Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Happy Easter Monday!
I hope everyone had a good weekend! Other than Saturday from about 12:30 to 3, my weekend was fantastic! (This was due to the severe Pens lost, which I attended.)

Only one for this week. I really, really, really liked this.

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.’ - Groucho Marx

Take it easy.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fantastic Friday

Here's a different Fantastic Friday for 'yinz' guys.

1. I bought a pair of pants this week that was the same size when I was a senior in high school. Score.
2. I'm off today!!!
3. I ran 3.1 miles outside under 30 minutes. (Not bad after my second round of Bronchitis in two months).
4. Spending time with family this weekend! Whoop Whoop!
5. Going to GAME 5. Oh yeah. I'll be at Consol Energy Center for game 5. I can't wait.
6. Words Can Explain. This video says it all..

Have a great weekend. Mine will be Epic.

Take it easy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bridal Shower Gift

So last Saturday one of my favorite friends had her wedding shower. Being who I am, I couldn't just give her any gift. I had to create! It took some inspiration, but I finally found it... Here's how it went...

I started with three of these... laying them out.. to make sure they would 'connect' correctly.

One I was happy, I moved on to this...

 I measured the wholes on the right side of the fan, so I could drill an equal hole on the left side... I figured that this time, I was going to string wire behind the fan to hang it... 
Then came the drill! Whoop Whoop!
 When I prime, I always use the Kilz. Good Stuff.
 So I primed them all.. (Well prior I had cleaned off the dusty-nastiness that came with them..
 I let them dry, then painted them with an 'off-white.' 
After that, I had laid out the letters that I wanted to stencil on...
 Here's the letters traced..
 ... and painted!
 ' Hold  me close, don't ever let go.'

And this is the back... I attempted this... I used little stick, like Popsicle sticks.. and used hot glue to attach..

 Hot Glue Gun! Looks so.. 70's. I love it.
 Final product, hung on my wall!

The bride enjoyed it.Got some rave reviews. Total Success.

The quote is from a song called 'Diamond' by Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers.
It's one of my favorites from them.

Take it easy.

Parties I Like:

Domestically Speaking

Beyond The Picket Fence
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekly Words to Inspire - Movie Inspired

Hey all! Easter week is finally upon us, which typically means it really is spring. Let's hope this weather starts to change sooooooon!

These were taken from movies.

Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?
What a Girl Wants

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.
Harry Potter

Those who are hardest to love are the ones who need it most.
Peaceful Warrior

Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Favorite of the week:

Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'.
The Shawshank Redemption

Go Pens.
Take it easy.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fantastic Friday

I love playoff hockey.
I've been waiting for this since.... September!?

Anyways, let the videos begin to roll. I found this one the other day...
I love it. I absolutely love it. The editing is great... 

Enjoy it!

Let's go Pens!
Do it!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

This weekend I spent with my Mom's cousin's. Most of whom, I have never truly met. We were gathered for the Memorial Service for her cousin, David. This weekend was anything but a memorial, but a celebration of life. Not just the life of David, but the lives of the other's we have lost and our own lives. Many memories were made this weekend. Here's a few quotes inspired by my weekend.

In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.
-Marge Kennedy

In every conceivable manner, the family is the link to our past, bridge to our future.
- Alex Haley

Family means too much, friends are too valuable, and life is too short to put off sharing with people how much they really mean to you and pursuing whatever it is that makes you happy.
- Unknown

This is so true. So unbelievably true.. 
A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold.
- Chinese Proverb

Something to really think about..
No man on his death bed ever looked up into the eyes of his family and friends and said, " I wish I'd spent more time at the office.'

- Unknown

I wanted to add this video... This song is absolutely amazing.
"When it rains it pours and opens doors
And floods the floors we thought would always keep us safe and dry
And in the midst of sailing ships we sink our lips into the ones we love
That have to say goodbye "

Also - Pat has one of the best voices I have ever heard. If you get a chance to see Train do it. They will amaze you.

Take it easy.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Fitness Journey - Yoga.

As I have previously explained, I got pretty sick 7 weeks ago. I am finally working on getting back into doing cardio activities. I am shocked to have I have learned about different kinds of workouts and myself.

Right before I got sick, literally the day I got sick, I started Yoga. Due to the Whooping Cough, I thought it would be good to help me learn to breathe again. At that time I was having difficulty taking deep breaths. A couple of my co-workers strongly encouraged me to try yoga. I, like most people, was intimidated by it.

I am a girl who goes to the gym and lifts and runs. I don’t take classes. I sure as heck don’t do Yoga. I mean, I don’t need flexibility. I need muscles. I need to lift heavy weights and grunt (okay, I don’t grunt) but I need to sweat. I need to FEEL like I just accomplished something. That’s what I thought about before I tried Yoga. After Yoga, let’s just say I feel so bad for talking down on Yoga. I really do. I think it helps that I have a great instructor.

In the 7 weeks that I have been attending Yoga, I have been impressed with the results that I have noticed. During the first couple weeks of my ‘come back’ I really only did Yoga. I could feel how strong I was getting. The poses were getting easier each time I did them. I even found myself doing some of the poses during commercial breaks while I was watching T.V. It felt good. It felt good to see myself improve. Yoga also showed let me prove to myself the strength I already possessed, which I never realized prior to this experience. It was the strength from within. During each class, I proved to myself how strong I am. Prior to the latest illness, I hadn’t lifted weights for a few months. I had only been attending Jazzercise and attempting to do cardio. My physical strength wasn’t as much as I would like it to be, but it wasn’t about the physical strength. Not for me. Yoga was my way of finding me and building mental strength.

