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

Day 35

I dragged myself out of bed with aches rippling across my shoulders, throbbing in my back, tingles in my thighs. I was still feeling the affects of yesterdays workout and knew that today’s was close.

We started the day with meditation. I was proud of my focus today. No matter where my brain tried to wander off to, it just fell straight back into the program and deeply too. At one stage, Homer jumped up on the sofa and put his paws on my leg and it scared the life out of me. I was so focused on meditating that I hadn’t even noticed him getting up.

Hubby left for work and I immediately jumped into my workout. The first round of the workout was a challenge. Body parts ached more than when I started and the journey seemed long. Everything in me wanted to stop after the first time but I continued. The second round was harder than the first and I’m feeling it at least seven times more now. Glad I did it though. I am looking forward to when this feels easy and I need to push myself to a new level.

My first attempt at multiple rows.

I spent a good part of the day learning to knit. I think I might actually understand how to do the ‘knit’ stitch. Although it may not look like it. Today is the first time I’ve done multiple rows. I know there are areas I got very very wrong, ones I purposely did wrong in hopes of saving it so I could keep going and there are some parts where it worked smooth and fast. Exciting!!!

Tomorrow I’ll try knitting again and painting or something photo related. As long as it’s something creative.

Here’s Day 2 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 2: Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot

This may seem like a throw away comment and not something of real importance but I remember my grandma once saying that I looked really good in red.

I’m not sure if it has stuck with me because it was the nicest thing she’d ever said to me (she wasn’t the kindest of grandmas) or because I genuinely enjoy wearing red and that comment affirmed my decision.

It’s a strange little comment that has stuck with me for over 20 years and I still like wearing the colour red.


Three Peas, One Pod

Day 30

What a day!! Hubby and I started the morning with meditation. It was so relaxing and uplifting. A perfect reminder that life is beautiful.

Hubby went to work and I went to do my workout. Uh oh, it wouldn’t play. I got instantly annoyed that I couldn’t work out, then more annoyed that I felt like that after the peaceful start to my day. I shook the bad mood off, pressed some buttons and 40 minutes later, got to my workout. I pushed myself hard and it felt great.

Seeing I had gotten one goal out of the way, it was time to start work on the second. I spent the next five hours working on my home, garden and creative project blog. I picked a layout and got to editing. It was almost scary how much I didn’t know. I read guides, I clicked, I tested, I cursed and I got it pretty much ready for its first post. Soon as I have something to post, it’ll go live.

Here is a quick picture I snapped of the mint plant growing on our kitchen windowsill. It was a test picture for the gallery section of the new site but I really like it and wanted to share.

Tomorrow I’m going to watch a knitting tutorial (because I now have knitting needles. Woo!) and draw something.


Day 29

The day started off slow. I could barely drag myself out of bed and get normal morning things done. By 9 am, I was feeling lousy but determined to workout. I worked out and almost enjoyed every minute of it.

It definitely felt as though the day was dragging. I was waiting on my arts and craft supplies and it felt like I couldn’t do much of anything else. Thankfully, with the internet at my fingertips, I decided to do the two tasks I posted about yesterday.

I decided to start with meditation. I opened Youtube and typed in ‘meditation’ and then auto suggestions lead me to the search of ‘meditation guided for positive energy’. I figured because my afternoons seem to lack that, it was probably a good place to start.

After watching a handful of 10 minute meditation programs, this one had made me feel the most relaxed. I’ll add this to my morning routine. I’m really interested to see if it can keep me more focused through the day. Might even try and get hubby to do it too.

Then I started searching for a photo challenge. I jumped on Pinterest and searched for ’30 day photo challenge’. There were enough results for at least 10 years worth of months. Most started with a self picture, which I wasn’t that keen on. Some had photos I knew I could only take if I left the house, I also wasn’t keen on that (at the moment.) The joys of being agoraphobic.

I did find three photo challenges that I thought I’d like to try. One is a 52 week challenge. I’m guessing that since it’s one photo a week, you could probably do it at any time during the week but I’ll just do it the days it’s listed on. That will start on May 7.

I’ll probably start a second photo challenge in a week or two.

I also found a writing, drawing and painting challenge that I’d like to try. I’ll start the writing challenge on May 7 also, seeing that Tuesday is the official start of my week. (Hubby’s weekend is Sunday/Monday)

Considering I’m pretty new to painting and drawing, I might delay the start of those for a few weeks to a month and just practice the skills in the meantime.

Check out the challenges here: Challenges on Pinterest

My arts and craft supplies arrived in the afternoon. Sadly, there were a few things I thought I’d ordered, that I didn’t, like good sized knitting needles. Hubby will need to go hunting for some for me. Pictured below is my box of goodies from Lincraft.

While I still feel a little disappointed at my attitude today, I pushed through and got some things done when all I wanted to do was sleep. That’s a win in my book.

Tomorrow I will give meditation a try and start working on my home/creative project blog.

I hope I have inspired someone to start their own creative journey.


Day 28

It was another brilliant morning. I got my workout done first. Pushed myself a little harder than normal and I’ve been feeling it all day. It’s been a nice ache compared to the every day aches. Then, I spent forever in the kitchen cleaning. I definitely need to find an easier way to clean older baking pans.

While I didn’t feel down by the afternoon, I was feeling tired. I think I’ve been starting to feel a bit stressed about my progress and haven’t been sleeping the best. I napped. It was glorious.

Tomorrow I’m going to do some research on meditation and try and find a fun every day photo challenge type… thing!