Friday, July 30, 2010


Sometimes it takes a friends pain to give you a wake up call and remind you what's important.  It's so easy to get caught up in my own life, moving a million miles a minute.  Surrounded by a wedding, training, travel, other relationships, and the day to day drain of work life.  But when someone you love is in pain, it reminds you how much you care for these people.  Reminds you that there should be nothing that takes precedence in keeping in touch and letting them  know you love them.  Love you, wish I was there to ease you pain or just drink lemoncello or wine until we forget what hurts.

Be anxious in nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Something about a good quote Part IV.

Don't be concerned with what you can't do. Work on what you can do, then count your blessings.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New York New York

In a couple hours I will be in NYC to see B and my cousin some Sunday once she finishes her show!  She's a dancer/actor on broadway and other shows around the country! This is probably the most spontaneous trip I've done!  Looked at and saw an awesome deal for flights yesterday afternoon.  If you haven't used it yet check it out! I'm sooooo excited!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Love my Soccer Boyz

I love my soccer boys (and the few girls of course)!! We finished up our Summer Heat season last night and celebrated with the DSlow team! Congrats on a great season and see you for fall in a couple weeks!! Sad a couple of our teammates won't be returning because of school.  Wish you all the best, it was great getting to know you Mikey, thanks for always being my bodyguard, , and love you too! :)  I expect to be invited to the next Deaf Olympics game you STAR in!!

Off my soapbox... Have a great day, God Bless, and don't let the bad things and people bring you down; it just means you are doing something right if you have opposition. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dear Gina, continued

1. Routine for School: As far as school the main thing I did to get through it (besides working my butt off) was make sure I was organized!! I know it comes easier for some than for others but as far as staying organized I used 3 ring binders for EVERYTHING!  Also whatever you need to buy to make organizing fun... do it.  Some nerds (aka me) like everything from tabs to highlighting etc...  Also get some people around you who you can work well with.  God made us all different, we all think differently and each have different talents and ways of thinking.  So don't feel bad if you can't figure it out yourself, ask questions and work through it.

School's most valuable lesson is learning HOW to think and not just to memorize. :) 

2. Workouts: Quite a few people have asked me about what types of workouts I do.... I LOVE training for something, whether it's a Race for the Cure 5k or an Olympic triathlon.  Working out is fun but if you have that extra motivation such as a race you will stick to your training.

My favorite workout lately is Spin class... for people asking how to lose weight or fat that is what I always recommend.  It is a kick-butt cardio that burns the most calories in an hour or 45 mintues.  Anywhere from 400-600 calories! And it tones your whole body.... Jenn is my favorite instructor (shout-out!) 

3. Diet: Right now I don't have a set diet.  I don't really eat fast food, and don't really drink soft drinks.  I think the main thing to do if you don't have a set diet and you want to start watching what you eat just start jornaling.  It's amazing how many calories etc are in foods and what bad stuff is in food!  If you start journaling and just look at what you eat for a month or two that will give you a better idea of what kind of things you are putting into your body and how you can change it to feel better and ultimately look better. 

4. Attitude/ Motivation: The most important thing for me is motivation and attitude.  You have to stick with something and not give up.  A couple girls have asked questions and then gotten frustrated when they haven't lost weight or even gained weight! STAY  WITH IT! You know what you are doing is good for it and believe me YOU CAN DO IT!!!   

A good attitude will help you get through anything.  Last night I spent a little while writing down motivational quotes and bible verses that spoke to me and put it on a big mirror I purchased.  I wanted to wake up every day and see those quotes/ verses and smile.  Start the day off right, in the right mindset and it's amazing what a difference it will make.  

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dear Gina,

Got this message and some other similar ones recently from some girls, so decided to write it out here, for anyone else who was wondering.  It means a lot to have these messages, I just kinda do what I do and forget other people are watching and see how you live your life.  Disclaimer I'm not perfect, I have my flaws, have made some bad decisions, and have scars.  But I only have one life and I try to live it to the best of my ability, learning, healing, growing, loving as I go.  If it will help someone and since you asked (hope you don't mind me posting it) here goes...

hey girl! i hope all is well. i know this is kinda random, actually really random and i know idk you all that well but ever since ive met you and when i was dating S i always looked up to you as a role model. you just seem to have your life together and do things i would like to do and are the type of person i would like to be when i get through school. 

so i was wondering if you have any tips for getting into routines for school and working out. also if you having any tips on types of workouts and eating habits. Idk i guess im just looking for a little advice with everything. i feel like you know what its like to work really hard and have alot of obstacles come across your path. so if you any advice or tips for life id really appreciate it. 

i hope this isnt to weird or random. 

