<![CDATA[Shades of Rose - Shades of Rose]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2016 07:44:03 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[This Year I Resolve To....]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:06:48 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/this-year-i-resolve-to
Let’s talk new year’s resolutions. I’ve been thinking about them ever since the end of December and I’ve been trying to figure out how to approach mine this year.

I have one resolution that I’d like to make sure I keep. I’ve resolved to spending a little time each day with God’s Word. I would like to devote at least 5 minutes every single day to meditating on scripture and application to my life. I have a couple devotionals that I’ve set on my desk to remind me to open them up and read each morning. This is a small goal that isn’t too overwhelming and I think will make a world of difference in my daily life. If I do it every day, I can make it a habit.

Other than that, I have been trying to decide how to approach resolutions this year.  I know most people make grand plans for how to spend the next year and by the middle of January, many of those goals have fallen by the wayside. I’m usually the same way. I know everyone is different and ever year has different circumstances so there are many reasons for resolutions to not work, but I have been giving some thought about how to approach this year.

There are a lot of jokes about how the gym gets really packed at the beginning of the year because everyone wants to lose weight or get in shape. People jump in with both feet and are ready to go but then life happens and they don’t end up sticking with it and by the end of the year, they are ready to make the same resolutions. It’s like a vicious circle. I have a couple theories about this.
One, people set broad, open-ended goals (i.e. I want to get in shape, lose weight, be healthier, spend less, etc.) and those are extremely hard to keep because they are not concrete. What really constitutes being healthier or spending “less”? When there is nothing to really track, it’s hard to stick with it.

Two, people set unrealistic goals for themselves and then they get discouraged and abandon the goals. When you start the year saying, “I’m going to lose 25 lbs this year” or “I’m going to work out 5 days a week” when you don’t even work out one day a week, they are big goals that are hard to attain. Sometimes doing this is motivational. One year, I said I wanted to pay off at least $11,000 in student loans that year. I put that goal up on my fridge and saw it every single day. I also achieved that goal, but it was HARD. REALLY hard. And, the only reason I was able to do so is because I had gotten a new job with a significant pay increase and took all of my extra money and put it into my loans. Under normal circumstances, I would never have been able to follow through with that goal. Normally, huge goals all at once can be our downfall.

This year, I have decided that I’m going to take little steps toward my long-term goals. By the end of next year, I’d like to reflect on how things went and say that I am honestly closer with the Lord and have learned to incorporate His Word into my daily life. I’d also like to make some other lifestyle changes to make myself feel happier and healthier. In order to do that, I’m going to try to incorporate small changes over time.

I *do* want to eat less sugar and lose the 10 lbs I have gained since starting my new job last summer and eat healthier and stop eating out of boredom and stress less and make more time for myself, etc. HOWEVER, I can’t look at it that way because that is not attainable all at once. Instead, I am going to try to make some small lifestyle changes a little at a time. Instead of doing it all at once, I am going to work on one small goal and learn to make that a habit. Once I do that and it is no longer a big effort to incorporate it, I will move on to the next. I’m hoping this outlook will help me achieve my 2016 goals for myself. Let’s see how that works for me :)
<![CDATA[This Year - 2016]]>Fri, 01 Jan 2016 16:00:04 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/this-year-2016
When I listened to this song for the first time, it made me so excited for the new year. It’s happy and hopeful and makes me want to start fresh with a more positive outlook on the world.

“Let’s try to train our eyes to find the light and make this year the best one yet.” I think that’s the best way to sum up how I want to spend 2016.

​This year, above all else, I want to see the light in the world and my life.
We all have bad days and we can dwell on those days/weeks/periods or we can focus on the silver lining of it all. We choose our happiness. We define how we feel. I choose to make this year the best one yet.

Happy New Year!
<![CDATA[Coconut oil + coffee = a frothy cup o' yum]]>Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:51:15 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/coconut-oil-coffee-a-frothy-cup-o-yum
Ummmmm, have you guys tried coconut oil in your coffee? If you haven't, you definitely need to because it.is.amazing.

I generally don't like to sweeten my coffee, but I do like to add milk because black coffee is a little too rough on my stomach.  With coconut oil, I don't have to add any milk or creamer and it sweetens it a little bit as well! Plus, when you blend it together, it comes out super frothy and I feel like I'm having a latte!! 

