Recovery Time Is Over

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

Its been over two weeks since I had surgery. Which means I can start easing my way into working out. I can not tell you how excited I am about this! I have missed working out so much. I have missed my workouts so much. I need them so much. They help me, not just to feel better physically, but emotionally. I am always in such a better mood after. Which is good news for everyone. The real challenge now will be taking it easy and not jumping in the deep end right away and over doing it.

After two weeks of taking it easy not just in the fitness department, but in every department really, I am looking forward to not feeling like such a lazy butt. Dare I say, I am looking forward to cleaning?! Crazy, I know!

I am also looking forward to working again. Working on my blog, working on my business. To be able to put all the ideas I have had over the last 2 weeks into something I can show all of you.

This week I have goals. This simple thing also makes me happy and excites me! I can do things again!

Home:

1. Clean up! My husband and kids have been great about helping out and cleaning up around here, but it needs a mothers touch.
2. Meal plan. Meals that don’t involve the oven. Now that summer temperatures are here, I don’t need to turn our kitchen – our house- into a sauna while cooking.

Family:

3. Spend more time outside together. Unplug and play.
4. Go to the beach more often.

Personal:

5. Workout. Slowly. But surely workout again.
6. Read. I started a book, I think back in February, or March. Either way I would really like to finish it.
7. Make plans and finish plans. Birthday celebrations, anniversary parties, sports, trips, summer outings. So much planning to do. So little time.

Work:

8. Clean and organize my desk. Since taking some time off my kids have used my desk as a dumping ground for all things not related to my work.
9. Get caught up on my photos.
10. Bring things into reality.

What do you hope to accomplish this week?

~ Michelle

 

Making Time To Recover

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

 

My energy level, motivation level, my anything level really is at zero. Last Friday I had surgery. I have been forced to take it easy, which is making me go stir crazy! Then on top of it we have been having crazy gloomy weather which has just been sucking whatever life I had left. Now here we are Monday morning and all I want to do is sleep, but I have kids so we all know that won’t happen.

Usually I would have goals for the week, but this week I have just one: Recover. The last thing I want to do is over do it, and hurt myself further and drag out this recovery. So this whole situation has got me thinking…

Why is it when I’m in the middle of the hustle and bustle of life I can’t wait for a break, time to slow down, time to relax, time to read or catch up on a show. And then when I actually get the chance to slow down (even though it was forced on me) all I want to do is to do all the stuff?!

Seriously the mom guilt, the to-do lists, the boredom has just grown and grown! Its unreal, and so stupid, but its there. I had surgery. I have no choice but to take it easy, something I have been wanted to do, and then it happens, and Hello Mom Guilt.

This week is about recovering and not losing my mind while I do it. While also taking care of my 3 kids. I love it when the hospital told me to take it easy and not do anything for two weeks, and I said I had 3 kids to take care of including a toddler, their response “Oh, well then… just try to take it easy, if possible.” That is what I am going to try to do: recover and rest, while not going crazy, taking care of my 3 kids while not over doing it. Yup, sounds easy enough.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

~ Michelle

This Week Is Mine

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

I woke up this morning with a giant knot in my back, sore neck, and grey cold skies. I’m not all that impressed to be honest. I just want to crawl back into bed with a heating pack and fuzzy blanket and sleep till its a sun shiny day. But life doesn’t really work that way, does it?

The weather has such an impact on my moods. I try to not let it, but sometimes I just can’t fight it. Today is one of those days. Today everything takes extra effort. Things I would normally enjoy doing, take extra effort. By the end of the day I will be so worn out, I won’t really fall asleep tonight, it will be more like passing out.

One thing I know for sure about today, it will contain a lot of caffeine in various forms. Mostly coffee. Lots of coffee.

My goals for the week.

Home:

1. Clean toy room and living room. Re-organize it all. I guess since it is spring now you could call it Spring cleaning.
2. MEAL PLAN! So much bad food lately. Too much pizza. I am actually sick of pizza, if thats possible!
3. Put away the remaining winter gear. Random hats and mitts that seem to keep popping up.

Family:

4. Figure out a chore chart that works for my family. It is not as easy as it sounds! Maybe I am just super picky, or a control freak, I don’t know. I just can’t seem to find something that speaks to me.
5. Come up with summer plan ideas. Day trips. Fun activities to do. Things to keep us busy. Basically anything that will stop the “I’m bored” complaining.
6. Read. Something so simple, yet never seems to get done. We have been so busy lately that we haven’t been able to take the time to sit down and read together. Which really needs to happen. Our lack of reading hasn’t stopped the boys from creating a list of books they want to read together with me.

