It’s all about teapots…..

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89693f976b21277b87846056eb0f8fcadecided that I needed a bit of a break from blogging about New Year’s Resolutions because it is easier for me to avoid the fact that I am not doing so well with my own since Reggie’s death.  So, I’m going to talk about my teapots.  I absolutely love teapots that are vintage or unique in nature.  Since I’ve inherited many vintage items from my mom, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, great aunts, etc., I have been drawn to pastel colors…mostly.  I suppose that is mainly because everything I have inherited is more on the aged side and includes many soft colors.  But why teapots?

I am a Disney fanatic!   As a  child, I absolutely loved “Alice in Wonderland”.  The Disney animated movie was so full of color, and even though I was too young to actually drink tea….I loved the tea party.  It was complete with talking insects, animals, flowers, cards, and royalty.  Who could ask for anything more?

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Sure, my love for Disney goes far beyond “Alice in Wonderland”.  I didn’t go to Disney World until I was 36, but it didn’t seem to matter because I fell in love with it and vowed to go back as often as possible.  I ended up taking my choirs to Festival Disney because I wanted my students to be able to experience Disney, also.  Let’s be honest….I had my motives for going to Festival Disney.  Yes, I wanted my choirs to have the performing experience, but I longed to be in Disney World more than I longed to sleep.  Before going to Disney, all I could ever do was collect Disney memorabilia.  I had a huge Disney plush collection, but I ended up giving it all away at one time because I didn’t have money for Christmas gifts.  I refused to show up empty handed.  So, the massive plush collection has been gone for quite sometime, and I am now starting all over again.

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Yes, I am aware that Agnes and Minions are not Disney, but I adore the “Despicable Me” movies.  That lovely giraffe was purchased at Rainforest Cafe, so it is “Disney” to me.  I am truly a child at heart.  I suppose I can easily relate to Peter Pan because I am NEVER growing up.  I’m hoping that this next Disney trip will bring home many more Disney goodies for my collection.  Nonetheless, thanks to the Mad Hatter…I have a great love for teapots and tea.  Although, I just can’t seem to bring myself to ride the tea cups at Magic Kingdom because I already know the end result.  During one of my Festival Disney trips with my students, I came across a wonderful find.  I was so excited when I purchased my first “Alice in Wonderland” themed tea cups.  Anytime I use these, I can’t help but feel as if I am actually having tea with the Mad Hatter & friends.  Crazy?  Maybe, but I’m okay with that.  After all, “We’re all mad here…..”.

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With that being my first, official addition to my tea cup/tea pot collection, the indulgences began.  I started inheriting things from my relatives, and then I introduced myself to the wonderful world of antiquing.  I also dug up my old miniature tea set, and so the craze began with the tea pot decor.

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However, I knew I hit the jackpot when I found the perfect lamp to set the theme for my entire collection.  (I will have to find the site in which I found this precious gem because right now, I cannot seem to remember it to save my life.)  I do remember when I opened the box and pulled this beautiful lamp from its dark, cardboard, prison.  I fell in love with it even more than I did from the image on the site in which I found it.

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Perhaps, secretly, I just want to have tea parties everyday.  My cousin came over to eat right before Christmas, and while we were having lunch she kept commenting on how she felt as if she were at a tea party.  I had to laugh because I wasn’t even serving tea, but it made me think.

How do I incorporate tea parties into my life?  Until I figure out the answer, the teapot collection will continue to grow.

Have a fabulous day everyone.  Till next time…..

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Loss…

20161218_141506_resizedIt is so easy to give up on New Year’s Resolutions sometimes.  Here we are, it is only January 11th, and I’ve gone days without writing in my ‘thankful journal’, and I’ve gone days without reading through my daily devotional.  Suffering from a loss can be a solid reason as to why I’ve ditched my New Year’s Resolutions.

Saturday, my boyfriend and I had to put our beloved dog down.  We never know the impact our pets have on our lives until they are no longer with us.  We only had Reggie for a little more than a year, but it seems as if we can’t even begin to remember what life was like before him.  He was so full of joy and energy, and he always knew when we were feeling down in the dumps because it seemed as if that’s when he was trying to be the silliest and the most lovable.

It is amazing how smart a dog can be.  When my love-bug broke his wrist, Reggie wanted nothing more than to hug him because he knew his human dad was hurt.  When Reggie was suffering so badly, we wanted nothing more than to take the pain away.  We felt completely helpless.  It still hurts a lot because no one should have to decide to put down a family member.  I can’t help but wonder if we made the best decision, but it is something we will never know.  When a vet doesn’t find the problem, but the sweet fur-baby is in so much pain….you do what you feel is best for the dog.  Yeah, if we had a bountiful, money tree and could afford exploratory surgeries, pain medication, etc., it would have made sense to give it a try.  However, we are struggling to make ends meet as it is.

