Sweat

This fitness challenge is getting DURTY. Just kidding, but I do have a few thoughts on the word ‘sweat.’

1. I’m obsessed with my new work out clothes that wick the sweat from muh baadee.

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2. I am really loving the Argus app – it combines pedometer/water calculator/weight manager/activity log/social competition. Just ask Lois she is getting fierce with the daily step competition.

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3. Running – last weekend I set a new best (in the last five years) of 2 consecutive 8:30 minute miles. I ran between 6.5-9 and when it was over I was sweating and felt the strong urge to spew all over the gym. I, however, refrained because I like Planet Fitness and do not need to be kicked out for “jillian michaels-ing’ myself. YOU CAN GET OFF THIS TREADMILL WHEN YOU PUKE, PASS OUT OR DIE!!!

SWEAT.
xxx
GFK

How can you live without booze???!!!

I thought I’d diverge a wee bit from the crafts to talk a little about something that has been arising lately in my life. I’m not gonna get preachy or annoying, I just thought I would share my thoughts as I’ve changed so much recently.

Six months ago I gave up alcohol. Plan and simple. For the most part, I surround myself with friends and family and crafters that not only support me in that, but don’t make it an issue at all. I’m not against you getting plowed – I probably won’t stay out all night anymore and I value my time a little differently, but I’m not a hater about drinking. In fact, I go out to more shows, events, and social gatherings (bar or not) now, than when I did drink! I also will preface all of this with I’m not judging or saying alcohol is bad, I just do not want to manage it in my life anymore.

I will say though that it really pesters me when people, upon finding out I do not partake react as such: “GASP! How can you even live without alcohol??!!! How horrible!” Basically, I’ll be the first to admit it’s kind of lonely sometimes not partaking in alcohol culture. Sure, I can go to a bar or a party and it’s no issue not drinking, but the drinkers – they are the most suspicious and paranoid of folk. I know, I used to be one of them myself – ‘you don’t drink? why are you here? are you with the KGB?’ Just kidding, but the comments, looks, and general puzzlement of a sober person in the presence of alcohol is reminiscent of the Red Scare (okay maybe that’s dramatic). I feel overall, ‘How can I live without alcohol?’ well the answer is simple ‘A lot better than I can live with it.’

Let’s look at some of my personal achievements since ditching the not so magical (for me) elixir:

1. Tattoos out the wazoo
2. A trip to Thailand
3. Zero Hangovers
4. -30 lbs
5. Better relationships
6. Focus/Commitment
7. I treat myself nicely now
8. Goals become reality
9. My piggy bank is loving me
10. I am a better version of myself

It’s easy to let someone ‘shame’ me into feeling like I’m missing out when I can’t spend the night taking shots and blabbering about some thing that I’m ‘super super super’ influenced by or ‘LOVE’. (Not everyone is like that, but I sure am!) I can still go to the bar, I can still have a goofy night at a club, I can take a chance and ask someone to dance or flirt without alcohol. Also I’d like to add that drinker or not, if you’re my friend – you are my friend. I respect a good glass of whiskey, but not for me please. 🙂 Plus, I’ve experienced enough to remember some awesome times!

Actually, I can still do all the things I did with alcohol, but now I can do so much more. As Rob Lowe once said “Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I don’t put it on a platform. I don’t campaign about it. It’s just something that works for me.”

The next time someone reacts to my sobriety in appall, I won’t defend my choice, I’ll just smile and remember – I’m better without. Much better. And that’s all you’ll hear about it from me.

xxxx
GFK

10 Photos Past 10

I tried to do this every :10 of the hour, but honestly most of those :10s I was sitting in my doom cube at work. That’s boring so here are 10 photos that may or may not be from :10.

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Happy, Happy, Happy

How would you define ‘Happiness’?

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I’m gonna take a page from Phil Robertson here and just say life is ‘happy, happy, happy.” If you’ve read previous posts here on GFK, you would have noticed (I hope) that being happy is the main point I make over and over. So how would I define happiness? I think being one’s ‘authentic self’ is true happiness. That means doing your thing – no matter what. I have compromised the things that matter to me before and it’s just a drag. It is amazing to see how inspired and inspiring I can be when I am working towards my authentic self and not forcing myself to go along with things I don’t believe in.

For me happiness can be described as; feeling good physically/mentally (sober bhud), loving family, downa$$ supportive friends, my tribe (aka the Pugkeeks), knitting, sewing, embroider, okay let’s just say crafting, eating well, music, elders, and glitter.

GFK is a pretty happy babe, that’s for sure.

xxx
Bree

Ghostface Believes!

My new hometown.
My new hometown.

It’s Sunday so I guess I’m not surprised I’m reading this blog post like a TV avagelist would – GHOSTFACE Buuuhhhhhleeeeeaves! Yesterday’s blog post was Write about something you believe in. It can be anything at all! – I in fact, was supremely inspired yesterday so I’ll share that for the post. Normally, I would use this kind of post to channel a joke of what I believe in – like ‘cats without hair’ ‘crafts’ or dare I say ‘occult themes.’ However, yesterday I saw Gravity. Now I know what some of you are thinking – especially my female readers – “Oh a scary/thriller Sci-Fi movie… whatever.” To be honest I kind of felt the same way about it. I didn’t want to see it because I thought it would be like Apollo 13 or some tragic movie about how we as humans are not supposed to be FIDDLIN‘ in space.

No but rather, this movie has to be one of the most inspiring movies I have ever seen. I’m lucky I have a friend here in Chicago who pushed me to see it – as he always does push me to see things in a new light. I don’t want to give away the plot or anything like that, but I identified with this film so much it made me want to burst out crying when it was over. To me it was, if you will ‘Ghostfaceknitter’s biography BUT in space.” Obviously, I’ve talked a little about HUGE changes I’ve made in my life over the past year, but this movie made me realize how those struggles/changes/challenges are what makes me stronger every single day. I don’t wanna get morose or ‘woe is me’ here, but there were times especially over this and last summer where it would have been easy to just sit back and ‘fail.’ Now when I say ‘fail’ I mean I could have taken the easy way out. I could have just stayed in Denver, I could have not come to Chicago, I could have not found my job, I could have kept living a ‘nowhere man’ lifestyle, and most importantly I could have stayed in a relationship that made me – not me at all. It would have been so easy to keep doing those things I was comfortable with. Hell, at least I knew what to expect! I guess, you as my readers inspire me to do more. You know I believe in ‘DO’ and in being the best you can be.

There are times when I get bummed out – I’m in a different city, more or less alone, but I just can’t keep thinking about how amazing my life is now. I made it this way. I didn’t decide to lay down and take the ‘easy’ route. I sought out, for me anyways, the road way less traveled and sometimes lonely – but this ‘authentic me’ I’m finding is one amazing babe.

I just really believe in trying to be a better version of me every single day. I made a lot of mistakes and have a few major regrets about things, but overall I had to make them to get right here. When the nights get long, the crafts grow few, and the animals don’t feel like cuddling, I just have to remember that I am the authentic me and I am so happy I have not given up on being the best me.

GO SEE GRAVITY. I’M SERIOUS.

XXX
GFK

My Favorite Word: DO.

Okay let’s get one thing straight.… My days of false promises and polite agreements are OVER. Put up or shut up. As Royal Tenebaum said; “I’m not talking about dance lessons. I’m talking about putting a brick through the other guy’s windshield. I’m talking about taking it out and chopping it up.”

I’m talking about DO. Forget ‘I’m gonna.’ That phrase is bull. Anyone who says that to me without a plan wasted mine and their own time. Do I sound angry? I AM. There’s only one life that we are living. You have to DO.

Let’s look at some examples of DO.

You wanna dive into some new hobbies? Do it!
You wanna dive into some new hobbies? Do it!
You wanna ask Santa for a new city and a new life? DO it!
You wanna ask Santa for a new city and a new life? DO it!
You wanna take a nap? Do it!
You wanna take a nap? Do it!
You wanna have a fun weekend with your blood? Do it!
You wanna have a fun weekend with your blood? Do it!
You wanna win friends and influence people? Do it!
You wanna win friends and influence people? Do it!
You wanna put up photos of the people you miss? Do it! (Besides a false promiser never painted over those holes so cover eeet up!)
You wanna put up photos of the people you miss? Do it! (Besides a false promiser never painted over those holes so cover eeet up!)
You wanna finally give up drinking and eat right? Do it!
You wanna finally give up drinking and eat right? Do it! But first maybe wipe off last night’s makeup unlike me….

I know we all DO things on our own time/schedules. I know some times are hard, believe me. I spent YEARS saying ‘I wanna/I’m gonna/Someday/When this happens…..etc etc.’ Now that I’m finally a DO-er I’m only upset because I spent so much time FIDDLIN‘. We all walk our own paths, we make our own lives, but what I want you to know is that time is finite – what are you gonna see when you look over your life at some point? A list of DO’s checked off and the awesome memories behind them? Or a bunch of crusty old “I’m gonna’s” that are as stale as that paper you wrote them on? I’m not saying fill your life of tasks – hell if you wanna just put on your list of DO’s ‘relax’ – DO it.

Take it out and Chop it UP folks. Make yourself proud. DO.

BEFORE AND AFTER: Craft Room/Bedroom MAKEOVER

Are you ready for some dramatic before & afters?! Pretend I’m shouting it like Oprah though. ARE YOU READY?!!!

First, background – I decided to switch rooms at my apartment and make the bigger room a guest/craft room while using my smaller room as a bedroom. I’ve lived with this arrangement for two weeks and I LOVE it. I’m bummed I didn’t do it sooner, but then again I might have not appreciated a craft room if I had just ‘always’ had one.

Roll that B&A footage!

The 'closet' before and after I installed ikea shelving.
The ‘closet’ before and after I installed ikea shelving.

The 'sewing area' before and after it's a cute library media area in my bedroom.
The ‘sewing area’ before and after it’s a cute library media area in my bedroom.
The guest room before and then my bedroom after!
The guest room before and then my bedroom after!
The master bedroom before and then craft room after. Sorry about those banker boxes in the shot - i forgot to move them.
The master bedroom before and then craft room after. Sorry about those banker boxes in the shot – i forgot to move them.
This was the clothing storage situation - before the lovely leaning tower of clothes in the room with no closet and after so nice and organized.
This was the clothing storage situation – before the lovely leaning tower of clothes in the room with no closet and after so nice and organized.
Before my makeup was in a little bag on the sink - after I put it here and get the morning light to apply I love it.
Before my makeup was in a little bag on the sink – after I put it here and get the morning light to apply I love it.
Boris LOVES the new room.
Boris LOVES the new room.
During construction these two were pivotal in making sure everything was tested and safe.
During construction these two were pivotal in making sure everything was tested and safe.
Installing the closet unit. POWERTOOLS!
Installing the closet unit. POWERTOOLS!
The GC was a real hardass on this jobsite.
The GC was a real hardass on this jobsite.
The safety inspector was tough too.  I barely passed!
The safety inspector was tough too. I barely passed!
This day laborer was terrible though.  I'll never go to The PUG DEPOT again!
This day laborer was terrible though. I’ll never go to The PUG DEPOT again!
So worth it. I have a great looking closet finally.
So worth it. I have a great looking closet finally.

End result: CRAFT PRODUCTION UP 10000000000000% !!

XXXX
GFK