Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year in Review 20.15

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
I have tried pickled herring for the first time.

Be a mom to 5 kids and 2 fur babies!!!


2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I tried my best to keep my resolutions, but you know I'm just going to be healthy, love myself, and treat my body nice.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Kennedy!!!!

Etana


4. Did anyone close to you die?
I had a few family members pass away.

5. What countries did you visit?
USA

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
More patience, more laughter, to be more teachable and less prideful.


7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 2nd, - the best day of the year!!!  My wedding day!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Marrying the love of my life, and working very hard to obtain my temple recommend

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not trusting enough.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major, just the usual, bumps/bruises, migraines

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My piercing - it srsly has helped my migraines, and daily headaches.  Its wonderful.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My sexy husband, Patrick

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
A few husbands out there -tsk tsk tsk

14. Where did most of your money go?
Raising a family of 7 in this economy.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My wedding, gold panning in Cranbrook, Christmas at the cabin.

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
Thousand Miles - Christina Perri

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner
iii. richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Letting life slow down a bit, enjoy the moment, and continue doing what I enjoy (camping, hiking, playing with the kids, family time)

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
imagine the worst in people.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
At a cabin with my mom and siblings, in Mountain View, AB

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Heck ya I did.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
I haven't really watched a lot of TV, but I'd say Outlander.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope

26. What was the best book you read?
Reshaping it All - Candace Cameron.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing new really, just enjoyed a lot of top 40

28. What did you want and get?
a wedding ring and I vow to not lose this one.

A mini van to haul my 5 children around.

29. What did you want and not get?
win the lottery

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Star Wars - Hands down!!!!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to lunch with friends, spent the rest of the day with my love.  I turned 37.  yikes.  Inching closer to 40!!!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Visiting the Jensen ranch more and teaching Patrick how to ride a horse.  :)

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Cozy, Cute, and on date night - HOT

34. What kept you sane?
Both sane and insane was Patrick, he's my rock and my best friend.  My bffs Tamara and Shannon, and my family.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Our Mayor Naheed Nenshi

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Canadian Federal Election.  Ugh

37. Who did you miss?
My friend Lori

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Angela  :)

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Take a second longer before you speak, and really really listen.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
How can I love when I'm afraid To fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt Suddenly goes away somehow

Monday, January 5, 2015

Year in Review 20.14 - Better late than never right?

1.      What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?

I had ran a way better time for the Zombie Survivor – kept all my flags in tact till the very last 50m.  I’ll consider that a win for me!
Went to Lake Louise for the International Ice Carving festival….will make this a yearly tradition, we are going again in 2 weeks.
Consistently worked my Scentsy business – I’m so grateful for so many that have supported me
Went to my first Comicon!  Loved it!


 2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?


 I did pretty good at keeping my resolutions.

Managed to fall off the wagon with the running and diet…BUT I had worked out daily for an hour since Thanksgiving (minus Christmas holidays)
Now to consistently combine the two the WHOLE year - lets go 2015

 3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


 No one that is immediately close to me.


 4. Did anyone close to you die?


My Uncle Ron – Went to Vegas for the funeral. 

 5. What countries did you visit?


USA!  Vegas baby

 6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?


 More fun with the boys, more patience with kids, less anxiety, LOTS more awesome memories, and learning to FLY (finally loving yourself)


 7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?


 November 9th, when I travelled with my mom and Patrick to Vegas to attend my Uncle’s funeral.  It was Patrick’s first time in Vegas and we had so much fun with my aunts and uncles that joined us.

 8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


Paying off all my credit cards, and creditors.
Approval of my very own Mortgage
Beginning renovations to my house

 9. What was your biggest failure?


Not being patient enough with my boys.  I find it rather tough sometimes to be a single mom and when mommy has a bad day, I need to remember its not my boys' fault.  They are fantastic.
Not sticking with my running schedule.  I should have kept up with it.

 10. Did you suffer illness or injury?


Just regular bumps and bruises, but almost NO fainting!!!  YAY good times.

