10 Books in 10 Days

This year, I set a goal to read 12 books. One book per month.

Here we are, December 16th, and I have only finished 2 whole books this year.

I decided that I do not want to finish this year, without working towards this goals.

Tomorrow, I have a half-day at work. Then, I’m off for two weeks.

So, I’m going to spend my break reading 10 books.

I’m not so certain I can do this; however, if I don’t try, then I definitely won’t.

Remember- it’s never too late to pick a goal back up!

I work better under pressure, anyways- haha!

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21 Days of Christmas: Days 2-10

This last week has been a lot more wonky than I had thought it would be. All I could focus on was the “right-here-and-now”.

Sometimes, during those moments. . . The best way to show and spread kindness is in how you show up in your immediate circles.

I know that there have been times this week where I haven’t been my best self. I’ve let people down.

In my experience, the best way to show up in those times, is how you mend the mess ups.

So, if y’all you did this week is come back to those in your circle to make amends. Then, you showed up right. You still spread kindness. You were still the hands and feet of Jesus.

Now, give yourself grace- because you need it, too!

Journey to 1/2 Marathon: 11/26

Well, since setting my goal for running a 1/2 Marathon in March. . . So far, I haven’t made any progress. I went running one day. For 3 minutes. I decided that I can.not. give up on myself.

The last time I proved to myself that I could do hard things was about 7 years ago.

Then, it was a mental obstacle. Once you get past the mental obstacle- your body can do hard things.

This time, I’ve been much more stagnant. I know that I can push past the mental obstacles of running, but now I’m worried about being able to overcome running long-distances, physically.

One thing I will say, is that I have been closing my rings more often. My jobs keeps me active. Now, I just need to add in cross-training and walking/running into my daily schedule.

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Days 3-7

Day 3: I’m grateful for the hard days. Showing up on the hard days, shows you what you’re made of, your areas of growth, and that you can do hard things

Day 4: I’m super thankful that my husband works from home. It’s made the transition from traveling full time to stationary life a little bit easier.

Day 5: I’m grateful for unexpected surprises that leave us feeling refreshed.

Day 6: For happy and healthy kids.

Day 7: My husband. He is funny. He’s creative. He works hard, and he listens.

30 Days of Thankfulness

Join me, beginning tomorrow, on my annual “30 Days of Thankfulness”.

Some days and some years. . . It’s hard. Creating a spirit of thanksgiving in your heart takes intentionality and discipline.

If you find yourself finding the negative in your day-to-day, and you’re done with it- join me.

I think you’ll find a new habit, and a little bit of that Negative Nancy weed pulled out of your heart.

What do ya say?! Join me!

Growth in life

I’ve been contemplating lately on change and growth, and I have to keep reminding myself. . . So, naturally, I felt led to share.

Growth in your life, no matter the area, requires a few things:

* Getting out of your own way

* Overcoming obstacles

* Setting goals, yet being flexible on the time line- it’s also important to remember that it’s ok to set a goal down, and pick it back up later!

* Being honest with yourself

Growth takes change, and if you’re not ready to change- you’re not ready to grow.

So, if you’re feeling “stuck” in a certain area of your life- you might ask yourself a question!

Am I ok with staying where I’m at?! Or, do I want to do the work to change what is no longer benefiting me?!

For me, I know it’s time to start doing the work on some things I’ve been avoiding. Know that if you’re there, too- you’ve got this. It’ll be hard, but it’ll be worth it!

Getting Outdoors

As a young mom, I wanted to get my family outdoors more. I was tired, anxious and just didn’t have the energy or follow through to nurture a love of nature.

I remember hoping, dreaming and wanting for this love of nature for my kids.

It wasn’t until we started traveling full-time that this dream started to come to fruition.

When we were traveling, we were outdoors so much. Hiking. Exploring. Just playing and being outdoors.

The other day, my younger son told me “mom, I miss playing in the Forest and trees”.

And, I miss it too.

Being a country that is “stuck inside”- it can be hard to change your mindset and habits.

But, once you get your family outdoors, it’s a refreshing level of peace and contentment.

My kids started off complaining about having to go outside to play. It was like pulling teeth.

Now, my kids ask me and bug me to go outside.

How do you get your family outdoors more?