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Weeks 6 -8 of My Journey to 40

  

Ha! Ha! Ha! The joke’s on me. The best laid intentions often don’t go as planned. I wanted to be able to stop each week and give you guys the rundown, a play by play, of what I had been doing, how I was progressing on this journey, what great things I had done. The first few weeks went as planned. Unfortunately, as it often goes, life got in the way of my plans, and there weren’t enough hours at the end of my days for all that I was hoping to accomplish.

But it’s okay! I have NO regrets about how everything went down because I did make progress; I did work towards my goals; I did laugh and smile and grow during these last few weeks, and that is what counts.

When all is said and done, I can’t believe it’s almost here. I am only 4,(Count it: 1, 2, 3, 4) days away from turning the big 4-0!!!

 

 

While things did not go exactly according to plan, I am happy with what I’ve accomplished over the past few weeks. This week’s post, however, will be a bit different than the last ones because these past three weeks have certainly been different! But, hey, that’s life! So here’s what took place in the last three weeks (or at least the condensed version).

  • Week 6

This week was disrupted by the horrific tragedy that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. A week that should have been focused on love for one another was overshadowed by a senseless, horrible, unforgettable, despicable act of violence. As a teacher who works only 15 miles from this school and a parent of a high school student, this event shook me to my core. It compelled me to write this post because I needed to get some things off my chest as well as process how I was feeling. (Please take some time to read it if you can.)

Out of all that happened, I have been overwhelmed by all of the love and compassion that has come about as a result of this tragedy. The outpouring of love from the community and the country has been amazing! I just wish that it didn’t take a tragedy for us to pull together like this (just got an idea for a future blog post).

I did end the week by working with my coworker, once again, on trying to get our side hustles off the ground. On Saturday, we gathered the kids and went out to the beach to advertise for an event she had planned the next day. That Sunday was the event (a painting party to benefit her and a couple of other nonprofits with my acting as the photographer) which did not turn out as well as we would like it to have. However, we learned valuable lessons along the way and are sure that we will do better next time.

Not to mention that all of us had a great time together and I got to try some new food! We took the kids to a quaint restaurant called, “What the Pho” where I got to try pho for the first time. It was the bomb, the service was the bomb, and we all had a great time! 

  • Week 7

It became official this week that I am going to be celebrating my birthday in a BIG way! Thanks to Hubby gifting me the money, I was able to pay to go to a Sanctuary Girl Retreat, and this week I bought the plane ticket to the retreat’s location: LOS ANGELES!!!! I cannot believe that in just two days, I will be going to L.A. to not only take part in a wonderful, life-changing retreat with my friend, Sabrina Hayes, but I will be spending my birthday there! All of it is overwhelming and exciting!!

I knew I wanted to celebrate my birthday in a big way, but this is even beyond what I thought I would be able to do. Over a little more than a year ago, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with this beautiful lady, and my life was forever changed. Also, I met some amazing women with whom I still speak to on a regular basis.There is no doubt in my mind that this retreat will be even better! Look for a post all about the retreat, Sanctuary Girl, and my birthday weekend very soon!

My retreat from last year! So much fun! Love  these ladies!

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Hubby and I also took the boys to see Black Panther. The plot mesmerized me as well as all of the beautiful actors and outfits! I beamed with pride as I watched the movie and fantasized about what it would be like to be a part of that country, to be a part of Wakanda. The knowledge and pride they possessed and their genuine love for one another and their culture made me wish that I lived there, too. I found everything about it fascinating especially the lesson that we need to take care of one another and spread the knowledge and love to all of our people so that we all can rise together. Wakanda forever, baby!!!! Wakanda forever!!!!

  • Week 8

This week of my journey to 40 was all about reigning in the chaos that was quickly becoming my life and taking a deep breath, focusing a bit more on God, my family, my job, my house. I was so caught up with everything else, that I began to neglect some other areas. (Future blog post?) Well, not really neglect, but not give as much time as I normally do or being too busy to do what I really wanted to do in each of those areas.

