Down on the lbs.

The update on my new mindset is disappointing. At least in regards to the getting healthier part. 

Some of the people at work have started a friendly “Biggest Loser” competition. So, we are 2 weeks into a nine week competition. I am down 6 lbs and if I’m being honest, I haven’t put much effort into losing weight/ getting healthier. 

I’m happy to at least head in right direction but if I tried a little harder to eat right and exercise more I would be able make more progress.

It is always so funny to me how many excuses that I’m able to make and reason away. For example, I’ll only drink water today. The first sign of headache and I’m convinced that I need caffeine. So, off to the soda machine I go.  My lovely daughter decided to make cookies. I’ll just have one, since she went to the trouble.  5 plus cookies later. 

I’m my worst enemy.  I need to stand my ground and remain strong. Be determined. Be worth it and live it. Time to do better for myself.

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New Year, New Frame of Mind

2016 is here so I am a strong believer reflecting back in order to make the future better. So, before I begin looking forward, I want to think about the past year.
2015 brought great times but also some difficult situations. My family dynamics have changed over this year. Lane moved out of the house in October and made me realize the reality of him growing up and becoming the man that needs to be. Another shocking moment came when he notified us that we would becoming grandparents. This was completely unexpected and left me speechless for a few days. My husband and I recovered from the shock and are now looking forward to a little girl grand baby in May. Riley and I traveled to Georgia to watch her boyfriend graduate from basic training. This was a highlight but later in the year she gave me the most stress that I have experienced in a long time. There are times in her life that her mental health has been questioned and left her dad and I heartbroken. This is such a larger concern than the normal day to day worries. It is multipled by 10. But we survived and are now back to the normal concerns and worries. After, a long drawn out process, we were finally able to purchase our first home. A huge blessing! 
2016 brings new outlook. A new fresh start to ideals and passions. I need to reevaluate my goals. So, here it goes.
1. I want to get healthier. Not lose weight so much, but take control of my health. Yes, I do need to lose weight but it needs to be the side effect of healthier living.
2. I want to prepare a great life and situation for my new grand baby on the way.
3. I need to get a better grasp on our finances. My husband and I were very young when we married and I was already pregnant. Money has always been a struggle. We didn’t always make the right choices and we have paid for those. Now, is the time to over come our past mistakes.
4. I need to continue to deal with my own mental health by learning that I can’t control everything. Some things are out of my control and that is okay.
5. I want to grow as a professional and continue to grow my experiences. I have goals of where I want to be in my career and I need to continue to take the steps to get there.
6. I want to nurture my relationship with my husband. As our children get older and leave the house, we need to ensure that our love for each stays. Find common interests and hobbies.
7. Finally, but most certainly not least, I need to refocus on my relationship with God. I have fallen short many times and his love is always faithful. I need to take time each day to draw closer to the Lord and talk to him. Then, I need to be sure to be still and listen to his wisdom and guidance in my life everyday.
Whew!!! That will keep me busy. Lots to focus on and lots of areas to grow into the person that I want to be. I invite you on this journey with me. I will be blogging my day to day struggles and hopefully, my victories! 
This is my “Crazy Life” and I love it.  

 
 

The Almighty Dollar

I choose to believe that there are good people in this world.  I cannot imagine that our world has people that would lie, cheat, steal and connive just to get ahead.  I would like to believe that in the end everyone would do what is good and right.  I would like to believe that someone would led a helping hand to someone in need.  That someone would take the time to be kind just because it is the right thing to do.

I’m not naive to the fact that we do have people who are just unkind. There are people who feel like the world owes them something and they will take it however they can get it. But I would like to think that they good outweighs the bad.

I openly admit that I am a very sensitive person that lets situations overcome me and take control of my thoughts. At times it is hard to escape my thoughts and they really become my worst enemy.

I am very much a type A personality that likes to feel like I have control of every aspect of my life.  If it is not planned, it shouldn’t be happening.  If something veers off of my plans, it truly upsets me to my very core.   I don’t mean the little things that are not life altering.  For example, if I want something for dinner and the grocery store runs out of a vital ingredient.  This is not something life altering.  However, I like to things to run a certain way and follow a certain standard.

