Green Bay Trip Recap | amandabixler.com

RECAP: GREEN BAY TRIP

A couple of weeks ago we took an unforgettable and amazing trip to celebrate the hubby’s big 30th birthday. He is a huge Green Bay Packers fan and grew up watching Brett Farve slay defenses, so a trip to Lambeau field was like a landmark trip to Mecca. With my new work responsibilities and schedules, we have opposite days off which means this trip was the first time we’ve spent more than 8 hours in a row together since Labor Day. Can any of my girlfriends relate? If you work opposite days as your main man, how do you manage schedules and quality time together to continue to grow your relationship? Help!
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5 Takeaways from "The Wellness Project" | amandabixler.com

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM “THE WELLNESS PROJECT”

Does anyone else get incredibly stressed out when a new topic of health or wellness sprouts up? I mean, I love essential oils as much as the next girlfriend, but sometimes the thought that every. single. thing. in our home could be incredibly toxic and cause cancer – it’s too much sometimes, right? I want to live a healthy life, make wise choices, drink enough water, buy fair-trade, basically do all the things. It leaves me feeling something like this…
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You Are Not Your Job | amandabixler.com

YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB

I was hired for my first “real” job at 19. I had just started college, was a full-time music major, and struggling to grow up and figure life out. Adulting is hard, am I right?! The music program I was part of was an all-or-nothing type of situation. One of the top 3 hardest programs at the school with the expectation that you said yes to every opportunity, every ensemble, every gig. They were paying you scholarships, after all, and how else do you get good at your craft? Most of the time you weren’t even asked if you wanted to be part of a certain musical ensemble or to audition for stuff – you’d simply receive an email saying you were now part of the Symphony Orchestra and practices started tomorrow at 4pm.
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October Favorites | amandabixler.com

OCTOBER FAVORITES

Just a few of my most favorite things from this month!

IMG_2767Drinking water with this sweet glass I received as a gift after speaking at our women’s retreat last month.

IMG_2766I am diligent and intense about my nighttime routine & this has been the perfect addition. And it’s from a local shop, which makes it that much better!

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Slowly making my way through this book for the second time.

163-01I’ve loved Jamie’s podcast for a long time (as proof here) but one of her most recent interviews has to be my favorite. Sharon speaks such encouragement and life to women, especially in ministry – like water to my soul.

maxresdefaultHave you heard the new CD from Elevation Worship? It’s so great, especially for those cool, slow fall mornings.

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7 Things I Choose To Do Regularly | amandabixler.com

7 THINGS I CHOOSE TO DO REGULARLY

This is a post from the archives.

Since moving to Colorado last year, A & I have been on a journey of simplifying – simplifying our schedules and our commitments in an effort to live a slower and more intentional life. Not one that is full of unnecessary busyness and stress, but one full of joy and contentment, adventures and rest.

Through this process, I created a list of 7 things I don’t do (and encourage you to do the same!) as a way of upfront saying these are things I won’t give in to. I have found that if we are able to clearly define our boundaries and put them in place ahead of time, it is much easier to say “no” in the moment as opposed to being tempted to give in, overcommit, or feel guilty for not doing something enough.
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ORLANDO VACATION

We still technically have a couple more weeks of summer, but it does feel like it’s rapidly coming to a close. Honestly, I’m perfectly okay with that! While it’s been nice to slow down some this summer, try and process life post-graduate school, and adjust to full-time work, I absolutely love fall.

FALL IS MY FAVORITE.

Burnt orange colors, the crisp feeling in the air, the changing of the leaves. Fall in Colorado is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to experience it for the second year. This summer has felt more full than times past – from our trip to California, celebrating my graduation, getting settled into our new home, A’s trip to Africa, and hosting several people in our home. Goodness, I’m looking forward to the fresh routine the fall typically brings.

BUT BEFORE FALL, WE HAD ONE LAST TRIP – A FAMILY REUNION + VACATION!