I ended this week feeling much more relaxed and organized and ready to take on the world. I spent more time with my boys enjoying the great outdoors, cleaned some areas of my house that really needed it, started reading a new book, watched a couple of good movies, fell asleep earlier each night, was there for Hubby and his family during their time of mourning, and just took care of me. (I think it helps that I knew a three-day workweek and a vacation and my birthday were coming up.)

So now I am in Week 9 of my journey and so excited about what this weekend will bring. I am turning 40 and I am excited! I am not fearful at all. I only see myself as getting better, wiser, stronger, kinder, more giving and forgiving. I am becoming whom God created me to be! Gracefully growing into my destiny! Watch out world! I am going to take this next decade of my life by storm!

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Weeks 4 & 5 of My Journey to 40

Wow! I have passed the half-way mark on my Journey to 40! I can’t believe it’s almost here! I guess it’s obvious that I did not post for Week 4! So much going on that I did not get a chance to do so. But I’m back and getting excited about what I’ve done and what’s to come. I am definitely not one of those people sitting around and fretting about turning 40. It has actually sparked a fire in me and gotten me excited about what my future will bring!!!

But I know that I must work for it. Nothing will just fall into my lap.

Here’s what’s I’ve been doing!

 

  1. Fitness Goal: I tell you when it rains, it pours. In my last post I told you about my back pains which caused me to pump the brakes on working out. Well, it turns out that I hurt myself pretty bad (don’t know how), and my doctor ordered me to get some rest, not do any heavy lifting, and gave me so medicine to help ease the pain. Anybody who really knows me knows that I hate to take medicine especially anything that makes me feel weird, but I was in so much pain that I had to take it. One week later I tried to wean myself off of the medicine only to take it again for one more day. I HATE the way this medicine makes me feel. I’m an on the go type of person; I have so much that I want to accomplish that I didn’t have time for the way this medicine was making me feel: groggy, confused, and tired. Needless to say, I have stopped taking it again and hope that I can just take some extra strength Tylenol if I need something and that I will eventually heal like my doctor believes I will. However, I have managed to drop a couple of pounds by changing some of my eating habits so SCORE for me!

    Back was feeling better this day so I did a quick photo shoot at the library.
  2. New Adventures: I’m so excited to say that I have booked a trip for my 40th!!!! I stopped thinking of all of the reasons that I couldn’t do it and just did it (with a little cash from Hubby)! I signed up to attend a Sanctuary Girl retreat  that just happened to fall on my birthday weekend (Check out the website.There are also fabulous shirts and accessories!) I previously attended a retreat hosted by my beautiful friend, Sabrina Hayes, before she officially launched Sanctuary Girl (a ministry that she now runs), and I absolutely LOVED it! Last time the retreat was closer to home (only a 3 hour drive); this time I am taking a plane across the country to a place I’ve never been before: Los Angeles!!!! I cannot wait! (I’ve also blogged about the Sanctuary Girl Faith Planner which has helped me to keep my life super organized while focusing on my relationship with Jesus). Of course, I will be blogging all about my retreat experience as well!
    Los Angeles

    Weekly layout in my Sanctuary Girl Faith Planner
  3. Business Moves: As if I didn’t already have enough on my plate, I am officially a Thirty-One Gifts consultant again! After two years of being a consultant, I called it quits back in October because I was frustrated with the lack of support and was too busy with a new job and other goals that I was pursuing. But after much consideration, I have decided to try it again. I love, love, love, the products as well as the sisterhood that comes with being a consultant. Did I mention that I LOVE the products. Never heard of Thirty-One? You can check out our products here. I love the ability to personalize our products as well as being able to fashionably organize my life!  I also met up with my accountability group, Sisters with a Purpose. If you don’t have an accountability group (or at least a partner), you should jump on this. Knowing you have to give an account of what you’re doing to reach your goals keeps you focused. No one wants to be the one to show up at a meeting saying that she hasn’t being doing anything. We will check in and motivate each other through text messages and calls throughout the month, but then we will have an “official” meeting to regroup, celebrate, and plan for the next month. Plus there’s a ton of laughter that happens at these meetings.
    Spring 2018 Catalog

    Working on those goals at our accountability meeting.
  4. Random Acts of Kindness: If you’ve been following along, I one of my plans for my journey to 40 is make sure I am doing more for others. This is just one more thing that I am going to do. These cards and notebooks (along with some cute pens) are going out to some beautiful ladies this week. A few weeks ago I posted on Facebook that the first five people to respond to my post would be getting a special something from me. I know I’m a little late, but I want to stand by my word. I hope they enjoy these, and I hope it brightens their day! I know I LOVE receiving unexpected gifts. How about you?
    Aren’t these cute!!

    Five weeks down; four more to go! I’m getting antsy and excited as I get closer. I have more fun things planned over the next few weeks! What do you plan to do or what have you done to celebrate a milestone birthday? I’m looking to be inspired by some of your ideas!

Week 3 of My Journey to 40

Time is flying. I feel like I just wrote the first post in this series explaining what I would be doing on My Journey to 40  by documenting my progress week by week, and here I am now at the end of Week 3. Is everything going exactly according to plan? Of course not. But that’s life!  Nothing ever goes as planned, but, sometimes, things can turn out better than ever imagined. Here’s how things went down.

  1. Fitness Goals: Unfortunately this week was not a good one for me. Last week after Hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, I decided to do some deep cleaning around the house because there was dust everywhere after Hubby installed a doggy door in our wall (see pic below). My lower back had been giving me some problems here and there already, but I had been trying to ignore it and just exercise through it. Well, with all of the moving of furniture, sweeping, and mopping, I guess I just made it worse ,so much so that I have to schedule an appointment with my doctor. I think I have a pinched nerve, and I have to give the exercising a break. I’m still trying to get my steps in, but it’s been hard. On the upside, I did well with meal planning for my lunch for last week. At least I felt good about this.
    This was in my lunchbox every day.
    The doggy door from inside the house

    The doggy door from the back patio area
  2. New Adventures: My adventure this week related directly to my business moves. Thanks to my artist friend,Constance Ivana, I completely stepped out of my comfort zone this past weekend. My friend offered me space to display my photography at the Mass District Art Walk. It’s a monthly event where people get to come in and see the artists in the space where they work, talk to them, ask questions, make connections, and purchase artwork. Being the introvert that I am, this was completely out of my comfort zone. However, I will admit that I had a blast! I got to talk to other people in the community who are doing great things, got to give out a few business cards, and even got to take a trolley over to another art walk and see a professional photo shoot in person. Imagine if I had allowed fear to keep me at home. I would have missed out on a great experience. And my boys joined me and had a blast as well!
    At the Mass District Art Walk
    Found my dream library at the art walk! 
    Picture in front of my setup at the art walk. My photos and my friend’s art work.

    Enjoying ourselves at the other art walk
  3. Business Moves:  I also did a favor for my friend who just started her t-shirt line. We did an impromptu photo shoot with some of our students and a few of her shirts. The results were phenomenal and I really enjoyed the creative process. I wish I could show you the results, but since we don’t have permission from their parents to post here, I can’t… yet.If that changes in the near future, I will definitely show them off! I’m looking forward to doing more things like this in the near future. I had so many ideas for what we could do, and I am sure as my friend produces more we will do more photo shoots. I’m so excited about this!

    Rocking my friend’s shirt
  4. Random Acts of Kindness: Unfortunately, I didn’t work hard on my Random Acts of Kindness this week. Not that I was intentionally mean to anyone, but I didn’t put forth extra effort to make sure that I could make someone else’s day. I will be better with this next week. I have to be INTENTIONAL about this and not let other things distract me.

Cheers to another great week!!!! Feeling extremely optimistic and grateful for all that this big 4-0 is going to bring to me! Are you preparing to celebrate a birthday soon? What are you doing to get ready for your celebration?