Living my Best Life in 2019

Hello friends!!

I’ve come to a lot of realizations, and really took some time to think about life in the last few weeks.  2019 is about to bring some BIG changes, it’s incredible how life has changed in the last year!  This time last year I was planning my bridal shower, and my wedding!  This year I’m planning my baby shower and preparing our home for our child to come home in July to!  It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever been expecting and it’s still so new each day!  This past week brought on a lot of scary things in pregnancy, however it really wasn’t that scary at all, but it was just so many new things for me, I didn’t know what was happening.  However, I’ll write a different blog post on that another day.

To get to the point, I’m just ready to put myself first this year for just a little bit before the baby comes.  Now I understand how that sounds, as I was writing it, I could hear the selfishness in my text, but I don’t mean it that way at all.  I have put work before so many things in the past almost 4 years and this year, I want to change that a little bit before I go on maternity leave.

It all starts in March, the first weekend to be exact.  We will find out the gender of our baby that weekend, along with the gender of my best friend’s baby!!  Everyone is just so excited for it all, and it’s going to be such an epic gender reveal!  I’m not spoiling anything before we reveal it!  So if you want to be one of the first to know, make sure you’re following my social media that will be linked below.  Then I’m going to film two weddings one weekend after the other.  I’m really looking forward to that, wedding videography is something that I’m really trying to invest myself in, and I’m thankful for these opportunities.  I have wedding I need to edit this month, I didn’t film it myself, but I’m being hired to edit the video for them.  That is something new for me, and I’m interested to see how that goes for me.

Matt and I are actually planning on going on a trip at the end of March!!  Fun fact, out honeymoon was the first actual trip we went on in the, at the time, 8 years we had been together!!  So we just decided that we are making the arrangements to go Houston to visit my best friend!!!  I’ve never been past Chicago, so I’m quite excited to see a new area!  Plus it’s basically on the gulf coast so we get to go to the BEACH!!!!  I am beyond excited for that!!  It’s been years since I’ve been to a beach, and my husband has never been to one, so it will be fun for everyone.  My best friend is always snapping pictures of all the Mexican restaurants she’s been going to, so I’m ready for that!  Now of course when planning everything there is a small chance it might not go through, but I think we are going to go for it, and make this trip our ‘baby moon’ as one last getaway before we can’t really travel a lot, or at least far distances like that.  I’ll be checking with my doctor tomorrow to make sure I’m able to fly in March, basically April.  Safety first for me and Baby R!

April will be fun, because I’ll be going to West Virginia for my baby shower there.  We just picked and reserved a location for it, and I think it will be very nice for us.  Other than Easter, no major events happening then.

May will be my Baby shower here in Indiana with my husband’s family, and friends up here.  My in laws are throwing that for me, so I’m excited to see all they do together. 🙂
Both baby showers will be ducky themed, and I’m just living for that.  I just love love love ducks so I’m going to freaking explode with happiness at each shower.

June will be the waiting game for baby R, I plan on working up until the middle of June, God willing of course, and whatever the doctor tells me is best for baby and me.  I know I’ll be the size of a whale, so I just want to be safe, and not overdue it.  Like I said earlier, there are so many things that are going on with your bodies while your pregnant and I have no clue what any of it is.  I’m just taking it a day at a time, and reading as much info as I can to know what to except each month.

I’m starting to show big time now, as I’m 19 weeks pregnant!  It’s crazy to see your body grow with baby, it’s quite fascinating.  I need to put some pictures on here so you can see how I’ve grown!

Well that was just a random outlook of what plans I have for 2019 before baby comes, and I’m just looking forward to putting myself first for a little bit, and enjoying the time my husband and I have together.  We love our baby more than we even understand, but I know that this will be good for both of us to have these adventures together.  Then we get to bring baby with us, and create new adventures!!  I cannot wait for it all!!

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed the post!

~xoxo Seneca

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Dreams Begin Small

Good evening friends.

