Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 30!

Well, my 30-day challenge has come to an end. And it was pretty incredible. :)

I definitely got into the habit of exercising a lot more than usual, and I love it. If I go a day without doing some kind of exercising, I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel and in my attitude. I definitely miss exercising if I don't do it, which is a pretty good thing. Hopefully I don't stop exercising. It's a really good stress reliever, and I love that I'm starting to feel better about myself. :)

I definitely feel that there are more changes in store for me, and I'm so excited about that. I have so many dreams, and I'm gaining the confidence that I need to believe that they will all come true. I love how I've started to change over the past 30 days. It's been so exciting. I just might have to do another one of these challenges at some point. :p

Thanks for keeping up with me for the past month. Feel free to continue to check in and see what else I'm up to from time to time. :p

Monday, November 15, 2010

Days 28 & 29

So, yesterday was good. I did a little shopping with the boyfriend (Walmart and Michael's....I pretty much live at those two stores here lately). I also had a meeting at work (my last one ever...). The meeting was actually pretty fun. We got to wear our pjs, and everyone also brought in food. It was a long meeting, but it was good. There was a lot of information to soak in, which made me so glad that I was there for holiday last year. But anyway, it was a pretty good--especially since I was one of the winners for best pjs. :)

Today ha been pretty good too. I got a new product listed, so go check it out. :) And if you haven't become a fan of mine on FB, go do so! I have a great deal going on right now for my FB fans. You'll definitely want to check it out.

There was also some huge news for me today. I passed my GACE!! So, once I graduate, I will be certified to teach language arts in grades 4-8 in the state of Georgia. In January, I'll take the social studies GACE. I'm really nervous about that one because I've heard that it's extremely hard. Hopefully I'll pass that one, too.

Well, I better go to bed. Tomorrow is internship day (my last full day until January). And it's also the last day of my challenge. Hopefully it ends on a high note. :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Days 26 & 27

So, I know I didn't post last night. And I'm not going to focus a lot on yesterday. I'm actually not going to focus a lot on today, mainly because nothing major happened on either day.

However, there's a issue that has come up, and I feel like venting about it. I'm starting to question a friend's sincerity, and it's really getting to me. This is someone who's been a friend for awhile now, and I've loved that. But lately, I get the feeling that they aren't being straight with me. And that bothers me. For way too long, I dealt with "friends" who were fake--they lied to me and essentially led me on, only to decide they didn't want to be friends anymore, and that it was entirely my fault. One friend never gave me a reason for ending the friendship (and that hurt the worse), and another basically told me that I was never there, even though this particular "friend" flaked on me a lot, and only wanted me around when she was having problems. She even went so far as to get mad because I had other people that I wanted to hang out with, too, even though I spent the entire afternoon with her driving around and listening to her vent about her problems. But, to her, I wasn't a good friend. And you know what? It's honestly whatever at this point. Those two people did nothing but bring unwanted drama into my life, and I've been so much happier without them.

But with this person today, I'm getting pretty angry. I'm sick of having people lie to me, and I'm sick of feeling like I'm being left in the dark. I'm sick of not being entirely sure who my friends are and who I can trust. I tend to be a very trusting person, but honestly, I've been burned so many times that I'm not sure I can be anymore. And that sucks. I've always liked that I felt that I could trust people. And I liked that even after the crap I've been through the past couple of years that I felt I could still trust people. So for me to not know if I can continue to sucks. And I hate it.

Hopefully this situation will get better.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 25

I completely forgot about updating last night. I was so busy reading the forums on Etsy and trying to figure new ideas for my business. And, I was pretty exhausted last night.

So anyway, yesterday was another good day! :) I had internship, and then afterwards, the powder puff football game. That was so much fun. The girls played football while the boys cheered. And let me tell you, some of those girls know how to play some football. I was very impressed while watching them. And a couple of my students even made touchdowns! It was such a great thing to get to experience.

When I got home, I ate, and then started reading and all, trying to better my business. I gained a couple of facebook fans, which made me happy. And, I even have someone who is interested enough in my flowers to quite possibly do a mass custom order! That really excited me. And, I'm inspired to go ahead and make one flower in the colors that she wanted. I want to make sure that what I see in my head is going to really work. But I a extremely excited about this opportunity. Hopefully it goes through!

I did exercise last night. It wasn't the hardest workout I've had, but it was still intense. I was definitely worn out by the time I finished. And I've learned that I absolutely hate any exercise that requires me to jump repeatedly.

I probably won't get to be as productive today as I wanted to be. I have class and then work tonight, so we'll see how it goes. Hopefully I can get something done. I need to get things done this weekend. I really need to get stuff posted, and I need to get out of this funk that I'm in.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 24

It's the CMAs!!! Can you tell I'm excited? ;p

I absolutely adore country music, and I'm so happy I can be sitting here watching all of my favorite artists tonight. Lady A, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Reba, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and so many more. I love watching them all come together to celebrate each other. And it's make me even more excited to know that I get to see Trace Adkins when I go on vacation next month. ;p

My only complaint? Jeff Gordon was on the show. I'll admit to being a bit of a NASCAR fan (meet the boyfriend and his family, and you'll see that I don't have much of a choice ;p), but I simply cannot stand Jeff Gordon. I've never liked him. Everything about him annoys me, and I was not pleased to have to see him--especially since they felt the need to bring him out twice.

However, people who put on the CMAs, I will not complain at all if you bring out Jr. ;p

Anyway, the rest of my day has been really good. I started working on some new products for the store, which I'll hopefully get out this weekend. I also started brainstorming holiday sale ideas, so be on the lookout for those. And if you're a fan of mine on facebook, then you're in for some extra special deals. And if you're not a fan, what are you waiting for? Click on that badge on the right side of the blog to go to my fan page, and then click 'like'! It's that simple. And then you'll be signed up to receive those special deals. ;p

I also had class today, which was pretty uneventful. The boyfriend did get to come over and eat dinner tonight, and that definitely made me happy. :)

Tomorrow is internship, with a powder puff football game afterwards. Am I taking my camera? Oh yes. This is not something to be missed. ;p

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 23

So, I had a good day, but once again I found myself getting irritated for really no reason at all. I wish I knew why it's happening. I don't feel all that stressed, but maybe I am. I know I have a lot going on right now, and maybe that's getting to me more than I realize. I don't know. I just hope I can stop this feeling soon.

