1 year Anniversary

Hi friends! I just hit my 1 year mark for this blog and this has been so much fun. I know that I don’t post as much as I used to but I am now busier than I was before. I have written so many posts that have made me so happy, posts that have been harder to write. It has all been a really organic experience and I have enjoyed every post I have written.

So whats next…

well.. I am sending out my transcripts to continue my education but I am also looking into a certification in personal training! As many of you know, I have been on a journey to get and maintain healthy habits and going to the gym has only added extra drive to get in even better shape and continue my journey. Thankfully I have a friend who is going to be helping me with this endeavor. This does not mean that I am not continuing school this is just another avenue while I continue my eduation. I am in contact with 2 schools regarding my Bachelors degree so I am waiting to hear back from one of them to help me decide where I choose to go.

I am taking care of my bulldog puppy. almost 9 months old and 80 pounds!!!! He is sassy and fully of energy and I love him

1488402700740.20170130_061130My husband is working hard to get up transferred closer to our hometown and now we play the waiting game for that…

My Etsy shop is doing better. I have had one sale, and 6 special orders! I can only hope that it gets bigger and busier. Here is some of my latest work!

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New Blog challenge!!

Hi readers! I am so sorry I have been MIA lately. I feel like ever since we moved I keep meaning to work on this and then I totally space until I’m dozing off in bed. So my best friend Ashley and I have a book blog that we host together and she and I also have a Pinterest board where we pin ideas for that blog. She happened to pin this awesome idea that I am making into a challenge. Starting today I will be working on…

200 questions to get to know someone!!

some of the questions will be more in depth than others so just bear with me and I will start a new post for question 1~

Tips for blogging

Hello everyone. I have been still so busy. I feel like I am busier not working a full time job with school and life than I am now with no job, full time school and life. OMG anyway I have been doing live feeds via Instagram which I am loving! I did one this afternoon and one of the questions I was asked was tips for blogging. So lets get into it and you will learn some neat stuff!

  1. Be Brutally Honest. By this I mean be honest with yourself, be hones in you posts, just be honest. There is no shame in writing what you feel. The beauty of your blog is its your blog! Say what you feel and feel what you say.
  2. Don’t make it a chore. I have taken a huge break from this blog and while I have been wanting to write, I know that I cant force myself to. If its a chore, you don’t love it. Blogging for me is a way of making my voice heard, my stories shared and my creativity sparked.
  3. write what you love!! I cannot stress that enough. I love writing about my amazing relationship, my baby dog, and growing up with my family. I love sharing my opinions on books and movies. I love being goofy and making people laugh. So that is my goal. I feel its important to write about what you love and know a lot about. In my case that is MOVIES! or Autism, Tim Burton, Books etc. Its a fun way of expression!
  4. Don’t write about something you don’t understand. I am all for research and learning however it really bothers me when someone writes something that has very one sided or wrong info. I am not one to comment on posts like that because its their voice and journey and I also do my best to practice positivity so why input negatively right??? But make sure you know your subject!!
  5. and finally HAVE FUN!!!!!!!! This is most important. Its like I said before, if its a chore then its not for you. Why would you do something you hate regularly right?  I love reading content and I especially love reading creative and different content so I look forward to following all of you and I hope these tips give you  that spark you want and need!

 

Be sure to follow my co-book blog with my bff Ash, check us out at elsewherebookreviews.blogspot.com. we are currently working on new content and meeting up next week to come up with new ideas!!!

2016 Recap

Hi friends, It has been awhile since I have posted and for that I am sorry. Life has been busy, busy, busy! I hope all of you had a FABULOUS holiday. I sure did and I cannot wait to use my Christmas money to go shopping! I wanted to do a post summing up this last year for me as we only have 4 days left in 2016.

Many people hate this year and I will say there have been some very hard times but there has also been so much amazingness too! Hollywood lost a lot of greats sadly. I lost some people in my life. My anxiety was at an all time through the summer. This year I also felt very lonely. I felt even more isolated than I did the first year of our new life. I decided to change all of this and my way of thinking and I cannot tell you how much my heart and mind have changed!

