Tuesday, August 17, 2021

life around here lately: it's wild! God is good! 🤯

ME: "i know!!! it's wild!!! God is good!!!" 

if i was to run into you in person today and we briefly caught up on what's going on lately, i'd probably say, "it's wild!!! God is good!!" and here is why...

// 9TH AND 12TH. like what? how? my daughter is a SENIOR in high school and my son is a Freshman in high school. i know! it's wild!!! God is good. though i still have not figured out how to make time slow down, i think i'm getting the hang of making the most of every moment. the school year is off to a fun start. varsity cheer, college tours and applications, senior pictures, senior parties, driver's license, and lots of big kid stuff for my daughter. varsity basketball, pep band, high school activities and responsibilities, and lots of big kid stuff for my son. life around here lately is full. i'm here for it. fully present, fully engaged. i don't want to miss a moment. i fall asleep every night with a grateful heart. 

// I'M A RUNNER. apparently, lol. i started running in October of 2020. before my first run, i would have told you that i don't like running. but something that i do like is challenging myself. so when Beachbody released a running program on Beachbody On Demand, i just had to try it and prove to myself that i could. i was shocked that i actually liked running! it's wild!!! [like, what else do i maybe like that i am certain that i don't? seafood? driving a motorcycle? cake decorating???] having the trainer in my earbuds coaching me through the run was very helpful. i probably didn't like running before because i was doing it all wrong! i learned proper form and some different types of runs changed the game for me. now i love running and look forward to my run almost every day. for 20 minutes or so, it's just me and my prayers as the sun rises and my feet hit the pavement around my neighborhood. this quote really pumps me up:
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”
― John Bingham
this is also super motivational LOL: 

// I HAVE A THING FOR MEGAPHONES. as symbols for encouraging others. and i love leading other encouragers. so when the opportunity came up for me to COACH CHEERLEADING at my kids' school, it was an easy yes. it's not something i've ever done or dreamed of doing, but again, i'm down for a challenge! it's the perfect combination of things i love: biblical encouragement, athleticism, choreography, and school spirit. getting to pour into the hearts of middle and high school girls while teaching them cheerleading skills is something i feel like God has been preparing me for for a long time. i love it. probably one of my most favorite jobs ive ever had. yay friday night lights!!!    

// FUN FINDS. fun and worth mentioning:
- if you're into saving the landfills from excess clothing, Goodfair online thrift store: https://goodfair.com/collections/shop-women 
- if you're into "cultivating a healthy home" via cleanliness and tidiness, Jill Comes Clean: https://jillcomesclean.com/
- if you're into meaningful personalized gifts and supporting small business, Selah Creative Company: https://selah-signs.myshopify.com/ 
- if curbing anxiety is your thing, 5 Little Changes: https://www.imom.com/5-changes-lowered-mom-anxiety/

// PRAYER FOR 2021: Jeremiah 17:7-8
"My blessing is on those people who trust in me, who put their confidence in me.
They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water.
It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green.
It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit."

and that about sums up what's going on around here lately! 
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