Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I'm Thankful For...

I'm thankful for Marshall's daycare.
I can't tell you how much time I spent this summer stressing and worrying over where Marshall would be once I went back to work.  We couldn't be happier with the daycare we found and we absolutely LOVE it! The owners and teachers truly love the kids and Marshall loves them! They take such good care of him and my favorite thing is when arts & crafts projects are sent home on Fridays so we can add them to the fridge ;)

I'm thankful for the LuLaRoe opportunity.
I've posted about it before on my LuLaRoe shopping page on Facebook, but I truly am thankful to have the opportunity to be a LuLaRoe Fashion Retailer! Coming from someone who used to dread shopping for clothes, LLR has been such a positive thing for several reasons: 1) I enjoy trying on clothes and getting new clothes!; 2) LLR has helped us SO much financially! We never have to worry about where the money is coming from to make my car payment each month which is SUCH a huge relief; 3) I've met so many awesome people through LLR! Whether we've met in person or just online, it's been great to make new friendships! (And I'm not even really a "people-person", except for LuLaRoe, haha)

I'm thankful for our family.
1) Well, you know the saying, "friends come and go, but family is forever." Family is always there for you and there to help you out.  Which leads me to #2... 2) We always have a babysitter. haha. I kid, I kid....but really.

I'm thankful for the essentials that are needed for living (that we can easily forget how fortunate we are to have).
Our house, electricity, water, our cars, our jobs, food on the table everyday, the air we breathe (Dad, thanks for bringing that to Thanksgiving this year, haha!),

I'm thankful for ridiculously random things that still make me happy.
The TV show, Arrow, for finally being a show that Matt and I can watch together and enjoy (this is rare, but it's something we look forward to every week!); For always having some type of dessert in the house, because I like dessert. But nothing too sweet; For Christmas music, because everyone's always happier when listening to Christmas music.

I'm thankful for an awesome forgiving God.
Because we all mess up sometimes, right?
Psalm 18:30: As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

I'm thankful for all the things I forgot to mention, because it's after 9:00pm and my contacts are drying out and my brain is shutting off, so I simply can't list anything else tonight.

I hope you all have an amazing Turkey Day tomorrow!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Reminder to Self: Don't Forget to Enjoy the Little Moments

On the way to work a few week's ago, I randomly started thinking about our family's beach vacation 14 years ago.  We went with my aunt, uncle and cousins, and first of all, I remembered the car ride down with many funny memories and inside jokes we still make reference to.

*Let me just go ahead and add this note here, that sometimes I have no idea how things so random can pop into my head. Haha.

I remembered a time when my cousin and I were out in the ocean, jumping waves like we loved to do, and we said random phrases like "flying fig newton" and "building a barn for a sick water buffalo."  As I touched on above, we have countless inside jokes that make us laugh and probably sound ridiculous to others!  I remember we just laughed and laughed and stayed out in the water for hours just playing.

But then I suddenly remembered something that stuck out to me the most about that trip: neither my cousins, my sister or I had a cell phone on that trip.  EVERYTHING we did that week, we lived in that moment.  We had cameras, but I don't think we stopped every five minutes to take a selfie, or post on social media about our trip.  Now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure social media wasn't even "a thing" for us then.  We just enjoyed being there and being with each other.  We had random dance parties at night.  Some of us (not saying names!) grabbed someone's wallet and chased the guy selling frozen lemonade down the beach, because they had literally been trying to get some all week.

More and more, I'm trying to be on my phone less.  It's definitely hard to do when I do 90% of my LuLaRoe business ON my phone.  Whether that's sending invoices, scheduling posts, responding to customer's sold" comments, it's all done on my phone.

I also don't want to forget how cute Marshall looked carrying his lunchbox in when we got home from daycare, or how messy he was after having spaghetti for dinner, so I take tons of pictures of him daily.  (I'm trying to be better about printing them, but I'm definitely still slacking in that area.)

So while there may be times where I do find it important to be on my phone, I'm trying to spend less time mindlessly on my phone.  What does that mean?  Not as much game time, and not as much Pinterest searching...not that I ever made the crafts and recipes I pinned, anyway.

And these are the moments I don't want to miss out on: when he falls asleep while reading his coloring book (yes, reading), and he'll rarely fall asleep while laying with me, so a picture is a must.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Making Time to Slow Down

I haven't felt 100% in over two months now, and it has been draining.  Once I started recovering from one thing, something else came up, and it's just been that chain reaction since the second week in August.  I know there are people who deal with a lot more than I do, health wise, and more power to all of you--I don't know how you do it with a smile on your face most of the time.

What I've realized during this time is that you don't realize how much energy it actually takes to do something, until you don't have all that energy.  Or, you don't realize which muscles you really use for coughing and sneezing, until you've pulled all those muscles and can hardly move.  But, from all this, I've actually had to MAKE myself chill out, do some things a little bit slower than usual, and actually relax.  I know, it's hard to relax in today's time. Heck, even laying down to relax isn't as relaxing as it sounds, because some days, I can barely pull myself up to sit...and then I laugh at myself.

The Type A side of me created a daily checklist for us to use each day to make sure daily tasks get done and we're better prepared for the next day (although, there are still some mornings I'm rushing Marshall out the door because I somehow got us behind, haha).  In the beginning, it was great, and we were checking things off the list left and right.  But, I've had to remind myself lately that simple things like unloading the dishwasher CAN in fact wait until the next day.  All those ants will still be in our kitchen regardless of whether or not there are dishes out.  Haha.

Side note: I cleaned our kitchen and every last thing in it this morning, and I swear we have more ants now than before.

And don't get me wrong, I still love our lists, but I'm just also getting a little bit better about not being as hard on myself if there are unchecked boxes when I'm heading to bed.

So, this post isn't to get everyone to write "hope you feel better or anything," but instead, I hope it's a reminder for you to take time to slow down for yourself.  The dishes will be there tomorrow.  Watch another episode of Mickey with your baby...they're only a baby for so long. (How do I have an almost 2 year old?!)