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Merry Christmas!  — December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! 

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

This year has flown by, even though it seems like nothing spectacular has happened. 

Now that Christmas is winding down, I begin to look forward to the next big event, which is my birthday, which is this next week. During this upcoming week, I am trying to make some goals for 2017, that I am hoping to accomplish. Some of my goals include reading more books, as I have many sitting, waiting for me to read them. I fore sure want to read the entire Outlander series (that have been published) and the entire Game of the Thrones series (that have been published). Many of the books I have are quite long, which is a good thing, I have plenty to read. I also want to complete all the knitting projects I have in the works, as well as knit up several more sweaters. I also want to get better at knitting up socks, especially boot socks so I have plenty of choices and so if I get busy, I won’t have to wash the hand wash only socks as often. 

This year has also been a tough one for sticking with Clean Eating. Now that the holidays are winding down, I am trying to change that, and get back to eating healthy and being almost completely gluten free and egg free. 

I want to spend more time outside, hiking and going on adventures. That goes hand in hand with my eating healthy goals. Being outside in the fresh air, getting exercise is important. 

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Getting Ready for Christmas! — December 18, 2016

Getting Ready for Christmas!

Hey Everyone!

This has been a busy week. Wednesday we got several inches of snow, which shut down the city and brought traffic to a stand still. It took my mom 3.5 hours to get home (21 miles, which is usally a 30 – 45 minute trip). I fortunately was still able to work Wednesday and Thursday since I work from home. 

Friday, we braved the elements and went out and did some Christmas shopping. Yesterday I had gone and gotten my hair cut, I also had several packages arrive (finally), so I was able to get samples made for my Scentsy customers. I also got my Perfectly Posh package, a Barnes and noble package, and my native (deodorant) packages. 

I haven’t talked about it much on this blog, but I am working onliving a  more simple life. At the end of this month I will no longer have Netflix, once season 6 of Grimm airs, I will get rid of Hulu Plus. I am really trying to cut down the time I needlessly spend on my computer playing computer games and watching shows I am not even really interested in. I still have several tv shows on DVD as well as movies, if I want something to watch while I knit, but I am really trying to spend more time doing things like reading, being outside, and being productive. 

I know I have mentioned that I miss the lifestyle I had in college, going to class during the day, coming home and studying, or writing papers, or doing other homework. So I was pretty busy, on the weekends I would hang out with friends, and once school would be done for the term I would sleep and read books of my own choosing (especially since my minor was literature). Living in a small town where you could barely get the basic TV channels without cable, if at all, you had to find ways to entertain yourself. Once I had my own place I had girls nights and stuff at my place, and went and did other stuff with my friends. Also being a part of a small church, I went on several ladies retreats and my best friend and I had gone to the beach at least once together (not to mention the times I went on my own). 

As Christmas approaches, it the busyness I am trying to slow down, reflect on this year, and how I want to do so next year differently. 

Kitchen Duty and Farm Animals! — December 11, 2016

Kitchen Duty and Farm Animals!

Hey Everyone! 

This weekend has been a busy one! 

Thursday we had some snow that iced over. Beings that I still work from home, I was still able to work on Thursday. By Friday it had cleared up enough for me to go out and run errands, as well as order some yarn, knitting needles and Special holiday Scentsy bars to make samples of,  before heading over to the church go help make hot cocoa for the first night of the 3 night Christmas event at church. Friday night alone we made 27.5 gallons of hot cocoa. There was said to have been about 700 people who came through that night, which isn’t bad for a Friday night, and not so great weather. 

Yesterday, being Saturday, I slept in, and relaxed a bit before going back over to church for the second nigh of Christmas activities. Last night we made 35 gallons of hot cocoa. There was about 1700 people who came through the event Saturday.

Today I went to church this morning, and then had a little down time before the last night of Christmas activities. Tonight we had made 45.5 gallons of cocoa. Toward the end of the evening my friend came and borrowed me, and I went on the hay ride with her and her family (including her 3 adorable nephews). After that we went and saw the camel, and yes it was a real camel, then went through the petting zoo, where there were rabbits, a baby goat, adult goats, sheep, baby ducks, and a piglet. And yes I used hand sanitizer as well as washed my hands really well before going back to the kitchen. 

Over the course of the weekend, a total of 108 gallons of cocoa was made. 

I am definitely a more behind the scenes, kitchen kind of person anyway. So I was right at home making hot chocolate. I have helped serve cookies and cocoa in the past, but the introvert that I am, does better in the kitchen. 

Can’t wait to see what the future holds — December 3, 2016

Can’t wait to see what the future holds

Hey Everyone!

The last time I talked to you all was about 3 weeks ago. 

In the past 3 weeks I have began a job search. I have been at my current job, as a contractor for 2 years. There is no real job and career growth where I am at, and I am ready for change. I don’t like to talk about my job much on here, as I feel like some things should be kept to the real world and off the web for the most part. The only reason I bring it up now, is because  I know when I do find a new job there will be a post about it, and I will have some confused readers, that are like “but I thought you already had a job”, “I didn’t know you were looking”, and so on. So yes, I am looking to actually start a career and looking for that job that will help me further my career. 

I am in my late 20’s, and don’t want to be stuck where I am at currently, and now is a great time in my life to be diving into a career, while that will likely involve several more jobs, where I have been has been an amazing start, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. 

I don’t know if I have talked about it much on this blog, but I am a Scentsy Consultant and a Perfectly Posh Consultant, and I love both companies but I don’t really see either being the job / career that pays all the bills. I also see myself having a “real world” career. That when I tell people what I do, they are like “oh, ok”, and that I have a regular routine and schedule. That is just what works for me. I guess I am rather old school, that when I hear that someone is a full time YouTuber or does ItWorks / Scentsy /  Perfectly Posh / Younique or whatever full time, there is a part of me that still wonders if the “bubble” will pop, or it all comes crashing down. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that they are doing something they love, I am just the kind of person who like routine of getting up everyday and having someplace or places to be during the week. So I have always seen Perfectly Posh and Scentsy as a secondary income, essentially to support my Scentsy and Posh purchases. 

In the past year or so, I have really come to the conclusion that this part of the country, and more specifically within a roughly 2 hour drive (a little more for parts of the North Coast, but still close enough to not be ruled out) of where I am. While I hope to move out of the city and this county soon, I would be ok still working in the city. 

This part of the country is Home, this is where my roots are. I have pretty much known that for 5+ years. I was only in New York (Long Island & Manhattan) for a week, and boy was I happy to see for trees and mountains again. While I hope to live in this part of the country for the rest of my life, I am never going to say never about moving away.