Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WODW: Pride

I am patient.
I am brave
I am heart.

I am quick.
I am beautiful.
I am smart.

I am strong.
I am wild.
I am loud.

I am fierce.
I am cunning.
I am proud.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

A Quick Recap of Typhoon Dolphin

Yes, it's me again!  I had typed out a lengthy post about my Typhoon Dolphin experience from this past weekend but it seemed like such a downer that I decided to scrap it and just give you a quick rundown of what we endured:

- No power/electricity.  It's been out since Friday and still has yet to be restored in our area.  Latest update says they're expecting it to be on by tomorrow evening.  First night was okay, second night was bearable, last night we slept in the car...who knows what we'll have to do tonight if it's still off.

- Boredom.  There's really only so much you can do without electricity.  Especially when it's hot as hell and you've got three kids to entertain.

- No water.  It went out on Friday (after the electricity) but thankfully it was restored to our area yesterday afternoon.  The water was actually on yesterday morning but it was coming out brown until the afternoon.  Yum.  We ended up showering at my office instead.

- Hard rain and strong winds.  Giant trees were uprooted, mangoes/breadfruit/coconuts/etc. were blown off the branches and there is green debris and trash everywhere.

- No cellphone service.  Damage to the cell towers has been causing spotty service all weekend.  And yes, my area is one of the spotty ones so I had no service at all this weekend.

- Over-eating.  We tried to eat and cook as much as we could and salvage the rest.  With no power for days, it was only a matter of time before everything else was spoiled.

- No school.  All public schools are closed today since water and electricity still haven't been fully restored.  Hopefully they open tomorrow, but it all depends.

- High stress levels.  This is a given during any natural disaster.  It's out of your hands and out of your control but you can't help but go nuts.

So, that was my weekend.  How was yours?  How would you deal with no power or water for three days?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Makeup Mondays: Not Your Mama's Makeup

With Mother's Day fast approaching, you KNOW I had to hit you with a gift guide!  As a mother of three and full-time legal assistant/student/blogger/woman extraordinaire, finding time to fuss with makeup is usually only a once a day kinda thing.  I wake up, get the kids up, get them ready for school, get myself ready for work (sans makeup), get out the door, drop everyone off and then head in to the office.

Once at the office, I've got all of 10 minutes to beat my face and look presentable for a day of staring at a computer screen, chatting with supervisors and staff, meeting with clients, and then eventually going to practices and/or games afterwards.  Trying to get a touch-up in between is straight up IMPOSSIBLE.

Thankfully, once I fell in love with Younique and tried some of their awesome products, I didn't have to worry about my face melting in the Guam heat or looking like a raccoon by 5pm.  I apply my makeup ONCE.  No reapplying my liner, redoing my eye shadow because of creasing, I don't even have to reapply my lip color.  BOOM.

Check out some of my favorite picks (each under $50!) that any mom (or female human) would love!

Clockwise from top left:

All of these products have been tried and tested by yours truly, and each of them have my stamp of approval!  I know a few of you have tried some of these products already, so please tell me:  Which is your fave?  And if you haven't tried any of these product yet, which would you most like to try?

Oh, and in case you didn't know, Younique has a special Kudos program that changes every month.  This month, for any collection (a set of products + a makeup bag) you purchase, you receive a free necklace!

I don't know about you, but that necklace alone is enough to make me want to get more makeup!  And sorry for the post being late, I had it in draft and forgot to hit publish.  My bad, bro.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Monthly Mantra: May + Progress

Taking a step back from watercolors this month.  How gorgeous is this gold texture though?!

For the next four months (May - August) my focus will be on PROGRESS.  I got the ball rolling during the last four months and now that I know what I want and how to reach those goals, I've got to keep the momentum going and push myself to be even better.  It's like leveling up.

So my strategy for this level is similar to the last four months, but upgraded.  Here's how I'm playing it out.

Working out - This is one of my tough ones.  I do it for a while then lose motivation, then find it again, then lose it again.  Last week I cleared up my "gym" (which had been overtaken by barbies, legos and sports equipment) and turned it back into usable space for me to get my sweat on.  I've made a schedule for myself to alternate HIIT workouts and yoga and will be doing a 30-day squat challenge with my sister as an added workout.  Day 1 (50 squats) starts today so hopefully I'm not crying by tomorrow.

Painting - It has been really hard to find time to paint lately.  With all the chaos going on around us every day (i.e. extended family members), having a full day alone to paint outside with my kids is almost impossible.  Hopefully things calm down a bit so we can carve out some family time together.  Or we can just set up an area to paint in the gym/toy room.

Budgeting - THIS.  My main focus will be budgeting this month.  Like real-deal, spending freeze.  Trace's 6th birthday is coming up and we're planning on having a party this year since he wasn't able to have it last year due to his accident.  I've been pretty good at not spending frivolously lately but I've still got to get a tighter grip on my money.  This month will be only about paying bills and getting necessities so that we can save money to put towards his birthday.  Once his birthday is over though, I still plan on sticking to the same budget, only being able to use $200/month for personal spending (clothes, shoes, makeup for personal use, excessive meals, gifts, etc.).  I'm not too worried about my's Joey's budgeting that needs more monitoring.  Haha.

Younique - I've slacked off during April, so I've got to get hustling again to make some more money to put towards that budget.  I've really got to put myself back out there in order to make more sales.  I was doing good in March and the beginning of April and I need to get that motivation back.  I'll be posting more product reviews/tutorials/giveaways soon so be on the lookout for it!

Blogging - Trying to get back into this slowly.  My goal is not to post everyday, but to visit and comment on at least 10 new blogs everyday to get back into the habit of interaction.  Because what good is awesome daily posts when nobody reads/knows about it?  I've also got plans to transition this little space more into a "Guam lifestyle" blog and incorporate more things that are unique to where I live.  I don't want to make it a travel-type of blog, but I think it would be nice to show more of what Guam has to offer to the world and showcase the good/bad/beautiful/ugly things about life here in a non-touristy way.  Also thinking of re-branding my logo and images once I decide on a design.

Business - I'm most excited about this one.  After talking about my ideas and plans for years, finally having a finished product is an absolutely amazing feeling.  I'm a hard-core procrastinator and a have a habit of getting too far ahead of myself when I'm excited about an idea.  This leads to my failure every time.  I'm great at coming up with brilliant ideas and concepts but not so great at actually putting those ideas to work.  Basically, I came up with the whole business plan, marketing scheme, brand name, list of models to use, target audience, etc. before even getting started on an actual piece.  During the past four months, I had to take myself down to base level and was able to get something done.  I don't want to get ahead of myself again, so I'm going to continue focusing on producing more pieces and perfecting my designs.  I'm almost certain that my $200/month personal spending budget will go towards fabric and other things which isn't such a bad investment.

School - Yup, that's right.  After years of not having finished my degree, I'm finally determined to get it done.  I've enrolled in the Penn Foster Paralegal Program and am hoping to kick ass and then use that progress to get back into my degree program at Kaplan.  Apparently I have to appeal to the Dean at Kaplan that I'm serious about finishing my program and getting my degree so by showing my progress and determination through Penn Foster I'll have a better chance at acceptance.  Word of advice:  Just finish everything the first time around so you don't have to jump through hoops later!  It's one of those "work at your own pace" kind of courses so I'm already headed into the 3rd unit, trying to finish as quickly as I can and I've already aced the exams I've taken so far.  BOOM.  Now I've just gotta keep on track with it all.

And that's about it - my upgrade strategy for the next four months.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to seem like a hermit to some, being that most of my goals are set for indoors (working out, blogging, school, business, and budgeting is always easier when you're stuck at home) but I'm okay with that.  Hopefully by the time September rolls around, I'll come out of my cave a better, more educated and productive human, ready to level up again.

So, what have you been up to?  Have you leveled up in any areas that you've been working on?  Have you done the 30-day squat challenge?  Anyone ever enrolled at Penn Foster?  Got any tips on budgeting?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Recap: Round 1.

So it's finally the end of April.  We've finished the first 1/3 of the year!  Yay!  Time to tally up our wins and losses and get ready for the second round.

I had laid out my 2015 domination plan back in December and had mentioned that for the first four months of this year, my goal was to "START".  Start good habits, start living the life I want, start doing.  I have to admit that I have been slacking off a lot.  But, when I look back at the things that I was able to do I'm pretty satisfied with my progress.

Here's what I've been able to start so far:

Working out - I started the year off doing HIIT and yoga but then sort of fell into a funk.  I've recently regained my motivation and am trying to keep it going.  I've actually got a workout planned right after I hit publish on this post!

Painting - Chloe got a bunch of art supplies for her birthday in March (thanks Frank, Ardyce & Dara!) so we broke them out and we all started painting.  I also started the Watercolor course on Creativebug and have been trying to learn the basics of watercolor.  I've even picked up a few new paints and supplies to experiment with.  My kids are loving our little painting sessions.  Chloe even put out a sign to try and sell her paintings.

Budgeting - Okay, so this one is mostly a fail.  I try to budget but it just doesn't work.  There's always some kind of issue that comes up that we need to spend money on.  Birthdays, the electrical and now the plumbing in the bathroom needs to be fixed.  It never ends.  I know I can do better at it and I plan to.

Younique - I'm proud to say that I'm finally a Yellow Status presenter!  Still nowhere near Black, but it's a step up from White so I'm happy.  I've been trying to promote and make sales as much as my schedule will allow but I know I could do so much better if I took it up another notch or two.  Sorry if you're sick of my Younique posts but I'm just so in love with their products!  I'll be doing more giveaways soon so you can all get a chance to win a few of the things I've been gushing about.

Blogging - Yeah, I've gotten pretty lax on this.  I continued to do the Monthly Mantras and I've popped in every now and again but it hasn't been enough and I know it.  Trying to organize my time and find balance with my real life so that I can blog more.

Business Goals - I've actually started and completed a couple pieces and I'm still really proud of myself for doing so!  I made a kimono and got tons of compliments on it and I also made a dress for Chloe that she and everyone else loved!  I'm currently working on another kimono cardigan and have been trying to figure out the size and proportions for swimwear that I plan to start sewing together this weekend.  I've also figured out a way to make some money locally to sell my completed products and get some feedback from potential customers.  I'll let you know more as I go along.  Don't want to get ahead of myself again.

So that's what I've been working on for the past four months.  I know I could have done a lot more if I had just gotten my lazy butt moving.  Now that we're heading into the second round of the year, I'm determined to kick ass!   Come back tomorrow to see my "PROGRESS" strategy and the Monthly Mantra for May!

What about you?  What have you been able to start so far this year?  How's your progress?  No, really.  ;-)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays

Running barefoot in the night
Blades of grass slipping between my toes
Your rough, callused fingers intertwined with mine
Our breath visible in the cold, crisp air
You look back at me over your shoulder and smile
That smile.

I could follow you anywhere and I know I'd be safe
Time means nothing when we're together
We're vagabonds, you and I
With no real place to call our home
We'll find someplace someday

I am your home and you are mine
So for now, let's just continue