 11. What was the best thing you bought?


My new Kitchenaid Mixer (my old one died!  Boooo)

 12. Whose behavior merited celebration?


 Patrick


 13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?


Same list as last year, plus a couple more....surprisingly they are all men!  I'm not really considered a man-hater, but really guys, pull up your socks.


 14. Where did most of your money go?


car payments, mortgage, re-paying debt, taking responsibility for my kids.


 15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?


Making plans with my sweetie for a really great life together.  He makes me SO excited for the future!

 16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Unfortunately “All About that Bass” – Meghan Trainor (that song drives me nuts, but it reminds me of 2014, so there you have it)

 17. Compared to this time last year, are you:


 i. happier or sadder? Happier

ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner
iii. richer or poorer? Richer

 18. What do you wish you'd done more of?


Gone camping, hiking, spending time outside, running, planning, accepting me for who I am and changing the things about me that I don't like.
Though I DID camp more, I will be happy to always add more weekends to my already crammed summer.

 19. What do you wish you'd done less of?


Grinding my teeth, procrastinate!


 20. How will you be spending Christmas?


Christmas was different this year.  It was my first year without the kids.  I spent Christmas with Patrick and our kids.  It was splendid.

 22. Did you fall in love in 2014?


Even further in Love, Yup.

 23. How many one-night stands?


None.


 24. What was your favorite TV program?


Survivor, The Biggest Loser,


 25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?


 Nope


 26. What was the best book you read?


I need to read.  Lol more.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?


Nothing jumps out at me as a great musical discovery.  I didn’t have a car stereo installed for about 9 months, so I’m really out of whack with what’s out there that’s new.
Maybe that isn’t such a bad thing?


 28. What did you want and get?


Strength

Wonderful Children
Happiness

 29. What did you want and not get?


win the lottery


 30. What was your favourite film of this year?


Big Hero 6
The Maze Runner

 31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?


Patrick surprised me at Tamara’s house with all the kids.  I turned 36.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?


 Spending more time with the people I love.


 33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?


Casual business


 34. What kept you sane?


My boys, and watching them grow up. My sisters. Good support from friends.  I didn't actually stay "sane", but if it wasn't for my besties (Tamara and Shannon) I'd be hooped.


 35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?


Robert Downy Jr.

 36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Missing Airplanes!!!  That crap is insane!


 37. Who did you miss?


 My friend Lori


 38. Who was the best new person you met?


Todd and Tamara Swayze.  They are great couple, and super fantastic bunch of peeps.

39 . Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.


 Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in


40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“Rude” by Magic!


Saturday morning jumped out of bed
And put on my best suit
Got in my car and raced like a jet
All the way to you
Knocked on your door with heart in my hand
To ask you a question
'Cause I know that you're an old-fashioned man, yeah

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, but the answer is 'No'

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
Yeah, no matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude

I hate to do this, you leave no choice
Can't live without her
Love me or hate me we will be boys
Standing at that altar
Or we will run away
To another galaxy, you know
You know she's in love with me
She will go anywhere I go

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, 'cause the answer's still 'No"

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
No matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Rude

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say, I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, but 'No' still means 'No'!

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
No matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Why you gotta be so rude?







Friday, August 29, 2014

A cool little thing about me

I had a cool little article written about me and my Scentsy journey!

How awesome!

Go check it out!

http://globalfragrancebusiness.com/2014/08/06/empowering-scentsy-stories-meet-debbie-jo-willard/


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Year in Review 20.13

1.    What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?

Ran in 3 5k races (Moonlight Run, Zombie Survivor, Color me Rad)
Tried and LOVED geocaching
Tried panning for gold - LOVED IT
Had my first acupuncture (In my face even!)

 2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

 I did pretty good at keeping my resolutions.
Managed to fall off the wagon a bit with the running, but my diet has been pretty awesome!
Now to consistently combine the two the WHOLE year - lets go 2014

 3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

 No one that is immediately close to me.

 4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thank goodness no one passed away this year that was super close to me.

