Day 29 - Wow!

So I have found a new blog crush!  Her name is Elise and this is her blog.  I haven't found one in a while that was so good.  I have been devouring her words and listening to her podcasts even in the car.  I feel like she is speaking to me.

some of her wisdom...

"Getting caught up in the small stuff is a really great way to procrastinate the big stuff and to NEVER move forward"  WHAT??  that is exactly what I do.  I also get caught up in the big stuff and let it overwhelm me into doing nothing.  She talks about this too.  When she was trying to figure out podcasts.  She thought and thought about it.  Then she stopped and just recorded one.  Then she figured out how to post it.  Now she has 33 podcasts to choose from!  I love this take action philosophy.  She did a talk about what she is passionate about at World Domination Summit.  I listened to that.  and seriously... she is talking to me!

It has really got me thinking that I need to quit thinking so much, and start to take more action.

So here is to the rest of my life...  taking more action.

Oh and did you hear???  The Royals won game 6 of the World Series!  WE are in Game 7 tonight!




Day 24 - 28 - Staying inspired and motivated

Day 24-28!  This week is Halloween!  This is a subject very near and dear to my heart.  I am constantly searching for ways to stay motivated and inspired.  In fact, it is one of the things that I fear the most with my own business.  If/when I make that leap, how will I stay motivated and inspired.  No one but myself to please and do things for.  Will I be good to myself?

Do you catch yourself going from one thing to the next?  I do that.  Right now, I just getting through Halloween.  GETTING THROUGH??  Why?  Why not pushing and having fun?  parts of it, I am.  Parts of it, just getting through.  I am trying to stay excited through each of the costumes.  I am tired today but need to finish the minnion costumes tonight.  I pretty much finished the Effie costume last night.  Spiderman got a new zipper and all of his holes mended.  He is the easiest by far!!  The girls have HIGH expectations and I try to fulfill them.  I told them that I was going to "try" to come to the parade and to one of the parties.  They both said, "TRY?"  They feel it.  They know my guilt and pressure of doing both things(career and mom) well.  I am truly ready to focus on one or the other but I know myself.  I know I will need the other to balance it all.  I THINK that if given the opportunity to stay at home/work from home, that I have a HUGE list of things that I would like to accomplish along with my work from home dreams.

I read and read about how others do it.  Now to do it.  Really do it.

I am getting used to double income.  it is nice to be able to say yes to so much more.  We are still NOT extravagant but we are enjoying eating out every once in a while.  I am thinking of treating the girls to Mockingjay in a month.  I don't cringe at the grocery store when the receipt is ALWAYS over $100.  Pushing through to a time with a bit less expenses.  We have lived with so little for a very long time, so it is nice to be able to "treat" ourselves.

But, my eye is on the prize, INDEPENDENCE.  Ability to have options.  So even though I am letting us have these small luxuries, we are not going crazy.  We are aggressively paying things.

Oh and did I mention that i have poison ivy?  WHAT?  Yup.  Both calves.  Great fun, NOT.  -W
we have the best sky during changing seasons!

Really trying to find drape fabric.  Ticking is everywhere!


Day 20! Wow how this month has flown by!

So we had some bizarro flu bug at our house which consisted of 24 hours of a fever and that is it!  I will take it.  only 2 have had it so far.  I hoping to skip it with all the rest.

Jampacked weekend!  We were able to get winter coats, new cozy boots(ugg style from Costco for only $30!), go to a pancake breakfast and donate coats, soccer, bowling, nurse sick ones, then last volleyball of this session followed by making a gigantic spider web in the front yard.

I read about this idea on hgtv and thought about it all weekend until Sunday afternoon.  Then I found some white yarn and our tent stakes and went to work.  It took me about 2 hours but it was strangely satisfying and therapeutic.  I could have easily stopped after an hour but I wanted to reinforce and ad more cross webs.  Also, I had some white Christmas lights that I hadn't even opened. I put those up to accent the web.  Some neighbors stopped by and said another neighbor had done something similar but set up a black light to accent it at night.  I might try to rig that up.  That would be cool!  My kids were very excited by my efforts.  I am thinking of also making a giant black spider for the center.  i have 2 large ones already but you really can't see them too well.  Best thing?  it didn't cost me any money!!! Woot woot!  I am hoping that it sticks around for the next 2 weeks and that some adventurous squirrel or boy try to climb it!

Read my books and finished a duvet cover that I made from sheets so that I could wash it.  I had hurriedly made it for a guest and not finished or top stitched it.  Now it is finished and top stitched.  I also spray painted a mirror.  I am almost ready with my items for my stairwell gallery.  

