Thursday, March 31, 2011

ready. set. and i'm still here...

so the camera is still m.i.a.
this is a problem.
so i have been reduced to taking pictures with my ipod... conveniently though, it automatically uploads them to flickr... so you want to know what i did today? i made those blasted cupcakes. not quite as pretty as the other ones... but considering i was lazy and did not want to pipe them all with frosting, i think they look alright. (alright alright... so the picture quality sucks... but until i buy a new camera my options are limited!!!) 

i just have to say, reese's are the bomb.
i mean chocolate and peanut butter??? there is no better combination on the face of this earth. no, not even audrey hepburn and cary grant.
or rock hudson and doris day. 
nope. i would take peanut butter and chocolate any day of the week. 

i discovered something yesterday. 
i have been working on developing my sense of "style," something that i lacked desperately basically until, pretty much last year. but i have been slowly, ever so slowly, working at it! part of my regime involves massive amounts of blog-stalking... well, i would feel bad, but i figure that's the whole reason why you put a blog up right? (if they didn't want it read they wouldn't put it up. right?) i feel like i get to know these people. like i'm their best friend or something. but what would happen if i actually met them one day? awkward... so i read your blog like every. day. no seriously. you are like my favorite person on the entire planet! i know everything about you! yeah. not so cool. 
but back to the style. 
i discovered lookbooks. (don't judge.) i had no idea what these troves of knowledge contained!
one of my best friends used to buy magazines and look at them, and i would just sit there and think what a waste of money! it is just pictures of sickly skinny women being super duper immodest. well... i still think that. but since i don't really want to look like i just stepped out of the 90s... and i don't like finding out things are "fashionable" and just getting the tail end of the hype, i figured i would educate myself. there are other ones... but i found way too much pleasure looking at this one yesterday. i just had to share it! 

one of my favorite blogs is smartprettyandawkward. if anyone needs this, it most definitely has to be me!
but i love how every post, she gives me some jewel of knowledge (and sometimes fashion tips... huzzah!) that pretty much changes my life. a few days ago she put the quote, 
"there comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear." {david mahoney}
i feel like i have been revving my engine for the past few months. maybe it is just the feeling that has been building over the course of my entire life, but i am only beginning to become aware of it now.
i can feel the pressure of life building, and i know that it is going to happen soon.
and it's kinda scary! 

so in my random searching of the internet (after i finished my homework... have a little faith! please!) 
i found this. 

5 tips to stay positive: (remember to check out the movie...)
“one day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” ~sigmund freud
we all have those days when we’d really rather sleep in all day and hide from the world – whether it’s a bad breakup or a challenge at work, or simply feeling burnt out. the bright side to those days often arrives with a phone call from a friend, or a card in the mail, with some words of encouragement.

according to a recent article by cancy gottesman in the april 2011 issue of ‘o, the oprah magazine’, science has shown there is a powerful link between emotional outlook and physical health. “when it comes to our health,” says martin seligman, PhD, one of the preeminent experts in the field of positive psychology, “there are essentially four things under our control: the decision not to smoke, a commitment to exercise, the quality of our diet, and our level of optimism. and optimism is at least as beneficial as the others.”

“the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” ~ eckhart tolle
so how do you help yourself or a friend stay positive even when everything feels like it’s falling apart?
we recently came across an article by misty belardo, with the following five simple and very ‘do-able’ tips to stay positive:
1. never dwell on a mistake – forgive yourself and learn from the mistake. dwelling on your mistake will only add to the stress and make you more unproductive.
2. always look on the bright side of every situation – is the cup half full or is it half empty? it boils down to a person’s attitude and outlook on life.
3. today is not the end of the world – tomorrow is a new day. there will be new hopes and new challenges that you need to conquer.
4. surround yourself with people who will encourage you – those people can be your source of guidance, your source of inspiration and your source of hope.
5. convert challenges into possibilities – ….like in the number 2 tip above, there is always an opportunity to learn from that problem. it is an experience that one day may help others who have been in the same situation as you have been.

you can commit to these now, or keep them in your pocket for a rainy day. you can also keep them on hand to share with your friends when they need a little friendly boost.
and here are four things we ‘encourage’ you to do:
1) play your favorite music, and focus your mind on goals you’re excited about accomplishing.
2) send a card to a friend.
3) read the full article by misty belardo and nancy gottesman’s article “Are Happy People Healthier? New Reasons to Stay Positive“.
4) watch this video. it’s guaranteed to make you smile!



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