Although, after my workout, I don't feel agitated at all--mostly tired. :p And speaking of working out, my workout tonight was a lot easier than last night's was. Tonight was more about working out the upper body, while last night was pretty much nothing but lower body exercises. I still did some lunges tonight, but it was nice to get a break from constantly working out my legs.

Like I said, today was good. I had internship, and it went really well. I'm still amazed that I only have 3 days left there this semester. Then I have about a month off, and then it's my last semester as an undergrad. It's crazy to think that the moment that I've been working towards for the last 5 years is almost here.

I am very excited about the next couple of weeks. My "baking season" is about to start, and I couldn't be more excited. I have my last meeting at my "real" job on Sunday, and we get to bring a snack to share. So, I'm going a little above and beyond and actually making something. I'm not saying what because I want it to be a surprise, but I have a feeling that this could become a holiday tradition for me to bake....especially if the boyfriend has anything to say about it. ;p Then, I'm going to do some baking for the people at my internship as a little thank you. I'm still trying to figure exactly what I'm going to bake for them, but I'll come up with something. :)

My "big" cooking event so far is going to be the boyfriend's birthday dinner. We're inviting a few friends over to his house, and I'm cooking dinner and baking the cake. Well, he's helping with the dinner. The cake is going to be all me. We already know what we're cooking, and I already know what kind of cake I'm making...but I'm not telling. I want our guests to be pleasantly surprised. :)

I'm also baking for Thanksgiving dinner with my mom's family. I'm definitely doing these pumpkin pie cupcakes that I've found, and I'm really excited about them. :) I might also make the dressing, which will be my grandmother's recipe. Her dressing is pretty much the only dressing I will eat, and I'm so excited that I got the recipe for it. I made it for Thanksgiving last year, and I got the highest compliment ever when I was told that it tasted just like my grandmother had made it. I definitely miss my grandmother around the holidays, but knowing that I can make one of the recipes that was such a staple at our family get-togethers makes me extremely happy. :)

I'm sure I'm making some people hungry with all the talk of food. ;p Don't worry, as I complete each one of my little "projects," I will post pictures. I absolutely love cooking and baking, and I love the holidays, and that they give me the opportunity to do more baking and cooking than usual. And I'm also excited to know that I can enjoy all of these treats that I'm making without feeling guilty. I'm sure that pretty much nothing will be healthy, but I've been learning that I'm only human. I'm going to mess up, I'm going to have days where I don't feel like doing what I should. I'm also learning that I need to live life instead of constantly plan and write down every little thing. I've been missing out on too much, and I hate that. I want to enjoy this life, and if that means that I eat extremely yummy, not the least bit healthy, things, well, then so be it! :p

Monday, November 8, 2010

Days 21 & 22

Okay, I'm starting to get bad about updating, and I'm sorry. So, I'm going to try and finish this challenge on a high note and update every night!

So, yesterday was kind of a lazy day, which was definitely needed. I went shopping with my parents and helped my mom pick out Christmas presents for my aunts (which they are going to love!), and then I went and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening with the boyfriend. I felt really bad because I didn't get anything done for my shop, and I really need to get on the ball. But I'm trying not to be too hard on myself for taking a much needed off day.

However, I also took an off day from exercising (making it 2 rest days in a row), and I could definitely tell a difference. I was a lot more irritable both yesterday and today until I exercised. After my workout tonight, I was pretty relaxed and no longer stressing out.

Today started off good but then got a little more stressful. I helped my dad with some more vacation planning this morning (I really should be a vacation planner--I love it, and I'm pretty good at it). Then, I had to go to class. My first class was good, but the second one was ugh. I had a group presentation to do, and I don't think it went all that well. But at least it's over with. I then had errands to run, and by the time I got home, I was ready to just eat and just not do anything else. But I did exercise, and it was a pretty good workout. I did have to skip one exercise because I just couldn't do it. The routines are definitely getting more challenging, which is good. They're teaching me just how strong I really am, and I'm excited about the results I'm seeing!

Tomorrow is internship day--but internship is almost over! After tomorrow, I will only have 3 more days left this semester. I start interning full-time in January. It's crazy to think that I'm thisclose to being a college graduate. But I'm so excited!! :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Days 19 & 20

Okay, I have got to get back into writing these entries every night.

Anyway, yesterday was good. I had a history test that I feel pretty good about. So, the morning was spent studying, and the afternoon was spent relaxing. I spent some time shopping with my parents, and then I spent the evening with the boyfriend. :) I came home and exercised, and that about kicked my butt. The routines are definitely getting harder, but it's been so worth it.

Today, I worked on some stuff for the business (there's a facebook page now!), plus worked an exhausting 4-hour shift at my "real" job. By the time I left there, my feet and back were killing me. But, the boyfriend was at my house when I got home, so that was a plus. :) We ended up going shopping, and I bought a few shirts. The good news? They're a size smaller than what I've been wearing! :) I tried them on, and they're still a little tight, but if I keep up the exercising like I have been, then they'll fit me better in no time. :)

Well, that's essentially all there's been to the last 2 days. Oh! One more thing. I got a new product listed in the store tonight. Okay, now that's all for the last 2 days. Tomorrow, I'm going to work on some new ideas I have for products as well as some other business stuff. Hopefully I'll actually get some stuff listed tomorrow.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 18

Yesterday was definitely a better day than Wednesday. I was still pretty busy, but at least it wasn't a rainy day. That made it so much better.

The thing that really made my day better though was the fact that I was able to put on a skirt that I hadn't been able to wear in a year! That was a major victory for me, and it gave me the motivation to keep going. I haven't been keeping track of my weight during this 30 day period, but I know what I weighed going into this, and I'll check it when I'm done. However, it's no longer a huge concern for me. I know I'm getting skinner, so I'm losing fat. I may not necessarily be losing weight though, because I'm probably gaining muscle, which weighs more than fat. So yes, I do have my goal weight, but I'm also not going to get discouraged as easily about it.

