A Year of JOY

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To celebrate the last year of my 30's (YIKES! How the hell did THAT happen?), I've decided to dedicate the next 365 days to following my joy.


Each day for the next year, I will journal what I've done to get to happy. I encourage you to join me on this journey! Track your joy-filled moments here or in your own private journal. But, whatever you do FOLLOW YOUR JOY! You are worth it....



Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

7/23/12
I started the day with a Bikram Yoga class and, rather than focusing on how hot it was or just how much cake I've eaten over the past 5 days I focused on the joy of moving my body. I felt strong and masterful. While I'm not the most flexible chick on the planet, I'm getting better and really feel good after each class.

My MOST joyful moment of the day was taking the time to eat lunch, sitting down at a table at my absolute favorite tea parlor. I had a beautiful organic green tea with honey, a poached apple and carmelized onion salad over spinach and (the icing on the "cake") my FAVORITE chocolate scone.

adry0623 said...

I am going to go to the gym and start walking around my house. it makes me feel good knowing m doing something good to my body. and to get my mind off my daily life and walk or exercise. and spend time with my daughter.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssmama Update:

7/24/12

Rather than rushing my kids to camp so I could catch my train to work, I actually enjoyed our drive this morning. We had a great conversation (about robots, of course). We did group hug at the doors to summer camp, and I nearly cried as my youngest called out to his older brother for another hug before they scampered off to their groups.

After work, I made time with a great girlfriend from business school at a school cocktail hour. I never go to these things, but I'm SO glad that I did. Not only did I get to connect with a phenomenal woman whom I adore, but I met another great woman from my alma mater.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

7/25/12

Had another great summer camp drop off this morning. We talked about robots and sang silly songs and I answered every one of their 5000 insane questions while enjoying every moment (rather than screaming for silence)

At camp, Victor didn't cling and cry but he did ask me for a hug, a BIG hug AND a kiss on the cheek before going to his counselor. Given both boys have decided that kisses burn, I'll take that as a win!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

7/26/12
It's only 10am and my day is already filled with joy! I snuck in a 6am Bikram Yoga class and feel like superwoman.

I hear 2 separate songs from my wedding on the radio (our first dance and the dance with my Daddy) and smiled all the way to work.

And, it's Pirate/Princess Party at camp today. Both boys were completely decked out including hats with stringy pirate hair attached, vests, ripped pants and white shirt with eye patches. We took a picture together before I ran off to work - I'll have to post it later.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

7/27/12

We have every other Friday off in the summer at my job, and today was my lucky Friday. After dropping the kids to summer camp, I got my butt kicked at Bikram Yoga and walked through this incredible new designer consignment store in the next town over. I grabbed lunch at my favorite sandwich spot and then (brace yourself) SAT ON MY COUCH, at lunch while watching my favorite show on my DVR.

I DID NOT balance a checkbook, run errands or clean a thing. I actually allowed myself to ENJOY my day off. I could get used to this...

icescreammama said...

you're pirates are delish! How could you not EnJOY! Eat them up.

keep on keepin on.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: The Weekend Edition (7/28-7/29/2012)

My Journey to Joy hit a bit of a rough patch this weekend. We got some tough news about a close family friend facing a brutal battle with Leukemia. Beside feeling extreme sadness and worry for our friend, I fell into a "what if" funk regarding my own health (what if the night sweats are thyroid cancer and not just a tweak needed to my medicine? what if the doctor's didn't get all of the breast tissue during my surgery?)

But, part of the journey to joy is realizing that life is NOT a bed of roses. Shit happens. There are curves in the road. Things will go wrong, sometimes terribly wrong. But the joy in the journey is realizing that I do not have to fall into the deep hole of despair every time I hit a bump (or big-ass-mountain) in the road.

My husband had to work on Saturday and, despite weeks of semi-regular post 6:30am wake up calls, BOTH boys decided that 5:45am was the new black. I found joy in the fact that they are actually old enough to somewhat-quietly entertain themselves in their rooms, so I hit the proverbial snooze button and stayed in bed (semi-awake, but not quite on duty) until almost 7am.