Personal:

7. Know that I am enough. Know that I am doing my best. Know that it is ok to take a break, to do something for me. Some days are harder than others. Its a hard lesson to learn, and accept, truly accept. Especially the doing something for myself part.
8. Workout. I am been slacking so much lately. Its sad. It needs to stop.

Work:

9. Organize my desk/office. Come up with a work schedule. 
10. Keep pushing forward and follow my dreams! 

What do you hope to accomplish this week? I would love to hear your plans on how you plan to rock this week!

~Michelle

No More Snowsuits!

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

What a beautiful Monday morning! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and its finally feeling like spring out there! Like most weekends this past weekend passed by in a sunny blur! We spent so much time outside. I have come to the conclusion that as long as it is a nice day out my daughter will be outside. Which means everything else, the house cleaning, my work, will have to wait. And thats all ok. I love seeing her face when she plays outside, pure joy.

You know what else really makes me happy? No more snowsuits! No more trying to chase my toddler around to layer her up to go outside to get the boys from school. Seriously, this makes me so happy. And will save so much time! We normally have to get ready to go out about 10-15 minutes before we have to leave, now will be 5 minutes, or just walking straight out the door! How exciting is that? My only challenge will be either getting sunscreen on my toddler, or convincing her to keep her hat on! I will take that challenge any day over a snowsuit!

This week I have no real goals. Sorry. This is the first nice week of the year, and I just want to soak in every minute of it. Things will get done, eventually. This week I just want to be in the moment enjoying it with my kids. And besides if my toddler gets her way, I won’t be in the house much any way this week.

Do you ever just feel like you need sunshine and warmth on your skin? I do. Maybe it has to do with growing up in Kenya, but the sunshine and warm weather makes me so happy. It is almost like it awakens a part of me that hides away from the world during the cold winter months. I thrive in the sunshine and warmth. I miss Kenya and its endless sunshine and warmth. I can’t wait for long summer days, camp fires, beautiful sunsets, and loads of time outside with my kids.

I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with sunshine and happiness!

~ Michelle

Creating My Own Sunshine!

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

Why does the weekend always pass by in what seems like the blink of an eye?! It is not fair. This weekend was wonderful. In what some would say true Canadian fashion, I enjoyed a beautiful spring walk by the lake as it snowed. It was a weird combination of beautiful and disturbing.

When I went to bed last night I was ready and fired up to take on this week. Then I woke up and I was greeted by a cold, gloomy, rainy Monday morning. It sucked the life right out of me. Now all I want to do is curl up with a good book or movie and a fluffy blanket, and then sleep.

This week the biggest thing I am hoping for is nice weather and sunshine. But since I can not control the weather, despite my trying, I will have to create my own sunshine.

My goals this week to create my own sunshine:

Home:

1. Create a chore chart, or sorts. I’m not exactly sure what I want or really need. I tried writing out lists of things to do every day, and things for the boys to do, but that didn’t really work. I need to figure out something that will work for us, and not seem so scary and overwhelming.
2. Organize the family calendars. There are a lot of different doctor appointments coming up, check ups, and such, and I’m having a hard time keeping track of all of them. You know its a busy week when you have to schedule time just to sit down to schedule your time.

Family:

3. Spend more time together being creative. This weekend I was painting with my toddler, when my boys asked me “when did we stop doing this together mom?” And it broke my heart. I had no answer for them. I want to get back to it, back to being creative with my kids, all my kids, not just having my big kids go off on their own and do something (which is great too)!
4. Start planning for summer. I always find having a list of things to do before a school holiday is the best way to cut down on the “I’m bored” complaining.

Personal:

5. Do more yoga. Sounds simple right? Its more the issue of finding the time to do yoga. Lately when I workout I focus more on intense workouts, I miss the relaxation of yoga, the peacefulness of it.
6. Start each day by getting dressed. That sounds simple I know, but hear me out. I mean actually get dressed and do my hair, like not in comfy sweat pants or yoga pants. Actually dressed as if someone outside of my family would see me in public. (Who am I kidding, I wear my yoga pants every where!)
7. Start the day with happy thoughts. Anything from being serious, to just random thoughts that make me happy. Like about cute little bunnies or kittens, they make me happy.

Work:

8. Organize – my thoughts, workspace and products. I’ve had so many new items made lately and newer items in the works. Its getting a little crazy around here.
9. Write up a plan. I have so many things in the works now and new things I want to work on soon, and things that will take a bit longer to accomplish. I need a game plan.
10. Keep pushing past my comfort zone! 

What do you hope to accomplish this week? I hope you can create your own sunshine!

~ Michelle

 

 

Finding My Groove Again

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

I was really hoping that this morning I would wake up and be full of energy and motivation to kick this weeks ass. However, I am not. Last month was horrible, it was draining, and I am still trying to work my way out of the hole that was March. I am physically and mentally drained. I am buried under mountains of To-Do Lists, laundry piles, kitchen messes, and all around house mess. Usually I bounce back a lot quicker than this, but for whatever reason, maybe the gloomy weather is playing a part in all this, but this time I’m stuck.

