Hello fitness transitions! Awhile back I shared on Instagram about my chronic knee pain. After the latest flare up of pain, I decided I wanted to transition how I exercise. I wanted an exercise that would strengthen me and help reduce the pain. I tried walking, yoga, barre classes. I enjoyed aspects of each of these but there was still some residual pain. I started to pay attention to what my body was telling me. No movement meant more pain and lethargy but pushing myself despite the pain only made it worse.
Then my BFF Stephanie, who has old gymnast injuries and a work injury, started swimming at the gym we go to. She shared how swimming laps was a great workout without the pain and I was ready to try it. Around the same time, Ali Edwards began sharing her wellness journey on Instagram and on her blog I was ready for a slow and steady change. I was ready to be aware of how my body reacted to foods and movement and the world around me. And, as far as swimming goes, I am happy to report that I love it!
Swimming has given me a new exercise regimen that challenges me and gives me that terribly missed “runners high” afterwards. Each time I go out to the pool, I see changes in myself. Whether it is breathing easier, moving down the lap lane a little quicker or just noticing how great my whole body feels as I move through the water.
I am excited to continue this wellness journey here on my blog and on Instagram.
Inspired and motivated by the amazing Ali Edwards and her sharing her wellness journey
What’s in my bag … early school age edition.
There are so many stories to be told with the Details Story Kit!
Now that I don’t need a diaper bag, I find that my backpack purse contents has changed. Here is the details:
Details for where to find all these items are here:
Polka dot bag JuJuBe
Wallet Petunia Pickle Bottom
Striped pencil pouch The Happy Planner
When I saw the journaling card “You are Enough” I knew I had a story tell and a scripture to relate it to. I had a blast playing with grey and pink papers and embellishments.
I used a grainy, filtered Snapchat photo that I took one night after a challenging night at work. Some evenings at work are just plain hard! I want to remember that being a pediatric nurse is a gift given from God and he will provide me with the strength to do this job!
I like making interactive elements in my paper layouts. Behind the enough journal card is were I added my prayer and underneath is the scripture I related it to.
This layout was fun to make and playing with paper was just there art therapy I needed after an emotional night at work.
Thank you Ali for making products that spark stories that are deep inside me (and sometimes I didn’t know was there!)
At the beginning of the year, I started weekly Project Life in a 6×8 album. About mid-March I realized that size didn’t allow the amount of space I wanted to feature our photos. My kids are young and active and I take a lot of photos. So I moved back into 12×12 and accepted that my current enough was making digital layouts on my phone using letterglow, the project life app and Ali Edwards digital products.
My constant challenge is the desire to include bits and pieces of everyday life in their paper form into my album. The idea of adding these elements in between my double page 12×12 weekly layouts came about around the same time Heidi Swapp released her Storyline products. Genius!
This new flow allows me the space and opportunity to document stories embellished with everyday bits when I want to.
On Father’s Day I wrote a note to my husband and wanted to document those words in a more creative fashion. The title “Dad stories” is part of Ali Edwards June digital kit. I added my words onto a journal card from a previous story kit tucked it into a library book pocket.
This page will be sandwiched between the respective week’s Project Life spread and the backside will be space to store the boys handmade cards for my husband.
I love collecting the little bits of life and this new flow is sparking my creativity!
The last week of school was super busy!
I am thankful for the teachers Dylan had this year and the friends he made. I am thankful for his school principal who prioritizes connecfion and parent involvement. The school does really feel like one big family. And I am thankful for a break from the school routine and the new pace of summer!
Projecf Life week 23 completed using Ali Edwards June digital kit, the project life app and the letterglow app.
This year was our first year camping with friends. We meet the Gallo and Berry families through Dylan’s sports teams and our families have become great friends. And we had SO MUCH FUN! Our boys woke up and immediately began playing with the other boys. Any game played with a ball! Hitting the baseball in a make shift baseball diamond near the tents was an instant favorite. Each morning we packed up wagons and made our way to the beach. Dylan loved search for sea shells. He and I took a long walk along the shoreline and found a few crabs and a starfish. Observing how he enjoys nature and respects wildlife brought me joy. Jacob and daddy played in the sand and each day buried Jacob up to his neck in sand. He got a kick out of everyone seeing him in the hole he dug and there was sand in every crevice of that boy. Each night we finished the day with a campfire and s’mores. There was discussion about how to toast the perfect marshmallow and proper childcare ratio. My heart was full of love each day for the memories we were creating!
Ali Edwards FUN story kit was the perfect way to document the story of this trip. I added photos and embellishments and my favorite filler card into my weekly project life spread. And created a journal card with the digital tags to document the story.
Here is how it all turned out.
And side by side