Sunday, March 30, 2014

100 Happy Days

Hmmm...good question. Can I?

I am not one for forcing an emotion or faking it, but I do like to be grateful and I am truly to be more mindful. I think that I am up for the challenge! I also challenged my students--could they be happy (if only for a few moments) everyday from now until earl July? 

Can you? Want to join me? 

Here's what's contributing to my happiness this weekend:

Ramses, he is loud and kind of obnoxious, but he unconditionally loves me.

Started to buy bulbs for the upcoming growing season. Squeee!
 I am so excited to get out and get in the dirt. 
Follow my Pinterest garden board or my cottage garden idea board and we can share tips!

I have been spending a bit of time each weekend make smoothies and salads for the week so I can stay healthy and satisfied. Today, I tried out a yummy new recipe for Avocado Yogurt Dip to use as a salad dressing. SO GOOD! (My favorite oatmeal smoothie recipes are from the same site.)

How can this not make you happy?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Gathering Inspiration

Some people adore Winter. I am not one of those people. Winter depresses me and saps my motivation. Thank goodness that Spring FINALLY seems to be here. I am gathering inspiration from the weather, nature, my lack of socks (okay, just once so far...)

I am going to take this one step further because in my world: gratitude=happiness.
Stay tuned for the next step :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Why wait?

Spring has been pretty symbolic in the Weasinart household this year: back to the blog, back on the fitness tracking and training, back on track in the household (Spring cleaning has begun!), and today back in the studio.

I was definitely thinking spring plus wanting to apply several skills 
that have languished since the holiday gift-making frenzy.

Good question. What exactly am I waiting for?

Drawing inspiration.

Banging out the angst.

Sparkly and obviously springy! 

Enough with the icky weather, enough with the lull in creativity...why are we waiting?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Forward

Hi. My name is Louise and I am a cliche. Or a Hallmark card. I haven't decided which yet.

Here's the thing: when I am down, I am REALLY down. When I am up, I embarrass Pollyanna with my perkiness. Not bipolar, as  such, just super-affected by what is happening around me and my mood often reflects that. 

I have been so flat-out busy lately that my self-image has really taken a hit. "Beached whale" comes to mind. Sigh. 

Luckily as team captain of our wellness challenge team, I must lead. Me, being me, is leading by example. I bought a FitBit (complete with extra pretty wristbands) and don't want to let myself down. I have pushed myself out of my office and out on campus everyday this week on lunch. Today, I even got to take a longer break and a longer walk. Yay. Striving for equanimity in mood and fitness. This is a big deal for lots of people, I know. Let's support each other. That's what life is REALLY all about, right?

Some of what I have seen this week:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Phoenix rising

To say  that the past year has been a roller coaster in an understatement.
I lost my job and it took me a long-time to find another long-term one. I am thankful for my time as a substitute teacher, but it was definitely a draining experience. Not only that, but it was also a humbling, embarrassing, and humiliating experience. Over-qualified is a hurtful word and every rejection feels like a smack in the face.

My entire life self-worth, my fitness, even my creativity. The blog went by the wayside as did so much else. Even six months into my new job, I am still struggling back to the surface. 

Not that I have been idol. Far from it. 

I did run the half-marathon that
 I thought that I couldn't. Huh.

I turned 41 and actually enjoyed it.

I directed the hardest and arguably the best thing that ever done, King Lear.
I guess all that angst does actually pay off sometimes, albeit in  strange ways.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Running For My Life

In the last 3 1/2 years, I have done a lot of things that scare me: living alone and thriving, starting a new relationship, leaving a job that was making me unhappy, directing harder plays, sharing myself online, and running. I have never been an athletic gal, but the dissolution of my marriage pushed me towards the gym and ultimately, road. I have run countless 5Ks, a few 10Ks, two Boilermakers (15K), and even a half-marathon. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would do ANY of these things much less ALL of them, I would have definitely said, "Absolutely not!' Tomorrow, one of my closest friends and I begin our 12-week training program for the Empire State Half-Marathon and I am scared. I am more scared than I was before my first ever run.

Why? I have narrowed it to three major factors: 

1. My self-confidence: since being under-employed, I have lost what I thought off of my athlete's mind. I now fear since no one wants to hire me, I am not good enough to take on this challenge. My resolution that I could do anything if I trained properly is almost gone. 
2. My current physical condition: being home more and depressed about it leads to emotional eating. Being 26 miles from my gym membership doesn't help either. I have put on weight and lost tone...that is never a good place to be. I also desperately need new running shoes, but don't have the salary to purchase them.
3. Fear of hitting the wall: by mile 11 of my last half,  I was in pain. My knees ached. I had no energy. It was tough. I had to resort to a walk for a bit. I was upset. Looking back, I did not strengthen my hips and glutes enough, I over carb-loaded, I did not hydrate enough.  Knowing that will help me this time. We are following a Hal Higdon training plan and I am reading a great book on race training nutrition.

Look at that girl, she is a happy racer. During the next 12 weeks, I will be working on finding her again...enjoying my training, getting leaner (I hope!), conquering my fear. Wish me luck!

Friday, July 26, 2013

teany.tiny.stitches. for real!

Proverbs tell us that "The first step is hardest." or "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Well, I took the step. I figured if I was going to design and market a line of patterns, that first I needed a name and a logo. Two friends and I have a dream of opening an stitching shop with a tea bar and calling it "teany.tiny.stitches." Yes, we know that "teany" is misspelled. But we are going for a cutesy little joke. TEA. Get it? I love the name, so I decided that it suited this new venture. Since it is all about stitching, I knew that the logo needed to be stitched. So that is where I am in the process, if you can call it that.

I follow a lot of stitching bloggers and have many books and bookmarks. I don't want to copy these ladies at all, but that are truly an inspiration. My pieces will be more pop culture-based...think Doctor Who, Star Wars, The Venture Bros, Arrested Development, Downton...things like that.
Have suggestions for designs or quotations? Let me know!