Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wanna Play?

Okay everyone, let’s play a game.  I am going to give you three names and you are going to try and guess what they all have in common.  Ready?

Oprah, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela 

Do you have it?  No, it’s not that they are all famous.

They all took risks

Each of them got something different out of it, whether it was fame, success or respect.  All of them became inspirations and knew that they lived their life to the fullest and made their mark; a mark that would positively effect the life of others for the times to come.  With the passing of Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela, the world was hit hard because of the life that they lived and the risks that they took.

The majority of people who are living the lives that they have always desired got there by taking risks.  From the young entrepreneurs who are now millionaires to the famous actors.

In relation to my post about fear, taking risks is what life is about.  So you take a risk and it doesn’t work…who cares? What is the big deal?  You think you failed; you are wrong.  You just gained something of importance.  You LEARNT from your experience.  After that, you GREW from it.  Whether the risk you took got you the results you wanted, it still got you results.

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I never took risks.  I played it safe.  I didn’t accomplish anything.  I had not idea what I was capable of.

There are two huge risks I took.  They changed my life.

1) I told a boy what I really felt, that I loved him.  This was a huge risk for me because I was always scared of the word ‘love’ and I wasn’t sure I believed in it.  What happened?

Fast forward 6 years.  I married that boy.  Fast forward another year.  I had his baby.  I have never been more happy with my little family and to think that it may never happened if I was too scared to share my feelings.

2) I signed up with Empower Network and started my online business.  This was a risk for me because even after my great experience with my last risk, I still thought this online business was too good to be true.  The funny thing is that I didn’t need to throw a bunch of money at it, so I never felt a financial risk.  It was easy to follow the steps online and sign up.  It was my mind set.  I thought I had a better chance to support my family at my 9-5 job.  I didn’t want to waste my time.  What happened?

Fast forward 2 weeks.  I made $1600 in one day.  Fast forward 5 months.  I am successful.  Fast forward one year from now…I am going to be living the dream with my family, the results of my first big risk!

We can play that same game again and add Nickie Brook to that list because I took a risk and I get to live out my dreams and inspire others.  No regrets.  Those who risk nothing actually end up risking EVERYTHING.

Are you ready to add your name to that list?  Click here and sign up for just $25.

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“The Moment When…” Mom Addition!

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The moment when…

you are admiring your beautiful baby when she sneezes in your face and gives you her cold.

you baby toots very loudly while you are shopping and even the ‘people of Walmart’ judge you.

you lack sleep and put the baby’s formula in your coffee.

you just finish changing a diaper and getting all of the layers of clothes done up when your little one looks right at you, fills her pants and smiles.

you get dressed up, go out and a stranger points out that you have a baby powder handprint on your little black dress.

you stop buying make-up remover and start using baby wipes that you stock piled.

you buy a new toy or baby item, get it set up and realize it takes a crap load of batteries that you don’t have.

you praise your baby for burping loudly, yet you just scolded your husband for doing the exact same thing two minutes earlier.

you can’t figure out how to operate a toy that is for ages 0-2.

you toot loudly while you are shopping and blame the baby.

 

 

Liebster Award!

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Thank you Harvest + Honey for nominating me for a Liebster award!  Being able to write my blog and share insights, humour and experiences makes me happy.  It makes me even happier when people notice my posts!  The Liebster awards are a great way to discover new blogs, make connections and have some WordPress fun!

It’s time to pay it forward!

Here are the rules:

1) You must link back to the person who nominated you.

2) You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.

3) You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with fewer than 200 followers.

4) You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

5) You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees.

…and my nominees are

(drum roll please)

http://twopossumsandabug.wordpress.com/

http://twinstarsandtigers.wordpress.com/

http://debyanuck.wordpress.com/

http://justhowiseethings.wordpress.com/

http://tidytots.wordpress.com/

http://anonymusical.wordpress.com/

http://the-guerreros.com/ 

http://ohcollegelife.wordpress.com/

http://homemakingforthemoderera.wordpress.com/

http://feedingmonkeys.com/

Here are the answers to the questions I was given!

1) Sweet or salty?

Sweet, hands down!

