Naked Eyes (Neutral Eyeshadow Guide)

How to achieve the perfect neutral eyeshadow look? Tools + inspiration + eyeshadow guide = the perfect neutral eyeshadow look. I have a few occasions coming and I have been looking to update my eyeshadow look. I’m a big fan of neutral makeup because it manages to look beautiful without being over the top. I also think it’s a forgiving look for those of us who are not extremely precise. My favorite neutral eyeshadow palette is the original UD Naked palette. I think the warm tones are very flattering on my skin color, but I listed the most popular neutral eyeshadow palettes.

Eyeshadow Palettes:

UD NAKED PALETTEUrban Decay Naked 1 Palette

Contains: 12 Neural Eyeshadow colors and a brush
UD NAKED PALETTE 2

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Contains: 12 Neutral Eyeshadow and a brush

UD NAKED BASICS

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Contains: 6 Neutral Eyeshadow colors

Too Faced Cosmetics, Naked Eye Palette,

Too Faced Naked Eye Palette 

Contains: 9 Neutral Eyeshadow Colors

Too Faced Cosmetics, Natural Eye, Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette 

Contains: 9 Neutral Eyeshadow colors

theBalm Nude'Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette

The Balm Nude’tude Palette 

Contains: 12 Neutral Eyeshadow colors

Eyeshadow Look Inspiration:

Neutral eyeshadow look winged linear

Natural eyeshadow look

Neautral Eyeshadow Look

gold and brown eyeshadow look

Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow look

How To Guide:

Apply eyeshadow guide

A Little Too Pin Happy (Pinterest)

I created a pinterest account last week.  1,000+ pins and 21 boards later and I’m currently looking for a rehab center. Know a fancy center with no pins in sight? I am having way too much fun creating a pinterest world. My house is getting cozy, my kitchen is well stocked, my walk-in closet holds beautiful clothes, and I have a pretty impressive workout routine down. Some boards I’m thinking of adding are: a boyfriend board – the wedding is already planned, a closet for him – he will be very well dressed, a baby board, and a DIY board – for the extension we are going add outback.

My profile:

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My Boards:

My Pinterest Workout

My Pinterest Hair

My Pinterest Foods

My Pinterest Heels

My Pinterest House

My Pinterest Closet

My Pinterest Clothes

My Pinterest Wedding

My Pinterest Library

My Pinterest Travel Itinerary

My Pinterest Stripes Corner

My Pinterest Floral Corner

My Pinterest Nautical Corner

My Pinterest Polka Dots Corner

My Pinterest Inspiration

My Pinterest Makeup

My Pinterest Knowledge Base

My Pinterest Random Pretty Things CornerMy Pinterest Humor

My Pinterest Training Center

My Pinterest Shopping List

If you have a pinterest account link it below, I need to get my hands on more pins.

No Equipment? No Problem. (Bodyweight Exercises)

In a few weeks I’m travelling on vacation and i have been lost without to do with my new-found fitness motivation. I skip a few days of workout and completely lose all my motivation. Bringing a set of dumbbells does sound like a good idea so i have been researching body weight exercises and coming up with a travel routine to keep myself on track. I’m hoping we will do enough sightseeing that extra cardio will not be necessary.

Lunges:

No-Equipment lunges

Hip crossover:

No equipment hip-crossover V-up:

No equipment v-up abs Elbow Plank:

No Equipment Elbow Plank Mountain climbers:No Equipment Mountain Climber Reverse Crunch:No equipment reverse crunchWall sit:

No equipment wall squatDaily Workout:

Jumping jacks, squats, push ups, mountain climbers, cross crunches, high knees, knee pull ins, chair dips, leg raises.
the daily workout no equipment

Overall workout:

Side bridge, wraparound ankle touch, double step push up, push up bird day, windshield wiper, row.

no equipment workout

12 Move Exercise Routine:

Jumping jacks, wall sit, push up, crunch, step up, squat, triceps dips, plank, high knee running, lunge, push up and rotation, side plank.

No equipment full workout

30 Minute, No Gym BodyWeight Workout:

Tuck jump, push up, squat, mountain climber, triceps dip, glute bridge, jump plank, superman.

