As this is the year of "new" I decided to try out the Mud Ministry at our church. So on Monday night last week I went. MUD is made up of a group of people, all ages, who meet once a week for strength training or to work out on an advanced or modified level. There is WAY more to MUD than just exercise and I will talk about that a little later on. The big deal about this week is that I went. Seriously, there are people, both male and female, that do the Marine Mud Runs. I will not ever participate in a Mud Run. No way, shape or form. I do think that this is a great way to hang out with some great people and hopefully, get in shape, lower my cholesterol. and maybe lose a little weight. After Monday night's workout I was a little sore in my shoulders. I'm always sore in my shoulder area because of Fibromyalgia but after doing planks (oh my word) I was more sore than usual. I have been using essential oils since September so I grabbed the Young Living Panaway and asked James to rub a few drops on my neck and shoulders. I love how quickly the oil makes me feel better. My muscles feel better, much quicker than if I had used alternative methods. So, if I work out, strengthen muscles, lose weight and don't have sore muscles it's a win-win situation. Not to mention, I got a great massage in the process. Tuesday afternoon my new shipment from Young Living came in and Deep Relief Roll on was in my monthly order. So I asked James to roll some of that on my shoulder's. If I could compare it to an OTC it would be something like an ointment that feels cold/hot at the same time. (Without naming any names of course.) It was wonderful!!!!!! If you are on the bubble about essential oils and have any questions, just ask. If I don't know the answer, I will ask and find out for you.
MUD ministry is not just about exercise. Part of the group does participate in the all out MUD run. While they are battling it out through the obstacle course of mud, hill and dale, etc. the others hand out water bottles inviting people to our church. The water bottle has our logo on one side and the Gospel printed on the other side. This is the "other" side of our MUD ministry that I spoke of earlier. We use these events as both a spiritual and physical work-out. The main goal is to produce a healthy Christian lifestyle which encourages an active outreach mentality capable of sharing the Gospel with anyone we may encounter. So, we get the best of both worlds, a workout here and the possibility of introducing Christ to someone there.
The transition to silver has begun. This is my before photo. My base color was brown with a reddish tint. My roots were maybe a quarter of an inch this morning.
I had a hair appointment on Friday with my precious hair dresser, Morgan at Ego Hour. Love her!!! Going to Morgan isn't just a hair appointment. It's a therapy session for me. She is amazing! My Aunt Sonja was my hair dresser for over 30 years. After she retired I needed to find a new stylist and Morgan was a perfect fit for me. If you are looking for a hairdresser you should make an appointment today. If you are ready to transition to your natural color and your hairdresser makes statements like "You will look ten years older," "Your gray won't be a pretty gray," or "No we can't do that" then find another hairdresser. Do some research ladies. Silver is in!!! Even young women are dyeing their hair silver. Seriously! Research it. There are tons of pictures and blogs on this topic. Check out my Pinterest page. Fif's Hair/Makeup I've been pinning hair styles like crazy. There is no wrong color of gray. I had a lady comment on my last post and she said "No need to worry about the perfect "shade" for my skin because God is my hairdresser and he is a perfectionist." How true that statement is. God makes no mistakes. I don't know why we think we could do a better job. Funny huh? We are so silly...
Ok Now on to the "process." Here we are in the "processing" phase. We decided to phase into the silver in a kind and gentle way. I didn't want to let the roots grow out a quarter of an inch at a time and have two "levels" of or definitive lines of hair color. We think by the end of the year I should be down to one color. My natural color. Phasing out the old bottle color, phasing in the new natural color.
My next appointment is in six weeks. I will be even lighter after that appointment. Any of you ready to jump in yet?
"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." Langston Hughes
Last summer I was clicking through blogs and ran across this picture of a bedroom on a blog that I frequently visit. I just totally love Heather's style. Seriously, look at that cow! Oh my word!! I couldn't even stop talking about that cow. I showed that cow to everyone. Well, anyone that would listen and maybe even a few that wouldn't. Who am I kidding? I talked to myself about that cow.
This room rang my bells. I was completely drawn to every aspect of this room but didn't have anything to make it happen. I did have an empty bedroom though. A few weeks later, my aunt Sonja, after having their house on an off the market several times, sold their house and downsized. She called and said, "I have a bedroom suite. You want it?" What??? Yes!!!! Whoa!!! Wait just a second horsey!! We need to paint. I need curtains and bedding and holy moly, I need a cow!!! This bedroom can't happen without a cow. I stalked Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, Overstock, you name it, I searched and searched and finally after digging on Heather's blog I found where she purchased her cow painting. I rushed over there and Whoa again! It was totally out of my budget. I couldn't even mention that I wanted a cow that cost that much to James. Well, I could have, but he would have thought we would need to pasture it for raising and eating in the future. I think decor, he thinks steak. Seriously! So...I put the cow on hold and off we went.
We got busy stripping the popcorn ceilings.(I'm thinking cows.) James' dad came over and helped us paint and we changed out the door knobs. (I'm still thinking cows.) I painted the hardware on the furniture from brass to silver and then I got busy shopping for a cow. After shopping at World Market, Home Goods, Target, Hobby Lobby, etc. and not finding a cow in my colors, it happened. One Sunday morning, I had an "AHA" moment. Ever had one of those? I decided to ask a precious artist friend. Carrie, who attends our church, if she would consider painting me a cow. I showed her a picture of the cow above and she agreed to paint one. She named her Fifi. Haha! She is gorgeous.
My aunt just happened to have white bedding and asked if I wanted it after seeing my inspiration picture, Yes! Of course! My niece went shopping with me and we found Toile pillow shams at Kohl's for 50% off and I found the ruffled pillow at Target. The last ruffled pillow in town. The lamp was on clearance at Home Goods and the curtains came from Lowe's.
Although, my room isn't totally like the one at the The Heathered Nest, I still love it. What do you think? Do you like it? When I get ready to redo a room, I start looking for inspiration pictures. Blogs, Pinterest and magazines are great places to start getting ideas of what you like. I always look for deals and shop with a budget in mind. I shop consignment and thrift stores for similar pieces. It doesn't have to be exact and I love a can of paint. Anything can be updated with a can of paint. My mom says that she is always afraid to come over for fear she might get painted. Right now we are working on a downstairs den/man-cave, Rustic/Industrial/Farmhouse style. I know. Weird.
Our fearless helper
Be sure to stop by and see Heather and view her awesome blog. She was so gracious to give me permission to use the picture of her beautiful room. You won't be disappointed.
Until we meet again, Fifi
Psalm 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine and I own the cattle upon a thousand hills.