Stop Worrying, Start Praying, Be Thankful

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I find myself once again getting distracted by life. It becomes all about ME and I lose sight of the bigger picture. Heads up. This is another one of those, “Give it to God and go to sleep” posts.

I’ve been struggling again recently. Life is a series of ups and downs, this I know. I’ve been on one of those downward slopes for the past week or so. I have moments of hesitation and doubt about where my life is heading. I suppose you could say that I have mini panic attacks. I worry a lot about whether or not I’m making the right decisions with my life. I don’t think that I’m alone in the way that I’m feeling, I’m sure lots of you have these thoughts as well, which is one of the reasons that I wanted to bring this back into focus.

I’m a happy person. I LOVE everything about fitness. I love NASM. I love helping you guys with your issues and questions about diet and exercise. I love the nutrition side of it, and creating macro plans. I love my family, Mike, my friends and my life. What is there to really be concerned about? Why do I worry about the future?

thankful cross necklace I can tell you why I worry. I allow myself to fall under the impression that I’m in control. To an extent I am. I can control certain things, like diet and exercise. I think that’s one of the reasons I cling to them so tightly. Truth is, worrying has never solved anything, for anyone. I also am completely aware that when I’m feeling stressed, overwhelmed or worried, I should pray. A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of keeping a relationship with God. I pray pretty often. Usually it’s just in my head throughout the day.

My main stressor has been finding a balance between NASM and figuring out  blog topics and then of course, writing it. I don’t want to bore you guys. I want to write about things you’re interested in reading about. I also don’t want to hound you with Facebook updates on the Chinups & Cupcakes page or blow up your Instagram feed. It just comes with the territory. If I want to grow this thing, it’s just something I’ve gotta do. You coullld make my life a little easier and request a blog topic in the comments below… *wink wink*. I’m super open to suggestions. Anyway…

I had NO IDEA how stressful running a blog could be. If I’m being honest with you, sometimes I wonder to myself how long I can keep it up. It’s never ending. By the time I finish a post and actually get it up, I’m already behind on writing the next one. I know that I don’t need to crank one out every week, but sitting by idly doing nothing is not going to help it grow… I’m constantly brainstorming blog topics while I’m at work, studying NASM, cleaning, working out, etc.. It’s ALWAYS on my mind. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m MADLY IN LOVE with it, but it can be exhausting. The social media aspect is a whole other can of worms. I’ve learned and read about so many different tactics, some that have worked, some that have failed miserably. However, like any other good thing in life, I know I have to earn it. Just as my life has ups and downs, so will this blog. I refuse to give up on it. It’s still young. I’m slowly but surely climbing my way up. I’m getting a lot of views but not so many subscriptions. It’s frustrating because I feel like I’m doing something wrong when logically I know that it just takes time. This is about the time that I get discouraged. I pull away from it. This leads to a couple of days of not even looking at my blog. THAT is when I turn to God. When I need something… It’s always when I need something. Or want something. ME ME ME. Ugh.

So I was in one of my moments the other day. I shut my laptop and put my head down. “There’s got to be an idea floating around in there somewhere, Er.” (Pronounced air, this is my nickname for myself when I’m talking to… myself. LOL.) When I need to think, I clean. I don’t know what it is, but some of my greatest (and most random) ideas have come to me while cleaning.

Have you ever had one of those moments that if you say a word too often, it sounds weird? The other day, I had that with the word lawyer. It sounded funny, like an Irish guy saying liar. Maybe that’s where it originated… Yikes, see, I told you, RANDOM. Okay. Back on track Erin.

Why do I only have a habit of talking to God when I need or want something?

As I was standing there in the kitchen washing the dishes, I began to silently talk to God. I literally tell him what I’m thinking, like He doesn’t already know… Then I have this thought in my moment of “despair”. Why do I only have a habit of talking to God when I need or want something? Why don’t I talk to him when I’m happy or when everything is going great? The answer: I’m a selfish human being. I only think of myself. I should literally be thanking Him for every second I’m alive and every breath that I take. I go days without showing any kind of gratitude. Does He strike me dead? No. He blesses me with all the things I love that I listed above.

thankful 1 thessalonians 5:16-18

Well, there it was. Again. I have my blog topic. I turned to God and poof there it is. I love my life. I love God. I thank Him for my family, my friends, my health, my job, my future career, my passion, the roof over my head, the food on my table, every breath I take, every experience I have and of course, MY BLOG. Without it, I wouldn’t have an outlet to share these kinds of things with all of you that take the time to read it. I hope you know how much I appreciate all of you, too. Every single time I see another post view, it makes my day and keeps me going. I can’t see who is reading, but what I do know is that in the past 2 months, you guys have visited me a little over 1700 times. I’m thankful for that because while it’s not a huge following, I’m still reaching more than I would without this blog. I’m thankful to Mike as well, for making this dream a reality for me.

Clearly, the main theme here is Thankfulness. My challenge to you is for every request you send up to God, thank Him for something too. He doesn’t owe us a thing yet continues to bless us with everything we need. Next time you’re feeling down, remember that He is there and His ears are ready to listen. He loves us more than we can ever truly understand, and even though things may not go as we plan, His plan for us is perfect. He knew Mike would build this blog for me. I know that it was meant to be. I’m not going to walk away. I’m not giving up on it just because it’s “tough”. He has a plan for me, and for you. Just listen. Pray when you’re down AND pray when you’re up!

In keeping with this week’s theme, I’d be SO THANKFUL if you guys could help me. I need your help getting Chin-ups and Cupcakes to grow. If you could subscribe (right under the categories tab), share it on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or all of the above, it would be SO helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your continued support. Have a wonderful day! What are you most thankful for? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next time…

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I'm a 26 year old NASM certified personal trainer with a corrective exercise specialization! My love for fitness and nutrition blossomed several years ago. It has changed my life. Now it's my mission to help and encourage all of you through my blog as well! Feel free to contact me!


  1. Marty

    April 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Most thankful for FAMILY, that’s what Life Is All About, second HEALTH and third, LUCK because that’ also a major part of where we are in life…

    Keep the Faith Erin, we love what you are doing…


    • Chinups_and_Cupcakes

      April 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! Thank you 🙂

  2. Julie

    April 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Erin you are not alone at all! The past 3 years have been the worst years of my life and I guess you could say I have been in a downward slope. I have been through so much with school, relationships, family and friends, but at the end of the day God has a plan for each and every one of us. And even though I feel like he has put me through things I don’t deserve and has brought the wrong people in my life that I didn’t need, I have learned and grown so much as a person. I am currently fighting with depression and just want happiness in the life god has given me and a couple weeks ago something happened to me and my entire mindset has changed on life! and I am finally getting to a point in my life where I am finding myself and I am starting to really feel happy in the direction that god is leading me towards and I CAN’T THANK HIM ENOUGH. Yeah I still have times where I’m going downhill but like you, I do what I have found a love for and that’s fitness and health! With that being said I look forward to seeing your posts pop up on my instagram and facebook! 🙂 MISS YO FACE! <3

    • Chinups_and_Cupcakes

      April 27, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks for sharing Julie! It’s funny how our plans can be so different from God’s sometimes. When something isn’t going “right” we get angry and upset and personally it feels like it’s the end of the world! (I’m dramatic lol) but then once we realize God’s plan everything always seems to make sense. All the ups and downs are key to finding true happiness. I’m so glad you’ve found your path and that things are looking up! Awesome, I’ll keep writing them if you keep reading them 🙂 Thanks again for sharing! Miss you too!

  3. Stacey Franklin

    May 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I personally enjoy reading ALL of what you’ve written, so You’re doing a good job 🙂 you motivated me for sure! Just keep writing what comes to you.

  4. Chinups_and_Cupcakes

    May 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks, Stacey! That means a lot. Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Yazlin

    July 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Oh my goodness Erin! I love your blog!!! I’ve noticed that sometimes with me too I ask God for something when I NEED it, but the reality is that He’s there for you during the best, and worst times in your life, and all the little times in between too. We’re not all perfect, and God knows that, but we can only be the best version of ourselves through Him!

    P.S I’m subscribing right now!! 🙂 keep up the good work!!

    • Chinups_and_Cupcakes

      July 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Aww thank you, Yazlin! I totally agree, we can always count on Him! 🙂

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