30min no gym workout

4 Moves Anywhere Workout:

Forward lunge, squat jump, push up, and bend and thrust.

anywhere workout

Fitness Tools

First of all I want to say that I’m not normally a big fan of numbers, counting calories, and obsessively keeping tracking of everything. But everything has a use and I think they can be an effective tool if used appropriately. When starting out its hard to keep track of which foods to eat, how much of each, how much to exercise and when to stop eating and all the overwhelming details. Those are some of the tools I use/have used to figure out numbers and keep track of food and calories.ultimate goal weight scale

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):

Is the amount of calories you through basic body functions such as breathing. . Calories burned through normal daily activities and exercise are not calculated in that rate. The BMR should be the minimum caloric intake per day.

Resources:

BMR Calculator 

MyFitnessPal Calculator 

Caloric intake:

In order to know the amount of calories you need to consume to maintain your weight use the Harris Benedict Equation. You essentially multiply your BMR with you activity level. To lose weight decrease your caloric intake by 500 – 1000 calories depending on how much you need to lose. Do not go below 1200 calories.

Resources:

Harris Benedict Equation

Calories Weight Loss 

Target Heart Rate (THR):

Target heart rate zone is the ideal heart rate you should be achieving during exercise. It allows you to gain the benefits of exercise without putting unhealthy pressure on your organs. It is usually 60-80% of your maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate is predicted through subtracting your age from 220.

Resources:

Pulse and Target Heart Rate

Heart Rate Monitor Iphone App 

Food Diary:

Food diaries can be a great way to start a weight loss journey. They help keep you accountable and make it easier to judge portions and calories.

Resources:

MyFitnessPal

SparkPeople 

Lose It App

Exercise and Workout How-To:

Resources:Some apps make it easier to come up with exercise routines, offer a way to track calories burned, track progress, and help keep you on track. Most of the ones I listed are phone/tablet options since they offer more flexibility when exercising.

Nike Training Club

Fitocracy

FitBit

iphone workout app

How to start Yoga?

In order to improve my balance and flexibility i decided to add yoga to my daily workout routine. Thought I would share some of the information i found while researching the topic.

Benefits of yoga:

Yoga benefits

 

Types of yoga:

This pdf by health central illustrates the different types of yoga and their benefits.

Yoga_for_starter_Infographic

Vigorous and hot yoga are the best for weight loss.

Meditation:

benefits of meditation

meditate right now

Yoga poses and sequences:

  • Make sure you warm up your muscles before starting, stretching ‘cold’ muscles can cause injury
  • Hydrate especially of you are doing hot yoga
  • Eat a snack or a meal 1 hour before you start, but make sure you are not full while practicing
  • Be aware of how it feels and if some moves are too painful

yoga sequence

yoga strike a pose yoga poses yoga sun salutations good morning yoga sequence

Poses for runners:

yoga poses for runners

What I look like doing yoga right now:

first time doing yoga

How i will hopefully look some day:

yoga pose

Resources:

Workout Gear (Wishlist)

I have been all over tumblr the last few days (follow me 🙂 ) and i have seen a lot of cute workout clothes, shoes, accessories, and tools. I have perfectly nice clothes and shoes right now, but a girls can always add to her shopping list, right? 😛 Fun neon colors are all over the place from shirt to shoes to dumbbells and yoga mats! I think treating myself to one thing at fitness/ weight loss milestones might be a great motivation. It will surely feel great to work for them. A few things on my wish list:

love pink workout outfitHandanapink yoga matfitbit

yoga gearpink workout geargaiam yoga mat dumbells

pretty in pink workout outfit

nike pro workout outfit

nike workout outfit

pink workout outfit

nike free runsgrey and pink workout outfitworkout shirtWorkout outfitsWorkout outfit

nike colored shoesyoga matsNike workout shoes

I tried finding the different pieces online. Feel free to mention any i missed, i didn’t recognize some of the brands.

