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This gal right here is so stinkin' amazing! We are wrapping up our week long girls road trip and I'm so sad to see it come to another end. But do you know what the coolest thing is? There's ALWAYS another adventure with her. Like since 1974. #friendgoals #bffs ----------------------- She has been with me through EVERYTHING, deaths, births, high school, birthdays, illnesses, the #allofit and now we've celebrated our second annual #midcenturygirlstrip.. ---------------------- We did everything on our list in Door County, hiked, shopped, went to a very cool beach and lavender farm, road on a ferry boat, and videotaped a sunset on a bluff next to a lighthouse to name a few. #toomuchfuntoolittletime --------------------- This is a picture from our sunset hike in Pennisula State Park. Pretty excited I had the stamina to do this after a full week of adventures. 1 year ago that would not have happened! #soblessed #celebrateprogress -------------------- The only thing we forgot was the supper club #insidejokes Love you to the moon my best friend. Thanks for another great trip!❤️
OK friends who can help me? @herbst.nancy and I are traveling through Wisconsin and see these cool paintings on all of the barns through the countryside. What's the story behind them! Anyone know? --------------------- # Wisconsin #mntowisco #barnsofwisconsin #barns #wisconsincountry #wisconsinbarns #doorcountywi #doorcounty #wausau #midcenturygirlstrip #roadtrip #girlstrip
8-9-2019 was a night to remember! Liv has been anticipating her engagement to Andrew all summer and tonight was the night! She's been driving us crazy wanting hints about the ring, the date and the location. This wonderful man managed to knock her socks off and give her the engagement of her dreams! So thankful her friends and family could be waiting to celeb with her afterward. Congrats you two, I'm so proud of you both and so excited to have Andrew as an official member of the family! 💍❤️🤗
Feeling those Friday feels! Anyone else? #weekendvibes are strong today! I'm having a hard time focusing today as I leave on Sunday for my girls trip with my bestie @herbst.nancy to #doorcountywi ---------------------- This is our second "annual" #midcenturygirlstrip and I can't wait!! Nancy and I have been friends for more than 4 decades so when I say #lifelongbesties I truly mean it!! ----------------------- Only 2 more summer schedule Fridays for me before the school year is up and running and everyone is back... Enjoying the momentary peace and quiet before the halls and classrooms are full again! #lovethefirstdayofschool ---------------------- Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!
There's always a ray of sunshine even on the darkest days! I needed to get outside today. Summer's almost over!! Walked and listened to worship music and just slowed down to enjoy what GOD created tonight❤️🙏 . . . #sunshine #walkoutside #cardio #thankyoujesus #prayersanswered #prayers #mnsummer #mn #hotaugustnights #outofdarknesscomethlight #worshipmusic #hope #faith #chronicsicknesstobeautifulwellness #anxiety #greif
Whenever someone starts a health and fitness journey people are very anxious to hear about numbers. I've been consistently working out with my streaming workouts for 6 weeks and have focused my attention on my nutrition as best as I can with dozens of food allergies. My preliminary numbers are pretty good 12 inches and 7 pounds (consistently) down. That's great to me-But it's so much more than numbers. I don't even like to measure honestly because the number on the scale really means so little when every factor is taken in, like muscle weight, body water, inflammation etc. #ihatethescale. _____________________ My victory is coming in slow and steady progress in MULTIPLE areas! For example wearing a top and sweater today to church that I haven't worn in 3 years. Plus buttoning my pants without using the pregnancy trick #hairties. _______________________ That feels AMAZING from a vanity standpoint because who doesn't want to look and feel good in their clothes- but the very BEST PART? My #chronicinflammation my very #bloatedbelly my #giissues and my #chronicfatigue are all so improved that I'm afraid to believe #mcas ____________________ I'm so very thankful to have found something that is working for me. Something that is fighting this 51 year old body that thinks it's 71. Something that is reversing some of the damage my multiple health situations have done to my body. Something that has given me HOPE again. I am thankful too that God has given me the heart of a fighter-determination to never say enough and #neversaynever I could not do any of this without my faith in Him and the courage he brings me. ________________________ I started off in the worst shape of my life and feel stronger in 6 weeks than I have in 3 years. If you want to join this journey with me send me a message! I'm starting a boot camp for 6 women on the 19th for 21 days. (Teachers and students it starts right before school! Set the habit before school starts!) the community and accountability is key-I have 3 promo codes available for $10 off a challenge pack. It includes your streamed workouts and the superfood shakes that have helped me with my nutrition! 💕💕
