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one of my goals this year revolves around the word strong.  indeed, it has everything to do with wanting to be strong physically.  a big, loud, and resounding, YES, i’d very much like to look like the lovely in the photo above.  being all strong and, likely, centered.  i’m not overly fanciful in my imagination of how i think i might end up looking if i work a rigid plan.  honestly, more like realistically, i won’t be rigid because that is a fool proof plan to make me not work a plan.  but, this isn’t about a plan or weight loss goal, it’s about feeling and being STRONG.

since i put that word out there, without intentionally thinking about it, i have been subconsciously mulling over it.  i’ve been walking and doing weights, drinking a bit more water and taking vitamins (slowly bringing back good habits) and perhaps naively i thought i’d start feeling a small increase in energy.  only, it’s been the contrary.  i’m still feeling heavy and sluggish and eye ball popping tired.  newborn baby tired.  can you see the bags under my eyes (i think they are permanent).

i’ll keep at it and and add more greens, and add more sleep, and start my yoga, and try to remember to breathe (more).

but, strong comes from a place beyond exercise, rock hard abs and an 8 glass a day water drinking habit.

strong is a mindset.  strong is working your mind.  exercising it, really.  bad thoughts come, bad thoughts must go.

a famished soul must be fed.

a healthy and strong body rely heavily on a strong mind, soul, and spirit.

i’m working to exercise all of that too.  think better thoughts.  let go of toxic ones.  read books that help me grow and also ones that allow me a little escape.

being strong takes work.  it’s not for the few.  it’s available to all.

and, wouldn’t you know that some of my strongest moments, personally, have come from embracing my weakness (es).

if your body is tired, and likely your soul too, than maybe you are at a very good place.  a beginning, really.  the start to the end of the bad way you feel.

each step is a step.  so take one.  i’m putting one foot in front of the other with you.  it’s not a walk on a treadmill that leads to strong.  it’s a walk on the path in the right direction.  one foot in the direction of life and the other to follow on the way to living life to the fullest.

keep your eyes wide open.  the scenery is sure to be the very landscape that will paint the masterpiece that is your life.

xo . t

feeling heavy and having hard days?  here are a few things i like to do and also a few thoughts on mental de-cluttering.

* i’m thinking of taking a break from the monday mess series.  unless you want me to keep them coming?  i’m not 100% certain what i will replace them with, but thinking something along the lines of posts like this, on mondays.  i am always open to your suggestions, so feel free to send them my way.

image / frankly esoteric




  • Barbara
    Commented on January 13th, 2014 at 4:54pm

    This. You captured my life’s most recent feelings so much better than I was able to.. Thank you. I feel a new resolve … and it’s more about how I feel than ever before. I want to feel — better. I want to feel —- strong. You’re an amazing writer.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 13th, 2014 at 10:56pm

    oh, thank you so much. what a lovely compliment. i’m so happy my words resonated with you. cheers to living a stronger life, one step at a time! xo . t

  • Emma at The Marion House Book
    Commented on January 13th, 2014 at 8:40pm

    I want to be strong this year as well – in more ways than one! Thanks for the inspiring post.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 13th, 2014 at 10:54pm

    thank you, emma! i think this is the year for it! cheering you on! xo . t

  • Dana @ House*Tweaking
    Commented on January 13th, 2014 at 11:16pm

    Have you tried taking 10,000 to 15,000 IU of Vitamin D3 (available anywhere vitamins are sold) daily after a meal? I only ask because I was feeling much like you sound here and I was even exercising. I live in the Midwest (cold and gray in winter) so I thought I’d give it a try. I felt better almost immediately! Sure, I wasn’t 100% happy but I felt like I had my energy back to address many of the things you listed above. Vitamin D or not, your words are inspiring and I hope this is your STRONG year!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 11:13am

    oh, thank you for mentioning this. i know i should be taking vitamin d. i’m in the midwest too and as much as i love the white snow….the lack of sunshine does really get effect your mood. i’m going to be adding this, thank you! xo . t

  • lisa thomson
    Commented on January 13th, 2014 at 11:41pm

    Yes, I’m so tired and not sure why. Yoga helps but still.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 11:14am

    i know how you feel….i’m getting lots of good ideas from everyone….vitamin d3, drink lots of water, etc. wishing you renewed strength this year! xo . t

