February 29, 2012

Give It Your All

"As I approached the final mile of the race I realized there were only three opponents left. Obstacles standing between my goal and me...the finish line.

As I reached the first opponent, I closed my eyes and heard this message: "You only fail if you fail to try." I peddled with all my might and took his place. One down, two to go.

As I neared number two I once again closed my eyes. Knowing this one would be harder, I searched for strength. Not only was I more tired than before, but this opponent was the second strongest. Suddenly I heard the voice from within: "You only see the obstacle when you take your mind off the goal." I visualized the finish line and continued to push my body to its limit and took position number two.

My last opponent, my last obstacle was in first place for a reason. He symbolized every goal that I hoped to achieve. Knowing this would be the toughest moment of the race, I again closed my eyes. This time I waited for the message. But it didn't come. As the fear rose from inside I realized it was up to me, not this voice, to win the race. With that in mind, I opened my eyes and it hit me.

On the back of my opponents shirt was the message. It read, "If you can read this, I'm winning!!!"

Then with every ounce of energy in my body and soul, I peddled and fought the toughest battle of my life. As I crossed the finish line, I realized that first place means nothing if you haven't given 150%. There is always someone out there who is a little faster or a little stronger, but the real champion is the one who reaches the finish line with nothing more to give."
-Jay K. Duplessie

TJ's hockey team here has a Team Chaplain who meets with them once a week. After he speaks with them he sends the boys home with papers that have biblical passages or short inspirational stories. The bit above was sent home with TJ from "Rev" at the start of the year. The paper has been hanging on our fridge, held up by TJ's magnetic hockey schedule, since October. It serves as a motivational piece for the two of us, and puts a smile on my face each morning when I stop to read it. I hope it did the same for you today.

Happy Wednesday. 

Remember: "Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead and sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end...it's only with yourself."

February 28, 2012

Mouthing Off

I am not a makeup snob. While I love getting lost for an hour at Sephora or MAC, I am also just as happy buying a new product at Target or Walmart.

One product in particular that I've been obsessing over lately is nude lipstick. It's not a new "trend" by any means. Nude lips are an absolute beauty classic, and I am so glad that they are here to stay because I am a huge fan of au natural makeup.

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I love that by applying a nude lip one is able to bring out her eyes or cheek bones without looking overdone, and I feel that the color really accentuates a woman's all over glow, too. The nude lip is a beautiful blend of fresh and romantic, and the polished look can be achieved for all skin tones and can stay within the means of any budget.




Are you in the nude?


February 27, 2012

The Great Divide




When I go to the grocery store I feel like one of those people who goes to McDonald's and buys a triple cheeseburger, an extra large french fry, a vanilla sundae with hot fudge and a large diet coke. 

I feel so ridiculous watching 50% healthy foods and 50% junk move down the conveyor belt!

Does anyone else have a significant other who claims they are "allergic" to healthy foods?

February 21, 2012

"I Am Not The Same Person Having Seen The Moon Shine On The Other Side Of The World." - Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is funny.

When we moved to Germany last season I couldn't work for nine months. I filled my time with "things". Blogging, crafting, cooking, baking, thrifting. Simple things.

When TJ and I made the decision to stay in the States for hockey this year we built up a lot of expectations

I was ecstatic to be able to pay for groceries with dollar bills again. To feel comfortable driving down the highway again. To only be 1,750 miles from home instead of 3,750.

When we moved to Texas this season I felt the need to make up for lost time.....I made the decision to try to go back to the on-the-go, busy life that I had five years ago before I met TJ and left home to travel with him.

My days here were quickly filled with work and dance. That's where my 'happy' used to be, it only felt natural that incorporating those two things back into my life would please me. I declared that I was tired of traveling with TJ and that I was going to focus on me and stay here in Texas with or without him. In December I began working one job from 9-6, a second job from 6-9, and squeezing in dance classes when I wasn't working. For two months straight I was working, dancing, or driving in the car.....and guess what? 

I wasn't happy. Something just didn't feel right. 

And it was very frustrating, actually depressing to me that I was trying so hard to become that same person that I was a few years ago, and that my efforts were failing me.

