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Both work and play are important

I believe in hard work. But I also believe in play. I believe in grasping those precious moments of time where everything stands still and you think man I love my life. This life is worth choosing.

Having the best of both worlds is what we need. It’s what we crave. It’s what keeps us going. But sadly many of us don’t do it. Either we feel guilty because the world makes us believe we should be busy 24/7 and you are lazy if you stop or we just forget to stop and smell the roses. Even God took a time to rest after all of His work. It’s important and we were made for it.

I believe its important to take time off from your everyday work. If we keep going and going and never rest we can’t really enjoy all that our life gives us. We burn out. We get sad or depressed or stressed and sometimes we just get in a funk and can’t figure out why. We lose a lot of precious life because we say no not right now to our time or rest.

I was raised in hard work. Work always was before play. Saturday morning my dad would come upstairs and blow his trumpet in our face to wake us up for our Saturday morning breakfast and then it was time to work. Even when we had friends over we had to work. My friends didn’t always like that, usually they would say “oh I think my mom is calling. Got to go.”

Our pay was our favorite candy, a drink and a lot of life lessons I didn’t know I was learning until I grew up. We would of course grumble and get off to the day. He would have us move one pile of wood to another pile and we never knew why he would have us move piles when the pile it was in, seemed just fine. But now as I am older and I am raising my kids I realized it wasn’t really for any reason except he was teaching us responsibility and that hard work was important to get where we wanted to go in life. And he was teaching us to keep going so bad choices didn’t happen. Hard work is good.

We didn’t have a lot of money growing up but my parents always tried to do something fun for us every so often. Be it a camping trip or a visit to another state to visit family but we always had a fun adventure planned. We even went to Disneyland as kids. And with this lesson we learned that after all that good Hard work, that Play is good.

As a parent now and grown up I look back at things I learned as a child and I realize I am thankful for many of those lessons. Even if I didn’t always like it I am glad I learned that in life we need both hard work and we need play.

We are choosing our life to take a family vacation and explore. Lets choose to enjoy life more often! Let’s choose to take some time for rest for reward after your hard work. Work hard and play hard too!

Here’s an article about us not giving time to take a break. We own a business and find it important to get away from it all. Business can take over your life and mind if you let it and its very important to step away from all the work and regroup and rest and let your mind become creative again. We need to stop and learn to grasp each moment. We all get a choice to find the time. It is there we just need to do it.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/238856

 

#choosethismoment #choosetoday

~Be the light for all to See~

Heather

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Life · Travel

I have the Travel Bug…

I love to travel.

Every bit of it.

The planning,

searching for the best price,

packing our bags,

getting my home ready for me to leave it,

the list to cross off,

flying on the plane,

eating airplane/airport food,

Staying at hotel with room service,

taking pictures and seeing new things

leaving all my responsibilities out the door

not having to plan meals,

enjoying my family,

All the routine of life getting thrown out the window and living out of a suitcase for a few weeks with only a few choices to make.

I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember.

When I was a kid my mom would come sit with me and list off all the exciting things that would be coming up. Everyday we would have something new to dream about. It was so fun to think of a change in environment. It created this excitement deep down in my belly of an adventure coming right around the corner.

I remember sleepy nights where my parents would pack all of us kids up in the back of a station wagon and the next morning we would be  in another state. I loved it. It created so many good memories. Even though we were not well off and my dad worked really hard to let us have a great life, they did a great job making our childhood full of adventure and they always tried to take us on a family trip every year even if it was to visit family, there was always something to look forward to.

As we are getting older and the kids are growing I find my love and dream of travel arising in my soul and it is in my plain view of a real possibility. So many years it was easy to make excuses why we couldn’t go but now it’s time! Right now its only about once or twice a year but I have made a decision where I will be able to go as often as once a month.

I made a life changing decision to see the world and I will never go back.

To see the world is to see with a new vision.  To learn, to Inspire, to help others see there is more to this life!

I am thrilled to see all that is in store for me in the next few days, months, years to come.

It’s adventures.

It’s memories.

It’s fun.

And It’s appreciation for everything that I have.

