Saturday, June 14, 2014

I Want to Have a Big Rummage Sale

I'm having one of those days where I want to sell and give away almost everything of mine that isn't nailed down. Do you ever look around your living space and feel like that? I want to keep my cameras and my laptop but I am seriously just looking at everything else in my apartment wishing I could just put it all up for sale on Craigslist or something like that and start over with my clothes, my dishes, furniture, etc...

I know that everything I have wouldn't get much money but for some reason this morning instead of wanting to clean anything, I just want to get rid of it all. Tell me I'm not alone in this feeling.

I've talked about this before, but I have a desire to live more of a minimalistic lifestyle. I have watched the movie Jack Reacher a few times and one of my favorite things about the character Jack Reacher is he has no belongings. There is a scene in the beginning of the film where he walks into a thrift store, buys clothes to change into and then donates the ones he was wearing when he walked in on his way out of the store.

Now, I would never put on clothes from a thrift store before washing them, but the idea of having no possessions and being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want excites me.

I think this feeling is one of the reasons I've recently become addicted to reading about Natalie Sisson a.k.a. The Suitcase Entrepreneur. When she built her business she made it so that she could work from anywhere in the world that had an internet connection. She lived and worked out of her suitcase! Talk about freedom!!! Her clients never know if they are getting an email from her while she is sitting on a beach or doing a webinar minutes from the Eiffel Tower! How cool is that?

More and more lately I've just wanted to sell and give away my possessions and just hit the road with my husband making money by writing and taking pictures.

I've started to wonder what is holding me back. I've got debt but so what? Who says I can't make enough money to pay my bills from the road?!? I'm not getting any younger and I fear that if I don't just take off and hit the road soon I may never do it.

So, this post began as one about me not really wanting to clean my apartment, but I guess the real heart of the matter is I want to run away from home. LOL!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Wake Up Call- Stop Burning the Candle at Both Ends

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This morning was a serious wake up call. I woke up feeling so sick that I couldn't go into my day job. I have seriously got to make some adjustments to the way I organize my time, my business, my life. If I keep burning the candle at both ends there won't be any light left for me or anyone else to enjoy. 

Folks chasing your dreams while trying to pay the bills- how do you organize your time to have it all?

I posted this originally on facebook this morning and Domestic Goddess Kristen behind the amazing blog The Road to Domestication had the best answer for me. Check out what she wrote:

I literally SCHEDULE IN down time. Sounded so dumb to me at first…but everything else in life takes up time, so why not schedule in some time to rest, too?!

I have also had to remind myself that I CANNOT DO IT ALL, and I can’t HAVE it all…and that is
okay. I prioritize the day – the things I HAVE to do, like go to my full-time job, because if I don’t do that, then I’m in trouble as far as budgetary needs, ha!

I make sure there is time to do something for MYSELF. As selfish as I thought that was at first, I realized that, if I crash and burn, I can’t do anything for anyone! And if I am rested, and happy, and not feeling stressed, I really can do everything else BETTER. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m out getting a pedicure every week or anything. Sometimes doing something for myself is just going for a walk in peace and quiet…or going to bed early! LOL

New for me in 2014 is blocking. I have literally blocked out several months of the year so I don’t have anything else happening except photography, Or except insurance. Or except family time. Or anything else. Not only can you get more accomplished when you’re focused, but you don’t feel so scattered from having to fight 10 fires at once.

I don’t even know if any of that book I just wrote makes sense…but YOU asked! LOL....

We are the ones who have a hard time listening to our bodies But we only have one! Hard to remember, but true!

To me every single part of what Kristen wrote makes perfect sense. I think it's exactly what I needed to read right now. I realize I can't keep giving myself to everyone because that's what caused me to wake up this morning and literally have nothing left. I could barely form a sentence when I called in sick. I had the most massive migraine and just took some Advil and went back to bed.

I normally get up at 6:30/7 at the latest and I slept in til 11 a.m. and felt so unaccomplished because of it. I just have been trying so hard to do so many things that my body slapped me silly this morning and then threw me back in bed.

Now I want YOU to chime in. How do YOU find a balance when trying to chase your dreams and maintain a day job?

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

I Hate Asking for Help

I hate asking for help. I am so used to getting up to get myself something when I want it and I get very annoyed when this isn't possible. Today I have no choice but to ask for help. I hurt my heel and because I need to stay off my foot today to be able to work tomorrow I'm being confined to my chair and only hobbling around to go to the bathroom. It sucks!

I'm sure anyone who has every had an injury that leaves them unable to do things on their own knows what I'm talking about. The feeling of not being able to be independent is as crippling in the mind as the injury is to the body.

I know I need to heal my heel but it's very frustrating sitting in this chair. I have errands to run, things I need to be doing but I can't do anything but sit here...GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Weekend 2014 Camping Recap

So, I thought I'd give ya'll a quick Memorial Weekend 2014 Camping Glamping Recap in the form of 10 lessons I learned:

