Finally Friday!!!

Happy Friday! TGIF! 

I don’t know about you…. But, I am ready for some Weekend! #ForRealz

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” (Unknown) I LOVE this quote and that is exactly what I have been doing! Creating MYSELF!!!!

I can’t believe how much time off I took off from blogging! I could write forever on everything that happened while I was on my break. So, I will make a long story short and save the adventures that happened in between everything!

So, long story short, I put my blog under construction so that I could redesign and change to hosted WordPress. And then = Life happened and happened in big ways. Some things super good and some super bad. Let’s just say I have been on an emotional roller-coaster and managing to have adventures along the way. 19 days of my web absence, was spent in Florida taking care of my mom who has taken a turn for the worse and her health is declining rapidly.

The rest of the time I have been working on personal writing and other projects and HELLO it’s Summer! And, just pretty much taking care of business the best I can, while I have been stressed. But, I feel like I deserve a pat on the back just for pulling thorough everything… stronger….

Anyways, I actually made a “actual plan” (with timelines and everything… lol) to migrate my blog and I am giving myself some time to get everything done right. Since, I am transferring everything over to the new site, I will continue to keep this Blog open and get back into writing daily. And, share all my adventures! Past and Present. Did I mention, I LOVE SUMMER?!?!?! 

Well, I do LOVE SUMMER and I am excited about a lot of things that are happening right now! I can’t wait to share!

So, Stay tuned!

XOXO

Laurie~

~ Hello April & Hello Spring ~

Happy Friday!!

Big TGIF on the beginning of my road trip with hubby! Hitting the road and starting the Spring with some Spring Salmon fishing!

It’s really nice to get away and escape, before life gets super busy again! It feel weird not packing school books and self improvement book! I brought Cleopatra really excited to dig in to a book FOR FUN and spend some NATURE time. Break in my new hiking shoes! I didn’t bring very much clothes, my sneaky way of getting some new stuff! 🙂

Going to take a social media break this weekend too. I did bring my laptop for perhaps some writing (for fun of coarse!)

Anyways, about to lose cell reception! Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!!

Xoxo,
Laurie ~

Thankful Thursday — Back to Basics

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for….

Life.

Good Morning. If you read my blog you would know, I complained in the past, a lot about “SUPER” early morning wake-ups! Lately, I had been waking up around 9-10 A.M. My sleep schedule is all messed up and it feels like the days have been flying by and I am just not getting anything done by sleeping in that late, when I am waking up so late groggy . This morning I woke up around 4:45 A.M. and got out of bed a little after 5 A.M. A perfect time in my opinion. I had been on one extreme or another. Need to find my middle ground and start waking up on my own, somewhere between 5-6 A.M would be ideal.

I decided, I am in desperate need to get back on a  sleep schedule with early wake-ups and get my motivation and energy back!

I am still grieving the loss of my Mother In Law. I really didn’t know that it would hit me so hard. Ever since my Mother in Law was released from the hospital straight to my house, at the very beginning of January, I feel like my “LIFE” has been on hold. There has been non-stop stress in my life, and that needs to change. My Mother and Father in Law, have not lived more than five minuets away my entire marriage. I did not grow up here. When I was seventeen I got on a Greyhound Bus to go visit my future husband and family in Washington State from Michigan and never really looked back. I took on his family as my own with all the family drama and love, that come along with it. Now, with both parents gone, I feel lost. I have ALL of her stuff in my house, her things, literally take up three rooms in my house.  I have not been able to “deal” with her stuff yet. I think I sunk into a little bit of depression. I’m lucky to keep up on the dailies and keeping the main areas clear. However, moving forward has been harder than I could ever have imagined. It’s felt like I have been overwhelmed and stressed out since this year has started.

My daughter just had foot surgery a couple days ago and is non-weight bearing for 6 weeks and at least three months recovery time. Then she will do the other foot. So, now I am taking care of her. And, trust me she is more work than my Mother in Law was while she was dying. I feel like I just haven’t had a chance to “Just Breathe!”

This morning, while everyone is sleeping, I finally feel ready to get back to life. I am ready to enjoy life. I am ready to live each day to it’s fullest. I am ready to take back control of my home, health, and other responsibilities.

Moving Forward…..

Goals, Dreams, Life, Success, It’s MY time. Time to get back to putting myself first. The first step is just “showing up!” The second step, “showing up!” And, the third step, “showing up!” I am still on Spring break, and ready to “deal” with all the stuff of my Mother In Laws. This is going to require a LOT of work and a BIG yard sale.

