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Thursday, January 31, 2013

What-Nots

1. Is there a tax penalty for being married. We attempted to do our taxes earlier this week, and our preliminary numbers are dismal.  I mean, like 1/10 of what we got back last year. I figure we must be doing something drastically wrong, or Uncle Sam does not like married people.

2. My swim class is over tonight. I miss it already. But rather than sign up for another class, I'm going to start swimming 3 days a week on my own. Sometimes I just want to stay focused on one thing before the instructor tries to push me forward.

3. My teenager is obsessed (with all caps) with One Direction.  The concert that will be here in the summer sold out quickly and now I'm a bad mommy. Or, I'm probably going to end up selling a kidney to get her a ticket off of stubhub. Sigh.  She better kiss my feet if I can pull this off.

4. My teenager is also getting progressively more filthy. Why is it that a teenaged girl who is concerned about her looks, like teenaged girls are, isn't concerned about dirty clothes laying around, shoes on top of nightstands, panties under the bed, bras on vanities.  I promise you when I walk to her side of the house it takes a quick prayer to stop me from grabbing her by the neck. 

5. Business expenses don't take long to add up, especially when you are obsessed with making your business better every 5 minutes like I am.  I finished my revamped 2013 marketing plan, and in order for me to fully implement it, it's going to cost $3500.  That's a huge chunk of my revenue.  Moral of the story - I need another client. I have a meeting with a prospective couple on Saturday...here's crossing my fingers!

6. I'm going to take a floral arrangement class. I've done arrangements before and I love the way they turn out, but I'm ready to get some really great tips.  And, I invited my mother to join me in the class. She was happy about that. It's a 3 hour class that will cover, centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. And, I get to bring them all home. I'm so excited!

7. That thing Mr. RFA told me no about last week turned out to be a good thing. I humbled myself and thanked him for having better foresight than me. He was a great husband and didn't rub it in my face.

8.  Juicing has been going great. I just don't feel like blogging about it. I'll do a summary update on Saturday.

9. I'm currently 10 days past ovulation (and IUI). I don't "feel" pregnant, though. But, what is that supposed to feel like when one is only 10 days past ovulation.  I'm not going to start obsessing (I hope).  I have 4 days to go....Monday will be here in a flash, right?? I'm probably going to pee on a stick 5 times over the weekend. Oh my goodness, I've already started obsessing and I'm not even finished with this paragraph.

10. Okay, now I can't think of what I was going to write because I'm still obsessing about what may or may not being happening inside of my uterus right now.

11. In 2008, and then again in 2009 I wrote down a timeline for my life including career moves, association memberships, the year I would get married, and the years I would have kids. I wrote on both those timelines that I would have my second child in 2013 and my third in 2015.  I came across that paper a few weeks ago and it made me smile.

12. Okay, now that I'm obsessing, I'm going to go. I have nothing else to discuss.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Juice/Smoothie Challenge - Days 6 & 7

I thought I was going to be able to blog over the weekend, but nope. It didn't happen.

So here are my weekend reviews:

Day 6 (Saturday) -
Recipe:
Bunch of spinach
5 kale leaves
1 cucumber
3 stalks celery
1/2 apple
 
Review: It wasn't bad, but I really should have added the entire apple to cut the taste of all the greens.  The cucumber tempered it some, but not quite as much as I would have liked.
 
Day 7 (Sunday) -
Recipe:
Pineapple
Strawberry
Blueberry
Ice
 
Review:  I decided to make an all fruit smoothie.  After Saturday's concoction I was all green'd out.  This was a yummy as it sounds.  My bullet did surpirsingly well with the ice.
 
Day 8 (Monday) -
Recipe:
Sweet Potatoe shreds that were leftover from last week
Kale
Spinach
2 Carrots
 
Review:  Well I juiced everything and then poured it over the leftovers and smoothied it all together.  It was fine...nothing groundbreaking.  I was feeling lazy this morning, which is why this recipe is so blah.
 
