My Monthly Memories: February

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Monthly Memories 

February has been a crazy month. I started a new job and absolutely love it.

It is hard to believe that about a month ago I was devasted about getting laid off. And now I am learning so many new things in the HVAC industry, plus getting to use my marketing skills. It’s a total win.

I also realized that I am now in a place of employment which actually values and respects my knowledge and opinion. It has boosted my self-esteem and taken my career to a whole other level.

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Before I was laid off, I really thought I had the best job on the planet. That is why I took it so hard when I was let go. The problem with me is the people I work with become like family and it hurt not being part of that family anymore.

However, this experience made me realized when the unexpected happens it doesn’t mean the outcome will be awful. It could mean something fantastic is in store.

I am thankful for this learning experience and look forward to many years at my new job.

 

 

 

Happy Dance!

I haven’t written in a few days, but I have wonderful news.

I got a new job and started this week. I am so excited but been very busy getting all squared away.

Being laid off totally sucked and I am so thankful I have found a good company to work for.

On another note, Broncos won the Super Bowl!

I hope to get back on my regular writing schedule soon.

Thanks for your support and prayers.

Hugs!

 

January Has Come and Gone. 2016 Has Already Been A Wild Ride.

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I was approached about doing a monthly blog post recapping each month. Sort of a way to capture memories. So I had to jump on the wagon.

As January comes to a close, I have definitely started the New Year with a bang.

I was laid off.

My uncle passed away.

I had a little bout of depression.

Realized my husband is pretty incredible.

My kids are rock stars.

I have lots of love and support.

Had the best blogging post day ever.

Applied for many jobs.

Made my best batch of chili to date.

Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl.

Nursed one of my cats back to health.

 

I really was hoping 2016 would be a little more laid back, but I did decide this was going to be the year I do more.

If you would like to participate in this blogging event, all you need to do is click the link below to join in. It will be a great way to connect with other bloggers and share your stories. Thank you Basant for inviting me to participate.

My Monthly Memories Blogging Event

You Just Don’t Know How Far You’ve Come Until You See Where You Are Now.

I forgot to post this photo over Christmas. The picture on the left is from 2013 about a week after Mal was diagnosed. When we were at the Wichita Littlest Hero’s Christmas Event, Mallorie wanted to replicate the photo from 2013, so that is the photo on the right. Sometimes you just don’t know how far you’ve come until you can see where you are now. From a straight-haired girl to a curly young lady, we are thankful for such wonderful progress.

 

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Blogging 101~ Who I am & Why I’m Here

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I have started a new class on blogging, which might seem sort of odd since I have been blogging on and off for a couple years now. My philosophy, never stop learning, so I am officially taking Blogging 101.

My first assignment is to post about who I am and why am I here. Well, my name is Dee Dee. I am an Aries, like long walks on the beach and candlelight dinners.

Yeah right. First of all, I live in Kansas so there are no beaches, I have three kids, so no time for candlelight dinners and the only true statement from above is I am an Aries.

I am a mother of three humans, married to one good lookin’ guy, two cats away from being considered a crazy cat lady, and work in advertising. I love WWE and the Denver Broncos. (P.S. – they won tonight.) I believe in God and that I can make everything I see on Pinterest.

The reason I am here is kind of a cool story. Ever since I was a young girl, I can remember always writing in my diary, poetry and stories. I can even remember the titles of my first poems I wrote. I typed them out on a typewriter.(For you young readers, if you are not sure what a typewriter is, go ahead and Google that.)  My mom stills has them and sometimes my sister likes to get them out and read them. Makes my kids laugh. The titles were very simple. One was called “The Meadow” and the other “The Mirror.” I was a very deep 10-year-old.

Back in 2013 I wanted to start sharing positive information with my Facebook friends. At the time I was working for a church and was sadden by all the jacked up stuff in our world. I thought a little positivity every day would not only brighten someone’s outlook, but help me smile too.

