26 August 2015


What does the word Gratitude mean to you? 

Why is it important to practice Gratitude in your life?

I recently joined a group on Facebook with other Beachbody Coaches where the focus of the group is on Gratitude. This week we started a challenge and each day we are given a task to complete. Today's task was to think about the two questions above and respond. The answer could be as short or as long as you like, as the answer may be different for everyone. The point was, to really think about the questions.

For me, gratitude means being thankful for what I have and what I have experienced in my life. Appreciating those who are and were important in my life. Not taking for granted that life is short and we never know what might come next.

It is important to practice being thankful and to show other that there are things to be thankful for, otherwise you and those around you would become miserable. Helping others to appreciate life and what they have, and showing them how you appreciate them brings joy, hope and strength. It helps yourself and others to achieve the dreams and goals we have set for ourselves. It also helps us to see all the precious things in the world regardless of how much material things we have. Precious things like time, love, friendship, nature, and the ability to change our futures.

I would love to hear what Gratitude means to you and why you feel it's important to practice. Share in the comments below.

08 August 2015

Embarking on a New Journey

I am excited to share my new journey with all of you. I decided to Make a Choice to start Living a Healthy Lifestyle! Or at least a healthier one than I have been living lately. It is so easy to slip into "bad habits" and grab the quickest snack or the closest drink, whether or not it is the healthiest choice or not.

I am working to find balance in all aspects of life, embarking on my journey to a healthier, well-balanced lifestyle filled with fitness, delicious food, and plenty of laughter. Working on achieving my goals to become the best me that I can be and hoping to help you to do the same.

I will be utilizing Beachbody Fitness Programs & Products, like Shakeology, as well as other products that I believe in. If you are interested in finding out more about any of the Team Beachbody Products or want to hear more about my personal journey, please check out my page, 

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have as well. I am very excited for this new journey in my quest for a healthy, active life and would love the opportunity to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals as well! 

Who wants to join me?

06 August 2015

Espresso Mocha Chiller

My new favorite way to enjoy my coffee! 

Espresso Mocha Chiller Shakeology®
1 cup espresso coffee
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
Ice & Blend!

07 April 2015

Living a Healthy Lifestyle ~ Making a Choice!

This week I decided to Make a Choice to start Living a Healthy Lifestyle!  Or at least a healthier one than I have been living lately. It is so easy to slip into "bad habits" and grab the quickest snack or the closest drink, whether or not it is the healthiest choice or not.

Over the years, since having my kids (now 5, 6 1/2, 12 1/2), I have tried to start myself on a Fitness Quest. If you have been following my blog or go back into my archives, you will see some posts on this quest I was trying, and you will notice I started and stopped almost as quickly. Not that I didn't want to continue or feel that I should. But I stopped finding time and making a conscience effort to continue. It is easy to veer off course when you are trying to incorporate a new routine or an old one back into your life. 

Growing up, I was in shape, playing sports, dancing, ice skating, skiing, going hiking, swimming, all sorts of things that kept me active. It was easy, I was young and had a lot of energy. I also didn't have as much responsibility or other people needing me as much, I had chores and did things with my family, when I was older I had a job, but it's not the same as when you are an adult and have kids depending on you for everything.

It's easy to make excuses. 

I'm Tired.

I Don't Have Time.

I Don't Have Energy.

I'll Workout Later.

I'll Eat Better Tomorrow.

But when will I be less tired? When will I have more time? When will I have the energy? When is Later? When is tomorrow?

I Won't Be Less Tired ~ If I Don't Make A CHANGE!

I NEED to Make TIME!

I WILL have MORE ENERGY if I Change!



About a week ago there was a post by a friend on Facebook, about a Clean Eating - 5 Day Challenge. I thought, why not, Now is as good a time as any. So I joined, we started yesterday. You don't have to join a group or a challenge to make the change for yourself - why did I? For me, I figured it would be a good way to hold myself accountable, and really force myself to be conscience of making a change and looking at what I am eating and when. We were told to take pictures of our food and post them, and it was suggested that we keep a food journal to keep track of our thoughts, what we eat, how we feel, throughout the challenge. The ladies running the challenge also provided a menu, recipes and food shopping list we could use to help us with clean eating. The group is here to support one another and answer questions.

I am looking forward to going through the challenge this week, and then using it as a gateway to continue on My Quest to Live a Healthy Lifestyle - incorporating healthier food choices and adding fitness back into my everyday routine.

What changes are you making to live a healthy lifestyle? I'd love to hear your story, share in the comments below.

21 March 2015

New Facebook Group: All About New England

Hey Everyone - I just created a public group today for all those who are interested in sharing things about New England and the Merrimack Valley. This can be photos, discussions - can be memories, history, current & past events.
Feel free to join and start posting. Please stay positive with posts and comments to others. Hope to see you there!
A place to share memories, history, & events that take place in New England. Feel free to share pictures, videos, start discussions with other members.
Please keep posts/comments positive and respect what others have to share.
Local Businesses can share information about their company and what they offer. Share your fan page, website or other social media information here.
Open to all who love New England; whether you were born & raised here, moved here or just love to visit or learn more about the area.

30 November 2013

Back-to-School Project

This year, I have been fortunate enough to work with an amazing group of people and be a part of a local Back-to-School Project through the Outreach Committee at my church in Methuen. The project was started a few years ago when two people from First Church, Congregational got together and joined forces with the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc. The project provides a complete back to school outfit, backpack and school supplies to 150 of Methuen’s students who are most in need of assistance.
The project is now in its third year and still going strong with the help of local businesses and people in the church and community, who are working together to make it a success. We were able to work with Old Navy and Payless Shoe to receive a significant discount on the clothing and shoes we needed to purchase for the project. Our partnerships with the Methuen School Faculty and Staff, the John Hancock Masonic Lodge, Lawrence General Hospital and Holy Family Hospital continue to flourish. Donations and support through these and other Methuen and Greater Lawrence businesses/organizations, as well as from generous private citizens and parishioners allows us to continue with this project each year.

Recipients Giving Back
This year we are offering the recipients an opportunity to experience the joy of giving. On Shopping Day, the volunteers will be helping the children with origami and craft projects to be mailed to Support our Troops.
Donate to the Back-to-School Clothes Project
You can help the children in our community who can’t afford the basic clothing and school supplies needed to start the school year off right. If you would like to make a donation, send your check, payable to the Back to School Clothes Project, to First Church, 26 Pleasant Street, Methuen MA 01844
If you are employed or a member of a professional organization that would like to get involved, please contact me at FirstChurchEvents@gmail.com for more information.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about this important outreach project in my community. Please share with others who may wish to get involved. I would love to hear about outreach projects going on in your community and how others are getting involved.