Choose the Four Quarters – Having Quality in Life


Think about those people in your life that are truly by your side.  Those people who you know have your back no matter what, and you can completely be yourself around.  Those are quality relationships… and yes, I’ll take 4 quality relationships over 100 acquaintances any day!

This got me thinking about quality in life and how much more fulfilled we are when we have it in our lives.

I have recently made a huge change in hopes to simplify and find more quality in my life.  I was in a well-respected position at work.  This was definitely satisfying, but it left me with a shortage in time and energy for the things and people who really matter. Once I really realized this, I decided to focus on simplifying my life and I ended up quitting that job.  This has helped me to seriously realize how much more fulfilling a day is when it is filled with quality things (like snuggling and singing songs together outside with my 4-year-old unexpectedly in the backyard) rather than quantity (like getting my whole to-do list complete in one day).

Believe me, I feel pretty dang amazing when my to-do list is complete, but at the end of the day, it’s those quality things that bring joy.

I’m not suggesting anyone quit their job.  That was a necessary step for my path, but what are steps towards more quality in your life? This can be applied to so many aspects and scales of life.  Think about the quality of your relationships, your food, your time spent, your exercise, etc.


Some examples of ways (big and small) to add more quality in life:

Make quality food choices:  Make your food enjoyable!  Skip the calories on the food you may eat just because it’s there.  Choose nutritious foods that your body needs.

Get quality exercise:  Do exercise you really enjoy.  Twenty minutes of bust-your-butt exercise can be better than an hour of lollygagging at the gym (we’ve all seen it)

Have fun: Build a fort with your family in the living room rather than having a perfectly clean living room.  Who remembers a perfectly clean living room a week from today… but you and your family will remember the fun you had building forts together.

Spend your time wisely:  We are not promised tomorrow.  Choose what you do with your time today doing things that matter with people who matter.


Consciously choose the paths that bring you true fulfillment and joy.



Accepting “Imperfections”

I love feet. I always have. I notice all types of feet and I wouldn’t have been able to marry my husband if he didn’t take care of his feet. I love when my kid’s feet get all black from running around outside barefoot. That means they have been exploring, running, and have had the earth beneath them. I especially love baby feet! Those tiny toes are just too much cuteness for me!

Here is a picture of my feet –

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See that 2nd toe? Of course you do! How can you miss it right? I used to be so self-conscious of my feet because I have such loooong toes… especially that 2nd toe. I would hide them in closed toe shoes and feel ashamed of them. I have realized overtime that I am so grateful for these amazing feet that I have been blessed with. These feet have taken me so many places, I have completed triathlons, half marathons, and ran many a miles with these feet and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

Now I wear sandals without hesitation and proudly as I have learned that society can make you feel like you must be a certain way to be beautiful or accepted, but we are all unique, and that is what is beautiful.

That song “Perfect” that Pink sings makes me cry every time I hear it. If you haven’t seen the music video, it is worth the watch. (Click here to watch it).  When you look at a mother’s perception of her child, there is no mold the child must fit in order for a child to be “perfect” to a mother… just be themselves. “Perfect” is not the mold that society has made us feel we need to fit within.

We must love ourselves. Get rid of those negative things you may say to yourself. You are perfect just the way you are. Accepting and loving those unique qualities about yourself is the beginning to a happier  and healthier you.

ash feet 1

Now go wear sandals!!