My Three Goals for December | Rafael Painter ‘Soul of Love’ Diary – Part 2

Debbie: White Leotard Bodysuit : White Lace Swim Cover Up | Turquoise Necklace (Vintage, My Own) Similar | Albert: TJ’s Maxx, Similar – Men’s White Linen Shirt | Men’s Khaki Shorts | Emi & Chloe: White Leotard | White Swim Cover Up |  Elijah: Boy’s White Button Down Shirt | Boy’s Chino Shorts

Last month I introduced you to the amazing work of Rafael Painter in a blog post titled Giving Thanks.  He has an amazing ability to capture the spirit of individual families, children, couples, pet owners — you name it!  When I view our family photos my heart is full of love for each member of my family.

My heart aches just a little knowing that there is only one more month in 2016 to be the best wife, mother and friend to my husband and children.  My children are growing up way too fast!  Yes, you mommies with young kids time really does fly!

As I reflect upon this last month my heart is full of incredible memories.  Memories that are filled with laughter, memories of growing pains with each of my children and myself, memories of tears both happy and sad, memories of our fun family vacations and mini-trips.  Memories of doctor, dentist, and orthodontic appointments.  Memories of birthdays, anniversaries, milestones and school assemblies!  SO MANY MEMORIES!  I can’t list them all…..

Now, with tomorrow being December 1st which marks the first day of the last month of the year I want to channel my efforts, energy and passion to what truly matters in my life and enjoy every minute despite the craziness the holidays can bring.  Okay, I am going to be quite real with you and share my innermost thoughts and feelings as I manage life as a wife, mother, blogger, and business entrepreneur.

My Three Goals for December 

GOAL 1: Make sure to nourish myself.  I need to take time each day to take care of myself.  It is important to make myself a priority.  Exercising for me is non-negotiable.  I actually cater my schedule around my workout plans. When I make myself a priority, everyone in my family benefits!

That is a good thing! Be gentle with yourself!  Treat yourself well. As women we will give, give, give to others which is a beautiful thing.  However, make sure to include yourself at the top of the list with getting TLC.

GOAL 2:  I need to commit to re-commit to spend more quality time with my family.  This requires me to say no. Can I tell you how hard this is!  I am a recovering ‘people pleaser!’  I tend to over-commit to things because I don’t want to disappoint those I interact with.

But, in the end my family hurts and I hurt too.  My sweet loving husband and my sweet adorable children matter the most and they deserve my 100%!  Over the last year, I have taken out the unnecessary ‘time suckers’ out of my life. This results in a more relaxed happier mom which translates to a happier home life!  It is a win – win!

GOAL 3: Lead with love!  Can I tell you how much stress can wreck havoc in your family life,  personal life and emotional well-being.  When I am stressed out — running myself ragged I am exhausted, cranky, and short-tempered.  When I am in this state I can not lead with love.  I want to create an environment at home where there is peace, comfort, security and warmth.

When I nurture myself emotionally, physically, and spirituality I am able to tap into my divine being and offer compassion, patience, and love to my spouse and children. Learning to continually forgive is important too – this also includes forgiving yourself when you have made mistakes.

So, there you have it My Top Three Goals for December!  Thank you for reading this post and I hope it causes you to reflect and consider what your top three goals for December are.  Please share with me your thoughts!  And, don’t you think my photos from Rafael Painter are magical!?!


My Orange County Friends: I want to share with you a special promotion that Rafael Painter is having for the month of December.  Check out Rafael’s Holiday Gift Specials.  Make sure to contact him as soon as possible as his spots get filled up fast!

Rafael Painter Soul of Love| Holiday Gift Specials

$600 Holiday Gift Special Includes:
Rafael Painter Soul of Love Portrait Session
 One 12×8 Inch Custom Retouched Photographic Portrait
A $900 Value

$1200 Holiday Gift Special Includes:
Rafael Painter Soul of Love Portrait Session
One 14×11 Inch Photographic Oil Painting
A $1900 Value

$1600 Holiday Gift Special Includes:
Rafael Painter Soul of Love Portrait Session
One 18×12 Inch Photographic Oil Painting
A $2300 Value 

To book a session or for additional information please contact:
Rafael Guajardo
(949) 939-7286
Note: Holiday gift certificates may not be used with any other Soul of Love specials.  This promotion ends January 5, 2017.Gift certificates expire one year from purchase date. Digital files are not included. Framing is additional.

S/H is additional. Travel outside Orange County is additional. Paintings mounted on museum quality preservation board canvas or hardboard is additional. Portraits include two subjects. $100 per each additional subjects.

Thank you Rafael Painter for being a sponsor.  Thank you for supporting brands and companies that I love!




  1. November 30, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Your family photos are gorgeous. I love your post and that you are putting your goals and yourself out there. I am with you on all those goals and am looking to bring more love and happiness into my life and say no to the stress, the craziness that comes up and just sit back and enjoy my family. Love my family and my life. Every day is so precious so I am choosing to live in the present and not in a life of stress. Thank you for the beautiful words and post. xo Jen

    • November 30, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you Jen! This post really meant a lot to me. It was very therapeutic to sit down and really identify what truly matters in my life. I am so glad you connected with it too! xoxo

  2. Cortney
    December 1, 2016 / 12:19 am

    Gorgeous photos! Honestly, the bottom one of the kids looks like a painting—a true piece of art!
    I love your goals!!!! They are such great reminders of what matters most! Thanks for sharing!

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      Hi Cortney! Thank you so much! Rafael’s work is just incredible! xoxo Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! It means so much because I know you have your hands full! xoxo

  3. December 1, 2016 / 1:35 am

    Wow! That’s such an amazing photo of your family. The goals you set for yourself in the new year are inspiring. Good for you. I’m sure you will accomplish each one of your goals as happiness in your life depends on it. Happy 1st day of December love! Xo

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Hi Pentene! Thank you so much for your supportive words and friendship! xoxo

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Hi there! Thanks for saying hi and leaving a comment! Have a great day!

  4. Nicole
    December 1, 2016 / 5:11 am

    Lovely blog about your goals and family photos, happy holidays.

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      Hi Nicole! Thank you so much! xoxo

  5. Amanda Nicholas
    December 1, 2016 / 11:08 am

    How fantastic! Yes simply simplify and enjoy the moments with those we love. There is beauty all around!! And your family looks beautiful!!

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Hi Amanda! Thank you so much! Simplify KEY WORD! I am so good at Complicating things! Ha ha…

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Hi Zunera! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a kind comment! xo

    • December 2, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Hi Courtney! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Oh, my gosh! I am laughing that is sooo true! Scheduling “life”and outfits around when I wash I my hair! xo

  6. December 2, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Such a great post!! I love all your goals for this month!! xx

    • December 2, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Hi Ilona! Thank you so much! Hold me accountable to it! xoxo

  7. December 3, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Hi Debbie,

    First of all, your family is beautiful! So beautiful. Your love for them shines in this post. I love that you created goals before the new year. My goal is to be fully present with the people that I am with. Thanks for the inspiration!


    • December 3, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you Katelyn!I love my family so much! The best gifts in my life!! I am so honored that I inspired you and being “present” in life is a blessing to both the recieipent and giver! xoxo

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