September 21, 2009

I'm Overwhelmed with Gratitude!

I received a Kreative Blogger award on Friday from Ms. Headbands and Handbags !! I am so excited; this is my first award.  I've only been blogging since April 2009, however I had been reading blogs a few months prior to get some ideas.  Please checkout Headbands and Handbags if you haven't, she and I have so many things in common that I feel like she's become a dear friend.

This award made my week because last week was quite a week.  I was accepted into Grad School the very day my company completely cut all educational funding.  Yes, this is an extra benefit, but I was really counting on my company to pay for my degree, or at least a substantial portion of it.  I have a very hard decision to make as far as taking on a huge amount of debt.  My thoughts are either I should go to school now for my design degree and begin my MBA in 1 1/2 years; by then the company may have reinstated the program.  I would pay for the design degree on my own (MUCH less than the MBA...)  Desisions, desisions. Advice is welcomed!

On to the Award!


1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award. {done!)2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog. {done!}3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award. {done!}
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know. {done!}5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers:

This was hard being new myself, but these are blogs that I enjoy reading and 'appear' to be 'newer' (and I hope that they haven't already been nominated) - I'd still like to get to know the authors better:

1. Polka Dots and Protein Bars

2. Susu Paris Chic

3. Bunny Rose Cottage

4. She Left on a Monday

5. Style Chronicle

6. With Style and Grace

7. Preppy Arpon

6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate: {linked above}

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated. {will complete after this post is published!}

7 things that you may not know about me:

1. I’m VERY picky about food (to the point that I KNOW it can be irritating!). I’m anti-preservative/pre-packaged food and buy or request organic everything. I avoid fats and high carbs and avoid meat for the most part, but will have a low fat, organic burger every 2 months or so. Most of this came about because I’m hypoglycemic, which means everything I eat turns to sugar. If I’m not careful or don’t practice portion control, I’m knocked out for the day. It’s the portion control that is hard…

2. I love to run and become really edgy when I am unable to. I run in the evening after work and whenever day light permits, I run in the canyons around my home. Nothing is more relaxing after a mentally exhausting day. I’m trying to do a ½ hour of Lotte Burke Pilates in the morning before work. I was doing well, but now I have to get back into it.

3. I really regret not going to law school. I have a Paralegal degree and business fraud degree, so I had the opportunity to take many law classes; I absolutely loved them and would study for hours just because I enjoyed learning about the law so much. I suppose there is still time, but that is one thing I would change if I could have a d0-over in life!

4. I’m a nerd. A fashion-loving, clothes fanatic nerd, but a nerd just the same! I love to read and learn new things. I’m happiest when I have the time (which is almost never!) to go to Barnes and Noble and peruse the books. I’ve even asked my fianc√© to go with me on a Saturday night on several occasions, just because the opportunity was there.

5. I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet and I really missing talking about fashion, design and just style in general. I’m also hoping to improve my ‘creative writing’ skills. I usually write technical documents and hope that I can develop (or rediscover) a more creative style. I had been so busy with work and school that I had to leave my creative endeavors behind for a few years. I overuse exclaimation marks, but I just don't want to sound 'technical' or too serious - please expect to see an improvement in this area! (oops....)

6. I’ll be able to ‘retire’ relatively young because I stated with my company at a young age. So at that point I want to live in Europe ½ of the year and somewhere with 4-seasons on the east coast the other ½. (I’ve been thinking Martha’s Vineyard, but last week we were talking about how nice Newport, RI is…)

For that reason, I want to have the ability to hopefully have my own business in the fashion/design/writing realm where I can work where I want to work. I’m starting “the plan” early, and blogging is really a first step in the process. Of course, plans can change, but it never hurts to have a blueprint from which to modify and work with! {And, this is where the design degree (mentioned above) comes it. I had thought that I would do that after the MBA.}

7. I’ve always wanted an English Bulldog named Aftynne. However, she wouldn’t be able to run with me and would be hard to travel with… And I’m not certain how she would be with my bunnies (their jaws look soooooo strong….). I almost purchased one years about (my life pre-bunny, so 12-years ago!).

And a bonus - my sweet little Jersey Wooley bunny, Tealle-Wooley will be 12-years old on October 1 ! He’s quite ill, but he’s still very happy (the vet and I discussed whether or not he was ‘ready to go’ last week, and she feels he’s not ready {which is what I had thought, but I’m biased…}.

Thank you again for nominating me, Ms. HB&HB!


the paris house said...

Congrats!! I love reading your fabulous blog and enjoyed learning more about you , you have one very exciting life and personality

Kristin said...

It's never too late to go back right? I know a lady that went to law school in her fifties. : )

chauss said...

thanks for stopping by my blog.
and yeah, i think very logically on and off the third...
remember, nothing is a coincidence and when the student is ready, the teacher will apppear. ;)

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sweetie! Thank you sooooo much for this wonderful award!! You are so sweet to think of me! CONGRATULATIONS to you, you deserve it!! I really enjoy your blog and loved reading about you :) You are so interesting, I wish I wasnt so boring, lol!! How cool that you will be able to retire young and fulfill your dreams! Your bunnies are just the cutest. I hope Tealle-Willey is okay!! Poor baby!!

I hope you have a beautiful week :)

Susu Paris Chic said...

Hi dear You!

Thank you so much - merci beaucoup - for this lovely award! I'm really utterly touched. I have a friend visiting right now but when things settle down a dash I'll plunge into the challenge.

A big Paris kiss!

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

Congrats... your blog is awesome.

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Thank you for participating and I loved reading your list! Ok we do have a lot in common! Runners, I would love a bull dog, and I was accepted to law school and was ready to go, but got married instead! LOL! Have a lovely day!!

miss cavendish said...

I had two English bulldogs for ten glorious years. They are wonderful companions!