Are You Listening?

October 12, 2017

I know, I know.  If you are a mother, wife, or simply just a woman we are constantly dealing with listening to others. So I know that you are rolling your eyes at my question in the title. That question isn’t if you are listening to others, but if you are listening to yourself.

That’s right. This is probably the one time someone will tell you to talk to yourself, and not call you crazy. When was the last time you seriously talked to yourself? Not just the mumbled cusses under our breath for forgetting something, or reciting the grocery list.

Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking. - Bernard M. Baruch

Have you asked yourself if you are happy? If the answer is no, have you asked why? You need to. We go through life on autopilot a lot. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all. Sometimes we find ourselves wondering why are we so down, or why don’t we smile as much as we used to. It’s because you aren’t listening to your body, your soul, you.  

Why should you listen to yourself?
  • ·         You know you better than anyone.
  • ·         Ignoring yourself is a way of keeping your inner dreams quiet.
  • ·         You know what you truly want and need.
  • ·         It’s the only way to get to know yourself.
Why wouldn't you want to get to know yourself? You're awesome!

I know some of that sounded a bit “whacky”, but re read it. It makes a lot of sense. I mean who else knows you or what you want out of life better than yourself? If you ignore yourself, you ignore your dreams and desires. Ignoring those things are a serious problem, and something that must be addressed because those are what lead you to your purpose. Why wouldn’t you want to get to know yourself better? You are awesome!

So I’ll ask one more time.

Are you listening?

3 Daily Habits To Have A More Positive Life

September 5, 2017

Tina Floersch

Life gets complicated. It gets messy. You get completely fed up and want to give up. I get it. But did you know, with three simple daily habits your life will change for the positive side! Seriously, it is that simple. You don't have to do a lot of leg work for these three steps either. (Win win!)  

(Just a little FYI I do mention Young Living's products because one they are awesome. And two they are the company that I choose to partner with so why not. But no, I didn't receive anything to say anything about these products.)

  • Wash Your Face Every Morning:  I know this seems like such a very strange request. I know. But there is something about washing your face every morning. Cleansing it to help rid of stress of the night before, the day ahead. It's nice and refreshing way to wake up. I personally love this soap from Young Living for my morning routine. It has a beautiful scent that helps get me up and going every single morning. (And also combines will with that coffee, we all know we must have.) -For more information on Young Living and a wellness Transformation click here.

Gratitude Is The Fairest Blossom Which Springs From The Soul  -Henry Ward Beecher
  • Begin a Gratitude Journal: This is a must for the end of the day routine. Get into bed, snuggle up under the covers and put on some fantastic relaxing music. Then pull out a journal. Start with simply five things you are thankful for. Every week I challenge myself to add five more things that I am thankful for. This really helps put life in a more postiive setting before bed, and it is always a good idea to know all the amazing and great things we have in our lives to be thankful for.  It is truly amazing how much reminding ourselves what we have how positive our world becomes.
Water Your Roots, So Your Soul Can Blossom.
  • Take A Quick 5-10 Minute Meditation:   I know what you are thinking. I'm not the type to meditate. Yeah, I wasn't either. The benefits are amazing though. It's great to be able to chill and breath and just have "quiet time" for yourself to think and discuss and whatever else you need. Be open and let the universe help direct you into a beautiful state of mind. I love putting on some essential oils and relaxing music. Sometimes I can only make it 5 minutes (okay maybe more like 2 minutes) but something is better than nothing. Trust me, you will thank me in the long run. 

It is important to take care of you, because without being taken care of you and your soul won't flourish which leads to a very sad soul and a without positivity. 

What things do you do just for yourself daily? Have you tried any of the things above? Let me know below or be sure to follow me on any of my social media accounts!

Seven Places In New Orleans You Need To Go

August 24, 2017

A few weekends ago the husband and I were lucky enough to get to go to the wonderful place of New Orleans, Louisianna for our anniversary (married 3 years in case your curious!) . We had a phenomenal time! The city is packed full of all kinds of people from the new babies to our elders. The architexture is to die for and the food....well, lets just say that my diet went flying out the window that weekend.
Enjoying the beautiful Cemetery!

I wanted to give a few of my favorite places that you must go visit while in NOLA!

