Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dancing Happy...Possibly Neked...

found it here...ironically, an Oregon Ducks Football fan site! WOOHOO!
OK, so maybe not neked (yet), but I'm for SURE doing a happy dance this evening.  Curious, aren't you?


The roommate has officially moved out!  YAHOOOO!!!

Sunshine Palace is allll mine once again!

And I CAN be neked if I want.

The world (inside Sunshine Palace) is once again right!

Have an awesome day!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

On Being Open

here and here

I've been closed off for a while now.  I've been closed off to the idea of letting anyone new into my life.  I've been happy with the people I surround myself with currently; they are good to me, and I am good to them in return.  They have always treated me well and loved me and supported me.  So I keep the small handful very close to me and keep everyone else away with a steel and concrete wall a million miles thick.

But recently, I've noticed that I'm becoming more open.  I'm OK with meeting new people, and I'm slowly realizing that new people may become a fixture in my life.  I'm OK with entertaining the idea of hanging out with a guy (see what I did there?  Kind of OK with thinking about the fact that maybe it's OK...doing is another story.)  I'm open to new experiences and being brave and trusting others and getting back to the me that believes people are good and sincere and here to help, not liars and cheaters and jerk face jerks.

I'm getting there.  It's a process, but I'm getting there.

Acceptance is key.  Accepting me how I am, knowing where I want to be, and getting myself there.

Like I said, process.

But I will say...I'm REALLY starting to enjoy the ride again.  FINALLY!  This life, it's a good one, friends.  A really really great one actually!

Have an awesome day!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Friday's Letters

here and here

Dear This Week: Happy Admin Week!  I am so stinking spoiled! Lunch two days in a row, flowers, balloons, Starbucks, baked paleo goodies, kleenex (because I steal my coworkers' tissues because allergies suck)...so much goodness!!  Thank you friends!!  I appreciate you appreciating me!
Dear AdvoCare: This week started out rough, I won't lie.  I started out in a weird/I-don't-know-what-I'm-doing/I'm-doing-it-wrong sort of funk.  BUT, I am so entirely thankful for my friend who pulled me back to reality and helped clear my mind.  Seriously, she's been doing this for almost 13 years.  Why would I question myself and not go straight to her with my concerns?  Silly Angie! Thank you Deanne!!
Dear House: You and me, kid...we have some special plans this weekend, which include the deep spring cleaning!  After all, mom is coming up in two weeks. (LOVE YOU, MOMMA!) 
Dear Roommate: Thank you for making the last month amicable and easy, and for helping out around this place.  I honestly do appreciate it, and I know Diesl will miss the walks that you've been taking him on the last couple of weeks.  We wish you nothing but the best in your journey of healing.
Dear Beautiful Friends: I love you.  I love you a whole lot.  And I need to tell you...my heart is happy these days.  Mentally, emotionally, physically...things are going much better in this neck of the woods.  And I thank you all for your patience!

And please, remember to smile...because you look AMAZING when you do it!

Have an awesome day!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Slow and Steady

borrowed from a friend via facebook

I used to run really slowly.  In fact, I remember telling my friend once when he asked if I wanted to go run with him, that I would probably walk faster than he was going to run. 

Today, I ran a just-over-9-minute-mile.  Not too shabby.  On Sunday, I did my Badger Mt. loop (3 miles total, the first half is a steep uphill hike, the second half is a run along the backside of the hill) in 33:45, my best time so far this season.

My point is, I'm picking up the pace.

I won't ever be the fastest.  There will always be people who hike faster, run faster, reach AdvoCare leadership levels faster.  But I am in this race for the journey, not for the destination.  I will do what I need to do, and I will do it on my time.  And I am learning to accept that about myself.  I am learning to change my thinking about these facts.  I'm not lazy, I'm not unteachable.  I'm not trying to be difficult.

I am trying to change myself and get outside of my comfort zone.  And I am trying to make each and every day greater than the day before.  It starts with the little things, repeated day in and day out.  Those little things will lead to the grand goal, guaranteed!

Friends, what speed are you working at?  And are you looking at the journey or the destination?

Have an awesome day!

And right after I posted this, I found this loveliness on a fb group I belong to..."Success is a staircase, not a doorway".  It happens over time, not over night.  It all starts with belief. Take the steps necessary to Success, start the journey up the staircase.  It doesn't matter if it takes you 6 months or 6 years, make your plan, get to work and you can have life on your terms."  FACT!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

I Don't Have Any Photos To Prove It

OK FINE!  Maybe two that are note worthy...in my personal opinion....

