Finally Inspiration!

“To often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia.”

I have been struggling for a long time trying to find inspiration to write here again. I’ve been wanting too, but every time I would log on I would be at a loss for words or ideas. Finally though I feel I have found my inspiration.

I spent a good portion of my evening tonight watching YouTube videos of inspiring and uplifting messages/stories. SoulPancake makes amazing videos that I encourage you to check out.  One of their more popular videos would be their Kid President one, and recently they did a documentary about Zach Sobiech (which is quite possibly the most beautiful story I’ve ever seen, and  if you haven’t seen it yet make sure you do). Sadly Zach lost his battle with cancer today, but he’s left behind a legacy that will be remembered forever.

People like Zach, and those who run the Soul Pancake channel give me hope in humanity. Daily we are reminded of how awful people can be, and how easy it is to take everything we have for granted. It’s rare that we see acts of kindness,  compassion, and bravery.

As often as I try to be a better person each day, and try to make a difference in other peoples life sometimes life get’s busy and I forget to go above and beyond for others, or I let small petty problems seem like a bigger deal than what they really are. I mean I don’t become a mean person, and I don’t stop caring about others but I don’t do as much as I would like to.

I know this has been done a lot, but really acts of kindness can never be done too often so I am creating a “challenge” for myself. For the next thirty days I want to perform at least 1 act of kindness (above and beyond the standard kindness we should be treating everyone with daily already) for someone each day.

I plan to blog about this throughout the month, maybe not everyday but I’ll check in often enough. I want to help show others how easy it can be to make a difference in someones day and I want to document my experience through this so that maybe the next time I let life become busy and I am finding myself taking things for granted or forgetting to stop and appreciate my surroundings I will be reminded to slow down a little bit and experience each moment as it is right now.

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Unrelated note:

I also really liked the First Date video on SoulPancake’s channel. It really reminded me of myself. I’ve always been the girl to wear her heart on her sleeve and I probably say too much when there’s someone I like, but in the end at least I always know I’m being honest and if my honesty scares them off it probably would have never work out anyways. At least I’m staying true to myself!

Anyways I’m really excited to have found inspiration to blog again, and for this challenge I’ve created for myself.

Talk to you all soon

XOXO

Kayla

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2012

I hate “resolutions” I think calling something a resolution automatically sets it up for failure. Besides I make goals all year-long, not just on January 1st. It is however impossible to not think about new goals, or dreams you want to achieve when everyone else is running around talking about it,

So for this year, I have a few things in mind I want to continue to achieve, and a few things I’d like to begin.

  • I want to start volunteering. Where is yet to be determined but I’ve thought a lot about it lately and I really want to give back. I am so fortunate in so many ways that I’d love to help others, even if it’s just a small factor in their lives.
  • I want to continue to push myself to try new things, and to force myself to try things I’d normally refuse.
  • I want to continue (well more so get back on track) my healthy lifestyle.
  • I want to embrace my inner girlishness (more so than I already do) .. This one is sort of selfish, and fun. Being girly makes me feel relaxed and happy. Shopping, Accessorizing, Massages, Facials, Baths, and Crafts. It’s my personal R&R and I want to continue to embracing it as a gift to myself.
  • I want to spend more time with my family.
  • I want to go to more concerts/shows.
  • I want to read more.

I could probably continue thinking and come up with a list of a million goals I want to achieve, but mostly I just want to keep being me. I want to make mistakes, so  can learn from them, I want to inspire people, and be inspired. I want to laugh, live, and love.

I will make this year better than any other year (might as well it might be our last :p)

Happy 2012 Everyone!

xoxo Kayla

2011 Recap

 

I was adventuring around the interweb tonight, reading random blogs and all that wonderful stuff when I realized a common theme. A lot of bloggers have been answering questions about the past year so that they can reflect on what they have overcome, what they have accomplished, and what they maybe didn’t accomplish. Then they answered another set of questions about the upcoming year. What they want to accomplish, their goals and need I say it “resolutions” (I don’t fully believe in resolutions but I’ll explain that later).

All this got me thinking about my past year, and how different my life is today, compared to one year ago. I don’t want to answer the list of questions I read because honestly for most of the questions I thought about what my answers would be and most of them would have been the generic typical answers. I do however want to take a few moments to reflect on 2011.

