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A day in the life of Candace
A day in my life…
In my adult life, I never wanted to be a mom. I wanted a career more than to be a mom. So, I thought I was making the most unselfish decision to not be a mom as I thought my children would suffer from my work schedule. Now, here I am at 44 and a mom of 3 babies! Yes, 3 babies!!! My first was born just days before I turned 41, second at 42 and third at 43! I have a 3-year-old, 22-month-old and 14-month-old – I know, the numbers don’t add up. One was born in my heart rather than in my womb – we are blessed to have an open adoption and local birth mom to share this beautiful baby with!
My day starts around 4:15am when my eyes first open. Some days, I can close my eyes and sleep for about 10 more minutes and convince myself that I was able to “sleep in” that day. Other days, my feet hit the ground immediately and do not stop until I pick them back up when I am getting back in bed for the night. For about 6 years now, I have slept in my workout clothes every-single-night. I do not even own a pair of pajamas (other than the matching Christmas pajamas the entire family has and wears on the Polar Express once a year). I have learned that it is hard to miss a workout if you are already dressed for the gym when you wake up! My gym shoes and socks are sitting by my toothbrush waiting on me to grab them and run out the door. And somehow, my untamed wild hair is in a ponytail by the time I open the door of the gym.
While my husband does not love it, we are living in a high-rise condo at the Waldorf Astoria on the Strip for a year and a half while we are building a house. My husband misses the open air, hiking every morning from our previous neighborhood, andgreen parks right down the road. I am loving the high-rise lifestyle – someone parks my car for me, brings the groceries in for me, greets me at the door every morning and my commute to the gym is only an elevator ride down to the 8th floor – which gives me just enough time to put my shoes on an pull my hair up before the elevator door dings and opens. (For some reason, as I am thinking about this while typing it, the theme song to the show Green Acres is humming in my head…) And the best part about working out that early – I have the entire gym to myself! I have convinced myself that it is just an extension of my own condo as our condo is about 1/4th the size of our previous house. If you look at it on the bright side, I have the gym to myself every morning, the babies have the pool to their selves most days we are out there, we can walk anywhere we want to go and my babies are so little, just watching a fish swim in a fish tank is an exciting afternoon outing – the entertainment is endless on the Strip for them! So, while we are living in a much smaller place, for me the benefit far outweighs the down side (not so much for my husband).
After my morning workout, it is a quick shower, kiss any babies who might be up before I sneak out the door and off to work by 6ish am. My husband does morning duties and gets the 2 older babies off to “school” which allows me to work the early hours and leave work by 2/2:30pm to pick them up and spend the afternoon and evening with all 3 babies.
Speaking of my husband, we both have pretty demanding careers – he is Sr VP of Revenue and Enterprise Analytics for The Sands, Las Vegas and is attending Harvard School of Analytics (and I am sure you are asking yourself what does his title and school mean – it just means he is a spreadsheet nerd (but a handsome nerd, if I must say so myself)). I on the other hand own 5 different companies all of which are somewhat related and spread from Hawaii to Florida. And this does not include New Vintage which is the most fun company of all – it allows for a creative outlet when all the others are very business oriented without much creativity. Somehow, we have figured out how to juggle everything. He does morning duties, I do afternoon and evening duties all while we have a nanny who oversees everything and makes our life easier!
So yes, life is crazy and hectic and some days I just wonder how I got through the day. And some days, by the time I can take off my clothes for a hot bath before bed, I realize that I got through the day however, my shirt was on backwards and I never even noticed – I was just proud to get out the door before I had a baby puke on me, spill their drink on me or a diaper leak on me! All that matters is that by babies are loved, my businesses are functioning and we are all happy and healthy!!!
All the best,
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Not such an ideal start.....
When life gives you lemons- you make lemonade! We got to the airport on Friday evening for our much anticipated trip to India. India has been the one place in my life I have always dreamed of visiting. We were turned away at the airport as we did not get visas to enter India (our fault for not checking) after about 4 hours at the airport, desperately trying to get a visa we finally realized there is nothing we could do to get it any faster- we gave up and went home. We spent the next 2 hours throwing darts at a map to figure out where we could go- it had to be warm (bags were packed for warm location) and I wanted to be close to India so that the minute we got our visa we could go. So....one way ticket Maldives it is! We slept for 3 hours, went back to the airport and traveled for 30 hours. When we landed in Indonesia, we received an email that our visas were approved!!! For some reason, we were just not meant to be on the first flight or meant to be in New Delhi. We are relaxing in Maldives for a few days then picking back up with Mumbai! Best of all worlds with a little resilience and spontaneity!!!
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Bike ride through India
We took a bike tour today which I think is about the most dangerous thing I have ever done. There’s not many rules and regulations to diving here. And the horns are insane!!!! I’m going to hear car horns in my head for days after we leave!!! They are taught to honk when you turn, honk when you pass a car, honk when a car passes you, honk when a motor scooter is going in front of you (there are thousands of motor scooters!), honk when a person in near a crosswalk, just to let them know you see them, and honk at the random guy in the middle of the road pushing his cart of onions just because he wanted to push it down them middle of the road instead of the side or the road and this is considered normal. And of course, honk at every person riding a bicycle! Out tour started at 6am and lasted for 4 hours. I am not sure which was harder- dodging the cars or the people. Fortunately, it was only jack and I on the tour and 2 guides. Every time we crossed a road the guides had to scream at me (so I could hear them above the horns) to look left or right. I always looked the wrong way as they drive on the opposite side of the road. I got tied up with a bus at one intersection but he did at least slow down a bit as I’m sure he saw the look of terror on my face.
We also toured a Muslim temple that was a shrine to the genitalia of that God. At first I thought we must have two different definitions to the same English word as they were explaining to me what the shrine was. But I soon realized I was incorrect. Phallic Symbol and Genitalia mean the same in India. So I chose not to say my prayers there. Just a bit odd to me.
When I was about 10 years old, I had a vision of myself on the streets and in the slums in india. It’s been an experience I will never forget to see this vision come full circle 30+ years later.
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Candace's & Jack's visit to Dharavi Slum
Jack and I visited Dharavi Slum today which is the second largest slum in the world. There are approx 1.25m people living in just over .75 sq miles. This is where Slum Dog Millionaire was filmed. While I loved this movie, it did a horrible injustice of the reality. First of all, this is not what we think of as slums- poor people who have no where else to go and can not afford better. This is not the case at all. These people choose to live in the slums and as a matter of fact, they could get a much larger apartment with much better conditions in other areas for cheaper however, they choose to live here. They are happy here. This slum makes more than $65m (on the books however estimated total revenue off the books is over $1b) annually on recycling, leather goods, clothing and baked goods. They even make their own machinery to use for the recycling and leather goods. We toured this slum for about 4 hours and walked more than 6 miles through the small (tiny) alleyways and never once did a single person or child ask me for money. We were not allowed to take photos in the slum although one of the gentleman with us took the photo of jack and I in the alley when no one was looking. The people here are VERY hard workers. This is all they know but they are happy, healthy and enjoy living here. This community has Muslim and Hindu living peacefully together. A few years back the Mumbai government tried giving some of the people living in the slums housing elsewhere in exchange for the land. They found that after a short time, the people left the housing of better condition to move back to the slums. It is the life they know and what makes them happy. Overall, I did not find it to be dirty. In the area where they do the recycling, there is more trash on the ground however, trash is their business! But in the other areas, I found it to be pretty clean giving the situation (dirt walkways with mud puddles, power which is very much rigged and spliced wiring, etc). I left there exhausted from being so alert and observant of every sight and sound but loved the experience and learning how others live.
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