Thursday, January 31, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear January: Per the usual, you were a long one.  I told a friend tonight that I attribute your extended-feelingness to the "holiday let down."  You're 31 days.  There are six other months just like you.  Try being nicer like they are.  Dear AdvoCare: two weeks until Success School in Fort Worth, TX!  WOOHOO!!  I'm so excited, and SO READY to soak in all of your offerings!  OH, and did I mention that Drew Breeze, our national spokesperson, is going to BE THERE?  Up front, speaking, togetherness.  Yes.Please!!  Dear Hormones: Suck it.  Dear Roommate: Deep in my heart, I'm hoping that when you said, "Great! I'll pay for the movie channels for three months during the promotion and then we'll turn it off when that's up," that babbling means that you're moving out in three months.  Fingers, toes, hairs crossed!  Dear Diesl and Monkey: I love you two so very much...even when you wake me up at 3:45 a.m.(Monkey!)  Even when you peel out on my bare foot (Diesl!). Even when we're cuddling and out of no where, you bite me (Monkey!).  Stinking cute animals...I love you!  Dear Weekend:  GO 9ers!!!!  That's about it. 

Have an awesome day and an incredible weekend!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

3:45 a.m.



 3:45 a.m. came super early this morning.

The cat wanted out of the bedroom.  When I'm asleep, he has this cute (I use the term loosely) way of letting me know he wants out...he lies on his back by the door and uses his back legs to repeatedly, and in quick succession, bang on the door.  The first time he did this, I thought my roommate was pounding on my bedroom door...scared the crap out of me!

Anyhoo, 3:45 a.m.  Cat.  Door.  I let him out, and saw that I only had 45 minutes until the alarm went off.  Dang cat.

Go back to bed.  The dog, who had apparently been curled up next to me, has promptly taken over my side of the bed, and is grumbling at me as I tell him to move it or lose it.  Finally he moves.  We settle in for that precious last 45 minutes.

And then the smoke detector starts chirping because its battery is dying.  Do they purposely set those to go off in the middle of the night?  So it chirps...about a dozen times...over a 15 minute period.

It's now 4:05 a.m.

The cat comes back, thumping at the door, wanting back in.  And so I oblige.  And the 13 lb. cat settles on my chest.

I give up.  4:15 a.m.  I'm up.  I'm at 'em.  I'm headed to the gym.

It is now 9 p.m...and I can't get to bed fast enough.

But the sunset tonight was gorgeous, and I wanted to share it with you.  After two and a half weeks of gray sky that touched the earth, it was nice to see high clouds during the day, and the sun shining this evening.

Have an awesome day friends!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Words From the Wise

here and here

Words from my best friend..."Don't let fear win if "it' is everything that it looks like it could be."

That best friend of mine, she's brilliant.  This is why she's been my best friend for over 20 years.(gawd we're old...)

We were having a discussion about people in my life, places I want to go, things I want to do...and the fear that holds me back.

Part of it is fear within me, self imposed, self destructing.  The fear I have is made up and is based on...I'm not sure what.  Excuses maybe?  I mean really, what's the worst that can happen...

With AdvoCare...someone tells me no?  OK.  Cool.

In a relationship...I get hurt again?  OK, more lessons learned.  More things I can take with me in this life.

In traveling the world and exploring life to my heart's content: Honestly, I'm not afraid of this one.  This one, I've got.  My needs to travel.  This one is not my fear.  It is my passion and my dream.  And it's a good one.

It's not a good way to live this life, constantly being in fear.  Fear is a destroyer of happiness.  Fear is fake.  It has no validity, and no place in my life.

I need to stop being afraid.  I need to step out and be confident in EVERY part of my life.

And so do you.  

Because really, what's the worst that can happen?

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekend Aftermath

The weekend...

Full of friends, togetherness for a birthday party, amazing dinner (I totally failed on photos of birthday night...I borrowed the one of us girls from Claire's fb), a great evening dancing and meeting new people...

