Friday, September 30, 2011

September Wrap Up and October Goals


I have a BIG announcement! I am officially EMPLOYED as a PERMANENT employee! WOO! I’m so excited! This has been a long time coming, as I’ve been temping there for nearly five months. I signed the paperwork yesterday! Plus, I will be going to Iowa for work at the end of October!



This opportunity reminds me that God ALWAYS provides for you, even if it’s not the way you imagine. After over two years of being unemployed and having random temp jobs, it is such a relief! Those of you who are employed might not always recognize how blessed you really are; don’t take it for granted. Those of you searching for work don’t give up and don’t lose hope!

Okay, enough of that. It’s time to wrap up my September goals.

September: Education
-Take a class (Electrical Systems through work)
-Read Unlimited by Jillian Michaels & re-read Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure
-Learn a new activity (perhaps make macarons?)
-Practice guitar/Learn a song on the guitar
-Learn how to create a budget

I did take a class, but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I originally was planning. My work signed me up to take the beginning, 4 week, Electrical Systems class with all the linemen. The president thought it would help me and my co-worker better communicate with our customers. Four weeks later and I’m pointing out power lines and naming the equipment on the poles. I’ve gotten A’s on the first three tests and am waiting to hear what I got on the one I took yesterday.



I did read both Unlimited and Reshaping It All. I highly recommend both. Unfortunately I didn’t take all the time I should have when reading Unlimited. I definitely want to read it again slowly and do all the activities.

I did attempt to make macarons with Ashlee. They didn’t turn out great…okay, so they weren’t even edible, but I did learn a lot while making them. I need to try them again. After all, I do want to become a macaron master.



Practicing the guitar and creating a budget fell to the wayside in the midst of my busyness. However, based on August, I did really good only buying needful things, and I completed baby step number one of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.

So what is in store for next month, aside from more craziness? Well, October is about all about Attitude.

October: Attitude
-Laugh out loud
-Use good manners
-Give positive reviews
-Find an area of refuge
-Take myself on a Heather date

Fashion Friday: Elizabeth Olsen

I don't think it needs to be said that I love Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I grew up watching Full House, their mystery videos and all their movies. Needless to say I love that their sister Elizabeth has been all over lately. She is just as adorable as MK and Ash. I was so excited to see her on the cover of the new issue of Nylon magazine. I cannot wait until mine comes in the mail!





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Thursday, September 29, 2011

easy?

I cannot believe how busy life is! I don't feel like I've had time to breathe in weeks. I'm looking forward to a weekend at home. Full of sleeping in, writing, creating and more sleeping. I hope to share with you pictures and videos from my Seattle/Whistler trip. Until then, love and blessings!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BOI to IND and back again

Hello friends! It has been far too long! I have been dying to come back and share what I've been up to, but I have been far too busy. As I mentioned in my last post, I went on a work trip to Indianapolis. I was pretty nervous, considering I've never traveled for work before, but I worried for nothing. It was a great trip! SUPER busy and exhausting, but so fun! Unfortunately, I managed to delete a bunch of my pictures off my phone, but thankfully I had still used my camera too. So here's a little recap of my trip. Forgive all the silly self-portraits. What's a girl to do? :)

I bought a Missoni bag from Target with a gift card from work. They wanted to let their employees know they appreciated them. I definitely feel appreciated! This bag was absolutely perfect for my trip!

Sunday

After a long day of travel, (BOI to DEN to IND), we checked into our hotel after 11pm. None of us realized that Indianapolis is on Eastern Time, we all thought it was Central. Needless to say, we all felt the jet lag. This was the view from my hotel room. Speaking of which, this was the first time I ever stayed in a hotel by myself.

Monday

We met early, set up our table, attending the openings and key note speaker. After running into a favorite customer, my boss decided my co-worker and I needed to take his wife out for lunch and shopping in the afternoon. So after a delicious lunch at Buca di Beppo, I introduced F and K to shopping H&M. After all, what fun is a per diem if you can't enjoy it? Haha!

That evening my boss took our customer, his wife, my co-workers and myself out to dinner at St. Elmo Steakhouse. It was quite the experience and some of the most expensive food I've ever eaten. I had the halibut with green beans and wine. mmm.... And of course, my boss MADE us order dessert.

This is the dress I bought at H&M. A girl can't have too many LBDs. I convinced my co-worker to get this dress in a burnt orange color.

