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Choose Your Own Adventure

One thing I love about my neighborhood is that we have some beautiful walking trails. With MN finally feeling like Spring and being stuck at home since we’ve been on this Shelter in Place order, I’ve tried to get outside daily and go for a walk. If anything, my dog, Peanut, gives me a reason to get outside and go for a walk.

The other day as we were walking our normal route.  I should clarify, we don’t have a normal route, I have a favorite walking path to go on since it’s exactly one mile. Peanut always prefers to go on a different path, but this time, she followed my lead. It was a beautiful morning. The sun had just come up and it wasn’t too cold, but just comfortable. There was no one else on the trail and as we were walking, I could hear the birds chirping. It was so peaceful and calming.

At a point on the trail, you come to an intersection where the trail splits. Depending on which direction you’re coming from, you can either go straight or turn right. Or if you’re coming from a different direction, you can either go left, or right.

When we got to this intersection, I saw this message on the ground.

IMG_2931The first thing that came to my mind were the books I used to read as a kid. Do you remember those books called “Choose Your Own Adventure?” I probably just aged myself with this series, but for those of you who may not know what this series is about, I’ll fill you in. Choose Your Own Adventure was a series of books where the storyline was told from a second-person point of view. As the reader, you took on the role of the leading character, and made choices  of the character’s actions and outcome of the story. You would read a few pages, and it would ask you what you would do next. Based on how you responded, it would tell you to turn to a certain page. These books you could read over and over and have a different outcome every time.

CYOAOnce I was done reminiscing about my youth, I couldn’t stop thinking about what I saw on our walk. Since being on this Stay at Home order since March 17th, it’s allowed me to self-reflect and think about what I want to focus on and accomplish.

How often do we see signs in our lives that make us think about the decisions we’ve made? I’m sure I probably see signs all the time, but never stop to think if there’s a message somewhere. For me, sometimes the message has to be right in front of me, like the one I saw on our walk.

During this stay at home order, I’ve learned a lot about myself.  I’ve learned I never want to be on another webcast or call for a very long time after this is over. Having to be on 5+ webcasts/calls daily is a lot. I’ve learned I’m not meant to be sitting at a desk for eight hours. I’ve learned that I am stronger than I thought I was and can do a lot more than I sometimes give myself credit for. I’ve learned to teach myself new skills, such as decorating sugar cookies. I am no where near the point of being the next contestant on Cake Wars, or The Best Baker in America show, but I’m pretty impressed with myself. I’ve always loved to bake. Growing up, I’d bake chocolate chip cookies after school. During the holiday’s I loved to make Peanut Blossoms; these are probably still one of my favorite cookies! Lately, I’ve fallen back in love with baking, but focusing on sugar cookies and decorating. I’m still working on improving my skills and trying new techniques.

As I look back at the last couple of months and all that I’ve done, I chose to take the adventure of trying to learn something new and I’m so happy I did. It kept me busy instead of always lounging around (not that there’s anything wrong with that…trust me, I’ve been known to lounge around all day!)

Where will this adventure take me? Will I turn this cookie decorating into a business? I’m not sure. Right now I’m just having fun baking, practicing my technique and sharing my treats with family and friends.

What’s an adventure you’ve been wanting to take, but you haven’t yet walked down that path? What’s holding you back? You might surprise yourself with what you can learn about yourself and your strength.

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Choose your own adventure today and see where it takes you!

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20 in 20

Happy New Year! I cannot believe 2020 is here. It’s been a while since I posted on here, but one of my goals this year is to start posting more regular content on my site.

I do have some exciting news! I launched a 20 in 20 series on my Youtube channel, where I share how I take just 20 minutes to plan, budget or organize. It’s all about finding that little pocket of time and doing something with it to be more productive. It’s actually amazing what you can accomplish in just 20 minutes!

Check out my 20 in 20 playlist to see what I’ve accomplished in 20 minutes so far this year.

I’ll be sharing some of my 20 in 20 content over here as well, and there may be some printables you can use to help you get organized this year!

I hope you enjoy and let me know how you’re taking 20 minutes this year to be productive!

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Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Fall 2018

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A couple of years ago, Erin Condren started offering seasonal surprise boxes. I’ve purchased every box, except the first one that was offered. There have been boxes that I’ve loved and ones that missed the mark in my opinion.

Today I’m sharing with you what’s inside the Fall 2018 Seasonal Surprise Box. I loved the Fall 2017 Seasonal Surprise Box (click here to watch an unboxing) So let’s see how I feel about this year’s Fall box.

This box has some amazing goodies, so let’s jump in and talk about what’s inside.
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Can we first talk about the colors? These colors scream fall and are some of my favorite colors.

 

IMG_3077These boxes are released a few times a year throughout the different seasons. The cost is $35/box (which includes shipping), and the estimated value of this box with these contents are $64. There are some items that I loved from this box and some that I won’t necessarily use.

Majority of these items are exclusive to the box and two items are sneak peeks, which means it will be available for purchase in the near future.

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These sticker sheets are exclusive to the box and I do like the clear stickers, however, the puffy stickers I wouldn’t necessarily use. Instead of wasting them, I did pair them with one of the seasonal cards (exclusive item) to add dimension. Aside from this, there’s not much else I would use the puffy stickers for.

Seasonal Cards (exclusive)* have been included in every box I’ve received. I always have good intentions of using the cards but always forget!

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I love that there are some stationery and planning items included in the box. I always use the sticky notepads and this scalloped sticky notepad (exclusive) will definitely get used.

Washi has been included in some past boxes, but this new metallic foiled washi tape (sneak peek), is beautiful! I’ve downsized on my washi, but I could see myself using this in my planner.

This Designer Mechanical Pencil (sneak peek) is new. It’s a refillable pencil and while I like the grip of it, when I shake it, it sounds like there’s something lose inside. And while it’s advertised as being reusable, I’m not sure how to reload lead, as nothing twists off. It writes just fine and I’m someone who doesn’t use a pencil often, so I’ll probably just give this to my step daughter to use at school.

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Interchangeable covers haven’t been included in some recent surprise boxes, so when I heard this box included a planner cover (exclusive), I was excited. Seeing the design in person is even more amazing. I absolutely love it. I had to put it on my planner immediately because it is so pretty in person. This cover will be staying on my planner for awhile.

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This is by far my favorite item from the box! It’s a Metallic Asterisk Clutch (exclusive)* to the box. There was a clutch in the summer surprise box from 2017 that I use as a make up bag when traveling, and this would be another great clutch to use as a make up bag or to store essential items and keep in your car, purse or work bag. It has a beautiful peacock print inside with colors that compliment the outside color of the clutch.

Overall, this has become one of my favorite boxes with what was included. Did you get a Seasonal Surprise Box? What did you think of it? Let me know!

If you’ve never purchased from Erin Condren before and would like to get in on the next Seasonal Surprise Box or to just purchase some goodies for yourself, click here to save $10 on your first purchase!

 

 

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Exclusive* – These items are only available in the surprise box, but will be available at their flagship store in Austin, TX.
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Favorite Erin Condren Products

If you saw my desk and the amount of Erin Condren boxes I have, you’d know that I LOVE her stuff! I’ve been an Erin Condren customer since 2012 and have used her Life Planner on and off over the years. I’ve consistently been using her planner more recently  the last few years, but she has so many other amazing products that have become some of my favorites! I want to share with you my TOP 3 favorite Erin Condren products.  Continue reading “Favorite Erin Condren Products”