Sunday, January 27, 2013

For My Crafty Friends...

... and for those who aren't so crafty but are curious....

THERE'S STILL TIME!!!! 
Tim Holtz (a ROCKSTAR in the art and papercrafting world) is giving away new release items from CHA 2013 and there's still time to enter and win.  His last post shows his new Stamper's Anonymous lines (Tim Holtz Blog HERE), but be sure to read his last few posts for an awesome recap of the CHA show.  Honestly, I think I developed a permanent stutter as I looked at Tim's CHA recap... my tongue didn't work and I began to drool.  I'd be quite embarrassed if it weren't for the fact that it was going on 1 a.m. and the house was dark.  But I gotta say, the Blueprint Series is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!  Check out what Chelle Fowler created for the CHA show!!!

Click HERE to see the rest of her AMAZING creations!!!  When life slows down and I can play in my craft room again, I'm SOOOOOOO scrap-jacking this wonderful card!  Have a great one gang!!!  Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

When "I Love You" Doesn't Translate

Too often we say "I love you" with food.  For some time I've been trying to break that nasty habit in my household, but this way of expressing "I love you" is something that has been done to me, and I've done to other people, for my entire life.  And is it just me, or does EVERY celebration have to revolve around food???  Tonight I am committing to ending this behavior once and for all.  The trick is figuring out how to quit associating food gifting with love giving.  Here's a great example:

Once, my husband brought me home a banana split... smiling from ear to ear.  I PANICKED!  For a split (pardon the pun) second I FREAKED OUT in my head thinking, "I've eaten a perfectly clean diet all week.  I'm in the home stretch.  WHY would he do this to me?  Can I REALLY turn down a banana split?  Will I hurt his feelings by turning it down?"  I honestly went through a pretty manic minute and half before asking him, "why did you buy me a banana split?"  He understood right away where the conversation was going, "I don't know" he said.  To which I responded, "Get rid of it."

Thinking back I WISH I would have responded with, "I do.  You were trying to tell me you love me.  But banana splits no longer express that.  I love to hear you say 'I love you' far more than I love eating banana splits.  Unfortunately, I'm associating banana splits with feeling bad and unhealthy."  I think if I had not been so panicked and told him the truth of the matter instead of just reacting, the night wouldn't have ended with me going to bed feeling guilty and my husband sitting in front of the TV eating a banana split and, I imagine, feeling rejected. 

I'm hoping that sharing this with everyone will help someone else deal with those moments when you feel you just CAN'T say "no thank you".  It's hard, but honesty really is the best policy.  I guess the key to this particular puzzle is just not to panic.  And more importantly, I'm hoping this might inspire others to commit to changing those crazy food associations.  Why do we meet everyone for coffee or lunch?  Why don't we meet friends for a walk in the park or a class at the gym?  I think this year I'm requesting a Frisbee tournament birthday party with build-your-own salads instead of cake.... any thoughts???

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

WHERE Have You Been???

I cannot tell you how many times in the past four weeks or so I've heard that question.  Truth is, I honestly haven't been anywhere... still here.  Just VERY busy focusing on making this new year count as things are shifting for me again.

A few years ago I started this little blog adventure because the real estate market was shifting (oh was it shifting... and it seemed like the end of the world) and my career seemed like it was coming to an end.  In an attempt to focus on the positive and reconnect with myself, I started FunAndMentalChanges.com (click HERE to see my very first post from November, 2008).  Well, things seem to be shifting again in my life, I've been busy prepping to move forward and was reminded this evening how important my blog was during the first shift so I thought I owed to myself (and my lovely blog family) to update my blog a bit more regularly going forward.... cuz these changes are, yet again, FUN and COMPLETELY MENTAL!!! WOW!  That was quite a run on sentence but it feels pretty important.  It really is how you look at things and what you make it; so in the spirit of making things great, first thing's first:

I have the privilege of caring for my inlaws!!!  I NEVER thought I'd hear myself saying those words, let alone put that in writing, but I am honestly honored to be that for people who have cared for me for so many years.  My mother-in-law (with tears in her eyes) thanked me a couple months back and my heart flip-flopped explaining to them how it was not only my pleasure, but how I could only hope that God loved me as much as he loves them and that someone will take care of me when I'm their age.  For the record.... I believe God DOES love me that much. :)

Up next:  I got a speeding ticket and had to go to traffic school.  Not exactly something that sounds like fun at first, but did you know there is an IMPROV TRAFFIC SCHOOL?!?  Ok, THAT is awesome!  I mean, if you have to put in the time, why not enjoy it a little.  Ticket cleared and no points on my driving record.... WHEW!!!

Continuing Education:  it was back to class for my required continuing education to renew my real estate license.  Yes, I've done this a time or two before, but this time is monumental as I've never needed it quite like I need it now... I'M BUYING A NEW HOUSE!  Stay tuned for more info on that as the good stuff develops!  I'm so incredibly excited.

MORE SCHOOL:  I'm off for more mortgage training!  Suffice it to say that A LOT has changed in the real estate industry over the past few years and in keeping with excellent customer service to stay on top... it's time for more class time. YAY!

I start my volunteer position at my Curves in a couple of weeks!!!  That has probably been the biggest thrill over the course of this past year!  I had some pretty significant and amazing success in regards to weight loss and credit my Curves solely for sparking the change in my life.  I have also felt a certain sense of fulfillment helping others on their own road and personal journey.  I'm excited for what this year is going to hold for me.  I WILL be doing a post on my beloved rebounder in the coming weeks.  I promise, you DO NOT want to miss that!!! (shhhhhhhh.... did someone say it melts fat away???)

Welp, that about does it.  Hopefully you can see that I'm starting out 2013 with a bang and I have a sneaky suspicion that what's to come is going to make for some interesting posting and interesting reading.  You all will be the judge of that.  P.S. I DID leave out that I have been juggling all of this with a cold from hell.  I wasn't convinced that including the details of my snot-filled mountain of Puff Plus that is currently inhabiting my night stand was going to add anything "fun" to my post.  But then I thought to myself that it MIGHT help paint the picture of just how busy I've been and how impressed you all would be to discover that I was suffering but still managed to attend all my different classes.  But THEN it hit me that some of you reading this might have been in some of those classes and then may now be sifting through your own snot-filled Puffs Plus mountain totally ticked off at me, so I finally decided to skip that part because all of that would be totally "mental" to include in this post.... right? 

I'm off to try and get some sleep.  I ate gluten today in the hopes that it will help me sleep like a baby tonight instead of laying awake coughing.  Fingers and toes crossed; let's see if it works.  A happy little gluten post would be GREAT to kick things off!  hahahahahahaha!