My Big Life Change!

Picture taken by Abby Austin of 1000 Miles on my own two feet.


To transform my life, with God's help of course, one step at a time.

1. Get healthy & honor God with my body

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2.Become at least 50% sustainable with emphasis on doing our part to take care of God's planet.

3. Live life as an adventure, experiencing new places, things & people.
18 out of 150 bucket list goals accomplished

4. Become debt free & build security for my family, so we can then bless others financially also.

5. Continue to grow closer to God, building My family's faith & sharing the Gospel with those we meet, by using the talents and gifts God has provided us.

6.Continue to make money by creating and sharing my thoughts and beliefs through artistic expression: all the while hoping that my art will impact others. "Holly Kennedy

: All I know is, if you don't figure out this something, you'll just stay ordinary, and it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something... new, and there it is, and it's you, out in the world, outside of you, and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it... and you know a little more about... you. A little bit more than anyone else does... Does that make any sense at all?" Quote from PS I LOVE YOU

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, leg waxing!

So waxing the legs is something I have always wanted to try. Why you may ask? Well, I definately don't enjoy pain but I have wanted the result. Silky smooth legs that don't get hairy for awhile. What woman wouldn't want that? But the pain and the money have always held me back. So when I decided to do my adventure list, I knew it had to go on there. My friend Shawna wanted to help me with an adventure and this one was perfect for her, after all she is a certified cosmitician, I don't know how to spell it. So we commenced with the hair ripping, and the screaming. Well, actually, it wasn't as bad as I expected. It hurt pretty bad, but then it was over and we did it again. and again. The result, silky smooth legs. I love the result. But my legs get the same amount of smoothness after I use veet on them. and it is not painful at all. So adventure done, I am glad I did it but, it's not nessecary for me to ever do it again. and no, bikini wil never be on the list.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Diet time!

So I am getting ready to start the 6 week body makeover. This next Monday is D Day. I am excited to get going on my goals, but I am afraid too. I have always used food as a shield and when you take that away I feel vulnerable. I post this so that you know what food does for me. I have learned through the years and Celebrate Recovery that eating hides the uncomfortable feelings. I am determined not to let this have control any more. With GODs help and my friends (that's you guys), I will beat this! Some of you have wanted info on this diet. I will tell you this. I have never been on a healthier food regimen in my life when I am on this.
6 meals a day
no extra sodium and as low sodium chicken broth as you can find
no dairy - though I add in a little dairy, doctor says to have a little.
eat protein with every meal - protein is what makes your metabolism work
some veggies are free - you can have as much as you want
cook with chicken broth instead of fat, butter or dairy
use any seasons on food except ones that have salt in them
3 ounces of lean meat per meal
3 meals a day you can have 1/2 cup carbs, though for my body type only rice and potatoes for carbs. the other 3 meals you have fruit with your protein.
its really good for you.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

4 wheeling

Good friends are those people that see your adventure list and figure out what they can mark off. My friend Abby and her husband Paul are such people. They decided that there were things that they could help me do, and 4 wheeling was one of them. So we came down to Lawton for dinner with them and we were told to bring a change of clothes in case it rains. I had no idea which adventure we were marking off but I was excited. When we got there I was told what it was and I was excited and scared. I'm not an adrenaline junkie, in fact, John says that I'm allergic to adrenaline. So going fast and riding a four wheeler maybe nothing to you, but to me it's scary and therefore an adventure. So Abby took me around the field a couple of times with me holding on for dear life. We went over a few bumps and went upto 4th gear. then she let me drive.I will admit, driving the 4 wheeler wasn't as scary to me as riding it. I guess it is because of the control thing. I would definately do that again. Thanks Abby and Paul, and John!

Purple Rain

So I can cross off my first adventure! Purple hair! Ok, let me explain. I have always been a follow the rules, don't rock the boat, and definately a don't do anything to draw attention kind of girl. So a couple of years ago I have been iching to do something that will draw a little attention and make me feel a little crazy, without getting into trouble. Once I found out that I was going to get to stay at home with my precious child, I decided that that was the time to get purple in my hair. Why purple, well if you have dark colored hair, it really can look cool. So time came to do it and I went in with guns blazing and was so excited. When it was done I loved the look. So how come I am not as happy now with it? Lets see, purple shower, purple hairbrush, purple pillow, and purple towels. That I expected, but what i didn't expect was purple ears, purple neck, and everytime I run my fingers through my hair, purple fingers. I am seeing purple everywhere! Well, a couple more washings and I should be depurplized, but what an adventure!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

