PLEASE NOTE: I am taking a break from crafting and blogging regularly. This also includes any business to do with Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. With the arrival of baby Boston, going back to work full-time, and our recent move from Seattle to Portland, I've just been busy. We hope to find a new home soon and get settled in. If anyone has questions, you are more than welcome to email me at sparklingapple17@hotmail.com or message me on Facebook.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goal for 2015 and Bucket List

In the past, I've had goals in different categories.  Normally, I have work goals (for my day job), Sparkle Creations goals, and lastly, personal goals.  Last year I only made personal goals and this year, I plan to do the same.  Except, I only have one really important goal this year and I made up my mind when I went to see Oprah. 

Before I start, this is where I stand with Sparkle Creations.  I had hoped to re-open my store in 2015.  Unfortunately, since I'm in the middle of moving, I can't really do that.  One, I need a new business license for Oregon, since I have a Washington one.  Two, I don't think my in-laws would appreciate the mass amount of rubber in their house.  Three, my goal this year, will take any spare moment I have.  Now, don't worry.  I'm not closing Sparkle Creations.  I'm just not opening back up yet. 

My goal this year is to go back to school and get my Masters.  I plan to do a Masters of Education program, with an emphasis in Adult Secondary Learning.  (I'm pretty much getting a degree in what I already do.  I create training materials.)  I still want greater things for my day job career and I feel like getting my Masters is the next step for me.  The nice thing about this program too, is that if I ever wanted to do more than Corporate Training, I can get my teaching certificate and teach at a community college.

I started this prior to getting pregnant with Boston.  But I feel like if I don't make myself get back into this now, it will be years before I do.  So, I am making this my one and only goal.  Because I need to become an Oregon resident again, I won't be able to start school until the fall.  Aside from whatever Boston may need, I am putting everything else on hold.

Getting my Masters has always been on my bucket list.  Though I don't have any new progress to add or things to cross off, I thought I would include it. 

Bucket List
  • Visit China
  • Visit Laos
  • Visit all 50 states - California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virgina, Washington, West Virgina, Wyoming
  • Visit Europe
  • Go to the Olympics
  • Go to every Disney park - Disneyland, Disneyland Paris
  • Go on a cruise
  • Explore Italy
  • Get published in a magazine
  • Get my Masters degree - Summer and Fall terms 2013
  • Create all day, every day
The one thing I love the most about being back home, is that Shannon, one of my best friends (was one of my roommates in college) from college lives here.  We have decided to take annual bestie trips (with Catherine too) and I'm so excited!  I'm hoping to start knocking off these states!

What are your goals for 2015?!?  I hope everyone is enjoying the new year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One Little Word for 2015

For the last five years, I've picked a word and goals for the upcoming year.  I find that blogging about them and keeping track each month has helped me hold myself more accountable.  I also feel like I achieve a lot more that way too.  This last year, I haven't had much time to dedicate myself to anything really.  But once we find a new home and get settled, I have big things brewing for 2015.

Recap of 2014:
This year has been full of major life changes. Having a baby.  Brent getting a new job. Us moving to Portland. And honestly, it wasn't really what I wanted. I would of loved to stay in Maple Valley and let Boston grow up in our house and neighborhood. Of course I'm grateful to be closer to my family, especially since my dad is watching Boston.  I'm also happy that Boston does get to see all of his extended family regularly.   

I feel like I've made a decent effort in accepting what life has brought me, which {accept} was my word for 2014.  I was blessed with a calm boy who is a great eater and a wonderful night sleeper. He could nap during the day better, but so thankful he sleeps through the night already.  I'm rolling with the punches and trying to make the best out of everything. I'm hoping that once we sell our house and move out my inlaws house, that I can find a new normal again. 

Word for 2015:
For this coming year, I've chosen {explore} as my word.  Though I was born and raised in Portland, I haven't really lived here since college. It's obviously changed a lot (so have I, lol) and I want to try to reconnect with Portland. I want to visit all the different parts of Portland. Eat at all the new restaurants. Hang out in all the cool hipster neighborhoods. Try food from the food trucks downtown. Ride the Max. (When I last lived here, there was only 1 Max line, lol.) Take the kids (I include my little siblings in this. I don't have more children, lol.) to do fun things.

Being back in Portland, I miss Maple Valley so much. I miss living in a cute suburb where I can walk to the little shopping center. Spending the last 8 years in Denver and Seattle, Brent and I have forgotten how small Portland is.  Brent has moved to two states for my career, so I feel like it's my turn to support him. And I want to spend this next year having fun exploring. 

My list of words:
2015 Explore
2014 Accept
2013 Expand
2012 Sparkle
2011 Balance
2010 Strive
 
Do any of you have a word or resolution for 2015?  I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year celebration!
 
 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Beach Chloe Good Day Sunshine Card

When I was with +Sandy and +Thanh at Stamp Night, we all colored different images and posted them on Instagram for people to guess. It was quite fun actually and ironically, we all kindof used the same colors.


After a day with our monthly craft group, the three of us continued our mega crafting day by going to Stamp Night.  I was hesitant to go at first because of Boston, but Sandy kept asking...and Thanh talked me into it.  Dinner and 10% off is included, so it was a winning deal for Thanh. 

Gasp, I'm using non Basic Grey paper on my card, lol. As soon as I saw this paper pack, I knew it would be perfect for my Beach Chloe image.This was really a simple card for me to put together. I love the bright colors and makes me wish I was on vacation in Hawaii, lol.


Here's the inside of my card.


I hope you all have a lovely Saturday!  Any fun plans this weekend?  I'm taking Boston to his first Hmong New Years!  I haven't been home for a New Year celebration in years!  Even if all I get is good food, it'll be worth going. :)