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The source of my stress- OPINIONS WANTED!

Friday, February 24, 2012

It has nothing to do with my nutrition, or health or exercise... except that being this stressed causes me to lose motivation and crave high-fat, high-sugar 'comfort' foods. I know you wonderful Sparkers will understand that problem! So instead of freaking out or giving in I'm doing a bit of venting and asking for your opinions and suggestions instead...

The venting, and some background information: For those who have been following my status updates (infrequent though they may be) you know that I've been working on my final semester of school, and getting my Associates of Applied Science in Photographic Technology. The final semester is portfolio, advanced projects, and business planning, and all together the goal is to get us ready to hit the ground running with our photography skills. It is an awesome way to be sent into the world instead of being left to our own devices!

My original plan even up to last month was to get a job in a teaching or research hospital doing medical documentation. As a research staff member I didn't need to worry about business names, promo-pieces, etc. This semester for portfolio I've hooked up my camera to a microscope, with plans to demonstrate skill in order to get a job, but the images are turning out wonderfully bold, graphic, and downright awesome! I AM LOVING IT!! They are definitely in the realm of fine art, and even classmates are lining up to purchase them!! It's wonderful having the possibility to make a living this way, but I'm not prepared and the gallery show (the photography department's version of walking the stage at graduation) is in about 2 months. That means I now need to have AT THE VERY LEAST (in addition to the regular required portfolio and 2 large gallery wall display pieces- aka. the easy part) a working business name picked out and some business cards to pass around.

My problem: I've become totally overwhelmed at needing a business name! How do you even go about picking one? I had one chosen, only to find that not only is the name taken (because if they weren't anywhere near here I wouldn't give a second thought), but the name AND local D.B.A. are taken by a wedding photographer who lives about less than an hour from me! I have some business cards designed and laid out, but now don't even know what information to put on them.

So I'm looking for Business Names!! Please let me know what you think... good, bad, or ugly. Silly or serious suggestions! I just need ideas to use as a jumping off point because my brain is tapped out right now.
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Thanks and I love you wonderful Sparkers, you!
~ Laura

  
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HANOVERLADY 3/8/2012 2:49PM

    I'm not very creative but I'm thinking along the lines of something that gets across what you said in your blog about how awesome the images are turning out to be. Something about little things being hugely beautiful. Small can be scintillating? Something about finding hidden worlds? Seeing the small world?

One of the most interesting speakers I ever heard was a photographer. He did nature photography and encouraged us to really look at things (macro looking, as in look at yourself, your life) to see the unusual or seemingly hidden things. Then he showed us a series of photos that started with a side of a mountain and gradually went into the large space until the last photo he showed was of a beautiful flower on the side of a path that went through that mountain. No way you could see that from the first photo.

Good luck with your business - you sure have it together!

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JACKALACK 2/26/2012 6:10PM

    Making Microscopic Moments?
That's kindof more of a logo, but maybe it will help you think of something else!

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LILANGEL181 2/24/2012 10:54PM

    I plan to do more fine-art images through the microscope. I'm from Lansing, MI but grew up in Tennessee. Hopefully that helps and thanks!

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SKIRNIR 2/24/2012 10:48PM

    I think more information is in order... are you intending to do mainly an artistic photography business, wedding photos, more the biology microscope photos? Where are you from also?

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3 Weeks To Go- Status Update!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hello Sparksters! I miss you all very very much, but have been SWAMPED with school and work these past few months. I have three weeks until my goal, which is to be down 30 pounds in time for my cousin's (formal) wedding on New Years Eve! So **drum roll please**

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 12/24/2011 6:12PM

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LUVS2BIKE101 12/17/2011 11:40PM

    You've got what it takes to succeed.....determination and positive thinking!
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TRACYZABELLE 12/11/2011 11:42PM

    How exciting girl!! I knwo you can do it!! Stay away from those holiday treats!!