Anyway, back to the topic.  I have recently been reminded that there are people in this world that will try to get ahead in life no matter what they have to do.  These people tend to lie in order to get what they want.  They will crush and step on people in order to get there.  The bottom line is money.  Whatever necessary to get money.  It has made me believe that money truly is the root of all evil. This situation has bothered me to the point that this has taken over my thoughts.

I worry about the world we live in.  I worry about how bad the world will get by time my children have children or grandchildren.  I want them to feel like they live a safe world where evil is something that lives across the globe and not in their backyard.

I believe in God and I believe that I must put my faith and trust in him.  God’s will will be done. Regardless, of those that spread hatred and distrust.  I also wonder how long God will let them evil world continue.  How does today’s world compare to Sodum and Gomorrah?

Happy Little Trees

I channeled my inner Bob Ross today.  A couple friends and I decided to go to a Paint and Sip studio to try our hand at painting.

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I have always been interested in crafts and other forms of creativity.  I love to create, make and do.  My Pinterest boards are full of ideas and things that would love to make for the house or cook for dinner.  There are many DIY items that make me feel that I can my Martha Stewart.

Anyway, we decided to attend a class at the RSVPaint studio in Springfield and they did not disappoint. They created an atmosphere of fun, creativity, and capability.  They gave us a canvas with an easel. It made me feel like I was getting ready to create a masterpiece.  To my right, I found my palette of paints and a variety of brushes. To my left, my jar for cleaning my brushes.

I stepped up to my easel where they had an apron ready for my use.  After I put the apron on, they brought a drink for me to enjoy during my painting time.  The instructor began by giving us simple and direct steps as to how to create the painting that we chose to create. However, she gave us the freedom to use our own colors and we were able to give it our own touch of personality.

We loved it so much that we are planning a second trip already. Next time, I’m hoping that we have more friends attend with us.  Remember, the more the merrier!

Taking Out the Trash…

I was completely inspired and motivated by Caper Mom and her post about purging and cleaning out the clutter.

I am ready to take this journey to simplicity and getting rid of the clutter.  I went so far as call the local trash service and ordered a large dumpster.  So, I came home to a large container for my purging to begin.

I am so excited to begin this process.  This weekend for me will be full of simplifying my life and getting rid of things that no longer bring me joy. I’m ready for a complete overhaul of things that I are in my home.

Trust me. My work is cut out for me. I’ll be exhausted when I’m done.

Wanted: Friendship

I have had some really good friends in my life.  However, it seems like it comes in waves.  I had a great childhood friend. I had a great young married friend, I had a great friend during my children’s younger years. I had a great friend during their high school years. They are all different individuals that have been in my life for a period of time, but as with all things, time changes you.  I consider all of them my friends still and they would be there if I needed anything.  I just don’t see them as often as I did during that season of my life.

I am beginning a new season in my life as my children are getting older. I have some really great people that I consider friends, but I don’t have that one person that I feel like I can go to if I need it.  Or someone that will go shopping with me just for fun.

I do have my mother, who will always be one of my best friends. Also, as my daughters get older, we are becoming closer friends than ever.

But, I think it is important for women to have that one great friend that understands and supports them through life. I don’t know if I have that at this time.  I’m seeking it like a treasure.

My Personal Achievements

When I first looked at the Photo Challenge this week, there were two things that popped into my mind.

1st Achievement is when I ran a half marathon.  I literally went from not being able to run a mile to running a half marathon of 13.1 miles in 4 months.  It is one of the things that I am most proud of. Another reason that I am proud of this achievement is because I ran this half marathon with two of my children, my brother, my niece, and a good friend.  I can remember hearing someone say that I wouldn’t be able to do it and I think that was one of my biggest motivators.  We ran the Country Music 1/2 Marathon in Nashville, TN.  It was amazing!

This picture isn't from the 1/2 marathon.  This picture was taken when two of my children and I ran the Color Run in K.C.  It was a blast!

This picture isn’t from the 1/2 marathon. This picture was taken when two of my children and I ran the Color Run in K.C. It was a blast!

The 2nd Achievement is getting my degrees.  I was able to get my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree all while raising 4 children.  This is something that I felt like I was able to do for myself and feel good about it.  It was a personal achievement that no one could help me with and did myself.