Louisianna, New Orleans, NOLA, Street Car, French Quarter
Enjoying our StreetCar Experience

  1. Lafeyette Cemetery #1- just a quick street car ride from the French Quarter this exquisite cemetary is gorgeous. The old monuments are breathtaking, and it is definitely a nice way to see past the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. It is a free event and I think everyone should see it! 
  2. Chartres House:: Yall!!! This food is exquisite! What do I suggest? Either the muffaleta or the artichoke and spinach dip!You will not be dissapointed! Also, make sure that you eat on the balcony! It is such a beautiful view in the French Quarter! The wait staff was excellent and we are so happy we choose this for our last stop before leaving!
  3. Jackson Square: This place is booming! Everything from street performers to amazing little cafe's and art sellers. It is just full of amazing things to look at and a way for all of your senses to explode. There are so many fortune tellers, sword swollowers, and the cool kids that tap dance with cans on the bottom of their feet.

    Louisianna, New Orleans, NOLA,Cathedral, French Quarter
    I adore this photo of Jackson Square & The St. Louis Cathedral
  4. St. Louis Cathedral: Make sure to go when Mass isn't in session, because as long as it is not in session you can go in and view this beautiful sanctuary. The artwork, architexture, and ambiance of the whole thing is just incredible. I was excited to not only see the gorgeous building but even more when I realized that i could go l
  5. Boutique du Vampyre: This fun and quirky boutique is a must go to. The shop owners are beautiful and sweet souls! They have everything from candles to cool "haunted portraits". By the way, they have a owl candle that turns into a skeleton of an owl after it is burned, don't judge me but I really really want one! 
  6. Spirits on Bourbon:If you are a "Bar Rescue" fan, then you have probably seen this on the T.V. But this little place is super fun. With dualing pianos that create a lively atmosphere to their rockstar drink "The Resurrection". Make sure to grab one (even if it's just for the skull light up cup!) 
  7. Huck Finn's Cafe : I don't care what you do, you must must must try the alligator bites and get the "Extra Napkins" po'boy! It is absolutely delicious!!!! I could seriously have ate there the entire weekend. It was mine and Brian's first time to try alligator, and wow.... wow.  It was sooo delicious. We were recommneded this place by our concierge at the hotel and I'm so happy we went. Side note: if you order a NOLA Vacation Guide there is usually a coupon in there!
Brian enjoying his yummy Muffaleta

As you can see we had a glorious and fun filled time! I can't wait to go back, and truly neither can he! Just remember to wear your walking shoes if you do go!

Let me know if you have ever been to NOLA! I would love to have a list of beautiful new places to visit next time I go! Just post in the comments below or go visit my facebook or Instagram! 

Positive Affirmations for Those With Anxiety

August 15, 2017

A while back ago, I did a pretty popular 10 Affirmations Every Woman Should Know. I’ve been thinking about how I could do some more! I love affirmations, I am a huge believer in affirmations and the power of positive thinking. Those that live more positivity do live longer, healthier lives.

I also want to mention that I have pretty serious anxiety. So for those with anxiety telling us “oh it will get better”, or “don’t worry so much”, its hard to live a positive life. It’s hard to tell the negative side of our brain to just go take a hike. So I get it.

But I’ve also learned that saying positive affirmations when I start to feel overwhelmed is EXTREMELY helpful!!!

So here are a few to keep in mind.

I can not stress this enough. Any mental or physical illness. You ARE NOT your diagnosis. Yes, some people may never get to do this or do that with that diagnosis, but that doesn't mean that YOU won't. You are ONE IN A MILLION! You are your own person, and by letting others define what you can and can not do is not healthy for you. So no matter what, go on and live your life the way that YOU want to.

How many times have you heard of people doing miraculous things? I'm sure it's been several. You can handle whatever it is that life that throws at you and you are stronger than you think you are. Yes, it sucks sometimes but you can and you will get through it. Don't let one moment define your entire life.

 Anxiety is all about "what ifs". It controls our world. I get it. But daily I remind myself to not let fear control my actions. Living in the world of what if is a scary place. It is absolutely not a place that you should try to stay in. Remind your self as needed that fear does not control you! You are in charge of your body!

I have to admit this has been a problem for me, even back in high school. I would literally "what if" myself out of going and doing something that I would enjoy. Yes, it was scary. Yes, the social anxiety usually made me break out in hives before I ever got there. But you want to know something. I discovered that once I got there I usually had a really good time and I was really happy that I even went. That's why I say to tell yourself it is perfectly okay to not want to go, but I fully recommend making yourself go. Push your limit. You will be happy that you did.

