This is it the last NaBloPoMo post for November. Let me tell you I am ready to go back to three times a week, so ready. That I kept up with this is amazing, last month was crazy in more than one way and hopefully December is not as loco as November.
It sounds silly that a simple timer is the weekly groove but that thing has come in very handy more than once. I got it for meditating and have used it for for more than just that. Its portable so I can take it with me to the garage if I am timing something and want to work out. Which is what I did on Pie Day, the day before Thanksgiving. That’s Pie Day as I make all the pies the day before. It takes a good chunk of time but much of it is waiting for things to cook. So I grabbed my portable timer and headed out to the garaged and yogaed.
Surviving the holidays can seem like a collision course. We are thrown together more often and not always with the folks we want to be with. There is food everywhere calling our name, sometimes with an aunt or friend urging us to have a bit of this and that with a third helping on top. It gets stressful navigating that collision course.
Here are my top tips for making it through.
1. Breathe! Inhale, exhale, repeat. Long deep breathing has saved me so many times.
2. Eat what you love not what you think you should. That means when Auntie Alice is trying to make you take a huge portion of something you hate, you say no. Life is too short to eat food you hate. Eating carrots when all you really want is stuffing makes for a sorry existence and over eating. Eat what you love.
3. Keep exercising. Your normal schedule might be too much but keep active. It just will make you feel better and kickboxing can be a great way to release stress after repeatedly denying Auntie Alice.
4. When all else fails laugh. A co-worker at my first job used to say “I have to laugh or I would cry.” That has stuck with me. Sometimes you just have to laugh at the situation.
What do you do to survive the holiday season?
It is day 26 of NaBloPoMo and I have nothing. I can’t think of anything to fracking write, nothing. But I did find a new dip recipe that sounds yummy and dip is one of the few things not set in stone about the Bedbury Thanksgiving feast. This is similar to a recipe that I used to make but has disappeared in a get rid of old cookbooks we never use purge. It got yanked out and now I have no idea where it is.
Sesame Dip Mix from About.com
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup sour cream or yogurt
To make dip use 1 cup sour cream or yogurt. I like to do half sour cream and half Greek yogurt. Add 2 tablespoons of the above. Frankly I’d just make the mix without the Parmesan and add the 1/4 cup of that to the dip. I’d also leave the salt out and do to taste.
For the most part I consider myself a creative person. I like art, music, reading, scifi, and thinking out of the box. I thought of myself as a fairly average kid for the most part up until we moved to Salt Lake City. My life changed drastically, being informed you are going to Hell by one’s classmates and then being shunned for the rest of the year ended me viewing myself as average.
I became an outsider over night and got a good dose of religious discrimination. Life pretty much sucked hardcore. I turned inward and starting writing. Reading back through what I wrote during that time, it is some nice and depressing material. I wrote poetry and fiction through my 20’s. Obviously I still enjoy writing as I am now a blogger.
In my 20’s I started painting, it just seemed right to me and so that’s what I did. Telling a story through a picture became my focus and I loved it. Than I discovered quilting and that took over my life for a while. When Grandma B. died it seems my desire to quilt did too. She was also a quilter. For a long time I haven’t down anything artistic out of the kitchen.
But lately I feel a welling up inside and a calling to the creative. Its loud enough that there is no pushing it down even if I wanted to. Paper making and collage is calling my name and I am going to see where they take me. I’m excited about this welling up.
The years I spent as a marginalized and bullied teen were awful but at the same time they created within me someone who looks beyond and tries to see the whole picture. Someone who wants to express feeling via words and pictures.
April is a my favorite month as I was born in it. The inspiration for it was my birthday and music that I really love. It is a mix of old New Wave, some 90‘s dance, and more recent. You can tell I was still on an Elizaveta and Oh Land kick as they are on the first two mixtapes too. This remains one that I listen to a lot.
Happy Birthday – Altered Images
Orion – Elizaveta
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Florence and the Machine
The Masquerade – Berlin
Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
We Turn It Up- Oh Land
Stand or Fall – The Fixx
My Lover’s Box – Garbage
Bad Luck Girl / Country Girl -His Name is Alive
The One Thing – INXS
Cloudbusting – Kate Bush
Godlike – KMFDM
Let’s Get High – Lords of Acid
Go Wild in the Country – BowWowWow
Slave Driver – Jenny and Johnny
Halo – Collide
Run – Tre Lux
Never Saw the Point – Cults
Somedays I feel like I am everywhere with social media. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest are the three that I’ve been consistent at doing. A couple things that have changed in the past two months are my Facebook page and opening a Pinterest account as a business. Like I need more incentive to be on Pinterest but now my Health Coaching Peeps don’t have to sift through the 500 pins of nail art on my personal account.
On Facebook I haven’t been happy with using Radiance Health for a while and finally just sucked it up and changed it. It now uses my name instead of Radiance Health. So far using the Radiance Health handle on twitter doesn’t bother me but it did on Facebook. I have no idea why.
Here are the places you can find me.
Facebook was my first social media experience and the one I just changed.
So like me, join my pin boards, or tweet at me if it pleases you. I am always looking for new people to follow on twitter and Pinterest.
How much of the day are you plugged in? Do you consciously set aside offline time, or does it happen whenever it happens? This is the prompt for November 19th of NaBloPoMo as I find myself at a loss for ideas at the moment and am stressed out hardcore at the moment.
I am plugged in too much sometimes and other it seems like not enough. Having friends around the world the internet helps me keep in touch with them, I love that aspect. But it can be all to easy to get stuck online with message boards and social media mindless refreshing to see if anything else has happened or been posted. Its amazing how long this can go on for. Its embarrassing, really it is.
Yes I consciously set aside time I am not online or plugged in. It would drive me mad not to. My two times tend are in the late afternoon and before bedtime. I like to read a bit before I start dinner and try to keep internetting to a minimum during this time, it does creep in mostly in the form of Pinterest. Ten P.M. is my night time cut off for checking stuff. I find I sleep better if I have an hour or two of not being plugged in before I go to sleep.
So do you all unplug?