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40 Days of Inspiration

For Lent this year, I decided instead of giving something up I would take something on. Like I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been pretty stressed out and run down lately with a big project at work and the 43209345 things I try to tackle in my personal time like running, blogging, DIYing, decorating our apartment, playing the fiddle, yoga-ing, cooking, hanging out with my friends, and sleeping occasionally. Can you tell I like hobbies? My hobbies really do bring me happiness, but I can be pretty hard on myself if projects take longer than I think they should.

After my relaxing trip to Mexico, I’m realizing that I need to give myself a break occasionally and remind myself I can’t do everything in a day. Figuring out more ways to relieve some stress from my busy bee life should be a priority.

Stress certainly can bring on some negative emotions, so I’ve decided that each day (for 40 days) I’m beginning my day with positivity.

Here’s some things I’ve done to keep the good vibes flowing.

Warning: You may think this post is somewhat corny, but this happy clam over here is grinning ear to ear.

Positive Quotes

I’ve been reading about 10 positive quotes a day and then pinning quotes like this one that inspire me that day.

 

Positivity Journal

I’ve started writing in my positivity journal each day (another gift from my Sunshine). So far, I’ve written about what I’m grateful for each day and the positive thoughts I’ve reflected on each day. It’s helped me bring clarity to what caused stress that day and brainstorm ways to handle situations differently. It certainly is a nice outlet for reflection, a reminder  of everything good in my life,  and, a tool for  creating solutions (instead of just complaining).

Visualizing something positive

Oh, did I mentioned I’m engaged!?! Sorry if I may have hit your car earlier (kidding) but I’ve been staring at my engagement ring from my fiance’ ever since I got it (even while driving)!! I mean I can’t help it, it’s so sparkly.

engagement ring

But for real though, every time I look down on my hand I’m reminded of the sunshine Brian brings into my life 🙂  I’m living on cloud 9 and wearing rose colored glasses fo sho.  I can’t lie, this definitely helps with the positivity but I’m doing everything I can to continually bring out my inner mojo. I plan to share our engagement story in my upcoming Mexico posts!

I’ve found in these past three days that by beginning my day with positivity really sets the tone for my whole day and ending the day with positivity makes it that much easier to start the next day the same way. With positive vibes on my side, stressful situations don’t phase me quite as much. I just keep reminding myself that every day is progress and even if there are problems, with my renewed inner strength, my busy days seem much more manageable.

I’ll leave you with a quote my aunt passed along yesterday.

The greatest thing we’ll ever learn  is just to love and be loved in return. Eden Ahbez

Hope your day is filled with positivity and love. Ya mon.

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New Year, New You

happy 2013It’s a new year and with that brings some time for reflection. 2012 was a growing year for me and I plan to continue that same growth in 2013.  I believe every person has the opportunity to be their best and sometimes it just takes a moment to recognize what you like about yourself and what you would like to improve upon. Then taking that improvement list and  figuring out ways to make small changes  to yourself that eventually turn into bigger changes.  By putting a plan into place and  taking small bites out of your big goal helps your new years resolutions more manageable.

So in 2013 I plan to work on…

Being in the moment. I often plan and plan. Even while,  for example,  working on a diy project I’m thinking about all the other things I’d like to do to our apartment instead of having fun and really enjoying that diy project. I find myself doing this in other aspects of my life, like when talking a friend, I’m thinking about all the other things I need to do.  Multi-tasking isn’t always the answer!  So in 2013, I plan to be fully present in whatever I’m doing.

Being more patient. Man oh man I’ve come to realize I’m pretty darn impatient. So in 2013, I plan to work on having realistic expectations for both myself and others.

Being more forgiving and accepting.  We all make mistakes and I’m pretty hard on myself and others on this one. It’s time to move on and not let the past hold me back. I’ve made many mistakes in my life, but it’s time to work hard not to repeat them and not beat myself up about them constantly.

Trying to stay positive. It’s funny how thinking one negative thought can easily cascade into more negative thoughts. Instead of seeing the sunny side, you see the dark side and expect the worst.  One bad thing happens and suddenly your whole day is ruined. I plan to work on staying positive and expecting the best,  not the worst.

Figuring out ways to manage my stress. I know I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t busy, but sometimes I pile too much on and get pretty darn stressed out and overwhelmed. I plan to work on realizing some things can wait until tomorrow and finding more ways to relieve my stress in that moment.

Some concrete goals I plan to accomplish in 2013…

  • Finish organizing and DIYing our apartment by the time our lease is up 🙂
  • Take a sewing class and sew one simple project like a pillow case or curtains.
  • Take a yoga class at least once a week. I always feel so great after and it certainly helps my legs for running. It helps with stress too!
  • Practice fiddling more. Maybe even playing in front of someone besides Brian and my mom!
  • Walk a 5 k with my mom!
  • Set a PR in the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and in the Monument 10 k in April.
  • Save more moola! Sometimes I want to do everything and saving money just isn’t as fun.  I would love to save more money this year!
  • Look at grad school programs and study for the GREs (and hopefully take them in 2013)!

