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A Web Log About Everyday Life, Writing, Working, and Staying Sane
Blog Added: February 28, 2018 03:41:52 AM
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Mid-Year Review – Getting Goals Accomplished!

I wrote New Year’s Resolutions this year, and even though normally this is like writing a list of things I want and then tossing said list into a deep dark pit, this year I have been determined to make serious change. This Year So Far: Finish my novel – I trashed the novel that I started writing my novel in November and have since started a new novel. I am still determined to finish it by the end of the year. I have about a page of notes so far… Reach my goal weight – Just...

I wrote New Year’s Resolutions this year, and even though normally this is like writing a list of things I want and then tossing said list into a deep dark pit, this year I have been determined to make serious change.

This Year So Far:

  1. Finish my novel – I trashed the novel that I started writing my novel in November and have since started a new novel. I am still determined to finish it by the end of the year. I have about a page of notes so far…
  2. Reach my goal weight – Just no. I am at a steady 150 and my goal is 135. I have five more months, which is plenty of time to get there. I’ll be honest, I haven’t really been trying that hard. Though I’ve been told that losing weight gets even harder after 40, and I am three years away from testing that theory.
  3. Go to Therapy – Sadly, I haven’t done this, but it is still very much on my radar. We are moving back to Connecticut this month, and I will absolutely start therapy once we get there. This one is non-negotiable.
  4. Travel at least once a month with the family – Not even close. We traveled to Florida and to North Carolina this year, and that’s about it. We’ve gone back and forth between New Jersey and Long Island about 100 times, but we haven’t been able to swing other family trips. This will be more attainable next year, when we are settled, and I am more accustomed to my work from home schedule.
  5. See at least one movie in theaters each month – Yes! I’ve been doing this! Well, technically I missed January and March, but I made up for them by seeing two movies in subsequent months. So far I’ve seen:
    1. February – Black Panther
    2. April – Super Troopers 2, Avengers Infinity War
    3. May – Book Club
    4. June – Ocean’s Eight, Incredibles 2
    5. July – Ant-Man and the Wasp
    6. August – Teen Titans
  6. Get out of Debt – Yuuuuuuup! I did it! Unfortunately I don’t have any words of wisdom for getting out of debt, I was lucky enough to land a job that offered me stocks, and I had a large chunk that vested this year. I cashed it and in the same week paid off every dollar of debt that I had. And then I cried like a baby.
  7. Create my 5 year plan – This just came together for me this month. I’ve always wanted to start my own business and work for myself, and this year I’ve decided that I’m not waiting around any more to get that dream moving! I’m officially registered for my MBA, and I start next week! My five year plan includes, working at my current job for the next two to three years, while I finish my MBA. Then I’m going to start my own business!
  8. Give my marriage the love and time it needs – I’m embarrassed to say that I really have not done enough with this. Eric and I have talked about marriage counseling, but we haven’t made the time to do it. Once we move, this will be hand and hand with going back to therapy.
  9. Find ways to give back – So far, this has manifested itself in monetary, and other, donations. We haven’t volunteered time yet, but we will, I’m certain.
  10. Live life according to my life tenets for Joy and Happiness – This takes constant reminding. I am so easily caught up in the nonsense that makes me crazy and unhappy. I’ve been taking strides to be happier this year, and it really has been working, but I have a lot more work to do. I just started reading about meditation, and I think my lack of spirituality has started really taking it’s toll. I’ve been doing visualizations, and journaling, and seriously y’all I’m about to start a serious vision board!

    Also, I need to revisit my tenets. I wrote them so long ago, and I don’t know if they are still in line with how I’d like to be living my day to day, or what will bring me joy. I redid my “About” page after reading Kari’s post: Creating a Blog Bio is Stupid, and now I have to redo some of my other pages as well.

All in all, I am feeling really good about the changes and progress so far this year. It’s hard to explain, but for the first time in my life, I really feel like I’ve got my shit together. It’s an amazing feeling! I’ve still got some work to do (who doesn’t?) but I know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. You know, I feel like people have been trying to tell me this my whole life. Weird how it took me 37 years to finally listen!

