Monday, September 24, 2012

Welcome Home Khloe!

Happy Monday Friends! This past weekend was wonderful. I finally had both my loves with me in Virginia! 

Scott arrived from Michigan late Friday night. He brought with him our fur baby Khloe! Khloe has been staying with my parents in Minnesota while we have been traveling the US. She had a great time with her grandma and grandpa but I think she is happy to be back with her mama and daddy. 

We spent the weekend exploring out new neighborhood. 

{our little family is back together again}

{checking out the dog park a few blocks from us}

{checking our the river on our walk around the neighborhood}


Friday, September 21, 2012

coffee date friday {a mellow week}

Happy Friday friends! This week has been pretty chill compared to the last few weeks. Scott will return today from picking up Khloe and our second car. I cannot wait to see them both. 5 days in a big empty house alone is kind of weird. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get to enjoy some Fall weather! 

linking up with Alissa

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Creating CommUNITY {link up}

Community is something that is so vital within the blogging world. It allows us to share pieces of our hearts, tell our stories, as well as encourage one another along the way. The point of this link-up is to bring us together, to build more community, and to walk through life together. Feel free to link up your home page, your about page, or a post where you are sharing your heart.

Here are a few rules:

1. Follow the host
2. Follow the co-hosts 
3. Connect with other blogs; leave a comment, follow along, or send an email! 
*there are many ways to follow: GFC, bloglovin', email, etc.

The point of this is to make some new friends and build community with one another!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

finding purpose {a constant struggle}

have you seen Wanderlust with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston? You know, the one where they find themselves at a hippie house in the middle of nowhere? Well, if you haven't seen it you should, funny stuff and totally great date night at home movie. 

The character played by Jennifer Aniston hasn't found her niche yet. She goes from job to job. She hasn't yet found that perfect job that makes her happy and actually pays her money and of course that she is good at. That could be the story of my life right now. 

I have tons of side projects that can be seen as a hobby, but I feel like I am missing something. I haven't found that thing that is me. I have had plenty of jobs since I graduated college, 3 major career type jobs in the last 6 year, but none of them seemed to fully complete me. I know that I can go out and find a job here in VA. I have found 2 jobs in the past 3 years, so this economic job drama doesn't scare me. The issue I have is figuring out what the heck I want to do with my life. 

There I said it. What do I want to do with my life. 

headband: made by me // earrings, bracelet and necklace: c/o World Market // top: Forever 21 // belt: came w/a skirt from F21 // skirt: Target // Toms: Nordstrom

My dear sweet husband has the best intentions but his constant talk of going to get his MBA and asking me about when I am going to go back to school for my Masters has be bashing my head against a wall. That might be a bit of an extreme statement but my husband calls me E.J. {extrmeme Jenelle} so I will allow the statement to stay. 

There is the constant debate of your job not being something your love, and is in fact just a J.O.B. This is such a frustrating topic for me. I want to just be able to say whatever, I go somewhere monday-friday from 8-5, collect a paycheck and carry on with my life. This idea just doesn't work for me. I know there is something I am meant to do on this earth. I'm not talking first woman president worthy, but something that is rewarding and worthy to me.

I remember graduating college 6 years ago and having a plan of how my life was going to go. I also knew that I might as well throw the plan out the window because chances are i would want to go left and life would send me right. 

Right around the six month mark of graduating college I landed a gig at a financial institution. I was the assistant to a New Business Officer. That basically meant I organized all the the info for new investment accounts. I learned how to read and diagram a trust document, I learned more than I ever wanted to about stocks, bonds and account statements. I then also started working with the marketing department. I learned some things I liked and didn't like about the job. The biggest thing I realized is I am not a fan of corporate America. The games and the politics are exhausting. I was good at some of the politicing, but at times I failed miserably. 

My last two jobs were working with military families. While I enjoyed most aspects of the jobs there were certain things that just didn't work for me. I didn't feel like the end goal was to truly help the families and servicemembers, but instead to make sure they{the entities I was working for} were showing the Department of Defense what they think the DOD wanted. 

So in sum here is what I have learned, I love marketing and being creative, I don't want to work for corporate America and I want work with military families. 

I realize I have shared many posts discussing the topic of my purpose, but God keeps telling me I am not quite there yet. I have started exploring some options to get to this "dream job".  I know it isn't something that happens overnight, but feeling lost isn't always fun. I keep reminding myself God has a plan and in due time it will all come together. I just  want to be sure I am not missing any signs he is trying to show me, word on the street is sometimes I can be a bit hard headed. 

p.s. don't forget about this deal going on in the shop 

Monday, September 17, 2012

life lately {beginning to settle into VA}

Holy Batman, how is it the middle of September?? It was will Thanksgiving before we know it. Yesterday was the 100 day count down until Christmas, wowza! 

