Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Place to Give Thanks!

With Thanksgiving a few days away.  I have put together a really simple, easy, and fun DIY for you. Here is a little token to get your family and guest involved in thinking about what they are thankful for at the dinner table!


Collect all your supplies and available to use.


Measure and cut out your kraft paper
Use a window for tracing or a flat surface.  

Finally, you have a ready to use placemat. 

What you'll need:

1. As many 20" x12" (roughly) pieces if kraft paper as you have people  at your table 
2. White paint pen (used the Recollection brand at  Michaels)
3. This printable template that reads "I am thankful for.." to trace on the kraft paper
4. Use window or other surface that can be used to trace on


When you complete your own DIY project for you and your family tag me on Instagram @loladenotes.  Remember to live, love & share!


Happy Thanksgiving!






















Thursday, November 20, 2014

It only gets better when you get better!

Hey Good People!

I hope you are having a great week and gearing up for turkey day next week!  This year has really flown by fast.  I am reflecting on how much has changed.  

I have to say that I have grown so much as a woman.  I am feeling more comfortable in my skin.  I am learning to embrace failure by failing forward.  It is okay to ask for help and it is okay to step into the unknown.  The truth is if your life is not evolving then you are not growing.  How do you know if you are growing?  

1. You experience discomfort.
2. The things that interested you yesterday no longer interest you today.  That can be things or people.
3. Your focus is peeked toward where you want to go vs. where you currently are.

I want to encourage you to intentionally keep growing and be present while on your journey.  I want you to enjoy the moment.  It might be easier said then done, but life is worth living, loving and sharing. 

Check out the new banner on the blog!  Also I have a fun blog post to share with you on Tuesday.  Make sure to come back now!

LO

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

4 days / 13 moments

Hey Everyone! It has been a while since I have been on the scene.  I have been busy with travel, work, and  love.  These photos of our trip to Tenn. is long over due.  I can now cross the Smoky Mts. off my bucket list.  The trip was over Columbus weekend (how ironic considering we went to an Indian Reservation).  Enjoy your week and see you again on Thursday!  Remember to live love share.

Left this at home for a weekend with nature


Relax Reset Revive!











Going to the reservation was interesting need less to say.
 I think I was expecting more. This picture and costume was more
for the tourist.













Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Thank you everyone who have been supporting the blog and providing great feedback.  Please do not forget to tell friends about the blog and leave me a message.  

I have been really present and reflecting on the fact that this year is almost over.  I almost feel like if you have not gotten in that trip you wanted to go on, finish that project you half completed or start that 2014 New Year's Resolution you might be somewhat behind.  Instead of waiting for January 1st to reflect on the year and plant new seeds for the new year; why not start now? Why not make your goals count now? Stop waiting to live your goals in January and start living today.  

Here is how I plan to start/continue living...

1. I want to go on more road trips 
2. Balance my check book and save 
3. Take my first cruise some where warm
4. Find more DIY projects to complete and share with friends
5. Bake a cake from scratch 
6. Have friends over to celebrate a new season 
7. Write thank you cards or just thinking about you note cards to friends and love ones
8. Get a bike and ride 

How are you planning on living your life now?
Remember to live, love, and share.

See you again on Thursday!

LO 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Who is that on the other line...?

Morning loves!  I hope everyone is having a great week  I am looking forward to spending  my weekend relaxing, refueling and renewing.  I wanted to get your opinion on something again.  Do you mind if your significant other talks on the phone with the opposite sex?  I noticed that my man (who I blush over) has more female friends then male.  It does not bother me that his contact list is filled with name after name of females.  But I am curious who out there would have a problem with their significant other sharing conversation after work with the opposite sex.

I trust that  my relationship is based on integrity and I know that we are both pretty independent people that see the value of building friendships with individuals.   We both came to the table with our own set of friends and we continue to build a network of friends together.  I do think that there has to be a mutual respect and boundaries.  Is respect not enough?  Do you require more?

What you say!?

xo,

LO

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

balance Vs. completion

I was talking with 2 women.  One that is a mother, wife, and holds a leadership position at her job.  The other woman who is a wife and holds a leadership position at her job.  We were all having a casual conversation about the topic of work-life balance. This was a passionate discussion on what balance is and how to achieve it with the many hat we wear daily.  I have always chased balance but the way it looked was like a dog chasing it's tail. Does balance really exist?  Can you have it all and maintain your shit, zen, or equilibrium?

I am coming to peace with who I am in the world.  I am learning what I will accept as my truth.  I am learning to love the entire me.  I am learning that it's not about wearing 50 different hats at the same time and being great at everything, at the same time.  Balance is about completion.  I want to live knowing that I am activity engaged with completing my purpose in life. Balance for me is knowing what is important.  When I distinguish what is important and set forth finishing WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT I am left complete and whole.  Balance is dictated by where you are in life.  Distinguish what is MOST IMPORTANT to you. Set expectations and boundaries.   In the conversation with these 2 women we have similar concerns with different perspectives.

What is balance to you?

See you again on Thursday!  Remember to live. love. share.