Taking on Life at Full Speed

Learning from the past to make a brighter future

Make heads of tails — April 21, 2016

Make heads of tails

Hey Everyone! 

This year, it seems like my life has been constantly changing and I have been having to make one big decision after another and I have felt like I have not been able to settle down into a normal rhythm. I have been on the go for months. Thank goodness for my greens and greens chews, and for staying healthy through the winter.

Through the busyness and chaos that is my life I can still see the lord working, and how some things have fallen into place. New friendships have been made, older friendships strengthened, and others distanced from. 

Another common theme, thought or idea that has been on my mind and heart is the hope and determination to be able to create my own home, and in having my own home, doing more stuff in the ways of hospitality, and serving others. 

For most of the past six years I have felt stuck and like life was passing me by. It wasn’t until a couple months ago that I really surrendered my life to God, and then started seeing things happen. It was at that point that my life really began going at full force. I have been seeing God work and change me. 

I have also noticed a shift from being all tomboy to being a bit more ladylike in my outfit choices. Somehow, and I do mean somehow I have pulled off looking nice without really trying. Half the time I seriously just grab clothes and throw them on without much thought or effort and it turns out looking nice. The independent, adventurous, outdoorsy tomboy still exists but has learned that there is a time and a place for everything. 

I keep hoping one day I will wake up and see the completed puzzle for this chapter of my life and that the past few months will all make sense. 

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Collect Memories not Things — April 16, 2016

Collect Memories not Things

Hey Everyone! 

I hope you are all having a great weekend! 

I feel like each week is crazier than the previous week. Life really hasn’t slowed down and I am feeling it. 

Yesterday I had spent some me time with my best friend, and helped watch her nephews for a bit, before we went and got food, went to the stash store, then proceeded getting lost on the way back. 

Today I had gone to a wedding which I have had mixed feelings about. I wished that my plans to have been in Colorado this weekend had worked out, but they didn’t, so I sucked it up and went. Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do and play nice.  

Things don’t always work out the way you want them to, that is one thing I have learned in life. 

If things had worked out the way I had wanted them to, I would have gotten married at 22, and had 2 or 3 kids if my own by now. 

Here I am, in my late 20’s happily single (for the most part) and living my life, going and doing what I want, when I want. Buying the kind of food I want. I am only accountable to and for myself. My dreams are my own. If and when the right kind of guy comes along then I would definitely get married, but until then, the world awaits and there is so much of it to go see and experience, so why not live life to the fullest. 

I am still processing where my life is going and what I am supposed to be doing with it. That has changed so much over the years. Part of why I joined it works is to create the kind of life where I can collect memories rather than a lot of things. I am not saying I am going to give up all my worldly goods and join a convent, that is not my calling, rather live reasonably, and spend my time and money creating memories and a story. I don’t need a big house full of things, I would be fine with a cabin in the woods. I want to get myself out of debt, and spend my time and money Travelling, having friends over for tea, knitting as much as I can, helping others and living a full meaningful life. 

Building my Business  — April 10, 2016

Building my Business 

Hey Everyone!

Happy Sunday! 

This past week has been incredibly busy. I had my job, as well as my first week of ItWorks, as well as a couple adventures and a team meeting. 

I have been wanting to write this post for most of the week, but am finally getting around to it which means I need to work on my time management skills a bit more. 

I joined it works because I wanted to work hard to achieve the freedom of getting out of debt and living the kind of life I have always wanted to live. If it actually happens (yeah I have heard all the “DirectSales / MLM only works for a few people” and “most people fail before they really start”), which I am going to work my butt off doing so, to try to make it happen for me. Even if I could earn enough to pay for my products and a few of my current bills I would be happy. 

Friday I had gone to the beach for a bit to get out of the city. Coming back I hit traffic and it took me an hour to get from Hillsboro to the Ross Island Bridge, which I was so ready to be done with, and reaffirmed why I am not a fan of driving in the city during rush hour. 

