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It's Friday and I don't really feel like doing a High Five for Friday so guess what!
A new season of Welcome to Myrtle Manor has started! I'm not sure how well it's going to go off this season without their tattooed trailer park guy, Taylor. I'm not sure if he left to go work on new stuff (such as some reports say.. yes I follow it!) or if he left after he got arrested for messing with underage gals. Hey. I'm not judging. Inquiring minds just want to know.

Oh, but hey, if losing Taylor on Myrtle Manor just kills the whole show for you, our lovely state of South Carolina has gone out and gotten ourselves a CMT reality show (drumroll) Party Down South!  We just ooze class, I tell ya!

See... classy!  And just to clarify.. no hate here... I watch this junk so I'm not going to talk bad about anyone.. but I make make a little fun.

Anyway, now that you all can adequately judge my character by the TV I watch, I can go on and tell you about my wonder Mommy Moment of the Week. These are those moments that happen and it just reminds you that you are no longer in your prime of life, that you have a small person who you have birthed and they will point out every flaw you have ever had. The think I'm learning about this is to just own it.

So, kiddo and I take karate. And while my son walks out of each class looking no worse for wear, I come out looking like I just ran a marathon or something. Sweaty. Hot. Mess. So after class I jump in the shower, as per the norm, but this time as I was drying off and just as I was hanging up my towel and reaching for my shirt (moment of nakedness)... my son come barreling into the bathroom asking about his YouTube channel. Before he even gets the whole sentence out of his mouth, he sees my state of nakedness, eye goes wide and hand goes directly to his mouth and he turns around instantly, trying to tame his giggles.

Nothing can smack your self esteem in the face like a kid laughing at you while your naked.

Not cool, bro!

Fortunately for me, I think he was more devastated than I was. Which I'm happy to know that the thought of nakedness is more funny than it is anything else at this point because seriously, I'm not going to be ready for the whole puberty thing and having to explain the birds and the bees.

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Enjoy it!
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High Five! Awww..

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Wake me up before you go....

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It's Tuesday! That means we've all survived Monday (for the most part) and we've moved on.
Unless you were off yesterday, like me, and today is your Tues-Monday. And if you were also like me, you spent your Saturday, Sunday and Monday helping your parents load up the truck and move to the hills... Beverly...

No wait.. not really. I mean they are packing up and I helped them, and technically they are moving to the hills. But not Beverly. More like Upstate, SC. But hey that's not the point of this post at all!

So it's Tuesday..  for me, that means tonight I'm doing some weight training and some Zumba. Yes, I'm back on the fit thing again. Probably because I never reached my goals before getting sidetracked before.  But that's the wonderful thing about life, you can redo things over and over until you get it correct!

You know what else Tuesday means to me? It means that I've only got 2 more days until Mutual! Mutual is a weekly activity for the youth in my church and you can hit that link to read all about it.  And being that I'm part of the Young Women leadership in my church, well it's kinda important I be there. Plus, it's super fun and the girls I get to be around are just amazing.

So back to Mutual. Last Thursday night at Mutual we zeroed in on working on our Choice and Accountability #2 experience in Personal Progress. Personal Progress is a great learning tool for girls (and women) in our church to really gain some spiritual oomph. You go through and participate in these experiences, ranging from reading scriptures and praying to talking with your loved ones and church leaders and as you go through them you journal about your experiences. When you get done with them all, you've really accomplished a lot and you've really learned gained some spiritual power. Or at least that's the way I feel about it (and I'm not even done yet).

Anyway, back to Choice & Accountability #2. So we chose 3 standards from the Strength of the Youth book to improve on, you know you have a choice about how you do things in life and you are accountable for them. So, I read through the values and I had a hard time choosing. First, because things like "Dating" don't really apply to me anymore! But, after giving it a little thought and a little prayer, I finally decided.

1. Education
I can't say enough times how important I feel education is. It's important for all of us to grow as much as we can and you can't grow without learning. This means not only book smarts but life smarts and spiritual smarts!  How do we plan to teach our children or loved ones if we don't know? I was never very good in school. In fact, I skipped a lot of school. Partly because I was an idiot but also because I was afraid. I wasn't very book smart, it was hard for me and I was afraid I would fail. I didn't want to apply myself and so I ended up making school a lot harder on myself. But when I went to college, it all finally clicked. How easy it is if you just try. And what a huge reward you receive from your efforts! I loved college and I wish I could go back and earn my Masters (hey, maybe when I retire!). And I've received even more joy and enlightenment from studying my scriptures. I love Sunday School at church, I love learning the small things in the stories I've read that I didn't understand before. I would love to say that one day I'll be a scriptorian like a few awesome ladies I know who could quote scriptures on a drop of a dime. So I strive and I try and I learn.. and I study.. just like in school. Because I want to be prepared and I want to understand, especially something so important to me.

