Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What I want for my 50th birthday


I finally decided what I want for my birthday.

It was, a B.I.G. birthday this year (ahem!) so I'm dreaming BIG.  I would love to add 50 women to my Thirty-One team this year. 

All I need is 4 to re-promote to Director but 50 just sounds more FUN! This is something that I really want to happen this year. I was a Director in 2012 and had a good size team and we had FUN together! But then I took a year off to help re-launch Creative Memories. That year cost me my momentum in my Thirty-One business.

Losing momentum is kind of like coming back and asking...."Where'd everybody go?"


Is it selfish to say that I want to be a leader? That I want to promote to Director and beyond? It's not so I can lead or be "above" others...it's called "leadership" but what that means in this type of business is that we are working our personal business and modeling to others how to do the same.

Perks:
Being surrounded by positive women from all walks of life
Extra income and commissions
Bonuses
Directors Day at National Conference
Leadership Retreats
Incentive Trips
Conference Coaching Calls
Celebrate & Connect Hosting Benefits

It started with one....my bestie who signed up at my Launch party

and it grew....
my Fab Four...Jennifer, Kari, Mary, and Vicki

we grew and grew

being a Director was a dream come true!

(I'm pictured here with my upline SED and her Directors attending National Conference as a Director for my first time)

Soooo yah, I kind of want that again...

for my Birthday.

my team to grow by 50

Putting it down on paper
in Blog form
putting it out there

Lord willing
2015


Time to get to Work



"And because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes
keep building up impossible hopes,
impossible things are happening every day"





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

1965


Here are some fun facts. Some great movies premiered in 1965! The Sound of Music, Gold Finger and My Fair Lady.

.93 cents for a movie ticket and .05 cents for a stamp.

I just 'remember' being born in sunny California into the 'perfect' family...a preacher daddy and a glamorous mommy...



and a beautiful sister and 2 handsome brothers...


and I wanted to tie up that perfect picture and keep a bow neatly tied around it...for years...and years and years and probably up until my 30's I had to let that dream go. Because life is messy and conflicted and busy and anything but perfect.

And none of us would be who we are today without the messy.  And who they all are today is loving, generous, industrious, kind-hearted and grateful.  We weathered the storms of life and now get the privilege (?) of watching our own children weather some storms as well.  

So tonight I put 50 years of living behind me and look ahead to the next 50.....a little respite in the middle of this book called "Life"...if this is the middle....it could be near the end or 3/4 through...ideally I look ahead to the next 50 and wonder....

what will be neatly tied up in a bow and what will be torn loose by the winds of life?

feeling philosophical this birthday eve....


Monday, March 9, 2015

Valentine's Day in San Francisco


Nothing better during Winter in the Pacific Northwest than going down south for a little sunshine!  This February My Hero flew me down to San Francisco for a weekend getaway and the weather was perfect!

I loved seeing flowers and palm trees again...and soaking up the warm sun.  We also did all the touristy things like walked down to Fisherman's Wharf, visited Ghiradelli - which I thought would be an actual chocolate factory but it was only a glorified gift shop. There was an hour wait just for their ice cream shop. We ended up not buying anything - and that says a lot from this chocolate lover!

Speaking of food....my favorite restaurant was "Arguello" located at the Presidio Officer's Club....the best taquitos I have had in a long, long time!



And something I don't see in the Pacific Northwest in February.....fresh lemons!


We hiked a few miles up, up, up to Inspiration Point Overlook....we could see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge from here!



We rented a car to visit the Presidio and Golden Gate bridge but other than that we walked everywhere or used public transportation including the famous cable cars....


 I'm glad they have a "No Skateboards" sign....but surprised they needed one.


One thing I know is that I am out of shape. My Hero and I occasionally watch past episodes of the tv show "The Amazing Race" and we found several landmarks that were in one of the seasons (such as the Coit Tower and George Lucas studios)...I thought about the "Cowboys" and how they ran everywhere. I also thought about the 2 brothers who won that season and how one of them propelled himself up this Coit Tower with just a harness and his arm strength. My Hero works out everyday. He was very patient with me as I walked very slowly at times (up hill). He never complained or made me feel bad for not being in athletic condition.  He called me a "trooper."  That is one of the reasons I love him so. He encourages me.