So, needless to say, since Saturday, it has been quite difficult for us.  We both ended up sick on Monday, and I know the loss of our beloved dog had a lot to do with it and made us vulnerable to anything that was going around.  As the days go by, we are being able to cope more and more, but we miss him tremendously.  I returned to school yesterday, and almost broke down when a student came up to me, hugged me, gave me a card, and told me that she was sorry for my loss.

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The thoughtfulness behind this card was overwhelming.  As with any teaching profession, there are lots of students out there that despise their teachers, but it is so rewarding when you know the ones that truly love and care for you.  That alone made me cry.

So, now we move on with life filled with memories of our sweet Reggie.  I’ve slacked on some of my New Year’s Resolutions since Saturday because I felt I didn’t have anything to be thankful for.  So, how could I journal about being thankful everyday?  I also felt as if God had turned on us by taking away our beloved Reggie, and it caused me not to want to read any daily devotionals.  Let’s face it, I was angry with God for a few days.  However, I know that Reggie’s death wasn’t God’s way of punishing us.  So, I am doing my best to get back on the Resolution Horse, and get myself into gear.  I know Reggie is now pain free and in doggie heaven licking every single dog and person he encounters.  One thing we can learn from Reggie is that there is absolutely no reason to dislike anyone.  It doesn’t matter if they are a stranger, family, or friend…..live life with a heart full of love.   We miss you, Reggie.  You will never be forgotten.  We were blessed to have a year full of wonderful memories with such a loving fur-ball.  We love you.   img_2017-01-05_08-31-41

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

112_wine_dine-911996-twobyoneMy plan was that my next blog would be about my New Year’s Resolutions, and how they affect me as an entrepreneur.  While I do intend to blog a little about that at some point, I am impacted by how difficult it is to give up certain things we love….mostly because it is a comfort rather than an addiction. Not being able to give up comfortable things hinders our ability to stick to our New Year’s Resolutions.  There are 3 things that have always been my weaknesses: Coca-Cola, ice cream, and coffee.

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love coffee!!!!!  Although, I can’t help but laugh at the images above because that is how most people feel about coffee, or caffeine rather.  However, my love for coffee is simply because I love the way it tastes.  I have never been the type of person who needs coffee to wake up or stay awake, but I do know that some people are definitely like that.  Coffee is just so much fun because there are so many different flavors suitable for various personalities.  Besides, coffee helps your body function properly….if you know what I mean.

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Who doesn’t want a mug like this? If anyone knows where I can get this mug….please leave a comment below.  Thanks!  So, needless to say, out of the three things that I consider my weakness, coffee is the hardest to let go.

In many ways, Coca-Cola became a love of mine like coffee has been.  However, at one time I switched to diet drinks because everyone talked about how many calories a regular Coke contained.  So, for a while, all I had been drinking were diet drinks.  Then a very good friend of mine enlightened me on how bad diet drinks actually were, so I quit diet drinks altogether.  Unfortunately, it was difficult for me to kick the Coke habit because it was such a comfort drink.  During those hot Louisiana afternoons, it was habit that I would stop at a convenience store on my way home from school and pick up a cold Coca-Cola to drink during the ride home.  I thought I was doing better because I wasn’t drinking diet drinks anymore.  My motto was, “If you are going to drink a Coke–it might as well be a real one.”  My Coke intake started increasing because let’s face it, something sweet tasting is so much more interesting than plain ole’ water.  So, I lived with my Coke habit, but I was suffering tremendously from it.

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It had become a bigger addiction than my love for coffee.  You see, if I don’t get to drink coffee some days, it is no big deal.  I don’t feel like I’ve missed my daily vitamins, or anything like that.  On the other hand, if I didn’t drink a Coke one day…..I felt the bad headaches come rushing towards me, like the herd Scar sent running towards Simba in order to kill him.  It’s completely insane how one thing can affect us so much.

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Sometimes it is easy to give up certain habits, but at other times it is as if it takes an act of Congress just to decrease them.  Ice cream was definitely one of those things that Congress had to step in to help me kick the habit.  I grew up in a family that ice cream was part of our nightly ritual.  My grandmother loved ice cream so much, that even during the coldest of winters, you’d find her sitting next to the space heater eating her ice cream.  Unlike Coca-Cola, ice cream was definitely a comfort food, and it seemed every night I needed comforting.  By all means, I had to have my ice cream!

So, how does one stick to New Year’s Resolutions when things such as these are comforts and addictions in daily life?  I had no idea how I would kick these habits.

