Monday Matters

So much of the time, once Monday rolls around we get in a slump and aren’t excited about the day. That’s not me today though! I have so much to look forward to. I confided in you about some of my struggles in my previous post but although I struggle, I have hope.

This Monday morning I am excited about the day. For the first time in awhile, we meal prepped last night and I am stoked to share the recipes with you. Also today, a friend of mine and I are beginning our Advocare challenge. Today marks day 1 of the cleanse phase. Then tonight, my second season of Run for God begins. We participated in the program a few years ago but haven’t stuck to running. During the program last time I completed my very first full 5K run. Usually, I had just walked them. I felt like I was on top of the world and to be honest, was probably in the best shape of my life then. I’m ready to get that me back! It’s coming.

Now, for the meal prep last night. I made a delicious one pan dish that included chicken, green beans, and red potatoes. I also made vinegar cucumbers and clean deviled eggs. Just look at how delicious all of this looks! I will be sharing the recipes in separate posts.

Make it a marvelous Monday!
Hollie

Christmas Reflection

In the midst of the Christmas festivities, I found myself strung thin with the feeling of the world on my shoulders. Each year I say I am going to be ahead of the game and have everything prepared way before Christmas arrives and each year, Christmas hits me in the face before I even blink and realize it’s there. I am adamant it comes faster each year, don’t you agree? The feeling of getting everything wrapped, cooked, baked, and finalized for get togethers can really cause some unneeded anxiety and stress in what should be a rejoicing time of year.

Although my family is fully aware that Jesus is the reason for the season, I absolutely love giving gifts and find such joy in purchasing, making, wrapping, and giving to others. It’s one of my favorite things about Christmas aside from Jesus’ birth. This year, mini spent the night with her dad on Christmas Eve so I slept in and soaked in the quiet morning although I missed her excitement over Santa’s visit in the wee hours of the morning and I eagerly waiting for her to be home.

Our tree was absolutely beautiful Christmas morning. It had looked the same since the day I put it up but something about sitting on the couch, relaxing with Kasey, enjoying the parade, and just soaking in every second made it seem that more beautiful. There was something so serene about the calmness of not being in the hustle and bustle of the season that during those moments, I really reflected on how blessed I am. Not because I had a Christmas tree full of ornaments and lights, or presents underneath, but simply because I was awake and healthy. I was full of anticipation for my beautiful little girl to get home from her dad’s. I was full of excitement that I would be spending the next hours and days with our families and friends. I just have so much to be thankful for that I overlook and take for granted way more often than I should.

  
As the new year approaches, that is one thing that I am trying to do better at. Truly and honestly, being grateful and recognizing the many blessings daily and not just when it’s convenient. How easy it is to get caught up and only recognize our blessings when it fits into our schedule but don’t you believe that our blessings are even more apparent during our struggles and moments of weakness? It just takes a little more effort on our part to notice and appreciate them.

I hope that your Christmas was spent with those who make your heart swell. Until next time my friends,

Hollie

Living and Active Challenge


Okay y’all, I’m so excited to share with you this new challenge that I’m going to be a part of starting this Monday, October 5th. It’s the living and active challenge by Clare Smith. For those of you who are not familiar with who that is, she is a fitness instructor who loves Jesus. I have been following her on Instagram for quite some time now and just subscribed to her blog. This is the fourth annual living and active challenge but the first year I’ve decided to participate.

Here are the goals during the 5 week challenge:

  • Physical Challenge – Exercise (with your routine or Clare’s) 4 days a week for the 5 weeks we are in it. (25 minutes is minimum time)
  • Spiritual Challenge – Memorize the new weekly verse/Soul Food (as well as maintaining prior weeks) and do the key challenge.
  • Accountability – Facebook group, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope. Clare will be checking in and it’s our opportunity to ask questions, share information/moments, etc.

I know what you all are wondering, what’s the cost? Guess what, there is no cost. This 5 week challenge is FREE! Head over to her blog to read more and if you would like to have all of the information that will be available in one place, she has a new training guide for purchase that goes along with the challenge but is not mandatory. I am one of those who likes to have everything in one place and that’s easy to access so I have purchased one for myself but definitely don’t feel obligated. You can be a part of this challenge without a penny! OH!! and there are prizes, too. That’s right, there are 3 different grand prize packages with some awesome stuff.

Access her blog by clicking here.
Find more information on the grand prize packages here.
More detail about the challenge itself can be found here!

I hope you’ll join in, challenge starts in t-minus 2 days!