Honestly, I've lived here for over three years and I've been taking photos of this bridge (via iPhone) over and over, and this is the first one that I've felt is post worthy.  In fact, I would almost consider it canvas worthy (because I'm currently obsessed with print-to-canvas).  Anyhoo....

How are you, beautiful friends?  I'm super fab!  This weekend was wonderful!

Saturday, I went to AdvoCare Spring Break Through.  It was an all day seminar/training/togetherness, and as they always do, it spoke to my heart.  This event focused on "sticking and staying." This isn't easy.  AdvoCare isn't for people who are looking to make a quick buck.  It's about helping people and changing lives.  I've caught this vision...and I'm sticking with it, friends!

Sunday was brunch with the girls at my house (aka: Sunshine Palace, aka: almost no roommate!), and it was lovely!  The sun was shining, the girls were chatting...it was perfect!  I love the afternoons that we can all spend together, just enjoying life.

And now it's Monday.  Well, technically the end of Monday.  And I'm wiped and I need sleep.  I hope you had incredibly awesome sunshiny great days!  Make Tuesday GREATER!

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Almost Quit

here and here
I'm not a quitter.  By nature, I am a determined person, and with age, I have become more intentional with my determination (I've heard some call this stubborn...)

When I make up my mind to do something, I do it.  I may not be the fastest at it, or reach my end goal at lightning speeds, but I always reach my goal...once I've made up my mind.

Last week, I thought about quitting blogging.  I am not a quitter.  But blogging has been weighing heavily on me.  It seemed that this bloggingness was turning into a monster in my world.  It was becoming part of the routine...part of the routine that is not moving me forward.  Part of the routine that is not making me GREATER.  Part of "this is what I do every week night, so deal with it."  Not a good place to be stuck.  That routine was becoming more lonely, and was leading me further down the depression trail.

I had forgotten why it is that I come here each day...why I write.  It's not for numbers or readers or comments (yeah, I was apparently getting caught up in that game).  I come here Sunday-Thursday nights to talk to you, to reassure you, to let you know that you are amazing and awesome and incredible and worth it all.  And by coming here for you, I find joy in my own heart.  And I understand and accept that I am here for me.

That is why I am here.  That is what I do. That is what the Sunshine Giver does.

And I don't want to quit.

I do want to rebalance, so I hope that you will bare with me and not leave me if I go MIA every once in a while.  I'll try and clear it with you all first, but just know, I'm not quitting.  I'm still here.

I love you, friends.  Thank you for being an amazing part of my life...a part that I WANT and will keep (Sunday through Thursday)!

Have an awesome day!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Real Beauty

YOU are beautiful.

More beautiful than you imagine.

Young.  Old.  Thick or thin.


Believe it.  Because everyone around you sees it and believes it!

Have an awesome day!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What Are Your Intentions?

I love the Columbia River Gorge in the spring.  It's so refreshing to start at the east end, my end, and see the flat desert landscape, with its hints of green, turn into a lush, green jungle.  It is amazing to me the changes that can happen over a 120 mile path.

Equally as amazing is how quickly life can change given circumstances in and out of our control.  The events of the Boston Marathon are a prime example of this.  Over 25,000 people set out on a trek to meet goals.  Finish first.  Complete with a better time than last year.  Run a marathon.  Finish a marathon.  So many people, so many goals.  All of these goals made intentionally, with great strides taken to prepare, both physically and mentally. 

And then the bombs exploded, and the disgusting intentions to harm people derailed the healthy intentions of those runners and spectators.  Life, in and out of our control.

Friends, the only thing you can do is live each and every moment of every day with great intention.  With every little task, with every breath, live and enjoy.  If necessary, think before you speak or act.  Live your life like you mean it, because this minute too will come and go.

Have an awesome day!

Monday, April 15, 2013

I Have Something To Say

Take Two on this post.  I am working on my anger management skills right now, as it seems that I'm talented enough to write an incredibly amazing and awesome post, and then delete the whole dang thing.  Lame sauce.

On Saturday, my friend Terran (that chica up there) and I hosted an AdvoCare togetherness time.  We held it at my friend Jody's house (Jody's a boy, just fyi), and it was great!  Terran led the whole thing and she NAILED IT!  I was a proud momma.

