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My Motivation

Currently I’m running more than normal for me so I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that motivate me.

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Jordan went to his first dance a few weeks ago – a huge step out of his comfort zone!  I’m going to borrow some of his confidence for my upcoming runs!!!

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We need to make sure that everyday has some fun.  My Mema who I miss every day and my sweet niece Isabel are a great reminder of just being silly and having fun!!

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2 of my favorite guys sending each other off for another great day!!  Every day should start with  excitement as we embrace a new day!

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My Poppa was such a great example of being happy and content in each moment!!  98 years of life taught him that the best things were the simple things!

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While I’m running I think of my boys a lot!  Now that they are runners I just want to be an example for them.

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Another view of Jordan showing confidence!  Actually this is just part of the whole picture.  For his birthday in November (when he turned 16!) we gave him sunglasses to go with his new car – I think some of the confidence needed to be on our part as we let him start driving everywhere!!!

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Chris really is the hero in our family.  He shows me everyday what it means to be a true life hero!!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 3.11.20 PMSo this one was just funny!!!  Hunter was being a goof over the weekend so I took this picture and Jordan turned it into a motivational picture!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 3.09.43 PMAnother silly one but still a reminder that we are all tougher than we think!!

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How would you caption your motivational picture?

Happy Monday!!!

(Thanks to Jordan for teaching me how to make my own motivational pictures!!!)

Happiness Comes from Within

I was skimming through a book called 365 Ways to be Happy.  Some of the things are kind of silly but there are some really great concepts in the book.

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Since I’m focusing on happy and positive things I thought it would be fun to occasionally share about it.  Even though we have all heard some of these things before I think the reminder is always good – I know I need to hear some things almost daily!!

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When we rely on others for our happiness we end up expecting too much of them.  The only way to find happiness is to be content with ourselves.

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Some days that is no problem and other days that I struggle with being completely content with myself.

Are you content with your life (at least on the whole)?
Do you think other people can make you happy?

I’m happy being with my family but I also don’t want them to feel responsible for keeping me happy!!!

Happy Monday!!  I hope that y’all are all HAPPY!!


Happiness Is all Around

Friday, Friday, Friday!!!!  Something about Friday makes me happy even though it is summer time and sometimes Tuesday is the same as Friday!!!

This week there have been so many things making me happy that I had to share.

*  Jordan has been driving more and more (gotta get his hours!!!) and he is doing great!!!  Yesterday  I hardly used my imaginary brake the entire time we were out!!

classy driver
classy driver

*  I still smile every time I think about last Saturday and how much fun Hunter and I had (I just keep telling him that he really did have fun!!!).

muddy but happy
muddy but happy

*  The boys went with me yesterday to help clean and set up the venue for Saturday night’s event!!  Since I had help, it didn’t take as long as normal and I had time to do something fun – 

pedicure - always nice
pedicure – always nice

*  The boys have also been helping around the house this summer (probably because I told them that they had to do at least 1 productive thing every day!).  

On Tuesday I had a meeting for most of the morning and then had to get the oil changed in my car.  When I got home Hunter had 2 recipes picked out that he wanted to make for dinner (with my help and a trip to the grocery store but…).

Honey Glazed Chicken look how tasty it looks!!!
Honey Glazed Chicken
look how tasty it looks!!!
Summer Garden Salad - chock full of fresh veggie!!!
Summer Garden Salad – chock full of fresh veggie!!!

Bummer for Chris he wasn’t home for dinner and the boys ate ALL of the chicken!!!

*  We have a couple of days that we don’t have to set an alarm!!!!  Hooray – I hope to sleep until 7:00 but even 6:30 will be nice!!!

*  Mandi (my sister) just  did a new post with lots of cute pictures of little Griffin.  This is my favorite – 

how cute is this?!
how cute is this?!

*  It is supposed to be right at 80 today with plenty of sunshine – I hope to spend a chunk of the day outside soaking up the sun!!!!  The boys have friends coming over to hang out at the swim beach so we will all enjoy the great weather!!

What is making you happy this week?

I hope your week has been full of smiles and laughter!!

Happy Friday!!!

Happiness is Contagious!!!

I really want to start working out again but I’m pretty sure that my body isn’t ready so I will just keep doing 44s and  pinning the great workouts that so many of y’all are sharing!

Today for my 44 I worked my shoulders with a front rotation.  I started with my arms at 90 (8 pound dumbbells – that was plenty for this many reps!).


From the starting position, I just rotated my arms until they were in front of me, palms down and then back up – all in a slow and controlled manner.


The first 18 or so weren’t bad but the rest were rough!!  My shoulders are always my weakest muscle and a few days of nothing hasn’t helped them!!!

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Do other people’s moods affect your mood?  I know they do mine!!!  

Yesterday evening I had a showing (at our venue) for a bride and her photographer.  This bride has already booked the place for an April wedding and just wanted to plan a few things and have her photographer see the lighting situation.

While we were there, she showed me some of the pictures for her plans (gotta love Pinterest!) and asked my opinions.  She also showed me pictures of her dress and it was absolutely stunning!!!

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 6.40.24 AMJust spending those few minutes with her and sharing in her happiness and excitement made me happier!!  I appreciated her enthusiasm for everything last night and when her friend/photographer arrived she immediately got caught up in the exuberance of the bride to be!!!

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It was like a happy dance just sharing a few minutes with this girl (not really a girl but she is much younger than me!!!).

I started thinking about how often we let other’s dictate our mood – sometimes not in a positive way.  Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 6.41.08 AM

I think that happiness does grow when shared and is definitely contagious!!!  I really hadn’t been super excited about driving over yesterday afternoon (I always end up BLAH when I’m sick) but I left feeling so much better than I had in days!!!!

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Do you feel happier after being around people who are happiness carriers? 

HAPPY Wednesday!!


I Choose Happiness!!!

Today’s 44 is one that Josie @ Yum Yucky demoed the other day.  It is called a living plank and it is fun!!!  

Start in plank with a kettlebell (you could use a dumbbell) above your head.  With your right hand, move the KB down near your thighs.  Use your left hand and return the KB to the start = 1 rep.

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Try this for a new way to spice up your plank.  The last few reps were hard – I had to work hard to lift the KB and not drag it!

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 6.58.49 AMYesterday I wrote a post full of griping and complaining and then proceeded to let myself be in a major funk all day!

Today, I choose to be happy and share some happy things.

Saturday – Wrestling Tournament:

waiting - lots & lots of waiting
waiting – lots & lots of waiting


almost time
almost time


fixing to shake!
fixing to shake!

I don’t totally get all that goes along with wrestling – it is new to me – but Hunter had 3 matches on Saturday – he lost his first then came back to win his 2nd which sent him to the consolation round.  He won that match  by pinning his opponent!!!  

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3rd place in his category at his very first tournament!!

Sunday – Jordan’s Birthday:

so handsome
so handsome


fun times
fun times

For several years now, Hunter has been trying to get Jordan to give him 5!


come on - give me 5
come on – give me 5


got it!!!
got it!!!

Sunday – Cello Group Concert:

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cello group (and someone’s bald head!)

This concert was Hunter’s cello group, a clarinet group and a flute group – all were great.  The cellos ended the program with a version of William Tell’s Overture – it was awesome!!

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Monday – Veteran’s Day:

full blues
full blues

Monday – Birthday Dinner (a day late because of the cello concert!):

cookie cake - 15 candles
cookie cake – 15 candles

After looking at all the awesomeness around me – how can I not be happy?!

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 7.14.11 AMWe all know I love to exercise and today I’m going to exercise my happy!!!

Happy Wednesday!