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Last week I did something kind-of crazy. <span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> I bought a car.<span class="emoji emoji1f389"></span> <span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> It’s crazy because for the past five ...
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Last week I did something kind-of crazy. I bought a car. It’s crazy because for the past five years, my husband and I have shared a vehicle, our trusty 2002 Tahoe. For five years he has driven me to work almost every day, then picked me up again when it is time to go home. For five years we’ve ... Last week I did something kind-of crazy.

I bought a car.🎉

It’s crazy because for the past five years, my husband and I have shared a vehicle, our trusty 2002 Tahoe. For five years he has driven me to work almost every day, then picked me up again when it is time to go home. For five years we’ve coordinated our schedules and just made it work.

But now I get to come and go as I please! I’m sure at some point I’ll probably start taking that for granted again, but for now it feels VERY exciting! ✨
#sometimesitsthelittlethings #missindependent #mynewride ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Why am I dancing? <span class="emoji emoji1f389"></span> Because our new floral Living Well Planners<span class="emoji emojiae"></span> are starting to ship TODAY!!! <span class="emoji emoji1f389"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f389"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f389"></span> ...
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Why am I dancing? Because our new floral Living Well Planners are starting to ship TODAY!!! I hope you are as EXCITED as I am!!! For those of you who preordered—THANK YOU for patience and continued grace with our shipping delay.  Rest assured that our warehouse team is working overtime ... Why am I dancing? 🎉
Because our new floral Living Well Planners® are starting to ship TODAY!!! 🎉🎉🎉 I hope you are as EXCITED as I am!!! 🎉
For those of you who preordered—THANK YOU for patience and continued grace with our shipping delay.  Rest assured that our warehouse team is working overtime to get them all shipped out and into your hands ASAP!!! 📦📦📦(Scroll through for photos from the warehouse!) 🎉
And if you haven’t gotten your order in just yet—be sure to do so soon, as we are now backordered through November!  Our November shipment will be the last one of the year, and due to the popularity of this new design, there is a very good chance we will sell out of that one as well! You can get all the details at www.livingwellplanner.com (or just use the link in my profile!)
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#bestdayever #timeforadanceparty #happyplanning #livingwellplanner
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I’ll be honest—it’s been kind-of a brutal week. Hectic and stressful, one of those weeks where it ...
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I’ll be honest—it’s been kind-of a brutal week. Hectic and stressful, one of those weeks where it feels like it’s just one thing after another.  A week where a very last minute trip threw everything off, and I never quite managed to recover. I’ve got several major deadlines looming, ... I’ll be honest—it’s been kind-of a brutal week. Hectic and stressful, one of those weeks where it feels like it’s just one thing after another.  A week where a very last minute trip threw everything off, and I never quite managed to recover.😫

I’ve got several major deadlines looming, and just a couple of hours ago I was feeling pretty hopeless about how I would possibly get it all done. ✨
But every Friday afternoon, I sit down to plan for the next week.  It’s my time to regroup before the weekend, to make sure that I have a solid plan in place to tackle my most important tasks.  I first do a brain dump, which gets all those swirling thoughts out of my head and onto paper where I can sort them. ✏️📒

From there, I fill out my weekly wizard, which helps me prioritize my most important tasks.  And then I block out time in my schedule, starting with the most important things first. 🗓

People always ask how long this whole process takes, and I’m not going to lie—from start to finish, it is usually about 2 hours.  But I’m not lying when I say that there is something almost magical about those 2 hours. 🦄 It changes everything. Suddenly the to-do list that felt impossible in my head now feels completely doable.  There’s no better way to start the weekend! 🌈

Out of curiosity, how do you get your mojo back?

(BTW, if you haven’t yet reserved your Living WellPlanner, don’t forget that today is the last day to get the early bird pricing!Just go to LivingWellPlanner.com for all the details!)
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Oh. My. Gosh. Can I just tell you how much I love love LOVE our new floral Living Well Planner<span class="emoji emojiae"></span>?!!! ...
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Oh. My. Gosh. Can I just tell you how much I love love LOVE our new floral Living Well Planner?!!! It makes me so happy!!  I know SO many of you have preordered and are super anxious to get yours in hand and I have GREAT news—we just got word that the planners are in the truck and en route to our ... Oh. My. Gosh. Can I just tell you how much I love love LOVE our new floral Living Well Planner®?!!! It makes me so happy!! ❤

I know SO many of you have preordered and are super anxious to get yours in hand and I have GREAT news—we just got word that the planners are in the truck and en route to our warehouse! 🎉🎉🎉 ✨
That means we are still on track to ship on or before September 1st! 📦 Of course, I have some not-so-great news as well, which is that we have almost completely SOLD OUT of this first shipment already! 😳 #saywhat?!!

We’ve got less than 100 floral and less than 500 of the multi-stripe covers left, so if you haven’t gotten your order in, be sure to do that ASAP (as in—right now!) ✨
Once we’ve sold out of this shipment, you’ll still be able to place an order, but our next shipment won’t start shipping until November 15th. (The printing process takes a while, y’all! 😜) ✨
Don’t worry though—you’ll still be able to take advantage of our awesome preorder prices & bonuses through August 31st, even if the planner is backordered! 🎁

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our customer care team at [email protected]! Oh, and if you HAVE already preordered—don’t worry!  We’ve got you covered, and all orders will ship in the order they were received! 📦

Have you already ordered? Tag a friend for a chance to win a $25 Living Well Shop gift card (plus one for your friend!) ✨
#livingwellplanner
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Want to know the REAL secret to getting past the fears that are holding you back? I'll give you a hint.....it ...
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Want to know the REAL secret to getting past the fears that are holding you back? I'll give you a hint.....it has nothing to do with how much money you have, or how confident you are, or even how much therapy you've been to (believe me--I'm pretty sure I would get the prize for that category!) ... Want to know the REAL secret to getting past the fears that are holding you back? I'll give you a hint.....it has nothing to do with how much money you have, or how confident you are, or even how much therapy you've been to (believe me--I'm pretty sure I would get the prize for that category!)

