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Friday, September 23

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Good morning, lovelies!

It's time for the Friday Confessional party. Confession is good for the soul, so stop by to share all your dirty, little secrets. You'll feel better when you're finished, and we promise not to judge.


I confess...

I have been a walking zombie this week given the time change in Las Vegas. I have come to realize I need to build more margin into my life when there's a three hour time difference involved.


However, Las Vegas was a good time; check out the view from my room. I feel like I learned a lot to get energized at work, especially with enrollment season coming up.

I confess...

Part of what made the week so crazy is that we had our first meeting for my professional organization yesterday. I am the president of the local chapter this year, which is a great opportunity but also a big responsibility.

This isn't the first time I've taken a big leadership role, but this one means a lot to me because these are my peers. I was really nervous before the meeting started, but it went smoothly. Also the speaker was phenomenal.


If you have the opportunity to see Roger Seip speak at some point in the future, I'd highly encourage you to go. His presentation made me laugh, but I also walked away with some great ideas to grow in my business and personal roles.



I confess...

I am still in love with my new frames from Warby Parker. Wearing them makes me feel chic, and you can't beat that they costs only $95. I really like that a pair of glasses was donated to someone in need because I purchased through Warby Parker.


Also, isn't it fun that I can start rocking my red lip now that it's fall again? I love red lipstick, but it's a little much during the summer.

I confess...

I just reached out to our senior professor to inquire about a scholarship for my black belt exam costs. It's hard to believe that I'm not 20 days away from my exam. My exam time and panel of examiners has been set; this all seem a little too real.

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Friday, September 16

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It's time for the Friday Confessional party. Confession is good for the soul, so stop by to share all your dirty, little secrets. You'll feel better when you're finished, and we promise not to judge.


I confess...

I realized yesterday that I have exactly four weeks lefts before my black belt exam. There's still so much to do - holy crap! I don't have enough time; where did the year go?!

I confess...

I'm on my way to my work conference in Las Vegas this weekend. I should be more excited about traveling, but honestly, I just feel like I have too much to do at work and training in jujitsu to enjoy a work trip at the moment.

But I do have one morning free before I fly home so maybe I'll lay by the pool and pretend I don't have a care in the world?

I confess...

It's going to be hard to be away from my Mister and my pups again this month. I'm sure glad that this is the last trip I'll need to take for work this year. Travel gets a little tiresome when you can't be with your family.


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Wednesday, September 14

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Hello, fellow winos!

Welcome to Wino Wednesday! This is a monthly linky party where we discuss any and all things wine-related. If you want to join in the fun, all you have to do is pour yourself a glass and share your love of wine with us.

Lately, I've been admiring custom wine racks. They make beautiful gifts for the newlywed or new homeowner, and I love the idea of a wine rack sparking conversation at a dinner party. Here are a few that I've found on Etsy lately that are just gorgeous.





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Monday, September 12

I had a different post in mind today related to saving money on grocery shopping, but I'm going to defer that to next week because I have to share what happened in jujitsu this weekend.


As you may know, my word this year is Achieve because I had set a lot of big goals for 2016. By far, my largest goal is to pass my black belt exam in jujitsu in October. This weekend, I achieved a major step toward accomplishing that goal.


I got my dojo promotion to black belt!


After a very long and sweaty four-hour black class on Saturday morning, our sensei closed class with some black belt promotions, and I was awarded my dojo Shodan first-degreee black belt), which was a complete shock since I was just promoted at the end of August.

For those of you that are new around the blog, I started training Danzan Ryu jujitsu five years ago this month. My husband has been training at our school for 15 years ago in 2001, and I hung around the sidelines of our school for years saying that "someday" I was going to start training.

The year that I turned 30, I decide that it was time to start training or stop talking about it, and I asked for a gi, which is our uniform, for my birthday. Let me tell you, there have been some challenges in the last five years, and many, many tears and bruises.



When I was promoted to green belt three years ago, I shared some of the reasons that I study jujitsu. I still agree with all these reasons:

  • I am stronger and more fit-looking. My body's strength and abilities surprise me all the time. 
  • I have friendships that will last for life because when you work some of the techniques that we train, we are literally trusting each other with our safety and lives.
  • I have a confidence in myself that I don't think I would have been able to grow in any other sport. It's not just the self-defense aspect, but I think that helps. There's something about knowing that I can throw a 270-pound guy that lends itself to walking a little taller. 
By no means is this promotion a stopping point. My exam for national recognition is still a month away, and Shodan means "the beginning." I jokingly tell friends that you have to get to Shodan to start learning all the really impressive techniques.

Joking aside. For me, this is a beginning of my career as a sensei as well.


The Mister was telling me on the way home that when you wear a black belt in our dojo, students starting listening to your words as though they carry authority. We've talked about one day opening our own school. Passing this exam next month is a big step toward that dream. It's a big responsibility, and it's not an honor that I take lightly.

In our dojo, there is a tradition of the instructors "beating" a student into his or her black belt, which is a sign of respect and recognition of the hard work that goes into the promotion on both the student and instructors' part. You can watch my promotion and "beating" on the High-Heeled Love Youtube channel.



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Friday, September 9

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Good morning, lovelies!

It's time for the Friday Confessional party. Confession is good for the soul, so stop by to share all your dirty, little secrets. You'll feel better when you're finished, and we promise not to judge.


