The Hustle is Real (?)


Hustle… “to move or work in a quick and energetic way”

This is the context I’m using “hustle” in… Google that word and be amazed by the many definitions.

The Hubs and I own a couple businesses as well as maintaining our full time jobs.  To say we have a lot keeping us busy could be an understatement… If we were straight up hustling.

Truthfully, I know how to look great on the outside.  I can say the right words, take the right actions, get excited like all my friends and continually try to grow myself as a person.  Sometimes you can act your way into being… You can do something enough that you assimilate it into your life and you really do become that way.  But I know that I walk right down the middle – not doing enough to actually hustle but doing enough that I look like I’m rocking it out.  Because people pleasing. Because it’s sometimes easier to care more about how people see you than to do something that will actually change your life. Because it’s just straight up easier… Until everyone else moves forward and you’re left behind wallowing in your “whoops” moment.

P.S. Disclaimer: If I had credibility when it came to hustling, there would be no need for this blog post.  So there’s that.

Hubs and I own a network marketing business and a photography business.  One allows us to build it once (if we hustle) and one is traditional business ownership.  One of our mentors brought this thought to the table… “How do you view building your business?  Are you running a 200 yard dash or a marathon?”  How hard we work determines the length of the race we all choose to run.  It all starts with how I think about what I am doing.  What are my goals, dreams and aspirations?  Do they permeate my life and my decisions or do they just sound like fantastic ideas that get praise from other people?  I was reminded that there may not be a defined time frame and I can’t say that on [insert date here] then everything will have gotten its stuff together.  What I can say is that there is a defined end to our business goals.  Do what we need to now, do it enough now and then realize the rewards of your work.

I don’t want to be that person that can speak freely about what they need to do and admit to their lack of effort but then they don’t let that change them.  I want to change but that responsibility is mine and mine alone. Self-management and stuff.

Let’s hustle, homies.  I believe you can.  I believe I can.

Truthfully doe…

Imma be real with you… Consistency is a hard one to grab ahold of.  (I’m unsure that “ironic” is the correct word here but,  ironically my blog is one of those many inconsistencies).

I am a great starter of things

I am that person who hears a fantastic concept and is so determined that “by gosh this time it’ll be different.” 

Need something started? I’m your gal!

Does anyone out there relate…?

I don’t want to live in the land of “if I” though. That’s not what I’m meant for and neither are you. Sometimes we do have to decide not to finish what we start ans for good reasons but my goodness, finish what you start. Break the mold and defeat what status quo says and what normal says and what average says. Is my word my honor or do I lie with every breath I expend saying “yes” to something whether the intentions be noble or not.

Something I have found that does help is accountability with another person. Wanna know what helps more? A desire. Because I have found that you can make something foolproof to the point of making sure every little thing is recorded so you don’t miss a beat but IF YOU DONT WANT IT, IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU DO. You can’t create a fail safe for a lack of want and desire and hunger. It’s not possible. Figure out what burns inside of you and chase it like it’s the only thing you have to chase.

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.” -Og Mandino




The word itself stings and hurts.

: a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong

a :a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety

I would like to shed a light on the significance I allow this word to have in my life. Growing up, I had a lot of expectations put on me which isn’t a bad thing by itself. Where the less than good enters is what happens when you don’t live up to those expectations and you disappoint or anger the powers that be.

Maybe you begin to expect those same things out of yourself. Then the shame comes not only from without bit from within.

To be told by someone you’re not good enough is one thing…

To believe it for yourself is another…

As long as I can remember, when I mess up, there comes with that mistake a lot of baggage that grows teeth and eats me up inside.

Because I equate mistakes with me being a mistake. My failures mean I am a failure.

But God…

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

God sees through our shame, our pride, our hurt and still Loved us enough to sacrifice for us…. God still sees through my hurt and my shame.

Have you heard people say be prepared when you ask for humility, to learn how to extend grace and love instead of impatience and frustration? God answers… And He teaches you.. How better to learn than to be humbled yourself and have human grace extended to you. how it hurts though

I end with this verse to remind you to Whom you answer to in the end… And it’s not that authority figure, your friend, your boss, a stranger… No, when you know where you’re expectations can and should lie, the puzzle pieces come together.

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

Psalm 62:5,6

For my Brother

This is Noah


He’s my little brother and today is his birthday! (Happy Birthday!)

We haven’t always had the best of relationships, but we have been and always will be family. And you know what Lilo says about family… 😉 If not… Google it.

Things I admire about Noah..

He is the athletic sibling… He ran cross country, played basketball on the court and a bunch at home.. I was not gifted with such talent:)

When he decides something, that’s how it is going to be – while that can be a weakness, it can very much be a strength

Did you know he not only plays piano but sings too?! And well, I might add!

He’s going to school for ASL, you guys! That’s not a language we were around a lot as kids but he is doing an amazing thing by learning and growing himself.

Did I mention he’s pretty smart too…? Not just looks, that one.

To Noah:

I wish for you all the best this next year of your life. I hope that no matter where life leads you and where it leads me, you remember that I have your back and that I love you.

Keep an open mind, love your friends, family and God most of all. He hasn’t failed you.

Stick to your guns on those important decisions and to what is RIGHT.

Keep working hard in school — You will succeed in anything you do if you keep your desire in front of your eyes consistently.

Find your WHY – what do you want to do most… Then.. Do It.. Even when you’re told its silly or dumb or you’ll never be able to.

Haters gonna hate. 😉 Don’t let them suck the joy of life from you.

You can be amazing… And you will be.

Here’s looking at you, kid.

Love you,






Two of our very good friends got engaged today! I am so happy for them and can’t wait to watch them begin their new journey together as hubby and wifey to be! Casey and David, we are so proud of you and we are grateful to be a part of your lives!!

Enjoy some pictures of sweet Casey! These are being added to my hair styling and makeup artistry portfolio!:-)