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Of course, one of my other major achievements is raising this beautiful family.  I am so proud of my husband and I for raising such great kids that I kind, considerate, respectful, and fun.  They will always be considered one my greatest achievements.

My New Endeavor

For the past few months, I have been contemplating starting a new journey.  This journey involves me starting a new business.  I was introduced to this product on a random Saturday at a conference that I went to for my teaching job.

I was fortunate enough to meet a fellow educator in a district about 50 miles away that introduced me to Jamberry Nails.  Jamberry Nails are heat activated nail wraps in amazing colors and designs. She shared this product with me and gave me a free sample that day.  I was so excited to go home and try them on my own nails.

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I am such a girly girl in the fact that I love going to get my nails done and make them look beautiful.  However, since I am also a mother of 4, I can’t really afford the upkeep on acrylic nails.  Jamberry is way more affordable and just as attractive.  They are easy to apply myself and last like I didn’t believe.  I am very hard on nails, in the fact that I wash dishes, plant flowers in the flower beds, and clean house for a full family of 6. They do not chip.  They last 2 weeks on your fingernails and up to 5 weeks on your toes.  They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Jamberry Mani + Pedi

So, I have decided to jump in feet first as a Jamberry Independent Consultant.  If you are interested in learning more about the nail wraps, head on over to my website, www.cmackey.jamberrynails.net to learn more.  You will see all of the wonderful designs available for purchase.  One sheet of nail wraps will complete 2-3 manicures/pedicures.  So, they are very cost efficient.

I would love to help you with any questions that you may have and help you accessorize your look with great nail wraps.  You will be able to find a wrap that matches your mood or to go with the season/holiday.  Let me know if I can help you out with this.

santa suit and tinsel town

The possibility of earning money for my family all while using an amazing product also intrigued me.  I’m excited for the opportunities that this could bring to me and my family. If you, too, are interested in making some extra money and think Jamberry Nail Wraps could be the way to do that, let me know.  I would love to be able to help you get started on a business of your own.

If you would like to know more, I would be glad to share a free sample with you and send you a catalog.  Please contact me, if you would like to know more.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

This is the song that came to mind to me today as I was thinking about Soundtrack Saturday.

On Monday, we had a high temperature of 70 degrees and then we have had a high in the 20s and 30s the rest of the week.  So, In honor of our cold front that has moved in this week.

It was a pleasant day inside my warm home today.  I put on a pot of yummy ham and beans and snuggled under a blanket the rest of the day.  It was the best.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

I have always been a firm believer that people are as happy as they make their mind up to be.  Sometimes, we just have to make the conscience decision to make the best out of the hand we have been dealt or whatever situation we have been experienced.

When my daughter was in the midst of her teenage angst (some days it seems like it is still going on), I would tell her that she decides how happy she is going to be. She would go to bed with all of her woes and pick right back up in the morning where she left off.

Now, I would be lying if I said that I never felt the same way as that young teenage daughter of mine.  However, I really try to stay as positive as I can.  Negativity certainly has a way of overtaking your life, so it is best to keep it out.  There has a been a time in my life that I would describe as “The Dark Years.”  These were the years that I suffered from worry and anxiety about almost everything.

This week it has been a struggle to keep the positivity in my world.  Let’s just recap. A week ago, my daughter was involved in an accident that ended up not being her fault.  The good news is that she was completely fine, except for some rattled nerves.  But, now we are down a car.  So, we have been juggling get her to school, her to work, and me to work.  Now, my son’s truck is now having some troubles.  So, it is down now.

Talk about stress.  Nothing puts me in a worse mood than car problems. We are a very busy family.  So, when a car is down, it interferes with our schedules.  All of us have extremely schedules and we have places to be.

Needless to say, the week will improve for me when we get all of the car situations dealt with.  Meanwhile, we wait for the insurance companies to come through and we wait for my brother to bring over his tool that is needed. It would be very easy for me to worry about the outcomes and how terrible things could be, but I can’t let myself sink into the despair of the week.

So, I’m going to stay positive and pray that everything gets solved quickly and everything goes smoothly. I am blessed in many ways that I need to focus on.  My daughter wasn’t injured.  We have been able to get where we need to go with a little creative juggling.  My son at least has the money to get his truck fixed and I don’t have to worry about how he is going to come up with the money.