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Life Lately: Catching Up With the Cards

life lately catching up with the cards

 

My laptop is dying a slow and painful death. It’s agonizing to watch, y’all.

This explains my absence from the blog as of late. I haven’t been able to get my laptop to turn on. After a week and a half I FINALLY got it to work! I have no clue how I did it, as I am not tech savvy by any means, but whatever I did worked and I am praying that this poor old laptop will last me a little while longer.

Pitiful excuse though it may be, the lack of a functioning laptop has allowed me more time to step back and evaluate the direction the blog has taken. For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you may recall that I have been presented with various opportunities to work with brands and begin monetizing my blog, but before I made my choice, I wanted to hear your thoughts on the matter. I value my readers’ opinions and I appreciate those of you who took the time to respond. I was surprised at how well the idea was received, to be honest. Yet, any time I pondered the idea of monetizing the blog, my heart was unsettled… restless, even. For days I couldn’t put my finger on the uneasiness I was feeling, but experience has shown me that the lack of peace is an open invitation to further press into God’s Presence for clarity and vision. So I did.

He reminded me of the reason I started this blog in the first place- to chronicle my faith journey and share with you things the Lord impressed upon my heart along the way. He reminded me that while posts about makeup, current fashion finds, fitness, or favorite hair products are not evil and have a place on this blog, they should not make up the bulk of my content. It was a tough conversation, but much-needed. The temptation to monetize my blog steamed from my temporary lack of trust in His provision. It’s as simple as that.

Please, let me be clear, I am in no way saying that monetizing your blog is evil or that I am somehow holier than thou for choosing not to do so, I am simply stating that this is not the path God has chosen for me. I know many godly women who have made blogging their career and I fully support their decision to do so, it’s just not what He has for me, and coming to grips with that was hard, y’all. Really hard.

So what does that mean moving forward?

 

  • Deeper, more vulnerable posts
  • Occasional product reviews relevant to my readers (with giveaways, duh!)
  • No affiliate links cryptically embedded in my posts
  • I will still host various swaps and giveaways (those are always fun!)
  • More Jesus, less Megan

I hope you will stick around with me on this journey. My goal has never been to become a ‘famous blogger.’ I don’t think I’d do well with lots of notoriety to be honest. I value truth. I value raw authenticity. I value community. If you do too, you will fit right in here. My readers are genuinely the kindest, most compassionate bunch of people I know and if this is the first time you are visiting my blog I do hope to connect with you- it’s my favorite thing about blogging. And because I feel like I’ve been sort of a Debbie Downer today, here is a brief look at what the family has been up to lately :)

 

Hanging out with some of my best friends for a much needed girls' weekend.

Hanging out with some of my best friends for a much needed girls’ weekend.

 

Pool time with Daddy!

Pool time with Daddy!

 

 

4th of July Parade in downtown McKinney

4th of July Parade in downtown McKinney

 

Waiting patiently for the parade to start

Waiting patiently for the parade to start

 

Greg and I at my friend Ashley's wedding. Proof that blogging friendship can blossom into real life friendships.

Greg and I at my friend Ashley’s wedding. Proof that blogging friendship can blossom into real life friendships.

Easy Summer Makeup Using 5 Products or Less

School is out. Temperatures are soaring. And I am spending 95% of my time outdoors trying to keep my rug rats occupied. I don’t have the time nor the energy to put a great deal of effort into my makeup routine, but I also don’t want to leave the house looking like a hot mess either. Y’all are constantly emailing me questions regarding my makeup routine/products, so here are my top 5 summer makeup must haves that will give you the perfect summer glow with little to no effort :)

***This is not sponsored content. I am not receiving compensation for mentioning these companies in this post or providing links to their products. These opinions are entirely my own.

 

Easy Summer Makeup Using 5 Products or Less

 

1.// Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder- I have tired so hard to like other brands when it comes to foundation, especially now that they have increased the cost of their product, but I keep going back to Estee Lauder. They have my heart. I will gladly cut back in other areas of our budget so that I can afford my double wear powder because it really is the best I’ve ever used. For those of you who are like me and get super oily in the summer due to increased heat and or humidity, this is the powder for you! It covers just as well as any liquid foundation I have ever used and because it is a powder, it is easy to throw in your purse or beach bag.

