Ever since I joined TribeSports online, I’ve really been focusing on taking better care of myself so I feel more energized and healthy.
I never really thought of being healthy as anything other than not being obese, but lately I’ve realized that just because a person is skinny, it doesn’t necessarily mean he/she is in shape. Simply put, I participated in a 5k run for the first time in my life, and I felt like I was going to die before reaching the end. That event was a real eye-opener for me…
Since then, I’ve cut out all fried food, fast food, and dairy from my diet. In doing so, it’s allowed me to discover trying new kinds of food: sweet potato, kale, beets, rutabaga, fennel, parsnips, carnival squash, quince, and lentils. In doing that, I grew more interested in growing my own produce. And in doing that, I’ve been cooking with more fresh ingredients and less processed items. It’s just one long chain of changes after another!
TribeSports also helped me create both short- and long-term fitness challenges for myself. These challenges range from 10 push-ups in one day to 5000 body-weight squats in a month. The community on there is so supportive and encouraging (much like the community on 43Things). :D
As of right now, I’m on Day 4 of the 60 Day Insanity Challenge (which I never thought I’d ever attempt since the extremity of it used to always scare me), and after I complete it, I plan to get back on TribeSports and continue on with my fitness journey (I have many more challenges that I still need to complete!).
They are so inspiring to browse through! I must make time to start and maintain one—even if it’s only 10 minutes a day…
I’ve never been one of those people who can easily approach anyone and just start striking up a conversation.
In an attempt to be more social though, I’ve made it a goal to at least try to have a conversation with at least two people every time I go out… It can range from giving a simple compliment to carrying out a conversation when someone comments on something… Etc. Etc.
Usually my other half does all of the friendly and engaging conversation talking and I’m just on the sidelines with my good ‘ol happy self, but there are times when I would like to interact with others except my responses just never seem… timely enough—or I just end up keeping all of my comments to myself. So, I guess the best way to start all of this is chiming in when I do have something to say… It shouldn’t be too difficult right?
One day at a time…
While learning how to read crochet patterns, I stumbled upon this site:
The blogger’s mission was so inspiring that I decided I would crochet and donate a minimum of 50 baby hats to the project by the end of this year.
I cannot wait to get some new yarn this weekend! It’s so exciting to be able to apply my newly acquired skills to such a great cause!
For my next project, I wanted to try crocheting with a bigger hook (9mm) and bulkier yarn (super bulky). The end result was this chunky infinity scarf.
I still have to practice making a cleaner looking edge, but overall, I really love it and I think it turned out gorgeous!
Now, onward to the next project! I think it’s going to be a pretty warm winter this year. :)
Applying my graphic design skills and volunteering remotely for a non-profit organization.
This beret is my very first completed crochet project. :)
- buy season items during their ‘off-season’ periods (swimsuits)- buy early (plane tickets, concert tickets, etc.)- allow time for comparison shopping (electronics)- use coupons (michaels, retailmenot, etc.)- diy (natural household cleaners)- find multiple uses for an item- take care of your stuff (or learn how to repair it)- investments vs. materialism
Ack! My cilantro ended up dying. Waaah!
My basil has finally uprooted from beneath the ground and it is growing super high and mighty! I think either the birds or bugs have been picking at it though so I will have to find a way to prevent that (without using harsh commercial chemicals of any sort).
As for the chives, there is only one that sprouted and grew nice and tall… I guess the other seeds just didn’t make it.
My strawberries didn’t sprout at all… Neither did the spinach…
I’m not sure what went wrong… Maybe it was due to the seeds I used or maybe the location? I used the same soil for all of the plants and also watered all of them at the same time. But… perhaps different plants need different types of soil? I will have to look more into it…
On the meyer lemon tree, two new lemons have started to surface… Eeep! It’s sooo exciting to discover small growth like that!
The purple cayenne pepper plant produced two purple flowers a week or so ago and one pepper has even begun to peek out from where one of the flowers previously bloomed. Exciting! Exciting!
As for my experiment with kitchen scraps, the green onions still continue to grow rapidly and successfully—even after multiple harvests. Nothing regrew from the kale, so instead, I decided to try seeing what (if anything) would grow from the cutting of a white onion. My first attempt wasn’t so successful. I stuck it directly into the dirt and nothing happened except that the onion dried out. Before my next attempt, I decided to research if others have attempted regrowing onion scraps and discovered that one person put the onion scrap in water until it sprouted. Aaaaand guess what The second method worked! Yippeee! It’s still sitting in a glass of water on the window sill but I’m going to let it grow a little bit more and then transfer it to a pot with soil.
Overall, I’m very happy with my experiences so far as a newbie gardener. =D
This year I finally discovered the world of gardening. Better late than never, huh? It’s a very exciting subject to explore…
So far, there’s cilantro, basil, chives, strawberries, and spinach that Tim and I started from seed—the cilantro seems to be growing the fastest of the bunch.
We also have a meyer lemon tree, purple cayenne pepper plant, and sampaquita flower/plant that we bought as ‘starter plants.’
Lastly, I have also been experimenting with regrowing plants from ‘kitchen scraps’ (green onions seem to have a very high success rate… updates on regrowing garlic and kale coming soon…)
My fiancé and I got him at the Durham Farmer’s Market in North Carolina. The farmer/vendor told us that it can grow 4’ – 6’ tall—holy moly, that’s a whole lot of heat!
This is a little ‘welcome home’ gift from my fiancé that I love so much!!!
I’ll definitely be sending my 4-year-old nephew lots and lots of love through the mail…
...are pretty awesome too
...but it is sand-related. ;)
...was a success! Whoo hoo!
Photo: Thin chocolate chip cookies with crispy edges and a soft chewy center
Growing these babies (from kitchen scraps) are sooo super easy—and my apartment is located in a rather shady area too…You can grow them in either dirt or water (if growing in water, change the water every couple of days and make sure that the roots only touch the water)
Photo: Growth after 1 week (left)
New green onions added today (right)
I’m so excited!!! ...and nervous …and everything else in between :)