A Blogging Haitus

Dear Readers,

I’ve taken a hiatus from blogging and am not sure when, if ever, I shall return. At least not to this blog. My personal life has gone through some massive shifts and has brought many things I used to enjoy to a screeching halt; fitness, blogging, heck, we’ll throw positivity in there too.

I just can’t bring myself to write in a forum entitle “Fitness Princess” when I feel I am the farthest thing from that description right now. Due to health issues I’ve spent more time thinking about the gym than actually being there. Instead of looking like someone who works out I feel like I appear like someone who needs to workout. People look at me with a quizzicle look when I tell them I used to compete or do Crossfit or probably do anything than lay around and eat all day because that’s what I look like now.

I’m going through one of the most difficult periods of my life and hope I can find my fitness motivation again but until that time I really have nothing to say. I have no motivating posts, no workout regiments to share that anyone would believe because I don’t have a “fit” physique. Writing a fitness blog makes me feel like a fraud.

I hope one day I will find my passion for blogging again, but until then, I hope you still take time to look around the site as there is some great content. In fact, I’ve been trying to take my own advice from previous posts because I definitely need it.

Until my next post,

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Crafty Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

The holiday season is just beginning and with that can come only one thing- copious amounts of crafting! Okay, well, eating too. But let’s just focus on the craftiness for now shall we?

Mother and I took two seemingly boring, average, standard pumpkins…
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And transformed them into this. Voila! Our masterpieces!

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Before crafting our halloween decor we went to Michael’s and literally went up and down every aisle trying to find what we thought we needed to make cute little pumpkins. We had a general idea of what we wanted to do but nothing concrete, we just knew we wanted gold and of course, glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. So here were some of the essentials we picked up- spray adhesive, rhinestones and glitter (because what is crafting without sparkle?!) and some cute burlap flowers.

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We then took to the outdoors and sprayed our pumpkins in metallic gold. Then, after that dried, we sprayed the spray adhesive and covered in glitter. We also took the liberty of spray painting the stem on one of the pumpkins black. A perfect way to do this without getting the black paint on the rest of the pumpkin is to use a coffee filter.

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Then we after that paint dried we added a few spooky touches and we were done!
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It was a perfect sunday! Crafting and watching the Vikings game with mama! And definitely not as messy as carving pumpkins!

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Being Bold in Prayer

As I was reading my favorite morning devotional, The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer I came across a prayer that really hit home for me.

“Lord, I am challenged to rise up and be more daring in prayer. I truly believe that You are able to do abundantly more than I have ever dared to ask or think. Amen.”

How many times have you felt like your dreams weren’t possible? How often do you think, “I’m just not good enough”? Do you dare to believe that God has a plan for you and He wants you to live an abundant and fruitful life?

He wants us to live BOLDLY, not cower in self-doubt, self-pity, or self-loathing. He knows who we are without us even having to tell Him. He knows our mistakes, and imperfections and loves us anyway. For He made us with a specific purpose in mind and that is to live life with courage and confidence.

It is difficult when we are down to not beat ourselves up, but we must see ourselves as God sees us. By turning to Him and praying boldly and expectantly that He can change, give or make the impossible possible, we are showing our true faith in his Word.

Live daringly, pray boldly, expectantly, and fearlessly for you must have confidence before God.

Scripture referenced: 

1 John 3:21

Ephesians 3:20

Ephesians 3:12

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Remembering the younger YOU

What would your younger self think of you? That’s the question that started rolling around in my mind after reading a similar article this morning.

I tried to put myself in my shoes as a 6 year-old and try to imagine what I thought life would be like as a 24 year old college graduate. What were my expectations of life and the accomplishments I was sure to have. I was pretty sure that at nearly a quarter century of a year old I would have more shit figured out than I really do.

I would feel more adult than I do.

I would know exactly what I wanted to do with my career and be well on my way to starting. The real truth is I have no freaking clue what it is I want to spend the next 30 years pursuing.

What I do know for sure is that a younger version of myself wouldn’t be giving up on myself so easily. I would have faith that with hard-work and believing in myself would lead to greatness. I can’t let that little girl down. The one who fought and tried so hard to fit in and do well so that her future would be bright. So, I cam to the conclusion that I can’t give up on my dreams or myself because that’s letting her down. When it comes to getting the job of my dreams and starting the career and future I envision for my  life I think of that little girl who fought through so much to get to where she is today.

When you’re trying to figure out a career path as an early graduate (or maybe you’re making a career change at an older age) always try to think back to your younger self. Children have confidence and remember all the great things about themselves, so do that! Don’t let your younger self, or you future self down by selling yourself short in the present. Make a change, maintain your confidence, and good things will come!

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30 Days without Sweets

My sweet tooth has been out of control.

It probably doesn’t help that my parents keep a plethora of chocolate and candy stocked in our house which means in one split second a craving can completely throw off my healthy day. If I were to say I had an achilles heel, chocolate and cake would definitely be it. Thank God I don’t live in a bakery because I would easily be pushin three hundred pounds. I just can’t resist.

Strangely though all those sugary snacks and sweets are never quite as delicious as you envision them to be. You take the plunge, indulge in that first bite and it’s just not quite as decadent as you were hoping. It’s  the temptation that draws you in and then you find yourself 3 Reese’s cups deep and are left wondering, “was this worth it? Was this really that satisfying.”

So, I’m taking a stance against sugar. For the next thirty days will be abstaining from all chocolatey and processed goodness that are sweets.

Going in to this challenge I already know that the first two weeks are the hardest. Your brain is still wired to want those delicious little morsels but it’s about taking one day at a time. Sticking to a solid meal plan that incorporates naturally sweet food like plenty of fruits.

I realize my body doesn’t need sugar, it wants it. But not everything we want is good for us in the long run. The side-effects of sugar can lead to more serious issues such as a widening waist line, depression, and even increase your risk for heart disease and cancer.

When you think of sugary sweets on those terms they aren’t so tempting. Am I really wanting to risk my long term health for a couple minutes of pleasure that will surely end and only lead to more, more, more?

No.

Which is why I’m committing to 30 Days without Sweets. Not starting tomorrow or next week, or a month from now- starting today, right now. I understand this undertaking may seem drastic but drastic times call for drastic measures. Halloween is near and although I won’t be indulging in any of the candy that this holiday is known for, I will be wanting to attend a costume party and want to feel good in my outfit of choice.

30 days, sugar and sweet free starts today. Who’s with me?!