 5. What countries did you visit?

I didn't even go to the USA!  Can you believe it?!  Sad!

 6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

 More fun with the boys, more patience with kids, less anxiety, LOTS more awesome memories

 7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

September 2, 2013. - it was a day that I took a chance after having an anxiety meltdown, and it paid off in so many ways.

 8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

paying off a lot of debt!
Consistently working my eating plan!

 9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being patient enough with my boys.  I find it rather tough sometimes to be a single mom and when mommy has a bad day, I need to remember its not my boys' fault.  They are fantastic.

 10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Lots of passing out due to anxiety and stress.
Bumps, bruises, cuts (most recently from playing flashlight hide-and-seek)

 11. What was the best thing you bought?

Essential oils kit - I love how that stuff really works

 12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

 Patrick

 13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Same list as last year, plus a couple more....surprisingly they are all men!  I'm not really considered a man-hater, but really guys, pull up your socks.

 14. Where did most of your money go?

car payments, mortgage, re-paying debt, taking responsibility for my kids.

 15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Planning my trip to hike the West Coast Trail
DOING what I say I wanna do.

 16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Roar - katy Perry

 17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

 i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner
iii. richer or poorer? Richer

 18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Gone camping, hiking, spending time outside, running, planning, accepting me for who I am and changing the things about me that I don't like.

 19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Grinding my teeth

 20. How will you be spending Christmas?

In Edmonton with my sweetie's parents and our whole Brady Bunch

 22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

Yes I did.  It was surprising and splendid.

 23. How many one-night stands?

None.

 24. What was your favorite TV program?

Survivor, The Biggest Loser,

 25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

 Nope

 26. What was the best book you read?

OK, OK, I actually plan on reading a whole lot now, the church just sent me about $2000 worth of church books from Deseret Books....I guess I should get on that.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Behind Sapphire
Mumford and Sons

 28. What did you want and get?

Strength
Wonderful Children
Happiness

 29. What did you want and not get?

win the lottery

 30. What was your favourite film of this year?

I think I only saw one movie that I liked....was it my favorite?  No, but by default, I guess so.
The Hunger Games - Catching Fire

 31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I had to give a Canada Customs Presentation to a huge client of ours, so my birthday was actually pretty lame.
I turned 35.  What a great number!  I love being 35, I still feel 25 though.
My mother took me out a couple days before my birthday to one of my favorite restaurants (Pio Peruvian) and I was surrounded by my boys, my brothers and my mother.
 It was a great day.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

 Spending more time with the people I love.

 33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Casual business

 34. What kept you sane?

My boys, and watching them grow up. My sisters. Good support from friends.  I didn't actually stay "sane", but if it wasn't for my besties (Tamara and Shannon) I'd be hooped.

 35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Mayor Nenshi

 36. What political issue stirred you the most?

USA Government shut downs - really?

 37. Who did you miss?

 My friend Lori

 38. Who was the best new person you met?

Patrick - hands down, best new person EVER

39 . Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

 Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

What I wouldn't do - Serena Ryder



If you should fall to pieces
You know I'll pick them up
There are so many reasons
I'm never going to get enough
If you should leave this country
You know I'll come to you
Because you always love me
oh what I wouldn't do
oh what I wouldn't do

I'll carry the weight
I'll do anything for you
My bones may break
but I'll never be untrue
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Oh what I wouldn't do
Oh what I wouldn't do

Your love is like an ocean
that always takes me home
Whispering wind is blowing
telling me I'm not alone
Your love is like a river
that I am floating down
I've never been a swimmer
but I know that I'll never drown
I know that I'll never drown

The current grows stronger
under different shades of blue
I've fallen in your water
forget everything I knew
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Oh what I wouldn't do
Oh what I wouldn't do

Oh the things I never noticed
Opened my ears to the chorus
You have made me listen careful
And you gave me the line
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Woah-oh-oh Woah
Woah-oh-oh Woah
I'll carry the weight
I'll do anything for you
My bones may break
but I'll never be untrue
The current grows stronger
under different shades of blue
I've fallen in your water
Oh what I wouldn't do
Oh what I wouldn't do
oh what I wouldn't do

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I think I`m moving my blog....

