commit.


Bam!

There it is in BIG BOLD LETTERS. No, this isn't some hint at my husband. Bahaha! Could you imagine?! No, no. It's for me to commit to waking up at 7am and commit to my morning jog. Ok, it's more like a bouncing walk, but still. It's to commit to exercising... and waking up at 7am. Ha!

I've been doing some online article reads and I came across this article. If you follow me on pinterest you probably saw the pin. If you don't, why aren't you following me on pinterest?? Back to the topic, it discusses the mornings of SUPER SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE. And because I'd like to be successful, I decided to COMMIT. [Aha! See what I did there?]

Ok. So, here's what I'm doing. I'm committing to waking up at 7am going for my morning bouncing walk and returning to my Shaklee 180. I am oh so determined to work my way down to a size 6. I've never been a size 6, like ever, and I'd like to finally be there. So, COMMIT I shall! I started on Monday and I'm pretty exhausted. Ha! C'mon! It's for 7am, so I'm up at 6:30-6:45, but while I lie in bed staring at the back of my eyelids, Justin Timberlake comes up on my morning alarm and I just think, "COMMIT KAT. COMMIT." Then I'm up! It's my trigger word! Do you have one? My friend's used to be "DISCIPLINE." And last summer I would use "DREAMS." Now, I've moved to another word. You should really get a trigger word. They're über helpful.

Have fun and COMMIT!





jonathan young.




Have you ever heard of the expression, "They are in your life for a reason, the season or for life"? I met Jonathan through my friend Stephanie. They had been friends since high school and even went to prom together. Ah the infamous prom date!

Jonathan was this über talented make-up artist. And when I say über, I mean über. He had this amazing gift to transform you with most subtle make-up techniques ever. You were wearing make-up, but you weren't really wearing make-up. It was so subtle, so soft, so beautiful. Does this make sense? It was incredible!

He had done Stephanie's make-up for both her rehearsal dinner and her wedding. She's a beautiful woman, but somehow he managed to capture her wedding glow and make her just illuminate even more! I don't even think I'm justifying its description. I just remember all evening he kept saying, "But isn't this how we always saw her? It's just been brought out for everyone to see."

This quote (the header) is from an interview he did that his sister shared on his FB page. It makes me smile because he was a makeup artist! He was asked, "Any beauty tips?"And his response,

Remember you’re beautiful.

Isn't that awesome? He could've said anything from how to have the perfect lips or the perfect this or that, and instead he chose to remind us just how beautiful we are. I think Jonathan's beautiful. Simply so.
 
Jonathan was in my life for one day. Just one. He left this beautiful earth way too soon, but in the one conversation we had, he managed to dream with me and help me to believe that my dream is possible. He will never know how much he's changed my life with just one conversation.

To the person reading this little blog, thank you. Please know that there is no one else like you. You are special. You are gifted. And you just never know how one little conversation can impact someone's life, no matter how small. Enjoy the small moments. And- remember you're beautiful.



one born every minute.


John & I absolutely love this show. There is something terribly icky about it, but at the same time so lovely to watch. Kind of like a horror film. You really don't want to watch, so you close your eyes, but use your hand too. Then suddenly your fingers start to split and you're kind of watching. Ha! Oh you know what I mean!

Anyway, the women that go into these hospitals are freakin' WARRIORS! I'm not even exaggerating either.

Flippin' warriors.

Athena would be proud.

Sometimes these women will come in and just use the nitrous oxide. I know it as "laughing gas".  My mother-in-law once told me her friend just took an ibuprofen. What?! Look, I don't know a thing about having babies, but I didn't realize it was possible! From the shows I've seen about the subject in the US, and from what my friends tell me, is that you can get an "epidural" and feel virtually nothing. But watching the show, it seems like you're encouraged to give birth naturally. [Cue warrior princess music or something like that.] Woooooah. Woah.

And is it me or are midwives like the fairy godmothers of delivering babies? Seriously. They always look so happy.

I've just been meaning to share my thoughts on this program. One of my closest friends is going to have a baby and I'm so excited to meet the little jelly bean! And I mean, these women, and their partners (both men & women) are magnificent. They're warriors!



PS. You can catch the next episode on Channel 4, Monday's at 9pm. OR if you're in the US, on Lifetime!

my *super epic* birthday cake.


It's my birthday! Yep. I've hit the last year of my 20s. Give me a moment to compose myself a bit.

Watch this... [I'm going to be 40 from "When Harry Met Sally"]

You don't know it, but that was me this morning. Ha! No, but it was me last year! Just ask John. (sigh) Yep. You're sitting there, reading this thinking "Kat! You crazy woman! 30 is the new 20!" Thanks. It is crazy. I'm determined to spend the rest of my birthday's like it's my 7th birthday, because let's be real here, who didn't love their 7th birthday? Cake. Friends & family. Maybe even a piñata filled with lots of candy! (So Mexican, I know! Don't you love it?!) Gosh. I was beginning to think that I really was dreading turning another year older, but you know what I realized it actually was? My family. I miss my family. Don't, don't, get me wrong. I absolutely love John and I love his family, they've welcomed me into their lives from the moment I met them! They're absolutely w o n d e r f u l! I couldn't have dreamed of a better addition of people to my life. But, I think it just makes me miss my family in Texas. As silly and as annoying as they are, they're really the ones that made birthday's feel so special. Aren't they?

I remember every year my mom used to ask us what kind of cake we wanted for our birthday. Like it was this amazing thing we got to have, our own choice in choosing the cake flavors. I always got chocolate with vanilla frosting; my little brother would always get an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen; and my other two brothers would get chocolate on chocolate. Or at least that's how I remember it. And then, with-out fail, the following morning when you're really excited to have birthday cake for breakfast, we'd arrive at the cake to see that all of the frosting had been eaten off the cake! My mom, the guilty culprit, would eat the frosting from the cake before we even had a chance to wake up! I mean, it is the best part. (sigh) Family.

So, in honor of 7 year old me, I made this super epic cake. It has three layers. It's vanilla with vanilla frosting and sprinkles. I'm so proud of it. It's so hard to find a vanilla cake I like here. So, I made one. I am so anxious for John to come home so we can totally dig in! Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum-yum-yummmmm. For now, let's enjoy pictures of it.

Mmmmmmmmm cake.



PS. Did you notice my new header? :)