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Where thoughts can be funny, can race at all hours of the day and night and can sometimes not make any sense!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Life is Messy......

My morning routine is pretty typical each weekday.  I get up, wake up the littles to get them dressed and go down and make breakfast.  I take out the dogs, feed the kids, take a shower, get myself ready, make my bed and then off to school we all go.  I drop the dog at doggy-daycare and return home to finish cleaning up the morning mess.  I get a load of laundry going, both dishwashers running, I make my shakes for the morning and sit down at my desk.  I will either blog first thing or I will listen to one of my favorite speakers, James Macdonald, to hear a message of faith and hope.  I then log into my desk and begin working the for day.  This is the routine I have and it really doesn't vary too much on any given weekday.

Today , when I returned home to continue with my routine my first feeling was of distress.  I had left more dishes than I normally do, I had more picking up than normally and I began to feel stressed and pressured to hurry up and get it all done so that I did not fall behind in my morning.  As I was standing in my kitchen going through my list of tasks in my head that I needed to accomplish in my home and for work I heard a little voice speak to me.

"Mellie, it's okay.  You're so blessed. Life is messy is is not a reflection on you."

It is not a reflection on me?
What did that mean?

And just as fast as I asked myself that question I knew the answer.

It's not a reflection on me as a mother or a woman if my house is a little messy.  It's not a reflection on me that there are 6 plates in the sink that have not been loaded in the dishwasher.  It's not a refection on me if my older boys had friends over late last night and the downstairs is a mess. It's not a refection on me if my littles have 12 piles of legos set out all over the floor because they are working on some big project (as they describe it).  It's not a reflection on me if I have folded laundry on my laundry room counter that is not put away.  It's not a reflection on me if there is dog hair all over the house.

Oh wait... it IS a reflection on me, a GOOD reflection.

It came to me that I was thinking of this as a negative when really it is a positive.  Each little mess in my house reflects that kind of home I provide for my family.  I help give them security, so of course favorite blankets are laying all around the kitchen where the littles eat their breakfast.  Dirty dishes are scattered around the house because I am able to help provide them with healthy foods to eat and treats to enjoy.  Laundry is in little piles in each room because everyone has clothes to wear.  Legos take over an entire play room because imaginations are being used. The downstairs is full of empty coke cans, dishes, empty cookie boxes and 6 sleeping boys because I help provide a fun and safe location for the teenagers to all meet and stay over at.  Dog hair is all over my house because I help provide my children with a pet who they love, take care of and who also protects our home. Providing my family with a safe, happy and full of life home to live in is not a negative reflection it's the BEST reflection.

I am secure in who I am.  I am a secure woman, friend and mother. Who as I become older understand more and more not only my value in this world but that the life I live is a reflection on the life my children will have and grow to have.  If I walked around full of anxiety and stressing over little things in life, such as a messy house, than that is not walking in life at all. I am doing my children no good in their future and no good in the future of their own families.   I do a good job.  I am a good mother and I am a good friend and anyone who does not think that of me, simply does not know me for who I really am.

My house may be a little messy at times, but life is messy and I would rather die today with a house full of happy kids and little messes than a house full of stress and worries.

Have a messy day!!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Dear God

Dear God,

Thank you for the blessings of my life.  Thank you for seeing me through the times in my life where I have felt lost and alone.  Even though at the time I thought you had left me I know in my heart that you were there right next to me always whispering in my soul.

Lord please bless my kids in their school year this year. Let them each have a great experience that not only brings them joy and friendships but an even greater feeling of self worth and confidence.  Speak to each of them to let them know they are loved by You and that You are always with them.  Help them know they are not alone and in times of their own darkness they will be able to see the love of You and their family.  Lay your hands on them to keep them safe and feeling safe and allow me the knowledge to guide and lead them to the path that leads to You.  Send your angels to protect them and surround them with Your grace.

Lord forgive my moments of doubt in You and forgive my desire to take control of my own life.  Help me be strong in You so that I am strong in my life.  Bring to me Your desires for my life so that I may do good in the world and in someone's life.  I know my life is to be bigger than it is, open my eyes to Your vision and open my heart to Your faith.

Hear the secrets of my soul and lead me in Your direction.

In Jesus name I pray.... amen.

I am.......

If you have been following my blog you know these cards are called the I Am...... Cards.  The idea is to pull a card each day to read a positive affirmation to fill your mind with.  By focusing on positive thoughts, you can change how you feel and the way you think.  It's a simple way to experience life in a new and exciting way, and to explore your mind with the thought behind the "I am".... card of the day.

When I was younger and in school I can recall always wanting to "fit in."  My family moved a lot when I was young so being in a school for a long period of time, usually more than a year, was not common for myself or my brothers.  It was not until I got older and moved away from my mother that I spent a long period of time at one location.  This made it difficult for me to find a core group of friends to bond with. When I reached High School I lived with a girlfriend and her family and was able to reconnect with friends I had in middle school but I really only hung out with a handful of people.

I can recall in High School not having a real identity of who I was, lets face it who really does at such a young age, and I can remember trying to determine what sort of crowd I wanted to be associated with. However, it always seemed like I could never find a crowd that really spoke to who I felt like I was on the inside. So High School, for me, became my job. A job I knew I had to do but had my sights on completing and getting out of as soon as I was able.

