So What?

This was the theme for the sermon we listened to at church on Sunday. So what does the sermon you are preaching have to do with my everyday life? So what does seeking the Kingdom of God have to do with me during a staff meeting? So what? It definitely spoke to me as I know I can relate to thinking, “ok that’s great Pastor, but how am I suppose to seek the Kingdom first every day when my life is already busy enough?”

We all go about our lives each day worrying about everything and anything we can imagine to worry about. But the point that the Pastor drove home on Sunday was that we’re supposed to seek the Kingdom first. Not in the middle, not last, not when we stop planning or worrying, not whenever we remember, but FIRST. That is how the Kingdom affects our normal daily grind. If we are seeking the Kingdom first and casting all of our cares upon the Lord then all the rest will fall into place.

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6: 31-33

It struck me at that moment that I spend a lot of my day worrying/planning for the future. I spend way less time seeking His Kingdom. It also made me think that if I put my faith in the Lord, which I do, then why should my days be filled with worries about these things? My days should be spent praising Him for the peace He gives, joyfully enjoying this life I’ve been blessed with, and taking the time to focus on Him each day.

So if you worry, stress, or just flat-out plan too much like I do, do not forget to include God in your daily life. I know that it is impossible sometimes to not become overwhelmed with life and feel defeated. But I also know that if you take the time each day to seek Him first when these moments do come you won’t feel quite so beat down or want to give up. You’ll rely on the Lord as you should to carry you through and show you His way. Take the time to seek Him each day and ask Him to help you in the small ways in life. So when the storms come you’ll be ready and others will see the peace you have that no worry can take from you.



A Bit of Encouragement

I was perusing through my Facebook status updates when I spotted a friend who always has the most honest, inspiring, and uplifting things to say. And this was her status today:

“When I decided to get super serious about lifestyle changes and getting healthy, I could barely get through running for one minute and could not do a single pushup. Today my workout included running for 12 minutes straight and completing a mile in that time, and busting out 40 pushups. Find your motivation and run with it! Accept that you’ll have great days and bad days, big changes in a short period and standstills. You don’t have to pressure yourself by putting yourself in a time crunch. Getting and staying healthy is something that will last a lifetime, not something you work at for six months.”

It really spoke to me and made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my daily struggles to be healthy and fit. So I wanted to pass along the encouragement as I know there are so many others out there just taking it one day at a time just like me!!! So stay focused, don’t get discouraged, and keep going!!!

DYI: Dining Table

As you all know we can’t seem to stay in one apartment for very long. So in our moving experience this time around we decided to refinish a dining table we bought off of Craigslist for $20. We used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which I HIGHLY recommend! It’s fabulous to work with especially if you’re like we were and had no clue what we were doing ha.

This was what ours started out as.


We choose these colors.



Of course we started with the legs because those are really easy to redo considering we did mess up twice ha. So once we had our technique down pat we then completed the top. We painted 2 coats of Barcelona Orange then two coats of Provence. Then we sanded our hearts out!!

This was definitely the hardest but most rewarding part! It took 2 days but we achieved the look we were wanting. Lastly, we waxed it with the Annie Sloan Soft Wax and let it cure for 72 hrs right before we moved.

Now we have this lovely wonderful table!! It was a wonderful way for us to spend time together and I love how it turned out!!  We definitely would recommend the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to anyone wanting to refinish furniture it is amazing to work with! Next up are the chairs!!


Fresh Focus

So I have realized that over the last two weeks my attempts at becoming a morning person and a fitness workout queen at the same time has just not worked out for me, imagine that. I have decided to take my efforts and refocus them on one small thing at a time each day, that way I don’t wind up feeling like an utter and complete failure. Which, BTW is how I’ve felt over the last two weeks.

Therefore, in my new discovery I’ve decided to take a lesson from my self study, Me, Myself and Lies, and FOCUS on being positive and setting my self up for success by starting small. I swam 6 laps in the pool today. And while you may think oh geez way to go a BIG 6 laps, let me ask you this, when was the last time you tried laps in a pool? It is some kinda hard work. So today I feel good because I did 6 laps (from one end and back). I got up off the couch, made the effort and did something to get my heart rate above normal. That counts for something in my book!

I’ve also gotten back on my ritual of using the MyFitnessPal app and watching my eating habits again. With all of my lovely visitors in town we have gotten off track a bit. So it’s time to get back on the right path. And today I feel like I’ve taken the right steps toward my goals!!



Super Surprise

So my progress report this Sunday contains a Super Surprise! My sister plotted with my husband and my amazing family showed up at my door on Thursday night to spend a fabulous weekend with me celebrating my birthday, which is Tuesday! I had thought earlier this week that there might be something going on but then I was disappointed when I came home Thursday night and there was no one there. Then about 45 mins later a knock on my door, I open it to see who it is and Calloway pops around the corner and every comes around saying Surprise!!! It was perfect!! I was so overwhelmed with joy and love. Birthday’s have always been very well celebrated in my family and it meant the world to me that they took the time to come down and surprise me for mine! I cooked a wonderful meal for them on Friday night then we spent all morning/afternoon on the beach on Saturday. Of course we all got dolled up and went downtown for a delicious Italian meal at Il Cortile Del Re. Lastly, we polished the weekend off right with our traditional Taco Boy trip today. It was splendid. I am so happy and can’t wait to get Monday started right with a workout before work and birthday celebrations on Tuesday with my hubby and then trying a new Zumba class on Thursday!! Look out world…here I come!!


