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A (Business) Birth Story

As I mentioned yesterday, I am excited to share a series of posts about some of my favorite orders and customers to celebrate reaching 600 sales in the Sunflower Paperie shop. Today I am eager to write a little bit about the history of Sunflower Paperie!

Sunflower Paperie Birth Story

I am often asked what prompted me to open the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop. A common assumption is that I liked to scrapbook and craft, so it was a natural fit. The truth is that I had never scrapbooked (still don’t) and I definitely wasn’t overly crafty when I opened my shop. I had wanted to open an Etsy shop for quite some time, but hadn’t settled on what I wanted my product to be. Then in January of 2013, I co-hosted a baby shower for one of my childhood best friends and realized that making party decorations was pretty fun.

Sunflower Paperie Birth Story

The first banner I ever created!

For my friends baby shower, I made a trip to Michael’s and purchased a book of travel themed cardstock, pre-cut circle die cuts, a set of black chipboard letters, jute twine and some fancy scrapbooking glue (which I quickly ditched in favor of rubber cement!). The banners above were the first two I ever created, by hand cutting the flag shapes and then gluing everything together.

Not only had I enjoyed making the decorations for the shower, but my friends mom was very encouraging about my work and suggested that I try to sell similar items. I had a little extra Christmas money, so I started researching cutting machines and somewhat impulsively purchased a Silhouette Cameo machine.

Click here to read more!

Weekly weigh-in: Week 9

Hello! My weekly weigh-in is late this week, because I have been away from my scale! I was fortunate to travel to Chicago for spring break with some students from work and I just returned to AZ today. Instead of my typical Tuesday weigh-in, I will be going with the weight I logged on the Sunday before I left for vacation. 

Week 9 weigh-in (March 8, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: Over 2 full months without soda! Had omelette cups for breakfast each day of the week and brewed my own tea (instead of purchasing tea on my way into work).

Areas of improvement: Getting more activity in – going to the gym after work and hiking on the weekends. I also need to stop eating sweets. I acknowledge that it isn’t always the best to completely cut specific food groups out of ones diet, however, I have been reflecting on how I cut soda out of my diet and I feel like this same attitude / outlook could be helpful with sugar in general.

Click here to check out my previous weigh-in’s.

Weekly Weigh-in: Week 7

Whew, this past week was a whirlwind – as evidenced by my tardy weigh-in post! I can’t believe February is wrapping up, although I am very excited for March! This is a busy time at work and I co-hosted a bridal shower last weekend for a dear friend (more on that later!), so my evenings and the weekend were busy (and fun!). All that being said, I am feeling comfortable with another “even” week. I definitely have areas of improvement, but I have started this week out strong and feel confident that I will have a loss to post next week.

Week 7 weigh-in (February 24, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 6.0

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 1

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: No soda since Jan. 3. We hiked at South Mountain on Sunday evening (and we have plans to go back out this weekend)! I only had sweets on Saturday at the bridal shower, otherwise I have done a good job of resisting sweets.

Areas of improvement: I have got to get back into the habit of going to the gym after work. Make my breakfasts ahead of time and plan my lunches. Taking pictures throughout the week to share on my weekly weigh-in posts. 🙂

Until next week, best of luck working towards your goals! 

Click here to check out my previous weigh-in’s.

Weekly Weigh-in: Week 6

Happy Tuesday, friend! This week’s weigh-in was a bit of a disappointment, but not much of a surprise (if that makes sense). I could list several excuses as to why I didn’t lose weight or work out, but as I sit here reflecting on the past week, I know I could have done better. Part of the weight loss process for me, is making my health a priority and taking small steps each, and every single day, towards my larger health goals. This week I am vowing to be more mindful and make small decisions each day that support my health and wellness goals. All that being said, I don’t have much to report this week…

Week 6 weigh-in (February 17, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 6.0

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: No soda since Jan. 3. I am also doing a good job of getting adequate sleep each night (7+ hours consistently).

Areas of improvement: Making low carb selections consistently – focusing on protein and veggies first (instead of empty carbs). Also I have to start planning my lunches. I haven’t been taking my lunch in to work, so that leaves me eating out with limited options. Limiting sweets and alcohol. These two items typically aren’t big temptations for me, but recently I have been indulging in both more often than I should.

Thanks for sticking with me through this process! I know I haven’t been putting up big weight loss numbers or great work out stats, but knowing that I need to post here every week has been good for me from an accountability standpoint.

Check out my other weigh-in’s here: Week 1, Week 2Week 3Week 4 & Week 5.

The Avett Brothers Concert // 02.07.2015

One of my big goals for this year is to have more fun! Seeing live music is at the top of the “fun list” for my boyfriend and I, and lucky for us the Phoenix metro area has a ton of great venues. Awhile back we got tickets to see The Avett Brothers at the Mesa Amphitheater – a group we had never seen live before in a venue we had never visited! That’s what I like to call a “win win”!

