This week’s assignment is to continue journaling while adding music to the mix. I’m becoming more aware of my music selection for the different mood I’m in and the different activities I’m doing. Besides my usual top 40, country and chill pop/techno, I’ve been welcoming back the relaxing tones (“spa music”) back to the mix as I wind down my day in the evening. And back to the serendipity question, I am now a believer 😊💛 #music #progress #checkin #fridayquotes #letthemusicplay #52smallchangesforthemind
Noah’s first ever day skiing and he absolutely crushed it! Started the day on the magic carpet, and an hour later we were on the big chair even though he was so scared and cried the whole way up and down his first run, by run 2, he was making pizzas and riding the hill like a pro 🙌🏻 so darn proud and in love with these boys of mine and this life we live. #panorama2019 #familyskitrip #thesweetlife
Say AMEN if you agree!
This may feel tough to believe sometimes. However, when we believe and act on His guidance, we will ALWAYS be blessed beyond measure!
Complacency threatens to cripple our actions. Don't give into it. Equip qualities that bring out the best of you.
“Is it February already? Its been a looong week so I’m switching to airplane mode for the weekend. ✨
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What they don’t tell you is that the road to living your very BEST life isn’t all puppies & ice cream & #goodvibesonly
. I did try to take that route though - to only focus on the positive, visualize & manifest the things you want, smile and act the way you want to feel... etc, etc.
All of the sweet things and confetti are part of the journey, of course. They are amazing & make life worth living. But that’s just it - they are PART. Life is a breathing dichotomy. The sweet is mixed in with the big & daunting dark things that you’ve been shoving down for years while you were pretending you were a magical unicorn/mermaid/whatever your flavor is.
There are monster-under-the-bed things you have to face on the road to joy. They stand tall and ominous.. maybe wearing a disguise or hiding from view every now and then, only to pop back up and hop on your shoulders for a piggy back ride when you least expect it - usually during the most inopportune of times.
They perform at a subconscious level - they inform your habits without your conscious knowledge. Leave you scratching your head as to why you can’t finally leave that job or stop dating the same kind of guy over and over.
Acknowledging your wounds is not for the faint of the heart. It’s really fucking hard. It means that you’re not going to have the best day ever every day. It means that sometimes you are going to fall to your knees in tears & the only one who can save you is you.
Turning to face your darkness head on takes bravery & strength & bad-assery. It means choosing to walk through the fire to upgrade your life from surface-level mediocrity to the incredibly infinite possibilities available to you here & now. Awakening to your truest purpose.
Rumi says, “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” In choosing to do the work & let the light in, the wounds can turn to beautiful battle scars. They fade over time and every now and then when you look down and see one, you are reminded that you are a magically rad warrior and you are so capable.
A lesson I’m working to embody: Don’t ignore the dark. It allows you to truly see the light in its full brilliance.
As I’m laying here on the couch after taking a nice nap, I’m reflecting on a life coaching session I just had.
I’m so grateful for my life coach! She has just given me some clarity on how to approach my business in ways that I couldn’t see before.
Let me tell you, building a business isn’t easy, especially when you’re in the process of figuring out who you are.
There are so many shifting pieces, and it can get frustrating trying to align everything.
But at the end of the day, I have a message that I want to spread. I want you all to know that you’re voice matters. That spreading that voice, spreading your message, spreading your spirit, is necessary for the change and betterment of this planet.
Don’t stop expressing, don’t stop aligning, and when times get hard remember you always have the support of that Inner Being inside of you, that true self, that will guide you to the right people, situations, and resources you need to continue spreading your light in this world.
A snow day is the perfect day to sit under a blanket and read!
What are you reading right now?? #readingaddict
Just in case you were starting to think that our diet consisted solely of cookies and cinnamon rolls...😂 We love eating pretty and colorful meals. (& cookies too) Veggies are my favorite so we are cooking up some ratatouille 🐭 on this gloomy Friday. What’s for dinner at your house?? 👇
📚My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2018📚 .