Last week was a bit quiet around these parts. We arrived in VA late at night Saturday the 8th. We found and rented a house by Tuesday the 11th! CRAZINESS!!

{our new house}

We will be going on week two of living in an empty house. But it is a gorgeous, huge, historical home so I cannot complain too much. 

Life is starting to get a bit crazy and the fun of summer and laid by life of hotel living is a thing of the past. 

{our entry way}

Since I will soon be unpacking all of our earthly belongings, make our house a home, growing navy wives unite and looking for work things around here are going to change a bit. It was quite nice to not be worrying about posts this last week. Therefore I think i am going to limit my posts to M/W/F, unless of course I feel like posting extra. I need and like routine. These are the days I usually write a post and know what I want to talk about. 

{turning this front room into a cozy reading room}

{upstairs bathroom}

I am also trying to decide what to do with the shop. It is has been such a great tool to learn about running my own business but I am not sure what it will look like in the future. It is a lot of work and the handmade world is kinda tricky. I feel like I am constantly trying to come up with something new and better. I am creative but not as artsy and creative as so many other shop owners. I also feel like the moment I think of something I haven't seen before I see it done by someone else and thus I am back at the drawing board. I don't know what to do, but for now the shop will remain open.


Covered in Grace

Friday, September 14, 2012

coffee date friday {finding a house}

Happy Friday!

This past week has been so crazy! I missed doing a vlog last friday since we were driving back to VA from Florida.

I wanted to do a little vlog tour of the house today, and while I did record one it made me dizzy just recording it so I cannot imagine how you guys would feel watching it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I should be back in blogging business next week.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11 {11 years later}

Every year when 9/11 roles around I struggle to find the right words.

Today and everyday I pray for the families who lost love ones on this day 11 years ago.

I hope everyone will take a moment today and pray these families continue to heal.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Farewell Florida {my final thoughts}

Thursday we left Florida. This time last year we were planning on moving in December of 2011. At the time I never thought I would find myself living in the south during the summer of 2012. 

I would be lying to you if I told you I am going to miss Florida. Perhaps it was the time of year, the fact that we lived in a hotel or that we lived in the outskirts of small town, so basically the middle of no where. Throwing a city girl in the outskirts of the outskirts is not the best idea. 

I cannot say that I hated it either, I know things could have been much worse. But I can safely say it  is not on my top 10 list of favorite places. 

{road trip essential: starbucks}

There are things I will miss about our time in Florida. This was a brief moment in time where Scott wasn't dealing with the pressures of work. He didn't work long hours, class usually let out by 3 and by noon on Fridays. We were able to spend lots of time together, maybe a bit too much at times, hehe. 

This was a time when it was just Scott and I, no other people to hang out with. Sometimes it was good and sometimes I would have paid major money to have a girlfriend around. But mostly it was good. It was important for us to get a solid 2 months of just him and I. 

{more breakfast pit stop in Athen, Georgia}

I know when Scott goes back to work at the end of the month we will endure some changes. Scott's job is going to be brand new to him. His responsibilities will increase tremendously. This is something he is beyond excited about, and as a loving and supportive wife I am too. This has been his dream for as long as I can remember. 

Saying Goodbye to Florida was in fact a little bit like saying goodbye to the life we knew and were comfortable with. Lots of changes will be happening over the next year.  So while I wasn't super in love with Florida I will always cherish the time Scott and I had there.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

influence conference {meet & greet}

While I am super excited it is September, I will be even more excited when October gets here. This October I will be going the Influence Conference

Today I am linking up for the meet and greet. 

Three things about me:

ONE // I just relocated to Virginia from California! A west coast gal gone east. I also spent the last 2 months living in Florida. This past year has been crazy to say the least. My husband is IN the Navy which explains the moving. We are so excited for this new adventure on a new coast and for the new job my husband will have. 

TWO // I have a degree in Political Science. That does not mean I like to discuss politics, it means I like to study politics, hehe. It is something most people are shocked to find out. Especially when they find out my working background is in finance, marketing and and working with military families. I recently launched the website Navy Wives Unite. I have a passion for working with military spouses and make sure they are not forgotten amidst the craziness of taking care of a their husband, all that comes along with his job and often times kids. I want to make sure all military spouses are aware of the resources available to us. We are not in this alone and we can all use a friend who can relate to what we are going through or impart some words of wisdom when we are ready to flip muffins. 

top: TJMaxx // tank: JCrew outlet // earrings: c/o World Market necklace: made by me // skinnies: Paige Denim, thrifted // Leopard wellies: Target, clearance score for $9!

