Twas the night before dogsitting

Let me just preface to say this is going to be all over.

Tomorrow after work, I am going to be staying at my parents place with my dog (they have custody of him) until next Thursday morning. I am very unprepared for this. Very much not like me; I’m a planner. My Scentsy business has been booming for January; so being away from my desk and desktop computer (yes, I have a laptop) is kind of throwing me for a loop. It’s only about 15 minutes out of the way to stop by my apartment if need be on the way home from work and make a big circle back, so it’s not horrible.

I sprained my ankle really bad yesterday at work; in fact, I’m still a little worried it’s broke; but every night after work this week I’ve had to run somewhere and meet someone and then stop by UPS to get a delivery. I decided not to go to Urgent Care for x-rays…  Not enough time in the day; but everyone has the same 24 hours as I do.

I just need to get enough stuff packed to get to Saturday; so I can come up to my apartment and get the rest of the things to get through the rest of the week; which will be a whirlwind.

I know I can do it, and I know the disconnect, will be nice. Mom doesn’t have cable TV, but she does have internet; my goal is to try to be offline as much as I can there; just because I need a social media break. Of course all the books I have coming won’t be here until the end of my stay; but they are books I want to read, and I purposely got them in paperback/hardback vs eReader so I can read and highlight (yes, I said it) but they are business books that I want to read!

My ice pack is getting warm, I need to get some things packed and crawl into bed; restless night last night.  I’m looking forward to the weekend. It sucks that; of course AMM doesn’t have his daughter this weekend; but I need to be around Moms. I might be posting I might just get lost in some books and catch up on sleep.

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Twas the night before dogsitting

It’s late…

It’s after midnight; so technically it’s Sunday.

Why am I up so late? Is it really late if it’s the weekend? I went to a friends house last night so they could smell the Bring Back My Bar scents; and said they were making dinner, I was welcome to stay. We had a good night; lots of laughs! I’m pretty sure I rolled into bed before midnight.

I was up at 8 today; it’s the weekend; I could sleep in. I swear my body is like “hey it’s a workday, let’s fight waking up” and then on weekends it’s like “oh hey, get up!” dear body, please reverse your system!  I finally got out of bed and decided to tackle the day. I planned on going to Kalona; a quaint little Amish community about 20 miles away. My late, Grandma Eva and I would go every few months or so; it took me a while to go after she passed last January, but I did. I miss it. There’s a great family restaurant there, and Sringtown Grocery. It’s a bulk grocery store with amazingly inexpensive items! I like to go down every few months and get things. I really was only looking for orange peel today; and no luck. It was kind of busy, so maybe next time I will ask.

I came home and stopped by Fareway to get a few things, then home. I watched a few things on the DVR; and then decided to take a nap; at 4pm… not my brightest idea. I woke up a few hours later feeling refreshed.

My desk has been needing a little love. A few weeks ago I got it tidied  up; but after a Scentsy party and some individual orders; my desk is been a bit more of a catch all; so I got that cleaned up.

I’ve been working on some Scentsy organization and such this evening (late night) so as most people who take a late afternoon nap; I made dinner at 10pm; good ole cardboard pizza!  But I got some business things checked off my list; so it’s been productive.

Starting Thursday night my parents are going on vacation; so I joke that I get custody of my doggy for a while. I enjoy it for the most part. When my Scentsy business is kicking off a new year very well; I’m a little nervous about being away from my desk and all my things. I know I can pack things; and I can stop on the way home from work if need be; but I’ve gotten very used to sitting at my desk and getting things done. This will force me to hone in on what I need for the on-the-go items, what to keep on me and such.

Must go to bed…

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It’s late…

Powerball dreams

Wow that Powerball got to be pretty high! My Mom plays often; and hounded me to get a ticket when it was high back before Christmas, so I got a ticket. Then no one won, and it kept getting higher. Finally someone won. When we were younger we always joked we’d buy a deserted island with a country club and call it DICC – Deserted Island Country Club; we still talk about this dream occasionally.  Fond memories!  I know my Dad has always talked about a little two-seater car; but honestly I think he’d be content with having all the kids together on a vacation at “Grandma’s Condo” in Florida.  I don’t ever really “dreaming out loud” with Dad about things like that, but I would guess some sort of a big game hunt would be on his list. It’s weird how we talked about it often with Mom, and not Dad; but I think Mom plays the lotto a bit more than Dad?

