Day 59

I was reminded today that not everyone is a morning person. It’s been a long known fact that I am not a morning person. The only reason I even participate in mornings now is because hubby has to get up and go to work. I like to be supportive.

It was either this helpful reminder or a restless nights sleep and an urge to find my locket, that made today a little easier to start.

We started with meditation. I think I’ve missed out on it most days this week. I constantly replay it in my head, trying to calm myself, even more so since the saga of the locket began. It was nice to have the refresher. I soaked it in.

Once hubby had disappeared to work, I got to working out after another quick forage through the house for my locket. I still have no idea how I could have lost it. UGH! Anyway, the workout, it was good, although things feel tired. My pain levels always go up when I’m stressed so I really had to push hard to get through it.

I said I wanted to stay distracted today. I did that but have nothing to show for it. I did get about 30 minutes of French practice in though. Je suis une femme.

If I had to score myself for this week, I’d give a 5/10 and that’s high balling it. I guess if I want to look for the positive, I have a lot of room to do better next week. Topping the list of things to do next week, painting. I tried it a couple of weeks ago and had a blast. I need more blasting.

Hey, did you know that you’re a wonderful person and you have kind eyes.

Here’s Day 26 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 26: Write about an area in your life that you’d like to improve.

I think it’s clear that I would like to improve in every area of my life. My health, my fitness, my mental stability, my creativity and my happiness.

If I had to focus on just one thing, I would say that I want to improve my happiness. Although to improve that, I need to get better in every other area. The more creative I am, the more active I am, the more mentally balanced I am, the happier I am going to be.

The area I would like to improve; My life.


Day 50

I wasn’t feeling good when I woke and I thought about not meditating, though I still did it. I figured even if I wasn’t as focused as I should be, I was still hearing what I needed to.

The morning was filled with normal morning things; shower, workout, dishes. Then I did a little singing. I recorded a few songs and each time I listened to the playback, I added a little to my short story. I’m not entirely sure what the story is even about yet, I figure it’ll all unfold as I put finger to keys. (Pen to paper sounds so much more poetic.)

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – Unknown

I am trying not to wallow in depression and get about doing things that make me feel happier. I’m going to get a lamp setup tonight so I can paint or knit tomorrow. I need to distract myself from myself.

Here’s Day 17 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 17: Post about your zodiac sign and whether or not if fits you.

When I was younger, I was much more interested in my ‘sign’ and what it meant. I always thought that I was very much connected to being a Cancer.

As time has passed and memories have faded, I decided it was time to refresh my knowledge. In all fairness, I did just go with the first page I saw BUT it seemed so fitting, if there are other version, they must be wrong.

There are a number of things that I can identify with; being intuitive and being able to read people’s emotions, being passionate and loyal, being creative and resilient, tuned to nature and drawn to the water to name a few.

Check out the Cancer star sign here.


Day 49

The day all started pretty normal. I battled my brain through another round of meditation. I pushed myself hard through two workouts. I spent a little too much time gaming. Then tried to get some knitting done but it’s just too dark in the living room. Waiting on hubby to fix the light or an electrician that we can’t afford.

I’m feeling really flat. We’ve had money worries for some time but they got a little more intense today. We had to spend a good chunk of savings on debts. We’re now three steps further away from getting any of the home projects done.

My depression is getting overwhelming. I’m feeling unfocused and not creative. The only thing I want to do is sleep. I’m disappointed that I’ve let myself drift back here. It’s all just too much.

Here’s Day 16 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 16: Something that you miss

I miss my mum. When things feel bad I wish I had her to talk to. I need a hug. I need her to tell me it’s all going to be okay, that I’m going to be okay.


Day 43

Two days of productive in a row. Go me!

Another day was started with meditation with hubby. I’m really glad that he’s so on board with it. He makes sure that we’re ready to go at 8 am. I know that it’s helping me to stay focused. I feel calmer and happier (most of the time.)

Then it was workout time. I keep pushing myself as hard as I can and I keep achieving the two workouts. I had a little mental speed bump half way through and considered only doing the one workout. Who would know, right? I would know and I really don’t want to let myself down. This is, by far, the longest I’ve consistently worked out. I’ll stick to the two workouts for the next two months, unless I don’t feel challenged enough. After that, I’m hoping for a much more exciting workout.

Once that was done I started thinking about other things I’d like to paint and drew a sketch of one scene. Then I spent some time browsing pictures for colour and texture ideas. The creative did not stop there.

I did some singing and while I was doing that, I added a couple more rows to the knitting practice I started the other day. It takes me at least two songs to get through a row.

After lunch I returned to the knitting and spent 5 hours doing it.
I definitely feel like I’m getting into the rhythm of this basic stitch. I need to learn how to get it off the needle.

