Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Morning Coffee Vol. 2

Happy Monday!  This is my last week of getting to leave at 4:10.  Well, actually Thursday is the last day I get to leave at 4:10.  Softball season officially begins on Friday!  Linking up with Biana!

Going back to work after a long break is extra hard.  Even when it's not a full week back...  That's probably why my go to Monday cup is my "Oh For Fox Sake" cup.  Last week wasn't all that bad though, there were actually quite a few great moments!  So grab a cup of coffee, or tea if that's more your thing, & let me share a few with you!

**First of all, only having to be at work from 8:30-12 on Monday, without students, was pretty stellar.  It definitely helped that the weather was nice too.  It was actually the last nice day.  So, Nash-o & I took advantage & went for a walk at the park.**

**I finally made a vision board...**

**...and wouldn't you know 1 day later I got published!!  It may not have been my case study, & don't worry that stays on the board, but published is published my friends!  Voyage Houston posted an interview that I did with them about blogging & my new business!**

**Friday I took a half day.  That's right, I lasted all of 3 days with my students before I needed a break.  I love my seniors, & have plans for the full days I still have available to me, so I took Friday morning off.  Holy hell it was glorious.**

**I finally got my ratchet looking nails fixed.  Not only were my nails overdue, it was also great to do something for myself after returning to work.  When I say going back to work was rough, I mean it was ROUGH.  It was like starting the year all over again.  Long story short, self-care was needed**

**I got the sweetest surprise in the mail on Saturday & it came at the perfect time.  I know that I've VERY briefly & vaguely talked about my business before, but I work with an amazing group of women.  This business saved me.  Physically, mentally, emotionally.  I was hating my job, I had been in the ER for high blood pressure twice, & my anxiety was through the roof.  This.  Business.  Saved me.   The leader of my team decided to start a movement within us this year.  A giving key.  Ours says "believe" & we are supposed to secretly send it to another team member each month along with why we think they're so deserving.  Well, not only had going back to work have me down on the dumps, but I was also starting to feel like a failure with my new business.  So, to be the first one to get the key, & at just the right time, was a God send.  I definitely cried in my kitchen when I opened it & read Brittany's sweet sweet note.**

**Another great opportunity that my new business brought me this week:  The chance to be surrounded by so many motivated & supportive people.  The chance to learn more about my business.  The chance to meet 2 new friends who are a part of my larger team.  The chance to do a live freaking workout with Shaun freaking T**

Friday, January 11, 2019

5 Tips For Reaching Your Goals

Happy Friday!  I hope that this week treated you well & that you have a fantastic weekend!


This coming Sunday is "Make Your Dreams Come True" Day.  I'm obviously all about that with my new approach to 2019!  On Wednesday I posted my vision board, which for the record, the day after I made it & a few hours after posting it, one partially came true!  BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE VISION BOARD!

So without further ado, here are 5 tips to help you reach those goals!

1. Make SMART goals

2. Be true to YOU
Set goals because YOU want to achieve them.  Not because it's what you think would make others happy or because it's what society expects from you.

3. Know your WHY
You need to know WHY the goal is important to you & WHY you want to accomplish it.  If you don't know why it's important to you, you're not likely to achieve it.

4. Track your performace
Whether that's daily, weekly, monthly, whatever works for you.  Keep track of your progress.  Seeing how far you've come already is great motivation to keep you going.

5. Celebrate!
No matter what the end goal is, & no matter how small you think your achievement is, celebrate it!  Say your goal is to run a 5k & you haven't run in years, or ever!  Celebrate that first solid minute of running!  Heck, celebrate the first time you lace up your tennis shoes & get to it!  Be proud of your accomplishments & keep doin the damn thing!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

9 Healthy Recipes To Get You Back On Track

Losing weight & getting healthy are usually a big focus for a lot of people in January.  January 1-7 is "Diet Resolution Week" & January 3-10 is "Lose Weight/Feel Great Week."  

