Day 30 is here! Here’s what I learned & what I lost

image of body loveDay 30, nice to see you!

Today marks:
30 days of eating Keto.
30 days of no alcohol.
30 days of Intermittent Fasting.
30 days of personal development.
30 days of no Mexican food.
30 days of living my best life.
30 days of believing in myself, being disciplined, showing up, AND (the most important in my mind) keeping a promise to myself.

That’s right – I [Read more…]

Day 12: Down 11.6 lbs & feeling a little sad. Whaaaat?!

image of Kristin HawthorneYesterday marked the end of my monthly visitor so I went to bed excited to wake up and step on the scale. Today is Day 12 of my new life and I’ve been so crazy proud of myself. Something in me has most definitely shifted and I feel like I’m getting to that place of being comfortable in my skin. While I feel like the outside of me is starting to change and look different, I can’t even describe how I feel on the inside. I know there’s been a lot changing and developing going on in there and I’ve felt incredible lately. Invincible almost.

Like I’ve said before, I’ve never been the type to really stick to anything when the going got tough. Or when life got in the way. Or when friends wanted to do something. I was so easily influenced and dropped what was *supposed* to be important to me at the time. I’ve given up on myself so much in the past and when I set out to make these huge changes now, I just knew deep down in my soul that the outcome would be [Read more…]

Living My Best Life: Day 5 Adjusting & Too Much Urine

image of believing in yourselfI don’t want to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT!! Y’all. I’m five days in and feeling amazing! I feel excited and energized. I feel optimistic and stronger. I feel so dang proud of myself! I love that I can tell you that it has not been hard, at least not yet. I’m sure that’s strongly due to the fact that I’m motivated, but more so than that, I am disciplined.

That’s right. DISCIPLINED. I AM disciplined.

You know when you have your first baby and you stick to that nap schedule no matter what? No, I will not go to lunch. No, I will not run that errand that I’ve needed to do for 4 days now. Nothing will disrupt the naps during the day because that time is so precious to you? That’s kind of where I’m at right now. I don’t want to derail myself, so I’m sticking to my routine for the first time in my life[Read more…]

Living My Best Life: Day 1

Today is the beginning of the rest of my life… or does that sound way too dramatic? But really, it is! I am so ready for today and all that it means. You know when you’re just ready for something without a shadow of a doubt. Like R-E-A-D-Y? That’s me right now.

In addition to incorporating my daily routine, I’ve also made some other decisions regarding wine and food, but before I share that I want to touch on something that I’ve never written about on here. I do have a whole other site dedicated to it, but up until right now, it’s been two completely separate things.

And that’s because that’s how I wanted it. It’s under my maiden name on purpose. Just sayin’. It’s the fear of it all, especially being vulnerable… But I do know that being real helps me [Read more…]

Living My Best Life: #KristinsRise

image of motivational quoteIt could have been just feeling so fed up with myself. It might have been that I was concerned with the reflection staring back at me in the mirror that I didn’t seem to recognize. Maybe it was just what was supposed to happen this whole time. Like maybe everything that I’ve been reading and listening to was now coming into fruition. I guess how it happened doesn’t matter as much as the fact that it did happen.

This is my time, y’all.

I’ve struggled a lot the past couple of years. There’s been so many [Read more…]

This Lenten Season

Enough is enough. Picture me throwing my hands in the air and waving the white flag because this girl right here is fed up. I’ve had enough.

Let me share what got me to this place. Yesterday marked the beginning of the Lenten season and, as you know, it’s the time when most people decide to give up something for 40 days, just like the sacrifice Jesus made into the desert. It goes without saying that I often start the [Read more…]

Happy Valentine’s Day

image of heartsHappy Valentine’s Day to you today! Whether you are part of a duo, celebrating with your child, or just loving on yourself, I hope that you take time to love on someone. I’m not much for the holiday, but a little reminder about love is always nice. Hope you have a fun heart day!

John C. Maxwell + Rachel Hollis = Perfection

image of a John Maxwell consistency quoteTwo words just excited me in a way that made my mind race and lit a fire deep within my heart: Consistency Compounds.

I was listening to the Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis. (In case you’ve been living under a rock, Rachel Hollis is the amazing author behind the “Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be“). In this [Read more…]

January 8, 2019: A Day to Remember

image of self loveI did something this past weekend while I was out of town that I haven’t done in forever. I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “I am deserving and worthy“. What you don’t know (and what I probably should leave out) is that I was going to the bathroom and the door facing me had a mirror on it. What can I say? I saw an opportunity and went for it. What better time, right?!

In all seriousness though, years ago I used to look at myself in the mirror (never while going to the bathroom, I might add) and [Read more…]

#Last90Days Challenge

image of #last90daysYou know that feeling you get when the end of December starts creeping in and you decide to change everything to be a better person, a better mom, to lose weight, to eat better, to exercise, etc? Ah yes, the infamous New Years Resolutions. I guess, in theory, it’s a great idea. We should all strive to be better, in all of the areas in our life.

But what happens (usually) around [Read more…]

still i rise

image of still i rise tattoodear kristin,

when you looked at the “tattoo ideas” folder on your laptop, you just knew that one of the saved pictures was speaking to your soul. you knew it was the one even though you kept searching for other “small inspirational wrist tattoos”. you knew right where you wanted it so that it could provide inspiration in those moments you needed most to remember just how awesome you are.

it’s your daily [Read more…]

Tattoo Time: I did it!

image of bold quoteThis past Tuesday, while in Calgary, I decided I wanted to finally get that tattoo I’ve been talking about for a few months now. I looked up tattoo shops, read reviews, set my Sidekix app (think of Waze, but for walkers) for the route, and went on my merry way. Once I got to the shop, I was greeted by a girl who told me that they didn’t have any availability that day, but that [Read more…]

Choose Joy. Always.

image of joyJoy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

Do you do that?
Do you choose joy every day?

Are you living life and choosing to see all the good, even in the times when it is tough? Or are you letting life & all of [Read more…]

July 23, 2009: Best Day of my Life

image of birthdayToday I am the mom of a 9-year old. I am filled with such great emotion, both happy and sad. I wonder how time has just flown by these past nine years. I look at my wonderful little boy and wonder how he got to be so grown up so fast. I see videos from when he was just learning to talk “Hi, mama” and remember that sweet high pitched voice. I remember his first steps and feeling so dang proud of him. I remember his first smile and how my heart melted right away. I remember him always needing to have Lightning McQueen (the one with the red tires), Mater (the “dirty” brown one, not the shiny blue one), or a monster truck (El Toro Loco) with him at all times, even when he slept. I remember him being so active all of the time and looking at my friend’s daughters and wondering why he wouldn’t just sit and color like the calm girls did.

There is something truly special about a mother/son [Read more…]

Merging Into One Girl

image of changeTwo lives. One girl. One deep desire to merge the two, but scared as hell to do it. Desperately seeking the place of vulnerability so that I can show my authentic self to the world. Why? Because deep down in my heart I have the feeling that I am destined to do something great. Be someone great.

I am a dreamer. I am a glass half-full girl. I have this wild idea and belief that I can be relatable by sharing my own struggles and triumphs and, in turn, help add to someone’s life out there. To show them there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To prove that we all make mistakes, some really big, but [Read more…]