the big 5-0

No I’m not 50, I’m 26, but this is my FIFTIETH post people.

How in the world.

At the end of every week I think to myself, ‘What the HECK am I going to write about next week?’ and every week I think of something. I find this ridiculous, yet impressive.

Where am I going from here? You know, since I’ve had such a long blogging career so far. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve written a lot of lists on this blog so instead of making a list of goals for my next 50 posts I thought I’d humor you with a limerick.

there once was a girl with a blog
who wrote often about her cute dog
now it’s time for a change
more variety and range
let’s hope there’s still time for a jog

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Pretty much you’ll be hearing once again about my projects that I’ve fallen off track with (volunteering, DIY, etc.) along with the topics that I talk about regularly. A little more diversity and entertainment.

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I’m writing/posting at an odd time because for the past 44 hours I’ve been traveling (19 hours of flying!) to Australia. I’m sitting here at the luggage claim with a super sore butt and a completely lost sense of time but I’m excited! We’re here for a wedding but will be doing exploring as well. I’m sure I’ll do some recaps of the trip when I get back.

I’ll be gone for over a week but I hope to get you three posts per usual while I’m gone. I’m not sure if I’ll have internet but I know you’ll have at least one post to read since my sister agreed to write something for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope to come back refreshed and renewed with no jet-lag. Ha.

I’ll leave you with dog photos because i miss the girls already.

It’s nice to know Aunt Lindsay is taking care of themโ€ฆ

โ€ฆand that she’ll spoil them well. ๐Ÿ™‚

What warm-weather trips do you have planned?ย It’s so nice to get away!

community & the liebster

When you start a blog or even just start reading blogs, you become part of a huge community. This is one of the reasons why I love blogging. You make friends and support each other. Specifically, the healthy living (including food!) bloggers are awesome influences. They’re so positive and encouraging. You can read about some of their influence on me here.

About a month ago I received a comment from Nicole at Apples & Arteries informing me that she had given me a Liebster Award!

I had no idea what she was talking about so I had to google it. I found out that it’s just a sweet way to let a new blogger know how great they are! A little – I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. Since the blogging community has done a lot for me up until this point I thought I should spread the love too!

To quote Nicole:
The rules of this award state that you linkย your blog back to the person who gave it to you and you chose 5 other people with less than 200 followers to receive the award.ย  You let them know you have given them the award by commenting on their blog.

The winners… in no particular order ARE:

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elisariva – Elisa mainly blogs about her workouts and training for upcoming races. She inspires me to get off my butt and do something. That ‘something’ might not be the 3000 meters she swam yesterday morning but maybe I’ll clean the whole house or go for a training run!

Cast Light – Kathie writes about how to ‘give your best to others’. If you’re in a slump and need a little boost, she’s your gal. A great read if you’re striving to be a positive person.

My Fascinating Life – Melinda has two kids and still finds time to eat healthy and exercise! She gives a good glimpse into her daily life which is helpful for people like me who are visual learners.

EatDrinkBreatheSweat – Jessica is another healthy living blogger. She is currently in training for a marathon! She gives great insights on her thoughts about running. It’s nice to know that other people have similar issues and successes!

food4theheart – Lauren is a college student who eats healthy and exercises. Very impressive! I especially like her posts on food and her daily eats.

Now I’m not sure if all of these bloggers have under 200 followers but I know they’re all pretty new like me!

Thank you to Nicole for spreading the love! She is a food blogger with a giant love for dogs too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today I also have to mention that it’s my husband’s birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AL! You’re my best bud.

Al with Roary when she was a little puppy. ๐Ÿ™‚

#mmm

I have a problem. No, not my candy problem, another one!

It’s very difficult for me to stay on top of tasks. I’m talking about anything – projects, to do lists, whatever. I get overwhelmed by the large amount of projects so instead of getting up off my butt and taking action, I turn the TV on (or anything else besides what I should be doing) and escape.

To give myself a little boost, I started a hashtag on twitter called #mmm or ‘Moments, Mornings & Mondays‘. If you haven’t read it yet, that post is about making positive choices and how they can have a snowball effect on your life. If you make just one healthy choice, you’re more likely to make another.

Frequently when I do something good, I’ll tweet about it with that hashtag. This gives me a little virtual pat on the back and the motivation to keep up the good work. My love language is ‘Words of Affirmation’ so it works great! <- That book’s a winner and everyone should read it.

Being productive right after we moved in and cleaning the nastiest shower I have ever seen. Note the zip tie holding my hair up. I was sweaty and struggling.

Today started off on the wrong foot because of poor choices last night. I didn’t get out of bed until 7:30 (I wanted to get up at 6:10). I stayed up too late last night watching a movie and so I was still super tired when the alarm went off. Oh but I did floss! That’s a plus. Anyways, I should have started the movie earlier or watched it this weekend but that didn’t happen.

I think the point of that last paragraph is to explain why I’m writing this post. I couldn’t figure out what to write this morning, again, because I was too tired. When I first got up I dreaded writing and now I’ve taken all day to do it just because I was crabby from lack of sleep.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE writing and blogging but when things get out of whack I tend to loathe even the smallest task. Eh, that makes me sound horribly dramatic! Oh well, it’s the truth!

Maybe I knew I was going to have trouble this morning because last night I found myself reading posts from Joshua Fields Millburn. He’s one of the authors from the blog The Minimalists. They left high-paying corporate jobs for more simple, fulfilling lives and careers. I don’t want to go as far as them and be minimalists but along with acknowledging my positive habits I think cutting back on things like TV and the internet would really help me stay focused. Here’s a little article they did on that. I actually got rid of cable when my husband was deployed and I stayed on top of my tasks MUCH more than I do now. Now that he’s back I won’t be able to get rid of it again but I should be able to muster up the willpower to leave the TV room and use the time in a more productive way.

Working on a project to display my sister’s many scarves.

I’ve made multiple lists on this blog of things I want to do but for this post/topic I think I’ll just stick to the #mmm hashtag and also minimize my electronics use. While my husband was deployed I didn’t have TV (only Netflix) and I loved it. I was almost always on top of things and I often woke up before my alarm refreshed and ready to go! It’s been a while since I’ve felt that energy.

When I go back and read this post, it seems like it’ll be such an easy fix but I know better these days. Habits die hard. BUT I’ve conquered my candy habit so now it’s on to bigger things. I got this.

Maybe it’s a certain personality type or just the large amount of distractions but I have a feeling that many of us have trouble staying focused these days. So if you’re on twitter, please join me in tweeting about your moments, mornings, and Mondays! I don’t care if the only positive thing you did was do your laundry. High five! You checked something off your ‘to do’ list.

*Virtual pat on the back* or high five, whichever you prefer!

How in the world do you stay on top of your every growing ‘to do’ list?