50 [MORE] Fun Facts About Me!

50 [MORE] Fun Facts About Me!

I’m back with even MORE *fun* facts about me!  I always enjoy getting to know others, so I really like doing these blog posts/videos.  Leave some fun facts about yourself in the comments!

  1. I bruise like a peach
  2. I collect shot glasses
  3. I’ve only worked at two places since I was 13 years old
  4. I had braces for three years, including a palette expander, spacers, elastics, retainers, and many oral surgeries
  5. I won “Best Smile” in high school
  6. My fear in life is smashing my face (because of all the extensive work done to my teeth – I really don’t want to go thru that again)
  7. I love the smell of sawdust, wood, and bullet heaters – I even have a candle from Yankee Candle called “2×4” that smells like wood
  8. I’m naturally a fast walker – sometimes my husband can’t keep up with me
  9. HATE the number 9
  10. I LOVE rollercoasters and amusement parks – I’m somewhat of a thrill seeker
  11. I rock back and forth when I’m lounging around
  12. I love to sneeze, it’s so relieving
  13. I would love to have grey/silver hair
  14. I crack my knuckles a LOT
  15. I think it’s creepy when people whistle
  16. I hate people who lack any manners
  17. I’m only 5’2″
  18. I cry when I see others cry – good or bad tears
  19. I hate the smell of the ocean
  20. I chew the inside of my cheeks all day
  21. I cannot sleep on my back
  22. I’m a very active person, I’m not so much the type to just relax on a beach or do yoga
  23. I listen to all types of music – pop, alternative rock, classical, heavy metal, blues, folk
  24. My favorite ice cream flavor is black raspberry
  25. I cannot sleep without the television being on
  26. The smell of eggs being cooked makes me nauseous
  27. I really don’t like loud people
  28. I like to eat baby [rice] cereal for breakfast
  29. LOVE thunderstorms
  30. I love city noises – cars driving by, car horns, ambulances, etc.
  31. My mood is super affected by weather and lighting
  32. My husband and I got married at City Hall; no big wedding
  33. I am afraid of the dark…or what could be hidden in the dark, rather
  34. I’m always warm – my body radiates heat
  35. I love blankets (being cozy)
  36. HATE being late, it’s makes me anxious
  37. I’ve never broken a bone
  38. I have a photographic memory
  39. I have the same birthday as my pepere
  40. I am really good at keeping secrets
  41. My favorite weather is when it’s sunny and raining at the same time
  42. I’m really good at Flip Cup
  43. I cannot sleep without a blanket
  44. I really enjoy flying
  45. My favorite flowers are Peonies; coral, preferably
  46. I cross my T’s before I write the stem
  47. Halloween is my favorite holiday
  48. hate the sound that a crow makes
  49. I am not ticklish
  50. I don’t follow any religion

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How to Deal with Death – Top Tips

How to Deal with Death – Top Tips

Unfortunately, we all have to deal with death at some point in our lives, but fortunately, we are all in it together and I have some tips to share with you to help you get through it.

It’s very important to know that there are steps in the grieving process that everyone goes through, and sometimes, it can take longer to get through some of the steps in the grieving process than you might expect.

Here are the steps in the grieving process:

  1. Denial/Shock
    I’m sure everyone’s first response to news of the passing of a loved one is, “what?”  Of course, the death of a loved one is never truly expected; it’s shocking to hear the news and for some reason, your body/mind initially reject the news or idea of that person not being around any longer.
  2. Pain/Guilt
    Of course, the death of a loved one is painful – nobody wants to be without their loved one, and guilt, that’s a really difficult stage, especially for me.  I have dealt with many suicides of loved ones in my life, and guilt has always been the step that takes me the longest to get through.  I often feel guilt for the suicides because it always feels like I could (should) have done more to ensure that person knew just how much they were loved.
  3. Anger/Bargaining
    It’s very common to feel angry after the death of a loved one; how can you not be angry – your loved one is no longer physically around.  Fortunately, this is one of the stages that I find is easiest to get through…mostly because the sadness takes over, but still, it’s very hard to feel angry at or about the death of a loved one, at least that’s what I find.
  4. Depression/Reflection/Loneliness
    Ah, depression – the most common, and worst stage.  Sadness and depression are the emotions that immediately come to mind when you think of the death of a loved one.  Many times, it can feel like getting back to normal everyday living will never come during this stage, and that’s normal, it’s okay.  This is also the stage that most people will reflect on the death of your loved one, which can bring more emotions of depression and loneliness, but it’s important to know that you’re not actually alone – there are many people who love and care about you that are available and willing to help get you through this difficult situation.
  5. Upward Turn
    This is the stage where you will typically start to feel a little better, and make a turn toward the end of the grieving process.  During this stage, you start to feel a little better, and start to let go of some of the sadness.
  6. Reconstruction/Working Through
    This is the stage where you start to get back into your normal every day living and adjusting your life without your loved one being around.  During this step, you will also start to work through all of the emotions that you just experienced, and also start to work through the facts of the actual death.
  7. Acceptance
    Finally, you will reach the acceptance stage, but it isn’t easy to get here – this can take YEARS to reach.  When my pepere died, I didn’t actually accept it until maybe five years later.  Be patient, and do what you need to do to get through this.  Acceptance is the goal, obviously, because you will prove that you can get through it, and you can move on and live your life, knowing that you’re not forgetting that person, just adjusting your life without them.

Besides the 7-Step Grieving Process, here are my other top tips to help you get through the death of a loved one:

  • Realize that everyone grieves differently, and however you grieve is up to you, it’s your prerogative, and it’s okay
  • Open up and talk about it, but ONLY when you’re ready – don’t rush it
  • Allow yourself to be vulnerable; this isn’t an easy process and you can’t be the strongest person in the world all the time – it’s okay
  • Let others be there for you, and lean on them when you need them
  • Know that you’re allowed to be messed up for a while.  Again, this is NOT an easy process, you’ll get there, but you might be a little fucked up for a bit
  • DO NOT turn to drugs or alcohol – that never ends well
  • Take a vacation, a mini-vaca, or even a little staycation – take time for YOURSELF to take care of you
  • Do something you love.  Again, you need to take care of yourself and doing something that you [normally] love to do, might help speed up the process and help you feel like a normal human being again.  I know it’s hard to do anything fun during the grieving process, but it’s important to take care of yourself
  • Cherish the good memories you have with that lost loved one.  Believe me, they would want you to celebrate their life rather than make yourself feel worse.
  • Give yourself time, be patient, the grieving process is not an easy, or quick one – be gentle with yourself.

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15 Things to Know Before you get Tattooed

15 Things to Know Before you get Tattooed

You may or may not already know that I have a lot of tattoos…so if you didn’t already know – now you know!

Of course, I started getting tattoos as soon as I turned 18, but there’s always a handful of things you should know before getting tattooed, so I decided today I would write about all the things I WISH I knew before I got my first tattoo. Enjoy!

