July 10, 2017

Summer Rejuvenation

It’s July 10th- how is that possible?! I feel like we have been thoroughly enjoying our summer and sometimes I suppose it’s only right that it’s already July 10th. We have been maximizing our summer weather and time together here in the midwest and I think we’ve done well at mixing the busy times with the relaxing times.

Before we continue let me just tell you that the weather in the midwest is beautiful (more on that below)!

But if I look at my priorities each summer, it always comes down to one thing- rejuvenating and reflecting. I find that in the summer, I take a step back from the rush rush rush for about a month or two, and today I’m sharing about my own Summer Rejuvenation so far.

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June 18, 2017

Father’s Day: A Thank You Note

Today is a special recognition day for all fathers and today I wrote a thank you note to a special father, the father to my children. First a special Father’s Day shout out to my own father, my step father, my father in law, and even my (late) Grandfather today. Each of them have influenced me through their role as a father.

But today’s thank you note is for the guy my kids call “Daddy.” There are many reasons for which I am thankful but I decided to choose three ways to highlight today.

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June 5, 2017

Easiest (& Healthy) Guacamole

There are few things I enjoy more that a rock star guacamole. Since guacamole is so easy to make, I don’t often buy pre-made guac because I find there are unnecessary added ingredients & the flavor is just isn’t the same.

The real question is this: How has it taken me this long to post about this guacamole recipe that I’ve been making for YEARS?!!

WHAT A SHAME.

The issue here is not eating all the guac before it’s supposed to be served but here’s the deal- I’m doing my due diligence in taste-testing. In fact, I’m doing a service in taste testing for others. People should be thanking me for taste testing and ensuring it’s suitable to consume, despite the fact that there is usually quite of bit less remaining for others to eat. That’s the sacrifice and part of the service. You are welcome.

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May 31, 2017

My Birthday Letter: Dear Younger Me

It’s the last day of May which may be just be another day for you but today is my birthday (whoo hoo)! And friends, I love to celebrate and I’ll celebrate anything. Heck after we moved here, I came home and celebrated after I made my first friend. So yes, I like to celebrate.

But today I drafted a letter to my younger self, many birthdays ago, to celebrate this day. Join me…

Dear younger Laura, 

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May 30, 2017

My Breakfasts Lately

I am a breakfast eater. I’ve always liked breakfast. And actually if I’m being honest, there are times I have 2 breakfasts- morning and mid-morning. I always think it’s interesting to learn about the inner-workings of someone’s schedule, day, lifestyle, etc, and food is one of those areas so I thought I would share with you my breakfasts as of late. Because I don’t know about you, but I am a creature of habit so usually my phases consist of a few things on repeat, minus the occasional surprise here and there.

But I also want to hear from you!

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May 26, 2017

How to Find Your Courage and Avoid Complacency

Courage and complacency are meaningful words but they are quite opposites of each other, and it’s key to distinguish the difference because we want to encourage one (courage) over the other (complacency), obviously. When I think of courage, I think of being brave and strong (even if I don’t feel strong). Courage is strength and powerful. It’s also uncomfortable.

On the other hand when I think of complacency, I think of the opposite of courageous. I think of no movement or progression towards bigger things. I think little emotion or interest, lazy and no extra effort.  The Cambridge Dictionary defines complacency as “a feeling of calm satisfaction with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder.”

Without big dreams we risk not fulfilling and using our God given gifts to serve others and the world around us.

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May 25, 2017

Wellness Series: 3 Tips to Eating Well

Welcome to a NEW! Wellness Series for Living Well! Today I’m focusing on Eating Well. In a series of posts within the next week, I will be sharing with you my view a living well which will range from all over the wellness wheel and continuum including eating, movement, stress, relationships, and even occupational wellness… with my own perspective included.

Overall my view of wellness is very well rounded, flexible, and rather holistic but not extreme- meaning I always try to first find and explore natural methods of living well or lifestyle changes to live better but I’m not completely against Western medicine.

Of the first of many posts in this series, we are starting with Eating Well.

First let me give you a few disclaimers:

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May 17, 2017

Summer Survival Eating Tips

HELLO summer! Even though we’re outside in the sunshine, going on vacations, and enjoying BBQ’s with friends, we can still eat healthy during the summer months.

Today is a guest post from my friend, Shannon! In the last year, Shannon & I have collaborated together on wellness events, speaking events, and just connecting really well. Since moving to South Dakota, Shannon has been a great friend and I’m so thankful for her.

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May 14, 2017

Love & Thankfulness on Mother’s Day: Another Perspective

Yes, I feel like Mother’s Day is a day of thankfulness, gratitude and love. A day to reflect on the beauty of a mother’s love and the appreciation of that relationship. A huge thank you and praise to God for the gift of my mother but also my role as a mother.

However today I’m talking about another approach or perspective… because it’s the part of living well and thinking of others beyond the traditional ‘my mom’ approach.

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May 9, 2017

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Before I share this kid-approved (and quickly devoured) recipe, which ::disclaimer:: has a mix of healthy goodness but also sugar- there’s a balance- you’ve been warned, I want to share a big thank you to The Bakers for hosting me online last night!

Our live facebook interview was so fun and even though I usually feel comfortable public speaking in front of a live audience and doing live facebook/IG videos solo, this was my first live interview on facebook with other people! Online. I enjoy public speaking and even though I’ve done many presentations in front of large groups before (like hundreds of people), I still always get butterflies. Every time. So last night I got those butterflies too (even though I was only talking to two people, hello INTERNET)… but afterwards I was so happy that I did it! It’s that feeling of trying something new with courage, when you could’ve easily skipped the opportunity. So I’m thankful for The Bakers- I had a lot of fun!

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