After a little blogging break, unintended I might add, I am finding what is important in my life. Most of my motivation is from our wonderful Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, but life in general has given me some eye opening events lately.
I am most thankful for my savior, Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for family that is caring and supportive.
I am thankful for girls that keep me young. They open my eyes to things I haven’t looked close enough at in years.
I am thankful for a loving spouse who tries his best to be my equal.
I am thankful for a job.
I am thankful for our dwelling.
I am thankful for many ‘mundane’ things that I have taken for granted for. A washing machine, a vehicle, a pet, numerous articles of clothing, being able to purchase both needs and wants, healthcare, insurance for my dwelling and vehicle. The list goes on and on, but in reality these little things are dreams to others.
Even clean water is something I take for granted on an everyday basis. I shower in clean water almost every day while people in remote areas of the world die from parasites and other chemicals that leach into their water supply. It’s heartbreaking to think about, but it happens all the time.
I am so thankful that God chose me to be born to my parents. I am humbled by his decision for my life.
May you all have a loving and safe Thanksgiving.
It’s been a few weeks since I received my first of 3 Bulu Boxes. I bought a groupon for 50% off of a 3 month subscription. Bulu Box offers both an exercise supplement and weight loss supplement version. The first month I chose weight loss to see what they had to offer.
For the month of September, I received four sample sized products;
-7 day supply of Shapeology BurnBlend
$9.33 I didn’t feel much of an effect from the added caffeine and other supplements to increase metabolism. I didn’t like the acid reflux symptoms I had while taking it. I would not buy this product in the future.
-1 serving of AminoX Watermelon made by BSN – Effervescent BCAA recovery drink
$0.80 have not taken this
-2 tablets of Vivarin – caffeine supplement
$0.70 do not have desire to take yet another caffeine supplement
-1 packet of Body Glove Surge Energy Gel in Chocolate
$1.50 Um… Eww. With a capital GAG. I could barely get by the smell. It has both green tea and honey wrapped up in a thick sticky chocolate flavor gel pack. The consistency is similar to hot fudge. I have not tried any other flavors and this sample makes me not want to buy any more. I am not trying to sound super negative, but this was not my favorite product.
Total ___$12.33____ I only paid $15 for 3 months. I paid $5 for this box. I plan on switching to their non weight loss box. Included in the box with the samples were 3 post card sized instructions and offers. One was the Bulu Box My Sample Journal. It asks you to record how I felt before I took the product and I felt while taking the product. I also received an offer for a “Big Squeeze” ($19.99 value) of Coromega Omega-3 Fish Oil if I bought $35 of product on the Bulu Box website. Lastly, is a card with “Supermarket Secrets”. This card includes information regarding the stickers on fruit. This information is easily accessible online.
This review is entirely of my own opinion. I purchased my 3 month subscription with my own money. I know this isn’t the most glowing of reviews, but if you are interested click the link and check it out.
Today was not a good day.
I did, however, have a light bulb moment.
Every day is a Monday.
If you choose to see each day as a much anticipated event, like the 100 m hurdles, it doesn’t seem so upsetting when those obstacles are harder to get over than you think. You knew it might get a little funky or difficult. You adapt and press on. I realized as I regained my composure on my way back to work during my lunch break, that I need to plan each day like I have a job to do.
Gone are the days that I could sleep in and veg out all day because it was Saturday or Sunday. Owning two minions means weekends are a foreign word. I can’t resent other people because their days off are different than mine or their priorities are a complete 180 from my event horizon (yes I did just compare spending my “weekends” alone with my children as a black hole encounter.) I have to get up at my normal 6:00 am and enjoy the first 45 minutes alone, with out anyone awake or bothering me. No snooze button. Even on a Saturday.
Wish me good luck!
I wasn’t even a member for a year. It’s gone. I have no regrets. The idea was cute yet disturbing. Post photos of your life like an instant telegram/photograph.
No one needs to see everything you do. Really. They don’t. But that organic chai latte with a paleo gluten free blueberry ‘scone’ you took a photo of with some random ‘filter’ effect at starbucks ‘check in’ looks much better than my peanut butter toast I just ate in the truck on the way to work. We are obsessed with making other people feel jealous of what insignificant item/event we have going on.
Well Dana, why are you blogging then? I enjoy writing. I’m not a well known author, yet I know the difference between your/you’re. So I have a leg up on the competition. My area of the world is about nothing in particular. Just being a human trying to raise small humans, getting exercise, reading, and not destroying the world.
Our society/world is obsessed with reality shows, pinterest, facebook, starbucks… etc. I have quit facebook right before my birthday one year. It was nice not to have all the notifications that people were reminded by a website calendar to tell me happy birthday. Real people text, called, even sent me birthday cards. Was I demanding all of this? No. It was still nice though…. Man, I really jumped off the topic train and headed right into ADHDville.
Anyway, I let go of instagram because it was a time suck. It’s a little (lot) boring to me. And the point of it is to say something cute or snarky to add more followers. For what? World domination? Nah, I’ll save that for the Kardashians.
I got a hair cut. I haven’t gone this short for 4 years. Hubs called it sassy. The girls wanted to chop their hair off too. Their father quickly replied “Nooo!” Maybe I have to change my tagline?
All my life I’ve loved books. My mom always insists I taught myself to read while looking at books instead of taking a nap. I still don’t nap well, and even have a hard time putting a book down at 11:50 PM instead of getting much needed sleep before my 6:00 AM alarm goes off. I am currently in the middle of 2 different series (Sookie Stackhouse & Dexter ), reading an advance reader copy (The Crystal Bird), and reading a free book from Amazon (How to Catch a Bad Guy ) on my kindle. In addition to that chaos, I am reading the Little House on the Prairie series to my girls at night.
It’s irritating when people say, “I hate to read”.
There is nothing like the pull of a good book to remove you from reality and sink you into it’s depths right next to the main character. Was I afraid while Harry defeated He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, of course. Was I flipping the pages as fast as possible while Harry Bosch tracked down yet another criminal, yes. And often couldn’t put it down until the latest installment was read. Do I feel let down and sad after I finish a series? Yes. Do I often pretend that the characters are real? Yes, who doesn’t? To me, saying you ‘hate reading’ is like saying “I hate to breathe”. I’m sorry you were forced to grow up with out an imagination. I feel bad that you don’t take time to unwind and let your mind wander.
I would rather buy a new book for $10 than buy two beers at a bar.
I am a nerd/bookworm/homebody/geek and proud of it.
On a less bitchy note, I ran last night. I ran to the hardware store to cut two house keys and grab a couple of night light bulbs. It was a little over 2 miles round trip and the weather was wonderful. I thought I was doing well on the way there. The route was super easy and tolerable. I realized my gaffe when I noticed the sloping hill I just ran down. Let’s just say I did not have a negative split.