Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful

I am eternally grateful to every person, near and far, who has shaped me into who I am today, new faces and old.

I am thankful for the struggle, the hurt, the pain and anguish; it is because of these things I am stronger today than I ever have been. 

I am thankful for the blessings, the love, friendship, and support I was able to experience in life; it is because of these things that I am still standing. 

I am truly blessed for having a family, great friends, and my fur-babies (pets) for they have made life a joy to live. 

I am thankful for a body that moves and functions and every sense in my being that has helped me discover the life around me; the sounds, the sights, the smells, the touch, the feelings that enrich the very life I live.

Finally, I am most thankful to my God who has given me an opportunity to live this life. He has seen me through my sorrows, carried me through my struggle, and has given me a dream. He has given me a song to sing, a story to write, and a chance to make a difference. 

You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Psalm 30:11

For all this, I am thankful.



Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

20 Signs to Know if You're Bitter or Better

Did someone ever do you wrong in life? Chances are, the answer is yes. If you're tired of feeling upset about it, now's the time to change. If you still need a little convincing, here are some tell-tale signs that you're still not over it and it's time to turn a new leaf.



1. The thought of this person makes you cringe - He or she may be out of your life, but just thinking about him/her is enough to make your blood boil.

2. You think about the terrible things you should've/could've/would've done to him/her had you the chance - If you could only turn back time, how different things would be. 

3. The thought of revenge sounds appetizing - Revenge is a dish best served cold. Did I just stir the pot for you?

4. You can't stop bringing up the past - If you're still talking about the incident like it just happened, chances are you're still not over it.

5. The problem keeps replaying itself in your mind - It's all you can think about. It's a broken record that keeps playing over and over and over...

6. You blame others for your disposition in life - They're the ones that got you here! They made you this crazy!

7. You have a hard time trusting others - Life is so much better alone, right?

8. You complain. ALL. THE. TIME - What's got your goat today? Who did what this time? Blah-dee-blah-dee-blah.

9. You have control issues - It's my way or the highway. Can't you read the sign?! 

10. You're no laughing matter - Anyone that makes a wise-crack at your expense is sure in for a rude awakening. You're the one that makes the jokes, not the other way around.

11. You are always sizing up the competition - No one's gonna beat you today! You've got so much more going on for you than the opposing party. IN YOUR FACE, jerks!

12. You can't be happy for anyone else - You got a promotion? I'm so happy for you (cue the sarcasm).

13. You secretly wish you were someone else - He/she has such a better life than me. My life sucks.

14. You think everyone is a hater - Don't hate me cuz you ain't me.

15. No one's problems are as bad as your problems - Your grandma just died? Need I remind you that my cat just died last week? Pull yourself together, it's not the end of the world.

16. You party your life away - Time to chase that disco ball around 'til you don't remember...

17. You think everyone is out to get you - I mean, c'mon! Did you see the way she looked at me?! I'm definitely the victim here. 

18. You're a social media stalker - Still hoping to catch him/her doing bad. Karma, anyone?

19. You have an excuse to throw a pity party for yourself any chance you get - "I never go anywhere nice because I never have any money because my job sucks because my boss is an idiot which is why my life's in shambles and why my cat died and why I got divorced and why I don't have a house...etc."

20. And you have every excuse in the book as to why you can't change - No time, no money, no drive, no friends, no help, no life, etc.


If you relate to one or more of these scenarios, then it's time for a change because you're as bitter as 100% dark chocolate. Sure, you might look great from the outside, but one bite of you and people are spitting you out of their mouths. 

It's hard hanging around someone so angry, defensive all the time and I'm sure you're sick of feeling it too. Trust me, I know from experience. I've been on both the sending and receiving end of bitterness and neither is a fun place to be.

The one thin I've learned along the way, however, is that Jesus takes my burdens and carries them for me. I'm no longer enslaved to my self. I realize that I haven't given all my hurts to him for healing and this is why I struggle with bitterness still.

