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Now Entering Phase One…

First of all, the happiest of birthdays to the most awesome mom ever. Happy birthday, mommy!

Now back to the lecture at hand…

I am now entering phase one of all of the things I can’t tell you about. However, I can tell you a few things I’ve accomplished. The first thing I’ve accomplished is finally getting a laptop to aid in to publishing and blogging domination. Yes, for the past four years of blogging, I’ve been writing from a desktop, tied down to one location. Now I am able to sit cross-legged on my futon watching The Mentalist Season 1 on DVD while updating the blog or working on the book. Yay for a new laptop!

I have also opened up an account of Net Galley and am going to be reviewing new and advance copies of books going forward. I can’t tell you how excited this makes me. I hope to launch a book club in the future, so having the chance to see what books are coming out and know what books may suit my book club will be a great addition to my blogging. Besides, we all know how much I love to give my opinion.

The biggest thing that I can share is that I have booked my first speaking engagement that is in line with my website/book. I will be speaking to a small group of women at a seminar called Authentic Self on May 18th on the topic “Getting Serious About Who You Are in Christ: Go Godly Early.” I am supposed to speak for an hour to an hour and a half. I have been kicking around some ideas to address areas that Christian women in their 20s and 30s struggle with in their walk with Christ. If anyone has any ideas of areas I should address, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

There are a couple of other things in process that I can’t talk about yet, but they are really close to completion. I’m working really hard on the website and book to bring you all a more dynamic, community oriented experience. I’m trying to come up with things for the site that I thinks readers will appreciate, and I would love your feedback on what you would like to see as a reader of one of my blogs.

I’m feeling a little sick and very tired today, so I’m doing the meds and bed thing (one time for being able to type this in bed!). If anyone wants to come take care of me, I am accepting applications.

XOXO

Erica

 

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Good News & Gripes

I’m sorry I left you with such a moody post. I promise this one has good news. I’ll end with that to leave on a more positive note. I’ll start with the bad, move into the INEBIGTDIA, and finish with the good/great. Ready?

The Bad

My great aunt passed away at the age of 67. This was one of the family matriarchs, a pillar if the family, and someone I was very close to, so it hits really hard, once I slowed down enough to let it sink in. I wasn’t able to attend the funeral, either, so I was a bit upset about that. My great aunt had a good life, loved her family, and was a woman of faith who could pass in peace, so I’m happy for that.

INEBIGTDIA

We had a nutritionist speak at work a few weeks ago. It was a great opportunity for me to get some guidance food-wise. I won a one on one consultation with her which included an evaluation. I had to get weighed and measured. I stood on the scale, endured the tape measuring of my bust, waist, hips, thigh, and calf, and had my body fat measured. Afterwards, I got to ask questions and receive advice. It was really eye opening and helpful.

I started couch to 5K so I will be able to run the 5K our company has a team for in April. I’m not sure if I’ll do we’ll, but my goal is just to do it…and to finish in 45 minutes, around a fifteen minute mile. I have no lofty notions where running is concerned. I am buying YogaWorks BodySlim and possibly another favorite yoga routine to get back on the mat. I’m not making any goals there, either, except to meet my mat at least a couple times a week.

The Good/Great

I bought a domain for my website! www.aseriousseason.com will be my website. Right now it’s a blog until I get the web hosting selected and work with MH to design the site, but I have completed step one. I will buy the hosting, if things go according to plan, next week, right after my birthday! I am so ready for this. I’ve found the brand I want to work under. I know what I want to do with it. It’s ready to roll out. Be sure to check out the blog and follow the blog’s twitter. @seasonserious.

The book stalled for a bit due to performance anxiety, but I am back on it. I bought printer paper ( I ran out right when I finally bought ink, smh) and I am listening to interviews to pull quotes. Details about the book will be on the site as soon as they are finalized.

What’s new with all of you?

XOXO

2blu2btru

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Freestyle Friday: Coming Attractions

There are so many things I want to do with my little corner of the internet, but not all of it is going according to plan. I still don’t have a logo, but I did get the website design started.I have a color palette, some fonts, and a general home page layout. I usually end up working with my website team (aka Mr. Perfect) on Saturdays, so maybe we’ll get a little further this week. I am still praying for clarity of vision, to find a good domain name and umbrella concept for my site. I am kicking around a few different ideas, but I welcome new ones.

