I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer so far. I know I have been kind of quiet these last few weeks. A lot of things started happening at once, so I had to take care of those items. Hopefully soon I will post a little bit about what has been going on with me this summer. I hope you keep enjoying these summer months and keep on staying safe.
“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” —Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib
Happy first day of Summer.
Not quite the weather we were expecting today. Earlier it was hot out and then once the evening rolled around so did the fog. It almost feels like it should be fall. None the less, Happy first day of Summer! Enjoy everything and keep staying safe. 💚
“Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the summer solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness.”
— Gary Zukav
American Gods by Neil Gaiman was definitely an interesting book. It was recommended to me by my boyfriend Chris and I’m glad he told me about it. Without spoiling anything, this book follows a man named Mr. Wednesday and a man named Shadow. Their paths intertwine and Shadow finds himself questioning certain things about the world. There is mystery, thrills and craziness. The book is categorized as a fantasy/horror fiction, more fantasy than horror.
I had received this book from Chris as a gift and it took me forever to pick it up and read it. Mainly due to the fact of not making time for myself to read and being busy with work and life. I finally was able to finish it in May of 2021 and I just wanted to read more. While reading, what I like to do is take note of words that I don’t know. This makes me diversify my vocabulary and just educate myself a little more on my own.
If you are looking for an interesting book to read, than look no further this is the one. You can find it HERE.
Words that I didn’t know, and their meanings. This is the order that I came across them as I was reading the book:
- Oubliettes – a dungeon with an opening only at the top.
- Recidivism – a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or behavior.
- Archetypal – the original pattern or model of which things of the type are copies.
- Ornithologist – a branch of zoology dealing with birds.
- Perforce – by force of circumstances or of necessity.
- Impecunious – having very little or no money usually habitually.
- Avarice – excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain.
- Prestidigitation – sleight of hand. A cleverly executed trick or deception.
- Gesticulating – to make gestures when speaking.
- Omertà – code of silence, usually about criminal activity.
- Kobold – a gnome in German folklore inhabits underground places.
These definitions come from Merriam-Webster Dictionary. If you enjoyed what I had to say about this book, you should give it a read. Neil Gaiman is a fantastic author. What book are you reading now? Any book recommendations, leave them below in the comments. 😃
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“A father is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.”
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
– William James
“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
— Amy Poehler
“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”
– Brad Henry
“I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.” —Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.”
– Donovan Bailey
We’re a third of the way through the year 🌼
April is on its way out and were ready to bring in May. This year is definitely breezing by and, I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. While in some ways I do enjoy seeing the months pass, I also realize that the year is ending and I need to keep getting my life in order. May is the month to take care of your mental health and its Military Appreciation Month too. This year and last year has been an extreme rollercoaster of emotions that has in some way, affected all of us. We have fought through everything that has been thrown our way and we have to try to take care of ourselves. Mind, body and soul.
May is where I will be taking care of my mental well being. These past couple of months I have put it on the backburner. I am learning to find things that reignite my soul and mind. A few ideas are hiking, gardening and learning more about crystals, rocks and plants. I’m drawn to these things and when I learn about them it sends peace through my body. I am also being more diligent on what I eat and working out more with no excuses. Making it through April to May and actually keeping up to date on my Bullet Journal was an achievement. Around month 4, I always seem to give up and get into a rut, and stay in that rut. This time though, I was able to get out of the rut, with some help and stick to my goals.
How do feel so far through this year? Have you taken up any new hobbies or had any new ideas? Keep staying strong, being smart and being safe. If you have any new things you think I should try, leave them below in the comments. I would love to read them. 💚 Kat
“If you are losing your leisure, look out! — It may be you are losing your soul.”
― Virginia Woolf
“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.”
– Robert Leighton
One of my favorite places to take photos is on the plane. Everything is so surreal and calm. It also helps when you have a pretty majestic playlist to listen to. I hope you all enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them.
It’s amazing what you can see when you’re in the sky.
“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”
It’s already more than halfway through April, and were a third of the way through the year. Time has flown by for me it seems. I know this year is still trying to become better after 2020. I hope 2021 is going a little better for you than last year.
