Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 27-28: Happiness Project - Thanksgiving, Christmas Decor, Aunt Reba

Today was Day 27 of the Happiness Project. Click here to find out more about the Happiness project. 
Three thankful items: 

1) My parents arriving for Thanksgiving
I just picked my parents up from the airport and they are spending the week with us for Thanksgiving! So I am excited to have them here. 

2) Being almost done with the happiness project
Honestly, I think I have failed at this project. I have been totally absent from doing any of it for like the entire month of November. It is like I just stopped. Basically, I think the election and sickness got in the way. Anyway, I am just trying to finish it all up now. 

3) Christmas decorations are almost up
On Sunday I put up the majority of our Christmas decorations! The big thing that is missing right now is the Dept 56 North Pole Village. That takes me forever to set up, so I need to get on that tonight some time. 

Nope, the house is a mess and it is really tough to. However, I have been doing OK on my eating well. One thing this whole happiness project has taught me is that I need to really be exercising. It is very sad that I haven’t exercised like at all during the project. 

I spent some time doing my Beth Moore study today. It was great to dive back into that. I also have been praying a lot lately. 

Random Act of Kindness: 
I have been somewhat keeping up with this. Many times I do something without even thinking about it. Although today, I will say my “act” is being a nice driver to some really jerky drivers that were out on the road today. 

Today was Day 28 of the Happiness Project. 
Three thankful items: 

1) The last “full” day of work for the week
 I am taking a half day tomorrow so that is exciting. 

2) Getting more Christmas decorations up 
Typically I get my Christmas decorations up WAY before Thanksgiving. However, this year, I am like right on top of Thanksgiving. It is crazy! I wonder what next year will be like. Anyway, I hope that it is worth putting up all the d├ęcor this late!

3) My Aunt Reba coming over
I am so glad my Aunt Reba is in town! I always love getting to hang out with her. I know the holidays are really tough for her this year, so I am glad that we live close by! 

Heck no… I have the excuse of company being over! Haha! 

Beth Moore Study

Random Act of Kindness: 
I did this…but I don’t want to write about it.

Day 27-28 down, 2 days to go!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Day 25-26: Happiness Project - YHL, Prints, Sleep

Today was Day 25 of the Happiness Project. Click here to find out more about the Happiness project. 
Three thankful items: 

1) Young House Love book
AHHHH!!!!! So excited that I got my Young House Love book!!!! This is a blog I have been following for a few years. They have like every tutorial known to man on how to do stuff around your house (All DIY). I totally love them! They are also coming to Houston for a book signing and I cannot flipping wait! Here is my book!!!

2) Election Day Party
Tomorrow I have a party that I am going to at my friend Jessica’s house! I am super excited about it. Basically, we are going to just watch the election results etc. I hope it is truly a moment to celebrate (sadly I know the results were not good!). Typically I go to bed early on election night; I can’t stand the pressure/stress. It will definitely be a challenge for me to stay up and wait it out!

3) CreativeLive
I love this website… they have so many great photography classes. I just started a new one regarding weddings. 

No… I was sooooo sore. 

Didn’t really have time for this actually today. 

Random Act of Kindness: 
Offered to help someone at work with their project. 

Today was Day 26 of the Happiness Project. Three thankful items: 

1) My prints from WHCC, Bay Photo, and MPix
I ordered a bunch of different prints to test out the different printing companies to use for my photography business. I think they all came out “ok”… but I do wish they could be better. However, these are the best companies in the market so I think I am just going to need to pick one!

2) The election will be over tonight
Oh goodness I am ready for the election to be over. (haha! see how old this post is)

3) Sleep
I am glad that I got sleep last night and that I have a great place to sleep tonight. Can you tell I am tired today? I am clearly ready to go to sleep. 

No… Ivan got home late last night and therefore we didn’t get to sleep early enough to exercise this morning. Tonight we have a party…so no exercise tonight. 


Random Act of Kindness: 

Day 25-26 down, 4 days to go! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 23-24: Happiness Project-Fun with Friends, Weather

Today was Day 23 of the Happiness Project. Click here to find out more about the Happiness project. I have been sick lately so it has been really tough for me to remember to do this. I guess I am somewhat defeating the purpose by not doing it EVERY day, but whatever!

