best decisions…by katie

October 30, 2014 in Blog by lindsaymwright

Today I’ve got a special guest post from a special friend.  Katie Wheeler has been near and dear to me since I started blogging over three years ago.  We finally had the chance to meet in person at Blend this past Spring and I can say without a doubt that I LOVE this girl.  Take it away, Katie!


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One of the Best Decisions I Ever Made – Joining a Small Group

Hey Lindsay’s List readers! My name is Katie and I blog over at Peace Love & Oats. I’m a 26 year-old law graduate living in Chicago and trying to figure out where my life is headed, while enjoying reading, running, great friends and many delicious bowls of oatmeal.

When I saw Lindsay’s call for blog posts and the category “One of the Best Decisions I Ever Made,” I started thinking over the past year and how my life had changed. It’s been a year of ups and downs and many struggles, including a job search that just won’t end. Although I have many reasons to feel discouraged, frustrated and embarrassed, I feel more at peace than I have in a long time. Why? My faith.

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This past summer I graduated law school and took the Bar Exam (yes, I passed!). Come September, I found myself with a lot more free time to focus on myself. I’d never been particularly religious and didn’t attend church growing up, but I knew then that I wanted to find a church, and preferably a small group, to help me grow in my faith and keep me more accountable.

We started meeting in early December, and since then I have never felt so encouraged, loved, challenged or uncomfortable than I have before. Speaking to these women and working our way through God’s word has forced me to question so many things about myself and about Christianity. I have a better understanding of the person I want to be, my purpose in life, and how much more I can grow and learn.

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I have learned to pray, to ask questions, to encourage others and to have faith in things that I cannot see or even truly understand. I have learned that I am not, nor can I ever be, perfect, but I am loved no matter what. This knowledge has given me the freedom to try to be myself and focus on what is important to me. Because no matter what happens here on earth, God is the only one who’s opinion matters.

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Although I won’t have this group of women to learn from forever, joining them has set in motion a new way of thinking and living as well as a deeper faith in God and how he is working in my life.

One of the best decisions I ever made.

QUESTION:  What’s one of YOUR best decisions??  Do you have a small group to connect with?

splendid…lindsay

ahnu footwear and walking to clear your crazy away

October 28, 2014 in Blog by lindsaymwright

The following post is a review of the Ahnu Montara Boot.  I received the boots in return for the review.  All opinions are my own.

Have I told you yet that I live about a mile from the coffee/yogurt shop??

Yeah.  Pretty close.

I can’t describe to you how great it is for me to be close to downtown.  Whenever I run, I have sidewalks in every direction.  Most of the “townies” put their dogs on leashes or in a gated area so I don’t really have to worry too much about a dog nipping at my heels.  When I train my afternoon groups, they can leave my basement and run pretty much anywhere (which makes programming easier).  Plus, I can simply walk down to the shop whenever I need to.  Which lately has been often.

Walking for me is just about the best form of exercise.  Sure – you might not burn a ton of calories or get in uber great shape, but there’s something about getting outside and walking.  It doesn’t even have to be fast.  I find that I can think more clearly (when I’m by myself) and carry on some of the most precious conversations (when I’m walking with a friend).

Anyway, the walk to the shop has been a form of therapy lately.  Since my stress levels are heightened at the moment, I’ll take any chance I can get to reduce them.  That little walk helps leaps and bounds.  Sometimes I listen to music but 98% of the time, I just walk and try to look up and around and get out of my little head space.

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Ahnu Footwear recently sent me these adorable purple hiking boots so I had to take them for a stroll.  A hike would have been better (ahem….since they’re hiking boots and all) but I just don’t have time right now to drive into mountains.  No matter – the walk down and back was enough for me to get a good feel of the boot.

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The Ahnu Montara Boot is a mid-height light weight hiker.  This shoe has a Vibram outsole and eVent waterproofing too, meaning you’re covered on muddy, wet hikes and your feet will stay nice and dry!  Montara features Ahnu Numentum® HIKE technology engineered to center and guide the foot, promoting a balanced, even stride.  And the color!  Who doesn’t love purple?!?!  They make this old mama feel a little bit stylish.

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I’ll take all the help I can get!

