I hate the weekends. Like really really don’t like them.

Interestingly enough, my dislike for work has changed: It’s not work itself that I don’t like now. It’s the fact that work gets in the way of studying and homework (or the time I could *coughshould* be doing that stuff.). I’m actually looking forward to this summer when I can work work work and make money money money. That is my plan: To work as much as possible and save as much as possible. But. Gotta get through the next few weeks first. Cross your fingers for me.

Now for some pretty pictures.

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I’ve started an acne treatment called the oil cleansing method. Sounds crazii, doesn’t it, rubbing oil all over you face to wash it? Yeah I thought the same thing. You can learn more here: The Oil Cleansing method. But for those too lazy to click the link, the oil cleansing method basically takes your body’s natural method (oil) to nourish, cleanse, and hydrate your skin (read: face). Sounds so counterintuitive that I almost slapped myself. I mean, acne companies tell you that oil is bad and keep away from oil and blah blah blah. But really, oil is good for your skin because your skin produces it naturally. So the trick is to get the right balance of oils on your skin (instead of drying it out with all sorts of lotions and wipes and washes) and letting your skin take care of itself that way. I found it on another blog that challenged me to try it for two weeks, and that’s what I’m doing. If I remember, I’ll update how it ends up and whether I’ll stick with it.

Another healthcare update: I finally bought myself a container of coconut oil and have been experimenting ways to use it. So far I’ve used it for skin and lips mostly. And a really yummy chocolate shell ice cream topping recipe. I’ve heard it is good for dogs but I haven’t given it too much thought to give to them (although the dogs really enjoyed what I gave them off of my finger).

And while I’m on this healthcare kick… lemon water, anyone? I need to increase my water intake (and probably decrease my coffee intake, too. :P)

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I have lots and lots to do this week. After my morning shift tomorrow I have to work on some research stuff (if I can get it to work), somehow make a poster for my Wednesday presentation, do a reading & reflection sheet, study for an exam on Tuesday, read & summarize three chapters, and revise the third draft of my writing proficiency paper. And I need to begin thinking about all the papers I have coming up that are due in two weeks.

All this stuff is stressful. And I’m worried about not doing my best, not meeting expectations, fearing what will happen if what I *want* to happen, doesn’t happen. And so on. But I have this outlook when I think of these things: Whatever happens, I will still be alive after the semester is done and over with. I will be able to work and make money. I will be able to think of and look towards the future. I will be able to adjust my actions to the necessity of what happen(ed) and what (will) happen. Just because the path I think I should/will be going down might not happen does not mean other options are not open.

Applause for you if you understood what I just said.

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Peace.

2013

Happy New Year, everyone.

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I haven’t been thinking about what to blog, but I can’t seem to NOT post. Not only because it was such a habit, routine, but because I enjoy trying to come up with something specific to share in a post (even when it was difficult) every day. It gave (gives) me something to focus on, to reflect on my day a bit, to share my photos. (: And as I was posting my Day 2 photo on Facebook tonight, I realized I could say a couple things about the new year, since I never really did that.

I’ve tried making resolutions before because it was *the thing* to do, but it never worked. What DID work, was making monthly resolutions. I gave up pop for a month last year, and I gave up Starbucks last February (of course, my habit wasn’t as bad as it is this year). This month I’m giving up all eating out, fast food or otherwise. Not only might this help save money, but it’s a big motivator to try new recipes from Pinterest. (: Tonight I made maple and brown sugar pork tenderloin with baked sweet potatoes and asparagus. Not going to lie, the asparagus didn’t turn out like I hoped but the tenderloins made up for it – flavorful & tender. Mmmm good. I’m really loving this cooking thing. (:

  • This year I want to cook more, try new recipes, learn some patience in the kitchen. Make dinner for the family every once in a while, take the weight off of Mom & Dad. Plus I’ve been realizing that cooking a delicious dinner comes with a satisfying feeling – making something other people enjoy.
  • This year I want to focus on the business aspect of my photography more, as well as learning as much as I can about photography in general. There is always lots to learn.
  • This year I want to focus on myself more, on what I want and what I need to do to become the person I want to be.

Basically, keeping on the same path I’ve been on, and maybe branching off if the opportunity comes up. I want to take chances and stop being afraid of failure, stop putting barriers up for myself in the way of negative emotions and the like. I want to stop comparing myself to others and focus on being better than I was. I want to read books for enjoyment and to learn more about things I love and am interested in, such as the history of dogs (particularly the German shepherd dog), the history of psychology, and criminal behavior, and lots of other things.

I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.

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Peace.

It’s all in your head

It’s all in your head.

Well of course it is. Our minds are the only reality.

That’s why it’s not so easy to just “change your attitude” or “change your perspective.” It’s crazii to look back and see how much my perspective and attitude have changed, about a lot of things, both good & bad. And what’s interesting about it is that people say not to look at how far you have to go, but only to focus on how far you’ve come, but since my perspective has been changing I’ve been finding it easier to looking at how far I have to go and be okay with it. It also makes it easier to look back and see how far I’ve come, and feel even better about it.

I wish I could tell you what/how it happens. But it’s just one of those line things again. If I could find the blog post I wrote about that in, I would link it here. But I only have 8 minutes to get this posted, so it’s up to you. If you’re that interested.

(Btw, I love comments. ;))

Peace.

How did this happen?

How did this sweet 9 week old puppy…

Turn into this beautiful 9yo girl so fast?

Time goes by sooooo fast.

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I feel a *lot* better today. I’m feeling more organized, getting things more straightened out. I’m not quite where I’d like to be concerning a couple classes, but at least it doesn’t feel as overwhelming as it did yesterday. Yes, attitude plays a large part, but my perspective is more….. calm today – if that makes sense. I don’t know. It makes sense in my head. :P

Peace.