Category Archives: Design
Normally here is where I would insert a small apology about the blog looking a tad bare the last week – except I’m actually not going to apologize. Oops. Of course it was a holiday week, so I’ve been busy, and although I’ve been trying to remember to be more thankful in my life everyday – I still wanted to write a post about what I’ve been up to the last week and reflect on some of that thankfulness.
My daughter made me possibly the best Thanksgiving card ever. She also made other family members cards that she gave to them at our family Thanksgiving get together.
I scored some great Project Life scrapbooking finds for 50% off.
I had some alphabets to add to my family’s soup last night. Seriously the most exciting food find for me lately. My kiddos thought they were pretty swell too.
Some non documented happenings included: going to see catching fire (woot!), having some great workouts, eating some good food, and just living life. You may notice I was pretty mia from twitter and instagram too. And no, I’m not sorry for those either.
I felt the downtime was needed and much earned. Not that anyone missed me ;). And of course I’m still working on reminding myself to tbe thankful regardless of the season, or what holiday dictates what. With that I leave you with an old scrapbooking layout made with my Gratitude Collection.
How was your holiday? Do you find the need to remind yourself to be thankful every once in awhile too? What are you currently thankful for?
I’d love to update you all today and tell you how much better I feel after my last post, but unfortunately this is life – and it’s far from perfect. Yesterday after my workout I was feeling even worse than my last post. I sat down and had a talk with my husband about the possibility of taking Sunday off from workouts.
No really, this needed a sit down talk with my husband. Because it’s serious. Because I can’t even recall the last time I have not worked out on a day that wasn’t my normal “rest day” (which is Thursdays for me by the way.) It has been years since a Sunday has gone by that I haven’t done a workout. I have only recently finally gotten over the fact of not working out twice on Sundays, read about that here.
Yes, I have issues, and I know it. And this was one I was not going to get through on my own. I figured that we could spend the day doing highly family oriented things all day, and run a few errands. Meaning, the more I kept busy away from home the more likely I was going to be able to get through this day without squeezing a workout in.
I have been pestering my husband lately to take me apple picking, so I figured that would be something we could all enjoy. It’s something I’ve never done before, and although we left with some lovely apples, it didn’t go as planned. Life what can I say. My youngest son has very bad allergies, extreme enough that we have to have an epi pen with us at all times – and of course there were bees everywhere. The owner even commented that she had never had so many bees ever around her trees. So, for my kiddos safety me and the two youngest went back to the van. My oldest and le hubs stayed behind to pick us some apples. But, the kids do seem happy with the haul, so I guess that’s all that matters.
Although crap, it would’ve just been so much more fabulous if it had gone down something like this:
So I spent some time with my family, read a book, and even though the day didn’t go as planned, it went. It’s nearing the end of my day and I have not melted into a pool of nothingness because I didn’t workout. Am I still feeling an icky feeling in the pit of my stomach about it? Yes. But I also know that my body is severely needing this. I hope tomorrow I can appreciate the fact that I’ve done this for myself when I’m hopefully feeling a little better.
But more than anything, I’m reinforcing with myself this:
One day at at time.
Good or bad, it’s all I can do. And I know I’ve posted this before, but I felt I needed to see it again myself, so I’ve made a printable version for others out there that may find it useful as well.
Hope you all had a great weekend, and hope at least some of you had a badass workout even when I couldn’t.
Hey everyone! I hope you had a good labor day weekend! I was planning on using the extra time my husband was off of work to play catch up on some of my own work, and blogs, etc. But of course, life happens, and that didn’t go as planned.
As a graphic designer, you can’t imagine the loads of files I have on my computer (it’s scary really) – and since my work is all housed in blue bear (my puter) backing up my work and files constantly is pretty important. The other day in the middle of working my main hard drive that houses all my files disappeared. This has never happened and I nearly had a heart attack.
Thank god after I rebooted the drive reappeared – but that brought on more problems. My backups haven’t been up to date for a long time. I ran out of space long ago, but didn’t buy larger drives to protect myself and get everything backed up all orderly like. Le sigh. The scare was enough for me to get my act together and get everything sorted out. So instead of catching up on work, most of my weekend was spent backing up files, re sorting, etc.
But I’m very grateful to say that the drive didn’t die before I was able to move everything over. I think I learned my lesson! Back that shit up – and I don’t mean gettin your twerk on. I’m also happy to announce that I got my design site up! Yippee!! Yes flsdesigns.com is officially open! I know there isn’t a lot there (I’m working on it), but you can enjoy a good sale to celebrate with me.
- Read More (Oh I need to find time for this one!)
- Learn to keep to my schedule better
- Start a new workout routine
- Update the website more since the kids will be back in school
- Achieve something GREAT.
I’m not quite sure what the something great will be yet – but I’ll figure it out. Also, how in the heck is it September already?!
Also, I’m doing a super giveaway on my instagram account thanks the to the Quest Team, love those guys! Head on over to my feed to find out about the giveaway. It ends this Friday!
Lately I have been trying to remind myself to be more thankful. Thankful for the big things in life of course, but thankful for the small everyday things as well. And if you think I’m joking about that, check out this note I wrote to myself a few months back:
Today I’m being thankful for technology. It’s no secret that we are pretty big nerds in my household. I’m a graphic designer and a lover of all gadgets and techy goodness. The husband is also a lover of gadgets and does side jobs for people in the way of fixing computers, replacing broken screens on phones, and of course he’s my own personal on call computer tech.
And my kids? Ok, they’re just as techy and nerdy as the larger counterparts in this house. See proof below of how I found my minime the other morning:
Other than just being a lover of gadgets, technology is also my livelihood. It has provided me a way to work from my home, doing something I love (creating things!) and being able to be a “stay at home mom” with my children. I work full time from home and have always felt blessed because of this.
And then there’s this blog which has turned out to be such a surprise and a blessing for me in many ways. Like I’ve said in the past I use this as a place to be as honest as I possibly can about my day to day life and my ongoing fitness journey.
I have been able to connect with some amazing people because of this little place where I like to blab. Daily it blows my mind when I get an email, a message, a mention on instagram telling me that someone thinks I’m an inspiration. I am humbled that I get to reach more people to show them what can be accomplished when you change your lifestyle. And yes, all of this which has become such a huge part of my life is because of technology.
I get to interact with friends and family everyday that don’t live near me because of my iPhone, my tweets, my txt messages, facebook, etc. I’ve been especially grateful for this lately because my brother who lives in Italy now has been able to chat my Dad and I up with a free messaging APP on our phones – which is awesome sauce.
We live in such a fast paced technology driven society nowadays I think we sometimes forget to appreciate all of it and how it impacts our daily lives. So today, I’m reminding myself to be grateful for it. To be thankful for opportunities it’s brought my way, and the amazing people it let’s me get to connect with daily.
What technology are you grateful for and how has it impacted your life?
Simple and sweet today! One of those internal conversations I was having with myself while I was stretching out after my workout today.
If you are one of those people who have set a concrete goal – whether it’s weight related, a general fitness goal, or any goal you have envisioned for yourself; take the time to reflect every once in awhile.
If you are actively working towards bettering yourself, give yourself a pat on the back. Know that everything in life takes time. If need be, sit down and make yourself a list as to what you have accomplished. Break out the list anytime you’re feeling in a funk.
Or even better, print out this handy piece of wall art I whipped up and put it somewhere that crosses your line of vision everyday. I’ve included an 8.5×11 and a 5×7 print quality version. The full versions do not include the watermark. Enjoy!