Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bag Lady

I had to laugh at myself as I got ready to walk out the door this morning with my FOUR bags.
Why four bags you might ask? Well, my purse- can't leave home without it. Then, my tote with my "stuff" in it; organizational binder, books to read, and today my recipe binder so I can work on organizing that. Then, my gym bag with workout clothes and water bottle. And, finally, my other bag with clean clothes for after the gym. (The last thing I want to do at 6:00 at night is put my work clothes back on!) My boss teases me about the homeless person living in my car and well, I guess I can see why he would think that.

Unfortunately, I now realize that homeless person is myself.

Don't laugh, it's not funny. As I chuckle to myself. I suppose I can't help but see the humor in it. Not because of the circumstances but because it really is kind of funny that I tote all this stuff around with me. And the circumstances: almost a year ago, I moved out of the place I had called home to for almost seven years and left my husband of ten years. In the year that followed, there have been many ups and downs and I've definitely been very much in limbo, trying to figure out the direction of my life and the steps I need to take to get there. I think I finally have a pretty good picture and am starting to take steps in that direction. It will require more big changes and another move so I remain temporarily in limbo but at least now, it's with purpose and not just trying to find my way.

Today's encouraging verse for me: "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13) And the lesson in that is this: I can do everything through HIM, not on my own accord but through HIM who gives me strength. Such a hard thing to remember but it's so much easier when I do rely on Him and not myself!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Boss Loves Me!

Today is Administrative Professionals Day and I came in to work with a surprise on my desk from my boss.  So thoughtful of him!

And, he let me pick what's for lunch today. SO, because they always seem to order pizza when I'm not here (I am just a part timer, you know), I decided to go for pizza.

I worked here from March 2001 until August 2006 when I had my 2nd son. At that time, I was the assistant branch manager, working 40+ hours a week, making a decent salary plus commission based on our branch sales. I didn't love it. My boss drove me crazy and I wore so many hats and there was SO much work to do! Nowadays, though, I'm just a peon answering phones and shuffling paperwork 22 hours a week. Easy Peasy. And, for some reason, my boss doesn't drive me crazy any more. I'm enjoying it much better this time around and am thankful for a good company to work for, who appreciates me and shows it.

And a side note: Whenever I eat pizza or other fatty foods, I follow it up with Fat Fighters from It Works! They absorb up to 30% of the fat that I eat and it's eliminated naturally instead of being absorbed by my body!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

This Week's Meals

Here's a sample of what my week looks like. I am completely OCD about filling in my calendar on Google Calendar so I can keep it at my fingertips at all times on my phone. But I also like to fill out an agenda and put my meals on there and make notes as the week goes on. I keep this in a binder that has other important stuff in it- bills to pay, permission slips to be filled out, articles to read, etc.

I put important times on there, everything else is flexible-ish. Then, in the right hand column are what I have planned for dinner. I have to have a dinner plan or else we'll end up eating out. I am not a very good "creative" cook. And, of course, if the dinner menu has to change, that can be done, too. As OCD as I appear to be about things, I really am not. I like to have a plan but the plan can always be changed. It just gives me a base to work with and something to reel me back in if I feel like things are getting off track.

The recipe for Chicken & Roasted Potatoes can be found on my Pinterest page.

GREENS: My Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Here we are, day two into the week, and it's already been a long week so far! Phew! I'm sitting at my desk, sporting a new shirt (gotta love new clothes!), feeling pretty good, but all of a sudden, it hits me like a brick wall... my afternoon slump. It happens almost every day. And this is when I get uncontrolable munchies, too. I think I must eat to keep me awake or for something to do. That was, until I discovered It's Greens from It Works!

This powdery blend of 38 herbs and nutrient-rich "super foods" is just what my body needs to get me through the afternoon! It wakes me up and gives me energy! Simply add two scoops to 8 ounces of water or orange juice and voila! a healthy, delicious pick-me-up to get me through my afternoon slump. Whether you're looking for a pick-me-up or an overall great supplement, give It's Greens from it Works a try!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Birthday Goals

One thing I noticed is that I always have a goal that I'd like to meet by my birthday. I had one last year, I had one this year. I didn't blog about them, however.

Last year, I was going through a divorce.

This year, it wasn't near as much of a big deal to me as it has been in the past.

Why is that you might ask? Well, that is one of the things I'm learning about myself and growing with. In the past, I had been super obsessed about my weight. I would strip naked and weigh myself 10 times a day. The number on the scale determined my mood.

Today, I still have a goal weight, one I sometimes reach and sometimes stray from but I weigh myself daily, sometimes even every few days. How I FEEL about myself determines my mood. The number, while still probably more important to me than it should be, is just a PART of the big picture. I am learning to love myself for who I am. I have a wonderful man who loves me just the way I am. And, most importantly, I am learning that only God can fill me up and in Him, I am:

more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me Romans 8:37

part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people 1 Peter 2:9

the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath Deuteronomy 28:13

The wonderful part about this is the same is true for you! If you feel like your life is lacking or there is emptiness inside of you, look to God to fill that space because that is something that only He can do. If you try to fill it with other things/ people, the emptiness will never fully go away.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." - Matthew 5:6

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Beginning Again

Ok, here we go! Starting up the blog again with a new look, new feel, and new theme!

As you may have noticed, I didn't post at all in 2012. It was a crazy year! Instead of filling you in all at once in this post, I will fill you in bit by bit in future posts.

I was a year of learning and growing for me. Full of heartaches, triumphs, losses, and gains.

I hope to be able to share a little with you about what I went through as well as what I'm going through currently as I continue to learn and grow. Some things that interest me that I LOVE to share about are family, friendships, and healthy living. So, if you share in those interests, would like to keep up to date, or just like to read, welcome and enjoy!