Rainy Day Errands

Things I ❤️ about today:
The rainy weather ☂️🌧
Getting my hair done 💇🏼
@shakeology blended with almond milk and a banana 😋
#backtoschoolonmonday #momerrands #teambeachbodycoachtumblr_ojbk6hn7nv1rzdluco1_500

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January Jump Start

It’s been said that with the New Year 🎉comes a blank slate. Why not use your blank slate to become a healthier version of you? 🥗💪🏼Are you looking for a jump start but not sure where to start? 🤔Talk to me! 🤚🏼I’ll be starting a challenge group for those that are interested in using Team BeachBody to jump start their new year! The group will officially kick off on January 16th but we will begin all of our prepping next week. Here’s what you need to be willing to commit to in order to join the group:
✔️Follow any TBB program for the duration of the group ✔️ Check in daily with the group ✔️Focus on you and your health ✔️Not be in another coach’s challenge group. That’s it! Seems pretty easy right? 😺Let’s jump to it! Leave your email in the comments so I can add you to the group! #teambeachbodycoach #januaryjumpstart #itsallaboutyoutumblr_oj7vqudti31rzdluco1_500

All Access Pass!

This is just what I needed for the new year! Team Beachbody is offering an ALL ACCESS PASS to every. single. workout. evvvrrrrr! Plus unlimited access to new workouts as they’re released! 😱 With a little one that hasn’t been cooperating at the gym I can workout in the comfort of my own home while she wanders around in her walker. 😂 I can choose from Insanity, Core de Force, Cize and so many more! Such an awesome motivator to lose the last few baby pounds. This special isn’t around for long though. If you’re interested let me know and I’ll get you the specifics. Seriously, if you are trying to figure out how to balance work, life and exercising this is for you! #teambeachbodycoach #allaccesspass #fitmom #fitlifetumblr_oj6l4ryvib1rzdluco1_500

Shakeology & Planning

When the baby sleeps for almost 11 hours and is up at 5:00 AM with no intention of going back to sleep, you grab your Shakeology and life plan! This is my first Panda Planner and I’m so excited! Just filled in the monthly and weekly pages.

My major project this week is to complete my PASC application. If I get accepted I will join the April cohort through the Madera County Office of Education and have my administrative Credential in a year!

My monthly focus is to simplify and my habit is to exercise daily. (I love that there are daily habit check boxes so I can mark it off each day I workout!)

Monthly goals include:
✔️putting $1000 into our savings
✔️completing the Core de Force program
✔️utilizing my tumblr more (see posts from the last two days, haha)

Happy New Year and Happy Monday!tumblr_oj5ozhjSee1rzdluco1_1280.jpg

Beauty in Pain

I’ve been reflecting on the past year while trying to cope with uncontrollable circumstances the last couple of weeks. I’ve been figuring out what everything looks likes for me and for us. What is the new year going to hold for us? Will this year determine the sequence of events for our foreseeable future?

2016 has been a whirlwind for our family. We welcomed our biggest blessing yet when Emery was born in May. Since then, our perspectives and priorities have drastically changed. The person I was this time last year- a wife and teacher who was extremely type A and overly planned in all aspects of her life- would crawl in her skin to see me now. Yet, as I write this, I am perfectly content with my grades still not entered in the grade book, less than 8 hours of my entire break so far spent on work, no plans for my classes next week but way too many pictures of the baby and so many smiles and memories to cherish from break.

I really thought 2016 was going to end on a high note for us. We found out in November that we would be welcoming baby two in July and we couldn’t be more excited. I loved everything about being pregnant with Emery and was so happy to experience that again. We know we aren’t done having kids and can’t wait for our family to be complete. We told our family and friends. I told my students. I even spent half of a Sunday designing the perfect Christmas cards to announce baby two. Little did I realize when I pressed the order button that those cards would end up sitting in a box tucked away in our office closet.

Jump forward a few days later. The feeling of seeing an empty gestational sac- one without a baby, a heartbeat or anything that resembles a viable pregnancy is one of the toughest feelings to describe. In a moment that is typically filled with so much love, awe, and amazement, it suddenly becomes filled with despair, sadness and disbelief. While I followed up with multiple tests and lab work, and a week of waiting to confirm what I already knew, I had to figure out how to still find beauty during this pain and how to move forward.

The topic of miscarriage is still very much taboo and I get it. Everyone handles loss differently and it is very much a loss that a woman primarily suffers through alone. For me, part of the healing is talking about it. I’ve been fortunate to have so much support in family and friends and that in itself is beautiful. My faith and relationship with God has become stronger and that is beautiful. I find myself cherishing the moments with Jared and Emery more, and that is beautiful. While some days are tougher than others, I find beauty in knowing that I am that much stronger for making it through.

What does 2017 hold for us? I used to wish I could answer that. The old me would already have now until March planned out, written down and ready to go. The old me would have a hard time losing control. But that is the old me. If 2016 has taught me anything about myself it is this:

Don’t try to control everything;

Spend more time making memories and less time spending money on material items;

Don’t ignore your health, both mentally and physically. If you aren’t healthy you can’t take care of others;

Remember that balance is about enjoying all that matters;

and, lastly, find beauty in pain.

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