→ April 2014 Goals

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March Goals:
Finish transferring all of my music to my new computer
Yes. Thank goodness! I got it all done before my free trial was up. I transferred my photos as well.

Find my paperwork or request a copy of the inspection paper and refill out the other forms
I went back to Preventative Medicine and got the inspection paper again. I wanted to get all of the paperwork done and handed in to the Housing Office so they can sign off and transfer everything to Legal, but Ryan needed to send the paperwork up his chain of command with a chit just saying that I’m starting my own business. So, the paperwork was sitting in Security (his section) for several days before it bounced back because I didn’t have one of the papers notarized, which I thought would happen once everything got to legal, but apparently not. So we had to go to legal and get it notarized and now it’s all going back up his chain of command. Who knows when I’ll be able to start my business.

→ Practice hooping… a lot
I practiced a bit, but not as much as I would have liked. I get frustrated after a few minutes. Ugh.

Get into a routine
Finally! My therapist wrote his dissertation on sleep, so he knows a whole lot about it. We decided that I would work on Sleep Restriction Therapy and right now we’re finding my optimal sleep time. I’m almost up to nine hours though and if I get there he wants to request a sleep study to make sure everything is okay with me. I’m mostly terrified going out in town and I’m about 100% positive that I would have to go to a doctor’s office out in town for it. Plus, stay overnight hooked up to machines… so… not a fan.

→ Do the stretches from physical therapy every other day (at least)
Nope. Not even once. And I’m sure that all of the pain I have is all my fault cos I should be doing a bunch of stretches that I’m not doing.

April Goals:
→ Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo
I’ve only every done NaNoWriMo, and normally I’m researching a ton instead of actually writing so I’d like to take advantage of the April Camp to do research and then maybe use July’s to accomplish an outline so I can actually write during NaNoWriMo.

→ Practice and master airbrushing and doing makeup
On the 26th, I’m doing my first ever photo shoot as a makeup artist and it’s an all-day event with upwards of 10 models. I’ve never worked on anyone else but myself so it’s definitely going to be outside of my comfort zone. I have two friends that said they’d be guinea pigs, but one is out of the area for the first two weeks at least and the other is super busy with her business. Either way, I should probably at least practice on myself.

→ Do my stretches from physical therapy
I’m in pain and I need to start doing my stretches. Pretty self-explanatory.

→ Clean and organize
My apartment is a mess. On top of that, Ryan and I want to move the cats’ litter box to a closet, move my makeup area into our spare bedroom, clean out and organize our hall closet, put away laundry, and probably a million other things.

→ Finish Crime School
I’m about half way through so it shouldn’t be super difficult to finish.

→ Try out some new baking recipes
If I ever get my paperwork back and where it needs to go, I’d like to have more than a few recipes to rely on. Plus, I need to bake more.

What are your goals for this coming month?

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→ March 2014 Goals


These were my goals for February:
Didn’t finish a book, but I am actively reading Shell Game by Carol O’Connell; one chapter a night.

Pass inspection
Wham, bam, totally passed! Except somehow all of my paperwork went missing… so I can’t submit it… so I can’t start my business yet. Such is my life.

Bake and take pictures
I made a banana bread and a peanut butter pie! Took pictures of both.

Set up Kitsch Cait and Kitsch Vixen
I’m still sorting things out, but my main focus of this goal was to make this post, and I did, so hooray!

Make a list of places/things to do while living in Japan
I’ve started one with my husband. So far we have, like, five things, but that’s better than nothing!

Meet a new person
I got my hair done a little over a week ago, and the woman who did it is super nice. I’ll definitely go back to her in the future and maybe even see if she’s available to hang out.

→ Do something special with my husband
Nope. This didn’t happen.

→ Finish transferring all of my music to my new computer
Ugh, what a painful and tedious process. I got a Macbook Pro for my Anniversary/Valentine’s Day/tax refund present and I need to get all of my music from my desktop (a PC) onto it pretty soon. I signed up for ADrive.com because Dropbox was taking forever and didn’t give me much room for storage, plus I got a free month. Ideally, I’d like to finish before my free month is up.

