Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Not exactly next month's Glamour magazine cover...

Gorgeous picture, huh? Well I just finished about a 10 mile bike ride in the heat of the day(smart idea, right?). Look at my face. Trust me I smell much worse than I look, hard to believe-I know. Why would a I do such a crazy thing? (Plus side: burning almost 1000 calories!!! YEAAHH!) Well, a friend came up to me Sunday and said that he is trying to get a group together of people in our ward to do a triathlon in September. Would I be interested? YES!!! I have needed something to re-energize me! I am so bored with my exercise routine and have been so disappointed with my body lately. UUUGGGHHH! I have been eating all the wrong things and looking for every excuse not to work out very hard. Truth be told - I FEEL so much better when I exercise and I haven't felt that big endorphin release lately. Even though I am not very competitive and will probably finish dead last - I am goal oriented and think this is a great new challenge for me. I am excited. Just in case - though- a few of you might start thinking about what you might like to say to eulogize me. There is a chance I have bitten of a little more than I can chew.
PS: Anyone have any great ideas of where I could buy a racing bike that won't cost me a gajillion dollars?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

SOOOOO UNmotivated!

Ever have those days when you are staring down a huge list of "to-do's" and you can't find the motivation to do any of them? That is me today. I should go workout ...but I am trying to finish "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (my book club's selection for the month - so good!) I should clean my house ...but my hubby is out of town and my kids would never even notice if the floors were vacuumed and the furniture polished. I should go run errands...but it is so much nicer to just sit here without makeup or hair done and enjoy a good lifetime movie. I'll do better tomorrow.

Friday, May 16, 2008

It feels so good to go to the mailbox and find the current issue of my favorite magazine, Real Simple, in there waiting for me. For those of you who aren't familiar with Real Simple, check out the website: Ok, so maybe I am easily exciteable. I love all the organization ideas, the new uses for old things section, the inspirational quotes, the beautiful photographs, the lifestyle columns. It is my favorite mag by faaarrr!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I just finished this in two days. I recommend it. So much wisdom. So good. Find it at
"Life is a not a contest. Why do we make it one and, in the process, make ourselves unhappy and distant from the Lord? Bestselling author Dean Hughes suggests some ways to "get out of the game," shedding a lot of what doesn't matter and focusing on what does.
"When I stand before the Lord to answer for my life," he writes, "I'm certain that He is going to ask me a very different set of questions from the ones the world asks me. It seems important, during life, to `win' at all sorts of contests: better job, bigger house, more important Church calling, children with greater achievements. But I think the Lord will want to know whether I was kind and humble and whether I looked out for people in need."
Dean offers some practical suggestions that will help us think more clearly about our priorities and act in ways that will make us truly happy-- because they will draw us closer to Christ."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's all about the hair...

Saturday morning Kiki and Reagan decided they wanted to get haircuts. I showed them some pics of Katie Holmes and her cute bob. Next thing I know we are at a local salon here in Prosper doing the deed. Kiki was able to donate hers to Pantene for their beautiful lengths program. She loved her new hair for the first 7 hours and then she had a meltdown. "I miss my long hair!!!". Hopefully, she will get over it because I think I love it! It is sssooooo much easier to take care of and it will be so nice this summer. I spent half of last summer combing tangles out of long hair! What d'ya think-the HONEST Truth!

Monday, May 5, 2008

The blessing of being content...

I am reading this book right now. It is called "You Can Never Get Enough Of What You Don't Need: The Quest for Contentment". I bought it at Time Out for Women because it is written by one of my favorite speakers, Mary Ellen Edmunds. I have always thought of myself as a pretty content person. I don't think I compare myself to others too much. I have never cared about having the biggest, nicest house on the street or the newest , most expensive car in the carpool line. I am not very competitive, either. BUT, I have really been given some things to think about from this book. Here are a few:

1. She suggests being conscientious of magazines and tv where the world can influence us too much. I wondered, could she be talking about any of the 7 magazines that currently come in my mailbox every month? Probably not when it comes to the New Era, Ensign, or Friend but maybe on some of the others. None of them are BAD. However, they do provide pictures; that idealize women with perfectly proportioned bodies, amazingly organized closets, rooms and homes that look like they have been decorated by professionals (and probably have) etc.. She is right. I am perfectly content with my 5 year old suburban. I love that car because it is reliable and accomodates my entire family. We have had some great memories in that car. But, when I look at ads for brand new cars it makes me feel not- so- content. For awhile anyway. (Then I go to pay bills and am grateful I don't have to write out a check to anyone for it because it is paid for!) She suggests that if we go for a period of time and try to avoid these things and then evaluate, we might feel more content. That is definitely an area where I can do better.

2. She warns: Be careful not use the words "need" and "want" interchangebly. They are not synonyms. If my kids hear me using them like synonyms, they will grow up thinking they are the same and getting needs and wants confused. They are so different! Today, for instance, one of my kids said "Mom, I need money for field day for treats". (Apparantly they sell popcorn, popsicles, gatorade, as a fundraiser for the student council during field day.) I asked, "Do you want money or need money for field day treats?" She decided what amount would be adequate and then she realized that since it was a want she would pay for it out of her own money. Mom and Dad provide money for needs like lunch money.

3. Keep a gratitude journal and write things down each day theat bring you joy. Real joy. We will probably be suprised that the best things in life are, indeed, free.

At the end of each chapter she has suggestions for fhe discussions and lessons to use with our kids.

I am so grateful for the feeling of contentness that I feel. I hope I can really apply some of the principles in my life so I can feel it even more and do a better job of helping my children grow up to feel it too.

Any of you out there have any thoughts to share? What influences or helps you?