31 December 2012

30 Before 30

7:00 PM

I have been meaning to create a bucket list for life, or a 30 before 30 list, but I've just been pretty lazy about doing it.  Between going through a divorce, being a single mommy, running two businesses, and just busying myself for the sake of busying myself, I just never got it done.

I've been inspired over the past week or so catching up on some of my favorite blogger's 2012 Bucket Lists like Amy at Lavender Parking and Ellen at Rain and Bows 30 Before 30 List.  I have this really crazy feeling, belief really, deep down inside that 2013 is going to be an AMAZING year.  Like I am seriously giddy about it!  So I decided a 30 Under 30 list is best suited for me.  That gives me 18 months to really get to live, and dreaming a bit bigger.

So here we go:

Ok. So you may think I'm cheating, but honestly, this has been one of my dreams since before I graduated from college.  I actually applied to be the Executive Director of one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country before I even graduated from undergrad. The fact that in 2012 I became the Executive Director of a domestic violence program here in New Mexico makes my heart happy, and I feel I should remind myself that I have accomplished something I've always dreamed of.

2. Be awarded a 30 Under 30 Award from one of the local magazines/publications etc.
Please. If you love me and honestly feel I'm worth it, nominate me.  Thank you.

3. Become debt free.
I hate debt. I really do. I wish I could walk into a restaurant and leave the server a $500 tip when the spirit leads me to, to pay for someone's groceries in line that seems to be struggling, or to financially pour into organizations whose work I strongly believe in.  Because I've always worked for the non-profit sector with amazing organizations, I know the impact that committed, individual donors make.

4. Buy a house paying cash.
I know this seems looney, but in hating debt, I'm also afraid to have a mortgage.  I already have one for our home in Baltimore.  After moving back home with my parents and loving having their support and help in raising Munchkin, I think I'm actually afraid of living on my own again.  Perhaps this dream is my subconscious making sure I don't rush and move out again like I did last year, but I don't know.  I really don't want debt, so I'm shooting for the stars!

5. Run a half marathon.
I'm not ready to put full marathon on this list, but I do hope that in the next 18 months that I run more than one half marathon, and I hope one of them is the Disney Princess Half at Disney World.  

6. Become a true yogi, gain a peaceful state of mind, and master inversions.
Enough said.

7. Save more than I spend.
I'm a spender. I always have been. Which is why I have debt.  Over the next 18 months I owe it to myself to save more than I spend. I really have everything I need. So I am focusing on saving more, spending much less, in order to help me cross off #3 and #4.

8. Take my son to Disneyland.
I originally wanted to take him to D-land for his 5th birthday, but since that is only 6 months away and I haven't started saving for it, I think it is going to have to wait.  Perhaps his 6th birthday.

9. Take a girls trip.
While being home in New Mexico near my family is the best decision I ever made, I miss my girlfriends on the East Coast.  We all turn 30 in two years spanning from April - August.  I really want us to take an extravagant girls trip to celebrate! Anguilla anyone?

10. Fall madly in love
So I know I have absolutely no control over this, but I'm so ready. I want that love where you can't wait to hear their voice, your heart smiles when you see you have a message from them, your belly aches from laughing uncontrollably around them, and your spirits leap at the amazingness that is you.  A girl can dream big, right?

11. Send hand written birthday cards
I used to be so good at this, and then Facebook happened. Now I suck. There's nothing like receiving a card in the mail showing that you took the extra moment to think of them.



These are the first 12 of my 30 before 30.  I need to work on the other 18, but these were the most pressing on my heart.  I'll add to it as the ideas flow to me.

Happy New Year! Make it amazing dawling!

28 December 2012

January Scentsy Warmer and Scent of the Month Unboxing

6:24 PM
Here it is! The beautiful January Scentsy Warmer and Scent of the Month.  Every month Scentsy introduces a new warmer and scent that will be 10% during the month.  I also offer a VIP Scent of the Month Club where I automatically ship you are bar of the new Scent of the Month on the first of every month.  To subscribe, email me a niecy{at}niecytaylor.com!


27 December 2012

Feliz Navidad

4:21 PM
I'm back at the office after five days away at my Granny's house. I'm blogging from my phone because the cord to my MacBook overheated on Friday, and I need to set up an appointment at the Genius Bar.

How was your Christmas? If you connect with me on insta (niecytaylor) you know I had a falla lala time. Here's a recap:

We headed out on Saturday afternoon after I delivered all my Scentsy orders. I decided the 3 hour drive would make a great time to deep condition my hair!


Not long after making it out of the City limits, this was my traveling buddy:


What's a road trip without these?




We arrived to this:


The next morning my son and I went to church with my Granny. I am grateful for being raised in a small, Southern Baptist church.  E. Taylor on the engraving is my great-grandfather.



My parents arrived on Sunday after church.  The next morning, me and my dad were up and ready to go exercise. First - we needed our green smoothies:


This may not be a big deal in your family, but trust, in my family, it is a BIG deal that anyone tried this after I made it. Picture this scene: me and my Granny sharing her small-ish kitchen.  She frying up a pound of bacon with grease popping and me chopping apples, pears, bananas, and anything else I could my hands on and mixing it with fresh spinach in the blender.  Quite the duo!

