Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Reading- I thought it was just me (but it isn't) by Brene Brown. This is the third book I have read by her (I have enjoyed all of them so far) & it really goes right along with everything I have been working on with Marcia. Before I even started this book she has told me (many) times that being vulnerable doesn't mean that I am weak. Somewhere along the road I was taught to always put on a happy face-thinking that it's not OK to talk about how I was feeling unless it was positive. I have been known to keep everything in, afraid of speaking out, afraid of what others may think, & by doing this it left me sitting on the sidelines while life was passing me by. I knew I didn't want to live like that anymore & I love all the changes that I have been going through & how I am so much more in tune with myself, the way I think & feel, & with my body. I love reading books like this that really get me thinking & I do believe reading certain books have helped me change things in my life. Pretty powerful stuff!

Listening to- I love my country music but every once in a while I get in these moods to listen to music that takes me back to when I was in high school & in my early twenties. A lot of hip hop, rap, & basically anything fun we could dance to. When the urge hit me again last week I downloaded a ton of old music that brings back all the fun memories I had with friends. 112, Jagged Edge, Shaggy, Usher, Jay Z, Brian McKnight, Nelly, Mariah Carey, Mystikal, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Deborah Cox...the list goes on and on :)

Looking forward to- Dinner with Josh, Laura, & Eric. A long 3 day weekend with Josh (which rarely happens). Lots of play dates & activities with friends this month. Getting my hair done soon. Finalizing our trip to Florida. And I am super excited about the Kenny Chesney concert next month :)

Eating- I have always been one to sit down at night & snack. Not on healthy snacks though- more like devouring rows & rows of Oreo cookies or 6 cupcakes instead of just 1. I have done this since I was a teenager. I can eat. A lot. It's bad & I often joke with Josh how I think I have an addiction to junk food. I think that can really happen?? The last few months though, I have been doing soo much better & eating super healthy. And it feels so good! I have been eating a lot of fruits, veggies,& nuts lately & I love that it doesn't leave me feeling gross afterwards!

Making me happy- Working out in the morning, getting up early, eating healthy, the adorable things that Kennadie says, dancing & singing with Kennadie, weekends with my family, the bright pink polish on my nails, working with Kennadie on her reading, spelling, & writing, walks in the afternoon, the little bits of time I get alone in the car-listening to whatever I want with the radio up, & Saturday morning breakfast & shopping days with Kennadie & my mom.

Currently post is inspired by Dani Hampton over at Sometimes Sweet.

2 comments:

tranquilamama said...

Andrea,

I love Brene Brown's books. I have read them all. They are the types of books that really stick with you. I reflect a lot on my own perfectionism as my mask to my vulnerability.

Andrea Balcunas said...

Yes I do the same & her books are great huh?!