Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Drink, Steal, Swear, Lie

My mom sent this to me and I thought it was sweet.


I met this guy while I was in Albuquerque, and he has a motto

he lives by every day. He said, "Listen carefully and live by

these four rules: Drink, Steal, Swear, and Lie."

I was shaking my head No! but he then told me to listen while

he explained his four rules. So here they are:

1. Drink from the everlasting cup every day.

2. Steal a moment to help someone who is in worse shape than

you are.

3. Swear that you will be a better person today than


4. And last, but not least, when you lie down at night

thank God you live in America and have freedom.

I am not as good as I should be, I am not as good as I could

be but THANK GOD I am better than I used to be!

Monday, July 19, 2010


So in my last post I was so excited about my new fitness program and working out and getting back in to a routine and losing weight by Christmas...well it seems as though that is not going to get to happen, at least not for awhile.

Around March of last year I started having a lot of problems with my left knee. It was ridiculously sore all of the time. I couldn't keep it straight or bent for long periods of time; it needed to constantly be moving.

My uncle is an arthritis doctor so I went down to see him one day. He pushed and poked around on it and came to the conclusion that I had Tendinitis. He gave me these patch things that I had to wear and I had to take meds and ice it and put heat on it and he said I had to stay off of it for a few weeks. Okay, I can do that. So I do those things and it begins to start feeling better. I did bootcamp in June and I was very careful about how I used my knee and I wore a brace and I iced it(probably not as good as I should have). I haven't even worked out much the last month.

But this last week as I started to work out again my knee is has been THROBBING. Like pain ALL THE TIME. I ice it for long periods of time. After a weekend at the lake and probably too much tossing and being thrown off the tube I was in pain yesterday. I spent the afternoon at my grandmas and and she didn't have ice so I resorted to half a bag of Broccoli. It helped some but I was still feeling the dull throbbing pain.

We had a family night and I had my uncle look at it once again. This time I winced in pain as he pushed and he looked at me and said "NO MORE ACTIVITY for at least a month, maybe 2!" WHAT?! I was just so frustrated. I didn't even know what to do. So we all said our goodbyes and I hugged and smiled but cried when I got in my car. It's just so frustrating to have an injury like this where I can't do anything. I'd much rather have it in my elbow or something. The knee feels like the worst possible place!

Oh well....guess I just gotta suck is up now! Thanks for letting me vent. :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Blessings From Above

This morning I got up and went on a walk.
Please keep in mind I am in no way, shape, or form a morning person. I loathe them actually and many times avoid them at all cost! :)

Last night I went to a one night class of bootcamp at Cadence Yoga. It was motivation class for all of us since we haven't done it in about a month. I LOVED it. I don't so much love it while I'm there but I always feel ridiculously awesome when I'm done.

I leave for my cruise in about 160days. While I don't think I'm necessarily fat I think that I would much like to get the extra 25 pounds that have soaked in on my body during and post college.....

So, that leads me to needing to work out more, etc. I began this morning with a 2 mile walk followed by pushups and sit-ups. You can give me props for doing these activities but waking was not easy, in fact I had to have Brian call and make sure I was awake or else I wouldn't do it. I just can't keep myself accountable in the mornings.

All of that to say, this is not the purpose of todays blog but I will keep you updated on my fitness progress.

As I started off on my walk I started with my "Walk it Out" playlist which consists of loud, fast music but about a block in to it I was like No...I'm switching to my Jesus playlist. About halfway through Kari Jobe Revelation song and right about the climax of the song my ipod died. BUT...for some reason I didn't really care. I just took my earbuds out and walked in silence, praying and thanking God for his wonderful creation. I was able to say hello to the neighbors I passed and even talked to a 10 year old neighbor boy for 5 minutes about his new puppy.

As I walked and prayed I just thanked God for everything in my life that he has blessed me with, and prayed for individuals that mean so much to me. I quickly came up with my Friday Five and many more. I basked in the cool morning with the warming sun and took in the sounds of birds, and smell of grass! Mmmm....perfect!

A few months ago I was just frustrated with everything that was happening in my life. I hated my job, my living situation wasn't great, and I was ready for a relationship that would rock my world! I'd spend time in prayer and became more frustrated at the waiting and dragging of everything around me. But in May things began to turn around, I landed an INCREDIBLE job that I am BEYOND blessed to have, my roommate situation changed, and God put Brian in my life! I've got the house, job, and boy...that's all I need, right? :)

I do realize though that none of things things are possible without God and without the amazing amounts of love that he has so graciously lavished on me.