Here are some of the things that are my yearly highlights

I have been an auntie to 2 kids for 7 years now. Desirae and Robert are 2 of the biggest loves of both mine and Kyle’s life. In January 2016 we were blessed with our newest Nephew Oliver! We were also asked to be the kids Godparents. You can imagine my elation when I was told I was these amazing kiddos Godmother. What an Honor right?!?

Kyle and I decided that as of January 2017 we would begin trying to start a family. While I am still very nervous, knowing I have Kyle by my side is what makes me feel like I can do this parent thing. Thankfully too all of my family is in VERY close proximity to me so I know that I will have support there. I also tell people that my babies will be so blessed because most couples have a mom and dad to be grandparents but I have 2 sets of parents. My babies will have Nana and Papa (my mom and step-dad) Mimi and Grandpa (kyles mom and dad) and Grandpa and Grandma( my dad and step mom). How lucky are they?!?

We got a puppy! Kevin is a half English bulldog and half American Bulldog. He is sweet, sassy, a big love and has the sweetest face in all the land! He is now 4 months old and sitting at my feet snoring as I write this! He loves bananas, water bottles and playing with his friend Max!

We moved! While we still live in a county I am not particularly fond of we moved into a bigger house, in a drastically nicer area and we are able to have Kevin. I love my new house. I have a huge living room and bedroom and my own library!!!!! I actually have a library!!!!!

I am finishing up my last semester at Sierra College and beginning at University of Phoenix in the summer!!! I have only a couple classes to take for my AA degree and I will be able to finish that at UOP then I will begin my Bachelors in English!

I started an Etsy shop!!! As many of you have read, I have been embroidering since I was about 4 or 5. My step-dad has told me time and again that “if you’re good at something, never do it for free” so I bit the bullet and opened my shop. I have had one sale so far and it was a custom order not through my shop, but hey its a start!

Kyle and I hit our 10 year mark! I have been told repeatedly this year that he and I are “the power couple”! I am now believing it. Many people believe that highschool love amounts to nothing and sometimes it doesn’t but in my case I am 10.5 years strong and ready to kick more ass with him by my side!

As this year comes to a close I am feeling sick (I have a chest cold) LOL, but for real I am feeling full, loved and excited. I know that each year will bring challenges but I have come to find that life is like a riverbed and I am a rock. I can either try and push past it or let it wash over me. I chose to let it wash over me. I chose happiness. I chose Positivity. I chose to practice compassion and work on my life. I chose to not let the small stuff effect me. I am also choosing to be a bit more selfish this next year and do things that better me but also make me happy. I am not going to focus on things that don’t effect me. I plan to focus on my life, my marriage and my family.

 

 

Little Things I want to do

Hi everyone! I was really inspired to write tonight. I have a friend, who I used to work with, who just started her own blog and I am loving it! Reading the two posts she has really got me excited. With the upcoming election I felt like I wanted to take this time to write about some things I want to accomplish in the upcoming year that are in no way heavy or overly emotional. So here is my next 365 goal sheet!

  1. Keep working on this blog! I have loved sharing my life, my loves and bearing my soul to all of you. I am working on ideas for more content and I am hoping to do some Vlogs as well!!!
  2. Read, Read, Read. My goal for 2016 was to read AT LEAST 50 books and I have only read 17, I think! My problem being that I have been keeping my home, chores and my business ahead of me time. So next year I want to read at least 25 books and here are some of the titles I am stoked to start!

I have read the first book Dark Lover in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R Ward. Recommended to me by a gorgeous woman who I have never met in person. Miss Meg you inspire me to read daily!  I am on book 13 of The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole and if you follow my co-book blog with my  best friend Ashley, you saw my whole post about this series! I am currently reading book 2 The Darkest Kiss in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter and it is knocking book 1 out of the park!!! There are many more books I have and need to read but it seems like around this time of year I get super inspired to pull out my supernatural smut collections!

