100 Happy Days – Link-Up Party – Day, One and Two

Hello and Happy Thursday! 

#Confession I am a celestial geek. Moon + Sun + Stars = Happiness.

It was a couple years ago, I realized that my life, basically is on the Moon’s Schedule. It’s odd that people think of witches when your talking about the moon and moon energy. Our bodies are made up of mostly water and if you really think about it. The moon affects all the water here on Earth, the tides etc. Why wouldn’t I expect it to affect me personally, I am after-all made up of mostly water.

Yesterday’s New Moon came to me, with a rush and purpose, set with new intentions! 🙂 A real feeling of a fresh start. I have not felt the same since Mercury Retrograded in September. It never seemed to end, to be quite honest. Last two months have NOT been my finest. Although, with certain circumstances, this has not exactly been a great year. I’m just RELYING on the fact that I had to get this (not so great) year, out of the way to make room for 2016 to ROCK!

But, guess what?! Everyday things are getting better! I’m already ready to #BringOn 2016! But, first I have to survive the rest of this year!

It’s 6AM here and I am sitting here with my Sun (Happy) Lamp on me. I started doing this every-morning (from either 5-6 or 6-7.) In fact, I would say it is part of my morning routine! And, I will continue through the winter months! It also comes in handy during these gray blah (GETTING COLDER,) DAYS!

This is my first week participating in the 100 Happy Days Link-Up that I found from, Kate at Kreative Whim, the other hosts include:

I will just start with two HAPPY DAYS! And, keep linking up on Thursday’s from here on out!

Day One: 11/11 

I had one of those “money conversations with my hubby and got a lot of tension out of the air. Not to mention the literal “elephant in the room!” I spent time with a friend, it’s nice to have a friend who owns a spa and I am loving her Infrared Sauna! Came home, and cooked dinner and had “movie night” with Hubby. We watched Southpaw and Trainwreck!

I also discovered coloring!

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Check out my Instagram for the finished coloring!

Day Two: 11/12 (today) 

Woke up feeling fantastic. Not to mention the yummy coffee in my cup! On the menu for the day is meeting my friend at her Sauna and then heading to Hot Yoga to meet up with more friends. Probably, spend some time with hubby, since he took today off, and then tonight meeting friends at Bible Study. So, basically today is all about spending time with the people I love! ❤

Excited to keep up with this link-up challenge!

What are you reading?!?! 

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If I could ready a book everyday for 100 days, that would make me happy!

Well, cheers time for me to get my day movin and groovin!

XOXO,

Laurie~

The Power of Now

I love being “present!” I have always been a live in the moment kind of girl. I have grown a new, deeper appreciation to live each day to it’s fullest. To take care of your self first and then let the other pieces fall in to place.

In no particular order my “NOW” consists of homework, finals, and HOT YOGA! In no particular order! There is a little cleaning and “taking care of business” mixed in there to. It’s all about BALANCE. So, when the unexpected comes up then I am ready for it.

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And, this whole year has been ALL about the unexpected!

Finally, starting to return to some kind of normal. Today would of been my Mother in Laws Birthday. So, every once in a while it comes up to “hit” me again. I really don’t have too much desire to go celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, instead I am meeting friends at Hot Yoga at 7:30. My hubby deals with it in his own way. He went fishing in the rain today.

So, NOW I am getting caught up on everything and not planning on leaving the house until tonight! I’m a little overwhelmed, but I got this!

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Decided to jump in with #dishthefit Link-Up, hosted by Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch for their weekly Link-Up. Being present is so important. (Topic of the week.) For EVERYTHING in life!!!!

Wishing you all have the LUCK of the Irish with you today!

 

March — Ultimate Coffee Date

Yawn! Good Morning and Happy Saturday!

Joining in for the Ultimate Coffee date Link up with Lynda, Coco, and Deborah.

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If we were having Coffee this morning…..

I might need some tissues with our “Coffee Talk!”

I would tell you that my Mother in Law went peacefully in her sleep to be with her husband, after being in a sleep coma for six days without food or water because there was nothing that the Doctors could do. I had mentioned before she moved in with me at the beginning of the year after her last hospital scare. It all happened so fast and so slow at the same time. She was in a hospital about a hour and a half away and we took night shift most days back and forth and we”tried” to sleep in the hospital room. I’m still numb feeling like it was all a dream. I still can’t believe she is gone. I take comfort that she did not have to suffer anymore and she was a peace with going to be with her husband, my husbands dad, who died suddenly two and a half years ago. She has been sick and not really “lived” since then. I can’t imagine losing my Soul Mate.

