One step at a time.

posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Right now, I’m sitting at home with an empty fridge and pantry, waiting to head out to restock. Adam left on Tuesday for a work trip to Nashville. I was going to be getting him from the airport tonight, but I won’t be seeing him until Saturday. Yesterday, we found out that his dad needed emergency open-heart surgery first thing this morning. Thankfully, it went well. Next week, my grandma has a risky surgery scheduled. This month, I tell you.

Once we found out about his dad, Adam dropped everything and headed to Orlando as quickly as he could. Meanwhile, I am nine hours away with two dogs. I was going to leave first thing this morning, but Adam advised me to stay home. Our dogs aren’t really the best for environments that need to be as stress-free as possible and this heat wave would make traveling with them just that much more difficult. Plus, Adam needs to focus on being there for his mom and not worry about me. So, here I stay.

The more I focus on the good, the more relieved I am. This is so much better than the alternative and what could have happened. It also has motivated me to clear out our pantry and fridge and clean up our diets even more so. I am taking myself on a little cheer-up date to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to restock and I’m actually looking forward to it, strangely. I usually hate grocery shopping, but I’m feeling pretty motivated. I’m also going to be helping my in-laws to restock as best as I can being hundreds of miles away. Lifestyle changes, you know.

This has been a tough month, but I’ve seen so much good come out of it as well. A lot of lessons learned, a lot of prayers answered. Mainly just appreciating my family so much more. Not that I didn’t before, but it’s times like this that remind me how blessed I am to have them in my life. I believe in talking about my joys more than my hardships and focusing on the good. This is life and sometimes the hardest parts come all at once. All we can do is put one foot in front of the other.

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posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Well, hey there! This week, I’m featuring some healthy recipes I found on Pinterest that I absolutely can’t wait to try. I’ve been eating a lot cleaner lately and have noticed a huge difference! I still treat myself (says the empty pint of ice cream in the garbage…not all at once, pinky swear), but have noticed that I feel SO much better when I’m eating healthier.

The other day, when I joined Adam at his office to get some after-hours work done, I found some fudge that his boss had brought to share from a recent vacation. Now, when you involve salted caramel on anything, saying “no” is basically impossible for me. Pour it over chocolate fudge and..are you kidding? I grabbed myself a bit of that goodness, but after a few bites I did NOT feel great. It was a bit of a wake-up call. The better I eat, the better I feel and the less appealing the sweets become. I just want to keep the healthy inspiration going with these amazing-looking recipes. Yum!

So, I’m wondering, what are some of your favorite healthy recipes/blogs?

A clean house and lots of rest

posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014

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This weekend was way better than I expected it to be. Turns out, a night to myself was actually pretty nice. A Saturday to myself, the first lone Saturday I’ve had in forever, was the most productive I’ve had in just as long. After waking up and enjoying my Saturday morning ritual (a hot cup of coffee and Good Morning America), I drove to the gym for a great workout and then headed home for a day of deep cleaning the house. I’m talking the…whole…day. I rushed to finish folding the laundry before meeting Caroline, her husband and friends for a night of jazz at Freedom Park. Then I rushed to the Amtrak station to be reunited with my favorite guy and mini-cupcakes. Best souvenir ever, in my book.

Sunday was h e a v e n l y. We slept TEN HOURS Saturday night. Usually, I feel awful after sleeping that much, but I woke up to the feeling that it was just what I needed. Adam caught whatever I had last week, so I know it’s what he needed as well. We then proceeded to be completely lazy for most of the day, only getting off the couch for some home decor window shopping. I now have this sofa on my wishlist (aka the save-for-a-while list). It’s navy and it’s beautiful and– oh, off topic. Right.

To finish up, we rested some more. I prayed that Sunday would be rejuvenating and that’s just what it was. After the last two weeks, I’m a little anxious for the start of this one, but hopefully it’ll be absolutely wonderful. Wishing you a great one!

TGIF

posted on: Friday, August 15, 2014

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You all are my favorite. The comments section in the last post made me unbelievably happy. If you missed it, please leave your favorite Friends quotes in the comments of that post because they’re amazing and are flat out making my day.

Oh and It’s Fridaaaayyyyy! (Go back and read that in your best Oprah voice. Do it.) THANK GOODNESS it’s Friday. I needed the weekend to arrive. Though, this Friday is not as much fun as it normally is, since Adam is heading out of town for the night and will be gone all day tomorrow. I like my alone time, but I also like him. Conundrum!

I’m just going to try and enjoy a night to myself with a glass of wine, homemade popcorn and some chick flicks. Oh and sleeping smack dab in the center of the bed. There’s also leftover mint chocolate ice cream, oh yes. there. is.