Thursday, January 14, 2016

Humble brag

Today I graduated from Elfa Closet Design School. Yes, that's a thing and I did indeed graduate from it. For the past month I've been designing closets at work but I've had to have someone look it over before I showed it to a customer. It's called second set of eyes, just to make sure I haven't made any mistakes. Well as of today I'm off the second set of eyes list, they trust my knowledge and skills and believe that I can design the perfect closet solution for people all over the country...and world. I did some spaces for  a couple in Guam a few weeks ago ;). 

I can't get over how far i've come in the last 8 weeks. First of all I went into this job with ZERO prior experience in the corporate world or sales or closet design. After a few weeks of training and lots of practice I feel like I really know what I'm doing and it's such a fun job. I always hear people talk about their jobs and their peers and their bosses and it's never really positive and it really freaked me out when I started looking for a job. I thought all offices were like that, where people are awful to each other. I thought that everyone hated their boss and that work was just going to be awful no matter where you ended up. But that's just not true, at all!! This company has changed my whole outlook on the corporate world and working in an office. I have the best team, they are seriously incredible, so kind, funny and passionate. I'm just feeling extra grateful to have been given a chance to work for this company. I mean I get to design pretty spaces all day, it's a dream. ;)

 I've already got my sights set on my next goal with the company, and that's built-ins!! ;)

Speaking of dreams...this closet is THE dream!!
I'm sold, if only my store discount went towards this baby!!


In other news, Tom went to London yesterday and got his medical done! He spent the night in Westminster, had his early morning appointment and then hopped on the bus back home.
Now we just have to wait for his interview!!
We're both so happy things are finally starting to come together!
April can't get here soon enough, I can't wait to see him again
and not have to let him go this time! ;)

Hope you're all having a great week!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Visa chit chat

It's a well known fact that this little blog has suffered some over the last year. I was doing so well in blog land for around 2 years and then I guess the 3 year slump hit me, hit me real hard. So here I am, starting again, hoping I can do better this year. I'll be honest, blogging started to become a chore when I didn't have as many exciting things to discuss. So I kind of disappeared because I just didn't know where to take this space. But now it's 2016, a new year, a BIG year and I feel like I have some pretty big things to share with blog land. So let's hop to it!

I'll start with a little thing called a Fiancé Visa. So back in September, i think, Tom and I started a little journey. A journey I sort of talked about via this blog but I honestly didn't go into much detail. I had my reasons for holding back but now I feel like it's a good time to really share what's all been going on with the visa situation. I explained that a few visa options failed us so we swiftly moved onto the most basic visa for getting your significant other to America, The Fiancé Visa. If you've ever watched 90 day Fiancé on TLC then you'll know where I'm going with this. The Fiancé visa is used for couples who plan to marry within 90 days of the significant other arriving in the USA. That's where Tom comes in, he's the significant other, obviously. So once we'd locked down which visa we were going to go after we jumped on it as fast as we could. These visa's are not known for being quick when it comes to processing so we wanted to get started straight away. The first step was to fill out some forms, pay some money...around $400...and gather evidence of our relationship. It took me about a week to get everything pulled together. I put a nice binder together and mailed it off to the USCIS...super official government office somewhere that handles these cases.

Thankfully we had quite a lot of evidence supporting our relationship. This blog was a big chunk of that since I've basically blogged about our relationship from the beginning. We also used instagram posts, texts, emails, flight itineraries and more. I sent the binder off knowing that it would take a while before it was accepted. The timeline for this portion was well over 3 months...longer if it stayed in Texas. Luckily our case was transferred to California. California had a shorter wait time but we still thought it would take a few months to hear anything. One month after I sent the binder off
I got a letter in the mail from the USCIS. I wasn't expecting anything so soon so I was terrified I'd filled out a form wrong and I'd have to do it over again. But that was not the case, I opened the letter and it was a Notice of Action 2 document. This is the document we thought we'd be waiting months for. But instead it only took ONE MONTH!! How amazing is that!!! The NOA2 meant that the US government was happy with what I gave them so they would now send the case overseas to the American Embassy in London which is where Tom will go to have his interview when the time comes.

