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Is Content Okay?

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Its been a long journey. A few too many years on the diet train. Doing this workout, that workout. Setting goals, reaching goals, & falling back to start all over again. I’ve tried it all, counting calories, excessive cardio, energy supplements, at home workouts, professional goal setting. But what really worked for me?

My life changed drastically 2 years ago when I was introduced to the company “Team Beachbody”. (if you’re like me you will let that word shut you off & close this post… please, keep reading.) — truly I find this name an oxymoron as funny as that sounds. AND I hate that word “Beachbody” because the way our bodies look is completely missing the point!!!!

After years of trying to “take care of myself” I knew there was something missing. If God is the center of my life, that means my entire life!! Not just bits and peaces of it… so he must be the center of my health and fitness as well. I didn’t know the answer, but I was desperately seeking it.

REWIND<<<

Three years ago, a girl from a neighboring town messaged me on Facebook about this fitness group that she was running. She invited me to join her & all the fun they were having. Community.  Let me just tell you I THOUGHT this was a DREAM COME TRUE!! A group of like minded women all in one place…. HEAVEN!!

But it wasn’t heaven. I was on my walk with Jesus, learning the ropes of how to apply my Christ following faith in all the areas of my life & realized very quickly that this style of “fitness accountability” was not for me… derailing the Team Beachbody name in my book!!

Let me explain… This online group appeared to me like a competition. The girls would perform their workout & post a sports bra “sweaty selfie”. Like… how do you look so good after a workout?? They would show off the abs a little, show off how well they ate for the day, it was all very showy!! There was no realness. It seemed staged, beautiful & orderly. That. Was not. My. Life!

I always try to give people a chance. So, I messaged my new friend and asked her if I could give her some suggestions. With her permission I let her know what made me uncomfortable, and how I thought her group could be more successful. Now, I know I may not have been right, but I knew there had to be something more!! Where does God fall in all of this? and not in a Jesus freak kind of way… A, God made this body, He must be interested in helping me take care of it. Right?

You know, in my mind i thought… what if we were praying for one another?? imagine what kind of goals we could reach!! How many people would actually succeed instead of tossing in the towel if we were to press into Jesus instead of hiding and living to impress. The broken could actually be healed instead of reaching empty goals, and still finding a void a in our hearts. Something I have done more times than I would like to admit!

Unfortunately, my new friend was not ready for my comment. Maybe I didn’t approach it in the right way, but it was very clear that she was uncomfortable with my suggestions. She was honest and told me she believed in God, but she was still finding her way. Ok, I get it… I probably sounded C-RAH-AZY to her.

So, time passed, and I continued to eagerly search for the answer.

I met my dear friend Susan, and began a new journey of health and fitness with this “oxymoron” of a company “Team Beachbody”.

God began to teach me how to properly fuel my body. He exposed the strong holds I had in this area, and showed me how to dispel the lies I was believing, the lies that held me captive. This was through the right community of people with my eagerness to please God. Let me share with you what I learned:

Those of you who have been following me for a some time now, have heard me say over and over again, “How can I go into the world and share the good news of Jesus, if I am not healthy and whole?”

This is one of those “practice what you preach” kind of things! When your mind set changes from selfish and vein reasons, to selfless sacrifice to fulfill Gods purpose for your life, your world changes!!

It is no longer about what the scale says, or fitting into that old pair of jeans. Its about taking care of this gift God has given you called life!

Now you ask.. what does this have to do with contentment??

I’ve reached a point in my journey where God has revealed to me the “I’m ready” stage. Over and over again He says to me, “Mauri you are ready. Go into the world and share the good news!”

SO, I ask you. Is there a place for contentment in your health, nutrition & fitness journey? Are you allowed to love yourself where you are? Are you allowed to not care about a number on a scale? Are you allowed to not have any specific weight, food or fitness goals? Are you allowed to look at yourself in the mirror and love who you are… for the first time in your entire life?????

Content: in a state of peaceful happiness.

I see this over and over and over again. You reach a goal… so whats next? What is the next level? What is the next step? When is enough enough? Goals are not bad, but I do think it is important to recognize that you are perfectly loved, beautiful & important right where you are!

The health & fitness world makes it sound COMPLETELY WRONG to be content with where you are. There is this constant NEED to continue to improve at great lengths and never find satisfaction in where you are. That by looking in the mirror and loving who you are right in this moment means something is wrong with you. There is a form of conceit formed by the world in contentment. This is satan’s LIE!