1. Thou shalt not forget to bring the air mattress pump. Omg! We forgot the pump and therefore slept on the floor for three nights. Not awesome.
2. Thou shall bring a ceiling fan when glamping. Dude, if it had not been for the ceiling fan we brought for our tent, I'm not sure we would have made it through the weekend.
3. Thou shall re-apply sunscreen every 80 minutes. The directions on the sunscreen are serious bro! We were awesomely lucky to make it three days in the sun with no sunburn. Alas, I'm out of all of the four bottles of sunscreen I brought with.
4. Thou shalt not step on a root barefoot. I have been having massive amounts of trouble with my right heel lately. I've been walking a lot in hopes of losing some weight to ease the pressure and pain on my heel. Then, I stepped on a tree root while barefoot and lost all hope of doing much walking for the weekend. The pain got so bad I had to be pushed around in a wheelchair much of one evening.
5. Thou shalt not go to Wet N' Wild Memorial Day weekend. Okay, I am a fan of water parks but prefer them when they aren't as busy. We were camping near Wet N' Wild so the collective group decided we should spend a day there. Unfortunately this particular weekend drew such a crowd that every single ride had an hour long wait or longer. The wave pool was overflowing and there was NOTHING lazy about the lazy river. Note to self- on Memorial weekend just go to the free campground pool because we barely spent any time that day in the water...
6. Thou shall bring extra towels and wash cloths- Yep- we didn't have enough towels and wash cloths and had to re-use some towels thereby defeating the purpose of showering imho...
7. Thou shall bring a bigger cooler. Our cooler wasn't big enough to hold enough drinks between ice stops...
8. Thou shalt not wear water shoes too long- big ugly blisters- that is all!
9. Thou shalt not go to bed until re-applying bug spray- I got some wicked bites while sleeping.
10. Thou shalt not call it glamping unless in an RV or cabin- The weekend made me long for one of the two.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chick-Fil-A Asian Salad Review

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I have a new obsession- the Chick-Fil-A Asian Salad. In the span of about 9 days I had three. Add to the fact that I literally had to walk a mile each day that I wanted one- you know this obsession is serious. I probably would get more if they weren't close to $8!

Basically, at the beginning of 2014 I had three of the calendar cards and for the month of May I could get a salad with the card. My husband only like Caesar salads and I work very close to a Chick-Fil-A so it only made sense to cash in these salads for myself. The first day I went into get one I had not yet learned of the fact that they are no longer serving the spicy chicken salad. I almost cried when it wasn't on the menu. After mulling it over I opted for the Asian salad figuring, eh- why not? If I don't like it no big deal because I've "made my money back" on the cards already. I chose grilled chicken and was delighted when it came with a honey sesame dressing, wontons and dried bell peppers.
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 I ate that salad faster than any salad I think I have ever consumed. I don't know if I was just starving from the fact I had to walk half a mile there and a half a mile back to work before I could eat it OR if it was just that good. So, two days later I felt it was only reasonable to try it again. I made the walk there and back only this time I was given honey sesame dressing, wontons and sliced almonds in place of the dried bell peppers. It was just as good the second time if not better!

I had other lunch plans for a few days but I am not kidding when I tell you that third free salad was burning a whole in my purse. First chance I got I made one more walk and got one more salad again with the almonds instead of the peppers.

I'm in love with the Chick-Fil-A Asian salad! I'm going to have to come up with a way to replicate it on my own at home!

This salad features freshly prepared with hot chicken, two cups of hand-chopped veggies and mandarin oranges and is served with honey sesame dressing. The optional toppings are wontons, dried bell peppers and sliced almonds. I'm sure I can get all these ingredients at my grocery store but I wonder if it will taste the same? hmmmmmmmm....

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Eggland's Best Review

One of the vendors at BlogHer 2013 was Eggland's Best. These folks gave me a coupon to try Eggland's Best at home for free for the purposes of review.

"You'll definitely be able to tell the difference because the eggs will taste better," said the gal at the booth.

I'm not sure if it was how I prepared them, but I honestly could not tell the difference. They didn't taste any better to me than the eggs I normally buy at the grocery store. The only difference I did notice is that the Eggland's Best brand was nearly double to cost for a dozen.

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Do you like Eggland's Best? Am I crazy here? Do you REALLY notice a difference?

I know that Eggland's Best brand is better for me in the sense that they say they never use hormones, steroids, or antibiotics of any kind. They also promise a superior, better quality, fresher egg....and that's all good, but for the taste- I just didn't notice a difference.

If I do make the decision to permanently switch from the brand I normally buy it won't be because of taste.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Product Review: Girl Scouts Coffee Mate Flavors

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I know. I know. It's becoming a little too much of a trend lately, but here is another overdue review. I'm finally getting the many items on my to-do list checked off. Woohoo!!

Okay! I was sent two bottles of Girl Scouts Flavors Coffee Mate (the liquid not the powdered form) for the purposed of review. Although I was sent these items for free, all of these opinions are my own. I'm told the two flavors are still available for purchase at Target stores. Have you seen them anywhere else? Chime in with a comment!

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Coffee Mate Flavor One- Girl Scouts Thin Mints: I tried the Thin Mints flavor in several different drinks. In coffee it makes the drink taste pretty good. When the liquid hits your tongue it's sweet and then when you swallow the bitterness of the coffee comes back but with a hint of the mint.

I also tried a creamer martini with the Thin Mint creamer. It was equal parts vodka, milk and Thin Mints creamer. This was QUITE tasty. I definitely could sip this for a while!

Next was a hot cocoa a Thin Mint concoction. This was my favorite! SO GOOD! Tastes like Christmas in a cup. YUM! Tried it in hot tea though and nearly threw up. Gross! Seriously! Don't do this ya'll!!!

Coffee Mate Flavor Two- Girl Scouts Caramel and Coconut aka Samoas: Overall after all of my kitchen testing this was my favorite creamer. In coffee, vodka, tea and hot cocoa this creamer is fantastic. It's not as good in the hot cocoa as the Thin Mints one but it wins for versatility hands down!

I made a creamer martini with this creamer as well and I'm lovingly calling it a Samoatini. Next time I'll line the glass with chocolate swirls and have a graham cracker and chocolate rim and I could seriously drink these all night! So frikkin' yummy!!!!!

If you are a coffee lover I would highly recommend these creamers. If you like creamy martinis I would also highly recommend these creamers. You know what? Just go to Target and buy one of each and try them for yourself. Let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

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