Thinking Out Loud- 12/11/14

Hello friends! I am currently in a mind fog fueled by lots of caffeine and lack of sleep. Oh finals. The joys of being a college student. On that note though….

1. I have 5 more days of this semester and then Christmas Break!!!!! I cannot be more excited. Actually I will be 10000000001 times more excited next Wednesday when it officially break, but until then….
And after that, I will only have one more semester left of my undergraduate degree. Can someone find me a decent job please? Thanks!

2. Can I have the life of [one of my] dogs? They have it so rough. People making you every meal, cleaning up after you, sleeping all day, and then playing at your leisure! Life’s rough 🙂

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The red eye remover didn’t work so well….

3. Gold nails. Love or hate them? I am torn on this color. I usually go for the unusual colors, but I am not so sure this one is working for me. Thoughts?

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4. Today is the first day I have been able to wear boots this season. Exciting stuff! We are supposed to get a major rain storm tonight, so everyone and their brother are in panic mode. We’ll be okay. I promise. Well, hopefully.

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5. Crows. I am not fond of crows. There are a lot of crows this time of year ALL.THE.TIME!

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My mind is all over the place. Currently, I am repeating economics graphs in my head trying to make some sense of them.

Have a good weekend. Christmas is officially two weeks away! Where has the time gone?

Any plans for the weekend?

What’s the weather like where you live?

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Thursday Thoughts- Its Christmas Time!

I have one more full week left of school, before finals week, and I couldn’t be more excited…except for the finals part. Can we just skip over those? Yes. Ok good. Moving on.

Thanksgiving is over [and I forgot to take any food pictures. GASP!] and now it is all things Christmas. My family is HUGE on Christmas, so, tons of decorations are a must.

1. We put our tree up this week, which is my absolute favorite! I love having it all lit up at night with all of the colorful lights. Ahhhh. So fun.

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2. It finally rained this week. Like a lot. I don’t like rain. Well, it’s fine when I can cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a movie, but not when I need to look presentable and spend  a full day of school. I had to do a huge presentation yesterday, and I looked like a wet dog, because I seem to think I am above mother nature and immune to getting wet. I was wrong. Fail.  We need rain though. A lot of rain. Here in Californialand, we have a huge drought, so it was okay this time. But now I’m over it again, so I hope today is the last day.

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3. I really want a DSLR camera for Christmas, so I have been crazily searching for good deals on them. Best Buy had one on black friday, so I had the intention to wait in line on Thanksgiving day to be there when they opened at 5pm. My mom wasn’t so thrilled with that idea, because she doesn’t agree with stores being open on Thanksgiving. I mean, I agree with that, but its a sale, so…. 🙂 I ended up waking up at 3am on Thanksgiving morning to order it online. It worked and I got it. Problem solved.

4. I cannot wait for this semester to end. December 19 cannot come soon enough. I contemplated not going to the last two weeks of class and just showing up for finals. Sounds like a good plan right? Jay. Kay. Well maybe…

Happy Thursday. The weekend is so very close.
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What are your weekend plans?

Are you a fan of Black Friday shopping?

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! And to all of my international friends, please go make yourself some stuffing and potatoes and join in on the celebration 🙂

So far this morning, I have been running around like a mad woman trying to get everything prepped and ready for the gang to get here. The turkey is roasting away, the potatoes are peeled, the appetizers are set, the desserts are made, and I finally put some presentable clothes on. Now, it is time to count my blessings.

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Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks. So many times throughout the year, I [and many other people] forget how fortunate they really are. Here are some things I am thankful for…

1. My family: They are truly amazing. They are the most supportive, nonjudgmental, funny, crazy, silly, and loving humans I know. Maybe I am biased…but they are great! Love you guys!

2. Living in Southern California: Seriously though, this place is paradise. Today it is 90 degrees. In the middle of November. While I have never been able to experience a white Christmas, or the changing of the leaves in the Fall, I truly do love the sunshine. The environmentalist in me is kind of worried about this kind of weather though. Global climate change!!!!!

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3.Completing my bachelors degree in May: I have one more semester until I am finished with my bachelors degree. Now I have to find a job…Lets pray for that to happen very soon!

4. Health: Health is SO important. We take for granted the everyday things we are able to get done. This past week, my mom has been hit with a serious case of vertigo for the first time ever. It has been awful and really taken a toll on her. It made me realize how important taking care of ourselves really is!

5. Internet shopping: I am NOT happy about all of the stores opening on Thanksgiving day. I think its sad actually and do not want to participate. Although, I am a crazy Black Friday shopper. I usually don’t even buy anything, but I love to be out with the masses! Its so exciting! This year though, I really wanted to buy a DSLR camera, and Best Buy had a crazy sale on one. It turned out that they offered the same sale online, so I woke up early in the middle of the night and got it ordered. Mission accomplished!

6. You! Anyone who reads my blog means so much to me! I am a new blogger and just getting a start, so anyone who cares to listen makes my hearts smile! Thanks so much. It means more than you could imagine.

