2017 ended with a lot of promise and a lot of planning and like every year previously, I have to start with a new planner. Now I have always had a journal where I would write out random thoughts, short stories, poems, ideas, etc. but I noticed that over time and as I found myself disciplining my thoughts more to tailor towards my goals, I found that my journals were feeling more like a “security blanket”. I was reading back through my writing and it was becoming more random and sadly I was even writing less frequently. I can freely admit this was most likely due to depression from fighting SJS, but I also feel that my writing instruments were getting a little outdated and boring. I came across the one bullet journal video and then before you know it I ended up watching a string of youtube videos for the entire day. I did some research on some different dot paper notebooks, art pens, art markers.. I placed my Amazon order, stalked it and waited impatiently for my new bullet journal adventure to begin.
Yes, I am a gadget girl and I do use my iPhone calendar for appointments, alarms etc. but guys, there just isn’t anything in this world that can ever compare to the power and magic of the pen to paper. I am and always will be a writer they are my favourite tools in the world. Since I’ve been using the bullet journal system, while adding some creative touches of my own, I’ve managed to be a lot more productive and inspired in my artwork as well. I kept my creative energy flowing and decided to move into a new studio with bigger space and amazing lighting.
Since I’ve been doing some much needed redecorating, I decided to include some of my art dolls into my room decor. Now, reborn doll collecting is a fairly new so displaying them is left in actual baby furniture, etc there are no stands for them. So I found a pillow in the shape of an elephant. I was so excited to find it because who doesn’t want a heffalump pillow?!
It’s definitely the right time for big moves!
The internet has become a double-edged sword for us all, some good and some bad.
I’m always on the look out for some really great movies and documentaries on Netflix and I’ve always found little hidden gems on this streaming network. I haven’t been disappointed so it’s safe to say that Netflix has given me pretty good recommendations as per my profile. This documentary, “I AM JANE DOE”, was one that immediately caught my eyes.
The documentary is ultimately dark and a sad truth of the reality these day. All the freedom to explore and have great experiences all at your fingertips. The internet has become a double-edged sword for us all, some good and some bad. If you are on the internet at all, you already have experience be it sharing family outings to being trolled by some random stranger. This movie is not the romantic side of the internet, but it shows the very real horrors of being on the internet.
Human trafficking. Just those two words together is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl, but unfortunately it is a very real epidemic that doesn’t just happen in third world countries. It seems like our North American lives turns a blind mind towards the realities of Human Trafficking. Believe it or not, North America is a haven for kidnapped children who are then sold to the long awaited customers. In this day and of age of 2017, our children are not only being kidnapped and ripped from our parental arms, but our children are at risk every moment of every day.
After watching this movie you will not only hug your children a lot more, but you will be also empowered to be proactive with your children. No one is really protected on the internet. It’s no different than being exposed to the same crimes out in public. Unfortunately, money talks and politicians are easily swayed from doing the right thing to doing what is easiest. The truth is that we are on our own, we can’t ask the government for help when they have no answers. We have to educate ourselves and our children and although we are very “free” we will always be an arms length from harm. Our complacency leaves our children in very real danger.
I encourage you to watch this documentary and use it as a tool to protect those that you love. Predators don’t hide in the shadows anymore, they hide in plain sight through the internet. Protect your babies by educating them and yourself, that’s the first defence.
You know those corny sayings that seem to clog the internet, you know, the ones where they are supposed to inspire you or uplift you? I read those quotes and I find one common thread between them all and that is the moment I was reading them, I should have been moving on and taking the next step towards my goal. As positive as they are, these are things we should be telling ourselves on a daily basis. I’m a strong believer in self preservation for the sake of the quality of life that you really want.
I was doing research, making appointments, drafting plans… and I stopped myself and smiled. In all my adulthood, 2017 has been the best I have had yet. I used to do things here and there, not out of things I had to do but for things I felt I needed to do. Going with the flow and letting go of this invisible control we all think we have.
Today, I started to notice how all the things I’ve been doing up to this point have come to fruition. I used to get stressed out when I didn’t know what was going to happen after working so hard. Now, I find myself smiling more and knowing that this whole journey was preparing me for something bigger than just what I love to do. I’m on my way to fulfill that mission I gave to myself.
My new addiction… The art of letting go…
It's the Civic Holiday weekend and it feels like the summer months passed by so fast! I blame most of this on the weirdest weather I've seen in years! It would rain so hard it sounded like hail against my windows, thunderstorms at least once a week followed by extreme heat where I could hardly breathe. Although, I'd rather have this weather than the upcoming winter months.