Nope, the real secret to overcoming fear is making sure that your WHY is bigger than your fear. In other words, you have to want it more than you are scared of it.

It sounds so simple, right?

Well it is....and it isn't. But luckily, there ARE few simple steps you can take to get there, and on this week's episode of the Do It Scared podcast, I lay it all out for you--exactly how to connect to that motivation that will be bigger than your fear. 🔥🔥🔥

It's pretty powerful. In fact, this might be the most powerful episode yet! You can find it at doitscared.com/episode19, or search for "do it scared" on the podcast app on your phone!

Out of curiosity, what's your favorite episode so far?
And while we're on the subject, what other topics would you like to cover on future episodes?

#doitscaredmovement 🔥
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For her 12th birthday, my daughter Maggie asked if I could help her reorganize their craft supplies ...
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For her 12th birthday, my daughter Maggie asked if I could help her reorganize their craft supplies & playroom, and then take her to the craft store to replenish the supplies. Ummmmm....let me think about that for a minute.....YES!!! We spent all morning going through every drawer, ... For her 12th birthday, my daughter Maggie asked if I could help her reorganize their craft supplies & playroom, and then take her to the craft store to replenish the supplies. ✨
Ummmmm....let me think about that for a minute.....YES!!! 😂😂😂

We spent all morning going through every drawer, bin, & basket, testing pens & markers, sharpening pencils, tossing all the garbage & randomness that had somehow accumulated over the past year (& perhaps even multiplied while we were gone!) I wish I had thought to take a 'before' photo, but suffice to say that every single space was jam-packed with 💩!!!

It was quite the project, but by 2pm we were finally done, and Maggie had a blast picking out all her new supplies. She stretched her budget like a pro, then spent the rest of the day in craft heaven.

I think I'm going to rank this as my favorite kid birthday so far! (Or at least the easiest!!) 🎈

#organizingforthewin #craftygirl #happybirthday #craftapalooza #likemotherlikedaughter
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Vacation is officially over! Here's to our next adventure! <span class="emoji emoji270f"></span>️<span class="emoji emoji1f4da"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f4d3"></span>
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Vacation is officially over! Here's to our next adventure! Vacation is officially over! Here's to our next adventure! ✏️📚📓
We enjoyed a super chill, low-key day yesterday, followed by a crazy day in Edinburgh, which is currently ...
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We enjoyed a super chill, low-key day yesterday, followed by a crazy day in Edinburgh, which is currently packed with people in town for all the August festivals. Both days were a lot of fun but I think we all agreed that we're not big crowd kinda people! The surprise hit for the whole family was ... We enjoyed a super chill, low-key day yesterday, followed by a crazy day in Edinburgh, which is currently packed with people in town for all the August festivals. Both days were a lot of fun but I think we all agreed that we're not big crowd kinda people! The surprise hit for the whole family was the #scottishwhiskyexperience tour, which was super fun and interesting.

Traveling with kids is definitely an adventure! It's easy to look at pictures like these and assume every moment is amazing, but the truth is that we just don't usually feel like taking pictures when our kids are annoying or crabby or fighting or bouncing off the walls. They are exhausting and they drive us completely crazy sometimes, but they are also a lot of fun, and I wouldn't trade this time together for anything.❤

Tomorrow we head to London, which should be fun. Even so, I've kinda fallen in love with Scotland & I will be sad to say goodbye! ✨
If you have any tips or advice for what to do or see in London, we'd love to hear them! Check out my stories & highlight bubble for more snippets of the trip!

#soukupsinscotland #familytravel
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There's not that much that all four of us can agree on, which can sometimes make vacation planning ...
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There's not that much that all four of us can agree on, which can sometimes make vacation planning a challenge. My girls like animals. I like being pampered. My engineer husband likes seeing cool old structures because "you just can't make stuff like that anymore." And so, this year, we finally ... There's not that much that all four of us can agree on, which can sometimes make vacation planning a challenge. My girls like animals. I like being pampered. My engineer husband likes seeing cool old structures because "you just can't make stuff like that anymore." And so, this year, we finally settled on something we could all get excited about: CASTLES! 🏰

Today, our first full day in Scotland, we had a blast touring Stirling Castle & Doune Castle (where both Monty Python & Outlander were filmed!) We also saw the Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies, and Loch Lomond. We're even staying in a castle, and I'm not gonna lie--it's everything I dreamed it would be! ✨
Tomorrow Chuck & I are celebrating our "100 Years of Awesome" day--the midway point in the year between his 60th birthday and my 40th! Not sure yet what the day has in store for us, but if you've ever been to Scotland we would love your recommendations! ✨
P.S. Check my stories & highlight bubble for more snippets of the trip!

