Hey! Remember me? I’m still alive and blogging! I’ve been pouring all of my energies into the blog and online store for NataMari Design’s, our textile design business. Yep, the day is here and our online shop is now open and the blog is alive and kicking.
NataMari Designs Store
NataMari Designs Blog
So, stop over when you get a chance and tell me what you think, you can even purchase a pillow or two 🙂
Today is December 1st…wow! In 24 days we will be celebrating Christmas, and in 30 days New Years Eve. This year has been a whirlwind of events, travel, friends, family, and blessings. I’m sad to see this so quickly, but I’m definitely looking forward to 2012. In a few weeks Dr. B and I will sit down and review our goals that we made during the beginning of the year. We knocked a few out of the park, and others we fell somewhat short. Which I can live with because the real lesson comes from the actual planning, and the process of striving towards the goal.
Screenshot of our 2011 goal spreadsheet
One milestone I’m happy to say that I’ve completed is starting my business, NataMari Designs. I’ve been busy working on my designs, adding content to my new blog, and getting my online store setup. It’s required tons of hard work but I love every minute of it. So please when you get a chance check out my new blog and shop and tell me what you think!
Last week I blogged about my personal style, and how it has evolved after I got married. One thing I have come to realize is that regardless of what style icon I’m channeling at the moment, to achieve that look, some form of shopping (on the Internet or in-person) has to occur. Right? I truly believe people don’t change…much. I was a shopper before I met my husband, and It be unrealistic to believe that because I am married I wouldn’t shop anymore. I have to admit shopping was once one of my favorite pastimes. Most Saturday’s my older sister and I would meet up and shop, have lunch, then shop some more. I
tried not to spend more money than I budgeted for shopping. And I always paid cash, so financially I was ‘responsible’. Although I have to admit I could have saved much more than I did.
Now that I’m married, I try to limit my clothes shopping to buying seasonal basics and special occasion items. But, that doesn’t always work. Personally, I believe that getting married changes your perspectives and priorities, but it never takes away your desire to indulge in fashion. In an effort to curtail impulsive shopping, I decided to try the Pie Chart Shopping method. I came across this method while reading I Love Your Style, by Amanda Brooks. Amanda suggests making a pie chart to prioritize the areas of your life you dress for. There are six main areas: work, play/casual, play/elegant, sports/exercise, social functions, and bedtime.
“The pie chart can help you visualize how much time you spend in each area, and how important those areas are to you, and budget accordingly.”
Now when I’m shopping, and I see something I like, my goal is to decide if it belongs one of my high-percentage shopping categories such casual, exercise, and social. If not… I don’t buy it. I will still continue to shop, but with focus on social and casual clothing. Which allows me to have my cake and eat it too! Would you try the Pie Chart Method? What methods do you use to curtail spending?
Dr. B has penned an enlightening look at the effects of visionary leadership on team performance, check it out here!
(uugh! WordPress is acting up today, so I cannot embed the link..sorry)
Ok, I have a little secret to tell. Bernard is helping me with my homework 🙂 Yes sir! One of the benefits of marrying a man with a PhD is that he can help me
with my PhD work! You see, I decided to change my program of study for my PhD. Instead of taking both courses and completing research, I decided to go the pure course route. The reason being, I finished my courses last June an started on my first (of three) research papers that leads up to my dissertation. Well, this paper that should have only taken 4 to 6 months was taking almost a year! I just couldn’t wrap my brain around the subject matter, even though it was a topic that I chose – the total economic impact of cloud-based computing on internet (yep, don’t say it, I know). So, when my school, Walden University, announced a new course-based program of study, I said sign me up, all his research paper writing is for the birds. Basically, the difference between the two programs is that in lieu of doing three independent(90 page) research papers, I now have to take 6 additional courses. Being that I wasn’t making any meaningful progress, and for fear reaching my life-long financial aid cap before I finished, I decided to make the switch to the course-based program.
So I just started one of my new courses on Monday, which is Research Seminar III- Data analysis for Applied management and decision sciences (um huh, one of those fun and exciting courses). It’s basically an advanced business statistics course. But, because my fiance husband is like a statistics genius, I have a bring it on attitude, because Dr. B is going to help me! Yep, I know I should be ashamed of my self, but I’m not. The bible says we all have gifts and that we should use them to help others. Well, Dr. B has the gift of statistics (I think it’s on the list….) and I believe, it is his christian husband duty to help me pass this hard a** course. That’s what I keep telling myself as he reads chapter and I type this blog post. Marriage does have it’s benefits.
Ever have your husband or wife “help” you with an assignment for school, work, etc? How did that work out? Readers the floor is yours.