My Dream Reading Space!

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If you didn't hear... my hubby and I just bought our dream home, and we will be moving back to Colorado next month! Since I have been so excited about creating a home in our new place, pinning ideas like crazy, and overall just downright excited, I figured I would share some of the things I have been dreaming up lately! I absolutely love to read, and so I wanted to share what my dream reading space would look like! I'm still trying to figure out exactly where this will be, but I'm super thrilled to be sharing with you!

As a book lover and avid reader, I have dreamt of creating this perfect space, forerver! Of course there are little "must-haves" that I absolutely need in this space, like my crystals, a diffuser, my oils of course, snuggly blankets, cozy pillows, and a fantastic rug! Among those things are furniture too, and I've always struggled with deciding between a comfy couch or a little reading nook that is recessed into the wall.

In any case, in my quest for the perfect pieces online, I came across Arhaus! They have a variety of beautiful home decor, and I completely fell head over heels for some of their pieces!

One of the pieces I have really fallen in love with, is the Athens Library in French White. With its vintage silhouettes and artisan-applied finishes, our Athens collection will infuse your space with the ambiance and sophisticated charm of an old English library. It is so beautiful, and it totally reminds me of Disney's Beauty and the Beast when Belle goes to borrow her favorite book again!

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When I was browsing around the Arhaus lighting collection, I found so many gorgeous pieces that I really just drooled over. The Vivienne Chandelier totally stole my heart with it's light, playful take on traditional chandelier designs, Vivienne strikes a delicate balance between a rustic iron frame and hand-painted wood beads. Isn't it absolutely breathtaking?

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I also really fell in love with the coziness of some of their designs. When I read, I want to feel cozy, and completely immerse myself into the words on the pages. I found so many pieces that would fit perfectly into my dream reading space, and I cannot wait to get to work on that once we are all moved into our new home! Speaking of the new home... you can see a picture of it here!

Do you dream of a perfectly cozy reading space? What are your must haves?

Where in the World?

You may have been wondering where I have been these last few weeks! I have been on a crazy awesome business trip adventure and forging some awesome new pathways for my family! Earlier this year, we packed up and moved from Southern California, all the way up to Aurora, Colorado. I absolutely love it here. Colorado is my home! However, it looks like we will be taking another adventure and heading over to the White Mountains in Arizona! Lakeside to be specific. Colorado lovies, don’t freak out! I will be flying out frequently! We will be moving there before the end of 2017. I will know more specific dates soon! What does this mean, it means more packing up boxes again… more moving, and more minimizing! I wish I had more time to do this!

Let me be 100% raw and honest with you, my heart belongs to Colorado and we will most definitely be coming back very soon! Roots grow where you plant them! However, given the opportunity to retire my husband early… I am jumping at the chance to keep him healthy, happy, and at home with us!

Why retire my husband? There are so many reasons why, so I will start from the beginning. Initially, I opted into the wholesale aspect with the oil company we use, specifically for the incredible oils, and the extremely gratifying ability to share with others, to make their lives even better.

Since then, things have evolved, life has changed, and we have grown so much. I haven’t shared MY personal story with you though, my team friends and family. The reason WHY I share essential oils has truly evolved.

Brien and I don’t really share our hardships, as there are so many things going on in the world, and we are extremely grateful for all that we have. What you probably don’t know, is that Brien has a service connected injury from the Army, that has been plaguing him with pain and major discomfort, making his highly manual labored mechanics job, extremely difficult. Brien has always been our breadwinner. He pushes through. He works hard. He never gives up and continues to give his all, even when his work day makes him want to cry from the pain. This man is the epitome of perserverance, and dedication to his family.

I want to give my husband back the freedom he has fought to give to so many others.

I want to bring him home to be with his son. I want to give him the life he deserves… the life he has earned. Yes, I educate others on the amazing benefits of essential oils. Yes, I share oils with others to help improve their health, well being and quality of life. But I also share essential oils with others because my husband’s quality of life and well being are the most important thing in the world to me. He is my best friend, and the most dedicated and giving man I have ever met.

This is giving us the opportunity, not only to bring him home, but to get him the care that will help his body recover, like regular chiropractic adjustments, yoga, and massage, in addition to the oils and supplements he is already using to support his body.

