1st Day of school, The Lewis Crew

It's been a while since I've posted personal pics, so here you go! 2 down, 1 to go ☺
♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

Girl Talk

From the moment that I knew I was pregnant, I knew she was a girl. It wasn't just the fact that I felt just about every pregnancy symptom imaginable within 3 weeks of conceiving right up until the day that I delivered her (It's an old wives tale that girls make you sicker during pregnancy due to increased estrogen). It was a connection that I felt almost immediately. There is absolutely nothing like the bond between mother and daughter. She's my best friend and the most hilarious person that I know. She's taught me so much about myself and life in general, just as I'm teaching her as we go along in this journey together. Life is always the best teacher, but at least she knows that she will never have to face any obstacle alone.

Raising my daughter to be a strong, smart and independent woman is one of my top priorities. Too many young girls are falling short of the simple and basic principles of life, like pride and self respect. A lot of the traps that our babies are falling into can easily be avoided with just a little womans' intuition. The problem is that we aren't being taught or are not teaching just how to listen to that intuition. We're giving away our power by the loads full simply because we don't know how to use it and it has to start somewhere. It should start at home because please believe that while you are awaiting the right time to bring it up, she's learning from everything else around her. TV or friends who really don't know anymore than her; The blind leading the blind!

This is an important matter that will continue to resurface until we really start paying attention. Not trying to control or change them, but getting involved in their lives so you know whats going on. Maintaining the bond so that you can tell when somethings wrong,  when it's time to ease up and let them find their way, or when its time to pull the parent card! There is no sure fire way to ensure that your children will blossom into a model citizens, but when you equip them with the right tools & knowledge you can rest assured that you did your part.

♥Ciara "Cc" Denise
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Monday Job Spotlight

For the moms looking for sublimental income working from home, check out this neat website that I ran across ... http://www.wahm.com/ {{Work at Home Mom}}

                    ♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

Every Woman should know ...

how to prevail in the mist of disappointment.

No matter what the disappointment is: lost loved one, failed relationship, not where you want to be in life, etc. you must know and understand that your current situation is not permanent. If you are continuously striving to better yourself, good things will come with time. Just hold on!

♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

It's About Time

It is week 3 and I am too ashamed of my non-progress to post, lmao {I wish it was that easy!} I plan to come back strong next week, though. SO, stay tuned ;-) ...

♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

Monday Job Spotlight!

Work from home for real with http://www.vipdesk.com/ . Just sign up & see if you qualify. Easy, seriously.

♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

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♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

It's About Time ... Part III

August 15/Week 3/2 lbs

Not a big difference from last week, but a difference none the less ... I'm happily moving along with the workout regimen. Can't wait until I can fit back into my skinny jeans ... and then have to go by smaller ones!! Ready to kick it up a notch!!

♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

Every Woman should know ...

... how to accept a compliment!
A simple thank you is good enough. No need to deny or defend ... just accept it and let it do it's job ;-)

♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

Get Lost ...

... in thought with some feel good tunes! Take time out for yourself at least 1 hour everyday. Everyone around you will thank you for it, lol!!
♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

Try as you might ...

... You can not control other people! No matter who they are or what you do for them. Everyone has a mind of their own. Even in cases of influence, it may seem as if you can persaud someone to do the things that you want them to but they still have to agree to do it. It is a painful reality, especially when it comes to your children. But once accepted, it's freeing. Trust that you have done your part and it is now up to them to live thier lives.

♥Ciara "Cc" Denise

Job Spotligt Monday - Employed-online.com

Looking to work online from home??? Look no further ... this site is updated daily with online gigs, both temp and ongoing!

♥Ciara ... Let me know how it goes!!
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Current Contest!!!

Send your "Every Woman" story to Info@CcDenise.com for a chance to win a cool prize! More details HERE.

