Music Monday – Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass on the Tonight Show

How can I not post this?  I heart this song and this version is especially fun.

Perfect for today’s Music Monday.

And just for fun.  Adam Levine and Jimmy Fallon doing musical impressions.

I heart The Tonight Show.

Finding Joy

I started off August trying to do the Finding Joy Challenge. I kinda fell off the wagon because it proved to be quite difficult to do each of the tasks on an almost daily basis  Then, I figured out what the real issue was. I’ve already found joy  I’m actually happy. I have my mood swings and my days where I’m just exhausted with being me, but I’m really quite happy. This has been the most challenging pregnancy, but I’m more experienced and know what to expect. I’ve been trying to be more grateful for the things I already have, though I do have the occasional wants. I am truly blessed with all the things I do have, but most importantly, my growing family of almost 6 has made me realize that I don’t need things to be happy.

Look at these faces!  I heart each one of them.  This was from their first day of school.

Although, I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on the pair of Tory Burch Reva Leopard Print Calf Hair Ballet Flats I saw at the Nordstrom Rack yesterday, but it was still way out of my budget at $159.  And if you don’t know, I’m a shoe-aholic.  Seriously, I have issues, but I’ve been really, really good lately.

Dream Big!

I’ve been a bit behind with the finding joy challenge. Here’s day 5’s challenge.

I am not only worth fighting for, but my dreams, hopes, and heart matters. 

My mom has always told me to dream big.  But, I never did.  I never thought I really could.  I never thought any of my dreams as a child were really attainable because I always played by the rules. I was an obedient child. It was my duty to be the obedient daughter. I felt like there was no other choice. I was expected to finish high school and go to college. My goal was just to make it to college. I had no idea what I wanted to major in, so I just took classes and ended up being a Sociology major because I truly loved what I was learning. During that time, my mom always questioned my decision to study Sociology. I lied to her and the rest of the world saying I wanted to go into social work or become a teacher. I knew that wasn’t my calling, but I needed an answer.

During my freshman year in college, I told my mom that I wanted to go into fashion design.  She actually wasn’t totally against it and accompanied me to check out a school I could possibly attend. Unfortunately, I wasn’t brave enough to take that next step to go to that school because I knew that I would have disappointed my mother.  She wanted me to go to a “University” not this school. And because I had essentially no experience, I was told by the adviser at the school, that my best chance in getting into the school would be if I started out as a merchandising manager not as a fashion designer because I basically didn’t have a portfolio or anything to show.  All I knew is that I could sew skirts on my grandmother’s vintage Singer sewing machine.  I made pieces for myself, but that was about it.  So, I went back and completed my BA at the University.  I almost became a Humanities major because I loved writing so much.  But I found what I learned in Sociology gave me a better view of the world.  I finished in 4 years because I knew that my mom who was footing the bill for everything didn’t want to have to spend any more money than she had to. Unfortunately, even with a degree, I didn’t know what to do with my life.

Now married, with a surprise fourth child on the way, I’ve realized that I can still dream and pursue them. I’ve also realized that some of my dreams have come true. My current dreams are not much different from those I had during my teen years, but they are much more focused with the future in mind. As a teen, I use to say, “I want to quit school and start a business (a retail store).”

My dream is to own my own business. I want to set my work hours and be as creative as I want to be. The only people I’ll have to answer to are my kids and my husband. One day, I know it will happen. It’s just a matter of time and a little luck.

Here’s day 3’s challenge.  This image helps me focus. I heart them.

Happy August!

Well, I can’t believe it’s August. Where has the time gone? Each year seems to pass by so quickly. I started this blog as a means to remember the simple and happy moments that go on in our family. Basically, I intended to blog about all the things I heart. But, my heart hasn’t been in it lately. I just haven’t been able to keep it up.  So, since it’s a new month, it’s time for a new start, a new beginning.

I’ve also decided to join the Finding Joy challenge. I find myself dwelling on things I don’t enjoy instead of the things I do. I think we all get lost sometimes with the craziness of work, the busyness of family life and the challenges of maintaining a home. I’ve been more overwhelmed than I have ever been in my life, but at the same time more relaxed about “things.” I’m getting older and wiser, I guess, but I crave more joy.  I don’t think we can ever have enough.

 

For the first challenge, we have been asked to post a selfie of ourselves holding the sign, “I AM ENOUGH” with the hashtag #findingjoy.  Well, I tried to do a selfie with a sign, but the perfectionist in me couldn’t get it to look the way I wanted.  So, being the “app hoarder” that I am, used about 3 different apps to get it just about right.

I am starting to realize that I am enough.  I can’t do it all and all that really matters to the mister and the kids is that I am here for them, as well as here for myself.