Friday, May 15, 2015

Seven Years

I once was a shy, awkward, retainer wearing 12 year old who happened to have a major crush on a friend of my older brother's who was 16. We were in speech class and in the years to follow chess class so our paths crossed often. He was a boy with a great smile, warm caring heart, nice blond hair and just so cute. Yet he didn't know that I had a crush that seemed like a fairytale and hopeless because of a four year age gap. Flash forward now 14 years later and I am married to that boy who became a young man and when I turned 17 asked me out on a date.

God is good. He has a plan, one kept unseen many times but a plan that the curtain will slowly be pulled back in time. Now with seven years as a married couple I wonder why people say the honeymoon phase wears off, because it hasn't. The things that have changed are how deeper our conversations go, how much better we have become at communicating how bigger we dream together and how much our love grows for each other, our family and our passions.

Many times we know what the other is going to say in a conversation but there are times we are still finding something new about each other and we dig deeper, pressing on. He still makes me laugh until my sides hurt, we still do crazy adventures and he lets me choose the music in the car more often. We don't do honey do lists. We make a priority to do family activities together even if they are fixing things in the home or grocery shopping.

Celebrating seven years this weekend feels like a huge accomplishment and I think every year should be one that we high five each other and celebrate with many kisses and hand holding. We made it babe, let's go for 70 more.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Running Guide for Moms

I have found a love for running over the past few years. At first it was struggle to find the right amount to accomplish so as not to distress my thyroid medicine and I finally found my rhythm.

I've found a way to be consistent and consistency was an area I struggled with as a teenager and newly married woman. I've found a pattern for running and working out that makes me feel excited, equipped and able.

It has also become an activity to do with my husband. A team effort to better ourselves. We don't try to run together the whole time. We start out together but sooner or later he is ready to push harder and quicker and I like to slowly work up to steady pace and stay there. But it's encouraging to know he is right there in the big circle we run at the park, close enough for support and a good gap to train on our own levels.

In the middle of the circle is a huge green space for the boys to run around, play soccer and explore together. It's become a training ground for them to know the boundaries and to play contently together.

So sweet friend, just know you can make it work for you. Grab a stroller, find a park, grab your husband or a friend for support and go! Let's keep ourselves healthy, fit and excited to be in pictures with our little ones.

Some tips for running:

Have support. Grab a friend or your spouse and have them run with you or have them be your cheerleader.

Upbeat music. I really enjoy running with some upbeat music and I even made a playlist for Running that includes: Kelly Clarkson, Mandisa, Sara Barielles, Robin Thicke, Cody Simpson and more.

Water on hand. Make sure to drink at least 8oz before you run and drink at least 16oz when you finish. You need to replenish and keep yourself hydrated. (Especially in the summer).

Set your own pace and length. If you can only do .30 of a mile the first time, it's okay! Find a pace you can do and set a goal of 2 minutes. Then work up from there.

Reward yourself. You need to stay motivated to build up your endurance and to keep with your running plan. A nice hot shower/bath when you finish or a nice cold smoothie.

Running App. Download a running app (I use Runkeeper). It helps you keep a record of your workout time, paces, calories burned, elevation and even a map of your run. It's a great motivator to try to beat the previous week's time.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Five Things On a Friday

Mother's Day is this weekend. As a mom it's a day to be celebrated and a time to rally together and give each other a 'treat yo self' moment. For some it brings pain though. For those who have lost a child, mom or have tried and are trying to have a child of their own either by birth or adoption. 

So-if you know of a woman in your life who is one of those in pain would you send them a text this weekend, take them a sweet treat or even just a hug and silent prayer. Let them know they are loved and thought of. 

Sweet friend, if you are the one who is dreading Mother's day would you know I am right there with you? I lost my Mom almost 8 years ago this summer and not a day goes by that I don't think of calling her to tell her something funny, something encouraging or needing some wisdom. Just know if I could hold your hand this weekend I would. 

Treat yo self. Grab a drink during happy hour at Starbucks, head to the bookstore for some encouragement or inspiration from a book or just plain fun, or buy that shirt you've been eyeing. We all need a day to feed ourselves and be encouraged. Be cheerful and make yourself whole. Give yourself the best.

Get after it. "So I’ve been using that phrase a lot lately. Shooting text messages to the ones who can read, or yelling across the lawn to the ones who can’t. Get after it!" Rach knows how to dig deep and speak truth. 

Hard day of Motherhood? Take a deep breath, take a few minutes and read this and let Allie encourage you because she is right there too some days. 

Girl, get up and Run. One of my frequent moments of treating myself each day is working out. Some days it is running, most nights it is yoga. Find a goal you want to meet, write it down and go!