2. Language
I'm going to admit here, anyone who knew me before my son was born is probably laughing out loud right now. From the time I was a teen until my son was born I swore like a sailor. To me, words were just words. After my son was born I realized that words are just words, but some words probably shouldn't be said in certain situations (like around children). Funny how it took me having a child to learn that. But as time has passed and I've grown up more and more, I realize that your language says a lot about you. It's usually the first thing people judge you on (next to appearance) and it really is a representation of who you are. I haven't really been a big cusser in a while but there are things I do want to work on. I use "OMG" a lot in text and on social media. When I type it, in my head I'm hearing "Oh My Gosh" but that's not what 99% of the population uses that for. I also use WTF. What The Freak! Yeah, I know that's not what you were thinking, or what it truly stands for. So, I'm going to clean that up.
But cleaning up my language isn't the biggest thing, I really want to expand on it. I haven't made an effort to expand my vocabulary in while and I'd really like to do that. I'd like to be one of those people who have those beautiful words ready for any occasion (because right now.. yeah, not so much). So I am planning a word-a-day kind of thing.

3. Physical and Emotional Health
And finally... getting fit and getting my head straight. Ok, clarification here, I think I'm pretty emotionally stable for the most part. I mean, we all have our days and I can get a little overly dramatic but hey, I'm female, give me a break. But the physical thing is really important to me and I've set goals for years now and haven't really accomplished what I've wanted. So I'm rededicating myself and I'm going to really work on me. For me.

And there ya go! That's my plan. I'm really excited to hear if the Young Women have selected and started working on their values. It sounds cheesy but these kind of exercises really do have a powerful effect if you dedicate yourself to them.

PS.  You can find out more about Personal Progress HERE
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I have so many topics of importance that I could blog about but this week has just been one of those weeks.. so instead, I offer you a glimpse into my mind this week via social media...

First, Monday was the awesome #HappyWivesClub twitter party, which was epic. If you didn't read my last blog post, do it now. Right. Now.

Breakfast mishap on Monday

Office Funniez later on

Put together what I thought would be the most awesome Personal Progress activity EVAH. (but not really)

Rated the Happy Wives Club book. If I could rate is AWESOME-STARS I would

Totally made my night by recognizing the sound of a transmission in dire need of a driver with some gear shifting skill. Did my civic duty and embarrassed him with his girlfriend in the car

Validated that I should never sing in public. Never. Ever.

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We all know I'm married and that other than my fits of brattiness that come out when my husband tells me I can't buy anymore shoes, I'm very happily married. Hey, not going to lie, we don't have a perfect relationship, we both are Type A and so we tend to bonk heads every now and again. But I know, without a doubt that regardless if we are bickering over finances or football, he's got my back 100% and I have his. That's how it works! We're partners. It's us against the world.

But this isn't really about me and my husband, but it is about happy wives and some seriously uplifting stories.

See when I found +Fawn Weaver who started +Happy Wives Club and found out about her book Happy Wives Club, I was all about reading it! First, Fawn is absolutely fascinating.When I first spoke with her on twitter, I loved her positive nature and her devotion to spreading more positive marriage images! Then I stopped by her website and found such a great movement!  Here is a woman who was going about her everyday life and was feeling like a lot of us have, as if all the negativity of marriage in today's media was overwhelming. Fawn has a great marriage and wanted to find and connect with other women who are happily married. And she has! Her  website is flourishing with more than 1000000 visitors and a community of more than 150000 women.

I mean for real, that's incredible!

So, Fawn asked me if I wanted to receive an advance copy of her book, Happy Wives Club and I instantly said "YES". I just knew her book was going to be a much more elaborate version of her, filled with positive messages and examples of love and life that I love to read about. And it is. Fawn traveled  all over the world and shared amazing stories of marriage, love, sadness, humility, sincerity, joy, and everything else that comes with marriage. From California to Cape Town and so many places in between, her book takes you with her on her journey and shares those stories of these wonderful people who were open and honest with her about love and life.

I want to share parts of stories that stuck out to me but there are so many, I could fill an entire blog post with just quotes from this book. So instead, I do want to share one line that I highlighted, then underlined. Which is a big deal in the sense of my book-markings.

"... I was reminded of how fortunate I am to have married the man of my dreams. Not the perfect man, just the man who is perfect for me."

And at the end of this inspirational book, there's a gem. The Twelve Secrets of a Great Marriage. I won't spill them here because I really want others to go out and read this book. Some of the advise that's in here you may agree with, some you may not. But the stories are fascinating and it's a wonderful read. I've not highlighted a book so much since I was in college!

So I encourage you, please go out and check out Fawn's website Happy Wives Club, check her out on Twitter @HappyWivesClub or on Google+  or Facebook.

And a bonus, if you pre-order her book look at all the great gear you get!!

Get her book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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2014 Pep Talk

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Much needed. Awesome advice. Let's go 2014!!!

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The Closers
The Closers by Michael Connelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm seriously bias with Harry Bosch. I'm not sure I could dislike any book he's a main character in. I love the story lines about the cases he works but more than that I just find him fascinating. He's like the long lost, good guy, hero that although has weaknesses and character flaws like everyone else, mainly he's got a great heart and gets the job done.

This book was especially good because I really had no clue where it was going to end. I loved how the little details became huge and how the some story lines almost wrapped around themselves. I'm glad to see Kiz in action with Harry, they make such good partners and it seems like with each book the different character story lines get deeper.

Hands down the reason why I keep reading these books back to back is because each character you meet has a story line that keeps getting played into and I can't wait to see what's happening with these people that I now feel like I have so much vested into.

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