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best decisions…by domi

April 22, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Body, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Though we’ve never met, I really love this girl! Domi is the blogger behind Eat, Pray, Lift and she’s been a wonderful “blend” for a while now. Listen as she tells you one of the best decisions she ever made…and MAKE this decision if it’s a problem in your life!! Thanks, Domi!


The Best Decision I Ever Made:

Choosing Health Over Aesthetics


Hey yall!  I’m Domi, the writer behind Eat, Pray, Lift.  I’ve been reading Lindsay’s blog for about 2 years now, and I look up to her not only as a blogger but as a sister in Christ.  Lindsay has generously let me guest post for her before, and when she mentioned needing guest posts for when little Porter arrives, I jumped at the chance!


One of the suggested themes for these guest posts was “Best Decision I Ever Made.”  At 23, I have my fair share of decisions that I am thankful to have made (as well as those that I regret), and I am hopeful that the years to come will bring opportunities to make even better choices ahead. So far, though, one of the best choices I have made in terms of health and fitness has been taking ownership of my health.  I’ve been living a “healthy lifestyle” (i.e. training/working out regularly and eating well) since I was about 13, but for the majority of that time, my “healthy” actions have always been driven by vanity.  I know that body image and self-esteem could warrant their own post (or series!) entirely, so suffice to say, those factors were major driving forces in my workouts and my diet choices.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good, but it should not be the sole motivator behind anyone’s fitness endeavors, let alone a consuming focus or obsession, as it had become for me. It wasn’t until the past year or so that I began to reorient my focus from aesthetics to health.  By looking at my lifestyle choices as an investment in my wellbeing rather than a means to an end, I found a new level of enjoyment in my training and diet, and I discovered a new appreciation for my body.

There are a few particular ways that I’ve been able to reorient my focus from fitness for vanity’s sake to fitness for health’s sake.  It started when I stopped using hormonal birth control.  I had been on the pill for years as a matter of convenience, and I finally realized that it was silly for me to still be using it when I had not practical need for it and I was not enjoying any of the side effects of hormonal supplementation.  (Birth control can be a very personal issue, so obviously my experience should not be taken as prescriptive. You do you, you dig?)  About 6 months after stopping the pill, all my lady matters were quite self-regulating, and I felt a much-improved sense of overall wellbeing.

After realizing how much better I felt being off of birth control – when I had been taking the pill out of habit for years – I started to wonder what other ways my health might be improved with a little more attention.  I requested a full lipid panel from my doctor, and then put some serious effort into studying up on the numbers I got in my results. For me, this was fun, because I’m a huge geek like that.  But more importantly, this was really valuable knowledge – heart disease runs in my family, and I realize that to be proactive about preventing heart disease in my own life, I need to start now.  By consciously keeping up to date on my test results, I know what improvements I need to work on, and I can tailor my workouts towards those goals.


Perhaps the most impactful change I’ve made has been incorporating more of a mind-body focus into my approach to fitness.  For years I avoided yoga because I knew it wasn’t going to be something that burned enough calories to “count” as a real workout. More recently, I started incorporating a home yoga practice once or twice a week as a means of giving my body (and especially my joints) a break from the more high-impact/high-stress training I typically do.  What I’ve found is that yoga can actually be quite challenging in its own right, and the physical benefits – flexibility, a better mind-body connection, etc. – translate into my workouts and my everyday life.  It’s also been very helpful in rehabing some chronic overuse injuries that I’ve nursed for years.  In addition to practicing yoga, I started to put more priority into mental health “exercises” such as journaling and simply taking the time to read a good book for an hour a week.  I found that by setting aside time to invest in my mental/emotional wellbeing, I was able to make better choices in relation to my health.  For example, rather than working out as a means of self-punishment, I could choose workouts based on what would benefit my body best.


