Monday, February 21, 2011

Springin into an new routine...

ok so there was a time in my life where I had devos everyday in the morning, went on a run, cut out bread, and only ate sweets on the weekends. During this time I felt better about myself, had a different relationship with God, and was able to concentrate on what is important. Don't get me wrong this time wasn't perfect, I still had issues and my friends will attest to this, but making those small changes in my life made a huge difference.
    After moving home from Cali I started to let things slip. Concerns for school and the worries of the world clouded my views and I became lazy in the areas that were most important. I don't however want to discount the growth I have made in other areas. Being in a University challenged my beliefs and put me in some very uncomfortable situations. But going through those times reaffirmed how much I do believe in Jesus Christ and how much I want my life to be about Him. Health wise I am continually blessed with a functioning body. During the warm months I find myself in a routine of running five miles a day, and during these cold months although I am no where near where I should be in my fitness schedule I do try to shake what I've got every week in Zumba. 
   I feel though there are times where you need to step back and assess the choices you are making. I am idealist, I believe people can change. We just need to start small and believe in the God who is capable of making the BIG changes come true. We must play our part...
  Over these past couple of years I have started workout routines, diets, weekly devotionals, but all have failed due to the fact that my focus has not been completely on God. So as I examine what needs to change in my life I am committing to starting to make the changes in my relationship with God and then stemming from that making other healthy commitments. 
SO... Here are some goals for 2011 no scratch about for the end of february into march.
1. Spend time in prayer and reading least 10 minutes.
2. Cut back on sugar and carbs
3. Fill my time with productive things instead of hulu 
4. Exercise more
5. write 3 letters a month

alrighty so this is the beginning of my springing into new healthy routines in the months of february and march. I will keep you abreast on my progress. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Italia Remembered...

It has now been about more than two months since I returned home to America... oh but the memories of Roma and my life there linger. What a beautiful place with a resounding history, a very alive culture, and a passion for keeping old traditions alive and well. Oh how I loved navigating my way around this beautiful old city. I pray that one day I will be able to return and again take in its beautiful aroma. These pictures along with many others capture snippets of my favorite days spent in Italy.

1. The first picture was taken from a church on the top of capitoline hill. This was captured right after a class with one of my favorite professors, Frank Dabelle, after learning about Michael Angelo during the Italian Renaissance. I love that you can see a line of the many mopeds which populate Roma and the earthy colors of the Italian Architecture can be seen.

2. This picture was taken in the beautiful Borghese gardens. This day was especially beautiful with the bright hues of blue and green popping out from the vegetation. I had just finished shooting a self-portrait assignment for digital photography class.

3. This picture was taken by best friend in Roma, Andrew. I am in a church found in Trastevere which has a hidden an 800 year old fresco located in the upper chapel of the church. My class and I was escorted by a little old nun to this room in which she was responsible for taking care of these precious paintings. I am obviously captivated by them in this picture.

4. The last picture is a small small snippet from a wonderful couple of days spent with my friend Kimbalicious in Florence. One of my favorite places in the city was an amazing bagel cafe with wonderful cappuccinos run by a british gent.

I will never forget my time there...and will continue to show glimpses of my bella life in Italia and my trip to Switzerland.

I'm Back...

Sorry about the long hiatus. But not to fear the next posts will be a complete recap of parts of my european adventure, home, and life in my last semester of school. I hope to feature new health posts, decorating and art, and a feature on the talented and amazing people that are a part of my life. So my "New Years" resolution is to be continually blogging from now till the end of the semester. Wish me luck! oh yes and a very Happy Valentines day to you and yours...

stay tuned for  a longer more detailed post later today!