Prompt 7 – I couldn’t imagine living without…

I couldn’t imagine living without:

I am always so thankful for the comforts of the life I’ve been blessed to live.  So I can’t imagine living without a roof over my head, running water at my fingertips, heat (heated blankets, a heated house, warm clothes, warm blankets), electricity, always having food available when I’m hungry, ability to work and support my family and having a healthy body that allows me to live the life I choose to live.

I am also thankful for a wonderful family and extended family, friends and all the souls that touch my life.

I couldn’t imagine my life without you.

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Prompt 4 – Make a list of 30 things that make you smile.

  1. My husband
  2. Sunrise
  3. My nieces
  4. My dogs (when they are being good)
  5. My Step Son
  6. My Parents
  7. All the other family (and there is a lot of them)
  8. Oceans (being around them, hearing them, thinking of them)
  9. Wine
  10. Dark Chocolate (80% or higher)… also Tiramisu
  11. Friends
  12. Other people rocking their style/attitude/etc.
  13. LOVE (in all forms, between all people)
  14. My Tattoos
  15. A great scarf (must be ridiculously big and soft)
  16. Crafting
  17. Writing
  18. Walking through nature
  19. Great Songs (I’m obsessed with “If You’re Out There” by John Legend
  20. A great book (Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite authors for smile-worthy books).
  21. Hallmark movies with Aunt Deb and Uncle Dick, by the fire, all cuddled up
  22. Baileys (on the rocks or in hot chocolate) ^ also usually happens when doing number 21
  23. Traveling
  24. Toms shoes
  25. Comfortable sweaters, slightly oversized with long sleeves
  26. Leggings
  27. Droppin’ it like it’s hot on the dance floor
  28. Random run-ins with interesting strangers
  29. My RED HOT sisters from all over the country
  30. NUTELLA.  Duh.
Brunch

31. BRUNCH. I could eat breakfast for all the meals.

Tis the season!

Wrapping up one year and looking forward to the next. What an interesting process. I remember many years where I couldn’t wait for the fresh start that a new year would bring. Funny how optimistic I always am at this time of year considering I live in Wisconsin and the new year just means 4 more months of cold weather. 

This year however I am just truly thankful and blessed to have experienced all the days in this year so far. I’ve experienced so much growth in so many areas. 

This year marked 5 years of togetherness with my husband and 2 years of marriage. It has seriously flown by.  I’m so thankful for us and hope we continue to share many more trips around the sun together. 

I attended a life and business coaching group for 9 months out of the year that totally changed my perspective on many areas of my life. It’s helped me declutter, repriorotize, rediscover and challenge my thoughts and beliefs. 

I enjoyed my 2nd full year of consulting on my own. It’s been such a rewarding experience and opportunity to work on different projects with different people. Definitely a different kind of education. I’ve really started to appreciate and acknowledge what I can add to a team and project. Being my own cheerleader has been such a blessing. 

My step-son turned 14 and watching him grow and discover himself is something I’m thankful to be a part of every day. He’s such a blessing and gives me perspective and many learning experiences. 

We spent the year focusing on our finances and now find ourselves debt free (except for our home). This is such a freeing accomplishment and it takes so much pressure of our career choices and really allows us to enjoy our 9-5’s more since we don’t feel trapped by them. 

I was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease in August. An inner ear disorder that causes ear ringing, vertigo and nausea. By cutting out caffeine and sodium I’ve managed to control the symptoms (and my anxiety around the sparadic nature of the episodes). So, yay. 

I traveled to Napa (CA), Orlando (FL), Mexico, Lake Placid (NY), Door County (WI), Rockville (MD) and of course Cleveland and Cincinnati for work. I enjoyed every trip and was lucky enough to spend time with great people and make wonderful memories at each location. Not to mention some good food too. 

We took down a wall (thanks HGTV for the words “open concept”, repainted most of the main level, filled a dumpster of crap to declutter the house, and put in new vinyl wood planks instead of the old carpet. 

I started and cancelled a wine club. I started and cancelled a fitness subscription. I gave up giving up Nutella. 

And so many other wonderful things… with wonderful people. 

With only two weeks left in this year, I have nothing but gratitude and love for 2016 and can only imagine what 2017 will bring… and I look forward to finding out. 

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!

Book-it, Just book-it!

So, in local news… our flights to Italy are booked!  Four months from now we will be into our international flight to wonderful Italy!  We have a quick layover in Ireland… just long enough for us to stretch, do some jumping jacks, drink a guiness and board the next plane to Rome!  It’s make it very real, and very cool!

In health news, just when I thought life was getting better because my throat wasn’t hurting… I’m now coughing, sneezing and blowing out of my nose more snot than a person knows what to do with.  The sneezes are the worst. One minute you’re all talking on the phone, the next WHAM… ACHOOOOOO! 

The nightlife scene is hot, hot, hot!  Friday evening so far has consisted of a hot batch of fresh cookies, a hot loaf of cinnamon bread and one hot mess hanging on the couch all day.  I did take a hot shower this morning (my fiance was very grateful).  And I’m spending this evening taking in the hotties on COPS.  Ever need a better perspective on your life?  Cuddle up to this show.

Wedding news has really slowed down lately.  Our next hurdle is starting to collect the bottles of adult beverages needed for the reception.  We need to find a reasonably priced store willing to part with bottles of booze that will be used by our guests to make amazing decisions in regards to crowd-pleasing dance moves.

Wedding news part 2: I had my dress fitting on wednesday, that made it real…ly real.  Pretty cool to stand in front of a mirror and get all pinned up!  So, that means I get to maintain all my dimensions for the next 4 months… seems hard at the moment when I feel weighed down by pounds of snot.

Crafting has taken a sad, sad back seat lately.  I moved the craft area to the basement thinking it would be great because there was so much room, but I really don’t like spending all that time locked away in the basement.  Maybe one day I’ll be begging for a room of my own, perhaps padded.  But for now, I really enjoy being able to do my hobbies near the same space where everyone else is hanging out.

Jason and I started pre-marital counseling.  So far, so good.  It’s all good stuff to talk about.  Expectations and what not.  It sparks conversations that normally you wouldn’t have unless something was wrong or you were fighting.  So, it’s really nice to talk about that stuff on even ground when we are both in a positive frame of mind!  I didn’t get to the chapter yet where he worships me, brings me grapes (in a glass, after stomping and fermenting them) and fanning me with palm trees… I’m sure that’s coming though.  How could it not?