A break is such an easy thing to say you're going to do when you're overwhelmed but most of the time we do not actually take one.
As women, it seems we always have 328-thousand things on our plates. I cannot stop being a mom. I cannot stop working my job. I cannot neglect the cat or dog. I cannot stop being a girlfriend - well, guess I can but I don't want to!
So when I decided 3-4 weeks ago that I needed a break, I meant it. I was overwhelmed with everything going on in my life and all the upcoming changes.
In January, we were with family when they were chatting about moving. I jokingly said "Let's look for a home!" and during that hunt I really started to think.
"Our home value is really up right now since I bought this house."
"When construction starts next year, our home value will probably decrease for a while."
"We cannot live in this house for more than 2 more years."
"HOLY CRAP WE HAVE GOT TO MOVE SOON."
Once I laid down all the same details with my boyfriend, he felt the same, so then we started hunting for a new home. We live in Mooresville and love the MGSD so finding a home can be hard. We honestly did not want an HOA but see benefits from the neighborhoods so our son can find other kids to play with. We want a certain number of rooms and in a certain price point that has made it so hard. If we would raise our price point by 20-30k, then we would have 30 more homes to choose from, but we're trying to stick to the budget we want and not the budget the bank has allowed.
During this time I also started a new job. I've debated getting back into the corporate world for a while and finally a position landed in my lap. I've been wanted to get my foot in the door at Lowe's corporate office for years but it is pretty hard. You have to know someone - and even though I know plenty, it's still hard. So our family has been transitioning to me working full time and not always being in the mood to cook a meal or stay up late to watch a movie.
So I allowed myself to take a break. Every day I felt a tinge of guilt that I basically checked out but it was so refreshing. It was what I needed. I think everyone should take a break from things when life gets overwhelming.
Taking a break from friends -OR- finding a reason to see them when times are hard.
Taking a break from the gym -OR- going back to let the stress sweat away.
Taking a break from the PTO -OR- joining because you need "mommy" socializing.
Taking a break from going out -OR- making a point to try new places in CLT.
Whatever it is and however you choose to take a break, know it's okay. Find time for yourself whether that means staying in or forcing yourself to try new things. We all deserve a little grace when we need a little self love and TLC.
Does your significant other have a job that requires a suit and tie? Do you always see the need to have those items altered because they aren't one size fits all? Is there a constant struggle when trying on different sizes for different brand slacks?
Well, Michele Melville from J.Hilburn wants to make the shopping easier for you. She is a personal stylist with J.Hilburn and can help ensure that special man in your life has the perfect dress shirt, slacks, suits and even sports wear made just for the man in your life!
J.Hilburn started when two men got tired of wearing ill-fitting clothes and paying luxury prices for luxury quality. They decided to start a new way to purchase menswear and to make each garment one at a time, guaranteeing fit and eliminating unnecessary markups.
J.Hilburn states that by engaging directly with their clients to make clothes that fit them, they cut out inventory, returns, and brick-and-mortar overhead. This is how they are able to provide the things that matter–custom fit, the best fabrics and factories in the world, and Personal Stylists who build a wardrobe that Clients love at best-in-class prices.
So connect with Michelle today! She is waiting to help YOU style the men in your life this holiday season with luxury clothing that fit perfectly the first time they put it on.
Direct Sales and Home Based Businesses are becoming the Norm. It allows women to stay at home or make some extra cash for their families. These businesses are providing women a way to put their children in sports or after school activities, plan family vacations or throw a birthday party.
So we're here to celebrate those #bossbabes who work from their phone and by going to your home to share these products with you.
Mary Ann is a #BossBabe with Avon. Avon has been around since 1886 and there is a reason it has over a century of helping women make an income from home. The Avon Foundation for Women also is tied within the company to share its efforts to end breast cancer and domestic violence.
Avon is the leading social selling beauty company in North America. With Avon’s product line including skincare, fragrance, color cosmetics, and personal care products.
Krista is an amazing #BossBabe who loves her business with It Works! She is also a body builder and really cares about the products she puts on or in her body.
