Happy Tweets + Motivation in a Memory

I’ve got a lot on my mind today.

2013 was a year of great loss. In my life, and the lives of those closest to me. I thought that a year out from each, I would be back to normal. That I wouldn’t cry anymore. I was wrong.

I’m not “normal”, and that’s OK. I’m not “normal” because the life, death, and memory of each human has affected me and turned me into a greater human being than I ever thought possible. I am strong. I am loyal. I am capable. I am dreaming up and living a life I never could have imagined. I attribute all of who I am to those who have come before me, and a large majority to those who are no longer with me. Though I would love to bring each person back, even just to have one more conversation, I am relieved that my life isn’t normal because of them. I mean, who wants to be normal anyway?

Today marks 1 year that we have been living in the memory of Chad Rogers. Today I woke up with a smile on my face and enjoyed the hardest workout of my life while watching the sun rise. On days like these, my motivation and my strength come from those who are no longer able to walk, jump, or run. It was like I had angels lifting me up and pushing me through my workout.

That’s enough motivation for my week, and maybe even my year. I never wish loss upon anyone, but I do hope that those who have lost a loved one can find strength and motivation in their memory.

Happy Tweets may inspire you to reach even further. They give me that extra OOMPH!

Enjoy! Then get out and #beawesome

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin
Sometimes life doesn’t give you something you want, not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve more.

Give unconditional love with no expectations and you will always be blessed.

Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“You can only be brave by being afraid. Embrace what you are scared of and shift its energy to destroy your fears.” – Joel Brown
<3 The RoaminTwin
P.S. – Ryan asked if I was blogging about it, so I want to let the world know that his favorite breakfast sandwich is sausage, egg, and cheese with ketchup. Carries’ favorite is bacon, egg, and cheese. What’s YOURS?

6 Changes For YOUR Health & Future

Hello, Happy People!

It’s not often that you will find me on here during the weekend, but sometimes you are just inspired on an “off” day!

Weekends are usually the time where I can slow down a bit and reflect on the week, my life, and my progress in this happiness journey. Today, my health progress is at the forefront of my mind as I begin my day with a bottle of water, a cup of lemon grass green tea, and a serving of It Works Greens (UNSPONSORED: Find out more at Rachelle’s site HERE!). 

At the beginning of 2014, I wrote this POST about how this year is going to be the Year of the “F” Word for me: Fitness, Finances, Food, and Family. Following my wedding in March, I fell off the wagon in each of these areas, as nothing seemed more important than downtime with my new hubby (and nursing him back from a broken collar bone).

Fast forward a few months and I was spending less time with the fam, nearly broke (just because we were paying for a wedding and European honeymoon didn’t mean the bills stopped rolling in + unexpected hospital bills!), and feelin’ fat. I have never been one to think: once I am married, I can get fat and happy! Being lazy and unhealthy WOULDN’T bring me happiness, and would be a sign of disrespect towards myself AND my future. I knew I had to get back on track, so I decided that if I first focused on my health, the rest would fall into place. And wouldn’t you know that a few weeks have passed since I made this decision, and everything IS getting back on track! So many studies have shown that good health and making the decision to treat yourself with respect is the basis of a happy life, and boy am I proving them right!

On top of that, I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks, and I have shed 10 pounds of weight, negative feelings, and future health problems from my body! This is a mere side effect of my healthy lifestyle – unlike my pre-wedding training – as now I am focusing on taking my body to levels of health and fitness it has never seen before. I want to learn how to do a handstand, climb mountains, and finally be able to do a freaking pull up! 

It’s time for us to find happiness in ALL aspects of our lives, don’t you think? So, I thought I would share what I am doing to reach my goals and continue onward in my Year of the F Word:

1. Lift weights. Even if you are a girl. Even if you don’t have time. It is a great way to release stress, and will show you how amazing your body really is! Plus, I think physical strength releases an inner strength in all other parts of my life! If you don’t know where to start, check out bodybuilding.com. It’s got workout and nutrition plans to fit every level and lifestyle. I find myself switching things up a lot, as well as taking the nutrition advice, but always catering to my needs and my body.

2. Make working out fun (and a priority). I schedule my 5-day-a-week lifting plan around zumba and yoga classes. I tend to lift in the mornings, and attend 1-3 classes in the evenings (depending on how my body is feeling). I also like to swim, go on walks, and ice skate. Can you tell how much I dig the cardio machines at the gym? … Move yourself in fun, new ways, and it won’t feel like a workout!

3. DON’T get hurt. Seriously. In keeping with the theme here: listen to your body. Sure I tweak my knee sometimes (it’s highly tweakable), but when I do, I cater to what my body is telling me and take it easy. If you don’t listen to your body, you run the risk of setting yourself off track for months – just ask Timmykins – or injuring yourself permanently.

