“Cheers 2 U…For Givin’ me a chance…” – Seductive lyrics by the R&B group, Playa. I was jammin’ this song as I pondered how I would deliver my ‘End of Year – New Year’ speech. It just felt right. I was mixin’ and jivin’ to the beat, feel me? Cheers 2 U, 2016 and thank you for gracing me with another year of living on good ol’ Mother Earth. And Cheers 2 U 2017, I’m really looking forward to the stories, memories and experiences that you give forth to me this year.
*Deep breath in…Deep breath out* Two-thousand-and-mutha-******-sixteen! WHAT. A. YEAR yoooo! So many things about my life have changed…So many things in everyones’ lives have CHANGED ya’ll! Sometimes I sit here in disbelief that my world could spin this fast. I’ve fought a lot this year. With the growth of my businesses. With my best friend, my twin flame — I know I’m tough to deal with (an understatement), but I promise I’ll be worth your while. With my mixed and enraged hormones. With my mixed and enraged emotions…Get my drift? Yea…
My son was born towards the end of 2015 so this year was really his colorful year of growth — He went from tiny little bundle of cooing, no-teeth burping baby to a tornado of a walking and running little person! My little babe…Sometimes just looking at you and your every curiosity makes me tired lol — Mamas, ya heard me? I have not spent one night away from my little guy, and that’s partially because he nurses directly from me and isn’t all the-way sleeping through the night by himself yet…Most of it is because it just feels right. I’m in no rush to separate from him. He’s actually becoming more and more independent on his own. Likes to hang out with his daddy a lot during the day — It’s so sweet to see how much of a little boy he is (as in rough housing and such) with his father…Love, love them more than the world. We basically spend everyday together with exception to when we spend a night once a week at his grandparents’ – My parents…Gosh, they’ve been awesome with the support and love they shower my son with and of course me with as well! Ya’ll are the REAL MVPs!! My mother and I used to have a rocky relationship before my little guy was born, but now it just keeps on getting better and better! I love my mom…She’s my rock, my best friend and a lady who can give it to me real no matter how I’m feeling. My dad is also my rock and it melts my heart to see the love he has for his grandson…Just wanting to see him laugh and smile all the time. But who couldn’t fall in love with my sweet baby’s everything right? *wink* My brother has also poured his heart and love for his nephew. Kids generally LOVE Uncle Chhunny, but my little guy REALLY loves him. Thank you all for making my life worth everything that it is. God, you must really love me because you have surely blessed me with the most special people that make ME feel even more loved and special.
I have a housekeeping/personal assistant business, gift-making/gift wrapping business and writing business. I’m one busy a** woman. Not all of these do I actually perform the given duties but I have to manage…not only my businesses but also my crazy little one-year-old who is stuck to me like GLUE! I’ll say this…I freakin’ love my life, my family and my passions and businesses. I’ve never felt more fulfilled and FREED in my entirety. Most of 2016 I was deep into my writing business which blossomed into social media management, SEO and more! <<GET AT ME if you are looking for services like these. Most of my work was done at night while everyone was sleeping, simply because I really enjoy working when it’s completely quiet and free of any distractions. Any time my son would wake up for a feeding, I’d pause what I was doing and get right back to it once he went back to sleep. Yea, you might ask “How in the heck did you do that? Don’t you need sleep and especially as a new mom?” Fighting past the THOUGHT of being tired was the freakin’ DEATH of me this year ya’ll. It was a freakin’ STRUGGLE. But see what I just said? I said it was the THOUGHT of being tired the next day that was hard for me. Not the actual “being tired”. I’ve been asleep for 27 years. I have AMBITIONS and GOALS to be met and exceeded. What’s a few years of LESS SLEEP (not sleepless) nights going to hurt? I know I’ll gain more towards my pain threshhold. I know I’ll have something to even be tired about. I know that I get to be a stay-home-mother AND make that dough while I’m at it, from the comfort of my bed, couch, desktop…WHEREVER. I’m winning. No complaining allowed! OH! And of as of recently towards the end of 2016, my man and his business partner have been flooded with work that I kind of interjected and asked if I could help! And now…their business just keeps growing and flowing like the dang Nile River flows…BLESSED! Around the time I had asked to help them, I hadn’t been writing or working on any projects for about FOUR freakin’ months. I beat myself up about not working but as long as my family is taken care of, no matter where our income flows in from…I just need to help things flow better. So help my man’s business in any way I can. In this sense, I’ve sparked my get-up-and-go for my businesses and have blueprints to take it to the next level.
I’m committing and promising ya’ll at least one post per week. As I get back into my groove, I can promise ya’ll at least one to look forward to! I’ll talk about cooking, eating out (what I like and don’t like), grocery store hauls (as this is where I spend a lot of my money), thrifting hauls and hey…Whatever else I do and YOU want to see. Leave me a comment on what you’d like to see!!
Lately, I’ve been a maaajor slack in the kitchen ya’ll…and that’s a big no-no for a mama who has the blessing of staying home with her family AND being able to work as well. My goals for cooking fresh and delicious meals are: Learn to meal prep like a BOSS. Mix up the menu and not always make the same ish…bad habit of doing this — Please send me your favorite recipes!!. Cook healthily conscious meals. How am I going to accomplish all of this? With YOUR help and my own research through cookbooks and all of those fun little video tutorials that they have on Instagram. I’ve already made some recipes off of those tutorials and they turned out amazing!
P.S. I started a YouTube Channel!!! It’s called, Life With Elaine.
I have a few other major improvements that I will be working on in 2017, but you’ve heard enough about me…What about you?? Share some of your wins in 2016 and plans for more wins in 2017? I seriously want to hear your stories, no matter how long or short they are. Just comment after you’re done reading this post! Love you guys and looking forward to this year so much…Let’s keep this awesome energy going!