Life Changes

So I am no longer going to be writting on this blog. It was a great experience and even though I was not able to complete my happiness project this year I am so greatful I attempted it. That being said you can still find me over at https://christysbeautifullife.wordpress.com/ where I have started a new chapter in my life and a new blog to go with it!!

March (Not So Creative Month)

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March has started and I am so far behind for this months goals. In fact I haven’t started a single one of them. Let alone finished posting everything that happened in February. But you know what? I am okay with that and have decided to deem this month the Month Off. There is so much going on right now in my life that I have decided that if I manage to do a creative thing by the end of the month great, but if not I am okay with that too.

I am constantly searching for job applications right now. I do have a very small part-time job but that is not cutting it. I need more. I want to go back to school for the dental assistant program in the fall but until then I would like to get a little more comfy with my savings account. I am lucky enough to have amazing friends who let me know about jobs they hear about as well so I am sure there will be something for me sooner then later.

I have also started attempting to date again. I am using match.com and so far there have been a few okay guys, one in particular that I think I am willing to give a shot and meet in person. Things with my current whatever he is just never seem to go anywhere. I think things will be going well and then it feels like things just jump back ten spaces. Its so frustrating and I don’t think I really want to deal with all the emotions that come with him for the rest of my life. Though lets not lie he will always have a place in my heart.

The weather is finally getting nice out so I am outside walking anytime I see the sun or its warm enough. So that is a two for one goal for me because I am getting outside and working out at the same time!!!

This month just flew by so fast and I think trying to add more goals would have been way to overwhelming for me. But April is a new month and I plan on getting back on track the very first day!

February Review

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All in all this had been a pretty good month! I wasn’t able to hit every mark I wanted to with my resolutions but I was still aware of them during the whole month and I didn’t give up like I did at the end of January.

The whole goal for this month was to just try and become a better me. I enjoy the woman I am becoming but there will always be small things that need to be tweaked every now and then.

Embrace Good  Smells: I wanted to start out the month by taking a few moments to enjoy the great smells that surround me in my every day life. I am a lucky person in that I have a very powerful sense of smell. I smell things that most others cant (of course this is not always a good thing! LOL). I bought a candle to represent smell this month because I love being able to get a whiff of something yummy smelling in my home. The candle was called coconut milk and I love it! My goal for this was to make a shrine to scent. I never really got around to this I didn’t really pass my goal. I did find that just being more cautious makes me stop when I smell something and actually notice that smell. I can still remember being a little girl and there being this box of Kleenex that smelled like my old caregiver I use to have. I took two of those Kleenex’s and hid them so I could take them out and smell them whenever I wanted to. I kept them for so long they eventually lost their smell. But they always brought me such great comfort. Smells are funny like that; linking you to a memory.

Stop Saving Clothes: As for my clothes and not saving them I would grade myself at a B-. I still find myself wanting to wear the same sweatshirt and sweatpants whenever I am at home. I did force myself to wear a different outfit every day for a week and that helped me out a lot. I also went through my entire closet and put my clothes into actual outfits. If I couldn’t make something work or I knew I wasn’t really in love with it that clothing went into the donation bin.

Act More Energetic: Acting more energetic was placed on the back burner this month. I did come up with a playlist of happy upbeat songs but that’s about as far as I went with it. I didn’t use food to help boost my energy so I get a gold star for that one as well!! The working out in the morning things however never happened. It;s still something I want to attempt but right now I am finding workout out right before supper to be ideal for me.

Stop Swearing: I had fun coming up with better words to say instead of a cuss word this month, however I am still swearing a ton. I have a jar in my kitchen full of quarters right now from catching myself using a bad word. But it is slowly getting better and I think just being more aware is a great first step. I am catching myself more and more so the cuss words come out less and less.

Make an Admiration List: the biggest deal this month was my admiration list. I had so much fun deciding who I wanted to be in my list and why. I think my end result fits me so well and that’s what I really wanted. Women I truly admire not the ones I think other people think I should. Its important that I let women inspire me to become better because as much as I already like about myself there is always going to be more I with I could be.

February was all in all a pretty dang good month! I’m starting to feel better about myself and I truly enjoy trying to accomplish the goals I set for myself. Here is where I stand with my two months worth of goals so far this year…

  • Exercise- I am rotating workouts with dvds I already own and netflix ones. I am working out on a regular basis and loving it. Next Goal: Add on more time to working out; want to hit 1 hour mark by the end of March
  • Calories- I hit and miss with my diet and I’m sure this is just the way its always going to be. I like juicing but not the work that comes with it. I am taking supplements daily though and am finding they are helping. I have lost about a solid 5 pounds. Next goal: start substituting healthier options into diet.
  • Going into the Sun- I’m nowhere with this goal. Still need to work on going on morning walks when its not raining
  • Journaling- I’m always playing a little bit of catch up with my blog and journal but I do try to keep it going. I still like the goal of posting every Sunday. Next Goal: Come up with a Monday Morning Post
  • Rise with the Rooster- I am happy to say this goal is coming along very well. I am normally up by eight am. Next Goal: Be up at seven am so I can do things like go on my morning walks or write a blog post. It’s nice to have morning time before going to work.
  • Embrace Good Smells- My next step for this is to figure out where I can have a shrine to scent; then slowly start building that shrine.
  • Stop Saving my Clothes- taking daily pictures of what I am wearing helps keep me changing my outfits everyday. Next Goal: Make a catalog for my clothes so I know what looks best with what.
  • Energy- I think the best way to keep this goal alive will be to keep reminding myself to act the way I want to feel.
  • Stop Swearing- This goal is defiantly going to be done in small steps. The quarter in a jar thing is a great start for now and I think just catching myself and trying to use other words is a great place to be.
  • Admiration List- There is no law that says I can’t change or add to my list. So if someone new jumps out at me my goal will be to add her to my list.

February Week 3

images (5)Well this week has been both up and down. I was feeling really sad for myself at the start. Then I decided I needed to figure out what was wrong. The answer was right in front of my face…. I am bored not working a full-time job (Or just any other job then the little I am working for my parents company). So this week I applied online for a few jobs and now it is just going to be a waiting game. As my resolutions here is where I am at…

  • Woke up by nine everyday if not earlier with the exception of today which I am going to deem my sleeping in day if I want it.
  • I have been working out daily!!!
  • Switched from taking CLA to Calcium Pyruvate for two months and I am starting to see little changes
  • I used replacement words for swearing this week. But I still had to place a few quarters into my jar
  • Came up with a few songs for my Good Mood Playlist
  • Bought a new candle so I could embrace a new smell
  • Wore different clothes every day this week..

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February Week 2

images (5)I realize this is Monday but being that it’s President’s Day weekend its technically my Sunday! Now lets get to it…

Stop Saving Clothes: This week I have managed to wear different outfits… I will be doing my week of different attire starting today! I think in order to keep myself on track I will take a picture everyday so i have proof of my accomplishment.

Stop Swearing: Though I am still swearing pretty much daily I have started catching myself doing it. I am making sure quarters are being placed into my swearing jar daily. This is a small step to a big improvement  I have stopped swearing through texts which is also a small step of improvement. I came up with some pretty cool phrases to use instead of the swear word too!

Make an Admiration List: I am still collecting the lady’s I want to include into my list. I think I will end up making a mini scrapbook when all is said and done. Just realizing though that I admire a certain trait is so great because you become more aware when you do that same thing or lack there of.

As for the rest of things…

  • I have been waking up earlier then the week before. I am normally up by no later then nine… So that’s an improvement of an hour. Every little bit helps
  • I am still making some sort of journal entry every week
  • I have been working out with the exception of this weekend. I do plan on getting back to it starting this afternoon
  • I am taking my CLA and Coconut Oil supplements daily. I am switching to Calcium Pyruvate in two days!

 

Multitasking

I wrote this back in January when I was noticing how much of a multitasker I am… I thought I had published it to my blog but looks like I forgot…134079112

Lately I have been noticing more and more that I am a major multitasker. I start one project and soon find myself switching gears and doing something else. Or I will be looking something up while playing a facebook game. I think multitasking has its place but I truly believe that its a task I need to cut out of my life a little. (Funny cause as I am writing this I am listening to the Seahawks-Redskin game on TV)

I spent a little time looking into multitaking to see if it truly is as destructive as I think it is to actually getting stuff done. and here is what I have learned…

  • switching from one task to the next takes a serious toll on productivity.
  • productivity can be reduced by as much as 40 percent by the mental blocks created when people switch tasks.

It can mean performing two or more tasks simultaneously, or it can also involve switching back and forth from one thing to another. Multitasking can also involve performing a number of tasks in rapid succession.

The next time you find yourself multitasking when you are trying to be productive, take a quick assessment of the various things you are trying to accomplish. Eliminate distractions and try to focus on one task at a time.

“There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.” Lord Chesterfield

I am a multitasker and bad at it to boot! But after doing a little research I have decided to try and just focus on one project at a time.

Handbag Love (SS7)

1. What is your favorite handbag you’ve ever owned? My tan bag that I used for half of 2011 before I wore it out. I loved the color of it and I loved that it matched everything I wore. 020
2. What is your dream handbag you lust over? I’m not really into purse fashion that much but I really want to buy an Elle flowered purse I saw…131985189-450x450-0-0_elle+elle+floral+cross+body+handbag
3. What are the daily essentials in your purse or work bag? I have to have chapstick in my purse at all times or I will freak out!! I also ALWAYS have Excedrin for when I get a headache.
4.What’s in your purse?(with pictures) 

20131.My stylish wallet that I just love… 2.Flashlight connected to my purse so I wont ever loose it, because you just never know when you will need a little light…. 3.Headache medicine because I HATE dealing with headaches… 4. Small deodorant stick, hand lotion and perfume so I will always be smelling delicious… 5.Chapstick because I couldn’t live without it… 6.My passport for when I travel across the border.

February Week 1

images (5)Well first week down and I have to say I am pretty happy with the results of what I have accomplished. Not everything is getting done everyday but I am making a conscious effort to do my best. Here is how it looks

  • I was able to hit my mark of working out at least 4 times this week
  • Been having fresh juice every morning for breakfast… Still not tracking yet but healthy eating steps are coming along slowly
  • Did not go on any walks this week… But have a date with my bff to walk next thursday
  • Posted last Sunday and I am posting this today so thats 2/2
  • Been able to get up a little earlier then last week… Its progress to say the least
  • I embraced the smell of a new car this week
  • Went three days with different outfits on… And attempted to dress up when I went to work
  • Haven’t attempted to act more energetic yet
  • Caught myself swearing on Thursday so i officially have put a quarter in my jar
  • Coming up with a good list for my admiration list!!!

I think its safe to say this was a pretty good week!!!

While Were Far Apart

images (6)I have just started reading books from WWII and While We’re Far Apart was a great starting point. I am a huge Lynn Austin fan. I read pretty much every book she writes because they are always so thrilling and I am never really sure where her stories will go. This book was no exception

To me this book had three stories intermingled into one another. First is Jacob Mendel; a Jewish widower living in New York and dealing with the grief of losing his wife in a terrible accident along with waiting to hear from news of his son who is in Hungary. He rents out the upstairs apartment to a man named Eddie Shaffer who has two children. Esther the daughter is upset with her father who is about to leave her and her younger brother Peter to go to war. Their mother Rachel was killed in the same terrible accident as Mr. Mendel’s wife.

Eddie attempts to have his children stay with his mother while he goes away when Penny, the daughter of the next door neighbors to his mother offers to watch the children for him. Penny is in love with Eddie and thinks that by watching his children Eddie will want to marry her when he returns from the war.

My feelings about this book are so parallel to this reivew on goodreads.com that I just figured I would share it instead of copying it into my own reivew saying the same thing.

This book raises so many important topics. It takes place in Manhatten during WWII, so it touches on how the war affected those left behind, the constant worry and wonder with limited info due to a much reduced communications system than we have now, rations, hunger, the way the servicemen were treated and greeted – all military were very valued during that time. It’s also a coming of age story. Age is explored from many perspectives – from the young to the old. I love in this book how valued and respected old Mr Mendel becomes to his young neighbors. He needed them too, but most touching to me was how much he had to offer – a lifetime of experiences and they appreciated that. I learned so much about the Jewish faith. This book really delves deeply into Jew’s beliefs – their diet, their holidays, their habits, the different ways in which they were grouped and treated. VERY interesting. We also get a slight look into how the holocaust affected Hungarian Jews, following the true timeline of what occured. I loved the addition of the Swedish guy who appeared in Hungary to save so many Jews from almost certain death. I didn’t realize that he was a “real” person until the very end where the author recognized him as a hero.

Kim 

My last little note is how much I loved that this book was not all about the typical romance story. There is a touch of romance intertwined into the story but in such a downplayed way its not enough to make you sick.

February-My Character

images (5)February is always known as the love month. For my project I decided to have this month focus on myself. Not just myself but in particular my character. The things I think are important to becoming the best me possible!

Embrace good smells

“The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character” -Jean anthelme Brillat-Sacarin

  • If a smell reminds me of something I need to take the time to recognize that and write it down
  • Make a shrine to scent

Stop saving my clothes

  • Don’t wear the same article of clothing more then once in a week
  • Try and figure out why I am saving that certain piece. If its just because it’s not comfy I should get rid of it.
  • Go through all  my clothing and mark what things are my favorites. Take note of why I like them for future reference

Act more energetic

“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.” -Terry McMillian

  • Act the way I want to feel 
  • If I feel tired I should go for a walk in the sunshine
  • Listen to upbeat music
  • Can’t use food to help
  • Workout in the morning for an all day energy high

Stop Swearing

I’d rather get a good clean laugh with good material, than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking. That’s not clever or comedic, anybody can get a laugh that way, it’s too easy. -Jim Dale

  • Come up with other terms I find amusing to use in place of a sear word
  • Pretend like I am always right beside my Grandma
  • Become aware of when I use swearing
  • Use a swear jar. Every swear word is a quarter

Make an admiration List

  • Choose women I admire and write down what qualities I enjoy about them
  • Attempt to imitate those qualities
  • Make a list and post is somewhere so I can see it everyday

 

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