2.// Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess- I apply Bronze Goddess to my cheeks during the summer to give me that much desired sun-kissed glow. Like the powder, it is on the expensive side ($36) but a little goes a long way. I have had mine for about 6 years now and it will probably last me for another year or two. There was one summer when I ran out of foundation while on vacation and got away with using this bronzer until I got home and could get some more.

3.// Younique 3D Fiber Mascara - I cannot say enough good things about this mascara! I mean, can we just talk about these results…

Younique 3D Fiber LashesThese are MY lashes, y’all! I’m in love. The only time I have ever been able to achieve lashes like this has been to use false lashes, and we all know how annoying those can be. They are easy to apply, water resistant and the results are fabulous! I do have a party that you can shop if you so choose, that ends July 4th, but please, do not feel obligated.

4.// Wet-n-Wild Color Icon Eye Liner - Depending on the look you are going for, you can omit this step if you want. To get a very natural look, you can take a smudging brush that still has a little bit of product on it from previous use, and lightly sweep it under your bottom lashes. I like to use a little bit of eye liner in the outer corner of my eyes. It keeps it natural looking but provides a little extra definition. If you are using the Younique 3D Fiber mascara, you don’t need a lot of eye makeup to make your eyes stand out and you can easily get away with no eye liner and still look amazing.

5.// Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter - I wear either Creme Brulee, Peach Parfait, or Pink Lemonade on a daily basis. This stuff is AH-MAZING y’all! My lips feel so smooth and hydrated when I am wearing it. And there are so many color choices that there really is something for every skin tone. I would probably own one of in every color if Greg would let me :)

Summer MakeUp

 

Ta-Da! Easy peasy, right?!

And I can usually pull this look together in about 5 uninterrupted minutes(all my fellow Mamas know what I’m talking about).

What are some of your favorite summer makeup products?!

12 Weeks to a New Me

This week, I officially begin my half-marathon training.

I’m excited, nervous, slightly scared, and a ball full of energy all rolled into one.

12 Weeks to a NEW me

Completing this half marathon is important to me for a number of personal reasons, but none of them are as important as giving hope to those who also suffer from fibromyalgia.

If you had told me when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia that I would one day be training for a half marathon, I would have laughed in your face. My days (and nights) are marked with chronic, widespread pain, that at times, leave me bed-ridden. During flare ups I battle chronic fatigue, restlessness, memory lapses, depression, tension and migraine headaches, and numbness in my hands and feet.

People like me don’t usually run half marathons. It’s too painful. So why am I crazy enough to do it? Because I want to prove to myself that I am not defined by my condition.

For the past four months I have made an effort to workout in some form or fashion at least 5 times a week, especially when my fibromyalgia is acting up. As a result, I have seen a significant decrease in the number of flare ups I have had, and those that I did have were minor and lasted less than 24 hours (this is HUGE for me, y’all!) There were a few weeks when I didn’t get into the gym or go running and those were the weeks I experienced flares. I have absolutely no scientific evidence to back this up, but for me, exercise = no flare ups, while no exercise = flare ups. So maybe this half marathon training isn’t so crazy after all?

half marathon training week 1

 

Every Monday for the next 12 weeks I plan to post my weekly training schedule. This is two-fold. One, I need the accountability– if I post it online, I feel compelled to follow through. Second, it is my hope that this inspires others who suffer from chronic illness to rise up and not be defined by their condition. I know that there will be moments throughout the next 12 weeks where I will want to give up and quit… I will be in pain and try to convince myself that I should never have committed to this– don’t let me. I need you. All of you. When I cross that finish line in September, it will be because of your continued support.

Lastly, if you suffer from a chronic illness and interested in completing a race (any distance) or want to improve your well-being through fitness, I am considering starting a Facebook support group. Leave a comment at the end of this post and let me know you would like to join us . If you do not suffer from a chronic illness but desire to join this group to help provide tips, encouragement and support, you are more than welcome! The more the merrier! Also, if you are interested in helping me LEAD this group, please contact me at megan.card@gmail.com.