We made our way to the library around 10am and I had a true moment of joy watching how much my kids ADORE books. I may not get everything right in this whole motherhood gig, but moments like that make me feel like I might be on to something.

Sunday has truly been an exercise in doing only that which brings me joy. I stayed in bed until after 8:30 (thanks, Babe!) then took the boys to church in time to listen to most of the worship music - my absolute favorite part of service that I most often miss because I'm trying to cram JUST ONE MORE chore into early Sunday morning. After church, it was too cloudy and muggy to go to the beach, so we went bowling instead and I jumped around like a lunatic with my boys after EVERY SINGLE THROW. They found a reason to celebrate, so why shouldn't I?

The rest of the day was uneventful, but despite a few cases of regression I focused on doing things that I WANTED to do, not things that I HAD to do...and even doing the things that HAD to be done with joy in my heart.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

7/30/12

My moment of joy today came from an unexpected and wonderful call with a dear friend. In the midst of the madness of prepping for a business trip, making dinner, conference calls, emails, rushing to pick up the boys from summer camp to make it to karate, the phone rang. I was running late and beyond stressed. But rather than letting it go to voicemail, I took a moment to look at the caller ID. When I saw the name "Rebecca Taylor" I smiled before I even picked up the receiver.

While I continued to make dinner during the call, I took a full 35 minutes to speak with my friend. We laughed, we cried, we spoke about our kids and careers and health and life in general. The call truly restored my soul and kept me smiling all day.

Even through a 7pm flight to LA landing at 1am NY time...now THAT's joy :)

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:
7/31/12

Today's joy can be summed up in one phrase:

Six course pasta tasting menu with wine pairing....

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/1/12

After 2 cross country flights in less than 36 hours, my bliss today was going to bed at 8pm. Learning when to say "enough" and listening to my body, I can have the energy to do the things that I need to do as well as the things I want to. I can't make ANYONE happy (much less myself) when I'm exhausted...

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/2/12
Today's joy was based in taking time for my passions. I'm attending my second year of the BlogHer conference. Feeling inspired and empowered by all of the incredible women bloggers around me.

To keep the girl power theme going, I ended the day with dinner with my badass girlfriend, Jennifer Turner, and learned more about her INCREDIBLE new project MadCool Fitness. You've GOT to check it out! www.madcoolfitness.com, www.jenniferturner.com.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: The Weekend Edition (8/3-8/15/12)

On Friday and Saturday, I found my joy at the BlogHer conference. I had a challenge chasing my joy early each day because Victor was sent home from camp with a fever. I almost let the conference to go home - fearing that the fever was a sign of a sickle cell crisis. But, my husband assured me that Victor was playing and eating fine, so I stayed. ON Saturday, his fever was still around 100 so Angel took him to the doctor. The "good" news is that he was quickly diagnosed with coxsackie virus. Not a great thing, but not a pain crisis....

Once we learned exactly what was going on, I was able to relax and enjoy the conference. I was inspired by keynote addresses from Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Soledad O'Brien, Malaak Compton-Rock and Christy Turlington Burns. I enjoyed incredible panels on transforming your blog into a media company, pricing services and SEO. It was an incredible conference, and I left exhausted but inspired.

On Sunday, I found my joy by doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. We had a pajama day (since Victor was still sick and it was the hottest and most humid day of the year). I took a LONG mid-day nap with Victor and my husband made dinner. And I did not feel a single bit guilty about having a lazy day...

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/6/12

Today my joy was found in, of all things, my feverish baby. Well, he's almost 40 pounds and nearly 4 years old, but he'll always be my baby. I dropped Little A to summer camp and kept Victor home to sweat out a nasty summer cold/fever. While I did have work to do (a few conference calls, meeting follow ups, email and voicemail catch up after traveling most of last week), I was able to spend a good chunk of time actually playing with my boy. No homework, no structure, just play. I learned that, in Victor's world , chess is a full contact sport with each game completed with a battle. It was ridiculous, and TOTALLY AWESOME. I watched him entertain himself through imaginative play while I was on my conference calls, and marveled at his incredible vocabulary and grasp of many things "grown up" as he babbled throughout the day. I cherished this rare alone time with my little boy. Ever with a fever, this brought me joy.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/7/12:

The best piece of advice I received before my wedding was to take 10 minutes during the reception, sit with my husband and just take it all in - because before you know it, it will be over. After coming home from a particularly challenging day at work, I walked in the door to find my 3-year-old playing Transformers chess with my husband. (True, he was begging daddy to "battle" with the pieces rather than move them in the right direction, but it was chess nonetheless). The moment was so priceless, it actually stopped me in my tracks. Now, rather than rushing into the busy-ness of keeping house when I walk in the door, I'm going to take a few minutes to just appreciate the simple joys that always surround me, but are often ignored, in my home.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/8/12

Today's moment of joy came from an impromptu lunch with an amazing friend. I must make time for a meal or tea with friends each week. I've done a good job of that over the past few weeks - it restores my soul!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:
8/9/12

Today's joy came in the form of taking a bet - on myself. A dear friend and mentor set up an incredible meet-and-greet for me with the CEO of a company that I admire. Who knows what will come of it, but it was wonderful that this incredible woman thought highly enough of me to make the connection. It was also truly joyful for me to talk about my background and experience - to take a moment to see myself through someone else's eyes and be proud of my professional accomplishments. I'm so quick to belittle the hard work I've done over the years. But, truth be told? I'm pretty badass...

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/10/12

Today I found my joy in the simple pleasure of a nap at home with my boys, after a long day battling coxsackie virus cabin fever...

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: The Weekend Edition

(8/11-8/12/12)

This weekend's joy was about appreciating the simple things. Like the fact that I can snuggle in bed while my boys watch cartoons on Saturday morning, or play together in their rooms rather than having to be up with the sun to watch them like when they were younger. Or seeing the joy in their eyes when my husband surprised them with a trip to a local train club, where we could ride on model trains (a la Silver Spoons, but REAL) on Sunday afternoon.

My biggest joy was spending a few hours at my favorite place in the world - the book store. Initially, the boys were FAR from impressed. But once we hit the kids section, they never wanted to leave. I love seeing my passion for books growing in my kids. Something tells me we'll be back next weekend.

And after a full weekend of family bonding post the coxsackie outbreak of summer 2012, The BadAssMama ended Sunday with a Bikram yoga class. Something just for me.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/13/12

Today I found joy in the daily mischief of my boys. I left the boys to play in the living room while I finished getting dressed for work. When I came downstairs, Angel informed me that Victor was caught in quicksand. I turned and saw him buried up to his neck in couch cushions with a HUGE smile on his face. In the past, I might have been annoyed by the mess on a busy Monday morning. Today, I told him "Don't move!" and grabbed my camera. Now that's a memory worth keeping!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/14/12

Today I found joy in the relief of a clean bill of health from my surgeon at my standard surgical/oncology check up.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/15/12

Today's joy came in the realization that I was blessed to find and marry my soulmate. Today is our 8th anniversary, and I am more in love than I was on day 1.

I had the opportunity to have a leisurely lunch with my incredible friend and mentor, Leigh Anne Brodsky. She was my first professional mama mentor and continues to guide my path to this day. I adore her!

Finally, I ended the day with a surprise hibachi dinner with the entire family at a great new restaurant in the next town. I loved seeing the boys eyes light up with every flick of the spatula and flash of fire. Celebrating my anniversary with my whole family may not seem romantic, but for me it was perfect. My marriage created my family, and my family is my life.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/16/12

Today I experienced joy in the form of "flow". I literally had back-to-back meetings from 9-6. But each meeting was better than the last. I had an incredible planning session for our Fashion's Night Out event on 9/6. I ended the day so inspired that I took a bet on myself and sent out a pitch for BadAssMama Enterprises to 2 amazing multimedia women whom I admire. We'll see how it goes, but either way I took a bet on ME - so I win...

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/17/12

Today felt like a real work/life balance day. I had a thoroughly productive day at work - capped off by a great meeting with the COO which allowed me to promote myself and a part of the company that I am particularly interested in. I also had the amazing opportunity to meet with the President of the WNBA - a networking opportunity that I've been looking forward to for at least 2 years (since her time with the Girl Scouts).

I ended the day by picking up my kids from summer camp (the clock is ticking down on summer - camp ends next week!) and watched as my 5-year-old who used to be the goof off in class received a stripe on his high white belt for how well he's been focusing for the past several weeks. SO proud of him!

...and now we're off to have pizza.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: The Weekend Edition

8/18-8/19/12

I am happy to say that this is the first weekend of back-to-back birthday parties that I actually enjoyed! I think that good friends have a lot to do with it. My main source of joy was watching how the kids just threw themselves into play with abandon. I miss that feeling...sound like a challenge in the making!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/20/12

Today I found joy in focus and flow. I had a major presentation for work and was able to carve out a dedicated few hours to focus on it, rather than trying to do everything all at once. I nailed the edits and was able to enjoy karate with my boys rather than working on it for a second shift after bath/books/bedtime. Hooray for focus!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/21/12

Today was the last day of camp. Since I've never actually picked up the boys ON TIME all summer (they were in after-care), I carved out the afternoon to pick them up at 4. To celebrate the last day of summer camp, we made s'mores and ice box cake for tomorrow (graham crackers layered with chocolate pudding, put it in the fridge overnight and voila! Instant yumminess)

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:

8/22/12

Today was Take Your Kids to Work Day. No, not the official one, but the one I had to fill in the gap between last-day-of-summer-camp-and-grandparents-flying-in-until-school-starts. Despite my better judgment, we took the train in from the burbs (since my kids LOVE the train), rode the subway and 10 elevators later made it into my office. I loved the fact that my kids are comfortable in my office, have made friends with my assistant and several staff on the floor and played quietly and nicely (for the most part) while I worked. I am even happier that my INCREDIBLE assistant sat with them while I had a meeting with the COO and CMO of the company. No complaints, no tears (by her OR the boys!) By the end of the day, the boys were exhausted, I needed a drink and we all headed home happy :)

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:
8/23/12

My parents came into town today from California. Besides MY direct joy from seeing them (no matter how old I am, I become a little girl around my folks), the true joy came from seeing the SPLENDOR in my boys' eyes when running to hug their grandparents. What a blessing!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:
8/24/12

Today I felt the joy of flow - the state of effortless effort when doing something you truly love. It began with a super-hot but incredibly flow-filled Bikram Yoga class. I then headed off to Panera Bread to borrow their wifi and work on a BadAssMama presentation for an upcoming conference. BUT, when I sat down I was inspired to go back to my book proposal. Not only did I revise my surprisingly-satisfactory first draft, but I banged out my first sample chapter. Three hours flew by like minutes, and I left feeling inspired and truly joy-filled.

We ended the day with a visit to an incredible local shop that I've been meaning to see (Extra Butter - follow them on Twitter, they are SO COOL! @extrabutter). We then went to my boys new favorite hibachi restaurant with Nanni and Poppi. What a great way to start the weekend!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update - The Weekend Edition
8/25/-8/26/12

This weekend The Hubs and I had a belated celebration of our 8th wedding anniversary. Our tradition is to go into the city and stay at an incredible hotel, take in dinner and a show, have a massage and eat breakfast in our favorite restaurant overlooking Central Park. This is the fourth year of our ritual, and it was delicious through-and-through. Time to relax and reflect as a couple is critical - especially for parents of young kids!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
8/27/12

Today started off a bit bumpy on the joy front. I found myself overwhelmed from the moment I woke up. I usually work from home on Mondays - in an empty house (while The Hubs and kids are at work and school). We are in the pergatory between summer camp and back-to-school. While my parents are in town to help, it is nearly impossible to actually get work done with other people in the house, and I had SO MUCH TO DO. So, I was an irritable bitch all morning until my utter rage sent them running, screaming out of the house (not really, but close to it).

After I wrote a blog post to get the crazies out (blog it out, I always say!) I was able to calm down and get to work. I found joy in the flow of finally starting a major presentation for a national conference in September. I smiled at the great pictures my folks sent me of the kids playing on their scooters at the park, and was able to relax enough by the time Angel's karate lesson rolled around to actually get EXCITED when his teacher asked him to try out grappling class on Friday (instead of freaking out about yet another item on my never-ending-to-do-list).