I could go on for awhile about all the ways that my workout and diet have changed since I switched my focus from aesthetics to health, but the bottom line is that it has been more than worth it.  It’s ironic – my body has definitely changed for the better since I started working out to improve my health rather than my pants size, but what’s changed even more is how I see myself.  I think it’s important to recognize that there is a difference between caring for your body as a temple, and treating your body as an idol.  I have an incredible appreciation for my body now, one that goes beyond how I look on any given day.  It took me years to realize this, but our bodies are incredible gifts.  To be healthy and have the ability to move, dance, run, squat, swim, jump, and live the way we do is an amazing gift, one that we take for granted far too often.  As recipients of such a gift, we have a responsibility to take care of our bodies and our health, and the more consciously we do so, the more we are able to appreciate and reap the benefits of our health.  By putting my efforts towards maximizing the health I’ve been blessed with, I have become so much more appreciative of my abilities and confident in my potential.


QUESTION:  Tell me, friends, what is your main motivation behind your exercise and diet choices? Do you try to keep tabs on biomarkers like cholesterol, A1C, triglycerides, etc?  What’s one thing your health enables you to do that you are grateful for today?

the waiting game

April 10, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy, thinking out loud by lindsaymwright

The anticipation…..

It’s killing me (…not really).

Third time in, I’m realizing that I am a completely, hopelessly, horribly IMPATIENT person.  Luckily I married my exact opposite.

It’s the not knowing when labor will start. 

It’s the not knowing how it will all go down.

It’s the not knowingThe loss of control.

002I’m reminded that patience is such an important virtue to have…in fact, it’s a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)!  Patience (endurance) produces CHARACTER!  And I can always use more of that!

So…..I’ll just be over here WAITING for this sweet babe to arrive.

Waiting and praying and cleaning the crap out of my house.

QUESTION:  Are you a control freak (like me)?  More relaxed?



intentional living … spending matters

April 4, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Intentional Living by lindsaymwright

Let’s chat about the new movie, “Noah” for a second.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this film.  For months leading up to its release, I’d read articles (from Ken Ham and other sources) discrediting the movie and its fictional storyline, so I knew that it probably wasn’t something I’d go see in theaters.   But I think a lot of people didn’t know this going in….some Christian and some not.

So here’s what you should know about the movie and it’s discrepancy with the Bible:


As you can see, there are some pretty big problems with this film, ESPECIALLY when it’s presented as fact and ESPECIALLY when it’s presented as fact to a populace that might not know otherwise.

As I see more and more people disappointed with the film, I can’t help but be reminded of something that goes far beyond the cinema:


If you want to encourage growth somewhere, focus your spending there.

If you want to support a cause, give to that cause and not another.

If you can’t stand the vanity-focus that celebrity magazines perpetuate, don’t buy those magazines.

If a movie, a book, a TV show, isn’t in line with your beliefs, don’t support it by buying/reading/watching.


And this goes far beyond spending dollars.  Think “clicks.”

When that (catchy) Miley Cyrus wrecking ball song came out, a friend told me, “You gotta see it.  It’s just awful!”  So, naturally, I went and googled the song, watched the music video, and agreed – it was horrible.  But you see – TWO things happened when I did this:

  • 1)  Miley made money off of my “click.” 
  • and 2)  My “click” contributed to the success of that song and its genre.  Which means that industry professionals think that’s what I want to hear!

I don’t like that.

And I’m consciously, intentionally trying to change these types of actions.



Let’s spend our money on worthwhile things!!  Now you can take this as far as YOU want to take it (*but you can’t judge others for acting or not acting in accordance with you).

If you want to see organics grow, buy organic food.

If you want small businesses to prosper, start a Walmart fast.

If you cringe when your 4 year old starts singing those latest pop song lyrics, change the radio station.

Figure out what you stand for and stand for it.

Bottom line: 

INTENTIONALLY place your money, your interests, your time in the things/messages/values that you want to see prosper.

You’ll feel better.

Others will take notice.

We have far more power than we know.


QUESTION:  Where’s one area that you could change your spending/”clicking” habits?


More “Intentional Living” posts

An Introduction

Faith Based Living

Our Decision to Homeschool

thursdays are for…

April 3, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, thinking out loud by lindsaymwright


Thursdays are for thinking out loud (according to this girl!)….

I think I love grilled chicken more than anything else in the entire world.  Maybe even more than brownies.

I think that it’s SUPER adorable (and only a wee bit annoying) that my mama and MIL call me a couple times a day to see if I’ve gone into labor yet.

I think I’m going to sign up for a race in the Fall….something to work towards.

Travis thinks he wants to take up day drinking like those Mad Men.  I’m all for it.