To Those who unfollow or unfriend too quickly — April 5, 2016

To Those who unfollow or unfriend too quickly

Please…
👉Let’s stop being annoyed by everything and start lifting each other up!
👉To the pregnant women on social media posting constant updates and belly pictures…We LOVE seeing how excited you are to become a mommy.😘
To the women posting “selfies”, thanks for letting young girls know that it’s okay to love yourself and to feel beautiful!😘💋
To the fitness lovers posting your own pictures in whatever you have on!! Good for you!! Makes me happy to see people happy for things they have accomplished with their body!! It’s hard friggin work!
👉To the mom posting a million pictures of her kids (2 or 4 legged) it makes my heart so happy to see parents so proud of and loving their babies! 💚
To the married couple constantly posting “sappy love posts”💋 thank you for being a reminder to the next generation that all hope isn’t lost and happy marriages most definitely DO exist. 💜
To the singles who have time to travel and post about their adventures, keep posting! Those of us stuck at home on the couch live through your photos.
👉To the business owners👑 who constantly post about their businesses keep going! Your strong will and passion for what you do is astounding! Even in the midst of all the negative remarks you keep on going for yourself and family! 💎🏽💵💵💵

IKEA exploration and inspiration  — April 3, 2016

IKEA exploration and inspiration 

Hey Everyone!

On Friday I had stopped at my favorite yarn store to pick up some yarn, one hank is so that I can complete the reknit of a scarf I accidentally felted. And the other is to put with another yarn of the same weight for a shawl I had seen in the shop, and got the pattern for. 

Yesterday I had decided to go to IKEA and get a bigger plastic bucket which I had originally planned to use for my Scentsy warmer collection, but ended up doing some rearranging, and put all my sweater yarn in the big IKEA bucket, and then put the few new warmers in one of my buckets that previously held yarn, and then am using the other yarn bucket for Infant Hats. Rearranging yarn and Scentsy warmers then taking buckets down to the garage was a lot of hard work. 

While I was at IKEA I was getting some ideas just for the fun if it. I do look at living rooms, but only keep what is there in the back of my mind in terms of artwork, and maybe sets if I have a family room in addition to a living room, as I already have most of my living room furniture. Though I may want an actual entertainment center, and I need bookshelves. I have a lot of books. My primary focus has been on Kitchens and Dining Tables. I love kitchens and cannot wait to have one of my own again. I also want a dining room table that I can host dinners and have gatherings at. 

I also became an ItWorks Distributor in Friday, beings that I love the products, and would love to earn some money, even if it was just enough to cover the cost of my own monthly ItWorks order it would be worth it. While I would love to earn enough to support myself and travel on, I would be thrilled. If and until that happens I am not giving up on my day job yet. 

Though I also recently turned down a job. I had applied for it in a recommendation, knowing I was not qualified for it, then interviewed and was offered it. Why I declined it, was in part in that I wouldn’t be making a whole lot more than I am where I am now, It’s not something I really want to do, or would help me in my career, as well as the fact that there are currently only 6 other females who have this position in the city. I kinda felt that I would have to do more than pull my weight to be accepted by my peers and the customers, and do more than the guys to be taken seriously. While I am all for women being able to do whatever they want career wise and get equal pay, there are some battles I am unwilling to fight when I can see why it is a male dominated field. This particular job also had a physical aspect that I could have dealt with, but at what point would my body say enough is enough and become a liability and interfere with doing my job. It also came down to making due for now on a little less income means I still have my 3 day weekends to pursue what I am passionate about, as well as have the time to do the ItWorks thing. I get to work in a climate controlled environment (which I would partially give up if I got a farm or to have a job I enjoyed that made me go outside, that is a different story), and I am not having to fight the uphill battle of pushing a feminist agenda that I don’t 100% agree with down guys throats who are old school, just with my presence, or deal with the discrimination of being a female “where I don’t belong”. It also came down to knowing that it wasn’t where God wanted me. 

In the past few months, I know I have been changing, really wanting a home of my own, having my own kitchen, wanting to Can fruit and make jam in the summer. While I still love the outdoors, and adventures there is nothing unladylike about that. Look at the pioneers. I have just been being led more to becoming more of a lady, and being an example for younger girls and young women. 

I am trying to get into shape, and it is currently kicking my butt. I have been going and doing so much lately that it has finally caught up with me, and I have not felt the best today. I even took a nap today. I guess I have been trying to do too much too fast with going for walks and adding in adventures. At least I haven’t gotten sick yet, and knock on wood I hope I don’t. I will just keep taking my greens and greens chews, and hope I don’t get sick.