2013 Roundup

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Whew, it’s that time of the year again…out with the old and in with the new.  What can I say about 2013?  It’s been good & bad, rough & smooth, accomplishments & disappointments.  It’s been a plethora of everything.  It’s called life, I can’t dismiss it or say good-bye, glad you’re leaving.  I sit back, think about the year one event at a time, what achievements I’ve made if any, what improvements I need to make and plans for what I want to accomplish in 2014.  

I’ve learned a lot about myself, I need to organize my different activities.  I have too many things going on not to do this.  I already have my 2014 daily appointment book.  Every evening before I close up the shop, I’m gonna detail everything I need to do the next day and have my appointment book opened on my desk ready for me the next day.  I write for my blog, Kokoa Magazine, I have my contract work and my crochet business all which includes a certain amount of social media.  I will utilize Hootsuite more and schedule post for the blog, Facebook and my other social media accounts.  One of my social media accounts I’m going to work on is Pinterest.  It is a bloggers and small business owners haven, don’t sleep on Pinterest.   

Making changes to the blog, this may be the last year of the design.  I love it because it’s clean and easy on the eyes, but I want something that represents me a little more, my style and revolve the changes in life I’ve made.  I want to include info on working from home because I’m becoming an expert at that.  I want women to know there are options out there for us and if you are growing tired of working outside the home.  It’s not for everyone, but I’ve been doing it for almost 3 years and I’ve adjusted.  It was hard this year looking for work outside the home.   This was a struggle and I want to give my expertise and help anyone wanting to transition to working from home.  

I was reading my recap on Diva’s With A Purpose ~ Divatude Challenge 2013 and I’m very satisfied with my achievements for this year.   I’ve discovered a new love for crochet, something I’ve known how to do since I was 10.  I would crochet things occasionally but never considered doing it as a business.  I find myself crocheting everyday and feel I’m missing something if I don’t have yarn and a crochet hook in my hand.  At this time, I want to take my Etsy shop and concentrate on a what sells well for me and what people like most.  I have a series of accessories that I will be introducing for spring, excited about things.  I plan to change the name of my crochet business, to keep it with the brand I’ve worked t build.  I’m still learning the concept of having a crochet business, I’m following and have met some wonderful women who are willing to share their information.  I actually wouldn’t mind teaching a beginning crochet course, something else I’m considering adding to my already busy schedule but I love it.

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My word for 2014 is ORGANIZATION.  If I balance all my activities and keep myself organized, then I can get the things done that I need to accomplish on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Family life ~ I have a lot going on with the girls.  Graduation and prom is the same weekend which is good…I guess.  Everything can happen all on one weekend and we can get everything taken care of.  It’s time to start applying for community college, we are going to start there see how she handles it and go from there.  She also wants to work, she wants to do it all.  I can understand wanting to work and earn your own money, but I need her to understand that we need to take everything in small steps.  I don’t want her overwhelmed and having a meltdown.  Pray for me please.  

The youngest, I plan to find some theater for both of them but especially my youngest.  Band camp and other extra activities to keep her busy.  She’s addicted to Instagram, no Facebook & Twitter for sure.  I monitor it so nothing crazy going on.  She does this roll play thing on there with people and they tell stories.  She has a great imagination, I bet she’ll write, not sure what, but I can see writing in her future.  The hubs is fine, working hard and being himself.  Wouldn’t have it any other way.

 We spent time with our families this past summer during our trip to Chicago and Omaha.  I love spending time with family.  I hope we get to go to Texas this year to visit our daughter and son-in-law who moved here from Germany.   My husband hasn’t seen his daughter since 2001 when they last visited the United States.  Can you say road trip????

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I know this was a long post, it was hard to roundup my year in 500 words or less.  Out with 2013 and welcome 2014 with me!  Love you guys and see you next year!!!

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New Year~Fresh Start

Don’t you just love new beginnings?  In relationships, it’s always refreshing, looking forward to spending time with that new person in your life, what you will talk about as you all get to know one another better.  When you discover that you are ready to take the relationship to the next level.  The feeling of putting on new clothing for the first time, that brand new hairstyle that you just spent $125 on (that’s the most I ever spent), when flowers bloom, driving your new vehicle for the first time.  I was so ready for the new year, 2012 was a year of challenges for me.  We are settled, the move is over and it almost feels like it was a bad dream.  Almost….

I don’t set resolutions anymore, I just try to keep working on my goals and always trying to improve me…Whitney.  You would think that at my age, I wouldn’t need to improve much.  I’m always working on making me better, keeping my sanity without taking anyone out (truth for real).  Instead on focusing on what didn’t go right, I’m gonna list a few things that did work in my favor ~  I stopped putting chemicals in my hair and cut it all off, I got married and turned 50.  I am raising two amazing young women, they are good students and try very hard to make me proud of them.  I am very proud of my girls, I love them so much.

I also discovered that I can write stories about my life that people relate to, whether good, bad, funny or whatever.  I love blogging, I’ve met some beautiful women in the world of blogging and I’m beginning to see opportunities come my way.  This week I was featured as a favorite blog post on Parent Society’s Mommy Blog Hot List, their six favorite posts of the week.  To be honest, I have never heard of them, but the sight is for mom’s and building a great community.   I plan to attend at least one blogging conference this year.

I shared this last year, it’s wonderful and an alternative to New Year’s Resolutions.  It’s actually a greeting card that I purchased to send out to my closest friends.  I’m gonna have it framed, and put it right above my desk in my office…the Kitty Room as my husband calls it.  Let me know what you all think.  Thanks for your support, I truly appreciate everyone.  Have a good weekend!

 

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Happy New Year!

Here’s to 2012!  Instead of making the usual resolutions ~ I have a list of things we could do to improve our lives in a positive way.  I purchased these cards to send to my friends for “Happy New Years”, it’s from Sala Damali of Kuumba Kollectibles of Washington, DC.  Here’s their website,  http://www.kuumbakollectibles.com.  This is awesome, enjoy and live your life!  Be blessed, the best is yet to come!

 

Whitney

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