4. Eat well (and eat enough)! If you are following a lifting program, please know that you should be consuming more protein as well as additional calories from healthy foods. I have been eating more chicken and fish, vegetables and beans. That sweet tooth of mine is just hangin’ in there, so you will often find me with a spoonful of peanut butter or an apple in hand. I also really enjoy finding ways to make healthy versions of my favorite foods (chicken fingers, pizza, cookies, OH MY!). And I take the It Works Greens in the morning, not as a replacement for my vegetables, but as a supplement to them. Let’s face it though: most of us don’t consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day. Greens are a pleasant way to help that along :)
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5. Drink water. You have been told this since the beginning of time, but you NEED water to survive. You need MORE water if you are taking part in physical activity. Feel hungry? Drink water first. Dizzy? Stop what you are doing and drink water! I have had a few dizzy spells as of late, and eating a little more as well as drinking water always quells them!

6. Forgive yourself. I feel like I am doing this more often than not. In fact, I finished typing, “…I have shed 10 pounds of weight, negative feelings, and future health problems from my body!”, then promptly got up from my computer and ate a donut. Not only did I eat that donut, I ate it slowly and enjoyed every last bite. Then I forgave myself and moved on. Because – as I remind myself every damn day – slip ups will happen. There is no need to deprive myself of something yummy if I am hungry and it is in moderation. And there is NEVER a need for self-loathing.

That brings everything back around to why I am doing this in the first place. It’s not a diet. It’s not a temporary change. It is a healthy lifestyle. And it makes me happy.

Won’t you join me?

<3 The RoaminTwin

Wedding Wednesday #6: D(AAO)IY

You are probably thinking: What the HECK is D(AAO)IY?!?!

D(AAO)IY = Do Almost All Of It Yourself.

Let’s face it, you can’t do EVERYTHING yourself, and what can’t be done yourself, we already know can be done by the very BEST VENDORS. Just make sure you do plenty of research ahead of time, and always talk to friends and family to see if they rub elbows with any vendors for discounts!

Let’s get back to business: so you say you want to D(AAO)IY? Welp, so did I, so you came to the right place! Over the next couple of Wedding Wednesday posts, I will go over what we did ourselves.

This week, let’s cover bride and bridesmaid outfits/accessories.

1. The Veil. Veils range from around $200-2,000!! That is a heck of a lot if you ask me, especially when I only wanted to wear my veil for the ceremony and a few pictures! So, my mom and I went down to a specialty bridal store and picked out some of the prettiest beaded and embroidered tulle with a lace edge. With that, my mom made a Cathedral length veil with a blusher that touched just below my shoulders. Beautiful.

2. The Garter. For years I have been eyeing this handmade lace that my grandmother gave to my mom when she was cleaning out her basement (something we think my great-grandmother tatted). When my mom received it, it was dirty and tattered, but she had since cleaned and rolled it neatly where it sat waiting to be used in her closet. So, I asked if we could use a small portion for my garter. Mom made me a wonderful vintage garter with blue ribbon for my something old AND blue!
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3. The Bouquet. I always wanted something a little less traditional. For at least a year before the wedding, My favorite holiday is Christmas, and I had this idea that gold Christmas ornaments of different sizes and textures would look lovely as a bouquet. So, I bought the ornaments on sale around Christmastime and waited until about a week before the wedding (procrastination at it’s best, of course) before using THIS tutorial that I happened upon to make my own version. It couldn’t have turned out any better – and I didn’t have to spend a fortune on fresh flowers that die within a couple of days!
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4. Bridesmaids. I told the ladies from the get go: please wear white flats and find a champagne/gold dress that makes you look and feel good. As their gifts, I got them all matching earrings, bracelets, and sequined wristlets. As bouquets, they each got a large single fake white hydrangea with gold ribbon wrapped around the stem (thanks, mom)! Gotta love sales at Michaels!
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And last but not least…

5. Hair & Makeup. That’s right ladies and gents, the entire bridal party did our own. Mine, of course, was done with the help of my twin sister, and it stayed put ALL DARN DAY. I decided about 6 weeks before that not only did I not want to spend the ridiculous asking price for wedding hair and makeup, but that I trusted no one else.
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TIP: If you are planning on having your hair and makeup done professionally, please please PLEASE pay for a consultation beforehand. I did. I showed her photos of a smokey eye and a red lip I wanted to try, as well as whimsical, loose updos that I had found on Pinterest. When she was done, I refused to leave my house it was so bad! It looked like a 5-year-old had colored outside the lines in black and red ALL OVER MY FACE! And the hair? She spent an hour straightening it and then put it in a bun with a hair tie and hairsprayed the living HELL out of it!

It was so bad that when my mom came over, I told her: I look like a drag queen. To which she responded: A drag queen would have done MUCH better! Dangit, she was right! I apologize to all drag queens!

What I sent to the “professional”:
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What happened in the consultation:
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This is the result AFTER I rubbed off most of the eye makeup. It was PITCH black! – Obviously comparable to Rocky Horror Picture Show!

<3 The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!

After a Monday filled with paperwork and generally feeling crappy. I am not even kidding when I say my body took every chance it could today to show me it was upset with food,exercise, and just being awake.

So, my motivating factor for getting through the day was knowing that at the end of the tunnel was a nice nap. And I took it. Now as I prepare for Tuesday and beyond, it’s time again to share Happy Tweets.

Enjoy!

