Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2013!  Hello 2014!

I don’t know about you but last year was a challenge. I had big plans and feel like I fell short on all of them. One of those being this blog. I like to share my thoughts with you but it was difficult to truly find the time among all the craziness of my life.

So, I shall start again. Make my plans and see what happens. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of faith, fashion and family.

I’d like to share one goal with you for now. I have decided to accept Jon Acuff’s #empytshelf challenge for 2014. I emptied a shelf and have started reading at least 10 pages a day. Now this is a BIG DEAL as reading with 2 boys running about is not, shall I say, easy. So here is my shelf.

The start of a New Year.

The start of a New Year.

This is the first book to go on my shelf.  Yep, I already read one book!! Woot! And I highly recommend this one. It is a fast read and great teaching on relationship marketing.

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Other Goals:

  • 40 Hanger Challenge – More on this later as I am going to blog my way throughout the challenge from start to finish.
  • Couch to 5K – I am not sure how I really feel about this one as I have always said if I am running you know someone/thing is chasing me. With that said the concept keeps stirring in my heart so I thought let’s see what happens.

Would you like to join me on one of these goals?  What are you reading?

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BeautiControl “Celebration” Re-Cap

I was able to attend BeautiControl’s Annual Conference, “Celebration” just last week. I was feeling a little off as I was preparing for my trip.  This could have been partially from my broken toe, or the lack of sleep, or who knows what.  As I tried to pack my bags, focusing on shoes first, then outfit, I became more and more excited.  Remembering that each time I go I have a renewed sense of possibilities, some much needed girlfriend time and refocus of my goals.

Bummer!

Bummer!

I love to people watch and this is the time and place to do it. I wish I was a little more bold in connecting with people so I could get a few “street style” photos so you can experience it too.  The beauty of it is there are so many different kinds of women (and men) who are a part of BeautiControl. And their reasons for connecting with this company are just as varied.

 

Lots of great information and of course amazing stories of inspiration but in the end it takes a little perspiration. Doesn’t anything that is important take work. Luckily this work is fun. One of my favorite things they do for us is give us gifts… so I some of the new product to play with right away and I did… Lighted Lip Shine and the Microderm Apeel

Lip Shine, lighted lip gloss!

Lip Shine, lighted lip gloss!

Me, trying out the Microderm Apeel

Me, trying out the Microderm Apeel

Would you like to try these goodies? Just pop over to http://www.beautipage.com/jackiewheeler

Finishing up Photo a day June

I really should finish June since July is almost done. lol Only two more topics for this month. I was having some challenges with iPhoto uploading my July photos, but now everything is good. It was simple I just didn’t know it. 🙂 Oh well.

5. Sign  I was given this little sign with a big message to keep me inspired in my business. It’s fun and cute and well, I like the theme.

Sign – Dream Big

17. In your bag  Father’s Day gift.  I missed getting my dad’s gift photoed, bummer. This is what we gave hubby’s dad. Kinda a gag gift with sentimental value. I was given this weird “doll” before my hubby and I started dating.  Then I was invited to his family reunion in Yellow Stone. It was threatened that I would have to “camp”. (I don’t do camping well.) Luckily we were in “cabins”. Anyway, I decide to bring this silly doll along “Not a happy camper” and the person that was the most unhappy on the trip would have to wear it. Oh did I mention we drove with his family part way… Ends up Pa had to wear it a couple of time. I have a photo I can’t find of him wearing it. It’s really funny. When we got married it was buried in a box of “stuff”. I found it right before Father’s Day.  It made Pa laugh and remember that trip to Yellow Stone 14 years ago.

In your bag – Father’s Day gift

He also received this yummy wine:

Cupcake Wine – Red Velvet

AND we celebrated Mom’s Birthday with this yummy:

How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Family – May Photo a Day 13 – Mum

I am already in trouble, I just know it. I am not suppose to post this photo of my mom and I as per request of my dad. So, if you are reading this and know my family please just keep it our little secret.

My “mum” is one of the most important people in my life. I have learned about my faith from her sitting on her lap and listening to stories about Jesus. And seeing her love for Him as an great example. She’s stood by me through thick and thin. Held me in my childhood and adulthood through deep grief. We have laughed ourselves to tear more times than I can even count.

13. Mum  Here is the women who gave me life. I love her so.

Love my mom!

I could not do a post on mums without mentioning my hubbies mom.  She has raised 5 kids (1 girl, 4 boys). My head spins just thinking about that. She did such a great job raising those kids. I am so blessed by the friendship we have. I am happy to call her mom.

Mum in law

These were taken Mother’s Day.

Family & Parenthood – May Photo a Day (7-10,12,15,20,21)

Striking a balance in my like has been a continuous challenge so here I am catching up.

7. Someone that inspires you  My boys. As much as they drive me of the deep end I truly look at them and want to be a better person & a better example.

Someone that inspires me – Sweet P and C boy.

8. A smell you adore  Really and truly only because the love of my life wears this and has  forever. I also like orange blossom and the way my boys smell right after a bath.

A Smell you adore…

9. Something you do everyday  Way to many to list. It was hard to narrow down… but these silly boys gave me the perfect inspiration. We might not get one in everyday but most days they get a bath.

Something you do every day – Bath time

10. A favorite word  Bedtime… need I say more. It was a rough week and bedtime is the sweet end to the day.

A favorite word – Bedtime

12. something that makes you happy  Yeah, like I said rough week… once again bedtime and laying my head on my pillow at the end of a long day.

something that makes you happy – sleep

15. Love  The snuggles of my wee boy. I wonder if he is trying to make up for the previous days… I just love when they need some snuggle from mom.

Love – snuggles from Sweet P

20. something you can’t live without  Ok so not something but someone. This man, my husband, best friend, love of my life.

Something you can’t live without – my man

Yes and these boys too. 🙂

21. where you stand  This is what Sweet P uses so he can reach. This day he “needs” to reach the blinds to make it dark in his room to play with the flashlight.

Where you stand – When you need to reach

Faith – April Photo a Day – Something Your Grateful For

I am grateful for a great many things. On tough days I don’t always remember all of them. I do remember how grateful I am for my faith. That I get to practice my faith and beliefs safely. Talk about and display it openly. I would not be very far if I didn’t have my faith.

24. Something your Grateful for  My Faith. The Bible. Jesus.

Faith

What are you grateful for?

Parenthood – Generations

Relationships are so very important. Family can both a blessing and a well… you know. I want my boys to know their grandparents and build special on going relationships. My parents came to C boys soccer game and Sweet P was either trying to help his brother or wondering. He grabbed his papa’s hand and said, “come on.” They wondered over by the baseball fields. Not surprised, it is in the family.  Caught this precious moment.

Generations