Setting Social Media Hours

Oh how time can get sucked away one tweet, one post, one more glance at a time. I really do not want to get sucked into social media at times but at other times, it is an AMAZING way to connect and stay connected with friends and family when you are essentially stuck in the middle of the Pacific. Trust me, it has its benefits but lately I feel it is owning me versus directing me. I do need to stay plugged in for work and all I do but I realized, I need to set boundaries.

One thing I do with social media beyond family fun is work. I blog, I am a Beachbody coach, I have clients and challenge groups, and I need to stay connected. Not only do I need to, I WANT to. I love what I do so much! But I still need boundaries. That is the down of social media. It goes everywhere with you and makes it easy to work everywhere but do I need to always be working? Some may say yes. That is how you will grow your business. Trust me, I get told that A LOT! Yes, got it but I kindly disagree.

I am growing my business with the fundamental goal of a better, happier family. I want dear hubby to be able to retire one day and I want darling daughter to be able to lease a horse. All that takes money but am I willing to give up all of my now for that? Nope.

I understand to achieve big things you do need to make sacrifices in life. Got it. But I for one have never and will never completely sacrifice the now of my family for the dreams of the future. The only thing I am guaranteed is the now. Sorry, if that means I will fail, so be it. If it truly was meant to be, I will achieve all that I am to achieve while honoring my family and our precious time together on Earth.

I am setting hours.

And just in case you are curious of what they are and how you may be able to duplicate a similar theme in your life, here you go.
  1. No work on Sundays. Period. If something so amazing happens that I can't wait to share until Monday, I will share but in all reality most stuff can wait. My challenge groups will honor Sundays as days to be with family, focus on faith, chill, and relax. This is not a green light to eat all the cookies but a day to rest. Just as God intended it to be.
  2. Unplug after 7 pm. This typically is the start of reading time with darling daughter with lights out at 8 pm. I have been known to check in here and there and no more of that. It can wait until morning. If it is something so serious someone needs to get me, they know how to text or call me. Just saying. And honestly, since I am in the middle of the Pacific I can be HOURS behind my mainland clients and those in Hawaii, well, I am pretty certain they are okay hanging loose with me.
  3. AM Power Hour. Get my work done in an hour tackling the big fish (or frogs) first. One focused hour. Get in, get out.
  4. PM 1/2 hour check in. This one I may see the need to grow to another hour but I honestly want to see if in 30 minutes each afternoon I can wrap up my business for the day.
  5. Creative Hour once a week. This may also grow to 2 hours if needed as this can be blogging, video making, etc and a lot of this I do with my daughter so it could be fun mother-daughter time. Blogging can also happen in my AM Power Hour so one Creative Hour may work just fine.
Sounds easy enough, right?

Now let's give it some time and see how it works as focused work could yield better results. I'll check back in with you on this in about a month.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for my family.

Daily Bible Verse: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ... Matthew 6:25-34


Staying fit after 40

I don't really want to get on the age bandwagon but your physical fitness and needs can, and most likely will, change as you get older. Sorry gals but it is true.

Perhaps you are noticing a shift in your hormones, a bit more tummy fluff, and that what you always did isn't having the same impact. That happens and typically they say after 40 but I do not want to stereotype but eventually, our hormones will change and beyond periods getting crazier and then non-existent, other things change.

It makes complete sense. I studied biology and completely understand all the vital roles hormones play in our body. They are our little regulators and when the group in charge changes, we change. 'nuff said.

But that doesn't mean you just need to accept what it is. Well, you do need to accept things change but you can take proactive steps to keep your body strong and healthy.

