Well, Hello!

So my posts are few and far between, I’ve been busy, it happens.

There’s been a LOT of changes going on around this place, and it’s a relief. 

1. I’ve started yoga and juicing. It’s been a fun week trying out my new juicer. (More pics to come!)

2. I’ve been working on coping techniques to relax and take in the moments. (Something I’ve forgotten how to do). Reading a new book: “The Mindful Way Through Depression.” Interesting.

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3. Due to the fact that the California educational system is screwed up, and the fact that I can’t get a bio class to save my life, I’ve decided to take a different route with interior design. Finally, something I absolutely love. It’s going to be a semester of poster board and exact-o knives. (Also, I’m re-taking a few online classes to up my grades to make my transcripts look a little better.) I’m not changing my major, just taking a little break to up my registration status.

I’m a little frustrated that I can’t just jump in and complete the 30 units I need for my R.N. It seems that the bio class track is a so messy, you need one class to get to the other to get to the next, and that class has three other prereqs, all of which are full. It feels like a process that goes around and around, and when you think you’re done, you’re not. And then there’s the 6-year wait list. Sitting on my hands, and thus, taking interior design,

Anyway, I promised pics of the past month (yikes!), so here it is, Washington pictures and all.

Washington 2013 Photos:

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I know a lot of the photos are scenery, but Kurt’s (awesome) sister let me walk around the neighborhood with her new DSLR (*drool*) and take my artsy-fartsy pictures. The last one was one our last night there, we were all in the brush, playing laser tag at night, which was so much fun!

We also played a lot of board games, which ended in this kind of madness:

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Overall, it was a very low-key trip, but just what I needed to get away from the stress of work. (Hey, it’s picked back up, almost too much, though!) I loved being around Kurt’s family, and it really gave me time to sit back and reflect.

So other things that went on this month:

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Frozen California!

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Snow below 3,000 feet! (Wow!)

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Valentines cookies

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More hospital antics.

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BUTTERBEER!

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And putting more miles on the Disneyland Passes.

So that’s been my month of February. I’m looking forward to a successful March. I’m hoping to get back into shape in a way I like, eating healthy, and learning to meditate.

I’ve kind of fallen out of step with my faith last semester. There’s no excuse for it, just things were at a low point and it was hard to find solace in God. (Especially when that should have been the first place I should look). I’m starting to pray more and read more. It’s been a difficult journey and I’m hoping it will take a positive turn.

Now, time for sleep, I’ll be back!

-Hojo

New Beginning

I love being fit. I love the feeling it gives me when I’m able to run three miles nonstop without any trouble. I love that I have endless energy and I feel good about myself. I tend to make better eating choices, and have more restful nights. I like having clothes fit and that healthy glow added to my skin and hair. That’s why I make the decisions to take care of myself and my body.

We all fall out of our routines sometimes. Due to distractions, like work, school or family situations. We’re not perfect. It’s whether or not we decide to restart our routines and make healthy choices is what sets the healthy apart from the not.

I needed a break to sort things out. Last semester (or winter/fall, or what you would call it) something had to give. We all have those times in our lives where our faith, stress levels and willingness to persevere is tested. I was a stress case last year. I felt like I had to just wipe everything away and start new.

Now that I have my life sorted out, and a plan for the next few months, I can finally start expending my extra energy to blogging and keeping healthy. As a nurse (or a nurse aide), I find myself with a lot of extra time, and that extra time somehow fills itself up with so many hobbies and chores. I love blogging and writing, and since this semester is most likely going to be a low-key semester, I’m going to make a point to keep up with my writing.

Over the next few days, I’m going to start Week ne of my new fitness routine. Since the gym thing didn’t work out, I’m going to find ways to incorporate running and yoga into my life.

Week one is going to include routines from the Julian Michaels series, (Level One, found on Amazon) brisk walking and abs workouts. The idea of this first week is to establish a routine of waking up early and making exercise a priority.

Week two is when I intend to start yoga again. The focus next week will be adding vegetable juice to my diet and centering myself. Again, I want to create a healthy routine in my life.

Another thing I want to make a priority is my bible studies. I’ve been falling behind in my daily bible. I found the best quote on Pinterest the other day, and I think it really fits my situation.

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I’m going to start praying more: about my career, my job, school and relationships. I haven’t been doing my half of the work and expecting results.

That’s all for now. I’m expecting to do a day-by day workout journal here, as well as postings to recipes that I find and try.

Wish me luck!

-Hojo

Washington Trip, Days 1 and 2.

Greetings from Eastern Washington! After a smooth flight in, Kurt and I have been having an awesome adventure with his sister, Natalie. It’s been a blast hanging out at his older sister, Jennifer’s house, her husband, and Kurt’s parents. Even though it’s a very full house, we all get along and it’s been a ton of fun playing board games, going for walks in the fresh Washington air, and spending time over hot drinks talking the afternoon away.

Yesterday, we flew from Ontario International Airport to Sea-Tac International, and having this group together made the flight go by fast! ImageI tried to hold it together on the plane…(just kidding!)

ImageIn the early mornings, I’ve been getting into the habit of walking every morning, which I don’t mind, since the scenery is absolutely beautiful! Even in the pouring rain yesterday morning, I had a great time with my waterproof sweater from Under Armour. (Women’s Storm Big Logo Printed Hoodie). It’s been my Washinton uniform, basically.

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It’s been about 45-50 degrees lately, which isn’t too far off from how it’s been in Southern California (no joke, our nights have been around 30).

The food here has been nothing short of fabulous. The first night we were in, we made our traditional trip to Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant.

Today, we made a lunch adventure to a Mongolian BBQ place. Image

The one thing I noticed about Puyallup, is that everyone is super-friendly and willing to have conversations at random.

We also stopped at the infamous Bigfoot Java, which had silly names for their coffee and excellent customer service. This definitely had to be one of my favorite coffee places, and I will be returning multiple times during my trip. (They have a really cool menu!)

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We’ve also had some sort of Bigfoot obsession lately. (I think it has something to do with us watching Finding Bigfoot so much). I never noticed how much Washington plays out the whole Sasquatch thing until we watched the show.

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So that’s the first couple of days. Now it’s time to go round up some rowdy kids!

-Hojo