Saturday, November 19, 2016

My New Life - Part Two

On March 20, 2012, I signed for my first condo. As I sit here today, I am reminiscing on all of the memories that I have built, through good times and bad, as my house will be sold in six days. I have decided to sell my home and build a condo in Saratoga Springs. Overall, it puts me in a better Financial situation and if there is anything I can do to better myself and move forward in life, I am there. In less than two weeks, over Thanksgiving, I will be in California with my grandparents and cousins. My biggest fear is coming back and forgetting that I don't have a permanent home until my condo is complete the end of January(ish). I know it will be hard. Although I wouldn't consider myself highly materialistic, I have clung to my home as my peaceful spot. It's my go-to when I am anxious, it's my go-to when I want to relax, it's something that I have been able to create and build on my own. It's something that I have claimed as mine. I have built it into something that I am happy with. I do get anxious when huge changes happen. In 2012 I went through a huge bout of anxiety/depression. Although the changes were positive (graduated with my Bachelor's degree, moved into my condo, got a new job all within 8 months), I never want to go back to that point of high anxiety. I had social anxiety, I missed three days of work, didn't go out much, and it was the hardest thing I have gone through up to this point. Since I have been through that, I have been trying to control my anxiety and my emotions. The last few months - since deciding to sell and build - have been extremely chaotic and stressful. Although I am nervous to move, have a temporary place to live for two months, and hope that my new condo is built by the end of January, I have to think of the positive and balance my life in order to make it through this. I know I am making the right decision but, sometimes it's hard. I am not one to jump out of my comfort zone immediately. This year has been full of changes and stepping out of my comfort zone. Not only am I selling my home, but building a new home, I voted for the first time ever, I went to concerts even though I had no idea who the artist was, went hiking which I never do, and went indoor go-kart racing. Stepping out of my comfort zone has been amazing but it's still scary. This is scary, stressful, and exhausting but I'm hoping that once things get situated, I'll go back to the happy and positive Abbie that I know. The unknown is scary. I put too much belief in the fact that everything will go right but I have to prepare myself for roadblocks during this process. Any positive words or word of motivation to help push me in the right direction will be super helpful.

Thanks for your support,
x0

Sunday, November 13, 2016

IntelliDent Review - Toothbrush Shield

The last few months have been highly chaotic. Unfortunately, my toothbrush has been the last thing on my mind. I have found my toothbrush on my bathroom counter, on my kitchen counter, in plastic bags, in my suitcase, and in my bathroom drawer. Every time I found my toothbrush, it was not protected with a plastic cap or in my toothbrush holder. I cannot imagine all of the germs that have been on my toothbrush lately. Luckily I found IntelliDent and their Toothbrush Shield which helps to replace plastic covers and eliminates germs after use.

This product was super easy to use (as demonstrated in the photos below). With my Toothbrush Shields, I received a simple card that explained how-to-use the shields and why they were created. The Toothbrush Shield packet contained one shield. I opened the packet and placed it over my toothbrush to help protect against germs. The shield lasts up to 7 days before having to replace and I feel more peaceful knowing that the majority of germs are eliminated with each shield. In fact, according to their website, the shield is "Laboratory tested to be a 99.9% effective barrier against surface and airborne bacteria."

Over Thanksgiving I am traveling to California. The last few trips I have taken I have either cancelled due to being sick or started getting sick while there. Protecting my toothbrush will help with germs and sickness. These are perfect for families, travel, or anyone that wants to make sure their mouth, teeth, and health are protected!







IntelliDent also provides shields for your MouthGuard. The MouthGuard Shield, "wicks away moisture and provides a barrier from the harmful germs and bacterial that lie in locker rooms, community living spaces, dormitory rooms, or while traveling." Both the MouthGuard Shield and Toothbrush Shield are available on QVC and on their website HERE

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Marriage.

Let me start out by saying I have never been married so I may be the wrong person to write a blog about marriage. I have been around for a long time, 30 years to be exact, and I have seen amazing relationships and I have seen relationships fall apart right before my eyes - my past relationships included.

I have learned a few things by watching my relationships fail along with watching friends go through marriages, divorces, marriages, and relationships. Once again, although I have never been married, I do know that relationships and marriages have changed over time. When I was growing up, I felt like I was surrounded by positive and successful marriages. My Mom and Dad were married for 17 years before my Dad passed away, my Nana and Papa have been married for 30 years, my grandparents have been married 50 years, and most of my family relationships and marriages have been successful.

