Encouraging Yourself

How do you encourage yourself. You know when you’re always encouraging others and motivating others? Well, how do you do it for yourself. I have been coming home from work, tired and wanting to do nothing but rest. Yet, I always find time to help with everyone’s problem or telling someone everything will be okay.

For now, I go to my Pinterest and start pinning all these scriptures to keep me sane. It also helps to pray before I go into work. Staying positive and thinking about the good that will be coming soon also helps.

Anybody have suggestions of things that they do for themselves to spark motivation and encouragement?

XoXo,

Michelle

Web Scraping

Web scraping is a tool used to grab information from a site for you with out having you going to a site and copy and pasting…

Hello web scraping thingy…where have you been the last week! Why am I just learning about you now? The last week or so I have been on various sites looking for potential customers. I needed these box subscription addicts. So, I looked around and got some information I needed to maybe reach out to potential customers and help them with a few problems they may have with box subscriptions.

Anyway, after I got my list I proudly presented to my bf, in which he replies with a new tutorial in hand. Yes, it’s the web scraping tutorial. Because he has a tutorial for everything…I just started to watch it a couple days ago. Apparently I have to download some stuff so it’s going to take a little longer to learn that I expected.

Just thought I put this information out there in case anyone was spending time copy and pasting stuff from the web…because you know…it’s so much fun…

The tutorial I am watching is teaching me how to do it from using “import.io” in case you wanted to check it out. Good luck to you and good luck to me!

XoXo,

Michelle

Subscription Boxes

I am back in Northern California for the weekend!

But after just one night I am missing my boys (man and cat) at home. Goes to show that it really doesn’t matter where you are, as long as the ones you love are next to you.

Just wanted to say that in my post as a record.

Anyways, I actually brought my laptop to do some research for my bf’s new site. Have you heard about box subscription companies? Do you subscribe to them? We are trying to service the many people that subscribe to these boxes and get items they don’t use. We want everyone to be happy (including the “box” companies), so we are trying to figure out a way for people to get what they really want, while still subscribing to the boxes they love. If you have any info regarding anything I just mentioned, please feel free to contact me! I want to help!

XoXo,

Michelle

Moving Again!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since we lived in Santa Monica. It went by really quick and it was sad that we didn’t get to enjoy the Pier and 3rd Street Promenade as much as we would like.

It’s funny that this is part of my life right now, as anyone that know me, know I do not like change. Change stresses me out and it makes me a mess. Moving into LA from Sacramento was big for me. Even after a year I tell everyone that I just moved here a couple months ago. In denial, I guess.

Anyways, I have gotten use to moving around, but I guess I’m not as excited as my bf. But I tell myself, moving means change, and change means progress. You can’t stay in one spot for the rest of your life and expect to see results or progress. And so…just keep swimming, just keep swimming.

XoXo,

Michelle

Your Purpose

After about 3 years into my relationship with my bf, I have always believed my purpose was to help him. I don’t know what I was suppose to help him with, but being next to him was all I wanted to do. To be honest,recently, days got longer and I started to lose myself. I would go to work, come home, and plop myself on either the bed or sofa. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Not even my crafting…(GASP!) I guess my bf felt this slacking attitude too…so we had one of his talks.

He asked me what I wanted to do. The hardest question ever. I’m always in a quiet state when he ask me these type of questions. Then I told him, “I don’t know, I’m just following you”. Which, really didn’t help, because it meant that instead of helping him, I have really started to just lean on him. When did it get like this? I am not sure…but I guess we have to check ourselves more often then we think.

I hate his long questioning life seeking answers, but at the same time I love them. Again, I was able to take a step back and grow. In the end, he asked me to help him if I am not using my time for anything else. Which is funny because all this time I thought I was helping. Anyways, he had built this fully functioning site, that just sat there collecting dust, when it could be helping people connect to the things they love. I’m so interested in just being behind his brand, so I asked if I could help with that. His answer was surprisingly, “YES”. That very night, I found purpose again. Although, for now it’s a lot of research and entry work, but every entry is a step closer to the next goal.

Don’t forget your purpose, when you know what it is keep at it. When you’re getting sad…or find yourself not wanting to do anything…that’s because you are wondering off the road and away from your purpose. Here’s to a new journey!

XoXo,

Michelle

DIY Wreaths Pt. 2

Remember when I wanted to make a wreath and I showed you guys how to make the form for less than a dollar? Yes, I have finished wrapping it with yarn. Picking colors is the hardest, since there is so much to choose from. For my first time ever wreath, I picked a simple color…green. I mixed it with pink and purple flowers. Simple and fresh.

