Just keep breathing

Edit: I did the assignment for the Blogging University and published my unedited post. I don’t think it’s a very good one but I’ll leave it here so you’ll have the chance to read the original very brain vomity post on this page. Because I’m here learning to become a better writer and blogger, I’m going to challenge myself a little further. I want to see what I can make of this stream of consciousness and make that mess into an actual real post; the sort of post I would have written for this assignment if I had used a little more time and put a little more thought into it. If you want to read what I turned it into, just scroll down and turn the page.

Today’s assignment for the writing 101 blogging challenge was to write about the three most important songs to you. The twist was to do it as a free write, which means I’m supposed to just let my mind work and just type. Not care what I write if the grammar is correct or if the words come out in order or even if it doesn’t make any sense at all, I should just write.

I’ve already cheated four times and used the bacspace button to correct what I just wrote. I romise I wont do that again. Prepare yourself for something absolytely crazy.

Three songs that are most important to me were difficult to choose. Music is the best thing in the wrld and it makes everything so much better. I definitely woudlnr do any excersie if I couldn’t listen to music while I do it.

Numebr one most important song to me is ‘Always’ by Bon Jovi. I was twelve years olf when I first heard it when it was released. I had not been a fan of Bon jOvi before that but it was love at first site and now the band is the best thing I ever came across with.

I trylu worry that this stream of consiusness makes no sense to anyone else but mw, but I will keep on going.

So, Always is the most beautiful, or one of the most beuautiful rock ballads there are and it plays an iportant part in my life.

The second most important song to me is ‘Inspiration’ by a Finnish band called Negative. I went to accompany my best friend to their gig a long time ago. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like them too musch , but I was so wrong. Iäve never been as wrong agaib. I was in love from the first chord and by the time they finally played this song I was head over heels in love and there was no turning back.

Later at another gig on another time they played this song and during the song the singer, Jonne, grabbed my face and sang this song while loooking into my eyes. I was swooning.

I’m almost running out f time so I better move on. The hird most important song to me is ‘Just Keep Breathing’ by We The Kings. The song is awesome! It makes me have emotions and these emotions ususally make tears, but thats fine. I believe We The KIngs could be one of my favorite bands at the moment. The band is awesome and this song is awesome. I’m actually listening to it while writing this. Just keep breatinh! Listen to the song. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it as well.

Time’s up! Gotta go and hit publish… I still need the heading… OMG

See ya! -Inkeri

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I’m running!

I hate running, but for some weird reason I’ve still given myself a long-term goal to run a half marathon. I’ve started training towards the goal and I must admit that most of the time running doesn’t feel too awful at all. With this new revelation in mind I should probably say that “I used to hate running”, because running is actually really invigorating and I quite like it.

I’m pretty excited about this half marathon thing. I don’t know for sure why or when exactly I decided I wanted to run a half marathon. One day the thought just came to me and I let it mull for a few days. Eventually it stuck and I couldn’t get rid of it and now that the decision is made I can’t wait to be there running with all of the other runners.

But before I run a little over 21 km I need to run a lot more than the short way to the bus stop every morning. We have wonderful walking and running grounds here where I live and I’ve tried many different ones back and forth. I have at least four absolutely awesome track options and a couple more OK ones to choose from.

The dirt track I usually take is winding through some green and luscious woods. The woods makes the track nice for running because it creates some wonderful cooling shade and it doesn’t get excruciatingly hot even though the sun is shining from the clear blue sky. If I didn’t blast my spotify playlist on full volume I would probably hear about a hundred birds singing their beautiful tweet-tweets at me as I woosh past them.

The track is very convenient in many ways. It has a nice amount of steep uphills and the same amount of easy downhills giving me some variety and the chance to really push myself. There are some weight training devices made out logs in about halfway in. I haven’t utilised them yet because I’m not sure how exactly they work, but maybe someday I’ll try them out.

