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Thankful Thursday Week 7: May 8th – May 14th {Plus Daily Lessons Learned}

Thankful Thursday Week 7: May 8th – May 14th {Plus Daily Lessons Learned}

“Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and you health is wealth.”

Thankful Thursday Week 7 is here! It was a busy yet wonderful week, especially because I got to end it with a day spent with family! Work was crazy, the weather was all over the place, and my mind has been cluttered with thoughts for far too long. I started focusing on getting my life organized, but then life got in the way. Hopefully I can make more progress next week. I am sick of feeling so disorganized and lost.

Check out last week’s Thankful Thursday HERE!

P.S. I am sorry for these posts being all over the place sometimes. I write each day at a different time (the morning after) so my writing style can vary depending on the mood I am in. So I apologize if this causes any confusion or if it is irritating in any way. But this is me. <3

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions and ideas are my own.

Thankful Thursday Week 7

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Today I am thankful for the printer. I started planning out what I want in all of my new organization binders. In the end I will have 3 different binders: My Life Binder, My Dreaming With Love Binder, and My Money Binder. The printer came in handy today as I was printing out some of the different papers I want in my binders. I LOVE organizing my life in this way and I am SO EXCITED to have everything the way I want it. I will definitely keep you updated as my binders come together!

Lesson Learned: If you want to do something for yourself or in your life at all, just do it. Stop waiting for tomorrow or “next week” and just do it now. That is the only way you will get started and future you will thank you. One of the biggest regrets many people have in their life is that they wish they would’ve started sooner. This applies to so many things so whatever it is in your life right now that you want to start… JUST DO IT! Today.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Today I am thankful for early nights. For a lot of people sleep is the first thing that gets sacrificed on a busy day. Not for me. I LOVE sleep. Always have, Always will.

I had an extremely busy day at work today so as a result, I was super tired. After dinner I sat down on the couch with my boyfriend and almost instantly fell asleep (and started drooling haha).

Soon after, I dragged myself into bed and slept soundly throughout the night. It felt great. I woke up refreshed and ready to take on Wednesday!

Lesson Learned: I’ve talked about this before, but we all need to stop putting our health on the back burner. If you’re tired that is your body telling you something so get some sleep. Our mental and physical health is so important in order to have a productive day and life!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Today I am thankful for grocery shopping day. To be completely honest, I am ALWAYS thankful for grocery shopping day. I love the feeling of having full cupboards, a full fridge, and a full freezer. The endless options of food choices. It’s the best!

My bank account suffers, but my tummy is happy.

Happy Tummy = Happy Amanda

Lesson Learned: Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make us happy and that is okay. Enjoy every small and big moment, every single day.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Today I am thankful for lunch breaks. I had such a stressful and busy day at work. All morning I was looking forward to my lunch break.

I went home, ate my lunch, and cuddled with my cats. It was a short period of time, but it was perfect and everything I needed today.

Lesson Learned: It is really important to live in the moment and not spend your life waiting. Waiting for the weekend, waiting for the summer, waiting for school to be over, etc. Stop waiting and make the most of the present.

However we aren’t perfect and once in a while it is okay to “wait”. Sometimes the present situation isn’t enjoyable or ideal. Do your best to make it as positive as possible, but to help you get through it remind yourself that it won’t last forever.

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Today I am thankful for Fridays. At the same time I’m not though. Friday is my busiest day at work and this week has been especially busy (next week will be as well). I’ve had to stay late multiple days this week and even extra long today.

Despite all of that, Friday means I don’t have to do this tomorrow and I get to sleep in. That makes me SO happy especially after the kind of week I had.

Lesson Learned: Even if there is a lot of bad in your day, find the good in it and focus on that. Sometimes it much more obvious than others, but it is always there.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Today I am thankful for another day. I had a really bad day today and was in a bad mood for no particular reason. It was just one of those days and I’m thankful it is over.

Lesson Learned: I know there were things to be thankful for today, but honestly I’m more thankful that the day is over. And that’s okay. Sometimes we all have days like that. The important thing is to forget about it and start fresh the next day.

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Today I am thankful for my mommy. I didn’t have to even think about what I was thankful for today because it’s Mother’s Day! I hope you all had a Happy Mother’s Day!

Today I spent the day with my family and it was so wonderful to see them all again. I moved 4 hours away from them at the age of 17 for college. I now live 45 minutes away and am so appreciative of every time I get to see them, even if it is only for a short time.

Lesson Learned: Spend time with your family as often as you can. Cherish that time because it won’t always be an option. Let your family know how much you love and appreciate them! You don’t need to do this with gifts, but just with your presence and your love. You’ll surely regret it if you don’t.

What were you thankful for this week?

If you enjoyed Thankful Thursday Week 7, make sure to check back every Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time!

xoxo Manda Mae <3

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Thankful Thursday Week 6: May 1st-May 7th {Plus Daily Lessons Learned}

Thankful Thursday Week 6: May 1st-May 7th {Plus Daily Lessons Learned}

“A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart”

Thankful Thursday Week 6 is here! This was an interesting week for me. I have been feeling defeated and exhausted lately so I used this week to refuel. I had many lazy nights and a lot of personal care, mental and physical. My life feels so hectic right now so I really want to use the rest of May to get organized. I feel like my To-do list is never-ending, which makes me feel defeated before I even start. Thankful Thursday Week 6 wasn’t a bad week, but I am hoping that Week 7 is more productive and fulfilling.

Check out last week’s Thankful Thursday HERE!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions and ideas are my own.

Thankful Thursday Week 6

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Today I am thankful for bath time. I was never a bath person when I was younger, but for the past two years I have become OBSESSED. I haven’t had the time to take a bath in the last couple months so today I decided I was going to make the time. Baths are so relaxing and I LOVE having that me time for a little while.

Lesson Learned: Life is too short to not do things that you love. Make time to do things that help you feel relaxed and happy. Balance is key! I have been learning this a lot lately and it is so important. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sometimes we need to slow down and take a breath.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Today I am thankful for unproductive nights. Sometimes you need a night where you don’t get anything on your to do list done. Tonight was that kind of night for me after I got home from work and it was great. My boyfriend and I got together with a couple of friends and just hung out. I had a pile of dishes, nothing planned for supper, and a mound of dirty laundry. I’ll probably take care of all of that tonight. Normally I HATE wasting time, but tonight was carefree and very needed.

