Tropical smoothie

You know those people on Facebook who just seem to “do it all?”  They are up early, like really early, starting their day with a workout, devotional, and positive thinking quote.  They are successful in their work, whatever that may be, and they seem to still have time for their family and a social life.  Pretty obnoxious, right?!  Ha, just kidding…sort of.

Well, since having a baby, Zach and I have often wondered how in the world can we do all of the things we really want/need to do?  It just doesn’t seem like there is enough time for all of it, but then we see these people who seem to have way more on their plate than we do, and they are still doing it all.  I am not saying these people have perfect lives, and I know we can’t see behind the scenes.  However, they do seem to know something or be doing something different to be able to juggle daily time with God, a workout regimen, quality time with their family, quality time with friends, and successful careers on top of all of that.

Unfortunately, the one thing we have noticed that these people have in common is that they all get up early, like in fives, like it’s still dark outside early.  Yikes.  We are not morning people…at all.  The thought of waking up at 5am, is frankly a little terrifying.  It means going to bed earlier, and the problem is, we are night people.  We like to stay up and watch TV, talk, laugh…stare at our phones.  But the people we feel like God is calling us to be are early risers.  We need that extra two hours in the day to do all of things that will honestly just make us better, more productive people.  We want to be the kind of people who get the most out of life.

We have big dreams, and we really see God doing something new, stirring out hearts, and we just want to be a part of it in whatever way He wants to use us.  But to be a part of it, we need more time, which means, we have to get up in the dark.

So today was Day 1.  And I have to say it’s 8am, and I have already made a new recipe (this super delicious Tropical Green Smoothie I’m sharing) spent time in the word, had some unrushed time with Zach, and worked out.  I’m pretty amazed at all I could do in the 2 hours before Maverick woke up for the day at 7am.  I know in a few days, the excitement will wear off and 5:30 will get really tough.  The good news is we are in it together, and I’m hoping we can push each other and stick to this.  I think it could be a game changer, pray for us!

As far as the smoothie recipe, I wanted to change up my typical morning smoothie.  So, I made this tropical themed green smoothie today, and it was really yummy!   I am such a cheerleader for smoothies in the morning.  For over 2 years, we have had a smoothie almost every morning, and it has really changed my diet and helped me maintain and even lose weight.  There is something about putting fruits and greens in my body first thing in the morning, it just sets me up for success in how I eat for the whole day.

So enjoy this tasty blend, and if you are an early riser, any tips on how to stick to this routine?!

Tropical smoothie

 

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It’s official, I have on the most comfortable and ugliest combination of clothing that is possible. #Icepocalypse #fuzzysocks

It’s a funny thing being trapped in your own house for 6 days.  You see, right before this ice storm we’ve had in Nashville, I had a bad cold.  When you’re sick with a baby you pretty much don’t leave the house if possible, so it has been 6 straight days of being home.  Don’t judge me.  Obviously, if you have older kids, you can get out and sled and play in the ice/snow combo, but with a baby you really can’t do that.  My days have been spent trying to catch up on sleep, laundry, and getting a few work related things done all in between taking care of Maverick, in the comfort of my own home, in my pjs, of course.  It really doesn’t sound too bad, but once day 3 hits, you just need something, a change, some make up, a trip to Target, a break from the monotony.  However, that hasn’t really been possible in this predicament we are in.

Needless to say, I’ve spent a lot of time staring at the TV and my phone.  But on day 3 things just began to feel empty.  Filling my time with little tasks, looking at everyone’s snow pictures, and catching up on my shows just started to get a little old.  I was feeding Maverick that night, and I ran across the picture f the Christian men who were beheaded by ISIS.  I looked at their faces.  And I thought, what am I doing?  Here I am just trying to distract myself from life with TV and social media.  And men are being murdered for their faith.  It’s not a movie or a show, it’s like real life.  I just started to feel this emptiness creep in.  That’s what happens when I don’t feel myself with Him.  It’s so easy to distract and entertain myself even while stuck at home for so long.  When social media and TV get old I can turn to online shopping, vacationing planning, or even recipe creating.  Not that any of those things are bad, but I was leaving Him out.

I’m finishing up Annie Downs book “Let’s all be Brave,” and I just read about the rhythm of discipline.  I usually read my “SheReadsTruth” study in the mornings, but lately I’ve let the other apps on my phone take precedence, I had gotten out of my rhythm.  It’s a small thing, but just filling my mind with a little truth everyday, taking the time to pray and just be with God fills me up.

All of the things, the houses, the money, the cars, the status, the looks, the clothes.  They are empty.  They are never enough.  The more I get the more I want.  When we moved to our home now, I thought we really had something.  You know, a really nice house to be proud of.  Sure, I’m still proud of it, but it’s sort of lost it’s luster, you know?  Like I find myself looking at the bathroom thinking it’s really outdated.  The floors we put in the living room are already so scratched up.  We need a bigger rug.  And so on.  Just 2 years ago, I was so proud of it.  Now it just doesn’t quite cut it?  Things.  They lose their sparkle quickly.  They never satisfy.  I’m not saying they are bad or that I won’t redo our bathroom, but it won’t fulfill me.  In a year or two the styles will change and it won’t seem so fresh and new anymore.  He makes things new.  He satisfies, oh how easily I forget.

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