Tell All Tuesday Series: Missing in Action

Q-Did you miss me?

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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A-I sure missed you! When I began my little adventure (my Insurance class) back in November, I had NO idea that I would be absent for this long! I (foolishly) was under the impression that I would come out of the class licensed, and ready to tackle a new job, if that was the direction in which I felt was going to be best for my family’s future. Needless to say, that wasn’t EXACTLY how it turned out!

Class was great…a vacation from reality, if you will. But, as soon as class was over, I was thrown back into my “GO, GO, GO!” routine. Before I knew it, Thanksgiving was upon us, then Christmas, and all through the hustle and bustle of the season, I was working SUPER long hours. Then, out of the blue, I was called in to interview with HCA, which I ended up accepting. When I wasn’t working or running, I was hitting the thousands of flash cards that I had made, trying my best to retain all that I had learned. I finally tested out this past weekend, and am happy to announce that I passed BOTH exams! My hard work and countless hours of studying paid off!

So, I have spent the last two weeks as an HCA employee. I am a Patient Care Liaison, and work in a call center assisting patients who are looking for new physicians. I will eventually be moving over to ER Follow-Up, which basically means that I will be assisting patients who have recently visited the Emergency Room get scheduled for their follow up appointments. So far, I am truly loving my job! I have been working in child care for the past 12 years, and I must admit, it is a refreshing change (a breath of fresh air) interacting with adults on a daily basis, rather than children. There are certain aspects of the job that I do miss, but I am thoroughly enjoying this new opportunity! We even had a “Popcorn Party” on National Popcorn Day! I don’t know of too many organization’s that do that; do you?!  It is a fun atmosphere, and everyone has welcomed me with open arms. I am looking forward to seeing where this new path takes me!

I hope that things start to slow down soon, so that I may get accustomed to this new routine.  I am  anxious to get back to my crafts (oh, how I miss them!) and back to my writing.  Without these two, I am incomplete!  I am super disappointed that I’m not going to be able to meet my deadline for my book/workbook/inspiration pack, but know that I will complete it when the time is right.  Just wanted to check in with you, and let you know that I’m still kicking.  I’m SO happy to be back!

 

Tell All Tuesday Series: Change

Q-Are you scared of change?

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A-The prospect of change does frighten me to a certain extent, but without change in one’s life, reality continues on status quo. Change always brings about all of the pros and cons of a given situation. “What if this happens, or that?” “What if I don’t fit in…don’t like it…aren’t capable of performing…it ends up not being a good fit/match?” You can what if a situation to death, but if you are unhappy in your current situation, you owe it to yourself to take that leap and see where it takes you. If that particular situation isn’t the right fit, keep looking. We set our own boundaries, and unless we want to subject ourselves to a miserable existence for the remainder of our lives, we should take that opportunity and all that it entails. It just may be the door we have been searching for all along.

When I first established my 5 year plan, I took a leap into the unknown. A few people backed my decision, but the majority were like, “Aw, that’s nice Krista…Good luck.” Secretly waiting for the moment I would get tired of chasing after my dream. I introduced myself to the world of Social Media which I was clueless about. I put together a ton of crafts and started my Etsy shop. I did the research and figured out how to develop my blog. I created a few videos and threw them on YouTube. Even though they are amateur in quality, it was a starting point that I could grow and learn from. I pump out as much material as I possibly can to each of my outlets while tending to the responsibilities of my every day obligations. Do I get tired? YES!!! Do I ever feel like throwing in the towel and resuming a normal life? YES!!! I take breaks when my mind goes into overload, but I refuse to shove my dreams to the back burner! I’ll “keep on, keepin on” as Joe Dirt would say. Eventually, my long awaited door will appear.

Chasing down a dream is the hardest work I have ever known, but I know that all the hard work will, in time, pay off, and the best part is, I will have EARNED it all on my own! Change is inevitable in our lives. You can approach it with hesitation and fear, or you can welcome it with open arms. Me? I’ll choose the second option ANY day!!!

How about you?  Are YOU scared of change?