Do you have anxiety? Are there any affirmations that you use daily to help you get through? I would love to know them!

How To Obtain Your Best Future

July 11, 2017

Do you find yourself lost in a cycle of never ending days that repeat themselves over and over? Are you tired of being lost in that circle? Obtaining your best future is completely in your hands. You can achieve the future that you want, and I'm going to tell you how.

1.       Want It:  Sounds crazy. I mean, who wouldn’t want a better future? Well, honestly that is the first step. You should want it. You must think about it, dream about it. It has been in the front of your mind with every decision you make. When you face a decision, ask yourself is this really what will take me to my best future?

2.       Grab A Goal Planner: I personally have a beautiful goal planner that I use, however if you don't just grab a piece of paper and have fun. I always try to write down my big goal first. But you can’t change your whole life overnight. So underneath your major goal, write down a few smaller goals. Divide those goals down to something achievable. The smaller the breakdown the easier you’ll see your goals completed one by one.

3.       Get Ready To Sweat:  Goals aren’t completed by sitting on the coach praying that they will be finished. You have to work for it. Sweat for it. Nothing worth having is easy. But you can do it, and you WILL do it.  Reach out to those in the industry of what you are wanting to achieve, take classes, read books and most of this can be done for completely free.

4.       Ignore The Haters: I will admit that this is probably my hardest portion of achieving my dreams. I let too many people tell me that I can’t do something before I decided that I could and I would. You can too! You will! It won’t be simple, but everything will be completely worth it when you achieve it.

I know you are reading this thinking it can’t be that this simple. But it really is. So tell me what is is that you want for your best future?

Learning To Forgive Someone Who Doesn't Deserve It.

May 23, 2017

In the last post I spoke of forgiving yourself, but I wanted to take a step further and lets talk about forgiving those that have hurt you. Those that have heart you, and don't care. Let's start forgiving those that don't really deserve it.

Once when I was growing up, I'll never forget some advice that was given to me. I was very upset and asked someone, "How am I supposed to be able to get over it?" She smiled, rubbed my back and proceeded to tell me the following, "Love and hate are just two sides of the same coin. Even when you hate someone, deep down you can still find love for them. You'll know you are ready to move on, to forgive, when you no longer care one way or the other."

I didn't understand what she meant by this at the time, because how could someone that meant to so much to me eventually be placed in a category of "I don't care about them." But with time, prayer, and a lot of patience it did.

It's like one day, I didn't care what they were doing anymore. I didn't care who they were hanging around with, or what their everyday routine might have been. I knew then that I had reached a place where I could forgive them. Did they deserve it? Probably not, because's not like they ever apologized for it. But deep down I knew holding on to the anger, the hurt, and the hostility that came with not forgiving them wasn't healthy.

Being healthy is much more than making sure to get that exercise in, or trying to eat the right foods. To be truly healthy you have to work on your emotions as well. You can't walk around holding grudges, because eventually that will eat away at you! So how do you learn to forgive someone who doesn't deserve it?

  1. Give it time. As they say "Rome wasn't built in a day."
  2. Learn that yes, you have to back off your pride a little to allow this to happen.
  3. Don't be so hard on yourself. If you can't do it just yet, that's okay!
  4. Remember that you are forgiving them for yourself, you aren't doing it for them.
  5. Don't stress. When it's time you'll know
.Life is never easy, and honestly this is no exception. Overtime you will see how this was the best move you could make for yourself.

Have you ever had to forgive someone who you didn't feel deserved it? How well did you handle it? Did it take a long time to come to terms with it? Let me know below.

Four Steps To A Happier You

May 7, 2017

In our technological age, we are constantly being flooded with images or stories of people with luxurious lifestyles. It does become very hard not to compare our lives with those around us. When being constantly told that we should do more, look better, and have more things... we start to become discouraged by our current lot in life. Then we wonder why we are sad, or feeling gloom more than we should. So I came up with a list of four steps to make you a happier person, and you can start today!

Step One: Forgiveness.

This isn't just about forgiving those that have wronged you or hindered your growth as a person in some way. I mean, yes you should do that too, but I want to talk about forgiving yourself. Forgive yourself for those things that you are holding on to. Maybe it's forgiving yourself for not taking that chance five years ago, quitting college, or maybe it's as simple as forgiving yourself for the snickers bar you ate at lunch. Whatever it is, give yourself permission to to forgive yourself. You don't deserve to feel guilty forever.