I want to be very clear, I am NOT telling you to go back to your bad habits & begin abusing the body God gave you. Self care is a lifetime journey (as cliche as that sounds). Not a 3 week solution to a life time problem.

What I am saying is that we must reach a point where we no longer hate the journey. We must reach a point where we need to first love ourselves, to truly love others. We must find LOVE first and realize that happiness is perfectly OKAY!!

You DO NOT need to look like that lady on the magazine to be happy! You do not need to mirror the woman next door, to enjoy life!

I have found through this walk with Christ, that we must find contentment in where we are. Otherwise, when all is said and done, we will still be empty at the “finish line”.

I have been ashamed to share my journey lately, because I LOVE where I am. I don’t have any specific goals that I want to reach, just continual maintenance training my Godliness while I train my earthly body to go into the world & share the good news. And that is perfectly okay!! I know that as I am ready, God will reveal areas in my walk that need work, but there is nothing wrong with being content where you are. Being proud of yourself for how far you’ve come & loving the journey!

I feel like today you need to know, you are ALLOWED to love yourself right where you are! You are allowed to be content in your journey ❤

That does not mean you stop working on lowering your cholesterol or breaking your addiction to sugar, it just means that you are finding contentment in the journey. You are joyfully praising God in the sun, in the snow & in the rain. You are taking care of the blessing God has given you called life with a joyful and open heart. Not grudgingly, but happily.

Content: in a state of peaceful happiness.

Smile this morning, because you are so loved! Smile because you are able. Smile because you are strong & smile because you are worthy! Gods grace wins every time!

-Mauri Katherine

 

When the Storm Rushes In

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Its been quiet on the home front over here. I don’t know if its called writers block or a growing period, but the silence is not silence at all. My mind has been racing a million miles a minute, but expression of words will not come out. Until now that is.

Ive sat down at this computer several times over the last week thinking… “ok God, what do you want from me? How will you use me to day to lift others, encourage them & show them the light in darkness?”

Its one of those things where you want to share the joy, the good news of freedom, but when you are experiencing depression yourself, you often wonder, how can I help others when I myself don’t have it figured out.

This is where the cliche “take up your cross daily” comes in!  No seriously! The secret isn’t to have it figured out. The secret isn’t defeating depression or finding happiness that lasts a life time. It is waking up each and every single morning choosing Joy, choosing Gods way instead of the ways of the world. It is waking up each morning and taking up your cross (a death instrument symbolizing freedom) & pressing forward, trusting that God is in control. Trusting Gods word Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Knowing that God will walk with you through every storm and every victory.

Just over the last 7 days, many of my depression symptoms have started to creep back in. OH THE QUESTIONS… Am I good enough? Should I just give up? Is it worth it? When will this storm end? And then self deteriorating statements… I’m not smart enough. I can’t do this. I don’t want to get out of bed.

This thing called depression creeps in like a shadow at dusk. You don’t ask for it. You don’t know its coming. Just one day you wake up and BAM… Your brain functions flips like a switch. You sleep in a little more and a little more each day. You let small obstacles defeat you. You don’t want to hangout with your friends or even be out side. Then you begin to think you aren’t enough. That you will never be enough & that your efforts are worthless.

THESE ARE ALL LIES OF THE DECEIVER!!!! Satan, I commend you to leave in the name of Jesus Christ the messiah, the son of God! 

Step 1 to taking up your cross… call out satan’s lies & defeat them with the word of God!!

Guys! Jesus set the example!! He showed us how to defeat!

Matthew 4:1-11 “ Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil.  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written:  [Defeating satan with Gods word!!]  ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.

For it is written: (Satan trying to use Gods word out of context)

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:57

“In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Rom. 8:37

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” 1 Pet. 5:8-9

“Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair. Why aren’t we protected from satan’s attack? Doesn’t God care about us?

The truth is, WE ARE PROTECTED! God loves us so much, he gave us an entire book teaching us how to defeat satan. He has given us AMPLE amounts of information on HOW to rebuke satan. God loves us so much, He is with us even when we don’t know how to fight.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Counter every lie satan has ever told you with truth:

When your past begins to haunt you : I am a new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

You are useless : It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)

You’re not good enough : I can do all things through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:13)

You’ll never measure up : I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works. (Ephesians 2:10)

Google “satan’s lies & Gods truth” for more scriptures to help you defeat the lies that are pressing in on you!

