Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How do you find Motivation to Run?

Running is something I really wanted to work on this year. I want to run more, I want to run longer, and I want to run faster. Since the beginning of the year I have ran twice. I could think of a bunch of excuses one would use to not run like the weather is bad, I don't have enough time, etc. None of those apply to me. I only work 25 hours and week and I live in SoCal, I don't run because I just can't seem to find the motivation. I actually enjoy going outside and running in the fresh air. I always feel so good and refreshed and accomplished when I am done! I always feel so free and calm when I am out there doing it. I love the way it makes me feel. I've tried planning specific running days to hold myself accountable. I've tried buying fun new workout clothes that I would want to show off to all the people out there running too. I've tried downloading upbeat running music to get me going. Nothing seems to be working and I'm running out of ideas. Actually, working on this blog post right now is making me realize just how much I do need to get out there and it does make me want to go out after I'm done here. I find that I am waaay too comfortable sitting in front of the TV watching Netflix all day. I'm currently addicted to the show Niptuck which is focused on unhappy people wanting to change the way they look. That's also a reason why I want to run. I want to get healthy and fit the natural way. I think running could really help me feel good about myself. Bring back the confidence that I once had. Having my confidence back would help me make friends out here so far from home and I also believe it would make me closer to my Husband. He tries to compliment me and I just shut him down and tell him to stop because I just don't agree. 
Maybe I need to be chased by some zombies or a rabid dog to finally get me to move! Or maybe I should just stick to the good old fashioned Horizontal Running.
The Husband and I are doing 2 5k runs in March and because those are fun and I had to spend money on them I know I will go and run my heart out. I love running themed 5ks like The Color Run we ran this past fall. I just need work on getting out for the day to day running. Usually, I am the type of person who needs to work out with someone else. I love having a workout buddy and my Husband is usually that person. However, lately he's been coming home from work really late and he doesn't want to workout. Not to mention he works out every day on his lunch break with the guys he works with. I need to do this by myself! I know that I can do this! Well, not completely by myself because I know I can always take my dog with me cause she loves running and I know I will always have my husband's support.
 If you run or exercise frequently how do you motivate yourself to go out and do it?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I Love Rearranging My House

I am the kind of person who gets so sick of everything staying the same forever. Jake and I have lived in our house for about 9 months now and nothing has changed. I figured since spring is right around the corner, and all the nooks and cranny's of the living room needed to be cleaned anyway, why not change it up a little! Sadly, our living room is small and the weirdest shape ever so there isn't much we can do with it. We ended up moving the TV and furniture, getting rid of our giant coffee table that we didn't use for anything but collecting junk, vacuumed everything that was previously covered, found a lot of nasty spiders, organized all our gaming stuff, and we think it looks pretty good! Crowded yes but it's nice to have something a little different. Plus we can now cuddle on the couch closer to the TV and there is less clutter. 
Before
During
After

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I want to smack Jenelle from Teen Mom 2

Normally I do not like to judge people but my god! Caught up on this week's episode of Teen Mom 2 last night and I cannot believe Jenelle and her new love Nathan. 
That girl just has one bad idea after another and every one just messes up her kid Jace even more. 
First, she gets pregnant at 16, doesn't give a shit about her son, goes out and parties, screws dudes and ends up losing custody of him all together (best for Jace!). 
She gets multiple drug charges, becomes a pot head, then a heroin addict. 
Keiffer...low life scum bag is all that needs to be said. 
Then she gets with Courtland, gets married on a whim, goes to jail for drugs. 
Finds out she is pregnant with his baby, aborts it. 
Gets with Nathan...together 2 months and they TRY to have a baby and now she is pregnant. 
It is down right selfish for her to bring a baby into the world when she can't even be a mother to the one she already has. That kid is going to be left in the dust and I ache for him. He's been rasied by his grandmother and neglected from his mom his whole life and now he is going to see this new baby with her all the time getting all the attention and who knows what they will do to him psychologically. 
I am an advocate for women's rights and I am pro-choice but abortion is NOT BIRTH CONTROL! It's not a get out of jail free card because you were too stupid and irresponsible to use protection. What angers me the most is she went and off-ed this baby and then a few months later is having another. How heartless can you be!?
Will you ever grow up Jenelle?
End Rant. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thrift Store Finds

Ever since I started watching Grav3yardgirl on Youtube and seeing her awesome Thrift Store finds I have been wanting to go out and find some hidden treasures of my own. Yesterday Jake and I set out to see what we could find. We ended up going to three different places and overall I was really let down by the size of the thrift stores in my area and the overall selection. The reason is probably because I know San Diego has a lot of poverty and a lot of families rely on these places for basic things like clothing. I completely understand in that regard but I was out searching for antique looking picture frames, V.C Andrews books, and I also browsed through the clothing for anything vintage looking. I ended up getting two great things at the local Goodwill after being disappointed with The Salvation Army and some other small religious thrift shop. 
First, I stumbled across this awesome picture frame which was exactly what I was looking for! It was only $4 so I couldn't pass it up. My plan is to take out the ugly flower picture, paint the frame grey, put a black mat around this awesome creepy girl picture that my Hubby bought me, and putting that inside! It's going to be epic. 
Next, I found this sweet vintage looking vest that I absolutely love! I need to figure out how to incorporate it into an outfit but I will definitely be using it as a layering piece. Isn't it pretty!? I probably would have walked out with a lot more clothes if I were to find some in my size. All the cute ones were either too small or way too big. 
I hope my future thrift adventures turn better findings but I am content with what I got on my first trip. I need to find more frames like this one. It's just plain perfect. 
Have you ever found an awesome item while thrifting?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Felt Up Jon Snow

Jon Snow AKA Kit Harington and his Pompeii costar Adewale Akinnuoye'agbaje did an autograph signing on base last week as press for their new movie! I of course couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Jon Snow  cause I have a huge crush on him as a Game of Thrones addict. They were both really nice, shook Hubby's hand, and seemed like real cool down to earth people. We got our picture taken with them too! We squeezed in between them, we were kind of rushed so I couldn't get my arm around Kit in time. As a result my arm hung out awkwardly and rested on his leg and omg it was so nice. I hope he didn't think I was intentionally feeling him up, but I'm not complaining that I accidentally did! He's so dreamy. :)



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Why I am NOT watching the Winter Olympics

Save homeless dogs from being killed in Sochi
Animal abuse is something I WILL NEVER ACCEPT OR SUPPORT. The fact that Russia allowed the murder of many stray dogs in order to "clean up the streets" for the Olympics to move in disgusts me. It is NEVER ok to ruthlessly kill a dog who is just trying to survive because people just throw them out like trash. I am glad that animal welfare workers have tried their best to find these dogs homes and that the wonderful Oleg Deripaska put his hard earned money to a good cause and built a shelter for these dogs! 
2014-1-2-6 stray dogs 4
I wish there was something I could do for these animals. If I could I would fly out to Russia and take one home but that's just not plausible for me. I am glad that the press from the Olympics brought attention to the homeless dog problem and hopefully they can get more help in the future. Ever since I started working at an animal shelter I have become such an activist for animals. I see what these dogs in shelters go through and I want to dedicate my life to helping them in any way I can. It is my passion and I wish more people cared about all the homeless animals we have in the world. I wish more people would keep their pets for life and get them fixed. I wish people treated pets like they treat their family members. To me dogs are family and my dogs will never leave my side until they are old and lived a long healthy life. 
All in all, I've never been a real big winter Olympics fan, but I absolutely refuse to watch or support it in any way because of the way these dogs were treated all for a bunch of sports. To me a creature's life is far more important than how far someone can fly off a ski jump. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lost Military ID

I misplaced my Military ID last week after I went to base to bring Jake dinner since he was on Duty. A week went by and I didn't even notice it was missing until I had to bring him dinner again while he was on Duty. I was almost to the gate when I realized I didn't have it so I had to turn around and go back home. They may have let me on anyway but that wasn't something I wanted to risk. I went back home and started searching. I could not find it anywhere! A few days earlier I had changed purses and wallets and I figured it was in the one I was previously using. Nope wasn't there. I searched the entire house and both vehicles twice. I could not find the dang thing and it was driving me nuts!
 I never go to base unless Jake has Duty or to meet him for lunch every once and awhile. However, tomorrow I need to meet him on base to do our taxes so I really needed to figure out where it went or he would have to come all the way home to pick me up before our appointment.
 Today, I searched the house again, checked behind everything, in my old purse and wallet, the closet, everywhere. Then I went back out to the car and pulled up the floor mats, looked between the seats with the flashlight, and under the seats. I knew it had to be in the car since that was the last time I had it and I always put it in the cup holder after I go through the gate. I notice under the passenger seat that there is a sub woofer. I slide the seat all the way up, go to the back seat, shine my flashlight as I lift up the sub woofer and what do you know!? There's my ID! I was so happy to have finally found it. I didn't want to have to go back and get a new one. I never lose things so I didn't understand how I could have lost this ID. It was eating away at me. I was wracking my brain every day trying to figure out what I did with it. It was like this Military ID was suddenly the most important thing and I needed to find it or my life would be over. It was quite ridiculous. Needless to say the ID will always be put safely back into my wallet after I take it out to avoid this problem again. 
Have you every lost your ID; Military or Drivers? Did it freak you out?

Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Nail Polish Storage Shelves

Do you have a growing nail polish collection like I do? Has it become a bit of an obsession like it has for me? If you answered yes to either or both questions then this is the DIY project for you. I had been searching Pinterest and online stores for a decent and affordable nail polish/tools storage option and I wasn't having any luck until I stumbled upon this idea. I knew I had to do it. With this nail polish shelf idea you could easily fit 60 or more polishes depending on the size of the bottles. This is a quick, cheap, and easy DIY project for any nail polish lover. 
Materials
$4 each x3=$12
I chose to use our Wedding colors in the brand Apple Barrel which can be found at Walmart for $1.20 a bottle x2=$2.40
1", 2", and 3" Foam Brushes
I had these in my craft box. You can buy these at craft stores for $.50
Total cost: $14.90

Directions
First, paint your shelves. Have your dog help. ^^
Next, assemble the shelves like so!

Thirdly, have husband, friend, or yourself hang them on wall!
Lastly, fill them with your goods and admire your hard work.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Why we are WAITING to have kids

I feel so out of place in the Military community because we do not have kids yet. I feel pressured and like an outcast as well. Our neighborhood is nothing but families, my Husband's friends have kids or are trying to have kids. While we are just having fun raising our two fur babies and having fun together. 
The other night we went out for a going away party for a guy in Jake's unit. They have a little girl and the wife was asking us if we had kids, if we are trying, when we are going to have them, etc. I felt like I was being interrogated. Is it wrong of us to not procreate until we are ready? I know a lot of people will debate me on "being ready" and say that there is never a good time to have a child. I am only 22 years old. I have only been married for 11.5 months (our one year is coming up quick!). We KNOW that were are not ready. 
There are many factors that contribute to us waiting to have kids. One is that we genuinely love the freedom we have to go out with friends, go on dates, have fun, and truly enjoy being married and being together. Next, we are facing a PCS this fall and if that happens we don't want to have to handle all that stress with a baby or a very pregnant me. Third, I just started my job not that long ago and I truly love it. Since it is a lot of work physically and I work with a lot of harmful chemicals I would have to quit if I were to become pregnant and I'm not ready to be leave there yet. In addition, I also started taking classes to be a dog trainer and I am not allowed to do my internship if I am pregnant which would mean I would have to wait to finish and I do not want to do that. 
Do I want kids someday? Absolutely. Do I sometimes get baby fever and want to try to have one now? Yes I do, but then I stop and remember all the great things about waiting. Sometimes I see families or pregnancy announcements on facebook and I get angry. I think, "How can all these people my age that I went to high school with be so stupid? How could these people be having ANOTHER child when they can barely support the ones they have? How can people bring children into this military lifestyle knowing that one of their parents' could and probably will be absent during their life at some point?" I tend to judge people for having kids and I'm starting to realize that maybe that's just jealousy running through me. Deep down am I mad that I don't have a child yet? Sometimes I do feel jealousy. Sometimes I do feel like I should be doing it because everyone else is. Is that a good enough reason to change my whole life around and put aside my goals? I don't think it is. I am a firm believer in birth control and waiting until you are in a committed relationship and stable financially. People are having kids too young and it makes me sad because many of them put aside or completely give up their goals in life. I want to see people succeed and be everything they want to be and I hate when having a family too young messes that up for them. 
All in all, I can't wait to start a family someday when my dreams have come true and we are stable, content, and well prepared to take provide for and nurture another human being. For now, we are going to enjoy date nights, having extra spending money, taking care of our fur babies, working, and spending time with friends. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cara Box Exchange

Last month I signed up for my first Cara Box exchange  over at Wifessionals and I got it in the mail a few days ago! I was so excited about what I got and the note that came with it was so heartwarming. The theme was including things that make your match "shine." We had to connect with our matches on Instagram, learn about their life via their pictures, and send things that can help them, inspire them, or make them smile. Without further ado, this is what I got!

Goodies for a spa night at home: face masks, Essie nail polish, toe spacers, nail files, and a candle. What is more relaxing then using all those products at once? 
An awesome mason jar cup: which was MADE by my match. I love Chevron, I love cups, I love drinking iced tea, I love mason jars cause they remind me of being a Hick back in MN, and now I can do the "Sippy Sippy" action all the time!
Coupon Organizer: I have started couponing and this organizer will definitely come in handy. =]
Sparkly Head Band: I love to run outside, take the dogs for a walk, hike, and do other outdoorsy things with the Husband so this will be great to keep my nasty sweaty hair out of my face! Yayus!
Note Cards: To keep in touch with my family back home and send them little messages! Such a great idea since I love writing notes (ask my husband, I leave small ones in his lunch box when I make it). 
I love all my gifts and each and every one of them will get a lot of use! This box couldn't sum me up in a better way. This box is so ME!

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