Trying to make the best of the 24 hours we got …

There are days when I need 36 rather than 24 hours per day. With work, house and kids, sometimes time just flies by.

I accept it… some times I procrastinate, but I am also a person that like to have a structure, that being said I was thinking I would share some ideas that work for me and help me save time, specially on my chaotic mornings.

1. Plan the kiddos wardrobe – At night before they go to sleep I make them think and pick the clothes they will wear the next day and put them on top of a dresser. As soon as they wake up in the morning they know where to go and they get ready (happy face)

2. Make a lunch ideas list – Breakfast burritos, Mac & Cheese, Ham or Egg and Cheese sandwiches, Pasta primavera are some of my “go-to” lunches. Along with fruit (usually bananas, apples, watermelon and blueberries) and oatmeal cookies. Chocolate pudding, cucumbers, cheese cubes, corn, and tortilla chips are some other snacks that my girls enjoy.

3. Stretches – REMIND yourself to stretch. Take some weight of your back, if possible lie down for 5 minutes and close your eyes.

4. Post its and reminders – Whatever works for you, make notes (I love post its!)

5. And overall remember: you are human, you can not do it all, if you need help, ask for it.

Take one day at the time… after all, we know some way or another we will make it work.

What are your ideas to make your day easier? Can you give some feedback? I would love to hear from you!

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GetInspired, Gentle Marketing and more!

Back in March, the Small Business Enterprise Centre of Brampton,  hosted “GetInspired” an event for female entrepreneurs, celebrating the International Women Day.

The keynote speaker was Chala Dincoy, from Coachtactics, who discussed personal branding and the importance of determining your niche market. At the end of the event it was my pleasure to have a brief chat with Chala and I got the opportunity to get a copy of her book, which I highly recommend for Small Business Owners, Solopreneurs and Start-ups. I found Chala’s approach to Marketing so simple. Yet, quite often we forget that we don’t have to spend a lot of money on Marketing campaigns, but get back to the simple approach, like target your best customers, clarify your niche and plan ongoing marketing activities (networking, attending seminars, etc.). But what I appreciated the most is the fact that Chala’s ideas don’t come across as “pushy” or annoying…great read, highly recommended.

Here are some interesting links:

http://www.brampton.ca/en/Business/sbec/whatsNew/Pages/Welcome.aspx
http://coachtactics.com/
GetInspired, SBEC Brampton

 

 

March!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like this year is just flying!
Last week was busy with lots of exciting events. International Women Day was the highlight of the week and then, follows March Break.

On March 8, 2014 we celebrated International Women’s Day, it has been observed since the early 1900s.
That was a time of great unrest and debate among women, as they struggled against inequality and oppression.

The first time the day was officially observed was in 1909, when it was celebrated on the last Sunday in February.

The United Nations launched a new campaign ahead of the 2014 International Women’s Day, called http://heforshe.org/

It calls for men to help bring about the reduction of discrimination against women. Prominent men such as actors Matt Damon and Antonio Banderas; and United Nations Chief Ban Ki-Moon recorded videos for the campaign.

“It’s an objective fact, that if you want to solve some of these huge, kind of bigger problems of extreme poverty, you have to include the women,” said Damon, who has also founded Water.org, a non-profit group that provides access to safe water and sanitation in Africa, south Asia, and Central America. “They’re the ones who will get it done.”

“This is a moment when we review past achievements and look ahead to the challenges that remain, as well as to untapped potential and opportunities. In moving forward, we must ensure that women’s empowerment and gender equality stand at the heart of all of our work to craft a better future.”

But aside of all, I personally would like to remind us that, every single woman, fighting their own battle, whether as a stay at home mom, work at home mom, professional, CEO, every woman, is at the end , the architect of the society. We have the power to create, nurture and transform and that, that is worth more than one day in the calendar. All my respect to the women in my life, those who inspire me, educated me, my friends and family….Love you all!

I will be talking a little bit about the events I attended on my next posts! Thank you for reading!

What are the plans for the weekend?

I have to admit: before moving to Canada, Winter Olympics for me, was just a second to non-important issue, only a filler on the news.

Fast-forward the years and now, married to a Canadian guy and raising 3 girls, I have been “forced” to learn (curling? is that a sport?) and I actually see myself enjoying winter Olympics. So, our plans for the weekend are to watch and cheer for the Canadian team. My girls get a kick of it. We turn on the TV, eat popcorn and chocolate, watch the sport and answer the million questions they have. The thing is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money, you don’t necessarily have to drive and go to a special place. Sometimes staying home, junk food and TV are the best way to enjoy your weekend. Enjoy your family and go from there.

I will leave you this link with tips on an effort to live frugally. I hope you find it helpful, as much as I did.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/100-things-to-do-during-a-money-free-weekend/

Consideration…

Earlier on the week I read somewhere that love, trust and consideration are the key to a happy marriage.

Guess what? I couldn’t agree more.

This past week was “one-of-those-weeks”, you know, one of those that we all have at one point.
Things go wrong at work, the kids go wild at home and your patience starts to wear off.

Saturday comes, which is the day I do laundry and house chores. And well, I have to say that I can not complain about my husband, he is so helpful and does a lot around the house and with the kids.

But today, today I just wanted a break, I wanted to be alone, but I didn’t say anything. However somehow, my husband just got the girls ready and took them to visit their Nonno and get some pizza for dinner. Guess what? I had 4 hours to myself. Got laundry done, got some work done, got the kitchen cleaned, took a nap, watched the winter Olympics and even had a chat with my Mom over the phone. I got rest, a moment of silent, yes, still some house work but, I got it done on my own, on my own time and pace.
That, my friends is consideration, I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful partner, a true team player. Someone who knows how I feel and knows what I need, even when I don’t say anything. And with next week being Valentine’s week this post never felt so right.
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Winter, winter

Almost in mid-February, with a forecast of 15 cms of snow expected to fall in the next few hours.

I got up and planned to stay in my pj’s …just to find out the schools are up and running.

As I got ready to tackle the day, my kids were getting their snow suits ready, laughing and anxiously waiting for breakfast. They were so thrilled to start their day. This got me thinking.

As adults, we kind of lose that spark, the way kids see life. They don’t see the hassle of driving on this conditions, the hassle of a snow fall. They just see the opportunity to have fun!
I was reminded then, that we must not loose that sparkle, we have to find the fun in every single thing, despite the situation, the weather, the time. Life is now…let’s be like kids again!

(I have a meeting at 10:00 AM and I go to get some make-up on! Happy snow day!)

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My first blog post of 2014…

This adventure, my Consulting business started in March 2013, since then I have been trying to find the “magic” balance between work and life…

No, I don’t want to start another article or debate about the whole work/life balance mess, I am actually fatigued by the whole issue. I don’t understand why or how women have set up unrealistic expectations about themselves: We have become a generation desperate to be perfect wives, mothers, and professionals—Tiger Moms who prepare organic quinoa each evening after waltzing home from the IPO in our Manolo Blahnik heels. A woman cannot work a 60-hour-per-week job and be the same kind of parent she would have been without the 60-hour-per-week job. No man can do this; no human can do this. Yet women are repeatedly berating themselves for failing at this kind of balancing act.
Let’s liberate ourselves, do what works for you, for your family and let’s give our selves a break and reminders, lots of reminders: we don’t have to do it all, and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Life is messy, embrace it. Do what you love as best as you can, surround yourself with good friends, ask for help when needed, be determined and always, always follow your passion! Cheers to a successful 2014!
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