3.Build and sell more on my Etsy! I recently started my own Etsy shop and I am LOVING getting back into my craft. I showcased the shop on a previous post but I will share some of my work as of late 🙂

4. Finish my AA degree. I have 2 maybe 3 more classes to take and Oh.My.Gosh I am ready to wrap up! I have been in school forever working to get my AA degree and I still have a lot of school left for the Masters degree I want. I have been thinking about a program to take to at least give me something to fall back on. I am thinking about a certification in Interior Decorating. I love decorating. I have a great eye for color and I love making peoples vision take shape. Also its a quick program and would be something I could have on the back burner (unless my Etsy takes off, then I will focus on that )

Well I think that is enough for now. I will be posting more and more the remainder of the year! See you soon

Pinterest Q&A

Hey readers I wanted to do another Q&A so I looked on pinterest and here is the one I chose!

What are 5 passions you have and why?

  1. Movies, I am a movie junkie. I personally own 600 give or take. If you have read my previous blogs you know that for me movies are a very personal, wonderful outlet for me and that I look at all aspects of each movie.
  2. Embroidery, I have loved to stich for over 20 years but in the last month since I began my Etsy shop I have found a new found and deeper love for it.
  3. Books, reading is another passion. I love to read, I love to start a new book, I love when I get so hooked I cant focus on anything else but finishing that book.
  4. interior decorating, since I have lived on my own, the topic of interior design has come up as a profession for me and since I am renting I cant do everything that I want but I have visions for my home and I cannot wait to get started.
  5. Dance, I have wanted to dance my whole life and was able to for a short time but it was one of the best times of my life.

List 20 random facts about myself…

  1. Black is my favorite color
  2. I have really small hands and feet.
  3. I love video games.
  4. Big Fish is my least favorite Tim Burton movie.
  5. I have 6 siblings.
  6. I have been best friends with Jamie for 22 years last month!!
  7. My fear as a child was Edward Scissorhands
  8. I think Stevie Nicks is the coolest singer on the planet
  9. I have a crush on Michael Keaton
  10. I hate the color brown
  11. I tried to make my wedding Tim Burton themed and it was just going to be too over the top and not what I ended up wanting.
  12. My brother Dylan was my first baby. I had him on a weekend schedule when I was 12.
  13. I have been writing since before I could read, I would ask my mama how to spell the words I wanted to use.
  14. The first story I ever wrote was about the characters of CandyLand and how they ended up stuck in the game.
  15. I hate grunge music
  16. I want to have both arms tattooed one sleeve would be book illustrations and quotes and the other would be a Tim Burton collage
  17. In highschool my bedroom was bright orange, it looked like a popsicle!
  18. My first job was as a mainstream kid in my sisters preschool class, I was 5.
  19. I hate onions
  20. I can play a little piano, a little clarinet and a little guitar

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

This is a 3 parter. First off is my mama for all she has done, is doing and continues to take it all in stride with kindness and compassion. My cousin Charisse who is so selfless, so loving and the best teacher I have the pleasure of being related to and my amazing husband for teaching me to get a grip when I’m anxious, for supporting all of my choices in life and keeping me happy the last 10 years!

Do you have any pet peeves?

OMG yes I do!!!

  • Biggest one is whining. If you’re unhappy or whatever don’t complain because it can always get worse. Everyone is going to have moments where they complain and I am guilty of it but I do my best every day to know that I am blessed, and it could be worse. I don’t have time for whining and I was raised in a family where whining was unacceptable.
  • When people make you feel dumb or weird because you haven’t done something. Like when I say “oh ive never been there” and the response is “what? really, how have you never been here” its like okay well excuse me. Thinking about it gets me fired up.

What were you like as a kid?

I was a weird kid. I hated playing outside. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to Matilda but hated reading. I wanted to marry Teen Wolf and Beetlejuice. I loved lifetime movies that I watched with my nana. I loved to embroider. I began collecting movies and asking for them for birthdays and Christmas. I loved teaching my friends about Autism and learning about other special needs. I loved to perform in class plays. I loved music from the 70s-current because we always had music on in the house.