Fitness Challenges 2

I decided to compile some more fitness challenges. I have enjoyed utilizing the fitness challenges I uploaded earlier this month (more fitness challenges). Somehow adding the word challenge changes my perspective on things and adds a whole nother layer of motivation which i have enjoyed.

30 Day Arm Challenge:

Push ups, planks, and chair dips

30 day arm-challenge

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Fitness Challenges

If habits are formed in 28 days what better than a month-long fitness challenge to spark new healthy habits in our lives? the challenges are a mix of one exercise or a combination. Some are cardio, others are bodyweight exercises. Quite a few focus on abs and butts.

Jumping Jack Challenge

Start with 300 and make your way to 700 jumping jacks

Jumping Jack Challenge

30 Day Fitness Challenge

50 daily pushups, start with 50 squats and make your way up to 250, and progressive planks.

30 Day Fitness Challenge

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Workout Programs

HIITilates_New-Year-Slimdown-Workout Thought i would talk about some of the workout programs i have tried over the last 1-2 years. Those programs are not strictly workout related as most have nutrion component, but i have not used any of them. I prefer doing my own thing nutrition wise. I personally like workout programs a lot because they provide a plan, the workouts, and someone to shout at me for the duration of the workout. I do not only follow one program as i like to mic and match and see what suits my day. Other ones i did not talk about are the BodyRockTV and the 30 day shred.

1. Blogilaties

Not a program in the traditional sense, but a great resource for those that do not want to invest in workout program. Cassey Ho provides 146 videos on her youtube channel that range from 5 minute short workouts to 30 minute full workouts. Her blog offers a lot of nutrition and fitness articles. If you sign up for the newsletter you will gain access to a monthly workout calendar.

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Quotes in Picture Frames

I have a few oddly sized picture frames in my room with no photos to place in them. I decided to find a few quotes that speak to me and place them in the picture frames, so I’ll  have inspirational pretty quotes in my room and the photo frames will not stay empty. A few quotes and sayings I am currently considering using are:

Finding yourself and being happy photo frame quotes:

Get lost and find yourself quote

“Get lost and find your self”

You deserve to be happy

“You deserve to be happy”

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself quote

“You are confined only by the wall you build yourself”

Anchor yourself to something special quote photo frame

“Anchor yourself to something special”

Free your mind quote photo frame

“Free your mind”The only way to succed is not to worry about what anyone else is doing quote photo frame

“The only way to succeed is to not worry about what anyone else is doing”

I decided to be happy beacuse its goof for my health quote photo frame

“I have decided to be happy, because it is good for my health”Go confidently in the direction of your dreams quote photo frame

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams”A library is a hospital for the mindquote photo frame

“A library is a hospital for the mind”

Being good and kind photo frame quotes:

Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see Mark Twain Quote

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see” – Mark Twain

Be so good they can't ignore you

“Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin

Style photo frame quotes:

Those might be cute near a vanity or in a dressing room.

style is way to say who you are with out having to speak quote

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” – Rachel ZoeAlways dress like you will see an enemy

“Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy” – Kimora Lee Simmons

The future and what it holds photo frame quotes:

There are far better things ahead than we leave behone c.s. lewis quote

“There are far better things ahead than any we have left behind” – C. S. Lewis

Wake up and be awesome

“Wake up and be awesome”

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow with no mistakes in it yet quote

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

Start each day like its your birthday quote photo frame

“Start each day like it’s your birthday”Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm quote photo frame

“Rise up and attach each day with enthusiasm”

Dreams and making them come true photo frame quotes:

If your dreams don't scare you they are not big enough quote

“If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough”

Good things happen to those that wait but the best things happen to those that do quote

“Good things come to those that wait but the best things come to those who do”

Inspiration

This post is part of a  series on my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
― Cynthia Ozick

Website:

Tip:

Address small problems. They will become big problems.

Legs and Abs Workout Routines

Day 5 of my weekly strength training exercise routine is ‘Legs and Abs’ day. Here are some strength training exercise routines that target various leg and core muscles while improving overall fitness.  I will be rotating the different workout routines each week.