Tuesday

T, K and I met in morning so T could help us study for our Electrical Systems test, since we missed class while we were in Indianapolis. We spent nearly four hours covering all the material, but by the end I could tell you the difference between a Grounded Wye Circuit and Delta Circuit. :) We worked up quite the appetite studying so I suggested we walk over to Jimmy Johns for lunch. The afternoon consisted of homework and talking to people. 


That evening we met for a social hour and banquet. The entertainment was a ventriloquist who had many people in tears from all the laughter. From there I quickly headed up to pack and unwind with a little Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Wednesday

Packing up and heading to the airport.

One last picture out my window.

Saying goodbye to Indiana.

Once I got home I had to study for my test the next day, unpack and repack for our Seattle/Whistler trip. I was absolutely exhausted, but somehow I managed to get it all done. And I even got a 96% on my test. :)



Sunday, September 18, 2011

up in the air

Today I am leaving for a work conference in Indiana. I still can't believe that I am only a temp, yet they have such faith in my abilities that they continue to invest in me. It will be a busy week, not only attending the conference with my co-workers and meeting customers, but also studying for the Electrical System class that I am taking. I will get back home Wednesday, but then after work (and a test for my class) on Thursday I will be heading back to the airport to go to Seattle/Whistler for the weekend. Needless to say my blog will be quiet this week. I hope to be back soon to share about my adventures. Until then, love and blessings.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fashion Friday: Stripes

I wore this the end of last month, but I've kept forgetting to post the pictures.

Dress: Express
Shoes: Seychelles
Belt: Target
Necklace: Premiere Jewelry
Bracelet: Gift from Jenny

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Beauty Department

I'm a little late to the game, but have you check out The Beauty Department? If you are behind the times like me, it is a website run by Lauren Conrad, Kristin Ess and Amy Nadine, devoted to everything related to beauty. My blog roll is full of fashion, craft, lifestyle, faith blogs, but I haven't really found good beauty blogs.


When I stumbled across The Beauty Department I knew I'd hit the jackpot! They share tutorials and such about hair, makeup, inspiration, etc. I have been through all the pages. Twice. Okay, okay, three times. They give practical and easy tips and tricks that make me feel like EVEN I could do them. Below are links to some of my favorite posts so far.

Good Morning, Mr. Blemish!

Pin It Up, Girl! Hair Tutorial

The Long + The Short Of It Hair Tutorial

Leavin' On A Jet Plane

Blue Moon Nail Tutorial (Did this last weekend! Loved it!)

A Clean Canvas: Blow Dry Basics

Hydration Station

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Guest Post

Hi friends! I had the honor of writing a guest post for Noelle, over at These Mountains Are Mine. See what I have to say about singleness and relying on God. Check it out HERE!

These Mountains Are Mine

up up update

Hey loves. Besides my commandments I’ve been fairly quiet on my blog. I think it’s time for a little update. So much has been going on personally and, I guess you would say, professionally.

Personally:
If you also follow my sister’s blog, you may have seen that our cousin and her husband were approved to adopt and have been praying and searching for their baby. The last week of August and beginning of September was quite the whirlwind for them. Long story short, they are the proud parents of a six week old baby boy and are FINALLY coming home after a week of waiting for paperwork. We will be having a baby shower on Saturday and I’m thrilled. We’ve been planning and crafting like crazy to prepare. I can’t wait to show you pictures. Their story is a reminder to me of God’s beautiful faithfulness.

Sunday our church had a LONG voters meeting to make a decision about calling a new pastor to our church. I was hoping for something quick and easy, but alas, we were there for almost three hours and had to vote four or five times. A decision was reached. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind, but I know that God is bigger than my opinions and He is part of the process. If you have a moment please say a prayer for our church. Whoever we get for a pastor has quite the job ahead of him, as does the congregation.

Professionally:
I am currently waiting to be hired on permanently by this temp employer that I have been working with for the past few months. My boss is just waiting on the green light. I don’t even have to jump through hoops or do an interview. Apparently my performance has spoken volumes. The president has enrolled me and my co-worker in a 4-week Electrical Systems class to give us knowledge so we can better communicate with the customers. It’s pretty intimidating to be one of two girls in an entire class full of linemen, but it has been fun and interesting. I even got 100% on my first test! Also, I am going to my very first work conference next week. It will be me, a few co-workers and the president of the school. I am so excited! Today is a long day of training to prepare for it, but it will be worth it.