Masks. Filters. Retakes. They're all a way to hide what we see as imperfections. #truth . . We all know the #nonreality of social media. If I can use #lightroompresets anyone can. But it's not just the wrinkles, or the age spots or breakouts we hide. It's the masks we wear to hide our true selves, the anxiety, depression, panic attacks - the grief. . . I want to say tonight that it's OK to be MORE than sad, worried, depressed, deep in grief or in full blown panic! But what's not good is to feel like you have to hide behind a mask, a filter, or 100 retakes. #mentalhealthawareness . . PLEASE reach out to family, friends, a pastor or prayer partner, or a professional to help you through it. There is no SHAME in admitting you don't FEEL PERFECT! I've been struggling with anxiety and Insomnia since going of a medication with too many side effects. It's been a win-lose trade off. . . Some of the girls on my team are praying for those that need prayers. Feel free to drop a heart below if you could use a prayer or some positive vibes tonight! 💜💙💚 we got you! . . . #powerofprayer #anxiety #depression #greif #mentalhealth health #bekind #teamliftandbelifted #helpsomeoneup #nofilter #noshame #faithisgreaterthanfear #selfportrait #windowintothesoul #begentlewithyourself #twloha
Dream. Goal. Reality. Today we committed to 100 workouts and a nutrition plan. We are ready to make our dreams into goals and our goals into reality! #mm100 @briana.anderson @herbst.nancy . I'll be honest. This is the biggest non-college related personal goal I've set in a long time. 100 days seems like a lot and so little at the same time. But this fitness and nutrition plan carries us into November. Like Thanksgiving. It's not like a 2 year grad school kind of goal - but we're talking disciplined exercise and nutrition for over three months straight. #sonotme 💪BUT I'M SO READY FOR CHANGE! #igotthis . . I am so glad that I have my #accountabilibuddies on this road trip with me! I know some days will be hard, but I'll have them there to cheer me on and keep me on track! We are signed and ready to go! Bring on Morning Meltdown 100 day 1 tomorrow! #peaceoutchaos #hellostructure 😍🔥💯💪 . . 📸 @livwells.photography
BESTIES! How lucky am I to have such amazing best friends?? Tonight I was reminded to live in a #gratitude mindset and after spending the evening with these two last night, they automatically came to mind!🥰🥰 . . Nancy and I have been #bffs since first grade. She has been present for the best times in my life and the worst. She is an amazingly calming presence in my naturally anxious state of being. We have laughed so hard we cried and can spend days together or not see each other for weeks without skipping a beat. She has been my lifelong blessing ♥️♥️. . . Angie I met in my 40’s, after life altering events and a new college degree in ECSE teaching. She begged her boss not to give her a student teacher during a rough spot in life and got me anyway. #instantbesties. We needed each other and I swear God had a hand in it! She sees the ugly side of me and loves me anyway. I’m thankful I get to work with her at the same school, especially on the days I need a hug most. 😍😍 . . But what is the BEST THING OF ALL? I often get to hang with them BOTH AT THE SAME TIME!!! Usually when I need help. Because #needy. From hospital stays, doctor visits, MAYO trips, graduation parties, house projects and garage sales, these two ladies have kept me laughing in my darkest days (including near death experiences and my dad’s battle with Alzheimer’s). They help me ANY time I need it. They drop everything to drive me to the ER when I can’t get there myself & they take me on girls trips to JUST HAVE FUN!🥰🥰 . . So tonight I’m giving them a shout out. Thanks for the love, the laughter and for always making me laugh at myself. I love you both to the moon 🌙
This morning I started out kind of crabby. I had a headache, slept like crap again and had a long to do list at work. But somewhere between the river bridge and Lake George (where my St. Cloud peeps at?) I started to get out of my own head a bit and look around and think “HEY GIRL, it’s summer in #minnesota You better not wish any of it away because it’s half over!!” . . . Those of you that live in Minnesota know the drill. #ninemonthsofwinter and summer is gone in a flash. I haven’t even been on the lake yet this year!! ☀️🌊 . . . I’ve been focusing a lot on my health this summer and I’m just over a month into a new fitness routine through #virtualworkouts what a game changer for me! Next week I’ll be starting a new 100 day program. I’ll be doing before and after photos as well as progress photos. #notmyfavoritething. But I hope the biggest change is in my MINDSET!! #mm100 ! . . . But I didn’t start there! I started with #21dayfixrealtime and that’s where my change began. Who says you can’t start over at #51 ? It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey all that matters is taking the first step! Wanna join me? $10 off ANY challenge pack for the first one to email me! #dayone #yougotthis #teamliftandbelifted #happyhealthyhumble . 📧email@example.com
