I got crafty this weekend. Crafty in a jiff.
Rachel‘s engagement party snuck up on me. Well, September snuck up on me really.
I knew I wanted to get a little something for the happy couple. I met Rachel in grad school and we instantly fell in lurve. Our mutual love of yoga, all things French, and being our own selves drew us together like velcro.
And then she had to go and move to Connecticut to live with some boy. Seriously? Who would leave me?
And now they are engaged. I guess the move was a good one after all?
So I opened my basket of embroidery tools and sat down to make this lovely number. Best part? It’s from my heart (ha!) and (cover your eyes, Rachel!) it cost me about $6! What do you think?
Got the idea from Pinterest. The pin said it came from an Etsy shop but she closed down. I felt a little bad taking her idea, but hey that’s the internet I guess!
Okay, I still feel bad. But I thank her for giving me this great idea!
Letters and arrow are done in back stitch. The heart is split stitch.
To see my other craftiness, check out Milo Pillow, Baby Owl Pillow, and Mr. Owly Pillow.
Interested in a custom embroidered piece? Contact me for more information!
Have you recently made anything for a friend? How do you feel about handmade gifts?
Not that I necessarily feel I owe my few devoted followers an explanation for my recent absence, but I do feel writing and sharing will be cathartic for me.
My wonderful friend Rachel summed up my recent problems quite nicely: no one should move so close to winter. Combine moving to a new town, living alone, having to start all over with friends, a new job you’re still unsure of, and no boyfriend with the regular winter blues and you have a recipe for prolonged depression and loneliness. (Allow me to digress for a moment and say that I at no point felt my depression was life-threatening or so serious to seek medical intervention nor do I confuse depression the illness with depression the feeling. I was depressed, I did not have depression.)
I started feeling bad around November and never did anything to fix it. I allowed myself to wallow in my own misery and I was starting to feel like Young Werther. The sadness was doubled when I put my little fiber optic Christmas tree on the bureau used as a linen closet in my tiny little kitchen/dining/living room. It was sad all there alone with no one else to look at it.
The sadness hit its peak and spilled over in a wash of tears when I removed the picture frames that normally sit on the bureau and replaced it with other Christmas decorations. I had Christmas music playing for the first time and was feeling rather festive after spending the day bargain hunting for Christmas decorations. And so the music was blaring, the fiber optic tree was glowing, and I was unwrapping the protective paper from my recent purchases. I removed the non-Christmas items from the bureau and began replacing them with the Christmas items. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland came on Pandora and I stepped back to look at my work. It was so meager and sad. The fiber optic tree surrounded by tiny little decorations set me off. And that’s when the tears started and didn’t stop for nearly three hours. It was intense. I was crying and I didn’t have a solid reason why. I texted my cousin who is always understanding, but didn’t quite know what I was going through. I texted Rachel who, for whatever reason, I knew would understand exactly. And understand she did. And talk to me she did. And help me she did. We narrowed it down to the above mathematical equation and moved on to reminiscing about other things.
Writing and sharing my sad life was the last thing I wanted to do. I knew that it was probably the first thing I should be doing, but I could barely bring myself to wake up every morning let alone write about how I couldn’t wake up. Through talking to Rachel I realized that I had let go of the goals I only recently set for myself. I let yoga leave my life. I stopped researching the healthy foods. I stopped making clean eating a priority. And I stopped caring if I made friends. It was pathetic.
The best part about reaching lows like that is knowing that there isn’t much further to go down. You can only go up. And going up isn’t that hard. Just one tiny change, and you’re up quite a bit. It’s so easy to let go of your goals and a huge challenge to hold on to them. That’s what makes them so special when you finally achieve them. The good things in life are the ones you work hardest for.
So I’m going to work hard to reclaim my happiness and my goals. 2012 is going to be fresh and healthy. Gina at the Fitnessista recently started sharing ways to make each month amazing. She even cutely alliterates each month (December was Divine). I’ve decided to do something similar. Her ways are always pretty general and she invites her readers to join her. My goals might be more specific, but I know there are plenty out there who will be able to join in. Keep a look out for my first monthly goal post.
Much love and appreciation for your kind reading eyes.
Yesterday I completed the first week of The Fitnessista’s Bridal Bootcamp. Now I know I’m not a bride but as my friend Rachel pointed out, you don’t need to be a bride to do this workout routine. I began Week 1 on Wednesday, August 24 (the brother’s birthday actually!) and did it every other day (except Sunday because of the Hurricane!). On the in between days I am working on the Couch to 5K app. I will complete Day 2 of Week 2 of C25K today and start BBC2 tomorrow.
After day 1 of BBC1 I was so sore I couldn’t imagine how I was going to do a run that day and complete BBC1 day 2 the next. It’s not that the bootcamp is majorly difficult, but my goodness does it work some muscles! Especially muscles that I never use, never workout, and never feel. Well, I was feeling them the next day! When I woke up on what was day of BBC1 I was worse than the day before but was determined that I would complete day 2 after work. Weirdly, by noon that day I felt fine and the soreness had gone away for the most part. I really enjoyed the BBC1 routine because it kept me moving. If I don’t have a sequence of moves to do I get lost and after only doing a few machines I think I’ve done enough. This routine kept me from stopping because I knew how many items I had left to complete and felt accomplished at the end.
Now for the good news… I lost 3 pounds this week! Yay me!!
This will be me in a few months
Gina organizes BBC1 in supersets. What this means is that each superset contains at least two moves that you’ll completely quickly, resting for about 15-20 seconds in between each superset. You complete superset 1, rest, and repeat superset 1 until you’ve done that 3 times. Then move on to superset 2. Complete each move, rest, and repeat the superset. I liked this setup because it kept me from getting bored by doing one move three times in a row and it kept me moving across the gym. She incorporates a cardio set every so often and gets your heart pumping! BBC2 is organized as a circuit which means you’ll complete 1 set of each move and then return to the top and repeat again. I don’t know if I’ll like this one as much. I go to the gym right after work so it is pretty busy and sometimes hard to get a certain machine or spot on the floor. That might mess up my circuit and frazzle me.
If you’d like a copy of my cheat spreadsheet for the weeks I’d be happy to send them to you. Just comment below with your email address and I’ll send them on out!
Have you done a bootcamp you enjoy? What’s your favorite way to workout?