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23 Jun

I cannot believe how long it’s been since I have blogged.  It always seems like it was “not that long ago” but then I look and cannot believe the time that has passed.

I guess when you are busy living life sometimes jotting down your thoughts, ideas and opinions just doesn’t seem so important.  I can assure you though that since I last blogged I have still had thoughts, ideas and opinions…trust me!  🙂  I just didn’t share them!  Shame on me!

I do find blogging therapeutic.  That’s why I really don’t worry about readers or stats or metrics.  I just enjoy typing things out….going back over them…remembering.

Consider yourself warned.  Blogs are coming.

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My Business

15 Aug

No, not starting a business…not closing a business or minding my business….just I’m BUSY!

Moving, Disney, kids, summer, work, etc etc etc have kept me from stopping and trying to remember any of it…that makes me sad.  However it makes me MADcrazyHAPPY that I have been too busy to notice.  Lately the only thing I even WRITE is my prayer list (which seems to get longer by the day – sadly) so sitting down to type is unthinkable one some days!

Moving has definitely been the time suck of the year!  Hmm, I guess technically “moving” itself wasn’t the time consuming activity….that was over in a day.  Filling a house has been the thing….buying new things, repurposing old ones, shopping for bargains, creating new memories in a new space.  It’s been EXHAUSTING…but most of all…it’s been FUN!!!  It’s one of those things that makes it so apparent to me that crazy times bring out the MOST of what you have the most of.  If you have love and fun and happiness, you will get more of THAT.  My sweet husband has been so awesome throughout this transitional phase of having a new space to live in…..he’s dealt with my shopping habits, my chevron obsessions and my need to decorate every nook and cranny with some form of turquoise, aqua or gray!  My kids have totally enjoyed finding their own new things and old things alike and have been such troopers about keeping things clean and organized.  My Mom has been….an angel!  She has loved shopping for me and crafting and lending a hand or elbow or whatever was needed.  My niece helped unpack like a madwoman and it was a great time to have my entire family…inlaws, parents, niece and her boyfriend, sissy and her hubby and my baby niece….my kids…our friend Zoe…it was just awesome.  I have had more visitors in a month than I believe I had at my former house in the seven years we lived there!  It’s just fun getting opinions on decor and organization sometimes, right?  ((OH AND THERE IS THAT POOL PROJECT THAT I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT!!!  SO MANY DECISIONS…….EEEEEK.)

Getting the kids ready for back to school…fun times.  My kids will all be at the same school and I’m thrilled about that.  MJ is starting K5 and I can’t even believe it.  The speed at which time has flown is amazing.  I’d like to say I’m dealing with my baby going to school very well but I’m not a liar.  She’s so ready and I want to show her how excited I am for her and I do…and then I fall apart alone!!  WHEW!  It will be all fine and well next Friday after it’s been a day and we’ve had “that” day and she did fine and was happy and didn’t hold onto my leg for dear life.  (Dear God, please don’t let that happen. Amen.)  The boys are kinda “meh” about school starting back….but that’s to be expected at 12 and 15.  Happy for them to get in there and get it going though!

Mike’s promotion + school = CRAZY!  Many nights when we first moved in (he had finals then), I didn’t see him after dinner because I couldn’t stay up until he got in bed!   Work has been busy for him as well….he hasn’t even played much golf lately!

TO BE CONTINUED…………I can’t even stay awake!!!

Super Jamie!!!

14 Jan

So, as you all know, I’m doing this blog challenge so some of the posts are a little “out there” and ask silly questions.  I feel like I want to finish this though…soo…today’s was:  “If you were a superhero, what would be your hidden superpower?”

I have never thought about this (except on Saturday when I learned that SOME PEOPLE see words in their head instead of pictures when they are searching for content – WHAT?????) at all.  I read this on Friday though and have been thinking about it ever since.  As of now, I GOT NOTHIN.  I have no desire to see through walls or hear what people are thinking.  I don’t think I’d want to see the future or breathe fire out of my nose.  I don’t want to be able to have spidey senses that would tingle or leap tall buildings.  Currently, I am happy with reading into people’s actions, listening to their words and I wear contacts that help my deteriorating vision.  I have faith in the future since my Lord has told me to not worry about it.  Fire?  Me?  I’m way too hot-natured.  Spidey senses would probably be worse than those few times I’ve forgotten to take my thyroid medicine.  Tall buildings are pretty cool to look UP at so I’m good there.  I can wash clothes, watch Lifetime and raise children all at one time.  I can cook supper, clean dishes and have a conversation with my hubby without burning anything.  I can conference call, create spreadsheets, and handle personnel all at once.

Basically – I am a mom, wife, daughter and a manager – so CLEARLY – being SUPER?  It’s in the job description!  🙂

In the mood, dude

11 Jan

So, sometimes I am just not in the mood to blog.  Sometimes if I’ve just had a bad week or day or whatever, I just don’t feel like writing about butterflies or rainbows (I have never actually blogged about either of those, so don’t waste your time looking!).  Sometimes I prefer to spend time writing an email to someone or having a serious conversation with my sweet husband.  Sometimes I am just busy and I don’t blog on my iPhone.  On the flip side, there are times when I WANT to blog something out.  I want to type and type and type and I can’t get to my computer fast enough.  (Some of those blogs are still in draft/incognito mode because I’m not even sure where to categorize them!!  LOL)  I have many motivating factors in my blogging…but most of all…I want to remember and to use this as snapshots of my life.  I want to look back a year and think about  where I was or where my head was.  I want to have an easy place to do it.  I also love to write about my Lord.  If that were to EVER make someone want to follow Christ, that would make it alllll worth it.  Another motivation?  If I am totally honest:  boredom.  Sometimes it’s late and I just want to do something right before I fall asleep.  Whatever the motivation, when I’m done, I’m happy that I got it out no matter how heavy or light-hearted it could be.  I like to remember!

