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Prayer

I don’t really know who the person was that taught me how to pray.  I mean, I was raised in the church so I just always remember doing it.

As I grew, praying looked different to me.  I realized it didn’t have to be quite so formal.  I didn’t always have to have a couple of minutes to kneel or to bow my head to put my prayers up to God.

Sometimes, it would be just a short minute in the car while I was driving.  Or in my bed before I even opened up my eyes in the morning.  When we moved into our current home about a year and a half a ago my mother in law gave us a box with a pad of paper and a pen in it.  It is our prayer box.  It sits on a coffee table in our family room and when something is heavy on my heart, I take a minute to scribble it on a piece of paper and put it in there.

I have found myself speaking about prayer a lot recently.  When people asked me how, when or why I left Starfish (my job).  I simply say, I started praying on it shortly after the new year.  Then God offered me signs that leaving and staying home with my children was the right thing to do in this season.

Prayer can be whatever works for you.  It can be casual or formal, by yourself or with a group, silent or out loud.  Whatever is weighing on your heart, both good or bad, question or just statement, lift it to him.  I promise that he is listening.  Whatever you do…remember this. (That top line says “Be Patient”)

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All Your Eggs in One Basket

Regularly I read my devotional in the morning and it hits a cord with me and I use that as my jumping off point for a post.  Well, today was no different.

Today’s writing reflected back on putting all the author’s eggs in one basket.  There was a season in her life where she felt like she was putting all her eggs in the “job basket” and it broke.

Up until a month ago, this is exactly what I felt like I was doing at work.  Until I read today’s devotion though, I wouldn’t have been able to put those words to it.  For 4 years I was putting all my eggs in one, very limited basket.  I lost myself, I gained weight and was out of shape, I was giving up so much time with my children and so much more.

Over the last month since I became a “stay at home mom”, I have found happiness again.  I have lost weight, literally years have fallen off of my face.  Multiple people told me yesterday that they could see how happy I was and how much younger and refreshed I looked.  I do yoga nearly every day, go for walks and spend time with my kids doing the things that they are interested in doing.

My eggs are all in one basket now, but it my basket!!  My basket is really big, strong and sturdy now.  Marriage, Family, Home, Health, Career, Happiness those are the eggs that are in my basket!  A nicely balanced basket.

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Nothing to Lose

Hello, my name is Stephanie and one of my biggest challenges and maybe also biggest strengths is that I will tell you exactly what is on my mind.

Want to know what I really think about something?  Just ask, because once it is out there in the universe I have a very difficult time keeping my mouth shut about it.  I am an open book.  I won’t lie to you, I will not cheat, I will not keep things from you.

I read my devotional this morning and the title was “Nothing Left to Lose”.  The author of my devotional had left her job 3 months prior to writing for today.  Then she went to still speak to a crowd at a conference and felt as though she shouldn’t be there because she was no longer at the job that she was hired to speak for.

I left my job one month ago.  Tomorrow I am working for the first time since I left doing a job that I love, a job that I am good at.  This time, as myself, independently.  What right do I have to be there?  Am I a fraud because I am only me now and I don’t have the backing of an agency or organization?

NO…they contacted ME.  They wanted ME.  I drew up my own contract and I am my own person when I step foot into that building.  This is mine and I get to own it, for me and not for anyone else.  After all, I have nothing to lose!  It just might be the best facilitating I will ever do and it just might feel fabulous.

 

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Yoga: Truth

Another day that the hubs had to wake up early to go to work.  He doesn’t usually work on the weekends, which is super nice.  Inventory is tomorrow though, so he has been working really hard to prepare.

Anyway, that meant another day where I could get my yoga session in before the kids woke up.  I am on day 6 of a 30 day yoga journey.  I am loving it SO much that I just might end up doing it again!  Here is a link: TRUE Yoga with Adriene

I pulled my beautiful Yoga Mat out of my closet.  I sprayed it with my relaxing/calming essential oil spray blend.  Then I rolled on some essential oils under my nose and behind my ears (my chill pill blend).  Can you tell that I need some serious aid in getting and keeping calm?  I put my YL Bergamot and Lime oils in my diffuser, then I was finally ready for my Yoga practice for the morning.

This practice has really hit home with me.  It is beautiful, moving and pushing my body and mind just past its limits!  I find myself looking forward to it every day and finishing each session (sometimes I quit after about 15 minutes or so because I can’t focus or relax long enough).  All the reasons that I really need yoga are the same reasons it is really hard for me to do yoga.  LOL!

At the end of my practice today Adriene (from Yoga with Adriene) said this and I am going to take it with me throughout my day and hopefully carry it throughout my life.

