Saturday, September 29, 2012

Housecleaning.......Long Overdue!

I can't believe it has been so long since I posted.  It has been such a busy summer......a busy year.  Twelve years ago we purchased a patio home.  We got rid of alot a dead weight so to speak.  I remember telling my husband that I did not realize how theraputic that process was going to be.  Well once again I did not see this coming but a great theraputic cleaning!  I knew I needed a refreshing and renewal from the life draining world I had to live in each day. The job change has been and still is AWESOME!!  The thing I did not expect was the cleansing I would experience.  I have been surrounded by people who I only see, hear know the only exist when they want something from you!  And then there are the ones who are so nice to your face and will sacrifice you and anyone else they need to in order to make themselves look good.  However, I also was surrounded by great friends that I cherish.  And you know those are the relationships that have not changed at all because of a job change......not at all! When I changed jobs I discovered a whole new world.  An amazing concept....TEAM WORK!  Everyone works together, everyone willing to lend a helping hand.  A two way street. It really is true that the group takes on the personality of the leader.  Our Director is not just the boss, she is an amazing leader!   She is down to earth, caring, an amazing business woman, fair, and knows how to balance it all.....not too much "boss" and not too much "down to earth". And she makes it look so easy.  So many have the wrong idea about what "boss" means.  One of the questions I ask when interviewing is "What do you think makes a great boss?"  I am glad to tell those I hire that we have a great boss and a great leader!

So the year has been a cleansing of people in my life who I only exist for what they need from me to being surrounded by family and friends that are "real".  The saying is so true "What is not good for you will only continue as long as you allow it."  It took a stepping back and looking at two very different worlds to realize just how true that really is.

Housecleaning is not fun and is sometimes painful but when you have a clean house it feels so refreshing.  If you are not careful, making a living will suck you into having the life sucked out of you.  You think you are enjoying your "real" friends and real "family" to the least I did.  With this cleansing I have alot more energy to put into those positive very wonderful things in my life.  You don't realize in the middle of it just how much until you take your life back.  Is your life out of balance because of what you have allowed to continue?  Is it time for a very healthy and positive housecleaning?

Lovin life.........I hope you are.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tracy Statler's Wrapped, Stacked, And Layered Challenge

Tracy Statler of Making Bracelets (which is on my Blogs I Follow list) is hosting the Wrapped, Stacked And Wrapped Challenge.  We were directed to put together bracelets stacked with or without a watch.  We were to included at least two bracelets we made in our stack.  As you know I love and have always loved stacking bracelets so this had my name all over it.  I am looking forward to see the variety and styles in the blog hop challenge.  Thank you Tracy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lori Anderson's Giveaway

I love Lori Anderson.  I have been following her blog for over a year.  She is having a great giveaway. ..........  Check out her blog while you are there.  She is fun loving, creative, free spirited and real!   You will love her, too.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

What Does Bohemian Mean?

Well you have heard about my love for Pinterest.  I have noticed alot of the style I like on Pinterest has the word bohemian in the description.  Now some of this bohemian style is a little too out there for me.  What does this word mean?  I know Bohemia is a place in Europe.  When you are teaching a child to read you teach them to look at the pictures for clues as to what the book is about.  I found myself falling back on this kindergarten skill to figure out the meaning of bohemian style.  The pictures told me bohemian is flowing, light weight, eclectic, some solids, some colorful patterns.  I looked up the definition online and found this....

"a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices".....ok.....still not completely clear on what constitutes bohemian untillllll.......I ran across a definition using the word "hippie".  Not that I understand!  I am a hippie at heart from the 70s.  So why didn't the definition just say "politically correct word in 2012 for hippie"......that is what it is.....right?  I had the hip hugger pants that looked like an American flag complete with the wide black belt, choker beaded necklace (where my love for beads began) and long hair to my waist parted down the middle.

So I find myself in my fifties giving myself permission to be who I was all along, hippie or bohemian,  I really don't care what you call it.  The years that I have tried to transform to what was " the expected" cookie cutter did not work for me.  How freeing it is.... not trying so hard to be who or what everyone else wants or expects.  Just being who He created me to be.

I loved the shops in Kansas City, Mo. that were called back in the hippie day "head shops".  I loved to look at the jewelry that was handmade.  I am very grateful to my new friends I have met in the blogger world that have inspired me to discover my creative side and not be afraid of it.  This weekend I have been working on the friendship bracelets mentioned and pictured in the post to bring something old back in a new and more grown up version! 

