So Much To Be Thankful For

Ephesians 4:32Today as I was writing in my journal and reflecting on the previous week. I was thinking that I have so much to be thankful for.  This past week I started my goal of meditating daily for 10 minutes a day.  I am happy to report that I only missed 2 days this week.  I have already noticed a difference in how I feel,my ability to fall asleep quicker, and when I wake up at night I can easily get myself back to sleep using some of the techniques I have learned.  As I was reflecting on the past week I thought about the election. I am thankful for the opportunity to vote, the country I live in and religious freedom.  I also noticed all the negativity we get wrapped up in when things don’t go our way.   This affects us all, even my youngest daughter was scared that one of her friends was going to have to leave the country.  We had to do a lot of explaining here.  I have had to really be mindful of not letting this get to me and not letting my daughters see and hear all of this negativity. 

My husband posted this message on Facebook yesterday and it is so true:

“I normally don’t post things on facebook. I use it to see how others are doing but when I opened the Bible this morning it said this “let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin…..And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another even as god in Christ forgave you.” After this last week, I just thought I would share.”

The part that stood out the most is to “Be angry but do not sin.”  We need to be kind, understanding and compassionate to one another.  We have so much to be thankful for and I truly feel that spreading kindness, being tender hearted, and forgiving is what I need to do right now.  

Be kind to one another.  Do something nice for someone today totally unexpected!  

I hope you all have a great Sunday.

Meditation Through The Holidays

Meditation As the holiday season is fast approaching do you find yourself feeling a little more stressed?  I know I do!  I decided I wanted to do a little experiment and challenge myself to meditate daily through the busy holiday season.  I was inspired by another blogger who suggested a meditation challenge.  I thought this was an amazing idea!  Starting next week I plan to meditate at least one time per day until the New Year.  I know that sounds daunting but I think I can do it.  

There are so many benefits of meditation.  Here are the top reasons I think we need to incorporate more meditation into our physical, mental and spiritual strength.

  1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
  2. Helps with Concentration
  3. Increases Happiness
  4. Slows Aging
  5. Helps with Sleep

These are only a few of the many benefits of meditation.  If you are new to meditation it can be a little intimidating.  This article by Mind Body Green  has great tips and suggestions for beginners.  Start with just a few minutes a day and build up.  We all have time to scroll through Pinterest, Facebook, or zone out in front of the TV, so I am sure we can schedule 5 minutes into our day to start meditating.  

I also recommend using guided meditations.  Guided meditations walk you through meditating step by step.  They can be a great resource for those new to meditating.  I prefer to use a guided meditation.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Sleep Ezy Tonight.  This one is great for everyone.  My 9 year old daughter loves it!  Try it on your kids it will work!!!!  

The Chopra Center Guided Meditations.  These mediations vary in length and topics.

The Meditation Podcast (ITunes)  This can be downloaded onto your phone and you can access it anytime you need it.  I recommend listening to this on headphones for the best results.  

The Headspace App is also highly recommended but I have not tried it yet.  I plan to try it next week.  

Who is ready to join me on this meditation journey?  Have a great weekend!

Be Your Own Role Model

Just popping in quick to share some inspirational words with you to help you start off your week.  My long run this weekend was a 10 mile run with an awesome friend.  When you run for an hour plus you get a chance to catch up, chat and get some awesome advice.  I always say running with friends is like a therapy session.  My friend Wendy gave me some really great advice that she heard from another friend.  This rocked my world.  BE YOUR OWN ROLE MODEL!  I love this statement.  Often times we are looking at other people as role models when we only see their best and we are looking at our worst.Be your own role model

Stop worrying about what other people think!  This is hard right?  So often we worry about what other people think about our parenting, finances, body, clothing, the cars we drive and our marriages.  Believe me, I do this A LOT!!!!  We need to stop!  

