National Margarita Day

Sunday, February 22 is a great day! Hanging out in West University, Houston, Texas at Under the Volcano enjoying a delicious Margarita on the rocks. As we sit on the patio with fans blowing and it’s 75 degrees, two people having funny conversations, one person working on their laptop, another sitting reading the paper and their dog laying on the ground. I love Houston atmosphere and hospitality. People smile at you, say hello and are courteous to share a table with you. Sunday’s are my favorite day to relax out on a patio in Houston.

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What do your Sunday’s look like? Do you enjoy the outside? Are you a inside bar only person? Whatever your preference is, enjoy yourself and surround it with good people, good food and good beverages.

Cheers,

jRose

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People over Projects…Lysa TerKeurst

“When our to-do lists tug at our attention, we have to remember: the people in our lives need us. We need space to connect and process together. After all, conversational threads are what make up the fabric of relationships.” Lysa TerKeurst

This came from: How to Choose People Over Projects

I read this today and for the past several months I was choosing “projects over people”, a job over EVERYTHING else. And if you know me….that’s not me at all. So, I made a change, not for money, not for peace, but for relationships that matter to me….YOU…my friends, my family! Yes, Charles and I own a small business, we are busy, but when it comes to friendships, we value them, we love to entertain and stay in touch. So, let’s have conversations, let’s create a blanket of memories.
Coffee dates, beer dates, cupcake date or just a phone call date.

Happy Thursday!

jRose

Let’s give this a little try….

2015 started out with a serious bang….I quit my job. But overall, it was a good thing. I had to move on with what was a priority in life….my family. Working long days, not cooking dinner, grouchy husband and restless adult children, I had to give in and find a job that would best suit my needs as a mom and wife. But that didn’t mean to stay home (though I did for 8 days).

My recruiter found me a part-time position as a receptionist, paying more than what I was getting at my old job and I go in for 4.5 hrs. SWEET! I can still make breakfast every now and then for the guys in the morning and my daughter and I can talk a morning stroll at the Houston Arboretum. I am able to clean house, do laundry and take care of my husband’s social media for Mancave Toyz. I can brainstorm about cupcake ideas and much more. I know this is going to be a good thing.

This weekend, I am going to bake a bit for my family. I want to try out some new recipes and a friend of mine sent me some homemade toffee to try which will go into a cupcake. Though I am in the mood to bake Neapolitan Cupcakes by Cooking Classy . So, it just night happen and stay tuned this weekend for pics and an update.

Getting bake to baking has made my heart a bit happier. I am always excited to bring out the mixer and spatulas. So, if you like sweets, keep it here and you just might see more of them and I will share recipes from great bakers all around.

Have a safe weekend!

jRose

The beginning of a new season…Christmas

Christmas was never a good holiday for me, at least for the past 4 years. Family grows apart, friendships fade and well, the time of depression tends to set in….DEEPLY. But this holiday season I will make it different, I will make it better around my family. My spirits will be lifted, my mindset will be positive and my overall goal is to be as happy as I possibly can.

The empty bench that you see here will be filled with time spent reading, drinking coffee and conversations with people that I love and enjoy. So, come join me and help me make memories and laugh about the nonsense of life’s worries.

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Happy Holidays,

jRose

Day 21 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 21 – I DID IT! I have accomplished the early mornings, the going to bed by 10pm, sometimes 9pm, the cleaning of my house early in the morning and the good walks that I had while seeing the sun rise. Do I keep it going? I am not sure yet, maybe just a few days of the week.

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I didn’t do this challenge alone. You all that have started following me, liking my posts and sending me messages are the ones that are most encouraging because it kept me going. I didn’t want to disappoint you. I didn’t want to disappoint myself. I had to stay motivated and focused, with that I want to say Thank You!

This morning I read through all my posts, and I can’t believe some of the things I accomplished and some things I should have done better. Overall, I am happy with my #21EarlyDays challenge and I thank Filipe Castro Matos for the “12 lessons of waking up at 4:30a for 21 days.” I learned how to manage my time, go to bed and rest, and see life as a whole and not just for myself.

From the book Now is the time, by Patrick Lindsay

Now is the time…to ignore your limitations

Limitations are just guideposts,

They may signal different routes

or different ways to reach a destination.

But they won’t prevent us from getting there,

unless we empower them to do so.

Ignore them,

focus on the journey.

Happy Thursday!

Cheers,

JRose!

Day 20 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 20!!! WOW, just 1 more day and I can’t believe it’s gone by so quickly. Hello October!

tumblr_mtzx79ZDUu1qa0w1qo1_500The one important thing that I have learned is eating healthy in the morning and going for a walk. I use to rush out the door and stop at the nearest fast food place to grab breakfast, eat it while driving and feel miserable for the next hour or so. I have saved money by not doing that, I have been selective on what I eat and then I take a nice walk to help digest. Not only that, but taking my vitamins and feeling energized has been great. I am more focused on my needs and at times my moods (not sure if that will change). But I know that my life has changed and I see things differently. I am out of my comfort zone and I never thought I would get there.

comfort_zone_quote_webToday I woke up at 5am and I have cleaned my kitchen, swept the floors, made my bed (that’s everyday), replied/sent emails, worked on social media for work and did some yoga (it’s raining and I can’t go for a walk). I cooked breakfast for myself and had 2 cups of coffee. I feel pretty good this morning, even though I went to bed pretty late. I will move forward this morning with lots of energy and ambition.

It’s never too late…to go forward.

If you are marking time,

you’re going backward

as the world moves past you.

Look ahead.

Aim high.

Push on.

Grow.

Happy day!

Cheers,

JRose!

Day 12 Rest Day – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 12 is a day of rest because it’s Sunday! Yeah, yeah, today was not an early day for me, but I did wake up at 7:30a. I got a lot done this morning which included running errands, a little bit of yard work and some cleaning of my house. It’s 6pm right now and I should be doing some laundry, but we just got back from the grocery store and I figured I owed my readers a blog today. 🙂

Yesterday was a lot of fun. We attended the Houston Vintage Market, I bought a cute vintage navy handbag that I LOVE!! My daughter bought a vintage camera and a locket that is very cute. Dinner was fun with my boss and co-workers. Then we came home and went to bed. I didn’t sleep well because the younger child was out with friends and well, momma always worries.

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Today we had some friends over for the football game. It was fun having people over, I miss entertaining. It use to be a must in my home at least 3 times a month, but life has gotten the better of us and we simply just don’t have time. That’s it!! I am going to make time to do it again. I miss my friends and the fun times we had together. I need to make that happen!

Well, I need to get stuff done, but before I go here’s another little It’s Never Too Late….

 to make your house a home

Stamp your personality on your home.

Invest some love in it.

Give it something of yourself.

Your colours.

Your pictures.

Your favorite objects.

In return, it will welcome you

and your friends.

Happy Sunday all!

Cheers,

JRose!