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running and life update

Hey hey friends!  

I know, I know…I won’t even start with my excuses for not blogging.  Let’s just say that I’ve been living life and enjoying it!  I absolutely love blogging and will continue to do it, but whenever it starts to feel like a chore, I make myself step away for a bit.  

The half marathon count down is on!  In five weeks and five days, I will have finished my very first half marathon!  My training has been like my blogging lately – inconsistent.  However, I feel good on my runs and definitely feel like I can rock the 13.1 when the time comes.  Yesterday, I ran 8 miles before church.  I didn’t map out my route before hand to see exactly how long it was, and I ended up having to book it the last 2 miles to make it home in time to get ready to be at church!  It was a good push.

My new running shoes have made the biggest difference in my runs!  I cannot say enough good things about FleetFeet and the Mizuno Wave Riders.  In. Love.

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Next week is football homecoming – yeah – in September.  It’s crazy early, but it’s coming so I guess I better prepare for it!  We are having a TON of cheerleading practices this week and next week, and we are decorating the school this weekend.  Our theme is Back to the Future, and the dress up days go throughout the decades (we even have a futuristic day – I think I’ll make an outfit out of aluminum foil hehe).  Any dress up ideas for me?  I like to go all out! 

Another random thing I want to tell you about is yet another new obsession from Trader Joe’s: Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds.  Seriously – these are the most addicting things I’ve ever eaten.  If you looked up perfection in the dictionary, this is what you would see:

I’m convinced that the little bit of sea salt is what keeps me reaching for just one more, and one more after that.

OH – and big news!  It’s officially my birthday month!  Of course I started celebrating on September 1 (even though my birthday isn’t until the 26th) – we went out for sushi and then frozen yogurt!  Daniel asked me like 3 weeks ago what I wanted (he’s so awesome – I didn’t buy his gift until the day before his birthday…shhhh don’t tell him!  It was a great gift – does that make up for it??), and I originally said I didn’t want anything.  This is very unlike me, because usually I’ll want something for a while and instead of buying it I’ll make it a birthday or Christmas suggestion.  However, I honestly couldn’t think of anything I wanted this year!  Five minutes after I answered with “Nothing.  Seriously – I can’t think of anything.  Let’s not spend any money on my birthday and save it for our anniversary trip or something,” I went in the kitchen to make a smoothie.  Daniel heard me yell, “I know what I want now!!!!!!!!!  A vitamix!!!!!!!”  

It’s only $650…that’s not too much to ask, is it? 🙂  

One day, my friends, I will own a vitamix, and it will be amazing.  One day.

I know this post is all over the place, but I wanted you to know that I’m still alive and kicking running!  

I hope that you have a GREAT week!

much love,

natalie

so tell me….

What have YOU been up to lately?

What do you want for your next birthday??? 

my feet hurt

Oh my gosh, y’all!  It’s been about ninety years since I last posted, and for that I do apologize.  

In-service started last Tuesday, and the kids came for a little while on Friday to get their schedules and set up their lockers.  Do you know how important it is to have a fully decorated locker in middle school (for girls, obviously)?  Let me tell you, it is a BIG deal.  I’m talking lockers fully lined with wrapping paper, shag rugs on the bottom, blinking lights when you open the door, and one girl even has a chandelier!  

Locker

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This is what I’m talking about!  I believe one girl has this exact locker somewhere on our hallway.  I think I had a mirror and a magnetic white board in my locker in middle school, but that was it.  Funny how things change.

Anyway, so Monday was our first full day, and then last night we had parent orientation.  I was in charge of leading the 7th grade orientation, and I think one parent commented after and said it was like going to comedy hour.  I don’t know if that was a good thing or bad thing for them, but at least I made them laugh!  I am really excited about this year – the kids seem very sweet and enthusiastic about pretty much everything.  Most people don’t understand middle schoolers, but I think they are pretty awesome (and yes, I do know that they are moody, hormonal, clumsy, and generally awkward kids, but it doesn’t bother me on most days).  We’ve only had three days of class, and I’ve already heard some pretty hilarious things.  One kid asked me if I was the type of teacher that was going to threaten to hurt him all the time (???) and several others keep saying “consecration camp” instead of “concentration camp” when discussing our summer reading.  I just love them!

I’ve worn heels everyday (wedges except for today…they may have been 4 inch heels…don’t preach to me about it…my feet already have that covered), and I can tell that I haven’t been wearing them all summer! I got used to living in my Reef flip flops or athletic shoes.  It’s definitely going to take me a little bit to get back into the swing of things – like getting up at 5 a.m. everyday – and I hope to be back to a regular blogging schedule soon.  Until then, random posts will pop up whenever I have a free second.  

I hope that y’all are having a wonderful week!  Catch me up on your lives!

much love,

natalie

so tell me…

what type of shoes do you wear to work?

do you wear heels often?

overcoming fear

Good morning!!!!

I’m back!  Whew – last week was a fun, crazy, and exhausting one to say the least!  Cheer camp was a great success, and I wish y’all could have seen those 80 little girls performing for their parents at the end of the week.  It was so precious.  I’m finally getting the Justin Bieber and One Direction songs that we played all week out of my head.

Yeah.  Moving on…we are going to have a deep conversation today – ready?

I have had several conversations lately about fear.  Talks with friends, families, my cheerleaders, etc really have me thinking a lot about how we let fear get the best of us all too often.  