I was asked yesterday what exercises I'm doing, so I'm going to take this time to brag about the program I have been using for these past 18 days.

This program has been amazing! It has all sorts of exercises and preset routines. It also lets you make your own routines, so this becomes extremely customizable. They also have a 30-Day Challenge, which is what I'm taking. And yes, that was the reason why I decided to make this experiment a 30 day challenge of my own. You can set your own intensity level (low, medium, and high). I'm currently doing the medium intensity, and let me tell you, there are days where they kick my butt. But it's amazing. These exercises definitely challenge you, and there have been a few days where I thought that I couldn't make it through the routines, but I did. And I definitely feel accomplished afterwards. And, you don't necessarily need the Wii to be able to do the routines. That's great news for when I go on vacation. I can pack my weights and be able to do my own routine with these exercises in my hotel room.

Yesterday's workout was the hardest one so far, and I'm sure it's only going to get harder from here. But I've gotten to where I look forward to working out. Even on my rest days. Granted, I haven't worked out on a rest day yet, but I have thought about it. However, I know that I need the rest days to give my body and muscles a chance to recover. So, I've started back paying attention to my calories and watching what I eat. That's a bit more challenging for me because I love food, but I've already picked up on some healthier habits. For instance, I love Jell-O, and they have the Jell-O cups that are sugar-free and only 10 calories. That is the perfect snack to satisfy my sweet-tooth. I've been eating sugar-free stuff for awhile now because my dad is borderline diabetic, and for most things, you can't tell the difference. And Jell-O is one of those things.

So, all this combined with more water and more sleep has really helped me during this period. While I'm exhausted just from everything that I have on my plate right now, I do feel a lot better. I don't feel as overwhelmed as I would have a few months ago, and I don't feel as stressed. Doing this 30 Day Challenge has helped me out overall--physically, mentally, and emotionally--and it's actually changing my life. I'm learning that I can change things about me, that it's not as hard as I thought, and that I'm a lot stronger than I realized. And I think that's been the best thing about this challenge so far. :)

Day 17

Yeah, it's so much easier for me to do this the morning after.

Anyway, yesterday was a very long day for me. I'm usually at school from 2pm-6:15pm, but yesterday I was there even longer. I had to meet with my group for a project we're working on at 12pm, which means that I was at school 2 hours earlier than usual. Not fun. Especially since it was a rainy day, and all I wanted to do was go home and curl up in bed.

By the time I got home last night, I was completely exhausted. I'm so glad yesterday was a rest day for me, because I don't think I would have been able to exercise at all. It took all the energy I had just to eat and get some homework done.

The good news is, I've been sleeping a lot better the past couple of nights. I've been going to bed earlier than usual (around 10pm or so), and I've been completely exhausted. I'm not sure why I've been as exhausted as I have been. Hopefully I'm not getting sick. Now is not the time for that. I've got too much stuff that I have to get done in the next month.

Hey--maybe that's why I'm so tired here lately. I've been stressed and working a lot, either for school, my "real" job, or my business. It's been pretty much nonstop here the past week or so. Luckily, I'll be getting a little bit of a break this weekend when the boyfriend and I go to the Indian Festival out at Stone Mountain. I am definitely looking forward to that.

Well, I need to go get ready for another long day today.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 16

I'm getting bad about not posting before bed. I'm sorry. I've just been getting so tired here lately that I don't feel like posting. Plus, I've noticed that if I post right before bed, then the posts are short and don't really say much. So maybe I'll start posting the next morning anyway. That way I'll be refreshed and can properly do this experiment justice.

Anyway, yesterday was a good day for me. I didn't have internship, so I was able to use the day to get things done that I wasn't able to do over the weekend. I still have a long list of things to do, but I was able to knock some things off. So I feel like I got a little accomplished anyway.

I also got to spend the evening with the boyfriend. I made him happy because I cooked him dinner--and the meal I cooked is pretty much his favorite meal that I make. In fact, I suggested that I cook it for his birthday dinner, and he won't let me. He doesn't like to share this meal with anyone else. :p But anyway, we had dinner and watched a movie and just spent some time together. It was nice to be able to do that after he was gone all weekend.

I also voted yesterday. I'm not going to get into how I voted and all of that, but I did vote. I think it's so important to get out there and vote in every election, not just the "big" ones. Every election is big because every election gives us the potential to be heard and influence the changes we want to see in our country. I feel like if you don't get out and vote, then you don't have a right to complain when things don't go the way you want them to. At least now if something happens that I don't agree with, I can complain because I did vote and I did make my voice heard. However, I am glad the election is over. I was getting sick and tired of seeing all the attack ads on TV. And thank God there wasn't a run-off because I really don't think I could have taken any of those ads anymore. I hate that politics has turned into attacking opponents instead of telling the voters what you stand for.

Well, that was day yesterday. Today is a long day for me, so we'll see how well I do at blogging tonight.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 15

I'm at the halfway point! Yay! :)

I'm already noticing some changes, especially physically. I can feel muscles forming in my legs, arms, and abs. :) I'm very excited about this!

I started back on my food diary today. I think this will really help me get on the track that I want to be on. When I kept one before, I noticed a lot of changes not only in how and when I ate, but also in my sleeping habits, and in my small, everyday habits as well. It was definitely a good thing for me to keep, and I hope that I can get back where I want to be fairly quickly.

In other news, I got a new product listed today! :) Go check it out! I'll be listing some more products tomorrow. And facebook friends, be on the lookout for a special deal just for you. :)

Okay, I meant for this to be longer, but I'm tired and I keep zoning out. I will say that the first 15 days of this experiment have been good, and I look forward to the next 15 days. :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day 14

Happy Halloween!

Today was a good day--the best of the weekend. And it had nothing to do with it being Halloween. I like Halloween, but it's definitely not my favorite holiday (that honor goes to Christmas). However, I do like decorating for Halloween, but that could be because I pretty much like decorating for anything. I love the entire process, from planning what's going to be done, to actually executing it. Even when problems arise, I love trying to figure out how to solve them. And I love seeing the end result.

I'm definitely a planner--always have been. I make lists, I am more organized than I probably should be, and I constantly worry over details. For instance, the boyfriend's birthday is coming up in a few weeks. We were originally going to throw a party (my idea, of course), which means I started the whole planning process back during the summer. However, he has since decided that he wants to invite a few friends over for dinner. Which means I'll be cooking. And I have no idea what to cook. I know what kind of cake he's getting (my own creation--Rocky Road cake). That detail was established a couple of months ago. And I'm getting ideas on what kind of decorations to do. But I still don't know what meal the guests will actually be eating. And the boyfriend has been no help with this matter either. He's very indecisive. :p

I've been working on new earring holders today. I've gotten a couple finished, but not in time to take pictures of them to post. I will be getting those tomorrow. I've got one more that I'm almost done with, and one more that I need to start working on. And I've gotten some more ideas on how to make my products better, which I'm excited to try out.

Now I'm sitting here talking to my dad, and he's telling me about how it's getting easier for him to move around and such. And it's amazing to see this change. Just a few months ago, he could barely walk around the house without pain, and he certainly couldn't walk around a store. He would almost always have to get one of the motorized carts (he refers to them as go-karts) to use. But ever since his back surgery a couple of months ago, he's been getting better. And today, he didn't have to use one of the carts when he and my mom went to Walmart. I love that it's getting easier for him to move. I hated seeing him in the pain he was in. It makes me happy that he's getting better.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Days 12 & 13

Sorry for the lack of a post last night. I was going all day, and I just wanted to crash.

Anyway, yesterday was pretty busy. I helped my dad clean the house, then I had class, and then my dad and I worked on some Halloween decorations. I also started working on something for the boyfriend for he returns home from his weekend trip to Alabama. Hopefully he likes it. I'll know Monday. :)

Today has also been busy. I had breakfast with my parents, and then we did a little shopping. I also finished my boyfriend's present and did a little work on some stuff for the shop. I need to get a lot more done though. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a lot done tomorrow. I want to be able to put some stuff up this weekend.

I did workout both yesterday and today. I didn't get to exercise twice yesterday like I wanted, but I was really busy, and pretty much constantly on the move, so hopefully that did something. I've noticed that I've been stressing out lately, and I'm not sleeping as well as I would like to. I would say that I hope that changes tonight, but I'm doubting it. We'll see though.

Okay, I'm starting to get really tired, so, I know this is short, but I'm going to go ahead and go to bed. I'll try to have more say tomorrow.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 11

I'm not going to write a lot tonight. I'm going through some stuff, and I'm tired and want to go to bed.

I had internship again today. It started off rough, but it got better. Which was good, because I did not want a repeat of Tuesday. I wasn't ready to deal with all of that again.

I got to spend time with the boyfriend and his mom and stepdad before they head out of town for the weekend. Yep, this weekend will be boyfriend-free. I've got plenty of stuff to keep me busy, but we'll see how that goes. :p

I haven't exercised today, and I'm probably not going to. Like I said, I'm tired. I'll probably exercise twice tomorrow, even though tomorrow was supposed to be my rest day. I need to get back into exercising twice a day anyway.

Well, I'm off to bed. Until tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day 10

It was a stormy day here in Georgia, and it's been a stormy night as well. I love days like this (except for the tornado watches), but only if I get to stay home. Since I had class today, I had no such luck. And of course, I had to be at school right as the weather started getting bad here. Needless to say, I was glad to finally be home tonight.

The day got off to a rough start, but it did get better. The bad thing is that I've been somewhat unmotivated today. It has taken me longer to do stuff because I have had to talk myself into doing them. Like exercising tonight. I finally talked myself into it, but it took me about 30 minutes to do so. And I'm glad I did. It was a good workout. :)

I was a little stressed and irritated today. I think it was a combination of last night/this morning, being tired, and just not feeling like doing anything. I hate feeling like this, and I really hope tomorrow is better.


Even though we had a fight last night, and things still aren't 100% better this morning, this picture still holds true. It is always better when we're together.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 9

Internship today was really rough. I mean really rough. Probably the roughest day I've had so far. Honestly, 4pm could not come fast enough for me today. All I wanted to do was go home, eat, and pretty much go to bed.

However, once I got home, my day got tremendously better. First, I got the CD of pictures of the boyfriend and me that one of my best friends took for us. :) Then, I went over to the boyfriend's house and posted some of said pictures to facebook, and then spent the rest of the time just talking and venting about my day to him. Then I came home and watched DWTS (Team Ballin'!!).

I realized today just how lucky I am. I woke up this morning and thought about how happy I've been this past week. It's been unbelievable. I can definitely tell a difference in my attitude just over the past week. And I have to attribute a lot of this to the fact that I have some amazing people in my life. I have people who have been there for me through everything--good and bad--and they continue to be there and support me. These people are some of the most important people in my life, and I honestly don't know where I would be without them. They have seen me at my lowest point, and they stuck by me.

For so long, all I thought about was the fact that so many people left me. So many people found absolutely ridiculous reasons to decide that I was no longer needed in my life. Some of them even tried to blame me for things that they know I never did. And for so long, I let all of that get to me, and that's all I focused on. I let it get to me so many times, and that caused so many problems for me.

However, now I'm letting all of that go. I'm realizing just how blessed I am, and how many good, amazing people I have in my life. I'm in such a good place right now, and my life is only going to keep getting better. :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day 8

I have been pretty out of it today. I think it had to do with the fact that my dad woke me up this morning by telling me that we were under a tornado watch. I hate tornadoes. They terrify me, so today did not start off good for me at all.

However, it did get better. In the most exciting news for the day--I made my sell! Yay! I sold one of my earring holders--the one I posted this morning, in fact. It excited me to no end, and I'm still floating on cloud 9. :)

I got a little work done today...nowhere close to what I needed to get done, though. I'm just going to have to work harder tomorrow. My head has been in the clouds all day, and it is driving me slightly crazy.

