Novmeber 2016 Goals

Another month! October flew by and we are now in my favorite time of year! I may or may not have listened to a Christmas CD in the car on the way home from Disney #SorryNotSorry. I usually hold out until after Thanksgiving, but since we won’t be getting our tree up until the week after Thanksgiving due to the move, it made me happy to have some Christmas going on right now.

Anyway, I feel like I say this every month but November is going to be super busy! We are MOVING at the end of the month and there are so many moving pieces that I am hoping will fall into place. Before we look at my goals for November, let’s check out how I did in October:

1.) Not gain weight: B+ I am giving myself this grade because I am currently up a pound, but I’m pretty sure it’s bloat and water weight coming off from the trip. I didn’t eat all that terrible to be honest. Best way to not stuff yourself silly in Disney? Bring a 2 year old and you will be scarfing down a small plate of food in less than five minutes before you are off chasing them somewhere. We had breakfasts in the villa, and only did two sit down meals. The rest were shared counter service meals and snacks which we brought from home. I had ice cream twice but that’s really it for junky food! I didn’t even get a dole whip (sad panda) Also, we walked an average of 8/9 miles a day and I ran once on my own, so hopefully that helped keep any extra weight away.

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2.) Get organized for Disney: B+ This also gets a B because I felt super stressed right before our trip, BUT, we made it there, and I didn’t forget anything major, and everything was fine! Our plans ended up changing a good bit but not because of lack of planning.

3.) Sell our house: A+ YES!!!! I am happy to announce we are under contract. This was one of the reasons I was a little stressed before leaving for Disney. We had a showing the day I was to drive down to my parents house, but I had already allocated that time to pack, and they ended up staying at the house for 45 minutes! Thankfully they ended up putting in an offer, but I was in quite the time crunch getting the house show ready and then packing up after they left. Anyway, the inspection went well, just a couple of minor things to fix, and we are scheduled to close the day before Thanksgiving. It’s all happening so fast and I have so much to do, which brings me to November’s goals!

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1.) Get the house ready for moving: This one is going to be a doozy. We have packers and movers coming, but there are things I want to take with us that I don’t want them to pack and fragile/valuable things as well…so I have to sort through everything/throw things away etc. before they get here. We will be at my parents over Thanksgiving and then in a hotel for about three days before we get into our new house, so I need to think ahead for things for Emma Kate etc. for that trip. (Oh did I not mention? We put in an offer on a house in new Tampa and are closing November 28th! Praying the inspection goes well on Monday!)

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2.) Workout consistently without boot camp: Now that my beloved boot camp session is over and I’m not joining the next one since I’m moving, I need to hold myself accountable for working out. I can still do my HEAT classes at the gym and of course run, but I will need to lift on my own so I don’t lose the muscle I have worked so hard for.

3.) Get Bella groomed before we move: I know this seems silly but I have so many things to do before we go and Bella needs a haircut! It may be awhile before we find another vet so I want her to have a fresh cut right before we move.

4.) Change our address on all the things: This will be our fourth house, and definitely one of the things I dread most about moving. All the paperwork like forwarding mail, changing addresses on all the things, credit cards, auto bill pay, anything I buy online, etc. etc. Hopefully we will be in this house for a good long while!

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QOTD: What is a goal you have for November? When do you put up your Christmas tree?

My Big Secret

If you subscribe to my e-mail list, then you already heard the revealing of my big secret. I have been hanging onto this for several months now, and it has been driving me crazy not being able to share it with you. I have felt like I was a liar, and being deceitful, even though the reality was I just wanted to get the ball really rolling before I spilled the beans…

I have almost finished writing an eBook.

Yes! I have felt the call to write something more than just my blog for many years now, but I would always stop trying because all of the technical “stuff” got me frustrated. I would get bogged down in logistics and how sales would work, how I would publish my eBook, and then of course…would anyone read it?

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Thanks to a well timed and awesome e-course by Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog*, I was able to really dig in, get to writing, and get help with the technical side of things. I kept it a secret for a long time because I felt like if I said it out loud, it meant that I really had to follow through. I know all of you would hold me accountable, which is awesome but equally scary.  So I waited until I was in the (current) editing/formatting stage to break the news, because it’s coming out SOON. Yes, I plan to launch in July. That’s next month in case you aren’t keeping track.

I admitted to my email subscribers how terrified I am to actually do this, because I have put my whole heart into this project and would be pretty upset if it did not go over well. However, I am proud of myself for doing something that seemed so, so hard for me. In the end that will be enough. I proved to myself I can do hard things!

