Day 3: Groove to the Gilmore Girls

This was on a shopping back for a business in Colorado…
….I loved what it said!

I have learned exercising, fitness, movement has cycles and I MUST listen to what my body needs.

I approach raising my daughter in a very similar fashion.  I take note of things she is interested in and use that to my advantage to accomplish a goal or growth opportunity I may want her to experience.

She recently has been interested in using her first morning hour before lessons to watch a bit of tv: Jesse, Once Upon a Time, or Gilmore Girls.

I have wanted her to have a bit more structured or consistance exercise in her every day life.

 I have always enjoyed working out first thing in the morning before she wakes up.  I usually work out while praying my rosary or watching something insirational or educational or both :)…..

Out of all that….ah…..the birth of my outside of the box approach of her recieving what she wants while I recieve what I want….and we get to do it together…bond…and have a built in support system for each other.

I have embraced the shift of my morning and am enjoying having the opportunity to remember to take each opportunity to learn and grow with and from each other.

So…this is what my morning looks like for now…who knows how long this season will last…but for now I love it…and am embracing it….

Upon waking I have been praying my rosary while “walking” throughout the house sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes….meal prep.   This gives me a great way to warm up my body with nice simple movement, get some household things done, all the while remembering how Mary truly walked away from her will inorder to live and breath ONLY God’s WILL!  What a beautiful and lovely way to start my day.

Then once I wake my dynamic daughter….I set up our living room for our movement/workout session to Gilmore Girls….or Jesse.   It’s perfect.  It allows us to do a HIIT kind of workout.  We rotate between the mini trampoline, stepper, weights, and/or body strength movements.  I set the timer for 2 minutes and we have to rotate between stations every 2 minutes.  We proceed to watch, laugh, move, sweat, and have lots of morning moving fun!

What can we all learn from this?

What do you like doing first thing in the morning?  Can you add even 10 minutes of movement/strength in a HIIT fashion workout that gets you breathing heavy, moving fast, gaining strength and raising your body temp!?

Do you watch the news?   Set a timer for 1 minute jumping jacks, 1 min push ups, 1 min. lunges….repeat 5 times….you’ve accomplished 15 minutes of a simple work out, caught the news and are ready to conquer the world.

Do you have to run around first thing in the moring getting kiddos ready, making lunches, convinced you don’t have time for strength….a working out?!

From room to room, do lunges instead of walking.  Do 10 burpees at each kiddos bed; jumping jacks while you are waiting for your coffe to brew.

When you make movement a normal part of your life, you feel normal, you feel alive, you find yourself not focusing on negative thoughts and not obsessing about unhealthy attitudes toward yourself.

Huge bonus to all of this?  You are setting an excellent example for your children (especially daughters)  how to love yourself and do something for yourself that includes them in your everyday life….your everyday way of nurturing yourself: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!

Todays scripture to focus on is also a prayer….reflect on….

HAIL MARY….FULL OF GRACE….THE LORD IS WITH THEE….BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN….AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF YOUR WOMB….JESUS….

HOLY MARY….MOTHER OF GOD…PRAY FOR US SINNERS…NOW…AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH…..AMEN!!!

Freedom

What is true freedom?

I feel we take this simple word for granted in the U.S.

Today I am going to deviate, in a way, from what I have been sharing with anyone who wants to hear/read about my journey with our femininity, our sexuality.  Instead, I want to extend to all of you to reach out in prayer for a dear friend of mine.

I’ve shared in previous posts about the child slave trade in other countries.  My friend is embarking on a trip today for 10 days to spread light, hope, and love to those who don’t see or experience these amazing gifts.

It breaks my heart so much to know how much we take for granted.

After all, what are my biggest worries, concerns, or thoughts during a normal day for me?

I have the luxury to think about things like receiving and providing nutritious meals for my family.  I have the opportunity to contemplate what physical challenge I want to embark on each month.  I am able to tweak and experiment with my own personal journey on topics like food, fitness, faith, finances, etc and then share it with all of you.

I have the freedom and the joy to think about how I can grow closer to Christ and not get caught up in this world.

I DON’T have to worry about being used as an object for someone elses morbid, evil intended pleasure.

I DON’T have to worry about my life being threatened each day.

I DON’T have to worry about my sexuality being stripped away in such a way that I don’t even know what is healthy behavior toward my sexuality and my personal/physical body.

I DON’T have to worry about my moral compass being shattered because of the dark veil that shrouds my every day.

These children DO have these worries.

My heart breaks for these precious children.  The mommy in me wants to wrap my arms around them, love them, tell them it will all be okay.  But I can’t and we all know that unfortunately really ugly, bad things DO take place in this very broken world.

BUT there is something we ALL CAN DO TOGETHER!  We can join in prayer!  The most powerful weapon we have against evil.

As a Catholic, we dedicate the month of May to Mary.  But it doesn’t matter if a person is Catholic or not, Mary is mother to ALL OF US!  I think we can all respect and understand the the terrible pain and agony she must have experienced as she watched her precious son endure all HE did because of the evil in this world.

For the next 10 days WE CAN join together in prayer for these precious children in other countries.  WE CAN pray together that one day these children are freed from this evil….that these children experience a mothers love and warm embrace, and that even though humanity seems to have abandoned them, they are able to one day realize God has not….Christ will carry them…the Holy Spirit is loving them….and Mary will be their perfect mother!

Lets pray they are able to one day KNOW and FEEL the love of our Lord.
The love and embrace of their perfect heavenly mother.

There are many ways we can pray for these children during these 10 days….and beyond.

One way is through a Novena.

Another is learning as much as you can about these crimes and reflect on it, asking God to speak to your heart; to direct you in what action we can or should take.

We can turn to Mary, through the rosary, a scriptural prayer of the life and death of Jesus.

What ever form you choose to pray….please DO pray with me to STOP…TO END THE EVIL OF CHILD SEX TRADE….

Today I stop at this moment to pray for freedom for these precious children:
I believe in God the Father….(the apostles creed)
Our Father, who art in Heaven…(the Lords prayer)
Hail Mary full of grace…
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…
O my Jesus forgive us our sins….
Amen.

My prayers and blessings…
Always…
~K

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