Time....sigh..... never enough in a day. How do we as moms, find the time for hobbies among all the other daily demands?
Well, first off, since my blog is about BALANCE, I thought I would write a little about how I TRY to balance everything I want to do, on top of all the things I NEED to do. I don't claim to have the answers, but all I know is that it's a lifelong quest. The good thing, is that I'm becoming more aware of when I'm NOT in balance. Sometimes I get a little too excited about something, for example, when I have an idea of what I want to blog about, or when I begin making one of my movies, it's hard for me to stop until it's finished. I tend to focus all my attention on that, and suddenly realize that I'm neglecting the IMPORTANT things. So, once I recognize it, then I can quickly make a change and make up for the things I failed to attend to, for example the house. All I have to do is go ONE day without picking up, and this is what my house turns into.
I know all you moms can relate :) I'm just really passionate about staying in balance and know how easy it is to fall off the wagon and get lost. That's when those unsettled feelings come and you realize somethings off. LACK of balance is always the case. Mind Body Soul, it's that simple right? Not really, there are many subcategories that come with each one of those. I don't even want to think about them otherwise I get overwhelmed. Inhale…..breathe…….relax
We're women, multitasking is in our blood. We're good at killing 2 birds with one stone, or probably more like 3 or 4 :). Like right now, I'm at the gym, on the treadmill, and writing this post at the same time. Gotta love all these cool gadgets we have these days that makes multitasking even easier. Pretty soon we'll be killing huge flocks of birds with just one tiny pebble.
I find that a lot of my ideas come to me at night as I'm lying in bed, or when I'm at the gym. Peace and quiet, without any interruptions. So it's nice to be able to email myself with the ideas that pop into my head.
This blog really accomplishes a lot for me, so that's how I can justify spending the time on it. I feel like I'm fulfilling an important part of life, which is, recording significant events, in other words, this takes the place of journaling :) I've decided that it's much more fun sharing my journal now, rather than after I die, like journals are usually intended. I love the fact that you can turn your blog into a printed book. No more scrap booking for me, I'm not passionate enough about it. I'd rather just print it all off, and spend the time on other things. So anyway, other reasons for my blog is because it's become a hobby for me, something I really enjoy, and we should ALL have something that we can do as part of our “ME TIME”, aside from all the mommy stuff. It's easy to lose yourself if you’re not working on or toward something. Also, this has been a fun way for me to connect with fellow mommies.
I have a few weekly and monthly goals I put together to help me balance everything.
- Blog 3 times a week. I figured that was a good balanced amount.
- Make nice dinners at least 4 times a week.
- Spend more time teaching my daughter to help pick up around the house. I tend to just do it myself, which isn't teaching her anything and only leaves more work for me to do.
- Read or listen to something spiritual once a day. Even if it's just one paragraph.
- Spend special quality time with my kids multiple times a day. My daughter and I play a game we call, CLEAN AND PLAY. The timer has become my new friend. I tell her when the timer goes off, then it's time for mommy to do mommy stuff, like dishes, laundry, ect. I set the timer for everything now, and I seem to get a lot done that way. Thirty minutes here, thirty minutes there keeps me going and focused on what needs to be done, also allowing time to rest and just play with my kids.
- Work out 4 times a week. I use to try to do 6 or 7, but realized that it's rough trying to fit everything into one week when I do that.
- Read one chapter of a book each day. I've found this to be very doable for me. I used to have a goal to read one book in a week, ha, that idea failed miserably. What was I thinking?
- Weekly date night. My favorite day of the week :) It's so fun, and greatly needed at the end of the week.
- I like to have a babysitter come once a week to help me get caught up on things, run errands or just have a little "ME TIME".
- Girls Night Out once a month. It's always good to get together with your gal pals regularly for some good old fashion GIRL TALK!
I added a little pole to the left here, just for fun, wanted to see which show is the most popular among my fellow bloggers or blog readers :) So click on your favorite show.
Here is the highlight of last weeks show.
Check out this video below. It was originally broadcasted on Periscope. My sister and I talk about some women options for that time of month. If you're a man, you might not want to watch this. I warned you!
I got the Period Panties from SheThinx.com
So what I do, is chop all the veggies the day I buy them, which saves time throughout the rest of the week. I love lots of veggies on my salad, iceberg lettuce I know isn't the healthiest, but I like how it's crispier. The greener, the better, so I get the nice green lettuce to add to it, plus add spinach. I also buy the already chopped carrots, so that makes it a little easier, and carrots, last forever. I love purple cabbage so I chop up a bunch of this to sprinkle over the top. Avocado's are yummy, and full of protien.
My sister taught me to put a dry papertowell in with the lettuce and it helps it to stay more fresh. It really works too!
Here is a dear friend of mine Cheri, who has some amazing weighloss goals for the year. She has created a blog to track and share her progress. I was hoping you could all follow her blog, and offer her support as she continues her journey to happiness
She has just had her first weigh in and her results are awesome!!! Go check out her blog, and leave her some comments of support!
I just wanted to tell you that after my 9 day I am 16 lbs lighter, 10" over all inches gone, sleeping well, and waking up with clarity for the 1st time in years, Thank you!
What are some of your tips and tricks????? Please do share with us!
