Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday Nov 8th

It's November. Yes. Already! Do you know what that means?? No, I am not talking about Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking, or any other Christmas tradition! LOL Not yet anyway! But I think we all could use a reminder of sorts ~ and that is that November is about being thankful, finding the spirit of gratitude and to appreciate the things we often take for granted. 

I shared more about what I am grateful for in my video today, but I thought I would share about how to find that spirit of gratitude. Maybe the elections didn't go as you would have liked, or you got a bill in the mail you weren't expecting. Perhaps you are finding yourself in turmoil with your career, or at a loss to find friendships. Whatever it is, I can promise you that if you shift from focusing on what is missing to what is already presently in your face,  you will begin to discover how blessed you really are.

1. Make a list. It can be on paper, in paint, in your head! The point is to start counting your blessings! All the way from the $ in the bank to the toiler paper you wipe your hiney with! 

2. Start telling people "Thank you" whether it be for something mundane as holding a door open, to cooking your family a meal. The more you find to say Thank You about, the more opportunities you will be given to say it again, again, and again. 

3. Gratitude makes you stronger, not weaker. You are weak in spirit, mind, and body when you are no longer thankful and appreciative for the little things in life. Watch what happens when you begin to appreciate everything. You become healthy in ALL areas of your life. 

4.  Get up the next day and do it all over again! 

Seriously ya'll! I don't have to go be wordy to preach to ya to tell you to stop complaining and go be more grateful, now do I?

Ya'll have a good evening! You can watch the video here:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Autumn 2018 Favorites

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and it is not a surprise that I found several things that I am enjoying this season! Instead of sharing an October's Favorites video and blog post for you I decided to share several things that I have been really enjoying this Autumn! I will in November, share a November Favorites at the end of that month.

So, without further ado, here is  my list!

1. My Fireplace! I love my fireplace! I have discovered that wrapping logs with clear Christmas lights, I can enjoy the "atmosphere" of a fireplace without worrying about heating up the house! Now mind you ~ when it is finally cold enough for a REAL fire, I will take that little makeshift fire out and burn some real wood!

2. Entry way. I love our entry way! It has that warm rustic welcome that all homes should embrace! I always want our guests to feel welcome and that gives it a bit of warmth without being too cluttered. I will share items currently still available along with links for you!

Blessed & Grateful Shiplap Shadowbox Sign was purchased at Kirklands.

3. Leaves Candle from Bath & Body Works. This really is my favorite scent of all time & guess what?! They are on sale this week!
4.Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. This tea is completely delicious and a great way to warm up your fingers and from the inside out. If you like spice tea you will like it!

5. Contigo Glass Water Bottle. This by far is my favorite way to drink water! I can add ice cubes, and it just feels nicer than drinking from plastic all the time.
6. Honey Crisp Apples. These are seasonal and I am not too sure I can get them anymore. We looked last week and didn't see anymore.  They would make a FABULOUS pie!

7.International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer! Talk about making your coffee delightful! 

8. Skinny Syrup: Pumpkin Spice. Zero Calories, Zero Sugars but TONS of flavor! 

9. HEB Pumpkin Seed & Spice Granola Bars. MMM Delish! I hate that they are seasonal though! Where can I go to vote to fix that?! :
10. Blouse. I cannot find a link or picture to show you ~ you will just have to watch the video!

11. Crush It (audio version) (To try audible for free check below)
   This book inspired me in many ways to quit selling Scentsy ... and go after my own dreams! 

12. Crushing It (audio version) 
This was a great book because it gave stories of people who read Crush it and then began crushing it in their own lives! Personal Development at it's best! 

13. A Peek Inside (Vlog channel) I love her positivity! 

14. My House Wife Life  (Vlog channel) Videos I have seen many times ~ this season though I have been enjoying her Vlogtober & Vlogidays series.  Plus I love her drive, productivity and how she pushes herself to just get it done even when she's rather do other things. She inspires me in her decorating, time management, and entertaining. )

All items that I could, I linked up for you! Some of them ARE affiliate links, but all opinions of the products are my own. This post was so fun! Thank you for letting me share! 

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Thanks again, for letting me share some of my favorite things! What are YOU enjoying this season?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Motivational Monday: It's time to Double Down!

If anything, I have heard the phrases "Double Down" and "Go All In" over and over. Now, while I am not one of the betting kind, sometimes I like taking a chance. 

In fact, one of my fondest memories of my husband and I is the one time we decided to get away and go play in the casinos for a night. It's not something that we do very often, and to be honest I wished did do it more ~ because when we get away and it's just the two of us we are not glued to our phones, social media like we are on the daily. 

Anyhoo, I have been hearing the phrase "double down" at least daily for the last few weeks. Now mind you I am an avid personal development learner, and I am always trying to find someone to inspire me in my personal growth. Sometimes it is just life stuff, and other times it is on the business end. Gary Vaynerchuck is one who I have been just soaking in on the way to work, during work, and on the way home. He is really big on just doubling down and doing what you love instead of sitting on your arse wishing things would work out. I get it. I am a proactive, productive kind of gal. 

In fact, I am double downing (is that even an appropriate phrase) on something I love to do which is writing. I will have a new title for you come the middle of December ~ which to be quite honest will be a GREAT read for those women (like me) who sometimes get overwhelmed during the holidays. I am going to "double down" and put my head down and work on the things that are important to me ~ regardless of what others may think or say. I don't care anymore! I am going all in... and putting a lot of energy into this blog, (and 2 others that I will release to you after the beginning of the new year) my YouTube channel, and of course the book I just spoke of. Do you know what that means? It means saying NO to many things I wished I could say YES to! It means working into the late hours of the night, early hours of the morning and yes... weekends too. It means taking my laptop to things like football games, my livingroom, and the kitchen to work while I am doing other things. It means it will be all consuming ~ but is it worth it? Hell yes it is! Heaven yes it is! In other words .... YES! 

But ... I am hoping this post inspires you to double down on the things that really matter to you & make you a better person. That inspires you to bet on yourself in this thing called life ~ because to be honest if you cannot bet on you and your dreams ..... who else will? If you are wanting to be the best in whatever your doing ... you have to push past the general consensus of the majority of today's society that says doing enough to get by is enough. If you truly believe that ~ you will NEVER find satisfaction!  I am so tired of hearing "I have it all I could and that has to be enough." I get it. I know that feeling. I have lived it. And let me tell you something. If just doing enough... is okay, you are not living a full life. "Doing enough" to survive is NOT good enough! You are worth more, which means you are worth more of an effort. Your dreams, your goals are worth the effort that you need to put in Stop putting them on the backburner. Stop letting other people dumb down your desire! Let it rise, let it consume you! Challenge yourself. Do more than you ever have before, because trust me you are very capable! If I can believe in you ~ you should believe in yourself too! 
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