Thursday Thoughts

1. Um can we discuss that I completely forgot to do my Thursday Thoughts post?? I kept thinking today was Wednesday, and then I saw some #tbt instagram posts and it took about 10 minutes to click…

2. I’ve decided for September I want to do a smaller accountability group with women who are really committed to trying something new, investing in themselves, and giving it their all. If you’re interested, send me an email at peaceloveandoats@gmail.com so we can see if this is a good fit for you.

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3. Marathon season is coming up and two of the girls in my small group are training for the Chicago Marathon. It’s making me miss it!!! Not that I have time for that right now… plus strength is my goal… but still. I miss it a little. So much fun energy and sense of accomplishment.

4. Anyone notice something weird about this picture? No hands! I got a little tripod from Amazon ($20) for pictures and video and I love it! It even has a bluetooth “clicker” to take the picture! 
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5. I’m obsessed with this new Energize stuff (referral link). It’s like morning workout crack. Not really, but it does get me pumped up for my workout. I know I mentioned it before. But I’m mentioning it again… #addicted.

6. Tuesday night I went to a live training event with Jeff Hill, who is the Executive Vice President of Global Sales. I hear him talk or see him all the time that it feels like I know him! Haha. No, we have never talked one on one. It was definitely motivational and nice to be in the company of more coaches after the post-Summit lull.

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7. Guess what I’m doing this weekend? Going to CHARLESTON! My college BFF and sorority “twin” had a baby in June so I’m using it as the perfect excuse to come visit her. I plan on spending the whole weekend hanging out with her and her adorable little dude :).

Twins! (7 years ago…)

8. Have a great Thursday!

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Does fall make you want to jump into a new fitness routine? 

What are you doing for Labor Day weekend? 

When God Disappoints You

That doesn’t sound like a title that should be coming from a Christian, right? One of the many things I’ve learned in the past two years is that it’s okay to be mad at God. Just like it’s okay to be mad at your parents – it’s an unconditional love and you know the feelings will come and go briefly.

These past two months have not gone well for my coaching business. I haven’t been reaching the goals that I set for myself and I feel disappointed. I’ve worked incredibly hard, poured in hours of time along with everything I have emotionally, and yet, business-wise, the numbers aren’t adding up. So why am I disappointed in God? Because I also put prayers into this business. I asked for big things and I asked for small things. I put my life and my future in his hands trusting that He can answer my prayers if he chooses to do so.

But His answer was no. And I am left disappointed.

So do I quit? Never.

I’ve known since the moment I signed up that this is the right path for me. So rarely to I have a gut instinct that strong, I know that this is the path that I need to be on.

So what next? What do I do when God disappoints me?

I praise Him.

I know, I sound crazy. But I’ve also learned that we can only imagine so much for our own lives, but God has greater things planned. I am focused on points, the number of people I can help, and how they feel after trying something new. I’m focused on the short term. But God knows what’s coming, and every disappointment, every no that He gives me is just His way of saying, I have more. Be patient.

Every day He is teaching us, as long as we continue striving towards Him and working to glorify Him. We only need to be open to what He is telling us.

So next time God disappoints you, take a minute to praise Him. His no is telling you that His plan is greater than yours.

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5 Recent Reads

I promised you more book reviews, and here they are! I tried to pick of bit of a variety, luckily I have many to choose from. I’ll do my best to review every book I’ve read over this year if I can. All at once I’m usually reading 1-2 personal development books (something all Beachbody coaches do!), a fiction book, and usually a health related book, such as The Woman Code, which I’m reading now and heard about from a Jess Lively podcast! I also tried to mix up my fiction (I tend to love an author and keep reading their books) and I’m reading a classic that I never had a chance to read: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens!

 

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors, #1)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.

 

This book was a fun read! I kinda saw where it was going from near the beginning, but nevertheless I enjoyed reading the story. It’s definitely a little corny in parts and some of the characters and situations are a bit unrealistic in the sense that they seemed to fit their character’s stereotype a little too much (not complex enough). But it was fun and relaxing to read. Basically a historic/Christian version of chick-lit. I’m a fan :)

 

The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White

The Perfect Son

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

From a distance, Felix Fitzwilliam, the son of an old English family, is a good husband and father. But, obsessed with order and routine, he’s a prisoner to perfection. Disengaged from the emotional life of his North Carolina family, Felix has let his wife, Ella, deal with their special-needs son by herself.

A talented jewelry designer turned full-time mother, Ella is the family rock…until her heart attack shatters their carefully structured existence. Now Harry, a gifted teen grappling with the chaos of Tourette’s, confronts a world outside his parents’ control, one that tests his desire for independence.

As Harry searches for his future, and Ella adapts to the limits of her failing health, Felix struggles with his past and present roles. To prevent the family from being ripped apart, they must each bend with the inevitability of change and reinforce the ties that bind.

 

This book took me forever to get through, but it was really interesting! I do feel as though parts were a bit too drawn out, but nevertheless I really wanted to know what was going to happen next! The author certainly did well with keeping up the suspense of how the story would continue, and created some pretty complex characters as well. After reading the book, I looked through an interview in the back and saw how much research the author did in mental disorders like Tourette’s and what that experience was really like for both the person with the syndrome and his or her family. I also loved that the book switched between characters’ points of view. Overall, it’s a little longer than I’d have liked, but a really good book.

 

Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Crooked Little Lies

Goodreads Synopsis:

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

 

Oh my gosh, this book! Totally not what I expected! Talk about keeping you on the edge of your seat – I had NO IDEA how this was going to go! It was fascinating how the author slowly tied together the story, including pieces of the past as well as various points of view. It’s almost like the book is a mystery (okay, well it is…) and you’re given little bits of information as time goes on and then once you’ve finished it all makes sense looking back! I got this book for free through Amazon Prime and I’m so glad I ended up reading it. I definitely recommend it! It’s almost Gone Girl-esque, if you’re a fan of that book.

 

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest Beauty

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sophie has long wished to get away from her stepmother’s jealous anger, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be her chance at freedom – but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

Gabe knows he defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the orphan girl has stolen his heart. Though romance is impossible – she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else – he promises to himself he will keep her safe, no matter what.

When the pair are forced to run to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help – but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Can they find a way to protect Sophie while also safeguarding their hearts?

 

This is actually the second book I read by this author, after enjoying the first. I didn’t like it quite as much because it’s very clearly based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (which is intentional), but I felt like that took away some suspense. It was interesting, however, how her version was very different in many ways. I enjoyed the overall story and it was relaxing to read, however I do think certain parts were drawn out just to add in “lessons” (another Christian author) that weren’t really necessary to the story. It’s another cute fairytale light-read, so worth it if you’re in the mood for something like that.

 

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread

Goodreads Synopsis:

 “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.” This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family–their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog–is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red’s father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler’s hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.

 

Hmmm. I liked many parts of this book but also didn’t like a lot of other parts. I think that is partially because the characters were very real – they had their good characteristics but they had their flaws as well. It was honest, which can be good but at the same time I read to escape from the less fun parts of reality, which this book confronts straight on. One thing I did really appreciate was the changing back and forth between “now and then,” better explaining each character’s history and how they became the way they are. It’s a really interesting book and great if you’re looking for something with honest, multi-dimensional characters.

 

What are you reading now?

What’s one book on your “to read” list?

Link Love #41

Well hello there! I hope you all had a good weekend! Mine went pretty well, although it was a little rainy here in Chicago. But I got a lot done, got to see some friends, and got plenty of sleep, so I’m happy! I also got my hair cut…

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Guess what I did?

Took off an INCH! Yes. One inch. I live on the wild side.

Now time for some of my favorite posts and articles from the week!

Life

When Your To Do List Makes You Hyperventilate

A Day In The Life & The Word I Hate The Most

How To Be Productive

7 Tips for Making The Ultimate To Do List

Why This Personality Type Is Happy Making Less Money (this girl!)

Food

Flourless Peanut Butter Blueberry Muffins

Coconut Oil Chocolate

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

Fire Roasted Shrimp Tacos

Vegetarian Whole 30 Wrap Up

Gluten Free Lemon Bars

Health/Fitness

Piyo Review – loooove Piyo!

Are You Addicted To Sugar? Here’s How To Break The Cycle

Why You’re Not Getting Your Period

Does Drinking Alcohol Trigger Overeating?

7 Ways Strength Training Makes Your Life More Awesome

Funny

10 Overly Creative Ways To Apply For a Job

Tourist Unclear On Concept Of Wild Animals Demands Yellowstone Provide Better Bears

Thursday Thoughts

  1. Ahhhh Thursday! YAY! Haha only two more days, and no after-work activities! Some might see that as boring… I see that as time to get things done AND relax a bit. Speaking of after-work activities, I got to go to the Roof at the Wit to see my friend’s boyfriend play on Tuesday: Chris Buehrle. He’s kinda awesome. And kinda the nicest guy ever.  :)

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2. So I love yellow and orange starbursts, BUT I loved the sentiment of this:

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3. Can we discuss that I’m wearing slippers this morning? In my non-AC apartment it is now cold enough to wear slippers. In August. Not thrilled.

4. I went on another RUN this weekend! I’m starting to get a little jealous of all my friends who are training for races, so I’m going to try to run at least once a week. I’m following a strength training program that also has interval/cardio workout days so it’s hard to fit in running, but I’ll run instead of those workouts every once in a while. It’s just soooo easy to do a workout at home and it takes SO MUCH LESS TIME!

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5. I’m trying out this new stuff called Energize, which is a pre-workout supplement. I’ve only had it for 3 days and I am SO hooked. I’ve felt so much energy in my workouts and haven’t hit a “wall” like I have been recently. Plus it makes me feel like a real athlete, so legit.

6. Another girl on my team posted this in a GroupMe (similar to a group text) that we have going and I loved it. Sparkle. Be You. Be a rainbow unicorn. It’s way more fun :)

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7. I know I’m a Beachbody coach and all, but if you ever just want to chat about your health and nutrition – shoot me a message. I’m here to help you out whether or not you are interested in joining a challenge!

8. Have a great Thursday!

{expect great things}

What’s your fitness routine right now?

What’s your favorite Starburst flavor?