Well Hello There November

I woke up bright and early this morning, threw on my marathon t-shirt to go workout in (it’s crazy how awesome that shirt still makes me feel!), ran hard, got buff, came home, browsed Pinterest, drank protein, showered with the most delightful buttercream flavored (scented?) soap, realized that the scent reminds me of fall, pondered about how I’m actually loving fall…

…and then I realized that it is November!

What a way to start the month! A run, weights, Pinterest, and buttercream?
Yes please!

But before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s look back at October…which somehow is over and gone, even though I’m pretty sure it just started yesterday.

In October I stuck to my half marathon training plan…kind of…well…for the most part. I did all my long runs, and I did most of my speed workouts, so I’ll call it good. I’m really loving long runs right now, especially in the cooler weather, and especially with good company (thanks Fallon)!

In October I cooked a little bit. I don’t think I could say that I cooked more than I cooked in September, but I didn’t cook less. The good news is that I’m trying here people. Glass half full!

In October I tried something pumpkin flavored…and loved it! So much so that I bought another six-pack a couple weeks later at a whopping $9.50.

In October I put my creative juices to work! I created menus for Spa Nova, and I actually sewed something that I found on Pinterest. My creativeness has been flowing in other directions, too, but still a work in progress…I’ll share soon, though, I promise. However, my ambition to spruce up this blog took a backseat to my Pinterest addiction…the only thing I added was my Pinterest account to my contact page…because I know you are just as addicted as I am!

In October I, sadly, did not read a book. But, I have chosen three books to read…now I just have to open one up and get started!

Most importantly, in October I kept the faith (although I may have faltered ever so slightly) and I was happy. I finally received the good news I had been waiting for, and now I am more excited than ever to conquer some more goals! (And I’m extremely excited for January when I get to start school again…still not sure where I’ll be attending yet…) I have also attended a church here in town a few times, and although the husband and I still don’t know if it’s the church for us, just going has been amazing. I love getting home on Sunday morning with a church song stuck in my head. It definitely makes for a great week ahead!

I have some pretty hefty goals for the month of November, so I’m going to dedicate an entire post to them later. For now I’m going to enjoy this beautiful November morning with a nice cup of coffee!

So-long October, hello November!

ang

The Branding of Spa Nova

My poor little blog.

I haven’t taken any time to sit down and write yet this week…for good reason, though. Instead, angheartsdesign has been taking over my life.

I have spent hours upon hours printing, cutting, reprinting, and gluing in order to create the most beautiful menus for a beautiful licensed esthetician.

Way back in the spring I was contacted to create a logo and business card design for an up-and-coming company, Spa Nova. She enjoyed what I created for her so much that I’ve since been asked to make…

…gift certificates…

…address labels…postcards…

…thank you notes…

…and most recently, menus!

I feel so honored to have this wonderful lady trust me with all of her branding, and I have enjoyed every second I’ve spent designing for her. I do feel bad that I have neglected this precious blog, but as soon as I have all her menus shipped (later this afternoon!) I plan on getting back to regular blog programming!

In the meantime, if you live in Missouri or are visiting Missouri, try spending a day devoted to making yourself feel beautiful at Spa Nova and treat yourself to some of her awesome services. I mean, with branding so beautiful, she has to be good, right?! ;)

Also, if you need any design work done for yourself…you know who to call!

ang

Speechless and a Giveaway Winner

Wow.

I’m still on cloud nine from Saturday, and as much as I’ve talked to my family and friends about the race, I am a little speechless. Once I find the right words, I will write my race recap…I promise it will be sooner than later!

For right now, another reason I am feeling speechless…all your support for Girls on the Run!!!

I have raised just over six hundred dollars for this amazing organization as a SoleMate, and I definitely could not have done it without all of you! There are still a few donations trickling in from my design work, so when I know an exact total I will share it with you! There is still some time to donate if you wish (just click here)!!!

Thank you to Nancy, Joey, my momma, Gay, Elaine, Carolyn, Carly, Amy, Terrie, Mag-pie, Cathy, my mom-in-law, Candice, Cathy M., Soap It Up, Carin, my momma (again!), Sarah, Terry, Uncle Johnny, Theresa, Beverly, and Jen P. for your direct donations!

Thank you to Candice, Kim, Carrody, Chris, Janelle, my sister, Aunt Mernie, my momma (times 3!) for purchasing notecard sets from angheartsdesign! Thank you to the people I am working with right now for other design work!

Now for the giveaway!!!

The winner of three notecard sets and three Soap It Up soaps is…..

Ms. Terry Shu!!!

