Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I can't believe that I have waited so long to write this post, but I guess it's better late than never, right?

At the beginning of the year, I saw a lot of posts where the writer had selected a word for the year.  I liked the idea and did some serious thinking and selected my word to be:  Grow.  I have a fear of stepping out of the comfort zone.  I am also very shy.  In order to stay focused, I pinned a lot to this board.  These photos became a rotating desktop that I looked at every single day.  I even changed passwords to keep me motivated. 

I wanted to grow as a person, grow my business, and grow my skills.  Now that it is over eight months into the year, I think I have made progress.   I've taken classes to improve my skills and have read a lot to grow my knowledge on certain topics.  One topic that interests me is how the workplace is with so many different generations working at the same time.  I am also interested on professional development and I have made improvements there as well.

My business has done better in the last eight months than has in the last 6 years.  It's incredible how much of a difference a new environment can make.  I started meeting with a new director every week and the atmosphere and personalities are much better suited for me.  I have been working on overcoming my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone a lot.  I've made progress on working full circle, and I have set some big goals for my business by the end of the year.  This business that I treated as a hobby for so long is going to become a striving business.

To grow as a person is a little more difficult, but not impossible.  I made a conscious effort to stop and think before speaking what's exactly on my mind.  I have also been working on overcoming my shyness and putting myself out there just a little bit more.  I can do so much better with this one, but I've made progress and I am proud of that.  I take the time to remember the Golden Rule and treat others like I would want to be treated.  Also, I have been taking time to journal and write all of my thoughts down.  I don't always remember to do this every night, but I've written more in the past year than I have in a very long time.

It takes time to grow anything.  It also takes a lot of work.  However, I am very happy to report that I have made progress and I look forward to continuing to grow and improve.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1.  This weekend was move-in weekend, so I made a special point not to visit a single store over the weekend.  I didn't want to deal with the crowds of people.

2.  My macaroon recipe was supposed to yield 35.  I got nine.  Still yummy though!

3.  I have a hair appointment scheduled for Friday, but with all of these visits to the chiropractor, I may need to postpone my hair until a later date.

4.  I am so far behind on my reading challenge.  I'm not sure if I am going to get it done before the end of the year.  I am nine books behind schedule.

5.  I have some facials scheduled for tonight and I hope that they all hold.  My goal to do 30 faces in 30 days isn't going all that well.

6.  HAHA!  I can laugh because I can relate.

7.  Pretty flowers on my patio.

8.  Does it mean something when I keep picking out books to read that deal with publishing?

9.  Most of my weekend looked like this:

10.  Join in on the fun here!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was awesome!  It was a rainy and cloudy weekend, so I took full advantage of that to relax.  I did make a list and got a lot accomplished, but I must say, two days is not enough time to fully unwind from the previous week and prepare for the next.  Am I right?

Friday:  I picked up my dress and it looks so much better now.  I also got dog food for Melody and that was the last store I visited for the weekend.  I spent the rest of the evening chilling with Melody and enjoying multiple glasses of wine.

Saturday:  It's so nice to sleep in.  I really do like waking up on my own without the sound of an alarm clock.  I watched many people move into the neighborhood and I have tried to determine who my neighbors are and what they are like.  I think a girl with two small dogs moved in downstairs.  Some of the guys I saw had really nice arm muscles.  :)  I accomplished some things on my list and I even made French Macaroons for the first time!  I love macaroons and the ones I made were chocolate with raspberry or vanilla filling.  Yum!

Sunday:  More time spent on the pallet in the living room and more time spent getting things accomplished.  Most of the items on my to-do list were writing intensive and I am happy to say that I got a lot of it done!  I also spent a lot of time brushing Melody.  She had some serious knots in her hair and I didn't want to shave her again, so I spent a lot of time brushing her.  She's fluffy again and I think I did a really good job getting the knots out.

Overall, a very relaxing weekend, yet productive as well.  What did you do?

Friday, August 15, 2014


This week has been a really long one.  I'm not sure how I will make it through this day.

Apparently Old Navy is having a sale on jeans.  I should stop by this weekend.  I also need to pick up my dress and dog food.

If you follow me on Twitter, last night you would have learned that the fountain has finally come back!  Just in time for new renter move-in.

I have so many follow ups to do for my business.  It's exciting!

I made an urgent visit to the chiropractor on Wednesday.  Turns out, to get me all fixed up will take 2-3 months.

I finally finished A Tale of Two Cities!  Finally.  The other day, I thought I had 60 pages left and it was only 20.  Once again, as with all classics, way too many unanswered questions.

It's not very promising to see that you are 9 books behind schedule on your reading challenge for the year and it's already halfway through August.

That staycation I mentioned on Tuesday still sounds like a good idea.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten on Tuesday


1.  I spent almost 3 hours on Saturday cleaning the basement. I'll bet that in 2 months, it won't look this nice.

2.  Remember last week when I said that it might be a first for me?  It was!  I had guests to an event!

3.  Every time my book gets good, I have to put it down to do things like work.  I've got about 70 pages left. 

4.  Speaking of books, I have more on the way that I ordered last week. 

5.  The workshop at work yesterday had me running halfway across campus and back all morning!  I was so exhausted by the time I got home.

6.  The Giver opens this weekend!

7.  So true:

8.  Have you seen this list?  I remember every single one of them!  Except for the last two.

9.  I would like to have a staycation.  I think it's really important at this time.

10.  It's so sad to lose Robin Williams.  The man brought so much laughter to our lives and he was one of my favorite actors of all time.