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Enjoying Everyday Living

Are you “stuck” in a mundane daily life?  I will be honest with you guys……I have been!  I am working very hard to turn that around.

Just think about your daily life.  Your daily life is the ways in which you act, think, and feel on a daily basis.  Now think about the meaning of mundane – lacking interest or excitement; dull.  My daily life has been pretty dull.  Sure there have been days when I have had excitement.  Great things have happened, but let’s be honest those days are few and far between.  Day to day my life consists of the same routines.  The same outcomes.  Just the same…..but I am tired of feeling that my day is mundane.  I want to enjoy my life!

As you know I have been on a journey (yes a journey because this takes time and effort) to better myself not only physically; but emotionally and spiritually as well.  All is in an effort to simplify my life and enjoy everyday living.  So today I would like to share with you some of the things I have been doing daily to make my everyday not so mundane.  To be able to say that I enjoy everyday living!

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I started by making a list of the things that I enjoy the most.  In order to enjoy your daily life it needs to be filled with the things that you love to do/have.  Here is my list:

  • Morning self-care routine
  • Waking an hour earlier to complete my morning routine
  • Enjoying a favorite coffee
  • Daily devotional
  • Daily bible reading/prayer
  • Stocking some of my favorite teas to drink throughout the day
  • Following a well-rounded, healthy, clean eating plan
  • Surrounding my space with things that make me happy – pictures, scriptures, quotes, etc.
  • Exercising/gym time
  • Evening self-care routine
  • Limiting social media
  • Evening reading
  • Journaling
  • Evening cup of Natural Calm before bed

Are all of these things basic, everyday habits?  Yes of course they are!  I have found that if I make sure to get all of the things that I enjoy into my day, it is no longer mundane.  While it is a routine (I am a creature of habit) they are all things that make me happy.

Before this I would just wake up, wash my face, make some coffee, go to get dressed, and head to work.  Then I would go through my day eating whatever I had time for, go home to start dinner, and immediately jump in to cleaning house/laundry.  Finally cleaning up after the day to jump into bed and do it all again.

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I will be honest and say that this has taken time to put into action.  I started by sitting down and making a list of things that I would enjoy daily, or things that I would like to start incorporating into my day.  I also read several books on various topics to gain insight/ideas.  After making my list, I simply put things into action.   Here are some things that I did in order to ensure that I would follow my list:

  • I invested in some great natural beauty products
  • I buy my favorite coffee blends or flavored creamers just for me.
  • I buy my favorite teas (like matcha) so I can enjoy them daily.
  • I pre-plan my weekly meals to ensure healthy eating.
  • I purchased a new bible so that I could highlight/write in it instead of using an app
  • I try to get into the gym daily, even if it is only for 20-30 minutes
  • I have vision boards now in both my closet, on my fridge, and one hanging above my desk at work
  • I allow myself to check social media 4 times daily – morning, lunch, while having my afternoon snack, and once again while enjoying my evening bath.
    • Disclaimer: Sometimes I do check this more frequently if my day is not as busy, but I try to stick with this routine so I am not sucked into a world of negativity – because let’s be honest, social media is so full of negativity.
  • I have unfollowed many people/sights that are not fulfilling to my life on social media
  • I have made a habit of reading before bed – mainly concentrating on self-help books lately
  • Taking time to journal and reflect on my day – along with this I also have an ongoing list in my iPhone of something good that happened that day. Every night before bed I add something good from the day to the list.  At the end of the year I will be able to reflect on all of the blessings I had!

Most of these things are just second nature to me now.  If you are just starting this, and you decide to use my method of listing (I am obsessed with lists), you may find yourself having to actually check things off until they are habit.  I did have to make it into a to-do list when I started.  After some time, this list will become the norm. You will complete the list without even thinking about it, but it will make your day more enjoyable since you are doing/incorporating things that you enjoy!

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Sounds simple right?  It does sound simple, but be prepared to have to consciously focus on this for a little while.  It is so easy to slip back into the same old routine of aimlessly going through your day.  You know the saying…..sometimes the simplest things are the hardest!

So leave me a comment below on things that you currently like or would like to incorporate into your daily life to make if more enjoyable.  I am always looking for inspiration from others, and I love to communicate with my readers!

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Reflection

  • Serious thought or consideration

You may be wondering why I am starting a blog post with a definition, especially one that is so commonly known to all???

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Everyone typically spends time before/after the New Year reflecting on their life, goals, decisions, etc.  After all it is a new year and a great time to make a change.  My change goes a little deeper than evaluating one’s goals.  My change has to deal with evaluating my heart, my emotions, and my outlook on life.

I am so very sorry to my loyal readers for not posting in the past few months –I have to admit to you guys that my heart just was not in it!

As you know I had to endure the loss of my father last October.  This came after a grueling six months of watching him deteriorate from liver cancer.  Needless to say it was a very stressful and emotional year!

