Making Monday’s Magical — Balance

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Happy Monday, May 4th! May the forth be with you!

#confession …. It’s never get’s old. I’m a old school Star Wars geek!

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I believe there is a force in all of us that keeps us going. And, if we pay attention, it directs us where to go and helps us with our own life path. Some people don’t realize it’s even there and ignore the signs. Others just have a higher intuition and “just KNOW.”  You can call it whatever you want. But, bottom line is we are all made out of energy and need to keep that “Balance” in check. I can totally feel when my life it out of balance and my energy is out of whack and periods of extreme lows etc.

That is WHY……

I’m working on “focusing” MY Life Force, my personal balance… on yours truly in the month of May! #ProjectMeInMay
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This is a pretty big project! I am kind of climbing out of the “grief” hibernation mode.

~Intentions~

* Getting Organized

* Getting Grounded

* Extra Extra Self-Care

* Race Training

* GLOW training

* Focus on my other writing & projects (Success)

* TIME MANAGEMENT (VIP)

* House projects and getting #FengShui (Spring Cleaning) (Space Clearing)

* Core Strength

* Flexibility in BOTH ways! First, with my body because, I want to and injury prevention. Second, in my life.. work on and personal projects.

* Creativity

* Energy

* Nutrition

* Fitness

* Arm Strength (tank top season!)

* Spirituality

* School

* Just a sense of overall BALANCE

* ME (Priority #1)

So, today I am getting my week started off on great note and getting a lot accomplished and have I have some fantastic FUN plans for this month. But, also have some work to put in so I can truly enjoy my upcoming adventures when I squeeze in some FUN time, travel, and hopefully…. lots of fun in the Sun!

Hope all of you are having a great Monday and ready for an AWESOME week!!!

Namaste,

Laurie~

Monday Madness — Inspiration — Motivation — Oh My

Happy Monday!

Woke up this morning to puppies my dogs new puppies and feeling really inspired and motivated to have a great week! They are adorable but a lot of work! I think my son stayed up all night while she was having them!

O.K. So, my digital detox is over. But, I am going to take some of what I’ve learned last week, to carry me through this week. I don’t need to be plugged in 24-7 and I am going to work on being more productive when I am online. (Work smarted not harder!)

It is such a weird feeling, I have a visitor coming today and I am NOT stressed about it. Yes, I have a little cleaning to do. but I am no longer living in total CHAOS! It’s so weird to keep up on stuff around the house. I’ve been letting my home hold me back for longer than I can remember. Slowly my home is coming together. Not just my home, but ME in general. I have been practicing lots on of daily self-care. I took quite a break here, focused on myself and keeping up with everything. Took lots of downtime while I have been in “transition” getting my Mother in Law moved in and back to better health, getting my home in order and keeping up with daily routines.

I can do more!

I consider myself a lifelong learner. Besides school, I spend my free time…. learning! I love learning about  different things. I realized how un-balanced all the areas in my life are. It’s getting better, but it’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. With everything that has been crazy that has been going on in my life, I still feel like I am in control. And… guess what?!?! I AM in control.

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YES!

I’m really excited to get to the gym today and get my week started off right. Other than some allergies, the “I’m sick” excuse isn’t gonna “fly” anymore!

I have goals, dreams intentions……..

When I think about the main thing that I need to be doing in order to achieve balance in all my areas, my health is priority #1. It’s time to start 1/2 Marathon training, daily yoga, and work on my “own personal” exercise routines.

Another BIG focus…..

Going 100% Gluten/Wheat Free.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s a lot easier to “say” that I will do it than it is to actually “live it.” and Guess What?!?!? It’s time to live it. I’m not one of those people that are going on some “new” craze. I really should have no wheat or gluten and I know this. Every time I slip, I physically regret it. That always doesn’t stop me. Gonna start getting super creative in the Kitchen and just come to terms with “No More.” There are plenty of things that I can eat that I don’t NEED to put my body through pain just to have one stupid snack or meal that doesn’t serve me as fuel.

I may be a slow learner, but I am getting it! I feel myself coming together and it feels amazing!

This week….

* I choose to focus on my house, get the areas organized that I have been avoiding. (Trust me there are a lot, even if the main areas are company/visitor friendly!