I'm going to go ahead and post what I'll be drinking from Tuesday through Friday.
 
Day 9 (Tuesday) - I am so afraid of this recipe because of the beets.  I'm going to try my best to remain open minded, but I am NERVOUS. lol.
Recipe:
Beets
Carrots
Oranges
Mint
 
Day 10 (Wednesday) - I'm not so nervous about this one. I may or may not add the lemon, though.
Recipe:
4 carrots
1 cucumber
1 stalk celery
1 apple
1/2 lemon, peeled
Bunch Spinach
 
Day 11 (Thursday) - Ok...I'm nervous again. I love garlic...like really love it. I could eat it on almost anything.  But I never thought about drinking it.  But, I'm trying to be open and creative with my juices.  And, I've read about some great benefits to garlic...so here goes!
1 fresh garlic clove
2 Granny Smith apples
1 bell pepper
 
Day 12 (Friday) -  I'm most excited about this one, which is why I saved it for Friday.  I love jicama, but never had it juiced...this is going to be good. The recipe doesn't call for spinach, but I like having green in most of what I juice.  I'm going to smoothie the spinach with the juice because I want the added fiber.
Recipe:
1/2 jicama
1/2 pear
2 medium carrots
sliver of raw ginger
Spinach
cayenne pepper on top
 
This is going to be an interesting week!
 

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Random As I Wanna Be

It's the end of the week, and I have so many things floating around in my mind.


1. I love that I have taken on this juicing challenge.  I can't wait until I get the nerve to start tryin new things, like beets (yuck) and such.  I want to discover veggies that I current dislike in new ways, so that hopefully I can enjoy their benefits.

2. I'm pretty close to taking on my 4th client, and a friend of mine just told me they have a strong lead for me.  I'm excited about it all.  I actually had to turn down business this week.  A bride contacted me for services, but I already have a wedding booked on her date.  I called another planner that I've met through some networking events to see if she had the date available. She did, and now the two of them are in talks. I hope it works out for the both of them.

3. My current career situation seriously bothers me. To the point of tears. Yesterday something transpired that left me feeling completely defeated and deflated. This is happening for a reason.  I want to know why.

4. Today, Mr. RFA told me "no" to something I wanted to do.  He just outright said no. He gave an explanation, but for the first time I didnt' feel like he was hearing what I was explaining to him. I left the house feeling sad and angry.  A part of me even felt like I can't believe someone gets to overrule me...this is a first.  There will be things that we don't want the other to do...I just hope it doesn't happen often.  It doesn't feel good not being on the same page about an issue. This is a new marriage step for me. Even though I don't like it right now, I know that respecting what he has said will benefit us in the long run.

5. Much to my surprise I haven't been consumed with fertility thoughts since Monday's procedure.  I think about it everyday, but it doesn't run my thoughts like it has for the past few months.  My mother knew the procedure was our next step and the week before, she called me to tell me she didn't think I was trusting God by going through with it. I don't see the correlation.  When I told her I didn't agreee, she went on about how I never listen to her, and that she doesn't undertand why.  This is the kind of guilt trip, woe is me, I'm your mother crap that gets on my nerves.

6. One of the people I cut off after my wedding reached out to me for reconciliation. I've spoken with her.  We had to relive the whole situation, and a part of me got upset all over again, but only briefly. I forgiven, but not sure I'm ready to fully trust again. I will navigate these waters carefully.  And, I made clear that I want no parts of the other person...not now, not later.

7. I've been trying to get on the list for curl box for 3 months, and still nothing.  I hope that when I finally get on, it's not a huge let down.  I really need to do something different with my hair.

8.  I only have one tasting with a client this weekend, so I hope I get to spend some good quality time with my little family.

Happy Weekend!

Juice/Smoothie Challenge - Day 5

This morning's concoction was delicious.  I loved everything about it.  Whoever came up with juicing a sweet potatoe is genius.

