Love This Week

Hello all!

I completely blew past Monday-Wednesday without even batting an eye! Some days and weeks are like that, but for me it seems to be turning into MONTHS!

So, I thought I would take a quick moment to share what I love/adore/admire SO FAR about this splendid week of November 11th – 17th, 2013:

1. Getting things done. Another photo shoot: complete and edited. A sports highlight video: finished (to be continued, as their post season is still not over! YAY!). 

2. Big ideas. I have some furniture pieces as well as other items I would like to refurb and revamp for my new living space (as well as some personal BIG ideas to be shared later on. EEEE!). The color gold keeps coming to mind. Oh, and that’s right…

3. Slowly (but surely) making the move out of my parents’ home. This has been – and will continue to be – a huge lesson in love, gratitude, comfort, and independence. I can dig it!

4. People who look me in the eye. Whether it’s a quick “Thank you” for holding the door, or an in-depth conversation, eye contact is a biggie for me. I have noticed it a lot more in my every day life, especially this week. THANK YOU! It shows me that you are confident in what you are saying, and provides a huge self-confidence booster (because if you are looking at the ground or the ceiling when speaking to me, I automatically think there is a bat in the cave and could, in turn, start picking my nose. PLEASE: don’t make me pick my nose).

What do YOU love this week? Please share in the comments, through email, or in person! Sharing is caring, because your happiness is ALL of our happiness!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Float On

There is nothing like returning home from a float trip in the po-dunk middle of nowhere to make a girl feel clean, grateful, loved, and HAPPY.

OK, not fully clean. I feel like I need to take 25 showers before all of the grime from this past weekend is washed away. But cleanER.

Aside from the torrential downpour, my tent failing us, sleeping in the car, and the strippers next door, it was adventurous and exciting! I have never been on a float trip, and was thoroughly surprised (and grateful) that the only time we over-turned was due to an unbalanced friend who we were giving a lift to his own canoe that had floated upstream.

I spent the weekend with friends I never see (but enjoy), in an unknown place, trying something new and challenging. So worth it!

But, one of the best parts about leaving, is coming home. Yes, I enjoy adventure, but I enjoy my climate controlled home and my dry, plush bed just as much.

What are your thoughts on returning home? Do you ever leave?

❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!

Good Morning, fellow Happy People!

I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend! For some reason I slept quite a bit, and if you know me, you know I am a multitasker who just likes to get things completed and out of the way. So, it bothered me a little bit. But after a short conversation with a fellow coworker, I am going to embrace the sleep. I don’t get enough of it on a regular basis, and my body told me to stop for a bit. Honestly, I feel so much more relaxed and ready to take on the world and this week!

So, without further ado, let me pass on some of that motivation and positive energy your way with this week with Happy Tweets Monday! And, boy is it a DOOZY! Enjoy!

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“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” —John Maxwell
 
Liz Dennery Sanders ‏@SheBrandLiz
There’s always a bright side. If you haven’t found it, you’re not looking hard enough.
 
SHAPE magazine ‏@Shape_Magazine
“I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” -The Incredibles
 
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You know what they say, it’s simple but not easy: you can’t out-train a bad diet, and a negative mind will never give you a positive life.
 
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“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it better.”
 
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“To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You cant just accept the ones you like.” – Mike Gafka
 
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“Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested.” — Helen MacInness
 
❤ The Roamin Twin
 

Anxiety is Overrated

The last 2 Mondays, my life has been ridden with anxiety.

And I’m not an anxious or paranoid person, by any means. But, life changes have become pretty iffy for me.

Today, there were 2 things making my stomach churn:
1. The decision to choose the “right” apartment complex and turn in my very first rental application
2. My decision to make a life change and join a 90 day fitness challenge

The apartment decision was down to 2 possibilities, and I just had the toughest time choosing, because they are both pretty ideal. Yes, I have lived outside my home before – I attended college half way across the country – but I have been home for nearly 2 1/2 years now, and have been living with my family. It is a wonderful living situation, and very comfortable. But that is just it – it is comfortable. Once I hear my mind saying that, I switch out of reminiscent mode and into “get the heck outta dodge” mode. I love my family, and I have loved my time with them, but if I don’t cut the cord soonly, I will live at home forever.

I will be happy regardless. And I will be damn happy with my apartment of choice as well – as long as my application goes through :/

 

The 90 day challenge…GASP! I have been in the market to transform my body for a long time. It has really driven me to times of unnecessary anxiety and sadness, and it’s time for me to love myself. It doesn’t hurt that there are cash prizes and trips involved. Also, it involves an online support system and workout/food logs, and is totally free! My boyfriend and I have decided to do this together, make it a fun challenge, and to (hopefully) win something along the way.

I wish I could make every challenge as fun.

Actually, maybe I can. And you can too! Let that be our collective goal as we wrap up this Monday, and keep it in mind any time we face a challenge.

It’s 2013. Live honestly. Live fruitful. Don’t be a passive party to your own life.

❤ The Roamin Twin

Comfort Zone = Danger Zone

Wrapped in a cocoon of blankets in the fetal position.

Staying in my pajamas all day long.

Knitting next to a warm fire with yummy cookies baking in the oven.

These are all comfort zones. Specific to me, but not so specific that you also cannot relate to these or others just like them. These activities relax me, recharge me; but they also suffocate me, stifling my growth.

At this point in my life it is not my physical growth they affect -though, maybe with time, my width – but my intellectual growth towards my dreams.

I spend half my life dreaming, and the other working. To lounge too often, to live within my comfort zone, is to risk the life of opportunities missed. Because the world doesn’t take a break just because I do. And, though I am lucky enough to be in a position where I am making money working a couple of jobs that are assisting me on my path, I am using those positions as an excuse to relax when I am “finished” for the day. But, as in my last post, it takes passionate focus to move forward, and curling up into a ball of blankets with my puppy dog is not showing that I adhere to that ideal.

So it is time, my friends, to tweak my ways and narrow the amount of time I spend in my personal comfort zone. It will take baby steps, but each is one step closer to living my dreams. Even if I just start by changing out of my pjs first thing when I wake up.

All I know is that at this point I have too many goals – in work, finances, spirituality, and overall happiness – to sit around and wait for my life to happen. I am too young to merit retirement to my pajamas anyways.

But, I will need help. Most of us do. I have already called on the likes of my parents and boyfriend to help keep me motivated in many areas of my life – not that I needed to “call” on them, as it is their natural tendency to support me. Now, i am asking you to help me. If there are any “yous” out there. If there are only a handful of you, share this post with those you love and wish happiness for. Those who help motivate me towards my goals of happiness will receive support from me as we’ll.

That is what I want most, and is the reason I started this blog in the first place. Spreading happiness doesn’t come with the blink of an eye or the twitch of a nose. It takes action and persistence…outside of your comfort zone. And mine.

Happy Tuesday!

❤ The Roamin Twin