Thursday, November 22, 2012

From 20-something....20-someone.

I can remember having multiple conversations with multiple peers of mine in the weeks and months that followed our college graduations about the directions that we were all taking. There were a few commonalities in these conversations: fear, misdirection, excitement, hope and fear- did I mention that one?

So here we are 4, 5, 6 years removed from our college years. We are now solidly planted in our 20's. And where are we? Well, let me introduce you to a new series on the blog called From 20-something to 20-someone!  For the next 6 weeks I will be featuring a new 20 Someone every Saturday who I hope will inspire you to keep on keepin' on. Today's post will feature one of the 20 something girls I know who has definitely become 20 someone!

This is Staci. Staci and I have been friends for 7 1/2 years. She was my "big sister" when I joined my sorority in college. She is the most consistent, loyal, forgiving friend I have ever had. She has seen me work through some seriously heavy stuff in college and put up with a lot of drama from me so I'm pretty excited to share her story with your first.

Staci's is 27 and married to her high school sweetheart. After graduation from Western Kentucky University in 2007, Staci and her then fiance', Clint made a move to Indianapolis so that Staci could go to graduate school, she earned her MBA a year or so later and the couple made a move to Louisville, Kentucky where Staci took a job working as a Tax Consultant for Deloitte. She spent 2+ years working 60-70 hour work weeks and becoming a CPA. In January of 2011 Staci, her now husband and the puppies made a move to their "hometown" of Lexington, Kentucky where Staci now works as a Tax Analyst for Ashland Inc.

This girl is superwoman. She makes the most incredible NON-pinterest inspired crafts you've ever seen. Her home is immaculate, it looks like a model home and she makes time for hiking and date nights with her husband. I can't really tell you how many conversations we've had about babies and careers and buying houses and buying cars and taxes and being too old or too young. As together as she is, Staci will be the first to admit that every day is only one step toward her long term goals and the dreams that she and her husband share. She is no longer just a 20 something, she survived the post undergrad, post graduate school meltdowns and she is truly a 20 Someone and an inspiration to all of us. Check back in on Saturday and I'll share with you all what Staci has to say about how she went from 20 Something to 20 Someone:

Here's a sneak peak at the seriously gorgeous, smart, talented and BRAVE women who'll be featured over the next few weeks.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A day in the life...of my sister?

I took a personal day. There were a number of reasons but they are all...well, personal so I'll spare you the details. I'll just say that there has been too much sadness and death around us lately. I am deeply rooted in my faith and I know that God is teaching us so much during this time and as of right now, I've decided not to blog about it, really and instead focus on the little things that bring joy to my life because after all, that's what this blog is all about- seeking out the little, tiny things in our lives that serve as our inspiration for the days that follow.

  I will, however, share with you all the things that I accomplished today post personal business.
Today, I played housewife.
And it was AWESOME!
I put Baja Chipole Chicken in the crock pot.
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 can of Hunts tomatoes with garlic and onions, 2 cups of chopped or sliced fresh mushrooms, 1 cup of fresh spinach, 1 cup of Lowry's Baja Chipolte Marinade. Put in crock pot on high for 4 to 6 hours. Serve as a main dish if you'd like. We'll be eating in on buns tonight like BBQ chicken :-)
I sorted the laundry and washed 3 loads.
I think we need a new system for organization in this room...the dryer looks like a disaster. Oops. The Coach ALWAYS does the laundry so the only time I ever come in the laundry room is when I'm walking through it to get to my car in the may notice(in the corner) that the cat food and litter box are also in this room...yeah the Coach does that job too. Come to think of it....what do I usually do around here????
I cleaned 2 spare bedrooms.
"The Blue Room" Come visit any time...the sheets are clean :-)
I organized my closet and the Coach's closet...yes, we keep our clothes separate. If we didn't my things would eat the Coach's stuff.
I have a stuff problem. My shoes begin to the left, outside the frame of this picture and wrap alllllllll the way around the closet passed the frame of the picture on the right. AH!
I cleaned the poolbath.
Doesn't everyone have their Cat Tree in the spare bathroom?? It's perfect for viewing the jungle aka the back yard ;-)
I cleaned the Kitchen.
I made a flower arrangement out of the roses from my "row of roses" in the back yard!
I put away the Halloween decor and packed up the candy to take to school tomorrow for my Treasure Box...let's get that crap out of here before I weigh 198lbs again!
I had a glass of tea.
I'm getting used to that initial :-)
I took a LOOOONNNNGGG hot shower.  
And I went to JoAnn's Fabric for a pony tail bow to wear for tomorrow's homecoming game!

I think I would say this was a successful personal day. But I really miss my class. I can't wait to see my kiddos tomorrow and hear all out their adventurous day with the "Guest Teacher."

Love & Peace.