Happy 1 Year Anniversary, T!

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Wow, a year has gone by since I started my blog. How do I feel? Happy! I have achieved many goals and I am happy to be part of this community.

Reflecting back I have posted 24 articles and have several post awaiting to be edited and published. I have read hundreds, if not thousands of post from various bloggers and have learned a lot and traveled to many foreign places through your post.

In my very first post, I expressed that I didn’t have a particular topic to blog about but I knew I couldn’t wait to look back and see how my thought process and writing style would evolve.

I thought I would be a loyal and gung-ho blogger but I have failed to meet my own expectations. It’s been 7 months since my last post. Which on some days I felt guilty in calling myself a “Blogger” but I can’t beat myself up over it too much because I have valid reason to be an absent blogger.

In the 7 months I have been absent, I have been chasing my dreams and making my goals a reality. I have gone back to college and my job duties picked up tremendously. Aside from my schooling and work, I have been balancing my duties as a mom and a wife. It has been a challenge trying to get my little one and husband to help around the house and getting them use to the fact that I am away at night school but they are slowly adjusting. It definitely has been a challenge for me because these changes have triggered my panic attacks. I hate panic attacks!!!!!

To my followers I hope you accept my apology for not formally letting you know that I had to bow out for a while but I lost track of time and can’t believe I have been away this long.

I do have stories to post and hope to post something once a month going forward.

So, reflecting back I am happy on the progress I have made, the post I have created, and for the wonderful followers I have. I enjoy reading when I can’t post but I hope to be more involved in the year to come.

Cheers,
T

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My 10 Year Goals

It’s a New Year and time for New Year’s resolutions.

I know for many this can be exciting and for many discouraging.

I usually like to make a New Years Resolution and get excited when I finally get to check them off my list but going forward, I decided to ditch the New Years Resolution and give myself 10 years to meet some of my most important goals.

I feel confident that I can do them in 10 years or if I can’t at least I will have started working towards achieving them.

Here are a few of my 10 year goals: (in no particular order)

1. Finish my degree.
2. Travel over seas (out of the U.S.)
3. Start a new business
4. Invent something
5. Blog once a week
6. Learn a new language
7. Become a life coach
8. Learn how to write computer codes
9. Write 1 child’s book in English and Spanish
10. Produce and or direct a movie or music video

Yes, many of these goals I can complete in 2014 but many of them I wont be able too!

Now that I know what I want to work on, all I have to do is create an action plan.

In many of the books I have read, some of the advice the authors give is to remember to stay flexible and keep in mind that I may have to adjust my timeline and goals along the way.

What I really need to keep in mind is that I should not be to afraid that I get scared of completing my goals.

Fear has paralyzed me before and try’s to keep me prisoner.

Well, No More!

I am excited and confident that I will meet these goals.

I wish you all success in what you hope to achieve.

Thanks for your support!

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I would like to Thank You all for supporting and helping me achieve 1 of my goals for 2013:

Starting my very own blog!

I started in July and I am still a beginner but I am growing and evolving everyday.

This year I hope to post more and give my site a make-over.

Once again, thank you all for your support and encouraging words.

It means so much to me!

Regards,
T

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I don’t want to clean, Mommy!

My family knows how this house hold operates on the weekends especially on a Saturday, and when they act in shock when I remind them, I am annoyed.

On Saturday, I like to wake up have breakfast with my husband and daughter, do our household chores, shower/change; head out to accomplish the to-do/errand list, and then enjoy what’s left of the weekend.

So, this Saturday, after breakfast, I tell my daughter “honey, can you please do your chores so we can knock it out-of-the-way.” She of all people knows that when I am saying something, I am saying it for a reason.

She says: “I don’t want to. You never told me I had to do them.”

Mind you she is kicking and throwing her body around like she’s doing a new dance move.

Me: “Well, I don’t want to do mine either, but I have too! Remember, I made a list for you a couple of months ago that has your chores. You can find the list in your night stand drawer.”

She says: ” Why, do I have to do them? I don’t understand why I have to make my bed when I am just going to mess it all up when I get in bed in a few hours.”

Me: “You need to clean your room we have lots of things to do today.”

I am really trying to stay away from saying BECAUSE I SAID SO!!!

She says: ” You don’t understand how much stuff I have to do? I have to make my bed, pick up my clothes, pick up my toys, open the curtains. That is too much stuff and it takes a long time.”

Me: ” Of course, I know what your duties are and how long it takes to finish them. I used to do them. Now, I’m not asking you to do them, I am telling you. So put a smile on your face and do them.”

As she is pouting and storming off, I think to myself, I am going to make a list of all my chores and have her compare her list to mine. She needs to see what I have to do. So, I immediately start writing down all my chores.

5 minutes pass and she comes back to me and says “I am done and I am going to play on my iPad.”

I stop her in her tracks and tell her that I want to show her something.

She says: “Gosh! What, now!”

Me: ” You know when I tell you to do something, I am telling you for a reason. I think you forgot that I told you 30 minutes ago that you have a hair appointment and we must run out here shortly. I expect we will be gone the rest of the day and we wont have time later to do our chores. While you were cleaning I wrote down some of the chores that I have to do and how long it usually takes me to complete these task.”

She says: ” I don’t need to see the list. I have more things on my list and it takes a long time.”

Me: “Let’s compare your list with my list and see what you have to complain about.”

I start going through my list telling her that I have to clean 2 bathrooms and it takes about 45 minutes to an hour for each bathroom.

I go into details describing some of the task like: scrubbing the shower walls and tub, clean the sink, scrubbing the toilet, mopping, trash, etc. etc.

By now, I can see that she realizes her little list of things isn’t so bad.

I continue on naming other chores: washing clothes, vacuuming, dusting, clean the kitchen, so on so forth.

Me: “See honey, my list is way longer than yours but you don’t hear me huffing and puffing when I have to do these time sucking task. I just do them because it must be done. Otherwise, who is going to do them?”

I also have 2 reasons why you do these task.

1. You need to learn about responsibility.
2. I need your help. When you clean your room that helps lift some of the weight off my shoulders.

She says: “I understand.” You know mom, I can help you make your list smaller. You need to start giving dad chores.”

Me: “Well honey, you see that I don’t have the living room or folding clothes on my list. That is your daddy’s chore.”

We immediately look at the couches and see a mountain of clothes.

She says: ” Mom, daddy left the house before doing his chores.”

Me: “Yes, I know. I guess I need to have this very same talk with daddy.”