  1. Realistic Photos are the best references to bring
    1. Don’t make the mistake of bringing a picture of a tattoo on someone else – tattoo artists never want to replicate someone else’s work!  Also, your tattoo artist really won’t be able to get the best small detail from a picture of a blown-out , blurry tattoo; your tattoo will come out so much better if your artist has a nice, realistic photo to reference and grab all of those small details you want in your tattoo
  2. It’s perfectly OK to ask questions
    1. Remember, this tattoo will be on your body for the rest of your life, so do it justice by asking questions that you need answers to
    2. Especially about the drawing/stencil – you’ll be somewhat intimidated to ask questions, but it’s okay to convey if something isn’t what you envisioned
    3. There’s a line though – don’t piss off your tattoo artist with a buttload of unnecessary questions…that’s how people end up with penis tattoos on their back
    4. Communication is KEY
  3. You WILL get shaved
    1. It pretty much doesn’t matter where you’re getting tattooed – they will shave the area before they start tattooing
    2. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal (and it isn’t), but it is somewhat alarming when it’s on a spot where you really thought you didn’t even have one hair…like your back.  As a female, it was a bit of a weird concept to have my back shaved before I started my back piece, but it’s normal, and it’s no big deal
    3. It’s for your own health, so you don’t get ingrown hairs from the needle penetrating your skin over and over!
  4. Pain tolerance varies
    1. Per location on your body, and per person – I thought my arm hurt the worst (and I had my eyebrows tattooed on…three times w/ touch-ups), but thought my ribs didn’t hurt very much.  My husband feels the exact opposite – he thought his arm was easy peasy, but his ribs were no bueno!  Weird, right?
    2. You always hear the same sayings, your foot hurts the worst, your ribs hurt the worst, blah blah blah – that all depends on your own pain tolerance
    3. I think tattoos on more fatty areas hurt more because they pinch more, but others think that boney areas hurt more…it all depends on your own pain tolerance
  5. The pain is not what you expect
    1. Before I got my first tattoo at 18 years old, I had already heard so many horror stories of how much they hurt, so I anticipated the worst, like unbearable pain!
    2. You will probably hype yourself up for no reason, it’s actually a manageable pain, just know that it will all be over eventually, you just have to sit through it and be brave, little one!
    3. I find the pain actually feels like more of a burning sensation, sort of like someone is continuously rubbing a rash (like road rash) that I already have; I thought it would feel like getting a shot at the doctor’s over and over…I’ve never been stung by a bee, so I can’t relate to that saying that “it feels like a bunch of bee stings,” sorry.
  6. The rubbing is the worst part, I promise
    1. They have to rub away the excess ink after a few passes over the same line/area, but it just gets to you after a while because it stings
    2. They’re rubbing an open wound, how can that not sting a bit?!
  7. Every tattoo artist is different
    1. You will not have the same experience with different artists
    2. Tattoo artists have their own preferences on the way you sit or lay for each tattoo, drawing technique, tattoo technique, style, etc.
    3. Some artists prefer to ONLY tattoo black and grey, or color.  Others prefer only one style like photo realism, new school, old school, etc.
    4. It’s important to look through your artist’s book (of previous tattoos) to ensure they tattoo the style and color options you want, and they do it well!
    5. Some tattoo artists take longer to tattoo than others, which results in more sessions = more money
    6. I’ve experienced artists that like to tattoo in complete silence, and others that like to talk and chit chat with you the entire time, but I really have no preference; I don’t mind either way
  8. Timing is everything
    1. Your tattoo should not be in direct sunlight or submerged under water for extended periods of time during the healing process (about two full weeks)
