My Favorite Self-Care Practices Right Now

18
Apr
2016

My Favorite Self-Care Practices Right Now

Fictional Reading

Most of my reading tends to be non-fiction, self-help type books – which are great, but there is nothing like picking up a story to just sink into and enjoy. I recently read this one – All the Way to Heaven – because it was free on Kindle and I loved it. I also picked up this one to read next – Out of a Dream – because it was free. I enjoy being frugal for sure! Do you have a book recommendation for me?

Moving My Body

I feel so much better when I get some daily movement. I am an avid runner, but different seasons of my life required me to slow down my running schedule or cease it all together. I am getting older and my body doesn’t perform as well as it once did. I have done Shaun T’s Focus workouts before, as well as the 21 Day Fix, but have recently started PiYo and I think I have found my love! It is a combination of yoga, pilates, and stretching – but gives an incredible workout. I am adding in walking on my treadmill as well as some occasional running. It is perfect for me now, as I don’t want to spend money on a gym membership and I need something I can easily do from home.

Hiking

I shared in my post last week that our family has been implementing a Sabbath each week. If you are interested in exploring this more, I enjoyed this book – Do No Work: Beat Burnout, Find Inner Peace, and Strengthen Your Faith by Studying the Most Overlooked of the Ten Commandments, by Andrew Gilmore. One of the activities we’ve been doing as a family is hiking. It has truly been such a wonderful experience for me. I do enjoy the outdoors but would often find excuses to stay behind my desk and work. It certainly refreshes my soul and creates great family memories too.

Social Media BLACKOUT

Oh, how this one is hard for me! However, I am desiring some change in my life and it involves getting off social media and truly being in touch with those real people in my life – my family. I honestly feel like it is a slight addiction for me and a struggle to shut things down each day. I have blocked out time on my planner where I am focusing on different areas of my life, so it means that I cannot multi-task. I need to be 100% present. So evenings are one time I am devoting to my kids and my husband. To say it is easy would be a lie. This is extremely hard, so for me I know it is a problem and addicting for me. So it needs to be broken.

Music

I am known to play Pandora in my home 14 hours a day. I love music, especially praise and worship music, to help settle my soul and help me focus on His strength to get me through. Motherhood can be tough sometimes! My favorites right now playing on my rotation are Lauren Daigle, (How Can It Be), All Sons and Daughters (Live), and Bethel Music (Have It All). What favorite music do you have playing in your car or in your home?

Lifting My Mood

I have been using essential oils for over three years now to help support my emotions and boost my mood. Each day I have my diffuser running (well actually several in our home) and I love that I can choose from a variety of oils to permeate the air in my home and give me more energy, increased joy, decrease my stress, or diffuse bad attitudes – and yes, sometimes that bad attitude is my own. The incredible power of inhaling essential oils has literally been a lifesaver for my family. It can change the atmosphere within minutes!

What are you favorite ways to care for your soul and refresh yourself as a mom?

12 Uplifting Bible Verses About Grace

14
Jan
2016

12 uplifting bible verses about grace

There are those days – you know, where it seems from ten minutes after you get up, things begin to fall apart. That was my day yesterday.

So, after I beat myself up a bit – I know I am not alone in this – I decided to focus my energy on picking out what God has to say about grace and His love and mercy. Just so I could fight back with some ammunition.

I wanted to share these uplifting Bible verses, as I know other moms struggle with bad days – days when we feel we can’t do a thing right, when we aren’t good enough, and the list goes on – but we must STOP those thoughts. You need to control your mind and allow it to be filled with His mighty words.

Here are 12 uplifting Bible verses for you to meditate on during the hard days:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3: 23-24

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:6

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Cor 12:9

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. Ephesians 4:7

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

Grab this Scriptures about Grace with all these verses – print it out and place them where you need them!!  CLICK THE LINK ABOVE or THE IMAGE BELOW.

Bible verses on Grace

I am working to reverse years of damaged thinking and emotions. It will not happen overnight, however God is here in the midst of it all – and I can focus on HIS amazing Grace! And it never hurts to put a little Peace & Calming or Joy in the diffuser either!

My Motherhood Resolutions for 2016

4
Jan
2016

My Motherhood resolutions 2016

I would not say I am all about making outrageous New Year’s resolutions, but I do take time to evaluate my previous year.  Reviewing and making some intentional changes are where new habits are created and you break free from habits which do not serve you well.

Do you have a list of things you are intentionally working on in 2016?  Here is my list and a few tips on why I chose them and how I will implement them.

