Forget about my 26 before 26 list! Here is my new and improved 30 before 30 list…
- Read at least 30 books
- Learn to let go of the past
- Love myself again
- Go white water rafting
- Grow out my hair
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight
- Take a cooking class
- Finish and publish my book
- Fall in love with life
- Go backpacking for a week
- Revamp my personal style
- Forgive people who hurt me
- Do something that absolutely terrifies me
- Learn a new skill
- Get and keep a job I enjoy
- Visit a state or country I’ve never been to
- Let love happen
- Get a cat or dog
- Find God again
- Keep up with my blog
- Go to a concert
- Learn some sign language
- Find beauty in the mundane
- Get in touch with old friends
- Learn to enhance my beauty
- Meet with a chiroproctor
- Brighten someone’s day
- Learn yoga
- Follow Marie Kondo’s rules for tidying up
- Be positive, always.
If you made it all the way through my list, you probably have questions. Let me give you a little background on how and why I came up with these items, one by one.
- I’m sure many of you know by now that I love reading. I always have a goal to read a certain number of books in a certain amount of time. I never reach that goal. For example, for my 26 before 26 list, I had a goal of reading 26 books. Insane, right? 26 books in one year is a far reach for me and I know that. It was crazy to make that goal. You may think that 30 books before I’ 30 is a big goal as well, but I’m giving myself 5 years! I’m counting the books I already read this year, because why not. Just so you all know, I finished 7 books this year so far.
- Learning to let go of the past is something that we all need to do in life. Some of us realise early on that our past holds us back. For me, it took a long while. But I figured it out! Better late than never, right?
- Self love is vital. We can’t get far in life if we don’t love ourselves. I’ve been feeling down about myself, the way I look, everything. It’s unhealthy and I want it to end.
- White water rafting is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager but never had the chance to do. I will be doing it in the next 4 years, though. No excuses.
- Growing out my hair kinda goes with self love. It makes me feel better about myself when I have long, healthy hair.
- My weight is my main source of low self-esteem. I don’t feel good when I look at myself in the mirror. I’m overweight and I know that. But I am ready to make a change.
- I want to take a cooking class because, well, why not? It’s something fun to do in the community.
- Finishing my book is something I’ve talked about for YEARS. And I do mean years. Maybe 5 years? Probably more. It’s high time I stopped saying it and just do it.
- I want to love my life. People say that there is nothing about life to love but oh are they wrong. I want to love the life I live. I don’t have to love what’s going on in the world but I do want to love what I do, say, feel, experience. I want to feel optimistic in all things.
- If you check out the Wilderness Girl tab, you know that I was supposed to go backpacking this past summer with my best friends in the whole world, Michaela. But I landed my job at Universal so that didn’t happen. Instead, We pushed it back. Well, it will happen and I can’t wait for it. Maybe this summer? Who knows!
- I have a personal style board on Pinterest of things I would love to wear but I hate shopping for clothes because I feel so ugly in so many things. I hate most of my wardrobe but I don’t want to but new things because I want to lose weight first. It’s a never ending cycle…or it was. I’m breaking that cycle this year!
- I have held on to pain for too long, I need to let it all go.
- We’re supposed to do something every day that scares us, right? Well, what about the things that absolutely terrify us? I’m doing that sometime in the next couple years.
- I want to learn a new skill, I’m not sure what that skill is yet but I want to learn it!
- I loved my job at Universal so much, unfortunately it just wasn’t in the cards to keep it. I am on the hunt for a job I enjoy just as much, if not more.
- Like most people, I love to travel. I want to visit a state, or country (Canada?) that I’ve never been to because why not?
- Let love happen. Don’t force it.
- I want a cat or dog so bad. I love them, I miss my cat Socks so much.
- Finding God again is one that may have thrown people off. This one I can’t really explain without going to personal and I just can’t do that today. In another blog post maybe. But not today.
- Keep up with my blog. I’ve said it time and time again. I’ve failed, time and time again. I am determined. I started off strong this year, though so I’m improving!
- I’ve gone to one concert, Raven Symone at the Fresno Fair. I want to go to a big concert, like Imagine Dragons or Taylor Swift.
- Sign language is a very powerful language. I want to learn so that I can comunicate with people who are hard of hearing.
- I think there is hidden beauty in everything and I intend to find it.
- Have you ever told someone that you’d keep in touch and then never do? Well, I have and I want to keep that. I am determined to keep in touch with them.
- Enhancing beauty isn’t all centered around makeup. It’s also about how you dress, how you carry yourself, everything.