Do you set goals each year? Do you ever do a mid-year review? Honestly this was my first one in a long time!

 

 

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I Heart Nashville, So Hard

I went to Nashville recently for a business trip, and OMG y’all it was glorious. Seriously the love I have for this city is so freakin real, I can’t even take it. I heart Nashville, like big beating heart. I’m not often starstruck when I land, and I travel a lot of work, so I wasn’t expected to feel anything different in the Nashville airport. But as I started to see the city’s name posted all around me, with all of the music I grew up listening to, my jaw started...

I went to Nashville recently for a business trip, and OMG y’all it was glorious. Seriously the love I have for this city is so freakin real, I can’t even take it. I heart Nashville, like big beating heart.

I’m not often starstruck when I land, and I travel a lot of work, so I wasn’t expected to feel anything different in the Nashville airport. But as I started to see the city’s name posted all around me, with all of the music I grew up listening to, my jaw started to drop and I felt like I was embarking on a real adventure.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Welcome to Nashville

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Johnny Cash

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Nashville Airport

I landed in Nashville in the evening, so I didn’t do much more than get my rental car and head to my hotel for the night.

I stayed at the Marriot Aloft Hotel in Nashville West End and saw this amazing painting:

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Dolly Parton

Jolene is the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar and sing at the same time. It’s also the first song I ever performed at an open mic. When I was a kid we used to listen to a Dolly Parton tape whenever we went on long road trips, and her music and voice take me back to those magical car rides with my family. Her voice is tangled up in some of the best times and the best people in my life. It was this painting that made me realize I was on sacred ground in this musical city.

The next morning I woke up to a delicious hotel breakfast, which is not always a given. This one was called The Goodness and it had: grains, a poached egg, avocado, goat cheese (I turned down the goat cheese, cause I hung out with some goats a few months ago, and they smell like goat cheese and I just can’t), grape tomato, cucumbers, basil, honey lemon vinaigrette, and salt. And even though the quote/unquote poached egg, was not at all poached, it was still really tasty.

Also, I don’t think the green things were really cucumbers, they tasted like zucchini, and they also look just like zucchini in this picture.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Aloft Breakfast

After breakfast I went into work for the day, and after work I went downtown.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Parking

I took this picture to remember where I parked, and it proves that you cannot take a bad photo in Nashville. Because it’s magical.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Batman Building

This is the Batman building. Cause…it’s shaped like Batman, obvs.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Pedestrian Bridge

Did I mention that Nashville is beautiful? These shots were taken from the pedestrian bridge. I Heart Nashville, So Hard | River

Broadway. The street where it all happens. Walking down the street is the most intense mashup of local music I’ve ever witnessed. Every shop door you walk by is letting out these awesome melodies from country to rockabilly and it’s all amazing. Everyone sounds like a rock-star.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Broadway

And then, I unintentionally checked off a pretty big bucket list item, and sang on Broadway in Nashville. Sure it was karaoke, and it was “Time of My Life” which is not the song I’d envisioned singing during my Nashville debut, but it was phenomenal nonetheless. I SANG IN NASHVILLE! Boom! Rockstar level = unlocked.

Standing next to me is my friend Chris from Connecticut, him and his wife moved to Nashville a few months ago. His wife Marcie wanted to hear us together again, and I chose Time of My Life because Chris sings with a basso profundo that is perfect for that song. Also, who doesn’t love a good karaoke duet that makes you want to jump into your partners arms even though you know you’ll fall flat on your face, and potentially break his sternum?

