Friday, February 27, 2015

No Pictures, Just Change

Normally, I like to have these Friday posts about new things I love and current obsessions, but I wanted to write about me today.

I can tell that my heart is in a stage of change. My heart, my thoughts, my actions...words. Not saying there isn't a long way to go and that life won't have it's challenges, but I am changing. I am learning what it is to be, "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry," James 1:19. 

This is not something that happens instantly and/or without prayer, because if so, I would have felt this good a LONG time ago. I have been stepping out of the boundaries I have put up and am staking a stronger claim in who I live for.

All of this started with prayer. I prayed for fellowship. He answered my prayer. Mike and I are now in a wonderful Bible study surrounded by love and truth. And no judgement. That's huge. I have learned things about myself, Mike and our marriage. How marriage really slaps you in the face sometimes and shows you all of your flaws and bad habits. On the other hand, it shows you the great qualities the two of you have and why God put you together. This fellowship has really shown me God's love and for that I am eternally grateful. 

Another prayer that was on my heart for a long time was getting the confidence to shout out who I lived for. When the topic of religion came up I never wanted to offend anyone or get them upset, so I found myself just nodding or saying the occasional "hmmm..interesting". I wasn't agreeing or EVER denying God, but I didn't feel like I had the confidence to go toe-to-toe if needed. Also, too, it is hard living in the world we live in today. Before marriage, I would have conversations with myself about how the man is supposed to be the leader of the household, but I am a professional and I can be great leader too! It's hard. But it's not supposed to be easy. Now, I would never want to take away the leader role from Mike. He is a great leader for our family and that is mainly because he realizes that he can't do it without God. 

My confidence has grown leaps and bounds due to prayer. Especially at work. I used to go through the day and feel like I never really stopped to talk to God or pray. That all changed one day when my co-worker/friend and I went to a Spurs game and ended up talking the entire night about our faith. The next day I came in and threw out the idea of having quiet time together; reading our daily devotionals and relatable scripture. Since then, we have met almost everyday and I have really learned a lot about God's glory. I look forward to those times together and learning from these ladies. A few other people have started coming now too and it makes my soul extremely happy. 

Lastly, worship. Over the years, like I'm really old or something, I noticed I really hear God through music. I posted here that I took the KLOVE 30-day challenge and those 30 days have blended in to every day life. The first thing I log into at work is Spotify and go straight to the Christian genere. The words inspire me and keep my thoughts focused on the good. Mike and I both connect through music, so it has been fun sharing these songs. 

I am not sure why I felt this post so heavy on my heart; I just wanted to lay it all out there. I have just been really noticing a change within me and hopefully it has been an outward change as well. Maybe I felt so strongly to share so that others knew where my heart was just in case they needed someone to relate to? Maybe it was so I could be held accountable and come back to this post if my heart were to harden? I am not sure, but that has been my life lately. It all started with prayer and me recognizing things I wanted to change. Things that tested my character and I didn't like the result. 

A thought to end on: You may be the only Bible some people read. "If you continue to live and teach rightly, you will save both yourself and those who listen to you." 1 Timothy 4:16 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Post- Feb 20th-22nd

Happy Monday! My day has been filled with meeting and cups of coffee! I definitely needed it after staying up last night to watch the Oscars. How great was Lady Gaga??

Life lately has been great, well minus the fact that Mike is in Florida all this week for work. It isn't fun getting ready alone in the mornings or not having him their to motivate me to get out of bed for the gym. I snoozed way too many times this morning..

Here is a look at our weekend:)

Friday night was spent with my ladies at the rodeo. Eli Young Band performed and the company was great, but I have to be honest... I might have dozed off for a second. A) I was really tired and B) he talked WAY too much. I loved his Texas pride though.

Saturday morning started off with cardio kickboxing. Mike's boss teaches the class on the weekends so I really have to give it my all. I'm pretty sure I blacked out half way, but damn do I feel like I can kick some ass afterwards. But really.. she makes me feel like I can defend myself and I love the soreness the next day. My body hurts in places I didn't know existed.

Our friends Chris and Natalie were in town for a bridal shower, so we got to hang out with them Saturday night. The conversation picked up right where it left off and I miss them already. I can't wait to take a trip to Dallas and visit them!