As I lay in bed this morning, about to WAY over sleep, I had to remind myself that I am good enough. That I was not put on this earth to just take up space and die. God made me specifically me for a SPECIFIC purpose. Just like God made YOU specifically YOU for a purpose. Your purpose may be drastically different from mine and that is WAY OKAY! God needs all of his people in different corners of this earth to share his love and joy! We can’t all be in the same place with the same mission at the same time ❤ that wouldn’t make sense.


This is me showing up to help encourage through the darkness. This is me taking up my cross & letting our savior’s light shine. This is me showing you, that WE cannot do it alone. We need God’s grace. We need our savior to make a way for us. This is me opening my eyes! Remembering that I need to pick up my cross daily. Not just one and done. DAILY!

Never forget to smile ❤ you are worth it!

-Mauri Katherine

Excuses Demolished

If you say tomorrow tomorrow will never come. The right moment to begin will never come. Once you have more time, once you have more space, better weather, more money.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

🤝 happy Friday friends19030374_1094012620731602_6315260946493106277_n

Vegetarian Fad Diet

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My Opinion On The Vegan / Vegetarian Fad Diet

First of all, what is a vegetarian? I can’t get all these words straight? Vegan, Vegetarian, Lacto-Veg, Ovo-Veg, Lacto-Ovo Veg, OH MY! #lionsAndTigersANDbears

What is a fad diet? What is a diet? What is the purpose? IM SO CONFUSED!?!?

Meat was always a fun subject in the Wilson house hold. Here is why… As a very young girl, almost too young to remember, my weekly & monthly Dr. visits were a pretty regular thing. Not because I had a deadly illness, not because I was accident prone or because my immune system wasn’t strong, but because my parents couldn’t figure out why I wouldn’t eat meat.

The Dr.s had to give me iron shots to supplement my mac’n cheese diet.

Once when asked, I told my mother that I didn’t eat meat, “because it got stuck in my teeth”. (I’m not gonna lie, I’m a super flosser even to this day. But there’s more to the story).

There were on and off days for many years to come. I had sleep overs at my friends house in elementary school. Depending on the day, and how hungry I was, determined how desperate I was to eat what their families cooked.

I spent many days and evenings with one friend in particular. Her father was a very skilled hunter. He always had deer meat, different bird varieties, and many other varieties of food at dinner time. I remember going to bed hungry most nights I spent over there, but her mother was a smart and compassionate woman. She caught on to my eating patterns and started keeping grilled cheese supplies on hand for when I made my appearances.

I’m sure this was EXTREMELY frustrating for my own mother. Probably even a little bit embarrassing too.

It was in 6th grade when I first learned what a vegetarian was. I didn’t know there was a “category” I belonged in… I didn’t know there was a “label” to be placed on my forehead. There weren’t smartphones or easily accessible internet. Most homes didn’t have a computer, and if they did, “google” wasn’t made into a verb yet.

It was lunch hour at Durant Middle School. The sixth grade’s turn in the cafeteria and hot dogs were on the menu. On occasion, I would find loose change in our couch and buy snacks from the vending machine instead of eating form the lunch line. This particular day, I only had my lunch card and I was starving!

I never really liked hot dogs, but in desperate times, I would eat them. This is one of those days. I hopped in the lunch line, and waited my turn. Im going to be honest, I don’t remember a single other food that was on my plate. All I remember is that hot dog, staring me in the eye. I figured, if I put enough ketchup on it, maybe I wouldn’t notice that it was a hot dog.

I went back to my seat ready to dig in. My VERY BEST FRIEND sitting directly to my right decided that this was a GREAT day to explain to me, in great detail, what hot dogs were made out of.

Have you ever heard bad news, and got sick to your stomach IMMEDIATELY? Well… to a 6th grader, this was devastating. My lunch was ruined on the spot. I didn’t know if I wanted to cry, throw up or go on a mission to save all the pigs on planet earth.

Now this might sound silly to most of you… but my world came crashing down.

A few moments later, I heard the voice of an angle beam from a few seats down. I don’t remember her name, and I don’t remember her face, but she said in one dainty whisper, “thats why I’m a vegetarian”.

