May was the craziest month of 2017, so far. 2 of my sons dislocated their shoulders, I had doctor and physio appointments top that with some rain and you get a beautiful disaster. It seemed that as soon as it was clear blue skies and bright sun, the weather would do a complete switch and it would be pouring rain and humid as hell. It has been a weird time of the year but I am not complaining. I’m too distracted by all the planning I have to do for next year.
The last 3 weeks i’ve been filling doll orders as well as planning for a big event in May of 2018. There’s so much to do and to tell you the truth, it kind of feels like I’m planning a huge elaborate wedding! NO I am NOT getting married lol. I remember when I was part of the Filipino Association as the Treasurer. I had to organize the bills and quotations as well as book the event facility. Mind you, it was a hell of lot easier because I had a large team of 8 people who took over a lot of the mundane work I didn’t have time for. Now, here I am with a team of 4 people trying to organize the whole thing.. from the decorations, entertainment and food.. it’s all me. There are packages to prepare, contests to plan… just as I am writing this I feel my brain throbbing with all the planning I have yet to do. I did manage to lock the date and facility down, but now my creative juices have to start kicking into full swing! I definitely need a bigger team.
As I look at all the upcoming appointments for my sons, follow up appointments for me, etc. The more I see sleepless nights in my horizon. I don’t mind though, with a 4 year old full of energy surrounding me during the day, the only time that works is when all the pterodactyls are snoring away. Does anyone else find more time to focus on detailed things at night? I feel like I’m not alone in this.
They say working from home is way harder than working outside the home, this is so true. It’s not like I can checkout and come back the next day to finish tasks. Every day I wake up and there’s a mountain of things to do; add in the event planning and boom a fulfilled evening is born. I love the quiet of night time working, but there are times where my procrastination takes over for a bit. I’m surprisingly way ahead of deadlines and while on this journey, I have met so many amazing people that have offered a helping hand. The world may be cynical but the balance is surrounding yourself with positive people who are excited to help you succeed. If it wasn’t for all my new found support and newly developing friendships all my preparations and planning wouldn’t be this fun.
Sometimes you get little reminders here and there that you are on the right path, every time I meet a new friend it solidifies that I have the support I need and I am finally on the road to success and true happiness. Summer is going to be fabulous and I can’t wait to share more of my adventures!
I hope you are all having a happy and positive day. I also hope that you choose happiness in whatever you are currently into. Yes you have to work hard, but you also have to play hard.. that’s what happiness is.
Although LUSH products have been around for many years, I have never ventured into the stores because when they first came out the scent from their store was very strong and literally gave me a headache. I watched an episode of Undercover Boss: LUSHand I was more intrigued about the company as a whole. My next visit to the mall, I made a point of going into the LUSH store. The store was packed with customers and I almost didn’t go in because of all the traffic, but braving my fear of someone breathing on me, I braved myself to go in. I was immediately welcomed and I stayed to watch and participate in the live demonstration of a bath bomb (I bought 3 of those).
I asked for kids products and was led to the section and the salesperson explained how to use the soap and if they were hypoallergenic, which they were. I walked away with the Aliens and Monsters soap.
Ultimately, my boys LOVE this product! They had fun making shapes and animals with the soap. When wet, the soap becomes moldable like play dough and each colour had its own scent.
The only gripe I have was with the packaging, it comes wrapped in cellophane that isn’t really easy to open and makes it difficult and messy to store. Other than that, this is the best product I’ve tried with my kids and it was a success.
I recommend anyone who shops there to not be intimidated and go in, there is something for anyone.
Overall, LUSH didn’t not disappoint me, I’m still trying some other products I purchased. I will do reviews on those as well.
I spent the entire day getting my schedule together for the upcoming week, from making a new playlist for my radio show to getting my tasks in order. I have some videos to edit and I can’t wait to upload them. I also have some interviews to plan for as well as content to get organized. I admit, I’ve been all over the place, but I’m getting closer to be more consistent. Believe me when I say that this is one of the biggest challenges for me.
