Renovation & Renewal: Month Two - Health

Wow...What a month!  

First of all, Thank you to all of you who have followed my progress on twitter & facebook. Thank you for the support, encouragement, and for sharing your stories with me. This month I have needed it more than you can imagine.

 

The month of February started with great success reaching a 3 year low of 158.5 lbs (12.5lbs lost - yahoo!) followed but the return of my hunny after 6 weeks away and our trip together (great for the relationship, bad for the waistline going back up to 165lbs in 4 days). Upon returning from our trip I was able to quickly shed most of the weight but then I got stuck! At 161/162lbs I stopped dropping the weight. I have gone up and down over these last two weeks hitting 160 at the low end and 163 at the top end but mostly hanging around the 161/162lbs.

 

As March comes upon us I'm excited to share some new goals with you...

 

1. On June 22nd, 2013 I will step on stage for the first time as a competitor in the Bikini Division of the UFE Showdown here in London. Yes, you read that right, I'm going to step on stage in a figure competition in a bikini! Talk about terrifying!

I have a lot of work to do before this will be a reality. Tighten up the diet, push through the plateaus, and tone the crap out of my body. It's going to be work, but it's going to be fantastic! My goal is not to win, but to step on stage proud of what I achieved.

 

2. To become a Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer. I have learned so much in this process and I'm eager to share this knowledge and amazing feeling with others. I have taken the first step in discussing this with the program director at my local YMCA. This past weekend I spent my weekend with an amazing group of people as we completed our YMCA Fitness Basic Theory Course. Up next for me...Zumba Instructor Training in May!

 

What goals have you made for your nutrition, fitness and health?

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                               

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Renovation & Renewal - Month One: Home - Part 2

Okay so remember that DIY project I did with the Mason Jars? I absolutely love them! They make a great addition to the home studio and really liven things up.

After making this project last week though, I kept looking at them and thinking something was missing.  I finally figured it out! They are awesome on their own but with a little help from some kraft paper, ribbon, and eco friendly stamps I could really personalize them to me and my business.

I admit to having a rather large collection of scrapbooking items, and among those items are a variety of stamps. I love the look of a rubber stamped image (especially if you go light on the ink for an vintage feel) or beautifully embossed image (with a little texture & shine). I used a bit of both to create the personal touch.

The result? Beautiful hand stamped tags which show some things that matter to me.

 

Love, Dream, Celebrate, Create

 

What do you think? How's your favourite way to use your rubber stamps?

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

*This sponsored post was made possible by SheHeard http://www.sheheard.com/ I have been compensated for my time and work on this campaign, however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience.
"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

Renovation & Renewal - Month One: Home

This month I came up with the to do list. This list includes all the projects I want to do around the house. That was the easy part. Then came the tougher part...

What would I need for Supplies? How Much Would they Cost? Where would I get them? Can I do the project myself? If not, Who can I get to help? How much time will I need?

With all this information all written out I started to create a plan based on both the time and money available for these projects.

Month One: Spruce up the studio with inspiration and little changes! Enter my friend Wendy Pelham - and Uppercase Living!

Wendy has introduced me to the beautiful line of Uppercase Living Vinyl Decor sayings. I love the styles, versatility, range of colours and complete customization of these vinyl sayings. I can't wait to put something similar to this on the studio wall!

"Elegance is not about being noticed, it's about being remembered" Giorgio Armani

 

This Month's DIY originally comes from Lilyshop's Blog - DIY Spray Painted Mason Jars Project.

I'm a bright and energetic person (most of the time) and some days in the studio I feel like it doesn't fit me. Now how to spruce up the space?

I took three empty pasta sauce jars and turned them into a new set of decorative vases to help add a little more liveliness to my photography space. What do you think of the final product?

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                               

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Renovation & Renewal: Month One - Relationships

I can't tell you how excited I am to share this week's post with you.  

One of the areas of my life that I value above all others is my relationships. Two in particular mean the world to me. My relationship with my daughter Alyssa. And my relationship with my wonderful spouse Ross.

London, Ontario Photographer Rebecca Nash and Family

 

These two people form the foundation to my entire life and without their love and support I would cease to be the person I am.

 

The problem is...I've been so busy and stressed that I've taken them for granted. I've failed to nurture these relationships the way I know I should. I am not proud of this fact. While I've lost balance in many areas of my life, this is the area where it pains me most to admit my own failures, but, until I admit those failures I cannot move forward.

 

Starting this month, I'm taking action to make sure these most prized people in my life feel my love and support at all times. This means committing to three major things.

 

1) A monthly date night where Ross and I can get away from the phones, the computers and the distractions of our daily lives to connect, enjoy each others company, and create happy memories that help us through the tough times.

 

2) A nightly reading time and monthly date night (or day) with my daughter Alyssa. A time everyday where she has my undivided attention as we snuggle up close and share an adventure with the characters in our books. Plus a day when we create the itinerary for the two of us to spend dedicated time together doing the things we love.

 

3) At least one family day per month when the three of us share a day of fun and family time. It can be playing board games on the living room floor, chasing butterflies through the butterfly conservatory, playing in the park, or going on a new adventure. As long as we share the experience together!

 

What commitments have you made to value your relationships with those your treasure most?Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                               

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Renovation & Renewal in 2013

It's a new year, and at the beginning of the year I knew this was going to be a year of change. One of the biggest things I wanted to change was my body. No this isn't about poor me I'm fat. This is about the way I feel (though losing weight always feels good too).  

Looking back just a few years ago, I felt different. I woke up energized and ready for the day. I felt optimistic, strong, healthy. I drove my friends and co-workers crazy (in the best sort of way) with my tireless energy and optimism. I slept soundly every night.

 

Now, a few short years later...I have trouble getting out of bed. I feel slugish all day long. I lack the energy and enthusiasm most days that was a cornerstone of who I was. I suffer from frequent headaches and an additional 20 some odd pounds of laziness and junk food around my midsection. I sleep poorly at night.

 

As I type this I am reminded of just how much of a difference there is. Many things have happened during these years. I met and fell in love with an amazing man who has supported me and my beautiful daughter. I bought my own house, and then sold it to share a home with my boyfriend as a family. I began my own business. So many wonderful things.

 

However, there is always the downs also...my business did not thrive as quickly as I had hoped. My spouse received a layoff notice. I started part-time work on the side. I stopped working out. I stopped my healthier eating habits. I was hit with health issues. Stress became an even more significant part of both mine and my families daily life.

 

There are some things I cannot change, but there are many things I can.

 

This year it's time for renovation and renewal of so many areas of my life including my health (healthy eating & fitness), my business (new focused direction & renewed passion), my home (my sanctuary of family), and my relationships (with my daughter, my spouse, and myself).

 

Join me as I share my journey in all these areas with both my triumphs and my failures and the realizations I know will come along the way.

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.