From Sand to Pearl

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2014: snapshots

What a packed year 2014 was! I was a bridesmaid, bride, honeymooner in Italy, new business owner, step mom, crafter, creator, and so much more. I’m so looking forward to the new challenges, opportunities, memories and milestones that 2015 will bring. Im feeling so in love with this life I’m blessed to be living!

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Post Holiday Wish List

New cordless keyboard.  – Now that I’ve been working from home more, I’ve really started to value a nice keyboard.  One that is quiet.  The keyboard I have now makes me feel like a monkey that is just slapping away at the keys.  Even when I try to be quiet.  My husband and stepson picked me up a new cordless mouse for Christmas.  It puts my old keyboard to shame!

North Face Agave Shirt.  – I saw this shirt/sweater a couple months ago, and it has not left my radar. That is the sign of something that should eventually find its way into my closet.  I’m promising it to myself in January when I get paid.

Hoping Zumba puts out some new DVD’s soon.  They have some new stepper DVD’s, but I’d be a happy camper with a whole new Zumba suite of DVD’s.  Maybe Zumbalicious 2015 or something!  Fingers crossed.

Pinterest.  All of it.  It is basically the devil and gives me more outfits to drool over, visions of kitchens and bathrooms dancing in my head, and the misguided notion that I can cook some of those things on there!

I haven’t decided if I’ll actually have any resolutions in 2015.  I find that I am constantly evaluating where I am in this journey and making adjustments on the fly.  Resolutions are made with the assumption that life won’t throw you a couple curve balls over the next 12 months that won’t make your original resolutions seem more like bad prequels to the real life events unfolding.

However, I’m not against making an effort to try and figure out what is important to me right now.  As a married woman (6 months and 2 days in) for the first time in my life my long term plans aren’t exclusive to me.  They include a man, a boy, 2 huskies, and a small village of fish.

Our future is bright (yup, sometimes we even have to wear shades)!

Life is not sucky.


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Holidaze 2014

What’s more interesting than getting married, going to a foreign country for a honeymoon, quitting your regular job, starting your own business and beginning consulting and trying to maintain my sanity?  Well, not a whole heck of a lot.

I’m 8 weeks into my new career being a software consultant.  It’s been very challenging, rewarding, exhausting and exciting.  I enjoy traveling (which I’ve been doing more often than not).  I’ve been traveling to Cleveland… not necessarily the center of excitement but not bad either.

Married life has been a lot of fun!  Pretty much like non-married life, except I can call and make decisions for my husband, just because he is my wife.  I’m sure I can put this to good use, I’m just not sure how yet.  Plus I have an extra shiny ring, who complains about that?  No one.  My husband also happened to make me fajitas tonight, which is one of my favorites.  He knows just how to butter a girl up.

I finally got around the time/energy to set up the Christmas tree.  For a moment I contemplating not even putting up a tree, then decided to get with the Christmas spirit and bought some new xmas tree décor and went to town with twinkly merriment.

I have found that traveling, holidays and married life is pretty much the perfect storm for your waist line.  So it’s been a challenge to get on/keep on track throughout all these new adventures.  Hopefully I will find more time to blog again once I get more settled into this new “lifestyle”.  It isn’t just a career change, but a whole different way of living life.  We are totally up to the challenge :)


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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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