Envisioning Your Future Self

Do you ever envision your future self? Can you see the person that you are wanting to be? What does that person look like? What is she wearing? What is he driving? Where is she living? While I have done this exercise a few times, envisioning your future self is powerful. Even when not doing the exercise, there are times when I can just stop and see myself. I am happy, full of life and love, and a better version of myself. Every day, I work to be that future me.

Yesterday as I was driving home, I was listening to my podcast again and she started talking about being productive towards your goals. She brought up the 10-year vision plan again, and I immediately knew I needed to go home and revisit this, to make sure I was on the right track. I know what my 10 years from now looks like. It is the in-between that gets muddy. I try to do too many things at one time and therefore don’t make any real traction.

If you are curious about the exercise, these are the cliff notes but the Rachel Hollis Podcast episode 72 breaks it all down.

First, take 30 minutes and write. Envision yourself in the future. Where are you living, what kind of vehicle are you driving, where are you working, and don’t limit yourself. Dream big and dream as much as you want, there is no wrong answer.

Next, I pulled the top 10 things that I wanted from that list. Now, every time that I do my journaling, I am writing these things out as I have already achieved them. For example – “I own a boutique storefront” – While this has not happened yet, in my 10-year vision, it has. When you are telling yourself you already have something or already are something, you are manifesting things that you want. You have positive thoughts. You are reinforcing what you are working towards.

Next, I take those 10-year goals and see what I can work on for the upcoming year to get closer to those goals.

Then I break the year down into quarters. What can I work on in the next three months that gets me closer to the yearly goal and closer to my future version?

Needless to same, I started filling up pages in my new journal and was grateful for the exercise, as it reminded me of what I need to work on for the end of the year and got me thinking about what goals I wanted for next year. How to focus in on those goals and really put all my effort into one goal at a time. Sometimes when you are working on multiple things the overall effect seems minimal. If you work really hard at one goal and knock it out, progress seems to move faster.

What does your 10-year vision of yourself look like?

XOXOXO
Casey

Law of Attraction and Manifesting

I was listening to this podcast the other day and it hit home for me. I felt the need to share, just in case someone else needs to hear this as well. The Rachel Hollis Podcast – Episode 185

Law of Attraction vs. Manifesting. Most people have heard of the Law of Attraction before and if you haven’t, then it is pretty simple. You attract what you want. Positive thoughts bring positivity into your life. On the other end, the more negative thoughts you have, the more negativity you bring into your life. She went on to explain that manifesting is attracting what you are. There is one key component that needs to be included here, you have to do the work. Just because you are manifesting a greater life, doesn’t mean that it will just appear. I am certain if that were the case, there would be more people better off than they are now.

One thing that was discussed in the podcast was your energy. What kind of energy do you show up with every day? Now we aren’t talking about how tired you are or how much physical energy you have. We are talking about the energy you give, the vibes you put out. If you are giving out frustrated, depressed, and negative feeling vibes, guess what? That is exactly what you are going to get back. If you are full of gratitude and positivity and just happy with life, you guessed it. You are going to get that in return. You attract other people who are at your same energy level.

The podcast went a little deeper discussing how bad a scarcity mindset can affect you. When things don’t seem to be going right, it seems more things tend to go wrong. When things are rock-n-rolling, you bet, everything seems to be working well. Just take a moment to remember how much your mindset can affect you.

My favorite part of the podcast was towards the very end. She gave the reminder of watching what you say, think, and write down because words have power. “At any given moment you are creating your reality or destroying your possibility based on your thoughts alone.” I suggest you re-read that. Now I suggest that you sit in it and really think about it. Words have the biggest impact on you. What are you telling yourself today?

For a deeper dive be sure to check out the podcast, episode 185

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love.

XOXOXO

Casey

The 5 Love Languages

Love Languages. I have read some on this concept before and am finishing up a book on Love Languages of Children. I am very fascinated by this concept. It is intriguing how different people need or prefer different ways of being loved, how filling someone’s love tank can change their whole demeanor. I don’t think you can fully understand the effects of giving someone love in their preferred way until you do it. I have listened to other people talk before and it seems that a lot of times if we can just give a little of what our partner needs, things would be a lot better for everyone involved.

If you are not familiar with The 5 Love Languages, we are going to jump into them right now.

