I am kind of a big Carrie Underwood fan. My dad and I danced to this one song at my wedding and I decided it would be quite fitting to share a bit of the beginning lyrics with you. Because it very much paints a perfect picture of my childhood, right up to the day my parents dropped me off in the beautiful state I like to call “The Mitten” (Michigan) for my freshman year of college.
I have spent my entire life trying to be perfect.
Well, actually allow me to clarify that- I have spent my entire life trying to do everything perfectly. And that constant striving for perfection has been exhausting. Here’s why:
I AM NOT PERFECT.
And I never will be.
But you see, here’s the thing: IT’S OKAY.
Because of the world we live in, there is a trap that we can all fall in if we are not careful…the trap of comparison.
Comparison does not make you feel better about yourself. It doesn’t change anything! Comparison is unhealthy but it is something that too many of us do. How do we stop comparing ourselves? I think there are a few practical steps that we can take to stop the act of comparing and I would love to share them with you!
I know what you all are thinking, “it’s summer and the last thing I want to do is read a book!” Trust me when I say I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.
I need to be transparent with you all. I am the worst reader. Like the worst reader you have ever met. I will start a book and continue to work on it for months. So when Tiffany brought up the idea of writing a post about books, I secretly prayed that I would not be the one to write it, but here I am. 😂 I guess the Lord has a funny sense of humor.
I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. I especially love the ones where the woman is clearly blind and doesn’t see that he’s the one. Open your eyes, lady! He’s everything you want and need…and more! Can’t you see that he’s madly in love with you? ARE YOU EVEN PAYING ATTENTION?! And then, when she finally realizes that the man of her dreams is right in front of her, I just want to start throwing up some praise hands. I mean, can I get an AMEN? 🙌
Today I have a special blog for you from a friend of mine named Livy who puts together this AWESOME magazine for teen girls called Crown of Beauty! She just released another (yes, another!) book, and has been so kind as to share a blog with us about her book, her writing process, and her heart. I think this will be just what some of you need to hear!
A Creative Spirit is a blessing from Heaven. (Really, it is.)
Although, I will be the first to admit, that there are days when it feels like a curse.
This blog is a re-post from Thrivefittlife.com — you can view the original here. This post is all about how Amanda’s failures led her to exactly where God wanted her. (Namely, traveling to China to give a presentation…WHAT?!)
Do you believe that EVERYTHING that happens in your life happens for a reason? Even what we see as bad? I do.
My one and a half year old son’s favorite word is “no.” Raise your hand if you are the least bit surprised. No one? Shocker.
Sometimes it’s a subdued “nah” when I ask him if he wants to finish his dinner. Hey, at least he’s polite about it. Other times, it’s straight out of a scene from Jurassic Park. You know, the one where the Tyrannosaurus Rex chases after the Jeep? Except I’m being chased by an insane toddler who is SO mad that I won’t allow him to play with the broom (#meanestmomever). While I appreciate your desire to sweep, child, you are making a bigger mess and I’m going to have to wrestle this out of your hands later and then you’re going to throw the most epic tantrum ever, thankyouverymuch.
I don’t know about you, but as the weather warms up, I’m not a fan of turning on the oven to cook. Also, my appetite is just not the same and I tend to want things like smoothies and fresh fruit as opposed to a steak and potatoes dinner. So here are a few recipes I like to use during those warm summer months:
- Overnight Peanut Butter Chocolate Oats
- Classic Oatmeal
- Fresh Mango with Basil
- Yogurt Parfait
- Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Flatbread Pizza
- Kale & Quinoa Salad
Keep reading for the recipes!
When I was in high school, I HATED running. I couldn’t believe some people just ran because they liked it. In my mind, unless you were chasing something (or being chased), there was no reason to run. Ever.
Now that I am all grown up, I love to run. I run for fun. I coach kids who run for their sport. And I wish that I had appreciated it more when I was growing up.
With that in mind, I want to pass along 5 fitness tips that I wish I knew when I was a young athlete playing sports. Take heart! Establish good habits now- you won’t regret it!!