Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lately Loves and Recommendations

I just realized that this month is the first since starting my 1,001 Challenge Reboot where I risk not submitting 4 posts a month as I challenged myself to do.  I did, however, recently learn my blood type, which crossed of item #43 on my list.

When you want to see beautiful things, look through my best friend's pins or read through her blog.

I've been slowing making my way through Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, which I am enjoying so far.  I believe I read rather slowly, which is a factor in why I haven't gone to the book club I've been invited to yet.  I'm afraid to get the book and fail to read it all in time.

I got myself a new coloring book!  I'm so excited to start coloring in it.  It's so beautiful!

As I've mentioned, my new job is taking up more of my time than I'd given before.  I'm looking forward to the month of April bringing a bit of a break, but I have been thoroughly enjoying my role and my team at The Iron Yard.

In my solo downtime, I've been watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  Have you seen it yet?  I wish I wasn't almost at the end of the series!

Also, I'm a new fan of quinoa.

What about you?!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

We're an Almost-Paleo Household (what the heck??)

In this second year of marriage, Caleb and I haven't fought very often, not really.  One of the nights we did, though, was about our diet.  Caleb comes from a rather active and health-conscious family.  His mom used to be a registered nurse and now sells Juice Plus vitamins, his sister is diabetic, and Caleb himself has researched the heck out of many nutritional topics.  When he came to me requesting that we cut out carbs and sugar from our diet, I knew he was coming from a position of knowledge and care, but something jolted in me (i.e. my love for ice cream), and we had an all in fight.

For the record, I firmly agree that refined sugars and refined carbohydrates are bad for your body.  The things they do to our our systems immediately and over time can have devastating consequences, and there are many other significantly better ways to reach your daily caloric intake.  Plus, so much of processed foods that are high in sugar and bad carbs have other things I try to avoid, too, like dyes and preservatives.  Really, Caleb was/is right in this conversation, but for the sake of all things delicious, I had to duke it out.

My not quite paleo diet
Picture by Webvilla via Unsplash

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lemon + Peppermint Essential Oils Review

With the new changes and subsequent new schedule, I haven't had much time for blogging lately, but I've had the opportunity to review some products, and I wanted to share!

Instanatural essential oil review: lemon and peppermint

InstaNatural sent me a bottle of lemon essential oil and peppermint essential oil.  (They were going to send some lavender EO, too, but I think they ran out.)  I've wanted to explore what EOs could do for me and my household for a while now, so I was excited for this chance to try them out. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pressing Into Racial Tensions

I've blogged about race in America before when I saw Dear White People, and I briefly mentioned this new outlook change at the beginning of the year.  I openly admit to being a human capable of and hoping for change, and now that I've said that, here we go.

In November, my church hosted an panel and discussion on Ferguson, racism, and what the Church's response should be to the racial turmoil in America.  On the panel was a black woman from our church named Pamela Stringfield, one of our white pastors Ethan Seifried, 35-year old black Christian rapper LeCrae, and our black pastor Leonce Crump.  All four have children, and all four care deeply about the topics they discussed.  These four were asked for their thoughts and heart on questions posed by the community, and then there was a time at the end for audience members to ask questions of the panel, as well.

I went into this event not considering myself racist.  I had this stuff in the bag.  Besides preferring Korean kids over nearly all others (my students are my forever favorite), I try to treat people equally, regardless of their skin tone.  I know there are plenty of racists in the South, but having traveled abroad, I know how uncomfortable it can be to look different from everyone else, and there wasn't any way I would want to behave differently around someone because they were a different race.  Besides, I like and love people in general, so it's not like this really applied to me anyway.

I got schooled.

photo by Todd Quackenbush via Unsplash

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Skincare Rescue Plan: Sunscreen

Sorry for running a little slow this week.  I was getting up to speed at my new job yesterday!!
Now, as scheduled, the next installment to our skin rescue plan!

What's So Bad About Sunlight?
Get this straight: sunlight isn't the enemy, the dangerous UV light that comes with sunlight is the enemy.  The sun actually emits 3 different kinds of bad UV waves.  Twenty minutes of un-screened sunlight a day gives you plenty of Vitamin D, but further exposure allows more UV light onto your skin than you want.  As you can see in this light graph, Ultraviolet light (UV light), is not visible to the human eye.  Because we can't see, we aren't always aware of its presence.  We also assume that because it's cloudy outside, then there must not be much risk for sun damage.  This is a myth.  Keep in mind that you can't see the UV light that damages your skin, and it's presence is not indicated by how sunny it is outside.  This is why you need to wear sunscreen every day!  In fact, snow reflects a lot of UV light up to your face, so there!  Take precautions no matter the weather.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Big Changes!

Guys, this is my last week at my current job.  I start working as a campus operations manager at an awesome code school for adults next Monday!  I hardly know what to write about, because I really want to tell you everything!  I'm so excited!

picture by André Freitas via Unsplash
The company I'm finishing up at has been a wonderful learning and growing experience.  Some of the girls and I have become especially fond of each other, and I truly hope the relationships I formed there don't end on Friday.  When an opportunity came for even more growth, though, and for a new environment and a new role where I could be more involved in helping people of the community, I dove head first.

I felt like I couldn't revise my resume fast enough!  I edited in my new position, jazzed it up to look a bit more modern, then sent it off to the generic "I want a job" company email address accompanied by an exorbitantly overconfident email.  Apparently, my confidence worked, because on the following Monday, I got an email back from the founder!  He asked me to come into the office that day!  When I read that, my heart went into all kinds of flutters and my pits started sweating more than I think they ever have.  I was nervous, but excited, and I plowed ahead.

If you couldn't guess, this company moves fast.  Providence would have it that I loved them, and they loved me, and by Wednesday, I'd accepted an offer.  I was so dang stoked!

So, in the next few weeks, I'll be learning the ropes of a new job at a company that moves super fast.  Woohoo!  I'm known as a quick study where I've worked for the last year and a half, but I'm thinking this new place will take some getting used to.  I'll be working with some excellent people, though, and they've all told me they're more than willing to help me when I need it.  With a work environment like that, how can you not succeed?

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers February 23rd!  It's going to be an interesting ride!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Skincare Rescue Plan: Moisturizing

How to properly moisturize your face

Moisturizing!  I think this one is the easiest figure-it-out step of a skincare rescue plan.  Everyone needs a moisturizer, even those with oily skin.  Read on for some tips!