Monday Feels

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Disclaimer: As a reminder I am not a certified personal trainer or nutritionist. I am sharing workouts/meal plans that I use personally and have worked for me.

Happy Monday! This mornings workout for me was back and biceps and I just wanted to share it incase anyone was interested!

This week I want to remember to start of each day with intention. My intention for today is to focus on happiness, and remember to find joy in the little things. My intention for the week is to spend my time more wisely. Rather than spending my free time watching way too many episodes of Friends, I want to use it to do something that will help me grow, and make me happy. It’s important to have these thoughts when starting out our days and weeks because we can easily get so caught up in the little stuff that’s not important, that we forget to focus on the good.

ALSO if you haven’t yet seen Kathie Lee Gifford’s return to the today show talking about the death of Frank then oh my goodness you have to watch because it’s amazing. http://www.people.com/article/kathie-lee-gifford-returns-today-show-after-husband-frank-giffords-death <—watch it here!

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Staying Positive

Before I get into this can we all just a take a moment to appreciate cold brew iced coffee from Starbucks?

(could I be more basic right now?)

^^anyone else just read that in the voice of Chandler from Friends? No?

OKAY ANYWAYS to the point. Something I wanted to talk about is positivity and thinking positive. For me this is something that I normally sort of, “pride” myself on. I feel like no matter what’s going on I’m usually able to keep myself thinking positive about the situation. However, for the last week, this has not been the case. With my husband and dog in MN, and me in AZ, knowing I’m leaving my job in 3 months, all this change, I have become the most negative Nancy ya’ll have ever met. I have NOT been dealing with it well inside at all, and I couldn’t really seem to figure out why at first. I felt like I was doing everything I could to be happy and positive, and no matter what I was bitter and depressed. I kept telling myself I was trying so hard to be positive, but the truth that I now realize? I wasn’t being positive, because I didn’t really want to be.

I had made up my mind. I had made up my mind that the situation sucked, that I was lonely, that I was sad, and that this was going to be difficult. I kept praying and praying for strength to be positive and get through it, and it wasn’t happening. But you know why? Because I wasn’t  letting God give me strength. We can pray for things, but we have to be willing to receive it. It wasn’t until I finally realized I was doing this that I’ve now realized what has to happen to turn it back around.

I know times are hard. Right now the situation I’m in is difficult for me, and it’s going to be difficult. But is being angry or depressed about it going to make it any better? Hell no! It’s just going to make it that much worse. So when you’re in a situation where you find yourself letting the negative thoughts take over, you have to really ask yourself, is being upset about this going to make it easier? Is it going to the change the situation? If the answer is no, then its time to change your thinking.

I have a bad habit of looking to the future. For the past week I have been so focused on what’s going to happen 3 months from now when I move. Where are we going to get a house? What am I going to do for a job? How am I suppose to go 3 months without seeing my dog? (lol but for real). What I’ve been failing to remember is to enjoy the now. To remember that God has it planned out, but the present, the part I’m still in, that’s still part of the plan. And me pouting because life isn’t perfectly how I want it right now… well that’s messing up that plan.

You don’t have to have it all figured out to stay positive. In most cases the negative thoughts are going to come easier than the positive ones, because we’re living in a negative world. It’s easy to just want to curl up in bed with Netflix and let the time pass. But whatever it is that’s going on right now…. YOU get to decide how you feel about it, and how you’re going to handle it. If you decide you’re going to be positive about it, you have to really want that. But when you start thinking more positive about everything is when amazing things start to happen. I’m not saying you can never feel other emotions because that’s just not realistic. I will tell you right now I am one of the most dramatic people you will meet (in a good way of course 😉 ) and I feel a lot of different emotions in a day. It’s important to be aware of it, and to not let the emotions take over you, but to remember that you’re the one in control.

So instead of being sad about the next 3 months, I’m going to be excited about them. No, not everyday will be perfect, and that’s ok. But I’m not going to be anxious about it. I’m going to enjoy my time still in AZ, embrace the change that’s coming, and be excited about whatever it is that God has planned for me next, even if I cant quite figure out what that is yet.

