Already Received a Curve Ball for 2018

Culture

I was thinking about the New Year. Instead of doing resolutions, I decided to do monthly goals. You know, the usual tangible things I think I can accomplish in a month. While writing the post, my cell phone goes off. My dad who has been sick with cancer for almost a year has been scheduled to have radiation for 5 weeks beginning January. Neither my sister nor myself live in my father’s city. So the scheduling begins who will take which weeks and stay with him.

So now my January goal has been laid out before me. No decisions necessary. January will be a month of giving of myself, of personal strength, of unconditional love to someone who needs it more than ever.

Repurposed Wall Pictures

Home

My house is always a work in progress with a budget involved. I have quite a few barren walls and the pictures I have are no longer to my liking. So here’s what I did.

This picture was of a “Italian” style rose. The house I live in now is modern. There’s no room here for my “Tuscan” themed items. I took the picture inside the frame and flipped it over to it’s plain white backside and made some of my own art. Now I don’t even mind the gold frame.

The picture below was a canvas illustration of a woman drinking coffee. I painted it with chalkboard paint and added the text. It’s now hanging in our gym.

Found a this picture in an art book. It’s now getting ready to be hung in our bathroom.

 

Lastly, another picture from a yoga manual I have. This one will be going in the gym too…or maybe in the hall. Still deciding.

Other options are momento’s, passages from books, photographs enlarged, the ideas are endless. The moral of the post: Don’t throw away the ugly framed art, it can be something else.

 

One Month Vegan

Cravings, Wellness

I have once again jumped on the vegan bandwagon and it has officially been one month. Here’s what I’m feeling.

 

  • The biggest change physically is how much lighter, less lethargic I feel.
  • My digestion has improved dramatically. My almost constant bloat I usually have has disappeared.
  • I realized I do not crave meat or eggs, and this was from day one.
  • I’ve probably ate more vegetables this past month than I have the entire year.
  • Eating healthy, I’m less hungry. I’m assuming because I’m eating more nutritious foods.
  • I feel good about what I am putting in my body and what I’m keeping out.
  •  I’m much more of a conscious consumer in general.

 

I went vegan earlier in the year for 3 months and stopped due to how fat and mushy I was getting. This time around I am actually unintentionally losing weight. The difference is I’m keeping the breads/tortillas/pastas at a minimum. I’ve also implemented 3 veggies/fruits minimum per meal. Lastly, a handful of nuts is very satisfying when I’m feeling the munchies.

The hardest part of eating vegan is figuring out what to eat. I read somewhere it helps the beginner vegan to have 10-15 go to recipes. I probably have 3 at this point. So my goal is to get 10 easy vegan recipes under my belt to start the new year off with (and without chickpeas. Turns out, I hate chickpeas. Bummer.)