happy list v.6


a happy list

one // Having an absolutely amazing blended family.  I love and appreciate my family. How we are always there for each other and include each other in as many things as possible.

two // Celebrating my birthday. My coworkers were so wonderful and decorated my desk, baked me an apple pie, and bought me sweet gifts. Not to mention, my secret pal dropped off an adorable birthday gift basket while I was on my break! Then, when I got home John surprised me with a Cricut!

three // Signing up for my first 5k for 2018. Because of “early bird” deals, I could not help but register more than six months in advance for the Bubble Run 5k. I only had to pay a $20 registration fee! I did the Bubble Run 5k earlier this year and had such a fun time.

four // My cousin and his girlfriend getting ready to have their baby! They were admitted to the hospital the day before my birthday on the eighth and we are all eagerly awaiting his arrival.

five // Getting a new roof on our home. While this was not our first choice to spend such a large sum of money on, it was a must. A few weekends ago our roof began to leak! Since then, every time it would rain (which has been every day) we would stress out. We are definitely thankful to have a new roof over our heads with a thirty year warranty.

six // New purchases. Recently I have bought a few goodies to treat myself. One of my favorites is the Make Yourself at Home book by Moorea Seal!

what has made you happy lately?

happy list v.5


a happy list

one // My boss electing me as the lead for an amazing community project. During an all-staff training, each department was given $200 and the task to team up with a local charity. The goal is to use the $200 to grow that money and then donate it to the chosen charity. Our chosen charity provides a home for homeless families and provides for them until they are able to get onto their feet.

two // Discovering an amazing pet store with fantastic prices. John and I came across an adorable pet store that sells mainly organic cat and dog foods and treats as well as a lot of supplies and toys. The prices are incredible too! We bought a new food bowl for our lab so that he can’t vacuum up his food any more! Not to mention, we bought quite a few treats as well.

three // Celebrating my birthday month. The first of November marks the start of my birthday month! Also, Thanksgiving! Only five more days until I turn twenty-eight.

four // Stranger Things season two. While we were unable to binge watch the entire second season in a night, we are sure trying to finish the season! Unfortunately work schedules make it difficult to do so.

five // Getting scared half to death at work but being able to laugh about it later… Much later. I happened to glance up at the glass entrance doors just to see someone in a Pennywise (from the new It movie) standing there staring in. They stood there for a good thirty seconds holding a red balloon. Once I finally managed to start breathing to try to point it out to my coworkers, they walked away. My heart felt like it tried to jump out of my chest!

six // Decaf Americanos. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

what has made you happy this week?

Don’t forget to check out Krysten’s happy list

ten things i would like to achieve

A while back Helene blogged about the ten things that she would like to achieve in her life. Her post inspired me to write my own! Writing out your dreams is an amazing way to hold yourself accountable. My hope is that one day I can look back, hopefully when I am old and wrinkly, and be happy with all that I have achieved.


Without further ado,

ten things I would like to achieve

Go barefoot and bra-less often.

I don’t know about you, but to me there is something incredibly freeing about digging your toes in the dirt. Every chance I get, I kick my shoes off. Also, I’ve traded my underwire bras in for bralettes and am loving it!

Backpack Europe.

John and I do a lot of traveling around the pacific northwest — exploring new trails, finding gorgeous waterfalls, and climbing up mountains. While I absolutely am enamored with where I live, there is something enchanting about Europe. To be able to visit Ireland, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, and all of the places in between would be a dream come true.

Completely decorate our home.

Through the years John and I have picked up a lot of hand-me-down treasures. While I love the gifts and love behind them, I also wouldn’t mind matching furniture. Also, our walls are rather bare. Slowly, but surely, we have been working on home improvements. This has included, so far: a gorgeous handmade wood dining table, painting the walls, laying down amazing laminate flooring, painting our front door a bright coral, and purchasing our first “real” furniture!

Minimize our life.

To put it simply, I have too much stuff. I would estimate that a good 80% of what I own I do not use, wear, or actually care about. At this point in time a majority of our stuff is in storage units. The oddest part? I have not missed one thing yet. My end goal is to completely go through all that we own and get rid of everything that does not make us happy or fulfilled.

Be debt free.