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After a good cry….

I would probably share some funny stories and good times that we have had together. After all she has been my mom, and lived no farther that 5-10 min away since I was 17. My mother lives on the other side of the country.

After the tears dried up, I would take a deep breath, and tell you how it’s time for me to start moving forward. I have so much school work to catch up on… and get back to workouts everyday.

I have written out my intentions for my health, home, and other areas of my life that need to stay in forward motion.

I had a few days, where I just couldn’t move. Managing some “Space Cleaning” or a trip to the store took a lot out of me. I have Family coming in today so today is MAJOR cleaning. I would tell you how amazing Catalyst camp has been I finished the Course and I don’t know how I would of ever got my home to this point without the course and the people in the group and the amazing leader of the class Dana Claudet. 

There will be a new Catalyst Camp Class coming up very soon. I can’t wait to go through it again. Right she is running a course (that I will start Monday,) that goes a more in detail about Feng Shui through Mind Body Green.

Now back to daily workouts. Time for me to get “Glowing!”I am going to sign up for a 5k and train for it. Then a half.  I am doing Bloomsday this year again which is in Spokane, Wa. It’s is 12k and my first Marathon last year. And, my Yoga Mat has been seriously neglected as well!

Also, back to blogging and working on some upgrades on my blog and have a great “giveaway” coming soon. I just haven’t been able to deal with anything yet.

One Day at a time!

Today, I am using all the tools I learned, in order to get ready for guests. Get a good plan in place for catching up on everything else next week. I still feel like I am in waling Zombie mode!

Anyways, my coffee with Vanilla Almond Milk needs a refill and I need to crank up some music/ light some incense and candles and get moving!

I have so many people to thank, I have never felt so supported. Just getting back to LIFE.

Thanks for joining me for coffee, and be sure to check out the other coffee dates, they really put me in a good mood this morning!

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

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

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~

More On New Year’s Resolutions — Tuesday Link Up — #dishthefit

Happy Tuesday!

Only a couple days left in 2014! I can’t even believe that the year went by so fast! Here is a little more ion New Year’s Resolutions. aside from getting “Organized,” I have big dreams and plans for this up-coming year!

When looking up the definition of Resolution — I realize that intention is a synonym for the definition of Resolution! How ever you feel about resolutions, I love them, I live for them, New Year’s is by far my favorite Holiday of the whole year! It is my chance to start a new. Even if I have to start a new each week, each day, or every minute.

My Mantra for this New Year is, “Live With Intention,” & take advantage of all the “Opportunities” presented to me. It feels like, with every New Year, The Universe sends something “New and Exciting” my way. I have the intention of taking advantage of these “Opportunities,” even if they pull me in different directions.

No matter what direction Opportunity takes me I resolve this year to explore all directions!

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Resolutions, Intentions, Goals, Dreams, Wishes, Possibilities, Discipline, Action, etc.

You can call it whatever you want. I am ready to take big steps and actions to make 2015, my best year yet!

Fitness & Health Intentions!

I have simplified my list:

*Discipline and Action! I have everything I need to make the changes that need to.

*Signing up for races, training, etc.

*Eat Clean, it’s just that simple. NO diets. Real food detox’s when I feel like it!

*Get my certifications and start working.

*Set weekly intentions and attainable goals for myself.

*Meditate Daily. Get my certification in meditation.

*Practice Yoga as much as possible!

My Anthem for 2015!

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Exactly! Why Not Me! It’s MY time~! I am “literally” getting out of my own way!

This week I joined up today for another Amazing Tuesday Link-Up, with Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch for #dishthefit ❤ Check it out! So much positive energy and motivation from the amazing #fitfam Community in this Link-Up!

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So, this is a very brief declaration of what is to come in the New Year. I am feeling the excitement and feeling the “winds of change,” and I believe whole-heartily, that this wind is blowing me in the right direction. And it feels effing AMAZING!

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Wishing Everyone a wonderful New Year!

What do you have to look forward to in The New Year! I would LOVE comments, etc.

Many Blessings to you all!

Laurie~*