    2. It’s best not to get tattooed in the Summer if it’s on an area of your body that could potentially be in direct sunlight or submerged under water (this is for you, pool junkies and beach go-ers!) for extended periods of time
    3. Time it out right, and don’t neglect the healing process, be patient and follow all the rules and I promise your tattoo will heal to a beautiful masterpiece!
  9. You will need touch-ups
    1. Touch-ups are vital if you want your tattoo to look as good as it did on Day 1
    2. If you’re okay with your tattoo(s) fading a bit, then you might not elect to get touch-ups, but that’s simply personal preference
    3. Touch-ups = more money
    4. I think a lot of people don’t think of this when they first decide to get a tattoo (I know I didn’t) because you’re only thinking about the initial payout for the tattoo itself, but you should plan to get touch-ups (if you decide to), which means you need to plan to pay more money
    5. ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN TO YOUR TATTOOS to keep them vibrant, to possibly avoid touch-ups
  10. Tattoos will grow with your body
    1. If you get tattooed on any area that has a possibility of stretching and growing, know that your tattoo will do the same!
    2. If you want to have children, it’s not recommend to get tattooed on any part of your stomach that would stretch with pregnancy because it probably won’t bounce back to the same size and shape as when you first got the tattoo
    3. We all know that when we get older, we tend to gain weight more easily (that’s just life), so try to plan for that and know that your tattoo will grow and shrink as your skin does
    4. Placement is critical
  11. Everyone will ask WHY you got that tattoo
    1. They always want it to have some sort of deeper meaning
    2. Of course, many people have deep meanings for getting certain tattoos, for instance, my first tattoo, on my foot, I got in honor of my pepere because he used to make rosaries and I remember helping him pick up the beads off the floor when he was done, and I have the last rosary he ever made before he passed away, so I got a rosary tattooed on my ankle/foot
    3. Sometimes, there’s just not a deep meaning for a tattoo, I have some that I got just because I love the look of them, and I feel they compliment my body
    4. People are just curious, it’s okay
  12. People assume you ONLY want to discuss your tattoos
    1. If your tattoos are visible, people tend to assume that’s all you care about and only want to talk about them….NOT true.
    2. I got tattoos for me, not for everyone else, it’s totally fine to discuss other things in life, my world does not revolve around tattoos
  13. You will be judged
    1. And unfairly placed into an irrational stereotype
    2. If you have more than one tattoo, or multiple larger tattoos that are visible, you’ll be judged and people will think you’re a punk
    3. Again, some people have no shame, my husband and I have had people say some really cruel things about our tattoos and how horrible it is to get tattooed, but tattoos don’t define us, they just add character and enrich our lives
    4. Again, we get tattooed for us, not for others.
    5. It’s getting better, but people do still judge people that have tattoos
    6. It won’t ruin your life or ruin job opportunities, good companies know that tattoos don’t affect your job performance, so they easily overlook them
    7. I choose to cover my tattoos at work by wearing long-sleeves, but that’s my choice…it’s basically so that everyone can focus on the task at hand, especially during meetings, rather than waste time discussing my tattoos
    8. I don’t judge people that don’t have tattoos, so it’s somewhat unfair that people judge me for having tattoos, but whatever, that’s their prerogative – do you, booboo!
  14. People will ask SO many questions
    1. What happens when you get older?!
    2. Did it hurt?!
    3. How many tattoos do you have?!
    4. Which one hurt the worst?!
    5. SARCASM is great for these type of questions…it feels like you’re being kissed by unicorns and kittens
  15. They’re addicting
    1. Once you get one, you will immediately want another
    2. SOME people just want one, and know that they only want one, so when they get their one tattoo, they’re satisfied and don’t get addicted like others – obviously, totally fine!
    3. I’ve always known I wanted a lot of tattoos, but I really didn’t know how addicting they really are