QUESTION:  Do you own hiking boots?  What’s your favorite form of exercise?

splendid…lindsay

ramblings of a coffee/yogurt shop owner

October 27, 2014 in #yolosofroyo, Blog, MSCY by lindsaymwright

It’s Sunday night and I’m just sitting down after putting the kids to bed for the night.  I’ll get up here in a second to get my bowl of cereal (every night – never gonna stop) but I wanted to sit down try to type out all the thoughts that are swirling around in my head.

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Did you know that you have to put this special little plastic piece on the yogurt pump machine to get it to swirl the yogurt just so.  If you didn’t have the piece it would just come out in a circle pattern but instead, it comes out with that signature swirl.  I wonder if they make different designs, like moons and hearts.  I know about this plastic piece because I spent an hour and a half today taking apart our frozen yogurt machine to clean it.  You (I) have to do this twice a week.  I’m sure I’ll whittle down that cleaning time but man…today had me a little frustrated.  There’s this entire process of taking everything apart, washing it, greasing the parts and then running a special cleaner through the machine.  I’m actually quite proud of myself.  The tech drove from Charlotte last Wednesday to teach me how to clean it and I actually remembered each of the steps!!  I’m so glad he made me get some hands-on experience because I learn from DOING things, not reading about them or listening.  What’s that type of learner called?  I don’t remember.

This weekend was crazy.

Actually the entire week (month) leading up until now has been one wild ride.  I’m not going to lie – I think I cried most every day last week and lost about two hours of sleep every night.  I would just lay down and toss and turn, thinking about all the things that needed to get done before we opened.  My cortisol levels must have been astronomical.  For some crazy reason, we only gave ourselves four days to completely gut the back of the store and reset everything.  A little too ambitious.  We opened one day later than we had planned so I’m calling that a win.

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And Saturday.  Oh Saturday.

The rush for getting everything up and running was spurred on by our annual Fall festival, Pumpkinfest.  Downtown Franklin receives a couple THOUSAND visitors during the festival and the whole main street is blocked off.  It was just the perfect time for us to try to be open so I made it happen.  At the cost of my sleep and sanity.

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From Pumpkinfest four years ago vs. Saturday

We did WELL though!  Here’s what the day looked like:

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3am-5am:  Can’t sleep.  Too many thoughts.  Too excited.

6am:  Alarm goes off – I must have fallen asleep.  Hop up and get ready.

7am:  Katy (sister) comes to pick me up and we open the shop with the help of two other girls (THANK GOD for those two girls since Katy and I don’t really know coffee).

7:30am – 5:00pm:  Run the cash register, greet customers, help with what I can.  Travis brings Porter to me three times during the day so I can nurse him – the only time I sit the entire day.  I bring breakfast and lunch but have no time to eat them.

5:30pm:  Close out the register.  Walk home.  Enjoy the rest of the night with my family who I miss greatly.

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A couple of other things:

  • A teenager who I’m guessing had never been to a self-serve, pay-by-weight froyo place got a cup and filled it to the brim with all sorts of junk.  He thought he paid by the cup not by weight.  When I told him it was $18, his jaw dropped.  I’m not sure he’ll return.
  • A pregnant woman’s water BROKE while she was getting coffee!!  She used our restroom and then (I’m assuming) headed to the hospital!!!! 
  • One kid didn’t like our flavors so he got a cup and filled it to the top with Sour Patch Kids.  I gave that kid a high five.
  • My new favorite coffee drink is a DIRTY CHAI BREVE.  It’s two shots of espresso poured into a chai tea that’s made with half and half.  Tastes like Fall in a cup!!  Order one – you won’t be sorry!

Anyhoo…the shop is open.  Main Street Coffee & Yogurt is open.  And we made it through our first big day!!  I’m just going to soak that up for a bit and thank my Father for His blessings.  And I’m going to relax into a period of running this business from home.  And I’m gonna go get some cereal because we got a new box of Honeycomb that needs to be broken in and it isn’t going to eat itself.

Happy Monday, friends!!!

QUESTION:  What’s your favorite COFFEE drink??  Froyo flavor??

splendid…lindsay

training with the mizuno #waverider18

October 24, 2014 in Blog, Fitfluential, Review by lindsaymwright

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.  All opinions are my own.