I want to encourage you for the rest of the month and the month of October to focus on being your own role model.  Pick an area of your life that you feel you want to work on the most and take action.  Take the time that you are spending to compare yourself with others and invest the time in YOU.  You are worth it.   I am going to be totally honest and real here with you guys.  I need to stop comparing my body to other fitness professionals!  I have a strong body and I can run 10 miles!!!!  Why do I feel the need to compare myself to others?

If you want to make a change in your life you are the only one who can do it.  What do you plan to focus on?  How are you going to take action?  Leave it in the comments so I can help you be accountable.  

Friday Faves

Hi guys!  TGIF!  I am so excited for the weekend.  We have a wedding, a race, and we get to celebrate the hubby’s Birthday.  A lot of plans which I love. 

It has been a busy week but I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I am into lately. 

Friday Faves

Back Country Bars 

First I am totally addicted too these bars for a pre-run Back Country Bars (long run) snack or meal idea.  They offer both regular and gluten free bars that are packed with high quality ingredients.  They are local and I love that.  They taste super yummy too.  Check out there site and where to buy them.  http://backcountrybar.com/index.html

Have you guys tried Halo Top? Halo Top

I am was totally skeptical about trying this but I had heard good things about it from my friends.  So when I had a major ice cream craving last week I bought a carton and the hubby and I shared it.  It was pretty good.  The entire pint has 280 calories and 24 grams of protein.  I bought this at the co-op. 

Vanilla Almond Coconut Smoothie.  This smoothie is soooooo good.  I got the recipe from Anna Renderer from Popsugar Fitness and I have been drinking it all week.  It is super filling and so tasty.  I am addicted!  Sorry I don’t have a picture because it didn’t last long enough . 

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  1. 1 Serving Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Protein Powder
  2. 8 oz Coconut Water
  3. 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
  4. 1/2 Frozen Banana
  5. Ice
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  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender and drink!
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My final favorite for the week is this book.  I am starting a couples book study on Sunday and I am so excited.  I have already started reading the book and it is really good.  I think it is so important to not only focus on our physical strength but also to strengthen our relationships as well, especially our marriages.  If you have not read this book you need to start! Love and Respect Book

I hope you all have a great weekend.  Do any of you have any exciting plans? 

 

Sweet 16 Anniversary Date

Hi Guys!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend!  I got to celebrate my 16th wedding anniversary on Friday.  I cannot believe it has been 16 years.  We decided we wanted to do something different for our Anniversary so we gave the Penny Date a try.  PennyDateI found this on Pinterest and it was a lot of fun.  We ended up going in circles and around the block a few times.  Out of our 12 flips of the coin we only turned right twice, but we ended up with some good options.  It was a tough decision DK Donuts or Shige Sushi?  

We opted for the sushi.  It was kind of a hole in the wall place, but different and somewhere we had never been before.  It is a sushi boat place, so that was kinda cool.  We got to try a few rolls we wouldn’t normally pick.  We finished the night with a nice bottle of wine at home and watched the Olympics which I am currently addicted to. 

The Anniversary date continued into Saturday where we celebrated with our daughters.  I think it is great to celebrate with your kids as well.  It is important to include them because they are part of something special in our lives and we are modeling what a good marriage looks like.

My hubby can be pretty creative too.  Here is what he had planned for our sweet 16 anniversary.  He didn’t  use Pinterest either like me!  Well he doesn’t really use Pinterest to be fair!  

Our bike ride on the greenbelt was a lot of fun.  We ended up at River City coffee which is a local coffee, breakfast and pastry place.  I had a yummy pumpkin chai muffin and the girls had a strawberry cheesecake scone!  So good!!!!! 

It was an amazing weekend and I am so thankful that God gave me such an amazing husband and friend!marriage quote

 

 

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The Old Has Gone

Today I got the amazing opportunity to see my beautiful daughter get baptized.  I am so proud of her.  She is such a God loving young woman and I am so proud to be her mom!

