Loving lately.

1.  Yoga.  Specifically YogaStudioApp.  I got this app as one of the free downloads from Starbucks but it’s worth it to purchase it, too.  Why? Because I’m much too competitive to go to a regular yoga class.  When I’m in a legit yoga class, I feel like I need to be able to do all of the things that the old people are doing but better.  Except that I’m not bendy.  And I can’t do it better.  And yoga isn’t about competition…or is it?  I totally want to kick people’s butt at yoga so I must do MY yoga at home where the only person I can compete against is myself (and Laila Grace.  She has a pretty solid downward facing dog).

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2.  Walking.  For some reason, the thought of going running makes me feel nauseous.  I don’t know why.  It’s really strange.  I want to love the exercise that I choose to engage in so I’ve been choosing to walk lately.  I usually carry Laila Grace on my back in the mei tai (so she can see everything) or on my hip in the ring sling baby carrier but since she’s bigger now (a whopping 21 pounds…almost) I sometimes put her in the BoB Revolution SE (stroller) and take her for a stroll to the end of the street and back.  She loves being able to see everything.  And I love sharing something that I love with my girl.

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3.  Eating In-N-Out.  Yep.  It’s like my new favorite thing.  I wish I never tasted those delicious burgers because now I am most certainly hooked.  This is NOT a good thing.  And their french fries.  So yummy.

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4.  Sewing.  I have always wanted to learn how to sew.  Last year, my mom bought me a vintage machine and had it serviced at a reputable shop.  I just recently got around to using it.  Let me tell you, sewing in a straight line is not nearly as easy as I thought it would be.  So far, I have made two bibs for Laila Grace.  Sewing is kind of fun when I’m not making a crap ton of mistakes.

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5. Quality time with my little family.  I don’t know if it’s just because I’m a stay at home mama and wife now but, man, do I crave QUALITY family time. It is nice to go for a walk with Wes and the baby.  Wes and I just talk and joke and laugh.  There aren’t any distractions like the TV blaring in the background or the computer or the iPad or phones.  Just us.  Enjoying one another.  That is my favorite.

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Loving lately.

1. Laila Grace.
I’ve been a little moody lately. Maybe it’s because I haven’t exercised. Maybe it’s because something is off. Either way, Elle is a ray of sunshine. It’s hard to stay in a mood when I’ve got her gorgeousness to stare at. I cannot believe she’s mine. IMG_2471 2. Reading. Yep. I “read” If I Stay by Gayle Forman at my friend’s suggestion. But I kind of don’t consider it reading since I listened to the audiobook. I’m a book snob. I just finished reading the sequel, Where She Went. I think it took me three days. So good. So, so good.

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3. Starbucks. Because Starbucks.

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4. Cooking. I’d been lagging on my cooking game since the birth of Laila Grace. Wes and I ate out a whole heck of alot and that is not at all healthy. We embarked on the Whole30 last month and that was my kickstart to cooking again. I really do enjoy it. It’s especially fun when you’ve got the cool tools and gadgets such as sharp knives, cute measuring spoons, VitaMix, food processor, etc.

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5. Babywearing. I never knew it was such a big thing but I love wearing Laila Grace. She loves it, too. Sometimes I wonder if I’m making motherhood hard on myself since I have my girl with me everywhere all the time but then I remember that she came out of my womb this way. She’s always been happiest when she’s held close. Babywearing allows me to give her what she needs and wants while giving me a free hand (or two) to take care of some of  the things that I need and want to do.

IMG_2529I’m so into it that I joined the Tucson chapter of Babywearing International.  For Christmas, Wes got me a membership to the group.  The membership allows me to borrow a different wrap each month of the year if I so choose.  The whole “try before you buy” method.  Dave Ramsey would be proud. I recently took a class to learn how I can wrap baby girl with a long piece of fabric.  Now, I’ve gotta convince the hubs to invest in a wrap for me… I mean…for Laila Grace.

