“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr
January 19th 2020
I’m finally able to return to the gym after being sick for about two weeks. Finally got settled into my school and checked out the gym with one of the chicks in my class today. It helps that she is totally into the gym and knows almost every single work out. Here was one of the workouts that we did today:
- 1/2 mile run on the treadmill or 30 min of alternate cardio.
- American kettlebell swings x25
- Alternating jump lunges x20
- Alternating dumbbell snatch x15
- Dumbbell press right x5
- Dumbbell press left x5
- Chest to bar pull-ups x5
- Set the timer for 20 minutes and see how many sets you can get through!
For the kettlebells, and dumbbells use whatever weight you feel comfortable with. This is about staying positive and motivated through your workout. Listen to your body and see how the weights affect you and your workout. Sweat a little, enjoy the pain a little and breathe. This is about you achieving your goals. Make sure to bring water and rest when you need to!
“We must appreciate and never underestimate our own inner power.”
– Noah Galloway, former Army Ranger and 2014 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
“An infantryman’s job is to deliver his enemies into the waiting hands of Death. It is Doc’s job to protect his brothers from Death, to knock him aside and say, “Not today.”
– Adam Fenner
“Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.”
– Albert Einstein
Sometimes all you can do is look to the sky and revel. Think about the vastness of it all. Sometimes all you should do is pause, and cloud watch. Let the calming sensation flow into your soul.
“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts… it is to teach them to think.”
– Robert M. Hutchins
What type of learner are you? In class today we have done something I never have done before. Figure out what type of learner you are. Turns out I am a Kinesthetic learner. What that means is I rely on visual aids, examples and trial and error. Which makes sense because I do all of those things.
If you would like to see what way is best for you just click below!
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
– Maya Angelou
How the Military Recently Impacted my Life
Being in the military is no easy task. I recently joined the Navy again as a reservist after I completed my active duty contract. In my post Getting back that Seabag I talked about my story and why I decided to join again. Well, it’s almost my one year mark as a Navy Reservist and it has been a whirlwind. From learning new things and figuring out the learning curve on how reservists operate. I finally was getting the hang of things.Go in on my “Warrior Weekends,” get caught up on training, workout and hang out with all my new friends I made. I was placed in a new unit, they were called the HM (Hospital Corpsman) detachment. I was excited, it meant I would be able to get on the job training and actually see what my new job did! Then I realized, I needed to get my “A” school set up so I will have the proper certifications. Fast forward to January and here I am.
This past week has been crazy, stressful, chaotic and adventurous to say the least. From getting military orders reprocessed twice, my personnel profile not being set up correctly to the military travel site messing up on my airfare, its surprising that I actually made it here to Fort Sam Houston in Texas. None the less, here I am and it is completely what I expected…kinda. Since this is an “A” school, everyone is treated in a student status which means no freedom in a sense. Secured liberty by 2200 (10 pm), can’t leave base, can’t drive and I have to still be in my uniform. This is considered phase 1, it’s meant for the fresh out of bootcamp people. People that don’t know how to act in the fleet yet. Then there is a phase 2 which is a little more freedom, we can wear civilian clothes and travel off base. We just have to be back by 2200. Then finally there is phase 3. That means we can have all our freedom back and stay out overnight on the weekends. Going from reserves and a whole civilian life back into student status is almost like a complete shock to me. I haven’t been in an “A” school for almost 7 years! Thank goodness, I have about eight other “fleet returnees” in class with me, which makes this bearable.
So going from a DC, Damage Controlman to an HM, Hospital Corpsman will be interesting. There will be a lot of knowledge to take in these next 4 months. This school coincides with my civilian career which is a huge perk for me. Not only will I have civilian side knowledge, but, I will also have military combat medical knowledge to use to my advantage. I start my actual class Wednesday, after the long week of life skills that are taught to everyone to make sure were well rounded Sailors. I look forward to learning as much as I can, so that I can challenge myself and those around me. Here is to a new adventure, for the start of a new year! Time to push myself, learn something new and dedicate myself to Corpsman school and flourish in this new trade.
“You fight like you train.”
– George S. Patton Jr.
“Automating some of your finances can be incredibly convenient and is a great way to save time, but automating everything makes it too easy to go on autopilot and forget to pay attention to your personal finances.”
– Alexa Von Tobel
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Mignon McLaughlin
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid.”
– Spencer Johnson
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
– Michael Phelps
“When there’s a will. There’s a way.”
– Old English Proverb
“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.”
– Peter Drucker
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”
– Colin Powell
A Favorite Disney Treat!