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Time of My Life

I love discovering new food when I travel. I’ll look up things like foodie bucket list, or best breakfast places in whichever city. And for Nashville one of the listed best Breakfast places was Biscuit Love and the best coffee was Frothy Monkey.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Biscuit Love

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Nashville Sign

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Mugs

When I’m in the south my weaknesses include: biscuits, sweet tea, and grits.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Breakfast Biscuit

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Frothy Monkey

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Pastry

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Coffee Beans

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Coffee

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Monkey Mocha

I got the Monkey Mocha, and it didn’t taste like banana at all. Like, not even a whisper of banana.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Mocha

The final meal of the trip was at a restaurant called Husk. And good god. It was so good.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Husk

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Husk Welcome Mat

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Garden

This was the view from our table, and as we were sitting there, I saw one of the servers come in from outside with a handful of something that he picked out there in the garden. I know farm to table is considered cliche at this point, but garden to table is something special!

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Sweet Tea

Remember what I said about sweet tea? This was unsweetened tea served with simple syrup, and are you kidding me?! So good.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Benne Wafers

This was Pimento Cheese and Benne Wafers. I asked what the Benne Wafers were made of but the server didn’t know. She did say that Benne seeds are similar to sesame seeds, and the wafers were super crispy.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | A Plate of Southern Vegetables

This dish was listed as A Plate of Southern Vegetables which didn’t sound all that interesting until the server described each element. There was kale and summer squash in the bottom bowl, a spicy cabbage slaw in the bowl on the right, some eggplant dish at the top, and to the left was cheesy grits topped with a poached egg swimming in mushroom broth. Oh em gee. If I could have taken a bath in that soup, I would have. If I could have lived the rest of my life in that soup, I would have. It was so good. So. Good.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Driving

Before heading to the airport I drove down Broadway one last time.

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Nashville

Nashville was a magical place, from the food, to the music, to the fact that it was essentially the birth place of some of my favorite artists like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Also it was only three hours from Memphis, which is where my boy Elvis made his home.

Legends were made in this state, and you can almost feel it in the air. As a musician, it was really like a religious experience. It was like walking in a holy land, and I can’t wait to go back.

In honor of this trip, and the Parton goddess herself, please enjoy a recording I did back in college when I was first learning how to get my voice out of myself and into a microphone. Enjoy!

Jolene – Performed by (a very young) Ani Kay

I Heart Nashville, So Hard | Ani

Have you ever been to Nashville? Are you a Dolly fan? Are you up for some Karaoke when put to the test?

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Gilmore – My Gilmore Girls Obsession

I may or may not have alluded to the fact that I am completely Gilmore Girls obsessed. In 2007, I binged the first six seasons of Gilmore Girls with my mom, and we watched the final season as it aired. I don’t know what brought me to the series, and my inevitable Gilmore Girls obsession, but I wish I did so I could give it a big wet thank you kiss. Top ten examples of my Gilmore Girls obsession: My daughter’s name is Lorelai. And even though the traditional spelling of Lorelai is...

I may or may not have alluded to the fact that I am completely Gilmore Girls obsessed. In 2007, I binged the first six seasons of Gilmore Girls with my mom, and we watched the final season as it aired. I don’t know what brought me to the series, and my inevitable Gilmore Girls obsession, but I wish I did so I could give it a big wet thank you kiss.

Top ten examples of my Gilmore Girls obsession:

  1. My daughter’s name is Lorelai. And even though the traditional spelling of Lorelai is actually Lorelei, we used Lorelai after the queen herself.
  2. I used to live in New Milford, CT  for years, specifically because it reminded me of Stars Hollow. It had a Fall Festival, a town green, and a gazebo. It was glorious.

    New Milford | When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Gilmore - My Gilmore Girls Obsession
  3. I own the Gilmore Girls DVD box set, as well as each season on Amazon, because there was a terrible time back in the day when Netflix didn’t have a streaming service. Also, when I binged the show, it was through the Netflix mail service, that only allowed you to get two DVDs at a time. It took a while.
  4. I told my husband that he was the Luke to my Lorelai during our wedding vows. Afterwards when we were reminiscing, he was like “yeah, when I heard that I was like ‘whoa, she really means it.'”

  5. I volunteered at the Gilmore Girls Fan Festival last year, and spent all day losing my shit over all of the Gilmore stars.