TRUTH:

Think It

Speak It

Feel It

 

Happy Saturday!

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Oh What a Beautiful Morning…

Let me tell you about my morning so far!

I woke up about 4:00am.  My husband has been going into work early and getting out late this week, he is prepping for inventory.  I have been waking up with him.  Not because I have to, no I don’t have to.  I want to though.  He is waking up early to provide for our family, so I wake up early to provide for him.  Went downstairs and made the coffee and his lunch.

Sure I could have gone back to sleep after I did that, but what is the point in that?  I might as well get in some me time before the kid wake up.

Today was my weigh-in for my “Let’s Get Healthy” group that I am currently participating.  I weighed in at exactly 160lbs.  I am down 7.4 pounds in 5 weeks.  Here is the reality of those 7.4 pounds though…”{I posted this in the group earlier last week} Can we talk real achievements today? 1. The amount of wedgies has significantly decreased! 2. I wore a bathing suit with no skirt attached yesterday for the first time in 2 years! 3. Even though it isn’t an official weigh in, my scale read under 160 this morning, for the first time in 2018 😊 7lbs is 28 sticks of butter… that sure adds up when you are talking about where those sticks have melted off your body!!}”  The point is that I am feeling terrific.

I worked on a couple of things on the computer, while watching my guilty pleasure “Real Housewives of New York”.  Then I pulled up my favorite “Yoga with Adriene”.  She has an amazing set called True and I am on day 5.  It was about 25 minutes long and at the end of the practice I got tears in my eyes.  It just hit me that for the first time in who knows how long I am able to actually relax for 25 straight minutes.  Listening to my breath, concentrating on my core and really allowing myself to stay centered.

Now…I am writing this and listening to a Podcast called “TimetoWine” that my friend started!  It is just real ladies talking about real life things.  I plan to make my way onto it at some point!

Later on today we will be heading to the Art fair to look at the beautiful things that others have created, while I spend some quality time with the beautiful things that I have created ❤ ❤

OH yea…also 7 years ago today was when I first connected with my wonderful, loving and selfless husband!

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Thankful

Monday I was able to relax at home for most of the day.  Noah and I babysat for one of our favorite little ones.  It was special to spend that quality time with her.

Tuesday Noah and I went to the zoo.  For the fourth time this summer.  He just loves walking around.  Every single time he gets a map, but he knows exactly where we are going.  We got 10000 steps in before noon!

Wednesday we relaxed at home until about 10:30am, then got an oil change.  LOL, but then we had to pick up James and Jordan from their Dads.  From there we hit up 7/11 for 7/11 day and got our free slurpee.  After that we used one of our many Groupons and went to Bounce It Up for 2 hours.  The kids ran around and played in the inflatables and various free video games, while I walked around getting my steps in.  On the way home, we stopped at another 7/11 for another free slurpee….SHHH!

Today we are headed to my parents to water their plants while they are out of town.  Then we are going to the Yankee Air Museum, using another Groupon.  I haven’t ever been to the museum and maybe it isn’t “fun” but it sure will be educational and again I will get my steps in 😉

Tomorrow we have plans to go to an annual “Art in the Park” that is close by.  We will walk around and check out the vendors, while sipping on something from Starbucks.  Then we are going to use another Groupon to go to that towns Historical Museum.

I think that Saturday will find us at another Museum, but it is really an old arcade!  We have a Groupon for that as well.  Thank God for planning ahead and purchasing a bunch of discounted things to do while I was making full-time money!

What I am really very Thankful for today are 2 things.  1. My husband is working so hard for his family.  Working his tail off every day so that I can spend this special time with the kids.  2. That I am remembering how to play again.  Laugh and have fun.  I had certainly lost it for far too long!

Happy Thursday

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Outsourcing: Finding Fringe Hours

I am reading an awesome book called “The Fringe Hours” by Jessica Turner.

One of the things that I can be guilty of is using my time poorly.  Just piling on all the responsibilities, but not making any time for me and what makes me happy.  That is after all why I first created this blog.  To Make some Time for Me!  Using the fringe hours (usually the time first thing in the morning) to write.

Anyway, I have been WAY better at this in 2018 than I was in 2017, where I really seemed to lose myself.  I have made minutes to do yoga, to read, to get my steps in, to write more often, to do devotions.  Just a few minutes here and there…that is really all that it takes.

As grown ups, sometimes we have to think about outsourcing responsibilities to find more of those fringe hours.  In our household, this means having a lawn service.