Here are some of the details about my eBook. The title is: “The Average Girl’s Guide to Living an Above Average Life.” Tips and tricks for becoming the best version of yourself.

Back when I sent out my first newsletter to my email subscribers, I asked you all to respond with something that is a current struggle. I received a lot of great responses, and the overwhelming theme of them had to do with stress, a lack of time, and a lack of confidence or motivation. I read responses like:

“I am so tired all the time, there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done.”

“My house is a MESS, and I lack motivation to clean it.”

“I have a goal of doing XYZ but I am too busy to even think about my dreams/goals let alone have the time to accomplish them.”

“I want to lose weight/eat better/workout more but I lack the confidence and don’t even know where to start.”

Can you relate to any of these? I know I could! It was heart breaking to read, because I could feel the stress, sadness, and longing seeping  through the emails. It reminded me of a time in the not so distant past when I was feeling the exact same way. I had just given birth to Emma Kate, and was really struggling with my identity, my stress level, exhaustion, and a mountain of a to do list. I felt like I would never get through it, so why bother? I’m just a regular average girl who would never amount to a whole lot.

Eventually I was able to come out of the fog, and I immediately started to make some changes that have been beneficial to my family as whole. Do I have it all together? Absolutely not. I still get stressed out, sometimes have a messy house, and definitely don’t feel like working out all the time. However, I have a system in place and have learned a few key tips and tricks. Most importantly, I learned to BELIEVE IN MYSELF. In my eBook I aim to teach you the things I learned, along with personal stories sprinkled in, most of which I have never shared on the blog before (and some laughing at my expense!)

At first I thought no one would really care what I had to say, but then I realized when you find something that you believe works, it just feels wrong to keep it to yourself. I wanted to help other women who have been there and done that in terms of feeling overwhelmed, forgotten, and average. Even if my eBook only helps one person, then it will be worth it to me.

I am thrilled to share with you all how I was able to get my life (sort of ) in order, and reach my full potential. I am still growing and learning every day, but I feel like I am in a really good place. I don’t have an official launch day yet, but please stay tuned! I will be doing a pre-sale with a lower price for the eBook, so you won’t want to miss out on that. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. My VIP’s on that list will be the first to know my launch date, pre-pricing info, and more.

I hope you are as excited as I am, I can’t wait to share my heart with you and prove to you that you are more than average.

QOTD: Have you ever thought about writing an eBook? Do you read eBooks?

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Motivational Pins

Some days everyone can use a little pep talk right? There are certain sayings that I glance over and they don’t mean a thing to me, but then there are some that hit right to my heart. So maybe someone who is struggling with something today will be able to be encouraged by one of these pictures. I hope everyone has a great Thursday!

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QOTD: Which of these is your favorite? What is something you tell people to encourage them?

Power of Positive

 

Happy hump day! Hi to any new readers out there! Thanks to some amazing bloggers who promoted my raffle, I hit an all time high of page views yesterday! (If you haven’t entered to win some awesome prizes and raise money for cancer research, check out my raffle page/post here.)

Today I want to chat a little bit about the power of positive thinking. Did you know that YOU are the only one who can change your attitude? I will say it again in case you are a super speed reader and didn’t really catch it. You are the only one who can change your attitude. Think about it. Yes, people say and do things to INFLUENCE you to change your mindset, but you have the control over how you RESPOND to you circumstances. Yes friends, the key lies in the response.

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When you have a crappy morning run, when you get in a fight with your spouse, when you are sidelined with an injury, when someone says something hurtful to you, or when a family member is in the hospital, you have a CHOICE as to how you respond. As humans, our natural reaction is anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, and negativity.

It takes a conscience effort to say “I am NOT going to let this ruin my day.” Sometimes, I say it through gritted teeth, but truly, I have learned, that even if you are joyful, even when circumstances are crummy, that your outlook on life is much, much better. Hear me. I am not saying you should make light of a serious problem or issue, ignore something or someone, or pretend everything is ok. You can acknowledge a crappy circumstance, and then choose to not let it rattle you.

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If you stop for a moment and count your blessings, or think “is this REALLY worth upsetting my whole day,” 9 times out of 10…probably not. ESPECIALLY in situations that we have no control over. Why have anxiety over something that you can’t change? Will anxiety add a single moment to your life? Will it change the circumstance, or just stress you out more?