It's About Time ... Part II

August 8/Week 2/4 lbs

I'm at the start of week two and I feel pretty confidant about this go round! I've already lost 4 lbs by watching what I'm eating {{how much mainly!}} and working out. I'm even more pumped because I think I got a schedule that I can stick with for the long run which makes all the difference for me. I will switch out in a minute if I feel like it won't fit in my schedule.
That's all for now: short & sweet!

Share your tips! Let me know what keeps you on point & motivated for the long run ... I need all the help I can get!!!

Every Woman should know ...

... How to be alone and still enjoy herself!

You can take this in any context you'd like ... it's all relevant. If you don't enjoy your own company or you don't know what gets you to where you need to go, how can you expect someone else to? Stop looking for something {or someone} to get into every night of the week. Spend some time getting to know what makes you tick ... what makes you smile ... what makes you happy. No one is going to do it for you ... ♥Ciara Denise

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Getting Connected ...

Being spiritual to me goes beyond what religion I believe in or who I feel has the ultimate say so in what eventually happens to us as a people. Being spiritual to me is more about MY SPIRIT. It's about me doing what I need to do to be more in touch with what makes me happy or what keeps me connected. In order for the elements of your life to flow together they have to be connected. For me, it's as simple as the time I spend alone. Since I was a little girl I've understood the importance of silence. Being still and just listening. Seldom do you find any answers in the wake of chaos. When things get to busy for me or when I begin to feel like something is wrong, I make a way to be by myself. Granted - with 3 toddlers, the hubby, work, writing, blogging, 3 dogs, house keeping, cooking and everything else that pops up in my life - it's not always easy for me to do this, but I know that it's necessary so I make it a priority. Since I've recently gotten back on my health kick, it serves as my me time. I get lost in the silence or the music while I'm on the elliptical or I drive in silence and just think. Sometimes, I get up a little earlier than the kids or stay up after they're put to bed to enjoy the peace and quite. Whatever I have to do, I do it and it makes a world of difference.

What do you do that brings you closer to yourself on a daily basis???

Update Wednesday!

Wednesday is officially the day for updates .... so here they are!

  • I'm trying out some what of a schedule  .... {Sunday} It's About Time  - my personal journal {Monday} Job Spotlight {Tuesday} Relationship articles {Wednesday} Updates {Thursday} Spiritual Articles/Products {Friday} Every Woman should know series {Saturday} Weekly recap in Pics ... I'll still be posting whatever comes to mind on those days but you can look forward to the days' specific topic as well!

  • Changes to www.CiaraDenise.com ... look out for the changes coming to the official site!

  • Link Share ... take advantage of my viewers & visitors by adding your link to my sites AND return the favor by adding my links to yours! Free advertising!

  • EWNAP Virtual Book Release Tour! More details coming soon!!
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Is it You???

When things go bad in any type of relationship - whether its family, love, friends or career wise - it's always easy to blame the other party for the fall out. Seldom do we look at ourselves to see that maybe {just maybe} we did something or allowed something to go on that lead to the disagreement. Here are a few tips that might help you and your relationship get beyond the drama or at least get you past it ...
  • If your life is consistently on high drama ... it may be you. Drama can be addictive and I, myself am guilty of subconsciously falling into common traps of it. Once I realized this, I started making a conscience effort to avoid drama-filled situations and people ... and what do you know ... less drama.
  • If you never ever feel the need to apologize because you are never wrong ... it may be you. Everyone has their days, no one is perfect and most disagreements are easily squashed with a simple "I apologize for ..." If you feel that you are never in the wrong, chances are: You are the problem. Sometimes you may only need to apologize for your reaction to some one else's imperfection. Whatever the case is, life is simpler when you apologize and let it go.
  • If you find yourself holding on to old grudges ... it's definitely You! He who angers you, controls you {Author unknown}. Don't allow the past to hinder your present life situation. There is absolutely no need for it. This does not mean to forget and not learn from the experience, it only means to forgive and move on. Take the lesson with you, but leave the ill feelings where they are because they only make you feel worse.
  • If you just don't feel the love ... it may be you. Relationships should always be 50/50, but not necessarily in the same way. I may be the friend that you can call and cry to, but you may not be that friend for me. However, you are the friend that I can call for information on anything when I need it or you may be the friend that I hang out with. Don't expect people to love you the way that you love. They are not you. You're only setting yourself up for failure. Accept people for who they are and you'll see how easy it is to recognize the good in them and if it still isn't easy, then it's time to re-evaluate the relationship.
  • If you take and never give or vise versa ... it maybe you. Selfishness is never in season. It's obvious, ugly and only leads to resentment. Now, that doesn't mean give, give, give until you have nothing left. If you're giving your all to someone, they should be filling you up in return. Don't waste your time on one way takers.
  • If it's always someone else's fault ... it may be you. You didn't finish school because your parents weren't supportive. You can't be faithful because your mate doesn't keep you satisfied. You didn't make it to work because your friends wanted to hang out late. COW MANURE! You have to take responsibility for yourself and your decisions. Otherwise, shut up and deal with whatever "they" give you.
Just in case you didn't get the message ... it's mostly always YOU. Only you have the power to make you happy. It's no one else's responsibility. If you are unhappy with someone or something, figure out why. If it's worth fixing, fix it. If not, replace it. Harboring ill feelings only pollutes you. Deal with the matter and move on ... life is much simpler that way.