Will respond back soon when I slow down a minute... 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


"But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."

Purpose in the Pain

A post off of J.D. Greer's Blog... I've never been able to express as well as JD has why there is pain and suffering in lives and why bad things happen.  It was a devastating day for Summit family, but he expresses better than I could that there can be purpose in the pain. For the full blog go to

This has been a bittersweet day of reflecting on the promises of God with these families. Trevor and I sat for a while and talked about our sufferings in light of God’s words in Romans 8. Our sufferings are real, our cries of pain are real. But we weigh our present pain against the glory that God is working through that pain; a glory that will outweigh (though it is hard to believe sometimes) all the suffering that we endure in the present. Paul says that we now “groan  in anguish” like a woman in childbirth. Our groaning is real, but it is not a groan of despair. What’s the difference? Imagine you are in the hospital and you hear cries of anguished pain coming from a woman in the next room. Does it matter what is causing the pain? In one sense, no, because pain is pain…but if the woman is travailing in labor it is a pain shrouded in joy; while if she is dying of cancer it is a pain of despair. The Apostle Paul says that all of our present pain is like the pain of childbirth… Yes, we genuinely hurt, but the glory God is bringing forth in us and through us, for the age to come, makes ours a light and momentary affliction.
We love our Summit family, and when one of us hurts, we all hurt. To the Atwoods, the Youngs, and the Henns, we love you sincerely. We will get through this together.
Death and pain put the joy of salvation in sharp relief.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Footprint on my heart

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay awhile, make footprints on our heart, and we are never, ever the same"

Thankful for those who are there every day, who have always been true, never lied or manipulated, and always loved with all their heart.  Love you, wouldn't be who I am today without you and your example of real love & caring.  Hope I can return the favor in some way! For example spreading my "positiveness" (yes it's a made up word)

"Lol Gina u know u are starting to rub off on me with your POSITIVENESS so it's all thanks to you"


A few of my loves...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Put me in Coach...

Success isn't the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

I grew up around sports and was always a tomboy growing up with a Coach for a Dad, so it's no wonder I'm addicted to all things active.  I will try any sport once and will probably end up falling in love with it... Exhibit A Triathlons, Exhibit B Soccer.... and that is just recently.  I've played softball, volleyball, swimmer, basketball, cheerleader, and the list goes on.

I've also always loved nutrition and think it is the BEST reward to have someone message you and ask what you do to get fit and want advice.  I love checking back with people and seeing the progress they've made, or encouraging them to try something new like a triathlon or race.

One day I hope to coach kids or help more people reach their health goals.  Nerdy engineer by day, Fitness Aficionado by night?  That being said wanted to give a little example of my ideal week lately, and since the wedding is coming up soon and the goal of "toned and tan" this will help me remember what my plan is (this doesn't include my sports, usually have soccer 1-2 times a week and softball game 1 time a week so will adjust schedule accordingly so I'm not worn out):

Monday:  Spin 45 minute high intensity class & Swim 15-30 minutes.
Tuesday: Run in am then afternoon "Sculpting" full body toning class
Wednesday: 45 minute high intensity spin class & short run if want to do "brick workout"
Thursday:  Run in am then afternoon Swim 30 minutes
Friday: Rest day
Saturday:  Group Bike Ride 30-45 miles
Sunday: Some form of resistance training or whatever needs work.

Best thing to do is listen to your body and make sure you EAT enough...  (of the good stuff of course.)

Friday, July 2, 2010

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.

"The human spirit is stronger than 
anything that can happen to it."

Last weekend I had my second triathlon of this year.  Hadn't really trained since before Italy and hurt my knee in soccer about 2 weeks ago and the swelling hadn't gone down yet (oh no don't worry I still played every game), but still finished in 1:18!  I think that just proves it really is mind over matter.

You can do anything you believe you can, overcome whatever obstacle all it takes is your own faith, a little prayer, and some support of family and friends.  

Realism is overrated, it's the people who can look past their circumstances spread their wings, dare to hope that should be admired.   

There's a million different bad things in the world that can bring you down, I've seen people focus on some misfortune in their life and it shut their whole world down, so they turn in & become destructive to their own life and others.  I've had my own moments where I would get discouraged but there's always hope, always a reason, and always some good that can come out of something if you believe it.  

July has taught me there is hope.... it shows great promise already! Starting off with a rose, strawberries, burned cd, hot tub, surprises... that's just on day one!  So keep your head up love.  We spoke in Bstud about what you want to be remembered by-- I think I've figured mine out: 

"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere 
and of leaving it behind when they go."