Weekend adventures

I spent my weekend recovering from my 2p-3a shift, which I had to stay late for but didn’t really mind because it was sooo busy. I slept until 12 pm Saturday and then Mike and I spent the afternoon running some errands and putting my coffee cup collection back on the wall. We decided to paint our kitchen and living room last weekend after we’ve been super lazy with house remodel projects and decided to take charge. Our old living room colors were brown and so dark:


Don’t mind the mess. I snapped these after we started getting ready to paint. We decided with two shades of grey but unfortunately they turned out a bit blue, but I still love it and how light everything feels now. 


Our next project is hopefully to refinish the cabinets white and then a lighter counter top. 

So we hung my coffee cup collection back up, which I love!


We spent the night at bingo after playing puppy sitter. 


My sister and Mike actually won bingo last night and we passed the time beforehand playing my favorite game Skip Bo.


Goose spent most of the weekend sunbathing as always. 


Today we went to mass at our church, cleaned our house and cut the grass and then switched my hard top for my soft top for spring!


It was actually a lot easier than we thought it was going to be. And now I can cruise around with the top off and enjoy the weather…best part about having a Jeep. 

Now we’re spending the evening watching the Master’s and having family dinner followed by game night and ice cream. Perfect weekend if you ask me!

I get to…

Since I travel for my work and my average commute is about an hour long, I’ve recently really gotten into Podcasts. Some day I’ll post my current list of favorites, but one I just listened to yesterday was from Ben Bergeron who I feel like I could listen to all day. I’ve also started reading his wife’s blog: HB Unfiltered, which is what gave me the little push and inspiration to get this restarted again. 

The title of the Podcast was appropriate: How to Chase Happiness. If you have 30 minutes, I would highly suggest that you take the time to do so. I won’t summarize the whole podcast, because what would be the point of you then listening to it?

Suffice it to say that the three key components to happiness really struck a cord with me, especially the first one which is all about your mindset. Now keep in mind I also just read the book: Mindset, which goes into full detail the differences between the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. It’s another one that I definitely reccomend. 

Back to the subject at hand. The first point of working towards happiness and shifting your overall mindset is changing your “have to’s” to “get to”. This is so simple, and seems so silly, but is literally so profound. Changing your mindset from a state of negativity to one of positivity can completely turn your world upside down. 

Instead of:

I have to go to the gym…I get to go to the gym. 

I have to go to work…I get to go to work. 

I have to go grocery shopping…I get to go grocery shopping. 

I have to cook dinner…I get to cook dinner. 

How profound is it to change one simple world and turn what seems like a negative connotation to a positive one. When you look at your life with gratitude and as more of a blessing that you get the chance to do these things that many people around the world may never have the opportunity to do, it gives you some perspective. 

For me, knowing that I GET to go to work and help sick patients on their worst day, in the worst amount of pain they’ve ever experienced, makes me appreciate my work that much more. Of course patients come in for complaints that we wish they would see an Urgent Care for or their Family doctor, but maybe they don’t know the difference between urgent and emergent, and they feel like their condition IS and emergency. How do I know? My job is to treat them with compassion and help them feel better and try to figure out what’s going on with them. 

So this simple mental shift has given me a new perspective and a new feeling of positivity and appreciation in everything that I do. Try it out and see if it changes things for you. 

The one thing I’m still trying to wrap my head around is how to deal with people who are consistently negative or who even try to bring you down. How do you interact with these people? How can you not let their negativity affect you and change your mindset and mood? These are the questions I’m trying to answer everyday. 

Direction

I am siting here today, completely inspired, content, and fulfilled with my life entirely. This doesn’t always happen, and definitely isn’t a common occurrence each day, but today for some reason, I’m really digging life.

The past few months my posts on here have been sporadic for no good reason. When I think about the direction I wanted this blog to head in, I initially thought I wanted it to be fitness, nutrition, and healthy living inspired. I’ve done the diet and macro thing for the past 3 years and have been working out and exercising for the past 14 years in some form or another. I thought that this focus is what I wanted my life and my blog to revolve around, but it turns out that it’s not really want I want at all.

Recently I’ve been interested in reading “general life” blogs if I had to pick a genre. I enjoy reading about people’s everyday lives rather than their focus on dieting, recipes, workouts, Crossfit, weight lifting, macro counting, selling products, referrals, etc. Dont get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional post about these things, but I enjoy much more the day to day thoughts of people as well as their real struggles, emotions, and thoughts.  I like to read about people’s raw reactions to life as well as their experiences with being vulnerable and open to the world and their problems. 

I myself am working on shifting this blog from where I “think” it should be to just “where it is”. I started it to document my day to day journey through life, my thoughts, and my feelings toward the world, but then slowly got swept away in the fitness and healthy living mindset. I think it’s time to get back to the basics and to the real reason I started this.

Although it may not be exciting, and it may not have the best pictures, at least it will be a great place for me to document what is going on in my head and my life. Recently my husband and I have realized that we were “lazy” in our lives, mostly in the way that we cared for our house. We stopped doing projects, we procrastinated on the mandatory things, and we let things build up with no end of completion in sight. I feel like I’ve done the same with this blog, as well as some other areas of my life, and it’s now that it’s time to get back to doing what I love, which is writing.

So I thank you for reading this and even for sticking around. I hope to be more consistent with my blogging, but I can’t guarantee what the content will be. That’s the joy about life and about blogging.

And just because I love finding funny things that make me smile: