Spring is here and like many of you, I am looking at my home, my schedule, my inner self and taking inventory of what I am ready to let go of, and what I would like to add to my life. While I have been quiet online, there has been a lot going on as I refocus, redirect and look at how I really want to use this space and what I want to share. While I will continue to share workouts and recipes, I am feeling I want to share deeper and be more open. From the conversations I have had the last few weeks, a lot of us are struggling with parenting, marriage, friendships, feeling guilty and trying to find balance. Yet, we don’t want to talk. We are afraid of being judged and instead put on that perfect front. I think the ultimate act of kindness is to be open and honest with those struggling around us and be transparent so our loved ones can support us. I will be running some challenge groups in the FB group that will help us share and reach short-term goals. Coffee Talk posts will be more frequent and real life struggles parenting a teen and young adults, new adventures in my 21 year marriage and just life in general. Cardio And More will continue to be workouts and tips. Cup Of Love is a space for motivation, kindness and peaceful living. Thank you for being part of my journey, for your love and support. Please comment on any topics or tips you would like to see in the coming weeks. Hope your week is filled with Coffee, Peace and a little Cardio.
This morning I sat down to write in my gratitude journal, enjoying a cup of coffee and the quiet of the morning. I was flipping through the last week and this statement I wrote down jumped out at me ” Be unapologetically you. You are never too much.” It was from a morning text I received from Shine and clearly a reminder I needed today. One of my favorite sayings is “a candle does not lose their light by lighting another candle.” There will always be people who want to be the only light in the room. Some people have not found their light yet. You can be an encouragement and lift others up but we need to stop apologizing for living our best life. You are not too much! Be Unapologetically You. 🙂
This time of the year, it is easy to fall off track. There are holiday parties, holiday baking, pumpkin spice everything. Don’t let one day make you throw in the towel and wait for the “new year” to take care of your health. Work harder, eat cleaner, and enjoy the small indulgences of the season.
Inspired by a member of my 6:15am Monday tribe who gave me a compliment that made my day ” Your energy is infectious and so positive, so needed for a 6am workout.”
Your energy and attitude not only affects those around you, but the results you will get. Do you face your workout, eating plan, daily errands with dread or do you go in excited ready to see change, reach your goals and find a sense of achievement? You get to choose. Smile during your workout, compliment someone’s form or cute workout shoes, be excited to try a new recipe, expect success in your daily tasks.
Take the 30 seconds to brighten someone’s day, so they are built with positive energy to pass on to another.
We remember all those who sacrificed their lives, their loved ones, their friends, their co-workers. We pray for all those that showed compassion, risked their lives or just reached out a hand in comfort. So much was lost, so much sadness, fear and uncertainty. Yet we did come together as a nation and that opportunity is available to us everyday, in every situation. Together we are stronger. Thank you to all our military service members, fire fighters, police officers, rescue workers, EMTs, all those that choose to serve no matter the cost. We promised the families that suffered such a devastating loss that we would never forget. We Remember.
Attorney Generals from the following states signed and sent a letter threatening to sue if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) was not dismantled by the Federal Government: Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Idaho (Idaho’s Governor also signed it.) That could have resulted in an immediate end to the program making people currently working and going to school under work permits they paid for and renew every 2 years, invalid.
More info and a copy of the letter here
Congress is now responsible to create a new program in the next 6 months. Write your Senators and Congress Members and have your voice heard.
More Congress Members here and here
Your Vote, Your Voice. Take the time to be part of the change you want to see.
Who DACA was designed to cover
Benefits provided for 2 years with approved application and $465.00 fee
I am loving teaching at 6:15am on Mondays! It makes me feel like I am starting the week strong and focused! I love the dedication of the ladies that get up early, before their kids, spouses, jobs, life to make their health and fitness a priority. Taking the time to get stronger mentally and physically to give their best to the things they love.