Three thankful items: 

1) Having a fun Halloween
We don’t really celebrate Halloween in our house. My family never did, so we don’t. This meant that as kids we didn’t do trick or treating. We did fall festivals at the church and those types of things. However, we do pass out candy to the kids in our neighborhood. This Halloween was actually pretty fun because we passed out some candy at our house, then we went over to my friend Jessica’s house and we walked around with her little one as he went door to door. It was also her husband’s birthday so we had fun celebrating that after the trick or treating. It overall was a pretty fun night!

2) Finally starting to feel better
This whole week I either had a cold or really bad allergies. Either way, I am so glad that I am finally starting to feel better! Whew!

3) The weather!!!!
The weather this week has been awesome. On the weekend it was in the 50s…LOVE! I am so glad to have the weather finally cool down a bit. However, I don’t have faith it will last. I will just have to enjoy it while it lasts. 

Nope but I was giving my body a chance to rest from being sick. 

Spent some time praying

Random Act of Kindness: 
Went over and helped someone (no specific details)

Today was Day 24 of the Happiness Project. 

Three thankful items: 

1) Finding a dress for my Christmas party
Both Ivan’s company and my company have a Christmas party each year. This will be the first year that we actually go to two parties. I went to KPMG’s Christmas party the first year I worked there back in 2008. Then they stopped having Christmas parties. Last year, we went to Ivan’s company’s Christmas party. It was a blast (I wore the same dress that I wore the KPMG party)! This year, I decided that after 4 years, it was time to get a new dress. I have worn my blue dress (here) on cruises, to parties, and other events. It was time for something else. So, I just bought a dress at Nordstroms that I think is gorgeous! I wish I could show it off, but the size in the store was a bit big so they ordered me one in the proper size. I can’t wait for it to arrive!!

2) Christmas Shopping-Almost finished
I know… it is not even Thanksgiving yet! I am almost finished with my shopping. I only have about 2-3 more people to shop for and the I will be done (other than shopping for Ivan). Actually, I have pretty much done all of the Christmas shopping for myself too. All it took was one trip to the Houston Camera Exchange! Haha!

3) Spending time with my Aunt Reba
I spent the a large portion of Saturday with my Aunt Reba. She got her Nikon D800E in the mail and she needed some lenses (heck ya!). So, off we went to the Houston Camera Exchange. She ended up getting a great lens, and a bunch of other accessories. One of the other lenses she wanted wasn’t in stock so she is going to pick that up later. It was really fun! 

Yes, Ivan and I did Insanity. I am super sore now… ug! 

Spent some time in prayer today. I have had a lot on my heart and it has been a bit rough. 

Random Act of Kindness: 
Does buying everyone’s Christmas presents count? 

Day 23-24 down, 6 days to go! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 21-22: Happiness Project - Voice, Flash, Nephew,

In an effort to hurry this up,  I am going to post two days worth today. 

Today was Day 21 of the Happiness Project. Click here to find out more about the Happiness project. 

Three thankful items: 

1) Getting my quarter work done early
I put together some different reports and financial statements for my employer. However, typically my reports are the last ones to be completed. I have to wait for the numbers to be final. When they finally stop changing, it is like a fire drill to get all my reports done. It is such a pain… and typically causes me a ton of stress. However, this month, the numbers were finalized early. This gave me plenty of time to just prepare my reports in peace. It was great! It still was a bit stressful... but not nearly as bad as it has been in the past. 