So let me break it down a little...what was meant to take 3-5 months only took 1. Our case began it's trek overseas in November and now we're at the stage where we're just waiting on Tom to get his medical done as well as the Interview. As soon as those things get done he will have his visa and be able to come over and we can get married and start this next phase of life. Crazy right?? 

It's possible that Tom will have the Visa locked down by February, but that doesn't mean that
Tom will be headed here straight after he get's the visa. There are a few things that have to happen before Tom comes over. I need to be working full time at my job (hopefully that happens soon..) I also need to get an apartment.. That's not all though..Tom's sister is getting married in Jamaica in April. Tom is only allowed to Enter the USA on his visa once. So we're going to wait until after the Jamaica wedding for him to fly over here. He'll probably fly straight over from Jamaica and from there we'll have our wedding and just go for it!!

On January 21st we will have been apart for 6 months. This is the longest that we've been apart and thinking about staying apart until April is so hard. We have around 3 more months to be apart before things really start rolling. I wish we didn't have to wait but we both know that we need to get some things pulled together before he gets here so I'll definitely use this time wisely. I mean there's a wedding to plan as well as an apartment to get and lots of other things. And I have around 3 months to do it all.

It's laughable but also very possible to get all of that done in such a short amount of time ;)

Ok that's all for now, hope everyone is having a wonderful new year!!
Can't wait to share all of the wonderful things to come.

Monday, December 7, 2015

My first BIG job & a new car!!

So by now you know that I started
working for The Container Store a few weeks ago.

If you didn't you do ;)

So up until now the only jobs i've held have
been part time filler jobs.

I worked while i was in school at my
University as well as a local Bakery here in Fort Worth.
Both jobs were so fantastic for me at the time
and I'm so glad i had those opportunities.

I also nannied quite a bit over the last year and a half.

So I've held a few jobs here and there
over the past couple of years but none of my
past job experiences have been like my new job...

Which makes sense..I've had a pretty natural progression
to my first professional gig.

Granted I probably would have been in my professional job
sooner but I found love know ;)

#lovetrumpsjobs here I am in my new job and
it's been so great!

I've made some great friends, I have the nicest co-workers ever
and my office building is pretty incredible if I do say so myself.

I could do without the rush-hour traffic but
that's unfortunately a part of life.

This week I'm in "Design School"
I'm learning the ins and outs of closet design.
Closet design as well as other types of designs,
office, craft room, pantry...all sorts of fun things.

I've never been that much of an organizer but
this job has really changed me for the better.
I'm now obsessed with all things organization.
It also helps that there is a pretty sweeeeeeet discount involved ;)

I also have some fun news other than the new job...
I got a new car!!!

This was my first grand purchase of my adult life.
I'm pretty proud of him and proud of myself for
getting him all by myself ;)

His name is Chuck, Chuck Boris Jr.

My old car was called Boris so we had to pay respect to him in the new car.

I'm so adult and so not adult all at the same time.

So new job, new car, working on a Visa for Tom
& looking at future new apartments!

Things are looking pretty great around here!!

We'll see how great I feel at the end of this week
after 40+ hours of design school training!! ;)

Hope you're all having a great week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My new job

So tonight I drove home from my new job.
It was day 6 of training.

According to the world wide web
most jobs give about 8 hours or less of
training before releasing you to the actual job.

Well at The Container Store that is not the case.
In fact I've just finished up my 54th hour of training...
and I still have about 110 hours to go throughout my first year.
Oh yea, I got a job at The Container Store's corporate offices!
I was so so happy when hired, they are such a fabulous company to work for!

I know I said I'd like to nanny more and teach
but when opportunity calls you answer.
I answered!

Anyways back to training...
So after completing 50+ hours of training
my brain is mush, like the mushiest mush ever!
I'm exhausted because we've been working
9 or 10 hours most days and getting up and doing
it all over again the next day.

We've had SO MUCH information to digest
in the last week that it's just kind of overwhelming.
Not kind of, it just is!

While driving home tonight I called Tom to talk about my day.
We've not been able to skype since I've been working non stop.
We're having serious withdrawals.

So I called him and I broke down a bit, totally cried.
Mushy brain + so much info + my first time on the phones
and I got a nasty call straight away... = Tears!!!

Luckily we have great customers so most people
are so nice which is great but I did have one nasty caller
and I'm just not used to people talking to me like that.
I'm really nice and super emotional when people
aren't nice back...I need to get a backbone and
this job is going to help me get that.

The last day of training is tomorrow and
then I'll work for three weeks before I have another
week of training where I learn closet design.
Which is really exciting but it's just more info
So I need to find a way to open up my brain
for even more information!

Let me also say that I love how much training I'm getting!
I love working for a company that wants it's employees to be prepared.
I also just love working for this company in general.
I never wanted to work in a corporate setting because
I've just not been interested in that kind of atmosphere.
But The Container Store just has such a wonderful atmosphere
and so now I understand why people love working for them.

Have I mentioned I'm exhausted ;)

This is what happens when you start a big girl job after 
having around 2 years of a super relaxed nanny job.
I'm not used to the workload or the hours or any of it.
I'll get there though, I'm already starting to feel
more comfortable and confident with the job
so hopefully I'll keep feeling that way!

But for now I just need Thanksgiving to be here so I can 
unwind and eat my emotions!!

I'm pretty sure I've lost about 10 pounds over the last week
because I've forgotten to it's nice to know
I'll be gaining that all back plus some on Thursday!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

An update and an explanation!

To the people who read my last post
and thought that you had missed this
big engagement announcement let me
ease your worries and tell you that
there hasn't been an official engagement announcement.

Or maybe that's what my last post was.
An engagement announcement ;)

Here's the thing, we're not sticking to cultural norms
or the status quo.

You're probably not going to see me flashing
an engagement ring all over town...yet.

You won't see engagement pictures of
us in a field with oh so perfect lighting behind us.

You won't see any of that because we're not
in the same place on this planet.

Now if we were a normal couple
that didn't have 4,000 miles in between us
then yes, you'd probably be seeing all of
those things right about now.

But we're not, so you're not!

I don't want anyone to feel like we forgot
to mention this to them before I blurted it out on my blog.

Truth is, everyone should know that
we're headed for marriage.

You just don't spend this amount of time
and money on someone you're not serious about!

And we've been serious for a long long time.
And it's time for us to move forward so we
can start living normal lives again!

And for my family and friends that read my blog
I just want to say that blogging is one of the best ways 
to get information out there to all of you!

Don't feel upset that I didn't personally come to you
and explain the happenings of my life because
we'd be there for a while and you'd regret the conversation instantly
once I start crying because this is all very stressful!

I've shed one too many tears over this already!

This isn't an easy process so please bear with me
and please pray for me because the stress and people pleasing
is really getting to me!!

I googled chronic people pleasing the other day.
Ticked all them boxes!
I'm trying to work on it!


Here's a little update for you all!

Tom and I are applying for the K-1 Fiance visa
so that Tom can come live in the USA for a few
years with me, married to me while I work and 
he works and get's his masters degree!

There are other facets to the plan like where
we'll we'll survive on one income until
Tom gets his green card...but that's all information
that will come in the future!

So that's THE plan!

So while we are planning to get married
and do all sorts of things with our lives
it's hard to explain all of this visa information
to people who have never had to do it before.

You have to understand that I can't even get excited
about a wedding yet. I can't send invites, I can't plan anything
because before all of that happens Tom and I will
be thoroughly examined by both our governments.
The United States & The UK Governments 
get to decide if and when we get this visa!

And while I do think all will go smoothly
you just never know.

So yes, I'm going to blog about weddings
and plans and dresses and flowers and all sorts of things.
But don't think I've left you out, don't think I've forgotten to tell you.

Please remember that when this visa goes through I 
will shout all of this information at you, in your face,
because I won't be able to contain my excitement!

That is all...for now!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Three wedding's and a Visa!!

A little less than 3 years ago I found myself
in a weird spot with a random guy that I met online.

Obviously you all know how that story progressed.

I remember when I was a teenager and I was obsessed
with all things British, especially in the form of 
a cute guy with that cute accent.

I never once dreamed that I'd actually get
to fall in love with a cute guy with that cute accent.
But I did!
Lucky me ;)

We have both grown so incredibly much
over the last couple of years and we feel so grateful
that we've gotten to spend so much time together,
to really get to know each other and to fall in love!!

We are now in a place where we need to move forward
either together or apart and obviously we're choosing together.

I don't want to live in a world without him
and I'm pretty sure he feels the same about me ;)

So as you may have noticed I've posted a whole
lot about visa's over the last couple of days.

I'm sharing with you the highs and the lows
of this whole long distance love process.

Most of the time it's fun but other times it's hard and
stressful and scary and annoying!

I never want to come across as ungrateful for these
opportunities that we have. So please don't mistake my
grief with the visa process as me being ungrateful!!
Because just knowing that there is a way
for us to be together is amazing!!

We've had to work hard for this relationship so
we're prepared for this next step.

And hopefully once this visa process is done
we will be good for a while.

We know there will be more visa drama in the next few years
but we won't worry about that until the time comes.

Our visa journey is a big deal!
It's the story of one of us packing up and
moving to another country.

Leaving friends and family all in the name of love.

So far on this blog you've gotten to see us fall in love
and now you get to see us take it to the next level!!

The marriage level!!

Oh yes!

So what are you going to see on this space
over the next couple of months?

Well I will spill the beans on our plans
which includes the Visa we've chosen.

I will also share the process of said visa.
I will post when certain paperwork is approved
and we'll all have mini celebrations as we
slowly get this visa in one of our hands.

While we're on this visa journey
I'll also be sharing wedding ideas, plans and 
trying not to go insane because we're planning
a few weddings/receptions...

OH you're probably wondering why there
hasn't been a #blessed #engagement photo with #bling.
Well long distance puts certain things ahead of others.
The ring will come, patience is a virtue ;)

I consider myself lucky to have an incredible guy by my side,
the ring is a lovely symbol that I'm excited for but
If I had to choose what gets priority right now
it would be getting a visa and they ain't cheap y'all!!

So there's that!

Some major things are in store for us
and I'm pretty pumped that I can share it on this blog.

I missed blogging and I feel like I'm getting back into it!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Visa Attorney

Tonight I contacted a VISA ATTORNEY!!

We decided that visa's are complex things that we don't really
want to mess up because if we do mess it up then we're
basically out of luck for a good long while.

Therefore we contacted an attorney, which is a very adult thing to do.

It's also probably an expensive thing to do.

So the visa isn't cheap and my gut is telling me that
the attorney won't be cheap either...

But we're in luck because she offers a payment plan #sarcasm

This is kind of how I feel...

But instead of an overly happy Aladdin, picture this guy instead 

Less money, more problems, that is the appropriate saying...
Whomever said more money, more problems was a big ol dumbo!!

So yeeaaa I'm going to try and make an appointment with the attorney
sometime soon so we can discuss our options.
Hopefully she'll help us come to a final decision!

Also if you read this blog and you've gone through the visa process
with or without an attorney I would LOVE to hear from you!

Should we hire an attorney, can we do it ourselves??
Guess we will see!!

Have a lovely day everyone!