"Progress is a matter of learning maturing and knowing yourself; one stage leads logically to the next. Not everyone has the same aspirations; all runners are not seeking Olympic gold." -Jeff Galloway
Monday, July 29, 2013
Just a quote I found while reading Galloway's Book On Running:
Sunday, July 28, 2013
I spend the majority of my time listening to music, and I'm always searching for artists that have a new and unique sound. I wanted to share my playlist with you in the hopes that you would find something you like. I'm not going to put this list in any particular order.
- Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (Deluxe Version)
- Ellie Goulding - Halcyon (Deluxe Version)
- Ellie Goulding - Burn
- Ellie Goulding - The Ending
- Ellie Goulding - Under the Sheets (Jakwob Remix)
- Paramore - Paramore
- Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling
- Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
- Ed Sheeran - The A Team
- The Lumineers - Ho Hey
- Zedd - Clarity
- Walk the Moon - Anna Sun
- Walk the Moon - Shiver Shiver
- AWOLNATION - Sail
- AWOLNATION - Kill Your Heroes
- Passion Pit - Take a Walk
- Hellogoodbye - Finding Something to Do
- Adventure Club - Need Your Heart (feat. Kai)
- M83 - Midnight City Remix
- Adventure Club - Do I See Color
- Adventure Club - Retro City
- Adventure Club - Rise & Fall (feat. Krewella)
- The Young International - Ruckus
- La Roux - In for the Kill (Skrillex Remix)
- Alt J - Tessellate
- Young the Giant - My Body
- Lights - Siberia (Full Album)
- Flight Facilities - Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)
- Flux Pavilion - I Can't Stop
- Electric Guest - This Head I Hold
- Citizens! - True Romance
- General Ghost - Give Me to the Waves (Full Album)
- General Ghost - If Then - EP
- Betty Who - The Movement
- Mike Del Rio - What More Can I Say
- Mike Del Rio - Parachute
- Mike Del Rio - Feel Good!
- Grouplove - Tongue Tied
- Neon Trees - Everybody Talks
- Neon Trees - Your Surrender
- Neon Trees - 1983
- Nero - Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
- The Fray - Scars & Stories
- Vitamin String Quartet - Dare You to Move
- Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
- Of Verona - Dark In My Imagination
- Owl City - Ocean Eyes (Deluxe Version)
- The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
- Taylor Thrash - La La Love
- Family Force Five - Chainsaw
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I see my art as a metaphor for life: both physically and spiritually. It goes through ups and downs. It looks great and other times it looks like crap. But as long as I keep pushing through those hard times, the ending is always better than I expected or ever dreamed it could be.
This is the same spiritually. There are times when it feels like God is close and other times when it seems like He's hiding. But as long as you continue to pray and keep faith, those will be the moments when you'll back and be proud of yourself for not giving up. And even if you can't see it right now, God's plan is so so so much better in the end.
That is all.
I was thinking about doing more of my drawings in color pencil, so the very first thing I did after I was done was get on Amazon and purchase a set of Prismacolor soft core colored pencils (with the addition of an extra black one because those always seem to run out.) I've never even used a quality colored pencil before, and I'm stoked to try these out! Can't wait until I get my set in the mail! It should be here in about three to five days time!
I'll keep you updated on how well the Prismacolor colored pencils end up working for me when I get them!
Monday, July 22, 2013
This past week I travelled to New Smyrna Beach with my friend Kara and her family. While we were on vacation, we ate a crap load of junk: Coke Zero, Hershey chocolate bars, cookies, cake, ice-cream. I'm afraid I may have gained the back the five pounds I lost this summer. (I'm not fat, I'm just trying to get back down to my average weight of 120lbs.)
So I'm going back to my super healthy eating (which is my LIFESTYLE, not my diet). Which means, no sugar and eating lots of organic fruits and vegetables and I'm going to drink so many Green Monsters (not those awful sugary energy drinks, I mean, spinach smoothies). And I'm also going to continue to apply Jillian Michael's 'Four by Four' rule (eat 4 meals a day, every four hours).
Here's my basic meal plan:
Breakfast: Chobani Flip Lowfat Greek Yogurt (Raspberry Choco Fix, Almond Coco Loco, Keylime Crumble, or Blueberry Power flavor), organic brown sugar oatmeal with 1 spoonful of organic milled* flax seed and a dash of organic almond milk, and 1 cup of hot organic jasmine green tea with 1 packet of Stevia OR 1 cup of hot organic chai tea with 1 packets of Stevia.
*Milled flax seed is different from ground flax seed. Milled just means they take the outside of the flax seed off before grounding it so that it lasts longer. Because of the capsule, ground flax seed can get moldy and therefore, goes bad.
Lunch: organic flax seed bread (toasted) with organic peanut butter, organic honey, and 1 organic banana sliced (sandwich) OR a Mocha Green Monster** OR Annie's Organic Gluten Free Rice Macaroni.
**For recipe click here: http://www.fullmeasureofhappiness.com/2012/02/26/mocha-green-monster/ I usually add 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder to mine, 1 scoop of chia seeds, and I use Ovalltine instead of unsweetened cocoa powder almond milk instead of regular milk. (Don't knock it 'til you try it. You can't even taste the spinach. It tastes similar to the mocha frappacino at Starbucks.)
Snack: organic raspberries and blueberries (I usually keep mine in the freezer) with a few pieces of brie OR a Mocha Green Monster, depending on whether or not I had one for lunch.
Dinner: whatever my mom cooks for supper, but I think I might start steaming vegetables and eating that instead. (I don't know what it is, but I'm starting to crave bland food. I can't even stand it when Mom cooks the veggies with beaf bouillon anymore.)
I'm going to start making it a goal to drink a gallon of water each day, not just to help my body to detox itself from all that junk last week, but also because I should be drinking a ton of water for my overall health and wellness anyways.
I realize that I didn't put very much meat onto my basic meal plan, but I can assure you I'm not a vegetarian, or a vegan for that matter. I just don't eat a ton of meat - as you can see I get plenty of protein from that Mocha Green Monster. And when I do eat meat, it's usually at dinner.
I recently graduated high school back in May - May 31st to be exact, and I'll be heading off to college in the fall with an undeclared major. Seems legit. But to be honest, I feel like I'm 'going through the motions.' I'm going to college because 'everyone else is.' I'm trying to find a part-time job because 'everyone else is.' But what about me? What if college ISN'T right for me? What if I don't even want to go to college?
But the thought of not going to college scares the hell out of me. The world says that if you don't go to college and get some sort of degree you can never be successful and you'll never have a well-paying job. I've seen what happens to people who don't go to college. They ended up poor and living off the government with no job and no money. I don't want to end up like that. I don't want to end up with a crappy job.
Yet, even if I have a well paying job that I hate, wouldn't that be the equivalent? I heard a quote that said, "if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." All I want is to be doing something that I love and that I'm passionate about. If I'm doing that, the rest will follow. The amount of money I make won't matter because I'll be happy. And it'll be worth it.
"Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still." -Henry David Thoreau
Before I go, here's a picture from graduation. It feels so wonderful to get that weight off my back.
Please feel free to leave me a comment down below. And have a wonderful day!