Sunday, December 4, 2011

Need help with a resume?

I just used GotResumeBuilder.com and it was awesome. It's so easy to put together a resume using this site. I love it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Let's talk about Inner Talk

     Understanding inner talk is a critical part of understanding ourselves, our lives and how we view the world, yet, it is so ingrained in our behavior that most people are completely unaware of what it is and how it affects nearly everything. Inner talk consists of all the random thoughts that we think to ourselves every second we are awake. It's so important because it's occurring constantly, it never stops. The voice in our head is responsible for coloring the way we view the world. It's a filter through which all of our experiences must go through first. If we step back and look at a situation truly objectively it is neither positive nor negative until we choose one or the other.
     Every time we experience anything we have the choice to either view the circumstance in a positive light or a negative one. That's the amazing part, we can choose to change the setting that we view the world through. Most people are so accustomed to thinking a certain way, that they would never consider that changing the world is as easy as a change of attitude. We cannot change the outer world without first changing our own inner world.
     So how, exactly, do we make these changes?  We need to get to know our  inner selves. Consciously observe our thoughts. Instead of instantly reacting to a situation, we need to ask ourselves, "Is there anything positive that I can gain from this experience?" "Are things really as bad as I make them seem?" I've found that journalling really helps me to get in touch with my inner voice. Reading over old entries forces me to see how my thoughts progress over time, and also see when I need to make a change. Meditation is another great way that we can train our inner selves. Meditation teaches us to be aware of our thoughts and to use them in the best way possible. It has been the most liberating experience, for me,  to learn that my daily experiences are a direct result of how I view the world, what I expect, my biases and prejudices, and my fears all shape my experience, and that I can change these things at any second, I can change them daily if I'd like. We can never expect the world to change, the world is not the problem, we are the ones that need some work. Once we learn this simple fact the possibilities are endless.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Apparently, I'm bad at this...

     Once again, It seems that I have dropped off of the face of the earth. (I am quite good at it). I wish I could say that I've been up to all kinds of awesome stuff, but I would hate to lie to you fine people. I mean, I have been getting things accomplished, don't get me wrong, it's just that creatively, I've been a little stuck. It's been a rough couple of months lately, I've been working nonstop trying to reach some semblance of financial stability, which as you know doesn't leave much time or will to get much of anything else done. The good news is that I have not given up, and those of you who are still out there listening, thanks for sticking around. I promise good things are on the way.
     That reminds me, I have, in the midst of these crazy stress-filled months, taken on some good habits. For example, I have cut television from my life completely, well besides my weekly dose of Weeds. Does anyone else watch that show? It's completely addictive, I love it. Anyways, I've wanted to cut back on my T.V. time, so I figured why not stop completely? There is honestly nothing good that comes from watching this mysterious little box, yet it has the power to completely captivate virtually the entire nation. Not to mention, I always feel like I'm being assaulted with advertisements. It's brainwashing, I can feel myself getting dumber as I watch it. So, I am T.V. free, and loving it. Also, I have started working out on a semi-regular basis. I have started noticeably losing weight, so I must be on the right track. But above all, I feel better. I have more energy, more confidence, and I feel overall much healthier. I would recommend to anyone and everyone if you can make time for just 30 minutes of cardio a day, you will be happy you did. If I would have known that it would make me feel this great, I would have started years ago. Well, I'm starting to get restless, and my internet time is very limited these days so I'm going to leave you guys with some music that I've been obsessed with lately. The album is Sea Change by Beck. It's quite a change of pace from normal Beck, but it is so beautiful and soothing. My favorite song is Guess I'm Doing Fine, look it up!
Peace Out Guys!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm back =)

First of all, I would like to say hello to my few new followers. Thanks for being interested in what I have to say, you really have no idea how much it means to me.

Secondly, I apologize for completely neglecting my blog for far too long. I figured I should check in and let you all know, that no, I have not died. I've taken an internet hiatus lately, (i.e. my internet has been shut off) so hopefully you can forgive me. All that matters is the fact that I'm back now, and I have exciting news! I've been working my butt off on getting my Etsy shop up and running, and I'm proud to announce that if everything goes as planned, it will be up and have awesome clothing and jewelry in it by the end of the month.

Anyway, I don't really have much else to say, nothing to complain or rant about. Life is good. I'm all about positivity lately, life is to short to be unhappy.

Peace and Love.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Cutest Thing Ever.

This is what I just found on my couch. I have the most adorable animals ever.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I got an award!?

So, I've been awarded The Versatile Blogger. I consider myself to be a pretty versatile person, so it's fitting I suppose, but still completely unexpected. So, I'm excited, flattered, and baffled all at the same time. So, thank you Kristen for the lovely award.


In order to accept this award the rules are:

Thank the person who gave you the award
Share 7 things about yourself
Pass the award on to up to 10 other versatile bloggers
Let the other bloggers know you gave them the award

Alright, so...

I'm hopelessly addicted to coffee.
I love my dog more than most people I encounter.
I love stand up comedy.
I want to travel to space more than anything in the world.
I'm a perfectionist.
My favorite band is Pink Floyd.
I have a cat named Engelbert Humperdinck.

And...I would like to give the awards to:

Confessions of a Geek Princess
Greenbug
Life, and why it sucks.
So Zo...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

What I've made recently

I know I promised pics of what I'd been up to clothing-wise a while back, alas I have a busy schedule...(i.e. lots of lazing around in my p.j.s, a job that i despise, and finding time in between to get inspired to do productive things.) Anyways, I decided to finally fulfill that promise, better late then never, right? It's not much, and the photos are not great, because the batteries in the camera are dead. So please excuse the poor quality of photos, and me not wanting to show my face. Hopefully you enjoy what I've made, and there will be more to come soon.