It was so fun making the flowers, which I also did a tutorial on, if you want to check it out. The flowers are made of felt and were addicting and fun once you started.

Now, comes the positioning of the flowers…This is actually the trickiest part of the wreath. Arrangement of the flowers onto the wreath is tricky, because you want a nice balance. Also, the arrangement of the flowers can make or break the wreath. I started to arrange the flowers without gluing them on and took snap shots of the different ways I did. I am now in the process of picking which one I like the best until I make it permanent. I’m probably making it more of a big deal than it really is, but sometimes I can be a perfectionist. =)

Anyways, overall this project was so much fun and I recommend that you try it! After I decide how I want my floral to be arrange, I am going to post the picture. Until then!

Edit: Here’s the pic!

wreath tutorial

XoXo,

Michelle

How to Fix an A-Hole

How to fix an a-hole was the topic for a week, with one of my friends. I will tell you the conclusion now. If the a-hole is not a “new” one, but yet indeed one that you met and was that way from the beginning, then stop. You can’t “fix” him and it’s partially your fault as to why you fell for him and stayed with him.

As I got older, I realize that everyone grew up with their own experiences and situations. Most of the times the way we deal with things are because of these experiences. You can’t change who you are because it is a part of you, but you can be aware of it. Which leads me to next best thing, “How to deal with an a-hole.”

First of all, no one have to deal with anyone they don’t want to deal with. BUT…if you want to, then don’t complain and really, just deal with it.

Here are some things you should know and should do for the person you are with:

1. Know why the a-hole is the way they are.
2. Find out what they perceive as love.
3. Always look at yourself first when there is an argument.
4. Don’t say anything out of anger, step back and breath.
5. Correct yourself, learn, and grow.
6. When you feel criticized, think of it as an opportunity to grow and become better.

These are just some of the things I think of when dealing with someone a little difficult. There’s always room for you to grow, so don’t take things personal, take it as an opportunity to become a better you.

The most important thing is to know why you want to be with this person. Once you know that, then be committed. You came in and knew it was going to be hard. So, see it through. If not, stop wasting each other’s time, and at least love one another enough to know that it is time to let go.

XoXo,

Michelle

Felt Flowers Tutorial

I decided that one of things that will go on my wreaths were felt flowers. I love these felt flowers, they look so cute. Plus, you don’t have to use them just on wreaths. You can use them for hair clips, headbands, or even as a brooch. They are so fun and easy to make too.

Once I started making them I couldn’t stop. Now I have a whole supply of them. Anyways all you need is:

1. Felt
2. Scissors
3. Glue Gun/Needle and Thread
4. Have fun!

felt flowers

How to felt flower mums

how to felt flower

There are so many other different kind of flowers you can make using felt. You can look at some of the wreaths I pinned for different ideas. Also, if you simply type in the google search engine “felt flower tutorials” a whole bunch of them pop up.

XoXo,

Michelle

DIY Wreaths Part. 1

Everyone that knows me, know that I love Pinterest. I am on it whenever I get a chance. I have been looking at wreaths lately and really wanted to make one. Then, I thought about all the materials I would have to buy to make it. Boo…So I went on Pinterest knowing someone must have a tutorial on a DIY wreath form. NOT to my surprise, I found one!

Amanda from The Penny Parlor bought a foam tubing from Home Depot for .97 cents. You cut it to the length you want, and duct tape the ends. SO AWESOME! She also have all these other cool ideas on her site. What inspiration! Thanks Amanda!

That’s exactly what I did…Now I have to decide on the color yarn and start wrapping my wreath form. Then the decorations. I am thinking DIY felt flowers.

Anways, to be continue…

XoXo,

Michelle

Spinach Smoothies

Spinach smoothies are yummy!

I was over ambitious, and got the big pack of spinach from Costco. So far I made soups, salads, stir frys, and smoothies with it. I still have 1/4 of the back to go…and the bf is already sick of spinach.

I started making spinach smoothies for myself and trying different combinations. The one I like best so far is:

Handful of spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
condense milk to taste

I also add a little water to make it go.

Green Spinach Smoothie

I like the thick consistency, and to be honest, non of the green smoothies came out looking cute. They were all slimy and gross looking, but they all tasted pretty good. Looks can be deceiving…

If you have time you should go read about the benefits of these ingredients. I just learned that bananas help overcome depression…WHAT?! =) Eat a banana, be happy!

XoXo,

Michelle