Tag Archives: new years


So much has happened in 2016. While I could sit here and write about all the struggles Franklyn and I have gone through, I instead have decided to turn them into lessons I’ve learned in 2016. I’ve had to mentally block out the hard times and focus on the wonderful blessings we have had in between, like having our first girl, Olivia, and now expecting another girl! It wasn’t easy, but we came out stronger. I’m waiting for 2017 with arms wide open and a whole set of goals for me, our family, and my blog (and a new one coming soon)! Below are three things 2016 taught me.

I’ve alway hated planning and scheduling, and I have been lucky enough to be able to push through. and get things done. 2016 knocked me down a few times and taught me to be prepared. Planning, setting goals, and being prepared for the unexpected (good and bad) is now a priority for me. It took me a long time to realize that it’s what has been missing in my life. I thought living a life of order, well laid out plans and schedules was boring but it’s quite the opposite! Structure gives me the time I so desperately needed to get my business and family life balanced while including having fun time! I’m ready for 2017!

It’s okay to be tired. I’m the type person that likes to keep moving and get things done! The more to do the merrier! Sitting still or taking naps have always been (in my opinion) a waste of time. I wake up, go through my day, and drag out bedtime and try to get as much as I possibly can done. It’s just who I am, and it always worked for me until this year. 2016 has taught me that it’s okay to be tired and get some rest. One the three things 2016 taught me was that I can do anything, but not everything.

My number one biggest thing I learned this year: I’m going to have to bite the bullet and hire out some help. I’m VERY protective and particular in how I raise my kids. I’m not a helicopter mom by any means, but it’s very important to me that they grow up to be genuinely nice people and to be surrounded by adults that are positive influences in their lives. In other words, I never just hand off my kids to anyone that I don’t know very well, and if I do, it’s never for very long. They’re always by my side but with work having doubled (almost tripled) recently and showing no signs of slowing down, I’m going to have to hire out some help ASAP in order to continue on his path.  This is probably going to be the most difficult thing for me because I like to be hands on with everything that I do, but in the end I think everyone will benefit from it.

I’ll leave you with some Christmas pics of the kids. This was probably one of the best Christmases ever!

24 weeks today!

Three Things 2016 Taught Me

Olivia’s dress is from Baby Gap  & Ballerina Flats from Osh Kosh

These are the most important three things 2016 taught me. What has 2016 taught you?

Click on images below to see some of this years faves! Stay tuned we’ll be sharing more favorites through out the week.

This year has been a roller coaster ride for me.  It’s was fun, crazy-busy, at times stressful, but most of all it was a year of learning from my mistakes.  Below are the top 5 things that I learned the hard way and how I plan on incorporating those lessons in 2014.
  1. It’s ok to say no.  This one is a tough one that will take some work.  I tend to say yes to the wrong people in the hopes that I will make everyone happy and HOPE that in return will make me happy – never has worked and it never will!  I have got to simply put myself and my family first and do what makes us happy and nothing more.  PicMonkey Collagekid
  2.  I can’t control everything.  I’m a type A in everything I do.  It’s both a blessing and a curse especially when working from home with 4 kids and 1 on the way and survival depends on being able to go with the flow.  I can’t micro manage everyone and everything in my life and more importantly I can’t do it all.  For 2014 I plan on letting go and asking my friends and family for more help if I need it.  Picture 50
  3. EVERYTHING happens for a reason.  This one is self explanatory but the trick is really believing and understanding  that it occurs when I follow my intuition and heart.
  4. Never leave for tomorrow what you can do today.  Nothing motivates me more than the “last minute” BUT it does have its down side. I have 4 boys, 2 websites and a house to run. I had to find a more organized way to motivate myself and these past couple months being pregnant has been perfect training for me.  I was forced to slow down and I naturally found ways to get going.  For me it was scheduling.  I know it sounds like a no brainer BUT I used to loathe scheduling anything.  I’ve always felt that it took away from spontaneity but I’ve come to love and depend on it.  I now wake up 2 hours earlier and have everything planned out. It’s worked wonders for me and my nerves.  For 2014 there will be  vision boards and lots of to do list.
  5. Stop trying to hide my curves.   Sounds silly but I tend to be really self conscious about my weight.  But being forced in front of the camera while I was losing weight and then gaining it all back with this pregnancy it has helped me embrace my curves.  Hopefully this will stick because I will have weight to lose this year but I want the focus to be on getting in shape not how much I weigh. 🙂PicMonkey Collageme
So there you have it 5 things that have made a dramatic difference in my life and I’m hoping next year to have tripled this list.  Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year.