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Disney

If you love all things Disney, I’m passing along a blogger you need to follow!  Diana has an amazing story of how Disney cruising helped her through a very difficult time in her life and her blog is full of firsthand, super helpful tips and info.  Whether you have kids in tow or are just a kid at heart, this is a fun blog to read.  You can find Diana’s blog here: http://www.disneycruisemomblog.com/

***Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing…her reviews are really good!

And if you need a little “Tinkerbell” sparkle, check this out…  Fairy Flexi

 

 

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Gone…

It’s the moment parents look forward to, or at least, they think they do…the moment the house is quiet and mom’s taxi/messenger company is no longer in service.  No one really prepared me for what that would feel like.  To no longer be needed every second of every day.  To no longer have to calm fears and rescue catastrophes.  To shift gears from my main reason for existence for the last 24 years.  There is no doubt, I was tired and thought I was ready and would welcome this new chapter, but the feelings lurking deep inside (“do I still matter” and “am I still loved when I am not needed”) try to grab my attention more and more often.

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Two things are helping me through this new phase of life…
The first (also most important and most effective) is reminding myself of how God sees me.  He knew me long before I was a momma and created me for more than that one purpose.  I have gifts and things to offer those around me that no one else can in exactly the same way.  My life experiences, good and bad, mistakes and triumphs, have given me a unique perspective and a rich resource of empathy and compassion.  I am not perfect and I am finally at a place in life where I realize that’s ok and that fact is even useful and beautiful…God uses our brokenness to touch the hearts of others and come alongside them as they heal their own hurts and fears.  This is my new calling, my new mission, my new purpose.  I adore my children and miss them beyond words…I will always be here for them, but now my eyes have been opened to a panoramic view of the deep need and heart’s cry of the souls around me.  I see the pain in the eyes of a stranger passing by in Walmart, the longing for companionship in the eyes of my elderly neighbor who recently lost her husband to cancer, the deep need for acceptance in the eyes of a young woman with screaming kids in tow at the grocery store.  And now I no longer pass by oblivious to this body language that broadcasts the condition of a heart…my heart now pauses and responds.

Second is filling the new “free time vacuum” with something that fills my need for creativity, comradery, and success.  And that’s where Lilla Rose comes in.  I joined 2 years ago just looking for a way to pay for my horse (board, vet bills, farrier, etc) but I had no idea that it would fill this void in such a powerful and genuine way.  I have new lifelong friends and get to encourage and support fellow team members.  I have met so many beautiful hearts along the way…customers, each with a story of their own, a burden to bear, a road to travel.  Lilla Rose gives us a reason for our paths to cross and our hearts to share.  It wasn’t planned or contrived or even dreamed of, but it fulfills my calling, my mission, and my purpose.  I love my family, my friends, my team members, my customers, and my Lilla Rose..and I know that is just as my life was intended to be.  Thank you for being a part of the beautiful fabric of this thing called life…and  may your heart beat “forever young”…

 

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Why should I get a massage?

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I recently decided I needed some extra help in relaxing muscles and getting rid of tension and decided to get a massage.  I’m a very private, modest, self-conscious person so I’m not gonna lie…I was pretty nervous abut it.  I’m also extremely ticklish on my feet so I had to set that rule on day one…do NOT touch my feet! (It’s bad y’all…I can’t ever get a pedicure because I giggle the entire time!)

I had been getting a lot of headaches and was under a lot of stress, so the massage therapist focused on my shoulders and back. I had no idea how much tension I carried around daily until it was gone.  I left that day, feeling relaxed and refreshed.  My mind was calm and able to focus…something I hadn’t even been aware was missing.  I’ve had chiropractic work done before but I really feel like this is helping my body to heal itself. 

Totally looking forward to my next session!
Have you ever had a massage? Do you go regularly?

Massage involves the rubbing and manipulating of muscles, tendons, skin and ligaments. If you’ve never had one before, here are some of the benefits:

Reduced Stress, Anxiety and Depression
A massage reduces stress levels in most people. Massage may also help manage or reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. While no studies prove that massage reduces depression symptoms, some people with depression feel that their symptoms decrease after massage. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals reports that massage offers other benefits for your well-being, such as better sleep, increased energy, better concentration and less fatigue.

