A Sabbatical: Where It Can Lead And What You Can Achieve

 

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut regarding your work/life balance, and sometimes; you can find yourself uninspired and dragged down by your job role and the feeling of unhappiness. It can be easy to get stuck in a rut with work; you’ll have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and payday can never seem to come soon enough. However, more and more people are choosing to take a significant amount of time out of their job to concentrate on other things, and, more importantly, themselves. Taking a sabbatical can lead to self-discovery, new experiences, and even time to further your current career path or start a completely new one.

 

If you get to Sunday night dreading the week ahead and are spending every weekday thinking about Friday night; it might be time to reassess your current work situation. Perhaps there’s something you’ve always dreamt of doing, or you want to develop more skills and expertise to enrich your life and your future career; whatever it is that won’t go away, there’s no time like the present to take charge and make changes. The following are some areas to consider, and some tips and ideas for those who are ready to step away from their job role, for now, so that they can lead a fulfilled life, and enjoy the rest of their future.

 

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Adventure And Travel

 

Traveling to new destinations will give you a completely fresh outlook on life, and you’ll discover new ways of living, culture, and ideas as a result. Therefore, there’s no better way to spend the time over your sabbatical, than going on trips and adventures around the world. You don’t need it to be another regular vacation; it’s worth spending weeks at a time in a place and getting to know the locals, where the best food is, and how the way and pace of life differ from yours. You could write a blog about your travel, or simply document each step of your journey with plenty of photographs and mementos.

 

If you haven’t got savings to send on jetting across the globe; look into teaching abroad, or volunteering with an organization who will give you food and board. Helping and educating others will be an extremely rewarding addition to your life, and it could lead to further opportunities along that career path. Maybe it’s not your current career that’s dragging you down, and it’s more that you need a change of scene and location. If this is the case; six months, a year, or more, doing your work in a developing or faraway country, could give you the boost that you’ve needed for so long to keep motivated and excited about the future. Fresh locations and destinations give you the chance to meet new people, learn new languages, and further develop your skills and expertise, so don’t delay in looking for ideas and opportunities to do so.

 

Another way to travel, trek, and backpack across the world is to write yourself your ultimate bucket list. Make sure you put all those things you’ve dreamed about doing on there; whether it’s snorkeling in the great barrier reef, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or seeing the pyramids. Even if your dream destinations are closer to home; this is your chance to hire an RV and head out on a road trip to remember, or get on a plane and spend the foreseeable future working your way around the places that you’ve never been. You could join in on an organized adventure-style trip, where you’ll meet new faces, and enjoy seeing each destination on the itinerary; these are great for those who want to cram all the best place into one getaway.

 

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Career And Study Plans

 

If you’re ready to take your job and career to the next level; you could consider taking time out to study and develop your skills in specific areas. Evolving and gaining new qualification will open more doors in your chosen line of work, and the opportunities to grow will increase. Research into how to get further in your career path, so that you don’t stagnate in your current position for the years ahead. Whether you look into types of master’s in psychology degrees or a doctorate in the arts; you’ll give yourself a much needed-boost, and will be confident that your year or so out has been put to great use.

 

Maybe this is the perfect time for you to go back to school and study so that you can change career, or begin one; you could always do part-time hours, and work alongside your studies to pay the bills. Many places of work also offer training as you work with them and expect you to study out of hours. Therefore, your foot in the door to a fresh job opportunity could come at the very beginning of your process, and your sabbatical will quickly turn into your new life.

 

See what your peers and those who you admire in your ideal career are doing or have done; this is a great way to get inspired to make changes and understand what you need to do to get where you want to be. Attend a TED talk, or go to a seminar or networking event to get to know what’s on offer and what others have achieved. Sometimes, it takes someone else describing their journey through, for you to discover what it is you want to do with yours. They’ll hopefully lead to plenty of lightbulb moments and positive changes in your life; things will soon begin to click into place, and you’ll be so happy you decided to take time out.

 

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Time For Family

 

It might be the right time in your life to start thinking about family, and your job just doesn’t fit in with the life that you want anymore. You might be ready to start a family with your partner, and want time out to spend with your new family member. Or perhaps, you’ve decided that you’d like to be at home more with your current kids, and be able to pick them up from school, and o and watch their ball games. Whatever your reason is to be with your little ones more; it’s a valid and important one. You can always return to your career later on in life, or after a temporary sabbatical with your children, or maybe you’ll decide to return on a part-time basis instead.