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Last Saturday we hosted another Bootcamp Bash.  I say “we” because it really takes a small village for me to pull these things off.  Travis loads his truck with the tires (with help from his brothers), my niece serves as babysitter for the older two kids, my mama comes and pushes Porter and Charlie Ruth in the double stroller and I…well I stand around and look pretty while blowing my whistle at people.

The face of the company if you will. 

(maybe it’s Maybelline…)

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The kind people at Mizuno recently sent me their newest shoe – the Wave Rider 18 – and I wore them last Saturday.  I’m kinda bummed because they’re now covered in grass and dirt.  I guess you could say they’re now “broken in.”   If you’ve been a Lindsay’s List reader for a while, you know my LOVE/PASSION/OBSESSION with this running shoe.  Over the past three years, I’ve actually been blessed with the chance to review the Wave Rider 16, the 17 and now the 18.  Even if the company weren’t so generous (and I’m happy that they are), I’d spend my money on these shoes any day of the week.  They’re fabulous!  And they’re the only running shoe that I’ve consistently recommended to clients and friends.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is the running shoe for most everyone.  They boast Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology which provides runners with a stable ride and just enough support and responsiveness.  The fit is perfect and true to size (I wear a 9.5).  Best of all, you don’t feel like you’re tied down to heavy shoes (the worst for me!!).  These shoes are light (7.8 ounces) yet provide plenty of support.  They’re very similar to the previous models – the only real difference I see is that the tongue doesn’t seem to come up as high (I like that).  Like I said, I’ve had three pairs now and they’ve proven to be just an all-around great running shoe.  The shoe retails for $119 – go here to read all about them!

Thanks again, Mizuno!

QUESTION:  Ever had a pair of Wave Riders?  Mizunos?  What’s your favorite running shoe?

splendid…lindsay

on stepping out, stepping back and desiring God’s will for our lives

October 22, 2014 in Blog, Faith, Family, Intentional Living, Kids, Marriage by lindsaymwright

You ever get that feeling that you really have no idea what you’re doing?

Like yeah, you’ve got your basic movement patterns down and you can do the day-to-day stuff ok, but sometimes there’s this blaring-obvious-flashing sign that says, “You can’t do this alone.”

That’s me.

(And probably you.)

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I find myself constantly praying this:

“Just show me your will, Lord God.”

Sometimes I’ll even add on…”Just make it REALLY obvious and easy for me to see.  Like take Your big hand and a big yellow marker and mark the path for me.  Can ya do that?!”  I think life would be much easier if it was set up that way – if some of the choice was taken out.  It hurts my brain to make choices.  But it isn’t like that.  We ARE given a choice everyday to either seek His will or to live outside of it.

We have so many choices to make.

What school to send our kids to (or whether or not to homeschool them)?  What’s the best church for us?  What career path should we go down?  Where should we put our energy?  Where should we put our money?  So many questions, so many different paths.  (And I’ve been making A LOT of big ones lately!!)

So how do we know which one to take?!!? 

Well….

We’re told that He has plans to prosper and not to harm (Jeremiah 29:11).  So we know that His plans are for GOOD.

We’re also told that He has a FUTURE and a HOPE for us (Jeremiah 29:11). So we know that those plans are thought through, not by mistake.

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Here’s what I think:  There are many paths to choose from and I don’t think God has that certain perfect path, the only that’s “right.”  I think that He’ll bless any path that you go down WHEN YOU’RE SEEKING HIS WILL.  I believe He’ll shower us with peace and strength when we ask for it, no matter what.  I believe the value comes from our SEEKING and our PRAYING, more so than whether or not we choose the “right” thing.

I think so often we remain stagnant or afraid to take that next step because we’re really not sure if it’s God’s will for us.  Fear of the unknown holds us back. It shouldn’t.   If you’re thinking about taking a big step, make sure you’ve got these four things in mind:

1) PrayerAre you talking with Father and seeking His will?  What does the Bible say?

2) Listening to the Holy Spirit –  You’ve already got a “sense” that this is the right or wrong path.  Listen to that Holy Spirit whisper.

3) Seeking counsel from mentorsAre you seeking wisdom from your husband and/or others in your life who can give you sage advice?

And lastly,

4) Learning from past mistakes (“wrong paths”) Does this new choice look eerily similar to something you later found out was all wrong?  Learn from your past mistakes and steer clear of those things that pull you away from your calling.

