Faith Fitness and Laughter

Chocolate Pie, Best Friends and Imperfection

on December 3, 2014

Well hello there!  How’s your week going so far?  It’s Wednesday but it’s been a long week so far. Working at a financial institution and it being the first of the month is always a busy week.   In fact, its kind of been a twilight zone week.   Everybody in the world received a paycheck this week.  Everybody.

My braces have also been bothering me this week.  Wearing braces as an adult is not really all that fun and I can’t wait to get them off however, I know I will love the results!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Sorry for being MIA but I wanted to have some down time with family and my best friend that flew in for the holiday. 

 

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I miss her!!

The first thing that we did was head to Starbucks and get some coffee and chatting in.

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So so good!  Peppermint Mocha please!

It was so amazing to see her and just do friend things.  I can’t wait to go see her in a few months!

 

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Her Grandma’s dog Bo.  He’s awesome. 

 

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Of course there were cookies involved.  Chocolate fudge cookies with chocolate chunks and peppermint bits.  Recipe coming soon!

 

I only took two pictures of out Thanksgiving eats but it was a really great relaxing day…

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My mom made a new pie recipe and it turned out really great! 

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My brother getting his plate all fixed up!

 

So I have started reading this new book. 

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Dove chocolate not included.

 

Reading:

I am really not a huge fan of “self-help” books and I wouldn’t even categorize this book in that field.  With that said, so far this is such a great book!  The author of this book touches on some things that I have always struggled with.

  • Imperfection
  • Love/relationships
  • Belonging
  • Being enough
  • Connection
  • Self-Compassion
  • Gratitude and Joy

Everyone is different and everyone deals with things differently but the one thing I believe that we all have in common is that we all want to be loved and to love.  We all want to feel connected to something or someone.  We all want to be shown compassion but we also want to give it. 

We all want to know that being our dorky selves is okay.  And it is. 

There is a difference between “fitting in” and actually “belonging”.

 

This is the author definition of Connection:

 

The energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.

 

This is also how she leads in with the introduction of the book:

Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.  It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.  It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.

 

I really love that last one.

I believe that it’s important to our health to cultivate good relationships and self-worth.  It’s also important to be who we are and who Christ created us to be.  No one else.

🙂

 

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Piyo sweat!

 

I hope you have had a great day! 

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4 responses to “Chocolate Pie, Best Friends and Imperfection

  1. chasingchels says:

    Aww I’m glad you had such a nice visit with your best friend 🙂 Any time Starbucks, baking, and girl time good things happen! I like the sound of that book too! Sounds like something many people could read and find helpful ❤

  2. I think it’s about time that I start shifting my perspective on what’s important. Now that I’m (just about) a month postpartum I’m finding myself falling back into bad habits of selfishness and overly concerned about my appearance and how I’m perceived by friends and the outside world. In the past I’ve allowed myself to be sucked into that mindset and found myself always wanting more. Nothing was good enough. I’m not sure why I have allowed myself to fall back into bad habits? I’ve taken the last month out of church and community and I think that has a big part to play. I also know it’s my own lack of prayer and seeking truth that heavily contributes. I think a book like this would be worth picking up for to do some soul-searching. I also may need to go back and reread some of the books I read in the past (such as Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity.) I hate that I allow so much of my identity to be taken from what others think. It’s really only about what one thinks of me.

    Sorry for the long comment! I realized I just went on and on 😉

    • Don’t be sorry! Thank you for sharing. A lot of times we forget that it’s ok to share the things we struggle with. Especially with other women. I love that Beth Moore book! I’ve read it twice and it’s just spot on. This book I spoke on is not biblicaly based but it does have some great points about how we can live a wholehearted life free of feeling not good enough. 🙂 you are such a beautiful person Diane!

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