plainjanie Day 84 | September 1

Happy September everyone! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day and got to enjoy some down time before heading back to school, work, or life in general. As much as I love summer, I am feeling very ready for fall and all that comes with it!
I had a really good workout at the gym today. I don't know where my motivation came from, but I embraced it and pushed myself harder than I have before. I left feeling accomplished and ready to tackle my to do list, which resulted in an overall happy and productive day!
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plainjanie Day 83 | August 31

Jake let me crash on his couch last night after a fun evening of yummy food, fun games, and great company. I left his place early this morning to make it to church, and I stopped at King Soopers to pick up a quick breakfast for the road: a caramel fudge ThinkThin bar and a skinny caramel mocha from Starbucks. In addition to the yummy deliciousness of the chocolate caramel combo, there was a quote on the sleeve of my coffee cup that I found quite enlightening. "No experience is ever wasted. Everything has meaning." Although we don't often think about our shortcomings or failures as positive things, they are still experiences that hold meaning which can create valuable learning experiences in our lives. Embrace every experience that life throws your way; no matter what happens, you're going to learn and grow as a person, and that is one of the best gifts life has to offer.

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plainjanie Day 82 | August 30

Today was a great day! Went on a beautiful 3+ hour hike (Lookout Mountain) this morning with Jake and Bryan, donated blood this afternoon, and then drove to Denver to spend the evening at Jake's place for a BBQ and game night! Overall an awesome awesome day—feeling very blessed. :) #Day82 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 81 | August 29

I had a great Friday today! Hit the gym for an early morning 5:00am workout, had a fun day with Torsten, ran some errands after work, came home and baked a cheesecake, and then opened this card that I got in the mail from my aunt Alice and Teri! It was such a pleasant surprise to get a spontaneous (and hilarious) card from two people that I love. It totally made my day. :) #Day81 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 80 | August 28

So, funny story…last week I called Sprouts to see if they carried a specific brand/flavor of ice cream that I’ve been searching diligently for, because I was getting tired of driving around to every Sprouts store within a 25 mile radius. Anyways, when they put me on hold, staticky music started playing in the background, only it wasn’t your typical cheesy elevator music. I was immediately drawn to the song and googled the lyrics that I could actually make out through the static, and I discovered that the song was “It’s No Good to Be Alone” by Brandon Heath. I added it to my music playlist right then and there. So what does this have to do with today? Well today the song popped up during my workout at the gym and I fell in love all over again. I kept repeating it over and over, and it really got me thinking that even though I am alone, and have been for quite a long time as far as relationship status goes, I’m never really alone because of my relationship with God. Genesis 2:18 says: “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'” I’m not sure where my “helper" is in this big wide world, but this verse gives me hope that God’s plan for my future might include finding the person I’m meant to spend the rest of my life with. Until that day comes, and even if it never comes, it is comforting to know that I will never be completely alone. As the last line of Deuteronomy 31:6 says: “…he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Even when I have those days where I feel helplessly alone or distant from Him, I know that God is ALWAYS with me.
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plainjanie Day 79 | August 27

This morning I created a bookmarked folder of different news websites. I'm usually not a huge news watcher/reader, but for whatever reason the urge to become informed and up to date on what's going on in the world struck me. There's something oddly comforting to me about waking up, making coffee, and eating breakfast while watching the Today show or some other news program. Maybe I'm just being hit by a wave of nostalgia, looking ahead to my potential future, or just getting old...but whatever it is, the idea of this little morning routine makes me feel happy and more content inside, even if it's not my actual reality. It's little ideas like these, mini hopes of what could be, that fuel my excitement about what life has in store for me down the road.
P.S. Yes, I realize I'm getting excited over something as simple as news that I'm not even able to watch, but the fact that I could have that morning routine again someday makes me happy. To each his own!

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plainjanie Day 78 | August 26

In addition to donating to the ALS Association, I also completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today! I have provided a wonderful screen shot of my face (this is one of the more flattering faces that I produced) while completing the challenge. I created a rather long video that is taking quite a while to upload, but once it's up feel free to watch it and learn a little bit more about ALS!