Henry thinks he wants to be a farmer when he grows up….he thinks ”growing up” happens at age 7 (and he’ll farm tomatoes even though he hates them).

Clara thinks that Porter is going to come out through my belly button.  She describes it like an explosion-type event.

I think I take back that chicken remark earlier.  Brownies are the best, hands down.  But only if they’re 10 minutes underbaked.


QUESTION:  Finish the sentence: “I think ____________.”



scenes from the weekend

March 31, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Kids, Love, Marriage by lindsaymwright

Phew!  This weekend was a whirlwind.

The last thing I feel like doing is sitting down to type (now, sitting down to watch Mad Men: Season Six is a completely different story).

Here’s a little peek into our weekend, filled with family (Travis’ sister got married!!), great food and fellowship.

Exhausting but really marvelous*!



































I’ll be back tomorrow with a 38 week pregnancy update!

QUESTION:  Tell me the best part of your weekend!!


*I’m linking up with my great friend, Katie, today!!  Check out more “Marvelous Monday” posts here!*

currently: march

March 28, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, currently, Fivethings Friday, Rambles by lindsaymwright

YAY!!  We made it to Friday!!  This one is particularly exciting/busy for my family and I (read why below) so we’ll just get right to it.  I had kinda forgotten about these “currently” posts until I read Lauren’s and she always has the best life shares so I was inspired.

Let’s do this.

currently: march

Current books:


Still trucking along on the “Bible In 90” challenge!  We’re over 2/3rds of the way done and it’s becoming a habit in my day to reach for my Bible (or rather, sit down and read on  Are you doing the challenge?  How’s it going?

Current music:

LOVE this song!  LOVE that Travis can’t help but put on his swagger face when I play it.  It’s a good one.  The song…and his face.

Current guilty pleasure:

Hmmm…I’m at a loss.

Current nail color:



Current drink:

Water!  Like all the time.

Current food: 

We’ve been digging this jerky – it’s the best one I’ve tried so far out of all the Krave flavors!  Very tender!


Current favorite show:

We don’t have cable so any shows we watch are either on Amazon or Netflix.  We just finished House of Cards.  Any suggestions on what to watch next?

Current wish list:

I wish I could meet this baby boy…like soon!  And not feel nauseous anymore.

Oh, and I wish we had enough money right now to buy a new car….as soon as the Chattanooga house sells!

Current triumphs:

Finishing up Henry/Porter’s room!  Here’s a quick look!



Top L – Need something to go on the wall behind the crib!  Help!!

Top R – My mama made him a quilt!  Crib sheet from Land of Nod.

Bottom L – Built-in bookcase by brother-in-law, still need to hang a mirror in the middle and get a desk chair.

Bottom R – New rug from Target.

Current bane of my existence:

Peeing every 20 minutes.  No joke – I’ve started tracking and it’s literally every 20 minutes.

Current celebrity crush:

None.  I just don’t keep up with celebrity stuff.  <-side note…I used to!  I’d buy InTouch or any handful of those trashy mags and devour them.  This was pre-kids.  Now I’d much rather read a book or do really anything else.

Current indulgence:


I suppose paying someone else to do a job that you could have easily done is considered an indulgence.  I got my car cleaned last weekend and loved not having to do it myself.

Current blessing:

Signing more and more sponsors for Blend Retreat!!  Something I’ve prayed really heavily about and God is showing up! 

(P.S.  We still have a few tickets available!  Check it out!)

Current slang:

Can’t think of anything.


Current outfit:

I wear this same outfit 5 times a week to the gym.  People are so bored with me, but it’s the only thing that (kinda sorta) fits.


Current excitement:

My sister-in-law’s wedding is this weekend!!  Travis’ oldest sister, Camila, is getting married!  Henry is the ring bearer and Clara, the flower girl (Travis will be playing the guitar and me… I’ll just be the prettiest one in the room).  The engagement/wedding story is a great one, but I’ll have to let her tell it.  Couldn’t be more excited for you, Cam!

Current mood:

Meh.  I’ve got laundry to fold.


Current link:

I’m SO excited for this girl!  <-I went to high school with her husband!


QUESTION:  Pick a “current” and answer it!


write a guest post for me!

