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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.


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
















In A Really Good Place

I am in a really good place in my life right now.

And I am beyond thankful.

I cannot even express the amount of gratitude I have for all who have helped me and for everything I have in my life right now.

Normally I would be scared to say how good my life is for fear that something really bad would happen.

The whole….and then the other shoe drops kind of thing.

But you know what I have learned?

There is good stuff in life and there is bad stuff in life, and life is always going to go between the two so I might as well be in the present and know and feel and say – I am in a really good place in my life right now.

This has been a long time coming.

I have had my share of ups and I have had my share of downs in my 46 years of life.

And when I say downs, I mean d-o-w-n-s.

There is one area of my life in which I feel charmed.

And that is in real estate.

17 years ago I purchased my first condo for $110k.

8 years ago I sold my first condo for $330k.

I sold my condo on November 30, 2009.

It was not a happy event.  Not. At. All.

I sold it out of fear.

Fear that I would not be able to meet my financial obligations at the time.

I tried self-employment for a while.


That did NOT work.

I wanted to make sure that I did not default on anything, so I sold my much-loved home.

Present day, November 2017, 8 years later, I am buying a new condo.

I really never thought I’d be here again.

I was cool with renting.

Footloose and fancy free baby!

Although, come to think of it, I have lived in my current apartment for 4 years now.

BUT, I could leave if I really want to move somewhere else!!! hahaha

I have had a lot of help to make this transition from renter to home owner which I am so grateful for, I have had the quickest start to finish home buying process that it still blows my mind.

It has been so smooth, and quick that there is now talk of settling earlier than the scheduled date of November 20th.

The condo that I am buying, um, EXCEEDS what I thought was possible for me.

Everything is BRAND NEW and TOP OF THE LINE, outside of the condo itself, oh, and the stackable washer and dryer.  But I’ll gladly replace that down the road when necessary.

I love my job and the people I work with, and there are so many things that I am excited about learning that will benefit both them and me.

Of course, I love my cats.

I love my family (SO MUCH) and my friends.

Oh, I love the vehicles I own.

And I am very grateful that I have a surrogate brother-in-law to help me with all kinds of stuff (read: my motorcycle) since my real bro-in-law currently resides in CA.

Bottom line, in this moment in time, I am in love with my life and I am grateful.

Like I said, I am in a really good place in my life right now.

I am beyond thankful.

And this has been a long time coming.

Note to all:  Never give up.




A Shift in Focus

A lot has happened in the last two months.

I withdrew from my accounting certificate classes back in June because I was really behind due to taking care of Mozzie.

A “W” (withdrawal) looks a heck of a lot better on my transcript than an “F.”

I lost the money too.

That was a very hard and an expensive pill to swallow.

The school wasn’t going to refund my money nor transfer me to the next semester of classes due to a cat emergency.

Believe me, I looked into it.

I also spent the following upcoming three classes’ and textbooks worth of money on Mozzie’s care.

The necessary ultra sound alone cost $600.

So poof, my scholastic goals went up in smoke rather quickly.

To be honest, I was mad at myself for even beginning that goal prior to beginning an even more important goal that could change my life.


He is purrfectly good now and I do not regret spending any money on helping him.

He has IBS and I give him a pill every other day.

Although neither of us enjoys the process, he is doing well and we are dealing.

The more important goal that could change my life was (and is)….my health.

I knew that I knew that I should have made that my focus before taking accounting classes.

I firmly believe that without your health, you have nothing.

I learned that first hand when I broke my foot, an eye-opening experience for me.

First time I had broken something and became somewhat immobilized.

Yet I put my hopes of excelling at work and finally making six figures ahead of everything else.

Wrong move.

I am administrative.

There are tons of accountants on staff and new ones coming on board with far more knowledge and that have time in than I could ever hope to have…so my health really should have been my first priority.

Now by default, it is.

A blessing in disguise if you will.

As of this last Monday, I started a 90 day fitness program by Jillian Michael AND I have an accountability partner.

We check in daily.

I also signed up for the Hello Fresh food delivery service.

Simple recipes to cook and the food and recipes are delivered to my front doorstep.

I am finally going to learn how to cook!

Hello. Fresh.

I tried this set up once before with Blue Apron.

But the recipes, although really good, were a little bit too fancy for me so it did not last long.

Check out Hello Fresh.

Now this is simple cooking in my book!


My last physical with my doc was SO not good.

It was the worst one that I have had in my life to date.

My doctor said – what (the hell, she wanted to say but did not) has changed in the last 3 years????

You went from 115 to 130 to 150 in three years.

Now things really need to change and go the other way.

Beyond my broken foot that took me from 130 to 150, all I could come up with for her was….

Um, my commute and stress and being less physical due to less time and energy.

As she pointed out…I am in control of me.

Not only that, but I am responsible for me.

My health really should be ultra important because without it, um, nothing else matters.

In order to get myself back on track, I realized that I must make the following changes – diet and exercise.

Now.  I have a dedicated accountability partner in place who wants what I want, both for herself, as well as for me.

I really hope that I am only half way done with my time here on earth.

That being the case, it is time that I take my foot out of the grave and begin living life so I can look back one day and say –

I did well, I am happy and holy smack am I hot!

I would not be me without that last comment.

Just sayin’.


My wish – health for all.















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.






School is in Session

Well not really.  Not yet.

My classes start a week from today on Monday, May 22nd.


My boss agreed to let me try working extended hours Monday – Thursday, and taking off Fridays (since our non-tax season hours are 8:30am – noon on Fridays).

Notice the word try.

As in this is not a completely done deal yet.  So, I will work hard to ensure that I stay on top of my duties.

One less day of commuting and one more day to study = would help me tremendously not to burnout on any fronts.

Although my official school classes don’t start until Monday, I’ve been studying audio books like mad for the last year, with a concerted effort for the last six months.

I don’t only listen to the audio books during my commutes to and from work.  I listen in the morning, I listen in the evening, I listen while cleaning, I listen while walking, I listen while sitting out on my porch.  In short – I listen, listen, and listen.

When I am tired of listening or need a break, I turn to music or silence for a while (even days) until I am ready to hear more information.

I’d like to share what I have been listening to over the last year.

Perhaps you will find something of interest.

I started with one book which led me to another, or I would read or hear about a book and I just followed the path.

The first two are my absolute favorites because they are personal life stories, and I am very interested in these people’s lives and how they got to where they are today.

I hope you find something of interest.



My deepest desires?

To never stop learning.

To never think I know all that I need to know.

And to always keep an open mind and be willing to at least explore.



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