It’s another edition of Shay’s Random Grab Bag!
Now, you know the drill…I pull some of your random questions and answer them all here in one little post.
~In Grab Bag #5, I chatted all things technology and kids, food items I always have on hand, our home buying process, details from our trip to Mexico and my relationship with Jesus. You can read that post HERE.
This time, when I randomly picked from your questions, here is what ended up in the grab bag…
I liked this question and thought it was nice and broad. That being said, I could answer it a million different ways. Behind the scenes is well…peaceful, well-organized chaos. Ha! I don’t know how else to describe it? I like schedules, routines and calm. I like a peaceful house, an organized space, an efficient calendar, a solid process and structured day…but I also have four kids with active schedules, three dogs and two businesses so some days are peaceful and calm while other days, I feel like I’m running around with my hair on fire. I try reallllly hard to eliminate as many stressors as possible (keep my daily schedule light, a good to do list, lots of focus and not getting distracted), but let’s be real, some days are just BANANAS over here. I try to be joyous in the chaos as much as possible.
If you have specific questions, ask in the comment section! I’m happy to answer them!!
Well, you should totally listen to S2 EP32 of The Bestie Breakdown where we discuss McKinney in great depth! I also have my ALL ABOUT MCKINNEY post too where I discuss specifics like where to eat, shop, etc as well. In a nutshell though, the two central locations in McKinney for the best dining, shopping and local fun are either our historic town square or Adriatica which is a Croatian village built on a lake that includes cafes, shops, restaurants, a chapel and more. Both spots are where you should go if you ever head to McKinney.
I have had more and more fitness related questions/DMs/comments lately, so I think I’ll really try and incorporate more of this during the summer blogging months. Do you like that idea? Do you have more specific content ideas for me? I’m open! In March, I published MY WORKOUTS IN A WEEK which really does share what I do every day (and I try to workout in some way or another every day!). You should read that post for specifics, but I love running and yoga the most, try to walk as often as possible, lift weights twice a week and always stretch. Another podcast episode you could listen to would be S2 EP7 where we BREAK DOWN FITNESS! I honestly just try to be “active” as much as possible every day. I aim for 15,000 steps, I try to ride my bike with my kids, walk the dogs, jump in the pool, shoot baskets with them, etc. I really LOVE being outside! For me, consistently being active has probably made the biggest difference in my energy level and encouraged more fitness and better health.
Hi, my name is Shay, and I’m often motion sick. So many things can make me nauseous or throw up. You know how people say “I haven’t thrown up since August of 2005”, yeah…that’s not me. I’m one of those people who do this on the regular only because it takes very little to make me motion sick. If you’re a good friend of mine (scratch that, if you’re a friend who just knows me kind of well), there’s a good chance, you’ve witness me get sick. So gross, yet so true. Sigh. Lots of things can trigger my motion sickness but NOTHING more than being in a car. The car is my worst enemy.
Here is what I personally do to combat it anytime I start to feel nauseous:
1: I need cold air in my face.
2: I take off my shoes (hot feet exacerbate the situation for me).
3: I need to eat something bland (crackers are the best for me!). An empty stomach is my worst enemy.
4: I need to close my eyes.
Here is what I do to make sure I am well prepared when I travel:
1: I wear layers. I’ve been known to strip down to not much on a plane in order to keep my cool, so layers work well. I’m 100% positive the person next to me would rather see me in a tank top than vomiting.
2: I never board a plane/a boat or really even a car super hungry. Hunger makes me get motion sick SO MUCH FASTER.
3: I always keep crackers with me. Most of the time on planes, I never even need to open the cracker package (because the majority of flights are totally calm and fine), but should I start to feel nauseous, I immediately start eating crackers/goldfish/pretzels/etc.
Lovely convo for a Tuesday morning, no? 😉
Well, I could talk for days about this one. This is certainly a “in a nutshell” answer, but I start each day by reading the Bible and studying some portion of it. I follow that up with a prayer time over specific people/events/things/requests in my life. I don’t stop praying then though, I would say that I’m a big “pray throughout the day” person. Anytime I’m burdened, something/someone is on my heart/see something/hear something that tugs on my heart, I pray (including all the times I pray over YOU!). Andrew and I are always looking for organic ways to talk to our kids about our faith, our values, how Jesus loves us so that they can start identifying it in their own lives too. As far as the last portion of your question, Andrew and I made the commitment when we got married to tithe any income we bring in every month, to give over and above when we can to our church and to support many church/faith-based ministries. We love supporting several faith-based organizations/missionaries/ministries outside of our actual church too. We fully understand that God doesn’t “need” anyone’s money, but He requests we don’t selfishly hold on to it for ourselves (out of pride or fear or whatever reason one holds on to their money)/spend it all frivolously/not love and support others doing work for the Lord, etc,. so we give as often as we can. I don’t know? Our faith is the most important thing to both of us, so it’s a very conscious decision to try and live for Jesus each and every day whether in prayer, parenting or giving.
Whew! That wraps up our Grab Bag this week! From vomiting to faith, we covered it all 😉 .
Happy Tuesday, friends! xx