Thursday, May 23, 2013

Recipe for Success.

Recipe for the perfect (weekday)morning:
  • Waking up 2 minutes before my alarm.
  • A mind-clearing, focusing, sunrise run.
  • Some good tunes.
  • Jesus Calling.
  • Prayer time. Constantly.  Necessary.
  • Darby's sleepy face.
  • A good cup of coffee. Make it a grande.
  • An already packed bag and lunch. You know what's helpful for this? Having groceries.
  • A "good morning" text. :)
  • A smile and a positive outlook.  Challenge accepted.
  • Planning for the future...which usually leads to daydreaming, maps, and making plans that God is probably laughing at...
Recipe for the perfect (week)day:
  • A good attitude. Yup, it's a choice.
  • A few surprises.
  • Living my faith out loud.
  • My outlook calendar. Organization is key.
  • Post-it notes.
  • Protein Shakes.
  • More good tunes.
  • Productivity.
  • My co-workers.
  • Direction from The Big Man Upstairs.
  • A night to look forward to.
  • A bike ride.
  • Smoothies.
  • My to do list.
  • A walk with the Darbster.
  • The dog park.
  • Vitamin D.
  • The driving range.
  • Pre-packed snacks that make an on-the-go life easy.
  • My soccer girls. Their giggles, random comments, love for copying my every move, and questions about boys and life itself.
  • Apples and peanut butter.
  • Random texts and e-mails from the boy.
  • Nap time. As an adult. Real thing.
  • Trying to love everyone like Jesus.  Challenge accepted.
  • Prayers for direction in every decision, for faith in every situation, for patience in every instance, and love and comfort in every second.
Recipe for the perfect (week)night:
  • Dinner in the crockpot.
  • Playing cards or games.
  • Reading a good book.
  • Having free time.
  • Outdoor activities.
  • Spending time with the boy.
  • Popcorn and M&M's.
  • Playing catch.
  • Phone convo's with people I love.
  • Pinterest.
  • Going for a walk on the trails.
  • Wind down time.
  • Ice Cream Dates.
  • Outdoor Concerts.
  • I Cubs games.
  • The feeling of crawling into a bed and letting my joints decompress.
  • Clean Sheets.
  • Prayers of thanks.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thankful Thursdays.

Wow.  So, it's been a while.  My lovely sister-in-law reminded me of this thing while we were on the phone this week, and I decided what better time to begin blogging again than Thankful Thursday...welcome to my specialty:
  • My 5:30 a.m. morning run ritual.  Yup, I said run.
  • Sunrises. Sunrises. Sunrises. Sunrises. Sunrises. Sunrises.
  • Pictures.
  • Hair Bows.
  • The first (and hopefully only) sunburn of the summer.  Yes, I used SPF. 3 times. THREE. Learned my lesson, mom, don't worry.  I'm 24.  I got this.
  • The grand realization that you cannot control anyone else's actions.  Just your own.
  • Guacamole.  Seriously cannot get enough of this stuff.
  • "Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In that response lies our growth and our freedom."  Viktor E. Frankl
  • Photography.
  • Random ice cream dates on summer nights.
  • Those days were everything goes right and you fall more in love with your life by the second.
  • Coffee dates that you can bring your dog to.
  • Hitting the pillow with a smile on my face.
  • Finding joy in the ordinary.
  • Chalkboard paint.
  • Refrigerator magnets.
  • Slow pitch softball on warm summer nights.
  • My first free weekend in 12737891237128937812 weekends.
  • My Anthem CD on repeat.
  • Photo Booths.
  • Learning to love like Jesus.
  • PANCAKES. 
  • Driving with the windows down.
  • Challenges.
  • MY RUNNING COMEBACK.  Missed it. So much.
  • A good cup of coffee.
  • The smell of guys' cologne.
  • The Darbster making friends at the dog park.
  • Plans for the future.
  • New ideas.
  • Puppy paws.
  • Maturing in the mind, staying a kid at heart, and all this taking place in a 24 year old body.  Which I love very much.
  • Walks around gray's lake.
  • Learning to appreciate time spent with people I love.
  • Days that fly by.  Moments when you want to stop time.
  • Suitcases.
  • Seconds where I remember to stop and fall in love with the little things.
  • My accoustic Pandora station.
  • Ceiling fans.
  • My life. Yup, pretty amazingly blessed.
  • Bonfires.
  • Bubble gum.
  • S'mores.
  • S'more flavored anything.
  • Loose fitting tank tops.
  • A good book.
  • Summer tanlines.
  • Barefeet.
  • Dinner time.
  • Being unplugged.
  • The fact that the lake is T-minus 1 week and 1 day awayyyyyyyyyy!
  • Greek salads.
  • Hallmark.  Not the channel.  The cards.
  • Caramel apple suckers.
  • Snow cones.
  • Having your own style and not caring what anyone in the world thinks.  Not even a little bit.
  • MY NEW BIKE.  It is awesome.  I am fast.  I wear a helment.  No need to ask.
  • My blogging comeback.  SORRY.  I've been enjoying real, non-cast, driving, being active, walking, playing with Darbs, being able to make myself food life.
  • This passage: