friday’s four things

November 21, 2014 in ask me anything, Blog, Blogging, Fivethings Friday, Lists, Rambles, survey by lindsaymwright

Anybody else feel like this week just sucked the life right out of them?  Smile

I just never really got a good flow with life this week.  Luckily it’s the weekend and I have an extra pair of hands to help me (makes all the difference, no?).  We have a pretty chill weekend lined up so I’m excited to get a few things done around the house before next week’s holiday.  I have a feeling it’s going to be crazy at the coffee shop so I want to try and get ahead on paperwork and payroll.

So I’ve seen this quiz floating around in blogworld lately and it looked like fun so I scooped it up.  If you blog and want to play along, I’ve created a blank copy at the bottom of the post – just highlight, copy and paste right over into your own post (remember to link back so I can get a ping and go read!).  Here goes….

Friday’s Four Things

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Linds (friends)
  2. Mama (Kids)
  3. Babe, Lover (Travis)
  4. Punkinhead (my dad)

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Summer Day Camp counselor (first job)
  2. Fat Buddies waitress (during high school….flippin’ LOVED that job!)
  3. Healthcare Consultant (after college….my degree is in Health Administration & Policy.)
  4. NASM-cpt/group fitness instructor (now)

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Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. Love Actually
  2. Princess Bride
  3. Sleepless in Seattle
  4. Little Women

(Honorable mentions:  You’ve Got Mail, Royal Tenenbaums, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars (NOT the newer ones), Office Space, Casablanca and White Christmas.  Gosh I LOVE movies!!)

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
  2. Created To Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
  3. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder <-actually I recommend the entire set – Clara can’t read yet but this is already on her bookshelf.
  4. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Four places I’ve lived:

  1. Franklin, NC
  2. Chapel Hill, NC
  3. Westminster, CO
  4. Chattanooga, TN

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Four places I’ve been:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Yellowstone National Park
  3. Vail, CO
  4. Destin, FL

(sadly never out of the US.  That needs to change ASAP!)

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Colorado (a piece of my heart will always be there – good thing Blend 2015 is back in BOULDER next year!)
  2. Anyplace warm!  Why is it so cold already?!?!
  3. Anywhere that lulls Porter into sleeping through the night.  He’s on a strike.
  4. I can’t think of a fourth.  I like being right where I am (which is currently standing at my kitchen table, listening to Henry read his Astronomy lesson).

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Four things I don’t eat:

  1. Fast food.  There are two exceptions and both from McDonald’s: vanilla cone and an egg mcmuffin.  Yum.
  2. Olives.
  3. Those little mini corn things that you find at the salad bar.  What ARE those?!?  Gross.  That’s what they are.
  4. Most squashes.  I just don’t.  The texture or something.

Four of my favorite foods:

(again…why do I have to narrow this?  too hard.)

  1. Eggs (in any form).
  2. Cereal.
  3. Froyo (duh – I own a froyo shop!).
  4. Grilled chicken (boring but I could pretty much eat chicken for any meal…just goes with so much.)

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Four TV shows I watch:

  1. Scandal (our current fave)
  2. Gilmore Girls.
  3. The Office.
  4. Parks & Rec.

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Continued growth in my MoveMore groups!
  2. Continued growth in my relationships (family, friends, God)
  3. The upcoming holidays!  (and our traditions…)
  4. Ringing in another year with Travis.

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Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Stop.
  2. Quiet.  (or shhhhhhhhh!)
  3. Please (we’re big on manners over here).
  4. I love you.

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QUESTION:  Pick a question and tell me YOUR four!

splendid…lindsay

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FOUR THINGS QUIZ

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

Four jobs I’ve had:

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

Four books I’d recommend:

Four places I’ve lived:

Four places I’ve been:

Four places I’d rather be right now:

Four things I don’t eat:

Four of my favorite foods:

 

Four TV shows I watch:

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

Four things I’m always saying:

refreshed

November 18, 2014 in Blog, Blogging by lindsaymwright

Happy Tuesday my friends!

As I sit down to type on Monday afternoon, I just noticed I have yellow poop underneath the nail on my right index finger.  LOL.  THIS is the type of Monday I’ve had.  After being away all weekend, my to-do list is a mile long, my kids have forgotten how to speak in normal-not yelling voices and poop…there has been a lot of poop.  And like 15 loads of laundry.  So like 15 cups of coffee.  Smile  It can only go up from here.  <-side note – I SWEAR I had a post scheduled for Monday…but nothing posted.  So yeah. #losingmymind

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This past weekend I had the GREAT pleasure of attending and speaking at the Refresh Summit.  Held in Franklin, Tennessee at Deer Run Retreat (seriously google this place – it was beautiful!), Refresh Summit is a faith and fitness conference organized by my good friend Bobbi McCormick.  While I don’t really want to sit down here and write out a full recap of the weekend, I do want to share some pictures and a few takeaways.  A couple of readers have asked me to share my workshop notes (Body Image) and I plan to do that later in the week – I need to put some prayer and more thought into all that I want to share.

