Dreams Do Come True…with hardwork

It’s been a long while since I last blogged, but with my good friend documenting her move from Texas to Colorado, I figured it’s time for an update.

A few years ago I claimed I was an underemployed Accountant and had goals of starting my own business and finding happiness my own way. I’ve since moved from the great state of Texas to Arkansas, my birth place….though I will always love and claim to be a Texan! I moved to Arkansas for the craft beer industry. Specifically, to start a brewery.

The craft beer phenomenon has only reached Arkansas in the past couple of1 years. There’s less than 20 breweries in Arkansas. There was about half of that 2 years ago. The opportunity is ripe for the taking!

Some friends contacted me with the opportunity trying to get me to “move home to Arkansas”. A start-up company is my weakness. So, I said yes. Packed my bags, found an Accounting job in Arkansas, and began preparation for a business to call my own.

I’ve got to give credit to anyone who has ever started their own company! It’s A LOT of work!

Finding the perfect location. Saving money. Finding funding. Getting businesses set up with the city, state, and federally. Talking to everyone that contacts you. Giving interviews. Popularizing your company on social media. Setting up bank accounts, utility accounts, supplier accounts, and any other random accounts. Fixing up your location. Finding staff. Forming action plans for sales, distribution, marketing, financing, product creation…..just to name a bit of what has been happening.

Between working as a full-time Accountant, taking a college class (I’ve got 2 degrees…but Arkansas says “Nyet! That is not enough! You must take another class to sit for the CPA exam in this state”), and starting up this company, life has been crazy. I hate it, but I love it all at the same time!

Life goal: Own my own company — Almost checked off

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Next life goal: Find a cute guy to date!

He’ll do ————->

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When do we learn?

In keeping up with all of the Obamacare changes, I was just wondering when we, as a country, are going to learn from our mistakes?

This has been plaguing me for the past few weeks and I need to get it all out, so let me explain. Affordable healthcare for everyone is a great goal. I love the idea, just not necessarily the follow-through. I’m 25 going on 26 in a few days and I am signed with my parent’s healthcare thanks to the ACA. Unfortunately, this means I’m not going to be covered as of the day before my birthday (that’s this Thursday!). My current employers don’t offer health insurance which leaves me the exchanges in October because I know I can’t afford to go buy individual insurance right now.

Signing on for individual healthcare in October? It’s a little worrisome to have to go a whole month without health insurance, but then I remind myself that I rarely get sick or injured. Why do I need health insurance again? Oh right, if I get in an accident or become really ill. What are the odds of that? No, seriously. If anyone has statistics on that, I would love to know because I’d like to weigh my options of having health insurance vs. not making those monthly payments.

Anyway, all of this brings me back to my original question: when are we going to learn? If history has taught us anything, it has taught us that the government, try as they might, isn’t that great at taking over a private industry and not making it a money pit. Social security, education, space exploration, and even transportation.

Based on everything I’ve been reading lately regarding young people like me signing up on the exchanges, it’s scary. The ACA needs people like me to sign up on the exchanges to cover the costs of the really sick and elderly. That’s a great goal, but with people my age already supporting the social security system (which will long die before we ever receive any of it), I’m a little hesitant about paying into a healthcare system where I will essentially be doing the same thing.

If the social security thing isn’t working, why will the healthcare? Yes, I know it originally worked well, but nothing is meant to last forever. A good business person knows when it’s time to change, adapt, and throw away ideas. And ultimately, the U.S. is a business and it’s running itself dry.

Until we can learn to enact programs that aren’t already doomed for failure and are more cost-effective or, dare I say, profitable, then we might as well sit back and watch the federal

Now, I’ve said my piece, so bring on the hate and arguing that always follows with political crap.

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Has your privacy been invaded?

Has your privacy been invaded? Who knows? Without proper warrants and/or approval, your e-mails or phone calls could have been listened to, recorded, collected, and categorized by the NSA….maybe even other branches of government.

Fight for your rights! Tomorrow, July 4, 2013, is a Restore the Fourth movement. Post the 4th Amendment on your blog, FB, or Tweet it. For your reference: Amendment 4 –“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”. Hit up a local rally (need a location, look here) and let your presence be known. The government has already worked on censoring our internet activity, on controlling our biological human rights, and now this. Enough is enough! Make a stand! Challenge your congressman and make sure the people in office are actually looking out for The People!