A somewhat related tangent… We moved to Arizona about 18 months ago after having lived in Kansas our whole lives. Last winter I was so smitten with the weather here! Who needs ice and snow when you have sunshine and 70 degree temps for several months on end?! My smugness has finally caught up with me it seems. I have really missed the change of seasons this year and am completely envious every time it snows in the Midwest!

Just when I thought I couldn’t take another beautiful Arizona winter day, we went to The Avett Brothers concert last weekend at an awesome outdoor amphitheater and I was very thankful for the mild winter weather here. 🙂

Chatham Co. Line

A bluegrass group, Chatham County Line, opened for The Avett Brothers and they were AWESOME! From their Instagram profile “Chatham County Line is an all acoustic, suit-wearing, single-mic performing outfit formed at the turn of the century in Raleigh, NC.” If you love bluegrass, you will LOVE these guys! I especially loved how much the lead singer interacted with the audience. He was super relaxed, funny and pretty effortlessly made a great connection with the audience. Highly recommend!

The Avett Brothers KandD

All tickets at the amphitheater were general admission, so we got there prior to gates opening and stood on the lawn. The lawn in front of the stage was definitely full, but not packed, so it was easy to see the stage and move around if needed. Extra special shout out to the stranger that took pity on my selfie taking soul and snapped a couple of pics for me!

The Avett Brothers were amazing too! I feel like there are two kinds of live performers… Those that sound better recorded and those that sound better live. The Avett’s definitely sounded better live! Don’t get me wrong, I love their recorded music and listen to it frequently, but they were wonderful live! They did a nice variety of fast tempo, upbeat songs and acoustic songs. Plus, I loved the variety of instruments the group played – piano, cello, violin, banjo, bass and probably a ton of cool things I couldn’t even see! You could tell every member of the group loved performing – so fun!

Chatham County Line and The Avett Brothers was a great first concert for 2015! Can’t wait to see what other groups come to the valley this year.

Weekly weigh-in: Week 5

Back again for another weigh-in! For the most part, I got back on track this week and lost those pounds I had re-gained last week. I was sick towards the end of last week (Wednesday – Friday), so that definitely impacted the number of workouts I completed.

Week 5 weigh-in (February 10, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): -2.5

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 6.0

Total number of workouts: 2 (1 Step class + 1 day of elliptical & arm weights)

Total number of weekend hikes: 0 

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: No soda since Jan. 3. I REALLY wanted a soda this week when I was feeling sickly (how much sense does that make?!), but I resisted – that counts as a WIN in my book! I also went to my annual eye appointment! Woo-hoo! It felt good to check that one off of my “health and wellness to do list”!

Areas of improvement: Working out more consistently and getting a hike in. The AZ weather has been beautiful, so I am really going to work on squeezing in at least 1 hike this week. I also need to prep for breakfast and lunch better (making my meals ahead of time, so they are easy to grab and take into work).

This week is busy with work (both my full time job and my Etsy shop) in the evenings, so unfortunately my workouts are not off to a great start this week either. Since workouts have been limited I am focusing on my eating (picking low carb options and watching portions) and drinking plenty of water.

How are your health and wellness goals going?! I can’t wait for the week when I hit double digits in weight loss (maybe next week?!) – it is definitely a mini-goal I am focusing on.

Check out my other weigh-in’s here: Week 1, Week 2Week 3 & Week 4.

Weekly weigh-in: Week 4

Welcome, friend! Is it me or is 2015 flying by?! I can’t believe January is already in the books. I am thankful for a new month, because I definitely need to re-group and re-focus on my goals. Regarding my health / wellness, this week wasn’t the best, but I am owning it and vowing to do better this week.

Week 4 weigh-in (February 3, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): +3.5

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 3.5

Total number of workouts: 3 (Step class x 2 days & elliptical & arm weights x 1 day)

Total number of weekend hikes: 0 

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: Exactly one whole month without soda! 3 solid workouts, including one that was bright and early on Saturday morning!

Areas of improvement: We have got to get back to hiking! The weather was unseasonably rainy this past weekend, which dashed our plans of hiking! Hopefully we will be back to sunshiny AZ weather this weekend, so we can get outside.

Honestly, I just wasn’t focused on eating well this past week. We met up with friends and I overindulged and then I made non-low carb foods for a Super Bowl gathering (and proceeded to eat them!). I know part of my problem has been a lack of planning, so then I eat whatever is available. This week I have already worked out twice, so I am feeling positive about my activity level, but I have still been making poor food decisions.

Continuing with the honesty theme, when I saw that my weight was up from last week, I seriously thought about not posting my “weigh-in” here today. However, weight loss for me is a daily / weekly / monthly focus, so I decided to “be real,” so that when I reflect on this journey in the next month or year, I will have an honest account of my experience.

I would love to hear how your 2015 goals are going? Is anyone else using this week as a “re-set”? 

