Happy Tweets Monday

Hello, Happy People!

I hope that life is treating you splendidly. If you don’t think life is good, is it your attitude that is getting you down?

Fear not! Today is the day of motivation and happiness brought to you by the people of Twitter! If you didn’t already know: these are tweets that I have retweeted over time as motivational, heart warming, or fun. They are meant to lift spirits and move us towards our dreams and goals.

Most recently, these suckers have helped motivate me to get to the gym daily (sometimes twice!) and lose 6 pounds! And to stick to my spending fast. Starting the second week and it is getting easier! Which is great, because with student loans, wedding, and general living, I feel that I am going to have to go on a semi permanent spending fast: and I am OK with that. Happy Tweets have also helped me realize that it is time I treat myself better, as well as better myself, and I have begun to experiment with cooking, writing, and even cleaning more (I am not the neatest person on the planet).

What do they do for you? Let me know, and maybe you will help someone else realize what motivational/happy quotes brings to their lives!

Enjoy!

Lori Fields ‏@RealBeautyIs
You can’t play it safe and expect to reach your potential. @joelosteen
 
Stage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. ~ Peter T. Mcintyre
 
Stage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. ~ Douglas MacArthur
 
Personal Development ‏@persdevquotes
« You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. »Jim Rohn
 
Liz Dennery Sanders ‏@SheBrandLiz
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. –Eleanor Roosevelt
 
QuotesNSmiles™ ‏@QuotesNSmiles
If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals. -Lou Holtz
 
QuotesNSmiles™ ‏@QuotesNSmiles
Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.
 
Have a Happy Happy week, Happy People!
❤ The RoaminTwin
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My Best Friend & My Worst Enemy: #4 FOOD

A little over a week ago, I told you about 2014 being MY Year of the “F” Word. A day later, I dove into “F” Word #1, and the meaning of it’s placement in my life in 2014. Next, I explained why I included The BIGGEST “F” Word of them ALL: FAMILY (because they are kind of a big deal). #3 on my list to hash out was Finances (the hashing out that will last for all of eternity). And now, we are down to the final “F” Word (besides fun and future, which are both considered in my thoughts and progress towards the other “F” Words). What next?

Disclaimer: As mentioned in my first post on the subject, my “F” Words are not listed in terms of relevance to me, and neither will they be explained in any particular order.

#4: Food

I need to change my views on food, and 2014 is a great place to start! I have had little glimpses of this insight before…right before chowing down on a really good burger, or licking my fingers clean of barbeque sauce. What? There are 3 desserts? One of each please!

I’ve gone through bouts of counting calories, of attempting to cut entire food groups out of my diet, I’ve thought about dieting and cleansing, and all that jazz. More and more I have heard that food intake has the biggest affect on a person’s weight. 

Well, that is not all.

In figuring out how I want each “F” Word to apply in my life, I have not only been experimenting and trying new things in all areas, but also reading up on all of them: devouring as much information as possible to make informed decisions. I follow numerous health professionals via Twitter, Facebook, and email chains. I read their articles, their mantras, their “guaranteed-to-lose-weight” fitness routines and eating plans. If I could share with you the overarching lesson it would be this:

Every body is different, therefore, not every body is the same.

“Running makes you lose weight fast.” “No, cutting calories does! But you can eat what you want within those calorie limits!” “An apple a day…” “Do you even life, Bra?”

ENOUGH!

Every person is so unique in personality, in physical traits, in how their bodies react to different foods and exercises, that, truly, each person needs to experiment with both to see what works for them.

Over the years I have cut some foods out of my every day life. Doing so has had no effect on my weight…not even soda! For some people, cutting soda alone would make them lose 20 pounds. More recently, I have been cutting down on even fruits, cottage cheese, milk, and whole grain bread. In fact, once I run out of each of these things in my home, I am going to stop buying them for a bit. Maybe these seemingly healthy items have been keeping me at a heavier weight my entire life. That doesn’t mean they aren’t healthy, that just might mean they aren’t right for me on a regular basis. I will continue my experimentation and research until I find something that works for me.

