Another Year in the Books: 2015

Happy (almost) new year all!

This is by far my favorite holiday of the year. Yes, I am one of those people that’s all about “new year, new me.” It’s not that I necessarily believe that everything has to change with each roll to a new year, but I do think that the closing of one year is an opportunity to reflect; on the good, the bad, what you’ve learned, and what can be changed. It is a great way to mark the passage of time.

So, I made a little list last year at the end of 2014, nothing crazy, just a few things I wanted to try and accomplish.

2015 Resolutions:

  • Starting with the most important, I transitioned to my natural hair! It was a long-time coming but so far, so good. I’ve learned lots, but my journey is still beginning. Onward to 2016!
  • We were able to successfully rid our house of pacifiers, but potty training is still in-progress.
  • Baby #2? Well, work, school, life, my health…heck, everything got in the way :-/

2016 Resolutions:

  1. This child will be potty trained. By March, is my plan!
  2. Save money! $$$
  3. Finish my graduate degree. My goal is Spring (optimistic). Could be Fall (realistic).
  4. Baby #2. Let’s try this one again…

 
Those are just a few this things that I’d like to work on in 2016. I hope you all have a safe New Year’s Eve and a wonderful new year. Bring on 2016!

Thankful

Per usual, I’ve been remiss in updating my blog with the goings-on in my life. I will say that things have been exciting for sure. Since today is Thanksgiving, in addition to reviewing what I’ve been up to, I’d also … Continue reading

Let’s Finish This!

Happy New Year’s Eve lovelies!

I’m relaxing on the couch with my main squeeze and reflecting on the year we’ve had.

As always, we’ve made it through the good and bad. Highs and lows are only natural, and it is how you overcome it that proves your strength.

Personally, I achieved a huge goal of mine in applying and being accepted to graduate school. I’m feeling accomplished and challenged. I still have a long way to go, but one semester is down in 2014 and I’m ready to take on the remaining three.

My little man is changing every day. He is a talking up a storm, and it just cracks us up. I can’t wait for (or should I be dreading?) what three has in store for us.

We have a lot of work to do health-wise. Of course I’m going to make one of those cliché promises that 2015 will be different and I will get in shape. One day at a time, right?

Maybe not resolutiona but goals for 2015 include :

*Complete a fitness challenge each month

*Try for baby #2….hehe

*Work on potty training and giving up the paci with our little man (yeah, we’re still working on that)

*Transition to my natural hair

*Get serious about saving money

*Grad school: keep grinding!

Peace out 2014! You’ve been….real.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2015!

Grad School – Part 2

So, part 1 was applying and getting in.

Part 2 is finishing my first semester and living to tell about it. There are a lot of emotions that go along with this and the sad part is, this is only the beginning of this journey. Three more semesters await me, along with the creation and submission of a thesis or project.

Even with so much more ahead of me, I  feel like I have accomplished something. We started with 25 people in our first cohort meeting. We now have 21 people. I feel accomplished because not only did I stick it out, I did so knowing this was the right choice for be from the beginning. The content, the work, the people: it’s all a good fit for me. This is what I need to grow as a person and an educational leader.

So, what have I learned so far?

First, I’ve learned that busy has a new meaning when you are juggling family, work, and school. Not just school though: graduate school. It is a different level of suffocation. You aren’t just working for the grade, you’re working to learn. You’re applying what you learn personally and professionally. Daily. It’s all encompassing.

Next, I have learned a new kind of patience. Being a parent gave me selective patience. Working in a cohort is teaching me professional patience. The kind I need to be a good leader.

That I’m not an imposter. I deserve all that I work for and all that I have accomplished professionally and educationally. No one can take those things away from me and they are what drive me forward. Those this and my family.

Now, for six weeks off to recoup, renew, and refresh. Oh and organize my life haha. 

Happy holidays to all and to all a good night!

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The final submission for Fall 2014

How it’s Going

Howdy peeps and long time no post. As usual, life gets in the way and I have to remember to return to this blogging thing. We are in the full holiday swing, having just finished with Thanksgiving. We had a small little gathering at our house, consisting of my father stopping by to eat and share. The most important part of the holiday for me is having time off to spend with my favorite people.

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Being silly, as usual

Also, I love to eat and hubby and I did an awesome job with Thanksgiving dinner this year. Super yummy!

Looks at this goodness

Looks at this goodness

Other fun updates: I’m trying a new beauty regimen. I’ve heard and read a lot about coconut oil and all of its amazing benefits, so I’ve decided to jump on. So far, I’m using it to remove my makeup and clean my face. I will say that though it seems counterintuitive, cleaning my oily/combo face with oil seems to calm it down. I feel like my pores are getting small and my face actually feels tight and clean when I’m done at the end of the day. I take off my makeup in the evening with it and wash in the morning with it. So far so good. I’ve slathered myself in it before showering and shaving my legs, and I’m even putting it on the little one to soothe his dry skin. Apparently, this little jar will take me far in life!

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this is everything

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i’m wearing makeup in this pic but my skin is looking fly…oh and this is the end of the day!

Also, I’m incorporating more makeup/beauty products into my life. There is a lot to be said for feeling a little pretty everyday 🙂

date night...feeling pretty

date night…feeling pretty

Till I post again, my friends! xoxo

 

 

Happy Birthday America!

What are holidays other than an excuse to spend time with family? We were pretty low-key this year for the 4th of July. We went to the Aerospace Museum of California and let G run around like a madman looking at planes, helicopters, and anything with an engine. He loves it there.

 

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Then, instead of the traditional hot dogs and potato salad, I wanted to try something healthier for dinner. We had the most delicious “healthy” chicken pitas. I was quite proud of myself for making it all. They were pretty easy too. Prepping the chicken was the most time-intensive part. Can’t wait to make these again. Maybe I’ll post my make-shirt recipe one day too.

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And because we still have a toddler on a pretty set schedule, no fireworks for us this year. My thinking and hoping with all of these “when he is older” moments is that he has his whole life to enjoy them. Maybe next 4th of July he’ll be ready to stay up and watch the fireworks. Most importantly, while I heard fireworks for about 3 hours straight, he barely flinched. I’m always worried the raucous would wake him up but he slept like a champ.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July!