Changing Perspective {slow but sure}

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If you’ve spent any time milling around my blog, you know that I am constantly trying to discover new ways to improve my health and wellness through nutrition, fitness, faith, and general positive thinking. And slowly but surely, I’m noticing a change in my inner voice. It’s less harsh. It’s more encouraging. It’s more thoughtful. In OTHER words, I have been way kinder to myself lately. The idea that my body and mind and life is unique, and that God created my body and mind and life to serve Him and to love others is soaking deeper and deeper into my bones. I updated my kitchen chalkboard (above) to remind myself when I’m wandering around my kitchen aimlessly. Feed my body because I care about it. Workout for my body because God gave me only one to use while I’m here on earth. While I have a LONG WAY TO GO before everything I do is truly for the GLORY OF GOD, I am beginning to reap what I’ve sowed through years of studying The Word, being in a faith community, and surrounding myself with loving and Christ-loving people.

So whatever it is you are struggling with today – whether it’s health and body image, or something totally different – ask yourself if you’re doing it for the Glory of God. And then go dive into some good ol’ community!!

Best Boston Marathon Signs

Unless you were hiding from every news outlet in the world, you know that yesterday was the Boston Marathon. It’s a symbolic race for American’s now, and there were many inspiring stories that came out of yesterday’s race. But I also stumbled on this round up of the best signs from the race. And the signs on the sidelines are FOR SURE one of the most fun parts of any race. Click on the link and check them all out!!

These Hilarious Boston Marathon Signs Make Us Want to Run Faster

Going Clear: HBO’s Documentary on Scientology

Over the weekend, we had a free HBO/Showtime/Starz promotion with Direct TV, and you know what that means… record, record, record. We do indeed now have The Truman Show, Contact, and The Shining on our DVR list. You’re welcome.

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We also recorded the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. We all know that HBO documentaries are top notch, and in fact this one is on pace to be HBO’s second-most-watched documentary. It has been seen by over 5.5 million people, second only to Beyonce which has been viewed by over 9 million people. Can’t compete with that, that’s for sure.

For many of us, including myself, scientology has been this non-Christian, mysterious, crazy sounding cult. I’ve never paid all that much attention to it, but I do remember when more information came out about the “levels” and how the whole thing was made up by one crazy man, and it’s all based on aliens and overlords and crazy CRAZY stuff like that. And I was all like, “woah that’s ridiculous. Who would fall for that?”

But you guys, this FILM. It’s chock-full of former scientology leaders who have since left the church and are truly, for the first time, being honest about the horrific and twisted methods and ideas that scientology is based on. They ALL talked about brain washing. They all talked about fear. They all talked about how ashamed they are now to look back at how much time they spent in it. I, for one, am so grateful they were willing to share their stories. I think the more that the truth comes out, the more people might be saved from potentially landing in the same situation.

If you have HBO (or your friend’s, brother’s, girlfriend’s, cousin does, and you have his password), I highly encourage you to watch this. You will be blown away by this cult. After watching, my husband and I talked about how sad it is that THIS is considered a “religion,” and that this monstrosity will make some people think that this is representative of all religion. Let me just say right here it is NOT. Religion, faith, belief can be SO BEAUTIFUL, and it is such a shame that a corrupt organization like this will likely turn people away from other, wonderful faith lives.

If you want to know a few details of the HBO, this Glamour article covers a few of the highlights. Again, highly encourage you to watch it, and remember that this is NOT how all “religions” work. Christian faith is a beautiful, loving family, and it hurts my heart to see people in pain the way they exhibited in this documentary.

What’s your perfect routine day?

When you ask someone what their perfect day would be, it’s usually full of travels and beaches and food and all that good stuff. I am RIGHT there with you. But lately I’ve been thinking about what my perfect routine would be. If I could work and do life on my own schedule, what would it look like? I can’t explain why, but felt the need to share today.

7:00 – Wake up, drink coffee, have a pre-workout breakfast, and watch GMA :)

8:00 – Work out! And take my time doing it.

9:00 – Home to get showered and ready for the day.

10:00-3:00 – Work. I will always want to work some. I think five hours a day would be PERFECT.