You see, almost a year ago, I shared the awesomeness that is AdvoCare with Terran, and she was excited.  Terran wanted to change her health; I had an opportunity in my hands to help her with that.  And I knew about Terran's financial situation.  It was slowly but surely suffocating her marriage and her family.  I had an opportunity to help with that too.  Terran saw the way my body had transformed, and she wanted that.  And when I painted a vision of financial freedom, she saw the potential for her family to be free of debt and to have freedom to enjoy each other.  And so she made the decision to become involved in AdvoCare. And she is changing lives every single day!  (She told her version of this story to some of our friends on Saturday, and I'm pretty sure I ugly cried.)

My friend Jody listened to Terran's presentation on Saturday, and was engaged, asking great questions.  Later in the day, he called me out.  Angie, you've been doing this for over a year and today was the first time I had heard your story, or in depth anything about AdvoCare.  Why is that?  Obviously it's worked for you (he knew me during the times of both of those photos above, and the previous 12 years).  Wow.  Fail.  And he was right.  He's one of my best friends and I kept this amazing opportunity from him.  Jody wants to lose a couple lbs.  I have something to help with that.  And Jody likes money.  I have something that can help with that too!  Point taken friend...heard loud and clear.

With that said, I'm not holding back from you any longer friends.  If you could see me, or if you know me IRL (and I wasn't typing), you know that I'm totally talking with my hands, because that's what I do when I get excited about something.  Friends, AdvoCare  has done amazing things in my life.  As you can see from that photo above (which I had to do a LOT of self-convincing to post), AdvoCare WORKS!  30 lbs down...are you kidding me?! And as far as finances, I've averaged $500/month the last three months just by talking to YOU and other friends around me.  Nothing big...just conversation.  I'm on track to make $1000/month by June.  Do you know what that means for me?  It means I GET TO KEEP  MY HOUSE!  Do you understand what a relief that is?!  

Friends, what could better health do for you?  What would your life look like with an additional $500/month?  And if you think I'm insane, that's totally cool.  I still love you and you still love me and we're all good.  But maybe even if this isn't for you, maybe you know someone who could benefit from all of this talk?  Think about it.  Let's talk.  I'm on your team, be on my team.  :)  I love you!

Have an awesome day!

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Short, Sweet and to the Point

found it here

Beautiful friends, get up, get moving, LIVE YOUR LIFE to the fullest every single moment.  You never know when opportunity will come find!

Have an awesome day!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Someecards: You make me laugh.  For real. That one up there...quite possibly was written for me.  Luckily I'm too busy liking my own inspirational quotes on facebook to know that they're annoying (not really...I don't like my own stuff...I know better...now).
Dear This Weekend: AdvoCare togetherness on Saturday, Portland time (which will hopefully include shopping at a real mall), oh, and reacquaintingness with an old friend.  It's going to be a GREAT weekend!
Dear This Week:  I appreciate your busy-ness, I really do.  But man oh man, when it rains, it pours!  A prelude to next week, I understand.  Thank you for the prep work!
Dear My House: There are so many options with you.  My head is spinning.  But I have faith that the best solution will step forward.  I hate making big decisions.  Have I ever mentioned that out loud?
Dear AdvoCare: You, my friend, are amazing!  You helping me help others.  My heart, my passion...you are lighting a fire in me that I didn't even know exists.  And every day, I am thankful!
Dear YOU: Yes you, out there.  My friends near and far.  I love you.  I believe in you.  Do you realize the potential that you hold in your hands, and in your hearts?  Each and every one of you  has the opportunity to touch someone else's life TODAY!  Isn't that an incredible thought?  Seriously...use your gift.  You may not know what it is yet, but go out and be AMAZING, and your gift will shine through!

Have incredibly awesome weekends, my friends!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I know what you're thinking, "WOW Angie!  GREAT PHOTO!"  Not so much.  Stole it.
I started writing a different post.  And I just don't feel that it's my post to share.  It's about someone else...not in a catty sort of way, in a real life sort of way.

Someone and something that I have, not completely by choice, become involved in.

Something that I've never had experience with.

Something that has taught me to listen with open ears to the silence.

Addiction sucks.

I know there is a plan and a reason that this was brought into my life, and I choose to trust that the plan and reason will be known to me when it's time.  Until then, I sit here and mull it all over...and think about the words that I want to say, but really shouldn't.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

That's All I Want

borrowed from someone's facebook page last night

So, when I found this, I didn't know what I wanted to say about it, but I knew it needed to be shared on this here blog.

And I really think the words sum it up.

I want to help you reach your goals.

I want you to be successful and whatever "it" is that you put your everything into.

I want to inspire you to want more for yourself.

I do NOT want you to give up on you, because I REFUSE to give up on you!