    Gilmore Girls Fan Fest | When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Gilmore - My Gilmore Girls Obsession
  6. I listen to Gilmore Girls in the car, instead of the radio. It’s also always playing when I go to sleep, because if I try to sleep in silence, my brain runs amok (it’s a big bag of weird in there). I’ve been doing this since Netflix started streaming it back in 2014, which means I’ve probably listened to the show all the way through over 100 times.
  7. I went through a bought of depression for about two years starting in 2011 and all I did was go to work, watch Gilmore Girls on DVD, and play music. The show literally helped me stay on this planet. Interestingly enough, I’m not the only one who has found emotional support from this show: How Gilmore Girls Saved My Soul and How the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Helped Me Accept My Mental Health StoryU.S. Marines say “Gilmore Girls” offered “escapism” from times of war.
  8. I loved EVERYTHING about the revival. Loved the fact that Rory was a mess, loved the fact that Lorelai and Luke hadn’t had kids because they just never talked about it, loved everything about Emily, loved April (especially when she said that lawyers are fascists, it literally made me laugh out loud), loved the Life and Death Brigade montage, loved the musical, seriously loved the musical (it makes me laugh out loud every time), loved that Rory was sleeping with Logan as part of her being lost and seeking something easy and comfortable, loved Luke’s speech at the end…I could go on and on. I could count the elements I didn’t like on one hand.

    Also, this is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen:

  9. In one of my ambitious phases, I registered for a business ID, and the business name I used was Copper Boom.

  10. I like people more when I find out they love with Gilmore Girls. It’s like when you find out that someone you know has the same birthday as you. I admit that I’m always a little disappointed when people have never seen the show. Don’t get me wrong, we can still talk even if you haven’t watched the show. I won’t hold it against you :).

I get that Gilmore Girls is a show written by people I’ve never met, but to me it is so much more. It’s a place of solace, a source of comfort, a piece of home that I can take with me wherever I go, and family that I call my own.

Do you love Gilmore Girls? Have you never seen an episode of the show (don’t worry, I won’t judge)? Did you love or hate the revival? 

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Gilmore - My Gilmore Girls Obsession

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My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict – Seriously Y’all I have a Problem

First and foremost, I need to say that I am in no way mocking recovery programs with the title of this blog post. I am a huge advocate for addiction recovery, and AA and NA are seriously awesome programs. That being said, I am an addict. I am addicted to buying domain names. I bought my first domain name in 2005, it was angelastunes.com and it was a space to showcase my music. As you can see, apologizing for my online absence is a tradition, eight years strong! Also, thanks to the Wayback...

First and foremost, I need to say that I am in no way mocking recovery programs with the title of this blog post. I am a huge advocate for addiction recovery, and AA and NA are seriously awesome programs.

That being said, I am an addict. I am addicted to buying domain names.

I bought my first domain name in 2005, it was angelastunes.com and it was a space to showcase my music.

My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem

My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem

As you can see, apologizing for my online absence is a tradition, eight years strong! Also, thanks to the Wayback Machine, I was able to hear songs that I posted back in 2011, which is pretty awesome!

Check this out –> All I Want is You

Since 2005, I have bought an additional 40 domain names! Not all of these domain names were lucky enough to actually turn into sites, in fact only about four ended up being sites, but I had big plans for each and every one of them.

I went through all of my email accounts and old hosting sites to find every domain name that I’ve ever purchased and I’m going to share them all with you, right here, right now.