Before and after photos. We always want the after to happen so quickly. Like there should be nothing in between! Whether it be Home transformations or health and fitness transformations! #amiright? . . Tonight I was looking at the first of my before and after home project photos. I am so dang proud of so LITTLE progress- just some window and trim painting. It made me realize I’m much less proud of baby steps in my health and overall wellness. #ahamoment 🤯 . . To be honest, 6 months ago I would have NEVER thought I would physically be able to take on the stress or physical activity of a kitchen/living room semi-remodel. My #mcas had been kicking my butt big time. But summer and my new fitness routine are making me feel stronger than I have in nearly 3 years. That’s MORE than #babysteps !🤭🥳 “after” photos really need to be #progress photos!!! . . Tonight I’m going to bed and my prayers are focused on praise to God above for this respite, even if it’s temporary. I have so very much to be thankful for in my life and this project is just a very fun BONUS!🤩😍 . . And just a little warning. I’ll be posting a lot of “progress photos”🥰😉
I started this devotional again, midway through the year, because it has such great “nuggets”. I get so many great takeaways. 💕🙏🏻 I also needed a bit of an attitude adjustment. . . “Daily Acts of Kindness” is a one year devotional written by some amazing women in our local area. They are friends who decided to perform random acts of kindness for the month of December after tiring of the “self” focus of their children. They wanted to inspire “others-centered” attitudes. . . This morphed into a year long experience in generosity. This book inspires me daily to take the focus off of me and what I want- to paying more attention to all those around me. . . Olivia and I experienced the JOY of this the other day. We were waiting in a long line at Starbucks in Target and there was a grandmother with her granddaughter waiting behind us. This adorable little girl was patient and joyfully dancing waiting for her strawberry decorated cake pop. I just felt overcome by the desire to purchase it for her. Don’t get me wrong, it was not a major purchase and grandma was already buying it for her, but God just nudged my heart❤️. This little peanut was so excited that we had done this that she asked her grandma if she could give us a hug. Her delight was through the roof even though she was getting it ANYWAY!! I thanked her grandma for sharing her with us that day. The joy was contagious. Everyone left smiling and appreciative of the exchange with strangers. . . Selfishly, I was transfixed by this girl, her dancin, smiling, singing self. But most of the time I would not have created an “interaction” with the people around me. This little purchase and interaction with this family left me with JOY in an otherwise difficult week emotionally. I’m very thankful for that❤️❤️❤️ . And I’ll keep looking for more ways to spread kindness💕 How about you?
Sometimes being a teacher that works all summer long really stinks. Starbucks makes it better. Getting to work some some of my best friends makes it even better. . . But the summer is FLYING by and I have SO much left to do yet!! I have my annual BFF girls trip in August, several day excursions to plan, a new 100!day workout program to start and tomorrow I officially start a small remodel project in my house. (I might have to say goodbye to Starbs for a while!! 😢☕️$) That’s not counting anything else that may pop up this summer 🤔 . . Stay tuned for updates on the house project and my discipline with my addiction to expensive coffee -maybe I should budget for an espresso machine in the remodel? Anyone have one they #ilovemycoffee . . Cheers to the rest of summer- May it be magical and memorable ☀️☀️
JUST IN TIME FOR FACEAPP/OLD FACES!! . So pumped you guys! Beachbody just released Collagen that can be added to any food or drink, hot or cold!! I cannot wait to get mine and add it to my shakes! It is unflavored and tasteless! . 51 and #chronicillness are showing everywhere in this body and I can’t wait to have a product that isn’t another one to APPLY to my skin, but one that heals from within!! Research based and proven to work in as soon as 30 days. My bestie and I ordered ours - let me know if you want the link to get yours too!!