Step Two: Gratitude.

I'm sure if you really take a step back and analyze your life, you will realize that you have more than you think you do. Sure, you may have a beat up car, but at least you have one. Do you have a family that loves you? Chances are you do, and that is something that you can always be thankful for. Just try being thankful for the clothing on your back or the air that your breathing. Trust me when I say a lot of people have it worse than you and everything works in will get past whatever troubles you are having so for now hold on to things you are thankful for.

Step Three: Acceptance.

So let's talk about that beat up car you are thankful for, you probably want a nicer one. That is 100% acceptable, but unless you are just hiding money chances are you can't just run off and buy one right now. It's also okay to want a new car, but it is not okay to be Mrs. Grumpy pants because your friend just bought one. Accepting your situation as it is right now is hard. But it will make you happier. Accepting that you can't completely change your life overnight is okay!  Also, when I say that you are accepting your situation doesn't mean that you aren't going to ever change it...which leads to the final step.

Step Four: Change.

And....back to that car. You're thankful for it, you have accepted you can't go purchase a brand new one today but that doesn't mean it will always be that way and that's what you need to look forward to. You need to be able to change yourself, your situation, whatever it is in your life that is making you unhappy. If you want to make more money, take the necessary changes and steps to make that happen. You can't continue to do the same routine and except your situation to change. You have to be willing to put the blood, sweat and tears into it! Change is hard, very hard. I hate change honestly, and it took me a long time to realize that I should make many of them. Don't be like me, start changing now.

If your thinking "it can't be that simple", it 100% can. Google is amazing, it can help you figure out what changes you need to become whatever it is in life that you need to be!!! I would love to chat with you about your fears, your hopes, your dreams! Just send me a message any time!!

Why you should care about the Chemicals in your home

May 4, 2017

Why you should care about the chemicals in your home

I get this question a lot, from friends…. From my own husband honestly. I wanna stop here for a moment and say he is such a good man and encouraged me to do whatever I need to fill like I am fulfilling my purpose, but he didn’t understand why I was worried about chemicals either. So we recently had a conversation concerning them and I thought I would share the knowledge.

Most people love to say “my parent's used it on me and I’m fine.” While, yes that is probably true that doesn’t make it okay. Before everyone truly realized the harmful affects of smoking, it was allowed in hospitals. My grandparents have rare photos of people in hospitals just a smokin’ it up. Seriously. No one batted an eye. I can actually remember going to restaurants and someone asking my parent’s if we wanted smoking or non. It was acceptable. It was okay, because well their parent’s had done it and they were okay…. Weren’t there?

t comes to find out that we are in fact NOT okay with any of that.  Let me go into a few facts about chemicals in our homes.

Since 1950, at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment. Only a fraction of these have been tested for human toxicity. We are, by default, conducting a massive clinical toxicology trial, and our children and their children are the experimental animals.” (Source: Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Raising Children Toxic Free)

Yes, you read that right 70,000 NEW chemical compounds! This is what concerns me. Sure our parent’s were fine, we are fine, and our children may be fine….but what about our children’s grandchildren? Are we setting them up to live in a world we want to be in? How do we know all of the chemicals that surround us EVERYDAY isn’t hurting them?

Here are another fun fact about chemicals that is just downright scary to me.

Liquid dish soap is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of six (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year). Most brands of liquid dish soap contain Formaldehyde and ammonia.
[Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989]

Now let’s stop and think for just a moment. Liquid dish soap, that we wash our children’s toys, plates, bowls, spoons contain formaldehyde and ammonia??? What and why is that even allowed? We, as mothers, work hard to protect our children and yet something so simple sitting on your sink could be causing them harm. Formaldehyde is a known cancer-causing agent. For reals. It can be found in everything from cosmetics, cleaning supplies, finger nail polish, lotions… whatever. You name it they are probably trying to put this in it. It's actually been stated that our bodies now take longer to decompose than it use to because of the toxic buildup of formaldehyde in our bodies! During the Vietnam War studies show that the American bodies would start to decompose within 4 to 5 days, and now it takes 7 to 10 days for it to start. Also, we all known that formaldehyde is used to embalm bodies right? Well it takes twice as much now then was needed 20 years ago to do it. (Don’t be fooled if you don’t see “formaldehyde” listed as an ingredient. Look up how many names they have to cover it up.

