RePost: Finding even more Time | Find Time for Your Personal Life and Get a Handle on Your Out-of-Control Work Schedule – Lifehacker

I have to admit, I adore my day job, and I love what I do. I read this particular article in regards to my career as a “social bug”.

Let’s admit it, I want to do all the things. All the time. Every time. I don’t necessarily say “no” ever. To husband. To family. To friends. To everyone.

I try to manage myself so that everyone is getting what I can. Inevitably, it leads me to making decisions about what groups, friends, circles, etc… I’m able to participate in – both because they allow me to give the way I like to give, feel best about myself and contribute to my community.

This article really helps you put into perspective the respect you should give yourself in respecting your limits on time and getting burnt out happens, but being aware of what you sign up for, maintaining a healthy view of your needs for rest, and organizing yourself to ask for help when you need it are very important.


Find Time for Your Personal Life and Get a Handle on Your Out-of-Control Work Schedule

Concentrate on quality of work over quantity. The person who builds a career on doing the most work commits to living on a treadmill. The work will never be done, and you will become known among your co-workers as someone who never turns down an assignment. Read: dumping ground. Quality is what matters. People don’t lose jobs for not working unpaid overtime-they lose jobs for not performing well at the most important times. Your resume is not a list of hours worked; it is a list of big accomplishments.

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WOTD: Acceptance

Acceptance: it is what it is what it is.

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Resolution Check: September

I know, it’s been awhile. Sorry.

1. I will be completing a photo journal rather than a written journal this year. Holy heck am I enjoying this project even more now that football season and school are back in full swing. Every night is a party of some sort – burger night, band practice, football game, pep rally! I don’t take all the photos to merit a full album page at every event, so this journal is definitely becoming the way to mark all the great moments in between the big productions.

2. I have two books – an autobiography and a recipe book as well as a photo book that I’m trying to finish. The bio has been printed! and it’s being read by the husband! Even better, the photo book has been printed and it’s arrived, in time for my mom’s birthday and already ordered by a few cousins of mine! Extra points for spending part of this month finishing up my own self-written cookbook. But there are no pictures, just stories, what do you think, is that allowable? 

3. I plan on running a half marathon.  So putting my mind to things… um. Yeah. Failing here. I’m back at the gym, I’m running with Sir LAA on weekends, but for the most part, I’ve actually stood up for myself and said that a half marathon may not actually be on my bucket list of things to make my life whole. But, having a family is, so watch for that to be a resolution next year.

4. Disneyworld. Seattle. Barcelona. Now we’re under consideration for our Christmas time away. We’ve decided that we’re going to spend Christmas together and hole up staycation style. I’m looking forward to board games, cocoa and gift giving. A dream Christmas, here I come, I’ve only waited my…whole life or you know. All the travels. All the memories. Paris one day, but for now, this is perfection.

5. Louboutins have been purchased. And now they’ve been worn. Check out those puppies. I wore them to the Inaugural Gala of the NOMADS in February. So it was not only a great happy-birthday-to-me gift, but it felt good to get that one down on film! These guys are a hoot to hang with, and the black tie event was a first for Sir LAA and I. Enjoyed thoroughly – even danced …in public. Don’t tell the other guys.  DONE!!

6. This blog. I know. I’m doing better! Not only am I making time for it, but I’m starting to love more and more the fun of finding things to tell you, or shape up articles in my head. Now I just need to market a little better, thoughts on that?  How do I get my name out there more, I want to make LAA worldwide.

7. I do have a crazy craft project that has been on my mind for awhile now. Make my own snow globe. Done. I’ve done it. I done that. Plus all the school projects supporting our Band family’s fandom!  I have one more craft that I’ve committed to…it’s a bag with all the patches I’ve collected. All of my supplies are at home, but this week folks…this week is so busy. Next week, and hopefully next month, I’ll report being craft-free, and wine drinking will become a new sport. :)

8. Oh yeah. I sold my house. And I got married. And we threw a small family reception this summer. AND the reception is done and dusted! Our honeymoon went perfectly. I’m finally getting all the albums and pictures and thank you cards straight. I’ve gotten my fall clothes out, I’m ready for a wonderful rest of year. Bring on the cold weather.

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RePost: Motivation for Winning | Turning Fear into the Courage to Ask for What you Really Want – Design*Sponge

So last night was burger night for the band and school. I’m hoping we made a decent take away. One of our band members had a hard time getting her burger from the clutches of the overrun, over-busy, a little unorganized staff.

That said….she didn’t want to “ask them and bother” to get their order ready. This made me consider this discussion about fear and letting things work their way into your system and keep you from doing what you want. I spent more-than-I-really-should-have-in-life time on not asking for (or speaking up) about what I wanted. This was from my job, my relationships, friendships, etc.