It sure is nice to dream about “what if”…

I would definitely quit my job; and could afford whatever sort of health insurance I needed.  I would make sure my parents were set; my brother and his wife were set, and that his kids had more than plenty for college and whatever they needed after they graduated college. I would make sure Shawn had a house (wherever she wanted, and that baby #Teaspoon would also have college and money after he graduated college set up.  I wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to be with Shawn when she brings him into the world; because I could be there; with her!

I would make sure I had a farm house – up here in Iowa. I want a house in the general area of where I grew up. I want some land so I could have a dog and he/she could run, optimal for entertaining; complete with room for a stage to have bands show up for a weekend jam.  I would obviously get all my debt paid off (although I think that’s kind of a given when you win!).

I would also buy a place in Nashville (or around there) you know, maybe Franklin or something. Even if Shawn didn’t stay down there; I’d want a place there, because  I could make it happen.

I would make sure Cody Hicks had a pretty rockin’ tour bus, and the sound equipment he needed.  I have a handful of other close friends who I would make sure were set…

I would make sure AMM and L were set; obviously… but I would like to think that they would be in my plan, and it would be without question.

I would love to walk in and hand out money to families in the hospital. I would love to donate money to the Epilepsy Foundation and the National Adoption Foundation.  And oh my goodness can you imagine my book and music collection?

Ahh, to dream big like that. It’s fun to think of the what if’s; but in the end I know hard work will get me where I’m to be, in time.

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Powerball dreams

Oh but weight…

Growing up I was always tall and thin; my parents had a hard time finding clothes for me; because I was pretty tall for my age. I was a picky eater, but when I found what I liked; there was no stopping me! I weighed 135 as a sophomore in high school and was 155 when I graduated. I worked about 30 hours a week; my senior year of high school I was taking 3 of 4 blocks of classes because I had most of my classes fulfilled. I just didn’t want to graduate early.

Throughout college I did gain the “freshman 15” and then some. In 2004 I was at 189 – don’t ask me how I remember, I just do. When I moved into the current apartment I live at I weighed 209; and I currently 249.6 on the scale today; which is down from my highest of 261 and some change. I know that going from a food service job of being on my feet and moving a lot to an office job with a change of birth control and epilepsy meds throws a wrench into things; but age doesn’t help, nor does my nonexistent exercise routine and crappy eating.

I love Pepsi; I grab one each morning in the cafeteria on my way into my office, and have at least 2 more throughout the day. I hardly ever finish them; so I would say that I probably drink 2 full 20-oz bottles.

I’m not one to make resolutions; because like a lot of people they are given up on the first few weeks. I did however promise myself to be more intentional; with money and time. With that comes with eating at home; not getting take out and not spending so much. I’ve cooked at home more, while it’s not healthy it beats the hell out of take out, and if I have plenty of ice, I’ve been drinking more and more water. I’m not dieting or doing it on purpose, it’s just because I’m making a conscious decision to have water vs pop; mostly for the sake of my checking account. Yes, I buy ice; but the water is free.

I’ve noticed recently my work pants are a bit loose – and this week I’ve worn running tights (that I do not run in!) under them because it’s been so very Iowa with frigid weather.

I’ve not been buying much snacky stuff (Oreos and junky stuff) because again, it’s tough on the checkbook, so I’ve been either making due with what I have at home; or going without; and shocker it’s not killing me!

Part of me didn’t want to write about this because you know; it’ll blow up in my face next week. I’ve limited myself to only getting on the scale once a week – on Wednesday’s. For a while I was getting a little obsessed about it and beating myself up over the numbers. It’s no secret I’m very comfortable making fun of myself for being a #ChunkyChick and hashtaging #ChunkyChickProbs on social media or poking fun at reasons why plus size clothes cost more, the list could go on; but really. I would love to go into a store and buy something off the rack that’s not in the “Chunky Chick section”. I want to be comfortable in my own skin again. On the outside it may look and seem like I am; but I’m not. The reason I am making fun of myself is because I’m beating you and everyone else to it.

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Oh but weight…

Work it like a business; not a hobby.

At the very end of December; I’ve been making plans to work my Scentsy business very intentionally. 2015 was very good; but I would like 2016 to be even better. I know that I can do that.

There are a few consultants who post videos on YouTube as a way to train their team. Thankfully they make them public, so others can watch and learn. I’ve learned at least one thing from all of the videos I’ve watched; and I will continue to watch them.

