Friday, February 25, 2011

Fill in the blank Friday!

1. I am currently obsessed with vintage decor. My boyfriend. Dreaming of the future. Oh yes, and life!

2. Today I am stressed because, I have a lot on my plate. A health issue that has come up. And stress with work.

3. The age I am is 25 and the age I feel is depending on the day and how I feel. One day I can feel like a kid, playing and being a total goofball. Other days, I feel like a grown up living on my own, paying bills, working, etc.All in all it balances out!

4. My favorite place is quite a few places. I love going to the lake in the spring/summer, it’s my happy place. I also love being at home with J, and spending quiet time. I love being with my friends and family, in gatherings.

5. Something I have been procrastinating is hmmm I always procrastinate. It’s my biggest flaw. I’m not procrastinating on anything in particular at the moment though.

6. The last thing I purchased was a milkshake yesterday. I was having one of those days... Who cares if it is still winter time. Ha!

7. The thing I love most about my home is that we are making it our own. We are still attempting to try and mesh both of our styles together and it is working. We still have a lot of work left to do. The thing I love the most about it is, I feel safe there.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wee Bit Wednesday


{one} do you always wear your seatbelt in the car?
Always

{two} do you crack your knuckles?
Sometimes

{three} what is your favorite flavor of gum?
Stride Spearmint

{four} what is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own?
My necklace J gave me for our anniversary

{five} who is your best friend?
My friend Londi & Mandie. And of course J.

{six} what is your favorite smell?
A spring rain. Fresh Flowers. Home cooked meal.

{seven} what is your favorite lunch meat?
Honey Ham

{eight} do you still have your tonsils?
Yes.

{nine} do you untie your shoes before you take them off?
Yep

{ten} what color is your car?
Silver

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dreaming of the Future

The wind is whipping. Howling pierces through the warm air, odd for a February day. I am sitting at work, finding myself dreaming into another world. Dreaming of the future. Of the life that I hope to have someday, soon. It’s not out of reach, is it?

I always thought I knew the life I wanted to live. Isn’t it amazing how as we become older our views on life and the things we want/need change? I don’t want a lavish life, although my closet and accessories would probably convince you of otherwise. I want simplicity. Comfortable. I want the small town life. In a small rural town, way out of city limits.

Our house, it will have a wrap around porch. With rocking chairs, for us to sit side by side. There will be a larger than normal porch swing, for us to spend those summer nights. Long after our children have gone to bed, there we will be enjoying each others company. Never letting that fire that brought us together burn out. I want a full screened door. To let the summer breeze blow in.

The kitchen, I want room for all of us to fit. Room to teach our children how to cook. To have food fights. The kitchen table to be made out of barn wood. The sacred place that we, as a family, will sit down and eat dinner together every evening. Talk about our days, and simply just enjoy family time with one another. The one place that nothing else will come and interfere. In the summertime, I always want a small vase of fresh flowers picked out of the yard sitting on the table. Filling the kitchen with a lovely summertime aroma, and bringing a simple cheer.

I want to live where there are no neighbors. A garden we grow together, producing as much food for our family as possible. A pond, to teach the kiddos how to fish. Sitting by the water on Sunday afternoons casting our lines...waiting for the fish to take that first bite. Teaching our kids to take the fish off the hook, bait their own hook, and casting without it getting caught in the trees, in our hair, on our shirts, etc. Seeing their face light up with excitement when they catch their first prize!

I want a hammock between two shade trees. To spend lovely summer afternoons, reading a book, taking a nap, or just enjoying the nature that surrounds me.

Sun dresses. Sipping lemonade out of mason jars. Planting flowers. Farm critters running around.

Please, oh please, make this a reality someday soon.

Cheerful Monday

Here are some photos to start this week off on a Cheerful note!

J bought me these flowers for Valentine's Day! Aren't they gorgeous? They bring such a huge smile to my face!


This weekend I embraced my adventurous side and got a PINK Streak put in my hair! I love it! Now, I need more PINK in my life! So fun!



Hope you have a wonderful, cheerful, Monday!!
xoxo


Friday, February 18, 2011

Fill in the blank Friday!

1. I am a girlfriend. Daughte1. I am a girlfriend. Daughter. A lover of volunteer work. Aspiring photographer. A girly girl, only sometimes. Unique. A lover of creativity. And simply passionate about all things in my life.

2. The bravest thing I've ever done was go through treatment for cancer and survive it. There were days when I simply wanted to give it up.

3. I feel prettiest when I’m wearing minimal make up & lip gloss. With a t-shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap on. And big silver hoops. My lazy spring weekend outfit!

4. Something that keeps me awake at night is all of the things that I need to accomplish the next day. Or current worries. The past. Night time is when I think the most.