I ended the day by watching DWTS and working on a new earring holder. Hopefully I'll have it up by Thursday at the latest. I'm pretty excited about this one. :)

Well, I have to get to bed. Internship tomorrow!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 7

Well, I'm at the end of my first week of this, and I must say, it's been a pretty awesome week. :)

Today was an amazing day. I slept in for the first time in a while, and after the rough night at work last night, sleeping in is just what I needed. Once I got up, I just took my time and really relaxed and enjoyed today.

My workout today was good. It's starting to become a staple in my daily routine, which is good. I've noticed myself actually making time to exercise, and instead of giving into all the excuses, I'm actually getting up and working out. In fact, I'm noticing that I'm making less and less excuses for why I can't exercise, and that is a good thing. :)

I went shopping at Michael's today to get some stuff for my new product. :) I got all excited because I was able to get what I needed on sale, plus, I had a coupon for 15% off my entire purchase. So needless to say, I bought quite a bit, but I didn't spend over $10 for all that I bought. :) But what really made me happy was that not only did my wonderful boyfriend come with me, but he gave me his opinion on the things that I was buying and helped me pick out stuff. I love that he's interested in this and appears to be almost as invested in this business venture as I am. I love that I have this level of support from him. He's been absolutely amazing through all of this, doing everything from giving me ideas to letting me set up my production studio at his house. I honestly couldn't ask for a better support system than what I have with him and my parents right now. All three have been great throughout this first month. :)

Speaking of my business, I got the new product up! I'm very excited about this one! If you check out the box on the right side of the page, you'll see it. :) It's an earring holder, and it's pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. ;p I am also using one that I made, and I am absolutely in love with it. It has solved my dilemma of never being able to find the earrings that I want to wear, or forgetting about some of my earrings because they're always buried under other earrings. Now I can see almost every pair that I own. Hopefully, I can help other people solve that problem as well...and with a little style to go along with it! ;)

I have some other ideas bouncing around in my head that I am also excited about, so we'll see where they take me. So, go check out my store, keep watching the blog, and follow me on Twitter. That way, you'll always be up to date on what's going on with me, the store, and life in general. :)

Thanks for reading this for the first week of my 30 day experiment. I'm looking forward to the next 23 days, and I hope you are too! And I hope that I'm inspiring at least one person out there to maybe start a 30 day challenge of their own.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day 6

Well today has been an extremely long day. I don't know why, but I've just felt like today kept dragging on and on. I honestly didn't think it would end.

I was able to get some work done on some new products I hope to roll out tomorrow. I'm very excited about getting these up. And hopefully I'll also be getting some new products out next weekend as well. I'm very excited about this, and I can't wait to see where this whole venture takes me.

Work was looooong. I was supposed to get off at 9:30pm. I didn't get home until almost 11pm. It sucked, but hey--that's more money. And I need all the money I can get right now.

No exercising today. It was another rest day, but I was still pretty productive. So it wasn't like the other day where I was just sitting around doing nothing.

Now, I am completely exhausted, so I think I'll head to bed. More to come tomorrow.

Day 5

Sorry I didn't post this last night. I got extremely tired and decided to go to bed before I remembered to post. But at least I'm doing it now, right? :p

Anyway, yesterday was pretty productive. I finished my earring holder, and I even started planning to make more and sell them. Look for those to go up in my Etsy shop this weekend. :)

I also exercised, which was definitely a good thing. And I took my dogs to the park and ran with them, which wore all three of us out. But trust me, that is a really good thing. My dogs love going to the park and getting out of the house for a bit.

I'm noticing some changes already, and I'm not even at the end of the first week! I have been a lot happier this week, and a lot less stressed. I forgot just how much exercising affects my mindset. I need to keep this in mind when it starts getting to the point where I want to stop exercising. This is no longer just about losing weight for me--it's about keeping my sanity. And I have a feeling that I will need this outlet a lot during next semester.

So, that was yesterday. I have a lot on my to-do list today, so I look forward to tonight's update. :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 4

This will probably be short because I'm falling asleep and getting distracted by the TV.

Today was better than yesterday. I had to sit through a 2 hour math class during my internship, but luckily, I'm starting to remember how to do all this algebra. And I was able to help one of my students today, which made me feel pretty good. :)

I spent some more time with my wonderful boyfriend tonight. :) He definitely always makes my days better...even if they were good to begin with. :)

I did exercise tonight, which is probably why I'm tired now. I feel like I need to get into trying to exercise twice a day, like I did on Monday. I felt really good that day. I feel like I ate way too much today, especially at dinner, so I think that had I exercised both this morning and tonight, I wouldn't have felt as bad as I did.

Okay, that's it for tonight. Hopefully tomorrow's post will be a little more interesting. :p

This Has Totally Satisfied My Chocolate Craving :)

So, I have been craving chocolate all day today, and I found this recipe a few days ago on one of my new favorite blogs Skip To My Lou, so I decided that today would be the day that I would try it.

And I am in love. :)

It's called White Chocolate and Peppermint Popcorn, and it's the perfect sweet snack. So here's what you need to do to make it for yourself. :)

First, get your ingredients. You'll need 1 bag of popped popcorn, 1 cup of crushed peppermints or candy canes, and enough white chocolate or vanilla-flavored almond bark to cover all the popcorn.

I'm sure your asking why I have a hammer. Well...that'll come in a minute. :p

Next, you'll need to get your peppermints/candy canes ready to crush. I used 40 peppermints, and I think that if you use candy canes, you'll need about 12. Remember, you need 1 cup crushed.

I would recommend using a food chopper of some sort, but since I couldn't find ours, I had to improvise.

And I'll admit, I had much more fun with the improvising. ;p

I put the peppermints in a plastic Ziploc bag, and took the hammer and just started beating the mints. So much fun....and a really good way to get some frustrations out. :p Just keep in mind if you do it this way, you could end up with some tiny holes in the bag, which means that you'll have some "peppermint dust" left behind. It's not enough to affect your measurements though.

And I would just like to thank my dad for telling me to crush the peppermints this way. :)

After you get your mints crushed, pour them in a measuring cup and make sure you have a cup.

Now, after that, you'll need to melt your chocolate. You can do this either on the stove in a double boiler or in the microwave. I don't have a double boiler, so I had to use my microwave. If you do this, I recommend microwaving the chocolate in 30 second increments. No matter how you melt your chocolate, you have to stir it frequently. Trust me when I say that if you don't stir the chocolate, it will burn. Been there, done that.

