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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When the Day’s Pass By

This week seems to have been going by like crazy!

Each day I feel like it’s four o’clock in the afternoon before I know it and it’s almost quitting time, then heading home to cook dinner and attempt to accomplish something before going to bed.

Before I know it, a whole week has gone by and I haven’t taken the time to just sit and put out a few thoughts!

Do you ever find this happening to you?

Do you ever feel like for no apparent reason you are already at the next weekend and didn’t realize it?

Do you think-Wow?! How is it already Friday again?

I personally look forward to Friday every week because that is the end of my week and I look forward to having time off with my husband. But there are times that this almost feels like it just flies by too fast.

Day’s begin to blur together. Remembering distinct differences about each day goes away. Finding the shinning moment in each day disappears.

The more I think about that it makes me sad, because I know there are so many beautiful things that happen just in a day that I need to focus more on. I need to pick out the beautiful moments, the shinning moments, the ones that make each day unique.

Wish for the next weekend and for the next Friday to come is no way to live. Because in fact you aren’t living-you are wishing your precious time away.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to wish my time away! I want to spend every moment embracing all there is to live and be happy about!

Today I stumbled upon a post with a link to a song called:

“Fear is a Liar” By Zach Williams

I played it twice over and all I thought was that I really needed to hear this song today. Doubt and fear are heavy things to carry around with you every day. This morning I for some reason was just having a rough time. I was down on myself I was just plain down. I couldn’t tell you one particular reason or anything specific that was getting to me. But after listening to this song I just couldn’t help but look at myself and think-do you really have anything to be down about? I had no real answer for my question.

But the more I thought about it, the more I just came to realize that I needed to slow down. I need to take a moment and “smell the roses”.

So I guess my whole point is that all too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of what we “should” do or what is “socially acceptable” and we focus less on what the really important things are that are right in from of us. We let the fear of the unknown consume us and keep us from straying off to “smell the roses”.

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I know it is easier said than done to not live in fear of what could be, might be or could have been but that is what I am going to try and accomplish! Starting today I am going to take a moment each morning and evening to thing about the one important thing in my day that stands out and that makes me smile, laugh or just feel good!

I know not everyday can be great but I know I can make every day great!!

The Best Part of Valentines Day

So many people I know loath the holiday that is

Valentines Day

I used to be one of these people.

I thought that Valentines was a holiday spent with a significant other getting notes and chocolates and flowers and surprises and all of the lovey, dovey, gooey, mushy stuff we all see in the mass media. But the truth of the matter is that’s not realistic! We all want it to be and for some it might be but for a vast majority nothing is really how it looks on TV.

In my years of adolescents I always seemed to have this unrealistic expectation that my current crush would somehow know all I wanted was a single rose just to let me know they liked me. Or I thought maybe I would finally find Mr. Right. Each year I was disappointed to get cookies from and a card from my mom and brother! Some years it would crush me as I watched my friends and their boyfriends spend time and effort and a lot of money for our age to surprise and dote on each other. I just wanted what they had! Why couldn’t someone love me enough to do those special things for me!

 

Boy, if I could go back now and tell my tween/teenage self to be patient because there would come a time when I realized that I wouldn’t need the chocolates, the cards, the flowers, the stuffed animals, the cookies and that I had the best valentines in the world growing up!

 

In my adult life I have changed my out look on Valentines day (and all holiday’s for that matter). I have decided that it’s about celebrating the love I have for all of the people in my life! The material items aren’t the important part of day’s like today! The important thing is spending time with the ones I love even if it’s a simple phone call, a text or even just a few moments together in a day.

Being a wife, a daughter, a sister, a best friend…that is where the love in my life is! And I challenge everyone to look at Valentines day differently and remember that it’s not about just having a significant other! It’s about having the ones your closest to close to you!

It’s all a matter of perspective!

 

Thank you for stopping by and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

Twenty : Eighteen

Can you believe it’s already a new year?!

I feel like time just keeps flying by in the blink of an eye and I can’t seem to wrap my brain around it! But as crazy as it seems a new year brings for new beginnings, new goals and new trials.

Now I know any day can be considered a day to start a new beginning but for some reason we all look for the big one, the new start, the official start…some sort of for sure starting point. I am horribly guilty of this. I put things off until Monday or until the first of the month or until the first of the year and, well, it’s just not the right way of going about things.

But none the less I have done it to myself again…. I have waited until the first of the year to get started on my goals. I have waiting to finally put myself first and make a commitment to bettering myself. When I initially started this blog in May I thought that I would be committed and that I would stop doing this to myself but I slipped right back into bad habits and setting ridiculous expectations that I wasn’t meeting. I was frustrated, discouraged and disappointed in myself but yet I still kept falling back into the vicious cycle of waiting for the next day. And even though I am back at waiting until the next day I am finally going to make a promise to myself (and I have recruited my husband to help me) that I will stick with bettering myself no matter what! If I fall back or if something doesn’t work I will keep pushing so that I can keep on track!

I owe it to myself!

I am setting goals! I am going to keep track! I am going to make myself the happiest I can be!

Watch me!

So to prepare I have started with a new planner for 2018. I want to get off on the right foot! I have also created a workout calendar. I am starting my meal planning and food prep again. I am making a separate journal and planner just for blogging. I am going to make this year just that much better!