Followed up by an afternoon of fun at the firing range, and PIZZA.  Yum.

The sun graced us today...and the Earth warmed up to 45 degrees!  Summer is just around the corner...OK, maybe not, but I did feel heat while standing outside, and the dose of Vitamin D was greatly appreciated!

The house is clean, the dog is bathed, the weekend is coming to a close.  My heart is happy, my life is good.  I am so thankful for every one and every thing that has made this life amazing.  Gracias a ti por todo!

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday's Letters

My friend is at a yoga camp in Costa Rica (yeah, I feel bad for her too). She saw this at a little jewelery store.

Dear Friday's Letters: I feel like we have had an abnormally long break.  I'm happy to see you back on this here blog.  Dear Weather: You are cold.  Very, very cold.  Needed: more sunshine, and definitely more heat.  Please and thank you.  Dear Masseuse: Courtnee, I will miss you dearly.  You are the best massager person that I've had in 10 years!  But I'm excited for you and your new journey.  I wish you the very best in this life!  Dear This Week: It has felt so AMAZING to be back in the land of the living after that flu grossness last week.  My workouts have been good, and AdvoCare's new Can You 24 DVD has been a welcome addition to my normal routine,  I'm not a huge workout DVD fan, but this one has muscles working that I apparently had forgotten about!  Dear My House: It's you and me this weekend, kid.  NO ROOMMATE!  Yahooooo!!!  Best weekend in a month!  Dear Life: A word: charmed.  You really kind of are.  This life, this is good, and it's only going to get better!  There are so many fun things happening this year!    Dear Friends: I really appreciate you, so very much.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop here, for leaving me love notes, and mostly importantly, for being my friends.  You all really rock a whole lot.  Thank you!

Have an awesome day and a wonderful weekend!

I'm completely in love with his voice...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Why For Do You Wait?

here and here

But for real.  What holds you back?  No matter how big or small, why aren't you doing the things you want to do?

Look at that list of reasons Are they valid?  Are they excuses in reason's clothing? 

Tell me, what do you want to do that you're not doing?  You can tell me.  I don't judge.  I BELIEVE IN YOU!  

and love you

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Art Walk

Once upon a time, a million years ago, I went on the trip of my lifetime (thus far).  I traveled to Spain for two glorious weeks.  I ate.  I drank.  I met amazing people.  I laid on beautiful beaches and swam in the Mediteranean Sea and Bahla de La Concha.

During this vacation away from life, I was forced to make a difficult decision: what sort of souvenirs will I take home?  Luckily, the answer came to me quite quickly; my memories would be depicted in art.  I would buy a painting or piece of art work from each of the four cities that I visited.

When put into practice, I came home with one painting from Madrid and a beautiful necklace/bracelet combo from Valencia (jewelery is a form of art, right?)

Painting on canvas from Madrid
Other than that, I failed to purchase art in Barcelona (where I spent the longest period of time) or San Sebastian.  I had chosen a watercolor painting in Barcelona that I decided to wait and purchase on my last night, but plans changed and I did not end up in the same area of Barcelona on the last night.

I was slightly bummed about my lack of purchases...until I realized that I had an iPhone and camera FULL of photos!  Light bulb moment: why not choose some of my fave photos that I took and turn them into canvases?  BRILLIANT if I do say so myself.

Friends, have you ever priced out turning your photos into canvases?  It's not cheap.  That is, until the day that a Sharing Spree offer walked into my inbox.  A 16 x 20 canvas for $25?  Yes please!  In fact, I'll take three!

So I went through all of my Spain photos...several times, just to make sure.  I chose three, placed the order and waited.  And waited. And today they arrived!!!  Holy goodness, I'm so very excited!!!  Without further ado, introducing my new art collection!

Man oh man...SO EXCITED! Right now they are resting on the mantel.  Not sure where their final resting place(s) will be, but as I sit here and stare at them, my heart is overflowing with memories of an amazing trip!

What sort of memorabilia do you bring home from vacation?

Have an awesome day!

Monday, January 21, 2013


here and here
I'll let that sink in for a minute...

I've talked before and another time about smiling, and the importance of putting your smiling "foot" forward, whether you feel like it or not, because you never know whose day you might make.

But what about a hello?  You just smiled at someone, you've made a connection.  Can you follow it up with a hello?

Think about the current relationships in your life.  What if you or your significant other hadn't said hello?  What if you and the BFF hadn't taken a leap of faith and said hey? 

Think about blogland, this wild and crazy blogland.  What if I hadn't stepped outside my comfortable little blog-stalking space and decided to write  my own words?  Man oh man...I'd be missing out on some really AMAZING relationships!  And I KNOW there are several of you out there that feel the same way, and have been fortunate enough to meet your very bestest friends in this blogging world.

Think about your seems that a lot of us have some sort of business, either full time or on the will that grow if you don't say hello?

Currently, I am working on my hellos.  I've mentioned before that I'm a bit of an extrovert, but even for me, sometimes making the sound come out of the mouth is the biggest obstacle.  My theory as to why?  Fear of rejection.  What if the person that the hello is intended for looks at me like I'm crazy?  SO WHAT.  Maybe I am a tad crazy...I'm cool with that.  That person that the smile was intended for isn't going to take away my birthday.  And said smile recipient won't hurt me for saying hello.  And an ignore does NOT hurt me. 

So, I will continue to say hello, because you never know where that hello will lead...millions of possibilities!

Can  you take that leap and make the sound come out of your mouth?  Let me start:  Hello, friend!

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack!

Did you miss me?

Maybe just a little?

Friends, words of advice from the undead...DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT catch/contract/decide to take part in the flu.  Holy my goodness.  That crap knocked me on my butt this past week.  Fever, achy body, cough, congestion that was CERTAINLY going to cause my head to explode...a bunch of grossness. 

And it looked a lot like this...

And this...

And a whole lot like this...

Luckily, beginning Saturday, it didn't hurt to get out of bed and I wasn't forced to spend the entire weekend on the couch!  I didn't really do anything, didn't venture too far from home, but it was delightful to not be couch-bound.

Friends, are you staying healthy during this flu season?  I'm wishing you healthy thoughts!

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

From the Bed of My Death


You know what sucks about being single?  Absolutely nothing...until you're sick and need some soup and have no one to run to the store and get it for you. It is so stinking cold here and the very last thing I want to do is get to some point of looking halfway presentable to leave the house and run to the store.  But I digress....

And all of that talk about running five days, starting this week...ugh.  I did lift yesterday morning, but I think that exacerbated (I KNOW!  Huge word, huh?!) this illness.  Lame. I did take a half dose of Alka-Seltzer last night (only half because I'm allergic or something to antihistamines and would have taken days to wake up with a full dose) and set the alarm for 4:30 a.m. with full intentions of being cured this morning and hitting the gym.  Not so much.  And not so much when the alarm went off at the reset time of 5:20 either.  So here I am, at home, taking a sick day.

But good news.  The furnace repair man came to my house yesterday and fixed  my heat!  YAHOO!  The awesome part of why the furnace was blowing cold air more than hot?  Because I'm lazy and slightly forgetful and hadn't swapped out the filter and so it was causing the heat sensor to trip and the heat to turn off.  Good job, Ang. But less than $100 later, I have a sparkling clean furnace, new filter and lots and lots of heat.  Which is great, because this bug is not allowing my body to stay at a warm temp.

AND...last Friday, I decided I needed a new little journal, mostly for my AdvoCare work.  So I jumped on Amazon, found what I wanted, and it came today!!!

Goes back to that whole tattoo idea I have floating around in the back of my head.  Some day friends, some day.

Anyhoo, that's all I've got.  I'm going to go cuddle up on the couch with a couple of animals and maybe some Bravo.  If anyone wants to drop by with some chicken noodle soup or something, I'll  leave the front door unlocked.  Thank you in advance!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Self Talk: Confessions of the Less-Than-Fit

Disclaimer: If you're offended by chicks in bikinis, please stop reading now.  I'm having issues and this is how I'm venting those issues. 

