a Blog Challenge Day 1: My Daily Success Plan + Happy Tweets Tuesday!

Good Morning, lovely, lovely, HAPPY People!

Coming out of a weekend of moving with a MASSIVE head cold, Monday acted as my weekend, even though I had a full day of work! I slept in, didn’t go to the gym (shame on me), made breakfast for my husband and I, went to work, and came home to watch a movie with my sister before heading to my friends’ house for a couple of hours. Very relaxed, VERY zen.

Well, now it’s time for me to rally the troops (troops meaning myself), and DO something!

I am in the middle of a lot of transition right now. As I mentioned previously, Timmykins and I moved this weekend (more on that later), I am still mentally transitioning into this new year and everything it means for me personally, and amongst all of this, I am transitioning into routine, and living towards my core desired feelings.

With this whole routine she-bang, I have decided to participate in another blog challenge with the lovely Natalie Sisson of http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/. The last time I partook in her blog challenge, it made me open up and explore ideas that I never had before. This time, I am starting a little late, but at least I am showing up to participate (and whole-heartedly, at that)! Day #1 prompt? Share my daily success plan.

Current (most days):
Wake up early (6ish). Drink warm lemon water. GYM TIME! Healthy breakfast. Long shower. -WORK- Zumba, sometimes yoga. Healthy dinner. Work from home. Bed.

Going forward (nearly every day):
Wake up around 6. Drink warm lemon water. Gym time (with GUSTO) OR Yoga (with GUSTO). Make a healthy breakfast. Quick shower. Blog/check emails/schedule Roamin4Happiness posts. Work – build in deep breathing and movement breaks. Zumba and or yoga and or a long walk after work. Cook a healthy meal, and it with Timmykins. Reflect on the day. Go to sleep earlier!

I know that it is the lack of routine and self-accountability that is eating away at my days. I know I am my own worst enemy, and it’s time for me to stop me in my tracks by encouraging my own wellness and transformation. It is only then that my energy, creativity, happiness, and BLOG/lifestyle brand will THRIVE!

Oh, you know what else will thrive with routine? Happy Tweets Mondays. Or Tuesday (for an exception like today). And, I promise that if you get into the routine of reading them (like I do every week as I post them), they will put a little pep in your step!

So, now for today’s little pep. From me (and all those who tweet), to YOU!

Enjoy!

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” – Jonathan Swift
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be a success Albert Schweitzer
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” ― Mark Twain
“The greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.” – Theodore Roosevelt
« Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. » Jim Rohn
If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation. – Napoleon Hill
“If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.”
Happy Tuesday, Happy People! Now, go get em!
❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets MONDAY!

Happy Monday, Happy People!

Let me tell you: The last couple of weeks have been eye-opening ones for yours truly! I have been plannin’, schemin’, and – most importantly – BELIEVING IN MYSELF. I have decided that 2015 is going to be the year of THE LAUNCH! What am I launching, you ask? I will be launching a new site + design for roamin4happiness, a new film project, + MYSELF into the world! It’s time for me to take the reigns of my own life and LIVE!

With that in mind, we are back with our happy tweets! I hope that they inspire you to think a bit about the coming year and what you are going to do to make it the HAPPIEST year yet!

If you have any ideas you want to bounce off someone, please feel free to interact with me in the comments! I am ready to inspire + be inspired!

Enjoy!

Entrepreneur Support @FounderSupport
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. – Dale Carnegie

ActionComplete @ActionComplete
Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful… lead the way!
~Steve Maraboli

Cash Cow Couple @CashCowCouple
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
― Aristotle

Lori Fields @YourWorthySelf
You can make a mistake & begin again. #YourWorthySelf

LIZ DENNERY SANDERS @SheBrandLiz
The most effective way to do it, is to do it. -Amelia Earhart

Cash Cow Couple @CashCowCouple
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Moven @getMoven
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. -Ayn Rand

Barbara Wilder @bwildone
It takes a courageous person to choose Joy. Barbara Wilder

since for some reason I am not able to copy the twitter profile pictures for each user onto this week’s happy tweets, I will include a picture that makes me happy 🙂

IMG_0097 BE HAPPY!

❤ The RoaminTwin

2 Actions to GET INSPIRED!

Good Day, Happy People!

I’ll admit it: I have been a little less-than-inspired recently! I subscribe to blogs, “Like” Facebook pages, and follow people and businesses on Twitter for daily doses of inspiration and motivation. But sometimes, it affects me for 2 minutes and then I go about my day, mundanely. And I hate it.

Sometimes, we all need a little kick in the pants, and for me, I continuously kicked myself for almost a week, and now I feel all charged up like the Energizer Bunny!

What did it for you? How can I do the same? Time to get back on the wagon!

Here are the 2 simple actions I took/am taking to propel myself forward, inspired:

1. I purchased something for myself. A few things, actually. When was the last time you purchased something for yourself without necessity? Purchased a dress you didn’t need for an upcoming work event, or that T.V. and XBOX 1 you needed to continue to interact with your gamer friends and stay up-to-par with the status quo?

