- Identify what happened to cause the change
- Why did it happen
- How can I use this for my personal growth
- What changes can I make to improve in the future
- Where can I find help or who can help
Once a month, I am doing a “me blog post”. Basically, sharing my strength, hope and experience about something. I looked back on past blog posts for inspiration when I stumbled on one I did in April 2013.
I am learning to accept me for me. Not easy since I have had a negative self image for as long as I can remember. Why is it the negative is easier to remember with my MS than the positive things? A post for another time….
For as long as I can remember, I have had “bumps” on the top of my thighs and my thighs jiggled. Yes, they got smaller with the loss of 105 pounds but they are still there! There was even a time when I was working at WAWA where I think they were not as obvious – at least to me. I mean standing on your feet and doing lots of walking (15,000 steps a day) had some benefits even though I usually felt like a MAC truck hit me. As my MS reared its ugly head, I struggled with walking long distances. I struggled with being on my feet a lot so of course working was no long an option. What is a girl to do? I ride a stationary bike at least 3 times a week, I walk when I can but probably not nearly as much as I should. Opps, there is that word “should”. I hate wearing my brace on walks because I am forced to accept my limitations due to my MS.
Since COVID and the move, I have been living in yoga/leggings. I have maintained my BIG weight loss and am about 10 pounds from my original goal weight yet the “jiggle thighs” seem to still be there. Of course, to me they are really obvious because my waist shrinks (the first place I lose weight) and nothing is in proportion. So maybe this isn’t your problem area, maybe it is the “jiggle arms” or the muffin top or the roll our bra creates – no matter what we all seem to judge ourselves when we look in the mirror.
How about this thought….My jiggle thighs (or your problem area) are evidence of God’s goodness in my life! Sounds crazy, right? Mind you I never notice this or any other problem area on other people, just on myself. Most people don’t mention it – okay maybe an occasional child who is curious but why wouldn’t they be – I’m curious as to know why God has blessed me with these wonderful thighs. LOL.
Show it. Wear it. Share it.
Kindness has been our theme for the whole month of February. Each day, I have challenged my followers to do some act of kindness and the results have been AMAZING!
A little kindness goes a long way, so why not show it all year long. You can spread kindness everywhere you go with inspiring, personalized phrases on some of Thirty One’s top-selling styles.
Now you can show your savvy fashion sense and your kind heart to the world. We believe “kindness creates change” and you can help make it happen! Choose from one of our sample phrases below or create your own!
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- Kindness Can Change the World
- Spread a Little Kindness
- You are Capable of Amazing Things
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Kindness Is Inspiring Others
Lifting someone up with a message of hope and inspiration is the perfect way to spread kindness. It’s amazing how just a few simple words on a purse, tote or bag can make someone smile and brighten their day. Of course, an inspirational message on a backpack or tote makes an ideal holiday, graduation or birthday gift, too.
Whatever inspirational message you want for your own bag or special gift is up to you. Let your creativity flow! But, in case you need a few ideas, here are a few to get you started.
DREAM BIGGER (shown on Adventures Backpack in Twinkling Plum w/ Rounded Font in Off White) Be sure to grab one of these backpacks before they are gone at the end of this month.
Believe in yourself (shown on Essential Storage Tote in Rose Blush Metallic w/ Script Font in Plum) These are perfect for all of your shopping needs. Did you know TWO Essential Storage Totes will fit inside a Zipper Pouch?
Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud (shown on Takealong Weekenderin Vintage Slate w/ Fun Dots Font in Marigold)
Let Love Shine (shown on Fresh Market® Thermalin Charcoal Crosshatch w/ Black Font in Aqua) A grocery shopping MUST have especially during the warm summer months. Our thermals are GREAT for either keeping things HOT or COLD.
Every day is a second chance (shown on Deluxe Utility Tote in Denim Distressed w/ Modern Font in Navy Blue) Did you know that 2 Essential Storage Totes filled will fit in a Deluxe Utility Tote?