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I also got to be part of my best friend for over 20 years and her two daughters getting baptized as well.  What an amazing day.  The Holy Spirit was definitely there.

Corinthians

This got me thinking about 2 Corinthians 5:17.  It’s a great reminder not to dwell on the past and always look forward to the future.  What happened in the past is the past, it’s important to move forward and not dwell on it.  

Watching all the baptisms today was amazing.  Being there to share the experience and support my daughter, friends and fellow Rockharbor Church members was just an awesome feeling.  I hope you are all having an amazing Sunday. 

 

Gratitude Journal

Hi Guys, I hope you are having a great weekend.  I just thought I would share something fun I did during the month of July.  I like to start my day with a cup of coffee, read my Bible and write in my journal.  I pinned this on Pinterest and challenged myself to do it for the month of July. 

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Link to site:  http://textmyjournal.com/gratitude-journal-prompts/

I loved this!  I plan to continue this for August as well.  It turned into a dinner conversation too at our house.  Every night I would ask my family what they are grateful for and it was fun to hear everyone’s answers.  Have an amazing Sunday! 

Happy Mother’s Day

Today was a great day.  It started out with an amazing hill run in the Boise foothills with some awesome friends.  I love starting my day with a run and today was a great one.  The hubby made me a yummy post run cup of coffee and breakfast and my daughters made me some hand made cards.  It was a great day.  I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I think it is so important to surround ourselves, especially us moms with other inspiring women.  Today I felt inspired by so many moms, including mine who inspires me everyday.  Have an amazing week!  Keep up the good work with the plank challenge!!!!  This weeks pictures will be up soon. 

 

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Do Not Be Afraid

Good morning!  I am getting ready to meet up with some friends for my Sunday run.  This weekend was a cold and rainy weekend.  Last night the hubby and I cuddled up with a bit of popcorn, wine and a movie.  This ,is a bit of a side note but I love popcorn!  I could eat a giant bowl all by myself.  My favorite way to enjoy it is when my hubby makes it the old fashioned way using a giant pot on the stove with coconut oil.  I sprinkle it with sea salt and it is sooooo good!

Many of you may not know that I was diagnosed with epilepsy about 8 years ago.  This has been a real journey for me.  I am planning to share bits of my story on this blog hoping that it helps with my healing process and inspires other people as well.  I suffer from catamenial epilepsy which is when your seizures happen around your menstrual cycle.  This form of epilepsy is unique and for me difficult to understand.  Sharing my story and my condition has been very hard.  Some of my close friends do not even know I have it.  I have been thinking long and hard about sharing my story and the thing that stands out in my mind is fear.  I have decided it is time to get over this fear!  In the Bible the phrase “do not be afraid”  is written 365 times.  I need to remind myself that I need to live my life every day without fear and know that God has a plan for me and I need to trust it.  Have an amazing Sunday!  I am off for my run with friends, which basically is my therapy session.

 

Spiritual Strength

I hope you all are having an amazing Sunday.  It’s a bit rainy and gloomy here.  Last week was pretty nice.  I have major spring fever.  Since I am constantly trying to work on my spiritual strength along with my physical and mental strength I thought I would share a bit from our message today at church.   I am constantly planning out my workouts, my meals, and my lesson plans for school, but sometimes planning to work on my spiritual strength gets pushed to the back burner.  So my goal for March as we head into Easter is to plan out time to spend reading the Bible and writing in my journal.  In my church service today our pastor Keith said a few things that really stuck with me.  Here they are:

  • Even when you don’t understand.  God can be trusted.God can be trusted
  • Even when all hope is gone.  God can work miracles.
  • It takes a mess to make a miracle
  • God is always on time.
  • God still brings life.

These are some things I pan to think about as we start a new week.  If you would like to watch the message here is a link to the the service:

http://www.rockharbor.tv/sermons

Last week’s message is also on the site and it is very powerful.  I encourage all of you to watch it too.  Have a great week!