Is it 2014, yet?

Hello,

         It’s been awhile and now it’s the time that I feel it’s the right time to write. Yes, it cliche, new the year is finally here and I’m starting my blog once again.  As we say farewell to 2013, the year I was desperate to finish since the beginning of 2013. My family and I has been hit with a slump that seem to never end. I’m  hoping  confident that 2014 will be there year, not only for myself but  my family as well. As for my goals of 2013, my ideas and plan that I started will be reintroduce but there will be a few changes to them. Well with that said I would like to give a few my experiences, that will help make 2014 one of the best and productive year.

To start off,  I never like to begin my new year by saying my resolution, I prefer the term goals. Reason being if you happen to lose focus on your goals it easier to get back to it. Then stating you failed your resolution and now “I have to wait for 2015”. NO! you’re human you’re entitled to mess up or lose focus. What important it’s to get back to your goals. Keep in mind, things won’t go as you plan, situation will occur that will shake you to your core. That’s okay, and it’s okay if you need to change or alter goals. We grow daily by the influences and experience that we go through. By this your goals will change and that fine, it is healthy. Why keep a goal that will not benefit you needs?

** If you  are interested to read more on how I set my goals, click here. This will take you to an older post, my goals may have change but the way I set it up it’s still the same system.

Look back through the year of 2013, this will you setup your goals. Think what will you like to do, it can be to travel, get better grades, get a promotion and the list goes on.

All it take, is a paper and a pen to start.

All it take, is a paper and a pen to start.

Create a To Do list

        Now I don’t know about anyone, but the beginning of year I do my “spring cleaning”. I like to start my new year with a nice clean apartment, get rid of anything that will not be use or needed.  Unfortunately you can get overwhelm, so this year I decided to do a to do list. I create separate categories, each section of my  apartment is in a category (mind you, my apartment is clean but I haven’t done the “spring cleaning” of 2014). In each category I wrote down what need to be fix, what need to be deep clean,  what I don’t need  and what going to be place there. From there I will create a to do for my husband or super of the building, then once a week I will choose a part of the apartment that need to be deep clean or organize. Now from experience I will never get rid of anything that is useful, it may not be useful to me but it can be a blessing to another. Like I said 2013 was a rough year for us but I don’t think I want to change anything. It taught me to be humble and appreciate what I have. I take all of the belonging that not useful to me or my family and look for someone or donate. I do this because I know there’s someone out there who is going through worse than I am and this will be their blessing.

Organize yourself and your surrounding.

       2013 I was everywhere, I was disorganized, lost , confuse…I couldn’t keep up with anything and it was horrible, a total chaos. To start 2014 right I suggest to get a calendar, it can be any calendar that you will love. It can be really simple or with color coded and whole bunch of stuff. Only you will know what type of calendar/ organizer/planner that you want and that will WORK FOR YOU &/OR YOUR FAMILY!

The biggest advice that I should have taken for the 2013.

       In order to accomplish anything in life either starting your own business, get promote, finish school…you have to organize or fix yourself and/or your household…even if you live with someone.  It doesn’t mean that you will never go through something but you will be better prepared to handle the situation. When you have everything organize and a situation occurs within yourself and household your are capable to do anything and address the situation. This is also a stress reliever or can minimize the stress that will occur. this is a stress that can be avoid knowing that you have your house organize, yourself organize and your family organize. Keep in mind when something changes or a situation occur you better prepare to handle and alter what need to be alter.

I hope that this post will you  in someway or somehow to start off the new year right.

I won’t promise anything but I might post my goals for 2014, how I’m organizing myself and my family and among others stuff.

****Please note that what I have been writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Everyone is different, only you know what works for you and if you’re doing this for the first time trial and error will help you make the best schedule for yourself****

Till next time & Happy New Year!!!

Jomarie

What been going on?

