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10 thoughts for september.

September 5, 2012

This is a series where I share 10 thoughts from Whole Living Magazine, as well as my personal takes on the ones that relate most to my life right now. You can catch up on previous posts in this series right here.


Photo credit: Whole Living Magazine, September 2012

#1 Big steps. Baby steps. As long as we’re headed in the right direction, they’re all good. I am a black and white kind of person. I either do something right, or I do it wrong. I’m running forward, or I’m falling backward. While I know that I’m prone to think and act this way, it doesn’t mean it’s the right way to do things. This thought is such a good reminder to me this month that any step in the right direction is progress.

#3 The natural look doesn’t have to mean the neutral look. I am a huge fan of what’s natural—I eat lots of fresh produce, I let my hair air dry, I skip mascara, and I choose products without toxins in them. Natural doesn’t have to be boring or dull— it’s simply embracing things as God created them. Just because I have a natural look doesn’t mean I have to look boring. Part of being natural is being true to self-expression.

#6 Maybe it’s time to think less about “superfoods” and more about super everyday eating habits. This thought makes me think about dieting, which is a nasty little habit too many women engage in, in my opinion. When we obsess over eating perfectly, we fail; however, when we seek a permanent lifestyle change that leads to wellness, we improve ourselves from the inside out. While I’m tempted to think more about what I’m eating, it’s much more important to think about how I’m eating.

#9 We may have left the classroom behind, but we’re still in favor of assigned reading—self-assigned, that is. Reading is one of the best ways to be a beautiful and interesting person. From serious literature to light beach reads, all reading opens our minds to new ideas and helps us understand the world a teensy bit more. I’m currently working my way through Unsqueezed, a nonfiction book by Margot Starbuck, and hope to tackle a really good novel in the coming months.

Do you relate to any of these thoughts right now? How so?

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10 thoughts for july/august.

July 11, 2012

This is a series where I share 10 thoughts from Whole Living Magazine, as well as my personal takes on the ones that relate most to my life right now. You can catch up on previous posts in this series right here.


Photo credit: Whole Living Magazine, July/August 2012

#4 Summer tomatoes: the universe’s way of reminding us that good-for-you food tends to be delicious. I live my life according to the belief that God created fruits and vegetables for our nutrition and our eating pleasure. In my book, nothing beats a farmer’s market full of fresh produce and free samples of ripe, juicy fruits. Delicious and nutritious.

#7 Perpetually good advice from James Brown: “Get up offa that thing—and dance ’til you feel better.” Not only do I have a dear friend named James Brown (who never hears the end of James Brown jokes, might I add), but I also love to dance. I’ve been known to dance by myself in my kitchen, my bedroom and the car; and while I don’t love to toot my own horn, Brian and I may or may not have had the most epic dance party ever at our wedding. Dancing is one of my favorite things to do, and it always brightens my mood.

#8 Running on the beach beats trudging on a treadmill every time. I relate to this thought especially during this season of my life when the weather is too warm for my liking and I’ve resigned to running on the treadmill in the air-conditioned gym facility in our apartment complex. While I appreciate the cold air blowing on my face during my run, I’d take salty sea air and squishy sand beneath my feet any day.

#9 Ever notice how people brighten up when you recognize their efforts? Girls, we don’t encourage enough. We get caught up in our own worlds, and even succumb to the temptation to compare ourselves to others, forgetting how essential it is to recognize when the people around us do something good. Next time someone opens a door for us, works hard on a project, or does volunteer work, let’s not forget to tell them, “Good job!” and spread those good thoughts around.

Do you relate to any of these thoughts right now? How so?

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