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Hump Day!

Hey y’all! It’s hump day! Wednesdays are kind of bittersweet to me. At the end of the day, we are officially over the hump and on the downward slope to the weekend. Getting through the day, however, can be a ride on the struggle bus.

I feel like Mondays, though sometimes dreary, are a powerful reset button. It’s a chance to start the week off right and crush it! Since summer started, I have been working on the goals that I put on the back burner during the end of the busy school year, such as quiet time with God, exercise, housework, and this blog, among other things I will announce later. πŸ˜‰ This Monday was awesome! I did my devotional and Bible study first thing in the morning, went to kickboxing, grocery shopped for the week, started my weekly cleaning project, cooked a delicious dinner, went to Barre 3 with my friends, and did some professional development reading. Tuesday was a similar day, but with a full day of professional development. Today, however, was more of a struggle. It was hard to wake up early for devotional time before my day of professional development. I was tempted to watch TV instead of pushing through cardio dance and then order in instead of cooking the healthy meal I planned. I had to use one of my mom’s favorite phrases to push through:

Being an adult is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.

I listened to my mom’s voice, which frequently finds its way into my head, and I did it all anyway.

Does my story sound familiar to anyone? Does your Monday motivation turn “meh” about midweek? If so, you are not alone! It’s normal to hit the “hump slump,” but it’s not okay to stay there! Your responsibilities don’t end because you’re tired, and self-improvement can’t happen if you grow stagnant after a couple of days. You need consistency to be successful, which means doing the things you know you need to do even when you don’t feel like it.

At this point, you may be thinking that I’m a total slavedriver and that you deserve a rest. If that’s you right now, you’re correct! You DO deserve a rest! As for the other part…hehe, no comment! πŸ˜‰ I’m not saying to just push through constantly and never give yourself a reward or a breather! We all need to recharge sometimes. The difference is that you recharge and then get back to work. It’s far too easy to justify laziness to yourself and extend your break to the point of irresponsibility. After I did my professional development sessions today, I met my husband at our favorite coffee shop, had coffee and a delectable croissant, and just chilled for an hour. That was a lovely treat for me, and I felt rejuvenated when it was time to go to the gym!

Here I am with that latte! Yum!! If you haven’t gone to Hank’s in Midtown, check them out! Great coffee with fun and knowledgeable baristas!

Here’s the bottom line: Push through hump day, do what you need to do, but allow yourself a bit of time to recharge when you’re feeling slumpy. I hope y’all had a great Wednesday! You are on the downward slope now, so keep your chins up!

What are your tips for getting through the “hump slump?” Let me know in the comments!


Be Thankful

Hello!! This long weekend was Thanksgiving, and there is so much to be thankful for! I could go on all day, but here are my top 5:

1. I am thankful for my personal relationship with my God! It’s different for everyone, and I’m not saying my way is best, but my church family and prayer life are fabulous right now! I feel very blessed.

2. I am thankful for my family. My husband and I have a healthy and happy marriage, and are awesome doggie parents! My other family members are all over the US, but I got to spend this Thanksgiving with my in-laws, and I love them very much! Momma worked so hard on dinner, and it was wonderful!

Here we are after a trip to the Owasso Christmas Tree and Berry Farm! I was selected by the fam to cut down our tree!! Don’t believe me?

Crushed it!

3. I am thankful for not one, but two incredible jobs, where I can use both of my degrees! My employers are kind and fair, and they have already provided me so much growth as an educator. I also use my earnings to live a decent life, even if I’m not filthy rich. πŸ˜‰

My night class threw me a surprise birthday party! My jobs are seriously the coolest!

4. I am thankful for my friends who, unlike my family, put up with me when they don’t have to! πŸ˜‚ I have awesome people to hang out with in many states and even in Europe! That is pretty cool!

Speaking of friends, this is me with Jess, one of my besties since college! (I love all you other friends too!!) We are at Mary Eddy’s in downtown OKC, and that penguin hung out with us all through dinner! Y’all should check it out! So delicious! This was before we saw opening night of the 20th anniversary tour of Rent!! As in the first night of the whole darn thing, because it started in OKC!! (Also thankful for musical theatre!)

5. I am thankful for the ability to have a full life! I have a wonderful spiritual life. I have hobbies, such as food, fashion, reading, blogging, and dance. I have a fulfilling career and a happy home life. I don’t have to stress about bills. This one may be kind of a blanket statement, but the life I live should not be taken for granted. It’s beautiful! 

One of those hobbies I was talking about? MANICURES! Just got a new one yesterday! 

I encourage you to think about what you are thankful for. There are always going to be things in life that we are not thrilled with, and sometimes circumstances are downright depressing, especially during the holidays. We can, however, pick out the positives and focus on how beautiful life can be. This is the first holiday season without my adoptive dad, who passed last month, but I am working on seeing all of the good things and having an extra fun time, just in case he is watching! I hope you can all find the best aspects of your lives and focus your energy on them!

Please comment and tell me what you are thankful for this year! 

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!