I am working hard on developing a challenge to help women do a little introspective and develop the ability to be who they really are behind all the artifice. If you follow me on twitter (@2blu2btru), you’ve heard me speaking about my Naked challenge. Now I have 31 days worth of topics and challenges; now I just have to develop them into posts and get some participants. If you want to be a part of my as-yet-to-be-named Naked challenge, email me at 2blu2btru4u@gmail.com.

I have been watching Love Addiction on TV One. Is anyone else watching the show? I am addicted to watching it. There are some serious issues going on in relationships out here! The one I watched this week was about a man who refused to use labels for his relationship, withheld affection, wanted an open relationship, and cursed out a tarot card reader for saying his current (lady? woman? homieloverfriend?) whatever was his soul mate. The woman, who was affectionate and successful, seemed to think that expectations were oppressive and she shouldn’t put her expectations on him. She seemed to be willing to take whatever he would give, because when he did give it, it was great. I have so much to say about this, but I have to go to work. The season finale of Love Addiction is next Wednesday at 8pm on TV One. Watch it with me so we can tweet it out and do a facebook discussion.

I’m not even going to touch the Chris Brown/Drake debacle, Kim K. buying Ye a Lambo, Kim Zolciak’s wedding, or the new season of Bridezillas…at least not on this blog. I’m just going to say I have been doing a lot more reading, and will be doing more next week. Reading is fundamental.

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Freestyle Friday: The “I’m Back!” Edition

I finally have a return to internet service in my apartment. That’s the first bit of good news. There are, in fact, several bits of good news, but most are more appropriate for the personal blog, so be sure and check there to continue to stay “all up in my business.” As for things that pertain to love and relationships, I can’t wait to share all of the news and updates with you guys!

First of all, the book is going really well. Most of the time, I have no idea where these great analogies and passages are coming from. I’m just trying to make sure that I get it written down and once I have a solid first draft completed, I’ll worry about crafting it and how I’m saying things. I have to say, however, that in the chapters I have written, there are a lot of great passages that really work; I just need to flesh things out in a few places. So yay for progress.

I don’t spend too much time here talking about relationships with parents, but this past weekend was a good one for building up that relationship in one regard. I got to hear my dad speak about the book I helped him edit, Cracking the Relationship Code, which also features one of my blog posts. He was speaking in a seminar put on by my aunt. The title of his presentation was “Healing Broken Relationships.” I was asked by my aunt to introduce him, which went pretty well. Afterwards he signed copies of his book–a lot of them. Nearly everyone there bought one or two copies (I’ll be sure to post a review in the upcoming days). Afterwards, we had a small opportunity to spend some time together. I was happy to see him for a little while, and hopefully the next time can be longer.

For all of its brevity, the visit was pleasant. We were both relaxed and had fun. There were no sarcastic comments or observations from either side, just a nice time. Progress.

I’m having a get together tomorrow (fingers crossed). I’ve invited some of my friends over to enjoy some food and scary movies. I’ve got a little menu planned and some snacks. I’ve been planning to have people over for a while, but it just hadn’t worked out until now. Of course, having people over is going to create logistical problems. I have to move the (relatively small) TV to a more centralized location, make sure I have enough seating, make sure I send everyone the directions, make sure there’s enough food options and variety of drinks, and clean up in here. My aunt always says that the first thing people do when they visit your house is go straight to the bathroom, in which case…I’ve got work to do. I’m going to put up something about entertaining in your twenties soon; it should be fun times.

In a way, I am thankful for my time sans internet connection. My book finally began to pick up steam, I got to spend time with my dad, I read more, and I went on vacation (which is a HUGE post). I got to see Mr. Perfect’s grandmother and parents again. I was really happy to see them, especially his grandmother. She’s a sweet woman (even though she talked about how I “didn’t have all of that behind you when I last saw you.” O_O Honesty when it hurts–The prerogative of older people, right?). I have dozens of pictures, some to be developed (still working on getting a digital camera…blah) from that trip and my brothers graduation in June (yes, I’m late), so expect a lot of pictures.