  1. Physical Touch – you feel more loved when you have physical contact, whether that is hugs, or a hand being held, or a hand on your lower back as you are being led into a room. These continuous acts fill up your love tank.
  1. Words of Affirmation – you love hearing words of affection, and endearment, words of praise and encouragement. Hearing all these helps keep your love tank full.
  1. Quality Time – you prefer to spend one on one time with that special someone. While it doesn’t matter what you are doing, the fact that you are spending the time together is what keeps your love tank full
  1. Gifts – gift giving and gift receiving are very important to you, as these things help fill your love tank.
  1. Acts of Service – your love tank fills when the people around you do things to help you out. Something as simple as washing the dishes or folding clothes would be an act of service

So, what is your love language? You can take the test here to find out – https://www.5lovelanguages.com/ – it is very short and easy to get through.

One of the interesting things that I have learned, is that when children are growing up, they will need all five love languages to fill their tank. They will express a primary one but as they get older that primary one could potentially change too. The children’s book is very enlightening, and I highly recommend reading it. That book is called: The 5 Love Languages of Children.

Whatever you decide to do, learning how to spread more love and help our partners and children feel more loved is the ultimate goal. The world needs more love!

Have any books you have been itching to read? Let me know, I would love to add them to my list or do a book review on them!

XOXOXO

Casey

Cheesy Bacon and Broccoli Chicken Recipe

I got back in the kitchen this past week and it felt so good. Now, if you know me you might have just laughed out loud. I am by no way shape or form a cook but I have gotten this itch to cook more lately, so I have decided to try and start scratching it, at least once a week anyway.

We try to cook low-carb meals, which I am all about. Last week, I ordered two new keto-friendly cookbooks and got busy picking out recipes when they came in. My mom and I decided to make it even more interesting, we were going to cook together, along with some quality bonding time!

Our first recipe was from – “The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook” page 107. “Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli Chicken.”

Ingredients include:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 6 ounces cream cheese – room temperature
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat your baking dish with ghee.
  3. Season your chicken breasts with pink Himalayan salt and pepper.
  4. Place the chicken breasts and the bacon slices in the baking dish and cook for 25 minutes.
  5. Once complete, take the chicken breasts to a cutting board and use two forks to shred them. Be sure to season it some more with Himalayan salt and pepper.
  6. Place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate so that it will crisp up.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded chicken, broccoli, and half of the bacon (be sure to crumble it up). (Instead of frozen broccoli, we chopped the florets off raw broccoli and cooked it while the chicken was cooking.)
  8. Transfer the chicken mixture into the baking dish and top with Cheddar and the remaining bacon. (I did not measure out our cheese, just covered the top layer.
  9. Bake until the cheese is bubbling and browned for roughly 35 minutes.

This dish was so good and was super easy to make! I felt almost like a chef! It reminded me a lot of Broccoli Rice Casserole. If you aren’t a broccoli fan you could always swap it out with cauliflower. What are some of your great low-carb recipes I can try?

I found joy in that kitchen this past week and for that, I am thankful!

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey

Finding Joy Each and Every Day

Today marks a new day. Today, I had a revelation. The past few weeks or more like months have been little rough. I have been searching for something that isn’t there. Searching for something that I thought could turn things around. Searching for something that, technically I can only provide for myself, however, I did not know that.

I am an avid reader. Anytime I see a book that looks halfway interesting, I buy it. Anytime, I hear book recommendations, I write them down. I am open to all books, although I would say my favorite would be murder mysteries and any books that are geared towards self-help and growth. I find it very fascinating, the little tad bits of information that you pick up here and there.

Recently, I started reading Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein. I have had this book for a while now and have even tried to start it before and didn’t get into it. That changed though, now was the right time for me to read this and I am so thankful. God works in mysterious ways.

This book is about really connecting with that high power that you believe in, whether that be God, the universe, or a higher spirit. It talks quite a bit about how to get out of a place of negativity and to really focus on the joy in your life. There is even a list of the different emotions that we as humans go through. Within the first four chapters, I realized two things that I have been doing wrong for quite a while.

  1. When I am in a low state, instead of trying to climb out of it, I just want to be on cloud nine again. When that doesn’t happen, it can make me feel even more defeated. It is better to work on one emotion at a time. So, whenever I am sad, instead of trying to feel extreme happiness. I just need to focus a step up from being sad. Being content. Then focus on the next emotion I need to get me to the next step of being ultimately happy.
  1. My second realization was that only I can bring joy into my life. For so long, I have looked to others and things to fill something that I thought I was missing. No one or no material thing can do that for you. You have to be the one to find that joy. You have to be the one that chooses to wake up each morning and choose joy. You have to be the one that finds joy in every crummy situation you may be in.