2011 tested me in so many different ways, which I am really thankful for. I’ve learned so much about myself this year. I put myself in a rather low place  in 2010/2011. I didn’t have much going on (I wasn’t in school, I didn’t work, and I spent my days doing a lot of nothing), I was dealing with a relationship roller coaster, and most of all I wasn’t proud of anything I was doing. Then I decided enough is enough, and I made myself fix things.

Throughout the year I accomplished things I’ve never done before, I’ve become so much more independent, I’ve developed a new confidence in myself, and I’ve learned that my life can be anything I want it to be but I will be the only one to make it happen. I can honestly say now that I’m proud of myself, who I am, where I am, and where I want to be. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I have faith in myself that I will continue to make my life amazing.

I would have never gotten through all the obstacles without my amazing friends and family. I have a great support system (which I have mentioned over and over throughout my blog but it’s so true). You can’t really ever fall completely if you have people like them holding you up :) I love you all!

Adios 2011 .. I more than excited for 2012!

You should watch this.

What are your thoughts on this video? It’s a little heartbreaking at the end I think. The momma bird looks so confused and lost on where her babies went. Could you imagine just leaving your Mom/Family once you reached a certain age without them knowing, and never going to visit them again? Sure we eventually go out on our own but we always (usually) have ties with our families still.

There aren’t enough days in the weekend.

Lazy Sunday nights are my favorite.

Except today sucked for the most part, my fault- had a little too much to drink last night. So I have spend the whole day hung over. I did get to see my family though, and thankfully the really bad hangover came after brunch so I was actually able to enjoy the time with them. Today is my mom’s birthday :) Happy Birthday Mom! We took her to brunch this morning (we as in myself, my brother, sister in-law, and my two nieces).  After brunch I’ve literally been in bed all day. Besides when I had to take my moms car to get a car wash … someone got sick in her car. Not sure who…. jerks ;)

Last week all my motivation for .. anything disappeared.  I just had a “I want to be lazy and do nothing” mindset. I mostly blame the fact that I was just tired all week long, my schedule was thrown around a bit. I still did some fun things though, and luckily my motivation has returned :)

On Tuesday Kayla and I went to Kid Cudi. We had an amazing time! I liked Kid Cudi before we went, but I really didn’t know a lot of his songs. A week before the concert I listened to a lot of his stuff to become more familiar with it. After the concert I LOVE HIM and his music. I don’t love him nearly as much as Kayla does.. that wouldn’t be possible but I am def. a fan!

Thursday we went to Psycho Suzies for a few drinks and dinner. That place is so cute, kind of sucks all of their cool drinks are based off of rum (I don’t like rum) but still a fun a place! You can write on the bathroom stalls with chalk .. what’s not to love.

 

This drink was delicious!

Last night was one of our friends birthday and we had a bon fire plus some outdoor beer pong! As I previously mentioned .. I drank A LOT haha. Definitely did not plan on that but it was a good time. I woke up to some awesome pictures on my phone that I had no clue was on there.

The top right one is this mornings hair do. Pretty sure I was still drunk when that was taken.

Ahh summer nights, gotta love them!

One week until the Warrior Dash (actually 6 days now!) I am also doing Lifetime’s Torchlight 5k Run on Wednesday. Another busy week!

Now on to Apartment hunting, and continue my addiction to Stumble :) I’m sure I’ll post some findings from Stumble!

I have never heard of The Weepies, or there song “Be My Honeypie” but this video is so heart warming and cute.

It kind of reminds me of one of my favorite songs from Bright Eyes “First Day of My Life”

Not sure if I’ve posted that before or not so I will again just in case!

**Update: Turns out I have heard of The Weepies, just never knew it. Definitely a fan**

Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps:
These turned out really good! I kind of just did my own thing, after reading a few recipe’s. They were so tasty, and perfect for lunch or dinner!

One thing, your supposed to wrap these with bibb lettuce. I thought that was the normal head of lettuce you buy. It’s not haha and actual bibb lettuce works much better so make sure you get that!

Ingredients:
You really can use whatever you want. This is what I used.