But keep in mind: this isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime experiment. As we grow and change, so too do our taste buds. So why wouldn’t food problems, allergies, etc. do the same? This experiment is really something I will be doing my whole entire life. And just because I pinpoint that sugar isn’t good for me (it really isn’t good for ANYBODY), doesn’t mean I will never have it. I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth, and am trying to wean myself from that tendency now. But I would be fine with a piece of dark chocolate or anything my mom bakes every once in awhile (and ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! Even though I realized it wreaks havoc on my stomach when I eat it a few times a week).

I also will no longer be looking at food as a reward. I will leave food rewards for my dog to earn. There is no reason for me to go to the gym and sweat my butt off for 1-2 hours a day, only to say “I’ve earned a sweet treat!” and undo everything. Oh, and portion control? Now a practice instead of just an idea. No need to over-indulge on every meal, I know when to stop, I have that control. Calorie counting? No reason when I know the majority of things entering my body are being put there for nourishment instead of just “I wants”. 

Because food makes my body run. Bad food makes it run poorly (fatigue, poor sleep quality, illness, punky moods, etc.), while clean, simple foods make it a well-oiled machine. This well-oiled machine gets me to the gym nearly every morning AND evening, as well as staying alert and active throughout the day. Being alert and active throughout the day keeps me in tune to my finances (in making plans, following through on plans, and thinking things up that I wouldn’t be able to on a regular basis). Being alert for the rest of the day keeps me in tune with my relationships (family), and being healthy will keep me around for them for a very long time.

2014 is THE Year of the “F” Word: Family, Finances, Fitness, & Food. They all come together to guarantee a Fun & Fruitful Future.

What is 2014 going to be for you? Have you already set out on the path to betterment? Join me!

Happy Thursday, Happy People!

❤ The RoaminTwin
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Long Road to a Little House: “F” Word #1

Disclaimer: As mentioned in my last post, my “F” Words are not listed in terms of relevance to me, and neither will they be explained in any particular order.

So, I know that for the past 24 hours or so, you all have been sitting at the edge of your seats, awaiting the first of my deeper explanations of my Year of the “F” Word. This year, I will focus on: fitness, family, finances, and food (and maybe fun!).

Today, I will delve into fitness, and why it will be a priority for me in the coming year (and hopefully, for years to come).

The reason I titled this post “Long Road to a Little House”, is because it has taken me 23 years to get my butt on track to reach any type of fitness goals. That is a LONG road to a better (and potentially LITTLE) physique. I have always been a little bigger than my twin sister, but when we were in middle school, it was hellish for me. I was the fat twin. I was only referred to as “the fat twin” once, but that was WAY after my realization, and being called that just solidified the idea in my head. Every year between then and now, I have dreamed of being skinny, beautiful, and loving running.

It has taken me the last year or so to mentally prepare for a fitness transformation. I am through dreaming. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be in shape. I don’t want to become beautiful, because I know I already am (thanks, mom and dad!). And loving to run? NO WAY! That was and is a nightmare that will never come true. But I have started to love challenging myself with new workouts and trying fun ways to move on a more regular basis (swimming, Zumba, and yoga). I like to label my self as “adventurous”, but have never really ventured outside of my coached sports and activities for fitness. Until this year, I didn’t think of being in shape as something fun, exhilarating, and life-changing.

Well, I knew that it could get me in shape. But it’s such hard work, and I love pastries too damn much!

2014 doesn’t mark my first steps in the direction of fitness. First, there was a dream, a desire, but I didn’t want it bad enough. In the last year, I have:

1. Tried a few fitness programs and witnessed my first couple of gym burnouts
2. Found 2 proteins that I ADORE mixing into delicious shakes
3. Been to the gym more days than I didn’t go…for the first time EVER
4. Added a gym membership to my arsenal that has me in belly dance, yoga, and Zumba classes…and loving EVERY MINUTE OF IT
5. Researched different methods of reaching my fitness goals 
6. Begun to combine and contort fitness regimens, supplements, and foods to see what works best for me (because everybody and every BODY is different, and no one thing is going to have the same results for each human)
7. Started my healthy journey of non-comparison and positive self-image.
8. Started MOVING!

