Thankful 30 : November 2018

It’s still so surprising that Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I feel like this whole year has just flown by! When it comes to this time of year you can see across many different social media platforms that people are taking the time each day to say what they are thankful for. I love this trend!

But my question is why do we wait until the 30 days in the month of November to be thankful and recognize those people, places or things? Why don’t we do this every single day of our lives?

One thing I am going to start doing is keeping a thankful journal next to my bed so that every morning when I wake up I can write down what I am thankful for and start my day off on the right foot. And write down what I’m thankful for at the end of each night so that I remember to always be thankful for the little things!

However given that it is November and Thanksgiving is tomorrow I thought I would share my Thankful 30.

30 things I am thankful for not only this month but all year long and everyday of my life. One for each day of the month…even though the month isn’t not over I’ll share what I plan to be thankful for!

  1. The people I meet and help everyday at work. Even when I’m having a rough day they always manage to help me smile!
  2. Friday’s at 5:30
  3. Great friends to spend time catching up with
  4. My husband understands my shopping habit
  5. Coffee on a busy Monday
  6. Daylight Savings-Even though it’s getting dark sooner the Holiday’s are coming
  7. Speaking about something I am passionate about at work.
  8. The crisp air, cooling things down
  9. My best friend being willing to go shopping with me and get dinner on short notice.
  10. Good memories made with great people
  11. My brother who is currently serving in the United States Air Force. My dad who is retired Air Force. Thank-you to both of you for protecting the freedom we have each and every day!
  12. Friends with incredible talents they share with the world. Thanks Haley for making my hair look amazing!
  13. Busy day’s at work that end with a nice long bubble bath at home.
  14. Quiet snuggles with my two dogs.
  15. Drinking wine and champagne to celebrate a good friend saying yes to her dress!
  16. Car trips with my amazing mother!
  17. Connections and friends I have made through my rodeo queen adventures.
  18. Sunday shopping trips with my mom!
  19. My coworkers who keep things fun and always interesting every day
  20. The roof over my head
  21. The love I receive everyday from the amazing man in my life
  22. That my family can come together in my home and share an delicious meal
  23. My husband and I both have amazing jobs that support our shopping habit
  24. We are able to host friends and family and make so many memories
  25. Spending the day with my loving husband and creating a new tradition of cutting out down our Christmas tree!
  26. One more work week before I am headed out of town for vacation
  27. The air in my lungs
  28. Remembering to smile every day
  29. Payday!
  30. Remembering to Let Go and Let God.

 

What are you thankful for this season? What traditions do you have for the holidays that you are looking forward to?

Remember to be thankful not just during the month of November but everyday! We have so many things to be thankful for!

 

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Take Off The Mask

Halloween.

A day of fantasy, dress up, pretending and all out fun! I love each year to see what everyone comes up with for costume idea’s and I love watching all of the colorful, dark and mysterious make up tutorials that flood social media! But the thing is when I look at Halloween it has me thinking on a deeper level.

With social media playing such a large role in our lives these day’s it’s hard to be unique and it’s hard to be original because we are all trying to embody the people we follow based on the highlight reel of their lives that we see.

And I truly feel that we forget that most all social media accounts are merely just a highlight reel. We forget that we usually only see the good things. We forget that we don’t need to be privy to the bad things and we forget that no one is perfect.

You might be asking how this relates to Halloween…just hang on I’m getting to that.

When we forget that perfection is not attainable and we try to put on a mask. We pretend that everything is perfect even when just under the surface everything feels like it’s falling apart. This mask covers up the truth and the more things fall apart the more this mask starts to look like a reflection of the person you follow who has it all together.

You want to imitate their perfect life because somehow if you try to live just like that then yours will be ok. Everything will be perfect again.

But the truth of the matter is you cannot hide behind that mask for very long. The mask is only covering you up. It’s not allowing you in your truest, most raw self to just be through the perfect and imperfect moments.

So again how does this relate to Halloween…?

Halloween is the one might a year we all can play dress up and be someone we want to be. We can put on a mask and play the part. We can change how we look at ourselves for once!

But the most important thing to remember is that when November 1st rolls around remember to take that mask off. Let your truest and most raw self show! Because that is what people want to get to know. They want to see the realness. We don’t need actual glitter to sparkle every day we just have to be willing to see our inner sparkle.