2) The Voice!
So as many of you know, I don’t have cable (see this post). Anyway, I don’t typically get around to watching too many new shows unless I see them advertised on a billboard or something. Anyway, I was organizing my office the other day and had nothing to watch, so I decided to watch episodes of The Voice. I am actually caught up to date now on the show, but I watched all the blind auditions in like one day during my cleaning/organizing. ANYWAY, I am totally in love with the show. I have decided that I want to audition for it. I have had people tell me that I should try out for American Idol but the thought of just sitting in a line for days doesn’t really interest me. The Voice open casting call (which is NOT what you see on TV) is a bit more organized so it seems. You actually have a date and a time where you show up. They also take video submissions. I don’t like video submissions though because I don’t have the proper equipment to capture good sounds on video. You also have to sing the song with music on the video submission (the live casting call you sing acapella). Since, all I have is like karaoke tracks, I figured it wouldn’t be the best to submit a video. Therefore, I am planning (as of now) on going to the live audition in…..Atlanta, GA! It is 13 hours away and you have the choice to audition on January 19 (Saturday) or January 20 (Sunday). I chose Sunday, that will give me time to drive there on Saturday. I am still trying to determine which songs I want to sing… I have to prepare 2 songs (and I may only sing 1 or I may sing 2 depending on what they ask for). One of the songs will probably be Blue (by LeAnn Rimes). If you have ever been to karaoke with me… you have heard me sing this song.. haha! I just think it will be awesome to show off the yodeling that the song requires. The second song is still in debate… I am thinking either I Told You So (by Randy Travis/Carrie Underwood), Stand By Your Man (Tammy Wynette), How Do I Live (LeAnn Rimes), When Whoever’s in New England (Reba McEntire), or a bunch of other Reba songs…haha! Anyway, I am betting I won’t get past the first round for the Open Casting Call… but I think I am going to do it.. just for the heck of it.

3) My new flash
With some of the money I made from my last couple of photoshoots, I invested in a flash unit! I have never really worked with flash lighting (and typically prefer natural lighting). However, it is really necessary that I learn so that is my newest project. It is not as easy as you would think. 

Nope… and the alarms were set to do it … but we didn’t

Spent some time praying today, and did part of my bible study. 

Random Act of Kindness: 
I helped a colleague out with something at work that I didn’t really have to. 

Day 22

Today was Day 22 of the Happiness Project. Three thankful items: 

1) Getting a cute picture of my nephew for my office
A couple days ago I got a package from my sister. Inside was a black frame with a cute picture of my nephew TJ (picture taken by Erica J Photography). Isn’t he just adorable! I am so glad to have a picture of him for my office now. I have been showing the picture off to my colleagues (I am sure they are annoyed.. hehe). 

2) Ice Cream Sandwich
My phone FINALLY updated to the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system! Yay! I have been waiting for this. It definitely has some benefits, however, I have seen quite a few negatives to it as well. Oh well! It is still good to have it. On the downside, every time I say/write the name, I start craving ice cream sandwiches… mmmmm yum!

3) Ivan’s work Fall Picnic
This Saturday we are going to Ivan’s company’s fall picnic. It should be fun. I am looking forward to it.  (this of course already passed)... here is a pic from the event.  


Spent some time praying today, and did part of my bible study. 

Random Act of Kindness: 
Held the door for a person on the elevator. 

Day 22 down, 8 days to go!  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Day 20: Happiness Project - Girl time, Lunch, and my new book!

Today was Day 20 of the Happiness Project. These are really old posts mind you. Also, there was 1.5 month gap in the middle of my project sadly. I didn't want that to be the case but the quarter close caught up with me and I was too busy to really keep up. Sorry for the huge delay in blogging! I probably defeated the whole purpose of the Happiness Project by not being consistent.. but oh well! Click here to find out more about the Happiness project. Three thankful items: 

1) Fun girl time
Went over to see Jessica today to see some of the work she has been doing on her house. We talked about starting businesses, and DIY projects. It was fun. Oh ya, and we also drank some of the pumpkin spice white hot chocolate! YUM!

2) Husband who cooked lunch for tomorrow!
Ivan cooked lunch for tomorrow. That was really sweet of him! I typically make all the food for lunches etc (unless we are just eating sandwiches).

3) Got my Book 
I ordered this book called “Worth Every Penny". Anyway, it is about building your boutique business (like my photography business). It is written by two individuals who have lots of experience in advertising. One of them actually runs her own VERY successful photography studio. I am looking forward to reading the book!

Nope…. Ivan got home so late and it was already dark. 


Random Act of Kindness: 
I held the elevator open for someone at work today when it was about to close. Although, I am pretty sure I almost risked my arm for this one.. haha!

Day 20 down, 10 days to go!