In addition to all of this, I started a new workout program with Timmykins this past Monday that will have me in the gym 5 days a week, with at least 40 minutes of cardio per workout and lifting weights to EXHAUSTION! Before, I would have said “yuck” and fought with him every time we had to go to the gym. This time, it’s different. This time, I have an attitude of change. My body is supposed to be moving, and after sitting nearly sedentary 8-10 hours a day at work, I need to maximize my evenings. I need to challenge myself and try new ways of moving, new ways of thinking. I am even feeling the need to move outside of the gym as much as possible, and not take a FULL rest day (yoga and Zumba, anyone?).

I am no longer aiming to be skinny or lose weight, but to lower my chances of fatal diseases and premature death down the road. I am no longer being selfish in my thoughts of wanting to look like someone else or “get skinny” to be beautiful. Instead I am thinking of my family, my friends, and my future.

So, I guess I should unofficially add “fun” AND “future” to my “F” Words as well. They should go without saying, but are a part of each of the 4 that I will break a part for you 🙂

Is fitness one of YOUR “F” Words? Why or why not? 

Have a Happy Day, Happy People!

❤ The RoaminTwin
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That’s early-90s me to the right in the purple tank top. I wish running around having a fake snowball fight could be my fitness regimen NOW! 

Blog Challenge: Days 28 & 29

It’s another double up day for RoaminTwin!

We are SO CLOSE to the end of this 30 Day Blog Challenge, and I think it would be unfair to lag myself another day late (I should have completed this today).

If you don’t know what this is, check it out HERE!

Enjoying the Blog Challenge material? Stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

Here are the prompts for days 28 & 29, and what I have to say in response!

Day 28 Question: What travel tools and services are most important to you when taking your business abroad?

A: I have already commented on what I couldn’t live without while traveling, so basically, this is an addendum to that! Since I would be taking my laptop with me, I will need plug in adapters. There is a USB one (more convenient than the big bulky ones I have taken overseas in the past) on TSE’s Day 28 Post that I would definitely be looking into. I would also need a backup hard drive of at LEAST 1 TB, as well as traveler’s insurance (for all of the crazy, adventurous things I will be doing that I don’t do on a regular basis and have never done before)!

I am sure there will be other gadgets and services that I will learn about between now and my travels, but for now, this frugal mind is done spending hypothetical money hypothetically 🙂

Day 29 Question: What does your blueprint for living the dream look like to you?

A: Beyond all certainty, I want my life to be wonderful, I want to be happy and I want my loved ones to be happy, I want to travel the world, I want to own my own business, and I want to spend the rest of my life with my buddy, Timmykins. I will never give up my passion for film, and I still plan on taking the film industry by storm with SOMETHING one of these days. I won’t give that up. I also won’t give up a career/lifestyle that I love. We will adapt our lives accordingly, but there is no reason to give up what makes us happy for anything. And, honestly? I don’t mind spending some money (as long as we make it first) to travel. Yes, I always want to be one step ahead financially, but sometimes, the future may have to take a backseat for awhile for adventure. Because, what is life for? I sure as HECK am not living today only planning for tomorrow!

What life blueprint would make YOU happy? Honest-to-goodness elated about life? Let me know!

1 more day of the challenge to go…

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Very Inspiring Blogger

Imagine my surprise when I received this comment the other day from a reader:

I love your blog and have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Whhaaaaaat?!

Thank you so much to Liv at http://morningcoffeebliss.wordpress.com for the nom! It means so much coming from a fellow inspiring blogger. You can check out one of my favorites from her (where she finds herself finding herself while in an uncomfortable situation) HERE!

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Now, to fulfill the requirements that have been bequeathed unto me with this SPLENDID nomination:

1. Link back to your nominator: DONE. And I totally was going to do this anyways because I am so grateful for the nomination and what she writes every day!

2. Post the award image to your page: Alrightttttt, if I HAFTA (see above).

3. Share 7 facts about yourself: How about 7 things that I am grateful for?

  • My overall positive outlook on life
  • My loving family
  • My dreams that continue from sleep and get me through the day
  • Timmykins and the adventures that await us
  • My drive to continually evolve, and realize that EVERY day is the best day of my life 🙂
  • Every experience – good and bad – that has gotten me to where I am today. They were all teaching experiences
  • This outlet to remind myself of the happiness that is within, and that there is always reason to bring it out!

