September 1, 2015

Time Flies

I cannot believe it is already September! Anyone else feeling that way?

Summer seems to be going by very fast. Summer going fast is good for us Arizonans and the crazy heat. My summer has been filled with family visits, travel, job changes, physical therapy after tearing my ACL, a blogiversary, anniversary, dativersary, birthday, and the list goes on...

Now I am looking forward to cooler temps and being able to be comfortable outside, football season (and winning my fantasy football leagues this year), working and blogging, and exercising. I already even joined a gym and am starting to learn weight lifting and getting back into swimming!

And September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Raising money for childhood cancer awareness and leukemia is a cause close to my heart!
Here it goes! Let's enjoy it!

August 31, 2015

Are All Blogs Alike?

Do not read blog posts when you are in a bad mood. I think everyone and everything they write about is stupid. But it's not them, it's me (for once, don't get used to it.)

Here are some things that run through my mind when I am reading other people's blog posts while in a bad mood:

Why would I make my own teriyaki sauce? Doesn't she know you can buy it in a bottle at the store? DUH!

Oh look, pictures of the fro-yo (ugh and really, we can't just call it frozen yogurt?!) they got this weekend. All those toppings aren't that cool. Actually, they are. Ugh, i'm jealous of her fro-yo. How come she never gets fat off of it and I do just by reading this blog post?

I also don't care where she got that purse. Or that shirt. Wait, I want that purse and that shirt. Why do I have to sign up for another website to see where it is from? Grr...oh great, they are really expensive. I need more money. What does she do to afford all of this. Do you get all of this because of your blog...lucky you.

I can't do that hairstyle. I don't want to do that hairstyle (yes, I do), it's stupid. I could not do it if I wanted to because I am too stupid to follow the directions and also my hair is stupid.

Great, you crossed a lot of things off your to-do list (with the same planner everyone else has). I downed a lot of chocolate watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. Advantage me. (NOT)

That is a really cool DIY project. Mine may come out a fourth as good as that. Maybe I can go buy it at Home Goods and tell people I did it.

Another baby, another dog, another like....

Sorry, I promise I don't hate you every day. just today. It is a Monday and I have a big hard test today. Which is why I am going to skip reading blogs for the rest of the day. It is better for everyone.

August 28, 2015

The Unorganized Organizer

I feel like I am a pretty organized person. 
Until I look at all the areas I like to organize and realize that I am not really there...

I like and they are organized:

My pantry, fridge, and wine fridge are all very well organized. I can tell you if I have something or not and I always know where it is!

My hall closet and bathroom are very well organized. I know where everything is and what brands I have. I am not a huge collector of all things beauty.

My pictures on my computer are sorted by date and by topic so you can find anything you want.

My schedule in general. I am not late, I do not forget appointments and do pretty well on birthdays and happy hours. I schedule myself for work in a very well thought out way.

Meal planning. I am finally getting into a good rhythm with the meal planning. I have a monthly calendar and it has what we will be having. On nights I work, my husband cooks so I mark those ones and give him some pretty straight forward dishes to make. It helps that he doesn't avoid the kitchen like the plague. Only sad thing for me is that all his best and most amazing dishes are carb loaded: pizza, bread, mac and cheese, and chicken roll ups. Oh and he can also man the grill. I am lucky!

Memorabilia. You know, those things I can't throw away from school or sports and such. I have that organized really well!

My files. I know where all the information for cars, home, health, etc...all is. It is all easy to locate!

My closet. This is kind of a halfway organized thing, but I will put it on the list of things that are organized for me, because it is. It is my husband's stuff that I can't keep organized. I'm sorry, I should is his version of organized. ;-)

Gift ware and cards. Need a thank you note? Need a birthday card? Need red tissue paper? A blue gift bag? It is all organized by occasion and color!

And yet, even with all that, there are some things i just cannot get organized to save my life:

My craft supplies. Not that I really craft anyway, but it is a bit of a mess.

Exercising. Okay, so I know I don't need to organize this but rather just do it, but I do better if I have a plan to do something.  I hear it will come easier, but it is something I generally have no desire to do. That makes it harder to plan for sure! I did just join a gym so, so far so good on keeping on track!

My blog schedule is off and on in being in a good organizational swing.
Which by the way I should note is this: I realized that I was reading and researching more than I was actually doing. I'm not saying I stopped reading, but I am now implementing more ideas and breaking up my time management better.

I need to do a better job with my email inbox. I am slowly and surely getting there. My main thing is I feel I am slow at responding. :-/

Those last two are big ones. Any tips for me?! 
What do you struggle to get or keep organized?

August 26, 2015

Read This When You Are Having a Bad Day

I am happy when I eat yummy cheese
When I burst out laughing
When I discover a new song
When I finish a good book
When I wake up and feel relaxed

I am glad to have friends
Glad to have a family
Glad to have a home
Glad to have food when I am hungry
Glad to have hot water when I shower

I love being able to see the seasons change
Love having gifts at Christmas and my birthday
Love to travel sometimes
Love to have a good education

I am flattered when people compliment me
Flattered when people smile at me
Flattered when people are polite to me.

There are so many things that make life so simple and easy and I will always think about them more than all the bad things that happen to me.

I do not have time to be sad everyday nor ungrateful. I have every reason in the world to be happy.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

August 24, 2015

Focus on You

Taking care of yourself can be something we put on the backburner.
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, things don’t always happen as we hoped and planned. 

Since tearing my ACL I have learned a huge lesson about the importance of taking care of myself, because there is no point in working if you aren't building a good life.

I have found that I have to focus to make everything happen. 
Remember this post? I have finally made it happen to start focusing and working on myself.

I need to have strength. I need to feel good about myself. I need to have energy. Otherwise, all my big and exciting plans can get pushed back on the backburner.

This doesn't mean I am successful everyday. Some days I kill it. I am on top of my game and doing work that feels crazy purposeful and super effective. Those are my favorite!

Some days, life gets in the way. We do our best to plan ahead, be prepared, and have systems in place but things fall apart.

All and all though, today I want to encourage you to remember to take care of you.

I have been doing that. So just know that on this blog, sometimes it takes me a couple days to reply to you but I love everyone's support in my quest for happiness in writing on this blog. I encourage you guys to do the same!

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