Motivation Monday #56 

If I’m being honest, I’m having a hard time getting up off the couch this morning. I tried to plan my day out yesterday in order to prevent this from happening but here I am again…ready to go back to sleep.

But I really do want to be productive today! I especially want to workout because this whole pregnancy thing is causing me to eat very poorly. So what can I say to motivate myself to get up off the couch, get dressed, and go to the gym?

Well, yesterday I was feeling very… not myself. It seems as though pregnancy will do that to a person. I am so forgetful and I feel like there are 20 things I need to remember to do but I have no idea what they are, it’s a very unnerving feeling. So last night, I took a bath and read a book. It was a great way to come back to the moment and be present in it. I was able to take my mind off of all other things and think about what I need to do right now. So after my bath I did something else that I love to do, I made a list!

With a clear mind I was able to jot down about 10 things that I need to do today, some of which I have been meaning to do for a while. I felt great after I got it all down on paper and I went to bed feeling like I would definitely conquer this Monday. But apparently it’s easy to lose focus because here I am on the couch again, refusing to move. Luckily, I have the whole day ahead of me and I have just crossed on thing off my list- this post!

So if you’re struggling to get going this Monday, try to take a moment to think about what is most important to you today. Think about how accomplished you will feel once you take care of whatever it is that’s has been lingering on your to-do list. Do what you need to do and clear your mind of that clutter. I hope everyone has a lovely Monday and a fantastic week ­čÖé

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Motivation Monday #53

You thought I forgot it was Monday huh? Well you’re not wrong… I forgot for about half the day and then when I remembered, I kept forgetting to post my Motivation Monday.

Well better late than never, it may be the end of the day but there’s still four days left in the week for which you may need a little motivating- So here goes!

As I mentioned briefly in a previous post, I’ve been trying to get back into going to church and I have finally found a place that feels like a good fit for me. On top of that I’ve been attending a women’s bible study and we’re currently reading a book titled “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst. There are a lot of great verses tucked in the pages of this book. I’ll share one with you tonight that stood out to me as I read today.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:26-27 NIV

I read this and immediately thought about how much time I spend worrying about things that I don’t always have complete control over. The birds getting the food they need to survive is an example of how God will always take care of us. There may be struggles and it may seem unfair at times. But we always learn from the more difficult times in our lives. There’s no point in worrying because our lives are already planed out for us- what we think is our purpose can change at the drop of a hat. Live life and cherish the good times, try not to stress about the rest.

 

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK! And to all the mommas out there, I hope you feel extra loved this Sunday ­čÖé

Motivation Monday #50

Happy 50th Motivation Monday! I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter weekend spent with loved ones.

Easter is a great holiday for a few reasons. First of all, it’s the beginning of Spring and the weather is always perfect. Second, there are lot’s of jellybeans and chocolate bunnies involved. And last but absolutely not least, it’s a great reminder that our time here is not permanent.

Jesus died so that we may continue to live beyond this life. Even if you aren’t Christian, or don’t believe in God, you can’t deny that our time here is only temporary. We are all leaving this earth at some point, so shouldn’t we make our days on this planet count?

To me that means doing good things and attempting to make┬áthe world a better place for future generations. So I’ve come up with a list of things that you may be able to do in order┬áto make a difference.

  • Start a community garden
  • Ride your bicycle if it’s an option
  • Teach your children to have manners and care for others
  • Recycle and find ways to cut down on your usage of plastic
  • Stop buying products with questionable ingredients in them, especially if it’s something you’re consuming or putting on your body
  • Plant flowers that bee’s can use to collect pollen
  • Volunteer with an organization that you like or make donations
  • Spend less time on your phone and computer and watch less TV

 

These things seem simple but I know that it can take some convincing. In fact, I’m even trying┬áto convince myself to do some of these things. If we are all just a little more mindful of the things we do/buy/say on a daily basis, we will become more aware of what we should really be doing.

Just because were not going to be here forever doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of our home for now, in fact it’s all the more reason to do so because we don’t want to leave our grandchildren to suffer on a rotten planet.

Have a beautiful week and stay motivated!

Motivation Monday #48

Here we go, another start to a new week. Hopefully everyone had a relaxing weekend because now it’s time to focus on your goals again.

Today I’ll just share a quick quote to give you that little extra push you may be needing- so here goes:

“The 3 C’s in life,

Choice, Chance, Change.

You must make the choice,

to take the chance,

if you want anything in your life to change.”

Have a happy Monday friends!

Motivation Monday #43

It’s Monday again and I’m super excited that we’re getting some more rain!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and that means you probably have a long weekend coming your way. Use this Monday to list each of the things that you are thankful for, once you have a list filled with the things that make you happy, this Monday will seem like no big deal in comparison.

Remember that Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and feel grateful, it shouldn’t be a time to camp out at Best Buy or shove people out of your way at Walmart to get a good deal on things that you don’t really need. I’ve done it before and it really wasn’t even worth it. Spend this Thursday and Friday appreciating the things you already have rather than fighting with strangers for things you don’t have.

Remember, there is always Cyber Monday if you want to find good deals on Christmas presents… and online shopping is a lot easier anyway!

Have a beautiful Monday!

Grateful for Family

Thanksgiving is only one month away and I know exactly what I’m grateful for this week.

FAMILY!

The older I get, the more I appreciate the time that I get to spend with my immediate and extended family. Living in North Carolina was the first time that I realized how much quality time with family really matters to me since there was a major lack of it while I was there. When you see someone every day or every week, you don’t think about what your life would be like without them in it for a longer period of time.

Last week I was able to drive home in just two hours to spend time with my family, having my aunt and cousin visiting from out of state made it an eventful time. It reminded me of the vacations that we all used to take together when we were younger. My mom and her siblings would set up these big family vacations for everyone, it wouldn’t happen every year but when it did it was always so fun and memorable.

Since we’re all getting older now and those of us who are still referred to as “the kids”┬áhave different schedules on top of the schedules of our parents, we haven’t really been able to schedule any more of those family trips. But it’s my goal to make it happen again, because I’m not ready for all the growing up that’s been going on lately and a family trip would be a good distraction from everything.

To my family, I hope you all know how much you mean to me!

XOXO

 

What are you grateful for this week?

 

Take it from Tori #1

I have decided to start a blog segment called Take it from Tori┬áto share my personal opinion about things. Whether it’s a good thing, a bad thing or just some random thing, I’ll be explaining how that thing┬ámakes me feel. And there you have it, I have just used the word “thing” 4 times in one sentence.

So for my first topic, I have chosen:

People who don’t use their blinker while driving.

It should be a habit, like putting your seatbelt on. When you know you need to switch lanes or make a turn, your left hand should automatically want to flip that little signal switcher rod up or down. I use my blinker even if I’m turning on a random side street in the middle of the night and I’m the only driver in sight.

The worst is when someone cuts you off without any warning (aka blinker usage). I mean, go ahead and cut me off if you absolutely must but PLEASE at least give me a little heads up before you do so.

Here’s a tip: when people cut you off and you feel like flipping them the bird, go ahead and give them a sarcastic thumbs up (and maybe even a smile) instead. It feels better when people think you’re being nice but you’re really saying, “go ahead, cut me off you big turd”. That way you won’t get into any road rage fist fights.

Be careful out there┬ápeople, and don’t forget to use your blinker.