Lesson Learned: Being productive and accomplishing things off your to do list is so rewarding. It is also a necessity to achieve your dreams and continue functioning every day. However you have to give yourself a break once in a while. I know I had a relaxing day yesterday in the bath, but I still did a lot of work. So today I decided I needed a day off from my blog and any personal to dos. And guess what. My life is still functioning the same!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Today I am thankful for family visits. (Quick warning now, this may also be what I am thankful for on Sunday. But oh well.) My parents and two of their dogs stopped by to visit me after work today. I got to show them all of the progress in the yard and my mom brought over a ton of flower seeds for me. I love seeing my family even if it is for a short period of time. It seriously made my day. My mom and grandma are coming to visit Sunday afternoon and I can’t wait!

Lesson Learned: Be grateful for your family everyday and let them know how much you love and appreciate them. Not everyone has their parents, grandparents, etc. and your family may not be around forever. Make the most out of every chance you get to spend with them.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Today I am thankful for fellow bloggers. As I was browsing pinterest today, an article on cameras caught my eye. This particular article told me about an AMAZING website (or so it sounds) and I am so excited. After I try it out, I will definitely let you all know about the original article and my review of the website! I’m sorry I can’t tell you more now, but I want to make sure it is legit first.

Lesson Learned: I have discovered SO MANY new things through bloggers and youtubers. I strive to be helpful and inspiring like so many others have to me. The internet is a wonderful place full of incredible amounts of information. I want to be part of it and I will be. And if you want to then you can be too!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Today I am thankful for children. I was babysitting for my boyfriend’s sister tonight and I absolutely love her 3 girls. They are so adorable and a lot of fun (usually). But for the first time tonight I noticed their innocence and the love they have for their mom. It is the most precious thing to see and I long for the day that someone depends and loves me in that way. Years and years from now, but I am very excited.

Lesson Learned: Kids can be difficult to deal with sometimes, to say the least. Even at their worst points, it is our job as a role model to show them love anyways. Teach them to be kind, hard-working, and to stay true to themselves. Children have such impressionable minds and are at such a crucial age. We need to take that seriously.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Today I am thankful for relaxing yet busy days. My boyfriend and I spent the day doing small random things. We hung out with his aunt and cousin for a while. Did a little yard work. Ate a lot of food. And just spent the day with each other. It’s really nice to have days like this once in a while.

Lesson Learned: You don’t need to have major plans or spend a bunch of money to have a nice day with friends, family, or your significant other. Just spending time in each others company can be so enjoyable and refreshing. Cherish every moment you are able to spend with others because you never know when it is the last time.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Today I am thankful for family. My boyfriend and I spent most of the morning together, just the two of us. We got a ton of much-needed yard work done and played with the cats for too long. It was great.

Later in the day, my boyfriend’s sister and her 3 girls came over to hang out. We always enjoy seeing them and they have a blast coming over.

After they left, my mom and my grandma came over to see the yard and take me out for dinner. It was so nice seeing them and my grandma finally got to see my new house.

Lesson Learned: Similar to Wednesday but spending time with my family just reminds me how blessed I am to have them. Make the most out of every chance you get to spend with those you love!

 

What were you thankful for this week?

If you enjoyed Thankful Thursday Week 6, make sure to check back every Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time!

xoxo Manda Mae <3

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Thankful Thursday Week 5: April 24th-April 30th

Thankful Thursday Week 5: April 24th-April 30th

“When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is ‘I am thankful I have a cup’.”

Thankful Thursday Week 5 is here! Overall this week was pretty good. I finished up my 3rd year of college and I finally got outside to do some yard work. My motivation has been slowly coming back to normal which is GREAT. Work is going back to a normal pace. Summer is right around the corner! Life is good right now and there is nothing major going on. I’ve had time to focus more on my blog so I am doing a HUGE rebranding! So many exciting things in the near future!

Check out last week’s Thankful Thursday HERE!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions and ideas are my own.

Thankful Thursday Week 5

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Today I am thankful for all of the people who will always be there in my time of need. Yesterday I realized that I am truly blessed with so many people who are willing to go out of their way when I need them. Not everyone has people in their life like this. My people are mostly family members of me and my boyfriend, but I also have select friends that I can always count on. It’s an extremely comforting feeling and makes life so much better.

Lesson Learned: As we grow older many people disappear from our lives, but those who stay are the ones worth keeping. Find your people who you can trust and count on. Once you find them, hold them close, and cherish your relationship. Life is hard but going through life with others helps a ton!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Today I am thankful for the chance to learn new things. After work today, I spent most of the night studying for my two finals tomorrow. It made me start thinking about how lucky we are to have such wide access to different subjects. If there is something you want to learn more about, chances are you can do so! Whether its online by yourself, in a library, an online course, a blog post, a video, or through an institution. The point is we have so many options to learn new things which is amazing and something we should take advantage of on a daily basis!

Lesson Learned: What is life if we don’t take advantage of it? Try to learn something new each day, even if it something small. Set goals for yourself, expand your mind, live life to the fullest!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Today I am thankful for days when I get to sleep in. Having a full-time job, attending college full-time, and creating a blog on the side means that there aren’t many days where I get to sleep in. So when I finally get one, I cherish it. I had today off from work in order to finish up my 3rd year of college! I slept until about 9:30am and it felt great. I could have still woken up early and got some extra things done, but you need to give your body extra rest sometimes.

Lesson Learned: Push yourself and work hard everyday, but never put your health (mental and physical) on the back burner. Give yourself a rest day from time to time or at least allow yourself a couple extra hours of sleep or Netflix binge watching. You need everything in moderation, and often times rest is overlooked.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Today I am thankful for the indoors. For some reason winter came back today. It snowed and there was a high of 33 degrees. That is ridiculous for the end of April yet still common for Wisconsin. I hate it and I want Spring. So today I spent my day inside, enjoying the warmth, and relaxing. I love and cherish days like this.

Lesson Learned: If the weather isn’t what you want, make the most of it anyways. Take the cold days to relax and cuddle up inside. When it is warm again, get outside and enjoy it!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Today I am thankful for Kitty Cuddles. I had a really hard day and mentally I was really down. One thing that never fails to cheer me up is when my cats cuddle up to me. Purring and rubbing their faces against mine. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Lesson Learned: I just don’t know what kind of life I would have without animals. I love them so much.

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Today I am thankful for yard work. I moved into a new house in March so today was the first time we did anything to our yard. Such a HUGE transformation, as you could tell that the last people who lived here did not care at all. We pulled so many weeds, trimmed the trees and bushes, and mowed the lawn.

Lesson Learned: Yard work is such a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors while also being productive. Seeing the progress made is so rewarding. Plus having a beautiful yard is the same as having a clean house for me. It is just something that makes me feel so much less stressed and at ease. I love it!

