Just incase you need more information behind the book "A Hand Not Taken" here is a video for you :)
I'm shocked by my emotions of today, I woke up wanting to crawl into a hole and hide from the world. I have never felt so vulnerable in my life. But I do know this is what I am supposed to do. Deep breath, I made it out of bed!
You can now find "A Hand Not Taken" on Amazon, Kindle, iTunes and Nook. Read away and let me know what you think!
I'm so excited my book is coming out soon! This book has been a long time coming. I can't wait for this story to be out, so people can find out that they are not alone in life. So many of us are going through hard things that no one sees.
While being couch bound from endometriosis pain, between working and extra bad pain days. I have been working on this project I have been dreaming of publishing since I was in the 6th grade. It's a fictional story based off of my childhood. The amount I have picked over the years and me not being a fluffy person has left it dry and boring. I'm changing it and I'm already loving it so much more.
It will have to be a trilogy with the amount of detail I need to add but thats ok.
This is my first time putting my 101 goals in 1001 days in my bullet journal! It is still new to me!
I am in the middle of my second round of doing a 101 Goals in 1001 days. I love them way more than New Years Resolutions, I always fail them but somehow I can do this. Where do you want to be in 2.75 years from now? How are you going to get here?
I found creating categories to focus on different areas help a lot to help set the goals. Categories such as Create, Travel, Family, Personal, Build, Organize, Entertainment and Health. Also, the goals need to be measurable...how can you measure "to be healthy" maybe that is eating a balanced breakfast for 1 month or running a 5k, or even waking up with your alarm. Whatever you feel you want to work on.
Now my last round I couldn't complete all of my goals because things changed before the 1001 days was up or my goals changed and that is ok. I either rolled over the goals unmet to this round of goals or I created new ones. The key is to not get frustrated not completing all of it but watching yourself make changes you wanted.
Bullet Journal Idea
When you are ready to find out your End date you can just type in your start date in this calculator HERE
I decided to add a little chart in the corner to keep track of my progress overall, for every ten I color in 10%....close enough right?!
The whole idea of new years resolutions never worked for me, I always forgot about it. This process has helped me keep my goals in the front of my mind. It's fun to see how much you have accomplished in 1001 days.
I'm so excited to share this project for others to enjoy of a Fashion Sketches Coloring Book! This coloring book has been a long time coming and has given me something fun to create while not feeling well. It's crazy to think of where this book came from.
Behind Fashion Sketches Coloring Book:
I became very depressed and withdrawn from the world once Endometriosis pain started taking over my body. With waiting for appointments and surgery it became very hard to find purpose for feel useful. I'm the type of person that has to be doing something at all times or I go crazy. So making me lay on the couch for months was not good. One day I decided to take a picture I found on line that made me start wondering "what would this look like if it was a dress?" so I drew it. Then another and another. The next thing I knew I set a goal for 60 design sketches. Once I hit that goal I kept going all the way to 100.
This project gave me something to do, something to look forward to. I felt alive while I was stuck. It helped me focus on something other than the pain. But somedays I couldn't get around that and I couldn't draw those days.
I want the world to know that no matter what is going on in your life you can always find away for find something good in it. I found light in a dark place and I am so grateful for this coloring book.
Please CLICK HERE to get your copy OR as a gift to someone! I would love to see what you are coloring from the book so please #tarynsketch so I can check it out!
Here is a video of whats the sketches look like:
This is far too sweet not to share. Aiden came home and he quickly went to work on his paper which when it comes to homework he would rather do anything else. He wouldn't let me or Eric read it that night. I thought it was so weird how he was acting but I let it go. Then the next morning on Veteran's Day he let me read his story before he left for school. It brought tears to my eyes how sweet it was.
Aiden wrote "Great Grandpa always put bananas in his ears. He kind of looked like a buffalo. He did it to make everyone laugh. When I was little I took a ride on his walker and said "toot toot". From then on it was called the toot toot. I started it. I am proud of him because he served in the navy (army) in World War 1 (WW2). On Veterans' Day I celebrate for him. He past away a few months ago falling down the stairs (heart attack) at home."
When Aiden got home from school he burst threw the door beaming! "My class voted my story as the best in the class" and I won a little bear. I'm sure this bear will become his new buddy :)
Happy Veterans Day!
Yes these are Cheerios on my floor. I had to document this.....I am grateful to clean, I have been chocked up because of it. I know it wont last. For so many months I have not been able to take care of my family and right now I am starting to be able to do so. Just had to make sure I will remember this feeling when I start yelling about having to clean up after people again. :)
3 years ago I was attempting a 365 day project of self portraits and some friends helped me pull this one off! It was so much fun doing something crazy and weird. A dress out of newspapers. I think I need to do something weird and crazy like this again :)
With being so sick with Endometriosis I ended up living on the couch. To function I learned to hand my phone over to my kids so they could show me their chores they completed, for me to tell them what button to push and more. It was such a huge help!
With being stuck on the couch from so much Endometriosis pain I started drawing and I just hit 100 fashion sketches. This project has kept me sane. There is only so much Netflix and Facebook you can do before you just can't do it all the time. Drawing has been the perfect outlet for me.
I need this reminder! I love how positive this quote is and it makes me what to keep going. I have gotten though every bad day that has been thrown my way!
