Why am I soooooo black and white when it comes to this?
Healthy living is NOT my strong suit but something I truly long for.
Why is it SO hard to find the balance in it all???
I will start a workout program or clean eating but place too high of expectations on myself and CRUMBLE after a few days or weeks. So my quest (and question) is what are some ways that we can actually walk in a healthy lifestyle and not beat ourselves up when it’s not PERFECT.
Do you do that?
Dang… I sure do!
I know so many of us struggle with finding the balance in the good, bad and UGLY days and fall off the wagon a little too easy. Pressure from culture tells us to look one way and then our body might want to look another.
So lets talk about it!!!
Check out the short video below and make sure to comment with some of your best tips and tricks, healthy eating and workout routines! When we are in the battle TOGETHER I know that we can go so much further!
Remember that the scale does not define you.
Your pant size does not define you.
The idolized image in your head does NOT define you.
He made you perfect and gave you YOUR body.
Love what He made. Come into agreement with His thoughts towards you and honor the frame He has given you. I am with you in the journey and have not yet found my “sweet spot” so to say… THAT’S OK!
Love where you are at and love yourself along the journey.
It’s all about balance, not perfection.
You are worth it!
Let me know what you love to do to keep it all in balance!
Make sure to comment below with your TOP TIPS!
This is something that I have been provoked with the past few weeks and something I have NOT done so well at!
Are you actually listening to your spouse when he/she shares their heart?
Today we are talking about what that looks like and how we can deepen our relationships! Comment below with some of the ways you set aside time to listen to one another and carve out that meaningful connectivity!
*Video cuts off a few seconds before I ended, but the content is RICH!
I thought this would be a FUN way for you all to get to know me a bit more!
I found this idea over at Noobbeauty and just had to join in on the fun!
I loved these questions and would LOVE for you to answer them too if you’d like!!
Make sure to pop over to my FACEBOOK page and answer these in a post!! <3
HERE WE GO 🙂
What is your middle name? Dee! I was named after my grandmother Delores and she always goes by Dee. I’ve loved my middle name my whole life and that’s what I go by for business!
What was favorite subject at school? Hmmm… English was a favorite because I love to read and write but if I can be 100% honest, it was ART. No matter what class it was, I absorbed it all in and loved pottery the most. I dream of one day having my own studio in a garage xox
What is your favorite drink? Right now COFFEE. Black with a splash of cream. OMG I could drink it all day every day!! I am also a sparkling water fanatic and love to put a couple drops of citrus essential oil in my bubbly.
When it comes to an adult beverage, I love a good RED!
What is your favorite song at the moment? No longer slaves by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. YOU. MUST. LISTEN!!!
What is your favorite food? Pizza. I mean, is there another option?? Ok but really… I am currently craving Thai food something fierce! Get some yellow curry in my belly!
What is the last thing you bought? An adorable pair of TOMS that I got at Ross for only $16.99! I have teensy feet and can fit into a kids size 4! LOVE!!!!!
Favorite book of all time? The Bible. Where would I be without those words of LIFE!?
Favorite Color? Always and forever P I N K ! ! ! !
Do you have any pets? My furbabes and besties for life Lovie the fun-loving Yorkie and King Felix the tyrant of a cat 😉 I need to start-up their own Instagram because they are so cute!!!
Favorite Perfume? I stopped wearing perfume a few years back but have an Essential Oil blend that I swoon over!! Its called the Joyful Blend and actually boosts the endorphin’s in my brain making me happier and healthier!
Favorite Holiday? I am all things CHRISTMAS!!!! It’s the most magical and wonderful time of the year! It’s when we celebrate the birth of Jesus! Happiest time you will see me… plus the weather is PERFECTION and I get to wear boots, scarves and pea coats!!!
Are you married? To my best friend and love of my life! You can find our love story HERE <3 He was definitely worth the wait! I would do it a thousand times over to be with him xox
Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times? The travel bug hit me hard when I was younger and I love going overseas! For both pleasure and ministry, I want to touch so many nations with the life and love of Jesus. I have been to Mexico (for a missions trip when I was 16 and we also Honeymooned in Cancun!) Uganda (we helped build a medical clinic as well as a fresh water well!) Cairo, Egypt (I actually rode a camel around the pyramids… CRAZY!) England (London, Bath, Shaftsbury, Manchester) as well as Scotland! Ready for my next adventure for sure!!!
Do you speak any other language? I wish I did but only a little bit of Spanish… Very little!
How many siblings do you have? One amazing sister who is my best friend in the world! And an incredible sister in LOVE that I get to keep forever <3
What is your favorite shop? Oh man… I have a few faves! I have always been an American Eagle girl but looooooove the deals I can get at Macy’s! I love finding a good bargain and am NOT attached to name brands! Forever 21 is great for all the cheap trends I don’t want to spend a fortune on!!
