Thursday, October 15, 2020

T&E Thursday part πŸ’¬

 πŸ₯΄πŸ₯΄ Let's just say the 1st 2 weeks were anomalies....πŸ€”πŸ€” or maybe this week is the anomaly because I have NOT been on it. Idk what happened but the time shifted on me. 

Between not keeping with my regular fasting hours ((I try intermittently fast from 8pm to 11am daily)) and homeschooling, working, writing my books and blog, eating, sleeping, trying to have fun, going through 2 different online courses, and numerous 1 off tasks that I'm sure I failed to remember, my days have gotten shorter and shorter. I literally need a nap as I type this πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

It wasn't a complete flake. I did manage to get about 3 good workouts in this week. I also have been able to maintain some of the progress. And I am still proud of myself 😍😍😍πŸ’ͺ🏾πŸ’ͺ🏾 ((pics below))πŸ‘‡πŸΎπŸ‘‡πŸΎ





Friday, October 9, 2020

What grinds my gears

 I always wondered whyyyyy it's okay to refer to grown women as girl but it's the ultimate disrespect to men when they're called boys. 

What is it about grown women that doesn't warrant respect or growth or equality in the adult realm?! Why is that even something that women are okay with?! We work hard as mothers, wives, sisters, etc yet we're never recognized as grown, not even in our own minds.....just needed to get that off my chest. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

T&E Thursday: Week ✌🏾

 Well, surprise, surprise. It's time for my 2nd update on how my workout sessions have been going πŸ‹πŸΎ‍♀️πŸ‹πŸΎ‍♀️πŸ‹πŸΎ‍♀️🀸🏾‍♀️🀸🏾‍♀️🧘🏾‍♀️🧘🏾‍♀️. Let's just say I have 🀯🀯🀯 blown my own mind. 


I've actually been working out CONSISTENTLY. I follow the schedule daily. It's been a really pumped up successful and productive week. 


Okay, soo here are the exercises that I do:



I don't actually do the squats because I don't really like them but I use the number and do that number of donkey kicks on each leg. 


I actually do the crunches exactly as the picture dictates. I used to do 200 crunches a day && I loved my results soo i decided to keep these as is. 

I am not a fan of planks soo I replaced the regular planks with lunges. I also replaced the side planks with standing oblique twists since I want to work on my love handles. I also replaced the crunches with a bridge exercise using the number as the amount of seconds I hold the bridge position. I do the bicycle because I do enjoy that exercise. 😊


I stare at these exercises because I want to muster up the strength to do them but I usually find myself unmotivated whenever I look at this list. I will admit this is an amazing list and it's full of great exercises that will help you get into shape πŸ’ͺ🏾πŸ’ͺ🏾πŸ’ͺ🏾

Soooo drum roll pleaseπŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯........here are my results this week ((from here on out I will try to wear the same pants for my pictures && please don't mind my face....or my bathroom)):














Thursday, October 1, 2020

Trial && Error Thursday: week 1

 Soo I figure with all this free time. I could commit to something ((preferably something to benefit my life)) when I'm not writing πŸ₯΄πŸ₯΄.....for this month I'm going to go ahead && WORKOUT πŸ‹πŸΎ‍♀️🀸🏾‍♀️πŸ‹πŸΎ‍♀️🧘🏾‍♀️ ((wish me luck πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰)). I wanted to see if these monthly fitness challenges work....or are they just click bait?!

Should be a piece of cake, right?! I mean I did do 6 years in the military. Running 12 miles at least once a week for 4 of those years. Training in the mud. Sleeping in the field. Building our own tents. Rucking 16+ miles in boots. What's a little workout in the living room.....well, 2 pregnancies && a preschooler later, an actual piece of cake sounds MUCHHHHHHH better than the workout. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” 

Okayyyy, fineeeee. I'll work out. I spent enough time body shaming my mombod since somewhere between the beginning of toddler stages to now. It's time I get back to what I was when I first gave birth. I lost all the weight. Felt amazing. Dressed AMAZING and was soo full of love for my self. 

Here's some before pics && literally taken the same day but that yoga pants roll down tells a wholeeeee different story. I  don't know my actual weight because I am interested in losing inches and shaping instead of losing the numbers on the scale. In case my πŸ“Έ aren't obvious, I'm sooooo focused on my stomachand back area. Wish me luck, you guys!!πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ






Monday, September 28, 2020

It's MONDAY!!

It's Monday... I'm excited. Monday is like the most motivational day for me. It's the start of the work week, school week, I'm rested after Sunday, and I'm definitely going to be reading a book later today πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ  

What is there not to be excited about?!

Now that we mentioned how motivating Mondays are ((because I seriously LOVE Mondays 😍😍)), I figured I'd talk about what motivated me to start this blog. I was searching for peace and once I found it, I became determined to share it. 

With anyone.

With EVERYONE!

I feel like peace should be for all. Peace within. Peace without. Peace among. Peace for all. I also wanted to clear up the misconceptions on peace. It's not absence of bad days or negative energy, things, thoughts, or vibes. It's not happy all the time. It's not "positive vibes only✌🏾". 

It's keeping calm during a toddler melt down. It's valuing your safety after a fender bender that made you late. It's enjoyed the ride after you drove 30 mins only to find the establishment is closed. It's the calm in the storm. It's the gratitude in the moment. It's living IN THE MOMENT. 

It's stillness. 

It's a hug from the wind. 

Kisses from the cold raindrops. 

It's a laugh in the middle of crying because all of the emotions need to be felt and released and expressed. Not suppressed. 

