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!

5 things that changed my life

5 things that changed my life

This year has brought a lot of changes in my life and so I thought these would be fun to share and explain how they impacted my daily life. It didn’t happen just overnight either, it was a lot of hard work and ‘cleaning up my life in all areas’ if there’s such a way to describe it. I hope you get something from this and maybe will apply these things to your own life and make yourself feel amazing in the last week or so of the year. Who’s ready to say goodbye to 2018 and expand even further on that personal development and growth in the following year? I sure am… so here’s what I did.

1. Minimalism:

And not in that typical “its a new movement so it’s cool” kinda thing. I have done serious decluttering and organizing and I have found so much joy in it, even without Kon Mari method. I’ve gotten rid of bag and boxes of things that I don’t care about or won’t miss. The things that I thought I had deep attachments too (as simple as physical books, perfumes, clothes etc) I simply let go of and therefore felt ten pounds lighter in return.

2. Cutting out toxic people and unfollowing anything I don’t care about:

This kinda ties into the last one but I do not have time to waste time and if you treat me bad or if I don’t feel like I need to see funny cat videos everyday on FB then you’ve gotta go! I have gone over and over it many times cutting out more and more junk and pointless or spammy accounts etc and MAN it feels good to tidy up those spaces that are like digital mental clutter. Now I see only what I want when I want.

3. Find my passions again:

I really, really love blogging and yeah maybe I’m not as consistent as I should be and maybe my content is surface level randomness but that’s why I love it. I hope you get something good from here- I work hard and give you real deep emotions. I also really love brush lettering, reading and journaling which I want to make even more time for practicing and learning more to improve skills.

4. Change my lifestyle:

I’m not perfect but I’m cooking a lot more than I ever have and that gives us both better nutrition and a wider variety of healthy foods to explore and play with. Water has always been my nemesis but now I turn to it to re-hydrate and feel awake. It fuels my body and I understand how crucial it is. Fitness is a huge part of my life that I need to make more of an effort in. I have plans to start at a gym or begin an actual yoga practice. I tend to try something and then not follow through especially with exercise, I’m a lazy kind of person. I’m going to change that limiting belief and inner dialouge with myself starting now.

5. Spend time with quality friends and family/stay in touch:

Recently I’ve been trying to reconnect with those who I care about and want to get to know but haven’t stayed in touch with through busy life. A lot of people have a hard time with kids and jobs keeping up with but its no easier for me. I guess I need to reach out and be conscious of it more but my anxiety sorta holds me back in that way too. It’s something I wanna improve upon.

Do you have any stand out things you’ve done that has changed your life? If so, share in the comments below!

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