Originally, my blog was called, “On My Nugget.” It was simply a chance for me to write and express myself in a form I love, but it never had a certain direction or a mission. Then one day, a good friend of mine had noticed I hadn’t been posting any positivity on Facebook. She wrote me, “Hey girl, where’s my morning mojo?” Immediately a light bulb went off and I realized positivity is important and needed. And that is how Morning Mojo was born. However, the story gets even crazier.

I finally felt like I had a clear direction and goal for what I wanted Morning Mojo to become. I wanted to share joy, God, inspiration ~ all that stuff we lack in society. And three days after I changed the name over to Morning Mojo, my middle daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. What the heck, right?

For a while Morning Mojo became more of a documentary of our experience dealing with cancer and life during that rough season. I thought about changing Morning Mojo into something else, but I figured one day I will be able to use this blog as I seen it in the beginning. And I have to admit, Morning Mojo is a freakin’ cool name.

So yeah, that is who I am and why I’m here. I love to write. It is my creative outlet and a way I express myself. I could honestly do it for a living. I look forward to Blogging 101 and meeting all the new people.

And just incase you were wondering, my daughter, she is doing wonderful. She is in remission and is done with chemo in April. You can read some of her story and my thoughts on here.

 

Baron Christmas Review

Now that the holidays are behind us, we can reflect on how awesome or not-so-awesome they were. We had a very blessed Christmas this year, but of course it wouldn’t be one without some minor hiccups along the way.

First, the Magic Mailbox was a hit. Logan loved writing Santa every evening before bed and getting his reply. Occasionally, Santa would leave a little surprise. My favorite activity was when Santa left “special beans” (Tic Tacs) and a little bucket of sugar. Logan was instructed to plant the beans and the next morning something special will grow. The next day, he harvested three candy PEZ dispensers. We will be doing it again next year for sure. I think the only thing I am going to change is starting it so early. He got a little bored with it towards the end. So maybe just do it the week before Christmas.

Around the Baron house, a holiday would not be complete without a trip to the ER. Mallorie has been in great health for months. Then randomly a day or two before Christmas, she get this rash and mouth sores. I was guessing it was a chemo thing, but her counts were good. She couldn’t eat so we had to go get some magic mouthwash. That didn’t help. The next day, back to ER for fluids. She is better now, praise God. Cancer sucks.

Then our kitty, Spencer, gets into the Christmas ham. Ok, not a biggie until the runs kick in. He used the litter box but is still learning how to cover it up and with diarrhea, he couldn’t help but step in it. He had poop prints all over the house. Luckly, I am a great hunter and could follow the tracks to clean it up.

We did have a very good Christmas. One with lots of love and laughter. I wish I could bottle up the spirit around our home and have it all year. But as you know by January 30th, things will be the same old same old. We have many things to  be thankful for, even though we are not deserving.

I would also like to take this time to thank you all for reading my blog. They are just simple thoughts most of the time. They may not even make much sense, but I love to write and share. So thank you for humoring me in 2015. I am looking forward to Morning Mojo growing in 2016.

God Bless,

Dee Dee

2016 ~ The Year Of More

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It’s that time again. Time for new beginnings, choices and expectations. As I started to think about what I wanted out of 2016, the only word I could visualize was “more.” I have spent too many years saying what things I am going to do less. For example eat less, drink less soda, be less stressed, worry less, be less demanding, but every time I start with trying to do less, I always end up doing more. So with that mindset, I am going to focus on doing more this year. Here is my list of things I am going to focus on this year.

Eat more chocolate
Smile more
Give more hugs
Cook more meals
Play more
Read more books
Do more praying
Drink more wine
Write more
Save more money
Drink more water
Be more intentional with my time
Adopted more cats. (That was just thrown in for entertainment value. Or was it?)
See my mom and dad more
Give more

As 2015 becomes a memory, I look forward to all the wonderful things 2016 may bring. Obviously we don’t really know what the next 365 days hold, but the slate has been wiped clean. Here’s to more! Happy New Year!