Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Taste of what I've been working on ...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Working Hard ...

The past month has been divided between yo-yo dieting, yo-yo fitness, and trying to get the face of my Etsy shop, Minerva Knits, out there. I had the fortune of being selected to join the Etsy NY Street Team, which has already resulted in us being mentioned once on the team blog. YEAY FOR LOBSTER PRINT BOW TIES!

I'm currently debating on whether to start a new blog for the Etsy shop, or updating everyone on here of my progress.

In case anyone is interested, here are the following ways you can keep in touch with Minerva Knits:

GOOGLE: Minerva Knits

Ciao for now!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Exercise in How to improve My Quality of Life

Inspired by Greg McKeown's LinkedIn post The Most Important Hour of Your Life

Step 1: If possible get out into nature where you can feel the natural pace of the earth and not the hyperactive and inhumane pace of modern life.
Step 2: Write down the question “What would I do if I only had a week left to live?” and take 10 minutes to write down your answer.
If I only had one week, I would want to spend that time with my siblings, because they have been the most important people in my life.
Step 3: Write down the question, “What would I do if I only had a month left to live?” and take 10 minutes to write down your answer.
If I had one month, I would eat everything I have always wanted to eat with my siblings in tow :-)
Step 4: Write down the question, “What would I do if I only had a year left to live?” and take 10 minutes to write down your answer.
If I had only a year, I would travel the world with my sister.
Step 5: Write down the question, “What would I do if I only had five years left to live?” and take 10 minutes to write down your answer.
If I had 5 years, I would live abroad with the bare essentials strapped to my back.
Step 6: Write down the question, “What would I do if I only had a life left to live?” and take 10 minutes to write down your answer.
I would leave behind the things that make me unhappy, travel freely, eat freely, dance freely, create freely :-)
Step 7: Finally, take 10 minutes to reread all of your answers while asking yourself, “How can I design my routine this week to more closely align with these answers?”
I have no clue where to start, but I recognize that there needs to be a change.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hopping on and off the wagon

It was brought to my attention recently that I gained 15 pounds over the past year ... and 10 of those pounds in the past 3 months.


If you've ever seen me in person, you'd understand why this is a shocker. I'm of petite built. I have no muscle definition what so ever. Weight gain for me manifests as a very exaggerated pear-shaped body.

I'm a pear with two stick legs.

And after seeing myself in recent pictures, I've decided that the buck stops here. Something has to change.

So the past 2 weeks I've been working out everyday. Whether its' Physique 57 or Archery ... I am out doing something physical every day. I'm also trying to get back on the Primal wagon because I'm tired of being "Faileo" instead of Paleo.

I also got myself a Fitbit Flex ... which I absolutely LOVE! I hardly ever notice it's there, and it alerts me when I've reached certain step goals. I've been able to increase my goal from 5,000 steps to 9,000 steps in less than a month! It's really motivating. My only complaint is that I set a silent alarm to wake me in the morning ... and when this thing buzzes I pretty much feel like I'm being electrocuted. But other than that it's been a great investment.

I've also been trying out Fitocracy to further motivate myself to get active. I'm leveling up fairly well. I got E to start logging activities on there too, like his pull-ups. It's kinda fun keeping track of all the little things I've done over the course of the week to try to stay active.

I'll try to keep this blog updated periodically with my progress and how I'm feeling. As of now the only changes I've noticed are:

  • my calves look bigger ... normally they are 12 inches, but last measurement says they are 13.5" now!
  • I don't get as tired walking up subway stairs. I used to want to sit down and give up climbing when I had to go up any stairs in the subway.
  • my stomach is not protruding as much as before, but it might be water weight and nothing else.
[hopefully] more updates to come!

Monday, January 27, 2014


I haven't blogged in almost a year. In fact, five posts ago was my post from a year ago about how I was going to be a better blogger. So yea ... EPIC FAIL.

But here I am ... ready to ramble once again about my goals this year.

I'm binging on Oreos ... probably because Saturday is the 1st of February, and I like to start my diet attempts on the first of the month.