Scrap Happy

Baby girl is on her way to the beach with her girlfriend as we speak; first trip without the folks.  I sure hope that she has a great time and is safe!  A few weeks back I got a gorgeous card in the mail from my grandmother.  Hiding inside was a check with instructions to use on “something for me.”  So, after a WHOLE lot of thought, I decided to venture to the craft store.  I spent a good 3 hours browsing the aisles, and ended up getting some amazing items!  My absolute favorite new “tool” is my scoring board.  Best investment I’ve ever made!

Scoring Board

Weekend before last, I was checking out some new videos on YouTube, and discovered that they’ve taken the Exploding Box to a whole new level.  Years ago, I made this project with the kids at work, and they absolutely loved them!  When I saw the new beefed up versions, I fell in love!  Since then, I have been planning out some that I want to do.  One is for my grandma, another I’m putting together for my mama, and I have some ideas for a few for my shop.  Both of my girls deserve a super cool gift, and these are absolutely perfect!  I made yet another trip to the craft store and picked up some supplies to use in their boxes (in addition to all of the great stuff that I already have in my stash).  See all the goodies I found…

Goodies

Treasures

Oh, The Possibilities!

Grandma loves gardening and nature so that is the theme that I have decided on for hers.  My mom is a life-long quilter, so a sewing theme seemed most appropriate.  I plan to include some photos and special memories that I have of each of them (and will definitely share with you the finished projects when I get done with them).  I’ve been having a wonderful time in the craft room, thus, the decrease in my blog activity.

Loads of Fun!

In addition to my boxes, I am creating some new items for my shop.  Needless to say, my nose has been stuck in scrapbook paper for the past couple of weeks.  Like I said, my scoring board has been a GREAT investment!  I’ve been scoring and slicing like crazy!

Teaser Alert: I am putting together some fun party boxes and gift bags…

Just wanted to touch base with all of you (my lovelies) and let you know that all is well in my world…just spending a lot of time doing what I do best.  Have a fantastic weekend!

Life…

My lovelies, I trust that each of you have had a fantastic week.  I’m psyched that it’s the weekend!  My 2016 is continuing to dish out the punches, and I am doing my very best to counter each of them.  So, my baby boy started his first job a few weeks ago, and it is taking quite the adjustment for me.  Trying to balance out everyone’s schedules and appointments has been a bit of a challenge.  I sure hope I don’t have to reschedule any more appointments!

Birthday Curse

My loving husband turned 59 years old last week, and with his birthday came his relentless birthday curse.  The entire week preceding his birthday each year is fraught with disaster, and has been for more years than he can recall.  Broken bones, accidents, speeding tickets (3 in one day is beyond absurd!), and the list of events goes on and on.  He has gotten to the point where he just stays home where its safe.  This year wasn’t horrible, but it could have been A LOT better.  I was followed home each day after work by the same cop, we had a very unwelcome visitor show up at our home invading my bubble world, there were several heated arguments, and then my youngest was out playing tag with his buddies when he tripped over a soda can and slashed his hand open.  So, rather than prepping for our birthday cook out and baking a cake, I spent the evening in the ER while he was getting stitched up.  This has been the first year that his birthday has actually affected me.  I hope this isn’t the start of something new!

In amongst these events, I have been putting in quite a few extra hours at work, and I have had one, the other, or both grand babies each weekend for more than a month now.  Between the two it’s all I can do to keep my blog current, and my poor Etsy shop is beginning to suffer from it.  We have had a TON of new changes implemented in the Etsy platform, and I have yet to go in and update my shop or make the necessary changes, let alone work on ANY of my projects/creations to supply it with fresh, new items.  I can’t seem to get my creative release which is driving me insane, and I am SO exhausted, all I do lately is work and sleep.  My brain is beyond fried trying to keep up with all that’s on my plate, and it’s next to impossible to even form a rational thought!  I really hope this weekend will provide me the fuel that I so desperately need.

I finally went in and talked with an attorney, and the news that I received was absolutely disheartening!  For years I have been patiently awaiting this opportunity, this moment of truth, only to walk out with a burst bubble, and a little poorer for the experience.  I have decided to take this entire situation/ordeal and compile it together in a book, so that others can benefit from my short comings.  No one should have to go through what I did!  More details will be supplied at a later date.