I have started another blog...this one is sort of...well...dead!

Right here.

A little late - but here is my year in review for 2012

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Um got divorced.
Got fired.

 2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
 I don't think I made any resolutions...this year, I gotta lose 40 lbs.

 3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
 Katherine

 4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandmother

 5. What countries did you visit?
USA

 6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
 More memories, less financial stress, true happiness.

 7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
 Dec 19th. The day my brother came home from his mission and the day my divorce was finalized.

 8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
paying off a lot of debt!

 9. What was your biggest failure?
When I got walked out of a job, and not given any reason why...It was before probation was up...it was awkward.

 10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Lung Infection, found that my back is broken.

 11. What was the best thing you bought?
My car, and my new lifestyle change (5Factor.com)

 12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
 Lance

 13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I can only think of 2 people...

 14. Where did most of your money go?
car payments, mortgage, re-paying debt, taking responsibility for my kids.

 15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
 Returning to Cole International.

 16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
We are Young - FUN

 17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
 i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? same
iii. richer or poorer? Richer

 18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Gone camping, hiking, spending time outside, running, planning

 19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Grinding my teeth

 20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas in Mountain View at the Cabin.

 22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Well I fell out of love...I'm Divorced.

 23. How many one-night stands?
None.

 24. What was your favorite TV program?
Survivor, The Biggest Loser,

 25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
 Nope

 26. What was the best book you read?
I re-read the 5 Love Languages.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Fun Behind Sapphire

 28. What did you want and get?
Strength
Wonderful Chilren

 29. What did you want and not get?
win the lottery

 30. What was your favourite film of this year?
The Hobbit

 31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to lunch with my dad
Had sushi with my kids
 I turned 34.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
 Spending more time with the people I love.

 33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Casual business

 34. What kept you sane?
My boys, and watching them grow up. My sisters. Good support from friends.

 35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Dr. Oz

 36. What political issue stirred you the most?
the presidential election in the USA

 37. Who did you miss?
 My friend Lori

 38. Who was the best new person you met?
I have lots of new friends.

39 . Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
 Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Drive By - Train

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 - Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Rode a Mechanical Bull in Dallas, TX (BUCKET LIST item!!!)
I didn't get bucked off...I was awesome

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I was pretty diligent at the weight loss for the first few months, I've managed to keep it off all year, so I guess that's an accomplishment.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Kennedy

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Great Uncle Jim died, on Christmas Eve.

5. What countries did you visit?
USA

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
More memories with my kids, more patience, more laughter, and more energy.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Jan 2 - was the day I started the amazing South Beach Diet...and Succeeded!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Taking care of my family.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not keeping in touch better with my family.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Sprained ankle, Scarlet Fever. Fun times

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well, I didn't buy it, but I got snowshoes for Christmas, and I'm super excited to try them.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Those who chose the right.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Those who cannot forgive.

14. Where did most of your money go?
car payments, mortgage, re-paying debt, taking responsibility for my kids.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
A new job!

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Avril Lavigne - What the Hell?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? same
iii. richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Gone camping, hiking, spending time outside, running, planning

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Waiting

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas in the country.

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
....I'm Separated.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Survivor, Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser,

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope

26. What was the best book you read?
I didn't read at all this year.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Adele, Bruno Mars, LMFAO (wiggle wiggle)

28. What did you want and get?
Strength
Wonderful Chilren


29. What did you want and not get?
win the lottery

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Did I go to the movies this year?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My Birthday I hung with my friends, and enjoyed the Hockey Game (Canucks didn't bring me my Birthday Present and we lost) I turned 33.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Spending more time with the people I love.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Good Ol' Jeans and whatev.

34. What kept you sane?
My boys, and watching them grow up. My sisters. Good support from friends.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Kim Kardashian - jk

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Occupy Wall street movement.

37. Who did you miss?
My friend Lori

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Dan

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Someone like you - Adele