Thankfulness Thursday: Birthday Joy

Hi there everyone!

So I was trying to be real cool about missing a blog post today because Rob and I stayed up until an unreasonable hour catching up with Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix (On a brand new HD TV Rob bought me for my birthday! I ❤ love it!) . I mean it was my birthday after all so I tried to justify it to myself, but honestly it’s just giving me anxiety.  Plus, I can’t pass up a Thankfulness Thursday the day after my birthday! Linking up with Ashley from Domestic Fashionista.

I’m thankful for…

…My family celebrating my birthday with me and making it a very special day…

…My Mom’s never ending excitement that it was indeed my birthday…

…Waking up to strings of ribbon hanging from the balloons covering my bedroom ceiling…

…The bouquet of (teal) birthday balloons sitting at my desk when I arrived at work from Rob…

…The endless swarm of birthday wishes on Facebook from friends, family and those I haven’t talked to in ages. I know it’s not cool to admit this but Facebook greetings did bring a smile to my face…

…The kind and warm wishes I received on my blog, twitter, facebook and instagram from my blog friends and readers. Thank you all so much!…

…The thought my close friends put in their birthday greetings. Those greetings speak volumes about our friendship…

…The Michael Kors laptop bag coming my way! Thanks Mom, Dad, Sis and Bro! Lol 1 superficial one had to make it in people…

Most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity to live everyday in good health with such wonderful people in my life (both in person and over the web!). I’m so blessed.

Haha have I ever told you guys I’m a balloon girl? I LOVE balloons. And cake. Lots of cake.

I can’t let the cake go unnoticed. It’s from the BEST cake shop in Sacramento, Ettore’s. This cake was their Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse cake but I DIE for their Chocolate Mousse cake too. If you come visit me in Sacramento for long enough, I will bring you here, promise.

Thank you all for reading, commenting and being part of this crazy journey I call my life! Here’s to another great year!

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Blog Angel Reveal and Fitness Link-Up Info!

Happy Friday ya’ll!

It’s time for the Blog Angels Reveal (hosted by the lovely Craftbotic)!
I was lucky enough to be paired with the lovely Megan from Shaping up to be a Mom.

As her blog angel, I tried as hard as I could (while trying to be subtle) to comment on her blog often, share her posts on my Facebook and Twitter and I even sent out her giveaway link in some of my emails. I wish I could have done more though!

My favorite posts of Megan’s are the ones with pictures of her adorable kids Carter and Vanessa and her posts about her fitness journey. She definitely inspired me to start my own fitness journey recently by training for and completing her first half marathon! 13.1 miles, I was definitely proud of her (even if she has no clue who I am! haha)

The experience of being a blog angel was definitely an enjoyable one, it’s so important to step back from the craziness of blogging to think about someone else too! I hope Megan feels like I did a decent job this month, I’ve loved getting to know her!

Fitness Journey link up information

So I had a few bloggers encourage me to make my fitness journey posts a monthly link up and I’ve decided I’m going to do it! I want to emphasize that this journey ISN’T just about getting skinny, it’s about getting HEALTHY. Whether that’s more exercise, better diet, more doctor’s check ups, it’s about getting the body to a healthy state. And I want this link up to be different, to be a place to find and give support rather than find followers. Every month the link up will also include health and fitness tips from anyone willing to share their knowledge! So here’s a general outline of how it works:

Confessions – This can be for bad habits, realizations, the horrible truths! After your 1st time linking up, this will be where you assess how well you executed your goals (i.e. Confession: I completely failed at No-Fry August!). But confessions can also be good, like if you achieved weight loss or went for your annual check up.

Facts – Some people might call these excuses (and maybe they are) but this is your chance to air them out! Talk about why fitness is hard for you, why you ate especially bad for that month, why you didn’t feel like working out for that week; basically this is where you air your grievances! At the end of the day, nobody’s perfect and there will always be obstacles. This is a place to lay the obstacles out so we see them clearly (and so we can hurdle over them in our own time).

Goals – The easy/hard part! I’ll leave this completely up to you, to set your own goals! They can be food related, exercise related to even just health/wellness related. Just list the goals you plan to work on for the month!

All of this is really up to your interpretation and my format is just a suggestion! 🙂

**But again I want to emphasize, please don’t treat this like your standard link-up. I know sometimes we put our links on a linky list and never do anything with it (never visiting other sites and commenting or following). I want us to truly take the time to support each other and read about each other’s accomplishments. I don’t want this to be used to find followers, I want it to be more than that!

So anyways, if you’re still reading this obnoxiously long entry (THANK YOU!), I just wanted to give you a heads up that the 1st Let’s Get Physical Support Group (link up) will be happening on September 5th (the first Wednesday of the month). So if you wanted to get your blog post ready to link up, you know it’s coming! I have no flippin idea how to create those nifty “grab my button html” things on WordPress so I’ll work on getting something out on Sept. 4th (if you know how to do it on WordPress.com let me know please)!

Come join me on Sept 5th for the 1st ever Let’s Get Physical Support Group Link up!

Okay I’m done boring you to death with my words, I just hope you link up! 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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