Quick Update

Hello everyone!

I’m still here! Just a quick update: everything has been put on hold this week due to starting a new job, studying for midterms, going to class, adjusting my sleep schedule…blah blah blah, I’m busy. (hehe!)

I’ve got to balance things out this week and next week (or over the much-anticipated weekend) things will be back to normal, and my blog will be back up and running. (grrr to you, Midterms!)

See you all next week! 
(Honestly, I can’t wait to start running again!!!)

❤ Hojo


The Procrastinating Panera-Dweller

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!
(Okay, Holly, time to tone down the excitement.)
I’m camped out in Panera for another 45 minutes or so, because I carpooled this morning and it left me about an hour early for my morning shift. Note: the first shift of my brand new job. 😀 Heck yeah, I’m excited. So in that span of 45 minutes, I brought my books and laptop, hoping to catch up on some biology homework, but I’m super distracted by pastries and coffee and the ten other college students hanging out in here. (Who knew they wake up before 10am and function?)

I’m only awake because I’m used to extremely early mornings (think 4-5am). Although, I have to admit, my commute is about the same as it was before.

So here I sit, blogging over an open biology book as a pretense to studying. (Did I mention I’m taking a last-minute biology class? Didn’t I swear those off for another semester?)

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Tonight, I’m going to be starting a new segment of my blog called Monday Night Baking. I love baking, and when you want one cookie, and live in a house full of people willing to consume the rest of the calories for you, it turns into a fun event. I thought I would take the edge off of the typical start of the week. For the record, Mondays were not one of the days I worked at the hospital (my old job), and I joked that I never had to deal with them. Well, here’s a welcome to my new 8-5, Monday-Friday job. 😀

I’m not going to get any studying done, am I?

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Oh well, Happy Monday.
❤ Hojo

Study Break

Okay, so I’m secretly taking a break from the insane amount of work assigned to me by my professors. It’s mid-term week at one school, and at the other, my eight-week classes are in full swing with numerous chapters needing to be read before the end of the week. *Brain slides out of ear.*

I just have to focus and keep it together, and get ahead before work starts next week! Aaaah!

Anyway, getting things organized in the food and home management areas is really helping! Yesterday, I went grocery shopping and really focused on eating that’s cheap and easy. That doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy!
When I got home from the grocery store yesterday, I immediately took all the produce out of the bags and chopped/sliced/washed/prepared it all for the week. I put all the salad mixes in ziploc bags (because salad does NOT last in the bag it comes in!) and put all of my chopped vegetables/fruits into containers to make them last.

This afternoon, it took me less than 5 minutes to assemble a gorgeous salad.

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Spring mix, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, mango salsa and 2 tbsp cheddar.
Soooo good!

Anyway, there’s my yummy lunch for today. Ready for my afternoon workout!

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Any recommendations for some easy salads?
What keeps you healthy during the work week?

Workout Schedule for a Busy Life

I’m a busy person, so fitting in a workout poses a bit of a challenge some days. When we’re tired, staying fit somehow falls to the bottom of our to-do list. Let’s face it, we’ve all had those days, where you’ve just had enough of it all, and you want nothing but to curl up on the couch with a good book and a box of cookies. I’m letting you know, IT’S OKAY to feel that way. We’re human, we all have those days. We get overwhelmed by life, and just need that time to veg on the couch. It’s just a matter of maintaining BALANCE in your life, and knowing when to say “Okay, I’ve had two cookies, that should be enough.” Let me repeat: You have to balance it all out.

Find a time of day that works for you.
I’m one of those guilty-as-charged procrastinators when it comes to getting up and working out. It’s probably one of the things I struggle with the most. Finding time for a workout on a day off isn’t necessarily the easiest thing. I am not an early morning person on my days off, which means I’m reluctant to get up at the crack of dawn and do cardio.
When I have a day off, which usually involves completely lazing around the house in my pajamas, I schedule an appointment with myself to work out. “Okay, at 2pm, I’m going to get dressed and do some cross-training.”
Treat it as an important appointment. This is how I finish most tasks during the day.

Don’t set unreasonable goals.
This is another issue I struggled with when I first started running. I told myself, “Okay, I’m going to run 3 miles, five days a week.” How long did that last? Not long.

Here’s how my 5-day a week workout schedule goes. (This is just an example for April)


Okay, I know it looks scary, and it is five days a week. But look again, I’m only running 3 days a week.