  1. anikay.com – That’s where you are now 🙂
  2. backtocrunchy.com – This site was to highlight my journey back to a more simple and natural life after the hustle and bustle of corporate America.
    My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem
  3. bellsandmasons.com – This site was about dealing with depression and anxiety through art. The bell is a reference to Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and the mason refers to mason jars. Seriously, google mason jar crafts…it’s a thing. I haven’t entirely given up on this one, I love art therapy.
  4. copperboombox.com – This is legit one of the best ideas I have ever had. Copper Boom Box is the name of the Gilmore Girls subscription box I was going to create. I am a GG freak, and I had some amazing ideas for this box. Maybe I’ll do it some day, but I barely have time to blog, let alone to start my own online subscription box business. Just so you know, the first box was going to have a Hello Kitty stamp in it, which my die hard fans would have loved!
  5. everydayehs.com – This one still exists, though I changed hosting a while back and didn’t export my content. I haven’t had the heart to load the site back up, so it’s been sitting there bare for a while. Also, the Twitter account for this site is followed by Smokey the Bear. So, I mean, do I really need to achieve anything else here?My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem
  6. lavendervanillalatte.com – This was going to be my bullet journal and brush lettering site. I didn’t want to jack my Ani Kay site up with all of my bullet journal posts (of which there is currently one), so I planned on having a designated site for it. Turned out, I didn’t do either.
  7. mommabearlife.com – This is what this site was called before I realized that I am not a mommy blogger, and didn’t want to write about my kids or mom stuff. I feel like that sounds harsh, but I think that may be mommy guilt.
  8. wfhlife.com – Remember when I said I was going to write about being a work from home mom? Well,  I bought this domain name to document my work-from-home journey. Aaaaand I did not make the time to do it.
  9. thanikay.com – so this one isn’t actually that interesting, I just bought this domain since all of my social media and email for this blog has ‘the’ in the beginning, if I really take off folks may be tempted to put a ‘the’ in the title when they search for my blog. Always thinking ahead, folks.
  10. veganspotting.com – I was really excited about this one, and I almost hired a web designer to help me with it. I wanted it to be a mix of Finding Vegan and Bigger Bolder Baking, I love the way the latter has the section for folks to post their own versions of the recipes on the site.
    My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem
  11. wheresthegoodnews.com – I literally just bought this domain name last week. I have been reading so much bad news, and it’s making me crazed. It’s draining, exhausting, and downright depressing. So I decided to start my own news site, with only good news. I wanted to do the Good News Daily, from Gilmore Girls, but the name was taken.
    My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem
    My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem
  12. workingonworkingmom.com – ah Working On Working Mom, this blog was my baby. It was the first real blog I ever wrote, and I started it right after having Jack in 2012. I really loved this blog, and learned so much while writing it. This blog taught me how to be a blogger and it made me really feel like a professional writer.
  13. foodielight.com – I was trying to eat healthier, and I figured I’d document my journey on this site. I was going to show folks that they could eat healthy while still eating great food! I didn’t succeed in either task.
  14. veganinfive.com – Vegan meals either made in five minutes or made with only five ingredients! It had potential.
  15. mysocalledpresident.com – Embarrassingly, I bought this domain right after the 2016 election. I honestly thought I was going to write about the presidency, because we took the win pretty hard in this house. I’m glad I didn’t follow through with this one…for many many reasons.
  16. copperboomdesigns.com – This one was going to be for my web design business…for after I learned web design. I’ve got lofty goals, y’all!
  17. wearethepears.com – this site was another winner in terms of actually becoming a site that people visited! My band was called The Pears, and this is where we posted our videos and gig dates. I started this site with just html code, before I heard of WordPress. You can check out some of the videos here, Hallelujah is my favorite, it starts a little rough, but it gets better, I promise.
  18. cookfrombooks.com – I was going for a Julia/Julia type of vibe here. I was going to cook my way through all of my cookbooks, and document it on the blog.
  19. writesleeprepeat.com – This was going to be a collaborative site, I even created a survey to send out to all of my blogger friends. The site was going to be about writing, obvs. I kind of love that logo I made for this one.My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem
  20. idreamofvegan.com – Another vegan site, there’s only one more after this. I created this one after having a dream about Alton Brown making me a vegan blueberry buckle. I used to watch a lot of Food Network.
  21. frommybrain.com – I bought this site for Eric and I to review movies. But we never actually did anything with it.
  22. graphsequential.com – I bought this one for Eric, and he actually used it. This is also the site where we published our Smallville Podcast, called Smallville Complete. It was pretty great.
  23. thecookingclassroom.com – I don’t remember if this was a site for me to teach cooking or to learn how to cook. Both would have been pretty ambitious goals. Sadly nothing became of this one.
  24. assaultandpepper.org – Yikes, so this one is a little dark. I created this site to talk about rape in popular shows like Family Guy, and how it was the topic of so many jokes. I had some good ideas, but never followed through.
  25. browniesandbiscuits.com – Two things that I have never been successful at making from scratch are brownies and biscuits. I think I created this one to try to work on that? But I can’t be certain.
  26. highlowconsult.com – Another consulting, web design, website.
  27. icanmakethishealthier.com – I bet you can guess what this one was going to be about.
  28. penletter.com – I actually really loved this idea, it was an online pen-pal program, similar to Facebook, but the connections would be one on one. Looking back on it, I don’t know what made this different than just sending emails back and forth. But, at the time it felt revolutionary.
  29. schoolofcrock.com – Another Julia/Julia scenario here. I was going to try to learn how to cook from Betty Crocker recipes.
  30. vegancookbookchallenge.com – Again, you can probably guess what this one is about.
  31. pinnypencher.com – The tagline for this one was, “when you’re so broke, you can’t afford to spell check”. Now, I was nowhere near being able to give financial advice when I created this site, but I kind of thought I could get out of debt and learn some tricks along the way that I could share with others to help them get out of debt.
  32. shesaysnow.com – My online magazine! I was actually inspired by the second season of Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce on this one. I had big plans for this magazine!
  33. getyourishstraight.com – If anyone is qualified to help you get your shit together it is someone who completely does not have their shit together!
  34. angelakhill – I have no idea why I created this one. I think it was another web consulting idea.
  35. workingonbeingmom.com – I bought this one because when I was writing Working On Working Mom I thought about not ditching the working mom aspect. Working mom blogs are in a smaller niche than the broader mommy blog category, and I wasn’t always certain I wanted to be writing in that small niche.
  36. lorelaigilmore.com – I was going to write about how to live like a Gilmore. Click on Lorelai or Rory and you’d get a break down of how to live your most Gilmore life. Did I mention that I’m a bit Gilmore Girls obsessed? I got this one just before Netflix announced they’d be putting out another season of Gilmore Girls, and I was hoping I’d be able to get enough content on it to somehow benefit from the new series. I got zero content on it.
  37. ournewfamilysite.com – I got this one when Jack was born, and was going to use it as an online scrapbook for our family. This one also never went anywhere.
  38. startrek365.com – I only wrote one post on here, and I wish Wayback Machine had a capture of it! I was going to watch one episode of Star Trek a day and then write about it. I watched one episode and wrote about it.
  39. cricketmall.org – This was going to be a site full of links to other sites. I know I know, the lowest common denominator for websites. But, it had a great tagline: Cricket Mall – You’ve gotta cricket before you click it. Come on, that’s a good one!
  40. karatechoprobots.com – I bought this one for Eric, for his birthday, to review movies. Sadly, he never used it.