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This trip has been on the books for about a year, a time for my dad’s side of the family to gather in Florida. My last remaining grandparent, my paternal grandmother, passed away somewhat suddenly last November. My dad and his two siblings chose to use some of their inheritance to pay for the family to come together for a long weekend at the beach for quality time, rest, and celebrating my grandmother’s life.

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IT WAS PERFECT.

The weekend was full of sunshine, a little too much humidity (especially compared to life in Colorado!), tons of laughter and good stories, late nights and early morning sunrises, and delicious food.

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Everyone else in the family started to return home on Monday (Labor Day), but A and I extended our stay an extra day. We woke up early Tuesday morning and spent all day exploring and hanging out at Epcot at Walt Disney World. It was a dream. We absolutely love travel, learning about different cultures, and eating good food – and all of that done in Disney style? Perfection. It also happened to be the Food & Wine Festival, which meant there were dozens of booths set up around the World Showcase with food and beverages from all over the world. Apple strudel from Germany, specialized pita “nachos” from Greece, cool udon noodles and tempura from Japan, and creme brûlée from France. If you’re a foodie, I would highly recommend planning a visit during the Food & Wine Festival.

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No rest for the weary though! Shortly after we landed at the airport, A had to jump into work, the to do list grew rapidly, and we’re quickly trying to recover and get back into the swing of things. Which leads me to this question…

HOW DO YOU HANDLE RE-ENTRY INTO “NORMAL” LIFE AFTER VACATION? DO YOU EASE BACK INTO YOUR ROUTINE OR TAKE A COUPLE OF DAYS OFF?

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27 Ways to Overhaul Your Day | amandabixler.com

27 WAYS TO OVERHAUL YOUR DAY

This is a post from the archives.

If we aren’t careful, life can get away from us. Culture can demand that we are constantly connected, always say “yes” when asked for another commitment, and run ourselves ragged. But what if that wasn’t how we had to live? What if there was a better way to intentionally organize our days that allow more breathing room and opportunities to hear and respond to God? Today I’m sharing twenty-seven simple and tried-and-true tips that I regularly use to break the cycle of busy and overhaul my day.
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August Favorites | amandambixler.com

FAVORITES: AUGUST 2017

What a month August was! I’m serious when I say I’m not sure where the month went – did I take a two week nap? It’s been a whirlwind of a month with extra work events, transitioning to full-time, NOT preparing to start school (for the first time basically since I was 5 years old), and a couple of small trips. But today, before we jump into a new month and new season (HELLO FOOTBALL!), I’m kicking off a new series where each month we’ll recap favorite moments, items, media, and food from the month.
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Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

MY FAVORITE PODCASTS

Is anyone else absolutely obsessed with podcasts? I’ve had an on-and-off relationship with actively listening to podcasts over the past several years. There are seasons where I feel like I’m driving a lot (hello 2 hour commute to school!) where I listen frequently but then summertimes or other seasons where I tend to listen more to music or devote my attention to other things. However, since graduating from school a couple of months ago and adjusting to full-time work at my church with higher leadership expectations, I have found myself desperate to digest as much extra information as I can. It also doesn’t help that I’m a nerd and love learning new things 😉 Read More »

5 Things Every College Student Needs

5 THINGS EVERY NEW COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS

This is a post from the archives, but is still very much applicable!

If you’ve been following along for any amount of time, you’ll know I graduated with my masters degree two months ago. It was a long five-year program of juggling part-time work and part-time school, managing my energy and to do lists, and figuring out all of the things. It’s crazy to think that this has been my life for the past five years – juggling assignments, work, reading, research papers, group meetings, confusing homework, all of it.

I am currently in the process of figuring out what life looks like post-graduation. This fall is the first time in my whole life that I have not been preparing to go back to school, but I still love the thought of a fresh start in the fall and will still be falling back on some of these tools as I transition into full-time work. This list is certainly not exhaustive but as we kick off a new year and new semester of school, these are the five essentials I turn to.

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