Saturday, February 26, 2011

Here We Go One More Time..

.....and now I have an NYSNC song in my head. Since February is approaching an end, I felt the need to debrief through blogging about the latest and greatest in the life of muah. First things first...starting a new job for hopefully the last time in a LONG time.  I think it is going to be super intense and great experience toward certification for my LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor). Right now I am a LPCA Licensed Clinical Professional Associate.  However 2 years and 4,000 hours later that will change. I will be doing many things here in rural Cynthiana, KY for Bluegrass Regional MH-MR Board, that my other positions did not give me the opportunity to do, so I will need to learn very quickly.  Since I haven't had a paycheck since November I am very much looking forward to March 4th LOL.  It is a time like this I am very grateful that I am "weird" about my money and made it out of this time with my $1000 emergency account still intact.

Second order of business. I am moving into my own apartment next Saturday the 5th!! I couldn't be more excited.  While Andrew's grandparents have been more than gracious hosts since my landing here, I am ready to move my things out of storage once more. (Sometimes my life feels like that movie Groundhog Day).  I will be residing in Georgetown, KY so as to be about 45 minutes closer to work.  (At this point the commute is about an hour and 10 minutes on average.)  My apartment is absolutely fabulous, and I can't wait to entertain some overnight guests! The first ones being my parents of course who continue to make sacrifices of their time for me in my many moves. : ) 

Third item: My boyfriend is amazing.  Ug that is so cheesy, and I hate when people bubble on and on about their relationships, but I just have to say it. I have already gotten to attend a show at the Lexington Opera House, and have received so much unlimited patience, understanding and support through this time of transition.  It's fun to be douted on.  : )

Fourth: I am looking forward to getting more involved at Broadway Christian Church. Right now I'm serving a couple times a month with the KidsChurch group, and enjoying all the energy they have.  Financial Peace University has also been fun to attend at Broadway with the boyfriend. Lexington has so much to offer, so I'm real excited about what lies ahead! 

I will update soon once I'm settled in my apartment with various "repurposed posts" about decor and functionalbility (I think I made that up?)

I am so blessed.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Its a N3W Y3AR!

Today marks the fourth day of the new year and I couldn't be more excited about this one.  I am happy and healthy, I have a boyfriend who spoils me and is a wonderful man, I got to spend a week with close friends and family over the holidays, my car is operating as it should, I could go on and on.  I really dislike standard new years resolutions, but I must say since I love goals it is fun to revisit where I was last year and where I want to be going...Lets review this past year's goals....

  • Pay off my car- Still paying it off
  • Work toward my LPC- Still working
  • Buy a Bike
  • Maintain my financial goals
  • Build a larger emergency fund
  • Stock my Etsy store :) Stocked, but need to relist and begin again
  • Read 5 books I have that I have never opened in my library- I think I made it through 2
  • Study at least 6 books of the Bible intently.- Only did about 4 books
  • Get rid of things I do not need
  • Use what I have to make what I need when possible
  • Container Gardens?
  • Do at least 2 things on my “Things to do in Life list” this year  I learned about my car, went boating on Smith Mountain Lake in VA, and did a Beth Moore Bible Study, I even lost 24 pounds, and that wasn't even on my list!
...I didn't do too bad! This definitely gives me encouragement for the coming year and allows me to see God's grace in my life as well.  This year I would like to concentrate on:

  • Payoff my Car- May 2011?
  • Get 50% of the hours/ supervision I need for my LPC
  • Find an apartment in Lexington within my price range
  • Open Etsy Store again
  • Read 2 "Fun books" in my library
  • Continue purging things I do not need or want
  • Maintain my financial goals
  • Do at least 2 more things on my "To Do List for Life" 
  • Go through a Financial Peace University Class with the Boyfriend
  • Make time for a "Date Night" weekly with the Boyfriend
  • Keep track of money saved in 2011 (In 2010 I spent an average of $19 a week on groceries!)
Yep..I think that looks good. :D
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

On the Road again...

I really don't think this is the permanent slogan of my life, but this past year has just been crazy.  Time for another update...hopefully I will be able to post more now that I am getting used to these transitions :)
Some exciting "I" statements to follow:

  • I finished both of my classes through Liberty University and was LPCA approved in Kentucky!! WOO HOO!
  • I turned in my notice at Blue Ridge to move to Kentucky! 
  • I moved to Lexington, KY November 23rd, and was able to spend a fantastic Thanksgiving with my family in St. Louis now only 5 hours away!
  • I am in paperwork purgatory now with Bluegrass Mental Retardation Services as I accept a job in Cynthiana, KY as a Children's Therapist in one of their outpatient centers.
  • I no longer have a technology relationship with the boyfriend over the phone or Skype...(which I'm pretty sure if we get married should have important places in the ceremony)- It has been wonderful going on actual dates that don't consist of watching movies together over Netflix...although that was fun too :) 
  • I am currently living with the boyfriend's grandparents to allow me to financially better make this big transition!
So that is about all going on right now, most my things and especially craft items, are in storage right now, but I've still been managing to pump out a ton of homemade christmas presents. Today I am making strawberry bread. YUM.

