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The Loop'd'loops Life

The Loop'd'loops Life

Happy Healthy and Well Balanced Life

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A New Year.. A Changed Mindset.

A New Year.. A Changed Mindset.

“If you do the sane thing you were doing before, you’re never going to change.”

2019

2019

Good evening fine folks! This year is bringing a whole new realm of growth, challenges, and excitement. We are just about 1 week into the new year. What have you done to make this year different than the rest? I am sitting here on the […]

Challenged by My Dad

Challenged by My Dad

My dad has always been a huge supporter of who I want to be. He is super encouraging when it comes to my motivation too.

Last week he asked if I would be up for losing 25 pounds by Christmas. This is a huge challenge for me! But I think it is possible!

I would love for you all to join me through this challenge. This is what I am going to do:

Days 1-70

Daily:

  • Drink 130 oz of water a day ( 3 of my water bottles plus a glass)
  • walk/run/exercise 30+ minutes a day (10K steps and all of my WW FitPoints weekly)
  • Food Tracking- (maintaining UNDER 1200 Calories – Blue Dot WW Point  days
How To Create a Personal Budget

How To Create a Personal Budget

This is one of my favorites! Seriously! I love to make budgets! What is not fun about trying to solve a problem like this! Although I love making them, sticking to them is even harder! Here is my step by step Guide to creating a […]

How to Start a Money Making Blog from Scratch

How to Start a Money Making Blog from Scratch

Good Morning!! I have been blogging for years- actually too many to remember. I started with Weebly, moved to Blogspot and ended with WordPress. I wanted to do more with my blog; wanted to make something of it; to impact people. The mindset change that […]

God Still Makes It!

God Still Makes It!

Good afternoon! I was just working away, typically I have a sermon running in the background as I work on booking flights and data entry.  Something caused me to stop, listen, and give my full attention to the sermon. This sermon was from a series at New Community Maple Valley preached a year ago.  This church is part of me. My parents helped plant the church when I was a toddler. I love the pastors there.

Bill Borland was the specific pastor preaching this message. If you have the time to listen to the whole sermon please do so here! This sermon is just about a half hour long. If you have even more time, the entire series is spectacular!

In this sermon series, Ken and Bill are preaching to millennials who are leaving the church- the “None” generation. There is a higher percentage of people calling their religion “none”  rather than agnostic, atheist, Christian, Muslim, etc. the millennial generation is not wanting to associate with any label so they remove themselves completely. This series has totally spoken to me at multiple times.  Being 27 and having lost my way for a long time, I appreciate the realness that these sermons are expressing.

Bill said something in this sermon in regards to the argument about Science vs God. He had said something about the types of God we seek. Safety God, Guilt tripping God. Anti-Science God. There were so many types- versions, we as humans create in our minds of the one true God. I was listening to the part of his sermon about the Anti-Science God. He stated that Science is a way to marvel at God’s Glory even more. One specific quote stuck out to me and this is the whole reason I wanted to share this sermon with you all.

As Bill continued, he gave an excellent example of how science does not disprove God. He said:

“Let’s take this iPad here. If you know everything about this iPad- how to build the glass, how to mold the plastic and the metal and how to put the chips in, How to make all the electronics work and to transmit something across to the towers for everyone else to understand,  how to put your notes on there. if I understood everything about this iPad. It doesn’t take away from the fact that Apple created the iPad.

This was so understandable! This made total sense! Why had I never thought about it before? I feel like there is so much truth behind this statement, yet it has never been said to me before! Science and Religion are so similar to bickering siblings that you can get.

God made the earth, whether it was the Big Bang, the Creation Story, or any other theory out there. It isn’t a God created or he didn’t. Just because we are starting to understand HOW the earth was made- It doesn’t take away the fact that God created Earth!  I love when I hear a sermon and it just makes God even more real! I have days that he seems so far away that he is just in my head. Those days always have something profound in them. God is so great at making himself known!

There is something so incredibly reassuring about the fact that there doesnt have to be a this or that when it comes to science. On that same note, when I was a teenager, mind you I was no scholar or even well versed in the bible. My childhood best friend and I were talking about how everything was actually made. Was it the big bang? Was it another theory that is out there? He made a point that has stuck with me all these years. “Well, couldn’t it be both?” He is such an insightful person.

What if we started living our lives with that knowledge. IT DOESNT TAKE AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT GOD CREATED IT!


