A Dime From the Universe

I finally took a HUGE leap I chatted about last time we sat down for a spell. I purchased the needed materials to get my personal training certification! I cannot tell you how good it feels to finally have it purchased. Although, I must admit there was a lot of anxiety before doing so.

I sat down at the laptop last Friday morning and for the millionth time, logged on to the ACE website. I pondered over the packages that they offered, again as I had done a million times before. I picked the Premium Package and added it to my cart (not the first time I did that either). I even made it to the point where I needed to enter my credit card information.

Then the anxiety kicked in BIG time. The “what ifs” kicked in and took over.

What if nobody wants my services?
What if I fail?
What if this is a huge waste of money?
What if I hate it?
What if….what if….

I even cried.

Yeah…it was bad.

I closed the laptop without purchasing and went to the bathroom. When I walked out, I heard a coin drop on the ground. I looked down and saw a dime on the ground.

Now this may not seem like a big deal, but a couple of Sundays ago I was at a paranormal/psychic expo. At that expo, my friend and I listened to the ladies from Divine Goddess Radio talk about listening to your intuition and signs from the Universe. During this talk they mentioned how pennies and dimes are a huge sign.

I took that dime as my sign from the Universe to just do it. I picked up the dime and ran up the stairs to talk to Mr. B. Through tears I explained how anxious everything was making me, which he of course calmed me down and told me just to go for it.

So, I went and did just that. I entered my credit card information and finally completed the purchase. I sat in that fear based thinking for quite some time and I must say now that it is done and over with, I’m fine. Let’s try to remember that the next time we are fearing something so deeply.

The materials showed up yesterday and I’m not going to lie, it feels overwhelming.

My @acefitness materials showed up today! Not going to lie, I'm nervous about tackling this. #icandoit

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Overwhelming, but exciting as well. It has been awhile since I have had to actually study for something. I actually enjoyed school, so I don’t see the actual studying part being difficult. What I find being difficult not letting myself procrastinate! I’m super good at that! Ha.

I know that I’ll need some structure to be sure that I’m getting my studying done. So, I picked up this to-do list printable from The Nifty Planner over on Etsy.

I’m hoping that it will help me stay on task with not only this, but other areas of life as well!

So, here’s to a new adventure and the next step in my pursuit to be my version of Jillian Michaels! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have you studied for you CPT before? Any tips?

What fear have you tackled lately?

Scenes from the Weekend

I love weekends away. Especially ones that involve visiting far away family, delicious eats, lots of laughs, and a cute baby.

Mr. B and I made our way to Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend to visit his cousin, wife, and their newly born son. This weekend was his baptism and we were asked to be his godparents. I guess that makes Mr. B the Godfather and me the Fairy Godmother. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We flew down on Friday evening, arriving rather late. So, we made our way to a bar we had visited the last time we were there to catch the last of the Blackhawks game and grab some grub. Kickbacks was the name of the place and they have a great and fun menu, including a things like Hamburger Helper and PB & J sandwiches. They also have quite a few beers on tap. Perfect qualifications for us!

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After some sleep, we headed over to meet Bronson & deliver the baby blanket I had been working on for ages. (And finished minutes before we had to leave on our flight)

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We got our baby snuggles in with the little guy and had a tasty breakfast that Kayleigh made us. She made grits, which were quite delicious! I should have asked her what her secrets were, because mine never turn out that well!

John and Kayleigh had a fun and relaxing day planned for us on Saturday. We headed to the Riverside Arts Market, which was great. I loved seeing all the different arts and crafts. One of my favorite stands was from Fresh Jax. They had all sorts of spice blends,sauces, and vegan goodies. I’m a total sucker for anything cooking related and picked up some great looking spices.

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The nice thing is they also have an online store! So, if we find ourselves in love with any of the things we got, we can order more! We also enjoyed the beautiful weather and some live music at the market.

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We then headed to Blue Fish a restaurant that Mr. B and I discovered last year. They serve raw oysters and other delicious foods, so we went there for a light lunch. We also stopped at one of Kayleigh’s favorite cupcake spots, Sivada Cupcakes. I got the banana pudding one which was amazingly delicious!

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John is in the Navy, so he took us for a tour around the base. It was my first time on a base, so I had no idea that they are like a mini-city inside the gates. We also walked around and looked at some planes they had on display. Bronson got to fly around like a plane as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Saturday evening was spent hanging out at John & Kayleigh’s where we had a bon-fire and played a card game. It was nice to just hang out and get time with them. It was a late night, followed by an early morning for the baptism.

