It’s a cold and snowy April Saturday here in WI. I thought I’d take a few minutes to go back through my SS Mommy website and discovered I haven’t posted anything on here in over a year!
I’m sure 2017 was a fun and eventful year and I don’t really know why I stopped writing. I find it’s always easier when I have a muse – someone who inspires me to write more. I think I need to look for the muse within myself and inspire myself to write.
Last weekend was a cold and blistery 16 degree day but I went out and accomplished one of my goals. I took the basic motorcycle riders course and now I have my class M license! Back when Chris and I were dating, we’d been down in La Crosse visiting Travis, Sara and Elena – we stopped at Kwik Trip for gas and while he was inside, I slid down to the drivers seat of his bike. I think it was then that I got the idea that I wanted my own license. Now, I’m one step closer to riding my own bike out to Rolling Thunder in 2020!
Changes for Social Web Dzine
The business has had it’s ups and downs – it’s slowly moving back towards a growth stage with a whole of hard work and elbow grease from me. I’ve implemented a lot of changes and now have a team of people who work with me that specialize in various aspects of digital marketing. It’s really nice to be able to take on larger projects and hand off different parts of it to other people and know it’s going to be done to my high expectations. I’m still looking for a virtual assistant – this is a tough task to work on because this person will be working more closely with me than the other team members. For now the rest of us are working on branding, a new logo, a name update, and just unifying everything to make the business stronger and better for the customers we work with.
Updates about My Munchinks
Sarah is two years into her degree program and has now been accepted into the college of nursing. The first two years was mostly prep for this step – now she’s on track to her end goal of becoming a nurse.
Isaac is becoming more and more of an entrepreneur every day – like me, he follows Gary Vaynerchuck every day and is getting more and more ideas for his future. He’s planning to go to tech school right now and do something in the electrical field – he’s still exploring options.
Since he first got into high school, Benjamin has wanted to be a welder and this is where he’s gearing all his efforts. He enjoys working with his hands whether it’s with metal or wood. He’s very artistic and has a creative mind.
Darrell has moved on to another job and is loving what he does. He’s working for a company that builds home and has moved around through different positions in the company. He’s looking towards his future and what next steps he wants to take.
Travis and his girlfriend Sara got married and moved around a bit last year. While they were out in the Dakotas, they were in a car accident and Sara miscarried their second child. It was pretty heartbreaking for all of us to loose this little girl. She now expecting again and will be delivering sometime this summer …I think.
So what about me? Where am I going? What am I doing?
Some days I feel lost, some days I feel focused. Since starting to listen to GaryVee, I have to say that I’m having more focused days than I am having lost days. I’m learning to cut out the negative people from my life. I no longer am willing to sit and listen to someone who whines and complains about everything – I can feel how it gets me down. I once would sit and listen to this crap and then chime in with my own “woe is me” story. Not anymore! I’ve kind of gotten the “suck it up buttercup” attitude lately.
I’ve joined the AMVETS Ladies Auxillary in Redgranite – never quite sure exactly how the correct way to write it is, I know there’s lots of rules regarding the name. I guess as a digital marketing guru and branding specialist I need to figure it out and get it right! I love the auxillary but volunteering, donating, and all the stuff that goes along with it are tough right now. No, I’m not whining – just stating facts. I find it a bit difficult to help others at the moment when I’m struggling to help myself with everything.
Also have joined the AMVETS Riders and I have to admit this is something I’m more interested in and passionate about. The group is small right now and it’s easier to get to know the people and I feel very connected with all the causes they support and the ways we raise money. With the AMVETS Riders, I feel I have more opportunities to donate my time and my skills and help in ways that I’m good at. And of course, have fun doing it!
The landlord has had conversations with me about buying this house – and that’s really exciting. I know I need to get some things in order to make that happen but that’ll be fun new adventure.
I’ve been out to a gun range and learned how to shoot a handgun. Was a very fun experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I discovered a 38 special that I really liked – has to be black, though. I want a gun, but hey I’m still a girl so looks matter! LOL
As for my personal life – dating stuff; well after the end Chris and I, I’ve decided to keep that stuff the SS Mommy blog. Until life sets things in concrete – I think I’d rather just keep it to stuff about every day life.
I hope to start blogging more – let’s say maybe once a week. So hopefully, I’ll see you all again, next Saturday!
Here’s some pictures over the past year for you to see where things have been with us – click on the image and it’ll expand so you can see it better. (p.s. I’m going to fix the font on this website soon so it’s more readable. The SS Mommy has been neglected for awhile so bear with me while I update things on here a bit.