Monday, March 4, 2013

The Cleanse: Day 1

I'm alive!  And I haven't had any caffeine today!  Clean eating hasn't been that difficult.  I mean, what's all the fuss about, anyway?  Let's talk tomorrow.  I'm planning on being a monster tomorrow.  A monster who hasn't had caffeine in over 24 hours.

Here's my favorite discovery of the day.  Almond butter!  It's... so... good.  And the only ingredient is... almonds!  The peanut butter I've been using lately only has five ingredients, but one is totally better than five!  Well, in this situation it is.  Usually five is always better than one, huh?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Calling all cleansers!

Clean.  Not dirty.  Uncluttered.  Clear.  Simple.  Cleanse.

Oh crap.  This is difficult.  Why did I agree to this?  Where are the Doritos?

All of these thoughts are currently running through my mind.  On Monday, I'm going to venture into my first cleanse with my good friend and cleanse extraordinaire, Bobbie.  Now, in respect to Bobbie, I should say that I'm entering into this cleanse with a sound mind and a great "Go get 'em" attitude!  Truthfully (Bobbie also knows this is more my style...), my agreement to enter into this cleanse was a more flippant, "Sure, why not?  Sounds like fun!"

So here I am, days away from beginning the cleanse, frantically trying to catch up on preparations.  I don't even know what I'm in for!  Do you know what I'm in for?  Oh crap.  Bobbie and I will be sharing our thoughts and experiences throughout the 11 day cleanse, so check back for what will most-likely be some entertaining remarks on cleansing.  I can't promise my outlook will be anything but bleak and desperate, but check out my Fearless Leader's site for something more inspiring, as well as step-by-step cleanse information and recipes.

Oh crap...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Confession Wednesday: Fourth Edition

I've fallen into the habit of opening doors in public with my elbow.  Not sure when it happened, but I became a bit of a germophobe...

I'm a big fan of at least 3 NHL teams, and sometimes I wish that the Wild had team colors that looked better with my skin tones.

I recently judged the competence of a new yoga instructor based on her appearance, and her class completely kicked my ass.  Lesson learned.  No judging.

For the first time in my life, I'm wearing contact lenses.  It takes me awhile to get them in both eyes, so a few days ago, when I cut the time down from 20 minutes to 15... I did an embarrassingly awesome victory dance.

I've been 30 for over a month, but I keep accidentally telling people that I'm 29.  Seriously, it's accidental.  Really.  I'm just 29 at heart...

Sunday, December 9, 2012

30 things for 30: Wisdom to (hopefully) live by

Today is my 30th birthday (insert contemplative silence here).  About a year ago, I tried to decide how I was going to treat this momentous (or not, depending on who you talk to) occasion.  Welcome it in with fanfare and celebration, or quietly accept another birthday, like any other?  Procrastination ruled out a well-documented countdown of the last year in my 20's.  It's at least one valuable thing I've already learned about myself; procrastinator.

I did get my thoughts in order in time to request something valuable from the people closest to me.  I asked them for the gift of advice and wisdom.  On my 20th birthday, I probably would've asked for an iPod (well, I guess if we're being historically accurate, I would've asked for a disc-man), so let's reflect on the improvements already taking place in my life.

What I received in return has given me true joy (like, fitting into that old pair of jeans, joy... much better, in fact).  The truth is that I'm overwhelmed with the greatness of the people in my life.  I'm blessed with beautiful relationships.  As much as I tried to disguise it, I've greatly anticipated this milestone in my life.  As it's been creeping closer with every day, I've been more inclined to throw my hands up in surrender than to buckle down and meet 30 with a perfectly laid-out plan.  Those of you who know me best are laughing because you know it's my secret ambition in life to have a perfect plan for everything.  Well, surprise, surprise.  This girl's just letting go.  I may not even spell-check this post before publishing.  Ha!  I'm 30 years in, and when I have no idea what's going on (but try to pretend that I do), I've got a God who loves me, maybe shakes His head in bewilderment at me, and gives me a little nudge in the right direction.  I'm really excited to see where the nudges lead.

Below you'll find how my family and friends responded in kindness, sincerity and humor.

1.  Your 30's may have as many question marks as your 20's, but now, instead of feeling daunting, they feel like adventures and opportunities.  Enjoy the questions marks!