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Today I am thankful for naps. I’m not gonna lie, I used to take naps any chance I got. However I haven’t taken a nap in months, until today.

My boyfriend, his sister, and I ended up staying awake WAY too late last night. This lead to me only getting 3 hours of sleep because I had to work this morning.

When I got home from work I did a few chores around the house and then decided I needed to at least relax for an hour or so. Not surprisingly, that turned into a nap. And BOY DID IT FEEL GOOD! I slept for a couple good hours, wasted part of my day, but felt so much better afterwards!

Lesson Learned: Sometimes you need to give yourself a break. Waste a few hours doing something for yourself and your body. Find moderation in your life so you can be productive while also taking care of yourself.

 

What were you thankful for this week?

If you enjoyed Thankful Thursday Week 5, make sure to check back every Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time!

 

xoxo Manda Mae <3

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April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April was a rough month for me, to say the least. So I am hoping that my May 2017 Monthly Goals will be helpful and reachable.

I struggle with anxiety and depression and this month it showed up a lot more than normal. It usually isn’t very severe and is quite manageable, but it still sucks and is no fun. On top of that I have been dealing with a nasty cold that just won’t go away. Needless to say my energy was low this month. However life still goes on and I had such a busy and CRAZY month.

I finished up my 3rd year of college this month (yay!). Work was extra busy because we had our Spring radio auction. I reached a pretty big milestone on Dreaming With Love! Overall my life has been a chaotic mess this month. I am choosing to forget about the disappointments and all of the unmet goals and try again this month.

I am sick of the excuses I continue to create for myself. Sick of putting things off because “the time isn’t right”. This month all of that changes. I’m ready to get my life together. There will be some huge changes on Dreaming With Love and in my life in general. Hopefully when I come back here next month to tell you about May, I’ll have some great news to share! NOW let’s get into my April 2017 recap and my May 2017 monthly goals!

But first… How did your April go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

April Recap 2017

Make sure to read my April 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

I’m not going to lie cause that would defeat the purpose of my monthly recap and goals. I didn’t complete any of my goals this month. Like I said I had a very busy month and still had many accomplishments, but none of which were goals I set for myself.

My depression really took over this month so whenever I had free time from work and school, I didn’t do much. I am going to put all of my April goals onto my May 2017 monthly goals. Sometimes we have bad days, weeks, and months. We just have to remember that it is NOT a bad life and it will pass. Push through, take care of yourself, and try not to worry too much.

Here’s to a GREAT month of May!

 Dreaming With Love Recap

Any progress is progress and I am so proud of the progress I have made on Dreaming With Love! April was the 4th month of my blog and I FINALLY hit a total of 1,000 page views! I know this isn’t a huge accomplishment in 4 months, but I’m still really proud. My numbers grew in most areas this month, including my social media accounts, so that makes me VERY happy! Thank you all SOOOOOO much for supporting me in this crazy journey <3

May is going to be a VERY exciting month for Dreaming With Love! I am doing a HUGE rebranding on my website and all my social media platforms. Finally I feel like I figured out what I want, for now at least. I would love to hear any input you have on my current and new design (coming soon)! But give me a break because I don’t like the current design either, haha. By the time you’re reading this I (hopefully) have done a lot of changing already.

May 2017 Monthly Goals

A lot of these goals will be the same as April’s goals, but there are a few new ones as well. Also if you want help creating achievable goals, I wrote a post with some of my best tips!

1. Start Newsletter

It’s finally going to happen. I did my research and chose the platform I am going to use. I hope to get at least 5 people signed up during May so keep your eye out for a sign up form!

In the beginning I won’t send out very many, maybe 2 a month? But I know I want to include exclusive content, access to free resources, updates, and an overview of what is going on with Dreaming With Love.

2. Finish (at least) 1 Crochet Project

I haven’t decided what I want to crochet yet, but it will be something small because I’m not very good yet. I think I want to make something for mother’s day. Also if possible I would like to do a few more projects this month. Follow me on Instagram to see pictures of the finished projects!

3. Read (at least) 1 book

I want to try to get back in the habit of reading a little bit every day or every other day. This month I want to finish one book and to ease myself back into reading I decided to pick an easier and shorter book than normal. I am going to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’ve had this book for a long time, but have never read it. I’m very excited to get back into reading.

4. Daily Journal

Daily journaling is SO freeing and helpful for me. I haven’t done it in months and I don’t know why. I used to do it first thing in the morning for about 30 minutes while I drank my coffee. It’s something that helped me cope with the ideas and thoughts going on in my mind and I really miss it. If you struggle with any mental health problems I think it is especially helpful for that!

I plan on getting back into a morning routine this month so hopefully I am able to stick to it!

5. Stop Biting Nails

I haven’t done so in about a week which is a huge accomplishment for me! If you read my April Favorites then you know I have been using Nail Envy Nail Strengthener from OPI and it has been a game changer. This polish strengthens my nails while also being a reminder throughout the day to NOT bite my nails.

This has been testing my will power, but I really want to stick to it! I hate being so embarrassed of my gross nails. I will post a before and after picture eventually, but for now they are still too gross. Haha.

6. Scholarships

Finals consumed my life in April so I wasn’t able to start applying to scholarships yet, which sucks. This month I want to make a list of all the scholarships I want to apply to over the summer (I’ll probably add to it as time goes on). Then I also want to apply to at least 5 scholarships this month. Wish me luck! && I’d love it if you have any tips on finding and applying to scholarships!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I feel like I am getting a late start on this, but I’ve never had any kind of garden before so I’m not really sure. I want to do some research and make a plan for what I want to plant, when to plant it, and how to take care of it. Nothing too fancy, but a few easy vegetables would be awesome for my first garden! Please let me know any tips you have!

8. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

I posted a 30 Day Bikini Body Fitness Challenge that I was supposed to do during April, but I didn’t at all. However, I started it yesterday and really hope I can stick to it!

9. Get my Life Together

This may sound like a very vague goal, but I have a plan! May is going to be a month of decluttering and organizing in my home! Along with that I have started putting together a budget binder, a life binder, and a new and improved blog binder!

Plus I am incorporating a morning, night, and cleaning routines! Routines really help me keep my life on track so I am SO excited to be bringing them back!

 

What are some of your May 2017 Monthly Goals??

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Thankful Thursday Week 4: April 17th-April 23rd {Plus Daily Lessons Learned}

Thankful Thursday Week 4: April 17th-April 23rd {Plus Daily Lessons Learned}

“Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life.”

