Blessing #7: Jesus, Blue Skies, Dry Heat & Trips down Memory Lane

Today, has been a roller coaster of emotions for me.

The day began hot and cloudless the sun bathing down on the front garden like a magnifying glass refracting light, in a most piercing manner.

I started my day with coffee, which was good. I’ve been browsing around for coffee deals as this wedding planning is not nearly done. And ya know for planning and college classes, everyday, sometimes you just need a little perk up! I love African coffee and notes of chocolate, yes please!

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I sure didn’t start the day in a very healthy way, skipping breakfast.

I guess, nowadays, with my IBS it seems harder for me to eat because if I eat something that’s now low-fodmap I sometimes, literally double over in pain.

So, I became overwhelmed about my college financial aid, which, imagine my luck, I was chosen for financial verification. Which is a random selection… Arrgh. Skipping breakfast and having that to deal with that, I was such an emotional mess by 9:30 am. Thankfully, my

dear fiancé held me while I cried. He’s so good and loving!

Then we prayed our morning Novena’s together, which is always such a beautiful and unifying thing for us.

That I think was the change I needed for my day to become brighter.

After we prayed, he went off to work and I was able to sit down and really get down to the nitty-gritty of my college class.

Which, I worked on for much of the afternoon and got a couple of assignments outta’ the way. Which was actually surprisingly successful! To my great relief. I scored a B on my 8 page APA essay, which I was happily surprised with.

I’ve been having some pain in my feet recently which I think is due to the heat, perhaps. I painted my toes for the first time in a coon’s age. I like the color it’s an ESSIE quick dry nail color.

I am absolutely thrilled about my fiance getting a teaching position at a high school. I think he’ll really enjoy that!

The wonderful thing is I have no idea where he’ll get a job and therefore where we’ll be living. I do hope we find out before August though. Being surprised about where you’ll be living is good. But being surprised about where you’ll be moving within a couple of days I think is a bit jarring.

Admittedly, I’m a little anxious about that.

In the early evening, I was able to go through some old boxes of mine in the attic and closets. What a treasure trove of different memories, I found, goodness! I used to be such an artist and I found so much of my art.

I also have this somewhat odd affinity for saving letters and cards that people have sent me. Kind of a bad habit, I guess. I even found my confirmation papers and several Catholic books about finding happiness while being single and prayers for your future husband. Golly gee, those books are all dog-eared and coffee stained. Haha, they sure served a purpose though! So, all in all, the trip down memory lane was one filled with great joy and many tears.

Well, until tomorrow my dear friends, I hope all is well 🙂

#2: Muses of Maggie

This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn, ready to get a workout in and start my getting slimmer to fit perfectly into my wedding dress— also health and balance.

Oh gee, my balance has really been off recently. I think it’s because of all the riding in the car and school work I’ve been doing. I just forget to workout and take care of myself.

As I write this my face is a sticky mess slathered with a honey and coffee face mask. Because-self care-gals. heehee. It’s nice to do something nice for yourself every once in awhile.

I did an incredible set of workouts this morning in the rising sun peering through my windows.

Well that’s over, I’m snapping back stronger and more determined than before. Here’s my list of goals to prepare for my married academic and growing through my Catholic life.

1. I’m getting organized and going to rock through the rest of this semester my goal is to get a B in my class, Child Growth and Development.

2. Also I want to drop down into a healthy BMI—or my goal is drop one pant size.

3. I am so determined to get some kind of remote travel agent/coordinator job. I love traveling and want to help others with their travel plans. The thrill of experiencing travel if even just vicariously is completely wild and wonderful!

4. Plan an INCREDIBLE wedding to my dear fiancé. While keeping our plans for a glistening water/hot beach honeymoon.

5. Master blogging and affiliate marketing. It is a hard road for a complete beginner like me. I’m just kind of stumbling through this day to day pouring hours into my blog hoping to get a following but most importantly to make encourage others to live vibrant lives full of purpose and exuberance everyday.

TRAVEL #3: NE trip

I feel the thrum of the car wheels as we speed down the highway. As I stare at the livestock truck that’s just passing I notice the livestock are little pigs!

Nebraska is beautiful! Wow.

This is a very long car ride.

So, I thought I’d look up some workouts for the ride. Which is good for me because I would like to tone up before my wedding.

Here’s a post from alisonsnotebook.com

https://alisonsnotebook.com/8-exercises-you-can-do-in-your-car-exercise-in-car-while-driving/

Thanks Alison!

Adventures of Maggie: Day Stress, God’s Strength Helps, New Shoes are Good too…

This morning is the second day of my Novena. I have subscribed to the Corpus Christi Novena by John-Paul & Annie I suggest you give it a look. Corpus Christi has passed as it was June 3rd this year. It is such a joyful way to begin your day!

Ok, so today hit me with a little too much stress.

My feet have been aching and swelling in the heat especially when confined to shoes. The soles of my HOKA shoes have been going flat. Comfortable shoes to fit my feet cost so it’s always somethin’ I just gotta bite the bullet on buying. Because sometimes the shoes even if they are good semi-orthopedic shoes don’t fit me correctly.

But finally after much deliberation I made a shoe purchase. Also, a shoe company that in the past has given me soo much comfort when walking. New Balance, great shoes, great comfort. I ordered the NB Nergize Sport. Yes, it does say sport–I will not be competing in any sports save walking.

Hurrah!!

I bought them directly from the New Balance site.

So, I’m standing on tip-toe to receive my package in the mail!!

Hurrah for comfortable shoes and New Balance!

Farm Return-Labor-&University

Howdy all, coming to you live from the farm where the birds are chirping and the sun is glistening down over our apple orchards and hoop houses.

The sun is glistening through my window and an owl is sounding from down the hill.

My foot is a bit swollen and achy this morning but nevertheless it is a joyous day.

My fiancé is working for my family this summer as I’ll hammer away at my university courses and study for my drivers test. Urggh… Hopefully, I can get that under wraps before we head back to PA. That would help my fiancé be a little less stressed with all the driving.

The course I’m taking is Child Developmental Psychology. I’m a bit nervous about the outcome, honestly. Two semesters ago I failed this class, which dropped my GPA significantly. The outcome of my first attempt at this class plummeted my GPA to roundabouts 1.0. It was such a stressful time!

I was caught in between just moving to my new apartment, juggling a PT job at a daycare, and completing my classes. And I was diagnosed with anxiety (I thought this was a pretty normal thing but apparently my anxiety was high enough for a prescription medication) severe anemia–which sucks the energy outta ya like a fish on land. I was soo busy.

Now things have somewhat leveled out. I’m back to the farm. I’m only attending to my studies and my blog. It’s refreshing to hear the birds outside and see those beautiful Kansas sunsets in the evenings!