Summer lovin

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10 {Things} I’m lovin this summer

    • Coconut oil. It moisturizes, calms the itch from bug bites, removes my eye makeup, is a healthy alternative to cook with, and just smells of summer.
    • Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. I’ve been hooked on this product for almost a year and I love how well it holds up while I’m swimming and sweating. Some light mousiturizer (with SPF of course), a bit of blush and bronzer, a swipe of my Fiber Lash and I’m out the door.
    • She Reads Truth daily devotions. Love this app, love the community it is building, and the summer long study of Women of the Old and New Testament is awesome. We hear tons of sermons preached about the mighty men God used but we can’t forget all the women that loved the Lord and how inspirational they are too. Women with busy lives and sin filled pasts were used for God’s glory. We can too.
    • Morning sweatseshes. During the school year I work out in the late afternoon and try to get a morning workout on Saturdays but lately it’s been my mission to start the day with a workout and I am loving it. It helps me make better food choices for the rest of the day, revs me up to tackle my summer to-do list, and quite frankly, is just nice to have done.
    • Rest. Apparently my body likes 9 hours of sleep unlike the 7 I typically get while working. And I’ll admit, last year was a bit much–managing a double caseload plus working on a yearlong project was more than I bargained for but I’m always up for a challenge and want to improve my craft. So this last month I’ve been relaxing, unplugging, and napping. I’m totally okay with it. My mind needs a break. I’ve even been trying to avoid looking at educational pins and have been outright avoiding the dollar spot at Target so I don’t see the back to school stuff. It’s only July people!
    • Water conservation efforts. Going brown is the new green in California and it’s nice to see people making a real effort to cut back. Yards are being revamped to be drought tolerant, car washes are less frequent, and you will totally get busted if you’re being wasteful 😳 I still don’t get how the state has the largest water supply along our border and we still haven’t figured out how to utilize it, but that politics for ya.
    • Late night patio chats. The warm weather, cool breezes, late sunsets, and time with friends and family outside enjoying each other company talking about everything from books to the aforementioned topic, and especially about life and Jesus is just what summer nights are for.
    • Reading. A lot. I’ve read quite a few cheapies from iBooks, 2 books that were super motivating to live bravely for Jesus, have been able to stay up-to-date on my Bible in a year plan, one book on how to better study the Bible with my mind and heart {stay tuned for more on this}, and just started a book my 11 year old niece is reading–Dorothy Must Die. I’m thinking read along with her will be super fun and will definitely result in some hilarious conversations.
    • Max. I know its a movie about a dog, but its so much more than that. Its the story of a family dealing with the aftermath of losing the oldest son to war. Its the story of coming together and being brave. Its the story of love, friendship, and the often unsung heroes. Go see it.
    • i smell great. And its not because of the suntan lotion and all the fresh fruit I’ve been eating. This perfume is AH-MAZ-ING! I am not a perfume wearer {is that a word?} by any means because typically the scents are too strong and I easily get a headache. But this stuff is subtle and super clean, fresh, and vibrant. The sampler pack is $14 and you get all 4 scents plus a coupon for future orders. You better believe there is an order in my future but narrowing it down to one might be a problem!

What are you loving this summer?

 Dorothy  max     

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Highs & lows

The end of September and all of these crazy challenges is just two days away. Yay!! It really has been a super busy, productive, stretching month but more on that when the month actually ends.

Highs & lows is one of my favorite games because it really can get people to open up while remembering that though things seem bad there is always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Thankfully this month was filled with a lot more highs then lows.

Highs

….completing a ton of new activities  for my students

…..successful parent conferences

….fixing my fence by myself {its just a band-aid that is already falling off but I did it!}

….running more than I thought I could

….increased time in prayer and in the Word

….spending a lot of time with friends and family

….more #happymail than I’d like to admit

….some super yummy sushi

….more laughs than I can count

….fall attempting to make an appearance

….camping in San Diego

….my first sleepover with my niece

….good books

Lows

….work  to catch up on

….still having a broken fence

….not getting to write daily like I wanted to

….a few too many vet visits for my sweet pup

Tell me one of your month highs! {Lets focus on being grateful!}

 

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4 of my favorite trends in 3 shirts!

1. Gold lettering …on shirts, prints, anything!

Which is funny because I’m normally more of silver girl.

Plus a great mantra: “Elle est forte”=She is strong

{And can we mention that adorable LEOPARD cardigan? I die!}

2. Faith statements. Be a walking Bible.

3. Motivation tanks. Because working out is so much more fun when you look cute.

Small victory!

I’m still a little sweaty as I write but I am so excited… I just finished my first run in under a 10 minute pace! In fact, my first mile was 9:32! For many that is probably slow, but for me, the girl that 2 years ago hated running, this is a small victory. Sometimes I was super committed and was out running almost daily and other times weeks went by without a single step. Isn’t that the way a lot of things in life go? We get all amped up and go full force into something new and then it gets hard or life gets in the way or we get a cold and all motivation just goes out the window. And then it harder than ever to pick it back up again. And I don’t just mean when it comes to physical health. What about our spiritual, mental, emotional health? When was the last time you read your Bible? Worshipped Jesus? Prayed? Relaxed without a piece of technology in sight? Or spent time connecting face-to-face with those you love? I’ll admit that I don’t do these things as often as my soul craves them. I make excuses instead of making habits even though deep down I know that doing all of these things will make me feel better, filled with joy and the Spirit. And that is what I really strive for. Not breaking a 10-minute pace, but feeling well, whole, loved by the God that created me and knowing I am doing everything possible to love him back. So while today was a small victory in my physical disciplines, its time to find bigger victories in Christ.

What habits are you making today?