Why this Dream?

🎉I recently became a part of #dreamcoach which is a coaching group to discover your dreams and move them forward!🚀

🤔I wasn’t quite sure what my dream was because there were so many scattered hopes, dreams, thoughts in my mind. What was a dream and what was a wish, that was the question!🙄

💡Within the first week of coaching I discovered what my dream was. I want to bring hope to the hopeless. Many times in my own life I have felt the crushing feeling of hopelessness. I know that my God is the God of hope but when you are down it’s so hard to cling to that hope!💭

❓The next question we were asked was “what is your why?” My why is obviously first and foremost my kids! I want them to see that hard work pays off, that helping people is the right thing to do, that touching people’s lives in any way is changing the world and changing ourselves. I want my life to be a reflection of love, kindness, grace, mercy, generosity and hope!! I am beyond blessed and want to share that with others and bring them hope where they feel there is none!❤️

👉🏼My why is simple….I have passion and compassion for people and I want, no, I NEED to share that with others!💞

As always thanks for reading and I hope today has a good you!

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Photograph the Moments

Recently my best friend said “pick me up in Chicago and we will go on an adventure”.  It’ll be fun she said!  Well she sure was right!!  Our adventures were fun, breathtaking, memorable and all around amazing!

 

Here are some of the hundreds of photos I took along our journey!  I hope you enjoy them 🙂

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Our tour guide/host always had a camera in his hand ready to capture the perfect shot!

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They said they lived on top of the mountain but we were shocked to see how “on top of the mountain” they lived!

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Spent some time by the lake

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This beautiful boy stopped grazing and posed for a quick photo for us!

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“Let’s get up early and catch the sunrise” they said…..I’m not an early riser and the sunrise was not what we were anticipating but capturing the fog rolling through the mountains was worth the early rise and so surreal…

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The fall colors were in almost full bloom and the fog rolling over the water was beautiful

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Point the way to the next destination 🙂

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As the sun set on our last night there we captured the beauty that surrounded us one more time 🙂

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I can’t even imagine living on this ranch where the views are breathtaking every day!

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Colors a plenty!!

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Our other gracious host and amazing photographer 🙂

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Sun kissed sweet tea in October is the best tea!

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Seeing the world through her eyes 🙂

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There is just something about old barns that I am intrigued by

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Standing tall and watching over the mountains!

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Our time came to an end in Virginia but we stopped for a couple of days in Nashville, TN and the lights did not disappoint 🙂

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I’m pretty sure that he’s familiar with being photographed because he did so many tricks for me as I captured them all

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There is nothing better than a partner in crime for traveling and I get to call her my best friend 🙂

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True happiness at it’s finest!

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Always take the time to stop and smell the roses, to see the sights that God has created around you, to spend time with the people you love, to say yes instead of no, to breathe in the fresh air from a mountain top and to take that adventure that is awaiting you!!!

 

 

 

As always, thanks for reading my blog and I hope today has amazing you!!

 

Goal Setting

📚I’m reading a book called Finish by Jon Acuff and something really stuck out to me that I wanted to share with you!

👆🏼We set goals for ourselves like I want to lose 10 pounds this month, or I want to write a blog post that is 300 words long 5 days a week, or I want to run a 5K next month!

❓So what happens when we don’t accomplish those goals? When you only lose 7 pounds, or you wrote 2 short blog posts this week, or you ran 1/2 of a mile? You immediately think that you have failed and from here on out you don’t even try to accomplish any of those things!

👉🏼But what if instead we set smaller goals that were more attainable? Don’t you think that if we set smaller goals that we would accomplish them more often? And if we accomplish those goals and set new goals and then we accomplish those goals and we keep repeating that process, then in the end wouldn’t we be crushing way more goals? We would be so much farther ahead by setting smaller goals than if we set big goals that we “failed” at so we just quit!!

👊🏼This just really resonated with me so I wanted to share it with you! Do with it what you wish but get out there and set some small goals! 😃

🎉And as always, thanks for reading my blog! I hope today has an amazing you 😃

Thank you!

I just want to say thank you to everyone for the visits to my blog. I know I’ve been absent for quite awhile but that’s going to change!

I love blogging but sometimes I struggle with what to say, when to say it or how to say what’s on my mind. I overthink everything that I have in my mind that I want to write and in the end I end up not posting anything!

I’m working on letting go and now making things so complicated!

I always think that no one is paying attention anyway and then I log in and find that I have lots of views today and I realize that people are watching!

So starting this week I’m going to commit to writing a blog post at least once a week!

Thanks again for hanging in there even in my absence!

I hope today has an amazing you!!

Community

I created a group on Facebook where we can all get together in one place to share photos and stories about our adventures!!

Head over to Living Adventurous FB Group and show us where your adventures take you 😃

As always, thanks for reading and I hope today has an adventurous you! 🎉

Who wants this?!!

