Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Life Lately (2) - Brazil Bound

Hello stranger *said in a sultry voice*

Life has been interesting, to say the least. Since I last posted, I have been working on my 30 before 30 bucket list, preparing to get laid off (don't worry, it was expected), and preparing for our trip to beautiful Brazil. Well folks, Brazil is here and I'm on a flight to attend the Copa Mundo tomorrow morning! I am pretty darn excited and nervous! I've never traveled overseas and the furthest I have traveled out of the Country is Mexico. Mexico is my neighbor, it doesn't count. My bag was packed 2 days ago, I'm not stressing, and I have time to sit in front of my laptop and update my blog.

Copa Mundo Attire-Ready!

In previously mentioned news, I got laid off from my job. Our entire line of business did and it was expected so I'm okay. I've been enjoying my time off prepping for my trip, starting my days with Bikram Yoga almost every morning (which is not something I could do before), and focusing on finishing up spring semester at school. I know that I will find the right place for me when I return from Brazil. New adventures await and I'm really looking forward to them. Nothing but positive thoughts from this gal! This also gives me a great opportunity to attend summer semester full time and be on track to graduate June 2015 with my Associates Degree in Business Management. Then... maybe babies. Don't hold your breath though!

The Last of the Mojicans
What I'm going to miss most about not working at my previous employer is the wonderful friends I made who managed to wiggle their way into my heart and working with my Mom and Sister. I've worked with my sister since her and I worked at ROSS together back in 2002. After four years there, we both transitioned to this company. Over 12 years! Additionally, Mom was the one who helped get us in the door. It just so happens that Mom and I were working in the same department together. As much as I will miss seeing both of their faces everyday, again, I'm looking forward to what God has planned for us next.

Sissy And I
Mommy and I 
Jeff and I
Paula and I


I hope to post all about our trip to Brazil when I return. Until then, xoxo.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Update: 30 Before 30 Bucket List


I've only slightly chipped away at this list but here is the latest update! The main point of this update is to share my YouTube video of me sangin' the US National Anthem. Hope you all enjoy! xoxo



Check out the video here! More to come, I'm hoping.

Visit Brazil - Flights have been booked! Brazil here I come! I will cross it off when it actually happens.
  1. Learn and dance Samba - coincides with Brazil
  2. Travel out of the country (filler) - Brazil here I come!
  3. Get a tattoo
  4. Get a Brazilian Bikini Wax – Boom for some Sexiness in my pants! - Done and Done and I LOVE IT!
  5. Learn a song on the Guitar - tasking myself to learn “Lucky” (Mraz & Callet) and “You and I” (Michaelson) I am learning both songs to sing with my classmate so I would like to eventually know how to play it on the guitar. Definitely challenging myself! Coming out of my shell people! (1/8/14)
  6. Write a song
  7. Record a song
  8. Post a YouTube video of me singing I sang the National Anthem for West Covina Nationals Little League and posted my very first YouTube video. More to come! Check out the video!
  9. Stay out until 5 am - PST or Brazilian time (I am often times incapable of staying awake past 2 am) - Sooo… I’m crossing this off of my list because recently I had the opportunity to massage at a local Half Marathon event, Tinker Bell ½ Marathon in Anaheim. The night before I had an engagement party to attend. So on February ___ I woke up in the morning, went to the engagement, left the engagement part at 1:30 am and had to be awake at 3:00 am to be in Anaheim at 4:00 am. I tried to get that 1.5 hours of sleep but was not successful. So I was awake about 30 hours between Saturday and Sunday! Whoa! What a day it was! I was very proud of myself for not grabbing a blanket and snoozing on my massage table that day.
  10. Get rid of some of my craft stash - a craft stash is all the hoarding of craft supplies one crafter might be storing.
  11. Learn to make champurrado - one of my FAVS
  12. Learn to make tamales - Any kind: Guatemalan, Cuban, Mexican, etc.  My Sister, Bestie(s), and I made 80+ Guatemalan tamales. They were sooo yummy. We used my Sister’s Mother-In-Law’s recipe. I’m a little burned out on them now but they were so good!
  13. Learn to make Pozole - any volunteers to teach me?
  14. Pay it Forward - Pay for someone’s Starbucks in the drive-through behind me, etc.
  15. Sew a skirt and a dress – probably using a pattern
  16. Cut my hair short again - the cut may come sooner than later. Tired of this “longness!” - I will get there soon but I'm loving my medium/long length right now and I just dyed it copper. Loving the copper (photo above)
  17. Ride a horse - surprisingly, I’ve never done this (that I am aware of)
  18. Attend a professional football game (Even if it’s in nose bleed)
  19. Go on a spontaneous outing with my hubby
  20. Run/jog 1, 2, and 3 miles without stopping
  21. Post 30 blog posts or more on the blog
  22. Call my friends at least once or twice a month - or more if reciprocated - Calls made: 1/6/14- I have been lagging on this one.
  23. Volunteer – thinking of the Do Good Bus or other local community volunteerism - Volunteer Hours: Massage Event, Tinker Bella ½ Marathon. Massaged all of the runners and walkers. Super great experience and it was great to use my magic massage hands again.
  24. Greet at least 1 stranger a day or week (Hello, good morning, good evening, etc) - this one is going to be tough for me.Greetings: 1/8/13 - Introduced myself to one of my new classmates. Too many to count now! I’m on a roll!
  25. Learn self defense techniques - I’m thinking a self defense meet-up to save money
  26. Learn to French braid and learn to French braid my own hair
  27. Take the train and spend a day in LA with my Mommy and Sisters - Girls day out!
  28. Take my husband to dinner - Girls can be “romantical” too!
  29. Treat myself to a day of pampering - Hair, nails, the works! I don’t do this enough.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Handmade Christmas Gifts 2013