This is the year I am going to change my life!

I am still working on a list of specific goals for myself for this up coming year but so far I feel like I am getting started on the right foot by working to hold myself accountable. Change is hard for anyone but it is a must because that is how we grow as people and humans!

 

Thanks for stopping by and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

 

 

 

25 Followers!

I am so overwhelmed that there are 25 people in the world who like to read what I have to say and like to follow along on my crazy journey of life!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to follow along and to be apart of my every changing and ever growing journey to a happier and healthier me! I have found that this has been an amazing experience just putting thoughts down and also sharing my loves, passions and hobbies!

 

Thank you thank you thank you!

 

5 Days of Thankful : Day 5

To round out my 5 Days of Thankful I am thankful for this life.

It might seem cliche but I really am thankful for the hand I have been dealt in life. I have grown and been made stronger each and every day. Even when I think I am down and out I know there is always something that I will pull me through. I know that when I feel like I want to give up there will be something that I can reach for.

Recently I have been in a slump… more stressed than I should be…cranky over little things and just straight struggling to get through the day. I have been down on myself and it has affected every part of me!

So this week has been nice to sit and really think about the things I am thankful for because it reminds me of all of the reasons I have to smile, all of the growth I have made in my life and all the change that is still yet to come.

I have to remember to be thankful for the change in life! With out it I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t be as fortunate as I have been. Remembering to be thankful for everything… the people who come and go within my life, my husband, the little things, my family, and most of all this crazy life I am living!

So on this final day of thankful I hope I have inspired you to remember all of the things you are thankful for and when things seems to be not going right that you take a minute and remember to be thankful! It can be challenging to come out of a slump but taking a few quick moments to write down, think of or remember all of the things you are thankful for will make all the difference in your mood!

Be thankful and have a fantastic weekend!

5 Days of Thankful : Day 4

Today is Thanksgiving.

We are having both our parents over to our house for dinner. I am nervous and excited at the same time to be cooking my first big meal for the family. I haven’t cooked a turkey, or yams and I haven’t made deviled eggs before but I am so excited to try!

But today I am most thankful for the amazing family I have! The funny thing about family is that you can’t pick them. They are part of who you are and how you are raised. They make you into the person you are. Learning from your parents and your siblings and your grandparents and your aunts and uncles and cousin. They each are teaching you something whether it be how you eventually want to be or if there are behaviors and traits you don’t want to take with you as you grow older.

It’s an incredible thing family! They are the support system, the cause of unneeded stress, the people you want with you for the big moments and the ones that you need space from. I know what it is like to have the huge disagreement with a family member and how hard it can be on your heart! I have watched my own family go through this too many times. But each time though we might get a little smaller in our inner circle we also grow closer to the people we need and love the most.

I know the holiday’s can be a difficult time for those who might not have a family or who are a odds with their family and that’s OK! Because the beauty of it all is that you can pick the most important people in your life and that’s enough to make a family for the holidays!

I am thankful I can surround myself with the people that make me the most happy and that even when they stress me out I know that even in the hardest of times they will be there for me! I am so thankful that when I need a person to talk to just for something as silly and the craziness that was my day I always have someone to call no matter what.

Today I am most thankful that I have an amazing family that will continue to grow as we grow older and that one a day like today we get to spend time together!

 

5 Days of Thankful : Day 3

Today I am thankful for the little things.

It is the little things that really add up to make life one big happy thing!

The little things like waking up with both my dogs cuddled on the bed with me waiting for the time to get up.

Like getting a simple text first thing in the morning from my amazing husband.

Having someone bring you cookies for no reason.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee.

My job that introduces me to so many new and different people.

My mother-in-law thought to make extra enchilada’s for us to have for dinner one night this week.

The sound of the rain on the window outside.

The smell of cinnamon coming from the kitchen.

Getting to spend time with family!

Friends who are always so excited to see me!

There really are so many little things that add up to one big happy life and I am so thankful for every little thing!

5 Days of Thankful : Day 2

Today I am thankful for the amazing man in my life! I was fortunate enough at a young age to find the love of my life! I really never thought that would happen for me. I was awkward and I was tall and I was out spoken and when I was younger boys were intimidated by me.

But who knew that in the most unlikely of places I would find a kind soul with a huge heart that thought I was just as cool!

We were 18 when we met and I really think we found each other at the exact right time that we needed each other! We both were in strange situations, struggling in different ways but for everything we have been through we have stayed by each others side. This coming December marks 5 years of being together and almost 1 1/2 year of being married! And I can’t imagine my life with anyone else!

Do we fight…HELL YA we do! Do we argue…YOU KNOW IT! Do we stress…MORE thank we should! But the best part of all of this is that we have someone to challenge us daily to grow and to change and to love!

I am so thankful that I have found this amazing man who loves me for me and makes me feel so incredibly special even when I am down on myself! My favorite part is that we took the quote ” Marraige: Getting to annoy the same person for the rest of your life” seriously and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I am thankful for the little moments with him and the time we spend together but also the time we spend apart because it helps us to remember how much we love each other!  I am thankful that he loves our 4-legged fur babies as much as he loves me and I am thankful that he wants to better himself to help us toward our future!

I love this crazy man and I’m so thankful for him!