I had to drop Mike off early Sunday morning... whomp whomp. It's never fun watching him leave. To drown my sorrows, I went to a new coffee shop in town to have quiet time. It didn't last long because I started freaking out about where my phone charger was. How sad is that? It was more the fact that I "lost" something than "of no my precious material object is going to die". I hate losing things and my mind couldn't focus. **I walked into my office this morning and it was sitting right there on my desk** After a few frantic minutes of me emptying all of my belonging, I started reading the book of Matthew. What a way to stop thinking earthly and start thinking eternally. My goal for Lent is to read the four Gospels. 

The coffee shop is right next to my parents, so I headed that way. When I walked in they were watching HGTV's Flea Market Flip and now my brother wants to buy and flip everything he can get his hands on. My dad told him that would be a great way to earn money for his first car. I LOVE it! Work for what you want:) Next thing I know we are getting wrapped up in a Fixer Upper marathon and I got all kinds of inspired. I want to drive to Waco just to go to their shop. 

I had been wanting to go to a farmer's market in town, so I threw it out there to the fam. Everyone joined me and next thing I know my brother said it was the best day ever. I mean, how cool am I? He got addicted to Kombucha and is looking forward to next Sunday:) 

 {she loved their honey}

 {everything is so pretty}

I am SO looking forward to tonight's Bachelor episode. A friend told me who Spoiler Steve picked to win and I don't want to agree with him! I can't wait to see the finale!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Weekend Post- February 6th-8th

It feels like our weeks have been flying by lately. I'm not sure if that is because we have been filling our nights with fun or what, but I have noticed that my days have been fun and moving quickly. 

Mike and I house sat last weekend for my parents and babysat my little sister as well. It was such a relaxing weekend and we fully took advantage of their cable. I watched way too many movies in my PJs, but do I have regrets? Hells no. 

Besides movies, there was a lot of cooking that went on. I seriously can't wait to have an inspiring kitchen... with natural light. I have found that natural light is the cure to everything. 

I decided to make super easy "pancakes" Saturday morning. The batter consisted of one banana and two eggs. I ended up doubling it because Michael decided he wanted to give them a try. I combined the two ingredients and added them to a blender to get out the banana chunks. Last minute I decided to add a dash of cinnamon. They were delicious! The banana flavor popped and I could have easily eaten another plate. 

{floor breakfast}

After breakfast had settled, I decided to make a soup. My step-mom buys different veggies then I normally do, so it was fun shaking up my go-to soup. I used ground beef, 2 potatoes, two handfuls of kale, and mushrooms. I let the meat brown then added a carton of beef stock, the veggies, and then my spices (basil, parsley, oragano, salt and pepper) to taste. I let that simmer for about 45 minutes and when it was done we all attacked! The whole family ate it! 

All weekend my little sister wanted to make cupcakes. I did not want to be tempted by this devil food, so I kept putting her off (nicely). Finally, in between binge watching Pretty Little Liars, I decided we should make these cupcakes of hers. I was so impressed and proud of her. She found the recipe, gathered all of the ingredients, made the batter, and filled the tray all on her own! My step-mom had to call me when she got home to really see if Lilly Kate made them from scratch and without our help. We might just have a little Master Chef Jr on our hands!

{her shirt says it all}
It was a great weekend for me and Mike. We got to have alone time with just one sibling and really focus on her. That is really rare with the large families we have, so we tried to soak up every moment.  My little brother was with us for just a little bit of the weekend, but when we did see him it was so fun. I found out that he likes watching HGTV's Beach Front Bargains with me, Lilly Kate doesn't tell you where she is going and you have to find out through a neighbor where she is, Mike gets headaches when he watches too many movies, I found a "new to me" show on HGTV called Fixer Upper... In love!, and I also had a chance to soak up these moments because life moves so quickly. It was a great weekend! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

It's Friday, I'm In Love- Fitness Edition

Happy Friday!

For this week's obsessions, I thought I would do some of my favorite fitness loves and craves. Mike and I have really focused on our fitness since getting engaged and are constantly looking for inspiration and good/comfortable workout outfits!

Here are this week's loves:

Glisten Fit- She is a power house! Her legs alone inspire me to do more. On her Instagram she posts videos of her works out and gives you routines to focus on certain body parts. Mike and I recently started incorporating some of her plyo workouts in our routines and boy, have we felt it. Recently, her and her business partner started an online training subscription. They create great workouts that help you get what you are looking for.  *if you put in the work

Looking good and Comfortable:
Topo Athletic- I saw these shoes one day on PaleOMG. She was having a giveaway and I immediately fell in love with them. They have all different types and styles to choose from and I am crushing hard on these ones. *Velcro is cool!