  • Green Cabbage
  • Red Cabbage
  • Red Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic Cloves (Minced)
  • Carrots
  • Water Chestnuts(I wouldn’t use these next time, they really didn’t add anything)
  • Kikoman’s Low Sodium Teriyaki sauce
  • Skinless/Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Lettuce (I used a head of lettuce, you should use bibb lettuce)
I pretty much just chopped the vegetables up, and steamed them for a little bit. While they were steaming I cooked the chicken and cut that up. I then added the chicken to the veggies and added 2 tbsp of the teriyaki sauce. I mixed it all together letting the sauce cover everything and voila I was done :)
You then scoop some onto the lettuce, wrap it up and enjoy :D
Delicious and easy!
How much you use of each ingredient is totally up to you, and how much you want or need.

 

A Healthier Lifestyle :D

I am very much enjoying this healthier lifestyle of mine. I feel so good about all the choices I am making which makes me more determined to continue!

I just signed up for Team Training at Lifetime, which I am so excited about. It’s going to be 3 times a week for 3 months. I can’t wait to start (I begin on the 20th)

Tonight Heidi (my friend, and my best friend’s mother) tried out the Sunday night Zumba class which I think has made it’s way into a permanent spot in my schedule. It was fun seeing another trainer’s moves. I love both the Thursday and Sunday classes. I’m excited to shake my booty twice a week now! :D

On top of working on being more active, I’ve also been trying new (healthier) foods. I have a habit of buying new foods, or buying a lot of healthier foods but still buying the stuff I normally do and then I would just let the healthier or new foods go bad while I ate the other stuff. This time I got ONLY healthier foods, and lots and lots of produce.

The two things I am really excited for are:

1. Kale Chips

2. Lettuce Wraps

I love lettuce wraps. My friend Kayla and I just had some delicious ones at The Wild Onion over the weekend. I also always get them at P.F. Changs. Depending on what sauce is put into the chicken/veggie mixture there not always the best choice but when you make them yourself you can decide just how healthy they are!

I realized something while we were out for dinner, eating the lettuce wraps. Never in my life would I ever order them if I read what was in them. I just wouldn’t .. or at least that’s how I used to be. I was introduced to lettuce wraps by just being told to try them so I did, and loved them. I’ve never read a description of them until Saturday. That made me realize how much other foods I would normally shrug off because it has so many foods I don’t eat normally. Not anymore though!

I’ve decided to set up a recipe page so I can share delicious recipes as I find them :) I have a few other recipes that I used to make a long time ago. Once I find my book in the garage (I am currently working on getting it all cleaned out .. fun project ;/) I will share those with you as well!

I also just signed up to do a 5k marathon with Heidi. We will be walking it this time (she can’t run it because of her knee, and I am no where near ready to run a 5k) but it’s still going to be so much fun and I can’t wait!!

I know a few of my other friends have been really focused on having a healthy lifestyle. It’s so fun reading about what your doing, your progress, and how it’s making you feel. Keep it up :)

Busy Busy Busy

Is everyone been as busy as I been? Holy hell this is the first night in umm Im not sure how long that I’m just home doing nothing. I shouldn’t even be doing nothing I have plenty to do .. Im just choosing not to :/ At least I have the option to chose that I guess. Haha.

Being busy is good though, so I don’t mind.

The weather has been BEAUTIFUL out!! A little hot the last few days .. but just weeks ago it was freezing here so I will not complain.

Last night after cleaning the garage for awhile Allie and I went to grab a margaritta and the weather was perfect out. I love it!

I came across this on stumble:

and I decided Im going to make something like this and put it next to my bed so I wake to all positive messages. I need to decide what quotes and sayings to use though. Any suggestions? What are quotes or sayings do you like, or that help motivate you?

 

 

This Happens To Me All The Time

This is so true. Everytime I use the good ol’ coin flip or something like that to make a decision. The minute I “flip” the coin I know what I want the result to be ..even though just moments before I couldn’t decide.

It’s kind of like once the decision is out of your hands, you then know what you want .. but now it’s not up to you. Now you just wait for the results and to see what option your going with.

Obviously in terms of flipping coins that’s a little drastic and since you were the one to flip it .. Im sure you can convince yourself to change to the result you wanted. However I know anytime I flip a coin and the result comes back not how I wanted it to I still don’t change it because then I start to consider the other option again.

I am very indecisive a lot of the time if you can’t tell :)

Anyways I just stumbled across this and liked it so I shared :D