4. Nominate 15 other blogs and inform each blogger: Guys, these are ALL worth looking into. Each perspective is different, and each moment spent reading is a moment well spent. Enjoy!

This self-motivational journey of blogging has been a wonderful one so far. It reminds me to find happiness in my everyday life, as well as drives me to be more than I am. I hope that others use this outlet for the same purpose, and join me in CHOOSING happiness. Because, it IS a choice.

Happy Wednesday, Happy People!

❤ The Roamin Twin

Monday’s Happy Tweets

Do you have dreams, goals, and ambitions to fulfill? Is there an ‘OOMPH’ in your spirit and a pep in your step? Are you ‘Roamin 4 Happiness’? 

Regardless of if that describes you or not, I want it to. Hopefully these little Tweets o’ Wisdom from the last week will help you start the week off correctly.

So, wipe the bugs outta those eyes, give me the BIGGEST stretch you can, jump up and down, wiggle around, and SMILE! Happiness is within you, and these tweets should help motivate it out of you…or motivate some motivation 🙂

Enjoy!

Jeanette JenkinsJeanette Jenkins ‏@JeanetteJenkins
You can’t control what people say to you or about you but you can always control your response.
 
Optimistic LifecoachOptimistic Lifecoach ‏@I_Am_Optimistic
Success… seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
 
QuotesNSmiles™QuotesNSmiles™ ‏@QuotesNSmiles
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins
 
Addicted2Success.comAddicted2Success.com ‏@Addictd2Success
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
 
Miki StrongMiki Strong ‏@MikiStrong
A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. ~ Grace Murray Hopper
 
Addicted2Success.comAddicted2Success.com ‏@Addictd2Success
No one in this world is rich enough to buy back their past. Make it your mission to live a life of a valuable success.
 
Please note that, week after week, many of these tweets come from the same accounts. If you like what they have to say, follow them! If you like what I have to say, follow ME (@RoaminTwin)!
 
Have a Happy Happy Monday, you Happy People, you!
 
❤ The Roamin Twin

Dear Class of [Insert Year Here]

In 2011, I had the privilege of speaking to the graduating class from my high school during their graduation practice breakfast. It was only 3 years after I graduated, so I was speaking to a group of kids I knew well, and it was nice to pass on a little knowledge I had gained from 3 years of “aha!” moments following high school.

Here is that speech, in its (edited with a few explanations, etc.) entirety for you to peruse and/or use:

Quick reminder for those who don’t remember me, and intro for those who don’t know me:  Hi, I’m [RoaminTwin].  I was a senior at [insert high school here] when you were freshmen, making me a graduate of [year].  I know how honored you feel to have me in your presence, and though I know you would love for me to go on for hours, let me get right to the point. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I know I’m not the first person to ask you this, I’m sure nearly all of you have been asked this question from the time you were 5 years old.  But, “Today i-is Friday, Friday.  We-we-we so excited, we so excited…Tomorrow is Saturday.  And Sunday comes after” (O wow, I hate myself for that, but I am trying to be hip and far out [for those who don’t remember, this is a part of that damn ‘Friday’ song by Rebecca Black, made popular for God-knows-why earlier that year. It was pertinent. Now, not so much]).  Anyways, by 3 o clock Sunday afternoon, you will be high school graduates, so what’s next?

I’m sure a hand full of you will go on to college in the fall, others will go to some kind of trade school, and some of you might be COMPLETELY finished with school all together.  But none of these options answers the question “what next?” for me or for anyone else.

Well, what should be the very first thing on your to do list is to make a play list of songs that make you happy.  There will be times you will feel upset, lonely, or just plain want to cry regardless of what you do following graduation.  I don’t know if you all got to do this, but years and years ago [blatantly exaggerated], when I was a senior in high school, one of our teachers had us each make a soundtrack to our life.  I still have that in my car.  I’m telling you, a “Happy” play list will get you through anything!  And if you need song suggestions, come to me!

Ok, now I would like to offer some advice.  Take notes, or leave it at the door, I don’t care.  Just know that these are suggestions for life after high school [or any time of your life, really], no matter what you choose to do.

First of all, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t.  You aren’t smart enough, you’re not fast enough, you are not strong enough.  Make this entire life an adventure, and don’t settle for anything less than you deserve or dream of.