#soukupsinscotland #familytravel #somanycastlessolittletime
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Ireland has been at the top of my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember, and it did not disappoint! ...
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Ireland has been at the top of my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember, and it did not disappoint! ☘️ We spent the day touring the countryside, (and figuring out how to drive on the left!), stopping at castles and picturesque little towns--and the occasional pub--along the way. ... Ireland has been at the top of my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember, and it did not disappoint! ☘️
We spent the day touring the countryside, (and figuring out how to drive on the left!), stopping at castles and picturesque little towns--and the occasional pub--along the way. ☘️
Our favorite moment was stopping at an unmarked castle, just because it looked cool, and being invited in by the countess who lived there (and her dog Oscar!) (Check out my stories or highlight bubbles for more of our favorite moments!)
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Tomorrow we head to Dublin. Have you ever been? We'd love your recommendations for what to do while we're there!
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#castlesarecool #soukupsinireland
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As our time in Washington State comes to an end, my heart is full of all the fun and precious memories ...
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As our time in Washington State comes to an end, my heart is full of all the fun and precious memories we've made this summer with friends, old and new. It's been an interesting summer, really hard in a lot of ways, but also filled with so much joy. And I guess that's sorta just life, isn't it? ... As our time in Washington State comes to an end, my heart is full of all the fun and precious memories we've made this summer with friends, old and new. ✨
It's been an interesting summer, really hard in a lot of ways, but also filled with so much joy. And I guess that's sorta just life, isn't it? Sometimes you have to taste the bitter to appreciate the sweet.

In any case, there is so much we are going to miss! From watching our girls running around the neighborhood with their Front Street Girls gang to girls night at the Mill, bonfires at the farm, and so much more, it really has been a great summer!

#summermemories #friends❤️
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Still smiling from our fun girls day out at my #BFF @alysharitter's salon yesterday. It's been a ...
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Still smiling from our fun girls day out at my #BFF @alysharitter's salon yesterday. It's been a super busy summer for both of us, and we haven't been able to hang out as much as we'd like. Even so, after 30 years, ours is the kind of friendship that doesn't need explanations or apologies. ... Still smiling from our fun girls day out at my #BFF @alysharitter's salon yesterday. It's been a super busy summer for both of us, and we haven't been able to hang out as much as we'd like.

Even so, after 30 years, ours is the kind of friendship that doesn't need explanations or apologies. Our time together is precious and whether we haven't talked for 6 days or 6 months, we can always pick up right where we left off. ✨
We've been through so much together. I love her spirit and her drive, her kindness and her heart. She's an amazing mom, a super-savvy business woman, and the best friend a girl could ever have! And I love that our daughters are now forging a lifelong friendship of their own.

Who are your lifelong friends, and what do you love about them? Tag them in this post with your answer & I'll choose one to win a @livingwellplanner for you AND your bestie!

#bestfriendsforlife #girlsday #fakebangs #livingwellplanner
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My girls are attending a neighborhood program this week called Rock the Block. <span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> Yesterday they ...
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My girls are attending a neighborhood program this week called Rock the Block. Yesterday they found out that today would be crazy hair day, and they were sooooooo excited.  As soon as they got home, they started planning their hair creations, and then, because we are living in a hotel this ... My girls are attending a neighborhood program this week called Rock the Block. ✨
Yesterday they found out that today would be crazy hair day, and they were sooooooo excited.  As soon as they got home, they started planning their hair creations, and then, because we are living in a hotel this summer and don’t have any kitchen supplies, even managed to round up cupcake liners and toppers from the neighbors. ✨
They couldn’t stop talking about how great it was going to be, until I had to break the bad news….I wasn’t going to be home in the morning to do their hair, because I had to leave early for work. ✨
Not to be deterred, they said, “that’s okay Mommy, daddy can do it!” ✨
I’m not sure if it was their unwavering faith in the daddy that has never once let them down, or all those YouTube hair videos that he stayed up late to watch, but I’d say @chucksoukup nailed it! ✨
Now THAT is a good dad! ❤❤❤

P.S. Thank you @jannal13 & @rachelvos for donating your supplies!

#daddysgirls #dadoftheyear #girldaddy #neighborhoodfun #crazyhairday
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Have you seen our gorgeous new cover for the Living Well Planner<span class="emoji emojiae"></span>? <span class="emoji emoji1f33a"></span> <span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> I love this new floral so ...
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Have you seen our gorgeous new cover for the Living Well Planner I love this new floral so much that I could literally stare at it all day—in fact, I just ordered a custom keyboard cover for my laptop that will let me do that! It starts shipping on August 31st, but if you preorder now ... Have you seen our gorgeous new cover for the Living Well Planner®? 🌺

I love this new floral so much that I could literally stare at it all day—in fact, I just ordered a custom keyboard cover for my laptop that will let me do that! 😂 ✨
It starts shipping on August 31st, but if you preorder now you can get it for just $39 plus get our Weekly Wizard™ and Daily Do It™ sticky notes free—such a good deal!!! 🎉

Don’t wait though—this planner is 🔥HOT!!!🔥 It’s selling way faster than any other cover we’ve had before, and at this pace will be sold out very soon! ✨
Find it at www.livingwellplanner.com or click the link in my profile! ✨
P.S. Scroll through to see the updated interior! 🌺