I love the Holidays and gift giving; Especially handmade gifts. It was nice to get a little crafty for the Holidays; though I wish I would have made more time to create more masterpieces. There are a lot of sharpie mug tutorials floating around on Pinterest and craft websites. I found inspiration from many blogs and websites and decided to be economic about some Christmas gifts this year. Check them out!

All of the mugs are from the dollar tree! Can't go wrong with a mug for $1! I designed all of them with regular black and gold Sharpie brand permanent markers and also touched up with Gold Sharpie paint pens. The Sharpie paint pens are IDEAL for this project. I highly recommend them.

I baked them for 30 min at 350 degrees F. I did not preheat the oven before baking. I put them in the oven, started the 350 and left them in there until they cooled completely once I turned the oven off.

I didn't make one for myself so I don't know how long the Sharpie lasts when hand-washed. I suppose they will last a while if you're gentle when washing them.

I also put together a little treat bag to fill the mugs that included a small 1.76 oz coffee bag from Fresh and Easy and a few chocolates.

Mug 1- Top Left/Top Right: Better Latte Than Never/Stay Grounded
Mug 2 - Bottom Left/Bottom Right: Have a Nice Day/ Start Each Day Laughing

Mug 3: Top Left/Top Right: Coffee Keeps me Grounded until it's time for Wine
Mug 4: Gold is Best

Mug 5 - Top Left/Top Right: Caffeine, It maintains my sunny personality
Mug 6 - Bottom Left/Bottom Right: Audrey Hepburn Quote


Mug 7 - Bottom Left - Better Latte Than Never
Mug 8 - Bottom Right: Keep Calm and Craft On


Until Next time! Craft your Heart, Craft your Soul!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

30 before 30 Bucket List


I should have started this list right after I turned 29 or even before then … but regrettably, it didn’t cross my mind until recently. 2014 is going to be a challenging and adventurous year for Carlos and me. Our plan is to travel to Brazil in June to experience the World Cup as we both have been anticipating for four years. Brazil is supposed to be our late honeymoon and the last big trip before we start planning on extending our family. Though, our conceiving time-frame is now TBD per our most recent conversation (sorry Mom!). In addition to Brazil plans, I am still taking evening courses at school to graduate with my Associates Degree in Business Management by 2015. We will fly out to Brazil the day after my last final of Spring Semester!!! (Crazy, I know) Needless to say, I will be a busy bee. Keeping busy will only help us save more money for this trip! It’s a great thing. Additionally, as most people have experienced, things don’t always turn out as planned and there could be a major employment change for me the first quarter of 2014. However, I’m on a mission to stay positive along the way.

So since this is the year I am going out of the country for the first time (Mexico doesn’t count, it’s too close to home) I decided to challenge myself a bit more and do an ever-so-popular 30 before 30 bucket list. Though, because of Brazil, I won’t have much financial wiggle room for adventures such as skydiving, hot air balloon rides, and other trips (which is why those are not on my list), I think most of these goals are within reach. Join me on my Journey and be sure to come back and visit for the 30 before 30 updates. I pray that I don’t flake on this list! Encouragement is welcome! I HAVE to do this for myself.