#choosethismoment #choosetoday

~Be the Light for all to See~

Heather

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Travel

Family vacation memories

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I took this along a stroll while my family was sleeping and I woke up to sunshine on a wonderful family vacation to Disneyworld. This was on the opposite side of the Boardwalk Hotel. All I could see and taste and hear was Pure beauty! The wonders of being still, of listening, of cherishing!

Life

I ask myself this one question…

Awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.
C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)

If today were my last day to be alive …. Would I be happy with what I’ve accomplished?

Is this what I’d actually be doing if I knew I would not awake tomorrow?

many days the answer is no.

I still have so much I want to do and see and be.

How can I be satisfied with my life knowing I’m not where I want to be or that I haven’t done all I want to do?

can I be content?

or is it ok that I want more  and I actually won’t ever be truly content until my final day comes on this earth and I reach my Heavenly Father?

The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.’
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

And to think of all I have to or more so what I want to accomplish when there never seems to be enough time, enough days, enough mind, enough me, to go around.

I get myself all worked up and then I just turn numb because I am on overload of information trying to find everything I want to be and to do.

I then realize I was given my heart desires and that I’m suppose to live out my dreams. They were put there for a reason and day by day I do get to where I’m suppose to be even though it seems like it’s taking forever.

I then look back and realize so much has changed. There has been much good in my life. I am truly blessed.

That’s what living is all about.

So if today was my last day would I be happy with where it ended?

Yes I would because I know that I have done all I could have done and all I was supposed to have done for this time and I am joy filled because I was made for another world.

In this life I will strive to make each moment count even when it’s painful, even when I’m longing for more. I will find beauty in every moment because I choose it. I can’t do it alone though only by the grace of God I find the beauty worth living for. In knowing this, I’m content.

We are given our paths and we get to choose how they go, even if we make a wrong turn, good can come out of it.

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I choose this moment and every moment, everyday.

#choosetoday #choosethismoment

Be the Light for all to see~

~Blessings~

Heather

“It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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ChooseToday · Life

Creating our own Mission

When I  first started my blog I wanted to complain about having a type 1 diabetic and celiac son. I wanted to complain about being a mom and a wife. And then I just wanted to complain period.

Then later I thought I could do something towards health  or something of the other and I had a million things I wanted it to be about but I could never quite feel it and get in my groove.

With so much complaining, all I wanted was it to be something of an outlet but not an outlet that was me whining, having a pity party, day in and day out.

One night as I lay in bed trying to figure out what I was wanting in life, I heard These words “choose today”. I was tired of being negative and whining . It wasn’t getting me anywhere, which came about my thoughts on how I would CHOOSE today.

I thought, I can choose today to be so much more.

To make a difference. To be who God wants me to be. To be who I want to be. Though I struggle and it’s hard, I still get to make that choice.

As I have been in the process of changing my thoughts and my perception, I have really been trying to figure out what I want and how I want to portray who I am. I had this thought in my mind but I couldn’t see it clearly, It kept changing. I kept growing.

Today my blog is about inspiration.

It’s about being a mom and a wife.

It’s about the ups and the downs and all the in between.

It’s about making dreams with my husband and seeing sometimes that the other ones may go away.

It’s about stepping out and owning a business while trying to raise our kids and do so much we never thought was possible by just having a little faith.

It’s about sharing my love of adventure and travel and photography and all the little things that make life seem so special and to create memories.

It’s about not always getting it right but sharing that it’s ok to be down, it’s ok to be up, its ok to enjoy all the little moments.

It’s about showing my kids how to keep hanging on when the going gets tough and to come out stronger in the end.

It’s about teaching them to be so much more than they could ever see possible and for us to be so much more than we thought we ever could.

It’s about creating the moments that make up our life and that we get to choose how we react in those moments, good and bad.

Each day is a new day.

I get to choose how I want to make it.

It may take time to break the bad habits and to get where your goal is but each moment adds up to bigger moments until you have finally reached your goal and then you are ready to make a new one.

It’s about making those moments exciting and finding the laughter when all we may seem to find is sadness. It’s about sharing my story so I can hopefully inspire someone else to share their story and we can all create a bright shining light and help others to see their life is worth living.

It’s worth thriving!

It’s worth making all your moments count. It’s about not taking anything for granted. It’s about being thankful for all things- every little moment!

And so here it is, where I want to share with you how to, choose this moment, today, even when sometimes we don’t feel like it.

It is not possible for it to always be perfect or for us to always be happy. We are going to have down days and bad things that may happen but if we can choose how to grow in those moments and be grateful.

If we could share our story to  help someone else who may feel all alone and let them know, hey you are not alone in this. You got this. You can make it through that trial. You can make it through today.

All you have to do is choose today, choose this moment right now and I promise it will all be worth it!

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http://choosethismoment.com/choose-today/

#choosetoday  #choosethismoment

Be a Shining Light for all to see!!

~Blessings~

Heather

Life

Younique makeup

These are some of the many reasons I love Younique

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I started using this makeup in June 2014 and fell in love! I usually get really itchy eyes with certain make ups and my eyes will water all day. Of all the  makeup I have tried of youniques, eye serum, rose water, 3d mascara, eye liner and eye shadow, none has bothered my eyes. I can not even tell I’m wearing it. I wear it all day until I wash it off in the evening with no problems. I absolutely love the silky feeling of the mineral makeup and I’m finding the pigment eye shadow to be my favorite eyeshadow I’ve ever tried.

Check it out and I just know you will love it too

The great thing is if you do have any issues they have a love it guarantee, if you don’t love it just return it no questions asked.

For more information check out my page http://www.youniqueproducts.com/freetolive

~Blessings~

Heather

Life

We like to break things in our household

My family has a habit of breaking things, and bones in particular seem to be the most common.

On a beautiful, sunny Spring, Sunday evening we had to take our daughter to the ER. She was playing outside and decided to go on the rope swing without supervision, what happened next was a parents nightmare.
She shares her story on her blog link below.

http://sparklyraeofsunshine.wordpress.com

~Blessings~
Heather

ChooseToday · Life

This is what I am talking about

Down below is a link to a new website I have found through some of the health blogs I follow. I am loving what she has to say. I have tried so many diets and fitness programs only to find that moderation is key. When I stop telling myself I can’t have certain foods the less I crave those foods and I start wanting what my body is really asking for. I have lost and gained plus 10 the same weight over the years only to find myself in search of the next quick fix.

I have looked back over old pictures where I thought I was disgusting and fat and think well if only I was that weight again, “What was I thinking”?

DSC_0095Here I am after working out many hours a day and per week and eating a low amount of calories to try and be small like I was before kids. (note to self not possible no matter how hard I have tried) My body is not even the same after having children as it was in high school. I had lost close to 40lbs here. I actually was not happy here because I wanted to try and lose 30 more lbs but as I look back at pictures of all this weight I had lost I see the sickness in my face and I look tired. It never seemed to be enough.

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I was very unhappy with myself in this picture. I like to try and hide part of me. I had put on about 20 lbs from losing a lot of weight just because I couldn’t stand the small  amount of calories I was eating with the many hours a day and week I was working out. It was not sustainable. So I started eating more calories again and instantly put weight back on.

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Here Is a more recent picture where I was unhappy because I had put on even more weight. I had decided to stop weighing myself so I am  not sure what I weighed. Later as I looked at this picture,  instead of hating myself I chose to be thankful because here I was ziplining in Belize with my oldest son, who has type 1 diabetes. I was proud I was strong and capable to be able to take part in these activities and that my son and I were able to have this amazing experience. I decided it was time to change my perspective. I was not the weight I thought I needed to be but I loved the parts of me that I could. Strong arms that can hold my children, strong muscles that let me do fun things like ziplining, my eyes and my smile. These are what I slowly had to list that I liked about myself. It was and still is a slow, long process because old habits come back and I want to pick everything I see wrong and I get upset because I want to be thin.

As I look at these pictures of myself I don’t see why I thought I was so fat. Yeah of course I am not a bikini model but I looked beautiful and my kids think I am beautiful and my husband thinks I am beautiful so that is what should matter. Why are we so hard on ourselves. We have this image of what we think we are supposed to look like and I think it just sucks so much out of lives we should be living instead of focusing on all the miserable.

