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Thursday Thoughts: Gold Star Style

I’ve been listening to the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft and at the end of each episode, they share a happiness demerit and a happiness gold star. Today I want to share my happiness gold stars because I’ve had a lot over the past week!

1. Gold star to my school/job. I have to admit, my job now comes with WAY more perks than any other job I’ve had. This past weekend, not only did we have four FULL days off (Sat – Tues) but Friday was a half-day Staff and Faculty Retreat where we had breakfast, a morning speaker, and then went to three different sessions that we’d signed up for, all having something to do with relaxation or mindfulness. My sessions were zentangles (drawing), learning how to play the violin (SO COOL) and then a 40 minute meditation which was suuuuper relaxing.

2. Gold start to me (and new friends). After that retreat I was ready to drive up to the Boulder area and pick up Molly, but one of my new friends at work invited me to tacos and drinks at a restaurant nearby. I almost didn’t go… but I remembered that we rarely regret things we DO and we usually regret it when we DON’T do something. So I went. And of course I’m so glad I did because it was fun and I got to know some new people. Albeit I then got stuck in rush hour traffic… but it was worth it.

3. Gold star to Molly. I had Molly from Friday through Monday this weekend and I absolutely LOVED it. It was SO NICE to have here there in general and to have the perfect reason to get outside constantly during the weekend.

4. Gold star to my friend, Maddie. Molly was a little uneasy in my apartment (she’s not used to hearing people move and talk all around her!) and she’d bark at some noises until I told her it was okay. Because of the barking, I didn’t want to leave her alone in my apartment (for her and my neighbors) so I wasn’t going to go to church. Maddie said she’d take Molly for a walk near my church so I could go. It was really, really nice of her and I’m so glad I went!

5. Gold star to low-impact HIIT workouts. I’ve had a sharp pain in the side of my upper left thigh that’s been getting worse over the past few days and even worse when I’m walking on it (anyone want to diagnose me!?). I think it may be sciatic nerve pain but either way, it means I’m not running or jumping until it feels better. I googled “low impact HIIT workout” and found several that I’ve been able to do. Bonus? They’re SHORT! Haha. Good thing I’m focusing on strength training these days more than cardio!

6. Gold star to my friend, Britney. Britney is a friend of mine from Chicago who flew into Denver on Tuesday morning to spend a week with her World Race mentors in Colorado Springs. Since I had the day off, I went to pick her up and we went to brunch and explored a little of Denver before I dropped her off down in Colorado Springs. She gets a gold star because it was SO NICE to talk with her for a few hours. We have a lot in common and it was good to talk to someone who gets some of the things I’m going through and vice versa!

7. Gold star to my readers! Some of you have been so kind and supportive to me, whether it’s here on the blog or on social media. So THANK YOU for even showing up here and reading what I write, whether you comment or not. I hope I’m spreading some life lessons, positivity, and making you feel like you’re not alone in the world!

8. Gold start to this quote. I saw it the other day, loved it and shared it on Instagram so I wanted to share it here too. It’s so easy to wish we had someone else’s life but in reality, we ALL have our struggles and if we actually saw what everyone else was going through, we’d probably want to keep our own lives 😉 

Your turn!

What gold star would you like to award this week?

Thursday Thoughts

1. Hello, friends!!! I apologize for not blogging for a couple weeks there. Things got busy, I felt uninspired, and it was easy to let the blog go for a week or so. But I so VERY much appreciate you all sticking around. If you want to read more of what I’m saying or about my life, you can always check me out on Facebook, Instagram, or even follow the freelance posts I write (3 a week!). You can also join my free Facebook community – Be Your Best Self! I’m all over the place 🙂

2. I had to stop listening to the My Favorite Murder podcast. As much as I loved the hosts, it was giving me way too many ideas/visuals and making it hard to sleep. Instead, I’m listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. Both much more uplifting, and I love that they’re short episodes so I can almost finish one going to or from work.

3. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m kind of obsessed with candles. My favorites come from Anthropologie, but I love them all. On Monday morning, instead of a regular workout, I did a 12-minute relaxation yoga routine to help breathe and feel calm. Candles make everything better 🙂

4. Some girls on my coaching team were talking about binge eating and emotional eating and someone recommended this book: It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. I read the intro and felt like she was in MY head telling my story! I’ve just gotten it and can’t wait to read!

5. I hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day! It was a fun holiday at my office, most every got into it, which is partly because I work at a school and all the kids are so excited. For the first time ever, I got sent flowers! Haha don’t freak out, they’re from my parents. I’ve got pretty good ones 😉

6. Can we talk about the weather in Colorado?? The photo below was taken at 7:05 in the MORNING. I remember living in Chicago and desperately wanting some relief from the cloudy, grey, freezing cold and my friend in CO would be saying she’s eating lunch outside. This is one of the bigger reasons I moved and I am LOVING THE SUNSHINE!

7. I am excited for a LOOOONG weekend. It’s kind of crazy. Tomorrow we have a staff/faculty retreat, which is a half day of activities we signed up for like yoga, meditation, relaxing art projects, learning to play an instrument, journaling, etc. and then we have FOUR FULL DAYS OFF. What is this magical place!? I’ll be busy though because I have Miss Molly for the weekend (see below) and I get to see my friend Britney who is flying in on Tuesday!

8. Have a wonderful Thursday!

Your turn:

Are you a candle person? 

Why do you live where you live?

How was your Valentine’s Day?

What are you doing this weekend? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Last week I had a sore throat which turned into a bit of a cold. Luckily I was able to get rid of it in a few days with TONS of water, gargling salt water, and about as much as I could take of zinc, vitamin c and other supplements. I guess this is what happens when you work at a school – all sorts of bugs going around!

2. Monday and Tuesday of this week were absolutely GORGEOUS. I still wasn’t feeling 100% but I had to get outside and went for a 2.5 mile run on a path near my apartment. I’m so lucky to have found this – it goes for miles without crossing any roads. Just like the Lakeshore Path in Chicago!

3. When I moved I got rid of my Magic Bullet. It had seen better days and wasn’t worth packing. I used to use it all the time for smoothies because I thought my Vitamix was too large and difficult. I was wrong! As long as I leave it on the counter rather than pull it in and out of a cabinet, it is so easy! And yes, I usually eat straight from the blender…

4. You’d have to zoom in, but that cute little sign is a replica of the envelope that Harry Potter receives in the first book, addressed to the cupboard under the stairs. My friend, Amy Lee, made it for me years ago and I always keep it hung up in a closet. Closest thing I have to a cupboard under the stairs 😉

5. To help me calm my anxiety, I’ve been trying to meditate more often. I’m not great at doing it on my own, but I LOVE guided meditations because I’ve found some in which the speaker is so calming and it gives me great visualizations. I’ve been getting them from the app Insight Timer and highly recommend it. You can browse top rated ones or search for something specific, and with a certain length.

6. So… I went through a 4-5 night stint this past week where all I could think about was someone breaking into my apartment. I barely slept for a few days there. Part of it was brought on by realizing my sliding glass door lock didn’t work, and then I realized how much more exposed I am than in my old apartments. Luckily, maintenance was amazing and fixed that lock, along with adding a couple new ones with no charge and I actually SLEPT last night! One thing my mom suggested, however, was to add a piece of wood to the bottom of the sliding door to keep someone from opening it. Simple but effective!

7. Guess who gets to Addie-sit this weekend?!!? MEEEE!!!! FYI, Addie-sit means babysit my niece, Addie. She’s almost 10 months old!! I can’t believe how time has flown by! Again, I would post a picture of her adorable self but her parents would rather her not be on social media and the internet. Fiiiiiiiine…. #rude.

8. Have a great Thursday!

.* ❁ @gorgeousxox ❁ *.

Are you ever paranoid about crime?

What’s your favorite App right now?

Thursday Thoughts

1. On Saturday, I went to the National Western Stock Show in downtown Denver with my friend, Maddie. It was a BLAST! I love rodeos so much. We got some drinks, walked around and looked at all the vendors, and then had tickets to see the rodeo. Seriously, so much fun. Now I want to go to an actual small town rodeo because I think that would be even more fun.

2. eHarmony update: zero updates. Haha. I have sent two messages, nothing back. Good thing I somehow let them rope me into a 12-month subscription… Taking my time on this one. Also, I learned it’s really hard to judge someone based on these profiles. For about 80% of the ones I read, I think, “He seems fine?” We shall see…

3. My goal this week was to spend the mornings doing “mental health” stuff like meditation, journaling, reading my bible, reading personal development, etc., and then working out in the evening after work. So far… this was a fail. But not because it wasn’t a good idea, more because it worked great Monday, Tuesday was a rest day, and then yesterday I woke up with a really bad sore throat so I didn’t work out. So, 1/3 so far… But I do love having that time in the morning to do the things I don’t have the mental energy for after work.

4. Part of my job is organizing a few events for our school and on Tuesday night our high school honor choir got to sing the national anthem at the Denver Nuggets game. Since I had organized the event, I also attended to make sure everything went smoothly. To be honest, I wasn’t excited about spending my Tuesday night this way, but I ended up having a great time getting to know the choir coach and seeing how excited the girls were to perform. It was pretty cool!

5. I don’t love talking about this on a “public” forum because, really, who likes to air their dirty laundry in public? BUT I feel like the whole reason I started this blog was to be honest about what I’m struggling with so other people don’t feel alone. My depression has been really bad these past few weeks after a rough year in general and it makes every day a battle to go through the motions. I certainly have my good moments, but every day is hard. Just know that if you feel this way, you’re not alone. <3

6. I shared this on Instagram, but I thought I’d include it in here:

Something I’ve started this week, and hope to continue for at least the rest of the month, is reading from a list of verses about anxiety and then reflecting on them: What does this tell me about God? What am I grateful for? What am I learning?

Today’s verse reminded of something very important. I often look around at other people and think that I’m way behind in life. That I should be married or getting into a great career or own a house or condo or at least be able to afford a dog… but I’m not there. I’m learning that I need to put ALL of my trust and hope in God and focus on doing His work and doing my best.

We can’t worry about what everyone else is doing. We can’t compare ourselves to anyone else. We have to find the joy in our own lives, be proud of who we are rather than what we have, and know that we are exactly where we’re meant to be. Yes, we will stumble and fall, but we must learn from each fall and then get back up and keep going.

7. Who is excited for Friday?! THIS GIRL!

8. Have a great Thursday!

 : Do you struggle with any kind of mental health issues or know someone who does? 

What’s your favorite sports team? 

Are you a good singer? (I am… NOT)

Friday… Thoughts

1. Uuuuuuuh, can we talk about how I completely missed Thursday Thoughts? I’ve been doing this for years and just, oops, forgot! Sounds about right for this week…

2. This was fun while it lasted… but I can’t talk about it. Too sad.

3. It sounds incredibly weird, but I’ve discovered a new podcast that I’m obsessed with… about murders. Yep, you read that correctly. It’s called My Favorite Murder with two female comedians and is perfect for anyone who finds murder stories fascinating. Yes, sad, but fascinating. And these two women are hilarious.

4. Speaking of murders… I did just order some alarms to install on my doors in my apartment. I’ve always lived in big buildings where I’m one of like 400 units, but now I’m in a building where my doors are exposed to the outside, so it freaks me out a little bit. Plus, I’m listening to a podcast about murders, so that doesn’t help…

5. This past weekend I went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house Friday night so they could go out to dinner, and then I spent all day Saturday there watching my niece while they went skiing. Molly is so funny when it comes to me being around Addie. Anytime I sit down to play with Addie, she inserts herself between the two of us, no matter how little space there actually is… I think she’s feeling a little insecure 😉

6. My hair has gotten reeeeally long, probably because I haven’t gotten it cut since summer… So I’ve got a haircut scheduled for this evening. Cross your fingers that it isn’t a disaster! (8/10 times for me it ends in tears…).

7. This weekend I’m going to the Western Stock Show!!! I haven’t been since I visited Denver four years ago and I LOVE a good rodeo. I’m excited!!

8. Have a great Thursday!

Have you ever been to a rodeo? Do you enjoy them?

How often do you cut your hair?