Jan 22, 2017

Self Evaluation/Soul Searching

Wow! It's been 9 months since I wrote my last blog post. Over the past 9 months there has been a lot of Self Evaluation, Soul Searching and figuring out answers to questions that were swirling around in my head. Every few years I need to stop, drop and re-evaluate my life. It's help me to empty out and re-focus.

My summer of 2016 ended with my daughter heading off to college to start a new chapter in her life. After getting her situated, I had lots of extra time on my hands. During this time I made some changes in my personal and blogging life.  I deleted my other blog account that was primarily a sewing blog. I used this blog to showcase my sewing projects through pictures and written details. I also took on some simple at home DIY projects. Renovated my bathroom, living room and hallway. Its amazing how simple changes to a spaces can give it a whole new look and feel.

Self Evaluation/Soul Searching is being real with yourself. Asking questions and accepting the answer and doing something to change it or make it better. After going through this phase I realized the facts below, hence the reason for deleting my sewing blog. Being Real.
  • I love to sew, While I don't love the entire process that leads to the finished garment but I do love it enough to see it through to the end. 
  • I don't enjoy writing about the process or taking multiple photos to showcase the details and the finished garment. 
  • I do love and enjoy reading the sewing adventures of other sewing bloggers and looking at their awesome photos. It's continues to inspire me to sew and I will continue to do just that. 
  • I have no intentions now or in the near future of starting another sewing blog. I will use this space to share pictures my finished sewing projects without the extra sewing details.  
During my self evaluation/soul searching my eyes were opened to something new that I have always been interested in trying and over the last fours months I have done my research on Jewelry Making and took the leap into creating my own Jewelry.

I love bracelets, so this will be my first collection. I can't seem to have enough of them. Of all the jewelry I own, I can say that I have more bracelets in my collection than anything else.  I am also in the process of opening an Etsy shop where I can share these awesome pieces.

So far I am enjoying this new journey and will share more in the coming months. I look forward to picking up where I left off with this blog. So stay tuned and here is peek of what's to come.

Apr 12, 2016

Day 2 - Gratitude - Co-Workers

Today is Day 2 of my 7 day Gratitude Challenge. Each day that I wake up I have a lot to be thankful for. Thankful not just for the big things or the things that are obvious  but just being grateful for the little things that can make a difference in how my day turns out.

Today's Gratitude: I am grateful for my "Co-Workers" 

We spend more time at work with our co-workers than we do with our own families and friends. Our co-workers are our extended family and when you are fortunate to find a bunch that you get along with, work well together, respect each other and can laugh and joke about anything you are extremely blessed.

 I have spent many years in work environments that was the opposite of where I am now and I didn't look forward to going into work each day. I thank God for delivering me and putting me in a better place.

I am blessed to work with a fantastic group of people. What I love about them is we are all around the same age and we have a lot in common. We know when its time to get serious and when it's time to kick back and have great conversation about a variety of topics.

Even though I have to get up earlier and travel a little further to get to work. I look forward to seeing my co-workers everyday and this is something that I am truly grateful to have.

Do you enjoy seeing your co-workers every day?

Apr 11, 2016

7 Day Gratitude Challenge - Day 1

Today I decided to challenge myself to blog post for 7 straight days. Gratitude is a topic that is always at the front of my mind. I have so much to be grateful for in my life and at times it doesn't always show. So to keep it in the front of my mind this week. I am challenging myself to post for sevens days, what I am grateful for each day. Today's begins the first post. 

Gratitudethe quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Today's Gratitude - I am grateful for waking up this morning "Pain Free" 

Last week Tuesday while at the gym, I experienced the worst toothache that stopped me right in my tracks. I was in the middle of working out when this pain came out of no where. I had to immediately find the nearest pharmacy so I could purchase some Tylenol.

If you have ever experienced pain and taken over the counter medication, you know it temporarily relieves the pain and the effects don't last long. I found myself taking two Tylenol every 4 -5 hours.

This occurred in the evening, no dentist office open for to me call or go to. I suffered with the pain off and on all night and got very little sleep. The next morning I called my dentist office and couldn't get an appointment until Thursday afternoon. See I am very fearful of the dentist so the chance of me going to someone that I don't know was not going to happen.

I had to make it through Wednesday and the morning of Thursday. I called my doctor and she was able to call in a prescription to my local pharmacy for something stronger to hold me over until my appointment the next day.

No only was I in pain, I wasn't able to eat soft foods. Just touching my wisdom tooth shot pain through out my entire body.

It's been a long time since I have had any type of excruciating pain that totally took over my life. The morning after getting my tooth pulled and everyday after I wake up feeling so grateful for being Pain Free.

What are you grateful for today?

Apr 10, 2016

Decisions! Decisions!

