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Monday, March 13

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Y'all, this post is long overdue. I've mentioned a couple times on the blog and social that I've been working with a coach to improve my business productivity and feel like I have a better handle on life. I'm actually doing two programs at the moment:
  • a series of weekly video training sessions over the course of a year called Train Your Brain Weekly, which I started in October
  • working directly with a coach one-on-one via 12 coaching calls, which I started last month

One of the systems that I started implementing is scheduling a two-hour meeting each week, during which I connect with and envision the success of each week. This is a little more than just laying out my schedule in my planners - I actually use three planners.

I explain more about how I plan my week in this Facebook Live video:


Here are some resources that I use:


The coach programs that I'm working with are available through Freedom Personal Development.

To learn more about the long list short list, check out this post at Four Hats & Frugal.

If you're not in a position to hire a coach but still want to learn more, I'd suggest picking up a copy of the book Train Your Brain for Success by Roger Seip, co-founder of Freedom Personal Development.





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Tuesday, February 28

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If you are new around these parts, the Mister and I took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course through our church at the end of 2015. We have a goal to to knock out the remainder of our consumer debt in 2017. You can catch up on our journey by checking out our previous recaps:

February Budget

Here's the thing about living on a written budget - the longer we do it, the less I feel like I have to say about it in these posts. Because what used to be challenging just doesn't create money drama any more.

In February, we had to dip into the emergency fund to help cashflow a house repiping. So the first priority was to re-fund it, which is done.  Also, the water pressure in the house is a-MAZ-ing. I had no idea what I was living without until it was fixed.


February Victories & Blessings

So, you'll probably notice that the extra income is down quite a bit since last month. There's two reasons for that:

  • The Mister's extra job restructured some things, and they mutually agreed it was time to let that shift bless someone else.
  • We've been spending most of our weekends updating my mother-in-law's bedroom and bathroom, which has meant not hustling some side work.


We're comfortable with that. The Mister has been working so hard these last months, and we need a little time for him to rest and get some things done at home. He has been picking some overtime up at work, which has helped the budget as well.

In spite of the lower extra income and the dip into the emergency fund, I'm happy to report that we still paid off more than $700 on the debt snowball in February!


If you want to take control of your finances, I'd suggest reading The Total Money Makeover. Or go online to daveramsey.com to find a Financial Peace University course starting near you.


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Sunday, February 26

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Hi everyone,

I'm a little embarrassed to be apologizing for another blog break because I feel like I just did this last month. I'm not quite sure what happened in February to my blogging schedule.

I have been using a new method of planning and scheduling my week, which has proved to be quite successful and allow productivity in other parts of my life and business. But apparently, the time block that I've allotted for blogging has not been a good fit since this is only the second post that I've written this month.

Nonetheless, I feel that I owe you an update on life so let's get to it.

Diet & Exercise

I've been rocking and rolling on my weight loss journey via Weight Watchers. My first month of working the program has yielded a loss of 6.5 pounds, which I'm pretty darn pleased with. It's been a long time since I've felt so good about the food that I put in my body and felt so comfortable in my own skin.


Changing my food habits has also prompted me to be much more diligent about getting some walking time nearly every day with my pups. It's been good for all of us and has given the Mister and I some time to catch up each day.

In jujitsu, I've been working on discovering my role as a sensei. I still feel like I have so much to learn, so I can't say I'm 100 percent comfortable being in a teaching role. I just have to have faith that it will get easier and more familiar as I do it more.  I did get the honor of my first experience with signing promotion certificates as a sensei this week.


General Life

I have to laugh at myself because I am also now quite hooked on my Lularoe leggings, which is pretty funny to me since about a month ago I was telling my mother-in-law that I'm thought they were too expensive and didn't understand the hype.

Now, I own six pairs of leggings.The leggings are as comfortable as people say. (If you don't have a rep yet, let me know. I'll hook you up with my cousin's group.)


