Motivation, what gets you going?

I have always been the type of person that has been, “It will work itself out.”  We will figure it out.” “Everything happens for a reason.”  Okay I am kind of over it and clearly I have to steer this wagon myself because Karma, hope, and prayer isn’t working.

I have a lot weighing on me lately and I am trying to figure out what the best order of events is because it seems like everything needs to be done NOW and YESTERDAY.   I’m over it, but I don’t want to procrastinate any longer.

I have a full time job that takes up about 70 hours of my week which leaves 98 hours for family, sleeping and my second job.   I am trying to figure out a balance all while trying to manage my home, my job, and my sanity.   I have so many ideas of things that I want to do that I think will help make life easier but then a curve ball comes and I throw my arms up and say screw it.

My #1 problem is that I take on too much and I want to do it all and I want it now, but that has never worked in the history of anybody so I guess I need to get that out of my head right now.    Piece by Piece I will get there and life will be good.  I need to figure out how to cut corners for a while so that of course the #1 stresser in my life, money, is in a slight abundance in our house.

So I am coming up with a series of posts as I work through balancing my life and health along with some creativity and things that help me through my day.   Hope you will come a long.

Also, please share what motivates you on a day to day basis to help you get through.  There are people of all types out there that have different stresses in life and we are all here for each other!

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Warm Tidings turns ONE!!!!!

I cannot believe a year has gone by since WarmTidings opened for Business.  It has been an incredible year both for the shop and for me.

The shop has evolved over the last year.  From hand made cards in the beginning to now, loads of invitations for Birthdays, Weddings, and more.

The best part about the shop are the people who ask me to create something for them that they either saw somewhere else or it’s something in their head.   The best part of it is that it’s another product that I can add to my site.   It’s so cool to hear about other people’s ideas and it’s even more awesome when I get the rare glimpse into how my project actually made it to the party!

Thank you for your support of WarmTidings, check back often to see more and more new things.    I have so many ideas I just have to get them created so that I can share with everybody.

Upcoming ideas:  Mickey & Minnie themed birthday, Royal blue wedding invitations.

What would YOU like to see on WarmTidings.

Check out WarmTidings and see if there is anything you like.  Thank you for reading the blog and checking out the shop here is a 15% of code for your next order  1STANNIVERSARY.  Code expires April 30, 2015

Please feel free to share the code with their friends!!

Be sure to also go and Like my Facebook Page WarmTidings by the Crafty Organizer to be up to date on all of the, ideas and new products coming.  Also please feel free to chime in with ideas and things you would like to see.

Thank you again for your support, now let’s get year 2 off to a great start!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – It’s truck day

I can’t believe it’s here.  So much has happened and I am preparing myself for complete exhaustion, let’s just hope the coffee maker doesn’t get broken in the move!

We are about 80% packed.  I still have to do the kitchen, but with as much as I have moved packing a kitchen is easy peezy.   Plus we are not leaving until tomorrow morning  so that makes packing up the truck less daunting.

Here is how we are doing with our AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers – CHECK, Thank you to my sister for the awesome party it was so wonderful to see everybody!!!!
  • Pin some “How to pack a moving truck pins” on Pinterest – CHECK
  • On the way to get the truck make a couple of administrative stops
    • Bank
    • Post office
    • Get some more totes and a lock for the truck
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Late morning Tuesday – We’re off!!!!

I was really sad yesterday when I had to leave my baby boy with his Grandparents.  I am eternally grateful to them for taking care of him and keeping him out of our way.  But I am still a little sad and I suck at goodbyes so needless today I teared up a bit (I am not too writing this).

Ok so just read our lease, I cannot wait until we can buy a house and we don’t have so many rules and regulations.  Ugh.

Time to get this day started.     Happy Monday Everybody!!!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey: We get the truck in a week

So…Much…Purging.  It’s crazy to think about how much stuff we have accumulated over the course of 15 months, how much stuff we moved the last time and now much stuff I REFUSE to move again.  Needless to say, black garbage bags are my friend the last couple of days, that and my shredder.  I have also come to terms that I am a bit of a notebook hoarder!!  It’s sad, but it’s true.  It goes along with the name of the blog after all, but I really need to stop moving so many notebooks, just so then I can go and buy more.  Is there a meeting for Paper Hoarder’s Anonymous ??

Ok so here is where we stand on the AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Next afternoon – we are off.

I have a couple more projects I want to get through the next couple of days.  Such as “Operation, get the paper onto my computer, it’s lighter” and “Operation, I’m not a traditional crafter so I don’t need all of these supplies”.  The latter is underway and some great ladies I hooked up with may be buying most of my stuff.  I would rather get it to somebody cheap and know they are going to use it than throw it out so I don’t have to move it.  Scrapbooking and Card-making is an expensive hobby, so if I can help somebody else out it’s totally worth it.

Today I sold my Sizzix, remember I was going to make it big with my jersey cards.  Yeah that didn’t work by the way.  But the lady that bought it off me, for a great deal, is using it at her crop events in McHenry IL, where they supply all of the equipment and all of the proceeds from the event go to Relay for Life.  It’s awesome and I am so happy that I could contribute!!