Narrowing down my top ten FAVORITE books of an entire year is just about impossible for me, but I tried my best. I’m sharing my favorite books of 2018 on the blog today with my thoughts on each one! 2018 was definitely a year of trying new things and exploring books I never would’ve even considered before, and I’m so glad I did. My hope for 2019 is to read what I want to, what educated me, what brings me joy, what strengthens my faith - who cares about the number! .
Do you see any favorites in this stack? Or any that you’re planning to read soon? I need all the recs so I can add to my list for this year!
The original fort night. ✨
Breaking my fast at midday with this meal full of beautiful rich fats and clean flavours (not to mention a bit too much sugar free bbq sauce - whoops). This will keep me full until dinner. Also taking advantage of some quiet time out on the deck with my favourite mag. @betterhomesandgardens
- three eggs
- a scatter of cheddar cheese
- a splash of full cream milk
- a sprinkle of Tuscan seasoning
- a handful of spinach
- two strips of all natural bacon
- half an avocado 🥑
- a general scattering of @dodoni_feta
Goats Cheese feta (I’m obsessed with this stuff and can eat it at every meal)
- sugar free bbq sauce
- a can of Frantelle sparkling water
#hotmessmoney #keto #intermittentfasting
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You can have the desire to give without knowing how you‘ll be able to give. Desire is a most useful currency. ✨ Your desire is an opening to a higher self who already believes in a brighter world.
End of another busy working week, not to mention it is busy at home too, with M being on call. We have been relying on online shopping for groceries, which is SO convenient. Except when I forget their times of delivery and end up scrambling. So, in keeping with my determination to write everything down, even delivery times go into the planner now. It is during times like these I appreciate talented ladies like @miscellany.boulevard.
They make stickers for everything!
Today we had Bubba’s 15 month appointment. .
Doctor had no complaints and was still so surprised with how much he is saying and how much he knew. .
Where did my baby my 6lb 12oz baby go? 😭😭❤️
They tell you to slow down, and they tell you to do something more.
They tell you to throw it out, they tell you to consume a bit more.
They tell you to look a certain way while simultaneously pressuring you to feel as if you’ve made your own choice.
They tell you to try a certain method, they tell you to break away from all routine.
They tell you that it’s safe, and maybe later they tell you something completely opposite.
You feel a bit of a jumbled mess inside, and is it any wonder?
Perhaps you have also felt the weight of a world of fast paced runners who make a mad attempt to appear to move slowly through life.
Perhaps you’ve also felt the desperation of a society that is lost trying to find what’s right, all while seeking to tell the world that they’ve already gathered up all of the answers.
Perhaps we were never meant to be caught in the vicious cycle of craving and desiring what we think we want, yet can never have.
Perhaps you too, have gotten lost a time or two in believing the lie that there’s more than only One Thing that is needed here in this life.
Look around and wonder with me - if Jesus is all we need, how then should we live our lives?
And does the life that we live today reflect that we believe that we have only this one answer to the whole of life’s unending questions?
Jesus only - and not the voice of any other.
Jesus forever - and not the newer, grander looking treasures.
Jesus always - the forever answer to our hearts truest needs.
#onlyJesus #wellwateredwomen #bedeeplyrooted #womenoftheword #intentionalliving #onething #livethelittlethings #momentsofmine #reflection #encouragementgallery #vsco #vscocam #books
So who's this guy? Thomas took his mom to the doctor and while there, his doc said, 'Why don't we draw your blood and see how you're doing?' A few days later he got a call... 'You have diabetes.'
That was his wake-up call. He made the decision to do a 180, and he stuck with it. 🍵🍽🍜🥘
He was surprised by 2 things.
1. He didn't have to go hungry or get into some stressful and complicated measuring plan to make it happen.
2. He never intended or expected to lose 83 lbs (and keep it off). That weight had crept up on him as he was working in the film industry in LA and let work take priority over his health.