Once your chocolate is melted, pour both it and the popcorn in a bowl, and mix.
Add in your crushed mints (I promise, they are in there in the above picture!), and enjoy!

And if you want more snack ideas and/or craft ideas, stop by Skip To My Lou. :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 3

Today was a little more difficult than the past 2 days. This morning was great. I, once again, got to indulge my creative urges and start on a project I've been talking about doing for a couple of weeks now. I'm very excited to finish it. :)

School was okay today. I enjoyed my first class, and my break between classes. I finally figured out how to make banners using Picnik, so my Etsy shop got one, as did the blog. :) I also ran into my cousin's husband and a girl I've known since middle school, so I got to talk to them for a bit, which was good.

Other than my strawberry-banana smoothie, my last class didn't go great. First of all, it's a class that I don't really care for to begin with. Second, we got our papers back, and pretty much all of us have to rewrite it--including me. So, I planned on working on it tonight and get it over with, but I have to run my thesis by my professor, and she doesn't have office hours until Friday. I am not happy about that.

No exercising today--it was my rest day. I must admit though, I don't like not exercising. I feel lazy when I don't. I've spent pretty much all evening on the computer, and I need to change that. I think from now on, even when it is my rest day (which is every 2 days), I'm still going to do some kind of exercising. I don't like just sitting around doing nothing. I need to be up and either exercising or creating or doing something.

So, that's been my day. Internship tomorrow--which means 2 hours of math. Joy.

And yes, that was sarcasm.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 2

Okay, I almost skipped out on exercising today, but I'm proud of myself because I made time to do so, and I didn't make excuses as to why I couldn't.

The downside? It's now 11:19pm, and I just finished exercising. Oh well....I burned over 130 calories, so that's good. :)

Tuesdays are pretty packed for me because of my internship all day. I get up between 5am-5:30am, and I'm going until 11pm. Especially tonight, because I went over to my boyfriend's house and spent a couple of hours with him, then came home to watch "Dancing With The Stars". I also worked on typing up some of my notes. And, I got all the homework that I have due tomorrow done, and I've gotten started on a reading assignment I have due next week (I think...). So, all in all, I'm pretty proud of myself.

Internship today required me to do a lot of adjusting, but I managed. We have a new schedule, so I had to get used to that. It's going to take me a couple of days to get used to it, but I will. And I think I'm going to like this schedule. As much as I hate change and being thrown out of my comfort zone, I'm definitely warming up to it all. This year has been a year of me leaving my comfort zone, and I've came through everything just fine. In fact, in some instances, I think I've come out stronger and better for it.

I was talking to my boyfriend tonight about how rough the past couple of years have been for me. There were a lot of personal things that I had to go through, and it was hard, and I got angry and frustrated and upset a lot. However, I look back on all of the things that I went through, and I know I've come out so much better. I've learned a lot about myself the past couple of years, and I've definitely noticed a change in me. It's pretty amazing to see how much I've grown in such a short time.

I'm hoping the next 30 days (well....28 now, I guess) prove to help me grow and change as well. I've already noticed a little changing, and I can't wait to see how this all works out. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 1

Well, the first day of my "transformation" is pretty much over with, and I must say, it's been a success! I managed to actually exercise twice today, and not make excuses as to why I couldn't, like I've done so many times before. And I am so glad that I got in there and exercised, because I feel so much better right now! And I'm hoping I sleep so much better tonight than I have been lately.

I also was able to bring my creative side out this morning, which made me extremely happy. (See my previous post for that project.) I've noticed that when I have the chances to be artistic and create something, I'm really in my element, and I love it. I honestly wish I could do nothing but craft projects all the time. I am constantly looking for new projects to take on and new skills to learn. I'm very excited because I'm currently teaching myself how to knit, and I am having a blast! It's been a lot of fun so far, and I just wish that my grandmother were still alive to see me take on this skill.

I even got a little homework done tonight, which makes me feel good. Now I won't have to stress about it tomorrow night/Wednesday morning. It leaves me with more time to work on other things that I want to work on. :)

Well that's pretty much it for day 1. I'm looking forward to seeing how tomorrow works out--especially since it's intern day, and our team got all kinds of messed up. It should be interesting, to say the least.

BBW Catch-All

I love mornings/days when I just feel immensely creative. :) And yes, this has been one of those mornings.

This particular idea actually came to me yesterday morning when I was in the shower. I had some body scrub that I finished off yesterday, and I didn't want to just throw away the container. It was too perfect for using for something else. So, this morning, I did a little refurbishing and gave that container a new life. :)

Yes, this was a scrub from Bath & Body Works. I absolutely loved this scrub. And Orange Sapphire is one of my favorite fragrances. (And yes, I am currently employed by BBW, but that still doesn't change how I feel about this scrub!). Sadly, the company discontinued the Signature Collection scrubs back in June during the Semi-Annual Sale. But, if you want the scrubs, you should still be able to get them online.

Anyway, this container is big enough to hold pretty much any jewelry or other miscellaneous items I need it to, and it's small enough to fit on my dresser and not take up too much space. I just needed to give it a little makeover. :)

I have a ton of scrapbooking paper, so I took a sheet that I liked, and that would work well with the colors in my room (my curtains are pretty much that shade of orange). I originally was going to cut enough to cover the entire container, but then I thought that I would just cover up the label. That way, I could still see inside without opening it up, and it gives it a little more flair. :) So, after cutting and measuring, and cutting another strip, and then trimming that strip, I finally got the right size to do what I needed it to do. I then put it around the label and glued it using regular white glue.

I then glued on some scrapbooking letters around the container. If you want, you could make your own letters, or find any other way to decorate this. And just so you know, this spells "Misc". :)

I even cut a piece of paper to cover the "Bath & Body Works" name on the lid, and I added a cute little sticker to add a little more flair.

