Appreciation. We all have tough days, or wake up early and say, "I don't want to go to work," I don't want to do life," "I don't want to get the kids ready, make breakfast, do the laundry and run errands," the list goes on. But have you ever thought, wow, I am blessed I am able to get up and use my legs and self-dress and self-feed with no dependence. Wow, I am so blessed I have a job to provide for myself and my family and a car to run errands. Wow, I am so grateful I was able to have children, as they are the most amazing part of my life, even if they drive me nuts sometimes. Wow, I have a laundry machine, clothes to put on my back and am able to pay the water bill and mortgage.
Positivity. Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, but we need to give thanks daily, and live our lives happily and as stress-free as we can, spreading more love and thankfulness in the world rather than stress, hate and bitterness. Remember, we all need to stay as positive as we can and understand how grateful and blessed we are for our lives and all that we have been given and all we have worked for in life. Next time you think of complaining about having to make Thanksgiving dinner or clean up the dishes after, remember you have someone to cook for and a roof over your head and food in your belly :)
Grateful. All of my family (immediate -besides mom, dad, sister and niece, and extended) live in Minnesota, and because it is such an expensive plane ticket up there, and it is so cold during the holidays, we usually are only able to make it up there in the summers every 2-3 years! Since we have never had family in the South, our best family friends took us in and each year we join them and their family for a Thanksgiving dinner with festivities (usually involving football and alcoholic beverages) to follow! The past two years our friends that we met in Nashville (Gabi and Corey) who are amazing musicians and singers were able to make it down for the festivities, which they turn into a live show for us :)
Thankful. Top 5 thanks.
1. A healthy and supportive boyfriend and family and friend group
2. A profession that has led me to helping people live healthier, longer lives
3. A job that allows me to make a living and have food in my belly with a roof over my head
4. Beauifull Profit to allow me to share my health & wellness knowledge with people all over the world
5. My personal health and wellbeing
The last thing that I wanted to do was to make this Thanksgiving post sad or depressing, but I just wanted to create an eye opening post for everyone out there, and to help us all remember that we should treat every day as a day to be thankful for not just November 23rd.
The rest of my Thanksgiving weekend included picking out and decorating the Christmas tree, tasting Clean Juice, Small Business Saturday in South End, Dudeapalooza, Christmas picture photoshoot, and Bad Daddys for linner ;) Hope you all had an amazing weekend with plenty of tasty food and memories that will last a lifetime!
Be Full. Be Fit. Be Your Own Beautifull Profit.
You'll never guess! The sweetest man in my life surprised me with a trip to Florida and the whole family and work was in on it. Side note: LOL at the fact that everyone and their mother thought I was coming back/came back engaged. How blessed am I to have someone so amazing in my life? Basically this trip was because Craig and I have been extremely busy and have had a lot going on in our lives this year, a lot good, but also a lot of time spent apart. We continued to be long distance until late August, I was studying hard core for a solid month to pass my RD exam, we moved in together, I started a new job then my blog, we moved again, then Craig was studying for a few months for his Chiropractic boards, the list goes on. Wanna hear the low down?
About a month ago, my mom texted me asking if Craig and I wanted to watch Jack (our dog) while they went to Charleston, SC. Well this isn’t an abnormal request considering my parents go to Charleston once a year and do many spontaneous trips like this, so of course I said yes. Well come Friday, I get home from work and Craig has already had the car packed, so I packed up a few of my last things and we hit the road.
After panicking of everything I had planned to do this weekend and everyone I had to contact, and realizing I didn’t have any Florida weather clothes, all was good because I realized the love of my life did everything he could to surprise me and he succeeded. Also it was only 65-75 degrees all weekend, so the clothing situation worked out.
Thinking back on it all now…
TIP OFF NUMBER 1: About two months ago, I came outside of the room to get water after I said I was going to bed and Craig stood straight up and closed his computer halfway –super sketchy!
TIP OFF NUMBER 2: The director of nursing at work had said to me a week weeks back, “Aren’t you going to Florida?” I said no… She replied, “I swore someone told me you were going to Florida. I just responded, “nope, not me, must be someone else,” but she was so persistent on it.
TIP OFF NUMBER 3: Craig always being cautious of his phone and whenever I was looking at it
TIP OFF NUMBER 4: Craig’s phone was on the counter the night before we were leaving and my mom texted him a novel and all I saw was just put it in a plastic bag, so I stopped reading and Craig responded oh, I have to bring a present home for you.