Let me know which soaps scents and which notecards you would like!!! I can’t wait to get them to you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Girls on the Run and for encouraging me my entire life!!! I love you lady!

ang

August is Making Me Smile

Oh my goodness, this week is turning out to be so amazing. Actually, this entire month has been super great, and each coming day brings something new and exciting!

This week started out awesome on Sunday with the Susan G. Komen 5K in Kansas City. I have never been a part of a Susan G. Komen event before, and I highly recommend it to anyone who ever has the opportunity. There were over 30,000 people registered to be a part of it…it truly was a sight to see!

Not only was it a moving and inspiration event, but it was also the hubs’ very first 5K race! I was so proud of him, and it felt great to cross the finish line together! I will post a race recap with more pictures very soon!!!

On Monday I became a television star! ;)

On Tuesday I received this little gem…

I got accepted into nursing school for next summer! I knew the letter would be coming soon, and I obsessively checked the mail everyday. (Usually I only check it once a week…not really the best idea…I don’t think any of my mailmen have liked me!) When I saw where the letter came from, I started having unwanted deja vu from the last time I received a letter about nursing school…but as soon as I read “happy to inform you” I was relieved…and excited, and nervous, and just so darn happy!

On Wednesday I got to go to a cabinet training for my job. I got to watch a bunch of other cabinet specialists play Family Feud with questions about cabinets. (I, of course, did not volunteer to play!) It was totally awesome.

Sounds awesome, right? ;)

Actually, the winning “contestants” won a ten dollar gas card, and the lady sitting next to me gave me her card because she knew I was ten miles until empty and had no clue where the closest gas station was. She also looked up directions for me. It’s nice to come across genuinely nice people in the world!

The actual excitement on Wednesday came later when I got to see…

…drum roll please…………

Katy Perry!

Okay, this picture is obviously fake (and puts my graphic design degree to shame!) But I did get to see her pretty face from afar, witness her witty self, and listen to her catchy songs! (I know I’m a firework! Thanks, Katy!)

Thursday was kind of a plain day. Nothing crazy-exciting happened like the rest of the week, but I did get to spend most of the day with my handsome hubby before he went back to work today. Tear.

I truly am a lucky gal…he still loves me even though our kitchen floor looks like this…

Sorry honey, I’ll put those away today. Well, maybe.

Another reason this week has been great is because I have raised so much more money for Girls on the Run with my blog giveaway!!! I’ve received $90 in direct donations and seven new orders for notecards (that’s $49 more)!

I have a lot of printing, cutting, and folding to do!

Thank you so much for all your support. This puts me so much closer to my goal, but I still need your help! You can still enter my giveaway! For every $5 you directly donate you are entered to win three Soap It Up soaps and three notecard sets. There are more ways you can enter, just head to this post and see!

You can still order notecard sets also, just contact me with the design of your choice! And last but not least, today was my last sweaty, semi-long run before the big day, my first marathon, and I followed it up with a nice shower with a special new soap!

A new scent in honor of this awesome day! :) Do you think it’s edible?

ang

Girls on the Run and a Giveaway!

As my marathon training is winding down, so is my fundraising. There are only eleven days left for me to raise money for Girls on the Run (and I desperately need your help!) If you still are not familiar with the organization, that is perfectly okay…I will explain why the program is extremely beneficial to young girls, and why it holds a place near and dear to my heart.

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring young girls and teaching them self respect, self esteem, and self love through a fun curriculum that incorporates running. The goal of this program is the reduce or prevent to occurrence of eating disorders, depression, suicidal thoughts, or other potentially harmful behaviors in youth. This is extremely important for this age group (eight through thirteen) because this is truly a time when young girls are really growing up and coming into their own.

I can remember back when I was this age, and I do not think I even know what body image was. I didn’t have a negative body image back then, which is a definite plus, especially considering the heartbreaking fact that eating disorders sometimes start in children so young. However, I didn’t know what it meant to have a positive body image and the importance it would have as I got a little bit older.

I also didn’t realize how fun running can be when I was younger…I mostly dreaded running as conditioning for all the other sports that I did. It’s funny the things you learn as you become an adult! :)

Now, with only eleven days left to raise money for this amazing organization, I am making my final push to get as close to my fundraising goal as possible! You can make a direct donation here, or I am also still offering that seventy percent from notecard sales from angheartsdesign will be donated to Girls on the Run. That means $7 of the $10 for each set will go directly to GOTR (cash or check only).And last but not least I am offering a giveaway!!! For every $5 you donate between now and August 27th you will be in a drawing to win three bars of from Soap It Up, Gourmet Soaps by Di and three notecard sets of your choice from angheartsdesign (you can see all the design choices here), and possibly some other little goodies! :) That is a $39.75 value!

