Birthday Wishes: Making Me a Better Me!

Hey Readers!

Today is my birthday (hooray!)!

Reese Speaks Birthday Pic 2

 

It’s been a bit crazy since my last post. After the New Year, the kids and I being sick on and off for what seems like an eternity, and keeping up with my day-to-day tasks, it seems as though I can (finally) breathe a bit more and share more posts here!

Now that I have rescheduled my ever-evolving schedule, I am able to see where I can make the time to do little things to make me an even better me from this moment forward.  I guess you can sort of call it a birthday gift to me from me! By setting these goals, I feel as though I am starting a challenge and then building on them as I achieve them. Here are some of the things I am doing or am going to start doing to make me a better me.

Tiger Push-Up, say what?!

 

Reese Speaks Workout Photo

 

That is what I said when learning this exercise move. After doing a book review at the beginning of this year, I realized I had to get myself into gear and do what I kept trying to do for the past few years: becoming more active. I took tips from a book for high intensity interval training (HIIT) to start a workout regime so I can get moving and grooving more than just on mundane Monday mornings. It is a series of different workouts to I carved out time to start working out during the week. Now I enjoy my ‘stories’ while I work up a sweat all in the comfort of my living room.

See the pic above? This is all I use to get my butt in gear. Why the card? It is so I can go for a trek to the library and borrow other books and DVDs to work out to. Not a lot is needed to become more active. It is more of a mental game to overcome than a physical one for me. I now am less winded when climbing the hills that lead up to my home with groceries and kids in tow, and I sleep more soundly as well.

Idle hands, my friends…

 

Reese Speaks Hobbies Photo

 

I like a challenge, so I decided to try my hand at two new hobbies this year: photography and flower arrangement. I have always admired how people are able to capture fabulous photos of how they view the world, yet for some reason, never got into it. Since having kids and then becoming a blogger, I have also become more of a shutterbug. I love taking pics of almost EVERYTHING we do! I then bit the bullet and got myself a proper camera to become even better at this craft!

As for floral arrangement, it another field I have always wanted to try. Putting flowers into a vase may seem like a simple task to accomplish, but is a whole art to doing it that I want to explore! I also want to learn more about flora and to cultivate more of a green thumb. This know-how will come in handy for the Big Day  my guy and I are planning, so I want to be able to put a few handmade arrangement together to decorate our space.

Cracking spines and dogearing

 

Reese Speaks Reading Photo

 

Love the title of this section, huh! 😛 Books have always been a passion of mine! With the arrival of my kids, they have taken a bit of a backseat to diaper changes, breaking up grudge matches and the every day life of a family of five. Now that the kids are a bit more independent, I can finally rekindle my romance with the written word.

From DIY and how-to guides to mythology, myth & symbol and teen fiction, I love getting lost in these amazing worlds of wonder! So far, I have gotten through only three books since the beginning of the year, but my goal is to get through twenty books by the end of the year.

These are just a few things I want to do to make this new chapter of this life a fun and exciting one! There are so many adventures I want to take (and that I want to take you, Readers), and I can’t wait to do it all! As I blow out the candles on my b-day cake, I will be looking forward to the challenges life throws at me, and to overcome it with a smile on my face!

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Photo credit: Benson Kua via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

I hope, whenever you celebrate your special day, that it is the best day of your year as well!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

12 Comments

  1. themommymix1981

    April 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Happy belated birthday to you! Yes, yes and yes to everything you mentioned above, I really need to focus more on me and thd things I love.

    1. Reese Speaks

      April 13, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Thanks themommymix! Focusing on what you love makes life much more fun! 😄

  2. Little Miss Kate (@LilMissKateCo)

    April 13, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Goal setting is important. Keeping your goals small and achievable means that you make progress and are motivated to keep going. I am making some changes to make more time for me too this year.

    1. Reese Speaks

      April 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Little Miss Kate! I have to set goals or I feel as though I would be running around in circles!

  3. ExtremeCouponingMom (@XtremeCouponMom)

    April 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I hope you had a fab birthday! I love giving myself little challenges too, I am working hard on my photography lately. It is a fun challenge!

    1. Reese Speaks

      April 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Extreme Couponing Mom! Photography is so much fun! I have a lot of work to do to improve my skills, but it is worth all of the hard work! 📷

  4. LinkedMoms

    April 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Oh Happy Birthday to you! I think it;s great that you are trying to achieve some new goals. We can all benefit from that. I also think flower arranging could be a very cheery hobby!

    1. Reese Speaks

      April 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Linked Moms! At first, it might be a bit challenging to get everything to look right, but I think it will be fun to do as well!

  5. Heather Lynne (@raisingmemories)

    April 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I love it that you have taken the time to think about how you want your year to look. I have been thinking more about making plans and goals and bucket lists lately! I’m excited about mine! 🙂 Happy Birthday!

    1. Reese Speaks

      April 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks Heather Lynne! I hope that the items on your b-day bucket list are ones that make your life more fun and enjoyable. What sorts of things would be in it?

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