THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY… It is Brooke’s 5th birthday! We are going to be doing all of her favorite things and celebrating this amazing little girl all day long. We started celebrating last night by her eating sprinkles off of her birthday cake and me singing happy pre-birthday to you.
EIGHT MONDAY MILES. Each week during the second trimester keeps feeling better until it doesn’t right and then you just start feeling uncomfortable 24/7;) I’m loving this stage, that is for sure!!!
A dirty garage door shadow selfie… just what you have been requesting to see right:)
During this run I listened to Oprah’s podcast (Super Soul Conversations) the entire time.. I listened to both the Glennon Doyle and Sheryl Sandberg conversations and they were SO interesting. Both women talked about learning to FEEL the hurt/pain/the suck/the emotions (Sheryl Sandberg suddenly lost her husband 2 years ago) rather than just trying to numb them. Glennon Doyle talks a lot about the addictions she really struggled with for the first 25 years and she talked about how she used those addictions to numb herself and I could not agree more about addictions. I truly think my eating problems in the past had so much to do with the fact that for me that obsessing over food/calories/weight was easier than feeling the hard things in life. While I stopped with the food addiction problems a few years ago I am sure I turned to other things to help numb myself when things were hard… staying too busy (rushing around like a mad woman), scrolling etc. It wasn’t until after my divorce (well, a few years after…) that I truly learned that the best thing I could do when things got hard was to ‘lean into the suck’ (a quote from Sheryl Sandberg) and FEEL things. That’s when the growth happens, the healing, the gratitude… numbing things doesn’t allow those things to happen! If you need some good cries while you are out running, Oprah’s podcasts are amazing. I love the vulnerability, the honesty and the constant reminder that gratitude =s JOY.
If you are needing some running self-esteem boosts then just go ahead and reset all of the records on your garmin right now:) I keep getting all of these new congrats from my watch telling me my fastest mile/5k/10k or longest run. It’s funny how a little medal on the screen pumps me up.
Just toasting our toast;) Sometimes I write the jokes that I tell the kids when we do something.. I’m sorry but Brooke thought it was funny.
One of Brooke’s friends gave her this scratch book and she is completely obsessed with it. Andrew says that it hasn’t left her side since she opened it… he is right. In case you need a gift idea or have a kid that would like this, they are really fun.
My beautiful lunch:) I am going to proudly say that we went through an entire Costco sized bag of spinach as of last night without any of it going bad. We’ve been getting in a lot of spinach (and syrup…) over here.
Brooke told me to come over and take a picture of her holding Beretta’s hand. Beretta gets the most amount of snuggling from the kids:)
Yesterday I had my eyelashes/eyebrows done. I don’t touch my eyebrows (as you can tell below)… I let my girl do it all because I hate plucking/putting on makeup/the whole thing ha. I usually go in once every 4-5 weeks. I had a reader ask a month or so ago how we budget the extra things like eyelashes/nails etc.
When Andrew and I first got married we went from making decisions with our own finances 100% on our own to then sharing decisions etc (like every marriage to some degree financially, we chose to share a bank account while I know that not sharing a bank account works for MANY people too)! The tricky part when it comes to sharing decisions is trying to understand what is important to the other person when it comes to buying something. I mean (I’m about to be sarcastic), I’m not sure why he doesn’t just understand why I think it is important to glue fake two inch eyelashes to my eyes each month ha but I don’t always understand mountain biking stuff either. For us we found the perfect solution (via what one of my brother’s does each month with his wife:)… we budget (we are still huge fans of You Need A Budget app) in each month x amount of dollars and we each get that cash out at the start of the month. I usually choose to spend it on eyelashes, nails and a new t-shirt/dress or something and he usually chooses to save up each month for something for mountain biking or something. For us it works really great:) For everything else we make the decisions together but then choose personally what we want that month for our ‘extra fun thing.’ I actually spend way less money with this method compared to when I was single because I really think about what I want that month and keep track of it (and once the cash is gone… I’m done until the next month) which I didn’t do before.
For dinner I made the spinach bowtie salad that I’m loving. I skipped the chicken/pasta marinating part of the recipe and it was still amazing.
A bit of relaxing before heading outside to get in a short walk.
I might just be really out of the candy loop this year but who has tried these before? What a beautiful combination… I’m sure I’ll love them in 2018.
PS this song… I LOVE THE BEAT, perfect for running. I love Pink.
I hope you have a great Tuesday and if you wish Brooke a happy birthday I’ll read your comment to her:)
For those of you that run while listening to podcasts… what was the last one that you listened to?
Last candy that you ate? I’ll live through you for now!
What about you… with budgeting? Have anything that helps you?