No one's perfect and I'm no fortune teller, so it is because of this reason that I need outside help; someone who can see the road ahead and guide me down it. However, trusting God means that I need faith - faith that He knows what He's doing, faith that He'll help me even when the going gets tough, and faith that I have no control of the world around me...but He does.

Still unsure about how to get to that point? Here are a few steps that helped me:

1. Understand that you have a problem.

You're not immune to the pain of the world which is how you got this way. It's always better when you're honest to yourself and admit that you don't have it all together.

2. Accept the way things are/what happened. 

This is your life. This is where you truly are. People aren't perfect and hurt people hurt people.  Until you can accept that, you'll always be bitter.

3. Realize that change is possible.

I've changed and I've seen others change. It is the willingness to change that gets anyone anywhere.

4. Stop making excuses.

 It's going to take a lot of effort on your part. It's not easy and it never will be, but you get stronger somewhere along the way. 

5. Perseverance counts.

You're going to fail, but as long as you don't quit, things will look up.

6. Look UP.

God is the underlying ingredient for change. People can go their whole lives trying to change without God and they may be successful for a while, maybe even a long while. But humans can only change what's within their control (which isn't very much when you think about it). It's what isn't in your control that you're going to need outside help with. God is GREATER than you. He created you and the world you live in. It only makes sense that you look to Him for help when you're lost. God leads His followers in the direction that they should go and it is never for their harm, but for their benefit. It's not always the easiest way, but it is always the better way. Remember that.

7. Meditate.

Read the Bible or a devotional. Take one verse that spoke to you and repeat it to yourself throughout the day. Talk to God like you would with anyone you enjoy talking to. He's a loving, forgiving, Father. He'll understand. Don't know where to start? Try Psalms or Proverbs.

We are all a work in progress and bad habits take years to break. Hopefully this list helps you get started down the long road from bitterness to better-ness!


Anyone else have something they'd like to add to either list? Let me know in the comments!

That's it for now! Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Friend Zoned


Being a girl isn't always easy. For girls like me, it was plain tough.

As a child, I was nothing short of the "nerdy" stereotype. I was a tall, lanky, brown thing with long, curly naps, and glasses that took up half my face. I was awkward in every form of the word growing up - quiet, shy, laughed with my hands in front of my mouth all the way up until the end of 8th grade, and clumsy as all heck (I have a great story for that later...). My clothes were never really in (however, my "nerd" clothes are coming back full-circle these days) and I had a crazy obsession with the '70s. While other little kids were playing Nintendo, I was outside looking for aliens in my patterned bell bottoms singing along to "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne.

While I was never really in-tune with other little children of my generation, I was always willing. I, like many other children, desired to be accepted by my peers. I just wanted to be friends with everyone! I think most kids, if not all, desire that.

Sadly, not all children understand compassion at a young age. Not all children share, not all of them befriend the lonely, nor are they accepting of children they deem different from the rest, which is usually where I fell back then. While not all children were unfriendly, there were some that were just plain mean and to this day I can still remember the unkind words spoken to me.

Most parents can only hope and pray that their children never have to face these difficulties growing up, but this is usually not the case. Somewhere along the way, a child's heart is broken, even just a little, by the words and actions of people unaware of how their behavior can have a lasting impact on others.

Thus, an inaccurate sense of self is born, often maturing into insecurity, self-loathing, and shamefulness. As a result, children get older and get better at building walls for themselves. When you're an adult, however, you realize that the walls never seem to be tall enough or strong enough to keep the pain away.

So what do we do then? Build bigger walls, of course, in hopes that the new wall will do better to keep the hurt on the other side. But it never, truly works...

As I grew older, I tried harder to fit in and make friends. I wasn't quite sure what it was, but I found that it was almost 10 times harder to be friends with girls! The more I tried, the more they distanced themselves from me, it seemed. It was like I just wasn't cracking the code or that I was speaking a totally different language! It didn't get any better out of school either.