 

Perhaps it’s not the young members of your family that fill you with concern; it might be your elderly parents or grandparents that need your time and care. If you’d rather be spending your days with the seniors in your life, due to worries about their health and abilities, or just because they’re your favourite people; time away from work and a new part-time role will help to free up your days. You can use your free days and evenings to take trips out with your loved ones, cook for them, and generally make their (and your) life a bit better.

 

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Creativity And Business

 

During your sabbatical, gap year, or time out from your normal job; embrace your talents and creative side, and get stuck into your own projects. A creative outlet could lead to business and profit opportunities; you could end up becoming your own boss, and working from home or a studio. Therefore, it’s worth exploring further into whatever it is you’re good at and gauging a reaction. Take a class or two and perfect your skills, keep practising, and see where it takes you. The more you put into your sabbatical; the more you’ll thrive, and you’ll have a bright future ahead.

 

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Three Ways College Online Could Be Good For Your Family

People of all ages are going back to college or going for the first time ever, and online internet courses are making it that much more easy for all kinds of people to further their education. If you’re thinking about going back to school as an adult with a family, online college could be a great asset in your life.

Online college courses offer you more freedom than traditional college courses, but you also have to have more drive in order to be successful. You’ll still have homework, due dates for assignments, and you will also have lectures and “classes” to participate in.

If you are seriously considering furthering your education, here are a few ways to do it and still be able to stay home and parent your kids, keep the house clean, and get smarter.

It Saves You Money On Travel Expenses

One reason to skip the traditional brick and mortar college route is that you can save money by going to school at home. Classes may cost the same, but you’ll be saving money on the commute that you only have to take via the world wide web.

You won’t be putting gas in the tank or spending extras on car care, and you can save money on food too since you don’t need to buy fancy things to travel to school with you or eat out for lunch all the time in between classes.

It Keeps You At Home

Not only will you be saving money on travel and food, but you’ll be at home so you can deal with the kids when they get off the bus instead of needing to pay a sitter. These costs can add up, especially if you have classes a few days a week.

However, kids can also be a little bit of a distraction when it comes to school work. If you’re a single parent you may still need to get some help once in awhile, or plan your classes and work for when the kids are at school. If you have a partner, hopefully, they can give you a hand when you’re busy with school.

You May Be Able To Get Your Degree Faster (Or Go At Your Own Pace)

If you have the time to buckle down you could get through your degree faster by going about things online. You spend less time walking between classes too. If you don’t have the time to focus on more than a couple courses at a time, because of work or the kids, it still allows you a chance to go at your own pace instead of being forced to take a certain amount of classes at a time.

Focus, no matter what you do. If you start going back to college you need to finish. Make wise decisions on classes and your major as well, you don’t want to run out of loans before you get that degree!

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5 Christmas Gifts for Under $10

Ah Christmas, that most joyful time of year.  A time for family, a time for delicious food, and unfortunately a time for big money.  The larger your family is, the more gifts you have to worry about. However, quantity is still possible while still keeping costs low.

Drugstore Makeup

Celebrating Christmas with a woman or teenager girl?  Chances are she loves makeup.  Makeup doesn’t just come from department stores and expensive specialty shops. Have you ever taken a stroll down the aisle at a drugstore and visited a little section called Wet N’ Wild?  Lipstick can be as low as $1 a piece. Buy several of these paired with a couple $2 nail polishes and maybe a nice compact mirror and voila! You’ve got yourself the gift of beauty!

A Candle

I’m yet to meet a person that doesn’t like candles.  Candles are soothing, they smell good, and even if you don’t like burning them, they are a great decorational piece! Candles don’t have to be expensive.  You can find them everywhere from the grocery store to the dollar store.  And here’s the best hack of all: you can make them!  Try an at home beeswax candle recipe, or even make it a craft activity with your child melting crayons into a candle! Candles are loved by both genders and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

A Wellness Package   

You don’t have to buy someone a $200 gym membership to give the gift of health.  Weight loss and fitness doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. How about a basket of healthy items that you can find at your everyday drugstore?  A cute idea might be an apple, a 1000 count bottle of vitamin C and a pair of dumbbells from a thrift store.  You can often find exercise equipment for practically free. A wellness package is a great idea for a family member that’s been looking to make a change in their health regimen.