I would love to hear your thought on what you believe. There is so much out there. Everyone seems to understand it slightly different. Please comment or contact me and share with me your thoughts! 

Letter to 245 lb Me

Letter to 245 lb Me

Dear Ellie, I know you hate the way you look. Please stop. You know those people who have said things in the past. They are no longer in your life. Those who are can see your beauty. The people who are in your life now […]

When You Decide “OK, Something Has To Change”

When You Decide “OK, Something Has To Change”

I am going to be 100% transparent (not that I usually am not- just intentionally sharing it all this post). I get nervous about if my debit card will be approved almost every time I go get gas- Which is twice a week. Seriously- at […]

365 Day Challenge Check-in

365 Day Challenge Check-in

Good Mornin’!

If you haven’t already, check out my Instagram. This is where I have been posting about the 365-day challenge. We are onto day 40 today. If you had missed the posts there, don’t fret! I will catch you up momentarily.

This week I realized that I truly didn’t have a plan with this challenge. I asked myself, What would I need for this to be successful? I know cutting everything I love out of my life doesn’t work. Being incredibly strict doesn’t work. What do I enjoy doing? Well. This is how this has been going: 1 question to the Journal about. 1 challenge to make the day better than the day before. eating right, and being active. I feel like this first week has been a bit of a learning curve. We will accomplish this though! Here is a recap of the week!

1     Drink Daily Water Intake | How do you feel at the moment?
2     Add 1000 to daily step count | What do you need more of in your life?
3     10 min to stop and appreciate life | What is your biggest dream in life?
4     New Workout | What do you wish people knew about you?
5     Do something you love with someone you love | What was the best part of your week?
6     Send a letter to your friend Snail mail | What season do you enjoy the most and why?
7     Reflect on when you feel the most loved | Favorite hobbies?
8     Feel supported in your mental health? | Traditional Gender roles? Thoughts?
9     Call a Friend and LISTEN to them talk | What habit do you want to stop?
10   The healthy version of your favorite food | How do you challenge yourself daily?
11   Take a long walk and take pictures | What is going right in life right now?
12   Spend some time Reading | Favorite Childhood Memory?
13  Love your Person | What did you do to be content this week?
14   Remember why you want this | What is bothering you?
15   List 20 things you love about yourself | When did you make the choice to love yourself?
16   call a family member to listen to how they are doing | Why did you take this challenge?
17   Write for 10 minutes about whatever comes to mind | Who are your role models?
18   Paint your nails | What is your favorite memory?
19   Take a Bath | What’s your story
20   Face mask | Who are you?
21  one week only water/tea/coffee | What would you change about yourself if you could?
22   No Spend Day | What have you tried working on your whole life that you are still trying to accomplish?
23   Cook Something Healthy and Yummy | What are your best traits?
24   Go on an extra long walk | what are you hardest on yourself about?
25   No Sugar today | What is the best compliment you have ever received?
26   No Eating out today | What do you need to make you feel safe?
27   Draw for 30 minutes today | Where is your safe place?
28   Spend extra time with Jesus | what do you worry about?
29   Date night (You plan it) | Are you an overthinker?
30   Declutter bathroom | Do you worry too much?
31   Gift clothes that are too big | How do you handle worry?
32   Yoga | What can you not live without?
33   Write your To Do list for tomorrow | What is your most treasured possession?
34   Learn Something New | What is one habit you want to remove from your life?
35   Hang out with the Family | Are you reactive or proactive?
36   Appreciate your spouse | When do you feel most self-conscious?
37   Practice a hobby | What is one memory you wish you could relive?
38   Volunteer | Do you think everything happens for a reason?
39   Not one Complaint today | What do you want in your future husband/wife?
40   Teach someone something | Why are you in your current job?

Please follow the link to my Instagram up above and follow me! I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and opinions!

If you are following along with the challenge, post your photos, and tag/hashtag them with #365daychallenge and #TheLoopdloopsLife. I cannot wait to see how you all are improving your lives!


What works for you when it comes to a healthier life? What do you feel is important for you to succeed at a goal you have? What motivates you? 

10 Ways to Keep Going When Blogging Is Lagging

10 Ways to Keep Going When Blogging Is Lagging

Do you ever sit there staring at the computer screen wondering what the heck you’re going to write about? I have felt this way all week. I log in and find my self easily distracted by anything other than writing. I don’t want to call it […]