Maybe, for once, the government will do its job and listen to The People of the USA that it was created to protect, not to control and harass.

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Here’s to a Happy Life! Cheers!

I’ve been thinking a lot about life and where I want to be lately. I see all my friends going off and being happy making money at their corporate jobs. They’re happy being just another robot in the machine. But I’m not!

I just finished eating dinner with a friend who recently moved away for one of those corporate jobs. She sounds happy and has money to spend, but her work doesn’t seem to challenge her or interest her that much. Doesn’t she deserve to be doing something she loves? After eating with her, I came home to my Inc. Magazine and continued reading about all of these amazing people and companies and all of the things they are doing in the world. It made me realize that there are so many opportunities, so why am I just standing still? Time on Earth doesn’t last forever.

One of the stories in the magazine even said that they kept pushing off starting a company because they thought there would always be a tomorrow to do it. Then, their friend died and it was like a reality kick to the face. Time is precious and limited, so make the best of it while you’re still alive and kickin’.

After all that, and my desire for my own company, I have made a 2 year list of goals.

MY GOALS IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

1. To be gainfully self-employed (doesn’t really matter what I’m doing as long as I’m happy doing it)

2. To be doing something I love everyday! Whether that be working or taking care of the house, though I doubt the latter would interest me much.

3. To be excited to wake up (day or night, but preferably afternoon) and live with what the day has waiting for me.

4. To still be happily in a relationship! Because what is life without love?

5. To travel often. I have too many aspirations and fantasies to not see the world. A world traveler is a must in my life. I don’t want the boring old tourist attractions, but the real sites of the world, and the real people and places of the towns I visit. How I get there doesn’t really matter. Plane, train, boat, even a hot air balloon would be an adventure in itself.

 

6. To make my customers happy because without them I would have no business, no money, and no happiness in work. Also, probably because of them I would have some aggravation in work too. But that’s just part of the world today.

7. To have financial freedom. As I write this, I’m sitting in my living room on a beanbag chair because I can’t afford furniture for the living room. The wireless driver in my computer is broken, so I have to connect by cable and it is all hooked up in the living room. It sure is silent in here without a tv or radio making all the noise. I want to be able to afford even these small luxuries in life and that’s just not happening when I do things the way the world primes people to work and live.

8. To come up with a few business ideas, so I can have multiple places to go in life. I’m always seeing the potential in my friends and what they could be doing if they just tried, but the majority won’t. They stick to the traditional corporate values that have been pushed upon them since birth. If I can see the potential in people, why not in businesses and in ideas?

Start off simple: a bed and breakfast catered to the area and providing activities and travel to certain locations, an accessory for some new technology, a website that allows employers to recruit strictly students for events or other such stuff, a shot bar, any business where I can work the finances of it, a tour business where I plan out fun things catered to different ages and groups of people for specific areas, write a book (haha, I’ve tried. I’ve made it 3 pages in 3 years), or something extraordinary!

Any ideas? I’m slowly dying at a job that I don’t love, even if I do love my bosses and enjoy the work. It’s just not what I want to do for the rest of life.

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Where do I go from here?

I’m 25 years old just recently. I think I’ve reached a point in my life where I don’t know what to do anymore. I lack happiness and can’t really find it at home or work. So where do I go from here?

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My current position doesn’t offer any growth opportunities and I still have dreams of traveling the globe. Dreams that I currently can’t afford. There’s not really a lot of opportunities in this town unless you are a business owner and I’m fresh out of ideas. Help anyone?

My relationship status? As of this weekend, who knows? I have a guy that I love talking to and spending time with…even when we do nothing and just watch tv all day. But we’re long distance and I’m not sure he’s as invested as I am. I thought he would be considering he spent the past year trying again and again to talk to me and I kept blowing him off. I think I finally figured out why I did that. I knew that I really liked him and wasn’t ready for anything serious til recently. I only wish he could see that and that I knew how he truly felt.

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I want a guy that sends me flowers or balloons or something totally ridiculous on my birthday. A guy that randomly surprises me with his presence. A guy that wants to be around me almost as much as I wanna be around him (and I say almost because I reeaaally like to cuddle).

