Ordinary People

An ordinary people… that’s what I am.

*WARNING: transparent post ahead*

Todd and I were talking this morning, about many things … well, about everything, really. It is one of my most favorite things to do… to just sit in the stillness of the morning and spend time with one another discussing life.

One of the things that has been on my mind lately is my little side hustle with Young Living. To be honest, I truly don’t like referring to it as ‘my side hustle’ because it has become a lifestyle for me. Actually, it’s not even a lifestyle but rather a large part of my life. I have incorporated this wellness lifestyle into my life journey so much so that it is just the ‘norm’ for me and my hubby.

Having said that, one of the thoughts that has plagued me recently is that there are so many ‘oilers’ I’m connect to or follow that are doing so well building their businesses, and it just seems effortless for them. (‘Seems’ being the key word.) Many are already well-known bloggers or influencers who already have such a large following that it appears to be so easy for them to reach so many people and be able to touch and educate a vast group about the benefits of these natural, 100% pure products. That is truly wonderful, seriously, because I feel that as many people as possible SHOULD be informed about these God-given remedies.

However, this is an area of discouragement for me because I can’t reach that many people. I feel like I am stuck in my own little IG community with an open door that leads to nowhere.

I am one person.

I don’t have a vast following.

I am not an influencer, per say.

I am a blogger (part-time) but I am not successful, per say.

Do you know what ‘per say’ means?

It means ‘by itself.’

I am not these things I mentioned above, per say, but with God, I am. Todd reminded me of that this morning.

When I mentioned my discouragement, he immediately responded without hesitation, “God used ordinary people to be His disciples and do great things.”

*drop the mic 🎤

Let’s face it… these successful bloggers and influencers that I speak of are most likely those ordinary people whom Todd spoke of that God is using for His glory!!

How quickly I have forgotten why I wear my mustard seed bracelet 24/7… I never take it off! (Purchased from Marianne at Gracefully Wrapped.) My ‘faith as a mustard seed’ should not be compartmentalized and practiced only in certain areas but it should consume every area of concern in my life.

No… I am not all these things, but with God, I am.

I am what HE calls me to be for such a time as this.

I absolutely CANNOT take my eyes off of Him for one minute, because when I do, I make it all about me.

It’s not about me but rather about the God I serve.

I am not… but I know ‘I Am.’

Thank you, Todd, for that reminder.

Go out today and be ordinary, but allow yourself to be open to God and do great things for His glory.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Passion in a Picture

He wanted me to ride out to the baseball field with him.

“But, of course I will!”

I couldn’t help but snap these pics of his silhouette as the sprays of water collided with the rays of sun, making for a very “My life in a square” moment, and one that was very quintessentially Todd!

This picture captures him to the core showing his passion, not in the throws of a heated battle nor in the excitement of a victorious win, but rather in the quiet stillness of a solemn golden hour.

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo

His passion runs deep.

He still continues to grow… because he is still excited about learning.

And he still makes my heart go puh, puh, puh…

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s been a minute since I’ve had the time to sit down and blog, and boy, how I have missed it so!

Today’s struggle brings me here…. the Mother’s Day perfect gift.

Do you struggle as much as I do with knowing the perfect gift to give? I want my gifts to be thoughtful and to not only be something the receiver loves in the moment but will also know the thought and love behind it.

Well…I looked to Amazon to help me out, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds on here!  If I love these items, I thought you might too! And there is still time to get it in time for Mother’s Day, especially if you are an Amazon Prime member!  So let’s see how Amazon is going to help us out this Mother’s Day…

The Echo Dot — I thought this would be a nice thing to have!

  • Amazon’s most popular smart speaker, improved for richer and louder sound. 
  • Voice control your music – Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible. 
  • Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Connect with others – Call almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.
  • Voice control your smart home – Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices
  • More!


Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Echo Dot 
– I’ve wanted one of these for a while now!

  • This bundle contains the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and the Echo Dot (3rd Generation).
  • Works with Alexa to illuminate and send announcements to Echo devices when your doorbell is pressed or motion is detected. You can also see, hear, and talk to visitors through Echo Show or Echo Spot.
  • Get next-level security and convenience with the all-new Video Doorbell 2. Armed with motion-activated alerts, 1080HD video and two-way talk, Ring lets you watch over your home and answer the door from anywhere. Day or night, rain or shine – you’re always home.
  • Monitor your property in HD video, and check-in on your home at anytime with Live View on-demand video and audio.
  • Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.

Isn’t this the neatest little thing?? And it’s much less expensive than I would have thought it would be!

 

Olive / Avocado Oil Sprayer

Mistro Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer –  Okay….this may seem like a strange gift, but I saw this the other day and thought it was genius!  One thing I’ve been trying to do is eliminate as many toxins from my life as possible, and those non-stick sprays that you can buy at your local grocery are FULL of chemicals! Those chemicals get on your food and then you ingest them!  This sprayer is exactly what I need!

