Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Bucket List (Part 2)

And so it continues...

The ever so long list of my interests and new obsessions. Yesterday, I talked about my blog, my future TpT store, selling collecting jewelry, and my new found love of all things Erin Condren. Along with the love I have found for these EC planners, I have also become obsessed with washi tape, stickers, and pens! My friend, Mrs. Montjoy, (@mrsmontjoy...check out her Instagram) does a great job of sending me pictures and keeping me updated in my new found obsession. She has introduced me to SO many new people to follow and so many cute little Etsy stores. While I have always loved Instagram, this is just one more thing that has made it my favorite social media outlet!

Speaking of Instagram, I have met some of the most generous and amazing people! Through Instagram, I have also discovered some beautiful, creative, artistic examples of Bible journaling. There are a lot of  reasons I've included "Faith" in the creation of my blog name. It is the core of who I am and where I am in my life. I am not ashamed to say however that life keeps me BUSY...too busy...and lately it has taken me away from being in my Bible like I should, and I have let it. While browsing some Instagram posts, I have been inspired to not just get back into my Bible, but to STUDY, to journal, to write, to meditate on it like I did once upon a time and like I should be doing each and every day of my life. I took some advice from @meliason12 and ordered a new journaling Bible (which will be here Thursday...YAY!) and I am committed to putting my faith and my relationship with Jesus back where it belongs, top of my list!

Like I said above, I have always loved Instagram, but I have accounts on all social media outlets and I am excited about learning how to utilize each of those accounts and grow the number of followers I have. I started the #tptsellerchallenge this week which will hopefully give me the motivation I need to get started with my TpT store and will help me link up with some other awesome educators.

Finally, I started today on a journey to get healthier. This is only the 4,683rd journey I've started like this, but I am determined to get baby weight off THIS SUMMER! I researched the Whole 30 approach for quite a while last week. It looks like a great way to get healthy and lose weight, but I kept coming back to a system I am much more familiar with which is the Abs Diet. I read the Abs Diet book a few years ago and everything in it just makes sense. Anytime I've ever started it, I've always lost weight, there has just always been something to come along (birthday parties, get togethers, family reunions) that have been stumbling blocks food wise. I usually give into eating whatever I want at an event like that and then as soon as it's over, I have an excuse to go back to an old way of eating. While having a "cheat meal" is always my favorite part of an eating plan, it is sometimes hard for me to make a cheat meal JUST a meal. I mean, why can't it be a cheat day or a cheat weekend???? Obviously, this is why I never have long term results. This time I started keeping a food journal and progress journal, so hopefully that will help keep me accountable. Plus, I have extra time to exercise each day now that school is out. Let's hope these 60 something days will get me into great habits and I can make eating healthy a lifestyle instead of just a fad or craze.

So, with all of that said. You can see that my plate is pretty full, but I continue adding to it, because that's the kind of girl I am! The key now is just coming up with an organized way of devoting time to each of these things, while keeping my family first and foremost (next to Jesus) because as much as I love teaching, following others on Instagram, and all of the above things mentioned, my favorite job is being a wife and a mommy.

I'm off to make lists, clean the house, and get started on brainstorming for some TpT resources....hope to see you back here soon!

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