Getting of the subject of that crazy business, I have a really quick facts that I have to share with you. Today. Because they just floored me.

“Women who work in the home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who work outside of the home.[Source: 17- year EPA study]

54% higher death rate from cancer than someone working outside of the home. How crazy is this? This is what chemicals are doing to our bodies. They are making our homes, our safe place, a toxic war zone. This hit way to close to home for me. I mean, I am a stay at home mom. I have washed, cleaned, and sanitized believing I was helping protect my family from germs and sickness. Which I guess I was, but I was also throwing horrible horrible toxins in my home too.

The deeper I dig into the world of chemicals, the more shocked I am by everything I see. I am thankful to have found a company that wants to help keep my home smelling good, looking good, and keep those chemicals out of here.  Why or why not have you embraced a more chemical free life? Let me know in the comments!!
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Oola for Women Book Review

April 30, 2017


Who here is a book reader? Who here loves the self-help books? I'll admit when I first picked up a self-help, I thought "oh, wow. Now I am officially old." But it isn't like that. I believe that people have so much going on that we constantly forget what it is that we are truly wanting out of life. I believe that is how our self help books come into play.

Recently I have been able to read a phenomenal book! I don't know if you have ever heard of Dave Braun or Troy Amdahl but you should. The are the men behind the Oola Lifestyle and I was able to read their newest book Oola for Women: How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You.

Disclaimer: I received this book as payment for this review. This did not however affect my thoughts on the book nor did it sway me in anyway. The thoughts and opinions on this book are strictly my own!

The first time I even noticed anything about Oola was honestly from Young Living and their line of oils inspired by Oola ! After reading about those particular oils, I also started going to their website and reading more into this Oola Lifestyle.

If you are wanting more out of life, more out of your career whatever you need to read some of their amazing books. They have lit a flame underneath me I didn't even know existed. The books themselves are easy to read and include actual true stories from real women. It is fantastic to read these women's stories with lives that have been changed.  It was a quick read and truly only took a week or so to read (given I might have had a few late binders with it because I honestly could not put it down!).

It breaks down the 7 F's that you need to help you lead a balanced life. Faith, Family, Field (career), Financial, Fun, Fitness, Friends are the 7 F's and each one truly speaks right to the soul. Not only does it address them, but it also addresses blockers. Blockers keep you from obtaining those dreams of yours and include: Fear, Guilt, Anger, Self-Sabotage, Laziness, Envy and Lack of Focus. And if you thought we were done there, you are 100% wrong. It also goes through seven accelerators or things that help obtain those goals which are: Gratitude, Love, Disciple, Integrity, Passion, Humility, and Wisdom.

These books are packed full of so much fun stuff. It even shows the Oola Wheel,  Oola Plan, and Oola Path to get you to exactly where you WANT to be in life. ON their website they have an amazing little quiz you can take to see where you are in your own life and where you might need to focus. Click here to take the Oolawheel Test.

I really recommend taking this test, grabbing these books and taking complete control of your life! You can get this book at these links. It is released on May 2nd.

Have you ever read any of the Oola Life books? What self encouragement books do you recommend?

A Change In The Air

April 20, 2017

So did you notice the new name change up there in that pretty little URL bar? How about the header? That’s right. I’ve switched. For someone who is not a fan of change in the least bit, this is a huge step for me. I am proud to say that I think my original focus word of 2017 is starting to come along nicely. But, before I get ahead of myself let me take a few steps back and tell you how all this came about.

When I started The Outnumbered Nest I was a new mom of (another) boy. It was the first time I was staying at home and I needed a way to get “out” without having to put on clothes. So The Outnumbered Nest was born. It was a beautiful blog and I will forever be grateful for it because it led me here. When I started the blog, I was looking for my purpose. Obviously, my purpose includes being a wife and a mother and I cherish every moment of being both of those things. However, I always felt like something was missing from my life, some purpose that needed to be met. I had felt this way a lot during my life. I felt that way when I was in High School and told I was “too smart” for what I wanted out of my life. When I was in college and miserable trying to get a degree in something that I wasn’t even interested in but wanted to make everyone else happy. So that’s kinda the short story of how “finding purpose and positivity” came into the mix. It’s something I’m passionate about, about building others up and letting them know that there is always someone in their corner.

