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Old Spice, Neal Boortz & Kudzu

Ok, you might be wondering what those 3 things have in common. Well, it’s my dad.

His birthday is coming up and that always stirs bittersweet emotion inside of me. As I was doing some cooking last night, I pulled out this splatter screen to put over my skillet, and my eyes started filling with tears (oddly enough, not because of my cooking). This little gem was my dad’s, and he used it often. The man loved his Jimmy Dean sausage and bacon, I mean, can you blame him?  

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Now, you might be thinking it’s a bit odd that this would be the tool that floods my heart with memories and I guess you’re right, it is odd. But I’m glad it did.

It reminded me of waking up to the smell of him cooking us bacon and eggs. It reminded me of his excitement when I’d come for a visit, and his hugs that smelled like Old Spice. It reminded me of the crazy stories we would make up about how Kudzu made its way into GA, the hours of Neal Boortz on the radio and the many, many records we would listen to. He was a quiet man who was famous for saying things like, “did I ever tell you about the time …” and he would have an amazing Navy story to share. For instance, one time we were watching Apollo 13 and he said, “did I ever tell you that I was on one of the 3 rescue ships for the astronauts?” UM, NO!! That’s kind of AWESOME and you should have told your NASA nerd daughter about that before!!! Also, if you’ve never seen this movie, you’re probably not an American. 

I so wish I could call him and talk politics right now, we would be having a great time solving to world’s problems together…and then making up inside jokes about this political season.  I miss picking up the phone and hearing, “hey babe, whatcha doin?”, just calling to make sure his”Kimberly-bell” was ok or checking up to make sure I had an oil change recently.

Maybe it’s the nearing of his birthday, or the political season. Or maybe I’m just a girl remembering and finding the good in a man who often struggled with his own brokenness in a very broken world, but no matter what the reason, I’m really missing him.

For most of you reading this, I’m sorry you didn’t know him. He was a man who had his share of great pain, a man of great humor and a man who loved his daughter. I know he would be very proud of the woman I am and am becoming and I’m grateful that he was my dad.

 

fivegoodthings

  1. sweet memories
  2. pushing through a tough workout
  3. sweater weather
  4. changing of the leaves
  5. Buff Bake

 

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Why Not?

Super fit. Lover of the gym. Eats clean 100% 80% of the time. Naturally motivated. These are thing that I’m not (yet).
I am however a woman on a journey, trying to change her reality AND I entered the 1st Phorm Athlete Search despite the things that I’m not.

There are times when I believe the lie (and it IS a lie) that the 1st Phorm peeps are shaking their heads at the fact that I entered but then I remember…wait, that’s not who they are! I wouldn’t align myself with people who are like that! 1st Phorm is the real deal and I’m grateful for the motivation and support I receive every. single. day. from the good folks there and at Supplement Superstores!

Will I ever be who “they’re looking for?” I don’t know. But will I be the woman whose life has been changed and encourages others in their journey? You better believe it!

What is stopping you? NOW is your time! Let’s do this together!

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Movin’ On Up!

 

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Boy, isn’t this the truth?

I saw this on my friend Karen’s wall today and it just hit me in the face. I don’t know about you, but I find it a challenge to hope or dream for myself but I’m trying to change that. I mean, why not? Hope changes everything. It brings clarity, it wipes out shame, it does not disappoint.

Maybe that’s what his new version of me looks like. Daring to hope for things unseen in my life.

What about you? What is that new version of you today? What will you hope for you?

Tell me in the comments, that way I know I’m not alone in this! 😉 

 

fivegoodthings

  1. My jBloom business
  2. Doing things when you’re afraid
  3. 1st phorm protein (YUMMMMM!)
  4. Instagram (@kim_underwood ) 
  5. Being a Whidbey Island girl
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Fruity Patootie

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Ok. Yes, it’s an apple. But it’s actually so much more to me. Yesterday, I went to grab a snack and it dawned on me that I was grabbing fruit. Now, the past few months this has been a daily thing but I realized that it was my first choice! MY FIRST CHOICE!
This is something that I’ve truly never done, even as a child. My snacks were always heavily processed and never filled me. So while it’s just a picture of an apple, this is symbolic of so much more. It’s the new me, evidence of real life change. Small changes. Big impact. Trust the process. You can do this.

fivegoodthings

  1. apples
  2. flowers
  3. stretching
  4. encouragement
  5. dish towels
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Savor

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Lately, I’ve been reading this daily devotional called #Savor by Shauna Niequist . As someone who’s spent many years hiding her self contempt under being funny and flashing her pageant smile, it’s been a real salve to my soul. I know many of you know exactly what I’m talking about though we may hide in different ways, so today I want to encourage you to stop hiding and take a risk. It’s scary, but when you allow yourself to get honest in your struggle, you realize that the truth is so much more powerful than the lies swirling around in your mind. Did you read that? They. Are. Lies.
Freedom comes where there is light, and only in the light. So take that first step, and shine the light on the darkness. You’ll be glad you did. I promise.

 

fivegoodthings

  1. Friday’s
  2. Slow Saturday’s
  3. Pool Sunday’s
  4. Clean sheets
  5. Blue cheese
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Pride Or Pity

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Ok. Can we just talk about this for a minute?? Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve been banging on this drum for a long time! This is one of the biggest traps we can fall into!

The other day I was getting ready at the gym and a very fit women walked into the locker room and gave me the stink-eye. Now at that moment I could have given it right back, or said something rude or completely fallen apart (and I wanted to do ALL of them…just being honest) but instead I was reminded that comparison brings pride or pity. That’s it. You’re either feeling really good about yourself or really bad. Those are your only 2 options.

There will always be those who give you the stink-eye, heck sometimes you might even be the giver. Just remember, everybody has a story and people often project their hurt and insecurities on those who they deem weaker or less valuable. This is the time to respond with kindness and compassion. To close the gap not make it bigger.

Now get out there and love people well! We all need it!

fivegoodthings

  1. a clean kitchen
  2. dropping a size (when you’re trying to)
  3. flowers for no reason
  4. pool days
  5. claritin (can I get an AMEN!?) 
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Savor

Lately, I’ve been reading this daily devotional called “Savor” by Shauna Niequist. As someone who’s spent many years hiding her self contempt under being funny and flashing her pageant smile, it’s been a real salve to my soul. I know many of you know exactly what I’m talking about though we may hide in different ways, so today I want to encourage you to stop hiding and take a risk. It’s scary, but when you allow yourself to get honest in your struggle, you realize that the truth is so much more powerful than the lies swirling around in your mind. Did you read that? They. Are. Lies. 

Freedom comes where is light, and only in the light. So take that first step, and shine the light on the darkness. You’ll be glad you did. I promise.14141731_10157349023160717_7951401987441123616_n

 

fivegoodthings

  1. Fuji apples
  2. Ice
  3. Dryer sheets
  4. Buff Bake (choc. chip changed my life)
  5. Clean socks