There were many girls that walked out of my life as quickly as they had come in and many of which had taken some kind of advantage of me. I was the nice girl that had something to offer them for the time being, but was never interesting enough to keep around. I was the listening ear, the word of advice, a prayer to God, and the giver of gifts; yet they never stuck around.

I used to get so depressed about not being able to keep a single, solid friendship with girls that I decided to shut them out altogether. If I felt like they were getting too close, I'd find a way to distance myself. If I thought they were using me, I'd ignore them. I stopped returning texts, screened phone calls, and pretended I disappeared into oblivion because that's what I really wanted anyway - to disappear.

I hated girls. I couldn't understand them. Every time I tried, I just couldn't find my way into their world. In fact, I had such a hard time feeling truly comfortable with girls that I felt like a man. I was just as clueless as most men are when it came to understanding what it was they wanted from me and that's what made me hate them more.

There were a number of things I hated about them - they were catty, gossiping, cliquish, expensive, hopeless romantics and boy-crazy, dramatic, show-offs that were judgmental, crush-stealing, backstabbing, fake, fat-fearing, jerks. Why in the world would ANYONE want to be friends with a girl?! Just thinking about them made my blood boil.

I figured if I wasn't worth a moment of their time, then they weren't worth ANYTHING to me. I grew tired of trying and eventually came to accept that I would never be friendship material. I eventually became neutral in all of my acquaintances with girls and learned not to expect much from them...ever. I treasured my alone time instead. Any girl that tried getting in the middle of that would be cut off. All I needed was me.

Then one day, it hit me - perhaps I was looking at the problem from the wrong perspective. All I ever focused on was why girls never liked me, when in fact I was the one that never liked me. I hated myself. I hated everything about me. I hated my appearance, my personality, my disposition in life - everything. I just couldn't see how or why anyone could enjoy my presence when I couldn't even stand it myself and I'm sure that attitude leaked into all of my prospective relationships.

I began to soul-search to figure out where all of this self-loathing started and realized I had held onto the terrible things said and done to me throughout the years - most of which were done by none other than girls. It was because of these incidents that I had gotten so good at building walls. I figured if I remembered that girls were the enemy, it would keep me from getting hurt by them; yet I still expected to be friends with them? With this logic, friendships would never work!

Hating myself was the result of holding onto the bad things I experienced in my life. In reality, what people say to and about me shouldn't matter. Now, I am in no way negating the fact that pain doesn't exist, however, I am saying that it is possible to walk away from it. Often times we think that by holding onto pain it will keep us from getting hurt by others, but when we look closer, what is it that we still have? Pain.

Girls will always be girls, but hurt people hurt people. Our pain always shows up in our actions. This explains why I was hurt so often and why I continued to hurt others in return. There are plenty of women that were never healed from their childhood and I was one of them, but I didn't want that to be the end of my story.

****

Once I started the journey to loving myself again, God sent an amazing sister my way. She reminded me that there is still hope and love in this world, even for girls like me. She never judged me, always listened to me, and validated me in ways that I needed; in ways I wish more girls could do with each other. She's understanding, kind, faith-filled, weird and dorky (like me!), and everything I had ever wanted in a friend. And while she and I have A LOT in common, there are things she and I can learn from each other as well.


As I'm enjoying the blossoming of a beautiful friendship, I am slowly learning to let go of the bad experiences I've had with girls. I am on a mission to loving myself and girls the way God does. My hope for this mission is to be able to spread love and healing to women everywhere; that they would realize the root of their pain and how it spreads like a cancer to other women; that we could all be united as one - beautiful, wild, and free... And hopefully to end "friend-zoning" amongst females once and for all. 