Now, I just live to be me. I say out loud when I’m not happy or I am happy. I say thank you just as much as I say please. When things aren’t good, I make the respectful remark to get them back where they should be. This took years. I have learned: we only go around once in life. Make sure….MAKE SURE…you are living yours the way you need to. Do not look back and regret what you didn’t do just because you were afraid.

and in closing, I’d like a little shout out and say, Good Morning/Evening H Family…you know who you are. ;)




For me, fear is both a huge obstacle and motivator. There are days when I’m able to feel that familiar terror creep in and remember to run through it to the other side and days when I crumble and let it just sink in a bit longer. But lately I’ve been fed up with the crumbling and want to spend more time using that nervous or scared energy to push through to new skills, experiences and opportunities, rather than letting it sideline me again.

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Have I actually relaxed?

It’s nearing the end of “settling in” theme month here on LAA. And I know the question on everyone’s minds is…”Have I actually relaxed?”

I would say in many ways I have. I’ve knocked out a ton of crafts that I really wanted to do and found myself sillyly (not a word, but roll with me) stressing over because I wanted time to do them and tend to do my chores and must-do’s first. So it was pretty awesome to get to do some really creative things this month as well as feel like I have less of a backlog of my projects.

Additionally, I’m feeling very organized in my house and routine. Walking into the house after a long day at work, it feels nice to have this shelf there, or that hook hung that I can place my work bag, lunch box and all the clothes from the day pretty quickly in line and get started on dinners, chores, etc…

Social wise, it’s still coming together. While we have band nearly full time (6 out of 7 days this week for instance), we are both learning how to get home, unwind and relax as well as continue to date and have great times amongst all of the busy stuff that has been going on. It’s easy to want to crash and give up at the end of the day, we’re doing a pretty good job mustering up energy and making sure we help out equally around the house and still have time to hit the beach, go out to dinner or have a drink together and talk about something other than work.

One thing I didn’t expect was the spending. It cost us some money to settle in. Not only the organizing stuff I talked about, but really, in an odd sense, I went shopping for clothes and holiday gifts and things and got a ton “out of the way”. I’m not so happy about savings after this, and a wedding, and a reception, and a honeymoon, and a…and a…and a…but…if it helps set my mind at ease, that I know very clearly who I am, where I’m going and what I need and don’t need to get me there, so saving in the future should get much easier now that we’re nearing the one-year mark and I “get” our activities and schedules and needs and can budget appropriately.

So now that I have all this, does the to-do’s end? Hm, good question. I’m sure the second I start reading the October magazines and the Pinterest and all that, that more stuff will make me want to shop and do and create and be and send me into a to-do list making tizzy. I know that I need to consciously make an effort to find time to unwind. Perhaps I should just start planning next year? What do you think?

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RePost: Clean Eating | Coconut Soba Noodle Bowls – BevCooks

I’m so over dieting today. I’m frustrated because we went on a date night over the weekend and despite having one wayyyy off the diet meal, I kept it pretty good and yet, here I am today, and 9 lbs over what I started the weekend at.

9 lbs. What gives?! So here I am. Drinking coffee at my desk, eating my raw veggie diet again, and dreaming of the day that I don’t have to fret about every little thing.

But I continue to remind myself that it’s not a diet, it’s a life style, and I need to employ my “ten foods I love” rule at the beginning of this recommittal (not a word) to my lifestyle.

Ten Foods I love, so that I don’t overeat that is.

  1. Blueberries
  2. Cucumber with fat free dressings
  3. Sushi
  4. Dried fruits (in moderation)
  5. Tomatoes with pepper and salt
  6. Kale soup with cauliflower, fat free half and half and italian chicken sausage
  7. Watermelon
  8. Eggs and spinach
  9. Cocktail shrimp with cocktail sauce
  10. Smoked salmon with greek yogurt, capers, red onion, dill served with one “fake bagel”

When all else fails though, and I have to have a full meal, I try to do some clean eating. No white processed foods, dial down the cheese and butter (attempt to eliminate completely!) and heavy up on the veggies, fruits, fibers and proteins. BevCooks helps me here, as I love anything with noodles….I know.




Wait, Slanket?

You know what, I know this is a tense subject for many, so to appease you all, let’s all it the Edible Snankuggletie. Because that rolls off the tongue sooo easily.

But really, when you’re down and troubled, and you need some loving care? This highly effective Edible Snankuggletie will be there.

Just call out its name.

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WOTD: Peace


The silence of hearing yourself think.

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