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Quit looking for love, let it find me when the time is right
Finally found him!

I just recently got engaged :D I’ve known my fiance for almost 2 years now. We met at work and started out as friends, but over the last 15 months we have been exclusive. We have had a lot of great memories traveling Europe together and unfortunately I move back to the states in July. He will follow early next year, but it will be hard being so far away for those months.



spend more time creating my own art & crafts :D (read all 3 entries…)
My favorite oil painting I completed!

This is of a lavender field in the late afternoon.



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
Hard to do when you can't exercise to the fullest...

I just had knee surgery about 3 weeks ago. I had been doing well with my diet, but I am slowly regaining function of my knee and it is painful to do pretty much everything except walk and bike. I am still going to try to eat healthier in the meantime and I ordered a bike trainer for my road bike, so I can ride inside until I feel comfortable enough for longer rides outdoors. I have a feeling that I will always struggle with my weight. Although I have accepted that I have a curvy body type, I know I still need to loose some weight, just to be healthier more than anything.



spend more time creating my own art & crafts :D (read all 3 entries…)
Oil Painting Class

I recently decided to sign up for an oil painting class for a couple of reasons. One, I have never painted with oils, only watercolors and acrylics. Two, I need to incorporate more art into my life. Between grad school and work I don’t feel like I have a whole lot of time to be creative! The class starts on October 30 and runs 6 weeks. By the end I should have two completed paintings of Tuscany.



Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
Worth the drive!

The castle is pretty amazing to see in person and the story of King Ludwig’s short life is sad. I can’t believe this was only one of his three castles in Germany. The interior is so ornate, with stenciled walls in nearly every room, a wonderful performance hall designed with his good friend and composer Richard Wagner in mind, and a ginormous kitchen with tons of copper pots! The surrounding area is also very beautiful. I’m glad I went in fall with all the changing colors :)



Improve my self confidence (read all 2 entries…)
Stuck

I was considering applying for Officer Training School to commission in the Air Force (I’m currently enlisted), but after meeting with my squadron commander I decided against it. He told me I need to work on my confidence. I am beginning to think the military just isn’t for me. I know that I can be confident, but it is hard to be a woman working with so many men, many of which are complete jerks that shoot down your ideas before you are even done explaining yourself. I really feel a big factor in my not so wonderful confidence level is my physical appearance. I am not too happy with the way I look and it does affect me.



go back to Grad School (read all 3 entries…)
Busy!

So far I have completed two classes with a 4.0 GPA and I’m enrolled in two online classes right now and have another in-person accelerated class in mid-October. I’m glad I made the decision to go back to school, but being a full-time grad student, full-time airman, girlfriend, and volunteer plays a toll after awhile. I am so tired all the time! Also, I think it will be easier to focus on school once I get back to the states and am not wanting to travel on the weekends or take leave to see more of Europe.



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
3.5 down, 31.5 to go!!

Eating healthy isn’t that difficult, just takes a little more pre-planning, but I hope in the end that healthier choices just come more naturally. I went to a BBQ on Saturday and managed to eat a balanced meal and still feel satisfied. This week I am going to try to incorporate new workouts. I am not very good with weights but my triceps are one of my problem areas, so I am going to focus on that for the next few weeks, along with staying on the WW Points Plus.



go back to Grad School (read all 3 entries…)
One class down, eleven to go!!

Finished with my first class, Multicultural Issues in Human Relations! The class was fast paced, basically a semester worth of content in 6 days plus additional time to write two papers. Feels good to be done and looking forward to my next class in less than 2 weeks!



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
Weight Watchers

I restarted this program officially on Sunday and am already noticing a difference in the way I feel overall and my energy level. I know this program has worked for me in the past, just hope that I can stay dedicated and keep the healthy lifestyle changes this time around, even when life gets super busy!



go back to Grad School (read all 3 entries…)
Human Relations

I start my first class in two days! I am excited to get back into school and even more excited that Tuition Assistance via the USAF is paying for the majority of the cost! Makes it easier to just focus on school and not worry so much about how I’m going to be able to afford it.



spend more time creating my own art & crafts :D (read all 3 entries…)
Recently started knitting

I am trying to incorporate more creative activities into my daily life. During basic training and tech school I obviously didn’t have the time to dedicate to my art and crafts hobby, but I really missed it and have felt for quite some time that something was missing! So I learned to knit a couple weeks ago and have made three scarves so far using some specialty yarn by Rico Designs. Above is a picture of the one I just finished tonight. It is so much fun and an excellent way to relax in the evenings, I plan on moving onto bigger projects in the near future.