Towards the end of the route the dirt track widens and turns into an asphalt road. I run, or walk, past some big and expensive looking houses. If I had a lot more money I wouldn’t mind living in one of them. Most of them have big beautiful yards and every single one them has a trampoline. At least it seems that way… I can hear a dog bark somewhere through the music.

The part I hate the most about running and exercise in general is the ‘going’-part. It’s always a huge struggle for me to get myself ready and go. Once I’m out and I smell the green of the woods, the freshly cut grass and the sweat in my armpits I always feel awesome. The closer I get back home the better I feel. By the time I hit the shower I feel like I just moved a huge mountain and there’s nothing in this world that I couldn’t do.

At the end of the day, running is pretty cool!

Remember to exercise! -Inkeri

I challenge myself!

I’ve set myself up for a few challenges this month. I’m really into challenges if you didn’t know that yet. I tend to take part in too many challenges at a time and get too overwhelmed and eventually give up. But this time it’s going to be different. Why you might ask. I really don’t know.

The challenges are:

  1. Do the Writing 101 challenge arranged by The Daily Post
  2. Lose 5 kg in June
  3. Exercise like there’s no tomorrow!
  4. Sleep more

I’ve already tackled all of them. I’m doing the first one as I write actually. Today is the first day of Writing 101 and our first assignment was to free our mind and just write whatever but use just 20 minutes to do it. I’ve got 13 minutes left, let’s see where my mind takes me.

Right now my mind is filled with pain. Because of the challenge number three, I’ve been doing pilates yesterday and today. I recently fell in love with pop-pilates by Cassey Ho on blogilates.com and I started doing her June workout calendar yesterday. It was pretty intense as was today and now my butt is in pain. But hopefully by the end of the month my but will look awesome.

Hmm… my mind is going hyper right now. I’m thinking about too many things at the same time and trying to make some sort of sense out of all of it. As a result my mind is like a big huge blergh and nothing comes through. I’m hungry, a little sweaty, I should start getting ready for bed if I want to get full eight hours of sleep. On moments like this I wish I didn’t have to get up so dang early in the morning.

The challenge number two is what I’m actually very excited about. My overall goal is to finally shred all the extra fat I’ve gained in my life. I want to lose around 21-23 kg and I think a year would be a good enough time to do it in. That would be around 2 kg in a month which is very slow pace I think. To get a great start I’m going to jump right in and lose 5 kg this month. If I lose less than that, it’ll be fine too. As long as the weight goes down.

I weighted (is that a word..?) myself yesterday and I weigh 86 kg. I’m about 163 cm tall, so you do the math. I’m fat and that’s OK, I’m still gorgeous and awesome, but I’d like to live as long as possible and be as healthy as possible, and the only way to have that is to lose some of the extra.

Time’s up! See you again tomorrow with the next assignment. – Inkeri

 

Jealousy

I’m jealous of so many people. I’m jealous of people who can sing very well, I’m jealous of people who are wittier and funnier writers than me, I’m jealous of people who always look awesome in photographs, and so on… But the people I’m most jealous of are the people who have better self-discipline than me and who get things done!

I’ve had a goal to lose weight for over a decade now, but I lack self-discipline. I’ve lost weight in the past, but I love food and I eat too much of it and gain it all back before I even notice I’ve lost it. I also love everything sweet and candy is the most difficult thing for me to avoid having. I’m jealous of people who don’t crave for the sweet things.

From this day forward I’m going to become a new person! (If I had a euro every time I tell that to myself I’d be a millionaire by now.) I want to be healthy and efficient and not just lie around all day. I want to be active and try new things! I want to be even happier than I already am!

The journey to the new me is probably going to be a long one and I might even fail a few times. I might even want to quit it all together. To tell you the truth, as well as I know myself, I’m actually probably going to quit at some point, but hopefully I’ve built up my self-discipline enough by then so I won’t.

Because I’m trying to turn a whole new leaf in my life I decided to change my blog a bit too to fit my new life. I changed the layout and the colours, I re-wrote the about page as well. I even changed the name!