The Mister and I have been spending almost every weekend at his mother's condo this month. We've been helping her paint her bedroom, bathroom and closet. It turned out she needed a new water heater, and since the heater is installed in the back of her walk-in closet, she and I took emptied the closet. We've been going through everything and taking many loads of clothes to Goodwill and Dress for Success. And I won't lie, some of the clothes have also moved into my closet.

Personal Development

Oh, and as a quick update to one of my video updates from last month, I did decide to hire a business/life coach. The coach I've been paired with is named Robb Z; he's awesome and full of energy. We've worked together on two sessions, and we laugh a lot, but I can already see growth in my mindset and productivity.


One of my personal resolutions this year was to do better with reading more books. I used to read all the time, and that habit fell by the wayside the last few years. I've been listening to some books on Audible as well as physically reading.

Looking to the future

The Mister and I have been seriously starting to discuss our garden for this spring. Last year, we were too busy to properly plan it. Between the desire to eat more locally and to save money, we're pretty committed to planting a big garden this year.

After reading Ruth Soukup's book, there's a very good possibility that we'll be taking her unstuffed weekend challenge, outlined in the book. I'm so tired of living with clutter all around us, and getting the extra stuff out of the house can only be a wise move toward the idea that we'd like to move in a few years.

I think that I'll be moving this blog to Wordpress within the next month or two, and I'm considering a re-brand at that time. I'm thinking about focusing more on living simply and more sustainably, how we balance our home/work/jujitsu life and sharing more of our home creation projects. What do you think?




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Wednesday, February 1

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If you are new around these parts, the Mister and I took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course through our church last year. We have a goal to pay off half of our consumer debt this year. You can catch up on our journey by checking out our previous recaps:

January Budget

Gosh, it seems tough to get back into the swing of things after the holiday season. The Mister and I definitely indulged a bit this month, going out to eat and purchasing some unplanned clothing purchases; also, I ordered some supplies from Weight Watchers to help get my new dietary lifestyle on track.

Luckily, there was extra income to cover these expenses, and I'm super thankful that my husband is so supportive of my journey and goals. In February, we're going to have to buckle down though because paying off that debt snowball is way more important than a whim for jewelry or leggings.


January Victories & Blessings

In addition to covering the expenses that popped up because of whims last month, we made the decision that I would attend our martial arts national convention in April and pair that with a trip to see my parents, who moved to Washington. The Mister was very adamant that I take this opportunity since there will be recognition for my black belt promotion.

It's a good feeling to pay for a trip completely upfront with cash. My plane tickets are paid for. My registration fee is paid for. I have the money for the hotel costs in cash. And I get to spend almost a week with my parents before the convention.

Paying for this trip may slow our debt snowball down a little, but we're both glad that I can go; two years ago, our method of funding would have been debt.


If you want to take control of your finances, I'd suggest reading The Total Money Makeover. Or go online to daveramsey.com to find a Financial Peace University course starting near you.


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Monday, January 30

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It's been a little while since I've celebrated the love of coffee here on the blog. With the weather having turned colder this week and Valentine's Day right around the corner, this seems like a perfect opportunity to change that.


Don't forget that for some of us, sharing a cup of coffee is speaking a love language. Here are my top handmade picks of Valentine's Day gifts for the coffee lover in your life.









I hope these gift ideas provide you with plenty of inspiration to spoil the coffee lover in your life for Valentine's Day. Please feel free to share with me any gift ideas that I've missed.

If you enjoyed this post, check out these Valentine's Day workout items:






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Friday, January 27

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Good morning, lovelies!

It's time for the Friday Confessional party. Confession is good for the soul, so stop by to share all your dirty, little secrets. You'll feel better when you're finished, and we promise not to judge.



This year, I'm trying something new by recording my Friday Confessions on Facebook Live. Please stop by the High-Heeled Love Facebook page at 1p.m. EST each week to join the conversation in real time.


Some things mentioned in the video:




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Monday, January 23

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I talked earlier this afternoon on Facebook Live about my goals for 2017, and one of those goals is about to lose about 40 pounds. I have joined Weight Watchers as a tool to help me with this, but there are many other day-to-day healthy choices that I plan to make in order to establish new habits.


