Setting Weekly Intention’s Sunday #NoExcuses

Weekly Intention’s —-

I Intend to have an amazing week!

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Spending some quirt time this morning, mentally preparing myself for my week! Planning is KEY! I have something to look forward to, a little getaway to Seattle this weekend! Which means I have to get super prepared!

Planning workouts, meals, (again) working on my time management skills this week.

TOTALLY looking forward to some away time!

Been having a ME morning! Gonna go take a hot detox bath &, mani/pedi and get everything organized and scheduled!

Plan for Success!

Include time for myself in my weekly plan! I am making everything harder on myself than it needs to be.

Wrote out myself a weekly “Pep Talk” in my journal this morning!

Monthly Intention’s —-

Get back in the swing of life with all the recent changes!

FUEL MY BODY RIGHT!

Meditate Daily.

Exercise Daily.

Every week work on my writing, block some time EVERY DAY for personal writing. Personal Goal is to work on getting something published! This month focus on articles. Let some of my creativity out! This IS my ME time!

Each week stop waiting until last second for homework assignments.

Have FUN! (Figure out what that is again!?!)

Take some weight off. I know what to do, just have to DO IT! No specific weight goal or anything, just do what I gotta do and it will come off. Let’s just say this extra weight want off my body just as much as I want it off!

Set routines in place.

Have a great month!

Give myself some Grace and remember to Breathe in and Breathe out!

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P.S. Happy Football Sunday! My Superbowl picks, Seahawk’s Vs. Pats! ❤

 

 

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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 — 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!

Question

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

Soul Sunday — My Mantra/ Word for the Week — Enthusiasm

Happy Sunday!

From Week Nine in The Artist way I came upon a quote that spoke to me, which led me to my mantra for the week — Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm is not an emotional state. It is a spiritual commitment, a loving surrender to our creative process. Enthusiasm – from the Greek, ‘filled with God’ – is an ongoing energy supply tapped into the flow of life itself.”

(Julia Cameron)

I will ATTACK this week with Enthusiasm!

I think out of all the days of the week, Sunday is my earliest wake up! I awake around 3 am almost every Sunday, finally decide to get out of bed around 4 am; as visions of To-Do lists, chores, workouts, homework, things that need to get done etc. swim in my head.

I can make great plans for the week, that easily get taken over by life! It is the actual execution of these plans where my problems manifest. I overestimate my week and what I can get done successfully. I come up with this “Grand Plan,” and when some things don’t get done… I feel…. FAILURE. Then the whole week’s plan goes out the window!

I’m pretty sure this has something to do with my other morning “too early,” wake ups!

Trying something different this week. I am going to plan only the MUST-DO’s. A “realistic” Morning and Evening routine that I will stick to, if ONLY for this week, One day at a time. One task at a time. And, add in “Enthusiasm” and “gratitude” to each task. Especially the mundane tasks such as cleaning. If you don’t know anything about me, this is the main area in my life, that I can never seem to get under control.

WHY?

Clutter.

Procrastination.

I’m not lazy, I am just a closet perfectionist. And, doing stuff that gets undone faster than I can do it is frustrating! Then I get in the overwhelm mentality, the “I’ll do it tomorrow,” mentality.

If only for this week, I am going to do these tasks with “Enthusiasm!” Especially the tasks I don’t want to do!

Get rid of clutter a little each day, and keep up on my basic plan of some routines. Perhaps, I can create some habits by doing these routines everyday? Try going to bed with a empty sink, instead of a sink full of dirty dishes that starts off my day on the wrong foot. Waking up and wrestling with the dishes in the sink to get to fill up the coffee pot with water. In turn, making a bigger mess. Set my coffee the night before, during my PM routine. Simple things that will make a huge impact.

I’ve honestly created some bad habits with my “I will do it later” thinking!

This is something that comes up everyday in my morning pages. Clutter. It’s emotional for me. How and where did all this crap come from?

I know I can make and execute a plan that will make my life a whole lot easier. That will keep me in bed until at least 5 or 6 with out waking up in the middle of the night thinking about everything that needs to be done. Everything that I said yesterday that I will do tomorrow.

So, I am gonna DO IT! If just for this one week! I am meal planning and prep today. Cleaning, scheduling out my workouts. Writing it all down in my little journal and also experimenting with “time,” how long it takes me to complete tasks etc. Use my timer to, work on certain areas each day just to get rid of stuff!

ACK! So, I spilled the beans if you don’t know me! I am going to change the way I look at the stuff that I have to do this week. I will not be doing all this “stuff” because I have to..I will be  because I “want” to, and I will do it enthusiastically! I will do it, because my SOUL NEEDS and CRAVES balance!

And, it all starts today with a lot of coffee, planning, music, candles, incense, and a desire to have a great week!

And, to LIVE in the moment at ATTACK each day with Enthusiasm!

Wish me luck! I would love to hear from you. Tips and tricks are always appreciated. And, if anyone else is a procrastinator, I would love to hear from you to!

Awesome Vs. Average Workout — #dishthefit –Tuesday Link-Up

Happy Tuesday!

How do you compare an Average vs. Awesome workout?