Favorite restaurant? I have 2! Fogo De Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse is where we favorite EVERY year for my birthday but I also fell in love with the customer service at The Capital Grille 🙂 Perfect for an anniversary or celebration!
When was the last time you cried? Yesterday… The waves of sadness still creep up on me from time to time in loosing our first baby and the pain of miscarriage. I miss our son so much but know that he is in perfection with Jesus! That reality alone gives my heart so much HOPE! We miss you little guy xox
Favorite Blog? I’m super crazy about my business coach and mentor Sandi Krakowski at arealchange.com 🙂 She is AMAZING!!!
Favorite Movie? You can’t have just one! Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, The Princess Bride, Die Hard trilogy, Lord of the Rings trilogy, How to lose a guy in 10 days, The Intern, Frozen (don’t judge!!) and so many others!!!!!!!!!!!
Favorite TV shows? 24, Person of Interest, Once Upon a Time, Agents of Shield, The Flash, HGTV (Fixer Upper is my fave but I will literally watch anything from there!) Madame Secretary, When Calls the Heart… SO many others!
PC or Mac? I’m a rebel… CHROMEBOOK! I know it is probably on the PC end… but its in a land of its own!
What phone do you have? A Sprint iPhone 6! Only the best!
How tall are you? 5″1 and a HALF! I take my half very seriously thank you very much!!!
Can you cook? I looooooove to cook! Every since we discovered how severe my gluten intolerance is, I had to get real crafty in the kitchen. The only thing I haven’t mastered yet is the art of making a perfectly cooked steak. I leave that and the grilling to the Mister. He is WAY better at that than me!
WELL THERE YOU HAVE IT!!! Now you know a bit more about ME and I want to know a bit more about YOU!
Comment your answers BELOW or pop over to my Facebook page and post some of them there!!!
Are you ready for Memorial Day and looking for a yummy but healthy treat!?
Look no further than this DELICIOUS fruity kebab with delightful wild orange and lemon essential oil!
Fresh, super delish and oh so easy to make!
Try it with the kids! I’m sure they will LOVE it!!!
Some seasons come with joy.
Other seasons come with pain.
Yet in the midst of it, hope remains firm.
Constant. Brilliant. Beautiful Hope.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
For us, these challenges have not been easy the past few months.
Yesterday I celebrated my first Mothers Day…
Two months ago today, on March 9th, our precious first baby went to be with Jesus. Only a few short weeks after we found out that we were pregnant, the pain of miscarriage swept in like a flood.
A silent pain that so many women walk through, yet rarely talk about.
The loss of an unborn child.
Death. Grief. Aching.
To be honest, I imagined my heart to spiral into depression.
To lose heart and forget faith.
Yet something amazing happened.
I leaned into the pain and let Jesus simply hold me.
Waves of sadness and grief washed over me in the days and weeks to follow and instead of numbing out, I let my heart FEEL the sadness.
Through this process, I FELT GOD DRAW NEAR.
I wasn’t afraid to be honest with Him. To sob so deeply. To let Him know my pain. I chose to NOT turn my face from Him, but see that He was sitting with me in my sadness.
It was deeply comforting to know that He was with me…
My husband was given a beautiful picture of our baby with Jesus, in perfection… praying for us.
This picture the Lord gave him has graced my heart with such hope. My amazing, wonderful little baby has a greater knowledge of God than I have ever experienced in a lifetime. How beautiful His mercies are to our hearts.
Its been 2 months and my heart has felt that sadness sweep over me this week as Mothers Day approached.
I let the tears flow freely and chose not to stuff my pain.
We celebrated, because we know that tiny, little life began at conception and forever we will be parents.
It was important to acknowledge the sadness and let the tears come.
Today I embrace the promise of HOPE.
Hope that I AM a mother.
Hope that I will be with my child for all eternity.
Hope that there is an age to come with no more death, no more sorrow, no more tears.
Hope that in the end, we will be united with God forever.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
I am a mother… one of the greatest dreams of my heart.
I am a fighter… waiting and hoping for the restoration of all things.
I am a lover… trusting in the process and beautification pain brings.
I will not allow despair to steal the HOPE He has given me.
Hope rests and remains in the age to come and I will always lean into that grace.
For those of you who have lost precious babies, or the pain of infertility, and felt the sting yesterday, know that you are not alone and that I am praying for your heart, mind, emotions and body.
You are beautiful and you are loved fiercely by your Heavenly Father.
I pray you feel His affections resting on you today.