Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Perfect Home Style

I like Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Ikea, Restoration Hardware, Target...I could go on and on.

But I just found my all time favoritest!

And I am loving this new magezine I inspires me to study hard so I can buy half of the things in it!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lessons Learned

So this year I am trying to only be positive on the blog. I have many very positive things that I would like to share, however today on this dreary rainy Tuesday I would also like to share some less pleasant thoughts as well. So if you are waiting on this post (coworkers) scroll down.

Pleasant Thoughts:

1. I am loving my new school schedule especially since now I can go to the gym after class. One of the greatest things about this is that I have alot of the little trial sized toiletries in my gym bag, this makes me happy! For example yesterday I didn't put on any body lotion in the morning...any of my huge family sized lotion that will take me a year to finish! The travel sized lotion was a great change, I love it! It's St. Ives and I highly suggest it. It was just the little happiness I needed for my afternoon workout!

2. I am also loving my resolution to brown bag it to school. I have a really cute lunch bag (it's not brown but you get the idea).

3. I am so thankful for my sweet neighbor that is watching Annie two days a week. It is a huge help! She will not let me pay her, but I did get her a cute card and a manicure giftcard as a thanks and she called me crying...SO SWEET!

4. I got a job at the hospital and finish orientation on Thursday. I haven't gotten to work on the actual floor yet but I am so excited already to be getting closer to being an actual nurse!

5. I am hoping to finish my taxes within the next few weeks (just waiting on one form). I realized that one of the benefits of being a BROKE college student is that I don't have to pay taxes! Well I paid taxes but I am getting a large refund (at least that is how it is looking like now). Thankyou Obama! Finally I can take advantage of the tax reforms!

And now for the not as pleasant thoughts:

1. So after I turned in my 2 weeks notice a my old job (I am not going to name the place but most of you know anyways)...the next night i worked I was fired! I really do not care at all especially considering I will be working at the hospital now, but it did sting a little to be fired. One of my friends Nicole told me to quit before they could fire me...but I thought it would be a nice experience since I have NEVER been fired before. I think that I also may have said "I want to get fired so I can write about it on my blog". So her it is...

2. I have worked since I was 13, I have had many jobs, ALL OF WHICH WERE FAR SUPERIOR TO MY LATEST JOB! Some highlights would be my manager at Ann Taylor Loft (Sally) she was by far the best manager ever! Probably why she is the regional manager now and has a beautiful family too. Josh and Sonia the owners of Chick-fil-A. I could go on and on about how great they are, but lets just say it was the best "fast food" job I could have ever wanted...and lets not forget Mr. Norman I love him! The vision and energy at Chick-fil-A is so great and definitely a major blessing in my life! I also worked from Half-Moon Outfitters in college. They have the most amazing owner, staff, and corporate culture! I also have worked for my dad which was a great experience and allowed me many opportunities like meeting very successful executives and working with family is an interesting experience but one I would not have done differently. Through all of these experiences I have learned a ton, and now I would like to share what I have learned for my former employer, not that they will read it but maybe it will help some of my readers.

DON'T start every staff meeting with "Don't screw up because the owner is looking to fire someone" followed by lets be a good team and be positive because negativity is a cancer that kills the entire wait should we be positive and help each other or should we be scared to death that we will loose our jobs and not be able to pay our bills?

***EDITED*** People read my blog for a sweet escape therefore I have deleted some content.

BE humble, thankful, respectful, positive, and therefore successful!

I would like to give a little plug for waitstaff everywhere as well as the people that work in the kitchen...The staff at my previous job were the nicest, most caring, supportive people I have ever worked with! They are all highly educated, great parents, and great employees. Some work 60 plus hours with little thanks and little pay. Even though we were all very different and at different points in our lives I really did feel like it was a family! I really will miss them all!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!

As most of you already know I am not one for celebrating my birthday. I'm not going to lie though I am so excited to be going to Bottles and Brushes tonight with some great friends! I am sure there will be lots of pictures taken...I am so excited about this...maybe the most excited I have been about a birthday in a long time....LET THE PAINTING BEGIN!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Chore Chart Confessions

So it is no secret I am a huge dork! So since I have embraced my inner geek I thought I would share some of it with you.
When I was younger I used to want a chore chart. Many of my friends had them...or a chore wheel...or something of the sort. When I went to summer camp we had a chore wheel and everyone had a clothes pin attatched to the chore that they were to do that day. Everyone used to complain about having to do the chore but I loved it! So in my attempt to get organized and establish a routine in my life I googled chore charts. I ended up just making my own which is on the fridge laminated so that I can mark things off each say. It is not the poster size with the smiley faced stickers and stars I longed for as a child but there is always my childeren to force it on?!

While I was trying to see what other people's cleaning routine's included I found this little cleaning schedule. I loved it but was too cheap to pay to download it...and my list has a few different (and fewer items). Paying for a chore chart right now is a little intimidating...maybe in a few months I will be ready!

Stolen Ideas and Inspiration!

So I have been looking all over the internet for help on this whole organizing and and simplifing lifestyle. I have added the links to my favorites but here goes for some that I have found over the past few days...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

new year....and new age

So I find that new year is a particularly good time for me to reflect on where I want to go in the coming year. Since it is also my Birthday in January I find that my resolutions are even more reinforced. So after much reflection I have thought about how I can better myself for the new year (since I am perfect I had to think a long time!). I have decided that this year I am going to try to be a domestic diva. I know some people may not understand what that means but basically I am realizing that my tom-boyish, semi-unorganized, excuse making self has some work to do! People my age have houses, husbands, pets, and multiple children...I think that I can step it up to take care of myself and annie!

I have to confess that I think that one reason that I have not blogged was because I find the other bloggers out there so intimidating! They have these inspirations and find time to be super women and I really feel like I am lacking in that area. Enough though about my weaknesses...I am vowing this year to become a modern woman that makes time for things that are important. I am going to check out library books about being organized, cooking, being feminine, cleaning, and anything else girly! I hope to inspire others the way that blogs inspire me and hope to post at least weekly of my progress...I would say more often but I don't want to let anyone down!

So this week I am going to try to get on a set schedule and with school starting this should be pretty easy! Not just a schedule of my time but also exercising and cleaning (I think that I have a Martha Stewart book with a cleaning schedule). Here's to a new year and a new B!

Also if anyone has any little tricks to staying on a schedule please let me know. I would love tips from the women that do it so well!