I love lists

I know it seems a little cliché to write my first post back in a million years on New Year’s Eve.  Oh well.  I’ve attempted a couple of posts in the last few days but they were all too involved.  I need to split some of this business up or you would be reading for about 10 hours!

Naturally, I have no idea where to start.  So, I’ll do a list.  I never realized how much I love lists until I started writing this blog.  Here we go:

1. I’m currently hanging out in my own place!  Yay!  I somehow got a sweet deal in an incredibly tough rental market in my home town.  I’m not kidding – it’s nuts.  Lack of availability means rent is large and in charge for so many places.  Not to mention, many places are run through renting agencies which require you to make three times your rent on a monthly basis.  Hahahahaha (this is a crazed laugh, can you tell??).  Again, I thank my lucky stars that a) I’m persistent and b) that things worked in my favor.

2. I also got an amazing deal on a set of furniture!  I love it when a plan comes together!

Simon-cat has claimed this chair for his very own. I put a blanket over it as to limit cat hair transfer. Today is the first day I’ve sat in it – no wonder he loves it!

3. My house is right next door to my dad’s house so I was able to bootleg enough internet for my LuLaRoe business but other than that, I didn’t have access for THREE WEEKS due to connectivity problems.  I watched Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter over and over again.

4. LuLaRoe.  Since my job search has not been fruitful, LuLaRoe is my source of income.  Being my own boss and having my own business is both neato and terrifying!  As a new consultant, it takes time to build a customer base, inventory, along with revamping my business plan over and over again.  This results in waking up to panic attacks in the middle of the night!  HOWEVER, I have already met some fun people and am looking forward to continuing this journey.  Not to mention, I am enjoying this business a lot!  Although a job would be helpful!  Just keeping it truthful here.

in this case the stress is real!

5. More LuLaRoe.  I love the clothes!  My sister had to tell me “stop shopping your inventory!”  Haha, seriously though, so many treasures!  Not to mention, when women (those are my current customers) try the clothes on the delight in their eyes is fantastic.  One woman swore off dresses many moons ago.  She put on the Carly dress and LOVED it!  First dress in forever and she bought it 10 minutes after trying it on and looking in the mirror.  It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of these moments.

6. I was doing well in the fitness realm in August, September and the first two weeks of October.  I was walking about every other day and even running!  My bum knee was responding in a positive way!  Then life took over and my routine fell by the wayside.  I will say, I ran a Turkey Trot with my sister and I was able to run a heck of a lot more of it than I thought I could.  That being said, the aforementioned anxiety and work load has led to some additional weight loss while no longer sticking to the walking/running.  I’ll get in the zone with LuLaRoe and forget to eat.  For the record, I don’t forget to eat.  Ever.  I always thought this was a silly phrase and perhaps a fake phenomenon.  Nope.  It does happen.  I’ve reached my goal weight, although I think I need to reinvigorate my walking/running since forgetting to eat isn’t the healthiest weight loss method nor one that I can count on to keep the pounds off.  I mean, I’m starting to remember to eat (a positive thing for sure).

sister dear and I taking a running break for a picture!

7. Overhauling my life has been more complicated than I ever would’ve imagined.  There will be posts on this all on their own.  While I knew it would be a tough and interesting transition, this information was processed in the practical/logical part of my brain, rather than the emotional-feely part of the brain/heart/spiritual side.  Like I said, more posts to come on this since I do enjoy processing.  Also, it was ABSOLUTELY the right choice!

I love this quote

8. Happy New Year!  I don’t make New Year resolutions anymore.  Some of the items or goals I mentioned above are things I’ve already been working on and need to get more assertive in making them a reality.  I recognize many people see it as a fresh start but I consider to be this marker.  So, I have another month and 3 days to my “new year” and I’m going to continue to work on my goals and work through the transitions.

how can I fail when I have dairy on my side?! (p.s. Buzzfeed lists are the best – they do love to put together lists of unfortunate mistakes while adding some comentary)

Off to take photos of new inventory!  My blog page is getting more traffic than my LuLaRoe page and it’s reminded me how much I love to write!  Happy New Year everyone!