Losing a loved one is the most stressful event to have to go through, and it throws you into an emotional crisis.  I didn’t want to write any more.  I didn’t want to share.  If I am being honest I really didn’t want to do much of anything for a while.  I tried to ignore the pain.  Pretend that all was right in my life.  Carry on with my day to day activities as if nothing in the world had changed.  That was exhausting.  Just getting out of bed to go to work, try to have a “normal” day, and carry on my family responsibilities was a task.  To even think about sharing something on a blog was almost impossible.  I would sit at the computer with all intentions of typing out a post only to stare at the blank screen.  Absolutely nothing came to mind, and when things did come to mind I just didn’t want to “talk” about them.

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Ignoring the pain was getting me nowhere.  You have to acknowledge the pain in order to heal.  As I sat in a restaurant on a date night with my husband shortly after Christmas I realized I couldn’t ignore it anymore.  Half way through our meal something was mentioned that made me think about the state my life was in, it took everything inside of me to make it through the remainder of that meal before the water works were turned on.  I cried……..for two days!

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That is when I realized that ignoring my feelings was only prolonging the grieving process.  I had to accept it and face it in order to get myself back on track.  I had to REFLECT on what had happened, and the affect the loss had on me.  Which is what I did.

I have taken the past couple of weeks to really work on getting back to a better version of me.  I have read a couple of books, started opening myself to God again, and really doing my best to move forward.  I have made several changes with my daily routines that have helped me to move forward.  For the most part I feel that I am finally at peace with the loss. I am ready to get back out into the world.  To share, to love, and to enjoy everything that this life has to offer.

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The emotions will still creep up on occasion, like when a certain song is playing, but now I allow myself time to be sad.  I allow myself to cry and not fight the tears.  Then I say a small prayer thanking God for giving me grace, being by my side, and for calling my dad to Heaven with him.  Because if I am being honest – that is the absolute best place he could be!

 

 

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Fall Bucket List

Happy fall ya’ll!  So in my last post I talked a little about fall fashion, and posted a link to some of the items I have purchased for the upcoming season.  Which I have not been able to wear since that post!  So to keep the fall theme going in my life – because you know I am a little jealous of those that actually get to experience fall – I have decided to make a bucket list of all the “fall like” things I want to do I am able to do in Louisiana!

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  1.  Decorate the house/porch/patio
  2. Go to a football game
  3. Make apple cider
  4. S more’s by the fire-pit
  5. Go to a corn maze
  6. Paint pumpkins
  7. Make homemade apple sauce
  8. Go on a picnic
  9. Have a chili bar for dinner
  10. Make caramel apples
  11. Bake pumpkin bread
  12. Take a family bike ride
  13. Homemade hot cocoa
  14. Host Thanksgiving
  15. Give thanks and be greatful

 

As you can see it is a very short list with a lot of cooking type activities……this is what happens when you live in a place that doesn’t have cool weather, changing leaves, or apple orchards!

Hopefully you guys will be able to enjoy some awesome fall activities with your families!

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Grievance & Support

I would like to thank those of you that know me personally, and that have offered your support during such a difficult time.  For my readers that are not aware, my father lost his battle to cancer on October 2, 2017……just a short six months after he was diagnosed.  For this reason I have been absent from the blog world during the month of October.  It was more important for me to spend time with family, and to help support my mother during this difficult time.  I was not comfortable with writing a post about his passing at the time, which is why only those that know me personally are aware of what was going on.  It has taken several weeks for me to get to a point of being ready to share my loss.

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October has always been known as the breast cancer awareness month.  While I have personally known people who have fought (and some lost) battles with the horrible disease, it is also liver cancer awareness month.  This is the battle that my dad had to fight.  I wanted to take a moment to show my support for liver cancer before the month is over.  This is for you dad!

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Survey….

So I am on a quest to plan a spectacular 40th birthday party for the hubster.  I love planning and hosting parties; however, this one is so difficult for me!

It is not that he is a hard man to please with ridiculous expectations.  It is just that I want it to be fabulous!  He has several interests for themes, and I just can’t decide on what to do…….

Here is  a little background.  He is very much the outdoors type.  He loves fishing and hunting deer, of course football, nascar, and he loves his beer.  So here are some of the ideas floating around….

A beer tasting celebration

A 1940’s theme since he is 40

A rustic outdoors birthday party

A tigers football party

So let me also take the time to tell you now that the weekend that the hubster’s party is scheduled for is the LSU vs. Alabama game.  Which is a big deal to us since that is our number one rival.  I can’t plan for another weekend due to his work schedule, so…..I am not sure what to do??

Now your job is to weigh in on this dilemma and tell me what theme you think is the best for a 40th birthday bash!!

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Football is BACK!!

I just thought I would shout that out just in case any one missed the opening weekend, lol!

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As many of you know the hubster and I participated in our beloved Saints team’s back to football 5k Saturday morn.  It was an exciting event, and I was so happy to have such a big/important race for our first one together.  The race was sponsored by the Gleason foundation.  If any of you are die hard football fans you know that Steve Gleason was a Saint’s player that was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago.  He was best known for his game winning block of a punt at the end of our first game back in the dome after hurricane Katrina!

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We woke up super early Saturday morning to make our way into the city for the race.  The course started in Champion’s Square, ran through the French Quarter, and ended on the fifty yard line of the Super Dome. 

