Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#JoySnatchers || Day 2.

Good morning: 

Today is Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014. ::let that sink in:: Where has the time gone?!?

It's one thing to be away, its an entirely other thing to be absent--with that said, I've been away :)

September is always an interesting time for me. 

My birthday falls right in the middle of September. 

I start to ask myself the questions that many people do as they enter a new age, a new season. 

Are you certain, you're going to be _________ years old? (This "age line" is awkwardly long... LOL)

What does Buzzfeed say you should be doing/having overcome/or stop doing prior to turning ______years old?

How much can you check off of your Life Plan list? (Sometimes referred as The Bucket List)

While some of these questions are necessary for growth in all facets of life-- they can be stressful. We must be careful to not let these answers weigh us down. 

GG Renee of All The Many Layers has created a self-discovery challenge to help her readers truly identify who they are and who they would like to be. 

Now, I know that my blog posts are inconsistent-- while that is a fact I am so desperately trying to change, I'm going to keep it real and disclaim that you may not see a post everyday. Days when I don't make it to this space, I'll keep a record and share back with you lovelies at a later time. 

We are officially three days into said challenge and I'm just sitting down for the task but better late then never... 

I'll start here on the blog with Day 2. Joy Snatchers. 

When I think about the things, attitudes and lies that try and snatch at my joy, I think of 

* Comparison 
* Fear
* Insecurity
* Doubt 
* Hopelessness 

I am reminded of Habakkuk 3:18-19 that reminds us that even in the midst of chaos, destruction and uncertainty

"yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains. 

What are the joy snatchers in your life? What things, thoughts and attitudes take your peace and joy? 

Identify them today and start denouncing them away! 

P.S. If you would like to participate in this month's self-discovery challenge, feel free to sign up on GG Renee's page through the link above. If you feel like sharing, leave me a message or comment below and I'll come by and visit! 

Always with love, 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 hours

Hello friends!!

Such a long, overdue hello. 

Much has happened. I've promised to blog more and yet.... sigh. 

(Moving forward)

My job. I like my new job. 

{Well, within the past four months new}

I like the new people I've met. They are fun, funny and full of life... Definitely helps make the 40 hr week more enjoyable!

After a satisfactory 90 day evaluation, I was offered the opportunity to work a 8/80 schedule. 10 hour days in exchange for a day off--and not just any day: MONDAYS!

{Absolutely happening}

Yesterday was my first Monday "off" and I can definitely get used to Mondays off! 

But today... Today was long. 

6:30 am-- 

Lulu wakes up and I begin the ritual morning feeding... normally this takes place with a half asleep Rachel carefully avoiding any unnecessary light so that I can enjoy another hour of slumber... not today. 

7:30 am-- 

Walked into work and got settled in. I must admit the one hour before the rest of my colleagues come in is pretty awesome. I was able to knock out a narrative that I've been working on for the past couple of work days!

{crosses off item 1 on To-Do list}

8:30 am--

Delayed birthday shout-out to my awesome boss who celebrated her birthday yesterday! Her birthday and she shares her candy bowl with me :) 

9:30 am--

Catching up on missed emails and meeting prep for the rest of the day. Walked away from computer and it went into sleep mode... locked myself out of my computer...3 times! Can I just say that I'm pretty sure the IT guy wants to shut down my access indefinitely. Am I the only this happens to... idk where my mind went. 

{insert cup of coffee}

10:30 am-- 

Contract meeting. Matrices, Deliverables, Analysis Reports! The fun stuff :)

11:30 am--

What's for lunch?! Our office is definitely food centered! We use food in all of our meetings, in all of our celebrations and our catching up! Yeah, it's that serious!

12:30 pm-- 

My colleagues have taken an interest in my Yelp dealings so it was cool to share pics and stories of last weekend's Yelpies at the Coral Gables Museum! Deets later, my friends!!

1:30 pm--

Prepping for meeting #2 of the day. Pretty sure the copier knows when I'm in a hurry and takes forever to print, its all good though. 

2:30 pm--

Team meeting. Updates. Goals and Regrouping. 

3:30 pm-- 

{insert cup of coffee #2}

4:30 pm-- 

Sigh. Is everyone really packing up.... Sure feels like it. 

5:30 pm-- 

3 emails, 4 phone calls, more checks off the To-Do list. Quietest yet most productive hour. 

6:00 pm-- 

Finally done. Rushing home to take this sassy gal for a walk before the rain comes down. 

I'm currently winding down with some King of Queens before retiring for the night. Hope your Tuesdays went well!

Until next time, 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Life Updates!


Happy Friday!!

I can't begin to explain my absence from this little space on the Internet. I miss blogging, I miss the interaction, I miss you all. I've been trying to get into the groove of the new position (which I'm still loving) and balance some new commitments, responsibilities and exciting endeavors. 

As my re-entry post into the world of blogging, I think an update is due. 

Last we spoke, I shared photos of my first Miami Heat game, my sassy but sweet Manchester Terrier Mix, Lulu and a brief introduction of my new job.

The highlights of April has got to be the epic BFF vacation trip that I took with my girls and my appointment to my city's Art Commission board! 

San Juan, Puerto Rico was the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation and awesomeness! It was my first visit but certainly not my last! The entire experience was awesome and deserving of a post of its on so look out for that :)

The Arts Commission Board has been an awesome experience thus far! We are planning the 2nd International Kinetic Art Symposium and everything is coming together nicely!

The top three highlights of May was the celebration of four years with my boyfriend. We kept our celebration simple with a staycation of Miami Beach. Far enough to feel like an away trip but close enough to be a quick getaway! 

The other highlight, was an opportunity to speak to one of my former professor's classes. I accepted an invitation to speak to the Administrative Law class about regulation, the administrative process and public administration overall. I loved it!! I feel so alive when I'm standing in front of a room talking about a topic I'm passionate about: public administration!

The last and quite possibly most amazing highlight was my best friend graduating from medical school! After 17 years of friendship, I couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments, her determination and her bright future. She is going to make an amazing doctor and I can't wait to see what God does for her!

Highlight: Fellowship! 

Just a few months ago, I joined a wonderful church family and have enjoyed the fellowship. Being a Christian is above all about relationship. Relationship with Christ, encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ and sharing the Good News of Salvation and Hope for a hurting and lost world. 

From pre- and post- church gatherings, pool parties, beach-side brunches and most importantly sharing encouragement and accountability. 

For the past six months, the ladies of the church have been participating in a Secret Sister pen pal/gifting correspondence that I've been loving!!

Over the next couple of days, I'll expand on all of these highlights filled with photos, details and other fun facts! 

Until next time