Thomas: 'I went out. Followed the plan. Did some exercise. And I lost 1 lb. Then that just happened 83 times.... going through this process I realized, you make one good choice and that makes you want to do well in other areas of your health, too.'
The health you have tomorrow starts with your decisions today. If you want to change your story, start making new choices.... today!! 🥑🥕🥦🥗
Join our 180 Challenge by the end of Jan and lock in 20% savings for 5 months 🥑
Yeehaw!!! Finally getting back into some bigger numbers. 42 homes were listed today in the Utah County market. You ready to go looking?
Many of them are "To Be Built" listings, but I love those. I was a custom home builder and I love to help buyers see the vision of a new home and how many ways they can personalized it before it's built. Call me and let's talk with you about your life and your vision. 801-709-7092.
Click profile link for all the details.
And here's the quick list of homes:
*1. Santaquin - $299,900 - 2,952 SqFt
2. American Fork - $399,900 - 3,492 SqFt
3. Spanish Fork - $449,900 - 2,194 SqFt
4. Sundance - $995,000 - 1,800 SqFt
5. Lehi - $679,900 - 5,710 SqFt
*6. Lehi - $335,000 - 2,492 SqFt
7. Saratoga Springs - $474,950 - 4,144 SqFt
*8. Lehi - $344,900 - 2,222 SqFt
*9. American Fork - $350,000 - 2,738 SqFt
*10. Lehi - $355,000 - 2,828 SqFt
11. Payson - $415,000 - 3,640 SqFt
12. Salem - $549,900 - 4,449 SqFt
13. Lehi - $514,900 - 4,071 SqFt
14. Highland - $650,000 - 4,500 SqFt
*15. Springville - $283,000 - 1,701 SqFt
16. Eagle Mountain - $434,900 - 4,270 SqFt
*17. Payson - $275,000 - 2,417 SqFt
18. Orem - $515,000 - 6,770 SqFt
19. Provo - $497,000 - 3,438 SqFt
20. Pleasant Grove - $672,900 - 6,020 SqFt
*21. American Fork - $269,000 - 1,728 SqFt
22. Pleasant Grove - $646,900 - 5,257 SqFt
23. Pleasant Grove - $677,900 - 6,020 SqFt
24. Pleasant Grove - $661,900 - 5,257 SqFt
*25. Orem - $299,400 - 2,276 SqFt
*26. Springville - $350,000 - 1,900 SqFt
27. Pleasant Grove - $500,900 - 5,476 SqFt
28. Lehi - $587,900 - 3,774 SqFt
29. Pleasant Grove - $616,900 - 4,550 SqFt
30. Pleasant Grove - $650,900 - 4,685 SqFt
31. Pleasant Grove - $682,900 - 6,020 SqFt
32. Pleasant Grove - $651,900 - 4,492 SqFt
33. Pleasant Grove - $649,900 - 4,362 SqFt
34. Pleasant Grove - $645,900 - 4,011 SqFt
35. Pleasant Grove - $631,900 - 4,550 SqFt
36. Saratoga Springs - $394,900 - 3,799 SqFt
37. Saratoga Springs - $549,900 - 4,522 SqFt
*38. Lehi - $310,000 - 1,750 SqFt
39. Alpine - $709,000 - 4,718 SqFt
40. Vineyard - $764,900 - 4,519 SqFt
41. Springville - $453,900 - 4,729 SqFt
42. American Fork - $475,000 - 3,103 SqFt
(* Qualify for a $0 Dowm Payment Loan)
✨Contemplating life goals✨ (LOL. In reality, this looks like me hunching over a floor drowning in papers, tinkering with online retirement calculators, reading real estate investment materials, listening to parenting audiobooks, making a vision board, curating predictive 3, 5, and 10 year budgets according to inflation/child costs/a million other variables, and ignoring the iPad-watching kids + laundry.)
