Today was a beautiful day. We spent our day with Shawn’s family and it hit 80 degrees. As I am writing this it is Easter. We had a lovely drive to Schaumberg and then spent time outside with the family. Then we went out for a nice family dinner. This morning before we left we were able to take Maverick for a walk. He was full of spring fever craziness! He made me smile and it was a wonderful way to start the day. Right now I am ready to ride the sofa for a few hours before bed. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!
We have had a lot of stress in our family lately. I missed two weeks of Zumba and it started to show. I really do not feel good when I am not exercising regularly. A daily walk with the dog is just not enough. Last Thursday I was able to get back to class and it felt so good. Not only did I get to dance but I got to see my friends. Making it through life is so much easier when you have friends! I am so grateful that I can dance twice a week. When I am dancing nothing else matters, my brain shuts off, and I just flow with the music. If you like to dance and have never tried Zumba I say give it a try! Here are some of my favorite Zumba videos!
Above is my wonderful instructor Trish Marks and the always amazing Gio Gusman. Just watching that video makes me smile.:)
The above video is one of my favorite songs to dance to in class!
I love this video because I feel it captures the spirit of Zumba. People coming together and having a good time. All sizes, colors, and ability levels welcome. :)
Now that the weather has turned warmer I am in the mood to start planning my garden. One flower I want to add this year is the Coneflower otherwise known as Echinacea purpurea. These plants can grow to be up to 3 feet tall! It appears this plant can be used for lots of things.
Upper respiratory conditions
Urinary tract infection
Help with candida
Wounds and skin infections
Inflammatory skin condition
They require full sun to partial shade. I have one side of my house that gets sun all day and that is where I plan to put them. :) Here is a Pinterest board I created for them.
This morning all I can think about is body love. We have been dealing with this issue in our house lately. With teens in the house the issue comes up time and time again. In another situation I over heard some friends talking about another woman’s body and it hurt me, even though I was not the topic of conversation. I felt sad for the woman being talked about and I felt bad for the talkers. I believe the talkers were doing that because of their own insecurities. If they compare themselves to someone they see as less fit they can make themselves feel better about their own appearance.
My mantra is “all bodies are beautiful.” Along with this we really do not have the right to comment on other’s bodies. My body my business! I feel as women it is our responsibility in lift each other up and support each other, wherever we are on our journey. To the woman being talked about I would say, “You are perfect just the way you are.” “You are working out, enjoying yourself, and you are an inspiration.” To those who are doing the talking I would say, ” Worry about your own body.” ” You have no idea if that woman has health issues, or other challenges that you are unaware of.”
“Step Away from the Mean Girls…
…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.
Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”
― Oprah Winfrey
Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self‐Doubt and “SupposedTo.”
This guidepost is a tough one. Letting go of self-doubt has been a very long road for me. When I was a child religion drilled into me that you cannot trust your own mind. The mind of man is sinful and so you should trust god and the church authorities to tell you what to do. Once I was able to put distance between myself and that system I had to learn how to think for myself. I had a lot of self-doubt regarding whether or not I was making the right choices. One of my tasks of adulthood has been to learn how to listen to my own mind and instincts. I had to learn that I know best what is best for me.
Then there is the whole topic of “supposed to.” Wow! I hate supposed to! I feel like it is a trap. So much of “supposed to” is piled on by our culture. When you put “supposed to” under the microscope you will find that often it is not something you really have to do. You have just taken what the media and the over-culture has to say to seriously. I found I don’t want to do what I am supposed to do, I want to do what I feel is best and what I want to do.
Once you let go of self-doubt and “supposed to”then you can really get onto creating the kind of life you want!
Today is a beautiful day! Even though it is windy and only 47 outside the sun is shining and the sky is blue. I just back from walking the dog with the girls. One thing I love about this time of year is watching Maverick chase dry leaves around the street. He has so much fun joyfully chasing the leaves and anything else that might be blowing around. We also stopped so he could dig in the sand at the park. Life is not complete unless he digs until he can put his whole head in the hole and huff. I am so thankful that I get to have him in my life and that I am able to watch him interact with the world. He reminds me to play and to not take life so seriously. In the moment he is not thinking about tomorrow or yesterday he is just enjoying the sun and the smells.
Maverick enjoying the park bench.
My two youngest joined us on our walk today. :)
Jordan and Lilly
As you can see from the picture it was a tad windy outside.
Things are still pretty brown here. Some of the bushes are starting to bud and the tulips are starting to sprout. All around us the birds and squirrels are busy getting down to the business of spring.
Today I am feeling gratitude for the simple things. Sunny skies, furry dogs, and my family. What are you grateful for today? What is the weather like where you are?
Last night Shawn and I took Maverick on a much needed walk. It was cold but the sky was so pretty. In an effort to share more pictures here I took these great pics of the moon.
Blood Moon Peaking Out