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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Stop Living In Fear

Stop Living in Fear- The OutNumbered Nest

I have a confession to make. After taking a step back and looking at some of the things I posted, I realized I’ve lied.  I’ve talked about not having regrets, and how I couldn’t say I had any, and that is just not true I realized.

I do have a regret, and it’s a pretty big one.  I want to start out by saying that I loved high school. I wasn’t the most popular kid in school, but I wasn’t alone either. I had a great group of friends and I’m thankful they gave me a great experience. I’m also thankful for my children, and my husband. I don’t regret being a young mother or wife. But there is a huge regret that relates to all of them. I regret the fact that I let fear and my anxiety get in the way. What does this mean you wonder?

While I was in high school I had friends that went out “girls weekends”,  “overnight road trips” and did what normal teenagers do.  As I grew up I had people invite me to go do this or go do that, and I was always too scared to go. 

My whole life when someone asks me to do something I have a bazillion different thoughts go through my head, and a million different scenarios. It’s not that I don’t want to go, oh no. It’s that I can see myself using the money, and then what if I needed that money for something serious. What about all those things you see on tv? Would that happen to us? What if I lost my phone, I knew I couldn’t afford another. I mean seriously, this is what has happened in my brain. And it sucks!

Honestly, that is one thing I want my kids to do that I did not. I want them to be adventurous and to take chances.  I’m scared of the unknown, but I don’t want them to be! I want them to know that sometimes mistakes happen, and that’s okay. Always practice safety of course, but go explore the beach or try a new wave of thought.

If you are a little wallflower like me, break out of that mold. Stop living in fear! There is not a reason for fear most of the time, it is just our brains doing crazy things. So jump and get to moving. Find something new to do or something new to create. Find a new you. If you are perfectly content the way you are too, that is AWESOME. But don’t stay where you are just because of fear.

I guess that’s why I took the month of January off from blogging. I needed me time, I need to figure out where I was going in life. I needed to figure out something that would make me happy, just by myself not through my children or husband.  In the beginning of the year, I promised myself I would try hard to work on my confidence, in every way.  So I did. I decided to jump off the boat with both feet. I decided I would become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. To most, that’s not really a big deal. For me, it is everything. I’ve always been afraid, even to try a new business adventure and it didn’t matter how much I loved the product. I decided not this time, not this day. I love essential oils and since I have been using them I can see a huge difference in my family.

I can’t wait to see what this full year will bring me. Have you challenged yourself to do anything this year? Are you a go-getter or are you a wallflower? Let me know!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

When You've Already Messed Up Your Resolutions

We are about halfway through January of the new year. How many of you have already messed up on one of your resolutions? Me. I did it too. You know what, that’s okay.

So many people are so quick to give up and not do anything. Let’s not be “those people”, okay? You wanna know when I messed up my resolutions. Day 1. Not even kidding! My 5 year old wanted an ice cream cone, so I paid the crazy prices for ice cream cones and he took about 6 bites before he was done. Yes, that was all he wanted. So here I am, just paid like $4 for a silly little cone and it had barely been touched. So did I throw it in the trash and keep to my diet? Heck no, I’m human, and I ate that thing. All of it! I’m not even ashamed to say I did. But that was totally not a part of the plan for the “choose healthier foods” resolutions.

I could just quit and be like “maybe next year”, but I didn’t! I started fresh the very next day. That is what needs to be remembered. It’s okay if you mess up one day, two days, or more. It’s okay as long as you accept that you messed up and try better tomorrow. You shouldn’t expect perfection because hunnie, it is never going to happen. We are human, we aren’t perfect.

So here is a quick to do on what to do when you don’t succeed at your resolutions.

  • ¨     Forgive yourself: Don’t beat yourself up to bad. It happens. Mistakes are made and life happens.
  • ¨     Prepare the mind: Write it down, say it out loud, whatever you need to do. But you need to tell yourself, I fumbled today and that’s okay….but tomorrow I’m going to do better. (If you are really brave, try shooting for the rest of the day you’ll do better.)
  • ¨     Put in a better plan: What if this happens again? Try to think of ways that you can do better if this situation should occur again. Have a plan, so you won’t be caught “in the headlights” next time. Plans always work out better than flying by the seat of your pants.
  • ¨     Wake up the next day ready: Get a good nights sleep, and then on the next day don’t harp on what you did wrong. It’s done and it’s in the past. Keep looking forward and be ready for whatever TODAY will throw at you.

