Wear Your Crown Proudly

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YOU are a princess! Don’t allow anyone to treat you as anything other than that. It doesn’t mean you should be given everything you want, but you should be given God’s best.

Wear your crown proudly to remind yourself to work daily to be God’s best for the prince he has for you.

Be careful not to rush a relationship that clearly isn’t right just for the sake of saying you have someone. Remember, Cinderella didn’t meet her prince until the end of the story. Focus on your King, and grow in his loving presence and, Sweet Princess, your prince will come when you least expect it. And you will feel like royalty.

Be patient, and focus on bettering yourself rather than seeking out someone who God has already planned on the perfect time and place you will meet. Keep your head up with a focus on God because when you look down, your crown is likely to fall. Look up, straighten your crown, and wear it proudly. Who knows; maybe that’s what your prince will use to identify you as his princess.

Fit Friday: Be SMART with Me

It has been forever since I’ve posted a Fit Friday, so I think it’s about time to start again.  Typically these posts are about things related to fitness but can also be used in other areas of life.  If you don’t want to do this particular challenge with me, take note of the Be SMART section, and look for ways to use that in your every day life.

Challenge
Flower by Moby

First, let me say I haven’t done pushups in FOREVER nor have I done much strength training. I want to, but I really NEED someone to do it with me and hold me accountable. In the meantime, I’m challenging myself and YOU (should you accept the challenge) to join me.

The goal is to get through the entire song, and you can choose to do whatever you want: pushups, planks, tricep dips, squats, or anything else you struggle with and want to get better at. As you can see from the video, I’ve lost so much of what I worked hard to build up.  My form is awful, and I barely have any strength anymore, which is why I did the weird rocking thing with planks.  This is why I’m determined to do this.

I only made it ¼ of the way through the song on day 1 with pushups and then turned right around to try planks.  I was already so shaky that I could only make it ¼ of the way with those, too.

Who wants to do this with me?  Each week we can share our progress until we meet our goals. I have several goals for myself, but this is yours, so set whatever goal works for you.  My personal final goals are to:

  • Improve form
  • Improve stability
  • Make it through the entire song with
    • Pushups
    • Planks
    • Tricep Dips
    • Squats (My group fitness class is going to love this one!)

Be SMART

When you think of your own goals, break them down into smaller goals, and come up with a plan on how you can get to that point, then give yourself a time frame.  A lot of times we look at our overall goal, and it seems unreachable.  That’s why it’s important to break it down into more reasonable “mini” goals.

Now, most people will probably set one goal.  I have no idea why, but I felt the need to set 4.  Don’t feel like you have to do that.  Start with one thing.  Maybe your goal is to get through the song while doing pushups.  Then, set an end date; 30 days from now, for example.  Now, how can you get from where you are today to where you want to be in 30 days?  Maybe that means setting a goal to improve in form and add 30 more seconds each week you can make it through the song.  This means you probably need to start day 1 first to see where you already are.  Take video of yourself to see what you need to improve with form, and it’ll also allow you to measure length of time.  Take a new video each week to see if you’re meeting your short term “mini” goals.

These “mini” goals are called SMART Goals.

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easurable
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ttainable
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How Serious Are You?

If you’re serious about joining me, comment on this page to tell me what your SMART goals are.  I will do the same.  We can hold each other accountable all while encouraging and motivating one another.  Did you know writing your goals down improves your chances at success in reaching them?  LET’S DO THIS!!!

Flower | Moby

I Have a Confession

 Confession

I have a confession to make.  I don’t know if I want to admit it or not because it’s a little bit embarrassing.  I’ve done this often, but I think today might have broken a record on how many times I’ve done it in a row.  I think I have a problem.

Today, I washed the same load of clothes for the 3rd time in a row.  Maybe it was the 4th; I’m not certain.  You see, I don’t do laundry every day.  Usually I do it about 2-3 times a week, so that means I have several loads to wash.  Having another load is what reminds me to take out the previous and put it in the dryer.  Regardless of how never-ending the laundry seems to be, at some point I do reach a final load.  And trust me, when that moment happens I can almost hear the trumpets sound and hear the choir singing Alleluia!

Wednesday was that day for me.  I finished all my washing and drying except for a blanket and a couple of towels that had accumulated over the past day or so, and it was going to be the last of this process that seems to have no end.  By Friday evening I realized that stuff was still sitting in the washer.  Oops. 

I ran it through another time with plans to get them to the dryer right after they were done.  Fridays are the days where the week catches up with me.  My body and mind are both exhausted.  I don’t want to cook, but I don’t want to get dressed cute and go to dinner, so it inevitably ends up being a pizza night. *sigh*  I went to sleep Friday with dishes piled up in the sink and on the counter, papers and clothes strewn all over the place, and unfolded laundry still sitting in the dryer while the blanket and towels were doing all but fermenting in the washer.  I didn’t care.  I knew putting that load in the dryer meant I had to take those out and either have a pile of clean clothes sitting on my unvacuumed floor or actually fold, hang up, and put them away.

So I went to sleep without giving it a second thought.  I may or may not have remembered these clothes yesterday.  It was a beautiful day out, and the weather has had a mind of its own lately, so I took advantage of it (thank goodness since it’s been sleeting all day here today after people were literally laying out by the pool yesterday).  I dedicated the entire day to the kiddos, and the majority of it was spent outside.  Those clothes were the last thing on my mind, so I really have no idea if I ran them through again or not.

I’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that I kept forgetting to put those in the dryer or the fact that when I did remember, I didn’t want to take them out because that meant I had to fold the clothes that were still in the dryer from last week.  You’ve just got to understand, when I finally get everything put away, it feels like I’m superwoman and just destroyed the last of the bad guys, and I can finally sit and relax.  I don’t want to have to do it all over again just yet.

Here I am today, though, and we don’t have clothes.  Well, let me just be completely honest with you.  We don’t have any clean underwear and socks.  That means it’s time to wash.  Unfortunately, I opened the washer to start the first load and realized, oops, those things were still in there from Wednesday.  This time I used a little extra detergent just in case, and I hear that the washer has stopped, so it’s time to move on to the reds.  The kids have school tomorrow, and their uniforms are red, so I can’t put that off any longer.  Here’s to hoping I remember to take the final load out so I don’t wash them more than once this week.  And here’s to hoping I get everything folded and hung up tonight before I go to sleep.

Please, someone tell me I’m not the only one who does this.  Or maybe you have another similar thing you do that’s just not talked about very often.  Spill it.  What do you want to admit to? 

For fun, I’ve added some laundry funnies that really express my true feelings about the subject.

washer to dryer fold    dryer  handwash ha