#livingwellplanner
#plannerlove
#plannergirl
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Just spent the past 2 days collaborating with these amazing people who I am honored to call my executive ...
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Just spent the past 2 days collaborating with these amazing people who I am honored to call my executive team.  It never ceases to amaze me how much good stuff happens when you are willing to lay it all out on the table, get completely vulnerable, and be brutally honest when necessary. These ... Just spent the past 2 days collaborating with these amazing people who I am honored to call my executive team.  It never ceases to amaze me how much good stuff happens when you are willing to lay it all out on the table, get completely vulnerable, and be brutally honest when necessary. ✨
These past 8 years of growing my company have been such a huge learning experience, and through it all I’ve made more mistakes than I can count. ✨
Even so, the one thing I’ve done right is to surround myself with people who will aren’t afraid to get real, to challenge the status quo, and to FIGHT for the best ideas.  I love that we can yell and argue and vehemently disagree, but still always operate with the utmost respect, knowing that in the end, we’re all going for the same goal. ✨
All this to say….I’m exhausted and my heart is full, but good things are happening behind the scenes, and I can’t WAIT to share them! ✨
#livingwellspendingless
#leadershipteam
#entrepreneurship
#tractioneos
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Happy 4th! <span class="emoji emoji1f1fa1f1f8"></span>
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Happy 4th! Happy 4th! 🇺🇸
I'll be honest--most of the time I love living in Florida<span class="emoji emoji1f334"></span>, but there are 2 things I really miss. The ...
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I'll be honest--most of the time I love living in Florida, but there are 2 things I really miss. The first is Fall & the changing of the seasons, and the second is MOUNTAINS!! 🏔 So glad we finally managed to go hiking yesterday, because it was probably the one thing I was MOST excited about ... I'll be honest--most of the time I love living in Florida🌴, but there are 2 things I really miss. The first is Fall 🍁 & the changing of the seasons, and the second is MOUNTAINS!! 🏔

So glad we finally managed to go hiking yesterday, because it was probably the one thing I was MOST excited about doing here in the Pacific Northwest this summer!! The views at #larrabeestatepark did not disappoint!

The Florida-Washington debate is always a hot topic in our home....just curious--if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?🌎
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Do you ever feel like sometimes, whether it comes to life or to business, you are just making it up ...
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Do you ever feel like sometimes, whether it comes to life or to business, you are just making it up as you go along? I definitely feel that way both as a mom AND as an entrepreneur almost every single day! But the biggest thing I’ve learned along the way is that most of the time, no one else knows ... Do you ever feel like sometimes, whether it comes to life or to business, you are just making it up as you go along? I definitely feel that way both as a mom AND as an entrepreneur almost every single day! 😳

But the biggest thing I’ve learned along the way is that most of the time, no one else knows what they are doing either, and they are just as scared as you. 😳😳😳

No one knows that feeling better than @abbylouwalker, who has literally Googled her way to running a successful 7-figure high-heel insole business.👠 ✨
I recently sat down to interview her for the Do It Scared podcast, and found her story SO encouraging! In fact, it just goes to show that sometimes you just have to fake it ’til you make it! 😎 ✨
Catch the whole episode on iTunes or Google Play by searching for “do it scared” or listen online at doitscared.com/episode12 (or just click the link in my profile!) ✨
#doitscared 💪
#doitscaredpodcast 🎙
#fakeittilyoumakeit 😎
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Okay, so in hindsight, maybe waiting until 4 weeks before we leave to actually start planning our ...
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Okay, so in hindsight, maybe waiting until 4 weeks before we leave to actually start planning our family vacation wasn't exactly the brightest idea.... 🗺 Have you been to London, Scotland, or Ireland? If so, I would LOVE to hear your tips & advice! (Especially if you know of any great Scottish ... Okay, so in hindsight, maybe waiting until 4 weeks before we leave to actually start planning our family vacation wasn't exactly the brightest idea....
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Have you been to London, Scotland, or Ireland? If so, I would LOVE to hear your tips & advice! (Especially if you know of any great Scottish castle hotels!)
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#lastminutetravellers 🇬🇧 #feelingoverwhelmed 😜
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It doesn't matter how slowly you go, or how long it takes, as long as you do not quit. There is nothing ...
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It doesn't matter how slowly you go, or how long it takes, as long as you do not quit. There is nothing in the world more powerful than persistence and grit, and a refusal to give up, even when things get hard. In fact, I'd dare to guess that it is probably the one thing that all successful people ... It doesn't matter how slowly you go, or how long it takes, as long as you do not quit. There is nothing in the world more powerful than persistence and grit, and a refusal to give up, even when things get hard. ✨
In fact, I'd dare to guess that it is probably the one thing that all successful people have in common. ✨
But what happens so often is that we start out strong, with all sorts of energy and enthusiasm, and all ready to go. And for a little while, we're doing great. Until, that is, we hit a roadblock or a snag, or someone or something gets us off track. ✨
Then things get messy and a little more difficult, and we start to wonder if this was really the right path at all. And so we start looking for a new path, and we start over, again and again and again. ✨
But what most people never realize is that the middle is supposed to be messy. That's just the way it works! There is no path that isn't messy and sometimes frustrating and hard. ✨
And that's why persistence matters so much! If you can just keep going, no matter what, you will eventually beat out the 99.9% of people who quit. So don't give up. ✨
#yougotthis #keepgoing #perserverance #persistence #motivationquotes #sundaymotivation #doitscared #doitscaredmovement #messymiddle
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Tonight my dad played the organ in church for the first time in almost 50 years. He's 77 years old. ...
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Tonight my dad played the organ in church for the first time in almost 50 years. He's 77 years old. Playing the organ is HARD, and even harder when you're accompanying a congregation.But he was determined to do it, and to do it well. He practiced almost non-stop to get ready. I can't even ... Tonight my dad played the organ in church for the first time in almost 50 years. He's 77 years old. ✨
Playing the organ is HARD, and even harder when you're accompanying a congregation.But he was determined to do it, and to do it well. He practiced almost non-stop to get ready.

I can't even tell you how proud I am, or how much this inspires me!

At a point in his life where most people are slowing down and even giving up, he is leaning in. He's the hardest worker I know, and probably the most disciplined person too. He taught me how to be an entrepreneur and how to keep going, no matter what.