Lucy- They have ads for this brand all the time at our gym! Their workout clothes are super cute and comfortable all while not breaking the bank. Some of the backs of their tops have me drooling and inspire me to work extra hard on back days! I will get my hands on this top:

Victoria's Secret- I have one of their sports bras and it is probably the best workout piece I own. Sports bras are a big deal for me and I am always on the hunt for really good support. Their sports bras are extremely supportive, comfortable and stylish. I have been craving some new ones!

Foam Roller- I can't believe I am actually writing this because foam rollers and I have quite the love/ hate relationship. They are painful as hell, but my legs always thank me afterwards. When I remember, I try to foam roll at the gym, but this week I have been really wanting on at home. It would be so easy to roll in between house hold things.

Half Bosu Ball: These babies are so versatile. You can do everything from abs to legs on these and I REALLY want one. I would get so much use from it at the house! There are so many workouts that can be done on this. Just do a quick search on YouTube and they are endless. This is a major crave for me!

These are just a few to name and I know that as time goes on this list will continue to grow! I will keep y'all posted on what I find! In the mean time, what are your fitness favorites and craves?!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February's List

I am such a list person. If I have a one going and can physically check off a box I am a happy camper. Something in me clicks and happiness is released. With that said, I feel like I constantly have new ideas, inspirations, errands, thoughts flying around my mind that I forget to write down before they become a wave of confusion. I find myself saying, "I am going to do this!" and then shortly am on to the next thing. By seeing this as a positive and NOT a negative, I want to start by making small monthly goals to do the things I want... goal setting. Making my goals into a list and checking them off.

In February I want:

To DIY something. I used to do this all the time, but since getting married I have put my craftiness aside. I am not sure if it is because I feel like our little apartment is caving on us or what, but I want to let my crafty flag fly. Pinterest really inspires me, so I plan on finding at least one crafty thing for this month and DO IT! Also, to bring up Pinterest, I plan on doing a Pinterest make over soon! It needs a good update:)

**this got me really excited for Valentine's Day!

{ I would love to see one of these hanging on our wall!}

As I mentioned in my last post, I want to focus more on reading. There are new books I see all the time I want to buy, but I need to dive into the ones on my shelves first! But as for February, I want to re-read The Meaning Of Marriage. Mike and I read this when we were engaged, but I feel like it would mean something totally different now. I want it to be a discussion between me and Mike, chapter by chapter.

This one goes hand in hand with reading, but I am going to start creating quiet time. This is something my soul needs, so I am going to do it. If I can carve out time to read I can carve out time to pray, write, and read scripture. This started last night and I loved it. It is a goal to make it happen and happen often. 

**my friends got me this notebook as a gift and it has become my go-to for all my ideas/thoughts/prayers

{such a great reminder for me- found here}

What are your current goals and inspirations?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Whole 60 Check In

I am officially over half way with my Whole 60 plan! Last Friday was the half way mark and for a split second I thought about stopping. Not because I was over it, but because my body felt so great that I thought I could handle it. That second came and went because I know I still have a little more to go.

These next 26 days will be focused on eating, but also adding more weight at the gym. My body has reacted so well to eating and doing our normal workouts, that I want to push it a little more to let the muscle get more defined. I am also going to be focusing more on my abs. Those babies need to pop! We have started carving out a little more time in the morning to really focus on core and I can already feel a difference!

As far as food, quick items like chicken sausage, Applegate hotdogs, tuna (in moderation), salad, salmon, curry (throw everything in a pan and let it cook itself) have been my best friends. I have also noticed my recent addiction with Almond Milk Lattes. Wow, I want one right now. BUT, make sure you ask to look at the almond milk they are using and check the ingredients! Also, I have been eating eggs left and right. I have found that they are what I crave in the morning, which is crazy cause I used to HATE them. Some mornings, if there is time, I will make sweet potato hash with some basil, S&P, and garlic powder. Oh, so good!

In other exciting news, my Mom has a big birthday this year, so naturally we have to celebrate.. BIG! Yesterday we bought our plane tickets to.. HAWAII!! This trip was decided in two weeks and has been such a rush. Mike and I are so excited to get away with my mom, step dad and sisters. We have always talked about going to Hawaii, but thought it wouldn't be until our 30s! Yay! The trip will be right around our anniversary, so we will get to celebrate that too:)

Another thing I have been wanting is to read more. Reading happens when you make time for it, so that's where I have started. I have made time by turning off the TV or closing the computer and picking up a good book.

Are there any books you're reading now that you love and want to share? I am going to be on the book hunt soon and would love to check out  your favorites!