Here are some tips I have with a focus on ladies in their 40's and beyond.
  1. Add short bursts of high intensity training to increase calorie burn - squat jumps, jumping jacks, sprints
  2. Add strength training to boost muscle mass and keep your metabolism strong - push up's, planks, tricep dips
  3. Eat well - don't undo all your hard work with poor food choices - eat 5-6 small meals, include protein in your meals, decrease starchy carbs (and keep an eye on those cocktails and specialty drinks)
  4. Catch your zzz's - set a sleep schedule and stick to it (I am loving the bedtime feature on my phone and have it set to a daily nighttime and alarm that goes off gently at the same time every single day. I am not loving that I am slow to getting myself up the first time but am working on it.)
  5. Manage stress - daily gratitude, prayer, quiet moments

I have found by incorporating these strategies in my life that my fitness in my 40's is getting better each and every day. I am the strongest I have ever been and that ladies is way cool!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for home exercises.

Daily Bible Verse: From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. ~ Ephesians 4:16


44 Things You May Not Know About Me

It's my birthday!

And somehow I turned 44 in a blink of an eye. I am getting old! No, not really. Well, it is all in perspective. But thing morning as I was getting ready I thought, yep, I am 44 but in the best shape (physically, mentally, and spiritually) of my life. This year is going to rock!

So now let's celebrate with 44 things you may not know about me.

1. I was adopted.
2. Years ago I "found" my birth mom and we stay in touch.
3. I am a middle child.
4. I wanted a younger brother.
5. I got a younger sister.
6. I wanted my brother to be named Nicholas.
7. My sister is named Nicole.
8. My Dad picked my name.
9. My Grandma wasn't 100% sold on the name Erica.
10. I guess Erica was a "bad" person in a soap opera.
11. I used to watch soap operas.
12. I also used to watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
13. I think watching Will Smith "grow up" in his career is cool.
14. I also listened to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
15. I also watched 21 Jump Street.
16. Watching Johnny Depp "grow up" is equally cool.
17. I played the flute throughout Junior High.
18. I started playing soccer in about the 3rd grade.
19. I played on my high school soccer team.
20. I got to pick out the mascot and school colors of my second elementary school. (Okay, the whole first class did.)
21. We were the Williamsburg Settlement Eagles - blue and gold.
22. The school has a new name.
23. I liked doing aerobics in elementary school.
24. I once tested the new/won't break ketchup bottles on the kitchen floor.
25. It broke.
26. It made a mess.
27. My mom was not impressed.
28. The kitchen floor was carpeted.
29. I learned about false advertising.
30. I do not like fish to eat.
31. Unless my Grandpa bakes it. Then it is good.
32. Or canned tuna. That is good.
33. Or lemon pepper catfish. That is good.
34. Or some nice fish and chips with plenty of malt vinegar. That is good.
35. But I still say I do not like to eat fish.
36. I do not like raw fish. I mean it this time.
37. I have a degree in Marine Biology.
38. I was studying Computer Science.
39. I got a job offer to be promoted to handle all the cash for a major store.
40. The work office was tiny and had no windows.
41. I said no and changed my degree plan.
42. I also have a MBA.
43. I work in fundraising for a local non-profit.
44. I have been redeemed by God. Thank you God.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the 44 years of life God has given to me.

Daily Bible Verse: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26


If Girls Ran the World Update

Woo-hoo! October is here and my fundraising efforts with If Girls Ran the World to raise $250 for Save the Children is fully in swing. I have until October 31st to achieve my goal and have vowed to run a mile for every $2 raised so if I exceed my fundraising goal, I will run more!!! So far I have run 20 miles this month. 

I am beyond thankful to be so far along and only have $70.19 to go to reach my goal. That isn't much at all!

Why am I doing this? Because I believe in giving back. I believe in charity and children have always been, and will always be, near and dear to my heart. Even more so these days after I totally wandered through a dark patch in my life blind and clueless. If I could rewind time, I would right all those mistakes! But then again, maybe where I am today wouldn't be here. Ugh! You can NEVER go back and right wrongs but you can always MOVE FORWARD and build a better you each and every day and that is EXACTLY what I am doing.

I would be beyond honored if you donated to support Save the Children through If Girls Ran the World. 

Thank you very much for your generosity and support.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for mercy.

Daily Bible Verse: "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed." ~ Proverbs 19:17