January 21, 2016

that one time I got a perm

Years ago (2007), I decided to get a perm... I had wanted one since I was a little girl so I thought it was about time... My mother in love is a hair dresser, so she did the perm, only she had to do it three (THREE) times before it even took, and even then it wasn't all that curly, more like wavy as you can see above... it was only that wavy if I had a ton of mousse in my hair...  I have a super sensitive head and it knotted so easily with the perm so I was always in pain when I had to comb it! In the last picture (awe how cute!) you can see how it was barely even wavy without product in it.

January 11, 2016

2016 & January Goals

Happy New Year!!! (That was our Christmas card picture for 2015 - I found a 2 person sweater and it was magic! Yes, those are unicorns!!) I can't believe we are in the year 2016 already!! It sounds so futuristic! It's so crazy to think that my 10 year high school reunion was 2 years ago... 16 years ago I started high school... I'm almost 30 (which means I'm almost 60!!)

I haven't been around regularly since about August... Last year we learned that Derek would be deploying early in 2016.. so towards the end of the year I got pretty stressed out with all that was going on. And in the spirit of being authentic and transparent I will share a bit... We have been trying to get pregnant for almost 6 years. I've dealt with a lot of anger towards God and jealousy of friends/family about it and to be honest it's not gone. I don't open up about my struggle with it very often, not even to my best friend (she knows it all, but I just don't talk about it). But in September we saw a fertility specialist and did our first round of treatments. Sadly it didn't work, and then we missed our chance in October because we were out of country, and then we missed November because Derek was out of town for training the whole month, and we chose not to even try in December because of the upcoming deployment... so with all of that, and adding in a busy peak season at work, family visiting, Thanksgiving and Christmas and the deployment.... I haven't been around for much...

And as much as I hate deployments and being separated from Derek for so long, I am excited for this year and to tackle my goals!

Looking back at my word for 2015 and the habits I wanted to adapt I think I did quite well! My word was brave, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and I think I did that quite a bit! I met new people and I wasn't afraid to start conversations, I tried new recipes & food, I tried new activities and pushed myself on old activities, I even let go of a relationship that I held onto for so long and when I look back, I miss the good times, but I see that it was a difficult (not bad, but difficult for me and apparently them too) relationship for the most part and I feel at peace and I truly hope they do too!

My word for 2016 is...

In all areas from simplicity in my daily beauty routine, to simply being and listening. I am excited to work this into my life this year.

2016 Goals
-Get a few new tattoos (EEEK! I can't wait)
-Travel to visit family & friends (I also can't wait for this!)
-Re-brand/launch GAP & my Etsy (and maybe TFL too :))
-Find healthy foods that I love!
-Rock out!

January Goals
-Work on the branding side of things
-Start budget
-Clean out office
-Find a good cleaning schedule (this has been on my goals list for years... sigh)
-Take down all of the Christmas decorations

I'm keeping it light since we are almost halfway through the month already.

Do you have any goals this month?

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