- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat breakfast like a champ & dinner very humbly.
- Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
- Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
- Make time for reflection & prayer.
- Play more sudoku.
- Read more books than you did in 2010
- Sleep for 7 hours.
- Take a 10-30 minutes walk—- w/ a smile.
- Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey about.
- Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
-. Don’t over do; keep your limits.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does.
- Don’t gossip.
- Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
- Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
-. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
- Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the process that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Call your family & friends often.
- Forgive everyone for everything.
- Learn from people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Do the right things.
- Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
- Forgiveness heals everything.
- However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
- The best is yet to come.
- When you awake alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted – embrace life.
~ Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
A new chapter has opened, we finally moved to Pittsburgh from good ol’ North Canton, OH. It will be surely missed considering all my family is there and it’s the only state I’ve ever lived. Here, I am excited to explore what this city has to offer and join my partner in raising our little family.
Elijah is going on 7 weeks old (where does the time go?!) I thank God every day for this little guy, more importantly I am so happy to be his mother. He’s so easy going, smiles often, coos like crazy, jerks those arms and legs around trying to figure out whats going on around him, gaining weight like a champ (breastfed only) and his eye contact with people is impeccable. I truly want to soak up every moment with him, considering how time is going to flash before all of our eyes.
My goal is to live happily and healthy here and that starts with eating good & exercising. I’m pretty pumped to get back into working out/ running now that my abdomen is mostly healed from c-section. Looking forward to signing up for some races later this year with my other half.
next up! workouts and meals
Today is the last day, before my scheduled cesarean section tomorrow, of independence. So crazy to think me and my loving partner will not just have to ourselves for the rest of our lives, but a little human to look after. Its a scary yet an exhilarating feeling. We are so anxious and excited to meet our little new bundle of joy tomorrow and pray that he enters this world safe & sound, most importantly, healthy.
It’s a day to relax, get comfortable. I have to remind myself, my life and my independence is not over, but just beginning. I am so excited to start a new life as a mother. I want to give my all to this deserving new life and continue to give my continuous love to my partner, in which we will receive in return.
Pics to come : )
No matter where you go in life, first and foremost, you can never forget where you came from. Something that keeps me unique amongst my peers is being adopted at 3 years old from a small little town called Penza, Russia. My american family flew all the way to Russia in 1992 to adopt a little curly crazy haired child in an orphanage (just 3 years when the Soviet Union ended and open adoption began). Theres been bundles of challenges yet so many enhancing experiences through the years with the new life that God had blessed me with in America. I do wonder at times what my life could have become if I grew out of the orphanage once I was of age, and what kind of life I would have set for myself. Obviously, I would not have it any other way. My family (and when i say family, its the only family i’ve ever known, [my adopted family]) is not perfect to say the least, but the relationships i’ve created and the lessons I’ve learned over the years will last a life time.
The website above was created by my sister, Natalie, whom which was adopted from South Korea in 1983 as a baby. We have 2 other siblings as well.
Adoption is not an everyday topic in which we speak of, its dynamics and the citizens in which were adopted all have a very unique experience of their own. We hope to get more of a community together and share the experiences we’ve had and bring something a little more authentic to the table.
If you are an adoptee yourself or know of anyone being adopted, please introduce this website and lets get a bigger adoption community announced in this year of 2014!
Also, there is a Facebook fan page, please join and share any great valuable information regarding all topics or current media on adoption.
“To my daughter I will say,
‘See your beauty
without a compliment
or a mirror.’”
So this evening, I’ve decided the only best way to keep track of any sort of pregnancy blog would be through tumblr (really, my only web blog I have). Each week I will try to post a picture and updates about the pregnancy until term.
Morning sickness has been absent through the majority of the pregnancy thus far, and it may be safe to say that it may never hit. I’ve been nauseated here and there, mainly if I haven’t been eating, which brings me to another topic. I’m constantly hungry! Although eating a large meal will set me off into a food coma and not feeling well (tummy ache) I do my best to eat small meals throughout the day. I find myself with more energy and a better attitude when eating healthy foods such as nuts, cheeses, crackers, veggies & fruits. Just like before pregnancy, ha. Diet truly makes a difference. Constipation is another issue I have, even when eating a balanced diet (including fiber, of course). We can blame that damn hormone Progesterone for slowing down the GI tract.
In the beginning of pregnancy I weighed about 130lbs and now I am weighing in at 135lbs on avg give or take. I’m not in my second trimester quite yet, so Im hoping to keep that weight at bay for now.
I’ve always been very health conscious since I’ve graduated high school and through college. I’m always attempting new healthy meal ideas and promote clean eating and decent exercise. Running has been my strength past couple years and I’ve really slowed down since becoming pregnant. Some of this is due to fatigue. I still consciously make aware to get a out a few times a week to do some cardio but tuning into your body is key in making sure you are not straining yourself in any way. Also, getting into a yoga class is next priority on the health list!
If anyone has any feedback; please leave it here. I’m a new mother to be to all of this and finding similar experiences from individuals out there will keep my mind at ease.