I have a blog schedule!

I feel like such a grown-up.   I mean, that’s what grown-ups do, right?  Make blog schedules? 

Near the end of 2013, I came across this article of 11 things you should write down before the end of the year. 

Did I write any of them down? 

NO!  (I know, not super grown up). 

But, instead I have decided that I am going to reflect on all but one of them on a specific day each month! That means something, right? 

The one that I don’t plan to blog is the one about the secret, because man, that would be a great way to lose a lot of friends and become well-known for being untrustworthy.  No thanks! 

Additionally, there will be another “regularly-scheduled” blog, which I will tell you about on Monday. 

And, of course, I have been talking about a surprise coming up for quite some time.  Still in progress! 

I will still be doing the “life-casting” via Instagram of whatever I am doing (behind the scenes, things I like, etc), and will post my work, and random things I enjoy, but I am adding in the extra structure of these posts, somewhat for my own benefit.  =) 

I hope you enjoy!  

If there is ever anything that you are interested in seeing from me, please send me a message and let me know! 

xoxo, 

Mandie 

This is one of my favorite quotes, and it is something that really impacted Tommy more than I expected! I showed him this, and he began reading more.  Doing more in general. I feel so blessed to have a boyfriend who not only cares about me, and himself, but helping each other improve so that we can have a great life together. Of course we still take care of each other in many ways, but we also each are constantly striving to better ourselves, so we can each be better MEs and so that the two of us can be better USes.  Look out 2014.  Mandie and Tommy are coming for you! xoxo, Mandie

This is one of my favorite quotes, and it is something that really impacted Tommy more than I expected! 

I showed him this, and he began reading more.  Doing more in general. 

I feel so blessed to have a boyfriend who not only cares about me, and himself, but helping each other improve so that we can have a great life together. 

Of course we still take care of each other in many ways, but we also each are constantly striving to better ourselves, so we can each be better MEs and so that the two of us can be better USes.  

Look out 2014.  Mandie and Tommy are coming for you! 

xoxo, 

Mandie

I absolutely love this.  The other day, someone told me that I seem to have a perfect life and be happy all the time.  I am definitely very blessed, but I do have sad days, or more accurately, sad parts of the day.  I don’t think this is because my life is so great, but because I choose to focus on the happy things and my gratitude for what I have.  I think that, in turn, brings more good things to me.  It is easy to have something bad happen, or someone hurt you, and let it consume you, but it takes much more strength in my opinion to focus on the positives and choose to be happy! xoxo, Mandie 

I absolutely love this.  The other day, someone told me that I seem to have a perfect life and be happy all the time.  I am definitely very blessed, but I do have sad days, or more accurately, sad parts of the day.  I don’t think this is because my life is so great, but because I choose to focus on the happy things and my gratitude for what I have.  I think that, in turn, brings more good things to me.  It is easy to have something bad happen, or someone hurt you, and let it consume you, but it takes much more strength in my opinion to focus on the positives and choose to be happy! 

xoxo, 

Mandie 

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Oh man… The last 24 hours have been crazy! This was my late dinner last night - primal vegetarian stuffed peppers. More stuff I made with our farmer’s market haul & CSA basket! These had cabbage, sunflower microgreens, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and cheese in them. I love how they are peppers that are green & red at once! I had delicious primal apple pie for dessert after some P90X Yoga X and then hit the hay early because I had a 6am call time in Racine… I’ll tell you more about that in November! After, I met with my grandparents to talk about nutrition a bit, then came back to Milwaukee for an acting class. Folded some laundry, and now it’s time for personal development reading, some meditation, and SLEEP!!! #primal #vegetarian #peppers #organic #stuffedpeppers #veggies #foodporn #yoga #yogax #milwaukee #racine #wisconsin #nutrition #personaldevelopment #personal #latergram #meditiation #health #healthy #mke #photoshoot #livinthedream #relax