We haven't always seen eye to eye, but the older I get, the more I appreciate all the things he taught me, and the lessons he continues to teach.

I hope when I'm 77 I have this much courage too. ✨
#happyfathersday
#doitscared
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Ever feel like you are completely failing at this whole 'balance' thing? Yep, me too. <span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> As women ...
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Ever feel like you are completely failing at this whole 'balance' thing? Yep, me too. As women we seem to have this idea that we're supposed to be completely balanced in all areas of our life at all times--mom, wife, career, home, health & fitness, hobbies, friends, church, etc., and that ... Ever feel like you are completely failing at this whole 'balance' thing? Yep, me too. ✨
As women we seem to have this idea that we're supposed to be completely balanced in all areas of our life at all times--mom, wife, career, home, health & fitness, hobbies, friends, church, etc., and that if we're not juggling it all successfully (which, let's face it, we never are), we end up feeling guilty about it.

But what if balance doesn't actually exist? And worse yet, what if striving for it is actually holding us back?

That's exactly the subject of this week's podcast, and if you have ever felt like you can't quite keep it all together all the time, this is one episode you NEED to listen to!

Find it on iTunes or Google Play by searching for "do it scared," or listen online at doitscared.com/episode9 (or use the link in my profile!) ✨
Out of curiosity--is mom guilt something you struggle with? Why or why not?

#doitscared 💪
#doitscaredpodcast 🎙
#doitscaredmovement 🔥
#thestruggleisreal
#momguilt
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When you decide to spend the summer in your hometown and end up living in an ACTUAL WINDMILL.... <span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> #bestsummerever ...
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When you decide to spend the summer in your hometown and end up living in an ACTUAL WINDMILL.... #bestsummerever #lyndenwa When you decide to spend the summer in your hometown and end up living in an ACTUAL WINDMILL....

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#lyndenwa
I think sometimes when we look at people we admire, people who have been successful doing the things ...
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I think sometimes when we look at people we admire, people who have been successful doing the things that we would maybe someday like to do, we have this idea that once you've "made it" your life is suddenly perfect. It's almost like we equate creating a life you love with creating a life that ... I think sometimes when we look at people we admire, people who have been successful doing the things that we would maybe someday like to do, we have this idea that once you've "made it" your life is suddenly perfect. It's almost like we equate creating a life you love with creating a life that is free of all pain or struggle or frustration. 🌈☀️🦄

But that never actually happens. Success doesn't mean NO struggles, it means different ones. 🚧

The only difference is that once you've struggled to overcome one thing, and once you've seen what your are capable of, you build up strength to face that next thing and climb that next hill. 🏔🏔🏔

No one knows this better than my friend @rosemariegroner, and I'm so grateful that she was willing to share her story--the good, the bad, and the ugly on the #doitscaredpodcast this week! If you haven't had a chance to listen yet--DO. She's got so much wisdom to share, and so much heart!❤

You can find it on iTunes or Google Play by searching for "do it scared" or listen at DoItScared.com/episode6 (or just use the link in my profile!)

P.S. Did you listen to this one? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 🎙

#doitscared 💪
#doitscaredmovement 🔥
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I am not known for my athletic ability, especially for any sports that require hand-eye coordination. ...
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I am not known for my athletic ability, especially for any sports that require hand-eye coordination. And so, when a couple members of our group brought up the idea of beach volleyball, my initial response was "you guys have fun!" But then I remembered that I'm supposed to be stepping outside ... I am not known for my athletic ability, especially for any sports that require hand-eye coordination. And so, when a couple members of our group brought up the idea of beach volleyball, my initial response was "you guys have fun!"

But then I remembered that I'm supposed to be stepping outside my comfort zone every day, which meant this would DEFINITELY count!

And so I played.

And can I just tell you? It was SO FUN!! Yes, I had some pretty epically clutzy moments, but I also had a couple of epically awesome ones too! And I realized that this thing I have been scared to do for the past 25 years is really not so bad!

Sometimes ya just gotta do it scared!

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Much needed sustenance for this crazy book-writing process! <span class="emoji emoji1f4dd"></span>I'm now more than 2/3 of the way done, ...
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Much needed sustenance for this crazy book-writing process! I'm now more than 2/3 of the way done, but let me tell you, every chapter has been a hard-fought battle so far! It is SO hard to stay motivated and focused and productive, (even as I am writing about focus and motivation and productivity!) ... Much needed sustenance for this crazy book-writing process! 📝I'm now more than 2/3 of the way done, but let me tell you, every chapter has been a hard-fought battle so far! It is SO hard to stay motivated and focused and productive, (even as I am writing about focus and motivation and productivity!) #ohtheirony ✨
But even though it is a constant struggle, these are the things that are helping me stay focused & on track:

1.) Time blocking. ⏰ I plan my upcoming week on Friday afternoon of the week before, and once my schedule is set, it is pretty much set in stone! This helps me keep writing a priority.

2.) The Freedom App. 🦋Recommended by my friend @talkingshrimpnyc this app installed on all my devices will disable my apps and Internet access for scheduled work sessions. This helps keep me focused DURING those writing blocks!

3.) Accountability. 🤝I set deadlines and goals for the week, then ask people I trust to follow up and hold me accountable. It's a little painful sometimes, but SO necessary!

Big goals are hard because they don't always feel urgent, and that makes it easy to get distracted. But a few safeguards like these can make a HUGE difference. (And not just for writing a book!)

How do YOU stay focused and motivated when you have a big goal or project you are working on?