Are those candy apples?!
What are those pictured above? Cute little ornaments maybe for a tree? Not quite. These tasty little treats are Disney’s caramel candy apples and they are to die for. These sweet treats shower Downtown Disney and Disneyland with their sugar crystals and sweet designs. Onlookers will water at the mouth as they inquire, “where did you get that?” Before visiting Disney let me tell you where you can find these adorable tasty apples and treats.
Oh my gosh they have even more?!
In fact, there are two places you can find these treats. First stop, Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California. Downtown Disney is not inside either of the parks: Disneyland or California Adventure. What this means is that it is open to the public, you don’t need a ticket to visit. In Downtown Disney there is a magical sweets shop called Marcelines Confectionery. You can watch in enjoyment as handcrafted caramel apples magically turn into an assortment of Disney characters and other delectable treats are made. There is something to try for anyone that has a sweet tooth.
This is just a sneak peak of Marcelines, there is much more to gaze in excitement in the store. These sweet treats are almost to pretty to eat you may think! Don’t be afraid to take a bite out of them, they are even more delicious than you can imagine.
Don’t fear, already in the park and see someone walking around with a giant candy apple or a brick of fudge? Second stop, Disneyland itself in Anaheim California. This second stop is not free like Marcelines Confectionery in Downtown Disney. Visiting the Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen requires an entry ticket to Disneyland theme park. That’s the only catch. In hindsight you would be able to walk around the park munching on a sweet treat and enjoy a day at Disney though. Sounds like a win to me.
The caramel apple and candy themes are constantly changing! They might be snowmen for winter, or maybe a poison apple for Halloween or perhaps Dory and Marlin from Finding Nemo. You won’t know which one will be there until you visit yourself. So while you’re wondering where to get your craving of sweets don’t forget to stop at Marcelines Confectionery in Downtown Disney or the Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen inside Disneyland. You and your sweet tooth will not be disappointed! Have fun trying out all the different types of apples and sweet treats!
“This much I know. If you are what you eat, then I only wanna eat the good stuff.”
– Ratatouille (Remy)
“Leave no stone unturned.”
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
– Stephen Hawkin
Start Off Positively
This year, 2020 has 366 days of opportunity for you. That means 366 days to plan new goals, put them in motion and try your hardest to achieve them. Start off on the right foot. Take all your excitement and energy and channel it into something positive you want to do for yourself. These could be New Years Resolutions you may have made. If you have no idea where to start, have no fear, I have a few that may peak your interest below.
- Get more organized!
- Eat healthier! Start off slow by just doing healthy breakfasts.
- Try Yoga to strengthen your soul and mind.
- Have new workouts at your fingertips.
- Keep track of your finances.
This is just a small glimpse into your adventure ahead of you. Start off slow, and try not to overwhelm yourself. Compile new ideas and resolutions. Do ones that matter to you, not ones that can stress you out. This is about growing, happiness and achieving new things. I hope some of these ideas will spark a flame inside of you or make you remember why you can continue on with your adventure. Show yourself what you are truly capable of, nobody writes your adventure except yourself.
“In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!”
– Mehmet Murat Ildan
So Long 2019, Hello 2020!
Each year we have an opportunity to show ourselves who we want to be, who we are. Goals we aspired to achieve and achieved. Each year we find out how much more we love and accept ourselves. 2019 was definitely a year of growth, overcoming obstacles and realizing how much potential I actually held. Going into 2020, whoo! The new roaring ’20s, super excited, I wish nothing but love and positivity for everyone. I want more opportunities, good health, new friends and of course more adventures for you all. Be brave, have fun, make 2020 your year. I also want to thank everyone for starting off this blogging journey with me! I can’t wait to write more. Be safe my lovelies. Happy New Year!
”We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch
“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.”
– Germany Kent
“Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.”
“Take a limitation and turn it into an opportunity. Take an opportunity and turn it into an adventure by dreaming BIG!”
– Jo Franz
“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”
– Harlan Miller
Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy your holiday with family and friends! Eat all the food, drink all the drinks and unwrap all the presents! Spend time with your friends and family, make new memories and strengthen the love between everyone. 💚🎄
“My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmastime fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year.”
-Thomas S. Monson
T’was The Night Before Christmas With A Fire Safety Twist
T’was the Night Before Christmas
And all the through the house,
Everyone was sleeping, even the mouse.
