments to do so or feel free to shoot me an email-which you can find on my Contact page.

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Welcome to Happy Friday! Each week, Krysten from Why Girls are Weird comes up with a list of ten things that have made her happy this week. So I always join in because it’s a favorite part of my week being so thankful and grateful. Having a hard week? Coming up with a list of happy things can help turn that frown upside down.

If you wanna play along come join us and share the photo below in your post and mention I sent ya! This is such a fun thing to do and really makes you reflect about the events and turn out of the week as a whole and as a sum of the parts.

  1. Getting a J-O-B! I’m so excited and thrilled to try my hand at retail in this small boutique. I’m sure I’ll have updates to come….
  2. Christmas movies- I watched so many this year on Hallmark/Christmas channel, it was sooo worth it!
  3. Good music! I’ve been having some jams and if you listen to Spotify- make sure you grab the 2018 most listened playlist. I have some saved bops on there that I’m excited to keep on repeat (for now).
  4. Doterra Oils- I’ve been using mine daily for so many things and man they sure help.
  5. Cooking more at home, I want to find more easy slow cooker recipes which chicken or beef because we eat those protein the most (feel free to link or drop ideas below)
  6. Finding a great candy shop at the mall- buy a jar for 12.95 and refill every time unlimited for 9$. It’s a great sweet random treat!
  7. Writing. Period. I’m so into journaling and spilling my guts out lately. I highly recommend starting a writing routine. Bullet journal, regular journaling or morning pages, blogging- any of it! It’s great for your mental/psychological and emotional state.
  8. Iced coffee and donuts in the AM with hubby. It’s been a great little morning wake up everyday with fresh made coffee.
  9. Wireless phone charger! It’s so convenient!
  10. Puppy cuddles and fuzzy blankets! They’ve been super needy and I love them sooo hard lately.

What made you happy this week? Share with me in the comments below

Top 5 things on my Christmas wish list

Top 5 things on my Christmas wish list

So this is gonna be funny but it’s true that my husband shops for me pretty much year round. He always finds exactly what I need when I find shopping often unsuccessful. I prefer we shop together in case he mis-sizes or grabs something I don’t like (which almost never happens).  I thought it’d be fun to list off some practical things I need/want for the following year that are on my Christmas wish list.

1. Underwear

He recently got me some  Calvin Kleins’ to try out and I love them so I’d like to get more to replace the several I have and wear with rips or holes (yep that’s the truth!), I am not usually a wearer of skimpy underwear so get me the bikinis/hipsters and call it good. I value comfort over style, plus no one is actually seeing them but me.

2. Socks

I have a bunch of short ankle socks but it’s so cold and wet here I don’t wear those pairs often, the calf height ones are all worn out on the bottoms and don’t keep my feet warm anymore so new pack here would be nice. I dislike any socks that have tight sections for athletic reasons or ‘comfort fit’ which is never comfortable. I wear socks a lot and hardly ever go barefoot so to me socks are a big one.

3. Bras

I like VS. But honestly, I just need new ones. It’s also been several years since I got new bras and some are peeling the lining from washing. I’d love a new white or black one, since I wear those most. Or tee shirt bras are nice too since I’m never really very dressy. What brands and kinds do you prefer? Where should I look without breaking the bank?

4. Jeans

We have a second hand, buy sell clothing store down the road that I really love and often frequent since we moved back to town. I’m glad they carry my size 0-2 because usually in stores like Target or AE, those certain sizes are gone or tossed around or even mis labeled. I hate when it takes years to find things in stores and I often give up. Another reason that my husband shops for me. He knows my style and preferences that well and let me tell you how nice that is! I’d love just a few pairs, I went through a leggings phase but I just quickly realized I’m not in the right season or climate for them- it’s too windy and cold here for aztec cute leggings.

5. Boots/Shoes

Every year for Christmas we have a boot giving tradition. I’m obsessed with boots and booty style shoes so that is my one chosen item to get each year while its rainy, snowy and cold, I get many months use out of them and about every year or two they will be worn out in time for a new pair for Christmas!

What are your must haves? Christmas wish list wants and needs? DO you often ask for daily basic items or are the holidays your splurge items?

Things to do when you’re bored

Things to do when you’re bored

Today I’m sharing some ideas of things to do when you’re bored. I know you can find thee posts everywhere but I had this list compiled on a day when I myself was bored. Maybe you can help me think of even more things that one can do in any situation when we’re bored. I grouped some things like exercise and any activity such as hiking, biking or rock climbing. I guess those are each individual things. I should have compiled it better but I’m sure I’ll have even more editions of this post to come….

  • sleep
  • sing
  • clean your room, house, car
  • write something/blog
  • tv/movies/netflix/youtube
  • read a book, newspaper, blog
  • listen to music/podcast/tedtalk/etc
  • surf the web, research
  • play games
  • plan an app game on your phone
  • spend time with wife, husband, significant other, family or friend
  • pinterest (self explanatory)
  • self care
  • give advice/personal growth
  • create new goals
  • go shopping or browse around
  • chat with online friends, text someone, go visit someone
  • burn a candle, warm scentsy or diffuse essential oils
  • play/watch snapchat
  • travel
  • babysitting
  • take a shower
  • do your hair/makeup
  • take pics on cellphone or camera
  • decorate/buy decor
  • cook or bake
  • pen pals
  • dance
  • horoscopes, moon and star gaze
  • buy gifts
  • use planner
  • go donate something
  • volunteer
  • go to the library
  • exercise or find a new activity

    What things do you do when you’re utterly bored? How do you entertain your children when they say “mom, I’m bored…”? Any tips, tricks or other boredom buster ideas, leave them in the comments below!

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