After a long hard-working day, you relax with?
I wish I could say I relax more than I do. With three boys, my day doesn’t end until 10pm. The most relaxing thing to me is simply finding a quiet corner in my house and just “being” for a minute. Sometimes I retreat to my closet, which was built with enough room so that I could get in there and have my own space. It’s peaceful and relaxing to me to just be quiet for a little while. Other than finding moments of quiet, I love getting massages, and try my best to do those every other week, and sometimes every week if I can.
Social media has grown big. What is the best part about it?
I love that social media gives anyone and everyone a chance to let their voice be heard, talents be seen, or introduce their own product to the world without having to depend on traditional ways of “making it”. You don’t have to wait to be seen or discovered anymore. I have always said, if the path is not there, create your own, and we are able to do that now more than ever, be it music, or art, or a service we want to provide. Use social media for its positive value and the world is at your fingertips. I love that it connects people that wouldn’t otherwise be connected over city lines, state lines, or even international lines.
How do you take out time for family? 5 ways to utilize your family time the best?
With three boys ages 14, 9, and 2, as well as three bonus daughters (aka. step daughters) who are all in their 20s and married, I’ll be the first to admit that slowing down isn’t easy. With the two older boys in year round sports, a husband who owns and runs our health care company, and me working to grow a blog and booking acting and hosting jobs, we absolutely have to intentionally make time or the week is gone before we know it. Much of our family time is spent simply sitting together in our family room, enjoying our favorite family shows or movies, and laughing together. We also spend family time at baseball fields with both boys supporting each other in something they both love. That may sound strange, but since they share the same interest and I love watching them both do what they love, the baseball field is often a family outing because as a family we share one another’s goals.
Additionally, we recently built a pool and backyard entertainment area so that we could create fun and lasting memories with all six of the kids as well as the son-in-laws. Our family has grown over the past 3 years with all three girls getting married, and adding our newest boy. With the age spread between all the kids, it’s very important to my husband and me that we are intentional in getting everyone together to make memories.
Resolutions or goals for 2020?
I am a goal oriented person if there has ever been one. I am constantly setting goals for myself throughout the year, be it health and fitness related, career related, or family/lifestyle related. I’ve always found that goal setting is what keeps me pushing myself to be the best version of me. I get bored, and a little lost, without goals. That being said, I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions since I feel like I’m doing that throughout the year. But, for 2020 I certainly have things I plan to accomplish. First, I want to grow my blog (livinsharp.com), and really hone in on my brand. It’s only a year old, and I spent most of this year really figuring out my direction with it and learning what the blogging/influencer world is all about, as well as my purpose in it. It’s been one big continuous learning curve and one thing I’ve definitely learned is that blogging is a marathon not a sprint, especially with 3 young children who take priority. In 2020 I’ll be seeking more opportunities in television hosting for networks or streaming services, and will continue to grow my acting portfolio seeking roles in the faith based and family friendly film industry. The opportunities in Nashville are growing every day, so these are goals I’ll be pushing toward. On the family/lifestyle front, I want to finish furnishing and decorating our home.
We finished a remodel/add-on project over a year ago and have rooms that are still empty, so making my house a home is a huge priority. And lastly, I want to get fit Tabata style. I can’t wait to see what this new method of exercise does for my body and overall feeling of health.
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