Okay going to go and throw out some more crap before we have to go and get the kid.   Also hoping to get some new wedding invitation designs up early this week on my Etsy shop (CLICK HERE) Have a great Sunday everybody.

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – Our days are numbered…FINALLY

Well, here we go.  After a couple of months of plotting and planning and a hundred of resumes later, we are finally making the big move to New York.  No we are not moving to the city, that’s just crazy.  But, believe me we will be visiting there often.

So the point of this series is to chronicle our move.  Partially so that I remember everything that happened while we were moving for scrapbook purposes.  Also, to show that as long as you are organized it doesn’t matter how far you are moving or the fact that you have to do it in about two weeks.  🙂

The Agenda:

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – well…waiting until after the holiday weekend to see if we got an apartment.  FINGERS CROSSED!
  • Schedule moving truck – will do once we know for sure we have a destination, but quotes have been done.
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk.
  • Start Packing
  • Keep Packing
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Next afternoon – we are off.

So then while doing all of this stuff, don’t worry I will keep you updated on the progress.  There are all of the other things that I want to try to get done before we leave so then I don’t have to worry about it when we get out there and I have to start work.

Things like

  • Find a Daycare for kid
  • Pediatrician
  • Vet
  • Car insurance
  • How to get our leased car registered
  • Sell my car before we leave

I already have a written list for this, I will keep you updated on this one too.

I am always up for a good challenge.  Hoping that this will translate into some weight-loss too.  🙂  I like to forget to eat when I am in a zone.

If there are any readers out there that have any tips for long distance moves PLEASE COMMENT!!!!!   I will take all of the advice I can get!

Will send an update soon!!!!!

-Stef

Preparing for the week…kind of overwhelming

Happy JUNE everybody.  I can’t believe it’s June already.    Every week I kind of get excited to write down my to do list of things I want to accomplish and by the time I am done writing everything down I am overwhelmed and exhausted.

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So the goal is to take things one step at a time.  The world isn’t going to end if I don’t get everything done that night.    So there are a lot of things that I want to accomplish this week.  It may mean some later nights but I am determined to get things done.

I am ready for the at least tomorrow.  Clothes laid out, lunch made, bag packed.   Now I just need to get up on time tomorrow morning and all will be off to a good start.

Hope everybody has a great week.  I have a couple of things up my sleeve this week so stay tuned for some new posts coming!!!!!

Talk to you soon!

-Stef

 

I have been Nominated!!!!!

I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Jill at Crescent number nine and I am so excited! Thank you thank you.  This is so cool.   Please go and check out her blog.  She has great stuff to share!

The rules for the award are very simple:

  • link back to who nominated you – No problem!!!
  • answer the 11 questions given – I think I can handle that
  • nominate 11 bloggers with 200 bloglovin’ followers or less – this could take me a minute
  • give your nominated 11 questions to answer – Ok going to try to be creative.  😉

Here are Jill’s Questions

What made you start a blog?

I was working on projects keeping myself busy and trying to promote a direct sales business so I wanted to share what I was creating.  I originally started the blog to chronicle my divorce, but didn’t tell anybody the name until I decided to leave the past behind and start fresh.

 What is the inspiration behind your blog name?

I was living with my mom and going through a divorce feeling very broken.  I was paging through the Office Max add and said “office supplies never broke my heart” and the name was born.

 Which is your favourite blog post (of your own) and why?

https://officesuppliesneverbrokemyheart.com/2013/10/31/31-days-of-christmas-day-31-final-product-thanks-for-following/

The final project of the 31 days of Christmas series.  It was so fulfilling to see all of the cards and projects together in one spot

 If you could be doing anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Quit my job be a professional blogger while building a business of my own.

 What book are you currently reading?

Wonder by RJ Palacio

 Cakes or biscuits?

Cake

 Sun or snow?

Sun

 What’s your favourite colour?

Blue

 Where in the world do you live?

Live in Chicago, IL USA

 Where in the world would you most like to visit?

California & New York

 When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a lot of things.  I used to play TV Weather Girl all the time along with Bank, Pharmacy.  I had a very active imagination.

Here are my 11 nominations

  1. Patriciamanhire
  2. Cultivating Trio
  3. One Moms Tips
  4. Baby Hips
  5. Jackie Speaks it
  6. The Elephant in my Room
  7. What Matters Nutrition
  8. Anchored
  9. EicheFam 
  10. Lexy’s Handmade Creations
  11. Cuddlicious Creations

Here are my questions for you all  🙂

  1. Why did you want to start a blog?
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. What inspires your blog posts?
  5. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
  6. Do you prefer to be hot or cold?
  7. If you could paint a wall in your home any color no questions asked what would it be?
  8. If you could pack your bags and go on vacation right now where would you go?
  9. Where do you currently live?
  10. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  11. What was your most favorite project that you blogged about?

Please share the blog-love and help us little bloggers reach a wider audience by following either through WordPress or by email! Thank you!

Talk to you all soon!!!

-Stef