One idea has stuck out among them all; at least for me this year. This particular consultant has an action/task for her business each day. I believe she said “so I touch a part of my business every day”. Her breakdown is similar to this;

  • Monday: Mail and Email
  • Tuesday: Team and Training
  • Wednesday; Post Office and Deliveries
  • Thursday: Booking and Follow-Up
  • Friday: Orders
  • Saturday: Marketing

I like this idea a lot; I had to change-up a few of the days; because I am only able to go to the Post Office on Saturday’s.  Mine looks a bit like this:

  • Monday: Mail and Email
  • Tuesday: Team and Training
  • Wednesday: Follow-Up and Deliveries
  • Thursday: Marketing
  • Friday: Orders
  • Saturday:  Post Office and Deliveries

I have ordered some planner stickers for the planner. I know I can just write it in there on each day, but the colored stickers will be nice motivation.

It’s only the 8th; but I’ve kept track of my mileage thus far, I have a receipt for some business items I bought, and then  got the packages ready to mail out. I’m exhausted and have no clue how in the world I am still up.

It’s time to crawl in bed and read a little.

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Work it like a business; not a hobby.

2016 Reading Challenge

I’ve been on Goodreads since early 2009; which is hard to fathom, but I love it. I can keep track of the books I read, the ones I would like to read. I’ve even won some books from giveaways as well.

Each year they do a Reading Challenge; below are the numbers. I think the 2011 numbers are a bit off; as I wasn’t really active until mid to late 2011.

In 2011 I read 26 of 40

In 2012 I read 62 of 50

In 2013 I read 131 of 125

In 2014 I read 93 of 100

In 2015 I read 58 of 58

I’ve already finished the second book for this year. I started out with a goal of 75; but if I get closer to that I’ll up the number. I like to set it at the very least 52 books, because 1 a week is pretty easy to do. I read more during the winter… but I think many do; at least where there is a “winter” complete with snow and ice.

I’m currently reading Just Friends With Benefits by Meredith Schorr Karan had mentioned her book Blogger Girl; so I grabbed it from Kindle Unlimited and really liked it, so I wanted to read the rest of her work as well. There is just something about her writing that seems so real; unlike some Chick Lit that seems a bit unrealistic.

What book(s) are you reading or listening to?

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2016 Reading Challenge

Resolutions, or not?

Do you make resolutions? People seem to abandon them by spring if not earlier. I’ve never cared for the word resolution, I’ve always been one to make a list of goals; both big, lofty goals and easy to achieve goals. I’m very much one who likes to cross things off.

I always tend to make goals on my birthday vs the start of a new calendar year; but this year; I just did not. I spent some time around Christmas really thinking about what goals I would like, both for myself and my Scentsy business.

I decided this year to pick a word / theme vs a list of goals; so I chose intentional.

I would like to be intentional with my money: mindful of my spending, working on a budget, cooking at home, planned grocery trips. It all sounds simple, but I’m very much one who is quick to stop into Pancheros and get chips and quacamole to go for dinner, a sub at Milios, or a dinner salad and bread from Zio Johno’s and that $7-9, adds up.  If I make planned grocery trips, I won’t make 15 trips to Fareway in a month! I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited for $9.99/month, so I find plenty of books to read to get my money’s worth. I put my Netflix on hold during the fall due to my Scentsy business being so busy, but now that it feels like winter here, I’ll reactivate it, keeping me from running to RedBox and spending $4.99 on a pay-per-view movie.

I would like to be intentional with my time: making sure that I am getting a decent night’s sleep is my number one for this; a good night of sleep will set the precedence for my overall health and keeping my seizures at bay. I am trying to be intentional with my time spent on my Scentsy business, the whole work smarter not harder; and income producing activities come to mind. There are times I find myself sitting down to do something Scentsy-related and get lost in a Facebook minute; three hours later, I have no clue what I intended to do. I’m blocking off some “power hours” where I will turn off social media; and get down to business.

I have very much been a planner girl; for the last 4 years I’ve been using the Erin Condren Life Planner it’s a little pricey, but it totally is worth it; you can save $10 off your first order, using my referral link: here.

It’s durable, and it holds up from my backpack, to my purse, to my desk, to the floor of my car; normal planners just wouldn’t hold up. It works for me. I am getting better at planning out time for my Scentsy business, tasks at home.

I know that focusing on being intentional; it’ll be a great 2016. This is going to be my year!

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Resolutions, or not?