Those two weeks may be over, but healthy eating should be a year round thing!  And eating healthy shouldn't mean starving yourself with liquid diets or eating boring food!  Eating healthy should be delicious & filling.

Here are some healthy eating recipes that I love!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Manifesting Your Dreams in 2019 With a Vision Board

Something that I've always love, but never actually done because my crafting skills are usually at about nil, is the idea of a Vision Board.

Blame it on all of the personal development books I've been listening to, I decided that this was going to be the year that I made one.  So I sat down & started planning out my blog content for the year, & since my first month is about transforming my mindset, and because it's the first month of the year, talking about Vision Boards seemed like a good topic to be one of the first to hit the blog.  Wouldn't you know it there was soon a training that popped up in one of the coaching groups that I belong to so I watched it & took some notes.  I already had last week's blog posts completed so I plugged "vision board" into today's slot on my spreadsheet.  Then guess what happened??  At the end of last week a "vision board creation party" was created for last night in that same coaching group!  Perfect timing!  As a group we wrote out our major goals for the year & started in on creating our vision boards.  Look at that, manifesting my goals already!

So how do you make a vision board?  Well there are lots of options!

Write down your goals
We spent about 10 minutes just listing out what we wanted to happen this year.  Remember to DREAM BIG!  Possible topics to consider:

Make them measurable
Don't just say "I want to lose weight."  How much do you want to lose & by when?  Once you've figured out your broad goals, write down a measurable amount & time frame.

Choose if you want it to be physical or digital
1. Some people to get out their craft materials & get to work making a physical one. 
That's not me though.  Partly because I don't have magazines or a printer at home & I'm not about to run out & buy that plus the glue & fun things just to make one.

2. Or make one digitally which is what I did.  I got on Canva & used my free account to make my collage.  I used the Blog Banner template but you can use whatever makes your heart happy.

Get to creating!
Once you have your goals written down, you've made them measurable, & you've decided what you want your vision board to look like, it's time to get to work.  No two vision boards are going to look the same... and they shouldn't!  Also, don't worry if it's not "pretty."  I'll share mine in a hot second but I can promise you it's nothing to write home about.  With time they'll get better & better looking.  Unless you're just a crafting/graphic design rock star in which case I'm sure your first one will be gorgeous!

Put it somewhere you'll see it ALL. THE. TIME!
If you're making a physical one, hang it up on the wall!  In your bathroom, your bedroom, somewhere you're going to see it every day!

If you're making a digital one, make it your phone or computer background!

I'm going to be getting mine printed out in color & attaching it to the cork board part of my calendar I look at daily in my kitchen,

So what did mind wind up looking like??

In case you can't read it:
-Move back to MN (June)
-Be a Diamond coach by Summit (July)
-Pay off credit card debt (Dec)
-Find a healthy/mature long-term relationship (June-Dec)
-Visit a place I've never been (Dec)
-Finish Transform 20 & 80 Day Obsession (June)
-Get out of the classroom (Sep)
-Get a place with a yard for Nash (June-Dec)
-Get my case study published (Dec)

Have you ever made a vision board before?  Where do you put yours?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

5 Necessities For The Perfect Bath + 4 Perks!

Happy Bubble Bath Day!  That's right, there is even a designated holiday for bubble baths.  It's also Self-Love Month, something I'm trying to work on more & more.  (Ya know trying to change that whole mindset!)  Sadly I can't take one for awhile since I recently got a new tattoo on my calf.  I've got a bath bomb with my name on it though just waiting for me!

I don't know how much I've talked about it on here, if at all, but I have anxiety issues & have since I was a teenager.  In general I also suck at sleeping.  Although, to be honest since I started working out regularly, even if it's just 30 minutes in the morning to get my day started, both my sleeping & anxiety have both improved.

However, who doesn't love some relaxing me time every now & again?!

Soaking in baths not only helps reduce stress & help aid with sleep, it also helps ease muscles & boost your immune system when you're trying to fight off a nasty cold or flu!

