Smile! 😁

Wearing my best smile today in honor of ‘NATIONAL SMILE DAY!’ 😁 What make you smile?

I smile when something is funny or if something that I’m doing brings me joy. I smile at puppies and babies. I smile when my children laugh. I rock a mighty grin when I think of those that I love and beam the light of joy ✨ when spending time in the company of delightful people.

Smiles are powerful! They not only create engagement between two people but the more a person smiles, the healthier their brain can be. It is a direct link to our brain and can help to reduce stress.

Just one smile can brighten someone’s day and improve yours. Smiles are infectious. A smile can develop confidence and generate a new outlook on the world. A smile is the universal language of kindness.

Smile because life really isn’t that serious. You’re beautiful and amazing. Smile because you’re unique and you can. Smile because tomorrow is a new day and someone loves you. Because you deserve to…SMILE.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~ MOTHER TERESA

Give it a try, share a smile – today. 😃 ~ Monette

The RED dress! 💋

RED. I rarely wear it, I didn’t realize that until I needed to wear it for a special event and I had NOTHING that color in my closet. I had to buy something just for the occasion. I slipped into that dress this morning and immediately grew self conscious and uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that I considered wearing something more comfortable (preferably grey or black) for my first two appointments and changing for the ‘Go Red Luncheon.’ I’ve never really given it much thought, but this morning as I stepped out, begrudgingly – to put gasoline in my car…’it’ fanned me with a brick! The reason why…

RED – a dynamic & passionate color that symbolizes love, passion, rage, and courage. It demands attention and evokes great emotional impact. It is considered a color of power.

As an introvert, I SOooo prefer blending into my surroundings, but today – after I realized “why” I was feeling so uncomfortable…I made a conscious decision to own that power. I faked it till I made it, HA! I wore that RED dress with confidence and strength. Sista, there was something pretty AMAZING about being a part of a sea of other beautiful, strong, and courageous women wearing RED. There is POWER in RED.

And to the sweet Manager at McDonald’s in Kinder that complimented me on how stunning I was in that dress…I simply said “thank you” without minimizing her kind words. #growth

Is there a color that evokes deep emotions for you? Think about it…

Friends, I challenge you! ❤️ Wear RED! OWN “it” sista! Be bold – be courageous; step out and be the woman that God created you to be. #livepurposefully

~ xo

Monette

I am unfinished – press on!

Some days I just want to be finished. I’ve learned that I am not entirely in control of this journey of living well: body, soul & mind. I’ve learned that there is danger in becoming complacent in thinking that I am all better. I have not finished. He isn’t finished with me yet. I am ‘unfinished’ – not been made perfect (Christlike). I have been changed and I have grown tremendously, but I must be disciplined daily – press on…to continue to heal, grow and change.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. ~ Philippians 3:12

Lord, you’ve brought me so far and have gained so much. But, I grow weary and complacent. I want to continue to grow and learn. Lord, help me to want to press on. Help me to do what I need to do today to move toward you. Take hold of me, Lord. Amen.

Happy Trails!

Into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. ~ Author Unknown

Trail running is such a great activity you can do for your body and even more – your mind. It challenges you, and changes you.

I started trail running at Sam Houston State Park with a group of peeps a year ago. We typically run what is called the Blue Trail, which is about 3.5 miles. The trails are hilly and VERY stumpy. The terrain is rough. I tripped on a stump only 100 yards into my first run. I learned quickly that trail running is NOT road running. I’ll share some TIPS before you hit the trails in a separate blog. But, first…I wanted to share with you…

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Running Trails

1. To be one with nature – you’ll make friends with the animals, flowers and trees you encounter along the trail. Watching all of animals wake up and the sun rise along the trails is a blessing. 🦌

2. You’ll never get bored – there are no straight lines on the trails and you never know what the next curve will bring you. There are hills, downhills, down trees, water puddles, waterways, branches – the trails are always changing. If you ran the same trail all year round, the scenery would change often with the weather and seasons.

3. Escape the concrete jungle – we spend most of our waking hours in the city – working, going to school, running errands, taking care of business…a change of scenery is therapeutic.

4. It’s still, quiet, and peaceful – there is no road noise, horns blowing and you don’t have to dodge traffic or people (except the occasional bike rider). The noises of the city are replaced with birds chirping, leaves rustling, water flowing. Your mind gets quiet and relaxed. There is peace.

5. It challenges you – you’ll want to push yourself. You might start by walking the hills then before you know it, you’ll be running more of the hills than you walk. You may have to jump over puddles or holes and climb over or under limbs. The trails require you to be agile, providing you with a great full body workout.

6. It’s easier on your body – trail running is easier on my knees and joints than running on pavement. The terrain is softer. The changing terrain of the trails strengthens muscles that support your legs and feet.

7. Breath fresh air – and hot & humid most months in Louisiana (LOL). Tired of inhaling the fumes courtesy of industry of the city? Go for a run in the woods! Running on a treadmill can’t give you fresh air of the woods.

8. It’s a slower run – trail running is more about the experience than the speed of the run.

9. You’ll get dirty, but you won’t mind – it’s inevitable with changing weather conditions and seasons. You may get wet and muddy, but it’s sure to be fun.

10. Spending time in nature will makes you happier and calms you down – it’ll boost your creativity and help you to focus on the now by clearing your thoughts – escaping your head.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your trail shoes and head to the woods. Pack some water and bug spray. If you get out there stressed, you’ll leave feeling so much better. The trails are healing!

What do you like doing to stay active? Are you a runner? Would you like to try trail running?

Let me know in the comments below.

If you’re local and care to join us for a trail run – please join us; message me for more details.

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