I have been drawing like a crazy lady! with not being able to do anything but lay on the couch with so much Endometriosis pain it has been nice to be able to do something other than watch Netflix or Facebook. I think I will just keep drawing for now and see how many I come up with!
The other day when I was having a really rough day with Endometriosis pain and I felt like there is just no way I can do this anymore. I started flipping through Facebook trying to take my mind off of myself when I came across a friend that JUST reposted a quote I shared a week before. It was this quote....
I decided to start going through my gratitude journal on my phone that I have in Evernote. I read every single thing I wrote and when I was done I was crying because I was full of gratitude. Yes I am in a tough place right now but my life is good. :)
I can't believe Aiden is old enough to have the choice if he wanted to be baptized. I am so proud of him. He is such a sweet smart funny boy. I am happy I get to be his mom.
The gorgeous Cherry Blossoms are blooming at the Seattle LDS Temple. They were so pretty I just had to share! Its really the little things that bring us happiness.
1 Year ago today I started to write down 1 thing I was grateful for or how I saw the Hand of God in my life that day. I keep it on my phone in Evernote. It has worked great for me. I don't have to worry about losing it. Some days I get a few days behind but I still fill it in. Its amazing how much my mindset has changed. I am more content with where life is at. I highly encourage people to try it out!
Teaching a Woman's Food Addition class has been so incredible. One of my ladies bought this with her tonight that she learned a lot from this week. I loved it so much I had to take a picture of it. Sometimes I feel like I learn more from them than I teach them.
The first time I saw Wicked I feel in love with it. The second time I saw Wicked we were sitting much closer and I feel in love with Elphaba's Act 2 dress. I lean over to Eric and whispered I need to make that dress. He of course said I was crazy.
I started off with asking around friends and family if they had any dark scraps of fabric that they were willing to part with. A massive amount I got from Eric's grandma. I did pick up some fun shinny fabrics and some colors that I was lacking. I cut most of it into strips, ruffle serged them and finished them with a rolled hem.
My pile was huge!
I bought a cheap corset off of Amazon Here I took off the fun edging and saved it for later. I hot glued the corset together in the front. I created the bottom with basic black fabic as my base.
I started sewing from the bottom up. Once I got high enough I pinned up the curves the way I thought they would look good. Once I got to those parts I would just cut the ruffle I was on which would be hidden by the ruffle on top of it.
The finished skirt!
The skirt attached to the corset.
Close up of the ruffled layers
I chopped up the rest of my scrapes into smaller scraps to create a patchwork fabric.
I started between the boning of the corset and covered the boning with black ribbon.
The finished patchwork between boning of the corset.
I made larger pieces of the patchwork fabric. The tulle overlay is 2 pieces of tulle with lines I then free handed on the sewing machine crisscross to create the overlay.
I pinned it up to see if it would even look good here.
I got some fun buttons at Joanns and Hobby Lobby. The top collar is from the corset which I ended up adding to the cuffs of the sleeves too!
One night I was burnt out from sewing Eric jumped in and helped out! Best hubby ever!
My sewing machine could hardly fit this dress. I had to officially attach the top to the bottom. Yes this was a crying moment for me.
Added ruffles to the collar! I loved how it was coming together.
Just sleeves left! The biggest part of the patchwork.
The finished dress!
Ok the broom! I found a fun stick down the street, hot glue doodled while watching Netflix. Spray painted it brown, let it dry, painted it black and whipped it off so it would just give it definition of the doodles. The sweeping part was held together by wire and hot glue.
The Wizard and I
The one year we are actually coordinated as a family :)
Next year I NEED to do the offical MAC make up!
Young Womans Personal Progress March Madness is created to encourage the Young Woman in our ward. It helped jump start them into wanting to do more Personal Progress. And wow it was more of a success that we ever could have imaged! This works with girls that are just starting theirs to girls working on their Honor Bee's to girls starting Personal Progress over.....and you can't forget the leaders too :)
We started it off with a night where we had the girls come dressed in basketball clothes and we met in the gym. Each girl got a huge number sticker on their back with their name and number. We played "Let's get ready to rumble" and had the girls run in while names were being announced. Then we sat down and chatted about how Personal Progress March Madness was going to work.
Young Womans Personal Progress March Madness
How it works:
Each Experience is valued based on how long it will take to complete. Every Honor Bee hour and Project Value hour is 10 points and each page read in the Book of Mormon is worth 1 point. Everything complete before this night can not count for points (so make sure you have every girl up to date!).
We had girls report what they had been doing whenever they wanted to. Also, we encouraged girls to email, text messages. The girls could turn in scorecards during opening exercises, during mutual....really whenever! The first few Sundays hardly anyone turned their scores in. We had a score sheet updated every Sunday with just their numbers so no one could be embarrassed if they chose not to do any.
The last Sunday was the last time they could see where points were at. Girls could still turn in their scores up until Tuesday.
That Wednesday we revealed the "Sweet Sixteen" which top 16 (Young Woman and Leaders) each got called up to the front for their "something sweet" doughnut. Then we called up the "Elite Eight" which each got a Church Clutch that could hold their Strength for the Youth, Personal Progress book and Journal in. Then the "Final Four" we brought up which we left it up to the Bishopric to decide the prize. (They had a making a movie party and pizza at the Bishop's house). We did reveal who the top girl was but we mainly wanted to focus on the Final Four.