I ended the day with a Bikram class (since Victor's teacher had come to visit in the morning)to clear my mind and had a wonderful night's sleep. No one cried at 3am...

The lesson here is that there will be bumps on the road to joy. The key is to take them in, note how you're feeling about them and try to find the joy anyway.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
8/28/12

Today I had an incredible lunch with an incredible friend at what has to be THE SEXIEST restaurant I have ever seen. We had dim sum and, rather than ponder the calorie count of every item on the menu, I let my friend choose our feast. And am I ever glad that I did! We had duck with pumpkin, bean curd and shrimp, some amazing pork roll that I can't pronounce. Each course better than the last, and each and every item was something that I would have NEVER picked. Heavenly!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
8/29/30

I played hooky today. After getting a grand total of 20 emails in 6 hours, I decided to leave the office a bit early and hit the Bikram studio before dinner. It put me in the right frame of mind to come home and enjoy my hyped-up-on-sugar-from-the-movie-theater (thanks, Nanni...) rather than burying my face in a bottle of wine.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
8/30/12

Today I let myself be with no judgment. I wore a pair of fabulous Adidas wedge sneakers with butterfly wings. I tried on an incredible outfit for my FNO event next week and fell in love with the feel of the fabric and it's fit. It was more expensive than what I would usual consider buying, but I loved it so I did! I took my lunch hour to get a haircut and color. Feeling fabulous and free....

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update - Labor Day Weekend Edition
8/31-9/3/12

This weekend was all about family and relaxation. I enjoyed a FULL day at the Bronx Zoo with the family (apparently everyone was out of town - we were there from 10 until almost 5!). I started Sunday with a great Bikram class, followed by church and tea with my mom. We then headed to not just 1 but 2 BBQs with great friends. On Monday, I took a VERY HOT AND VERY FULL Bikram class at 10 then spent a lazy day at home with the family getting ready for back-to-school tomorrow.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:
9/4/12

Today I became the mother of a kindergartener! It was so amazing to see the excitement and wonder in my big boy's eyes from the moment he woke up, to the moment we dropped him off in class. I am so proud of him. I will remember this moment forever.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update:
9/5/12

I had my 2nd first day of school today - this time with my baby boy starting nursery. I love how independent and sure of himself Victor has become. He walked right up to his teacher, gave her a hug and marched over to the painting area. So proud!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
9/6/12

Today was a huge day for BadAssMama Enterprises! I launched my first wee event - a fabulous Fashion's Night Out party with my dear friend and celebrity makeup artist, D'Angelo Thompson. I felt like a movie star - getting my makeup done, wearing incredible fashion (a big step above my usual sweatpants with peanut butter and boogers). We had 2 live bands , an incredible DJ and a night filled with fashion and friends. What a great night!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
9/7/12

Today I found joy getting back to my everyday life. I went from glamazon to soccer mom in less than 6 hours - taking my boys to school in time for the bell at 8:30 and then attended new parents' tea. After a nap (or sleeping ALL DAY), I packed a snack for the boys and picked them up from school. I loved hearing all about their exciting day. While Little A took karate and grappling, I had a mommy-son date with Victor at Panera Bread over bagels and apple juice. We ended the day with a family dinner at the boys' new favorite hibachi restaurant to celebrate the first week of school. And I had 2 glasses of great wine to celebrate an amazing week!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update - The Weekend Edition
9/8-9/9/12

What an incredible family weekend! Packed weeks like this used to drive me crazy with stress. With my new approach to finding joy everyday, I can say that this has been one of the best weeks EVER!