Thankful Thursday Week 4 is here! This week was VERY busy. The week before my finals. A CRAZY week at work with our Spring Auction on Saturday. Overall it was a GREAT week, just very busy, but I enjoyed it and was able to catch up on sleep at the end of the week. 

Check out last week’s Thankful Thursday HERE!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions and ideas are my own.

Thankful Thursday Week 4

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Today I am thankful for those who believe in me. Most of you probably don’t know, but video production is my main passion. I LOVE blogging and sharing my thoughts through written words. However ultimately video and film is what I really want to pursue (hence my major being film and media studies).

I haven’t started sharing any of my film work because it just isn’t where I want it to be yet. I still don’t have a nice camera and am saving towards that goal (hopefully very soon!). Then I will be starting my YouTube channel and sharing my journey with all of you.

A lot of people don’t really understand my passion and the goals I have. They don’t think they are realistic or achievable for a small town girl like me. Well today I had a long talk with my boss (who has worked in the film industry for a long time) and hearing from him that he believes in me is HUGE. I am now doing a video project for the him and the radio station I work at and am so excited!

Lesson Learned: Those who don’t understand your passion may doubt your goals, not because of who you are but because they don’t get it. Ignore them and show them that you are more than capable! Surround yourself with those who do believe in you and those who continue to push and inspire you!

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Today I am thankful for progress! I hit 1,000 total views on my blog today. I know that is not very good for 3.5 months of blogging, but I am so proud of myself. My progress is steadily growing and even if it is very slowly, I am still so happy and thankful! I have learned SO much in these past 3.5 months with so much more to learn. So excited for what the future has to bring!

Lesson Learned: Any progress is still progress and is always better than nothing. I have a hard time comparing myself to others, but have been focusing on competing with myself instead. Every month I have improved and that is what matters! I am better than I was yesterday. <3

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Today I am thankful for rain. Now I absolutely LOVE sunshine, but rain once in a while is SO relaxing. We haven’t had rain in so long and we don’t really get it that often. I enjoy storms and rainy days.

Lesson Learned: Some days the weather sucks and sometimes it is “perfect”. Either way, we can’t control it. Enjoy the beauties of each season and all-weather.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Today I am thankful for a place to go home to. This week has been CRAZY at work. Extra hours, busy ALL day long, just plain crazy. Having a place to go home and finally relax is just an amazing feeling. It’s often something I overlook, but I really am so grateful for it.

Lesson Learned: There are SO many things to be grateful for on a daily basis. Having a home is a BLESSING.

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Today I am thankful for the ability to have a job. I had to work an extra 3 hours today and 5 hours tomorrow, on Saturday morning… GROSS. However, I am lucky enough to even have a job. I know multiple people who don’t have jobs for various reasons and if it was up to them they would have one. Yet it is still something I overlook every day.

Lesson Learned: Again there are SO many things to be grateful for everyday. Having a job and the ability to have a job is a BLESSING. Even though I complain about my job often, I still need to be grateful on the daily!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Today I am thankful for traditions. I was able to be a part of a long tradition for the first time and I also took part in a repeating tradition that my brother and I have had for years.

This morning I participated in my first Radio Auction at work. It was “organized chaos” and surprisingly I had a lot of fun. I enjoy that kind of fast paced environment.

After work I headed to my parents to meet up with my brother. We headed to Minnesota to the iMax theater to see The Fate of the Furious. We go see each new movie of the series in the iMax theater, now that we are older. When we were younger we just saw them at the theater haha.

Lesson Learned: Value every tradition, big or small. They are a comforting thing in life that we should be grateful for.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Today I am thankful for my immediate family. I’m always thankful for them, but today I especially was. I stayed the night at my parents last night after the movie. Slept in. Then enjoyed my coffee and talked with my mom. Then I cooked out with my dad and brother for lunch. It was a really relaxing day and I loved it.

Lesson Learned: Enjoy time with your family every chance you get and cherish every moment!

 

What were you thankful for this week?

If you enjoyed Thankful Thursday Week 4, make sure to check back every Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time!

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Thankful Thursday Week 3

Thankful Thursday Week 3

“When some things go wrong, take a moment for the many more things that are still going right.”

Thankful Thursday Week 3 is here! I had a very relaxing week because I was feeling a little under the weather for most of it (and now I am again too). I didn’t do a whole lot, but some weeks are like that and we still need to be thankful for all we have!

Check out last week’s Thankful Thursday HERE!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way. All opinions and ideas are my own.

Thankful Thursday Week 3

Monday, April 10th

Today I am thankful for Lysol. If you read last week’s Thankful Thursday or if you follow me on twitter then you already know that I was super sick yesterday and part of today.

When I woke up this morning I was feeling quite a bit better, but nowhere near 100%. So I decided to take advantage of it and get some cleaning/disinfecting done.

Whenever someone in the house is sick, I always try to disinfect everything as soon as possible. So I got out the Lysol and went to work. I ended up deep cleaning the entire house before my sickness got too bad again.

Lesson Learned: ALWAYS look for the positives in a situation and take advantage of them!

Tuesday, April 11th

Today I am thankful for sewing kits and good friends. This probably sounds super weird, but bare with me.

After work both my boyfriend and I had some work to do down in the basement. His cousin and best friend also ended up coming over to help out. I finished painting my new vanity and they began making a projector stand.

Long story short, this project became a lot more work than we had thought. I quickly taught my boyfriend basic sewing. Everyone had their own task.

One of my favorite things in life is to see people come together and work as a team to get something done. That’s exactly what was happening in my basement and it made my heart melt.

We didn’t finish the projector stand yet, but that’s not the point.

Lesson Learned: Life is better with true friends by your side. Friends that will help you out no matter how small or big of a problem. Appreciate those in your life, they are all there for a reason. To have a good friend, you first need to be a good friend.

Wednesday, April 12th

Today I am thankful for alone time. I very rarely have the entire house together so when I finally do, I cherish it.

Being an introvert I gain more energy from alone time. I don’t want to be alone at all times, but once in a while is nice.

Normally my alone time is spent in front of the TV, food by my side, and cuddles with my kitties. Nothing eventful, but still one of my favorite things to do.

Lesson Learned: Enjoy planned activities but never forget to allow yourself to have alone time. If alone time is impossible, then at least set aside time to do nothing productive. Allow your mind to be clear and your body to relax. Life is all about balance.

Thursday, April 13th

Today I am thankful for comfort movies and the ability to cry. Without going into detail, I’m just going to say that today was a VERY rough day. Luckily it ended pretty well.

