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I did a self-improvement workshop a few weeks back for a group of university students. I promised them that I would send them weekly positive affirmations to help guide them and hopefully aid them in whatever they needed for that weeks time. Through conversation, more students and staff asked to be part of the email blast. So, I decided to post the affirmations here on my blog as a way to reach out to my whole community to help you on whatever journey you’re on.
This quote changed my life’s perspective. Maya Angelou (yes I had the pleasure of meeting her & it was amazing) is/was a powerhouse of a woman…a human…a being. And some would say that this quote turned affirmation isn’t quite positive - perhaps blunt and somewhat attainable based on how much control you have over your own thoughts. Knowing what I know that has been published about her life, this quote is a powerful statement.
I go about my life with this in my pocket. Knowing that I do have the ability to challenge any thoughts that may hold me back. Knowing that I have the capabilities to work towards my desired confidence level. And lastly, while there is a place for complaining - knowing that my actions are stronger than my words. Enjoy (life). 

I did a self-improvement workshop a few weeks back for a group of university students. I promised them that I would send them weekly positive affirmations to help guide them and hopefully aid them in whatever they needed for that weeks time. Through conversation, more students and staff asked to be part of the email blast. So, I decided to post the affirmations here on my blog as a way to reach out to my whole community to help you on whatever journey you’re on.

This quote changed my life’s perspective. Maya Angelou (yes I had the pleasure of meeting her & it was amazing) is/was a powerhouse of a woman…a human…a being. And some would say that this quote turned affirmation isn’t quite positive - perhaps blunt and somewhat attainable based on how much control you have over your own thoughts. Knowing what I know that has been published about her life, this quote is a powerful statement.

I go about my life with this in my pocket. Knowing that I do have the ability to challenge any thoughts that may hold me back. Knowing that I have the capabilities to work towards my desired confidence level. And lastly, while there is a place for complaining - knowing that my actions are stronger than my words. Enjoy (life). 

The other day a student was flabbergasted when I told her I was in my 30s. Her response when I told her this was, “But you don’t have any wrinkles!” I laughed and replied, “They’re there…,just small because I wear sunscreen and nothing else.” I went on to tell her that she was a natural beauty (which she is) and while make-up is fun, it promotes signs of early aging. The conversation made me think of this video. Enjoy.

Whew! All work and little play. That has been my life up to this point. Thank goodness I get to design a bit/a lot for my job! Here are some designs I cooked up for Gig’Em Week - a welcome week at the university I work at. 

Special thanks goes out to “J”, a wonderful student who agreed to be featured on my blog showcasing my work & his Aggie swagger! 

Coming to an office near me. Happy Monday Morning for my coworkers! :) I always make 12 for the office and the left overs for us. Today I stretched the batter a bit, so Love has a lot of cupcakes he can enjoy this week.

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes (makes 18-24 cupcakes)

Cake: 2/3 cup self raising flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup malt flour, 1/3 cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, pinch of salt, 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, & 2-5 tbs whole milk (based on what consistency you want them to be)

Icing: 1 1/2 unsalted butter, 2 cups powder sugar, 1/4 tbs vanilla extract, 3 tbs whole milk, 1/4-1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1. Sift dry ingredients & mix

2. Add butter & wet ingredients 

3. Mix really really well

4. Set oven to 320F, line cupcakes, put in cake batter 3/4 of the way full, & bake for 20 some odd minutes

5. Mix butter for icing until it’s whipped and fluffy

6. Add 1 cup of powered sugar, mix with butter, then add second cup. Mix really well

7. Add vanilla extract & whole milk

8. Split batter into 2. In one bowl add the cocoa powder to make chocolate icing (to taste, or based on my measurements). In the other make peppermint icing (to taste, or based on my measurements).

9. Let cake cool, decorate with icing

10. Eat. Nom nom….

I’ve never been a baker. I’ve only started trying to do so in an attempt to network & mingle with outside co-workers. When I won a bake off at work, I decided to take this on for yet another hobby. I’m still trying to get them to look pretty - but with time and practice, they will be grand. :)

So, here it is! My Chevron Quilt I made earlier this year. It’s a Chevron Quilt I made using this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. It comes out to be a full sized quilt. I used Mod Century fabric from Moda for the front, back, and binding along with a white layer cake (I believe it was Snow White from Kona Solids). For quilting, I just followed the chevron pattern on the white using orange thread for a more retro feel. 

Asia, my constant companion, couldn’t help herself. She had to be in at least one photo!

Ohhh Weee! Starting another small quilt topper with these charm packs! Love and I try our best to make our Christmas gifts. They end up costing more, but they’re from the heart. I finished a chevron quilt a while ago that I still need to post here. I’ll do that this weekend. Promise! :)

Ohhh Weee! Starting another small quilt topper with these charm packs! Love and I try our best to make our Christmas gifts. They end up costing more, but they’re from the heart. I finished a chevron quilt a while ago that I still need to post here. I’ll do that this weekend. Promise! :)

Forgot to mention - I won 2 awards for a Bake Off competition at work! Best Presentation & Best Overall (presentation & taste). I made Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes. Recipe found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFwzmkqK1a8

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