What is Success?

Do you think about success and how it looks in different areas of your life? For example, what is a successful marriage? Successful parenting? Job success? Personal success?

How do you define success?

According to the dictionary, success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

Last week I shared the importance of writing down your goals, and even sharing your goals with others. Why? So your path to “success” (however YOU define it), is drawn out. So you can define daily action steps to get to your goal. The path might not always be straight, in fact, often our path to success is riddled with failures. However, when we know where we are going, we CAN take those daily steps to get there.

I love this definition of success from Robert Collier, “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

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What does this mean to me? It means success takes work. Success takes consistency. Success takes planning. Success takes patience.

This definition also breaks down the path to success in daily steps. We might feel like we aren’t moving forward towards our goals, but daily action steps keep us moving. Daily action steps give us a plan and a way to track how we are moving toward our goals.

I know the journey WILL be tough. So arm yourself for the journey. I am really enjoying the devotions from the YouVersion Bible app. I recommend “Staying Hopeful” and “HILLSONG – Let Hope Rise.” Today’s devotion from Let Hope Rise states, “Singing songs that remind us of the goodness of God, we shift our focus from our own hardships and struggles to his consistent faithfulness. Even more, worship reminds us not to mistake the presence of such hardships and struggles as the absence of God’s goodness and faithfulness.”

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Overload? Reorganize your Thinking

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Do you sometimes feel like this??? Our brains are flooded with thoughts, ideas, emotions, stress, tasks, details, and responsibilities. Most of the time we feel like we are on overload. Brain overload is a real thing. And I think I suffer from this disease. I am realizing I need to figure out how to energize my brains to help it function, but also how to relax my brain. If my brain is constantly firing on all cylinders, trying to do five million things at once, I will not be able to function at maximum capacity. And I cannot continue to try to live this way. So here are some tips I have been thinking through and trying to incorporate into my own life.

How to keep your brain at full productivity:
1. Find some time to let your brain rest
2. Find ways you like to recharge (Read, listen to music, pray, exercise, spend time with people)
3. De-clutter your life
4. Turn off your phone
5. Pay attention to when you are able to be most productive
6. Find your routines.
7. Record things so you remember them. Record what works for you. What doesn’t work for you. Record the process of how you got from here to there.
8. Focus on blessings. Think about what you are thankful for.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls for the Start of Fall

We LOVE pumpkin! And, what better way to start the official beginning of Fall (it’s tomorrow!) than with a Pumpkin Recipe!

I like my healthy breakfasts- Protein shake, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, homemade granola. But, every once in a while, I really like making a “Fun Breakfast” aka not as healthy but still delicious 🙂 So, I figured fall would be the perfect time to try making pumpkin cinnamon rolls! They taste really good, and, also have a great consistency! I cannot always find healthy alternative ingredients, so I will give you the ingredients I used, but also include a few healthy alternatives to try if you want!

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INGREDIENTS (Adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie: The Healthy Dessert Blog) Makes approx 12 cinnamon rolls    Continue reading

Buttermilk Coffee Cake with Blueberries

Here is another fun Fall recipe that is perfect to take to a women’s gathering or to serve at a Sunday brunch for family and friends. My mom made this recipe all the time then when I was young-I just made a few modifications to make it a bit healthier and added some blueberries for a burst of antioxidants.  It stores well and is easy to transport so a great “bake and go” treat. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.

Buttermilk Coffee Cake with Blueberries

1 ½ cups flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup almond meal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
⅔ cup coconut oil
Remove ¾ cups of the above mixture and set aside for topping BEFORE you add any other ingredients.

For Topping Add
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped nuts

For coffee cake dough Add
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup blueberries

Mix top list of ingredients and stir together until combined. Remove ¾ cup for topping and to that ¾ cup add 1 more teaspoon cinnamon and ½ cup chopped nuts (I used chopped sliced almonds). Set aside. To the remaining dough in the bowl add the egg, buttermilk, baking soda, baking powder and almond extract. Mix wet and dry softly. Add blueberries and fold until dough and berries are combined. Pour dough into a greased 9×13 pan and sprinkle topping over all. Press topping in a bit. Bake in a 350 degree oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
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What is your favorite coffee cake recipe?

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Fit For Fall Begins!

This week we jumped into our Fit For Fall Challenge!

Why do we LOVE challenges? Challenges provide a community of support and accountability PLUS help you get focused on your goals.

Having goals is so important. It keeps you focused and helps direct your daily actions.

This week we challenged our group to write down their goals and share them on Facebook. The process of writing down goals is important for actually accomplishing your goals.

I love these 5 reasons writing down your goals will help you accomplish them from Michael Hyatt (Who has one of my favorite podcast! Check him out!)

