2021 Dream-Catcher Challenge Week #1

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

This 1st week of January was busy and stressful! The stress had been accumulating over time and it was nice to finally reach a resolution.

There was a beautiful New Years Day rainbow over the water. I’m so happy that we have this beautiful place to walk right in our neighborhood.

I had plans to jump right into another workout program, but my body and soul had other plans. I started grinding hard on Monday, but felt discouraged on Tuesday after taking my weight and measurements. The scale still showed a smaller number than last week, but I guess my ego didn’t think it was enough. I talked with my friend Grace and she suggested that I take things easy these next 2 weeks to reset and then begin again.

I still went on my daily runs, but I didn’t do any strenuous workouts beyond that. I also started eating more cleanly once again and it felt good. I was starting to notice that I was more prone to injury and this rest is probably exactly what my body needed. Slowing down is challenging for me because I am worried that I will go back to being the way I used to be (overweight and unhealthy.) I am going to practice being more positive and committed to my goals.

Our ladies have started sleeping on our steps. They have a coop, but it needs an upgrade. Thankfully it easy to clean up after them in the morning.

I finally named all 4 of our chickens! Their names are: Benelli, Riri, Roxanne, and Conchita and they can do tricks! They are also really great garden companions too. Once I realized how much they enjoyed gardening with me; it made me want to spend a lot more time in the garden. Being outside is also so good for my soul.

I feel so thankful to be living this life right here right now. This is our quail dome and my beautiful wild flock of chickens.

Here are my blog posts from this week:

This week I blogged more than I have in a long time and it felt really good. I want to keep writing and being active in this beautiful blogging community. It really helps me to stay focused on my goals and dreams.

This week also marked the end of an era…

We sold our 1st company. It was a hard decision, but it was the right thing to do and my partner and I both felt liberated afterwards. This business helped us get places and we did a lot of good with it. After 3 years and 7 months it was time to let go and create space for bigger and better goals. I wrote a blog post about it and was in tears while I wrote it.

This big change meant that we would be running our other business once again. I had hired a friend to do my job for me, but with these changes it just makes sense for me to run the business. I’m so thankful that she and her partner were understanding and supportive.

At first I was a little upset about having to do so much desk work again. A few days ago, I did 12 hours of off and on desk work and my back was in so much pain by the end of the day. I realized that I was hunching a lot now that I am more sedentary. I did a 1 hour yin yoga session and it thankfully fixed me right up.


“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

-Barack Obama
  • Get your beauty sleep. I had a hard time falling asleep most nights. I am taking a break from taking sleep aid and I can definitely feel the difference. I read an amazing book and slept well on those nights, but these past few nights have been a little rough. I think it is time for me to find another great book so I can read myself to sleep…
  • Stay hydrated. I did better on this than last week, but it still needs to be better.
  • Keep it simple. I reminded myself to keep it simple and that helped me to feel a little less stressed in some moments, but overall this week felt pretty DARN complicated…
  • Break up with refined sugar. No. this didn’t happen this week.
  • Be consistent: Code Every Day. This didn’t happen either, but I’m working a technical job so does that count?
  • Move your body daily. Yes! I did this one!

This was a very productive week for me. I am happy to be working again especially since it makes me feel more purposeful. I did enjoy having nothing but spare time, but I noticed that it was almost too much time… So much time that I didn’t know what to do with myself and I would get overwhelmed.

I ate cleanly for about half of the week and then the 2nd half of the week was not as healthy. Being more sedentary and it being that “time of the month” feels hazardous to my health… I was craving chocolate a lot and am going to keep that in check. I am worried that I will put on weight now that I have more of a sedentary job.

I am going to make it my mission to continue my weight loss journey.

Overall, this was a wonderful week! I started working again and was able to keep running. This week I want to do a better job with hyrdration, clean eating, and sleeping better.

How was your 1st week of 2021? Comment below to share!

❤ Alana

8 thoughts on “2021 Dream-Catcher Challenge Week #1

  1. OMG Alana!! It’s been such a long time I’ve been on this blog! You LOOK AMAZING girl!!! Absolutely stunning! How have you been? I love your quail dome! It looks lovely and peaceful! xoxo Sarah

    1. Happy New Year Sarah!!! So happy to see you here 🙂 Things have been good and I was able to grow a lot throughout 2020 (even though it was an odd year.)
      What is new and exciting in your world? I hope you are staying healthy, happy, and safe. Xoxo

      ❤ Alana

      1. Thank you Alana! So I can tell! You look fantastic! I see you are determined and going strong as ever. So happy for you. Well what’s new in my life? What’s not haha! A lot, I’d say! New boyfriend, moved in with him, now trying to shift my career. Launched my Youtube channel (My cup of dreams). Where I go by my Vietnamese name My. Haha exciting times. Even though it was a pretty strange year… I’ve been very creative with drawing, painting and making sculptures. I will make more time to cope back on the blog. Though I am not sure whether I should continue on this one or create a new. As I would purely focus on growth and self development… and what’s new in your life? Xoxo Sarah My

      2. Sarah! I am so happy for you!!! Those sound like amazing changes! New boyfriend? What a lucky man he is! Congratulations on launching your youtube channel! I’m so happy to hear that you have been able to thrive through this year.
        This was honestly one of the best years of my life too 🙂 After moving so much throughout the 2 prior years, it was nice to feel more settled here in Hawaii and we were thankful that we found this place before travel became more difficult. I finally officially completed that degree that I have been working towards and that took a big burden off of my heart knowing that I was capable. In the past, I used to give things up when I lost people I loved. This year I started adding things. I started gardening to connect more with my Grandma and when my godfather passed this last October, I started jogging for an hour a day and it helped me to find myself more. I’m zigzagging through the months out of order, but in September we hired someone to do my job for me and that gave me time to focus on my health and weightloss. I started working again last week, but feel much more purposeful.
        Let me know what you end up doing blog wise! I want to continue to follow you on your journey. Xoxo

        ❤ Alana

      3. Wooow Alana! These are strong changes. Congratz on completing your degree! It is indeed something to be proud of, something we can prove to ourselves. I also tend to give up my dreams, but I’ve learned to not see it that way. Every experience we encounter, every setback, is carefully put there so we can learn and grow from it. Sometimes, we are meant to take a detour so we can even rise higher after that. So zigzagging is absolutely normal. We learn and grow and find better ways to be our best selves. The only thing that really matters is truly progress. I’ve also started to do workouts much more seriously since last year, finding ways to optimize my time better, to give my body what it needs. It is not as much about how I look, but about my health on the long run… For this blog, I think I’m going to continue here. I will check whether I could change the name. Do you know how? I will continue giving updates on my videos and what not. It remains fun to connect with the blog community here ^^. Enjoy your week! xoxo Sarah

      4. Hi Sarah! Thank you! Every day we are finding out way and it has been a fun process. Once I finally started embracing changes a little more and leaning in towards the things that have made me uncomfortable; it has made a huge difference.
        I am so glad that you are going to continue blogging here. I do love the community. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

        ❤ Alana

  2. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing your insights on your first week of 2021. Clean eating is something I would like to work towards this year, too.

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