Has anyone else been "friend-zoned" by girls? It could be anything from indirect bullying to fake "friends." How did it make you feel and what did you do about it? What do you wish could have been done differently? Let me know in the comments!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Mana Monday

So, if you're not my friend on Instagram or Facebook, you are probably unaware of the fact that Tim and I bought ourselves a NEW PUPPY! Her name is Mana (strength in Hawaiian) and she's a 6 month old (almost 7 months) blue-nose pit bull. She is the sweetest, most docile dog I have gotten the pleasure of owning and we are so glad we have her!


Of course, having a dog can be quite a task, especially when it's your first one and Mana has definitely been a handful. Most of our issues came from potty training her. We were fortunate enough to have bought her already potty-pad trained, however, the pad situation was getting really old, really fast. 

Tim and I live in a small, one bedroom apartment right now and we live on the 5th floor - not exactly walking distance from the ground. Did I mention Mana actually prefers to pee on hard surfaces? She hates going on the grass and won't go unless she's held it in for hours. We figured we could train her to potty on her pads on our lanai, but it was getting so smelly and sticky after a while that we needed another alternative. 

Tim and I ended up buying the Porch Potty which ended up being perfect for apartment life. Mana's been doing well on it and it's been saving us a lot of time cleaning up oceans of pee on the floor. It does have an odor to it, especially since we can only get the synthetic grass here in Hawaii due to agricultural purposes, but I figured out a system that makes it smell less. I'll share my review on the Porch Potty in another post.

Other than that, life with Mana has been an adventure and we still have so much growing, playing, and loving to go! 





Anyone else own a pit bull or have advice for new dog owners like us? Let me know in the comments!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Fall!

Happy November, All!

I can't believe it's that time again - the air is crisper, the sky is darker, and the smells of cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin are all around. Ahhh, sweet bliss.

It is also most importantly the time for family and friendship, which means lots of traveling, shopping, eating, and beating the "holiday rush."

Most families, like mine, enjoy taking yearly pictures to send to other relatives around the world. A picture is definitely worth a thousand words, but without the right angle or editing, sometimes the only word for it is - blah.

To avoid boring, old pictures, I started using PicMonkey to edit our photos. There are so many possibilities! It has all of your basic photo editing features like cropping, filters, and text, but it also has other great options like collages and holiday themed features.

Here are a few pictures that I edited using PicMonkey.






Pretty simple, right? 

They're only small edits, but they make all the difference when you're sending them out to loved ones! They give a more vibrant and timeless feel to the pictures and they come out beautifully in print. 

What are some photo editing sites that you use? Share with me because I could always use more ideas!

That's it for now! Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello Again!

Hi friends! How the heck are ya?

If you ask me, I've been doing just fine! A lot has been going on lately and it's only going to get busier, which is why I haven't been writing very much (or at all). Hopefully things will change and I'll be able to keep up with new posts every so often.

Well, instead of writing to you about every little thing I did within the past month (gosh, has it really been that long?), I figured I'd just show you in, you guessed it, PICTURES!


Basically everything we did since late July involved beach, sunshine, and the healing, Hawaiian waters; and LOTS and LOTS of car rides. Our nieces (Tim's side) visited us from California, our family celebrated its 48th annual Oneha/Fuentes/Miner Family Reunion at Ali'i Beach, and Tim and I celebrated our anniversary early this year since he may be in Samoa soon (3 years August 28th!) 

I've been keeping up with workouts and have also started a teatox (tea-detox) which I'll talk more about later. So far, I'm liking it! Also, I start school next week! I am absolutely elated to finally finish and finish strong. Would it be crazy to say that I am actually excited to have homework again? Nuts, right? 

Though I know it's going to be tough keeping up my motivation as well as the energy to stay persistent through it all, I know that whenever there's a will, there's a way. I intend to go after my dreams and pursue the life I know God has planned for me. Here's to great friends, good health, and new beginnings! 

P.S. Fall is coming...prepare for all things pumpkin!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!



Monday, July 14, 2014

Motivation Monday - Recharged

It's Motivation Monday again and I realize I've been MIA for a couple weeks. Sorry. Didn't mean to leave you in the dark. I've just been getting in some recreation time and have been preparing for the upcoming changes starting this month!

July, just like May, has been a very busy month for us, jam-packed with fun, newness, and adventure. Here's what's been going on so far:


  1. The 4th of July.
  2. My new/old friend, Liz, moved here on the 4th of July (crazy, I know, but more on her later).
  3. Helped my new/old friend, Liz, move into her new place on the 4th of July (once again, more on her later).
  4. Getting ready to finish my BS at my new school (so excited!).
  5. Started doing the old HIIT the Beach routine from the first Beach Babe DVD by Tone It Up.
  6. Working longer hours at work (sigh...)
  7. Stress, stress, and more stress...
  8. Last, but not least, I have reawakened my desire to eat healthier as I was slipping up for about a month or so (barf) 

So, as you can see, the days have been pretty busy lately and it's only the beginning of July, which is less than 6 months away from the biggest holidays of the year (Merry Half-Christmas, everyone!). There's been a lot to think about and even more to pray about for this family, but we're all doing well so far. Nothing really to complain about.

Over the weekend, my friend Liz (as previously mentioned above), Tim and I went hiking up my favorite trail: Kuliouou Ridge. It was a wonderful way to end the work week and was a great bonding time for this triumphant trio! We shared our love for the outdoors, healthy lifestyles, and hopes for the future with each other along the slippery slopes of the mountain. Although it was a little overcast and we didn't get the best view from the top due to the clouds being in the way, it was a magnificent time being able to just enjoy the earth that God has blessed.

Here are some pictures of our adventure (#nofilter)!






Yes, some of these pictures are just a little less than glamorous, but hey, this is just us being us. I can't even begin to tell you of the fun that the 3 of us have together. We're like Three's Company! 

In just the course of the past 2 weeks, I have found the motivation to eat well again. Like I mentioned earlier, I was slipping. I would have a healthy meal here or there, but I was no longer thinking of the long-term effects that eating healthy would have on my body. I was starting to revert back to my old eating habits which included lots of sugar (I am a sugar-monster). Thanks to my newfound friendship with Liz, I started caring again.

I can't wait to go shopping for food next month! LOL

How do you guys stay motivated when you find yourself slipping into bad habits again?

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!



Friday, July 4, 2014

Land of the Free


July 4, 1776 was the birth of a new nation; a nation of unity, promise, hope, independence, and freedom for all.

Fast-forward to today and I still see a nation enslaved, bound by the chains of their past.

Many people in America have lost their fight; the edge that gave them perseverance, bravery, and confidence. Instead, they cower and retreat into their corners, afraid of their own reflection.

What reflection? The one that shows them the truth. What truth? The truth about who they are and whose they are; the truth that there is more than meets the eye; the truth that they were made to be free.

When we take a reflective look at the past of our American ancestry, we see a people oppressed. Pilgrims that journeyed across the Atlantic to this land of refuge were no different. Our entire country was built by a people in search of  freedom. In fact, our country is made up of freedom fighters that have battled their way out of bondage in one form or another. It truly is remarkable just how far we have come as a nation from the day our founding fathers passed the official Declaration of Independence to now. We Americans just seem to have it all together.

The only things we can't seem to get under control are debt, divorces, and a distorted sense of self. The reason? Ourselves. Better yet, our selves. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is quite simple. We have no idea who we are and we have no idea what we are doing.

So many people roam the country looking for themselves in all the wrong places. Many try to fit roles that serve them absolutely no purpose simply because they think this particular role is going to bring them happiness. They are in denial of their true identity, kinda like trying to fit into clothes that are 2 sizes too small.

There are some people that just can't get over the fact that they may never be what it is that they aspire to be. Not that aspiring to be anything or reaching for the stars is wrong, but some people take it to another level of immaturity and ignorance. Take for example those that audition for American Idol. Some are completely oblivious to their own vocal abilities or lack thereof. Sadly, even when confronted by the judges that their voices are just not up to par for the part, some blatantly and pridefully walk away looking for another opportunity in the spotlight believing that they will be anything but a joke.