Once I graduated I knew within myself it was time to finally be me.  I was not going to worry about what others thought of me. I was not going to try and be something I was not or do anything that I did not like doing because someone else wanted me to.  I started to find myself growing into a person who lead people vs. following them.

This card speaks to me today because I know in the depths of my heart I am a real person.  I do not put on a show for others so they will think of me one way when I am really another.  I do not pretend to be someone I am not and I do not apologize for being who I am.  I have really came to a place in my life where this is who I am.... take me or leave me but you will not make me.

I think each and everyone of us has or is still trying to find their place in this world.  I think we all strive to be a better person and a person who has an impact on other peoples lives in one way or another.  In this regard I am still searching for that part of me, trying to improve that characteristic.  I know in my heart I was meant to do something a little bit bigger than what I am currently doing.  But I know in my journey of determining this path, I am a real person who does not put on an act for anyone.

I see so many people in my day to day life trying to be something they are not.  Trying to impress someone else to make them fall in love or like them.  Some try to portray themselves as being more successful than they are.  Some try and make themselves fit into a mold of what they think others want them to be, but you can clearly see through them.  Not only seeing that they are not able to fit into that mold but also that they do not belong in that mold.  I see behind their eyes that the life they are living is not the one they want to live or thought they would end up living.  This does not mean they are not happy but I can see that they are not being who they really are on the inside.

We all have an "idea" of what our lives should look like. Some have bigger ideas than others and some do not push themselves hard enough for the potential that they have.  But we all have the ability to be true to our feelings and true to our own desires, thus making us true to ourselves.  We are not meant to fall into a crowd and disappear or hide behind the group.  We are meant to stand up and stand out and be passionate about life and our own desires.  We are not meant to conform into a mold of what someone else wants us to be, rather we are to create the mold that we want and find someone who can love and appreciate what we molded ourselves into.

As I am getting older my immortality is becoming more real to me because people I know or actors I grew up with are starting to pass away.  Seeing this kind of loss makes me realize I have to appreciate every moment I have on this earth and live my life to the fullest that I can in each moment.  I do not have time to try and be someone I am not.  I have to be true to myself and true to my life so that it is not wasted and I do not face too many regrets at the end of my days.  In addition I want to be able to demonstrate to my own kids that I lived MY life the way I wanted to.  I made no excuses for my decisions and I was a good person who everyone knew exactly where they stood with me.  This does not mean I live for me only, that is far from my truth, it just means that I know who I am and I am genuine.

I sometimes wonder when I pass away who would speak on my behalf at my celebration of life and what kind of words would they say about me?  Death has a tendency to glorify a person after they are gone and people will say things that might be a stretch of the truth about the person who has passed.  I like to think that when I go, there will be no stretching of the truth.  People who know me know that I am a stand up person and I am a person of compassion and passion for what I believe in.  I live my life not trying to impress anyone but rather impress on them the life they are living can be so much more if we just push ourselves out of our comfort zones.  I work hard for what I have and where I am, knowing nothing in this life was ever handed to me.  I had to go out and fight for it with blood, sweat, tears and give a part of myself every time to achieve the goals I had and have.  This makes me proud of who I am and proud that I am..... genuine.

Are you living a genuine life?


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

W O D 08 13 2014 Back Day

Like most days when I go to the gym I already have my plan on what part of the body I am going to work on.  Having a plan for the day allows me to be able to go into the gym and get down to business and not be one of these people walking around.  Not usually I will add little things here and there to keep myself moving and burning calories unless I am going really heavy and need a full rest.

At this point in my workouts my goal is to drop some weight and tone up.  I am not looking to get bigger in any area just more toned.  So my workouts are medium weight tolerance for me and high reps.

Today is back day:

Pull-Up-machine assisted: 

80lbs X 15 -4 sets

Wide-Grip Lat Pull-Down: 

50lbs X 15, 90 lbs X 12, 90lbs X 12, 90lbs X 12, 50 lbs X Failure

Wide-Grip Seated Cable Row:

50lbs X 15, 50lbs X 15, 50lbs X 15, 50lbs X 15

Dumbbell Rows: (each arm)

15lbs X 12, 15lbs X 12, 15lbs X12, 15lbs X 12


20 X 4 sets

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

W O D 08 12 2014

Here was my workout for that day of 08 12 2014

Straight Bar Curls

25lb bar X 15, 25lb bar X 15, 40lb bar X 8, 40lb bar X 8, 40lb bar X 8

Tricep Dip Machine
90 lbs X 15, 90 lbs X15, 90lbs X 15, 90lbs X 15

Dumbbell Arm Curls + Overhead Tricep Raises

15lbs X 10(each arm) + 25lbs X 15, 15lbs X 10 (each arm) + 25lbs X 10, 15lbs X 10 (each arm) + 25 lbs X 10

Wide Grip Straight bar curl

25lbs X 10, 25lbs X 10, 25lbs X10, 25lbs X 10

Rope Extensions 

50lbs X 15, 50lbs X 15, 70lbs X 10, 70lbs X 10, 50lbs X 15

Wide Grip Cable Curls 

30 lbs X 15, 30lbs X 15, 50lbs X 10, 50lbs X 10, Empty X Failure

Isolated Dumbbell Curls + EZ Bar Curls

15lbs X 10 (each arm) + 35lbs X10, 15lbs X 10 (each arm) + 35lbs X 10, 15lbs X 10 (each arm) + 35lbs X 10