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When we saw this shirt at Target a few weeks ago, we just knew it was made for her. 🦄 Because of all the ...
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When we saw this shirt at Target a few weeks ago, we just knew it was made for her. 🦄 Because of all the things I love about this girl, I think the thing I love most is that she is never afraid to march to the beat of her own drum. 🥁 As a writer and entrepreneur, one of the things I get asked all the time ... When we saw this shirt at Target a few weeks ago, we just knew it was made for her. 🦄 Because of all the things I love about this girl, I think the thing I love most is that she is never afraid to march to the beat of her own drum. 🥁

As a writer and entrepreneur, one of the things I get asked all the time is, "don't you worry about all the competition?" 🏆And truthfully, the answer is no, I don't. I don't worry about the fact that there are lots of other amazing writers and entrepreneurs and bloggers and product creators doing amazing work, work that is sometimes similar to my own. 📚

Because, at the end of the day, my only job is to be ME. 🤓To do the work that I was called to do, to speak my truth, and to be my authentic self, knowing that it will be the right message for some people, and that it won't resonate AT ALL for others. ✨
And truly, that is all any of us can do--just be real. Because the secret that we don't always realize is that WE ARE ALL UNICORNS. 🦄It's the horses who are just pretending.🐴

So go embrace your inner unicorn & do the one thing that only you can do--be YOU. ❤️ #justbeyou 🤓
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In life it is easy to find ourselves wishing for a smooth ride, or to assume that everyone else somehow ...
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In life it is easy to find ourselves wishing for a smooth ride, or to assume that everyone else somehow has it easier or better than we do. But the truth? The truth is that those hard moments, those screw-ups, and those big stumbles, those are moments that shape us! In this week’s Do It Scared ... In life it is easy to find ourselves wishing for a smooth ride, or to assume that everyone else somehow has it easier or better than we do. ✨
But the truth? The truth is that those hard moments, those screw-ups, and those big stumbles, those are moments that shape us! ✨
In this week’s Do It Scared® podcast episode, we’re talking about how to turn your breakdowns into breakthroughs—what that actually means, and how you can apply it in your own life. ✨
I also share the story of a moment that almost broke me a few years back….but ultimately helped me build the business that I have today.  It's a good one!

You can find it on iTunes or Google Play by searching for “do it scared,” or visit DoItScared.com/episode5 to listen online and get the show notes.  You can also use the link in my profile!

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At the beginning of the year, I set a BIG goal to lose 25 pounds and be in the best shape of my life by my ...
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At the beginning of the year, I set a BIG goal to lose 25 pounds and be in the best shape of my life by my 40th birthday.  I gave up beer and Doritos and started working out with a trainer 3 times per week, and began training for a 10K, with these three cheering me on every step of the way. I was all ... At the beginning of the year, I set a BIG goal to lose 25 pounds and be in the best shape of my life by my 40th birthday.  I gave up beer and Doritos and started working out with a trainer 3 times per week, and began training for a 10K, with these three cheering me on every step of the way.

I was all in, and I was doing great. I lost 16 pounds and was feeling better than I had in years.

And then, as it so often so does, life threw me a curveball in the form of a stress fracture.  Our last run together ended with me collapsing in pain, and all of the sudden, running was out of the question for at least 6-8 weeks.

I’m not going to lie.  It was a little devastating.  I kept working out, at least the best I could, and for the month of March, I stayed as committed as I could.  Even so, my weight loss stalled and I started to get discouraged.

My birthday came and went, and I did not meet my goal. ✨
And then April happened—4 solid weeks of back-to-back travel.  It was the excuse I was looking for to dive, head first, into a self-sabotage free-fall.  It was bad.

But then, 2 weeks ago, I launched my new Do It Scared® podcast, and I suddenly realized that the reason I was sabotaging myself is because I’m scared. ✨
And so I recommitted. Because I might be scared, and I might have gone off track, but I’m not ready to quit just yet.

Here's the thing--it's easy to get discouraged when we hit obstacles and roadblocks, or when life gets in the way of accomplishing our goals.  We hit the messy middle and we lose our momentum.  And when that happens, it is pretty normal to want to just give up and move on to something that feels new and exciting again.

But all the good stuff lies on other side of that mess!

It's okay to stumble, it's not okay to quit! And I'm not done just yet!

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We often hear things like "just follow your passion," and assume that passion is all we need for success. ...
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We often hear things like "just follow your passion," and assume that passion is all we need for success. But as @ryanholiday points out, passion can actually be dangerous if we use it as a substitute for action. The author of some of my very favorite books, Ryan has got SO MUCH good stuff ... We often hear things like "just follow your passion," and assume that passion is all we need for success. But as @ryanholiday points out, passion can actually be dangerous if we use it as a substitute for action. 🚧

The author of some of my very favorite books, Ryan has got SO MUCH good stuff to share on today's Do It Scared® podcast episode! You can find it on iTunes or Google Play, or use the link in my profile to find it on doitscared.com! 🎙

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Saturday morning mommy-daughter date with these 2 cutie pies at our very favorite nail salon @profilespuntagorda ...
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Saturday morning mommy-daughter date with these 2 cutie pies at our very favorite nail salon @profilespuntagorda 🏻 I have friends who feel like they were destined to be boy moms, and I feel like I was destined to be a mom to girls, even though I'm sure that might change when the teenage years ... Saturday morning mommy-daughter date with these 2 cutie pies at our very favorite nail salon @profilespuntagorda 💅🏻

I have friends who feel like they were destined to be boy moms, and I feel like I was destined to be a mom to girls, even though I'm sure that might change when the teenage years come! 😜

I love that as they are getting older, their unique personalities are starting to emerge, and they are SO different! Annie is spunky and stubborn and rough-and-tumble, and marches completely to the beat of her own drum. Maggie is creative and competitive, loves planning & organizing, and pretty much never stops reading.

