Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 4

I have had sooo much on my mind today. I have a big decision to make concerning my future, particularly my employment... I received a job offer today. A great offer at that. Full health benefits, good wages, full time... but not at my top choice school. I must make a decision by the end of Monday. My interview for my top choice school isn't until Feb. 7. I think I have a good chance of getting hired there, but they haven't told me what the schedule or wages would be. I am really stressin over this. My heart is telling me to wait for the 7th, but my mind is telling me to take the security filled position. There is a lot to consider...

It's really weird because yesterday I finished reading What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson. I was completely inspired and ready to face my future with all the unknowns and everything. Ya know, go on the path that is based on happiness and dreams. But when faced with the choice... it is so hard!! (I recommend the book btw. Lots of stories and experiences that made me reflect on my own life and my questions and answers to life). It is rather easy to say go for what I feel is "right", but honestly my husband and I can really use the security. Oh, I really have a lot to think about this weekend!! :(

So, for Day 4 it is pretty simple... a bunch of quotes I found inspiring and am trying to use as guidance as I face my decision.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 3

Day 2

2nd day of 365 and I almost forgot already!! :(
Although I am 5 min late with posting, here it is...

I got 2 new photo editing softwares this past week and I've been playing around with them a little. As the year progresses I hope to develop some skills, lol :)

Also, today was filled with some positivity that I will be sharing soon!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

365: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life

I've been trying to decide on what to do for this new project I found: 365: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life.

My ideas were floating around these:
  • create a gift
  • create a print
  • draw
  • journal
  • document a "dream"
  • list 10 positive thoughts/quotes
I've decided to combine them all and just do something every day!!

Although my goal was to decide before my birthday... I decided today :)

1. Inspired by a birthday card from my older sister!

Friday, January 21, 2011


I'm excited, but don't wanna be!! Ahhh!

So, I've been kinda down because our plans to go to Korea aren't working out. (We still haven't heard anything from the General Conference!! Almost 2 months now!) Instead of just sitting here hoping, wishing, waiting to hear something, anything, I applied to a preschool job nearby. As I was writing an email to inquiry about another preschool job, the first one called to set up a tour of the school and meet all the teachers!! They were really interested in continuing the application process with me and wanted to make sure I like the school :) After I got off the phone with the director, I finished my email for the second job. That evening, I randomly checked my email and the second place wants me to call them on Monday to schedule an interview!! I'm really excited, but don't want to be because I don't want to jinx anything, lol. Also, I don't want to get extra hurt if both jobs don't work out.... I think it's a step in the right direction though.

Anyways, it was a great way to end a tiring/depressing week!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


This past Christmas it was just me, my husband, and little sister :) First time our family wasn't all together. We didn't really celebrate or go all out. Christmas is my favorite time of year because everyone is usually happy and everything is all decorated and festive. Honestly, we weren't really feeling it this year... all the commercialism and greed... it all casts a heavy shadow on the true spirit of the season. Being around friends and staying positive all help the season stay bright :) Anyways, here are the holiday cards my husband and I sent out. We used pictures from our wedding and got the graphics free off the internet. Summertime Designs and Kevin & Amanda both offer very awesome freebies. I used stuff from both of them to create our cards. Then, printed from home. We "greened" them up a bit by using leftover cardstock from our wedding and envelopes we found in my mom's stash of leftover stationary. We also made the card postcard style to use less paper! We couldn't decide on one style so we just used them all :)

Card Option 1:
Front, frame from Kevin & Amanda
Back, frame edited from Kevin & Amanda, bows & background from Summertime Design
Card Option 2:
Front, frame edited from Kevin & Amanda, bows & background from Summertime Design
Back Option 1,  frame edited from Kevin & Amanda, bows & background from Summertime Design

Back Option 2,  frame edited from Kevin & Amanda, bows & background from Summertime Design
 Card Option 3:
Front, frame edited from Kevin & Amanda, bows & background from Summertime Design
Back Option 1,  frame edited from Kevin & Amanda, bows & background from Summertime Design
Back Option 2,  frame edited from Kevin & Amanda, bows & background from Summertime Design

That was a lot! I love making cards and am so grateful for wonderful people who post amazing freebies to use!! :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

A different take on Tree Houses

As I was perusing the interwebs, I found this awesome article about literally living in live tree houses!! Check it out! It's pretty awesome :) Tiny drawback is it will take about 15+ years to actually grow one to live in. But totally worth it!

Here's a link to the article.

I have always loved treehouses since I was really little. I can remember trying to draw them (along with my castles filled with booby traps that could spring treasures of candy or dump you in a swirly moat). One of my favorite Polly Pockets was my treehouse one that you could open up. It even had a working swing and slide in the tree trunk! Those mid-90's Polly Pocket days were the best :)

Polly Pocket Tree House 1994 original

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year & New Beginnings

Lately my hubba bubba and I have been discussing our future plans a lot. While these discussions can be terrifying, they are also exciting! Who knows what the future really holds, right? For example, the past several months we have been planning on going to Korea to teach English. As the application process started, we were immediately hit with an extra huge hurdle. The program we are trying to go through is a religious one and one of the requirements is you have to be baptized in their faith. My husband is not. Now we are waiting for approval from our region's General Conference... and we have been waiting for weeks and no response. We have been forced to come up with a plan B if the whole Korea thing doesn't work out (I'm definitely not going without my husband). Coming up with a plan b is both terrifying and exciting :)

So far, part of our plan includes starting an etsy shop!! We have been gathering our items, taking pictures, working out details, and hopefully our shop will be up this next week.

On another note, I must admit I am regretting many things about our wedding. Mainly the location and date. We were deciding between August 1 and January 23. But we are already married and I am happy we are! Maybe we can have a special party on the 23rd instead :) January Wedding by the Avett Brothers is a really cute song for anyone getting married in January. Even though we didn't get married in January it's still one of our songs, hehe.

2010 was a great year in many ways and I'm excited to see what happens in 2011! I hope it includes a visit to this really awesome place: