Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

While browsing photography blogs today, I came across a post that talked about instead of making a New Year resolution, choose a word to live by for the year. There was a list of ideas in the photographer's post and I decided that instead of making a personal goal, I am going to choose the word GROWTH. I want to grow as a person, a photographer, and a graphic designer. I want to expand my knowledge of my crafts which will ultimately reflect in my business. Soon, I will be moving back to Ypsilanti so I will have to grow my client base in a new area. In six days I will start school again to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design, growing my knowledge to hopefully help me get a position in that field.

To continue growing as a person, I will keep pursuing my weight loss goal. Currently, I'm down 31 lbs and still have a ways to go, but it is completely doable if I keep plugging away at it. I will admit that I've slacked off in the physical activity department during December (I haven't been to the gym in three weeks), but I still managed to lose over the holidays so I'm not too angry with myself. But since it's the first day of a whole new year I will be attending group cycling class at 5:30p in preparation for the mini-triathlon I hope to compete in this June. Since it's a mini-tri, it will consist of a .25 mi swim, 10.7 mi bike, and a 1.5 mi run...shouldn't be too terribly bad.

In the next few weeks I should have new pictures as well showing my progress of weight loss, so stay tuned for that.

Here’s a list of words for you to browse. This is just a starting point; you can choose a word that’s not on this list. Once you choose a word, write it down somewhere. You don’t even need to be conscious of it the whole year. When a situation arises where you can put your word into action, it will come back to you.
  • speak
  • determination
  • blissful
  • honor
  • renew
  • respect
  • faith
  • faithfulness
  • clarity
  • pioneer
  • peace
  • laziness
  • no
  • yes
  • deliberateness
  • kindness
  • mastery
  • freedom
  • growth
  • change
  • willingness
  • creativity
  • abundance
  • gratitude
  • wealth
  • effortlessness
  • generosity
  • self-control
  • delight
  • compassion

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Workout Update

I've been actually staying on track for the most part and I joined the YMCA. They have unlimited classes to their members so I go to the workout bootcamp on Tuesday's and Thursday's which at first was incredibly hard, but has been getting a little easier each time. We run 3.5mi on Tu and do a combo of cardio and strength training on Th. Between eating right and the exercise, something's definitely working because I'm down a total of 18.5lbs so far :) I don't have any progress photos yet, but maybe in a month or two I'll post some.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Before Me

I cheated a little with these pictures, I've been working out for about five days already and have lost one pound. I know that's not a ton or anything, but it's not truly a "before" picture. I don't know what happened to my measuring tape in my move a year ago, so I don't have any measurements either. Today's my "relax" day from running, but I'm still going to take the dogs for a walk just to stretch the muscles and get some exercise. Oh and excuse the crappy photos, these were done with my webcam.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Couch to 5k + Other Updates

A girl that I work with told the store about the Color Run, which is a 5k run where you wear white and each mile you go a powdered color gets thrown at you and by the time you're done you're a giant rainbow of awesome. Check out the video below for a more accurate visual of the Color Run:

Okay, so now for the embarrassing part. I haven't ran in who knows how long, the last timed mile I ran was in elementary school and I clocked in at 14+ minutes. Also, in my last living arrangement, being healthy wasn't high on the priority list, so I've gained quite a bit and, as horrible as this is to admit, I weigh 225lbs at 5'1"...pathetic, I know. But today is starting a new chapter. I am going to start the Couch to 5k so in 9 weeks I can run (yes run) the Color Run. I'm starting at week 2 in the program because I have been exercising and there's only 9 weeks before the run. I'm going to take some before pictures of my self and do some measurements so I have something to compare to, but I'm feeling optimistic about it!

Now comes the even crazier part, the Color Run takes place in Grand Rapids on August 5th. Relay for Life (a 24 hour walk to raise money/awareness for cancer research is the day before the run. THEN the day after the run I have a photo session at 11am and then I'm leaving for a vacation to North Carolina. I am going to be EXHAUSTED while I'm driving down, but it's going to be completely worth every sore muscle and gallon of sweat. I can not wait to see results, it's going to be amazing! I know it's not going to happen in the 9 weeks, but I want to at least get back to 150lbs where I was in 2007.

UPDATE ON JOB HUNTING: So far it hasn't been going so well. I had one interview for an internship, but I didn't get that position. I've kind of put it on the back burner and am content with working at Makeup Geek for now. It pays well and I get as many hours as I need so really that's all that matters.

Monday, February 27, 2012

A New Adventure

I graduate in May with my degree in Graphic Design and I'll be looking for a job at a design firm. I'm really excited about this because I have nothing holding me back and tying me down to Michigan anymore. I'm going to look everywhere for a great position, but I'm really leaning towards Portland, Oregon. Ideally, I want to find a 9-5 job that still allows me to have my photography business on the weekends and/or evenings. I've never been to Portland before, but from all the research I've been doing, it seems to be perfect. The entire city is really pet friendly (there's roughly 35 dog parks), trails all over and even restaurants that have a portion of the menu dedicated to your pet. I've already found a few places that will allow me to rent with Piglet :)

There's been a few jobs that look rather promising as well. I've been working hard on getting my resume, cover letter, and portfolio ready to present to potential employers. There's one job in particular, that I'm really interested in. The company sells sustainable household items like lighting and sinks, all made from up-cycled materials. Their products are more like functional art pieces, simply gorgeous!

Hopefully, I'll be able to take a road trip out there after I graduate in May to make sure that I want to move there. I'll be sure to check back if and when I do go out there. And if I don't end up going to Portland, I will be posting about wherever I end up and the adventure of getting there!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Slip n' Slide

The derby wife, derby kid and I went to Kalahari Water Park in Sandusky, OH a couple weeks ago and had a blast!! I wish my camera was waterproof so I could have taken it to the actual water park, but this is what you get instead, us being silly in the hotel room. This was after we spent the day going down slides, getting "flushed" in a tube, and nearly taken out to sea at the wave pool. It was absolutely amazing and so relaxing at the same time. There's just something about being able to go swimming in the middle of November that's exhilarating!

Missy and I have gone to Ohio three times this summer and each time we've passed a sign for "Bono Baptist Church," Missy is completely in love with Bono (*puke*) so she mentions it every time and we had talked about stopping on the way back, but the GPS always takes us a different route home...who knows?! Well, this time we managed to take the same route back and she seen the sign coming up, I'm in the passenger seat crocheting like a grandma, and I almost pee my pants when she suddenly stops next to the sign. Then I'm trying to get out of the car to take the pic and I'm all wrapped up in my blanket and my foot's caught in my purse strap...I almost died...well not really, but close!! So here it is, the church that worships Bono. lol 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Journey Home

It was an awesome vacation! I had an absolute blast, but unfortunately all vacations come to an end so here's the journey back to Michigan. Below is the outside of the Denver Airport, kind of looks like a bunch of tee pees chillin' in the middle of Colorado.

 I didn't fly Southwest, but that was the plane that was hanging out next to ours.

 I want a circle farm!

Sunset on the plane.