Mother’s Day 2016

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These girls call me Mom and I love them 💕 and it’s not lost on me that there are two other women who I love and respect for without them I would not be mom and I proudly share this day and the love of our daughters with them!

This year I approached this holiday with mixed feelings.  I have been estranged from my own mother for more than a year now.  It was/is the right decision to not have her as a part of our lives even with her living 3000 miles away.  But there is still a hole of sorts when you see the posts on Facebook thanking mothers for their help in molding who you are as a mom, etc.  It’s not that I had a bad childhood I did have a very happy one, it was my teenage years and subsequently into my adulthood that we could not maintain a positive relationship and in these last years I just couldn’t handle the narcissism, judgment etc. and made the decision to save myself and my family from my stress.

So my day was happy but tinged with sadness for all that Mother’s Day means to me.

How was your Mother’s Day?

Absent for good reason

I myself can’t believe that it’s been so long since I’ve written anything.  How is it May 1st already?  I’ve been absent from this blog and I didn’t intend to be neglectful, life just got in the way. So here it is May 1, 2016.  Our girls are on countdown mode for the end of the school year and today they announced 29 days, WOW, really?? So yes life is happening.

We are feeling some growing pains in our family with our girls turning 10 and 8 years old this summer.  Yes I did say 10 and 8 – where did the time go?  They are very strong, smart and independent and I am trying to become a better parent as we go.  I don’t want to argue fight or spat with either of them, something that does happen from time to time.  I prefer harmony among all of us and not discord but my pre-adolescent daughters and I do find ourselves at odds on occasion.  We are ALL a work in progress.  Any suggestions of what has worked for you would be greatly appreciated.

My year of #renew #itsaboutme is still in full swing.  In February I started the 30-day Arbonne Healthy Cleanse.  I lost 14 pounds during that time with changing my eating (my family some too) and adding a regular walking regime to my routine.  I have gone on to lose another 6 pounds and am going to begin the Healthy Cleanse again tomorrow. I found that I am in the right state of mind this year to be about #renew #itsaboutme! I want to look and feel better for me.  I am finding it’s not a quick fix, it’s truly a lifestyle change. I have found that Arbonne works for me and the lifestyle it represents suits me.  Because of that I am becoming an Arbonne Independent Consultant.  I feel strongly about how the products have helped me with my goals and now I can help family and friends reach their healthy lifestyle goals.  I will keep you posted how this endeavor and my continued personal goals mesh.

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I am hoping to get back to regular updates and writing here.  I hope you are all well.  There is more to share but for today this is my start back.

Tell me how you have been.

February Challenge Spreading Joy Days 3 & 4

Day 3 of the February Challenge to spread JOY! Today, five places that bring me joy:
1. Home with my family and sometimes alone

2. My bed sandwiched between my feather bed & feather comforter

3. A beach, the beach almost any beach

4. driving on long road trips

5. San Francisco, CA

Do you have anywhere that brings you joy?

ah this is a tougher one, Day 4, February Challenge spreading the joy, what five quotes bring you inspiration and make you joyful?:

1.) 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

2.) I Love Summer – Olaf “Let It Go”

3.) While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.~author unknown

4.) Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take … but by the moments that take our breath away!

5.) An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
-Chinese proverb

‪#‎LiveJoyCreateHope‬ #TBSChallenge

February Challenge Day 2 – Music

Day 2 of the February challenge to spread JOY!

Five pieces of music that bring Joy to my life this is hard to narrow down as music is a part of our everyday lives all day playing in our home or the car!

1. Pachelbel’s Canon in D ~ the music I walked down the aisle to meet my husband at our wedding.
2. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra, the first song we danced to at our wedding which we still try to remember the steps to even these days and our girls laugh 🙂
3. Twinkle twinkle little star played by the hospital when Ally was born.
4. Silly Love Songs, Paul McCartney & Wings
5. Let It Go – Idina Menzel, when this first came out the JOY in hearing my girls sing along with this everyday and I would always smile at their JOY which was infectious!
6. The music soundtrack for the June Demonstration tears of joy well up every time for the whole student body

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Do you have music that brings you Joy? ‪#‎LiveJoyCreateHope‬ #TBSChallenge