To be successful, you cannot stay comfortable

These words really resonated with me the other day.  I was ready a different blog, and in passing they said something similar; those words sparked something.  This is why it is hard to do awesome things.  You have to do uncomfortable things to get there.  Now I don’t mean something gross, or unacceptable I mean literally you just don’t want to.  Feel likes being the whiney child.  You know that feeling when you need to do your taxes.  You would rather avoid it like the plague (or at least those are my feelings.)

I want to go to Puerto Rico this fall.  I really want to.  Yet I am no closer to accomplishing that then I was a month ago when it first came up.  Why?  I would have to work on my budget.  Maybe sacrifice some other things to make it happen.  That is not fun, and so it is uncomfortable.  but what is the payoff?  Puerto Rico for a week?  Seems work it to me, yet I have not done a single thing to get there.

I have decided I am ready to switch careers.  The career I am considering (and already working on) is not stable, and it all depends on me.  I will be my own boss.  How scary!  How freeing.  Right now I am taking a class about it, so I have some accountability.  But I will only truly be beholden to myself so I better come up with a plan on how to move forward!

Life should not be comfortable for too long.  It is ok to take time to enjoy what you have, but if you want to grow and become more you have to do things that are uncomfortable.

It is time to get out there and just do it!

Library visit

continuing my goal of learning spanish, I decided to check out the library within walking distance of where I work.  I thought I could get a library card, and perhaps check out what learning-a-language CD selection they might have.  This particular library actually has quite a selection.  So I was easily able to sign up for a library car (yay!) and then I checked out a couple of quick and dirty learn Spanish sets.  The first one I tried is too heavily damaged and I am not able to get it working.  I am currently cleaning the CD and we will se how that goes. The other one, Fodor’s Living Language Spanish for Traveler’s.  That one is working great, so that is the one I will be listening to and from work.  I have started making my flashcards.  Also we are switching one of our computer games (conveniently called Diablo) to Spanish to try to play it that way.  We’ll see how that goes 🙂

Trying New Things

I hate seafood.  I hate it with a passion.  It smells bad and everything it touches becomes fishy and musty to me.  I’ve had what others consider to be very good fish and other seafood and still thought it tasted that way.  It is probably me, not where it came from and not how it was prepared.

I am aware, however, that I have only tried a small fraction of seafood and cooking methods.  Two years ago on a whim I tried sushi for the first time.   It contained salmon and eel and I loved it!  Having switched from a conventional American diet to a primal one, I have to really pay attention to individual nutrients until it becomes a habit.  In the past many nutrients that have been added to “fortified foods” came from foods I do not enjoy.  Seafood is one of them.  I want to expand my palate and eat better foods.  I am trying to give seafood a fair try.

In a couple of minutes Karl and I are headed down to his folks to visit and go to a seafood restaurant they love to go to.  Nothing fancy, considered very casual.  I want to go into this with the spirit of being adventurous and the knowledge that if I don’t like it, thats ok.  The important thing is that I tried something new.

Contest at Civilized Caveman

Sometimes trying to be Primal can be expensive, so I take my time adding in all the little conveniences that make this diet easier to do with the time and money I have.  Hopefully some people can take advantage of the contests that some websites have, and get some wonderful stuff.  At the very least I have been very inspired in some of the stuff I have seen.  I am on a rediculously limited budget (school loans and trying to go back to school vicious cycle) so it takes a lot of patience and control not to just go out and buy a bunch of stuff for my lifestyle.  The original reason I had to not do this was because I get excited by new concepts and by up a bunch of stuff and then abandon it two months later.  Huge waste.  I have been involved in this lifestyle since September of 2010, so I feel pretty committed and I don’t feel this is a problem anymore.  However you can do this lifestyle without all the fancy stuff as well.  The tools are awesome, don’t get me wrong but I want people to realize that you can start this lifestyle on any budget.  In the future I plan on posting some tricks to make it cheaper, without sacrificing anything.  I know, big promises!

 

Anyway, on to the contest!  Civilized Caveman is having a giveaway if you go around and like a bunch of stuff on facebook and subscribe to a couple of newsletters.  Now normally it makes me really uncomfortable to do things like that, because of many reasons I don’t feel like going into.  However, the facebook likes appear to help out quite a few small businesses whose practices I think I could really get behind.  So definitely go and check it out!

Civilized Caveman $1800 Giveaway!

 

Kettlebell

This is going to be a truely selfish post.  My reasons for writing are to record the wonderful accomplished feelings I experience after coming home from kettlebell class in hopes that next Saturday I will go again, and the Saturday after, etc.  I almost did not go this morning.

If you have never done kettlebell, I highly recommend it.  Even for people who don’t particularly work out, its amazing!  This is my fourth or fifth time going, and I am definitely starting to click with it.  Another girl in my class (I shall call her Green Shirt!) was doing the class for the second time.  Talking to her and watching some of the differences between us (although I think she is more naturally inclined to it than I am) made me realize some of the reasons why it is so amazing.  The very shape of the kettlebells insures that you KNOW whether or not you are doing it right.  If you don’t do it right, its going to hurt.  The downside to that is it is really easy to become afraid of the moves.  But once you get a move perfectly correct (even if all the following times you struggle to match it) it feels glorious.  Your mind is amazed what your body can do.  You start out with these weights that just make you sputter to think you can move them the way the instructor is telling you to.  And then you get it and you immediately think, pish I can go way heavier then this.

I just feel so accomplished.  I love this class.

Horrible blogger

I am truly bad at this whole consistant blogger thing.  However I have hope.  First off because my favorite blogs are about people who get too busy to write anything.  How can you write about anything if you have had no experiences?  Also, I just started.  I can’t expect to be good at something the first few times I do it.

Today I wanted to share an accomplishment.  I made the best Kale chips!  I’m very satisfied with them and next time I make them I will record what I did and share it here.  Most kale chip recipes are pretty similar so I recommend if they don’t turn out how you expect them too, read someone else’s recipe or tweak it yourself.  It will turn out great eventually!

This coming Saturday, my husband and I are off to look at houses.  This is the first such outing, so it is not like we are buying any time soon, but I am excited anyway!