A few notes about Refresh:

There were about 40 women in attendance, all different shapes and sizes, some bloggers but the majority were not.  Some blogger friends there: Ericka, Katie, Brittany, Amia, and Bobbi!

The atmosphere was COZY.  Coffee cups, leggings and fuzzy socks, thick scarves and glasses, makeup-free faces and messy buns.  I was in my element (and in my pjs a lot).

I discovered a new worship artist that I love – Krissy Nordhoff!  She led worship several times throughout the weekend and wrote “Your Great Name” – one of my favorites (she won a Dove Award for it!).  Check her out!

We were encouraged to put our phones away (talk about REFRESHING!!!!) and to only share on social media when we really felt we needed to.  I think I took five pictures the entire weekend (which for a blogging conference is UNHEARD of).

Since Porter is still nursing, I took him with me.  He did SO well throughout the weekend – he slept A LOT and was generally amused by all of the women who wanted to hold him.  I was able to be involved in most every event (except the late night ones – we went to bed at 9pm and 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights).

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(totally stole this one from Ericka!)

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A few takeaways from Refresh:

I want to go back!

I want to take you with me!

Being at Refresh and around these women made me excited for Blend Retreat next May!  I just love the fellowship of having friends all together for a few days.

After speaking on body image, I realize that I have a duty to be a mentor.  Speaking with and praying over struggling women is a blessing and I want to be an open vessel that God can use.  I want to HELP!

I feel refreshed.  I feel strong.  I am ready to encourage!

While the 2015 conference dates have yet to be announced, I really hope to make it back, especially if there is one held within driving distance.  I feel like this conference is SPECIAL and needs to gain more exposure – whether you’re a new Christian or you’ve been walking with God for years and years, there’s something at Refresh Summit for you!  A big thank you to Bobbi and the other Refresh hosts for allowing me to speak (and for giving me my own room so I could nurse topless Winking smile).

QUESTION:  Ever been to a faith retreat before?  A blogging conference?

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.

Stepping Out

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

weekend scenes

October 13, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, weekend by lindsaymwright

Hello friends!

It’s currently Sunday afternoon and I’m soaking up the last little bits of this weekend.  Porter and Clara are snoozing away (P should wake up soon to nurse), Henry is playing MineCraft on my bed, and Travis is editing pictures beside me on the couch.  We’ve got an episode of The Office (the original BBC one) on in the background but neither of us are really watching it – just casually laughing at jokes when we happen to hear them.  Do you do this too?  Sit down to watch something and then get on your computer or phone and play around?  I’m not a fan but it happens all the time.  No wonder it takes us 3 or 4 hours to watch a movie.

Anyway, I thought I’d pop in real quick and share some pictures I’ve snapped since Friday.  Nothing terribly awesome or important happened this weekend ….which usually means we actually got some REST.  Enjoy!

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QUESTION:  What does your typical Sunday look like??

splendid…lindsay

on blogging, lists and i don’t even know what else

October 10, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Rambles by lindsaymwright

I feel like writing and I have the time (!!!) but I don’t really have a prompt today.  This means I just start typing.  I kinda love this style of blogging – the day-to-day rambly kind.  You don’t find blogs that are rambly anymore.  Everything is sponsored.  I totally get the appeal (and I myself have several sponsored posts lined up in the coming months – there is decent money to be made and some really neat products to review) but some of my favorite posts to READ are the ones that just talk about daily life.  I started reading Peas and Thank You (which is sadly no longer in existence) like 4 years ago during Henry and Clara’s naptime.  I remember putting them both down (they napped at the same time and for like 2 solid hours – it was bliss!), getting an afternoon snack and coffee and sitting down on our futon (miss that thing).  I read every word that Sarah Matheny wrote.  Every single word.  I know nothing about vegan cooking or baking but she had this VOICE to her blogging that just made you want to read more.  She inspired me to start this blog (along with Janetha and Katie).

I rarely have time these days to actually sit down and produce anything worth reading.  I usually find little 5-minute windows of opportunity throughout the day and they all somehow add up to a blog post.  I actually started with the intention of making everything into a LIST.  Like “Top 10 Reasons to Paint Your Nails Blue.”  I can only think of one right now and it’d have to be Carolina Blue and you’d have to be actually attending a game or sitting on your couch (or futon) and cheering the Heels on.  Anyway, lists are like my jam.  I have three lists going on right now.  One for groceries (Silk almond milk, Honeycomb cereal and spinach – staples), one for MoveMore and one for today’s tasks.  Call me crazy but I like to add things like “breathing” or “sex” to the list – things I know I’ll get accomplished and then strike through each item like a champ.  Sometimes I draw little boxes beside each item and then put a checkmark in there, but that’s rare.