I also wanted to build the village back. 

Have unity again.

Community again. 

I feel like that comes from candid conversations. Open dialogue. Releasing the idea of "taboo". It's just me and you saying what needs to be said. Hearing what needs to be heard. Doing what needs to be done. And healing what needs to be healed. 

***I don't discriminate but as a black woman raising a black man, my focus is the black community. If other communities feel inspired by me then so be it, we all deserve peace.****

And on that note, I'm out ✌🏾✌🏾🎀((mic drop))

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tuesday Truths πŸ˜‰

 Soo I posted on IG about a poem that really resonated with me when I read it. It's from Songs of a Butterfly by Deanna Hill ((shameless plug, it's available on Amazon)) && I'm going to make my Tuesday Truth conversation about it. 

"My favorite place to be
Anywhere
With your arms around me"

If that isn't the realest thing ever. 
Like EVER. 
AS a woman in love, I feel that. 
As a mom, I feel that. 
As a daughter, friend, etc., I feel that. Even at my lowest, loneliest point in life, I felt that. I mean isn't that basic human instinct?! Sometimes we get forced into situations where survival instincts become all we know but even then we long for a safe haven. A comfort zone. A moment of rest.....of love......of peace. A moment where life isn't scary and things are okay. Even if it's just for a moment.....

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Birthday surprises

 Being that my birthday was on a Sunday, this is my BIRTHDAY WEEK!!! It's only right that I celebrate that with everyone by SHARING MY BOOK!! 🀯🀯🀯🀯


Interstellar is currently available on Amazon for FREE until September16th!!!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ That's right, FREE TODAY!! I do it because I love all of my readers and supporters. 😁😁😁😁 Head on over to Amazon and grab you a copy now!! INTERSTELLAR AVAILABLE at Www.amazon.com/author/ashleymark13 the link can also be found in the Meadow's Marks area of this blog. ❤



Sunday, September 13, 2020

Solar return 32.5

 This kid of mine is so divine

And sublime 

And all that good stuff

But the part that really has me is the time you asked me to hug you as tight as I can.

Laying in bed, your little eyes twinkling, fighting back yawns and dreams, you ask me if I'm gonna hug you like this forever 

My heart melts at the thought. 

If I could I would. 

I've always dreamed of a love that never ended. Never broken. 

Never deterred or soiled. 

Always true and I found that with you. 

But what you don't know, kid, is that even though you see forever with me, that can't be. 

As you grow up, you leave like a baby bird's first time out the tree. 

You're gonna soar high, higher than me to your reason for being, just like me. 

I'm soo glad for you, kid, I really am. 

That love waiting for you is even deeper than the one you have for me. 

One day you'll see.
And then that kid will wanna spend forever with me too.... 


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is.....



In the spirit of the fast approaching ((in other words, already here)) birthday season && new beginnings in my life, it's only right that it spills over onto my blog. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Allow me to start over. && I believe I should start with an introduction.
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Welcome to my blog page && thank you for reading my posts. 😁😁😁Kinda like my virtual diary, but it's all good, right?! I mean I CHOSE to share it.πŸ₯΄πŸ₯΄πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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I am Meadow Diaz, an author, blogger, mama, and soon to be LIFE COACH (( insert surprise🀯🀯 && applause πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎhere )). I'm a fun loving, life living, proverbial free spirit that somehow follows soo many rules ((don't ask me how it's possible, just believe me when I say it)).....and apparently I'm always laughing ((these pictures say more than 1000 words about my laughter πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)). Oh, and I'm on this longgggg journey of SELF love. It's pretty dope. Made it all the way to crop tops....in the house 🀷🏾‍♀️🀷🏾‍♀️🀷🏾‍♀️ I'm a work in progress. The best part is I actually shared my crop top game with the WORLD😏😏😏 Go Me!!((insert fist pump))
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I created this page to bring the person behind the books to light. I mean seriously, who doesn't want to know the author behind the words, right?! πŸ₯°πŸ₯° Thank you for all the love and support of my books. I appreciate all of my readers/followers. Have a great day, everyone......#namaste #peace #selflove❤ 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Youtube interview

Because gratitude is soo necessary and I will always be grateful for chances to be greater ❤❤ please, please go on over and follow Consuela MeAnn. Check out her YouTube channel. Watch my author interview and last but not least, purchase my books. You won't be disappointed. πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

Tell Your Story interview


I appreciate all of the support. 

The love. 

The likes. 

The comments. 

The views. 

I am grateful!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Just.....because 😊

 Because it's been a while and I haven't given my blog the love that it deserves. It's supposed to flourish in the same manner as all of my other writing outlets. It's like a journal....but online.....in public.....for the world to see and feel and touch ((with their eyes)). Just wanted to touchbase and leave a note. 

I hope everyone is alright out there. Staying strong and holding on in this pandemic. This storm that has taken the world by surprise. 

I started today with some affirmations.....and then some more came to mind during this check in. Soo here goes:

I am strong. 

I am present. 

I am here. 

I am in the moment.

I am experiencing it all while remembering that this too shall pass, "good or bad".

Today is a good day. 

Today is my day. 

I learn from my mistakes. 

Feel great and live well, everyone. Today is your day too!!πŸ‘‹πŸΎπŸ‘‹πŸΎπŸ‘‹πŸΎ

T&E Thursday part πŸ’¬

 πŸ₯΄πŸ₯΄ Let's just say the 1st 2 weeks were anomalies....πŸ€”πŸ€” or maybe this week is the anomaly because I have NOT been on it. Idk what ha...