I often tell the story of when I was dating and how I kept running into Mr. Wrong. I was tired of wasting everyone’s time, especially my own from boredom and wishing I was with Sydney and on a stupid date. What did I want in a guy? What made Mr. Right? So, I wrote it down. Not six months after that, I met the epitome of my list. We dated five months and I realized I needed to update my list, and seriously reevaluate my wants in a man. Six months after that, I met Jeff. So, when I want something badly that is important to me, I write it down. I’m a huge believer in the power of your words. Spoken word is powerful, but so is the written word. Because of this, I am desperately trying to say only positive and uplifting things. It takes practice and all of my skills were put to the test while dealing with a full out tween meltdown yesterday. It was like something out of a horror movie, but for the first time, I didn’t lose it. We are human, and sometimes the best we can do is try again next time. I didn’t have to do that. I was able to live up to my expectations of staying calm, positive, loving, and comforting. I was still firm, but I wasn’t psycho mommy. Man, sometimes they push my buttons. Not this time!
Wow- I digressed badly. Today is about me writing out what I want. First, let me say how grateful I am for three healthy children, a husband who does 80 loads of laundry a day, and precious Reno Bean. Beans, glorious Beans, my favorite Wee-ner (dog). Everyone in my home has a song. That is one good thing I have from my childhood. Again, bad digression! There are things I want, like my swimming pool equipment updated, pool resurfaced and crack filled with epoxy, tiles replaced, and deck sprayed with a substance that makes it bearable in the 150 degree Texas summer. I want to pull down the awful wallpaper in my downstairs bathrooms and paint. I want to paint the downstairs bedrooms. I want a new dishwasher and the electrical fixed over my stove so I can get a new built in microwave. I want my outside refrigerator to be my inside one, or get a new inside one that has working ice and water dispensers. I’d like a sleep number bed or Temperpedic. I want wood floors in my dining room and dining room furniture, namely chairs for the table we have in there. I want a new vehicle for Jeff. I want to clothes shop for the kids and me without restraint. I’d like to buy all organic and minimally processed foods. I want only grass fed beef and free range chicken. That is the STUFF that I want. Oh yeah, and a mommy makeover. The plastic surgery kind, not a trip to the Lancome counter at Macy’s.
Here is the intangible- I want to get Making Whoopie up and running. I have started my business plan, looking at the cost of rent, remodeling a leased space, food costs, taxes, permits, marketing, etc. I am looking at other business’s numbers to include in my business plan. I’m looking at start up grants and how to get investors. I’ve gotten my tax ID, assumed name certificate and resale certificate when I buy supplies. I just need to sit down and put it all together. We will do this! I know a few restaurant owners and want to talk to them about how they started up. I am also applying to Cupcake Wars, so maybe I’ll get a boost there. That scares me, but it is time to go to the next level. I know I won’t make millions, initially, but I want a shop different and diverse enough to make a comfortable living while spending more time with my children and husband.
I want to be a Certified Bradley Birth teacher, too. I want to teach natural child birth classes and would love for Jeff to be involved to give the male perspective. He can tell the dads about the consequences of texting during labor without muting the phone. He can tell them how to deal with someone who cries over Budweiser commercials and Hallmark cards. I think since he’s such a guy’s guy, he’d be a perfect partner and would really appeal to the dad dudes. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but it is pretty expensive to get certified. It is also a bit of a time commitment to get certified and student teach. Aren’t three unmedicated births to babies almost nine and ten pounds each enough qualification? And, I didn’t drown Jeff’s phone or throw it when he was texting like a teenager. That should be a qualifying factor, in itself. I am so passionate about my birthing experiences, that I want to share that with others who are interested. I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for those interested, I want to be a part of the process. I am sad to think that I’ve had my last baby. But, I’d love to be involved with other families planning their births. Not sure if I could be a doula, but I can teach and share my experiences all day long. My biggest accomplishments are my three natural child births. I am very proud of my big babies, and how Jeff delivered Easton. Unfortunately Q was a little trickier, but that is a story for another day. When my two dreams collide, I will teach classes at Making Whoopie, in the evenings. We also host tea-party themed baby showers, and birthday parties. I am full service!
Jeff and I are truly blessed, please don’t think I am complaining or being a brat. I am simply writing what I want in my perfect world. What do you want? What stuff would enhance your life? What are your life goals? How are you going to get there? I am going to keep doing the little things, like working on a business plan and trying new recipes, until I get where I want to be. And, I’m going to keep writing it down and sharing my dreams. In the mean time, I am going to count my blessing and be thankful for what I do have.
My Daily Prayer: Dear God, please touch our current leaders and our future ones. Please guide them as to how to run our country. Please give them wisdom, patience, tolerance and courage to do what is right and not what is politically correct. AMEN!
Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful Jeff does 80 loads of laundry a day.
When I have Kardashian Kash: Making Whoopie will go global!
Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Pumpkin- it is that time of year! Keep an eye out for our seasonal pumpkin flavors on our website.