Happy New Year!

 

 

I don’t typically set New Year’s resolutions as I prefer to set goals at my birthday instead; but this year I chose a mantra.

Be Brave.

Quit the job you hate, start a business, write the novel, take the trip, say yes, say no, take the chance, say I love you, believe in yourself, give more, dance more, laugh more, dream more, but in all you do, Be Brave.

It’s disheartening how many things we don’t do because we’re scared…fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear of rejections, etc. Just imagine the amazing things that you could do for yourself…for others…for this world, if you were able to push past the fear.

The fear won’t just magically disappear for me, but this year I’m choosing to be brave in the face of the fear and let those resulting actions help build the life that I have always imagined. For anyone who is on their own journey of challenging the fear, please share. I’d love to hear how others are doing, what goals you have, what challenges you are facing…we can all support each other through this exciting journey!

Happy New Year!

I’m wishing you all an Incredible (and Brave) 2015!

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The Love List

With my little disappearance act from the blog recently, I never did a proper New Year post. Don’t worry, I’m not going to launch into a recap of 2013…no need. It can pretty much be summed up in 4 words…Work, Jury Duty, Vacation. That covers a majority of the yearly highlights, sadly nothing else too extraordinary. I struggled with massive amounts of anxiety & stress last year which was a challenge, but I’m working to turn all that around this year.

 

I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be a good one.

 

Instead of doing New Year’s Resolutions this year, or planning any major goals to overcome, I decided to go a different direction. I created a Love List.

One day, I was feeling particularly burned out and ‘blah’, so I grabbed some paper & pen, and scribble down 25 things that I love. They are very general, and I didn’t mean for it to be too specific. I wanted to create a list of things that I love, thing that brought me joy in life. I’ve posted the list below. You’ll notice that some are incredibly general. I did that purposely so that I could find all the bits of joy within that ‘love’ item.

For example… #23 is Travel. General, right? I could have clarified that I wanted to travel overseas or to a  specific country, and I do. But overall I simply love travelling. I can’t afford to do it often, but I love it. So it’s on the list. The goal will be to find ways to ‘travel’ in my area when I can’t afford to go far.

 

So what’s the point?

 

The point of creating this list was to help me see the beauty around me on the tough days. On those days that seem to break me down, I can grab this list, pick a number and do something I love. Maybe it will be to curl up with a good book, or hop in the car with my pup and go to the beach, or add something new to the garden…hell, sometimes it will simply to be sit down and listen to the sound of the rain (check out Rainymood.com. It’s just the sound of the rain, INCREDIBLE).

I should also say that this is not EVERYTHING that I love. This is the first 25 that popped into my head. I’m sure the list could go on and on…

 

These are in no particular order…

 

The Love List

 

  1. Beauty, Skincare, Makeup, Nails
  2. Baxter, Dogs & Animals, helping animals
  3. Instagram
  4. Photography, Black & White Photos, SLR Cameras
  5. Writing Stories
  6. Blogging
  7. Organization & Planning
  8. Home Decor & Interior Design
  9. DIY, Craft Projects, Building Things
  10. Healthy Living, Detox my Life (in all different ways)
  11. Cooking
  12. Bargain Shopping/Hunting
  13. Dancing
  14. Yoga
  15. The Beach
  16. Meditation & Self Hypnosis
  17. The Sound of the Rain
  18. Green Living, Learning to be Environmentally Conscious
  19. Growing my own food
  20. Reading
  21. Family & Friends
  22. Journaling,Creating Photo Look-books
  23. Travel
  24. Art, String Art, Painting
  25. Learning, Continuing Education, School

 

The Challenge is to pick several of these a week and make sure that I’m spending time doing things that I love. Sometimes with the ‘busy-ness’ that is life, it’s hard to find those happy moments. This is just one way that I’m trying to incorporate more HAPPY into my life this year.

 

What is on your Love List?

I’m Feeling Inspired – There’s a Chill in the Air

This year has flown by, and the weather is finally catching up. It’s been in the low 40’s and high 30’s at night lately. I’m loving every sweater wearing second of it. I just wish it had felt like Autumn longer, it’s my favorite season. Until last week it’s been in the 90-100’s. Great for summer, but 95 degrees in November? REALLY?

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Fun Fact – I’ve actually visited this waterfall in Oregon. Me and some coworkers visited during a work trip and totally miscalculated how long it would take to reach the top. We ended up climbing back down in complete darkness, our path lighted by the screen of our cell phones.

Good Times!

