Struggling to Find My Rhythm

I’ve been on a little summer break from writing on the blog. We’ve been traveling and I’ve lost my writing rhythm. I have a problem with starting things. Once I do start with a project and something goes wrong or I stop for whatever reason that project will most likely not come to fruition. Why is that? I don’t know. I guess that’s something weird about me. Mommy struggles people.

We were in Jacksonville at my parents house for a couple of weeks and once we’ve returned I’ve been focused on getting the house organized. We’re remodeling and updating the house we purchased back in the beginning of February. Slow & steady it’s coming along.  Our new appliances are in place and my kitchen is beginning to look like something I enjoy cooking in.

Then there’s the occasional “I have too much on my plate” days.

I just sit on the couch with the kiddo and watch cartoons with him. I’m in a total funk right now. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been so isolated from moving away to a new place.  I haven’t joined any class activities with my son. We haven’t decided on a church to attend or have gone to any to see if they fit our family (other than an open house for a new church that’s opening up soon).

Ultimately, I’ve been down a lot lately. I’m struggling to put myself out there. I’m in need of a village that’s not around and I simply don’t have the strength to search for one. Basically I’m digging myself a bigger hole of loneliness. There are days I have a burst of energy where I get lots done, my bullet journal has helped me through keeping track of my day to day activities. Sometimes I just don’t write in it for days at a time.

It’s not that I don’t want to write. I do! I’ve just had a lot on my mind. I’m being pulled in different directions and nothing gets written down. I have total scatter brain, some of it is still the effects of my miscarriage. Miscarriage, plus new city, no friends, and scatter brain are not a good combination.

I’ll have tons of ideas on what to write but I never get around to it. So today I decided to just let whatever is my head at this exact moment pour out of me so I can begin to feel some clarity. They said a brain dump is something you should do daily. I’m doing an emotional dump right now in the hopes it will get the writing/creative juices flowing again.

Thanks for sticking around & reading through my struggles. Have you gone through this or something similar? What did you do to get yourself out of the funk?

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Books To Read:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Top 4 Favorite YouTube Channels for Fitness at Home

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Hey Lovelies♥

With summer just around the corner I’ve stepped up my work out game. I was never a gym person or a workout person in general but I was always active and remained stick thin until I reached my mid 20’s. I would eat any and everything I wanted. Yea… I hate me too. But that is DEFINITELY not the case today. Whatever food I think of already adds calories to my body, especially my inner & outer thighs and mid-section. I’m sure I’m not alone in this! After baby, things aren’t the same. Unless you’re a supermodel, then you don’t count.

My 33rd birthday is coming up in a few short weeks and I’m determined to shed 8 pounds till then. I have however already lost 3 of those pounds, so I need 5 more pounds to reach my goal for my birthday. I’ve always liked reading about different workouts even when I never even worked out. I used to subscribe to Shape Magazine long long ago. I have no idea what for because I really just read it. But when I do workout today (which isn’t very often) I do have some go to workouts from memory because of it. Thanks Shape Magazine.

Today I’ll share with you my Top 4 Go-to YouTube Channels for a complete at home work out. 

 

1. FITNESS BLENDER 

This one is my absolute favorite, they have over 3 million subscribers on YouTube. They are a husband and wife duo and have so many different workout videos, I love working out with Kelli. She wasn’t always the fit woman she is today, she has struggled with weight and eating disorders. If you browse their video uploads you will find a workout you can do and choose the intensity depending on the day.

Their workouts are very well put together and easy to follow along. This channel is for any and all fitness levels, if you are looking for an advanced workout they have plenty to choose from. When I want to intensify my workouts I choose one of their HIIT workouts. Some of their videos also include a warm-up and cool-down, which I like so I don’t have to go digging for one.

2. BLOGILATES 

Cassey has some great Pilates exercise and at a lot of targeted areas workouts. Her Pilates for beginners videos are how I started getting into Pilates. They are also easy to follow and she has a super bubbly personality. She talks throughout her videos pushing you to work harder with positive affirmations. However I don’t watch her dietary recommendations videos.

3. XHIT DAILY 

Xhit hasn’t posted a video in a few months, what gives? But they do have some great videos if you want to get a quick workout in. I do these sometimes when I don’t want to feel guilty I haven’t worked out. Hey, at least I moved for a little bit.

4. YOGA WITH ADRIANE 

Last but not least, Adriane posts frequently and when I don’t feel like jumping up and down or moving too much I choose one of her yoga videos. She also has some great beginners video (which are the ones I use) I’m definitely not a yogi but doing yoga makes me feel good and more centered.

Mommy Tip: Some might not be okay with this but the way I found I could exercise while my son is up and not try to jump on me while I’m working out is to hand him an iPad and let him go crazy until I am finished. Might not be an option for you but I’ve found this works best for me.

I love finding new easy exercise routines to follow, and I hope that you get to check some of these channels out and choose one or a few that is just right for you.

You Might Also Like: Recipe // Quinoa with Corn + Beans +Spinach

Do you have a favorite fitness YouTube channel you watch to add to this list? I would love to know, Join the conversation on Facebook or comment below with your suggestion.

Thanks again for reading!

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Books To Read:

*These are affiliate links, by purchasing through the links below you help me keep up with costs associated with running a blog at no additional cost to you. Thanks in advance!

1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson 
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Beware of My New Obsession // Bullet Journal – BuJo

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If you’re wondering what a Bullet Journal is I’ll make you just as obsessed in a few moments, just keep reading.

I own lots of journals and I write my to-do lists daily. I plan our budget, upcoming bills on any journal I find laying around. It gets a bit chaotic when it’s time to find the One thing I’m looking for. So the other day while browsing the internet I came across the “Bullet Journal” or BuJo for short.

The concept was originally created by Ryder Carroll, a very simplistic way of keeping everything in your life organized in one little notebook. It has now evolved to a lot more. Monthly trackers, goal setters, tasks, lists, motivation, doodling. You can do whatever you want with it. It’s your notebook. But if you’re just starting out and want to keep it simple, you should follow the original layout. So what is a bullet journal? Just watch the video below by the Ryder Carroll.

After getting comfortable with that, if you feel you can branch out to a more stylistic journal, go right ahead. There are some pretty great bloggers to follow. Boho Berry is by far my favorite. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean. She’s just so awesome! You can also search the hashtag #bulletjournal on Instagram to find lots of inspiration.


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Now the hard work is identifying the essentials: you’ll need to create your own journal, it might take a few months, maybe even a few notebooks to adapt this system to my way of living but I’m happy I found this and I can’t wait to share my progress with you all.

Want to get started? All you need is a book and a pen.

If you want to get all fancy schmancy you can purchase a dotted book and some nice pens like this and this or fountain pens (a favorite of Bullet Journal users that I’ve seen so far is from the Goulet Pen Company), which are super duper fancy. I’m not there yet but I am fascinated with calligraphy. So I do see it happening in the very near future.

I’m almost done creating all of the different spreads I liked from Boho Berry and I can’t wait for April to start to really get things going.

Thanks for Reading, Stay tuned for more.

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Books to Read:

1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson 
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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