Have an awesome day!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hold the Mayo

 Original recipe here and pinned here

Did you know that avocado makes an awesome mayo-esque substitute?

I found some recipe somewhere that talked about deviled eggs with avocado.  I didn't save it, or read it exceptionally well, but Friday night, I did take a couple boiled eggs and mix in some avocado and garlic powder...YUM!

And the little creation above is my take on a Pinterest recipe.   I've never been a fan of chicken salad, most likely because it's usually made with 40 tons of mayo.  This recipe uses avocado instead of the dreaded mayo. Actually, the original recipe calls for "just a little" mayo, but I omitted it.  So this is what I did:
1 chicken breast, boiled, then shredded
1/2 avocado, cubed
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Little sea salt
Some fresh ground pepper

Mix that stuff up thoroughly and taste and feel your taste buds do a little dance!

The recipe then says to eat it in a pita or with chips, both of which are not paleo friendly, so I threw my chicken salad on some sliced/salted/peppered romas.  Perfection on my plate!  I'm not big on salting stuff; I'd rather use other spices and seasonings, but just the tiniest bit of sea salt really brings out the flavor in food.  Who even knew?!

I had other stuff that I wanted to write about tonight, but my brain is still trying to process it all (don't worry...it's not bad, for me...just interesting), so I'll save that for tomorrow.

I'll leave you with this: for those of you that like to stalk me, I'll be in Portland this weekend helping with a couple of AdvoCare get togethers.  If you're interested in learning more about the awesomeness that is AdvoCare, leave me a comment/shoot me an email.  Let's discuss!

Annnndddd....for those of you that REALLY pay attention, and who have emailed asking me when it was going to happen...YES, I'll be seeing that boy from college this weekend...FINALLY!  WOOHOO!  OK, that is all.  Here's to this week flying by!

Have an awesome day!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

No Words, No, Really (ok, maybe a couple)

Just a few photos.

Instead of writing, I've been catching up on my blog reading...because I am way far beyond behind.  And I apologize to you, my beautiful blog friends.  I love you all and I promise I'll start being annoying with my comments again!  MISS YOU!

Have an awesome day!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

This is a Public Service Announcement

Tuesday is shoulders and chest day for me.  I arrive at the gym around 4:50 a.m., do my little routine, and get out.  This morning, my routine was a bit different.

I was on the deltoid machine, working my delts (duh) when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a younger woman get off an eliptical machine, start to walk in between a couple other machines, and then BOOM!  She was down.  I jumped up to help her, and called for the few other women that were close by.  As I was walking toward the girl, I noticed that she appeared to be shaking...racking my brain through years of "do this, not that" info...seizures = don't touch (not sure if that's still accurate?).  So I knelt down next to her as she came to.  She was scared, so frightened.  She looked at me and said she didn't know what happened.  She wanted to stand up, she wanted to drive home.  We told her to stay put and call her mom, take a sip of water.  After several minutes, another woman and I walked the girl over to a chair to wait for her mom to come pick her up.

Whitney is 18-19 years old.  She just rejoined the gym about a month ago, and this was her first morning workout . Usually she comes later in the day.  She doesn't have a history of seizures, and was still very confused about what had happened.

And then she said it..."well, I did take an energy pill this morning..."  Bingo.

Friend, I implore, I beg, I DEMAND that, if you choose to take an over the counter diet or energy pill, PLEASE take that bottle to your doctor before putting the pills into your body.  There are so many options, so many chemically-produced options, and unfortunately, there isn't much regulation on these types of pills.  Consider this...if you're not willing to take it to your doc for approval, then should it really be going into your body?

Bottom line, be diligent friends.  This is your only body, your only life.  Take care of it!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, April 1, 2013

The One Reason That YOU are GREATER

here and here

I love these words.  I am the biggest culprit of thinking the worst, or talking myself out of something or simply just NOT DOING IT because of <insert a million different reasons here>.  Why?  Why do I automatically say "no thank you?"

Is it conditioning?

Is it fear?

Is it laziness?

Is it because I'm comfortable where I currently reside?

For me, the answer is yes, yes and YES! (and yes...forgot one.)

But what if?  What if you run an extra five minutes or half mile today?

What if you lift 5 lbs. heavier?

What if you ask the question, whether it's of your significant other, your boss, your friends or family?

What if you BELIEVE in yourself and BELIEVE in the what if?  Will it help you become GREATER?  Will it pick you up and move you far past your wildest expectations?

Friends, find your one reason, commit to it, and BELIEVE that it WILL work and that you will become GREATER!

Have an awesome day!

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