Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nov 30th: Sunday Snaps

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Page from my doodle coloring book used as the New Inside Journal cover art (back)

A possible Inside cover (front) also
from my doodle coloring book.

My vision board for the next six months

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two-Thirds In

I continue to enjoy all of my challenges and all of the positive things I have added to my life this moth.

Writing a blog post everyday is a source of fulfilment and joy and I intend to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

My second digital-free day was just as rewarding as the first. I did more doodling and drawing, stitched some blank pages together to refill a journal that I had been gifted and got fully caught up on my rest.

I also finished Pride and Prejudice. Oh how I loved going back through that book again. I am looking forward to getting started on the Vet series next digital free day and complete my planned decoration of the before mentioned journal.

Food or more so eating has been a bit of a challenge for me this month. I have to find the happy medium between eating healthy and being satiated. I think I need to eat an additional meal, since so many of my meals are liquid and it doesn't take too long before I am hungry again.

For instance today I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast, followed by a pumpkin steamed dessert, a salad plate of veggies and fish and a cup of tea. As I type this my stomach feels quite empty so I will venture to appease it with some stir-fry veggies and brown rice in a bit.

Well, that is all for now. Stay bundled up friends and enjoy the rest of the week.

Monday, November 10, 2014

My First Digital Sabbath

Yesterday was my  Digital Sabbath during which I did not use my laptop, cell phone or kindle. I came across this idea from Hestia's Larder.

I prepared for it by writing and scheduling my NaBloPoMo post the day before.  I also came up with a list of things to do on the day, just in case I felt bored.

I rested well, sleeping off the effects of my graveyard shift from the night before and I also went to bed quite early that night.

The list was unnecessary as I easily moved from one activity to the next. I spent time whipping up pumpkin soup, reading twelve chapters of Pride and Prejudice, knitting a few rows of the neglected Left-over scarf, taking a short walk, yoga, meditation and journalling.

I finally got around to using a book on how to draw fashion models and  finishing up my landscape:

A Bookmark

I worried a few times that I was missing out by not having myself plugged into the internet. This morning however, it took only ten minutes to get caught up. Imagine that...

Giving that this Sabbath was such a success, from now on, I will repeat this at least once a week, the morning after my graveyard shift.

That is all for now, take care until next time.

Friday, November 7, 2014

7 Days In The Thick


I am seven days into my NaBloPoMo Challenge and I can say that it has already helped me improve as a writer.

NaBloPoMo is short for National Blog Posting Month. It is an alternate version of the popular NaNoWriMo which is National Novel Writing Month.

In the novel writing versions you commit to penning a novel of at least 50000 words in the month of November. If you are participating in NaBloPoMo, you aim to produce one blog post for every day of the month.

I have thought of participating in NaNoWriMo before but I have never managed to get started. I learned of NaBloPoMo and I jumped right into thick things and have learned a lot along the way so far.

I have received some constructive criticism which I really appreciated and I hope to receive a lot more of the same so that I constantly improve. I also have been posting my efforts on BlogHer and just yesterday one of my blog posts made it to their featured page.

I was shocked and awed and my mouth literally fell open when I realised that. I had a feeling settle in my spirit that I had managed to live out what I was beginning to realise was my life's purpose.

I had written something and it had been recognised by someone else and read by many people. I am grinning as I think about it now. I doubt the editors of BlogHer have any idea how much they impacted my life but I feel thankful for boost to my self confidence.

No-Buy November

My No-Buy challenge is also going well. It is amazing though how much little temptation crop up in a day while I am at work or in town. I am analysing the trigger for these without trying to change anything right now. Looking at myself and my urges from the a little vantage point has been giving me a lot of food for thought.

Other News

Just yesterday I got my new pack of Sharpies that i purchased last month and sorted which colours were new and put away the rest that I already have. I ended up with 13 new colours! Yippee. I excited at all the possibilities and looking forward to my next doodling or poster making session.


I am going to try my hand at roasting some pumpkin seeds today. They are one of my favourite snacks but are often quite expensive. Wish me luck!

Monday, November 3, 2014

NaBloPoMo et all

Hi there! I have been very busy these past few days but I wanted to be sure to pop in and give you all an update.

I signed up for NaBloPoMo which is the blog version of NaNoRiMo, to kick start my personal finance blog, The Bajan Budgeter. I plan to do one post of everyday in November. So far, so good; I am enjoying the challenge and the learning process.
I made myself a list of prompts to help me if I ever feel stuck, but since I am also doing a No-Buy November and a grocery challenge, I hope to have some things to write about, without having to force it. I report back on how this goes.

Today was a restful day for me. I made a big pot of soup by throwing in almost everything that I had left over in the fridge, even some left over brown rice. I wasn't too sure how it would taste, because I had very little or none of the usual key ingredients. Thankfully though, it was good. I am very much becoming a confirmed soupaholic.

My fresh food stores consequently are in a really sad state right now. I have 1 tomato, 1 onion, 1 cucumber, a small piece of pumpkin and half a head of cabbage left over.

I should be able to make it to Wednesday with some creative cooking, but then a grocery trip of epic proportions is definitely in order. My grocery challenge is to stick within my budget, despite it being a month where my pantry is very bare. I am still trying to figure out exactly how I am going to get this one done. Wish me luck and if you can suggest some cheap food solutions.

I have a lot of things on the agenda for tomorrow as it is my last day off before my work cycle starts again. 
I plan to do some cooking, cleaning, meal planning and assessing more of my items. These need to fitted in with all of my usual good habits: yoga, meditation, journalling and walking at least 500 steps as well as getting in my NaBloPoMo post. Whoosh! I feel tired just from typing that. 

It is a lot but I find that all my days feel really full now and that can get overwhelming at times. Thankfully, the walks around the neighbourhood or to the beach come in handy for when I feel the need to unwind.

I'll leave you with a picture of a grassy lot I pass on my walks. I snapped it as landscape doodling inspiration but the blueness of the sky, took my breathe away when I uploaded the picture to my computer and I instantly knew I wanted share with my friends.

I hope you all have an awesome week. ^_^