THIS GIRL WAS MY NEW BEST FRIEND!! But… we all know how middle schoolers are…. Then I was the “copy cat” because I wanted to be a “vegetarian” and the pivotal moment of my existence was with this girl telling me that she simply chooses not to eat it. LIKE SERIOUSLY?? YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO THAT?

OK so lets take a moment think about the age 11. Do kids usually get to pick what they eat? Or does mom make meals (maybe with a small consensus) and they eat what she puts on the dang table?

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with 3 brothers and sisters. NOT eating meat at this point wasn’t an option. I was old enough to know the consequences (dreaded Iron shots) and I knew I had to eat what my mother placed on the table or this girl was going to bed hungry.

Still, in the back of my mind I wondered, how did that girl from school not have to eat meat AND not have to see a doctor.

As I’ve aged, I’ve gone through many internal battles on the subject. The typical American diet includes some sort of animal product with every single meal. MOST American diets include VERY FEW Whole Foods – and 90% of kids ONLY source of vegetable is the potato, in the form of a French fry!!! (Fun fact if you didn’t already know).

Eating veggies and WHOLE foods, is just as important as getting COMPLETE protein in your body for MANY MANY MANY reasons.

Yes, you can live a full life from eating meat. You are eating something, that ate the greens for you. BUT why not get the nutrients straight from the source? (just a thought)

Really… It is MUCH MUCH easier to let the cow eat the grass, and then we can just eat the cow.

Anyways, thats a-whole-nother topic I’ll save for a different day.

My point? I knew there had to be a way to make this vegetarian life style work, but I just didn’t fully know how. I tried several times and failed due to lack of nutrients. I just didn’t feel right. (I also had a undiscovered gluten intolerance which made eating very hard for YEARS) For example… Veggie burgers made me SO SO SICK. It turns out… they bind some of them with wheat products… humm….

It wants until 6 years ago (age 22), when I took the initiative to research what nutrients your body needs to thrive and survive.

I have notebooks and notebooks full of information that ultimately gave me the freedom to choose what lifestyle I wanted to lead, and how it would affect my future.

So now let me answer some of the crazy questions I promoted you with in the beginning.

First of all, what is a vegetarian?

By Google definition: a vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

I can’t get all these words straight?

Let me help you

Vegan – a person who does not eat or use animal products.

Lacto-Veg -do not eat red or white meat, fish, fowl or eggs. However, lacto-vegetarians do consume dairy products such as cheese, milk and yogurt.

Ovo-Veg – do not eat red or white meat, fish, fowl or dairy products. However, ovo-vegetarians do consume egg products.

Lacto-Ovo Veg – Lacto-ovo vegetarians do not consume red meat, white meat, fish or fowl. However, lacto-ovo vegetarians do consume dairy products and egg products. This is the most common type of vegetarian.

OH MY! #lionsAndTigersANDbears

So now, if you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wondering… WHAT CATEGORY DO I CLASSIFY MYSELF WITH?

I don’t.

I don’t put a label on it. I don’t claim to be a vegetarian, a vegan or an animal activist.

I live my life to best of my ability. I act on the things that I feel led to stand for, spend a lot of time in prayer, and trust that God made me who I am for a very specific reason.

Something that we have to realize as humans, is that everyones convictions are different. Everyones purpose on earth is very very different. Compassion is never a bad thing. Especially when it is gifted from God!  I would never judge someone for eating meat, and I expect the same respect when I choose not to. God changes our hearts one moment at a time for a reason.

We all have a different purpose, and a different section of this earth that our lives need to impact.

With that being said… my personal choice to not eat meat, especially when I don’t know where it came from, is a conviction that I’ve struggled with since I was a very young child. It is imbedded in who I am. If I had all day, I could tell you story upon story about moments in time when I was almost in tears over having to eat meat… or the first time I was served a rotisserie chicken. But I do know, that nobody cares LOL.

Through rational conversations, extended research, and many many hours of biblical intervention, I have discovered that the food I put in my body is MY choice. So, I choose to be specific on the quality, quantity and morality. I choose to not support the mass meat market. I choose a plant based life style I have the resources to supply. This life style is 100% about the resources available to the person!! I would highly advise against a plant based diet to someone who does not have the proper variety needed to thrive!

SO MOVING ON….