Four (short) months ago, I was in Spain.  I was traveling alone.  I was having the time of my life, living my life exactly the way I wanted to live it.

And I was fit, the best shape I had been many many moons.  Are you ready?

 le sigh.....

Look at those abs.  And shoulders!  Those shoulders that I worked so very hard to create.  Ugh.  Oh, and I was so very tan!  I miss sunshine...

Friends, I'm hear to confess to you, my closest blogland friends, that my body currently does NOT look like this.  In four short months, I have gained 8 lbs.  That's a lot in four months.  People freak out over gaining 10 lbs in a YEAR. 

Needless to say, I haven't been very nice to myself lately with the self-talk.  The comments and faces I make to the me in the mirror are not positive or productive.  Occasionally, while clothed, I'll give a positive affirmation, but they've become less and less.

Tonight I took photos of myself for the AdvoCare Can You 24 Contest that I'm going to enter (a chance at $1k?  Yes please!).  Those photos though...ugh.  You will notice that they are missing from this blog post.  Not the best that I've looked in the last 12 months.

So I started thinking...what changed?  What was I doing differently prior to Spain?  Well, this is what i came up with:
- Running 5-6 days a week.  On day 6/7 (the non-running day, usually Sunday), I hiked Badger Mt.  This was fact and what I did week in and week out.  Along with this, I was lifting four mornings a week (at least I'm still lifting).
- No alcohol in August (I left for Spain at the beginning of September).
- I was taking my AdvoCare MNS Max 3 packs religiously.
- I was focused on being healthy, inside and out.

What I do/do not do now:
- My running has decreased significantly.  On average, I would say I'm running 2-3 evenings a week.  And it's way too stinking cold to hike Badger.
- Drinking.  The drinking, especially during the holidays, has been out of control.  Not in the sense that it was last July when I did self-induced Dry August, but calories are calories, and alcohol packs a fair punch.
- I've been taking my AdvoCare vitamins, but not the MNS packs.  Those packs contain all sorts of vitamin healthiness and thermogenic/weight maintenance goodness.
- I temporarily lost focus on me.

So, what am I going to do about all of this?  Friends, I'm getting back on track.  I must, I have given myself no choice, therefore, now is the time.  Talking down to myself only causes me to feel worse, eat more, gain more, talk poorly, feel you see my cycle here?  And I'm tired of it.  I've worked too hard to get to a point in my life where I am living the way I want to live, and I'm not about to let a few lbs ruin EVERYTHING I've worked towards!  

Promises to self:
- I will run 5 days a week.  If I am not running, I will be doing my Can You 24 DVD.  Bottom line, cardio, five days a week, starting NOW (with my 3.5 mile run tonight, thank you very much!).
- I will limit my drinking.  I was trying for Dry January, but I've already messed that up.  I will hold my alcohol intake to the weekends, and with that, limit the quantity of said intake.  Moderation is key.
- I've already ordered my MNS packs, and a new workout companion that is supposed to help with longevity and increase cardiovascular support in general.  I'm excited about that, because sometimes when I run, I feel like I can't get enough air.  This should help significantly.  
- Most important, I will look at myself in the mirror and recognize that I'm OK, and I am making changes, and I will give myself credit where credit is due!

Friends, thank you for sticking with me through this post.  I know it's a long one.  What do you do that may have a negative impact on your SELF? What are WE going to do to change it?

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

And To Think...

I almost left my camera at home this morning.  Silly Angie.

In the hustle and bustle and knowingness of the busy day, I was going to leave it behind. I was going to leave my passion sitting on the kitchen counter. 

It was dark when I left the house.  And cold.  And (had potential to be) very gray.  Who wants to see photos of that?

Running around today...big meeting, important clients, running, running.  So very productive, but so very busy.

Finally, it's the end of the day.  And I walk out of the building to see the magnificence of the photos above.

