I got up this morning in a cold sweat. Heart pounding, mind racing with lists upon lists of things that needed to be done. Content schedules. Christmas Events. Gift Lists. And even that list went on and on and on… My head is spinning and then I pick up my phone and look at the calendar. Tomorrow's December 1st.
Yes the holiday season has started, but truthfully I have 23 days until I have to worry about Christmas (I'm convinced that shopping a few days before Christmas helps fine tune your skills for patience, determination and goodwill towards men--LOL). What I am really worried about is the fact that there is only 31 days until the end of the year. And I haven't even prepared for 2016.
But not to fear, the next 31 days will be spent organizing our life for 2016 to be a breeze.
Some of the things I'll be doing….
1. Purging. There is a reason the New Year is out with the old, in with the new. So as much as I love my stuff, I will be getting rid of the unnecessaries.
2. Forecasting my finances. I hate thinking about money. Yet I have no problem spending it. However, I'm ending 2015 knowing what I'm bringing in and where it's going. Trips, expenses, tuition, I'm looking at it all and making sure that Shii and I are okay in the upcoming year.
3. Dreamcatching. I am a dreamer. I have plans in my head that I'd like to see come to life, but for various reasons they stay on my mental desk in my mind. I am ready to move them to the completed basket, instead of having them loom in the 'to do' file or worst, the wastebasket. To start I am creating a visual dream cloud in my workspace to help me execute better and make some of these dreams become a reality.
4. Letting Go. Is it possible to receive more if you have no room for it? I highly doubt it. So starting tomorrow, I am making a list of the people and experiences that have been taking up residence in my mental space. The bad ones will have to go. After all, nobody wants to bring baggage into the new year, least of all me.
Will you be preparing for your New Year? If so, what are you doing to make sure 2016 is off on the right foot? Leave a comment below with your tips.
Have a great week beauties,
I am often looking for ways to de-clutter. We have so much stuff! Clothes, shoes, toys. So when I found a way to get rid of the stuff and make some extra money I was so excited. I usually donate the things that I no longer need to Goodwill or Value Village; but a few months ago I was introduced to this really great concept of selling my things locally.
I know what you are thinking, Craigslist and Kijiji are ways to freely sell things online. But VarageSale is a great local, easy access app where you can upload items that you want to sell and meet up with buyers within hours. VarageSale is fast-paced. Something might be listed and sold before you even have a chance to lay claim. That’s one of the advantages of VarageSale–thousands of potential buyers are just waiting for new things to be added. You never know what someone is looking to buy! If you are selling an item, someone with let you know they are interested and you can plan to meet or arrange a porch pick up for the item. Often times, payment can be left in the mailbox or under the front mat. I personally really like this option as timelines don't always align.
VarageSale has been a great addition to my resource list to find gently used items. It helps to save me money and it is easy to find exactly what I am looking for, not only from my computer at home, but anywhere using my mobile app. I have been able to shop for household items, clothes and shoes for my children (a hugh plus since my kids are growing daily). The many community options allow you to access goods from all over the city within seconds. Also, you can even get brand-new items through the app at a fraction of the cost.
Be sure to check out VarageSale here. You never know when you might find that next great deal.
For my last birthday, I decided to give myself the gift of being debt-free. So with this birthday a few months away, I'm thinking I can finally build that home office I've been dreaming of.
Apartment Therapy uses classic black and white with a winged chair as a statement piece.
It's a family affair in this quaint office space by Trusper.
Classy Clutter brings a burst of colour in this small office nook. Perfect idea for a smaller space.
This DIY workspace on Infarrantly Creative is a geometric knockout. Sometimes a little elbow grease can give you more of a wow factor.
A walk on the contemporary side with this glass and chrome home office can never be sidestepped. The sleek design by Tonelli Design is so attractive.
There is so much to choose from but I know no matter what I decide on, I'll have plenty of fun in the selection process.
What would you want to put in your home office?
Despite your political, social or religious views, I think we can all agree on a human level that the recent events in Paris were despicable. But let us not forget that atrocities are happening to humans everyday, so while we pray for Paris, we also need to pray for peace. Paris, Beirut, Kenya, we see you.
"In just about two hours, while you’re sipping on a cocktail, our performing artists will guide you through each painting so that you come up with your own unique masterpiece at the end of the night that you will be amazed YOU created. We provide everything you will need: canvas, paints, brushes and even a smock. You just bring your fun loving friends and enjoy. "
I'm not sure if there are many people like myself who have always wanted to express their creativity but not really sure of their artistic greatness. I know we all had the elementary school art classes that made us believe that we were destined for artistic greatness.