Once again I add more things to my list before I could sit down to realize what I did. At this time I will write a brief post on what going on and what to expect for the remaining of this week and next. I reopen Lil Jomie Creations, at this moment I’m selling my creations on Etsy…if you would like to see my little shop click here…(psst spread the word, thanks!). I will be placing photos of what I place on the shop and other projects that I done and currently working on, I will also be showing my very first diaper cake and the party favors I did for my cousin baby shower. I will repost my weekly workout not this Monday but the next Monday 8/27/12. If you wonder why not this Monday, I’m restarting my workout schedule this Monday, I’m not happy that I gain what I lost, too much birthday parties and barbecue. Can’t complain, the food was good and spending time with the family is even better (before we are all too busy with work, schools, and so on). I also have a part-time job which I know I will be enjoying (wish I can say, but I don’t know if I’m going against guidelines, I will double-check on that).  I will start my classes on September 3rd, and not to mention being a mom which is my number one priority. As you can see I have lots on my plate and some I didn’t even mention (dare I say it couponing) but it’s manageable if I get myself organize which I will being doing this weekend.

Their one thing, I been debating which is I don’t know if I should include Lil Jomie Creations with this blog or should I make a new blog that only devoted to Lil Jomie Creations….decisions, decisions… I will keep you posted on that as well.

** I can’t believe I almost forgot, if you still would like to ask a question for my friend who is a personal trainer please leave a comment below…you will see you answer on September 3rd (please keep in mind I will place your question for all to see, if you do not want your name with your question, please let me know). **

Thanks for still being here

Love,

Jomarie

Monday is a new start!

Happy Monday Everyone!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

I pretty much decided that I will post the process of losing weight every Monday. Now to start off, last week was my warm up week.  It’s been awhile since I work out on a set schedule and commit in eating every 3-4 hours. I took it easy, I didn’t want my body to get overwhelm and be rush to the hospital either through exhaustion, asthma attack, or any other reason.  I will start off the first two steps I did, then the reason for my plans and what to expect every Monday.

The first step I did was to write everything down, what are my main goals, short term goal, my current weight, reason I decided to lose weight and my plans to lose the weight.

My Main Goal: Lose 114 pounds

My short term goal: Lose 20 pound this month

My weight as off 6/10/2012: 264 pounds

Reasons to lose weight: I want to be able to run, jump and keep up with my daughter. I want to take control of my asthma, anemia, make my heart stronger and avoid any other medical conditions such as diabetes. I want to buy clothes and feel comfortable wearing them and to feel confident and sexy; I want to live till I’m old and see my great grandchildren and grow old with my husband. I especially would like to have more children without the fear that they will lose their mother. I know I will be comfortable and happy being 150, I love having meat on bones. I also want to set an example for Emily, that way she is healthy and avoid future medical problems such as diabetes (it runs strong in my husband side) and asthma (which runs strong on both side of the family, I had my asthma at the age of 19).

My plans: I will do a workout DVD Tae Bo (it help me lose weight before) every morning, walk every day 15 minutes to start and increase as the day goes by, go to planet fitness 3 times a week to do weights to strength my body and keep my skin tight, I also would like to include yoga every other day to stretch my muscle, be flexible and especially have inner peace. I will rest on Sundays and have my cheat day or meal on Saturdays or Sundays. If I do have a cheat meal during the weak (by going to an amusement park , etc) I will make sure to work out the next day and wait for the following Saturday to have my next cheat meal.

My eating habits: I will eat moderate portions, no soda or junk food (only on my cheat day), I will eat every 3 to 4 hours, 6 meals a day, 3 meals and 3 snacks and not eat past 8pm. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Medical Conditions: Asthma, anemia, and heart palpitation. Asthma- make sure to have the nebulizer ready, take the advire every morning, have the pump next to me at all times.  Anemia- make sure you drink your iron pills every morning and eat anything with high iron. Heart palpitation- must consult with my doctor once again, monitor my heart while exercising…if it start, sit down relax, drink water and rest for the day.

