Friday, March 25, 2016

Saying Goodbye

today is a day that i will always remember.
after 9 years, 1 month and 19 days i am saying goodbye to my work place.
i am leaving my current employer.
i have accepted a job with a new company.
with lots and lots of great new opportunities.

i am sad to be leaving.
but so excited for my new endeavor.

i started here as a clueless 20 year old.
i remember them offering me $15 an hour as a 20 year old fresh out of college and thought i was LOADED!!
i worked as an administrative assistant.
i was the YOUNGEST employee.
so young i couldn't even enroll in the 401k.
a few months later i would turn 21.
a great group of people met me and my family at fast eddies and we partied, hard.
i took a shot i will never take again (damn three wise men).
but made memories i will never forget.
i felt accepted, i found my work family.
and i was so happy.

years would pass and i would get engaged and married.
and some of the best people threw me a shower and attended my wedding.
a baby would come shortly after and just as much love was given.

a promotion came, i started reading drawings and submitting RFIs and understanding submittals.
i worked with PMs and Owners and even went on jobsites.
i started understanding construction.
another baby would come.
and a really great promotion came when i got back from maternity leave.
life was really really great.
they believed in me.  they loved me!  and i just loved the heck out of this place!!

and then divorce came.
and when a person goes through a divorce it's extremely hard to hide.
especially when you lose 20 pounds.
during that time i was given the most support i have ever been given in my entire life.
no excuses were needed to be given.
they understood.
they knew i needed to get myself into a better place, my kids needed to be my number one priorities and that work would always be there.
i remember the day after my divorce sitting in my office and my boss coming in.
opening up to me about his life.
and the unknown secret that he had been here before too.
we hugged.
yes, hugged.  hard.
and all was right in the world again.

i put on my big girl, single, working mom pants.
and did it!

a year later i was put on a job that will forever change me.
what was supposed to be a learning experience turned into so much more.
it was hard.
i almost quit.
i stayed.
i learned.
i busted my ass.
and we completed it.
two and a half years of really really hard work.

i came in for my review and knew i wanted more.
felt i deserved more.
but over the course of nine years, things were now different here.
and my wants, weren't exactly the companies wants.
and that's TOTALLY ok.

i felt ok with it.
not happy, but just ok.
and then got a call from a previous mentor who told me about an opening.
it was what i felt i deserved.
i interviewed and was offered the position.
i gratefully accepted.

and then had to tell my employer.
whew, tears.
all the feels.
the past two weeks have been just the closure i needed though.
i am closing an amazing, learning, growing, chapter of my life i am SO proud of.
i have the upmost respect for this place and love the heck out of it.
this has been the foundation of my career.

i am so excited to start a new chapter.

cheers to change!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Take A Listen Tuesday - Fishin' With My Dad

i can't share the video for this song.
honestly not even sure if there is one.
but click on this link to bobby bone's website.

if you want to fast forward, go to about 3:45 and then listen from there.

i love it.
so so much about it.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up

boy did we have an interesting weekend.
lucy had a "friend" over for some mating.
talk about focusing on making sure your dog gets laid over the weekend.
weirdest thing ever.
no joke.
but gosh are they cute!

follow lucy's journey on her instagram.
yes, my dog has an instagram.
fingers crossed in 63 days we have cute little baby puppies!!

the rest of the weekend was pretty laid back.
jon and i wen to a bridal show.
because he's the best!
we had a birthday party for my grandma.
went out for some drinks with some friends.
worked at ck.
and then the kids came back from their dads.
and everything was right in the world again.

stella and i turned our workout game back on sunday night.
ready for summer.
henry said lucy is too.

have a great week!!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

24 Day Challenge

jon and i are going to start another 24 day challenge in the next couple of weeks.

hopefully april 1st.
and we are pretty excited.
and we totally think you should join us this go round.
because well duh, summer is just RIGHT around the corner.
which means swimsuits.
AND look how awesome jon looks in just three months thanks for advocare, hard work and dedication.
someone made a comment about how much thinner his face looked in a picture i posted on facebook and i had to do a side by side.
i am SO proud of him.
he has so much more will power than me!

if you are interested in doing the 24 day challenge you should totally reach out.
you get all of this stuff below.
and you will be ADDICTED to spark.
so addicted..
we totally are and have no shame!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Curse

for those of you who do not know, my sisters are i are officially cursed.
the priest died the day before my wedding.
the judge who married my oldest sister died the month after her wedding.
and this past friday night the priest who was set to marry my little sister, had a heart attack.

i have no idea what has caused this curse.
why we have it.
how to get rid of it.
when it will stop.
or the answer to any of the other questions that might be out there.
but i hate it.
i cried and cried and cried on friday night when i found out.
i was convinced that this was all my fault.
if i wouldn't have gotten married it wouldn't have started.
that i knew i was too young and that it wasn't the best idea.
that i knew i was only doing it because i was pregnant.
and really questioning if this was right.
and since i made the decision i made, we were now cursed.
trust me when i say, i do not cry a lot.
and yes, there was so alcohol involved, but i had crocodile tears.
there were even jokes thrown around about one sister not signing lacie's marriage license because she was back luck and there's been enough bad luck.
so when the comments just kept coming in.
the emotions could not stop.

at this point i am a nervous wreck.
i feel that this small thought is in the back of everyone's head now as jon and i come closer to our date.
and i am freaking.

like considering going to see a card reader or something.
just so i can see what the hell is going on.

i am praying and praying and praying that it's just the first round.
and that this curse is over.
and i ask that you all do the same as well.