TIP OFF NUMBER 5: Why are we taking the Greenville, SC exit? We’re supposed to be going to Charlotte….
Let's talk about my Walking Challenge journey. Craig and I started out strong, then Craig started studying a lot more for boards, so I lost my walking buddy. This is my biggest struggle; I need accountability. Exercising by myself is one of my weaknesses, as I have very low motivation to exercise. I know you all expect me to tell you I walked everyday for 20 minutes and feel amazing and lost weight and blah blah blah, but that is not realistic as life happens. This is a main point that I want to drive into you guys, especially with the New Year approaching. No one is perfect, we all have excuses and struggles, and we all go through life. This being said, life can throw curveballs at us everyday, and some days we are exhausted, feel sick, don't get home until 9 pm and still have to make dinner. I understand, which is why I want to talk about proper goal making, and how this challenge was an UNREALISTIC challenge. When you make a challenge you need to make a S.M.A.R.T goal, one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. A S.M.A.R.T Walking Challenge would have been: Walk for 10-20 minutes at least 4-5 days a week while documenting each day you walked, for how long, and how you felt before and after. These S.M.A.R.T goals provide you with an attainable challenge while holding you accountable and allowing "life to happen." I have had days where I walked more than 20 minutes, I have had days where I didn't walk outside at all, I've had days where I walked with my boyfriend, and days where I have walked by myself. I felt much worse (mentally) about myself when I did not go on a walk, vs. when I did go on a walk especially when I got on a roll with hitting a certain number of days in a row of completing the challenge.
After the rehearsal at The Watson House, The rehearsal dinner was held at Caribsea and tasted delicious. They had a private room for us that was the perfect size for everyone to be able to see each other and socialize. After our delicious entrees and some wine we were served dessert! From here, there was a sectioned off welcome party on the rooftop bar!
All I have to say is this was a wedding we won't forget, but you will truly only understand how beautiful and how much fun and full of love this wedding was if you were there, so I will try and take you back a couple weeks to September 16th, but keep in mind my pictures won't do it justice!
The (beautiful) Watson House
If you are looking for a wedding venue near Emerald Isle or the water, I highly recommend The Watson House through Dream Makers Wedding Estates. The Watson's and their staff were some of the most genuine and generous individuals, who truly cared about us and wanted to make the day perfect for Alley and Torrey. Us girls got there early and they provided us with plenty of space to get ready, breakfast, snacks throughout the day, mimosas, lunch and many laughs. They were so welcoming, and truly made us feel as though their home was ours. We were even able to leave all of our stuff overnight to come get in the morning!
Miami Bachelorette Weekend
If you're still reading, I surprised Allie, the stunning Bride-to-be, at the time, for her Bachelorette weekend in Miami! I had been so up and down about going, only due to the fact of just having finished my dietetic internship and had been without a job for about a year, but I finally told myself you know what she's only going to get married one time, which means one amazing bachelorette weekend! This is also the day I truly realized that money is nothing but money and you can always make more of it, something Craig tried to teach me a long time ago. I would rather have the time of my life and make memories with the people I love the most than to regret not having those experiences only because I thought I needed to save money! That being said, I do not recommended blowing your money, but rather save it for future events that you do not have to miss out on! Having this realization, I think to myself how did I ever think about not going to Miami?? Check out the surprise video on my instagram @beautifullprofit, and look through the slideshow below for a sneak peek of our amazing weekend with amazing people, weather, and food!
Today is the day! I started this journey back in July, so I am extremely excited to see this finally come together! If you're unfamiliar with my recent adventures, feel free to explore my blog site to learn more about me and my Beautifull Profit!
How Beautifull Profit works:
1. The home page is where you will find everything you need for learning how to perfect your beautifull profit. Simply click on the picture you would like to learn or read more about, or you can check out the horizontal tabs at the top of the page that have drop down boxes for you!
4. Monthly Challenges are to provide you with a small idea to begin your exciting health journey! Join along in the fun as I will be posting updates and completing these journeys with you!
5. If you feel you need more help in pursuing your beautifull profit, or would like more one-on-one information/time, feel free to contact me on the contact forms under my services for more information!
6. Enjoy! Always remember, Be Full. Be Fit. Be Your Own Beautifull Profit. :)
I am a licensed registered dietitian who is more than excited to share my past six years of knowledge & experiences with you. I aspire to help people live a healthier, happier life in an enjoyable way, and I hope this blog will help you get there! Join me in my journey as I pursue my Beautifull Profit. Be Full. Be Fit. Be Your Own Beautifull Profit. Enjoy!