{Journal Therapy}

          After quitting my job in November and knowing I would have a break before I went back to work, I thought I could use my time to reevaluate my life. Basically I was looking to “find myself”, whatever that means. I sort of lost my way for a while but then one day I reread some of my old journals to see where I’d been.  What I found was horrific. I mean really terrible. Before I even got through the first few entries, I was upset and angry all over again.

          I realized I had only been writing in my journals when I was overwhelmed with emotions, like anger or sadness. Essentially if I died today and someone read my journals, they would probably rule my death a suicide. When I was happy, I was too busy to write. So I decided to journal everyday, no matter how painful or difficult or how busy I got. What I have discovered is absolutely amazing. I have learned more about myself in the last two weeks than I had in two months.

          Since I obviously didn’t journal well before, I Googled ‘how to journal’. Silly? I know. But there are some pretty good tips out there, all valid.  Get a nice journal, good pen, safe place to write, time yourself, use prompts, etc. That’s all fine and dandy but this is my advice: just start writing and do it often.  No one else is going to read it, provided you keep it safe and don’t leave it out for others to find, so feel free to write crap.  Write terrible things. Write depressing things. Write angry things. But write the wonderful things too, and the weird things, and the unsure things. Write it all! Don’t censor yourself. Don’t let your pen stop; let your mind wander. Get off on that tangent. Chase that rabbit until you find Wonderland. Just get it all down on paper, so you can see it.

          The benefits are astounding. For me it’s discovering myself and keeping me grounded. Returning to my journal-my safe place-helps me slow down and take my life one day at a time.  I am the Captain of my life, my journal-my first mate, and my days-the uncharted territory. Cheesy, I know, but the only way to discover anything new is to keep moving through uncharted territory. So no matter how hard it is to write the truth, do it. Just start writing, you won’t regret it.

{Our 2012 Favorites by Stacey}

So it’s a bit late but as usual the New Year rang in without my consent. As such, I’m just now getting to our favorites from 2012 and here they are:

 

Album 

 

April: The Truth about Love-P!nk

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Stacey: Blunderbuss -Jack White

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Song

April: We are young- Fun

 

Stacey: All the Rowboats- Regina Spektor

 

 

Movie

The Avengers. Face it, everyone loved this one.

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And last but definitely not least, our absolute

favorite, the most delicious

thing to come from 2012:

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That’s right, this ginger brit had us swooning over

his sweet tunes, clever lyrics, and obvious charm.  And his best song isn’t

even on the album. This is Ed’s cover of Wayfaring Stranger:

{A Month of No Fast Food}

The holidays are a really tough time if you are attempting to eat healthy. Thanksgiving is just packed full of carbs and sweets, delicious ones might I add. Once Dec 1 hits, the leftovers are gone and it’s full swing into Christmas, with some kind of party or event with cookies and comfort food every time you turn around.

Now, let’s be a crazy person and add in No Fast Food December. But I decided to do it and I was sticking to it. I made a few rules for myself:
1: No FAST FOOD.
I work at a fast food restaurant. If it absolutely comes down to it, I can have a fruit cup, yogurt parfait or a grilled filet (from Chick-fil-A). But only if I am working and have forgotten my lunch and just can’t possibly get away. I only did this two, maybe three times.
2: Sandwich shops don’t count a fast food. I love places like Submarina. (What’s not to love? They put fresh avocados on their sandwiches!)

Those were pretty much my rules.
Let me tell you, this was hard the first few days. Especially when they made me bag at lunchtime at work. I had Waffle Fries in my hand and I couldn’t have any! Any kind of fried potato is my weakness! But towards the end of the month, I had this part down!
I slipped up and had a Breakfast in a Cup from Zacadoo’s one morning. My husband and mother said doesn’t count because it was just a small cup of grits, eggs and cheese. So you can say that I did or didn’t. I think I did pretty well for the month.

The only thing I craved was a salad from Zaxby’s, So on Jan 1 that’s what I had. Once I got it home and in my tummy, I knew that I didn’t have to have it. It’s now Jan 8 and other than that salad, I haven’t had fast food. I haven’t had any fried food in over a month! It seems like something I can get used to.

January is No Chocolate Month. This one is a little harder and I have failed numerous times already. Each day is a new day and I try again. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Have you ever tried to give something up like that? Lent maybe? How did you do?
Maybe try from today until the end of January to cut out fast food.

{Another Point of View}

Stacey Lynn

Stacey Lynn

Hi Everyone!

lovelyhappyhealthysweet is getting a new point of view and Im it. April has so graciously accepted my self-invite to her blog. Im new to blogging so I asked to piggyback on hers for a while. And yes, I am her sister.

April and I are an oxymoron. We are just alike and yet very different. Not only do we look alike (so we’re told-we don’t see it) but when we shop together we pick up the same things. When shop separately, we still pick up the same things. And most of the time we are drawn to similar art, home decor, and food. Where we differ the most is music, movies, and TV. But most importantly no matter what, we are best friends. I would be lost without her.

What we hope to do this year is share with you what Lovely things we see or make, things that make us Happy, what keeps us Healthy, and our Sweet treat recipe adventures.  Do Enjoy!