A personalized coffee cup

These days you can find all kinds of online stores that will create a custom cup with an uploaded image of your choice.  Perhaps you’d like a more personalized approach and prefer to make your own cup? Head to the craft store and buy a heat friendly/beverage safe molding clay.  Or simply purchase a plain white cup and have at it with some permanent markers.  Sometimes the greatest gift a personalized one that your loved one can enjoy every day with a ritual such as coffee.

A phone case

Much like the personalized coffee cups you can also find a variety of services offering personalized phone cases.  Everyone has a phone these days, and goodness knows how easy it is to break one.  Give your family member the gift of phone protection.  That’s something anyone could use!

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4 Things That You Will Change Once You Get Married

Though many people decide not to get married, it’s still a very popular occurrence in and around the world. Many people have the practice of living with their significant other before they get married to test the waters, as it were. Some believe this is fine, others aren’t hyped on the idea, but in any case, those who do this go through the cycle of change a bit faster than those who decide wait until marriage to live together.

Marriage is a very serious commitment. Many are too quick to call things quits when the waters get rough. Maybe that’s the appeal of not getting married. There’s less of a commitment and less of a jump. If things go wrong, it’s much easier to abandon ship.

Wherever you are at in life and love, here are 5 things that will change once you get married.  

You Learn About The Importance of Communication

When you’re not in a serious relationship, it’s easy to not take communication seriously. If you don’t text somebody back or you don’t see them for a couple months, it’s not that big of a deal. When you get married, that’s not how things work. If you don’t keep in contact and communication with your spouse, things get very shaky very quickly.

It might not seem like a big deal when you emotionally explode at a friend, or you treat them in a way that is less than they deserve. You’ve both got separate lives. You can be apart, ignore what happened, and come back pretending like nothing ever happened. If you do that in the context of marriage, the marriage will fall apart. You’re bound to this person. You’re committed to be there in health and disparity. If you bail every time a problem arises, you’ll never have a marriage that lasts. It’s as simple as that.

You Have Lots of Joint Decisions to Make

Independant life is much easier than married life. You can make a decision solely based on how you feel about a subject with little repercussions on anybody but yourself. In the context of marriage, you have two options to contend with.

For example, there are steps to buying a house and there are steps to having children or choosing career paths. If you can your partner can’t agree on when the necessary time to take those steps are, things will be difficult. You have to learn to communicate and make decisions together. This will require compromise, but in the realm of marriage, compromise isn’t always a bad thing.

You Have to Sacrifice Time

As much as communication and joint decision making is a part of marriage, another huge part of marriage is the sacrificing of time. You might want to do certain things with your time and life, but when you’re married, you have to talk to your spouse to find out if what you want to do with your time is okay with them. You and your spouse might spend all day at work. When you come home, you need to spend quality time together.

You might want to disappear and have alone time somewhere, but you’ve not been with your significant other. Time is a huge part of a healthy marriage. YOu don’t have to be with them all the time, but you will learn the value of sacrificing your own time to please your love and make the marriage work.

You Always Have a Partner in Crime

Many of the things associated with marriage seem a bit negative, but it’s actually very joyous. If you have true love, you’re constantly changing on a day to day basis. Through your partner you’re learning to be more selfless, you’re always being forced to look at your own heart and reactions to situations, and you’re becoming a better person.

Marriage is meant to be something that builds you up. You’re being loved no matter your faults and you’re iron sharpening iron. You’re rarely alone. If you ever need somebody to do something with, your spouse is right there committing to do it with you. You will always have a partner in crime. That’s a far cry from sitting alone on 4 Things That You Will Change Once You Get Married

Though many people decide not to get married, it’s still a very popular occurrence in and around the world. Many people have the practice of living with their significant other before they get married to test the waters, as it were. Some believe this is fine, others aren’t hyped on the idea, but in any case, those who do this go through the cycle of change a bit faster than those who decide wait until marriage to live together.

Marriage is a very serious commitment. Many are too quick to call things quits when the waters get rough. Maybe that’s the appeal of not getting married. There’s less of a commitment and less of a jump. If things go wrong, it’s much easier to abandon ship.