The other two? Cross training.
To me, cross training can be anything. I would go to Amazon’s instant video section and pick out a good 20 or 30 minute workout video. (Honestly, I think this is the best method, because of the reviews).
This is where I picked up the Julian Michael’s 30-Day Shred for S1.99. What is 20 or 30 minutes out of your day?
Even after a long day, just do it. You’ll feel better about yourself. (Note: I don’t recommend this method if you work 12-hour shifts, I’ll cover that later.)
Now Running.
Don’t expect to jump off the couch and go running after being off exercise for an extended period of time. These things take time. The first week, I would start off walking, the second week, I would add maybe a minute or two of jogging (Jogging slowly, not running) to every 3 minutes of walking. This will slowly introduce running into your routine, and eventually you will be able to run longer distances. It’s not a race. Everyone has to start somewhere…insert another random cliché here.

So that’s my workout “Schedule” and how I handle my busy (BUSY) weeks full of work, classes, extracurricular activities and day-trips. Meal plans are next!

❤ Hojo

This post should have been on Monday

But it’s Tuesday. So much for keeping up with the Monday, Wednesday, Friday format. I don’t need days of the week to tie me down! I’m unpredictable! I’m spontaneous! I’m…forgetful.
No, seriously, guys, taking more than one 8-week class at a time is a bad idea. Don’t do it.
That’s the last I’m going to complain about it. (Or not).

Okay, okay, enough complaining.

So I’ve been working over the past couple weeks on organizing my “stuff”.
The story goes like this:

Once upon a time, there was a girl with too much stuff. Not the kind of “awesome” stuff like designer clothing, high end electronics and jewelry. Junk.
She moved this junk from one place to another, taking it with her wherever she went. She was a hermit crab of sorts, hanging on to bits and bobs that she acquired over the years. A plastic bracelet here, shreds of paper there, makeup that was years old. She didn’t know what to do with it, it followed her everywhere and cluttered up what free space she had. When she bought more “stuff” it didn’t make her happy like she thought it would, it just added to the pile and collected with the rest of her “stuff”. This happened in her wardrobe, too. She had so many clothes that she collected over the years, but nothing to wear!

One day, she got tired of it. She got tired of sorting through boxes to find one item, digging through piles of junk in her “organized mess”. She had to let go. The materialism had to stop, but how?
It took a really long time to get organized. I wasn’t a hoarder, it didn’t take over my life like some people did, but I did have boxes filled with stuff I never used or looked at, but felt the need to keep “just in case”. There was a point where my apartment was super neat and tidy, but stuff wasn’t “clean” it was just “relocated”. The mess was hidden.

There was a point where I was so stressed out by my situation, it affected everything around me. I was stressed at my job, it was the subject of arguments at home, and it made it impossible to study for my classes.

“You can’t take it with you.” I sat in church one Sunday morning, while my pastor paced the sanctuary floor. I looked up, was he really addressing what I though he was? “You all have ‘stuff’ in storage, piling up, ‘I’m going to use it later! It’s important!’” He hit the nail on the head. Again. Something had to be done.

Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to share my organizational tips and tricks here, because at one point (if you haven’t noticed) I was a person with Too.Much.JUNK! It’s been a journey, choosing quality over quantity items, not letting “trendy” get the best of me, and really finding an inner peace while letting go of this insane materialism.

A lot of these things are still works in progress, but it’s progress. This project has become a big part of my life, so I figured I’d post it. Also, I’m going to set up posts about how I learned to live in relatively small spaces without getting stressed out (and having functional areas!)

What I’m Reading
On a different note, I started that How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton world. I really wanted this book to be good, and I hate to say that I won’t recommend a book.

I really wanted to like this book. I wanted it to be filled with whimsical tips on how to be graceful and practice good etiquette. I got about a third of the way through the book before I had to put it down. My problem was that the book put out such negative energy, that it was difficult to pay attention to what she was saying. The author spends so much time putting others down (e.g calling women ‘stupids’), that the real advice she gives goes unnoticed. I don’t think, under any circumstance, that it’s acceptable to judge people you don’t know personally, and call names. Anyway, the book has been deleted from my Kindle.

But, because I’m me, I purchased a few books from the Kindle store the other day, so I’ve had plenty to read this week.

Want a better book? I’m reading a non-romance novel. I’m a little over halfway done with this novel, and I’m finding myself attached to the characters, as well as the author’s writing style. (E.g. She doesn’t use making out every other page to convince me the main characters are falling in love. *cough *fiftyshadesofgray* cough cough*)

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So for now, I’m off to do homework and my workout. 30-Day Challenge, here I come! (Back)

Back to my Dubstep-Classical Pandora station. (Exactly)

❤ Hojo


Running and Book Reviews

Hello again!

It’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted, I’ve been kicking back and enjoying my “vacation” before I start work again. Actually, I started my second session of school (my eight-week classes) this week, and have been a little sidetracked.

