First of all: How is it April already?!

This year is flying by! I haven't written at all for a few reasons:

1 - Learning how to juggle 3 jobs and run a business. Yes, 3. All part-time-ish. All requiring me to own my own business which means doing adult things like quarterly taxes, writing contracts, and sending out invoices [not as easy as I thought]. Not because we need it but because I'm probably certifiably insane, love what I do, and can't say no?

2 - Flu/Strep combo and that little concussion. Minor Detail. No joke. I had two weeks off for Christmas/New Years, the first was spent with family in Ohio and the second was supposed to be used for getting ahead with my business, taxes, cleaning the house, and prepping blog posts. One day in to that second week I couldn't move, breathe, stay awake, eat, etc. Just as I was able to breathe again, I couldn't swallow without feeling like I was swallowing glass. Super fun. Thankful for a dad who called in some antibiotics and I was better before work started up again the next week but I ended up getting way behind with everything else!
Later in January we went on a ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado with a huge group of friends/co-workers [something like 16 people total?!]. On the second, and thankfully last, day of skiing, I was hit in the back of the head by a snowboarder, flew in to the air landing head-first with my feet pointed uphill. Thankfully I was skiing with a helmet. I had a headache the size of Texas and kept feeling like I needed to go to sleep so I was taken to the hospital via ambulance for evaluation. After failing the balance test but not throwing up, passing out, or seizing [hooray!], it was determined that while I did suffer a concussion, I did not have a brain bleed and could fly home the next day. I could not however: read, use a computer, watch TV, be around loud crowds [ha - we were sharing a 3 bedroom suite with 9 others], etc. ..and the next morning I woke up with whiplash which made walking through the airport fun! I spent the rest of the month sleeping before and after every activity. January was not my month for getting things done.. but yes, I will go skiing again!

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Ironically we were waiting to buy my helmet here!
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Pre-concussion
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3 - New Year's Resolutions [Seriously. I actually made some this year and am attempting to stick to them!] During my time of reflection after the concussion, I decided to make some New Year's goals. In order to try to stick to my resolutions and make them a priority, I made a rule that I had to show commitment to each goal before I could write again.
Resolution 1: Start drinking more water. I now start each morning and end my day with at least 1 8oz glass, keep a full tumbler with me at work, and make myself drink a full glass of water before I'm allowed to have any other drink with a meal. I'm still probably not at the recommended amount but considering I detest water, it's a step in the right direction!
Resolution 2: Join a gym and actually go [ya know, after being medically cleared]. I crushed this one. I joined the beginning of the second week of March and had a goal to go at least 6 times by March 31. I doubled that.
Resolution 3: Use a planner. Getting better at this one but still need improvement! Next year more thought will be put into what type of planner I purchase - I need one more tailored to how I like to view my month/week/day!
Resolution 4: Start doing daily devotions. I like to start things with a purpose and be 'exact' with things. So when I went to the Christian bookstore at the beginning of March and bought my new devotional books and one had a "daily" plan for 30 days, I couldn't start it until April 1. Just couldn't. And I hate to do day 3 devotion on day 4 so I think I'll be sticking to this!
Resolution 5: Don't get overwhelmed. Blogging is a hobby, not an only source of income. If it doesn't get done, it doesn't get done. It shouldn't take away from time with friends and family.

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4 - I can't keep a secret. I kept wanting to share pictures of our house and projects we were doing but I also didn't want to until our show aired so you could see some of the 'before'! .. So now, the only reason most of you are here, the BIG news: WE GOT THE EMAIL! Last night, we received an email from the production company that our show will air NEXT Saturday, April 11th at 9:30 AM on HGTV! If you want to record it, our episode is called, "Third Round Knock Out." I'll post a full disclaimer on Monday!

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    We are so excited to finally see the episode ourselves and excited for you all to see it as well. Be prepared for several home posts afterwards to see what we've done since moving in! Happy Easter!
"2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; He has risen!" Luke 24: 2 - 6a
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05/23/2016 8:46pm

Having 3 jobs and running your own business can take up a great deal of your time. I can't imagine how hard it must be. I am still only a student and already have a hard time managing my schedule. However, it seems like you handwork has paid off. That is great news! I'm sure your show will be great.

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I hope that you are doing fine now. It’s really difficult to get back to work when you have a headache and since you were hospitalized, I suggest that you take a rest. There will be times that our minds also need rest, not only our physical body. Use this time to think of new ideas for you blogs and compile it in a notepad or planner so that you can remember it once you are up and running. Get well soon!

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