The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

Providence Moved Already!

Hello sexy wordpressers! 💗 Rise and sparkle/smoulder! 🔅

I feel awesome this morning because I just finished a 30-minute HIIT and lower body strength combo workout and … it’s only 8AM 😀

So as I’m enjoying my morning cuppa, I am reflecting on the amazing fact that I am doing HIIT + strength workouts. It wasn’t too long ago when I truly thought I wouldn’t be able to do them again because … well because post baby I really had a hard time getting back into the workout zone. I tried several times, each time starting slow and having had to adjust my pace even slower … I tell you even a 20-min lower body Pilates workout would leave me sore for days. Pilates! 😭  (And my baby turns 2 this month 🤨).

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

But now let’s talk about this post’s title because it really is amazing what happens when you articulate your goals. Here’s the backstory in case you guys are interested.

So after the said post/backstory I sat my lazy arse down and proceeded to crochet, unconsciously adopting the mindset that I was gonna start working on my goals in January (because I’m a perfectionist and I’m fond of clean starts).

But then I thought … but it’s only September! 🤔 Why waste all that precious time? What can I do NOW to make sure I hit the ground running in January. (Because we all know there’s usually a lot of hemming and hawing at the start of something 😴).

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

Soooo …

Goal #4 is to find an outside interest that I could do regularly at least once a week. Preferably with a good chance of socializing.

Well, 2 Sundays ago I [finally] found a good Christian church that my family can attend every week. Mind you, this is no small feat considering we were looking for an English-speaking church. What’s even more awesome for me is that this church is made up of foreigners (like, 9 out of 10), so we have something in common right away.

Plus, they have Bible study classes for kids of all ages 😀 Score!!!

Goal #3 has something to do with my crochet & knitting hobby. It’s been a goal for almost a year now and I knew “something” was preventing me from moving forward.

Well, I finally understood what was standing in the way and it’s not what you think! 🤗 But it’s a long story and it’s about my chosen artforms so I’ve decided to talk about it in a separate post.

And as for goal #1? Well, I seriously & excitedly believe that my (sudden comeback) ability to do higher intensity cardio & strength training will help me achieve this in time. Maybe I’ll talk about this in another post too because getting to this place has been a real journey that I struggled both physically and mentally with.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”

In any case sexy people, my message to you is this: start now. Don’t wait for January (but you can wait until Monday because I believe Mondays are perfect for starting something 😁 😁).

The start of something can be slow, filled with additional challenges & roadblocks that are usually unexpected and can undermine your efforts. I’m beginning to think it’s good to start something at the tail-end of the current year if you want to see real results by the following year. I don’t know 😏 maybe that’s just me 🤪.  But sometimes we start something in January expecting to see results in March and are frustrated that we didn’t meet our deadline. I think it’s because starts can be messy and you just have to account for it depending on your goal.

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So okay, I’ve blabbed enough for today.

Thank you for visiting and reading and you can always give me warm fussy feelings by sharing your thoughts below 👇

Have a sexy one! 💋

Fitness & Vanities

Just Because You’re Beautiful Doesn’t Mean I’m Not

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Last night as I was watching reruns of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show 2014 I was reminded of a time not too long ago when I was mistakenly under the foolish assumption that life is like a beauty contest – there can only be 1 most beautiful female in the room.

How silly and ignorant 😀

But really, growing up in a small town fond of beauty pageants and a stage mom who ‘obliged neighbors’ by signing me up to most of them, I had that kind of influence. It’s a competition. There can only be one. The rest are merely runners-up.

I blush in shame 😀

I carried that burden for so long. It was oppressive. I was either in competition mode or not. There was no in between. And because there would always be people who were less, I’d feel good. But then inevitably someone ‘more’ would come along and I’d wilt and feel ugly and insignificant.

<Shaking head in self-pity>.

Then one day the Universe took pity on me and I read somewhere these very very very wise words “just because someone else is beautiful doesn’t mean you’re not“. And forgive me for I no longer recall who wrote those words.

But they freed me.

All of a sudden the weight was no longer there. I no longer felt threatened when a bombshell walked past. Just because she’s beautiful doesn’t mean I’m not. And I’d keep my head held high and smile genuinely and feel good.

So last night, where I’d normally change the channel, I was able to enjoy the Victoria’s Secret fashion show through to the end. As a matter of fact, I used it as inspiration to continue exercising and eating clean ❤

Just because he’s smart, doesn’t mean I’m not. Just because she’s creative doesn’t mean I’m not. Just because she’s happy doesn’t mean I’m not. Quit the competition. We were all placed on this earth with a unique and beautiful message to carry. Wake up! There doesn’t have to be only 1.