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Currently……… August 2017 Edition

Reading…… Clash of Kings – A Song of Fire and Ice #2Game of Thrones

Planning………My content. Surprised , Me too.

Watching………. Game of Thrones Season 2, Disney Movies , Probably old 90’s classic movies(That statement makes me sound old)

Listening to Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and  Florida Georgia Line

Cooking Whole 30 approved  stuff, and coffee cake.

Eating Whole 30 Approved stuff , Trail Mix, and M&M’s . You know gotta keep it interesting.

Thinking of a lot of stuff. Life, Blog, Books. Everything and anything . Mostly how does the Solar Eclispe make you blind? , not from a biology standpoint but an astronomical one.

Going to work soon.

Dreaming of Fall nights with jeans and boots and sweaters and sweatshirts and shorts weather. Oh and Pumpkin Spice stuff( Yes, I know its out but it is way to early; at least lets get to September before the whole world goes basic white girl. )

Listening to T-Shirt by Thomas Rhett on repeat.

Annoyed with my split ends – I need to get a trim, the fact that at work we already talking about the “holiday season” , that I haven’t had a chance to go swimming a lot this summer, Having to reread a 900 page book because you waited too long to read the next one.

Drinking Coffee and Water. I like to keep it simple.

Wearing either shorts and a t-shirt or whatever will keep me comfortable at work where i wont freeze or get tooo hot. With a heat index of 100 don’t count out skirts and dresses. Oh and probably my Vans or Sperry’s.

Enjoying my days off, nice weather and taking my dogs for walks.

Asking people if I can anonymously mention people in my blog- but if you know me well enough one would know who I am talking about.

Figuring out how to possibly take #ootd’s and this whole blogging social media system.

Smiling because well I am actually writing again, I look cute.

Grateful for new people in my life, B, and old ones, M&C, that help me keep me from over reacting and realizing I do not have to be perfect right now.

Searching for ways to save money and pay off debt.

Buying foundation, clearance at Kohl’s-there is a great selection of Summer Spring stuff on clearance.

Learning a lot of stuff. Mostly if you don’t listen to your parents you will eventually get the lesson they were trying to teach you- just the hard way. Learning debt is actually really bad and puts a road block to your major goals.

Trying work on my blog, fitness and just life in general. Oh yeah majorly trying to get my finances in order.

Inspired by Bright Colors, good weather

Waiting for whatever is next.

Sitting either at the table or my desk. Right now its my desk.

Wanting to go to the pool after work, yall know with that 100 heat index.

Missing 

Loving  my life right now.

So Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is 20 years old……………..

20 Years of Magic

 

Can you believe that Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone/ Philosopher’s Stone is 20 years old?? Me either. Because that means I am getting older. I was 7 when the first book came out and probably got it that summer for my birthday. ( I am not entirely sure when I got it because since then Harry Potter has been as much of my life as watching NCIS) Since then I have found my literary doppelganger – Hermione, who also showed girls that it is ok to be the smart one. I know I went to at least one midnight release party for a book and saw one movie the day it came out. I watch at least one of the movies when they are on Freeform/ ABC Family. I am part of the Harry Potter Generation, No shame whatsoever in saying that. The hashtags alone tell you how well loved this series is; #HarryPotterForever #20yearsofMagic #HarryPotter20

Not to mention countless fan Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram accounts that help us to live the magic – because it will never really end.

Thank you, JK Rowling, for writing a series that would help me get through some tough stuff over the years and  for showing me its ok to be a smart girl.

Since its this big anniversary they are reprinting the books but this time in house colors. I already ordered mine and am waiting for it comes. I got a Ravenclaw Blue and Gold hardcover coming and may get a Slytherin one because that’s the other house I got sorted into on Pottermore. Also on Pottermore, they launched a worldwide book club that is going to go through all 7 books and talk about major themes in each over a Twitter chat by @wwbookclub, with the first one today (Friday) at 4 pm BST, which is 11 pm EST. The first topic is Muggles and the magical world.