To enter:

1.     You first must make a donation of at least $5 directly to my fundraising website. If you donate $5 your name will be in the drawing once. If you donate $10 your name will be in the drawing twice. If you donate $15 your name will be in the drawing three times…and so on and so forth!

2.     Then please leave me a comment telling me that you made a donation (even though I will be able to see it from the website…this will just make it easier when it comes time to draw a winner!)

3.     Once you’ve made a donation and left me a comment you may be entered again into the drawing if you leave me a comment telling me which scents from Soap It Up that you’d like the most and which notecard designs are your favorite (and why)!

4.     Once you’ve made a donation and left me a comment you may be entered again into the drawing if you tweet the giveaway! @MyPinkyToes is having a giveaway to raise money for GOTR! For every $5 you donate at http://www.active.com/donate/SoleMates2012/AngFundraising you will be entered to win!!! Leave me a comment telling me you did!

5.     Once you’ve made a donation and left me a comment you may be entered again into the drawing if you “like” angheartsdesign on Facebook. Leave me a comment telling me you did!

Once again, thank you everyone for all your support so far, not only for fundraising, not only for encouraging me for my first marathon, but for being so kind and supportive of this blog. I love everyone of you!!!

ang

angheartsFUNDRAISING

As I told you in an earlier post, angheartsdesign is teaming up with me as a SoleMate to raise money for Girls on the Run! If you need any custom, creative, modern, beautiful design work created from now until August 27th, half of the proceeds will go toward my fundraising website for GOTR.

But, if you don’t necessarily need some design work (invitations, business cards, logos, ect.), I have created a few notecard designs that would be perfect for a little gift or just for yourself to have around whenever you’d like to send someone a special, handwritten note! They come with 10 notecards (3.5 “x 5″) and 10 envelopes, and they are $10 each. For every set you purchase $7.00 will be donated toward Girls on the Run.

Here are some fun designs that I have come up with for this endeavor:

This design was also featured in a previous post. This is definitely one of my favorite quotes because I can relate it to so many ways.

This design would (obviously!) be personalized just for you! I’m kind of in love with this tree image and the vintage wallpaper feel of the background. These cards would be great to send as a “thank you”, a “thinking about you”, or just to say hi!

Here is another simply, modern design to use as a notecard to mail out to someone special just to say “hi!”

This card design is perfect for you and your significant other or a newly married couple. They can also be used as thank you cards, or again, just to say hi!

Who wouldn’t love to send someone an Operation Beautiful inspired message. This might be my favorite design because I think every girl would immediately smile when opening this from an envelope! I know I would!!!

And last but not least……a Girls on the Run inspired design!

Again, these come in set of 10 cards and 10 envelopes and are 3.5″ by 5″ in size. They are $10 (check or cash by mail only), and $7 are donated to Girls on the Run! If you are interested in helping me raise money for this cause and would like to purchase these notecard sets, simply e-mail me at angheartsdesign@yahoo.com, or contact me through my “Talk To Me!” page on my blog. If you’d like to make a direct donate just go here! My goal is to donate at least $500 to Girls on the Run before August 27th!

Thank you for all your help and support! I can’t believe that in less than ONE MONTH I will be running 26.2 miles for Girls on the Run!!! Oh em gee!

ang

angheartsdesign and Girls on the Run

First I just want to say thank you so much to Soap It Up, Gourmet Soaps By Di for donating $42 to Girls on the Run and to all of you who bought soap to support my cause! I’m being completely honest when I say there is nothing better than showering with a Soap It Up soap after a good, sweaty workout session!

I am not only 35 days away from my first marathon! Oh em gee, I cannot believe how small that number is…yikes! For the last 35 days of fundraising, I am going to be teaming up with angheartsdesign (that’s my company, hehe) to raise even more money for this amazing organization!

For every design order up until August 27th, I will donate half of the money to my Girls on the Run SoleMates website. If you aren’t familiar with my work, you can check out some of my designs here and/or here (and “like” it while you are there!). I create anything from invitations for all kinds of events to business cards to customized notecard sets. If you are interested in ordering a creative custom design, you can e-mail me at angheartsdesign@yahoo.com for more information!

I will also be creating a few standard notecard sets that will include 10 cards and 10 envelopes for $10.00. I will donate $7.00 per notecard set sold to Girls on the Run! Here is an example of one set that will be for sale:

That is one of my favorite quotes, and I just have to laugh when I think about it because it is so true! Had you asked me five years ago what my life would look like today, it’d be way way way different than it really is! (But I know there’s a reason!)

There will be more to come soon! I promise!