1 2 3 romance

So I know that when I say that I want to improve the romance in my marriage. I know that you are probably all thinking it's about one thing. But romance is taking that time to consider your spouse and their needs. Sometimes their needs coinside with yours, but occasionally it means the opposite of what you need. Sacrifice is sometimes the way to get exactly what you want. When we sacrifice something, God blesses us tremendously. It doesn't have to be terrible. It may mean doing the dishes, or making their favorite meal. Last week I switched John while he was mowing, he had mowed probably for 2 hours or more and looked so tired. So I told him that I would mow for awhile if he could watch the baby. It gave them Daddy daughter time and I well got to work off a few calories. What could be wrong with that. So I am going to try and find little romantic things that I could do to make his day better. Let me just say that I have the most wonderful man on the planet. Now of course he is still a man and does things well lets say differently, men do that. They can't be perfect like women! But I would do anything for this man, he is my heart, soul and love of my life! Not to mention the father to my child and a looker. Sorry ladies he's taken. For those married or not, can you find something romantic to do for the ones you love?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Impromptu adventure

So went on a little walk with my hubby, baby in the stroller and my 2 cocker spaniels. Nickie, our male was on a leash because he tends to wander and start fights. There are a lot of stray dogs around our neighborhood. Jinger was running free but we brought her tennis ball, which usually will bring her back from anything. So there is a road that runs behind our property and some other properties and curves around a small pond. Lots of over grown brush back there. John was throwing the ball for Jinger, she runs after it, catches it and runs into the bush. Somewhere in the brush she drops her ball and disappears into the tall grass and trees. You could barely see her little head as she bounced through the brush after who knows what. John had seen a rabbit pass by earlier and as always I missed it. Since we have moved out here he has seen multiple animals and I always seem to miss them. John was farther down the path trying to head her off if she came out of the heavy brush the other way. I was staying up hill to get her back out and you could here her crashing through the brush panting all the way. I'm calling her name and crash! out of the brush trots a huge deer, Jinger quick on her heels. I was floored! Couldn't believe that my little cocker spaniel scared out a deer. Scared me to death but it was pretty funny. Needless to say, she completely forgot where her ball was and we spent a few minutes before she disappeared again. She was having a blast and I kept thinking she is going to get lost, or bitten by a snake. I am such a worry wort and she was just being a very happy dog. Next time do nothing different!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Adventure Time

So I'm sorry it has taken a couple of days for me to write this. I came down with what I am calling the country flu. It started as allergies, then a sore throat and runny nose, the next day I had a fever and the worse sinus headache and now I am back to the sore throat and runny nose.

Adventure, what does that make you think of? My husband likes to say that I am allergic to adrenaline. I am not much of a risk taker. Adventure for me is trying a new restaurant or taking a back road. But there is a small part, and I mean small, that is dying to feel the speed of 200 miles per hour. SO in order to improve my quality of life, I am setting a goal of 150 new things that I wouldn't normally do before. My husband is all over this list. He is definately a risk taker. So I am going to put this out there for all to respond to and I will edit this list until I have come up with 150 things. Please feel free to give me ideas on what you think is adventurous. Let me say this though, I will not eat anything funky like bugs, chocolate covered or not! These adventures are not in order but the numbers that are next to the adventures is my goal of the year Joslyn will be when I accomplish this task. Give me your ideas and here is what I have so far...

1. get purple hair (accomplished 5/12/2010)

2. ride on a fourwheeler (accomplished 5/15/2010)

3.get legs professionally waxed (accomplished 5/26/2010)

4. shoot a bow (with ABBY) accomplished 5/30/2010 in a food fight (accomplished 7/10/2010)

6. Mystery gift exchange with Layla (accomplished 8/25/2010)

7.  visit my grandma (accomplished 9/3/2010)

8.  walk on eggshells (accomplished 1/15/2011)

9. Finish Financial Peace University! (accomplished 1/23/11)

10. Watch a scary movie that John picks out (accomplished 2/27/11)

11. learn to make balloon animals (accomplished 4/23/11)

12. hold a tarantula (if you know me at all, this is scarier then sky diving)(Accomplished 11/12/2011)

13.Write a song ( accomplished 12/25/2011)

14. Get my passport (accomplished 02/07/2012)

15. enjoy a dinner theater show (accomplished 2/12/2012)

16. prepare a meal for a friend in their home.(accomplished 3/18/2012)

17. ride on an elephant (accomplished 3/25/2012)

18.Make a starter bread and make a loaf out of it (accomplished 12/10/12)

19.go on a cruise (accomplished 1/25/2014)

20.go to a native american ceremony(2)

21.learn to sew(2)

22.stay the night on a moving house boat(2)

23.stand on a street corner with a sign for an hour that says "honk if you love Jesus"(2)

24.Learn to make cheese. (2)

25.go mudding in a big truck(2)

26.Dig for gems(2)