6. High waisted everything! I’m so glad that high waisted stuff is trendy. I’ve turned into the cliche mom wearing “mom jeans”… Or, in my case, leggings. Those moms know what they’re talking about! High waisted stuff makes it comfortable for me to wear pants. Every other clothing garment that I have hits me right in the c section incision. After about 10 minutes, it’s really uncomfortable. Mom jeans/bottoms/leggings to the rescue! Thanks to Gardenia for being my inside shopper.

7.  “More” time. I’ve been doing more productive things with my time than just squandering every spare second with my phone and on the computer.  I talked about that in my last blog post and I’ve been conscious of being more present.  It’s made all the difference.

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Dee. Day 7

Forgot to post this here yesterday and this was my favorite one!
As I talked about before I really love my books. And there is nothing better than showing off what you love. I wasn’t able to get all the shelves because my room isn’t quite as…. Clean as is necessary but here’s what i got! I’ll make sure to post the other shelf when I clean because that’s the shelf with my favorite books
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Sam. Day seven.

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I’ve started this new thing where I read more than one book at a time. I like this new chaotic book reading method because I almost never get bored with what I’m reading. Some of these are books that I’ve read before and, others, I am digging into for the first time.

I also throw in some e-books into the mix because I really like getting books from the library instead of purchasing them all.

Books (and ebooks) I’m currently reading:

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Only Pregnancy Book You’ll Ever Need Paula Ford- Martin, Britt Brandon, CFNS, CPT and others

Jesus Is ______. Judah Smith (I’m re-reading this one.  Can’t get enough!)

Tattoos of the Heart: the power of boundless compassion Gregory Boyle

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth Ina May Gaskin

Change Your Words, Change Your Life Joyce Meyer

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway, B. S. N.

Rain of Gold Victor Villaseñor (I’m re-reading this one.  The last time I read it, I was in high school… that was a longgggg time ago.)

 

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The Confident Mom Joyce Meyer

Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom Lisa Jo Baker

The Social Animal David Brooks

 

 

Why I Read

Run away and never come back. I’ve been wanting to do that for as long as I can remember. I always thought that as I got older that the feeling would go away but, alas, it gets worse every year. As I keep making not so great decisions about my future my thirst for a whole new life just gets stronger. That’s where reading comes in.
Reading is like a drug to me. I don’t have to think about all the bad shit going on in my life if I just read. Once I get engrossed in a book everything else falls away. I focus totally on what’s going on in the story and my mind feels like it’s resting. If the book is good enough I even forget to eat or take bathroom breaks! There’s nothing better to me than the feeling of reading a great book that keeps my attention.
But reading can make me unhappy sometimes. The thing is, I want to be those characters so bad that once I’m done reading the book all I can think is how much I hate myself. I sit there after I’m done and think to myself,
“Why couldn’t I be born beautiful or rich or in a different place?” And I imagine what it would be like to have everything I wanted or at least not have to struggle constantly for the things I need. Reality always comes back when I look around and I don’t see the setting of the last book I read. And then I feel depressed.
It’s a pretty interesting cycle, really.
I love it and hate it.

I just want a whole new life in a whole new place.
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Pump the brakes.

So I made all of these goals for 2013. When I did this, I had no idea that I would begin the year at a full downhill sprint. Not downhill because it’s been “bad” but downhill because I’m just running. Arms flailing. Attempting to catch my breath. That kind of downhill.

I started this new lifestyle that consists of eating whole foods (nothing processed) for 30 days (as a jump start). This was hard for me. Re-programming my brain to not crave sugar and other crappy foods got a little hairy for a little this month. But, as an accountability factor, I have been uploading pictures of my food (on most days) to Instagram and Facebook. I thought that I was crazy to try something like this but this (along with the whole running thing) was another of my friend Jen’s great ideas. “Hey, you like challenges. What do think about this one? It starts in five days.” And the rest is history.

I celebrated my myfitnesspal anniversary by running 5.19 miles in 52:16 minutes! My goal was to run for 36.5 minutes (get it?) without stopping.