I cannot wait for the day to share with you all that he no longer has to work anymore, and has finally gotten his freedom back. This day is quickly approaching and you bet your buns I will make a big hooplah of it all. Brien is thrilled to spend quality time with his son, and give him the attention and affection he has longed for.

#brienfreedom

I want to thank each and every one of you for your support in our oil business. Whether you are a moral support, friend, team member, mentor, customer, family member, or any other variation of awesomeness in our lives, thank you. We could not do the things we do without your genuine love and support. You are the reason we are inspired to live our dreams.

Six Months Later...

This month, we will have lived here in Cozy Colorado for a whopping 6 months already! Can you believe it?! So much has happened, and continues to happen. On top of the amazing new friends in our life, we have really come to simplify and downsize our material possessions, giving us more and more time to focus spending with each other as a family.

Apartment living has really made a positive impact on our lives in so many ways. I love how it immediately gave me the chance to identify stuff that didn’t serve us anymore. It has also given us the opportunity to look around and decide where we want to officially plant our butts. Most recently, we decided to look into building our dream home, and have realized how completely do-able it is. We have a couple different ways we can go with this, so I will keep you posted on that as it progresses (or doesn’t!).

Our new driver licenses came, and they both look great. We just need to register our car and we will be good to go! Did you know there are a bazillion different license plate options out here? For real! They have a plate for everything, the way that Apple has an App for that. We still haven’t figured out which one fits us best.

Lately I have been getting back to what I love, creating! Painting, drawing, and WRITING! Yes! I have been writing again… it must be something about the energy where we are. It’s finally coming back to me. Little things have been inspiring me lately, like looking outside and seeing our little porch garden. I’m so proud of it! Getting my hands dirty and planting food really connected me to myself again.

There is still chaos in our life. Brien has been struggling with a back injury both from the Army and his current job, and we are waiting on a few different doctors to figure out what to do. It’s not something we really want to share a bunch about, only because the story is long, and not very exciting. Plus, we are doing what we can here at home to help with pain management.

My parents came to visit in August and that was incredible. I’m so grateful of the time we got to spend together as a family. So many wonderful memories! Outside of that, Daen really enjoys being in the good outdoors, looking at trees, animals, rocks, and living water (streams, rivers, etc.). It’s really nice to have the Cherry Creek State Park within walking distance, because he has all of those things right at his fingertips. More to come soon, just wanted to share how happy we are in Colorful Colorado!

Unpacking Nightmare

Ok, even so I labeled everything as best as I could (with pinterest tips no doubt) we still had one hell of a time unpacking all of our things. And yes… we still have too much. Honestly, I feel like I could live without pretty much everything we have and I find myself wondering… WHY do I still have this thing?

Recently, I picked up a copy of Marie Kondo’s book, “The life-changing magic of tidying up” and it is a total game changer for me. I know that if I work through this book, and follow her strategy, I will be much closer to where we want to be and to live more comfortably as a family. Unpacking all of this junk just makes me shake my head.

As a mom, I feel awful about this. I don’t want my son to grow up thinking that things are the most important aspect of his life. We do daily affirmations every day when he wakes up, those are the kind of “things” I want for him.

I’ve already put together a bunch of donation bags. Brien found a charity out here that collects donations for veterans and their families. This is awesome, and they actually come to you for pick up. So cool. I will definitely be ringing them again after the first pick up.

Seeing all of these boxes in our beautiful (yet small) apartment makes me dread moving again… can’t we just stay in our humble little corner of the world forever?

Little Joyful Things

Right now, as I’m writing this, I’m indulging in a cup of peach tea and a small slice of angel food cake. (Yes! Even I like to have a treat now and then!) More importantly, I spend time every day, at least 15 minutes doing something to expand my mind, and help me grow as a person.

Today, I am dedicating time to read a book. I tend to read quickly, and this book shouldn’t take long at all. On other days, I like to hibernate in the bathtub. I have this great app called Omvana, and it has a mixer where you can listen to speeches, meditation tracks, and blend it with different background tracks like birds, running water, flute music… it’s really cool. One of my favorite tracks to listen to is “15 things you should give up to be happy”, by Luminita D. Saviuc. I listen to this at least once a week.

Most mornings, I like to spend time in the quiet before everyone wakes up, making myself a nice cup of hot lemon honey water, or a cup of tea. When I drink my hot cup of awesomeness (whatever it may be) I like to look out the window at the rocky mountains, and contemplate how much they have stolen my heart. I never knew that I could fall in love with Colorado so much. I also take this time to put on the special blend of essential oils I made to help support my body’s needs, and I also like to use whichever oil I am drawn to that day for my mood.

