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good monday morning!

good monday morning!

Morning_1i woke up at 5:04am. i did set the alarm so that i could snooze once. do real morning people hit snooze? they probably don’t really even need an alarm!  it was dark and cold when i got up… i washed my face with my new anti-aging face system! (i hope that starts working as i gain a  year this week) … and i got right to work on my list.  i really like having a list. and it was kindof a cool thing to walk around the house and write down all the things that need to be done, and leave for the morning. that was a weird feeling. usually i don’t feel like i can go to bed until i have everything DONE.
ok… i have to brag about all the things i got done by 8AM:
put away clean clothes
pick up closet
fold sweater shelf
unpack from alabama
put away light box
put away all photography samples and gear
call andy about email
remove cardboard boxes
gather/remove garbage
towels in wash
pick up guest room
clean kitchen
clean kitchen fridge (really clean, like the shelves)
clean outside fridge (really clean- wow what a diff that makes…)
straighten scrapbook room, put away samples

that was pretty  much what takes care of the household items that were needed to complete… which put me in an awesome position for all the work-related items that needed to be accomplished… 3 items that were pretty serious, that are getting pushed until tomorrow… and a pretty decent agenda for tomorrow ready to go! sigh… all good!

as i quickly mentioned yesterday,
had such a great event in alabama! so fuN!
when monique first invited me to come to her event, i was intrigued… it sounded different and cool and in line with what i am all about… kind of a deeper side to the scrapbooking passion!
i have to admit, and i have told you before, that designing classes and creating projects totally stresses me OUT!  and this one was no exception… i tossed around so many different ideas and thoughts for what i would present… what DOES inspire me? where do i look? how am i motivated…
i had so much fun sharing inside my art journals, and a bit of my journey! and … well, the SHE stuff, is so awesome to share.. the project was fun to do and just overall it was a feel-good!
and i got to listen to CATHY z talk about her deal… and, well, you know she just rocks… it was so fun to see so many samples of her fabulous work, and hear what happens in her mind. i felt SO inspired myself…it was fun to hang out with her just a bit… we shared a room, so i saw a lot of her, and not much of elsie or carrie… although i was freaking out, b/c carrie is getting MARRIED next week… and i was amazed that she was THERE… and teaching CLASSES in that kind of condition! i met her cute fiance! how fuN!…
i was truly impressed with monique’s team… they decorated everything SO cute… and we had sent all the stuff to them to be kitted and prepped… and they took care of everything! it was great. they were running on like NO sleep, and they were still ready and willing to do anything! i hope they are all still in bed!
one of my favorite things was looking at all the samples in monique’s store… she has a great  DT… and it was so fun to look around!  the people who were in attendance were so warm, so happy… i felt an awesome vibe there… i was so happy to have been a part of that!  so … thanks monique… for having emily and i! we had a wonderful time!

well, it’s amost 5pm…
i am tired.
i haven’t taken a nap yet, even though i have been tempted. (and no shower or make up either)
going to the grocery store…. there is NOTHING in the house to eat! and people keep telling me they are hungry! and i can’t even tell them to go find something… i am hungry, and you really shouldn’t go to the store hungry!
shooting to be in bed again by 10pm.
you know…isn’t there something about ‘early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healty, wealthy and wise’? who doesn’t need that!

  • Sarah

    24 April, 2006 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Well done Heidi,
    I seriously wish i could drag myself out of bed at 5am on these cold and frosty mornings… Australia is quite cold now so i am not a morning person at all in this weather. i will try in Spring. I might have a better chance at success..LOL I love your picture as well. WOW….

  • deb munn

    24 April, 2006 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Look at you doing the whole morning person thing! Way to go!! I’m totally impressed darlin’! Way to make the most of your day. I’m a bit jealous.
    Hope you have some fun plans for your big day! Have a happy!!

  • Lesley

    24 April, 2006 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Rock on! If I didn’t have the external pressure of being to work by 7 am, then I would have totally hit snooze and gone back to bed! And you got a whole heck of a lot done by 8 am, too! Made me tired just reading it!

  • Melissa H

    24 April, 2006 at 6:34 pm Reply

    wow- look at how much you got done by 8am!! how did you do all that without waking the rest of the family?? my kids would definitely get up if they heard me doing stuff at that time – so that’s my excuse to stay in bed!! got all our ‘she’ gear from cafe press yesterday! all looks great and is so comfy to wear – esp. that hoodie!! thanks again, heidi!

  • Kim

    24 April, 2006 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Well, well, well,,,welcome to the mornings!!! Is it possible to be both a morning & a night person {if it possible, I know you will try} I’m up by 5am each day and so envy night owls…… goood luck and remember to take care of yourself and baby swapp………….

  • Valerie

    24 April, 2006 at 6:36 pm Reply

    sister – i’m exhausted just reading everything you did! Scrap Etc sounds like sooooooooooo much fun, wish i could’ve gone!