Back on the Mat and back on the road! Signing up today for the Bloomsday Marathon in Spokane Washington. It’s at the beginning of May, so I am starting my training NOW. I have 38 days to prepare for this. Working out everyday, and stopping stress eating is one of my main priorities. A daily session with my Yoga Mat to avoid injury and get myself centered and grounded again is TOP Priority!

One day at a time!!!!!!

Daily blogging is also on my priority list. Also, my own personal writing, some awesome freelance opportunities, and continue writing my book. I’ve had days the past few months, where I couldn’t even bring myself to turn on my computer. Also, there are some awesome giveaways, and a total blog “make-over” coming SOON!

As ALWAYS, my plate is full. But, full of wonderful things to look forward to. Accomplishments to achieve and GOALS to focus on, to keep me busy and LIVE my life with the intention of finding balance and just jumping right back in with 110% effort to accomplish what I want and need!

So, Thankful Thursday! I am thankful that I have a renewed focus and new appreciation of living each day to it’s fullest.

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Question of the day!?!?!

What are you Thankful for today?! What can you do today that your future self will thank you for????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Thankful Thursday!!!

Happy Thankful Thursday!!!

Good Morning! & Happy Thursday!  It’s almost the weekend, which really (almost) means nothing to me. Most of my homework is due on the weekends. My husband works shift work so, he is not always home on the weekends. My kids are older and they are busy off with their friends and stuff. But, I look forward to weekends all the same. Even if they mean, being more productive on the weekends. ❤

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This week, I had a breakthrough that I talked about a little bit, but I needs to be incorporated in things that I am Thankful for! I am Thankful to MYSELF for taking the time for Self-Care! I worked out Monday and realized, my body is just not right! I have known this for a long time. But, when I took a step back and admitted there is a problem that NEEDS to be fixed in order for me to move forward in my life. I live with Back/Hip pain! It’s always there, I don’t even always acknowledge it. In fact, most of the time, I just go on with my day and pretend it’s not there.

I do workouts I shouldn’t be doing until the problem gets fixed. I mean REALLY fixed. After Monday’s not so awesome workouts, I declared this Yoga week and Fix my back week! I’ve happily  & thankfully, made it to yoga every day! I started yesterday, with Physical Therapy, with a friend of a friend, who specializes in Cranial Sacral Therapy and holistic health. I’m pretty sure by the time I am done, that statement will read, physical therapy with MY FRIEND, not just a friend of a friend. Anyways, I knew the second I made the appointment that I was doing the right thing for my body and I have waited too long. Suffered too long. She seems to think a lot of my back problems come from my gut. Which makes sense. And, I have hip problems, because they are out of alignment. I knew about my hips. Ever since I broke my leg a couple years ago and was non-weight bearing for 4 or 5 months. My hips get sometimes up to two inches off! When it get’s really bad, I see a chiropractor, and I get a massage once a month. However, I have not fixed the problem! I go for a couple visits, until I feel better and then stop. But, this time I chose to do the Physical Therapy AND Chiro AND Massage, until I remember what it is like to live without back pain. Also, it will allow me to do the workouts I have been avoiding due to pain. This is a major act of Self-Care for me! I HATE appointments! The exception is massages. But, the results don’t last long for me. I also have scoliosis. Anyways, sorry that got a mile long. The point I am trying to make is, I finally admitted that it’s a REAL problem and I am REALLY gonna fix it this time.

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Spread Kindness To One Person a Day! I love this! I think that I do. I can always practice, being more aware of my actions and feelings and work on this! This world really does need more kindness!

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Be Kind, for everyone is fighting their battle too! How true is that!!! You can never know what a person is really going through!

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What ARE YOU Thankful For today?

I could list a million things! But I will keep my list to 10!

1~* My Friends, online and IRL!

2~* My Family! Online and IRL! By blood & by Soul attachment!

3~* Ohhh… I have a massage in three hours!!!!

5~* Being KIND to myself. That is always not so easy being a Wife and Mother! Because, guilt creeps in! Y’all know what I talking about. All these co-pays for me getting fixed could be Christmas presents for my family! Dang Mom Guilt!

6~* My home. While some people don’t even have a home, I need to be grateful for this.

7~* Yes, coffee and Fuzzy socks always make my list.

8~* The holidays are coming and I don’t feel as stressed out this year!

9~* My daily writing. It is helping me work through a lot of my issues.

10~* Last but not least, just that I feel like I am on the right path! I have came a LONG way in terms of self-growth! My dreams are in sight, I just have to take it one day at a time with steps towards them MOVING FORWARD!

