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Wellness Wednesday - Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work

I've been struggling lately with not getting everything done that I am responsible for. Whether it's the dishes, laundry, a presentation for work, sending that email, calling a friend... It always seems like there are more tasks than there are hours in the day and it gets incredibly frustrating to feel like I will just never get caught up and no matter what productivity solution I try to implement I'm just going to fall out in a month anyway.

A friend of mine sent me this video and it made me wonder if the problem with work is being at work. Lately I have been spending most of my days in meetings, training people, or answering questions which isn't all bad but does take up a good amount of my day. In the end I don't accomplish the things I am getting paid to accomplish which makes me feel like it must be something wrong with me that I just can't get things done. Check out the video:


Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based compa…

Motovated Monday - Determination

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What makes you get up with determination? What drives you to be the best you can be? What habits do you have that ensure you can go to bed with satisfaction every day? Check out notsalmon.com for more motivation.

Family Friday - Happy Late Birthday Joe

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Yep, it's well past Joe's birthday (June 30) but I wanted to share some fun family photos from our celebration. We kept things pretty low key celebrating with my family and having a fun dinner at home the weekend after his birthday. Check it out!

What do you like to do to celebrate your birthday? Are you a big party person or do you prefer a low key celebration? Share your favorite birthday story.

Wellness Wednesday - PiYo

WOO! Another video this week! Today I wanted to share a video of the new program I'm going to try out. A friend of mine has recently become a Beachbody coach and she messaged me about a new program that's available through the same company that created P90X and INSANITY. I'd heard about these programs before and have seen how great people can look if they stick to the programs but I have had bad knees and ankles for a long time so the high intensity programs like P90X had no appeal to me because I knew I'd drop out quickly and never finish them. When I heard their new program was a combination of Pilates and yoga and that it was low impact I was intrigued so I looked around and found this video.



Oh yeah! I talked it over with Joe going back and forth if I wanted to spend the money but in reality it wasn't that much ($60) and I'd have a friend who is a coach to work with as well as a private Facebook group to go to for motivation, ideas, and encouragement. I'…

Motovated Monday - Never, Ever Give Up

Sometimes you come across something on a social media site and it makes you grateful you didn't bail out completely and stop using the site. I totally understand how social media can be very negative but when you come across something like this it gives you a little push to keep on working hard because we all have incredible potential to become whatever we want to. Check it out! I promise it's well worth the 5 minutes to watch the whole thing.



What inspires you? Is there something you've been putting off that you want to pick back up or get started on? Life is too short to wait for good things to happen. Get out there and make good things happen! Work a little every day and find what gets you MOTOVATED.

Family Friday - Crochet Craziness

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Oh my goodness! I've been working on a project for a really long time and have wanted to share but I couldn't because the work I was doing was for a gift and I couldn't risk that the recipient would see this before it was finished. Check it out...




For the blanket I used this awesome pattern from The Stitchin' Mommy that I found on Ravelry. If you don't know what it is, this is what they say in their About Me section:
Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums. It's a free site and fabulous for finding pattern…

Wellness Wednesday - Kombucha

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Today I wanted to share this delightful, wonderful, and locally made drink. Kombucha! This one was picked up at our Downtown Farmers Market from Mamachari Kombucha. You can buy it by the cup, the mason jar, or even by the growler full. It's so refreshing on a hot summers day and, as you all know, I love supporting local businesses. If you don't know what in the world kombucha is the information below from Mamachari will help answer your questions.
What exactly is kombucha?
All kombucha is a lightly fermented tea with probiotic qualities. Think, yogurt without the dairy. For people with dairy allergies or an aversion to dairy products, kombucha is a great way to keep the 'good bacteria' balanced in your GI tract.

What kind of health benefits does kombucha have?
Although the FDA has not done extensive testing on kombucha, and we won't make any outrageous health claims, most people who drink kombucha report healthier feeling GI tracts, less sugar cravings, less caffein…

Motovated Monday - Your Thoughts

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I found this little gem on Pinterest. If you're there too let me know or follow me. This is something I have to remind myself. Sometimes the hardest part of the day is just choosing how I'll think about situations and things that happens to me. Whether you believe in concepts like the law of attraction or you think they're a bunch of crap in some ways I do think having a positive attitude and outlook can make a difference. I'm not saying it's easy and some of us need more help getting there than others and that's ok. Surround yourself with positive people and learn how to take care of yourself so you can be in a positive mindset as often as possible. I feel positivity can be inherent in a person but you can also learn to be positive. Don't give up. There's always the possibility that something great is just around the corner.

What do you do to stay positive even when things are falling apart or going poorly? How do you teach your children that's it…

Motovated Monday - Set the World on Fire!

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Have you figured out what you should be? How do you plan to set the world on fire? For more inspiration follow Lean In on Instagram.

Family Friday - Happy Independence Day

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HappyIndependenceDay! I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend and hope that we don't forget why we celebrate this day. I'm excited to spend time with my family and hope you're doing the same.



This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis (January 13, 1890 – May 18, 1958) news reporter, author, the Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II, and a Peabody Award recipient.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what fun things you're up to this weekend. Cheers!

Wellness Wednesday - Travel Food

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Yep... Travel food... It could mean fine dining and five star restaurants but if you're on a budget does that mean you're resigned to fast food and crappy meals? No! If you saw my post last Monday you know I was recently at the national Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, GA. I wanted to share my yummy meals along with a few of the ways I was able to still eat reasonably healthy food without breaking the bank.

f2o stands for Fresh to Order. We found this hidden gem in the food court of the CNN Center. Their breakfast menu has breakfast sandwiches (like the one I got), omelets, and a few other options. My sandwich came with some colorful potatoes that were delicious and there weren't so many you felt like you were eating a whole field. I also got a free coffee with my meal which was lovely considering the lines for coffee elsewhere were a little out of control. (That's what happens early in the morning when a conference is in town.)

I didn't want to e…