 It was very unusual for us to be traveling together without our kids. I enjoyed his company and just kind of went with the flow. I flew back home by myself as he stayed on for work. And I was just as excited to be back home and taking care of my chicks.  But I will treasure this Valentine's Weekend in my heart and the special time I got to spend with My Hero. Since he stayed on for another week I guess you could say I left my heart in San Francisco. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

calming the storm...


I found this on my desk...an ocean made of paper...crashing waves and a rocky boat. 

If you look closely you can see Jesus with his arms out ready to calm the storm.

Although this scene comes right out of the bible and brought to 3-D by my little Prince (isn't he the best? making all those crashing waves?!), today it reminds me of my current blog/writing life. 

The crashing waves represent all of the topics I could be writing about. All of the ideas swirling around in my head and all of the activities, aha's, and inspiration happening around me on a daily basis yet I fail to write about.

It's not fear or lack of things to write about...it's just there are so many...where do I jump back in?  Jesus calm the storm!


When my Jelly-in-the-middle was about 3 years old, she was wrapped up in a towel and sitting on my lap after having run through the sprinklers. I remember her looking up at me with that wet curly hair of hers and those sparkly blue eyes as she said, "Momma, in your arms is my favorite place to be."  (Melt a mommy's heart!!)

Well, that's how I felt this morning at church as I prayed, "Jesus, in your arms is my favorite place to be!"  Like there is nothing better to me than singing praises through worship music, along with my fellow sojourners, hearing stories of God's faithfulness, how He works through people and circumstances here on earth.  

God put a desire to write within me. It's how I'm wired...to have a pen in my hand and a compulsion to write things down.  I can trust that as I tune out the storm and tune into His voice...He will lead and prompt me. 

I have a place in the midst of all of this activity...an eye in the storm if you will....

In His arms is my favorite place to be. 

I'm looking forward to sharing from that place more often in 2015!




Monday, January 5, 2015

you need a little Botox betch


All 4 kids are back in all 4 schools today
(elementary, middle school, high school, and college)

Most of the Christmas decorations are put away
All is calm

Having Blondie home after her first term of college was heart warming and at times heart breaking. The season of life that she is in seemingly is "setting herself apart from her family as much as possible" as she spreads her wings. Oh, yes, I was used to her physical distance - that started in her Junior year of high school when she started driving and didn't join our family at the dinner table as often. 

This year we face-timed during our annual family tree hunt...and her attitude came through loud and clear. All my sensitive heart heard was "What-ever Major Loser Get The Picture Duh"....of course I know she loves me and I know she is a beautiful, talented, hard working, goal-oriented, fun and funny daughter with an amazing future ahead of her!!   


But this winter break, after only one term of college, it was the emotional distance I wasn't prepared for....like almost everything that our home and our family represented was not good enough, including our faith.  Now granted most of her new friends jetted home to sunny California while Blondie endured winter break under a heavy cloud layer and had all 4 of her wisdom teeth pulled so there's that...

I love my "wholesome" life here in the Pacific Northwest where designer labels are not important. Where we still pray at the dinner table. Where we actually sit down at the dinner table. Together. Where I tuck my littlest in at night and read him bedtime stories. Where we don't need plastic surgery or Botox because we have a protective cloud layer that does a good job at preventing wrinkles. At least I thought I didn't need Botox until Blondie suggested otherwise....

This is me without Botox (yes, I'm almost 50 and this was taken in soft lighting, but still, I'm not too concerned about my face.)

  
I'm grateful for my smile, my eyesight, my healthy teeth....
I'm grateful for my hearing, my voice, my semi-clear skin...

I'm over wanting to look like a super model (not gonna happen in this lifetime)

I think this is what I would look like if I did have some work done (like a bit of Botox, some cheek chiseling, and a lip plump): 


No thanks. I'll stick with the natural look (and soft lighting).