Top Left: Lobster Ravioli Di Mare, Top Middle: Me and My Fella, Top Right: Chianti Classico

Bottom Left: My AMAZING Family! Bottom Right: Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola


Me, Myself and Lies

Today I begin a journey….into my thought closet. My own mind and how I think about everything. I’m excited and anxious to being this new adventure as I have been struggling the last year with insecurity which is something new for me. I was always that girl who didn’t care what anyone thought. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, and wore what I wanted, and said what I wanted, without a thought to anyone else.

Well as I’ve matured I’ve learned that is not how it goes. I’ve learned there’s a time to hold your tongue and a time to be gentle and supportive. I’ve also had this new-found insecurity come up in my mind about myself and my looks. I’m in the transition phase between 20 something girl to a married woman. It’s hard finding your identity in the in between. I hope and pray that this study will show me the way to be a beautiful, humble, confident woman of God.

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14


Progress Report 1

I must admit knowing I am going to report back to the world wide web and have all my friends and family know if I’m succeeding or not definitely adds the pressure. But clearly, not enough…

Wednesday, 7/24:
I almost completely failed. I came home and the world was a buzz with the new royal baby and I got completely sucked into my computer. However, Wednesday morning I did set my alarm at 7:30am and actually woke up and was semi-alert at 7:45am which is 15 minutes earlier than normal! Small victories!!

Thursday, 7/25:
Needless to say this morning was not as wonderful. For some reason my brain just did not want to get up no matter how much I kept telling it to. My bed was snuggly an my puppy was all cuddled with me and it was saying…”No, Carmen don’t leave us.” So I did not. And I heard on the radio recently that women burn up to 15,000 calories a year shopping, so I think that my shopping excursion on Thursday definitely counts! 🙂

Friday, 7/26:
Well my husband, the sweetest guy in the world, tried to help me this morning by putting my phone, aka alarm clock, across the room but that failed yet again. However, I did wake up at 7am thinking it was 9am and then fell back asleep. I should’ve just gotten up then!!!!! Ugh!! Tonight however, we had our friends came to stay with us for the weekend and we had an awesome Wii Tennis tournament!! I get very active in my tennis playing. Chris says I jump around like a jumping bean ha.

Saturday, 7/27:
So our friends were in town and we hit the beach most of the day. We did get in the ocean so swimming and wave riding was did for a lil while. Then we walked to dinner which was half a mile so I figure that was way better than just sitting down all day like I do at work.

Sunday, 7/28:
Today so far, we did quite a bit of walking downtown. We walked to brunch, then through the market, then to upper king. And we’re going to have another hour tennis tournament tonight. So that definitely counts for activity!! Tomorrow, I am going to start doing my HIIT (high intensity interval training) work out I found online. It’s going to be hard at first but there are a lot of good work outs on that website that I want to work up to!! I know I can do it!!!

I’ve also set a deadline sort of for my fitness goals. We’re doing family pictures in September so I am hoping to have lost 10 lbs by then and be feeling really toned. We shall see!!! Hope everyone has had a great weekend and STAY MOTIVATED!!!!

Favorite Friday: Florida Georgia Line

So ya’ll, this Favorite Friday is all about my latest country music obsession, Florida Georgia Line. They are on my running playlist and every time I hear them on the radio I instantly turn it up and sing as loud as I possibly can! There’s just something that makes me feel good when I hear two Southern boys singing about whiskey, the country, and women.

Round Here – FGL 

“The moon comes up and the sun goes down
We find a little spot on the edge of town
Twist off, sip a little, pass it around
Dance in the dust, turn the radio up
And that fireball whiskey whispers
Temptation in my ear
It’s a feelin’ alright Saturday night
And that’s how we do it ’round here
Yeah that’s how we do it ’round here”

Tip It Back – FGL

“Yeah, if you had a long day or a long week
Grab a longneck if you’re with me
Come on now, holler “Hell yeah”
Cause tonight we’re here to party
And don’t worry about anything except what’s in your glass
Whether it’s a cold beer, tequila, or a double shot of Jack
Yeah, all you need to do tonight is tip it back”

Get Your Shine On – FGL

“Strawberry shimmer on hot lips,
Silver buckle hangin’ off her hips.
I sparkle when she smiles.
Shinedown on the radio dial.
Homemade jar o’ lemon drop, take a sip.
Don’t stop girl, you know I love it when you get your shine on!”

Just something about those lyrics and the music that makes me run harder, smile longer, and sing a little louder. And then when the Nelly Remix of Cruise came out, I literally about died. haha. I mean it’s come on, it’s Nelly. Ok, ok, I’ll stop before you all think I’m crazy.

Hope ya’ll have a Fabulous Friday Rockin’ Out to your own Favorite Jams!

Severely Unmotivated

Between moving, work, marriage, family and just life in general I have been procrastinating with every fiber of my being any kind of exercise. I want to be better. I want to want to work out. I want to like to work out. But for some reason I can’t seem to find my motivation. I can eat healthy, I can not eat sweets, I can not drink. For some reason I just can’t get the last part of motivating my behind to be consistent. So to add the pressure I am going to do 3 things:

1. Work out in some way shape or form for at least 20 minutes a day
2. Work towards being a morning person
3. Report every Sunday to you on here my accomplishments or my unsuccessful attempts

I think with these three things that I could make my efforts realistic and possibly achieve something!! I just have to remember.