Archive | December 2017

18 in ’18

So, everyone does these lists of things they want to do by a certain time, right? Sometimes it is okay to jump on the bandwagon! The new year is a day away, and I have been thinking about the goals I want to accomplish and just some fun things I’ve wanted to say yes to for a while. We celebrated my dad’s life and mourned his death in Washington this week, and it was a reminder that life is too short for us to ever hold back. So, without further ado, here are 18 things I want to do in 2018!

1. Write my first book (with my mom!)

2. Apply and get in to a PhD program

3. Choreograph my first school musical

4. Travel somewhere I’ve never been

5. Present at an academic conference

6. Send more thank you notes

7. Cosplay at a convention

8. Write in my Passion Planner all year

9. Cook something from my Harry Potter cookbook

10. Use Groupon when we don’t know where to go for our date

11. Try at least one no-spend weekend

12. Improve my Spanish

13. Go on a romantic getaway with the Hubby

14. Go to at least 3 restaurants on my Chowdown Countdown list

15. Maintain a regular exercise schedule

16. Learn a new skill

17. Attend a formal event

18. Host a tea at Inspirations Tea Room

Some of these are little pleasures in life, while others are milestones. Y’all should always follow your goals and dreams, no matter how ridiculous they may seem to others (like my obsession with food tours of America and tea parties). I am excited to complete this list, starting as soon as tomorrow! Here’s to going out with a bang tonight and starting fresh tomorrow for a brand new year! You never know when life will end, so you might as well live it on your terms and do what you know you are capable of! I am excited to share more about the things I cross off the list!

This is my excited face! ๐Ÿ˜›

Comment and let me know what you want to accomplish in 2018!

See you next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

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Holiday Fun

Howdy!! I hope y’all had an amazing holiday season! Mine is not quite over, as we are celebrating with my side of the family in Washington now, but we had a wonderful time with Ben’s side!

For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we went to Beggs with Ben’s immediate family. We rocked our Christmas sweaters quite nicely!

Ben’s is hilarious, and we just randomly found it at Target!!

We also had a great time with presents! We got Mama and sister Kendra Scott necklaces, and they were all about it! Our big gift was pretty cool too!

Now we can make pots of coffee OR use K-cups with ONE APPLIANCE!! You know you are an adult when that is super exciting!! We got a ton of coffee and new tumblers to go with it, which was super awesome!! Thanks, Mama/Uncle/Uncle’s GF!!!

We got to drink Glรผhwein, eat a delicious meal, and hang out with loved ones! We even watched It’s a Wonderful Life! It was a fabulous Christmas!

I’m currently writing this from my brother’s beautiful home in Seattle! My best friend from high school is picking us up and bringing us to Port Angeles, where I spent 3 years of my teenage life! I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Please drop a comment and let me know how your Christmas was! Or if you celebrate something else, same thing! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Until next time!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Hold Out for your Break

Howdy!! ๐Ÿค—

Today I am going to get just slightly personal, all in the name of giving people some hope! Many of us come across a season of life that leaves a legacy of hardship and pain. They say those things come in threes, and there seems to be a snowball effect once they start. This is often when people say things like, “I just can’t catch a break.” Weirdly enough, dim though it may seem, this is the point where we need to think the exact opposite.

Let me take you back to just this fall. First, my dad died. I’m adopted, and this is my adoptive dad who took me in and raised me after my own could not. Both of my birth parents died years ago, and the (only) crappy part about adoption is going through that twice. The good news is that the death ended his year and a half of cancer, and he is frolicking around up above with no pain. The selfish part of me, however, is still not cool with it.

You may be thinking that while that situation is terrible, at least it’s just one thing. Well, not even a week later, I totaled my car and it was so my fault. No one was injured, thank God, but while insurance took for-literally-ever (okay, figuratively) to settle, we had to go around with one car on completely different schedules. It happened to be our, ahem, senior citizen car as well, as I totaled the 2016. I also got a ticket, on top of the deductible and having to buy a new car. It was rough!

Yeah, okay, but it comes in threes. Where’s the third? I guess this one was technically the first. We had identity theft this fall and ended up with $48 in our bank account. My bank didn’t even notice, or think it was weird that someone took THOUSANDS of dollars out for various wire transfer things that I don’t entirely understand.

I am not telling you all of this to complain, but to let you know that I felt that there were no breaks this fall, and some of you may be feeling the exact same way. However, I chose to remain positive. I kept praying, and never stopped working hard. My goal was to be the best I could be and to believe that this was only a passing season. Luckily for me, I was right, and you will be too if you keep a positive attitude and manifest happy energy!

First, the bank gave us a full refund with barely any hoops to jump through! Having a responsible record has its perks! Then, much later on, we got an insane end of the year special on a new car, and because of certain paperwork, we were able to go through with it before insurance finished their stuff! The deal was better than what we got on our last car, and our monthly payment for the 2017 Honda Civic is LESS than the 2016 we had! Our interest rate went way down. Again, responsible decisions pay off, especially when they affect your credit score! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Finally, there were some appliances we were going to buy that just showed up to us out of the blue, which changes our budget for the better! That was just the icing on the cake!

My story is definitely not the only one that involves someone catching a break after a long time! I truly believe that being positive and open really helped move things along. Your prayers are listened to, so don’t give up, even if your season of hardship is long. It always comes back up! Are things perfect now? Absolutely not! I still miss my dad like crazy, but I am still thankful for a slowly healing heart and a bucket full of blessings in my life. I’m sure we will all have sad times again, but they never stay that way. If you are in the midst of those times, hold out for your break! It’s coming!

By the way, here’s my new car! I am a Honda Civic girl all the way! The only change I made was from 2016 to 2017!

I hope this cheered you up! Thanks for reading! And please reach out to me if you feel like things are just too bad! I’d love to talk!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€