I thought about creating a whole new blog for this journey, but I didn’t want to let go of my 433 previous posts, (although most of posts aren’t that great, but the posts are still a part of me). So I decided to just change things around a bit but I didn’t feel like holding on to the old name, so I came up with a new one.

Slim, Trim and Lusty. Three things that I’m not, but hopefully will be.

Slim – Being the opposite of fat it is my number one goal to achieve. I want to be slim, and healthy, and feel good about myself.

Trim – I want to be athletic. I pretty much dislike exercising at the moment, but I would like to be able to run someday without feeling like I’m going to after ten seconds. I would like to enjoy running!

Lusty – Sure I would like to be more desirable to the opposite sex, but because my husband fell in love with me even with all the fat around my bones, that’s not what I’m going after with this. I want to be lusty as in being more energetic and stronger physically and mentally. I really want to be more efficient and more organised at home.

So from now on my blog is going to be mostly about slimming, trimming and lustying (yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s not a word). I might throw something else out there every now and than if I feel like it. I hope you feel like sticking around and give a few words of encouragement every now and then.

Wish me luck and energy to achieve my goals and maybe people will be a little bit jealous of me when I succeed.

See you next time! -Inkeri

Top 7 – Best of the Oscars

Top 7

The Oscars were given last Sunday and I watched the show live in the middle of the night with a bunch friends. We had a great time making our own predictions and eating all sorts of great food. My predictions didn’t go as well as last year, but I got half of them right.

These are the bits of the actual show, and a little bit of the red carpet, that I think are the best!

#7: Cumberbatch and JLaw on the red carpet

The seventh place is a tie because I couldn’t decide which one to add to the list, so I added both.

Everybody loves Benedict Cumberbatch and after he photobombed U2 I decided to love him even more. The photobomb looks fun and it sure made me laugh.

Oscars Cumberbatch

Jennifer Lawrence fell at the Oscars, again! I think she’s going to make this into a tradition. This time she fell right away as she was getting out of the car. Her falling again even made it to Ellen’s opening monologue and she was casually joking about it herself when presenting the nominees and the winner for best actor in a leading role.

#6: Pharrell Williams’ performance

I’m not a big fan of Pharrell Williams although I don’t deny he’s very talented at what he does. I do like his Oscar nominated song ‘Happy’ and funnily enough the song makes me happy. Williams was cool to perform the song live at the Oscars and I liked the performance a lot. All the dancing on the stage was fun to watch and it was even better when Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams joined in for a little bit of dancing as well.

Oscars Pharrell

Watch the performance on the official Oscars website.

#5: Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen is simply the best! I love her sense of humour and pretty much everything she does. I think she’s the perfect host for the Oscars and I wish she gets to do it again sometime.

Ellen

#4: The Pizza

Ellen being the crazy funny woman that she is, decided to order some pizza for everyone at the Oscars. I bet no one thought she would actually do it and even I was surprised when a delivery guy showed up with pizzas.

Three pizzas didn’t last very long and most of the audience didn’t get a piece, but it sure was entertaining to see Brad Pitt handing out paper plates and napkins.

#3: Ellen broke Twitter

If you’ve not seen or heard of the selfie that broke twitter, you must have been in a coma for the past week. I love things that the whole world can take part of and the selfie was definitely something that the world took part of. The selfie was shared over twitter over a 600 000 in no time, and by the end of the Oscar show it had been re-tweeted close to 2 million times. Pretty amazing, donät you think…

This will be remembered as the selfie that broke Twitter.

#2: Jared Leto winning

Jared Leto was absolutely fantastic in his role as the beautiful Rayon in Dallas Buyer’s Club and if he wouldn’t have won the Oscar for that performance I would have been very disappointed with the Academy. The rest of the nominees didn’t have a chance to win it over Jared, he was just so good!

Oscars Jared Leto

And his acceptance speech was great too! He thanked his mother for being such a good mom and encouraging him and his bother to be creative and to do something special. He also gave a few words to the dreamers in such places as Ukraine and Venezuela. He of course mentioned all the 36 million people who have lost the battle against AIDS and those who have ever felt injustice because of who they are and who they love. I loved every single word that came out his mouth. You can watch the full speech on the official Oscars website.