This girl is on FIRE (shown on All Packed Duffle in Charcoal Crosshatch w/ Modern Font in Red). Whether going on a weekend trip, or the gym this is the perfect bag. It even has a separate compartment for your shoes.
Need help with an inspirational saying or in picking a product to meet your needs? Reach out and I will be happy to help!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
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Thank you Gwen Smith for today’s message…
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. ~ Psalm 90:14, NIV
I’m needy when it comes to love. Remember that game Hungry Hungry Hippos? Well, I’m pretty much Hungry Hungry Gwenno. (Don’t remember that game? Google it and then buy it for your child, four-year-old nephew, neighbor or grandkid. You’ll thank me.)
It seems our old friend Moses was a bit of a hungry hippo too.
In Psalm 90 he asked God to fill him and God’s people full of love: “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (v. 14). Love this! Note that Moses connected the love of God with a satisfaction that put a song in his heart and a skip in his step.
Yes. I want this too. So my prayer each morning becomes, Satisfy me with Your love today, Lord. Fill me with Your joy and gladness, and lead my actions to sing of You.
As I pray this, God’s companionship meets my loneliness.
His grace overwhelms my grump.
His joy trumps my anger.
His provision satisfies my need.
David recognized that he needed God’s all-satisfying love too. He celebrated it … was desperate for it … was responsive to it. Look at what he penned in the familiar words of Psalm 63:
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. (vv. 1–5)
I see my own heart reflected in David’s words and realize that when I’m hankering for a hunk of love, my longings are best met in the arms of my Lord. His is the love of power and glory. His love is “better than life.” And, like David, I choose to respond to His love with worship. My lips will glorify Him. I will lift up my hands. I will praise the all-worthy One. In doing so, my soul is secure. Satisfied.
Ultimately, I experience the satisfaction of God’s love through Jesus.
God’s perfect love compelled Him to sacrifice His Son to bridge the chasm of death between His holiness and my humanness. His is the love that holds, the love that heals, the love that refines, the love that calls my waywardness back to purity with kindness, the love that is always with me, that rejoices over me with singing and takes “great delight” in me (Zeph. 3:17).
This sacred, scarlet love of Jesus is the Living Water that quenches the desperate longings of my thirsty soul. If I want all the love God has for me, my feeble hands must reach for the ones that were pierced for my transgressions.
When the sun shines.
When the storm screams.
I find God’s love when I reach out to Jesus.
His is the only love that satisfies.
Tasty Tuesday is courtesy of Jen at THE HAUTE MOMMY HANDBOOK. I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies. Maybe it is because I can trick myself into believing they are healthy. I mean oatmeal is good for you, right? The funny thing is I can remember NEVER wanting to eat oatmeal as a child. In fact, I didn’t even put milk on my cereal. Who wants to eat soggy Frosted Flakes?
When I joined Weight Watchers many years ago, oatmeal was a staple on my shelf. I used to love to make Hungry Girl’s GIGANTIC Oatmeal Bowls for breakfast filled with any combination of apples, bananas, blueberries or cinnamon. I have even changed them up since I am gluten free and dairy free………they are still YUMMY!
I am still working on making these bites gluten free. Despite many attempts, I can’t seem to get the almond flour right. I feel like I should be using less. Who is a pro at “alternate” flours, I would love some input.
1/2 cup + 6 Tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
3 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy.
- Beat eggs and vanilla in separate bowl, then add to large bowl. Beat all wet ingredients well.
- Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, and mix well with wet ingredients.
- Add oats and raisins. Mix well.
- Drop rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and fork inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, then move to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 4 dozen of bite size cookies. They don’t spread when baking.
If anyone makes a batch and needs a taste tester, I’m available!!!
Why not make a batch and “boo” someone? Grab one of Thirty One’s Little Carry Alls, fill it with yummy treats and leave it for a friend as a surprise. These are the perfect solution for organizing the little things in your life. From office supplies to eating utensils and cosmetics, this caddy helps keep your life in order by keeping everything right at your fingertips. Great for gifts, small toys, crafts, office desks, candy and seasonal home décor.