Category Archives: Self Improvement

Spring Training & Spring Cleaning

Well Hello March!

March is my birthday month.

So March seems like a pretty good time for me to start cleaning things up in my personal world – health, fitness, appearance, overall wellness and in my home.

Makeover March…I like that.

Do you know how much things can change over the course of one year alone?

Um, there are unlimited possibilities.

It takes planning, then lots and lots of action and one year later = taa daa, things are different.

I have already started on my let’s make some real changes Lisa journey.

I am going on a 3 Week Yoga Retreat!!

In my living room.

Here’s the website with the information if you are interested…..3 Week Yoga Retreat

Last week I also bought a Squatty Potty.

My sister forbade me of going into any type of detail about this product here, as well as on, Facebook.  That is after she could catch her breath and stop laughing.

So, should you be curious, check out the site.

I will say it works, I like it, and there has been a lot of coverage about the product – Shark Tank, The Doctors TV show, maybe even Dr. Oz (I can’t remember) and plenty of online articles.

Most recently I bought a NutriBullet® Balance Blender, and I think it is due to arrive at work today. I am excited!

Check out the website – NutriBullet® Balance Blender

There is one more thing that I would like to own and I have wanted this since last September, and that is a Teeter Inversion Table.

This product is kind of pricey so I will not be getting one until I prove to myself that I will use the yoga retreat dvd and the NutriBullet® Balance Blender.

If I am consistent with those, well, maybe for my birthday, I’ll get myself a Teeter Inversion Table!

Happy March People!

Personally, I am aiming to be a few pounds lighter, more organized and better rounded by the end of March.

And then let it spill over and continue to grow as the months unfold.


Lost In Space…

I feel somewhat lost right now.

Not lost as in down and depressed.

Lost like ~ well hells bells, I didn’t see that coming.

Um.  Now what??!!

I feel lost in two areas: me & work.

In regards to me, I have so much work to do health wise.

Holy schmoly.  Where to begin?

I FINALLY received some good news from my doctor this last Wednesday.

On my own, I managed to drop my cholesterol & sugar numbers a lot without medication.

My physical last year did not go well blood work wise and my doctor wanted to put me on medication.

I said ~ No.  Not yet.  Let me try to fix this on my own first.

She was not happy with my decision, and I said ~ This is my life, and only my vote counts.  I am going to try this on my own first.

My latest blood work shows that I have course corrected my cholesterol & sugar numbers (not perfect, but pretty damn good progress) on my own, enough so that my doctor does not see the need for medication at present or the near future (if I continue on this course correction path).

But.  It does appear that I may or may not be Anemic.

They took more blood at my Wednesday appointment to see if perhaps the lab made a mistake.  I hope they did.  I am still waiting to hear back.

Plain and simple now, I need to lose weight.

Honestly, that IS the KEY factor to everything.

If I could go back to my normal weight, @108 – 110, then all of these health problems will most likely be resolved.  Read: will be resolved.

Everything has gone downhill in the health department since I broke my foot in March 2016.

With said broken foot, I became immobile.  I hadn’t broken anything before and to go from semi-active to immobility, well, that scared the hell out of me.

So I took extra care to rest on the weekends, to repair and restore.

And um, if you do that for 2 years and eat, rest and enjoy a margarita or two on the weekends, Hello Weight gain!

For me, now, it is a matter of rewiring how I spend my time off.

My weight gain isn’t because of age or a drop in my metabolism (at least not yet!), it is 100% my own doing and therefore fixable.

If you use FaceBook you too receive those reminders about what you have posted in years past.

Um.  I personally would kick my own ass if it were possible for ever complaining @ weighing 115 pounds!!!   Geez, the young are so damn stupid. hahahaha

And in regards to work, I feel like I am getting paid really well to do 1/2 of what I used to do.  I don’t like it, but it is my fault for voicing my thoughts.  Management has lessened my work load to help me not feel overwhelmed.  Personally, I feel demoted and not quite sure what I am supposed to do and what I am not supposed to do sometimes.

I don’t know how to un-ring this bell.  To go back to how things were is not possible. I tried and that was nixed.

I may or may not be too ambitious for my own good, and a little ahead of my time (quite often!).

Nonetheless, I want to create something really great for myself.

So many friends have told me over the years ~ Just marry a guy who is crazy rich and spend his money to create whatever you want.

