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Blogging and Weight Loss: One day at a time

26 Jun

This is a wonderfully busy chapter of my life.

I’m helping launch an online magazine and a print magazine. (Two totally different magazines with two totally different subjects.) It’s fun, exciting work. And it’s exhausting and time consuming. My husband and I just started running. It’s really hot out, so it kind of sucks. But it’s also great bonding time, and we both feel great when we’re done. So mostly it’s wonderful. I also just discovered Grey’s Anatomy, which is substantially slowing down progress on all of the above.

And with all of those projects* blogging and for-fun photography have somewhat fallen by the wayside. I haven’t fogotten about them. I’ve still been thinking of ideas for fun posts, I just haven’t had time to actualize those posts. And, I kind of haven’t been taking a picture every day.

I’ve been thinking of ways that I can make this blog work, with my now-limited free time. I’d thought of abandoning the photo challenge completely. I’d thought of a few replacement series. I’d thought about abandoning Living With the Birds. Everything made me incredibly sad and discouraged.

And then yesterday my husband interviewed a woman who has lost 200 lbs.

The advice she gave him: Take things one day at a time.

We’re human. We make mistakes. Sometimes we don’t follow through on things we plan to. Even with the best of intentions, sometimes we don’t have time, or we’re tired, or we come up with some other excuse.

Sometimes our goal is to run three times a week, and we go a week and a half without lacing up our tennis shoes. But messing up doesn’t mean you have to quit. That doesn’t mean you can’t run your heart out (not literally) the next week.

We need to learn to take life, and our commitments, one day at a time, because no one is perfect and no one is on their A-game every day of the year. And sometimes when things aren’t working out, instead of getting discouraged and quitting, we need to adjust our plans so that we can still acheive our goals.

So I’m following that advice. I’m adjusting my plan to make this blog, and this photo challenge workable for me.

The photo challenge is no longer going to be about taking and sharing one photo every day; that’s not really possible for me right now. I’m not quite sure what the photo challenge is going to evolve in to. I’m in thought about it. Maybe I’ll set a number of photos to take each week, or maybe I’ll come up with something else. I’m open to suggestions.

I’m not quitting. I’m evolving, and I’m taking life one day at a time.

*Yes, watching Grey’s Anatomy is a project. It’s how I watch TV; I’m a very active participant in everything I do.


Fave Five Friday: Magazines

11 May

I’ve been thinking about magazines a lot lately.

In case you missed it, I made a magazine-centered announcement yesterday. My home and my office are both filled with old magazine issues that I’m convinced will later be used for research, crafts or perusing.

I love magazines. I love the long feature articles, the lists, the calendars, the short blurbs, the design, the glossy pages, and, well, I could go on and on, but you get the picture. 

Because of all this magazine talk, this week’s Fave Five Friday post is focused on my favorite magazines. It’s going to be fun.


5. Esquire
Yes, that’s right. A men’s magazine made it on this week’s Fave Five list. But to be fair, the articles in Esquire are much more substantial than articles found in typical women’s magazines. The first Esquire article I read was a very thought-provoking piece about photos from September 11. Their Facebook usually has interesting updates as well.

4.  Glamour
My first subscription to Glamour was a gift, or something that came free with a purchase. It’s not something I got on my own. It’s become somewhat of a guilty pleasure. I really enjoy reading the fashion do’s and don’ts.

3. Newsweek
I love the features in Newsweek. They’re a fun way to stay informed of current events.

2. Better Homes and Gardens
I love looking through the recipes and all of the photos of tasty looking foods and beautifully decorated homes. I just subscribed to Better Homes and Gardens for the first time, and I’m very excited to get my first issue.

1. Real Simple
Real Simple is the functional version of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s filled with photos of homes and living spaces that aren’t just beautiful, they’re practical and organized.

What’s your favorite magazine? Leave me a comment, and let me know!

Announcement Time

10 May

Last night I gave you a sneak peek of a big announcement.

Now it’s time to share.

I am the newest editor for Lifestyle Publications. I signed the papers this afternoon. I will be editing their new lifestyle magazine in Springfield, Mo. I’ll be spending a lot of time in the near future researching story ideas, finding freelance writers, and enjoying life. I love journalism, and this is a really exciting opportunity to begin my career.