So what do I consider the necessities for a perfect bubble bath?

1. Bubbles obviously!
I'm also a huge fan of Epsom salts, I currently have Dr. Teal's Muscle Recovery.  Bath bombs are also a fun addition to the bath.  I came home one day awhile back & someone, I still have no idea who, had mysteriously sent me these bath bombs.  The "pink" bomb is the one that is waiting for my tattoo to heal.

2. Good tunes
Music is my jam.  I love listening to it pretty much all the time.  I even throw it on when I'm taking a 10 minute shower.  There are even specific bubble bath playlists on Spotify!

3. ...or sometimes Netflix
When I lived in a house with 2 boys escaping to take a bath was my MO.  I'd grab my laptop & watch a couple of episodes of whatever show I happened to be binge watching on Netflix at the time so that I could just escape & relax.

4. A glass of wine
...or beer, or liquor, or tea whatever your jam is.  I'm personally more of a wine or tea in the tub & sometimes a beer in the shower kind of girl.  Health & safety wise I should probably just recommend the tea but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.  As far as tea goes, I really love the Celestial Seasonings teas.  I currently have 4 different boxes in my pantry of different flavors...  when it comes to wine, I'm a white wine girl.

5. Candles
Whenever I go to take a bath I always bring a candle with me.  Even when I went through a phase of ONLY using a Scentsy warmer in my home, I still had candles for bath time.  It just sets the right tone.  For a long time I was burning a Minnesota Homesick candle my friend had sent me.  Currently though I'm burning a Balance & Harmony scented candle & I'm obsessed!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday Morning Coffee Vol. 1

Happy Monday!  I'm back at work today.  Luckily it's a short day!  Students don't return to school until tomorrow & since after lunch today is just personal work time, I'll be leaving at noon today because I am far more productive at home than I am sitting in my classroom.  Linking up with Biana!

So, one of the changes that is coming to the blog is that rather than doing just a weekend recap on Mondays & then a mini week recap on Fridays, I'm just going to highlight things from the entire week on Mondays now in a new series called "Monday Morning Coffee."  I'm still not entirely sure how they'll look, and week to week could be different, but this first one I'm just going to give a short little summary of my last week in Minnesota & my drive back to Texas.

Nash-o got a new sweater!  I swore that I would never be one of those dog moms & here we are...  I also met up with my friend Alicia at a local brewery.  We spent 4 hours catching up & it was awesome!

I got to have a girls' night in with my 2 best friends from college & it was perfect.  Essentially no pictures were taken, except ones like that.  We drank wine, ate grown up food & Christmas cookies, talked about boys, listened to music, & just caught up on life before finally crashing & going to bed somewhere around 1 or 2 am.

In the morning we sat around drinking coffee, eating breakfast, & talking a little more before it was time for us to go.  I headed to go meet my cousin for coffee & lunch so that we could catch up without all of the entire family around.

Nash-o got had to wear his sweater all of one game.  The Vikings lost to the Bears & their chance at the playoffs this year.  Lucky for Nash, sad for me.

New Year's Eve was spent in, just the way I wanted it.  Yoga pants & appetizers.  I didn't even try to stay up until midnight.  I'm pretty sure I went to bed around 10:15-10:30.

New Year's Day was spent relaxing at home, let's be honest, most of my break was spent relaxing at home...  That night though I did meet up with Bumble Boy, remember Bumble Boy?  Even though we technically already knew each other, it had been 6.5-7 years since we had last seen each other & we didn't know each other super well back then, it was so easy.  It felt like hanging out with someone who I'd known my whole life.

Another day of, you guessed it, relaxing.  Although I did get some productive stuff done.  I applied for an online college counselor position, & should know by this Friday whether or not they even want to interview me.  So say a little prayer please!  Thanks again to Sara for telling me about the company!

