One Foot In Front Of The Other

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I have a confession; I do not have it all figured out.

Last week I received an email from a beautiful soul back east who told me that my blog has given her inspiration to continue on, even when times get rough because…I have it all figured out and she has the hope to figure it all out one day as well. While I am uber flattered I don’t want to lie. I am here to say, I do not have it all figured out. Blogging can be a funny thing, many people get to see snip-it’s of your life and based on how pretty your clothes are, how your hair is styled, they way you write, the things you do, etc. make your life looks so much more glamorous than it is. Now do I think my life is glamorous? Hardly but I love it all the same.

The year 2015 is already shaping up to teach me a whole slew of new life lessons. Learning how to be a mom, wife, career woman, and lastly this girl name Meghan has been a struggle, to say the least. Things have happened to me that have made me take a step back and wonder if I am in a movie. There is no way I should be old enough to deal with these things. With only being three months into the new year, friendships have been formed, been tested, and been strengthened. I have learned how to stand up for myself and be able to be proud of where I am in life.

If you stop and listen to the signs that life gives you along the way, then you will see that it is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other and hanging on for the climb.

I do not have anything figured out because life is always changing. In my mom world, I am currently trekking through this world called toddlerhood. Have you heard of it? It involves random screaming fits (I am sorry, you can not run with a fork in your hands), weird toddler songs about using the potty (who invents this stuff), picky eating (Zaba’s… we go every weekend because he wants tacoooo’s and wwwiccee) and the inability to just chillax once an awhile. In my career work, I am dealing with the stresses of hoping that I am achieving everything that I have set out to… Is my design still up to par, are people reading my writing, how in the world am I suppose to hire two new people for my team and train them and wait…what…what do you need (okay, I’m on it!!). My wife life… I love my husband, I swear, he gets the short end of the stick sometimes, but I need him 150% of the time. Lastly, this Meghan thing… Who is she? Isn’t she Logan’s Mom? The Marketing Manager? Wes’ Wife? Yeah, this one I am still working on. What fun is life if you don’t have it figured out?

Cheers to all of you who thought I had it all figured out and damn I just told you all I didn’t.

Here’s to one foot in front of the other.

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My Best Friends Bump

It has been twelve years since the first time Makenna, and I became friends. I had to let that sink in for a little while because twelve years is a long time. We were still in High School listening to Simple Plan and Blink 182 when we met and have stayed friends through college, moving out-of-state (she went all the way to Hawaii), boys and break ups, getting married, my baby, and now…her baby.

I went to St. George, Utah to take her Maternity pictures. The glow this lady has is ridiculous, I was a hot mess and would never have thought to take maternity pictures but not this girl. Her hair is fabulous, her skin is smooth and has that pregnancy glow everyone dreams about.

I can not wait for Logan’s new best friend to be born in April! Until then, here is a look at her Maternity session.

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It’s a race!! UPDATED

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UPDATE – The End

I have mixed emotions about this race. I was able to create some amazing memories with my friends, and we did some things we never thought we would. Like drinking a slurpee in less than 40 seconds (32…if you wanted to know) and perform service that was much easier to do than you’d think. But the way they chose winners just did not jive (and this isn’t just my opinion, there were around 15 teams we talked to at the event, and they all said the same thing).

We finished 3rd out of 38 teams, which sounds great, except we completed 50 points MORE worth of challenges than the next team near us. We performed service like it was no one’s business, drove out to Primm; we were super creative on some of the challenges and yet found ourselves called up third during the award. Now, I understand this may sound like we were sore losers, but after thinking about it, thinking about the overall mission, and looking at the other two winners (2nd and 1st in our division)…I’m upset. If you are going to judge based on someone’s opinion of your challenges, then you need to create a rating system vs. a scoreboard. Put the challenges on a rank based on easy – hard and go from there.

Do I recommend the race… Yes. Plan on creating competition between two groups of friends vs. competing for anything they have going on. The app is great, the concept is great, the execution is just like gymnastics, ice skating, and diving…someone’s opinion vs. the scoreboard. This is why the NFL is so popular.

See our teams challenge here!! 

Second Place Here

First Place Here

Take notice of the winners (a sunrise when time didn’t start until 7am, 23 miles worth of trails and all the other things you did…in 8 hours. Something just isn’t right here).

As of right now.. My friends and I are on a race! Not just any race but a race around our city. Questival is a service and community race put on by Cotopaxi. Some of the coolest things we’ve done so far… Swing on a rope swing, share ice cream with someone, donate clothes and food… Basically just be badass!