I’m just sitting here, waiting for a youtube video to upload so I thought I’d take advantage of the time and write a blog post.

This past week we had what’s called the polar vortex, or as our weather man described it, stupid cold.  He wasn’t wrong really.  It was just so incredibly cold, we were all in amazement when our thermometers read -18, but windchill made it -45!!!  The town I live in shut down majority of businesses and that included the companies my husband and I work for.  I was very grateful for it, I just don’t think anyone needed to be out in that weather.  Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant now, but I was actually a bit nervous to travel in weather that cold.  My truck didn’t want to start, and I was nervous that being exposed in the parking lot, that it wouldn’t want to start at all when my shift ended.  Maybe I was worrying for nothing, but I just felt safer staying home, the products I sell, people could live without it for a day or two.

However, just because I was home for a few days in a row, didn’t mean I was lazing in bed the whole time. I was busy!  I edited a client’s wedding video from start to finish and it took 2 1/2 days, or roughly 18-20 hours when it was all said and done.  I tell ya, I loved every part of it.  I got up in the mornings, made some hot tea, ate breakfast, then came upstairs to our office and didn’t move for hours at a time.  I just focused on the video I was creating and got it completed.  It was so much fun creating it, I just love doing this!  I started my videography business in September 2018, and since then, I have done one baby shower and I’m about to do my third wedding in March.  I actually just met with my bride tonight for that.  I’ll be honest with you, if I could do this everyday for a living, I would do it in a heart beat.  Creating content for both my clients and my channel is the most fun thing I’ve ever done.  Each video is special and has a meaning behind it, and it’s just fun to look back on the things you’ve created and how you’ve improved with each video.

I think I’m writing to tell you that, dreams start small.  We may always say DREAM BIG but think about it, all these dreams just start small.  I did the my first 3 jobs for people I knew, but this next job I’m doing, I put myself out there, and got results!!  I was terrified too!  One day at my job, the bride I’m working with now, came into the store and bought something wedding related.  I can’t remember if I said something first about it or if she did.  I almost didn’t say anything, I almost just let her walk out the door and we both go about our way, but I didn’t, I went for it.  I waited almost for the last possible second, but I said, (most likely in an awkward way), “Hey, I’m not sure if you have a videographer yet, but if you are interested in one, I’d be more than happy to do it for you.  I’m just starting out, but I’ve done 2 weddings before this, and actually created my own wedding video.  Here’s my information, just incase you are interested.” 

I went for it.  It was scary, and brave all at the same time, and I got results.  I did it, and probably a month later, I got a message on facebook and it was from her, saying she was interested and she wanted more information.  I couldn’t believe it, someone wants to hire me!?  Someone I don’t know from before!!  I was honestly in amazement by it, and I’m still in amazement!!!  I’m just thankful for this opportunity and I’m excited to see where all my videography takes me throughout 2019.

Dreams start small, it’s just how it has to be.  You take one step and then another step, and then before you know it, you’re doing your dream, and it’s amazing.  I still have a long way to go before I’d call myself a professional videographer, but hey, I’m here filming weddings, getting paid for it, and getting better with each wedding I film.  I’m loving life and loving what creating a YouTube channel has done for me.  I never thought that almost 2 years ago, I would start to make a side job out of hitting the record button.  It’s a beautiful thing to see.

What is your dream?  Have you started small yet?  What steps do you need to take to start small in order to be big!!  You can do it, whatever it is, you can do it!!

Thanks for taking the time to read my post!  If you are curious to see any of the wedding videos I’ve done, click the link here and like my facebook page: Seneca Red Productions.
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Have a great night everyone!

~xoxo Seneca

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I’M PREGNANT!!!!

SURPRISE!!!  WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!! I still cannot believe it!! 🙂  My husband and I are SO incredibly excited and it’s going to be another amazing year for our family!!  Some of you know that last year was the year we got married, and we just celebrated our 9 years of knowing each other-versary.  My husband asked me the other day how many things he has to remember, I told him not to worry about it because I’ll always remind him when big days are coming up. hehe  It is hard to believe that we have known each other for 9 years and now we are having our first baby!