Mr. B & I put on our Sunday best and headed to church. Bronson was a champ and didn’t fuss too much, I didn’t catch anything on fire when handed the candle, and Mr. B didn’t drop the faith chest. So, I would say it was a great success! ๐Ÿ˜‰

There was a little get together after the service, where Bronson was promptly changed into his Blackhawks onesie we got him for game 3 of the playoffs. Broson and Mr. B both enjoyed the game and celebrated a win. Not gonna lie, my heart was pretty much mush seeing this.

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Sunday evening involved more family time, another card game, and not enough baby snuggles. We said our goodbyes and headed back to our hotel. Mr. B and I were both a little down to leave, as we really had a good time with everyone. We will see them soon enough and have already talked about starting a savings fund to visit John, Kayleigh, & Bronson while they are stationed in Spain over the next few years.

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Yesterday was a long travel day, including a 4 hour layover in Atlanta. I made sure not to sit on my butt the entire time and walked the terminal while Mr. B did some work. I hit my step goal and also picked up a new book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I posted about it on my Instagram and got an over whelming response that it is a great read. I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today it is back to reality and I must get off here to head to the grocery store!

How was your weekend?

Have you read the above mentioned book?

10 Items On My Grocery List

I get asked what types of foods I eat, now while I wish it was Chipotle’s Sofritas Bowls ALL THE TIME.

It’s not. In fact, those don’t even happen once a week.

I actually do some old fashion menu planning and make a grocery list once a week before hitting the store.

There are many items some weeks, but every single week there are 10 items that ALWAYS make the list.

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1) Bananas

You know the saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away?” Bananas are my apples. I eat them plain, in my oatmeal, with peanut butter, in a smoothie, on top of pancakes, or sautรฉed in some coconut oil and cinnamon. I love me some bananas.

2) Hummus

Usually it is my local grocery store’s brand of roasted red pepper hummus. But, when it is on sale, I go for any of the flavors from Tribe. I have the Mediterranean one in the fridge currently and it is delicious! Hummus is great for dipping veggies or eating a spoonful (or two).

3) Oatmeal

This is my go-to breakfast most mornings. I go with just regular old-fashioned oats and throw in a banana with some peanut butter. Or I usually have a box of Oat Fit’s Cinnamon Roll or Blueberry Muffin on my list as a way to spice up my oatmeal choices in the morning.

4) Egg Whites

We get farm fresh eggs from one of Mr. B’s co-workers and I refuse to waste the yolks in those. So, I always grab a carton of egg whites at the store to have on hand for breakfast. I use them as a way to bulk up omelets or in oatmeal pancakes.

5) Almond Milk

Unsweetened original to be exact. Usually our local store’s brand is the one I go with because it is cheaper and I like it the best. If I’m filling fancy, then I splurge and get some chocolate almond milk, that stuff is delicious.

6) Carrots

I need a vehicle for that hummus, don’t I? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I always have a big bag of baby carrots on hand for lunches and snacking. I’ve been known to grab a couple of handfuls to munch on while making dinner. They’re also great to make honey glazed carrots. Yum.

7) Sparkling Water

This is a very recent addition to the grocery list. I have been trying to kick my Diet Sierra Mist habit and have found that sparkling water is exactly what I have been needing to make it happen. It has that fizz I look for and is more fancy that regular ol’ tap water. I’m loving the La Croix Cherry Lime and also the Nestle Pure Life Mango Peach Pineapple flavors. There are no weird artificial sweeteners in them, so they’re a major win!

8) Lettuce

Great for salads for lunch and side salads for dinner. I buy whole heads and chop them up to keep ready to go in the fridge. How I keep it fresh is simple, I put the cut lettuce into a large baggie (or bowl) with a paper towel. I find that my lettuce can sometimes stay fresh for a week that way.

9) Beans

Black, garbanzo, kidney; I have multiple cans of each in the cupboard. They get thrown in to stir-frys, tacos, soups, salads, and even roasted as a snack. Give me a can of beans and I can almost always make a quick dinner happen!

10) Coffee

I mean really, how do you think I function at life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There you have it, the 10 foods that make it to my list weekly!

Anything you would add?

SADB