Oh man… The last 24 hours have been crazy! This was my late dinner last night - primal vegetarian stuffed peppers. More stuff I made with our farmer’s market haul & CSA basket! These had cabbage, sunflower microgreens, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and cheese in them. I love how they are peppers that are green & red at once! I had delicious primal apple pie for dessert after some P90X Yoga X and then hit the hay early because I had a 6am call time in Racine… I’ll tell you more about that in November! After, I met with my grandparents to talk about nutrition a bit, then came back to Milwaukee for an acting class. Folded some laundry, and now it’s time for personal development reading, some meditation, and SLEEP!!! #primal #vegetarian #peppers #organic #stuffedpeppers #veggies #foodporn #yoga #yogax #milwaukee #racine #wisconsin #nutrition #personaldevelopment #personal #latergram #meditiation #health #healthy #mke #photoshoot #livinthedream #relax

This conversation tonight between Tommy and I cracked me up!

  • Tommy: What do you want to do tonight?
  • Me: I still want to go see Django.
  • Tommy: Well, they have half-off bottles of wine and it's movie night at Wicked Hop. And they're showing Semi-Pro and Baseketball....
  • Me: *side eye*
  • Tommy: Which are both up against Django for best movie ever made...
  • Me: *side eye*
  • Tommy: and WINE!!!....
  • Hahahahaha.

Moments of Clarity

I have been trying to be more in touch with my emotions, so that I can control them, and more in touch with my thoughts, so I can keep them positive.  It has been pretty amazing so far.  Last night was extra sleepless for me, and I am not sure why, although I do have a lot going on, so that could be to blame.  However, it was really interesting, because as I was laying in bed with a fast-paced song stuck in my head jumbled with seemingly thousands of thoughts about my goals and the things I need to accomplish this week, all of the sudden, I just told my mind to stop, and there was inner silence.  That’s not to say that there are voices in my head, but the song stopped and it was like I had no thoughts!  This is a GREAT thing for me, an over-thinker! 

I had been planning on taking another stab at the Chopra 21-day meditation challenge that I started, but did not complete, in November.  Initially, I was planning on doing this in February, to sort of stagger the changes I am making in my life (lots of New Year’s Resolutions, as I said!), but now I am considering doing it sooner, as it might help me stick to the other resolutions and goals if I am able to focus my mind better and sleep better! 

Well, on to get some things done before I go to Madison to be interviewed for behind-the-scenes dvd footage for the movie I was Key Makeup Artist on with Brant Daugherty from Pretty Little Liars.  It’s my first time doing this type of interview, and I am truly looking forward to it.  Should be a really fun day!  

xoxo,

Mandie

P.S.  Have you tried meditation?  If so, how was your experience, and do you have any tips? 

Since Tommy’s Asleep, this is…

The perfect time to do a little blogging!  

Last I checked in, I was finishing the China Study (finally), getting ready to do my Primal Blueprint Fitness assessment, and getting quite amped up for Super Saturday.  

Since then, I completed the assessment (which was harder than I thought and will dictate some of my workouts for the next three weeks and maybe beyond), and then we spent a short but amazing time with Tommy’s family on Friday night, the night before Super Saturday.  Then finally, Saturday arrived!  It was wonderful to see my teammates that I don’t get to see enough!  Even better, there are new teammates added into the equation that I am sure are going to rock it!  After the event, we went out to eat to make a game plan on how we’re going to get ourselves on the SS Beachbody, a cruise that they’re giving to people who basically help at least 50 people achieve their goals!  I am SO going to be on that ship and can’t wait! 

Saturday night when we got back to Milwaukee, we went to a friend’s house and watched the Packers game, and then went home and to bed so that Tommy could get his sleep before his volleyball tournament, which was what we did on Sunday!  It went quite well, but not as well as the next one!  

Since then, I have been enjoying being on my own schedule as part of my daily routine - organizing my apartment, marketing myself as a model and makeup artist, and organizing my next two challenges - a 7-Day Shakeology challenge and a 30-Day Beachbody challenge.  