‘“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”’

Hermione Granger in  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

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Gryffindor/ Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw/ Slytherin

And not to mention Illustrated editions started coming out last year so therefore we have other Wizarding World Stuff to look forward- Just keeping the magic alive.

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Philosopher’s Stone/Chamber of Secrets/Prisoner of Azkaban (Release Date October 3, 2017)

And of course, the media had to get in on the magic

 

Time Article
CNN Article

USA Today Article/ First Review of HP and Philosopher’s Stone

And Fantastic Beasts and Where To FInd Them movies keeping the magic alive, along with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando. Been there- done that can not wait to go back and see Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

Harry Potter was and will continue to be a big part of my life and many other millennials . PS I hate the word Millennials and how it stereotype’s us. That is a post for another day though.

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Goals- April 2017

 

So I finally completed my #powersheetprep 2017. For those of you that do not know or use Powersheets , all that means is that I went through all the exercises and made sure my goals align with who I am now and the past 6 months. I think a lot of it stayed the same but some of it may have changed a little. It may be more refined.

So like always a recap of the Previous month, March. Here we go. So I actually thought i posted March goals but i guess I didnt. So here goes the recap.

Monthly

  1. Figure out student loan info
  2. Post Clothes to Posh/ Mercardi and BST Lilly Boards
  3. Make a budget and savings plan and keep it
  4. Finish and send that email
  5. Work on Blog Logo, Editorial Calandar and List of Brands / People i want to work with
  6. Send Best Friend her Birthday Present from like a year ago
  7. Make progress on young adult group
  8. Be more active
  9. Make and Keep Friend Dates
  10. Start and Finish Powersheet Prep for 2017

Weekly:

  1. Read Make It Happen, Nothing To Loose and Power your happy Smile
  2. No Spending/ Spend $15 a week or less SmileSmileSmile
  3. Pay Down Kohls/ Capital One SmileSmileSmile
  4. Get a credit at every shift SmileBe right backSmile
  5. Clean Room and Bathroom
  6. Office Hours( 10 hours) [Learn Adobe]

Daily :

  1. In The Wait Study- This did not happen at all
  2. No Shopping – Surprisingly I did well until the end of the month where i bought a course and a Lilly Thing
  3. Take Exjade – This also went well I remembered almost 75% of all mornings and nights
  4. Drink at least One Water Bottle – This happened thanks to my Contigo Water Bottle
  5. WorkOut – This happened a couple of times but not enough that it became a habit
  6. Meditate / Silence – Yeah, Nope happened like twice
  7. Get up Early – Kind of. It wasnt 7:30 but it was around 8 until i started not feeling well.

Now on to April Goals:

Monthly:

  1. Make an inspiration board. I know this is technically part of powersheet prep but i didnt have time to make it perfect or have a lot of time so here is to being intentional and accomplishing it this month.
  2. Finish and Send that darn email.
  3. Set up and have meeting for young adult group at church.
  4. Buy Domain and hosting.
  5. Read 12 week year and Apply. Start on conquer your year agenda.
  6. Figure out content posting schedule.
  7. Find Beginner Adobe Courses and work on them.
  8. Make and follow both a budget and savings plan.
  9. Find a hematologist in Athens.

Weekly:

  1. Plan Meals and schedule Workouts.
  2. Read two books a week.
  3. Start batching content and set up a routine.
  4. Do one thing on my goals in which there is no turning back from.
  5. Work on Adobe Learning at least 10 hours a week.
  6. Spend Less than $15 a week.
  7. Take Pictures of clothes and post to BST Groups/Posh/ Mercardi
  8. Pay down credit card/student loan debt

Daily:

  1. Drink 2 bottles of h2o a day.
  2. Miracle Morning
  3. No Phone after 9:30 pm.
  4. Office Hours for working on Content and learning.
  5. Take Exjade twice a day.
  6. Track Spending
  7. Do something active.

March Goals and February Recap

 

March 2017 (1)

So about February…….