Sound childish? That's because it is. Unfortunately, our immature mindsets don't always mature with age. Day after day, people go on living life believing that all life's about is what they see in front of them. The excuse? I was born this way. Born to be a gangster, born to be a millionaire, born to be abused, born to abuse, born to be a star, born to be homosexual, born to be a murderer, born to be judgemental, born to be alone...the list goes on.

The sad thing about this type of mindset is that it makes one a victim of circumstance. For once did any of these people look inwardly to see if, indeed, there was something in them that made them believe that this was all there is? Did anyone bother to reach deep into their past, the often untapped part of their brain to find out why they are how they are? If the desire is not to look at oneself, then yes. This is all you are and all there is to life...for you.

However...

If your desire is to live a rich (as in luxuriously simple and overwhelmingly desirable), satisfying life filled with purpose, then you have to realize that you're not there yet. You must be set free. Free from your past, free from your present, and free from what endeavors you had for yourself in the future.


Once you're brave enough to give those all up and realize that you were made for more, you can begin again. How?

For me, it was accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

Sure, you may be thinking, Oh, great. Now I'm being preached to. But that's actually not what my intentions are. I'm just sharing with you what freedom is to me, how I got it, and what my life's been like because of it.

There were things and people in my past that hurt me and made me who I am today. If I am anything like my parents, as most of us are, I would have dealt with these struggles the same way that they did in their past, which I have. Seeing as how we are often, if not always, a product of our parents and caretakers as well as victims of our circumstances, it is only natural for us to deal with life the way that we first learned. That could mean all kinds of things - many turn to drugs, to people, to wealth, to health, to education, to abuse, to anything as a means to cope with and/or feel "good" about the way things are going in life. While not all coping mechanisms are unhealthy, it is the way in which we use them that can make it very much so.

I am a recovering addict of matters I'll leave for the next story. I used my coping mechanisms to build me up and make myself appear like I had my life together, however this couldn't be further from the truth.When I got married, things didn't magically get better as most women like to believe. In fact, it was the first time I let someone see into the real me and it wasn't always a pretty sight. I remember one of several fights that Tim and I had regarding my dysfunctionality. The look on his face said it all - there was no way he could help me. I had to figure this out myself. That's when I realized that even after all my life as a Christian, I still hadn't let Jesus set me free. I was still being held prisoner of my past hurts and addictions.

After a lot of back and forths with God, I finally decided to give over my control to Him and allowed His Holy Spirit to reign in me. I put Jesus back on the throne and He led me to the next step. I sought help from a counselor at church and finally let myself go. I let the counselor know everything that I was dealing with and she was able to show me who I am to God, something I had forgotten many years ago. I have since then been whole; fuller than I have ever been in life and I can honestly say things are getting better.

The problem I see in people today is they have forgotten who they are to God and that they belong to God. They have forgotten that He sent Jesus to the world to be an example of love to us. They have forgotten that Jesus died so that they wouldn't have to. They have forgotten that He rose again, symbolic of what we can do when we accept the truth. Because they have forgotten, they can never be freed.


I want people to know that there is freedom at the cross. Their lives weren't meant to be meaningless. Their lives weren't meant only for today, but for a life outside of themselves and this world one day. When you commit your ways to the Lord, everything else in life follows suit. There is hope and freedom for those that desire it. Where there's a will, there is a way.


So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36



That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Walk Across America

Hey everyone!

My brother-in-law, Georgie (known by the family as George Da Worge), will be doing a 
Walk Across America next month!



What started out as a vision back when he was only in high school is finally becoming a reality. He has been prepping himself for this trip since last year and now he is standing face-to-face with his dream, happening 
August 11th.


Seeing as how this is a very monumental moment in all of our lives, I took the liberty of asking Da Worge a few interview questions regarding his trip, for anyone out there wondering about all of the who's, what's, when's, where's, and why's.