* I choose to FUEL my body with “real food.”

* I choose to get to the gym everyday! (#noExcuses)

* Time management. Yes, I need to work on this. My digital detox may be over, however I need to keep a actually schedule and limit my time on stuff that sucks me in to getting stuck.

I’m gonna keep on keeping on! Keep clearing space, space, and more space. Make room for some new exciting stuff to come into my life.

Missed a couple weeks of joining in on the — Monday Madness “Link Party”

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Go check it out…there are a lot of good and useful blogs in this “Link Party!”

So, what had been my secret to getting all of this to come together?!?! Honestly, going through this Feng Shui Catalyst camp has been life changing! Seriously, you should go check her out, Dana from The Tao of Dana is pretty amazing, and even if your not in the camp the blog and her You Tube Channel is filled with lots of inspiration and just some really good and positive ideas!

It’s not all superstitious Feng Shui, it’s just a energy thing. I mean ear ARE made up of energy!!! The changes that are happening feel like a “miracle” to me.

It’s all about complete “Wellness!” Mind, Body, & Soul connection!

Stay tuned, I have a giveaway coming up tomorrow on the blog! #yay I love doing giveaways!

I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for an AMAZING week!

Be well my friends!!! XOXO

Friday — Finding My Way Back — To Loving Me

Happy Friday~*

O.K. Stop…… I am pushing the RESET button!

WARNING!!! Early morning rants & raves  & random thoughts!

So, Life happened & major changes happened. Taking care of my Mother in Law and having her in my home is a lot more emotional and a lot more work than I had thought. Not that I thought it would be easy, but I really didn’t “know” what it would be like, until it happened…….

If you don’t know, I just went through a super MAJOR life change within a week! Pretty much since the 1st my Mother in Law (from only a mile away,) had been in and out of the hospital with Liver Failure, until this last time where she was vomiting blood. Which was bad, they call it end stage Liver Failure, because her liver just not functioning and she is bloated like having twins from a really tiny 64 year old lady. Well, Friday night Bother and Sister in law (who live 5 min away) decided that she was moving in with us. And, out of the hose she could Alcohol and lived with a lady who is a pill popper. Well, I anticipated a couple days to get house at least cleaned up and at least started clearing to make room for her. Nope, Saturday morning Brother in Law calls says, “we are doing this now.” If you already heard this story I apologize(It is 3am after all.) Well, honestly anyone “just stopping by and being in my house” is something of my re-occurring nightmares. Much less a Bro in Law who is “judgy” and hasn’t been in my home in years even though though they live close. My home was never “clean” enough for them. In my heart it was never “clean enough” for me, I just didn’t know where to begin with clutter. And, cleaning and keeping it clean. I’m a “Stash N Dash” kind of girl! which never solved the problem, just created more problems.

Anyways, long story short, (lol) my brother in law, and husband cleaned out two of my STASH rooms while I worked on the rest of the house Saturday + The garage to get ready to my MIL’s crap. It took a few dump trips and god knows what they got rid of, but as far as my New Year’s Resolution of getting organized and keeping the house clean…. I got a huge jump start. As mentioned before I am going through a kind of clutter program, 8 weeks using a Feng Shui way of getting rid of clutter for good, dealing with emotions, holistic healing, and space clearing and creating more energy, not just in the home, but in general. It’s been one of my favorite websites and email news letters (not fitness related…but def wellness related,)for over a year, and I went through The Artist Way Book with her Group. Dana Claudat whose website, I swear, The Universe guided me to over a year ago, has been a life changer. The Tao of Dana, has been my inspiration for so many things. I knew the second I found the website that I had been searching for this for years.

Last few days, besides being busy, I am physically and mentally exhausted. I am not used to having someone around all the time, so I haven’t been getting my workouts in at home even or meeting my friends at the gym. I got off track on my detox that I was doing and basically… quit taking time for myself. I didn’t give up, LIFE just happened, now it’s time to move forward. Between taking care of my Mother in Law and trying to keep up on what was already done to the house, there have been nurses in and out, physical therapists etc. I’ve been trying to keep up on school work and just maintain the house from what has already been done. Well, I still have lots and lots and O.K. LOTS of work to do to the house so it’s not so much damn work all the time. My closets, drawers, and some other rooms, I get to work on now, at my own pace and get back to doing The clutter program, Catalyst Camp, the way I wanted to, on MY terms!

