30 September 2012

{31 days} :: here we go!

Well, ladies and gents (mostly ladies, if we're being real)... the time has come.

Thirty one days.  31. oh mama mia that's a lot of writing.

YIKES PIKES, here we go.

There are a zillion things out there that I've thought, "man, that just makes life BETTER!".  Why not share them? I hope you'll be encouraged, inspired, and excited.  What a wonderful life we live!

Hang on and enjoy the ride. Here we go!

26 September 2012

do ya like it?!

My little blog got a big makeover!

Thanks to this talented lady, I've got a little spring in my step, a little more style in my life.

Are you reading in a reader? Check it out HERE!

24 September 2012

{where have you been}

goodness i've been asking myself the same question!

Enter exhibit a:
exhibit a
This is my desk. At my office. My dual-screened central command, post-it note black hole. Things at work have been wacko.  And when I say wacko, I mean 7:00am-7:00pm kinds of wacko.  Many hours and blurry eyes.  It's just temporary, though, while we get some new staff in place and move through a couple transitions.  All good stuff. Just time-consuming good stuff.

I'm still early-morning going strong. And using this mug whenever it's clean.

exhibit b

My life group gals are back!  I may have mentioned how much I love these college girls who share their monday evenings with me. They brighten my life. I reward them with coffee cake (please remind me to give you this recipe) and as much pink as I can find.

exhibit c

Last week, I had a meeting in Minneapolis.  I'm proud to say I did not get even remotely lost on my way to this wholly-unfamiliar meeting location, though I got as close (I am sure) as I've ever come to running out of gas.  It was a REALLY close call.  Dang.

This is my best trick for remembering where I parked in a parking structure.  iPhone >> camera >> click. 

exhibit d

 A trip to the Twin Cities also allowed me to spend some quality time with my favorite kiddos.  My 7 year old nephew W and 5 year old niece S (and their 2 year-old-runs-like-a-ten-year-old) little brother B (and their parents of course) were my hosts for late-night laughing, games of memory  playing, mall of america shopping, 80 kids on the ice hockey-practicing fun.  I love kids.  Especially these guys.

exhibit e
We had a little Friday Night Lights fun.  It was the big game between the two high schools in the town my family lives in - and homecoming for one of them, to boot.  There was the crispness in that football air. And lots of nachos.  And the class of 2023 (see exhibit e).

PS. If you have never watched Friday Night Lights: run - don't walk - to your nearest Netflix.  Start with season one.

exhibit f

Thanks for stickin' with me, all. It's good to be back.

06 September 2012

time to commit

Over the past three years, I've so enjoyed The Nester's 31 Days series (serieses?).  What in the world is the plural of series?!  Not only is such a series chock-full of inspiration and idea-ation, it's an opportunity for the reader to gain perspective, hear voice, better-know.

It's for those reasons, and because it's just plain fun, that this year I'll be linking up with a 31 Days series of my own.  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... please meet my little buddy...

i'm in.

Yes, that's right.  For the month of October, we'll spend some time talking about the things that just plain old make life better.  Fun, right? 

Join me!

04 September 2012

get to know me :: {influence link up}

hey, that's me!

Today I'm linking up with the gals of the Influence Conference for a get-to-know-me extravaganza.  I'm so excited for Influence, and to meet in person so many ladies whose lives I've followed online.  I'm also looking forward to some inspiration, and of course, some old fashioned r&r... not to mention the Thursday night Stripes Party.

three get-to-know-me things

ONE: I'm an over-committer.  Anything I write after that sentence becomes ridiculous (this is draft number seven of this sentence, so you can believe me), so I'm leaving it at that.  That being said, does anyone need help with anything?

TWO: i'm one of five children.  i grew up crazy.  we had a conversion van and proudly pulled up to church and proceeded to exit like the israelites, one after another.  and now i work in the family business.  heaven help us all.

THREE:   i'm a news junky.  i love the news. ask me anything.  i even got satellite radio in my car so i can listen to my favorite news channel no matter where i am.  wait, is that weird?

two things i'm looking forward to about the conference

one: being back on my old stomping ground.  that's right... st. vincent's hospital in indy is the place of my birth, and spring ridge court in carmel (an indy 'burb) is where i spent my first six-ish years.  my best friend elizabeth lived just across the creek behind our house, and my little brother and hers had the time of their two-year-old lives one day, yanking all our neighbor's tomato plants from her perfectly pruned vegetable garden.  not one of our finer moments.

two: inspiration.  i spend my days in a job that requires a whole lot of "out", with not much "in".  can you relate? i'm looking forward to the opportunity to sit back and listen and take copious notes and drink yummy coffee.  and connect with like-minded women.  and hang with my mom and sister.  because they're my favorites.

one thing i can't leave home without

chapstick. CHAPSTICK.  Who's with me?!  Don't be bashful. The addiction to need for a very specific balm is nothing to be ashamed of.  My current choice? Standard Burts Bees. No flavor (it could be my imagination, but I swear the flavored kind makes my lips chapped)... Just the regular kind in the honey-yellow tube.  I have one in my purse and one in my desk drawer at the office.  And next to my bed, just to get all crazy-change-it-up adventurous, I have a little green egg of EOS.  I haven't been using it long enough to make a judgement on the stuff.

03 September 2012

{weekender} :: hello goodbye

I hope you are enjoying a wonderfully relaxing last splash of this summer sun.  

My family began our weekend with the four hour trek north for our ritual cottage-closing activities.  Although we do enjoy trips north during the winter for snowmobiling and other chilled-to-the-bone fun, each September we take out the boats, and the dock, and bid summertime goodbye until next year.  Since all the siblings and their munchkins (human and canine - hello creative sleeping arrangements) gathered up north, we also took the opportunity to toast to and celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary.  It's something to celebrate in these flea-when-things-get-tough times, no?  There was bubbly and laughter and nieces and nephews and beautiful family fun.  The good, however, was accented with certain sadness, though.  Today, we head five hours (literally and figuratively) in the other direction to celebrate and say a final goodbye to our dearly loved most-favorite uncle.  This world has lost a man whose love for his God, family, community, and world was spoken in each of his actions. He's gone far too soon, which none of us will ever understand.  Pray for our family, if you're the praying kind.  He leaves behind an equally impactful wife and five of the best cousins you could ask for.