The last two mornings, I've brewed my new Trader Joe's Wintry blend coffee (soo good) and then poured it and a tablespoon of coconut oil in the blender for a few seconds. The result is a scrumptious wintry treat that reaps all of the benefits of coconut oil and my daily caffeine fix.  Yummm :)
<![CDATA[Bedtime Duty - Thoughts From a Toddler Mom´╗┐]]>Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:00:34 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/bedtime-duty-thoughts-from-a-toddler-momI have bedtime duty 95% of the time in our house. When it comes to putting an 18 month old to sleep, it's always an adventure. Last night didn't last as long as the night before, but it still took a good hour to get him down.

Bedtime routine usually involves bath time, story time, and then laying down with him in our king-sized bed until he falls asleep.  Here's a little snippet into how my thoughts went last night....

8:04 - Toddler is bathed, teeth are brushed, we said our good nights to Daddy... maybe bedtime will go smoothly tonight because I'm exhausted 
8:10 - Gosh, I just love bedtime story time. How cute is he when he tries to "read" to me? His Santa impersonation is priceless.
8:20 - Okay, I've read this book 6 times. Does he ever get tired of it?
8:22 - Yes! Lights are out. Sleepy music is on. Let's do this. 
8:27 - How did he manage to make that pillow fort?? 
8:35 - He needs to stop flopping around
8:40 I have finally conquered him. I have him snuggled in my arms and he's rubbing his eyes. Its just a matter of time. 
8:45 - Why do kids like to stick their fingers in people's noses?
8:46 - And pull hair? 
8:50 - How did he manage to squirm to the other edge of the bed so quickly?? Why did I ever think doing bedtime was sweet??
8:52 - He's next to me again and talking away. I wonder how long before he loses his voice...
9:00 - Silence. Is he asleep?? I don't want to move if he isn't....
9:05 - OMG how cute are babies when they sleep?? I just want to snuggle with him. I'm so glad I get to do bedtime - it's really the best.]]>
<![CDATA[This is Christmas]]>Sat, 12 Dec 2015 22:33:08 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/this-is-christmasPicture
Sometimes I feel pulled in so many directions. I feel like I want to have time to work and be a good mom and a good wife and read a book and exercise and get my yoga up and running and cook great meals and write regularly. The list can go on and on. Then, I see my little boy sitting in front of the Christmas tree staring at it in awe (and then going around and gathering all of the ornaments off of it...) and I am reminded that this, THIS - my little boy just enjoying the lights and the family time - is Christmas. This is what it's all about. 

Christmas is a time to spend with your loved ones. It is a time to slow down and just BE. We don't have to fit everything into our schedules. We don't have to be perfect. We just have to be THERE. Be there for the ones who depend on us and love us. Be there for those who may not have anyone else there for them. 

I think people get too caught up in the "holidays" and forget to enjoy them. There are so many parties and expectations this time of year and people want to attend them all.  I've learned, though, that when we spread ourselves too thin, we are no good to anyone.  When we give 5% to 20 people, we are never going to give 100% to one person. When we are constantly trying to be somewhere else or do something different, we aren't enjoying what we are doing in this moment. 

I love the holiday season. I even started listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving - in my defense, Thanksgiving was pretty late this year! I enjoy seeing the decorations and the Salvation Army Santas outside of stores. I never tire of Christmas music on the radio or holiday movies on TV. What I love most, though, is slowing down to enjoy time with my family and friends. 

Don't forget to enjoy the holidays this year. Don't lose the opportunity by trying to make it to EVERY party or do everything expected of you. Make sure you take the time and make the effort to BE there this Christmas instead of spreading yourself too thin.

Speaking of, the little dude just woke up. Time to snuggle :)

<![CDATA[Presence & Perspective]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:52:35 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/presence-perspective
When I wrote my last post, I had just accepted a new job and decided on a new endeavor. The past few months, I spent the majority of my free time (HA! Free time – that word is variable) working on my 200-hour yoga instructor’s certification. This was something that I had wanted to pursue for a long time but never actually committed. 

