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????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashionably Early Friday’s — Superbowl Weekend Edition

TGIF! Happy Friday!

Another super early morning for me! Woke up at 3am, finally decided to drag myself out of bed at 4am. I don’t know why this happens to me every Friday Morning, without fail. I have been even trying to stay up late, so that I can sleep in and it does not work on Friday’s no matter how hard I try! all I can say is I can’t wait until nap-time today! O well, I’m up and going to make myself productive and start getting ready for Superbowl #49 Weekend!

Working on Menu & workout planning for the weekend! Just because it’s a holiday, doesn’t give me permission to fall off the wagon, #NoExcuses I am going to be making some deliciously healthy treats! But, a few indulgences will not hurt me! I am really excited about this Superbowl! I may do a little shopping for a New Jersey this morning as well!

There is one thing I hate about holidays, (yes, I consider Superbowl Weekend a National Holiday) and that is…. crowded stores! I am getting all my shopping and errands done this morning! Also, getting the house cleaned and all my homework done today so that I can actually enjoy the weekend! Probably, why I woke up so early. I am going to hit up Hot Yoga this morning, after my appointments.  Get it all done this morning and then…….. take an Amazing Nap this afternoon!

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Another bonus…I am watching last night’s episode of Vampire Diaries. #dontjudge

I do appreciate my morning’s while everyone is sleeping, but 3am is just crazy! I need to re-set my internal alarm clock to something more along the line of 5-6am. That would be great, and I wouldn’t be dragging all day. But, I’m up and it’s time to get busy setting myself up for a great weekend! And, a great nap!

Question Of The Day?

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What are your plans for the Big Superbowl Weekend? Do you have a favorite Recipe to Share?

Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

XOXO,

Laurie~

 

Setting Weekly Intention’s Sunday #NoExcuses

Weekly Intention’s —-

I Intend to have an amazing week!

#NoExcuses

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! ❤

 

 

Just Another Random Sunday

Happy Sunday!

I have to admit, I wish there were more Sundays in the month!

I have a week and a few days left in this quarter of school! I am SO looking forward to my break! This whole quarter has been about keeping up, catching up, and I will welcome the break! So, I can not feel behind during the Month I am off! I have big life changes coming soon… I am excited about upgrading this blog and re-designing it. Also, creating another blog! Changes are scary! I think that’s why I’ve waited so long. I am excited to start the next AMAZING chapter in my life! The time is now…

Time for me to follow my dreams and “Do More Than Just Exist!”

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I choose all these things! Yup, sure do! I really do feel gratitude each and ever day. I feel like I am totally evolving as a person. I feel it with everything with me, that the future is looking bright and good things, and good life changes are coming my way!

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Today, was my last day in the Deepak & Oprah 21 day Meditation challenge and I am so grateful for the last 21 days! If you have not done one of these free mediation challenges. I can’t recommended them enough.

Regardless, of being on a meditation challenge, I meditate daily. If you don’t know where to start just search You Tube or look up a app for guided meditations. My personal challenge is increase my time in silence following guided meditations.

I started my Bodypeace Journey Discovery! So far it’s been a real emotional roller coaster. Good thing I like Roller Coasters. The book written my Heather Waxman and Kasey Arena AKA Powercakesis really helping me deal with my own issues. It’slike the last piece of the puzzle that is my life. I’m changing. I can feel it.
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Working on relationship with food. While I may love food, food doesn’t always love me back. I’ve recently discovered how bad Wheat, Gluten, and Sugar is wreaking havoc on my body from my Doctor and Physical Therapist. Unfortunately, I am coming to to terms that I need to give it all up for good. My personal health depends on it. I’ve literally been having a slight breakdown over this. I mean Wheat is in everything. And, when I spend so much effort to eat healthy, I have got to stop they cycle of self sabotage.

Be on the lookout for more food posts as I make this Lifestyle change. I’m not going to call it a diet. This is a permanent change. Also, I will be sharing more about my BODYpeace  discovery.

“With Every breakdown comes a Breakthrough!”

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Truth!

I experience this frequently! I would recommended this book Ito everyone. I think we all need a better relationship with our bodies.

I’m not gonna talk about the media, I’m sure we all know about this topic and can agree that we really need to get it though that these images are not real.

I am working on showering myself with self-love, so that I can give more love!

That is all, wishing you all a wonderful week ahead. And encourage you to take some time for YOU. You deserve the best!

XOXO,

Laurie~*

 

 

 

 

 

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???

Moving Forward Monday

Happy Monday~*

Ahhhhh… a fresh New Monday in a fresh new Month!