Warm up week recap (June 3rd– June 10th):

Monday through Thursday, I did a 45 minute workout with Tae Bo around 10 in the morning.

Friday and Saturday, I walk for an hour and a half.

Sunday was my day of rest.

Monday through Friday, I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hardly drank water and drank a lot of soda (must stop that).

Note: I have to stop drinking soda and eating junk food (this is one of the main reason, I been gaining), write a more detail journal, get much needed sleep.

Now that you see, what I written for myself, I will explain what I have done and how can it benefit yourself as well:

  • For the first week, I say start off slow, get your body into the flow of moving around. Remember your body is not use to moving around so much, it been stuck in the same routine for months  by the following week start on your plan.
  • Write everything down your reasons first, this will help you reach your goal. By writing your reasons, you learn more about yourself and why you decided to make that first step, this will help you stay in focus especially moments when you feel like giving up or leave it for tomorrow and tomorrow will never come.
  • Write your main goal and your short term goals next. Your main goal should be what you want to lose overall, but it will get frustrating and you will get discourage to see that high number and will feel  like you’re not losing weight fast enough that where the frustration and discourage will come about. That why  you write your short term goal it will be easier and once you reach it your boost will go up and then you want to make another short term goal to continue losing that weight and feel happy and confident (for me, personally I like to also add a mini goal, lose 5 pounds per week)

**FYI if you did not reach your goals is okay don’t get discourage look back what you did see if there anything that need to be change such as changing your workout routine or it may be what you been eating. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep moving forward we all go through this, so don’t worry if you don’t reach your goal. If for any reason you don’t understand what you did wrong, consult with others they may see something that you didn’t see in the first place.**

  • Write everything down, the more detail the better. This will guide you through your workout and eating habits. Writing in details will help you see your progress, not only losing weight , you will see a tremendous change in the way you run, walk, able to lift certain heavy objects that you couldn’t before, happiness, Energy and the list will go on.  Also, if your weight training 3 day a week like myself, it great to have your journal with you by letting yourself know what you did last week and up a notch this week.
  • Have a cheat day or meal but please monitor what you eat during this time. The reason for a cheat meal is to help controls those urge of eating the things we love but know it not good. How can this help? Well most people go on a diet, a strict diet, lose the weight and decided they can eat healthy but have their not so good meals here and there. Now, they start to like the food their eating, forgets all the progress they have done, and they have gain double the weight from where they started off. Having a cheat meal is not to hurt you but to help you move forward, plus I love food, all kinds of food. Having my cheat meal is my reward for workout hard and doing things right.

****Please note what I have writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Only you know what you’re capable of and how far you can go beyond. Most of the tips I put up, are tips that I read, look up, or learn when I work in a gym (years ago). ****

What can you expect every Monday,

  • Tips that I either look up online or consulted with a nutritionist or personal trainer.
  •  Ideas on how to manage a busy schedule with work, school, and / or children.
  • My weekly bio, what in my journal for that week and my progress, in a more detail format than last week.
  • I will also try to have a personal trainer and a nutritionist answer some common question and have a Q&A session with you guys.
  • Also if anyone wants to share their own personal experience and the progress of losing weight, strength training or any other experience. Please feel free to drop a comment, I will get in contact with you and send you a guide line of what we need from you. This will be great for the motivation!!!!

I wish you luck on this journey to a better life style, have a great day!

A fear that cost me to stop writing…

It’s been awhile since I written something, it’s been a crazy month and a few weeks (I will do a quick recap at the end of this blog). As I sit on my bed with the munchkin sleeping next to me, I can’t help to feel a little anxious in writing this blog. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say, I have plenty to say.What is causing this fear or anxiety is my grammar. Most of you who have been reading my other blogs know my grammar is not perfect and I know it’s a big issue not only for this blog but for work, school, interacting with others and so on. I always knew the importance of grammar and I have been practicing but for some reason it just doesn’t want to go through my head. Which is frustrating in my part because I learn everything else with ease. Don’t get me wrong I won’t give up on it and I plan to work extra hard till I’m flawless. I guess the reason I bring this up was the fear that was growing inside of me, which lead me the fear to write and look like a fool. I can’t let this fear stop me or how else will I learn and perfect it or express myself or write a novel, which is something I always wanted to do. So if you are reading this and have been following or new to my blog, all I ask is to be patient with me and this learning process.

