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This month's YouTube challenge is all about filling your calendar with joyful "to-dos". Yesterday, after soccer, we build and decorated a gingerbread house as a family. Then we blasted Christmas music and had a dance party in the kitchen. Check. Mark. ✅ What did you do this weekend that filled you up? 💗

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Why am I here? My coach & team asked me this multiple times over this last weekend. Why am I showing up at 430am getting my workout in? Why am I showing up for my accountability group every single day? Why am I being vulnerable about my pain points on social media? Why am I showing up to work an online health & fitness business? No one is making me do this; it has been my choice! ➡️ 9 months ago, I was just moving thru the work mom life on repeat. I needed more! And now I can't imagine NOT doing this! #mypurpose 2019 was about finding myself again, pouring value into ME, and creating dreams & a future for my family. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 But 2020 is going to be about helping you find yourself and pouring value into YOU so you can feel as good as I do today! Are you with me? 💜🙋🏼‍♀️

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Just so thankful for these boys I get the privilege of raising. Everyone keeps asking if we know the sex or going to find out the sex of this baby and to answer, no we are not! I speak only for myself who is super excited to be surprised. Bryan would love to know right now haha. Goodness I really thought I wanted a girl. I always felt like a girls girl and when I dreamt of marriage and children I only saw myself with girls but oh how God had different plans for me. I love the idea of three boys now. On some days I think it’s what I’d prefer but then I also think how amazing would it be for our boys to have a baby sister. Cannot wait to find out. Just praying for health over this baby, over my body and the transition for our family, especially Grayson.

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Every year I say I am not going to stress about the holidays.⁣ ⁣ And every year I always find 𝘚𝘖𝘔𝘌𝘛𝘏𝘐𝘕𝘎 to stress about.⁣ ⁣ But when I get to the end of my road and reflect back on my life it won’t be the fact that I haven’t had time to sit down and order Christmas Cards, or the never ending to do list in my hand that is constantly growing, and it won’t be about rushing to work each day and always getting behind that car that drives too slow or the work related stress waiting for me when I got there…. It will be how I reacted to those things.⁣ ⁣ It’s hard to be intentional on a given day. But especially so during the holiday season. I am challenging myself this week to stay 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 with my patience in dealing with work, other people, and the hustle bustle of the holiday season.⁣ ⁣ It’s ok to say no.⁣ It’s ok if I don’t send out cards.⁣ It’s ok if I can’t find that ‘perfect gift’⁣ It’s ok if I take time for ME⁣ ⁣ I refuse to get lost in it all again this year. The spirit of Christmas isn’t 𝘚𝘛𝘜𝘍𝘍. It’s memories. It’s joy. It’s renewal. ⁣ ⁣ All of this is an incredible 𝐆𝐈𝐅𝐓. It’s called living 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐄.⁣ ⁣ Who is with me this week?

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Welcome to Week 45 of #BeautifulDecorStyles Home Decor Tour! Come join us to meet new friends & discover beautiful decor. You will be inspired ! . PARTICIPATING IS EASY! . 🎄1. Follow All Hosts and Guest Hosts @oliviapitts1014 @southernspangled @coloradohousetohome Guest hosts ~ @joyous_serendipity @_afullerhouse @theturquoisefarmhouse @juliesprettiesandposh 🎄2. Follow the hashtag #BeautifulDecorStyles 🎄3. Follow all accounts posted under the hashtag you enjoy & find inspiring 🎄4. DM a permanent host to join the Tour & start making new friends . #BeautifulDecorStyles Tour runs weekly ~ Monday, 8 pm EST - Wednesday, 8 pm EST. 🎄🎄🎄🎄 #beautifuldecorstyles #beautifuldecorstyles45 #hollyjollyhome #thestockingswerehung #deckthehalls #christmasdecor #amerrylittlechristmas #buffalocheckthisout #mantledecor #joyousliving #joyfulliving #christmasstockings #christmastimeishere #imdreamingofawhitechristmas #upontherooftop #santaclausiscomingtotown #christmascheer

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🎄💙 •9 more days until Christmas break •Christmas music is blasting in my classroom •A full size tree is right behind me when I am teaching🎄 •my girls on my team are changing their lifestyle BEFORE January 👏🏼💖 •Being a coach has changed my mindset & I am so freaking HAPPY! #christmasdecor #joyfulliving #mostwonderfultimeoftheyear #youngteachers

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I love Christmastime. Everything about the season feels so special, but I especially love how it can cause us to pause, spend time with love one, and remember the greatest gift will ever receive. That said, the Christmas season can also bring about a lot of stress. The other day, as I was thinking about the short season we have this year and all the things that need to be done, I was feeling the pressure of getting everything done. The gifts need to be wrap. The grocery list needs to be made. The house needs a deep clean. And it hit me. I don’t HAVE to do these things... I GET to do these things. I get to wrap beautiful packages and put them under the tree to give them to people that I love. I get to plan, prep, and prepare a delicious feast. I get to make my special truffles, and I get to experience to come up with this year’s flavor. Yes, I need to be mindful of my energy and the demands I place on myself, but I can also change my outlook as I *get* to enjoy the fun activities of the season. What are some things you tend to say you *have* to do that you could see as things you *get* to do? This small shift in your mindset could make a big difference in your stress this season. . . . #holidaystress #stressmanagement #christmastime #healthyholidays #womenshealth #mindbodyspirithealth #wellwithgratitude #restoredwoman #hormonebalance #joyfulmamas #joyfulliving #holidayseason #christianmama #workingmom #womensupportingwomen #jesusfirst #coffeeandjesus #jesusisthereasonfortheseason #themostwonderfultimeoftheyear🎄

