2017 RECAP ON RESOLUTIONS AND #MOMGOALS

2017 RECAP ON RESOLUTIONS AND #MOMGOALS

I posted my 2017 New Years Resolution because I wanted to be held accountable to them and I could reference back to what they were in the first place. My mid-year recap was a little check up on myself to see how I was doing with them (and whether some was just not going to happen.) Now that we are at the end of the year, here are my results:

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REINTRODUCTION OF WISHAHMON (AND ME)

REINTRODUCTION OF WISHAHMON (AND ME)

Wishahmon started in 2007 as a wedding planning and decor company. I started this company because I loved all things wedding related. The wonderful people that followed Wishahmon were brides, industry members, or just loved weddings like me. Over the years, Wishahmon evolved as my life, interests, and passions evolved. I feel it is timely that I re-introduce myself and Wishahmon to new followers or like minded (yet to be) new friends.

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WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - JULY 2017

WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - JULY 2017

Last month, something special happened:

I listed a Kate Spade purse on Kijiji and within five minutes of listing it, I got someone interested in it. This person told me he is a stay at home dad to two kids. He lost his job and his wife has been supporting the family. He would like to get her a present as a thank you but he doesn't have money. He wanted to trade for my purse. He suggested numerous items but I didn't need any of the items. I sent him a response and the following day we made a trade - my Kate Spade purse for a small no frills coffee. He said it wasn't a fair trade. I told him it was because we both got something that brought us joy. I told him the world needs more kindness. He told me I am an example that there are still good people in the world.

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WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - JUNE 2017

WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - JUNE 2017

I am a firm believer in constantly evaluating your happiness and evolving from it. To some, it may "look" like I am constantly changing and doing something new. However, to me, I am finding myself, finding happiness, and finding my journey. (Side note, it really doesn't matter to me what my life looks like to others. It shouldn't matter to you either.)

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WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - MAY 2017

WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - MAY 2017

This update is going to be a really personal one.

I used to hate the month of May. Yup, the entire month. The main reason is because Mother's Day is in this month and there are constant and tons of reminders of this day. I hated being constantly reminded that my mom passed away and I "couldn't" celebrate this day.

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WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - MARCH 2017

WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - MARCH 2017

Everyone that knows me knows I love to do DIYs. After Grace was born, my DIY world got so much bigger. There are so many things I can make now:

Every special day is now an opportunity to make something for her or with her.

Every birthday is an opportunity for a new theme party.

Every piece of material has numerous opportunities for new creations.

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WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - FEBRUARY 2017

WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON - FEBRUARY 2017

Although last month, I said "no" to wedding planning, it didn't mean it was the end of event planning for me! Couple of weeks ago, over at Milk+Confetti, I organized a photoshoot and event for moms to recharge, restart, and destress. (Event pics to follow.)

The photoshoot was done at Barre Body Studio - Ramsey location. The location had beautiful brick walls and lots of natural lighting. Amy from Modern Nest Photography took stunning pictures of our model moms. (You wouldn't believe how much crap was actually in this room and the amount of people. Angles. Always all about angles.)

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2017 RESOLUTIONS AND #MOMGOALS

Every year I bitch about not wanting to do New Years resolutions and calling them something else. Last year in 2016, I actually called it resolutions/goals/ideals/whatever. This year, I am going to call them New Years Resolutions and going to do the following:

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WHAT'S NEW FOR WISHAHMON IN 2017

I gave the future of Wishahmon a lot of thought the last couple of months and talked to a lot of people about it. Some were confused of the "identity" of Wishahmon and lost interest in what I had to say; some were just interested in the new aspects I added the latter part of 2016; and some thought I should shut down Wishahmon and start new.

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WISHAHMON -YEAR END RECAP (2016)

Looking back at the year I've had is something I do every year end. Surprisingly, I only remember the happy things and not the things that I ugly cried about. Must keep this in mind for the following year - whatever "major earth shattering" issue I am having at that moment will likely be forgotten months later. Here are some great things I remember from this year:

MOTHERHOOD

To be totally honest, motherhood totally kicked me in the ass. People that say being a mom is easy or natural are easily the biggest natural liars. None of it was easy for me. I lucked out that my daughter loved to sleep (like me) and would sleep 11 hour straight at night and a 2-3 hour nap during the day. I also lucked out for having a wonderful dayhome provider that adores and loves her. Other than that, I had to figure the rest out myself. I coped with my frustrations and feeling I was constantly failing through blogging (ranting) about my motherhood experiences. To my surprise, these posts actually got the most engagement because turns out there are other moms out there feeling the same.

