Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Step by Step

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with their family and friends.

Last week was a good week for me in terms of getting stuff done. I got to see one of my best friends on Tuesday while she was in town visiting family. On Wednesday I was able to go to the library and get a few things done there. Thursday I helped my grandpa with some of his Spring cleaning. Lastly, on Friday I managed to go for a run and bake cookies for my family. The run was much more successful than the last one and I could tell that taping my foot/shin made a huge difference. Now I can't wait to keep testing the waters and get into some sort of schedule (if only the weather would cooperate).

Sometimes I think it's funny what I consider "getting stuff done" now compared to years past, but I'm always proud of myself if I do anything besides sit around and watch TV. It's so tempting and easy to let yourself do nothing when there's nothing required of you (even though getting a job is a general all-encompassing goal/requirement). I have all the time in the world now and it's been harder than ever to actually get anything accomplished.

Life is always day by day and step by step. As much as I would like a fast forward button to take me to the future when I have a dependable job, am living out of my parent's house, and I'm in a serious relationship, no such thing exists. Besides, there's a lot to learn from taking the stairs not the elevator.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Outfit of the Day

After church yesterday I wanted to change into something more comfortable (I was wearing a dress and forgot to take a picture of it). 

Ignore my unmade bed and low picture quality.

I was excited to wear my new spring top from Kohl's, which was much better than my typical jeans and a t-shirt default.

Top: ELLE Splatter Ruffled Crepe Top
Jeans: Jeggings from American Eagle
Sweater: I've had this for several years. Here's something similar.

Let me know if you guys want to see more outfits of the day.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

As Long As You're Trying, You're Not Failing

Monday I went for my first run in almost half a year. After really aggravating my shins running last summer and feeling like I got no where, I decided to join the I'm-not-a-runner club again. And I've been perfectly okay with not running (there were a few times when my friends ran races and it made me want to try again, but for the most part not running was good). So instead of running I've been taking WERQ fitness classes, and I've been having so much fun. Unfortunately, my class package is over and (for now) I can't afford to take anymore classes.

Ultimately it means I'm back to relying on home workout videos and outdoor activities for exercise. I'm feeling pretty thankful that it's spring and spending time outside has been enjoyable again (at least for now, you never know what'll happen with the weather in MI).

Anyways, I went out on Monday for a walk and randomly decided it'd be a good time to try running. I thought things would be fine because I had stretched well before leaving the house and had walked for a good 5 minutes before taking off but after a minute of running I stopped to take a small walking break. The lower half of my legs felt so tight I was afraid they were going to cramp up so I tried to walk it off and then finally stopped to stretch them out. After stretching I was hoping to try running again, but I couldn't even walk right let alone run. Part of me was afraid I'd mess up my shins again and part of me was afraid I'd fall on my face because it felt like my ankles weren't working properly.

I walked all the way home feeling like a failure because I only ran for a minute, then I remembered that as long as you're trying, you're not failing. Working towards something, even if it seems like you're not accomplishing anything at the time, is 10x better than not working at all. It's a lesson that's not only good for running but every aspect of life.

So I'll be running again because the only way to get better is to keep trying (yup I've gone full on cheese balls now).

I know that I probably talk about this kind of encouragement a lot on here, but it's something I typically need to be reminded of. Plus I figure if I need to be reminded of this, there's probably someone else that needs reminding too.


Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Been Too Long

It's been almost a month since I last wrote anything on this blog. There's really no excuse except that I just didn't feel like writing. I have been feeling stuck lately, creatively and with life in general. Staying away from this blog was a way of avoiding making sub-par and/or negative content.

Because this blog isn't specific to any certain area of my life at the moment, it's sometimes difficult to choose what parts I want to share on here. Occasionally I have so many things I want to talk about it's overwhelming and other times it seems like there's just nothing good to share.

I promise I will try to keep up at least a weekly schedule of posts from now on. Hopefully some sort of schedule will allow me to keep blogging more regularly without compromising quality content. I love being able to share my thoughts and my life on this blog and am not ready to give it up yet. Thanks for giving me some time away, but get ready for new posts soon!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Life is Too Short

It's hard to keep the good vibes rolling in the winter month. It's been a bad winter this year. Record lows and never ending snow. Thankfully sunny days have seemed to arrive and hopefully will continue to come our way. It's funny how a little sun can be so deceiving. I kept looking out the windows last week thinking it looked warm when it was actually only 3 or 4 degrees outside. When the sun comes out I always make it a point to open all the curtains and spend a little time taking pointers from my cat and sprawling out in the pools of sunlight.

It has started to warm up a little here in TC and I'm hoping the forecast stays in the 30's and 40's. It would be wonderful if the snow melted down enough for the mountains of snow at the end of our driveway to shrink some.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Oscar Vibes

I know this post is coming to you a little late in the game, but I wanted to talk about it anyways. I watched the Oscars on Sunday with my mom and we both loved it. I live for award shows and started watching pre-red carpet stuff at 1:30! Can you tell I'm a wee bit obsessed?

I mean it's the best of so many worlds wrapped into one.


There were some amazing performances from Idina Menzel to U2 and freakin Bette Midler (nothing can beat her singing Wind Beneath My Wings).

Ellen was hilarious and charming and everything good. 

and of course MOVIES!
I'm always amazed by what movies can do. The way they can not only bring people together but provide an introduction for discussions. Many Oscar nominated movies and performances are about exploring the depth of human nature and those moments that have brought shame as well as those that have inspired triumph.

One last thing I love about award shows is the speeches. And man were there some good speeches on Sunday night. I laughed, I definitely cried (Jared Leto I'm looking at you), and I was reminded of all the wonderful people in my own life.

Do you ever think of who you'd thank during an award speech? Who do you think was best dressed of the night?