Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My sister, Elise, intro'd a fun game to my sister, Kimbee, and me over Christmas break -- it's called the "N' Stuff" game, and all ya do is add the phrase after, well, everything you say. So when you're asking your friend about her shirt, you say "Hey where'd you get your shirt n'stuff?" -- and you say "n' stuff" just as cool as ever. The kicker? Don't laugh after you say it. 



Sooo I'm just popping in here to talk about planners n' stuff. I have a vision for 2018 n' stuff, and it's so good, so long as I can keep myself focused and grateful and planned-out n' stuff. 

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Alllright to be serious, I huddled up with a few of you friends on an Instagram Live last Saturday night to answer some questions I got about planning my day-to-day in 2018. I also shared my inspiration for setting my goals this year. Since both are thoughts I had hoped to just blog, actually, I figured that I'd summarize the convo here since that was my initial desire and the Live is non-existent now. Because we had a good convo! I'd love to further share...

- I'm planning hourly in 2018 -- LOOSELY. I have 3 little bambinos that throw wrenches into schedules, just because they're kids (which is why I've never even thought to plan my day hourly before). But this year, every day I'm writing out my ideal day with attached hours (so 7 AM - scripture study, 12 PM - naps, 7 PM - dinner etc.), so that my day stays as focused and productive as possible. If the gigs go down at different times because of those thrown wrenches, so be it. At least my day will be anchored and focused.I am guaranteed to make progress every day (yay).

- Because, I need my days to be more efficient for the sake of bringing my hobbies and passions back into my every day. I've been waiting for life to simmer down - for the boat to stop rocking so much - before I made time for me again. But that's essentially asking for life to be perfect, which HA, will never be. So it's time I just started acting and doing my very best to maximize every day's minutes.

- I envision a much more productive year ahead (more projects checked off, more ventures pursued, more deliberate adventures with my babies, more quality time with my Ry) with much more time saved versus wasted. It's going to be good!

- I read this article from our late prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, and it all clicked: I'm going to set goals for 2018 based off of where I already am - goals strictly centered around good changes I can make. I usually choose totally abstract goals - things that totally need to be created from nothing - but this year I'm evaluating me RIGHT NOW, choosing where/how I want to become more competent, and running there. 

- "Where's your planner from?" -- Target. I can't find my exact planner online, but this one is similar. And I mentioned in the Live that if you're a super planner, check out Golden Coil (my friend's biz) and build the planner of your dreams. Wish I could do that this year, but maybe next!

- Grocery delivery. I don't know if it's the new year or what, but I am finally jumping on that bandwagon!

- My postpartum recovery with Emmy. The topic was brought up and I have a lot to share there, so I think I'll do another IG Live Video all about it in a couple weeks and wrap it up in a blog post, just like this shindig. I'll keep you posted!


PS, these three? ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’ฅ


Sunday, January 7, 2018
Lots of time has passed since I've done a "Sweet is The Word!" blog post and I've missed them! I started sharing these weekly blog posts last year in hopes to further spread the hope, encouragement, and knowledge I was gaining from my scripture study -- the series was/is a small way for me to pay it forward to Heavenly Father for helping me so much.  My relationship with God largely comes from reading His about His doctrine + His involvement with people's lives from the past -- I honestly don't think I'd feel much of a connection to Him at all if I didn't study scripture daily. I'd have a belief in Him, yes, but a connection to Him? Like the feeling that He is making moves in my life? I almost exclusively get that from my few minutes of eating up His word day to day, and it's a huge help to me, so yes, when I had the thought to share some of the encouragement God gives me in these studies with you here, I jumped on board.

Life got a little cray cray last summer and fall, however (as I've said 100 times lately, haha), and blogging these posts fell off the bandwagon, too. But I'm back! So here we go...

Pic via: my bed the other afternoon. My big girls were playing with friends and Emmy was napping, so I spent a few minutes in the quiet to refuel my spirit before tackling the evening - night. 
Entry from Thursday, December 21, 2017
Proverbs 3:11-12 and "Trust in the Lord" (it is so good)!