Start a book of quotes that inspire me (read all 23 entries…)
Creativity

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath



life makeover
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I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety lately and decided I need to make some significant changes so I don’t continue to feel this way on a regular basis.

Here are some major things I feel I need to address:
- Living a more healthy lifestyle – reduce alcohol intake, make better food choices, and being more active.
- Volunteering at organizations I believe in – good for the soul :)
- Make better use of my downtime – spend time with friends, talk to family, create art, travel, and generally enjoy life!
- Continue to try hard at work, but understand that my job doesn’t define me – I am so much more than a title and a girl behind a desk!
- Get back on track spiritually – I miss attending church and shouldn’t be afraid to go, even if I’m going alone.



Lose 35 pounds (read all 4 entries…)
All I needed was some motivation

Today I received a phone call from a nurse at the clinic on my base. He basically told me that my weight was near the top of the USAF “healthy” scale and offered me counseling on nutrition and fitness. I agreed to go to a class earlier this week after failing a pt test last week due to the sit-up component. I was very upset, especially since I earned a rating of excellent on my prior pt tests. Luckily I have the chance to retest in a couple months, so the combination of these two events has really encouraged me to take better care of myself and get back into shape. This will probably also lessen the pain I’ve been having in my knee and help with my self-confidence goal.



Improve my self confidence (read all 2 entries…)
Is it just me?

I decided to deactivate Facebook again today. I did it before and lasted about 6 months before I got back on, so I know it is possible to live without. I have come to the realization that I waste way too much time browsing through pictures and updating my status when I really don’t have that much I want to say to everyone. Also, it seems like a bit of a popularity contest, my friends list grew over 800 people and most of them I knew very superficially. Always comparing myself to my peers and I think that is what has really damaged my self confidence most recently. I just need to stick to my small group of close friends and family and work on developing better relationships with them. There is so much more to life than sitting in front of a computer all the time, especially after being on one at work all day! I will work on completing some of my goals on here, and hopefully as a by-product will boost my now dwindling confidence.



Post my music of the moment. (read all 11 entries…)
Taylor Swift - I Almost Do

I bet this time of night you’re still up
I bet you’re tired from a long, hard week
I bet you’re sitting in your chair by the window, looking out at the city
And I bet sometimes you wonder about me

And I just want to tell you
It takes everything in me not to call you
And I wish I could run to you
And I hope you know that
Everytime I don’t,
I almost do, I almost do

I bet you think I either moved on or hate you
‘Cause each time you reach out there’s no reply
I bet it never, ever occurred to you that I can’t say hello to you
And risk another goodbye

And I just want to tell you
It takes everything in me not to call you
And I wish I could run to you
And I hope you know that
Everytime I don’t,
I almost do, I almost do

We made quite a mess, babe
It’s probably better off this way
And I confess, babe
That in my dreams you’re touching my face
And asking me if I want to try again with you
And I almost do

And I just want to tell you
It takes everything in me not to call you
And I wish I could run to you
And I hope you know that
Everytime I don’t,
I almost do, I almost do

I bet this time of night you’re still up
I bet you’re tired from a long, hard week
I bet you’re sitting in your chair by the window, looking out at the city
And I hope sometimes you wonder about me



Activate my etsy site (read all 2 entries…)
Procrastination...

I feel like I should have accomplished this by now. Training for my job for the last year has kept me pretty busy and I haven’t made a lot of time for art, which I truly miss. I know I will have more time when it starts to get cold here in Germany. But now is the time to start planning :)



Lose 15 pounds before leaving for Basic Training (read all 2 entries…)
3 pounds gone!

I have lost 3 pounds so far and still have 30 days before I leave, so if I can average around 3 pounds a week than I will meet my goal! I ran everyday this past week with the exception of yesterday, which is helping with my endurance as well as weight management. I am really surprised with how fast time is flying – I only have 3 weeks left at my civilian job and then a week to wrap things up at home before I leave! Wish me luck :D



Lose 15 pounds before leaving for Basic Training (read all 2 entries…)
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I am already within the weight guidelines for my height, but I would like to lose a little more, so I am not worried about this when it comes time to leave in almost 6 weeks! I believe this goal is realistic and I should be able to reach it by tracking my daily food intake and continuing to exercise.



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