FUN FACT: This is the first summer in 16 years that I have been able to eat fresh peaches!🍑🍑 _________________________ I have severe food allergies and am allergic to all but a handful of fruits and vegetables. For 6 years I had zero!! It’s greatly affected my overall health! Doctors at Mayo did a few weeks of closely monitored testing and we added 6 back in 10 years ago after recovering from breast cancer. This year I decided to try a bite of a frozen peach ( frozen are safer) and I had no problem. One month and careful testing later I’m having my first fresh peach superfoods shake 💃💃hallelujah!! _________________________ Nutrition is hard. There is always an excuse (including food allergies!) I got to work today and just wanted the stupid donut so I indulged. But I’m working really hard to mix things up with what I CAN eat and to keep my snacks healthy. My nutrient dense shakes have made a huge difference in healing my chronic inflammation. I just have to remind myself sometimes that I’M WORTH working hard on my health and fitness just like I work hard on my job! ____________________________ And on this GORIOUS HOT SUMMER NIGHT I’m celebrating my fresh peach shake🍑🍑🍑 what are you celebrating??
These two. How can two kids who come from the same parents be so different and yet so wonderful at the same time? 22 and 19 this summer and you both have listened to your hearts and followed dreams with so much passion! You know you inspire your mama right? I’m taking a risk and following mine too! ___________________________ I’m working hard on not losing sight of the things that I am passionate about. Age is just a number, and although I have cheated death a few times and love EVERY BIRTHDAY, I’m not ready to sit back and let life happen to me. God is in control of the ultimate timeline, but I know he’s kept me here on earth for a reason and it’s not to sit around and watch the time to go by! _______________________________ I’m challenging myself and my chronic illness in big ways- I have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Prayers, faith and blood,sweat and (most likely) tears are in the works. #morningmeltdown100 here I come! Anyone else want to join me?!
Happy 22nd birthday my wonderful son! I can’t believe it’s already been 22 years since I first held you in my arms! I love you so very much and I am so glad I got to see you today💋♥️🤗🥰xoxo . . . #rockstarson #littledrummerboy #proudmama #onlyson #feelingliketwentytwo #myfirstbaby #raisedhimright #hesgoodtohismama #birthdayboy
Recharge. Reset. Refresh. ☀️Regardless of what you call it, it is so important to do this for yourself. It is so easy to let the demands of work, family, volunteering, friends- wherever you devote your time- to begin to consume you until there is little left to give. Don’t get me wrong- these are NOT unimportant priorities. But what I find for myself ( as an extroverted introvert) is that I need to hit the reset button (even after 8 days of vacation) to feel like I have the best version of me to offer. Yesterday I spent the day alone. I like days like that to unplug socially. Some people do not. I cleaned and purged in my house but felt like I barely made a dent so I’ll be doing more today. But not until I sit on my deck, listen to the sound of the birds and worship 🎶music (and honestly, my neighbor building a second story to their home😂)enjoy my few flowers 🌺 I planted this year and drink coffee ☕️ out of my new mug from a friend who knows my heart! ♥️♥️ Oh- and do a little (outdoor?) YOGA 🧘♀️ something new I’ve tried and LOVE! 🦋Make it a great day and I hope you all do something that refreshes you today! 🌻☀️ . . . . #resetrechargerefresh #loveyoudad #coffee #deckcoffee #flowers #yoga #beachbody #beachbodycoach #extrovertedintrovert #faithfamilyfriends #sunlover #beginnerphotography #liveintentionally #discipline #worshipmusic