This is what I got to run in to:


 The view was breathtaking.  If you look really closely, you can see the Space Museum up on the hill in the far right by the mountain.\

This particular mountain is called sleeping beauty by locals. Can you see her?  It took me forever as a child to finally be able to make out the silhouette. Probably because I didn't know what breasts really were like until high school!

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring....yeah right. Obviously you've never met our kids!

I found these cool wine glasses at Target - Winesteens.  I'm lethal with a wine glass, so I was super excited!

We do Christmas pretty early in our house. Growing up, we used to wake-up around 4 am, load ALL our gifts in my parent's cars, go to Granny's, open all our gifts, eat breakfast, then load it all back up and go home and get ready for Christmas lunch.  We all got up this year pretty early, I think it was like 4:30. My son is so thrilled that his Baltimore g-parents got him his own ipod touch. I am thrilled because now I can have the storage on my iphone 16gb back. (which isn't much).
I bought me and Munchkin some new kicks for Christmas.



My parents got him his very first pair of cowboy boots. Isn't he adorbs?


So let me start with the story behind this.  My Granny and I have been talking about her mama for months.  My Granny has always told me how classy her mom was, how she never went to church without a hat, and always wore stoles.  She told me she had a fox stole, and in my mind I interpreted that as a SMALL, STUFFED FOX HEAD, with the fur.  

On Christmas day, she went in her room and pulled out this:


It was like a full body fox!  Oh my goodness. I screamed and ran! I couldn't believe it still had its legs, feet. EVERYTHING!

Here's my mom wearing it on Christmas and my great grandmother wearing it.  Isn't she lovely? The fox stole....I just can't think about it!

 Now this one I could do.


At Christmas and Thanksgiving, we always play Bingo.  This is what happens when your sister who is addicted to monthly subscriptions like CurlKit and CurlBox runs the Bingo.  You get tons of pillow packs of natural girl hair products! Whoo hoo! I was the only natural playing so I got them ALL!


Feliz Navidad from Munchkin and me!




19 December 2012

I'm sweaty

7:35 PM
So I'm writing you while my heart is racing & sweat is dripping from my head.

It's all because of this.....

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/shaun-ts-miracle-15-minute-workout

Looking for a quick workout to get your heart pumping...this is it!

I'll be adding this to my evening workout routine regularly.

18 December 2012

Champions

5:12 AM
Did I forget to tell you we won Lobo League?! How could I forget? My dear friends Cat and Maria convinced me to play on a Lobo League team. What fun we had!

I certainly didn't know it until the last game, but we were season champions in the elite division. Hey - sometimes you just have what it takes: if not physically, we are 10 years wiser now!

Singing - "we are the champions. We are the champions. No time for...."

17 December 2012

The Farolitos of Christmas

5:21 AM


Amazing stage play. Great story line. Emotional. Beautiful. Great actors.

These are my reflections on the works of legendary New Mexico author Rudolpho Anaya's book, The Farolitos of Christmas, being brought to life on the stage at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. From the front row I watched as a family, and a village, fought to save their Christmas traditions in the midst of the war.

The day was even more special because Mr. Anaya was there himself to see it. I am honored that my firm, The CommunityChange Group, played a part in this production by raising the funds necessary to produce the play, which hasn't been on stage in 20 years.

The actors, from the youngest to the oldest, were phenomenal. I laughed and even cried a bit.

Feliz Navidad!



15 December 2012

Busy....so what?

11:47 AM
I am busy. Like way too busy.  Ever since I started my new job, I've been way to busy to work-out.  So I had convinced myself.  My day starts around 5:30 getting ready for the day, Munchkin up by 6:30, dressed, and out the door by 7:15.  I generally don't walk back in the door at home until 7 - 7:30ish every day.  By the time I do get home, I just want to hang with Munchkin for an hour or so before his bedtime.  Who has time to work out then?

I have never been one to worry about my weight.  Being 6'0 tall, athletic, and naturally slim I've never had to.  I'm still not worried about my weight, but I don't like not being active.  I was on such a runners high this summer.  I like seeing what my body can do.  I like pushing my mind to go just a little further than my body wants to.  So this slump I've been in has had me down a bit.  I just want to be the best I can be all around.

So this week I consistently woke up at 4:45 am to do yoga.    Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown to be exact.  Can I just say - this girl is crazy - but I love it! There is nothing "zen" about this yoga.  J.M. gives me work.


My body has been so happy and responding so well.  Then today, I woke up and the first thing on my mind was go run.  So I headed out to one of my favorite trails and did a quick 3 mile run.  I feel so good.

So do you feel too busy to work out?  What are your challenges?  Are you like me where some mornings that down comforter is just too cozy to budge?  

