<![CDATA[I'm Not Wining - Blog]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:34:43 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Frequent Caller]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:30:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/frequent-callerI'm not sure when or how, but my nephew Nathan learned how to call and text me. it may be one of the most adorable things I have ever seen. I have received calls at work, calls at night before bed, and random day calls.

As for texts, many are picture things that you can make on iPhone's, messages saying "I love you", a message that said don't be a weirdo, and a lot of emoticons. It is humorous how I get excited to see these messages and calls while others can be kinda bleh. What also amazes me is that a 6 year old knows how to pick up a phone to send a message and communicate. He is young and inexperienced, but when he knows what he wants to say, he picks up a phone and communicates it.

Many adults don't know how to do this. I have lost friends because they didn't know how to communicate. They didn't know how to send a text and say "hey, I thought of you today" or "I miss you", but instead, they let years go buy with nothing.

We can learn a lot from kids. If we teach our children right, maybe they will teach us something.

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<![CDATA[New Years Day]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:30:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/new-years-day

There's glitter on the floor after the party
Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby
Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor
You and me from the night before, but


Don’t read the last page
But I stay when you're lost, and I'm scared
And you’re turning away
I want your midnights
But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day


You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi
I can tell that it's gonna be a long road
I'll be there if you're the toast of the town, babe
Or if you strike out and you're crawling home


Don't read the last page
But I stay when it’s hard, or it’s wrong
Or we're making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day


Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
And I will hold on to you


Please don't ever become a stranger
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
Please don't ever become a stranger
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere


There’s glitter on the floor after the party
Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby
Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor
You and me forevermore


Don't read the last page
But I stay when it's hard, or it's wrong
Or we're making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day


Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
And I will hold on to you

Please don't ever become a stranger
(To the memories, they will hold on to you)
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
(Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you)
Please don't ever become a stranger
(Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you)
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
(I will hold on to you)

About a month ago I heard this song from Taylor Swift called New Years Day. I immediately thought it would be some overplayed holiday song. It really was not at all. Instead it was a beautiful ballad that recounted a fun evening with a variety of emotions. Those emotions are evolving just like the spirit that we all typically feel on New Years. Questions like "where will we be?", "will we still feel the same way?", and "what will change?" are all addressed.

I know ever year at the end of the year I think, well I never thought I would have done that! This year I feel like I never would say I ended being the busiest I have ever been.
  • I never thought I would end a brunette.
  • I never thought I would end up STILL single.
  • I never thought I would end as a business owner.
  • I never thought I was end the year with the same best friend I had 10 years ago.
  • I never thought I would have so many new friends.
  • I never thought I would be down to one TV show that I watch.
  • I never thought I would reconnect with a friend from high school.

My resolution is to stop trying to look so far into the future. One of my strengths is futuristic. Sometimes this is a curse. Sometimes I don't give my chance to live in the moment. Enjoy the moments and give them time to become good memories. Don't become a robot that just works through life.

Have fun, live life, and love a little .





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<![CDATA[Chicago Part 2]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:30:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/chicago-part-2This blog will not mention my presentation today. Stay tuned for a separate one!

I love this city. One of my favorite things is to walk around alone when it is cold and window shop. No obligations, no need to impress anyone, no maps or navigation. Chicago in the winter time is beautiful and busy. Ghirardelli Chocolates is always there for a short break of holiday happiness. Chicago style pizza is surrounding me and I simply must have it! Lights and shops are glittering and I always want to look for presents that I just don't need to buy! Sometimes I wish I could just stay here forever, but then I remember that daylight will come and so will the days without holidays.

The business of Chicago becomes hassle in the day. The only redeeming quality is the Starbucks in the lobby. It really is amazing how love and nostalgia some how turns to indifference so fast. Is it because I was born in Illinois? Was I born with the fast paced and indifferent attitude? Does the luster go away because it is like a secret home?

I am lucky to live in a city that I am excited to be in day and night. I am not afraid walking downtown, I am not afraid of any parts of town, and I love the spirit (and it has nothing to do with choosing a baseball team). Chicago is a beautiful place to visit, but I'll keep Fort Wayne.
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<![CDATA[Chicago]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/chicagoAs I post this, I am probably sitting in a hotel room having a panic attack. I am sitting here wondering what tomorrow will bring and if I will sound like an idiot in front of tons of people.

Tomorrow, I present in front of a group of professionals in my field about talent retention in our region and how our schools are or are not helping. I keep thinking, will everyone hate the results? Should I have stayed the full trip instead of just my presentation day?

Breathe. It will all be fine. We have worked 6 months on this. Let's rock it and get back to work.
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<![CDATA[A Christmas with No Hallmark Channel]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:30:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/a-christmas-with-no-hallmark-channelI'm dying.

