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Don’t be a Flat Squirrel

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How many times in my life have I heard, “Just make a decision!”

I’ll be honest, I usually hear it while having a conversation with my husband about what kind of takeout we’re going to pick up. We are both pretty indecisive when it comes to food.

I don’t want to be indecisive, It doesn’t inspire confidence.  If anything, being indecisive makes us doubt or call into question one’s knowledge and experience.

How do I become more decisive and what keeps me from being able to make decisions with confidence?

I need to stop worrying about what other people will think. I want to be more like Kevin Costner’s character, Ray in Field of Dreams…  He didn’t care what everyone thought when he was plowing over most of his crop to build a baseball field … he decided to do something and went for it!

Now I don’t have a farm, I have no need for a baseball field (although my son would LOVE one in his backyard) and I definitely do not have some strange voice that whispers in my ear, but I can certainly apply this to my life and learn to make good, confident decisions and stop worrying about what others may think.

If you think about it indecisiveness is also a decision. Something will happen whether you actively choose it or not.

Parenting

Things you never knew you had to say…

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If you’re a mom like me, I’m sure you can relate to this quote. It’s always the things you never imagined you’d have to say to your kids that will zap your energy…

“No, you cannot clean the new flat screen TV with milk!”

Wearing underwear isn’t optional. You must wear underwear.”

“When you shower you need to use soap, every time!”

“No, we don’t ask random strangers if they’re going to have a baby, especially when they are men!”

I mean, I could write a book of all the things I’ve told my kids that I never thought would have to be explained.

In the moment I get so frustrated that I’m even having the conversation. Then afterward, sometimes LONG afterward, it’s fun to think back about all the things they say and do. I used to think that it was just me, but don’t worry, every mom has a conversation with her children at one point or another that she never dreamed would be necessary. AND I can tell you if you’re the mom of little boys, hold on for the ride as you will have these conversations A LOT!!

My oldest two, who have been the main culprits, are now ten and eight. I fear that our conversations are going to start changing quickly…

“No, you can’t wear that out of the house!”

“No, you are not old enough to have a cell phone yet!”

BUT, with an almost two-year-old….I Can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring!

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Exercise, Fitbit, Habit, Health

My Fitbit Says I’m Dead…

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Yep, that pretty much sums up what my Fitbit was saying about me. I was thrilled when my birthday package came in the mail this past February that contained my Fitbit. I was SURE that this little device on my wrist was going to magically make the pregnancy weight from all three of children just melt right on off my body.

Well, what the heck, it didn’t! It has taught me a few things. First, that my parents must be walking in circles around their house just to beat me at the fitness games and secondly, my dad is the most dedicated person I know when it comes to personal health. The man has his 10K+ steps in before I can peel myself out of the bed in the mornings.

Of course, when my weight didn’t magically fall off I got discouraged.  BUT, one thing it consistently tells me is I’m not getting in enough steps every day. I sit at a computer in my house (I work remotely as my clients are all over) and pretty much don’t move ALL day.  Pretty pathetic at the end of the day when you are exhausted from working and mothering and you’re sure you have to be close to 10K and when you tap the screen you see a whopping 3000 steps. Really, I should have gotten that many steps in just getting three kids out of bed, clothed and to school on time.

What to do about it… start slow… I’m two days into walking in the mornings and I already feel better. I won’t lie it’s hard to get up when everyone else is still snug in their beds. But Duke (my Great Dane) loves the attention and walking in the morning. So I am working to make this a habit. Everyone says you need to do something consistently for 21 days for it to become a habit. Only 19 days to go!!!

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The Journey Begins…

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The word journey means “the act of traveling from one place to another” … well, that’s good, because I’ve always liked to travel. I’m not real sure where I’m going at this point, but I know I’m going somewhere. So here is where the journey begins.

I’ve decided that somewhere between working full-time, traveling all over to visit with clients, being a wife, mothering and chauffeuring kids around 5 days a week to different sporting events… I needed some ME time.  This blog will be a collection of my thoughts and stories on life, motherhood, health & fitness, fashion and anything else that may come to mind.

So, here we go…. If you see something you like, I love comments and meeting new people so feel free to comment and start a conversation.