No worries!

So yesterday, I ran the whole 3 mile loop of the Pacific Electric trail with absolutely no walking!  I was so proud! It took me three weeks to get to this point, and the cross-training in the mornings has been helping. I feel myself easing into the running and getting used to pacing myself. I think I’ll really be able to maintain my running schedule once work kicks in and eventually…*drum roll*…enroll myself into a 5k!

After yesterday’s accomplishment, I was itching to get back into running this afternoon, but I’ve been down and out all day with my first severe migraine in a year.
I used to get migraines every other week before I figured out my triggers and how to manage them. Today was one of those days, and even though they’ve become rare with my diet and exercise changes, I still get them every once in a while. I usually feel them coming on the night before, and there’s little I can do to prevent them. So today, I slept in, got very little done, and had an official “sick day”. Even though I’m feeling better, I still feel the pressure behind my eyes, and I’m not going to risk it,

30-Day Shred
I’ve been alternating days, now, between my 30-Day Shred and running. I would have liked to do the 30-days straight, but I’m feeling that my running is getting set to the backburner. I’m going to start alternating, and setting the 30-Day Shred as a form of my cross-training. I still really like how it feels, when combined with some ab workouts in the end (making it a sweaty 45-minute workout).

I’ve been having some trouble seeing results, but I need to keep reminding myself that it’s a long process, and it takes a few weeks before you see a difference. 644f69c661d6ff638dde332c44e27663(I love this graphic!!!)
This week, I’m going to focus on eating slowly and enjoying my food, instead of scarfing like I have been. (While working in the hospital, and only having a rushed half-hour lunch, you learn to scarf food, it’s horrible). Anyway, I’m going to try a slightly different strategy this week, getting back on the meal planning, and no more “out” food.

I’m going to be picking up some cute work outfits this week. After scouring the internet, I’ve come up with a list of basics, and am going to (attempt) some sensible shopping. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Book (Section? Club?)
Okay, so I’ve been wanting to do a sort of “Book Club” section here, because I read a LOT. I’m thinking about starting a chain of book reviews. I have a wide taste in literature (and music, and art), so it could be anything from a book you lay out by the pool with, or something an English Lit teacher would assign.
I’m starting with this book:305cd234fe08353d1631aa186c162ff2
You can find the Kindle Edition HERE:

I really appreciate books on modern etiquette and poise. I’m always looking for ways to improve my character, and, through trial and error, have found a lot of helpful books on the matter.
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Book on Amazon: Here 
(Seriously, .99 cents for some awesome words of wisdom? Worth it!)

You can also read her blog here. ^This lady really is something to aspire to. She started my “Minimalism” movement, and really made life a lot simpler for me. Read her book!

I digress.

I’ll be reviewing the first book sometime within the next couple weeks, so keep an eye out.

For tonight, I’ll be resting up for Renaissance Faire tomorrow!
Gooooooo weeekend!


Getty Weekend


So I have to apologize for the lapse in blog posts, I’ve gone incognito last week because there has been a LOT going on. I will definitely share it all in my  posts this week, and I am trying to catch up! Plus, I ran out of coffee (gasp!) Just kidding.

After Thursday’s interview and Friday’s job offer, it was a bit of a whirlwind or a weekend. While I had to do some home care on Saturday, Kurt and I went to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles on Sunday. The trip was nothing short of fabulous.

Just the architecture and design was amazing.


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(There were fountains in every outdoor space)

You can’t see it in this picture, but in the center of these trees is a giant waterfall and a hedge maze (that isn’t accessible, but cool nonetheless).IMG_20130407_120013_686

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We also enjoyed the art displays, particularly the sculptures.
(to give you an idea of how massive this vase was, the man standing next to it is about 6 feet tall…)

IMG_20130407_122140_666This was Kurt’s favorite sculpture of the day. The “Vexed Man”. The close up details on it were so cool, we almost ended up with the replica from the gift shop.

We didn’t take too many of “us” shots, because it was SO bright outside, we had to keep squinting in the pictures.

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Something I noticed about the Getty, (and I compared stories with my classmates) was that there was a lot of natural lighting in the buildings, contrasted by the dim rooms for exhibits. We had to keep on going in and out of the buildings to see different exhibits, so by the end of the day, my eyes were strained and we were exhausted! Even though we spent almost 4 hours at the museum, Kurt and I were ready to go home after it all, vetoing our Pink’s/Hollywood trip after.

So that was our weekend. More updates on the workouts this week and closet overhaul later!
(We might even have a really cool trip coming up this weekend, fingers crossed!)