"My son, despise not the chastisement of the Lord...for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." -- Proverbs 3:11-12

"[Adversity basically comes from two different sources. The first is from sin. The second]...is to accomplish the Lord's own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing...Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more." -- Elder Scott

2017 has been a year of difficulty in multiple doses. I'm so tired and worried about why and if it will ever end (will 2018 please be better?) This helps immensely, though. It gives me a "why" for all of this year's hard. I haven't been disobedient - I haven't been perfect, either, but definitely not outright disobedient. So the Lord is actually "delighting in me" because I'm learning and able to grow more. I have to cling to that, because...

"The rate at which you qualify [for exaltation] is generally set by your capacity to mature, to grow, to love, and to give of yourself." -- Elder Scott

I have to let all of this mature me, rather than making me afraid or mad. It's all for good reason(s) and it is all known by Him. All is/will be well!


Friday, January 5, 2018
I've got a 3-year-old ANGEL on my hands over here. Claire has always been the sweetest, easiest girl in existence. If there's a question as to who is going to get what - a slice of the pie, a turn with the toy - Claire gives whatever it is to the other person. Claire shares easily. If someone asks if they can use what she has or join her, she always responds with a "Sure! Sure you can!" Claire sleeps wherever and eats whatever and, honestly, as a mother, you need an easy-going child like that (especially if your other two children are the opposite in a few ways, haha). Claire loves - people,  animals, dolls (although she isn't super physical. Sis definitely has a bubble)! She is a singer, a dancer, a colorer, a pray-er, a laugher, and a talker. Three-year-old Claire uses words like actually, interesting, uncomfortable, misunderstanding, and absolutely, and most of the time she uses them kind of wrong, which means that I'm drooling over her cuteness ALL OF THE TIME.

Claire truly came from heaven as the rounded package that she is, and I say my prayers of thanks for her personality and peace so often. She is a gift. An absolute gift! I LOVE MY CLAIRE!

Pics via: her party yesterday. *Mega disclaimer* Claire turned 3 in November, but I was the sickest ever right before her big day, so her celebration was put on hold until, well, now. Ha! Ya nail some and ya miss some, right? Claire's request this year was a PURPLE PARTY, complete with purple gum balls, purple suckers, and a big cake (your wish is my command, sweet girl). Wish I would've had another Me to snap more pics - Emmy was so tired and wouldn't let me put her down, and the big shebang moved quickly - we went from a small craft to a game to a cake in about 40 minutes (woo)! Luckily I captured the most important party a' the party: that girl riiiiight there. ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ’œ
Claire's party invite ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡ This was fun to whip up (and easy -- it's hard to go wrong with a design when the gig is a birthday and it's a'l about purple)!


Thursday, January 4, 2018
Well! Another year has gone byyy (cue Celine). I really can't believe it. Now that it's over (haha, isn't that how it always goes?), 2017 was a fast year. It was also a brutal year, so I'm honestly okay that it's outta here. In fact it was only until a couple days ago that I remembered how positive the year was after hearing Ryan rave about it. Shame on me, I know, for not being that optimistic about it (my mind had been jumping to "exhaustion" and "exhaustion" when reflecting on the year), but it was just a trying, trying year for me, so it was good to hear Ryan talk about how much he loved it and all the good we experienced. Because it's true. Peppered in all of the 2017 hard were some beautiful things. Reviewing the year for this blog post is really sealing that deal for me (blogs are so good for that reason). We did have a beautiful year, Ry! We had a beautiful, beautiful year...

We were still in New York City at the year's start! Remember when we lived there for 3 weeks during Christmas break?? PARTY.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Hi! From sunny San Diego!

I haven't been by here since we moved in -- blogging has taken a back seat these last two months. Slash this year? 2017 has been a doozy, just as I knew it'd be. When Ryan and I went to Spain, I remember literally praying -- "Please bless this time to fill us. We will be drained this year. Please, please fill us up and carry us through" -- but little did I know how I, personally, would be taken to place beyond drained. I knew I was going to have my third baby and not sleep for a bit; I had no idea that she would be a difficult baby and that I wouldn't sleep for a long time. I knew my husband would graduate from law school and jump ship to study for the Bar; I didn't know how taxing the Bar months would be on my health. I knew we were going to move from the East Coast to the West; I didn't know we were going to move to Utah as early as May. I knew I would miss my friends and my life in Virginia; I didn't know how much I would ache after that change. I knew we would move to San Diego in October. I did not know that after being here for four weeks, I would crash.

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