Sometimes I squeeze in my workout in the morning, sometimes it fits in better with my afternoon or evening schedule. (This morning I went on a short walk and a quick run). The point is, it’s very important to take care of yourself, and I try to make a habit of it for me.

I share this with you because I want you to know who I am. Yes I’m a mom, and a wife, and I own my own business, but I am also “me”. I like to spend time working on myself so that I can be the best version of me, and share that with you! Doing all of these things make me a better mother, and a better wife to my husband. They make me a better friend, a better leader, and a better writer. Call it selfish, call it self-care, self-love… call it what you want. I like to call it life.

The Colorado Move!

This is our trip from Hemet, CA to Aurora, CO. March 5-7, 2015. You will see us drive through California, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado! We had a beautiful journey and we were so glad to get to our apartment at the end of this 1,027 mile drive! Altogether, it was about a 15 hour drive, but of course we had to make lots of potty stops and eat! I hope you love the video! https://youtu.be/0emkfa7kKE8

This was my first time moving outside of California. I have travelled all over but never lived out of state! I still can't believe that we are here!

Do you want to move somewhere else? Let me know in the comments!

Moving day is almost here!

So we are hoping to hit the ground running on March 5th! Brien has been working in Aurora since February 16th and comes home Friday the 27th. We planned a fun little going away party on March 1st and I’m looking forward to it.

After nearly 2 painstaking weeks of house hunting in a market built for great white sharks, we have decided to take our time in finding a house, and rent a snazzy apartment until then.

In between all the house hunting, face time, packing and phone calls, the stress of trying to find a place we live in such a short period of time just became too much.

Brien is checking out a couple places tomorrow and hopefully we will pin one down so that we can just move right in when we get there!

I’m really excited to finally be out there. It feels great after we have waited so darn long!

Colorado here we Come!

The Move Continues

We listed our home on the market back in October of 2014 and just 11 short days later we had an offer on the table. We came back with 2 counter offers and let the buyer select which one appealed to them best. After some paperwork escrow was set to close on December 8th! Come to find out that their realtor was on vacay and highly difficult to reach, so the house didn’t close until January 2nd! It sold but it really put us quite a ways behind where we were hoping to be.

However, it still put us on track where we wanted to be as far as paying off our debts. We got our net proceeds check and paid everything off. I even sold our Corolla! I loved that little car but there’s no way she’d make it in that Colorado weather! We do have “new debt” but it’s nothing that can’t be paid off quickly. We purchased a new 2015 Subaru Forester and paid for half of it outright. Our monthly payment on it is less than what we were paying on the Corolla, so we will be sending what we had budgeted before (ends up being $30 more than the payment) every month. We also plan to pay the car off in full asap. It’s one of the first big things on our list.

Brien sent an email to Altec again, basically because he loves his job and loves the company. They have been so good to him. Coincidentally when he sent the email a position magically appeared in Aurora again. So naturally he applied. Long story short, he got the transfer! His first official day of work in CO is February 16th! We are both really excited and happy to move forward.

Since this happened so quickly we are kind of pressed to get everything wrapped up here in California. Brien will work out in CO for a week (maybe 2) and then come back so we can finish up and drive out there together.

Currently we are looking for housing. There are some really beautiful homes that have caught our eye. Even if it’s something we buy and don’t love, it’s actually cheaper than renting a tiny apartment for a year to find something we love.

Outside of that, I’m going to plan a party, a farewell/bon voyage shindig of sorts so that we can see everyone before we go. Unfortunately I won’t have time now to meet with EVERYONE individually like I wanted. Hopefully the going away get together will be a success and we will all have a blast!

Since we don’t know how settled we will be, we have postponed and put off some events that we do yearly. It’s not because we don’t want to go, but because we want to make sure we have a level of stability before committing to making multiple trips to California.

I will keep you posted on what’s in store for us next!

The Silver Lining

Once upon a time my hubby applied for a job transfer so we could move to Colorado and totally got it! Then the very next day his work was like “Jay-Kay, you don’t have it.” No really, that’s exactly what happened! Anyhow, it really irked us both at first. Since then, we have really come to see the silver lining in it. We are actually looking in areas that are much MUCH less metropolitan, like Fort Collins and my new favorite, Bailey. Fort Collins is kind of the middle ground as far as size and amenities, whereas Bailey is kind of really really small. (Which we love!)

