Author Archives: nancywalken6

My need to travel has started

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Does this image not just make you want to pack up and hop on a plane!!!

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/worlds-10-best-aerial-views?ref=news_fd_061015#!1-intro

Reading…

Sometimes when life hands you lemons you make lemonade….

This summer, for the first time in 10 years, I actually got a full on summer. Filled with trips to tropical south american beaches, the east coast and obviously anywhere and everywhere California has to offer. It was also filled with weddings, girl times and family time along with many birthdays. Luckily i found some time to read. 

I recently read The Husband’s Secret. Wow! It is one of those books that makes you think how well do you know that person who you share everything with. 

Celebrating the New Year!

First off Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all! Hoping you all had a wonderful 2013 and an even better 2014! Lets be nicer and more helpful this year!

I hate resolutions and i typically don’t start mine until February to give all of the crazy people a few weeks to ween out and normal life to start again 🙂

I am thankful for so many things in my life! My health, My family, My happiness,My friends, My Job and My persistence to get what i want 🙂

Unfortunately 2014 has met me a little heavier than 2013 did. I guess that’s bad, but its also good. It means I traveled a bit more and ate a bit more and didn’t find time to exercise.

Running

I have started running!

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If you know or met me 7-10 years ago, you would know very well that I was never model thin or super fit, but I was much thinner and I worked out regularly. We’re talking running 3-5 miles 5 times a week and yoga for 90 minutes 3 times a week, as well as a gym session every few days.

…And then 3 years ago, having graduated, got a job and became comfortable I started doing less. I found myself no longer doing Yoga and running much less. 4 months ago I hit my all-time fattest, I had gained around 20 pounds…yowsers!!! Sure I had moved to a new city (Nor Cal) found myself living alone and with a new job that paid well so I could eat like I was on vacation every day. Let me tell you the calories add up and every 5 nice or so dinners is about a pound!

About 4 months ago, I came home to my parents and siblings….and thankfully they said what they thought “Nanc you go fat and I’m not talking “P H”” as they laughed.

 

I shoke it off, but a few days later I found myself going to the gym, and the next day yoga. For the last 2 weeks (maybe 3) I have been running instead of eating lunch or dinner. And I have been cooking at home more, or grabbing a low-Cal salad at wholefoods!!!

I feel better and today as I was running; I wasn’t even that tired halfway through my run. Things are looking up…

I have a long way to go but I will get back to what I looked like 7 years ago 🙂

 

Stories

“But one day…for this is a story and there must be a ‘one day’!!!”

Maybe it isn’t the opening or even the hook for this new book I’ve just embarked on. But just like “little did he know” or “once upon a time” it definitely intrigued me.

I think this new style of writing as if you are telling a bed time story about your past is something i find extremely compelling! Think of “Big Fish”. Although it isnt the absolute truth, it is an elaboration of the truth and it helps you see the world in such a beautiful light!

Growing up, I was the eldest of three daughters so by the time my dad got around to my bed time story, i usually got read to. Whether it was Jurassic Park that night or another Fancy Nancy book…I was the one reading. Later in life when my dad and i started sharing notes on books we were reading. We found that those that intrigued us where those with a variable of truth! Something like Gilbert’s “& Sons” or any one of Dan Browns Novels.

I dont usually get nostalgic off of a book…but this one brought back special memories of growing up that i cherish now, being so far away from my family and loved ones 🙂

Hidden Gem

“I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that. I will call people by different names or generic names because I don’t want you to find me. I didn’t enclose a return address for the same reason. I mean nothing bad by this. Honest.”

Excerpt From: Chbosky, Stephen. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

 

I didnt think i’d enjoy it! Way to hip for my style….but here i am consumed…

Glorified spreadsheets….

I’m reading Heath’s Desicive…

“If you are shopping for an apartment, for instance, you might be advised to list the apartments you Find,rank them on a number of key factors (cost, location, size, etc), assign a weighting the reflects the importance of each factor (cost is more important than size, for instance) and then do the math to find the answer (um, move back in with mom and dad.)!”

Loved it!!!! Absolutely perfect, except I like living with mom and dad…..said the Latina princess