Check out my other weigh-in’s here: Week 1, Week 2 & Week 3

 

Weekly weigh-in: Week 3

You might wonder why I post my “Weekly Weigh-in’s” on Tuesday, instead of the arguably more logical day – Monday (1st day of the week and all that). Well, I find it much easier to be disciplined during the week than I do on the weekends (no real surprise there). I like Tuesdays, because even if I indulge on the weekends, I have Monday as a buffer to get “back on track” before I face the music! 🙂

This week my theory was especially helpful because my best friend (hi Casey!) was in town for a long weekend and I definitely indulged several times and celebrated being with her. Her visit definitely supported my connect with friends goal, so I relaxed a bit regarding my health and wellness goals. All that being said, I was pretty excited about my weigh-in this morning!

Week 3 weigh-in (January 27, 2015):

Pounds lost (since last week): 2.5

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 7

Total number of workouts: 2 (elliptical & arm weights x 2 days)

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: No soda since January 3, I made “healthier” selections even when we ate out (basically all weekend). Examples, big omelette centered breakfast, bunless burger and fajitas with lettuce wraps instead of tortillas.

Areas of improvement: Back to no alcohol, starchy veggies or nuts. I am also determined to get 3 workouts in this week (I already have 1 in the books) and a hike!

At the beginning of the month, my goal had been to lose 10 lbs in January. Even though I will likely fall a little short of that, I am still feeling excited about my progress! How are your health and wellness goals for 2015 going?!

Weekly weigh-in: Week 2

How has one full week passed since I last posted?! While I am sorry for the radio silence, I think it will be worth your wait, because I have some exciting things planned on the blog this week (hint, hint, you should definitely check back in tomorrow!)! But first, I must weigh-in. I will be honest, if I hadn’t made a declaration about checking in with you each week, I probably would have skipped this weigh in, because I am feeling a bit down.

Sunflower Paperie blog - Week 2 weigh-in (Saguaro Lake Hike 3)

Saguaro Lake, Arizona

 

Week 2 weigh-in (January 20, 2015):

Pounds lost (since last week): 0.5

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 4.5

Total number of workouts: 2 (elliptical & arm weights x 2 days)

Total number of weekend hikes: 1 (Saguaro Lake – see photos below!)

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: No soda since January 3, pretty healthy low carb eating (good variety of veggies and proteins).

Areas of improvement: Stick with “induction like” low carb eating (no nuts or starchy veggies). Drink more water. Be conscious of portions. Be aware of “hidden carbs,” specifically in soups and sauces.

I am feeling a little disappointed, because in the past when I have focused on low carb eating, the pounds have come off quicker. I have been looking back at what I have been eating and I think my portion size and flexibility with items like nuts might be creating some of the issues. Additionally, I have basically substituted black tea (unsweetened) for soda, so I know I need to focus on drinking more water. I also keep reminding myself “I didn’t put the weight on overnight, and I won’t lose it overnight.”

Sunflower Paperie blog - Week 2 weigh-in (Saguaro Lake Hike 2)

Hank & I – I am also considering this a good “before” weight loss pic!

 

A big highlight of the past week, was a hike with my boyfriend and our dog Hank at Saguaro Lake. It was a little busy (because of the holiday), but it was BEAUTIFUL – we will definitely be going back!

Sunflower Paperie blog - Week 2 weigh-in (Saguaro Lake Hike Hank)

Hank – The happiest hiking partner ever!

 

If you have a weight loss goal for this year, how is it going?! 

Click here for my Week 1 weigh-in! 

Weekly Weigh-in: Week 1

Confession time… I weigh myself everyday. To some this may seem unhealthy, but for me it is an accountability and motivational tool. In the past, when I have stopped weighing myself regularly, I have consistently gained weight. I track it daily in the “MyFitnessPal” app, so I can see progress over weeks and months. All that being said, my goal (once I have lost weight) is to have a healthy balance of food and activity, so that I don’t even need to have a scale around.

Sunflower Paperie blog - Weekly Weigh-in Week 1

This blurry photo of brussel sprouts, right before they took a bath in bacon grease and mustard, is the only photographic evidence I have of my healthy eating efforts! 🙂

 

I have been thinking a lot about losing weight recently and debating whether or not I should share specifics in this space. Ultimately I decided that I would, because one of my goals for this blog is to build a community and I feel like 95% of the people I know have struggled with their weight at some point in their lives. Each week I plan to share a snapshot of my wellness journey and I would love for you to share your successes too!

Week 1 weigh-in (January 14, 2015):

Pounds lost (since start date January 5): 4

Total pounds lost: 4 

Total number of workouts: 3 (Step class, elliptical, Body Sculpt class)

Total number of weekend hikes: 2

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: No soda since January 3, pretty healthy low carb eating (good variety of veggies and proteins), extremely limited sweets (1 handful of dark chocolate covered almonds and some peanut butter).

Areas of improvement: I need more sleep! My goal is to be in bed (ready for sleep) at 10 p.m. and up at 6:15 a.m. Drink more water. Be conscious of portions.

Have any of you made resolutions or goals to lose weight or get in shape this year? How are your goals going so far?! 

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