Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Social #25... and the Final one.

This is the final Sunday Social that Ashley and Neely will be hosting. However, they have promised a new link up coming in November... 

1. How did you come up with your blog name? 
I am a quarter Italian, Bella means beauty in Italian, and this is a diary of sorts. So, The Italian Bella Diaries. 

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging? 
Meeting new people. Learning about others, learning that I am not alone in situations.Tips, support, encouragement.

3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can’t live without? 
Bloglovin? I love how simple it is to keep up with my favorite blogs.

4. Facebook or Twitter? Why? 
Both for different reasons. Facebook to keep up with family and friends. Twitter to post as the blog. 

5. If one celeb read your blog, who would you want it to be? 
I really don't know. I don't think I post anything that a celeb would even be interested in.
 
6. What is something you want people to know about your blog?
I am always 100% real. I don't fake anything on my blog. 


Social Sunday

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Social #24

1. What is your favorite month and why?
I don't have a favorite month. At all. I never have.

2. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Mardi Gras. I wrote a post about it here. 

3. Are you getting the new iPhone, or are you more of an Android person?
I have always been an Android person. Until this past week when I got the iPhone 5c. I don't know if I will get the iPhone 6 or not. 

4. What is the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received from someone?
I really don't know what the most thoughtful gift I have ever received would be. I have received many great gifts and I assume a lot of thought went into selecting them. 

5. What is something you can’t wait to splurge on?
A Kindle Paperwhite. I really want one and can't wait until I have enough to get it. 


Social Sunday

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Passions


We all have things we are passionate about. Here are five things I am passionate about.

  • My kids. Do I really need to explain this one? My kids are my world and I would do anything I could for them. I want them all to be successful and happy in their futures. 
  • Learning. I have an extreme passion for learning. I believe that there is always something we can learn everyday. My goal each day is to learn one new thing a day, no matter how big or how small.
  • Writing. I love to write and always have. I started writing when I was young and never stopped. Right now I have 17 WIP in various stages. I really hope I can finish them in the next few years.
  • Reading. This is another thing that I have always loved to do. I have always read for fun. That was part of why I closed my book blog for awhile. It became more of a job than reading for fun.
  • Psychology. I love psychology. I love to study psychology. I am so glad that I changed my majors to this one. I don't think I would be happy studying anything else but this.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Dream Job


Right now, my dream job is a sports psychologist. Or at the very least a clinical psychologist. Luckily, I am in a psychology graduate program. I have about two years to decide which doctorate program I plan to enroll in. 

Of course, I have wanted to own a restaurant for a couple decades now. So, maybe that is my dream job.

Or...

I have always wanted to be a best - selling author since I was a little girl. 

But maybe, somehow, I can have them all.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Selfishly in the Shadows


I spent my entire childhood in the shadows of a sibling. And not an older sibling as it is normally. I spent my childhood in the shadows of my younger brother. No matter what I did, it was always overshadowed by his misdeeds. I got good grades; all anyone noticed was his bad grades. I got into the National Honor Society; his suspensions were more important.

Maybe I'm selfish. It's obvious that my brother was having some sort of problems to be getting suspended frequently and getting bad grades. But, at the same time I wanted someone to tell me great job for all the good I had done. I tried hard to be perfect. But, that's another story all together. But, looking back maybe my perfectionism was born from my desire to hear "Great job" and when I never heard it, I felt like I wasn't good enough.

I'm still that way when it comes to him. We are now 36 and 31. I graduated college with a Bachelors in Psychology. But, guess what overshadowed that? Him getting himself fired. Yep. I'm still the one trying to be perfect. I'm still the one trying to succeed. He's still the one who doesn't care about his life's direction. Yet, I can't get a congratulations. Instead, I get phone calls with "How's your brother?", "Heard from your brother?", etc.

Although, luckily I am at the age now where I am trying to accomplish goals for ME. I guess my success doesn't mean much to others. But, guess what? It means something, everything, to me. I graduated, with honors, from high school. I graduated college with a Bachelors degree. And I currently hold a 4.0 GPA in my Masters program. I'm proud of me. And in the end, that's all that matters.


