gratitude, the new attitude {day 3}

November is a time for thanks and, like so many, I am participating in the 30 day challenge.

day 3: Sister

Thank you for being my big OLDER sister. Although for some reason everyone thinks you’re my little sister and if I hear one more time that you’re my younger sister; we are going to have some problems!

Thank you for all the ice breaking inappropriate things you say and thank you for not saying them in my presence {I would be mortified}. But love hearing about them after the fact. Like the time the surgeon came out of my abdominal surgery to let the family know I was ok and when you saw him coming you said “boob job, how’d it go?”

Thank you for getting it together to try to give me the birthday I never had, even through my non-cooperation. I know this upcoming weekend’s “Marcelina’s 30 B-day Extravaganza” {19 weeks past my real b-day} will be fabulous!

Thank you for having two beautiful kidos so that I can practice when I’ve always been too scared. I now have more confidence in myself as a mother because of you.

Life isn’t always going to be perfect but won’t you be happier if you choose to focus on what you’re grateful for?

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gratitude, the new attitude {day 2}

November is a time for thanks and, like so many, I am participating in the 30 day challenge.

day 2: “Some people come into your life as blessings and others come into your life as lessons.” I’m grateful for the all people who have come (and even left) my life.

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I’ve been blessed to have so many magnificent, and not so magnificent, people come in my life.

No-name, thanks for coming into my life when I was very young and treating me like shit. This truly showed me a lifestyle that I will not, and have not since then, choose for myself. I’m worth so much more; enough said.

Austin, thanks for coming into my life and turning my passion for horses into a horse crazied, rodeo chasing, barrel racing, team roping, all-around cowgirl {yes I won this title back in high school} for nearly a decade. This was very empower time in my life, which showed me the depth of my drive, as well as, my physical and emotional strength.

Anthony, thanks for coming into my life and encouraging me to take the college placement test during my sophomore year of high school. Because of you, I was one of the few who attending college during high school.

Sammy, thanks for coming into my life and reminding me of my passion for music {not to be confused for me being in love with you}, after numerous conversations of late nights and bright lights. Your multifaceted talents can take you places but only if you get of your own way. {Thank you for reminding me to get out of my own way}

Rog, thanks for giving me the opportunity to preform with numerous platinum award winning artist. Without you, I may have never had that chance. This was a once in a life time opportunity and I’m so happy that I had the strength to step up to the plate. P.S. Thanks for calling me a triple threat: “Brains, Beauty and Big Balls”, I took it as a compliment.

Life isn’t always going to be perfect but won’t you be happier if you choose to focus on what you’re grateful for?

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gratitude, the new attitude {day 1}

November is a time for thanks and, like so many, I am going to start the 30 day challenge.

day 1: “Friends are the family we choose.” I’m grateful for my close friends.
The ones who know my flaws and choose to look past them to see the real me {vivacious, tranquil, spit-fire, composed}. The ones who are honest with me and tell me what I need to hear, not necessarily what I want to hear. The ones who believe in me, when I don’t believe in myself. The ones who are full of encouragement, when I feel like there’s no hope. The ones who challenge me, to be a better me.

Heather L, Kendra , Heather C and Erin; thank you all for being my close friends. I am a better person because you are in my life.

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Life isn’t always going to be perfect but won’t you be happier if you choose to focus on what you’re grateful for?

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Love is…

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Corinthians 13; 4-7

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Most amazing day

Why I love October!

Holy smokes! Today was amazing!

It started with a little bit of work but my clients are fabulous so besides getting up early on the weekend it really didn’t feel like work.

Then the bf met me and we pick up his kids to share the day. Our autumn adventures…

  • Grabbing a doughnuts {bacon maple=amazing and a salted Carmel old fashion}
  • Hay ride
  • Then to the corn maze. Pictures galor
  • Corn cannon {Yes, shooting corn out of a cannon}
  • Then took a ferry for a fabulous bite…or well, too many bites
  • Watch the sunset onboard a Ferry
  • Yummy Itialian
  • Finished it off with ice cream {Too much of a goodthing=tummy aches shared by all}
  • Crashed hard for the night.

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The Sea of Red

Want to know what 50lbs of tomatoes looks like….?

Now, do you want to know what I did with them?

Canning {although it should be called jarring} is not for sissy’s. Its take a lot of time! Washing, peeling, cooking, prepping jars, filling jars, wipping jars, sealing jars and boiling jars but well worth it. Here’s a great link to Summer in a Jar, where Master Canner Teri Irish explains why you should can your own tomotoes.

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Goodbye

Today was the day. Today IS the day. Today is the last day that I’m giving any more energy to the accidents that have been sucking my life for the last four years. Today was arbitration day.

Although I won’t have a response from the arbitrator until next week. Today is the last day that I’ll have to spend watching my words, verifying details, reading and rereading interrogatories, depositions, transcriptions etc. from an event that happened four years ago.

No more energy spent taking calls from my attorney requesting additional information.
No more energy spent enduring the belittlement of my then and current injuries.
No more energy spent undoing the speculatory remarks made from claims adjustors, opposing counsel, and the “expert” witness regard my business, reputation and general being as a person.

Regardless of next week’s outcome I’ve survived. I’ve overcome.
This is now behind me.
Goodbye

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A New Decade, a New Vision!

This past weekend I got together with a couple girls for dinner, wine and to create a new vision board.

A beautiful {self} journey

Fear Nothing

I dare me…

On course, LIVE BIG

Don’t put off happiness

Less is more

Feel fabulous

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Happiness vs. Happen enough

Over a year ago I was once complaining about a particular area in my life when a co-work said “…but you’re happy enough”. I don’t think that co-worker realized what they just did.

I thought to myself “what is happy enough?” Well, I guess it’s happy enough not to make a change to be happy. Or maybe… its not happy at all but just not miserable enough.

Happy enough = not miserable enough to do anything

Wow! Powerful stuff when you put in perspective. The fact was that I wasn’t happy, I was miserable. I was still trying to please everyone but me. Still trying to do the things that I was suppose to do. But maybe I’m not damaged goods, maybe happiness isn’t always how society labels it.

Today my goal in life is HAPPINESS, not just happy enough.

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Mouth explosion

Today’s lunchness! Think of the following:

  • two slices of dill rye bread
  • 1 half dungeness crab (caught yesterday just off Camano Island)
  • Sharp cheddar AND smoothness of Havarti
  • Grilled extra crispy {dark brown, not black}

Devour. Yumminess!

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