 

Congratulations to Ashley V. for winning the 5 mL bottle of doTERRA Balance Facebook giveaway

and to Ashley P. for winning the ‘Favorite Things’ giveaway!!

If you are participating in the ‘Favorite Things’ summer swap, your packages should have been mailed out by this time.  Don’t forget to come back and link up with us on July 7th to show off how incredible your swap partner is! We will be having another swap start back up in a few weeks so stay tuned for more details :) I hope you all have a fantastic week! xoxo

My Not-So-Pinterest-Perfect Life

I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest… and Facebook… and Instagram… and well, pretty much all forms of social media.

On one hand, I LOVE social media because I have had the opportunity to connect with some AH-MAZ-ING people from all across the United States (and a few Brits as well!) that I otherwise would never have met. They have filled my life with undeserved grace, love, support, and encouragement. I probably would have stopped blogging long ago, but these women have been not only my support network, I consider them dear friends. They have walked me through seasons of joy as well as pain and I consider myself blessed to have them in my life, even if it is long distance.

On the other hand, I HATE social media. Too often, I see it used as the standard by which many live their life. Too often, I see women use it as yet another means to judge each other– and most especially, I see women judge themselves.

As a woman, I will be the first to confess that it’s hard enough not to compare myself with others on a daily basis without the aide of social media. I mean, come on… we all do it. You know you do. Even when you try not to, thoughts of comparison creep into your mind when you least expect it. I can be out on a run and BAM! I’m coveting that house that is up for sale around the corner. I think to myself, “Man… what I wouldn’t give to be able to own a house like that.” And the Christ-follwer in me begins to immediately react to such blatant sin and justify my actions by listing all of the “ministry opportunities” we could have in a house like that, when in reality, I have those same ministry opportunities right smack dab in the middle of the apartment complex where God has planted me. Truth is– I just wanted to live somewhere else– somewhere… better.

Then I take my boys to the park and I look over at the mother of five children all under the age of 10, who has not once raised her voice at them when they’ve made bad choices, and is now feeding them a picnic lunch made up of organic food and bread that she probably baked herself that very morning. As if that’s not enough, her six pack abs are visible underneath that tight-fitting Under Armour shirt she is wearing. Meanwhile, I’ve already lost my cool with my two children, am feeding them Chick-fil-A for lunch, and let’s face it, I am nowhere near having a six-pack any time soon. (((sigh))) I want to be her.

Throw social media into the mix and it’s no wonder I feel like I will never measure up. If I compared my life to what I see day in and day out on Pinterest, then I have failed in every single way as a wife and a mother. My house will never look like this on a normal basis…  my children’s lunches will never be as creative and organized as these…  my wardrobe will never be as perfect as Jillian Harris‘… my hair and makeup only look like this maybe once a week (hahaha who am I kidding?! My makeup never looks this incredible.) and I will most likely never have abs like these because I really, really, really, like food, y’all.

And the sad reality is that, as a blogger, I have probably unintentionally made some other woman out there feel the same way. That she will never measure up. That try as she may, she is not enough… not good enough… will never be good enough… and it breaks my heart. Truly breaks my heart. Because it’s a LIE. My life is far from perfect. It has been my goal from the beginning to express that to you, my dear, precious, readers. And I hope you never, ever, ever leave my blog thinking that you are not good enough, or that I have it all figured out, because I clearly don’t.

So here’s the dealio… let’s be real… this is what my life really looks like.

 

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No matter how many times I beg and plead, their room looks like this by the end of the day. Even if I go in there and make their beds for them, pick up their toys, organize their closet for the 100th time that day; it never fails… it looks like this by bedtime. And it’s exhausting.

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No matter how many times I wash dishes or run the dishwasher, my kitchen looks like this at least once a week, most likely on either a Friday night or Saturday because by that time I am sooooo done with cooking and cleaning and taking care of my people that I just want a night off. Don’t get me wrong, I take good care of them, and I love it most of the time, but sometimes you just need a night off, am I right?

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Yeah, don’t even get me going about clothes being thrown all over the house. It’s a never-ending battle I face. Clothes never seem to make it to their respective hampers. Ever….

