Give Thanks //

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Please enjoy a peek at Thanksgiving last year. Oh how we have changed in a year.

Miss my long hair.

Miss my long hair.

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This is exactly how everyone feels at the end of the night on Thanksgiving..

This is exactly how everyone feels at the end of the night on Thanksgiving..

 

 

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Reach //

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Lately I have been feeling a bit frustrated. I wake up, go to the gym, then to work. To a work I am not completely happy with. Somewhere along the way I lost sight of what I really want to do as a career. I spent about 6 years in school for my dream job and I’m definitely not there, yet.

As I was working on a project today I found myself becoming all consumed with frustration. There are people who work hard everyday because of the bigger picture and then there is always that one guy who does the minimum (but still has a big head).

I get completely consumed in their lack of work that I lose focus on what I’m reaching for. I need to take a few minutes and try to breath instead of getting frustrated. I am working for something and letting myself forget that is putting me one step behind, again.

I’ve decided after today’s frustration debacle I need to focus more on me and my career goals. I love sketching, and I really want to open that online boutique. I was meant to be in some kind of creative field. And I need to reach for that.

Beaching //

Happy Tuesday! This last weekend I went to beach with a few of my co-workers. It was exactly what I needed in order to recharge my batteries and get myself prepared for this looming ((BUSY)) holiday season.

The cute house we stayed in.

The cute house we stayed in.

This wood stove was my life saver! I was freezing all weekend.

This wood stove was my life saver! I was freezing all weekend.

 

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Hello Lover! This beauty is for sale and I'm drooling/dreaming. Someday...

Hello Lover! This beauty is for sale and I’m drooling/dreaming. Someday…

 

Getting crazy on the beach after watching Bring It On.

Getting crazy on the beach after watching Bring It On.

 

Me at my FINEST! I make my husband pride to call me his wife.

Me at my FINEST! I make my husband pride to call me his wife.

 

 

Fall Cara Box Exchange //

I recently took part of a great program called Cara Box Exchange. This is a fantastic way to get to know other woman whether or not you blog. Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals started this in hopes that we would reach out to each other and encourage each other. This exchange and future exchanges has been changed up a bit. Instead of only having two weeks to get to know your partners we now have two months. Its a refreshing change and you really get to know them and learn more about their daily life.

For this exchange I was paired with two amazing gals, Megan and Nilda. I sent Megan a box and Nilda sent me a box. It was great being paired with both these gals because we’re all newlyweds and experiencing the same transitions. I also enjoyed getting to know both of them because they are both so determined. Megan is a grad student/blogger and Nilda is a teacher/blogger. I am 100% confident you will become immediately attached to both gals and their blogs as soon as you start reading.

For this exchange the theme was Falling For Fall. As I have written here many of times ((here & here))  fall is my season. I live for the fall and winter. Growing up in the PNW ((pacific northwest)) the changing leafs has become my favorite thing to experience every year. Nilda nailed me to a T with my box.

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1. That amazing scarf! Scarfs are my necklaces all fall/winter long. I’m already planning to wear it next week on Thanksgiving.

2. Navy tights with green polka-dots. Enough said! ((I have a great outfit planned for them and may try to post it on the blog…))

3. Gold nail polish. Why yes I have already painted my nails using this new color. I love a fresh manicure.

4. Hot chocolate brownies. As soon as L is done with dinner these are being made and no I am not sharing.

5. The cutest fall cookie mix in a mason jar. Since the brownies will be consuming my life I think these will be made and consumed Saturday. We’ll see if I can actually wait that long.

Well folks, there you have it, my box. Every time I participate I reminded how amazing people are to each other. It makes me want to try harder at being a great person towards others. I also want to encourage others while they are down. So if you are needing that extra bounce in your step please join the exchange. You will not be disappointed. Also, please stop by and say hello to my partners. Inspirational ladies.

The super cute message Nilda put on the outside of my box.

The super cute message Nilda put on the outside of my box.

Crispness //

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I took this picture Thursday morning and insistently knew I was in my happy place.

The past year has been a year of growing, changes, and experiences. I feel as though I’ve finally reached a place where I am completely content with life right now and it’s exactly how it should be.

Getting married this year was the high but so many other things happened that I didn’t know would effect me until now. These changes happened for various reason and it’s now I finally feel like I understand why.

I saw this quote ((I’m not sure who originally said it)) earlier today and it’s exactly how I feel. “Friends are like seasons”. Boy is that not the truth? People come and go for different seasons of your life. Some stay to weather all the seasons with you.

Well I’m not really sure how I should close out this post… Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Learning to keep my mouth shut //

The year L and I ran Shamrock run. Our first race together.

The year L and I ran Shamrock run. Our first race together.

Well I did it again. I’m not entirely sure this one is all my fault though. This morning I decided to suck it up and go to a Saturday class at the gym. Showing up to the 8 am class on a Saturday felt like a huge accomplishment and I was energized as soon as I pulled up.

My usual trainer was running this class. I was really feeling exciting for this day. L wasn’t able to join me because he is in busy season so that means working 7 days a week. Before class was starting I sent L a text explaining the workout. We’re both extremely sarcastic and I was expecting a smart ass remark back. As the trainer was getting was ready for warm up I told him about the text and how L would most likely respond. My trainer laughed and decided to tell the owner, because it was FUNNY.

This is when I wanted to walk out and started wishing I had just kept to myself. The owner of our gym came out and decided to go on a “lovely” 5 minute rant on how the gym’s workouts our decided on. IN FRONT OF EVERYONE. Also going on about no day is harder than another and I should go home to explain this to L. Instant defense mode kicked into high gear as I’m sure it would for anyone hearing their partner being thrown under the bus.

As the work out got started, I just did what I had to do. Kept telling myself to push through. Just push through. A moment did arise where I was able to explain to our trainer how inappropriate that rant was and he should have addressed me personally so I could explain the joke. I’m happy I have a close relationship with this particular trainer because he did help me feel better and did say he thought the owner would think its funny as well.

I felt so belittled by the owner this morning. L has been a member of this gym for over 3 years. He was one of the first handful of members. If L really thought some days were harder than others why would he up his membership to 4 days a week? Why are we spending almost $300 a month just for us to use your facility?

Moral of the story for me, keep my mouth shut. I don’t feel like I did anything to deserve the treatment this morning, but if that is the response I’m going to get, I’ll just keep to myself . The owner hardly knows L or myself. He doesn’t know how sarcastic we can be. Yes he wanted to defend the business he is growing but it shouldn’t be done at the expense of your members. And yes I’m highly considering discontinuing my membership.

I am hopeful though that this morning was just one of those days for him. I also feel this shows how disconnected he has become from the people who make his dream a reality, the members.

Cheers to a better Saturday!