By definition, fear is:

1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid
2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of heights
3. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone’s safety
4. reverential awe, especially toward God
5.something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of
 
Now, the fear I’m talking about isn’t just the “phobia” type of fear (side note – do you KNOW how many legit phobias there are???? fear of the moon??  fear of clouds?  fear of the color purple??).  I’m talking about the fear that robs us of our joy and happiness; the type of fear that comes with taking risks and accepting new challenges in life; the type of fear that comes when we step out of our comfort zone.  Satan likes to creep in with those “what if I fail” or “what if it doesn’t work out” questions.  There’s also always that one person who likes to point out all the things that could go wrong.  But what if we stopped thinking like that?  What if we focused on all the things that could go RIGHT and the amazing experience we may have?  
 
I kind of feel like I’m jumping around, but it just bothers me that so many of us let fear control our lives.  Fear is definitely something we need in our lives – thankfully God designed our bodies so that we would have that emotion when faced with danger or pain.  At the same time, we can’t let it control our lives.  In the Bible, you will continuously come across passages that begin with “fear not” or “do not be afraid” or “do not worry.” 
 
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That verse blows my mind – God has given us a spirit of POWER, not of fear!  
 
So, we know we have fear, but how do we overcome it?  For me, my answer comes straight from scripture. Jesus said that we would have many trials and troubles in our lives, but to take heart, because HE has overcome the world (John 16:33).  
 
1. pray – pray that the fear is taken away and a peace is restored; pray for wisdom; pray for clarity.
2. be confident – many of us are captive to our fears because we have believed them for so long and let them take hold of our lives – give those fears the cold shoulder and believe in yourself!
3. face them – that’s right – face your fears.  how are you supposed to deal with them if you’re running away from them all the time?
4. risk it – know that anything worth doing usually involves some sort of risk – and there’s only one way to find out if it’s truly worth it.
This week, I am going to face some of my own fears and work on overcoming them.  One thing that I will be working on is my fear of needing to fit a certain mold or be a certain body type.  Instead of feeding that fear by criticizing my body image, I am committing that I will say something positive to myself every day when I’m getting ready in front of the mirror.  Sounds silly, but I know that those positive thoughts will help keep the negativity and fear at bay.  
I hope that y’all have a great Monday and that you identify and conquer a fear this week!
much love,
natalie
so tell me…
Do you struggle with fear?
How do you overcome fears in your life?
Do you have any weird phobias????

ABC easy as 123

When Andrea posted this survey, I couldn’t help but join in the fun!  As we all know, my 12 year old self would insist that I do this survey (and forward it from my aol account to 7 other people before midnight so all my dreams would come true).

Note – if you have a problem with hunting, you may want to stop reading now and come back tomorrow. 🙂

A is for age: 27, which I found out today from a high schooler is an “old” age – psh

B is for breakfast today: I was planning on having smoked salmon, but was rushed so I threw together a quick pb&j (first one in over a year, I think) with wild squirrel pretzel pizzazz pb and homemade strawberry jam

C is for currently craving: Ice cream!!!

D is for dinner tonight: Daniel ate a late lunch and I wasn’t terribly hungry, so he’s been snacking on random foods and I made a cookie dough cereal bowl

E is for favorite type of exercise: HIIT training, tabata intervals, HIP HOP DANCE!!!, zumba, etc.  I really like to do whatever gives me the most bang for my buck!

F is for an irrational fear: It’s not really irrational, but when I’m teaching zumba, I’m always a little concerned that I’m going to dance/fall off the back of the stage in front of everyone.  Another thing I cannot stand (although I’m not scared of it, I just hate it) is squishy toilet seats.  GAG.

G is for gross food: Chitterlings.

I tried them once, so I can say that I actually do not like them.  I believe the ones I had were fried.  DISGUSTING.  I will try anything once!

H is for hometown: Three Way, Tennessee

I is for something important: LOVE – Love Jesus, Love Others – simple yet so important

J is for current favorite jam: This morning I had homemade strawberry jam, and it was delicious.

K is for kids: 1 brown dog, 1 spotty puppy, and 1 fat cat

L is for current location: Three Way, TN for now

M is for the most recent way you spent money: I bought a ticket to our school play, which we are going to see tomorrow night.

N is for something you need: Some new workout clothes – for real!

O is for occupation: middle school language arts teacher, varsity cheerleading coach, fitness instructor (zumba, hip hop, abs, etc), personal trainer

P is for pet peeve: SMACKING or any mouth noise in general.  Loud breathing even bugs me lol.  My other pet peeve is people who have nothing better to do than criticize/talk about others.

Q is for a quote: My current favorite is “Don’t sacrifice what you want in the long run for what you want right now.”

R is for random fact about you: I can do ten consecutive back flips under water without taking a breath.  It makes me insanely dizzy and I always feel like I’m drowning when I come up for air, yet I still do it every time I swim with my nieces and nephews.

S is for favorite healthy snack: fresh fruit or a protein smoothie.  today’s snack was a fake baked (microwaved) apple with cinnamon and coconut butter

T is for favorite treat: ice cream – preferably with some type of chocolate and caramel

U is for something that makes you unique: I hunt and can track and clean my own deer. Don’t worry, we eat the meat!

I can also say my alphabet backwards.  Talent, people, talent.

V is for favorite vegetable: I don’t know that I can choose just one – I love vegetables!  Sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, I’ll stop now.

W is for today’s workout: I taught an hour Zumba class today, but that was it!

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Other than my teeth, I’ve had my wrist x-rayed when I broke it in 3rd grade, and my head x-rayed when I got kicked by horse in 5th grade (another story, but no, I was NOT standing behind a horse).

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: spaghetti squash and getting to spend some time with Daniel!

Z is for your time zone: Central!

There you go – way more than you ever wanted to know (again).  I’m going to try to get everything ready for tomorrow and hopefully will get to bed early (this part probably won’t happen) because I have detention duty at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow!

So tell me…

Pick a letter and answer for yourself in the comments!

What should I have the detention kids do in the morning?  I was thinking wash my car, ha.


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