For example, it’s 12:09am on I’ve been so distracted with Twitter and my Instagram feeds and having a blast. I love laughing with my online folk, I can’t help but to share a few crazy tweets and pictures. Ah well, at least I’m having fun and meeting new people in the worldwide web. I can honestly say I’ve met amazing people, they could also be catfishes but at least I’ll have fun trying to find out. haha
Ok, I’ve really got to focus.. omg I’m the worst! haha
It’s amazing how many times I am presented with a challenge, be it personal or professional, all seems the same when I am now happy. I was presented with the opportunity to share my happiness and the events that lead me to where I am. I owe my success to everyone who has lead me up to this point. Good and bad every event has been a teachable moment of self preservation.
Lately, I’ve been waking up early with a smile on my face. I don’t think I’m completely a morning person yet lol that’s still a challenge, but every day gets easier. Spring has reached my corner of Canada and I’ve been opening my windows every day listening to the quiet of my neighbourhood. The tree outside my window is starting to bud, the snow has melted away and my winter coat has been living in the closet for the past week.
Plans are all on track and I’m ready to pick up some speed.
Hope you’re all having a fabulous week! Keep your head up things always get better!
I’ve decided to get some training for the sake of my business. It’s been a long road (2 years) and this is the final step. I’m so excited! I love education and developing my skills, I find it very empowering when I challenge myself.
I am in desperate need for a new Erin Condren life planner. I’ve had them for the last2 years and I thought I could go without one this year. WRONG! The way my thought process is, I need something physical and all in one place. My boys and I have all kinds of appointments and I’m getting lost as I write things in my phone, notebooks and scrap pieces of paper. They’ve developed some new products which is tempting me to buy everything. I am committed to have self discipline I always try to push myself to the limit which has worked in the past, but I wear myself out. For example, here I am at 1:45am, wide eyed and fully awake with energy. So, I really need to find that balance between work and personal life. I know I’m a workaholic, but I was also told that I need to slow down and take my time. In my brain, I just can’t! I have so many challenges this year and I really need to get as much rest as possible.
Now, I have to prepare 10am and 10pm radio shows, edit two videos and pay some bills… oh man, my plate is so full I’m gonna need an extra one.
Another Wednesday and we’re halfway to the end of the week. My new time schedule for my radio shows are working out great. My evening shows have been so much fun and interacting with my online peeps while I do the show has left me crying with laughter. I’ve met more great people that share my sense of humour and it’s so refreshing. It reminds me why I love what I do. Making people laugh so they can forget about whatever is bothering them is my goal.
Getting into my new routine is so exciting and is solidifying my businesses. I’m getting closer to my goals and I’m thoroughly enjoying the journey. I’ve learned so much and I am on the verge of getting more education for my businesses. Next on my list is my promotion and marketing plans, I’ve found that this can be tricky and I’m exploring different strategies for each of my businesses. I have a couple ways involving social media (of course) combined with some “old school” business practices I’ve learned over the years. It feels great to be able to execute and tweak my skills and watch them evolve into things I never thought was possible. I have to remind myself to take my time and work on my projects being mindful of the small details.
Today, I fulfilled my promise to my peeps and myself that I would upload a video every day and post on my website. I’m proud that I did it!
My radio show is going great and I have added live video streaming on Periscope (@StilettoSuprmom). Everything seems to be going smoothly and the more time I practice editing videos, the better I get. I am going to stick to my new schedule to discipline myself for the upcoming huge event I’m planning.
It takes two weeks to form a habit and I am sticking to it and exercising my mind to work towards my goals this year. Sure enough when I changed my mindset things are falling into place. I asked and now I’m receiving and I can’t express how happy I continue to be.
I’ve posted 2 videos so far, listed below, and I look forward to recording more. I hope you all have positive vibes for 2017.
It’s been a very unusually mild winter we are at the end of January 2017 and there’s no snow and I have my windows open. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s just so weird.
