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I’m going from desk to 5K!

Here’s a picture of me at my job, and chances are this is what you look like too.

No offence to my job, it’s a good job. But any job where you spend 8 hours a day staring at a computer screen will lend itself to physical atrophy. After my first full year of life in the real world I didn’t feel the excitement I thought I’d feel. For making it through the year I was awarded a very nice pen with my initials engraved on it, but all I could think was, “This is all I have to show for a year post-college? A pen?” Sure, the pen is nice and it’s great to be recognized. But my problem isn’t with the pen. The pen was just a reminder of the fact that I spent the whole year learning nothing on my own.

The workforce is full of people who graduate, start working, and then just let life happen to them for the rest of their career. You see people who have been working for 20 years and they are completely dead inside. I always said that was NOT going to be me, so I worked really hard and enthusiastically last year. I did the best I could do and I ended up being the top performer for the year, but I was still really disappointed and I couldn’t figure out why. Now I know it’s because I worked really hard for the company but I didn’t do one thing to better myself.

In addition to still trying my best at work I’ve been involved with several objectives for self-betterment:

1) I’ve been teaching myself HTML and CSS, and I finally learned how to change the CSS (colors, fonts, etc.) on my blog. There will be changes happening in the next few months! I have a cool new blog name and have purchased the URL, so I just need to wait until I’m confident enough in my skills to possibly self-host my blog and get a new theme which I can CSS the heck out of.

2) I bought Adobe CS5, and I believe this will go hand-in-hand with my developing Web skills because I’ll be using Photoshop, Dreamweaver and eventually learning Flash. I also recently got a new camera, so now I’ll be able to edit my photos!

3) My body was wasting away so I’ve decided to try the Couch to 5K program. I prefer to call it the Desk to 5K program, because most of my time is spent at my desk at work rather than on my comfy couch playing Fable II. Basically the Couch to 5K program slowly but surely builds you up to being able to run a 5K, which I plan to do this summer. I’m on week 2, woo hoo! I’ll let you all know how it works out, but so far I’m really happy with it.

4) I’ve worked hard at changing my diet so I’ll feel better, and it’s working!  I’m eating almost no processed foods or meat now. For example, there is a trend going around of making “green monster” smoothies, so today I decided to make a green monster salad.

I’ll sign off with pictures of the fresh organic spinach salad with avocado, sauteed asparagus and a light lemon/olive oil dressing. The warm asparagus tasted so nice on top of the cool avocado and spinach. Yum!

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Some changes …

I’m finally back for good! I have been preparing to take the HTML/CSS/Photoshop test at work. I think it went well! Obviously not perfect because I only started learning HTML a couple months ago, but I’m really proud of how much I’ve learned so even if I don’t get this promotion at least I’ve learned a whole new skill!

If you want to learn some basic CSS (which will allow you to change things on your blog like background colors, fonts, sizes, etc) it’s very easy. Just go to http://www.w3schools.com/ and click “learn HTML.” Once you learn the basics you can move on to basic CSS. It’s a really great site.

It was difficult studying for at least three hours a day and learning something completely new on my own when I’ve been out of school for the past two years. It made me realize how much I haven’t been exercising my mind!

All of this brings me to this point – you’ll be seeing some changes around here.

First of all, I’m probably going to delete my food blog, Divorce Hungry. Food is such a big part of my life that I might as well incorporate it into this blog. Besides, pretty much everyone who reads that also reads this blog. It will be easier for everyone.

Eventually I’ll come up with a real name for this blog and purchase a URL with a good name.  Obviously when I came up with my URL – playerpianosara – I wasn’t thinking anyone would ever read my blog. I quickly typed in a book I’d just finished reading, and that wasn’t available so I tacked my name onto the end of it. Classy. If you ever have any suggestions, please let me know!

Also eventually I’m going to edit the CSS on this blog. There are a couple minor changes I’d like to make that will hopefully give it a more personal touch.

I want to start regular features on my blog as well, for example posting a recipe every Monday, posting quotes I like on another day, things like that!

Today I’ll start with Thomas Jefferson.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

I love quotes. And I love T. J. I have a Thomas Jefferson necklace:

Next week I’m going to Venice and I’ll have my new Nikon D5000 so I’m sure to get some stunning pics! Well, I hope anyway.

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