#1: Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech

Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech for winning the Oscar for the best actress in a supporting role was full of tears and laughter. It was a heartwarming speech where she thanked her family, best friends and her fellow actors and other people who made the movie.

Oscars Lupita Nyong'o

She also talked about more profound things and said “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” being grateful for been given the role of Patsey and it being the best part of her life. The thing that really made me love her speech was the very last thing she said

No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

I agree with that 100%!

Watch the speech on the official Oscars website.

Have a great weekened!
Loads of hugs – Inkeri

In the year 2014

Hey!

Happy new year! I’m back! I’m here! I’ve been very quiet blogging-wise for a bit over a month now, but now I’m back! I guess a year of daily blogging was just a little too much and eventually I got fed up with it. I took my vacation and now I have things to say again.

This post will contain my new year’s resolutions, but before I come up with them I want to review on how I did with my resolutions last year. I can tell you didn’t do too good, but I did OK.

Shortly – my resolutions were to choose to be happy every day, exercise, eat healthy, lose weight, take an IQ test, learn how to do a french braid and complete the 50/50 challenge. There’s only one resolution in those seven I can honestly say that I completed, one that I did very good with, one I didn’t do at all, one that I completed half of and three I did a little. Last year’s resolutions are on a post called Top 7 – New Year’s Resolutions.

The one thing I actually did is to learn how to make a french braid. One of best friends taught me how to do it over the summer and she was a perfect teacher. I’ve watched countless of YouTube videos trying to do what they’re doing in the videos, but I just didn’t get until Sanna showed me what to do. I may not be very good at it yet, but I think this braid looks pretty good.

french braid

The one I would like to say I completed as well, (but I guess I didn’t) is to choose to be happy every day. I didn’t make this choice every day, but I did it on most days. I think I did it perhaps 87% of the year which is pretty good I would say, but still I did not do it properly and therefore this resolution wasn’t successful.

I completed half of the 50/50 challenge. I watched over 50 movies, but I only read 11 books. You can find the complete list of movies and books over here! I think it’s just sad that I read only 11 books and what’s even more sad is that I read those during the first half of the year and then I didn’t read a thing for the rest of the year. Sometime around October I totally gave up when I realised I’m not going to be able to read 39 books in two months, so I stopped updating the movies too.

The thing I didn’t do at all was to take an IQ test. I did this as much as to check out where and when I would be able to take one, and talked about with a friend and decided we were going to take it together, but then didn’t. So I guess I did this a little bit after all, but completely failed to see it through.

The rest, exercising, eating healthy and losing weight, I did halfheartedly. I did some exercising every now and then, but mostly I didn’t do it at all. I could list perhaps about 20 reasons in a minute on why I didn’t exercise, but all of them would excuses. I just didn’t. I think I did fairly good with eating healthy, but I could have done so much better. I weighed around 92 kilos at the beginning of last year. By the end of the year I had lost 7 kilos, which is good, but not close enough to 20 kilos which was my goal for the whole year. I’ve now gained some of the weight back during Christmas and not just paying attention to what I eat, but I still weigh less than I did a year ago. I’m happy and sad at the same time. :) :(

Resolutions for 2014

I like number 7 for some reason. I had seven resolutions last year and I’m going to have seven resolutions this year as well.

1. Complete the 50/50 challege!

I’m very determined to do it this year. In fact I’m so determined to complete it that I’ve decided to blog about it. I started the blog two years ago when I first attempted the challenge, but I didn’t keep up with it, and didn’t complete the challenge either. I will post my progress on Movies/Books – The Challenge once a week.

2. No sugar!

I’ve decided to have just one sugar-day per month. This means I won’t eat any sweets, cakes, muffins or lemonade except once a month moderately. This resolution also rules out all the salty and greasy treats like crisps, burgers and sausage rolls. I’m very confident that I will fail, but this makes me to try succeeding even more, because I’m very willing to show myself that I can do it!

