Cheers to 2017

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I posted here. I feel like life has quite literally flown by this year.

So many people are saying that 2016 was horrible. I will admit – it wasn’t great for me either. However, to lump everything into a ‘bad year’ doesn’t work for me, I’d like to think every day can be awesome, regardless of the date or year.

That being said, I’m ready for 2016 to be over!

Cheers to 2017

I’m ready for 2017, so ready.

My words and focus for the year ahead

Abundance. Creativity. Give generously. Be Grateful.

my goals and resolutions for 2017

I did a combination of resolutions and annual planning for 2017. I loved Lara Casey’s series on goal-setting for the new year and also this post by a former Google career coach to create a mind-map to come up with my final list below.

My business goals are broken out by task and action steps separately from this post, but here’s the master list of things I’m focusing on this coming New Year.

HEALTH

I want to get back to the gym daily for 2-3km of cardio, increase my strength (I hate weights) and get back down to my ideal weight and then maintain that. Sounds so simple when I put it into one sentance but I know that it’s not, especailly for someone like me who adores cheeseburgers and hates the gym.

FRIENDS

I want to make more of an effort with the girlfriends I do have and foster new relationships in 2017.

FAMILY

Continue to be patient and loving with my girls and grow respect, love and affection within my marriage.

PERSONAL ORGANIZATION

I want to spend time every day doing something around the house including being more organized with our finances, personal possessions and keeping a better, more organized, house.

SPIRITUAL

Meditate, manifest and pray. I grew up very religious but don’t currently attend church or believe in any specific

I grew up in a very religious environment, but I don’t currently attend church or believe in any specific religion.

My goal for 2017 is to find my own spirituality. I’m starting the year off by reading May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein.

RECREATION

MORE travel in 2017. We did less travel in 2016 and I want to get back to where we used to be.

WORK

Modern Mama has some goals for new growth in 2017 including online parenting programs and outsourcing and hiring a few people.

With StartupMoms, I have big goals to give generously to moms looking to start a business, support mom entrepreneurs and launch several programs in 2017.

CREATIVITY

Potentially launch one more business idea I have had brewing for some time. I also love to colour, write, draw, read and doodle in my down time. I want more of this in 2017.

CHEERS to you, happy planning!

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New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Inhale

As I look back over 2015, I am pretty happy with the year. My business did better then it ever has and I have more focus for 2016 in regards to that.

I travelled a lot, both with my family and without. Mike and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in Kona, Hawaii which was a dream destination for me. I visited Cancun with my entire family thanks to my Dad; we went to Whistler a few times, Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Osoyoos, BC in the Okanagan, Harrison Hot Springs, Las Vegas with just Mike and then Turks & Caicos with my sister, Klaudia. Travel solely for work included Toronto, Sturgeon Fishing in the Fraser Valley and Montreal which were all fun and interesting experiences.

But there is always room to improve, so I am documenting my New Year’s Resolutions here.

Make Being Active a Habit.

I’m not a fan of exercise. I have never been. But this past Fall I got my sh*t together and did the elliptical for 2km everyday (or nearly) for six weeks straight. It didn’t change the number on the scale but it made me feel good, like an outlet for stress, like I keep hearing it’s supposed to do. I want to get back on this bandwagon for my health. (And let’s face it, I’d love to lose these holiday pounds in the process!)

Eat Healthy.

I always go through periods of eating well and then eating whatever I want (read: fast food burgers, ice cream etc) for a while. In the New Year, I’d like to make it more healthy, less junky for the majority of the day. I’m a lover of “everything in moderation”, I just need to get back to that again – more moderation.

Work 8 hour Days.

With the girls all in school full-time I can work about five-ish hours per day, but I need to get back to working after they go to sleep at night or fitting in some focus time somewhere else. Some days it’ll be at 6am and some days at 8pm.

Read. Every day.

I used to love to read. Somewhere over the past few years I gave it up for TV or work and I want it back. Reading fiction for relaxation and non-fiction for growth is a priority for me this year.

Create.

I plan to make time to colour, make something or meditate every day.

Happy New Year and CHEERS to 2016!

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It’s EB Awareness Week, and My Feet

This is most definitely not a Pinterest-worthy post, nor will it be featured on my Instagram feed or promoted visually. I struggled with adding the photo below all week. I love pretending I’m totally normal. I wear heals when I can, I love fashionable shoes and boots. Generally I can hide my condition pretty well.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare genetic skin disorder that causes blisters from friction. We develop painful blisters from shoes, walking, clothing, driving, cleaning, standing around, sitting around, pretty much anything that can rub the skin.

I grew up being defined by this. Everyone at school, my church, and extended family knew me as the little girl with blisters.

As an adult I refuse to be labeled by it and try NOT to be different in any way. I don’t want my daughter to be either. (One of my three daughters has it, I had a 50% chance of passing it on with each child)

Which is why I don’t often talk about it publically.

  • It is a genetic disease
  • We have the Simplex form of it
  • Simplex improves with age, which is why I look a lot less affected than Nya
  • It is not contagious
  • Yes, it can be very painful
  • Heat makes it worse, it’s generally a lot better in the colder months
  • There is no cure
  • It is very rare
  • There are currently charitable organizations in many countries around the world called DEBRA.
  • The organization dEBra Canada provides resources and assistance to Canadian families with the disease.
  • In Canada we currently have no research projects for EB underway
  • There are research projects currently happening in the US and Europe

Nya is almost 12. She’s a total trooper, she deals with pain every single day. This is the first school year she’s been able to wear something other than slippers every day at school. She has a custom wheelchair coming soon for those times we want to walk through the mall, go to a Fair or other heavy walking activities. In fact she’ll probably use it (we have a loaner right now) tomorrow for Trick’or’Treating. But on the upside, she refuses to be defined by it – as she plays on the volleyball team for the second year in a row. She blows me away!

This is what my feet look like right now under my boots and socks. This is pretty sore for me (due to a trip I just took), but they will heal and should stay fairly clear for the winter.

my feet

A wise woman (whom I don’t know personally), Cameron Reeves Poynter posted this on Facebook today and it resonated with me for the most part. Although I have to say I have never thought of it in the way she says “But it’s also beautiful”.:

Someone told me it’s National Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week this week and encouraged me to post something about it. I didn’t know what to share. I don’t have pictures of our blisters (you’re welcome). I don’t have pictures of the guttural sobs that come from my boys. I don’t have a picture of my husband carrying an 8 year old to the bathroom because he can’t walk. I don’t have a picture of loneliness from things we miss out on because of a genetic disease that no one has ever heard of.

I don’t have a picture of what pain feels like.

Even if I did have those pictures, I wouldn’t share them. Not because they’re ugly or agonizing. But because they wouldn’t be the whole picture.

Yes this is a terrible disease. And yes it’s hard. But it’s also beautiful.

Because of it, I had to learn how to be independent at a very early age. I had to learn to be comfortable with being different, with being myself. And although it was painful, it made me stronger. It made me confident. It made me empathetic. It made me appreciate the friends who would hang back and sit on the sidelines with me. It made me understand that what a person looks like from the outside is only a fraction of their story. It made me who I am. And I hope it will do the same for my boys.

And that’s not such a bad deal after all.

For more information and to donate go to www.debracanada.org

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Blush Fun

I was inspired by this very pretty Dior polish that my sister-in-law Shari recently recommended. It made me want to find more pretty blush.

This colour is perfect for September’s pre-Fall weather.

blush for cp.com

 

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