Whew! If you’ve made it this far, you are a trooper and I love you!

So, technically I only bought about 3 domain names a year, which really doesn’t sound that bad. Unless I tell you that I bought three a year for 13 years, then it sounds like I have a problem.

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What have I learned from this experience, you ask? Well, I was just about to buy another domain name just before writing this post. I recently applied for an MBA and I’m considering writing about it. But then I reminded myself that I have a bit of a domain name problem, and I can just create a series on this blog if I want to get down to it.

I love this blog, and I love my readers, so I’m going to try to focus on what I’ve got instead of going crazy with all these other ideas. I hope you’ll stick around with me!

My Name is Ani, and I am a Domain Name Addict - Seriously Y'all I have a Problem

 

 

 

Do you collect anything? I call it a collection because it sounds better than addiction. Let’s get real, what are you addicted to? Let me know in the comments!

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A Few of My Favorite Things – Like the Song, Try Getting That Out of Your Head

I don’t always follow my own tenets for joyful living, but one of the things that I have started is taking time to acknowledge the things that make me joyful. Whether it’s something big, like my beautiful children, or something small like a nice perfume or nail polish, I take a moment and show gratitude for the things that make me happy. This is a small list of my favorite things recently, they have continued to bring me peace and joy! The Smell I was in Texas a few weeks back and...