Might start Bachata classes again next week ... YEAY!

Got some new patterns to try out for my Etsy shop. Hopefully will be better about posting my Works in Progress [WIP].

I still hate my day job ... no news there.

I've been better about using stuff from my stash. Wish me luck.

The only resolution I've really made is to resolve my eczema issue. It's out of control and is greatly hindering my quality of life.

Friday, April 12, 2013

I wish I could keep you this small FOREVER!

It's completely unreal to me that 18 years has passed since I carried you around like a favorite doll. You have and always will be my most precious baby doll. I didn't think that there could have been any gift as awesome as becoming a big sister to Shadman ... but when you were born you proved me wrong. I loved you from first sight, and you have always been mine.

And you have always been loved. No one could deny you. No one could resist you. You were the happiest baby, and you could make just about the toughest person become a softy from the start.

When I look at what you were, and the person you have become now ... I can't find words to capture just how proud I am of you. I could never have expected the distance you would go from where you started. All I could think about was how small and precious you were. How much I wanted to protect you from everything bad in the world. How I never wanted you to know pain the way that I did growing up.

Because how could I ever let anything happen to someone so precious.

You have always been my best friend, my confidant, my strength, my hope. Age could never and will never change that.

So now that you are an adult, I leave you with this:

Stay safe.
Be happy.
Follow your dreams.
Never give up.
You are beautiful, don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.
Be the trailblazer.
Listen to your gut.

And now that you have a permit, please don't crash any cars.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday

Just showing off some of the things I'm working on, both for Etsy and myself/Tazy.

Infinity Scarf with bright purple yarn for Tazy.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Currently working on

The weather has opened a can of whoop-ass on me, and so I'm not feeling particularly photogenic. I will, however, share a picture of what I'm currently working on for my Etsy shop.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Already I've failed

So remember how I said I was going to post a pic every day?

Yea ... clearly fell off the planet after I said that.

But probably also because I looked like this all weekend:

Can we say dry skin and eczema?

Btw, I took this pic while watching Once Upon A Time :-) 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Starting Over

The first month of the year has already passed, and I've done poorly on my New Year's Resolution of being Primal again. I have been sick, and cranky, and unable to sleep all this first month. I really let myself go, and I'm starting to look like a mess:

Those dark circles are not bags from not sleeping though ... no, that would be the heinous eczema I've developed around my eyes. My face has not looked this bad since I came back from Europe and looked like a raccoon [once again, because of severe eczema]. I'm kinda ashamed I let this happen. NO amount of Vaseline has helped. I'm hoping that getting back to my diet will help relieve this really painful eczema ... because I can't blink without cringing from the skin cracking.

The one thing I have been doing is lots of reading. I just finished Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. Though I am not vegan, and have no plans to become vegan, I did really enjoy reading the portion of the book about his life and how he went about changing it. I just wish he had gone the extra step and explained how eating any animal products completely wrecked his training ... not because I'm a Primal toting jerk, but because it would legitimize his arguments even more. The book definitely got me thinking about health and questioning the information out there about what is healthy or not. That's not to say that I wasn't thinking about these issues before, but this may be the first vegan point-of-view I've read.

I've also been reading Quiet by Susan Cain. I am really enjoying this book. Some people might call it Introvert Propaganda Against Extroverts, but I feel like it's an astute study of how personalities can clash in an overly Extrovert society. I mean, you can't deny that we're a country of "natural" cheerleaders and go-getters. From what I've read so far, it has definitely made me think about taking a vow to treat people much more differently at work based on my personality and the personalities around me.

I've also been listening/watching a lot of Ted Talks. The one about blogging was really interesting, and I was thinking that Mena Trott's idea to take a picture a day to chronicle her life is a great idea. I can't promise that I'll succeed, but I will try to take a picture a day. 

Over the next couple of months I hope to be able to share some of the projects I am working on for my Etsy shop. As of now I only have baby bro and sis as my models. :-P Hopefully I learn to knit and crochet faster so I can show more items.

This has probably been my longest entry, and the day has only started! Here's to trying to be a better blogger :-)