#Confessions T’was the Day Before Turkey Day

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And, all through the house..

The only creature stirring… is ME and my new baby April! 
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Happy Wednesday! 

I am running five miler tomorrow morning! #EarnYourTurkey or in my case, prime rib #EarnYourPrimeRib lol. Taking today as a rest day as far as workouts! Stretching and a little yoga. I have shopping and cleaning to do today!

Tomorrow is going to be weird. It is the first with out my Mother In Law, it was hard enough without Father In Law, and my Sister In Law is not hosting, Thanksgiving this year. My daughter is growing up and is in Alaska with her boyfriend visiting his mom, and my son is working. I think my husband is hunting in the morning.

My kids aren’t even out of the house and I am getting a taste of being an “Empty Nester!”

My daughter left on Saturday. She is only 17 (going on 25) and it was quite scary for ME to be honest! I’m more worried about the weather than anything. But, I’m lonely.

You would think I would be super productive. And, hopefully I can SAY that at the end of the day, however I have been … well lazy!

Maybe, a little Winter Blues. Sitting with my happy lamp on me as I type.

Where’s my REAL confession?! 

I have paid to upgrade this blog a long time ago, at least 6 months. All I really need to do it get on the phone with Blue Host and let them walk me through the transfer. This scares me, literally I fear change. I’ve tossed around the idea of starting a Blog from scratch. Still, this weighs on me. I was going to post my giveaway on Monday, but noticed the dates I wrote down were wrong, so…. what better way to kick off the new blog or new “old” blog than with a giveaway. 🙂

Another confession… I have been binging last couple days. I mean real honest to goodness, mindless eating until I feel sick. I do NOT purge, I just simply inhale food.

Honestly, I wrote it out, what I “really” come up with for reasons why, is I just had a scale victory. I didn’t realize that I had lost 20 lbs until I got on the same scale from two months ago. According to my clothes I knew I lost weight, but it wasn’t until i seen the number on the scale that I think I freaked out and started eating!

(I’ve had different forms of ED though the years) I’ll save all that for another blog.

So, I will recognize and accept that “that just happened!” And, move forward. As always easier said than done, but I put myself on front street and put a sticky note on fridge and cupboards to be “mindful” of my eating!

I am very thankful that I can recognize this pattern only a couple days in to the binge, because I will NOT “have” to lose progress. And, I should be PUMPED from MY success, not let it bring me down!

I am not even worried about tomorrow. I’m cooking so it’s gonna be a good post run Thanksgiving Feast!

So, tell me one confession and one thing to be thankful for!?!?! 

Wishing Everyone a wonderful day,

Laurie~

 

 

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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

Thursday Thoughts — Talking Focus

Happy Thursday!

Definition Focus:

fo·cus
ˈfōkəs/
noun
noun: focus; plural noun: foci; plural noun: focuses
  1. 1.
    the center of interest or activity.
    “this generation has made the environment a focus of attention”
    synonyms: center, focal point, central point, center of attention, hub, pivot, nucleus, heart, core, cornerstone, linchpin, cynosure

    “schools are a focus of community life”
  2. 2.
    the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.
    “his face is rather out of focus
    synonyms: focal point, point of convergence

    “the resulting light beams are brought to a focus at the eyepiece”
    sharp, crisp, distinct, clear, well defined, well focused
    “submit only those snapshots that are in focus”
    blurred, unfocused, indistinct, blurry, fuzzy, hazy, misty, cloudy, lacking definition, nebulous
    “the shots are slightly out of focus, which gives them an eerie quality”
    • another term for focal point.
    • the point at which an object must be situated with respect to a lens or mirror for an image of it to be well defined.
    • a device on a lens that can be adjusted to produce a clear image.
  3. 3.
    Geometry
    one of the fixed points from which the distances to any point of a given curve, such as an ellipse or parabola, are connected by a linear relation.
verb
verb: focus; 3rd person present: focuses; past tense: focused; past participle: focused; gerund or present participle: focusing; 3rd person present: focusses; past tense: focussed; past participle: focussed; gerund or present participle: focussing
  1. 1.
    (of a person or their eyes) adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly.
    “try to focus on a stationary object”
    • cause (one’s eyes) to focus.
      “trying to focus his bleary eyes on Corbett”
    • adjust the focus of (a telescope, camera, or other instrument).
      “they were focusing a telescope on a star”
      synonyms: bring into focus; More