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But, first I have to get back to some MAJOR Self-Love, Self-Care, and putting ME first. Because. quite honestly, I got burnt out and drained emotionally. This is where……. I PUSH THE RESET BUTTON!

First, getting off-track with MY FAVORITE challenge of every New Year, (basically a real food detox,) The Resolution Challenge, from For The Glow, felt really defeating for me to give in and give up. Back and forth to the hospital, all my food prep was going bad and eating out started happening and I’m not going to beat myself up over this, however, I am going to re-start!

Ingesting “junk” in my body and not getting my workouts in, is simply not an option, I had already gained winter weight. So, now this is MY TIME to prioritize and get back to some great Self-Love and start treating MY Body like the temple it is. Getting more sleep, getting my ME TIME, Meditation, writing in my journal, and striking a balance in my body, home, and everything in my life is now TOP priority. I need to take care of ME in order to care for others.

I have everything thing I need.

I have the desire.

I have determination.

I have the resources.

I HAVE the time.

I don’t think I can, I KNOW I can.

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YES! So, let the clearing begin, from my insides to my outsides.

It’s time for me. It’s time to strike a balance in all areas of my life!

It’s time to DETOX my life. I had a set back with all the super craziness, now I am friggin READY!

 

Monday Madness — Embracing Change #realtalk

Happy Monday!

I should/could of  posted a blog called Weekend Madness! Because, the $hit hit the fan, so to speak. If you don’t know this year I am taking Monday’s to journal my home organization Journey as I go through The Tao of Dana’s Catalyst Camp.

I am going to make a really long story short. If you read my short blog on Life Happens… You would know that my Mother In Law was hospitalized last Week. She is currently in liver failure. She is still in the hospital and may or may not be out tomorrow or sometime this week.

Friday Night My Worst Nightmare Came True….

First of all my nightmare is…. people, anyone coming in my house while it is in total CHAOS mode. And, then people start going through my stuff and find out how bad I really am when it comes living in a messy and some piled up rooms dirty spaces.

Well, I got the phone call from my Sister In law that they would be over in the morning to move all of my Mother In Laws stuff into my home, because she is coming to live with me when she get’s out of the hospital. (Which is a personal nightmare on its own.)

I went into complete freakout mode! Thanks to some kind words and some MAJOR venting in the Camp Facebook group. I survived the first part of the nightmare which was someone coming in and and helping go on dump runs and getting two areas for my Mother In Law cleared and cleaned. We didn’t get to the moving of all of her stuff in yet, because the cleaning and clearing and two BIG dump runs was a lot more work than we all anticipated. And did “some” work on the rest of the house. I still have my work cut out for me. we have a downstairs Living Room and one Bed room cleaned, carpets shampooed, and almost ready to move her stuff in.

This is not how I envisioned getting my house under control…

It wasn’t supposed to be like this…

But… It’s happening…… and fast.

I can not possibly tell the whole story it would be like a million words. And, I need to get busy here soon and get to work. She is expecting “perfection.”

So, I guess this was The Universe’s NOT SO BRILLIANT idea of a BIG life change. And, I have no choice in the matter of getting and staying Organized. I “wanted” to do this on my own. (Not because I HAVE to.) Instead I have a huge wake up call that my home should not have been like this in the first place. It’s been emotionally draining to add on top of the stress that she is in the hospital in the first place, and I am doing all this “work” when I would of rather spent time in the hospital with her. She may or may not have long to live.

I am currently unstable in my emotional life on this whole matter. But, I have to just deal with it. And….. move on.

It will not be easy at all living with her, but thankfully I had already started on my Journey to Organization and have the support I need, to make it though this. I am trying to keep positive. I am trying to tell myself that this is all happening for a reason.  It will not be easy, living with her even if I lived in a perfect clean neat bubble. Things get messy fast in this house. We actually live in it. It’s kind of like, the Universe said Ok so you wanna get Organized…BAM now you HAVE to #noexcuses !!!

Sorry, this turned into a really long rant, and time is flying by this morning and I need to get busy with the house. A lot of the areas that I cleaned that easily accumulate clutter are messy again and then we will be moving the big stuff. I think I will continue this post tonight with progress. I could sit here and write about it all day, rather than doing the actual work.