Anyways, please leave comments and tell me what YOU are thankful for!!!

XOXO, Blessings to all!!!!!

Laurie~*

Ultimate Coffee Date — November –Link Up — Randomness Saturday

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Good Morning!

Happy Saturday! Happy November!

Virtual Coffee Date November — a special thanks for hosting goes to @Got2Run4Me

As we bring in another new month, it’s nice to take a coffee break and take in my visions, dreams, goals, while enjoying the peace and quiet of a sleeping household.

If we were having coffee this Morning… It might be a little bit of a strategy session, I would probably bring up everything that is stressing me out and overwhelming me to enlist your help for me to get my routines in place, in order to have a stress-less November.  I’m sure you would come up with some kick @$$ ideas!

I would tell you haw Mercury Retrograde Kicked my booty in the month of October! I had been so frustrated, that even writing a blog post was a struggle. I think I got to the bottom of the “Real” issues I was having. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out ME! My life and what direction I want to go with it! It’s not that I don’t want to keep up on this blog, it’s more that I want to upgrade it, make it better, really learn how to do it right! And, another BIG HUGE Epiphany is that I don’t ONLY want to write about Health, Wellness, and Fitness etc. Maybe for this blog YES, but I’m doing something DIFFERENT!!!! I have been trying for years, and years, and years to just get over myself and just DO IT! I started writing my first Novel. Sure, I have had many  failed attempts, but for the challenge for National Write a Novel in November Challenge at NaNoWriMo I am setting a goal of 2500 words a day, when the challenge is for 50,000 words, which would be 1667 a day. I’m writing somewhere between Fantasy, Horror, and Romance Genre. But, who knows which direction this will take me.  If your up for a different kind of challenge JOIN ME! This is gonna be fun!

I would tell you about some of the Artist Dates I have been having with myself. Since I have been reading The Artist Way! One of my favorites is just tinkering around at the local health food stores.  Trying new stuff. I also bought my first Sage Stick that I will use after I get some major housework/de-cluttering done! Want to help me?!?!?! I will pay you LOL! J/K
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OK!!! So I unloaded all my stress with a big old vent session over coffee!!!

Now it’s time for me to shut up and your turn to tell me what’s up with you!!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!!

Personal Update! I’ve been on another little blog time out! One of the main reasons; I am working on myself! Taking time for self care, focusing on homework, focusing on studying for CPT Exam and Studying for my glowFIT instructor training, and trying to keep up on schoolwork & get N’ my workouts in! I feel great about everything! I just had writers block again! I’m still working through The Artist’s Way! Which I am loving, in week 7! On one day a couple weeks ago I got these really cool journals on my Artist Date! I also got a New Yoga Mat! Got these to inspire me on my new journey and keep me engaged and focused! I’ve been a little overwhelmed lately and trying to find my “Balance!” Let’s just say I am a total work in progress!!! Meditation and Yoga are keeping me sane while I have been a little “under the weather” to boot!
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My Mantra for each New Day! Leonie Dawson Baby-steps! I got this! My morning pages are helping me get to the root of my issues! I can’t possibly say enough good things about them, even when I don’t want to do them and don’t want to hear what they are saying! ❤
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Sometimes…. I just have to take a step back and look at what is really going on. I am finding my confidence again! I’ve been frustrated lately, but I am feeling much better now. This Virgo is grateful that Mercury Retrograde is over with! It’s time to get ME right!

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I love IG! Feel free to add me @lauriev767

One disappointing thing that happened recently is that I got a new phone with the worlds WORST camera! So, I haven’t been happy with pics that I have been taking. I am gonna try to figure out how to take better pics. I have a LG Optimist if anyone has any advise on this matter! Man having a new phone is kind of emotional!  I had to remember passwords, think about what I lost on my old phone, it was just a pain in the @$$! But, at least the battery works more than a hour! I try to keep a gratitude attitude about it.

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OK…So what to do when you have too much on your plate?!?!? Take on a BIG HUGE challenge! A totally different kind of marathon! This is huge for me! I am participating in NaNoWriteMo !!!! Write a novel 50,000 words in the Month of November for National Write A Book Month! I am so excited about this, and it will have nothing to do with Health and fitness. I found local groups with this website, lots of fun activities and local write ins! Basically that’s 1667 words a day and I am going for it! If your interested in participating with such a awesome challenge… Add me as a Writing Buddy LaurieV.

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Yup, so that’s what’s been going on in my corner of the world!

XOXO,

Laurie~8