Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Another Liebster Award!

Wow, I am happy to say I was nominated for yet another Liebster Award by the lovely Angie at Angie's Angle! The answers to my questions are below.

1.  Why did you start blogging?
I felt this urge to write and express myself. I've had blogs before, but none have been permanent. This is just the latest one that hopefully will continue for years!
2.  What direction would you like your blog to take?
I'd like this blog to be a reflection of my personal life -- a place where I can share ups and downs and a place that focuses on positivity and seeing the good in everything.
3.  If you could have an evening (dinner, movie/walk) with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I'm not a big history person, so I'd have to say my fiance! We always have the best times together and even when things don't go according to plan, it is perfect and we manage to have a great time.
4.  Imagine you could go on vacation anywhere - where would you go and who would you take with you?
Out of all the places I've traveled, one of my favorites was the Florida Keys. I could travel anywhere in the world, but I'd choose this place that is nearly in my back yard (only a few hundred miles away). Of course I would go with my fiance! There is something magical about the water and the air down in the Keys.
5.  What would be the first thing you would splurge on if you were to win a jackpot?
A Chevrolet Corvette, of course!
6.  If you could domestic any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
I'd domesticate a dolphin because they are cute, always smiling, and bring happiness to everyone.
7.   Do you have any hidden talents?
Well, I was born with an extra finger, and although it was removed, my thumb on that hand can bend in some pretty funky ways!
8.  What is your favorite way to relax?
A rum and coke, fresh air, and some jammin' music.
9.  If you could have one wish granted right now, what would it be?
I'd like to have more time, but mostly more energy so I can make better use of the time I have.
10.  What is your favorite season and why?
Well, it used to be summer, but our summers in Florida lately have been so suffocating that I think I have to say spring! Everything is blooming, there is a cool warmth (doesn't make sense, I know) to the air, and it overall just exudes positive vibes.
11.  Name 3 other blogs that you enjoy reading. 
Party of One | Neatly-Packaged | Notes from a Newlywed

Thank you all so much for checking out my answers. Questions? Comments? You know what to do! ;)

V8 Fusion Energy: A Review

Disclaimer: I was not recruited to promote this product. It is simply a drink that I enjoy, and all opinions are my own.

Lately I have been feeling like I just don't have the energy to do the things I want to do. It can be very frustrating because you just see tasks piling up in front of you. Especially being at work, sometimes you need something to give you that boost to get through the day.

I present to you: V8 Energy Fusion! This is a healthy alternative to typical energy drinks.

The health benefits are amazing, and it comes in three flavors: Peach Mango, Pomegranate Blueberry, and Orange Pineapple. My personal favorite is Peach Mango. The flavor is super smooth and delicious.

As far as health benefits go, you get a whole serving of vegetables and fruit in one can! It also provides energy from green tea and is "an excellent source of B vitamins." All of this, and it's only 50 calories! How could it get better than that?

Now, this does not give me as much of a buzz as a Red Bull or coffee does, but it does give me just enough of a boost to get through the day. I usually have one of these mid-afternoon, when the day is nearing the end but isn't quite there yet!

Sometimes when you are dragging, it can help to have that pick-me-up so you at least feel like you have a chance of doing what you want to get done. What treats do you enjoy to give you a boost toward the end of the day?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Working on my Fitness

My fiance and I have been doing a weight loss challenge through work for about a week, and today was the first day that we decided to do some serious exercise to help contribute to our weight loss.

We set our alarm half an hour earlier and decided to take a bike ride around our neighborhood. It was early, and we didn't get up quite when the alarm went off, but we got out there and did our thing.

I really thought it was going to be a lot harder than it ended up being. We went to bed early last night so we'd be sure to be plenty rested for the ride today. I actually ended up waking earlier than we had to, but I just laid in bed until the alarm went off. And then I laid in bed a little more, but not as much as I expected!

Once I got up, it was easy to get dressed and get outside. I'd already laid out my outfit for this morning last night. And once I stepped outside, it was even easier to be motivated to ride because the weather was so beautiful! It was warm, but not hot, and everything had that fresh, morning feel to it.

We only ended up riding for about 10 minutes, but that's 10 more minutes than if we would have stayed in bed! It was a really mind-clearing experience, and it was nice feeling like the whole world was at our fingertips, before everyone else woke up and went out and about.

Does the morning give you that same feeling? What do you like to do in the morning before everyone else gets going? When do you like to work out?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What Does Blogging Mean to You?

What does blogging mean to you? To some people, it might mean having a certain number of pageviews and comments daily. To others, the goal might be more spread out, like once a week. And still, to others the goal might simply be to have comments whenever the mood to post strikes. There are others who might not even care about comments and page views, and the most important thing to them would be expressing themselves.

Image: www.ekaterinawalter.com

There are so many different goals we all have when we put our fingers to the keyboard. Because of that, none of us should base our success off of what other people are doing. Just because someone gets all the comments and page views, doesn't mean your blog is pointless. Just because someone posts daily when you only post weekly, doesn't mean your blog is pointless.

We need to keep these things in mind when we are analyzing our blog and its success. Not all of us have ideas for blog posts daily, and not all of us have the network to give us 20 comments on every post. That is ok! For most of us, part of blogging is personal -- we do it for us! It is important to keep that in mind when you start comparing yourself to others.

No one can write like you can, and no one is going to have the same exact thoughts and statements as you. Your words are valuable, no matter how successful you think they are. We all have value, and our blogs mean something unique to each of us!