Beyond blessed 

The aftermath of wearing a wave cap all night. Sigh* I will do my best to leave this up, but it bothers me. Anyway, I’m wearing a a cardigan by Kaisely; dress pants by H&M; undershirt by Old Navy, and dress shoes by Kenneth Cole. I will be tweaking this in the future, so be on the lookout. I love this cardigan ♡

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AE & Monarchy Atelier 

I’ve had this American Eagle shirt for years, and rarely worn it. While recently wanting to wear it more, i matched it up with this Long-sleeved shirt by Urban pipeline, which matched the designing perfectly on the AE shirt. The colors match so well, i may just make it a permanent match. As for my jeans, I’m wearing Monarchy Atelier. I love the design of these jeans, and definitely will have more looks posted in the future with them. I hope to give you all a better shot of them. Anyway, have a great day! Happy styling!

Why did Chicago lose population compared to other US big cities?

​I’m sure there are other reasons, but my guess is the weather, violence, and possibly jobs. I will explain my encounters with all.

Winters are brutal in Chicago, and may seem never ending. One week the weather is warm, and the other its blistering cold, yep! Thats what winter is like. Im a outdoor cyclist and runner, and i have to totally change up my workouts during the winter. If you can take in the beauty of winter vs the temperature of it you’ll be fine. You can’t fail, having good winter clothing. If you are an outdoor person like me, there are alternatives such as indoor gyms.

The violence happens mostly in certain areas, but that doesn’t mean that it cant happen in the safest areas. The numbers are very high, and will make you really think about making a life here, unless you already know about it. The violence seems so never ending, and you really can’t help but to be leary of certain people while being out.

As for jobs, i mean the jobs that one may go for after pursuing a college degree. Me, myself have considered moving once i graduate from school, or either move outside of Chicago. There are so many other students pursuing the same degree, and i see that as a huge problem looking in the future for employment. I feel i have a better chance finding employment for the degree im pursuing outside of Chicago vs in Chicago. Don’t get me wrong, there are jobs here, but I’m meaning for the major im pursuing in college. Outside of my major it’s not bad, but just not what I’m looking for. 

Plain Green Plaid

  • 1. GREEN PLAIDFADED GLORY
  • 2. 511 STRAUSS & COLEVI’S
  • 3. ON THE GOSKECHERS
  • 4. CROSS BRACELET CROSS

After scouting green plaid shirt looks, i went with this look. Found many with black jeans, so i gave it a shot. In the future, I will upgrade this look with different jeans, boots, etc, but for now this is it. Just a plain green plaid look ; )

Green plaid shirt by Faded Glory; 511 Strauss & Co Levis, and On The Go by Skechers

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Disorder: Histrionic Personality Disorder; a disorder characterized by a long-standing pattern of attention seeking behavior and extreme emotionality. Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be the center of attention in any group of people, and feel uncomfortable when they are not. While often lively, interesting and sometimes dramatic, they have difficulty when people aren’t focused exclusively on them. People with this disorder may be perceived as being shallow, and may engage in sexually seductive or provocative behavior to draw attention to themselves.

Why I chose it: What interested me about this disorder are the symptoms of it, and the many celebrities that were, and are currently in the spotlight currently that show specific symptoms of it: Is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention; Considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are; Displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions, and Interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior. As for celebrities with this disorder a few of my favorites are Marilyn Monroe, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Richard Simmons; a very good example would be Regina Mackenzie George; a character portrayed by Rachel McAdams in the movie “Mean Girls”. These few are the most well-known that show symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder. Might sound like the Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but the two are different. Key different. Key Difference: Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) a medical disorder in which people exhibit unstable and intensive emotions. The patient experiences an inflated sense of self-importance and superiority compared to others. Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) is a mental disorder in which people are more emotionally vulnerable and require constant approval from their peers. They are also associated with inappropriately seductive, dramatic, flirtatious, exaggeration, manipulative and self- indulgence behavior.

Diagnostic Criteria: According to the DSM-V; the diagnostic criteria for Histrionic Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adult-hood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

  • Is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention.
  • Interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior.
  • Displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions.
  • Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention of emotions.
  • Has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail.
  • Shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion.
  • Is suggestible (i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances).
  • Considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are.

Culture-Related Diagnostic Issues: Norms for interpersonal behavior, personal appearance, and emotional expressiveness vary widely across cultures, genders, and age groups. Before considering the various traits (e.g., emotionality, seductiveness, dramatic interpersonal style, novelty seeking, sociability, charm, impressionability, a tendency to somatization) to be evidence of histrionic personality disorder, it is important to evaluate whether they cause clinically significant impairment or distress.