At about 9:00pm I decided to give up on the day. I had a good cry, got myself some comfort food, and put on my favorite movie. Disney movies or kid movies of any kind are usually the most comforting to me.

Lesson Learned: You WILL have bad days, but it’s just a bad DAY not a bad life. Allow them to happen and do what you need to get through the day. Also sometimes you just need a good cry. All of us tend to hold things in and we are all going through a lot. So just go cry! It seriously helps so much.

Friday, April 14th

Today I am thankful for Tylenol PM. So I don’t know what is going on with me.

If you read Thankful Thursday Week 2 then you know I was sick last Sunday and Monday. My entire body ached, my throat was sore, I was nauseous, and I had the WORST headache.

Tonight the headache came back on only one side of my head? And my neck hurt SO bad again.

I finally had to go lay down in bed, but it was early and I wasn’t very tired. I watched YouTube for a little while, but then the light was making my head hurt more.

The headache was getting worse. I just wanted to go to sleep.

I decided to take a Tylenol PM (I try not to take medicine until I absolutely need to) and I fell asleep not to long after. THANK GOD!

Lesson Learned: Even though I don’t like taking medicine all the time, it is still there available to me when I need it. We complain about the pharmaceutical companies and the medical system in general in the US. Everything here costs WAY more than any other country, for no good reason but to make the companies more money off of SICK people in NEED. But whatever that’s not the point. The point is that some places these things aren’t even accessible and a bad headache is he least of their problems. I complain, rightfully, whenever I get sick, but I still need to be thankful for my good health. And access to medicine when I need it.

Sorry for the rant. That happens sometimes.

Saturday, April 15th

Today I am thankful for zero plans. For the first time in a VERY long time, I didn’t leave the house at all today and it was GREAT. I got a ton of cleaning done, homework finished, and a lot of work on my blog done. I didn’t have any set plans for the day when I woke up so I just went with the flow.

Lesson Learned: Give yourself days once in a while where you have zero plans. Get things done that are otherwise neglected, but also make time to relax and enjoy the day.

Sunday, April 16th

Today I am thankful for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’ve never mentioned on my blog before, but I am a Christian and I accepted Christ into my life in September 2015. I plan to eventually post my testimony on this website. I’ve also thought of doing posts related to this HUGE part of my life. Let me know if you all would be interested in that!

I hope you all had a Blessed Easter!

Lesson Learned: Being able to spend an entire holiday dedicated to our savior with family and friends is a HUGE blessing. Living in a place with religious freedom is often overlooked and taken for granted.

 

What were you thankful for this week?

If you enjoyed Thankful Thursday Week 3, make sure to check back every Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time!

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Thankful Thursday Week 2

Thankful Thursday Week 2

“Be Grateful for Small Things, Big Things, and Everything in Between”

Thankful Thursday Week 2 is here! It was a crazy and busy week. Overall it was really great even though it ended badly…

Check out last week’s Thankful Thursday HERE!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions and ideas are my own.

Thankful Thursday Week 2

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Today I am thankful for busy days. “That’s a weird thing to be thankful for, Amanda.” Yes I know, but hear me out. I had a SUPER busy day today and during it, I was not thankful. I wasn’t thankful until after the busy day ended and I was able to sit down and reflect. Now just because I am thankful for busy days does NOT mean I want every day to be that busy. That would be rough. I would cry. A lot. However, having a busy day once in a while is something to be thankful for.

Lesson Learned: Appreciate that you have things going on in your life that gives you busy days. Appreciate that you have the ability to work.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Today I am thankful for freezer bags. Don’t judge me, I have a good reason. Today I finally went grocery shopping (my favorite grocery store is 45 minutes away) so I stocked up on meat. I bought it in bulk (family sizes) in order to save money. However there is only two of us eating all of this meat so I had to separate it and freeze it. This is where the freezer bags come in and they are HUGE life savers. It takes a little extra time, but now I have meat for the entire month and I saved so much money doing it this way!

Lesson Learned: Spending a little extra time to save money is worth it! Buy in bulk whenever possible, but never let food go to waste!

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Today I am thankful for lighter fluid. I never thought I would be saying this, but oh well. My boyfriend and I recently got a grill and we were so excited we decided to use it tonight! It was a little chilly, but the food was worth it. We had a few friends over and made a ton of potatoes, venison burgers, pork chops, and brats! Yummy! However I am used to using gas grills not coal. My boyfriend has used a lot of coal grills though, but he only ever started them by soaking the coal in lighter fluid. I didn’t like the idea of this so I looked up some alternative ways. They might have worked if it wasn’t so windy out, but after trying for 30+ minutes I gave up. My boyfriend went to the store and picked up some lighter fluid.

Lesson Learned: Trying new things may not work, but you never know until you try. Plan B is always an option so just go for it.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Today I am thankful for “free time”. I put quotes around it because this during this so-called “free time” I had plenty of things I could have been doing. Yesterday after work I chose to treat myself to an hour of relaxing and doing nothing work or chore related before I had a two-hour long online class to attend. I worked a full day plus had an extra 2 hours of my time being dedicated just to a class. So I decided that I deserved some sort of downtime. I had other homework to do, cleaning that needed to be done, and a pile of never-ending blog work. Regardless I knew I needed a little of time to relax.

Lesson Learned: Make time in your busy schedule to take care of yourself first. The dishes can wait, you can miss a day of posting on every social media platform, and you can finish that homework assignment tomorrow (as long as the deadline isn’t tonight). Life will go on and you will get everything done eventually. Don’t burn yourself out in the process.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Today I am thankful for frozen pizza. Friday night almost never goes as planned and last-minute plans always come up. This Friday my boyfriend and I ended up having a couple of friends over. He ran to the store and picked up a few frozen pizzas. Everyone was happy and it was the easiest supper we could have had.

Lesson Learned: When in good company, nothing else matters. True friends won’t care how much money you spend on food or anything else for that matter.

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Today I am thankful for swing sets. Today we spent the day at my boyfriend’s sister’s house with part of the family, including my boyfriend’s 3 nieces. I spent the day eating, playing bags, and playing with the girls. We rode scooter and bikes and best of all I pushed them on the swings. They LOVE the swing set and it requires very little effort from me (unlike pushing a 2-year-old around on a bicycle).

Lesson Learned: Something as small as pushing kids on a swing can mean so much to them. A small inconvenience to you, but a huge amount of happiness from the children. When you have kids that look up to you and want to play with you, just do it!

