Yes, I am a blog slacker. No matter how hard I try, I still slack, but I am trying and will keep trying. I have started a calendar to help, well, maybe it will help.
About two years ago and I got to talking to a friend of mine about doing a YouTube video based on us cooking with and drinking bourbon. Well the talk became a reality and we recorded our first episode of C-Squarded and we had a blast doing it.
My wonderful husband set up our kitchen like a light studio with lights and a few cameras, and all kinds of nifty other stuff. He is also the head producer, camera person, and editor. I am so excited about this project and I cannot wait to share it with you all.
Thanks is all for this wonderful Monday.
January, the month we all join the gym, eat healthier, make resolutions to do better, and so on. I am not one to be left out so I am doing the same. I already posted about my 2016 Goals and one of them is to lose 30 lbs this year. My hope is to be off my oral steroids by next month, if all goes well, and that will help some. But being on them for almost 2 years and me not really caring about what I was eating as much as I should, has caused some major weight gain for me.
With all that being said, today I started the Whole 30 again. I did it last January and lost 10 lbs, but went back to old habits and gained it all back + some. This year I hope is a little different. I am also uping my gym game. I already belong to an awesome gym, just need to make time to go more.
With all that said so far so good this week. I started the Whole 30 program. This time around it is much easier than when I did it last year. It is helping me to accomplish a few of my goals this year like cooking more at home. I cooked 4 out of 5 nights this week and headed to mom’s house for dinner on the fifth. This is also helping me to save money as eating at home and not out is way cheaper.
I am going to try hard to sick with it next week. Frist step, farmers market to get so supplies. Let’s see if I can remember to blog about what I cook.
I also went to the gym 3 days this week and planning on one more for about 2 hours. Not as much as I want to be doing, but it is a start.
Let’s hope I can keep this up. I like the way I am feeling after one week.
Hello world. Let’s all agree that I suck at blogging. I really should write more. It is good for me so I am going to try. I am going to try and start the new year off right, by setting some goals and writing about them. Each time I accomplish a goal, it will be documented. They are listed below in no particular order.
1) Blog more
2) Lose 30 lbs- down 5 as of Feb 1
3) Ride my bike 500+ miles
4) Race my bike again
5) Do another 5k
6) Pay off my credit card
7) Move into Silks 2
8) Get my bedroom and bathroom painted and fixed up
9) Get my business website done
Get a new car- DONE Jan 2016
11) Clean out email inbox
12) Cook more at home
13) Try baking
14) Produce a vlog
I hope to update these and add more as the year goes on. I know I am much better if I write them down and can review them.
I thought that I should break my 2015 into two parts cause so much great stuff happened, not because I am trying to reach my goal of more blogging ;).
I realized as I was putting this all together, that 2015 was a pretty great year. Bad things happened, I am sure, but I cannot remember them so they must not have been that bad, right? Or maybe I just choose to focus on the positive and forget the negative? Whatever it is, you are just getting all the good.
Vacation time! This year NPR and I spent a fun week in Michage. He is from the land of the mitten and this is the second year we have vacationed in the resort town of Luddington, MI. with his family. And when I say family I am talking aunt, uncles and cousin, the whole gang. They are wonderful fun family and know how to have a fun time. I really enjoy hanging out with them and getting to know my husbands family a little more. I also got to see where NPR grew up and meet his grandparents for the first time. We are going back in 2016 and maybe this year I will not need the to huddle around the campfire to keep warm.
I picked up a new hobby in 2015. One I never would have guessed me doing. I joined a circus gym called Suspend and it is ah-mazing. I am learning all sorts of new things, like silks, and aerial hoop, and aerial yoga. I also have discovered a wonderful group of people that are unlike most. They are completely accepting and loving and happy. It is a world that I find myself completely comfortable in.
Sister announced that she is pregnant with baby #2- My baby sister and her hubs gave me my first blood related nephew in 2013. That little man is now 3 and I love him more than I could of ever thought possible. In 2016, they are gonna have another baby! I am so excited that I can hardly stand it. More little ones to love and spoil.
Wedding- So I GOT MARRIED! Yep, that was pretty much the highlight of my 2015. The event planner got to plan her dream event, and that it was. NPR likes a good party as well, so with that in mind, we set put to plan the party of the year. We picked October 31, 2015 as our day, yep Halloween, cause why not? It was perfect for us. We set out for the party of the year and that is what we produced. We ate, we drank, we said “I do” and life is wonderful, most of the time. If life were prefect then it would not be nearly as much fun or rewarding.
Surgery (again) – On December 2 I have my 5th sinus surgery, and what should be the last because, really there is not much more that can be done. I will not go into details about all of this, but I am still recovering and hopeful that it will help and that I can get off the yucky steroids that I have been on for way too long.
My big sister got engaged and she is getting married in Dinsny World! OMG I am probably way more excited about this that I should be. Not the sister getting married part cause that is pretty damn awesome, and I am really excited about this and should be, but the Dinsny World part. I also get to help plan her wedding and that makes my event planning heart happy. Who’s up for another Vaughan wedding? I am!
