To sum up this weekend, I might venture to use the single word: Amazing.
The amount of love I receive from my friends is downright staggering. We went to a baseball game, we took in the Baltimore sites, we went to some of my favorite places in Baltimore to eat and drink and there was gut wrenching, smiling so much my cheeks hurt, hilarious shenanigans all the weekend through.
Beautiful women, loving, supportive, hilarious, beautiful women in my life (seen above and below and some not pictured, but were there in spirit).
Two videos that also added to some of the hilarity of the weekend –
If you’ve ever seen my Pinterest boards, you will know that I love inspirational quotes.
This one spoke to me today. Being around an insane amount of awesome people in just one day reminds me how much I love humanity. My job and purpose in life, is to really seek out the awesome in people, and I am so thankful how perfectly that is working right now in my life. Have a great week ya’ll!
Well Hello there world!
There’s something about birthdays that makes me sentimental… which makes me want to write… Maybe its all of the candles I have and will blow out in the next couple of days and the past wishes that have or have not been granted to me. I am turning 31 today and I am excited. I feel like that number sounds old, but I don’t feel particularly old, so I think that means I am good to go. 😀
I’ve been looking at clouds longingly alot this past month. Listening to this song and staring off into the stratosphere has given me alot of solace. It really brings me peace and gratitude when I’m in that mindset.
Remember in July when I was declaring that “I’ve been saying to myself – this – this life right now – it can stay just as it is. There is nothing else I could ask for right now…”
Well destiny went ahead and improved it for me. My situation at my work is beyond my wildest expectations… the times I have been having with my cherished friends and family are as good as ever.. And my ability to run far distances is back on track.
Believe you me, I know things could change for bad or good. Could change in an instant! But I’m going to keep taking some leaps of faith and see where it takes me! Huzzah 31! Bring it!
And because I like to read and study quotes like its my job… I wanted to pull one from this Blog Levo League… Here is an apropos one of late regarding turning 30 or being in your early thirties.
“Lastly, please don’t forget that this is your journey. This is your path. This is your practice. This is your life, and there is enough success and love in the world to go around. Take your time, build a life that you love and one that delights you. Engage in your work with intention. Make sure to laugh enough, and don’t forget to be silly. And if all else fails, remember it’s OK to have a Nutella and Netflix night every once in a while.”
WOOOOOOT. Just logged another set of miles this morning! Totals 15 miles from Sunday! Hot damn!
So if that is not evidence enough, my goals are being achieved. I have found a way to enjoy eating low salt food on 90% of my days (fyi, nutella is low salt :P) and I have gotten up before the crack of dawn to hit the gym or hit the pavement EVERY DAY and it has been GLORIOUS. My brain is working, I don’t feel tired during the day, the BP is sitting right on the edge of the healthy range and the new job has been great. Just great. The people are awesome, the work is stimulating and I know I am going to learn a ton about the business of project management from my new team.
Look at beautiful Carroll Creek….
So enough about that, the real inspiration for this post comes from a certain set of people. Those people are the Women in my Life.
I am here to say that I am thankful for each and every Woman in my life. The women who inspire me, the women who check up on me, the women who tell it like it is, the women who bring laughter to my life, the women who brought adorable babies and doggies into my life, the women who cheer me on, the women who nag me, the women who love me and really to the women who believe in me. It makes me cry as I write this, but I AM SO THANKFUL.
I have recently become addicted to Cher Lloyd music and this song is perfect to fit these words…
Happy Friday wonderful Women!
Holla. I just got back from a lovely jaunt to Denver to see my cousins! It was just what the doctor ordered. Spending time with Marfi and Jen is like staring into a mirror sometimes, because they know me to my core and because they love me so much, they really know how to get me to evaluate things in my life as to improve them.
I would say I am on the cusp of four major changes right now and all of them relate to how I am finally going to step up and take care of myself for once in my life. The first is a new career option. I’m venturing into the biomedical field as a project manager and am really excited to learn the nuances of this new field and to finally be challenged in a healthy working environment. The second is singledom. In the past weeks I was turning into someone I did not like and although the man I was dating was a good man, being in a relationship was keeping me from paying attention to the person that matters most…. myself. The third and fourth are related to that and each other. I went to give blood (O negative! What what!) a week ago and was turned away. High blood pressure was the reason and it has really scared me. Scared me because now I have a glaring neon sign screaming, cut out the salt and start exercising, every day.
It makes me sad that I had not gotten to this point already where I was taking care of my body and mind, but that’s my problem with myself. People and events in my past have treated me and made me feel not good enough. Because of that I had not seen a good reason to treat myself well. I feel silly writing this, but of course I am good enough, I am kind and thoughtful and smart and funny and loving. I’ve been taking on tasks, favors or creations for other people for a long time and although it is nice getting that feeling of appreciation, I have been denying myself attention. And I’m here to declare that I am going to push those obsessive tasks aside to pay attention to the two things that are going to keep me alive longer: working on this low salt diet and creating time in my day, every day, to exercise.
I started this blog to give me something to do and to also seek some praise and validation for the things I was creating in the kitchen. I don’t want to seek out praise and appreciation anymore on this thing, it feels annoying and fake. I don’t know if I feel like writing about food anymore, well maybe if I start to enjoy my new salt-less creations I will document those. I sure know I like taking instagram pictures, so count on that from me! If all goes well in the next six months, I will have a real permanent career path, a lower blood pressure, a more energized and stronger body and a calmer mind that is focused on good treatment of myself. I would love to be able to purchase a home of my own at some point in the next year so if that happens, I can’t wait to show off some home DIY.
Toot a loo friends, hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Well happy middle of September folks! How the heck did that happen! Oh that’s right…. I was so overwhelmed by birthday weekend awesomeness and trying to prevent a cold from overwhelming my immune system, that I thought it would be okay to ignore this space for a little while. Pretty soon, I knew I would get a inquisitive post from KT wondering why I wasn’t blogging :D. Love you Katers. The other reason I ignore this space sometimes is that when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed from playing the waiting game or other life stress, I find it better to not write about it publicly. Just like with facebook, I like to use these public spaces to write about the joy going on in my life, rather than the annoying parts. Some people we all know would rather use facebook to complain, etc. But I don’t want to be those people!
Anyways, today I would like to share that fun Saturday from my birthday weekend and other fun news in terms of the waiting game. I don’t know if this would classify as the waiting game, but playing the field for a good year (or ten years if you really think about it) yielded me one great boyfriend. Jason is tall, kind, friendly, super nerdy smart and sweet to me. There are no promises on what the future holds, but for right now I have someone wonderful to spend my time with. The other news relates to that secret project from a couple of weeks ago. One snippet of good news came from that last week and another little snippet today. It might be a month to see what the outcome is, but I am counting my lucky stars right now that my hard work is paying off. So yes, there is much joie de vivre going on!!
You like my sign? I saw this one a long time ago and thought I could do a good enough version myself. 😀 Oh the space I rented at Black Ankle was just perfect for that day. It was pretty warm out so I’m glad we had a nice space in the shade and a lovely time to drink wine (thanks for that Auntie and BLT!) and feast on everyone’s creations.
Go for the jump to see more happy fun that day…
I had alot of fun on Tuesday. The new man has a very sweet dog. He remarked to me that he never had any good pictures of her. So Tuesday afternoon, while my mind wandered as I looked out my big office windows, I concocted an idea to have a nice photography shoot while we walked the doggie around Frederick that night. Meet Lucy. She has quite the personality and has some strange quirks to her too. She loves Jason. That is clear.
As I proceeded to be doggie photographer around town, I really felt alive. Having Annie back in the beginning of August helped me to remember some good spots. I love playing with the light and getting down on my belly in the grass to take pictures of her. I couldn’t wait to get home and (oh yeah, submit that secret project of mine) and then obsess over these pictures. I don’t know if this latest obsession will turn into anything, but I know it will help in the future when I start to have a family of my own and will make sure to document everything. 😀
That’s what I’m pondering over as this post is the “blog eve” post before my 30th birthday. What will be my passion as I turn into this new decade? It is clear that exercising leaves me broken alot, but I know that I need to get fit in order to improve my health and life in general… Maybe just walking and hiking will be it for me. It’s pretty hard to injure myself doing those two things. All I know is that my recent crafting, photography and baking projects have left me so content and proud of myself. Who wants to give me a job doing that! I am pretty wistful when I look at the blogs of these two awesome photographers and how they are so damn creative. So maybe I’ll start a new career in some awesome science field, or maybe I’ll be able to stay home some day and start a family and do this photography thing on the side. Or maybe I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and be content in that. But what I do know, is that I have a fantastic bunch of friends, a great new guy, and the most wonderful family to enjoy the ride with me.
Go for the jump to see more pretty pictures 😀