Creating your version of a dream life is ridiculously stinkin’ hard to achieve, like way harder than many of these Instagram folks make it look 😂. Yet, it’s worth the sacrifices, knowing that ultimately God’s plans and purposes win out ✌🏻 ...and there’s personal peace in that!
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I keep coming back to this moment from this week. This child was one of about 80 who came through the career fair put on by the Boys and Girls Club. I answered a lot questions from very inquisitive minds of what life is like being a lawyer. Experiencing young minds filling up to the point of saturation with ideas of what the future holds is mighty empowering. #GiveFirst #intentionalliving
Amazing things develop under adverse situations. No pressure, no diamonds.
Matthew 5:13-16 .
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Happy Friday, y’all 💕 I like to introduce myself every once in a while for new friends here. I’m Rachel 🤗 Wife. Mom to three. This is my tribe. Choosing joy on whatever path life takes our family. This page is to share how we use and incorporate the Young Living lifestyle into our everyday. It’s not complicated. It’s all about baby steps. If you need help, just reach out. I would love to help you start your journey when you are ready. Just send me a message with any questions you might have. If you want to see more of our daily chaos 😆 follow my personal account @drakepartyoffive
Happy oiling! -Rachel
Gentleness. Woah. 🖤
It’s been a wacky week. I’ve felt out of sync, I have not felt peace, my heart has been pulled in destructive directions and I’ve found myself frustrated and just flat out sad.
It’s in these moments where striving and struggling and squirming takes over and becomes a flood I can’t hold back and I try to fix it, manage it, organize it, arrange it. But all the while I hear the still small voice, the utter kindness of Jesus, whispering to me to be still, retreat, let Him restore, let Him wrap me in rest.
I have to fight myself in this. I have to command my spirit to remember the gentleness of my King. I have to dig into the Truth and hold on tight. I have to be gentle with my feeble heart - because it’s altogether more fragile than I ever dare admit.
In these moments, I find myself over and over again reaching for Gentle Baby. I put a couple drops in my hands, rub them together and take deep breaths. It gives me an olfactory trigger to remind myself to PAUSE. To be still. To remember the truth. To be gentle. And in that space, I can approach the sweetest, most True words, the love letter written to us by a God that is bigger than our wacky weeks. I can digest His kind thoughts toward me. I can sit in His grace and soak it up.
What do you all do in the midst of the CRAY to remind you to be gentle toward yourself? •
#wellness #youngliving #essentialoils #nontoxicliving #yleo #greenliving #holistic #wellnessjourney #plantbased #health #younglivingessentialoils #intentionalliving #healthylifestyle #bible #jesus #gentle #kindness #happyhome #milkandhoneyoils
Friday. No rain. Afternoon free for cavorting with little BunBun and @thelifestyled.
For what it’s worth...
It’s never too late or, in my case,
Too early to be whoever you want to be.
There’s no time limit,
stop whenever you want.
You can change or stay the same,
there are no rules to this thing.
We can make the best or the worst of it.
I hope you make the best of it.
And I hope you see things that startle you.
I hope you feel things you never felt before.
I hope you meet people
with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of.
If you find that you’re not,
I hope you have the courage
to start all over again.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Quit living in the disillusioned state that everyone has wronged you or intends you ill will.
Every human on this planet is just trying to make it through this life to the best of their abilities.
Some have more empathy for others. Some can’t get out of the rut they’re stuck in. Some have a tolerance for pain that’s out of this world.
. Believing the worst in others only soils your day, hinders your growth and festers your wounds.
Remember those times your mama told you that ignorance is bliss? I would argue the same is true when it comes to positivity and grace. Pure bliss; live in that. Pure grace; love in that ♥️
My mom died with ALS 16 years ago.
My oldest sister has MS.
I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease.
This is my ‘why’. My ‘why’ for wanting to start living a toxic-free life.
My ‘why’ for using Young Living essential oils.
Why? Because every little step towards clean living is a step toward less toxins in the body which can trigger certain symptoms in the body and have an everlasting effect.
I consider a change in my diet as a step...a step that isn’t always adhered to, but it is now my mentality for the most part.
I consider Young Living essential oils as a step...a step toward non-synthetic relief for so many ailments as well as 100% pure products for clean living....not just for the body but for the home as well.
It will take me a long time to be able to switch over to as much of a non-toxic life as I desire because, let’s just be real, it takes time to research to know exactly the best route to take, and time and money to ‘ditch and switch’. I am blown away by what I have learned so far about the gazillion toxins that we invest and wear with the ‘every day’ products we use, and it almost scares me to learn any more.
Scripture says we perish for the lack of knowledge, so as scarey as it may be, I will continue in my quest, however slowly, to ditch the toxic and switch to non-toxic to try to take care of the temple God entrusted me with while here on earth.
So, this...this is my ‘why’. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
#cleanliving #wellness #wellnessjourney #mywellnessjourney #younglivingessentialoils #essentialoils #oilylife #alifeblessed #family #faith #hashimotosdisease #ms #als #temple #godstemple #purpose #purposefulliving #intentionalliving
We visited today to look at the progress, they are still working on the footers. We walked back to the woods, and we saw all kinds of little (and not so little 😳) paw prints! Maybe I’d rather not know what’s back there 😂
to support one another in doing the things we love
💫 Angelica and Ilan celebrate his 1st Bar class, her 100th Bar class, and 34 weeks of pregnancy together. Such rock stars!
Jumping in on that 10 year challenge bandwagon. 🙋🏻♀️// These photos were taken 10 years apart (obvi, haha) & I could probably write a book about everything that has happened during that time. // My life has taken SO many twists & turns, but I am grateful for each & every one. // Learning gratefulness of my circumstances & belief in myself has been the biggest journey I have been on these last 10 years. Those are things that look completely the same on the outside, but feel entirely different on the inside. // If I could go back & tell the person on the left what was coming in her life, I would tell her to be fearless. I would tell her to believe in herself & her intuition. I would tell her to trust herself, trust the happenings of her life, face every single thing head on & do not avoid it because avoidance only accumulates problems; don’t try to control, don’t try to manage change, don’t let fear lie to you. And, trust me, fear will lie to you every single chance that filthy b*tch gets. // Some people reading this may think I’m referring to my failed marriage, because I have done a great job of hiding all of my internal struggles. (Turns out a smile on the outside can make anyone believe everything is great on the inside.)😉// The advice I would give my 10 year younger self has to do with the internal, hidden struggles I was about to face. Sure, some of those may have stemmed from divorce, but ANY extreme change can make you see parts of yourself that you have never seen before, puts you in situations you have never been in before, that make you see sides of yourself you never knew you had. // At the end of the day, no matter who you are with, what your circumstances are, you need to be there for YOU. You need to know when you need to snap yourself out of it, give yourself a pep talk, return to gratefulness and go fiercely into the direction you want your life to go. Make YOU & your GROWTH a priority. // [On a side note, I don’t view my previous marriage as “failed”. While we may have experienced things we couldn’t get through, we were successful in having an amazing kid & having helped each other to grow in so many incredible ways. So much love there.]
Abel typically doesn’t reach/grasp/and hold things while in a sitting position (he retracts his shoulders, tightens up and pulls away from the sensory to his palms/hands). He does great standing and holding things, but when he’s sitting he’s using a lot of strength just to focus on sitting up.
His back is rugged and strong, and we’re heading in a great direction to get him more comfortable sitting and building strength to his abdomen that’s filled with scars.
One day at a time he amazes me.
Week two of weaning off of another medication, and he’s rolling over like it’s nobody’s business, and remains to be the happiest kid I’ve ever known. This isn’t just baby play, this IS rehabilitation in front of my eyes and heart.
Thank you for kicking ass, keeping me on my toes, and continuing to blaze your own fiery path Abel Owen. A trach never looked so good on a baby. Love you bear!
#intentionalliving #rehabilitation #growth #development #ot #sensoryplay