- I have issues that I would like addressed by a chiropractor. It’s pretty self explanatory, I think.
- Who doesn’t want to brighten someone else’s day?
- I have friends who do yoga and I want to learn.
- I started the Marie Kondo rules but never finished because so much stuff was in storage. Then I just gave up.
- Always being positive is probably the hardest. I am trying, though. That’s why matters. I want to be an optimist not a pessimist.
If you have a 30 before 30 list, share with us below what you have. As always, thank you for visiting my blog. Until next time!
A few days ago I went to the gynecologist only to come out with some shocking news. You never want to hear any statement that begins with “You have….” and continues on to say something that you have. Especially when it’s an incurable thing
I’ve always wondered if there was something there but someone always had an answer for my issues. I’ve wondered why I have never been menstruating regularly. “Oh, that’s normal.” Why did I started gaining weight so easily after puberty and haven’t been able to work it off, just gain more? “Oh, it’s just hormones.” I’ve wondered why so much of my hair comes out in the shower EVERY DAY. “Everyone sheds hair everyday.” Why was I suddenly suffering with depression? “Well, you have gone through a lot of trauma in your life.” Why do I grow hair where I shouldn’t? “Many women have facial hair, it’s pretty normal.” Why can I never fall asleep at night? “You’re not active enough during the day.”
Someone always had an answer to come back with for every question I ever asked so I eventually stopped asking. Until the other day. I didn’t ask the questions but I finally got the answer to them from her. “You have PCOS, you are the definition of it. How did no one talk to you about this before?”
I know what you are thinking, what on earth is PCOS? Well, it stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and it is the leading cause of female infertility. There are over 200,000 cases in the US alone! And many women go undiagnosed, like I was.
Here are a list of symptoms found on the official website for PCOS:
Women with PCOS typically have irregular or missed periods as a result of not ovulating. Although some women may develop cysts on their ovaries, many women do not.
Other symptoms include:
- Weight gain. About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage.
- Fatigue. Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy. Related issues such as poor sleep may contribute to the feeling of fatigue.
- Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism). Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen. Hirsutism related to PCOS is due to hormonal changes in androgens.
- Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age.
- Infertility. PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility. However, not every woman with PCOS is the same. Although some women may need the assistance of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive naturally.
- Acne. Hormonal changes related to androgens can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also related to PCOS.
- Mood changes. Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
- Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isn’t bleeding.
- Headaches. Hormonal changes prompt headaches.
- Sleep problems. Women with PCOS often report problems such as insomnia or poor sleep. There are many factors that can affect sleep, but PCOS has been linked to a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, a person will stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep.
As you can see, symptoms of PCOS are not pleasant. But that is exactly why women’s health care is so important. We need to help people with incurable ailments, such as this, as well as curable ones.
Though it isn’t curable, there are treatment options. Of course, the number one treatment is being place on birth control to stabilize your menstrual cycle. Often times, women get placed on metformin as well to help with various symptoms. I have not been placed on either. There is a pill that a doctor can give you if you haven’t menstruated in the last 90 days to cause you to menstruate so your body can clean itself out. This is what I will be taking if need be.
I know celebrities are a big part of our society so here is a small list of famous women who has struggled with PCOS:
- Sasha Pieterse
There is an entire month devoted to PCOS awareness, September. I wish I had known sooner that way I could participate but now I know for next month. But until then, if you see a teal ribbon anywhere, it’s for PCOS.
As always, thank you for reading my post and I hope this has helped you understand PCOS and how it can affect you. If you think you might have it, talk to your doctor right away.
Breakfast smoothie day 3!!!
1/2 cup lemonade
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 bottle Yankult probiotic
1 mango, peeled and cut
1/2 container of strawberries
A few kale leaves
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 packet coconut oil
Add lemonade, yogurt and probiotic first. Next add fruits and veggies. Then we add everything else except coconut oil. Blend well. Add coconut oil while blending. Serve and Enjoy.
This was VERY loosely inspired by this recipe from The Domestic Geek (you can tell I made a lot of changes).
Follow her Instagram, thedomesticgeek1. She has really awesome stuff for her viewers!
My topic for today is MY 5TH ANNIVERSARY of having this blog. I am grateful for everyone who has stuck with me. I may not be the most consistent blogger or the most interesting but you have been here for me though it all. From my first post, “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime” to my wedding plans and trips around the US. So much has happened in my life and I am glad I get to share it with you. I am grateful for those who have been with me the whole five years and for those who are just joining me in my adventures.
