Friday Favorites: Cinnamon

I absolutely love cinnamon and go through it like crazy. I buy the huge container at Costco and do pour it bit by bit into a smaller spice bottle that fits on my spice rack. I add cinnamon to something at least once a day. You can find me putting it into my coffee, my hot tea, my steel cut oats and it can go into pancakes, waffles, and so much more. Those latter three don't happen as much. The first....every day!

With the taste of cinnamon in my mouth today I thought I would look more into cinnamon and share a bit about it. I learned that extracts from the bark of the cinnamon tree have been used as medicine throughout the world to lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and treat yeast infections. And yes, once people run the science nowadays they get mixed results and can't confirm if and how cinnamon makes a difference.

I wouldn't go loading up on cinnamon though in hopes to "cure" something as with anything, you can have too much of a good thing and for some, that can lead to bad results. But for me, I feel pretty happy adding a dash of flavor here and there throughout the day knowing that perhaps, just perhaps, this little dash of yumminess may be doing my body some good too.

What is one spice you adore?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the small gifts in life.
Daily Bible Verse: The Lord said to Moses, “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, ...Exodus 30:22-29


Tuesday Tunes: People Like Us

Aloha Y'all!

How is life treating you? I am going through the normal up's and down's and wanted to share a song with you today. One that keeps popping up on my random playlist, which says a lot since that playlist is over 4 hours long! It is the "marathon list".

The first time I really noticed this song was after darling daughter's birthday/slumber party in which she had a meltdown. I was feeling heavy with what to do with behavioral management and this song came on with the words "Everybody loses it, everybody wants to throw it all away sometime, people like us, we got to stick together". It is so true.

No one is perfect. We are all humans here on Earth trying to make it work and we really do need to stick together.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the hum of computers and the song of birds.
Daily Bible Verse: Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:12


I LOVE the blogging community

Yesterday I posted to some fellow bloggers a reality that has been swirling in the back of my mind --- I was on the blogging fence. I was questioning if I should continue to blog with so much going on in my life. I was finding myself feeling guilty for unwritten posts and stressed to find the time to sit down and truly dedicate myself to writing. I don't want any half-hearted posts. I really want to give you my 110% each and every time I write.

The ladies were awesome in their immediate outpouring of support and advice. I feel reinvigorated. I am not alone. We all get tired, worn down, and just need a break. I am going to continue to reflect on the advice given, pray, and find the balance that works for me but the one thing I felt excited to attack right way was.....

Why do I blog?

Here is my very first post.....

Aloha and Welcome!

I am currently in the process of getting this blog up and running. My goal - to use communication with others as a means for me to stay focused on my mission. So what is my mission? Besides aiming to be a great and patient mom, which is a struggle at times with a toddler, I am officially beginning my training for the Maui Marathon in September. Woah!!!

Who is this blog for? Anyone. You don't have to be a runner, you don't have to be a mom, you just need to be someone aiming to make life a wonderful experience and you need to have dreams and ambitions. Don't we all?

What exactly will this blog contain? Who really knows! It is just the beginning of an evolution of what it is truly meant to be. I hope to share my journey with you.

Peace and Happy Running! 

I. Am. Smiling.

That post was written on 2/16/11...just over 4 years ago. Those words still fit me today. How manypeople can say that something they wrote over 4 years ago still rings true? Yes, part of the reason it does is because it does have some generalities built in but it was also because I wanted this blog to be a comfort or resource for many of us. Not just my carbon copies. Those don't exist. And in the beginning I realized I had no clue where my journey would take me. Ask me today where I will be 4 years from now and I will be equally clueless. Hopefully still blogging!

This blog is my life journey and hopefully there are tidbits here and there that readers, like you, can take to heart and perhaps learn from my mistakes. One thing I need to learn really quick is to stay accountable to myself and follow my heart. Keep prayer central and not to feel "stressed" to meet other deadlines, suggestions, commitments, etc. that are not central to me and my mission in life. This isn't to say I won't hop onto opportunities with deadlines that connect with my core....just that I need to limit how many times I say yes to in order to ensure first, I can stick to the deadline and two, the yes is a fit for me.

The me typing today isn't the same me from 4 years ago. My toddler is now 7. My job responsibilities have changed. I am a race director, fundraiser, and social media lady at work. I have run 7 marathons and to think this time 4 years ago I was on my journey to run my 1st! I run for Toby and I thank God each and every day for perfectly matching me with my buddy. I am more confident in my spirituality and am no longer afraid to say and type that I love God and want to curl up and study the bible. It is relaxing in a different way than running is. I am even on the path to get my civil marriage blessed by the church...and it is a bumpy path....but doable. Hard but worthwhile.

There is a small worry in the back of my mind that my open honesty and reflection on faith will scare some of you away but I hope not. I love hearing from you and respect you all. I look forward to many more posts of sharing my thoughts, mistakes, hurdles, achievements, and joy with you. I am sure there will be sorrows too.

I promise to continue to be honest and I am not into sugar coating things. If something sucks, I will tell you. I really dislike the sugar coating of life as I feel it sets unrealistic expectations/standards and can only lead to heartbreak. Life has its up's and down's. Are you ready to share them?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the supportive and encouraging blogging community.
Daily Bible Verse: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

P.S. All photos in this post have been pulled from older blog posts as I walked down memory lane.


Finding Time

My life is getting incredibly hectic and I can barely find the time to sit down and reflect on things, fill in my journal, and truly focus on my bible study. Running is happening....although less miles. Time with family and friends is being spent with later bedtimes. Where does my time go?

I am embracing Lent to let go of things that are bringing me down, to remind myself that some sacrifices mean so much, and to find time and balance in my life. I want to devote my time to what really matters, what makes a difference, and what is good in the world. So today I want to share with you a beautiful image of the sky to remind us all to stop and truly appreciate and show gratitude for our surroundings.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful the darling daughter's BFF and mom came over last night for dinner. It was a great night and I got to appreciate how lovely this woman is. How sad I am that they are moving back to the mainland today.
Daily Bible Verse: Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:16