Anyway, my holidays were so fun and very low key. I really thought about all the toys I’ve swept up off the floor over the 2016 year, so I decided to try to tone it down this year. What I found was that my boys still had fun despite not being spoiled with all kinds of toys that they lose interest in after 3 days. We celebrated with my whole family, including my Mom and Dad who were visiting from the Philippines. The whole holiday included food, fun and karaoke.
When I entered the year of 2017, I did a lot of thinking of what I want to do. All my projects and hard work is starting to pay off. I’ve been hosting my own radio show and supporting indie artists it has been quite the journey and things that I wished for are coming true.
My major projects include taking a course, running my businesses and planning a huge event. I’m so excited to share more of my journey too.
I will be posting more often and uploading videos, with all the things on my plate, making videos and live streaming is my creative escape lol. I love entertaining and making people laugh, it makes me happy. I’ve bonded with a lot of people online and although it is not for everyone, it suits me just fine.
It’s such a refreshing feeling to know that I am on the right track. I feel very rejuvenated and ready to take on 2017 full force.
Currently, I am practicing self discipline and remaining focused. I just have to be a little less impatient, that’s one of my major tasks I promised myself for 2017.
I’ll share more soon!
I hope 2017 is treating you all great so far this year and may all your New Year wishes come true.
Midsummer is in full swing and I’m not only feeling the heat but my days have been filled with major changes in my lifestyle choices and a new beginning into a very exciting future!
A couple months ago, I made some serious lifestyle changes which not only included a lot of soul searching, but also required me to move into a new home, furnish it and put my business and travel plans into “full speed”. In the midst of a tough situation, I managed to find my zen in a beautiful new home complete with everything I could ever hope for, the catch is that I have to furnish the entire thing! Although, like many, I love to decorate and shop for my home I have to admit after almost 2 months of getting things organized and moved in I am EXHAUSTED!
Not only am I shopping for the house, but with September fast approaching I’ve been spending my last couple days getting the kids ready for their new schools, new clothing and appointments. Yes..I still use my planner on a daily basis and it has been a lifesaver.
The whole transition into a new life may come with some hiccups, but I take each hiccup with a proverbial drink of positive water and keep on moving towards my goals. Due to the move, all my traveling plans were put on hold, so it’s time for this girl to pack her travel bag and get some much needed relaxation.
Being on Meerkat ( @AppMeerkat ) has introduced me to some amazing business contacts which have turned into some great friends. After almost 5 months, I finally get to meet and hang out with some of my favourite people in New York! My tickets are booked and now all I have to do is get packing! My travel clothes are lined up and my itinerary has been finalized. It will be an epic trip! 😀
Much love to all, I hope your summer has been a great one, too! I’ll update you all soon!
I don’t know about everyone else, but I certainly feel like I have been insanely busy since the beginning of December! Today marks my son’s 14th birthday and we just finished a weekend birthday celebration with family. I’m exhausted, to put it mildly, with getting the kids back to their school routines, keeping track of schedules and trying to organize my own projects, I feel like I’m treading water. 2015 is in full swing with birthday line ups quickly coming up. I’ll be celebrating at least one birthday every month for the rest of the year.
Birthdays and trips to plan, budgeting and purchasing food seems to be my norm these days. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love celebrating birthdays and such I just feel like I haven’t been able to come up for air. Being a mom of 6 and having them all under one roof is definitely a balancing act, maintaining relationships with each one as well as with extended family and friends sometimes leaves me completely exhausted.
At times like these I opt to retreat to my studio, listen to some R & B music (Anita Baker and Mary J. Blige 😀 ) give myself a mani/pedi and try to calm and clear my mind. I scroll through destination getaways and dream about being on white sand beaches enjoying the sun.
I watch through my window as the fluffy snow floats down and I am reminded how this tension will soon pass. I exhale my stress and focus on getting through my lists while keeping myself sane! Whew!