Life isn’t going how I imagined it would, but I’m enjoying every moment of it. I feel so blessed to be where I am.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

chaos


"But it turns out that there are few things more chaotic than the beat of a human heart. Its beating up, slowing down. Pretty face, flight of stairs. It's always changing depending on what's happening out there. It's an erratic son of a bitch. But underneath all of that bump-da-bump mess, there is in fact a pattern, the truth, and it's love. Most important thing about love is that we choose to give it, and we choose to receive it. Making it the least random act in the entire universe. It transcends blood, it transcends betrayal and all the dirt that makes us human."
-Frank Allen Chaos Theory

Music Monday: Karmin

My lovely sister, Ashlee, shared these videos of Karmin with me on Friday. I am blown away by Nick and Amy, they are so talented and super fun!



Friday, September 9, 2011

Commandment #12: There is only love

I guess it is fitting that this is my last commandment, as it really sums everything up. Life is about being you, enjoying the journey, being kind, living abundantly, learning and friendships. Everyone has struggles, hardships and pain, but we also have a choice of what we make of it. I choose joy. Let go of all the rest.


When you boil down everything in life, love is really the only thing that matters. Forget the drama, the comparisons, the money problems, and the fear. Forget it all. At the end of the day, what matters the most is the people who are by your side. I am blessed with a huge, loving family who has raised me with a foundation of faith. I am blessed with dear friends who have stuck by me through tough times. I know these people will be with me until the end. Due to, um…being human, I know we will let each other down from time to time, but these are people who I know I can trust and who love me exactly as I am.


More importantly I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who sent His only Son, Jesus into the world for me. No matter what happens in this life I know that Jesus has overcome the world by dying on the cross for me and for you. What a beautiful reminder when things get tough. God’s love conquers all. There is only love.


Be Heather.
Be better, not bitter.
Enjoy now. Enjoy the process.
Keep it simple.
Don’t make comparisons.
Be kind.
Save more than I spend.
What would I do if I weren’t scared?
Grow.
Stay in touch.
Everything adventurous.

So now that I've shared my commandments with you, what are your commandments?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Commandment #11: Everything adventurous

I was going to write something new about this commandment, but I realized I have already written about this before. The following is what I wrote on February 3, 2009, days after I got my tattoo.

I got a tattoo. [1.31.09]

everything adventurous
This statement is not only from a work of art by one of my favorite artists, Kurt Halsey, but it is also a statement I have come to live by.


everything adventurous
These past two years have been just that. Moving to California on my own to pursue school and ministry. Having two of my besties, Ashlee and Jenny join me in this adventure. One star for each of them.


everything adventurous
I never, with a capital EVER, thought I'd get a tattoo. But this is a reminder to me of the life I want to live and the faith I need to survive.


everything adventurous
Step out of your comfort zone. Take risks. Live life abundantly. Travel. Explore. Learn. Seek. Love.


everything adventurous
Seeking and following God's will for your life. Whole-heartedly surrendering control and your own plans and allowing God to work His best for you.


everything adventurous
Taking that step of faith. Not knowing what your future holds, but trusting in who holds your future.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Commandment #10: Stay in touch

This commandment is actually more challenging for me than it sounds. Honestly, I am terrible at staying in touch with friends. It is a little easier if they live nearby, but even then I might see those friends once a month. And then there are all my friends who live out of state, maintaining those relationships is challenging.

I’m a walking contradiction. I LOVE my friendships. I THRIVE on them. I just stink at putting in the effort. My super lame excuse is that I dislike talking on the phone. I know. Lame.

I think it is safe to say that my friends know that I love them, but I want to put some action behind that love.

Friendships take a lot of work. It’s especially difficult to maintain and nurture those relationships when many of my friends are spread out all over the country. So that is where this commandment comes in. I want to make an effort. Whether it is texting more often, a comment on facebook, skyping, taking the time to write a handwritten card, sending a care package or even taking a trip, I want to be a better friend.

Dear friends,
Many of you live far from me. Others of you live close, yet we don’t see each other as often as I’d like. I miss all of you like crazy. I hate not being there and not knowing the everyday details of your life. I miss talking to you everyday about everything and absolutely nothing. I miss laughing with you. I miss going on random adventures. You have helped shape me and make me who I am. I hope and pray that you will forever be a part of my life. Thank you for allowing me to be myself with you. Thank you for accepting me as I am.

I love you dearly,
Heather

P.S. There is one friend who is like my little sister, but who I have never met in real life. Here’s a shout out to my darling friend, Amanda. We WILL meet this year! I want a picture of us together!