I’m feeling a bit exhausted. Hopefully a good nights sleep will recharge me for a full day tomorrow.

Here’s Day 10 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 10: Write about something for which you feel strongly.

When talking to someone, always try and make them feel good. Listen, encourage, uplift, compliment. You never know what someone is going through, what they really feel or how long it’s been since somebody said something nice to them. You can be the difference.


Day 42

Oh my! What a productive day.

I started the day with meditation with hubby, then did my double workout. I pushed myself hard and fast again and felt pretty exhausted by the end of it. Recovery time was much quicker than normal. I must be making progress!

My first attempt at Acrylic Painting
To see the Ray Grimes demonstration of this Landscape

By lunchtime I had started to watch some painting videos from Ray Grimes. You can check out his Youtube channel here. I picked one of the landscape paintings to try and recreate.

A couple of hours later, I had a painted canvas and a painted me.

I’d love to try painting again tomorrow but the one thing I did learn was my lounge room is far too dark to paint. A lot of little things I got wrong with this attempt happened because I couldn’t see the change in paint colour. It all looks so much more green under dull lamp light.

Here’s Day 9 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 9: Post some words of wisdom that speak to you

The number one reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten. – Mac Miller*

Since starting my journey of improvement, this one has had a constant place in the back of my mind. Whenever I start to feel discouraged about the 2+ years I still have to go, I try and put focus onto how much I have already changed, even in the last 42 days.


*NOTE: I can’t remember where I first saw this quote. After Googling its origin, it seems it’s a quote from Mac Miller. If this isn’t the case, please let me know.

Day 38

Another day has gone by and I’ve thought, ‘I’ve done nothing today.’ That is just plain untrue.

My day started with meditation. Not my best attempt but definitely not my worst. Then I worked out twice. It kind of blows my mind to think I’ve already worked out 10 times this week. Then topped off my morning with housework.

So the only thing my day really was missing is a heaping of creative. Although, technically if I blog and answer today’s writing challenge question, I could say I have done a little of the creative. Okay, so that could be a bit of a stretch but I’m still mildly content with my day.

Not sure what to put on my to do list for tomorrow. I haven’t been feeling the creative, so that will most likely mean feeling the housework!

Here’s Day 5 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 5: List 5 place you want to visit.

  1. The US. It would be great to see where wifey lives and go to all the places she loves and has enjoyed during her life. (It’d be a big trip.)
  2. New Zealand (again.) It’s such a beautiful, clean, breath of fresh air. It wouldn’t matter where in NZ, as long as we got to stop by Bully Hayes in Akaroa. It’s my favourite place to eat in NZ.
  3.  A beach-side resort in Vanuatu. For my 30th birthday we went on a South Pacific Cruise. We ported in Vanuatu on my birthday and I got a massage at a resort. It was an amazing place that I would love to go back to and experience on a daily basis.
  4. France. Between the Tour de France and The Hairy Bikers (both get a lot of air time in our house), I know there is so much to see from little towns brimming with history and rich culture baked into a delicious bread.
  5. Somewhere with snow, where I can do all the fun snow related stuff.


Three Peas, One Pod

Day 37

I rolled out of bed just before 6 am and meditated with hubby before he headed off to work. I admire people who can get up at 6 am, especially in winter. I was the type of morning person who would go to bed as the sun came up not waking up with the sun. Thankfully I don’t have to get up that early often.

I was almost pain free when I woke up, which made the idea of working out much more pleasant. Soon as the workout started, so did the pain. I wasn’t sure how I’d make it through both workouts but I did it. It took a lot of focus, focus I didn’t realise I had. (I think the meditation is working.) Then it didn’t take long for my body to recover after the workout, so that was encouraging. I’m feeling like I’m moving in the right direction.

Hubby makes a yummy Hot Chocolate.
Full-sized shot on Flickr

I haven’t done a lot of creative today. My knitting has sat untouched under the coffee table and no ‘How to’ video has been watched. I only picked up my camera at the end of the night when hubby made a yummy hot chocolate and I managed to balance a spoonful of melted marshmallows on the cup rim.

I have had a really relaxed day and enjoyed every second of it. The night is almost done, hubby is watching the football and I’m sitting here smiling. I don’t think I’m smiling for any particular reason either. It’s a nice feeling. An unfamiliar feeling.

Here’s Day 4 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 4: Write about someone who inspires you

People who overcome extreme adversity. Adversity takes a lot of courage, strength and determination to overcome. The worse the situation, the harder it is to find the strength. There is nothing more inspiring than knowing someone has faced their challenges head on and won.


Three Peas, One Pod