I don’t always follow my own tenets for joyful living, but one of the things that I have started is taking time to acknowledge the things that make me joyful. Whether it’s something big, like my beautiful children, or something small like a nice perfume or nail polish, I take a moment and show gratitude for the things that make me happy. This is a small list of my favorite things recently, they have continued to bring me peace and joy!

The Smell

I was in Texas a few weeks back and walked into a store called Roanoke Trading Company, and it was legiterally something special. Have you ever been in a store that was full of things that you really liked? I normally don’t have this feeling, especially when it comes to stuff. I’m not a big stuff person, because my husband is a huge stuff person. And not huge, like he’s large, huge like one more step into darkness and we’d be in hoarder town.

This store was full of stuff, that I actually loved. But more than that, it smelled heavenly. Upon entering the store, I practically yelled out “what is that amazing smell?” And although it was a slightly rhetorical question, it quickly became a necessity and I asked the woman behind the counter again. I’d like to say that the second time I asked sounded less crazed, but it didn’t. The smell was so good

I’m guessing the woman had gotten this same questions a few times, because she brought me right to it:

Capri Blue | A Few of My Favorite Things

It’s called Capri Blue Volcano and it smells so freakin good. It’s a little fruity and a little floral. Honestly it’s not the type of fragrance I usually go for, but this one has me under its spell. I spray it on myself throughout the day, cause I work from home now and I can do those things. And it makes me so happy.

The Look

I guess I knew that Whole Foods had nail polish, but it never really did anything for me. These days Whole Foods is sort of my happy place and also my source of deodorant, since I’ve gone natural. That’s not really a thing I’ve done, but I did start wearing natural deodorant. Aaaaand I’m not convinced it’s any good, but it smells great and it’s not loaded up with chemicals.  Anyhoo, this nail polish is beautiful. The one on the left is called Blushing Crystal and the one on the right is called Shimmering Shale.

Nail polish | A Few of My Favorite Things

Nail Polish applied | A Few of My Favorite Things

The Skin

Vasanti Brighten Up! face wash came in a Birchbox before I canceled it a while back. I just realized it actually came in the Birchbox I shared back in January! You can read there why I canceled Birchbox, though this month I started back up. If it hadn’t been for the box, I wouldn’t have found this badass cleanser. It really has brightened up my skin. It’s made my face softer, and when I put on my BB cream, it glides on so smooth. The skin on my face is tricky, it gets super dry with harsh cleansers, and it also gets oily if I don’t tend to it regularly. Also I still occasionally get breakouts, so I like to use something exfoliating to help keep my pores clean. This cream does the trick, AND it restored my faith in Birchbox.

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Internal

Yes I’m almost 40, and no that does not deter me from eating gummy vitamins. But let me tell you why. When I was younger, for some reason I had to get an esophagram, which is essentially a camera on your esophagus. The doctors gave me a pill to swallow and watched it go down. The pill stopped in the middle of my esophagus and did’t go all the way down until I swallowed more water. For some reason my esophagus narrows, making large pills a nightmare. So I try to take gummy vitamins whenever possible. These gummy vitamins are veggie friendly and they don’t taste like complete garbage. Which is a win-win for me.

Full disclosure, they do not taste as good as Flintstones vitamins, which I took during each pregnancy. These vitamins are from Garden of Life and they are a Women’s Multi. They also have a Women’s Multi 40+, that I will be taking in less than four short years. Also, excuse me while I have an existential anxiety attack.

External

I’m going to admit something to you, that I’m not entirely proud of. Every time someone told me about essential oils, I immediately called BS and was all:

Mean girls essential oils | A Few of My Favorite Things

And then came Doterra Deep Blue Rub. Good god, y’all, this stuff actually works. I have a lot of issues with my back and my neck, and have for as long as I can remember. Also, remember the almost turning 40 thing? Yeah, apparently my body is just going to continue to have pains, and now all I have to do is bend down or dry my hair to throw my neck out.