Monthly Goals:

  • Call someone regarding starting a Young Adult Group at Church- Kinda did, emailed her on the last day of the month.

  • Finish the 2nd Game of Thrones Book – A Clash of Kings

  • Post Lilly that I no longer wear to Poshmark, Mercardi, and BST Boards on Facebook- Kinda did the opposite and bought from these boards. This is what made me realize that I had a problem.

  • Write THAT Email- started haven’t written in it since. Last night I thought of some stuff but of course I have by now forgotten.

  • Make and Keep 2 Friend dates

  • Get into a routine(Morning)

  • Come up with a Budget –And Stick to it– Contentment Challenge RESTART- Kinda did. Well I am recommitting to it for Lent and no more buying anything.I already blew it at Kohl’s because I was trying to get Kohl’s cash.

  • Come up with a Savings Plan

  • Plan for Blog going Forward- Once again kinda. I knew what my goals are for the year and the next three months , one of them being more consistent in posting is still my downfall. I did get a little notebook to carry around with me for when an idea strikes. I have the ideas I just have to actually write them – plain and simple.

  • Powersheets Prep 2017- Turns out I could put this on the next month

  • Keep up with Cultivate What Matters Book Club, She Reads Truth , and the In The Wait Study

Weekly Goals:

  • Call my Best Friend – Well I have texted her and kept in contact so that is an improvement.
  • Do Blogilates – Yeah did not happen.
  • Go Running
  • Work on Skillshare class- Photoshop- Did not happen. Part of it was I didn’t have the computer that has Photoshop and then I was working a lot.  
  • Get peoples addresses I care about
  • Bi-Weekly Blogposts
  • Read 1 book a week

Daily Goals:

  • Do stuff I know I need to do (Exjade and CPAP Machine)- I have mixed feelings about my CPAP machine and I know I did not take the exjade as often as I should and my ferritin level showed it. This shouldn’t be a problem because if I get too much iron in my body I can basically die- you would think that that would do it. It is just brutal on my stomach.
  • Drink Enough Water – kinda happened because I got a new water bottle and when I used it drank more water and in turn felt better.
  • Write something everyday- Nope
  • Blogilates – Nope
  • Get Up Early (by 7:30)- Not really. I mean I woke up early but then I just went back to sleep.

 

 

So now on to March Goals:

Monthly Goals:

  • Figure out student loan stuff. Reactivate my Payment plan.
  • Post Clothes to Poshmark, BST Boards
  • Read 5 Books
  • Make and Keep Budget and Savings Plan. Continue to work on Contentment Challenge.
  • Contentment Challenge: No SHOPPING, Catch up on the In The Wait Study, Read Nothing to Prove.
  • Finish and send THAT Email
  • Blog Logo, editorial calendar and Posting schedule, List of dream brands people i want to work with.
  • Send BF her birthday present that is like 1.5 yrs old. – whoops
  • Make Progress on Young Adult Group at Church
  • Be more Active.
  • Start and finish Powersheets 2017 Prep.
  • Make and Keep Friend dates  

Weekly Goals:

  • Read Make It Happen, Nothing to Prove, Power your happy and make progress on them.
  • No Spending on things i do not need
  • Pay Down my credit cards (Kohls/Capital One)
  • Get a credit every shift
  • Clean Room and Bathrrom
  • Spend $15 or Less a week
  • Office Hours (10 hours) – Learn Photoshop, Click Funnels, Work on Blog , SBB Classes

Daily Goals:

  • In the Wait Study
  • No Shopping
  • Take Exjade and Do what I am supposed to do ( CPAP)
  • Drink at least 72 oz H2O – Changed to 2 24 oz Contigo Water Bottles a Day
  • Work Out
  • Meditate / Silence
  • Get up early and find a routine that works.

Contentment Challenge – I am finally doing it.

I am finally doing this. I have been half way doing it with no improvement for the past couple of months. Of course I never actually considered doing it until it was on paper and in my blog- which i have been procrastinating in doing.
I am doing it for 4 months so September , October, November and December.
During this time  hope to learn to get a better handle on my finances and pay down my credit card debt and work on paying off my student loans.

