Randomness #JustBecause

Happy Wednesday! 

It’s two o’clock in the morning….

The End

Just Kidding! I just can’t sleep! I am not at home, I am watching my friends kids while her parents have surgery. It just so happens that the strongest windstorm ever recorded hit Washington State and the worst is where my friend is at, poor girl in a Hotel in the dark! (I would HATE that!) Luckily, her dad’s surgery was today and she had to spend the night, and she didn’t have to drive back home (which would of been REALLY bad,) because her mom’s pre-op appointment is tomorrow.

If I had my Journal this would be a major Brain Dump moment, but I don’t I have my blog — and here I am.

I have so much to be thankful for and so many exciting things are happening over the next few months, well… the randomness never ends!

I’m currently doing the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Run To The Finish and Fit Approach. I have my 5 miler Virtual Race Next week with Running on The Wall #EarnYourTurkey race. I’m kind of EXCITED! I’ve been getting in shape and my running is improving each and every time I run! This week, Holiday Sweat is focused on Core, which I have been neglecting lately! Something I realized I need to focus more attention on!

Side Random Note: I have another giveaway starting soon! Be on the lookout!

My last giveaway was so much fun I LOVE doing them! My winner Was Sandra from A Promise To Dad Blog.  I am loving her blog!

On another note I WON a giveaway! (I guess what goes around, comes around!) I won the Sunwarrior Giveaway from Susie’s amazing blog Suz Lyfe.

Geez… I could write forever right now, but I need to try to get a couple hours sleep before these kids wake up and have to be taken to all different schools!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Nameste

 

Perfectly Imperfect Race Day –10K YAY #RunningOnTheWall — Halloween Edition

Happy Saturday & Happy Halloween! 

Today… I got up early (4:30, but with the time Falling Back tonight that 4-5 AM wake-up is going to feel like 3 AM!

I already had my running clothes laid out the night before. But, wait where is my SHOE!

Hobbling around room in the dark, one shoe on, turn on the lights, still can’t find it, (note to self today is the day to clean my bedroom…thoroughly!) My running shoe is MIA! so my old, old, shoes had to make due! 

This Virtual Race Day was not off to a great start. at least I looked cute this morning. Super Cute Hat with my Running on The Wall Gear (my camera on this old phone I’m using, is pathetic! For real the camera is so bad, it’s enough to make me cry!) I didn’t even really realize that it was Halloween, until I was done with my race (people were in costumes and I really wasn’t paying attention lol) …YES MY RACE WAS on a treadmill! I was extremely grateful, that I just had to jump in my car and go to the gym!!! I am loving the Virtual Race aspect of this as well as my monthly commitment to it.

However, the treadmill shut off like 3 times and re-started my time/pace/distance. So, all my race time is iffy I know Jogged/Walked under a Hour and a half. And, that’s all I need to know really! My only competition is myself and right now my GOALS are setting the bar and work on self-improvement…everyday!

Distance… I kept track of with my phone and about 99,9% sure I got the distance right.

However, in my heart ❤ I did the best I could! As far as distance, (may be a little sore, but not too bad.) I have completed a 5K and now 10K. And, feeling more comfortable to really start my “training and work on getting BETTER! Also, I know I have been working on this for years, but getting OUTSIDE and running, I am in the perfect time of year for this. Summer, I have the worst allergies and running in heat is harder for me.

Confession: I had the flu for two weeks +, this is my first real week back to feeling like myself and so no real training was performed! I did yoga when I could and practiced lots and lots of Self-Care.

I did way better than I expected, my time flew by fast, my body felt OK, I did the whole marathon more like a HIIT running/walking. With a couple longer jogs. The treadmill was fine today.

My goal for next month is to do my race outside! And, focus on real training.

Does anyone want to Virtual Race with me?!?!? If so sign up for November on Running on the Wall!

Cold Weather tips and favorite things (like shoes that don’t get wet,) would be graciously appreciated!!! 

One More Thing!!! I have a awesome GIVEAWAY  with 5 days left to enter! 

You can also enter to win Here!

OK, Two more things! I forgot to add my Overnight Chia Pudding recipe that was my before and after meal before my own race today!

My Overnight Chia Pudding! 

  • One Banana Smashed
  • 2 TBSP Mighty Nut Powered Peanut Butter Protein Don’t forget to enter giveaway! HERE! 
  • 2 TBSP of Chia Seeds (fold in)
  • I use Almond Milk, whatever you like/use will be fine about 4- 8 oz. (depending on how thick you like your Chia Pudding.)
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract.
  • Dash Cinnamon and Turmeric
  • Top with Blueberries and Toasted Coconut just for fun!
  • Added Blueberries + Coconut in the morning

Anyways, even if it was a 10K walk/run it is still a success!!!

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

First Random Friday in 2015

TGIF! Happy Friday!

This is the first Friday in 2015, but probably my last Friday that It really doesn’t matter weather of not it is Friday! As soon as school  starts next week, Thursdays automatically become TGIT & Fridays become a great BIG TGIF! I had so much I “wanted” to accomplish with my time off, instead I took my time off as Time Off! I have no hard feelings about this. It was a much needed break.

A few years ago, for part of my New Year’s Resolution; I gave up buying latte’s and erased the word CAN’T from my vocabulary.

If only I had started a “give up buying five dollar coffees,” jug I would be rich!

Giving up saying, “I can’t” was one of the best resolutions I have ever made. It snowballed into a lot of positive thinking and irritation with friends and people who have the “I can’t” or “I will never be able to _______” attitude. The quote by Henry Ford, is so powerful, because I CAN! And, I always say, “never say never!” The power in the quote lies in the truth of it. If I believe I can’t do something, I simply can’t. Well, I can, I will, and I believe……. in myself!

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I am finally on the right path. I am on the Road to Success and there are no detours, no pit stops and nothing that can hold me back!

In retrospect, twenty-fourteen was all about setting myself up for Success.

In 2015, it’s all about “making it happen!” I can feel the magic in the air. If I look within & take a really good look, my heart of hearts knows this is the year to make “$hit” Happen!” Or in my case making “shift” happen! I have shifted, I have changed, and there is no turning back now.

Forward Motion.

One foot in front of the other.

No looking back. Except for reflection.

Past the point of no return.

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Chapter One… Let’s Do This $hit!

Making myself a TOP priority. 

Self-LOVE!

I am cleaning house (not just my home but my mind, body and soul!) I am starting from inside and working my way out. Getting rid of everything that no longer serves me. And, I mean EVERYTHING! My path couldn’t be clearer! I am holding the keys to everything I want, I just have to put the key in the door and walk through.

Pretty much, my New Year really happens on the 5th. This weekend I will spend preparing for the changes that are already on their way.

And…. I am freakin excited about….EVERYTHING…Life, Love, and the Pursuit of ME!

Wrote out a commitment to myself. No more self-sabotage. It is one thing, that I have a great track record in the past. But, the past is just that, in the past. Like I said, “Forward Motion!”

So, what is first the first step?

Admitting to myself that I am ready for this. Really, truly, believing that I can achieve anything that I set my mind out to do!

#BOOM

And, that’s it! I’m not going to get into all the details right now. I left those details for my personal journal!

Just WATCH OUT 2015, I am about to “own” this year!

I made it this far I am going to……

Keep Going

 

 

 

 

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~*

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~*