Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Workouts of the Week: 4/1-4/6

Hello everyone!!! You're probably thinking, "Whoa, Workouts of the Week?? Haven't seen that in a while." And yes, it's true. I took a long break from working out. That is, until last week! I was very inspired by my friend, Joy, to start working out again. If you were wondering how the squat challenge went for me back in February, I went halfway through the month and got a little worried about my knees and if I was doing the squats correctly since I heard you can hurt your knees if you do squats incorrectly. I might've been doing them right, but I just felt like 150+ squats a day was way too much. However, squats have a really good pay off and more noticeable results than normal workout moves! If you want, I'm sure doing 50 squats a day would be a good butt workout.

Anyway, as to what I started doing last week...I started doing the Blogilates #AprilAbs challenege. You can find the calendar here. If a password is needed, it's burnbabyburn. However, I highly recommend signing up for her newsletter for future workout calendar passwords! This calendar is full of set workouts for every single day created by YouTuber, Blogilates (aka Cassey Ho). For easy access to the videos for the day, go to this blog post, scroll to the bottom of the post to the Workout Playlists table, and click on the day. It usually consists of 4-5 videos unless it's Recovery Day.

So last week, I followed the calendar pretty closely. I'll link the videos I did each day:
Four days of 40-60 minute workouts...not a bad way to get back into working out! Actually, that's even better than most (if not all) of my previous Workouts of the Week posts. I highly recommend these workouts. Some are more intense than others, but if you have an hour to spare, these workouts push you and they can be done right inside your home without paying gym fees :) A yoga mat is recommended but I've been doing the workouts on carpet so far and it's not too bad (but I will get my yoga mat from home very soon). Definitely feel free to join me in doing #AprilAbs!!! Start on the videos from the beginning of April or go ahead and start on today's videos. Join me in moving toward "the fit life" and become healthier and stronger and let me know in the comments that you're joining me! Take that step and motivate yourself to treat your body well and get more fit. As Blogilates would say, "train like a beast, look like a beauty!"


     Love,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Treasure Island Photography Attempt #1

So two weekends ago, my boyfriend and I decided to try to take photos from Treasure Island of the SF skyline and Bay Bridge. It was a little bit of a fail though because 1) I wanted to capture the Bay Lights but I totally forgot we can't capture them from Treasure Island because the Bay Lights are strategically facing toward the Embarcadero and 2) It was so cold and windy so even with a tripod, the camera was still shaking minimally (which makes a difference) and holding the camera with our hands made our hands freeze!! So we didn't take many shots, but here are the better ones we took. The first two are unedited and the last one of course is.
28mm, f/2.8, 1/6 sec
28mm, f/3.2, 1 sec
28mm, f/16, 20 sec

We are definitely going to try again. I really want to do photography from this same location around sunset or dusk because the sun sets behind the city and I'm sure it looks amazing. I hope you enjoyed these couple photos. Until next time!

     Love,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Weekly Faith: Week 13

I have just started a new book called Loving The Way Jesus Loves. If you were wondering why a lot of my Weekly Faith posts revolve around love, it's because I know I am nowhere close to loving perfectly or being a really loving person and think that's a really important part of being a follower of Christ, not to mention the toughest part. If you reach deep down, you can probably admit you don't love perfectly either.

I've decided to make some of my Weekly Faiths about this book as I read it. I'll be sharing the sentences, paragraphs, or thoughts that stood out to me. May it help us all understand our flaws in loving and as a result, be able to love better and closer to the way Jesus loves us.