Of the just over 2 weeks I was home, the day before I left was the most packed & fun filled day.  My brother & I headed to Portillo's, my favorite Chicago dog place is now in Minnesota!  Every time I just get one I always wonder why I didn't get two.  You need one to inhale & another to savor!  We then headed off to get matching tattoos.  We got koala bears on our calves.  Here is the short 26 video that inspired the tattoo choice...  Afterwards we got coffee across the street where I also played with the magnetic words on the bathroom door & made my very own sentence, about cows of course.  My brother had been talking about craving octopus a day or two before so we found a little tapas place.  So good!  We shared a couple of dishes, Seafood Paella & Malaga (the one with octopus).  For supper that night we made homemade burgers & I once again made the mistake of cutting jalapenos without gloves.  Someday I'll learn, maybe.  Related: I need to order more contacts.

The drive to Wichita on Saturday was fairly uneventful.  Despite being a 10.5 hour drive it actually went by pretty fast!  I got to my hotel at a reasonable time & had Applebees delivered to my room.  Nash of course was a mess as he always is in hotels.  His little radar ears pick up EVERYTHING & so he barks at EVERYTHING.  So we got all of 4 hours of sleep...

Because of the only 4 hours of sleep I took it slow on Saturday.  I officially woke up at 6:45 but didn't leave until almost 8.  I laid around, got breakfast, slowly packed up the car, & then we hit the road again where we were home by 2.  I got everything but my clothes unpacked, which are still unpacked.  I watched most of the first episode of Tidying on Netflix & now have the urge to go through all of my clothes first, even though I don't have a ton to begin with...

Nash-o & I got Starbucks & breakfast tacos in the morning & then got to work.  I went grocery shopping, cleaned up the apartment, started this blog post (although am finishing it at 6:30 am because I'm terrible at weekend recaps,) & checked back into my work email.  I finally got myself a letter board & this seemed like a fitting first quote to put up.

Friday, January 4, 2019

5 Books That Helped Me Change My Mindset

I don't remember exactly when I downloaded Audible, but I do remember why.  I had gotten a copy of The Girl on the Train for Christmas but it was unreadable.  Some of the text was so off I had no idea what was happening.  As in there were not only typos, but also missing text, & swapped text.  If it hadn't been for a couple of my friends raving about the book I probably would have just let it go.

I fought audio books for a long time because I was a strict "music in the car" person.  However, I'm also really bad at sitting down & reading books.  Because I really wanted to know what happened in the book, & because I have an hour+ commute to work each way everyday, I decided to give it a try.

I'm still a music in the morning type of person, but I'd say at least half the time on my way home I listen to audio books.  And after finishing The Girl on the Train, my Audible library quickly became filled with personal development type books.  In fact, of the 13 books I currently have in my library, over half are some type of PD/self-help book.

Here are 5 that started shifting the way I approach life.  They're in order based on how much I enjoyed them.  I've actually listened to the first two twice.

Personal Development

I am mildly obsessed with Iliza Shlesinger.  I have also watched each of her Netflix specials multiple times, & if I get my act together, hopefully I will get a ticket to see her perform when she comes to Dallas later this month.

I also find Jen Sincero particularly awesome & have listened to another one of her books, which I'll share on another post, & can't wait to listen to the rest of the books she has written.

And while I actually found Girl, Wash Your Face slightly preachy at times, I am looking forward to Girl, Stop Apologizing & hearing her speak at a conference I'll be attending in July.

Do you listen to/read personal development/self-help books?  If so, what are some of your favorites?  I'm always looking for more to add to my list!  Podcasts welcome too!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

6 Clean Eating Recipes To Start The Year

I hope everyone's year is off to a great start so far!  Every Thursday this year will be "Tasty Thursday."  I will be sharing recipes that fit a certain theme each week!  First up, clean eating!  Not only is January 1-7 Diet Resolution Week, but January 7-13 I will be doing a 7 day clean eating challenge known as Clean WeekClean Week is 7 days of clean eating & daily 30 minute workouts.

