Where did 2014 go and how I feel about 2015! + My jam list

Editorial Photography by Martine Sansoucy

Editorial Photography by Martine Sansoucy

Yup. As always at the beginning of every year I am determined to keep up with the blog. Write every day I tell myself… okay, maybe once a week, I could probably handle once a month. And here it is folks, my one blog post for the year! haha not quite, I did have three or four…

So this year I am just not going to make any promises. Things are busy, I am NOT going to lie! That’s why.. some sacrifices (like writing in a blog), have to be made. 2014 was in the door and out the window. I don’t really know where the year went! My boys and I had many summer adventures including our once a year camping trip including grumbling and moaning as we went for nature walks, many many games of Apples to Apples, delicious food that I actually had time to cook, naps, sunset photos, tons of trips to the corner store, lots of my hair falling out, etc, etc.

I also took a trip to BC to visit my dad with my one of my boys and stocked up on incense from China Town. I painted my kitchen yellow, then, I painted my living room light peach (which looks more like pink admittedly), and we FINALLY got new flooring put in our living room. I read many, many books. Business books, fictional books, non-fictional books, self help books, health books, and pretty much any type of book that you can think of. Oh yeah, did I mention I like books?

I watched a LOT of great TV.. I blew through some shows pretty quickly that I became obsessed with. They included Orphan Black, Broadchurch, Homeland, Mr. Selfridge, Broad City, Masters of Sex, Tyrant and Outlander. All totally ridiculously good shows. I listened to a LOT of music. Especially Jamaican music and Hip Hop. I did a LOT of laundry. Because three boys generate an atrocious amount of laundry, but at the same time have an invisible vortex where all socks disappear to.

A lot of things really came together for me. I have been reading, staying inspired, feeling motivated. To do this, I really had to cut people and things out of my life. Sometimes it involved housework. Most of the time it involved cutting out negative people, or people who were draining on my energy. Let me tell you…this helps! I learned a lot about industry friendships in 2014 and some of those lessons were… harsh to say the least. I got stabbed in the back, burned, cheated, and hurt. The bottom line? Trust no one but yourself and be careful with friends in your industry. I make a list every six months of people or things that are negative in my life or drain my energy and I try to eliminate as many on the list as I possibly can. It came with some tough choices and losses last year, but in the end I am a much happier and healthier person!

I photographed some weddings. Scratch that, I photographed a LOT of weddings. I saw some really beautiful dresses, I met some really amazing couples and I had a pretty amazing year! I also won Planet S”s Best Professional Photographer of 2014 and was I ever surprised! What an amazing honor and so humbling to receive. That was a huge boost for my self confidence and has been keeping me motivated to push forward in my career. I always want to continue to push my boundaries, try new things, improve, improve, improve… I still have SO much to learn!

I took the boys to Mexico for a Christmas vacation and my mom came too! It was AHHMAZING to finally be in Mexico with my family! I have admired Mexico on destination weddings for so long, wishing I could share my experiences with my family and I finally got to! We did one excursion too many (totally my fault for over planning) and I probably had one too many shots of Tequila with my mom (it doesn’t take much for me), resulting in a rather wobbly ride to the airport. OOPS!  It’s definitely something we plan to do again and we all had such a blast!

To sum it up, my year was one busy place to be, and let me tell you it came with it’s real challenges too. Raising three boys on your own is NOT easy. The one thing that is always tiring and never-ending is trying to explain to people why I’m tired and just want to chill out when I finally have a moment of time. They think I just have my business and my editing, but are forgetting I have a family at home, a rather large one, that I am 100% financially and emotionally responsible for all of them and I am on my own. It’s not personal, I just have priorities. The boys are getting larger and smellier, my Costco bill is getting higher, the smell of their feet is getting ranker, the never ending piles of laundry are growing and my house is shrinking more and more every day. It’s definitely been a constant balancing act between work and kids, but it’s something that improves every year. It takes a lot of practice but it can be done!

So what’s up for 2015? I just have this feeling… that it is absolutely going to be an amazing year! So many exciting things happening, so many opportunities, amazing clients, plans, travels, and road trips with the boys.

GUESS WHAT!? It has been over a MONTH since I had my last Pepsi.. (almost 40 days to be exact!) I completely quit pop (with the exception of a little cup on the plane), and I can honestly say it’s probably been 10 years since I went even close to a month without Pepsi or pop. So I am pretty darned proud of myself!

I am ready to shove 2014 out the door. Slam the door in it’s face and never look back. I have some new plans that do not involve things in 2014 and I’ve never been one to linger in my past. Every day, every week, every month I have goals, lists, plans and actions to make it happen. Guess what? I have already been crossing things off my lists. This is the year people!

