Motivation of the Day….January 31st

My feet are covered in blisters from walking so much this week. Today, I planned a rest day for me.  But how could i say no to
my girlies who wanted to walk around trying
to sell more girl scout cookies in order
to reach their goal of selling
30 boxes per girl.   So they
motivated their momma to get up
& get moving.
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What has motivated you today to get up
& get moving?

36 Lessons Learned

In celebration of turning another year older, here are 36 lessons I’ve learned:

  1. Take the warnings your parents give you growing up, 80% of them will happen if your not careful
  2. Once you start your family, always put it 1st
  3. What you put into life is what you get out of it
  4. No one is going to give you hand outs, you’ve gotta work hard towards what you really want or stop complaining when things don’t go your way
  5. Your happiness depends upon yourself not others
  6. If you look for validation from others, you’ll never be satisfied
  7. Be who you want your kids to become
  8. Don’t take everything seriously, learn to laugh more
  9. Be adaptable & flexible with life changes
  10. Know who you are & love yourself for it
  11. Find hobbies that your passionate about
  12. Alone time is as important as family time
  13. Stop depending on others, learn to do things alone
  14. True beauty comes from within……..let it shine
  15. Eliminate negativity & things that drain you
  16. Walking your way to a better mood does work, but sometimes you need to walk a little further
  17. eliminating the unnecessary is therapeutic
  18. Let your kids figure problems out for themselves
  19. It’s OK to push yourself but don’t become your worst critic
  20. You can reinvent yourself as many times as you need to
  21. Stay as active as you can, your future self will thank you
  22. Judging others will leave you empty & alone
  23. Be open to new possibilities
  24. Embrace adventures that come your way
  25. Traveling is the best medicine
  26. Everyone makes mistakes, learn from yours & move forward
  27. If something is important to you, never give up.  Keep trying & you will accomplish your goals
  28. Being a mom & a wife has been the most rewarding job I could ever have 
  29. True friends are hard to come by, keep them close, & cherish them
  30. The past is the past, stop worrying about things that already happened
  31. Being positive will change you life 
  32. Believe in yourself….if you don’t who will?
  33. No dream is ever too big 
  34. Material possession won’t fulfill you like experiences would
  35. Living with less is experiencing more
  36. Life is full of ups & downs…….enjoy the ride

What lessons have you learned over the years?

Motivation of the Day….January 28th

 Today I stopped making excuses on why I don’t walk as much as I wanted.  Once I held myself accountable I  it motivated me to walk 5.75 miles this morning.  My biggest walk yet.
Now it’s your turn, stop making excuses and do all the things you wanted to do.  Don’t put it off tomorrow when you can start right now.

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What has motivated you to get up & get moving today?


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13 Ways To Embrace Winter By Keeping It Simple

I’ve never really been a winter person even if I’ve lived in New England a good portion of my life.  Each year, I never look forwards to winter, the cold weather, & all that it brings.  But this year, I was determined to make the most out of winter, embracing everything it has to offer instead of being depressed, stuck indoors, waiting for the spring to arrive.  I know I’m not alone, there are others who don’t enjoy winter.  So here’s some of the things that have made this winter actually quite enjoyable.  It may not be my most favorite season, but it definitely not a time to dread anymore.  Here’s a few ways I’ve embraced winter.
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1. Get the right gear
“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” ~Swedish Saying
Having the right gear is EVERYTHING.  How can you enjoy the colder months is your freezing?  You don’t need to spend a fortune, just make sure you have good gloves, hat, neck wrap, & warm boots.  Oh and wearing two pairs of pants on really cold days helps a lot.

2. Change your mindset  

Attitude is everything.  Start finding little ways you enjoy about winter and go from there.

3. Admire the beauty of the season
Have you been out looking around, it’s quite beautiful out.  The snow & ice offers such fantastic props for images.  Next time your out, start really looking around, seeing all the beauty that’s around you.

4. Make your home cozy & enjoy the comforts
Fires, candles, essential oil diffusers etc. helps make you house cozy.  Who wouldn’t want to be home if it’s nice & cozy.  Enjoy the comforts of food, warm drinks, reading, snuggling etc.

5. Have a winter bonfire
Who doesn’t love a good bonfire?  Bonfires aren’t just for spring & summer, winter ones can be just as fun.

7. Snuggle up with a good book
Got some reading to catch up on, now is the perfect time.  Make yourself a nice warm drink, snuggle with your favorite blanket and get your reading on.

8. Have a game night
We love game nights at our house.  Wintertime is a great time to have these more often, as we are always looking of ways to have fun with all 5 kiddos, but it’s hard since the ages they are 16-6.  Games is a perfect way for us all to have family time.

9. Exercise @ least 1x per day
No, you don’t need to go crazy or anything, just get out and walk.  I love walking now, so that’s what I will do till spring, then I’m hoping to fix my bike and start biking again.  My stomach can’t handle running, so I don’t ever think I would do that.  Just do whatever you can at least 1x per day.

10. Get outdoors as often as you can……..staying indoors is depressing
Getting out in the fresh air will do you wonders.  Stop barricading yourself in, get out, & embrace the cold.

11. Activities & hobbies ie. snowshoeing, sledding, crafts etc.
Finding something to get up moving, is always great.  Why not make it something fun.  Take up new activities or do something you already love.  It’ll make winter so much more enjoyable.

12. Eat as healthy as possible
The way we eat will affect the way we feel.  Fill your body with foods that it will thank you later for.

13. Host an outdoor party or pot luck
Parties of any kind are fun.  Why not host one at your house?  It can be as simple as you want, just gather a few people together to enjoy each other’s company.

Are you a fan of winter?


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