I think it was a few years ago when I started to realize that marriage is not the same. Marriage is not Marriage. Marriage for some is....."I will love you until we fight", "I will love you until I find someone better", "I will love you until I get annoyed by you", "I will love you until I know someone else is readily available", "I will love you until I know I can go out with friends and meet a new love". Marriage has stipulations. I believe in traditional marriage. I believe in long-term marriage.

But life isn't always that way. Sometimes you want something that someone else doesn't want,  want something that may exist for me now but may not exist in five years from now, I understand that feelings change, I understand that decisions change, I understand that life is hard. How do you know that any marriage, YOUR marriage, will 100% survive?

What really makes your relationship last?
Your faith? Your willingness to commit? Your level of commitment? Through thick and thin? Listening to your spouse? Loving your spouse? Going through tough times? Relying on each other? Success?

Before you move forward with divorce, before you move forward with breaking up with someone, really think about what really makes your relationship last. Marriage needs to be real again. Marriage needs to be something that we think about long-term. Marriage needs to be what it is there to be - a commitment.

Just writing down some thoughts.
x0x0

Monday, August 22, 2016

Seattle + Oregon = August 2016

My trip last week (/two days ago) was so fun that I figured I would share a blog post about it! This was my second time to Seattle but first to Portland and this was such a fun, activity-filled trip! 

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour:
This was recommended to me by a friend and SO much fun! In 1889, there was a HUGE fire in Seattle that burned 30 blocks of businesses. Because of this and the horrible sewage/plumbing in the town, the city decided to rebuild Seattle 22 feet above. Because of this, you now have the chance to go Underground and see some of the old businesses and buildings. They had a gift shop at the end of the tour and, of course, I had to pick up the book that was banned from schools :) A little bit of curiosity never hurt anyone, right? 















As we walked out and browsed the city of Seattle, this is what we saw:








Space Needle:
The view was phenomenal! The weather was perfect, our names were added to the list of those who visited, and it was such a great experience! This was so worth the views 100%! 









Chihuly Garden and Glass:
This museum full of artwork was nothing like I have ever seen. Unfortunately my phone died so I was only able to catch a few photos. This was something that was fun and there was so much talent that went into this glasswork! 




Multnomah Falls:
Next was Multnomah Falls in Portland, Oregon. Never have I done a legit hike on a vacation, but this was chosen by Alexis and she did good! This hike was short, less than 1 mile up, but so pretty! The waterfall is huge and you can actually stand on the bridge in the middle! 






Anatomy Tattoo:
Last, but not least, Andrew and I got our tattoos together in Portland! Our last name, Guerrero, means Warrior in Spanish so we both got swords. 




Such an amazing trip :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Losing Weight Has Changed Me

....but in a good way of course!

Nine months ago I started this "weight loss journey" as most would call it. It was a normal day for me. I was headed to my Thyroid appointment - this occurred every year or so -  this was a standard routine since I was 18. This time, my doctor wasn't so nice. She pointed to my weight and said, "This number cannot go up." It was 153 pounds. The most I have ever weighed in my life was 155 pounds. Immediately I realized that I weighed way more than I should at 5"5'. So I started going to the gym, got on Nutrisystem, and lost 10 pounds within the first 3-4 months. I set my mind to the end goal of losing weight and being happy. I wanted to share a few things that I have learned in the last nine months. It's been a journey to say the least.

1. I learned how to be nice: 
I'm not sure if this has come with age or confidence, and most would probably say that I am fairly nice, but those from work would say otherwise ;) I was Sassy and would often give "ASS" ("Abbie's Sass Stare). Since losing weight and building confidence, I have learned to be happy and try and make others around me happy. For instance, I saw an older man just sitting on a bench by himself. I walked past him and as I did, I said "HI!"

2. I learned how to be alone:
With confidence comes, well, confidence. As in, why do I have to settle? If I don't receive a text from a guy for a day or two, who cares? I have found the best way to be alone is to do what you love. I would work out, bake (build my business) or write. Working out takes time and usually I plan for a few hours. I have learned patience and that being alone can be fun and valuable. It's the time you get to work through your thoughts, and fortunately for me, it included this blog post - over and over and over.

