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Relax and Breathe

How do you relax after a long day? Do you curl up on the couch with a good book? Do you take a nice long soak in the tub? Do you pour yourself a glass of wine? For me right now, I have been taking (almost) daily baths…and I love it! I love how I can just sit there breathing in the calming scents of a bath bomb or bubble bath, close my eyes and let all of the stresses of the day float away, and be alone for a little while. It is my happy and relaxing place. With this being said though, I do need to find something other than a baths to calm my stresses and help me relax. I need a hobby; a cheap hobby. I want my own place where I can hide and be alone (other than the bathroom), where I can enjoy the quiet and hopefully gain some peace. I love spending all day with BMW, but man does she wear me out! How she does it is beyond me. Maybe I should start a private journal separate to this where I can keep record of all the ins and outs of my daily life. It would be nice to be able to look back in a few years, or lots or years, and see what I thought was stressful and tough. Until I find my own place, I guess the bathroom will have to do…

-Ashley

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30 Day of Gratitude: Knowledge

I am so grateful for “mom-knowledge”. I am lucky to know what my child needs (well most of the time) even without her verbally telling me. Being a mom is hard, and without these instincts and “mom-knowledge” it would be so much harder! I’m so grateful that I just “got it” when I had BMW. Although some days are harder than others and I don’t know what to do; most days I can tell BMW needs a bottle or a diaper or just some love. Back in high school I did take a child development class where we had to take a fake baby home for the weekend, although this may have been “good” practice or an eye opener to parenthood for some, it doesn’t compare to the real thing at all. I wish there was a class out there for people who want to become parents where they have to practice and be with a real child. So many people aren’t prepared for parenthood, and finding out a little of what it would be like could help so many people, myself included.

-Ashley

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30 Days of Gratitude: Body

Since starting Bish Bodies Bootcamp 3 on October 30, I am learning to appreciate and be grateful for the body that I have at this moment. No, I am not where I would like to be, but I am also further than I was when I started three-ish months ago. So far, I am down about 19 pounds and a little over 11 inches. My goal is to lose another 30-ish pounds by the end of May. Some days it seems very possible, other days it seems like an impossible task. I am so grateful that I have a body that can-do pushups, lunges, and burpees. Not everyone is so lucky, and I need to remember that when times get tough. The body part that I am most grateful for right now are my arms. I am trying so hard to see my bicep muscle pop, and it is getting closer. Starting January 1 (well 2, but I made up for January 1), I have done 50 pushups a day. Although they aren’t on my feet yet, just my knees, I am getting so much stronger! Day one I could barely do 10 without stopping; today I did 30! It just takes practice, patients, and persistence.

-Ashley

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18,000 Pushups

During Bish Bodies Bootcamp 4 I found a “Bish Bestie” Kathie. “Bish Besties” are other members of the group that we message and keep accountable for our workouts and food. Although Kathie is not doing The Ladies Edge, we are still in contact about our workouts and food. She also brought a new challenge for me for 2018: 18,000 pushups. This may seem crazy, but it is only 50 pushups a day for 360 days. Very doable when it is broken down into days. I do not include the pushups I do during my workouts, so in reality I will go over 18,000 for the year. I am unable to do all the pushups on my feet, but I can do about 10 of the 50 on my feet. In the first 15 days of this challenge I can already tell that I am getting much stronger. Day one I could barely do 10 pushups on my knees without stopping. Today I did 30 on my knees without stopping! I hope by the end of the year I will be able to do all 50 on my feet without stopping. I think I plan on adding in different challenges each month of this year to give myself something new to shoot for. What exercises do you think I should add in for challenges?

-Ashley

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30 Days of Gratitude: Season

With every season there is something so beautiful and amazing that happens, the scenery always works so well together. God definitely knew what He was doing when He created the world. If I had to choose one season, I would have to choose the season we are in now: winter. Although I am not a huge fan of the cold, I do prefer having to put more clothes on because you can only take off so many layers (that is publicly acceptable) when it is hot. Winter brings about more in home “cuddle days”, which you can’t go wrong with that especially with a baby running around. I am grateful that I live in an area that experiences four seasons throughout the year. I am grateful that we can go sledding, build a snowman, or (if we had one) sit around the fireplace together admiring the snow showers outside. BMW does have snow pants, but unfortunately the temperature hasn’t cooperated with the snow in our area. There still are about two more months lefts of winter, so hopefully she will get an opportunity to play outside.

Many people find reasons why to dislike winter, and many I would probably agree with, but with finding gratitude daily it has helped me appreciate things I may not have always appreciated. This has also helped me appreciate and be grateful for the “season” that I am in.

-Ashley

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30 Days of Gratitude: Sight

Wow what would I do without my sight? I honestly can’t imagine living in this amazing world without being able to see everything around me. I am grateful for the sight of my snoring husband beside me. I am grateful for the sight of my laughing baby running around the living room. I am grateful for the sight of Lillie and Petra cuddling on the couch at night. I am grateful that I can see the sun, moon, and stars. I am grateful for the older couple that I see (almost) every Saturday at work holding hands. I am grateful that I can see my family and all the changes that they have in their lives. I am just grateful for sight.

-Ashley

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30 Days of Gratitude: Abilities

When I saw the topic for today I knew exactly what I was going to write about: motherhood. I am extremely grateful for the ability to be a good mom to BMW. I am grateful just for the fact that I was ABLE to have a baby. I am grateful for all the things that she has taught ME. Everyday she teaches and helps me with my patience. The ability to be a good mom is not something that everyone is blessed with. I am grateful for the need and desire to be a great mom, to want to be the best for BMW. I am grateful for the ability to “sense” what she needs (sometimes). I am grateful for my loving arms that she turns too (this is something new, she loves hugging me lately!) I am grateful for my fast reflexes when need to catch a falling baby. I am just extremely grateful that God blessed us with this amazing child and the ability for both Andrew and I to be able to take care of BMW in the best way possible.

-Ashley