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~

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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~

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????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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Focus

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.

 

Thankful Thursday — Vacation Time

Happy Thursday!

I am so THANKFUL today! I was so excited today, that I literally sprung from bed at 3AM and did a happy dance. Then I woke up and started my list of everything to take care of before I actually get out the door. Have a lot of homework, clean, packing, etc. But, I am becoming so much more Organized, that it’s going to be easy pretty easy to get ready, just a little time consuming. I decided last night It was bed early instead or getting everything ready last night. Well it wouldn’t feel like a “vacation” if I wasn’t scrambling around and forgetting stuff.

Where am I going? Well, it’s not a tropical beach, but I’ll take it!

Seattle!

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At any rate… a getaway is much needed! It sure beats all these “stay cations” that I tend to do in the Winter!

Can you say “Cabin Fever?!?!?!?!!”

Not sure how long I will be gone for, but I will be grateful for anytime that me an hubby get!I am running away from the last couple weeks. I can’t decide if I want to totally “unplug” electronics, while I am away. I am trying to stay until Sunday, because I got invited to a Lorna Jane Downtown Seattle event, workout with Jenn from, For the Glow on Sunday afternoon. we planned on coming home Sunday. But now I really want to stay!

Seattle isn’t that far from me, about a four hour drive. One good thing is….I know that it’s the healthiest place on Earth and I am really good at staying on track in Seattle!

Anyways, a Vacation is a Vacation! I’m leaving kids in charge of Mother in Law, or am I leaving Mother in Law in charge of kids? Defiantly the Kids are in charge LOL!

Note to self — Need to plan MORE getaways! I real Vacation with a Beach and Sunshine… needs to get planned for Spring Break A.S.A.P. !!!!

Pretty much packing workout gear and one nice outfit. 😉 Forgetting stuff like underwear and socks on purpose so that I “have” to but new haha!

I have a lot to do and hubby it the type that jumps out of bed and says, “leaving in five min,” so I better get busy. ❤

Question

When and Where was your last vacation? Next vacation? Stay-cation?

 

 

 

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~