I feel so strongly for this organization and what they are doing for young girls everywhere. I hope that what I can raise will truly make a difference in the lives and happiness of these girls. Thank you for supporting me in this!

ang

 

 

From Sidewalk Chalk to Anatomy Textbooks

With my nursing interview being this week, I had been pondering a question that I knew I’d be asked for a long time.

Why do you want to be a nurse?

It seems like a simple question, but for me it’s not quite so easy. When I think back as far as I can remember, I knew I had a passion for art. From filling up coloring books when I was little to covering the driveway with sidewalk chalk in my adolescence to taking all the art classes possible in high school, and then to graduating with a degree in graphic design in college, I spent all the time I possibly could devoting myself to art.

Art gave me a way to express myself and my feelings. Sometimes art was an escape from reality…other times art was a way I could show the world something I was proud of.

I took the least amount of science classes possible. I took the bare minimum that was required to graduate in both high school and in college. I did well in my science classes, but I despised every second of it. Learning about cells and chemicals wasn’t going to do anything to improve my sketching technique.

Then on May 22, 2006, my life changed forever.  It was the day I was admitted for treatment for my eating disorder.

After being in recovery, I continued on to finish my degree in graphic design two years later. I tried to pursue a career in art, but unfortunately the job market wasn’t ready for me. For two more years I worked other non-art jobs and felt like a failure. Why did I try so hard to do well in school and make good grades and go after my passion? Why didn’t someone just tell me it’d be too hard to get my dream job? What actually was my dream job? And most importantly…did I even want to be a graphic designer and create designs for a company I wasn’t passionate about?

Then two things happened. First I started angheartsdesign. It is my own design company where I can design for the things that I love: weddings, brides, babies, friends, family.angheartsdesignI enjoyed being able to design beautiful things for beautiful people, but I still didn’t feel quite complete. I had been giving eating disorder recovery speeches for a few years now, but there was this growing passion inside of me to do something more.

Trust me, you learn a lot about yourself when you go through eating disorder treatment. I learned to things about myself (that now I think are pretty obvious). I am a perfectionist and I am a caregiver. Now I realize that both of these traits aided me in my eating disorder. I wanted to be the best at everything and I wanted everyone I knew to be happy…what’s wrong with that?! Well, it’s nearly impossible, and it can be extremely detrimental to put all your energies into.

But I’m never going to stop being a perfectionist. It’s my nature. It’s me. I do want to be the best I can be at everything I do. (Key words: best I can be!)

And I’m never going to stop being a caregiver. I want people to be happy. And now, more than ever, I want people to love themselves…to cherish their lives and their bodies. I don’t want self-doubt, eating disorders, and negative body image to hurt anyone else!

So, that is what drives me to do something more. I am channeling my inner perfectionist and caregiver on this mission to become a nurse. I know that I will be able to reach out even more to people as a nurse, and I know that I will love it. Being back in school and taking all these science classes that I originally avoided, I have already found out that I love learning about the human body and what it is capable of. I still love art, and I still love creating designs for angheartsdesign, and I do still hope that someday I can combine these passions of mine somehow.

When it’s all said and done and I actually am a nurse, I don’t know if I will be working directly with eating disorder patients. That is where I picture myself, but if there is one thing that I have learned through all this, it is that God works in curious ways. Who knows, maybe He wants me to work in women’s health, or pediatrics, or who knows where. All I know right now is that I need to trust in Him, and He will lead me on the right path. He hasn’t lead me astray yet.

ang

What’s A Girl To Do?

Since my semester has ended, I have been having a hard time staying motivated. It is so much easier to workout when there is a set schedule…but when that schedule is gone, what’s a girl to do?!

With that said, putting my mini goals on my blog will hold me accountable to actually following through! Sooooo….what are my mini goals?

1. Wake up before 8:30 am on weekdays.

I’ll admit it. I love sleeping in. My bed is so much more comfortable between the hours of 6:00am and 11:00am. However, those morning hours are the best time to just get stuff done!

2. Drink more water!

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Enough said.

3. Stick to my marathon training plan.

This week’s training plan looks like:

Monday: yoga and strength training.
Tuesday: three mile tempo run
Wednesday: four mile run
Thursday: three mile run with sprints and strength training
Friday: rest or yoga
Saturday: cross train
Sunday: nine mile run

4. Stretch! Like, everyday.

5. Design!

Now that I have the summer off school, and possibly the fall, too, I really want to expand my design business! I have just created a new logo for a client that I cannot wait to share with you, but I want create more!

6. Floss everyday. This is a weird mini goal, but I always forget to floss.

7. Take my princess Tia for more walks!

The end!

ang