After much research, I decided to become certified through Holy Yoga. Not only did I want to grow my knowledge in yoga but I also wanted to grow my spiritual journey with Christ. Holy Yoga seemed like the perfect path for me.  With the signs pointing me in that direction (and meeting a wonderful new sister along the way), I committed. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Last month, I completed my training by attending a life-changing retreat and came home feeling a burning desire to share what I know (and don’t know) with others. Tomorrow, I will begin teaching (part) of my first class. I’ve been scared to start because I don’t feel ready, but my muse/friend/brain-sharing sister, Jennifer, has calmed my nerves and I know she will be holding my hand the entire time.

One of the biggest focuses in yoga is the idea of presence. To practice presence, one must make it their intention.  It’s something I have been working on a lot lately and this advent season is an excellent time to put it into action. 

What someone considers presence is all in their perspective. To me, presence means being present in the moment that you choose. I choose my moments to include time with the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), my family and the present moment I’m living. It’s so hard to tune out the distractions of life – especially with my type-A personality – but it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself.

This advent season, I am going to practice presence by gifting it to those I love. I will try to quiet the voices that tell me to be focusing on something else and try to be present in the moment. Whether it is a moment with the Lord or a moment with my son or my husband or even a moment with myself, I will practice just being. Being there and enjoying the life that I have been blessed with.

​How will you choose to practice presence this season? 
<![CDATA[Let Her Go]]>Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:34:09 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/let-her-goWell you only need the light when it's burning low

Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missin' home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go
As I was sitting here listening to the lyrics to Passenger's Let Her Go, I realized how true the lyrics are to our lives. We are never grateful for what we have until we don't have it.

I am guilty of the same thing. I was looking at my Timehop from 4 years ago and I couldn't stand the heat and drought that we were having in Houston. All I wanted was rain. Fast-forward to four years later and we have had horrific flooding. People have lost their lives and we had weeks of rain. Even this morning, I was complaining because it may rain on Saturday when we are supposed to have a pool party. 

It's funny how we are never happy with what we have when we have it. I want to learn to live in the moment and appreciate what I have when I have it instead of wishing and praying for something different. Can you do it? Can you appreciate what's in front of you instead of wishing it was something else? One day you'll look back and realize that you missed out on so much by wishing for something else. 
<![CDATA[Time]]>Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:47:54 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/timeTwo years. That's how long since my last post. Two beautiful years. Each of us needs to take a little time from the humdrum of the day-to-day in order to experience the world outside. I'm not sure *why* I took such a long break from this blog, I just felt the need to focus myself in other ways. And then life happened. Literally. 

I just celebrated my son's first birthday. I have been blessed with a beautiful family and a plethora of experiences over the last 24 (ok, 23) months. Over that time, I've gone through pregnancy, job changes (over and over - big business, man), new paths, and rediscoveries. Looking back on it, though, I feel like I've changed so much and so little at the same time. And two years, 24 months, 104 weeks -- however one decides to tell time -- what does that really mean? Who is counting? 

Today, one of my dearest friends sent me a Timehop picture of a wall-post I had written 9 years ago. We started talking about how long we have been friends. We've been friends 11 years and it feels like so much has changed. We have husbands and 3 kids between us. She's a doctor. I'm a professional. We have houses and bills and car notes. We saw each other last week for the first time since her wedding 3 years go. When we saw each other, it was as if no time had passed. We are still as comfortable in our every day as we were 11 years ago. We still love the same things (and some new) and want the same things for ourselves and our futures.

I've been meaning to come back to this blog for a while now, but I never knew how to reintroduce it. I figured I would let my fingers do the typing and see where they took me. The more I typed, the more I realized that my biggest problem with starting up again was explaining the gap in time since the last post. The more I think about it, though, the more I realize that a gap in time is really not a gap at all. Yes, things change. Even people change. But, at the end of the day, who is counting time and what does it really mean? To me, time is just something that escapes us while we are living our lives. Tomorrow may seem far away. Next year may seem like it'll never come. And when I look back at how I was feeling today, I may realize that some things never changed. I hope that I'm so busy living my life that I don't focus on the time that is passing and instead, I focus on the beauty that is every single day.]]>
<![CDATA[Sibling Love]]>Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:49:37 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/sibling-loveHave I mentioned that I have the cutest siblings ever??? In case I haven't, I'm just going to show you how stinking cute they are!!