I do feel the need to put some sort of image in every post.  I don’t really know why.  In most WordPress themes, you’re supposed to set a “Featured Image” so if you don’t have one uploaded that just stays blank I guess.  Seems like every post should have at least one visual.  When I have Henry sit down to write out a story, I always make him illustrate it.  Mostly because he HATES drawing but is really pretty good at it and I want to encourage him to grow in that area.  He always draws with yellow.  I can have a 64-crayon box (that’s the big one) in front of him and his hand will go for that yellow crayon.  It’s not my favorite (kelly green…that’s my favorite color).  I’m gonna put in a picture right below this just so there is one.

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There.

Did you know that I have over 160 drafts in my dashboard.  Mom, the dashboard is the place that stores all my posts. 160 times I’ve sat down to write something and either A) didn’t finish writing or B) felt like the post wasn’t ready to be published.  Sometimes I go back and finish something but 90% of the time I just leave my thoughts sitting there.  I have a recipe for Monkey Bread.  LOL.  Like seriously one of the easiest recipes EVER and one that you can find anywhere on line but I thought it would be worth my time to share because you never know how many people haven’t ever eaten Monkey Bread (you should).  I see that as a problem in the blogging world – too many posts that say the exact same thing.  There are probably 2,000 posts out there with recipes for Monkey Bread but you think your addition of saffron will make someone click on your link.  (Excuse me while I google “saffron” and see if that’s even something you’d put in the bread.  No.  No, do NOT put saffron in your Monkey Bread.)  What sometimes stops me from giving advice on fitness or motherhood or whatever is that while I KNOW these things, I wouldn’t consider myself an “expert.”  Aren’t we all just learning!??!  Do I really have anything new and profound to add??  Don’t most people already know how to perform a proper squat or about teething and ways to soothe your baby??

I’m finding that no.  No, they don’t.  With an endless internet of countless pages, there is always someone out there that isn’t informed.  Maybe I should start writing more about the simple things like how I make my Crockpot chicken or what Microsoft LiveWriter is and why you need it.  Maybe that will be new information to someone.

Oh my word.  I don’t even know what this post is about but Porter just started crying so I must go.  No time to edit – if there are errors, you can fine me 1 million dollhairs.

All this to say, hi.  I love that you read this blog.  I love writing it.  And I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

splendid…lindsay

playing legos

October 8, 2014 in Blessings, Blog, Homeschooling, Intentional Living, Kids, Motherhood by lindsaymwright

I’d estimate that Henry spends an hour (or two) playing with Legos each and every day.  The way that I homeschool allows for free play at various times throughout the day (read:  we school for 20, play for 10) and Henry’s preferred “play” is Legos.  I’ve yet to break it to him that he’s actually learning SO much while he plays.

How Legos provide a great school experience:

  • Lego provides tools that develop lateral thinking in a fun environment.
  • Teaches kids to think in three dimensions.
  • Improves literacy as kids work with instructions.
  • Develops problem-solving, organization, and planning by construction.
  • Improves creativity.
  • Enhances communication and critical thinking.
  • Boosts kids motor development.

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As a mama who wants all of those things for her son, I’m SOLD.  And Henry is SOLD as a builder.  This kid, you guys.  He is amazing when it comes to building with Legos.  Yesterday (like most every day), he invited me into the front room to watch him build.  I usually brush him off because …you know, I’ve got a billion other more important things to do like play around on Instagram or watch New Girl.  But yesterday I chose a different path and plopped my pajama-clad bottom down with my son.

When you “play Legos” one person is the builder (Henry) while the other person is the helper (me).  The helper simply picks up the Legos that are needed next and holds them in their hand while the builder goes to work.  In being the helper, I was able to just sit there and watch my son’s brain work.

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I learned a few things.

Henry is patient.  He took his time and didn’t become flustered when the pieces didn’t line up correctly or something fell apart.  Twice I noticed he calmed himself down by taking a big breath and refocusing.

Henry has a great memory.  The set we worked on yesterday was one that he’s done probably 10-15 times.  He didn’t need to look at the instructions (but he did because he wanted to make 100% sure it turned out right – Type A like his mother).

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Henry is really fun to be around.  As he built and as I sat helping, he cracked a couple of jokes that made me genuinely laugh.  The kid is six years old and I enjoy hanging out with him.  I know you’re rolling your eyes and saying pat yourself on the back, you like your son….but have you ever met a six year old boy?!?  They aren’t always the best.  But he IS.014

I also learned that if I don’t take the time to be more of a “YES mom” to my kids I’ll be missing out on some really important stuff.  Overall I’m pretty good at being present these days (that’s taken quite sometime to learn if you’ve been following along for the past few years) but I can always use a reminder.

“Playing Legos” – it’s been added to my task list.

QUESTION:  Ever play with Legos??  What was your game of choice growing up?

splendid…lindsay