While The Outnumbered Nest started as a parenting blog it grew. It led me to a friend who in turn introduced me to Young Living. Ya’ll I have found another purpose. I didn’t realize how much essential oils would touch my soul. I didn’t realize how much I needed chemical free living. Why am I so passionate about it? Honestly, why is anyone passionate about anything? It’s just something deep in my soul that connects with it all. 

I know many people think, well the chemicals didn’t hurt me so they won’t hurt my babies. But is that really true? How do we know? Many of these things haven’t fully been tested yet. I can tell you that my Nana swears people are sicker today than they ever were as she was growing up. She don’t remember the “C” word being as rampant as it is now. There is a reason for that. I must believe it is the chemicals in the food, the things we clean our homes with, and the air we breathe. I may not be able to control it all, but why not control what little I can?

I give you this big long story to introduce you to, or sometimes I’ll spell it out as DeAnnaHillDotCom Depending on what we are doing and where we are at. Mainly because refer to my site as “DeAnna Hill” is just odd to me. I hope this blog will bring lots of good information your way as I touch on wellness products, parenting, faith and anything else my little heart desires. I am so thankful that you are on this ride with me!

Life Lately

April 9, 2017

Hello beautys!

Wow. Let me start by apologizing for my absence. You know that I am not normally gone this long! It has been a super crazy beginning to the year.

In my last post, I stated that I was starting a new journey with Young Living Essential Oils. I love the journey it is taken not only myself, but my family as well. When you can replace so many chemicals away with toxic free stuff it is amazing. I am happy to grab my cleaners now without worrying if some will accidently get on my littles toys. It has also opened doors of other wellness avenues and I can’t wait to share them with you all!

In the beginning of March, my favorite (okay my only, but still totally awesome) grandpa was put into the hospital. Receiving a call from your grandmother around midnight is NEVER good. We had to call an ambulance and he stayed a week, with a night or two in ICU, in the hospital. It was a very tiring time because while I was still trying to take care of the kiddos and my home I was also going up once or twice a day (or spending the night) at the hospital to give my Nana a break. He was diagnosed with E.coli Poisoning, but I am happy to say he is happy and back at home!

About four days after my grandpa was released from the hospital, something else happened. After eating supper (or dinner for those “fancy” folks ha), my husband started complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains. Once taken to the ER we were admitted. He went through an EKG, stress test, and a heart catheter. Thankfully nothing was truthfully found and it was ruled to be either a serious case of acid reflux (we have a follow up with a GI soon) or it was muscle spasms. Either way, it was very scary when I started thinking of losing my husband. I know that may sound extreme, but the heart is nothing to mess with.

The next week we all came down with stomach bugs. How many of you have had stomach bugs? I’m betting most of you. We’ve had them too, but never have both me and Brian had the stomach bug at the exact same time! When parents are sick and the kids aren’t….it makes for a very long few days. After we recover, then it was the kids turn.

So as you see, it’s been crazy busy.

But I’m back and I want to hear from you! What is new in your life? Have you made any big changes, or taken any really large leaps of faith? Let me know in the comments!

Stop Living In Fear

February 7, 2017

Stop Living in Fear- The OutNumbered Nest

I have a confession to make. After taking a step back and looking at some of the things I posted, I realized I’ve lied.  I’ve talked about not having regrets, and how I couldn’t say I had any, and that is just not true I realized.

I do have a regret, and it’s a pretty big one.  I want to start out by saying that I loved high school. I wasn’t the most popular kid in school, but I wasn’t alone either. I had a great group of friends and I’m thankful they gave me a great experience. I’m also thankful for my children, and my husband. I don’t regret being a young mother or wife. But there is a huge regret that relates to all of them. I regret the fact that I let fear and my anxiety get in the way. What does this mean you wonder?

While I was in high school I had friends that went out “girls weekends”,  “overnight road trips” and did what normal teenagers do.  As I grew up I had people invite me to go do this or go do that, and I was always too scared to go. 

My whole life when someone asks me to do something I have a bazillion different thoughts go through my head, and a million different scenarios. It’s not that I don’t want to go, oh no. It’s that I can see myself using the money, and then what if I needed that money for something serious. What about all those things you see on tv? Would that happen to us? What if I lost my phone, I knew I couldn’t afford another. I mean seriously, this is what has happened in my brain. And it sucks!