Happy new year everyone! Hope you can accomplish big things in 2013!

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Vanishing Act

Man o man life has been crazy busy lately and my blog is certainly suffering. For my 10 readers out there I apologize for my vanishing act.

With summer travels, training for races, moving into a new apartment in DC, and DIYing,  I just haven’t had time. BUT I’m back and my Peru blogs are coming your way. So if you’re thinking about Peru or just love reading about travel, I hope you enjoy them! I’m also cooking up some blog posts with all the other things in my life from training for and running the Tough Mudder to working on the many projects for my apartment.  Soooo stay tuned cause some blog posts you’ll hopefully enjoy are coming your way!

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Hillwood Estates

Now don’t get me wrong, the National Mall is amazing. Still to this day, I love walking by national monuments that represent our country and hold such a rich history. A-M-E-R-I-C-A!!!  But it is nice to have something different up your sleeve to wow your out-of-town guests that’s oh-so- D.C.

Well, I’ve got just the thing for you.

Over Easter, my mom, Brian, and I toured Hillwood Estates and Gardens. Home to  Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post cereal fortune.  I like to call myself a cereal connoisseur and basically lived off of cereal in college.  Grape-Nuts,  invented by Marjorie’s father, just happens to be one of my favorites. hillwood estates washington dc

Marjorie was quite the socialite of her day, and was known to host a mean party. Not to sell her short, she’s also known as the one of the first business women in America, an art collector, and a dedicated philanthropist.

The weather couldn’t have been better the day we visited. Before our tour of the mansion began, we walked around the gardens and ate lunch. We packed a picnic and snagged a spot where we could enjoy the view.

hillwood estates washington dc Afterwards we toured the lovely mansion with our knowledgeable docent who shared stories of Marjorie’s full life.   She was not only an art collector, but a very strong business woman. With her second husband, Wall Street financier Edward F. Hutton, she formed the General Foods Corporation. She traveled with her third husband, Joseph E. Davies,to the Soviet Union, where he served as the American ambassador right before  World War II. Hillwood Estates now houses the largest fabrege’ egg collection outside of Russia.

My favorite stories though weren’t about her wealth and riches, but of her kindness and generosity. Over the years, she donated millions of dollars to charities, including $100,000 to build the Kennedy Center.

Marjorie Merriweather Post Mansion in Washington D.C.

Some of my favorite pieces of  her collection were (all pictured below):

Marjorie Merriweather Post Mansion in Washington D.C.

Check out the Hillowood Estates Welcome Video for a glimpse into Marjorie’s lavish house and life.

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Cultureful Date Night at the Theeeaaater

Much Ado About Nothing

I was pretty excited about a cultureful date night. It’s the perfect reason to get all dolled up for a night at the theeeaaater and prove that I’m at least a partially fancy pants Shakespeare connoisseur. A few directors at the D.C. Shakespeare company have taken the liberty of adapting a few of the comedies and tragedies.  It definitely makes the somewhat stuffy plays more lighthearted, keeping easily distracted me enthralled scene after scene. For As You Like It the director navigated the audience through 400 years of British and American history, telling the stories as if on a Holly Wood movie set.  Merchant of Venice was set in New York’s Little Italy in the 1920s.

Much Ado About Nothing was no exception to the spectacular creativity of the Shakespeare Theater Company.  Director Ethan McSweeny places this play in a sultry 1930’s Cuba. The costumes, dancing, and characters brought such zest to the stage.  There was dancing, singing, romancing, and of coursssse gossip. I personally love the comedies because they’re entertaining and funny yes, but mostly because they have a happy ending.

Breaking News: Much Ado About Nothing is receiving such rave reviews they’ve extended the performances. I heard a night with Shakespeare is pretty good way to romance your laddddy…

much ado dc shakespereCan you tell I’m a big fan of the D.C. Shakespeare Theater Company?

Best of all, they sell affordable tickets for their younger theater fans. As a part of their Young Theatre Goers Discount, they offer a full year’s subscription to all patrons under 35 for only $20 per ticket. Also you can sign up for their email list to receive discount emails directly from the company. Brian bought the tickets through LivingSocial or Groupon. Both frequently have deals.

shakespeare free for all Free for All Line with all of our new retired friends. They’re pretty eccentric.

Alsooooo they put on a Free for All event once a year (in the summer). What does that mean…well you can see a play fo free. Ain’t that real nice of dos cultured folk?  This year we saw Julius Caesar. “Beware the ides of March!” And you know what, it was even better cause it was free! You have 4 ways to snag these free tickets:  You can become a real fancy pants season subscriber, play a successful statistics game and enter an online lottery, be ‘ol fashioned and wait in line (really do you see that line below…bunch of ‘ol farts which is why we chose this option cause I love old people), or follow them on something called Facebook and Twitter…never heard of ’em, but I have heard of MyFace. Prob because it was invented by my close and personal friend, Taco from the League.

The LeagueThis has nothing to do with Shakespeare…just an opportunity to brag…and Taco’s not even in these photos.

Any who, if you’d like to read more about my Shakespeare adventures you can read my past post:

I promise it’s not as a.d.d as this post.

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