And there you have it! Now I have the perfect little container for all of my little knick-knacks. :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010


So, this morning as I was getting ready to go visit my cousin, I realized something. I haven't been too happy with myself lately. I've been exhausted, slightly stressed, and just feeling blah. So, I have made a decision to do something about that. Starting tomorrow, and going for the next 30 days, I will be exercising more, eating better, and just overall doing things that make me more positive about myself. And yes, I will be posting daily updates on this blog.

I am looking forward to this venture, and I would appreciate any motivation and encouragement you can give me. I've tried things like this before, and I've ended up giving up for various reasons. This time, I'm determined not to let anything stop me.

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's Live!

Just a quick update to my last post about the pins:

I now have a website! Visit me at

You'll get to check out everything I have and order anything you want. As of the time I published this post, I only have the Pink Ribbon Flower Pins up for sale. However, I am working on getting my necklaces and headbands listed as well. The purses will also be put up eventually.

But go check me out! :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Rose In Bloom

It's officially October, and that means that it is also officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is something that I hold very dear to my heart because I've lost both my grandmother and one of my aunts to breast cancer. So, in honor of them, and to help raise money to find a cure, I have decided to make special pink ribbon flower pins and sell them. This is also the launch of my business, Rose In Bloom. With this, I will be making the purses, necklaces, and headbands that I've blogged about previously, as well as venture into some new areas, as I have done with these pink ribbon flowers. I am very excited about this, and I can't wait to see what will be in store for me with this new venture.
Okay, now on to the pink ribbon flower pins.

As you can tell, this is my signature flower with a pink ribbon in the middle, and a pin on the back. I will be selling these for $3, and about 25% of the profit will be donated to Susan G. Koman for the Cure.

If you're interested in purchasing a pin, send your email address to I'll send you an order form.

I'm working on getting a website set up as well, so as soon as I do, I'll let you know! Hopefully it will be in the next day or two. :)

*Side note: Not all flowers will look the same. They will be made using pink and white fabrics, but the patterns may vary.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Getting Creative. :)

So I am getting to the point where I am doing more and more DIY stuff. And I love it! :)

I have this dress that I bought in summer of 2008. I only got to wear it once or twice before the zipper broke. So, it sat in my closest until a few months ago, when I cleaned out my closet of all the stuff that I don't wear anymore. I hated to get rid of it because I really do love the dress, but the zipper was pretty much broke beyond repair. Yes, I'm aware that I could have gone and had someone put a new zipper in, but I'm losing weight, and the dress wouldn't have fit me much longer anyway. But it really is a cute dress with some pretty colors.

Beautiful huh? :)

The back of the dress, complete with the broken zipper.

So, what am I doing with this dress, you ask? Well, a couple of things, actually.

First, I'm going to make a skirt out of it. So, I grabbed my seam ripper (it's pretty much my new favorite toy!), and I took the bottom of the dress off. So, when I finally got that done, this is what I had:
I'm going to use the bottom part and make a skirt. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, kinda, I guess. I've never, ever, ever done something like this before. I'm pretty much going to have to take the skirt apart, do my measurements, and sew it back together. That sounds relatively simple. However, because I'm losing weight, I'm not going to be making this the size that I am now. I plan on wearing this skirt when I take my senior portraits at Disney World in December, and I plan on being at least a size smaller than I am now. So, there's the hard part--figuring out the measurements for my future self.
Now, I did make something else, which I finished this morning, and am now proudly wearing. :)

I took the top portion, and grabbed my seam ripper once again, and took the bottom part off.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with the top portion of this yet, but I took the bottom part and cut it into 4 strips, all different sizes. I sewed them together (my first time ever doing any kind of sewing, so I'm extremely proud of myself right now!), and I made one of my flowers that you've seen in a couple of my previous posts. I then hot glued the flower to the strips, and voila! I now have this really cute necklace!

I can't wait to get to create some more! :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

And So It Begins.....

Yesterday was the season opener for college football. My Bulldogs played the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns...and we stomped all over them! Final score was 55-7--much better than last year's season opener, which we lost! I'll admit, I was a bit concerned about my Dawgs this season, what with the 9 players getting arrested over the year, and then the athletic director being arrested as well. But, they showed that they're still a team, and they made one heck of a comeback! :)
College football is one of my loves, and I love that it's here. That means fall is right around the corner, and we're already starting to feel the cooler weather here in Georgia. I am very excited about this! And this Labor Day weekend has been great so far. My Dawgs won their game, and I got to spend last night down at the race track with my boyfriend and his family watching the Saturday night race.

And guess what? The driver I was cheering for (number 88--which is usually Dale Jr., but last night was Jamie McMurray) won! :) Oh, and the even better part--he beat the driver my boyfriend cheers for (Kyle Busch)! Oh yes, it was a great day yesterday! :)

Today is filled with some errands, and maybe another trip to the racetrack. We won't be watching the race tonight, but we'll get to hang out with some pretty cool people. :)

Now, I'm going to leave you with the video for my favorite song for this wonderful, glorious fall season--Kenny Chesney's "Boys of Fall". :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

More On This New Venture

I added more flowers to the tote. :)

And I'm branching out. I love making these flowers, and I'm realizing that I can attach them to pretty much anything. So today, I added one to a plain headband I had.

I think I've just found something that I'm good at. I am definitely having fun creating these things. :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This Is What Happens When I Get Creative....

I am a poor college student...which sucks, because fall is coming, and I want to update my wardrobe. So, I've been reading DIY blogs the past few days. Now, I've always been into that kind of thing, and these blogs have definitely gotten my creative juices flowing. So, I sat down last night and created something that I'm really proud of. :)

This is a cute little tote bag that I made from a tank top and embellished with some scrap fabric and some ribbon. I got the idea for the bag from Maegan, and the flower was made following the directions from Little Lizard King, and both sites are fabulous. :) This was ridiculously easy to make, and it's a cute way to reuse old tank tops.

I'm seriously going to be making more of these. And I can't wait to see what else I can find to create.

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's Almost That Time of Year Again.....

26 days until the start of football season! :)

I will be cheering my UGA Bulldogs to victory this season! Saturday, September 4, 2010 against Louisiana-Lafayette! Kick-off is at 12:21pm! :)


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pure Bliss

I have discovered my new favorite bakery.