🙋🏽Who wants this cool diffuser⁉️ I love mine!!❤️

🌪It has many different colors to choose from while you're diffusing and it comes with 2 oils (Tangerine & Peppermint) 👇🏼Tell me if you want it👇🏼And drop me your email address👇🏼

Parenting 

👶🏼You stare into that little, perfect face that you have given birth to and in that moment there is nothing more important or precious. The bond that you develop in that split second is something that you could never imagine or fathom could happen. Nothing else in this world matters except for this tiny human that you have been given.❤️
👣You watch as this little bundle develops personality, charm, brilliance and love. You can’t remember what life was like before He came into your world. His first word is the best sound ever. His first steps amaze you. His first idea makes you believe he’s a genius. And that first wave from the bus causes your heart to feel like it will explode.💔
🙋🏽‍♂️Throughout the years you watch him grow. Sometimes thinking, I can’t wait for this or will that ever happen? But mostly thinking, where has the time gone….why can’t we just slow down?⏱
👁In the blink of and eye, it seems, you now look at this adult child that was once so small and you wonder. What if I would have done this or what if I could have done that? Have I prepared him for the huge world that he now has to learn to navigate. Are there things I could have done different? Is he going to be okay? How do I let go of something that has my entire heart? What’s next?🌎
🤔Now you quietly sit back and reflect on everything that has gotten you both to this place. You apologize for the things you’ve done wrong and hope that one day he will forgive. You forgive for the wrongs that have been done to you by this not so little anymore human! You sit quietly with your hands folded in prayer, eyes lifted to above and you thank God that you were entrusted to raise this child the best you could. You beg God to protect and guide him in all of his life’s decisions! You pray that God will spare him from heartache, failure, disappointment and harm. You still lay awake at night wondering, worrying, praying! And no matter what you have been through together, your heart still explodes with a love that is unshakeable, unstoppable, unfathomable and unending…..because he’s your son….and you’re his mom!! ❤️💞

As always, thanks for reading and I hope today has a good you!! 

The Almighty Decision

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too” – W.H. Murray

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What does it mean to make a decision for real?  To make a decision to really commit to something, someone, anything?

 

When you make the almighty decision, you really commit to being all in and running towards that final goal.  You are going to keep going no matter what gets thrown in your way, never stopping until you have accomplished what you have set out to do!!  If you have not made the decision to be all in, then when shit gets real and it’s getting thrown at you from every direction, you will quit!

“So often, we pretend we have made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable” – Jen Sincero

 

Are you going to fail along the road to your awesome life?  Absolutely!!  Winston Churchill said “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” 

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If you want something bad enough and you have set your mind that you will obtain it, then you will!!

 

Today I want you to commit to that one thing that you want to accomplish.  Do you want to lose the weight you’ve been carrying around, get in shape for the first time in a long time, quit that gross habit that you have been doing for years or buy that house you’ve been wanting?  Make the decision today that you are going to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goal! I believe in you and I know that you are going to reach your goal as long as you don’t quit when the road gets tough!

 

“The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information” – Jen Sincero

 

**You’re not a quitter…you are gathering information on your road to awesome**

 

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As always, thanks for reading and I hope today has an awesome you!!

 

 

You are a BADASS

I have been reading a book called “You are a badass….How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life” by Jen Sincero.  This book has so much good content that I decided to share my thoughts about her thoughts.  If you want your own copy of this book, click the link below 🙂

 

“You are a badass”

 

When was the last time that you physically hurt yourself?

 

Did you sit and suffer through the pain or did you try to relieve the pain to get some relief?

I would be willing to bet that you did everything that you know to do to relieve the pain for yourself.  You poured hydrogen peroxide on that open wound knowing that it would hurt a little but in the end would cause the healing.  You went to the doctor for those stitches because you knew that the pain of stitches would ultimately lead to your wound healing or you had your broken ankle set because you know that it needs to be back in place for proper healing to begin!  Am I right?  

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Now think about the last time you were emotionally hurt!

 

How fast were you to fix the emotional pain?  I’m willing to bet that you suffered way longer with the emotional pain than you did the physical pain.

 

Why do we think that we need to endure so much torture, hang on to our own guilt and shame?  We drag out our own emotional pain by playing the “blame game”!  “Well if my mother-in-law would just mind her own business then I wouldn’t be fighting with my husband/wife right now”, “if my boss would have given me the raise I wanted/needed then I wouldn’t be struggling financially right now”, “if my friend would have been more sensitive to my needs then I wouldn’t have responded the way I did”!  Do these sound familiar?

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We don’t just think these thoughts, process them and then move on.  We keep them alive in our minds!  Reliving them over and over and over again.  Picking at the wounds that are trying so hard to heal, refusing to let the healing begin and the pain subside until we have made everyone around us just as miserable as we are because we need them to know we are right.  We may not do this intentionally but we do it nonetheless!  We hang on to the wrongs and ill feelings until they make us physically sick.  Why?

 

Holding on to all of the resentment and negative feelings is not going to change a thing!  Do you know what it does do?  It keeps you a prisoner in your own mind and body.  It keeps all of the feelings of you being wronged alive in your mind!

 

Forgiveness isn’t about saying the other person was right, it is about taking care of you!  It’s about taking responsibility for yourself.  Don’t give them power over your actions and emotions.  Give those feelings the boot!!  “The moment you decide to forgive and let your negative feelings melt away, you are on your way to freedom”; “Holding on to resentment is like taking poison and waiting for your enemies to die” – Jen Sincero

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So, how do we do this?  How do we get rid of those negative emotions and forgive those who have wronged us? 

 

I get it!  You want to be right because that person was wrong and you want them to pay for how they hurt you!  But what if instead you decided that it’s more important that you are happy instead of right?!  Find that place where you can go and have your yelling fit, beat on something until it breaks, cry and tell God how unfair it is and then move on…make that choice to be happy instead of holding on to all the negative!  Be intentional about how you are going to respond!  

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Do you know that hanging on to negative feelings can actually cause physical sickness?  Don’t let those negative emotions have so much power over you!  

Love yourself because you deserve it!!

 

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Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and success coach who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her newsletters, products, seminars, public appearances, and books.                                                                                         Picture-21-296x300

Jen Sincero’s Website

 

 

 

 

As always, thanks for reading and I hope today has a good you!!

 

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