Stepping Back

I shared the big Yogurt/Coffee shop news on Monday (go back and read to catch up).  And I also said that if this new venture was too stressful on our family then I’d simply walk away.  THIS IS STEP #4 THAT I JUST DESCRIBED – “learning from past mistakes.”  Been there.  Done that.

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Don’t get me wrong – I’ve prayed A LOT about this new venture and for all the aspects that surround it and I don’t think I’m doing this on accident.  But I’m really not certain yet if this is what God has planned for us long-term.  I just don’t know.  Sometimes you don’t.  What I DO KNOW is that I’m called to be a wife/mother/ homemaker first.  I know for certain that I’ve made that “right” decision.  I also know that when things pull me away from that role and cause too much tension and stress then they probably aren’t right for us.  I’m confident enough in my most important job to know that all the other jobs I might have don’t really matter.

Right now I’m just taking everything one day at a time.  And praying a lot.  And running to Travis.  (and drinking obscene amounts of coffee)

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I write all this to encourage you if you’re facing a big life decision.  You’re not going into it alone and you’re not going to screw up something so bad that you can’t ever be redeemed (unless you murder someone or embezzle a million dollars, then you’re probably going to jail…but even then, there’s grace…I digress. Winking smile).  I also write this all out because it’s really important for me to continually live an intentional, purposeful life.  Writing it out and sharing with you helps me with that.  Cheap therapy.

splendid…lindsay

#yolosofroyo

October 20, 2014 in Blog, MSCY by lindsaymwright

Monday, monday, monday.

I’ve got a busy one ahead.  Two business meetings, one Trackstars training group, two MoveMore Fitness training groups and all the other stuff that’s just part of the plan (homeschool, chores, making meals, etc).  Coffee (or Spark) helps.

I’m ready to tell you guys about what I’ve been working on behind the scenes over here.  For the last several months, I’ve been BUSY.  Through odd, weird and honestly, God-ordained circumstances, I am now the co-owner of Main Street Coffee & Yogurt! 

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(Travis designed the logo!!  Don’t you love it!?)

Whoa.

Yeah.

What?!?!

I won’t go in to the events that led up to this new endeavor (a fun, LONG story).  Basically, an established coffee shop on Main Street is now going to be serving FRO-YO!  Just like a Sweet Frogs or Yogurtland, we’ll have 9 different flavors and 24 toppings and you pay by the weight!  Franklin hasn’t had anything like this EVER so I’m excited to see this business flourish and grow.  While I can’t go in to specifics about the acquisition, what I will say is that I now have yet ANOTHER hat to wear.  Moving forward, I’m the bookkeeper/marketing guru/manager (along with the old owner’s help!) for Main Street Coffee & Yogurt.  I’ve been training on how to make coffee (it’s FUN!).  I’m brushing up on my Quickbooks knowledge (something I used to know well and now that I’m old I need a refresher).  I’m elbow deep in W9’s and invoices and supply ordering and all sorts of other businessy type things.

And ya’ll, I have so much peace.

Everything I need to do can be done FROM HOME (during naps, early mornings, after bedtime) with the occasional drop-in.  When I signed on, the one stipulation was that I couldn’t work shifts – I already have a full-time job being a mama.  I’m sure this next month will be a little intense as we learn a whole new point-of-sale system and introduce the new yogurt dimension – I’ve already got a little place where the kids can do their schoolwork and play for those times I MUST be there.  I’m now in a place in my life where if this does ever get out of hand and require too much of my time and attention, I’ll just step away<-more on this tomorrow!

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We’ve closed the business from now until Wednesday and we re-open with a new look on Thursday!  Our largest main street festival (Pumpkinfest) is this Saturday so I knew we had to push to be open by then!  (We’re featuring PUMPKIN SPICE froyo!!!  And Pumpkin Spice Lattes!!!)  This upcoming week is going to be crazy.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on over here.  I’m excited, anxious, scared – all those things.  But I’m blessed and I’m taking it one day at a time.  God just keeps pouring out these blessings upon our family and again, I’m just along for the ride!

Oh, and #yolosofroyo is our hashtag!  You’ll be seeing it more and more.  Say it out loud.  It’s super fun.

QUESTION:  When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone??  What’s the last blessing you received?  If you’re local, come by on Thursday (7:30am-7:30pm) and check out the new shop!  26 East Main Street!

splendid…lindsay