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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Oh my!!

I'm going to start out by saying this...I love my job, I love that I moved back to Fort Worth and I love this new journey. But goodness I'm exhausted! Now trust me, I'm so very thankful that I'm not sitting in the cold|rain watching soccer, baseball and softball, but I wish I had a little more time in each day! {Don't we all though?} This new job was supposed to afford me more ME time and more time to get out and do things. I definitely have more time to do things, but not a lot. I find myself pushing back things that need to be done {take my bridesmaid dress to the cleaners, mail some packages, get my car cleaned, laundry...the list can go on} and being lazy and just wanting to lay on the couch when I get home. I know I've only been here since mid-November so obviously there's still some adjusting that needs to be done, but also some better time management.

It seems like I'm crazy busy almost every single day, which is good...means more money for me! :) But I also selfishly want some time to do things I need to|want to do. I hate coming home at 5 or 6 pm and having to run errands that late. I know it doesn't seem late, but it's late when you've been driving and lugging equipment all day. So I need to learn to schedule my work around my day better. That's my goal for March, plan better and not feel guilty when I need to do something for my personal life.

Alright, sorry for the Debbie Downer moment, if anyone has an ideas how I can better manage my time I'd be open to it! :)


I took the pups to get groomed today and go to Doggie Daycamp. They sometimes are not the nicest of puppies when it comes to other dogs, however, they played in a pack of dogs today and didn't eat any of them! I'm highly impressed and they are pooped and seem to have had a good time! I think I may take them there once a week on my really busy day so I don't feel bad leaving them for the whole day, plus it's good to socialize them!


Gah! I've been trying to post pictures on here...but they won't come up even after I download them. I'll figure it out and load y'all with them!


Oh and y'all don't forget to Enter the giveaway on Julie's Blog!
xoxo,
SamanthaDiane




Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday... and a weekend recap!

I don't know about you, but I'm not a huge fan of Mondays {really haven't met anyone who is!}! However, I'm feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead! This past weekend I was busy, but satisfying and restful! The church I've become a member at had a youth retreat, Battle of the Sexes, and while I couldn't be a leader {having no family up here to take care of the pups does have a down side}, so I volunteered where I could. I headed registration and then helped hand out lunch the next day. I plan on beginning to work with the youth soon! I really miss interacting with kids and I'm pretty sure this is exactly what God had in mind when I first visited the church and I'm excited to start!

I've been going to church services on Saturdays lately, and I rather enjoy it! I love having my Sundays free to sleep in, get chores done and just really do whatever I please! The service this weekend was phenomenal!  We're doing a series on Sex, Love and Marriage and I really think if more young people heard the truth and knew God's words on said topics, maybe, just maybe they would feel better about themselves! Also, it was crazy to realize just how much the media and the world twists how sex, love and marriage should be viewed!

We've had some seriously fabulous weather...fear not, it's supposed to be cold again this week! I'm so over the cold...I HATE it! HATE it! And I don't hate many things! Since the weather has been so nice, I decided to stop by Lowe's and grab some tomatoes and bell pepper plants!  I'm hoping they'll survive and I'll have veggies by May!


When I started my blog, I participated in a Five for 5 on Mondays. We set weekly goals and updated them every Monday! I think since then, it hasn't been kept up, but I figured I'd start out my weeks by making goals again!


I really need to plan my time during the week better! I need to start getting up and hitting the gym in the mornings and utilizing my time wisely. I also need to start getting in The Word daily, preferably in the morning to start my day off right! So I really only have two goals this week, workout and dig into my Bible.


This post is quite all over the place, and I'm sorry for that! I promise to also plan my posts accordingly and I'm trying to remember how to put pictures from my phone in my posts as well! Hope y'all all have a fabulous Monday!!


xoxo,
SamanthaDiane



Friday, February 21, 2014

Getting Involved...