What is a fad diet?

A fad diet is a diet that promises quick weight loss through what is usually an unhealthy and unbalanced diet.

What is a diet?

The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

What is the purpose?

YES, veganism, or vegetarianism can be used in a bad way. It can be used as a “fad diet” to loose weight quick. Basically the idea is, if you FULLY restrict your diet to only lettuce and carrots, you’re going to lose weight. DUH… you’re starving yourself! Try restricting your diet to only potato chips and ketchup… same results.

WHEN I SAY DIET —- I just mean your lifestyle choice. People who eat fast food every day… they have a “fast food diet”… Its as simple as that. Diet doesn’t declare restriction or determine weight loss, it simply describes what you put in you body regularly weather it be good or bad.

I want to make this one last statement before I say goodnight. If you are eating “vegetarian” to solely lose weight. I would HIGHLY suggest to reconsider. This is why: If you restrict your diet just to simply lose weight, it might work. Then what happens when you get sick of eating that way, and go back to eating how you used to. YOU GUESSED IT… you will pack the lbs right back on.

What I would suggest for you instead, is to start being mindful about what you eat and when. Take a moment to think, “is food controlling me?”. There is a chance, if you try to give up… say… refined sugar for only a day or two… and you cant do it. Food probably has a controlling factor on you, which is the source of your problem. NOT the fact that you’re eating meat.

When food starts to control your brain, you can easily eat an extra 1,000 calories a day, that your body doesn’t need… with out you even noticing! Quick breakfast through the drive through, Snacks at work, take out for lunch, rich sugary drinks and extra large dinners (maybe even a midnight snack). It all adds up.

To wrap this thing up… Keep in mind, there are many other reason to seek a vegetarian diet other than conviction and fad dieting… most very valid and purposeful reasons.

This is in NO way a message to put anyone down. My hope is to share, and inform.

I wanted to share my own personal testimony, and encourage those who feel lost, confused or curious.

From one simple human being to another,

I hope you have a spectacular night… and never forget to keep smiling =)

 

-Mauri

Vegan Chilli

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Making my favorite dish in the whole world… Vegan Chilli!!! 😛 Why vegan? CAUSE ITS GOOD DUH! 

I get a lot of hate about my wanna be vegan diet, but I say… you can never have too much compassion! You can’t knock it until you try it!!

Recipe:

1 can tomato sauce (no salt added)
1 can petit diced tomato (no salt added)
1 can of corn
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 chopped red pepper (add at the end for a crunch)
1 cup of white instant rice (you can do brown rice if you have time to pre cook!)
2 packages of McCormick Gluten Free Chili Seasoning
A PINCH of cayenne pepper if you dare ;x

MIX & BRING TO A SIMMER …. ENJOY!

= BEST CHILI EVER!

I HOPE THIS MAKES YOU SMILE AS MUCH AS IT DOES ME =D,

-MAURI

Usually More Is Said Than Done

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My VERY FIRST blog name was “You’re Killin’ Me Smile” tagged “When all is said & done, usually more is said than done.”

This stemmed from my journey through life searching for my Joy. I went through a series of horrific events that put me in a very deep and dark place. Long story short, I found out my boyfriend of a year and a half was cheating on me & lied to me about almost everything under the sun. While I was trying to sort that situation out, I was bit by a dog that broke my Ulna in several places which put me out of a job. I was helpless, potentially in $20,000 worth of  hospital bill debt & had no place to go. Psstt… Gods Grace SAVED ME FROM IT ALL! (Ill share that story another day). I lived on my own with many, MANY BILLS to pay. Until this moment I was independent and rarely needed to ask anyone for help. So, not only was my heart broken in pieces, I was in serious financial shambles & almost 100% helpless.

God did a number on me that year. He managed to pick me up from pure depression to a light that shines, even in the dark.

My blog title perfectly depicted where I was in that moment of time. My outlet? Blogging. So, when I decided to purchase my own domain & do this thing for real, I couldn’t help but keep those very important aspects which describe me perfectly =) <– THIS is why I sign each blog posts with “Keep on smiling!” (Or something of that sort).

No matter what life throws your way NEVER let anyone or anything steal your joy! It was a long and slow journey finding my joy again. I let someone who didn’t deserve even small part of me, steal every ounce of joy I had & if I had any joy left after that… I let my circumstance steal the rest of it.