The ginger gave it all the extra kick it deserved.  I only juiced the sweet potatoe, 2 carrots and ginger.  Then I poured that into the bullet up with a bunch of spinach and smoothied it.  I don't like juicing spinach because I feel like I lose too much of it.  I want all of my green veggies.

Today I decided to save the scraps from my juicer...there was tons of potatoe and carrot left behind.  I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do with it.  Maybe smoothie it later...I just don't want to waste it.

Day 6 Recipe
Bunch of spinach
5 kale leaves
1 cucumber
3 stalks celery
1/2 apple


I'm trying to make this drink as green as possible, but I know I will need the apple to cut the pure green taste.  This is the first one I think I'm nervous about.  The ingredients, while healthy, just don't sound good together.  I guess I'll see tomorrow.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Work Blues

I haven't spoken about my full time job lately.  The last time I did, though, I think I mentioned that I was unhappy there.  I'm starting to dislike it more by the day, and on certain days I dislike it minute by minute.

The culture of an organization really impacts so much about it.  I don't like the current culture, which has been imbedded for about two years now.  I have tried to focus on the positive and try to make the best of it.  That worked for a while, but it is failing now.

It seems that everytime I feel like I'm coming to terms with things, something else happens that makes me feel foolish for believing it would get better.

I have been formulating my exit strategy for some time now.  Now that I'm married and we decided to stay here until after my daughter's graduation, my pool of possibilities has narrowed.  There is no movement here in my full time career with the exception of a few things. 

I have given much thought to wedding planning full time.  I still have a great love for local government.  It's like my mind wants both worlds.  I absolutely love event planning.  I love the freedom it gives me, the creativity it allows me to express, and the planning and organization skills I get to highlight.

I don't know what to do, but I know I have never worked someplace that I simply hated.  Okay, in college I worked at walmart for about 6 months and I hated that, but I found a new job and left. A career position isn't dime a dozen like a walmart type gig.  I thank God for my growth and career. 

At any rate, I have never been in this situation and I don't like it.  I don't feel valued or needed. That's a terrible feeling to have 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week.


~ Not So Blissfully Yours

Juice/Smoothie Challenge Days 3 and 4

Ok...I got behind yesterday.  Ugh!

Recap of Day 3:

This was the collards, carrots and pear treat.  I decided to juice the collards and carrots first, then I added pear junks and smoothied the whole thing.

Let me start by saying that I enjoy all three of these ingredients, but together they were "different."  I think the pear was my saving grace. Next time I will add more pear.


Recap of Day 4:

This morning I had blueberries, mint, and tons of spinach.  This was absolutely delicious.  Seriously, it was so good that I felt like it wasn't healthy to drink.  And, I used more mint than I did with Dr. Oz recipe, which left my insides feeling extra cool and my breath smelled delightful, lol.

Day 5 recipe:

Tomorrow I'm going to finally do the juiced sweet potatoe!  I'm sooo super excited about this.  I really hope my juicer doesn't break down.

Here is the recipe I'm going to use:

1 Sweet Potatoe (peeled)
1/4 ginger root (peeled)
2 Carrots
Handful of spinach


I think this is going to be yummmmm....eeeeee!

Can't wait.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Juice/Smoothie Challenge: Day 3

Today I tried the Dr. Oz snack cleansing smoothie.  It wasn't as tasty as I thought it would be, but it wasn't nasty either.  I juiced the kale and then added it to the bullet with all other ingredients. I wish I could taste more of the artichoke, but I think the pineapple overpowered it.  This concoction kept me full longer than the pure juice I had yesterday.

Tomorrow, I am on to another...

Day 3 Recipe
4 Collard green leaves
1 pear
2 Carrots

I can't wait to try the collards...I hope it's yummy!


TTC Tuesdays - Week 15

Well...I am officially in another two week wait to find out if we are pregnant! Let me recap the week....
 
On Wednesday, Cycle day 13 we went to the doctor to make sure my follicles were growing.  We discovered that day that I had two maturing follies.  The first was 14 mm and the second was 13 mm. That means everything was progressing nicely.
 