Whether you're interested in joining me for Clean Week, or you just want to start your year off eating clean on your own, I am sharing 6 clean eating recipes today to get your year started right.

If you are interested in Clean Week, you can click the link and/or contact me for more information.  The short version of Clean Week is $30 for over 4 dozen clean recipes, access to 100s of workouts for 2 weeks, & access to an accountability/support group.

Breakfast - Breakfast Bowl
Breakfast Bowl
Top ½ cup cooked quinoa with 2 large scrambled eggs + 1 cup veggies (like kale, zucchini, yellow squash, and onion) cooked in 1 tsp. olive oil + 2 Tbsp. pine nuts. 

Shake - Berry-licious Shake
Berry Shake
½ cup water 
½ cup coconut water 
1 cup ice 
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (regular or vegan) 
½ cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries 
1 cup fresh (or frozen) strawberries

Lunch - Turkey Burger
Turkey Burger
Spread 1 tsp. mustard on bottom half of whole wheat hamburger bun. Top with 4 oz. grilled lean turkey patty  + 2 romaine lettuce leaves + 2 slices tomato + ¼ medium avocado, sliced + top half of the bun. Serve with 1 cup steamed broccoli. 

Snack - Yogurt Bowl
Yogurt Bowl
¾ cup reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt + ½ cup fresh blueberries + 1 Tbsp. all-natural almond butter. 

Supper - Buffalo Wings & Sweet Potato Fries
Buffalo Wings + Sweet Potato Fries
¼ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. ground paprika
½ tsp. chili powder
1 dash ground black pepper
6 raw chicken breast tenders (8 oz.)
2 tsp. olive oil
¼ cup all-natural hot sauce
4 medium celery stalks, cut into sticks
1 cup baby carrots

1. Combine yogurt and cheese in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
2. Combine garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well.
3. Add chicken to spice mixture; toss to coat evenly. Set aside.
4. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
5. Add chicken; cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
6. Place chicken in shallow pan. Top with hot sauce; toss gently to evenly coat.
7. Serve with yogurt mixture, celery, and carrots

Sweet Potato Fries
1 medium sweet potato, peeled, cut into ½-inch thick sticks
2 tsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil, melted
¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
¼ tsp. ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425ยบ F.
2. Line large sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. Place sweet potatoes in a medium bowl (or resealable plastic bag).
4. Drizzle oil over sweet potatoes. Season with salt and pepper; toss gently until evenly coated.
5. Spread fries evenly on prepared pan, so they are not overlapping.
6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, turning after 7 min

Clean Eating Books on my Amazon Wishlist
Clean & HungryEat Real To HealThug Kitchen

What are some of your favorite clean eating recipes?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I'm A Servant - What Enneagram Type Are You?

I am a sucker for personality tests.  I love learning more about not only myself, but reading about others as well.  What makes people tick, what types of people get along best vs what types of people should avoid each other if can be, what career paths are best for certain types of people, how different people love, see the world, etc.

Awhile back my friend/coach Brittany posted about the Enneagram test & I obviously had to take it.  I then saw it blow up on social media as the new in test.  Seeing as how I just took the Myers-Briggs test not that long ago, & this is the lastest trending personality test, it seemed like a good place to start on my theme of "Transform" for the year.  Especially with the first sub-topic being mindset.  What better way to understand & transform the way I think than by first learning more about my personality & then using that knowledge in my favor.

I used Eclectic Energies to find out my type.

Enneagram Types

My Enneagram Type is a 2 with 1 being my wing, aka 2w1

Type 2 is also known as "The Helper."  When the 1, "The Reformer," becomes the wing, the 2w1 type is known as "The Servant" or "The Altruist."

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Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.

Enneagram Type 2

So how does knowing that help me to "Transform my mindset?"