So there you have it; a little peek into my crazy life.  I hope that you have an awesome weekend, and that you have the opportunity to enjoy some great weather.  I’ll catch you on the flip side…

***Was planning to post this yesterday, but life took over.  Had to run and get my boy a new pair of shoes-he’s hit a MASSIVE growth spurt, and my 14 year old was putting in applications everywhere that she knew might hire her.  Talk about initiative!  Sorry for the late post.***

One Lovely Blog Award

The sweet Erika Kind nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award quite some time ago, and I am SO embarrassed that it has taken me so long to put this post together.  I had planned to work on it this past weekend, but I spent the entire weekend in bed sleeping.  Apparently I needed it.  Erika has a remarkable blog, is a fantastic singer, and just recently published her 5th book, now available on Amazon or on CreateSpace.  She is a remarkable woman, an inspiration to everyone that she interacts with, and a source of sunshine in this sometimes cruel world.  Her posts speak to my heart each and every day.  I am SO lucky to have run across such a genuine and loving soul!  Erika, thank you SO very much for this nomination!  It is GREATLY appreciated!

One Lovely Blog Award

THE RULES:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog
  • List the rules.
  • Display the award on your post of the award.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

7 Facts About Krista Kemp:

1: I have been pregnant 3 times, which has resulted in my 3 children who I wouldn’t trade for the world!
2: I have been married 2 times, and have decided that I will never marry again.  My husband is my perfect match, and no one will EVER be able to fill his shoes!
3: One of these days I am going to teach myself to play the violin.
4: I LOVE Mexican food!
5: My favorite colors are Purple and Kawasaki Green.
6: I USED to love kids!
7: I have always held extremely high aspirations, which have resulted in a substantial amount of disappointment over the years.  I refuse to give up though…

My Nominees:

April4June6: A Journal of Self-Transformation
Kerfe and Nina over at: Method Two Madness
Belinda over at Changing my World with Words
Life Experiment Blog
Getting Through Anxiety
Michelle over at: Michelle, Books and Movies Addict
Sally over at: Smorgasboard-Variety is the Spice of Life
Puppy Lovers’ Blog
Lillie-Put
Diya over at: Pen2Needle
A Frank Angle
Carl over at: I Know I Made You Smile
Pearls and Prose
Never Trust a Jellyfish
Spearfruit…it’s my life

Erika, I thank you again for this nomination!

Tell All Tuesday Series: Blog Name

Q-Do you like your blog name or wish you had chosen a different one?

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A-I love the name of my blog! It’s powerful, self-explanatory, and highly inspiring. It’s the type of title which beckons its readers to venture in and take the time to explore the contents. I have absolutely NO regrets!

How about you? What are your thoughts on your blog name?

The WAKUWAFU Award

I am so pleased to announce that I have been nominated for a new award.  Nimmi over at Soul Mate’s-So Near, Yet So Far nominated me for The WakuWafu Award.  I am so honored to receive this, and I am digging all of this blog love!  Nimmi has a fantastic blog, full of raw emotion, relationships, and thought provoking poetry.  If you have never visited her lovely blog, make sure to give it a visit.  She is an absolute delight!  Thank you again Nimmi, I sure do appreciate you thinking of me!

The WAKUWAFU Award

What is this award all about?

This is quoted directly from the award creator, WakuWafu…

“The idea behind this award is to motivate other fellow bloggers and to act as a token of appreciation – just as we ourselves felt motivated and really felt good about what we do. It is a small gesture that we hope goes a long way. One other thing we will be doing, however, when the award is awarded, we will be posting a link to the nominated blogs on our own website, so that people can actually find these blogs. I feel that there are so many awesome people to chat with who are blogging too, and it can be hard to find people easily, so I hope through these people who want to find new bloggers can do so more easily – just comment on the Wakuwafu award page when you receive it and we will put up a link to your blog. The rules of the blog won’t be too long, but they will let you get to know one another more!”

To visit WakuWafu’s blog (the originator of this award), click HERE

Rules for the award:

  1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Choose any 3 things you would like to say about yourself to your fellow bloggers.
  3. Answer the 3 questions set by your nominator, and think up 3 new questions for the people that you choose to nominate.
  4. Give one piece of advice to your fellow bloggers.
  5. Make sure to tell WakuWafu (click HERE) that you have been nominated (and/or completed the award) so that they can list your blog on the WakuWafu page.  Make sure to tell them the name of your blog in the comments section.