Soooo I forge ahead in parenting the 3 that are still in our nest: 


and trust that the past 18 years I have invested in Blondie's upbringing was not in vain. That although she might have preferred I spent less time homemaking and more time accumulating wealth and achieving a 1% lifestyle (top 1% of US wealth that is), someday she may see that our family was richer than 99% of the world. That even the poor in America are richer than 68% of the world. And Americans are some of the most ungrateful, unhappy people on the planet!!

Please, Lord, may the weeds not choke out the seeds my Hero and I have planted in the hearts of our children.

Beauty and riches are gifts. 

Beauty and riches are in the eye of the beholder.

Labels do not define your worth.

It is more joyful to give than to receive.

Reality T.V. is not Reality!

"Don't let anyone look down upon you because you are young,
but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."
1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

Parenting is important but ultimately they are their own people.
With their own hearts, desires, decisions, moods and chemistry.

So as much as I want them to learn the easy way (by just listening to me),
it is in their destiny and journey to learn some life lessons the hard way.

So whatever.
I'm just a major loser get the picture duh!
Same as I thought my mother was when I was 18.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Choosing my 2015 Planner!




One of my favorite holidays is coming up....time for a Happy New Year, a Fresh Start, and best of all - time for a new Planner or two or three....

In 2015 I will be using:

Life and Business Planner by iBloom - for my Top 5 Projects and main calendar

Daily Page Notepad by Thyme is Honey - new this year to me!

Monthly Planner by sugar paper (Target) - for my Praying in Color Journal

Planner Notes by sugar paper (Target) - for my Business activity, Marketing and Follow-up

You can see all my Planner Obsessions on my Pinterest board.




I especially like the iBloom Planner because it came with a virtual weekend retreat! I picked a weekend in November and went through Kelly Thorne Gore's training on how to come up with your Vision word, how to determine your priorities and focus, and planning your Top 3-5 projects for the year -- all with a Christ-centered focus.

2014 was a year of big changes personally and professionally. I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to 2015!  If you haven't yet, take some time in the next day or two to reflect back on 2014 and set some intentions for 2015.  I find that when I write things down I am more intentional and focused and a lot more productive with my time.

"The heart of man plans his way,
but the LORD establishes his steps."
Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)


Friday, December 5, 2014

gifts for yourself this Christmas?

http://theartofsimple.net/holiday-gifts-to-give-yourself/

Ohmygoodness, I was soo blessed this morning reading the most recent blog post over at The Art of Simple. They were suggesting giving gifts to yourself this Christmas and at first I rolled my eyes thinking this was more of the "Me" generation but upon further reading, I was encouraged by their 9 suggestions and in fact was already giving some of them to myself this year!  

I finally ordered our Christmas cards but since they are going to take about a week until they are ready, I decided to go ahead and address some sheets of labels (by hand) so that I can just stick the labels on the envelopes when they arrive. This way I can get a few batches done at a time and not be overwhelmed. 

A suggestion from The Art of Simple was to wrap gifts as you purchase them - this is a very good suggestion as I have had many Christmas Eve's frantically wrapping piles of presents when I would have much rather wrapped throughout the month.  

Part of slowing down is enjoying a daily tea break. The Art of Simple suggests a "daily timeout" and linked to a photo of Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea. My favorite tea this season is similar - it's Candy Cane Lane - a decaf peppermint green tea - yum! 


One big stress reliever for myself is doing most of my shopping online. I've never enjoyed shopping at malls or stores. It's just not my thing. My little guy is having a choir concert at the mall and his older 3 sisters did the same when they were in 4th and 5th grade. So as much as I try to avoid the malls, me and my parking angel will be taking a trip over there (bah humbug). 

I hope you will take a trip over to the Art of Simple (hopefully I have linked them enough on this post that they won't mind I shared their photo). They have a link to many other great articles and also a link for some free gift tags.

I want to bless you with some free gift tags too! The ones I'm sharing are from Thirty-One and they will be a darling addition to any gift you are giving this season.  I hope you enjoy them and thank you for dashing along this journey with me!

Gift Tag Printables:   http://assets.thirtyonegifts.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2014/fall/pdf/gift-tags.pdf