I just can’t believe that it really has been 5 years since I opened this account and began sharing my stories with the world. Literally, people from all over the world have viewed my blog, something I thought would never happen. I may not have millions of followers or be any sort of popular in the blogosphere but I am here and I am happy.
I hope you all keep coming back and enjoying my content. And for now, enjoy this amazing song that came to my mind.
This week I had to opportunity to partake in very exciting activities. What were those activities? Well, I was able to go meet Ian Harding and Lucy Hale on Tuesday evening for Ian Harding’s book signing and photo-op. He recently released his first book, “Odd Birds” and is on a book tour right now. I was then able to meet Beth Behrs last night at her Q&A/talk/book signing for her newly released book “The Total ME-Tox.”
First off, I will talk about how I found out about these events and how you, too, can find something near you. Living in the L.A. area for about a year and I had absolutely no idea these things happened. I would have been there for so many other people had I known. I was actually on Facebook last week just looking at events happening in the area when I saw it, “Ian Harding celebrates Odd Birds with Photo Op & pre-signed book.” Of course, seeing Ian Harding’s name got me excited all at once so I clicked. And that introduced me to other goings on in the area.
So how do you go to one of these events? You get yourself down to the Barnes & Noble store before it opens, stand in line to buy the book (the day of) in order to get your wristband, then go home and do what you need to do until it’s time to get back. They don’t start lining up until about 6:00pm so there’s no use in staying the entire day. Plus, whatever band you have is where you will be at in line. Because I have plans to see more people, I became a B&N member so I get to be up at the front of the line. A membership is $25 per year and gets you great perks.
So what was it like meeting Ian and Lucy? Well, very short to tell you the truth. It was a pre-signed book so there is no personalization. BUT, getting a picture with the two of them was wonderful. I told them my name and we got a few pictures and hugs. They are very nice people. There was even a girl who traveled from Mexico to see them.
What was it like meeting Beth Behrs? It was definitely different from the night before. First of all, the crowd was much smaller so that was a plus. It was also a Q&A rather than just a photo-op. She talked to us, which you can see in the video below. She is a very funny and wonderful person. My photo with her was also just as wonderful. I am very thankful I got to meet such an inspiring woman. I have also had the opportunity to see her perform on 2 Broke Girls (tvticket.com has free tickets to tv shows like her’s).
Will I do this again? YES! We actually have plans for a few other ones soon so keep an eye out for that. If you’ve ever been to one, please comment below with your thoughts. And if you were at either one of these, let me know. As always, thank you for reading! I hope you have a great day.
Dear 16-year-old Carra,
Your life will change in the next year and I know it will be hard. Just remember that there are people who love you and are here for you. You will be able to grow and learn so much because you will be getting out of your comfort zone. You’ll lose people you love, you’ll move twice in one year, and you’ll grow closer to Heavenly Father.
When given the opportunity to go see Mountain Grove High School, you’ll do it, you’ll meet the counselor and come out of the meeting ready to move. Actually ask questions this time, don’t be afraid. It’ll be exciting but sad. Leaving your friends will be hard, it is worth it.
See your mom before you move. It’ll eat at you if you don’t. She wanted to say goodbye but you left before she could. Also, spend more time packing and less time playing. You’ll have a week to pack all of your stuff. Make sure you put Whoonu in a safe spot so you don’t lose it because if you don’t you’ll find out it’s $60 when you’re looking into buying it again.
There will be many boys interested in you, say no to all of them. I mean it, all of them. Don’t even text Casey after Christmas, you’ll thank me later. Boys are no good and you deserve better than all of them. Having Dakota as a friend is enough, he’s a nice guy. But seriously, do not date any of them.
Don’t give your friend Megan money because you’ll never get it back. Also, don’t spend your first week not eating and hiding in the bathroom at lunchtime. Make friends.You will become really good friends with the girl who you have almost every class with, her name is Shelby. She’ll introduce you to people and you’ll become “popular” because everyone in your grade knows you.
When your English class gets into a discussion about Mormons, don’t be afraid to turn it into a teaching moment. Straightening out the lies will help them in the long run. Tell Derek that chocolate doesn’t destroy your soul, tell Rachel that we are Christian, stun everyone because they had no idea there was a Mormon in the class. You can do it, don’t be shy.
Another thing to consider is your career project in Personal Finance. You’re thinking about doing it on OB GYN. Don’t. That’s not really what you want to be, you want to be a teacher or a writer. Don’t pick OB GYN just because it makes more money and it goes with what your classmates are doing. Be yourself Carra, it’s ok.