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plainjanie Day 77 | August 25

Monday turned out great thanks to my scrumptious coffee and homemade pronuts breakfast. You can never go wrong with a combo like this!
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plainjanie Day 76 | August 24

Today I had the amazing opportunity, thanks to Cheyenne Christian Concerts, to attend a @chrisaugust concert in Cheyenne, WY. For those of you who don't know, Chris August is an extremely talented Christian music artist with a wonderful sense of humor and an undeniable passion for Christ. Not only did I get to attend the concert, but I was also fortunate enough to meet and talk with Chris for a little while before the show. The entire evening was a wonderful experience, and I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of a fun, music filled night devoted to praising God and all he has done for us.
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plainjanie Day 75 | August 23

Did anyone see Bigfoot today? Or a flock of flying pigs perhaps? Because today I found a pair of jeans that are comfy, fit well, and cost only $32.00. I think I can see the cows coming home in the light of a blue moon... #Day75 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 74 | August 22

I woke up at 3:00am this morning and couldn't fall back to sleep. 4:00am rolled around and I decided to put my random case of insomnia to good use and headed to the gym to get my workout in early. Sometimes it's calming to be up before the sun and a good majority of people; it's like a mini escape from reality and all the hustle and bustle that surrounds us on a daily basis.
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plainjanie Day 73 | August 21

Compared to the rest of the week, today went much more smoothly, which I am very thankful for. Torsten and I went on a walk to the park this afternoon, and I got to talk to a couple other nannies while we were there which was really nice! Torsten has been a bit off/under the weather this week which was kind of throwing us both of, but today we were more in sync which was a big relief. We spent the afternoon laying low, snuggling, and reading books. It seems that finding solutions to the smaller problems in life can often yield the most satisfying results.
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plainjanie Day 72 | August 20

To be honest, the past couple days haven't been the best. We all have those days where things are just off and you feel all out of sorts, and that's ok. Seeing this beautiful rainbow on the way home from the gym helped remind me that just as a storm will roll through every now and then, bad days are going to roll through our lives from time to time, but once they pass, something beautiful may just shine through. When you're having one of those off days, just remember to keep your head up, stay positive, and never lose hope, because happier days are surely ahead. <3

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plainjanie Day 71 | August 19

I think it's safe to say that food is a major driving force behind my daily happiness...and I am 100% ok with that. I tried a new snack today and it was delicious!! A frozen triple chocolate flavored @powercrunchbars topped with 1/2 T of @nutsnmore toffee peanut butter. It reminded me of a Little Debbie Nutty Bar, only healthier! A good chocolate peanut butter combo never fails to brighten my day. :) #Day71 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 70 | August 18

Another Monday has come and gone, and thanks to this yummy stack of greek yogurt pancakes, my Monday was quite enjoyable!
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plainjanie Day 69 | August 17

My Sunday turned out to be really great! I started the day off at church which provided a really thought provoking message that inspired me to write a lengthy blog post titled "Lion Chaser" which can be found here: anotsoplainjanelife.blogspot.com. As if that wasn't enough to make my day, I stopped at King Soopers on my way home to get gas and pick up some groceries, and I was absolutely ECSTATIC when I found that they carry the white chocolate cinnamon bun flavored ThinkThin bars that I have been dying to try for the longest time. My day was totally made right then and there. It was like Christmas in August for me today!
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plainjanie Day 68 | August 16

My Saturday turned out to be a fairly productive and enjoyable day! I ran some errands this morning and then came home and did laundry, created word documents of my favorite recipes, and some other odds and ands. I wasn't going to workout today, but my butt was starting to go numb after sitting on it for so long. You know you've officially hit couch potato status when you can't feel your butt anymore, and before you know it you're going to start growing roots out of your couch potato butt and then you'll just be no good (feel free to share that one with the kids). Anyways, moral of this story: I got my couch potato butt out of my bed before those roots could sprout and hold me captive. I decided to go for a 20-30 minute run, and I ended up completing an enjoyable 45 minute run! It was nice to set out on a run with the intention of it being an enjoyable activity, not a grueling workout. This mindset increased my appreciate for my body, my life, and the beauty of the world around me.
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plainjanie Day 67 | August 15

It really makes me happy when my food matches. This was my delicious post-workout snack: vanilla cinnamon dolce iced proffee and a cinnamon roll Quest bar (that got amazingly soft and chewy in my very hot car while I worked out). It was a cinn-fully delicious snack to say the least! ;) #Day67 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 66 | August 14

Today was my last day of work for the week, and it was an overall good day. After work I went to the gym and then came home to read the new magazine I picked up and watch some TV episodes on Netflix—a simple, yet enjoyable evening.
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plainjanie Day 65 | August 13

Oh look, Jane took a picture of her food again, imagine that!! ;) Although this garden burger WAS delicious, that was not the happiest part of my night. The happiest part of my night was who I got to spend it with—Jake! He treated us to dinner at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery on Pearl Street in Boulder and then we went to Starbucks afterwards. My favorite part of the night was the great conversation and advice that Jake shared with me; nothing beats good conversation with an amazing cousin! Thanks for everything, Jake! It was a great night. :) #Day65 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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