I'm actually thinking of joining a gym...gasp...for the first time in like 5 years.  I actually hate gyms. They feel so gymy but running outside at 4:45 am in December is for the birds.  My run this morning let me know I definitely need to get some more cardio in...so I think it's my only option right now.

I'll keep you posted.

My friend Sharonda and I are doing a weekly check-in on Facebook to hold each other accountable.  Do you need an accountability partner?  I need about 5 or 6 so let me know and I'll check in with you too!

05 December 2012

Slight Change In Plans

5:32 PM
I'm not happy about this.  My dear friend that was going to fly from Chicago to DC in April to run the inaugural Nike Half Marathon to benefit LLS pointed out to me that they had a random drawing registration going on. So I contacted my rep at Team in Training only to learn that my registration and fundraising package didn't come with a race registration! What the heck?!!! So I asked them to refund me my $100 and her and I are now looking for other races.

Any ideas?

03 December 2012

Inspired to Run Again

9:08 PM
I have been struggling to find my running bliss again. I mean like STRUGGLING!!! My alarm would go off every morning at 5am, and I would create every single excuse for why I couldn't, why I shouldn't, get out of bed and go run.  It's dark. It's cold. I work hard. I need rest. My bed feels so good. On and on and on.

I even basically tried to bully myself by setting my home screen with this "Accept No Excuses...Expect Results" photo with an alarm that said "Get Your Butt Up & Run".  It didn't work.


Then today, I ran. I ran at 5 in the morning, with the cold against my face, in the pitch black and I loved it.  It made me wonder what I've been doing the past 5 months not keeping up with one thing that allows me to feel free.


Fast forward 8 hours and I get a text from my sister saying one of our dearest family friends went Home to God today after her battle against leukemia.  I sat in my office and cried.  Then I got really pissed off that cancer affected someone I viewed as a second mother growing up.  Sometimes, life goes by so fast that you forget to stop and reflect on those who have truly touched your lives.  We spent so many days at her house, on her big porch, having fun.  Her sons were like my older brothers.  I remember riding in her red Thunderbird and her love of Betty Boob.  So sassy.

So I decided to do it. In the midst of my tears and smile about what a beautiful spirit she is, I decided to do something to raise awareness in her honor.  I signed up from Team in Training and registered for the inaugural Nike Women's Half Marathon on April 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.  I will wake every morning to train even on those days when I don't feel like it, because if Ms. Joan could fight for her life and battle leukemia for a year, I can fight and battle to push my body to run 13.1 miles. Period.

Today, God called His daughter Home forever. He used her to inspire me to be better and to enjoy THIS day.

I am striving to raise awareness of leukemia in her honor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - please visit my page. Your donation of even $5 will help me reach my goal!

Thank you.


25 November 2012

Blocked

11:09 AM
October was a great month for my life...which means it was a great month for ministry, since I pray that my life is my ministry.  The Lord blessed me to speak on several occasions, and I was truly humbled for the opportunity to share.

Then something happened.  I got tired. I got busy. My coffee with Christ time at 5:30 am ceased to exist.  I felt, and have been feeling, distanced from God. Every morning for the past 2 weeks, I've been waking up at 4am, a full hour before my alarm goes off. I know this is God prompting me to spend time with Him, but I feel blocked. I lay there and waste away the hours. 6am - time for the hustle and bustle of getting out the house to begin. Another opportunity to spend intimate time with my Lord passed.

So I'm sitting here today because obviously I know better. The more days that go by, the more distant I feel. The more difficult it is for me to pick up my prayer journal and pour my heart out to the One who has always remained the same. Waiting there for me.

I feel blocked and I need it to break. I realize all that is needed for it to break is for me to say "Lord I come".

God has patiently sat there and deposited in my spirit that building a relationship with Him takes work just like building a relationship with anyone else. It requires my commitment, my time, my devotion. It requires communication. It requires sacrifice. The reason I am feeling so blocked is because the longer I wait to break the void, the more distance grows between us. (sounds eerily familiar to my marriage).  A relationship requires two people showing up, and I haven't been showing up.

Ok I'm ready to do the work. Lord, I come.



24 November 2012

A Fall Entry Table

8:20 AM
I get excited about everything in life. Like a friend sending me a random text saying "you're awesome", my son telling me he loves me bigger than the sky. I love the little moments in life. Last week I was dropping off a Scentsy order to a dear friend, and I spotted her awesome entry table, complete with the Scentsy Pumpkin warmer and I had to share!

Isn't it adorbs?

19 November 2012

Manicuring Monday - or Sunday

4:00 AM
I posted my ManiCure Monday a day early because I had a big event today - and I wanted a fresh nail job before all the hustle and bustle of the week began.

Here is a peek at what I wore:



Leopard Clutch: Rae by Grace Adele, Ring: Amulet by Grace Adele, Charm Bracelet: Juicy Couture, Belt: From College


  


I worked the Junior League of Albuquerque's Holiday Ole with my awesome team member Kathryn.  We had a total blast.  I just know you'll love some of the awesome items from our Grace Adele line - so visit my site and check out all of our wonderful handbags and accessories.


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