I’m Feeling Inspired: Unique Lighting

I’m sorry I disappeared on everyone recently, life has been out of control. Between trying to write the eBook, launch the Etsy store, keep up with the day job, and prepare for the upcoming half marathon (2 weeks!)…I’ve been losing my mind a bit. There was an unfortunate incident with an invasion of ants this past week that ruined 3 batches of fruit butter, and destroyed all the fresh fruit I had out for the next few batches. Needless to say my house, and life, is a mess right now, but it’ll pass. I already have 20 items created for the Etsy store and I can’t wait to share these things in the coming month.

I’ve also started thinking about the holiday and some fun projects. I’ve been really inspired by rustic finishes lately and I’m thinking of creating some sort of ornament chandelier for over the dining table for the holiday. This first pic is what made me think of the ornament chandelier. Has anyone ever used ornaments in a unique way in past, I’d love to see what you did.

This is short and sweet today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with the September Mental Dumbbells post. Also, as many of reminded me, I promised a Pumpkin butter recipe. It will be up soon as well.

A little lighting inspiration.

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stunning light fixture. Would love to see this dripping out the bottom of a large drum shade.

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I’m Feeling Inspired: Surfin’ Summer

While the weather might not be cooperating yet, it’s finally time to bid this summer adieu. While I’m not a surfer (yet), I did grow up near the beach. Sand and water equals home to me no matter where I live. So here’s a a little inspiration of a fading summer.

 

What was the best part of your summer?

 

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Ok, who’s ready for the change of leaves and a pumpkin latte…

…perhaps a good book and a cozy sweater?

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I’m Feeling Inspired – Back To School Photos

When I was little we took a picture every school year out by a tree near our garage. They were simple but cute, and are a great memory. I plan to do something similar once I have kids since it’s so great to have a yearly photo journal as the little ones grow up. These days, parents are getting fancy, and I’ve seen some adorable (and clever) photos around Pinterest for back to school.

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Did you take pictures every year? Do you have anything fun planned for your kids this year?

 

Here are some of my favorites…

 

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I’m Feeling Inspired – Olympics

Is there really anyone that doesn’t enjoy the Olympics?  I can’t wait to watch the events. Not only does it bring a country together (even if only for a few weeks), but its also a great motivator to get off my lazy butt and do something. For some reason, I can’t bring myself to watch the competitions while snacking on a bag of Doritos, but maybe that’s just me. Most of the time I’ll catch up on that days event while on the treadmill.

 

Fun Fact: Did you know that Tug-A-War was an Olympic event in the 1908 London Summer Games? True Story.

 

Here’s a little Olympic inspiration. Hope everyone is having  a great Sunday!

 

Amazing Paralympics Graphic

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I kind of want to frame this…

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I’m Feeling Inspired – Vacation

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to take a real (longer than a weekend) vacation until November, so lately I’ve been daydreaming of tropical beaches and fruity drinks. Even if I can’t actually make it somewhere relaxing this summer, at least I can dream about it.

Does anyone have any fun trips planned this year? Any tropical voyages or European escapades in the works?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I’m Feeling Inspired – Down A Size

So first off, I have to say…WOW. Last month was one of the biggest on the blog and I posted a whopping 5 times. Which makes me wonder if you’re trying to tell me something. That, or June was just a huge month for Golf Cakes and Apple Butter. I never thought those would be the most popular posts on CMD.

I’m also doing something a little different with this week’s inspiration post (just pretend there wasn’t a month long gap since the last one). I realized I haven’t given you a proper update on the weight loss journey lately.

[I could not get the smears off the mirror, sorry]

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My ‘fat’ jeans are in the donation box!

[Holy crap, did I just post a picture of my ass on the internet?]

 

YES. I. DID.

 

Thing have been going great on the weight loss journey, I’m down 28 lbs and a full jean size. I’m also starting week 7 of the C25K and have gone from struggling through a 90 second jog to finishing 20 minutes straight. Now instead of reaching for food when I get stressed at work, I find myself looking forward to my workout. Who thought that would happen? I still have a long way to go, but I’m smiling again.

In all honesty, I hate these types of posts, because I don’t like tooting my own horn. But I’m trying to learn that sometimes it perfectly healthy and justified to pat yourself on the back and share the good news. Especially justified since this blog is supposed to be all about my journey to changing my destiny, right? Well, I see progress.

So here’s to sharing the great news all over the internet!

…especially since my dog just doesn’t get it when I dance around the bedroom in my now smaller jeans.