Nail art is therapy!

while my parents were in town, my mom and I went and got our nails done together! It was such a blast! She doesn’t often pamper herself so it was a treat to be able to have her take some time for herself. She deserves it! 🙂

Her nails are the blue ones, and mine are the green! 

   

 

What are your blessings?

There are times in life when our minds become over saturated with negative thoughts and attitudes, and finding anything positive in our situation seems impossible! Foolish even. However, if you look closely, you can find it. The small, dim light radiating a flicker of heat on your otherwise chilled spirit. Examine the world around you to discover these hidden blessings that we often overlook. 

Last week this lesson applied directly to me. My attitude was sour and my anxiety was high. Never a good combination! I could not see any blessings in my life. However, there was a moment when I was laying on the floor after a workout, just feeling sorry for myself, when one of my dogs came up to me and pressed herself lovingly against me in a doggy hug. It touched my heart and reminded me that I have people (and even canines) that love me, and there is no greater blessing than that. 

I challenge you to find just 1 blessing in your day. When you find yourself filled with negative thoughts, meditate on that blessing. Fight the negativity and darkness. Open your arms wide and soak in the light of positivity. 

Here is one of my three little furry blessings! 







Life is Beautiful in when It’s Not

What I have learned this year is that life is beautiful, even with the ups and downs. Everyday is a gift. I know we don’t always see that because…well…that is life. Remember in the times that you do not see the beauty, when you are lost in the darkness, it is only temporary. There is always hope for a brighter day. Never give up hope.

Show Love by putting down your Phone

This time of year, Valentine’s, can be a difficult season for many people. Not everyone has someone to share it with and I think it is important that we show love to not just our Valentine, but also the people around us. Remember to act kindly to the people you encounter though the day. Have conversations at the check-out. Smile at the people passing you by. Don’t forget to look around you and notice what is going on. We may all be on our technology but that doesn’t mean the world around us stops. We have a responsibility to interact with the world, not just walk though it. We could very well miss out on showing kindness to someone who needs it.

I challenge you to put down your phone and make a conversation today. It may be awkward at first, but you may discover something as you do it!

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Smoked Ribs and Pajama Pants!

Today was a really fun day because my husband and I spent most of it tending to a rack of ribs we were smoking. My husband got it for Christmas and we finally got to try it out, and let me tell you it was incredible! It was so relaxing to sit out on the front porch and watch the smoke billow from the smoker. The entire yard, if not neighborhood, smelled of sweet Apple smoke. The best part about this culinary adventure was that we did it in our pjs!

Oh! And I was anxiety free! YAY!

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What are your best qualities?

There are always times when we all feel down and, for lack of better words, beat ourselves up. In the past, there have been times where I could hardly look in the mirror because I was so angry with myself. I truly think we are often times too hard on ourselves. We beat ourselves up over small things, and some not so small things, but honestly, I believe we are all trying our best in the situations we are in.

If you are feeling down about yourself I want you to write down at least one thing you like about yourself. ANYTHING! Each day, add one more item to the list, and soon you will see you have many wonderful qualities about yourself!

If you would like to comment below and leave some things you like or even love about yourself, feel free! We should share our self love!! 🙂

Here are my top three:
1. I like my excitement about life
2. I have a huge imagination
3. I have pretty amazing hair