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Baby ‘R’ will be here around July 9th!!  I’m 17 weeks right now, and I’m feeling pretty good!  Much better than the first semester, I was pretty sick during the whole month of December.  😦  I honestly didn’t think it was that bad until I looked at my notes on my app and realized, wow, I was sick a lot more than I thought.  I guess I just tried to ignore that part of the pregnancy.  Although I was running for the bathroom a lot, I’m so thankful for this entire experience!  I do not take being pregnant lightly.  I have a HUGE responsibility ahead of me, and I’m thankful everyday that God has blessed us with a child for us to raise up.

Now, don’t get me wrong, being a first time mom is really a lot to process and I’m only 17 weeks into all of this!  I’m not really nervous for childbirth, I’m trying to read a lot and I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos and I think the initial shock of holy crap that’s going to happen to me has worn off awhile ago.  I know that everyone is different and I’ll for sure experience things that I was not prepared for, but I know that I’ll be okay.  I feel anyone who is expecting always wonders if they’ll be a good mom or will they make the right choices for their child, it’s a lot to think about!!  I asked my husband the other day if I would be a good boy mom??  I made a joke about how I’ve only ever been a girl, I don’t know how to do boy things do I?  He laughed and said that I’ll be a great mother no matter what, which was sweet.  He said that it will come naturally and that I’ll know more than I think.

Now I do not know yet what we are having, I won’t know until March 2nd, but everyone, EVERYONE, thinks I’m going to have a boy!!  My best friend & myself had a dream I was having a boy!  My gut feeling has always been I’m having a girl.  People are making me torn for what I think I’m having, hah!  I’ll have days to where I’m like oh yeah I’m having a boy, but then I’ll tell myself no, go with my gut feeling and we will see!!  😉

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This was the sonogram from our first visit which was 4 days before Christmas, which was a wonderful gift to us!!  We  loved seeing our little baby and hearing their heart beat, and it was such a strong heart beat!!!  Honestly, it’s such a miracle!!!  We have our next ultrasound on Valentine’s Day, how romantic is that!!  We are so excited to see him or her again and this time it will be more than just 3 or so minutes!!  I’m hoping I don’t accidentally see the gender in the sonogram hehe I want to be surprised!!

We have some names in mind, but I’m going to keep them to myself until we know 100% what we will name them.  My brother called me today and he was ‘helping’ me pick out names, which was him trying to figure out what nickname he’ll give them.  Some of them were so silly and out there, but it was just a cute phone call with him.

I waited until I was 15 weeks to announce it to everyone on social media.  I created an adorable video that is on my youtube channel, and you can watch that here!
I was so overwhelmed with the response to our announcement, I was like shaking when I was at lunch with Matt because it was just so many emotions.  I put together this letter board pic when we shared it on instagram!

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I’m excited to document this process and I hope you follow along our pregnancy journey!   This is our first little baby and it’s going to be such an adventure!!  I have several videos coming out on my youtube channel, so definitely head over there and subscribe to stay up to date that way! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading!! 🙂
~xoxo Seneca

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snow storms, obstacles, new things coming…

Hello all!   How is everyone doing today?  My day has been a little crazy, but honestly, not that bad.  Where I live at in Indiana, we got about 6 inches of snow today!!  It started right around 5am and snowed for almost 12 hours straight.  I drove to work at 8:30 this morning, and there were no roads that were clear!!  I was amazed that not even the roads in town weren’t really treated. I had 2 employees call off/I told them to just stay safe.  I chose to close the store only 2 hours after we had opened.  We had 2 customers the whole time, and not even made $50.  I’m thankful that I work for a company that values our safety more than the profit they didn’t make on a day like today.  I took my time coming home, however, the roads were still covered and the wind started to pick up.  Something I’m not really used to, is the snow drifts that happen here because of the wind and flat lands.  So the roads were starting to drift pretty badly.  My drive is half country roads and the were not the prettiest, but really, none of the roads were the prettiest today!

