Holy wow.

        It's been almost a year since I've written anything for my site. That is just pitiful. I guess life is just more important than this simple blog. A lot has happened in a year's time. I've been with my  new job for over a year and a half. Things are crazy busy in the health insurance world. That is for sure. It's been so busy, I haven't been able to help out at my aunt's candy store as much. I miss the social aspect of that. Let me tell you, people are usually never in a bad mood in there. It's a chocolate shop, so obviously not many people would dislike that.
        We have two wonderful additions to our family. My brother Thomas and his wife Megan, had little Emma in June, and last June was, of course when Jaxsyn joined the family; Nathan & Sydney's 'little booger.' I still haven't been able to meet Emma yet, but very soon, I hope. It is looking like I will be able to go see visit them out in ol' Georgia, with my mom. I can't wait to meet her and visit the family.
        This year didn't have a wonderful start to it, my grandfather, or rather my Peepaw, passed away in February. It was rough. He was such great man. He was funny, and sweet. He was really smart. I loved him so much, as did many other people. I can't imagine the hurt my aunt and mom must have felt, as well as his wife, my Meemaw. They hade been married since 1956, I believe, so there's no denying that is a long time, especially compared to today's time standard on marriages. I still think of him all the time. He taught me some very valuable lessons, and I try to live by those, as I'm sure my mom has taught me many of them as well. He definitely was a great father figure to all of us grandkids. Can't wait to see him again.
        I've been living on my own for a while now. I just got back to having a roommate, my oldest brother of all people. I've had just a couple roommates, and one of them was pretty great, and one not so much. We don't have to get into that. Just figured I'd put that out there. I honestly at younger times in my life, thought I'd never get to have a place of my own, but thanks to a great mom, I've lucked out on having a wonderful landlord.
        I finally paid off my car this year. That is a huge milestone for any young adult. Of course, I still have debt, not any where near some people, thankfully, but just enough that I still struggle from time to time. I'm hoping that will change as I get older. I really would love to try and get back into getting a college degree, but sadly that is the reason I'm in debt as it is. I'm sure everyone these days, around my age, and some older, know exactly what I'm talking about. I really wish the education system could be changed to help more with that, but I'm sure that is a huge feat to take on, no matter who does it.
        Well, that's all I'm going to write about for now. I figure that will keep you all updated for a little while. I kind of made a promise to an old friend, I would try and write more, even my poetry, or just random blogs. We'll see how that goes...hopefully it won't be another whole year before that.

Here's to another good year --

A Better Me ⁻ᵖᵒˢᵗ ¹

Hey there friends and followers -- 

       So people, week one is done. Sadly I only went to the gym twice this week, although it was a good two work outs! I'm averaging just over 900 calories burned each workout. I've still been yoga and body workouts at home, so that is all good. I also have been doing well with not over snacking. It's really hard, but I just have to tell myself, is it worth it? Most of the time, that answer is, of course, No! So today was okay, but Fridays are rough to get a work out in, because I am starting to help out at my old job, which I don't mind, it's just still rough that I can work 40 hours and still not be able to pay my bills. I really hope to either achieve those other goals soon (better job/education). 
        Continuing on the above subject, I am going to be working for Candies by Vletas a couple of weekends a month, and probably some Friday afternoons here and there, if you would like to come on by and say hello. They are a great place to have a treat, but also just a good place to start before you visit somewhere else downtown. Check out their site here, which I have had the fortune of updating from time to time, or 'like' their Facebook page. They offer deals here and there to their followers. Happy to be a part of it, as always.
        Well, I will try to keep you all updated, and of course, I am doing this for my benefit as well, to keep me in line. I have to keep my promises with myself. If you are doing anything similar, don't be afraid to like this post, or leave a comment. I love to get other's perspectives, and of course, the occasional ego boost doesn't hurt either.

Thanks for reading and tagging along on this small adventure, that hopefully leads to larger ones....

        Still doin' my thing--