Month: March 2014

First Beach Day of the Year

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Like the title of this post states, I had my first beach day of this year. It was amazing. I have to say that I love the beautiful Oregon Coast. The beach was one of the first vacations I ever went on as a baby.

My family and I went to the beach beings that my aunt and uncle are visiting from Canada. We almost didn’t go due to the pouring rain outside. While 4 of the 5 of us who went have been or are currently Oregonians, we braved it and went anyway. It ended up being a beautiful (yet nippy) spring day at the coast.

I have always loved being at the beach, I always feel free, and like I am where I belong in the salty sea air. It invigorates, rejuvenates and refuels me. While I prefer some parts of the coast to others, they all (except for one that has become extremely touristy) generally have that same effect on me. The beach rain or shine always has a way of boosting my spirits. The ocean is one thing that is constant in an ever changing world. The fact that the tide comes in and goes out, and the roar of the ocean is constant, calming, soothing, and yet has to be respected, because it could take your life. Beings that I have grown up going to the beach several times a year my whole life, I have learned to respect the force that the ocean is, but to not be afraid of it, as long as I pay attention to the changing tide, and don’t do anything stupid.

We did a little shopping while we were there, which was good, beings as I only have about 4 nice tee shirts that I wear out and about, and I needed more with summer coming. I was able to get 4 more and a new white tank top (as one of mine now has a blue stripe around the bottom from my darkest pair of jeans).

I loved getting out into the fresh salty sea air. I got the best sleep last night that I have had in a while because of having been down on the beach. That is one thing I liked about camping at the beach, is that I could fall asleep listening to the sound of the ocean, and with the smell of the ocean. Not to mention the smell of having been at the beach isn’t bad either.

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Family Beach Day

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What an amazing day. This morning started out pouring down rain, and we almost didn’t go on the adventure. We decided to brave it, and actually go to the coast despite the rainy start. We were not disappointed, the heavy rain let up just before we actually got to the beach. This trip I actually remembered to take my little Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, to continue The Adventures of Tigger and Pooh series (Pictures are up on the Facebook Page).

I love going to the beach. Today was more of a touristy kind of beach day rather than going for an adventure adventure. While I don’t mind these kinds of days, and need these kinds of days every so often, The area I went to is territory I have covered in the past, and just to go to in order to unwind. Sometimes that is all I need, is to be going somewhere and doing something I love, even if I have done it before. Sometimes that is all I need to recharge and motivate me to keep pressing forward.

I love the way the salty sea air smells, and the constant roar of the ocean, and the crashing in of the waves. That is one thing I miss about where I lived in the college, was that even though I wasn’t at the beach, every so often when it rained, it smelled like the beach.

The great outdoors, especially the coast and the coast range mountains is where I feel the most at home. While having the ocean and beach right there to be able to go see and walk along, it also has to do with the lifestyle, architecture, and small town life.

Keep Doing What You Do Best

I had recently watched Anna Saccone’s vlog on YouTube (it is on her channel Anna Saccone, not the Daily Vlog – SacconeJolys channel) where she did the TMI Tag, and one of the questions was pertaining to favorite quote. What she had said was about her dad having told her to keep doing what she did best and that quote/piece of advice had stuck with her since.

That had struck a chord with me especially with some stuff that I have been going through lately. Since graduating from college I have had a tough time finding a career (a job is important don’t get me wrong though, and I have taken what I could get) in part because, other than hand knitting (especially to help kids in need) blogging, and adventures I was trying to find something I was good. I have spent time trying to figure that out through process of elimination.

Anna’s response to the favorite quote question really gave me something to think about.

Forging my own path

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After a hectic week, I am spending my saturday getting stuff done. I did some laundry last night, which I finally got folded today. I also ran some errands. My car was in need of gas, I have never liked the idea of getting too close to the E line, and being on the news because I ran out of gas on the I-5 bridge during rush hour traffic.  I also needed to pick up some more flours at Bob’s Red Mill so I could mix up some more gluten free flour mixes as I was getting low. While I was out I has stopped at Fred Meyer to pick up a few things, which included a new plant pot, some cactus and succulent potting soil and some miracle grow for cacti and succulents, so I could repot my little succulent which has been quickly out growing it’s little can. I am totally trying to give it more room to grow. 

I am finally able to relax just a little bit knowing that I got one of my college loans paid off, which is a huge deal for me, as I have not had such a great success with finding a long term job since I graduated from college almost four years ago. 