→ Find my paperwork or request a copy of the inspection paper and refill out the other forms
Although I had everything all ready for my husband to send up his chain of command, he can no longer do it because the paperwork seems to have just vanished. It’s not where I put it and I’ve looked everywhere else. I like to believe that I’m very organized when it comes to important things, so I was devastated when I went to hand over my papers to the hubby and there was nothing there to hand over.

→ Practice hooping… a lot
As of right now, I can’t do anything except halos, but I’ve only been at it for three days! I really want to be able to do more than 5 waist hooping revolutions by April. I’ll either be doing 15 minutes or an hour a day, but I’ll take a day off if the bruising gets bad. I’m super excited to be able to hoop! I’ve already bought my second one!

→ Get into a routine
My husband is back on the dreaded night schedule. That means I get to choose whether I want to do it with him and have weird, sporadic hours or not do it and only have a several hours to spend with my husband on his days off and maybe one or two hours to spend with him on work days. I had decided that I didn’t want to sleep past 0900, but what I really want is to wake up by 0600. If I can’t get into a (day) routine by the end of March, I’ll go on night’s with my husband.

→ Do the stretches from physical therapy every other day (at least)
I just had my second appointment with the base’s physical therapist and boy did she give me SO MANY more stretches to do. I’m half excited and half overwhelmed, but I know that I don’t need to do every single stretch every single day. I’ll be making up a schedule for them this month. I can’t wait to not have constant back pain.

What are your goals for this coming month?

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→ I’m Not So Good At Life Decisions

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I have a confession: I’m terrible at making decisions. Like, really terrible. Now, make that decision something exceptionally important and it becomes one million times more difficult. Higher education was not really something that I had planned on doing after high school. Now, let’s advance seven (omg, seriously?!) years later and here I am wanting to further my education.

I am ridiculously lucky that I have the opportunity to take classes (and possibly get an associate’s degree) free of charge because my husband is in the military. My plan is to go to Cinema Makeup School in California once we’re stationed back in the states, but the program that is able to give me money (MyCAA) will no longer apply to me in two years – which is when we’ll be CONUS again. Fortunately, I should be able to use his G.I. Bill to go to CMS when the time comes, but I’d like to utilize MyCAA while I’m in Japan and receive either an associate’s degree, certification, or diploma. I would like to have something to fall back on if for some reason I can’t go to CMS or find a job in the cosmetology field.

On top of being awful at making decisions, I’m also interested in an array of career paths so it’s not an easy thing to do. So, I turn to you, Kitschy Readers! I will give you a little background on each choice and then maybe you can help guide me in the right direction. I just need some outside opinions and I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it!

Bookkeeping: This is something I have experience in from when I was Treasurer of the Board for The Animal Rescue and Protection Society, and I didn’t hate it! I’m a fan of numbers, too, so that helps.

Business (small, online, and otherwise): I’d love to learn more about business. I’ll be opening up my own home business soon out here in Japan where I sell baked goods, plus I’ve always been into entrepreneurship-y things. And hey, maybe one day I’ll run a bookstore just like my dad. I think this would definitely come in handy if I’m able to use the money I’ll be given by MyCAA on more than one thing; especially for wedding planning, interior design, graphic design, and jewelry repair & design.

Criminal Justice: Picking this one would be tricky because I know that I would need to stick with it for years and years to do criminal profiling, which is the reason I’m interested in criminal justice. I’d have to nix the makeup school, for sure, and I’d probably end up with debt up to my eyeballs.

Social & Behavioral Sciences: This is one path that I know I’d be living paycheck to paycheck, especially if Ryan doesn’t decide to stick with his Navy career. I would probably work somewhere as either a volunteer or assist a social worker or counsellor.