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Home Remedys For A Stuffy Nose?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I feel ok (knock on all the wood around) except for this head cold, which has plugged up my nose something fierce. Also, for some reason I've been craving sugar. No idea if its related to the cold or not. Most importantly, its tough to breathe through my mouth while doing things like talking, chewing food, sleeping, etc... so I'm soliciting advice!! Ive stocked up on butternut squash soup (out of chicken noodle ATM, but this has more vitimins anyway) and tissues.

What home (or easily available, Over The Counter) remedies do you use to clear a clogged head?

  
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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 7/14/2011 7:22PM

    Mucinex works wonders! Feel better!

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GOURMETLOSER 7/14/2011 7:20AM

    The chinese boil chopped ginger root with brown sugar and water. Tastes yummy too! Hope you're not trying to lose weight while you're not well !

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PAMNANGEL 7/14/2011 3:01AM

    I buy Traditional Medicinals 'Gypsy Cold Cure' herbal tea. I brew up a cup and inhale the vapors between sips using my hand to creat a makeshift steamtent. You can use any peppermint tea.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/14/2011 1:29AM

    I use a neti pot to clear the stuffies!! If you don't have one you can ( as long as you are careful) put warm water in a cup add some salt and mix it up then try to sniff it up the one nostril remember to spit it out! BLECH! Then blow and do the other side-- I LOVE my neti pot I think it was $15 at Walgreens and had about 50 packets of saline mix to use

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Would you walk two miles for $5 in healthy food?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

So today was the first day of one of the local Farmer's Markets, and to kick off the season the MAYOR lead a 2 mile walk. It was sponsored by a local health insurance company, and was a one mile course (two laps) through a beautiful (and hilly!) neighborhood. Everyone who finished the full two miles was rewarded with a $5 gift certificate to the market, so talk about motivation!! I kept track of my walking times, and made a good cardio pace.

Mile 1- 20 minute mile
Mile 2- 25 minute mile

The market was wonderful. The entertainment was a local gentleman playing the guitar, and singing Lyle Lovett and Jimmy Buffet. Even though its a teeny weeny little local market, all of the food is fresh, and from farms that are no farther than about 50 miles away. Proof that healthy food isn't too expensive... Here is what I bought:

1 large bunch basil- $1.50 (for making freezer-pesto that will last a while!)
1 pint organic snow peas- $2
2 small squash- 75 cents for the pair
1 quart organic raspberries- $1 cash and $5 gift certificate
1 loaf fresh (still warm from the oven!!) rosemary potato bread- $4.75

The bread was my splurge purchase for the day. I almost walked away without it, but that danged sample was just too delicious! If anyone has an easy recipe for something similar please share, as I'd be willing to learn how to bake...

So the question is, would you walk two miles for $5 in healthy food? emoticon

  
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ARMYNOMADWIFE 7/14/2011 11:01AM

    Heck yeah I'd walk 2 miles for 5 bucks! I'd walk 2 miles for nothing though, but what an incentive! Congrats on having an awesome farmer's market!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/14/2011 12:14AM

    What a win!! Free $5 and exercise!!

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CHRIS3874 7/10/2011 10:54PM

    I used to go to the local farmer's market we had every year in the fall at Fort Edmonton ( a reproduction of the Hudson's Bay company trading post that was the founding of the city I live in ), but I stopped going when the prices started getting to be stupid and it got to be too crowded (too bad it was good when it started).

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GIRLGENERICA 7/10/2011 8:17PM

    I'm always up for a 2 mile walk, with or without a bonus :) How awesome though that they gave that incentive!

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NURSE_FAWN 7/10/2011 5:29PM

    I surely would!! I would walk 2 miles just to find a good farmer's market even without the $5 bonus. That was a great idea to get people out and walking and to get customers.

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LUVS2BIKE101 7/10/2011 5:03PM

    For sure! Two great health benefits in one!
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CATLADY_56 7/10/2011 5:02PM

    Yum! A quart of raspberries, definitely a good reason to walk.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/10/2011 3:34PM

    Heck yeah!

