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Continuing the theme of love from last week, I wanted to do a spotlight on my very first baby. He doesn’t get much attention usually (and trust me, he prefers it that way), but I wanted to show a little love to the guy who’s been with me for the past decade.

Introducing, my pup FoXx. Yes, with two Xx

FoXx is of unknown age and origins, and came to me sort of out of the blue, just about ten years ago. A friend of mine’s husband found him on a military base and brought him home as a surprise to her. Little did he know, she had an even bigger surprise for him. She was pregnant with her daughter, so they decided they couldn’t keep their new pup. So I showed up for a lash appointment with Jill (of company name) and left with a whole ass dog. Seriously.

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Confession: I wouldn’t exactly call myself a dog person. But somehow, FoXx just fits. He’s a very quiet man… he rarely ever barks. He’s the most chill dog I’ve ever met. After I got him, I spent some time researching his breed (he’s a Shiba Inu) and now I can’t imagine having any other dog.

He’s been with me for so long—before kids, before Garnish, he’s moved multiple places, been to every party hosted at my house—he has truly been a part of my life for the last ten years.

Other than the fact that he was my first baby, he is the lowest maintenance relationship I’ve ever had and he’s the perfect man because he’s great with kids. He doesn’t want much from me, but yet he’s always there.

Basically, everyone needs a FoXx in their life!

I wanted to introduce you all to my newest love, the one I’ve got butterflies over, and the one I’m pouring all of my time and energy into. It’s bright and beautiful, and I’ve been dreaming about it for a long, long time…

Introducing, this year’s Valentine…

Just like a new relationship, I’m definitely in the obsessed and in love phase with this new adventure that is home ownership. Even though I’ve lived here for just about six weeks now, I still get a high every time I walk in the door.

I’ve spent years talking and dreaming about buying not just a house, but my dream house, and this is truly it. For one thing, the closet… y’all, my closet fits ever-y-thing. All of my things aren’t scattered throughout the house anymore… they are all actually living in my closet together. Then there’s the patio… Oh man.

Let me tell you something about the screened-in patio on this house. It’s almost resort-style in its level of relaxing, and for me that means so much. I travel a lot for work, but don’t actually get to take a lot of vacation, and when I step out onto my patio, I get the same kind of vacation vibes, but in my own home. It’s nice to have that kind of space to get to experience that feeling, but still have it be your own space.

More than my favorite aspects of the house though, I love that this is a home for me and my littles. The way they talk about the house gives me all the feels because I can just tell that they are super proud of it. And in addition to being special to hear them talk like that, it also gives me the opportunity to talk to them about being grateful. There’s not a lot of ways to explain that to a toddler, but it’s a concept that’s so important to me. I’ve been able to teach them that we say “thank you” because this house is important to us. And, how to care for something that means a lot to you.

Talking about buying a home, as much as I wanted it, used to stress me out. All you hear about from other homeowners are the challenges of owning your own home… it’s easy to forget about the high that comes with buying it and investing in it. I’m thankful to get to experience that for myself. It may seem like finally purchasing the house is “the end” of a journey, like—Yep, I did it. It’s done now. Instead, it feels more like the beginning. It’s a milestone of what I’ve been able to create in tangible form, but there’s still so much more to go.

I hope you enjoy this little mini virtual tour of my new love, my Valentine.

Okay mamas, this one goes out to you. Particularly working moms.

I wanted to share about some difficulties my kids and I are currently experiencing, and how we’re navigating such a pivotal time inside their lives… Because maybe you can relate. Did you know as a parent that you have to preregister and apply for schools THIS early if your child starts school for the first time in August? I did not know this until a fellow mom told me. So as Kingston turned five earlier this week, this is the year he will start kindergarten… and let me tell y’all… having to find a school for him has been very tumultuous. Not only have I been looking at schools for him, but am now having to figure out what to do with Houston as they will now have completely different schedules.

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When December becomes January… January then has to become December.

Huh? I know, it sounds confusing, but let me explain. Every year my November into December looks exactly the same. It’s all about goal-setting and prepping for the new year. My goal-setting has become so regimented that it’s almost like breathing. I don’t even have to really think about it, it’s just in the plan and I set aside time for it at the end of every year. You would think that would mean that nothing could keep me from sticking to my schedule…

Well, this year went a little bit differently. Typically at the beginning of November I hand out goal packets to my entire team and I give both them and myself about 60 days to go through their goal-setting and really reflect on the upcoming year. THIS November, I traveled to Laguna for two separate trainings, and was gone for just about 10 days right before the Thanksgiving holiday. It was my first time on stage at an NBR Extensions Convention as a platform artist, teaching to everyone in attendance. Talk about a whirlwind where I did literally nothing else but breathe extensions. Then as soon as I returned the Thanksgiving holiday was underway and before I knew it, it was December. Half of my typical goal-planning time was gone.

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December rolled in just as full of hustle and bustle as November had been. Before I could even realize, December took on a very January-ish feel. Newness was happening constantly, I decided to buy a house, and it felt very much like one chapter of my life was closing as the next opened. I knew throughout the midst of everything that I could force myself to sit down and knock out my goals worksheets, but it kind of defeats the purpose if you don’t take the time to really reflect and focus while going through the process. I decided to break my routine for the sake of the routine and push off the goal-planning until I was settled into my new home.