  • MISTO is a reusable oil spray and mister bottle that gives you the convenience and health benefits of typical aerosol sprayers but in a more healthy, economical and environmental way
  • Fill MISTO with your favorite oils, vinegars, lemon and lime juice and other liquids. Great for dressing salads, breads, or cooking
  • Easy-to-use pump style cap features a 2-step operation: simply pump the container, then and press the valve on the pressurized sprayer for an even mist
  • Environmentally friendly, the non-aerosol sprayer doesn’t use chemical propellants, and it’s refillable, so no more throwing cans away to end up in landfills.
  • MISTO is BPA-free – threading the cap on incorrectly allows air to escape and in turn does not allow the bottle to build up pressure to spray

This is PERFECT for EVERY kitchen!

 

Lifaith Microfiber Makeup Remover Cloths
Lifaith Microfiber Cloths

Lifaith Microfiber Makeup Remover Cloths – Every girl needs one of these in their life!  I do not own this exact one, but I remove my makeup with a microfiber cloth every night, and it is AWESOME!  Removing your makeup is almost effortless, especially when using the Young Living Mirah Cleansing Oil.

 

 

 

 

Mirah Cleaning Oil

Young Living Mirah Cleansing Oil – This cleansing oil is another good gift choice! I have used nothing else to remove my makeup every single night for the last couple of months! It leaves your skin much more moisturized than using regular makeup removers, and it is non-toxic and great for your skin! (If you order, use enroller/sponsor #16228899).

 

hair bands for washing face  Sweet Super Soft Caroset Wash Cosmetic Headband

For when she is washing her face with  the Mirah Cleansing Oil and needs to keep her hair dry, or when she is putting on her makeup in the morning, or if she just wants to keep her hair off her face … this is perfect! I use mine daily!

Anne Klein has a TON of gorgeous watches for women that are so affordable, you might could even grab two!  Here is a list of just a few of my favorites that I found (and saved on my wish list for future reference for myself!)

Can you tell I’m drawn to the same color tones?  They are just so pretty!!

This is a great bag for any mom, as we all know that every mom, no matter if you are a mom of littles or a mom of biggies, needs a carry-all bag that fits all the extras in there for the whole fam!   (snacks, kleenex, lotion, brush, dental floss, etc. etc.) Ammiright??

Personalized Charm Necklace – Perfect for moms of new littles, older littles or even biggies… this perfect charm necklace will hold the names of her children close to her heart.

Does the mom in your life love the farmhouse decor like I do? Here are a few ideas to help her add to her farmhouse collection!

Farmhouse wreathBoxwood Wreath

Rustic Wall SconcesRustic Wall Sconces

Crazy family pillowLittle Bit of Crazy, Lot of Love Pillow

Farmhouse Tin Plants CanFarmhouse Tin Plants Can

Farmhouse Striped Kitchen Towels Striped Kitchen Towels

Artificial Lavender Plant Artificial Lavender Plant

Buffalo Checkers Plaid Cotton Linen Pillow Buffalo Checkers Plaid Cotton Linen Pillow

3-Tier Galvanized Serving Tray3-Tier Galvanized Serving Tray

Farmhouse scaleAntiqued Farmhouse Scale

Distressed Metal ChairsDistressed Metal Chairs

Vintage Floral Wood PlaqueVintage Botanical Wood Plaque

Well… there are few ideas, and especially for the farmhouse decor lover like me!

I hope this might give you even a little bit of help in the little bit of time we have left until that special day!!

Blessings,

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Put On A Happy Face

I don’t like being on this side of the camera. I am usually the one taking the pics – so much so, that I’ve told my family that they wouldn’t be able to put a slideshow together for my funeral should I die today! lol

But today…this is a face of someone who knows for certain that the hard work of a new wellness journey is paying off.

What started almost 6 months ago as a journey to simply feel better became a quest to be the healthiest me I can be. It was not a quest to lose weight, although I’m well aware of the fact that much weight needed to be shed (and still does). I didn’t, however, expect this new lifestyle to have as big of an impact on my weight as it has over these last few months.

Two events in my life were the springboard into catapulting me into this new quest for better health: 1) the fact that I felt miserable almost every day of my life and ended up with my missing a day of work, simply for stomach issues, and 2) a health screening for my life insurance renewal. These two events happened almost simultaneously, and it was then that I knew I had to take charge of my health. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that can wreak havoc on your body causing all sorts of problems, and I darn near had about every one of them possible. I’m a poster child for HT! lol.

6 months later, I am 25 lbs lighter, and I feel so much better than I have felt in a long time. I’ve been seeing the progress but not truly believing that my scales were ‘right’. I excused it by telling myself that “digital scales aren’t exactly true”, plus the scales “might be getting old and we might need to buy another one”, etc. etc.

But today, another health screening took place, and the results showed that my scales were actually right. For some reason, it was at today’s screening that made it feel official to me.

Self-doubt gets in the way many times. If the writing is on the wall…read it. Don’t ignore it. Don’t second-guess it. Continue on your journey. It may be hard, but every step, no matter how tiny, is still a step forward.

There will be good days, and days you mess up, but the ‘day’ doesn’t define you. I’m an example of both the good and the bad. I’m under construction every day. But today, I’m 25 lbs lighter and 1 RX less than I was 6 months ago. And I’m gonna let myself be happy about it.