Puritan Wedding Prayer

Loved this wonderful prayer.

God Breathed

With the wedding season just around the corner, I thought I would post “a little something” that was given to my husband and I by my father-in-law around the time of our wedding day.  It is a precious puritan prayer that has become my personal prayer for our marriage:

Oh, God of love, you have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind. Yours was the plan and only with You can we work it out with joy. You have said that “It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a helpmate for him.” Now our joys are doubled since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other. Our burdens are now halved, when we share them, we divide the load.

Dear Father, we would ask that you would bless GROOM NAME. Bless him as a provider of nourishment and raiment and…

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My Cat, A Rose, My Life


This feline absolutely adores her person.  Me.  ❤  She’s not the cuddly type at all.  However, she wants me around and she wants to supervise 24/7.  Our bond is extremely special.  Cats do not have to choose you.  They can be extremely independent creatures.  So, in my experience, earning their trust and love is something to be cherished.

Roses are my favorite flower.  Mom keeps them in the yard.  I do my best to capture them as they bloom.  Here’s a gorgeous example from a couple weeks ago.


Tomorrow begins my first day of responsibilities since my major job search began.  My outlook is quite bright on stepping back into the college classroom as an instructor.  I’m excited to dive back into geographic facts, theory, and discussion.  

These opportunities should also enable my return to a gym.  I’m so ready for that day to come.  I miss lifting weights and having the “gym environment.”  The transition may be a struggle; when is it not?  I miss my iron-fueled zen…along with the associated health benefits.


Breaking News: Colorado becomes the latest state to ban greyhound racing!


Angels Bark

Emails from Grey2K come in two forms: those heartbreaking ones detailing cases of greyhound abuse, neglect and cruelty and those like today, announcing victories. Today Grey2K is spreading the good news that Colorado has become the latest state to ban greyhound racing.

Grey2K announces Colorado as the latest state to ban dog racing

Yesterday morning, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed Grey2K’s bill to prohibit greyhound racing, making Colorado the39th state in which the cruelty of dog racing is illegal!

Per the Grey2K email, “Drafted by GREY2K USA president and general counsel Christine Dorchak, the measure was enthusiastically supported by Colorado Voters for Animals,Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare, the ASPCA and the The Humane Society of the United States. We all worked together to make dog racing history!

None of this would have been possible without the leadership of our chief bill sponsor Representative KC Becker of Boulder. A freshman lawmaker, she learned about the
cruelty of dog racing in…

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Giving Up is Not in my Blood

Adversity.  That is what I have gone through since before the beginning of August.  So much growth in such a small span of time.

What helped keep me going?  Outside of my friends and family, it was an ideal.  A simple, yet very powerful concept:  Flag Nor Fail

They happen to be a company; one that I will continue to support.  I discovered them not too long after the founder’s wife (IFBB Pro Dana Linn Bailey) turned pro in Women’s Physique (a women’s bodybuilding division).  I’ll be honest with everyone here, I wanted to start my own company founded on similar ideals.  It was not to be.  

Initially, their clothing simply meant hardcore training to me.  Then, as life took its twists and turns, I discovered the more profound definitions.  

  • In August 2012, my health took a dive with a complicated gall bladder removal.  I spent the next seven weeks struggling to simply function.  After that, I had minor procedures every 3 months until this month!  – HOLD STRONG
  • In January, I made my luck by finding and “landing” my dream job that I currently LOVE.  –  CREATE YOUR WORTH.  
  • Most recently dealing with loss of a very special and influential friendship that turned toxic and detrimental.  – WEATHER YOUR STORM
  • Now, I’m living my life with new people supporting me, following my goals and dreams, loving my work, and loving in general. – WORK IS IN MY BLOOD, ALL DAY & ALL NIGHT

Rob, Dana, and the rest of the FNF team, your existence has made a difference in my life – in the gym and in my every day life.  You are almost family to me in many ways.  Keep on working and working HARD!  

DIY American Flag Vest

Adore this!!! 🙂 ❤

Crafted in Carhartt

DIY Carhartt American flag vest

DIY Carhartt American flag vest

DIY Carhartt American flag vest

DIY Carhartt American flag vest

DIY Carhartt American flag vest

DIY Carhartt American flag vest

DIY Carhartt American flag vest

With the 4th just around the corner, it’s time to get your Betty Ross on! Carhartt Women’s Tomboy Hooded Vest is perfect for sporting your American pride. All you need is scrap fabric, paint, and thread. Stitch up a storm and you have your outfit for Independence Day. Whatever your holiday activities may be, this is a great outfit. It’s ideal for fishing, boating, bbq-ing, etc… My favorite thing about this vest is the media port to deal with those headphone wires easily.

shop this look: Tomboy Hooded Vest, Cheyenne Shirt, & El Paso Short 

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Day (470) – On Looking Bad

Once I stopped spending energy on how people thought of me, my life started to change. My efforts were put in the right channels…towards what I wanted to accomplish.

The Better Man Project ™


I was watching an interview with Hugh Jackman yesterday on the airplane…and he said something that struck a chord with me. He said…and totally paraphrasing here…”Until you embrace the chance of completely utterly falling on your face, I mean…really looking bad…then you will never be able to truly live. Because you spend all your time trying to look good instead of really taking a chance.”

It’s not the first time I have heard this and I am sure that it won’t be the last. However, it has been a while since I have had those words spoken to me. A great deal of people spend their life avoiding looking bad or always trying to look good. I can honestly tell you that for the past 6 months, I have forgotten about the benefits of giving up those two concepts and opening myself up to living life versus directing its sexiness…

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