Have an Effective Morning Routine

I have shared the importance of a morning routine many times over the years….and I will just say “DO IT”.  Over the past few months I have neglected my routine and began getting up later and later.  I did not have the time or space to set my attitude for the day and get my much needed quiet time.  Today was the first day back and it felt really good!

Giving Myself Grace

As a recovering perfectionist, I am the worst at giving myself the grace I so desperately need.  Why do we treat ourselves the worst at times when things don’t go as planned or we make a mistake?  This is an area I am working on.  This book has been enlightening for me “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” by Brene Brown.

Be Silly More Often

I am pretty darn serious, and when you have a six year old in the house, you have to let things go sometimes.  I struggle with trivial games, silly songs and non-sense activities – but I know they are what kids love.  I need to be more like a kid sometimes and let lose!

Schedule Time for Me

Big FAIL in this area.  I am a big one for self-care and being an introvert makes it especially important for me to get time alone, and I have done a terrible job at scheduling this in so it actually happens.  As we know, if we do not schedule things into our calendar, the time will not just magically appear.  And if we look to others to fulfill that need – meaning a magic fairy will just come and take care of it all and arrange childcare to allow you time away, it will not happen.  I must put it in my calendar and take care of finding childcare so I can get refreshment.

Get Off Facebook

OUCH, yes …. I did say that.  As a blogger who thrives on community as well as a business owner who helps empower others with supporting their Wellness, social media is a two edge sword.  It is a fabulous tool for interaction with others, when you guard you time.  I have done a poor job with that and have recently set up some boundaries for myself on when I can access Facebook and when it will be off-limits.

Enjoy a Hobby

This goes along with scheduling time for me, but in a different way.  I have some ideas on activities I would love to do and they have fallen by the wayside because I do not allow time for them.  As a Work At Home Mom, it can be very easy to work way more hours than needed because their is no schedule, unless you make one.  I would love to get back into my running routine and train for a race or learn to snowshoe this winter.  I have a desire to read more and enjoy some activities that are new to me.

Invest in Community

I am doing good in this area, but need to keep it on the top of my list.  Having others to walk alongside you in life is critically important.  This fall my husband and I started a life team in our home, meeting weekly.  This was a step in obedience and it has been a wonderful blessing to making new friends and connecting in new ways.  I was intentional in attending a new bible study at my church as well, which has been a huge blessing too.  As moms, and women in general – I do feel we do better in our life when we are in community with others.

My Six Day Juice Cleanse Story

28
Dec
2015

My Six Day Juice Cleanse: The Why, What, How, and More for Inquiring Minds

I had heard about these crazy folks who chose purposely to not eat food – but ingest only juice – for days at a time. I thought I wasn’t that “crunchy” yet and it really wasn’t my thing. So how on earth did I end up going on a six day juice cleanse? Let me just share with you why I did just the thing I thought I would never, ever do and how God met me during this time in unexpected ways.

Why Did I Choose a Juice Cleanse

A friend posted about her starting a ten day juice cleanse on Facebook, so I sat by and observed as she shared the physical changes she experienced and how her body was changing. About mid-way through her ten day session, I decided it was something I wanted to commit to and see what all the hype was about. She was seeing positive results in her skin, her health, and more. With my own journey of choosing ways to take control of my health and wellness, this was truly one of the next steps for me to experience.

Whenever Cleanse with Cashew Milk

My Cleanse Choice

I ended up ordering my own six day Whenever Cleanse with Cashew Milk from the company she was using, Juice from the Raw, which is their beginner cleanse. I ordered two of the three day cleanses to use in conjunction with each other. I chose the Whenever Cleanse because this was my first cleanse and I also am a coffee drinker, so I thought this would be a bit easier on my system.

I loved that I could pick the exact date for delivery of the juice, which is immediately frozen after it is cold-pressed (the best alternative). So I looked at my calendar and choose six days just prior to Christmas.

My Experience

The first day was pretty easy. I do drink coffee – so this was a bit of a shock to my body. I developed a massive headache that lasted over two days. This was extremely disappointing to me, but I persevered. I did not get hungry and honestly had trouble finishing all six of the juices for the day. Over the next few days I decided to add in the one vegetable that you could eat, so I had celery and a handful of carrots. By day three the headache was gone and my mind began to clear a bit. I certainly experienced the brain fog that comes with transitions and thankfully I had some grace with myself as I cleared my calendar a bit.