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Get to Know Me a Little Better!

Get to Know Me a Little Better!

I realized the other day that I’ve never really done too many posts about ME and my personality, so I thought it would be fun to do a little survey-type post so you can get to know me a little better.  I hope you enjoy!

  1. Do you go by a nickname?  When I was a little girl, my family would call me “Manda Panda,” but not so much anymore, in high school, my friends called me “Red” or “Ruby” because of my red hair, but as an adult, I really just go by “Manda,” which is pretty common; most people I meet end up dropping that first “A” from my name anyway, and I much prefer to be called “Manda” rather than “Amanda” anyway.
  2. When driving, do you listen to CDs, tapes, the radio, or nothing?  On my commute TO work in the mornings, I listen to a local radio station because I love their morning show, but on the commute HOME from work, I listen to Satellite Radio or my iPod.
  3. Are you a window person, or an aisle person?  I am a window person :o)
  4. How do you relieve stress?  Typically, I light some candles, make myself a pot of tea, and read a book in complete silence.  Every now and again I’ll work out to relieve stress, but I would much prefer to read a book instead; it calms me.
  5. What’s your favorite childhood TV Show?  Aaahh Real Monsters!
  6. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I can’t remember if I wanted to be anything specific, but if anything, I probably wanted to be a Veterinarian.
  7. What was the best prank you ever pulled off?  I used to have a boss who would slam his desk drawers (not out of anger or anything, it was just his habit of closing his drawers), which would scare the crap out of me because I sat right outside his office and I never knew it was coming, so one day, I taped a dog’s squeaky toy to the back of his desk behind the drawer and when he slammed his drawer, the toy squeaked so loud and he was so confused!  He was a really cool boss, we had a good laugh about it, and he learned his lesson…he never slammed his desk drawers again :o) YAY
  8. If you could have dinner with any 3 people, who would you choose?  Jimmy Fallon, Lucille Ball, and Michelle Obama.
  9. If you could get back any article of clothing that you once wore, what would it be?  Weathervane jeans, for SURE!
  10. If you could hire any actress to play you in a movie, who would you hire?  Jennifer Lawrence or Leslie Mann; two of my favorite actresses – they’re so cool.
  11. If you could play an instrument, which would you play?  The Cello.  I love the sound of a cello, it’s such a beautifully sounding instrument.
  12. If you could hear one person give a speech, who would it be?  John F. Kennedy.
  13. If you could live in one city for the rest of your life, where would you live?  Portland, Maine.  My husband and I want to retire in Maine, and Portland seems like the best place!
  14. If you could make any fictional character come to life, who would it be?  Stewie, from Family Guy.
  15. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?  I don’t really remember, and I haven’t seen those pictures in quite some time, but I would expect it was a variety of animals, cat, mouse, etc.
  16. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?  Closed.
  17. If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?  Gidget from The Secret Life of Pets
  18. Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?  No.  I don’t usually like the shampoos and conditioners at hotels since I’m pretty specific about my haircare products, so it’s really not worth it to me to take them.
  19. Have you stolen a street sign before?  No.  That requires all too much effort…and tools.
  20. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?  Out.  I feel too restricted if they’re tucked in.
  21. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?  A swarm of bees.
  22. Do you always smile for pictures?  OF COURSE.
  23. Have you ever peed in the woods?  Yup.
  24. What was the best concert you ever attended?  Kings Of Leon.  ALL of them.  I’ve never missed a KOL show in this [New England] area, but they’ve ALL been my favorite!
  25. What is your song of the week?  Eternally Yours by Motionless in White.
  26. Do you still watch cartoons?  Does Family Guy count?
  27. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone?  On paper???  Probably not since high school?!  I write my husband love notes here and there, but no real “letters”
  28. How many languages can you speak?  Just one – English.  I know a little bit of American Sign Language, but not as much as I would like to know…hopefully I can fully divulge in ASL soon.
  29. Do you believe in ghosts?  Absolutely!!  I think I’m a little sensitive to them, a little more than others, but either way, I believe in them because I see and hear them all over the place.
  30. What was your first concert?  NSYNC!
  31. Cheetos or Fritos?  Fritos, please.
  32. Can you curl your tongue?  I sure can!
  33. Have you ever won a selling bee?  No, I’ve never participated in a Spelling Bee.
  34. Do you own a record player?  No, I’m not that cool.
  35. Who would you like to see in concert?  Tove Lo.  PLEASE!!!
  36. Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles?  Sugar Cookies, duh!
  37. Can you swim well?  Yes, I’m a pretty strong swimmer.
  38. Are you patient?  I like to think I am, but I’m pretty sure it just depends on the circumstances.
  39. DJ or Live Band at a wedding?  DJ, ALWAYS!
  40. Have you ever won a contest?  I’ve won radio contests…does that count?
  41. Do you have kids?  No.
  42. Do you want kids?  No.

I hope you enjoyed this little post about me :o)

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Values and Morals

Values and Morals

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!  I don’t make resolutions for the new year, but I thought it would be a good time to discuss some of the things that I value in life, some of my morals, and just everyday things that I cherish.  I try my best to remember all of these every single day so I can constantly work on myself and try to be the best version of myself daily.

On one of my very last days in college, my professor decided to just do a fun exercise with us since were all done with our lessons and finals and it turned out to be a really fun little experiment.  She handed out a sheet with about 100 different words and she asked us to choose our top ten, then narrow those down to our top three (from the top ten).  The goal was really just to understand each other better and see what others value and cherish in life; I thought it was a really good idea and it did help us to come together even better as a class.  After we chose our top three, we went around the room and she wrote down everyone’s values on the whiteboard and we got to hear the backstory of everyone’s values and why they chose that as one of their core values.  It was a really enjoyable and interesting activity.