Let’s see…3 things to share about myself:

1:  I am a workaholic-I work Full-Time as a Preschool Teacher, and then tackle my blog and Etsy business once I get home from work.

2:  I’m an old soul in a young woman’s body. I listen and learn from my elders, and I enjoy sharing experiences from my chaotic life with others, so that they can prevent or learn from my mistakes.

3:  I believe, by all that’s right in the world, that it is NEVER too late to make a positive change in your life. You may have royally screwed the pooch, but you don’t have to accept those mistakes as your destiny. You have the power to change, and if you want it bad enough, you can create the life that you have always dreamt of. You don’t stop learning until you take that last precious breath of air, and your possibilities in life are endless up until that point.

 Nimmi’s Questions for Me:

1.What is your goal of blogging today? My blogging goal is to touch and make a difference in the lives of millions around the world. I would like to eventually monetize my blog, so that I can work from home and care for my husband and children. From there, I want to reinvest that monetary profit to go towards an organization for Single Mothers and their babies. There are a TON of women out there who are ineligible for government help, but who are struggling just to keep the house afloat. I want to make life easier for these women! I have been in their shoes, and I know how financial struggles can entice a feeling of failure. Being a single mom is hard enough without having to entertain these thoughts!

2. What do you love most about blogging? My readers! They are the reason I write! I can write advice ALL day long (like I have for the past 11 years), but without an audience, who am I helping? Absolutely no one! My readers have impacted my life in such a positive way over the past few months, and I will forever be grateful for their love, support, and compassion. Each of you hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to the growth of our friendships!

3. What is your inspiration for your posts? The inspiration for my posts come from real life; things that I have done, seen, and experienced during the course of my existence. There are no illusions here; no sugar coating on the facts. Each lesson is, as it’s called, a LESSON. It all goes back to “write what you know.”

3 Questions for my Nominees:
1: What do you wish you had known prior to beginning your blog?
2: What is the newest blogging tip, trick, or technique that you have run across?
3: Which of the blogging awards and challenges that you have received have you enjoyed the most?

My 1 piece of advice for my fellow bloggers would be to always write from your heart. If your heart isn’t in what you have to say/share, it’s evident in your content. Be true to yourself, and true to your message.

My 5 Nominees:

Blogging World

YadaDarcyYada

Simplify022

Dreamspinner Extraordinaire

Hummingbird Redemption

Nimmi, thank you again for this fantastic nomination!  I have truly enjoyed it!

Be Thankful Challenge

Carolina, over at Yesterday After nominated me for this challenge, and I was more than happy to accept. It’s not very often that you can publicly express your gratitude. I think that it is super important to recognize the small blessings in life, which is why I began a “Thankful Jar” a few years back, in hopes of creating a new family tradition for the holidays. Carolina, thank you SO very much for nominating me for this challenge. I have truly enjoyed this moment of reflection!

Be Thankful Challenge
The challenge rules:

  • Share this image in your bog post
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

My Fabulous 5

1. My mother is a remarkable woman, and she has been my role model throughout the years. We have been together and supported one another through the best and worst of times. She has, and will forever remain my constant, my best friend, my rock. My go-to when there is nowhere else to turn. I love her immensely, I value her thoughts and feelings, and I strive to be more like her each day. She is a survivor of life, and has managed to get through it all with a beautiful smile on her face. It’s a downright shame that the world has never had the opportunity to meet her. She is a blessing, and I am thankful to call her “Mom!”

2. When I had given up all hope of finding my “Prince Charming,” he made his dramatic appearance into my life. My husband, my best friend, my confidant, my cheerleader, is more than I could ever have asked for! He meets my expectations in a man, and then somehow manages to exceed them. He challenges me, he stimulates my mind, and he creates peace in my life when the world goes insane. We think on the same wave link and have conversations without ever uttering a word. He is my other half, my better half, and if and when I should lose him, I will only be a shell of the woman that I once was. To know this kind of love is a blessing that I will FOREVER remain thankful for!