(The photo was published with my columns in college. I was the editor of the student newspaper.)


Fave Five Friday: iPad Apps

20 Apr

For the first several months I had had an iPad, I used it to check my e-mail, update my social media accounts, and browse the Internet. There are a lot of apps out there that are a little bit useful and waste a lot of time. It has taken me some time to discover apps that I actually use — apps that have a benefit that outweights what the cost.

This week’s Fave Five Friday is focused on my favorite apps.

5. Snapseed

Out of all the photo editing apps, I’ve had the most fun with this one. It’s easy to use, and I felt like I had more control of how the photos turned out.

4. SketchBook Pro

My favorite thing about this app is its creative potential. Simply put, it’s a virtual sketchbook. What’s great about it is that you can add text and photos to your virtual sketches. (This app is a great way to add handwriting to photos.) There’s also a symmetry option, if you’re needing your drawing to be perfectly symetrical.

3. Draw Something

I tell myself that I’m not wasting time, that I’m practicing my virtual drawing skills.  But, if I was being honest I would tell myself that I don’t need to practice virtual drawing, and if I did drawing the word “catfish” over and over again is probably not the best way.

This app is fun, if you’ve not tried it out you certainly should. Be warned: It’s time consuming.  

2. ESV Bible

Having a Bible with you at all times, without having to actually carry around a Bible is great. You have the option to highlight and make notes, and you can publish verses to your Facebook or Twitter as you’re reading.

1. 60 Minutes

I’ve already posted about how wonderful this app is once. With this app  you can see what was on “60 Minutes” last week, see what’s coming this week, or go back in time and watch classic “60 Minutes” segments. Curling up with this app and a cup of coffee would be a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

What’s  your favorite app? Leave me a comment and let me know so I can try it out.

Catching Up

25 Mar

I missed several posts this week.

I was out of town working on a large freelance reporting project. I was in the town where one of my best friends lives. So between working and spending time with her, the blog sort of fell between the cracks.

But, now I am back.

I am excited to be back.

I rediscovered my love for journalism and my appreciation for life last week. I will share more about that later. For now, I need to catch up on my photo challenge.



March 21 – Rainy Day News
I am probably cheating on the photo challenge here. I didn’t take a photo on Friday – not one single photo. So I am submitting to you two photos from Wednesday.
My activities for the day were scheduled to start rather late in the morning, so I took the opportunity to read the newspaper and watch it rain.


March 22 – Living out of a suitcase
I found this wonderful suitcase in a thrift store for $5 while I was out of town. I was excited.

March 23 – No photo.
My apologies.


March 24 – Marriage
It has been so wonderful to be reunited with my husband after a week away. After a day of lounging around the apartment and catching up on each other’s week, we went to a dirt track race. Dustin loves motor sports, and I had a fun time taking photos and being with him. (The race itself was actually a lot more fun than I expected. If you have never been, you should give it a try.)


March 25- Sunday Morning
We slept late and missed church. I went to make cereal; the milk expired 13 days ago. We ended up on the balcony with coffee, pastries, and the Sunday edition of a local newspaper. It could be worse.

The photo challenge is back on track. It’s a good place to be.

Professional Pearls

20 Mar


March 20 – Professional Pearls

Pearls instantly make me feel more professional.

It’s a little silly.

I know that pearls really add nothing to me professionally, but the moment I put on my pearls and look in the mirror I feel ready to take on the world.

I’ve had my pearls on the past few days, and I feel like I am tackling my dreams. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes; there are several things I would do differently.

But, I have learned a lot.

Experience is an amazing teacher – one of the best. Sometimes you need that little extra burst of confidence to let you know you can handle the experience.

Professional pearls are my little extra confidence burst.


20 Mar


March 19 – exhaustion
After a weekend of little sleep, an extra early wake up time, and a day spent live blogging court I was tired. This hotel bed was all I could see.

And yes, I do travel with my own throw blanket, pillow, and stuffed moose. They make hotel rooms seem more welcoming.

Leave me a comment and let me know what items make you feel more comfortable while traveling.