And let’s face it, I live in workout clothes these day, sporting the whole no makeup and a baseball hat “Mom” look.  I’m sure my husband walks in every day from work wondering when I am going to wear something other than Nike shorts and a youth camp t-shirt. But when you have been cooking, and cleaning, and folding laundry, and taking the kids to the park, and walking the dog, and driving to the grocery store for the 10th time that day because you have adult ADD and keep forgetting things on your list, well… you just don’t feel like getting all dressed up.

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The whole purpose of this blog post is this– I feel we are lacking true authenticity on the internet, especially on social media outlets. And if desire to be known as anything as a blogger, it would be authentic.

I’m a human being, y’all, just like you. I make mistakes. I’m flawed. I’m not perfect. I never will be. My life will never resemble any of my Pinterest boards, but you know what, that’s okay. But let’s promise each other something… as hard as it may be… let’s be real with each other. Let’s stop pretending like we’ve got this all figured out. Let’s be vulnerable. Because it is in the vulnerable, raw moments of life that we see the fullness of God’s glory on display.

I don’t know what true authenticity looks like on the internet, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

Now I am in now way suggesting everyone start airing their dirty laundry (literally and figuratively) on the internet; we need to approach this with sensibility and discernment, but I think for starters, let’s show our readers that we are not experts at life. Let’s show our readers that we are in fact, human.

 

 How do you think we should approach authenticity on the internet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Pet Care Using doTERRA Essential Oils

I just saved our family $500 by using essential oils.

I know, it’s not Thursday- when I typically post my essential oil testimonies, but it was too good not to share!

Meet Max- our loveable, playful, energetic, loyal, and highly intelligent golden retriever.

Max

Max is notorious for his curiosity. And well, last week he turned over the trash can and decided to have a snack that consisted of several used Kleenex.

Normally this isn’t a big deal, but the last time he did this, we ended up in the emergency animal clinic(our children and fur-babies like to get sick on weekends when your only choice is an E-Care clinic or something similar) because he came down with a severe case of bronchitis. I didn’t even know dogs could suffer from bronchitis… That trip alone cost us roughly $500 plus the cost of the antibiotics. Ugh. But he’s our baby and we did what every good parent would do–spent lots of money to get him feeling back to normal.

So sure enough, Max started to exhibit the signs that he had, once again, come down with bronchitis.

At this point we honestly couldn’t afford to spend another $500 in medical expenses because we had recently spent $700 on my mammogram (and that was WITH insurance!) and another $800 to fix my husband’s car. I figured that since I had successfully treated my husband’s bronchitis and my own sinus infection with essential oils, why not give it a shot?

 

Pet Care using doTERRA

 

I grabbed one of my 10 mL glass roller bottles and put 3-5 drops of each On Guard and Breathe, followed by 20 drops of FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil) and applied it to his paws 3 times a day for 5 days.

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Within a few hours of the first application, Max was smiling again and showing signs of playfulness. His coughing lessened significantly by the end of the day and he was back to normal 3 days later. I kept applying the oils to his paws for 2 more days just for good measure.

Max LOVED the oils. I wish I had thought to have Greg video me applying it to his paws to show you how much he loved the application. All I would have to do is hold up the roller bottle (how on earth he knew it was HIS roller bottle, I have no clue, because I use multiple roller bottles for various reasons all day, every day.) and he would come running. Then he would flop down on the floor and immediately hold out his paw like he was begging me to put the oils on him. It was the craziest thing!

Not only did I save our family $500 by using essential oils, but I did it naturally. And that’s what makes me so passionate about using the oils on my family–including my fur-babies.

And right now doTERRA is offering a 15 mL bottle of On Guard and a 15 mL bottle of Breathe (a $69.34 retail value) by placing any single $200 PV order between now and June 30, 2014. I haven’t been with doTERRA long, but I’m told that promotions this large happen only a few times a year. So if you have been toying around with the idea of using essentials in your home, now is the perfect time to do it!

On Guard Breathe Promo

Father’s Day: An Interview with Hayden and Rylan

Happy Father’s Day, Greg!

“Anyone can be a father but it takes a special man to be a DADDY!”