Personal Growth Recommendations
for Enneagram Type Twos

  • First and foremost, remember that if you are not addressing your own needs, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to meet anyone else's needs without problems, underlying resentments, and continual frustration. Further, you will be less able to respond to people in a balanced way if you have not gotten adequate rest, and taken care of yourself properly. It is not selfish to make sure that you are okay before attending to others' needs—it is simply common sense.
  • Try to become more conscious of your own motives when you decide to help someone. While doing good things for people is certainly an admirable trait, when you do so because you expect the other person to appreciate you or do something nice for you in return, you are setting yourself up for disappointments. Your type has a real danger of falling into unconscious codependent patterns with loved ones, and they almost never bring you what you really want.
  • While there are many things you might want to do for people, it is often better to ask them what they really need first. You are gifted at accurately intuiting others' feelings and needs, but that does not necessarily mean that they want those needs remedied by you in the way you have in mind. Communicate your intentions, and be willing to accept a "no thank you." Someone deciding that they do not want your particular offer of help does not mean that they dislike you or are rejecting you.
  • Resist the temptation to call attention to yourself and your good works. After you have done something for others, do not remind them about it. Let it be: either they will remember your kindness themselves and thank you in their own way or they will not. Your calling attention to what you have done for them only puts people on the spot and makes them feel uneasy. It will not satisfy anyone or improve your relationships.
  • Learn to recognize the affection and good wishes of others, even when these are not in terms that you are familiar with. Although others may not express their feelings in a way that you want, they may be letting you know in other ways how much they care about you. If you can recognize what others are giving you, you will rest more easily in the knowledge that you really are loved. Love is always available but only to the degree that we are present and therefore receptive to it.

I want to know what your Enneagram type is!  And how do our types mesh together?  Let me know!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Transform Your Life In 2019


Happy New Year!!  I hope that everyone had a fabulous New Year's Eve & holiday season!  I know I have certainly been enjoying my time with family & friends!

I am so ready for 2019 & to see all that it has to offer!  Before I share with you what my "Word of the Year" is, I want to share with you the words that I chose for previous years as well as how I landed on my word for 2019.  The first part will be short & sweet as I only started choosing a word of the year a couple of years ago.

2018: Balance

2017: Discover

My word for this year has actually been coming for some time now.  I slowly started putting my word into action around my 30th birthday without knowing that it would become my word, or even exactly what that word would be.

It was around my 30th birthday when I started my own business.

That business led to changes in my health & fitness, as in actually caring about them.  Both of which were definitely called for after I had wound up in the ER twice for high blood pressure in August & September.

I suppose it was actually then that I realized I needed a change.  I knew I needed to do something about my career & not only how much stress it was causing me, but also how apathetic I had become about it.  It was those ER visits & the realization that my job was a big part of my stress is what actually led me to wanting to start my own business.

This new business led me to an extremely supportive community of women & the changes I had made for my health & fitness led me to feeling better not only physically, but also mentally & emotionally.  The last two far more important to me than the first if I'm being honest.

I had been toying with the idea off & on since I had left MN last summer, but while back in Minnesota in November for Thanksgiving Break I officially decided that it was time to move back & began the process of getting my MN teaching license back.

While I had listened to a couple previously, this new venture has also had me listening to a lot more personal development books on my hour+ long commute home from work every day.  I ran out of books just in time for my drive back to MN for Christmas.  So, I started listening to Goal Digger by Jenna Kutcher.  #Obsessed.  I'm only on episode 20 or 21 currently, but it was those few episodes that really put the nail in the coffin.  I am ready for 2019 to be different.  I'm ready for a change, for something bigger & better.

So, between all of that motivation, my love of Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project, & the new workout I'll be a part of launching this month, I landed on Transform as my word of the year.

This year I will be working on transforming different aspects of my life, and hopefully helping others do the same along the way.

There will be big changes coming to the blog, my Instagram, my business, & my life!

Each month on the blog I will be focusing on a different part of life to transform, first up, MINDSET!

Do you set goals/resolutions for the year, create a word of the year, or is Jan 1 just another day?