Okay, I've been here in Fort Worth since mid-November and I feel like I'm finally "settled". That being said, I need to get connected up here! I want to re-connect with old friends {which I have been doing quite successfully}, make new ones and just get out more!
I've found an awesome church and am going to get involved with the youth group and become a leader. I'll be honest, I miss the teens...didn't think I would, but I do. I miss encouraging them, interacting with them and just being around them. I feel like it's all I know. So while I plan to get involved with the youth, I also want to get involved with people my own age! That being said, I'm not big on girl friends...I'm just way too simple to deal with their stupid pettiness etc... but I need to find some quality girls that are not in my normal group of friends. I'd also like to maybe go on some dates {shocking right? I'm 32 and would like to maybe find someone to share my life with} with some interesting boys{I use the term boy to describe males in general...I don't want to date boys}and maybe even with some not so interesting ones!!
So I know everyone makes resolutions|goals in January but I'm going to start them now... mid-February. And I'm not going to say they're resolutions, I'm going to say this is the year of me! I want to find myself {I hear people say that, but what does that actually mean?}? I think to find myself I need to root myself deeply in God and His word. Start each day reading His wisdom and lessons and in communion with my Heavenly Father. I also need to start each day with exercise...some form. I'm happier when I workout, not to mention healthier! I need to go out more during the week, catch dinner with a friend or see a movie. Or maybe go a date! Fort Worth has SO much to offer and I cannot wait for Spring|Summer to get here because this city is spectacular during that time! So many outdoor activities, concerts, etc...
I also want to get more involved in my Alumni activities, definitely need to support my Alma Mater better.

Do any of y'all have any suggestions on how to get more connected|involved? I've thought about Junior League...but let's be honest, I'm not sure I'm THAT girl, haha!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

I'm not here today...

Hello my lovelies! I'm guest posting over of my friend Julie's Blog today and having a sweet Rodan+Fields giveway!! Go check it out!! Julie is a pretty cool girl that I went to TCU with and worked in the Athletic Training Room with! She's a runner {I'm so jelly that she runs and seems to enjoy it!}, a military girlfriend and just an all around cool person! Oh and she's recently taken up sewing so that makes her extra cool in my eyes! So head on over to her page and enter to win the sweet little deal I got going on over there!
I'm making it my mission to post regularly from now one, so no worries...there will be new posts weekly and I'm hoping to have my own guest posters soon! :)

Hey it's Thursday so enjoy it...we only have two more days until the weekend! Wahooo!!!

xoxo,
SamanthaDiane


Monday, February 3, 2014

Oh hello...

Oh hi there friends! I bet you thought I disappeared forever...good news, I did NOT! I just moved to a new city, started a brand new job and have been trying to get into the swing of things! Lots of stuff has happened since October and really I'm not going to try to play catch up in one post, or even many posts! It would take too long and bore you quite bad!! I will say that this was definitely the best decision and I'm so so thankful I was obedient to the Lord's whispers to my heart! He has been so faithful in this journey and my faith is renewed daily !
Don't get me wrong, things haven't been all roses and puppy dogs...close but let's be real...every day brings trials! I mean, I was ICED in for FIVE days straight...let me tell you, that was not fun. I fell THREE times in those five days and twice in one day. OUCH! I.Do.Not.Like.Ice!! Snow, which we haven't had, would be quite nice...maybe. I'm over this cold and wind and am ready for HOT HOT HOT temps! (I'll probably be singing a different tune come July/August)

I've found a new church, after much searching... I love it! I've only been going for about a month but know that it's where I need to be! I've been going on Saturday evenings and my Sunday's have been blissfully free giving me time to relax and prepare for the week ahead! This past Sunday I was driving to do some errands and this song came on the radio... I love this version!

"This Little Light Of Mine"
There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love treasure the time
And for those who are gone keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There’s a little light inside us all

It's such a good reminder...we have to remember to let our light shine and let God shine through us daily. I've really been trying to do this, no matter if my day has been horrible, every time I walk in a patient's house or hospital room to deliver something I make sure to smile genuinely and let kindness come through.

So on this new journey, God has been teaching me that it's not all about me...it's about helping His people and showing compassion.
I promise to blog more regularly now that I'm "settled"!

xoxo,
SamanthaDiane