Believe it or not, we can afford a 4+ Bedroom home somewhat similar to this with the same view and a good chunk of land in Bailey. The crime is pretty much nonexistent there so that is a huge plus too. In Fort Collins we would basically be looking at track homes, which isn’t what we really want, but we could deal with it for a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, Aurora and Denver are super awesome… but when you break it down they are HUGE! I’m pretty sure having 4 or more Targets and Super Targets qualifies as HUGE. But, who doesn’t love Target?

The last few weeks have been… well, they have been PURE HELL. Packing up the house into bins and putting it in the POD have sucked. It sucked so much I had at least 3 mental/emotional breakdowns and finally got sick… literally sick! Yesterday was the last day packing stuff into the POD. We had the carpets cleaned, the house cleaned, and just have some stuff in the garage that belongs to my parents, and hubby’s work.

In a couple days, we will have a sign in the yard and the house will be for sale! Now the waiting game begins, waiting for a buyer and also waiting to hear back from the places the hubby has applied to. It really does make it nicer not to have to restrict ourselves to one area. We can really look at all the places we like and he can apply accordingly. Once the house is sold we plan to make a trip out there to take a look and the areas we like and make some decisions!

Pretty soon, we will be getting cozy in our Colorado home!

Colorado here we Come!

Falling in love with Colorado was easy, getting there is a whole separate journey! Hubby hasn’t heard back from his work, so we are fairly confident he wasn’t selected this go around. It’s a little sucky, but isn’t hindering us in the slightest. To be honest, it’s actually kind of a tiny win, because he would have had to take a MAJOR pay cut, and where is the fun in that? So, now begins the search for a new job in Colorado. There are a good chunk of jobs available in the line of work he is in so I’m very positive about it all.

We are trying to get all the rest of our crap packed up in bins this week and put away in a storage unit. Ugggghhh how I loathe this! Spending money to store stuff that I’m certain we don’t need. I’m hopeful that I will actually have time to go through everything once we settle. The grand plan right now is to move in to the travel trailer at my parents’ house while our current home is on the market, and move to Colorado between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s likely that we will rent an apartment for a few months while we find an area we really like before we invest in a home. However, I am open to moving right in, should we find a nice place in a great area.

Rehoming our pets is not going to be fun. I’m really torn up about it, but seeing as we will be living in the travel trailer, taking them with us just isn’t a feasible idea. I already have people being judgey about it, and quite frankly… it ain’t cool. If I could take them with me I absolutely would. If you want to make me feel shittier than I already do… then you suck. (Yes, I’m sticking my tongue out at you like a 3rd grader.) I’ve never had to do this before…

I’m sad to move away from my friends and family, as I have only ever lived in the state of California. I have travelled all over the states, and to many different countries, but this would be the first time I am living somewhere other than the Golden State. It’s a brand new adventure for me and my family. Yes, I’m sad to leave, BUT I’m so completely excited to leave too. My hometown just isn’t the same as it used to be.

We aren’t entirely sure now where we are going to end up in CO. Obviously we will move close to where the hubby finds work at. I’m still very much in love with Aurora. We got a map of all the trails in the mail the other day, and a magazine about the area. They also included a booklet about all the different restaurants… OMG our mouths were watering just reading about them.

We are really hoping we find something in the Cherry Creek area in Aurora. It’s really nice down there and close to one of the reservoirs. I watched this awesome video the other day about Athletes in Tandem, (You can watch it here) and they did this in one of the reservoirs. Very cool. Something I may train to do in the future. Overall the excitement is still very much alive, and I’m trying not to let the stress of it all get to me. I’ve been channeling that energy to root for the Denver Broncos, because yes I watch football now!

Colorado here we come!

Journey to Colorado

We have fallen head over heels in love with a city in Colorado that we have never even been to. We have completely fallen in love with the state and all the beauty it has to offer. Our story begins with the desire to become debt free. My husband and I have been pretty damn diligent with this dream, and have come pretty far in such a short time. Most recently, we discovered that selling our house would eradicate all of our debt (provided we get the right amount for our house) and put us on track to a financially free future. So we made a decision and put it in stone, we were going to sell our home.