I finally had a "day off" from work two weeks ago. It was a Saturday. A day to breathe. A day to sleep in. A day to let my mind rest. A day to park the car, sit on the couch, and figure out what the hell was going on inside of me.

That was the day that I picked up the phone and quit job 2. The day that I decided I'm not auditioning for DCC. The day that I bought a box of wine and cleaned our apartment from top to bottom. Scrubbed the refrigerator. Organized the pantry, my closet, and spice cabinet. I somehow made those Blueberry Crumb Muffins 5 glasses of wine in, too.

It was the day that I realized that I am a different woman now. That my happiness, though simple, has changed. My happy comes from keeping a clean home. Cooking healthy meals and delicious treats. Enjoying JerzDays on the couch with my fubby, a glass of wine and pizza. Blogging. Taking pictures. Going to TJ's hockey games. 

My good friend Josie just wrote a blog post entitled "It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken" that really spoke to me. Within her post she explained how striving for nostalgia can be dangerous. Be warned that my digestion of what she wrote may actually not be what she intended (if you read her blogger profile, she refers to herself as a Superhero. She's not kidding. She's the JNN of CNN), but this is what I took away from it, and I think it's a good reminder for anyone who is reading this that may be experiencing what I just went through: She reminded me that I was plagued with tough problems and mishaps back during the days that I have been nostalgic for, but that I'm allowing my prior achievements and pride from the past to overshadow those problems because it's a familiar place to go to in my mind.

I was silly to think for more than five seconds that I was going to stay here in Texas without TJ to fulfill some dream to dance on a football field. I was silly to overcommit myself to too many jobs and to create an individual plan that didn't include my two sidekicks. As much as I complain in the off season about packing and moving...and yes, it's stressful....it's really exciting to be able to pack up and move to a new city. To start brand new. To meet new people. To try new foods. To learn new sayings or languages. To experience new parts of the world with my best friend.

And maybe we'll stay in Texas? What do I know about six months from now?

What I do know is that I cannot wait to celebrate my first year of marriage with my husband. That we both have 'the fever' and are ready to bring a Baby Fox into the world. Life is happy and very exciting when you stop comparing it to the past. My priorities and my happy have changed. And that's finally okay with me. 

What is your 'happy'?

February 14, 2012

A Sweet Reminder | For My Bridesmaids

I am very anti commercial gift giving.

But I do love handmade, thoughtful gifts. This past Christmas I sent individual mixed CD's home to my family with songs that express how I feel about them and the special relationships that we share. To me, the CD's were simple but meant so much more than any giftcard or store bought item that I could have sent back home.

Fact? This is my 5th Valentine's Day with TJ and not once have we "celebrated" or even acknowledged it. I don't like flowers...the die. I don't like chocolate (ok, this is a total lie, I love chocolate. But I tell TJ to not buy me a box because I have no willpower and I'll eat the entire thing in one sitting)...I'll get fat. As cheesy as this sounds, every day is like Valentine's Day for the two us...we don't need a special day to say "Oh yeah! I love you!"

Fast forward to the point of this post...there are a little more than 4 months left until I marry TJ and I wanted to send surprise packages to my other best friends who will be by my side on my wedding day. My girls. The ones who I don't see or say "I love you" to every day. The girls who know my pre and teenage secrets, the girls who I first experimented with boxed hair dye with, who remember my funky teeth before my braces, and the girls who have continually been by my side while I've been on this rollercoaster of a hockey life that takes me from one city to a different state to another country multiple times a year. I love you girls.

What are YOU doing for V-Day? 

February 8, 2012

Just Daydreaming

"Welcome to this humble home. Full of every days. Full of mundane chores and the buzz of regular life which is really a secret code, for here lives the most magical of creatures and superheroes living the greatest love story of all time." - Kal Barteski

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February 5, 2012

Sunday Morning Blueberry Crumb Muffins


1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, soft
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Grease muffin tin
3. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder

4. Measure 1/3 cup vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup
5. Add the egg
6. Pour in enough milk to fill the 1 cup

7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well.

8. Fold in the blueberries

9. Fill muffin cups

10. In separate bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour 1/4 cup butter & 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

11. Mix crumb ingredients with a fork until it looks like this

12. Sprinkle crumb topping over muffins before baking
13. Bake for 25 minutes 

14. Enjoy!
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