March 26, 2014 in Best Decisions, Blog, Blogging, Friends, Pregnancy by lindsaymwright

Happy Wednesday!!!

Today, I’m asking for guest posts!

This is kinda like the Lindsay-way of freezing meals before the birth.  Except you’ll be doing all the cooking.  (you don’t want me in there – it’s scary.)

Three themes to pick from (or heck, just come up with your own!):

Option 1:


Tell us about the BEST decision(s) you ever made!  How did it change you??

Here’s one I wrote a while back.


Option 2:


Tell us what you like to do when you’re bored.  Here’s mine.


Option 3:


Make up a workout that we can all do during naptime (3oish minutes)!


Just email me at lindsayslist at gmail dot com and tell me what you’d like to write!  I’ll accept posts through next weekend and will take around 10 posts total.

Thanks for cooking! Winking smile


what’s the BEST that could happen

March 21, 2014 in Blog, Faith, Goals, Inspiration, Intentional Living by lindsaymwright


I just woke up in a super large puddle of my own drool.  (Thank God it was my own.)

Last night (Wednesday) was rough – I had 3 hours of pretty intense contractions and cramping (time able ones)…then…nothing.  I must have fallen asleep.  I woke up this morning and just haven’t felt “right” since.

A nap was needed.

Labor impending???  That’s the thing – I have no clue.  It could be a couple more weeks of feeling like this…on the edge of labor.  Drives me nutty.  Control.  Why do I have to always be in control??!?

I saw a quote the other day on my friend’s Facebook page.  It just caught me at the right moment, made me step back and say, “WOW!  YES!!!”



Seriously….What’s the BEST that could happen?!?! 

I love it.

Lists and prayer help, but I need this mindset on a daily basis.

What’s the BEST that could happen with my labor??

What’s the BEST that could happen with Blend Retreat??

What’s the BEST that could happen with our house situation (we’re trying to sell this house in Chattanooga! buy it!)??

What’s the BEST that could happen for my family?  For my marriage?

When I let my mind wander to the best possible scenario, FEAR HAS NO PLACE.  FEAR doesn’t hold me back.  And I’m free to completely, 100% positive about the future.

Think about that for a second.


QUESTION:  What if fear of the worst were replaced with a hope for the best???  Fill in the blank:  What’s the BEST that could happen with _______?


“i could not love him more.”

March 17, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Intentional Living, Kids, Love by lindsaymwright

Yesterday, Henry beat a video game that even Travis couldn’t beat.

I was asleep when it happened.  Because, you know, I’m a million months pregnant and that can get exhausting.

I know that Henry beat the game, not because HE told me but because my deliriously-proud husband came bouncing in the bedroom, down right gleaming about his son’s accomplishment.

“I could not love him more.”

Those were the exact words.


I laid there, still drowsy and listened as this proud daddy went on and on about his son.  All I could do was smile, feeling abundant love for my husband because of his abundant love for our children.  We share stories like this all the time.  About how Clara walked up to Travis’ truck last week, placed her fingers along the words, “Toyota Tacoma,” and very slowly “read” out, “Daaaa-ddy’s Truck.  DADDY’S TRUCK!!  That’s what it say, Mama!!  That’s what it SAY!”  Or about how Henry has earned 78 stars (towards his needed 100) on his reading chart and all he wants is a set of Legos “but not the easy ones, the hard ones.”  Or how they’ll play so nicely together and invite one another to their “birthday parties,” which we celebrate nearly every day.

As parents, we can’t help but dote on those kids.  Oh my word, they can be annoying sometimes.  And loud.  And messy.  And inconvenient.  I can say all those things about them and still know that I couldn’t DO this life without them.  And not just any kids but Henry Cole Wright and Clara Kathleen Wright – those exact ones.  They’re mine.  I grew them.  I see bits and pieces of myself, of Travis, in them.

And God made me to be their mama.  Me!?!

Every tool I need to parent them in exactly the way that they need to be parented….God placed IN me.  FOR THEM.  He gives me peace.  He gives me patience.  He provides me with wisdom and strength and a mama bear-like passion.  Oh!  And He gives me rest when I need it.


For these things, for this PRIVELEGE, I can only say, “I could not love Him more.”*



*And also “thank you.”  I say that a lot too.  Because we use our “man-yors” around here.