As soon as we decided this was really going to happen, I made it my mission to start de-crapping, and start packing up our house. To be honest, most of the crap we have should be sold or donated. I don’t even know why we have it. In fact, I will probably go through half of the boxes and bins I have packed already and decide we don’t need them anymore. Simplify. This is really where my minimalist endeavor started. I realized while I was starting to pack things… just how much crap we had accumulated.

The packing process sucks hard-core, but not having to rush about it is fantastic. I can go at my own pace, and of course force the hubby to help when he isn’t out working his ass off.

In the beginning, we started to look around our home town for a new place. We were looking for another bedroom, so a 4 bedroom-3 bathroom home, and maybe a little more space than our current 1500sqft home. It’s not small by any means, however, working out in the garage when it’s 103 degrees outside is… well… no bueno.

There are loads of beautiful homes in our current area in the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley in Southern California, and many of them meet our expectations. What we weren’t expecting was the insane taxes that come with getting a newer home. When I say insane, I really mean it. Our taxes last year for our current home were $1,600 and change, while some of these homes are in the $4,000-$6,000 range. IN-SANE. The tax issue definitely puts a damper on things, especially when we found a house that we really liked and had to discard it as an option.

I’m stubborn. I’ll admit it. I thought I would never want to leave SoCal. Like, EVER. I’ve travelled all over the world, and the country, but California has always been my home. If you asked me 6 months ago if I wanted to move out of state, I firmly would have told you, “No.” On a whim, I decided to start looking at homes in Colorado, nearby the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center we love to see when we watch “Extreme Weight Loss”.

The homes there are beautiful. Totally what we are looking for. Plus, basements! I started sending zillow listing links to the hubs so he could see how awesome these homes were, and how beautiful it was out there. Initially, he was interested, but upset because we can’t just ask his work for a transfer. He will have his first Anniversary with the company in the beginning of October. Asking for any kind of transfer would be out of the question. I’ll admit, I felt a little defeated and set my little Colorado dream to the side, and continued looking at our options locally.

What happened next just further solidified our plans to move out of our house. Subterranean Termites. In my son’s bookcase. In his bedroom. Ew. SO much ew. Many tears, lots of being grossed out, and $500 later it was all taken care of. I took it as the Universe telling us to GTFO.

Not even a week ago, we all got in the car to head over to my parents’ house, and hubby backed the car into the garage door. It’s an easy mistake, in fact I have been forever terrified of doing it myself! Anyway, Like an IDIOT, I tried to open the garage door with the clicker and promptly broke the door. Yay! We were able to get the car out and bring the door down, it looks normal. That evening when we got back, we parked the car in the driveway, you know because it’s our freaking driveway… and the car was broken into.

A possible buyer for our home popped up. I’m still waiting for them to pursue this a little more.

*sigh* I felt so disgusted knowing someone went through our car and touched everything. They stole a few things, including a valet key. Ultimately it just overall sucked. The very next day, on a whim, the hubby decided to check out the job listings in his company in Colorado. Wouldn’t you know it, there was an opening in the VERY city I had been looking at! Aurora! He applied.

We figured since there was an opening, it’s not like he would be asking the company to *make* a position available for him to transfer to. I have been feeling incredibly positive about this possibility. Of course, I’m an impatient little shit too.

Yesterday, 3 of the neighbor’s gigantic labrador retrievers dug under our fence and got into our back yard. They chewed up a bunch of stuff and were adorable for about 5 minutes. I laughed off the whole thing really. It was as if the Universe was trying to tell me, “GO! Go already!” This all happened when the hubs was running some errands, including getting the car inspected for an estimate by our insurance company.

When he got home, he got an email from his Boss’s boss, asking him to give him a call about the position in Colorado he applied for. Both of us were nervous and excited at the same time. He called him!

As of right now, things are looking good, at least as far as timelines go. He is waiting to hear back from the Shop manager in Aurora, and should get a call from him within the next 7 days. The overall phone conversation was positive and optimistic, so I’m really crossing my fingers for this next phone call. Everything just feels so right. Like it is falling into place for us.

I started a secret board on pinterest, pinning all things beautiful and Coloradan. Every day I fall more and more in love with Colorado. I am really looking forward to going for a visit and checking out Aurora. Hopefully we will have a little more direction soon! There is so much to do there!