Advent 

Sundays are our rest days:)

Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means arrival, appearance, emergence.

Today we rested and read. I just had a little fruit.

We went to a wonderful church service.

I went to Yoga.

We had brunch of eggs, bacon and a little sweet tater.

We put the tree up!


I went to Target(which was a zoo).

We relaxed and read and had more Tea.

We finished with the best thing ever:

Paleo nachos from Pinterest! Thanks Sam!

Today was all about Rest

This morning I read and prayed:


I did a JessicaSmithTV 30min yoga video! I did 30min of finishing up work before the busy day/week tomorrow, and then I went to a beautiful church service.  

I visited Goldline church (different from my home church where my husband was serving and ushering).  My good friend from On Level Ground Storytelling class, Bianca, a Fuller student preached the good Word of God to us!  


I loved being surrounded by warm, loving people. I loved the Liturgy and responsive reading and the lovely praise chant songs.  The community prayer time gave me hope and refreshed my dark week and tired spirit!  


I really appreciate them and respect their mission and their ministry, it was very moving and comforting to see that in my local neighborhood.  

We had a healthy brunch of eggs, bacon and Trader Joe’s “Sweet Potato Ribbons.”

I fed my friend’s cats:). We rested allllllll afternoon(as you can tell if you’re a Fitbit friend of mine).  It was a warm day so we relaxed and read and snoozed with the dog. 

This afternoon I played piano and I menu planned and meal prepped.  I made chia pudding and I chopped celery, carrots and cucumbers for snacks.

Tonight we had leftovers we had to eat up: salad, chili, and man, oh man, my new favorite discovery: Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash “fries”! It actually feels like you’re eating fries!

Have a restful end to your Sabbath weekend all!

There is always time for rest…and YOGA!

DISCLAIMER: I received this DVD but no monetary compensation, mainly to test and review the product, and all opinions are my own. It is important to consult your personal physician before trying any exercise program.

From the cover:

Ashley Turner is one of the premiere yoga teachers in Los Angeles.

To my credit, I was walking in the dark, but I think because I was hurrying or carrying my stuff(always spilling coffee or dropping things;)) I didn’t see the uneven sidewalk and so, I tripped and fell Tuesday night, scraping my knee and twisting my ankle. Wednesday I couldn’t join my friends at November project and hobbled around at work icing the swollen, painful ankle, so I checked out this DVD. I was super frustrated thinking this injury would set me back, considering I’m trying to lose a couple lbs before next week, the end of my Diet Bet game. Today I only put in half a day at work because I have a cold. Ugh. I can’t swallow, so mainly liquids for me. Perfect chance for more yoga! Which also happens to be part of the katiekactive.com Instagram next milestone define brave challenge.

God slows me down- He wanted me to rest! My husband is back at work, which such a relief after a long struggle of him looking for work. Now I have canceled weekend plans so that I can rest up. I do feel swamped at my job, but I really need to rest.

So this DVD! Ashley has a calming voice and sounds very knowledgeable. She has been teaching for 10 years and has a masters in Psychology and has been named one of the “Who’s Who of power yoga” too. The DVD featured gorgeous calming scenery(of my pacific!) and a lovely, relaxed sense of being throughout.

Did I tell you about all the times people have assumed I’m pregnant? Could be a cultural thing, could be a gluten bloated belly, could be a newlywed thing (in the last three years), could be the shirt I was wearing…but I can’t stand it. I have always desired a flat belly(I don’t mind about the 6 pack I just want to lose this old tire), but there are days where I’m happy with myself and days where I hate it and days where I love starchy things and days where I want to burn all carbs! There was once a time when a lady came up to me (4mos after our wedding) and put her hand on my belly and said, “oh what’s this?! Oh, is it holiday bloating? I was gonna say that’s a little fast for you! Oh, I know we all need to do more yoga don’t we?” I was so stunned, not realizing she was joking, and I got over it, but from that point on I started working on my core!:) I didn’t think yoga could really help me lose weight.

Now this DVD comes along. I didn’t know what to think. But as you’re slowly stretching and breathing(nothing like a fast paced HIIT or a speed interval run!) you are listening to Ashley’s mental focus: it’s all about how you view your body, what your weight loss goals are, and how to listen to yourself and how to breathe and center yourself.

I have so enjoyed watching the new show “The Red Band Society” on Fox. I think it’s cute, funny, and heartwarming. There is a lovely girl that has an eating disorder. I don’t think she looks all that skinny but I am drawn to slender people. I always wanted to be thinner and leaner, toned and sculpted, but I felt like I was big bones and I knew I loved to eat so there was no danger in me becoming anorexic. But over eaters Anon? Yeah, afraid that’s me. Self mutliating? Depressive and anxious stress eating? Negative self talk? I know all about that.

So I need to uh, do this DVD every day until the positive self talk becomes a part of me. Until it drowns out the past voices of preggo talk and judgmental voices (of others or my own self).

Go check out this DVD from Anchorbay on amazon. It is worth it, fit buds!
Go stretch. Remember to breathe. Listen to the waves of mercy washing over you…

Stop. Rest. Meditate. Move to the rhythm of your breath!

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No judgment here

I AM HEREBY DECLARING THAT I, CHRISTIANA, AM TAKING A BREAK FROM CRITICISM, AND JUST THIS ONCE, AM RESTING IN THE LIGHT OF LOVE.

Just for today. Relax with me, come breathe in the fresh air of a little Sunday r’n’r. This morning after church I got so panicky about criticizing myself that DH took my hand and prayed that we would both learn to rest in God’s love. That we both could learn to take a compliment. That we would learn to be confident in His love and the warmth of each other’s love. That I would stop casting verbal or mental stones at myself or comparing myself to others (good or bad comparisons!) ! That we would learn not to take the personal stress into work but never take work stress home, but to bear one another’s burdens and yet still be responsible just for our own duties.
Yesterday I had a fun day in Solvang and Santa Barbara. But I was constantly internally battling my own war. “Maybe I should be riding 50 mi! Eating more veggies! Not drinking wine! Not eating all this sugar! What did she mean by that? Is she judging me?” Then, “no sit back and enjoy the day! They are your friends and they love your laugh, your support, your kind help. She noticed I’m losing weight! She said I’m pretty!” Ugh enough already!
All week I was fighting a cold, wanting to come into work, needing rest, wanting the gym, wanting to read or socialize, but not having mental space – I judged myself for not doing enough! I was taking Reliv, vitamin c, tea, garlic, and still thought I wasn’t doing enough of the right thing(cooking healthy for my husband, grocery shopping, budgeting, meal planning, and cleaning house).stop!
All week I did this would searching and second guessing after my job’s performance evaluation. I worried what my boss and supervisor thought of me, I constantly beat myself up over a misunderstanding with a coworker, I over thought, over analyzed, and over killed it!
This morning during the good sermon, I fought the temptation to get distracted by my responses and Satan’s negative fiery darts kept coming. “You need to work on this, or that! You should serve more! You ought to help _ more with _” Shut up so I can listen!
I made a light brunch and still sought reassurance and validation:”is this ok did u like it is it enough?” So I read outside in the sun: “taming your gremlin” and “embracing your inner critic.”-2 helpful books! I flipped through Lucky magazine. I just checked Facebook now I will finally take a breath, and enjoy
Quiet!