We started with a lazy pajama morning on Saturday followed by the church picnic (where Little A decided to say his first bad word in public...). The
Hubs and I went to see the incredible jazz percussionist Stefon Harris at The Blue Note

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
9/10/12

Today was back to business as usual. We kicked off the second week of school and I got back to work (after kicking off the week with a visit to the
Bikram studio)l I found joy in organizing my increasingly busy BadAssMama blogging life and filmed my first video clip for a national talk show!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update
9/11/12

Today I found joy in my new morning routine. I love spending each morning driving the boys to school and taking a morning walk and the courtyard before heading off to work.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update - the CONDENSED version
9/12-9/17/12

I must admit that I am backsliding a bit on my commitment to find joy in every day living. The first sign should have been the fact that I haven't updated this journal in a week. The second is my ever-decreasing patience level. It has been a VERY busy 2 weeks. All good things, but when I am very busy I find myself trying to be perfect - specifically trying to be all things to all people. This week is proving to be EVEN busier than the past 2. While I started off a bit bumpy, I am going to make a conscious effort to live in the now (rather than ticking off the 5 billion other things I need to be doing), to slow down and breathe when I find myself getting anxious.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 9/18-9/21/12

Back on track! This has been an incredible week. I am exhausted, exhilarated and feeling truly blessed. Let's count down the top moments of the week:

- My children ADORE their new school. They are excited to get there every morning and have demanded to be the last ones picked up every day...

- I had an incredibly inspiring week at work. It was JAM PACKED with client meetings, sales pitches, rehearsals and restructures but I was in the zone.

- I got to do my favorite thing this week - present to a large audience. We had a presentation to roughly 300 of our top partners and put on a full production for them, including professional event planners, a NASCAR, entertainment and professional hair and makeup. I love being on the stage! I am a frustrated talk show host at heart, and what I know for sure is that I shine on a stage. It's so validating when your peers and higher ups see that and acknowledge a talent that brings you joy!

- From this big presentation, I was inspired to pitch an addition to my role at work to the execs at my company. More to come on that shortly!

- We had Back to School night the evening of the BIG work event, so I literally hustled home, packed lunches, ate dinner, said goodbye to the boys and The Hubs and rushed back to school in full wardrobe and makeup. Talk about worlds colliding!

- I had a series of incredible meals with clients, friends and my team. My butt may be bigger, but they were truly incredible! The diet can start next week...

- Finally, I had a truly inspiring second meeting with a new coaching client. I am SO inspired by this woman! I am excited to see her start to think more mindfully about the next steps in her career, and I can't wait to see what comes next. This woman is a STAR.

Most of all, I'm happy to be back on track with my YEAR OF JOY. I allowed the pressure of prepping for a big week (after an incredibly busy few weeks prepping for FNO and back to school) to push me back into old habits of stress, worry and bitchiness, rather than truly enjoying my life. Embracing the joy in the everyday is so much better!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 9/22-9/30/12

What a crazy and exciting week! This week I attended the National Black MBA Conference in Indianapolis. I can't believe that it's been over 10 years since I've attended (it used to be an annual event for me, then life intervened).

I had an incredibly joyful and self-indulgent week. I shared a hotel room with one of my very best girlfriends from business school. Since she was working the conference, most of our talk time was between the hours of 5:30 and 7:00am or 8pm to midnight. That might sound crazy, but it took me back to the best of times back in b-school. Two nights in a row, we went back to the same restaurant and shared the same INSANE bottle of Argentinian Malbec. Supreme!

The highlight of my week was presenting a session on Having it All: Dare to Design Your Best Life. I was truly inspired by the session attendees and their passion to live a bigger life, in addition to having a bigger job. I felt truly in my element.

The conference overall was incredibly inspiring and a great chance to re-charge. I had uninterrupted sleep in a hotel room and actually worked out in the GYM all week.

Rhonda said...

Hi Sherice!

I was in your session at the MBA conference and REALLY ENJOYED IT!!! You are me - Wife, Mother of two boys (ages 8 and 5), business woman, and one bad ass mama trying to make sure I focus on MY JOY! I was fulfilled by your session and am inspired to unveil my passion. But what is it? I am committed to figuring this out - and FAST!!!

Thanks again for such a great session and I hope to meet you again!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 10/1-10/4

Since reading is part of my joy, I'm REALLY into 2 books this week: One Month to Live and Happier at Home. Both books challenge us to seek more joy in the every day, and not fall into "someday" thinking. Tomorrow is not promised. Your life is happening RIGHT NOW!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 10/5 - 10/15/12

I've spent the past few weeks trying to find joy by shaking up the normal routine. I tried out a new boot camp workout with the trainer I worked out with when I first moved to New York. Over the course of an hour, I did over 185 burpees, 30 assisted pull ups, 55 lunges, squats and push ups.