Is that him? I don’t know.

I just know that I’m getting antsy. I want a change. I want to improve my life. I want to be happy. I want him in it. I just don’t know where to go from here?

I guess, welcome to my quarter-life crisis :/

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Creamy Linguine with Shrimp & Veggies

As promised and maybe a little late, the recipe for the linguine and shrimp I cooked a while back. Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light magazine.

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Yields 4 servings at 2 cups per serving

Ingredients:
6 quarts water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
8 ounces uncooked linguine
3 cups small broccoli florets
1.5 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
12 ounces peeled & deveined medium shrimp
1 julienne-cut carrot (I had to look this up, but it basically means thin strips like on salads)
.75 cup of 1/3-less fat cream cheese
.25 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch of mozzarella cheese

Start by bringing the water to a boil in a saucepan and adding half the salt and all the pasta. Cook for 5 minutes. Add broccoli and cook for 3 minutes.

Drain through a sieve over a bowl and reserve .5 cup of pasta water.

You’ll use the water to make the sauce.

Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat and add onion and mushrooms to the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Add the remaining salt, shrimp, and carrots; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the pasta mixture, .5 cup pasta water, cream cheese, and pepper to pan; cook for 3 minutes or until cheese melts and shrimp are done, stirring occasionally.

Mix in a pinch of shredded mozzarella cheese to give it a more cheesy flavor.

SERVE DELICIOUSNESS!

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I left out the mushrooms for my dish and everything still tasted great and I didn’t have to tweak the recipe.

Average per serving nutritional info: 501 Calories 16.3g Fat 32.2g Protein 57g Carb 5.6g Fiber

I hope you enjoy this dish like I did!! Have one you wanna share? Let me know! I love trying new dishes!

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Shrimp, Shrimp, & Cake! But not all together

I have the need to cook! Does anyone else just ever get antsy and feel they have to cook something, anything?

There’s been a cooking spree in my house lately! Which for me isn’t extremely crazy considering a spree to me is like 2 days straight. I’m pretty hooked on pasta with veggies and shrimp. Though I am looking for a good salmon recipe. If you know of any, please point me in that direction (unless there are tomatoes. I hate tomatoes!)!

I recently discovered the gloriousness of cooking blogs and let’s just say my list of recipes is adding up a lot faster than I can cook. There’s one blog in particular that is such a great frenemy to me. I say this because 80% of the recipes are desserts and well, I’m trying to cut back on those caloric temptations.

The only sweet treat I’ve produced from How Sweet It Is are the Pink Velvet Cake Balls. I don’t like red velvet cake though, so I dyed my vanilla cake pink to give it a little pizzaz. They were like the best dessert I’ve ever had. Ever!

Keep in mind that I’d never had any type of cake ball before and didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say, my friends and I gobbled them all up!

I highly recommend trying them or really anything on her blog.

Just the other night, I used her recipe for Shrimp & Bacon Risotto. It turned out pretty well!

I've already devoured most of it!

This was my first time cooking with wine and making risotto. I’d say it was a win, and I owe a lot of thanks to my phone for letting me google and YouTube all the cooking terms I didn’t understand.

I did tweak her recipe a little bit to make it healthier by using turkey bacon instead of pork. Also, I think the risotto was “too homey” feeling. I have no other way to describe it, but I wasn’t a fan. So I think next time I will use chicken broth instead of chicken stock to keep the chicken flavor down….Too many meat flavors all at once.

Otherwise, delicious! Ate some more today actually. If you divide it into 3 servings, it’s only about 350 calories per serving. I eat a little less than the serving and am full, so yay low cal meal!

I’m also subscribed to Cooking Light magazine which is where I got my Creamy Shrimp, Veggies, & Linguine recipe. I don’t have a link to it unfortunately 😦

It too was delicious, but since the creaminess was made mostly of melted cream cheese, there wasn’t a lot of taste. I fixed that by adding half a cup of shredded mozzarella. Bam! Flavor instantly and oh so good! I will share the recipe with you next time I am home.

Trust me, you’ll want it!

Looks good doesn't it?

Promise I’ll give you the recipe and share with you how my cake balls turned out because they are amazing! If you subscribe to one food blog ever, and I mean EVER, then you need to choose How Sweet It Is. Awesomeness!!

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