So today my mom and I have started a 10-day no sugar, refined carbs, or processed foods challenge. Throughout the past year I have realized that while I eat “healthy” 90% of the time, am in great physical shape, and do not need to lose weight, I have major issues with cravings and energy levels. After watching Fed Up I though why not try it? I will be blogging each day about the successes and challenges we encounter so follow along and join us if you’d like!
P.S. Pray for me. It’s only 8:30 AM on Day 1 and I’m already struggling 😳.
If you know me you know I am an avid reader. I don’t watch much TV (unless its Food Network or ESPN), so much of my down time is spent eating, working out, and reading. I will read literally anything you put in front of me. Fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, self-help, Calculus Textbooks…you give it to me, I’ll read it. I also, have this weird thing where I can’t start a book and not finish it. I may start on another book halfway through reading another, but eventually I will finish it. For example this book that I have been working on for months…
Anyways, I thought that I would start up a weekly post every Thursday where I suggest a book.
This week’s “Good Read” is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. In short, Cain describes how introverts are overlooked and under appreciated in our society, and I could not agree more. I am a “high-functioning” introvert according to Cain, which I like to point out frequently to others since reading this book for the first time 2 years ago. Sorry not sorry. Myself and my good friend since age 4 Becky Propp 100% agree that Quiet should be required reading in our nation’s schools. Heck, it would be read in schools, offices, and households all over the world if it were up to me. Cain just does such a good job of explaining to both introverts and extroverts alike how each personality type functions and is important in this world. I highly suggest reading it. I’m tellin’ ya, you will better understand yourself and be saying “oh my gosh, it all makes sense”, just a 1/3 of the way through. So go to your nearest bookstore, library, or my all time fav “Half Price Books” and pick up a copy.
Read and let me know what you think!
As a fitness and nutrition fanatic, I am always trying to educate myself on both out of shear interest and curiosity. I have seen many people online talking about a documentary focusing on the obesity epidemic here in the United States called Fed Up, and last night I finally had the opportunity to watch it. MIND BLOWN. Yes, I knew most of the information that was covered, but the way they presented it was very well done. I suggest everyone watch it if you get the chance. It is currently on Netflix, which I know 95% of us either subscribe to or bum off of someone’s subscription ;).
Here is a link to the film’s website.
About a year ago I read Bob Goff‘s Love Does. I will not give a summary because I encourage you to all pick up a copy and read it for yourselves. It will change the way you think about many many things. Anyways, read a blog post this morning written by Goff that I felt like sharing. As Ellen would say “be kind to one another”. Enjoy
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR NEGATIVE WORDS COSTING YOU
So I suck at this whole blogging thing. I told myself when I started it that I would try and do at least one post a week. Well I failed miserably. But that’s okay! Maybe I just wasn’t ready to post often, and maybe I am still not ready, but here I am today with something to say. Ever since the new year I have been doing a “read the bible in a year” plan and it has completely changed my life. Before I was worried about the future. Worried about my career. Worried about everything you can imagine. Now…I have this inner peace within me and I know it is God given. Digging into the Word every day and spending time with God gives one such a sense of belonging and peace that can come from nowhere else. Do I still worry? Yes. However, I know in the end everything will work out for the good if I continue to trust in Him, and so far it has!
I often wonder if as a human race, we have come to stop caring for one another as we used to, and by care I mean truly care. We may say “I’m praying for you” in a comment on a struggling friend’s Facebook status, or text someone telling them you’re sorry about a loss in their family, but how genuine are these comments? How often are we really spending time in prayer for those who we say we are praying for?
I am guilty of this time and time again and I am making a vow right now to stop. Social media has connected us to people in ways that were previously impossible, however I also feel that it has disconnected us with people in a genuine meaningful way as well. Instead of meeting up with a heartbroken friend over dinner and actually praying WITH them, we see their posts and comment, or text them with our condolences that we may not even fully mean or follow through with. If anything give that person a call if you are not able to meet up in person. It’s time to spend quality time with one another again, and stop spending “virtual” time because it is more convenient and let’s us avoid being up close and personal with those we say we care about.
Saying you care, but not acting, means you do not care at all.
So, with that being said…GO. Go find that friend, family member, or coworker who needs a shoulder to cry on not an emoji. Just GO.
I would do an about me post to start my blogging, but I’m not going to do that. As with my personal relationships, I would rather you get to know me through sharing in my experiences through written word than a “let’s sit down and get to know each other” encounter. The “tell me about yourself” small talk conversation is just not genuine to me, you can agree to disagree. Anyways, as I go through this 24th year of life I have so many questions and am constantly searching for the answer to many questions that begin with “why”. Why am I here? Why do I feel the way I do? Why can’t I get this or that or them off my mind? This blog is all about my personal release and search for the answer why, and the hope that I can find that answer through growing in my faith and trust in the only One who can truly answer life’s questions. In turn, maybe I can help others grow closer to the Lord and find their answers as well. So without further ado, enjoy my ramblings and hold me accountable as we all should not only as brothers and sisters in Christ, but as human beings living in a beautiful but extremely broken world.