Worth On Earth

We recently celebrated Father's Day and I received a message from a friend showing me the lovely cake that she crafted for her husband to celebrate the day. It was awesome and I don't have a fraction of the talent in baking even if she used a boxed mix. The image was accompanied with something like this and I'm paraphrasing: "Not sure why I go through all this trouble. No one ever notices what I do around here."

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Can You Say No?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. The ability to say no. Say no to events, say no to commitments, say no to stuff, say no to things that don't feel right or fit into our lives, say no to excess. Have we lost the ability to say no? Does FOMO (fear of missing out) not only run our lives but is it beginning to seep into our children's lives? Are we setting an example for the next generation that they need to keep on saying YES to things? Things that don't fit, don't feel right, and overcrowd our space?

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A 5 Year Reflection

God has amazing plans for all of us. He wants us to live abundantly rich lives. He did not promise us a life without trials, without heartache, without sorrow. But he did promise us LIGHT to shine through those dark times. It's not one gift He gave me. It's a gift He gave ALL of us. We are the hands and feet on earth who have to put those gifts into motion. No one is going to do it for us. When we sit here frozen in fear, we are not using the gifts God has given us. We are not living our lives to their greatest potential. And when we do that, we miss out on the abundance

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Coming Back

Wow. It's been a journey. When did I start blogging again? 2009? Ha! Have you been around that long? If you have then you remember those posts that I would conjure up in my head while I was running to help occupy my mind as I took up that new hobby. Thankfully eight years later I'm still running. God is good in so many ways. Health is definitely one of them.

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10 Christmases Ago

 

It snuck up on me. I kept focusing on how next year marks ten years since my mom left us not realizing that this year would actually be the tenth Christmas without her presence. Ten years. I don't even know if I have much to write about it other than I am just kind of shocked that time and life has passed so quickly. It's hard to wrap my head around a milestone number like this. 

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Protein Mini Muffins

I always say I am making these for my son to eat but when he's not looking, I am devouring them!! They have never made it until my hubby gets home from work so he's never even had a chance to try them! I love the simple ingredients in these mini muffins plus all the benefits they have in the ingredients. I'll have to make another batch tomorrow because today's didn't last long! 

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I Prayed For a Boy

The decision to have another child was hard enough the way it was. We had miscarried in 2013 so if we were to try and get pregnant again, this was going to be it. We also were really comfortable with our routine. Things felt like they were getting easier with our son every day. But we were always asking ourselves "what if" and it was normally "What if we don't try? Will we regret it?" 

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What Can You Do in 100 days?

I am super excited to highlight one of my Revive Group teammates, Jenna Woodstrom. Jenna and I used to work together and have joined forces again! I feel so honored she spent some time talking to me about nutrition when she trained for her first marathon!! She finished in almost an HOUR better than she had prepared for! I was and am still so proud of her. What an accomplishment!!

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I am NOT a "shake" person...

I never in a million years thought I'd be a "shake person". When I started dating my hubby (all those years ago...), he was really into these breakfast drinks that you got at the grocery store. Even that was weird to me at first, but every now and then I would have one. It was basically fancy chocolate milk and mostly just sugar. I never felt full. I never felt like it really did anything. Fast forward about five years in our lives and I started my Shaklee business. Even when I started, I was still not into this shake stuff and the canister that came with my kit sat in our pantry for months. I was ADAMANT that if I did this Shaklee business more seriously, that I was not going to be promoting weight loss or this shake stuff!! I fought it and fought it and FOUGHT IT. 

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Lead with Love

The reflection continues as I look through photos from the elite leadership retreat in Palm Springs that I got to go to this past weekend. There were only around 200 business leaders who earned this retreat in the whole company. It took focus and it took a plan to achieve it. The retreat was rolled out during our global conference last August in Cleveland. I wasn't able to attend due to my pregnancy but my mentors, Shawn and Carmen, made me feel like I was there and even sent a little care package from the retreat. In that package, they left a note on a very specific card. 

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My Retreat Reflection

Last weekend I was blessed with an elite leadership retreat from Shaklee that I earned last fall. Yes, I was able to earn an all expense paid trip to sunny Palm Springs AND had a baby at the same time. Pregnancy makes you do crazy things. :)  I didn't earn it because I'm "so good" at this.  I earned it because I made a decision to earn it. If you really want something, you will make it happen. You will push all excuses aside and just go for it.

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Our 'Under the Weather' Remedy

Thankfully our family has been able to stay pretty healthy this winter! I don't think my son has come down with anything and if he does we just start him on his "special applesauce" recipe and it will knock it out in a couple of days. Which is nice because he is in the baby's face all the time! Notice how he says "Ow" when she touches him yet he's the one in her space! I am going to have such a bright future with these two!! 

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