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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We’ve now come to probably my favorite time of year–like seriously, my favorite time of year! I know, I know. You’re probably all thinking, “oh dear night, she’s one of THEM.” And….you’d be right 😛

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Okay so yes, I do listen to Christmas music in October, and dream about all the food at Thanksgiving, and know for a fact that I’m going to be ridiculously busy until January 1st–but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (I’ll quote a movie here) There are some people who look at the holidays as the worst time of year. That their favorite day is December 26th. But that’s the saddest day for me.

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I had to wonder why I’m such a holiday nut? (Or probably more, a Christmas nut) Why are the holidays so special to me? I think the main reason the holidays are so special to me, is because there is still a mystery to me about the holidays. There is still a bit of childish wonder that just makes me so happy and gives me a warm feeling all over.

Growing up, our parents always made Thanksgiving and Christmas feel special. Family gatherings on both sides were filled with love, family, and amazing food. We would watch the Macy Day Parade’s, football, and Christmas movies. Every Black Friday, my mom, brother, and I would put up all the Christmas lights. Dad and David would put up the house lights and the star on the manager. And when it was dark, I would watch in wonder, as the house was flooded in different colored lights.

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So maybe having a good family experience at the holidays helped with my love for the season. But a lot of people grow out of that. I think, however, that with how the world is right now—maybe having some childlike wonder isn’t a bad thing. Seeing the world how we did when we were kids, and let the magic of the season bring the mystery of it to life. Remembering that the holidays are not a time to despair and be grumpy about; but instead, reaching into us and finding what the holidays really mean to us. So some advice from me—a person who got these and who’s life is better for it, and can’t wait to share it with my man and kids when that time comes:

Return to that childlike wonder.

Remember the real reason for the season.

Embrace your inner child and don’t be afraid to dream and be amazed.

Don’t try to solve every problem.

Make a snow angel.

Drink hot coco.

Make Christmas cookies.

Eat pumpkin pie.

Play with your cousins.

If you got kids, spend time with them.

Get off the electronics.

Trim the tree together.

Drive everyone around the neighborhood to look at lights.

Hug your grandparent’s necks.

Forgive someone who’s hurt you.

Love on those around you.

Don’t yell at fellow shoppers.

Pay it forward.

Don’t tell kids Santa isn’t real.

Watch sappy Christmas romance movies.

Read a book.

Turn off all the lights and just leave on the tree.

Snuggle up with someone you love.

Create memories!

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When Life Throws You Lemons…

It seems that over the past couple of weeks, it has been one thing, after another, after another, after another, and seriously there was no lemonade wanting to be made. I would have gathered just sat there and sucked on them and let the sour feeling flow through my blood and shut me off from the rest of the world. Literally.

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So, if you’ve followed my blog or you know me, you know that it takes a lot for me to get to this point. It really takes so much stress to pull me into this kind of funk, and let’s be real, it’s a sucky feeling. With everything, there has to be a balance in your life: between working out, eating, school work, teaching, growing your small business, (if you do this) practicing your music so you can grow small business–it’s all part of balance. And I let mine get out of whack.

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How did I do this? They weren’t big things to some people, but to me–they were, because I’m that type of person where, if I do one thing, ONE THING, off of what I think I should, I beat myself up for it. I have a hard time forgiving myself for it. For example: had 5 slices of pizza after I ate my supper on Tuesday (didn’t have any shame until yesterday 😛 ), banana bread, those saltine cracker things (I call them crack crackers) were in the house…ate almost the whole bag. Peanut butter……yeah, we won’t go there. But I realize looking back, there was something there, in my mind, that pushed me to let those lemons get to me.

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Working out helped. I mean it seriously did! I’m officially on week 8 of 22 Hard Corps which I am totally stoked about. I kind of feel that I cheated week 7 from doing what it needed to do with what I ate–but hey, we’re all human. I have those days, I have those weeks as you guys know. So now what do I do from this moment on?

Well, I move forward! It’s Sunday! It’s a fresh start. It’s a clean slate to envision goals and go for them! It’s looking forward to a fun weekend coming, BUT not being able to allow myself to live in the now, in the moment that I am present in! It’s me taking every minute I have and making the most of them!

And that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking the lemons that life has given me these past couple of months and I’m squirting life in the eye with them. No lemonade–this time I’m sticking it to the man!! Now for some, making lemonade is what they need. They need that sweet taste of victory. But this week….I’m not looking for sweet victory. I’m looking for the total feeling on conquering what plagued me these past few weeks. So guys, don’t let the lemons get into you and make you sour! Don’t let what happened last week dictate this week. Take those lemons and do something with them. And personally—I’m squirting life in the eyes!

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Living in the Now

Good Morning Beautifuls!!! It’s a rainy Tuesday morning here in Kansas, and it’s making some farmers (*cough cough..”dad”*) very antsy about having to wait again for the corn to dry out so harvest can begin. Then the non-stop slightly controlled chaos begins XD

This morning, I was thinking of my future (as you have gotten that is the main theme seemingly of this entire blog 😛 ) and I came across this quote (and yes…it’s from Star Wars):

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I was talking to my cousin for just a few short seconds, but it’s why I love him so much–because he can sum things up in a few seconds. But we were talking about our futures and stuff, and he told me that if he could go back in time, he would have walked out of his job because he was unhappy with it and found something he loved doing. Advice being: find something you love and take “risks” in your 20s, so in your 30s you’re doing what you love and can be happy with it.

Check, check! As we found out–that was what I needed to do this summer and what I decided to do with working toward building my music career, Beachbody coaching, and personal training career. These are things that make me happy and I enjoy doing them. But don’t get me wrong–there’s still stress there. For instance: there’s this crazy little piece of paper that seemingly controls our lives–yes, I mean money.

All these things I love doing require the greenbacks, the dough, the moolah: but as I learned at school–it will take more shelling out at the beginning before you see the “refund” later. But let’s be honest, that shelling out is hard to do. I mean, I’m 24, single, living in my parents house because I don’t have any cash to shell….it wears on a person, it wears on me. But why should I be anxious for the future. What will that get me? Nowhere. I’m an 8 on the Enneagram which means I like challenging and being in control–but I see that I can’t be in control if I really want to succeed. So I have to trust that the One I trust in has it all in control and that my future is what it is: yet to come.

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Yes, I’m shelling out money, but in the end I’m creating relationships and connecting with people I would have never even thought about contacting before. I’m helping people on a physical, mental, and soulful level–which is what I want. So what’s my point?

My point is that I’m taking everyone’s advice:

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And like the quote said above, “Be mindful of the future, but not at the expense of the moment.”

Live in the moment, be present. In our world today, we are delved into our technology (computers, phones, tablets), that we miss nature around us or meeting new people next to us. We miss out on experiences because we are afraid of the risks involved. Don’t be afraid!!! Take risks (smart ones!!!), live life, meet new people, go for walks with no music, connect with nature, take trips, travel to new places, try new things–LIVE!!! Be in the moment and the future will take care of itself.

I’m saying this to myself. Because I need to hear it. It will all work out and I’ll be fine. I’m smart with my spending habits and savings, so that way I can take trips, do things, and (yes) shell out money to the things I’m building.

So have a great Tuesday everyone!! And don’t forget–live in the moment today!!!!!

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Fear of…Success

Well hello there world wide web! Long time no hear! It’s been a couple busy months since we last spoke, and lets face it…I’m terrible at remembering to write. Course, it would help knowing what I should write about 😛 (Writer’s block anyone?)

With all the graduations that had been happening, it made me kind of think about what I would say to a graduating class should I get the chance. And this thought came to mind: what if, what if it’s not the fear of failure that holds us back from following our dreams–but rather the fear of success?

The fear of success? Is that really a thing? Can someone actually fear success? But why would they? Isn’t success the one thing we strive for? So who knows if this is actually a thing, but I think that it is possible. And I think it’s actually the one thing that has probably unconsciously kept me from pursuing my dreams to pursue my career in music. So let me explain my thoughts:

The fear of failure is obvious. If you’re really curious, this is called Atychiphobia. The fear of failure just means the we are aware that we can mess up big and so we don’t push ourselves outside of our comfort zone. We don’t want to mess up. We don’t want to fail and have people look at us with that smug, “I told you so” look. It keeps us from following our dreams and achieving what we are possible. Curiously, I looked up the fear of success and I came up with this. It is a real thing as Atychiphobia, with the same symptoms and all but instead fear of success is labeled Achievemephobia (someone correct me–Google can lie sometimes). 😛

But the question returns–why would someone be afraid of success? Again I turn to my own life this past year. I dream, I have big dreams, big plans that I would like to see my life go. I would love to sing, write songs, and perform for a living. It’s my ultimate goal in life. As I have worked a part-time job teaching, and applied to many jobs that aren’t very ‘creative’, I’ve come to know–I was meant to perform. I was created to sing. Going through school, our teachers gave us the reality that trying to work in the music industry would be hard and a lot of ground work. Failure is eminent at many steps along the way. (Fear of failure established) So the question is, how will you react and you will get right back up and ride when you get bucked off.

So fear of success? (Ok, I’m not going to say that I’m going to be the next big hit on any country radio station…..though that would totally and extremely amazing) But subconsciously I think, what if I did become successful. Doesn’t even have to be music related, just successful in general. It could mean that success may pull me away from my family. (I’m very family-oriented and seriously, I love being around my family as much as I can). Especially since my grandpa just died, I know that I only have a bit of time left with my grandma’s…but does that mean that I’m sacrificing my dreams and life to hold on to that? Success may require me to move to one of the coasts (O_O) It could mean being placed into a spotlight where people don’t agree with me, I will be judged, I will have to make big business decisions, and I’ll be pulled away from my home church.

…………….but I have a gift. Something I want to share with the world. A gift that God has given me to use to His glory, and I also don’t want to waste that. I’m a farmer’s daughter, a Kansas princess, and yes–though success could possibly pull from what and who I love….it doesn’t mean that I’ll be gone forever. Good bye isn’t forever. It’s not good-bye, it’s just see ya later. Aloha Oe.

Following your dreams are scary. There is that risk factor. There will be moments of failure, but failure teaches us that there’s always another door to go through. I read this excerpt out of a book, and it really stuck with me.”The thing about fear is that you can’t just ignore it. You can’t pretend it isn’t there, jut out your chin and keep going, because one day, right at the worst possible moment, you’ll slip and fall, and that fear will come bursting out and leave you shaking and helpless. No, the thing with fear is that you have to embrace it. You have to know it like an enemy, you have to understand how it makes you think and feel, and how much it twists your mind and reason. Once you know all that, it can’t surprise you. It can’t control you–you control it.” ~Sally Malcom (Stargate SGA-01: Rising)

Where’s all this going. I have decided that I will take that quotes advice and I won’t let fear, either of failure or success, hold me back from the journey and path that God has placed ahead of me. I don’t know where I’m going, but I know it has to do with music, and it’s something I need to share with the world. Also keeping in mind what Tim McGraw says, “Hold the door, say please, say thank you. Don’t steal, don’t cheat, don’t lie. I know you got mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind. When those dreams you’re dreaming come to you, when the work you put in is realized. Let yourself feel the pride but, always stay humble and kind.”

Don’t fear failure, don’t fear success, know how they make you feel and you can control them. Be happy, live life, and be humble and kind.

 

 

Sunday Seasonings: SO MUCH FOOD!!!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to do a Sunday Seasonings, and boy do I have a lot of new and tasty recipes for you guys!!! Enough chat, let’s get started….breakfast anyone?! 😀

Close……but not quite. I do like a little variety–like for instance:

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Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes!!!!

You’re probably thinking “chocolate cheesecake pancakes……no wonder you gained weight Lisa.” WRONG!! These bad boys are only 48 calories per pancake. Yes, you heard me right:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1 g 2 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 1 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 25 mg 8 %
Sodium 263 mg 11 %
Potassium 70 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 5 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 4 g 9 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 1 %

Now you’re probably wondering how these beauties were created. Very simple so here’s the recipe that I used (oh and these are Lisa and roommates approved, so if you have doubts–don’t. They’re delicious!)