I was in desperate need of a change in my life.  I had never been one to include exercise in my weekly routines because I was blessed with good genes, so I never had to really work out to stay slim.  Then I turned 40!  My 40th year wasn’t so bad because I was still able to eat what I regularly ate without it affected me too much.  Towards the end of the 40th year, I was beginning to notice that my body was changing.  I’d eat what I normally ate, but for some reason I started gaining weight.  I tried decreasing my portions, but that didn’t seem to make much of a difference either.  I was still drinking Cokes, coffee, and eating ice cream pretty regularly, but I wasn’t willing to give it up because I loved them.

Thankfully, I came across a company called It Works, and I found out that they promoted health and wellness products.  I was always apprehensive of many health products I came across over the years, but after researching this company, I was intrigued by the naturalness of it all.  My first priority was to find a way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in my diet, but fresh produce is not always the cheapest thing to buy every day.  It Works had a fruit and vegetable blend called Greens, and I found out that it would give me my 8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.  That was right up my alley.  So, I started taking my It Works Greens daily, and felt that I was on the right track.  I was beginning to feel better and had more energy, but I still had to do something about the rapid weight gaining problem.

I recently started on what It Works calls, Triple Threat.  Triple Threat includes the Greens, Thermofit (helps to increase metabolism), and FatFighters (helps to decrease the amount of fat and carbs in your meals).  At first I wasn’t noticing a difference in my weight, but I have recently made some changes that is a positive result of Triple Threat.  I gave up Coca-Cola.  I eat ice cream on very rare occasions, and my coffee intake has decreased to a cup a day–IF I even manage a cup a day.  I don’t crave any of my three weaknesses any longer, and I am feeling great.  I am also exercising more than I ever have because I have tons of energy now.

I have tons of resolutions I want to achieve this year, and weight loss is one of the major ones.  I didn’t want a product that was going give me a rapid weight loss because we all know what happens when someone loses weight quickly.  Once a little weight begins to come back, it hits you like a eighteen wheeler.  Before you know it, you gained the lost weight back plus some.  Besides, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  A healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight.

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Sometimes New Year’s Resolutions require baby steps.  You won’t achieve your goals by expecting them to happen overnight.  Just because your success doesn’t happen instantly, don’t give up on the bigger picture.  Track your daily journey.  It is okay if you have a setback.  You mustn’t be hard on yourself when there is a set back here and there.  The most difficult thing about health and wellness is starting.  So, once you start towards a healthier you…..push forward and keep going because then you will never have to ‘start’ again.

If you would like more information about the health and wellness products It Works offers, please feel free to visit my site.  There is truly something for everyone there.  What is even better is that if you become a loyal customer for only 3 months, you will be able to purchase products at my 40% discount instead of retail price.

In conclusion, don’t allow the challenges to become overwhelming.  Approach those resolutions step by step and keep track of what you are doing to get to the end result.  Ya’ll, we can do this.  We can achieve every goal we set because we have the tools and power to do so.  I believe in you.  Do YOU believe in you?

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Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions this year!!!!!

Every new year comes and we all make resolutions that we intend to keep, but so many of those resolutions are extremely short-lived.  We are so excited about making certain changes in our lives, but then we allow our old ways to get the best of us once again. So, how do we stick to our resolutions? 

One of our biggest mistakes is not writing our resolutions and goals down.  We all know the saying, “Easier said than done”.  Well, it goes without saying that it is easy to “say” we are going to do something, but when we write our goals down, they become more permanent…..more real. So, our first step is writing our goals down.  We need to notate our goals individually, and leave room for the next step in achieving our goals. Many planners out there are designed with yearly goals in mind, however, I chose to go with the Erin Condren Life Planner this year for my personal planner. I love my Happy Planners, but it is always nice to try something new. 


I bought a Happy Planner binder to enclose my Erin Condren planner for extra protection. I wasn’t too sure how I would be able to keep the coil binding in tact, so this seems to be a great way to protect it, and to also keep my personalized cover scratch free.


When ordering my Erin Condren Life Planner, I didn’t realize it would include a place for me to notate my yearly goals.  I was beyond ecstatic to find this when I opened my planner.  I was able to write my yearly goals, and now I also have room to notate the steps I need to take in order to achieve them. My vision board helps me to see my goals for the year on a daily basis, but this will help me to keep track of what I am doing to make everything on my vision board my reality. Please feel free to read my previous blog for images of my vision board and its perfect location so it is a constant daily reminder. 

Because of the goals I plan to achieve this year, there are certain things I needed to change to be sure I achieve these goals. I’ve always been the type of planner to keep everything in one planner, but it makes it difficult to lead a stress free life when I kept both my personal and professional life in one planner. It actually made my life more hectic and much more stressful.  It made it very difficult to keep my personal life separate from my professional life.  So, I decided that this year I would have a separate planner for my business and social media life.  I went with the Mini Happy Planner because it is the perfect size for my professional activities. 