There are so many other things that I am thankful for, that I could be typing for days on end.

Happy Thanksgiving or Thursday everyone. Remember to reflect on everything you are thankful for.

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What would it be like…?

I am sure some of you have seen the video that shows the differences in how adults and kids react to the question of what they would change about their bodies.

This video brought tears to my eyes. A little dramatic? Maybe, but it really hit home.

I was a super happy kid that ate whatever I wanted. I ate my fair share of fruits and vegetables, but I also plenty of kid foods as well. My parents let us eat what we wanted for the most part, without anything getting too out of control. We were never told what we could/couldn’t have and were all pretty healthy kids. I was always really active and pretty slim.

I remember vividly the day I went to the grocery store with one of my friends when I was in 2nd grade. We were running down the aisle ahead of her mom picking out a bag of chips for our sleepover. When I picked up the bag of Ruffles she immediately put them back and told me her mom only allows her to eat Reduced Fat chips. I was so confused. I didn’t even know what reduced fat meant. I probably didn’t even know what a gram of fat was.

Nutrition and food labels are VERY important, but there is something so freeing about being so innocent as a child. Not worrying about calories, fat, weight, body image, etc. For the most part, I just ate as a kid. Calories didn’t exist, and cookies were always ok.

I tried to think back about how I would have answered the question of what I wanted to change in my body when I was a child. I probably would have answered with something ridiculous like having wings or something. Maybe time traveling, because I was 5 going on 35.

What happens when we hit a certain age that we change from accepting ourselves to hating everything about our bodies? Society? Peers? Media?

I have often wondered what life would be like without mirrors or nutrition labels. People might be happier without having calories plastered over their eyes or seeing themselves every three minutes in the mirror. Fad diets might be less prevalent because people wouldn’t even know how to eat low carb or fat free. But then again, maybe it wouldn’t be any different.

One thing I learned from this video was to accept myself. Maybe my stomach isn’t completely flat or I am not as tall as I wish, but I am me. If children can teach us that life isn’t as awful as we make it seem, then is it really?

Instead of moving from acceptance into hate, learn to love yourself. If the worst thing about myself was that I didn’t have fairy wings, I would be okay with that.

What would you want to change about yourself when you were young?

What were your thoughts of the video?

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The Mind is A Powerful Thing

I went to bed last night planning on going to hot yoga this morning, but when I woke up, my mind had other plans for me.

I bought a Groupon for a hot yoga studio a few weeks ago, and finally used it for the first time last Tuesday. I walked into the studio clearly terrified and unsure of what to expect. I have been to numerous yoga classes, but never yoga that included sauna like temperatures–sounds like lots of fun on paper. The instructor and other class participants reassured me and explained to me the benefits…also indicating “it really isn’t that hard.”

I walked into the room and laid down on my mat. It was not an unbearable temperature and I was pleased with myself for staying calm. When the instructor walked into the room and we started to get into the practice, she indicated that the heat and humidity was now going to turn on. “It is going to get REALLY hot!” I was terrified. Sweating is not something I like to do. Sure, I go to the gym and sweat, but nothing like the buckets that were running down every body in the room. I was dressed improperly, I did not have a water bottle (DO NOT forget that), and I was not prepared. It took every last bit of my determination and will power to just stay in the room and not go running out in to safety air conditioning!

After the class was over, and my body was dripping wet, I was pleased with myself. I got a good yoga practice in, and I overcame my mind challenging me. After I came home (and showered), I felt great. It was 80 min of pure torture, but it had great benefits.

This morning when I was having conversations with myself in my head, I talked myself out of going. I only remembered how hard it was to be in the room. I completely left out the benefits I felt afterward. Now that the class has already passed, I am upset that I missed out. I would have been fine had I gone, and conquered the fears my mind was making me think.

The mind is such a powerful thing. It makes people think in all sorts of crazy ways. There are so many false things that people believe and think, all because their mind got trained in some absurd way. Eating disorders, OCD, paranoia. They are all results of the mind.

When I was laying in bed this morning, I was thinking of all of the other ways I could spend my time INSTEAD of going to hot yoga. Yes, hot yoga is not my favorite thing to do, and I probably won’t renew my membership past my Groupon, but I am fully capable of going. My thoughts ranged from the pleasant weather outside, to sleeping in some more, or just watching TV. Anything but going to yoga.

After contemplating with myself for some time, I missed my chance to go. I instead went for a walk outside. The temperature was the most pleasant it has been in a few weeks, so I couldn’t complain. We have been having really hot and humid weather, which makes it almost like going to hot yoga anyways. It was in the low 70 degrees and cloudy. Perfect for an early morning stroll.

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I really couldn’t complain. I would have liked to go to yoga, but I had a nice compromise.

Next time, when I am being contradicted by negative thoughts in my head, I will have to be more aware and push those aside. Overall, I train my thoughts. I more negative thoughts that I allow in, the more they will come.

Stay strong and only keep positive thoughts.

Happy Tuesday!

What ways do you see your mind taking over? Ever taken a hot yoga class? What were your thoughts?