3:00 Errands, chores, volunteering, dinner prep, and someday probably picking up kids from school!

7:00 and beyond – Dinner and fun with my family and friends. Long walks. Games. Reading. Decent bed time around 10:30.

Please share yours! What’s your ideal??

Also, a photo to make you smile. Happy Wednesday!

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Coconut Ginger Balls

Once in a while, I get a hankering for something strange. Lately, it’s been coconut and ginger. Plus, I’m always wanting something sweet around the house that is still pretty “clean.” Trust me, I can do a number on some cookies or cake, but I always feel 100000x guilty afterward. So to me, this recipe is the perfect little something-sweet-and-guilt-free.

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Adapted from Every Last Bite, this recipe seriously took me like, five minutes to whip up. I made them into tiny little balls so I feel like I have more of them… I think these would be delicious spread on an apple, graham crackers, or just popped in your mouth after dinner. Or for breakfast. Or whenever. Enjoy!

Coconut Ginger Balls (makes about 1 dozen)

Ingredients

8 medjool dates, pitted
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
2 tablespoons walnut pieces
2 tablespoons fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon honey (optional – the dates are pretty sweet already!)

Directions

1. Put dates in food processor and pulse for about a minute, until a paste is formed.

2. Add in the rest of your ingredients and blend until combined. A soft, sticky dough will form. You may need to scrape the sides a time or two.

3. Form into tablespoon-ish sized balls. You may want to wet your hands just a little so it doesn’t stick. Keep in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.

 

Throw Back Thursday: April Edition

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately with my trips back to Nashville and with my timehop app bringing up some MAJOR blasts from the past. Not to mention my favorite Buzzfeed yet. But timehop only covers your standard social media outlets…it does not pull in my past blog posts. And for me, since I began writing this blog about silly, 22-year-old things in August 2008, Megoirs (formerly Megster Meter) has turned into a journal and a record of my life. From relationship woes and joys, to trials and errors in the kitchen, to rambling thoughts about my faith, I love always having this space to lean on. I sometimes go for stretches without writing at all. And sometimes I have so much to say I don’t know where to start.

So today, I decided to go back and look at my posts during the month of April since 2009. I found a few really special gems! This might have to be a monthly thing…Click on the photos for the original blog post!

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Last year, after a trip home to WI, I found a whole bunch of elementary and middle school gems. Talk about a major throwback!

Two years ago in April, I took toddler photos of this adorable little man. I can't believe how fast time flies!

Two years ago in April, I took toddler photos of this adorable little man. I can’t believe how fast time flies!

Y'all know I love baking and was really into cake bites for a while. Three years ago, I was very much in my experimentation phase...If you were around me a lot back then, you probably have some cavities by now!

Y’all know I love baking and was really into cake bites for a while. Three years ago, I was very much in my experimentation phase…If you were around me a lot back then, you probably have some cavities by now!

I love this cosmic bowling picture, because in 2011, my now-husband and I had been dating about three months when he took me on this little bowling date. I loved it, and already loved him!

I love this cosmic bowling picture, because in 2011, my now-husband and I had been dating about three months when he took me on this little bowling date. I loved it, and already loved him!

I'm pretty sure this was Katy's first half marathon, and it was a really big deal!! And she, unlike SOME of us (aka ME) really stuck with running, and has done several races, include sprint triathalons. I'm so excited because in just a few weeks she is visiting me in Columbus for the Cap City Half Marathon!

I’m pretty sure this was Katy’s first half marathon, and it was a really big deal!! And she, unlike SOME of us (aka ME) really stuck with running, and has done several races, include sprint triathalons. I’m so excited because in just a few weeks she is visiting me in Columbus for the Cap City Half Marathon!

Wow, it's been SIX YEARS since I played Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I LOVED this role, I loved the cast, and I loved my first post-college theater experience. Seriously missing my theater days right about now!

Wow, it’s been SIX YEARS since I played Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I LOVED this role, I loved the cast, and I loved my first post-college theater experience. Seriously missing my theater days right about now!

Easter!

We had a great weekend enjoying beautiful Tennessee weather and lots of good time with my husband’s family and a few of our friends. Here are a few pictures to sum it all up!