Doterra | A Few of My Favorite Things

This lotion is a miracle. I’ve used it on neck pain, back pain, and most importantly migraine pain. Migraines are the worst, and they can seriously ruin your entire day. In the past, the only thing I could do for a migraine was to take Excedrin, but I don’t do caffeine regularly so when I take Excedrin I’m bouncing off the walls! With this cream, I just rubbed it on my head and temples, and the migraine disappeared! But be warned, if you get this stuff too close to your eyes, you will be very very sorry. The mentholated fumes do not mix well with open vessels of any kind, so also don’t put this stuff on a cut.

Final thoughts

I know they say money can't buy happiness, but it can buy the things that make you happy. Or at least the things that bring you joy.Click To Tweet

I don’t need fancy cars or clothes to make me feel good and special. Little things make me happy, and I kind of love being that way. Also, I wouldn’t argue to being able to keep everything I love in one drawer to cut down on the horrible amount of stuff plaguing my house right now!

Signature | A Few of My Favorite Things

What are some of your favorite things these days? Where do you stand on the essential oil topic? Let me know in the comments!

*Image Credit: https://imgflip.com/memegenerator/Its-Not-Going-To-Happen

I love when I find things that make me happy. I like to share my favorite things and random finds that bring me joy. Sometimes money can buy happiness.

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Deleting Social Media Accounts is Akin to Cutting Your Own Hair – Both of Which I’m Awesome At

So, I deleted my Instagram account. Yup, all 150 followers, gone. Along with all of those pictures, hashtags, and likes. Honestly, when I hit that delete button, I literally let out a sigh a relief. The sigh of relief that comes with deleting social media accounts, is the same as the one that comes with cutting your hair at home. And then it’s followed by that awful realization that you can’t put it back! Feeling relieved… Relief from what, you ask? Who the hell knows. The...

So, I deleted my Instagram account. Yup, all 150 followers, gone. Along with all of those pictures, hashtags, and likes. Honestly, when I hit that delete button, I literally let out a sigh a relief. The sigh of relief that comes with deleting social media accounts, is the same as the one that comes with cutting your hair at home. And then it’s followed by that awful realization that you can’t put it back!

Feeling relieved…

Relief from what, you ask? Who the hell knows. The stress of having to post something pretty and clever, and coming up with the right hashtags to get visibility. The stress of how my Instagram represents my ‘brand’ whatever that brand may be. Stress over not having a brand, don’t you need one to have a successful blog? And just nonstop comparison. Ugly, constant, comparison.

And y’all, this is not the first time I’ve done something like this. As called out by a good friend of mine, I am passionately impulsive. Meaning, I get an impulse and follow it to completion, no matter how crazy it may seem. Perhaps a byproduct of unchecked behavioral issues? I have been this way my whole life, and it always gets me into trouble. I can’t tell you how many bad haircuts started this exact way. Hashtag side-shave…I’m still growing that one out, btw.

Side Shave | Deleting Social Media Accounts | Ani Kay

 

But don’t worry, I’m back…again…

I’ve opened my account back up, though it is at all zeros – zero followers, zero pictures, and following zero. And honestly, I’m ok with that. I kind of like the challenge of starting over.

I’ve talked a lot about finding my voice, as a writer and blogger, and it’s taken me a while to figure this whole thing out. I came into the blogging world with a ton of expectations, and not a lot of trust in myself. And just like horrible rash home haircut choices, horrible rash blogging choices help me better understand what I want, what I don’t, and the why of it all.

Onward…

If you followed me before, thank you! And if I followed you, I’m sorry you lost a follower, I’ll find you again and reconnect! In the meantime, I’m going to start building up my Instagram again, with the things I want to post about and what I want to share, not what I think will get likes or get me more exposure. And if you see me outside of your window with a boombox over my head blasting ‘In Your Eyes’, it’s not creepy, I’m just trying to get you back on my Instagram account.

Thanks for sticking with me, y’all!

 

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