Honestly, that is one thing I want my kids to do that I did not. I want them to be adventurous and to take chances.  I’m scared of the unknown, but I don’t want them to be! I want them to know that sometimes mistakes happen, and that’s okay. Always practice safety of course, but go explore the beach or try a new wave of thought.

If you are a little wallflower like me, break out of that mold. Stop living in fear! There is not a reason for fear most of the time, it is just our brains doing crazy things. So jump and get to moving. Find something new to do or something new to create. Find a new you. If you are perfectly content the way you are too, that is AWESOME. But don’t stay where you are just because of fear.

I guess that’s why I took the month of January off from blogging. I needed me time, I need to figure out where I was going in life. I needed to figure out something that would make me happy, just by myself not through my children or husband.  In the beginning of the year, I promised myself I would try hard to work on my confidence, in every way.  So I did. I decided to jump off the boat with both feet. I decided I would become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. To most, that’s not really a big deal. For me, it is everything. I’ve always been afraid, even to try a new business adventure and it didn’t matter how much I loved the product. I decided not this time, not this day. I love essential oils and since I have been using them I can see a huge difference in my family.

I can’t wait to see what this full year will bring me. Have you challenged yourself to do anything this year? Are you a go-getter or are you a wallflower? Let me know!

When You've Already Messed Up Your Resolutions

January 16, 2017

We are about halfway through January of the new year. How many of you have already messed up on one of your resolutions? Me. I did it too. You know what, that’s okay.

So many people are so quick to give up and not do anything. Let’s not be “those people”, okay? You wanna know when I messed up my resolutions. Day 1. Not even kidding! My 5 year old wanted an ice cream cone, so I paid the crazy prices for ice cream cones and he took about 6 bites before he was done. Yes, that was all he wanted. So here I am, just paid like $4 for a silly little cone and it had barely been touched. So did I throw it in the trash and keep to my diet? Heck no, I’m human, and I ate that thing. All of it! I’m not even ashamed to say I did. But that was totally not a part of the plan for the “choose healthier foods” resolutions.

I could just quit and be like “maybe next year”, but I didn’t! I started fresh the very next day. That is what needs to be remembered. It’s okay if you mess up one day, two days, or more. It’s okay as long as you accept that you messed up and try better tomorrow. You shouldn’t expect perfection because hunnie, it is never going to happen. We are human, we aren’t perfect.

So here is a quick to do on what to do when you don’t succeed at your resolutions.

  • ¨     Forgive yourself: Don’t beat yourself up to bad. It happens. Mistakes are made and life happens.
  • ¨     Prepare the mind: Write it down, say it out loud, whatever you need to do. But you need to tell yourself, I fumbled today and that’s okay….but tomorrow I’m going to do better. (If you are really brave, try shooting for the rest of the day you’ll do better.)
  • ¨     Put in a better plan: What if this happens again? Try to think of ways that you can do better if this situation should occur again. Have a plan, so you won’t be caught “in the headlights” next time. Plans always work out better than flying by the seat of your pants.
  • ¨     Wake up the next day ready: Get a good nights sleep, and then on the next day don’t harp on what you did wrong. It’s done and it’s in the past. Keep looking forward and be ready for whatever TODAY will throw at you.

How are your resolutions going? Have you fumbled? Are you doing fantastic? Any other advice for other woman reading this that feel they have already messed up their resolutions? Let me know!

Welcome To 2017 & Focus Words

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

I hope that everyone had a great holiday and a wonderful time ushering in the new year. If you are like most, 2016 wasn't the greatest but even then I bet we can all find things that we are thankful for anyway!  My top three things that I am thankful for in 2016 where: 1. My husband. 2. My kiddos. 3. My health.

Even on the worst of days, those three things helped me carry on. But here is looking for a better 2017. This year I saw a trend on the socialwebs of people choosing a "Focus Word" instead of a resolution. It is a word that you want to focus on more in your life. Some people would choose, "faith", "understanding", or even "patience". So I began to wonder what my word would be. I chose "confidence".

Confidence: a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances or faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way 

Why this word?

I have struggled with confidence since I was a little girl. I have struggled with weight, and overall I have suffered from serious self-esteem issues. I never felt that I was pretty, but besides that I never felt that I was good enough to accomplish my goals. I didn't have faith in myself. I still struggle with it, daily. But this year I want to change that. I am ready to be a confident person in all areas of my life, and that is what I am focusing on this year!

What are you focusing on this year? Do you believe in resolutions or are just sticking to one word? Let me know!

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