Gender-Related Diagnostic Issues: In clinical settings, this disorder has been diagnosed more frequently in females; however, the sex ratio is not significantly different from the sex ratio of females within the perspective clinical setting. In contrast, some studies using structured assessments report similar prevalence rates among males and females.

Physiological Effects of Running

While running can help improve (mood) + (overall fitness and health), it can also negatively impact (body) + (mind). Not unlike other forms of exercise, running gives us the physical activity/outlet to release pent-up energy (once that initial pain goes away of course) to think about and process our worries, stressors, etc. You can even figure out solutions to difficult life situations better because running helps to clear the mind. In addition to the stress relief we can experience as a result of jogging and the time we get to spend alone in reflection, thinking, listening to music, etc. there are also clear benefits for our brains.  Cardiovascular exercise is known to create new brain cells (a process called neurogenesis) in the area of the brain called the hippocampus.  This part of the brain is primarily responsible for memory function, and there are strong links between jogging regularly and enhanced memory/brain power.  Have you ever heard (or better yet experienced) a “runners high”? Interestingly this term is more accurate than most people realize.  When we run out brain releases a boost of endorphins, which are the body’s natural “feel-good” hormones. These hormones create a feeling of “internal goodness”.  People who run 3-4 times per week on average experience greater levels of happiness and report less depression and anxiety when compared to non-runners.  Think of it as a free and really healthy way to boost endorphins and chaser your own runner’s high.  Last, but certainly not lease, once of (if not the) greatest benefit of running is the positive impact on self-esteem. On one hand, people often experience weight-loss and improved physical health from jogging.  This makes them feel better about themselves and is often reinforced by other people in the forms of compliments or more attention.  As we lose weight and get stronger we feel better about ourselves.  There is also a huge psychological impact on self-concept as we work hard to achieve running goals.  We experience a great sense of accomplishment with each new run, and research supports the idea that the more successful a person feels the more productive they actually become.  So, in a very real way, jogging can help us be more productive, feel accomplishment, and boost our overall self-esteem.  Running/ jogging has so many wonderful and significant benefits to offer us all.  Jogging for just 30 minutes, 3-4 times per week can be more than enough to give you these 4 essential benefits.  Once you get into the habit of running you will experience greater stress relief, better mental and cognitive abilities, an enhanced mood, and heightened self-esteem.  When you look at it this way, it almost seems silly not to lace up your gym shoes and outside right now.  If you struggle with motivation, or are not sure how to get started working with a trained professional or a life coach could certainly help you achieve these amazing benefits of jogging.

