Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Little about my Playlist

Today I thought I'd write about some of my favorite music. I use my iPhone as an iPod, since I never really felt like I would actually use an iPod but always wanted one! I love the ease of buying a song or CD without actually going into a store... I do LOVE to go to real record stores, but I get easily overwhelmed by all of the choices...

Right now I have 24 genres of music on my iTunes. That includes a few audio series for personal development that aren't really music, so really 23 genres. My favorite thing to do is put my music on shuffle and let the songs decide what I'll listen to next. The only time I tend to change a song is if it's a Christmas song, and sometimes I'll go ahead and sing along with it anyway!

I think it's cool and fun to hear a Christian song, then country, then hardcore, then George Strait and then some Eminem. I sing along to all of the songs that I know. It makes me happy to have music playing.

I have a tradition in my family of taking my sons to Warped Tour. We started in 2006 and haven't missed a year since. This year I was totally at home at the Dallas Warped Tour, finding the bands I wanted to see and spending time listening to as much good music as I could. The boys always have a blast and we get to spend some time enjoying each other while sharing our love of music and weird people! This year I even dyed my hair Vampire Red! It turned out purple.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Little History of Shellgirl!

So I thought I'd start today by telling you a little bit about me!

I was born June 7, 1966 in Sherman TX. My Dad and Mom lived there where my Dad was training race horses for a man named Shelly Shellenberger. That's where they got my name.

We moved to Bryan when I was about five years old. I started first grade at Ben Milam Elementary, then when we moved out to Steep Hollow, I transferred to Travis. When I was in school, Bryan was just beginning to integrate the public school system, so we were bussed to different schools in town every few years.

What a bathing suit beauty! I wasn't quite five in this photo... I think it was taken while we still lived in Dallas.

When I was in the fifth grade, we were taken into the gym where the PE teachers weighed us, measured our height, and recorded our numbers for all the school to hear and see. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I can't remember what I weighed or how tall I was. All I can remember is the cute little blonde haired girl that I wanted to be friends with saying, "Why do you weigh so much? You need to go on a diet!" And that was the beginning of my body image issues!

This was from my birthday when I was in the fifth grade...

I wish we could create a world where little girls didn't compare themselves to others, but I don't know if we'll ever be successful at that. What I do know is that I can remember that one comment made by a classmate over all of the positive, fun and uplifting things that were said to me by friends, teachers, and family members. Oh, and that Mr. Bond made me square dance with a boy who had a wart on his palm... EWWWWWWWWW!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

30 Days of Blogging

I have always wanted to write a book. Ever since I read my first Billy and Blaze book in the first grade, books and the adventures they carry have been my favorite things ever! For years now, I've toyed with this idea, but my stupid life keeps getting in the way. So for the next 30 days, my adventures will include writing every. single. day. I want to try and make sense of my crazy, mixed up, ADD life. I want to pay homage to some of my heroes, both women and men that have bsred their life for all to see! And I just want to finally start a habit that will fulfill the author in me! I don't promise that I'll be perfect. I don't promise that I'll be any damn good. But I am committing myself to this journey to see where it takes us. Hang on for the ride! Shellgirl

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Becoming a Beachbody Coach is Quite an Adventure!

Okay, so it's been a while since I posted on here, mainly because my life has been a topsy turvy roller coaster for the past few years! I am always looking for ways to improve who I am and how I live my life. I read personal development books all the time, look for mentors and ways to make myself better, and try to work on achieving my goals in every area of my life. The past few years I have started fostering dogs for Texas Cattle Dog Rescue, dabbled in selling insurance and investments, and continued to fight the good fight of getting into shape and eating healthy. Last year I started doing a running workout 3-4 days a week. In June. Throughout the hottest Texas summer weather, I went to the track in town and ran. I worked hard and tried to stay focused, but I did not lose any weight! Ugh that's the biggest frustration, isn't it! I was very consistent until the fall and then I started to slack off and changed my focus to other things... hunting and archery and dogs. But I still continued to look for inspiration on getting in shape. That's when I found this Beachbody coach on Facebook. Her name is Kim and her FB business page is Chickfitkim. I started following her and reading her posts every day. Wow--she didn't get in shape until after she turned 40! She was having similar problems to the ones I was experiencing--what used to work to lose a few pounds wasn't cutting it any longer! It took me until March to finally hold my hand up and say, "Hey Kim, what did you do to get yourself to stick with it until you started to see a change?" And a friendship was begun in that sentence! So boys and girls, if you want to change your life for the better, keep your heart open to all that comes. You might find motivation on Facebook, from a movie, or maybe even from holding up your hand and asking a question! I'm super excited for all that Beachbody represents! I hope you'll join me on this adventure! Time to work! Shellgirl