I’ve had incredible dedication to my 2010 and 2011 New Year’s resolutions. They were small, but challenging and attainable – flossing daily and not using any plastic bags. This year I’ve decided not to beat myself up and simply write down a few exciting things that I’m looking forward to in 2013!
- Books into Movies. I love seeing my favorite books come to life on screen! Beautiful Creatures comes out on V-Day. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is being released Aug 23rd, our 10-yr anniversary! And, of course, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out Nov 22nd.
- Organizing our house and decorating a nursery. There’s nothing like putting a fire under you to do some much-needed home organization like a baby on the way! I’m not sure when “nesting” is supposed to start, but I’m already at full-steam ahead!
- Having a baby. Ben and I are already preparing to have a completely natural birth using HypnoBirthing which we’re really excited about! We know that our lives will forever be changed, but we couldn’t be happier about this new adventure!
- Celebrating our 10-yr anniversary. We spent our 9-yr on a beach in Mexico so that will be tough to beat (especially with a 2-month old baby), but Ben is surprisingly creative and romantic when he puts his mind to it. I couldn’t be more in love with this guy!
- Becoming a full-time housewife/mom. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be excited about such a thing! I will be resigning from my part-time job after the baby comes (although I hope to continue staging). I don’t mean to brag, but I am a fantastic housewife and am looking forward to adding “mom” to that title.
There ya have it, my non-resolutions! What are you looking forward to this year?
Images found here and here.
Why are guy haircuts getting so expensive? By the time Ben pays tip and everything to his boy Jeremy at Sport Clips it’s like $22 which adds up to $264 a year! So when I came across this blog post I decided that it wasn’t rocket science and I would give it a try.
Even though the tutorial I read suggested $5 scissors from CVS, we splurged on a $10 pair from Tarjay (we’re fancy around here!). Ben took a quick hair bath to wash the gel out, but it was mostly dry by the time I started cutting.
This was the only out-of-focus before profile pic I got of him, but he was definitely a scruffy bunny in need of a chop-chop.
We set up shop in the dining room and our high-back dining chairs came in mighty handy. I was pretty nervous because selfishly I didn’t want to have to look at a bad haircut for the next several weeks on my hotty hubs.
I started with the easy trim work. The tutorial I watched didn’t use trimmers at all, but Ben said that Jeremy always used a #3 on the bottom part. “Jeremy this, Jeremy that…” I got tired of hearing about his “ex”. I shaved his neck and used the trimmers for everything but the top. Bowl cut, anyone?
Who doesn’t want to have a little pretend soul patch fun in the midst of a haircut? I bet Jeremy wouldn’t have allowed that at his fancy salon – ha!
I trimmed the top a tiny bit longer than finger length and did all my cuts vertically so he wouldn’t look like The Three Stooges. With all this hair, you would have thought Ben was a man-beast…
Fear.the.beard. Disclaimer: this was prior to Ben and I dating and no, he’s not embarrassed in the least. I bet your man couldn’t grow a beard like this!
Here’s the final product – helloooo, sexy haircut! It honestly looks identical to Ben’s regular haircuts (minus the $22). Eat it, Jeremy! I cannot believe how easy (and surprisingly fun) this was.
Now, what to do with that extra $264 a year… Anyone else cut your husband/kids/dogs/hamsters hair?
We hung out with our friends Kevin and Holly last night who are passionate about coffee. As in they roast their own coffee beans that they order from all over the world and have their own mini coffee shop set up in their living room!
They recreated an amazing drink I discovered at Bongo Java in Nashville a couple of weeks ago called a McBowl (a hazelnut latte with Irish cream – yum!). Throughout our conversation it came up that they recently set up a coffee shop bar at a 700 person wedding and how much fun they had doing it.
This brings me to a motto we like to live by, “People who do stuff do stuff.” It is both exciting and frustrating to be surrounded by friends who do stuff.
Our friends Craig and Merschon pursued their dream of living in Europe and sharing their faith and moved to Dublin, Ireland to be missionaries.
