Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously!


A few months ago at work I moved offices and now sit in a fairly noisy area of the company.  To combat the noise and improve my focus I’ve taken to wearing ear-buds at work, playing some of my favorite music.  In the past I haven’t been a huge fan of listening to music at work but since this move have found that controlling the noise I hear increases my ability to focus.

Most of the time when I’m listening to music I’m so wrapped up in my work I barely notice what’s playing.  Yesterday I took a quick break bathroom break and when I came back my boss walked up to my desk and said “hey – I just have to tell you what a great singing voice you have.”  Huh?  What the heck was he talking about?  I’m definitely not the world’s best singer and typically have to have imbibed some fermented grapes or grains before I would let my co-workers hear me sing.

Weekly Menu & Goals

Welcome to another week.  Nothing to exciting going on at the WWIN household other than a concert that Mike and I are going to later this week.  It’s an 80′s cover band and I’m so excited!  I’ve heard the band is really good (they play the popular hair band songs) and am looking forward to getting out with our friends.

Other than that it should be a pretty quiet week at home.  Work has been insane and will probably be a little hectic as well this week.  A couple of my projects have been heating up which gets a little stressful.

Meal-wise it will be a pretty low key week.  Mike worked this past weekend and the kids were gone so I treated myself to a steak on the grill.  It was pretty good if I do say so myself!

Weekly Menu

I am so thankful last week is over!!  It was a crazy, crazy week.  The kind of week that use to be what my life was like every single week.  One week reliving my past was all I needed to know that I’m on the right journey.

Of course, sometimes we can’t control our weeks and we just have to make do.  Grit our teeth and get through them the best we can.  Having processes in place to keep the house running smoothly on auto pilot and allowing me to get out of the house on time and dressed does make it a little easier.

Last week I pretty much didn’t cook all week.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I had work dinners.  I did cook up a few easy things for Mike and Belle but otherwise it was pretty much a fend for yourself week.

This week we’ll be doing a little more cooking.  I don’t have anything going on at night but Mike works every day.


Triple Chocolate Cupcake - CCTNT

Time to Start Thinking About Christmas

Christmas Table_WWIN

Yes, I realize it’s August 1st and many of you are thinking about the kids going back to school and all the money you need to leave out for that annual event.  However, I’d challenge you that this is the perfect time of the year to also start thinking about Christmas.

In the past, Christmas was a very stressful time for me.  First of all there was the financial burden of buying not only presents for our kids but for our large extended family as well (last year was the first year that we didn’t buy for everyone).  Tack on to that my “need” to bake enormous amounts of Christmas cookies, trying to arrange the perfect Christmas all while killing myself with the hours required at work.  Needless to say, Christmas for many years filled me with dread.

2014 Goal Update

As I was perusing posts from this year I realized I’d been a little remiss in updating you on my 2014 goals that I posted in January.

Since I think it’s important to keep your goals in mind (even if you’ve chosen to take a different route) and I view all of you as my accountability partners, I feel like I need to keep you updated.

Overall we have’t done to bad this year.  We have definitely made some tweaks along the way but I feel that they were positive changes that work well for us.

Here’s where we stand.


1.  Take some kind of vacation with Mike.

Emerald Pool - Dominica

Every Single One of Us Has a Purpose on Earth

 This photo and the story behind it can be found at Enjoy Utah

This photo and the story behind it can be found at Enjoy Utah

Yesterday I attended a funeral of a man.  A man that was born severely retarded and with cerebral palsy.  Let me tell you a little something about this man called Robby.

  • At birth he was given less than a year to live.  He passed away at 56
  • His parents were told that he would never walk.  I saw him walking many times.  Maybe not in the fluid strides that we all take for granted but walking nonetheless.
  • His parents were told that he would never talk.  Not only did he gain a limited vocabulary, he was also toilet trained and could articulate his needs to his parents.
  • “Put him in an institution until he passes” is what his parents were told.  Instead they took him home to his big sister.  Raised him with love and fought for his rights.

Weekly Menu and Goals

It’s that time of the week again.  That time when I need to sit down and decide what I’m planning on serving my family as well as documenting how well I’ve done against my goals.

This has turned out to be a pretty busy week.  I ended up going out with friends twice.  The first I had planned while the second was a last minute outing.  Yesterday Mike and I helped Michael move and today I had a funeral to attend.

Here’s what we’ll be having for dinner this week.

Apple Brie Crostini

Apple Brie Crostini

Apple Brie Crostini - I bought a wheel of brie and am thinking about baking the brie first and then putting together the apple and crostini.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Make Time for Friends

Dinner Out


Yesterday morning when I got into work I found a good friend of mine in a bad place.  You know that place.  Overwhelmed.  Under appreciated.  Sick and physically drained.  The feeling that you literally cannot do it for one.  More.  Second.

We spent a few minutes talking before we both needed to rush off to a day of back to back meetings.  I suggested that we go out for drinks and/or dinner after work to which she was initially non-committal.  Finally, about 3:00 I got a text that said “I’m in – how about xyz at 5pm?”  My response – “I’ll be there”.

While she initially hemmed and hawed about going, it turned out to be exactly what she, and I, needed.  We spent three hours eating cheese and crackers (of which you will find the remnants above.  I meant to take a picture when it was brought to the table but I was to hungry!), drinking wine and talking about everything under the sun.  At the end of the evening she gave me a big hug and said how much better she was feeling and how grateful she was that I “made” her come out with me.

Pride Goeth Before the Fall


Recently I was talking to a good friend of mine about stress.  She has been recovering from an illness and it’s taking her a while to get her strength back.  The conversation centered around how overwhelmed and stressed out she was. My friend was (is) to the point that she really doesn’t think she can keep doing it all.

Sound familiar?  So many of us go through the same thing.  One comment that she made struck me.  When I told her that maybe she needed to not take on so much “extra” work and let someone else do it or not put as much effort into managing everything she said to me “I know what you’re saying but I have so much PRIDE in my work I have trouble doing that.”

Weekly Menu & Goals

Welcome to another week!  This was a fairly relaxing weekend for me.  At least until the end when I got a phone call from Belle that she was in a car accident.  Fortunately no one was hurt as it was a low impact accident and other than the bumpers on both cars there was very little damage.  The people that she rear-ended were very nice about the whole thing which is always a blessing.

While I”m not happy about the accident, I do try to keep things in perspective.  Accidents are going to happen and hopefully this will teach her a little lesson.  Belle will be responsible for covering any deductible as well as the insurance increase I’m sure we’ll receive.

Other than having dinner plans with a friend, this should be a fairly quiet week at night.  However, it’s going to be pretty crazy at work so I’ll be keeping my plans simple as I’m sure I’ll be exhausted at night.