As for overall fitness an easy-paced jog, for a total of one to 2 ½ hours each week, that leaves you a little bit breathless but still able to talk intermittently provides your body with many cardiovascular benefits, reports New York University’s Langone Medical Center. These benefits can extend your life up to six years. Similar to any other muscle in your body, your heart becomes strengthened and works more efficiently as you jog regularly. Jogging is an excellent way to lose weight. You’ll burn approximately 250 calories in a half-hour jog and about 500 calories after one hour. As you burn 3,500 calories over the course of a week or more without increasing your food intake, you’ll enjoy the benefit of losing 1 pound of fat. To boost this benefit of jogging, you can follow a calorie-reduced diet that adds to your weight loss. A reduction of 250 to 500 calories each day will help you lose ½ to 1 pound more each week, in addition to the weight you lose jogging. When you jog, the large muscles of your lower legs are engaged, as are your abdominal muscles and arm muscles. Regular joggers and runners often look lean and toned, which is due to the muscle development that occurs naturally as you jog. You can increase this benefit and burn more calories to promote weight loss by wearing a 4-to 7 pound weighted vest while you jog. Start out with less weight and slowly increase it every one to two weeks. Alternatively, you can also build more muscle and burn more calories during your jog by incorporating a few hills into your jogging workout. Running makes your heart stronger. While running, your heart beats faster thus making the blood flow and oxygen exchange more effective and decreasing a risk of a heart attack. A strong heart will more easily deal with any kind of stress. You’ll sleep like a baby. If you pump your heart with a 30 minutes long run, it will actually make your pulse lower while resting and sleeping. Live longer without pain. Running can increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis. Results show that running strengthens bones better than other aerobic activities. Researchers from University of Missouri who compared the bone density of runners and cyclists said that 63 % had low density in their spine or hips compared to only 19% of runners. It’s not only apples that can keep the doctor away. Active people are less likely to develop colon cancer. And ladies, women who regularly engage in intense workouts like running can reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 30 percent. A strong core improves posture, strengthens limbs, and helps make everyday activities a breeze. And whether we feel it or not, running engages that midsection, strengthening those all-important muscles. Bonus: A solid core in runners can improve performance, too. Running is a natural way to keep high blood pressure at bay- and fast. Amping up workouts can help lower blood pressure in just a few weeks. Aerobic exercises such as running, cycling and swimming have a consistent, demonstrated effect on lowering blood pressure. According to a report published in November 2013 in “Circulation, “men and women at all blood pressure levels benefit from regular aerobic activity, including those with hypertension. This same report suggests reductions in blood pressure are associated with moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity of at least 12 weeks’ duration, on average, involving 3 to 4 sessions per week, lasting an average of 40 minutes per session. Exercise has been shown to help keep the mind sharp and could even reduce symptoms of dementia. Hitting the track might also protect the brain against Alzheimer’s, even among those with a family history of it. The benefits of cardiovascular activity are immense. The body becomes naturally inclined to consume more oxygen during high-intensity modes of exercise, which strengthens the lungs and allows runners to breathe at greater ease during rest. Running has been scientifically tested to improve heart function. Aerobic exercise also decreases resting heart rate and blood pressure. Running is often perceived as a daunting activity by average gym-goers, but it’s part of a complete exercise regimen. The health benefits realized as an outcome of three to four bouts of running each week can ultimately transform your lifestyle, and dramatically improve your overall well-being. According to the American Heart Association, physical activity will improve your overall quality of life. This sentiment is shared among most health institutions. It’s no secret that remaining active is important for sustaining both physical and mental well-being. The benefits of certain types of exercise outweigh some alternatives, though. Higher intensity modes of cardiovascular activity, such as running, supply the body with added health benefits that low-octane exercise, like walking from the couch to the refrigerator, cannot match. You don’t need to become a marathon runner in order to enjoy the maximum benefits of aerobic exercise. However, you need to challenge yourself. Running improves heart health because it forces the body to operate at a high capacity. This means heart rate is increased, which causes rapid blood flow. Increased heart rate during exercise also supplies working muscles with added oxygen. Vital nutrients are carried to the body’s tissues in this process. The energy needs of the body are naturally increased while running, forcing blood vessels to palpitate. The outcome of this symbiotic process ultimately improves the body’s ability to function at a high level, fueling your overall well-being. People who have asthma can also benefit from aerobic exercise, including running. A recent study published in the “American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine” confirmed that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, like running, done three times a week can improve asthma control significantly. Although asthma may be triggered by exercise for some people, others who have their condition in control can use running to improve overall lung health and strengthen the breathing muscles. Running can reduce the amount of fat in your body. According to an article on the Peak Performance website, fat reduction from running is not immediate, but cumulative results may be impressive. According to the National Federation of Personal Trainers Endurance Specialist Manual, 65 percent to 95 percent of the calories your burn during aerobic exercise such as running comes from your body’s fat stores. The exact proportion of fat calories that your burn depends on your aerobic condition and the intensity of the activity. Your body burns calories for energy while you run, and running harder and longer requires more energy. However, the Peak Performance website reports that energy contributions from fat calories decreases as energy demands go up. Longer and more intense running session’s recruit more calories from glycogen stores in your body and may not burn any fat calories. Glycogen is energy that your body stores from carbohydrates. Phasic activities such as cross country running may help reduce the amount of total cholesterol in your bloodstream more effectively than static exercise such as weight training or wrestling. Phasic activities use more rapidly adaptive movements with relatively short periods of muscular contraction, whereas static activates require less movement and sustained muscular contractions. According to a study in the “Journal of Lipid Research,” phasic activities reduced total cholesterol levels in test subjects, but static activities did not. The study reports that subjects that had greater cholesterol reductions also reported higher intensity activity, so more intense running may reduce your cholesterol level more than lower-intensity running. Running may promote higher HDL cholesterol levels in your blood. According to the American Heart Association, HDL cholesterol is “good” cholesterol, because it may protect you from heart disease by transporting cholesterol out of your arteries. The Peak Performance website reports that the more miles a woman runs may correspond with higher HDL cholesterol levels. Running 40 miles each week may increase a woman’s HDL cholesterol and reduce her chances of developing heart diseases by 30 percent. Peak Performance reports that a man may experience higher HDL levels that reduce his risk for heart disease by 10 percent for every 10 miles he runs in a week.

