Monday, November 20, 2017

Miss S Is Home and I Vlogged About It!

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!

I hope this Monday finds you all doing well. Unfortunately this week finds me
with another bout of back pain. As I'm typing this I am sitting with an ice pack
under my back and praying that this is a short lived event. Miss S and I had so
many fun things planned for the week...

(As soon as I get over this, I will film a "preventative back care" video for
you because I never want any one of you to have to go through this!)

I filmed a vlog for you over the weekend and it will definitely be more fun than me
rambling on here, so let's get to it.

I hope you all enjoy the video and have a wonderful week!

I hope to have a Workout Wednesday video for you on Wednesday, but
it all depends on how my back feels. I hate being controlled by back pain, ugh!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Inspiring or Intimidating?

I believe that Instagram has become a huge source of inspiration for many
people. Just this week as I was scrolling through the feeds, look at the
Christmas inspiration that I found. The trees and decor are like something
that we could once only find in magazines.

(I left the names of the sources on the photos so if you have an Instagram account,
you can go and check out more of the photos posted by each person.)

Each photo is creative, cozy and beautiful.

After admiring all of these exquisitely decorating rooms, I was feeling inspired
to pull out my Christmas decor.

Until, out of nowhere, a tiny voice popped into my head and said, "Your Christmas 
decor will never be this beautiful. Why would anyone want to see photos
on your blog of your Christmas decor? This is what you are competing

And suddenly the beautiful images that I was enjoying and being inspired by, 
were intimidating me and making me feel less that good enough.

What in the world?

Thankfully these quotes came to mind...

This one is great too...

And then I remembered my purpose in sharing my life through this blog and
on my YouTube channel is to be real and share real life experiences, real life 
struggles, and real life emotions. And I remind myself that everyone's story is
unique and beautiful in its own way.

I think it works best for me to enjoy social media on a limited basis.
If I immerse myself in picture perfect images like these for too long, I start
to feel like my own life does not measure up. God certainly did not create me
to feel this way. He loves me and knows how many hairs are on my head! I
am fearfully and wonderfully made whether I have a $1000 camera to take
perfect pictures or whether I do the best I can with the camera on my iPhone.

Christmas is about more that how your decorations look and whether or not
you are able to post drool-worthy photos.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and about the love of friends and family.
Take photos if you want to, decorate how you want to, but remember the
Christmas season and our lives are about so much more that what we post

Just remember...

We are all unique and we are all worthy! So use social media to feed your
inspiration, but guard your heart and your mind and don't let it feed your
insecurities or fears. Live your life without comparing it to others!

I hope this post made sense to someone other than me, and maybe even
helped anyone that has ever had to fight that little voice of negativity
in their own head.

With Miss S coming home tomorrow (and bringing a friend) I will be
running around at about 100 miles an hour. Therefore, I will see you
back here on Monday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Week #2 - Workout Wednesday

Happy Workout Wednesday y'all!

I hope the middle of the week finds you all doing well.

Here is workout #2 in our Workout Wednesday series...

Take a few minutes for yourself and join the fun!

I hope you enjoy this beginner level workout, and I hope to see you all back 
here tomorrow for a regularly scheduled blog post.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

To Try Tuesday

Today I want to share with you an idea I found while wasting time browsing on 
Pinterest yesterday.

This is a list of tips for doing a quick speed clean of your home. I thought this might
just come in handy for any of you that have family heading your way for the holidays. 
This could very well be what I will be doing on Wednesday evening before 

The only idea I would change from this helpful little list would be the laundry
basket idea. I do see how this would come in handy for unexpected guests
but for me, knowing there was a basket filled with random stuff that had been
hidden in a closet would bother me. I like the idea of using it to quickly corral
the things that are out of place, but I would like to allow a few extra minutes
to return everything to its rightful spot. If things don't have a rightful spot,
then it is probably time to declutter! Which brings me back to where I am today,

I decluttered with no rhyme or reason yesterday, and was quite irritable by dinner
time. Because I did not use an organized system for decluttering, I moved, 
reorganized, or tossed probably 30-40 items, but because I had done this so 
sporadically, nothing looked noticeably different.

I desperately need to put a plan in motion and work on one room, or one area
at a time. Hopping all over the house caused nothing more than exhaustion
and chaos!

On the bright side, I did get in a workout yesterday! Working out was actually 
the bright spot in my day. 

Check back tomorrow for a Workout Wednesday video!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Grrreat Day on The Plains and a Sunday Funday Vlog

Saturday was a BIG day for Miss S and the Auburn Tigers.  Here is the Auburn
mascot, Aubie, helping to get the fans pumped for the big game.


The Auburn Tigers took on the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium at
2:30 Saturday afternoon. Miss S and her sweet friend AG were dressed
adorably and ready to cheer for the WIN!

(AG is planning to come to visit and spend time with Miss S during Thanksgiving 
Break next week, so we are so looking forward to that! 4 more days!!!)

The game was unbelievably exciting! This was the first game Miss S had stayed 
for the entire thing. Usually she is kind of "over it" by halftime and is ready to
move on and find something else to do, but the energy in the stadium for this game 
was almost electric. The stands were packed and no Auburn fan was leaving!


Everyone knew Auburn would play well, but I don't think anyone expected Auburn
to beat Georgia 40 - 17. Miss S had a great game day to say the least.

On Sunday, I thought it would be fun to film a little Sunday Funday Vlog.

You can watch here or simply click the video below.

Plans for the week:

Operation clean and declutter is officially underway at our house. With the
holidays quickly approaching it is much needed.

Workout Wednesday is still in the works, so stay tuned for that on Wednesday.

Have an awesome day and I will see you tomorrow!

Linking up here and here! :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Missing My Creativity

Happy Thursday all!

It's a rainy, cloudy, kind of dreary and cool day here today. I think my creativity
level is a direct correlation to our weather because I have been trying to come up
with something fun, witty or worthwhile to blog about for almost two hours now.

I have finally come to terms with the fact that nothing fabulous is going to pop
into my mind this morning, so I am here just to say hello and do a quick check

Nothing particularly eventful happened yesterday. I just trained some clients,
worked a health coaching shift, and stopped by the grocery store. The grocery
store was as crowded as it might be the day before Thanksgiving, so I have no
clue what that was about. The store even had a sheriff on duty patrolling inside
the store. I got what was on my list and headed for the "10 items or less"
checkout and was on my way as fast as possible.

Today I have several things I need to get done around the house. Those
little "to do's" never go away, do they?!

I also kind of want to take down my fall decor just to "cleanse my pallet" 
before it is time for the Christmas decor to go up. I don't think I have ever
gotten tired of my fall decor before, so maybe someone should check my

I will share a quick picture of my boys and then I will let you get back to
your own "to do's"...

They spend a great deal of time just like this. Two peas in a pod, never too far

See what I mean? Two more pictures in almost the identical pose.

I hope you have a fantastic Thursday. If I come across something fun to share, 
I will see you here tomorrow. 

I never want to bore you, so if you don't see me tomorrow, I will be back 
with you on Monday!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Special Edition Fitness Video

Happy Wednesday everyone!

There is a new video over on my YouTube channel!

The video contains a heart to heart about my current health and fitness,
and an introduction to strength training with suspension straps.

You can watch the video by clicking here or you can watch below.

The suspension straps that I use in the video are very reasonably priced and are
available here.

Let me just tell you...

I am sore from this workout!

It was quick to do and wow am I feeling it!

I hope you will watch and enjoy! See you tomorrow!

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