October Goals


First, a recap of September's goals.

September Goals
Fitness and Health 
  • No chocolate for a month (beginning 9/1/14) FAIL!!
  • Do exercise program minimum 3 times a week SUCCESS
  • Track food in MyFitnessPal everyday (beginning 9/1/14) SEMI-SUCCESS (I began on 9/6)
Blog
  • Blog everyday in this blog FAIL
  • Schedule posts in advance, when possible. FAIL
  • Clean up blog sidebars. FAIL
  • Clean up Blog Labels. SEMI-SUCCESS (I got to the M's)
  • Go through saved list on Bloglovin. SEMI-SUCCESS (I knocked about 40 off of my list of 75)
  • Finish all "draft" posts. FAIL
Writing
  • Write a Golden Shovel poem FAIL
  • Add 10 poems to collection FAIL
  • Add 15 "prompt stories" FAIL
  • Blog once a week (not poems or prompts) on C.J. Delessio FAIL
  • Write 20,000+  words to one of my current WIP. FAIL
Personal
  • Stay on top of my schoolwork (this is very important! My Masters program requires me to maintain a 3.0 GPA or be kicked out) SUCCESS (I finished the first class with an A and my GPA is a 4.0)
  • Buy 4 nail polish (101/1001 item #86). SUCCESS
  • Read 10 of the books on the ARC list (that I am behind on).SEMI-SUCCESS (I read 4. Apparently 4 is my normal)
  • Complete items #16 & 55. FAIL
  • Add 5 movies to #23. FAIL (I only watched one: Frenemies)
  • Add 5 bands to #26. FAIL
  • Watch 1 movie for #22. FAIL
I don't understand why I am having such difficulty with these goals. They are relatively easy. I just need to organize my time better.

I also achieved a few goals that I had not listed here. First, October 6th will mark one month without any soda. That was also on my 101/1001 list. I had always been drinking diet anyway, but I have gone this whole month drinking either water or lemonade.

Second, my weight loss goal for my 101/1001 list was 25 lbs. When I began my new lifestyle thing this month, I set a goal of losing 30 lbs by December 31st (average of 2 lbs a week). I have lost 5 lbs so far.

And now for this month's goals:

October Goals
Fitness and Health 
  • No chocolate for a month (beginning 10/1/14)
  • Do exercise program minimum 3 times a week
  • Track food in MyFitnessPal everyday (beginning 10/1/14)
  • Lose 5 lbs. 
  • Complete the 30 Day Squat Challenge (should be 200 by month's end). 
  • Complete the 30 Day Fitness Challenge App.
  • Do 3 circuits a day of the Seven App. 
Blog
  • Blog everyday in this blog 
  • Schedule posts in advance, when possible.
  • Clean up blog sidebars. 
  • Clean up Blog Labels.
  • Go through saved list on Bloglovin. 
  • Finish all "draft" posts.
  • Comment on blogs as I read them, not saving them for later. 
Writing
  • Write a Golden Shovel poem
  • Add 10 poems to collection
  • Add 5 "prompt stories"
  • Blog once a week (not poems or prompts) on C.J. Delessio 
  • Write 20,000+  words to one of my current WIP.
  • Plan my NaNo Novel.
Personal
  • Stay on top of my schoolwork (this is very important! My Masters program requires me to maintain a 3.0 GPA or be kicked out) 
  • Read 5 of the books on the ARC list (that I am behind on).
  • Complete items #16 & 55.
  • Add 5 movies to #23. 
  • Add 5 bands to #26.
  • Watch 1 movie for #22.
  • Buy 4  nail polish (#86).
  • Catch up on #84 (currently 2 behind and need 1 for October; 3 pieces of jewelry total).


Monthly Goals

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Training For Tuesday #1

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I'm new to the whole fitness thing so my goals this month are pretty basic. 

1. Continue workouts minimum 3 times a week. 

2. Complete the 30 day squat challenge. 

3. Complete the 30 day Fitness Challenge (app)

4. Do 3 Circuits a day of the Seven workout (app)


My ultimate goal is to begin training for a 5k. My plan is to run one either next spring or fall. Right now I am working on my endurance to be able to run.