Sorcha’s Speculations #2 – #BuJo

Bullet Journaling. I’d never heard of it, but apparently it’s been around for a while. And while many people are super fancy and artistic about this, I am not. Just not my skill set.

So today Iam sharing with you what I have done so far with my more minimal version. But first, here are some links to the BuJo experts…

bulletjournaling.com

Bullet Journal – You Tube (for you visual types)

Life Hacker

Tiny Ray of Sunshine’s Guide

There, now you get get the skinny from people who have mastered this business. Now, on to my journal. Once I figured out you don’t have to go crazy with the embellishments the concept really clicked for me. I was going to start small with just a BuJo for work when I quickly realized why it was real a whole life planner. So, I found an old blank journal I had and got started building my life-sized planner. below are the pages I’ve started with. As I need to add things I will.

 

Some things that have occured to me as I built my planner.

  1. I need some better quality pens that don’t smear
  2. I’ve seen some journals with a dot like grid, I think those would work better than lined, grids, or blank
  3. I might like a slightly smaller sized planner than the one I’m using

I’m curious if anyone else has been doing this a while or is getting started and has any great ideas for spreads or collections?

Sorcha’s Speculations #1

Speculation – the contemplation or consideration of some subject (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/speculation)

So, while nobody really reads this blog, I will still feel free to use it as both a point of information distribution and a kind of jourrnal wherein I speculate on things as I see fit. As a courtesy, I will label such posts accordingly so you, dear reader, will not be forced to rummage through my ruminations if you do not wish to.

As anyone who has followed me on Instagram or Facebook will know, Ihave been undergoing a remodel/addition of my house. While a good change, it is still a very stressful one. We broke ground around the end of August and are now moved in and working on the last of the detail things. In those four months I have not written anything and I barely managed to get a deep edit of His Hand Me Down Countess, the first book in a new series, accomplished. I am working through beta reader comments now, trying to sew things up, and I tell you it feels like I am eeking out time in twenty minute increments.

I can’t wait to get back to more consistent blocks of writing time. But that still seems to be a bit away. As I write this, we have just found out our older cat Buster (a.k.a #SexyCat) is not in the best of health. He is seriously under weight, which had become obvious, and the doctor is wanting to do bloodwork to confirm he has a thyroid issue. But first she is giving us two weeks to fatten him up if we can. Fingers crossed we can get his weight up with lots of protein!

Along with the house reno, my kitchen was dismantled and put back together again. While that happened we had to eat out all the time which required keeping it pretty cheap. Needless to say, some poor eating choices were made along the way. And so I am currently at my heaviest weight to date. Pretty depressing thought, but in some ways motivating. I am trying to get back to working out again regularly, and I am trying to eat healthier again. I am looking to make some long term changes, not just flash diet. Of course, that means this will be a long slow process.

Tuesday morning I weighed in at 220lbs, granted I also started my monthly time then (a.k.a #sharkweek) so I am contributing some of the extra weight to that. I did manage to work out three times this week so far and had intended to get up today and either work out or paint the bathroom. DH managed to derail both plans as usual…he might be my worst enemy when it comes to getting healthy. That said, at some point I have to take responsibility for letting him interfere. Afterall, I am the one with the lack of will power.

In case you wondered, discipline is not my strong suit. Sure I can write a whole book. But I love telling stories. I do not love getting up early to work out. Or working out at all. At any time of day. Also, I do not love skipping cookies and cakes. And soda. Seriously, I love junk food. So, getting healthy is pretty onerous for me, but I want to look and feel better.

All in all, the new year is off to an okay start. I have some work ahead of me both personally and professionally. But I have to say, I think 2017 is going to be a good year. At the very least I am optimistic and hope to stay that way.

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It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is
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A Better Me: #2

So I am not posting as regularly as I had hoped to. I’ll get better. Maybe. However, I am still on track despite some “obstacles”.
Of course holidays are tough, there was no skipping on cherry pie. Come on. And unfortunately I was the primary eater of said pie. But it was good.

Holidays often, at my house anyway, include alcohol. I’m really cutting back on my mid week and even weekend drinking. It’s almost non-existent. But for the fourth, drinks were had. I made better choices. No beer. Stuck with wine spritzers made with club soda and fresh limes. So could have been worse.

My knee. Things are generally improving. I did buy a good knee brace and I feel like it is really helping support the knee. I am still only doing floor based exercises but I’ve graduated up to pilaties. Yay!

All in all I am physically chugging away, and I am down to 206 as of this morning. So self-high-five for progress! 

Mentally I’ve been lazy. I’ll get to it, I promise. But in due time. For now it just feels good to feel a little better. Healthier. 

A Better Me: #1

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Ugh. So hungry. But not for healthy stuff. Craving the cookies in the vending machine. The one that takes credit cards.

I’m down a little already, but of course with my knee I can’t workout very well. I’m hoping that by dropping a few lbs upfront my body can take exercise.

So, instead of walking to the machine I’m blogging about my desire to walk to the machine. Not sure it’s helping. 🙁

Perhaps my Multigrain toaster waffle will help? Or will it just become more calories?

Welcome To A Better Me

Copyright: samotrebizan / 123RF Stock Photo
Copyright: samotrebizan / 123RF Stock Photo

I am starting this post series as a way of staying accountable and to share my journey. Maybe down the road it will inspire someone to find their better self. And that is the point of all this. I am done feeling bad about how I look in the clothes I own. I’m done dealing with the health impacts of being overweight and out of shape.

I am tired of quitting.

Finding a better me is about putting better things in so that I get better things out. And I fully intend to make this about more than just diet and excercise. This is going to be a spiritual journey of sorts.

I work with a guy who took two months off to travel India and Tibet, and now he’s taking a leave of absence to go live in the woods and work on a friends cabin. He has inspired me to look within as well. So while I can’t pack up and go chill in the woods because really, my husband would freak the hell out. I can take some time and look within. Who am I? Am I the me I want to be? What do I really believe about life, God, my purpose?

So, as of today I am heading on this journey, and you are invited to come along.

My first step is to asses my physical well being. The stats aren’t great, but they aren’t terrible either.

Weight: 212lbs
Arms: (L) 14.75″ (R) 14.25″
Legs: (L) 29.5″ (R) 29.25″
Calves: (L) 17.5″ (R) 17.25″
Waist: 43″
Hips: 49.25″
Bust: 42.5″

Health Issues:

  • Left leg is swollen above the knee…pretty sure I tried too advanced of a workout and over did it. But note I am monitoring this closely.
  • Right knee is shot. very little cartilidge left from years of injury.
  • Acid reflux is manageable, but treading into persistent territory.
  • I’m tired. Constantly. No energy to speak of.

Diet:

Yeah. I have a serious sweet-tooth and 0 will power to go with it. Isn’t that how it always goes? Anyway, last year I tried the 21-Day Fix, and I have to say it works. I love it. But remember that too advanced workout I mentioned? Yeah, well I think Ineed to jumpstart the weight-loss with diet before I give the videos another whirl.

Mental Health:

Other than the occasional bout of mild depression…so mild most people would think I was being silly. But I am generally a pretty upbeat person. So even a little down is unsettling for me.

I have a lot on my mind. I’ve got a lot going on at work. I’m the sole breadwinner in my household. I lost my dad this past year. I have no relationship with my sister. And, I–despite being a very outgoing person–do not have many close friends. These are all topics I will explore and consider on my journey, because I intend to be honest and open as I explore things. And maybe, by examining some of these things I can be a better me.

The Plan:

So, my plan is to use The 21-Day Fix eating plan…I like it. It worked for me. I wasn’t hungy on the fix. Then I’m going to start out with some low-impact floor based exercises until I can assess where I am with my knee/leg. Once I feel like things are on track I’m going to try some low impact cardio and walking. I’m also going to blog here periodically as I consider my spiritual topics. Of course some things are too personal to share, but I think a lot of the journey will be fair game.

The Goals:

I don’t want to set crazy goals. I don’t want to insta-fail. So my first incremental goal is to loose 15lbs. Breaking the 200lb barrier is a solid first goal or me as far as health and exrecise. My spiritual/mental goal is simply going to be to post once a week on any topic that takes my fancy.

Welcome to my journey to A Better Me!

 

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Liam rose up and switched to Nate’s other side. There he pulled the darker-toned man into a fierce kiss that damn near set the room on fire.

Mother of God, they were too damn sexy. Lips locked, and hands roamed. Each had a cock in one hand and the other latched onto his partner’s neck. Hips jerked as lust ignited between them. They probed and licked at each other until Nate pushed the leonine god back into the cushions and sank between his legs. A groan slipped free from Liam when Nate swallowed his shaft.

Breath staggered to a halt in her lungs at the sight of Nate swirling his tongue around the crown of a spectacular cock. He pulled back and lapped at it like an ice-cream cone from before The Wave, BTW. Would he taste as sweet? Oh shit. She was in so much trouble. Her nipples pebbled, and her pussy soaked through her undies again. Watching turned out to be much hotter than she could have prepared for.

Liam’s golden hands cupped Nate’s dark head and pushed him down over the swollen length to meet his hips surging upward. Lost in abandon, he roughly fucked Nate’s mouth as though he wanted nothing more than to finish right there. Nate shoved away his partner, drawing a growled protest. “Damn it, Nate.”

“No, I need you inside me.” Nate grabbed the other man and hauled him into a demanding kiss. Bel swore more was left unspoken. Because of me? Neither of them offered up much until she asked questions. Liam proved to be a man of few words, and Nate said a lot and yet nothing much of substance.

“Ottoman. On your back.”

Compliance came immediately while Liam crossed the room to retrieve something from a drawer. A pot of viscous, homemade lube seemed the obvious answer. Using two fingers, he scooped up some of the substance and reached between Nate’s thighs. “Spread your cheeks.”

Again, immediate compliance. Shit, she had to resist the urge to follow his every command. What the hell? She’d never met such an intense and dominant man. Liam embodied everything her father wanted to be—and failed.

He shoved two fingers into Nate and pumped in and out with long, strong strokes.

“More, Liam. I need more.”

“I know. Hang on.” The tenderness in his tone sliced through her lust and made her aware of the unspoken conversation. Clearly, much went unsaid between the two, and yet their connection felt strong, so palpable, physical touch seemed unnecessary. Though wholly enjoyed. He added a third finger, stretched, and worked the dark Beast open.

“Look at me, Nate.”

Submission, respect, and love shone in storm-gray eyes. The powerful emotions were too much. She needed to leave. She didn’t belong there, a witness to such an intimate moment between the men. It felt special, intense. Interloper, screamed through the chaotic whirl of her thoughts. Worse than an interloper, she was an intruder.


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One Night With A Cowboy (Books 1-4)

Taking Her Chance
Elizabeth Torrence decided to finally do something about the sad state of her personal life, but she never expected the one she walked away from to be her blind date. Former rodeo cowboy Chance Rogers makes her pulse pound, but is she too determined not to repeat past mistakes? Or will she take her second chance?

Claiming His Cowgirl
Cassie Truhart is too busy with life and the Golden Mustang Dude Ranch to worry about love. Trent Jones agreed to a blind date with no expectation of finding a woman that would rouse every dominant instinct he possessed, much less love. Now he must discover if one night with a cowboy is long enough for him to claim his cowgirl.

A Cowboy’s Christmas Wish
When rancher Ford Grayson saunters out of Melissa Adams’ past and into her bar, she’s determined to take him for a ride and kick him to the curb. Payback’s a bitch. But, the cowboy is determined to make his very own Christmas wish come true

Roping His Cowboy
John Brigham and Shane Goodson have been long time roping partners and best friends. But, after a drunken kiss everything changes. The question is, can Shane snag the cowboy of his heart or will he get away?


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Wanna Learn Something New?

Screenshot_2016-02-13-22-54-40Have you heard of or seen various note taking apps on your phone or tablet? Ever wondered how you might use those for writing? Maybe you considered using one to jot ideas down on the run? How about plotting a book? What about writing a book?

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