Who are the 30 warriors?

That’s a question that I have been wondering myself.  I like the idea of 30 warriors- it’s biblical, it’s a cool number, but it’s a lot of friggin’ warriors, ya know?!

Like, courage, strength, values, character, okay I can think of like 4-5, but 30?!  Why did I pick 30?

i don’t know.  i really don’t.  it’s just one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time.

so here is my current list of 30 warriors.  (i will not say that this is a living document because those kind of cliche phrases make me nuts.  it’s not friggin’ alive okay?!)

Who are the 30 warriors that you need in your life?
  1.  Courage
  2.  Strength
  3.  Values
  4.  Humor
  5.  Family
  6.  Friends
  7.  Self-improvement
  8.  Time Management
  9.  Generosity
  10.  Big Picture Thinking
  11.  Entrepeneurship
  12.  Reading
  13.  Spirtual
  14.  Sweetie
  15.  Fashion
  16.  Whole30
  17.  Handbags
  18.  Chocolate
  19.  Alcohol
  20.  Games
  21.  Fitness
  22.  Romance
  23.  Binge-watch worthy
  24.  Pets
  25.  Nature
  26.  Writing
  27.  DIY
  28.  Home Decor
  29.  Planners
  30.  Cozy

that actually looks like a pretty darn good list!  i’m lovin’ it!

Am I fit yet?!

I did my arms and abs workout today. At the end I felt good because my arms were pleasantly sore and I didn’t quit.

Truth- I really wanted to quit. I loath push-ups. Push-ups and then lunges.

But today, I didn’t quit! I did it and was pleased with myself. Then I looked in the mirror because of course, I must look fit now! And sadly, no. Still kinda fat.

LOL- it’s okay though. I know that if I keep having days with no quitting, I will eventually look more fit and less fat.

Here’s to saying yes to health and fitness!!

First workout of 2017

I finished my first workout of 2017!  Wow, it was a killer!  I was huffing and puffing like the Big, Bad Wolf.  But it felt awesome to finish it and know that I had done something positive for my health.  I use the app Sweat by Kayla Itsines.  It has a workout for each day (3 cardio and 3 strength a week), a food plan and a great Facebook group.


My Word of the Year

I have never done a “word of the year.”  Honestly, I thought they were kind of silly.  I mean, one word for a whole year?!  But after listening to a podcast by Gretchen Rubin, I found my word and knew that I had to write about it.

The Year of Yes

The podcast was about saying yes to holiday parties and activities even though you may be busy because they are a great way to improve relationships.  Having good relationships is one of the best ways to increase happiness!  So I thought, this is  my thing!  I need to say yes to more things; things that I would normally be afraid of, things that I wouldn’t do or even try for fear that I would screw it up.

Here are some things that I am going to say Yes to:

  • nurturing friendships
  • trying new adventures- glass-bottom boat rides, paddle boarding, para-sailing, etc
  • blogging!
  • telling people how I feel, even if they don’t like it
  • fitness
  • healthy eating
  • my morals and values, even when they conflict with others’
  • my needs (and not feel guilty about it!)
  • going to bed early
  • my gut instincts
  • love
  • success
  • relationships

I am going to use this as my theme for the year.  My mantra, my guiding principle.  I want to take advantage of every opportunity I can that is a good fit for me and my family.  Fear will no longer rule me.  I will say “Yes!” even if I’m afraid.  If I don’t think that it’s a good idea for me and my family, then I will say Yes to following my gut instincts and not do it.

20 Facts About Me

  1. I have 2 great kids.
  2.  I am a teacher.
  3.  I love to read.
  4.  I wear a Fitbit and try to get 10,000 steps a day.
  5.  Chocolate chip cookies are my biggest weakness!
  6.  I listen to country music.
  7.  I have 3 podcasts that I follow- Happier, What should I read next and This American Life.
  8.  I don’t have a tattoo, but I’m giving it serious thought.
  9.  I was on the ski team in high school, though I wasn’t very good!
  10.  My favorite food is my mom’s stuffing at Thanksgiving.
  11.  I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat.  Seriously.
  12.  I have 2 cute puppies- a pit bull and a Pomeranian.  so. much. work.
  13.  My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years.  He’s adorable.
  14.  I am a morning person.  I wake up early and usually go to bed at 9:00.
  15.  I’m addicted to Diet Coke.  I’ve tried to quit a couple of times, and just can’t!
  16.  I am the baby of my family.  Though my brothers would argue with this, I was totally the favorite.
  17.  I like to bake, but hate to cook dinner.  Ugh.  Dinner again.  Why?!  Why do they need to eat every day?!
  18.  My favorite sport is probably swimming, though hiking would be a close second.
  19.  I adore Jane Austen.  I could watch Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility or Emma everyday.
  20.  As an introvert, this is very uncomfortable!

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 1

I’ve failed already!  Bah.  I am a sad state of affairs.  I should have started blogging 3 days ago, but I procrastinated again.  My motivation is crap and so is my diet.  I’ve been trying to get myself up off the couch, but it’s been difficult.  Taking the dog for a walk has helped, doing household chores like laundry and using the Motivated Moms app has also been a good way to keep me moving after I get home from work.

I think there are a couple of things that would help me get over this laziness and procrastination problem.

  1. Schedule my after-work time like I schedule my work time.  I get a lot done at work and follow a strict schedule.  It’s what I have gotten used to , so it seems likely that would work at home too.
  2. Keep myself accountable by blogging!  Even though no one is reading this now, it’s possible that someone may read this in the future.
  3. Recognize that I don’t have to “feel like it” to actually do something.  When I am trying to decide if I want to do something, try to remember that I don’t have to feel like doing it.  I just need to do it and recognize that I’ll feel better when it’s done.  Quit complaining and just get it over with.

My First Post!

The name for this blog came from the Bible- 2 Samuel 23.  This chapter starts with the last words of King David and ends with a list of the men who were part of The Thirty.  Thirty mighty warriors who battled for King David against all odds.

This idea of “The Thirty” and “The Three of the Thirty” captivates me.  I’m not exactly sure why- maybe it’s something to do with being part of an elite group.  But in any case, I was thinking that this is an interesting story, but not particularly relevant to me today, as a woman with no army to fight.

However, as a woman in today’s society, I believe that we all need “warriors” to fight against the things that try to bring us down.  We need confidence, compassion and lots of energy! Just to name a few.

In fact I have at least 30 (there were actually 37 warriors in all, so I don’t feel bad for going over) “warriors” that Godly women need to do battle in today’s society.

I hope that you’ll join me in my journey to develop my own warriors and that this helps you to develop your 30.