Lean Legs Pyramid (squats, lunges, toe touches, wall sit, jumping jacks)

Work Out Routines

Butt wortouts ( Squats, bridge, Lunge, Donkey Kick, Pistol Squat)

Exercises

Sexy leg Workout (Calf raises, sumo squat, leg raises)

legworkout1

 

Over 40 Different Abs Exercises (Plank, bicycle crunch, crunches, russian twist)

40 Abs exercises

Lunge Hop and Kick Butts

Lunge Hop Butt Kicks

Back and Biceps Workout Routines

Day 3 of my weekly strength training exercise routine is ‘Back and Biceps’ day. Here are some exercise strength training exercises that i will be rotating on those days. I will probably modify till i can build up to them.

Sculpt a Beautiful Back in 15 Minutes (Pull overs, superwomen, push up row, and lat pull down)

Superwomen

Biceps Curl

Biceps Curl

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Chest, Shoulders and Triceps Workout Routines

Day 1 of my weekly strength training exercise routine is ‘Chest, Shoulder, and Triceps’ day. Here are some exercise strength training exercises that I will be rotating on those days. I will probably modify some such as the basic push up till i can build up to them.

Basic Push Up

Push ups

Triceps workout routine (Triceps Dips, One Arm Dumbbell Extension, Dumbbell Kickback, Overhead Triceps Dumbbell Extension)

Triceps workout routine

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Strength Training Exercises Weekly plan

I have been focusing mainly on cardio for the last few weeks. I need to add strength training to my regular work out routine. Strength training helps maintain and boost muscle mass. It is great for weight loss and can give you the very lean shape we’re all after ;). It also helps build stronger bones which especially important to do from a young age where it has a bigger impact on the long run.

I’m going to post exercises soon for each groups, to make easier to navigate during busier weeks when i have less time to plan.

Legs, arms, abs, butt

Weekly strength training plan (Click for full size)

What you will need:

Your body weight!

Dumbbells

Exercise mat 

Resistance band 

How-to and exercise plans for each day:

Chest, shoulders, and triceps

Back and Biceps

Legs and Abs 

List The Ways in Which You Can Love Others

I can call people more often

Courtesy of xtomatolove

Courtesy of xtomatolove

I can respond others when they reach out to me

I can hug my friends

I can smile at my loved ones

I can my best around them

I can forgive

I can ask for forgiveness

I can offer to help a friends out

I can tell them ‘i love you’

I can spend my time with them

I cam make what matters to them important to me

Inspiration

I am starting a new series in my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

Health:

Inspiration and motivation

Tip:

Whenever you feel like giving up, remember why you set this goal in the first place.

Apple Store Games I am Currently Enjoying

I spent quite a bit of time this month in waiting rooms and what better way to pass the time than with games? Thought i would share the games i have been enjoying recently. I enjoy puzzles, adventure, and run type games usually. I play on my ipad, but i do think that they also work on the iphone.

Run Sheldon

Run Sheldon Game App

Jewel Mania

Jewel Mania Game App

Worm Run

Worm Run Game App

CrazyBill

CeazyBill Game App

BeaverKarts

beaverkarts game app

Work Out Routines

The less work I have to do before I work out the more likely I am to actually go through with the work out. I love seeing those work out routine images all over the Internet because the provide an instant motivation to work out and make it easy with a pre-maid work out plan. I am posting a compilation of the work-out routines I have used. Some  are specific to body part such as legs, others are more cardio or strength training, but they provide a wide variety of work-out routines.

The Drop 10 Workout

Work out routine, crunches, jumping jacks, squats, push ups

The Sexy Leg Workout

Sexy leg workout routine, squats, calf raises

Lean Legs Pyramid

Work out routine

Inspiration

I am starting a new series in my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

— Anne Lamott

Art:

Courtesy of Aljoscha

Courtesy of Aljoscha

Tip:

Show up.

List of Low GI (Glycemic index) Foods

I recently I wrote about low GI diets and how I am attempting to incorporate more and more low GI foods in my diet. This is a list of low GI I compiled during my research. I am better about adding some in my diet (fruit) and pretty bad with adding others (vegetables).

