Welcome 2017

Happy New Year!  It’s time to take a look back at 2016 and celebrate successes and plan for improvements for the new year.  It definitely was a mixed bag… There are some things I’m proud of and some that were less than stellar.

Some highlights:

  • Jake completed his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and came home after living in Hawaii for 4 years, Panama for 2 and the trail for 5 months.  I lived vicariously through him and shared his excitement, at the same time concern for his safety, etc. I am so proud of him and the man he has become!! (Stay tuned for PCT2017.. yikes!)
  • I’m having an excellent school year so far after moving back down to my room on the first floor and having a bit of a break without any 8th graders who need transition plans, alternate assessment binders, career development plans, secondary IEPs etc… Also, no ELL students so no Access testing either!
  • This was the best summer yet with boating season running from April until Thanksgiving week, a trip to NH to recharge on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, and a glorious 2 weeks in Madeira Island.
  • So far, so good with health of the family and friends.
  • Giving up a “business” that was taking more out of me (time, money, etc) than giving me and being true to myself.

Some things I intend to focus on in 2017

  • Moving more and spending less time with mindless time-suck activities. I need to actually carve out time and follow through on making fitness once again a priority. Not making excuses about time, injuries, etc and just pushing through whether I feel like it or not.
  • Cleaning up my diet.. all that #boatlife and vacationing took its toll and I gained back all that I lost over the past 2 years. Time to get back to healthy, clean living, not only for the way I look and feel but most importantly for my health.
  • Getting outside and into nature more. I’ve always been a nature girl and enjoy it when at the boat but I need that daily dose of fresh air year round.
  • Meditate more and social media less… nuff said!
  • Read more and enjoy more quiet time.
  • Not get sucked into others’ drama.  Live my quiet life with integrity and by my standards. Walk away and not participate or even listen to others’ gossip.
  • Say “NO” more often!!!!!!!!!
  • Appreciate everything.
  • Love more!
  • Be strong in my convictions no matter what.
  • Keep raising my standards and not waiver.
  • Declutter and let go.
  • Be frugal (and convince him to as well) so that we can enjoy the big things in life… (hint, Madeira 2018!)
  • Just be happy!

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Ahhhh….  I made it through a very trying school year and I’m ready to enjoy my summer and recharge my batteries. I am truly blessed to be up at my favorite spot at the lake this week with my knitting needles. books and walking shoes. :) I’m also looking forward to spending as many nights on the boat at the marina this summer as I can if I’m not working. I’m healthy, happy and loving helping others with my AdvoCare business. Life is Good!!







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Thankful :-)

It’s so nice to have a day off from work. :-)  I love being able to get up and exercise, eat a nice breakfast and get caught up on things around the house. I did a lot of housekeeping of my online accounts, and got some paperwork done too. My clothes are off the line, healthy food prep is done for the week and my clothes are laid out for tomorrow already. Tonight, I plan on reading for awhile,  picking up the pointy sticks and getting to bed early. I love being home!!!!

Starting my weekly food prep with breakfasts and lunches. I love having them pre made to just grab and go. Eggs are boiling and fruit and #spark will be packed in the morning. #getfit #fitat50 #eatclean #advocare #webuildchampions #foodprep kcardoza.com to take the journey with me!

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Busy Relaxing..

Ahhhh…. I love my summer vacation life!  Spending the week of quiet up in New Hampshire is just what I needed after the hectic spring and school year. I’m thankful for the gorgeous enclosed porch at our cottage because it’s been raining quite a bit this week. No worries… the ladies went with the flow and settled in to craft. Today is my last day here and I plan on spending it by the water since the sun is out. Not being one to just “sit around” I had a productive week so far. (Yes, keeping busy with projects IS how I relax…)

Here’s a sample of my week:


Family Time


Early morning walks (or runs!)


Porch life…




Spectacular Views!


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So last week, the kids threw us a fabulous party.   On Monday, I started to feel sick with a  sore throat and no voice. As the week went on, I got sicker and needed to take Thursday and Friday out of school. It’s Sunday and I’ve been in PJs since leaving school on Wednesday. I’m so thankful that this bug hit after the big bash and not last week or I wouldn’t have been able to make it!  I was forced to sleep, relax and recuperate. Sometimes the body has a way of forcing you to stop and take it easy. I’m not thankful that I was sick but I am thankful for the timing! My To Do list is growing, between school and family things coming up with Kelsea’s shower, wedding, reception and Jake’s graduation.

The life.... ! #homebody #chihuahuas #reading #weekend

I am also thankful for time to be home to just cuddle my girlies, work on craft projects that I love, read, and relax.  I’m realizing that I need to eliminate things in my life that make me depressed, sad, or miserable. I need to learn to say “no” and I am praying for the strength to make some changes in my life that may not be easy. I’m especially praying for the wisdom to know what to do.  All I do know is… my gut tells me if things give me joy or sap it from me and I need to listen to my gut. It’s clearly telling me something… and life is too short to spend time feeling this way.  Why should I spent my life always waiting for “x” to be done to finally be totally happy? Why can’t it just be now??