So once I made it home safe, I make a quick lunch and watched some TV with my husband.  Then we decided it was time to get out there and start shoveling our driveway, it took about 2 hours with both of us shoveling.  It was just so quiet (minus the sound of the shovels) and peaceful with all the snow falling around us.  I have a coworker who constantly complains about the snow, winter, the cold, all of that, and she complains constantly.  It’s the most annoying thing in the world, if you hate winter that much, then move please…. Okay, I’m getting off topic.     I just thought the snow was SO pretty today!  Yeah, driving in the snow, is not my first thing I want to do, and it’s all about safety, hence me closing the store early, but it wasn’t all that bad.

Well that was my morning, after we shoveled snow, I made my husband’s favorite soup, and it was delicious if I do say so myself!  I’m just in bed now and reflecting on what this year is going to bring for me.   There are a few things that I’m SO excited for, and there are a few things that’s I’m just taking one step at a time, and moving past certain obstacles.  I won’t go into to much details really, but I’m finishing something I’ve been putting off for awhile, and working on that at the moment. It’s not hard, it’s just a lot of steps involved that I did not know were a thing until just tonight, so I am at a standstill tonight.  It is what it is.  I’m just going with the flow and not stressing out.

On Tuesday, I have a video coming out on my YouTube channel that I am SO excited for!! It’s seriously going to be one of the biggest videos on my channel to date, second to my wedding video!  I’m just so so excited to share with everyone!! Life is getting so exciting this year, and it’s only the beginning of the year!!  Okay, I told want to say to much, I’ll see you guys on Tuesday!! 🙂

Thanks for reading!!

~xoxo Seneca

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Vacation Has Started!!

Yesterday evening I made it back to my childhood home in West Virginia, and my heart could not be happier.  There’s just something about coming home that just makes everything better.  I’m so thankful because my husband got to come with me this time as well, it doesn’t always happen that way because of his work schedule.

Last night we ate a delicious dinner with my parents, and it was nice to catch up with them the rest of the evening.  We gave them, their Christmas present and it was so nice, they LOVED it!!  So this whole week will be filled with giving my family their presents, and spending time with them.

Currently, I’m sitting on my bed, going through everyone’s youtube videos and catching up with what I’ve missed.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve just been awful at support through watching,  It breaks my heart, because I go on and on about how important support is, but I’m failing at my own pep talk.

I brought my dog & cat with me as I usually do, and my sweet Indy kitty is laying on the foot of my bed right now and he’s such a precious thing.  I think he’s happy to be back home too.  My mom has 2 kitties, so they play with each other, and it’s adorable.

I’m going to lunch soon with my cousin & hubby.  I’m driving up to WVU’s campus, which isn’t far from where I live.  It’s the first day of the spring semester, so I’m not quite sure what is going through my head right now, lol!  The traffic is just going to be crazy, with everyone there!  Luckily, I’m just picking her up, and then we are going to Chick-Fil-A!!  The best food ever created!!!!  I cannot wait!! 😉

It’s really just nice to sit and relax and not have to go anywhere or do anything.  I guess that’s why I just associate going back home, with going on ‘vacation’.

Well there’s just a super small blog for you!  I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about, but just wanted to say hello!

Hope you are having a great day!!

Thanks for reading!
~xoxo Seneca

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Here’s to 2019

Hello friends!!!  Happy New Year!!!  2019 is here!! 🙂

2018 went by so quickly!  2018 was the year I got married, the year I thought would go by so slowly is already over.  It was seriously the best year of my life!!  I loved every part of it, and I literally cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store.

I have some SUPER exciting things coming up this year that I can’t wait to tell you about.  However, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find, because they are still in the works.  So stay tuned to my blog, twitter, youtube channel, or heck, even instagram!!   I’ll link them all down below at the end.