15 thing friday – the personal edition

15 thing Friday… When I started this post the other day it wasn’t going well.  None of the links I was posting would work and I started getting extremely crabby.  At this point, I decided I was going to write 15 odd things about myself just for a bit of flair.  But first, a bonus:

.5.  This is also making me crabby:

happy spring
happy spring

1.  When I used to get out of the shower, I would run downstairs, flash my parents and say “Waka, Waka!” with a bit of a body wiggle.  I did this until I was 10.  I am sure my parents were hoping this WASN’T any kind of foreshadowing of my future career choice.

2.  I am determined to cut my own bangs.  The thing is, I completely suck at it.  They are never even and in my attempts to make them so, I end up hacking off more than I intended.  I have been doing this since high school so it’s not even like enough practice is helping.

3.  Speaking of hacking off hair, less than a year ago I was trimming my eyebrows with a little electric shaver thing and buzzed off a middle section of my eyebrow.  Needless to say, I let my bangs get very long at this point.

4.  I don’t have one outstanding talent.  Pretty much I am decent at a few things and am very resourceful for areas I am lacking.  What this means is that if I am ever in prison, I will be the brains behind the guy who can get you anything you need.  So don’t shank me – friend me.  In prison.

see how fun prison would be?

5.  My biggest injury to date in running is when I slipped and fell on black ice a few years back.  I dislocated my thumb and was in a hard cast for 8 weeks.


6.  The first time I ever ran a mile it took me 18 mins (and probably some change).  I swear I was running.  I have since cut at least 9 mins off my time during my speedier days.

7.  I LOVE to tell stories.  My mom was the same way and I believe it’s the Irish in us.

8.  A few years back I was wearing tear-away pants for a work event that was outdoorsy and athletic-based.  A co-worker thought I had shorts underneath them and ripped them off.  Of course, I wasn’t wearing shorts under them, although my extremely unattractive “granny panties” probably could have passed as shorts.

yep, it was like this

9.  My dad has always been a huge movie buff and in kindergarten the whole family went to see Octopussy (James Bond) at the drive-in (oh yeah, we had a drive-in and it ROCKED!).  The next day I mentioned this in class and my teacher was slightly concerned.  Not to mention the title was a bit questionable.

10.  One day I was sitting in pre-school and suddenly I couldn’t remember if I had put underwear on or not.  I squirmed in my seat a bit but couldn’t feel anything.  I FREAKED out.  I ran to the bathroom and sure enough, I was wearing undies, just silky ones.  I was so traumatized that from that point forward, I didn’t wear silky underwear again until college.

I was not a normal child

11.  I’m thinking of changing career fields just so I can wear yoga pants and other work out gear on a daily basis.

12.  I didn’t learn how to drive until driver’s ed.  Meaning, I had never driven a car prior to that first day with my instructor and my two driving mates – two guys who had been driving since they were toddlers (or so it seemed to me at the time).  The first day we drove up the mountain in my town and I was charged with turning around once up there and driving back down.  I couldn’t see over the steering wheel very well and proceeded to almost back us over the cliff.  Everyone in the car was screaming, including myself.  When we got back (all in one piece physically although probably not mentally) the two guys got out of the car and kissed the ground.  I never lived that down.

13.  I’m fairly obsessed with office supplies, specifically pens.  I am constantly on the hunt for “the perfect pen” and I am picky with my choices.  Oh and I love Sharpies.  I have to write my name with said pen to determine its worthiness.

14.  During a huge ice storm my first year in college, a tree branch broke and crashed down onto my head.  I blacked out for a moment but no one wanted to come help me because they didn’t want to get hurt either.  I became known as “the girl in the yellow coat who got hit by a tree”.  I was okay after a couple of days.  My winter hat blunted some of the trauma.

15.  I had two job offers when I finished grad school.  One of the bigger reasons Maine lost was because the nearest Wendy’s and Target were 45 mins away.


Have a great weekend everyone!