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Today I am thankful for my rice pack. I’m not sure why, but I woke up so sore and sick this morning. My entire upper half of my body ached, my throat was sore, I had a pounding headache, and I felt super nauseous. This lasted all day long, no exaggeration. I took medicine throughout the day and spent most of it in bed with a heated rice pack on my neck. It didn’t help a ton, but any kind of help was so nice.

Lesson Learned: Enjoy the days when you have good health. Also remember to take some time for yourself once in a while rather than pushing yourself to the max everyday. It is bound to catch up with you.

 

What were you thankful for this week?

If you enjoyed Thankful Thursday Week 2, make sure to check back every Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time!

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Thankful Thursday: Week 1 {March 27th-April 2nd}

Thankful Thursday: Week 1 {March 27th-April 2nd}

“Never let the things you want, make you forget the things you have.”

Welcome to my new series: Thankful Thursday! If you have not yet seen the introduction to this blog, check it out here! Let’s get right into it, here is my Thankful Thursday Week 1.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

Monday, March 27th

Today I am thankful for leftovers. I planned on coming home after work and slaving in the kitchen for hours in order to make my favorite homemade chicken dumpling soup. However, once I got home I was so exhausted and making soup was the last thing I wanted to do. Instead my boyfriend headed to Walmart for us and rented Passengers from Redbox. We ate leftover spaghetti and had a nice night watching a movie together. Sometimes we all have a bad day. On those days put yourself first and realize that your mental health is the most important thing. I postponed my soup making in order to have a relaxing night to rejuvenate myself.

Lesson Learned: ALWAYS make time for yourself and give yourself a break once in a while. We can’t be perfect everyday and sometimes we need to put down all of our responsibilities for a night and just relax.

Tuesday, March 28th

Today I am thankful for family. I only worked for half a day today and then I spent the rest of the day at my parents. I always love going to visit them. I’m able to forget about my responsibilities for a little bit and just relax and catch up with them. It was an absolutely gorgeous day out today! The spring weather is finally upon us, plus the sun was shining so bright. We ended up taking the horses for a short ride, taking the dogs for a walk around the woods, and then my dad took me for a ride on his new toy (some sort of gator/golf cart thing).

Lesson Learned: Never put off visiting family. They are the people who will always be there for you and always have your back. Spending time with them any chance you get is so important!

Wednesday, March 29th

Today I am SO THANKFUL for the ability to cook! Soup is one of my most favorite foods and homemade chicken dumpling is my all time favorite soup. I have made it a couple of times in the past and it always turns out so good! It takes quite a bit of time, but is so worth it. Today I finally made it again and it is currently cooking as I type this. It will be done in about 20 minutes and I can hardly wait!

Lesson Learned: There are people all over the world without access to grocery stores, clean water, and appliances such as stoves and fridges. Living in the U.S. or other developed countries, it is easy to forget that having these things is a privilege and a blessing. We take them for granted on a daily basis because we don’t know life without them, but a lot of people do.

Thursday, March 30th

Today I am thankful for laughter. I had a long day at work and was ready to go home,  lay down on the couch, and not move until bedtime. However, instead my boyfriend’s sister and her two youngest girls (2 years old and 1-year-old) came over for dinner. The 1-year-old hit it off with our kitten instantly and it was so much fun watching them chase each other. We had such a good time having a dance party and laughing at the girl’s dance moves. They are so precious! Us 3 adults have all been going through a lot lately and boy does laughter sure help! We have plans all day Saturday as well (just us adults) and I’m very excited!

Lesson Learned: Life is stressful and hard, but it doesn’t have to be as bad as we make it out to be. Surrounding yourself with friends and family that help brighten your day is a huge help! Don’t be afraid to clear your mind for a while and just laugh!

Friday, March 31st

Today I am thankful for Last Minute Plans. All day at work I didn’t have any plans for when I got home. To be honest I was kind of looking forward to a relaxing night at home. A couple of hours after work my boyfriend’s sister got a hold of us to see what we were doing. Long story short us three and my boyfriend’s cousin all got together for the night. It was still a relaxing night, but we had so much fun! Family truly is everything.

Lesson Learned: Don’t try to plan out every second of your life. Planning is good to a point, but you also need to be flexible and just go with the flow sometimes. Time alone is always important, but sometimes being around others can bring a whole different kind of energy to your life.

Saturday, April 1st

Today I am thankful for the sun. We have had a long winter here in Northwestern Wisconsin and I am so ready for the Spring weather. It has been warming up the past week, but today it was mid 60s and SUNNY! We decided to grill out and enjoy the sun while we could. It got me so excited for summer!

Lesson Learned: Enjoy some fresh air every day you can even if it’s only for a short time. Sunshine and fresh air are so good for your body and soul. After spending the last few months indoors as much as possible (to avoid the cold) a day outside is amazing!

Sunday, April 2nd

Today I am thankful for paint. I have an old vanity someone gave me and some left over paint from when I painted my room. So today I decided to start painting the vanity. I’m not done yet, but it already looks 10 times better and I can’t wait for the finished product!

Lesson Learned: An ugly vanity + some old paint + a little hard work = A pretty cute vanity!

 

What were you thankful for this week?

If you enjoyed Thankful Thursday Week 1, make sure to check back every Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time!

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March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March flew by, but I am so glad it did! Not because it was a bad month, it was actually a fantastic month, but it was cold. Obviously it has been cold for the past 6 months, but in March we saw a glimpse of warmth which made the cold that much worse. Other than that I had a very busy and productive month! I am ready for April and so excited for the things I have planned! So now on to my March 2017 Monthly Recap and my April 2017 Monthly Goals!

How did your March go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March Recap 2017

Make sure to read my March 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

1. Get everything completely unpacked

For those of you who don’t know, I moved in the beginning of March. One of my goals this month was to get everything completely unpacked. I am almost finished and plan on finishing up this weekend! It feels so good to have almost everything unpacked and organized.

2. Start a Budget

I kind of completed this goal. I started using an app called spending tracker and I love it. It has been helping so much and I think it put me on the right path I needed. I plan to sit down and work out a budget very soon. Let me know if you have any tips!

3. Complete 30-Day Challenge and Start a new one

I finished this goal and couldn’t be more proud! I started a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in the beginning of March and recently finished successfully! Also I began the 30-Day Water Gallon Challenge and am still struggling to complete it. There will be a post with a review of the gallon challenge after the 30 days are up. Also I will be starting a new 30-Day Fitness Challenge on Tuesday, April 4th!

Overall Thoughts on March

March turned out to be a better month than I thought it would be. I was finally able to start getting back into a routine and I know it will be even better when I completely finish unpacking and organizing. I was also able to start cooking and baking more after two months without my own kitchen. Oh how I have missed it!