The next time something happens, instead of the knee jerk reaction of pouting, getting angry, anxious, or negative, try to replace those feelings with positive ones. I woke up today, breathing. I have a family that loves me. I have sweet fur babies who think I am the best mom ever. I have a job I love. The weather outside is beautiful. Laugh. volunteer. Hug a puppy. (not too tightly.) Whatever it is that will help exchange the negative for joy, say it, repeat it, do it.

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Some of my personal favorite phrases that exchange the negative for the positive are….

I will not let  ___________ win/steal my joy.

– I am the only one who can change my attitude

-I am stronger than I think

-Worrying will not fix this or add a single second to my life

-God is in control, and He is way more capable than I am of handling this.

-This too shall pass

Changing you attitude to one of gratitude, positivity, hope, and joy, can really make things a lot more bearable. It has helped me get though many less than ideal situations in my life, and I hope it helps you, too! I have this paper pinned up on my bulletin board in my office as a reminder:

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I encourage you to print out your own helpful phrase. Or, write it on your mirror in an ugly color of lipstick you will never wear. (come on don’t pretend you don’t have those free samples shoved in a drawer somewhere!) Stick it on the refrigerator. Somewhere that will help you remember that you are in control of how you view things. Choose to be positive!!!

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Last night Bobby and I went on a hilly 3 miler, and I felt really good! I think my hard work is finally starting to pay off. That first picture of me in the grey top is pre run. I actually felt like giving a thumbs up AFTER the run, too! Great confidence booster!

QOTD: Do you have a favorite positive phrase that gets you through hard times?

-Any advice for getting through a rough time?

I Will do One Thing Today

 

It’s Friday eve! I hope you are having a good one. It’s cloudy here, but going to be 80 again. I woke up at 7:00, saw my husband off to work, and then sat down in front of the TV with my coffee. I sat…and I sat…and I sat. You would think I have nothing to do, right? Wrong. I have PLENTY to do.

My house still isn’t unpacked

my desk/work isn’t organized like I want it to be

I haven’t worked out

I have laundry and dishes and dusting to do.

So what’s the deal? I am currently suffering from a case of the lazys. I have been apathetic the past couple of days, and it’s starting to bug me. I think it is a combination of a few things. The newness and excitement of moving is wearing off. I don’t really have any friends here yet. I don’t feel like this town/house/area is “home” yet. So, I am doing what I do best when I get a little sad. Nothing. Sometimes I struggle with getting stuck in my own self pity, and let’s face it, that doesn’t help anyone.

One thing I DO know is how to fix it…if I decide I want to. Sometimes I let my poor attitude get in my own way, and this can lead to me getting deeper and deeper into my “funk.” I really love a good mantra, and have adapted one I haven’t used in awhile to get me through this time and hopefully lift my spirits.

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My headmaster at the school I used to teach at gave me this notepad. At the time, I tossed it into a drawer and didn’t think much of it. Funny how a saying means nothing to you when you DON’T need it, but can mean everything when you are grasping for something to get you though.

No, I don’t LITERALLY mean I will do one thing today, ha! To me, this means take it one step at a time. It’s overwhelming to think of all the things I still have to unpack in my house. But, if I look at it as “I am going to unpack one box” the task seems much more manageable and something I can actually do. Then, maybe, once I unpack that first box, I will feel good, and accomplished, and unpack another.

Bottom line: life can get so overwhelming when you think of all your problems, all the things you need to do or accomplish in a day, week, etc. Instead of looking at all of your tasks or problems as a whole, focus on one thing you can accomplish right now. One thing that is going good in your life right now. What blessings can you see? I see a healthy family, a home to live in, people that love me, and the best furry children ever, among many other things.

What is one thing I can do today? I can unpack one box. I can do one load of laundry. I can think of one way I can make new friends. If I am feeling good, maybe I will unpack more, clean more, and it will make my attitude even better.

So when you feel overwhelmed, think of your blessings, think of one thing you can do today, and think of all you have accomplished already. Running races is one of my greatest accomplishments personally. Having run 5 half marathons, a full marathon, 10k, and numerous 5k’s, I can say I am pretty proud of my running accomplishments.

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What a great reminder. I hung this up right in front of my desk, so I see it all the time. I believed I could do these things, and I did them!

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I am a marathon runner, so I can handle this! I can do one thing today to be a better person, to change my attitude, to be a blessing to someone else today. When life overwhelms you, try and focus in on one thing you can do today. For yourself. For your family for a stranger. Start with just one thing, and then do another. You can do it!

QOTD: What is “one thing” you can do today to get you going so as to not feel overwhelmed by life, but instead feel accomplished?

-Today is my VERY dear friend Jen’s birthday! go check our her blog and wish her a good one!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN!