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Buzzwords of the Week

This hasn’t been an easy week, or a bright and shiny week, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t a fantastic week of growth. Talking Friday Favorites, but with a twist–let’s look at my favorite buzzwords of the week!

Miss any of the posts this week? Get caught up:


There were parts of this week where I honestly felt at a loss. When I had lunch with Cassie on Monday, we commiserated about how we both struggled with feelings of spinning our wheels (something that I have struggled with in the past–vintage Suz post alert!). That we sit that and try to be so productive, and we are gerbils on a hamster wheel (dude, we aren’t even on the right WHEEL). 

I definitely had moments this week that were just that. Gerbil on hamster wheel.

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But I also had some great moments of getting my ish together. On Monday, I started to get some writing done on my book. I also got a follow up from a previous opportunity, and even with everything going on, I managed to pump out two contributor prompts (I seriously finished the second one on my phone at the doctor. In my hospital gown). Thursday, I managed to finally get some new graphics created for Coach Suz Training. And in the midst that is the cluster of my life, I managed to keep up with the blog and make some plans for the future.


commitment meme

I talked about this a little bit on Thursday, but I was presented with circumstances and situations on Tuesday that both sparked an anxiety attack AND a moment of calm and contentment. I mentioned before how, in psychology, when you have to fight for something, it makes it even more a part of you (in so many words). Basically because you have to convince yourself and justify to yourself why you are sticking with it. Well, I was presented with a few decision moments on Tuesday that helped me to recommit to certain aspects of my life and realize and think about my priorities (which I will get to in a moment).


evolution meme

Goodness knows that I am the first person to understand how much we evolve as people over time. Most of you know the story, and many of you may not (if you are new, please say hi!!), but I am continuing to be enamored with my idea that no great thing is created suddenly. I’m trying to evolve as a person, a blogger and writer, and as a business person. (vague-blogging, get over it).


Thankful Thursday is a thing again.


Priorities + Perspective

During my freak out on Tuesday, I realized that I need to go back to my dedication to priorities, and to apply that to my daily life. I need to take the advice that I give to many of my clients: when life gets out of hand, pick 3 priorities and focus on them for the day. When they are taken care of, do something for yourself, and then consider doing 1 more thing. If that 4th is overwhelming or can’t be done in 30 minutes or less, leave it and just enjoy the day. 

So that is what I am using to guide some of my decisions, or at the very least the things that are “freak out”-worthy. Are they top 3 priorities? If not, MOVE ON.

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Today is a bit different, but I am in a bit of a different place this week. Sure, the health issues cause you to think about what is important, but the thing is, I already knew and know what matters to me in this life. Reminders don’t hurt, though. And I think that is what sums up this week: this week was a reminder.

Wake up calls and remembering the priorities of life #goals #reallife #fridayfavorites Click To Tweet

What are some of your buzzwords for your week?

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites, with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for Friday Five.

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Sometimes the best advice is that we give others, yes? Hope things have gotten better for you later this week. As always, I love you and your perspective. xoxo

    August 19, 2016 at 6:18 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Girl, I hear you. Rock and I are in a huge transition in our lives right now. Hopefully I will be blogging about it next week. But I just put the blogging and the running on hold this week. We had other stuff to do and that’s ok. I looked at my priorities and it just was the way to go for the week. Keeping my sanity is essential, especially when a husband and a baby are involved. I always say to take a deep breath and step away from the situation. Look at it from a different angle, and then hop back in. Happy weekend!

    August 19, 2016 at 6:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that. When your hobbies and joys become burdens, you need to step back from them. Good luck with everything!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I completely get the “reminder” type weeks. This was one for me, I guess. There’ve been a lot! But they put things into perspective. Love your “formula” for prioritizing. Hoping you have a restful and fun weekend <3

    August 19, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you do, too, Emily!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I think a lot of us are in the same place–it’s interesting how that is happening. Part of me thinks it’s just the negativity in the presidential campaign. It’s a disease that seems to be spreading to everyone. My words for the week are frustration, burnout, and overwhelmed. It’s been a tough week at work–actually a tough summer and I have some big decisions to make about my job.

    August 19, 2016 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am totally down for blaming the presidential campaign for the ills of society. I am more down for blame a certain terrible businessman/politico for them.
      Sending you serious positive vibes for making job decisions. Those can be intense and scary. xoxoq

      August 19, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Deborah @Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I really like your idea if picking 3 priorities for the day and getting them done. Life has been a little hectic over here as well lately!

    August 19, 2016 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that everyone is feeling a bit like they are treading water! Hopefully, this helps!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Pamela Hernandez

    Be. Be Still. Be Present. Be.

    August 19, 2016 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Sara @ Oats & Rows

    “Reminder” weeks are my favorite. I love the motivation and determination that comes from them even though they may arise from a tough week prior.

    August 19, 2016 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you. I wish the tough weeks weren’t necessary, but sometimes, it just has to rain, right?

      August 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply kat

    I love the words that you chose. I am definitely in need of prioritzing and focus right now. This week kind of through me off my game – and I feel like I’ve spent the entire week playing catch up yet not really focusing myself on a plan to move forward.

    August 19, 2016 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, don’t I know that feeling. That is essentially my life!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Oh, I like the 3 priorities thing and squeezing in a fourth under 30 minutes. It’s supposed to be hot as balls here this weekend but omg last weekend and all this week was so busy filled with visiting people that I am so looking forward to just staring at the corner of the wall and drooling.

    August 19, 2016 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have seen a monkey do that. Literally. At the zoo when we went with my parents. I am not kidding.

      August 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I like the idea of three priorities and a fourth if there’s time! I also love and live by the words you chose. Have a great weekend Susie!

    August 19, 2016 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You too, Laura! Have a great time camping!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    There are many times when I just have to slow down, do less and focus on my family and my health. Buzz word for me this week: Think positive. With my little ankle injury I’m trying to just be positive and not get dragged down the negative slide that can creep in when injured.
    This weekend we’ll be spending time swimming and doing a little yoga with my daughters (my husband is working nights all weekend).
    Hope you have a great weekend Suz!

    August 19, 2016 at 8:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I loved reading your post today–you seemed to have really made the decision to have a positive perspective, which is something that I so advocate for. I hope you have an amazing weekend with the little ladies!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I love the advice of going back to priorities when life becomes overwhelming. I often do that myself and it really does help.

    August 19, 2016 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It definitely helped me refocus in the midst of all the crazy going on!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Ugh to the wheels. I’m there with ya. I have so much I WANT to accomplish, but no one is cooperating with me and letting me get it done! Ha! <– I never shift blame.YOU're shifting blame. 😉
    I LOVE your priorities method. I do a similar thing with my to-do list – a few MUST do's for each day and the rest is just bonus.

    August 19, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No, you’re shifting the blame, you blame shifter. Not me 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    Can I say moping? I had a really good run on Sunday and then was hit with a blister that hasn’t come to the surface yet. I’ve been good and haven’t pressed it, but now I’m getting impatient. I even have new running gear coming in the mail and I need to test it out when it gets here.

    August 19, 2016 at 8:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo ooooowwwie that sounds painful! If all else fails, maybe you could go to the derm?

      August 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    There’s nothing like a good freak out episode to bring you back to reality, right? I hate those. Haha! But there’s always something to learn which ultimately helps me grow as a person, so… silver lining? 🙂

    August 19, 2016 at 8:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just wish someone would adult for me. It would be so much easier.

      August 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    THAT 3 PRIORITIES THING. I am writing that down. Who knows if it’s always practical in the midst of school, but on total-overwhelm days, that’s my new rule. And I’m spinning my wheels so hard. I mean, this was ultimately a productive week, but I’ll be totally honest and say that none of that productivity was what I wanted to be productive on. I think my word for the weekend/next week is “focus”. I can get sh*t done when I put my mind to it, but this week it was just all the wrong stuff 😛

    August 19, 2016 at 9:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It isn’t always practical, but it is a good place to start (like do in do-re-me).

      August 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    I love the idea of listing the top 3 priorities. I generally make a list of tasks to do but they are in no particular order. I have so many “important” things going on in my life right now (and for the next few months), that it’s gonna be hard to just pick 3. I’m gonna need more like 5! Have a good weekend!

