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Beautiful Blogger Award! November 25, 2012

Beautiful Blogger Award:

Angie Grapevine nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award, which has the following rules:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you. Angies Grapevine (Check her out!)

2. Post the award image to your page

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself

4. Nominate 7 bloggers and let them know about the nomination

Facts about myself :)

1. I am a believer in the law of attraction and also reaping what I sew,

2. I absolutely love Christmas lights and have always decorated my room with them as part of the everyday decor for as long as I can remember!

3. I am starting school this month to become an Esthetician (and its the hardest word I have ever had to spell lol),

4. I always make myself laugh and sometimes that’s socially awkward :P

5. I LOVE chocolate, I cant believe I waited until #5 to say it!

6. I am a HUGE dog lover, but I tend to get paranoid about heavy shedding dogs getting fur all over me! :(

7. I love islands because they are surrounded by my other love, beaches, and they are easier to navigate through than a large city lol

My Nominations for the *drumroll!* Beautiful Blogger Award!!

1. Authentic Expressions

2. The View Outside

3. Le Zoe Musings

4. Ardent & Awkward/in Austin

5. Aqua Vitae

6. Smells Good Feels Good

7. Kristen Lamb’s Blog

YAY!! Have fun everyone, and have a Bright Day!! :D

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A bit of Everything to be Thankful for November 21, 2012

Should I go? Is it even possible? No way. I could never get off work on such short notice! I guess… it wouldn’t hurt to try…?

Could the stars align so beautifully to allow me to go on this road trip with my boyfriend and some of his family out to Colorado?

Why yes. Yes they did. And I went!

Hours before they were due to leave on a hunting trip out to Colorado I requested off from work and it came back approved.  Within two hours I was packed and ready to go. I grabbed my backpack, my safepac, and went to my mothers house to pick up her hiking boots and my brothers duffel bag to prepare for a week long trip! This wasn’t just some trip either. Or a simple camping trip. We were headed out to the mountain tops of a ranch where my boyfriends grandfather (from here forward known as Pop) used to live at as a boy. The goal of this trip was for Pop to teach my boyfriend how to survive in the wild and hunt an elk. My boyfriends little brother and father were going too, but they brought their luxuries to keep them feeling comfortable. I wanted to know what it would be like to survive it rough-like, though. So that is how I packed. Brought only what would keep me warm, toothpaste, toothbrush and wet wipes to keep me clean. You would think that wouldn’t require as many bags as it did, but I packed for a cold ride.

 

 

Even with all the “warming” things I brought it still didn’t prepare me enough for the cold winter nights up in the mountains. Two layers of pants, 3 layers of shirts and a hoodie, wrapped under a large blanket and a sleeping bag under a fastened tarp used as shelter and still chattering my teeth. As I laid their freezing and shivering all I can pray for is to get an elk tomorrow and praise for its sacrifice so we don’t have 4 more nights of this.

 

 

After waking up several times and going to the camp fire a couple times to rewarm myself, it was time to get back up and prepare for the hunt. Just me, my boyfriend and his pop. I brush my teeth, put on the required orange vest and hat and we’re off.

It was a different world up there. Its hard for me to explain. I was more vulnerable and at the mercy of nature. It put me in my place, if you will. I was awakened to a whole new appreciation of nature and it humbled me.

We trekked. Stopped. Listened. Trekked again. Followed the animal tracks and repeated the whole thing over. Before I knew it we were 2 miles out and the sun was coming up and we hear guns shots firing a few miles to our right. We are on top of another large hilltop and I could sense their shots were going to lead “game” our way (and in now way was this a game to me. I took this very seriously. Our purpose was to hunt an elk and that meant an animals life was going to be taken because of our intentions).

Sure enough Bang! Bang! Bang! These other hunters are trigger happy! Next thing we know we see a fleet of elk stampede from the direction of the shots. Pop get his gun ready and we are booking it as best we can down the other side of this steep hilltop trying not to slip on the snow and fall down. Pops loading his gun, stops and takes aim, but we missed out. The crowd of elk have already run out of sight.

 

 

Until another bunch comes running behind. Again the chase is on! Pop runs closer, yanks off his gloves and throws it behind him. I pick it up and follow close, he takes aim, fires, and misses. About 4 bunches of elk pass and another glove tossed we are short on a kill. Until one last group of elk come through. This bunch is very confused with all the noise bouncing from the mountain tops. A few stop to listen in the direction of the danger, but unfortunately one of them bravely didn’t make it. Bang! Pop lowers his gun and my boyfriend informs us the elk has dropped.

Pop stays behind to catch his breath and control his adrenaline, but we both go up the other hill where the elk lays. We find it, but he is still breathing and alive. As I watch him lay there inhaling hard I can feel the strength in his breath and his confusion. Or maybe it was just me. Because next thing I know I begin to hyperventilate and tears come streaming out uncontrollably. I have to go another direction. Any direction. Just calm down and collect myself. I then realize that this may be in no way helping this elk feel any more comfortable. I don’t even know how the elk is feeling! Or if he is even bothered! Or if he was okay with this ending. All this made me more upset, but if it were me, I would want my hunter to show more respect instead of walk away and wait for me to die. So I turn back and go to the elk. I thanked him the night before and this morning for his sacrifice before we even met him personally, but now I thanked him again face to face.