2.  Roll down the windows.

3.  Try to put yourself out there and take more risks.  Don't be too guarded and afraid of disappointment, failure or rejection.  Learn this now, and be willing to be vulnerable and open, wear your heart on your sleeve a little, and don't worry so much about what other people's perception of you is.

4.  I've learned that just because I embrace my age, doesn't mean I have to act my age.

5.  Love others unconditionally and never expect anything in return.

6.  Comparing yourself to others is not important.

7.  Begin your thorough review of the Scrabble dictionary.

8.  30 really is a great-looking number.  It looks better than 29.  29 almost feels older 'cause it's the last in its series (20-29).  "Old Grandma 29", the other twenties could say; whereas 30 is the first of its set.  It's like the baby of the thirties.  Yay for being the youngin' again.

9.  Turning 30 is a milestone, but it is also just another day... of life, opportunity, and all that God chooses to give on that particular day (which is, whether or not it feels like it, all you need).  Treat it as a day of reflective gratefulness for all God has done, and joyful expectancy for all He will yet do!  Life is a journey, and turning 30 is one part of it (so don't give in to believing that life is over, or all downhill from here, or that it's too late for certain things like marriage, or children or learning something new).

10.  People, faith and church have become some of the most important things in life.

11.  Life is fragile and can change quickly.  Each day with our loved ones is a gift and it's wise to love them with reckless abandon because we don't know the future.

12.  Talk with women who have gone before you... your mom, grandmother, aunts, older friends and others.  Listen when they share.  Ask when you wonder about something.

13.  One word: Velcro.

14.  Be more flexible in your plans.  I tend to operate according to my plans and my schedule, and I'm learning to let go of those and just go with the flow.

15.  Be careful with your expectations; they hold a lot of power.  So much stress, frustration and disappointment comes from our expectations for our own lives, and what we expect of others.  Things do not go as planned (do they ever?), and it can be disappointing.  Trusting that the Lord's plans for us are better than our own is difficult, but increases our faith and points us back to the Father.

16.  In my 30's, I have learned to avoid saying, "If only" and "When (blank), then I'll (blank)."  Your 30's are a perfect time to go for it!

17.  Psalm 30.  It could be like a theme for the year 30.  Or a mission statement.  Or just a cool chapter.

"I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.  O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.  O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.  Sing to the Lord, you saints of his: praise his holy name.  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.  When I felt secure, I said, "I will never be shaken."  O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.  To you, O Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: "What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit?  Will the dust praise you?  Will it proclaim your faithfulness?  Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me; O Lord, be my help."  You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever."

18.  Status and other people's perceptions are not important anymore.

19.  Keep it simple.  God created everything, and He loves me.  Woot!

20.  I'm sinful and broken, but loved by God.  Vulnerability is hard for everyone (not just me!).  Most people are genuinely nice, and if you take the time to get to know someone, you'll probably like them a lot.  Everyone wants to be loved and known.  Everyone has a story, everyone has a history, and its worth the time it takes to hear and understand it.

21.  30 is the new "Five-whole-years-till-the-35-crisis"!

22.  Stand up for the thing you believe in, even if it's the unpopular choice.

23.  My 30's have been some of the best years of my life so far!  Thirty, flirty and thriving, right?!

24.  It's a great time to be a woman turning 30.  Our generation of women rules!  We are going to vote-in the first female president of the United States.  Someday.  In our lifetime.  I'm glad I'm not younger than I am, 'cause think about what crazy kids of today have missed out on; stuff that has made us the people (and generation) that we are.  Perfect.

25.  Avoid Carl's Jr. like the plague.  It will send your now-30-year-old gallbladder into "imma-bout-to-esplode" mode.

26.  Keep in mind that many of the world's most successful authors, entrepreneurs and Christian leaders began their careers in their 30's.  It is neither too late nor too early.

27.  I wish I would have spent more time traveling to visit friends in various places, and not worried about time away from work or financial cost.

28.  The nice thing about your 30's is that you can still try new things, but there's less angst over getting it perfect.  By 30, you kind of know yourself well enough to just laugh when things don't turn about exactly as you plan.

29.  Always forgive, and extend grace to others.  Learn to do this quickly and don't hold onto anger.

30.  It took me years to realize that it's OK to be myself and not meet someone else's expectations of who I should be.  Enjoy being yourself.  The world doesn't need multiple copies of one person.  It needs the one, the only, original you.