Journal

I have always enjoyed writing, even though I don’t think I’m some gifted writer. I’ve had journals that I’ve kept around for random nonsense for years. Whether it be for expressing feelings, or just a hobby when you’re bored, I really think writing in a journal is something everyone can benefit from! My journals have been filled with songs, poems, sketches, goals, affirmations, late night thoughts, and prayers!

While shopping around Target the other day I found the COOLEST journal! And what’s really neat about it is if you’re someone that has never owned a journal in your life, this one is perfect for you! It’s a guided journal, so it has pages for specific things, and I’ll show you some examples.

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The title of the journal is Ideation. I cant remember exactly how much I got it for but it was somewhere around $10.00
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there are many different sections to the journal. This one example is a section with pages about how to progress/grow forward and write about those things that are important to you

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I think this section of the journal might be my favorite! For a week it challenges you to do a good deed every day, and there are pages to write about them!
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throughout the journal there are pages like this for “brainstorming” or just writing those random thoughts and ideas that come to you while going through this journal.

If you end up picking up this journal, or any journal let me know! I’d love to hear what you think about it or hear the ways journaling has helped you!!

Remember, fully embrace who you are, because you are beautiful!! I hope journaling will help you remember that!

Daily Dose Of Beautiful

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I love this quote! To me some of the most beautiful women I have met are the ones who fully embrace being true to themselves. This is something that often times is easier said than done. I fully stand for being yourself, but are there some days where I’m in a funk, and I just feel a little more insecure than usual? Absolutely. Not every day is perfect. And in fact, I have been having a lot of “funk” days lately due to life being a little extra crazy. When I got back to AZ on Wednesday, leaving my husband and dog in MN, my first reaction was that I wanted to hide away in my room watching Netflix by myself. I didn’t feel confident enough to put myself out there, to be social. Would that have made me feel better? Probably. For a moment anyway. Yes, there are days where we need to just unwind, collect our emotions, and spend some time alone. But is hiding out in my room going to help me grow? Help me become stronger? Help me to achieve my goals? Nope.

It’s important to be able to recognize the difference. The difference between a day here and there where you take it easy, compared to continually making excuses to take it easy. To not go out of your comfort zone today. To not start going after your goals today. To not work on being confident in yourself today. It’s those little excuses that are made, that we think are harmless, that make all the difference. So if you’ve been in a funk like me, for a few days, or heck maybe weeks or months, it’s time to break out! Start paying attention to the little choices you’re making in your everyday life. You should be doing 3 things daily to better yourself and make you happy. Whether that’s going to the gym, cooking a new recipe, meeting with friends, reading a good book, writing affirmations, etc.
Come up with 3 things you’re going to do daily this week that are for you and your happiness. Write them down, and put it somewhere you will remember. If you’re on Instagram, share a picture of your list if you want (tag me so I can see! @ashleyjacobson_fitness) ! Whatever will help hold you accountable!

And of course remember, fully embrace who your are, because you’re beautiful! 🙂

Daily Dose Of Beautiful

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Big changes aren’t made over night. It’s the little things we do every day that make all the difference. Don’t wait for Monday to start making the changes that you want. Start today! Going into this weekend, do one thing outside of your comfort zone that you know will bring you joy. For me, I’ll be meeting with a girlfriend tomorrow to work on some things outside of my comfort zone that will help me grow in my Nerium Business. Sometimes we may not, desire to do these things. Would I rather lay in bed and watch a marathon of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix? Yeah, probably. But I know that when the day is done I will be SO happy, and feeling stronger that I did it!

So whether it’s having the courage to finally enter the weight room at the gym, saying yes to deserts or a night out, wearing the sassy little dress you haven’t felt quite confident enough to wear, this weekend is your time to DO IT!

Fully embrace who you are, because you are beautiful!