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Why yes, I am awake to watch it! Very excited in a sappy (and somewhat voyeuristic) way!

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So, as some people are probably aware, today marks the 1st day of Lent. I was raised in a very Catholic family, and attended Catholic schools from K-12. Over the years since I left the nest for college, I’ve sometimes felt like I don’t practice or focus on my religion as much as I should or could. But something I have done consistently each year is give up something for Lent.

This year, I’m becoming a sober pescetarian. Rather, I’m giving up all alcohol and land animals. Perhaps part of this is superficial, in attempt to eat better (alcohol leads me to eat everything in sight. I’ve also been known to pound a one/two/eight drinks too many when I’m emotionally distraught. Yes, i eat and drink my feelings; also, lately I’ve felt like I’ve been pretty dependent on meat, red in particular. And it’s not always something simple like steak – we’re talking greasy burgers and wings). Maybe it’s to remind myself to be more socially aware re: inhumane factory farm conditions (I used to be really good about buying meat I felt ethically good about. But I’ve become lazy and cheap).

In an attempt to better myself for the next 40 days, and hopefully longer, I’ve also decided to work on a few personal things. Most of them revolve around positive energy: Not dwelling on things beyond my control, having a better self esteem, being more respectful of other people, being more mindful of things I say that may negatively impact someone else, etc. In an ironic twist of fate, after I posted yesterday about how amazing life has been, I was pretty much blindsided with a curve ball. Trying to not let the situation get the best of me, and moving past it would be a great way to start moving the positive energy around. Positive outcomes only!

has been crazy, hectic and all around awesome. I can hardly believe that we’re already in March. Forgive me for being cliché, but where did all the time go?!?

I definitely need to sit down, breathe, collect my thoughts. Oh, and eat lots of delicious foods! Or perhaps drink all that I can before midnight strikes. I have roughly 16.5 hours to sow my alcohol soaked oats, as I’m giving up drinking for the 40 days of Lent. We’ll see how that one goes!

Attention all Amazon.com customers!

Today’s Living Social.com deal is pretty awesome. For $10, you’ll get an Amazon gift card worth $20! That’s a savings worth 50% off =)

I was pretty lucky because I typically purchase my Groupon.com or Living Social.com deals via Swagbucks.com Daily Deals. You earn 280 swagbucks for every deal that is purchased through the link on their website. In an ironic turn of events, today’s purchase of an Amazon gift card earned me enough swagbucks to cash in on an additonal $50 Amazon card! Very cool.

I’ve been looking to upgrade my yoga mat for a few months now, so I’ll be doing that soon. I’ll have enough credit for Amazon to throw in a few books for my iPad as well! I recently reactivated my Amazon Prime account, so everything just works out =)

Are you buying the deal on Living Social today? What are you going to spend your “free” $10 on?

2010 is coming to an end and I can actually say that I’m glad. While this wasn’t the case with 2009 (now considered to be one of my favorite years ever), I am waiting to welcome and embrace the new year. When I reflect upon the past year, a small part of me wants to cringe. This is definitely not to say that I don’t have any fond memories of 2010. It’s quite the contrary actually. There are many memories that are near and dear to my heart.

However, the things I let bother me, get under my skin…those are all things that I have the power to change in some way, shape or form. These things are so grating on my nerves because I’ve sat complacent for far too long. I’ve sat and complained. I’ve cried. I’ve stressed out to the point of emotional eating. I haven’t been given the amount of respect I know I deserve. I let the situation suck the life out of me, and have found it difficult to see any silver lining.

I’ve known that these things bother me, but I never did anything to make things better. It’s embarrassing to admit that these have been items on my New Year’s resolutions list for the past two or three years. At this point, I am not even allowing myself to complain. Complaining won’t help. I need to take initiative and make things right. I have the power to make things better. I want to be in a different place come December 2011. I want to be in a happy place.

The thought of making these changes is terrifying. But I know that they will be so beneficial to my mental, emotional and financial well being. And when that time happens, I’ll be so happy for a story to tell, to stop being so cryptic.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/an awesome Saturday!

Maligayang Pasko! Feliz Navidad!

So, tonight (thanks to the rainstorms Southern California is experiencing) I participated in my very first fitblog chat. I admit, I was nervous at first (and really had no reason to be!) I almost didn’t press enter on the very first intro tweet, but I’m glad I did. I was afraid that I wouldn’t “fit in” or something would be said that would trigger my insecurities, but it was great to be in a space where there were people that understood how I felt about some things.

All in all, a great first experience. We’ll see if I can continue to participate in future chats!

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