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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!! Hope your 2015 is starting with a bang. So far I've had two ER visits and the start of a head cold (don't worry, the ER visits were for C who has pink eye).

I'm really excited about all the plans I have for 2015. Big things are afoot in Liz - land, so stay tuned.

Monday, December 15, 2014

gearing up for the holidays

As any retail worker can attest, November and December are the busiest time of year.  At my Wal-Mart, we like to say that working retail ruins the holiday season for us.  Customers are cranky and rude (ok, ok, not ALL of them, but enough to wreck the day), no relaxing to enjoy Thanksgiving because you have to get your nap in to work Black Friday, not enough time off to enjoy the things others get to with their families -- meeting Santa, tree lightings/parade of lights, holiday parties. 

In my quest for more joy and peace in my life I am trying to stop focusing on what I am not able to do in terms of celebrating the holidays and start focusing on the little things that I am able to do.  Which means that it's my goal to have the above paragraph be the last time I bitch about it.

** Take a night to drive around listening to Christmas music and look at the Christmas light
** Go pick out the Christmas tree as a family
** Bake Christmas cookies with Miss M
** Have a Christmas movie night with Corey or friends
** Going sledding if there is enough snow
** Lots of hot drinks in festive Christmas mugs
** Plan my 2015 (joy, adventures, blogging, and building my Northern Maine Life)

What holiday traditions do you look forward to?  Are you looking to downsize your Christmas festivities this year?

Monday, December 8, 2014

awesome things planned


It's amazing how much time I had to think about what direction I wanted this blog to head in the future without having Internet to distract me.  I have some plans that will happen soon and some future ones that I want to build up to. Without further ado --- 

Starting at the beginning of 2015, I am going to be doing Joyful Thursdays. I'll be sharing tips on how to add more joy to life, reading recommendations for joyful books, and even interviews with people living their joy. I am super excited about this addition to Somewhere Over Yonder and hope everyone loves it as much as I do.

I will also be adding a monthly series -- Try It -- where I will be trying new activities (both big and small) in my quest to find some hobbies. I used to have hobbies, but somehow life has gotten in the way lately.

I do have a few more ideas up my sleeves, but a girl can't give away all her secrets.  I can't wait to get started with the new year and a new commitment to this little space of mine.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thank you

THANK YOU

THANK YOU C for putting up with and loving my oddities,  for putting lotion on my back even though you can't stand the feel of lotion, and being there for me whenever I need you

THANK YOU bunnies for being my anxiety busters and the apples of my eye

THANK YOU life for being full of joy, pain, ups, downs, and everything beautiful

THANK YOU

Saturday, November 15, 2014

what's happening

Do you ever have those days where all you can think about is how life is different than what you thought it would be?  Not as many adventures, not as successful, not where you thought you would be?  Well, lately that would be most days for me.  I am having some problems with appreciating my life just how it is right now and not focusing on how I wish it was.

Perhaps it's just the move, dealing with living with family and an underwhelming job.  Perhaps it's just that I have too much free time on my hands and not enough hobbies.  Or maybe it's just the way my anxiety issues are choosing to manifest right now.  But, whatever it is, it is definitely taking away from my quality of life right now.

But I have plan of action -- getting out into the fresh air more, renewing my gratitude practice, trying to plan monthly (at least) date nights with C, and just trying to get out of my head and stop thinking about everything that I don't have.  I will also be trying to connect more to online peeps through twitter and instagram  (so check them out ------->)  So pop over and say "hi".

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

some crazy changes



There have been a lot of changes around here at Casa de Liz.  The past month or so has been a whirlwind of activity – some good, some … well, not so good.

Mr. C and I decided that we’d like to move back up to northern Maine to be closer to his daughter.  Well, to be honest, he decided and I basically just went along with it – and as our lease was up three weeks or so later, the move came very quickly.  Because of this and the fact that we have no savings, we’ve moved in with Mr. C’s family.  Yup, it’s us, his mom and step-dad and grandmother in a pretty small house.  Plus, we have his daughter every other weekend.  Needless to say, it’s quite the change from having our own apartment.

During the time we’ve been back, I’ve been applying to a few jobs.  The problem with living in a small town is that there aren’t a lot of options for employment.  After making it to the final rounds of a legal job, I ended up not getting it.  I did get offered a work as you train CAN position, but ultimately decided that I wasn’t cut out for that kind of work (especially at minimum wage) and turned it down.  After four weeks of searching and coming up empty, I made the decision to re-apply at Wal-Mart and started my cashier “career” again.

I went through a lot of emotions during this time – sadness, anger, peace, relief, and a little resentment.  I second guessed … well, if not everything, then a lot about decisions I’ve made, plans that I haven’t pursued and just if I’ve made the best decisions that I could about life and how I want to live it.  

Life is slowly beginning to settle and I am currently working on getting a plan of where I’d like my life to head from here.  I guess that’s the thing about life – you rarely end up where you think you will.  It’s all about rolling with the punches and re-adjusting your sails.

*One thing about the move --- no internet as of yet.  I am trying to get a post up at least once a week until we get an internet connection at the house.  After that, I'll start posting on a more regular schedule. Thanks *

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

a joyful life

Hello, hello!  Make sure that you click on my face to the right -----> and head over to my "About" to learn more about me and my internet home here at Somewhere Over Yonder.
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joy

noun \ˈji\
: a feeling of great happiness
: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
: success in doing, finding, or getting something

Joy - so simple an idea, yet so seemingly difficult to obtain. I find that many people,  myself definitely included as this is something I am still working on, just expect joy and happiness to be a given.  That there isn't any work that goes into happiness.

This couldn't be any further from the truth.   Joy is something that takes work (at the beginning at least).  Seriously --- you need to take responsibility for the joy in your own life ... or lack thereof.  If you feel  like you are joyless, then grab life by the horns and make shit happen.

And that's why I decided to start (well, re-start/re-do) Somewhere Over Yonder - to add some much needed joy into my own life as well as helping others figure out how to add some to theirs.  The focus will be on the things that bring me the most joy --- adventuring and the outdoors --- but other tidbits will be thrown out as well.

So, welcome and make yourself at home.  I hope you come back, ask questions, and get something out of my ramblings and musings.