By this time Pop is up the hill with us and takes aim for the kill shot. I wont bother describing that part to you, but I will say it was completely different than what we think it would be or what we see in the movies. Pop then shares some words of wisdom about how strong these animals are and that they feel pain differently than humans. He says they can have a broken bone in their leg and they are still moving around and keep up with their herd, unlike humans if we broke a bone in our leg we wouldn’t be able to do anything. This bit of info made me feel a bit better about the whole thing, and the entire experience gave me a whole new found respect.

 

 

We skinned the body and took the meat back to freeze overnight. After one more chilling night we packed our things and drove our way back home to civilization. About half way home, though, we stopped at a motel so we all could take showers and freshen up for the remainder of the drive. I slept like a baby the rest of the way.

As I mentioned the entire trip was something I had been asking for for a long time. I wanted to be able to just take a trip on a moments notice and stuff some bags and be off on my new adventure! I did just that and I learned so much more about myself and how there really are two different worlds here on earth. There is the one we live in everyday, with conveniences everywhere we turn and then there is the wild where you have to work for everything and there is nothing convenient about it.

This Thanksgiving I am Thankful for the opportunities I have been blessed with this past year and being able to move forward with all the new knowledge I have gained

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and share with others what you are thankful for. No matter where you are I hope you have a great time and a safe trip!

 

Secrets to a Good Nights Sleep: Austin Powers?? October 13, 2012

Outrageous. That is the word that best describes my week. To the T.

I have learned that these are the most wonderful inventions on EARTH:

The candle. Between this and music during the day it is very relaxing and helps me become re-inspired in all departments of my life.

My week was booked full of working and going out with friend and family. Though socialism can be exhausting at times for an introvert-extrovert person that I am, I am back to a clean slate.

[Pictures of the Dallas Botanical Gardens; Chihuly Glass Exhibit]

Catching up with very good friends and ex-colleges and close family and to top it off making new friends all in one week is a lot of good in a very short amount of time. I cherish every moment and take it all in, but that still doesn’t stop it from being a bit too overwhelming. A night by myself was in order.

I was not looking forward to a night all by my lonesome as my lovely spent the night at my brother-on-laws house to prepare for their big game today, but I am grateful for the results. I spent the night getting my room maxed out in the cozy factor; straightening up (yes, I am one of those people who cannot relax if the room is messy) and lighting candles. I turned on the TV to Austin Powers (anyone else watch that last night?) until I fell asleep.

Though I woke up to Miko sitting on my stomach and pawing at my face to take her out, the night was still the perfect remedy for a feel good and revitalizing morning.

Speaking of a good morning(!). I forgot to measure and weigh myself before eating breakfast and drinking water this morning, but that didn’t get in the way of seeing great results on the scale! I lost 4.4 lbs and SIX inches off my Total body Inches Measurements. I was very shocked for such great results! I will confess I was not completely strict on the diet; I still had toast with soup and hot cocoa 5 out of the 6 days I am not supposed to “cheat”. But I really didn’t expect to have lost THAT much!

Overall a very RE-inspirational week and back to my personal goals that will forever change my life <3

Your goals should never be forgotten and take a short break if need be, but always get back to your purpose! Keep nurturing your ideas and they will grow to be the best thing that ever happened to you! Have a wonderful and Bright day!

 

Manifest? …Check. September 26, 2012

So. There is talk and then there is action. Talk is ever-present in this day and age, but action is for those with the courage and guts to get real results.

As you may or may not know, one of my many goals has been to receive dual citizenship with Italy per jure sanguinis. Jur sanguinis is a way to obtain an Italian citizenship if you can prove you have blood lineage from an Italian citizen. I am hoping to qualify through my maternal Great-Grandfather who was born and raised in Italy.

The other day, already having the necessary resources (the internet of course haha), I set my mind to accomplishing the next step. Turns out, first I needed to verify when my Great-Grandfather became naturalized in the US and the cheepest way to do that was to send a request form directly with the USCIS for only $20. Unlike other websites where they are graciously willing to take a check for $200+ for the same info.

Though the start was short, I was very relieved to put my first foot forward. Now I am waiting for the result before I can actually start running with it.

Have you ever gone through the passport process? For your current country of residence or even from a foreign country? I would like to hear your experience, whatever or wherever it may have been :)

Personally, I have had to go through 2 passports here in the US because I lost my first one :( First time I needed a passport was when I went to Germany with my best friend at the time. The second was for a trip to Guam with my boyfriend since him and his family are from there. I haven’t lost that one yet! Yay for me!

Another project of mine that I have been working on for the last few weeks is officially completed. I am going through my pics to make a tutorial out of later. I think that would be especially neat to share with you :) Muahaha! Now you have to come back to check out my blog later ;)

Have a bright and brilliant day… or night!

 

 
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