  • Danielle
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 10:23am

    So inspiring, thank you. In the past month, I’ve been doing surprisingly well at adding bits of activity to my otherwise sedentary routine. I love it! It makes me appreciate both my physical strength and mental strength that has been maintaining the commitment. Embracing both feels so darn good.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 11:18am

    good for you! it’s amazing to me how much the physical and mental side of things are attached and many times one dependent upon the other. cheers to a healthy new year! xo . t

  • Allessia
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 10:41am

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I’m probably the world’s most dehydrated person and I used to feel so lethargic. I keep a glass of water on my bedside table and don’t allow myself to get out of bed in the morning until it’s finished. Then I try to hydrate before and after every meal. Honestly water brought the life back into my life hahaha!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 11:21am

    thank you for this much needed reminder. i know that i know that i need to drink more water. i just find it a chore and also all of the running to the bathroom (thank you 4 babies i’ve carried) it entails is a chore, but a worthwhile one none the less. i’ve been trying to drink water in the morning before coffee… i like the idea of not allowing yourself to get up unless you’ve finished it. thanks for the tips on practically implementing. xo . t

  • Nancie Bartley
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 11:40am

    I always think I am “Strong”. Physically and mentally.
    But right before Christmas I had the one/two punch of a cracked elbow and the flu four days later. (2 days before Christmas) Also throw in a 1000 mile drive with 2 teenagers and a large dog. I slept more that week than I have since I had Hepatitis 40 years ago. I just gave in. If “Christmas” wasn’t “Done” so be it. If the house was dirty, so be it. If present were so-so, o well.
    Sometimes you just need to succumb. I feel like I lost the first two weeks of this new year but slowly I am back to walking, throwing more greens into the mix food wise and definitely adding that mega dose of Vitamin D. And now midway thru January I am finally feeling that urge to purge, clean, start fresh.
    Maybe you just need permission to collapse and start back up slow. (I know, impossible with 4 littles, but try.)

  • Trina
    Commented on January 15th, 2014 at 2:23pm

    oh, i’m so sorry…that was a double whammy. glad you are starting to get back in the swing of things. i def felt like i kind of collapsed over christmas break…just wishing i could start back up a little slower than i am but with four kids – not much of a choice :) i love the idea of permission though….we all need to give ourselves permission from time to time, don’t we? happy new year, nancie! xo . t

  • genni
    Commented on January 14th, 2014 at 1:19pm

    Whole food organic vitamins. If they are synthetically derived you
    don’t absorb them as well. vitamins derived from natural sources (food) are much more beneficial and effective, that’s my professional advice ;) LOL. And yes…water water water :) winter is especially brutal on our bodies and mind. I try to find as much sunlight as I can in this Midwest weather and stick to a daily promise to take extra care of myself. As a mom with a new baby equaling 4 kiddos it’s tough. As I type this now my house is under construction (dust,fumes, mess and all!)and we’re already packing for our big move to CO this spring. I find moments of exercise and eating good healthy food keep me sane and able to handle all this stress, especially with my husband away and all this crazy chaos in our home. I seriously live for my time alone running or lifting weights. That’s body & soul!!!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 15th, 2014 at 2:22pm

    vitamins and water it is! you will be getting a lot more sun in colorado…are you excited? xo . t

  • genni
    Commented on January 17th, 2014 at 8:26am

    I am excited, yes. A bit like I’m about to open a new, very significant chapter in my life. I’m trying not to let my nerves and worry over all the stress and details take over. There is so much that goes into moving a family of 6 one thousand miles away….like a semi trailer full of things! My mind can wonder for hours on all the to-do’s, & what if’s and ooh don’t forget’s so I’m trying to live in the right now. .

  • Trina
    Commented on January 17th, 2014 at 4:35pm

    good on you on trying to stay in the now. i can only imagine all of the details that it entails…and you are right it will be a new chapter…an exciting one, for sure! xo . t

  • Carol from OY! BLOG
    Commented on January 17th, 2014 at 2:16pm

    Nice goal! Hope you get strong and healthy soon, its a good habit.
    Greetings from Costa Rica.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 17th, 2014 at 4:27pm

    thank you! and thanks for stopping by! hope to visit costa rica some day! xo . t

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