26 Before 26 Update – What have I done so far?

I haven’t been focusing a lot on my list but I have accomplished a few things.  Here’s an update on everything on my list.

1. Stop drinking soda completely – I haven’t had any soda since March 21st!  It was difficult at first but I am so proud at myself for doing it!  I chug water all day long and I really do feel better now that I’m not drinking soda.

2. Finish redoing my cookbook – Haven’t even started it…
3. Practice meditation – I need to start this, I think I’ll do that when I’m done here!
4. Create an Inspiration Board – Not started yet
5. Have a solid amount of money in savings – I’m getting there!  There is money in my savings account!  Woohoo!
6. Wear makeup and do my hair regularly – I don’t go anywhere lately but I should do it anyway…I haven’t been doin it much.
7. Get a promotion or better job – Well…I don’t have any job now.  I am going to start going to school full time in September and I am taking a few classes over the summer.  I think going to school is better than just getting a new job or promotion.  Now I will have the ability to find a job that I love hopefully.
8. Cook more-and healthier! – I have been cooking more…not healthier so much. I’m working on it.
9. Make my house a peaceful, inspiring and beautiful place to live.  And keep it clean! – As I said in my last post this is going extremely well!  I need to organize my office a bit but my house is beautiful!
10. Blog at least twice a week – Still working on that…
11. Spend a full day using no electricity (except cooking) – Not yet.
12. Make real curtains for my bedroom – Again, not yet.
13. Read 15 new books – Hmm lets see…the books I can remember reading so far…
Hunger Games Trilogy (3 books) – Suzanne Collins
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Paper Towns – John Green
Eat  Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
A compilation of dystopian stories
Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

Which brings us to a total of 8.  I think there is more but this is all I can remember.  I need to read 7 more books to meet my goal.

14. Watch the sunrise 5 times – Not yet

15. Take more pictures – Not as many as I’d like but more than I used to.

16.  Keep my Etsy shop up and active no matter how discouraged I may get – Arg.  It’s still up but it’s not selling much.

17. Do more new things with Bobby – We have gone to the movies more than we used to but nothing else really.

18. Visit a place I’ve never been – Not yet

19. Practice my guitar at least once a week – Nope

20. Have one screen-free night a week, no tv, no computer, just reading, board games, or connecting with friends. – Yeah right, haven’t managed this yet at all.

21. Go camping – Not warm enough but I’m planning on it!

22. Write a letter to myself to open when I am 50 – Not yet

23. Lose 75lbs – Not even close

24. Have more family and friends over for dinner. – Not yet

25. Exercise for 21 consecutive days and continue working out at least 4 times a week after if not daily. – Nope

26. Create a beautiful scrapbook – No

Okay this was more discouraging then I thought.  I need to get on this stuff!

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“Make my house a peaceful, inspiring, and beautiful place to live”

I was watching a YouTube video the other day by WheezyWaiter and he talked about looking for inspiration in this video.   Something he said struck a chord in me.  He was talking about how if you wait for inspiration then it’s just lazy.  His theory is that if you want to do something you can’t just wait until inspiration smacks you in the face, which is what I do with this blog which is why there haven’t been any posts. So once again, I am going to try to blog more even if I don’t know what I want to blog about.

I haven’t been working now for over a month.  It feels weird to not have a job and not be worried about finding one.  I’ve always had a job and when I didn’t I was always looking.  Now I am just sitting around waiting for school to start so I can go to college.  For real this time.

I need to find more things to do with myself.  My house is clean now.  I do need to get my office clean and organized and then I will have officially accomplished one of the things on my 26 Before 26 list.  “Make my house a peaceful, inspiring, and beautiful place to live”.  My room is finally decorated and I love the theme.  It’s mostly black and white with some silver thrown in.  It’s nothing fancy but it makes me happy.  Since I repainted my old dresser we have that in there and I am so proud of it.  It was my first big painting project and it turned out fantastic! This picture is of the almost completed project, it’s missing one handle but that has since been added.  To me, it almost looks like you could buy it this color and with these findings.  I’m so proud of it.  Our new bed set make the whole room come together.  I accidently bought a king size set instead of California king but we’ve made it work.    Here are just a couple pictures of the decor in our bedroom.

I absolutly love this lamp.  Now I am trying to think of ways to work the color teal into the decor.  I think teal is my new favorite color.

As you can tell, this is a terribly written blog.  I’m trying to write even when I don’t feel like writing so sometimes you’ll just get what ya get.

