Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Smith Blessing for 2014

I'm so excited to finally share with you all that I'm pregnant!  I am currently almost 14 weeks and I am due in early July.  Unfortunately, I've been suffering from severe morning sickness these past couple of months.  I am continuously nausea and have been throwing up.  This is why I haven't been around for anything or have been doing anything.  Though I haven't been well, I am happy to say that baby is doing just great! 

Brent and I went to rival colleges, so I thought this would be a fun and cute theme we could both agree on. :)  We found out officially the second week of November...but I was already sick by the time I went to the doctor.  Now that my first trimester is over, I am hoping to feel better soon!  I am still asking for good thoughts and prayers for me, as it's been quite rough on me!  Brent has been a great sport with doing chores...but I would like to be able to do normal everyday things again, lol. 

Since I already had my trip planned, I am leaving tonight for Winter CHA.  I'm really excited to be taking a series of 6 classes with Prima and that's why I'm leaving to go so early.  I am excited to see all of my crafty friends and meet new ones!  Everyone, have a wonderful Tuesday!

PS...as always, I'll post CHA pics on Facebook while I'm there.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Books Read in 2013

Sadly, it looks like I only read 10 books last year...and the last two being read in the last 8 months, lol.  I find that by Spring, I tend to stop reading.  I wonder if it's just that I've been busy...or because the weather starts to get nicer.

I work in the finance industry, so it's pretty typically for me to read books on money and time management.  My favorite book out of all of these though, is A Girl Like You.  Murder mysteries tend to be my favorite, yet you can see I didn't read a single one this last year, lol.

But if I had to recommend one of these books, it would be Wonder.  It's a fabulous tale about accepting others, even if they are different.  It's actually a young adult book and takes place in a school setting. 

We'll see what I get done in 2014.  I already have the other two books in the Divergent series, so I do at least hope to get those read soon!  And good recommendations for 2014?!? 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Goals and Thoughts for 2014

Typically I make work, SCRS, and personal goals.  This year will be quite different, as this year, I'm taking a break from SCRS, design teams, and school. I hope to resume all of these in 2015.  It's been hard to make these decisions, but I know they're right for my family during this time.  I'm only making personal goals this year.

I've found in years past that if I check in on my goals monthly, I hold myself more accountable and achieve more.  I plan to move forward with the same plan in 2014.

Recap of 2013:
I don't even want to get into my goals from 2013, lol. Ever since I attended my Manager's Conference in October, I haven't done anything since then, except go to work. I stopped couponing. [I will admit I feel guilty for spending so much more money!] I finished summer and fall terms of school and dropped all of my winter classes. I have 3 boxes of card kits to sell that are collecting dust in my craft room, that I haven't been in for 2 1/2 months. I didn't even send out Christmas cards people, lol!!  

But I'm getting over it. :) Though I will mention that Brent did threaten to buy store bought cards, lol. I knew once he had to pay for them, he'd change his mind. Silly man!

Okay, I'm over 2013 and I'm moving on to 2014. 

Goals for 2014:
  • Start couponing again and staying in budget
  • Exercise more
  • Create for fun
  • Spend more time with Brent
  • Project Life
  • Finish updating my craft room/homework room 
My first three goals are not new to me, and with time I'll get back where I need to be with couponing and exercising. 

With no obligations this year though, I am excited to create just for fun and things that I actually want to make.  And I'm actually considering re-dedicating myself to my Christmas Card Challenges, so we won't have to go another year without sending out cards, lol. 

Most say Brent and I are kindof a funny couple. We're both really independent people and have really different interests.  So to some, it seems like we do a lot of things apart with our friends. And in some sense, we do. But we also do a lot together by ourselves. We've always made time for each other, so I don't feel like I've been missing out on anything. But since we've been fortunate to always have more freedom, we could just plan whatever, whenever. I would like to structure this more and maybe try having a set date night. 

Project Life, lol. When I went home for Christmas, all the kits were on sale on Craft Warehouse. I couldn't resist and bought the new Clementine Kit for only $20. I really miss the no tax shopping in Oregon!  I did actually go into my craft room to put it away, lol, and yeah, I have 4 half done binders and 5 kits sitting on my poor IKEA shelf. But I'm determined this year to give it another stab and see if I can get more motivated into working on ALL of my binders. :)

Though I haven't been using my craft room, my budget has been auto-depositing into my account. I have enough to buy my other table now, so I just gotta talk Brent into taking the time to go with me to get it and build it.  I'm planning on separating my room so I can craft on one side and do homework on the other. I'm excited to get my computer off of my crafting table!  Once I'm completely done with my room, I'll show pictures. 

[Just as a recap, I painted my lime green wall a warm grey this last summer. My coworker sewed curtains and a quilt for me with Basic Grey's Little Black Dress fabric. I bought matching Basic Grey frames to match my room.] I plan on getting a new shelf/cabinet, chair, and desk for my homework side. I also want some fun magnetic boards and I'm gonna make some magnets with matching BG paper. :)

I think my goals for 2014 are actually all achievable, lol. We'll see where I get with Project Life!  I don't think I'll have time, but I would also like to read a bit more. Maybe that can be just a bonus if I get to it. Well, I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

One Little Word for 2014

For the last four years, I've picked a word and goals for the upcoming year. This year is no different, except I haven't quite decided on my goals yet. I'll probably be back to post my goals in a couple of days. 
Recap of 2013:
My word for 2013 was Expand. With that, I wanted to be better at what I was already good at. I wanted to be able to perform and achieve at a higher level.  Though, I haven't talked much about my word, I do feel like I did a great job at doing this. 

I took a Training Certificate program through ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) this last summer and I had a wonderful time. While I was there with my team of trainers, it was fun to meet trainers from different companies all over the country. We all really learned a lot from each other and our class really bonded. It always gets noisy when you have a room full of trainers, lol!

I also decided to go back to school this year, as I mentioned that I want to get my Masters in Education Adult Secondary Learning. Since I create training manuals as my main job task, I started with technical writing and proof editing classes. I've only been taking one class at a time, as I'm still working full time. I'm still a long ways from finishing, but definitely a step on the right direction for me.

I didn't take any Copic classes this year, but I have been also working on switching my color combos up when I color my images.  I plan to continue working on this!

Word for 2014:
For 2014, I've picked Accept for my one little word. 2013 was a year of highs and lows. I work in a changing environment, so I've always been okay with change and flexibility. But sometimes your heart just doesn't match up with your brain, lol. I'm learning to accept that life is just life and that I'm still okay doing less than what I was. As an over achiever, this has been extremely hard for me. 

Of course I had a wonderful year of traveling, seeing friends and family, and striving to do better things. But I also had a good friend move away to Virgina. My best friend finalized her divorce. I wasn't happy with my raise this year. Brent's job position got eliminated. One of my co-worker was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My dad ended up in the hospital with heart problems. And while I got something else I really wanted, I ended up having to give up another great opportunity. I needed to let myself be sad for just a bit, since the timing wasn't what I wanted. 

I'm a true believer in fate and creating your own path. So I know in the end, it was all meant to happen and Brent and I always make the best of what we have.  I look forward to just taking life day by day and continuing this journey.

My list of words:
2014 Accept
2013 Expand
2012 Sparkle
2011 Balance
2010 Strive

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years!  Do you have a word, resolution, or goal for 2014?!?