I also decided that I needed to change a very important thing about my daily life.  I get so wrapped up in every day living, that sometimes I don’t always remember to give my day to God.  So, I have my daily devotional book that I am opening every morning before I do anything else.  In order for me to achieve my goals for the year, I know that I need to give all that I am to God because with Him all things are possible. 


Aside from a daily devotional, I believe that it is very important for me to reflect on everything I need to be thankful for.  We live in a world that seems to be plagued with negativity, and it is so easy to get caught up in all of that negativity.  Unfortunately, aside from negativity, there are times when other people’s gossip and opinions seem to cloud our minds and cause us to stray from our goals. So, I’ve decided to keep a “thankful” journal.  It is a constant reminder that no matter what is going on in life, I have so much to be thankful for already. This journal is supposed to reflect the positivity in life and in the world.  


I know, these intentions are all great, but how will this year be different from any other year?  I found the greatest guidance in the magazine section at my local Walmart.  


Often times, the only motivator we need is ourselves.  What’s great about this guide is that it provides the self reflection needed in order to guide you in bettering yourself so you can indeed achieve your goals.  I highly suggest you check this out if you are wanting to become a better you. 

It is necessary to carry all of these things with me daily, so sadly it means an over packed purse.  Thankfully, none of it is very heavy, so it doesn’t add much weight to my purse.  


There it is, a plan to stick to the resolutions I set for the new year.  Once, I develop a solid system for keeping track of the things I do daily and weekly, I’ll post a blog about this system and how it is working for me.  Stay tuned for my next blog on why sticking to New Year’s Resolutions is important for entrepreneurs……like myself. Always remember….we have the power and knowledge to create our lives. What type of life are you creating?

Planning For 2017

20161230_065816As I sit hear drinking my coffee and eating my flatbread toast with pear butter spread (made by my very own cousin, Gypsy), I can’t help but think of how preparing for a new year never was a serious matter for me.  However, the older I get, it seems like it is becoming imperative for me to actually give some serious thought to the next year.  After all, I am not getting any younger, and the older I get the faster the years tend to pass by.  While this has nothing to do with decorating or anything vintage, I can’t help but think that it is needed to change some of my vintage ways.  So, bear with me while I blab about inventing a new me.  You can teach a vintage dog new tricks.

Wednesday morning, I woke with a large amount of fervor filling my body.  I immediately went to our wonderful Walmart, and bought a poster board with the firm intent on putting a few things on it that I would like to accomplish during the year 2017.  However, after returning home, I began to read a few articles from the selection I purchased in the magazine area of the store, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Guided Journal–New Year, New Me”.  These articles encouraged me to brainstorm even further when putting together my dream board aka. vision board.  Honestly, I prefer calling it a vision board because I believe it is meant to be a visual reference when pursuing your goals and taking the proper actions in making those dreams become a reality.  My vision board went from simple resolutions about job success to so much more.  There are so many things about myself that I realized I wanted to work on during this new year.  Sure, there is always that goal of becoming healthier, but I never really thought about the steps in making that happen.  I know that I am behind on this style of thinking, but at least it is better late than never.

The Christmas holiday has made me realize that I have slipped on developing stronger relationships with my family and friends.  I reconnected with family members that I have not talked to in years, and it made me think of how important it is to have those strong relationships.  Let’s face it, we all lead very busy lives, but with social media and today’s technology, the excuses as to why we are not closer to family and friends is merely just that, an excuse.  We get tangled into our own little world and eventually become…selfish.  I have become selfish.  It is so easy to close myself up in our apartment, after a day of teaching, and lock myself away from the world.  That is completely unhealthy, and aside from physical health, mental health is equally important, if not more so.  So, I’ve decided to really challenge myself this upcoming year, and actually hold myself accountable by documenting my actions towards achieving these goals.  Yes, it is a new year, and it is so easy to start these new routines like all other resolutions, but sometimes it isn’t always easy to keep up because we get lazy and don’t hold ourselves accountable.  Well, documentation and reflection should help with that.  Also, by posting my vision board in a place that I will see it every morning and afternoon is a constant reminder that I have goals that need achieving.

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My vision board turned into a challenge to be a better me in all areas of my life.  I am completely excited about these new challenges, and I look forward to documenting my journey throughout the year.  I am a  planner addict, and naturally I have found ways to incorporate my addiction into this journey towards improvement.

I have planners and journals for everything.  These are just a few.  I used to be the type of planner to include everything into one planner, but those days are over.  I will update everyone on my planner collection for 2017, as well as the uses for each one, very soon.  After much thought, I have finally found a way to keep my personal life, business life, school life, and social media life in order.

Enjoy the rest of 2016 while you can, and stay tuned for how I plan to document my way towards achieving my 2017  goals…..