Finally, don’t yell at your grandparents. You’re going to miss them one day and all of those times you screamed and fought will flood your mind for a time. Try to see it from their point of view. Also, learn all you can from grandma, make it a point to cook with her. Ask her about her life. If you don’t, you’ll regret it later in life.
You are a very smart, beautiful, and caring young woman. Don’t let anyone change that or tell you different. Stay close to your family, spend time with them. Garden with grandma, play pool with grandpa. You’ll miss out on all of that if you don’t. They love you and I love you. Stay strong.
Since I wasn’t able to write anything on Tuesday, I had to push my Mexico trip post to yesterday and the post I was going to write yesterday was cast away. That post is important, though.
Since it is already April, I needed to write about Universal Studios in March. Sadly, I was not able to go Universal very much throughout the month but I made sure to go a couple times and keep up with all of the events going on.
Overall, the crowds were still light though one of the times that we went to CityWalk, there were a lot of students from local high schools everywhere. The weather was nice, also, so that’s always a plus. They were also still working on the globe so visitors were unable to get good pictures with the iconic piece.
The only event, either through Universal or from a third-party, is the following:
Huffledrunk day at Wizarding World, Mon Mar 20 (Facebook Event put on by Geeky Teas and Games)
Sadly I was unable to keep up with the Universal Studios calendar but I hope to do better this month.
I also wanted to include a review from a restaurant each month (hopefully). For the month of March, we ate at Krusty Burger. If you didn’t know, there is a section in the park devoted to The Simpsons. This is includes a ride, areas for meet and greets with The Simpsons characters, a couple of restaurants, and a fair games. The Krusty Burger had televisions that played parts of episodes and kept you entertained while waiting in line. Thankfully the line wasn’t long, though. The menu was easy to read and had a great selection. We both chose the Legendary Krusty Burger, shown in the picture. This meal included the burger (with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickle), fries, cole slaw (that I didn’t particularly enjoy) and a drink. The only issue I have seen is with the cups. There is a sensor on the bottom and the machine knows if you’ve already had soda and while we were there it didn’t work for one of the customers at all. She had paid before us and they had to give her a new cup.
The rides that we went on were Jurassic Park and The Mummy. It is said that the Jurassic Park ride is a whole foot taller (for the big drop) in Orlando but I can’t tell the difference. Both were fun and we really enjoyed our time. The lines weren’t terrible for either ride, though we did ride The Mummy shortly before the park was due to close.
I hope that you found this helpful. Please feel free to comment with your March experiences for Universal Hollywood. What did you do? Where did you eat? If you’d like to see more content, please subscribe. As always, thank you for reading!
Hello everyone. I know there have been many new subscribers here and I want to thank you. I am doing today’s post so late (it’s about 10pm) is because I attended my third REI class earlier this evening and I wanted to report on both of my classes from this week. One of which pertains to only women, and will be at the bottom to spare your eyes if you don’t want to see it.
For those who are new here, I am planning a trip to go backpacking and I’m currently taking as many REI classes as possible. Thankfully they offer so many for free but I hope to attend a couple that aren’t free, simply because I need the info. I will, once again, be sharing my notes with you because I want to share what I am learning for those who may not have access to a nearby REI.
First off, on Tuesday evening, I attended the “Overnight Backpacking Basics” class. The instructor had set out materials so he could point them out to us, which is something the previous class did not have. Some of the slides in the Powerpoint were the same so I simply put “same as before” and moved on.
- What is backpacking? Going out for more than a few days
- Trip Plan
- The 4 W’s and How
- Who will be going? Who will be the leader? Who has more knowledge?
- What are you doing? What is your objective?
- Where will you be going?
- When will you be heading out and coming back? This has to do a lot with weather and the season you go
- How will you get there? How will you supply yourself? How will you do it?
- The 4 W’s and How
- General Guidelines
- Rules and regulations of public lands, wilderness areas
- Backcountry travel considerations
- Pass on your knowledge, respect, and passion (which is what I am doing)
- Outdoor Ethics
- Leave No Trace
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize camp impacts
- respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
- 10 Essentials Plus
- Same as before
- Same as before
- Mid weight would be best (for your base layer)
- Zip off pants are highly recommended
- Long sleeve summer shirts are good
- Synthetic vs. down jackets
- Fleece dries faster than most synthetic
- How does your outer layer fit?
