August Goals: Revisited

Since September is now upon us, I thought I would take this Labor Day holiday to revisit my goals from August to see how I did.

Weaving & Weather Goals

Work 5 (relatively) full days during the week.  I might have accomplished this one in a round about sort of way, but I did indeed work at least 5 days a week. Most weeks, I did not go 1 day without doing a little work here and there. For instance, maybe instead of 5 full days, I worked 4 full days and 3 half days. Overall, I am happy with the amount of time I spent working this month. 

Finish and list 10 scarves by the end of August. I did finish and list 10 scarves in August, however, 2 of those scarves were custom orders and were not open for public purchasing. 

Start developing new product ideas for the shop (this may prove to be a long work in progress, but stay tuned). This goal went a little untouched this month, I am sorry to say. But I plan to work on it more in September.

Write 2 blog posts about the weaving process or finished products. I did write two blog post that focused on aspects of my business. If you missed them, you can find them here and here

Over all, I am very happy with the business goals that I accomplished this past month! And to top it all off, I sold 6 scarves this month! 

Now on to the personal goals.

Personal Goals

Run/exercise 5 days a week. It is often hard for me to stay motivated to workout during the week. Especially since it has been rainy with cooler temperatures here in Germany for the past few weeks. I would rather just stay in bed in the morning, than get up and get moving. I am happy to say, that I can cross this on off though! Most weeks, I actually exercised 6 days (one week, I slacked and only exercised 4 days, but I am saying that the extra days on the other weeks make up for that).

Study German Language for 1 hour each day (In addition to class time – I start German II in a couple of weeks!). I unfortunately didn’t do very well on this one. I studied almost everyday for 1 week. Then I started my German II class which meets 4 days a week and after having a good amount of it in the classroom, I didn’t look at my book too much outside of class. I need to work harder on this one in September if I really want to learn the language – which I do! 

Finish current book series (I’m on book 6 of 7 – I think – of the Outlander Series). I also did not complete this goal. I did however finish the book that I was on, and started the final book of the series. (Which I was wrong about in my earlier post, there are 8 books, and I was on 7 of 8.)

Try a new recipe at least once a week. And I did try a new recipe at least once a week, if not more. My intention was going to be to write posts about my experiences with the new recipes, but that is something that I didn’t get around to doing. (And I can never remember to take pictures of my food… And it never looks as pretty as food bloggers make it look anyways, so I really should just leave it to them!)

 

So that’s it for my August goals evaluation. I may or may not work out some September goals to share. Or I might just work on my unreached goals from August. Either way, thanks for allowing me to share my goals with you to try to keep myself motivated and in check!

 

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Home

I think the first time that our new home really started to feel like home was when we spent the night in Paris last weekend.

Over the course of the past 2 months, we have lived in 2 different hotel rooms for 3 1/2 weeks, then a house with a limited amount of borrowed furniture for 4 weeks. And about a week and a half ago, our household goods finally arrived.

It was such a comfort to see our old furniture and open vaguely labeled boxes to find random object that I haven’t thought about in months. We were very fortunate in those 2 months that we had what we did, and I am grateful that we have not ever been without a roof over our heads or beds to sleep in; however, it’s been so incredibly nice to finally have our things again.

And this little furry thing is happy to have her furniture back too. (And no, I did not position the bag strap over her, she wiggled into that one on her own.)

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After we spent a wonderful but busy weekend in Paris, it was a relief to come home. To be back in a familiar place, with familiar things. And in all honesty, when we were in France even though it was only 2 days, I missed Germany a little bit! It’s just a relief to have that feeling that this is where we belong right now.

Transitions

Change is not easy. I think that’s something we can all relate to, right? Whether it’s graduating college, starting a new job, getting married, having a baby, moving… with each transition you experience a new set of challenges, both physical and emotional.

