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?

Quality Time – Marriage And Relationship Goals

Quality Time

August was a month full of quality time with my family.  My mom came to stay with us for almost a week, and then we headed to Jamaica for a vacation with my dad and his girlfriend.  There was very little television or phone use, just relaxation by the beach, good food, and good conversation.

It got me thinking how rarely that happens when we are home.  Too often we are distracted by the television, our computers, or the latest book we are reading (ok that last part only happens to me) and we don’t spend a whole lot of time just being together without other distractions.

Zack is really good about turning off the tv at a certain time and spending a few moments just to catch up together.  But this month, I really want to dedicate to finding those moments everywhere.  I want to eat dinner at our dinning table and have a conversation.  I want to spend some time being with one another without feeling like we also have to be doing something else.

Our 2nd anniversary is at the end of this month, so I think that makes September perfect for some extra quality time together.

Marriage & Relationship Goals

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I Can’t Handle All The Celebrity Divorces

I Can't Handle All The Celebrity Divorces

It’s been 10 years since Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston got divorced and I still haven’t gotten over it.  I’m under no impression that celebrity marriages usually last longer than the latest boy band craze, but there are just some relationships you think can beat the odds.  Some Hollywood couples seem like their marriages are just like yours or your next-door neighbors and it’s so sad to see when they end.

This summer has been rough for celebrity divorces.  Most of them I didn’t see coming, and I’ve having trouble coping.  I’m taking the Miranda Lamber and Blake Shelton divorce harder than when my parents split.  The only logical reason I will accept for their end is that Blake is in love with Adam Levine.  Because that, is totally understandable.

But Ben Afflec and Jennifer Garner? Reba and Narvel? Gwen Stefani and Mr. Gwen Stefani? (seriously I can’t even remember his name.) It’s become more than I can handle.  I saw a rumor that Will Smith and Jada were getting divorced and I thought, “IS THERE NO TRUE LOVE?!?”  The next thing you’re going to tell me is that the people that go on the Bachelor aren’t looking for an honest and real relationship!  Or that WWE is all acting!  I kid, I kid.  Seriously, this summer has been hard.  I just keep thinking that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson better be hanging in there because I don’t think I could make it if they got divorced. But Adam Levine and his wife, now that’s a split I’ll support.  #BlakeAndAdamForeva

Which celebrity divorce has been the toughest on you?

Why I Haven’t Finished Any Good Books Lately

Why I Haven't Finished Any Good Books Lately

It’s not for lack of trying. I’m half-way through a book that I’m really enjoying, but no matter what I do or what I read, I have this problem.  I used to be the kind that could finish a book in a day.  A week tops.  Now it’s been several months and I haven’t finished any good books.

For a while I got in to a habit of reading several chapters of a book before bed.  I’d turn off all the lights, use the light on my Kindle, and read until my eyes were heavy and I couldn’t remember the page I read before. Because of this little ritual, my body now thinks every time I read, it’s bedtime.

No joke, yesterday morning I woke up, had a bowl of cereal and started reading.  I had gotten a good nine hours of sleep the night before.  I read for maybe 30 minutes until I started to feel like someone had slipped something funny into my Cheerios and I was out cold.  Three hours later it was lunch time and my biggest accomplishment for the day was drooling on the couch.

And it’s not because I’m bored.  The book I’m reading right now is really good!  I just cannot stay awake! It doesn’t matter how much sleep I’ve gotten or how exciting the reading material is, I sleep.  And these aren’t just quick power naps.  No, I’m dead to the world for at least two hours.

Reading is seriously one of my favorite things.  And I won’t lie, I really enjoy a good nap.  If there was an award for napping, I would win.  But I would really like to be able to do both!  I miss the days when I could read for hours on end.  Now all my reading is good for is replacing an Ambien.

Does reading make you sleepy?  Or do I have book-induced narcolepsy?


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?