The excitement I get when I cut open the perfect avocado 🙌🙌🙌
Seriously though, I never fully understood the power of this nut - or healthy fats in general - until my arthisis flare ups and inflammation triggered me to see a nureopath
But some of the best advice my health specialists gave me? Increase my intake of healthy fats.
Did you know are brains are predominately made up of fat? It needs good fat to function and heal.
So in addition to fish oil I throw half an avocado into my superfoods shake daily.🥑🥑🥑🥑
The monounsaturated fats in avocados benefit brain function and promote healthy blood flow—and a healthy flow of blood to the brain means a highly functional brain. .
What’s one of your favorite shake ingredients?
Happy Friday!!! Do you know what your purpose is for today? What was your purpose yesterday? My purpose for this day is to be present in each moment. To be an encourager filled with humble strength. Each day we have the opportunity to be purposeful in our words, deeds, & actions. Seek to find your purpose then live in it fully. 😊
Roots and Wings
* My mom always told me I’m giving you roots and one day I will give you wings! That analogy is so beautiful you root your children as your raising them, guiding and directing them and then there comes a day when it’s time to let them fly, make their own choices, good and bad.
* We can’t grip so tightly that we clip those wings we must trust that we have trained them up and pray they will hear our whispers of wisdom when growing and making their own choices
* Now that seems easy to think of conceptually, but it’s hard to let go and hope they fly! This is especially hard if you have suffered a loss of a child, it can literally be paralyzing thinking about letting them fly, The other day God really challenged me, my daughter was sick and 500 miles away from home, alone and having to make some decision by herself! I began worrying, stressing and going to a dark place, then I felt God whisper and say “ don’t you trust me with her.” Now it’s easy to say “yes” but it’s after the “yes” do you really let go or keep going back to worry? This is when we go to prayer trusting that Gods got this!
* It’s a hard thing to do as a parent but it’s necessary not only for us to put our trust in God but for our kids to know that we trust him with their lives and their future!
* We can always be there to help and guide when we are asked but as adults they need to figure things out on their own and make their own decisions and choices.
* When my girls were born we dedicated them and entrusted them to God so I need to let go and let them fly, he’s entrusted us with them but as adults it’s his job to guide, direct and protect them! We’ve done our part we have given them roots now time to give them wings!
Should you be constantly available to your college freshman? You want to help with anything at anytime, but is this really best for your freshman?
You want to be available but not too available. Hesitate to answer if your freshman calls more than a few times a day.
As a #collegeparent , you don’t want to hinder your child by constantly jumping to his or her aid.
For more thoughts on this topic, check out my latest post! #linkinbio 📲
Monday Motivation 👊🏻
Stuck in a rut? Stuck on the scale? Stuck in a job? Stuck in a relationship? .
It takes just ONE decision to get “unstuck”... don’t let your mind keep you there.. go for it!! Even if you don’t FEEL like it!! #doitanyway 💪🏻
What is the one thing you can do, one decision, to move you from stuck to unstuck? .
These are the times for thankfulness and meditation ... when it’s just me, the youngest child and the cat in the house in a cold Sunday afternoon. One DD #grownandflown and one DD away in #college while the 15-year old DD rests after a late night at the boys’ HS hockey game and then an early-morning soccer game. .
It can be lonely. Or you can be “alone.” There’s a huge difference. I choose alone. Every time.
I miss all of my family who aren’t here. But I know we’ve given you wings to fly. And to my hubby who’s not on any social media (smart man), I miss you most when you’re half a world away. I can’t wait for you to come home to me.
I used to look at mamas of older kids and think: 💭 poor girl, her babies are old... 😢💭 OMG I WAS SO WRONG!
Older kids are rad!
We have so much fun!
The best conversations!
Crazy road trips!
Last minute adventures!
All the freedom I never had with young babies is now mine.
And I couldn’t be more grateful. 💭💭💭
How old are your kids?
I was talking to a woman this morning, and once again was reminded of how often shame gets in our way when we're honestly trying to better ourselves.⠀
In this case, it was a fitness challenge. Now, you know my feelings on these things (not a fan) and this just reinforced that. I guess the challenge was consistency in running, but if you missed a day you basically had to go back to the beginning. She tried a few times but life kept getting in the way and she eventually quit. Because who wants to continue failing? There is a sense of shame that we cannot even complete 3 days of a running challenge and it's just easier to quit than to keep facing the shame. I agree!⠀
When we're desperately wanting to reclaim an active lifestyle and establish a balanced lifestyle, it's important that we find the tools that help us get there and build us up - not continue that shame and failure dialogue that has been a constant in our lives. Your path to play is one that is done at your pace, using the tools that help you. My job is maybe to poke you in the butt and encourage movement, but to also recognize when a break is needed or we need to try a new path. Sometimes backtracking happens, but I would never tell you that the progress you made "didn't count" and your effort was basically all for nothing. I would never make you go back to the beginning. We are better than that and we know that retracing our exact steps doesn't make it better or easier. Most of us are totally aware of the place where we strayed and revisiting that is enough to move forward. ⠀
If 30-Day challenges inspire you and help make lasting changes, great! Keep doing them. But, if they make you feel like crap and a failure, then let's explore a more uplifting challenge for you. ⠀
Is social media a bad thing? Not when you have a college student a 1000 miles away. I have not hugged this young lady for literally months!
Carpool --where I spend quality time looking *ridic* sending snap selfies to my daughter. 😂 Obviously I'm so passed what others in carpool must think. This mama's gotta do what she's gotta do, LOL!
One of my fave stylists, Whitney, had just given me a fresh new cut 💇 taking my OOTD leather jacket look to a whole new level. 😎 Ha!
The debate can go on and on about social media, how we communicate, the pros and cons, etc. When my kids were much younger, I had a different view. As they grew, I didn't conform totally, but I had to adjust and tweak things a bit. More on that story another time. Social media will be a neverending debate.
But all I have is today.
And today as a mom on the most basic level, *I am thankful* for all the middle of the night/day snaps I get showing me that my baby's alive, surviving and thriving!
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So thank you to all those smart people out there who make these tools possible. It's up to us to use them responsibly.
Here's a glimpse of what a 19 yr old is doing in #business school (Carroll School of Management). Glad it's not me! And over-the-top happy she'll be home for the holidays in about a week!! Love my girl!
Hope everyone's having a great Saturday. Stay sunny & bright ☉ and check in with your loved ones. Especially your young new adults. They may look, act and talk like adults, but inside we'll always need our parents on some level.
We can spend our time regretting the mistakes we made when our kids were young #postpartumdepression#lifeafterloss or on the stresses that they sometimes cause us in the present #momofteenagers#momofthreekids#grownandflown or we can CHOOSE to focus on the beauty in each day, each moment, and each milestone, and be thankful for each day as we watch them grow and flourish. Peek at my stories today to learn how this beauty, my aspiring chef daughter, made me so proud today.
So proud of my baby kid (that means youngest child in “mom speak”) @antonioborjas14 for his leadership position within the Havocs @gcu. This community of students unites for the common purpose of getting together to encourage fellow student body, shine their light amongst the campus and support all things GCU athletics. The Havocs are the most electrifying student section in college basketball, bringing an unprecedented energy and thunderous spirit to home games with ferocious school pride as a result.
What makes the Havocs so special? From the bottom up, GCU’s student section is founded on the four pillars of the university, with an emphasis on community, service, and spirit. The Havocs are so much more than an organized cheering student section at basketball games. They can be found volunteering on a Saturday morning with the Havocs’ charity arm Havocs with Heart, enthusiastically serving the community through various service projects; from chaperoning the Best Buddies prom, to assisting as race attendants for a 5k. The Havocs truly make a difference, both at basketball games and in the community surrounding GCU.
My mama heart is overjoyed to see and know that my kid is doing EXACTLY what he loves! 💜 The rest comes when you do what you love. #blessed#grateful#thankful#grownandflown#misshimaboatload#lovehimtodeath#2ndyearofcollege#isnthecute
🦃Day 6 of November gratitude!
Each night I go to bed and pray, reflect on all that is good in my life! 💭"How will I choose one thing from so many blessings to be my 'gratitude' of the day?" So I place it in God's hands and know that He'll show me which one in the morning 🙏
This morning, I woke up feeling pretty close to being myself after experiencing the viral funk for the last 4-5 days...yay! 5:30 am...feed all the 🐾animals...fixing my coffee ☕ and... 💥MY PHONE RINGS💥
Anyone with an empty nest knows that there is rarely anything good that comes from an early (or extremely late) phone☎️ call! My son...my answer "good morning, what's wrong???" *
* "Good morning, Mama! I was wondering if you would like to hear my speech for public speaking today? Let me know how it sounds?" YES!!!! And here is my sign from God...THIS!
I am sooooooo GRATEFUL to have this RELATIONSHIP with my children❣ That they KNOW me, KNOW my desire to rejoice in their accomplishments (and encourage them through disappointment), KNOW that at 5:45 am 🕠 that there is really NOTHING else that I would rather be doing than "being there" in the moment with my child.
Gratitude that they value my feedback and presence....and his presentation is excellent btw😉! Absolutely, my day is already made🌞
Today I am grateful that my "flown" kids know that every once in a while a good "proof of life" photo makes this mama's heart happy. This beauty did a "grown up" thing and went and got a brand new pair of glasses on her own 😍
I've done a lot better than I thought with them gone...it helps that sadness is more just being so stinking proud of them and excited to see them building their own lives. Of course I miss them! I'm just saying it's maybe not as bad as I thought it would be a year ago.