Now that my anxiety is under control, it is time to let everyone know what to expect from me!

  • As of yesterday, I started to work out in order to lose weight and become healthier. I will be recording my process weekly, which will contain my weight at that moment, what I eat, how I felt that day emotional and physically, and the type of exercise I have done throughout the day. At this moment,  I’m still debating what day I will post my weekly progress, most likely on Mondays.
  • I will try to post something on a daily basis but to be honest the summer is here, Joey and I planned activities everyday with Emily (Joey gets out of work early during summer).
  • In the next few weeks I will be posting sneak peeks of the creations that I been making for Lil Jomie Creations.
  • I have a few more ideas on my mind on what to expect but it still debatable, let see how everything ends up.

I’m extremely excited of the new adventures that coming our (my little family) way, it won’t be easy but I can’t wait to try and see the end results.  Here a quick recap on what been going on with myself and my family…

I like to be creative, enjoy!

As we all know that my munchkin birthday party was on April 21st, which she had a blast as well as for my guest and her birthday on the 25th where I bake cupcakes and watch her blow out the candle with a few family members. I can’t believe she two already and the terrible two is something else… ;-).

After 12 years of living in Cicero Bronx, N.Y, my parent move 4 blocks away from my apartment. I have live there for 11 years, it’s Emily  first home and watch her grow for a year, it were she learn how to crawl, walk, said her first word, and many more. It was sad to say good bye.

My parent weren’t the only one who move, my sister in law Sandy bought her FIRST HOME!!!  Last weekend her family and my in laws move to their new home, which is gorgeous!!! Sandy and I are planning to do many creative piece for her new home. I’m excited and happy for them.

Finally, I been focusing on my grammar, how to use my Nikon D3100 manually, Photoshop, and of course making creations, tons of creations!

Now it’s time for me to say, until next time!

p.s  Please bare with me, I’m trying to customize my blog…so you might see different themes for the next few weeks. Thank you for your understanding!

Though desicion, but it had to be done

I decided to close my business Lil Jomie Creations! What, how can this be!!??? It’s not permanent, it’s only temporary…I feel that it is the time for an upgrade, revamp the look and feel of Lil Jomie Creations, and increase my inventory. I enjoy every minute of my business for the last year but I also notice I made mistake that cost me greatly. I rush into my business, I never sat down and taken the time to plan everything the right way. After weeks of thinking and consulting a few people, I decided to closed it down and refocus my dreams and passion for Lil Jomie Creations.

Now you may be wondering, what going to be the next step or what can we expect Lil Jomie Creations? Well I’ll give you a little peak for what to come. One of the main things I wanted to focus is to build my inventory; I want to create more unique diaper cake all shape and sizes with different materials, party favors, props for photography, and many more!!! Sorry, I wish I can say more but I can’t spoil everything ;-D but I will show sneak peeks from time to time on facebook and here Lil Jomarie!

**One last thing, I want to thank everyone who has been here supporting and following me since I started Lil Jomie Creations  http://www.facebook.com/LilJomieCreations and my little blog ❤ you’re the best!!!

Jomarie, Where have you been???

Hi everyone,

I know, I know most of you probably thought I got lost or something…lol…well I didn’t get lost. Unfortunately many things have happen to me since my last post. Okay, so where do I start…not too long ago I experience a really bad asthma attack, which left me in the hospital for days. The day I had an asthma attack I couldn’t move from my bed, it was an effort to move, I couldn’t breathe or talk, it was a very scary moment not only for myself but for my little family. Emily was scared I saw the worriedness in her eyes; she will constantly ask if I’m okay and wouldn’t move from my side. Not only did my asthma play a roll but my anemia was really low. I spent the next few weeks recuperating…yes, my asthma felt so much better, I could breathe easier but I had other challenges as well. I had to deal with my anemia, which my iron was extremely low and I had to fight off dizziness and extreme fatigue.

On the day, that the hospital release me a few hours later I had to run to the emergency room with Emily. She was playing and throwing herself back, my mom caught her by the arm (that way she didn’t hurt her head) and her arm was dislocated after a few hours of waiting the doctor pop her arm in and she was running around the ER like nothing ever happen to her. 2 days later I had a stomach virus and then Emily caught it. After all is done I can finally say that I feel like I’m 85 percent better and I’m ready for the next challenge. Why the 85 percent.. I’m still fighting the anemia but it never stop me before.

What about my school, you may ask, I didn’t drop it…with all the medical situation I had to drop my classes and I WILL return to school in the middle of July.

So what is my next step? I took time off to get better and even though I’m not 100 percent, I know I have to do certain things to get to 100 percent…I’m better enough to start and continue my goals and dreams, and now more than ever I want to accomplish those. For the next few months I will focus on losing weight, taking my medicine without fail, and change not only my eating habit but my little family as well.

I want to live for a long time and especially for my little munchkin and for my other half. So I hope you will follow me in my journey and hopefully it will motivate someone to follow the same but their own personal path to being better.

*** I would like to thank everyone who has been there and supporting me in reaching my goals. I would like to also thank for anyone who read and follow my blogs even though this is my third blog, it means so much to me that you have taken the time to read my blogs. And last I would like to thank everyone who has wish me a speedy recover. Thank You All! ***

Who am I?

Welcome to my blog!!!

My name is Jomarie and I’m a housewife, currently going to school to learn how to manage and grow my business. I’m currently living in The Bronx, New York with my husband of 2 years, Joey and our beautiful active almost 2 years old daughter, Emily (but we call her Emi for short). I’m pretty much an open-minded person, who like to laugh, hardworking, and enjoy being with my little family.  I currently started a business name Lil Jomie Creations, where I do unique, fun diaper cakes and party favors.

I’m really horrible at introducing myself…lol…but it something that must be done, one can say I’m practicing.  One of the things I learn, you have 30 second in the business world  to introduce yourself and who you are, especially if you own a business or want to work in a company. Those 30 second will either make you or break you!

Now that I gave you the first piece of knowledge. Why the blog?

I have to many thought running through my mind about current situation either that affect myself and my family or what happen in the world we live in. Most of you may think why the world? You can see how New York can affect me but truth may be told, what happen in any part of the world such as the United State, Europe, Asia, etc can affect us in a positive or negative way.

Once again, what the purpose of me writing a blog?  Okay, here it goes… knowledge is power! So I’m guessing you’re shaking your head at this moment and telling the computer screen, I know this already (lol).  My blogs will have everything it’s not base on one category, there to many stuff going on out there to stay in one category.  Most likely I be writing about my experience and the step I’m taking such as financial freedom, losing weight, my family, there I say it…couponing and more. My goal is to help others who either in the same situation as myself (or worse) or learn something new that they can apply. We as human have the habit and the mindset to learn things the hard way and not listen to any advice (I’m also including myself but I’m trying to breaking this habit  :-D) by doing this we waste valuable time, that can be use for something great. So it goes back to what I said knowledge is power, the more knowledge you acquire, the successful you become in life. There also another reason for the blog, I know it giving me the motivation, to continue on my goals. Hopefully it give you the motivation as well to move on forward and yes it is scary at first, we only have to take it one step at a time.

I hope you enjoy my first blog! I tried to write it if I were talking to you in person and not make it boring. Comments and advice are welcome!

Have a wonderful day!!!

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