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I’ve really enjoyed posting and connecting with people through ChicGeekDesigns, and while I haven’t decided if I’m going to do something more with this blog, I have decided to start a new one, more in line with what I want to write about. Starting now, you can find me over here at My Life Unexpected.

Thank you all for your support here at ChicGeekDesigns, I appreciate it so much.



It’s the Little Things

I thought I’d link up with Lindsay’s “It’s the Little Things” Linky party this week… I love things like this as it makes me reflect over the week to remember what things made me smile. I’ve been doing better at writing in my gratitude journal at night, so this is more of a weekly summary (with pictures!).

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1. I already mentioned my gluten-free, dairy free oreos my earlier post this week, but this takes the cake. Literally! Oh, yes, I found a bakery today that has gluten-free, vegan cupcakes. Yes I couldn’t wait to take a bite of it, so you get a picture with a piece missing. LOL.

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3. Unexpected Mail! I got this super cute card in the mail from my best friend this week. So unexpected!

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4. Souvenirs from far away lands. LOL. One of my other best friends went to the Virgin Islands this past week and brought us pack these beautiful Salt & Pepper Shakers. We use to be roommates, so we had to decide who got what after I got married and moved out. She got the Island Salt & Pepper Shakers, so she bought me a pair from her trip. So sweet!

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5. A hubby that drops mail off for me at the mailbox before work. No picture for this but a grateful wife!

6. Finding out that one of our health bills has finally been paid. What a relief! And we actually overpaid it so we are getting $33 back! Woohoo!

7. Finding a dollar in the washing machine. One of my Facebook friends commented on my status about it and said #moneylaundering. So funny.

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8. Getting an email from an old boss checking in on me. So appreciative for that extra support during this time.

What little things have made you smile this week?


Yes, my Christmas Tree is still up .. and other random confessions

It is a month after Christmas and yes, my Christmas tree is still standing in my living room. Yes, it’s a live tree (well, not so much anymore!). It is empty of ornaments and lights now so we are making progress. It looks a little sad and lonely at the point but it has brought me so much joy looking at it over the past month. I’m really going to miss it. I always give my husband a hard time telling him we should just decorate our late Christmas trees with Valentine’s Day hearts or something. He has yet to bite and always puts the tree away before I get to that point. Such a shame! (Yes, I had a pink Christmas tree filled with my Starbucks ornaments!)

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I have been debating whether to continue this blog as a lifestyle blog or start a new one. I have gotten feedback on both sides and am still undecided. I’ve had ChicGeek Designs for two years now and it would be hard to part with it. But at the same time, maybe it’s time for a new, fresh start. What are your thoughts? While I loved doing fashion posts, with my recent new job, all I wear is black. And I really don’t want to show you all my black pictures. I don’t have that much variety with my outfits now. I’d rather just talk about what I want to talk about and I know that family and friends stop by to see what’s going on in my life and just doing fashion posts takes away from that.

I’ve been sitting in the sauna once/twice a week. Apparently it is suppose to help with my chronic fatigue as my doctor believes that the virus stays in the fat layer and by sitting in the infrared sauna, it helps flush out the fat layer. I’ve only gone twice so far so I don’t know how it’s helping. I go once more later this week. I do know this – it’s hot in there! (I know, duh. But I really don’t like the heat so it’s hard) and I get really bored sitting in there by myself for 30-45 minutes with no phone, no music, no technology, no books, etc. Just me and my thoughts. Really scary!

I love the sound of tennis balls in the background. At night I’m able to watch the Australian Open and there’s something about the sound of a tennis ball going back and forth that I just love. I’m debating trying to start playing tennis again in the spring. I’d really love to be out there again. But we’ll see how it goes.

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Speaking of TV, I am LOVING Downton Abbey on PBS. I can see why it won so many awards! Between Downton Abbey and PanAm, my Sunday night tv line-up is just perfect.

I never realized how much I missed Oreo cookies until my sweet hubby found some gluten free cookies that are almost like Oreos. Wow. Just a little piece of heaven for me. Other foods I have missed: my mom’s sugar cookies at Christmas, cheesecake, fried chicken, cheese, hamburger helper, cheesy rice, Panera bagels and cream cheese, chocolate candy bars, twizzlers…. See a theme? All unhealthy for me anyways, but oh man, to have a piece of cheesecake – divine. But I am thankful for the foods I can eat and for more companies putting out gluten-free foods.

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Source: via Lori on Pinterest

I turned in my resignation letter to my last job this week. I know it seems weird that it’s so late but there was a chance I would go back if there was a position available and if I could work part-time. Things finally came to an end last week and we parted ways. It was definitely bitter-sweet.

So that’s all my random confessions at the moment. What are yours? Is your Christmas tree still up?


2012 Word of the Year

Instead of coming up with resolutions that I won’t be able to keep through out the year, I decided to pick one word that would define on how I approach this year. So therefore, my word of 2012 is going to be:

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There’s a lot of areas in my life right now that lack focus. Here are the areas that I’m going to work on focusing this year:

  • Hubby – spending more quality time with him.
  • Work – try to figure out what I want to do this year (and can do!). Focus on my freelance business also.
  • Health – need to focus on my health and to get better each day. I also apparently need to focus on health over Work (I’m wired to think of work over health, hence putting work over health in this list!).
  • Fitness – when I can I am going to work out with my bike and weights at home.
  • Blog – my blog has been unfocused for so long. I just can’t seem to focus it – so I might be unfocusing it for good and writing what I love to write about – a little bit of everything. But still focusing on putting out good content.
  • Spiritual – focus on quality time in the Scripture and in prayer.
  • Family and friends – focus on my relationships. Strengthen the bonds and make more time for them.

I’m going to print my word of the year and this list and post it on my bulletin board so I don’t lose focus this year and can continue to work towards my goal of focusing on these things and focusing my life in a better direction. Did you pick a word this year? If so, please share!

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