I planned to do this cleanse while my husband was out of town for half of the days, so I did not have to cook dinner but just provide simple meals for my six year old. This was very helpful. When he returned and our house was full, it was a bit more difficult to be cooking and not enjoying the food, but I managed.

How God Showed Up

This was the part that truly surprised me. God had some things to share with me as I underwent this time of discipline to not eat and also gave up things I enjoyed, like a glass of wine, a bite of chocolate, and a warm mug of coffee. He reassured me that I could do this with His power. He was able to show me how strong I truly was when I released control and allowed Him to show up. To be honest, I do not think I could have done this on my own. It was hard! It took definite attitude adjustments, pushing through pain, and also remembering my end goal. God walked along with me and He showed me a lot about who I am and who He desires me to be.

My Takeaways

I was shocked honestly when I woke up on day seven and was able to have my normal routine back. I did love my morning cup of coffee, but I realized I can live without it.

My favorite juice of all was the Spicy Lemonade. It was amazing! It has a bit of cayenne pepper in it and at 4:00 PM when it was on my schedule to drink it, it met me with “cheering up”. All of the juices were good, some were much better than others. I had a hard time getting the last juice of the day down only because I wasn’t hungry and had no interest, yet I managed for the most part.

I lost 6.5 pounds during the detox cleanse.  This was not my intention, however it was a great bonus for sure. I did see some slight changes in my skin – it was very bright and vibrant. I felt slim and at the end was getting my energy back. Mornings were good. I did make sure that I got a lot of sleep during the six days and allowed myself to sleep in. This I think helped my body immensely.

Would I Do It Again?

Yep, and I am currently looking at my calendar to find a time to put it on my calendar. This is by far one of the best things I have done for myself – physically, mentally, and spiritually.

If you are interested in checking out the Juice in the Raw company and the cleanses they offer, be sure to use the discount code theconfidentmom112 if you make a purchase. They offered this code for my friends and readers to get 60% off. It is by far the best deal – better than the Groupons I have seen lately too. (By the way, I am not an affiliate for them – just a very satisfied customer wanting to share with you!).

What a great way to start your new year!

Tips

Remove your six juices the day before you need them, set them on the counter to thaw, then place them in your refrigerator.

The Cashew Milk was best warmed a bit. I boiled some water and place the hot water in a bowl and placed my bottle of juice in it to warm it. It was so tasty – much better than drinking it cold!

Have grace with yourself during the time of the cleanse. Spend some time reflecting and listening.

Stitch Fix Holiday Update

12
Dec
2015

Stitch Fix Holiday Update

Every time a Stitch Fix box comes in the mail – well, I do kinda squeal like a school girl. Seriously, it is like having someone send you a box full of surprise gifts! (Plus I don’t have to trek to the mall…worst place ever, especially during the Christmas season).

I unwrapped my box and had some mixed feelings. I am in LOVE with the Pasha Textured Dress. It is a simple black, but the fabric is textured, which is a bit hard to pick up on in the photo. Love this. It will be perfect for dressing up during the holidays – can you see a dash of RED to brighten it up and make it festive?

Stitch Fix Box - Holiday Dress

Also, the Winona Crystal Medallion Necklace is too incredibly perfect for this holiday season and at $32 – SOLD! I hate accessorizing and when I get simple jewelry in my Stitch Fix box I am thrilled. They also sent a pair of Cheri Bow Studs, but I am not too fond of the style, so they likely will go back.

Stitch Fix - Simple Jewelry

I had been hoping for a new handbag as well, but this green Meyer Tassel Clutch is a bit too small for me. It is a cute size and the price is right at $38, but it will go back.

Stitch Fix - Clutch

Lastly I got a Lillah Quilted Faux Leather Trim Ponte Jacket – totally not my style. I did try it on, but alas…it didn’t win me over. I will say, often times when I pull an item out of the box I form an opinion, but I do try everything on, just to be sure – and half the time I do change my mind. That is the beauty of Stitch Fix – the stylist sends items that perhaps you wouldn’t pick out for yourself.

So, looks like I’m keeping two items, returning three. I love the ease of returns – just pop what you don’t want back in the bag they provide and drop at a USPS box.

Stitch Fix Gift Card

Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself? How about asking for a Stitch Fix gift card for Christmas? You can simply suggest it to your favorite gift giver and then you can sign up for your very own Stitch Fix Box – it will be like getting Christmas all over again!

If you want to check out some past Stitch Fix Boxes I have received, you can go here to this video review, here, or here.

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