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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday Scaries

Some would say I'm a high strung individual...I say I'm highly efficient, organized, slightly OCD individual...to each their own.  

I also like doing everything I do 110%, which can lead to a lot of anxiety.  I feel as each year passes I get better at managing myself and "letting it go" but I still get bad anxiety on Sundays.  I've come to hear the term that a lot of millennials use/suffer from and they call it the
Sunday Scaries.

I really can't pin point why or what brings it on other than I guess I am subconsciously worrying about my upcoming work week.  When I was still in college this was a normal feeling and I could usually pin point that it was because I had an important assignment coming up or had procrastinated and that was the effect. Once I graduated it took several months to get the feeling that I was constantly forgetting something out of my head.  I was so used to juggling 50 things when all those things were now complete I was only left with a few items and so I had a constant feeling of forgetfulness.  Over the past year that feeling has slowly creeped back into my belly.  The only thing I can really find that would cause me this undue stress is the increase in responsibility and pressure I put on myself from managing my husband and in-laws businesses and all the items that entails...federal reports, state reports, state and federal regulations, normal financial pressures, and day to day operations are things I deal with on a daily basis and things I'm also usually learning more about daily.

FUN FACT! According to NBC News 76% of Americans have Sunday night anxiety!!!!

I'm determined to regain control of my weekend so I've outline a few things that help me.

How I combat the Sunday Scaries
  1. Make a to do list for work tasks- Now on Friday's I start a new list for the following week to record on paper and get out of my head the tasks I already know for sure that I will have to do....By doing this I can free up that mental space and know I'm not "forgetting" I am prepared know ahead of time that I for sure have these things to do and I'm already somewhat organized and mentally prepared to accomplish them.
  2. Organize and plan my week at home- not only do I try to prepare for my upcoming work week on Friday I try to plan and prepare for the week ahead on Sunday at home as well.  This consists of planning my nightly meals and ensuring I have all the ingredients, meal prepping for lunches and snacks, mapping out workouts and other to dos like mowing and such.  By scheduling and mapping out my week I can ensure that I have ample time to accomplish things and feel like a success.  
  3. Lastly...Routine and Rest- If I have cleaning and major tasks to do I really try to get those things done on Friday night or sometime on Saturday so my Sunday's are really just about what I WANT to do.  I watch TV, garden, or just anything that I want to do so I go into the week relaxed and ready not unprepared and stressed from prior days. 

Do you have episodes of Sunday Scaries?

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Garden Planning 2018 and DIY Wreath

This year I set out determined to have a magazine worthy garden.  I was sick of fighting weeds, looking at boring rows and being over whelmed with the idea of "work" when I really enjoy gardening and the rewards I can reap from it.  Early this year I was up late diagramming and coloring my own little garden plan that I plan on bringing to life!  Below is my plan of 6 raised beds and each bed has all the items I plan on growing, not pictured is the arbor and entrance near my chicken coop that is going to be the pretty entrance to my raised bed garden.  I have started the process and as soon as everything is finished up and green I'll be sure to post about it and also how closely I ended up following the below plan. ;)

As soon as my Christmas decor came down my front and back door were naked of any decor.  My grapevine wreath from the past 2 years was tired and I was uninspired by it so I set out to Canton in February to find the perfect decor to put together a new inspired wreath.  I didn't know what I wanted but I did know what I DIDN'T want.  When I stumbled on some bicycle wheels out in the "junk" section of Canton the lightening struck....A BICYCLE RIM wreath!  I got a small to medium old bicycle wheel for $5 and picked up some nice floral at Paul Michael on the way out.  

I love how it turned out and since this picture I added a little welcome plaque at the top and its the perfect finish.  I love how this ordinary item was able to provide another useful purpose and really cheap!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Travel Plans 2018

We are well into the new year at this point and all my travel plans have been pretty much finalized for this year as well as some that I have high hopes for.  I hoped to get this post out before my first vacation happened but that didn't happened!  This year I have some big travel plans for both Hendrik and I and me and my Mom.

  • March 13th -20th Hendrik and I traveled to El Salvador.  More info coming on this as we have been back a week now and are fully recovered. 

