Why do I love the blogs I do?

As part of my journey to be inspired, I’m enrolled in an e-course, called Flying Lessons: Tips and Tricks to Help Your Creative Biz Soar, by Kelly Rae Roberts. Now, I know this is not exactly what I had on my 14 week challenge, but I think it will actually lead me to a lot of stuff on that list.

Every day, she has a new lesson and the lesson I am currently on is Blogging (an overview). While I have been blogging for a little over a year now, my blogs still need A LOT of work. Every time I find a new blog, I try to pin it (mind you, I just started doing this so my list is a little low and I need to add some blogs). But I thought I would also make a list of the blogs I love and why. I continue to go back to these blogs when I lose focus, or just need some helpful distraction.

So, here’s my list. These blogs are AMAZING if you are into crafting/art/etc. Please feel free to leave links to your blogs or any blogs you love!

Kelly Rae Roberts: I did not find out about her blog until I saw one of my friends comment on something on Facebook that led to her. As someone who wants to design websites, I fell in love. This was right up my ally. The colors felt warm and welcoming. Her pictures were honest and I could assume that they were true stills of her life. Most of all, it felt like we could be friends. She didn’t feel like one of those bloggers who think they are above everybody because they have the coolest blog ever. She is super positive and she writes….like me. Most of all, she has a book out, which is my dream in life.

Going Home to Roost: This makes me think of the country every time I look at this blog. Her colors are also very warm and light, and just make me feel comfortable once I enter her site. Not only that, but she has everything I love. Crafts and food. I finally broke down and signed up for a $5/month membership as it comes with a lot of goodies, which are worth more than the membership! You can get discounts on her stuff, advertising, etc. And she sends you a bunch of useful stuff. You can check out the membership details here.

Indie Fixx: This website is where I got my idea for the 14 week challenge! I love her. Her blog looks a little more formal and not as warm, but it has everything my heart desires. Indie biz resources, DIY crafts, printables, and even an online magazine, another goal of mine. I love this site so much, I wrote a small review in a local publication, SN&R.

So far, these are my favorites. I have more to add and will do so when I have more time. Again, feel free to add any that you adore in a comment so I can check em out and post about them!

 

California Dreamin

So, to gain some more inspiration and information, I started an e-class on starting/maintaining your craft business with Kelly Rae Roberts.

Since it’s all online, I can do it at my own speed and take what I want from it. When I woke up this morning, I started my math homework. Frustrated, I decided to put it down for a while and go back to my craft biz class, which is WAY more fun.

I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, and I feel fatigued ALL day long. This definitely put a little pep in my step.

First of all, she asked us to write down a few things to get the ball rolling. First, what do I want out of this? What do I hope to accomplish?

Well, I want to make my online presence known! Every time I click on a crafty website, I think “this is exactly what I want to do” So, I want to find a way to do that. As a stay-at-home pregnant girlfriend, I want to find a way to supplement my boyfriend’s income with my art and my writing. That would be perfect…if I could stay home and be happy doing what I love while helping my family, I could not ask for more. I want to be successful on my own and I want to make my family PROUD.

To make my goals known, I’m listing them below. Yes, I know. More goals to follow. But I work best when I have solid goals. Otherwise, I will end up in my rocking chair watching TV.

Short term goals: start Etsy account, go through all the stuff in my craft closet AND actually use it. Make enough money to get through each month ($1000 would be good), start screen printing, make all my food and cleaning supplies from scratch, start blogging more, get daily traffic, get more involved with graphic design

Long term goals: maintain and update Etsy account, make a living crafting, start maternity clothing line, be the best mom EVER, create a good life for me and my family, get my AA degree and start the bachelor program

Who can I talk to about my creative biz dreams? I would have to say my boyfriend. While he is totally the logical one in the relationship, he understands that I am not and he listens to me and gives me the best advice he can. He never makes me feel like I can’t do something and he fully supports me.

Who is living their dreams? Who can I look up to? Jenny Roberts Woods. I freaking love her. When I was taking a Magazine Writing class, I had to do a profile on someone. I was telling my friend Shane Davis about this and he introduced me to his neighbor, Jenny. She started her own recycled baby clothing line while pregnant with her 2nd child and she kept up with it while being a full-time stay-at-home mom.

Her kids are so creative and they all seem very happy. That’s what I want for my family, for all of us to be happy and to be doing what we love.

There is only one thing stopping me: FEAR. I have the time and resources to do what I love, I just need to get over myself and my fears and make it happen.

Finally, I wrote a letter to myself. It’s something I will seal and will look at again in 6 months. I had to catch and stop myself from writing “hopefully.” I just said “you will.” Here’s a little blurb:

“as long as you have a happy, healthy and loving family, you will go far in life and you will never have to wonder if you’re successful….because you are!”

So, if this inspires you – and hopefully it does – I urge you to do the same. What you find out may surprise you.

Best smoothie ever

I don’t remember where I got this recipe, but it has been my morning staple since I discovered it. It’s equally simple and delicious!

Now, of course the ingredients can vary, but all I add is this: cup of frozen mixed berries, 1 banana, 5 strawberries, handful of grapes, handful of blueberries, watermelon slices, pineapple, BIG ol spoonful of peanut butter, 1 cup of soy milk, some ice and DONE!
I know there are recipes that are probably much more fancy and include some better stuff, but if you’re trying to be healthy on a budget, this is the way to go.

Of course, right after I was done…I saw the oranges staring at me from the fruit bowl, totally forgot about those bad boys! Will have to add them next time, they give the smoothie a little kick!

Challenge with the 14 week challenge

So, it’s been over a week since I posted. Although I did start a new project and did practice some guitar, I totally forgot about my blog! I didn’t do a lot of the things I was challenging myself to in a week, including posting.