Not only did I purchase a few things for myself, but they were on sale (YEEEE!), and they display words to motivate and inspire me:
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 * “STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES” bangle purchased ON SALE from: KateSpade.com
* “Quit Slackin’ + Make It Happen” wallet, and “Start the day with a smile and end it with champagne” phone case purchased ON SALE from: The Icing

If you have a difficult time “selfishly” purchasing items for yourself, then do what I (wish I could) do, and give away one item in your home for each item you purchase. Guilt-away! Now, every time I look down, I have a reminder to be positive, and not just dream, but GO FOR MY DREAMS! Everyone deserves a little sumpin-sumpin to do that for them!

2. Write a MANIFESTO. This week, I am participating in a FREE course with Melissa Cassera (MelissaCassera.com) entitled OBSESSED. Monday’s prompt was to write a Lifestyle Manifesto. According to Melissa’s worksheet: a Manifesto “provides a ‘check-in’ system to ensure that you’re practicing what you preach + presenting an accurate depiction of your lifestyle.” I have read so many times over that writing a Manifesto could be that one thing to spark everything else positively in my life…and for some reason I just never jumped on it. The prompt inspired me, but blocked me at the same time. Good thing Melissa included a fill in the blank form for me to start with! I will past the first draft of my manifesto below. But, just like life, it is a work-in-progress. Let me know what you think!

RoaminTwin’s Lifestyle Manifesto: Draft 1

When I wake up in the morning, the first thought on my mind is: Will going to the gym bring me more joy or pain, today?
And after that: Time for a big stretch and a spot of tea!
My heart glows when I am laughing with my best mates, and my heart breaks when I have no power to better a tough situation for a friend or family member
My community is my inspiration. More than anything else, I care about helping them to realize the joy they bring others
In my world, fantastic, flirty underwear is an absolute necessity
Jumping in puddles and wine nights are always a good idea.
Champagne and celebration are acceptable EVERY day
Pants are overrated, and being anything but authentic is a definite NO.
Fantasizing about that ice cream treat after a zumbathon is totally reasonable.
Striving to roam every corner of the earth is a must.
But, at the end of the day, living an abundantly joy-filled journey is all that matters.
When I die, I want to be remembered as the person who found herself on an adventure in happiness with…herself
And who inspired others to find joy and fulfillment in themselves, too.

Call-To-Action: Now that I have shared my Manifesto, I want YOU to create one to share with the community! This is a forum to share and promote happiness, so no holding back!

❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!

I read a post on Facebook today about how to treat every day like the best day, and not just live for the weekends. Goodness, that will take a little bit of practice – especially on Mondays – so for now, let’s stick with the Happy Tweets to revv you up in your afternoon slump!

Enjoy!

 
Truth is not diminished by the number of people who believe it.
 
 
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts; it is about one life influencing another.
 
 
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale
 
 
It’s always too early to quit. – Norman Vincent Peale
 
“Doubt everything. Find your own light.” – Buddha
 
 
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
 
 
“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” — Oscar Wilde
 
 
“You can, at any point in time, change where you are headed. You are your own dream weaver & a dream achiever and it’s all left up to you.”
 
Happy Monday, Happy People!
❤ 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! 

❤ 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!
 
❤ 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!
 
❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!

Who is in for a little motivation today? After this birthday/Easter weekend filled with laser tag, golf, cleaning, friends. family, and FOOD, I need an afternoon WAKE UP CALL! So, it’s time for Happy Tweets Monday!
 
Enjoy!
 
The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness. – Thomas Edison
 
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. – Roger Staubach
 
The hardest, most important, part of marriage: Learning that you don’t live for the good of yourself, but for the good of the other.
 
We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. ~Earl Nightingale
 

« I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. » Tony Robbins
 
« Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. » Andrew Carnegie
 
Your biggest competition is the little voice inside your head telling you “you can’t do it”.
 
❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, fellow Happy People!

I’m just gonna get to the nitty gritty: It’s Happy Tweets Time! Enjoy!

So many beautiful things in the world created by just a thought. Believe in your vision & surround yourself with people that believe in you.
 
 
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” -Oprah Winfrey
 
Behind every great business is an entrepreneur who’s pretty sure she’s screwing up.
 
You are confined by the walls that you build yourself.
 
^^Boy, is this a toughie to realize…even harder to change! Stay Positive!
 
« Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. »Les Brown
 
“Every single day you should wake up and commit yourself to becoming a better person.”
 
Now I will go drink my cup of afternoon tea, close my eyes and take a few deep breaths, then it is time to plunge forward again! Motivation attained!
 
❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets: To Be Used ANY Day Of The Week!

Good Afternoon, Happy People!

After each big event, I feel like things will calm down, that life will be a little less hectic. But, who the heck wants that, really? That sounds boring. So, instead of taking a weekend just to relax, get some things done around the house – you know, things that none of us have done in MONTHS – we decided to take a weekend trip up to see Timmykin’s grandma in Pennsylvania! It was not near enough time, but we packed in as much visiting and exploring as we could. That also meant that I didn’t have my computer on (except a little time to work on Saturday evening), which means no blogging until today! So, I apologize for my tardiness of our regularly scheduled Happy Tweets, but guess what? ANY day is a good day for Happy Tweets! Enjoy!

« We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do. » Dale Carnegie
 
« Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. »Napoleon Hill
^^Personally working on this one!
 
People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours.
^^Don’t give them the satisfaction!!
 
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin
 
 
If a man goes to work in the right spirit, work is no hardship. – Thomas J. Watson
 
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. –
 
« Don’t find fault, find a remedy. »Henry Ford
 
Every day do one thing that scares you.
 
❤ The RoaminTwin