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Spring

I grew up in the South (yes, capital S) – Florida to be specific, and there, Spring is it’s own unique thing. Mostly it’s just a time for new tropical flowers to bloom, the weather gets warmer and it’s when we swap out our light jackets and hoodies for flip flops – if we’ve stopped wearing them at all. As an adult, I moved north. Seasons were a new experience for me. Growing up in Florida, we didn’t really have them. The first northern Spring I experienced felt strange. I didn’t realize just how quiet Winter could be until the Spring came and suddenly, and weirdly, I began hearing the sounds of nature again. Birds chirping, squirrels rustling through the brush, the sound of bees floating around the back patio. I hadn’t realized they were gone, but suddenly, there they were again. Depression is a lot like that for me.…

Surviving Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be! With a few simple tips, you’ll sail through the dark days of winter (or at least feel better about it).  One of my diagnoses is Seasonal Affective Disorder. You’ve probably heard of it at least once or twice, but basically it means that since I don’t get enough sun during the winter months, my brain chemistry goes all screwy and I’m more likely to be depressed. Most people like me just call it SAD (Worst. acronym. ever. As if I need the reminder that I feel like crap during the lack of daylight savings time.) Luckily, through the years, and especially the last two years, I’ve picked up a few tricks for my toolbox that make things a bit easier for me. Start a countdown – Remember those paper chains you used to make as a kid?…

My Month of No

You might’ve heard of Shonda Rhimes and her book Year of Yes. I’ve decided January 2017 is going to be my month of NO. No disrespect meant to Ms. Rhimes, but I have to stop saying yes.  I say yes far too much. I love saying yes. I say yes even when I know it’s better to say no. I say yes because I don’t want to let people down. I say yes because I want to help. I say yes because I want to feel like a good wife, friend, or family member. I say yes so much, I “yes” myself to the bottom of my to do list.  It’s unhealthy. So January, I’m not going to say yes. To anything. “Can you help me with…?” Nope. “Could I just come over and…?” No. “Would you like to…?” No thank you. Selfish? Yep. Don’t get me wrong. I love helping. I…

Being Overwhelmed

I’m struggling a lot with being overwhelmed today. Between running a business, running a household and trying to blog, I often find myself buried in a very long To Do list and a very long (and full of longing) Want To Do list. I honestly don’t believe in that thing called “balance”. I don’t think achieving balance is possible. I think life tends to be more of a see saw. Some days we are weighed down in work, others in household responsibilities and on a very few rare occasions (at least for me) we feel light and lifted and are able to have some fun. Today I am weighed down. I’m a people pleaser so I often take on too much (like right now) and spend my days wishing I could tackle the things I want to do, rather than the things I have to do. Instead, I will finish this blog…

What crumbs are you leaving behind?

I rarely share my faith publicly. In today’s world it gets messy pretty fast. But this week as I did my daily Bible reading and devotional and came across a story of a woman who had the courage to confront (yes, confront) Jesus, I felt moved to share. I realize this might not be your cup of tea, but I encourage you to be open minded and give it a go anyway. Hate has been on my mind a lot recently. It’s a hot topic. There are lots of stories in the news revolving around it. We see the world through our own personal experiences and society around us, and y’all, I have to believe that hate is learned. No one is born with hate in their heart. Society teaches us to hate. I’m convinced of that. I also think hate can be spread from the pulpit. Oh, we couch it in “God…

Change, Change, Change…

****Insert awesome, magazine quality photo here because WordPress was being stupid and wouldn’t let me upload**** Change and I are not good friends. Not at all. We’re more like when you see someone at the mall that you knew in high school but you had a mutual dislike for one another and so you do the “look” and maybe the nod, but not the stop and talk. Or worse, we’re like when you see someone who didn’t like you at all in high school but now that you’re adults they seem to have forgotten that and when they see you they go, “Oh my gosh! HEY! It’s so nice to see you!” *gag* Yeah, so we’re not friends. Which is why the last couple of months have been a bit rough, and why I’ve not been around the blog. I mean, no one wants to hear me whine, right? Right. Here’s what’s…

Advice For Graduates (I’m not as old as your mama so you can listen…)

Dear Graduates of 2015 (and beyond), Seventeen (17!) years ago TODAY, I graduated high school. Yes, that’s right. When I was 18 – you were being born. Yes, I’m old. Old enough to know a few things, but not too old to be a fuddy duddy. (Wait, does using the phrase fuddy duddy make me one? Whatever. I’m not that old.) I’m here to fill you in on a few things that will happen or are necessities now that you are full grown adults. And yes, you are. Your parents probably won’t see you that way for awhile, but that’s why I’m here. I know right now you’re probably rolling your eyes because another “adult” wants to give you advice. That’s fine. Just know that when you are almost 36, lots of 18 year olds are going to be rolling their eyes at you too. Karma is like that. Lets get down to business, shall…

Easy Bunny Wreath

Last Friday, I confessed that I struggle a lot with allowing time for myself. So this week, I decided to make a point of it. Even though I should have been putting in extra work hours or cleaning the house, I took an hour for myself over a couple of days and whipped up this “wreath” for Easter. I really wanted time to do more, but such is life. A couple of weeks ago, I ordered this cute bare wood bunny form from Pick Your Plum, personalized with the letter L for our last name. This one isn’t available anymore, but they do things like this all the time so keep an eye out. It was really easy (and relaxing!) from there. I painted it a shimmery pink (Martha Stewart Pink Taffeta) and let it dry overnight. To make the polka dots I used white acrylic paint and used…

Top Secret Blogging Tip #4 – “Self”-Promotion

As bloggers, we spend a lot of time talking and worrying about self-promotion – where to find the time, how to best promote, where to get the most mileage out of social media. It’s often un-ending. If I’ve learned anything over the past year and a half of being a virtual assistant, it’s that continuous, all encompassing self-promotion is nearly impossible. Sorry, that’s the truth. It’s just not feasible to be on every social media platform every hour of every day. At least not by yourself. So, how do bloggers much bigger than I handle this? They have friends and they promote each other. This is not an industry where you can exist on a island by yourself. You need friends. You need people who are willing to share your projects and ideas. Frankly, there are just too many social media outlets these days. You can’t rely on just one -…

My Minted.com Art is Here!

You guys! Remember a couple of weeks ago I had you help me pick out some artwork from Minted.com? Well it’s here! And it’s in a frame and hung up! (I’m not always the best at getting things done right away so I’m counting that as a big win.) Seriously, I couldn’t wait to get it on the wall and show you. It is so awesome. (They aren’t asking me to do this, I just really liked it in person and couldn’t wait to share. I love it that much. No lie.) First though, let’s talk about what you chose. In my very non-scientific accounting of your votes, it was a three way tie for C, D, and E! Even you guys had trouble choosing. And while I loved all of the options…well, I went rogue and chose a different one than all of you. So here goes. I chose… …