Friday, Cycle day 15 follie one was 15.5 mm and follie two was 14mm.  The lining of my uterus was very thick and my RE said everything looked wonderful.  At this point, they estimated I would peak over the weekend; most likely on Sunday.
 
Sunday, Cycle day 17 I got a peak on my monitor which was confirmed by my test strips.  Can you say excited?!?! 
 
Monday, Cycle day 18 We headed into the doctor for Mr. RFA to give his "sample."  After about 2 hours, we went back and had the IUI procedure done.  It started off much like a pap, with the cranking and pressure of that ridiculous tool they use.  It went on to be a little twingy, but after about 2 minutes the whole thing was done.  I had to lay there for 15 more minutes before they let me up.
 
We are both so extremely excited at the possibilities of it all.  We know that this isn't a garauntee, but we don't care...our excitement grows by the minute. So as of yesterday our 14 day wait began.  That means on Monday, February 4th - our 6 month wedding anniversary- we get to find out if we are expecting!! 
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Monday, January 21, 2013

Juice/Smoothie Challenge: Day 2

Day 1 Recipe Review: 

This morning I tried the sweet cravings recipe.  It is supposed to fight off all of my terrible sweet cravings.  I haven't had any cravings, but some days I don't, so I'm not totally sure it's because of the recipe.

On to taste -  This isn't the best concoction I've tried. It wasn't terrible either, though.  I thought I would hate it because I hate celery unless it has been cooked and drowned in the juices of turkey wings.  I think the apple really helped to cut the taste of the celery.  I also added more cinnamon than I probably should have - it poured out a little too fast.

All in all, today's juice was decent.


Tomorrow's recipe:

On Tuesday I will be making the Dr. Oz snack smoothie.  This is the between meal snack for those on the Dr. Oz 2 day cleanse.  I've read mixed reviews about taste, but I am really looking forward to it. This will be my first time dealing with artichoke in juice/smoothie form.

Recipe (I'm going to do this one as a smoothie, though I may juice the kale and add it to the bullet for the smoothie blend.  
5 Kale leaves
1/2 cup pineapple
2 cucumbers
2 artichoke hearts (can or jar)
1/2 squeezed lemon
1/2 cup fresh mint

This actually sounds like a delicious concoction to me. Anything with mint and pineapple have me sold.  And, I love juicing with Kale...it's such a rich and hearty taste that it makes me feel like I just had a healthy meal, lol.

Oh yeah...can't wait to try this tomorrow.






Sunday, January 20, 2013

Juice/Smoothie Challenge: Day 1

As I said earlier this week, I am starting myself on a 30 day Juice/Smoothie Challenge.  I currently juice, but only a couple times a week.  I had started back having crazy breakfast meals like waffles (darn my child's waffle maker) and the like.

This challenge will make sure I Juice/smoothie at least once a day.  I am choosing the mornings as my juicing time. 

I will be alternating between the juiceman and the magic bullet. The juiceman is for juicing and the magic bullet is for smoothies.

I'll share my recipe the day before I try it and then I will review it the next day.  I'll be blogging about other things in between this challenge as well.

Here goes....

Day 1: Monday, January 21st

I found a recipe online to help for sweet cravings. I am a sweet fanatic...it truly is my downfall.  I can't wait to see how this works for me tomorrow.  I have to attend a food tasting with a client tomorrow, and hopefully I won't be drooling and craving as I see all the yumminess in front of me.

Sweet Cravings Recipe
8 Celery Stalks
1 Apple
Dash of Cinnamon

I usually like to add green leafy veggies to every drink, but I'm going to try this one as is just to see if it helps with my cravings.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Food Related

I was on another blog the other day commenting about how I have been meal planning consistently since December. Before then I hadn't meal planned since early 2012.  I find it to be extremely helpful.  I go to the grocery twice a week.  Every Sunday I post the week's meals on the fridge and head out to pick up ingredients for the first half of the week.