When all of a sudden, there appeared some light smoke, then the smoke alarm sounded and everyone woke. Off in the distance a fire began to grow, when all of a sudden it began to slow. Then what to my wondering eyes did appear? A group of firefighters, in full turnout gear! And I heard one exclaim to the others with a shout. “THIS HOME HAS SPRINKLERS! THE FIRE IS OUT!” As they drove away, they were all full of cheer, that the sprinklers work every day of the year.
One of my fire inspector shared this little poem at work. I hope you get a kick out of it like we did!
Merry Christmas Eves Eve
Traditionally my family will celebrate Christmas Eves Eve with a family party! Usually one of my aunties will throw a HUGE family party and we celebrate with good food, fun drinks and a Christmas gift exchange. This year it’s a little different since today fell on a Monday, still a workday. So instead we’re moving it to tomorrow and will celebrate on Christmas Eve which is a little different but still fun none the less. Will there be a gift exchange like The White Elephant? Who knows? Either way we will be decked out in cheer, toasting to the holidays and singing Christmas songs at the top of our lungs!
What are some of your Christmas or Holiday traditions?
“Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.”
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
First Day Of Winter
Have you ever wondered what the Winter Solstice really is? Have a look, by clicking the button above. It gives an overview and may answer some questions that you’ve been wondering about.
“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”
— J.B. Priestley
“Man has always learned from the past. After all, you can’t learn history in reverse!”
– Archimedes, The Sword in the Stone
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
– Darth Vader
“Because when I look at you, I can feel it. And I look at you and I’m home.”
– Dory, Finding Nemo
“I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”
– Alice (Alice In Wonderland)
Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. Khalil Gibran
If you’ve ever wanted to just star gaze and enjoy the night sky, now is the time! Right now there is a meteor shower called the Geminids happening until Tuesday December 17th! Below is the link that will explain more about it! I know last night it definitely was fun catching glimpes of it while working.
Have fun! Stay warm! Be safe!
“All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.” – Carl von Clausewitz
“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!”
— Jack Skellington
I thought, maybe The Nightmare Before Christmas would be more in spirit since today is Friday the 13th.
“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”
Sixteen more days until Christmas! Hang your stockings, put up your tree, watch Christmas movies and listen to Holiday songs. One of my favorite song since I was a kid and will always be “The Little Drummer Boy” done by The Vienna Boys Choir. There also is the classic stop motion film The Little Drummer Boy. Enjoy the festivities, put on some music and spread the Holiday cheer!
Some of my Favorite Books for the Rain
First off…There will always be a never ending list of books that will be amazing to read in the rain. The list will always change and everyone has their own views on whether or not a book is worth reading or not. Why specifically reading in the rain you may ask, simple, it is some of the most calming (in some cases) weather there is. I’m sure many of you have heard that rain can make you sleepy or feel more calm that’s because rain tends to be white noise or what some call pink noise. Pink noise allows you to focus on just the sound of the rain and nothing else. This allows your body to rest, focus and to destress in a sense. This is why reading in the rain is calming and one of my favorite times to get cozy on the couch with a book. Here is a small list of my favorite books to read while it’s raining.
- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This comedic book series gets you through the galaxy over a span of 5 books! It keeps you entertained and glued to the pages the whole time! They also have a movie based on the books and a radio series that was done.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. A very gripping story that tells the chilling tale of Susie. The movie was also just recently released.
- The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. Four different women whose lives intersect around chaos, keeping secrets about themselves and who they love. A captivating well researched and written novel. Fiercely independent and mind provoking.
- The Pact by Jodi Picoult. This is a heart wrenching love story between two teenagers with a tragic story to tell. It’ll keep you guessing until the very last page. I loved this book so much I actually wrote a post about it, which you can read here.
This is just a short list of a few mesmerizing stories. Each book will fill your soul with happiness, sadness and every emotion in-between. Reading not only stimulates your brain with creativity and calmness. It allows a little time of escaping to just be you and not have to worry about anything for another chapter. Even if it isn’t raining, you should still give these books a good read. So sit down, have some tea, get cozy and start reading.
“You are only worthy of what you prove yourself to be.”
―Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers
“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
– Oren Arnold
78 years ago, December 7th 1941 the world would change. The surprise raid on the major U.S. Navy base near Honolulu killed more than 2,400 Americans and, in short, brought the United States into World War II.
According to the National Park Service, Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in August 1994. Remembrance events are held every year at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
If you click below you can immerse yourself in the history and events that occurred 78 years ago on the attack at Pearl Harbor.
“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941…a date that will live in infamy.”
Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.”
Henry Ward Beecher
“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”
Trying my hand at photography again. Finding my passion for it in my life is like, relighting the flame on my creative side.
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”