SPEAK in such a way that others love to LISTEN to you. LISTEN in such a way that others love to SPEAK to you.
 
 
“You’ve got to seize the opportunity if it is presented to you.” – Clive Davis
 
Own your path. Make ownership the most important part of what you do every day. –
 
Raise up the ppl beside you & quit worshipping those above you
 
 
Your mind ultimately is your greatest asset. So be very careful of what kind of advice you put in it and who gives you that advice.
 
 
 
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
 
“My response is my responsibility.” —Dr. Emerson Eggerichs during panel discussion at
“You don’t face your fears, you stand up to them.” – Brian Clark
 
 
Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. ~Julie Andrews
 
Have a Happy Day/Night/Week, Happy People!
 
<3 The RoaminTwin

Wedding Wednesday #5: 4 Qs EVERY Bride Must Ask Herself To Find THE Gown!

Oh my goodness, it has been just short of a year since I originally posted on the fact that I Found The Gown! Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies?

Well, in the original post, I wrote about the process and the joy that finding THE dress of my dreams brought me, but I didn’t include a picture for fear of the off-chance that my now-husband would view that particular post. Today’s post will reveal the 4 questions every bride must ask herself to find the perfect dress. Yes, it’s THAT easy! First, a little lead-in…

At some point during our courtship, I asked dear Timmykins what type of dress he could see me walking down the aisle in. I am sure that some of your significant others would respond with a simple: Uh, I see a dress, and it’s white! Well, lucky me married someone with 5 older sisters, and he knows a little bit about fashion (both the good and the ugly). He told me he could see me in something classic and elegant. He couldn’t picture me in something strapless, and he liked the look of lace. Of course, he added, you will look beautiful in anything.

Aw, shucks!

Some of you may not take your fiance’s thoughts on a dress into consideration for a multitude of reasons, but the best part is, everything that he said aligned with what I had in mind. I wanted something unique that could also have been worn decades ago, with lace, cap sleeves, and lots of dreamy, airy tulle. I also preferred off-white, because who wants a dress that compromises the appearance of their teeth? 

I kept all of these ideas in mind as I embarked on my great dress adventure, but also remembered the advice I had read and heard a multitude of times that you should try a little of everything on because you could be surprised with what you like.

For instance: I tried on a figure-hugging, strapless dress; something I wouldn’t have picked off the rack in a million years! But, boy did it make me look and feel GOOD! However, I asked myself the 4 questions every bride should ask themselves below, and it was a no-go.

Here are THE questions that every bride should ask herself to find the perfect gown:

1. Do I feel beautiful?
2. Do I feel comfortable?
3. Is it in my price range?
4. Did I walk out of the dressing room smiling, grooving, and twirling?

Now, picture your fiance’s face as he sees you for the first time. I bet you are picturing the biggest grin, and maybe tears!

Doesn’t matter if it fits your original vision, or what you would expect from yourself. If you answered YES to all of the above, then congratulations, you have a winner! THIS is what you will be wearing on one of the happiest days of your life…aren’t you ecstatic??

BONUS TIP: Might I suggest also letting the bridesmaid(s) choose their own dresses? Pick a color, maybe a couple of guidelines, and let them answer those 4 questions on their own! 

<3 The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets TUESDAY (evening)!

Oh goodness, I promise I won’t continue in this pattern of Happy Tweets getting later in the week! I know that it is a necessity for some of us to start our week with them (well, at least ME)!

We had a huge storm and power outage last night that threw off my blogging groove, so please be patient with me, and ENJOY!


RT : Never believe your own hype. The second you do you become complacent. Always be getting better.
 
« The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. » E. Nightingale
 
 
Surpass the limit you thought you had. You’ll never know until you try.
 
^^APPLIES TO EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE!^^
 
 
« I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences. » Les Brown
 
 
How do you have a good day? By telling yourself a different story! If your story is always poor me or life sucks; it’s time to change it!
 
Crissy to her son, age 3: Aiden are you picking your belly button? Aiden with a smirk: yeah! I’m trying to see if there is money in there!
 
^^This brought me personal happiness. What is bringing YOU personal happiness?
 
Happy Tuesday (evening), Happy People!
 
<3 The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!

It’s Monday again! The first day of the week. Another day to start over, anew, fresh. A day to get your butt in motion and realize your wildest dreams. All it takes is a first step. My first steps today are to get back to eating cleanly and to start a new workout routine that I have never tried before! It looks like I am going to kick my own butt…and I am EXCITED about it! It’s time to challenge myself physically and get some results!

What are YOUR first steps for this week? Make numero uno to read the following Happy Tweets! You won’t regret it!

Enjoy!

 
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” – Albert Einstein
 
 
“Stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery.” – Cheryl Strayed
 
 
« There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. »Napoleon Hill
 
 
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness,only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -MLK
 
 
“Be willing to go alone! Many who started with you won’t finish with you.” – Tony Gaskins
 
 
“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby
 
 
Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world.
 
 
If you want to accomplish more, simplify your life
 
 
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” ― Dorothy Parker
 
Curiosity. Drive. And the hope for a better forever. LET’S DO THIS!
 
<3 The RoaminTwin