Merry Christmas

This year has not been the best year. It’s been very hard and sad on a lot people.
I’m thankful that God has been with me this year because without him it would of felt much worse. God is the reason we live and God is the reason we can go on living after we leave this earth if we choose him rather than live our life without him.
I was not going to let this year change how I love Christmas 🎄 that’s why I chose to do 24 day countdowns, One of the countdowns was about the birth of Baby Jesus so I could be reminded everyday what Christmas is all about.
My youngest and I did a 12 day countdown to Christmas Eve and it really changed how we saw some things. We kept the spirit of Christmas in hopes to bring happiness to others.
Now, as I lay listening to it rain I can be sad and worried that Christmas may not go as I wanted or I can pray and know no matter what happens to make the best of the situation and be reminded Christmas isn’t about me and my plans or presents but about the birth of baby Jesus. That’s all it’s ever been about. I pray everyone has a safe, blessed and Merry Christmas!
Remember, no matter what you’re going through you’re never alone because Jesus is always there. Just call on him and don’t forget to tell him Happy Birthday!
Love to you all and God Bless us everyone ❤️💚❤️💚

What to do with the rest of this year so it doesn’t stink 100%

This year is one we definitely won’t be able to forget but definitely will want to.

I’d never dreamed the world as we knew it would be a distant memory. I’m still praying that we can get back a little bit more of what normal was and it be even better. For surely we have learned something from all of this.

It’s times like these I feel that I am blessed that I live in a rural area on top of mountain where I can escape the city where you are constantly reminded of how a virus has changed everyones lives.

So, how can this yr be salvaged from a virus scare so great it has shut down any interaction with others unless they live with you?

First don’t take for granted you actually have people near you. Some people have no one to help them get through. Even though some enjoy being alone, there are so many that hate it and are falling in depression because of it.

We definitely need to pray more because only God can get us out of this mess. We need to focus on things we can change for the better.

I don’t know about you but I have put on so much weight this yr that I don’t think I’ll ever get it off. It’s because of stress. This year has totally become one bad habit after another. I do good for a week and then I’m downhill for three. It’s really not all Corona either. It’s Corona on top of other things. It’s like the virus just makes everything worse.

Today, I want to try again, I might fail and there’s a good chance I will fall and I’ll be on the couch stuffing my face knowing the junk food I’m eating is not going to make me feel any better come tomorrow. What do I do then? Try again because that’s all we can do.

So other than trying to get healthier there are other ways of finding happiness during this crazy year.

We can try to be nicer. Some people are so stressed that just a smile can brighten their day. I know we are all wearing masks but this is where those eyebrows and your eyes come into play. I see people when I go get groceries and you can just tell those that are trying to smile and be happy even with a mask.

Don’t forget little things are important. Do things that causes happiness inside of you. Read a book, have a campfire, go swimming before it’s too late, watch a feel good movie, write someone, or call them. Do acts of kindness, let people know you care and love them. More than anything don’t forget to pray. Be thankful for what you have because no matter what you’re going through or how bad things seem. There’s always someone worse off than you.

So let’s finish 2020 strong together! We can do it, it may be a struggle but we can do it!

Though the struggle is real ,so is God!

Thank you for reading and God Bless ❤️

Happy Saturday!

How is everyone doing today?

I’m doing pretty good. I’ve been going to the chiropractor to get some things realigned and drinking my happy coffee. It’s really been a game changer for me these last three weeks.

If you are reading this and would like a free sample, message me and I’ll do what I can to make it happen.

I’m happy about things starting to open back up. For me it’s like getting grounded from toys when you’re a kid. Devastated when they’re taken away but so excited and more appreciative when they are given back.

I also don’t like the phrase new normal. If anything there is nothing normal about the situation. We can learn from this and take better precautions and do better about staying home when sick but as for new normal I disagree.

I don’t want to go weeks and months again from seeing family, I don’t want to wear a mask everywhere I go for the rest of my life and I don’t want to not be allowed to sit and dine in somewhere. I don’t want to not be allowed to go to church. I also am a hugger, this is so hard for me. This is not normal!

This is a situation we are in at the moment. This too shall pass. We will prevail if we take it slow and get back to normal. The news media has people in a frenzy and like to keep them that way. They get better ratings reporting bad things than good.