Bloggin to my noggin…

10 Jan

The funny thing about blogging is the release…the things that it makes me think of..the raw emotion that sometimes comes from it.  My memory fails me at times, but once I start to remember a time or event or a person because of a blog I’m writing I am right back there.  It is therapeutic.  It’s amazing, actually.  Some people have the most vivid memories of things…but I feel like I have to really reach for key details and visuals.  But when I’m writing about it, it comes much easier.  I start on it and I have to stop myself from writing it because I could go on and on and on.  I spend a ton of emotional energy when I am writing about the past or about my feelings.  I do it without a thought of who might read it, who won’t read it, how many people are “following” it…because that’s not the point.  The point is to remember, to look back and smile…or to have a good cry.

Either way, I remember.

And share.

So. Excited.

10 Jan

So, as I have stated more than once, my primary purpose of blogging is to remember.  To capture my feelings about something.  So, I’d be a fool to not capture the way I’m feeling about my plans on Saturday.  My weekends are usually full of sleeping in, hanging out with the family, eating out, shopping, enjoying my kids….which is great!  However, there are times when I have an actual PLAN (that is usually WEEKS in the making) and that is the case this Saturday.  I am going to meet my childhood friend and we get to hang out all day.  I am SO SO SO SO SO excited.  We see each other rarely at this point..and the funny part is that I seriously feel that we have more in common NOW than when we were TEENS.  She’s got a funny, wacky, witty sense of humor and can always make me laugh.  She can also make me want to Bible study like nobody’s business.  I don’t get to talk to her nearly enough but I feel like I can pick up the phone anytime and know that we can continue on like we’ve talked every day.  Every morning that I take my son to school, I drive by the street she grew up on and I think of times together as teenagers.  Talking about boys and teachers and the popular girls at school that we weren’t close with.  It’s amazing how we could have basically foretold our futures then!  LOL

I’m betting I have a follow up blog to this…complete with pics…in remembrance!

I like to move it, move it….

7 Jan

As a reminder, I’m doing the blog challenge that NaBloPoMo has set up and the theme is energy!

You know there are some songs that just do it for you?  Some that when you’re working out or walking or just riding in the car you just want to MOVE?  Funny how a song can get you up and moving after you’ve been perfectly content to sit on your butt for an hour!  The song that currently does it for me is Taylor Swift’s “22”.  I love the beat…and it doesn’t hurt that my daughter seems to know every word to it!  It definitely gets me going!!!  I need it now so I can finish the laundry – bye!!!  🙂

Morning, Sunshine!

4 Jan

I’m not sure if it’s age or kids or a hubby who gets up way before me…but over time, I’ve become THAT morning person!  I love going to the office early and being way productive before anyone even gets in.  I love to get up early and feel like I’m not wasting any of the day!  I have more energy in the morning and can usually tell that around 4 pm I am hitting my wall and need to slow down a bit in order to make it until bedtime.  What I still need to figure out?  Why, as exhausted as I am, I can’t go to SLEEP then?  Ohhh, insomnia, you are not my friend!!

When are YOU most productive and energized?

Oh, just charge it. Then, recharge it.

3 Jan

When I feel drained of *energy*, there are a few ways I can recharge.  I thought I’d make a list…

  1. nap (assuming all the kid folk and husband folk are in agreement.  LEAST LIKELY ONE, FYI)
  2. massage (La Therapie in Cary is my FAVE)
  3. be still (and know)
  4. talk it out (talk about what drained me, prolly to my mama)
  5. make a list (ha, but no really)

I find that sometimes the most effective way to recharge is something mindless.  Like, scouring FB or Twitter for updates.  To just get lost in something that is not taxing or stressful does me much good.  Maybe that’s why I know so much about Sanford’s goings-ons, Cory Booker,  Food Network and YOU!  🙂

 

Working on Empty

2 Jan

Interesting that my blog prompt today was, “Which daily tasks take up the most of your energy?”  Interesting since today was my first day back to work in a few weeks.  Interesting in a really not funny way.  So, obviously, most days I spend MOST of my day/time/energy working.  I get to work from 7:30 to 7:45 and enjoy a few quiet moments before everyone arrives.  I usually start coffee for everyone while my laptop starts up and then I get started!  I am a Marketing Manager for a company that manufactures pool equipment.  What I actually DO has nothing and everything to do with that. I manage our incentive programs and that means a lot of approving, a lot of spreadsheets, tons of numbers and an annual event that takes the best part of a year to plan.  I have a team that is awesome and I work for an executive that is amazingly present even when traveling the greater majority of the year.  I have conference calls and meetings and process improvements and employee reviews and emails and voicemails and travel and budget review.  It take a lot of energy to keep up with the pace that our department runs.  We have no down time to speak of…we have a seasonal industry but we are global so we are constantly shifting from one market to another.  It’s the best of things and the worst of things.  No time to be bored but so fast that you can’t even decide which is your favorite part!  I love it though.  I don’t know how I would function in a place that wasn’t moving so quickly.  It’s certainly the way I operate and the way my colleagues seem to as well.  I think we have all adapted and am pretty glad that it’s the case.  I recharge each night with my family.  They keep me going, as I wrote about yesterday.  Each day is a new challenge, full of opportunities.  I only hope I take advantage of the right ones on a consistent basis!

 

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