Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just when I thought....

I was finally getting a handle on planning out my days and scheduling my time, it's like every obstacle I could possibly face is out to get me! I was just saying how I was going to blog 2-3 times per week here it is exactly one week later and I have yet to do a new post. Is it just me or do you ladies know what I'm talking about?

Every time I go to sit at the computer... or do anything else for that matter, something goes wrong. Something is burning in the kitchen, my daughter starts calling me because she's hungry or has to go potty, it's always something. I guess that's the name of the game when mom becomes part of your "job" description ;)

Well anyhoo, I just could not let another day go by without posting an update on my new lifestyle changes. While I may not be as successful with my blogging :/ I certainly can say that I've been successful with everything else I set out to do. Every night I sit down to to write down a plan of sorts for the next day. It helps because I'm no longer running aimlessly but if I miss one or two things on the list, I can smile because just about everything else has gotten done! I also can roll it over to the next day and I find I'm much more peaceful & productive. Brownie points for me!

I'm still working on doing a fashion show... just slowly. I find that pacing myself for when the timing is just right will allow me to be more creative. So I've decided that in the mean time I would sell some of my wares through my Etsy store, so I can keep that hope of doing a show alive and STILL be creative.

The other goal I'm working on is to re-launch my inspiring moms interviews - I have to gather a few more posts so I'm more consistent this time around - don't be surprised if you get the next call for one ;) I have a few already lined up and ready to go and I know it's going to be awesome. Should you know of any inspiring moms that you would love to recommend for interviewing send me a line! We all need the encouragement and it's a great way to keep us all connected. Here's an example of one of the previous interviews I did. (Leave a comment and let me know if you enjoy such posts)

Having a plan is awesome because it keeps you focused but it allows you to be flexible, so if you miss something you don't have to give up. You just keep pressing until you get there.

As for my take care of you initiative, what I've been planning with my husband is to reach out to certain sponsors in an effort to be a blessing to moms. I want to remind them to care for themselves more often so they can love their loved ones a little more and be refreshed. We recently created a list of companies and are systematically reaching out to them to support what we have in mind - very excited about that! There's more to come... now in the mean time, I am determining to start a revolution of my own and really focus on taking better care of my body. I started with taking doing some yoga to relieve my stress and it is helping so much. I walk away every time so refreshed!!! I didn't have the money for classes but realized that my On Demand Cable allows me to view exercise & fitness videos free! Where there's a will to get better there's always a way! So I've been using what I have to get where I want. God is soooo cool! He provides.

So while I may not be keeping all the balls in the air, I don't have to beat myself up. I can remain positive and only hope that all of the really important things are taken care of - like me, the hubs and my little peanut.

Family pic Central Park '07

Let that encourage you today, no matter where you find yourself in your list of things to do, just be proud you are doing something to better you & your family.

- Just a thought.... and while you're thinking about that remember to take care of you!

P.S. When you think of Haiti pray! All of my love to those who are suffering with the loss of loved ones...

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Cyndi said...

Sounds like you're doing a great job of balancing everything! There is never enough time for EVERYTHING is there? :)

Christina said...

what i do is open a page in notepad and type down notes on what i want to blog about....i work on it 5 minutes here and there....writing it, editing it.....until its finished. Since i dont have a full 30 min or hour to write a day either. (unless i forfeit my only bit of free time at all and abandon all of my resbonsibilities to blog) Sometimes it takes me a few days to write a post but thats normal.

Candace Sheppard said...

@ Cyndi - Thanks ;) You are right, there never is enough time!

@ Christina - I've been trying that and it works - only thing is I need time to sit lol! I'm gonna try harder, thanks!

Anonymous said...

time...the enemy!! I don't even have anything really important other than watch my little man during the day but sometimes when all i have to do is wash the dishes, that doesn't even get done!! even as i sit here and check on your blog, my little guy is demanding my attention while he is his bouncer, he's a talkative boy :) your doing a great job with everything so far!


Mom's Nag Pad said...

I think we must have been joined at the hip. This is the constant struggle of moms who make the decision to stay at home. I did that up until two years ago when my older girls were well on their way and my youngest was in school full time. The hardest thing to do is to find time for yourself and your dreams while not dropping the ball on those dreams you have for your children. Take small bites and baby steps, and you'll get to the finish line on each before you know it.

Sunshine said...

Great post! I can completely relate.


Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

There's always gonna be a struggle.

(like that laundry that has been sitting in the hallway floor all week)

reddoggie said...

I know what you are going through. I was supposed to do a post yesterday... here it is 6pm the next day and I still haven't gotten to it. Trying to get your fashion show together & blogging must be extra challenging.

Candace Sheppard said...

Linda you made me laugh!!! At least I'm not alone ;)... buried in the laundry pile lol!

@ reddoggie - it is but I can say - (at least for now) that is fun at the same time it's challenging... let's see when I get that next post up ;)


Candace, you are doing great! Don't ever tell yourself otherwise. I'm constantly re-evaluating and tweaking things here to determine the right priorities, schedule, etc. You are caring for yourself and your family, exactly what you should be doing.

Maybe we can interview each other since I just started a Mom of the Month feature on

You were also a winner in my organizing challenge. If you stop over and leave a comment with your address, I can send the prize (book) out to you [I promise not to publish your address!]

Great blog! I look forward to reading more.

Heather McDougle said...

You are doing great. I am trying to figure out a balance and I think this week I started to. You have a great blog!

I came over from MBC! I am now following you.

Candace Sheppard said...

@ Michele - Thats sounds wonderful! I won and scored an interview with an inspiring mom all in one shot. I will drop by with my info and be sure to send you the details for my Inspiring moms posts. Thanks for the encouragement to keep doing what I am doing!

@ Heather - Thanks for complimenting my blog!

Puanani503 said...

I totally understand where your coming from and know that you're not love that you're organized and planning out your day. I wasn't doing that and guaranteed things were forgotten and not getting done in the order I wanted. lol. come join us at their Mamavation group is awesome!!