Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Music is something my soul requires.  It is almost a basic need for me.  I have various sets of songs I listen to when times are tough, when times are fun or just when I need to unwind.  I love that music has this magical quality to transport you back to a place in time with images so vivid you can't believe it's been years since the moment actually occurred.  Music is powerful that way.

As you will see I have a distinct love for melancholy music.  There's just something about their haunting lyrics and sound that touch my soul.

Recently I have become mildly obsessed with several different songs that I thought I would share.  You may have heard of them already, but I love it when I run across a new and great song and so maybe some of my favorites will in turn become some of yours.  And even more important, hopefully they can serve as a reminder to a time in your life!

First up...one of my absolute favorites, The Bahamas- Lost in the Light.  I heard this on a blog a few months back.  She has this ongoing series on Dating Her Husband and she decided to film one evening of making dinner and getting ready for their date.  I probably watched the video 10 times and then downloaded the song and practically lived on it for a week straight.  Plus I love the quote at the top of her blog post. "Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired" It's beautiful song.

Next up, The Lumineers.  I love them!  My favorites are the now mainstreamed Ho Hey and also the lesser know (I think) Stubborn Love.

I am also jumping on the Mumford and Sons bandwagon.  My new fav, I Will Wait.  I almost cry every time I hear it because I love it so much.

There was a movie made a few years ago called Shall We Dance and it quickly became one of my favorite movies.  There is a beautiful scene at the end and the whole time Peter Gabrial's song The Book of Love is playing.  I cry every single time. The movie with the music moves me in such a way every single time.

Another soundtrack fav is Give Into Me from the movie Country Strong.  I just picture slow dancing in the kitchen lit only with candles every time I hear it.

I of course have many more favorites...but these are at the top of my list for right now.  Perfect for cold, wintery nights and soaking in a bubble bath!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Less thinking, more doing

I am an chronic overthinker.  I overthink everything.  And in my thinking I have great ideas of what I want to do.  I have lists of blog post ideas (complete with pictures I have already taken).  I have great plans to sponsor a precious little kid in Africa.  I want to go on a missions trip (although scared out of my mind).  I think about what I can be doing better here at work.  I think about health coaching ideas for school.

I think and think and think....and then suddenly do nothing.  What the heck is that about?  Why can't I put my ideas into motion?  Thinking and having great ideas does no good unless I act.  That sweet kid in Africa isn't being helped anymore by my thinking.  I need to do.  I need to act.

As the year comes to a close I have been thinking about my goals for next year.  I have never been one for goals because...I don't follow through on them.  Big surprise right?!  But I am learning about being intentional and how important goal setting is at Integrative Nutrition.  I am learning how the most successful have a plan and that they business wasn't just a result of haphazard events. 

My guess is that my fear is bigger than my motivation at times (most times).  I am really very skilled at talking myself out of just about anything.  Convincing myself that if I wait until tomorrow, or next week or just later I'll be better prepared.  But all that thinking just makes me a thinker.  And I want to be a doer.  I want to act.  I want to help.  I want to make a difference.

So in the spirit of full disclosure and in keeping myself accountable here are a list of things I want to DO.  My hope is that I actually manage to check a few of these items off my list in the next year.

*Do yoga 2 times a week
*Try to run 1 time a week
*Set aside 15 minutes each day for prayer/meditation
*Find a legit organization and sponsor a child
*Obtain 5 paying clients by the end of 2013
*Blog at least 1 time a week
*Finish that dang pinterest Christmas wreath before Christmas is actually over
*Take more pictures of my family
*Work on my business plan 2 times a week
*Love more

I am sure there are more things I am thinking of doing...but that is a good start for now.  Maybe now that you know, you can help keep me accountable and encourage me on my path of doing!