I have exciting stuff coming up, and will be back to blog about that then, but for now, how about some somewhat recent additions to my portfolio?  It has been a long time since I have updated my blog with those!  Yikes!  

xoxo,

Mandie

P.S.  I finally finished The China Study and am still digesting (no pun intended) the information.  I am now pretty far into the Primal Blueprint and read and finished Primal Blueprint Fitness!  =)

P.P.S.  Message me if you’re interested in either of my challenges.

P.P.P.S.  What are you currently reading?  

New Year, New Commitment to Blogging

Happy 2013, four days late!  

This year, I can’t even count my new year’s resolutions.  There are so many!  However, I don’t see myself as being one of the 92% that doesn’t stick to them (yes, that is an actual figure, or so I’m told!).  Some of them may fade in and out (I am not great at getting >7hrs of sleep per night, I haven’t been stretching as much as I hoped, and I definitely didn’t maintain my “stay polished in public” rule when I went to Pancake House this morning and wore purple, green, and red all at the same time), but I plan on making more of a conscious effort this year every day to make myself a better person…  So while my list of areas of improvement is long, and every item on it might not get attention daily, I will continue to always strive toward better!  One of the things on the list is to blog more - not just have an instagram feed in several places, so here I am!

Last night, Tommy and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary.  It was wonderful!  We went to Mr. B’s Steakhouse, which was amazing, and then went and had a drink and some chocolate-covered strawberries at Blu, which overlooks Milwaukee and is GORGEOUS.  It’s funny, because there were two servers attending to us at Mr. B’s, and when Tommy and I went to pancake house (with him in his work clothes and me in my sloppy clown attire) we ended up seated directly next to the two servers from Mr. B’s last night!  It was hilarious, and kind of awkward when I heard them talking to each other about using their tip money from the night before to pay the bill today.  Had we known, we could’ve just said “Hey, we’ll just buy you brunch tomorrow!” 

I think it’s a sign that Tommy and I eat out together entirely too much, but that will change come Monday.  Monday is when I start my next Beachbody challenge group (message me if you’re interested) as well as when Tommy, some friends, and I start the 21-Day Primal Blueprint challenge.  We both have experience following the primal diet plan (him more strictly than I), but not as strictly as we will be starting Monday, and not with the other lifestyle aspects of Primal living as much.  I already downloaded f.lux to my computer, so it was fun to watch it change as I worked on it this afternoon!  

I am finishing up reading the China Study…  It’s a book about how harmful consuming an overabundance of animal protein is.  Between that and eating primally, I am starting to feel really guilty about the huge nutrition project that I did with all of my students my last year of teaching.  I told them to have six servings of the grain group per day.  WHAT?!  I am sure that following the food guide pyramid is still still better than what they ate before, but I still feel responsible for being tricked by the USDA’s food guide pyramid.  Yikes.  I am trying to think of a way to make up for it, perhaps as a way to finish my Master’s degree.  If you have ideas, let me know!

Well, I have a few more things on my “to-do” list before I head off to do the Primal Fitness Assessment and then down to the Chicago area for Super Saturday tomorrow - SO PUMPED!  I will write another personal blog in the next few days!  

xoxo,

Mandie

 P.S.  What do you have going on this weekend?

P.P.S.  Do you have any ideas for how I can right my nutrition instruction wrongs to get my Master’s degree in 2013?

I am so late blogging this, but a couple weeks ago, I went to a Beachbody Challenge training (which was amazing, and I can’t wait to help so many more people!), and got to preview Les Mills Pump!  A fellow coach here in Wisconsin took a pictures and some video of the coaches and I working out together, fortunately not at the most intense parts, so the pictures are above, and the video is here!  You can see me at around the 40second mark.

I already pre-ordered Combat for myself, and today is the last day that others can pre-order for free shipping at www.HoneyBadgerFit.com - I can’t wait to start the new year with this workout when I am done with Insanity.  Who wants to join me?  

xoxo,

Mandie