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I completely surprised myself by doing that. Last year, when I went for a walk with Dee, she told me that the following year I’d probably be running. I told her that she was crazy. Look at me now. Eating my words.

Also, I also realized that if I changed a few things around, I would be able to graduate a whole semester early from graduate school. So, I signed up for the courses that I needed to take and am on the path to graduating December 2013.

I said all of the above to say this. My achievable goals for 2013 may not be that achievable. I need to modify them. Dave Ramsey said that there are some things that are needed to make goals achievable but he gave a list of things that you SHOULDN’T DO:

  • Be as general as possible.
  • Don’t worry about gauging success.
  • Time limit, schmime limit.
  • Be sure you’re making others happy.
  • Don’t bother to write anything down.

I think I had my heart in the right place but some of my goals were a little too specific (is that even possible???) So here’s my modified list:

  1. Run/walk/jog 365 miles this year (this may be pretty easy to do considering goal #2).
  2. Complete the Tucson Half-Marathon (running/jogging the whole way).
  3. Complete no less than five AT LEAST ONE Bible study in YouVersion (finish SheReadsTruth: Colossians, Debt: A Biblical Exploration, ReThink Life: 40 Day Devotional—that’s three).
  4. Blog once a week MONTH (no matter how much or how little I have to say).
  5. Have a completely vegetarian eating day once a week EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.
  6. Read at least two A book completely for fun (they may be related to work or school but they must be books that I choose completely of my own volition). I can complete this task by reading before bed each night.
  7. Log every morsel of food I consume on MyFitnessPal (no matter how crappy I’ve eaten on any given day). Paleo and Whole30 doesn’t require food logging (I’ll play this one by ear).
  8. Take the pups, Curious George and Nala, on a walks MORE OFTEN of no less than one mile twice a week (these miles can be included in the 365 mile yearly goal).
  9. When a person comes to mind, send them a text or email or Facebook message to check on them. I made this a goal for last year but, well…
  10. Clean out my closet getting rid of all of the shoes and clothes that haven’t worn in recent history (try that trick with the hangers, facing them all in one direction on laundry day and then facing them the opposite way when I put them back in the closet. The ones that are still facing the original way are “tossed.”)
  11. Stick to my weekly cleaning schedule STRAIGHTEN UP THE HOUSE MORE OFTEN. CLEAN UP AFTER MYSELF MORE OFTEN. (No matter how busy I get. I can think better when the house is clean anyway… no matter how much I try to convince myself otherwise)…rotating days with Wes, of course.
  12. Make Christmas gifts for at least a third of the SOME OF THE people on my Christmas gift giving list.
  13. Not sure for this one… Oh, I got it. I saw this idea on Pinterest for you to put a note in a jar every day MOST DAYS with something good that has happened that day. I’ve decided to do this project (and Wes is doing it with me). On December 31, we’ll read through all of the wonderful things that happened in 2013. I already have the big jar, I just need the follow through.
  14. Not sure to work this in to the 13 but, I also want to train myself to enjoy black coffee (thanks for the nudge, Dee). To accomplish this, I will use less creamer in my coffee and purchase the lighter roasts at the store.

A little modified but I think I can accomplish these. I’m gonna leave this open so that I can modify as needed. This is not a cop out. This is me realizing that I may have stretched myself too thin with all my goal making. As my sis in ❤, Dawn, says, “be spirit led; not driven.” I want to make improvements but I don’t want to kill myself in the process.

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13 achievable goals for 2013.

I know, it’s pretty cliché of me to write a post about accomplishing goals in the wake of a new year.  I don’t really care.  I’m doing it anyway.  I was gonna post 30 goals (since I’ll be 30 in a few months) but that proved to be  a daunting task.  After deliberating with the Nerd Princess, Dee, we decided that 13 goals for 2013 was a pretty solid number (who says something like that???)