One of my top three was “bliss.”  I think bliss is so much more than just simply being happy because bliss is something that can sometimes be hard to achieve, but once you do find that bliss, it’s such an amazing feeling and something that you definitely do not want to let go of or ever be without again.

Another thing that I really value is respect.  If I meet someone and they show me that they’re going to respect me, then they have already earned my respect, basically.  I don’t see the point in respecting people that don’t respect me.  Respect is a two-way street; it’s earned, and it’s worth so much, it’s not just given for free.  Once you realize your worth, you’ll stop giving people discounts.  Regardless of the basis of my relationships, if someone consistently disrespects me, I will cut them off; I don’t see the point in entertaining the idea of keeping people around who disrespect me.

Another thing that I truly value is not intentionally hurting someone’s feelings.  I can be a bitch, but that’s only when someone disrespects me first (multiple times) or intentionally tries to hurt my feelings.  It’s just not in my nature to want to hurt people’s feelings.  I’ve been in that position (multiple times) where someone wanted to hurt my feelings, and it’s very hurtful to know that that’s someone’s intentions, so I would never want anyone else to feel that kind of hurt either.  If at any point, I do end up hurting someone’s feelings, it is always by accident, and if someone just tells me that I’ve hurt their feelings, my initial reaction is “oh my god, that was not my intention, I will fix it, I will work on it, I didn’t mean it like that, I’m so sorry;” I would never make someone feel like it’s their fault that their feelings are hurt or that I didn’t even say anything hurtful – it’s not my place to judge whether I think you should or shouldn’t be hurt by something.

I also value and cherish the relationships in my life; my husband, my family, my friends, my co-workers, etc.  My relationships that I have with people are meaningful to me because they are all people that have shown and proven to me that they will respect me and they care about me, and they’re not going to intentionally hurt me.  I work on all of my relationships every single day because they are very important to me.  They’ve all proven that they are going to keep the relationship a two-way street; they’ll call me, they’ll ask me how I’m doing, what’s new in my life, etc. as will I.

I also value just doing things for me.  I think it’s really important to keep yourself happy and remember to do things for yourself to put yourself first because you are important.  Even if it’s a simple pamper night here and there, or buying myself something that I’ve wanted for a while, or reading a book with a nice cup of tea, anything to make myself happy so I can get back to me.  I’ve done that so many times before where I put myself last and put everyone else first, which does, in a way, make me happy; I love to make others happy as well, but in the end, I’m still putting myself last, but I’m learning to put myself first.  You can’t pour from an empty cup, so you need to take care of yourself before you can help anyone else.  As an introvert, I don’t exactly crave human interaction; I do need it, but maybe not as much as others.  I enjoy my own company so I really like to have me time and just relax.

These are all the values and morals that I really try to remind myself of every single day so I can work on myself and just be the best version of myself every day, instead of waiting for a whole new year to begin working on myself.  What are some of your morals and values in your life?  I’d love to hear them!!

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Goodbye, 2016 – Hello, 2017!!!

Goodbye, 2016 – Hello, 2017!!!

Welp, 2016 is coming to an end…who’s excited?!  Me me me!!!!

2016 wasn’t absolutely horrid, but for some odd reason, I’m really glad it’s over, and I’m ready for 2017!!

Of course, everyone is doing their “new year, new me” bull shit, but I thought it would be a better idea to focus on the positives of both 2016 and the upcoming new year!