I’m not saying I don’t believe we should’ve taken precautions, I’m saying we should of been smarter about things in the beginning. Wash your hands! Don’t be out if you’re sick 😷 this is just common sense. I hope people will be smarter in the future.

It’s just like what I was talking about earlier with kids getting things took away for doing something they shouldn’t. They will do better about listening and following guidelines if they don’t want their toy took again. I hope adults will do better following guidelines and using common sense so we don’t end up in this situation again. Because, this is more like school trouble than at home. One gets in trouble we’re all in trouble.

Please no bad feedback, this is just my opinion. I’m entitled to how I feel as you are also.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Thank you for reading, God Bless!

The struggle is real folks 💜

Happy Sunday!

It’s been since January since I posted.

First off I’d like to say in my last post I was really wanting 2020 to be not only a good year, but my year. My year to turn my life around.

That actually was starting to not even be in the cards for me.

The end of January I accidentally chopped the tip off my finger. Thankful, just the tip no stitches but I had to be careful for a few weeks not to hit it on anything or it would start bleeding. So, that set me back and this quarantine came in to play and well that’s a bummer in itself.

I don’t know how many of you have followed me in the past but from September of 2016-September 2017 I did a diet exercise blog and I had a goal and I met that goal.

Now it’s 2020 and due to stress, and aging my weight has went back up. It’s not from a lack of trying. It’s really a hormonal imbalance, cortisol , and fibromyalgia.

This year I wanted to get better but honestly I kept getting worse. My quality of life was diminishing from my eyes. I was tired all the time. If that wasn’t keeping me down than pain in my joints and brain fog had me. Then if that wasn’t enough my weight kept going up and nothing I did or tried helped me.

Then a little over a week ago I tried a cup of coffee and a supplement that changed my life. No, this is NOT a sales pitch. I just want you to know that I really am back to blogging and I hope I continue feeling like this or even better. I’m even lost some ounces. It doesn’t sound like much but I’m just glad the scale has stopped going up every week. I can’t wait to get back to my chiropractor because then I should be totally 100% back to living.

I hope you’re all doing well. I know being quarantined is very hard. I’m grateful I live in the mountains and I can enjoy being outside without worrying about being too close to anyone.

I’m still doing Peloton. That is the exercise app I told you about in January. I believe it’s still free to try out, so check it out if you can. I didn’t have to have a credit card during my free trial so hopefully it’s still like that. I joined the first day after trying it because when something works for me, I jump on board without overthinking it.

I’ve also been missing church but I’ve heard great messages and singing online. I wish there was that much on the Internet on a regular basis. If you have a relationship with the Lord don’t let the not being able to gather keep you from praying, listening to online churches, or drive in church, or the message or any gospel songs. Remember, they may take the building but they can’t take God from you. Your relationship with him can still be as strong as you want it to be.

I know the Struggle is Real, but So is God!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope I’ve helped someone!

Have a Blessed Day!

2020 let it be a great year!

Happy New Year!

I know I’m a little late but they say better late than never 🤷🏼‍♀️

How many people are wanting to lose weight this year?

Yeah me too! I think I do every year and last year I was okay until the second half of the year. We lost a loved one and things just seemed to spiral downward after that.

I got up and dusted myself off and I’m going to get back on that horse if it is dragging me with just one foot in the saddle.

I found an awesome app, or I think it is. It’s the Peloton digital app. You can try it 30 days free without a credit card which was cool but by day one I was ready to sign up. It has everything I need. Time is no excuse either because they have five min videos too. I like the fun run audio. There’s music in the background and someone cheering you on the whole time.

Still need to work on eating better which is always hard for me. I will do it though!

This getting older is cramping my style a little. I am very thankful to get older but I do not like the aches and pains that come with it. I’m hoping adding exercises will help. I’m used to cardio but I gotta start getting stronger so this year I’m focusing more on exercises that will make my body stronger.

I have also entered into the world of reading glasses. Which I’m not fond of at all. I found myself having to put glasses in my bible case, purse, car, and every room in the house. Now, that’s just for when I wear contacts. If I wear my regular glasses then I just have to raise up my glasses to read up close. Since I can’t fix my eyes, I’m going to work on my body.

I still want to focus on my life with God also. I want to be faithful in prayer and reading scripture. I kinda slacked there at the end of last year too. It was definitely not good for my soul.

