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!!!

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

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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.

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The Happiest People…

Well people I am back. Yes, all the Christmasing, packing, and moving are now over. I am officially exhausted and incredibly happy. I saw this wonderful quote that sums up my life at this moment today on Pinterest, since I finally have some moments to sit down and pursue again.

This is beyond true. I remember a sermon I heard at Seacoast last summer where the Pastor was talking about contentment and joy. His basic point was the same concept as this quote. We will never have everything we want all the time, so we have to remember to focus on all that God has blessed us with right now at this moment. Rejoice in all of the life that He has given you for that is what having joy is. It’s remembering not to get caught up in this materialistic world, and enjoy life as it is each and every day, one day at a time. Now I’m not saying don’t strive for better or more because moving forward is always a positive thing, just do not become focused on having the “new, it things” all the time. If you spend all of your time worrying about what you don’t have then how can you be happy with what is right in front of you? So that is my little tidbit of advice that I have been reminded of during the past couple of weeks. Yes, our new place may not be recently renovated or have a dishwasher, but it is 3 blocks away from Upper King, and is so cozy and classically Charleston. So I am thankful and joyful for being able to live in this divine piece of heaven every single day.

Divine Decks

I have been perusing Pinterest for inspirational pictures for my dream home which of course must have a fabulous outdoor deck/patio area. My childhood memories consist of evening dinners out on our patio with the latest grilling recipe my dad had found, pool parties with my friends, and many a 4th of July family festivities in our backyard with tons of food. An outdoor space to me should be inviting and a place for laughter and family. Here’s some ideas I’ve found so far. What would your dream deck consist of?


All Photos From: Desire to Inspire

Ruffles and Bows

While shopping for our honeymoon I have noticed that ruffles and bows are everywhere. Some are in pretty daring places but others I adore. Take a peek at a few that I love. What are your favorite ruffles and bows?

Top Left: This Pretty Space Top Middle: Martha Stewart Weddings Top Right: Style Me Pretty Bottom Left: ModCloth Bottom 2nd Left: Kate Spade Bottom 3rd Left: Eshakti Bottom 2nd Right: E-Tells-Tales Bottom Right: JaynSarah

Beauty in Reusing

If you’re from the South your mom, grandmother or anyone who gardens probably has a ton of mason jars laying around or you can pick them up at your local grocery store in bulk! There is so much beauty in reusing these items when you’re not canning away or in my case, if you don’t have that green thumb. Take a look….everything from lights to storage! How will you reuse today?

Bottom Left: Kootoyoo Right: Etsy Top Left: Inspired Occasions Blog

Top Left: Weeping Cherries Blog Bottom Left: Storage and Glee Blog Top Right: Frugal Flourish Bottom Right: I-Do-It-Yourself