The Guidelines:
• Until  September 10th, your homework is the following: prepare your heart, organize your closet, and make any necessary purchases that you might need during these months. (This is not a last minute shopping spree! This is one final trip to the store for items you will need.) For me this also includes looking closely at my subscriptions and getting it down. Right now I am in a lot, including- FabFitFun Box, Half Blood Prints Monthly, The Community (with Maxie McCoy) , Influencenet , and She Reads Truth AutoShip.
• Choose 1-3 inspiring books to read during this time. I am choosing Looking forLovely by Annie Downs, Loving my Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall, And Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan. These books do not include other Book Clubs I am in or may join. I am thinking about completing the In The wait Study during this season also.
• Gifts are okay! If someone gives you a new dress or piece of decor during that time, receive it graciously! If you need to buy someone else a gift, by all means, do so. The point is not to be rude, but to learn more of ourselves and the Lord. It’s not the time to be legalistic.
• Necessities are okay! Please buy groceries. If you drop and break your phone, please go get a new one! If you lose your glasses, buy a new pair. Just don’t start justifying new purchases for items that you already have. (“I really NEED this bathing suit, even though there are 8 in my closet already.”)

• You must actively pursue something – anything – that replaces your tendency to buy stuff. Begin thinking about something you love or a hobby you’ve always wanted to do, and make preparations to actually do it. I am torn between writing, drawing / coloring, exercising and working on learning Funnel Hacking , Microsoft and how to type better during this time. 

Rare Disease Day 2016

I bet you haven’t heard of Rare Disease Day, that’s OK because i am going to tell you all about it and what make me RARE. And this post is not sponsored in any way , I just feel really strongly about today. 

What is a Rare Disease ? 
A Rare Disease is a disease that affects less than 200,000 people in the US 


Why is this so important to me ?
I have a Rare Blood Disorder. It is called Diamond Black Fann Anemia, DBA for short. It is something i have had my entire life. There are only two ways to treat it either by steroids, prednisone, or by chronic blood transfusions. Most of my life it has been pretty well handled until a couple of years ago.

I was on chronic steroids for 18 years and just recently switched to chronic blood transfusion , because believe it or not the side effects are mostly less. All of that being said it is important to me that rare diseases get their time in the spotlight per se. I know not a lot of people know about DBA and now one of my goals is to get it out there along with the importance of giving blood. There are lots more like me who need blood every 3-6 weeks in order to live, actually around 500 people in the US.

I won the genetic lottery.
So heres to all the #spoonies and #chronicillness people I have decided to use my blog to talk about my everyday life, and that inevitably will include stuff about DBA.
I am #DBAstrong


This is one of my Awesome DBA friends. She is telling you what DBA is. enjoy.

Blogtember Challenge- Books are my Friends


Well when it comes to books I have to say be prepared for a long list. 
Oh and they are Color Coded: 
Green Is Religious 
Purple is Fantasy/Fiction 
Blue is Political/ Economical 
Currently Reading:
Just Rise Up By Sarah Francis Martin
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Alchhemyst , The Magician , The Sorcerress by Michael Scott
Restless: Jeanie Allen
Game of Thrones By George R. R. Martin
Have read lately:
Seventh Son Books 1 &2 by Joseph Delaney 
Make It Happen by Laura Casey 
To Read List:
Plunder and Decit by Mark Levin
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
Throne of Glass: Sarah J. Mass
All Creatures Great and Small  by James Herriot
The Fringe Hours Jessica N. Turner
Lets all Be Brave By Annie F. Downs 
Zen and The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
The Selection: Kierra Cass
John Adams: David McCullough
Bitterweet by Shauna Niequist 
Wild and Free by Jess Collony 
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Warm Bodies by Isac Marion 
Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
This Town Mark Leibovich
Rand Paul: Taking a Stand 
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein 
The Founding Conservatives  David Lefer
The Presidents Bankers by Nomi Prinz

