A Happier, Healthier You ~ Week #24


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Can I tell you something? I’ve had a rough week (or so). Not any one big thing. My Beloved is (relatively) safe, and that’s all that matters. But little things have been dragging me down. I did pretty well on my last list of goals, but I’ve been struggling since I didn’t make a new list last week. I’ve felt sad, stressed, hurt, tired, scared, and so much more – and I just didn’t want to bother y’all with what I’ve been going through.

I acquired a cold and felt like I’d been thrown from a horse, my Quality Time love tank was feeling pretty low, my Beloved told me that there is a good chance that his deployment time will be extended and he might not get to come home next month like we had planned, and it hasn’t been an easy week in co-parenting after divorce.


I could use a hug. And chocolate. And my Beloved. Not necessarily in that order.

Okay, I’m finished pouting now.

This whole time, aside from not wanting to whine here on the blog, we have been keeping very busy. I finished planning for school, and we began our year last Wednesday with a field trip to see the Little House on the Prairie site in Independence, Kansas. Laura Ingalls Wilder has been a hero of mine since Aunt Nanette first gave me the Little House books for Christmas when I was little. My family visited the Mansfield museum when I was a teenager, but this was my first time to see the Little House cabin here in Kansas!

A Happier, Healthier You! ~ Week #24

I also spent some much-needed family time with several of my siblings, tried to catch up on sleep, and took my dad and boys to spend a day in Bartlesville/Pawhuska, Oklahoma.


I really did have good memories in there, but I have been letting all of the negative emotions drag me down. I’m not entirely sure how to handle all of the stress, but I can see a little clearer, now that I’m coming out of the fog. I may even share what I’m learning about dealing with stress. I’m far from strong and perfect, but hope that I am learning and growing as I walk through this military/divorced/remarried wifey/mommyhood/homeschooling/writing life of mine!

In happier news, Monday was our one-year blogiversary birthday! One year ago, I was terrified as I shared my first story with you. I can’t tell you what your encouragement, inspiration, and friendship have meant to me over this last year! I am honored that you have let me into your lives, and that you are part of mine! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Last Week’s Goals ~

  • Stay extra hydrated with coconut water for my back!
  • Exercise at least 3 times this week.
  • Write. Write. Write. Among other things, finish and share a very special In Her Shoes post for this Friday.
  • Finish ordering school books and prepare for upcoming school year.
  • Try to sneak in a long-distance date with my Beloved – depending on how well the internet is working. 
  • Use my foam roller and ice for my back every day until it feels better.
  • Care for and polish my nails.
  • NO SUGAR!!!
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair with a book by 2200 every night.
  • Work on my next deployment project… Stay tuned!

This Week’s Goals ~

  • Stay hydrated! Buy more coconut water.
  • Exercise at least 3 times this week (60 minutes each time).
  • Finish working through the worksheets that my counselor gave me.
  • Come up with a schedule for the new school year – wifey-ing, mommying, homeschooling, blogging, and taking care of myself.
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair by 2200 every night with a book.
  • Finish painting our bedroom.
  • Finish hand sewing our patio cushions.
  • Continue using my Night Night tea and EO before bedtime.
  • Really enjoy the moments that we still have Camden home, before he goes back to school next week.
  • Try using apricot oil for washing my face (oil cleansing method).

How are you taking a little time for yourself? I would love to keep in touch this week as we work together to take better care of ourselves! You can find me on Facebook and  Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest group board ~ Taking Care of Ourselves!

Let’s do this, my friends! I’m going to try really hard to take better care of myself while my Beloved is deployed, but I could use your help. We can take just a little time to care for ourselves, and we’ll be stronger wives, moms, and friends because of it! You’re not alone… We can do this together!


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  • Ah, the stress monster. It finds us all eventually! I have probably had more stress in my life the last 6 months than I have in many, many years. It’s taken it’s toll in all kinds of weird ways — headaches, jaw pain, inability to make simple decisions, procrastination…

    We are working on Move, Round 2 this weekend and I am in total denial. I have a week of vacation next week, but after that, I start commuting. Ugh. I feel like this is the right thing for my family as a whole, but I am the one making all the sacrifices. It’s really hard not to get discouraged.

    • ginger says:

      Ah yes. I like the name stress monster. I’m so sorry y’all have stress rolling in, too. I’ll be praying that the rest of our move and commute goes as smoothly as possible. I wish I were nearby to help! *big hugs*

  • Diane L. says:

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a tough week. Hugs and prayers for you! Thank you for continuing to bless your blog readers by honestly sharing your life stories with us.

  • Hugs! When stresses add up from all the different aspects of your life it can be so hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been hiding out in my own little ball of stress the last few weeks, completely disconnecting myself from the things I know will make it better. Your weekly goals sound like the perfect start to a new week, and I’ll be sure to keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram this week to cheer you on 🙂 (And keep myself honest!) I’ll be thinking of you!

    • ginger says:

      Oh wow – you are so right. It has been so difficult to see that light at the end of the tunnel. I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through your own stresses. Let’s keep cheering each other on! *hugs*

  • Tammy says:

    I spent some time with my HS BFF [I think you know her :)] last week and we were talking about how inspiring you are to us!!! Keep on keepin’ on!!!! God is using you!!

    • ginger says:

      That makes me so happy – picturing the two of you together! Thank you so much for your encouragement, Tammy! I can’t tell you how much it means to me! 🙂

  • Krista says:

    Oh luv, so many hard things hitting you all at once. XO I hope your Beloved’s deployment is NOT extended, and that you continue to be your real, struggling, amazing self. XO

    • ginger says:

      Thank you so much, Krista. You made me smile! I think life has taken so much out of me – but I’m finally crawling out of that dark place. 🙂

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