Like I said, 2015 was a pretty amazing year and I am very excited to see what 2016 has in store. I hope to better about being on top of it in the blog rather than recapping.
Another year is ending and what a year it was for me. 2015 brought more change than many other years in my life. It was overall a wonderful year and I hope the 2016 is just as good.
In late 2014, my love, NPR (yes, those really are his initials), proposed to me. It was a cool and rainy night and just perfect for us. That set the stage for the whirlwind and wonderful 2015. Some of the highlights are below.
In January NPR and I moved into our new house. It is a great house, not too far from my old house. It is much better for hosting friend (one of my favorite things to do). It also is great for all of NPR’s bikes. He has lots of room to store them and work on them. The only think I miss about the old house is the yard and my lovely patio. But the tradeoff was well worth it. We both love the house and all the potential it has.
In February I got a new job with a local startup news publication, Insider Louisville. One that I love. I work with some pretty great people, that I am learning from daily. I was a little uncertain what I was getting myself into when I took the job. I have worked for lots of nonprofit and a few big companies, but never a start-up. One big thing I learned was that a startup is a lot like a nonprofit. It reminds me of my early days at Apple Patch, where work life was fun and the work was rewarding. I get to learn new skills and teach skills that I have. I offer up ideas that are not dismissed, or if they are I am told why. I am trusted to do my job and have been told I do it well. That makes this little ESFJ a happy camper and happy to go to work.
NPR gets a new job. My love is a very talented bike mechanic (I say the best in the city, but I might be a little bias). He is now working for a local shop that really values his talent and where he can have fun being him. On Your Left, is an amazing shop owned by two pretty cool dudes that know a lot about bikes. This makes NPR happy and exited to go to work. If you need your bike fixed or tuned go see NPR. You can also pick up some gear while you’re there. Heck, you can get a whole new bike while you are at it.
How cool that both of us love our jobs?
This year I took a big step and invested in learning how to be a better small business owner. Now I am not looking to leave the previous mentioned job, but it also loves that I have a brand, 502 Social is fun for me and allows me to be creative in ways that my job does not. So the big step was taking a business class that was offered though NAWBO. It was a great class of 8 women that learn a lot from each other and the class. I am very glad I did it, and hope to keep applying what I learned in 2016.
More to come …
In October I started to take a writers workshop from a talented local writer that wanted to provide a fun learning environment to all skills levels. It was 8 weeks long and I can say it was AMAZING. I learned things that a normal classroom could not teach me. I learned spelling, grammar and structure matter but not until after you have written your shitty first draft. You learn that you have a voice and what is important is to get your story out. Fiction or non, we all have a story and sometimes we just need to get it on paper.
Not only did it help me to get my stories out, but I also met a group of wonderful people and got to learn about them though their writing. We now hold a special bond that is hard to obtain in the busy world. We all stopped to listen, understand and relate. We laughed, we cried, we supported.
The reason for this post? If you are in the Louisville area and want a great educational value you should check out this workshop. Angela (our leader) has created more workshops, due to popularity. I have already signed myself up for the memoir writing class that starts in January. I am counting down the days until it starts and have already blocked off my calendar. You can check out more at the website http://www.feettothefirewriters.com/ or go straight to the registration page https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feet-to-the-fire-writers-workshop-tickets-14558409595.
Another NuLu Fest is in the books (for the most part) and my life might calm down for a bit. If you know me, you know my life never really calms down, and that is okay with me. I go go go most of the time. But who knows, maybe this fall, I will stop and enjoy the pumpkins a little more before all the stilly cold white stuff buries us all under.
I love fall. The beautiful colors, the smell of outdoor fire pits, Halloween, pumpkins, soup, and boots. It is hard to pinpoint my favorite thing about fall. Pumpkins make me smile and I have the most fabulous boot collection. I also love my sweaters and back porch sitting around my fire pit. If I had my way fall would be a year round thing. Maybe the BF will build me a fall room? Is that a thing? I will have to go and search Pinterest.
What are your favorite things about fall?
Yesterday I was hanging out with my family for brunch and the best thing happened, my 2 yo nephew asked me to go ride bikes with him. It went something like “Chrissy outside bike”, I of course said yes. His reaction? A really loud yeah. Love that kid. As a side note the BF an I gave him the bike for his birthday. Best gift ever? I think so.
Here is a little video of us on bikes his mother was smart enough to get.
If you are friends with me on Facebook you are probably sick of me talking about NuLu Fest already and all’s I can tell you is it is only going to be more of the same. NuLu Fest is very near and dear to me. I am the event manager this year but beyond that, it was the first major event that I was hand to help plan 6 years ago. A person challenged me to take it on, telling me that I was just the person could do it and make it great. I have been involved in 5 out of 6 years and can say with full confidence it is one hell of a great festival. I talk to people about it all the time and most of them say to me (without even knowing that it is something I help plan) it is their favorite festival. Ah the things that make me happy.
This years festival is on September 27, we will have lots of beer, bourbon, wine, food and fun. Bring the kids for the most amazing Louisville Family Fun Kids Corner and some great live music. I’ll be there all day so come say HI!