Friday, October 02, 2009

Seven days

Not whispered ominously through a scratchy telephone, but yes seven days have passed since I decided to try out my "30 day challenge."

Off the bat, I must say the excercising component didn't really pan out. But I'm OK with that - the exercise was the thing I wanted to change yes, but more on the suggestion that I SHOULD excercise, no matter what it going on in my life.

They do say that if you wish to make a habit stick, you should only focus on ONE habit to change. Multi-tasking is a big no-no. So after realizing that I would rather do one thing well than two things poorly, I decided that exercise will happen when it happens. And it still does, just not everyday. That is something to tackle next month, I have decided.

But of course, the good news is that my other habit has stuck (thus far anyway - still have 23 days to go). Since last Thursday I have gotten up every morning to write at 6AM. Somedays I continue writing throughout the day (while at work) or for an hour in the evening. Somedays I just write in the morning and be done with it. I even look forward to 6AM, even though it pains me to actually get out of bed, I have developed a nice ritual where I put on my robe, get a cup of strong coffee, sit at the kitchen table and write till seven. Sometimes it's just a sentence or two, sometimes it's a lot more.

But throughout it all, I now find myself 180 degrees from where I was last week. This last week I have been HAPPY. I have shown more patience. I have been kinder. I have constant energy and adrenaline running through my bones. I have even lost some weight (I think) - not through any effort but because I am so IN LOVE that I don't have the time nor want to eat. What am I in love with? A story, my story, and hope. Hope changes everything and plucks you down right where you need to be. And, 7,900 words later - I have found a purpose and completed 10% of my goal.

"It won't begin until you make it end
Until you know the how, the where, and the when
With a new face you might surprise yourself--" M.Patton

It's super dark now in the mornings - especially at my new wakeup time - and I've discovered that hasty dressing in the dark isn't always the best idea. However I think yesterday it all worked out somehow, even though my tights were not brown as I had thought (my boots are brown, as is the skirt, in case you can't tell). Time to start picking out my clothes the night before!

I had read Eyeliah's post about vintage cardigans she wanted from Etsy and remembered my 50's orlon cardigan I picked up a vintage store back in 2001 when I went through my EPIC vintage clothing phase. I was going for a 50's feel but it ended up being a little more Mod, no?

Coat: Forever 21
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Cardigan: Vintage 50's
Tank: Forever 21
Boots: Bata
Bag: Rafe

PS there is still more time to enter the Forever 21 Giveaway!! Click HERE to enter.

AND BTW - thanks to my friend Kass's insistance (shakes fist)- I have joined Twitter.
Mainly just to follow people, not to have people follow me, but with that being said, I look like a loser with just one follower!
So, follow me if you wish, I may regal you with exciting yarns, all 150 characters or less (that is the going rate yet? I'm new) = @WanderlustingKH (that is the correct way to link people right? I'm new)


Ashe Mischief said...

How amazing for you! I love that you've stuck with the 6 a.m. wake-up time... that alone is an incredible feat!

Hanako66 said...

what a totally adorable outfit!

good for you on your goals!

Kaydee said...

That coat is to die for!

Kayla said...

I would give anything to be able to wake up at 6 am everyday. However, I am a night hawk, and usually don't get to bed till midnight or later (although last night I was sooo tired that I went to bed at 9! YAY!).

I feel your pain though on the whole dark mornings and early-dark-nigths thing.. I'm next door to you in Alberta and these black skies at 8 pm are already driving me crazy!

Kayla - pleasekeepinmind@blogspot

Heather said...

Adorable outfit! Wow, I'm not a morning person so I give you mad props for the 6am call to work on your writing. Hope - that is key to happiness, I think.

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Anna said...

Good for you! The big thing we've been talking about lately in my graduate class for English teachers is getting students in the habit of writing often, and here you are doing it for yourself! Yay! I hope all is going well for you, and I'd love an update soon :)

Couture Carrie said...

Great job on your 30-day plan!

Love this look, especially that fab yellow jacket ~ what a stupendous f21 find!


Annie Spandex said...

Adorable swing jacket!

Fashion Court said...

twitter is so addicting, pointless but addicting. i added you on there! xo

Fashion Cappuccino said...

I adore your yellow cardigan!! I love your pictures and you posts are inspiring and interesting to read!!xxoxoxoo

Amelia said...

I love the jacket! The color is so nice. Good for you for making exercise plans and sticking to them :)

daisychain said...

I love the colour of your cardigan

Anika said...

I'm so happy for you, gorgeous girl!
You radiate warmth and happiness. Seriously, not kidding.
And the writing is brilliant...what a great motto and feat really.

Good luck with it all, you look vivacious, happy and truly in love <3

Have a great week

Kristin said...

Congrats on working towards your goals! Your commitment will definitely pay off. Love the look!

The Bargainista said...

you look awesome in the jacket and skirt!!

I hate waking up at 6! I have to do it to get my daughter ready for school and get to work on time...but congrats on staying with it!! :)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

this outfit is spectacular...just bursting with color and vibrancy!

Kass said...

Exceeeeellent *rubs hands* Twitter is god :)

OceanDreams said...

Good job with the wake up call and that is so great that you are reading early in the morn. I love your outfit, as always!

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I love the outfit!!

leeselooks said...

beauty you look so blissful!

the yellow is such a burst of sunshine.

hope all is well - was in van the other weekend. fell in love with it ALL over again! if i don't move to nyc in jan... i will be heading to Van city come jan ;)

ps- do you know anyone who has gone to the Art institute ? researching schools there... any opinions ? experiences? ( you can shoot a e-mail my way whenever you get a chance-

thanks love.

Wendy said...

Thats a really cute yellow/mustardy coat u had on :)
Looking fab there!