From Sand to Pearl

big dreams. big heart. big world. little me.


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Changes

Let’s see, this year I’ve gotten married, traveled to Italy, and now I’m changing careers.  It’s been a crazy year!  My thirties have definitely taken me places I didn’t know I’d go (or that I’d be able to go).  I definitely can see why people love the decades after their 20’s exponentially more than the years leading up to these defining decades.  I’ve come to a place in my life where I’m surrounded by successful, beautiful souls who I admire and who believe in me in return.  These friendships have definitely become some of my most favorite “things” in my life.  Between my amazingly supportive husband, family and friends I truly feel like this is the perfect time in my life to take leaps instead of steps.  My new career involves me being self employed and consulting on a particular IT software.  It’s very empowering to have the courage to accept an opportunity that means a whole lot more changes to come!

During the deciding process and since then, I’ve been so warmed by the support and encouragement I have received from everyone.  We (Jason and I) knew that it would be an interesting adventure, particularly as newlyweds. I made sure to include Jason in all the decisions so that this was our choice, our new adventure, together. I didn’t want to end up consulting across the country and find out that we both weren’t committed to the idea.  My friends also have surprised me with their belief in me.  Every kind word, every supporting phrase or hug of encouragement has meant the world to me. If these people, who I hold in the highest regard think that I can do a great job… how awesome (and terrifying) is that!

This weekend I’m taking the time to relax at home and spend some time with the family and prepare for my first travel week. It’s the weekend of logistics, finding a bag that will fit my laptop, snacks and anything else I might need on the flight. I’m hoping to travel with just carryon luggage, which presents an interesting set of challenges.  I’m hoping to fit workout clothes, work clothes and any work stuff I need in my bags.  So, now that work is over and the decisions have been made and the forms have been signed… I am left with the logistics of the travel.

Here’s to new adventures, strong relationships and racking up airline miles :)


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Trying out Pilates!

I’ve been a faithful Zumba-er for a few years now, every weekday morning I go down to my basement and pop in one of my Zumba DVD’s.  I’ve definitely felt in a bit of a rut lately, and my weight has been fluctuating (read: gone up) so I decided to change it up a bit and rotate in some Pilates.  I’m LOVING it.  My body feels so strong and I can feel improvements in my body doing the moves.

Since I’m cheap and don’t have a gym membership, I tend to do these exercises at home.  I use my Xbox to watch YouTube videos (so it’s on the BIG screen for me to see).  Here are a couple of my favorite Pilates videos I’ve been using:

Super Slim Down: Pilates Yoga Blend

Weight Loss Pilates

Truth!

Truth!


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There are Five Love Languages – What’s Yours?

Whether you’re in a relationship, or not… I found this quiz to be really enlightening to who I am as a person and the kind of love that I need.  I have to credit our Pre-Marital Counselor, Pastor Rom, in pointing us to this book.  He stressed the importance of learning eachother’s love languages and it has really been a fun adventure to figure out together.

From the love languages website (where you can take this quiz for FREE online <– Read: There is no reason not to do it):

Love Language Personal Profile

Interpreting Your Profile Score

The highest score indicates your primary love language (the highest score is 12). It’s not uncommon to have two high scores, although one language does have a slight edge for most people. That just means two languages are important to you.

The lower scores indicate those languages you seldom use to communicate love and which probably don’t affect you very much on an emotional level. Learn more about your primary love language and how to put it to use next to the corresponding badge below.

Important to Remember

You may have scored more highly on certain love languages than others, but do not dismiss those other languages as insignificant. Your partner may express love in those ways, and it will be helpful to you to understand this about him/her.

In the same way, it will benefit your partner to know your primary love language in order to best express affection for you in ways that you interpret as love. Every time you or your partner speak each other’s language, you score emotional points with one another. Of course, this isn’t a game with a scorecard! The payoff of speaking each other’s love language is a greater sense of connection. This translates into better communication, increased understanding, and, ultimately, improved romance.

If your partner has not already done so, encourage him/her to take The Love Languages Profile. Discuss your respective love languages, and use this insight to improve your relationship

My score:

9 Acts of Service
9 Quality Time
8 Physical Touch
3 Words of Affirmation
1 Receiving Gifts

Acts of Service

Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. Finding ways to serve speaks volumes to the recipient of these acts.

Quality Time

In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there – with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby – makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful. Quality Time also means sharing quality conversation and quality activities.
What’s your score?  Your Partners?
Yes, Jason took this as well and it was very fun and interesting to go over the results together.  It has been a nice point of reference.  Jason’s top two were Physical Touch and Words of Affirmation.  This has helped me to remember that when things are tense I should make an extra effort to focus on those two areas that are important to him.  This has definitely not made me a “perfect” spouse (as if there is such a thing) but I do feel like it has given me some insight into how I can do the best that I can on my end of the relationship!


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Wedding Pictures are up… Yay!

Some of our wedding pictures are up!  We got married June 27th at the Barn at Harvest Moon Pond in Poynette.  My Aunt Deb took the pictures and as you can tell by the striking photos, there was much fun and love shared that day!

Check out the pics here: http://www.debwardphotography.com/p105480982

A few pics to set the tone:


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Great Coffee and Wine Bar in DeForest, WI

We went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday last night at a Coffee shop in Deforest, Macchiatos. To be honest, I wasn’t really excited about the venue at first. When I showed up, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm atmosphere, friendly staff, freshly-made food and Wine bottles available for drinking (all under $20!).

I had their margarita pizza, which consisted of crust, large pieces of fresh mozzarella, giant tomato slices and basil. That was it. Fresh and made right in front of my large/excited eyeballs!

Jason had their “fancy” grilled cheese with all the fixin’s. The portions are more on the dainty side, which is great for the ladies, but definitely left Jason staring down the giant brownie that the staff presented to Mike on behalf of his birthday. If Jason hadn’t been suffering from the bird flu/death plague, he would have likely tackled Mike for it. Luckily for them all I was a bit full with wine and pizza at that point and passed on destroying the birthday brownie of awesomeness.

If you’re in the area, it is definitely worth checking it out!

http://www.mymacchiatos.com/

Yum.


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BMX Glory!

The State-level bmx race was held this weekend in Oshkosh, WI at the Winnebagoland BMX track. Tensions were high and sweat was a plenty! We were thrilled to have 2 state-ranked riders in their perspective age groups in our house! Vince took first in state for 11 year old intermediate racers and Jason took 3rd in the 36-40 year old racers!

I’m happy that these are the types of activities we get to spend our family time on!

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