  1. Forces you to be specific
  2. Motivates you (and guides you) to take action.
  3. Provides a filter for opportunities that arise. You can ask yourself “Does this help me get closer to or further from my goal?”
  4. Helps you persevere and overcome resistance.
  5. Helps you see the journey – how far you’ve come!

What are YOU working on? What are your goals? 

I challenge you to write them down and SHARE them. If you share on social media tag us @growingweisser!

Here are my health goals for the next 60 days!

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Anniversary Shout out

Here’s shout out to my sisters, and all the girls in my wedding party. This day, and this moment could not have been any sweeter. I will remember it for my whole life.   Anniversaries are a time to think about love, meaning of marriage, the fun wedding you had, and just how amazing the special people are in your life. So in honor of our blog, and my sisters, my bridesmaids, and my family… you NEED to watch this.

“Sisters” Wedding Speech

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Aren’t they the best!!!!! Here’s to two years 🙂

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Pumpkin Bread – A Fall Favorite!

As fall gets closer, I’m getting all the pumpkin feels 🙂 This is one of our fall favorites- an original Mom recipe that I now make throughout the autumn season! Mmm just thinking about fall gets me so excited for all the pumpkin deliciousness!

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When the fall leaves start changing color and the nights start cooling down, we LOVE to begin our Autumn baking traditions. I absolutely love PUMPKIN everything-pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin butter, pumpkin soup and even pumpkin yogurt. so this year I decided to try my hand at modifying my favorite pumpkin bread recipe to make a healthier version.  Continue reading

Pumpkin Oat Scones with Ginger and Goldenberries

Although I hate to admit it….Autumn is coming and the lazy days of summer are over. BUT I seriously do not feel like I had even one lazy day all summer. With two new babies in our family, this summer was anything but LAZY! It is such a miraculous blessing to have 9 grandchildren but the reality for me of being the Gammie I want to be means traveling……I am so grateful for the privilege of being an active part of each one of my grandchildren’s lives but they all live away from where I live so “On the Road Again” is my theme song at this season of life.

The Fall season brings memories of school starting and decorating with colorful leaves and BAKING everything PUMPKIN!!! I am not ready to totally put my summer mindset to rest but I am beginning to get the baking bug. So here is my first experiment with pumpkin this fall season. I chose to add Goldenberries because of their sweet but tangy flavor and their chewy consistency. Here are a few facts about the goldenberries I use. You can find out more by clicking on the picture at the end of this post.

  • Our Organic Goldenberries are grown on small family farms in the Andes Mountains where the bountiful rain produces the mouthwatering berries. Each berry ripens on the vine and is succulently sun-dried to retain just the right amount of moisture. Delicious and nutritious, just the way nature intended.
  • They’re perfect right out of the bag and can also brighten some of your favorite recipes from smoothies to salads.
  • And best of all, Made in Nature’s Organic Goldenberries are rich in fiber and a good source of Vitamin C.
  • NON GMO verified, USDA organic, OU Kosher

Pumpkin Oat Scones with Ginger and Goldenberries

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup flour (I used gluten free flour)
¼ cup almond meal
⅛ cup chia seeds
⅛ cup flax meal
4 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2-3 teaspoons orange peel
2 Tablespoons fresh ginger grated
¼ cup coconut oil
1 egg
⅔ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup maple syrup or honey
½-1 cup golden berries chopped

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The Fall season brings memories of school starting and decorating with colorful leaves and BAKING everything PUMPKIN!!! I am not ready to totally put my summer mindset to rest but I am beginning to get the baking bug. So here is my first experiment with pumpkin this fall season.
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Recipe type: Scones
Cuisine: Pumpkin for Fall
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup flour (I used gluten free flour)
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ⅛ cup chia seeds
  • ⅛ cup flax meal
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 teaspoons orange peel
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger grated
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ½-1 cup golden berries chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients.
  2. Add coconut oil and mix into dry.
  3. Combine egg, honey, pumpkin puree, orange peel and grated ginger.
  4. Pour liquids into bowl and stir gently only to moisten the dry ingredients.
  5. Fold goldenberries into dough.
  6. Place ¼ to1# cup mounds onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown but a bit soft inside.

Mix all dry ingredients. Add coconut oil and mix into dry. Combine egg, honey, pumpkin puree, orange peel and grated ginger. Pour liquids into bowl and stir gently only to moisten the dry ingredients. Fold goldenberries into dough. Place ¼ to1# cup mounds onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown but a bit soft inside.
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What is your favorite Fall Pumpkin recipe?

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Don’t Be Afraid to Get Real

I’ve been learning so much the last few years as a mom and in my life about the value of being real. Letting down some of those defenses we put up and allowing ourselves to be a little vulnerable, to let people in, and to allow people to see the REAL us.