27.Catch a catfish(2)

28.dress up like a rodeo clown for a fair or festival(2)

29.squish grapes for wine and help in a vineyard for a day at Sandhill Vineyards(2)

30.Go to IHOP(International House of Prayer) with Toni(2)

31.Get debt free and speak with Dave Ramsey on the radio!(2)

32.go hunting for an animal (but not a deer, I could never shoot Bambi) something small gopher?(2)

33.milk a cow(2) on a cattle farm for a day(2)

35.take a motorcycle riding course (doing this only for my biker babe)(2)

36.make homemade butter (churn it myself) sounds exhausting(2)

37.ride on a seadoo(2)

38. go geo-cashing(2)

39.sheer a sheep(2)

40.Make a starter bread and make a loaf out of it (2)

41.John buys me an outfit and I must wear it one whole day(2)

42.go noodling (2)

43.take a cooking class (with Kim Ferrell)(2)

44. Go Mud Wrestling(2) golf(2)

46.learn to say hello in 50 different languages(2)

47.clean house for an elderly person in need(2)

48.try to water ski(2)

49.ride a mechanical bull(2)

50. get a henna tattoo(accomplished Sept. 28th, 2012)

51.learn to play bridge, p-nuckle, and canasta(2)

52. carve my name in a tree(2)

53.learn origami(2)

54.make beef bourguignon(2)

55.sumo wrestle in blowup suits (2)

56.Ride in a horse drawn carrage.(2)

57.learn to drive a tractor(2)

58.take a glass blowing course(3)

59.go sailing(3)

60.hand glide(3)

61.take a self defense class(3)

62.grow crystals(3) a radio(3)

64.clean and cook a fish(3) a rocket and shoot it off(3) paintball (3)

67.learn to throw a baton and catch it(3)

68.ride in a blimp(3)

69.go on a zipline(3)

70.go zorbing(3)

71.take a dance class(3)

72.go to an Oktoberfest (3)

73.make a quilt (Aunt Carolyn)(3)

74.wash a dog at a dog wash (3)

75.go to a fashion show(3)

76.catch a greased pig sulphur rodeo(3)

77. get certified to go into the prisions(3)

78.take a hip hop dance class(3)

79.learn to juggle(3)

80.go cave climbing(3)

81.offer a stranger a ride(3)

82.touch an ostrich (terrified of these)(3)

83.go on a Ghost tour!(3)

84.make a model ship(3)

85.make a doll house for Joslyn (3)

86.throw a mystery party(3)

87.learn how to salsa dance(3)

88.spend a day volunteering at an orphanage(3)

89.make a scrapbook for Joslyn (3)

90.go to a really big food festival(3)

91.stay at a monestary for one night(3)

92.float the talequah river with my husband(3)

93.go white water rafting (hope Sharla will go with me)(3)

94.flock someone(put flamingos in someones yard)(3)

95.learn to snorkel(4)

96.write a childrens book(4)

97.go rock climbing(4)

98.Inspire 10 other people to do an Adventure List (4/10)Kristi,Chad,Stephanie,Tiffany A.,(4)

99.make a stained glass window(4)

100.make 100 new recipies from around the world( see posting from June 11)(4)

101. go snow skiing (terrified of this)(4)

102.take a log rolling lesson(4)

103.take a honeymoon with my hubby(4)

104.make a piece of pottery(4)

105.get my fortune read(4)

106.Sky diving (thank you Andrea)(4)

107.take a yodelling course(4)

108.go kayaking(4)

109.see a broadway play(4) a chicken coop(4)

111.start and maintain a garden(4)

112.ride in a hot air balloon(4)

113.go to marti gras(4)

114.see 100 musicals (see post from December 6th, 2011)(4)

115.learn to wind surf(4)

116.swim with dolphins(4)

117.ride in a race car going over 100 miles per hour(4)

118. go parasailing(4)

119.take a helicopter ride(4)

120.Ride one of the ten largest roller coasters(4)

121.visit a haunted house(4)

122.ride a unicycle(4)

123. go to the top of a volcano(4)

124. bungee jumping(4)

125. take a surfing lesson(4)

126. participate in a Hanukkah celebration (4)

127. read the entire Bible (4)

128. fast for 48 hours (4)

129. go for a long hike with Abby (4)

130. go to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show (4)

131. Eat a Chicago Dog (2)

132. be a part of a flash mob (4)

133. go kiteboarding (4)

134. gutting and clean an animal, and then eating the kill (4) John's choice

135. learn make beer

136. Go deep sea fishing














150.Get a tattoo (only if I get 100 followers) with my sister

P.S. Tomorrow I will talk about my next goal, the picture is of my pink laptop, which I love very much and am typing on right now.