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. 

Countdowns…

There are 12 months and 9 days until our wedding day.
There are 23 more invisalign trays until I’m done with braces (again).
There are 2 months and 2 days until a huge project at work goes live.
There are 6 months until I need to send out save the dates
There are 6 months left until we need to start our pre-marital counseling
There is 1 week until I pick up my custom wedding band from Chalmer’s Jewelers
There is not enough time in my day to think about all this stuff… but I try.

With all these deadlines and milestones looming, there are definitely times when I forget to take a moment to stop and appreciate how far I’ve come. I am always reminding myself that I am truly blessed to have not only the ability but will to work every day. The desire to be healthy. The drive to not only “do” but “do right”. The empathy to feel for others. The sarcasm to deal with the empathy-challenged humans in my life. The wonderful inherent ability to wake up every morning with a fresh outlook on life. The wonderful fact that I’m not allergic to chocolate, wine or peanut butter {that my friends, would be utterly tragic}. I’m thankful all my digits are attached, I have the right amount of them, and they for the most part do just what I want them to. The realization that I don’t have to be friends with everyone and that’s okay. Choosing to not have people in my life is sometimes just as important as choosing to nurture the relationships with the people I do keep in my life. Being able to sit on the couch at night, blog my little heart away with freshly painted nails, huskies at my feet and a couple of tired boys on either side of me… all while being grateful and content.

All that to say I am having a night with the gratitude is flowing. Jason’s Mom so kindly offered to help out the family next week and it is just such a nice gesture. The relief it offers is worth a million dollars {note: i do not have a million dollars… } She recently posted something referring to me as her future daughter-in-law. Just a sign of things to come… pretty awesome stuff.

Happy Tuesday!

True. Story.

True. Story.

Richness Project…

What makes your life rich?  Not cha-chang rich, but soulful/heartfelt/my heart is on wings… rich?

I have been posing this question to my close friends and family per a 007 super secret project.  Now I’m going to lower the security level clearance and really put it out there…

What makes you/your life/your heart, rich?

There is no right or wrong answer.  In fact, so far the feedback I’ve gotten (along with all the wonderous things that people have in their lives that make them rich) is that making the list… made them feel richer.  Taking the moment to take inventory of the ingredients that come together to make a sweet plate of richness brownies (mmmm… brownies), brightened their day.

I’d like you to brighten your day too!

Please respond to this post with your Richness Recipe! 

If you can’t get the comment doo-hickey to work, email me here: fromsandtopearl@gmail.com and tell me there.  I will read each of them. I will be richer for it.  I will be sharing the data in the form of, “so many people are more rich because of birthday cake Oreos… it’s amazing!”.  {if you haven’t tried them, google/amazon/pray for them — awe-some}. 

I will not throw you under the bus or directly quote you, unless of course you are asking for it because your life is so full of richness and awesomeness that you are ust going to burst if you don’t share it (and ask me to do so).

Here is my list… because it isn’t sharing of information if I don’t do it too!

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Jason & Vince {who are also my family}
  • Colors in Nature
  • Feeling blessed by the opportunities I have in life
  • Having arms, legs and a butt — and a good inner beat to shake them all to
  • My crafty side
  • Giving to someone
  • Teaching someone something
  • Being a good friend
  • Wine & Cheese — ever-broadening taste buds
  • The ability to pick olives off my food because I am an adult and can do what I want (stomp, stomp)
  • A good education
  • A beautiful, stable, promising, full-of-hope relationship
  • Chocolate, for the days when hope is hiding
  • Technology – to keep me informed, to keep me in touch, to allow me to flex my creative muscles with pintrest, facebook, instagram, photos, pandora, etc.
  • The gift of being able to make everyone around me laugh, and laugh hard… like almost pee their pants hard
  • Life.  And the ability to live it… fully, everyday.

Sigh, smile :)

Now you go…. AND GO!

Recently Loving

  • Banana Flavored Toosie Roll Pops (Only the Top Half of the Indian on the Wrapper… He is Good Luck… In Case You Didn’t Know)
  • Snack Sized Almond Joy Candy Bars
  • Setting Up My Sewing Machine (Finally)
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  • Being in Love
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  • Working Out Every Morning at 5:30am
  • Volleyball (Especially Because J and I Play Together – and Play Nice Even)
  • Vince Baseball Season Starting (Excited for Cheerleading Opportunities and Sun)
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  • Jason and I Expanding Our Food/Beverage Palate
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  • Being 3.5 Weeks Away from 1 Week in Lake Placid (With Jason and the Family)
  • My Blue Sparkly Shoes

 

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