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small and BIG changes

I made a few small, yet noticeable, changes to my blog last night.  I was feeling quite inspired!

This weekend, after I spoke with my coach from school, my brain kept working things out and I came up with my life plan.  Wrote it down, and everything!  This has taken me 31 long years, but the beautiful part is it incorporates almost everything from those 31 years.  This plan is custom fit to me, as it should.

If you each were here right now, I’m sure I’d give you the biggest hug of your life – just so I could share my joy with you.

This plan will take 4-5 years to fully come together, but I long to share all the ups and downs with you through that time.

I kept thinking of the cliché (and great) Steve Jobs quote earlier, in the hopes of being inspired:

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  Don’t settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

I think it goes a step beyond simply loving what you do.  Meaning, you love it because that’s how you were made to serve and glorify the Lord.  And so, with all of my ambitions before me, I also want to keep this quote from C.S. Lewis in mind:

Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

Now I need to get to work on all of this!!


Easter 2012

Easter was a much-needed break to reflect on God’s love and spend time with family.  I made the same strawberry cinnamon cake for my friend’s bridal shower, except I decorated the top with a Spring-theme.  I found the inspiration on

I took the cake to my aunt’s for dessert for after dinner, but I spent lunch with my Poppy; brought elk burgers – first time for both of us trying said meat – and hung out for a bit.

Hope you all were able to spend Easter with people you hold dear!

Here are a couple of cute quotes from Gracie, when she was outside with the big kids while they were playing lacrosse:

“Elliot!  Elliot!!  Look, I’m under a tree!  I’m safe!!”

(I had told her to stay back so she would be safe from the ball – she did this under multiple tall bushes in the yard.)

“Guys, I keep trying to play with you but I don’t have a cross!”

(She was exhausted of trying to get their attention; it’s hard being little.)

She’s a keeper!

I’mmm back

Someone’s been a little M.I.A. recently … my apologies!

As if two jobs and a busy school schedule weren’t enough, add in difficulty in getting quality sleep and a dash of severe pain, and you’ve got the recipe I’ve been dealing with.

On the brighter side of things – I’m loving school!

I’m also my very own guinea pig, haha.  That’s sort of going well…  I’m currently trying 5-HTP for my sleep issues, via Maria Emmerich’s two health books (her blog).

Other good news:

– In speaking with my boss (the accountant), I found I can write off my tuition if it’s relevant to my current licensure, so… I’ll be a holistic esthetician by the end of 2012.  Gotta love direction!

– More direction:  I’m hoping to host a few gatherings with the youth group girls from my church to discuss skin health, make-up colors, eyebrow shaping, and our inner beauty through Christ.  I have a feeling this will be one of the most rewarding ventures of my life.

– Also, my organization project is going very well.  Slow, but well.  This is such a huge relief.  My goal is to be caught up by the end of 2012.

– Season 2 of Downton Abbey had such a lovely ending last night.  Roomie Wright and I were both “aww”-ing (and probably cheering) by the end.  I also enter this sweepstakes almost daily to visit the castles.

– Lastly, I’m planning a semi-regular gathering with some sweet girl friends to watch Dickens’ “Little Dorrit” mini-series and to craft (maybe attempt low carb baking, too).

Even with some needed down time, I’m so pleased with how the last two months have gone.

Now it’s time to break out my reading glasses and get back into studying, but I’m sincerely so happy to be back up and posting.

Hope you all are well!

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