2018, life

Goals. Hopes. Dreams.

Goals. Hopes. Dreams.
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Goals. Hopes. Dreams.

 

Those three words can mean different things to different people.  However, all three are intertwined with each other.

Most of you know that I am an extremely goal oriented individual.  When I set a goal, I achieve it, but what happens if you come up short?

For me, I put all my hopes and dreams into one basket and the goals weren’t achieved this past weekend.  You see, I ran a marathon with hopes of a Boston Qualifing time.  I had never ran a marathon, moved up my race date by six weeks, but I had faith that I would achieve it along with an amazing coach and training plan.

Since November 2017, I had put my sole focus on training for this full marathon.  I always have a “to do” list a mile long, but until January, I knew that I would’t write much, read, or do anything other than teach, enjoy my family, and run my butt off!  I loved every minute of it.

This past weekend, I ran, and mentally I had been ready since I made the decision to run the Charleston Marathon.  You see, this race was different.  I had a time goal, but I also had been spending a lot of time talking to God about the race, my purpose in life, and it all being in his plan.

Last Friday, I was so ready.  I was excited, yet calm.  Saturday morning I woke up the exact same way.

m2This is me before the race.  I was all smiles and ready to roll.  As the race started, I was all good.  My pace is perfect and by mile three I’ve shed my long sleeve shirt and in my tank.  However, by mile six it was back on.  The wind was brutal.  Y’all, out of my running friends, I’m the one that is in a tank when it’s barely above freezing.  Needless to say, my goal of meeting the time were still on point until mile eighteen.

We all know that running is mind of matter, but so is everyday life.  I’m a firm believer that if you believe it, you’ll achieve it with hard work.  I strive to make my dreams a reality.

At mile eighteen, I looked up and saw my family.  That was the biggest blessing!  My mind NEEDED them at that point.  As the race went on, the struggles began as well.  At mile twenty twoish, I knew that my goal time was out.  It was a hard thing to swallow, BUT at that point, I decided to enjoy every moment of the race.  My time was horrible, but I didn’t care at the end.  I finished.  I have become one percent of the population, and come November, I WILL meet my goal and make my hopes and dreams a reality.

Goals. Hopes. Dreams.
Yes, this pic isn’t istaworthy, but I don’t care.  My Daddy took it, hence the hand you see up top.  I’m all smiles at the end of 26.2, and my Mama had my cup of coffee waiting as soon as I crossed the finish line.

It was an amazing feeling, and yes, I cried because that’s a feeling like none other.  I honestly thought at one point I was crazy for signing up for this, but like I said, by the time I was back at the condo I was plotting the next one.  It reminded me of having a baby.  When you in the race, you swear you’ll never put your body through this again and feel all the pain, but once you cross the finish line it’s like moment your hear your baby cry and see her for the first time.  All the pain, crazy thoughts, and negativity are weakened.  Over time they dull, and you signup for a new race just like a mama welcomes another blessing to the world.

It’s all about support…

There is no way that I would have made it through those 26.2 without an adaqute support system- my family, friends, coach, and running tribe helped make this race possible. Sometimes in life we feel like we must do everything on our own as women.  It’s not true.  We need people in our lives that build us up, help us push our limits, and make those hopes and dreams a reality.  It doesn’t have to be a marathon.  It could be applying for a new job or stepping out on your own in bussiness.  Make sure that you surround yourself with people that will believe in your hopes, goals, and dreams because they will be the cheerleaders for your own race.

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All smiles at the end of 26.2 at the Charleston Marathon

 

2018, Books, life

Blessed. Stressed. Reading Obsessed.

WOW, Y’all!   How in the world has it been TWO years since I last wrote on this blog?  I honestly can’t believe how fast that time has flown.

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Hardcover Therapy is back and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  I might have to cut a cartwheel… or maybe not.  Instead, I’ll go and run a few miles.  However, there will be a few changes.  Did you see that tagline?  Blessed, Stressed and Reading Obsessed?  What did you think?

For me personally, I know I’m not alone.  My cup is running over and I truly am blessed with my faith, family, career(s), and so much more.  The past two years I have had some ups and downs, but no matter what, I have remained positive.  I want to always show a positive light on life.