The back-to-school supplies and clothing are in all the stores, I can almost hear my bank account cry for my school shopping days that are just around the corner. It will be an emotional school year for me as my last little pterodactyl will be leaving the nest to go to school. So far, he knows his numbers up to 10 and backwards, but he refuses to sing the alphabet song lol. Thanks to the iPad he does know what the letters are, but he just doesn't like the song. I'm guessing that he thinks the song is dumb, he rolls his eyes every time I ask him to sing it.
Lately, my days are filled with doll orders and event planning. It's a truly exciting time for me. I have found what I love in all aspects of my life from the kids, social life and now my artistry. They often say that when your personal life is good everything else around is chaos. I am living proof that the saying is NOT true. We all need to find the balance in our own lives or things get harder and harder to do. It's like the universe makes some things in our lives difficult in order to accept something better in our lives. "Out with the old, in with the new" has a deeper meaning than we think. This whole year has unraveled many important life choices for me. My family relationships have been stronger now than ever, financial security is finally here, reuniting with my childhood best friend, maintaining deeper relationships with my friends from all over my online world and forming new amazing friendships who have cleared my mind and settled my soul.
Yes, you can have it all, yes abundance is attainable. If you want these things, you have to release everything that you know is holding you back. It will seem so difficult to let go, but it will be worth it and those difficult moments you are experiencing right now, will be in your distant past. Right when you're about to give up hope is when you have to gather up as much strength as you have to get through the rough moments. You will see your end goals, not when YOU want to see it, but when you're ready to accept it.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 7 years ago and I’ve come to understand my disease more and more each day. It’s much like riding a bike or driving, I remember how to do all those things regardless of how long it’s been since you tried riding each. MS is constantly called the “Monster” for good reason. There is no cure for MS and it leaves permanent damage everywhere it travels.
I’ll be going over the disease in a self-documentation of what my symptoms are and the various treatments that I have been trying over the years. I’m still learning more and more about my disease as well as being aware of how these symptoms have effected myself physically, emotionally and mentally.
I hope you enjoy my MS and Me serious.
I will post the video on my YouTube channel under: StilettoSupermom
Off we go…..
MS and Me Vlog Intro
MS and Me Vlog 1
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a gadget review, however I had to say something about this pretty yet purposeful gadget targeted to women.
I found this product in Winners while looking for a new replacement for a wallet I’ve had for over 3 years. I sifted through many styles including a Tommy Hilfiger one and I had to decide between the two. This is a wallet designed by Adrienne Vittadini it has a phone charger BUILT IN!
I am on my phone all day so yes I have to charge my phone before I leave then pray that my battery isn’t going to die. I drain my battery about halfway through my day and it is so annoying. This battery charger has already been a saviour!
The inside pouch has a semi-detachable charge station built inside secured by 2 snap buttons. It has a micro usb cord with a lightning adapter. Simple instructions on how to use the usb; flashing red light means charging solid red light means fully charged, blue means charging device. I have an iPhone SE and it fits perfectly in this wallet which has a wrist loop. I was looking to downsize my ever swollen wallets of the past and this is a great incentive to do it. So far, when I need an extra charge it’s right there and can be charged discretely without loose external batteries hanging around which isn’t very cute. Yes as a gadget gal, I will fall for anything that makes gadgets look cute.
If you have a chance to find this wallet or something similar, I highly recommend you pick one up to add to your summer fashion accessories. This will make an awesome gift for your fellow gadgeteers. If I find more of these wallets I’m gonna pick one up for my Mom. 😀
Many of you have been following my blog about reviews on movies, products, etc, What I haven’t really shared is one of my passions and artistic expression.
6 years ago, my mother in law purchased a doll on eBay for $150CDN. Of course, I was curious and when she showed me this open eyed doll with soft hair and realistic features, I was hooked! I purchased some affordable vinyl doll kits, bought some paint and learned by trial and error. I am a seasoned self-taught Reborn Doll Artist with years of experience and I am confident in my skills and ability to turn a simple piece of vinyl into a lifelike baby.
I’m well aware of how people react to these dolls, some negative, but most are very positive and just as curious as I was. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching this art to friends and family. What made me even more passionate about this art is that they are now used for therapy for many people with Autism, Alzheimer’s, PTSD and those that are experiencing loss.
I have met many great people through this art form over the years and I continue to meet new friends on a daily basis. One thing rings truth among the artists I have met and that is to share our artwork and participate in a cause that effects so many people and their families.
This year, my goal is to spread the word of how these beautiful dolls are not only for collectors but they serve a purpose that many need in our communities.
I’m taking you all on this new journey, so enjoy the ride! 🙂