Friday, February 3, 2012

Unexpected blessing

I love Fridays because I go to Bikram Yoga.  Even though I go other nights, for some reason Friday afternoons are by far the best 2 hours of my week.  I arrive to class 30 minutes early so I can lay down in the hot room and clear my head.  All nonsense of the week, day, or month just seems like nothing.  It's warm, comfy and I feel like I am somewhere tropical.  Most days I fall asleep for a few minutes.  Do you know how relaxing this must be for me?  The girl whose brain just does not turn off?

It's the most intense workout I have ever done and I love it.  I love the challenge.  I love the feeling I get when I've made it through another session.  I love watching myself improve in different positions every time I go.  I love that I can go any day I want.  I love that I am probably burning over 1000 calories.  I love that I can't stop talking about it.

The instructors there are fabulous. I love how each of them have a unique personality and you learn something about yourself with each session.  You listen to their words and thing of nothing but what your body is doing.  Most of instructors talk about letting go, forgiveness, or even healing benefits of yoga.  Yoga is not just physical workout, but a workout in clarity.  Yoga has become a wonderful blessing in my life.

Alas, it is time for the hot room....  have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What happens in my dream world, stays in my dream world

In my dream world, my seasonal job would pay me what I need to make for a year round job.  Reality, well that's just not going to happen.  Last night J and I went over some numbers and I was very disappointed when I found that my awesome baking job that I absolutely love is only going to make enough money this year to cover my expenses.  Bummer. For some reason, I was thinking with all my overtime, I would make enough to sock some away for all these lavish vacations I want to take.

I have some decisions to make that I don't want to make.  Fortunately, I am going to wait until next season to make them.  I've committed to running the bakery this summer and I don't want to go back on my word.  Plus, I think the experience will definitely be worth more on my resume than in my pocketbook.  AND, I love, love, love working for these people!!!

Some how, some way, I will have to make enough money in my direct sales biz and my personal chef biz to cover more expenses (like gas and clothing) and also put away for vacations.  I am tired of being left behind on all the cool trips and plus -- I really, really want to go on a honeymoon!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Where have I been the last year???

Hello friends! It's been far too long since we have spoken. This past year has been a wonderful whirlwind for me and I hope you can forgive my absence! I will explain everything....

Maybe you remember last year when I wrote a list of cool things I wanted to do in my life in 2011. I fortunately have managed to accomplish most of them!

1. Get married! Yes, it's #1 on my list because hey, I am marrying the love I've been waiting for my whole life! :) Check!! Yes, I was married on October 8, 2011 to my best friend who is refered to many by "J".

2. Get my dog back in shape and eating right (yea, I really mean me -- but if I bring the dog into it, it sounds much more exciting) Check!! My dog has lost almost 5 lbs (which is a lot for a pug!) and I personally have lost around the tune of 35 lbs and only have about 10 to go. I joined Weight Watchers in April of 2011 I started practicing Bikram Yoga in late October of 2011 and I LOVE it!! The both of us have much more energy than we had -- it's just been an amazing transformation!

3. Internship! I will be going on a summer internship somewhere in these United States -- probably North Carolina. Yay! :) Check!! Well, it was in actually in the fall amidst all the wedding chaos, but I actually got the job at a local farm market/bakery in August 2011. It's a seasonal position due to the nature of our climate here -- but I will be running the bakery when we re-open the market in May! YAY !!

4. Tasters Guild Dinner - my World Cuisine class helps put on the dinner that will fund scholarships for culinary students. I am also going to be applying for the scholarship! Check, check!! The Tasters Guild Dinner was an awesome experience and not only did I apply for a sholarship, I recieved one of the top two highest scholarships awarded. The other student who also won the top honor is a very talented young man who interned at Biltmore over the summer (lucky guy - one of my favorite places!).

5. Trip to LA - Hopefully this will be Memorial Day Weekend, but J and I are planning on visiting his brother so I can meet him. :) One of the few things we did not do this year due to finances, but I did meet his brother the day before our wedding! Ha!

6. Trip to San Antonio - A trip for my sis to celebrate her milestone bday w my cousins! Check!! Oh, what a fun trip we had -- so many great memories made!

7. My nephew and 2 of my cousins are starting their new lives in another state: CO, MT, and AZ!
I actually went to CO over Thanksgiving to visit my nephew -- SO much fun and I cannot wait to go back!

8. Get a job - Even though I really enjoy being a poor college student, J does not. LOL. Check!! See above! Also.... I am starting my own personal chef business featuring in-home prepared meals and private cooking lessons.

9. There are some babies in the near future for a few of my friends! MORE BABIES!! For my friends, of course!! ;)

10. ???? Whatever else comes my way!!! Wow, what DIDN'T come my way?

Now what? Well, I finished up all my culinary classes and I am wrapping my college career up with an algebra class this semester (long story, but let's just say I have learned many lessons this past year) By May, I will be done with school -- for good!

Right now I am not working full time (boo for my pocketbook!) and have plenty of time on my hands so I am focusing on writing up my business plan for the personal chef business and also polish up the business plan I wrote for my dream.... a food specialty shop! It's almost kind of scary realizing that I am back to being in the "real world" now that school is just about behind me! Yikes!