As I embark on yet another state and new opportunities,  I can't help but think about how blessed I am to have so many people who support me no matter where I am at in life.  I love you all very much!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fast forward 5 months later...

I can't believe where the time has gone.  Since starting school back up, transferring into a different position at work and actually working now, and DIYing practically everything I own, I think it is safe to say I am in need of an update.  Let's review...

  • I got hired on at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare in February....and come the end of August I still didn't do much there to help my accumulation of hours I need to get licensed.  A position opened up at a local high school for a Therapist and I jumped on it...needless to say, I've been pretty busy since.
  • I began taking a Multicultural Issues and Career Counseling course through Liberty University in August,  in order to fulfill requirements for the Kentucky State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.  This way I can work there soon...and by soon I mean November. (fingers crossed.)  Luckily the classes are both 8 week intensives so I will be done by the 15th of October! YAY!
  • I have also taken on some fun projects.  I redid the headboard on my bed, some storage in my room, made a new hanging lamp out of some baskets, reupholstered my first chair with a drop cloth (and still working on the couch), redid my coffee table, made a fun rose pillow out of a bridesmaid dress, and added a couple more fun little touches to my little corner of the world.  Whew....the sad part is I'm sure I've left a few things out, but it's been fun. Hopefully I will find some time to post some pictures soon!!

Needless to say that last 5 months have flown, and I am very much looking forward to what's next!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Oh Yeah...5 more items

So I had mentioned in an earlier post, that I would be introducing 5 new items to my 3verything3mily store soon ...that hasn't happened yet. Don't get me wrong, they are all ready for their introductions, but are without pictures. (Making inexpesive camera pics look good is time consuming I am finding! ) I figured I would at least give you a heads up about what to be expecting!
1. Record bowls!- A few more additions along with the 45's, all with their original cases
2. Earrings!- All Unique and handmade out of items you would have never thought about wearing
3. Tree Chalkboard Art- A multimedia peice on canvas, shows you CD's aren't just for listening to anymore
4. Magazine Bowls!- Last months fashions will now look even classier on your coffee table!
5. A revamped chalkboard message Lamp!- Spotlight what you really want to say!

Obviously I've been real into chalkboard surfaces lately and bowls....hmmm

Compassion Trip to El Salvador

Stephanie has been my Compassion child for a VERRRY long time.  I have loved this opportunity to affect a family and child so dramatically in a different culture than my own.  It is only $38 a month, but I will admit there were times I debated over it because things in my own life were chaotic.  Recently I have come to the realization that she will be aging out of the program this June on her birthday.  This is both exciting and sad. I know she will have some good opportunities to use the skills she has learned, but I have always wanted to visit her.  Well today my frugalness was faced with a delimma. A trip to El Salvador is coming up at the end of February. So... $2700 to visit 6 months needs to appear.  Obviously a part time job would do the trick...which would sacrifice time and effort in other areas I wanted to focus on this year. Hmmm I can't help but wonder if there is another way I can come up with the $100 + a week to make it happen while STILL paying off my car this year.  Any ideas out there?  (Keeping in mind, I've pretty mush sold off everything I can. LOL)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pr3ssing On!

Sometimes things happen in life that throw a wrench in our plans.  I am a big planner.  I have not always been, but sorta morphed into one.  I love making things and thinking of new ways to repurpose everyday items...seriously I could do this alll day.  However, as much as I like these things and have many interests, when life events happen it is necessary to put them on the back burner until I can come up for air. For example, let's inspect the $600+ damage of the wrench. 

Retal Car: 189.00 (for 4 days)
Car Engine Issues: $241.00 (Praise the LORD, it was ONLY this much!!)
Personal Property: $70.00
Ticket=? at least $160.00 (after court costs!)

That is $660.00 of a wrench thrown into my plans! And you know what? It did not even phase me financially!!! Becuase of my planning I was able to move things around and adjust some other bills! I only had to take $200 out of my emergency fund!

I spend my paycheck down to $0 every payday..Yep. 0.  This way I know where everything is going and it can be tracked with minimal effort.  It is a great system, and it's allowing me to pay off my debt VERY quickly!! So when my car broke down before a trip to see the boyfriend in Lexington, KY (6 hours away) I needed to make some decisions.  Personal Property taxes are due, a speeding ticket, enterprise rental, and a sputtering car with a scary engine light on does not equal progress financially! However, I have kept my grounds, there has just not been much time (or expenses) for my Etsy Store! :( 

But good news!!! I am going to be hitting the craft room hard this week turning out at least 5 new types of items to show up in my store! Stayed Tuned!