In one of my journals it started talking about to go to God with every request. The verse is Hebrews 4-16

The first question was what do you want to ask God but don’t because you think it’s to small. Or what do you want to ask but don’t. This was easy for me. My answer was “I don’t have this problem ” and I don’t. I ask God for anything that is on my heart. From healing someone to bringing my cat home because he’s been gone to long. God wants us to talk to him and I talk to him like my friend. He knows our every thought and care so why not just open up to him and just talk to him.

The struggles are real ❤️

I hope everyone reading this has a great year! Thank you for taking the time out to read these words! God Bless

PS I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad the elves on the shelves are gone. I’m sorry ,I will never understand the concept.

Take a moment

I had the day off from babysitting today. That means I have time to get the house cleaned up and laundry done. Two things that are never ever 100% done in my house. There is always something to clean and at the end of the day ,dirty laundry shows up again.

I straightened the house, swept, cooked, and started laundry. It’s going on 1:15 and I have a list of things that I need to do but I didn’t want to start another project. I wanted to go outside. The sun is out , it’s sixty degrees and it’s a beautiful afternoon that will not last long. Forecast says snow flurries are coming in by late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

So, I took a moment and put me first. I deserve an hour outside doing something fun and good for me too. I put on my headphones and jogged a mile around my house. Then when I finished I walked a couple more miles. It was so much fun. I usually jog a round in circles at the church but it was a nice change. It was also more of challenge since our yard goes up and down and I would go from a gravel driveway to the yard.

I had no idea that taking a moment for me and letting the housework go would be okay. It was though, it was okay to put me first. I usually put off doing something for me until I get everything done and then it’s too late or I’m too tired. If I would of waited just an hour later it would of been too cold. In one hour the weather went from sunshine and partly cloudy to just windy and cloudy.

My message is this. It’s okay to take a moment. Sometimes a moment is what we need to feel our best. It’s good for our mental health and emotional well being. I struggle with taking moments for myself because just like a lot of things in my life The Struggle is Real!

Have a Blessed Day and Take a moment!

Weighing In

I got up this morning and decided to weigh myself. I was very annoyed that the scale did not read the lower number I had expected. I mean, I did really good yesterday and I didn’t think expecting a five pound weight loss was too much to ask.

I know this is not how weight loss works. They say you can’t expect to lose weight all at once because you don’t gain it all at once. Maybe so but I can gain five pounds quicker than I can lose one pound. I guess that’s why I want to see results now.

I decided not to let it get me down and go on and enjoy the day I had ahead of me. On the way to town I seen a baby deer, a chipmunk and a squirrel. The scenery was beautiful with all the fall foliage. It was a great day!

If I let the scale ruin my day today, then in actuality I would not have very many good days. The scale is rarely on my side. My weight goes up and down like a roller coaster.

Why do I continue to weigh myself? Because one day that scale will have to reflect a positive outcome to all the hard work I put in. It will show no matter how many times I was defeated, giving up was not an option.

Thank you for reading!

Have a Blessed Day!

Hey, I’m back

I don’t know if anyone has missed me but I stopped posting last yr.

Then for some reason out of the blue I deleted all my old blogs and decided to start over.

My old blog was about diet and exercise. I wrote about my diet and exercise and had weight goal to reach in a years time. Long story short I met my goal, quit blogging and gained all my weight back. Yes, it’s quite the horror story I know.

My new blog will be about a mixture of things. Maybe you will find me interesting maybe you won’t. I don’t think I’m all that interesting myself.

So, why do I want to blog? Because, I find it to be very cathartic and a way to escape for a few minutes. I love writing even if the grammar part is not my area of expertise. I have self published six Christian children’s books. You can find them on Amazon. Just look up Rachel Huddleston and you will find them.

This being my first blog after deleting all the old I’ll tell you a little about myself.

I’m 45 yrs young. Im a Christian and happily married. I’m a mother of three children. One is 21 and the other two are teenagers. I am a housewife but I do babysitting on the side and do secretarial work for my husbands business.

I struggle with my weight, age related aches and pains and sometimes just life itself. That’s why I may of changed my blog outer appearance but the title is still relevant. My Struggle is Real!

I hope that there might be something I may write about in the future that will help someone or just be an interesting read.

For now I’m getting ready to play my new Hallmark monopoly game with my youngest because it’s a rainy day here and a very lazy Saturday.

Thank you for reading my introduction,

I hope you have a blessed day! I also hope you come back to read my blogs that follow.