YouTube Workout Challenge, Days 29 and 30

Well, it’s over. For the last 30 days (plus all those days I didn’t actually work out) I’ve made workouts part of my routine. Almost four months ago I left my office job and started to work from home as a freelance writer. Pursing my dream was a monumental decision. As I worked long hours to establishing myself as a writer for hire, I was mostly sedentary. I was no longer walking to meetings or around town on breaks with my colleagues. My longest walk was about 15 steps from my home office to the mailbox. My body started to rebel. I gained weight in places I didn’t know you could gain weight. I lost muscle tone and become pretty out of shape in a very short amount of time. This challenge was to get fitness back into my daily routine and it has helped a lot. I didn’t take any weights or measures before I started, so I don’t have numerical proof, but I do have general, feel good proof. My clothes fit better, I feel better, and most importantly, I look forward to my workouts. They’re a part of my daily routine now.

The final two workouts were: 20 Minute Beginner Workout: Full body Yoga, Tone, & Cardio by Gym Ra and 20 Minute Upper Body Arms and Abs Work Out: Armed and Dangerous by JessicaSmithTV

Verdict: Both felt good. I’ll be sure to keep them on my rotation.

I’m not sure what my next challenge is, or if I’ll even do one. These last two challenges were ways for me to revive my blog and get writing more often. Maybe my next challenge will be a writing challenge. Maybe NanoWriMo?

30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 28

Something that you miss.

I haven’t lived at home since I was 18. I left for college, went home that first summer, and then I was own my own. I thought that living on my own and being independent was so grown-up. But now I miss home. I miss my mom, my dad, and my sister. I miss my neighborhood, and my state. I miss the beach. All of those things are different now. My relationship with my parents is different now that they’re parents of adults and new grandparents. My relationship with my sister is different now that she’s a mom. My neighborhood looks different. The trees have grown so tall you can’t even see the other houses now. The memories are sweet, though.

30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 27

A problem you have or have had in the past.

A problem that has recently developed for me is nonpayment from clients. I’m new to the freelancing world, but so far the majority of work that I’ve completed has been contractual. The companies that hire me provide a contract that explain when and how they prefer to be invoiced. So, I follow those directions precisely, because this is my livelihood here! I’m currently waiting on payment from two clients who were invoiced at the end of July. When I started to follow up about payment two weeks ago, one responded immediately and explained why accounts payable was behind and when the check would be delivered. The other client didn’t respond for a week. Every freelancer hopes to avoid this problem but I’m sure every single one has gone through it.

30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 17

The highs and lows of the past year.

The highs:

My nephew Jack was born!
My family and friends are healthy
My dogs get sweeter by the day
I took a risk and started following my dreams
I learned how to reach out to others for help
I’ve been feeling better after cleaning up my diet
My writing group is still going strong
I’ve started writing a children’s book series to be published next fall
I’m still madly in love with my husband
I started a meditation practice

The lows:

Last year around this time I felt pretty sick and had to have some outpatient procedures
Root canal, ugh.
My nana was sick for a while (but she’s better now!)
Stress and anxiety were a big part of this year
I wasn’t always as diligent with exercise as I’d like to be
Negative people

30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 16

I’ve gotten pretty far behind, but that doesn’t mean I can’t catch up! Expect a barrage of posts over the next few days!

Your views on mainstream music.

I’m a fan of music, in general. In college I worked at a record store and there was definitely some judgement about the kinds of music people liked, but we also played what we knew would sell. I expanded my musical interests a lot during that time. I started out think I was pretty much a punk rock girl, but I left realizing how much I admired the talent and perseverance of all musicians. Now my musical tastes range from top 40 to jazz to Cuban to electronica. I like the feeling of being in the moment with the music I’m listening to.

30-Day Blog Challenge- Day 15

15 interesting facts about yourself

Blah. This might be a struggle.

1. I didn’t have any pets growing up, but now I have two dogs who I lovelovelove.
2. My first date with my husband was to see Fantasia 2000.
3. I am starting a daily meditation practice and it is very difficult to quiet my mind.
4. I eat a mostly “real foods” diet.
5. My nephew, Jack, is adorable. I wish I was with him everyday.
6. Even though I work from home, we have a dog walker.
7. I love Pilates. I gave up a 15 year yoga practice after I got on a reformer for the first time.
8. I read anywhere between 75 and 100 books a year.
9. When I was a teacher in Los Angeles, I had the same class of kids for three years- 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. They’ll be juniors in high school this year.
10. I have 4 completely drafted manuscripts on my computer. Someday I’ll revise!
11. I worry more than I should.
12. When all those books about introverts were popular a few years ago, I finally felt like I understood myself
13. I like to get rid of “stuff.” I rarely hang onto things just because they have sentimental value.
14. I don’t like to nap.
15. I won a writing award in Kindergarten. I feel like that allows me to include “award-winning writer” in my author bios.

30-Day Blog Challenge- Day 14

Your earliest memory

This is a tough one because so often I think I remember something, but I’m really just recalling an old photo and putting my own narrative around it. One early memory I have is of sitting in circle on the rug when I was in Kindergarten. My teacher, Mrs. Burbank, would tell us to close our eyes. When we did an inflatable superhero letter person would appear in the middle of the circle. There was always a big ceremony around introducing the new letter and sound for the week. It was very exciting to see all the letter people flying around the ceiling by the windows. It’s such a great memory, especially since school held so much wonder and possibility. Learning was fun and motivating.