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P.S. Had a great convo with my friend @hollylove189 where we realized no one was having the perfect career, marriage, family, love life, motherhood...and indeed, that we are all winging it (often with a lot of difficulty). Everyone wants “more” or has dreams they long for that are left unspoken. The gift is to realize how much you have right now. Don’t wish away your messy house, growing children, and oh-so-human love you have for something else. Because that “something else” isn’t real. YOU are. Your life is. Find joy in the often unglamorous truth of your existence✨. . . . #behappy #highlightreel #nobodysperfect #joyfulliving #reallife #fashion #over40style #enjoythejourney #realtalk #womensupportingwomen

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Full disclosure - this picture was actually taken to symbolize a potty break mid-workout for my story 🤣 but work smarter not harder yes?⁣ ⁣ 1 - day one of my FREE group with 33, yes 33 women is rocking!!⁣ ⁣ 1 - less than one month until the end of a decade! ⁣ ⁣ 1 - one chance to live a full and joyful life, seriously though ONE!⁣ ⁣ 1 - one ❄️ away from starting the most important journey of your life. 🎉⁣ ⁣ So drop that ❄️ sister, and don’t miss this 12 day glimpse into what working with me is like. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #pregnancyproblems #thestruggleisreallyreal #pottybreak #worksmarternotharder #freegroup #womensupportwomen #womenhelpingwomen #endofadecade #joyfulliving #livefully #wewantyou #startnow #nowornever

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One of the cutest streets in town ❤

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Good days, bad days, and all the days in between! Growth comes in spurts... sometimes it’s fun and sometimes it’s.... not.🙈 But all for good reason! How are you growing?👇🏻 . . . . . . . #happymonday #growthmindset #alldaysarenicedays #behealthybehappy #love #realandraw #joyfulliving #joyfullife #findtimeforyou

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We made a wall hanging from items we found during our nature walks (minus the jingle bells). I’m laughing now because I loved the white splash on the narrow cone, but then realized it was bird poo 😂🙈 Should I try washing it off?? Or leave it?

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#truth 💡 Make that appointment to improve your health. Have that conversation to improve that relationship. Own up to that decision to be a badass. TAKE. ACTION. for a happy life! 💪🏼

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I think my favorite part about painting is learning about colors and how they “interact” with other colors. I’ve realized, in my painting journey, that I find it much easier to paint intuitively than I do to have a plan and stick to it. It’s much easier to not have expectations. What’s interesting is that this concept can be applied to many facets of life. It’s unwise to always have expectations for other people, for your job, for your health. What’s healthier is to apply light guidance, explore options, and change course when necessary ✨ #intuitivepainting #creativebusiness #abstractacrylic #introvertlife #studentoflife #findingmyself #joyfulliving #joyfulart #supportsmallbusiness #artforsale #createyourlife #createandcultivate #consumeless #consciousconsumerism

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Lately I have been reminded of the importance of being open to receiving. Living with open palms instead of gripped fists. When we clutch onto our desires with worry and desperation, we’re omitting the totally wrong vibe to manifest magic into our lives. When we let go and open ourselves to receiving, we make space for the magic to come in, and the process feels way more joyful, flowing and fun. It’s the ultimate declaration of faith. ✨ • As the new year and decade draw closer, I have found myself analysing everything and deciding what I think needs to be different, better, etc. I have found myself frantic with confusion and worry and taking action on the things I think need to change. But this morning, I decided to just sit and be and breathe. For a moment, I decided to just embrace things as they are and breathe more space into my life. Often taking a few deep breaths is way more productive than taking all the action. Especially when it helps you to settle into a place of alignment and openness. That way when it is time for the action, instead of coming from a place of worry and desperation, it will be all about joy and deservingness. 🌸 • This is your friendly reminder to breathe some space into your life. To remain open as this year and decade draws to a close. And don’t forget to celebrate all of the magical things you have done in this past year and decade before moving onto whatever is next for you. We’re not here just to survive. We get to enjoy ourselves! Life gets to be a beautiful, magical dance party if you’d like it to be. I hope you have a beautiful time dancing through life today! 💃💛

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Official taste tester of all cookie endeavors but skeptical eater of occasional specks of green. Unless of course you go all mom Houdini-like and casually mention that it’s “garnish” and he better not eat it because it’ll make him “bigger and stronger.” Then saunter by while he stuffs said speck of green in his mouth. 😏 And that my friends is my magic act of the day! No trickery involved in getting him to eat molasses ginger cookies though! One of our seasonal favorites is up on the blog today along with links to all my friend’s cookie recipes. We’ve got a de-licious virtual cookie exchange for you. . . . . #christmas #christmasdecor #kitchenremodel #kitchenhelper #officialtastetester #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodrising #letthembelittle #wonderland #magicofchildhood #bhghome #bhghowiholiday #realsimple #thatsgoodhousekeeping #imsomartha #christmasinthekitchen #momblogger #christmascookies #wreath #raisingboys #joyfulmamas #joyfulliving #everydaymom #schoolhouseelectric #anthropologiehome #christmastime🎄

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