And then, this week….my math class has taken over my life. We have a test on Saturday and feeling ill prepared, I have spent every waking moment studying for the test. I was starting to get really pissed at my math homework from taking me away from the things I loved.

But then, I thought about it. I don’t spend EVERY waking moment on my math homework. I also spend an hour or so in the morning watching TV while I eat breakfast. Then I take a break at lunch. Then I hang out with my boyfriend when he gets home from work. And around 8 pm, I take another break to watch our shows before he goes to bed and I continue my math homework.

So, really….my time is split between TV and math. It’s time to shift my focus. Yes, it’s fall…which means all new series and new seasons of my favorite shows. But, the shows will be there later. I need to use this time to myself to focus on where I want to go with my life.

Since I like watching TV with Sam, I’m going to limit my TV watching to 8-9 pm. Then it’s back to work. After not having TV for 5 years, it’s nice to welcome it back to my home so I don’t want to completely disregard it just yet. But, no more morning/afternoon breaks. Well, at least not on my rocker. Yes, I did say rocker. It’s getting to that point.

Hopefully with this new goal in mind….I can get back on track. After all, isn’t that what matters? Not the falling off, but being able to pull yourself back up.

14 Week Challenge: Week 1/ Day 3

Learn to cook something from scratch

If you read my previous post about making pesto, you know that my pasta is my specialty. Unfortunately, aside from veggie stir fry, it’s pretty much the only thing I know how to make for dinner.

Since I recently accepted a new position as Housewife, I have decided that I might want to add a few more items to my repertoire. So, as I was eating Kraft Mac n Cheese one day, it came to me. I love baked macaroni and cheese. And I wanted to know how to make it on my own.

Seeing that my boyfriend doesn’t like the healthy version of, well, anything, I pulled out a “Joy of Cooking” cookbook my mom gave me years ago, when she had hopes of me leading a more domestic lifestyle.

After we did our grocery shopping and I got all the ingredients out, it was 8 pm. Since we normally go to bed between 9-9:30 pm, to say this would be a late dinner would be an understatement.

Like I said before, I’m used to pasta. Using one big pot and boiling pasta. Not exactly used to using a pot and pan at the same time. And the onions were supposed to be minced, but due to my time restraint and the fact that I didn’t start chopping them until WAY later than I was supposed to, the pieces were just a little (ok, very) big. After spilling the flour on floor, spreading cheddar cheese all over the counter and floor and almost melting my wooden spoon, I was finally able to get my act together.

With the dish FINALLY in the oven at 8:30, we would be eating around 9 pm. I cleaned up my mess and got in some TV before it was taste test time. If it came out inedible, I would be screwed. Luckily, I’m dating a garbage disposal who will literally eat almost everything.

We dished up our food, and when he took his first bite, he had a surprised look. “It’s actually pretty good.” I tried it and also thought I did a pretty danged good job. When I asked for his honest opinion, he gave me 4 out of 5 stars. Given my experience with cooking, that was awesome!

We ultimately decided that it could be the fact that he was about 5 minutes away from going comatose due to lack of food that made it taste so good, but he liked it. Either way, it served us dinner and him lunch and dinner for the next day.

I’ve always been scared to cook, but as it turns out, when you actually follow a recipe, it’s pretty easy. Definitely giving myself more prep time in the future, though!

14 Week Challenge: Week 1/Day 2

inspiration in my notebook

I NEED MONEY!

It looks like my Unemployment benefits may be coming to an end. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, I guess I just wanted to keep delaying the inevitable. Now that I’ve gone over my finances and what I absolutely need to get by, I have come to the sad, hardcore realization that I need money. So today I am adding a new challenge: find some money.

I have looked into direct sales but unfortunately, they are not for me. I always end up spending more money than I make and without a car, it’s really hard to hold shows. I can do it online but I still won’t make enough.

I’ve decided to focus on looking for writing jobs where I can work from home. I have some freelance options but with a baby on the way, I need some stability. I am challenging myself to apply for 5 writing jobs per day, based on availability.

It’s also time to get on my crafting and hope to make some money off my goods. Once again, I was looking at indiefixx.com. You too can go to her indie biz page to get some insight on starting your own little business.

Today’s challenge is this:

  • Find ways to make money with the sources I already have
  • Look for at least 5 writing jobs
  • Complete my owl painting
  • Make a business plan
  • Learn some guitar
  • Oh yeah, laundry and cleaning.

Let’s see how I do, shall we?

Cecilia’s owl painting

Ok, it’s a couple hours later and the owl painting is complete! This will be the first painting to go up on Cecilia’s wall. My painting skills aren’t the best right now but luckily Cecilia will be too young to be an art critic for a while.

I finished most of my tasks I set for myself. I just need to focus on making a business plan and hopefully I can get the ball rolling tomorrow!

Right now…time for some rest. And leftover pizza.

14 week challenge: Week 1/ Day 1

Day one: Start/ finish a new art project.

A couple weeks ago, I was gifted a small canvas that belonged to Sam’s mom. A couple days ago, I started working on it.

While I love owls and want to decorate my daughter’s room in everything owl (which will ultimately make her despise owls), I’ve never been able to draw one.

This weekend, I drew owls, over and over again. And over again. When I was finally satisfied with my owl drawing abilities, I decided I would paint an owl to hang up in Cecilia’s room.

Today, I finally busted out my paint supplies and got to work. It had been a long time since I painted anything and I was excited to start. A little drowsy from my nap, I woke right up when I started painting and felt the motivation kicking into high gear. About time.
Here’s what I have so far. Tomorrow I will need to do a couple more layers of paint and do some detail work. But I’m happy with what I have at this point.

As for the challenge, I am energized to get on all my projects and my days finally feel worthwhile. I guess being lazy can pay off sometimes.