Wherever you are at in life and love, here are 5 things that will change once you get married.  

You Learn About The Importance of Communication

When you’re not in a serious relationship, it’s easy to not take communication seriously. If you don’t text somebody back or you don’t see them for a couple months, it’s not that big of a deal. When you get married, that’s not how things work. If you don’t keep in contact and communication with your spouse, things get very shaky very quickly.

It might not seem like a big deal when you emotionally explode at a friend, or you treat them in a way that is less than they deserve. You’ve both got separate lives. You can be apart, ignore what happened, and come back pretending like nothing ever happened. If you do that in the context of marriage, the marriage will fall apart. You’re bound to this person. You’re committed to be there in health and disparity. If you bail every time a problem arises, you’ll never have a marriage that lasts. It’s as simple as that.

You Have Lots of Joint Decisions to Make

Independant life is much easier than married life. You can make a decision solely based on how you feel about a subject with little repercussions on anybody but yourself. In the context of marriage, you have two options to contend with.

For example, there are steps to buying a house and there are steps to having children or choosing career paths. If you can your partner can’t agree on when the necessary time to take those steps are, things will be difficult. You have to learn to communicate and make decisions together. This will require compromise, but in the realm of marriage, compromise isn’t always a bad thing.

You Have to Sacrifice Time

As much as communication and joint decision making is a part of marriage, another huge part of marriage is the sacrificing of time. You might want to do certain things with your time and life, but when you’re married, you have to talk to your spouse to find out if what you want to do with your time is okay with them. You and your spouse might spend all day at work. When you come home, you need to spend quality time together.

You might want to disappear and have alone time somewhere, but you’ve not been with your significant other. Time is a huge part of a healthy marriage. YOu don’t have to be with them all the time, but you will learn the value of sacrificing your own time to please your love and make the marriage work.

You Always Have a Partner in Crime

Many of the things associated with marriage seem a bit negative, but it’s actually very joyous. If you have true love, you’re constantly changing on a day to day basis. Through your partner you’re learning to be more selfless, you’re always being forced to look at your own heart and reactions to situations, and you’re becoming a better person.

Marriage is meant to be something that builds you up. You’re being loved no matter your faults and you’re iron sharpening iron. You’re rarely alone. If you ever need somebody to do something with, your spouse is right there committing to do it with you. You will always have a partner in crime. That’s a far cry from sitting alone on Valentine’s Day, netflixing and chilling.

 

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4 Ways your Family May be Impacted by Your Accident

Being a victim of an accident can affect your entire family. This holds true even if you were the only one involved. Family members are sure to suffer to some extent, if there were serious injuries or a fatality due to the car collision. Being aware of ways people in your life may be impacted due to your accident can be helpful if you are in this situation. 

Lost Wages

It’s possible you might be unable to work, because of your accident, especially if your injuries were extensive. This means that you can’t make the necessary amount of money to support your family.

During this difficult time, other family members may be required to help fill in the earning gap and get a first or second job to help make ends meet.  This can present a challenge to any teenagers who are currently in school and may require a bit of additional commitment and sacrifice.

Medical Visits

Health care is expensive and financially recovering from an accident can be devastating. Trips to your medical provider, hospital or getting physical therapy can be time-consuming and costly, as well.

You may need to rely on help from your family to get you to and from your medical appointments. It is ideal to schedule these visits ahead of time with the individual you expect to drive you.

Pain and Suffering

The emotional distress of the injury is sure to cause family members to endure a great deal of pain and suffering. This may involve being depressed or anxious because of the financial difficulties the entire family is presented due to your accident.

Mental anxiety and stress can impact the health and life of the sufferer a great deal and is often discussed when a settlement is pending. Being able to recover a specific amount of compensation for pain and suffering is common for the person who is involved in the accident and for the family members, as well.

Property Damage

The car you were driving while in the accident may have been severely damaged. This means it could take a long time to repair or may need to be replaced.

Being without a car can impact all the family members greatly over a long period. It is likely that your teenagers borrowed the car and now are forced to be without it.

Auto accidents can affect all areas of your life and the people that you are the closest to, as well. It’s ideal to consult with an attorney who can help you build a strong case so you can attempt to recover your financial losses for you and your family.