So remember to take off that mask you have been hiding behind. Remember that only you can change your perspective. And you must first see your own inner sparkle before others will see you shine!

No one is perfect and even though we all share a highlight reel that’s exactly what it is the highlights of our lives that we want other to see. And even though we don’t always share the hard parts of life with others we must remember that it’s ok to crumble and fall. The important thing is we must also stand back up, dust off and find that inner sparkle!

Because we are all mean to sparkle bright!

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Book of the Month : October 2018

This month is going to be a little bit different for book of the month. For some reason the month of September went by so fast and was a lot busier than I though it was going to be so I didn’t get as much time to read as I would have liked. But I now know that I need to set aside more time when I am busy to make sure I have that time to read and really take those moments for myself!

Because I wasn’t able to get around to reading I decided to make a wish list of the next books I want to purchase to read for this on going series! Remember to leave me any suggestions on great books you have read recently! I’m always looking for suggestions and great reads!

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These are books I have been looking at for awhile but I’ve been trying to get through the stack I currently have before I dive head first into another stack!

All of these are self empowerment or non fiction books. I do like fiction but I sometimes struggle to find authors that really peak my interest. I am hoping that in the future I can include a fiction book in my book of the month post but for now I’m working on my development as a person and really looking forward to sharing more of these kinds of non-fiction books with you!

  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
  • You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living and Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene Brown
  • Master the Moment by Pat Brans
  • Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love and Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon

 

If you have read any of these books listed let me know what you thought of them in a comment! Are these worth the read? What other books would you like to see me read and talk about?

Sorry I didn’t have a book for you this month but I’m going to focus on making this more of a priority going forward into this next month!

 

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Book of The Month : September 2018

When I made my Barnes & Noble order back in June I stumbled across this newer release that looked perfect for what I have been in to reading currently and with a title like Girl, Wash Your Face,  how could I not be drawn in!

Even in reading the Introduction for the book I was hook! Rachel Hollis is witty, funny and REAL! Reading just the short introduction made me feel like I was talking to a friend and getting the full honest thoughts from her. I was sold and included this in my order.

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If you haven’t heard of this awesome book then here is your first introduction!

This is me telling you to go out and get this book whether you read it in book form, on your electronic device or listen to it as an audio book, this is something great for all women to read!

 

I love how raw and real Rachel is throughout the entire book and each chapter is all about lies we tell ourselves and how this is so detrimental to each of our journeys to happiness.

One of the biggest chapters that resonated with me was in the very beginning of the book highlighting the lie: ” I’ll Start Tomorrow”. The moment I read this I couldn’t help but think of how true this is for me and how I say this all the time to myself! I always set my self start dates and when it doesn’t work out or when I get to that point and I don’t want to any more I extend it out and so the “I’ll Start Tomorrow” lie becomes an ever revolving cycle! In the chapter Rachel really lays it out bluntly and honestly- if we can break our promises with ourselves so easily then how can we keep promises to other-our friends, our family members, our kids.

Let that sink in for a minute.

 If we can break our promises with ourselves so easily then how can we keep promises to other-our friends, our family members, our kids.

That is a profound idea that really stuck out to me and struck a cord with me! Because it was so true! And then I thought about all of the times that I have ditched on plans and made up excuses not to go see friends or help with different events or anything of that sort because I just didn’t want to. That was because I had created a habit of breaking promises with myself and now it was trickling over because that was the learn standard I was setting for myself! After reading that I sat for a long time just considering how incredible this idea is and how I needed to make some changes in my life and you better bet I started with me first and I am happy to report that I have been to the gym every day this week and I am head to an event this weekend where I don’t know a lot of people because I told my friend I would go-so damn it I’m going!

This book as even more to offer and I highly, highly, highly recommend this to any young lady struggling with the lies that we all tell ourselves!

Remember you can create your own happiness and you have control of your life!

Have you read this great read from Rachel Hollis? What did you think? What was your favorite part? Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

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Growth I Have Seen In Myself

As I have shared a lot of the reason I have this blog is not only a creative outlet but also to help me document moments in my life that have changed me to help me become a happier and healthier me!

Sometimes it isn’t the until a challenge presents itself when growth is seen and it’s surprising because it all sinks in at once.

A few weeks ago I was presented with a difficult person. This person wouldn’t let up and just kept slinging words at me left and right. It began to bubble over to the point they were inches from my face yelling and screaming at me.