Just because I am stuck doesn’t mean I don’t have the urge to get things done, I just don’t really have the motivation. So this week is all about getting back on top of things, finding myself, finding my groove again, and feeling happy.

My goals for the week to help me get back my groove!

Home:

1. Clean! Get back on a cleaning schedule so I don’t stand around overwhelmed by the disaster I call my house right now.
2. Always make sure the kitchen and living room are clean before bed! So much better to wake up in the morning and see that already clean to start the day!
3. Meal plan! Oh my, my poor meal planning skills have seemed to vanished lately.

Family:

4. Make sure the boys stay on top of cleaning their room and laundry! We need to work on getting dirty clothes actually into the hamper, not next to it! Yes, if they could do that it would be a big help!
5. Spend more time together one on one. March was such a giant disaster, and after all the sickness was gone we were so busy trying to get caught up on things, we haven’t really had time to sit and relax and just enjoy the company of each other.

Personal:

6. Workout. I haven’t had the energy to actually do a full proper, push myself, intense workout in a while. I miss it. I need it. I need to get back to doing that again.
7. Stop trying to do everything all at once! This is a hard one, especially when there is SO much do to. I need to break it down and do things one at a time, one step at a time. And stop feeling so guilty for not doing all the things all the time. I hate mom guilt. It sucks.
8. Get proper rest. Nothing will get done properly if I don’t get proper sleep and rest. Why is it so hard to get proper sleep? You would think this would be a natural thing.

Work:

9. Set work hours. I did this once before and it actually helped, then I started slacking on it, then it all fell apart. I need to do this and actually stick with it!
10. Remember why I first started doing what I do, why I feel in love with it, and let all that inspire me again, and again and again and again.

What do you hope to accomplish this week? I hope that whatever path you take, whatever goals you set, that you have have a wonderful week!

~ Michelle

How To Completely And Totally Ruin March Break

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

Last week was March Break. The coveted March Break. A week off from school, schedules, making lunches the night before, and having to get dressed in real clothes. I had so many glorious plans. So many. Instead it was completely and totally ruined.

My two boys were leaving with my parents for a week away. They were going to have so much fun. And this meant that I would have a week home with just my daughter. My sweet soon to be 2 year old. I had so many plans for us, crafts, art, girl time, maybe even painting her nails for the first time, playdates, trips to the park, projects around the house I wanted to do and work stuff to do. It was truly amazing what I had planned. Instead it was all ruined.

Let me explain how, and for that we have to go back to the week before March Break. In order to completely ruin a March Break just insert germs. The week before March Break was filled with all 3 of my kids getting sick. Because you know it just isn’t fair if only one or two kids got sick, all 3 had to join in. Temperatures up around 103 and puking, every where, all the time. I had alarms set every night that got me up every 90 minutes to check on the kids.
Now onto actually March Break. Two boys that are feeling better, thank God, and a little girl who can’t decided if she is still sick or not, and just for fun they decided to take me out.

For my week alone with my daughter, for all the plans I had made, all the crafts I had bought, I got to spend my week laying on the sofa sick unable to move or even pick up my daughter! For the first time ever I have actually had to call in help of other family members to help watch my girl.

As for my boys, they didn’t get to do much. They were feeling better but still were not at full energy level, they would go do one thing, and have to sleep right after. Thankfully they were never actually sick on the their trip, just tired.

And that is how you ruin March Break.

Now it is Monday again, the kids are back to school, my daughter is at full toddler destructor  level, and I am left still feeling weak and sick. Usually on Monday I have a whole To Do List, I make some goals, so I feel like I have some control over the week. Today my only goal is get better and get my energy level back to normal! And maybe just maybe find the time this week to do some of the things I planned for last week. Maybe.

How was your March Break?

~ Michelle

March Workout Schedule

I can’t believe it is March already!

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram you should! I started on a Fitness/ Healthy Life Style Journey on January 1st! It has been such an adventure so far! Very excited to see where this leads!

Here is my March Workout Schedule!

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Do you have any fitness/ workout goals? I would love to hear about them!

Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post? Or a Not So Wordless Wednesday post? Link up below!

~ Michelle

An Extra Day. Extra Fun? Extra Work?

Hello New Day!
Hello New Week!
Hello New Adventure!

HelloMonday

Today is February 29. Something that only happens once every 4 years. So do you take it as an extra day to have fun? To get work done? To accomplish something important? Is it a special day? Or just another day?