I noticed that meal planning makes me want to get more creative with our dishes. If I notice that I've made baked ziti twice in two weeks, I will search for something new. For a while I noticed I was making tuna casserole like it was going out of style.  Initially my household liked it, but they soon turned against me and tuna casserole. Now, if I mention it their faces get all screwed up.

Meal planning also helps me make sure I'm not buying stuff with no intended purpose in mind...cuts down on wasted food and inflated grocery bills.

Earlier in the week I mentioned that my granny and  I swapped juicing recipes.  Well, I have an actual juicer, but she uses the magic bullet. The thing I don't like about juicing is that I feel it discards too much of the veggie or fruit.  I feel like I'm throwing away food when I clean it out. My granny was telling me how hers doesn't waste a thing and how full it keeps her until lunch time. So, what did I do?? I went out and bought a magic bullet.  LOL.  It's much more smoothie than juicing, but it's still good and she was right, it keeps me full much longer than the juice, and I can use less fruit and veggies to yield more.

So...I am now going to have a bit of a challenge with myself, and you can join me or watch along. Starting on Monday, the 21st I am going to begin a 30 day juicing (smoothie) challenge.  I will enjoy a veggie/fruit smoothie each morning for breakfast.  I'll post the recipe I'm going to use the morning day before. So on Sunday I'll post Monday's recipe and on Monday I'll review that morning's drink and give Tuesday's recipe and so on.  Excited!

I've already been looking for some new and interesting concoctions...I can't wait to share.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TTC Tuesdays - Week 14

Today is CD12 of our 6th month TTC. Both yesterday and today I tested as being in the high fertility range with my Clear Blue Easy monitor.
 
Yesterday, on the 14th we went to our Reproductive Endocronologist for the first step of IUI.  Really all they did was give me a vaginal ultra sound (let me tell you...I hate those things, and it seems that's the only kind they do these days) and to take a look at my ovaries, egg sacks and folicles. It appears that I will be ovulating from my left ovary this month.  That seems to be the most active ovary; not sure why.
 
Anyway, I was told that my egg sack looks good and is right on track to have been on CD11.  I have to go back tomorrow and then again on Friday so they can make sure my body is progressing toward ovulation.  At the same time, I have to monitor fertility at home and let them know as soon as I get a surge (or peak, as I call it) on my tests.  We are not to baby dance that day as we normally do. Instead, we have to go into the doctor the next day where Mr. RFA will give a "sample" and 1 1/2 hours later they will inseminate me.  Now, after insemination we are encouraged to baby dance til we can't baby dance anymore.
 
As my honey and I were talking about everything on the drive back home, he told me he just couldn't believe how simple the procedure seemed.  We are both wowed by the wonders of technology. I must admit that I am a little nervous.  It just feels surreal to be entering into this process. I'm not nervous in a bad way, just nervous in the sense that it is all so new. And, something I never thought would be apart of my reproductive life.  It's just so amazing how "we" picture things for our lives, but often we don't see the details of it all.  I can only imagine God laughing at us, like these children of mine have no idea the greatness I have in store for them nor how I will get it to them. 
 
The entire TTC process is helping me to really enjoy every step of my life. I used to be all about checking off each step "I" had laid out for myself. Sometimes I enjoyed the actual journey, and sometimes I didn't allow myself to because I was too focused on crossing it off the list and moving to the next thing. Thank God for lessons!
 
 
As for this 1st round of IUI, we should know the outcome by the beginning of February or sooner. I am a bag of emotion (all good)!  I will blog about the Wednesday appointment and any other news next week.
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ramble, Ramble

Happy Monday!
 
I had a wonderful and productive weekend.  I had a few client meetings and got to spend tons of alone time with Mr. RFA.   It was actually the perfect weekend. He and I tried a new resteraunt on Saturday night called Hattie's.  I had previously heard great things about it, but it was never on my radar.  My honey apparently heard about it, too, and decided to surprise me by planning a date night all by himself.
 