I have some serious business goals.. I write them down. I have vision boards, I am determined. I have some serious personal goals. I even use stickers like a child to mark my accomplishments. Seriously. I am excited about the year! I am excited about life! I have connected with some amazing people already this year, people that could change the direction of my career and lead to much bigger things! 2015 is the year to hustle and grind. Wake up and hustle. Hustle till you make it!

I’m calling on everyone to make this the year you hustle and make shit happen!

I am still ever growing obsessed with music and I have to admit it’s my favorite part of driving. I am loving so many artists and so many different genres of songs that it makes me crazy sometimes. Even though some of these are sooo old school I wanted to share my ever so clever list of songs that I have been putting on repeat lately! P.S I have to admit I omitted a few songs with especially explicit lyrics

1. Aluna George – You Know You Like It

2. Kelly Rowland – This is Love

3.The Weeknd (Kygo Remix) – Often

4. Birdy – Shelter

5. Popcaan – Unruly Rave

6. I-Octane – Love Di Vibe

7. Davido – Aye

8. ZZ Ward – Last Love Song

9 .Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown – It won’t Stop

10. Elley Duhe – The Little Things

11. Miguel – Simple Things

11. Tinashe – Feels Like Vegas

12. Wilkinson – Afterglow

13. Make It Burn Dem – Skrillex ft. Damian Marley

14. Glycerine – Bush

15.The Fly’s – Got you where I want you

16. Michal Jackson – The way you make me feel

17.Wax – Music & Liquor

18. Akon – Don’t Matter

19. Nelly – Just a Dream

20. Childish Gambino – Sober

I would love to hear from you! What are YOUR hustle plans in 2015? Are you using vision boards, writing lists, keeping a Pinterest Board, etc? What are YOU doing to make it happen?

Love, peace & chicken grease (only sometimes though because it’s fattening) – Martine

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Can you believe it is already 2014!?

I can’t. Seriously. 2013 flew by and I feel like I didn’t get the most out of it at times! I definitely do not want to feel that way about 2014. Are you with me?

Firstly, I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and a super awesome fantabulous New Year! I spent my holidays with my family and nothing could be better. Instead of a ton of Christmas presents (that would eventually end up all over my floor, and broken), my boys and I decided to start a new tradition this year! We took ourselves to Las Vegas for an early holiday vacation and it was AHHHHMAZING. So amazing in fact, that it is a tradition we are carrying on in 2014 and bringing extra family with us! It will be exciting for us to plan a trip somewhere new and inspiring each year and at the same time that we are getting in our “family time” we will be exploring the world and making MEMORIES, which are MUCH more important than any gifts in my opinion. I have always been a traveler and my kids have always loved our EPIC family road-trips so this just feels like the perfect fit for us!

2013 was wonderful, don’t get me wrong. I had some real highs, some real business successes, some real love, some real life changes and some real revelations! I also had some real lows, some real disappointments in people and things, some real failures as a person and in my business, some real heartache in my personal life, some real self confidence SMACK DOWNS. Through it all, my goal for staying positive kept me above the water and I believe my positivity is what gets me through MOST of my real lows.

Guess what? I want MORE out of 2014! I want MORE successes, more maintenance of a fantastic self confidence, more learning AND teaching moments, more LOVE, more closeness with the people around me, better bonds with my children, better relationships with my clients, better organization in my life and my business, and above all a BETTER quality of life! I think this is what everyone wants … and needs!

I have always been a little on the crazy side when it comes to my organization and books full of inspiring information, client forms, details, wedding forms, wedding clients, taxes, receipts, etc, etc. What my life has been missing is LIFE organization though. So in the past few weeks, I have been implementing an organizational challenge for myself. It includes sitting down and WRITING down all of tomorrows tasks, schedule and mini-goals.

EVERY YEAR I sit down and write out some hair-brained scheme New Years Resolutions and every year that piece of paper never resonates with me and it gets lost in the shuffle of life… possibly being thrown away and never to be read again. This year I propose NO MORE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!!! Yes, I said it… NO MORE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS! Instead, I am writing NEW MONTH RESOLUTIONS. Just like when you develop a dream board, you need to be looking and dreaming over that board on a regular basis, I think it is JUST as important to re-visit your resolutions and goals as often as possible! So I thought, why not once a month. Here are the rules and measures you need to take in order to be MORE successful with your monthly resolutions!

1. WRITE IT DOWN!

Writing down your goals and dreams will dramatically increase your chances of achieving your goals, and subconsciously work their way into your brain. It helps your brain memorize and that can’t possibly be a bad thing, can it?