So, here goes.  I may need to edit or adapt this list as time passes.  Thanks, Reyna, for the excellent idea…

  1. Run/walk/jog 365 miles this year (this may be pretty easy to do considering goal #2).
  2. Complete the Tucson Half-Marathon (running/jogging the whole way).
  3. Complete no less than 5 different Bible studies in YouVersion (finish SheReadsTruth: Colossians, Debt: A Biblical Exploration, ReThink Life: 40 Day Devotional—that’s three).
  4. Blog once a week (no matter how much or how little I have to say).
  5. Have a completely vegetarian eating day once a week.
  6. Read two books completely for fun (they may be related to work or school but they must be books that I choose completely of my own volition).  I can complete this task by reading before bed each night. 
  7. Log every morsel of food I consume on MyFitnessPal (no matter how crappy I’ve eaten on any given day).
  8. Take the pups, Curious George and Nala, on a walk of no less than one mile twice a week (these miles can be included in the 365 mile yearly goal).
  9. When a person comes to mind, send them a text or email or Facebook message to check on them.  I made this a goal for last year but, well…
  10. Clean out my closet getting rid of all of the shoes and clothes that haven’t worn in recent history (try that trick with the hangers, facing them all in one direction on laundry day and then facing them the opposite way when I put them back in the closet.  The ones that are still facing the original way are “tossed.”)
  11. Stick to my weekly cleaning schedule (no matter how busy I get.  I can think better when the house is clean anyway… no matter how much I try to convince myself otherwise)…rotating days with Wes, of course. 
  12. Make Christmas gifts for at least a third of the people on my Christmas gift giving list.
  13. Not sure for this one… Oh, I got it.  I saw this idea on Pinterest for you to put a note in a jar every day with something good that has happened that day.  I’ve decided to do this project (and Wes is doing it with me).  On December 31, we’ll read through all of the wonderful things that happened in 2013.  I already have the big jar, I just need the follow through.

 

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p.s. Not sure to work this in to the 13 but, I also want to train myself to enjoy black coffee (thanks for the nudge, Dee). To accomplish this, I will use less creamer in my coffee and purchase the lighter roasts at the store.

“I have never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

– Harper Lee

As a kid, reading was an escape of sorts.  The people in the novels that I read had issues but, their issues were usually resolved by the end.  I would cry when they were hurt, laugh with the characters.  They were my friends.  Sometimes, I would get into trouble because my mom would be yelling and yelling for me to do something or to even just answer her, but I’d be so caught up in my books that I wouldn’t even hear her.  Got me in lots of trouble LOTS of times. 

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My love of reading is part of the reason that I wanted to become an English teacher.  Maybe, just maybe, I could pass it on.  Share it.  Make reading exciting for people.  But, I got a little off track and pursued a Math degree instead- silly me.  Anywho, once I got back on track, I ended up cramming all of my upper division English courses into one semester (instead of doing it the recommended way of spreading them out over four years).  I was reading and reading and reading and writing and writing and writing.  Sometimes, I would read two Shakespearean plays in a week along with about 100 plus pages of other classic literature.  I no longer made time to read for fun.  I was too busy trying to keep my head above water!!!  Needless to say, it was exhausting… and my love or reading eventually waned. 

This brings me to the quote.  It sounds silly but, I’ve had to pray that Lord restore my love of reading.  I mean, school starts at the end of the month and I still have two novels to read well enough to be able to teach them!  And I don’t want to do it.  I do not feel like reading.  I came upon this quote and it reminded me about how I used to feel.  I will love reading again.  I have to love reading again.  I need it just like I need to breathe. 

 

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p.s.  I’ve entered a contest to win 20 books.  I found out about the giveaway on Rachel Alpine’s blog, Freckle Head.  I really hope I win.  But, you can enter to win, too!  The giveaway is a stack of 20 books recommended by authors such as Amie Kaufman and Rachel Alpine.  It’s called The Lucky 13s.  I hope I win but if I don’t, I hope you win. =)