Honestly, right now, to me, it is just another day. Another day to love my kids, be with my kids, and just enjoy life and do what I do. It doesn’t really feel like an “extra day”. Maybe because it is Monday?! Who knows.

So last week was great. I did so much. I cooked awesome meals. I even started a book! For like a whole 5 minutes! I’m so proud of myself. I totally rocked last week. I did learn an important lesson last week; do not leave your child unattended with glue at your work desk! Seriously. I’m still peeling glue off my desk days later! And it wasn’t even my toddler that did it, I will just leave it at that.

My goals for this week are:

Home

1. Clean and organize the front hall and the front hall closet. Wash all the winter coats. Get ready for spring! I may be getting ahead of the game here. But I want spring. I want to see flowers growing in my garden. I want to open my windows and not freeze.
2. Organize the toy room / my office. Again! I don’t mean just clean. I mean a huge overhaul of everything. This usually needs to get done every few months. Actually the last time it was done was in the summer. It needs to get done again. Badly.

Family

3. Spend more time together. Talking. Doing crafts. Just being together. My kids are getting older, more and more things happening in their life, and I feel like its all passing by too fast and I’m scared I might miss something.
4. Speaking of kids growing up too fast, I need to hurry up and decide what they want to do for their birthdays! They are coming up way too fast!
5. Cook together. My son and I cooked a meal together this weekend and it was so much fun. He was so proud of himself after it was done. I love seeing that look on my kids faces, feeling proud and accomplished.

Personal

6. Read! It took me all month but I finally started a book! Now to actually finish the book before I forget the start of the book!
7. Workout and eat healthy. I have been doing so well the last 8 weeks, and the odd thing is I can feel myself wanting to give up. Ok, not give up, but take a break. And I have to fight that urge, because I have come to far and worked to hard to throw it all away.
8. Embrace what is. Whatever it is. Embrace it. The short workout, the bad workout, the 2 minutes to read inside of 5 minutes, the messy house with happy children. Embrace it all. Life is too short to stress so much.

Work

9. Work! Create! Keep my passion alive!
10 Get out of my comfort zone! This is so SO SO hard to do! It is so scary. Just the thought of it scares me and makes me freeze up. I need to push beyond.

What do you hope to accomplish this week?

~ Michelle

Lets Do This

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.

HelloMonday

Monday, I am ready for you. I think. Even if I am not I am telling myself I am. Power in positive thinking, right?!

The last couple weeks have been a blur. I hurt my neck. Which at first I thought was not a big deal. But do you realize how much your next is affected when you move pretty much any other body part?! Then germs invaded the house again. I hate this time of year. No matter how much I clean my house, healthy food I feed my kids and all that, I still have to send them to a germ invested school. I am so ready to do more. Do more than sit still, taking it easy, or cleaning things with Lysol wipes.

This week I want to take back my house. I want to actually accomplish things, not just get by. I want to do things, great things, fun things, important things.

So my goals for this week;

House

1. Clean. Not clean in the sense that I have to get the germs and sickness out, but clean to clean and organize. If that makes sense.
2. Tackle the bookshelves. I love that my kids love to read. I just wish the also loved to put back books in the right spot. I’m not OCD by any means, but I like my bookshelf to look nice. Just one of those little things that no one seems to notice but me, and it makes me happy.

Family

3. Meal plan. When the kids are all sick and I’m not feeling good or out with a bad neck, it is so easy to just give up on cooking. I miss cooking. I miss home cooked meals. I miss cooking for my family.
4. Read together. Everyone has been going to bed early this week and at all different times. So no ready has been happening. I miss family reading. I miss the cuddles.
5. Start planning birthdays, and March Break. All 3 birthdays are coming up, not including my husbands, I guess I should plan for that one too!

Personal

6. Workout and eat healthy. I’m doing good on the eating healthy part. Working out has been hit and miss with my neck or totally modified. I want to workout and really give it my all again.
7. Find time for me. Such is life in motherhood land, when the kids need you, the chances of you getting a break are extremely low. I want to read, take a bubble bath, relax. I had a goal to read one real book in February, and I have yet to even start one! How sad is that?! Perhaps my goal should be at least to start one!
8. Stop biting my nails. Again. Seriously bad. I stop, they grow all nice, I use all the pretty nail polish in all the girly colours, and then I break a nail and its back to biting them all so that one broken nail won’t feel bad being all short and out of place. Its a bad cycle I go through.

Work

9. Work. Actually work. I’m a stay at home mom, that is my first priority, and so when my kids are sick or need me they come first. Its that simple. Everything else, work, house work, all of that goes on the back burner. This week though, I need it. My soul needs it. I love to work. I love to create. It makes me happy.
10. Take chances. Push past my comfort zone.

What do you hope to accomplish this week?
My biggest hope for the week? Everyone gets/stays healthy!

~Michelle