It’s Prime Time

Today we not only celebrate the spending of all of our money on fabulous deals on Amazon Prime. But today I realized I just might be beginning the prime of my life! And I’m ready to start living like I mean it.

Happy Prime day!

In the past year I think I have felt close to every emotion there is. I have experienced love and laughter, loneliness and loss. I have felt happy and silly, and sad and sorry. I felt like I couldn’t breathe… and then I had never breathed easier. My heart was confused… and then it was fuller than ever.

Life has taken me on quite the ride this year and along the way I have found that I have the love of my life by my side, the most caring and supportive parents, a brother whom I’ll always look up to, many other caring family members, best friends that love unconditionally, two wonderfully smart children that I will love and protect as my own and one sweet baby boy on the way.

My job isn’t perfect, our apartment is small, my pregnancy aches and pains are unpredictable but the people that surround me keep me going. They always encourage me to follow my dreams and do what makes me happy. I may be living a life I didn’t quite expect but I have learned so much and have loved finding my new path.

This is the beginning of the prime of my life. I am old enough to know who I am and who I am not and young enough to know I still have a chance to make all of my dreams come alive.

I wasn’t sure when or if I would become a mother and I feel truly blessed to find it was meant to be! As I embark on this crazy journey of motherhood and wife-hood, I only wish to keep learning and growing as a person, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a sound editor, a manager, a reader, a writer, and more. And hence! A blog post!

This blog has always been meant to be a part of my everyday. More than a hobby. Time to be ultimate…time to be prime!

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Wise Words From Women

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I give you a collection of quotes said by amazing women throughout history.

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.
Amelia Earhart

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
Eleanor Roosevelt

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
Oprah Winfrey

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Marie Curie

No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.
Grace Hopper

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman

People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you.
Aretha Franklin

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.
— Susan B. Anthony

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
J.K. Rowling

The formula of happiness and success is just being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.
Meryl Streep

Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground. — Rosa Parks

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. — Maya Angelou

I am not afraid…I was born to do this. — Joan of Arc

At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.   — Frida Kahlo

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. — Georgia O’Keeffe

That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.
Ada Lovelace

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.
Janis Joplin

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
Marilyn Monroe

I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Florence Nightingale

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
Lucille Ball

You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it. — Tina Fey

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together. — Queen Elizabeth II

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18 Quotes About Change

Sometimes we make a change, sometimes change is forced upon us. I’ve learned it is important to commit to the changes I want and adapt to the changes I can’t control. I’ve curated a small collection of quotes from some exceptional humans about change that have inspired me.

Photo by Ross Findon on Unsplash

It’s never too late to change your life for the better. You don’t have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your life.
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
― Carol Burnett

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
― Stephen Hawking

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.
― Chuck Palahniuk

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
― Amelia Earhart

People change and forget to tell each other.
― Lillian Hellman

Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
― Stephen Covey

You change the world by being yourself.
― Yoko Ono

The good and bad things are what form us as people… change makes us grow.
― Kate Winslet

Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.
― Nolan Ryan

Photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
― Albert Einstein

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
― Rumi

Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.
― Maya Angelou

Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise it will be too easy for you to look with blame… at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Tomorrow you promise yourself will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.
― James T. McCay

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
― Alan W. Watts

Be the change. Make the change. Embrace the change.

It’s time to join the dance!

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Photo Friday: Stranger in a Strange Land

Happy Photo Friday! Today’s theme is #strangerinastrangeland.

This past June, I was lucky enough to do a bit of exploring in Austin, Texas. It was a short trip for a beautiful wedding and then some family bonding time with three of my favorite people. Austin isn’t particularly strange but I did find some fun things to photograph. The images I want to share today are a couple of the intriguing things and places we saw in nature and otherwise that certainly “Keep Austin Weird.”  Texas was a visual adventure for sure, I look forward to visiting again in the future!

Photos all taken with a Nikon 3100.

Keep Austin Weird
Austin ArtMonkeys Always WelcomeLucy in DisguiseCactusCheeto TreeAustin AnimalsZebra in DisguiseLavender PlantSkeletonTree Branch Spikes

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Bucket List: 30 by 30

At the beginning of the month, I turned the wise age of twenty-six. It’s really nothing special, twenty-six. It feels a lot like twenty-five. I recently realized how much older twenty-seven sounds though! I am not getting any younger. So I decided I needed a specific bucket list for the next four years. Below you will find thirty things I want to do before I hit that big 3-0. Some of these should be easy, some will take time. Some are serious, some are super silly. But they all mean something to me. It all goes back to self-discipline, which is something I think and write about a lot.

We should take the time to plan and save for the things we want to do and accomplish. Stop thinking and start doing.

I really need to start taking my own advice…. Let’s do this.

30 by 30, in no particular order:

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Pay off my credit card
  3. Have consistent revenue as a blogger and freelancer
  4. Make business cards
  5. 1000+ Blog followers
  6. Add an audio element to my blog
  7. Read (Or Listen to) 100 Books
  8. Go on another Contiki trip
  9. Become a Certified Technology Specialist
  10. Start my LLC
  11. Reach my ideal body weight and stick with it
  12. Go to L.A.
  13. Watch all of the Oscar Best Picture Winners
  14. Visit Minnesota
  15. Go to Thailand
  16. Become a regular volunteer at a theater or venue
  17. Get a new camera
  18. Write and Record my own song
  19. Record and master my own album of covers
  20. Upgrade my Blog to have more design/function control
  21. Be something awesome for Halloween
  22. Get a larger apartment
  23. Run a 5K
  24. Run a Spartan Race
  25. Keep memory training – Be able to name all Oscar winners when given the year
  26. Finish my Spanish Duolingo Tree
  27. Make at least one short film
  28. Sell a design on Society6
  29. Be a successful affiliate with one or more companies
  30. Find a solution to my back/hip pain

Let the planning, learning, saving and training begin. <3

 

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