A New Direction

It’s been quite a while since my last entry. A lot of things have been changing over the last few months, and it’s gotten very hectic. We decided that it was time to sell the house. As much as we love it, we bought it to be a homestead, and it takes a lot of work to keep it up, and it’s incredibly far from just about everything. The closest grocery store was over fifteen minutes away by car. The nearest urban center was roughly 45 minutes away. The one time I decided to walk to the convenience store “near” our house, it took me an hour to get there, and an hour to get home. It’s a gorgeous residence, but it doesn’t fit our needs the way we originally envisioned.

During this time of upheaval, I’m also striving to get back into the work force. I’ve picked up my web design business quite a bit. I created new layouts for two sites last Monday alone. I have even more lined up. I also reapplied for my cosmetology license. I allowed it to expire several years back when I moved out of state for a time. Cosmetology licenses only apply to the state where they were issued. However, it’s something I’ve always enjoyed and had a real passion for. When I contacted the state board, they issued me a temporary license on the spot, and I’ll just have to go in and prove that I’ve retained my skill set to get fully reinstated. Lately, I’ve been working more with nail art techniques. I’m fully licensed to do nails, and I’ve worked with acrylics quite bit, but gel nails weren’t really big in the industry when I got certified, so that was something I learned more recently and would love to play around with more. […]

Mid-Life Crisis

There are a lot of aspect of female life that society at large doesn’t seem to talk about much. One of these is the female midlife crisis. From what I’ve seen online and what I’ve heard anecdotally, women go through this phase somewhat earlier than their male counterparts, and it’s more focused on identity than […]

Self-Rediscovery

RT's Cake

I’ll have to apologize for not posting as much as I had been recently. After celebrating my birthday, and then my daughter’s first birthday, I’ve been reevaluating quite a bit. I’m asking myself questions such as; “Am I now where I want to be in my life?” and “Where do I want to be this time next year?” The truth is, I have everything I’ve ever wanted when it comes to my family life. My husband is the most amazing man I have ever met. While we face the frustrations and hurdles of daily life like everyone does, we make the perfect team. We work together, talk things out, and solve our problems one at a time. RT is growing so fast and rapidly developing into quite the character. She’s inquisitive, and goofy, and oh-so-stubborn.

Still, there are other areas of my life that I expected to have progressed further toward my goals as I approach my 30’s. For example, I’ve been a writer all my life. My first publication was a poem at the age of 11. I would then go on to publish over a dozen more before self-publishing a full book of my own poetic endeavors. Over the years, I have started and made considerable progress on multiple novels, and this is not my first blog, either. I do maintain this blog (however infrequently as of late) and have a decent readership, but I’ve always wanted to write fantasy stories. There’s really nothing holding me back except for myself, but this has always been a calling of mine, so I need to step back and get out of my own way. […]

Orchestrating the Chaos

Things have really kicked into high gear around the homestead. This time of year, everything gets so hectic, and this year has been especially busy. The most obvious chore is maintaining our 2-acre property now that the flora has burst into life again. I’m constantly pulling weeds and cutting back some of the plants that tend to take over, like my chocolate mint and raspberry bushes. I’ve even managed to get the planter box cleared before it was time to get my seedlings in the the ground! My long-time regular readers will know how much I’ve struggled with that over the past two years. This year is my year!

As you can see, I still need to clean it up a bit more, and it could use some more filling. Thankfully, I have the composter now, and it fills up quick with all the baking and weeding I’ve been doing as of late. Sometime in the future, I want to replace the wood around the edges, and I’m also planning on putting a small fence and gate around the area to keep out deer and the many, many bunnies that live in the raspberry bushes right next to it. Sometime this week, I’m also going to cut back the raspberry bushes, seeing as they’re encroaching again (as they are wont to do). […]

My Favorite Time of Year

Spring is absolutely my favorite time of year. Everything is coming back to life and the whole world is just so full of potential. This is the time when I start embarking on my many annual projects and set up my plans for the next few seasons. Of course, this means that it becomes the […]

Growing Pains

SleepSprawl

I just celebrated my first official Mother’s Day. It was a wonderful day. I went out with my mom and my mother-in-law while my husband watched the baby. I found myself reflecting back on the time I’ve spent as a mom, and it made me realize how fast time is going.

I spend every day with my daughter. I’ve never been away from her for more than a few hours at a time. Still, sometimes I have to wonder where all the time has gone. My newborn has disappeared, and left an almost-toddler in her place. It’s absolutely amazing how much she has grown in such a short period.

Not only has she gained over ten pounds and more than six inches since her birth, she’s developing physically and mentally. It wasn’t that long ago that all she could do was drink milk, sleep, and mess her diapers. Now she sits like a champ, and is quickly learning to stand. She’s moving past purees and on to more solid foods, making good use of the few teeth she has. She’ll even pick them up off her high chair’s tray and put them in her mouth by herself. She’s getting the hang of a sippy cup too. She’s even learned how to drink from my CamelBak water bottle! […]

Unorganized Chaos

WideShot

For as long as I’ve been creating, I’ve always had a messy work space. I’m a big fan of organized chaos. While I like to keep my living space clean and orderly (not that I always manage to accomplish that), my work area usually looks like a bomb went off. When we moved into our house, one of the bedrooms was designated as my studio. Kids and pets are not allowed in there, and my husband rarely ever sets foot inside. Therefore, I have no reason to keep it tidy. That’s become a bit of a problem lately.

As you can see, it looks like a bomb went off and was immediately followed by a tornado. It’s reached the point where even I have trouble finding what I need. It’s time to get it back into some kind of order. It’s never going to be immaculate, but I really need to do something to get it into a manageable state. I can hardly move around, and I’m running out of floor space. […]

Springing Forward

Spring has officially arrived. This is one of my favorite times of the year, when everything starts coming back to life. From hibernating animals to plants, the whole world seems to be waking up. That goes for RT and I as well. She’s been sleeping a lot less lately, and that means I have as […]

Separation Anxiety

Plushies

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. A few days beforehand during the preceding weekend, we took the opportunity to go on our first adults-only date since RT was born. I’ll be honest, it was nerve-wracking for me. I knew she was in good hands. That wasn’t the issue. I was much more nervous about how I was going to fare without my little girl.

The night before our date, I could hardly sleep. That morning, I almost started to hyperventilate as I was packing RT’s bag with everything she could possibly need. From bottles, to her favorite toys, to more diapers than she could use in a week, I made sure she was more than prepared. The whole car ride over to my mother-in-law’s house, I stared at my baby, trying to make the most of the time I had with her that morning. My mother-in-law had five incredible kids of her own, so I knew she was more than capable of handling a baby for a few hours. We hung out at the house for about an hour before we took off for our date. […]