Monday, August 31

Musical Monday: Burning Gold

The Mister and I don't have any children, but for me, the new academic calendar seems to a time where I find myself taking stock of life and determining what changes need to be made.

This year, I've decided that I want to be a lot more proactive at getting ready for open enrollments at work. I just can't do another fall of being stressed to the point that I make myself sick.

I've also been looking around the house and trying to determine what can be changed or let go of altogether to make life easier. Some of this involves setting some household systems and routines back up that had fallen by the wayside.

And some involves just going for the things that we want. Less planning. Less dreaming. More doing.

I guess I just don't want another year to close (because the end of 2015 will be here faster than we realize) with me saying "I wish I would have..." again this year.

What about you? Is the start of a new school year a new beginning for your household? And what are you starting, improving or letting go of?

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Sunday, August 30

Weekly Round-Up 8.30.15

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up linky party, hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos.

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That said, here were my favorite reads lately:

Meal Planning Challenge from I Heart Planners [Weekly Round-Up at High-Heeled Love]
We're wrapping up another month, which means I'm on the hunt for new challenges, and I'm liking this Meal Planning Challenge from I Heart Planners. I try to loosely follow a plan anyway, but it will be fun to see if I can keep it up for 30 days in a row.

Good, Bad & Ugly of Kitchen Renovation from I Heart Organizing [Weekly Round-Up at High-Heeled Love]
I've been meaning to share some progress updates on our living and dining room for quite a while and was feeling badly about it since we've been working on the project for more than a year. Reading this "good, bad and ugly" report about renovating from I Heart Organizing was just what I needed at this point. Renovations take a lot of time, and sometimes you have to live in the space to pinpoint what it still needs.

The Power of Words from Hugs and Lattes [Weekly Round-Up at High-Heeled Love]
Hugs and Lattes has been featuring posts about becoming a world changers, and one of her posts was about believing that we are enough. It made me think of a of a conversation the Mister and I had this weekend about how much pressure there is to fit a certain mold (specifically regarding physical appearance) for younger women in our society today. We all need to believe in ourselves and our talents a little more and worry a little less on how put together we do or don't look.

Moving on After Losing a Parent from Venus Trapped in Mars [Weekly Round-Up at High-Heeled Love]
This post from Venus Trapped in Mars about moving on after a parent passes away was SO POWERFUL to me. I lost my mom when I was 16, and I found myself nodding in agreement over and over as I was reading. It is also a great read to learn how to support a friend who is going through this incredibly difficult time of life.

Overcoming Fear of Change from Maxabella Loves [Weekly Round-Up at High-Heeled Love]
Another ongoing conversation I've been having with the Mister is about which direction that we want our lives to go in, which involves discussing possible major life changes. Big life changes can be so scary because the results are so unknown; enter this list of from Maxabella Loves of 10 Ways to Overcome Fear of Change. I found it be helpful, and I'm sharing it with the Mister.

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Wednesday, August 26

I Woke Up Like This.

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According to my Fitbit application, I got 3 hours 56 minutes of sleep last night. Anyone knows me well knows that I don't really function on less than 7 hours of sleep. Needless to say, I'm a little bit foggy right now.

I Woke Up Like This [Being the Boss at High-Heeled Love]

Actually this is a photo from Monday morning because Wednesdays start at 5 a.m., and there is no time to sit about with my coffee and certainly no Mister awake to take photos.

[Sidebar: Why is it that when the Mister takes photos of the puppy snuggling with me, he manages to take the least flattering photo of me ever? Anyway, that's me in the raw.]

Like I said, Wednesdays start at 5 a.m. because I have to be a business meeting by 7...and that means functional by that time, too. By the time I actually make it to the office, I've usually had way too much coffee. This week consists of a lot of training. Online training most of today and driving to Charlotte for classes all day tomorrow. It's definitely a two coats of mascara and red lipstick kind of day.

I Woke Up Like This [Being the Boss at High-Heeled Love]

In other work news, I'm prepping the office this evening to bomb it for fleas. Apparently the office kitty left me a parting gift of a flea infestation. It's pretty embarrassing when you have to worry about giving your dogs fleas. Luckily, we treat them for things like this - can't say the same for me.

On a positive note, I'm closing my largest sale of this year so far as soon as the policy arrives in the mail. Yay!

I Woke Up Like This [Being the Boss at High-Heeled Love]

And I found out that nearly my entire trip expense for my work conference to New Orleans is reimbursable through a professional organization I belong to since I'll be a voting delegate for our chapter. Can't really beat that.

How is your Wednesday treating you? What's your biggest accomplishment so far this week?