FRUITS

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Clementines
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums

VEGETABLES

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Snow peas or sugar-snap peas
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip
  • Zucchini

DAIRY, EGGS

  • Plain yogurt, regular or 2% fat
  • Milk (1% or 2%)
  • American
  • Cheddar
  • Cottage cheese
  • Feta
  •   Mozzarella
  •   Ricotta
  •   Swiss
  •   Regular eggs or egg whites

MEAT

  •   Chicken breast
  •   Turkey breast
  •   Turkey sausage
  •   Haddock
  •   Lobster
  •   Salmon
  •   Sardines
  •   Scallops
  •   Shrimp
  •   Squid
  •   Tuna

CANNED FOODS

  •   Artichoke hearts
  •   Beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, etc.,)
  •   Fruit (unsweetened)
  •   Green chilies
  •   Olives
  •   Roasted red peppers
  •   Salmon
  •   Sardines
  •   Soup
  •   Tomatoes
  •   Tuna
  •   Water chestnuts

GRAINS

  •   Barley
  •   Brown rice
  •   Couscous (whole wheat)
  •   Millet
  •   Pasta in various shapes/sizes (prepared from dry noodle, not canned)
  •   Quinoa

BREAKFAST CEREAL

  • Oat bran
  • All-bran
  • Rolled oats
  • Special K
  • Natural Muesli
  • Porridge

WHOLE GRAIN BREAD

  •   Pumpernickel
  •   Rye
  •   Whole wheat
  • Soya and Linseed

SPREADS

  •   Almond butter
  •   Cashew butter
  •   Guacamole
  •   Hummus
  •   Peanut butter

MISCELLANEOUS

  •   Tofu, tempeh and other soy products
  •   Dried fruit
  •   Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pistachio)
  •   Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)

Good sources for more info:

 

 

Low GI (Glycemic Index) Diet

I am pretty bad with specific diets, but i need to change that way i eat. I was considering a low carbohydrates diet, but after some research i think a low glycemic index diet would be much more appropriate for me. I realize that carbs are part of a healthy diet, but i have a pretty unhealthy relationship with them. I can happily live my life on carbs alone! Unfortunately that is unhealthy and unsustainable.  I am currently working my way through a lot of reading and research about low GI diets.

The glycemic index provides a list of foods and rates them based on how fast they make your blood sugar rise. Since insulin resistance might be an issue for me, it makes sense to try and prevent sharp blood sugar spikes. I posted a list of low GI foods i hope to incorporate in my diet.

Resources that i am currently exploring:

Books:

Websites:

Hello World!

It has been a while! I feel guilty for neglecting the blog so soon after i started it. Spring semester has been rough. To be honest things are only going to get crazier after spring break, but i want to do my best. I am re-motivated to focus on my health goals. I worked out almost everyday for the last couple of weeks which feels great! I’m trying new things that i will probably post about soon. I don’t want to create unrealistic posting goals for myself so i’ll be back when i can 🙂

21 Day Challenge

It takes 21 days to form a habit. Every 21 days i would like to choose a health and fitness related challenge to work on.  I will try to follow my challenge for 21 days in the hopes of creating a lifestyle change instead of short term changes.Goal: Exercise everyday for 21 days:Starting date: April 7th

  • Day 1: 30mins on the treadmill
  • Day 2: 30mins on the treadmill
  • Day 3: 30mins on the treadmill + 10mins strength training (legs and butt)
  • Day 4: 30mins on the treadmill + 10mins strength training (arms and abs)
  • Day 5: 30mins on the treadmill + 10mins strength training (legs and butt)
  • Day 6:
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  • Day 11:
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Gluten Free Diet

