Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project 2.0 Week #33


Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

How was your week?  I can tell that many of you are looking forward to fall because my reader is full of “Fall and Autumn-themed posts.”  I love fall too in fact it is probably one of my favorite seasons, but I also want to remind you to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  I get it.  I definitely spend a lot of time looking forward to the future to get me through the present, but I  am really trying to be more present so that I do not let the magical everyday moments slip away.  Since I am focusing on this, I wanted to remind you to do the same.  Some of my favorite moments happened when I was trying to rush through that time period to get to the next one, but looking back I can see that that time in my life was magical even amidst the struggle.  Often times, the magic is in the struggle itself and the fact that we can overcome obstacles.

I want to thank my blog friends for reaching out to me here.  This lovely blog community has really helped me learn and grow.  I appreciate all the love, support, and kind words of encouragement.  Know that I am here for you too and I am so happy that we can connect, encourage and inspire each other!

I have been tightly wound for most of this year.  Big life changes like moving multiple times and starting a new job will do that.  This past week I decided to unravel a little and it helped.  I still worked hard in fact there was one day when I was up until 2 am to get caught up, but it felt so good because I truly got caught up.  I started being more mindful of my caffeine intake and started working out earlier in the day rather than right before bed.

I really want to live well and be happy.  Most of the pressure that stresses me out the most comes from myself.  I have a feeling that if I allow myself to live more and worry less then my energy will be more free and I will be able to accomplish more.  I spent a little more time in the garden and discovered that when I do not wear insect repellent the mosquitoes flock to me a little less.  This could also have something to do with the time of day.

Here are my posts from this week:

I did not post a lot this week, but I did interact with my blog friends and that was a joy.  Now that I look back on my posts, I can see that it was another very emotional week for me.  I want to embrace and lean in to the changes and new experiences in my life.  I also want to be more open.


“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

-Maya Angelou

  • Quit nagging.  
  • Listen.
  • Cultivate healthy relationships.
  • No dumping.
  • No Complaining.
  • Give proofs of love.

Overall, I think I did a great job with these goals.  Learning to communicate and not always “having to be right” goes a long way.  I will be the first to admit that I LOVE BEING RIGHT (because most of the time I am… Just kidding) At the same time, I am not afraid of admitting when I am wrong.  I used to take the blame for most things especially when I was growing up.  I was used to it and in my early 20’s I realized that the role I had been playing in my family was to “take the blame.”  So how did this affect me?  Well, I took the blame and it wore me down.  I am glad that I finally started recognizing this pattern so that I could lovingly build myself back up.

Here is my weekly Be-YOU-tiful Pic ❤

Speaking of building, the dome now has a working door!  I enjoy this pic because I was wearing an outfit that I usually would not wear in public or maybe ever, but it was a laundry day and I had run out of options.  Lately I have been hiding under larger outfits and darker colors.  I also did not do anything special with my hair.  I had been working out in the garden and we decided to take this picture before going for a walk to find more lemon guavas.

I think I am going to head to the garden in a few.  I have a dwarf banana tree to plant and an endless supply of weeding that needs to be done.  Do you ever feel discouraged by weeding?  I like to think that it is helping and making a difference, but they grow back so quickly.  I guess it is a labor of love…

How was your week?  Comment below to share!  I would love to catch up with you!

❤ Alana

18 thoughts on “Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project 2.0 Week #33

    1. It is a geodesic dome that my partner and I are building. We 3D printed the connectors. We hope that someday we can design an affordable tiny home dome. Since we are computer people we decided that we also need more physical hobbies 🙂

      1. that is really awesome.
        my neighbors gave us something like that in the 1990s- it was a children’s play structure – same shape but made of steel – we had it for the summer and then passed it on –

      2. That is so cool. Domes really are fun and novel structures. I am thinking of making a smaller one and using it for the chicken coop in the future 🙂

      3. well it is even more cool that you are printing the parts.
        and when we got Rid of ours – the one from he neighbor – we were just tired of looking at it and we got a trampoline – but now I think that the steal or whatever it was was likely not the best for the kids anyway – and glad we passed it on

      4. A trampoline is a great replacement. That was actually what we were planning on putting in that space if we had not built the dome 🙂
        I grew up with one of those steel playgrounds with the monkey bars, single swing, and set of rings. We ended up taking it down because it was an eyesore and became dangerous. I agree not the safest.

      5. thanks – I guess near is better with the bulbs (and you should really check into it – they cost 24$ and up) and I heard far is better with the heating pad (and they run 35)$)
        we have four bulbs added and two different types of NEAR (whatever that means)

      6. I will look into it. Thanks! A few years ago we got a far infrared sauna that came with panels, but it was disappointing because the heat element broke and it was not very good.

      7. yeah – I have heard that about some equipment – but the “bulbs” have come a long way with tech and I am shocked at how effective these are

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