Now, I like bakeries. I think they are wonderful places, full of amazing foods (which ruin my diet completely....but oh well. :p). However, I've never really found one that I keep going back to any chance I get. Until this summer. That's when I discovered this bakery called Bliss. I've been three times so far, and I've introduced this place to my boyfriend, his niece, my best friend from Berry, and my parents. And they all love the place, too. :)

Bliss is a small little bakery. They serve truffles, butter bars, and chocolate covered Oreos. However, it's their cupcakes that keep me coming back. They only have three that they serve all the time, but they always feature a new flavor every week. The three flavors they keep all the time are Key Lime, Butter Caramel, and Chocolate Bliss. All three are amazing.

I've tried two of their featured cupcakes--Rocky Road and Strawberry Margarita. I am a lover of Rocky Road, and therefore, I can be picky about it. But that cupcake went beyond my expectations. It had everything that makes Rocky Road so good--including the marshmallows! And the Strawberry Margarita cupcake was the perfect ending to what had been a somewhat stressful day.
Bliss does more than just sell delicious baked goods. They also sell little gifts and cake decorating supplies, and they hold classes/demonstrations. I haven't been to a class yet, but I'm planning on going soon. They also do wedding cakes. So, if you're getting married or know someone who is, check this place out! :)

They have reasonable prices (each cupcake costs about $1.80), which is great. However, if you plan on buying just one or two, take cash. They only accept debit and credit cards with orders over $5.

The place is decorated really cute. They have several tables, and a bar at the window. It's really cool to sit at the little bar and look out at the beautiful square.

Parking can be an issue, but that's mainly because it's on the square. Just look around, and try some parking lots behind buildings if you don't want to deal with parking meters or parking on the square.

Check out their website here. They are located right on the square in downtown McDonough.
And yes, I have a picture for you! :)

Key Lime & Rocky Road cupcakes. :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm A Little Bit Country

For me, summer=country music. I don't know what it is, but for most of the year, I listen to my CDs, such as Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, We The Kings, among others. However, once the weather starts getting hot (which is pretty early here in Georgia), I feel the need to listen to my favorite country station (Kicks 101.5) and load my iPod down with country songs.

I also watch the country music award shows. Last night was the CMT Music Awards, and I, of course, watched it. Overall, it seemed kind of awkward (nothing like the CMAs), but I think that had a lot to do with the fact the Kid Rock was hosting (seriously....who thought that was a good idea?). However, I was very happy with the performances and the winners. I was especially happy to see these people win awards:

Lady Antebellum: Group Video of the Year ("Need You Now")

Carrie Underwood: Video of the Year ("Cowboy Casanova"), CMT Performance of the Year ("Temporary Home" from "Invitation Only")

Keith Urban: Male Video of the Year ("Til Summer Comes Around")
side note: I love his accent. I could have listened to him talk the rest of the night. :)

Miranda Lambert: Female Video of the Year ("White Liar")

And my favorite award-winner of the night........

Georgia boy Luke Bryan: USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year ("Do I")
another side note: I am in love with this man. I do not care that he is married and is expecting his second child. He is gorgeous and, ohmigah......he is from south Georgia and has the accent to prove it. *sigh*

It's a good thing my boyfriend is secure in our relationship and knows I love him....otherwise, my comments about Luke Bryan probably wouldn't be appreciated. :p

Country music is quite possibly my favorite genre of music. It's the music I grew up on. When I got to middle school, I started getting into pop music (I was a HUGE NSYNC fan back in the day), and then in high school, I had a phase where I listened to rock/alternative music. Now, I pretty much listen to anything (except rap and hip hop.....I got enough of that at the school dances in high school). But, when I listen to country music, it's like coming home for me. It takes me back and makes me think about my future all at the same time. It's a comfort to me, and I have to have it in my life.

I need to plan a return trip to Nashville now. I am missing that city big time right now.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Morning Routine

I, like most people, have a morning routine. And like most females, that routine includes a beauty aspect. Over the years, I have tried so many different things, and I've changed up the products I use so many times. However, I think I've finally got it down. I have finally found products that work for me and make me look and feel beautiful. :)

I use St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub every morning, and it has been amazing. My blemishes have dramatically cleared up, and my skin feels softer than ever. The key ingredients in this cleanser are apricots, corn kernel meal, and walnuts. The website tells you all about the benefits of these ingredients and how they work together to clear up your skin.

I love love love this face lotion! I always look for a face moisturizer that has sunscreen in it because I'm pale and burn easily, and Clean & Clear's Morning Glow Moisturizer has SPF 15 in it. Also, it says on the bottle that it will brighten your skin, and it actually does! It also evens out my skin tone better than any other face moisturizer that I've ever used, which thrills me to death. It also adds a little shimmer to your face, which I love as well. This moisturizer doesn't have oil in it, so it won't clog pores, which is definitely a plus. It also has a light citrus fragrance, which I believe is perfect for summer.

Now, since I work for Bath & Body Works, it may seem like I'm biased about these last two items....but I'm not. I use these on a daily basis, and I love them. Orange Sapphire is an amazing fragrance, inspired by, as the company puts it, "the fiery passion and sunswept beaches of Brazil." It's a sexy summer fragrance, light, but definitely grown up. Bath & Body Works has reformulated their lotions, so they now have shea butter and jojoba oil in them, and that has made such a difference. They're no longer super-oily, which is why I never liked to use them. Also, the company claims that after using the new formula, you can tell a difference in your skin in just seven days. So, I took the challenge, and all of my doubts vanished. I can now tell all of my customers with confidence that their skin will look and feel so much better after just a week of use. My elbows have always been really dry, and now, they are super smooth. It's been amazing.

So, there are the things that I use on a daily basis and absolutely love. These are my essentials, and I don't know what I would do without them. I encourage you to try any of these products so you can see how amazing they are for yourself.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine

Usually I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but lately, I've found myself wanting to wear dresses more and more. Summers in Georgia become unbearably hot, and jeans just aren't comfortable to wear with the humidity and all we have here, so dresses would be a lot more comfortable.

The dresses above are all from Old Navy. I am loving their selection this year, and it's so hard for me not to drive down and buy all of these. :p