2) Winter or Summer?

Summer

3) Book or Movie?

Movie

4) Breakfast or Dinner?

Breakfast FOR Dinner!

5) Spicy or Mild? (stealing this from Tess)

Mild, I’m boring!

6) Beach or Snow?

Beach all the way! I am Canadian, need to escape the snow now and then :)

7) Coffee or Tea?

Coffee…tea doesn’t make me crazy enough!

8) NYC or LA?

NYC – It looked so fun on Sex and the City

9) Dogs or cats?

Dogs – allergic to cats :(

10) Shaken or stirred? ;) 

Shaken, definitely shaken.

Here are my questions to the nominees!

1) What is your favourite activity?

2) Where is the one place in the world you would visit if you could?

3) What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

4) How many times have you been on an airplane?

5) You are hosting a party, do you buy the appetizers or make them?

6) Who is your celebrity crush?

7)  If you had one wish, what would it be?

8)  What is your favourite movie of all time?

9)  If you could trip one of the artists at the Grammys, who would it be?

10)  Would you rather be sitting on a beach or roasting marshmallows on a campfire?

Some People’s Children

Dear Baby Hating Gentleman in the Restaurant:

I am not blind or stupid.  I saw you glare and roll your eyes at me when you saw you were being seated next to a person with a baby.  I loved the sigh noise too by the way.  You did an awesome job at proving that there are still ignorant people out there who judge people or a situation right off the bat.  I am not sure if you noticed by the end of your meal, but my baby did not make a peep during your nice lunch.  I am wrong, I will apologize for the giggles that she made a couple of times…oh the shame.  If you are acting like that because you have had bad experiences with kids in restaurants before (I’m not going to lie, I have been in those situations) you should just not risk it and go to a restaurant that does not allow babies.  I would like to add that if my 4 month old decided to cry uncontrollably, I would have went someone else to sooth her and I would have done my best to ensure she did not destroy your amazing soup and sandwich combo.

Just so you know, your girlfriend was looking past you and was in awe of my adorable little girl who was smiling at her.  She is now baby crazy.  You are welcome.  I win.

Sincerely,

A Human Being with a Miniature Human Being Whom Deserves Respect.

 






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Fear Not.

Why does fear govern us? Why did fear govern me? It is the counterweight on the balance beam of confidence, wit, motivation, success; the list goes on.  I always feared making mistakes in everything not realizing that it was the biggest mistake I’d ever make. There is a lot in life that I could have done, paths that I could have taken. I didn’t. Finally, I am asking…why not? What was the big freaking deal? I now understand what it means to live without fear. Now does that mean I am about to ride roller coasters and skydive? Hmmm…probably not. What it does means is that I am going to live the life that I want to live and take…no… accept the risks that are involved.

One moment changed it all.

I stared fear in the face and it happened when I stared into another face; the face of my baby girl the first time we met.  A lot of people think that becoming a parent is the time to slow down and not take any risks because it’s not just you anymore.  That, my friends, is when you need to take the risks.  Don’t get me wrong, one needs to rely on logic when deciding on the risks to take but that doesn’t mean to fear them altogether.  I decided that I could never let fear get in the way of giving this little angel the love that she deserves.  I knew that would involve the risk of making mistakes, but it’s those mistakes that make us who we are.  That is a lesson I want my daughter and future children to learn; to live.

Now, I get to live the life that I want and I only have two questions.  What are your fears? Are you sure they are not just false evidence appearing real?

 

January Has Arrived!

Just as I knew they would, the holidays went by too fast and January is now upon us!  I have to say, it’s the new year and I am pumped! I am going hard on my home business and blessed that I can spend more time with my hubby and baby Piper :)  We had amazing holidays with friends and family and it was a great time to unwind and reflect.  Even though, I was busy hosting a bunch of holiday ‘get togethers’ it was just what I and my family needed to get refocused.  What do I say to the new year?  In the words of 30 year old high school cheerleaders… BRING IT ON! 

In the light of the new year, I wanted to post the youtube video that got the most views in 2013!  Being that it was so popular, I will assume that people are not interested in what cheerleaders have to say, but more to what the fox has to say!