- Picking your shell is important
- 2 pairs of gloves: base layer and outer layer
- Having ankle support boots is important
- SmartWool socks or Darn Tough
- Liner socks help with blisters
- Take your shoes off each time you take a break
- Gaiters are for protection
- Take care of your feet
- Look into inserts if you can
- Have a good sleeping socks and leave them in your sleeping bag
- Keep your feet dry, warm, and happy
- Some hikers put Gold Bond in their socks and claim that helps
- Same as before
- Average 2 person tent is about 2 pounds
- Backpacking tent peak height is 2-4 feet, typically
- Sleep system
- Comfort, lower limit, extreme limit
- R value: thickness and heating of insulation (sleeping pad)
- sleeping bag liners (usually about $40-$80)
- Yoga mats DO NOT work for sleeping pads
- Try out a pad at REI before you buy one (you don’t have to buy it there but do try it out)
- Camp kitchen
- Nols Cookery (it’s a book the instructor recommended)
- Pack types
The class went by pretty fast and, as you can see, there was new information on some of the same topics. I highly suggest this class because you can learn so much of the basic stuff. I loved it and the teachers are always so upbeat and lively.
Now, the next part of this post pertains to women so if you don’t want to read on, I understand. But women, I highly suggest you at least skim this part. This class is called “Women’s Backpacking Basics” and you can look for it using the same link above.
- Leave no Trace
- Backcountry Knowledge
- Getting Started
- Same as before
- Trip plan
- Same as before
- Trip plan should always be left with someone at home
- Websites to visit and other resources
- recreation.gov (you can find permit information)
- nps.gov (you can get park information
- summitpost.org (personal reviews from other hikers/backpackers)
- REI Hiking Project App
- Call the nearest ranger station
- Rethinking the 10 essentials
- Same as before
- Same as before
- Keep clean clothes back at your car if you are returning to the same spot after backpacking
- Choosing your gear
- Women’s specific gear (THERE IS A DIFFERENCE)
- Sleeping bags
- Trekking poles
- other gear
- Sleeping with a bottle of warm water will help when you are cold
- Trekking poles can help take some pressure off of your knees and back
- Know the food before you go, try it before hand because you don’t want to take food hate.
- Try to get water from the middle of a stream not on th edges
- Women’s specific gear (THERE IS A DIFFERENCE)
- Carrying the load
- Adjust weight to account for women’s center of gravity
- Gage the water you are using, have a bladder as well as water bottles on each side of your pack (make sure it is even)
- Women in the woods: Hygiene
- Recognize the sounds of nature
- Know about wildlife in your area and how to react in an encounter
- Engage the hiker community
- Women in the woods: Preparation
- Exercise and nutrition
- Muscular strength and endurance
- Flexibility and stretching
- Training hikes
- Hydrate before you get to higher elevation
- Exercise and nutrition
- Try to stay below 30 pounds in your pack
- You can’t light fires at 10,000 feet
- Don’t be afraid to go to an REI and ask questions, even if you don’t buy your equipment there.
That’s all I have for you today. I hope my notes prove helpful to y’all! I am including a couple links below if you would like to help Redheaded Owl and I prepare for our long hike in 2019. Feel free to look at them! As always, thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enter the weekend on a high note!
Hello readers! Today I want to report on what it was like for my husband and I to run in the Bubble Run 5K this year. Or shall I say walk? We walked pretty much the entire thing and still finished in less than an hour.
If you don’t know, a 5k is about 3.1 miles. A bubble run 5K is 3.1 miles and every so often you run through a fountain of bubbles, all colored differently.
We attended the Bubble Run 5K in Anaheim, California and it was the best experience ever. There was a great turn out, including many children and babies. The price was only $20 plus a $6 service fee and you get your participant number with safety pins, a sweat headband, a temporary tattoo, and a t-shirt. There are also more things that you can spend extra money on, like socks, tutus, sunglasses, towels, rubber duckies, and more t-shirts but we didn’t do that.
The location of the Bubble Run was the Angel Stadium. It was great because part of the course was on the field and another part was up in the bleachers area.
We do have some videos but unfortunately I am unable to upload any at this time. When I am able to, I hope to come back and add a few. But until then, I will include a slideshow of our photos of this wonderful adventure. I know this will not be the only 5K I ever do and if you are on the fence about doing a 5K, I say do it. It’s fun and you really don’t have to run at all!
As always, thank you for visiting my blog. Your comments are always welcome. Let me know if you were there and maybe even share some pictures! If you want more content from me, subscribe via email to get updated right away.