It started off good, I woke up at a decent time 5am. Which is good! I typically had been waking up everyday at 4 and dragging all day! This has been the time for the last few days. Before the time change all of a sudden, I went from 4am to 6 am, and then with the time change BAM 5am feeling like 6am! I FREAKIN LOVE it!

I woke up got my morning pages done and was dressed and out the door heading to the gym ay 6am. Got my “test run” in. Let’s just say I have a starting point. Came home and took a nice shower that turned into a detox bath, because my body felt achy today.  When I was doing dishes, I briefly noticed my back pain radiating through my back, legs, hips! BUT, when I got into my real workout, I realized… “Houston We Have a Problem Here!” My Hips/Back/Legs are off and the back pain was/is horrible. I made the decision to quit messing around and get in for Physical Therapy. I’ve been trying to avoid this. Been seeing a Chiropractor sporadically, and thanks to insurance I get a massage once a month. But, It’s just not enough. My problem is way bigger than that. I haven’t been listening to my body and the problem has been progressively been getting worse. No wonder I have been skipping certain workouts on purpose and sticking with stuff that won’t hurt. OK sorry that was a long rant, bottom line I listened and now it’s time to fix the problem! and, my point being that I haven’t been listening. Or if I have I’ve been ignoring the voice!

In other news, I actually met my word goal of 2500 words a day towards my Novel Challenge for NaNowrimo. Basic goal was like 1667 words a day, but I decided 2500 was the number I need. It was super fun, and it didn’t even feel like a chore.  I am so relived that this isn’t as hard as I had been making it out to be, like UM, my whole life. I have always wanted to write a Novel or two or 5! I wasn’t so sure how everything was going to balance out by me taking on this challenge. If I could still have time to workout, blog, and homework! But, as it turns out adding this one thing that is time consuming, that I LOVE to do, was the key to me completing other tasks. I planned really good, did food prep etc. 🙂

Now, I have to re-vamp my workout schedule and claim this as “Yoga Week!”

Maybe, I have found my balance?!?!? 🙂

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Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!! Right freakin now!!! No more excuses!!!!!

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Anyways, had to lock myself in my room to write this and next up in homework!

Hope you all are having a great start to the week!

Thankful Thursday — Fall Edition

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Happy Thursday!

This morning I woke up way before the sun will come up! I woke up at 4am. Just a few months ago, I was angry/irritated every morning that I couldn’t sleep in, no matter how hard I tried! Over the past week my early wake ups, all of a sudden, turned into, dragging my booty out of my bed every morning a half hour later, a hour later, to late wake ups where, I just didn’t wanna get out of bed. I just wanted to stay warm and toasty,snuggled in bed all day. So, I was waking up feeling like I was hung over. Then stumbling through my morning feeling stressed out and thinking, “OMG I don’t have enough time!” I think I have been actually waking up between 4-5 am and then just forcing myself back to sleep. I didn’t even look at my clock before I grabbed my stuff off my nightstand and got up and headed to the coffee pot. Notice I didn’t say stumbled! I drank my lemon and ginger H20, which I knew was waiting for me, as I had prepared it the night before, while I was waiting for my coffee and lit some incense and sat down and wrote out my Morning Pages.

Voila!!! What came out as I wrote them is that I am thankful for my early mornings! I love being awake while I feel like the whole world is sleeping! and, since I am no longer  Night Owl, mornings it is. I would prefer the time to be about 5-5:30 instead of 4 am, but I will take what I can get. I LOVE my daily naps. Even when I slept in I still felt the need to nap!

So, I just made a short story long, my first thing I am Thankful for is….. drum roll.…Early Mornings!

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I am -Thankful to be ALIVE.

I am -Thankful my back is feeling better.

I am – Thankful for my Friends!

I am – Thankful for my COFFEE!!!!!! Very, Very THANKFUL!!!!

I am – Thankful for Fall and all the changes that are changing inside of me as the season changes!

I am – Thankful that I am in school. No matter my complaints I am truly grateful. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to afford this quarter. I feel truly blessed with good/amazing classes, that I feel connected with, and just have a overall feeling that I am where I am supposed to be.

I am- Thankful For Fall. I feel the winds of change stirring inside of me and I love it.

I am – Thankful for “DUH” Fall Sweaters, Hoodies, and Boots!

I am Thankful for Bonfires.

I am – Thankful for Hot Coco & Warm Apple Cider.m

I am – Thankful for my home and lovely Fireplace.

I am -Thankful that I just celebrated my 20th anniversary with the LOVE of my life! (yes, I did get married at 9…lol)

Most of all….. I am thankful for the promise of a Brand New Day, a Brand New Month, and a Brand New ATTITUDE!

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WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

List Five things….GO!