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Check-in on New Years Goals

With the half way point of the year upon us, I wanted to revisit the goals I set for myself. I have really tried to hold myself accountable to these.  Smalls steps to big goals is what I have in the back of my mind!

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So where do a stand?

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is a constant reminder.  I still am very hot headed and get worked up easily but I am working on giving myself a few seconds to breath before reacting so brashly.

2. Be a better listener. Another thing I CONSTANTLY have to remind myself.  But I am proud to say I have really noticed it becoming more of a habit.

3. Blog once a week. I am so proud to say I have kept up with this so far! I am really working hard on outlining my blog/social media calendar so I am more organized!

4. Practice yoga once a week. I have really struggled with this one.  I am working out more consistently but yoga has only been happening every other week.  I definitely am going to start doing it more.  I found some really great Tone it up online yoga videos the other day actually!

5. Travel to a new place. I am headed to Nashville, TN for a bachelorette party in July! Any recommendations of what we should see/do?!

6. Learn a new skill. I don’t know if it is a *new* skill but for the first time I am actually actively running and cutting my pace.  I can run on the treadmill at a 7 which I have NEVER been able to do before!

7. Volunteer more. I have stepped up to be event chair for the Jingle Bell Run 2017! Contact me if you want to make your own team, or join mine here! Even if you can’t be there in person you can “Jingle in your Jammies” from home AND you get the awesome event t-shirt or make a donation!

Overall, I am proud of myself for working to reach my goals! Just have a few areas to work on but like the quote above sometimes it isn’t about the final goal it is about the journey to get there!

What are were your 2017 Resolutions/Goals? How are you accomplishing them?

 

XOXOX Gabbing Ginger

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7 Goals for 2017

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1. Don’t sweat the small stuff

2. Be a better listener

3. Blog once a week

4. Practice yoga once a week

5. Travel to a new place

6. Learn a new skill

7. Volunteer more

What are your 2017 Resolutions/Goals?

XOXO- The Gabbing Ginger

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From work to work out

Athliesure wear is a fun trend right now in fashion and I am ALL about it.  With how busy our lives are I love that there are options of fashion that can take you from the office to the gym and you look good at both places! Plus, it saves time and money having clothes that serve a dual role.

So I partnered up with one of my favorite boutiques again Tiger Lily to help showcase athliesure wear!

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ALL tops [Tiger Lily]

Pants [Gap]

What do you think of this trend?

Make sure to check out Tiger Lily on social media:

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropy: It’s all about the YMCA

I think it is about time to outline another Fantastic Philanthropy! The YMCA has grown close to my heart over the last year.  My husband sits on the local board for one of the branches and I started working out there about a year ago.  We are involved specifically with the Westside and Benbrook YMCA’s.

The YMCA gives scholarships and youth program opportunities. Persons who wish to utilize the services of the Y, but cannot afford them, are given assistance based on their needs. This allows the YMCA to say “Yes!” to those who otherwise would not be able to participate. The YMCA offers a complete continuum of services for all ages.

Here is a great video of Cheryl who has benefitted from a YMCA scholarship:

Beyond the great things they do for the community the staff is great! I am greeted by my name everyday and asked how I am.  The group fitness instructors recognize you and also are very friendly and knowledgeable sources.

I think that goes to show how great the YMCA is not only for individuals but for the community.  Whether you are there to get fit, have children that play sports or are looking for a great philanthropy the YMCA serves all of those and much, much more!

Below are just a few pictures from my YMCA adventures:IMG_3296

Visit the YMCA for more info on how to volunteer, donate or join the gym!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Current Crushes

Right now I have A LOT of items on my wish list! Here are my current crushes can’t wait to get out and get a few of them!

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Tyler Candles: I love most of their scents! Wisteria is one of my favorites!

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Steve Madden: Ecentric- Leopard– Leopard is a neutral and I love this fun and laid back flats!