This is one of the first shirts I made for the line, and I still love it. It's made with a plain black tee and an old belt.


Side View


Made from an old sweatshirt and a Blondie concert tee. It's a little big on me, but you get the idea.


Up close.


A belt made from an old pair of pleather pants...yes, I used to wear pleather pants, but hey, at least I turned them into something wearable. =)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Awesome Homemade Salad Dressing

I went grocery shopping last night, so my fridge is nice and stocked with fresh fruits and veggies. Well, I went to make a salad this afternoon, and realized that, literally, not one of the salad dressings in the fridge was high-fructose corn syrup free. I was not surprised, but I was disappointed that this nasty little ingredient is pretty hard to avoid. Anyway, I talked about wanting to make my own dressings in an earlier post. So I finally decided to give it a try. I'm not sure what this dressing should be called, but I've decided to call it Tomato Basil Vinaigrette. It's delicious and corn syrup free. =)

You'll need.

A quarter of a medium-sized tomato
A few slices of red onion
A few slices of jalepeno (include seeds if you want it spicy, if not leave them out)
Oil (I used Olive)
Vinegar (I used white)
Basil
Lemon Juice
Salt

You'll want to put the tomato onion and jalepeno in a blender. Then add the oil and vinegar. The amount of oil and vinegar you add depends on how much dressing you want, the only thing you need to know is make sure to use a ratio of 3 parts oil to one part vinegar. Next, give everything a good coating of basil. (I used dried basil, but fresh would be awesome as well) Sorry if the amounts are vague, I pretty much guesstimate everything. Mine came out great the first try, but if you find a flavor too overpowering try to counteract it with something else, or make a mental note not to add so much next time. Same if you feel a flavor is too muted, try adding a little bit more until it tastes good to you. Next, you want to add a splash of lemon juice, and blend everything together. Salt to taste.

Enjoy

Friday, January 21, 2011

Vegan Cooking...yum!

I've been wanting to go vegan for quite a while now, mostly for the health benefits, but also because I really am not a big fan of meat anyway. People who can take the plunge and give up animal products entirely are really inspiring to me. Unfortunately I haven't been able to do it myself, although I am mostly vegetarian. It is extremely hard to get enough protein with a vegan diet if you don't know what you're doing, and I really just don't know how to balance it yet. I am still learning though, and eventually I will be a proud vegan. I think it is unfortunate that vegan food has such a negative stigma surrounding it. Despite what you may have heard vegan food can be very flavorful and satisfying. I've been watching an online vegan cooking show, and the food she makes looks and sounds delicious. I haven't been able to try any of her recipes yet, as I have not been grocery shopping in weeks, but I really cannot wait. Even if you have no desire to go vegan, you can utilize some of the recipes she shares to ensure that you have a healthy, nutrient-rich dish every now and then. Some recipes I'm definitely going to try are the: vegan coleslaw, stuffed mushrooms, low-fat hummus, and vegetarian sushi. Mmm...I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Space Cadet.





I've always, since I was young, been completely and utterly fascinated with outer space. I remember being as young as 5 years old, begging to go outside after dark, so I could look up at the stars. As I got older, I would spend more and more time just laying on the ground gazing up at the sky in pure awe. To me there is nothing more spectacular than the sky and it's endless allure and mystery. Still to this day every time I go out at night, I find myself unable to take my eyes off of the sky, whether it be the few stars I'm able to see in this filthy city, or the moon I'm looking at, I get completely lost in the moment. I feel so at peace, so humble, so receptive. I love it.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Most Common Trash

Me and my boyfriend have recently undertaken a huge project that I haven't got the chance to tell anyone about. I'm super excited about this, so here it goes. We're attempting to start our own clothing line..from the ground up. It's so much harder than I had first anticipated, but I'm loving it so far. I've always loved making clothing, I just usually only make things for myself.

What makes me so excited about this project is that we're making everything from recycled and repurposed clothing...either clothes that I have laying around already, or things I find at thrift stores etc. We've already made a few pieces, and I'm really pleased with what we've come up with. We're calling the line Most Common Trash, because that's what we're making our pieces with, what most people would call trash. I know we have a solid foundation, we really just need to crank out some more pieces. I'll post some pictures when we get more done.

Everything we've envisioned either seems to have a punkish/rock and roll edge or a bohemian type look to it, which is a product of our two very different styles. I think it will be interesting to see how these two very different looks will mesh. No matter what the result, I feel really good about this, and I'm confident that we can do great things.

Well anyways, that's what I've been up to lately. In case you were wondering.

Oh BTW.

I've been committed to eating healthier the past week. So one thing, I've been really trying to commit to is eliminating High Fructose Corn Syrup from my diet completely. Not an easy task at all, but I've made a breakthrough. Due to trying to be healthier, I've been eating a lot more salad, which makes it even harder to avoid HFCS because it is in virtually every salad dressing. So, I decided to make my own dressing. There are tons of recipes to be found online that I'm excited about trying, but I've started using a very simple homemade concoction on my salads while I'm at work. It simply consists of vinegar (red wine vinegar) and oil (canola oil) and the juice of a couple lemon wedges. At first I was hesitant, and quite honestly I thought it was going to taste like crap, but I actually ended up liking it more than my usual Italian. It is a great and much healthier alternative if you like Italian dressing, or vinaigrettes. If you like creamier dressings like ranch or french, then it may be too much of a jump, but creamy dressings are loaded with fat and sodium and it would be best to abandon them altogether. The acidity of vinegar is definitely an acquired taste, but when you're health is in question, I feel it's a commitment worth making.