Don’t ever let people talk you down, and never take no for an answer.  Especially when it comes to transferring AP and ACCP credits.  They won’t take them all at first.  Fight it.

Be adventurous.  Study abroad.  Make a movie with your friends.  Take road trips or long drives to nowhere.  I promise, you will never regret it—especially if it’s when you should be studying for a test.  Travel and learn what you like, love, and want before settling into a pattern, or joining the “real world”.

Be polite, kind, friendly and chivalrous.  Yes, even you, ladies.  It will help you stand out and keep your conscience clear.

CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE.  Seriously. If you perpetuate a negative attitude—especially towards change in your life—you won’t make it out unscathed [totally had this epiphany in the Fall of 2008. JOIN ME!].  Appreciate everything that comes your way.  Even the people that don’t stick around and the missed opportunities.  Everything comes in to your life to help shape you into the person you have to live with.  If you are negative, you will have to live with that negative person for the rest of your life.  Instead, find something to be happy about every day.  Strive to twist what seems terrible into a positive light, and smile

High school was not your glory days.  College will not be your glory days.  Your days are what you make them.  Please don’t be like some people I know and always look back on the past and how “good it was”.  You may have been star football player or captain of the cheer squad, but don’t let that be the best time of your life. 

I ran into one of my favorite high school teachers during Christmas break of my freshman year of college.  When I told him I was planning on graduating early, he said to me:  “Don’t you say that.  Don’t you ever say that.  Stay here.  Stay here as long as you can.  For the love of God, cherish it.  You have to cherish it!”

Ok, so that was a direct quote from Billy Madison, but it was in the same vein.  But it really made me wonder:  was that really the best time of his life: college?  Getting married, having kids, growing old and maybe even teaching didn’t even come close to those four years?  It dawned on me that he was limiting his happiness to FOUR YEARS. 

Basically, what I want to say is, don’t limit your happiness to one day, four years, or even 50 years.  Make EVERY DAY the best day of your life.  Don’t let one bad event wreck your whole week or more.  It’s your life, and you are given the free will to see things from a clear perspective.

Do what you are passionate about.  If you love doing hair and makeup, go to beauty school.  Take photography classes, write a book, travel the world, become a taste-tester.  If you follow a path that you are not passionate about, you won’t live your life to the fullest potential.  You know what they say:  GO HARD OR GO HOME

BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE

[insert dramatic pause]

For those going in to the military, thank you. 

For those going into the medical field, thank you.

For those who will write and report the biggest news stories of our generation, thank you.

For those of you who will become the next head chef of a famous restaurant, please help me get in without wait-listing, and THANK YOU.

For those of you who have no idea what you want to do with your lives, JOIN THE CLUB! and thank you in advance for everything you will dream up and accomplish.  I can’t wait to find out what those imaginations are brewing.

So, don’t sweat the small stuff

Get excited about life

Sing—some of you, stick to singing in the shower

Dance

Live, laugh, love

Always  wear sunscreen

And most of all…NETWORK.  Starting with me.

I wanted to speak to you today because I know most of you personally.  Please feel free to stay in contact with me for any questions you may have, or to share what is going on in your lives. 

 

Congratulations, class of [year], you survived [insert high school].  Now run far, far away!

 

❤ The Roamin Twin

Happy Tweets

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Happy Monday, Happy People!

I just want to pass along some wonderfully advised tweets that I have retweeted or taken notice of. Just to get you – and me – through this Monday. Remember: Mondays (and every day) are what you make them. Choose Happiness.

Alex WilhelmAlex Wilhelm@alxwlhlm 

Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.

6:12 PM – 2 Apr 12

Never accept other people’s limited perceptions of you & what they think you can do. Define yourself. You can do anything.
3:27 PM – 4 Mar 13

“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.” –Seth Godin.
1:02 PM – 5 Mar 13

Your mind’s a palace and it’s up to you how you decorate it. – Mark Sheehan @thescript 7:18 PM – 2 Apr 13

Stage32.com - RBStage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online 

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. ~ Sun Tzu
8:56 AM – 26 Mar 13

If you aren’t clear about what you want, you’ll never get it.
5:21 PM – 18 Mar 13 

❤ The Roamin Twin