Small problem, I want to create something great on my own.

I may not ever reach the heights I dream of on a daily basis, but, for better or worse, whatever I achieve will be solely because of M-E.


PS ~ I don’t even use Twitter or any other hash tagging sites.   I just love my own “clever” hash tags. hahahahaha

50 Is On the Horizon in My World!


I am turning 47 this year. #2018

Holy mother of….

I don’t have a problem with 47.

I do however; have a problem with the big 5-0.

I never thought I’d get there.

As in, in my mind, I guess I thought I would always be and feel and look 40 something.


(one half) * (1 century) = 50.

Holy goodness.

A half of a century, I will have been alive for a half of a freaking century!!

D@mn.  Are you *bleeping* kidding me?

Geez.  2018 just showed up a minute ago, and now here we are and it is January 28th.

Time needs to slow the hell down!

Side note.  One way to slow down time is to disconnect completely from social media and smart phones and the likes.

I have managed to do 24 to 36 hour and slightly longer “fasts”.

I am working my way up to one month!  #For Real.

You would not believe how much you can get done, or how long your days are when you disconnect completely and focus on the now.

Like I said, I’ll be 47 this year.

That gives me 3 years to really continue to focus on growing my knowledge base before I reach 50.

  • Health/fitness wise.
  • Business wise.

Holy crap!  I just saw a commercial for AARP.

In 3 years, I will be eligible for AARP.

OMG.  That totally sucks!!  Are you *bleeping* kidding me?!

AARP should REALLY update their eligibility minimum age based on today’s life expectancy span!

But, I digress.

I know age and getting older bothers people.

It bothers the hell out of me.

I listen and talk with many people who are honest enough to say… WHAT THE HELL?! THIS TOTALLY SUCKS!!!  And then some.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but for me, I don’t like aging so quickly because there are still things I’d like to accomplish in my lifetime, on at least two fronts specifically, plus sooooo many others.

I am currently focusing on these two things for the next 3 years….

  • Health/being crazy fit for “my age”.
  • And business.

I have so much to offer, and I have so much to give…. I just need to disconnect, focus, and get on with it.

Maybe by doing so, I will actually enjoy turning 50.


And that is a mighty *BIG* maybe!!!hahahaha
















California Dreamin’

In about 2 hours, I was due to jump on a plane and fly out to California to see my sis and fam for the weekend!

Crazy, I know.

I was going to take the red eye back – land about 5:30 am on Monday – rush home, shower, change and head into work like – What?  I’ve got this, no big deal. hahahaha

Sadly, the receptionist at my firm resigned on Wednesday of this week due to health reasons, after already being out for a week and a half.

Um.  Yes.  This would be occurring at the on set of  the 2018 tax season.

Her position is… right hand person.

I wish her well and then some.  Really!

But holy moly, that puts me in a very tough and demanding position for the next few months.

Such is life.

I/We will survive and thrive!

I rescheduled my trip to see my sis and peeps to June 2018 when the kids are out of school and we can spend some major fun time together!

By the way, I have already booked and paid for the flight.  I do not care who resigns when, what or where, we will figure something out because mama jets in June.

I am going to California in June for two reasons: (a) I already deserve it and will deserve it even more on the other side of this tax season AND (b) family is so important and I am going to love on mine.  In person.

However, let’s back this truck up and give credit where credit is due.

I threw out an idea for our tax season kickoff and to my surprise and delight, my bosses heartily agreed.

Not only that, but the office will be closing early one work day for this absolutely amazing fun kickoff event!  I certainly did not see that one coming.

I love *happy* surprises.

After all, we all really pretty much be living together at work until April 2018…..when the glorious tax deadline finally arrives….and then, hello, we are back to getting off at noon on Fridays and having real weekends until December.  Rainbows in sight!

At present, I can not say any more about this mind blowing surprise because this article will appear on my Facebook feed and I am Facebook friends with a few of my co-workers.

I certainly do not want to give away any info @ the surprise should they decide to read one of my post, yeah, for the first time. hahahaha  (You know that is how it would go down if ever they were to read my blog, it would be about this surprise. hahahaha).

My bosses are pretty darn cool.  For. Real. 

It takes a lot integrity and business smarts to take care of your employees in such a way that forges fun, relaxed relationships that spill over into the work/team environment, aka we are all in this together, let’s get it done.

