I recently read Courtney of Phyrra’s “No BS List” of what she’s obsessed with right now, then I hopped over to Jen of My Beauty Bunny’s post of the “No BS List” of what she’s loving right now, since Courtney was inspired by Jen to do it…and then I went to THIS blog, Meet Me at Mike’s, where Jen had linked out. It seems this whole “taking stock” tag first took shape in 2014!
I hope you enjoy this random list of things! I didn’t do the WHOLE list, for some I just wasn’t sure what to say! But where are we aligned?! Talk with me in the comments below!
And if you have a blog, I encourage you to take the blank list at the bottom, and create your own post as well with as many or as few of the thoughts as you want! Tag me – I want to read it and comment!
Making a portfolio of my professional work. As a corporate communications professional, I have done a crap job of having a nice portfolio at the ready. I have bits and pieces of my accomplishments that I pull together when needed.
Cooking rarely! I made brownies from a box a couple weeks ago, but I don’t like to cook generally. Thankfully, my husband does, phew!
Drinking black, flavored coffee and Bubly sparkling water, which my husband calls “snob water.”
Reading like a crazy lady! I just finished reading “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine. See this post for a list of what else I’ve recently read!
Wanting to have more me time. I love spending time with my family but I am a bit of an introverted extrovert in the sense that sometimes, I’d rather be at home by myself than out with friends or doing something with the family. I crave alone time to recharge my batteries and be the best me I can be for all of the people in my life.
Playing at theme parks! Seriously, for someone that loves roller coasters and theme parks, I sure do live in a great area for it. For all the stress that I may have because of our move here and how it changed our lives, Orlando provides me with the best stress relief in the form of thrills. A couple times of month, when I haven’t got errands or responsibilities that need tending to, I take the kids to daycare and go play and give myself a much needed mental break for a little while. It checks the box on “need alone time to recharge,” too! I love all the parks, but for my “mom’s day out” adventures, I love Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios as well as Universal Islands of Adventure and/or Universal Studios. Sometimes my husband and I make it a date day, too! Last week I had a girl’s night out at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Monsters was the first House we went through!) and that was a blast.
I know this is materialistic, but I’m wishing that some day, I can splurge on a Louis Vuitton bag. I have an album in my photos on my phone dedicated to the different bags I like. Some day.
Enjoying my makeup. Because I started the project of writing down what I use everyday, it’s prompted me to use more of my stash and diversify. It’s been fun, and I’m really enjoying my makeup lately. I’ve actually been pretty bad about writing it down in the last two or three weeks, but I’ll get back to it.
Loving skincare. Do we live in a great time for skincare products, or what? I feel like there’s something for everything. In particular, I’m enjoying The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel, Pixi Skintreats Vitamin C line (specifically the cleanser, toner, serum and Caviar Balm) and using a hydrating primer in the morning or my IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce moisturizer (which is almost used up).
Watching Netflix. I need to catch up on “Mindhunter” and “Stranger Things.” I just finished the third season of “Workin’ Moms,” which is ACCURATE and a fav of mine! Also, I recently finished the latest season of “Wentworth,” a show which is SO much more raw than “Orange is the New Black” (but I have to watch the latest season of that too). I am looking forward to fall premieres. TV comes in handy for background to blogging, some light work and when I do my nails!
Marveling that I can sense the season shift here in Orlando. Last year, Orlando and its heat were too new for me. Having a year under my belt, I can now sense the subtleties of the season as we shift from summer to fall – which, don’t get me wrong, it’s still hot as heck. But recently we’ve had breezes, the heat hasn’t been consistently boiling, and our typical afternoon showers have not always happened.
Wearing fun stuff. I have always been into T-shirts that have funny sayings or images on them, and as a woman in or around middle age, I’m sporting T-shirts that say things like… “Not to be trusted alone at Target.” I also really love wearing unique, fun dresses and outfits. My style is very eclectic. I go for bright, colorful clothing and if it’s got a cat on it, even better. I have a beer and pretzel CowCow dress I can’t wait to wear during Oktoberfest, even though I don’t think I’ll technically be celebrating it, haha!
Buying groceries. How boring is that?!
Opening myself up to monotonizing my blog.
Right now, my family relies on my income to live. It’s a lot of pressure, but I’m career-driven. There are so many times I’ve written posts recommending products, or detailing what I love at the moment, and have heard back from folks after they’ve bought a product I’ve recommended, letting me know their own thoughts. Yet, I’ve shied away from making money because I view it as a commitment I wasn’t ready to make (of time, mostly), and worried it would make me appear ingenuine. Sure, I review samples, and I’ll take opportunities now and then when they’re right. But honestly, I turn down or ignore opportunities regularly and I’m starting to wonder…Why? Why not make money? I don’t even want to know what I’ve left on the table. It would not compromise the integrity of what I do. I’ve been at this for 10 and a half years. I’m too seasoned for any BS.
Feeling like I’m sick or dealing with allergies. My throat is sore, my face feels so pained from my sinuses. I slept a monster amount between Saturday and Sunday. My 18-month-old has been sick so it’s possible I got sick from her.
Snacking on ice cream. I’ve taken to having a small bowl of ice cream after dinner each night, which is fun. I share small spoonful’s with my 18-month-old. It’s a nice treat. I’ve been favoring Publix’s Black Jack Cherry (it’s got yummy chips of chocolate and black cherries in it) and I add a couple maraschino cherries and juice to it, too.
Hearing my husband.
Guys, confession. I have felt out of balance since we moved and my husband took the opportunity for a career change. As a realtor, income is unpredictable (read: nonexistent at the moment). He works nights and weekends just trying to drum up a client, listing or sale, leaving me with the kids when we could be doing something as a family. I’m angry, I’m worried, I’m anxious, I’m angry. But I’m working on myself. I’m working on channeling the pride I feel for him in being brave enough to start a new career. For following his dream. For working so damn hard at it, putting himself out there and for having made his first sale a couple months ago. For getting positive feedback from clients who think he’s amazing, attentive and friendly.
I’m proud of him, and I want him to succeed. not just for our family, but for HIMSELF. I want him to win. And I’m hearing that I need to be more supportive in my actions and my words. Also, if you need a realtor in the Central Florida area…
If you read – THANK YOU! Now, here’s that blank copy I promised – get to work!