Life Lately

Sunday, February 7, 2016



I haven't posted on my blog for awhile due to the mere fact that I haven't had time.  In the month of January I had one day off.  I worked every single day, often times 10 hours a day.  To say that I'm exhausted is an understatement.  But there is no rest to be had!  February is extremely busy as this is our show month (we are doing Grease!), and March will be hectic since I have three school trips planned.  End of April we have our big fundraising event - the Fine Arts Gala, and I'm taking my choir to New York!  I guess I can rest when I'm dead (or at least, when summer break finally comes)!

Lately I've been doing a lot of deep-thinking about my life and my goals and my career.  I think being so busy and exhausted all the time is really taking a toll on me, mentally and emotionally.  I start daydreaming and fantasizing about quitting my job, being a full-time blogger or something else that works from home, having time to eat healthy and exercise...  I remembered when I was younger I wanted to be a writer... I gave up that idea because being a writer means spending a lot of time alone, and I think I would get bored, or I'm worried I wouldn't have enough original ideas to write about.  Full-time blogging is a big thing right now.  People are making great money by working from home.  But honestly I don't think I'm creative enough to come up with fresh content that will generate income via my blog.  And I don't think I would be disciplined enough to work from home anyway.  I would just faff around watching youtube videos and chilling in my robe.  But doesn't that just sound heavenly?!  Sitting around in a robe all day!

I also fantasize about changing careers completely and opening up a cute little stationery store or tea shop.  I've written about that before.  I think I definitely want to get a blog redesign and focus more on writing and less on "doing things" for my blog (DIYs, etc).

Anyway, long story short, I'm having a bit of a life-crisis.  Honestly it is all stemming from the fact that I'm overworked and exhausted right now.  My goal has always been to teach at a college or University, and I just need to keep that goal in mind while I'm doing the brunt-work right now.  I just have to get through these next couple of years (and first, these next couple of months)!!!

So how have you been?  How's the weather where you live?  It has been a very bi-polar winter here... sometimes it's freezing and we have to scrape frost off our cars and other times it's in the 70s... can't make up its mind!  We are in the midst of rearranging our house.  Peter wants to get a tv, so we have to rearrange our entire living room setup because the tv hookups are on the other side of the room, where our couch is... We also want to get a different table for our dining room, and maybe get a cute little chair and end-table combo for the awkward space in-between our dining room and living room (open floor plan).  We also want to redo our office and get some real desks.  I've been scouring Pinterest for organization ideas.


So that's basically all the updates I have for now.  Talk to you soon!

XO,

Julie

If

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

If, by Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

2016 Goals

Monday, January 4, 2016

I sometimes make New Year's resolutions and sometimes don't.  I am one who is adamant about sticking to my resolutions, so if I make one it needs to be accomplishable.  Last year I decided to do monthly goals, as I thought it would give me fodder for the blog.  But that fizzled out quickly once I realized I was waaaay too busy to blog anyway.  So this year instead of doing resolutions or monthly updates, I'm just going to give myself some general goals.



Get my health in order!

I've had so many symptoms and nothing has been diagnosed yet.  I have decided to take control of the situation and be adamant that the doctors find out what's wrong with me!  Whether that means I need to insist upon being referred to specialists, find another primary care physician, or something else entirely, I need to make this happen.  I'm sick and tired of being exhausted all the time and gaining so much weight (20 pounds in 2.5 years...).  Also, I need to go to the dentist!

Create a capsule wardrobe.  

This is something I've been slowly trying to do over the past year or so.  But I want to invest in high-quality pieces that I can have for a long time.  I haven't done this yet because whatever is wrong with my health has been causing me to continuously gain weight and/or be bloated.  So I don't want to invest in expensive clothes until I'm at a size that I can stay at for awhile (hopefully 15-20 pounds lighter!).

Do more yoga.

I'd like to do yoga a couple of times per week.  It is such a great stress-reliever for me.

More local tourism. 

We have explored our local historical park and we made one trip down to the beach last year.  I'd like to do both a few more times this year, as well as explore other local things - be it nature or historical.  There are a couple of museums in Montgomery and Birmingham that we could visit.  We could go to the botanical gardens.  We could explore Atlanta (only a 3 hour drive).  Part of the reason why we haven't done much is because we're trying to be really tight with our money so that we can pay off some debt... which leads me to my next goal...

Pay off some debt.

When we moved to Alabama we had nothing.  Literally.  So we had to buy a bed, all our furniture, a washer and dryer, a car... I know I won't be able to pay it all off in just one year, but I'd like to pay off a few things and make a dent in some of the other bigger balances.

Make time for things that make me happy.

Art journal.  Art in general.  Making music.  Hanging out with friends.  Writing.  Blogging.  Drinking tea.  Playing piano (would help if I owned one... maybe my final goal should be, "Get a piano.").


What are your 2016 resolutions and/or goals?
XO,
Julie

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