3. My Babies:

-The K Clan-

  • Kody, my first born, the child who filled the gaping void in my life when I needed it the most, has been an absolute blessing in my life. His intelligence, his wit, his compassion, his creative nature make me a very proud mama. He was driving 4 days ago when he looked over at me and gave me the best compliment that I have ever received. He told me how proud he was to have me as a mother. That I was one of the few, in the dying breed of humans which embrace life and refuse to give up when the going gets tough. He admires me for my determination, my perseverance, my sacrifice, and for my undying, unconditional love. Such a profound statement from a 16 year old! I am SO thankful to have this “Little Man” in my life!

 

  • Kayla, Mein Schatz! Her optimistic exuberance, intelligence, creativity, determination, and compassion make this beautiful little girl such a blessing in my life. She is the one who I can always depend on, my shining star, who knows no boundaries, and refuses to accept defeat. May her future be bright, and may she attain all of the riches in life that she has set her mind to. She makes the bleakest of days radiate, and I am SO thankful to have her in my life!

 

  • Kolin, my miracle baby, who I would be lost without. His kind heart, his intelligence, his willingness to please others, and his creativity make this precious little boy an absolute delight and blessing to be around. May he be granted the best that life has to offer. He has such a loving heart and nature about him, and I am SO thankful that the good Lord up above shared this wonderful soul with me! He is a treasure, and I hope that the world has the opportunity to know him.

-My sweet Whitley is a diamond in the rough. Her beauty, her intelligence, her loving heart, and her ethics make her such a rare treasure, and a blessing in my life. May she realize her worth, and create the fairy tale life that she deserves. I am SO thankful to have her in my life!

-My feisty little McKinley. There is NEVER a dull moment when she is around! Her presence brightens my day, her curiosity challenges me, and her love makes me melt. May she grow up healthy and wise, may she find true happiness, and may she acquire all that her precious little soul deserves in life. I am SO thankful to have this little doll baby in my life, and I know that she will capture the hearts of many!

-My little Maddox. Although we have yet to meet, you are already a blessing in my life. May you enter this world with a sense of wonder, and may your heart be filled with compassion. I hope that you will have all that you want and need in your life, and that you will always know true happiness. You are already loved by so many, and I am counting down the days until I can look upon your sweet face.

4. I am thankful for my baby sister, Shanna, and her beautiful family (Trey, Miss Lo, Mr. Emory, and our sweet little Saylor who is bound and determined to make her entrance into this world). I wish that I could see them all more often than I do, as family is so very important to me. They all hold a very special place in my heart, and I am SO very thankful to have each of them in my life!

5. I am blessed to have such an incredible family, and the friends that have made their way into my life are irreplaceable! In my eyes, friends and family are one in the same. They are all special souls who share a corner in your otherwise hectic and crazy life. They are always there for support, love, encouragement, and to build memories with. Each person in this tight knit circle defines who you are in life, and what ideals you live by. They help mold you into the person that you are destined to become. In saying that, I thank each of these individuals for being in my life. You each hold a special place in my heart!

2015 Highlights:

1. When I first began my Etsy business in September of 2014, I was curious if I had what it took to be successful. Although it has been a slow progression, I am happy with my venture, and thankful that I took that chance. My following is growing by the day, and I made yet another sale yesterday. I am truly blessed!

2. When I started my blog in May of this year, I was so scared that I would get booed off the stage. There was SO much competition, and my self-doubt kept telling me that no one would be interested in what I had to share. Boy was I wrong! I am SO thankful for my constant readers, each of my newest followers, and for ignoring that little voice in the back of my mind. I have been blessed with a wide variety of new friends, and am looking forward to seeing where this new road takes me. My newest friends, I am SO thankful for each of you!

3. My baby girl accepted the Lord into her life just 2 weeks ago, and I am SO very proud of her and her decision. I am thankful that I was able to witness this miracle. I pray that she maintain her close walk with Christ each day of her life. May the Lord bless thee and keep thee, Sweet Kayla!

4. Ever since my husband and I married, our quality of life has been in a downward spiral. We have literally struggled from paycheck to paycheck, and have maxed out our credit cards just so we were able to eat. Even though we now have a massive car note, we have somehow managed to find a way to start trekking back up that hill. Some weeks are better than others, and we still owe money all around town, but we are beginning to see a glimpse of relief on the horizon. I am thankful for that! I am anxious to be back in life. I don’t do well in “Survival Mode!”