2. BE SPECIFIC & WILL not WANT!

It is not enough to just jot down something like “Lose weight”. WHY? Why do you want to lose weight? How will that make you feel? How will it change your life? Be as specific as possible. ALWAYS write it as a WILL not a WANT, because you know the saying; “Where there’s a WILL there’s a way!” It can be anything from “I will make a healthy home cooked meal at least 3 times a week” to “I will take a 10 minute walk outdoors every morning” to “I will drink 8 cups a water of day and cut out sugary drinks like pop and juice.” OR you can give a more generalized goal that you want to achieve but make sure you say WHY. ” I WILL lose weight because I want to feel healthy, have more energy, fit back into my skinny jeans, and I want to play with my children without getting so tired!”

3. MEDITATE ON IT!

Meditation has factually proven to have so so many health benefits, including lowering your heart rate. It is also what I believe to be one of the most important steps in making your goals and dreams a reality. REALLY visualize yourself achieving your goals and dreams and what it would look and FEEL like. Keep that feeling going and really focus on that feeling for as long as you can. Do this as often as possible, once a day is ideal!

4. RE-READ IT, OUT LOUD!

Re-read your resolutions often (every couple of days!) before bed, or when you first wake up in the morning. Keep your resolutions beside your bed, or posted on the fridge, or somewhere for easy access. Read it. Read it OUT LOUD. There is some sort of crazy power in reading your own words. I read one time in a magazine that when you place an object somewhere (like your keys for example), tell yourself out loud “Keys on the coffee table” and it will greatly increase your chances of remembering where you put that object. Seriously, I am forgetful when it comes to certain things and I can not tell you how much this little trick helped me! SO, read your resolutions out LOUD!

5. PLAN OF ACTION!

Make a plan of action. This may BE even MORE important than the actual goal itself. Once you make your goal you need to make a plan of action! What is the first small step you need to make? This is something you can write down on your DAILY memo until you have gotten that action down and then you can move on to the next. This is seriously, seriously important. I can not stress how important. Remember that BIG results are achieved by making little changes and you will have more success with small steps, than large leaps. Large leaps can often cause falling, failure and disappointments. Small steps build self confidence, break habits and lead to ultimate success. (Unless you need to take a big leap in your business or because of a health related issue – these are times when big leaps are necessary to make these changes FAST!)

6. STAY POSITIVE!

Positivity is KEY. You must believe you can achieve anything you want to in life… because it’s TRUE. People have dug themselves out of terrible illnesses, cured themselves of depression, gotten themselves out of dire situations and mended things in their lives with the power of positivity! I can not express enough how I believe in the power of positivity and the ability to view things in a positive NOT a negative light. In fact I don’t even like saying the other word! Stay positive about your goals and always always believe in yourself. YOU CAN DO THIS!

7. REWARD YOURSELF!

Always reward all of your goals achieved! Big or small, making changes in your life is not always easy and you deserve the rewards of your hard work! Your reward may simply be fitting back into those skinny jeans, or making another person smile, or a new dress, or dinner out with your spouse… the list could go on! Sometimes the reward will automatically come with the win, and it’s important for you to also write down how you will reward yourself, or the personal rewards you will FEEL and experience.

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So if you skimmed past all of these important steps and got to this point, I highly recommend that you read them! I have made my own monthly resolution sheet that I have already filled out for myself and keep in my “inspiration binder”. I go through my inspiration binder at least once every couple of days so I know I will be checking out my list on a regular basis!

I have started by listing 5 goals that I would like to start working towards THIS MONTH! Remember to be specific and replace the word WANT with WILL!

Next I have made a plan of action for each one of my goals, enabling me to take the right steps to achieving my goal! Remember that small steps achieve great things!

I have then listed all of the ways that I will be emotionally, physically, materially or spiritually rewarded when I achieve my goals!

I believe your learning is NEVER done! I am a fan of bettering yourself as much as possible in every way you can! Choose one thing you can go out and learn this month, whether it is learning to have more patience, or learning 100 words in Spanish, or learning to care for a plant. Go out and educate yourself and GROW!

Lastly, I have listed one DREAM that I will make reality this year! This is my chance to get wild and crazy with my dream, put it into my subconscious and meditate on it!

Repeat this and fill this out EVERY month!!! It’s so en-lighting and inspiring, I hope that you will want to get out of bed in the morning and start working towards and achieving your goals! If you don’t meet a goal one month, REPEAT it… REPEAT your yearly goal or change it. Remember that repetition and writing things down are important tools in working these goals into your subconscious to get them going!

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Remember to plan your day out for the next day every night and wake up feeling in control of your day!

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Well everyone, I really hope this helps you all out! I want you all to have a happy, healthy, prosperous and successful year in 2014! Embrace your true self and let go of any negatives you have lingering. Take small steps to achieve great things and always look up and ahead!

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xoxo – M