I fell off the wagon and now I’m paying for it

Back in 2011, I worked for a company that required continuing education as part of their employment. The cool thing was they provided the classes and some of them were awesome. I think I’ve talked about this before on the blog, but I can’t recall. I took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. It was a huge wake up call for me. I discovered, at the time, I was spending approximately $750 a month on credit card minimums. It was a shock. I was determined to get myself out of debt. I did so great for so long. I was paying off credit cards and starting to feel so much better financially. And then life happened and I fell off the wagon. And then I decided to launch a new book and invested a lot of money I didn’t have. Since I didn’t have a good idea of how to launch a book, that failed miserably. I suddenly found myself in debt again. The thing about that is, though, you can’t let it get you down. Being depressed about credit card bills doesn’t get them paid off. And I was for a couple of months as I paid minimums because I was scraping together a large sum money for something else I needed. I was essentially right back where I started and it was no fun. Life is hard. It sucks. Being an adult sucks even more but I did it to myself and I had no one else to…

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Be More Productive, Find More Joy #BestSelf

I don’t often recommend products. When I do, it has to be something I truly, whole-heartedly believe in. I’m not a sales person (as evidenced by my own sucky book sales LOL) by any stretch. I’ve tried to sell jewelry and Avon but I’m…just…not cut out for that. But there is one thing that has transformed me. Not just my writing life, but my life in general. I love to journal but sometimes those blank pages can be daunting. I love setting goals but I can never figure out how to achieve those goals. One of my big goals is to write full time, but I never really sat down to figure out what steps I had to do to make that happen. I mean, I know I need to write books. But how does that break down into achievable steps to get there? One day I was skimming through my Facebook feed, as you do, and I kept seeing this sponsored ad over and over again. It hadn’t really stopped to look at it until one day, finally, I paused and really looked at the ad. It was for a journal, but a journal designed to help you reach you goals. Huh. I was intrigued. I followed the link to the Facebook page here. And then I ended up on their website.

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Trunk or Treat: I got fangs

The band does a Trunk or Treat every year but I had never participated until this year. I decided this was the year I was going to do it! And so I came up with this idea. I was inspired by a couple of Pinterest posts. I needed/wanted something easy to do  since I’m short on time and don’t have a lot of funds to put into something elaborate. I went to JoAnn Fabrics and spent a small fortune on red and white felt but IT WAS SO WORTH IT BECAUSE LOOK. This is the end result. My husband helped me with the sketch of the fangs. I did that first. And then I had to figure out how to make them big and get them on the white felt. So I made a pattern and used that to cut out the white felt. The tongue was super easy. As you can see, it turned out great! I was really happy with the end result. And I had a lot of compliments on it. I loved handing out candy to the little kids (siblings of the older band kids or children of the band directors) and the band kids themselves. What I that was pretty wonderful was how each and every band kid said thank you every time I put candy in their sack. These are a bunch of great, hard-working kids and they SO deserved to have some fun. Overhead: “Okay, we’ll start at the fangs and work our…

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Paying it Forward

Recently, a coworker offered me front loading washer and dryer. They were moving into a new house and the W/D came with it and they didn’t want it. The only caveat was we had to pick them up and they lived about 30 minutes away. Really no big deal. From the pictures, they looked like they were in really good shape and practically new. Mine were over a decade old and I knew the dryer was going to die at any minute. The husband loads up his truck with his moving gear and we head out on beautiful Saturday morning. I showed up with a thank you gift of wine and a restaurant gift card because in my book, it’s just rude to show up empty handed when you’re getting something like that for free. The pictures didn’t lie—they were in extremely good shape. The dryer was fairly easy to get into the back of the truck and went in first. That was probably our first mistake. The washer weighed about 300 pounds and took four people to load into the back of the truck. This thing was a monster. Oh, I should mention they came with the pedestals already attached, so I’m sure that added to the weight. So we head home. And because of the load, he took side streets so he wouldn’t have to go 60 mph on the highway. We made it! And then the issue became, how the bloody hell are we going to get…

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How to blackmail your #teenager

Over the summer, my son and I came to an understanding. He did what I wanted. He’d get to game. Teenagers aren’t the most cooperative, though. Anyone in the history of the world knows this. We were having a particularly rough battle of wills. This was before school and summer band started in full swing and I was determined to make him a little human. Or at least a little more respectful of his mother. He’d been spending an inordinate amount of time sleeping and gaming. I wanted to break that cycle. I told my husband as we were getting ready for bed to change the WiFi password. He stared at me a long moment and then said, “All right.” I think he secretly loved the idea. I should mention my husband delights in coming up with some really creative passwords. The one he came up with was very relevant to the situation at hand. Something along the lines of “be nice to your mother” will well placed special characters. The next morning, when I got up to get ready for work, I wrote a list of chores I expected the teenager to do before he could get online (see photo). This went over like a lead balloon, let me tell you. The kid was not happy at all, judging by the tone of his texts. Really, if I could have reached through the phone and throttle him, I would have. He did perform the chores I listed and sent…

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