Category Archives: Scrapbooking
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?
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?
How was everyone’s love day? Mine was uh, weird. The husband and I spent ours getting our taxes done. Can you ever think of a more awesome way to spend your Valentines?! Oh well, it happened to be the one day my husband had off this week and obviously taxes gotta get done! At least we were entertainment for our tax man – he said he enjoyed doing our taxes because my income is a royalty based thing and it’s not something he sees very often. Hey, at least he happy we were there. Maybe I should have brought him some candy hearts while I was at it.
After that we stopped super quick at TJ MAXX and I picked up some new workout gear. Is it weird that I buy more exercise clothes than I do “regular” clothes? Maybe not because that is what the bulk of my day is spent in. I wake up in jammies, get the kids to school, change into workout gear – and then possibly change into regular clothes if I have to be somewhere – maybe. But I digress. After that we stopped and had a quick lunch. I ate some tilapia with rice and broccoli. It was good but super spicy, which is saying something because I like spice. We may have aruged about the fact that his french fries and ketchup didn’t account for an actual vegetable on his plate. I also discovered a sticker on my sleeve from where I had been trying on clothes in TJMAXX. I always seem to walk around with crap stuck to me, post its, stickers, god knows what else. See? Romance in the air!
In the morning I had also found that my children ate some skittles with breakfast, since it was Valentines and all. Only acceptable when I wasn’t looking – found the proof after they were on the bus. Sneaky boogers.
Am I being too whiney about Valentines? Eh – maybe it’s just because it was tax day. It wasn’t all terrible. My husband got me a card. He proudly told me he had to fight 7 other men practically that morning to get said card.
I wore some pink in honor of the day – although pink is my favorite color, so it’s not out of the ordinary. Quick and easy makeup of the day using Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, Nars Angelika Blush, and Revlon Cherries In The Snow Lipstick.
What did you do on your Valentines? Love or hate the holiday?
This whole balancing act I’m trying to work on is the reason I decided I’d share some of my Move More, Eat Well 2.0 scrapbooking pages as I move along through this class. I really respect Cathy Zielske as a designer and it was interesting to hear her own story. I know I’ve said this may seem like an odd choice for a class to me to partake in considering how far I’ve come but my focus with this class is going to be more so about letting go a little.
At the start of the class we were asked to write up a statement of intention
Statement Of Intention
Is this where I say about how much I’ve fallen off the bandwagon? About how much weight I’ve gained, about how unactive I’ve been? Because none of those apply to my life currently. Instead I have lost a person – somewhere around 135 pounds.
This class appealed to me because this is still a process for me. This is a change I have made for a lifetime. I aim to continue on my path to great health and fitness. I aim to try to reach those who feel like they can’t. I aim to try to remind myself that sometimes I need to let go. I need to realign and find balance.
There will always be someone more fit than me, someone faster, someone who can do more reps. Whatever. I am here to challenge and improve where I can personally. I am here to find that balance and set goals. I am here to try to let go a little! Yes, even letting go of the “design” aspect of this class a little. This is about content not a million embellishments on a page. I know there are days I need to let myself rest a little – to not be so hard on myself. And for me personally, this is the challenge. Here’s to what 2013 has in store for me!
We were also asked to input our January measurements: height, weight, etc.
Definitely leaving the numbers blank here for a specific reason. Again, I’m striving for balance. I have come so far. I am healthier and these numbers don’t mean as much to me at the moment.
There was a prompt to include your story.
I just copied and pasted my story from my blog here. Whatcha gonna do – I didn’t feel like I needed to retell my story, it’s been told, I’m moving forward.
Monthly there will be an included journal prompt or challenge. For January – “This month, the one thing I will focus on either changing, adapting, or adding to my routine is:”
My One Thing
My one thing for January will be spending more time stretching and getting more yoga workouts in. I have this really bad habit of thinking I didn’t work as hard in a workout if I didn’t sweat majorly. Working on yoga helps my strength, improves my flexibility – and I’m finding it increasingly more important as I’m becoming more effective at weight training. These are workouts! And workouts that are beneficial for me!
Supplies included in class + word art by Angie Briggs
So how did I do this month?
I hit a few road bumps but I didn’t expect this process would be smooth sailing. That’s why it’s called a process isn’t it?! I have been doing more yoga + stretching and really enjoying it. Mainly I’ve been adding Stretch 40 workout at lest once a week in addition to other shorter streches/yoga workouts. (Stretch 40 is a TurboFire workout). Guess what, just in this past month I have seen a noticeable difference in my flexibility – and I think that’s pretty impressive.
Every once in awhile you can find some tidbits about my life through the Scrapgirls newsletter. It was a little about my daily writing habits – and my love of fountain pens!
Note To Self
I write a lot. Different types of writing. Mainly to-do lists. I write menus for my family, shopping lists, blog posts, things my kids say, cards to loved ones – you name it. Whether it’s handwritten or typed, I do lots of it.
One aspect of handwriting I really enjoy is writing with fountain pens. I find there’s a bit of romance to writing with a fountain pen. It seems lost especially in today’s world of throw-away pens and emails. To sit down and write something with an instrument of yesteryear appeals to me. Plus, as a person who is drawn to color, being able to pick from a plethora of colored inks is so much fun! I’m pretty sure I have almost any color ink to fit my mood.
I usually have 4-5 different pens filled with different-colored inks on my desk at all times. A lot of my day-to-day writing isn’t anything special – notes to myself, shopping lists – but somehow writing them with a fountain pen is just more fun! My husband certainly doesn’t “get it,” but my 5-year-old daughter seems to enjoy looking at what color of ink my pen is loaded with any certain day. And yes, I’m guilty of matching my ink color to my pens. Is that like matching your makeup to your shirt? Perhaps. Just another way I enjoy color in my life.
The article features one of my favorite digital scrapbooking products – I choose my Sincerely Yours Cluster Embellishments.
If you’re interested in fountain pens as well, I like to post pictures sometimes on my Instagram. The pens featured in the above layout are some of my Edison Pens. Most of my other pens and inks are acquired from Gouletpens.com