I started a new swim class last week.  It similar to one I took back in 2011 that works on conditioning, technique, and speed. We've only met twice so far, and already I feel like a better swimmer.  I really value swim classes.  Funny thing to note about the class is that I'm the only woman.  That has never happened. And, I'll have to say I'm one of the better swimmers.  That made me feel good. 
 
Mr. RFA said he'd complete a triathlon with me in May only if I'm not pregnant.  Oh yeah, he also said he forbids me to do one if I'm pregnant.  I think that's nonsense.  I would only be a few months at that point - 4 at the most.  I'll cross that bridge when we get to it.  I'm sure I'd do whatever he said - those are good problems to have.   :)
 
One of my friends told me she was in a relationship with a woman.   This is one of my bestfriends, and I've never known her to be gay, curious, or anything else of the sort.  She told me this news back in September after keeping it from me for a month. She knew I'd still love her, but there was some fear of reaction.  I knew she was afraid, so I provided a gentle response. I've thought about this new "lifestyle" she's leading very often since finding out. I'm having a hard time making sense of any of it. I have no problem with homosexuality, but I have a problem when people enter homosexual relationships and they aren't really gay. I think it makes things that much more difficult for those who are really gay. And, not just that, she has a daughter. I'm worried what her daughter is thinking, feeling, etc. I keep asking questions. I'm worried for my friend and the consequences of her decision.
 
My granny has been juicing for almost 6 months now and she loves it.  She feels better and seems happier in general.  She juices every morning and loves telling people about the benefits.  Sometimes I have to ask, "who is this woman?"  Were swaping juicing recipes yesterday and in the middle of the conversation I told her how proud I am of her.  She responded, "Thank you, chile (child)...I sholl (sure) don't want nobody  wipin' my behind and having to take care of me."   She cracks me up!
 
I feel some sense of relief now that Mr. RFA and I have decided that we will remain in our current house for the next 4 years. I was going crazy trying to figure out exactly where we would move.  Now I can delay the process for another year before I start to get consumed again.
 
I got a call this morning from Citi Bank in Washington, DC.  I opened an account with them when I lived in DC.  I totally and completely forgot about any such account.  Well apparently they have been trying to contact me to let me know that they have categorized my account as abandoned and I need to claim my property otherwise it will go to the District of Columbia and I'll have to claim it from them.  I'm still trying to understand what in the world I was doing for the past 5 years that made me forget I had $590.87 sitting somewhere.  I thank God for the blessing, though!
 
 
That's all for now!
 
~ Blissfully Yours 





Thursday, January 10, 2013

All Business

Since before the start of the New Year, my business has been taking off like a lighting rod.  I feel so blessed that I had a vision and I can see it coming to life.  There is much more ground work to cover, but I am covering it step by step.
 
I developed my business plan prior launching the company, and in it I outlined my marketing strategies.  Well, I've since decided that it needs to be heavily revamped. Right now I'm in the midst of getting it all laid out so I can start implementation as soon as possible.  I have already done some things, but I'm ready to kick it up a few notches.
 
Because things are taking off so quickly, I'm bringing on an intern and another planner.  The intern is currently in college in Wisconsin, but will be handling some of our social media marketing remotely.  The associate planner is my sister.
 
I'm so super duper excited that my sister is relocating to Dallas and that her and I finally get to combine our genius doing something we have both always loved - event planning.
 
While thinking through my business goals for 2013, here are a few of the things that I am setting out to accomplish:
 
1. Expand our social media presence - Right now we are on twitter, facebook, pinterest, and I blog for the business.  However, I need to interact and post more. 
 
2. Hold monthly bridal seminars with some of my preferred vendors. (The goal is to get them going by April).
 
3. Get published. I'm working with one of my preferred photographers on the publications we will target together this year.
 
4. Style at least 4 photo shoots.
 
I think those are all doable, and with additional help coming on board I fully believe things will be successful.
 
I love that I finally tapped into something I've always loved.
 