Bottom line….wouldn’t you like to work with people who you respect, as well as, enjoy their company, who you know will tow the line and get things done without totally grating your nerves?

Work relationships are what drive the ship.

I am very grateful to be associated with a firm that wants it all – both for the company and the employees.  Talk about win-win.

I leave you with these visions, ideas, thoughts…and of course ask that you send up warm wishes for me and my co-workers to make it to the other side of April 2018… season……hahahahha

Be the change you wish to see in your work environment (not fluffy words, seriously works).

The Best is Yet to Come!










My Day…

I accidentally lashed out yesterday morning due to being frustrated. Ok. It wasn’t accidental, but I regret it now. Not that what I said wasn’t true. It is just, sometimes my delivery seriously lacks…well it can be a bit brutal when I have tried to share same said info multiple times before. I am not proud of it, but, it is what it is now.

I should be asleep right now because it is, um, 3 am. But yesterday’s events have me up because I am really bothered.  Ever had one of those days when you wish you could have a do over? Um. That’s me right about now.

Thank God this is Thanksgiving week.  I only need to get through today and tomorrow, keep my head down, work hard…and then I am free for four whole glorious days to collect myself.  God grant me peace, please grant me grace and for the love of all that is good the freaking wisdom to zip it! hahaha

Epic Fail

I am seriously failing school right now, well at least in my Business course.  I just took Test 1 and I got….64%.  Um.  I am used to an A due to absolutely no social life, aka sucks, but at least I get an A.

I am kinda pissed on several levels right about now.

Maybe disappointed is a better word.

I cancelled my trip to CA to see my sis and family to enjoy Great Wolf Lodge water park/slides and Disneyland with them in order to try to complete the 3 classes I signed up that are needed to complete the Bookkeeping Certificate.

This alone upsets me greatly.  I wanted to hang with them and experience a water park galore.  For real.  A big dream.

Plus.  I really haven’t had a “real” vaca in 10 or so years.

I am a water baby.  I am beyond words energized by water and so wanted to enjoy the lodge.

But nonetheless, here and now, I am between a rock and a hard place.

I don’t want this certificate to take 2 years.  I really don’t.

I have a slight scheduling problem when it comes to school because of tax season, which runs January 1st – April 15th is Spring Session in school.  That eliminates one whole semester for me as there is no way I could do both.

I signed up for 3 summer session classes (which are shorter sessions than Spring and Fall semesters, um, as you can tell, I wasn’t prepared for that).  I am trying to get it done as quickly as possible so I can move on to the next stage…an Accounting Certificate.

That one really may take two years due to tax seasons.

I wanted to at least complete one certificate by the end of 2017.

And I am soooooo pissed that I am spending so much time on this Business Class!

By the way, like I said, it is the class that I am currently failing.

I am spending more time on that than the Accounting Class….the whole freaking reason I am here in the first place!

Anyway, I am a little discouraged tonight.  Tomorrow hopefully will be a  new day.

But for the love of God, I cannot believe I failed my first exam


Do not count me out yet, as I oddly find all of this information I am learning very interesting.

It is just the time frame that I have to pull it all off that is giving me trouble.

Until then, thus far, epic fail…..

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World

Best. Audio. Book. Ever!

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World by Admiral William McRaven, retired Navy Seal Commander, is an amazing book.

Short and sweet.

After I bought it and went to download it, I noticed that is was just over an hour, whereas most of the books I have purchased can run up to 8 hours.

This book is a bestseller, #5 on Amazon, so I was intrigued as to what he could share that was so powerful.

His book has 5 stars from every reader who rated it on Amazon as of just now.  I don’t think I have seen 100% 5 star rating before.

And I must say, he does not disappoint.

I think it is better to listen to the audio book because he reads the book himself.

His voice alone is powerful.

Here are the bullet points that he makes, but you are going to want to hear or read the full story behind each for yourself.

“If you want to change your life or maybe the world remember:

Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. 

But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the down trodden, and never EVER give up…

If you do these things, then you can change your life for the better, and maybe the world.”   — Admiral William McRaven


I got up at 5am this morning.

I made my bed better than I normally do.

I completed the task of riding my motorcycle for an hour.

I am telling you, you are going to want to check out this book.






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