      “she focused her binoculars on the tower”
    • (of rays or waves) meet at a single point.
    • (of a lens) make (rays or waves) meet at a single point.
    • (of light, radio waves, or other energy) become concentrated into a sharp beam of light or energy.
    • (of a lens) concentrate (light, radio waves, or energy) into a sharp beam.
  2. 2.
    pay particular attention to.
    “the study will focus on a number of areas in Wales”
    • concentrate.
      “the course helps to focus and stimulate your thoughts”
      synonyms: concentrate on, center on, zero in on, zoom in on; More

      address itself to, pay attention to, pinpoint, revolve around, have as its starting point
      “the investigation will focus on areas of social need”
    • Linguistics
      place the focus on (a part of a sentence).

 

It really is thought provoking to look at the whole definition for the word
– Focus – I realized that this is what I have been doing as I reflect on this Month & Year, thus far.
I have been centering my attention on one area of my life at a time. My “focus” as a whole; as part of my life is out of balance.
But, I am working on it.
From this point forward, I am going to look at the picture (of life,) as a “whole.”  Yes, in the moment I can only focus on one thing at a time. Instead of trying to do everything in each moment, I need to take each moment separately, but by looking at the picture as a whole.  Each moments focus, building on one another, in order to achieve my desired outcome… Balance.
Focusing my energy in each moment. One task at a time. One day at a time.  I get it. However, at the very least I have to change my focus from moment to moment to other areas of my life. In the Book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, she talks about “The life of Pie,” keeping all the areas in your life balanced. For example; what good is putting all my focus on school work if my health area is out of balance, or my financial area is out of balance? What about time for my family?
So, my end goal is to get this circle in balance.
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I can’t do everything at once. I know that, I tried “Superwoman Syndrome,” I just need to grab a flashlight and shine it on my life and figure out how to get this circle balanced out, and I can start by upping my level of focus in each moment.

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#BOOM

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So, there it is my early morning ramblings of bringing more focus to each area and every moment of my life, but by looking at the whole picture.

I took a week off a lot of things, after I got back from my vacation. — I had a electronic break for a couple days while I was away. Then when I came home, I have been working on limiting my time with my electronics. I also, had a bad slip on the ice on Monday, and have been taking it very easy! Add in the fact, I’ve kind of had a cold, and just overall not feeling great. So, I gave myself permission to rest. But, what is weird; in the middle of this rest, I am actually getting a lot of stuff done. But, I feel very off balance. Maybe, it “IS” Mercury Retrograde that is affecting me! So, I am taking some downtime… to focus on balancing out that circle. Just getting all my “mental ducks” in a row, so when my energy gets back, I will be ready.

This isn’t going to be that hard. Just a little focus on each area, “everyday,” this focus can go a long way!

Moment By Moment.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Another Year Bites The Dust — Welcome 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Looking back in retrospect, 2014 has been pretty AMAZING! It doesn’t feel the same as last year on New Year’s Eve. Last year I was happy to say “KICK ROCKS,” and welcomed twenty-fourteen with open arms. Right from the start, I knew it was going to be a great year! And it was! Everything I did this year, kept me moving in forward motion. Step by step, everything I did. all the lessons learned, were positive and  set all my wheels in motion.

I spent my year surrounded by positive friends! Learning and growing as a person every chance that I got! This year I soaked up everything like a sponge. Really got down and dirty in my journal and shining a flashlight on what is working for me and what no longer serves me.

* My grades in School were Awesome, I am am very proud of them. I worked very hard to get them and pushed through the stress and came out on top every time.

* I practice meditation almost everyday, I learned some cool stuff like Ayurveda, learned about my Chakras, and really did some inner personal growth work on myself.

* I found out a lot about myself and through Morning Pages & my journals, I have a clear vision of what I want and NEED in my life.

Anyways, as I look back over the year all I can do is smile. I made it. I survived. I am blessed beyond measure and grateful for everything! I am ready for the new blessings that The Universe has for me in the New Year! I am truly grateful for everything that has come in my life and every thing that has left!

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I found this interesting article on Mind Body Green:
12 Rituals To Do In 12 Days To Guarantee 12 Months Of Love & Prosperity

I am literally excited, for whatever 2015 has in store for me!

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I want to say Thank YOU, to all of you for being a pat of my Journey, and my Journey continues……..

So I want to wish you all a wonderful New Year filled with blessings and happiness!

— May The Force Be With YOU.

XOXO,

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~*