Showing Off on Social

My life looks like pure magic lately! It looks like everything is so fabulous lately, and really when I look at the big picture I hate to say it, because I don’t want to make you jealous, but it really is!!  I mean, I get to do soooo many fun things!!!

With that said, I have had some really bad days recently.

We were in a car crash on Easter and have been down to one car for about two weeks now because of several things going on with the insurance and the multiple vehicles involved. No, it wasn’t even our fault!

I am constantly playing catch up with work and I feel like I will never be completely caught up but am doing the best I can. To top that off, my laptop (which I just payed off after 2 years) just crashed. It has my entire life on it I feel like and doesn’t help work a bit. After compiling document after document to become more organized with work, I have no access.

As soon as I think I have it all kind of together my daughter gets sick. Do you know that a 10 month old sick baby girl needs more attention than a fine dining restaurant ridden with rodents? Well, now you do.

My debit card fell into the river after I bolted out of the car to check on my daughter after the crash. We all know how it feels when we have to change cards. You have to connect the dots and figure out everyone who deducts a payment for a bill. Sometimes it’s seriously a mystery and then you get a phone call or an email and ding ding ding, lights on!

Wait, so why do I think my life is so fabulous? Because it is!!! It took me a lot of time, grief, and growing up to realize it. My life is completely unreal and perfectly imperfect. Sometimes something hits me in the face and I impulsively want to scream out, but I make sure to become aware of my emotion and raise my gratitude towards God for my beautiful life. I have the most amazing husband who loves me to no end. I have a beautiful step-daughter who is probably one of the most grown up teenagers I’ve ever met and much much smarter than me. I have a baby girl that is incredible and lights up my life every day. Plus, the amazing family and friends that are near and far away bring so much positivity to my life. That, is what life is all about. The small things are pretty stupid in the grand scheme. It’s time to dumb the dumb things down.

Every time I look out at a crowd I think, “Wow.” Every one of us thinks we’re so important and we each have things and emotions and needs that we think are so important as well. Sometimes, you just have to step back and look at the big picture.

I notice that when I do, I’m nurtured with blessings that I didn’t even know were going to exist. Some of those blessings I share on social and some of them I keep for myself. Xo Julie Ann

3 Day Refresh – Day 3 + Results!


I know I know, you’ve been waiting to see how Day 3 went and I haven’t posted!! I just wanted to keep you on the edge of your seats, that’s all.

Or…maybe I’m just hoping that you’ve been waiting anxiously…Either way here goes!

First of all I have to say that this cleanse has been fantastic. On Day 3 I was starting to crave foods that weren’t allowed on the cleanse – proteins for the most part, but it still wasn’t hard to pass up what my boyfriend was eating while I drank a shake and ate veggies.

Day 3 eats:

  • Breakfast: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology & half a banana. I decided to have these separately instead of blended together and it made me feel like I had more to eat.
  • Fiber Sweep – again with extra lemon juice. Everyone in our accountability group seemed to like the taste of this and I did too, but you still want to make sure to drink it pretty quickly so you don’t have any clumps.
  • Lunch: I had my vanilla fresh with strawberries (and had a few strawberries left over to eat) as well as two medium celery sticks with hummus. I loooove hummus!
  • Afternoon snack: I sauteed spinach in coconut oil and it was a super-good super-food!! I also made decaffeinated green tea and it was a nice little bonus.
  • Dinner: I had vanilla fresh again and added cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to it. Vanilla fresh does kind of get old through the process, but this combo definitely made it better. I also made the cucumber tomato recipe that is provided in the 3 day refresh booklet and it was great. The serving was actually more than I needed and I was full halfway through, but I ate it all because I felt like I needed to stick to the cleanse to a T.

 

They say not to exert yourself too much during the refresh, but I’ve gotten so used to working out that I just had to. I did the Beachbody 21 day extreme leg workout and it was intense but not overly. I love this workout, but then again, I love working my legs. I think this also helped burn some extra calories and my legs were definitely a little sore on day 4.

Results:

I was so looking forward to waking up in the morning to see my results that I didn’t sleep very well. I measured myself and lost 1″ around my waist, 1″ around my hips, and 1/4″ around both of my thighs which amounts to 2.5″ in all!! I lost a pound (I have trouble losing weight, but I think that also has to do with building muscle) and I am very happy with the results!! I feel so good from the inside out and will hopefully maintain these results through the next 21 day round.

I think I will definitely do this again, probably after the July 4th holiday, so if you want to jump on board and try it, let me know!!!

 

 

2016

As another New Years Eve celebration passes and I enter into the new year I can’t help to feel anything but grateful. To wake up another day with all that I have is truly a blessing. More than anything this year I want to continue to inspire, lead by example, and share my journey with you. As a lot of successful people say “If I can do it, anyone can.” I believe that we all have the strength within ourselves to make positive choices. When we feel like all life hands us are curveballs, we have to learn which bat to use and how to hit them. I also think that having faith in God and in yourself has a lot to do with making the right choices. If there is an absence of faith, then there is most likely fear…Fear of moving forward and fear of changing your comfort zone. If you don’t believe in all encompassing God, then find something to believe in!

Becoming a successful actor is my journey. It’s the path that I’ve chosen and that has chosen me. It’s not easy. Many people that aren’t in this industry don’t understand the work that goes into it. Instead of having a 9-5 job, I’m working on aspects of this career until my head hits the pillow while successfully juggling a day job that pays the bills. My day job is perfect because it gives me the opportunity to talk to numerous people every day. I learn about their wants and needs and a lot of customers I’ve become close with let me in on the incatracies of their lives beyond their businesses. I love learning about people. I love understanding people. I love helping people. I love people.

I find that as social media expands, more people are giving their opinions on everything and personal thoughts on why the world seems to be eating them alive! The world isn’t eating you alive, you’ve just chosen to be a victim. Bad things are going to happen, others are going to say awful things to intentionally hurt you, laws are going to be passed that you don’t agree with. That shouldn’t change your behavior and your outlook on life. The world is full of bullies. Social aspects of humanity haven’t changed much from grade school to adulthood. My mom always taught me to be kind and be the bigger person when dealing with someone else who was being mean or doing wrong. I still try to follow that advice. It’s not always easy, but you have to look at the bigger picture and focus on the areas where you can have the most impact. Instead of adding fuel to someone else’s fire, concentrate on your own. How are you going to change the color of your flames in 2016? 

Be a good person, take action, and show us what you’re really made of! If you continue to do good deeds others will notice without you having to write about them. The world will treat you differently. I’m not sayin not to share, but dont do one act of kindness out of the ordinary and expect a pat on the back because of it. Make it ordinary. Kindness should be ordinary. Be kind to others, but most importantly be kind to yourself because it rubs off on everyone you touch!