Saturday, February 27, 2010

101 List update...yikes only 50 days left to go!

Out of 101 +10 to dos - 58 Completed ~ 13 In Progress ~ 18 daily/weekly/etc. items implemented ~ 9 No Can Dos
12 left that I haven’t touched yet! With 50 days to go! (as of last update - 02/27/10)

55. Go out for a one-on-one coffee/dinner with at least 6 family members each year – 14/16...almost there!
59. Go out for a coffee/dinner with at least one friend each month – 23/32...probably won't make it but plugging away!
62. Become a mom (even though this one is a little out of my control) – looking into if I have a tipped uterus that may be causing difficulties
63. Join a cell group/Bible study – took a small group class, waiting to be connected with a small group now
68. Read the whole Bible – 18/66 books, and currently reading 5 more, on track to finish by end of 201079. My second tattoo – done, see pictures below95. Make at least 100 cards for at least 10 different occasions, to have ready on hand for each year's events – created 72/10099. Make at least two journal entries per week, on blog or on paper - 284/284

50 days to go, we'll see what else I can get done yet!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Happiness is....

Happiness is getting to watch my nieces enraptured by the world of dancing (skating) princesses!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

So I finally went to see Avatar this last weekend, it didn't take so long because I was reluctant, I wanted to see it SO bad in IMAX but it wasn't coming any time soon. It was as beautiful as I hoped it would be but I think waiting so long, and therefore hearing too much hype, made me expect something more magical. It was amazingly beautiful in an awe inspiring and unique way, but it's not something I would have given SO much praise to.
Have you heard there are actually people 'suffering' from depression because they don't live on Pandora? Seriously? You'd think if they were that appreciative of beauty they could see it all around.
For example.


For just a few more examples, take a look at these photos from my company that had a photo contest for it's 50th anniversary, of photos from sites our employees worked at. All over the world, our employees get to see our magnificent earth every day. These photos occasionally make me wish I wasn't sitting behind the desk all day. There is definitely no suffering from the Avatar Blues here!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


ImageChef Word Mosaic -
9 years ago we fell in love fast, you seemed to good to be true, but you weren't.
Now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world....
We’ve come so far since that day....I thought I loved you then

7 years ago we were married, we promised to fight for love, we believed love will win
Now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world....
We’ve come so far since that day....I thought I loved you then

We've seen for better and worse, what we can't see is what the future holds for us
But I also can’t see how I’m ever gonna love you more....but I’ve said that before
You're still my whole life, you’re still my whole world....
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
and I'll look at you and say and I thought I loved you then

I love you Sean!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fruit of the Lori

Just wanted to give a little accountability update on my labors of fruitfulness.

Health. Well, my appetite has returned however at least my exercise schedule has remained intact, at least 2 times per week I exercise for a total of at least 1.5 hrs a week. I have kicked up my treadmill workout a few notches by starting to jog again and I've been gradually extending my length and speed at which I am running and am feeling very good about my dedication to this. I am currently running (as of today) for 30 min. straight anywhere from 5 to 6.5 km per hour. Now to get my sugar eating back on track, I've had way too much available for my own good and it's time to make a goal for how much I should eat/not eat, regardless of it's availability. Another thing I've let slide a little is my vitamins. I'm going to start a tracker again to better monitor and remind me of my goals vs. my choices.

Self discovery. I'm pleased to say I've actually kept up my creative journalling this time around, I've made several entries aimed at being creative as well as expressing and examining myself. I've extended this into my blogging as well, currently I'm mostly soaking up inspiration from other blogs, but have dabbled in a few different creative expressions in my blogging and am working on more posts to that end. I really like how I'm able to get perspective in these exercises, finding ways to validate my strengths, see my previously perceived weaknesses in a new light, and realizing who I want to become and acting on it. I worried that this endeavor might make me a little self-absorbed but I find it is actually doing the opposite. Becoming increasingly more aware of my purpose is in turn connecting me to others because, of course, generally speaking our purpose is designed to be outward reaching, not inward.

Self discipline. This has been permeating other areas of my life, thanks to a great conversation on 'earthly vs. heavenly rewards' (thanks Tammi!), and so I think of it while running (don't run to cancel calories, or justify calories based on my workout), while discovering my purpose (I'm not always going to like who I'm called to love and how), and of course, trying to build on a foundation of self-discipline while shaping the person I believe I'm supposed to become. In the area of my more tangible goal, I have successfully kept up to date on my daily Bible readings on Facebook, even though it hasn't been daily, I get caught up weekly at least. This is probably the most successful attempt at reading through the Bible since it was an assignment in Bible college!

January has been an amazing month, growth-wise, I couldn't be more blessed with the fruit that has been produced, not just in me but I see it in Sean as well. God is good! I still see so much work to be done, I have so many things I want to add to this list, but I think I want to wait until I have been even more successful for an even longer period of time before I commit myself to focus on more self improvements, to ensure these are becoming habits I keep and don't just fall by the wayside once I concentrate on additional things. No resting on any laurels for me!

I will, however, still be working on some of those things, just not committing my focus to them, because I obviously see a reason I no longer want to be that way anymore. One small step I wanted to mention is a media fast, so you won't see me here or on Facebook until the 15th (other than a small, pre-scheduled post for Valentine's day). Not that some of you might notice, since I'm not the most regular blogger :) but figured I'd give a heads up.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Laugh of the Day

Ok, I've been blog surfing a lot lately and have been finding some uproariously funny people. Check out this guy's regaling of his experience in the Wal-mart express checkout line.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happiness is...

Happiness is....

finding home remedies that are much more effective and cheap than the 'real deal'.

I've never had a problem with acne until I decided to go off birth control pills, and then suddenly I started getting spot acne on my chin during stress or with too much indulgence of bad food. I tried so many kinds of cleansers, and even though I found some that helped a little, none got rid of it all together.

That is until I heard, via word of mouth, about witch hazel. Distilled witch hazel, bought in the first aid section of a pharmacy, less than $4 for a bottle that lasts about a month with fairly heavy usage, used as a toner as needed and then a small amount regularily to maintain the balance of oil on your skin. Next thing I know I have clear skin (well, other than the stupid scars)!

I am SO happy, yet so bummed I didn't find out about this 4 years ago!
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