It is interesting how much at peace I have been the last few days. Waking up every morning, choosing joy, and knowing that things will work out how they are supposed to work out on God’s terms. There is peace in knowing and appreciating all the amazing things you have in your life. To find joy again in your life is an amazing thing. I hope that every morning you choose joy.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love.

XOXOXO

Casey

Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy Farm, in Little Ole’ Gustine, Texas

Milk, it does the body good! One of my favorite things to do is meet other cattle (beef & dairy) producers. Today I toured my second dairy and this one was phenomenal. Located in Gustine, Texas, Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy started in 1993 with 50 Dairy cows. The operation today consists of 5,000 Dairy cows!

            Not only has the dairy grown in size over the last 25 years but they have also started bottling their own milk as well. They sell their milk in glass bottles! Besides learning about their operation, this had to be the coolest thing I heard all day. The instant I heard him say that I felt like they were bringing back some of the old ways of doing things. Did I mention they have a home delivery option as well? And that you can return the glass bottles and they refill them for you?!? Oh, and one other small mention, they are the official milk of the DALLAS COWBOYS!!! How awesome is that! This dairy is doing some amazing things. For more information on where their milk is sold or how you can sign up for home delivery, check out their website here – https://vollemansdairy.com/stores/

            If you have ever wondered about the treatment of Dairy Cows, let me tell you, these ladies have it made in the shade. They are in free stall barns with cross vents. This means the cows are under shade and have air flowing in and cooling them off. They are also able to walk, laydown, and eat in whichever stall they want. Did I mention they have sprinklers that cool them down when they eat? Talk about the life!

            Another fun fact about this dairy, they let people come out and tour, not only their dairy barn but also the bottling plant where the milk is processed and bottled. This would be one of the neatest field trips ever. If you have little ones and want to learn more about dairy’s, this tour is for you!  For more information on that, be sure to click here – https://vollemansdairy.com/dairy-tours/

            Today was a great day, one of those days that you wish everyone could experience. The best thing overall for me was the love and passion that David had for his cows and his industry. I wish all consumers could experience that firsthand. When you get to experience that love and passion, you know without a doubt, they will do whatever it takes to care for their animals. To love what you do, while making a positive impact not only on your family and the local community but across the state and surrounding states, well that’s a beautiful thing.

As always spread some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXOXO

Casey

Sometimes a Little Music is All We Need

I am on the road quite a bit, commuting to work, going to events and all the other things that life throws my way. I try to listen to podcasts but sometimes music is what I need. Today was one of those days.

Do you ever listen to a song, and it just hits your soul and then you listen to it on repeat until you get out of the truck? No? Just me? Okay, no worries, I know that I can be pretty weird at times.

Now don’t laugh, but today was Luke Combs – Houston, we got a problem. If you have never listened to this song, the lyrics are about Houston and Texas. As I was listening to the words, all kinds of thoughts flooded my mind. 

“I got my new boots covered in red dirt, a “Don’t Mess with Texas” T-shirt, and a Lonestar postcard, postmarked with missing you, it’s got the biggest sky you’ve ever seen…”

I immediately was so grateful that I have been raised in Texas. That I grew up with red dirt on my boots. That I have seen the most beautiful Texas Sunrises and Sunsets. Thankful, I have been able to travel Texas and see all the beauty it has to offer.

“…Should’ve seen Midnight Rodeo, the way them saloon doors swing when they line dance to “Copperhead Road…”

Grateful for some of the best times I have had dancing to Copper Head Road. It is funny how a simple song can bring you to a place of perspective. How a single song can turn your mindset around. How a simple song, can take a crummy week you have been having and turn it around, or better yet, how God can talk to you through a simple song and remind you of all the amazing wonders he offers us.

Take a moment today to stop and reflect and remember how grateful you are. Gratitude is a wonderful thing.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey

Sometimes We All Need a Reminder from the Big Man Upstairs

These last few weeks, I have really been confused on life. Looking at all the things around me and while being grateful for everything that has come my way, still feeling like something is missing. Still wondering what I am doing wrong, still wondering what I need to do to get to the next level.

I am a pen and paper kind of girl and I have number crunched and dreamed and planned things out, so many times in so many different ways and yet the past few years, I have still been stuck in the same place, making not so fast progress in my eyes. In fact, I have probably fallen back some instead of moving forward.