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Life Update

I am sorry I haven’t been posting much. October was a long very rough month. It started out fine.

Then I got a call from my mom the morning of October 14th she had been taken by ambulance for shortness of breath. My mom is 60 years old and didn’t go the doctor much. She was in the hospital for 8 days. We found out  she has COPD, 70% blockage in one of her arteries in her heart, and cancer cells around her ovaries.

It has been extremely overwhelming for my family to have to deal with all of this at once. She has quit smoking and will have to have a hysterectomy this month. We are hoping the doctors will be able to get all of the cancer if she can’t then she will need chemo. After her recovery from that they will have to go in and fix the blockage in her heart.

Please keep my mom in your thoughts and prayers.

I don’t think I have talked about this on my blog before but my soon to be 5 year old daughter Alba has sensory processing disorder and verbal apraxia. I tried to take her out trick or treating last night  and she had a complete meltdown, she is terrified of masks. She is also scared of so many other things, any sort of animals. Even though we have a cat and a dog ourselves she is scared of cats and dogs.

Loud noises scare her very bad, I can’t take her into public restrooms because of the turbo dryers and automatic flush toilets.

She is in speech therapy at school and more speech therapy sessions every other week.

I would love to hear from anyone who have kids with verbal apraxia or sensory processing disorder. It has been a struggle. I had never heard of either until she was diagnosed with them.

I wanted to send a quick post to let you guys know what has been going on an explain why I haven’t been posting a lot lately. This month is going to be rough also with my mom’s surgery. I am hoping she is recovered enough to spend Thanksgiving with us.

Have a good weekend

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Oh How I Love Fall

I love most of the seasons, but my favorite is Fall. There are so many great things about Fall.

 

1. the color change of the leaves, so many beautiful colors

2. opening all of my windows and having the crisp fall air come in

3. hot cocoa/hot tea

4. putting out all of my pretty fall decor

5. looking forward to all of the fun holidays ahead

6. starting to watch out for deals for Christmas deals. I love Amazon lightning deals such amazing deals and I don’t have to leave my house.

7. seeing how excited my kids are to go choose their costume and go trick or treating

8. making smores and hanging out with my family

9. I love to bake. I bake a lot more in the fall and I love to try new recipes.

10. chili and beer bread

What do you like most about Fall?

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Make Your Loved One’s Birthday A Memorable One

 

Birthday’s make a person cherish the life that god has given. Adding to the joy of the celebration there are wonderful birthday gifts which make the person feel more blessed. Gifts are bound to be given with a thought of the person’s likes or dislikes, it should be beautiful, and need not necessarily huge. It can be remembered for a lifetime. One look at it and all the fond memories will return back.

 

Gifts can be funny, crazy, which can spread a giggle on the face of the person. Like a talking parrot, or a funny toy. Of course, it depends on the age factor also. But as such laughing heals everything, so it is a good alternative. The factor of relationship is also essential, if you have a friendly, but formal relations then do not go for expensive gifts. A birthday flowers delivery or a good wishes card is ok for common relationships.

 

Consider The Taste Of The Person: Along with the relationship factor, the taste of the person should be kept in mind while giving the present. Think what’s his favorite thing? Is he an animal lover, passionate about sports, or he/she loves travelling and is an adventurer. He has a sweet tooth for food and chocolates, or loves cartoons or movies or is into religious stuff. accordingly you can assign the gifts. For an animal lover you can buy a bowl or a pedigree dog food if he is a keeper of dogs. You can gift the colorful belts, or even better, give him tickets to treat his animal to an animal spa. Feels like, one passion and many solutions. You can gift an anime DVD set to a cartoon lover, or a baseball kit to a sports fan. if he is religious gift him accordingly. Don’t forget the antiques! An age old wall clock, or an ancient manuscript, or a wall piece, or the best one is ancient coin collection. This will make him just all smiles and hugs on you. Believe it, this works actually. For a lover of books, there are numerous options so that is not a problem. Be classy, simple yet elegant.

 

Yearly Smiles: Think over the idea of making the receiver smile even after the birthday. Here’s what you can do. Give him the monthly or yearly subscriptions to his favorite magazine keeping in mind his interest. That is not a tough task, he might love cooking, or horse riding, or trekking, or interior designing stuff, or is crazy about movies. The glossy magazine filled with all sorts of details will catch his eyes, and he won’t take his hands off the magazine.