THREE // Sometimes I don't think before I speak. Not like I tell people off left and right but I think sometimes I offend people because I express my feelings or opinion on something and don't realize how it can affect them.  I try really hard to think long and hard before I speak, but sometimes it happens. It did in fact happen at a blog conference I went to in the past. I made a comment about something silly and I totally think I offended someone I was with. It bothered me the whole time that I didn't apologize {mostly because I couldn't find the right time and I didn't know her very well at all.}

two things I am excited about for influence:

ONE // being around so many wonderful women who are sharing their story and seeing how God is using them. I know God has an amazing plan for me. Sometimes it is hard to see and I need reminders. I grew up going to church and loved it. Somewhere along the road I stopped going and just didn't feel connected. After I met my husband we both wanted to get back to church. It took us a while to find a type of church that fit both of us. He grew up going to a very traditional Lutheran Church and I grew up going to more contemporary protestant/nondenominational churches. It was hard to find a good middle ground. I have a hard time with super organized religion. I don't want to do something just because that is how the church did it 100 years ago. times are a changing, I need to feel connected. A cell phone in church is not taboo. I am tweeting, instagraming and sharing with others the glory God is showing me on Sunday morning! {no joke, one of the churches we visited in Florida had a pastor that encouraged the use of cell phones: for the bible app, to tweet the message to others. I about jumped out of my seat and screamed "Hallelujah"}

TWO // meeting my roommates Bernadette, Karina and Natalie . I have been to a few blog conferences but I've never stayed with roommates, let alone roommates I've never met in RL.  I know God as a plan for bringing us 4 ladies together. {ladies, i hope you are ready for my random spastic ways. I probably won't wash my hair, and will be a bit grumpy in the morning. Ill buy coffee for us all to say sorry for my grumpiness, hehe}

one thing I never leave home without:

ONE // I am going to cheat a bit and give you two things. I never leave the house without my phone, I am A.D.D.I.C.T.E.D. it might as well be permanently attached to my hand. I never go overnight with out a blue stuffed bear my husband one for me when we were dating a fair. Even if I go overnight to a friends it goes in my overnight bag. It has been to Guam, Japan, Mexico and more than 25 states. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Farewell Florida {our last few days in the south}

Tomorrow is our last full day in Florida. 

When we wake up on Thursday Scott will head to class to get his Certificate for completing the class and then we will hit the road. 

We will spend Thursday and Friday in Georgia visiting with Scott's grandpa and aunt. 

We will be back in Virginia on Saturday. 

We will officially start our life in our new now state. CRAZY

We will get up bright and early Sunday morning to begin our search for a home.

headband: made by me // necklace: sneak peak of purple ombre necklace //  vest: tjmaxx // tshirt: hands via husband // belt: banana republic // colored skinnies: target // shoes: toms via nordstrom // bracelet: Tiffany & Co. & friendship bracelet via swap

If you follow along regularly to this blog, my twitter, fb or instagram you know that I am so ready to find a place to live and no longer consider myself homeless and a hotel dweller. 

I have been having anxiety lately about everything falling into place. 

Can I ask that if you are the praying type you pray for me/us over the new few weeks.

Pray we find a place relatively quickly so we can request our household goods be sent from CA.

Pray our stuff doesn't take more than a week or 2 to get to VA. 

Pray our stuff doesn't get lost or broken {I am sure some stuff will break, but I'm fearful all glass will be dust because I am just a worrier}.

Pray this anxiety goes away. Maybe this should be my biggest prayer. 

Yesterday I packed up all my shop supplies into their plastic bins. Tomorrow I will pack all my bags and return our bin of borrowed kitchen goods.  Again the anxiety over powers the excitement. 

I know God will never give us more than we can handle, but somedays it is hard to remember. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

a quick hello

Happy Labor Day! 

I hope everyone gets to enjoy the last three day weekend of the summer. 

I am just popping in for a quick second to share a few things. 

Today's post over at Navy Wives Unite is about getting the site going. I promise even if you aren't a navy wife or a milspouse the posts will be good to read. We won't just be talking strictly military things. We will be sharing struggles almost anyone can relate to.

Also, today is the last day for this deal: 

{a $21 value!}

You can get the deal here via my easy shop, leave a comment with your email or email me at rellasbellasATgmailDOTcom and I will invoice you via paypal. 

These are great earrings for Fall, chevron and mustard, yes please! 
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