Ninja Hopeful

The gym we train at regularly is a functional fitness gym. We do a lot of cross-training types of activities with a Workout of the Day (WOD)-circuit style everyday. For example, today’s WOD included: sled drag/hopbacks, big tire box jump burpees, rowing, farmer’s carry, plank, and squats. One thing I love about our workouts is…

Mommy is Flipping Out

Like any proud and loving mother, I swear I have the most beautiful children on the planet! (I’m sure you do too.) This week is birthday week for both of my youngest girls. They are both so interesting and unique (and exasperating) in their own ways. So baby girlie has asked me a few times if…

The Willies

You know what ‘the willies’ are! That creepy-crawly feeling you get. Maybe you even get a gag-type feeling. Your skin may crawl. Omgosh! Just writing that gives me the willies! LOL Here’s what Urban Dictionary says about the willies:   Did you know there’s A MOVIE called The Willies? Ya… me either. Must’ve been quite…

What the heck color is it?

I have a friend who does hair and nails and I’ve taken quite some time off from doing my nails and thought… ya… why not. So I go in and get ’em done. She’s FAMOUS for being daring with hair color! I LOVE what she does. She’s always got something fun herself as well as…

I love ketchup 

Usually takes us quite some time to go through an entire bottle of ketchup, but I think it’s probably my favorite condiment. I love spicy stuff– like hot hot salsa, but ketchup… ya… that’s where it’s AT! In the last year or two, my husband has come to the point where he’s putting hot sauce…

A Gift to Remember 

Unfortunately, I grew up with an extremely adversarial sibling relationship. I want to go more deeply into that, but it really is one of my biggest regrets in life. A million: woulda, coulda, shouldas go through my mind whenever I think about my sister, Danielle.  Probably one of my biggest regrets in all of that…

Power Tools

A couple weeks ago, I saw this lying on the counter. I pick it up, read a little, and exclaim, “Cool!” Of course my (almost 14-year-old) daughter has no emotional response to it whatsoever. “Ya. I guess.” I ask her, “Don’t you want to go?” “Not really,” again… completely devoid of emotion. “Well, I’ll sign…

Reconciling with His Ex

A year and a half ago, my husband retired after 24 years of service to the US Navy. We’ve been together about 9 years now, so I’ve certainly had plenty of separation from him during this time. At his retirement ceremony, though, I was honored too. It felt strange for me to be honored. The…

Powerful Progress

A year or so ago, I decided I was sick of always needing a modification for pull-ups. I committed to getting better at my technique and set a goal of wanting to do 6-10 unassisted legitimate pull-ups- like the big boys and girls.  I’m at the gym 5 days a week and almost everyday, I…

Being Appreciated

There is power in receiving expressions of appreciation from others. I’m a teacher– been in the classroom in the same district 20 years now. My current position is 2nd Grade- I’ve been here 8 years. Because teachers mostly work with students- just one adult in the room, there’s not a lot of gratitude, recognition, appreciation,…

Fear is a powerful thing

I can tell you right off that there will be future posts on fear. Fear is such an incredibly powerful topic! I have a lot of fears, so there’s so much to write about. This fear, though… DANG it!! It GRIPS me! In fact, one of the best motivational speakers I’ve encountered in Jon Acuff. His…