Thursday, August 23, 2012
Hey I haven't written in a few days and thought that I would. Today I exercised for the first time this week! I rode my bike to bayshore mall, which is over 2 1/2 miles away and then I rode my bike back. It was hard because it was really hot today and I had to go uphill on the way back, but I did it! I was exhausted by the time I was done with it, but am happy that I went. Earlier this week I kept on making excuses as to why I didn't exercise, but today I decided to just do it.
Oh yeah, here are the results of what happened when I went to the doctor. It is good news, my ankle is not sprained. I just hurt it by running, but it feels fine now. The doctor says I should avoid running for now and do low-impact exercise. She also gave me some ankle exercises to do to strengthen my ankle. The only bad news was that I could not go to the Klotche center for pt because they don't do the kind that I need for my neck there. I also tried to work out at the klotche center that day, but was told that it was closed until the 29th. I am finally going to pt tomorrow. I can't wait. It has come to the point where I dread riding in any vehicle and am avoiding going anywhere because I don't want to hurt. I hope I can get it better enough before school starts, I have to ride the bus to school and riding the bus really causes me to get bad tension headaches.
On the business side I started a blog on wordpress called craftsbyknight.wordpress.com and I already had a pinterest page, but I changed my user name to my business name so it is now: pinterest.com/craftsbyknight if you want to check that out. Also I got accepted to a show, well I don't know if show is the right word. here is a link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2732
I am really excited. The event is on september 22nd, so I need to figure out what I need before then to get ready.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Well it is monday again. Today I finally have the doctor's appointment, so I can get my ankle checked out! I am planing on working out after that. I don't know exactly what I want to do to work out, but I want to go to the koltche center (I'm not sure how it is spelled). That is a fitness center on campus that is free to use durring the semester, and I think that it is free as of today, but I am not sure. I will check it out and see. I plan on canceling my membership to planet fitness later then, if I can go to the klotche center, there is no point of having two gym memberships.
I hope I can get a new bus pass today, as my old one expired on the 19th. They never know when the new ones are in. At UWM they give away free (its included in our tuition) bus passes called a upass. I don't have a car so I rely on the bus for transportation. I had signed up for a summer class and got the pass for the summer, but I couldn't afford to take the class so I had to drop it. I kept the bus pass and used it though.
Oh I know what I will write about here! I don't think that I have written about this here before. I am trying to start my own jewelry making business. I have been making jewelry as a hobby for years and would like to be able to make money selling what I make. I have been taking the slow route in starting my business because I would like to do it right. The name of my business is "Crafts by Knight" originally I was going to call my business "Carley Knight Crafts," but I like my new name a whole lot better. I need to register my name somehow, but as of right now I don't have much money.
I got into an art fair recently! It will be on september 22nd at downtown Milwaukee on the riverwalk. It a the first anual event and there is no entry fee. I need to steep up my production as I want to sell as much as I can. I don't know exactly how much stuff to bring, but I a super excited. I will use this as an opportunity to see who my clients are. I don't really have a customer profile to market to yet, and I hear that it is good to target a specific type of customer if you want to sell.
Here are some links if you want to check out my business:
my face book page: facebook.com/craftsbyknight
my etsy store: craftsbyknight.etsy.com
and my twitter handle is: @craftsbyknight
I haven't really done much with my etsy site or my twitter page. It takes a lot of time to do etsy, and I need to take good pictures and edit them. I sound like I am making excuses don't I? I need to make a schedule and figure out how much time I have exactly to give to my business before school starts. I will write more about school later. I have bought books about starting a crafting business, and I have also checked some out of the library too. I need to read the books and take notes. I need to make a business plan and figure out how much to charge for my jewelry. There is a lot that goes into a business and I want to make sure that I get it right the first time.
In one of the books it was suggested that I make a blog, which I am planning on doing. It will take a lot of time and energy to write another blog, but I am enjoying writing this blog and having people read and respond to what I write that I just might do it. I reserved a blog on blogger called craftsbyknight.blogger.com but I have yet to make the first entry.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Hey just wanted to check back here, I have been busy lately so I haven't gotten around to posting in a while. When I did the exercise thing with my friends I went about a mile doing intervals of running for 60 sec and walking for 90 before I hurt my ankle again. I had sprained it back in March and I thought that it must be better by now, but the running must have aggravated it somehow. I then had to walk the mile back to his house, which I was surprised by how far I had gone in such a short time. I had tried to keep up with everybody else, and they were a lot better shape than I am. That was a mistake, as I had never really ran before. I still have an ankle brace from last spring, and I made an appointment to meet with a doctor on Tuesday the 20th. That is when I can get into Norris for free. Norris is our school's health center and if I go before the 20th it is $50, but if I go after it is free. I am hoping they can refer me to do physical therapy at our athletic center on campus. hopefully they can do my neck as well as my ankle. they are free, so I don't have to worry about if insurance will cover it or not.
I am still struggling with motivation, but have decided to take it one day at a time and do what I can for now. I will write more later, but for now I am exhausted from a long day. The dog barked at 8:30 in the morning and had to go out. I couldn't go back to sleep after that, stupid dog. I normally wake up at 10.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Hello, it has been a while since I posted on here. I have been struggling with motivation lately. I thought that by posting here I might get some it back. I don't know what it is exactly I have been struggling lately maybe it is a lack of focus, or laziness, I just don't know. I can't seem to get that "spark" back. I sound like I am whining don't I? I have been working out a few times, not as much as I feel as though I should and I keep making excuses as to why I am not tracking and eating right. I feel down right now because I am being so hard on myself. I think I need to go on Sparkpeople.com more, maybe that will help me get motivated again. I think I wil try and read the Spark book again, see if I can get re-motivated. Since school hasn't started yet I have a lot of free time to refocus my energy on my efforts. What I need to focus my energies on right now is the eating component. If anyone has any advice for me I would love to hear it.
Oh I forgot to mention, I think, that an old college friend is coming back to town and he created a facebook group for an exercise group. He is forming 3 levels of groups based on what people responded that they are at. One of the groups is a couch to 5k group. There are 3 sessions this week for group 1 and I am going to try and attend all of them. The first session is on Tuesday night. My friend (Joe) is also making a contest to see who can lose the most body fat, as measured by him, which might motivate me again. I am really looking forward to this, but am nervous about exercising with old friends that I haven't seen in a while. I think that I have been isolating myself lately. I haven't done anything social that I can think of in forever. I want to have a social life, but it is going to be awkward to see these people again.
I think that writing this helped, not everything is negative, I am not working as hard as I could be, but I shouldn't feel guilty, at least I will be going back to exercising this week and if I can start to watch what I eat and eat better I think I will make progress. I am afraid that I have not been losing weight, but I was able to tighten the belt that I purchased on vacation by one notch already, so if I keep positive and keep working I should make progress. I need to focus on the positive and forget about my fears and nerves. Thanks for listening to my rambling this week.
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