Perspective

Pray ….. Do you ever get stuck in a rut or feel like everyday seems to be just like the one before? I know lately I’ve been feeling this way. I wake up, have my coffee, do my morning workout, feed the dogs, go to work and well you know blah, blah, blah!

Those feelings of blah can really suck the life right out of you and before you know it you find yourself frustrated, agitated and somehow in this funk of whoa is me!

I’m going to be honest with you …I was there this past week and it wasn’t pretty!! 😯 but after throwing myself at Gods feet and asking for help, grace and mercy I began to see things in a different perspective all thanks to my dogs.

Most of my friends have children and I constantly hear them saying that they learn so many life lessons from them and I’ve always loved how children can take a seemingly complex adult problem and give you the brutally honest answer in the simplest form that leaves you thinking well….Duh!

Now my “kids” can’t talk except in the form of a bark, whimper or growl but I do learn from them everyday. In this case they helped me gain some perspective in how God wants me to see each day.

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Let me introduce you to Buck (black) and Chuck (Red) . They are as different as night and day but they have one thing in common….they love me!

Stinkers they are but they are my little buddies.

The God lesson I walked away learning from these two is this….

Chuck has taught me that even though his day is pretty  much the exact same thing everyday it doesn’t matter. You wake up wagging your tail ferociously and eagerly ready to start the day by lavishing your master with kisses, high fives and joyous jumping around! It doesn’t matter that his day is going to be pretty much like the day before he’s just ecstatic that it’s a new day and he gets to share it with me come what may!

Buck being the senior and a lot more laid back has taught me that like me he’s a little too content in being swaddled underneath his blankets and actually needs some coaxing to come out and face the day but once he emerges he becomes my little shadow. I think the sweetest thing I learn from him is that he doesn’t even care about eating he just wants to be with me and he even has to make sure I’m watching him eat before he will even start!

Such sweet fur babies and here is my take on this perspective….

Unlike the pressures I place on myself God simply wants me to get up excited everyday to just be in His presence and to be eager to face a brand new day. He also wants me to follow Him so close that I desire His attention more than I want anything else…even if it is food.

Perspective is essential and it doesn’t take much to make you realize how blessed you are and how we should cherish and seize everyday before us knowing He loves us and wants the best for us!

Eat…. It’s August…It’s HOT and well all I really want to eat right now are salads. Salads in my opinion are just the perfect Summer time staple. I know most people tire of them but I don’t think I do. The beauty of salads are you can you throw just about anything in them you want and with all the fabulous freshness of Summer you can go wild!!

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What’s your favorite salad combo?

Love….. What am I loving lately? That one is  gonna have to be a tie because you just can’t make me choose!!!!

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1011548_10151746303933879_2090230351_nI have been devouring these gems but who could resist?

Laugh…. I spend way too much time on Pinterest looking under the “Humor” section but this pic caught my eye and every time I see I laugh.

561849_10151769356423879_1237083905_n It serves to remind that no matter how much I talk up vegetables, fruit and fitness that deep down inside this little girl still lives on the inside and wants out from time to time! Bwhahahahahaha 😉

Sweat…. If I’m honest and I’m gonna be here I don’t wake up every morning , throw the blankets back and jump up ready to get sweaty. This is how it actually is most mornings….

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Right now I’m having a love hate relationship with Shaun T. 😯 He’s a great motivator and I’m loving this program.

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The results are showing and the greatest thing is that you get it done in 25 minutes! Who doesn’t want that? If you’ve not checked it out yet or interested send me a message or just click the Beachbody link on my page. It’s on SALE so it would be a great time to give it a try!

It’s almost the weekend! Hang in there!

P.S My little friend Guinea is still doing great with Chalean Extreme! We do measurements and total weight loss tomorrow so stay tuned…………

Blend Baby Blend!

I have to share a little secret with you…..I have a blender in my bathroom! Now before you get completely disgusted with me let me explain.

Two years ago during my divorce I moved in with my younger sister and although we are pretty much like ships that pass in the night with our schedules and lifestyles I can not blend my smoothies in the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her!

Why you ask?

This is not just a blender  it’s a BlendTec which will pulverize anything into pure smoothie deliciousness but while it’s doing its special smoothie thing it is extremely LOUD! Yes this is the culprit …….guilty as charged! blender2 I’ve always enjoyed smoothies and love love love to make frozen bananas into soft serve ice cream but as I’ve mentioned before Shakeology is the new love in my life and to go without it just won’t do so it’s to the bathroom I go to blend baby blend! Shakeology_Choco_GreenAre you drinking this stuff yet? If not you don’t know what you are missing! IMG_4235 I dare you…no I triple dog dare you……..—–> Shakeology

Putting all that secretive blender saga to the side I wanted to share something that happened to me this morning. Yesterday happened to be a bit of a trying day. Between my own frustration with life, the air conditioning on the blitz at work in this 90 plus degree weather and trying earnestly to know how my passions fit into Gods perfect will for my life I truly was a frazzled puddle of tears by the time I got home. My cry to God went something like this….God WHY me? …WHY  does it have to be this way?… WHY?! ….sobbing….God  would you please help me?!?!?

Of course the enemy was loving this all the while screaming his accusations and lies in my ears….”You can’t do that” ….”You’re not strong enough”….”That is never going to happen”…”This is the way it will be for the rest of your life”! Yes I was completely down in a pit of despair but God is faithful in the fact that He hears every one of our cries and is eager to speak to our frantic hearts. My  last prayer before bed last night was God please give me a picture of how you see me in all of this confusion!

One of my favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17…..The  Lord  your God is in your midst,  a mighty one who will save;  he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. All I can say is that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He indeed was whispering and singing over me last night because my picture came to  me this morning in the form a Facebook friends status. I did not get his permission to use this but honestly don’t think he would mind…. IMG_4234What a perfect picture of just how our heavenly Father loves to see us live out our passions! He’s not some big ogre in the sky ready to stomp on our dreams but He delights to see us use our gifts and talents that He gave us! He wants us to dream and to dream BIG!  This just served to remind me that the fact I’m so passionate about health, fitness, cooking and a multitude of other things is that He’s the one that put those things in my heart for me to live out to bring Him glory! So you will have to excuse me if my eyes light up when going through the produce section at the grocery store, when I stumble over my words when talking about working out and Shakeology or I get misty eyed watching my two sisters getting into exercise and wanting to eat healthier! These things are what are near and dear to my heart. It’s my passion to help people want to live out happy and healthier lives and after reading this simple status update this morning I know my Father in heaven smiles at me and it warms His heart seeing me doing what I love to do!

Don’t ever dismiss those dreams and those things that you hold dear to your heart because they were put there for a reason !

Let’s DREAM BIG!

By the way Guinea is down another pound and feeling cool as a cucumber! 🙂 IMG_4237