I was able to share this story more deeply in my previous blog, and will soon share it with you all as well.

HOWEVER, God showed me the blessing in the shamble. One of the most miraculous moments in my life was finding my Joy through the promises of Jesus Christ! I HATED the word promise! All my life I was led to believe that a promise was just a word. An empty word. People always made huge promises to me, with little to no action behind it. So the tag stuck, “When all is said and done, usually more is said than done”… but in creating MauriKatherine.com I knew there was more to it that just that. I used that tag line because through my blog, I wanted to share WHY God was the exception. That with all of the empty promises we have been left with here on earth, Gods promises are never changing, applicable TODAY & that God ALWAYS keeps his promises. I want to encourage women who have been left in the dark like I was. I want to show them that there IS ANOTHER WAY. There IS life again!

So now my tag, along with the new beginning of MauriKatherine.com, reads “When all is said and done, usually more is said than done. I am changing that!

My mission is to change that stereotype… I know I cannot change the empty promises of the world, but I can share the divine promises of God & how His grace saved me from a world of darkness! Through HIM YOU CAN FIND FREEDOM TOO!

So, when all is said and done, SMILE!! You are worth it!!!

With love,

Mauri Katherine

What Water?

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(Photo borrowed from crystal-springs.com)

Ever wonder how the heck your supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces OF WATER ( Your body weight / 2 = total number of recommended ounces of water to drink daily)

Heres a beauty tip 😉
Add an 8 ounce cup of water to your daily routine with ease.
First thing in the morning your body is dehydrated & hungry! (AKA the term break-fast)
SO, raise your hand if your are a coffee or tea person!!!
-Simply pour yourself a cold glass of water with your coffee & breakfast. Drink your water FIRST, then your coffee 😉 You will be more likely to finish your glass with a treat waiting behind you! BAM 8 ounces down before your day even starts! Trust me, your body will thank you!
& if that wasn’t convincing enough… here are some AMAZING benefits to reaching your daily recommended intake of water:
1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss
Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins
Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).
4. Improves Skin Complexion
Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around! <– guys, when I’m dehydrated my forehead has wrinkles of someone three times my age… NO JOKE!
5. Maintains Regularity
Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
6. Boosts Immune System
A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
7. Natural Headache Remedy
Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration. <–so worth trying… it doesn’t hurt you to try, and could prevent over taking pain meds.
8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains
Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
9. Puts You In A Good Mood
When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!
10. Save Money!
Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!
CHEERS 😉 GLUP GLUP GLUP ahhh…. refreshing!
Smile =) we live in the USA & have access to a mind blowing amount of FRESH CLEAN WATER. Soak in the blessing & hydrate!  [even our toilet water is cleaner than most countries drinking water… swallow that!]
-Mauri-

HELLO

Welcome to Me

Hello & Welcome,

Many of you do not know me. Many of you have stumbled upon my blog because of a silly tag, or a very real tag I used recently. I first wanted to say welcome!! I am ecstatic that you stopped by & have taken time out of your day to listen to what I have to say about life! Its a tough world out there guys! Im glad to have YOU by my side =)

So welcome! Here is my corny introduction to help you get to know me a little better.

15 interesting facts about me:

  1. I have worked almost every job under the sun! (and I’m only 27 😉 ) Cashier @ Joann Fabrics, Waitress @ two different sports bars, Bartender, Hair Salon Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Dance Instructor, Cosmetologist, Clerk @ a Music Store, Account Manager @ a Music Store, Website Builder, Event Planner, Music Hall Coordinator, Hostess & Now Dance Studio Owner. (There you go… 15 facts about me… my jobs) LOL jk.

    ^That looks like insanity, but truly I normally have 2 or 3 jobs at once. My longest standing being a dance instructor of 9 years which lead to my current occupation (Lord willing my final occupation as Dance Studio Owner of 2 years).