And my heart was happy.

And my camera was poised.

And my passion was ignited.

Today has been an awesome day, made better only by seeing this sunset and having the option to capture it.  I could have done better, always room for improvement, but there is time for that.

Friends, what passion ignites your soul?  Do you make an effort to engage in that passion every day?

Have an awesome day and an incredible weekend!

One Whole Year!

Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?

One year ago, I started on this little blogging adventure.  One year ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  One year ago, I desperately needed an outlet.

In search of a place to share my daily dose of sunshine with the world, and with the encouragement of my dear friend, Marion, I chose a name, and I started writing.  And I haven't looked back.

I never imagined what I would learn in this world.  I never imagined the friends I would gain in this little blogosphere.

Can I tell you how thankful I am for YOU?  I am thankful that you read me, and leave me little notes...notes that tell me that my sunshine dose helped you that day, or a little love note when I am the one who needs a shot of sunshine.

I am so very thankful that you all take time out of your days to read my ramblings, my sunshine, my pain, my love and hate for all things in my world.  I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU!!!

Thank you, my friends, thank you from the bottom of my toes! 

And just to let you in on a secret (another post for another day), one of my goals this year is to stick more to the sunshine, and dish out less of the crap. I know I've been "off" (my rocker?) for the last several months.  Needless to say, I appreciate you sticking around.  This new year, this one is going to ROCK!  Stick with me,'s going to be amazing!

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


from me and her and them
Do you know how amazing you are?

Yes, you.  Over there in blogland.  Just the way you are, you are amazing.

Your smile.

Your laugh.

Your words.

You ability to do that thing that you do.

All of it.  All of you.  You are amazing just exactly the way you are.

So why would you want to change that?  Don't fight who you are.  Just live it.  Accept it.  Be you, because YOU ARE AMAZING!

My favorite two lines from a song right now are:
"Settle down, it'll all be clear/Don't pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear."
Thank you Phillip Phillips.

Think about that.  It's just fear.  And you, my friend, don't need to be afraid.  Because you are amazing!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, January 7, 2013

It's Possible...

It's possible that the weather tried to ruin my plans.

It's possible that I cried over that fact Friday afternoon after checking to see how the roads would be on Saturday.

It's possible that Friday night, I went for a run and then stayed busy until it was time for bed...which was (maybe) at about 10 p.m.

It's possible that I decided no matter what, snow, freezing rain, cold, grossness, I was going home.

It was possible that I would get half way home and be forced to turn around.

It was possible that if forced with the decision of turning around or moving forward, I would have continued forward.

Because I needed it.  I needed to be home.  I needed to see my family.  I needed to hug them all.

And so I did.

And it was worth every ounce of stress in my body.  

I wouldn't have missed those eight year old cheeks for anything!

How were your weekends, friends?

Have an awesome day!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy Friday Friends!


Don't you just love a short work week?  And even more so, a short work week that actually FEELS like a short work week?  It's a great thing for sure!

I just wanted to stop by and say hello.  I apologize for my lack of posts (and photos) this week.  But starting next week, I'll be back on track, promise!

Until then, have a splendid Friday and a fabulous weekend!

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Yep, It's That Time...

I'm messing with the layout.  I've been saying it for MONTHS...and now, finally doing it!  Maybe call it the first goal of 2013: Update blog?  After all, my first blogiversary is coming up.  Hmmmm...yes, we shall call this Goal #1 for 2013!

Have an awesome day!

Refresh, Renew

from me and her
from me and her
It's time.

It's a new day, a new year.  Today you can choose to have a new outlook on life.  Today you can make choices that will positively affect your well-being.

You can make choices to better your health.   You can make strides toward a better financial future for yourself.

You can get rid of the negative aspects of your life...YOU DESERVE HAPPINESS!

You can forgive. You can ask for forgiveness.  You can move forward.  You can look toward a bright, sunshiny future. 

Friends, what choices will you make that positively impact your lives?

Have an awesome day!