Currently I’m…

  • Thinking: oh my gosh I am so sore from my run and yoga session.
  • enjoying: typing this up and texting my friend Sharon.
  • Feeling: sleepy from my workouts and ready to finish this book I’m close to finishing.
  • wearing: my viva la brunch shirt and blue jeans!
  • needing: to finish my Humanities notes for my paper.
  • wanting: Kyle to be off overtime at work so we can watch American Horror Story!
  • Listening: New Girl is my background white noise for homework.
  • Making: I just finished 2 orders from my Etsy so I am currently not working on anything as of yet.
  • Eating:… I haven’t eaten today besides my slim fast shake… I should probably eat!
  • Drinking: Raspberry Lime Water.

 

That’s all for today 🙂 Thanks for reading !

Year 1 down 

So… it’s been 360 days that kyle and I have been married, relocated and living together. In the last year I have learned that I am one badass girl. If you don’t already know my husband works a high stress and dangerous job which leaves me at home most of the time. Many people would crack under that kind of pressure but I decided to take the world by the balls and change my life. I exercise regularly, I eat better (I still cheat and that’s okay) I started 2 blogs, an Etsy Shop and an it works entrepreneurship. I have a successful 10 year relationship that nobody can compare to. I’m learning what makes me incredibly happy and what isn’t working. I’m independent in a way that 90% of the population including women will never understand and I am successful. Regardless of the bordem bouts and not seeing my family as much as I would like, in my opinion this first year has shown me how good of a human I was raised to be, how well I am learning to cope with change thus making me crave it more and how independent I never knew I could be. 

This experience has been crazy in the hardest, best and most challenging of ways. When I look back I will have a sense of pride that nobody can hold a candle too because you have to put yourself in my shoes to understand. I am coming up on my 28th birthday and ready for a new year of marriage, family, babies (no I’m not pregnant but yes we are planning to “start trying” or in my words “not prevent” to have a baby in the next few months. I’m ready to finish my first of 3 degrees. I plan on reading 50 or more books next year, making a craft blog for my Etsy shop, selling alot of my work and being 100 percent present in my life now.

My youngest God Son/nephew Ollie getting love from auntie kels
One photo every 2 years of kyle and I since we’ve have been us. 10 years and counting!!!
My ash and I. She is literally the most selfless woman I have ever known

These are just a few reasons why I am so blessed!

The question of kids..

Hey everyone, I felt really compelled to write on this topic as it will become a reality for me in the next year. 

All of my friends minus a select few have children. All of them are amazing parents. All of them have beautiful babies, toddlers,kiddos,teens and so on. This is a question I am bombarded with alot. As soon as I said I do, it was “so when are you having kids”. Rest assured that it will happen when it’s supposed to… I have wanted children my whole life. I used to want 8, then 6, then 4 and now I’m thinking 2 at the absolute max! While I am excited to begin this adventure I have to say part of me is a little sad. For me it will be devoting all my time and energy to a helpless tiny human. It will be less reading and more sleeping. It will he putting school on hold. It will be taking that time for myself and giving it to someone else and I hate to say it but I don’t want to share my husband. I know what you’re thinking “she’s crazy, parenthood is the best” and while I know I will understand when it happens I’m still not totally there yet. 

It’s funny, I have 3 younger siblings, all 3 were my “first babies” I helped alot with all 3 and at age 12 I had my 2 year old brother on a weekend schedule with me. I loved being their big sister and I loved taking care of them. I am in constant wonder if I will love my child the way I loved my siblings? Will I make good choices for their future? Will I be fun? How exactly do I play make believe? How do I scare away the monster under the bed? There are so many questions that I cannot answer and it’s terrifying. 

I have grown up my whole life hearing “having a baby is a crap shoot” or “babies are like a box of chocolates” because you just never know and I think that is what I struggle with the most. I don’t know if I will have a girl or boy until 20 weeks. Will they be typically developing? Will they look like me or Kyle? Everything is so unknown and that to me is terrifying. (If you can’t tell from this post, I am control freak).

I feel bad too because when people ask me when we are having kids and they ask if I’m excited I say yes! But I also mention that I am scared and I have gotten some great dirty looks from that. I have come to the conclusion that no matter how excited I am, I am always going to be scared. I have a great family and friends. My support system is phenomenal but again, it’s unknown and all I can control are my reactions. So when you ask me when it’s happening or if I am excited just know I am very much! I am anxious to get cute clothes and pick names (even though I’ve had mine planned for years and we are not changing them). I am excited to feel the first kick and meet them but I’m scared. I’m scared of the good, the bad, the blowouts, the tantrums, the kisses, the snuggles and that’s okay because I know deep down I got this!

Changes happening soon!

Hey everyone! I am sitting in my livingroom with my hot cup of coffee and trying to procrastinate my errands a little longer so I thought I would post something. Summer is basically over and while I was super busy with school and life in general I am a little sad I didn’t get to do more… I didnt read all that much either 😦

There are going to be some big changes in the next 60 days! I am a creature of habit but for some reason I am excited to move. I am not sure if it’s because I am ready for a more updated home (the one we are in now is really old) or if its because we could be moving next to some of my husbands friends which would mean I would have people to hang out with (I don’t get alot of visitors here because everyone is at home and super busy) but I have to say I am ready to move! I’ve packed a good portion of our house by myself!

Fall semester starts in 2 weeks!!! I am excited because this should be my 2nd to last semester at Sierra College and I am over the moon. While I love school and I have had some amazing teachers, the entire system there is lame and I am ready to get started on my B.A to then get my Masters!!!

I have an instagram account dedicated to books and taking pictures of them and I am SO over all of it. Yes there are nice people and yes there are some great pictures however… It 90% Harry Potter, which is fine some people love it that much but also I am having a hard time finding genuineness within it. I have a handful of people who I continually talk to and 2 of them are people I know personally. I kinda feel like there is a competitive side to the community of who takes the best picture. So, after my challenge is over I am saying bye bye to bookstagram and focusing on both of my blogs!!!!

This blog is something I started because I love to write and I am actually pretty good at writing. I enjoy being stoked on a post and talking about it. I also have an amazing friend who has a blog on here Jasmine who has shared my blog on more than 1 occasion!!!!!

My co-book blog. I am hoping that although I will be busy at school that the reading bug will bite me again so that I can post more reviews. This last year has been a tough one for reading. On Goodreads my challenge was to read 50 books. I have only read 16 to their entirety.

My god babies, I  want to be more active in their lives. Even though Kyle and I see them almost every time we come home. It breaks my heart when I have to say goodbye to them. I have a driving, 16 year old Junior and a football playing,14 year old sophomore! Then I have Mr. Ollie who is almost 7 months old!!!

Being more active with fellow wives. My husband’s job is busy and there are a group of wives whose husbands do the same thing and I have yet to meet any of them so I plan to be proactive in spending time with women who are going through the same motions with me.

I plan to get off my anxiety medication as well. I have had anxiety my entire life and I have never let it stop me from doing what I want and love and if Kyle and I want to start a family I want to be off of it so after the move I am making an appointment to talk to my doctor about leaving the meds behind!

Man that is alot to do in 4 months and I feel like I can’t ever catch my breath but its a good thing to be super busy. I have been super bored for months now so I am welcoming it!

Talk to all of you soon!

Things I am really stoked about right now!

Hey everyone! I felt really compelled to write about some of the things that I am beyond excited for.. I have no clue why I am excited about them but I am!

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My summer semester ends on Thursday 4th and I am beyond ready for one of my last semesters at my community college. Next semester I am taking Humanities, Women of U.S history and World Geography. After those I will only have math left! Then I can begin to work on my Bachelors!

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This friggin show! Last week I decided to watch it because I have heard so much good shit about it. OH.MY.GOSH! I am absolutely in love with this show. The first 2 seasons were on Amazon Prime for free but of course I have to pay for the other 3! I am going bananas not watching it!

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Our lease is up in September and although I am so not looking forward to moving again I am excited to get my home crazy organized. I have noticed in this last year of living on my own, away from family and friends that to pass time I clean and or organize. This next house we move into is going to be so organized that it wont be messy ever again!

I am also stoked for

my next few tattoos that I have planned out and ready to go

My next Piercing (my lip!!!)

another year with kyle

another year of fitness training