The biggest trend those days seems to be the gluten-free diet. I personally know a few people that do not eat gluten due to allergies and have always seen it as a medical necessity over a weight loss solution. When ever i mention that i am try to eat low carb or low GI people assume that i plan on cutting gluten out of my diet. Right now i am avoiding bread for the most part, but i have no intentions of going gluten free. The more changes i add to my diet the harder it gets and the easier it would be to go back to bad eating habits. The minute i completely exclude something out of my diet the more i want it. Since i know a few people that avoid gluten thought i would share some things about a gluten free diets:   
What is it: A gluten free diet excludes all gluten products. Many people that maintain a gluten free diet do so due to celiac dieses or gluten sensitivities  Others feel that the diet has helped them lose weight and gain more energy.
Where is gluten found:
  • Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
  • Wheat
What can i eat:
Meat, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Be careful of cross contamination and processed foods.
Grains:
    •  Amaranth
    • Buckwheat
    • Finger millet (Ragi)
    • Millet
    • Montina (Indian rice grass)
    • Quinoa
    • Rice
    • Sorghum
    • Tef (or teff)
    • Wild rice
    • Flax
    • Soy
Some resources if you are interested:

Writing Prompt: They stood together, hand in hand, and watched the world burn.

I going to try and post a writing a prompt every few days. It would help me think up new ideas. The focus is clearly not grammar or sentence structure. This prompt came from ‘Give a Prompt, Take a Prompt’

They stood together, hand in hand, and watched the world burn. He knew he had to get her out of here, but his legs would not obey him. A few meters away the fire was eating up everything he has ever known. Once the fire burned down there would be nothing left. He started tugging at her had trying to do something. She did not respond. The fire started spreading their way, eating up everything in front of it. He tried to shout out sams name, but he started coughing from the smoke. Sam looked at him with shocked eyes and spun around. They started running in the opposite direction from the fire. They run through the forest where the low branches scratched up their faces. Every time they fell they would get up and keep running. The fire was long behind them by now but they never stopped running. Each one did not want to let the others hand go. They held tight onto each other. The last shred from their lives. All Mark could here was his heart beats, loud in his head. Sam felt numb she couldn’t think straight. Her thinking was foggy and she couldn’t make sense of the events. They finally stopped when they reached the pond. It failed to provide the comfort they expected. It was the only familiar place to them..outside their hometown. They tried not to think about it. They immediately jumped into the pond. Mark hit the bottom of the pond and stayed there as long as he could. Under the water he did not have to face reality. He did not have to look at sam. He did not have to think about their hometown, life, friends..family.  He tried to block them out, but the questions kept coming. Sam swam to the other side of the pond. She closed her eyes and floated on her back. It was quite. All she could here was the wind blowing calmly. She could did not see Mark but new he was under the water close by. She thought of the first they discovered this place. They were terribly lost young kids who did not know where to go. She remembered stumbling on the pond and completely forgetting about being lost.  Every since it has become their place. They always came here together to escape..the town. She dunked herself under the water she could not think about it. Not now, she wasn’t ready. As she drifted up to the surface of the pond she heard a sound behind her. She slowly spun around expecting to see that Mark finally reappeared from under the water, but it wasn’t Mark.

Inspiration

I am starting a new series in my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” 
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

Website:

Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison

Tip:

Always remember those who helped you. Deliver two or three times as much value back.

Summer 2013

It is extremely early, but i was day dreaming about the end of the semester the other and started thinking about the summer. I think i would like to spend summer 2013 learning a new skill. I think i’m going to spend July writing a novel, but i would like to be productive in August as well. Different things i have been thinking of:

  • Learn a new language, maybe Korean or Chinese
  • Learn how to code
  • Learn how to bake and cook
  • Learn how to sew
  • Learn to play an instrument

Or maybe i should dedicate my summer learning about a particular topic. I feel like i know very little about many things. Could be interesting to spend time really learning about a topic and understanding it.

I Write Like…

Apparently i write like James Joyce. I never read any of his writing, but if the internet says so then it must be true. I looked up his books. They include Ulysses. I might add it to my reading list. I recently joined Nanowrimowhich is the National Writing Month. So far, i have explored the forums and they are filled with interesting and useful information. I’m thinking of participating in either the April camp or the July camp. I don’t have high expectation, but it would be good to give it a try to before November. I should probably start thinking about novel ideas and characters.

My username: ForeverAsleep

I write like
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List The Things You Should Be Proud Of

ProudThe prompt for week 3 of project 52 is to list the things i should be proud of.

