16 Days to Sixteen

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My oldest daughter turned 16 on July 4th (yes, a firecracker baby). I decided since this is a big milestone birthday that I wanted to do something special. 16 Day to Sixteen it was. You know, like the 12 Days of Christmas?

Each day for 16 days leading up to her birthday she received a gift. I spent quite a few days brainstorming what types of gifts....ones that wouldn't end up being too horribly expensive. I started making a list of the things she liked....things like 3 Musketeers, Mountain Dew, Victoria Secret, and even Hawaiian buns. This was so fun but at times a bit challenging. Was I up for that challenge? Heck YES!

Day 1: One Big bag of Swedish Fish

Day 2: Two items from Victoria Secret

Day 3: Three times to Caribou

Day 4: Four items to decorate bedroom wall

Day 5: Five Redbox Movie Codes

Day 6: Six coupons to Get Out of Chores (pretty sure she used them all already)

Day 7: Seven cans of Arnold Palmers

Day 8: Eight mini bags of nacho cheese Doritos (she loves to eat them with cream cheese)

Day 9: Nine truffles

Day 10: Mini candy bars (3 Musketeers & Milky Ways)

Day 11: Eleven homemade chocolate covered strawberries

Day 12: Dozen Hawaiian Rolls

Day 13: Thirteen Mountain Dews (12 cans and one bottle)

Day 14: Fourteen hair ties

Day 15: Fifteen pieces of gum

Day 16: Sixteen homemade paper roses (these were so fun to make!)

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Each day my daughter "C" couldn't wait to get her gift! She would ask me right away (barely awake) if she could get her gift for the day. One day I put it in her doorway and she almost tripped over it (again, barely awake lol). It is still a bit bittersweet that my oldest is 16. 

I love to celebrate my kids on their birthdays! Celebrations are my favorite! I want to celebrate every day, no matter if it is good or bad.....there is always something to celebrate.


You Don't Have to be Perfect to Start

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As I walked into the coffee shop I frequently go to work at, I ran into a woman I know, Judy. Judy mentioned how she seen I was up to some new things. I told her how I feel like I finally found my passion and decided to just go for it. She was excited for me. I was excited to talk about it.

I mentioned how I have had thoughts of planning events for years.....even back to a child, and how I wished I could have followed that path along time ago. She looked at me and said "the things in life just pile on over top and eventually it is so covered up that you just don't see it anymore". She is so right! How long have we all let life things pile on top of what we really want to do or feel passion for? What did you want to do when you were younger, before life and pressures were piled on? (Judy is a very wise woman who will always make you laugh and feel good.) 

I lost my corporate job as an Executive Assistant in January. I was heart-broken. After a couple months I had the ah ha moment that it wasn't the job I lost that I was so upset about. It was what I got to do for my job. I got to plan events. I got to see the joy people had at the events. I love every detail, every piece. I embraced what was happening and celebrated that I finally found what I want to do......plan Events. Extraordinary, memorable events. 

I am very much a person who wants all her ducks in a row and everything "just right" before starting things. I love to have an exact plan in place and then attack. I usually feel a bit out of wack if those things don't happen, but I have learned to be ok with things not perfect. I have learned that taking action is the key to moving past perfection and I have to say....it has been truly liberating!  

Here are 3 things I did to start without being perfect.

  1. Just do something - it is amazing how much better you feel when you just do something toward what you want. My biggest challenge was designing my website. I just did something. It felt good, so I changed it a little and again and here it is! I feel great about it now. Is it perfect? Nope. But it's mine, I did it :-)
  2. Accountability - having someone to use for accountability. Someone that will help you make sure you are just doing something (above).
  3. Believe - you need to believe in yourself. Belief that you are worthy and that you are enough. That you can do what you want to do. For me, I needed someone to help me believe in me. I had 2 very important people: a great friend and a mindset coach. Without these 2 amazing people, this step (for me) would have been extremely challenging.

I am so blessed that things happened the way they did and that I am always a work-in-progress.