April I said I would do 2 push-ups every day as a challenge for the American Cancer Society. Since I have done 25 push-ups every day so far, my total amount is at 450 push-ups! That is insane to comprehend in a sense. I’m going to finish out strong and continue this challenge. It pushes myself, and it brings awareness for this cause.
Is there anything you decided to do for April? Check out my blog at the start of April below:
“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”~William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank
“Sometimes I think of myself as a little bee. I go from one area of the studio to another and gather pollen and sort of stimulate everybody. I guess that’s the job I do.”
― Walt Disney
“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”
“You never get tired unless you stop and take time for it.”
My poor face has been needing a little extra love from me lately. Wearing N95 masks with another mask over it just doesn’t help. Plus, the weather has been changing back and forth from hot to cold and my working environment (EMS) can get sweaty at times.
I always love when I can find enough time to pamper myself, especially my face. I noticed that my face was starting to break out more than usual. I have large pores and I started to see excess oil and my face looking a little dull and tired. My problem areas for oil are especially on my nose, chin and forehead. So this skincare routine I was more focused on that and just making sure that my skin was clean and fresh, and free of pollution that it collected.
To start off this pampering routine I threw my hair into a bun and put on my Alien Teddy Headband. I wanted to add a little fun into my night. For an overall wash I used Kate Somerville’s wash. Then to fix the oil problem on my nose I decided to use pore strips to take care of it. Next I let my face relax a little bit and used the Matcha Tea Mask all over. The mask is used to pull the pollution from your face. After I washed my face, I saw that my pores were clean, my face felt more smooth and it definitely felt better overall. After that, (what’s not shown) I spray my face down with Strawberry Face Mist from The Body Shop. This takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.
Have fun with pampering yourself! Light your favorite smelling candle, put some music on and wear comfy clothes. I would say make a snack but it’s a little hard to eat while you’re wearing a mask. I hope you enjoy a pampering day. Down below are the items I used and where to find them.
- Cala duel action brush
- Tea Tree Purifying Pore Strips
- Kate Somerville Exfoliating Treatment
- Japanese Matcha Tea Mask – The Body Shop
- Facial Mask Brush – The Body Shop
- Teddy Headband
Looking for a Self Care Sunday? Here are what a few of my Sunday’s have looked like.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
“Put your hair up in a bun, drink some coffee and handle it.”
– New Girl
“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”– Nicholas M. Butler
Today was a day to relax and recoup after the last day of military drill. It wasn’t too bad of a drill, a lot of trainings and meetings, but nothing to bad. Afterwards I ran errands and started getting ready for the work week. Usually I’m working at my EMT job but that changes on drill days. It’s nice to have a little change of pace and enjoy my Sunday and get everything ready today instead. After drill and errands I did my plank, did a quick Yoga session, filled out my journal, ordered myself some food (which is a treat now) and sat down to watch WandaVision with Chris.
I hope everyone has a wonderful start of the week. Be safe, be happy and enjoy yourself!
If you are looking for a nice quick energized boost.
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”
– Etty Hittlesum
Thank you for your support!
I can not believe that I have made it to 250 followers! This has definitely been an adventure for sure. A journey for my thoughts, ideas and writing. From the bottom of my heart, I wanted to say thank you! I’m excited to keep on writing and sharing my stories with all of you. I hope you all have an amazing weekend!
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
– Albert Einstein
I hope everyone has had a great first week of February. My week started off how it usually does, work early in the morning. After work I normally would just relax and do a little bit here and there, but I have been changing that habit. After work I try to get a one mile walk in with Rex, which will benefit both me and him. Then after dinner and little odds and ends I can finally settle down into the new routine I’ve started for myself. I set my uniform and lunch up for the next day, get comfy in bed, turn on my calming music playlist talk with Chris and then start my journaling. After I journaled my thoughts of the day and my habit tracker I either play on my Switch or read my current book which is: American Gods. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks and so far I like the change. I hope that I can keep it up.