5. For the past several years, I have stayed sick, and I don’t mean a sniffle here or there, I mean knockdown, drag out sick! My immune system was so weak with all of my pre-surgery conditions, that every stinking bug that went around the daycare, I caught. I still get sick from time to time (been running a fever for a week now and coughing uncontrollably while I write this) but it is nothing like it was! I am thankful that my resistance is building back up, and I am hoping that things will work out so that we can move to a warmer, drier climate, and that I can get away from sick children. I feel that those two factors will drastically improve my quality of life. I have always had a clean bill of health, and I would like to keep it that way from here on out.

My List of Nominees:

Elephnt

Chelsea over at Intentional 365

TJS Old to New

Donna over at The Raven 6825

Tabetha over at Waiting for Love

Carolina, thank you again for nominating me for this challenge! I have thoroughly enjoyed my moment of reflection!

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

My Friend, my Ray of Sunshine, my Fellow Blogger, Ms. Erika Kind, has graciously awarded me with the Blogger Recognition Award.  Thank you SO very much Erika!  I am honored to receive this award!  If you have never been over to visit this talented writer’s corner of the blogosphere, then you need to make the time.  She is an absolute delight, and her fresh outlook on life is enough to brighten the worst of your days.  Erika, thank you again for this recognition!

The Rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right-click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award creator:  Edge of Night.

Blogger Recognition

My Blog Creation:

For years I have considered creating a blog, but I had always held off because I just never had a clear idea of what I wanted it to be about. With the creation of my 5 year plan, the opening of my Etsy shop, and all of the goals that I had set out to obtain, it only made sense to bite the bullet and start one up.

When I began blogging, I still only had a broad idea of its purpose, but I knew that the topics would revolve around following your dreams, various inspirational and motivational tidbits, and life lessons that I felt others could benefit from. I have truly enjoyed my time thus far, and my expectations have been exceeded tenfold! The blogging community embraced me with open arms, and for that, I am truly thankful.

I have made some phenomenal friends in the short time that I have been blogging, and I have realized how supportive others from around the world can be. To each of my readers, please accept my sincerest “Thank You!” Your interactions have made each day special for me, and I look forward to our friendship evolving throughout the years.

My Advice for Up and Coming Bloggers:

  1.  You don’t have to have it all figured out when you first begin blogging. Your entire direction may end up changing once you get your feet wet. Things that I had planned to implement when I first began, I have realized, were not necessary, and did not tie in with my overall theme/niche. I tried my best to cross all my t’s and dot all of my i’s prior to my blog launch date, and I have come to realize that it was just a bunch of useless worry and time. So, don’t delay, start today!

2.  Before I began blogging, I had the worst time trying to wrap my mind around the differences between an RSS feed and a Newsletter. The only way that I was able to rationalize it, at that time, was by using a Facebook comparison. The RSS feed is similar to your “Friends” on Facebook. Your friends want to make sure that they don’t miss any of your news feed updates, so they befriend you. The RSS feed is like the news feed in that you will get an email for all new blog posts (updates) from blogs that you follow. A newsletter, ONE, has to be signed up for, and TWO, has additional material (posts, tutorials, updates, contests/raffles, and so on) that is not covered on your blog, similar in nature to “Like”-ing a Facebook business page. With newsletters, you can choose the frequency that they are sent out, while with the RSS feed, it is shot out every time you publish a new post. I know that my comparisons are a bit of a stretch, but I hope that it aids you in hitting that “Aha, I finally get it!” moment for at least one person. I searched high and low for that useless little tidbit, and never did find my answer. But, in my defense, my brain was super fried (WARNING: Information Overload!!!) by the time I got to that point in my research.

My Nominees:

  1. Sarah Sue at Sarah’s Attic of Treasures
  2. Vic at Just Plain Ol’ Vic
  3. Tingting at Empower Love
  4. Lyn at Lynz Real Cooking
  5. Stephie at Stephie’s Beads and Baubles
  6. Rich at Waffle Me This
  7. Teacup Talk
  8. Tricia at Sometimes I Cook
  9. Amy at The Twenty Something Social Recluse
  10. Brey at Ordinary Adventures
  11. Supa Life of a Shopaholic
  12. Ushasree at Creative Crafts DIY
  13. Diana at Myths of the Mirror
  14. Heidi at The Art in Party Planning
  15. House of Heart

Erika, Thank you again for nominating me for this award.  It is truly appreciated!