1. Why are you hiking across America?

     I am hoping that on this trip I'll discover myself; my purpose, my reason for living. I also have wanderlust        and want to travel the world while I still can.

2. Will you be going alone?

     Yes, I’m going alone but [my uncle] may join me for a portion. 

3. Was this a dream of yours?

     Yeah, I've had the idea since I was 16.

4.  What route are you taking?

      From San Jose, California going south along the coast, then from interstate 40 to Georgia, and ending           with the Appalachian Trail.

5. How long do you think this hike will take you to do?
    
     14 months.

6.  Will you be making any stops?

     "The plan is no plan."

7.  What will you be doing along the way?

     Whatever I want, hopefully meeting new people and volunteer work maybe. Who knows?

8.  About how long did it take you to prepare for this trek?

     I worked for a year to save some money and I also started working out, but stepped up my game once I       decided to actually go.

9. What sort of things will you be bringing with you?
     
     Basic survival equipment.

He's selling tickets, btw ladies... :)
10.  How do you plan on protecting yourself?

      Kill them with kindness, or bear spray and a knife. (LOL)

11. Do you have any experience with survival?

      I was a Boy Scout [for a while when I was younger].

12. How about the different weather/climate changes?

      I bought some rain gear and an umbrella. If it gets too snowy, I’ll [buy] a thick jacket when I need it.

13. What are you going to do about food?

      I’ll buy it. I’ll be walking through civilization.

14. What will you do for entertainment?

       I've got a sketch pad, but hopefully beautiful skies and friendly strangers will keep me entertained.

15. What’s the Appalachian Trail and why are you planning on hiking it?

      The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. My brother [Tim] suggested it,            instead of hitch hiking like I originally planned.

16. You said you’ll be using YouTube to broadcast your trip. How often can we expect an update           from you?

       I’m not sure yet, [as] I’ll be depending on Wi-Fi. I think once I start I’ll have a better idea of how it will work out.

17. Will you be using other forms of social media to keep us informed?

       Mainly Facebook and YouTube, probably Twitter and Instagram too.

18. Will you be coming back?

      Someday. I wanted to try [living in] New York. We’ll see.

19. What do you hope to get out of this trip?

       Nothing and everything; [I want] to satisfy my desire of exploration.

20. What will you do when it’s all over?

       I’m not sure. I’m more scared of that thought than the thought of sleeping outside for a year.




And there you have it.

Be sure to check out his first video below and stay updated with his Walk Across America (#GeorgeDaWorge) by subscribing to his YouTube channel, GeorgeDaWorge as well as his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, all @GeorgeDaWorge.


That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Are you struggling to find things to eat in the morning? Are you someone who likes to eat on the go? Are you a person who usually brings their breakfast to work? Or maybe you're in search of  a healthy, filling first meal to break your intermittent fast? Then overnight oats are for you!


Overnight oats are a simple, inexpensive, and easy way to make sure you're getting a healthy start to the day. I enjoy them because 1) the ingredients are inexpensive 2) they're easy to make and 3) they're DELICIOUSLY healthy and filling. What's not to love about them?

There are so many different recipes for overnight oats that you can find on Pinterest and around the internet. Some of my most favorite recipes come from Mason Creations by blogger Sammy B (buy her e-Books here).

I have a very simple recipe listed for you below for Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats.

Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Ingredients:
1/2 c rolled oats
1/4 c Greek yogurt
1/4 c unsweetened almond milk or preference
1 T chia seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
A dash of cinnamon
1 pkt stevia
1/2 banana, sliced
2-3 strawberries, sliced
(other fruits can be added or replaced to make your own concoction :))

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together except the fruit. Once ingredients are mixed well and to your liking, place in a jar and top it off with fruit. Leave in fridge overnight. Wake up and enjoy!


