Good morning (or evening, depending on when you’re reading this)! It has been quite some time since I last posted- and a lot has happened! So, let’s catch up, shall we?
1.) Family emergency- Barely into the new year, my hubby was rushed to the ER with symptoms similar to a heart attack (you know, chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath). Despite his insistence that he drive himself to the hospital, I immediately called 911. Words cannot express the fear that I felt as the paramedics put him in the ambulance at 3 a.m, while I shuffled our toddler son and infant daughter into the car to meet up with him at the hospital. The doctors diagnosed him wth atrial fibrillation, prescribed meds that he will need for the rest of his life, and kicked off an immediate need for lifestyle reform….which leads to the next point…..
2.) Lifestyle changes as a result of aforementioned family emergency- Lately I have been working out with Tiffany Rothe videos on You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyVvJnPgyko). 15-30 minutes a day for at least 5 days out of the week have proven to be successful! Being able to wear clothes purchased 6 years ago (waaaay before the arrival of my kids) has been the best motivator for me. My hubby has been searching for the best way to incorporate physicial activity at his job, which requires him to sit at a desk most of the day. So far, walking during his lunch break is a great start. Another thing I’ve been working on is eliminating refined sugars and dairy, as well as cutting back on caffeine and meat. It’s kinda difficult, because I love my sweet tea, passionate over Whataburger patty melts, and I am a total cheesehead! However, I have used agave and unrefined sugar, and am looking at cheese substitutes like Daiya and Follow My Heart. I’m a big fan of Gardein, but getting my whole family on board is a work in progress!!
3.) Working at home for the major retailer- Work is good. It’s flexible and allows me to work from home, which works perfectly in my lifestyle as a stay at home mom with NO outside childcare. However, there is no career growth with this position, and I am wondering how long I can continue to work with no outside childcare (hubby watches the kiddos in the evening while I work). I can’t deny it- I am at best when I work in the morning, and it is hard for me to sit at my desk for two hours at a time, while assisting angry customers with billing and order issues. Finally, my college degree and family pedigree has prepped me for entrepreneurship. My father owned a janitorial service company, just as his parents did. Being an entrepreneur is in my blood.
4.) New enterprises??- Actually I am working on TWO projects. The first one I don’t mind speaking freely about; the second enterprise is something that my hubby and I are actively working on and is still in the infancy stage but very promising. In December 2015, I signed up as a Brand Ambassador for La Senorita Jolie. I needed a new challenge, some extra income, AND a new wardrobe! I can honestly say that the clothes are beautifully made and perfect in designing a minimalist wardrobe- which is like manna for moms! Each piece can be layered with another piece, timeless to wear, and extremely flattering for every body type out there. Each garment from this line is an investment, and moves seamlessly from home to office to play. I’m considering on FINALLY taking my brother’s advice and do some videos for this blog- perhaps I will do some for LSJ? For more info, click here: https://lasenoritajolie.com/Guest/Order/Product.aspx
So that’s it…..for now!