Sunday, June 28, 2015

Catching up!



 Trying out our new grill!









 Staining underneath the deck//

 Creating for my Etsy Shop//

 Set up a temporary area downstairs for my Etsy Shop Creations

Hubby built another scaffolding area to finish last bit of siding

 Last few veggies from our Organic garden

 Brainstorming goals + future//




Sponsor Flyer that I created for an Alzheimer's Fundraising Event//

 Lots of painting trim, rafters this month

 Yes, I did watch 50 shades of Grey and I liked it- not as intense as I was expecting//



Reading lots of books- learning + growing (have 20 currently on hold at the Library)

The photos pretty much sum up what I have been up to the past month. We went to Atlanta last week for the hubby to take his Final Exam and he did great & made an 80! (and that is without really studying). I have been working on eliminating stress from my life and trying to get back to being healthy and normal. I have been doing so much reflecting on my life and goals and reading lots of books- growing and learning. 

This weekend has been great- on Friday, I was inspired and started cleaning the garage and made myself an area to create. I got out the sewing machine and actually sewed a tote bag and I also created one sign and it just felt so natural- I love creating beautiful things! I also have some vintage goods that I will be listing on Etsy today- I am so excited to open my Etsy Shop again!

That's pretty much what I have been up to. It finally stopped raining, so I am headed back outside to finish staining deck boards.

 Hope that you all are having a lovely weekend!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Progress//


It's been a week since I've blogged and honestly, I have just been really exhausted by the time that I get home. Weekends are my time to get some rest and usually get a few things done. Friday, we took a break and went to Tallahassee for food shopping at Trader Joe's and we picked up Smoothies at Tropical Smoothie for their Summer Promo- it felt so good to be out and about and not worrying about working. Saturday, we did some painting and on Sunday, I washed our vehicle,did some dishes and we ended up driving to town and purchasing a grill (finally!!). We got such a great deal on it- it was definitely a God thing! I'm not sure who is more excited for the grill- me or the hubby! I am excited to have less dishes to wash & less cooking. Plus, what man doesn't like to grill?!





I found these beach-style pillows at Target for 30% off a few weeks ago

My husband also hung our front door light back up and also put in our doorbell. I plan on helping the hubby with some more trim painting, deck stain, hanging a couple of pictures and mowing the grass this afternoon. We are trying to get a few things done, so that we can head to the beach for a day or two this weekend- we really need a break from everything to just relax and have fun. I also want to do some shopping for Home decor- we still need an office chair, coffee table, art work, etc. For me, making decisions is a slow process- I have to really love something before I purchase it.




For my Office area



Photo Collage that I made for our bedroom (hubby is going to hang it up for me)

Next Tuesday, we are driving to Atlanta for my husband to take his Final Exam- I am going with him because I don't like being away from my husband nor do I like being in a house alone at night. Hopefully, we can at least have dinner together one night and I plan on bringing some books to catch up on some reading at the hotel while my husband is in class. 

That's it for now- I'm going to enjoy the rest of my Sunday and I hope that you do as well! :)


Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Weekend//


Hello lovelies! Hope that you enjoyed your weekend! I just got back from Target around 9:30 and had two strong coffees at Starbucks, which is why I am currently awake at 11:05!! I had a nice weekend- mostly painting and catching up on things. Honestly, I have been taking it pretty easy around the house-trying to not overexert myself. I slept in on both Saturday and Sunday, so that was nice.

  • Posted Swap & Shop Photos 
  • Cleaned freezer + fridge downstairs
  • Primed Rafters
  • Helped hubby do some nail-setting and putty on the house exterior
  • Finally caught up on the Bachelorette!
  • Blogged
  • Organized all of my notes into my journal (I am obsessive about making notes)
  • Tidied house- dishes, cleaned bathroom, put up laundry
  • Updated my Social Media Platforms
  • Organized 1 photo album!
  • Trader Joe's- Food shopping for the week
  • Returned pair of shoes at Target (moccasins that came apart at the seams)
  • Purchased chalkboard for office area + gorgeous photo frame (new project for the bedroom)
  • Picked up more caulk + paint supplies at Lowe's
  • Used my free coffee drink at Starbucks for a Venti Espresso Frappucino made with coconut milk + agave +  2 extra shots espresso (try it! so good!)
  • Started reading this old book that I found on the free shelf at the Library- I feel like God put it there just for me. It really inspired and motivated me to not give up on my dreams in life- I'm starting to feel excited for things again// I haven't felt that way in a long time.
This upcoming week, we will be doing more priming, caulking, sanding, covering windows with plastic + tape. Hopefully, we will be painting this weekend. The prep work is the worst part! 

Well, I think I better head to bed so I can be rested up for the work week. Hope that you all have a Happy Monday!



Friday, June 5, 2015

Trusting in God//

Hello lovelies! I feel like lately that I am always apologizing for being absent from blogging, but my life has been chaotic and I have been dealing with some health issues that started in the last few months and I haven't really had any energy left to blog at the end of the day. Because I have not been feeling well, I have been making some big life changes to reduce my daily stress.

