Lately I have been going through some emotionally tough times, much like being in a glass case of emotion. It’s why I haven’t been posting as often here and on twitter. To counteract these blue feelings I am going to list some things that actually made me smile in the past two weeks to keep my spirits up.
I attended StartUp Weekend in March and my team won 3rd place! I met so many cool people, it was one of the best weekends ever. No joke. The organizing was smooth, the people were all positive and everyone had a different idea. Can you tell I like working in groups? All the meals during the weekend were included in the registration, which was an awesome deal and we even received a t shirt! I would highly suggest attending a StartUp Weekend in your area if you have the chance. One of our prizes was this really cool poster from StartUp Vitamins, a sponsor for StartUp Weekend. StartUp Vitamins is a company that creates great motivating posters for your home or business. Matlock picked me up a RIBBA frame from Ikea, which actually fit and only cost $25. Frames are expensive, so that is a great deal. To pass on the good vibes, I am also giving away a poster (18x 24″) or T shirt of your choice (unframed). Just like AND comment on my Facebook page with your favorite quote from StartUp Vitamins. You have until May 1st to enter. One winner will be selected on May 2nd.
I went on a Easter Begg Hunt with Cassy this weekend. We walked around the city with a basket and ‘begged’ for easter eggs in local shops. Most of the eggs had dog treats in them, some had prizes. We didn’t find any with prizes but it was a beautiful day and Cassy got this priceless photo with the Easter bunny. I spent the entire morning with my dog, which is great and we both got plenty of exercise. I even reached my FitBit Steps goals twice this weekend! The registration was free to attend and to get a bag of coupons was $2 that went to a the Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), an all-volunteer, all foster-based dog rescue shelter, so that was great for my wallet, my piece of mind and Cassy was happy to be walking around the city streets.
Starbucks coffee really kept me going! I usually get a hot grande mocha or a iced mocha latte. Yes there are some people that think paying $4 for coffee is absurd but it gets the creative juices going and tastes good too! One of my favorite artists, Michael Phillips was also in town for the CCAD Art fair and while I was at StartUpWeekend, Matlock bought another one of his framed pieces to add to our growing collection. The red framed piece in the collage above is what it looks like. Two weeks ago I also was asked to speak about a leadership program I am a part of at the Columbus YWCA. I am happy to speak in public, but always get nervous leading up to it, no matter how prepared I am. It was a pretty big room full of ambitious people, which was cool. I like having opportunities like that to practice my public speaking skills. Makes me feel important, valued and challenged.
Something else that made me somewhat happy is that I found out that I only have $3,640.80 left to pay on my car loan. I calculated that if I continue my monthly payments of $250/month I will have 15 payments left and be done with this loan by next summer. But $3,640.80 seems so close, so I think I will start snowballing more and increasing my monthly payments little by little. Those are my highlights of sunshine that helped me get through the past few weeks. What about you? What is keeping you going this week?