Pain and Stiffness Relief
A full body massage can relieve pain and stiffness in the body according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The full body massage may release endorphins, which act as a pain reliever. Massage sometimes helps relieve migraine pain. Muscles that are tired, overused or otherwise sore are able to relax and soften through the massage. A massage may help an athlete’s sore muscles after a hard workout or benefit a sports injury.
Increased Circulation
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals states that massage can increase circulation by assisting oxygen and nutrients to reach tissues and organs. A massage may help control blood pressure. While these benefits may offer positive medical benefits, you should continue regular medical care with your health care professional, particularly if you have a medical condition.
Immune System Function
A full body massage may increase your immune system’s functionality according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which assists the immune system protect the body.
Skin Benefits
A full body massage helps remove dead skin cells over the entire body for improved skin tone. The stimulated blood flow benefits the appearance and health of the skin. The massage can also encourage tissue regeneration, which may help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Depending on the kind being used, the massage oil may provide moisturizing and other benefits to the skin.

 

 

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planning…

I’ve been planning on starting a blog for a long time. I kept putting it off because of my perfectionistic tendencies. I wanted it to be perfectly beautiful the second it was available for others to enjoy…so I’ve been planning and organizing thoughts and ideas for several years. Obviously I have some work to do, but I’m proud of myself for overlooking the imperfections and just doing it anyway. the pretty stuff will come later when I have time.

So you may have guessed, correctly, that I like to plan…a lot…
I have more than one planner…in fact my planners may have planners 😳 I have one that I bought just because it’s pretty…

I have another one that I like because of it’s daily worksheet and, because it’s a 3 ring binder, I can add things to it including dividers.

I have a worksheet that I like to use every Sunday to plan my week. And then there’s my grocery/menu planner. I have a household binder that I started when I was big on the Fly Lady and I still use parts of that one.

I could stay very busy just recording info and organinzing plans in all those planners…
But planning can be a huge time waster if you never put those plans into action. Success doesn’t come from planning (although planning can definitely help you be successful)
Success comes from consistently doing small things to get you closer to your end goal.

What are you doing TODAY to make a better TOMORROW for yourself and the people you love?

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Fall Y’all!

It’s here…My all time favorite season of the year! I have always loved fall; my body doesn’t handle the heat of summer well so the cool, crisp air of fall is refreshing and so welcome. Bring on the hoodies, fleece lined jeans, and boots!

One of the best parts of Fall is the time spent with friends and family for activities and holidays. I always have a bucket list of fall activities that is way too long for the season itself. In no particular order, here are a few I’m hoping to get to this year…

Horseback riding: I have my own horse and the trails are truly gorgeous during height of leaf colors. There are plenty of great riding stables out there where you can pay to ride for a few hours or an entire day. Make sure you look for reviews or ask around for recommendations to find the good ones. Near my home in Nashville, I love the people and horses at Juro Stable in Mount Juliet, TN

Apple Picking: I used to do this every year when my kids were younger. There is something joyful and satisfying about foraging for your own food. Bring home a basket of apples and let the dessert making begin! My faves are apple crisp and apple pie.

Bonfire: Hanging out around a bonfire with good friends and some smore making supplies has great memories written all over it. This time of year, it’s fun to reminisce about what summer 2019 memory will be your favorite and why.

Visit a local tourist attraction: My husband and I just started doing this when we need a date day/night. It came out of the realization that every time friends or family came to town, they’d ask us what they should do while they’re here and we could only tell them what we’d heard was good. I decided it could be just as fun to do mini staycations as it would be to travel somewhere else to do their touristy things. We’re killing 2 birds with one stone…gaining firsthand info to share with others and saving money by staying close to home for our entertainment. Our last “day trip” was to The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s home in Hermitage, TN) and I loved the “living history” (actors in period costume going about the normal daily activities of the home and property)

Read a book: Yep, you guessed it…I’m talking a real live, page-turning book! I love getting lost in a good read while curled up under a blanket, on the couch, with a mug of my latest hot beverage craving. For something different, try reading aloud to your spouse or kids. I really miss the hours of reading aloud to my kids when they were home with me and I know they miss it too, although they’d never admit it out loud! There is something special about turning off all the screens and sharing a story together.

Visit a garden or arboretum: Fall has a beauty all it’s own and while spring lovers like to tell me everything is dying, the colors, not only of the trees but many other plants as well, is visually breathtaking. With our busy schedules, we often don’t pause and just breathe in the fresh air and soak in the beauty around us…it is good for the soul!

What’s on your fall bucket list? I might like to add your ideas to my own list!