What my Saturday looked like today:
Started off with an early grocery shopping trip. The earlier the better. After that, I cleaned up the house, had my breakfast which was just a bowl of oatmeal. Took Rex for his walk and we were lucky to have enjoyed the nice weather. Made a nice cup of coffee and then sat down to take care of some work. Planned out homework that is due for next week, wrote a quick “quote of the day,” finished up some paperwork then sat back and started working more on my blog. Also couldn’t forget, that I had to fill up my vitamins for the next week. While working on my blog Chris thought it would be a good time to catch up on a few movies that I’ve been missing out on. We decided on Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain Marvel, then decided on a snack and more coffee. After watching the movies and writing my blog I will be doing a self care Saturday night with a nice face mask.
I hope everyone had a lovely week and a relaxing Saturday. Let’s try and do great things in the upcoming week. Here is to positivity, fun, relaxing and amazing thoughts. 💚 Kat
“You never know. You hope for the best and make do with what you get.”
– Nick Fury Avengers: Age of Ultron
“Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.”
― Jason Mraz
“When people are stargazing, they stare at stars,
and many other things which they’ve already
presumed commonly and universally as stars.”
― Toba Beta
Started another spring semester for school. One step closer to starting my Nursing program, fingers crossed. This semester I am taking Medical Terminology. This not only helps me in the future but it will help me grow in my EMS career now.
” If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein
A new President is officially in the House. Maybe we will see some positive changes within the Country soon.
Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this. Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause.”
– President Joe Biden
“The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.”
– Mandy Hale
Being in the military and working EMS, I use my hands ALOT. From turning wrenches to helping patients, my nails always become chipped or smashed. I like to have nice looking nails because it makes me feel good and a lot of people would be seeing my hands. I used to just paint my nails with regular nail polish, but then they would chip and look a little ragged.
I ended up trying the gel or shellac manicures. I loved these because not only did they come in a variety colors (which helped me stay within military regulations) but they also ended up saving my nails. I say saved because I would smash my fingers or get them caught and the nail underneath the gel would be saved. I would be able to peel the gel off and still have a whole nail left, cracked and split nails are so painful. While I did love the gel nails, there were some cons to them. I would have to get them done every 2-4 weeks because your nails grow out and so does the gel. The cost of gel nails became to costly and the cost began to add up. They also made my nails weak underneath, mine felt flimsy and thin.
When I started the Reserves after active duty and started my EMS career, I ended up trying different false nails. I personally was never into the longer acrylic nails because I didn’t like how they felt. I wasn’t able to work properly with them on so I needed a more natural short nail when possible. With the Kiss imPress nails, I had so many choices to choose from. They are also sold at many stores including Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Kroger. Since they’re inexpensive, have fun designs and don’t tear up my nails I can constantly change my nails if I would like.
- They last anywhere from 1-3 weeks
- They have many colors, styles, sizes to choose from, even for you toes! I love the holiday styles, especially Christmas.
- They don’t ruin your nails. Click HERE for a step-by-step process.
- They are durable and can withstand tough situations, and can even save your nails.
- They look cute.
- -If the Kiss imPRESS nail isn’t aligned properly with your nail it may feel uncomfortable and eventually pop off.
- Sometimes when they wear down, when you comb your fingers through your hair it can get caught in the nail.
Overall, my imPRESS-ion of these nails are they feel healthier in the long term for your nails if you want to wear fake nails. I have been wearing these for over a year now and I absolutely love them. They last about 3 weeks for me when I’m working in EMS and on military duty. For military duty I like to use the French tip nails because they are within the regulations for nails. When I want to feel festive I try to find the Halloween styles or the Christmas ones.
Today my tea said,
“May this day bring you peace, tranquility and harmony.”
– Yogi Tea
For a Monday it started off just like how you would think a Monday would start. Things were a mess, batteries weren’t charged and it was storming! Now I did enjoy the rain, I just didn’t like my work jacket soaking it up. That was my fault though because I forgot my rain jacket. Overall though it turned out to be a pretty decent day and I kept reminding myself that my day would bring me peace and harmony.
Something I want to try to be mindful of
I want to try to not eat past ten o’clock. I think it will help curb my random snacking and I feel that it will help me be more aware of what I eat. The only exception that I’ll have is water of course and caffeine free tea. One of the tea’s that I really enjoy is a brand called Yogi Tea. The flavors are delicious and the tiny affirmations that come with them are super cute.
“When the mind is backed by will, miracles happen.”