  2. I play the piano, acoustic guitar & ukulele. (Vlog coming soon 😉 )
  3. I was recently married on July 7th, 2017 to the love of my life ❤
  4. I am an animal lover and aspiring VEGAN =0 (oh yes! I said the forbidden word… VEGAN!) Something you will soon learn about me, I do not classify myself in any particular category as far as FOOD goes, but  I thoroughly enjoy a plant based diet… I’ll elaborate eventually ;P
  5. Pets?!?! I currently have 2 cats (One 2 year old long hair / one 7 year old short hair) and my very best friend Jude the Labradoodle <— you will get to know him very well the longer you follow! Umm.. he’s ADORABLE!
  6. I come from a very VERY large family! With both of my parents being divorced and re-married I have siblings out the wazoo 😉 haha but man I love each and every one of them! I have 1 biological sister & 2 biological brothers. I also have 3 step-sisters & 2 step brothers, a sister-in-law & other step siblings I have not met yet (things get spaced out as you become an adult!) but basically we are the scattered Brady bunch!
  7. My favorite activity on planet earth (other than dancing) is writing ❤ oh man I love to write. I have a very “SMALL” notebook addiction (I hope you felt the irony there.) I discovered as an adult that my notebook addiction came from this burning desire inside of me to write. There is no, I mean NO greater feeling than buying a fresh new notebook with clean blank pages =0 (you can call me a werido now… or you can relate… and then we need to be best friends! )
  8. The beach is my escape… this is sad because I live in the middle of no where eastern Pennsylvania. So rock on mountain life!
  9. I hate pickles & mustard. If it touches my plate… IM DONE. Oh.. & Gluten – Free. My body has thanked me.
  10. I am strangely overly compassionate…. Hints my vegan aspiration. I believe this is a gift, not a curse.
  11. I secretly collect gift bags, gift wrap & tissue paper =D Unexpected birthday party today? I got you covered!
  12. My relationship with Jesus has transformed my life from the deepest darkest hole to a bright and shining personality like the summertime sun (at the beach of course!)
  13. I sing randomly about my actions through out the day. For example: As I am stirring the spaghetti… “IM STIRRING SPAGHETTIIIIIII OHH IM STIRRING SPAGHETTI!!!”. My husband secretly loves it as he tells me to “Stop singing about every single thing I do.” hehe.
  14. I just moved out of a house I lived in for 8 years (20 -27 years old) in to this beautiful spacious house my husband & I will be living in together as our fist home ❤ —coming soon to “soul food”… how to find joy in stressful days.
  15. I am NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT a morning person.

The end.

& don’t forget to keep smiling,

Mauri

Create In Me

Tulip Garden

This is an entry from my journal that I wrote 12 months ago. I finally made reconciliation with an old friend who I loved dearly. A wrong assumption lead us apart, BOTH of us had different ideas of what was going on & NEITHER of us reached out to restore what was broken. I capitalize those words because I was also at fault. I let a friendship that I so deeply cared about slip away because of a very minor detail. 

The entry:

Silence because of others sin, if not careful, can turn into sin of your own. Humm…

Sometimes all I want to do is be awkward, hold grudges and decide where forgiveness should and shouldn’t be given. Control is my middle name.

I’ve realized during my “adult years” that I’ll always be awkward, but grudges hold your feet in the ground as unforgiveness beats you over the head.

-I am not perfect by ANY means! I have screwed up in the past & will probably screw up again. I am human! I pray that God gives me the grace to ask for forgiveness when I do screw up & acknowledge that I was wrong!  but…

Sometimes I catch myself apologizing for things I didn’t do to keep peace. Sometimes I realize that people are making false speculations about me and I say nothing. I just let their minds wonder. Not to be mean, but because I let the falsehood of a rotten rumor harden my heart and my only defense is silence.

And then I’m like wow… Poor me?!?! NO!

I’ve also come to realize that I’ve never once deserved forgiveness for myself! I, born sinner, am constantly making mistakes. My silence has caused a lot of heartbreak over the years with family and friends alike. Rumors unsettled. Miscommunications pushing people further and further away. Feelings hurt over an assumption.

Have you ever been here? Let something go for too long because you were so upset that a rumor spread ? OR someone else made a wrong assumption that hurt your feelings? THEN you allowed yourself to be paralyzed by it instead of confronting the issue?

I am on my knees in the dirt surrendering to God to take control of my life daily. My dirty, undeserving hands, lifted to the sky. My heart screaming for release. Although I don’t deserve forgiveness, God sacrificed his only son to give me freedom from myself. ME , in my weakest, deepest, darkest hour, freedom. Not just me, but you and to all who believe, trust and follow Christ.

Create in me a clean heart, oh Lord -psalm 51:10

This is they cry of my heart today ❤