I’m not really one to make big New Years resolutions, but this year I just have a few things I really want to try to stick too.

  • Routines…this is something that I have really not done in so long.  Some may think, well that just sounds like getting yourself into a rut by doing a routine, but I think otherwise. Lately, even before the first of the year, I’ve been starting a nighttime routine that has really helped me just relax and wind down better than before.  If I only work until 5:30, then I add a few things to my routine, but it’s been really good.  I feel this will be a whole blog post of itself, and I’ll get to that. 🙂
  • Planning/Organization…I’ve always been a big planner but sometimes you just need a little motivation on getting things done better.  I always have had a planner ever since college, heck high school even, but I need to look at it more often than I am.  I like to write down when bills are due, and important pay days on it.  Sometimes I’m looking at my planner at the last minute, when I really need to buckle down and focus more.  I would always like to organize my house better, get more containers, bins etc, things like that to put everything in its place and not still look like we just moved in.  There are some rooms that we use as a catch all, which most people do, but this is the year we officially look settled in and like we’ve been there for years.
  • Cooking dinner more…cooking is something that I love to do, I’ve always loved it, but work recently has just worn me down to almost nothing once I get home and I hate that.  Part of my routine I mentioned earlier was cooking dinner and it’s been going well so far.  But like anything, we always tend to fall off our goals once January ends, so I want to change that.  Not only will that get dinner for us. a healthier one than just a frozen pizza more often than not, but that also means I won’t have to buy Subway constantly for lunch the next day at work.  It’s not the best on the pocketbook, but luckily it’s more on the healthier side.
  • Read my Bible & find a devotional to do each day/week…Although I do try to have quiet time each week, even if it’s just in prayer, I really need to dive in and read my Bible so much more than I do.  We just started 2 Peter in church last week, but unfortunately because of my job, I’ll probably have to miss like the 3 or 4 Sunday’s.  I’m sad because it really sounded like an amazing series, so I’m going to just read it on my own, that way I can still focus in on what the church is learning at the moment.  There’s also a specific devotional I’m searching for, but I’ll focus in on that later.

Those are just a few things I’m focusing on for the year.  I know I’m going to fail, it’s just part of life.  However, I’m really going to give it my all and try hard to get in the routine of all of this and hope it sticks!!

What are some of your New Years resolutions or goals for 2019??  Please share!!

Thanks for reading!!
~xoxo Seneca

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My Favorite Fitness Resources! Blogtober Day 25

Hey all!!  I’ve been so excited about this post because I recently got my new fitbit, and I’m all about it!!  I’m not amazing at working out, I really don’t do it, ever?  Occasionally, I’ll go for a run, or walk the dog around but I don’t like to go out by myself for safety reasons.  So the fit bit really helps motivate me at work to be more active.  Now I work retail, so I’m always moving, but it’s neat to see how many steps I actually take.

I purchased the Fit Bit Versa in rose gold.

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There are a lot of perks to the Versa.  It’s basically an apple watch, or I feel that’s what they designed it after.  It tells me who is calling, shows me text messages, reminds me of events I have on my calender, shows voicemails.  You just can’t actually talk through it, like an apple watch.  It’s all touch screen as well, which is neat!

I’ve had a fit bit before, I had the charge HR, but unforunately it broke and I only had it maybe a year?  I don’t remember, it’s been awhile since I had it.  So this one is a major upgrade, and I’m glad I saved up for it.

You download the fitbit app to your phone and it syncs to your fitbit, so you can see your stats through the app as well.  You can also track your water in-take, add what you eat so you can see if youre geting enough calories in a day, also you can track your weight as well.  They actually have a special fitbit scale that you can get too!  I’d like one of those eventually, but they are on the pricey side, sadly.
Also on the app, you can connect with others who have fitbit, and have fun competitions between each other!  I love that part of it, it’s definitely makes me walk faster some days!

So there you have it!  My favorite fitness resource!  Do you have a fitbit?

Thanks for reading!

~xoxo Seneca

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