1. We want to go on a road trip for spring break. Okay, well, I really want to go on a road trip for spring break. I’m sure Mike will, too, once I plan it. We’ve never had spring break the same week in all our years of both working at schools, and while that was sort of nice in some ways (a whole week at home to declutter everything!), I’d also love to be able to use our week off and do something really fun, but still affordable (and go somewhere WARMER). Any suggestions for a warm place to travel within driving distance of northeast Ohio is welcome! South Carolina, perhaps?
2. Speaking of wanting to go somewhere warmer, I was about to just hop on a plane for any amount of money and just go to Florida for a weekend because I could not handle anymore freezing cold days without curling up into the fetal position and crying. Then we had two wonderful days of sunshine and yesterday it got up to a balmy 39 degrees and we could actually walk outside! It was glorious. Yes, 39 degrees is glorious in February. The weather just pushes me until I can’t take it anymore, then it breaks and gives me a little hope that I will able to make it through until spring. I’m not even using hyperbole; winter is really hard for me. I’m not sure if I’m atypical, but winter feels sort of like childbirth – you don’t think you can make it through, but then you do and you forget how hard it was. I do love having all of the seasons, but I just wish I had enough money to have a winter home and escape for a month of winter.
3. I am trying out a bunch of invoicing and business bookkeeping tools right now to see what fits my business best. I already love and use Todoist for project management and Toggl for time tracking. I’ve used PayPal for invoicing, but I’d like to move to Harvest or Freshbooks instead. I’m testing both of them, as well as Outright for bookkeeping. Harvest is a bit less expensive, but Freshbook’s interface is easier to use. For a long time, I’ve hesitated to spend money for my business, but I’m realizing that it’s sort of true that you need to spend money to make money sometimes. When I take my business seriously, it does better.
4. I never know how to refer to life before Gabe and life after Gabe. “Before becoming a mom” sounds so…grand. Sort of like how I never really called Mike my boyfriend or fiancé, just “Mike” when I was talking to other people. “Before having Gabe” makes me think about having Gabe literally and, like, childbirth. I don’t know. I’m weird. Perhaps I shall call it BG and AG – before Gabe and after Gabe.
5. I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to go and be social even when I don’t feel like it. Because afterward, I always feel happy and supported. Every time I take stock of myself and what makes me happy, I come to the conclusion that my friends make me happy and that I need to see more of them. I’ve been going to more events with my moms club (always sounds so lame, but I swear it’s wonderful) and initiating more plans. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive group of women and friends in my life. I thrive with those connections, but sometimes laziness takes over.
6. I am not sure what I will do without 30 Rock and The Office next year. I am sort of mad at 30 Rock for ending already. NOT OKAY. We should still get a few more months! And I haven’t watched this week’s episode of The Office, but I am also mad at them for the Pam-Jim situation. It is NOT okay. Also, have Pam and Jim never gotten into an argument before? When they got into a fight on the phone, they acted it like it The Worst Fight of All Time OMG and it wasn’t really that bad. I don’t know, it didn’t leave me feeling like, “Wow. That was horrible. They aren’t gonna make it.” I dunno.
7. My design business is going well. I am just so, so thankful that I get to do what I love on a daily basis and get paid for it. I love my hands-on clients, I love the balance of right brain and left brain thinking with coding and creative design work. I’m proud that I am contributing to our family’s income and of all I’ve learned and grown over the last year and a half since officially opened its doors.