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Wind is the worst, I will choose ALL the toppings, I’m done trying to be someone I’m not, the impossible choice between healthy and affordable, making time for play, and more.

Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.

Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.

I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world.

My Least Favorite Weather

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Wind.

We had a heck of a lot of it this week and I am not a fan. 

Give me rain, snow, sunshine, or hail, but wind is the one thing that makes me want to stay indoors.

I have this weird thing with my ears (my mom and sister have it, too) where if I don’t have some sort of ear covering, the wind legitimately hurts my ears. It’s not about it being too cold, it’s just about it being windy.

But Boots needed a walk and I needed a run, so we got outside anyways.

Endless Toppings

Adam and I tried a new pizza joint last weekend and it’s kind of like the Subway of pizza shops. They start you with a thin, unbaked pizza crust, you get to go down the line and pick your sauces, meats, veggies, etc, and then they bake it for you.

If you give me endless options for the same price, I’m going to go all in

So, while Adam got a simple pizza with about 3 toppings, I chose… a white sauce topped with a little mozzarella (I like light cheese), arugula, roasted broccoli, roasted corn, roasted garlic, Canadian bacon, ground beef, bacon, sausage, ricotta, Asiago, and a pesto finishing sauce.

It was delicious (except I’d skip the ricotta next time) and the leftovers were still amazing when I reheated them for lunch the next day! 

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Currently Reading

Wind is the worst, I will choose ALL the toppings, I'm done trying to be someone I'm not, the impossible choice between healthy and affordable, making time for play, and more.

I love studying personality types and temperaments.

Not only do I want to be able to play to my own personality’s strengths and weaknesses, I also just really love being sensitive to others’ temperaments, as well.

I’ve heard Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking quoted in a ton of places recently, so I grabbed it from the library yesterday.

There is no doubt I’m an introvert.

Even though I absolutely love people, I crave quiet and alone time. I am terrible at small talk and would rather get into deep discussions about issues close to your heart any day. I express myself much better in writing than speaking. These things run deep in me. 

But I will admit that sometimes I feel broken.

I feel like I should feel or be differently than I am. I’ve tried to learn the art of small talk (though it drains my energy so fast!) and I’ve tried to power through and stay around people long after my social energy is gone and I just feel peopled out. 

I think it’s great to learn how to meet people on their level (through small talk and such), but I’m kind of done trying to make myself be someone I’m just not.

So, I’m hoping to gain some more insights into myself and see how I can harness the power of my introversion. 

Healthy or Affordable?

This shouldn’t have to be an either or question, but sometimes it is.

The other day, I had an appointment in Denver. My morning involved a lot of driving and I was away from home for both breakfast and lunch.

I had planned ahead for breakfast, but around lunchtime, I was starving and nowhere near being home. 

So, I stopped by a convenient fast food joint on my route.

Honestly? I wanted a salad. I wanted vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. 

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But I am also trying to be extremely frugal right now and when I looked over the menu, I could have ordered a half salad for $5.50 or a value fries and chicken nuggets for $2. 

And that day, I went for the fried stuff.

It wasn’t driven by temptation or cravings. I just wanted to save money and fill my growling stomach.

I already know the key to affordable healthy living.

Planning ahead.

Most of the time, I do that and I do it well and I can have my healthy, delicious foods and still stay within my budget.

But that day, I was a little frustrated that this is just the way things are. 

It made me frustrated for all of you busy women, trying hard to lose weight, take care of your families, eat well, and make affordable food decisions when you are on the run and need to resort to convenient options.

I can only imagine how many of you would be eating more vegetables if the salad were 99 cents and the chicken nuggets were $5.50. 

So, busy mom, running through the drive thru, there’s no judgment here. I know you’re doing the best you can.

Play Time

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I’m great at making time for work, workouts, and productivity, but I’m not always great at making time for play (even though it is such a great stress reliever and mood booster!).

That’s where my niece and nephew come in (thank God for these precious kids!).

They are masters of play, laughter, running, and squealing, and I love it when their influence rubs off on me!

This week, we played Aggravation (my favorite childhood game!), Candy Land, and did Star Wars puzzles together.

It is so fun to see their little minds at work with problem-solving and to see them maturing in frustrating situations (like when you get aggravated and sent back to base for the 3rd turn in a row). 

If you haven’t had any play time in your life this week, I highly recommend it! It’s good for the soul and a great way to connect with little ones.

Odds & Ends

Wind is the worst, I will choose ALL the toppings, I'm done trying to be someone I'm not, the impossible choice between healthy and affordable, making time for play, and more.
Small group snacks – taco dip with flair!
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Joy is blue skies and a Jen Hatmaker audiobook on our morning run.
Backyard lights for the wedding!
Wind is the worst, I will choose ALL the toppings, I'm done trying to be someone I'm not, the impossible choice between healthy and affordable, making time for play, and more.
We took Boots to the dog park, but he was way more interested in staying right next to us than meeting other dogs.

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

What is your least favorite type of weather?

Are you a pizza purist or would you go crazy with endless toppings?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 

What’s your favorite way to relax, laugh, and play?