Ok but seriously, where did this year go?!
I feel like I was just going on about Little Bro heading off to college and now the year is over, he’s in the midst of his first semester and Little Sissy is almost a freshman in high school. Nope, soooo not ok. With any of this.
Let’s recap the blink of an eye that was November, shall we?
Well if there are any positives to take away from the quick passage of time it’s that the heat of summer is no longer trying to kill me, which means my day to day outfit now consists of lined leggings, fluffy socks, sweaters and an ever present warm beverage.
I’m actually one of those people who loves to bundle up though, so even though I hate how cold it is at 4am when I’m heading off to work, I’m also really sort of obsessed with it.
Though I’ve gotta say that I probably need to sign up for automatic delivery of my favorites teas every week to keep up with the amount that I’m drinking.
1/2 cup rolled oats – chia seeds – cinnamon – banana – pumpkin seeds – shredded coconut – PB
I tried to have my normal smoothie after I got home from the gym the other day and just about went into a hypothermic state with how cold I immediately got. No joke – I cranked up the heater and sat under two blankets on my couch for 15 minutes before I felt like I could move enough to start work. Oatmeal for those chilly morning breakfasts for the forseeable future!
While I’m actually not drinking a ton of coffee anymore, my gym is located right next door to a McDonald’s [ oh the irony, right? ] and my co-worker has treated me to a large black coffee a few times this month, reminding me of 1] why I adore her so much and 2] how much I love McDonald’s coffee.
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Rice Krispies
I know that we are [sadly] moving on from all things pumpkin now that December is among us, however I’ve got a serious craving for these Pumpkin Spice Caramel Rice Krispies. I’m thinking I might need to work on a holiday-themed version – possibly peppermint mocha? Thoughts?
The Hunger – Fireflight
You want Him and you need Him
but you act like He’s not there
Ya you know, that your hollow
and something’s mising here
So you push and you pull that hole in your soul
but you can’t make the hunger disappear
Fireflight is a Christian rock band that I was obsessed with in high school and I only recently rekindled my love for them thanks to the Skillet Pandora radio station [which is amazing, btw]. This song is currently one of my favorites!
Friends, I have so many dang gifts to buy and not enough paychecks before I need to buy them. I love the holiday season, I really do, but I hate how much of it is reliant on “gifts” and “presents”. Can’t I just bake everyone cookies or something? How about we all do one giant super fun workout together? Any takers? 😉
No in all honestly I do love giving gifts, I just wish that more people wanted meaningful gifts instead of stuff. Who actually remembers what they even got last year for Christmas? Unless there is significance to it or a special memory attached, no one ever remembers the gifts from the year before. I guess I just wish that we could all give gifts like children do – from the heart – and not because we are “supposed” to.
Wait – does that make me a Scrooge?
When I was in high school I used to write in my journal every single day, sometimes multiple times a day.
Not all of it was even thoughts – sometimes it was lyrics, bible verses or quotes that I heard and struck a cord with me. Sometimes it was just a quick note of how I was feeling – a “check in” with myself.
I’ve gotten away from it as I’ve gotten older and it’s something that I desperately miss. Writing has always been an outlet for me but I think that with so much of my time and effort going to the blog these days, I’ve pushed those “check in” dates with myself to the side. I really want to get back to emptying my head and heart a bit more in my journals, even if it’s just a few sentences.
This Saturday will be the 2nd week in a row that I’ve worked the Saturday morning class and I am scheduled to work it again next Saturday, which means 3 weekends in a row of early mornings. Because I have to be at the gym before 8am to set up means I have to be up around 5:30-6am so that I can squeeze in my own workout before heading to the gym to work with my clients.
I’m not complaining; I actually really love what I do, however it means that my normal Saturday morning workout has had to shift a little bit, so instead of working out at the gym every Saturday morning I’ve been spending more time in my garage gym, getting sweaty with a pair of dumbbells and my trusty kettlebell.
And in case you were wondering, you don’t need much to get a great workout in.
As much as I love my studio and all the equipment at my gym, sometimes I feel like I actually get a better workout in at my own little garage gym. Limited space and equipment just means I have to get creative – plus without any cardio equipment it requires me to do all the burpees 😉
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