Great weekend!  So excited for Monday, NOT but I will live!  -W


Day 17

Happy Friday!  I love Fridays.  I love the feeling that I get like I get to start fresh with a break.  I would love to extend this feeling into the whole week.  I love Saturdays too but there is just something about a Friday!  So today, I went to work early with great intentions to start early and finish early.  I procrastinated then I got a call from the school nurse.  EJ is not feeling well.  have to go get her and work from home.  Change of plans, but... it turned out ok.  I am still working.  My girl got a nap and is feeling much better.  My babysitter is here and I am able to get some work done.  All is well.  I would like to have felt better about the morning but oh well... then there is grace!

Again Lil Blue Boo, so good!  She is not afraid to take risks.  I guess that is what a near death experience will do for you.  Not even sure I would call it an experience.  She was very very close to death and she fought and so far is winning.  So I guess now when she is making choices, she doesn't have to manufacture a sense of urgency.  She got her wake up call.  She and her family moved across the country to live at an inn so she could write and her husband could do something else too.  It is a very interesting experience to read.  I love her blog.  I love her walk with God.  It feels very similar to mine.  I am amazed by these other woman that I "know" through blogville.

On Wednesday at volleyball practice, I was in the church surrounded by beautiful music and stained glass.  I felt god there.  I am seeing him a lot lately.

have a great weekend!




I am psyched that the Royals are going to the World Series!  It has made such a positive impact to our city!  I watched the game on my phone yesterday during volleyball and was giving the play by play.  When they got the last out, I let out a scream and jumped up and down.  All the girls came over and watched the celebration on my phone.  I hope they remember that moment.  I know I will.

Lately, I am surrounded by things that could be for me.  Crisis.  At the edge ready for something different and trying to figure out if they are ready for something different.  Circumstances that could easily be mine, have been mine.  God things all over the place.  I see them for everyone else.  But I am not as good recognizing them for myself.





love this! Lil Blue Boo is the bomb!

Do you find it so hard to have hope and think about your goals and not wish it all away?  I definitely find myself doing that.  I know it is all in the "journey" and not the destination.  I think that in order for me to be able to focus on the moments that happen in today, I need to know where I am going somewhat.  At least a rough sketch of it.  That is what I am hoping to know by December 1.  Now I am feeling some pressure to figure it out as well.  Probably a good thing.  Even if it is self imposed.

Big topics, heavy thinking.  Sewed(really mended) last night.  read from a book called etsy-preneurship  it is very practical about how to track inventory and expenses and do the general business side of creative business.  What I like about all of this, is that I am not completely scared off by it.  A couple of months ago, I was reading every book I could find about flipping houses.  That actually scared me off of thinking I could do that full time.  So this is feeling more right to me.

Tootle Loo!



Day 14 - "I too just realized that I was living in a shadow, staying safe, not risking."

...since we came up from the dark.  I too just realized that I was living in a shadow, staying safe, not risking.  It feels good to feel and to be scared for good reasons.  (this is a comment I made on a blog in April).  Am I still there in the shadows waiting for it to HAPPEN to me?  What If I watched someone else doing this?  What would I say to them?  What would I encourage?  Every day I want to be genuine and proud of what I am.

This is from my journal.  This is me.  Waiting.  being patient for SOMETHING to happen.  Good or bad.  Have I become complacent?  Comfortable with just living through my kids?  What do they see?  I went to a celebration for "Day of the Dead" at a local art center.  A woman(fellow mom) and I were talking about how we both were inspired by the art on the walls.  That we both wanted to do something about it.  I told her about the tole painting on my mom's wall of the strawberries.  i remember as a kid thinking, wow, my mom is good.  but then I remember later thinking why did she stop?  She also macrame d plant hangings, crocheted, knitted, sewed.  So much.  What happened?  Why did she stop?  I am sure it was life that got in the way.  Also, she started to work full time and just probably ran out of time for that kind of thing.  It makes me sad.  i don't want that to be my story in 5-10-15 years.

I don't want my hobby to be TV!  I must continue to work and do in the spare moments.  I am making progress but I can't stop because I don't have time.  I have to make time.

Last night as F was being put to bed by K(Yay!)  I cleaned up the bathroom some more.  I hung the shower curtain.  I hung the towel hanger that I got from IKEA.  I scraped more paint drips from the tile.  I took a couple of After pictures this morning.  I think i decided if this mirror is going to be in this bathroom it needs to be painted.  What do you think?
In person, I want to paint it.  in the picture, not so sure.
IKEA towel rack.  Works pretty well.  Impressed with the quality and I got it to attach to the wall on the first try without making huge holes in the drywall.  YAY!!

Still want to do something to the medicine cabinet.  Maybe just new handles?  I think it should be one face not 2 doors but not sure.  What do you think?

See my $5 clock from Savers!  Love it because it ties in with the 50's vibe.  
 Problem corner.  what to do?  Fix the hole for starters.  Get bigger covers so the drywall hole doesnt show behind the light switches and somehow make the tooth brush cord go away!
you can barely see how poorly I mudded this corner.  i will be doing it some more to get a smoother surface but I am waiting until I patch the hole.  Soon.  

So that is my current "after", what do you think?  I think it is improved but has miles to go.  just like me!