To recap 2016 positives:

  • We began to repair  our relationship with my husband’s sister
    • This has been strained for years
    • When we learned of her pregnancy, we all decided to put our differences aside for the sake of having a relationship with our niece
  • Learned we will be an aunt and uncle again
    • COME ON, how is that not exciting?!
    • We’re a professional aunt & uncle, basically
  • Decided to seek professional treatment
    • This was the toughest decision I have ever made in my entire life
    • I’m taking care of myself and my mind
    • I’m going to be so much healthier, mentally
  • Finally told father and sister about abusive relationship, PTSD, and therapy
    • This took a huge weight off my shoulders
    • What a wonderful feeling to have their support through this weird time for me
  • Moved cubicles at work
    • This may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but it was a huge deal for me
    • The surroundings of my previous cubicle were not healthy
    • In my new cubicle, I am surrounded by the needed Points Of Contact to achieve my daily goals
    • I sit right next to one of my good friends, so we can keep in touch better now

2017 Goals:

  • Remain in counseling to treat my PTSD
    • I have no plans to stop going to sessions with my therapist
    • Having a regular schedule of sessions (every other week) has been very beneficial to me
  • Drop down to once per month / achieve “maintenance” level within treatment
    • When I hit that one-year mark of attending therapy sessions, I hope to be in a good enough place that my therapist would agree that I can drop down to once per month (vice once every other week ~ twice per month)
    • She calls this “maintenance”
    • This indicates to me, that I would have achieved my goals of therapy and I would be able to simply maintain that healthy lifestyle
  • Conquer my fears associated with the abusive relationship
    • This really can only be achieved by maintaining my regular therapy sessions
    • This is one of the goals of therapy for me
  • Have a regular visiting schedule with sister-in law, her fiancé, and our new niece
    • This works into repairing our relationship
    • It can [hopefully] only get better from here
    • This will show them that we truly care about them and our niece
    • This is important to me
  • Open an IRA
    • Having a finance degree, I am well aware of how good it is to start saving for retirement early
    • Already having a 401K thru work helps, but as we’ve seen in the past, you can’t always bank on a 401K
    • Having an IRA would be backup just in case, god forbid, the stock market crashes yet again
    • Not being financially prepared makes me so anxious
  • Apply my college degree more at work
    • I worked hard for my degree, and I am still paying off those student loans, so it would be nice to apply that degree as much as possible
    • I enjoy finances and would love to be able to test my knowledge by applying everything I learned in college
  • Take a vacation to Disneyworld
    • We have not vacationed since our honeymoon, 4 1/2 years ago
    • We work hard and deserve a little time off, just the two of us
    • My husband hasn’t been to Disney since he was young, I think he will really really enjoy himself there
  • Maintain a regular upload/posting schedule with YouTube and WordPress
    • I truly enjoy all the hard work that goes into both my YouTube channel and this blog
    • I love to keep my mind busy and I love to plan, schedule, and organize
    • I want my “brand” to be synonymous throughout all levels

I love to learn about others; what are some positives from 2016 for you??  What are your goals for 2017, or what are you looking forward to the most in the new year??

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Dear, Santa

Dear, Santa

Although I’m not that into Christmas, I do love buying gifts for everyone because I love to take little notes throughout the entire year of gift ideas for all my loved ones; whenever someone mentions, even quickly, something that they like or may want, I make a quick note in my phone so it builds a great “giftie goodies” list for me when it comes time to buy that person some great presents!

Within the past year or two, my family has been doing something pretty fun for Christmas; we started doing Secret Santa, and I can’t understand why we never did this before?!

Another fun thing we do is, we each (those of us who have Pinterest accounts) create a “Wishlist” board on Pinterest and share it with each other so we can easily “pin” gift ideas, complete with purchase links, all year round, to help make it easier for everyone else, and still be able to remain anonymous ;o)

This year, I thought it would be fun to share some of the items that are on my Wishlist.  Enjoy!! xoxo

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  • The Brush Bar $35
    • I’m always looking for a better way to let my makeup brushes dry…this is the answer to my prayers

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  • Tove Lo Tour Tickets
    • Tove Lo may be a severely underrated artist; she makes amazing music and I could literally listen to it over and over all day and never get sick of it – LOVE her

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  • Old Books Scented Candle (Odd Gifts) $27.17
    • I’ve longed for a candle to smell like old books; I love the smell of old library books and this just seems like a great scent to add to my home!

That’s it for my list this year, but I want to know what’s on your Wishlist this year??  I’m excited to read them!!!

I also filmed a video recapping my 2016 Christmas Wishlist:

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