Then, I FINALLY made my way around to a Soul Cycle class. All I have to say is that the hype is real! I felt like I was in a club. The music and energy were so incredible that I barely noticed that I was dripping sweat and panting like a dog for 45 minutes.

While I loved the results I saw from these great workouts, what truly brought me joy was the variety in my routine and getting back to a group exercise dynamic. Bikram yoga is incredible, but there's really nothing like a loud, group workout class with music pumping and an instructor pushing you to do more.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 10/20-10/21/12

This weekend, I found joy in seeing the persistence and insatiable spirit of my big boy, Angel. We had 2 back-to-back kindergarten birthday parties this weekend (and I was out of wine....). In the first, I had the joy of watching both of my boys make pizza on their own for the first time. I loved watching their budding independence, the budding social circles of the kindergarten set and how wiling they were to try new things (even a tea party complete with tiny china cups and top hats!)

The second party was at one of those giant bouncy castle party spots. While it's always a hoot to watch the boys bounce themselves crazy, my biggest ah ha moment for the weekend was discovering Angel's persistence. There was a super steep and slippery rock climbing-like station. While most kids gave up after about 3 times, Angel stuck to it for about 20 minutes. He would run up and slip down, throw his body at the wall, grab, muscle and climb his way as high as possible. Each time he bounced or slipped down to the bottom, he would have a huge smile on his face and say, "Mommy - did you see that? I'm going to go even HIGHER next time!"

So many times we say down after obstacles knock us to the ground. I hope that my kids always get back up....and I hope to learn from them the secret of resilience!

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 12/4/12

I must admit that the Journey was derailed for the past few months. A relapse into depression, winter blues and the daily drama of caring for 2 highly energetic boys has been draining The BadAssMama of her joy. But, this weekend I decided enough! Yes, life can be tough. Yes, my boys can drive me crazy. Yes, my wacky brain can sabotage my efforts at times. But, you know what? My life is still pretty f'ing awesome and I can find something to celebrate every day.

So, after a short break The BadAssMama is BACK and the Journey to a Year of Joy is back on track!

This weekend, I found joy in the look of amazement on my boys' faces as we watched the Radio City Christmas Spectacular early Saturday morning. I must admit, I had no intention of going again this year but when Angel specifically asked to see the show by name (and Victor echoed the request in his raspy Godfather-like voice), how could I refuse? As an added bonus, I found joy in the fact that we could use our American Express points to buy the tickets (translation: Awesome seats for FREE!!)

On Sunday, I found joy in a kick-ass yoga class followed by a quiet cup of tea with a delicious chocolate chip scone at my favorite tea parlor...all by my lonesome. The BadAssMama is seeking out moments of stillness and peace every day. This is what truly brings me joy.

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 12/5/12

Today, I found joy in:

- A lovely lunch with an even more lovely girlfriend!
- Catching a glimpse of a beautiful night sky on a cool, crisp walk home from work
- The budding environmentalist that Little A has become. We bought our first artificial tree because he INSISTED that we COULD NOT cut down a Christmas tree because it was a living thing...

Sherice Torres said...

BadAssMama Update: 12/12-12/13/12

This week, I found joy in:
- Talking to my grandparents about their childhood
- Having hot chocolate and a kick ass ginger cookie with my sister on the way back from SFO
- Spending time with my mom, dad, brother and sister during a business trip
- Getting a 5am wake up call from my boys on their way to school back in New York
- Spending time with my brother on the drive into San Francisco
- Feeding my passion for blogging by connecting with like-minded women at BlogHerPro in San Francisco

Sherice Torres said...

This week, I found joy in taking time to reconnect with friends and setting my expectations at the right level for Christmas break (more on that in a blog post soon!). This week, I:

- Had an amazing dinner with my dear friend, Rich
- Saw the incredible Alvin Ailey Dance Company perform
- Had a delicious holiday lunch with my team at an incredible Peruvian restaurant
- Enjoyed 2 yoga classes where I didn't push myself to be perfect, just to feel the movement and the peace

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