I hear some people say it's either by luck, chance or prayer when your kid gets into their first choice or any one of the many colleges that they have applied to during the college process. I can so understand when they say that, since I can now say that at this point I have gone through the process and know what to expect.

All the planning, researching, tutoring, testing, applications, deadlines and waiting patiently has lead to the light at the end of the tunnel. With great anticipation all acceptance and rejection letters have come in and now its decision making time.

Thinking over this whole process that started back in the fall of her junior year and here we are now almost at the end of the journey. It was exciting, puzzling and stressful all at the same time.

When I entered this college process with my daughter, It was difficult for me to step back and let her take the lead, but I knew I had to. This was the beginning of her journey to being an adult. It was hard, but knowing that she had her guidance counselor at school and her mentors at her after school programs working with her to facilitate the process gave me a peace of mind.

However, the parent in me at times couldn't resist the urge to question and remind her about important deadlines or check to see how things are going, even though, I know she is meticulous when it comes keeping and updating her calendar/to do list.

Now we are at the decision stage, more school tours, lots of taking notes, comparing schools and conversation will be happening over the next two - three weeks.  May 1 is decision day.

I will be sharing more about this process, my personal experiences and my thoughts about the college process when it's final.

Mar 6, 2016

A New Day!

I am not perfect but I strive to live right each day, but I fail most days.  I don't always act the way I should, I don't think the thoughts that I should and I don't always speak the way that I should. I have days and moment when I am just not in sync with Gods plan for me.

Sometimes I image God looking down from heaven at me shaking his head,  when I find myself in one of those situations.

But you know the good thing about it is, he is compassionate, patient, loving and merciful. He knows that I am not perfect and there will days and times when I slip up and act like a fool.

He doesn't hold my mistakes or bad behavior over my head, his love is endless and his mercy is new every morning. I don't have to walk around beating up myself or feeling guilt for my mistakes. I can look forward to a new day filled with his promises of love and mercy.

Each day, each minute I get the opportunity turn it around and make it right. He forgives me, he loves me, he has patience with me.

Feb 19, 2016

Tips for Eating Healthy on the Job

For those of you that work outside the home,you know the struggle with trying to eat healthy when you're at work. Every where I turn at the work place there is temptation. It start out with the reception area, bowls of bit size pieces of individually wrapped chocolate, mints and hard candy.

Then there is the kitchen, vending machines filled with healthy and not so healthy options. At least once a week someone leaves a cake or a container of goodies that was received from a client on one of the tables in the kitchen.

Then you have these co-workers that bake on the weekends and they bring in a batch of homemade brownies or cookies for the team every week.

How in the world am I suppose to stay focused on my healthy eating journey if I am surrounded by such temptation.

Here is my trick for fighting this evilness.

I meal prep on the weekends. I bring my breakfast and lunch four to five days week. If I don't bring my lunch. I usually get a large kale salad loaded with lots of veggies or I will order salmon and veggies from a local restaurant.

Along with breakfast and lunch I prep my snacks also. I always keep healthy snacks on hand so I am not tempted to over indulge. My snack bag usually contains;

  • Popcorn
  • Fruits 
  • Pretzels
  • Hummus
  • Peanut butter sandwich on low calorie whole wheat bread
  • Vegetable - carrots, cucumbers
  • Nuts
Now there are times that I will sample some of the goodies, but in moderation. If I feel like having a piece of candy. I will only help myself to two individually wrapped pieces of candy and no more. 

If there are cookies or brownies I will take a very small piece,  enough to enjoy and savor the flavor without over indulging and having regrets. 

How do you fight this evilness on the job? 

Feb 18, 2016

Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

There are times when I lose motivation or life occurs and I get distracted from doing the things that I love.

I started keeping a running list of quotes that motivate and inspire me. I also write out my weekly quote on a mini chalk board so I an see it daily and be reminded.

As I surf the net and run into a good one I add to my current list. Anytime I feel distracted and unmotivated I turn to my quotes and select a few to meditate on until I lift out of the rut.

Here are my favorite quotes for the month of February.

1. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me -  Bible - Philippians 4:13

2. Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn         from it, otherwise let it roll right off you - Hillary Clinton

3. You become what you believe - Oprah Winfrey

4. Ask and it will be given to you, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for           you - Jesus Christ

5. Believe you can and you're halfway there - Theodore Roosevelt

6. Build your own dreams or some else will hire you to build theirs - Farrah Gray

7. It doesn't matter how slow you go as long you don't stop - Confucius

8. Change your thought and you change your world - Norman Vincent Peale

9. The only way to do great work is to love what you do - Steve Jobs

How do you keep yourself motivated and inspired? Do you have a favorite quote that lifts you out of the rut?
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