  • cathy

    24 April, 2006 at 6:43 pm Reply

    : )

  • Kelli

    24 April, 2006 at 6:53 pm Reply

    thanks for all that you shared…the tears were good, life changing. You really are inspiring! Hope you are getting some rest. How cool you and Cathy shared a room…too cute 😉

  • Chelsea

    24 April, 2006 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I’ve really been wanting to do the whole morning thing, too. I get too wrapped up in other things once my 2 girls get up and I hardly have time to get my actual work done. Thanks for the inspiration! Now I guess I’d better get stuff wrapped up so I can go to bed early!
    Hope the rest of your week goes just as well as today did!

  • Nita

    24 April, 2006 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Oh, I can totally relate – NOW! Just went back to work (only part-time ~ 3 days a week) a few weeks ago. I am SO like a night person. Normal bedtime was around midnight or later, and yes, Sydnie, my 4-yr-old, stayed up with me and kept me company. NOW, I am normally in bed by 9:30 or 10 (I’m up late tonight, as I am off of work tomorrow ~ yeah)! I have to say, this getting up early thing is for the birds! And, I mean literally. I cannot stand to get up before the sun comes up! I mean, EVEN THE SUN’S NOT UP :)! I miss my late nights, but I must admit, I enjoy working a few days a week. Gives me a break away from the little ones. It’s so nice to have adult, “big people” conversations! Yeah!
    So, congratulations on getting up early! I must admit, on my days off, it’s nice to get up around 8:00 (it’s sleeping in) and getting a kick start on my day. But I sure do miss getting out of bed at 11:00 ~ he, he! I guess this is good training for when Sydnie starts pre-school next year.

  • Wanda E. Santiago

    24 April, 2006 at 8:21 pm Reply

    Hey you are going to be a morning person after all. Hey beautiful I tried sending an email and it bounced. Hope you have a great week. Hugs Wanda

  • lucy

    24 April, 2006 at 9:13 pm Reply

    I’m so glad you made it home safely. I had such a wonderful time this weekend. I honestly planned not to go on Saturday and after Friday’s class, I knew I would miss something great. I came and it was worth it! Thanks for all the great inspiration. I went to Amazon and bought 10 She books. I am going to give them to all the important women in my life. Thanks again! I hope I can share with them what you taught me!

  • Sonia

    24 April, 2006 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Wow! Sounds like your master plan for the week is right on track! That is awesome!!!
    Just in case I am not around later this week, I wanted to wish you a HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARLY!!! My hubby’s bday is Sunday and I have yet to get it together!!! Ack!!! I’ll get it done though, I have to!!!
    Happy Birthday Heidi!!! I Hope it’s wonderful!!!

  • brianna

    24 April, 2006 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Glad you were so productive. I’m headed to bed soon myself.:)

  • dh

    24 April, 2006 at 10:44 pm Reply

    fyi, it is now 10:43 pm and we just got done watching the monday night shows (24, Apprentice) and she is just going to bed. BUSTED
    I am going to have to do some serious nudging in the morning to get her up.
    love ya babe
    t s b t h

  • Lyn

    25 April, 2006 at 12:14 am Reply

    Heidi….WOW……you sure did get heaps done before 8am.Might just try that myself at some stage. I seem to be staying up later and later and then sleeping in.But then again my kids have all left home except one and Tim’s 23 and is up and out the door by 7am.

  • Karbee

    25 April, 2006 at 2:16 am Reply

    I love that photo! I always enjoy seeing a snap of scenery near to where someone lives as it gives a sense of “feeling” where they are.
    I’m living in UK now but come from South Africa and one thing that always eases any homesickness is to look at a photo of a part of the countryside and it takes me back and gives me a boost. It sounds strange living in a beautiful green country that I miss the dry sandy grassy thornyness for the colours that brings.

  • Christy

    25 April, 2006 at 5:18 am Reply

    wow, I wish so badly I could be a morning person or even a night owl! I have a 7 month old who still gets up 2x a night that we are trying to train to sleep through the night, and she doesn’t want anything to do with it! So my moments of sleep are still cherished, but I’m longing to be like you and get so much done!

  • Christine

    25 April, 2006 at 7:34 am Reply

    Wow, I wish I could get up that early and get that much stuff done. My body just doesn’t seem to move that fast that early in the morning. Not that I am such a night person either. I am more of one of those mid day people. Thanks for all your kind words about your experience at Scrap Etc. We really enjoyed having you there and if you get a chance to read any of our blogs you will see that you and Cathy really changed our lives with your presentations and the inspiration that you brought with you. You made me see life and scrapbooking in a whole new light and made me want to be a better woman. I am ready to delve more into the She concept and can’t tell you how your story and words touched my heart. -Christine

  • Katie Burnett

    25 April, 2006 at 8:31 am Reply

    It was amazing having you in the ‘ham Heidi! Thank you so much for coming. Your classes truly changed the way I look at this wonderful hobby of ours. I loved seeing your art journal and where it took you. It was great to pack your kits and be surrounded by all your product : )
    Thanks again for everything.

  • Kim

    25 April, 2006 at 10:19 am Reply

    It’s amazing the things you can accomplish when you’re up so early in the morning! I get up pretty early, but I must admit that I often have a nap to keep me going for the rest of the day. Sounds like your weekend was a blast. Good luck with the morning thing.