  • June- My Mom and I will be traveling to Paris, France, Venice/Florence/ and Rome, Italy

  • September- Hendrik and I will make the annual pilgrimage to Mexico for his birthday weekend. 

  • Winter- vague but I REALLY want to go skiing/snowboarding this coming up Winter I've talked about it for a couple years now and I told Hendrik that for my birthday this year I for sure want to book a long weekend hitting the slopes.  

Those are my big plans but I also want to make several smaller weekend/ day trips to

  • Waco- Magnolia everything 
  • Fredericksburg- wine and Oktoberfest 
  • Oklahoma- Hiking and visit the Pioneer Woman's town
  • Louisiana- Baton Rouge and New Orleans
  • Hot Springs, AR- sightseeing and antiquing 

We shall see where the road takes me but I'm always up for some traveling!  I really want to try to take at least one weekend trip to a new sight around our area each month so I'm not always thinning...man I need to make a trip here, or there, and year after year it doesn't happen!

BMT: Austin Trip

Saturday January 20th was my 3rd time to travel to Austin for a BMT seminar with Duane Ludwig himself and the second time in a row to train with Bas Rutten.  These men are such legends and so fun to learn from.  This was my first seminar as an orange belt and I earned my first patch on the orange level from my coach!  We usually travel down the night before as a team and stay in a hotel but this seminar was later that day and instead of wasting time we decided to leave at 6 am and just drive down and back all in the same day.  

Dutch kickboxing and striking legend Bas Rutten
our team with both Bas and Duane
everyone who attended 
I always have the best training partner, Jacki, and we have so much fun!

After the seminar our team was invited to eat Thai food with both host coaches as well as the coach at BMT Austin, Coach Alex.  His wife works at the Thai food restaurant and it was so good!

After eating it was starting to get pretty late like 8 pm and we still had to make the drive back so all the girls piled up in my car and we headed out.  It was a quiet drive home as we were all exhausted from the intense training and long day but it is always worth it!

Kid Rock Concert

For our friend Paul's 30th birthday his wife got tickets to see Kid Rock at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK on January 26th.  We drove up that Friday afternoon to check in and get decked out for the concert.  We had never been to that casino and it was really awesome.  It is pretty much like a cruise ship on land with a ton of things to do other than gambling like the pool, bowling, and arcade, not to mention the 7 or 8 restaurants on site.  We ate dinner at the casino buffet which we all agreed wasn't that great for the price and then headed over to the concert hall to get our seats.  

Kid Rock put on an amazing show and we had so much fun singing along to our favorites and seeing just how white trash the outfits could get. LOL

After the concert Lauren spent a few dollars playing losing at blackjack and then we played a few games of bowling before turning in close to 2 am.  I sucked at bowling and Hendrik thought it was awesome that there was finally a sport I wasn't good at.  I took the coaching well and did improve by the end of the night.

This was a great night away with our best friends and much needed time just having fun with each other.  

Book Review: Her Final Breath

The second book by Robert Dugoni in the Tracy Crosswhite series is just as good as the first.  This book is a little bit more sinister but the intrigue is all around.  You have no idea who to suspect and until the end you are set on the culprit being someone else until the final chapter or two you are stunned to find the killer!  These books are so relaxing and interesting and have a great strong leading female character that give inspiration and strength to us all!  Not only do you have action and adventure but also romance.  Check out this series if you haven't yet.  I'm currently reading the 3rd book in this series and can't wait to read them all!

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.
A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?

Book Review: My Sister's Grave

Around a month ago I needed to find some good but cheap books and of course I turned to Amazon.  I stumbled upon Robert Dugoni's, My Sister's Grave, and read the synopsis and OMG I had to snatch it up.  I couldn't read this book fast enough.  I looked forward to going to bed each night just so I could read more.  You really are kept on your toes the entire time and I love the character of Tracy, the leading female detective that is bad to the bone.  I was even more excited to find out that once I finished this book there was more in store as it was just the first of a series that currently has 6 books. In the first book of the series Tracy heads back to her hometown to finally uncover what really happened to her sister 20 years ago after her sister's remains where discovered in a shallow grave.  What happens next you'll never guess!  For the price these books pack a lot of punch!

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.
When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.

Currently reading the 3rd book in this series!  They are so good!

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