OH, and that Cyrano de Bergerac post? Yeah, it’s coming.

The most important thing I’ll only mention here and will do a full write-up of on the personal blog: I have a new position at my job. (!!!) I’ve still got to finish training for it, so I’m not sure of all the duties and differences from my old job, but I’m excited for progress. Not only did I get a new position, I get to go shopping. Yay for new, hip work clothes that fit my dress for success model.

Speaking of work, duty calls, but be sure to check back for new posts, or subscribe to the blog. You can also Facebook stalk the me or the blog, or follow me on twitter. If you tweet me or facebook me, I can stalk you back. How fun is cyber stalking?! Right? Right?!

XOXO

2blu2btru

 

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June Job Goal Assessment

I wanted to post the June Job Goal Assessment on the anniversary of my hire date, but then I also wanted to wait until my review, or there was something to report. Well, none of those things happened, and it is the 26th, so here you go:

  • I’ve been doing “a really good job” ever since I was a temp there. People like me. I do my job. I come to work (mostly) on time (1 or 2 minutes after 8 occasionally shouldn’t count…can’t control traffic, or where my keys are in the mornings!) and get more done than people expect me to.
  • A few months ago, I went to my favorite tech guy, Lance, and had him play around with my permissions and settings to develop a faster way of getting the work onto the network. This is just one example of my above and beyond the call of duty.
  • I found some discrepancies in some invoices,  where the company had paid the wrong person (and not paid the right person) and one where they didn’t pay an invoice. I got thanked a lot for that. I keep imagining one very angry inspector coming after me for having to pay back thousands of dollars, though.
  • Thursday from 3-5 I scanned a folder they gave me of things with a bunch of missing information; yesterday, they told me they didn’t need to scan any of it. So I guess that folder jumped out of Tilly’s drawer, walked across the accounting department and through the corporate executive assistant area, came down the stairs, swiped his card, and jumped on my desk. Where is the organization? Geez!
  • I am almost done with accounting. I feel it in my spirit. I have to be. 
  • I still have no idea what I’ll be doing next. I may be returned to Underwriting (which is my hope), but no one knows yet. It’s my fear they intend for me to touch every sheet of paper in the company before they let me go back to Underwriting.
  • I always wondered how companies went paperfree; now I know–cheap labor, anyone?
  • I actually make a lot for what I do; however, I still need to make more money.
  • I was so bored at work one day, I wrote a mini poem about a single sheet of paper that was stapled–to nothing. It was very deep and philosophical.
  • It is official. The clique of Raven, Blondie, & Mel-O will NOT get along with me. Not my fault. We are just two different kinds of people, people who don’t agree on much and have little in common. I’m not gay, I’m not married with a child, I’m not married with OCD. I don’t check my inappropriate friends’ facebook pages at lunch. I don’t complain about my husband. I don’t care what so and so was wearing. I have no mysterious food related illnesses. It’s amazing we are all around the same age and yet I feel like I’m looking at high schoolers. In most of the ways that matter in this material, status obsessed world, they should be far ahead of me: they make more money, are married/have a partner, one has a child. Their cars are nicer (and newer). They only have to pay half the bills (and one, not even half, because they live with someone’s parent). But yet and still, I see them and I think they’re kinda sad. What does this have to do with work? I changed my routine up to better avoid them. I might take a walk with half of my lunch hour, or I would sit in my car with the windows down and the radio on for a while. I would go to lunch a minute or two late, so I could see if they brought lunch & decide whether I wanted to go to the pub instead.
  • I have too many perks to leave! The pub card, the free healthcare/dental plan, the 200% matched/ 100% vested after 6 months 401(k), the company shirt I got for my one year…we get such wonderful perks, and all I have to do to keep them, at the moment, is get to work on time, scan documents, do a little data entry, go up and down the stairs a few times, and be a bit bored. If they let me twitter or facebook or email non-business emails at work, I would be set.
  • I wish I had more to say, but my job is boring and is still stagnated in accounting for now. I’ve done all I can, working hard (but efficiently & in a timely manner) to complete the current tasks and see what’s around the corner. If anything happens, I’ll keep you posted!