Not to go into too much detail, but I started noticing that everything that I ate was making me sick, all of a sudden I started developing food allergies where certain foods made my heart race at an abnormal rate (to the point that I thought I was having a heart attack). On top of that, I started having extreme anxiety, chronic fatigue and depression. So I have been making changes in my life to try to begin the process of healing my body.

Some things that I have started doing that seem to help:

Eliminate allergy causing foods- soy, nuts, grains (not even gluten free), dairy, sugar, alcohol (I did have a small glass diluted with organic juice the other day..oops)
Changed my Diet - now I only eat organic grass-fed meats, low sugar fruits and vegetables (I feel like I'm starving most of the time)
Vitamins-daily intake of probiotics, enzymes, chlorophyll
Eliminated the gym (it was causing me added stress trying to keep up- every day carrying gym bag to work, remember water, snacks, etc- for me it just became a burden)
Slow down- I have been doing way too much and feel overwhelmed like I am drowning. I am not taking on anything right now until my body rests and I start to feel better. Right now I am taking one day at a time and just doing what I can.
Eliminated Work Meetings- Meetings and social events cause me extreme anxiety and seem to make me even more sick. I made the mistake of attending a lunch meeting this Thursday and my stomach was in knots the entire time- I instantly regretting going.
Stop being a Type-A Perfectionist- honestly being such a workaholic and extreme goal setter is physically killing me. I am working on becoming a more laid back person and not let things get to me. Very difficult to do, especially since I have been Type A since I can remember.
Eliminate drama/people who cause me stress- I can't be around anyone that causes me additional stress or anyone who upsets me. I need positive support around me right now.
Eliminate Toxins- toxins put added stress on the body, so I have been staying away from anything that has toxins- my biggest problem is out in the community dealing with smoke, paints, perfumes. My home has been 100% organic for about 15 years because I have a low tolerance for chemicals in any forms. This week, the paint crew painted the front of our office and I had a headache every day for the entire week.
Planning a vacation soon- we are planning a beach weekend as soon as we get the house painted.



The positives of this experience has been the fact that I can't stomach much of anything and I have lost 10 lbs in the last couple of months, but being a true foodie I really miss eating. The other positive is that I have learned so much more about health and different ways that I can help make my body the best that it can be. There have been lots of negatives- dealing with depression and anxiety along with chronic fatigue is extremely difficult and people sometimes think that you can just say "snap out of it" or they think that you are feeling sorry for yourself. If I hadn't gone through this myself, I may have thought the same thing- but it's not that simple. The bad thing is that I am a master at covering up how I truly feel-I have always been the one to put on a mask when I feel sad or when I don't feel well. I am so good at it, that I can fool anyone into thinking that I am the most happiest, well-adjusted, healthiest person in the world. That has definitely been a double-edged sword for me.

Today, at work- I heard a song that I listened to when our dog, Roscoe was paralyzed for 8 months- at a time in my life when I felt hopeless, heartbroken and depressed. I remembered what we went through with him and how sad it was to walk that journey and how I felt all alone, it was the darkest place that I have ever been through in my life. But God was right there holding out his hand and he walked me through it..

Feels like I've been here forever
Why can't  you just intervene?
Do you see the tears keep falling?
And I'm falling apart at the seams
But you never said the road would be easy
But you said that you would never leave me
And you never promised that this life wasn't hard
But you promised you would take care of me
So I'll stop searching for the answers
I'll stop praying for an escape
And I'll trust You God with where I am
And believe that You will have Your way
When my friends and family have left me
And I feel so ashamed and so cold
Remind me You take the broken things
And turn them into beautiful

Even if my dreams have died
And even if I don't survive
I'll still worship You with all of my life

No matter what I go through in life, I will continue to praise God through it and always turn to him. Without God, I could never survive this life. He has been my shelter, my protector, my provider- He's my everything and I love Him above everything in this life. Nothing will take me away from Him//

 I plan on taking this trial that God has allowed me to go through to allow me to become a stronger person. I am going to pray and declare healing for my body and the strength to get through it and one day I hope that I can use what I have been through to help someone else. The more trials that I go through, the more that I have compassion for someone who is going through the same thing. When you know what it's like to be heart broken, sick, rejected, mistreated and hopeless- that's when you can have compassion for others and reach down and help someone else up. I know that God has allowed this for a reason- I will not let it defeat me, but instead I will use it to grow into a stronger Christian. God has a plan for my future- plans for good not evil, plans for a hope and a future. I want God's dream for my life, not my own and not anyone else's. I am excited to see what he has in store for my life!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Savannah Trip- last day//

These are the last of the photos from our Savannah Trip, we had such a lovely time in Savannah and I cannot wait to go back! I ended the trip with a new book + coffee- the only way to end a trip in my opinion. Hope that you enjoyed the photos!
























Saturday, May 23, 2015

Savannah Trip Cont'd..

I'm back with more photos from our Savannah Trip! More Shopping + Tybee Island + Eating + Sightseeing- enjoy!