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Blogtember Challenge- Currently

Currently 

Reading: Game of Thrones, Just Rise Up
  
Watching: #ULMvUGA
Listening to: Influencnet Classes, #fireworkpeople Your Inner Fire Course
Eating: All the chocolate, all the coffee , and all the pumpkin stuff
Writing: #blogtember posts ahead of time ……so that I can stay on top of it, and hopefully get a blog plan/schedule that works for me.
Dreaming: About Lots of Things; from this blog and it’s a future, to going to grad school , lots of big dreams I am not sure what or how they will work
Calling: All the doctors Offices. #spoonieprobs #DiamondBlackFannAnemia #chronicillnessporblems
Trying: To get on a normal sleep schedule , little by little to make my dreams happen. Starting with blogging more.
Texting: My #DBA friend. Sometimes all you need is someone who understands completely. When you have an orphan / rare disease that is hard to come by.
Thanking: My parents for helping me through this and understanding
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Pinning: pumpkin spice everything #noshame #fallishere #basic #whatever
Thinking: about so much  but mostly about how to keep on dreaming and trying to remember God is in control
Loving: All these storms we are getting. I love watching them and it makes falling asleep all that much easier.
Ordering:Nothing else because I am on  a #nospendspetmeber. Right now I’ve just ordered an agenda because I need on for the new year.  
Starting: my #powersheets for a second time and having much better time actually working on my goals……. Including Blogging more.
Considering: The limits that #DBA puts on me and how to still be a fully functioning adult without pushing those limits

Going: to a state park and enjoying nature.
Discovering: That it is so much easier than I thought to write and just get my thoughts on paper, it doesn’t even have to end up in a blog post. Being vulnerable to myself is worth it. Oh and I also like learning to Code. Who would’ve thought?
Feeling: blah, not like myself but better than I have in previous months
Hoping For: an answer to why I have been not feeling good. Its not good when you have stumped four doctors.
Tweeting: #fireworkpeople and trying to get involved with more twitter parties.
   
Drinking: Coffee, and more coffee.

Learning: how to code, blogging and about being more vulnerable to myself and others.
Taking Action on: the #blogtember challenge and learning how to code. And reading more
Cleaning: my closet and my room so that it can get painted and have a new floor put in. Well kinda doing this.
Praying: for all my DBA friends, that doctors figure out what is wrong with me and my family.

You want real?? Here it is

I have been basically burning both ends of the candle and still getting to what seems no where. This has been one of my hardest years medically for me and I have had to put so much on hold because of it. I just feel like I always get what I want but it’s later than I would like and always way after everyone else. 

Right now I am currently writing this from my phone in bed and having to skip going to catholic camp because I feel like hell and am tired. So I’m not doing what I want to do. Not at all. 
If It were up to me and I was feeling better I would have more posts in the works , applying to more jobs, doing a bible study before I woke up and learning how to drive now that I finally got a car. But no instead I’m in my bed wiped out and frustrated because I can’t do what I want because of medical reasons. 
The worst part is that nothing anyone can do can help. I’ve been a grouch for the past two weeks since this happened and it annoys me. I annoy myself. That is te worst feeling ever. 
So I guess that’s the end of my rant but really the worst thing to tell someone who doesn’t feel great and doesn’t know why is all the stuff she knows she should be doing. It doesn’t help. I’m gonna end there and try to read or just go to sleep. I prefer the first choice but lately even that is hard. 
I had actually started running and working out again and enjoyed it a lot. I also have a new bow that I have been dying to try out. But I haven’t had the energy which is annoying. 

A really late graduation post…….

Here are some pictures that my friend took along with after the ceremony. I figure now is just as good a time as ever since everyone is graduating now and I just got my first student loan payment statement in the mail.

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This is probably my favorite picture….. Oh the fountain

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And now because of change of plans I am now really applying to jobs. When things don’t work it is best to learn from it and move on. Most times in life you come back even better than when you fell and hit whatever is in your way.

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