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A letter to my 2015 self….

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Jess,

Right now you should be doing homework, or sleeping…. But, instead you decided to put some goals down on virtual paper. Of course, you want to lose weight, exercise more, eat better… all the standards. That stuff is important to you. But, you know you’ve got some deeper issues to address. In 2015 you turn 30. You wanted to have another baby, become a millionaire, and have your Doctoral degree by the time you turned 30. It really was the end all, be all age where you felt like you had to accomplish everything… and you still totally stress about turning 30 even though it’s 6 months away. You had your baby, you aren’t even close to being a millionaire, and you have diligently been working towards your Doctoral degree. However, now you (and Wes….WOW, I know) want two more babies, you aren’t so much concerned with millionaire status, and you have some things you really need to work on. So, in 2015 lets focus on the following:

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Kids chore chart motivation!

I can vividly remember an experience when my son Wesley, who is now almost 6, was 2 years old. My husbands mom, Sherri,  lived with us while she was in a transitioning stage in her life. I know, you women out there are probably cringing at the thought of your mother in law living with you. I’d be lying if I didn’t say we had our ups and downs… I mean seriously, it’s hard enough to learn to live and function in peace with your significant other who was raised completely different than you, but then throw their mom in the mix, and it’s a whole new ball game.  BUT, despite the challenges (for all of us),  I am so thankful for the time we got to spend with her and the lessons I learned from her. I had planned on someday creating a “kids chore chart” and teaching Wesley responsibility …but not at two years old.  Sherri has a compulsion for organizing, cleaning, and moving furniture – and doing it often! Our house was absolutely immaculate in the time Sherri was with us. Wes had all the southern, deep fried, crisco filled cooking he could ever want as well.

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