In A Nutshell

As an ambitious 25 year old still figuring out parenting and my roll in the adult life I'm determined to get the most out of myself. Right now my main personal values are Challenge, Curiosity, Self-respect, and Belonging.

Every person has an inner voice telling them what they need, it says "wake up now" in the morning it says "don't eat that" when we're full. Growing up means learning that nobody can be that voice for you. You have to learn to hear it, and find the strength to listen over every other voice calling for your attention and telling you what you should and shouldn't be doing.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Motivation, Courage, Peace of Mind

The path to change begins with three foundational practices: thankfulness, inspiration, and giving.

Thankfulness is your motivator. I believe motivation to explore and create rises from an appreciation for what's already present

Inspiration fuels your courage. Borrow courage from others walking the same path. Quote their inspirational words in your journal every day, quote them in your mind, and on your walls, surround yourself with the support of courageous words.

Giving is your peace of mind, it's "the state of being where your mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep yourself strong and face discord or stress". "How can I bring joy to others?" is a question that gives peace to your own heart and works therapy on your soul, it says, "I am content with all I have for myself, and have so much to offer others"

My hope is to build these three practices into the starting point and accumulative purpose for the Independent Living Program both in the Life Skills and Self Discovery portion. Essentially, organizing your house, time, life, finances, and learning about yourself is accomplished for the purpose of becoming more thankful, inspired, and live to bring your light to the world and all you have to offer.

The program will begin with a very basic foundational habit like this:

Every morning label the top of the page something like "Life is Good" and write three things your thankful for, remember graphically a specific reason your thankful, write details of what situations and circumstances make you so thankful.
Feel the invigorating energy, warmth, or whatever positive feelings settle in your heart as you think about those good memories. Write a note about the feelings writing these thankful words bring like "I feel content" "I feel loved" "I feel peaceful"

Life is Beautiful

Thursday, 20 June 2013

4 Week Bony to Bombshell

The most important thing about your fitness journey is to never give up. Don't give up on yourself, if you never give up you'll make it I promise you that. Not reaching my goals is not an option for me, I have an entire wardrobe of clothing to fit back into, the ever coveted size 6 jeans (from what I've read apparently most women feel at their best in about this size, including myself).

4 week before and after
4 week before and after testing out the "Bony to Bombshell" Beta this is 175.6 lbs. before and 172.9 in the after
There's not a big loss of weight here but my abs just popped right out I couldn't believe it. A weeks vacation threw my eating plan completely out of whack and I'm back up to 175 lbs. but I won't give up, I know that this program works and is going to give me the lean toned look I'm going for so it's back to it this week.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Event 1 - Soul Song Heart Sick

I've got the first event in my self discovery exercises ready. These are one part of a larger program I'm developing for young adults ages 16 - 21, I post a new event every second Friday.

This week were going to make some collages to become more self aware. Collect images and words that lift your spirit and bring you joy, and images and words that bring you down

Inspiration creating vision to spark motivation for independence

The programs intention is to prepare youth to be self sustaining by the age of 21. The program will have them owning 3000$ in assets, 1/3 of which they earn themselves (it's a funded program). They will have learned technical skills such as following a routine, cooking, cleaning, managing paperwork, and budgeting finances including knowledge and experience with credit cards.

On top of technical skills each young adult will leave the program with a mixed media life planning tool kit they've created to continue building bridges to a sense of purpose in their life, find a creative voice, and stay connected to their ambitions. consisting of their ideas and positive affirmations including: core values, inspirations, roll models, and positive self talk so they can feel empowered to believe in themselves and begin their next adventure.

Value the individuals personal ambitions, demonstrating support and belief in their ability to problem solve and make decisions by involving them as full partners in developing their plan and making day to day decisions. Leaving them with the knowledge to manage a home and defining a vision for their life.

Here's the video as promised explaining the details of the event:

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Heart Sick Mosaic

Here's one of the two mosaics I'll be making for the very first self-discovery event I've called, "Heart sick, and Souls Song Mosaics"

As you can see, not the most encouraging or uplifting patchwork of images. Ominous and upsetting are two words that come to mind. Actually while working on this it was interesting to observe the impact the images had on my mood, I found myself irritable.
As part of the Independent Living Program I'm developing I took video for the first "Self Discovery Event" last Friday and am planning to post it this Friday. I hope to publish two events a month, every second Friday. And on the side continue working on the "Order In the House" portion of the program, where I'm creating a multi media method for keeping household tasks in order and in they're place so the fun and uplifting things that make life worth living don't get left behind with childhood.

I've already done this with one group of young ladies to test it out and have tweaked it a little since then, so I'm very thankful for my test group and will ask them if they'll let me share some of their own creations. I was busy leading the event so didn't get a chance to do my own until this week.

When's the last time you where able to take a bit of time to do something fun and creative that you wanted to do? If there's 15 creative things you wish you had time to do, try this anti-procrastination remedy: "choose three and do one" just choose three and try to do one of them. Once you get on a roll you'll likely end up getting the other two done as well.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Firepit Concept

After a blissful day exploring pintrest for outdoor decorating ideas my head started overflowing with ideas and I had to get some of them down on paper before I forgot. Here's the concept I drew up for a fire pit area beside out house. The concrete pad was there when we bought the place but we use the driveway for cars so don't use it,

in my ideas almost everything is made of pallets, the privacy fence, couches, and planters. I'll have to draw up a more detailed "how to" regarding the way the pallets are going to fit together and make a design for that canopied love seat in the image to the right.

the fence would give some privacy and enclosure to make a cozy visiting space, and I'd like to put LED lights into the fence for some ambiance on late summer evenings

I have a pintrest group where I'm currently collecting the paint and fabric swatches for the project
Right now we have a tiled cement area beside our house that I want to turn into an outdoor living space

Here are some of the inspirations for this idea:

An image of the sort of fence I'd like to make
This is about how the couches would work, depending on the design of the pallets I can get
Another nice pallet couch

Saturday, 1 June 2013

My Outdoor Project

I spent most of yesterday vicariously satisfying my creativity on pintrest, until I couldn't sit back any more and had to create... my creative work was the design of these outdoor living spaces, a firepit for my side yard, and eating area for out the back door.

With all the cool inspirational stuff I saw for outdoor projects I had to decide what all I wanted to use my outdoors for:
  • front porch sitting area, two arm chairs and a bench, or a swing, definitely needs a canopy to sit out in bad weather
  • a fire pit at the side of the house where we already have a concrete pad
  • a dining area that connects to the fire pit area, and is easily accessible from the back door
  • a vegetable garden
  • a playhouse/garden shed. Garden shed below with stairs to a playhouse tower
here is the labor of love that is my super cheap outdoor living concept, did you know all the cool stuff you can do with pallets? I sure didn't, I went to bed last night and new ideas kept coming to me, I see why your supposed to keep a pencil and notebook by your bed.

I have a pintrest group where I'm currently collecting the paint and fabric swatches for the project

Here is the back porch concept, I want to have led lights under the porch. Those are homemade planters, and the fence with plants hanging on it and couch in the background are also made of pallets and are part of my fireplace concept

Here are some of the inspirations for this idea:

This was the main inspiration for the design here, the roof and pallet coffee table, with the pallet deck, I thought a pallet couch might be overkill though...

Absolutely gorgeous! Here's why I want a pallet deck with cushions on it, right here. (original source)

On the far right of my concept drawing you see some plats growing in the wall, this is where that idea came from (original source)
And I'm going to have to post my fireplace concept later :)


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