Black Holes and Revelations

The list was going very well until yesterday (2/7). I heard some upsetting news and I let it get to me so I gave in and drank an orange soda and didn’t work out at all. I know it seems petty but I had been on a small roll for a few days and I just wasted it. Every time I do something like that it turns into a landslide of bad behavior. Proof today is the fact that I drank the rest of my orange soda from yesterday and didn’t work out. I fall into a black hole and can never seem to get myself out. It’s so frustrating because I know that the only thing stopping me from succeeding is myself. How can I sabotage my self?

The upsetting news I received yesterday brought me to a revelation. I can choose not to be angry and upset. People have been telling me this for years but I honestly didn’t think it held any water. I have always, and I mean always, let my emotions control me. Obviously that can have some serious consequences.

What lead to this revelation was a rumor at work that has been floating around. I heard someone was getting a promotion and I disagree with the decision (there are several better candidates, including myself). As soon as I found out, I let it get to me. I was in a great mood and then suddenly I was fuming. The stupid thing is that this is just a rumor floating around. Why on earth did I let seething that isn’t even a fact yet affect me this way? It’s like I’m allowing cancer into my body willingly. I put the negative things/energy inside me and they eat away at me. I suppose that is true for a lot of things I do but I’m getting off topic…anyway…

This morning I knew if I even thought about the situation I would be upset all day. So, driving to work, I plastered the stupidest smile on my face and didn’t stop smiling until I sat down at my desk. Why? Because I read somewhere that when you smile it releases endorphins that put you in a good mood. All day long when those angry feelings crept up I just pushed them down with a grin. I couldn’t believe how wonderfully this technique worked for me! It was amazing how great my mood was…and then it crept in and I couldn’t stop it. I was working on some new earring designs and sharing them with some people and getting lovely compliments and when asked how much I was selling them for I was told it was too much. I felt like they were telling me I wasn’t good enough. It just shut down my good mood. It’s ridiculous because I agreed with them! It was too much lol I have no idea why I let it get to me. They weren’t insulting me, they were being honest like I asked. I’m %100 in agreement with them and not upset at all anymore but man, I just cracked when they said that. My emotions surfaced and I let them control me again.

Tomorrow will be a better day. I think I need to make sure I read my list daily so I remember what I am trying to accomplish.

On the Road Again

On the road again in multiple ways. Firstly I am in Grass Valley, CA with my mom and sister to visit my grandpa (aka Poppop). He’s not doing great. He is in the hospital and about to return to a convalescent home. It’s hard trying to stay positive for him while also trying to prepare for when he passes away.

On the bright side it is absolutely beautiful here. It was in the sixties all day with a warm breeze. You can actually smell the trees. I love it here. It’s amazing!

Anywhoozle… The second way I’m on the road again is because I’ve gotten a great start in my 26 Before 26. I’ve had no soda, I took a few pictures, and I took a walk. I’m on a roll. Wish me luck to keep it up!

26 Before 26

I didn’t quite finish all my 25 Before 25 but I’m redoing the list and creating a 26 Before 26.  I have much more time this time so I hope to add some bigger things to the list.  My birthday is August 29th which gives me I have 205 days if I begin tomorrow which is February 5.  Wish me luck.

Much of my list is about establishing better habits in my life.  Some may seem silly to most buy they are important to me.

Here is the list in no particular order:

1. Stop drinking pop (soda-haha Bobby!) completely
2. Finish redoing my cookbook
3. Practice meditation
4. Create an Inspiration Board
5. Have a solid amount of money in savings
6. Wear makeup and do my hair regularly
7. Get a promotion or better job
8. Cook more-and healthier!
9. Make my house a peaceful, inspiring and beautiful place to live.  And keep it clean!
10. Blog at least twice a week
11. Spend a full day using no electricity (except cooking)
12. Make real curtains for my bedroom
13. Read 15 new books
14. Watch the sunrise 5 times comfortably (not by staying up until sunrise, not by getting up and going back to sleep)
15. Take more pictures
16.  Keep my Etsy shop up and active no matter how discouraged I may get
17. Do more new things with Bobby (things out of our comfort zone like hiking or things we don’t usually do like go to the Farmers Market)
18. Visit a place I’ve never been
19. Practice my guitar at least once a week
20. Have one screen-free night a week, no tv, no computer, just reading, board games, or connecting with friends (and attempt to get Bobby to do this with me 🙂
21. Go camping
22. Write a letter to myself to open when I am 50
23. Lose 75lbs – Very doable at my size.
24. Have more family and friends over for dinner.
25. Exercise for 21 consecutive days and continue working out at least 4 times a week after if not daily.
26. Create a beautiful scrapbook