I have legitimately been responsible for breaking at least 4 lawnmowers that I can think of in the last 8 years.  Seriously!  Lawnmowers that were handed down (put working fine before), gas operated and electric, also one brand new lawnmower.  Lawnmowers and I DO NOT get along.

Last year when we moved into our new house (knowing full well that our lawnmower DID NOT work) I started becoming very anxious in the spring when it was getting time to trim the grass for the first time.  We could invest in a lawnmower, honestly I had already ordered a reel push mower from amazon.  That’s right, the one kind of lawnmower I hadn’t tried and it seemed as if I wouldn’t be able to mess that up!!

I was outside working on our patio sometime at the beginning of May when I saw a lawn service at my neighbors house.  I was a mess, mud all over my face and I ran out to the front yard and flagged them down.  I said…can you cut my lawn today?  How much, can I hire you to cut for the season?  It costs us $25 a cut, for the front and the backyard.  Where Stephanie of 5 years ago would have said…that is money we don’t need to spend.  Stephanie of 2017 decided that is worth not having the headache or dealing with a lawnmower.

Man or man was I right.  Our lawn always looks great and I don’t ever have to worry if the lawnmower is going to start?  Will I break another lawnmower today?  Hiring our local lawn service has been a tremendous blessing.  Not only do I have a little more time, but I don’t have that weekly stress from April through October any longer.

What do you outsource in order to have a few more minutes for yourself?  If nothing, what could you outsource that could be a real blessing for your household?

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Do Your Thing

I am currently reading a devotional called Savor by Shauna Niequist.  It is wonderful, it is 365 days long and I started it back in May and I am just reading through my year until I get back to where I started.  Who says you can only start a dated event/book/reading on January 1st?

Anyway July 3rd is “Do Your Thing” day.  There are always reflective questions on the bottom which I appreciate and often give me inspiration for a post.  Today though, I was inspired by the body for the devotion.

Shauna reflects on a summer camp she worked at.  Talks about a group of girls on a trampoline, where girls would line the edges all around the trampoline, spotting the one girl who would be jumping.  When it was your turn, you’d bounce and dance and do whatever crazy moves you wanted to do.  The rest of the girls would sing, “Hey (insert name here), do your thing, do your thing.  Hey, do your thing, do your thing.”

When that girl was done, she’d call the name of the next girl to get up in the middle and the song would continue.  “That’s how it’s supposed to be: you gt the courage to do your thing because the people you love and trust are telling you, “Do your thing!  Do that thing you were made to do!”

At what point did this stop?  When did we stop cheering each other on, out loud and in front of others?  It seems as though we are so threatened now by others being better at something that we might be, that we would rather talk about them behind their backs then encourage them front and center.

I read an article yesterday that really spoke to me: What Blunt People Make the Best Friends

I am that friend.  I am the blunt friend.  The friend that is often too much for too many people.  Though if you like me and stick around, I will be your ride or die and be there for you honestly and faithfully at every turn.  Blunt friends tell it like it is, they will apologize and they aren’t threatened.  I will be there cheering you on in everything you are trying to do…that is of course unless I think it is a horrible idea, but then I will tell you not to do it!

Let’s spend more time cheering each other on!!  Smiling, Applauding and Encouraging one another.

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My Body Knows…

My affirmation this morning read…”My body knows how I can get better.”  Well if that isn’t the truth.

I have already walked around my room long enough to add up to 1000 steps for the day.  Sometimes I don’t get the opportunity to get in all the steps I would like, so I create opportunity.  While my 5 year old is still asleep in his bed, I wander around my own bedroom to get steps in.  If I walk around the part of my room that is empty, I can get 20 steps.  Which means I go around about 50 times to get 1000 steps.  I put a TV show on and I can get in 1000 steps in about 10 minutes!

After that I pulled up my favorite “Yoga with Adriene”.  I always type some arbitrary word into the YouTube search when I am deciding on my practice for the day.  Today is was Yoga for a Monday.  I was greeted with a few choices, so I chose a 26 minute practice for Yoga in the Morning.  Yoga is exactly what my body needs most of the time.  Some deliberate, concentrated, slow movements.  Calming and Grounding, everything that I don’t tend to be naturally.

I posted this in my Let’s Get Healthy weight-loss accountability group yesterday.  “Can we talk real achievements today? 1. The amount of wedgies has significantly decreased! 2. I wore a bathing suit with no skirt attached yesterday for the first time in 2 years! 3. Even though it isn’t an official weigh in, my scale read under 160 this morning, for the first time in 2018 😊 7lbs is 28 sticks of butter… that sure adds up when you are talking about where those sticks have melted off your body!!”

My body knows just what it is doing.  I am moving more, breathing deeper and getting healthier every single day.