Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Busy as a Bee, but it's Spring!

I've missed "talking" to you all on my blog, but I've been super busy planning my upcoming event for FemPowerMovement, the Love Your Life Tour, DC. Did you get a ticket? After it's over, I'll make sure to post pics and a recap here as well as the official blog. But I wanted to stop in and talk a little about what's been on my mind lately.

 1. Hair! I want a new hairstyle for the spring & summer. I'm not sure what to do, but I'm leaning towards something like this.

2. Easter! OMG, where has the time gone. I need to do baskets for the boys. I'd like to make something like this, but I'll probably just buy a pre-made one this year.

3. Spring! It's been here, it's gone away. It came back, it went away again. I'm just ready for consistent seventy degree weather.

4. Vacation! I need one. I need a break from my dayjob. I'm starting to get a headache almost every day.

5. New Clothes! I need new clothes for spring since my old spring clothes I couldn't fit anymore and I gave to Goodwill. On my list some light and airy pants like this

What's been on your mind lately?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This Mom's Indulgence

As a busy working mom of three, it's rare I get time to myself, but when I do my guilty pleasure and personal indulgence is taking in a movie by myself or with a friend.With all of the choices of things to do with my time, why do I choose to spend those two precious hours in a dark room with strangers?

Movies have the power to transport you anywhere and you can immerse yourself in the main character and be anyone you wish. Exotic locales, swoon worthy leading men, action, drama, laughs, it's all there for the price of a movie ticket.

When my husband and I first started dating we went to the movies every single weekend and that tradition continued until the birth of our first child. Nowdays if we catch a movie it's probably some Disney-esque musical with a talking car, princess, or a group of animals looking to make their way back to the zoo they call home. But when one of the 'rents are doing grandparent duty, we always sneak out to take in dinner and a movie.

What's your indulgence? 

This post was part of a campaign by Raise.com. All content was solely my own opinion.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Live Your Best Life, a Life of Connection

One of my passions is connecting people to one another and helping people. I'm the person at the party that will meet someone, talk to them for a while, and then leave them with the name and number of the perfect hairdresser, restaurant, or counselor for them. Earlier this year I thought about how I could use some of my talents (event planning - 5yrs for companies and non-profits) to connect women to other awesome women and the Fem-Power Movement was born. I'm holding my first event in the DC area and I have an awesome line up of speakers that will empower those attending to live their best lives in the areas of relationships, personal style, and personal finance.

When I sought to choose speakers for this event, I thought about the women online that I go to when I want inspiration or information. So, we have author and entrepreneur Alex Elle speaking on relationships, we have Keri Henderson speaking on personal style (she was trained by What Not to Wear stylist Stacy London), and Ginger Dean founder of Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, the #1 Personal Finance Website for women. Pretty damn impressive, if I do say so myself.  These are the type of women that inspire me daily and I wanted them to inspire you as well.

I hope you'll join me on this journey and come out to our event if you're in the DC Area.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Minimalist Momma or How to Declutter Your Life with Babykids

Looks Peaceful, Doesn't It. Totally Not My Home!
Okay, I'm not a minimalist momma, but I yearn to be one. I yearn to look on the landscape of my home free of clutter and JUNK! I am slowly suffocating under the weight of all our STUFF! Now, it seems like being a minimalist with children is an oxymoron, they seem to need a million and one things to be happy...or do they?

If I'm honest with myself, my kids only play with a few of their MANY toys and all the DVDs that we have for them, well now we have Netflix. Their books? They like to read the same ones over and over again and if they're done with it, why not sell it at the used book store or on the list of Craig?

I like to think that I don't have an attachment to most STUFF yet my house is continually filling up, why is that?

#1: The hand me down syndrome. 
With three boys I always figure that one of them will "catch" something that the other has out grown, but at the expense of my sanity? No mas! I vow to whittle down the hand me down collection to a manageable few which will then be promptly stored and placed in our storage area and out of our living spaces.

#2: The can I have a toy malaise. 
When we're out the boys get so excited about having this or that toy or something from the Tar-jay $1 aisle (curse you $1 aisle) and I impulsively just throw it in the cart. And all is well and good until I discover no one is playing with said toy and it has just added another minute to my cleaning routine.

#3: The I might need this disorder. 
Well, I might! But probably not, if I haven't worn it or used it in the last three months, what are the chances that I will? I need to carefully edit the things I have and only keep what I absolutely love.

Here's where I'm going for some help on my Clutter Conundrum:


Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday's Musical Motivation - F.U.T.W. Jay Z

"Don't be good my [brother] be great." - F.U.T. W. Jay Z

Too many of us are satisfied with being mediocre and getting by. But mediocrity is the enemy of excellence. Mediocrity sidles up to you like an old familiar friend when all the while it's trying to keep you where you are and not allow you to grow. 

I understand the siren call of mediocrity because it dresses itself up like safety. Oh yeah, why push myself and it not work out when I can keep doing what I'm doing and be alright. Well, who wants to just be alright? Will you tell your children to settle for alright? Because that's what being mediocre is, it's settling.

Don't be happy with settling. You can grow yourself through change. And those changes don't have to be big (at first). Start small. Research that business idea you've been thinking of. Start saving a dollar a day for that trip you want to take. Once you start making small changes and seeing that the rug hasn't been pulled from underneath your feet, you'll be empowered to make bigger changes. And before you know if you've left Mediocre Lane and are pulling into Excellence Drive.

Now, you're saying, but what if I change and my spouse (friend, sister, brother, mother, whoever) doesn't change? What will happen then? Oh, sure some people will resist your change, they'll want you to waddle in mediocrity like they are. Why? Because every time you attempt to be great it's a subtle reminder that they're still stuck in their own mediocre lives. And they get afraid, will you love me if you change, will you leave me if you change, they wonder. Well, that's up to you and them, but here's the silver lining. When you change you will inspire change in others. People that want to love you and be with you will stretch to meet you. It might be a little painful during that stretching period. A little like your first time doing yoga, but the benefits, like yoga, are worth it.

So today I say to you, "Don't be good, be great!"

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lost & Found

My Old Blog Profile Pic - Yup, Bad Ass!
OMG, I've been trying to incorporate more of my voice into my writing (that includes this blog) and was struggling with that. I even read a great article on finding your voice. But lo and behold, I Googled my name and found my old blog from when I was 26.

I was young, newly married, and I had a big mouth. But not in a bad way. Reading my old blog was proof that I have written in my authentic voice before, but somehow I'd lost that boldness to do so. I don't know if it's because the years in between beat me up a little or if having children made me feel I had to be more reserved. I don't know what tampered my voice, but I will say that I've been gaining it back in the past couple of years, but I need it to show up all the time (well maybe not at the office, LOL!). But I miss that girl, she was a bad ass. Shit, I still am a bad ass and I don't have to be afraid of that anymore.

Which is why I might need to rethink the whole name of this blog. Not necessarily what I post because I am a mom and a wife, but I'm so much more. Am I limiting myself, by entitling the blog, This Mom's Life?  Maybe I should just rename it to Lost & Found: A Glimpse into the Life of a Modern Day Superwoman. I kind of like the ring of that...

Love me or leave me alone.