Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Instagram Week in Review

My vacation has officially come to an end and it’s time to get back to the grind. It was a working vacation: kids moving into dorms, another kid starting her Senior year of high school, and other random bits of crazy. This has probably been one of the hardest and most emotionally/spiritually draining weeks of my life but I’m determined to try to focus on the good. And, if I can’t find the good, I can at least see the pieces of normal:

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Favorite coffee picture. Sporting my oh~so~funky sandals by Sseko.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

My daughter celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday. I can’t believe my first born is 21… It feels like just yesterday, the doctor was putting her in my arms.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

I received an email from Influenster telling me that I’d be one of a group of women who’ll be given the opportunity to try out the new Keurig 2.0. They’ll be sending me a free coffee maker for review purposes. I’m so very excited.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Today is Twin B’s and Twin A’s first day of college. I love you guys. Do your thing, I’m so very proud of you both!

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

The things my kids do to the dog.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Is this not the most beautiful hotel room ever? The Hubs and I stayed here after dropping The Boy off at college. I need a wall of canvases….

How was your week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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#ActiveLivingChallenge with Fit Approach and Lorna Jane

18 August: Show us how you are practicing #activeliving today

#ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is how I live active: breathe. Deeply.

19 August: #ActiveLiving is for life! What part of the future are you most excited for?!

#ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m most excited about the future with The Hubs. We plan to hook an Airstream up to the hitch on the back of my truck and travel the U.S.

20 August: Share a photo of you getting sweaty with your favorite workout!

#ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach {Living Outside the Stacks}

When things get hard, I need to clear my head, or I just want to be alone, I run. I run towards my faith. I run towards my God.

21 August: What’s a short-term goal you’ve set for yourself?

#ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach {Living Outside the Stacks}

Get my eating under control so I can actually lose weight instead of just maintaining it.

22 August: Favorite healthy snack

#ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach {Living Outside the Stacks}

Apples.

23 August: Share your favorite #lornajane clothing piece from Lorna Jane

#ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach {Living Outside the Stacks}

Totally digging these running tights. Too bad they don’t have anymore in my size.

24 August: Your favorite part of #ActiveLiving

#ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite part of #activeliving is the connection between my body and my spirit. Running allows me to throw off the things that keep my mind, body, and spirit bogged down and focus on the most important prize: eternal life with my savior.

Wrap~Up

As a whole, this challenge has been crazy fun and I’m sorry to see it come to an end. I’ve found creative ways to represent the prompts on Instagram and I’ve met some inspiring people like The Fit Switch, Exploring Domesticity, and Fitty Duck 13.

I think my two biggest takeaways from this challenge are:

  • #ActiveLiving doesn’t have an expiration date: it’s a way of life
  • I really need to do something active every day: it improves my entire being

About the Active Living Challenge

The #ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane is an Instagram/Twitter challenge hosted by Fit Approach to celebrate #BlogFest. This is an opportunity for participants to share what active living means to them. Participants are encouraged to be creative with their pictures and share them wit friends and family.

#ActiveLivingChallenge with #LornaJane and #FitApproachParticipants are asked to post pictures of themselves that reflect that day’s inspiration. And, at the end of each week, write a reflective post on that week’s challenges.

The contest runs from 4~24 August 2014. The grand prize winner of the challenge will receive $500 to shop at #LornaJane.

You can see other participants’ pictures by checking out the hashtags #ActiveLivingChallenge, #FitApproach, or #LornaJane.

I’m linking up with Move Nourish Believe and Lorna Jane. Feel free to visit Fit Approach on Facebook.

How do you live active?
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Happy Fist Bump Friday

Happy Fist Bump Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week, I’m happy that The Hubs and I were able to get Twins A and B settled into their dorms. I’m also sad that The Hubs and I were able to get Twins A and B settled into their dorms.

Twin B and A Go to College {Living Outside the Stacks}

Twin B and Twin A: A week after birth

You can read their birth story here

Twin B and A Go to College {Living Outside the Stacks}

Twin B and Me: Not ready to let go

Twin B and A Go to College {Living Outside the Stacks}

Twin A and The Hubs: Holding on tight

Twin B and A Go to College {Living Outside the Stacks}

Twin B and Twin A: Ready to take on the world

I’m excited to see what the future hold for my kids and for The Hubs and I to begin this new phase in our lives…

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

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