Life can get a little stressful at times, but I wouldn’t trade my life for the world.  I think all of us women can relate to that. (The everyday things that have to be done at home, running our children to extracurriculars, the extra bill showing up in the mail, etc.)

Hardcover Therapy will now be a place for us as women to come to enjoy the little things in life called blessings, find ways to remove the little stresses, and of course, discuss the books we are obsessing over.

Since I took a break from this site here’s what has happened in my life…

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My WORLD

Carlee & Billy are still my top priorities.  I love spending every moment I can with them and my family/friends.  The past two years I’ve grown so much in my own skin it’s crazy. For the first time in my life, I’m okay with me inside and out.  I’ve realized that as long as my faith is strong, my family is by my side, and I remain positive through the hard times that I will be fine in this life.  I’ve truly started to embrace the small moments in life.  I can put down my phone or laptop and take a moment to bake cookies with Carlee or to have a lunch date with my husband with my phone on silent.  It can wait… they are what truly matter in life.

Author Casey Peeler has written a total of nine full-length novels and five novellas.  It has been amazing and I’ve learned so much about myself as a writer as well.  I’m def still that #SweetSouthernReads kinda girl.  I’ve got a new release in March with several WIP currently.

I’ve dilly-dallied in two direct sales companies- Plunder Design & NuSkin.  Plunder Design was brought to me by one of my fabulous readers, Olivia.  She had the cutest jewelry and it had a very unique southern style to it.  She stayed on me for six months before I gave in.  It’s very southern chic and super affordable.  Y’all like the average price is $20 or less!  Now, I just dilly with it and have an online site.

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NuSkin Cooperate Office Provo, UT

NuSkin however changed my life with one little tube of toothpaste.   In February, I came across it and said why not.  It’s free to join.  Needless to say my husband was like what in the heck are you selling now. LOL. Little did we know that our lives were about to change.  My husband worked for an assisted living facility and wanted to step out on his own.  This business allowed us to be able to do that without the worry of making sure we had a roof over our heads and bills paid.  Ya know what I mean?  I didn’t know at the time that I would fall head over boots for this company, products, and beliefs.  The company is one I believe in and will be going to South Africa in March as a reward for my success.  Why does this matter?  Well, here’s where things get interesting.

As a child I was obsessed with Africa.  My Mom always believed I’d be her missionary in Kenya.  So for me, this is a dream come true to visit.  Their Nourish the Children foundation has touched my heart, and soon I’ll be an ambassador for the company.  What does this mean?  I will be able to go and do the outreach my Mom believed I’d do as a child.  It’s funny how things come full circle isn’t it?  Has that ever happened to you?

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Shug & Honey tee accented with Plunder earrings

Last May,  my sister and I launched a women’s shirt line called Shug & Honey which is featured in my stories.  It’s been fun to work with her and create southern style shirts along with unique watercolor designs.  There have been some ups and downs with this business.  We are both mom bosses and sometimes this is what gets put on the back burner.  It’s an adventure we enjoy but def more of a hobby for us.

All of these items are featured under my SHOP tab.

Now to life…

During the past two years, I’ve discovered who I AM.  I am strong, goal oriented, determined who loves her faith, family, and living life to the fullest.

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JuneBug Jam my 1 year RUNiversary

If you would have asked me a little over a year and a half ago to run a marathon, I’d have laughed at you!  Y’all in SEVEN days I’ll be running 26.2 miles at the Charleston Marathon!  I use to only run if something was chasing me, but two friends changed that with a 5k.  Needless to say, it created a fire in my feet and I LOVE it.  I’ve had some BIG goals for this race, and it’s all about mindset.  So bring on that 3:45 and keep pushing for the 3:40!  I promise to let you know how it goes.
Running has seriously helped me realized a lot about myself.  I’m strong, determined, consistent, and it’s the time I take for myself four days a week.  It’s like when I sit down and escape in a good book.

So tell me…

How has your life changed the past two years?  Are you looking for a place to connect with women who are busy moms who want to escape the everyday hustle with a good book?  If so, stay tuned because I’ve got the place for you.

With Love & Mason Jars!

Casey