 

A Few of My Favorite Things: Summer Edition + a Giveaway!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s FINALLY here!

I am quickly approaching 3,000 email subscribers (something I NEVER dreamed of!) and I wanted to say ‘Thank You’ by offering you a chance to win a few of my favorite summer  items.

Y’all… I have been excited about this giveaway for a while because it’s the biggest giveaway I’ve ever hosted– over $100 worth of product!!!

 

favorite things summer giveaway

Don’t forget, the deadline to sign up for my favorite things swap ends TOMORROW. I will contact everyone with their partner for the swap by Monday, so be on the lookout for an email from me :) Also, next week I will be styling one of my favorite items featured right now on Oakleigh Rose. It’s adorable! And you won’t want to miss my review of the Younique 3D fiber lashes.

Hope y’all have a FABULOUS weekend!!

xoxo

How to Talk to Your Child About Sex Without Losing Your Mind

Step One

Drink an entire bottle of wine in one sitting because OH MY GOODNESS how is it that your 7 year old son is already asking questions about sex?

Step Two

Give your husband that “deer in the headlights” look and beg him to do it for you.

Step Three

Cry. Seriously, how is it that your baby boy is old enough for “the talk?”

 

So… that’s not exactly how the scenario played out yesterday, but in the 10 seconds it took for Greg and I to look at each other and decide it was “time,” that is precisely what went on in my head. I wasn’t fully prepared for the sudden and unsuspected onslaught of questions and I desperately wanted to bury my head in couch cushions. My palms were sweaty and my heart racing faster than California Chrome at the Belmont Stakes. I kept thinking, “this can’t be happening. I’m not ready. He’s too young. Can we start over? What was the question? Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! OH. My. Gosh! ” Luckily, Greg had the wisdom to discuss how we were going to approach the topic of sex with our children long before they could even talk, so we didn’t have to fly by the seat of our pants… once I stopped hyperventilating.

 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex Without Losing Your Mind

Here are my actual recommendations for how to talk to your child about sex.

Have a Plan

Don’t wait until your child approaches you with questions before you prayerfully consider how you are going to respond. Trust me, the conversation is all kinds of awkward. It’s best to already know how you are going to address the subject before it even comes up.

Greg and I desire to have the kind of relationship with our children where they feel safe, comfortable, and unembarrassed, to ask us questions. Whether it is about sex, drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc… it is important that Greg and I have an idea of a biblical response to their questions long before they ask them. Focus on the Family offers some great resources we found helpful on the matter.

 

Make Sure You and Your Spouse are on the Same Page

This ties in nicely with the first point. There is nothing worse than trying to answer your child’s questions about sex, only to find that you and your spouse share opposing views.

Greg and I wanted to discuss the topic of sex from a biblically holistic approach, which emphasizes that God created sex and it is a beautiful, healthy, pleasurable expression of love that was designed to be enjoyed under the protective covering of marriage. Our children need to learn early on that God’s plan is good and for our goodbut since the fall of man (Genesis 3) when sin entered the picture, Satan has sought to destroy and distort our perception of God’s creation- especially sex.

You never know when your little one will unexpectedly spring these kinds of questions on you, so it is best to discuss your views on sexuality with your spouse beforehand so you know that you are on the same page. The following are a few questions on sexuality posed by Rob Jackson, a therapist specializing in sexual health and father of two, that we discussed with each other before talking with our children.

Is our view of sex :

  • Is it biblical?
  • Is it Christ-affirming?
  • Is it timeless?
  • Is it separate from the “world”?
  • Is it equally sensitive to both males and females?
  • Is it service oriented?
  • Is it grounded in authentic intimacy?
  • Is it purposeful?
  • Is it connected to one’s faith and spirituality?
  • Is it inspired by direction?
  • Is it visionary for future generations?
  • Finally, and most importantly, does the sexual choice or behavior reflect the spousal analogy found throughout Scripture, which teaches Jesus is the bridegroom of the Church?

 

Give age appropriate answers, but be honest at the same time.

