Motivation, what gets you going?

I have always been the type of person that has been, “It will work itself out.”  We will figure it out.” “Everything happens for a reason.”  Okay I am kind of over it and clearly I have to steer this wagon myself because Karma, hope, and prayer isn’t working.

I have a lot weighing on me lately and I am trying to figure out what the best order of events is because it seems like everything needs to be done NOW and YESTERDAY.   I’m over it, but I don’t want to procrastinate any longer.

I have a full time job that takes up about 70 hours of my week which leaves 98 hours for family, sleeping and my second job.   I am trying to figure out a balance all while trying to manage my home, my job, and my sanity.   I have so many ideas of things that I want to do that I think will help make life easier but then a curve ball comes and I throw my arms up and say screw it.

My #1 problem is that I take on too much and I want to do it all and I want it now, but that has never worked in the history of anybody so I guess I need to get that out of my head right now.    Piece by Piece I will get there and life will be good.  I need to figure out how to cut corners for a while so that of course the #1 stresser in my life, money, is in a slight abundance in our house.

So I am coming up with a series of posts as I work through balancing my life and health along with some creativity and things that help me through my day.   Hope you will come a long.

Also, please share what motivates you on a day to day basis to help you get through.  There are people of all types out there that have different stresses in life and we are all here for each other!



Sunday – My Day to get organized for the week and reflect on the weekend

I always find that Sunday night, after the baby goes to bed, is when I have the most energy.   I reflect on the weekend,  I organize all of the pictures that are on the camera and get them ready to get onto pages.  I also get everything ready for the week and start thinking about what I want o accomplish during the week.  My biggest problem is that I am just thinking about these things and not writing them down.  So, with the help of my friends at and my trusty new planner type notebook, I feel that much more organized and can take on just a little bit more during the week.

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With all of that said, here are my goals for the week.  I will post next Sunday to let you know how I did.  And while you wait go check out the ladies at great inspiration every day!!!

Every Week Goals

Laundry put away
Plan weekly dinners
Make lunches
Kid routine

Special Projects for this week
Keep working on my 2012 Scrapbook
Pick up the pace on blogging so much to say in August
Hang Curtains
Organize new desk
Start taking the train to work 1 day a week to be able to get personal admin

It doesn’t seem like a very big list, but with a lot of time in the car where multi-tasking isn’t an option it makes for a very small window of time to get things done in the evening, but I am up for the challenge!!!!

Follow me while I am on a serious mission to be organized, healthy, and sharing my memories with the world!!!!

See you all later in the week!!!


Looking for a do-over – time for a body makeover

Hi everybody I thought I would change it up tonight other than the normal Creative Memories posts

One of my favorite shows is the Biggest Loser.   This season especially has really had an affect on me.  Why you ask?  Because I realized that I am officially big enough that I could be on the show.   It broke my heart and really made me feel like crap.  I mean I am a 8 time Triathlete have done a number of 5ks and had a personal trainer for 2 years and now look at me.  I can hardly look at myself in the mirror.   I have stopped wearing make-up because let’s face it I’m a busy mommy and wife and well the mirror time is just depressing.  I think it’s sad to me because I used to be 100lbs lighter.  Now granted I was really thin and it wasn’t the right size for me because I couldn’t maintain it.  I think the last 50 lbs are really to blame for me just being lazy and making poor choices.

After having my son, who is now almost 16 months old and weighs 25 lbs, I feel disgusting and it’s really time for a change.   I think also having had 2 surgeries one was him being born, not the way I wanted to go but that was what happened, and then 3 months later having to have my Gall Bladder out I feel like my body is breaking and it’s scary.  I also see what has happened to the bodies of the people on the Biggest Loser and I don’t want that for me or my family.

This is  going to be a process that’s for sure but with baby steps and consistency anything is possible.    I know I can be strong and I will always be a “sturdy” girl but in the end I just want to feel better and look good in my pictures again.  I have found that some of the hobbies I have loved including scrapbooking and other picture related things I am not doing as much because I don’t want to look at myself in the pictures.  It’s so sad and it’s who I am at the moment, but I can’t let that define me.

So here are my starting points:

First a pic, this was on New Years but other than my hair length this is pretty standard.  🙂


Height 5′ 5″

Weight 256

Size 22 or a 1xl in Tops.

Big Goal:  To not be plus sized anymore, I was there once, will get there again, overall weight lost around 75 lbs

Mini-Goal:  Be consistent for 1 week.  I will weight in each Monday and post my progress.

Main goal #1:  Lose 10% of my weight.

How am I going to do it – Week 1

Eat healthy meals, cut out the soda, drink more water, and move just a little bit more


If you are just visiting thank you for stopping, if you are going to follow me on my journey, welcome.   Encouragement or a buddy is always welcome  🙂

Thanks for stopping,

I’ll be back a week from Monday with an update