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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014!  The year started off at the Madeira Club with friends because Al worked. I have never gone out for New Years Eve but did this year since I was part of the planning committee. It was a fun night! The new year has brought snow and frigid temperatures and a nice long weekend.  This year is sure to be an exciting one with Jake graduating from college in May, Kelsea and Ben getting married and our trip to Hawaii for both ceremonies!  As of Monday, I’m hitting the ground running with clean eating and working out and aim to lose 25 pounds by the time I land in Oahu!  As of now, I’m enjoying Jake’s last week home before heading back for his final semester. Bring on 2014!

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The truth is… it’s Sunday evening and I have the same feeling in the pit of my stomach that I get every Sunday.  Where has my weekend gone already?  I am a homebody and that is nothing new. The feeling of dread is because it’s time to back to work. My favorite weekends are those that I don’t have anything on the calendar. While many people look forward to invites and going out, I always prefer to stay home.  While I’m home, it’s not that I want to be there to veg out on the couch watching TV, (although I do manage to spend some time on Saturday nights watching movies), rather I love to spend it doing domestic things. Yesterday was a fantastic day of cooking and baking. :-)

The truth is… while some consider me to be an excellent teacher, it’s likely because I don’t do anything halfway. I put my all into my job because that’s how I am made and who I am. The truth is… if I could afford to stay home I would walk away right now. Some people feel that they need a career and work for the love of it. My truth is that I work because I need a job to make money. I have ALWAYS wanted to be a homemaker/stay at home mom my entire life. This is nothing new. I put off going to college right after high school because I had no desire to do anything other than that. Unfortunately, finances didn’t allow for it so I went to work.  Eventually, I went to college because if I had to work, it was going to be doing something that would allow me to be home as much as I could to be with my own children.

The truth is… I love cooking, sewing, gardening, crafting, reading, knitting, my dogs, nature and yes… even cleaning. I would love to live on a farm or at least a parcel of land large enough to live a simple life being as self-sufficient as possible. While I do have a garden and preserve as much as I can, I’m limited mostly by time because I work. I would love to have some chickens and maybe some goats (nature’s lawn mowers) and have a huge garden and greenhouse. It would be awesome to have time to cook from scratch every day, including making gluten free bread. I would be a perfect homesteader. While I do some of those things, having to work limits my ability to be as self sufficient as I would like to be.

The truth is… I could care less about the mall, having lots of clothes and other fancy things. If I didn’t work, my closet would contain nothing but comfortable, functional wear. The only reason why I have any dressy clothes and shoes is for work and functions. (Imagine the money I could have saved over the years without all of that!)  I’m so different from so many people that I know. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. The truth is… If I could go back and do it all over again, I would have lived the frugal life, not even bothered to go to college, stayed home with my kids and taken on a small job if I needed to and would not be constantly counting the days until I can retire. I want to live that retired life right now. It’s sad, but a part of me thinks I’ll probably die before ever getting to retire :-(

The truth is… I can’t go back, it’s time to iron my clothes for work tomorrow,   and I pray for a quick week then I can enjoy Christmas break at home.   I’m looking forward to it, not because of Christmas (my dislike of the commercialism of the holidays is not a secret either…) but rather so I can be out of work from December 20th at 2:30 until January 2nd.


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Checking In

Wow… here we go again.. I’ve been absent from the blog for too long. Life is so busy with work, life, volunteering at the Madeira Club and doing things around the house. My jelly/jam/apple butter making is done for the year and here’s hoping that they all go! Last weekend I set up at a bazaar and I’m going to be doing a small one this week as well.

So many things have happened this fall as well… My darling daughter got engaged and rather than getting married in two years as originally planned, they decided to get married on the beach in Hawaii this May when we fly out for my son’s college graduation!  There’s planning, showers, and making ready for the spring.  We’ll be having a reception in June to include the local family and friends. By the time this school year is done I’ll have a college graduate and a married daughter! What a big year!

Yesterday was our Thanksgiving and it was a low key day with just my husband, dad, daughter and fiancé. After cleaning up, I decided to decorate for Christmas so DH and I got everything done except the live tree for the family room. We’ll likely go out to buy it this afternoon and will decorate it this weekend. The plan is to tackle my extremely cluttered and full spare room today. That’s going to be a huge job but since we’ll be pulling out the Christmas bins anyway, it makes perfect sense.

I’ve been knitting and trying to spend at least 15 minutes before bed reading just for pleasure. Usually, during the school year, I’m so busy that it’s all about work. I’m making a conscious effort to have some balance… life is too short!
Feast time! #teaching #classroomthanksgiving #family

Classroom Thanksgiving Feast!


Awesome morning off!

Me time!

It’s ready…



The family <3



Ho, Ho, Ho! lol

Little Christmas “Bush” … Live family room tree coming soon!


I am so grateful and blessed with so much in my life…. LIFE IS GOOD!

PS… The Red Sox won the World Series since my last post! Wooohooo!!



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