Our friends Michael and Bobbie pursued their dream of living a simple life and moved to a town with a population of 100 and live on one part-time income.
Our friends Justin and Brandy pursued their dream of owning a business and opened a cafe and coffee shop that has a supervised play room.
What do all of these people have in common? They do stuff. Ben and I like to think that we played a part in each of these pursuits but, as awesome of friends as we are, we can’t take credit. They stopped dreaming, talking, reading, watching, researching and simply took action.
I feel like I am at the highest point of a roller coaster right before your stomach drops out from under you. I’m ready to do stuff. Wish me luck!
Roller coaster image found here.
Who out there spends way too much time reading blogs? Up until about a year ago I had all the blogs I read linked on the side of my blog. I would click on each one when there was a new post, wait for the page to load, read the blog, return to my blog and repeat the process 18 times. Friends, there is a better way!
Enter Google Reader. You can subscribe to all of your favorite blogs and read them all in one place! This was like a breath of fresh air the first time I used it. I currently subscribe to around 20 blogs, but I don’t feel overwhelmed whatsoever. I just check it a few times a day and it’s easy to keep up with.
It shows you all the pics and links just like if you were reading the actual blog. If I want to leave a comment, I can easily click on the blog title and it will take me there. We still don’t have flying cars, but this is the next best thing!
This.is.a.lifesaver. As an avid design blog reader, I can’t explain how much time this saves me! Any other Google Reader fans out there?
I stumbled upon a fantastic blog post this morning titled Your Clutter Is Killing Your Creativity by Jeff Goins and can’t stop thinking about it.
As a child, I liked having everything in its place. I set out my outfit for the next day the night before (underwear included). I tried sleeping in my bed straight as a board so that I wouldn’t mess up the sheets. I tried to get my friends to play “tornado” where we’d go around messing up everything in my room quickly followed by “Cinderella” where we’d go back and clean everything up.
Obviously, I value organization (thanks, Dad). I just never thought about clutter and the “mess” in my life inflicting on my creativity. I spent 15 minutes the other day looking for the measuring tape because somebody didn’t put it back where it belongs. How many times has this happened? How many times have I lost my will to create due to frustration from the clutter in my life?
I went through a closet this weekend and gathered a carload of stuff destined for Goodwill. Every time I do this I feel refreshed, empowered, free. Ben tweeted, “Taking stuff to Goodwill today. By stuff I mean last year’s Target purchases.” Ouch. I think sometimes stuff = clutter = no creativity.
What can I do today to battle clutter? I’m going to list our old stove on Craigslist to get it out of our dining room. What are you going to do today?
Everyone wonders what they would do with their time if they didn’t spend it at work. I have the unique opportunity to grab life by the horns and make the best of MY time! As I mentioned in my previous post, my 2 goals for this week were to complete my Storyline seminar workbook and read Anything You Want.
I started and finished the book on Monday (it was a quick read) and realized very quickly that I had already read it. Did that stop me? Not a chance. It was definitely good enough for a second read and especially with a different frame of mind. It made me want to strive to be different in my next endeavor.
Then I spent 4 straight hours at Starbucks Tuesday morning (when I normally would have been at work) hashing out that workbook. I’ll admit, my fingers ached from writing and my butt ached from the hard seat, but the new perspective I gained on life was priceless (besides the $3.22 drink)!
You start out doing a timeline of Joseph’s life and how the negative turns were just as important as the positive ones. Then you jump into your own timeline and start to see patterns and you gain clarity about the positive/negative turns in your life. Wow. It’s like the fog lifted and everything made so much sense!
Since I’m such a hungry, hungry hippo about life-changing material, Ben suggested I read another book today called Flinch by Julien Smith which is a FREE Kindle eBook. It’s a short and in-your-face read – loved it! I had an impulse to go donate blood and get on an airplane all in one day (2 of my greatest fears) after I finished reading it.
You could say I’m on a roll, but I’m hoping for more of a shift. Wish me luck!