Tuesday, March 25, 2014

travel: venice, florida

· hiking · picture taking · netflix watching · beach laying · swimming · hand holding · tanning · 
· bird watching · excellent food eating · singing · shopping · sleeping · reading · appreciating ·

Spring Break 2014 was delightful.

Friday, March 21, 2014

jumping on the twitter bandwagon

In the past, I've mostly resisted the twitter craze.  

But lately, I've decided that I want a way to connect with my followers and other bloggers more efficiently.  I've heard so much about the great blogging community out there, and I want to be a bigger part of it!  

So, if you noticed, there's a link in the left sidebar and on my contact page to my twitter account! 

Find me @WithAudrey

If you have a twitter, follow me and tweet at me!  I'd love to get to know each and every one of you. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

my body is mad at me

Starting to be intentional about working out was one of the best and worst decisions I've made for myself.

The best because I noticed that after a couple weeks of consistent exercise, my mind starts to feel clearer.  I carry myself more confidently.  I feel strong.  My anxiety lessens.  I am energized.  My thoughts toward myself are kinder.  Feeling like that is the best.

This week has not been one of those weeks.  I haven't taken care of my body well.  Chocolate, cookies, candy? Sure! Do I want to go to the gym? Psh, maybe next time...

Here's when I realized the worst part of working out for me.  My body likes it.  It craves it. When I neglect it, my body gets mad at me.  Shoot.  That is the worst.

So I've spent this week feeling drained, bouncing back and forth between being lightheaded and having a headache.  (As it turns out, the headaches were actually my body getting sick.  So maybe go to a doctor if you're feeling like that.)  And anyone who knows me well can tell you that they can tell if I'm not taking care of my body by the way I treat them. My mind and body suffers.

I'm more convinced now than ever of the connection between our bodies and our minds.

When I don't feel like working out, I want to remember that I am my most caring, confident, and healthy self when I have made time for exercise.

Counterproductive as it may seem, if you are feeling tired or busy or stressed out or anxious, try making time for exercise.  This week will be better for me because I will.

(If you're not sure where to start, you can take a bike ride, walk on a treadmill, swim laps, find a group exercise class near you, or check out the blogilates youtube channel.  They'll all help.  I like following the youtube videos because they're quick, most of them can be done with no equipment, and many of them can be done in a dorm room.)

Monday, March 10, 2014

a happy list

fresh peaches and blackberries
dates to eat Eva's chocolate chip pancakes
talking about website design with my dad
earth tones- especially olive green
drinking milk and watching the Oscars
running with old friends
dance parties with kids
learning how to make ceramics
perfectly curled hair
Valentine's Day chocolate

In the name of staying present and appreciating big and little things in life, I make happy lists every once in awhile.  I hope they inspire you to think of your own life and the small things that make your heart happy.

previous happy lists
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

spread the word to end the word

Today is the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign.

The label "retard" or "retarded" used to be the acceptable term to call someone with intellectual disabilities.  But over time, our culture has turned it into a derogatory term meaning "stupid" or "dumb."

When you use the R-word, you are taking part in labeling a group of people as "dumb" and "stupid" because they are different.

Please stop using the R-word. 

And share this post to support ending use of the R-word. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

keeping it real

This week, I was going to write about how much exercise affects my body and my mind.
(Be on the lookout for that post soon!)

But my body had other plans, so instead, it decided to get sick.  Ha! Oh, the irony.  

In general, I try to keep it real on this space, and posting about working out while I was sick just didn't feel genuine.  So instead, here's how my life has been going for the past day or two.

I've spent a good amount of time watching Friends, being with friends who take care of me, and cuddling with this blanket (which you can learn how to make here).  On the bright side, that's left me with the time that I needed to be still before a busy week of schoolwork.

Thankfully, I'm feeling better today, so hopefully this will just be a quickie little sickness and I can be fully functioning again soon!

What helps you get back on your feet when you're feeling under the weather?