Happy Easter 2017

I can’t believe it’s that time again, Easter! As a Christian, it’s one of the most important days of the year for me. 

Our church usually hosts a Passion Play every year. And although we didn’t have one this year during the weeks leading up to Easter I have been running the events of what happened over 2000 years ago in my mind. 

Last year I wrote this post about dying for someone you don’t even know. I can’t imagine it. I can’t imagine how many people thought Jesus was crazy. But when you think about it literally instead of like a folk tale it starts to get real. You know those people that stand up for what they believe in and get killed? That’s what Jesus did. And not only did he do it because He believed, He did it for us – for people he would never meet. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around that concept because many of us wouldn’t do that. 

But enough of that, today we celebrate the fact that Jesus sacrificed His life for us but the tomb couldn’t contain Him! He rose from the dead! That’s even more crazy! It’s a miracle that changed the history of the world!

So Happy Easter to everyone! Remember the reason why we celebrate each year, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

xoxo,

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13 April Fool’s Days

My dearest husband,

13 years ago, our journey as a couple officially began. I can’t believe it’s been that long, I still feel like we’re 20 and hopelessly in love. We’ve been April Fools for 13 years and I’ve loved every minute of it.

Our first official picture as a couple – June 2004

Who knew our paths would cross at the right time? Who knew that out of a genuine friendship we could fall in love? Who knew that it actually wasn’t a rebound? You did. You knew even before I did. 

Despite everything we risked to be together we stand here today – together and united as 1 and I consider myself extremely lucky. I remember when you asked me to be your girlfriend. You asked me twice already and I said no because I was scared. I didn’t want to get hurt, I was scared of what everyone was going to think and say. You didn’t give up on me. You asked me again on April 1st and I finally said yes! I’m so glad that I took a chance and stopped worrying about everyone else. It was the best decision I ever made. I found a man that was ready to be as committed as I was and wanted the same things out of life. 

Throughout our years together we’ve always been there for each other with honesty, love, and selflessness behind everything we do for other. Thank you for not keeping score, not holding grudges, forgiving me every time I make a mistake, and for showing me grace and love every day.

We’ve been through so much together and as I said when we got married, I’m so glad that you’re the man I get to experience life with. I would choose you over and over again, Babe. 

CO Wedding – 10/8/11

Happy anniversary, my love. Thank you for taking a chance on me! Every day I wake up next to you I’m excited for what life has in store for us because we get to do it together. I love you!

With all my love,

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Lately

Things have been crazy these past few weeks.

I feel like every time I write one of these “Lately” posts that’s the first sentence that I always lead with. SMH.

But they have been busy lol

Charlie and I have been busy with a home project and working on yard maintenance. It rarely ever rains in LA so our “grass” never really grows. And yeah, I put “grass” cuz it’s not really grass. Since we’ve had to conserve water we just decided to stop watering our “grass” all together. But since it’s been raining a lot this winter our “grass” decided to grow. If you saw my instagram story a couple weeks back the height of the grass was so tall you couldn’t even see my dogs when they’d run through it. Since then we’ve been trying to do our best to do yard work every week so it’s easier to maintain. #adulting am I right?

Aside from a little house maintenance I’ve been chipping away at my business projects.

CO Creative Cartel has the Jackalope Fair coming up and we’re using this as an  opportunity to work on our product line. We’ve got a few new products we’re currently sourcing and hopefully we’ll be able to debut those soon! We’ve also applied to a few other Spring 2017 craft shows to gain local brand awareness and to get direct customer feedback on our products. All of this is to prepare ourselves for our biggest event of the year, Las Vegas Market coming up in August. I’m scheming up some fun things and am really excited to make my wholesale trade show debut. It’s been a long time coming, over 5 years – I can’t believe it! But the time has finally arrived, we’re making it happen this year and I’m glad I didn’t rush into it. My patience was tested over and over but I’m more prepared than I ever would have been in the past.

A sneak peek into some fun things coming soon 🙂

Ninong’s is undergoing a big transition this year, in a million different ways. I always tell people that this business has been my testimony of faith as well as entrepreneurship. I firmly believe that Ninong’s has been the reason I have learned and grown so much as an entrepreneur and as a Christian. We’ve recently changed our FOH (front of house) operations to sit down service and it’s been quite the challenge to change the way we’ve been doing things for 8 years. But this was just another decision we made to help us grow, do what is best for our customers, and try to create a better experience. We’re finally beginning to adjust and our operation is becoming a bit smoother. We’re still a long way and we will never be perfect but I can see how this decision was a good choice for our business.

I guess that’s the way things are when you’re an entrepreneur. You try to collect data, observe your customer base, take in constrictive critique, and make decisions hoping for the best. What sucks is you’ll never know for sure if that was the right decision until you try it, implement it, and give it time. But you have to jump in fully and trust that you made the decision for a reason, the right reason.

Because of this, my blog got put on the back burner. 

 

But I decided that it was okay. 

Normally, I’d be stricken with guilt over not posting. I’d rack my brain about how I can make it up to the few readers I have. I’d tell myself my blog will never grow if I don’t take it seriously. But honestly, I do! lol. I take my blog very seriously and so this time I said NO. No to feeling guilty and no to making myself think that I don’t work hard enough. Because I do work hard, it’s just…priorities. 😉

xoxo,

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