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That looks different for everyone, but for me, that means showing the good and the bad. Knowing that it’s ok to admit I’m not perfect, in fact far from it.

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What has happened through this vulnerability and openness is connection – realizing that MY struggles are others’ struggles. Learning from our mistakes and growing together. Talking through the parenting wins and loses.

Recently I shared on my social media that I was struggling with an injury. I was blown away by so many people who have checked in to see how I’m doing, friends who have told me “I understand how hard this is.” Hearing that concern and knowing I’m not alone in my feelings has given me comfort, and even more than that, CONFIDENCE that I can and will turn this into something positive.

What struggle are you holding on to in your life?

I encourage you to seek God, tell Him about your struggle, and pray about finding a safe place where you can talk with someone about it and get real!

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Spiritually Healthy

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What does it mean to be healthy? What kinds of things do you do to be healthy? We pour so much time and effort into healthy living, healthy eating, healthy habits, and healthy thinking. It takes intentional effort. It takes planned out thought. It takes discipline. It takes saying yes to certain things and no to others. In the moment you may be what you think might be sacrificing, but you are trying to make certain choices, change, and change your lifestyle because of the lasting benefit.

Some people call it dieting, others call it healthy living. But it is all the same thing. It all comes down to changing your actions to change the effect. What should really be focusing on is creating a healthy lifestyle.  Because then it isn’t just a fad, the newest trend, or a temporary phase. A changed lifestyle lasts. When you first start a diet you usually cut things out or add things in.  Have less dessert throughout the week, make healthier choices at meals, and control your portions.  The more established those habits become, the more routine it becomes.  It becomes second nature to make healthy choices. It becomes a part of who you are.  Usually over time you prefer the good things rather than the instant pleasure of the not so healthy things. Your appetite changes. Your cravings change. And you change.

Often times faith and a spiritual life is seen as something that is regimented and monitored.  You have to “do” all these things to feel close to God.  There is a continual push to read your Bible, pray, and be surrounded by good people. And we say it is because you feel closer to the Lord through these things, you feel centered on the truth of God, you experience his peace.  But sometimes we get so stuck on the fact that there are these things we “have” to do.  Some people see this as very restrictive or controlled. But in all reality, we don’t “have” to do anything.  We can choose to spend our time however we want.  But we aren’t always looking at the benefit or consequence of those circumstances.  Monitoring and controlling what we do in our spiritual life is an effort to create good positive beneficial and lasting habits. So yes, it seems regimented, but do we want a healthy spiritual life?  What we put into our hearts, souls, and minds is going to be what comes out.  Just like the food we eat affects our health, the actions we do or don’t do to invest in our spiritual life affects our souls. Do you want a soul that is constantly in a battle of prioritizing time, struggling with choices, and living in doubt? Or do you want to be so devoted to a lifestyle change that living with Jesus becomes entrenched in who you are?

Lasting change takes time, effort, discipline, and strength to create habits that will eventually become so ingrained in you that it is who you are. Just like a diet, we have to work at it. But you don’t want something that is temporary. You want a lifestyle that is spent with Jesus. So make the effort. Make changes that will end in transformation. You won’t regret it. A life filled with Jesus is full, abundant, and irreplaceable. When living for Jesus and loving with Jesus becomes a natural overflow of the heart, you experience things greater than you could ever imagine.  It is natural, it is rich, and it will change your life.

In the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan he talks about reading catchy food advertisements versus reading the real nutrition labels. The book reads “Recently I saw a bag of potato chips with a bold declaration splashed across the front: “Zero grams of trans fat.” I was glad to know that I wouldn’t be consuming any trans fat, which research has shown is detrimental to my health. But then I flipped the bag over and read the ingredients list, which included things like “yellow #6” and other artificial colors, and partially hydrogenated oil (which is trans fat, just a small enough amount that they can legally call it “0 grams”). I thought it was incredibly ironic that these chips were being advertised in a way that makes me think they are not harmful yet were really full of empty calories, weird chemicals, and, ironically, trans fat.

It struck me that many Christians flash around their “no trans fat” label, trying to convince everyone they are healthy and good. Yet they have no substantive or healthful elements to their faith. It’s like the Laodiceans, who thought they had everything until Christ told them they were poor and wretched. They were all about declaring, “Look, we have no trans fat. We are wealthy, or we have good families, or we go to church every week.” Obviously, it’s not what you advertise that counts; it’s what you are really made of.”

What are you really made of?

So take this challenge to be spiritual healthy.  Add one thing to your day or week that will move you towards greater spiritual health. Not because you “have” to, but because you are choosing to for a transformed lifestyle filled with Jesus. 

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