30 before 30 Bucket List (in no particular order & subject to change)

 

  1. Visit Brazil
  2. Learn and dance Samba - coincides with Brazil
  3. Travel out of the country (filler)
  4. Get a tattoo
  5. Get a Brazilian Bikini Wax – Boom for some Sexiness in my pants!
  6. Learn a song on the Guitar - tasking myself to learn “Lucky” (Mraz & Callet) and “You and I” (Michaelson) I am learning both songs to sing with my classmate so I would like to eventually know how to play it on the guitar. Definitely challenging myself! Coming out of my shell people! (1/8/14)
  7. Write a song
  8. Record a song
  9. Post a YouTube video of me singing
  10. Stay out until 5 am - PST or Brazilian time (I am often times incapable of staying awake past 2 am)
  11. Get rid of some of my craft stash - a craft stash is all the hoarding of craft supplies one crafter might be storing.
  12. Learn to make champurrado - one of my FAVS
  13. Learn to make tamales - Any kind: Guatemalan, Cuban, Mexican, etc.
  14. Learn to make Pozole - any volunteers to teach me?
  15. Pay it Forward - Pay for someone’s Starbucks in the drive-through behind me, etc.
  16. Sew a skirt and a dress – probably using a pattern
  17. Cut my hair short again - the cut may come sooner than later. Tired of this “longness!”
  18. Ride a horse - surprisingly, I’ve never done this (that I am aware of)
  19. Attend a professional football game (Even if it’s in nose bleed)
  20. Go on a spontaneous outing with my hubby
  21. Run/jog 1, 2, and 3 miles without stopping
  22. Post 30 blog posts or more on the blog
  23. Call my friends at least once or twice a month - or more if reciprocated - Calls made: 1/6/14
  24. Volunteer – thinking of the Do Good Bus or other local community volunteerism
  25. Greet at least 1 stranger a day or week (Hello, good morning, good evening, etc) - this one is going to be tough for me.Greetings: 1/8/13 - Introduced myself to one of my new classmates
  26. Learn self defense techniques - I’m thinking a self defense meet-up to save money
  27. Learn to French braid and learn to French braid my own hair
  28.  Take the train and spend a day in LA with my Mommy and Sisters - Girls day out!
  29.  Take my husband to dinner - Girls can be “romantical” too!
  30. Treat myself to a day of pampering - Hair, nails, the works! I don’t do this enough.

    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Life Update

    I haven't blogged for over a year. Why? I haven't a clue. Has my passion for blogging, crafting and fashion disappeared? Heck no!?! Lets just say, my journey in the last 13 months has been... interesting.

    They say the first year of marriage is the toughest year and as blissful as our first year was together, it was quite a roller coaster in between all of the LOVE. After mine and Mr. Godinez's amazing, perfect nuptuals and wedding celebration, we hit so many roadblocks. I'm sure our trials are insignificant compared to what other people go through; but nonetheless, they are/were roadblocks. First, I returned to work after our honeymoon to a new boss and went through a couple transitions at work since September 2012. Needless to say, I had a lot on my plate and there was little time for blogging or crafting.

    Wedding Shadow Box

    Then around April, my husband was forced to make a change in his career, to say the least. There is so much more to the story but to sum it up it involved deceit and disappointment. He walked away from a business he helped build-up and we lost friends whom we thought would be in our lives forever. We also had to move in with my Mother, which has been a blessing in and of itself. We have our own room and I now appreciate what I hadn't appreciated before. Space. My Sister, who also lived here with her son until recently, setup a craft space in the garage for all of our projects. Sadly though, I haven't utilized that space as much as I would like to. I'm slowly but surely getting back into the groove of crafting.

    To top it all off, at the end of July, while playing roller hockey at the local rink, Carlos fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle. He had surgery to insert a metal plate and eight screws. Yikes! Thank you baby Jesus I have insurance for both of us and we have the support of our families and each other to get him to 100% recovery. He is now going through physical therapy and is doing very well. He can put 50% weight on his foot now, but until he's 100%, his best friends are his crutches. Me and his crutches have a love-hate relationship.

    \Through all of this I have developed anxiety. It's a daily struggle and it's incredibly frustrating. I haven't been anxiety-free in over 3 weeks. I didn't have a primary care physician before this started and I can't find the energy to go through the list of doctors and TRY one out. I haven't had the best luck with doctors lately. I wish there was a reallllly good website for doctors reviews. A Yelp of Medical reviews. There are some websites out there but I don't think they're very really reliable. I need to get a handle on it but I'm not sure what's holding me back.

    Although my future at work is still unclear, we don't have our own place to call home, my husband won't be able to walk for another two to four months, and I am suffering from daily anxiety; I'm ALIVE, I have LOVE, and I have amazing family and friends in my life. I've learned to adapt to change and also embrace change. I have also learned to look forward to change. Change is a scary thing but God closes doors only to open new ones and everything happens for a reason. I am simply BLESSED.