  1. Graduating HighSchool 
  2. Working on my undergraduate degree
  3. Being part of national conference
  4. Pursuing my goals
  5. Learning who i am and who i want to be
  6. Being compassionate and understanding
  7. Being a daughter, sister, and a friend
  8. Standing up for what i think
  9. Cutting out people that don’t belong in my life
  10. Forgiving who have hurt me and moving on

Playlist Shuffle

Music playlistPut your music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play. Result:

  1. California Gurls – Katy Perry
  2. Titanium – David Guetta – ft. Sia
  3. He Won’t Go – Adele
  4. Last One You Love – GoldHouse
  5. Rolling In The Deep – Adele 
  6. Who Says – Selena Gomez and The Scene
  7. Tonight the Night – Pink
  8. Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
  9. Start of Something Good – Daughtry
  10. Glamorous – Fergie

Inspiration

I am starting a new series in my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

 “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s           indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

                                                                                        ― Elie Wiesel

Photography:

Courtesy of Miguel-Santos

Courtesy of Miguel-Santos

Book:

Uglies TrilogyCourtesy of Simon & Schuster

Uglies Trilogy
Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Tip:

Learn something from everyone.

If My Fears Became Phobias

Courtesy of Jordan Robin

I recently stumbled upon Phobialist.com and decided to look up my fears. If my fears where phobias they would be:

Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting.

Entomophobia- Fear of insects.

Ligyrophobia- Fear of loud noises.

Ochlophobia- Fear of crowds or mobs.

Ophthalmophobia- Fear of being stared at.

Zoophobia- Fear of animals.

Random Thoughts on The Treadmill

Courtesy of Jazmincat

Courtesy of Jazmincat

I have been working out a lot more recently as part of my Good Habits Challenge and 2013 fitness goals. I usually follow along to a work-out video or follow the instructions on an app, but some days i’m really just not feeling it at all. On those days i make my way to the treadmill. It is one of the most boring exercise machines, but sometimes that is exactly what i need. It frees my mind to contemplate life . On one side of my treadmill there is a cup-holder and on the other side there is a bigger oddly shaped compartment that i never figured out what it was supposed to accommodate.  I never discovered its real purpose, but  i found something that fits perfectly. My new ipad mini fits the mysterious compartment so well you would think it was made for it – it wasn’t, the treadmill is years old.  I like to watch movies while i’m walking on the treadmill. Most of the shows i watch i mentioned in my top tv shows post plus a few more recent ones. TV shows are a great distraction, by the end of the episode i enjoyed some tv and had a workout.

List Your Greatest Comforts

The prompt for week 2 of project 52 is to list my greatest comforts.

Greatest Comforts

  1. My bed
  2. Talking to my mother
  3. Reading a book, any book
  4. Wearing my pjs and fuzzy slippers
  5. Hot drinks
  6. The sound of rain on a cold night
  7. The smell of fresh grass on sunny day
  8. Oversized sweaters
  9. Late night talks
  10. Organising my room and knowing where everything is
  11. Being completely wrapped up in a movie or book that the characters seem so real
  12. Fridays
  13. Taking my shoes off at the end of the day
  14. Not setting the alarm
  15. Long hugs

2013 Movies

Courtesy of Ada

Courtesy of Ada

The movies i am most looking forward to in 2013 are:

Beautiful Creatures

Based on a book by the same title. I have heard many people talking about already, but i might wait till i read the book before watching it.

Despicable me 2

Despicable me was one the cutest make me happy movies. Hopefully the second instalment will not disappoint.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The book is on my 2013 reading list. Once I read the book I will definitely check it out and with an August release date i have plenty of time.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I absolutely can not wait. I loved the books, the first movie, all of it!

Are you seeking contentment or excitement?

I think i’m currently seeking contentment in my life. I am content with how my life is right now. Even small changes scare me. I have a very inflexible comfort zone. How do i start seeking excitement in my life? I want to step outside my comfort zone. I want to push my limits. As i wrote previously i want to be stronger in 2013. There are a few opportunities headed my way and all i want to do is to say no and go on my merry way. I am trying to push my self. To think about how it would feel after, being able to say “yes, i did that”. I don’t want to look back and have a life filled with what ifs and regrets.