December 17, 2014

... {Vol 1}

You are exactly as much as you need to be right now. 

Make mistakes and poor judgment calls. Sometimes you're just going to have to stumble along until you get there. You will always be a student. This is the school of Life- you never stop learning.

You are nobodies consolation prize. And you should never settle to be the second or third or fifth choice. 

Know your worth. Know your worth. Know your worth. 

Say the thing you've needed to say. The one that is always simmering just below the surface. The one that scares you, leaves you exposed and vulnerable and raw. Say it despite how it will be received or whether it will be reciprocated. Chances are, they already know. Speak your truth.

Stop reaching so far. If they valued you enough, they would meet you halfway.

The 'What if' game is a dangerous one. Proceed with caution and understand that it almost never leads to anything tangible. 

Do not be afraid to call bullshit. 

There will be defining moments that require you to forge ahead or walk away. Many will continue to forge ahead, because it feels like the safer option. Don't be afraid to walk away. 

When you're feeling less than, don't wallow in it. Get up, get dressed, keep moving. 

Just. keep. moving.








December 15, 2014

Currently {Vol 3}

Well hello and happy Monday to ya! It's been a whirlwind of activity round these parts, hence the blog silence. This holiday season has so far been equal parts festive and sad, if I'm being honest. Festive, thanks to all of the jolly decorations and lights twinkling on the houses and seeing Santa with the boys and winter wonderlands with carousel rides. Sad, because as the boys get a little older, we realize how much we want our families to be apart of the magic. Perusing through Walmart the other day, Judy Garland's, "Have yourself a merry little christmas" began to play and I started to tear up. And I thought to myself, damn you Judy Garland! Damn you, "I'll be home for Christmas!" Damn you, Bing Crosby!  Bah-humbug! And when the cashier asked me how I was, I told her the truth, which was, "a little sad", thanks for asking. I tried to explain about Judy and family and holidays. She blinked, nodded for a moment and said, "Well, these things happen sometimes," and went back to scanning.

So, I'm trying not to be sad about what's missing and focus on what's right here, because it's good. It really is. This is what I've been up to (please excuse the iPhone dump):

Currently reading:


The History of Love is my favorite book. I've read it a thousand times, but decided to re-read. Tiny beautiful things is in my top five- again, a book I needed to re-read. Particularly, the last few weeks. Also read "Looking For Alaska" by John Greene. Good book! 


Currently obsessing over:


Readers, meet Bette. Bette, meet my lovely readers. I've had an electric since Sophomore year in high school, but have been searching for an acoustic the past few months. And here she is. We're getting along smashingly. ;)




Loving: 



From a book called, "Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series," by Tyler Knott Gregson. The whole book is fantastic, but this one really spoke to me.



Hanging out:


With this knucklehead. Oh, and the older one. (who now hates taking pictures)



Listening to:




The Maroon 5 video is kinda creepy, but I LOVE this song. Songs have a way of giving words to our feelings.



Eating:


I made these bacon wrapped water chestnuts for a Holiday Party we had on Saturday and they're always a huge hit! I'm thinking I need to put the recipe up on the blog soon, so you too can wow guests with this ridiculously easy appetizer. 



What are your currentlys?



December 8, 2014

My Hope For You

I hope you find peace. 

When the days are long and the nights longer, I hope you know that there will come a day when you'll stop looking at the clock.

I hope you face your fears.

When the path is treacherous and shadows are lurking, I hope you know that while you don't always have to be brave, you do have to keep your eyes open.

I hope you feel loved.

Even if you're the only one who's giving it right now.

I hope you seek truth.

But know when to stop searching. Not everything will have one. Sometimes bad things happen, sometimes people move on. It almost never makes sense, but such is life.

I hope you will stand up for yourself.

Because chances are, no one else will.

I hope you assert your beliefs, passions, feelings-respectfully.

You don't get to have a monopoly.

I hope you continue to see the good.

When it looks as if everything is falling apart and the world is coming to an end, look again.

But most of all, I hope you find freedom.

It's okay to let go. Be sad. Be angry. Be confused. And then, get up and keep moving.

November 28, 2014

Why Parks Matter: #OurLand

The colder months can be tough when it comes to planning ways to help little ones expend all of that pent up energy. The truth is, we just love being outdoors. There are infinite adventures to be had and it costs little or nothing to do it. After having spent most of the Summer and Fall months exploring all of the parks that Kansas City has to offer, I'm not ready to give that up to hibernate indoors for the next few months. So I've decided that we're taking back our land. We're going to get up and get out as much as we can, whenever we have the chance.

Earlier in the week, I bundled up the boys and took them to Swope Park. Have you ever been there? It stretches over 1800 acres and is Kansas City's largest park. (not to mention, one of the largest urban parks in the United States!) 

We meandered down to the pond and watched the geese swim by. I love seeing their eyes light up and tiny smiles creep across their faces as they witness nature in action. 




I worry sometimes that children don't get outdoors enough anymore. The beauty of the world around us is so often trumped by an electronic screen. I want my boys to feel magic when the sun is setting perfectly against the horizon. I want them to have a place they can escape to and explore when they're tired of the fast-pace and the endless to-do's of every day life. When they want to seek adventure, when they're brimming with energy and passion- I hope they instinctually head outside to find a trail to hike or a lake to canoe across. 

Parks matter. These preserved and maintained pieces of land scattered throughout the United States are home to kids and adults alike. We find refuge. We find courage. We learn. We play. We are inspired. 

That's where the Trust for Public Land comes in. "The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. We protect the places people care about and create close-to-home parks-particularly in and near cities, where 80% of Americans live." 

This is a cause near and dear to my heart and I'm proud to say that I've joined the movement. The Trust for Public Land is currently running a virtual postcard campaign where you can share a photo or video of you and/or your loved ones enjoying the great outdoors. (#OurLand) The idea behind this is to simply inspire others to get outside and visit your local parks. Explore! Don't forget to share it with your friends. We want everyone posting to show their support for this worthy cause. 


Here are my virtual postcards from our visit to Swope Park:







Take a minute and watch this video from TPL. The rate at which our land is disappearing is alarming and we need to take action to keep the magic alive for generations to come. 


This is our future. This is #OurLand. And it matters. For you, for me and especially for him. 







For more information about The Trust for Public Land, you can visit their Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Instagram.





*This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Trust for Public Land. All opinions stated are my own.

November 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Basics


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For the people in your life that are just jumping on the fitness bandwagon, I've gathered a few of my favorite basics to give you some gifting ideas! 

1- Water bottle, obviously.
2- Free Weight Set. It's important to have variety, depending on the exercises you're doing.
3- Yoga Mats aren't simply for yoga. Planks, push-ups, crunches, burpees: all excellent uses for a yoga mat.
4- The VS Incredible Front Zip Closure Sport Bra is really the only sports bra you'll ever need, in my humble opinion. The support is phenomenal and thanks to the front zip, there's no more struggling post-workout to get a sweaty, sticky sports bra over your head. I love them so much!
5- Box Jump set. These are great for High Intensity workouts and very popular among the Crossfit crowd.
6- Medicine Balls, like the one above from Yogaoutlet.com, are versatile and perfect for weighted exercises when you don't want to use free weights. 

Any fitness basics on your Christmas list? Or that you'd add to my guide? Leave a comment below and let me know! 

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