The month finished up even more chaotic than it began as I closed on my house on December 28th, and was set to move in on the same day… Until the movers refused to move me in the pouring rain and I got stuck in limbo between two houses. After staying with a friend for two days we finally got everything moved and the past week has consisted of slowly putting my life back together.

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Thus my January is about to become my December. I plan to take the next 30 days to reflect, plan, and work through my goal-planning for the rest of the year. With the chaos behind me, I feel like I can finally start the year in a place of peace, even if it takes a few weeks into the year to get there. This whole experience has reminded me that it’s okay to take a step back and course correct and try something different if your typical routine isn’t working for you. It can be a temporary course correction to get you through a crazy time, or it can be something that you shift permanently.

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Either way, it’s okay to change things up and move forward differently. Even if that means swapping out your Decembers for Januarys and vice versa. Happy New Year, my friends! Stay tuned for more as the Mot Blog gets back on schedule… 😉

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When it comes to being healthy, we all know there are two main categories—what you eat, and how you exercise. Typically, I have a pretty good routine for both, but I got knocked off my game recently and it led to me having a pretty huge realization. What is this miraculous new knowledge? All the little things that comprise my routine actually turn out to be what makes the biggest impact on my daily health and wellbeing. It’s not groundbreaking information per se, but when you really truly understand the value of each individual part contributing to the results as a whole, it hits home.

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There’s one thing that I absolutely have to have in my life every day.

You might think it’s exercise, chocolate, or even hair extensions, but it’s something far simpler. FUN. It may sound crazy to talk about incorporating fun into my daily life as an adult, but it’s so necessary. You know I’m all about some personal development, getting shit done, and slayinggggg all the hairs… but I need to have a great time doing all of that as well.

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Wake Up Warrior

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“Wow” was the overwhelming thought in my mind following my recent experience at the first ever Warrior Women event last week. When I first signed up for the event I didn’t really know what to expect, and even if I had thought I’d known—it still would have blown me away completely. The event was hosted by Danielle and Garrett White, the creator of NBR and her husband who created “Wake Up Warrior” a men’s retreat. Together they decided to adapt the Wake Up Warrior idea into a format for women. Unlike every other time I’ve traveled to Laguna, this time had nothing to do with hair and everything to do with leveling up your life. And they chose to do that by challenging us to dig deeper than I thought possible within a three day retreat.

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You know how they say as you get older you start to “turn into” your parents… it seems like that’s often said in a negative light, but I’ll be honest. The parts of me that are most like my mom are the ones I love the most. In honor of her recent birthday I wanted to take a moment to shine some light on my amazing Mama and why I owe pretty much my whole career to her.

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It’s the middle of June, which means we’re almost to the halfway mark in the year. Each year, sometime in June, I like to do a “halfway” check-in on my goals for the year. Goals don’t have quite the same impact if you just write them down and then toss them away never to be looked at again.

I’ve found that when I re-connect with my initial goals, evaluate where I’m at, and change course if needed, my goals become even more effective. Sometimes, I’m right on track and just need to keep grinding. Other times I find that the goal I had set either needs to be adjusted, or I’ve gone in a different direction completely.

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This year when I sat down to look at my 2018 goals, I had a huge realization. My 2018 word of the year wasn’t going to make it all the way through. Why do I feel like “Mindset” as my word has pretty much expired? It has been such a laser focus for me for so long that I feel like I’m actually in a really good place with it. My focus on Mindset really began in 2017, and while I wanted it to be at the forefront of my mind throughout 2018, I didn’t anticipate it becoming so ingrained in my daily life that I wouldn’t need the “reminder” anymore.

When you embrace a Mindset shift entirely, it’s not something you can just let go of or unlearn, so while I still wholeheartedly believe in the importance of Mindset—I’m ready for a new word to help guide my goals for the second half of 2018.

I’ve decided my Word of the Year (take two) is going to be Sustainability. I’ve done a lot of reflection in the past couple of months (some of which I talked about in my birthday post), about where I want to be in the next five and ten years. This means adjusting what I’m doing right now to direct the course of my life into a place where it’s sustainable. The pace, flow, energy, etc. all need to be at a level that I can maintain for the long-term. Choosing Sustainability as my word for the next six months will help me continue to choose a path that will help me reach my five and ten year goals.

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The goals I set up at the beginning of the year always span a variety of topics from business goals to fitness goals to personal goals. I’m super excited that right this very moment I am crossing another 2018 goal off of my list as I am in Southbeach Miami for a girls weekend with some of my best friends. Being so passionate about my business, I’ve found that I often put the most energy into my career goals, sometimes skipping over “smaller” personal goals in the meantime. This year I was determined to put energy into my personal goals as well. If you want to keep up with my girls trip, you know you can find me on my insta-story.

Where are you at with your 2018 goals? Is there anything you need to readjust for the rest of the year? I’d love to hear about where you’re at. Drop a comment below and tell me how your goals are going!

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Tomorrow is the halfway point between two major milestones—I will officially be 35. I am halfway to 40 (from the last milestone anyway), and man is it an eye opener to realize. Birthdays can stir up a lot of feelings, both positive and negative, but as I roll on into my mid-thirties I’m actually feeling pretty good. It’s easy to feel apprehension about getting older, but I really believe that age is just a number, and what really matters is the experiences you’ve gathered that have led you to where you are.

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C A N D I C E G R A M

Owner of @GarnishHairStudio | Transformations are my Specialty | Fashion is a hobby | Fun is a Necessity
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