Beings that my aunt and uncle are coming into town this next week we have been preparing for their arrival. 

Of late I know I am really trying to stay away from using “I feel like….” in my vocabulary just because it is so overused at work (with having had 4+ women in a little studio). 

Over the past week I have also had to make a tough decision, and while I don’t know what the future holds, all I know is that I made the right decision for myself.  I know I will keep striving to be the best person I can be, and to stay positive. I keep coming back to what I love: The great outdoors, knitting to help kids in need, writing/blogging, adventures, and my friends (adventures with friends are even better!). I am going to keep doing what I am good at, and what I love.

Insight into why I write

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While I was in college, I realized that I am a better writer than I am a speaker. I have an easier time expressing my thoughts through writing than I am verbalizing. Sometimes I wonder if there is a disconnect in my brain between my brain and my mouth, that is somehow been bypassed, and flows from my brain to my hand/fingers. I had an easier time writing papers for classes than I did actually contributing to the conversation. I generally keep my thoughts to myself unless I can write them, or know who I am talking to really well. That is part of why I prefer to Blog rather than Vlog (or do both). My being orally quiet most of the time isn’t that I am not thinking, or that I don’t have thoughts and input on the subject matter, its more that being vocal is not a strong point for me. When given the opportunity to write out my thoughts, such as in college papers, and now my blog posts, is where all the input and contributions I have been storing in my head comes out. 

Life is full of challenges that help us grow. This part of why I have chosen to write about some if those challenges, among other things. There has to be someone out there going through something similar to some of the things I have gone through. If I can help them, even if it is just that there is someone else out there who has gone through it, and the world was not over, then it’s worth it.

Where will the future take me?

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It is hard to believe that saturday is almost over. It has been a busy day, in a good way. I ran some errands this morning, which included a trip to the mall again. I wanted to go to Barnes and Noble to get Catching Fire on DVD, as well as look for the items I am wanting to get for one of my friends birthday. I found Catching Fire and part of my friends birthday present, but there are still a couple of things I may have to order online. 

Have any of you read the Divergent series? I have heard it is a good series, and has been compared to the Hunger Games. Beings that I enjoyed reading the Hunger Games (I have t books in hardcover and digital copies), and I have been seeing the films i thought I’d give Divergent a try, and I bought them on my nook. 

This past week has been crazy, and the four walks I took, were definitely needed. The weather has also been amazing and beautiful, which has also given me motivation to get out and go walking, and helped boosted my mood. 

While I have been waiting on the digital copy of Catching Fire to download, I have been knitting and getting caught up on watching the shows I watch on Hulu, Tonight it was Revolution and Grimm. I watched today’s episode/upload/vlog of the SacconeJoly’s (which was actually filmed yesterday) on Youtube. While there are several youtube daily vloggers, that I follow,  The SacconeJoly’s are the only ones I watch on a regular basis. 

I am working on getting my blog and facebook pages up to date, and do more on them. If you haven’t visited visited my facebook page yet, then you should go check it out, and don’t forget to click the like button while you are at it 🙂

There are things I am trying to accomplish here in the near and somewhat distant future. Some of that has to do with growing my blogs, and sharing more of my experiences with you. I would also like to hear your feedback on what topics you would like to see me write about and cover on the blog and facebook page. I could really use some audience feedback, should I start up the What I Ate Wednesday series, or more in depth how I eat “normal” food while being Dairy and Gluten Free, and without soley relying on the health food stores. 

Starting Spring Off Right

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This is my second week working five days a week, and I have to say that I am loving being off at 4 in the afternoon 4 days a week. I still work most of the normal work day, but getting off early enough to avoid most of the evening traffic headache, which puts me home early enough to go for a walk after work. This week especially with the weather being so nice, going for a walk after work has been amazing. I am 3 for 3 this week in days having gone for a walk. Having new walking shoes has definitely made a difference, and helped give me a reason to go. Beings that my feet won’t be killing my by 2/3 of the way through my walk is motivation enough to go for a walk. 

Yesterday was one of my coworker’s last day at work, as she and her husband are moving back east, beings that he got a better job. I am going to miss having her in the studio with us. 

There is so much I want to do this spring, that I am having some fun, trying to figure out how I am going to fit everything into my schedule. I definitely want to go to the beach here in the near future, as well as the Lilac Garden, the Tulip Festival, and going hiking. I am looking forward to a fun, busy, crazy, outdoorsy spring,