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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Doing it "ALL"

I've started a live series on my Facebook page called Mastermind Monday.  My idea is that it will be a collaborative opportunity for (mostly) women, entrepreneurs, busy moms, DIY-ers, feminists, people with vision to come together and share things that work for them.  I think one of the best parts of this business is how network marketing brings new people into your life every day and how you can learn and grow from and alongside those people.

If you were to ask me what I "do" the answer would be messy:

I love my hubby as well as I can and make babies and build businesses and teach the future of America and run a household and usually remember to switch the laundry, but rewash it when I don't and help other women envision their dreams and coach people through obstacles and have chocolate at least once a day because...goals.  

Plus soooooo much more.  Right?!

As a mom and a woman, I'm in the constant battle to be the best, most Pinterest-worthy, perfect rendition of myself.  And dang y'all, it's tough being a mom today!  Can I get an AMEN from any of the other moms out there?!

And often times people will say things like, "I just don't know how you do it all."  or "How do you do it all?"  And I won't lie, sometimes those feel like backhanded compliments.  

But, the truth is, I don't do it all. and that is exactly how I do it all.  If I were doing this alone, I wouldn't succeed.  I have an amazing husband who supports our dream and helps me to make time for it.  I have a tribe of teammates and friends who lift me up and support me and hold me accountable.  I've got this group of incredible women who truly get me and want what is best for me. 

And a lot of the things I do on my own (or even with their help), I've learned to do in baby steps along the way.  Beyonce wasn't built in a day, y'all.  And you know I love my 'Yonce.  So, I've realized this and I've started to make my goals happen by deconstructing them; taking them apart and breaking them into smaller pieces.  

Anyone can say they want to accomplish something, but if it's so big you can't do it in a day or a week or a month and it's going to take baby steps to make it happen.  It's how I'm tackling ALL my goals this year and for the first time in forever I'm actually making things happen.  

*Tune in on Mondays for tips and tools to help shape your business/life.*   

Monday, January 30, 2017

A New Couch

Man, you wouldn't think something so small would have so much meaning, right?  I mean, it's a couch for crying out loud.

I've been working though my PowerSheets goal workbook this year and one of the first goals I wrote down in it was to make my house feel like a home.  Truth is I really just want our home to feel welcoming and cozy and serene.  But, I also know that chaos in the home leads to chaos in all areas of life so it's at the forefront of my goal list in an effort to positively impact EVERY aspect - relationships, leisure time, business, etc.

One of my goals for January (and I thought I was going to push it to February) was to find us a sectional.  We've been living on the same couch my husband bought for his first house 11 years ago.  And it was very nice furniture 11 years ago, but between all those years + 2 dogs + 2 children + a move it has gone through a lot.  And it shows.

Our new home has a large living room and we really wanted a big, cozy sectional sofa in there.  I envision movie nights, snuggles, and cuddles under blankies.  Not to mention, it's a much larger "race track" for my toddler to drive his cars on.  (Important features.)

The biggest thing is we were able to go out and just find what we liked and order it.  Thanks to our business, we are no longer stretching our income from paycheck to paycheck and that in itself makes life feel a little less chaotic.

I guess the question is what is the "new couch" in your life?
What is on your goal list and what is holding you back from making it happen?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Number 2 Changes Everything

If I could put into words how much I love this sweet girl (and her brother), I would.  Truth is, I'll never do it justice.  However, having a baby in the house again has been...an adjustment.

If I had it my way I would have babies in the house all the time; I love babies.  However, multiples changes things up a bit.  Now, this time around I didn't struggle with Postpartum Depression and that has been a huge blessing, but there have been other struggles.  Not just the ones we've experienced with L, but ones that I've had to adjust to.

Like just not feeling myself yet.  Recently I hadn't been giving as much of myself as I normally would and a beautiful friend of mine simply stated that she missed it.  And, you guys, I needed to hear it because I was in this place where I felt like I wasn't really worthy of sharing much.  Like, who was I to be lifting others up?  

So, I've gotten back to my giving spirit and I'm so grateful this friend mentioned it to me.  She then also said, "Baby number 2 really changes us."  And yes, yes it does.  In good ways and in hard ways.  Not bad ways.  And it's just navigating the change that takes a little time.

I guess I share this to say if you're feeling the same, you will get through it.  It's what I like to call the newborn haze.  You can't see past it until you're through it and sometimes it takes a good 6 months.

Friday, January 6, 2017

My 2017 Word of the Year

My 2016 Word of the Year was BOOM.  It meant to progress, grow, or flourish vigorously and man, let me tell you, I did just that last year!  We welcomed our beautiful little girl to the family, my team crushed major goals this year in our business, and my relationships are tight.

For some reason, it took me longer to come up with a word this year.  I think I was hoping for some epic rare word to find me and sound uber cool to everyone who knew it.

I almost selected the word, PILOT, but perhaps that word will be for another year because no matter what I did I kept coming back to this one:

PRESENT (adjective)
being, existing, or occurring at this time;
being here

I'm really focusing on some big goals this year after accomplishing so much in my business last year, but I've realized that something I am not 100% awesome at is being completely present in each moment.  I tend to keep a racing mind which doesn't allow me to soak in the moments as they happen.  I typically have my camera out ready to capture memories in the making rather than enjoying them as I'm making them.  

So, my goal this year is to be present in everything I am doing.  This will mean when I'm working my business, I'm 100% focused on it.  When I'm playing with my kids, I'm not answering messages or checking in on my challengers.  When I'm with my husband, I'm not texting or searching Pinterest.  

I will be present.

See my 2015 word here
See my 2014 word here
See my 2013 word here

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Healthy Freezer Meals

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Before I had Laurel, I spent some time putting together freezer meals.  I had never done this before and I really wanted to focus on having healthy, hearty meals so that even when things got crazy with a toddler + newborn I could still put dinner on the table.  There's just something about putting a meal on the table...am I right, ladies?!

So, I compiled some of my favorite recipes and put them together for a free group I can a few months ago.  I'm preparing to start another free freezer meal group in February and I asked myself, "Why have I not shared these on the blog?!"

Honestly, this was a lifesaver for me as a new mom of 2 and it worked so great, I plan to start doing it quarterly throughout the year so that we can still have a home-cooked meal on those crazy busy nights.  I hope you find it helpful as well!

For those interested, this is the first compilation I put together or 10 meals and 2 snacks: Healthy Freezer Dump Meals and this is the shopping list that goes along with it.

If you want to participate in my free group starting in February, please fill out this form so that I can send you the information as we get closer!