Sometimes I wish I could keep them this age forever!! Am I the only one who feels that way? ❤

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You know that twinge you feel in your stomach, or that tightness you feel in your chest when you start ...
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You know that twinge you feel in your stomach, or that tightness you feel in your chest when you start to think about doing something you really want to do, but aren’t quite sure you can? That feeling is FEAR, and too often we allow ourselves to believe that fear = bad.  But the truth is that ... You know that twinge you feel in your stomach, or that tightness you feel in your chest when you start to think about doing something you really want to do, but aren’t quite sure you can? That feeling is FEAR, and too often we allow ourselves to believe that fear = bad. 🚧

But the truth is that it is actually the GOOD kind of fear (yes, there is a good kind!), the kind of fear that gets our adrenaline pumping and helps us do things we never knew we were capable of. 💪

So I say, USE that fear & make it work for you!  Let it motivate you to push a little further, get up a little earlier, and work just a little bit harder.  In the end, that’s the only thing that will ever get you where you want to be.  It’s okay to be afraid—it’s not okay to let that fear stop you from creating a life you LOVE. 🔥

P.S. This idea of setting bigger goals is the exact topic of my first podcast episode, so if you haven’t listened yet, be sure to check it out!  You can find it on both iTunes and Google Play, (just search “Do it Scared,” or use the link in my profile! 🎙

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Happy May! It's the first day of the #doitscaredconfidencechallenge --are you ready?!! The idea behind it is that confidence & courage on the inside is greatly affected by the things we do on the outside. To participate, do these 3 things every day: 1.) put some effort into your look 2.) ... Happy May! 🌷It's the first day of the #doitscaredconfidencechallenge --are you ready?!! 👗The idea behind it is that confidence & courage on the inside is greatly affected by the things we do on the outside. ✨
To participate, do these 3 things every day: 1.) put some effort into your look 👠2.) I do some sort of physical activity 👟and 3.) do one thing that stretches you outside your comfort zone. 🚧

Be sure to share your progress here on Instagram using the hashtag #doitscaredconfidencechallenge! I can't wait to cheer you on! ✨
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"From this moment forward, I choose to pursue my big goals and dreams. I choose to get clear about ...
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"From this moment forward, I choose to pursue my big goals and dreams. I choose to get clear about my priorities. I give myself permission to let some things go. I give myself permission to stop comparing myself to others. I give myself permission to practice self-care. I give myself permission ... "From this moment forward, I choose to pursue my big goals and dreams. I choose to get clear about my priorities. I give myself permission to let some things go.
I give myself permission to stop comparing myself to others. I give myself permission to practice self-care. I give myself permission to not be perfect. I refuse to give up. I will keep going, even when thing are hard.
I will be strong, passionate, and courageous, and I will encourage my family and those around me to be strong, passionate and courageous as well.
I will remember that courage doesn’t mean I am never afraid, but that courage is taking action, despite my fear. And so, I will choose to Do It Scared®, because that is who I am."

Want to download a Do It Scared® Manifesto of your very own? Grab it free at doitscared.com, or use the link in my profile!

P.S. don't forget that the #doitscaredconfidencechallenge starts tomorrow! Check out the highlighted stories on my profile for details!!! 👗

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Eeeeek! It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! So stinkin’ excited to finally be able to share ...
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Eeeeek! It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! So stinkin’ excited to finally be able to share the first three episodes of the Do It Scared podcast today! 🎙 On episode 1, I share the secret for setting goals that will actually keep you motivated. On episode 2, I talk with my AMAZING friend ... Eeeeek! It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! So stinkin’ excited to finally be able to share the first three episodes of the Do It Scared® podcast today! 🎙

On episode 1, I share the secret for setting goals that will actually keep you motivated. On episode 2, I talk with my AMAZING friend @susiemoore about refusing to make excuses (and a lot of other things!), and on episode 3 I share some advice on how to stop listening to that little voice inside your head that is saying “you can’t.” ✨
The podcast is available on iTunes or through the iPhone podcast app, or, if you have an Android device, you can find it on Google Play. ✨
Once you’ve had a chance to listen come back here at let me know which was your favorite episode so far, and why—I will pick 5 people at random to win a Do It Scared® t-shirt, and another 5 people to win a Do It Scared® mug!