♥Ciara Denise
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Monday Job Spotlight

This weekly section is for any one who is currently looking for employment. Whenever I run across an awesome website, individual posting, or tips for resume writing, interviewing, etc. I will post it under this label ...

JobNab.com is this weeks spotlight! JobNab is designed to work in favor of the job seeker vs. the employer like most job sites. They ensure that you are right for the job and vice versa by posting as much information as possible and providing a thorough screening process. Make sure you sign up today if you are looking for employment!
♥Ciara Denise
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Every Woman Needs a Giveaway!! Part II

It's that time again! To enter the contest send an email to Info@CcDenise.com detailing your story of being an "Every Woman". Contestants must also be a subscriber to the Cc's Notebook Newsletter and a fan of the Cc's Notebook Facebook Fanpage to qualify. The most compelling story with supporting evidence and compliance with all rules will be announced the winner.  For the definition of an "Every Woman" please visit HERE. Winner will be announced on September 5, 2010 during a virtual Meet & Greet with me, Author Ciara Denise. The Virtual event will be held on the last day of the EWNAP Virtual Book Release Tour, more details are coming soon! The Prize will be the pictured EWNAP Travel Mug ... more prizes will be given out throughout the Book Tour to participants! If you have any questions please email them to Info@CcDenise.com as well.

It's About Time

August 1/ Week 1/ 0 lbs.

I would love to start this off by saying that I'm getting back in shape after having my baby! But let's be real ... my "baby" just turned 3 years old last month. I've long since run out that as a legitimate excuse! Every since I can remember compiling my very first 'New Years Resolution List' there has been one item that never fails to make the top 5 ... one point that I never seem to be able to mark off ... one check mark that NEVER makes the cut. Losing weight as always been an issue for me. I've been up and down most of my life and even during the times where I was happy with the way I've looked, I was never happy with the numbers. The scale and I have continued a love-hate relationship since we've been acquainted and I'm ready to change it all now. Why now? Because I realized recently that if I'd been serious about this from day one, it would all be behind me already, literally. Every time an event comes up I think,"I'd be ready by now if I would have started months ago!" Well, let's just call today "months ago" because that's exactly what it will be when I look back in a few months! When it comes time to compile that list of things I want to accomplish in 2011, I will really have to sit down and think about it because there will be no leftovers from 2010! Everything that I've wanted to accomplish thus far is well on it's way, if not completed ... the big move {check} ... starting my own company {check} ... publishing my first book {check} 2010 has shown me that absolutely nothing is holding me back so there is absolutely no reason for me not to be in the best shape of my life. The Plan has been printed out and posted on my fridge AND my bathroom mirror. The alarm clock has been set, the ipod is ready ... It's about time!
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