  • Deborah Pickens

    25 April, 2006 at 10:41 am Reply

    Heidi, thank you so much for your inspiration this weekend. All the classes were eye-opening and potentially life-changing. I say “potentially” because you opened the door and all we have to do is have the courage to step through. I’m going through, with a “thank you, ma’am!”
    That’s generally. Specifically, during your talk about the cards, I was thinking – “I wish I had some of those cards, I’m going to look for them, because I want (and NEED) to do that for myself” – and then, lo and behold, there they were in your goody bag. You were just like a fairy godmother, granting my wish. Also, thank you for sharing your art journal – I’m a beginning scrapper and have had some trepidation about trying various things. An art journal is the perfect answer for that. How can I be nervous about that?
    Thank you.

  • sally

    25 April, 2006 at 10:47 am Reply

    … pass me a bucket ….

  • Melissa

    25 April, 2006 at 11:09 am Reply

    I love my mornings. I always get up early to have “me” time. I enjoy my cup of coffee, check email, and, sometimes do chores. I have to have that time or forget it!
    It wasn’t easy getting on that routine, but once I had my son two yars ago, it came easily. Now, I’m working again, so I have to get up early and miss my mornings.
    Good luck on the rest of the week..

  • vicki

    25 April, 2006 at 3:00 pm Reply

    What a darling husband to comment on your blog. BUSTED! No wonder your love for him shined so bright when you talked of him. Love 24 too. I cn’t tell you what a great job you an Em did. I could not touch my stuff until I got home. Because I need space to scrap. I was afraid if I messed it up in your class, I would have cried worst than you. I am still in awe of you touching me and asking me if I was alright. I just could not mess it up. I have your QVC Album and I totally love it and touch it everyday. I surely hope you come out with another one.

  • Tami

    25 April, 2006 at 5:20 pm Reply

    is that really the view from your house?

  • lynda

    25 April, 2006 at 6:23 pm Reply

    wow big pat on the back to u, u did soo much…i only get a few things accomplished by 8, gym, shower, breakfast for kiddies, hair done and dressed and drop kids off at school…. tom. i awake at 5:15 so i can get to gym by 6 a.m. i try to get things done at nite…but i like your way, maybe on my day off i can do that….

  • Sharon Lovoy

    25 April, 2006 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Dear Heidi, it’s Sharon Lovoy (one of the Event folks from Bham) Absolutely loved your presentation (more about that in another post), but I have more pressing information for you: I cracked up when you mentioned Mod Podge and that you loved to use it even though it is not acid free. Somebody up there must love you, because there is an acid free version. It has a green label. I bought some, opened it up, smelled it, and yep, there was no acid (at least nothing that I could smell.) I’ll let you know if I get any acid burns when I spread it around and get it all over myself! Come back to Bham and I’ll get you a bottle!! PS, I ordered your shirts last night!

  • Julie

    25 April, 2006 at 7:54 pm Reply

    what a beautiful picture!

  • chanel

    25 April, 2006 at 8:01 pm Reply

    good for you girl! I bet you feel like a new woman getting all that stuff done, I can appreciate where you are coming from. However, you do sound like you are nesting just a little – cleaning the fridge and all! Love the cactus’ …. very different landscape to the veiw out of my australian window 🙂 keep up the good work!

  • Kristin

    26 April, 2006 at 1:02 am Reply

    Yay you!!

  • AlissaE

    26 April, 2006 at 8:09 am Reply

    um, you accomplished more before 8am than i do all week! also, you called someone before 8am?! man, you’re brave!

  • kris

    26 April, 2006 at 8:33 am Reply

    totally lovin’ the cafe’ press tees. i will be getting me and my 13-year old “she” enthusiast daughter one! I am jealous you were in the big South…i am from there and really missing home right now…arizona’s not feeling like home to me. anyway sounds like the morning routine is working out great! i am a daily list maker…feels awesome to have the things to do DONE each day!!

  • Rachel C

    26 April, 2006 at 11:05 am Reply

    Wow, so awesome that you got that many things done by 8 in the morning!! You inspire me on SO many different levels!!!! =)

  • rhonda

    26 April, 2006 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Wow—you got a ton done!!
    I have a sick one at home…so I have been cleaning out my kitchen cabinets this week!
    Anyway…just wanted to share my blog with you…I posted a couple of my “playing” cards that I created after my inspiring weekend at Scrap Etc.
    Thanks so much for the pep talk. I really needed to hear what you had to say!!!

  • Cathy Vargen

    26 April, 2006 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Hi Heidi —
    Well, I am one of those people you are jealous of…no alarm clock and up at 5:30 each morning…but I spend the first hour and a half drinking coffee and watching the news so I guess that doesn’t count! hee hee Good job on your first early morning and getting so much done! Now I’m the jealous one……
    Cathy V.

  • Anne Marie Ellis

    4 May, 2006 at 6:32 am Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! I had such a great time at the event, and you were sooo generous, both with your time and with your product. It was a pleasure meeting you and I miss those Arizona mornings – We moved to B’ham from Scottsdale – Enjoy them!
    Anne Marie

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