Legal Transcription: Something I could do from home, which is great for someone who moves every couple of years. I’m also a quick typer and I don’t think it would get to be too monotonous.

Medical Coding: See above, but might be a bit dull?

Pastry Arts: I’m a baker, so this is another viable option. It might be nice to actually learn how to bake instead of just doing science experiments in my kitchen… maybe. I just don’t know how rewarding it would be to get my certification all online. Maybe I’d be my own critic?

Wedding Planner: Oh man, I loved planning my wedding. Now, I know you’re probably saying to yourself “But Cait, you’re the worst at making decisions!” That’s okay because ultimately the couple decides and I’m an expert at finding options. My one issue with this is that I’d probably only be doing niche weddings; ie: geeky, gothic, steampunk, rockabilly, etc. Though, they are becoming more prevalent nowadays, so who knows?

Graphic Design: Another thing I have experience in (totally minimal, but still) and I know that I don’t totally hate doing it. The downside is that there are so many very talented graphic designers out there and there are more and more taking it up everyday.

Interior Decorating: I’m not going to lie, this was one option that I’ve always considered – even as a teenager – along with wedding planner, but I’d have the same hardships with this one as well. My aesthetic is very particular, so I don’t know how much business I’d actually do.

Jewelry Design & Repair: A few years ago, I sold jewelry online (and in my dad’s store) that I made and I liked it very much. I really wanted to upgrade the materials and become more advanced, but I just never looked into it really. I’d love to be able to do stone settings and doing some silversmithing! I’m concerned that if I choose this path, I’m definitely going to need to spend a whole lot of money for starting up a business once I get my diploma, though.

So there you have it. My not-short-at-all explanation of each career path. I really want to find something that I’m good at and that I’ll enjoy.

In the poll below you can select up to three options and I highly encourage comments!

I hope I’m not stressing you out by helping choose. This will just definitely help me with my decision.

Thanks, guys. For realz.

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February 2014 Goals

Wedding Cake

Our two year anniversary is on the tenth this month, so here’s a picture of our wedding cake!

→ Read
I’ve set up a profile on GoodReads and started a “Books To Read” board on Pinterest, so I will hopefully start chipping away on those lists, or read the fifth book in the Mallory’s Oracle series.

→ Pass inspection
I’ve taken my ServSafe course for food handling already, so now I just need to pass my home inspection and finish up the paperwork and I’ll be good to go with my baking business!

→ Bake and take pictures
I’ll need pictures of my work for Cait’s Kitschen (whatcha think of the name?) so customers have an idea of what my baked good look like. Plus, it’ll be nice to open up my range of recipes/what I normally bake as well.

→ Set up Kitsch Cait and Kitsch Vixen
I know that taking on two blogs is going to be time-consuming and not the easiest thing to do, but I really want to keep Kitsch Vixen as my primary blog and more professional and I figure that on this blog, I can be way more open (and maybe even swear a little -gasp-) and be myself. Not that I’m not myself on Kitsch Vixen, but I don’t really go into detail of my hardships and whatnot there.

→ Make a list of places/things to do while living in Japan
One thing that I have on my 2014 To Do List is to go on more adventures and experience Kyushu more than I have my first year here. All I’ve done so far is visit the Biopark (which I’m totally going back to), visit my local ginza a handful of times, and I ate out twice. That’s not anything at all and I don’t want to leave here in 2016 and regret not doing anything.

→ Meet a new person
I know a few people out here, but I really only hang out with (and consider myself friends with) two sets of couples. One couple is leaving possibly in the next month or two and the other has one more year. That leaves me with one whole year all by my lonesome (not counting the hubby and gremlins, of course) and I’d really like to have at least one other person I can spend time with once my friends are gone.

→ Do something special with my husband
Within one week of February, our anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and his birthday happen. I’d like to do something or go somewhere (hopefully during that week) with the hubby to celebrate. We don’t normally do much, so even eating at the Chili’s on base would be nice.

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