I love Christmas an more importantly, I love Christmas movies!

Last year, I had a more robust cable line up and this past year I seriously downgraded. I normally applaud this decision. I don't watch TV anymore EXCEPT Game of Thrones, but the one thing I seriously forgot was my Christmas movie need. Well, I suppose Netflix has a few good ones, but they aren't constantly new and full of weird life lessons!

My one Christmas wish is for Netflix to get into the Christmas movie game.

If you ever remove 12 Dates of Christmas or Christmas Kiss, I will cancel.
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<![CDATA[I <3 Naps]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/i-lt3-napsI believe I recently posted that if you write about sleep, you probably should just go sleep and not write. Today, I write about naps. They are the fuel of busy millennials.

The best part of a 4 day weekend is you don't have real obligations. My obligations are what I make them. I decided today that I needed to catch up on some serious sleep before I exhaust out. It was seriously amazing. I opened a window, put two blankets on, called both cats over and we all crashed. Sometimes I don't think we appreciate how much we need those little charging sessions that about us. We aren't responsible for work, chores, other lives, just our own well being.

Tomorrow, I plan to try another nap before I go to work. Let's get refreshed and power through the rest of the semester.  
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<![CDATA[When I Almost Wrote a Blog About Sleep]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:30:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/when-i-almost-wrote-a-blog-about-sleepThe other night, I was trying to knock out like 5 blog posts to schedule out. This is the one way I have found to stay on top of my blogging and my social media. Let me tell you what happened. The title of it was Sleep. I started to write about going to sleep and my sleep patterns. 

You may not think this is that strange because I talk about pretty much anything, but I am taking this as a sign from God above that I am tired as hell. Everyone is telling me to slow down and I keep saying yes, yes, I can find time for that, I'm a boring person. 

At what point do you decide that you should get an assistant or young representative that makes these decisions for you? Someone who can look at your calendar and says, bitch, that girl needs some sleep tonight. 

I noticed that the profanity in the blog escalated to at least a 6. I think that is reason number infinity why I am tired. 
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<![CDATA[Star]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/star
Do you remember when Rachel Berry walked up to that audition sheet and put a gold star beside her name? That happened to me the other day. I had planned it. I sat down a month prior and really set goals for the future of my Young Living business and I said November was the month. It was. November 24 was the day I became a star. The first small hurdle of many.

I still can't believe I accomplished the first step. This is the first step to getting healthy. This is the first step to financial freedom. For a whole 5 minutes, I'm going to bask in the glow of that little star, but you know what, I have work to do.

Need oils? Come and get them.
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<![CDATA[My One True Wish]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:30:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/my-one-true-wish
Things are getting a little fuzzy. I was driving to work last week and I had a moment where I seriously went, did I say that out loud or in a public setting? Especially in the setting I think I said it in? Well, I sit here unaware of the setting, but I know what I said. I told someone that my one true wish growing up was to get magical powers on a significant birthday just like Marnie in Halloweentown. 

In case you young kids don't remember this Disney Channel CLASSIC, I would say it would be like and equivalent of Wizards of Waverly Place. They are nothing alike, but Alex is your Marnie. She has cool powers. For the record, I never watched WOWP. I did watch the movie. 

I don't think that it is crazy to wish for magic. I think that magic is more realistic than many things. It is more realistic than world peace, politicians telling the true or supporting their constituents, or eat just one pringle. 

I really do wish I could zip from place to place. I wish that I could turn my cats into people so I could figure out what the hell they are asking for. I want to make my hair grow faster and not have to color it all of the time. 

​One day...
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<![CDATA[ReStore Some Faith]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:30:00 GMThttp://imnotwining.com/blog/restore-some-faith
One of my favorite things about being in the Emerging Leaders Alliance is that we get to see some really awesome places. We were able to see Electric Works earlier this summer and this past week, we were able to see ReStore. I admit that I had no idea what ReStore was. When I realized it was a part of Habitat for Humanity I was intrigued.

The last time I had been a part of Habitat was when I was active in my sorority. I was a freshman in college, 19 probably, and we were doing a build in Kokomo. I don't remember much, but I do remember wearing a Strongbad hoodie. Is Strongbad still around?

We were given a tour by CEO Justin and his assistant Jamie. They told us all about the process of getting on the list, how many people are on the list, the eligibility, how the store works, and the functions of this store. One work can describe this: impressive. I was proud. Others were flabbergasted. Most of us just had warmth coming out of our hearts and wanted to throw credit cards to help.

I know I can't help financially, but you can help. Maybe. Volunteer, donate, advocate. This is a fantastic organization with upstanding morals. I am proud to put my back behind it.
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