 

Another option is a subscription to a club that delivers a particular item each month or so. Like the fruit of the month club. For example, give the birthday guy or gal fresh apples one month, oranges the next, and pears the following. For wine lovers, a regular delivery of a selection of red or white wines to try out would likely be appreciated. There are beer-of-the-month clubs as well, which allows the receiver to try a range of different brews. These clubs are often a bit expensive, as shipping charges can be high, but many have options for less frequent deliveries; if a monthly delivery is too much, one every three months or for just the first six months of the year may be a possibility.

 

Go Clubbing: Give the recipient a whole 365 day’s membership to a club which delivers a monthly item. Take for e.g. toy of the month club, if he is akin or is interested in toy making designs then every month he/she will receive a designed elegant toy, his joy will knew no bounds. Likewise, a flower admirer is a universal aspect. Allow the person to smell his favorite roses by a parcel of flowers at his door. There is a wine club where there can be a delivery of red wines or other reputed brands of alcohol which would be highly appreciated by a wine lover. The membership of this clubs can be a bit more expensive, the cost of shipping the products on time is a time consuming job. It needs more of money, but if it’s not possible once in a month, then you can opt for once in a 6 month or the first six months of the year.

Give A Gift Of Hangout: Getting out and having some fun at the recipient’s favorite place is also considered a good idea for a birthday present. It would be a very welcoming idea for your friend or relative. Take the recipient to his favorite resort, or if he is a child take him to an amusement park for whole day making his trip a memorable one. If he is an adult, you can think of offering him/her a date. However this is an issue based on personal perspective, so it depends on the recipient and your relation. There are aquariums, museums, adventure parks, wild life sanctuaries where even an adult will have an experience of his lifetime. Do not forget to buy the tickets for the trip unless you are taking the birthday person alone with you. It is your treat and it’s your responsibility to make it special.

 

Small But Special Offerings: If you have a tight situation in your budget scenario, then you can opt for a small gift, which involves your genuine love and feelings for the person. Do not think that only studded and sparkling valuables are important. You can do the chores of the person at his house to help all day, or you can do the gardening of the flowers for the recipient, He will really appreciate your efforts. If the relationship is so strong, then even a small lip balm of the person’s choice will bring smile to his face.

 

Avoid Intimate Gifts: You can have an idea of the birthday flowers delivered at the recipient’s house, as a basic perspective. But do not ever think of buying intimate objects for the person which includes lingerie or sleeping wear, it might make the person sullen and embarrassed. Take a look at your relationship and consider the amount of cohesiveness you people have it. Buy according to the person’s taste. After all, the gifts are connected with the heart of yours and the person you are giving too. You can relish the same feeling by looking at your antique placed in the recipient’s show case and feel happy. Offerings are said to be god made you just add the tinge of love and humanity in it.

 

About The Author: Kate Steele is the author of this article. She has witnessed the power of birthday flowers delivered to her friends and relatives. She believes in making the recipient’s birthday solemn and special by giving exquisite but meaningful gifts. Here she is giving some tips as to what can be offered as a present.

 

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Tag! I’m It Get To Know Me!

 

Pickles and Peppers author Shauna tagged me in this very cool, get to know me game.  I’m going to answer the same questions everyone else is answering PLUS tag some other bloggers at the end!  How cool!  You will all learn more about me, but also check out new bloggers and maybe find a few more favorites, too! 

 

Are you named after someone? My mom had a friend named April and she thought it was a pretty name.

 

When was the last time you cried?  not sure

 

Do you have kiddos?  I have two kids, Adam is 7 and Alba is 4

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?  I would hope so I think I am nice and personable

 

Do you have a guilty pleasure?  Reality shows

 

Do you like your handwriting?  not really if I take my time I can write nice

 

What is your favorite cereal?  Life

 

What is the first thing you notice about people?  their smile

 

What is your eye color?  dark brown

 

Scary movie or happy endings?  I don’t watch scary movies, if I do I have nightmares

 

Favorite TV show?  Young and the Restless

 

Summer or winter?  Summer for sure, love being outside and smelling the fresh air and gardening

 

Hugs or kisses?  both especially from my kids

 

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been away from home?  Hawaii on my honeymoon

 

Do you have any special talents?  I don’t have any

 

Where were you born?  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

What are your hobbies?  reading

 

Do you have any pets? yes I have a cat her name is Sophie

 

Favorite movie?  That is hard I have so many favorites- I would say Pretty In Pink

 

What color is your car?  Black

 

What do you want to be when you grow up? I am not sure still trying to figure that out 🙂

 

Thanks Shauna for tagging me. Now I am going to tag some other bloggers.

