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Becoming a Mom

The realization of becoming a mom!
baby pic
As of yesterday I am officially 25 weeks into my pregnancy, my pic was from last week, only 15 weeks to go. I can’t help to first be so very thankful for this little blessing! As my husband and I were watching the little baby kicks and punches of baby on my belly yesterday, it’s just an awe inspiring moment that you are solely responsible for this little baby!

As I’m starting to register for my baby showers and creating the nursery, it’s a bit overwhelming to think about all the different ways our lives are going to change! I’ve been blessed with a healthy and easy pregnancy thus far, and am truly looking forward to the next step! Overwhelming as it is, I’ve found relief in looking and asking God for strength and direction. Just when I tears are starting to roll down my face, I think that God has not given me anything in my life that I can’t handle, and this baby is no exception! Travis and I couldn’t be happier that at this time in our lives, a new little life is going to be given to us! Thank you God!

Where have you mom’s out there found relief when doubt and anxiety cloud your mind?

5 Reasons to Take a Vacation

It’s summer! Vacation time! My next vacation I’m looking forward to is the long July 4th weekend. Not only are we celebrating Independence Day, but also my brother’s wedding!
But if you are looking for a reason to take a vacation here are five:

1. Relieves Stress – The very first benefit of leaving everything behind and relieving your brain of all your worries is reduced stress.
Several studies have shown a direct link between stress and health conditions such as headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other types of infections acquired as a result of a weaker immune system. It has also been scientifically established that taking vacations reduces the incidence of burnout.
Relief from stress often gives us a new perspective on life, allows us to regain energy and often to find simple and sometimes obvious solutions to problems that had previously seemed impossible to solve.

2. Improve your mental skills
Some studies have found a positive relationship between vacations and logical thinking. A well-rested mind that is free of worry is often more effective.

3. Improve your physical health
Besides getting you away from daily stressors, a vacation often gives you the opportunity to catch up on sleep and exercise, two simple remedies for many aches and pains.

4. Strengthen family ties
Too often, in our fast-paced daily routine, family relationships suffer. A vacation is a great opportunity to discover each other in a different setting and to build lasting memories.

5. Enjoy life
Taking time off can be a great opportunity to meet new people, laugh and do the things that you most enjoy!

So start planning that next vacation! Get out of the rut and enjoy a few days just to yourself!

4 Things to Let Go Of

Most people have it wrong; most folks think that by gathering more stuff, they’ll finally find happiness. But often, you can find true happiness RIGHT NOW, in this moment, simply by letting go.

Here are 4 things that you can let go of that will make you a happier, more peaceful person.

1) Let go of the need to impress others.

If you’re a human being, chances are you care about what other people think of you. After all – we are naturally social creatures! But if you find yourself spending too much of your time or energy trying to impress other people and get their approval, you’re not being true to YOU.

There’s no need to try and be something you’re not, because who you are right now is who God wants you to be. He created your individuality so focus instead on living the most authentic version of yourself.

When you fully embrace who you are and share it with others, you’ll find that people will appreciate how REAL you are and will flock to you effortlessly.

2) Let go of the need to be right.

Sometimes when we feel we’ve been mistreated or misunderstood by someone, we can get caught up into wanting that person to admit they’ve wronged us. And we want an apology! Or at least acknowledgement that we are right and they’re wrong.

The problem is that not all human beings see things from the same perspective. In your world, you’re right but in their world, so are they. There are definitely times where an apology is necessary. But most other times, rather than allowing feelings of negativity to take root inside you and start spilling over into other areas of your life, it may be best to ask yourself this:

“Do I want to be right? Or do I want to be happy?”

Often it’s just our ego that keeps us holding on to past resentments and upsets. Instead, consider letting go of the desire to be right and you’ll find you’ll instantly restore happiness and contentment in your life.

3) Let go of the desire to gossip.

I’ve heard it said that gossip is just a cheap way to make yourself feel good, and I have to agree. We all know that gossiping about other people is wrong. But when the people around you are doing it, it can be easy to slip into doing it, too!

Consider though that the quality of your life depends on the quality of the conversations you have. If you want to live a more fulfilling life, start by embracing the power of your word. Your voice is powerful! And what you have to say makes a difference.

Be committed to having more positive conversations about things that matter, not people, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll brighten your outlook on life.

4) Let go of the past.

Looking to the past can feel safe, we know what has happened and we know what we could do to change things, if only we had the chance. The truth is, though, that you never will have the chance to change the past.

Your past has served its purpose – it’s brought you to the place you are today and made you the person you are now. And who you are right now is absolutely perfect. Be grateful for your experiences, and do your best to enjoy each moment. Give yourself the gift of being present!

5 Things to do on a Rainy Day

Living in southeastern Wisconsin, the next 5 days call for cool weather and rain!  So if you’re like me and your mood often depends on the weather, here are a few pick me ups on those dreary days!

  1. Exercise!

Get your butt to the gym, or dodge raindrops outside with an umbrella!  “A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.” -Mayo Clinic Staff

  1. Nap

If you’re lucky enough to take a quick nap, do it!  Napping increases relaxation, reduces fatigue, increases alertness, improves your mood, and improves performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory, less confusion, and fewer accidents and mistakes!

  1. Online Shopping

Going off my last post, the perfect time to cuddle up with a blanket, some hot cocoa and your laptop is during a dreary day!  Way better than driving from store to store and dragging bags around in the rain.  And let’s face it, those other shoppers aren’t going to be too friendly either stay at home with your ever-loving pets and shop at all your favorite stores from the comfort of your couch, or bed!

  1. Bake Cookies

I’ve never been too excited about cooking or baking, but what better way to warm up that damp house than baking cookies!  Nothing cures rainy day blues like a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies or any of your other favorites.  Dunk them in milk or eat ’em (practically) right out of the oven—a surefire way to happily weather the storm.

  1. Have a Movie Marathon

Haven’t been able to catch up on your favorite sitcoms or watched your favorite movies in years?  Take some time for yourself to relax with what you like best!  My personal favorite, FRIENDS; I have all 10 seasons on DVD, the perfect way to laugh the afternoon away!

NCAA Basketball Bracket – The Choices

March Madness is upon us!  I’m a huge college basketball fan.  I have an organic love of the game.  I started playing at age 7; my dad acted as coach and referee of my first team at a local public school.  I continued playing through varsity year in High School.  So when March Madness comes around, I’m in heaven!

So when it comes to filling out my tournament bracket I do put a little thought and expertise into my picks!  Considering I’ve taken the pot two out of ten brackets I’ve filled out, I think I may have it figured out.

Some things to consider when you are choosing your teams, obviously their ranking, their record, did they end the season on a high note or a losing record, and their experience in the tournament, but more importantly are the other non-obvious ways to choose!  Things like location of the school, is it in the south or north part of the country, and where I’d like to travel.  Mascots, school colors and favorites from the past are considered.  Plus, since I live in Wisconsin I usually have UW-Milwaukee, my alma mater, Wisconsin and Marquette.  I’ve never really liked Marquette so it was such a shame they didn’t make it in this year, boo hoo!

Other ways to choose: flipping a coin, which ranks higher alphabetically, which mascot could win in a fight, the city the college is in, ask your kids to pick the bracket, and if you want to heat up March in your house, choose every team opposite of your spouse’s pick.

And some real stats, I recommend you pick at least 10 upsets in the first round, never pick a 16-seed to win, it has NEVER happened.  At least one 2-seed will fall in the first round.  And if you are good at picking the overall champion right, your overall odds are pretty good.

Best of luck to you!  Bring on the madness!ncaa bracket