Catching Up: December Recap (Part 1)

Well hello there! I can’t believe it’s already a new year and I haven’t written since November. Things have been busy, busy, busy and time is just flying by. I sometimes wish life had a pause button, or at least a slow down one… haha! It’s only going to get worse as I get older, too. Gosh I can’t even imagine what it’s like when you have kids. Anyways…

Let’s catch up, shall we?

December was… CRAZY. Just crazy! I started the month off with my company’s first ever conference that we hosted in Raleigh, NC (an owner’s summit for lawn care and pest control business owners) so that completely took over my life for like 5 days. It was such a cool experience though, and I’m glad I got to be part of our inaugural event. But man was I exhausted by the end of it!!

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Not only did I help out with the setup, mingled with clients, and took all of the photos throughout the event, but I also had to give a 10 minute presentation… which may not sound like much, but I don’t have much experience with public speaking so it was definitely out of my comfort zone! I thoroughly researched and prepared my presentation and practiced like crazy… there were still so many nerves… but I’m so glad I did it! Although I haven’t seen the recorded version of it yet, so that might change my mind haha (I hate the sound of my voice).

We did get to have someย fun, too! Each night of the conference we had some type of social event. The first night was a welcome party at the hotel, where we all just hung out with all of the attendees… I even had some wine and played Bananagrams!

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The second night after the conference, we had a client dinner reception and then the third night we had a closing party at Kings – a local bowling alley & bar in Raleigh. We even did the mannequin challenge at the bowling alley! (I wish I had a copy of the video to show you.)

The weekend after the conference, one of my coworkers hosted a Christmas party & white elephant gift exchange for the ladies at work. As if we hadn’t already spent SO much time together that week haha. Luckily we have a close-knit group at work and we don’t get sick of each other (usually).

What else happened in December?

Hmm… I decided to start Bullet Journaling! I won’t go into too much detail on that in this post because I want to do a separate post on it, but I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I’ve even turned quite a few coworkers and friends onto it. I also bought my first Kylie lipsticks – the color ended up not working for me so I sold them to a coworker… but I’m still on the hunt for a shade that will look good. Here’s what I got and how it looked (I bought a lipstick and a gloss, so I did lipstick first, then topped it with the gloss):

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A little too brown for my taste. I wanted something not too dark, but a little pinky/purply. It’s always hard to tell by the photos online! Speaking of beauty products, I also got my first ipsy* bag in December! My friend Katie recommended ipsy* to me… and so far I like it a lot. I’ll have to do a blog post or video about it once I get my January bag.

(*referral links)

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The following weekend, my company then had it’s annual Christmas party in downtown Raleigh! (I told you December was a crazy busy month). Mike and I got all dressed up and headed downtown. The pre-party was held at our office, where we had all kinds of catered food and our own bartender. We also played another game of White Elephant Christmas!

Then we headed over to The Raleigh Times for the main event. It was a lot of fun hanging out with everyone, eating some good food, and having a few drinks! There was also an Instax camera that we all had a little fun with… Here’s a shot of ย Mike & I:

Something else that happened in December… I took another Skillpop class! A few coworkers and I couldn’t wait to try out Watercolor Florals. It was so much fun (y’all should know by now that I love Skillpop’s classes… haha). We were taught by Alexa Behar from Sage Paper Co. at the Loading Dock in Raleigh. We started out playing with colors and getting used to the watercolor format and different brush strokes. Then we got to practice painting flowers and leaves. And whatever else we felt like painting…

I really liked being more abstract with the watercolor, since I’m not a particularly good drawer. I really want to practice this some more and/or take additional watercolor classes. It’s on my 30 by 30 list!

Whew… this turned into a LONG post. I have more I want to catch up on but I think I’m going to make this a 2-part post. Then… hopefully… I can get back to more regular blogging so I don’t cram everything into one post. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Thanks so much for reading and I’d love to connect with you – leave a comment or follow me on social media! Stay tuned for part 2 ๐Ÿ™‚

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