How are your resolutions going? Have you fumbled? Are you doing fantastic? Any other advice for other woman reading this that feel they have already messed up their resolutions? Let me know!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome To 2017 & Focus Words

Happy New Year!!!

I hope that everyone had a great holiday and a wonderful time ushering in the new year. If you are like most, 2016 wasn't the greatest but even then I bet we can all find things that we are thankful for anyway!  My top three things that I am thankful for in 2016 where: 1. My husband. 2. My kiddos. 3. My health.

Even on the worst of days, those three things helped me carry on. But here is looking for a better 2017. This year I saw a trend on the socialwebs of people choosing a "Focus Word" instead of a resolution. It is a word that you want to focus on more in your life. Some people would choose, "faith", "understanding", or even "patience". So I began to wonder what my word would be. I chose "confidence".

Confidence: a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances or faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way 

Why this word?

I have struggled with confidence since I was a little girl. I have struggled with weight, and overall I have suffered from serious self-esteem issues. I never felt that I was pretty, but besides that I never felt that I was good enough to accomplish my goals. I didn't have faith in myself. I still struggle with it, daily. But this year I want to change that. I am ready to be a confident person in all areas of my life, and that is what I am focusing on this year!

What are you focusing on this year? Do you believe in resolutions or are just sticking to one word? Let me know!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Tips To A Less Stressed Holiday

I come from a very large family. This year alone we have six, yes six Christmas. And if you are interested, that is just intermediate family (literally just parents and grandparents celebrations). So with that said we are ALWAYS very busy during the holidays.

So how do I maintain a stress-free holiday season? I don’t. Just kidding, I have gotten a lot better at not stressing as the years have come and gone.  It’s always a little stressful, not matter what but here are a few ideas that might help you out.

Plan: Plan ahead. Get with everyone in your family, tell them your situation and what you can and cannot accomplish during the holidays. Be honest. Don’t expect them to completely reorganize their schedule for you, but I bet they will appreciate the heads up and try to work a schedule that is good for you. While we are on the topic of planning, go ahead and cut out some work and plan you and your family’s outfits. Go ahead and get everything cleaned and ready and if you can go ahead and put it away so you can just grab it, iron it, and head on out when it is time.

Pray: I don’t just mean the “please let us get there on time” prayer. I mean to honestly pray, tell the Lord you are stressed out and need help controlling your emotions. Pray for the silliest of things, remember he wants to be a friend we can “vent” to and call on when we need help up.

Realize You Aren’t A Miracle Worker: You are human. You aren’t going to be able to make every appointment, every time. You will wake up late, you will forget things, and you will get angry over it. It’s okay! Take a 5-minute breather and go back at it again. You can’t make everyone happy, and that is perfectly okay too.

Learn To Laugh: If you think the rest of this is nothing more than silliness, than please pay attention to this part! There is nothing worse than an unhappy mama! However, as a mama, your going to have to learn to laugh, even at yourself. Stuff is going to happen, the kid is going to poop out of his pants as you walk through the door or he is going to throw food all over his brand new outfit. Try to find the humor in this day and keep on going.

I sure hope this helps you out. What are some of your lessons you have learned to help you get through the holidays without being super stressed? Let me know below!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2016 Post Roundup

Post Roundup for 2016

Hey! So what do you think of the new look? If you came directly to this post, I recommend you click the home button up there, so you can get the full effect of the change! I am in love with it! It's just what I needed for the new year coming up. I can't believe that 2016 is almost over . This year has brought me many beautiful things. I celebrated my 2nd wedding anniversary, Buggy turned 1 and Monkey turned 5! We've had ups and downs this year, and in just a few weeks, Brian and I  will be celebrating our birthdays! His is the 29th, and mine is just 2 days before on the 27th.  I hope that 2016 has been a pleasant year for you and if not, 2017 will be your best year yet, I just know it! Just keep up the positivity and the purposeful living! 

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The First Step In Finding Your Purpose

The First Step is always the hardest, here is yours for finding your purpose.

So many women are trapped in an endless cycle of the mindless tasks, and we are so unhappy. We do these mindless tasks and wonder why we are unhappy, we wonder why we become overwhelmed, and we wonder why we have such a short fuse. We struggle to see the purpose that God gave us and we don’t know why. We are doing what we are supposed to do right? Wrong.

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