We have been in Germany now for 5 weeks. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but at the same time, it’s flying by. Life has been a whirlwind since we have been here. But now that it’s starting to slow down a little, my emotions are catching up with me. At our current state, I don’t feel like I will ever feel settled again. It’s easy to get discouraged and fixate on the negative or assume the worst; for instance, imagining that our household goods and truck are sitting at the bottom of the ocean right now and that’s why we haven’t had an update on them in a while…

And wouldn’t you know that God knew I was discouraged and he sent me a reminder through the pastor I heard this morning in church. I never cease to be amazed by His attentiveness to each and every one of our needs.

The church we have attended for the past couple of Sundays just changed to the leadership of a new pastor and this morning he opened a new series on transitions with God’s commands to Joshua as he is taking over as leader of the Israelites from Moses (Joshua 1:1-9). The sermon was a reminder that fear, especially in new situations, can get the best of us, but we must not let it. God has given us endless amounts of promises that will give us the courage to succeed and put our fears at bay. His will and His timing are perfect, and he wants us to succeed, but we have to let him come along side us to tackle the issues at hand.

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I desperately needed this reminder today; I am grateful for it and encouraged by it.

 

 

Still Sinking In…

This past month has been the longest and shortest of my life. Taking care of things that need constant attention, fretting about this and that, waiting on the military, saying goodbyes, and stepping on a plane in one country to get off in another that we will now call home. April 12th has come and gone, which means, y’all, we have moved to Germany.

The past month has been filled to the top with all kinds of nonsense, and canceled appointments, and different hang ups, and I was beginning to wonder if we were actually going to get over here or not! But the Lord works in fantastically mysterious ways and has taken wonderful care of us. I don’t know know why I ever doubted that He would. If its true that, “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans,” then my life in 2014 has been God’s favorite sitcom. That being said, God had a much better idea of what we needed to do than we did, and it’s just been neat to see how He has been working on us lately to remind us to put our full trust in Him.

So now that we are here, it kind of still doesn’t feel like we are here! There is a lot to be done, but we can only take things a day at a time. Soon we will start house hunting, which I am extremely excited about! I just know there is a cute little German house for rent with our name on it and God’s blessing over it, and I can’t wait to see it!

Almost more than anything, I am anxious to get our scared little kitty settled. It’s kind of ridiculous how pets grab ahold of your heart and don’t let go… But that is the reason why we dragged her across the world crying and scratching; she makes up 1/3 of our family and we could not dream of leaving her behind. However, she is probably pretty mad at us, and will continue to be until we can get her of the boarding facility (we are not allowed to have pets in our temporary lodging) and into a home, where we can hide her carrier so that she will forget the trauma we have put her through and start tolerating us again!

It’s been a weird couple of days, feeling helpless and like a huge inconvenience to all those who have had pick us up to take us anywhere, but we are excited to be here and ready for this new adventure! Hopefully once we get a little more settled, and get something to drive, we will be able to do some sight seeing and I can give you all something more interesting to look at than my hot mess of jumbled words. But for now, that’s all I got!

 

Midwest Winter

Yesterday, my husband and I took some time out of our busy schedules to get out and enjoy the snow. We have both been pretty focused on our work lately, and we thought it would be nice to get out, take a little walk, and experience some of the weather that we had inevitable been avoiding.

It’s no secret that I do not love Winter and the cold snowy weather that it brings. Growing up in Oklahoma, I am used to one or two big snows in the Winter months, that promptly melts away when the temperatures raise back up after a couple days (minus the Snowpocalypse of 2011 – y’all know what I’m talking about). But this being our 2nd Winter in Ohio, I have learned that in the Midwest, it is anything but mild to an Oklahoma girl. So we decided that we needed to document a little bit of our snowy Midwestern Winter since we have barely seen the ground in the past month.

We went to the same place where we took some of our Fall photos (that can be seen here) to take some new seasonal photos of the cold, but albeit, beautiful snow.

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[My Husband’s handiwork.]

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[Then he wanted to add glasses.]

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New Year, Old Updates

Well, it would appear that I am about 2 months behind on blogging.. I had every intention to write 2-3 different posts in those past two months, but the words unfortunately never made it from my mind to my computer screen.

