Things to Remember About Life

I’m not sure where this is from (besides my MIL’s fridge), but I copied it and tacked it up on my refrigerator, too, for a healthy & daily reminder. Thought I’d share! 🙂
The most destructive behavior …………………………………………………………………………………….. Worry
The greatest Joy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Giving
The greatest loss ………………………………………………………………………………………. Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work ………………………………………………………………………………… Helping others
The ugliest personality trait …………………………………………………………………………………… Selfishness
The most endangered species ………………………………………………………………………. Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource ………………………………………………………………………………….. Our youth
The greatest “shot in the arm” …………………………………………………………………………. Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome …………………………………………………………………………………… Fear
The most effective sleeping pill ………………………………………………………………………… Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease………………………………………………………………………………. Excuses
The most powerful force in life ……………………………………………………………………………………… Love
The most dangerous pariah ……………………………………………………………………………………. A gossiper
The world’s most incredible computer ………………………………………………………………………. The brain
The worst thing to be without ……………………………………………………………………………………….. Hope
The deadliest weapon …………………………………………………………………………………………… The tongue
The two most power-filled words ……………………………………………………………………………….. “I Can”
The greatest asset …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Faith
The most worthless emotion …………………………………………………………………………………….. Self-pity
The most beautiful attire …………………………………………………………………………………………… SMILE!
The most prized possession ………………………………………………………………………………………. Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication ………………………………………………………………. Prayer
The most contagious spirit ……………………………………………………………………………………. Enthusiasm

Am I turning into a Morning Person?!?!

Oh how I’ve never been a Morning Person. Pre-baby, I could sleep the day away. Time before 10am didn’t exist in my book. Looking back, I feel bad for my parents who had to deal with me! I was like a bear who had been woken up during hibernation… you don’t want to mess with that!
<–<–that was me
{sorry, mom & dad}

Now that I’m older and married with a baby? I’m still not a Morning Person. Conventionally one would assume I’m a Night Owl instead, but that’s not the case either. When the clock strikes 10pm, my mind peace’s out! Adios! I am mentally done for the night.

I’m utterly grateful that my little Emmy sleeps until 7:30-8 every morning. I know, I know… some of you moms are rolling your eyes at me right about now… My mornings used to consist of sleeping in until Emmy woke up (unless of course we had someplace we had to be), scrambling to brush my teeth before she starts to get impatient, sharing breakfast with her, then trying to get myself ready for the day while Emmy may or may not be willing to entertain herself. This routine left me feeling frazzled and tense.

Sooo…..

If you want things to change, do something different!

& that’s exactly what I’m doing! Over the last several days, I have put my phone out of snooze-reach, forcing myself to get out of bed to turn it off {or else my husband might just kick me out of bed}. This little trick works!

As soon as my feet hit the floor, there’s no turning back! I drink my hot lemon water with honey to gently wake up my organs, do a few yoga stretches with a side of prayer and gratitude, followed by either writing, or reading something inspirational. I used to turn the news on first-thing to see what’s going on in the world, but realized it’s just too harsh & unsettling to wake up to. Who wants to hear about the latest local drive-by shooting or fire as soon as they wake up? Not this chick.

So after a little reading or writing, I get to eat my breakfast in peace. & if you’re a mom, you know how rare this is… no little one(s) shouting, “Bite! Bite! More, please! Bite!” By the time I’m done eating (which at this point, I will turn on the news to make sure the world is not ending), Emmy is either waking up or, if I’m lucky, I may have time to throw on some make-up and look presentable.

Truthfully, I’ve come to really enjoy the time before my daughter wakes up. It’s worth sacrificing a little sleep for.  My days are smoother and easier now. I feel refreshed and ready to lead a productive day.

<–<–this is me now! 😉

As a former HitTheSnoozeButtonAtLeastThreeTimes girl, I highly recommend moving your alarm out of arm’s reach.

{but that’s just me… my husband won’t do it…}

So what about you? Are you a morning person? What do you do to get out of bed? Have any morning rituals that make your day better?

***
Loyally,
Katie

Not Just Another Whitney Post

Like many others, I was stunned and sadden to hear about the sudden loss of a musical icon. I don’t disagree that it’s a tremendous tragedy–especially for her daughter, family, and friends. I can’t imagine how her loved ones are feeling.

However, a radio show got me thinking…

The DJ’s were talking about how Whitney’s untimely death has been in bright lights all over the media. It’s understandable, considering she was a vocal icon.

But what about the men and women who throw themselves in front of terrorists to protect our country? What about the everyday heroes living right next door? Do we hear about them?

Occasionally, yes.

Most often you just see a snapshot of them on a grid with other fallen heroes on the nightly news.

Then that’s it.

I don’t want to take away Whitney’s legacy, by any means.

But why the obsession?

In the past, she did a lot of humanitarian work–notoriously lending her voice to philanthropic galas and events. She has even created her own foundation for children who are sick and/or homeless–caring for and educating them. However, why are we holding her higher above our soldiers? Someone who has infamously abused drugs and alcohol for numerous years? I’m not trying to bash Whitney or down-play her tragedy–after all, I Will Always Love You is one of my all-time favorite songs…

But, it really irks me that people who are sacrificing their lives for others… people who cure illnesses… people who are completely selfless… are not getting the honor, recognition, or praise that they truly deserve.

Tell me, what is wrong with our society?

Does anyone else feel this way, too?

You Are What You Eat.

If you are what you eat, then I must be bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. {i seriously cannot say ‘bananas’ without singing it a la Gwen Stefani} Any way… Emmy must be bananas, too, because this girl is o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d with the yellow fruit. If you try to take one away from her, she will go ape-shit. pun. intended. But seriously. This chick would eat bananas all day long if I let her. “Nana! Nana! Nana!” {Back when Emmy had a hard time pronouncing, “GG” I told my mom she should have named herself ‘Nana’ instead.}


But I digress.


Are we really what we eat?


I believe this to be so. & lately I’ve been putting more thought into what I put in my belly. & my daughter’s. But trying to eat healthier is easier said than done. For me, at least. I really wish there was such a thing as a Food Fairy, who would magically deliver healthy food to my fridge and tell me what meals to prepare. {In a perfect world, the Food Fairy would also do all the cooking for me, too!} I get overwhelmed with trying to eat perfectly healthy. There’s too much to remember: Nitrates are toxic. Organic fruits are a must. The bigger the difference between carbs and sugar, the better. {head explodes right about now}


Since I’d really like to keep my head intact, I’ve decided to focus on making one change at a time. Emmy and I went to Whole Foods last week and my goal was to make sure none of my deli picks had nitrates/nitrites, artificial coloring, and were not ‘mechanically separated’ (ew!gag!) While roaming the narrow aisles (seriously WF, you need to expand the width of your aisles!) I used what I already knew about making healthy choices, but didn’t beat myself up if I wasn’t the *perfect* health nut.


I love the people in WF’s though. They’re so much nicer than the folks at other marketplaces. Probably because they’re hyped up on organic superfoods & coconut water instead of toxic processed crap. & I know it may sound weird, but I truly believe Emmy loved being at WF’s. She was so chipper and friendly, smiling and laughing throughout the store. Plus, she L O V E D all the yummy samples.

It’s been over a week since I’ve decided to take baby steps to eating healthier, instead of trying to flip my entire kitchen upside-down, and I must say that it’s going well. Are there times when I don’t eat *perfectly*? Of course! But I don’t beat myself up about it any longer. If I did, I would drive myself bananas!

So what about you? Are you psycho cautious about what you eat? What tricks or tips have you learned to make eating healthier easier?

Loyally,
Katie