Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Days are Here Again

Woo Hoo! It’s officially autumn! The weather has been so perfect lately that I really don’t want it to change yet. But I’ve been getting antsy for fall weather to get here. I see the leaves starting to change colors and I’ve needed a slightly warmer blanket at night.

I’ve already got plans for how I’m going to hibernate through the fall/winter season. There are a couple tv shows I want to catch up on, books to read (of course), and baking to do. I’ve been looking for soup recipes to try and this year I think I’m going to try making my own hot chocolate just to see how it compares.  I think I’ll also work on finishing a couple crafty projects I have laying around. Really, this is my favorite time of year and I’m so happy it’s here again.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Living the good times

A few years ago I made myself a collage on a piece of poster board and titled it “My Motivation to be Healthy”.  I hung it up in my bathroom. It was my way of reminding me why I wanted to take care of myself both physically and emotionally. It’s full of pictures of places I want to travel, clothes, motivational sayings, family, books, tv shows… just things that I like.  It’s still got some space and every once in a while I’ll add to it.  I took a good look at it the other day and realized something. I’ve told myself for so many years that I will be able to do certain things or go certain places when I am a certain way or a certain weight, etc.  But there are so many pictures on that board that I’ve already done.  I’ve been to Italy, Machu Picchu, concerts…done things with my family.  There are still a lot of things on the board I haven’t done but it’s not because of what I weigh or anything else.  I just haven’t got to them yet.  I’m glad that regardless of what I tell myself, I haven’t let these ideas that I’m not good enough stop me from actually doing the things I want to do.  I’ve been living my life while I was telling myself that one day I’ll really be living my life.

Anyway, all those things on my motivation board are still really good reasons to take care of myself and be healthy and keep working towards it (and they really have helped motivate me). But instead of waiting for the good times, I’m going to be more diligent in realizing that I’m actually living the good times.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I love to wear perfume.  I wear a different perfume everyday depending on what I feel like, the weather, or what seems to go with what I’m wearing. I was in heaven when I discovered I can buy perfume samples on the internet. I haven’t counted how many I have but without seeing them I could name over 20. I have a problem, I know.  :)
Usually my favorite scents are the clean ones. I like green and citrusy scents. I like floral and other fruity scents too. Spicy and oriental scents are my least favorite but I do sometimes like them. I don’t like powdery and rose scented perfumes and I don’t like to smell like vanilla. But I’m really open to trying anything. It just depends on the individual fragrance and what I’m in the mood for.  Ha ha… and since my moods change, small bottles and samples are really great for me. 
My favorite perfumes right now are:
  • Stella by Tocca – love the citrus in it
  • After My Own Heart by Ineke – starts with lilac, one of my favorite flowers but I love how it smells on me after the drydown
  • Sea and Sky by TokyoMilk – this is another one that I just love after the drydown
  • Dahlia and Vines by Nest - fairly new to my collection, it combines flowers with green and I like it but it is really strong and must be used sparingly
There are a bunch more that I really like but those are the ones that I seem to come back to or have actually purchased regular bottles of.
Today I’m wearing Ed Hardy Love & Luck. I like it but I’ve had the bottle for years and I’m kind of tired of it. The bottle is almost empty though so periodically I get it out and try to use it up.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Life is Good

Sometimes life gets extremely busy. I’ve been busy lately which is good and bad. I was talking with my sister the other day about how busy she is. She’s now got 3 kids in school and a 1 year old at home. Spencer is in boy scouts now and Livi has achievement days twice a month and my sister is trying to figure out bus schedules and manage her little family. While I don’t have kids, I still have a household to manage.  The advantage is that I can just talk to myself to get everything figured out.  I love the scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that says: To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. I like how life goes in seasons and cycles.

I’ve been busy managing my time since earlier this summer when I was asked to be the relief society president in my ward. I’m learning to love it but it has been a big adjustment for me to give up time that I had to do other things. 

One of the things that had me a little busy this past month has been the temple open house. I was able to volunteer as an usher a couple times and then I’ve had the opportunity to play the piano in the visitor’s tent. It’s been fun and I’m glad our temple is ready to be open again soon.  We took the kids to see it one night and then had to go for ice cream.

Anyway, life is good. Not without problems but really, really good.