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Lazy Girl Fitness – Frog Jump Races

*Disclaimer – Please make sure that safety is first. I am not a licensed trainer; these are workouts that work for me and my busy lifestyle. Consult a doctor before starting any new workout program and be safe.*

Do you remember the highest of highs and lowest of lows I was talking about previously? Well, here is one of them. I started Pinterest gold in the form of being lazy and getting some form of workout in along the way, it was titled Lazy Girl Fitness. My favorite is Microwave Abs and Brush Calf Raise Brush, which seems to be your favorite as well because they have been pinned over 100k times. Yes 100,000 plus times, omg that blows my mind still. For a girl who just doesn’t have the time to get to the gym, I only shared my everyday occurrence and it was received so well. I was so excited to see that others were in the same boat and wanted to take a glimpse into more of the lazy girl fitness activities that I do. I also had just found out I was expecting.

I was at the highest of highs, I had just connected with readers, they were talking about their concerns about staying healthy and how I was helping them make the most out of their day. I also just found out that I was pregnant, and I was thrilled about that as well. And then I started experiencing a roller coaster that took me to a low point. I was extremely sick; I vomited over three times a day, but I was still not considered to have Hyperemesis. My fitness activity halted; I ate high carb foods to try and get relief and keep calories. Readers would email me asking for more ideas and I’d let them know I was pregnant and experiencing serious symptoms. A lot of people were supportive and nice and others were hurtful (telling me that I should not start something and then stop it). Remember, Lazy Girl Fitness is not a workout program, it is the way I make time to workout.

Then once I had Logan and 12 weeks later, I started to create more Lazy Girl Fitness ideas and routines, things were going great. But life reminded me of life and in minutes my baby boy was fighting for his life in the PICU. He recovered; I didn’t…I was a nervous wreck. I did not want to be away from him; I wanted to hold him forever. Then, time past and things got a better, but I still wasn’t ready to begin putting Lazy Girl posts up again, because they would have been forced. Blogging has to be real; it has to be raw and I did not want to post something just because it would be pinned.

After a talk with my husband, actually a few. I started to realize the clarity of things and that I can post one here and one there, I do not have to make it a series that people come to expect. I can post Lazy Girl Fitness just as I post anything else.

Be me, Be true to myself.

Now with all that being said… Welcome back Lazy Girl Fitness.

Frog Jumps

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Step One: Find a long hallway (or go outside)

Step Two: Grab your buddy…or put your cutie at the end of the hallway (Logan used to laugh so hard when I did this before he was mobile)

Step Three: Start in a frog style squat (keep your back straight) and jump up to the sky reaching your hands overhead and land back into a frog style squat.

Step Four: Add a ribbit sound if you would like giggling to begin

Step Five: Repeat as many times as you can

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p.s. Feel free to pin ;-)

 

Welcome To The Journey

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Something has changed over the last two years after having Logan…me. I’ve gone through a wave of emotions that have put me in the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I’ve been trying but failing in the art of juggling motherhood, my career, being a wife and probably the hardest, being myself.

If you have been following my journey, you haven’t seen it all. To become a mom, wife and career maven, there seems to be a never-ending roller coaster full of loops, turns, smiles, and tears. I’m here to share not only my successes but my failures and prove to everyone that sometimes you just have to wing it.

You have noticed that I haven’t blogged since last year, and I told you I was working on something. That something is me. I had to figure out if I was brave enough to share my journey if I was brave enough to be real and raw on this blog. A lot of bloggers get wrapped up in stats and how many people are visiting their site and what they are visiting because they want to monetize off that, and they forget who they are. Then there are the bloggers who are in a massive transition and trying to find their new niche, especially fashion/lifestyle bloggers who are now mommies. And lastly you have those who start to phase out blogging altogether. No matter where your favorite blogger is at in their journey, remember that… blogging is a journey. It isn’t a fortune 500 company; it is real people.

So while I may not have the perfect Instagram feed, the same style of photo’s and editing for each post, heaps of designer duds or hauls of makeup to review… I do have one thing, who I am. This blog is who I am.

Welcome to the journey.

Mama…Cheesssseeee

LoganJacket – Ralph Lauren (similar), Jeans – Gap Skinny Jeans (similar), Shoes - Ralph Lauren, Beanie – Gift

 

It couldn’t have been any cuter on this chilly winter morning. I convinced my professional photographer to take a couple of pictures for an outfit pic, when all of a sudden I hear “mama chheeessseee”…

How could I not give him his own outfit post after that?

ok…

peace out mom.

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Christmas Morning

Christmas Night Santa

No Christmas morning would be complete without having to put together a few toys. This year it was all about getting Logan his own ride…and that ride is a Mack Truck.

Before we started Logan grabbed his Grandpa’s hand and walked to the fridge saying “cookie…pweasseee”. So whats a Grandpa to do besides give in and eat cookies with him.

These two got busted and Logan thought it was hilarious.

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After cookies Logan played with some of the toys out of his toy box (I don’t think he noticed the massive amounts of presents just inches away) he helped me stack presents.

However…he decided he wanted to open his present’s alone, in the kitchen. He stacked up a bunch…

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and then he fell on top of them. It took awhile to open everything but once we were done I laid out all of his gifts and took his second annual “haul” photo. It was such an amazing morning.

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