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Mason Pearson Brush– Boars hair is wonderful for your scalp  and I really want to try this out! Anyone out there have one?

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IT Brushes– It is that time again to but makeup brushes and I love this simple set from Ulta!

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Lululemon- The Mat– It is also time for a new yoga mat.  I have been doing a lot of research and have heard rave reviews on this one.  I have bad wrist so a relatively thicker mat is what I am looking for.

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What are your current crushes?

XXOO Gabbing Ginger

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Just Keep Swimming

 

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[Picture Credit]

I am back in action with a work out/ eating better routine.  I posted about trying Barre Class a while back and really loved that workout.  However, I wanted to be able to try more classes with more schedule options so I decided to join my local YMCA.

I tried Yoga Fusion the other day and loved it! Today I wanted to explore the pool.  So I ran a few miles on the treadmill and headed to the pool.

I have always been a water lover; I was on swim team and a lifeguard [Shout out to my Trails Pool Sharks].  However, I haven’t swam laps in probably close to 8 or 9 years.  It was back in college and I definitely didn’t do it on a regular basis.  So I busted out the speedo I wore on swim team [AKA vintage speedo because it is 15+ years old] and my goggles and I was ready to go.

Side note: why are speedo’s so funny looking on my body.

In my head I was going to swim a mile [32 laps at the YMCA]. And then I jump in and swam ONE lap and thought HOLY &%$@ this is WAY harder then I remember! Where are some floaties when I need them??!?!!

However, I took my time and did 16 laps and felt good about myself.  This has definitely shown me how I need to adjust expectations but also push myself. I am enjoying trying new classes and getting back into old fitness habits!

What are your favorite classes and fitness routines?

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Blogspiration

My first several post have come to me very easily and truthfully without much effort.  I knew soon enough I would have to start creatively thinking and I was excited to let that creative energy in! That is one of the reason I wanted to start a blog!  Well, today I was thinking I need some inspiration on this gloomy Monday!

Then the thought struck…. what if I write about things that inspire me.  Some things that inspire some are serious and some are things that just help me get in the right “mind set.” So here it goes in no particular order!

Yoga/running- Sometimes I am inspired by the motivation it takes for me just to get up and do it but I feel so amazing once I am done.  Such an accomplishment and both activities allow me to clear my head!

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Oreos- Sometimes you just need some good ol’ junk food. End of story.  Of course their super bowl reaction 2 years ago was priceless [see below.] AND NOW THEY HAVE NEW FLAVORS! I really want to try the cookie dough flavor!

The Beach- The sound, the smell, the feel of the sand…. so many of my senses are evoked and I am so calmed when I am there…. Wish I lived closer but when I get to go it is something I cherish!

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Reading-  Most night no matter whether it is a serious book or a trashy romance novel, I come across so many quotes that make me stop and think! I think it is one of the reasons I LOVE reading… I get lost in the stories but they also give me a time to reelect.

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Netflix binging-  This is similar to reading I am able to get lost and a story but usually something sparks my creative side and I am inspired. I love watching tv shows and movies.  UM AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR HOUSE OF CARDS!

Pinterest-  Love being able to just search for what I am looking for at the time.  Currently, LOVING converse sneakers and wanted some outfit inspiration…. Look for an OOTD post soon with this inspiration:

Courtesy of:  C. Style

loving the converse....C. Style: February 2013

My friends/family- I love just chatting and catching up with them or relaxing.  One of my FAV blogger friends is Ms.  Casey Walker.  Girls is a technology GENIUS.  She inspires me and teaches me new things most days of the week! Shout out to her listening to all my crazy blog ideas!  VISIT her blog at: Life’s a #Hashtag or her professional blog Casey Lee Walker

Quotes- Sometimes I just love to look up great quotes.  This is especially great is I am having a bad day and need some uplifting thoughts.  These are two of my favorites:

“Change your thoughts and you change your world. ” Norman Vincent Peale

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”  – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

 

What are your inspirations?