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Want to know a secret?  I love listening to podcasts, and I’ve dreamed about starting a podcast ...
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Want to know a secret?  I love listening to podcasts, and I’ve dreamed about starting a podcast of my own for years.🎙 . But until this year, something always held me back.  How would I even start?  What would I talk about? How would I figure out all the technical stuff? Where would I even ... Want to know a secret?  I love listening to podcasts, and I’ve dreamed about starting a podcast of my own for years.🎙
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But until this year, something always held me back.  How would I even start?  What would I talk about? How would I figure out all the technical stuff? Where would I even find the time? What if my voice was really annoying?  It all seemed so daunting, and so, year after year, I kept pushing that dream away. .
Until finally, sometime late last year, I realized that the answer had been sitting right in front of me all the time: Do It Scared. 💪It’s one of my core values, something I write about all the time, but it finally occurred to me that, when it came to this podcast dream, that I needed to practice it! And not only that—it was exactly the topic I needed to talk about! 🔥
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And so now, after all this time, the Do It Scared with Ruth Soukup podcast officially launches tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! 🎙Starting tomorrow morning, you’ll be able to listen to the first 3 episodes, and then there will be a new episode released every Monday after that.  To be notified as soon as it is available, you can search on iTunes, or visit doitscared.com for the link (or use the link in my profile.) .
Here’s to new adventures, doing it scared, and turning those wishes into reality! ✨
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Confession: I don’t always take the time to get dressed in something I love and that makes me feel great, or to do my hair and makeup and put myself together.  . But I have noticed that when I do, I always feel better about myself. Confidence is a funny thing—it happens on the inside, but it ... Confession: I don’t always take the time to get dressed in something I love and that makes me feel great, or to do my hair and makeup and put myself together. 👗
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But I have noticed that when I do, I always feel better about myself. 👠Confidence is a funny thing—it happens on the inside, but it is also affected by the actions that we take, and the things we do on the outside. .
It’s something I’ve been pondering a lot lately, and if you watched my stories this morning, you know that this morning decided that for one month, starting May 1st, I am going to challenge myself to do 3 things each day to build my confidence: .
1.) I am going to put some effort into my look, 2.) I am going to do some sort of physical activity 👟and 3.) I am going to do one thing that stretches me outside my comfort zone. 🚧
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I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up, but I guess that’s what makes it a challenge! 💪So what do you say—wanna join me? .
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Writing a book is hard y'all, which is why I always get so excited when I see my friends putting great ...
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Writing a book is hard y'all, which is why I always get so excited when I see my friends putting great content out into the world! All five of these books from @thehumbledhomemaker @thebettermom @jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam @beckykopitzke & @melanieshankle offer massive encouragement ... Writing a book is hard y'all, which is why I always get so excited when I see my friends putting great content out into the world! 📚All five of these books from @thehumbledhomemaker @thebettermom @jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam @beckykopitzke & @melanieshankle offer massive encouragement and wisdom for any mama feeling exhausted, stressed out, or ready for a little inspiration to get you through the day.❤️And so, just for fun, I'll pick one person at random to receive all 5 of these books, + a @livingwellplanner to go with them! To enter, simply answer this question: What inspiring books have you read lately? . **THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED**
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There's something a little bit magical that happens when you get into a room with a bunch of super smart #mompreneurs who just get it--the good, the bad & the ugly of running a business AND being a mom. It's so cool to see firsthand that there is not just one way to be successful--the possibilities ... There's something a little bit ✨magical✨ that happens when you get into a room with a bunch of super smart #mompreneurs who just get it--the good, the bad & the ugly of running a business AND being a mom. It's so cool to see firsthand that there is not just one way to be successful--the possibilities are literally endless! I learned so much, and my mind is still spinning from all the great conversations, and I'm so grateful to have had a chance to make 20 amazing new friends in the blogging world! ❤
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All you have for sure is this moment. Make it count. <span class="emoji emoji2764"></span> . #doitscaredmovement <span class="emoji emoji1f4aa"></span> #actionistheantidotetofear ...
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All you have for sure is this moment. Make it count. . #doitscaredmovement #actionistheantidotetofear #doitscared ️ #stopwaiting 🛑 All you have for sure is this moment. Make it count. ❤
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We didn't have a lot of time, but we definitely made it count. I think mid-week mini vacations might ...
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We didn't have a lot of time, but we definitely made it count. I think mid-week mini vacations might be my new favorite thing. And it really is the happiest place on earth! . #waltdisneyworld #minivacation We didn't have a lot of time, but we definitely made it count. I think mid-week mini vacations might be my new favorite thing. And it really is the happiest place on earth! ❤
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After 6 weeks nursing a stress fracture in a big annoying boot <span class="emoji emoji1f462"></span>, I was SO PUMPED to run again today<span class="emoji emoji1f45f"></span>, ...
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After 6 weeks nursing a stress fracture in a big annoying boot , I was SO PUMPED to run again today, and I don't think there could have been anything more fun than running @thecolorrun with these two! 🦄 We came. We ran. We got really, really dirty. And we laughed. A lot. @heather.moritz & @lauracmiller21, ... After 6 weeks nursing a stress fracture in a big annoying boot 👢, I was SO PUMPED to run again today👟, and I don't think there could have been anything more fun than running @thecolorrun with these two! 🌈🦄
We came. We ran. We got really, really dirty. And we laughed. A lot. @heather.moritz & @lauracmiller21, I adore you both! Thanks for going along with my crazy plan!! ❤

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The best kind of friends are the ones who will build you up and call you on your , (sometimes in the same sentence!) They’re the ones who love you exactly as you are, but always push you to be better. They’re the ones who aren’t afraid to go deep, or to be completely shallow.  They’re the ones you ... The best kind of friends are the ones who will build you up and call you on your 💩, (sometimes in the same sentence!) They’re the ones who love you exactly as you are, but always push you to be better. They’re the ones who aren’t afraid to go deep, or to be completely shallow.  They’re the ones you can cry with and laugh with, the ones who will always believe the best instead of assuming the worst, the ones who will always have your back, and the ones you’ll always pick up with like no time has passed, even when you haven’t talked for six months. So grateful to spend the weekend masterminding with those kind of friends! ❤️❤️❤️
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<span class="emoji emoji1f4cc"></span>Calvin Coolidge once said "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. <span class="emoji emoji1f4aa"></span>Talent will ...
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Calvin Coolidge once said "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. 🕺Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. 🔬Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence ... 📌Calvin Coolidge once said "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. 💪Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. 🕺Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. 🔬Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. 📚Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." 🌎
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📌The thing I tell my kids is this: It's never about how smart you are, or how good your ideas might be.💡Instead success is always about how hard you are willing to work, and how long you're willing to keep going when the going gets tough. 💪Dare to dream big, yes, but then never stop working your butt off! 🍑
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