– Yogi Tea
“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021?
This year has been a whirlwind of emotions for myself and I’m pretty sure the same for a lot of people. This year was filled uncertainty, fear, loss but also with love and determination to get through it. It was tough and filled with many ups and downs. From the happy times of graduating Navy Corpsman school, getting a new EMT job, being able to visit Chris a few times, being overly excited about becoming an Auntie to my friends having babies, finally finishing up my Associates in Fire Technology all while still being able to celebrate holidays with family and keeping our health including Rex. Some of the heartbreaking times of this year for me was losing my beloved Monkee after 15 years, seeing the world become sick and dying. It has been a year of stress, no doubt. I have grown and and I will continue to grow in 2021. Another year to love and learn.
Some goals for next year:
- Keep positive even in trying times.
- Continue to learn
- Be accepted into Nursing school
- Keep getting healthier
- Work more and be more dedicated to my blog
- Get back into streaming video games
- Still continue to keep myself and my family’s health a priority
- Go hiking and adventuring more
Today on New Years Eve, I will be sitting back doing a movie marathon with Chris and the family all while ringing in the new year quietly and safely with dinner and champagne. What are some of your goals or resolutions for the New Year? Happy New Year’s everyone! May you stay safe and positive. See you in 2021!
“I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.”
– Juansen Dizon
The tea of wisdom tonight for my relaxing sleepy time tea is:
“Appreciate yourself and honor your soul.”
What my tea of wisdom has for me today:
“In the beginning is you, in the middle is you and in the end is you.”
“Create the sequence of goodness, consequences will always be good.”
– From my Yogi tea this morning
Good morning everyone! Grab some coffee, tea or whatever else you like and enjoy your day today.💚
I think of every Veterans day as a time to relive the memories I have had in the U.S Navy. I love to reflect on what I learned, the family I made and the memories that I will always cherish. There were times where I wanted to give up and just get of the Navy, but I pushed through them and became the woman I am today. I am thankful for everyone I have met on this journey so far and I can’t wait to see what’s still in store for me. Seven years down, many more to go! Thank you to all my brothers and sisters who I have had the honor of serving with.
HM3 (SW) Kat
“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.“
President Theodore Roosevelt
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all,”
– Stanley Horowitz
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”
― Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” – Lemony Snicket
“99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”
― Ron DeLegge II, Gents with No Cents
Something new I learned at work today…
Did you know, that a cast saw uses vibrations to cut instead of spinning like a regular saw? I sure didn’t. When I saw the casting technician turn on the saw and run it across her hand I was a little surprised. I know casting saws don’t cut through skin, but I wasn’t sure how they actually prevented that. When the tech told me it was the vibrations that caused the saw to cut through the fiberglass, I became more curious. So I read some articles on it, and watched her do another cast removal. If you’re still curious on how it works or want to watch a video, click the button below. Thanks for reading about my random bit of knowledge!
“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
– Frank Herbert
Hi everyone! I hope you’re hanging in there during the United States sixth month mark for the pandemic. I know it is a strain on our mental health and physical health. Stay strong, and try to stay positive. You’ve got this!
I also wanted to apologize for my lack of blogging the last couple of weeks. I have started a full time job again and doing two classes for college. Trying to balance school, work and free time is proving to be somewhat hard. Once I get a handle on a good schedule, I will be posting more. Thank you for your continued support!
In light of today’s date, here’s a fun song:
“If you can stay positive in a negative situation, you win.”
“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”
– Alfred Mercier
When you do exams you never want to be the one who finishes first and you never want to be the one who finishes last.
– Anthony T. Hincks
When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure”
“They tried to stand off the soldiers, but the men fired and killed them both. So the song’s wrong about the jail, but that’s put in for poetry. You can’t allus have things like they are in poetry. Poetry ain’t what you’d call truth. There ain’t room enough in the verses.”
– A singer’s commentary on “The Ballad of Sam Bass,” A Treasury of American Folklore
“Every pound is a seedling.– George Choy
Invest your seedlings to create a tree.
Re-invest your seedlings to grow a forest.”
“It’s So Much Easier To See The World In Black And White. Gray? I Don’t Know What To Do With Gray…”
– Garrus Mass Effect 2