This is not a get thin quick gimmick, it takes time to love yourself and realize its ok that there are a few rolls or stretch marks etc here and there. We are not made to have perfect bodies and be airbrushed. It is just not possible no matter how hard we try to do it.

It starts with loving and accepting who you are. It is knowing that you are worth it and then the rest slowly starts to fall into place.

http://momsdonedieting.com/2015/03/11/is-moderation-just-an-excuse/

#choosetoday #choosethismoment

~Blessings~

Heather

ChooseToday · Life

What my heart longs for

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Do you know what it is that makes you feel alive?

I’ve been on a journey. It’s taken me a long time to figure it out, well actually, I’m still figuring it out but I did realize what my heart longs for.

I’ve realized one of my true passions.

For as long as I could remember being married, in love and having babies was all I could think of. I got married young, I was 19 and my husband was 21. We had no idea what life really had in store or what love and marriage truly meant. We would learn the hard way what those vows we had made before God and our families would mean and how important it was to keep our lives on the right path.

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All I could think of those first few months of being married was how I longed to be a mom but we had decided we would wait 5 years and get financially ready and enjoy each other as a young married couple.

Sure you can make plans and that’s all well and good but I believe God had other plans because 7 months after we were married, we found out I was pregnant. We did not feel ready. Nothing was as we planned but it never truly is.

Secretly Even though  I was scared, I  was also really  excited.  I knew it messed up our so called plans but I could not imagine having a baby with any other man and I was ready to start our little family. We were so young and had no idea what a hard time we would have trying to grow up together and raise a young child at the same time. We were just kids ourselves and then we would be raising kids.

But then we kept going and I have to shout it from the rooftop….. ITS ALL WORTH IT!!!

Every tear,

every laugh,

every moment.

Why ? because I want it to be and because it is.

Then even after all the hardships of being young, trying to grow up and not be selfish, trying to put each other first, raising babies, trying to find our selves, changing locations to moving to a new state with no friends, trusting when it’s not deserved, brutal and painful honesty, forgiving when we don’t want to,forgiving when we do, saying or thinking things we wish we hadn’t , wishing we had said things we didn’t, laughter, tears, heartbreak, communicating when we don’t want to, financial hardship, new jobs, new ideas, coming together when all we want is to do it alone, following in our beliefs, spiritual struggles, health issues and pretty much all the in between; we  went on a wild ride and held on tight.

We disliked each other. We loved deeply. We loved painfully. We hurt each other. We wanted to  give up, but we held on to each other.

Now almost 17 years  and 3 children later what have I learned?

That my heart still longs for true love and marriage and raising my family. Even when there’s all these other things that try to get in my way my heart knows what my heart wants. And I still love my young love and my heart beats for him and only him even when we see all of each others flaws and we still don’t get it right every single time, we love with a deep, sometimes painful, but real love.

And I realize my true passion-  it’s my family. It’s growing in strength through all life throws your way and not giving up even when that seems like an easier route

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With that I say be blessed. Hang on tight. Love deeply even when it hurts. Find what makes you alive. Find your passion even if it’s as simple as just being you.

live loud, run wild and be free!

#choosetoday #choosethismoment

Be The Light for all to see

~Blessings~

Heather

ChooseToday · Life

Do you love something about yourself?

For longer than I  would like to say I have been hard on myself. I would look in the mirror and be unkind to me. I filled myself with things I would never say to anyone else but to me. That is not acceptable. I choose to love me and you know what? the more I love myself the happier I become!
One thing I truly love about myself-

My favorite part of me is my eyes. I love how they are sparkly blue and how the corners scrunch up when I smile. They remind me of the softness I love about my dad. I will not take my eyes for granted any longer. They hold love for my family and friends. They help me see in the light and in the dark! My eyes are unique to me and I love them.

 

Remember it is important to take of yourself. Love your temple. Be kind to you.

I  have a challenge. Pick something every day that you like/love about you and post it up where you can see it. Look in the mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are and all the amazing things you can do.

God made you special in every way. Know you are beautiful inside and out. Look in that mirror Smile at you and say “I am beautifully made.”  It helps to be happy in who we are. We are beautiful in all shapes, sizes, colors- it doesn’t matter.

 

What is one thing you can choose to love about yourself?