Really, I have one biological sibling.  That would be Hermano.  He was my 4th birthday present (pretty cool, huh?) and I love him like crazy.  He was my date to my friend's wedding a couple weeks ago and it was a blast to have him there :) 
My other sibling is my "little sister" Caitlin. We've pretty much been siblings since she was born but it took a while for her to get to Tejas and join me :) Her 21st birthday is in a few days and she went home to Arizona so I sent part of her bday gift to her house there.  Last night, she got it in the mail and texted me.  Cutest pics ever (like every other pics she sends me)
Before opening the package...
Overly excited about the gifts I sent her...
All of this is just to say that I absolutely adore my siblings. Have a terrific Tuesday. Then end ;)
<![CDATA[Tips to Survive a Run (Walk) in Texas Summer Heat]]>Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:34:21 GMThttp://shadesofrose.weebly.com/shades-of-rose/tips-to-survive-a-run-walk-in-texas-summer-heat
This weekend, Max and I took my mother-in-law on a 4 mile walk.  I'm trying to encourage her to start working out and we both had the itch to go for a walk Sunday morning. It was great to get out... not so great to get out around noon in the middle of a Texas summer...

After 3.5 miles, poor Max decided his fur coat wasn't doing it for him any longer.  He found a shady spot in the grass and was out for the count.  Luckily, his grandma ran home to get the car and we shuttled him home.  He tried soooo hard to make it but he just. couldn't. do. it. My poor little boy! Anyway, I took advantage of the time with him and we took some pics together :) (He doesn't look like he's about to pass out, does he? Such a good model!)

This weekend's events reminded me of how important it is to take measures to stay cool during your summer workouts (especially in temps teetering on triple digits!!).  Here's a list of 8 Ways to Stay Cooler During Summer Runs that I found in my Runner's World magazine.  It's just a few but every little bit helps!! (I also copied the info from the RW page so there are some helpful links you can check out).  And, just remember, it's more important to stay safe than it is to finish your run.  If it's between you finishing the run and passing out, it's a heck of a lot easier to make it home when you're conscious...

1. Run when the conditions are coolest. Take advantage of long summer days to run when the mercury is lowest, ideally in the early morning or evening. (Getting it done in the a.m. can boost your mood for the day, too!) If you've got a key workout on the schedule, consider taking it indoors so you can push harder without having to fight the heat. 

2. Hydrate properly before, during and after your run. Warmer temps mean upping your fluid intake. Before your run, try to drink at least eight ounces of water or sports drink every hour so your perspiration systems are in tip-top shape. Consider bringing fluids with you on the run in a water belt or pouch, or map out a run that hops from water fountain to water fountain. (Gas stations, schools and city parks are often good options.) If you don't like to carry fluids, stash bottles along your route for longer runs. Replenish post-run with an electrolyte-filled sports drink. Check out this tag page for more tips

3. Run near water. Rivers, lakes, and oceans usually create slightly cooler, breezier conditions. (And afterward you can reward yourself with a postrun dip!) 

...4. And on grass in the shade. Asphalt retains heat and radiates it back upwards. If possible, find a park or trail with tree cover. 

5. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Reflect the sun's rays away from you (rather than absorbing them with dark gear), and avoid tight attire that won't allow a breeze to get through. Steer clear of sweat-soaking cotton; instead, wearing moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics. For some runner-tested options, check out this list

6. Grab the sunscreen. Not only will you avoid harmful ultraviolet rays, but a layer of the stuff will keep your skin and body temperature lower. Don't forget to apply on overcast days as well. Use SPF 30 or higher.

7. Pick the right headgear. You lose much of your body heat through your head, which is a good thing during the summer. Don't cap it off with a snug, thick fabric hat. Instead, opt for a visor or roomier lid with breathable mesh. 

8. Try precooling. Lowering your body temperature in the hour before you run in the heat slows the rate at which your core temperature rises once you're out the door. That translates into being able to run farther or faster than would otherwise be possible in the heat. One review of research found that precooling improved hot-weather performance by 3%. In addition to wearing a commercially available "ice vest," you can sip cool beverages and sit in an air-conditioned room.