Hope you all have a great week.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Only One Perfect Person Has Lived On This Earth

Yesterday I was having a talk with my supervisor.  I had not seen her much in a couple of to the job and she is not hovering over me....nice feeling to be trusted to do your job even though I am still have so much to learn.  She stopped by to ask me how I felt things were going.  I mentioned that I knew they did not expect me to know everything yet but I have a higher and sometimes unreasonably expectation set for myself.  She said "Remember, we do not expect perfection, we strive for excellence!  There has been only one perfect person who lived on this earth and He died 2000 years ago."

After coming from the department I worked in..... this way of thinking will take some adjusting but what a great adjustment back to a "reasonable" way of working day to day.  People make mistakes, things slip through the cracks, in this department it is apparent that is understandable.  There has to be room for human error and I have been given persmission on more than on occasion in the last 4 weeks to be human.  It is great to work hard, come home tired and yet no stress!  A happy employee is a productive employee.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What A Difference

What an awesome two weeks.  I love my new job.  I look forward to going to work!  I have not been able to say that in a very long time. One of the guys in the department said to me "everyone in this department REALLY cares about each other and that is a really good feeling".  That coming from one of the guys really spoke volumes.  My second week ended with my supervisor bringing me coffee on Friday.  I was soooo shocked when I looked up and saw her bringing my mug of coffee to me.  She said "well I am so appreciative of you having the coffee ready when I come in..."(she grinned) and said "I wanted to reward that good behavior." 

To sum the first two weeks up...appreciated...valued...asking my opinion or do I need anything.  Our Director came by everyday my first week to see how my day was!  Friday and tomorrow are teacher workdays with no kids in school.  So the perfect ending to the second week started with coffee being served , the Superintendent dismissing all 12 month employees 2 hours early and the Director saying we could wear blue jeans on Monday.  You know it really is the little things in life that make a girl happy.

I have been making some bracelets for summer.  It's hard for me to not make everything turquoise, love that color.  I haven't posted new pictures in awhile.  I will do that soon.  Have you seen the adult friendship bracelets attached to the large link chain?   I really like this look I saw on Pinterest.  I also love the way the friendship bracelets are the same colorful fun they use to be with a sophisticated update for the adult.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Good Start.....Moving On!

Wow, time flies.  It does not seem like 6 weeks since I posted.  Well last year was a tough one for us as it has been for many.  This new year is starting off much better.  I interviewed and got a job with another department within the school district.  To give you an idea of what great people I will be working for....the interview was a very enjoyable hour.  That is the first interview I had that I was not at all nervous.  Great conversation with new friends is what it felt like.  These ladies were interested in my skill set and what I am capable of doing.  I have not had the opportunity to work to my full potential for a very long time.  I start my new position on Monday but I can already tell I will have the opportunity to do that in this department.  The department I have worked in for 12 years is the greatest group of hard working caring people I have ever had the priviledge to work alongside.  Thankfully they are neighbors to my new department.  I was able to enjoy my last day without the sadness of leaving those that are closer than family.

My last day started with beautiful flowers from a great group of folks that had already taken me to dinner. The secretarial staff took me to lunch and I was showered with gifts, beautiful cards and endearing notes from many in the department that I will cherish. Probably one of my favorite gifts was a comment from someone after she found out I was leaving. She congratulated me, we talked about my new position and she returned to her desk. A few minutes later she came back and said "Do you realize all you have done in the last 5 years for this department?" There are so many things as an Office Manager and a Secretary you do each day to take care of and make things a little better, go a little smoother for all those around you. Things you think are not noticed they just get done or you improve upon those things. When so much of your day is filled with mondane task you don't realize that you are doing anything that really matters.  She pointing out that I have made a difference meant more to me than she will ever know.

Having said all making and blogging has been on the back burner.  I am looking forward to getting back to it.  I have tried some spoon rings.....silver plated is what I had to work with.  I did not get it hot enough or the silver plated is just hard too work with.  I could not get a bend at all.  So I am doing more reading on this process and trying again.  I will let you know how it goes.

Please remember to pray for Ashley.  Her blog is Lil Blue Boo.  You can follow her journey as she and her family battle her cancer.

Hope you have a great weekend and as Ashley reminds us "choose joy".