POL's help 😂
Double tap if you’re like REALLLLLLLY busy! Yeah, I get it.
This is the crazy time of the year and I find myself responding with a sigh when people ask me how I’m doing... it usually goes, “I’m great, just really busy.”
The glorification of busy-ness can hold us back from the stuff that REALLY matters, our life’s greatest callings, real relationships. Every “yes” means a “no.” Busy is not a badge of honor!
My goal? To pursue life not from a place of crazy, of stress, but to operate from a space of passion. .
Owning & operating two restaurants, in addition to working as a certified nutrition coach who is married, with kids, & dogs, and more ...I get it!! BUT....working with my clients on their nutrition is my passion!
What?? Yes!! I GET to change lives every single day!! Freedom, my friends, is not being slave to the 24 hours in a day but freedom comes by freely investing my time into people in the most beautiful way possible. Loving, encouraging, supporting women who are seriously committed to better health! Saying YES to making a difference in another’s life is LIFE... it’s Freedom!! When you LOVE what you’re passionate about TIME is never an excuse.
Parents of teens & twenties: I just had to pass on my FB post. This is an article on #GrownAndFlown - and it’s so funny, and informative. I often research the latest lingo and anacronyms used by today’s people younger than me - just so I can understand texting with my own kids! 🙃 There are a couple of ugly ones on the list, but on the whole, the rest of the list is made up of words mostly mispronounced or of terrible grammar. Just wanted to pass it along so you, too, could be a #CoolTalking parent! 😂😂😂 PS: #CantSpell . Millennial. 🤭 (@mrs24k - I couldn’t help but laugh and think of you as I was using all of these words!!! We would have had fun with them, for sure!!!❤️)
BOOK CLUB LOVERS .
Beyond excited to start a new book club with my team in November. I’ve decided it was time to read “GRIT” by Angela Duckworth. It’s been on my list forever so I’m pretty pumped! 🙌🏻
I’ve learned that Personal Development is the FOUNDATION to building a successful business. There are so many valleys that we must push through to get back to the peaks. So many naysayers - that we need to be our biggest fans. Filling up our mindsets with POSITIVITY in a world full of NEGATIVITY, is crucial. 💕 .
Also picked up the “One Minute with God” on Amazon. Doesn’t start until January 1st, but I’ll be ready! 😉
Dear Father God,
Thank You that Your Word tells us to come to You with all sorts of prayers and requests. So, today, in the Spirit, we pray a heartfelt prayer for all our kids who have left home for college for the first time. Please continue to be with them in a way that brings them Your protection, Your guidance, Your strength and Your comfort. Grace them with the desire to know You and seek out Your plan for all their decisions, big or little. Thank You for the peace of knowing that these young adults are not ours, but Yours. We trust You to help them today however they need it, and to love them forever with the incomparable love of Jesus! It’s in His Name we pray, with thanks, Amen. ___________________________________________________ •#dailyprayersforourkids •#dailyprayers •#collegekids •#trustgod •#godwilltakecareofyou •#godswill •#godwillprovide •#grownandflown •#missmykid •#weloveourchildren •#godloveskids •#godloveschildren •#collegelife __________________________________________________ FOLLOW ME for a NEW PRAYER every school day!!
As a parent, some compliments do more harm then good. How is this the case? 🤔
If you regularly tell your #collegefreshman that she’s the best, the smartest, the prettiest, etc., reconsider.
Basing compliments on outward achievements or appearance communicates a negative message to your freshman. 🙅🏻♀️
Today #otb I discuss how compliments hurt your college freshman. View this article by clicking the #linkinbio 📲
With the holiday's approaching....FAST! .
4 weeks to Thanksgiving + 9 weeks to Christmas + 10 weeks to New Years!!
I am thankful for family. I am thankful for my husband, both sons, my sister (and her fam), my parents, my inlaws, and all those significant family friends we gather with during the year...those we break bread with and share the table.
I am thankful for courageous conversations. I am thankful for healing conversations that help the forgiveness that I needed to deal with. So that I could truly be happy. I am thankful for the work I have had to do on myself, in order to actually grow, and be able to FEEL LIKE I too was welcome around that table because it was MY thoughts that kept me away from the table....not physically but mentally just not present. .
Relationships matter. Gratitude matters. Healing + growth is key. .
On this day I am thankful for everything. .
And I hope this little reminder helps. Give an extra long hug, receive an extra long hug! And when you forgive someone??? Forgive them and really mean it. It is all about who is in the chairs. It is all about the people. The connections. The relationships. .
Cannot wait to see more family, and soak them all in, in the weeks to come!!