TRIBE

My mom passed away 15 years ago and I was starting to feel ok and independent until I had my daughter. When Grace was born, it was the happiest day of my life but also the day I felt alone and wanted my mom to be there. I had to turn to my girlfriends for advice and help. They were wonderful. Not having a tribe of my own, I co-founded the mommy blog, Milk+Confetti with one of my closest friends, Ivy. We created this blog in hopes of building a community of moms helping each other. By the end of the year, we had grown to 19 contributing moms to the blog. I feel so blessed to have met them and to consider them as 19 of my new friends.


GRACE

Obviously she has grown a lot this year. She is obessed with Peppa Pig. Loves to wear dresses/skirts and stands on top of the couch yelling she is the "king of the castle." Why not a princess I have no idea. Her journey I guess. Currently, she has over 200 words in her vocabulary and can talk for hours in a logical manner. She has also developed quite a personality. Most notably, when she was about 17/18 months old, we had this conversation:

Grace: I have POCKETS!!! (Puts hands in pockets)

Me: Cool!! What do you have in your pockets?

Grace: Hands.

I'm 100% certain she doesn't think I am the sharpest tool in the shed.

RECONNECTING

Not surprisingly, after having Grace, my priorities went to her and started to slack off on taking care of myself. I had always been a product junkie and after being introduced to Rodan+Fields, I started to have the best skin of my life. I was so excited about this product, I shared it with all my friends and family. After that, I reconnected with a lot of friends that I haven't seen for a really long time. Most notably, I connected with a friend I met in elementary school and haven't seen in over 20 years. Turns out we live blocks away from each other and her daughter now attends our elementary school. Super grateful that something like skincare has allowed me to reconnect with old friends.

GROWTH

I hate change and I don't adapt well to change. Because so much has happened this year, I was forced to change, adapt, and grow. I couldn't keep things the way they were and had to change my mindset constantly. In order to do this, I spent a lot of time re-evaluating priorities and making hard decisions. I learned that I couldn't do it all and have to give up on things that didn't have a huge priority or passion for me anymore. This was tough.

After making some decisions, adjusting, and making some more decisions, I think I am getting the hang of this. I'm starting to feel clearer, lighter, and more like the current "me." I can't wait for what 2017 has in store for me!

Photo Credit: Heima Photography

WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - NOVEMBER 2016

WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - NOVEMBER 2016

There hasn't been a lot of updates or showcasing of weddings or events that I have been planning mostly due to my tardiness. I assure you that I have kept myself busy and wasn't just catching up on shows on Netflix. (I'm caught up anyways.) Here's what new (or what I did last month.)

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WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - SEPTEMBER 2016

WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - SEPTEMBER 2016

At a very young age, I thought I was fat and ugly. When I told my mom in tears, she helped me with various diets and told me that I was pretty. (Of course she did, she was my mom!) She also said it is important to maintain good skin because if you have good skin, you will naturally look pretty. I never really got pass the "feeling ugly" part but I have continued to take care of my skin.

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WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - AUGUST 2016

WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - AUGUST 2016

The beginning of August is officially the half way point of summer and for some of us - wedding season. Wedding vendors are starting to get tired and wanting to veg out in the sun with an alcoholic drink. Some of us plan ahead and take a little break when we can.

At the end of June, I had the opportunity to head out to Kelowna for a couple of days. Continuing my new tradition (three years in a row now) I scheduled a photo shoot with a professional photographer. It wasn't an easy task finding a photographer in another location. I felt a bit like a bride looking for a destination wedding photographer. As such, I thought like a bride. I started my research online with an idea of what kind of photography style I was looking for and what my budget was. I looked for over a month before I started to branch out my search to another location. My search took me from Kelowna to Peachland to Summerland to Oliver, BC.

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WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - JULY 2016

WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - JULY 2016

July is usually the month when all wedding industry people start to fall out of contact with friends and are generally MIA. This is because wedding season has started. Don't worry though, they will all resurface by September/October. This month we have two updates to share!

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WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - JUNE 2016

WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - JUNE 2016

Given this is the midway point of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect and check up on how I am doing with my New Years Resolutions.This "checkup" has been inspired by my friend, Vincci, who used to do quarterly reviews on her resolution progress. I am less disciplined and thought checking in at least once is good. "pat on the back"

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WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - APRIL 2016

WHAT'S NEW AT WISHAHMON - APRIL 2016

If you have found us or have been redirected to this blog post, you will notice that our blog has moved! It took me a very long while to realize it is easier and makes sense to have my website and blog all in one place. I'm not a techie by any stretch and managing two different platforms have been difficult. Not to mention confusing as I would have to remember how to do the same thing in different ways.

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