Yoga is an interesting thing; it is really the only time during the day, where I do not think about anything else but what I am doing at that very second. I didn’t believe THAT was possible. But after a few times, I realized that my mind never wondered. I never consciously thought about work, family, plans, the weekend. Only that pose that I was trying to accomplish. Yes, when I run, I do it to clear my head, to think... but Yoga. I don’t think in Yoga. I focus on the challenge. I focus on conquering the pose and challenging myself. It’s surprising to me on how relaxed I am after finishing a class. I feel that peace everyone always talks about. I also feel a sense of accomplishment, of pride. I might not be know that I am not the most graceful or completely accurate person attending this class. I get that, but I am doing things that I never thought possible. The mental strength is showing me how much physical strength I really do have. I don’t need heavy weights to show me that, all I need is my body and mind. Every class I push myself. I dig a little deeper. I feel the pose that much more. I feel the rewards physically, I feel and see the strength my body is developing.

And yes. I feel like I worked out after a class… After most classes I notice that I am ‘glissing.’

People always say ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ I believe the reason why I got so wrapped up in Yoga was to find the strength inside of me.

Each time, I gain a little more muscle a little more definition. But each time, I prove to myself just how strong I really am.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Ahhh - What a weekend!! I hope everyone's was as AMAZING as mine.
Thank you everyone who made it just a little bit special!

I only have one quote for today.... One of my greatest friends sent this to me, I think it's pretty much summed up everything in the last year.

"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone."

-Orison Swett Marden

Take it easy.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

26 things...

Today I celebrate my 27th birthday. Recently, I've been looking back on my life and the experiences I've had and wanted to make a list of the 26th things I've learned thus far. And some might relate to quotes.. as most know, I'm a quote girl.

26. Never stop having firsts. Weather it's your first jazzercise class, first family camping trip, whatever it is. Never stop having them. Those are when the true memories are made. You are never to old to do something crazy.
25.  When you get in argument, really think, will this matter in 5 years. I can't tell you how much easier this makes life. I love a good fight as much as the next person, but only when it's worth something truly fighting for.
24.  Don't make excuses. It's so easy to make an excuse for everything. Really stop and think why you made it up in the first place.
23. Never stop doing what you once loved.
22. Create your own opinions. Don't just believe something, because you were told. Believe it because you have choose to believe.
21. In just about every circumstance the best thing to do is always the hardest.
20. Things are always more difficult in our head than they are in reality.
19. Mistakes are a good thing. It's only from faltering can we realize how we can improve and what is important to us.
18. The simple things really are the most important. Don't ever underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness.
17. Paying it forward really does work.
16.  The experiences that I didn't want to do or the people I didn't think I would like, turned out to be the best experiences of my life. Point? Stop judging. The most inspiring times happen when you least expect them.
15.  Family is the greatest gift we are given.  Just because they might not always be there for you the way you'd like or talk to you everyday doesn't mean they don't love you. True family is always their for you even if they don't agree.
14.  It's okay to rock out to the Spice Girls and Hanson on occasion. There ain't no shame in that! (Mom's going to love that sentence.)
13.  Take responsibility for your actions good and bad.
12.   Live your life with integrity and pride. It's amazing how much respect you will gain... for yourself... and others.
11.  "Don't feel overwhelmed, just do one thing at a time." Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead. LOVE THIS.
10. Regret is nothing but a waste of emotion. You can't change the past, so what the point?
9.  Find the people you can't live without and never let go of them. It's those people who will encourage you to become who you want to be.
8.  You cannot control others as much as you try. The only thing you can control is your reaction. (Some of the best advice I have ever received.)
7. Life's not fair. Get over it. Things happen. Put your big girl panties on and deal with it. Life's just not fair to you, but to everyone. Along with this... Life goes on. As much as we don't think it will. It does as well as the sun coming up in the morning.
6. ' Be nice, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.' Anit Roddick  Enough said.
5.  Love with all you have and all you are. Yes having a broken heart sucks, but knowing you gave it all you don't have to worry about #10 and knowing #8 will save you a lot of tears. Having two small children call and wish you happy birthday (or say 'thank you' instead of happy birthday) is the greatest reward one can get.
4.  Don't ever stop growing and learning. However, all to often we forget how far we come by focusing on where we need to go. Stop and celebrate the small victories. For it's always the small victories that lead to the big goal. Learn from every experience. Really think about what has happened. Look deeper than the surface.
3.  Tomorrow is never promised. All to often we lose people suddenly. Learn from that. Live your life as if tomorrow never came, and think would you be satisfied with the legacy you leave?
2. "Hope is a great thing, maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies.' - Shawshank Redemption. Hope really is the best thing. It's only until you lose hope that you lose everything.
1. Above all, love yourself, trust yourself, and believe in yourself.

Have a great weekend all!

Take it easy.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fantastic Friday - Safety Dance

So I saw this video earlier in the week.
I"m not going to lie, I've watched it a few times.

Something about it, just makes me... laugh out loud... and loudly.

I'm not sure what I would do if this is what I saw right before take off.


Take it easy!