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Renewal

from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Hello again!

Being a perfectionist, I build a lot of roadblocks in my path. Often, I’ve thought about a post I’d like to share and then don’t because I don’t love something about my post. The truth is, I’m not here as an English teacher or graphic design guru. Heck, I’m not even here as an authority on sewing. I just want to write about my experience, meet new people, and keep learning. That being said, I’ll even welcome POLITE corrections on my grammar and any other tips you have to send my way. I like to learn new things! 

I’m proud to say that although I haven’t been blogging about it, I have been sewing! Through my job, I met a wonderful lady who has offered to teach me to sew for free for a couple hours a week. She is currently teaching me how to make my own pants, so stay tuned! I’ll post a picture of the final product once it’s done. I also try to meet a good friend once a week to sew together. We will start posting picture updates of that too😉

I started picking sewing up again around September but with many breaks due to holidays and weddings. Even so, I’m happy that I’m actually doing it. I’m trying not to be hard on myself for being so inconsistent. Life happens. (Another place the quote above fits my life!)

This past year, I’ve learned that raising a puppy is exhausting but so rewarding. Cole is an amazing dog and a mama’s boy. He just had his first birthday before Christmas, and he had a little impromptu birthday party with his girlfriends. It’s crazy how fast he is growing up.

  
I also got an amazing job, providing resources to foster children in the Tampa Bay Area. It has been so rewarding to have a job that I know helps make a difference in the lives of others. I also took up a side gig as a Independent Jamberry Consultant. Why not? Ive gone so long without being able to wear anything on my nails, so it completely sucked me in. Don’t worry, it won’t be taking over my blog!

I do tend to take on more than I can chew so I think, this year, I will be focusing on simplifying, enough to be able to enjoy the things that are important to me, as well as spending more time with friends and family. I don’t typically do New Year’s resolutions, in fact, if anything, I do birthday resolutions, but there’s no time better than the present!😉

What about you? Any New Year’s resolutions? 

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My Latest Life Equation (+/-)

So, I haven’t posted the last 2 weeks? Or, maybe it was only a week? I kind of lost track of time and have been forever consumed by our latest life change, the little addition to our family, named Cole.

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Our newest Family addition. #Labradorable

Our newest Family addition. #Labradorable

We rescued Cole from Hands and Paws For Pasco last Wednesday, and I have spent the last two weeks researching everything puppy, dog, and labrador related. I am so much in love with this little guy! He is a whole 13 weeks and I’ll take any advice you have to give.🙂❤ Raising a puppy is definitely challenging and I really miss sleep, but he is so loving and so good for his age, that we couldn’t be happier!

Somehow, I did find the time to update the craft room a little (which also happens to be Cole’s room). I’ve been looking for the perfect frames to add to the room for some rotational wall art and I finally found them. If you follow me on Pinterest, then you likely noticed that I’ve also been pinning wall art printables like crazy! Last week I finally settled on the first two to hang.🙂 I’m loving it! If you have any recommendations on where else to get some, please tell me! I’m all ears😉

Craft room update

Craft room update

That’s me in a nutshell. Oh, and I almost forgot! (The minus.) This just happened….

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Life's balancing act..

Yep. Speechless. I was really proud of myself too. Almost made it the full two years of the contract, which would have been my first time EVER without any incident. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be! This is the worst I’ve ever done too! I guess the Otterbox isn’t exactly highway proof.

So, with that, I bid you ado. I’m going to enjoy a glass of wine, and read a book while Cole takes a nice nap.🙂 Life could be worse, right? At least I have this amazing puppy to cover me with kisses and make everything okay again… and of course, my husband too😉