21 August, 2016

Sunday Confessions

Overwhelmed // I never thought I'd say this, but I am ready for summer to come to an end. It's been three-ish months of some pretty ridiculous ups and downs. And I need a break.

Blogging // I've kind of given up on having any sort of a regular blogging schedule. I know things will eventually fall back into place, I just need to give myself some slack and take a deep breath.

Olympics // I haven't watched any coverage of this years Olympics. I actually can't remember the last time I watched any of the Olympics, summer or winter.

Movie Night // I've decided that rather than waiting for friends to be available to go see movies I want to see, I'm just going to start taking myself. First up....Suicide Squad. I know it's already been out for awhile, but I'm going to see it later this week and I can't wait!

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31 July, 2016

Sunday Confessions

Happy almost August!!!!

Pokemon Go // I, like a whole heck of a lot of people, have become OBSESSED with this dang game. Bandit I have been on more walks trying to catch and hatch those dang Pokemon that I care to admit to. But it makes the walks much more entertaining and let's be honest, it's kind of a fun game.

Summer Wardrobe // I headed out for an evening with friends last night and realized that my wardrobe consists of work clothes and workout clothes. It does NOT consist of clothes to simply go hang out in.

Writing // I've been doing a lot of writing lately. Lots of poetry, lots of journal entries, lots of half written blog posts. I apparently have a lot in my head that needs to get out.

Duped // A couple of weeks ago I had a massive adult sized bombed dropped in my lap. It has turned into one of those "Oh man. If I survive this in tact, this is going to make an AWESOME 'You'll never believe this!' story". I'm still trying to come to terms with it, how I feel about it and what I am not-so-responsibly doing about it.

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10 July, 2016

Sunday Confessions: Playing Catch Up

Holy wow.....again, totally didn't plan on taking SUCH a long break but here we are, nearly to the middle of July already.

Crazy Town.

Here's a little recap of what has been going on.....

FireFly Music Festival // I had planned to do a whole recap of this, but it obviously didn't happen. Last month I headed to Delaware with 2 good friends for a weekend of good music. It was amazing! I discovered some really great new-to-me bands, saw some favorites and spent a lot of quality time with a couple of quality ladies!

CrossFit & Gettin' Fit // About 6 six weeks or so ago, I sat down with my CrossFit coach, Trevor, to figure out a plan to lose some weight, gain some muscle and just basically kick some ass. I am happy to say I have seen some pretty big improvements since following his advice. The scale hasn't really moved, but my clothes fit better, I am definitely seeing some new muscles, my lifts have gotten better but more importantly, I FEEL better and with that has been a pretty big boost in confidence.

Dating // I am SO done with this for the foreseeable future. Like I was telling a friend this weekend, I never saw myself as someone who would eventually get married. I always figured if it happened, it happened but if it didn't it wouldn't make my life any less fantastic. So, I'm setting the whole notion of dating aside and am just going to enjoy whatever weird things life throws at me.

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31 May, 2016

Gettin' Organized....Kind Of

One night while traveling down the rabbit hole of Youtube videos, I stumbled upon a whole slew of videos about bullet journals and bullet journaling. As a self-proclaimed “journal junkie” and as someone who struggles with finding the "perfect planner", I totally got sucked into the concept of a customized journal/day/life planner and spent way too many hours looking at Pinterest boards and blog posts about bullet journals.

After some deliberation over whether or not I really want to spend that much time setting one up, I bit the bullet (no pun intended) and decided take the plunge and put one together.

I originally grabbed an old Piccadilly journal I had laying around and went to town on my own version! But after putting it together and realizing I could "make it better!", I ended up buying a brand, spanking new Moleskine notebook for my journal (the fact that I didn't just have one laying about the house was SHOCKING to me).

Unlike a regular bullet journal, I’m pretty OCD and had to have mine set up in sections right from the word go. I didn’t want to have to worry about making an index and numbering pages to try and find things. I wanted to know where things were right from the beginning. And to make sure I knew where each sections starts and begins, I added washi tape to the end of pages.

The first thing I did was section off part of the journal so that each month had the following:
A monthly calendar: Pretty self-explanatory

Monthly Planner: I’ve been using this to unsuccessfully plan out my blog posts
--no photo because it's a total mess AND not ready to give away some of my blog ideas because even though it's May most of them are moving to June. The struggle is real y'all.

Monthly Habit Tracker: Daily habits I’d like to improve upon

Weekly Layout: A place to write daily appointments, to-do items, etc.

*Editors note: I've actually started tracking my water in my daily notes just to make sure I'm hitting my goal, so it is actually tracked in two places

After I had those sections partitioned off, I was able to set up sections for the rest of my journal.

The first section I labeled “Be Grateful”.

The last few months have been a drain emotionally (i.e. I’m done dating indefinitely) but deep down I knew there were good things in my life that happened daily. I wanted to make sure I was honoring those moments and recognizing that I really do have a pretty awesome life, even on the bad days. This section I have dedicated to a daily gratitude log where each day I write down one thing I am grateful for.

The next section is all about health and wellness. I have a page for my workout/health related goals (lifting goals, concur flippin’ double-unders, etc. ), mood tracker,  a place to write down my weight lifting PR’s, training schedule, body measurements and weight tracker and the C25K training plan I’m planning on using (more on that in another post). I’ve also left a couple blank pages in case something else comes along that I want to add later.

I also have a section for the #DateYourselfChallenge I did with Veronica Grant. Even though it is technically saved on Facebook and on my Instagram feed, I wanted a place to write down what I did during the challenge to refer back to when I needed a little reminder. I started the section off by writing the Seven Cardinal Rules for Life. They are seven really great reminders for everyone and fit right in with the challenge.

In June, I’m joining 2 really good friends for a weeklong vacation in Delaware (yes, Delaware) for the FireFly Music Festival. I’ve always said that when I go on vacation I want to write/journal about what we did and/or saw but never manage to actually do so. I am determined, however, to break that cycle and gave myself a section to write about the festival in my journal! I plan on writing down what bands we saw on a particular day, fun little tidbits about the festival and even use it to paste in little keepsakes (if there are any) from the trip.

The rest of the journal is still a work in progress. I have a section for lists (blog ideas, books to read, music to check out), fun quotes I see or hear, random spots for doodle and other ideas. I’ve also left a pretty big section blank in case there is anything else I want to add down the road.

I've been having a lot of fun setting up my journal and actually using it. It's definitely helping to get me somewhat on track of keeping everything in order and organized! 

29 May, 2016

Sunday Confessions

Lazy Ass // I have barely moved from my couch all weekend alternating between reading, watching the Crossfit Regional and eating. There has actually been a little painting in there too and today a little cleaning. I doubt anything will be anything different tomorrow.

Get Creative // The creativity bug has hit again. Maybe its the hot spring days we've been having that make me want to do anything but go outside, but I've definitely been feeling like it's time to start making things again. And the best part, is having a new friend who has been letting me help in in a totally different venue. Seriously.....what music fan wouldn't want to hang out in a recording studio?!

Quickly Approaching // In just a couple of short weeks, I leave for vacation! I am so excite to get out of town for a few days. I just need to get it together and seriously start thinking about what I need to pack and take with me.

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