Sara from Sweet Silly Sara

Kristin from It’s Free At Last

Victoria from Giveaways4mom

 

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2014 New Years Resolutions/Goals

As always with the new year I started to think of what could make 2014 better than 2013 and what things make me happy.

So I looked back at my 2013 New Years Resolutions/Goals if you want to read them you can do so here. I did ok on some of them and some of them I didn’t do at all.

I definitely need to get better and reading food labels. I just started using the Lose It and Healthy Out phone apps to help me eat better. I also use the weight watcher app and have started paying a lot more attention to how much sugar and fiber are in products.

I did have a garage sale and made almost $400 and got a lot of junk out of my house so that was good. I also participated in a declutter challenge this year so my house does look better you can see some of my progress here.

Unfortunately most of the negative people in my life are family members so I can’t really eliminate them out of my life. But I can spend less time with them and not let their negativity rub off on me.

I love reading books and have started reading more. It is relaxing and I like to read books that inspire me to live a better life.

2014 New Years Resolutions/Goals

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So now onto some of my 2014 resolution/goals:

read more books-I have recently started to review cookbooks/books so they will definitely help me to read more

do some freezer cooking– I have always wanted to do some freezer cooking. I even have a Pinterest Board so I actually need to try some of the recipes. It would be so nice to have meals ready to go in the freezer into the crockpot in the mornings and have dinner done for the day.

eat healthier-I need to read food labels and also find some healthy snacks. I have borrowed some books from my local library to help me with some ideas. Also the phone apps I mentioned above should help me.

do more things for myself-get massages, go to movies, get a manicure, go shopping by myself, reading also makes me happy

read daily devotionals for woman-I already have the books so I set them on my nightstand as a reminder to actually read them everyday

try new recipes– I have a ridiculous amount of cookbooks I want to try to incorporate at least one new recipe a week

exercise more– I have already started doing this. I basically have a gym in my basement so I can just go down there and work out. I always feel so much better after I exercise.

live with gratitude-some days I can wake up in a crappy mood but I just need to look around at my beautiful family and be reminded of how lucky I am. It is easy to think about everything that upsets you or focus on bad things. Instead look around and see everything you have and realize how lucky you are. Gratitude is the best attitude.  ~Author Unknown

My Sublime Media Connection friends have some great posts to share, you can check them out by clicking on the thumbnails in the party below.


I would love to hear what your resolutions/goals are for the new year.

 

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Taking Time Out to be Present

My son had soccer last night. It lasts an hour and is at a park. The park does have a playground but my daughter freaks out when I try to make her leave and throws a tantrum and kicks and fights. So this time I brought her own ball to kick around. She is 3 and wants to do everything her brother does. Plus I thought it would keep her busy.

Everyday I have a long list in my head or on paper of all of things I want to get done. I never feel caught up or feel like I get enough stuff done. I always feel behind. I love being a blogger but I always have so much I need to get done or a post I need to write. I feel like I am always on the computer or my phone responding to emails or supporting other bloggers.

The weather is finally getting nice out so my kids are always playing outside. I usually bring my phone or Ipad with me so I can get some stuff done.

Sorry back to last night I was on my phone responding to some messages and my daughter was just kicking around the ball by herself. I got up and started playing with her and we were just kicking the ball around she was smiling and having so much fun. She loves to pick up leaves and branches so we did some of that too. Then she looked up in the sky at started pointing at the clouds, then she laid down on the ground and said clouds; patted next to her for me to lay down next to her.

I don’t remember the last time I laid down and just looked at clouds. She loved them and it looked so beautiful. We laid there for at least 15 minutes and just stared at the sky before we had to leave,

It made me realize that I need to stop enjoy nature and see the world through my kid’s eyes and what they see is beautiful.

Here are some pictures I took

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