3. Take an IQ test!

I’m halfway there, thanks to last year, I already know where and when I can take one. Now I just have to do it!

4. Go to the dentist!

I really should go as soon as possible. I’m sure I have at least 15 cavities and at least one huge one!

5. Choose happiness!

Why wouldn’t I want to choose happiness again this year. I want to be happy even though everything might not go as planned. I can still be happy and no one can stop me for being happy!

6. Lose weight!

I will set my goal to 20 kilos again this year. If I really wanted to I could easily lose that in six months, so I should be able to do it in a year. If I do it, I’m going to be down to a healthy weight and nothing would be better than that!

7. Take photographs!

I have a fancy camera that takes great pictures even if I’m not the best photographer. I want to take more photos, but so far I haven’t been capturing them because I’ve had this feeling that they should be absolutely amazing. A few weeks ago I decided that they don’t have to be super amazing. I decided not to care if the lighting isn’t perfect of if the photo is a little blurry. I want to have memories and that’s what I’m planning to do. I’m going to make memories!

How did you do with your resolutions?
Did you make resolutions for this year?

I’m excited for this year and I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one! I hope tag along and enjoy the ride with me!

With warm hugs and gentle thuds – Inkeri

Weekly Wrap Up – 47/2013

SONY DSCWelcome to my Weekly Wrap Up. The wrap up consists of five different parts. The first part is called Dear Diary, where I’ll write a short description of my week. The second part, Me of the Week, will be a picture of me taken during this week. Third part, News of the Week is a smaller version of the Sunday News. Stumble of the Week, the fourth part, is something I’ve stumbled on in the Internet that I find interesting. In the last part, Gratitude of the Week, I’ll list all the things I’m grateful for this week.

Dear Diary

Last Sunday I wrote about missing my mom, who has been in a hospital for over a month. She’s doing so much better today and she’s very turning back into her own self like she’s always been. That makes me happy. I will go visit her in the hospital tomorrow and give her so much love she’ll want to get better in no time.

Otherwise I’m doing quite good. I’ve been laid off from work this past week and will be for next week too, and I’ve been enjoying my days off a lot.

My sister paid a visit to use my sewing machine and to accompany me to a Christmas party as well. The picture for Me of the Week section below is from that party and the blond in the picture is my sister. No one took a picture where I was alone this week, which is why this week’s Me is a selfie of me and my sister.

Me of the Week

Me of the week 47

News of the Week

‘Selfie’ named word of the year.

The word ‘selfie’ has become a very popular word around the internet this year. Oxford Dictionaries has named the word as word of the year, which is truly is. ‘Selfie’ might not be considered as good English, but because of the high increase in use, it has earned itself this new title. The word of the year award celebrates the inventiveness of English speakers when confronted with social, political or technological change. READ MORE!

Pope and teens taking a selfie

Stumble of the Week

I stumbled over some memories today. Me and my sister are staying over at my mom’s apartment for a few nights to take care of some things before she gets back home from the hospital someday. We went through some of the boxes in her bedroom to see if there was something we could throw away. Instead of trash we found memories.

My mom had saved these booklets from our first years of elementary school. The booklet from the year I went on first grade had a drawing in it that was drawn by none other than me! The 7-year-old me had drawn a car, a tree and a few butterflies (or birds?) flying around. It must have been a good picture by 7-year-old, why else would they have printed it in a booklet that was given to everyone in the school. I wish I had scanner so I could have scanned the picture to show it to you.

We also found some cards, letters and cassette tapes. There was no list of songs on the tapes, so we had to listen to know which one of us sisters the tapes belonged to. They were my sister’s, although I listened to some of the same bands as she did, but these tapes were full of her favorite songs from our teenage years.

Memories are fun!

Gratitude of the Week

  • Mom
  • My sister and all the memories
  • Even though I’m laid off, I still have a job to go back to
  • I like my job! I really like it a lot!

With warm hugs and gentle thuds – Inkeri