If your four year old wants to know how the baby in Aunt Sally’s tummy is going to get out, provide a truthful answer, but it is not necessarily the time to go into detail about how the baby got there in the first place. There is no need to have an explicitly detailed conversation about sex in one sitting, just to get it over with. Answer their questions. Be honest. But know when it is appropriate to share in more detail. A basic understanding of childhood development is incredibly beneficial when it comes to sex education.

Bottom line- You know your child better than anyone. And you alone know what your child can, and cannot handle as far as sex education is concerned. That being said, don’t put off the conversation until their teenage years simply because it is awkward. They have more than likely heard all sorts of stories, or experimented on their own, by this point. It is best to have several age appropriate conversations along the way.

 

Start the Conversation at a Young Age

As our children grow and mature, the conversations regarding sex will grow and mature along with them. I can honestly say that now that we have survived the initial “talk”, it will be much easier to talk to Hayden and Rylan about sex. As uncomfortable as it was for me, I’m thankful that we are developing a relationship with our sons where they feel comfortable, safe, and unashamed to come to us on subject matters that are often seen as taboo in many Christian homes.

I have to stop and consider what is best for my child– that he gain his knowledge of sex and God’s intended purpose for sex from us, his parents, or from the elementary school playground? Let’s face it, our culture is obsessed with sex. It’s everywhere. And our children are exposed to it at a much younger age than many of us would care to admit. This realization further solidifies my resolve to teach my children about sex from a biblical perspective at any early age.

 

We talk about all sorts of things on this ‘ol blog of mine. What are some other topics you would like to see?

 

You Can Sit With Us: Breaking Down the ‘Mean Girls’ Mentality One Woman at a Time

Many will roll their eyes at the sight of this topic and proclaim that the term “cyber-bullying” is such a buzzword these days. And I would agree with them, to an extent. It is true, there are some who are quick to use the phrase at the first sign of disagreement, conflict, or negative comments made about them online; however, it does not negate the fact that cyber-bullying exists and is on the rise. Though the research on cyber-bullying has focused primarily on teenagers, I am seeing a growing trend among adult women as well.

As one who has had personal experience in this matter, it has become something I feel very strongly about, and I want to be a part of a movement to make it stop. So I would like to introduce you to my friend, Katie, and let her tell you more about the Kindness Counts Campaign.

 

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Hi everyone!

My name is Katie and I’m the owner of a boutique called Metal Marvels. I sell jewelry and accessories at extremely affordable prices while still being great quality! However, the main reason I’m here to talk to you is far more important than what I sell.

I’m here to talk to you about cyber bullying. I know, you’re probably thinking “why as a grown woman am I getting lectured about cyber bullying?” WELL, that’s because cyber bullying and bullying in general is just as present in adulthood as it was in middle school. That’s ridiculous!

Myself, and two lovely shop owners, Nichole from Shop Teale and Kristi from Nobella Grace, have started a new campaign to help stop this! I know hearing about subjects from people who have no experience is a waste of time. That’s like a brunette telling you how great it is to be blonde, it’s just not happening. Unfortunately, myself and these ladies have had personal experience with grown woman being bullies, as recently as two weeks ago. So we started the Kindness Counts Campaign!!!

We know first hand just how out of control this is getting. Women sitting behind a computer or phone and saying whatever they want as if the other person on the other end isn’t a real human with feelings. From boutique owners bashing other boutiques, to people leaving nasty comments on blogs or Instagram posts, or passive aggressively posting things directed towards people. IT IS NOT OK! We, especially as women, should help each other out, raise each other up, give advice, or an ear to listen. It is NOT ok to tear people down, you don’t know them, you don’t know their stories. Although we may compete against each other in the business realm it doesn’t mean that we can’t collaborate or even just be cordial. These ladies and I are trying to do our part to stop it!!

We started a Teespring campaign where you can buy adorable T-shirts, Tanks and more and ALL the profits from these shirts go directly to the Kind Campaign. They go out into schools and public and talk to girls about bullying and work to stop it. I believe they can make a difference and I hope they expand some day to women groups. Bullying happens in adulthood, the time when you thought we’d all be above it. SO we ask that you buy a shirt [there's 9 days left!], and start spreading kindness! Take pictures of kind acts, post about a kind act or anything kind and use our hashtag so we can keep up and we can all spread the love!!