 Dreaming With Love March Recap

March was the 3rd month of Dreaming With Love and I am so proud of how far I have come already. There has been a lot of hard work, setbacks, and daily struggles. However, I have persisted and came out on top every time! My page views and social media numbers grew the most this month than the past two which made me beyond excited. I have been having a hard time not comparing myself to other bloggers. Reminding myself daily to only compete with myself and that any progress is still progress.

April 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Start Crocheting Again

I learned how to crochet last year and love doing it. I’m not very good at it yet (practice makes perfect), but I have created a few items. I haven’t crocheted at all yet this year and I have multiple projects in mind. Normally I will crochet while I watch TV, but lately I have been so busy between work, school, blogging, and unpacking. This month I want to make time for it again!

2. Read (at least 1 book)

I used to read every day and reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Since I started college I rarely read anything for enjoyment anymore. This month I really hope to be able to set aside time each day or every other day.

3. Daily Journal

Having a daily journal helped me so much when I was struggling mentally last year. I really want to get back into the habit of daily journaling so I made it a goal this month!

4. Stop Biting Nails

I am so sick of being embarrassed of my short and weak nails. Since I can remember I have had an absolutely terrible habit of biting my nails. I feel too self conscious to wear nail polish because it draws attention to my ugly nails. Enough is enough. I am quitting and April will be the first month!

5. Scholarships

The fall semester will be here before we know it (I know it’s still spring semester but trust me). I want to get a head start and start applying for scholarships now. For April I am hoping to apply to at least 5 scholarships. I also want to find a bunch with deadlines later in the summer and have a list made. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

6. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

If you don’t already know, I did a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in March! I want to try to do a new challenge every month. My April one will be starting on Tuesday, April 4th!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I have decided that I want to do a little gardening this year. I am finally in a house of my own with a back yard rather than an apartment! Now I don’t want a huge garden, but I would like to try to grow a few low maintenance vegetables. I have zero experience except when my parents used to force me to pick weeds. So I want to do some research and make a plan for this summer. I would love to hear any tips and suggestions you have!

 

What are some of your April 2017 Monthly Goals??

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Thankful Thursday Series Introduction

Thankful Thursday Series Introduction

I’m so excited to introduce a new series here on Dreaming With Love! The series is called Thankful Thursday and it is exactly what it sounds like! I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing them.


Thankful Thursday Series

Why am I making this series?

I find that on days where I am in a more positive mood, the day goes much smoother. Having a positive outlook on life really does help with happiness. Along with having a positive outlook, we also need to be grateful for every little good thing in our lives. I want to focus on what I’m thankful for rather than what I wish I had. Writing things down make them so much more real to me. Plus I want you guys to hold me accountable to doing this! Thankful Thursday is now a thing and I couldn’t be more excited!

What can you expect?

  • A Thankful Thursday post every week on Thursdays (hence the name Thankful Thursday) at 2:00pm Central time
  • The posts will contain a short paragraph for each day of the previous week. The paragraphs will be about what I was thankful for that day.
  • Each Thankful Thursday post will also have a lesson learned each day
  • My wish is that you all are inspired to be more grateful for all of the things you are blessed with. Focusing on these things rather than the bad will make life much more enjoyable. 
  • I will also be tweeting each Thursday about an overall thing I was thankful for during the previous week. Follow me on Twitter and turn the notifications on so you never miss one!

 

I already started the Thankful Thursday for Monday, March 27th – Sunday, April 2nd. That post will go live next Thursday (April 6th) at 2:00pm Central Time!

 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!

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Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

There are some super motivational Disney quotes that I absolutely love! So I decided to make a list of my favorite ones to read when I need a little help staying determined and focused on the bigger goals.

My Top Ten Favorite Motivational Disney Quotes

  1. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.” –Cinderella

  2. “The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” -Tiana

  3. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

  4. “Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through.” –Cinderella

  5. “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” -Eeyore

  6. “Ah yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you either run from it or learn from it.” –Rafiki (The Lion King)

  7. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Christopher Robins

  8. “The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting. If you never quit, you’ll never truly lose.” –Walt Disney

  9. “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us… you only have to be brave enough to see it.” –Merida (Brave)

  10. “They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.” –Sleeping Beauty

Bonus Quote: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.” –Mary Poppins

 

Let me know what some of your favorite motivational Disney quotes are!

 

If you love these motivational Disney quotes then also check out my list of daily inspirational quotes perfect to start your day or my list of inspirational quotes for all my queens out there!

Motivational Disney Quotes

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15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

International Women’s Day was last week and it got me thinking. We as women need to start empowering each other more rather than nitpicking and tearing each other down because incredible things happen when women support each other. We all face struggles everyday and being a woman is so hard in today’s society. No matter how hard you try to “not care what others think,” you still will care at least a little (if you don’t, congrats and please share your secrets). Everywhere in society people are judging and comparing women. It causes us to be more self-conscious when in reality we all need to let our confidence shine through. We are QUEENS and we deserve to be treated as such!

When you’re having a hard day, these inspirational quotes for queens will help you remember how amazing you are! Share these with the special women in your life to let them know just how amazing they are!

*Disclaimer: These are not my own quotes. The authors are unknown unless otherwise noted.

Quotes for Queens

1. “No girl should ever forget that she doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.”

2. “I won’t cry for you, my mascara is too expensive.” – Adriana Lima

3. “I know what I bring to the table so trust me when I say that I’m not afraid to eat alone.”

4. “The only thing more beautiful than a woman who knows what she wants is a woman who isn’t waiting on anybody else to get it for her.”

5. “A queen knows how to build her empire with the same stones that were thrown at her.”

6. “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

7. “Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fall. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

8. “The MOST important thing a girl can wear is her confidence.”

9. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

10. “If at first you don’t succeed, fix your ponytail, and try again.”

11. “One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the world.”

12. “A girl should be two things: WHO and WHAT she wants.” – Coco Chanel

13. “To feel like a queen is as simple as believing you are one.”

14. “The woman looking back at you in the mirror is worthy of love and respect and deserves every good thing that life has for her.”

15. “Let me adjust my crown and get my day started.”

 

Share these Quotes for Queens with the Queens in your life! Also let me know what quotes you love for keeping you inspired!

 

If you liked this post, you may also like my Daily Motivational Quotes or Fitspirational Quotes!

Quotes for Queens

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8 Fitspirational Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated to Workout & Stay Healthy!