I confess...

I am not feeling prepared to leave town for my conference next week at all. There is still so much to do in the office, and I need to be ready to hit the ground running the day I get back since that week will be busy, too. I feel like I need to borrow a time turner necklace like Hermione used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


I confess...

That I'm also not feeling prepared for brown belt / black belt class tomorrow in jujitsu. It might be because I know that we'll be working on testing requirements, and my confidence level just isn't high enough with some of those techniques.

Given that I got a promotion last week, I probably just need to tell that voice of doubt in my head to be quiet. I know that exam nerves are normal, but I'm really starting to feel the pressure.



I confess...

After my exam is over, I really want to get away to Asheville for a day trip. It's been so long since the Mister and I have taken a trip just for pleasure. We'll have to keep it simple since we're living on a budget, but it would be cool to spend some time with friends and visit some of our favorite spots in the mountains.

I confess...

At least things feel like they are moving in the right direction when it comes to living on a budget. On the Dave Ramsey Show podcast last week, Dave said that when you have a plan for your money, money drama just doesn't happen as often.

I can relate to that. Life is so much more peaceful living on a budget; we map out our money via Every Dollar and pay the bills. And the stress is just gone because we know there's money in the account to do what we need to do.


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Tuesday, September 6

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Boy, oh, boy. Where did August go? It feels like I was just writing my goals post for last month...and now it's time to take stock of whether I accomplished them.

Update my jujitsu notebook

It's been slow-going, but I'm making progress. Only five weeks before the big exam, so it's not as if I'm going to stop working on my notebook at this point.

Stay on top of my massage homework

Success!! I'm feeling really good about my hands-on work, and I'm caught up on my written homework. We take our written exams in September, so I need to be studying hard for thoese. The good news is that once they're completed, I only need to worry about the hands-on exam in October.


Get back on Periscope

Nope. This is a bummer because I love the platform, but I just haven't had the time to even think about content for another platform at this time...maybe after my black belt exam is over next month.


Participate in the Adore the Core Challenge

I started, but fell off about 1/3 of the way through the month. I'm cool with this though because I've been picking up extra jujitsu workouts.





September Goals

I really only have one goal for this month - get my exam requirements completed for my black belt exam. By October 1, there will be only two weeks until my exam, and the last thing I want is to be stressing about paperwork.

Oh, and I guess I want to pass my written exams this month for my massage course, too. That would be cool.


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Friday, September 2

Good morning, lovelies!

It's time for the Friday Confessional party. Confession is good for the soul, so stop by to share all your dirty, little secrets. You'll feel better when you're finished, and we promise not to judge.


I confess...

I was completely surprised to get a promotion in jujitsu this week to Ikkyu, which is the last rank before my black belt exam. I'm excited that my hard work is being recognized, but the truth is that I'm more overwhelmed with all the work that still has to be done before the exam.



I confess...

We're dealing with hurricane weather today as Hurricane Hermine moves north. All the schools are closing early. High winds and flash flooding are possible.

Of course, I have work appointments scheduled on the other side of town this morning and this afternoon, so let's all pray that I don't encounter any horrific weather.

I confess...

The Mister and I have nothing on the calendar this weekend, which is fabulous. It's been too long since I had a weekend to just do as I please. It looks like the rest of the weekend this month are pretty tied up, so I fully expect to get some relaxation time in this weekend. I'm doubly pleased that it's a long holiday weekend, too.

I confess...

Y'all, the yarnbombing. I'm so pleased with how things turned out.



I confess...

I need to make some schedule changes with my morning routine and set some actual office hours for my blog. I knew that this fall was going to get busier with some of my obligations growing for this next year, but my work days are a lot more full than I expected so it's time to really nail down the schedule.

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Thursday, September 1

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If you are new around these parts, the Mister and I took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course through our church last year. We have a goal to pay off half of our consumer debt this year. You can catch up on our journey by checking out our previous recaps:

August Budget

The Mister started his new job this month, and we weren't quite sure when or how much he'd be paid, so we kept the budget pretty pared down. This included squeezing hard on the grocery budget and heading to the new Goodwill store for new shirts since the Mister's job has him wearing business casual rather than carpentry t-shirts.

Anything extra that we were able to squeeze out of the budget has been put toward rebuilding our emergency fund and paying down on our new water heater. Since we're rebuilding the emergency fund, we've pressed pause on the debt snowball, but I expect that we'll be re-starting that about halfway through September.


August Victories & Blessings

We celebrated a family wedding, and I had a birthday in August. We paid cash for any expenses related to these things. It brings such a sense of peace to not have to wonder where we'll come up with the money for these types of life events; they're just built into the budget.

Also, my parents up the move to Washington state, and gifted us a king-sized bed and a car that they didn't want to transport. This means I'm selling my Prius next month. I love my current car but not enough to keep a $300 per month car payment; I'm really looking forward to letting that go.


What are your financial goals for 2016? If you're working your way out of debt, share your victories with us in the comments.

If you want to take control of your finances, I'd suggest reading The Total Money Makeover. Or go online to daveramsey.com to find a Financial Peace University course starting near you.

It might feel too early to be planning for Christmas already, but it isn't if you want to pay cash this year. Check out how to take control of your holiday budget.


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