 

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award from Donna, over at The Raven 6825.  She has a fabulous blog full of poetry, quotes, and writings with deep meaning.  Make sure that you check out her amazing talent!  Donna, thank you SO very much for the nomination.  It is greatly appreciated!

The Liebster Award

The Rules

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

1. What is the story behind your blog name?

My blog was created to document my journey, from food stamps to a future, so it only made sense to name it as such. I wanted to have a special “sounding board” here on the web so that I may encourage, motivate, and inspire others through my experiences, my trials, and my tribulations. Success can be had by all, provided they are willing to stick with it until the end. I want to be a beacon of hope for those who are searching.

2. Why did you start blogging? Has it turned out to be what you expected?

I began blogging because I wanted to be the change that I wished to see in the world. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, and knew that I would have access to so many more individuals in need on the web.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my blog so far, and the people that I have made connections with have been an absolute blessing in my life! I was hoping that my blogging venture would be this way, but was surprised by how fast my following has grown. I have quite a few very devoted readers, and they are always here for me when I need to bounce around ideas.

3. Do you have a significant other? How did you meet?

Yes. After years of giving up hope that there was a compatible soul out in this vast world for me, I was blessed with my loving and supportive husband, Rusty. When I first met him, he was my boss. A friendship developed, and years later we fell in love. The rest is, as they say, history.

4. If you could live one day over again, what day would it be?

I would have to say that the day I would like to relive is when my mother arranged a “surprise” Spa Day for my 21st birthday. Every aspect of that day was perfect!

5. Weirdest thing you eat?

I guess the “weirdest thing” that I eat is my vegetarian food. I don’t think it’s weird, but everyone else seems to think so. I have been ridiculed my entire life over it, and on more counts than one, has it been compared to dog food by different people. All I know is that I enjoy it, so the rest doesn’t much matter. Everyone is  entitled to their own opinions.

6. Favorite dessert?

One of my favorite desserts is Strawberry Pretzel dessert. The sweet strawberries, the salty pretzels, and the creamy cream cheese center makes it an exhilarating taste bud experience. If you’ve never tried it, make up a batch. The recipe is provided for you below.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Ingredients (Crust)

  • 3/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Cups Crushed (Not Fine) Pretzels

Mix together and press into a 9 X 12 casserole dish.  Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes and place in fridge to get cold.

Ingredients (Center Layer)

  • 1-3ounce package Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1-9 ounce container of Cool Whip

Beat together cream cheese and sugar.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Spread evenly on top of cooled crust.  Refrigerate.

Ingredients (Top Layer)

  • 1 Large package Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 2-10 ounce packages of Frozen Strawberries

Dissolve package of jello in boiling water.  Stir in both packages of strawberries.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Pour on top of center layer and place in fridge to solidify.

Once jello has completed “setting up,” serve.

7. Favorite books?

My all-time favorite book is Bag of Bones by the king of horror himself, Mr. Stephen King. They tried to create a mini-series, which did NOT do the book justice! I couldn’t even finish it…SO disappointing!

 8. Favorite movie?

My favorite movie, as I’ve mentioned before is, The Count of Monte Cristo. The deception and the tactics concocted for revenge are stellar! Fabulous movie…I highly recommend you watch.

9. Music you listen to for inspiration?

I have come up with some super creative ideas while listening to Nine Inch Nails and Pink Floyd. Some other good inspirational tunes (in my opinion) include: Evanescense, Linkin Park, Portishead, Gorillaz, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Psychedelic Furs.

10. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

I would smack myself upside the head and drill “forget about the damn boys!” into my head. They have been the root of my individual growth delay. I am SO glad I’ve finally got it all figured out!

My Liebster Award Nominees:

Zoe over at Zewing

Emma over at Life, Kids, and a Glass of Red

Julianna over at Julianna Ballentine

Natasha over at Mama Duck Quacks

Rebekah over at Wildflower in the Weeds

Donna, thank you again for the nomination.  I sure do appreciate it!