A Magazine Reminder

A Magazine Reminder

I feel like singing a little Adele.  “Hello, It’s Me.”  I haven’t been gone for a couple of years, but it’s been quite a while. I could say all the cliché lines like, “I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting this space.”  “I’ve been so busy.”  “I didn’t have time,” etc.  But it just isn’t the truth.  The truth is the longer I didn’t type a word, the longer I thought I had nothing to say.  I lost my confidence that my words mattered to anyone, most of all me.

That’s why I started writing in the first place.  Because I needed the words.  I needed them to flow out of me.  There were things I needed to say and it seemed like the best place.  And then I got caught up in wondering if anyone else was reading.  Why weren’t more people reading?  Did anyone even care?  And then I got a magazine in the mail.

My grandpa sent me his copy of “Writer’s Digest” and said that if I liked it, he’d get me subscription for my birthday.  That gesture spoke volumes to me.  He knows I love to write.  He figured I’d enjoy reading about writing.  He sees me as a writer.

I might have two half-finished books on my computer and a blog I’ve neglected for months, but I’m still a writer.  My guitars may live in closets, lonely, but I’m still a writer.  My lack of self-confidence isn’t going to change that.  The desire is still in there.  The drive still speaks to me at times when I’m not expecting it.  It whispers, “you could write about this.”  Even if I think there’s no one reading, there will always be that one person that finds that I’m speaking to them.  That one person that believes in me enough to send me a magazine.

An Update On Life Lateley

An Update On Life Lately

I’ve been MIA lately, and for that, I’m sorry.  So much has been going on that this little space of mine has suffered.  But I missed you all, so I thought I’d give you an update on my life lately.

My Chloe + Isabel business has been going really well.  This month I was promoted to a Merchandise Manager, so now I’m helping a team of women run business of their own.  After hearing their goals, their dreams, and their reasons for starting with Chloe + Isabel, I feel so invested in them and passionate about helping their businesses grow and be all that they want them to be.  It’s incredible how connected I feel to a group of women that I haven’t met in real life yet.

Zack and I are under contract to buy a house that we have absolutely fallen in love with.  We are closing next month and just praying that everything works out the way we hope.  We keep dreaming about being in our very own house by Christmas and how we will be able to hang Christmas lights on the outside.

Both my jewelry business and buying a house have my quite busy in addition to my normal work and regular life schedyle.  But I am going to try to manage my time better so I can be here more regularly.

How is life going for you lately?

Currently – Volume 12

Currently – Volume 12

I’m linking up with In Residence and Gold & Bloom today for Currently – Volume 12 to tell you what I’ve been up to for the past month.

Creating – A better time-management strategy for myself.  The last few weeks have been very hectic and I feel like I’m getting nothing done at home/personally.  Hopefully if I can manage my time better by getting up early or watching less television I can get more done.

Wishlisting – Everything in the new minimalist layers collection in my Chloe + Isabel boutique. Seriously, I tried to decide what to order yesterday and when there were seven items in my cart I knew I needed help.  What pieces do you think I should get?

Hoping – That the next week goes by smoothly and quickly.  Next Friday my mom comes to visit for a few days and then my husband and I leave for a trip to Jamaica with my dad and his girlfriend.  I’m really ready to have some family time.

Eating – A lot of Chipotle.  If I could live off of guac, I would.

Watching – Seinfeld on Hulu.  I’ve never seen most of the episodes so it’s been fun to watch it from the beginning.

What have you been up to the last month?

Currently – Volume 11

Currently - Volume 11I’m back! I took most of June off from blogging to come back refreshed and rejuvenated.  I missed you all and I’m so glad to be back in the swing of things.

I’m linking up with In Residence and Gold & Bloom today for Currently – Volume 11 to tell you what I’ve been up to for the past month.

Craving  – Lattes.  What’s new though?

Grilling – not much of anything.  We have grills in the courtyard at our apartment complex but it’s been raining a lot this week.  Hopefully we can try the grill soon.

Listening – to Apple Music.  I signed up for the 3-month free trial to see what it what I thought of Apple’s new service.  So far I think the app is fun, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten.  Have you signed up to try it?

Planning  – to enjoy the rest of my week off.  My husband and I are having a stay-cation this entire week and it has been so wonderful to be able to spend all day with him.

Decorating – our spare bedroom.  My husband let me turn the room in to an office for my blogging and jewelry boutique and I’m planning on spending part of my week off making it even more organized.

What are you doing currently?

Currently – Volume 10

Currently - Volume 10

I’m linking up with In Residence and Gold & Bloom today for Currently – Volume 10 to tell you what I’ve been up to lately.

Playing  – not much of anything.  A couple of weeks ago I bought my husband and I Monopoly because we talked about wanting to play a board game together one night and we didn’t have any 2-person games.  Unfortunately I’m one of the only people in the world (or at least in our apartment) that likes Monopoly so we have yet to open the box.

Going – to the racetrack at the fairgrounds to see a race this weekend.  My husband loves all things cars (the above picture is him racing last year as a birthday present) so I was able to get us both tickets through my work so we could go.  I’m really looking forward to having a very different date night than we usually have on Saturday night. 

Wearing – This necklace all. the. time.  Chloe + Isabel’s summer collection came out recently and I am obsessed.  I think you should get yourself a little something to celebrate summer 😉

Sipping  –  Tons and tons of water.  I’m trying to get in shape before my husband and I go on vacation with my dad and his girlfriend in August and my Starbucks addiction had to go.  I figured I was consuming all my extra calories in drinks, so now I’m trying to stick with mostly water and the occasional coffee with very minimal cream.  It’s torture I tell you. Torture.

Reading – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  Growing up loved the Alfred Hitchock movie version but I’ve never read the book before.  It felt wrong to not have read a book with your name as the title, so when it went on sale on Kindle last week, I decided it was time to change the situation.  So far I’m enjoying it. 

What are you doing currently?