The old Courtney would have spouted right back. She would have stood taller and attempted to look down on this other person. She would have retorted back in an even harsher tongue. She wouldn’t have let this person forget her and learn to never cross her again.

However a new Courtney emerged. She remained calm and was handled this person with a soft hand, attempting to deescalate the problem rather than adding fuel to the fire. She lowered her voice and with grace explained her reasoning.

This interaction was so much of an outer body experience for me I couldn’t even believe I had just handled that situation the way I had! But once the moment had come and gone and I was reflecting on the moment I couldn’t help but to think of how proud I was of myself for this positive change.

I really have grown and seeing that change in my mind is possible is so overwhelmingly amazing. I have been working hard on finding better ways to manage my stress and I have been trying to journal more. I have found that reading new and different self improvement books have really made an impact as well. It truly is the simple things that have been making the biggest difference.

The other big moment was learning that I need to let go of the things I cannot control. It can be difficult at times but once you have released the hurt, the hate, the anxious feeling and realized that there is a plan in place you really feel liberated.

Remember you are a work in progress and you can change.

I wasn’t sure it was possible as an adult but I’m seeing more and more that I can grow and change more than I ever though possible. I always thought “that’s just how I am, deal with it”, but in fact I can change and I can grow!

I cannot wait to see how much more I can change and how much more satisfied I can be life! Just a short few months ago I was down and down deep. I had reached a point of unhappiness that I didn’t realize was achievable especially when I felt I was such and optimistic person and such a happy person. But now I see a brighter light and I know that my sparkle is back!

Always keep growing and always keep your sparkle bright!

Book of the Month : August 2018

I hope you all are enjoying this series as much as I am!

I have had a lot of serious and self empowerment books but I promise I will start to include some other fiction that I also enjoy reading just stay tuned!

This months book is Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley.

I found this through an Instagram account I follow @weightlosshero. She was posting to her Insta-stories one of the pages from the book and I thought it looked like a great read! I ordered it from Barnes and Noble Market place and with in two weeks had it in hand and ready to read!

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I have really love reading this book! It’s been such an eye opener about not only taking a hard look at myself but also that it’s ok to not be on all the time and that perfect anything is unachievable no matter how hard we try.

The whole of this book is all related around the title of beginning again and even when we have hit the bottom of the bottom we can always begin again. We have the ability to start something fresh as soon as we are ready to accept that whatever it was didn’t go as planned or didn’t go perfectly. We can always begin again!

This has been such a monumental notion for me because I struggle constantly when things don’t go just right. I tend to fall and then continue on the downward path rather than taking a moment and beginning again.

I have loved the message so much from this book and I have felt like it has so much meaning in my life personally. I am becoming more self aware of how I get down on myself and when things don’t go perfectly how I want them to.

I enjoy the realness that Leeana shares in this book about her honest struggles and fears. I find that this openness in her book allows myself as a reader to feel a connection on a level of no being alone in these difficult moments. But as it’s reiterated throughout the whole book we must pause, breath and begin again!

I highly recommend this book!

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Book of the Month : July 2018

 I hope you all are loving book of the month as much as I am! I have found it so nice to take some time away and get caught up on some much needed reading!

The book this month is one I found in the sale bin at Barnes and Noble. The light blue cover and title stuck out to me the most.

This month’s book of the month is Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I didn’t know that this book is a series of short essay’s from Mindy about her career in television, her love life and the different struggles she faced to make it where she has. The best part of this book to me is the feeling while reading is that you are just purely having a conversation with Mindy.

There are so many funny references and jokes and just so much realness throughout the whole book I found it hard to put it down. One of the chapters even goes through a typical day in her life with photo’s included. And let me just say she is a busy woman!

The bits I loved most about this book is that throughout the whole of it she talks about how she overcomes stereotypes of being a minority woman that doesn’t fit the typical Hollywood type yet she has worked hard, busted her butt and gained the confidence to get to where she is now! She has faced adversity and people telling her no but with help from friends and confidence she has overcome and become not only a successful writer but also the star of her own TV show The Mindy Project.

In the final chapter titled “Why Not Me?”, Mindy talks about how she found her confidence and how it has helped her and for other young women to believe in themselves and to push to follow their dreams you can make it too.

I really enjoy this witting and spunky book of essays! I find it fun and so real! I hope you get a chance to check it out and let me know your thoughts!

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Where Did June Go?