November and December proved to be very active months in my life. My husband and I took a trip to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving together, sight-seeing and eating deep dish pizza – which was way more delicious than I imagined it to be! November was a bit of a chilly time to make a trip up to the Windy City, especially since we walked everywhere, but the cold weather was only unbearable on Thanksgiving day, which, consequently, was also the day that we spent all morning outside watching the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We may or may not have promptly walked back to our hotel after the parade where we commenced to turning the heat up to 85 and propping up our feet on said heater to thaw them out.

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With the opportunity to go to the top of Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), visit the Museum of Science and Industry and the Adler Planetarium, walk along the Navy Pier, see some very pretty Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and walk through the Art institute of Chicago where I was able to view some of my favorite pieces of art in person, we really did have a wonderful time in Chi Town. It was a very fun city to visit, and for once, my Priceline hotel reservation endeavors came to fruition and we actually got a decent hotel downtown at a decent price. Who doesn’t love a great bargain, am I right?

The week after we returned home from our Thanksgiving vacation, I officially opened the Etsy Shop, Weaving & Weather! After struggling with the shop for the past 6 months, I finally had all the components to feel completely comfortable with opening. And It took off way better than I thought it would. In fact, the night I opened, I made my first sale! Before we left for Christmas, I sold 7 scarves, one of which was to someone whom I did not know personally! Which is very exciting, and means that they simply found me on Etsy, liked my work, and ordered a scarf! So, thank you all very much for your support and for your orders! I will be getting back to work this weekend so that I can begin restocking my shop. The near future and our upcoming move may prove for some snags here and there with the shop, but hopefully I can keep things running smoothly (more on that later).

Just a few short weeks later, we made the trip to Oklahoma to celebrate the birth of our Savior with our families. It was great to visit with beloved family and friends. My sweet little niece and nephew have inevitably grown so much since the last time I saw them… Here they are, spending some quality time with their “Bop” (the “grandpa” name given to my Dad by my nephew).

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After spending the week in Oklahoma, we returned to Ohio, where I worked my last two days, babysitting for a family I have been with for the past 10 months. And that, y’all, about wraps up the end of our 2013! It was a great year that went by too fast, but I am looking forward to what 2014 will bring as my husband finishes up his master’s degree and we get ready for our move to Germany!

summer time.

June has come and gone and I have no publicized words to show for it. It has been a busy summer already, which has included very little weaving and a plethora of weather. My dear sweet husband and I took a wonderful trip a few weeks ago around Lake Erie. We started off in Cleveland then headed up to Niagara Falls, spent a couple of days in Toronto, and ended with a morning in Detroit before returning home. We have kind of decided that wherever we are living (while we are moving around with the military) we want to visit places that are in the area. Being unsure that we will ever be this close to Canada again, we thought we should take the opportunity to visit while it was in driving distance. And I am definitely glad that we did!

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Once we returned, we had a week to recuperate from our short but busy vacation before my weather loving husband had to return to grad school and I embarked on another trip, to Texas this time, to meet my new sweet baby niece and spend some much needed time with my family. And now it’s July!

In the midst of our remaining summer plans, we are training for the Air Force Half Marathon in September. Which was not my idea of summer fun as I have a deep dislike for running and I am terrible at it! But I did agree to it and I am standing behind my word… with pains of regret ever present in my mind. We started our official training this past week, but we had to build up to where the training started so we have been running for a month or so already to get comfortable with 3 miles – where the training started. Today we got up to my person high of 4.5 miles! While I am a little bit excited that I was able to accomplish that now, I was pretty furious about 6 hours ago when that 4.5 mile run coincided with some pretty good rainfall… needless to say, while I am not a fan of running period, running in the rain only escalated my dislike for the sport. At this point, I am very anxious for the half marathon, because I’m not sure how I am going to make it through 13.1 miles as a non-runner. But I have a pretty good coach, and hopefully once it’s all over, I can thank him for pushing me to attempt a half marathon.

As for your daily dose of weaving, I have my loom dressed and ready for a new scarf and I’m excited to get to work. I hope you have all had lovely and restful July 4th weekend. Maybe now that June is over I can get back to regularly updating my readers on the life and work that is weaving and weather.