That's all for now!
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

TTC Tuesdays - Week 13

Things in TTC world were weird over the past two weeks.  To make a long story short, my cycle was 36 full days, which had me all kinds of confused and worried.  I had taken 3 hpts over 5 days and they were all negative, so I was confused as to why my new cycle hadn't reared its ugly head.  Then I began to worry that something was wrong.  My husband was my calm in my sea of emotional craziness.
 
Finally on CD35 I decided to call our fertility doctor to let them know that something was off, and that my cycle never runs this long.  Wouldn't you know it..the next morning I go in and boom, my new cycle starts...crazy.  They still checked and everything is on the up and up.
 
So, new cycle means no pregnancy in December. I am currently on CD5 of our 6th month TTC.  We are now past the "try it the old-fashioned way" step and on to the you need "medical help" step.  This is bitter sweet for me.  A part of me feels like I'm failing at something by not being able to conceive like most people, heck, like I did 14 years ago.  Then a bigger part of me thanks God that he has created smart people to develop this technology to help us through the process.
 
I have 100% faith that we will conceive, whether natural or through help.  I think I get in trouble with myself and God when I start asking the question,  "Why not now, Lord."  I don't want to rush God's timing, so I need to stay in some constant prayer on this.
 
So, on next Monday, the 14th (CD11) we go back to the doctor so he can see how my egg sack and uterine lining are developing for the month and try to determine an approximate date of my expected ovulation.  They will also have me monitoring ovulation with their tests, so I can get my definite 24 hour peak and head back to the doctor for the IUI procedure. 
 
It would be great if this first round of IUI worked, but I'm emotionally preparing myself just in case it doesn't.  I have read that some women go through 3 or 4 rounds before it takes.  We are prepared to do that. 
 
Well, that's it for now!  I'll let you know how the doctor visit goes next week.
 
~ Blissfully Yours

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Baby - The Goals Edition!

Whoop Whoop...2013 is here and 2012 is in the books!
 
I really should have written this before now, but just pretend I did.
 
2012 was a fantastic year...actually I would call it the best so far.  I married the love of my life, started my own business, and recategorized some relationships. What?!?  I almost can't believe it, but it's all true, lol.
 
This year I'm looking to have an even better time.  Here are some of my goals and aspirations for 2013:
 
1. First things, first...RUN!  I've started back running, and I'm ready to get back to where I was. This year will be the year of my second half marathon and my second triathlon!  I'm hoping the latter will be completed with my sister by my side. She is a hard nut to crack when you involve water in the equation.
 
2. Nurture and grow my business.  Most of all, continue to give an outstanding and original product to each of my clients. By the way, you can go and like the business on our facebook page.
 
3. Get pregnant or have a blast trying. LOL.
 
4. Continue growing into my role as a wife - I really am trying to win the imaginary "Best Wife in the World" award.  My husband says I still have some work to do, though. haha - that guy.
 
5. Read more, watch tv less.  I know I need to be more specific, but I won't. There is no set number of books...not right now, anyway. I just want to back away from the boob tube.
 
6. Read the entire New Testament.  I could say the whole Bible, but I'm going to be realistic and take  baby steps.
 
7. Nurture the relationships I really value, and move away from those that I don't. Oooh, this one is going to be interesting.
 
8. Do one household project per quarter. We have so many desires, but no timeframes.
 
9. Speak kind words as much as possible.  I stopped cursing in September 2011, but now I need to stop using ugly words of any kind.  And, that goes for yelling. Lord knows this has been a challenge my entire adult life.
 
10. Find new adventures.  The wedding has been my biggest yet, then skydiving, then the half marathon.  I want the hot air balloon, walking on the great wall, etc.  I'm on the search for 2013 adventures.
 
11. Maintain healthy, responsible financial habits. - My list wouldn't have been complete without a financial goal. haha!
 
I'm so excited about this year, as I am about every year.  I look forward to all the great things my daughter, husband and I will do.  It's going to get good!
 
What's on your list?? 

~ ~ Blissfully Yours