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We were a hot and sweaty mess afterwards, lol!  It is still well into the 90’s in Louisiana after all.  Which I could totally tell during my run.  Between the heat, humidity, and street conditions (if you have ever been in New Orleans you will understand) I didn’t finish as well as I would have like, but I am still pleased with the results.  I had to stop and walk several times for the above reasons affecting my breathing, feet, and ankles.  My finishing time was 34:10, and the hubster’s was 24:42!  I was very jealous excited for him. 

He has only been running for about three months now, since I asked him to participate in the race with me, and when we started he could barely make it the two miles with me that I normally run around our university’s campus.  As you can tell by now he leaves me in the dust, lol!  I was very happy for him 🙂

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Nothing in New Orleans is complete without a tailgate party!  We stayed in Champion’s Square for several hours after the race to enjoy some beer, food, and music.  Of course we knew this would be going on so we were smart enough to reserve a hotel room for the night and just enjoy our time together.  We ate lots of yummy food, drank a little too much beer, and just had a blast New Orleans style!  Here is to football season 🙂

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Welcome to the fam

Wow it doesn't seem like it has been a week since posting. I have been so super busy this week that time has slipped by. I am in full wedding mode preparing for my friends wedding tomorrow night!!

But I do have something special to share with you guys. If you follow me on Instagram then you know my lovely announcement. If you do not, well you should!

We have a new baby girl in the house! She is such a super spoiled sweet baby 🙂

Introducing our little Zoey!

 

Now the boys have been begging for a puppy for a while now. I was very skeptical to get one since we have a working household……meaning no one is a stay at home person. Dogs require attention!

Then I was thinking about all of the families that I know with animals that work. The animals are still well cared for. They are happy. They are just as spoiled.

 

AND well……it is really hard to say no to grandma when she wants to get her grandson what he asks for as far as birthday gifts go! Yep, that's right! He looked at grandma with those big blues of his and said “I want a puppy just like yours”.

So welcome to the family baby girl, we are delighted to have you!

 

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How can you share just one day?

Happy Wednesday to all of you! I have been sitting here for about an hour trying to figure out what to share today for what I ate Wednesday…….

 

I have too much to share, lol! I was having a very difficult time tryi g to narrow it down to one day, so I decided to share a random collection of foods with you guys. After all we have been eating such wonderful foods lately it is hard not to share.

Ham, spinach, and tomato on the best chibatta bread I have ever had!

Lots of roasted garlic hummus.

Lots of melon.

Grilled pork chops with potato salad, green salad, and garlic bread.

I told you LOTS of melon, lol!!

Sweet potato and black bean enchilada casserole, cilantro-lime rice (frozen bag from target), and fresh roasted squash.

Greek salad…….should have had dressing put on side! I forgot to ask and it was swimming…….

Pizza below eaten after salad. This was the hubster's Father's Day meal of choice!

 

Yummy boiled shrimp!! One of my favorite foods……..

With potatoes and fresh French bread. Yes, I have really stepped out of my box with bread lately!!

And……..the best dessert!! Sautéed peaches and blueberries in a little sweet cream butter, topped with one (yes I only had one) small scoop of the new Italian cream cake ice cream from Bluebell. I purchased a small container just to try it, and oh boy am I glad I did…..purchase a small container that is. This stuff is dangerously good!!

Now back to more structured eating, lol!! It is so hard with so much fun summer stuff going on! Remember to pop in at Jenn's to check out more WIAW posts 🙂

 

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Yogi On The Lake – wordless post

 

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Sweet Sweet Summertime!

Howdy do to all of you!! I am hoping that your summer is gong as grand as mine. I really do love this time of year, not only because I am out of school, but also because there are so many fun things to do!

We spent Saturday on the lake with friends. They have a poker run every year for a local fire department fundraiser so we enjoyed friends, food, and very fun dancing 🙂

We are soaking in the sun on my new huge lake raft that I am so enjoying this year. One side is flat with a back piece that will lay all the way back with you for sunbathing. The opposite is a circle piece for people sitting up. It has to built in coolers and several cups holders……love it!!

Saturday night was spent on the dance floor…..and running back t the tv room to check on the game…..how bout dem tigahs!!!!!!!!!

LSU is headed to Omaha again this year, so exciting!!

 

Sunday the hubster and I spent the day together shopping, and eating a fabulous lunch! We went to a locally owned place in a neighboring town that has all Caribbean inspired foods…..so good! I enjoyed a shrimp rotis (wrap) that had shrimp, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and a super yummy sauce…..with Caribbean spiced sweet potato fries.

After lunch we went to academy to purchase bicycles for us. I am so excited that we now have bikes to red with the boys. I do not have a pic but I am sure some will be coming up soon since we are taking the camping this week. We leave today for “yogi bear campgrounds” in Pelahatchie MS. It is one of the boys favorite places to visit! Look for a recap post soon 🙂

So as you can see I have been busy with fun activities, spending lots of time with the boys, swimming, biking, and just plain enjoying myself! If only I could live this ah year round, lol! I hope that your summer is going as well as mine, and that man of you are getting out to enjoy all the fun seasonal activities.

The boys sure have with their “home made water slide”!!

 

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