Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Goals

Hello lovelies! I've missed you! I know it's only been a couple of days, but it's weird for me not to sit down and interact with y'all in the comments or on Twitter for more than a day or two. I was finishing up life at school and coming home for my spring break (YES). I don't have much planned for this week, so I hope to talk with y'all some! (Tweet at me or leave a comment!)

Semi-related, before we get onto the whole goal part of this post: I'm looking to get a bit more involved in the blog community and part of that is I'd love to switch blogs with one of you for a day. If you blog about positivity, productivity, wellness, design or anything like that, talk to me and we can maybe swap guest posts. Sound good?

Last Month's Goals:

1. Take a 3-day TV fast. Done. I'm not sure I really learned much from this, as much as I wish I could say it transformed my life or something equally inspiring. I just enjoy TV and I think in balance, it's totally fine! That said--I am focusing on balance! There's no need to watch more TV if I haven't done my schoolwork or exercised enough.

2. Go to office hours. Maybe I should just admit that this is never going to happen? 

3. Form a workout routine. Somewhat done! I did sort of get into a routine outside of my regular fitness classes but now I'm home so it's not quite the same. Still a success.

This Month's Goals:

1. Explore Secret Project #1. I'm so sorry to be that annoying blogger who talks about a secret project without saying what it is. Honestly, it doesn't even have much to do with this blog, but I'm keeping it a little bit private because I have no idea if it's an idea that's really going to stick. 

2. Find my methods and motivations for healthy eating. If there's one thing I'm good at, it's motivating myself to exercise regularly. But I'm not so great at eating well. Part of this just naturally comes with being on a meal plan--sometimes I walk into the dining hall and the only veggies are the same ones on the salad bar that I've eaten for the last five lunches. Sooo I eat pizza. Help a girl out--how do you make sure to eat healthy (especially if you don't naturally enjoy healthy food)?

3. Continue reading (at least 1-2 books a month). I'm currently on Book #3 of 2015 (The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule) and I think that The Good Nurse is next. If you're interested, you can keep up with my booklist on Goodreads or give me recommendations!

What are your goals for the month of March?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Instagram Inspiration 01.

For the longest time, I've always considered Pinterest my #1 place online to find visual inspiration. I use tumblr a little bit here and there but it's really mostly been Pinterest. Lately (seriously--I'm really late on this one), I've been using Instagram as another place to find visual inspiration from photographers, stylists, and other artsy people. 

Today, I just thought I'd share a few of my favorite accounts. If you'd like, you can follow me too (@callmessafras)!

(@californiadonuts--yes, donuts inspire me)


What are your favorite instagram accounts?! Leave your username too so I can check you out!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How I'm Fasting For Lent

*This is a fairly religiously oriented post, compared to my normal posts. If you take offense with Christian doctrine, feel free to skip this post. I chose to share this post because it shows a part of my journey to a more positive, healthy, Christ-filled life. I believe that people of all faiths can get something out of it.*

Recently, we talked about how I chose to give up Netflix for a few days to reset my TV watching habits. That experiment (which I'll talk about more soon) backed up really nicely to the beginning of Lent.

Ash Wednesday, which was last week, is a Christian holiday that signifies the beginning of forty days (Lent) where we focus on confession and reconciliation in preparation for Easter, which celebrates Jesus's resurrection from the dead. Lent is meant to be a respectful, somber time as we are getting ready for Holy Week, and the time when Jesus was killed. Christians used to fast (go without food) for all 40 days, but nowadays, Christians tend to give up other conveniences or fast periodically during Lent. Every time we are uncomfortable or inconvenienced, it is an opportunity to thank God for our blessings and recognize his sacrifices for us.

This year for Lent, I'm doing a sort of less extreme fasting. During Lent, I will not eat unless I am actually hungry, as in hollow-rumbling-belly hungry, not just oh-that-pizza-looks-good hungry.

I have a few goals with this. First, I (like many college students) easily fall into overeating, just from all the food constantly available. Though this is not meant to be a diet plan in any way, it is meant to be a way to treat my body better and treat it with respect--the Bible says that my body is a temple of God. Secondly, I think that experiencing hunger is a good thing for people who are never forced to be without food. Every time I feel hungry, I will take a moment to pray for people who do not have food available to them and who suffer with hunger. Third, it will give me a small, small taste of the pain that Christ endured on the cross.

Though I plan on doing this for 40 days, I have decided to make a few exceptions:

-Events, family dinner, etc, are excluded. I thought long and hard about this and I've decided that I'd like this to be a little more private of a practice and I don't need to be sitting, not eating, and potentially inconveniencing people around me in order to follow my Lent practice.

-On Sundays, when I teach kickboxing, I can really see how the way I eat impacts my class. If I don't eat healthy foods or enough food, I'm tired all through class. So I will be using Sundays as a break from my fasting, just for safety while exercising.

This isn't a strict regimen; it's an effort to be intentional. I don't consider these exceptions to be failure.

If you haven't given up anything for Lent and would like to, it is not too late to start! Here are a couple more ideas: giving up bread/meat/sweets/something else, giving up your pillow, giving up 30 minutes of sleep for Scripture reading, prayer or meditation, or giving up complaining.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Color Palette / Cotton Candy

So this is an idea that I'm testing out as a new post idea--let me know what you think! I plan on this being an addition to current posts, not a replacement. I'll still have two (other) posts a week plus the curated on Friday, but I thought I could add this in once a week or so just to add a little variety. What do you think?

I use color palettes like this all the time, especially in my design work. When you find a picture that gives you the same feels you want out of a new website or piece of design, using the same colors gets you halfway there. Plus, aren't these colors just gorgeous to look at?

How do you like this new post idea? Yay/nay? How do you use color palettes?

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