I think sometimes we put off making healthier choices in our day-to-day lives because we get overwhelmed with how many changes we want to make. And sometimes, we put off leading a healthier lifestyle because we think that we need to spend a lot of money on new foods, new exercise equipment, a new gym, a new fitness program or a new training coach.

I'm here to tell you that doesn't have to be the case. You can start making changes today without getting overwhelmed and without spending a lot of money.

Here are seven healthy choices you can make today without spending a dime.


1. Get Enough Sleep

I think that I mention sleep habits almost every time I write about making healthy choices. I think it's something that we ladies don't place enough importance on.

And we should.

Seriously, getting enough sleep reduces our stress levels, allows us to think more clearly, and make better choices. Being sleep deprived makes us more likely to crave sugar or sweets, reduces our energy levels, and affects our body's ability to lose weight.

Want to learn some way to improve your sleep quality?
Check out my blog post: Why You Need More Sleep & How to Get It.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Much like getting enough sleep, staying well hydrated can improve your brain function. In fact, it can help your body compensate when you are sleep deprived.

Drinking plenty of fluids also helps flushes our bodies of toxins, helps regulate hunger and improves skin quality. Swapping water for sugary drinks or soda will help with weight loss, which is a great bonus.

I also find that there's a huge difference in my ability to perform and keep myself safe in jujitsu class when I've had plenty to drink. I aim for drinking half my body weight in ounces (80 ounces if you weigh 160 pounds), but you should speak with your medical professional about how much water (or other non-caffeinated beverages) will be the right amount of hydration for you.


3. Floss Your Teeth Daily

Okay, this is a little geeky, but my dentist will be happy. Seriously, taking care of our teeth and gums can help prevent serious health concerns like heart disease.

Having pretty pearly whites is also going to increase your confidence levels, and smiling at someone as you walk down the street is a great way to boost your mood and probably make their day.

4. Go Outside

This goes beyond getting some daily movement in. I mean, going for a 10-minute walk can be a great way to start integrating exercise into your life. Since I am a dedicated Fitbit user, I do advocate setting and tracking a daily step goal.

But I also want to advocate the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. Spending some time outside is a great way to let your mind recharge, and sunshine is one of best natural sources of vitamin D. I'm willing to bet if you take a stroll around the block every day for a week, you'll feel more energized and more at peace.

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5. Stretch

Even if you aren't regularly exercising. Stretching for a few minutes at the start of each can be beneficial. It will help you maintain your body's mobility and will help "wake up" your body for the day ahead.

If you are regularly exercising, properly stretching can help prevent injury and help increase performance. You can also use stretching as a measure of physical capability; I really surprised myself when working on the 30-day stretch project in 2015. My endurance and flexibility were markedly different from day 1 to day 30.


6. Meditate

Establishing a meditation practice was something that my massage instructor really emphasized when I took the class.

Even just 10 minutes each day will help you bring more focus and clarity to your day. I'll admit that I don't meditate daily, but on the days that I do, I find that my mind is calmer, I'm more productive at work, and I feel better overall.

And learning to control your breath can help you lower your heart rate when you find yourself in a stressful situation.

7. Establish a Gratitude Practice

Taking some time each day to review what we're thankful for can help reduce stress levels, which definitively has physical and mental health benefits.

I believe that have a gratitude practice will improve our relationships with those around us and that focusing on positivity will attract more positivity in our live.

This is actually the habit that I'm working on this month. I have a journal where I'm recording 3 things each day that I'm grateful for.

Get Started Today

Choose any one of these changes to establish a new healthy habit. Focus on it for about 30 days to be sure it's well-established. Then choose another healthy choice. No money required unless you choose to spend it.

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What's healthy habit will you choose to focus on? What other ways can you make healthy choices that cost nothing?






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Friday, January 20

Good morning, lovelies!

It's time for the Friday Confessional party. Confession is good for the soul, so stop by to share all your dirty, little secrets. You'll feel better when you're finished, and we promise not to judge.


I thought it would be fun to handle my confessions a little differently this year, by doing a video confessional so please watch below...or catch me live on Facebook next week at 1p.m. EST.



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