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JAMARIEHICKEY 7/10/2011 3:04PM

    Heck yeah! :) Sounds like a great market! emoticon

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GARDENQE2 7/10/2011 1:22PM

    Sounds like a fun day!
I have a knock-your-socks-off potato bread recipe. Just add rosemary?!? I have made it with walnuts and olives. It's great that way!

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MISSLISA1973 7/10/2011 12:50PM

    Shoot... I'd probably walk five miles for $2 of healthy food! emoticon

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JADOREMOI 7/10/2011 12:37PM

    I think that's great! You're not only getting in some exercise but buying healthy food too! emoticon

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My body found it's happy weight... But

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

But this isn't where I plan to stop!!

For about 3 weeks I've been stuck at 185.2 lbs. The original goal was to lose 25 pounds in 3 months. The deadline was Independence Day (July 4th). Yesterday's weigh in was still 185.2 pounds, making a total loss of only 10 pounds! Truly worthy of being a Slowest Loser emoticon. On the bright side, I lost 10 pounds!! emoticon.

Today I have officially amended my goals, and looked out to the end of the year. Consider this a New Year's Pre-Resolution... 30 pounds (total, so a 10 pound head start!) by December 31st, 2011. My cousin is getting married on New Year's Eve, and last time the extended family saw me I was the chubby one in a family of skinny-minis. Talk about motivation!!

Wish me luck... I may just need it
~ Laura

  
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ARMYNOMADWIFE 7/14/2011 10:56AM

    You got this!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/7/2011 8:36AM

    You got it girl better a slow loser than a no loser~

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MKWMKW 7/5/2011 10:27PM

    Hang in there - it sounds like you've got the right attitude.

And ... I am so glad you're putting your cat on a weight loss program. My orange tabby, Harley, always just seemed like a "big-boned" cat to me, and he didn't seem to eat excessively. Despite the vet telling me he was too fat, I thought he was fine. Around ten years old, he started dropping lots of weight and his hair thinned out. When I took him in, I found he had developed diabetes. With a controlled diet and twice daily insulin shots, he did well for a couple of years. Then he started getting ulcer things that wouldn't heal on his tail, which the vet amputated. Brief upswing in health, then a tailspin. I lost him last summer, and I will always regret not taking care of his weight earlier.

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FITJANE6 7/5/2011 10:56AM

    You can do it! There's nothing wrong with adjusting goals to more realistic levels! I am losing weight REALLY slowly, but have started measuring my success in different ways (like inches lost, accumulation of exercise minutes, etc.) to help keep me encouraged betweeen the YEARS (haha) that it takes me to lose a pound! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/5/2011 9:25AM

    You can do it! Stick to an smart, sensible eating plan and change up your exercises to "outsmart" your body. You will hit plateau's that are very discouraging..........speaking from experience believe me!!! BUT.............. don't give up!!!!!

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HANOVERLADY 7/5/2011 8:39AM

    You've done so well already - you can do this!

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SLEANNES66 7/5/2011 1:48AM

    emoticon on the 10 lbs. emoticon on your goals.

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MISSLISA1973 7/5/2011 1:06AM

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I have a goal of being at my wedding weight by my anniversary in October. My big goal is to reach goal weight by my 10th anniversary NEXT October. Slow and steady wins the race... and keeps the weight off longest! With these reasonable "slowest loser" goals, we can definitely do it!
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DRB13_1 7/5/2011 12:58AM

    First, congrats on losing 10 lbs ! emoticon
Second, behind you in your efforts to lose 30 lbs this year. emoticon
Good for you for setting goals, assessing your progress, then adapting. Don't quit, and remember to celebrate the nonscale victories! emoticon You may still be losing inches even when the scale is stalled.
Here's to you looking fabulous in time for the wedding! emoticon emoticon

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KIMA86 7/5/2011 12:22AM

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I happen to be a turtle, too! I can work out faithfully almost every day for 30 - 60 minutes, make healthy eating choices, track my food and still lose only half - 1 pound/week. Frustrating! Congrats to you, though, on losing 10 pounds! emoticon

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KWHITEHEAD9 7/5/2011 12:17AM

    YOu can do it!!!!

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