Tuesday, January 5, 2010

No resolutions...

Just lifestyle changes.

Happy New year to all of you lovelies. The holidays went by so fast this year and can you believe it, we're about one week into 2010! There is just so much to talk about and tell you all. My trip to NYC was fantastic! My little peanut had a chance to enjoy all or her cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, you name it. She was so sad to leave now all she does is ask for her Abuela (grandmother) and to get on the plane with the video (JetBlue). *Sigh* It was fun while it lasted. Here are some pics:

I don't know about ya'll but when i get on a plane i take it serious!!! Lol!

Me, Leia and my grandmother - She's such a beautiful person and woman. I miss her already :(

Leia with all of the kids. They had so much fun this day.

Leia on Christmas day - her first real Christmas! She got this baby doll and was beaming!!! The picture doesn't do her initial reaction justice. Too cute!

We had a blast and I could not have asked God for more! Family, good food and presents? You can't beat it. Since I left my beloved home away from home I have had much time - like most of us to reflect. I am not now nor have I ever been one to create resolutions each year. I don't knock anyone else I just think it's a temporary solution to a "problem" when I don't need to be "fixed". I personally feel it's better to incorporate the change I want into my lifestyle and then the results I am looking for last.

So as a result of my reflection there are several things I want to incorporate into my lifestyle to see more change for the better.

Setting more realistic goals & not being afraid to attain them. I find that I am more willing to try new things and to push myself to take more calculated risks. Nothing wrong with a little more planning even while risk taking right? Don't wanna jump without a parachute.

In order to set & view my goals, I am taking time to write down the things I want to attain and the things I feel are impossible to achieve. God blows me away every time just when I think something is impossible & I submit it to Him, He comes through. Like that NYC Trip for Christmas. The hubs and I kept saying that we wouldn't go to New York and spend what we didn't have unless God blessed us... and He came through in a BIG way! three round trip tickets and one week before Christmas no less. HE. IS. AWESOME!

I am also taking steps with my daily plans now so I can see my goals for the future attained. Can you say Fashion show, hint hint ;) budgeting my finances, selecting venues, models, photographers, the whole nine yards. Something I never would have done I am challenging myself to do now and it is invigorating. Same goes with the munchkin, sadly she will be going to school soon, so I am saving money and looking for scholarships now so it's a breeze when then comes.

A couple of other goals quickly:

- to launch my take care of you initiative for moms... more on this later ;)
- to blog more consistently 2 -3 times a week instead of everyday is more realistic for me
- to re-launch my Aww... Inspiring Moms Interviews - we all need the support, tips and advice from those we find inspiring and who better than other moms to look to?

Enough said! ( I did ramble today) I am fired up and I cannot wait to take the remainder of 2010 by the reigns and ride this roller coaster called life out. Here's to a better me for 2010.

Don't forget to take care of you!

- Just a thought...


28 comments:

Veronica Lee said...

Thanks for the follow. I'm now following your lovely blog.

Christine Anderson said...

Happy New Year!

I'm glad you had a good and safe holiday.

Candace Sheppard said...

Happy New Year to you lovelies as well!

MICHELE CERVONE SCOTT said...

Thanks for the follow. Love your blog! It sounds like we share the same initiative. I'm following you now.

Candace Sheppard said...

Thanks Michele! Good to know I'm not alone ;)

JaelCustomDesigns said...

Popping in from MBC!
Now following your blog.

You can find me at
http://www.jaelcustomdesigns.com I am making some lifestyle changes myself. Taking care of me is definitely in the plans. Great pics, looks like you had a great time! Looking forward to your posts! :-)

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

I'm following from MBC. Come check my blog out when you get a chance!

http://www.couponclippinmommy.blogspot.com/

(The Obnoxious SAHM) said...

So glad you are following me. I love your blog. good one!

Candace said...

Thanks!

Execumama said...

I hear you! It is all about lifestyle changes, because those aren't about "sticking to" something, which leaves room to fall off the path. I wish you success in all of your ventures in 2010 and beyond!!!

Robin G said...

I agree that New Year's resolutions are generally just temporary fixes. That is part of the reason I decided to tackle clutter rather than a diet or some other major lifestyle change.

I wish you success on attaining your goals.

Vintage Creations said...

thanks for following me and your little girl is such a doll!:) Beautiful blog and i really like the life style changes instead of like a goal.. great!!! Now a follower!!!

Happy Blogging!
Heather

Candace Sheppard said...

Thanks for the encouragement ladies!

Stefanie said...

What fantastic goals! You are definitely an inspiration :)

Now following you from U100MBC,

Stefanie
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Genny said...

Following you from MBC too!

What precious photos in this post. :)

blueviolet said...

It sounds like a magical day! I'm following from MBC. :)

Candace Sheppard said...

It sure was! thanks for
following.

Jacquie @ Joy Made Full said...

I love the Christmas photos and Leia with her baby, even if not the initial reaction that I'm sure was fun to watch, sure is sweet!

Following from MBC!
http://joymadefull.blogspot.com

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

Sounds like a fabulous Christmas! New follower from MBC - come and visit me.

Luv to Save said...

Hello dropping by from MBC follow group. Now following you.
http://luvtosave.blogspot.com/

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I am a new follower. I found you from Mom Bloggers Club!

Kim said...

Nice blog, I like your writing. Your daughter is very sweet. Visiting from MBC and following you now. Check me out when you get a chance! pugetsoundprudence.blogspot.com

Busymom3 said...

Hi, I love your blog, I am stopping by from MBC following you know come by and see me when you have a chance.
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More than a Mom said...

I love that you want mothers to take time for themselves, too! I'm on that mission as well. :) Following you now from MBC! Check me out at http://more-than-a-mommy.blogspot.com Thanks!

Melinda said...

Hi Candace! It's been a while! Your blog is looking just lovely! Glad you had a wonderful time on your trip...

I love your idea about writing down things you think are impossible. Won't it be fun to look back and see how God knocked your socks off? ;0)

Glad to see all is well at your house!

Don said...

such a lovely and inspiring post. iagree - what's better than family, good food and presents? not much.

good luck on your certainly attainable goals and do not be afraid to push yourself. i think it makes a world of a difference in the end.

i can tell that you are fired up and yes i also take plane rides serious!!

Sarah said...

i enjoyed reading you today! I have a couple of blogs that you may find interesting - i'm definitely one of your followers now! lol

Candace Sheppard said...

Thanks everyone for the encouragement. I hope to stay on track this year.

@ Melinda - Good to hear from you I hope you & your family are doing well too! I'm planning on looking back in a few months I'm excited about what God will do!

@ Don - I'm glad I'm not the only one who takes planes serious lol!

@ Sarah - Thanks for following! I'll be stopping by yours ;)