For me the answer is always as simple as: MY most Awesome Workout is always the one that I didn’t want to go to! You have a workout planned, perhaps it’s an evening workout for a new class with a friend. And all of a sudden throughout the day you start to think of excuses!

My personal favorite excuses….

I need to spend time with family. Even when you see them all the time. Oh, don’t get me wrong family time IS important. But, I know my family will survive for one hour without me, and when I come back refreshed, I will be in a much better mood!

I need to clean the house. Really?!?! I haven’t done anything all day and I decide that this one little hour is the “one” that I need to be cleaning the house?

I’m too tired. Wrong! I will feel MORE energized after my workout.

It’s Raining or too cold! There are those days you just want to lounge around in your jammies and fuzzy socks and turn the fireplace on. How about a workout? That will warm me up. Hot yoga on these days is the BEST!

I have or homework or work stuff! Nope, that one goes back to the energy thing! I will have more energy and focus after my workout!

This list could go on forever! I love the saying you’ll never regret a workout!

An Average Workout:

*Your injured and you know it!

*You try something too hard when you know your body just needs some yoga!

*You didn’t get ANY sleep. That excuse is valid. Listen to your body your not going to get a good workout with less than 3-4 hours sleep!

My Favorite AWESOME workout is always Yoga. This can be done with 5 hours of sleep! I can go there without actually getting ready, just throw on some boots, I don’t even have to get ready. I have NEVER regretted a yoga workout.

My second Favorite Awesome workout is the…. At Home Workout! You don’t even have to get out of your jammies and fuzzy socks!

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This week I decided to join in for #dishthefit Tuesday — Average Vs. Awesome workout! This link-up is hosted on Tuesdays by Jill Conyers & The Fit Switch!

How do you explain your Average Vs. Awesome Workout? And what’s your favorite excuse that you can get rid of right now???

Happy Halloween — Goodbye October — Hello November

Happy Halloween! & a BIG TGIF!!!

I blinked! And another Month slipped by me! Where I live in Washington State it’s also Goodbye Fall Hello Winter Month in November! So I want to make the most of these last of these FEW Fall days. The weather kin of changes from all out summer to gray, gloomy,crappy and rainy! There are very few “beautiful fall days,” before Winter hits. Winters here aren’t too bad (knock on wood!) But, as a summer girl who deals with S.A.D. more difficult! I am currently looking at Natural Sunlight Lamps in my other window, while I type this. Every year I say, “I need to get one of those!” & Every year goes by and I forget or say I’ll get one later. THE TIME IS NOW! Also, on my fall bucket list is get into the allergist! I know I am in for weekly shots, but the payoff can be huge! I spend so much time wrestling with sinus problems! I can Immunity Boost all day everyday. But, in the end I end up with Sinus Infection after Sinus Infection. I put those two acts of Self-Care at the TOP of my priority list! Also, In between Fall and Winter quarter I need to get to Florida to see my mom and soak in a little Winter Florida Sunshine won’t hurt me a bit! ❤ These are my TOP Priorities!

Now for my fall/winter Intentions and Goals!

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Living in the Land of Overwhelm.

I did a big ole’ Brain Dump last night, and continued it in my Morning Pages (at 2 freakin AM,) which I am currently going into week 8 with The Artist Way  ! I have to take a moment to be SUPER “grateful” that I am going through this and also, keeping up with A Course In Miracles.

I have a LOT going on and a long list of things I want and NEED to accomplish during the month of November! However, when I break it down into a time frame and time management every day, there is NO NEED to be stressed out about it! Everything I am doing is inching me a step closer to my dreams and goals. Super exciting stuff going on! Time management and planning is KEY!

My timer is my BEST FRIEND for projects, studying, working out, Fall/Clean Sweep with a Feng Shui twist, ME TIME, writing, etc. etc. I just have to take everything step by step — and day by day and I totally got this.

JUST BREATHE!

Today I am working on a rock solid plan to keep up with everything for the whole month. There are things that are just non-negotiable and need to get done.

– November Intentions –

~* I Intend to workout every day — no exceptions/ excuses! Even if it is a active rest day! This is at the top of the list, because this is ME time and and will help with future goals.

~* I Intend to EAT CLEAN — this is for my health and energy levels, this is just as easy as sticking to a plan, meal prep etc.

~* Carve out my study time — Just like it is my job! Eliminate distractions during this time. Time for school studying and time for self-improvement and studying for my certifications.

~* This one may seem crazy — but, it’s something I WANT! I am writing just 50,000 words in November for my Novel. That’s only 1667 words a day. This may seem like a lot of work but for me it’s play/creative time! I joined a group and an taking the challenge and I am not looking at this as one more task To-Do. I have a million stories crowding my head space, time to take the leap and get some of it out!

~* The most dreaded of these tasks is House Stuff! Again, my timer is my BEST Friend! And, sticking to my plan that I will have written out for each day.

Trust me…All this stuff can make my head spin too, if I think too much on it. So…… I am not going to think on all of it after today, I am just going to do it. I’m not working right now I GOT THIS! Breaking out planners, calendars, etc. Success is my only option! I am actually excited for this month and excited to get set in my schedule and work through my Intentions. ❤

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Wishing you all your own success in November — On step — One Day at a time~*

XOXO,

Laurie~*