1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking Powder
2/3 cup Stevia in the Raw
1 1/2 cups Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 cup Unsweetened Original or Vanilla Almond milk (no sugar)
2 eggs
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

And here’s the link for the instructions.

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Oh and by the way, it’s 48 calories with the sugar free chocolate chips. It’s about 50 or so with the chocolate chips, but you almost don’t need the chips, but I LOVED them too! 😀

Next breakfast thing I made was a egg waffle. Sounds weird, but it was like an bacon, cheese, and spinach omelet–but as a waffle. Just add a tiny bit of almond milk (or milk of your choice) to thin out the egg a bit so it can spread into the waffle maker evenly.

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Serve with toast and there ya go!!!

Now to snack time!!! New favorite snack, Citrus Yogurt Parfait!

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And all it is is Okios 0% Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (1/3 cup), 1/4 of a grapefruit with a bit of juice, and a little drizzle of honey for some sweetness!! SO GOOD!!! 😀

Onto Lunch and Dinner!!!!

Cucumber Tuna Boats? Yes!

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Make a simple tuna salad (mayo, mustard, tuna) and then de-seed a small cucumber, place tuna inside, top with cheese, and cut into pieces and enjoy! Not a cucumber fan–but I really liked this.

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Grilled Tilapia Fish Tacos–romaine lettuce:

1/4 tsp salt
2 small whole wheat tortillas
1 Tbsp Wholly Guacamole
1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
splash of lemon juice
4 oz, Frozen Tilapia Filets
dash of Cayenne Pepper

Grill the Tilapia in a skillet, on a grill, or bake it. Take tortillas and spread 1/2 the guac on each tortilla, place lettuce down, place 2 oz of fish on each tortilla, drizzle lemon juice on top, and then sprinkle on cayenne. Sounds like a weird combination–but really tasty!

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Chicken in Foil

1/3 cup Tri-Peppers (can find it frozen or homemade. If homemade then add a bit of white onion)

1/3 cup Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes

4 1/2 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

I also added some cayenne, cumin, and chili powder–to taste–can’t say how much I used but I put it all over the potatoes, and on the chicken. You put that all in foil and then create a pocket so that the chicken will steam inside. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Take out and enjoy!! 😀

My other favorite was something I made over spring break for my parents was called Mouthwatering Chicken:

Here’s the original link, http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/melt-in-your-mouth-chicken-breast

But here’s how I revised it:

  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Mayo
  • 1/2 Tbsp Homestyle 100% Natural Parmesan
  • 16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

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I grilled these on the girl along with the asparagus, which I topped with olive oil, pepper, salt, and parmesan cheese. Add a side of rice, and you have a nice little lunch or dinner. It was SO good!!

YYYYUUUUMMMM!!! Just made myself hungry again! But hey, that’s all I have for this week. Will probably have some more next Sunday, but because I’m trying to get things out of our freezer and fridge (school ends in 35 days) I’m mainly just eating same old, same old things!

But until next time, this is the Farmer’s Daughter!!! 🙂

On your mark, get set–RESTART!!!

This post is like…….5 days in the making. But seriously, where has the time gone?! Sorry guys that it’s been so long, but with my school schedule, homework, and my recital–everything just got away from me. Right now with all these papers and essays due, this is pretty much how I feel:

Exactly.

So where was I the last time we talked…..oh yeah, 154 and not budging with a senior recital coming up. I couldn’t understand what was going on, and then I started talking to a friend about it and she said it’s most likely stress. I thought “stress? could it really be that simple?” We’re going to see, because it makes sense. From February, I had so much stuff that needed to be done that if I said I wasn’t stressed–I’d be lying. And from research, stress releases cortisol (or however you spell it) and sometimes it can make you gain weight or plateau. I can find the truth in that. Then spring break came and went gained 4 pounds to get pushed up to 158 and then Easter weekend happened and shot up to 162. It was bound to happen eventually, I knew it was coming and yes–when I saw that number I slightly beat myself up. But thanks to some wise words from friends, I knew that I would be okay–and what do I do: start T25 😀 This time though, I’m focusing on the toning part–if the weight drops that’s great and I will LOVE IT!!! Especially since I want to be down to 150 by May 16th–graduation. I’m looking more at nutrients and health instead of being totally focused on calories, quantity of quality, all the while trying to get my calorie count up higher and building muscle. I’m also going to be introducing fruits and milk back in my diet. I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about sugars as sugars but focusing on keeping my refined sugars down. I will be watching those natural sugars though, limiting them but still being able to enjoy them. Basically just focusing on eating a healthy diet with healthy foods!!! So here are my before pictures:

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My measurements:

Weight: 162.8

Chest: 33 1/2

Waist: 31

Hips: 36 1/2

Thighs: 23

Arms; 10 1/2

Butt: 39

I’ll be putting up pictures after the first 5 weeks are done and my measurements! Wish me luck all!!!! 😀

First Fitness Friday of the year–so here we go!

To the Man Who Made Me Who I Am

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I was sitting here thinking about all the names that we give the days of the week: Man Candy Monday, Transformation Tuesday, Woman Candy Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday…..me I came up with Weight Loss Wednesday, Fitness Friday, and Slim Saturday. My prayer in life, is that when I get kids they won’t find that being a MCM or a WCW is the greatest thing in the world. I want them to realize that no matter what, they are handsome and beautiful no matter what anyone else says. But in honor of MCM ( 😛 ), I want to talk about the man who made me: my daddy.

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Being the only girl in the family does have perks, course so does having an older brother. Because not only is the above true about my dad, but David did the same thing–in his strangely, brotherly kind of way. Course, there are regrets about being that annoying “baby sister”, I wish I could go back in time and fix that–cause I believe it effected my relationship with my bro, to the point that we don’t have the brother/sister relationship I would want. (But I’ll talk about David later on in life, this is about my dad HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!)

My dad is probably the hardest working man that I know, and even though my brother and I might absolutely hate his guts sometimes–we can’t deny that he has done so much for us. He’s always been there for us. Taught us how to shoot, dribble, throw a baseball, bat properly, change the oil in our cars, the meaning between right and wrong, love God, be a Godly man and woman, love the land, love each other, love our family, and every other thing that dad’s should teach their kids. I can’t imagine my life without my dad and in my opinion (I can’t speak for my brother) Dad has given us an example of what a man should be like. He’s given us the model of what it means to be a hard worker, how to roll with life’s punches, what it means to be a neighbor. He’s given me the example of how a many should treat a woman, and some day I’ll find my Prince Charming, but Daddy will always be the king of my heart (right behind Jesus of course 😉 ).

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I might be getting a bit mushy because it’s my dad and I can’t just not get mushy when doing so. I’m the chip off the old block, two people that are so alike that it made my grandma laugh one day at my grandpa, “Roy. Did you really think you could put 2 Scholz’s in the same room, let alone 3, and expect them not to butt heads and none of them agree?!” Then she started quietly laughing. It’s true. I have the blood of probably the three most stubborn cultures in the world: the Irish, Scots, and the Germans. But even though sometimes my dad and I don’t get along and we butt heads, yell at each other so the neighbors can hear, glare at each other, and give each other the silent treatment–we still love each other that we’ll come home, eat dinner and supper together as a family, and then cuddle on the couch.

I’m glad I have the relationship that I have with my dad, and I really wouldn’t want it any other way. I can’t imagine my life without him, and because I know a lot of people who have lost their dads…I celebrate each day I get to have with him. Even if I’m 600 miles (8 hours) away. So I challenge you, because I personally know so many dad’s that have gone on, I want you to take a moment and think of yours. Have you called him today? Thought about him? If you’re estranged from him–have you tried to patch things up? I know it can be tough, but you only have one dad, and like it or not–he’s yours.

Course it’s easy for me, I love my dad!! 🙂 And I know he has my back through everything I do, and that I’m truly thankful and grateful for!!! (Even when he gives Dave and I a hard time about stuff because he knows it annoys the crap out of us……………………..I might come to a point where I want to tell him to shut up…………)

So here’s to the man who taught me all I know, who made me who I am, and who taught me that it’s okay to listen to Christmas music in October! Love ya Daddy!!! You’re my hero!

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