It has been a long couple days! Just a lot going on still working on figuring out our routines... they seem to change daily based on Colton’s mood! .
Look at this photo brings me to tears! Our newborn photos are starting to trickle in and I’m in love with this one! It will definitely be printed and hung in the nursery! #commithustletransform
It still hasn’t hit me yet. He popped the question and I said yes! ❤️💍 3 years down and so many more to go! I was completely taken by surprise today walking on the beach to watch the sunset. The happiness and joy surrounding this moment is overwhelming. I can’t wait to spend forever with you @cshelton2#futuremrsshelton
T R A N S F O R M A T I O N ➰
I absolutely loved @heyamberrae ‘s pyramid of transformation the minute I saw it. I love that ‘wonder’ - being open and curious, is a part of the length of each journey and guides the way on the upward slope, to joy. I love that each transformation starts with self-awareness... the knowledge that something needs to change.
I remember back to the morning I decided to stop drinking, 21 months ago today, and I can see myself so clearly. I was just so fed up with myself. I was so sick of doing the same thing, and it always having the same result. I could see that no one was going to (or want to, or need to) do this for me... and that the change needed to start with me. Ultimately, I held the key to this one, only me.
And finally, that day came. No longer could I watch myself sabotage every good thing I had in my life, with something that in essence was dampening my spirit, suffocating my creativity and stealing my motivation.
Self-sabotage is one of the hardest things to see, and also the hardest thing to do something about. Because habits are hard to break, and addiction is real. And whilst I didn’t have a physical addiction to alcohol, I certainly had a mental addiction to the feelings it gave me when I used it to escape whatever I was trying to get through in my life at the time. Whether it was trauma, heartbreak, or loss, a celebration (real or invented simply because ‘Cheers it’s Wednesday!’), a hard day at work, or a tough and trying time with a young family.... wine always seemed like a good ‘answer’. I saw it as an easy way to numb the difficult times, that in hindsight were often just...... life.
It’s important to remember here too that when you numb out the hard times, you also dull the beautiful ones, and life can then seem like a vicious cycle of simply trying to cope. Losing touch with those little unexpected moments of joy because you are lost in numbing yourself from the hard times, is a sad and often forgotten side affect of being caught up in this kind of escapism.
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When I was growing up, I was in the Girl Scouts. It was ingrained in me from the very beginning that you always leave things better than you found them. Now, granted, they were talking about physical places, but that's stuck with me for awhile.
I have never been, and will never be, someone who only does things to the bare minimum- never. I work my butt off to be the best at whatever it is that I'm doing.
I don't always succeed, but I can say, in everything I do, that I gave my best effort!
If you are looking for someone to take on different tasks in your business that no long bring you joy, but are necessary- I'm your girl. I will do them more efficiently, more completely, and with greater tact than I'm sure you could imagine.
I organize and systematize my organizational systems. It is constant and I am good at it. There's no other way to put it.
What do you do better than anyone else?
Ryder took the girls to his moms to pick up a desk for Emery Jo! We are going to make her an “office” in the playroom, so she stays out of my desk! This week there has been a lot to do after being sick last week! The girls have been extra busy and as soon as I clean one room they’ve got another destroyed! I just had to sneak outside for 10 minutes while I’m alone to meditate and then pray! To bring myself into a state of gratitude and to accept the chaos, and forgive myself for not getting everything done I wanted to! I was also mentally preparing for my mountain of laundry 🤣🤣🤣 sometimes life is busy and we don’t get to do all the things! Instead of looking at my todo list tonight and seeing everything I didn’t do, I looked at it and celebrated the things I did do, and accepted that it was enough!!! This smile is pure and genuine bliss! Because my life, while not perfect, and definitely chaotic, is absolutely perfect!!!!
SURPRISE! I have curly hair. 👩🏼🦱😂
I rarely wear it curly as it is so unmanageable and crazy, and it takes time to keep straight and pretty. I haven’t had a lot of time this month, life has been a bit too hectic lately because....
𝐈’𝐦 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥!
Yeaaarrrsss ago, I started to go school for accounting, then took a short break to get married and adapt to that new lifestyle, went back to school, changed majors (even though I still love me some numbers), and slowly started picking away at pre-reqs for nursing. Ideally, I should have started last fall, but such is life. 🤷🏼♀️
This acceptance was last minute, funny story for another time. So this month I’ve been running around, getting everything ready to start in September! 😬
God is good, and I know I’m starting exactly when I am meant to, even if it’s later then my impatient heart wants. But this is a life I was created for and my heart is so prepared and ready to be a nurse. I know my heart wasn’t where it is now 4 years ago, so if God needed me to wait so He could do some work in me, then so be it. ♥️
Isabella Taylor, RN, BSN coming to a PICU near you (🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻) in 2021.✨
How amazing it would be to have your own home grown produce on your dinner plate.
Posts like these always so inspire us to get in the garden and grow our food.
Do you grow any of your own produce, if so what are you currently growing? Let us know in the comments below. 👇
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"Last autumn I planted out 16 broccoli seedlings & this was part of the beautiful harvest. I’ve planted out around 40 broccoli plants this season & they are going great so far, fingers crossed for a bumper crop like last years 💚"
A little snack time with our sweetie pie who's getting into her early 20tees in next 24 hrs... She is Super busy bee so we just clicked with her...we love you lots and lots more than anything else in the universe...keep smiling like a shinning star.. #familyfirst #familytime #happiness #lovethislife
3 10618 hours ago
Day 108: Peru 🇵🇪 - Cusco!
🇩🇪 Heute ist unser letzter Tag in Cusco und unsere lieben Freunde verlassen uns leider auch schon wieder 😔 Es waren so schöne Tage für uns und wir haben uns total darüber gefreut, Besuch zu bekommen! ❤ Dann haben wir auch noch zusammen eine richtige “Once in a lifetime”-Erfahrung mit dem Inka-Trail gemacht, welche wir niemals wieder vergessen werden 🤩 Allgemein merken wir nämlich schon, dass uns die Menschen, die uns nahe stehen, fehlen. Aber wir wollen kein Trübsal blasen sondern uns über die schönen gemeinsamen Momente freuen. Heute Abend geht es mit dem Nachtbus nach Arequipa und unsere Tage auf diesem Kontinent neigen sich langsam aber sicher dem Ende zu! 😊 ~Michi
🇺🇸 Today is our last day in Cusco and our dear friends are already leaving again 😔 It was such a nice time for us and we were very happy to get a visit! ❤ Then we also had a real "once in a lifetime" experience with the Inca Trail, which we will never forget again 🤩 In general, we of course miss the people, who are close to us. But we do not want to mourn, but look forward to the beautiful moments together. Tonight we take the night bus to Arequipa and our days on this continent are slowly but surely coming to an end! 😊 ~ Michi