Thoughtful Thursday: Self Acceptance

“In a society that profits from self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.”

This is so true.  How many times a day do you see an ad for something that is suggesting that you need to fix a problem?  We have been trained to be critical of ourselves and of others for our outward appearances.  Wrinkles, fat, saggy skin, gray hair…I could go on and on.  All of these “problems” have a solution if you’re willing to get the “next big product”.  Women hate their bodies.  They feel uncomfortable in their own skin.  They nit pick each others bodies.  They hate and envy each other.

Amy Pence-Brown stood in a busy market, stripped down to a bikini and asked (via a chalkboard message at her feet) people to draw a heart on her to show they supported self acceptance.  In Amy’s words she’s a fat, 40 year old mother of three and that she expected rude comments.  The rudeness didn’t happen, instead she was covered with hearts.

Amy is beautiful.  She is strong.  She is positive.  She is someone that should be admired.

I loved this video!  The message of “all bodies are valuable” is so true.

It is so easy to get caught up focusing on our flaws instead of the amazing things we do and are capable of doing as human beings.

This is an interview that Amy did with a news crew after the video went viral.

This woman is amazing.  Not just for doing the video but for raising her kids to have self acceptance and for liking who she is in the skin that she’s in.  No matter what her body looks like (I personally think she’s beautiful) that body brought forth her three wonderful children and that is more than enough to qualify as beautiful.signature

Saddle up!

I was able to ride with Anna Ruth Monday!  It felt great to be back in the saddle after a two year hiatus!

I don’t think I can describe the feeling I have when I ride.  I am just not eloquent enough to put it into words.  The joy I feel…the freedom, it’s just wonderful.


Me on Zippy and Anna Ruth on Lady.riding 2

To say I’ve missed it would be a huge understatement.  It’s just not the right time though for horses.

Maybe someday though.signature

Thoughtful Thursday: Life Detox

This year I’ve not only been working on my body but I’ve been working on other aspects of my life.  Who you surround yourself with has a lot to do with the stress in your life, your successes and your failures.

detoxyourlifeI think it’s very important to surround yourself with people who are supportive and who truly want the best for you.  Sometimes even when you love people they don’t love themselves enough to love you back.  They can’t help but be toxic because they’re so unhappy.  It’s hard to push away from those people but in the long run you are better off.

You have to draw that line and do what is right for you and yours.


On the hunt for bunk beds….once again.

So a few posts back I talked about the bunk beds that we had ordered for Rylan.

Well, Ashley Furniture Homestore at Turkey Creek in Knoxville dropped the ball.  Big time.

We put down a deposit on the bunkbeds and they were going to call us when they came in.  The saleswoman said it would probably take a couple of weeks.  I called them a little over a month later to see if they were in or if they could give me a time frame of when they would be in so that I could make arrangements to come and pick them up since I don’t live in Tennessee.  The woman that answered was pretty rude and not helpful.  Once she found that the bunk beds were indeed there I asked to her to please leave a note for our sales person that we would be there to pick them up the weekend following Labor Day.  She then informed me that it isn’t their policy to hold items like that even with a deposit and that she couldn’t guarantee me that they would be there when I came down.

I was quite mad but I was keeping calm and I got off the phone with her,  I explained to my husband what she just said so he decided he would call and speak to her.  She informed him the same way she informed me.  He asked her what the point of putting a deposit down was and she said it only locks in the price.  She said it’s like we laid it away.  He explained to her that when something is laid away it is put away and kept for the customer.  She said that that is not their policy so he asked for a manager.  Her reply was “Speaking.”  He said okay, I just want my money back on my card then because this is ridiculous.  As soon as he said that she started telling him that she wasn’t going to do a refund over the phone that he’d have to drive down there in order to do (she knows we live 2.5hrs away!).  His reply was “Oh no I won’t.  I’m calling American Express and they’ll handle it.”  She was trying to protest and he just hung up on her.

Of course American Express had our money back in no time.  They know how to do customer service.

I left a review on their Facebook page and of course no one has contacted me.  Either way at this point I’m done.

Let’s all give a slow clap to her.  Not only did she lose the sale for the bunkbeds and their mattresses, I’m in the market for a new mattress and box spring for my bed, a couch, an entry bench and a desk for my soon to be up and going studio.  Congrats crappy manager!  You just lost out on some good sales!



Christina and I had a girls camping trip this weekend.20150802_111807We had started to camp near the river but there were a lot of people there so we drove to Hidden Valley Lake instead.



Hidden Valley Lake.  It is beautiful.20150801_165121I had to take a pic because of the backpack.  She had her iron skillet in that thing!  Hahaha!



Home sweet home for the night.20150802_090847


My fire pit prep.  Not bad if I do say so myself.

I have no clue why, but I didn’t get any pictures of the supper I made for us.  Well, here’s what we had anyway:  Chili Cheese Fries (everyone laughed that we had an appetizer!), Hamburger Steak Hobo Meal with onions, green pepper and carrots, new potatoes, corn on the cob.  For dessert we did s’mores, because what is camping without s’mores?  Anyway, it was all good and we were so full afterward.


Our fire.  The Husband was teasing us saying he wasn’t sure we’d be able to handle a fire.  Haha

We did have someone admire our fire…weird.  Haha


Christina bought these packets called Funky Flames that colored the flames of our campfire.  It was blue and green at times.  I couldn’t get a great picture though.  In this one you can see it a little bit.


This is me in my new sleeping bag!  LOL  It was a little chilly…


For breakfast Christina fixed bacon, eggs and fried biscuits.  It was delicious!

I had never had fried biscuits before and I can tell you this won’t be the last ones I have either!


Our traditional selfie.  I look a fright!  haha

We always have such a great time together.  It was non stop, ridiculous laughter and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!  She’s my Soul Sister.




Thoughtful Thursday: Loving My Body, Flaws and All

I’ve been in a love/hate relationship with my body for years now.

I’m learning to love it though.  One step at a time.

And do you know what I’ve noticed has happened since I’ve started appreciating my body and acknowledging all the amazing things it has done?

I’ve started taking better care of it.

I’ve been working out more, loving the changes, ever how small they may be.

I’ve been looking at the good things I see in the mirror instead of the flaws.

I’ve been watching what I eat and drinking more water to fuel my body properly.

You see, I don’t want to have a love/hate relationship with my body.  No one is perfect and that’s okay.  That doesn’t mean I don’t want to be the best me I can be, though.  I’m going to continue to work hard and quite beating myself up and nitpicking what I see in the mirror.


Thoughtful Thursday: Letting Go

In my last yoga session we set an intention of letting go.  Letting go of things in our past, or wrongs we’ve felt like were done to us…anything we needed to let go of.

Sometimes in life you have to draw that line in the sand and say:

This will not hurt me anymore.

This will not take any more of my life.

This will not have power over me.

Letting go is really about taking your power back from a situation.  Once you do, you realize just how heavy that burden has been to carry.


Thoughtful Thursday: Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

Really.  Just stop.

You don’t know where they are in their journey.  You don’t know how many times they’ve had to stop and start again.  You don’t know how long they’ve been doing what they’re doing.

quit comparing

It isn’t healthy and it isn’t going to make you any better in the long run.  Focus on what you’re doing and the progress that you are making.

This doesn’t just apply to working out but to life in general.