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Friends, my playlist is about to get a major Mama makeover.


Elliott and I have never been the kind of parents to keep our preferred music away from our son. Sure, some of the content got watered down once little man’s ears started to pick up on words, but we never fully converted our music of choice over to a Kidz Bop-approved variety.

Over the last year or so, Brooks – our son who is now five years old – has taken a special interest in singing along with me to the songs that are on my playlist. We sing in the car, he sings along with the music while I work out or while we run down back country roads. It’s kind of become our thing. When we get to the songs that are filled with uplifting messages – messages that reinforce our faith or encourage self-confidence – I always say, “Listen, buddy! These are good words.”

After a few months of me reminding him to pay close attention to the lyrics in certain songs, Brooks has now started to ask me, “Mommy, are these good words?” when he hears …

Last 90 Days!

Happy October, friends! I realize that I'm a day late, but I'm so excited to tell you about Last 90 Days, and there's still time for you to join in!

If you've read this blog before, or follow me on social media, you know I'm a pretty massive fan of Rachel Hollis. Her ability to seem like your best girlfriend, while also speaking hard truths and kicking your butt in gear, is something I just believe we need more of in this world. Acceptance of all people but zero tolerance for whiny excuses about why you can't take ownership over your own life. That's good stuff.

Her latest challenge to her "tribe," as she calls her fans and followers, is something she calls Last 90 Days. The idea is to finish the year with as much discipline and forward momentum as you would typically start a new year in January. Instead of getting lazy, eating too much, drinking too much and losing all of our motivation during the end of the year - particularly during the holidays - we finish strong instead. By the time January rolls around, we have a significant jump start on our goals instead of feeling like we are digging out of a hole to get there.

I personally love everything about this concept and am selfishly so grateful to have something so powerfully positive to focus on during the last quarter of the year. October has always been my favorite month of the year, both because of its beauty and its signaling that the holiday season isn't too far away. But since we lost Daddy three years ago, October feels so bittersweet. I start the month a little more guarded, still appreciating the beauty and excitement of the month, but feeling it mix with a profound sadness that I suspect will always linger.

So! I am pumped to have something so positive to focus on during this season. If you're looking for a way to stay inspired during the last three months of the year, I would encourage you to take part in the challenge! I think you can still sign up to get daily inspiration from Rachel herself (double check me here), but even if you can't...there's still time to incorporate this goodness into your life. As of today, October 2, 2018, I believe there are actually still 91 days left in the year. (I'll have my mama double check my math.) So whether you get the official emails or not, you have time to take the below principals and apply them to your life. And if you need an accountability buddy, I'm your girl. Message me here, email me at everythirddayblog@gmail.com, or connect with me on social media - I would be honored to cheer you on for 90 days.

Ok. Here's a quick rundown of what Last 90 Days entails. Rachel Hollis calls this her Five to Thrive...



 A few quick personal notes, just to clarify a few of these and explain my take on them...

1. Go weigh yourself. Don't lie to yourself about what you think you weigh, what you should weigh, what you weighed 10 years ago. Go weigh yourself today. Then take that number and divide it in half. That number is how many ounces you should be drinking of water every single day.

2. Pick a food, or an entire category, that you know isn't good for you. Then decide, right now today, that you are going to give it up for 30 days. I promise this won't kill you and you won't be miserable. You'll probably actually feel a heck of a lot better in a few days.

I started working a while back on cutting out dairy, so I'm going to be even more intentional about that over the next 30 days. And to clarify, for me this includes cutting out milk, cheese, dairy based coffee creamer, ice cream, etc. I'm cutting out the actual foods themselves. If something is served to me that has a trace of dairy in it as an ingredient, I'll probably still eat it. But no drinking milk, adding cheese to anything, using dairy coffee creamer or eating ice cream. (PS - if you are also trying to avoid dairy, there are some AWESOME dairy free substitutes for creamer, ice cream, yogurt, even cookies! Reach out to me if you need recommendations!)

3. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every single day. EVERY DAY. This doesn't have to be intense, life-altering workouts, friends. Even if you go walk the dog...if you get your heartrate up and break a sweat, that counts. (Shameless plug: if you need some inspiration for workouts and some friendly folks to hold you accountable, consider joining the Austin Fitness Project as a client. We provide weekly, custom workouts written just for you for whatever level of training you're at. If you're interested, contact me here or shoot an email to Elliott@austinfitnessproject.com.)

4. Get up early and use that time for yourself. For me, this looks different from day to day. Today I'm using the time to write. Yesterday I read an awesome devotional that was so perfect to kick off this challenge. Some days I'll use my time working out. Whatever it is that you need to do to improve your life and you can't seem to find the time...use this extra time in the mornings for that. (Our girl Rachel says that if you don't have an hour in your day for yourself, you don't have a life. It's taken me a while to agree with her...but she ain't wrong, y'all.)

5. Start a gratitude journal and write down 10 things you're thankful for every day. Simple and straightforward. But such a powerful practice. Doing this really puts life in perspective - even on the toughest days, there is always, always something to be thankful for.


So that's it! I hope you'll join me in finishing 2018 strong. By taking control over your life and pushing for more than mediocre. We can do this, friends! Let me know how I can encourage you and pray for you on this journey, or any journey for that matter. Whether you're on day one or two, or still thinking about coming on board, cheers to you. Cheers to the journey, the person you want to be and the beautiful person you already are. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and our Creator gave us these lives and these bodies as incredible gifts. Let's treat them right, friends.

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