I have scripture different places in my room and bathroom and I try to change them out often but the one hanging on my mirror is one of my favorites. It's Psalm 90:14,
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Starting my morning this way was perfect for me. It also allowed me a little more time for breakfast and a morning devotional before heading to work. By doing this I just feel so much more blessed by the things around me and try to push the little irritations aside. :)

I may not be doing it everyday though, although I sure am going to try even if it's enjoying evenings on the swings at the park. I just know that it is amazing way to start the day soaking in God's amazing glory.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Meet My Boyfriend!

I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Brian Kessler! He is hands down the sweetest, most patient, most respectful, most giving boy I have ever been around! He treats me like a princess which I most definitely like.

We met in April while I was talking to his cousin Mallory at church. I told her I was interested and for 2 months we tried meeting and getting together but it never worked out. I began to think he was a figment of my imagination since I'd only seen him once! But it all finally worked out and we got to go out! We clicked instantly and I haven't looked back!!

Brian works for his grandparents company, Pioneer Equipment Rental LLC. He's currently at the Durant store but will soon be transferring back to the Lawton store, which I enjoy because it's closer to me!

We don't get to see each other much during the week because he's far away so Saturdays have become my favorite days of the week and I've come to dread Sunday nights...but such is life! We're definitely learning patience and what it fully means to wait on God's timing.

This past weekend we went to Ponca City and spent time with his family. We were supposed to go to the lake but only got in about 2 hours on Sunday because of the rain. :( It was an absolutely fantastic trip and I can't wait to take more of them with him.

He has the coolest Hazel-green eyes with a touch a brown. I love them! He also has deep dimples that I think are the most precious things!

He definitely makes me smile a lot, feel really awesome about myself, and I could make the list go on and on but I won't! :) I feel very blessed that he's in my life and I thank God everyday for allowing our paths to cross!

For those of you that are wondering I will still update my Search for Mr. Right blog from time to time...I mean the stories there can go on and on! I did just update it this morning with another story from another loser...Click HERE! :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Temporary Vacation

It's been weeks since I have blogged! I've missed it so much. Every morning I would come in to work, catch up on the days blogs, write my own and do it all over again the next day.

Things have been dramatically different the last Month. My last day working at Reaching Our City (ROC) was May 21st. For those of you that know I was so ready for a change and was beyond ecstatic to try something new! My last day was very bitter sweet.

That next week I traveled to El Paso, Texas for Youth in Mission training camp. YIM is an organization that I am ridiculously passionate about. I love missions. I wish that I had the money to travel all over the world to lots of different places and share the love of God with so many people... but....I can't so helping to train and prepare teams for that works for me! :) I have met some of the most amazing people because of YIM, people that I am so lucky to call my friends! We only see each other about once a year but we always just pick right back up where we left off. Late night coffee runs and talks make for an incredible week!!

After that I had about a week to lay by the pool everyday....you better believe I was doing that! I LOVE LOVE LOVE laying in the hot sun....like I'm not sure words can describe how much I love laying there sweating to death! haha

I worked our VBS at church and was the 5th grade coordinator. OH MY....so different than my high schoolers. It definitely made me miss 16 year olds!

I did a 2 week Intense Sculpt bootcamp. It was KILLER the first couple of days. I don't think I've ever been more sore in my entire life. I would drip buckets of sweat and probably smelled awful too! BUT...it was completely worth it. It was really fun and by the time it was over I could tell I was much stronger, much more motivated and realized that I had tons of inner strength. LOVE it. Now, I just have to keep up with what I need to do. They have mentioned doing another one in the fall and I'm more than game to do it again! Any of you are more than welcome to join me!

I also spent a week at NWO church camp! It was a very unexpected, like I found out the day before. It was fantastic though. I spent the week with 7th graders....which is VERY different than high schoolers. They are just such a different challenge but a good challenge. They are still so young and are wanting to know so much about life. I love my high schoolers though and was very proud of my sophomore girls that finally got what I have been trying to get them to figure out all year! It made this momma very proud! :)

And the last thing I'm most happy about is a special boy in my life, Brian! He most definitely deserves his own post which I plan on writing soon but for now I'll just say that he makes me very happy! :)