Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I Forgot How...

As I sit here with four ginormous books in front of me, it has struck me... I have totally and completely forgotten how to study.

How did that happen?

Am I so used to multi-tasking that my brain no longer knows how to sit calmly, read, and retain that information to answer questions?

I have tried quiet.
I have tried music.
I have tried timed studying.
I have tried note taking, but the truth is... This shit isn't working.

I refuse to believe I am too old, so I have written out a study mantra and I will repeat it until the dang cows come home.

Until that works out, please send study thoughts my way.

Monday, August 13, 2018

What I Shall Do Next

Being a lifestyle blogger and slipping into a rut of repetitiveness
is the basis of a blog dying. Realistically, as much as I pushed here to be a great blogger,
I also knew I was never going to garner the fame of the Pioneer Woman or like blogs,
but still I seek new experiences to share here with all of you.  The past few days I have been
thinking up new ways to challenge myself in the coming months. Not only will this help me to
step out of my comfort zone, but it will also bring a whole new world of material to my blogging,
which is the part I am super excited about.

-Visit somewhere new in California.
-Find a trivia night.
-Make a new dish twice a month- only because I need to perfect my BBQ/cooking skills.
-One DIY project a month- reading nook, refinish the trash bin, de-clutter to make room for
something new, wine cork wreath.
- Hit Emerald status within my It Works business.
-Monthly girl’s nights complete with a theme for entertainment. Perhaps mix trivia night with this.

Clearly there is room for growth of list, but I felt like starting with something manageable and
working my way to a bigger and better list. So far it has been great. I made a new dish which
I fully plan to share with y'all in the coming days.

I hope everyone has a happy Monday.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Challenge Kinda Accepted

Hey, hey, hey... Bet you didn't think I remembered this little space of the internet that belongs to me!  I do and I have missed it so very much.  The truth is, I have felt so uninspired on what I am bringing to the blogging table.  Burnout is true and anyone who says they never suffer from it are damn liars.

In coming back to the blogging world, I also want to challenge myself with new experiences, because hello, that makes reading a blog so much more fun.  Over the next few days I am planning to create a list (which I obviously will share) full of new and challenging things for me to complete before the end of the year.  It makes me excited to know I will be sharing the nitty-gritty of what each thing will bring.

That being said, if you have a suggestion for my list, by all means, PLEASE (I am begging) share!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Day Dreams Inspired by Jenna Kutcher

In this life it seems there are the dreamers who do and the dreamers who just sit back and one day wake up and think, “man, I should have chased down that dream...”. Some are college graduates, some are trade school workers, some still work in a job you could never imagine having, yet we all have that thing called a dream in common.

My dream is ever evolving and changing. What I wanted this time last year changed from I what I wanted this time two years ago and so on.  Some days I dream of never returning to my office job again and basking in the sunlight, other days my dream is to still be in my office just part time... Then of course there’s winning the lottery, marrying Chris Young, picking it all up and heading out of California... I could go on and on and on about the fantasies of my imagination, but none of those are truly my dreams. 

Over the past few months I have really started to think about my “why”. What drives me? What makes my heart leap with anticipation and butterflies? What would set my soul on fire?  Each time I come up empty handed. While it may be easy for so many people to find their own “why”, I am stagnant in even thinking of one. 

Jenna Kutcher has been an incredible voice of inspiration, reason, and most of all passion.  She was just a dreamer who ended up running those dreams down and turning her life into the exact thing she wanted.  Not only that, she has become a go to voice for boss babes everywhere with her podcast "Goal Digger".  If you haven't listened, you HAVE to, as soon as you are done reading this post of course.  Not only does Jenna inspire, she also is no BS and expects you to find your "secret sauce". 

With Jenna's inspiration I find myself now writing lists of goals, because those who write down goals are more apt to succeed.  I want to be a voice inspiration, but the "how" is what I am still struggling with.  Which is where y'all come in... 

What is your passion?
What drives you to be your best self?
How do you keep going?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Happy Independence Day

Before the hustle and bustle of July 4th occurs, I just wanted to jump on and wish all of you a very happy 4th of July.

I love my stars and stripes and I am proud to be American, even if I don't always agree with what is going on politically.  I know I have the power of my voice and I use that voice to vote.

I hope each and every one of you has a truly incredible holiday.  All I ask is that you take a moment to reflect on how far our country has come, and how much we can change it if we take a stand for this beautiful nation.

Happy Independence Day you beautiful country of mine.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tinder Ever After

On Sunday I had the immense joy of marrying two of the sweetest people I have met.  This couple was everything laid back and mellow, yet ecstatic and joyful in getting married.  The only guests were the kiddos and the mountain sunset was completely picturesque with a slight breeze and plenty of sunshine.  Laughter, love and happy tears were the only emotions and let me tell you, it was more than enough.

The happy, giddy, bubbly love, laughter and happiness I get to witness is what keeps me saying "yes" to being an ordained minister, but more than that are the stories of how these adorably happy couples met and just knew they were meant forever.

I have married people who were co-workers, people who met through mutual friends, and yes, I have married people who have met from a simple Tinder swipe to the right.  Now I have two Tinder couples under my belt and it gives a renewed faith into what is deemed a "hook up " app for your phone.

While I absolutely abhor Tinder, it is nice to see people really are finding their forever mates on this app.  It says something about our society, that even though we have become self centered and busy, people are still searching for love.  Perhaps we have more in common with the men of the frontier writing classified ads for brides than we ever realized.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Life Is Weird

I can't believe I let another month slip away without being around these parts.  In all fairness, life threw a few curve balls my way, but I am taking it in stride.  It seems like that always happens, right?  You get back into a routine then the universe laughs at you and throws another something on to your plate, whether or not you are prepared for it.

Memorial Day weekend my grandmother went into the hospital and sadly, she didn't make it home.  Quite honestly, I am doing ok.  We had a good moment together the Sunday before she passed and I was grateful she wasn't in pain in passing.  Her passing has thrown my family into a whirlwind of back and forth trips to Phoenix and let me say, that is the BIGGEST curve ball of them all.

While I love to travel, Phoenix isn't a special place for me.  It is where I had to say good bye to my grandpa and aunt, before my grandmother passed.  There is a stress and sadness that overcomes me in having to go back there.  On one hand, once the property is sold I will no longer have Phoenix as an Albatross around my neck.  On the other hand, so many weekends and vacations were spent trekking across the desert, because "that is what family does" where good and bad memories were made.

Life is weird and for lack of a better quote, I feel a little more in-tune with Ferris Bueller's "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it" quote these days.