A month or so ago, I was checking out at Hobby Lobby and they had some books on sale. Me being the reader that I am snagged them for a later day. That later day just so happened to be in these last few weeks. Sometimes, God puts things in your life to make you stop and think and that is exactly what this book did. It was a relationship book and while the advice in it was solid, I pulled something entirely different from the book.

If you aren’t inviting God into your life, no matter how hard you work at things, you will never have the fulfillment that you are looking for.

This book intrigued me and let’s just say I needed this book at this exact time. I was broken down, to a point of not understanding a lot of things about the way life was going. It reminded me that I wasn’t praying like I should be, that I wasn’t spending time with God like I should be and that instead of trying to figure out all my problems, give them over to God.

I then proceeded to watch “War Room”, one of my favorite movies with Priscilla Shirer, who shows us how to fight the right way in prayer. There is no better feeling than knowing that you are on the right path, that fire, that excitement that burns in you. My question to you is, how do you keep it burning? How do you keep that fire alive? When the mundane tasks of everyday life begin to catch up to you, how do you break out of that cycle?

If you haven’t seen War Room, I highly suggest you watch it. Priscilla also has a book called “Fervent” that is pretty amazing if you are trying to bring some fire to your prayer routine. No matter what season of life you are going through right now, turn to the Big Man upstairs. Watch and be grateful for the things that come your way.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey

Sometimes Slowing Down is Key

The past few weeks have been quite an eye-opening experience for me. I have listened to quite a few podcasts and read some books and had previously come away with the understanding that if you want something, you have to put the pedal to the metal and make it happen. This was my current mindset for my boutique, “The Rustic Pony”. I was trying to do all the things that I could do, to make it grow as fast as possible.

Sometimes that mindset and growth aspect isn’t possible. Yes, you want to try your hardest to make your business successful or do your best at work to get promoted. However, there is a line that you have to be weary of. You can’t push so hard for something that it interferes with your personal finances. You can push and push all you can, but if your business isn’t producing the income to supplement that push, then maybe you need to take a step back and slow down.

I was trying so hard to make something work, I was traveling to all the big shows and telling myself that, oh I will pay myself back after the show. That is all great and dandy until your show doesn’t produce the income you need to not only cover the costs, but to pay yourself back as well. While I know most are smarter when it comes to decisions like this, it happened before I realized it was happening.

I want to let you know that it is okay to start out slow, it is okay to grow at a rate where you feel comfortable, and your business can afford the moves you are wanting to make. It is okay that it may take longer than you hoped. Do not compare your journey with anyone else’s. Your journey is yours alone.

I am so grateful that I got smacked in the face the last couple of weeks. It has sent me back to the drawing board and actually given me a breath of fresh air, a new hope of the future to come, and the ability to slow down and do things the right way. There is room for everyone at the top, slow down, truly enjoy the journey and you will be there before you know it.

The Rustic Pony is still traveling some, so be on the lookout as we will be hitting up some more local shows! Interested in what The Rustic Pony is? Check us out here – http://www.therusticpony.com

When Doubt Hits… Know YOU are Worth it!

Do you ever find yourself wondering why you keep pushing for more? Why you keep going above and beyond because it doesn’t seem like it is going anywhere? If all the time you are investing into something is really worth it?

This past week, I was having some heavy doubt. I was getting ready for a Rustic Pony Show. As I was loading up the trailer, the first thought came into my head, is this really worth it? I was able to combat that negative thought and the next day went to work before I left for the show. That day was TOUGH. My debit card number got hacked, it was the day before a Holiday weekend. I had to cancel my card, drive over four hours away to a show with only the cash in my wallet…which wasn’t much.

That whole day, I spent thinking is this worth it? Is all this time away from my family worth it? Is all this money I have invested into this dream of mine worth it? How long do I pursue this before I just give up? Am I even making any progress? Is this the thing I am supposed to actually be doing?

Let me tell you, once I go down a rabbit hole. I go down a rabbit hole. So there I was Friday feeling sorry for myself, sales weren’t going very good either so it only intensified my feelings. I finally reached out to my go-to pal. They laid it out in the simplest terms. You are trying to better yourself, of course it’s worth it.

Let me expand on that just a little bit. If trying to better your life and your family’s life was easy, everyone would do it. It is hard and takes hard work. It takes failing, it takes losing, and it takes grit. It takes waking up each morning and doing something to get towards your goals. It will take hard work, tears, pushing beyond your limits, and possibly more tears. But guess what? It is worth it. Your dreams are worth it, your family is worth it. YOU are worth it.

When that doubt comes around, just push through and remember that everything you are working for is worth it.