Anyways… I will go back and call this part one. If this was long and boring, I am sorry. This is Life. This is my new reality. Need to get done what NEEDS to be done and then my journey will continue with the Feng Shui Camp.

Once again Linking up with How To Get Organized at Home for the Monday Link Party. Please go check it out and I will be back with more to post on my progress.

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This whole process is the biggest life change, probably ever. Not only did getting Organized become a HAVE TO, but with My Mother in Law moving in is a MAJOR life change in itself. and all I can do it try my best to make lemonade out of lemons!

Prayers are appreciated…good vibes etc.

XOXO,

Laurie~

 

Monday Madness — Getting Started and Finding Balance

Happy Motivation Monday!

Why and What Am I Starting?

CLEANING HOUSE — This going to be my very personal, Monday Feature on my blog about My Messy Home. I am starting a 8 week journey with The Tao of Dana called Catalyst camp for clearing clutter and finding balance in my home. Why? Because, I feel like mess and  home clutter have ruled my life for long enough! I really feel that this has been holding me back in every aspect of my life. This is a huge task for me and I don’t want to get burned out!

Cleaning My Body — Detox Day One  — which starts today. This I will talk about on another day here in the Blog. Why? I do this every year. This is connected to my home, because I need the energy to work my way though my home!

Today is Day One — I count today as the real first day in my New Year. Today is also, my first day of school. Everything seems to start today. It will all come down to three things — Balance — Commitment — Planning.

I woke up a few times all night, finally got out of bed too early (3am) ready to get started. Woke up with my mind running 100 mph.  full force! Going through the first week of school work, making lists, watching videos for Clutter Camp, and writing in my journal and setting solid intentions.

First of all — me and 3am are NOT friends. But, I had to get everything written out, spent some time meditating, and really going over my plan for the week, adding in the new stuff that I could not access until this morning. Reading my Syllabus’s for my classes and In fact, this week for the detox I am allowed one cup of Organic Coffee. This was not enough. week two no coffee EEK!

Balance — I am ready to go take a nap after I finish this blog knowing that my intentions are set, and I have read what is going on with all of these challenges. I may be a little overwhelmed, but they are all connected in order to achieve balance. Getting enough sleep is a MAJOR thing I need to get a handle on. I don’t WANT to be waking up every morning with lists and “stuff” that needs to be done stressing me out before I even step out of bed.

Confidence — Now that I have reviewed everything, I know what I am in for. And, I totally got this $hit! I can go back for a nap knowing what my plan is and what I want to accomplish over the next 6-8 weeks & balance in school, fitness certifications, what I am gonna eat,and what my workouts will be.

Planning — I feel set with my plan without getting overwhelmed! I am not going to clean my whole home in a day. It took YEARS to get like this I am not expecting it to magically cleaned, organized, and fixed up overnight. It will take the full 8 weeks! The Detox is going to be a challenge mentally and physically. I know this, this is my third year so I know what to expect and how AWESOME I am going to feel in a couple weeks! If you don’t know me I LIVE for challenges and for everything I have a great support system in place and accountability partners!

Link-Party! I love that I had already committed to the focus on my home and dedicate one day a week on the blog to update progress! I was thrilled, when I came across the Blog Link-Up for Monday’s from: How to Get Organized at Home. Not only am I finding some amazing blogs, tips, and new blogging friends,  It gives me different ideas and perspectives. I highly recommend checking out the links the that are all in one location.

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Not a whole lot to report yet (It is Day One after all!) I have been clearing some spaces the last couple weeks. But, I am currently struggling to keep up on dailies and add in the clearing of clutter!

OK! I am ready! ….For a NAP! Now that I have my ducks in a row, I can take a nap in peace and without stress or worry about what is in store for me!

XOXO,

Laurie~

Magical Monday– My Messy Home Monday’s

Happy Monday!

I have decided to dedicate one day on my blog to my home, finding balance, motivation, and finding my happiness in my Home Life! This is my year to get Organized! And I am totally excited about it! Other day’s on the blog may be about Fitness, Health, Spirituality, Wellness, Etc. But, Monday’s are about the Big “O” (Getting Organized!)

I decided to join in this awesome Link-Up Monday Madness Party from How To Get Organized at Home

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Here you will find a great Link-Up with some amazing women with some amazing tips. I look forward to this as a regular feature here on my blog.

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I realized quickly over Christmas this is NOT going to be a easy task for me. I did a great job stashing clutter and cleaning up so I wasn’t embarrassed over Christmas. It felt to good to have at least a “Visual” sense of at least a portion of the house, the part that visitors see. What I found very quickly it could go from, “Wow, this looks great, I CAN do this,” to OMG what tornado ran through here and undid what little progress I had made! My Ego is mean sometimes. It keeps saying you will never have a perfectly organized & clean home! Well, I’m here to tell my Ego to take a flying leap! I have a grueling task ahead of me to achieve this. But, I KNOW in my “Heart of Hearts” it’s time. This really is the Catalyst that will have all of the other areas fall into place! That is why I am so excited about Catalyst Camp from one of my favorite’s Dana from The Tao of Dana.

Here is the thing, it’s not really about the clutter! It’s much much deeper than that! It’s about learning Feng Shui, aromatherapy, getting “right” with my own energy, and feeling like a success instead of a failure. Cleaning is a never ending task! My goal is to make life simpler and achieve the balance I SO CRAVE! There is a lot of emotional stuff buried under the clutter and I am ready to face it head on. Make my home a Sanctuary and not a dungeon. I can’t wait to be able to open the door and say, “Hello! Welcome to my home come right in!”

So, If you are following me on this Journey. Be prepared… for some shocking photos, that belong on a episode of Clean Sweep or Hoarders. I will be transforming my rooms that are piled to the ceiling with clutter into useful beautiful spaces! An Office, a Exercise room, and maybe more.

So many great blogs and stuff on the Link-Up, so join in, I am trying to be a sponge and learn as many tips and tricks that I can. Enough is ENOUGH!

So, here I go to reclaim my home and be grateful for all that I have!

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Question of the day…. What is your best tips for staying on routines or keeping your HOME LIFE organized?

Sensational Saturday — Random Thoughts

Happy Saturday!!

I hope you all are enjoying the Holiday Season! I am, a little bit glad Christmas is over! It was a wonderful relaxing few days!

Now that it’s over ready to get BUSY and get my ducks in a row for 2015! I don’t have that much more time off school. But, I think my schedule is easy enough that it won’t too crazy. Ready to throw a job in the mix. I mentioned in a previous blog that my New Year’s Revolution is to get organized, but there is SO much more to 2015 than just getting my Home organized & get it Feng Shui’d. But, this is just the first step! The one thing that will help everything else fall into place! Overall Balance in my life, good health, and a more simpler/stress free year is my Ultimate Goal of the year!

2014 has been very good to me, it all feels like like it was truly the year of preparation for 2015!

Learning and growing internally & emotionally, was big for me in 2014. I don’t feel like the same person going into 2015 that I was going into 2014! My dreams are clear. I am holding the keys to big things in my life. All I have to do is step to the door and turn the key. And… I’m ready!

I look forward to The Resolution Challenge from For The Glow every year! It has become my New Year’s tradition! My health is a top priority in my life. And, I’m such a “geek” that this tradition, totally excites me! Starting the year with a real food detox and much much more included in this challenge totally makes me happy. I’m not ashamed that I absolutely love a “BranSpankin New Year!” A fresh start from the inside out! Bring it on, I am ready for this challenge.

I will save my fitness goals and intentions for another post! 🙂

I really am excited for 2015.

I have so much to look forward to! New Adventures await! All I have to do is take a deep breath and I can feel the change that is coming to my life!

The future is so bright, I gotta wear shades!

Here is a completely Random Thought: I am working on my blog behind the scenes. One of my goals… is to leave the journal stuff in my journal a little less, rather than using my blog for my journal! Less random thoughts and more regular posts! I am still on my “Own Personal Journey,” that I will be sharing.

At any rate, I am ready for 2015, I sure hope 2015 is READY FOR ME!

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For me knowing the direction that I am going is “simply” a Miracle!

I am excited! I am READY! Bring It!

Wishing you all lot’s of blessings in the New Year!!!! And hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and Happy Holidays!!!

XOXO,

Laurie~*