This past weekend I took a girlfriend out for her birthday, where we unleashed our inner Picasso and created works of art. We attended a Paint Nite event at a local restaurant by purchasing tickets on line through Groupon.com
I went into the event with no expectations. I was eager to see how someone was going to instruct me to recreate a painting. When we arrived my friend thought that we would have stencils. Nope, 2 brushes, 4 blobs of paint, white, read, yellow and black, napkins, and a cup of water. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed expressing my artistic side in trying to replicate the example. The wonderful thing about art, is that it is an individual expression of what you see and feel. Everyone's painting, while similar was very different. Each painter added their own unique flare to their artwork, creating a one of a kind piece of art.
If you haven't tried something like this before, I would absolutely recommend it. It is a great date night event, or an evening out with friends. It pleasantly cost effective at about $25/person, and having locations in various restaurants, you can grab a bite to eat when you have completed your art.
When its all done you can hang your piece of art somewhere in your home or office. Take a look at my masterpiece! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram with your paint nite creations.
Maybe this can be your weekend plans.
There is nothing sexier to me, than a man with facial hair. Bar none. Nothing. Period. So it comes as no surprise, that I love Movember! This month-long homage to the moustache, not only gets my pheromones a-blazing, but more importantly sheds light on men's health. For 31 days, men don a moustache and beard in some cases (if No-shave Movember is your thing), but I hope they do more for themselves than talk the talk. Men listen to me...go to a doctor and get yourself checked out. We know you are manly, brawny and all types of alpha, and nothing can tear you down--but having a clean bill of health is nothing to shrug off.
Just think of it like your A-B-Cs:
A is for active. Increase your physical activity and watch your health increase as well. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, exercise is directly linked to reducing risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It also aids in boosting life expectancy.
B is for Bipolar and other mental disorders. With the changing demands of society, mental illness is on the rise. Many men suffer silently--knowingly and at times unknowingly-- from treatable mental and mood disorders. Currently, one in five North Americans suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Getting a physical can help to diagnose, treat and even prevent these issues.
C is for cancer. Testicular and prostate cancer are unique to males, but definitely something you don't want to add to the "1 for the boys" tally. According to the Movember Foundation, http://www.movember.com, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in men. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males ages 15-29. Although uncomfortable, there should be no excuse for not making sure things are great in your lower regions.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours gentlemen. But if you don't want to do it for yourselves, do it for your friends and families. They deserve all the time they can get with you. Oh and you know what else is sexier than a moustache? Good Health. Good health is definitely on the sexy list.
Respect the 'Stache,
I am very fortunate to be apart of wonderful mommy group on Facebook (Extraodinary Mommies United). This group allows for you to rant and rave about your children & husbands, and share your achievements and disappointments along with prayer requests.
Honestly, I didn't think that I would ever benefit from being apart of a group like this. I mean, I'm the wife and mother that should have everything together right? Isn't that what my role is? I, as the wife and mother, am the backbone to my household.
Mommy is the human calendar, scheduler, chauffer, nurse..... I could go on and on. But when you really think about it, when you are being everything to everyone in the household who is there to relate to you? Now I know what you're thinking. TK you have boothang. Yes I do. He is an amazing friend, husband, and father; but we are wired differently. We do not think the same and react to things the same.
It's nice to know that there are other women who are going through similar ups and downs, joys and successes on this journey. It's a relief to know that I am not the only one feeling like I am, experiencing the different stages of parenting, and appreciate having a resource to help with some things I should try to do to cope with the challenges. Having two girls is difficult sometimes. They have so many feelings, always looking for away to have their thoughts heard and wanting to express them. I have always taught my children that they are valued and their opinions matter, but as they continue to grow up, it has become more difficult for me to just accept the way they are feeling.
I can only speak for myself but, some days are easier than others. I truly am grateful to be able to share experiences with other mothers, who are experiencing the stages of this mom-life just like me.
If you do not have a group or friend that can relate to some of the life experiences you are facing, whether that be mom-life, wife-life, relationship-life, I highly recommend finding one. Make sure you do not keep everything bottled up inside. A good support system outside the home often helps with restoring relationships inside the home.
So to all of us mommies, know that you are not in this game alone. Someone has been through what you may be experiencing and has succeeded. Stay positive, and enjoy your children at each stage. Don't get caught up with distractions, but cherish each moment.