5. My favorite meal in the entire world is anything Italian. I love Italian food.

6. The way to my heart is through sweet gestures or random acts of kindness towards myself or others.

7. I would like to learn how not to worry so much. To live a happy and simple life. r. A lover of volunteer work. Aspiring photographer. A girly girl, only sometimes. Unique. A lover of creativity. And simply passionate about all things in my life.

2. The bravest thing I've ever done was go through treatment for cancer and survive it. There were days when I simply wanted to give it up.

3. I feel prettiest when I’m wearing minimal make up & lip gloss. With a t-shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap on. And big silver hoops. My lazy spring weekend outfit!

4. Something that keeps me awake at night is all of the things that I need to accomplish the next day. Or current worries. The past. Night time is when I think the most.

5. My favorite meal in the entire world is anything Italian. I love Italian food.

6. The way to my heart is through sweet gestures or random acts of kindness towards myself or others.

7. I would like to learn how not to worry so much. To live a happy and simple life.

Did you join in? I'd love to see your answers!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wee Bit Wednesday

{one} what is your favorite breakfast food?
I usually just eat Special K Cereal for breakfast. However, I love biscuits and gravy :)

{two} how many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
Oh my goodness, too many! Although, I wear the same ones over & over.

{three} city or country?
Country all the way!

{four} what is your favorite part of your job?
Ummm...the members.

{five} what is your favorite junk food to snack on?
String Cheese. Or chips & salsa!

{six} have you ever been mentioned in the newspaper?
Yes, I have. They did an article on my cancer diagnosis once.

{seven} do you use post-it notes?
YES! I use them ALL the time at work!

{eight} do you have freckles?
Not really

{nine} is it okay for men to wear pink?
Absolutely!

{ten} when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
It's been about a month. However letters will be in the mail soon!

Need your Suggestions

I need your help!

I leave in a little over a week for a conference for work. Thankfully it's only about 45 mins - 1 hour from my home, but still staying in a hotel is much easier than making the commute. With that being said, I need your suggestions on healthy snacks/food to pack to help me stay on my diet while being gone! I cook every meal at home, making sure that I stay as closely to eating healthy as possible, so being gone for a week can make that disastrous! I just read that my room has a mini - fridge, so do you have any ideas!?

Help!

Oh, and Happy Wednesday!

And I'm sad...they don't have complimentary internet access! Boo :(. $12.00/day for internet - No Thank you!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Eleven Years Ago

I need to write this out. Something for myself to read, to see with my own two eyes. Something to see in black and white instead of mulling over it in my head. So here I go...

Eleven years ago my life changed dramatically. I thought I knew what was in store, but in reality I had no idea. I’m weird, as in I celebrate anniversaries...even if they may be viewed as “sad” in one’s eyes, I celebrate them as a new beginning or freedom in my life. I think sometimes we too often look back on the past and dwell on the sadness, instead of looking to the future and what we’ve accomplished since then.

Eleven years ago I lost my leg due to an evil disease. A disease which I kicked it’s ass! Yeah!
I was scared, and only a mere 14 years old. A freshman in high school, I was supposed to be worried about boys, football games, and the latest high school drama of the day. That wasn’t the case for myself. I went in for surgery not knowing what to expect or how my life would turn out after everything was completed. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to live a “normal” day to day life, but I’ve proved that wrong.

I never thought I would walk normally, but that was my first achievement. When I get tired, I limp. It’s human nature, but I still keep on trucking. I never thought I’d learn how to run, and I achieved that goal a year ago. Something that I need to keep up with more than I do. I never thought I would be able to ride a bicycle, but yet I went and COMPLETED a cycling class this week. Was I scared? God yes, I was. Although, I did it anyway.

The cycling class opened up my eyes to a lot of other adventures that I’ve yet to attempt because I didn’t know if I could do them. Or if I was strong enough. Or, or, or....I realized that my leg is weak, (My bad one) and so after taking the cycling class this week, I have been focusing on strengthening my quad muscles and gaining strength in that leg. I became frustrated with myself, because I didn’t realize how weak it really was, but I have to be proud that I’m trying to fix that problem. Every night J and I work on strengthening exercises. He pushes me when I don’t want to do them at all, and he really is my biggest supporter.

My goals this year: To strengthen my leg. To pursue adventures that I've yet to attempt. To be able to go up steps “normally”. I, right now, have to go up steps one at a time, because I don’t have enough strength in my leg to push myself up to the next step. Was I taught any differently? No, I wasn’t. And that saddens me, that therapy didn’t focus on the little things. Their main goal was to get me up and walking, and they succeeded that goal. So it is now up to me to focus on the little things.

I know that with my determination and motivation I can do anything. It make take me longer to achieve my goal than others, but it will be even more REWARDING when I do.