It Works! was a perfect fit for her with their line of skin care, shakes, cleanse, wraps and their brand new Keto Coffee! These products are developed with the top technology and
Samantha is a #MomBoss of three littles. She's an ambassador for the skincare line Nerium and rocks it daily as she tends to her littles.
Nerium has transformed the anti-aging industry with their streamlined product offering, clinically tested to deliver proven results. Nerium focuses on cutting through the clutter of age-fighting options to bring you multifunctional skincare products and novel nutritionals that address all your age-fighting needs and fit easily into every lifestyle, so you can look better, feel better and live better.
Amy is a #BossBabe as she's rocking her Rodan + Fields business from home. She wants to help other women feel beautiful in their own skin with R+F's products.
Rodan + Fields was founded in 2002 by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the makers of ProActive, as a department store brand. Rodan + Fields® is redefining the future of anti-aging skincare. Rodan + Fields is a premium skincare brand built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-inspired skincare products backed by clinical results.
Kayleigh is another #momboss with three littles at home. She started selling LuLaRoe in 2016 and has helped thousands of ladies find their perfect LuLa piece!
LuLaRoe is one of the fastest growing apparel brands in the U.S: founded in Corona, California in 2013. LuLaRoe’s comfortable, affordable and stylish clothing is sold by more than 80,000 Independent Fashion Retailers in unique, exciting in-person and online pop-up boutiques. LuLaRoe’s varied styles and patterns make the brand attractive to all types of consumers, whether they’re looking for the perfect style to transition from work to a night out, a way to dress up their every-day leisure look, or are on the hunt for their unicorn leggings. Pieces are designed to mix, match and layer.
Heather is a #BossBabe with a little girl and another little on the way. She loves her flexibility of working for Mary Kay and sharing to everyone why she loves this company that's been around for 5+ decades!
Mary Kay started in 1963 and has become one of the most well known beauty brands in the United States. Today, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in nearly 40 countries around the world. Mary Kay is well known for their make up and skin care that has transformed throughout the decades along with their Pink Cadillac drivers for their top sales directors in the company.
If you’ve been in an abusive relationship.
If you’ve dated or married to a narcissist.
If you’ve had horrible parents who told you that you wouldn’t become of anything.
If you had a boss that degraded you.
If you’ve been told you were not wanted.
If you’ve been raped or molested.
This song can speak to your soul if you let it.
I’ve been dreading this week. I knew it was coming. I wasn’t ready to be angry at the hateful and rude comments that were going to start coming out.
This week Kim Kardashian West announced she will be pursuing gestational surrogacy for her third child.
As a former surrogate, my blood boiled. Not because she is using a surrogate but because of the exact opposite. I was already angry at the commenters who had no idea what surrogacy is about.
There is a stigma for heterosexual couples or single women in Hollywood who use surrogacy. Two gay men? Single Father? No big deal. But celebrity women involved in surrogacy almost always receive a stigma that they just did not want to ruin their body.
I shared this post last Father’s Day on my personal Instagram. I didn’t share it on the blog at the time because I not only did not have answers to questions but I didn’t know truly what path we were on. I did not want to open a can of worms on the blog or Charlotte Housewives social pages but I had to share my feelings, so I shared it with friends.
This year is a 360. A few months into my boyfriend living here, my niece gave him the nickname
“Papa AJ” and soon after, it was just shortened to Papa. Although he called him Papa and he said he was “like a step dad” I wasn’t sure how Father’s Day would work this year. I figured I Would just ask him at some point if he wanted to give a card.
Last Thursday I was taking Hayden to his last day of school. He was so excited for the day to be over so he was talking my ear off. He instantly changed the subject to Father’s Day. He informed me what the card said which was “I love my daddy because my daddy loves me.” He called his biological father that so I’m trying to change the subject. I start talking about how we’ll be headed to the beach on Father’s Day and maybe we could make a card for Papa. He informed me the card was for Papa and my heart just sank as I wiped tears from my face.
We spend every day at camp creating three outcomes for each camper: Growth, Learning, and Fun. Each week offers multiple weekly themes for campers to choose from. All activities are designed not only to be fun, but also for campers to practice skills that predict for success in school and life.