It's a Twinderful Life

Looking For the Silver Lining in All of Life's Clouds

diabetes and redemption.

Oh my gosh, you guys. I watched this video this morning because I was interested by the title: “What if we’re wrong about Diabetes?” And I was TOTALLY floored by what I saw. I’ve been thinking this way about diabetes and other illnesses for a couple of years now, but I didn’t expect many others, especially a physician trained in western medicine, to think the same way. Not only was I surprised to learn that an E.R. doctor is trying to change how we think about/treat diabetes and insulin resistance, but I was also touched by his humility. In short, I felt inspired.

As some of you know, Steve was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes 5 years ago. It was completely out of the blue. He had no noticeable signs or symptoms and wasn’t overweight. We’re lucky that it showed up on a routine blood test.

Since then, we’ve been trying different ways of eating and exercise to see if we can “reverse” it. We’re making progress.

This video is SO WORTH the 16 minutes.

Have a great week!

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a change will do you good.

Happy Thursday Friends! I’d like to take a second to thank Sheryl Crow for bringing us the title for our post today. Change is, indeed, a good thing (most of the time). Allow me to introduce you to my most recent change (spoiler alert: if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen these pics).

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This is me on Christmas Eve.

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Here I am a little over a month ago when I decided to get bangs (I saw Bre’s everyday and I LOVED them so I couldn’t resist trying them myself).

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Here is a picture of my hair last week, measuring the length in preparation for…

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This!

I look a little different, eh? I chopped off 15 inches and died my hair two vibrant shades of red (you can see the red better in the next pic).

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I took this pic this morning (I decided to style it curly to see what it looked like). Isn’t the red AWESOME?! I am borderline obsessed.

So, why did I cut it? For a couple of reasons. First, I’ve been growing my hair out for a while in hopes to sell it. Bre sold 15 inches of her hair a couple of years ago and made quite a tidy profit. My tidy profit (when I am successful in selling it) is going towards a vacation that the hubs and I are hoping to take in March or April. The second reason is that I was getting sick of taking care of so much hair and was ready for a change. I feel so ALIVE!

And there are other (more exciting) changes that have taken place/are about to take place around here. Just two weeks ago my brave husband decided to walk away from a stable job because it wasn’t taking him where he wanted to go. There were months of conversations and looking for other jobs. In the end, we decided that (for us) it was time to take a leap of faith and have him quit even though he hadn’t found another job. This quote from on of my favorite websites describes perfectly how Steve felt – uncomfortable – and how discomfort can lead us to make changes in life:

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Let me insert here that every person’s situation is different. We’re very blessed in that I have a stable job that I happen to like a lot that allows us to still take care of ourselves financially. Even still, though, it wasn’t an easy decision for varied other reasons. And for those out there who are unemployed and have been looking for work, my heart goes out to you. It’s a tough economy out there.

So far, it’s been AWESOME! He’s had two interviews, been offered a one-night-a-week job that will give him some of the experience that he is looking for, and hope is on the horizon. I’m so proud of him. It takes a lot of guts to “follow your truth.”

Another HUGE change that is going to occur any day now is that Bre is about to have her little girl!

Isn’t she SO cute! I think that she is literally he most beautiful pregnant woman I’ve ever seen (not that I’m biased, or anything). We can’t wait to meet this spunky little one and will keep you apprised of all the details.

So there you have it, change is awesome. It can be scary and challenging and make us re-evaluate who we are and what our priorities in life are. Oftentimes it leads us to places we never would have never imagined for ourselves. And sometimes, it’s just plain AWESOME. So, what are you waiting for? Is there some discomfort in your life that is inviting you to change? If so, I challenge you to take the first baby step towards honoring that feeling. I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

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one year (cont.).

It seems that the theme of the day for us here is realizing how life is ever-changing and how this constant change is such a gift (sometimes in disguise). Want to know how powerful this change can be? Watch this video (18 minutes but well worth it) and if you’re not inspired then I’ll be a monkey’s aunt. In this case, the speaker looks back 18 months into her past and describes in vivid detail how her present is 1,000 times different than she could have ever imagined.

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one year.

I was on Pinterest the other day and saw this FANTASTIC quote and it reminded me of the perspective I’ve been endeavoring to keep when things don’t always go my way. Life is an ever-changing adventure and it is amazing how much things can change in just a year! It keeps things interesting and I am SO grateful for the lessons that I learn. I hope it inspires you as well.

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

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