3. I learned discipline:
Maybe "discipline" isn't the right word as I did partake in two lunches today. And I eat Pizza, and cupcakes, and Reese's, and the list goes on and on. I guess this is the joy of being human. Loving myself means providing myself with yummy food, and, on some occasions, two meals. But losing weight overall did teach me that if I needed to buckle down, I know what I have to do. Gym. Less than 1800 calories. Not giving into temptation. Not doing it because everyone else is.      

4. I learned what life is really about:
Adventures. Last year at this time, or even for the past 30 years, I never thought hiking sounded fun. I never cared to go. I went out but it was to clubs or bars. Not concerts, swimming, canoeing, hiking...I want to be active, I want to be out, I want to enjoy life and everything it brings. Being active not only helps with my weight loss but it can also be an amazing time to see and enjoy Utah and spend time with friends. I spent time with my nieces yesterday and helped Presley ride the scooter and pushed her and Emerson in the swings. Presley loved the scooter and would put both of her feet and little toes on the scooter while I pushed her around. Yes, after awhile it did wear me out, but this is so much better than sitting inside coloring or watching TV.

I didn't realize the impact weight would have on my life. Weight was holding me back from being adventurous. The rest of this year, my goal is to not only be happy, but apply those things that I have learned and just have an awesome year. Cheers to a skinnier and happier me!

x0x0

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Abbie's Life: A Monthly Update

I realize it's been about a month and a half since my last blog. There is a reason for that. I usually write when I'm angry, upset, frustrated, or in some sort of dramatic mood. Things have been nice lately. Nice, peaceful, relaxing, busy, and not dramatic. Maybe that's what happens when you don't have high hopes for your dating life. I can't say I have given up on dating because I have gone on some dates. I think I'm just giving up on the idea that every person that I like wants to be with me. I'm also very much focused on myself, my book, and my cupcake business. I have had more cupcake orders so far in 2016 than I did all last year (I swear!) and I'm actually making a profit. In fact, here is some of the work I have done this year alone:






It's funny to look back to 2012-2013 and see the major improvements. If you like what you see, you can always visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/captivatingcupcakes. I have also been focusing on my book. I have sold about 58 books so far and currently working on a second book of my Dad and a book on Anxiety. Hopefully those will be published in the next year or two - compared to ten years it took to publish my first book. If you are wanting to read more, you can visit my Facebook page for Heaven's Hero: A True Story: www.facebook.com/mariowyattguerrero. Most importantly, I am taking care of myself. I have lost about 13 pounds since August of last year and I have lost four pounds this month alone on Nutrisystem. I have also been counting calories and working out so some of my week is consumed by that. 



On my way to getting healthier, I am also building positive relationships around me. I have gotten rid of any negative energy and negative people so that I can live my life as close to drama-free as possible. In my blogs, there always seems to be one guy. A new guy I like, a new guy I met, and this blog post is no different. There is a guy who I like BUT I'm not going to get my hopes up. I'm not going to try hard. I am over the games. He already is different though. In my mind there are two guys (and these two guys are guys I know, so this is a real story). One of which comes over for the first time, doesn't compliment me, doesn't compliment my home, doesn't really say anything that builds me up. Words or lack-of-words affect me. If someone says something rude, even if truthful, I do take that to heart and it hurts. If someone doesn't really care much about me or my life or my changes, I don't really need them in my life. This other guy, guy two, comes over, says how much he loves my house, tells me I look good, and keep in mind, this is always good to hear. Someone that likes you, or at least SHOWS they like you, makes all the difference. 

This Summer though, I'm not going to focus on relationships. I want to do everything. I want to go to every event, every concert, and up to this point, I have already done some of that:

-Grizzlies Games
-Jazz Games
-Rihanna Concert (Ticket Bought, Wednesday)
-Jason Aldean (Ticket Bought, June)

Summer list:

-Lagoon
-Luke Bryan Concert
-Hiking
-Cavalia
-Rodeo
-Old School Throwback Concert
-Tim McGraw at Stadium of Fire
-Oregon/Washington
-Florida Georgia Line Concert
-Slide the City


On that note, the last month and half has consisted of: Dates, Basketball (Go Warriors!), one new man who probably won't be mentioned in my next blog, and a newer, healthier me! Things have been great! I'm off to the gym! 






Thanks for reading:)

x0x0 Abbs

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I'm Abbie. I am 28 years old and live in Utah. I love Social Media, Marketing, shopping, sports, traveling, shopping, giveaways, family, fashion, and currently writing a book.