Friday, February 19, 2016

5 things I know

Every week I will post 5 things I know....

S - Sweater...I love sweaters. In fact that it is the only thing I like about cold weather. Growing up in Las Vegas and California, I only wore light sweaters, but now living in the Midwest, I wear a lot of sweaters in the winter. Unfortunately, my favorite sweaters tend to get fuzz balls and it makes them look old and dingy. Well thanks to Pinterest I found a handy dandy tip of using a razor to remove them. I just buy the cheap ones and from that tip, there are some things I learned in the process. First of all, hold the sweater taut, so you don't snag it. Second, it is time consuming. And third, it is a little bit of a fuzzy mess. Wow, does it work and the sweater looks beautiful.

A - Always, always, always make time for your family, friends, church and those less fortunate than you. So many people have touched my life and were a rock of support when I was going through a difficult time. They had busy lives and difficulties of their own and yet they were there for me.

N- Never say never.... isn't that from a James Bond movie. I try to keep this in mind. Through the years I have caught myself saying "I will never...." and did. It may be months, weeks or years down the road, but yep, it happened.

D- Daily Devotional. I used to get daily devotional via email. I would eat my breakfast while I would hop on the computer before going to work. These daily devotional helped me get through the day and get back on track. Unfortunately the stopped out of the blue so I found a few other sites. One is Rachel Wojo - Encouraging Fresh Faith. She has a great blog and I get daily emails. Another is a book I received at church called "Rediscover Jesus" by Matthew Kelly and it a 40 day spiritual journey, just in time for Lent. I read a chapter a day. They are short and each offers: 1. Point to Ponder 2.Verse to Live 3. Question to Consider 4. Prayer. I am truly blessed to have come across all this information.

Y- You can de-clutter, discard and organize by going to blogs, Pinterest and reading organizing books. I went to lunch with a friend and she told me about Marie Kondo, her organizing techniques and her book "The life-changing magic of tidying up". I love the thought process, the tips (albeit I already do some of them to an extent) and enjoyed reading her book (I am half way, but it is nice to read, especially because she thinks like me or is it I think like her). If you need helping purging, de-cluttering or organizing, this is the route to go.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Never lose sight of your dreams 
When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you….Jiminy Cricket 
How many times have we heard these lyrics?? How many times have we given up on our dreams? But are we really giving up on our dreams or have we just gone off course in life. I look back at all the things I wanted to accomplish in life. Growing up I always wanted to be a writer, but oh yes I forgot, I wanted to be a stewardess too; I wanted to travel around the world.  I had visions of being an interior decorator and fashion merchandise career sounded like a great idea. I enjoyed learning about keeping fit and I had thought of being a nutritionist........
So, what happened?? Life happened. I was married and had two children, wondering what happened to those dreams. I went into the field of nursing, a far cry from the career choices that I chose growing up. I look at my niece and nephew, who knew exactly what they wanted to do and went to college straight out of high school to pursue their dreams. I have friends and colleagues who also followed their dreams. I admire and respect them for being so motivated and dedicated.  
Looking at what I have been through and accomplished throughout the years, I realize that I never lost sight of my dream. I just went about it in an entirely different way. No I am not an interior decorator, but I do enjoy decorating my home, giving each room a different theme. No, I am not a fashion merchandiser, but I enjoy putting different outfits together and mix-matching accessories with the clothes I already own. No, I did not become a stewardess and travel around the world, but I have lived in 5 states and visited at least 20 of them, I also have been to Canada and Mexico. In addition, I will be traveling on a cruise this year and to Italy the next year. I may not be a nutritionist or fitness expert per se but I am a health educator, in which I continually learn and teach about healthy lifestyles. 
So maybe traveling down a different path, instead of the one I envisioned traveling down on, is not so bad after all. Because of all my dreams and aspirations, I have been able to incorporate this into my life. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Life is good

So much has happened since the last time I blogged....2011 was such a busy and transitional year. Amidst completing my practicum while obtaining my Masters degree in Public Health, I was laid off from my job. On the positive side this allowed me to focus on my last class and my practicum, while I networked hoping to get a position as a Health Educator. Well, I graduated May 2011, but it wasn't until November 2011 before I was hired as a part time (5-10 hours a week). In the meantime, my past supervisor hired me back and I was able to work both jobs. A month later I met a wonderful man, whom I am now married to.

2012 turned out to be even better. February my part time position turned into full time and I was on my way to my new career as a health educator. Then in June the love of my life and I were married.
My new life began and I moved to a new town. Although I enjoyed my job, had great co-workers and a wonderful job, the long distant driving was wearing on me. Fast forward to July 2014, I was offered a position just 5 minutes from home and I am now working in the community wear I live. It also allows me to help with the local women's and teen conferences.

I believe everything happens for a reason. Prior to going back for my Masters degree, I was planning on moving from the area and getting discouraged. If I would have moved, I never would have met my wonderful husband. If I had not got laid off I would have never applied for the new jobs. If I did not take the part time position, I never would have obtained my experiences as a health educator, that lead to a position closer to home.

Now I feel that I am getting settled into my new life and career, I want to get back to blogging.....

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Jonny....I miss you so much and wish you were here. I know you are watching over me today, helping me get through my day

I miss you now more than ever before,
but, I tust that God will open a door
and show me how to go on without you
To give me some hope and comfort too
for you were my life and I loved you so dear

and it breaks my heart to not have you near

but, life goes on and I will too

I just wish it wouldn't go on without you

by Barbara Lloyd.....
I love you baby

Date of birth 12-16-85

Date he became an angel 12-21-2008