Long thick hair, something I've always wanted but unfortunately was not blessed with. I have to go to extreme measures to get that kind of hair. I try to go for the natural look, like for example, I don't color my hair at all, it's totally natural, lol. Yeah, in my dreams :) There is so much that goes into being blonde, and trust me, I've tried to go back to my natural color, and even colored my hair dark brown. It was not a pretty sight, in my opinion. I just felt so drab. I love being blonde, but do hate the maintenance that comes along with it. I like it really light, and of course, the lighter you go, the more your roots stand out, so I usually end up wearing hats every day the last couple of weeks before I get my hair done again (those headbands I mentioned before are great for covering up dark roots). So first you have the hideous roots, then of course you have to deal with the constant breakage and flyaways. So, as my hair gets lighter and lighter, it also gets thinner and thinner. It's a lose lose in my opinion. I hate my natural color, but I hate the damage bleach brings to my hair. One of these days I'm just going to shave off my hair like Brittany Spears, and just wear wigs. I would be so excited if this became a trend. Think about it, you could have any hair color or style you want in minutes. It would be awesome! What do you say we all do this together, and start the trend ourselves :)
So, anyway, I've been in a constant search for ways I can stay blonde, but still have thick healthy hair. It's been tough, but I've come up with a few solutions, and would like to share with you what I've learned over the years.
Extentions are always good :) but can also be VERY expensive, so I figured out how to apply them myself. Here is a step by step guide to adding a few extra strands. Although, I wouldn't exactly recommend doing this all over your head. A little bit of your own hair comes out along with each piece, as they tend to slide out after a couple of months.
I bought this little kit on this website, but have found that you can get everything cheaper on ebay. Search for Micro Ring Link Hair Extensions Pliers Needle Tools Set, then you'll need to search for microlinks, then of course, the hair. And you DO want to use real human hair, and not synthetic hair. I've ordered from so many different vendors and have decided that the quality of hair you recieve is all luck. Sometimes you get a good batch, and sometimes you get a bad one. But really, you can find it so cheap on ebay, so it's not that big of a deal if the hair only lasts a couple of months. If you're lucky and get a good batch, the hair can last up to a year or longer.
Then hook it onto a little strand of hair, close the latch on the needle, then slide the bead over and onto the hair.
The hair is hooked in the needle, so the strand of hair should slide right out.
Then you put the shoelace tip into the bead (search for prebonded extensions on ebay when purchasing the hair).
Then just clamp the bead, and you're done. You'll of course need to have a hair dresser cut the extensions to blend them, or you can attempt to do it yourself :)
Another option are the clip ins. These are great, but very uncomfortable, so usually when I wear them, I can't wait to get them out. Looks great though, and does NO damage to the hair.
Here is a picture of my hair with all the clips in. They come in all different sizes, so you can put the bigger pieces in the back, and the smaller ones in front.
Another option for extensions is getting a whole weft sewn into your hair. I think this is actually THE best way to go. I've had them before and loved them. Two of my friends do this kind, and do such a great job at a very affordable rate. Rachelle is one, and Ashlie is the other. You can find them both on facebook (just click on their names).
This is the best stuff for flyaways
I'm trying this new stuff right now called Ovation Hair. It's supposed to make your hair grow longer and thicker. So, I'll keep you posted on weather or not it's worth your money :) I just started it this week, so we'll see. One thing I learned from their website, is that it's good to wrap your head with a silky scarf at night. This helps protect your hair and keeps it shiny and hydrated.
I lost a lot of hair after giving birth (which is very common after delivery), and a friend of mine told me that taking silica in liquid form really helps stimulate hair growth. I've been taking this Bone Formula (it's not liquid, but I think it's been helping)
My hair dresser is the best! So, if you think you need a new hair stylist, then call her for sure. She does an amazing job with my hair. She can also make you a set of clip in extensions if you ever want them.
If you have any other tips, advice, or product reviews to add to this post, please leave me a comment. I'm always looking for more information and great new products to try :)
I just love this time of year. I thoroughly enjoy setting goals and looking back at my past resolutions to see how I did. Making and achieving goals motivates me to work harder, and provides such a great sense of accomplishment. "Intent+Mechanism=result"(-Klemmer). I'm ultra sensitive about fulfilling aspirations and dreams. Growing up I didn't see a lot of following through. Intensions were there, but void of any action, therefore, never saw results. So I think that has made me try even harder to DO what I say I'm going to do, and not just SAY it. I appreciate this about my husband, I think that is one thing that really drew me to him. He's the kind of person who reaches his goals. His ambition and motivation to succeed in life, really means a lot to me. He and I were talking about this the other night, and he quoted the best scripture, and totally applies to the way I feel. “Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father, because of his imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.” (Morm. 9:31.) I love this scripture! It's very hard not to judge others, or even our own parents for that matter. This scripture sheds a little light on the subject, and teaches us to appreciate the imperfections of others a little more, because they are opportunities for us to learn.
I've done a little research in formulating my plans for 2010, in hopes to get inspired. I wanted to share what I came across. Achieving goals is all about having faith, believing in yourself enough to know that it's possible. "You display in life, what you are, because of what you think...To think, is to create"(Klemmer).
"What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" -Robert Schuler
From the conference talk, Do It Now by Donald L. Holstrom, "We delay full spiritual involvement because of laziness, fear, rationalization, or lack of faith. We convince ourselves that someday I'm going to do it. However, for many, someday never comes, and even for others who eventually do make a change, there is an irretrievable loss of progress, and surely regression. Many of us want the simple way, the process that will not require serious work & sacrifice. Procrastination may seem the easy way, as it momentarily removes the effort required to accomplish something of value. Ironically in time, procrastination produces a huge burden, laced with guilt, and a hollow lack of satisfaction."
President Spencer W. Kimball said, "One of the most serious human defects in all ages, is procrastination, and unwillingness to accept personal responsibility ."
My New Years Video