Chapter 1 - Nothing Without Love
  • If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
    1 Corinthians 13:3
  • And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
    Mark 10:21
Notes:
  • There is nothing I need more in my life than more of the love of Jesus.
  • Everywhere I go, and in every relationship I have in life, I need more of the love of Jesus. 
  • Are you loving the way Jesus loves? Or do you need more of his love in your life--more love for God and for other people?
  • Paul wrote about love in Corinthians chapter 13 not to prepare people for marriage, but to show a church full of self-centered Christians that there is a better way to live--not just on your wedding day but every day for the rest of your life. The "Love Chapter" is not for lovers primarily, but for all the loveless people in the church who think that their way of talking about God, worshiping God, serving God, or giving to God is better than everyone else's.
  • Rather than being encouraged about love, 1 Corinthians 13 sets the standard for love we should know we can never meet. Start with verse 4 and insert your own name into the passage every time you see the word "love":
    "Amanda is patient and kind; Amanda does not envy or boast; she is not arrogant or rude. She does not insist on her own way; she is not irritable or resentful; she does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Amanda bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Amanda never fails."
    You will then feel not very loving at all afterward.
  • No one can hear the gospel from the life of a loveless Christian. To bring the metaphor up to date, "If I network for the gospel but have not love, I am only a noisy blog or a meaningless tweet."
  • No one cares how much we know unless they also know how much we care.
  • By the grace of God, faith is able to accomplish the impossible. But even that kind of faith is nothing without love.
  • No matter what God has given us and no matter what we have done for God, it means nothing without love.
  • We are so selfish that it is even possible for us to do something that looks like it is for someone else when it is really for us--to enhance our own reputation or feed our satisfaction with ourselves.
  • The Scripture says, "We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). Since this is true, the only way for us to become more loving is to have more of the love of Jesus.
  • None of us is good enough to be saved by the good things we do. No one is good. Only God is perfectly good.
  • Considering the commandments from a slightly different perspective, they are not just the laws of God, but they also display the love that God demands. (i.e. When God says "Do not murder," he is telling us to love our neighbors by protecting their lives.)
  • We always want to place limits on our love. We are ready to give, but only when we have something left over. We are willing to care as long as it isn't too inconvenient. We are able to love provided that people love us back.
  • The rich young man in Mark 10 is an example of someone who thought he know how to love. One of the hardest people to love is a self-righteous sinner who thinks that he has his spiritual act together, or a know-it-all. Most of us would not have liked this man at all. But Jesus loved him. This detail gives us a glimpse of the love that Jesus has for us. We are not any more lovable than the man who thought he knew how to love. But Jesus still looks at us with a heart of love. He helps us see that we are not the lovers that we think we are. But he does not stop there. By his death on the cross he offers forgiveness to our loveless hearts. Then he sends us the Holy Spirit so that we can start to love the way that he loves. 
  • Jesus does nothing without love. 
  • Earlier, we saw how ridiculous the Love Chapter sounds when we fill in the blanks with our own names. It reads very differently when we put Jesus in the picture instead:
    "Jesus is patient and kind; Jesus does not envy or boast; he is not arrogant or rude. Jesus does not insist on his own way; he is not irritable or resentful; he does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Jesus bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Jesus never fails."
  • Jesus is everything that I am not.
  • The love of Jesus is so big that he loves even me. 
  • Because he loves me, he has promised to save me, to forgive me and change me. We are nothing without love. But when we know Jesus, who does nothing without love, he will help us love the way that he loves.
  • Try to confess that you are not the lover you ought to be and ask Jesus to change your heart. Say something like this:
    "Jesus, you are everything that I am not. You are pure love, and I am only the loveless sinner that you always knew I would be. But in your perfect love, I pray that you would forgive my hateful sins and teach my loveless heart to love the way that you love."
I really enjoyed this first chapter. It made me feel pretty convicted about the way I love others and I think it's important that it made me understand that I don't love perfectly and admit to it. Let me know in the comments how it made you feel and I hope you continue on this journey of exploring this book with me :)

     Love,

Friday, April 4, 2014

Makeup Haul from Grandma's Part 2!

It's time for another makeup haul!! If you remember my last makeup haul full of items I got from my grandma, you might remember that most products are Estée Lauder or Shiseido. The bulk of this haul is Estée Lauder and I don't mind it at all!! Now here are close-ups and details of everything I got this time. Enjoy! :)
Lilly Pulitzer for Estee Lauder Cosmetic Bag
Estée Lauder Cosmetic Bag
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask
Estée Lauder High Gloss
Estée Lauder Makeup Remover Lotion
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Estée Lauder Resilience Lift
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black
Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Magnificent Mauve Shimmer
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer
Estée Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Quad
in Tranquil Moon, Iridescent Violet, Tempting Mocha and Amethyst Spark

LOVE this palette. It's small so I can easily take it with me and I just love the shades. Picture an off-white shimmer as a highlight color, a light rose shimmer, shimmery bronze, and dark matte brown. I also use Tempting Mocha and Amethyst Spark to do a quick 2-color smokey eye instead of eyeliner for work.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick 
in Sugar Honey Shimmer, Rose Tea Creme, and Crystal Baby Creme

The Crystal Baby Creme actually turned out to be an amazing MLBB (my-lips-but-better) shade for me! So I can always quickly add that to my purse if I want some subtle lip color throughout the night.

Hope you liked this quick haul! If you want to know more details about these products or want a review, let me know in the comments below :)

     Love,

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Commute Blessings: March Edition

Ahh, one day late! Where did March even go!? It seems like it was just the middle of March and I told myself that I had a couple weeks to get this post out. Now look, it's already April. Happy April Fools Day everyone!! But unlike everything that happened today, this is no joke. These commute blessings are the real deal! They may have been taken months back, but it doesn't make them any less beautiful in my eyes :) So enjoy!
Can you tell I'm obsessed with the sky and clouds yet? Haha. Have a great rest of the week guys!

     Love,