8 Fitspirational Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated to Workout & Stay Healthy!

There are so many challenges that pop up while trying to transition to a healthier lifestyle. First you need the determination to BEGIN. Once you’ve started, you need to find reasons to CONTINUE! Continue to workout, eat healthy, and take better care of yourself. These 8 FITspirational Quotes are some of my favorite reminders as to why I started and why I should keep going!

What helps you stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?

*Disclaimer: These are not my quotes. This post is not sponsored in any way.

FITspirational Quotes

  1. “You can never expect to succeed if you only put in work on days you feel like it.”

  2. “Be a BADASS with a GOOD ASS.”

  3. “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”

  4. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.”

  5. “Slow progress is better than no progress.”

  6. “Making excuses burns ZERO calories per hour.”

  7. “Wake up. Work out. Kick ass. Repeat.”

  8. “The hardest lift of all is lifting your butt off the couch.”

I recently started a 30-Day Fitness Challenge and these quotes have helped a ton! Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, stop and think to yourself about the reasons you started. Results won’t appear immediately, but once they do you will understand why it is worth it. Living a healthy lifestyle makes you feel so much better on a daily basis and is such a good habit to get in to! Even if you have to start out with small changes, anything is better than nothing. Start TODAY, it will never be the “right time” so just get up and do it! You are the only one standing in the way of a better life for you. Trust me, your future self will thank you!

I’d love to hear your quotes or tips on staying motivated to live a healthier life!

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February Recap && March Goals {2017}

February Recap && March Goals {2017}

Thank goodness February is such a short month because I don’t know if I could handle much more of it. The weather has been bipolar, big and unexpected changes are happening quickly, and I’m struggling to get caught up. I’m taking everything one day at a time and I’m proud of how I’ve been handling everything. I am so excited for the month of March and all the things I have planned for Spring! I have some pretty great March 2017 Monthly Goals and I’m super excited to start working towards them!

How did your February go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

February Recap 2017

Make sure to read my February Goals before reading my recap!

1. Drink 4 or Less Sodas

This was so easy this month. I rarely even craved a soda! I have been drinking so much more water, juice, and tea. A soda once in a while isn’t a big deal and its so much easier than quitting cold turkey!

2. Become More Aware

I’m not gonna lie, this goal has continued to be a fail for me. I always put it on the back burner and it never gets accomplished. However, I now have a list of movies, TV shows, books, blogs, and podcasts that I want to watch/read/listen to! Let me know any suggestions you have for entertainment material that will help teach me something new or challenge my current way of thinking!

3. Finish Blog Binder and 4. Start a Budget I can Stick to

Both of these have been postponed because February was a mess of a month for me. I’ve had a ton of things going on and a lot of changes happening. I am moving within the next week which threw off my budget completely. I also will have my own office at my new place so I am waiting to finish my blog binder once I also have my space organized! Exciting and Stressful!

5. Start a 30-Day Fitness Challenge

I didn’t technically accomplish this in February, but kind of. I planned out my 30 Day-Fitness Challenge and it began 2 days ago on March 1st! I’d love for you all to follow along and do the challenge with me! I will be posting a 30-Day Challenge Checkup half way through and a review at the end. I also hope to do a new fitness challenge for April!

Dreaming With Love Recap

This month went A LOT SMOOTHER than January! I continue to learn new things on a daily basis and there is still SO MUCH to know about blogging. I’ve decided that I need to focus on small things that will eventually help me achieve the larger goal. I just can’t do it all at once especially while working and going to school. I continue to plan ahead and then re-plan everything one or two more times. However, I’m very confident that I am headed in the right direction and I am very excited about the progress I have made so far!

March 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Follow through on my plan for Lent

Lent started on Wednesday, March 1st! I came up with some great ideas on what to give up for Lent, plus you can see what I decided to do this year!

2. Get EVERYTHING completely unpacked and put away

This will be the fourth time I’ve moved into a new place. I ALWAYS take forever to unpack everything. Unpacking the essentials happens right away, but I continue to set aside my decor (even though that’s my favorite part) for way too long! This time I want to get everything taken care of immediately so that I can get settled in and back in a good routine.

3. Start a Budget

I NEED to set aside some time to sit down and figure out a good budget that I can actually stick to. I’ve been doing a ton of research and still feel rather uneducated on the subject. Let me know your tips for creating and sticking to a budget!

4. Complete my 30-Day Challenge and Start a New one

As I mentioned before, I started my 30-Day Fitness Challenge on March 1st! I also want to start doing at least one every month. The challenges won’t always be fitness related. Let me know some of your favorite 30-Day Challenges or if you have tried any before and your thoughts!

I hope that you all had a wonderful February and that 2017 is treating you well so far. Do you have any March 2017 Monthly Goals??

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What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

It’s the time of year when I start thinking about what I am going to give up for Lent 2017. I always want it to be something selfless and that will help me glorify God. You don’t have to only do these things during Lent 2017 season, but its a great start!

  • Social Media: I gave up social media last year for lent and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. No snapchat, facebook, twitter, instagram, or pinterest. It was difficult in the beginning, but by the end I felt more free and learned so much.
  • Candy and Sweets: This is a very common one to give up. With anything like this I just say, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Don’t do it to “be healthier” or to “diet,” do it so you have more time to spend with God.
  • Sugary Drinks: Same goes for this as for candy and sweets. Make sure your intentions are good.
  • Meat: I’ve personally never given up meat, but it is very common. It’s a way to fast during the lent season.
  • Time spent getting ready: Make yourself spend less time getting ready everyday and spend the extra time with God. Praying, reading the bible, praising him, or quiet time.
  • Elevators: This one may sound silly, but I love it. If you use elevators on a daily business for work or apartment access, give them up for the lent season. While you walk the stairs, be intentional and spend that time praying or listening to music or sermons.
  • Throw away/Donate 40 Things: Explains itself and is a wonderful thing for so many reasons!
  • No eating after dinner: Same as candy, sweets, and sugary drinks. If you give this one up, make sure it isn’t just because you want to lose weight.
  • Turn off electronics @ 8pm: Spend the time you normally would on electronics, with God instead. Highly recommend the TV show, The Bible!
  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes: I do this one for every lent and I try to continue it even outside of lent season.
  • Fast food and/or frozen meals: One more time, don’t do this just to lose weight.
  • Anything getting in the way with your relationship with God!!

OR ADD SOMETHING

  • Daily Journaling
  • Reading Scripture/Bible Study
  • Prayer

Lent 2017: What I am Giving Up

  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes
  • Fast Food, Candy, Sweets, and Soda: Every time I have a craving for one of them, I will pray instead.

 

What things are you giving up for Lent 2017?

Lent 2017

 

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