Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What Makes Me Tick

I typed and erased about ten times the reason behind why I'm writing this post. But truthfully, I believe that sometimes others don't have to understand your purpose in order to appreciate the outcome. In simple words, I want to restore and rekindle my life's passions that allow me to thrive...

1. Meeting new people 
2. Great music [like John Mayer's recent album]
3. Watching others use their talents - I can't help but be inspired!
4. Reading a good book, both fiction and non-fiction 
5. Singing 
6. Running while the sun rises [I've been advised to take a few more months off]
7. Acting in a leadership role 
8. Being an aggressive follower in a purposeful group 
9. Following detailed instructions 
10. YouTube videos of all kinds 
11. Putting pen to paper and journaling my heart out
12. A good, meaningful purchase 
13. Crying - It's the heart's way of allowing you to lose weight 
14. Snuggling with my man on the couch 
15. Having my hair played with 
16. Freshly painted nails 
17. Skyping with my Argentine host sister in Spanish 
18. Engaging church services 
20. Penguins 

So this list is random, I know. I've been struggling lately to put my thoughts into words. Maybe it's the absence of assigned writing assignments, I'm not really sure, but it's the truth. Lately, I've been able to relate to John Mayer's songs "The Age of Worry" and "Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967." If you haven't really listed and digested the words in the songs, I encourage you to do so! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ready, Set, GOAL!

We all have goals of different shapes and sizes. For years, I've talked about wanting to feel comfortable in a bikini. When I say years, I mean since middle school when my body went through those changes we won't talk about. I've always carried a little more weight in my tummy than I'd like others to know, so I dress appropriately for my shape, always working around those few extra inches.

A few weeks ago, Mike's family invited me to join them for part of their vacation in San Diego. I was thrilled, until I remembered that would mean a lot of time in a bikini - his family loves to sit on the beach for hours!

Despite my anxiety over the swimsuit dilemma, I decided to book my ticket! I now have under three weeks to kick my butt into gear.

Of course I went to my brothers for advice - I like to call them lean-body fitness professionals. Both of them suggested I start doing two-a-day work outs, including jump rope and lower abdominal work. Also, they told me I should change my attitude about food from..."YUM!!" to "I guess I'll eat that."

So today marks the beginning of my journey towards feeling confident in a bandeau bathing suit - I can't have tan lines in my strapless bridesmaids dress at the end of the summer. I'll find some way to keep you posted about my workout and food regimen and may even be selfish enough to ask for encouragement.

While I know I can't expect speedy results, I plan to remain realistic and work towards feeling better instead of looking for physical change. I'm in need of a body image confidence boost!

Here goes nothing... let's hope this cute sign becomes my reality!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

You've Got To Fight...

For your right, to have a fair trial! Before you jump to any conclusions, let me explain that today I'll be making the two-hour drive to Tucson to fight a traffic violation I was issued a few weeks before graduation. With the Beastie Boys' song aside, I felt that the ticket that was issued unjustly, so I'm going to attempt to explain that to the judge. I mean really, conflicting signage in a construction zone at 10 p.m. would confuse just about anyone. Another police officer affirmed my opinion too... so hopefully I'll "win."

I won't get into the details now, but I will have to write a follow-up post to let you know how it plays out. All I can ask for is prayer - I tend to have terrible anxiety and lose sleep over the smallest things.

But truly, I hope this experience proves to be beneficial. I've never had to defend my actions in front of a judge. I don't have anything to hide so it should prove to be a good exercise. Hopefully my wishful thinking will save me $200....

Have a great Monday, XO!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Make It A Stay-cation - Guest Post

I know my posts have been very inconsistent lately, but life has been full with job location changes, internship applications and apartment searching with my brothers [for them, not me- if you've followed my journey since moving back in with my parents]. But, today I've written a guest post for my friend Sara over at Sincerely Sara Cate. Check out what I wrote about turning animal/house sitting into a mini "stay-cation!" I promise helping someone out and a change of scenery will prove to be tons of fun!

If you aren't following Sara yet, make sure to do so! She's a dear friend and incredible mentor, with an amazing story of her own.