Do any of you have other great overnight oats recipes that you enjoy? If so, please share below!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wine'd Down Wednesday

WDW-headerWelcome to the 41st Week of Wine'd Down Wednesday!!
We have decided to spice things up a bit here for Wine'd Down Wednesday to try keep things fresh and fun- since many people do it anyways, we have decided to up the limit on posts you can share with us to up to three! This way, we can all share more of what we love and help to extend our reach for Wine'd Down Wednesday! So when you get to the link up part, remember you can link up one, two or three posts! Yay!
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that has been linking with us so far, we are beyond thrilled to have you coming back week after week and just love reading all of your posts! We were all so excited and overjoyed that so many of you want to come and share your awesomeness with us. Keep on sharing and spreading the Wine'd Down love :)
Are you interested in joining our fun? Why not co-host with us! We are looking for co-hosts to help spread our wine'd down love! Join us, it's free! :) If you are interested, email Michelle at Michelle@ourthreepeas.com.
Without further a-do- on to the party!

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We are so excited you have joined us for a girl’s night out, blog style! So…why Wine’d Down Wednesday? Well, what’s the best kind of party? The kind where wine is served of course! Since we can’t meet our fellow blog friends in person we thought we’d throw a party every week. So grab your wine, link up a recent post, and mingle. Your post doesn’t need to include wine, linking up while drinking wine is completely acceptable and encouraged! We want any of your funniest, heartfelt, absurd, crafty, or delicious posts. As an added bonus, we will also be rotating a different social media outlet each week so you’ll get minglers at all your hangouts.
Our Wine'd Down Wednesday Pinterest board is brimming with all of your amazing posts. Each week we look at all the link ups and each choose the one we like the best! It's always difficult to each choose just one, but we did and here are our 3 top Wine'd Down favorites for this week:

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1. Red White and Blue Jello Cookies // Mommy on Demand
2. Tropical Kale Salad // Life Made Sweeter
3. Zucchini Spaghetti with Lemony Kale Pesto // Erica's Recipes
4. DIY Cinnamon Peppermint Toothpaste // On a Wing and a Prayer
Congrats to all that were chosen! We have pinned these in our Wine'd Down Wednesday Pinterest Board.

If you were featured, don't forget to grab our "I've been featured on WDW" button!

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Now come and meet your amazing hosts!
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Come Meet Our Fabulous Co-Host!
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We are so excited to have Nicole from The Good Life Diaries as our co-host! Nicole is a newer blogger who loves to write about life, love and her family. She tries to find the beauty and inspiration in all situations- stop by and give her some wine'd down love by visiting her blog, on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
Now for the rules!
1. Follow your hosts and co-host in any way you can.
2. Visit 2-3 other blogs. It’s not a party if you’re not mingling!!
3. Link up to THREE recent post. No posts to other linkups, reviews, or giveaways please. We will only feature you once each week though.
4. Help us spread the word about this party by displaying our button on your post or sidebar.
5. Tweet and spread the word, if you feel so inclined :)
6. Use the hash tag #wineddown when sharing about us!

Got your wine ready??? Not yet? Ok, we'll wait.......Got it now? Great! Let's get our links on!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Motivation Monday - Pressing On

It's Motivation Monday again and I'm so excited to share with you all my core-strength progress!

As some of you might have known, I am an aspiring yogi. I just love the way that yoga loosens the muscles and relaxes the mind. It's a great feeling and with each pose, you're actually working out a different muscle. Core strength is definitely at the core of yoga and that is what I've been working on for a while now. This year, one goal of mine was to finally be able to do a headstand, later followed by a handstand before the year is up.

Well, after months of trying, I finally did it!


I literally woke up last Thursday morning and felt this incredible rush of confidence come over me and...I did it! I met the first half of my goal! I couldn't be more proud of myself. It's amazing what you can do with just a little perseverance. I'm glad I can check this off my list and move onto the next.

Keep pressing on! You were made to be AMAZING.

Have any of you achieved a goal that you're proud to share recently?

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it! Have a blessed day!