This month has been slipping by! It’s been one busy week after another with work and I have been struggling to keep up with my posting schedule. I’m hopping to jump back into it all this week and refocus on this and make my posting much more consistent.

But in the mean time Curvy E Chronicles has hit

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and I am so incredibly humbled and blown away! Thank you for taking the time to read through all of my scattered thoughts and all of the crazy antics I have listed here! I am so incredibly grateful for all of the love and support on this little adventure and I really hope to see this grow into something bigger and better as time goes on!

I will be getting back to a regular posting schedule soon and I am working on organizing my home office better so that I can work on it more at home as well!

 

Again I am soooooo thankful for all of you who take part in the Curvy E Chronicles!

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Book of the Month : June 2018

 

I really am loving being able to do this new series that is also so beneficial to me and my mental health! After all the Curvy E Chronicles is about a journey to a happier, healthier me!

This month’s book is Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure.

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A friend of mine posted a photo of the cover of this book on her Instagram and the title grabbed me, it sounded like the perfect book for me! So a week later I took a trip to Barnes & Noble to find my next book of the month.

Now when I was looking through the sections at Barnes & Noble I really honestly thought that this book would be in the self empowerment area. So I spent about 30 minutes looking through each shelf and each section but couldn’t find it! I was about to be really bummed because then I would have to order online and wait for it to come in and well I really wanted to get started on it so I didn’t want to have to wait (instant gratification moment here). But I asked for help and they pointed me in the direction of the religion section. This kind of caught me off guard just because that wasn’t my first thought when I wanted to pick up this book but either way I found it and I was excited to start reading it.

This brings me to my first point with this book. It is very heavy with versus from the Bible and Candace talking about her faith as a Christian. Now this can be too much and a turn off for some, but for me I appreciate her outlook through out the entire book and how she shares her faith with the reader; agreeing to disagree and knowing what is important to her might not be important to others. It’s not preachy or forceful it’s just about her. And the reason I wanted to highlight this as a first point in because I know everyone has their own religious views and sometimes a book like this isn’t going to be a good fit for everyone so just a heads up.

Now with that being said I want to share one of the many quotes I found in the book that just stood out to me to be so real and true and amazing!

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“Opinions are just that: opinions. They are personal, but a person is always far more than their intellectual stances, and every person is always worthy of respect, even if we don’t agree with their views.”

How powerful is that statement!

The world we live in today is all to quick to judge and to hate just because another individual shares a different belief or opinion. I just don’t understand where we lost the ability to agree to disagree. Having a civilized conversation about two apposing sides is almost unheard of any more which is sad but isn’t that where ideas are form and if we all agreed wouldn’t this make life boring?

I mean after all having different opinions is what allows us to be unique and individual.

The real skill is when you can respect another opinion even if you don’t agree with it or believe.

I am absolutely loving this book and think it has so many great points on being a kind and classy person! If we all took a moment to put kindness first and lead with a kind heart imagine how much of the world we can change!

I don’t want to spoil anymore of the book but just know it’s worth the read!

What should I read next? I’m looking for any great book recommendations if you have them! Comment below!

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Book of the Month : May 2018

So I want to start a new series going into the second year of the Curvy E Chronicles!

On the first Friday of every month I want to highlight a book I am reading! I am trying really hard to read more and spend more time on making a better me! I started this blog one year ago to help keep myself accountable for making a happier healthier me and I think reading some good books is another step in the right direction!

This month I am reading Taking Aim by Eva Shockey.

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I got this book as a gift for Christmas from my brother and I am just now getting around to reading it! I was really excited to start reading this because the main inspiration on the book cover is “Daring to be different, happier and healthier in the great outdoors.” That in itself is all I want in life so what a perfect start to this new series!

For those who don’t know Eva Shockey is a female hunter, conservationist, and television and social media phenomenon. She defies the stereotype that hunting is only for men.

Now you might not know much about hunting or the lifestyle but this book isn’t about just that, its about making a difference and daring to challenge the status quo. It’s about believing in yourself and trusting God’s plan. It’s about working hard and having the patience to know that in time all will work out!

I haven’t finished the book just yet but I have to say I am enjoying it! The message that Eva delivers is a strong one about being confident in yourself and remembering that you have so much to offer!

 

What books are you all reading right now? Do you have a favorite that I should read?

Let me know because my goal is to read one new book each month.

 

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