At this point in my life I feel like I am drowning in debt. Between mortgage, two car loans, student loans, and credit cards I am overwhelmed. Am I embarrassed to admit this? Well, yeah. However, if I want to truly hold myself accountable I cannot pretend that debt does not play a huge role in my life.

Make healthier choices and love my body.

Eating healthy and working out is pretty nonexistent right now. With so much going on, I have put myself on the back burner which is incredibly unfair to my body (and sanity). From firsthand experience, I know how great I feel when I have been eating right and working out. My skin clears up, my nails and hair don’t break or split, and I am mentally calm.

Read inspirational and motivational books.

When I began reading “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero I realized that I needed more books like that in my life. Of course I do not plan to give up my fiction books, but rather I plan to add more diversity to my reading.

Live self-sufficiently.

For a few years now I have been dreaming of planting a garden full of fruits and vegetables. To be able to eat food that we have planted and grown would be such an amazing feeling! Not to mention how much money we would save. After all, there are a lot of days where I have to feed four hungry boys.

Give back often.

I am blessed with an amazing family, a roof over my head, reliable transportation, and a pantry full of food. However, there are many families that are not. I hope to volunteer more as well as have my boys volunteer with me.

Inspire others.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live a life that inspires others? To give back and inadvertently cause others to give back as well? Living a life that is inspirational would be amazing.

Those are the ten things that I would like to achieve, what are yours? 

why you should start doing things that scare you at work


Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.
— Caroline Myss

Admittedly, I have never been shy. As a child, while my parents were playing softball, I would wander around the baseball park and invite myself to birthday parties. Which, during the summer, were very frequent. When the softball game was over my parents would have to go looking for me. More often than not, I would be discovered eating some random child’s birthday cake. My parents always apologized profusely, but no one ever seemed to mind having an extra child around.

Although me inviting myself to random birthday parties as a child is a strange example, it taught me to go for the things I wanted. The worst thing that could happen is that I would not get any birthday cake.

Moving ourselves out of our comfort zone is scary! However, it is also really rewarding. After all, if things don’t pan out the first time you have at least learned what didn’t work out. You are able to try again, but this time with more knowledge and often a better understanding of how to succeed. Failure is an opportunity to learn more.

how you can help yourself out of your comfort zone

  • Go to a company dinner to make new connections with others.
  • Offer to take the lead on a new project.
  • Pitch a new idea to your team or management.
  • Compliment or prompt a conversation with a coworker.
  • Face a fear head on — do a public presentation or give a speech.
  • Find out how you can improve by simply asking your coworkers or manager.
  • Ask questions if something is not clear.
  • Be willing to ask for help if and when you need it.
  • Take that vacation that you have been dreaming of.
  • Wear a new (work appropriate, of course) outfit that isn’t your usual style.
  • Try a new place to eat on your lunch break.
  • Discuss why you feel you have earned a promotion or a raise.

Doing something that scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable makes you feel more alive. You are able to prove to yourself that you can do it. Not to mention, it sets an amazing example for others.

When something scares you, it is often the very thing worth doing.

happy list v.4

happy list

a happy list

one // Having a successful six-month performance review at work. The best part, I may have been given really exciting news as well as amazing feedback. Not to mention, I was able to bring home my review paperwork so that I could focus on continuing to improve.

two // All of the babies. Lately my social media feeds have been filled with adorable newborns! Most excitingly, my cousin’s girlfriend is getting really close to her date. Of course I can’t have any more babies, but that won’t stop me from snuggling the ones close to me!

three // Starting the show Riverdale. Due to being a huge fan of the Archie comics, I knew I had to watch this show! Surprisingly, the other night John was sweet enough to let us watch the first episode. My favorite part, we both loved it! I found myself laughing through the entire first episode.

four // Our incredibly stormy weather. True to it’s nature, Washington has been getting quite a bit rain lately and I am loving it. The weatherman announced that two storms would pass through. Which I was pretty excited about!

five // Hocus Pocus on television. Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. One of them being that I am able to watch Hocus Pocus as much as I want without getting weird looks!

six // Learning more about the new moon and setting good intentions. One of my favorite posts to write this year would, hands down, be my new moon intentions post.

what has made you happy this week?

Don’t forget to check out Krysten’s happy list