Completing the Challenge – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 100

Stay the Course

This is it…my 100th blog post of my 100 Day Blog Challenge.  This has been an amazing journey.  I’ve been thinking about this blog challenge this past week and revisiting my blog posts.  It’s amazing how much has changed from day 1 until now.  

As with my other 100 Day Challenge, when I first started,  I was quite raw and a little all over the place.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do and what I would like to share.  It was just a matter of executing it and making sure my messages got across.

This blog challenge was a personal one.  There was no monetary value attached or some prize at the end.  This was a test of my writing ability and to be consistent with blogging.  What have I learned?  I’ve learned that the written word holds a lot of power.  I’ve learned that you don’t need to do anything fancy, just get started.  I’ve learned that once you make a decision on something, keep going and don’t stop until you’ve reached your destination.

I’ve learned a lot about goals.  I recognize and understand that goals are achievable, and you can also miss the mark.  I’ve missed the mark in some of my goals, even here with this blog challenge.  I didn’t blog for 100 consecutive days, and that’s okay.  When I first realized that I missed a day (Mother’s Day) I was devastated.  I put so much pressure on myself and I thought I was ruined.  Crazy, huh?  What I realized is that it’s okay to fall short.  It’s okay to miss a day.  I continued with the challenge and didn’t falter.  I missed a couple days; I continued with the challenge.  Some days, I had nothing to share; I continued with the challenge.

I’ve learned that I can do anything when I am determined.  I realize that no matter what others do around me, my success is up to me and me alone.  I realize that I am capable of

anything and I am a force to be reckoned with.

This was a great challenge.  It was a growth exercise for me.  Will I blog every day?  I’m not sure.  I will incorporate blogging into my routine because this has been such a fun experience.  I love to write; express my thoughts through words.

I have written 100 blogs.  What an accomplishment.  I can’t wait to see what I conquer next.

Thanks so much to all who have read my blog posts during this challenge.  I value your input and those who were just as dedicated to reading my blog posts as I was writing them.  I hope you continue to read my work and as always, welcome feedback and comments.

Take care, and be well.

More Reflection and Appreciation – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 85

Justus’s First Year of School


I am a proud Mom this week.  Today, Justus brought home his items from school  and his teacher also included a video diary of the year.  Teary-eyed doesn’t even begin to cover it.  Justus has always been the one I was concerned about when he started school because he’s very quiet and I was afraid others would mistake his quietness for weakness.  I didn’t want anyone to pick on him or make him feel uncomfortable.

I was so wrong in many ways.

He has grown and thrived in such a short period of time.  From his writing, which in the beginning was literally chicken scratch, to now almost at the same level as his older brother is mind-blowing.  He’s reading, he’s drawing, he made friends, he LOVES school.  He comes home and shares his day and is excited about something new each day.

After speaking with my hubby last night about Elijah’s progress, he told me to take my hand and pat myself on the back for a job well done.  It’s very humbling, for me, at least, to realize how much of an impact I have on my kids.  I am tough on them and I won’t apologize for it because even though they don’t like it at the time, in the long run, it’s worth it.  

I’m sure I shared most of these words yesterday, and that’s fine.  My kids are amazing and I’m touting their horn.  Justus has come into his own, no, he has grown and improved his skills by connecting with other kids his age and has fostered some great relationships.

Yes, another proud Mom moment, indeed.

Nothing to Share – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 58

Nothing to Share?

Well, I wouldn’t say that’s entirely true, but what I want to share is not complete and I refuse to put something out that isn’t ready, even if it’s my thoughts.  Call me crazy, that’s how I roll.  It was a very productive day and I’m real excited about the coming weeks ahead.  Moving forward, making changes, helping others along the way and staying the course.

And now, I must get some sleep.  

What’s At the Top of Your Bucket List? – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 52

Top of My Bucket List

At first, I thought this was going to be easy.  It’s my bucket list – the things I’d like to do before I die.  But in reality, this was a tough one for me to come up with an answer.  I actually discussed this with my hubby to find out what is on the top of HIS bucket list.  What he said really got me thinking, because what he desires is not anything fancy, over the top, travel the world type of thing.  That really got me to think about what do I find very important and value the most that I would like to do before I die.

I’m still not sure what is at the top of my list, I’ll be honest with you.  I figured as I was typing, it would come to me.  There are lots of places I want to see and do (kind of coincides with my lottery post,) but to be at the top of my list, this thing has to be special.  Something that snowballs into the other to create that awesome list that I can look back on and say, “Yep, I did it all, and I’m happy.”

Disney World

The more I think about it, in order for me to really do the things that I want to do on my own time requires time and money.  So, in order for anything that I want to do to happen requires taking care of our finances.  Let’s be honest, what I want to do requires money, enough money that will keep us secure and without any worry.  Once we’ve taken care of our finances and are stable, I can focus on doing some traveling and photography.

I know this will happen, but what I want to really do is take my boys on a plane to Disney. It could be either Disneyland or Disney World; heck, it could be both, but my boys deserve this trip.  With the exception of my oldest (and he was 5-6 months at the time), my kids haven’t been on an airplane.  When I got back from my trip, the first thing they kept saying was how much they want to go on a plane.  For me, that would be a great thing to happen for them because I know how happy they would be.  In turn, that makes me happy.

But, this would be a different type of trip to Disney.  A few months ago, I heard how a section of Disney was blocked off exclusively for some of our business partners during their trip.  They received the red carpet treatment, no lines, no waiting, it was all fun.  That’s the type of experience I want for my family, a few close friends and their families.  There’s no way I’d do this all alone.  There’s got to be about 3-4 other families to take part in this as well. And one day, they will get it.


It WILL happen in the very near future!!!

Feeling Whole Again – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 25

A Sigh of Relief

I’ve got my laptop back again!!!  I actually got it back yesterday, but since it was my little man’s day, I kept quiet about it.  Oh man, when you don’t have something for a while, you really come to appreciate it.  This is my other baby, and I almost cried when I got her back.  

Oh, happy day!!!

I wouldn’t say I’m “addicted,” but I have certainly realized how important my laptop really is.  This is used for business, personal and everything in between.  Communicating, getting certain tasks done were very limited and a bit of a challenge, but, thankfully, I was able to survive.  The song, ‘Reunited” by Peaches and Herb, kept running through my head yesterday…it feels so good to have my laptop back, you have no idea.

This is another short blog post, but, things are moving in the right direction, and I’m so excited for what the future holds.  Now, to make sure I keep my laptop on the up and up, because I don’t think I want to be apart from it for so long again.