    August 19, 2016 at 10:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha well, pick primary priorities and secondary priorities, lol. That was the problem–I was having too many to dos, and nothing was getting done!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Great post! Its so hard to pick 3 priorities when it seems my minds going 100 mph! Great suggestion though i think its worth a shot. For the sake of my anxious feelings this week! Thanks for the reminder!

    August 19, 2016 at 10:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know the struggle. But think about it this way: you can either do three things… or be frozen and overwhelmed and do nothing. I think even your anxiety can see the light in that!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I think the biggest word for this week has been ‘battle’, battling for joy and truth and contentment and peace. <3 It's been a tough week here too Susie, but I'm learning so much. <3 you.

    August 19, 2016 at 10:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      <3 you back Emily. Just keep learning and growing–that often is all that we have!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I’m super excited you started to work on your book! That’s one thing I was “supposed” to do this year (draft a proposal), but I kind of lost my way with my original intention. Hoping that creative spark will come back again!

    August 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so! I think you are in a very different place now than you were at the beginning of the year. You are so much more accepting of yourself and what you are able to do every day (as in, not trying to force things). It will come, I know it!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Tricia Vaughn

    Whoever can be productive during these last Summer weeks, my hats go off to them! It is such a struggle. I find I am wasting so much time on things that have little to no meaning in my life and I don’t know why I choose to work on them.
    I’m working to get my act together too!

    August 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good luck to both of us! I hope I am able to keep it up. We shall see lol!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    Focus, recommit, shit or get off the pot. THose are mine.

    August 19, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahahaha commit to the shit 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply Jess run pink

      Just had to say I thourougly enjoyed this. I may borrow occasionally. 😉

      August 19, 2016 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Hope your wkend goes better than your wk has. I have to learn to take some time out for myself. And I did this wk. I actually got my nails done and I never get them done.

    August 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so great to hear, Lacey. I actually finally painted my own nails again this week, something that I was doing all the time in the Winter/spring!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Jess run pink

    It’s almost like you took a script from my life. I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels in life. LIFE. all of it. Ha. I tried to merge from pharmacy to personal trainer but in a small town this proved near pointless. Though I haven’t given up. Totally. My buzzword has been “victory” because I just have to believe that I can be victorious. I’ve also been listening to a book called “Eat that Frog”. Something about time/life goals/career management. So far I’m still late everywhere I go but I’m convinced I’ll be victorious. Eventually. 🙂 you inspire me. Just so you know. I don’t always comment but know I read often!! Have a beautiful weekend!

    August 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You totally will be victorious. I think I’ve heard of that book–love that message. Sometimes you DO just have to EAT THAT FROG. And thank you, thank you so much for reading–and taking the time today to comment! I so appreciate it! Have an amazing day, Jess!

      August 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    Looking forward to a wine and paint night!

    August 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooo that will be so fun!

      August 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I like your plan for managing priorities. Lately I have felt like just when I get one thing done, something else gets added to my plate. It helps to recognize what I did accomplish even if I didn’t get to everything. Also, so important to make time for yourself especially when things are hectic.

    August 20, 2016 at 4:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. It is never ending! We have to find a way to get control of the madness.

      August 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    Love this! One of my buzzwords for the week is gratitude as well. I always have to remind myself to be more thankful of the things in my life! Another one is mindfulness to me- staying in the present can be so hard!

    August 20, 2016 at 8:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. Staying in the moment can be so hard with all of the stressers in our lives plus all the technology!

      August 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    hahaha, the brushing teeth thing is so true. I sometimes do it though just because I know I’ll be too lazy to eat again because it involves having to brush em’ again!

    I really like the idea of picking 3 priorities to focus on for the day when things seem to be going out of hand. I’ll have to employ that too! :O

    Super excited that you’re working on your book! :O :O!!!

    August 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    It has been a rough week for me but I am grateful to get through it. Letting go is so important.

    August 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply courtney @ eat pray run dc

    Thinking of you. Hmmm buzzwords? Not sure but right now the most common words I’m saying all involve food or naps. 🙂

    August 21, 2016 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I DEFINITELY need to apply Priorities + Perspective to my current circumstances so I am totally grateful for the reminder.

    Sending huge hugs your way, my friend!

    August 21, 2016 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Ah, reminders. They are annoying little bitches. But 100% necessary. xoxo

    August 22, 2016 at 12:20 am
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