Help us spread LOVE and stop HATE. ♥

#kindnesscountscampaign 
Stop by my Instagram where you’ll learn more about the campaign and you can follow me and my fellow campaign creators!!

xoxo,

Katie
THANK YOU MEGAN FOR HAVING ME TODAY!! ♥

June Fitness Goals

Yeah, I know, June 1st was 5 days ago. So what.

The 1st of every month is notoriously the day when every blogger posts their goals for the month. Call me a Maverick, but I just don’t want to be like every blogger under the sun, so I intentionally chose to post my June fitness goals a few days later just to shake things up a bit. That and I need the accountability. If I not only write my goals down, but I share them with all of you, I have to bust my tushie to dig down deep and get it done. Otherwise, I feel like a fraud.

June Fitness Goals

 

Run OUTSIDE at least 4 days a week

I’ve been running on the treadmill at the gym at least 3-4 days a week, so running itself isn’t my goal. Running outside in the Texas heat is my goal.

I have a half marathon coming up in September and training starts July 1st. Running on the treadmill is completely different than running outside on the pavement. When you are running on the pavement, the ground isn’t moving for you–you are what propels your body forward, not a machine. I prefer running outside over running on a treadmill, but Greg’s work schedule the past 13 weeks has not allowed me to run early in the morning when it’s nice and cool. So I need to put on my big girl panties, suck it up, and run in the heat anyway.

Run Meg Run

 

I took this a few days ago after a particularly brutal run. The distance wasn’t what made it brutal. It was the heat.

I totally puked right before this picture by the way. Just keeping it real, y’all.

Run a 25 minute 5k

I want to run a sub 2 half marathon (that means I run the half marathon in under 2 hours) so I need to work on my speed. Right now I am averaging a 30 minute 5k. So it looks like I foresee lots of sprints and hill training in my future. Jealous? Probably not. I’m not looking forward to this part of training at all. Anyone want to run them for me??? Kidding. Maybe…

 

Eat clean 80% of the time

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True story. I love food.

But I desperately need to get back on my clean eating plan. That being said, let’s be realistic. It’s not going to kill me if I eat a cheeseburger or indulge in chips and guacamole every now and then. I think that it why it was so difficult for Greg and I to stick with this plan for longer than 6 months. We weren’t realistic. We tried to be militant about it and not stray from the eating plan. We got burnt out doing that. So, this time around I’m keeping it simple. I want to eat fresh, organic (as possible) food at least 80% of the time. Life’s too short to stress out over what you are eating 100% of the time. And let’s be honest, a girl has to eat a brownie and ice cream every now and then. And that’s okay.

 

Lose 10 lbs

If I stick to the above goals, this shouldn’t be an issue. I’m not trying to get crazy skinny like I was in college, but I definitely have a few more pounds to lose to get to a healthy BMI. I’m already lifting weights a few times a week to tone and sculpt my body and increase lean muscle. But I need to get my diet back under control and get back on track.

 

BONUS- If you are searching for music to get you motivated while you run, here is my current playlist. No judgies.

 

Playlist

All I Do Is Win- DJ Khaled (Clean version)

Come With Me Now- KONGOS

Happy (From “Despicable Me”)- Pharrell Williams

The Middle- Jimmy Eat World

Roar- Katy Perry

Sexy Back- Justin Timberlake

Stronger- Kelly Clarkson

Supermassive Black Hole- Muse

Slow Down- Selena Gomez

What Makes You Beautiful- One Direction

With You In My Head- UNKLE (featuring The Black Angels)

Harder to Breathe- Maroon 5

Come & Get It- Selena Gomez

Friends- Band of Skulls

Can’t Stop- Maroon 5

Perfect Day- Lady Antebellum

A Little More You- Little Big Town

Hey Girl- Billy Currington

Get to Me- Lady Antebellum

Typical- Mutemouth

Uprising- Muse

One More Night- Maroon 5

Counting Stars- One Republic

Compass- Lady Antebellum

Marry You- Bruno Mars

Lets Get Lost- Beck & Bat for Lashes

What are your goals for June?!