As for negative effects, running can have great impact on body. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or runner’s knee, got its nickname from an obvious and very unfortunate reason—it’s common among runners. The stress of running can cause irritation where the kneecap (patella) rests on the thighbone. The resulting pain can be sharp and sudden or dull and chronic, and it may disappear while you’re running, only to return again afterward. While biomechanical issues may be to blame for runner’s knee, the cause can often be traced back to poorly conditioned quadriceps and tight hamstrings. Running is a high-impact sport in which no runner is immune to injury. Runners typically develop knee problems for two reasons: impact and overuse. Ross Tucker, author of “The Runner’s Body,“ explains that “each time your foot makes contact with the ground, forces equaling two to four times your body weight travel upward through your lower leg, knee, thigh, hip and pelvis, and into your spine.” This repetitive motion puts a great deal of stress on your body. He goes on to say that “the impact forces from running do not equally disrupt all the tissues they pass through. Instead, damage is concentrated in areas of greater susceptibility.” In many people, especially in women, the knee are very susceptible to injury. Women are more prone to knee injury than men. Reasons for this include their wider pelvis, leg alignment, joint looseness and general muscle strength. For this reason, women runners should be especially careful to take preventative measures against injury. Chafing is a common ailment among runners and can be extremely painful during and after running. Chafing is caused by repeated motion—specifically, skin rubbing against loose fabric or other skin. Chafing most often occurs around the bra line (women, nipples (men), inner thighs, groin, and under the arms. Moisture, either from sweat or rain, can worsen chafing. It can also be caused by a poorly fitted bra and clothes with rough seams.  Running also causes you to have what is called “Black Toenail”, which comes from your foot sliding forward in your shoe, banging your toes against the top, front, and sides with each step. Your feet also swell during a walk or run and get compressed by your socks and shoes. That pressure and impact can damage your toenail beds, or create a blister under the toenail itself. When this happens, the extra blood and fluid causes your toenail to separate from the toenail bed, or the “toenail in training” as the Jeff Galloway site calls it. The blood colors the toenail black. Shin splints are very common among beginning runners because they may do too much too soon. With anterior shin splints, you’ll feel pain on the outside if your lower leg along the shin. Posterior shin splints, damage to the muscles on the inside of the lower leg, cause pain in the soft tissue behind the bone. While shin splints are usually cause by tight calf muscles and weak shin muscles, other factors may have aggravated the injury. Running on hard surfaces can put added strain on your front leg muscles. You may also pronate or supinate when your run, causing your front leg muscles to work harder to keep your feet stabilized. This biomechanical flaw may be made worse by a shoe with poor support. Another common cause is simply overtraining. Achilles tendonitis is often a result of overtraining, or doing too much too soon. Excessive hill running can contribute to it. Flattening of the arch of your foot can place you at increased risk of developing Achilles tendonitis because of the extra stress place on your Achilles tendon when walking or running. Stress fractures most frequently happen when runners increase the intensity and volume of their training over several weeks to a few months. A shortage of calcium or a biomechanical flaw—either in your running style in or your body structure—may also contribute to the injury. Common stress fractures in runners occur in the tibia (the inner and larger bone of the leg below the knee), the femur (thigh bone) and in the sacrum (triangular bone at the base of the spine) and the metatarsal (toe) bones in the foot.  Plantar fasciitis is common in long-distance runners because running can place too much stress on your heel bone and the soft tissue attached to it. Wearing old, worn-out running shoes or ones that lack arch support may be a factor. Other causes of plantar fasciitis are over pronation (when your feet roll inward too much) or too-tight calf muscles. Having flat feet or high arches may also cause added stress. High-heeled shoes can also be lead to plantar fasciitis because they make your Achilles tendon contract and shorten, which puts strain on the tissue around your heel.

As for effects to the brain, which could be good or bad; depending on how much you do it. Running can increase the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are naturally existing chemicals in the human body. They are involved in the communication between the nerve cells of the body. The nerve cells control thought and movement. Nerve cells, called neurons, communicate with each other by releasing and accepting calcium and potassium. The neurotransmitters affect how much of the chemicals that excite the neurons are released or accepted. Serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine are a type of neurotransmitter called monoamines. Exercise has an effect on the other types of neurotransmitters as well but the monoamines are studied extensively because of their effect on mood. “Exercise, like drugs of abuse, leads to the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and dopamine, which are involved with a sense of reward, “Kanarek said. “As with food intake and other parts of life, moderation seems to be the key. Exercise, as long as it doesn’t interfere with other aspects of one’s life, is a good thing with respect to both physical and mental health.”

Me, myself have experienced this first hand, and have plenty of runner friends that experience this as well. Running can be addicting; just like drugs or alcohol is to an addict or alcoholic, and many tend to rely on it as their natural way to feel good. Then comes personal goals, such as running a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, or Marathon; some even go the extra miles by running an Ultra Marathon. Running can be a good thing if you do it properly, and don’t overdo it! Overdoing it, and doing it improperly are the main causes of injury from what I’ve gathered.

 

References

Provis, C. (2015). 5 Ways Running Helps to Improve Mood! Retrieved March 7, 2016, from http://www.mychicagotherapist.com/5-ways-running-helps-to-improve-mood/

Ylisela, M. (2016, 03). How long until you see the benifits of jogging?. azcentral. Retrieved 03, 2016, from http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/long-until-see-benefits-jogging-10389.html

Michelle, L. (2014, March 7). 10 Ways Running Improves Your Life. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.blogher.com/10-ways-running-can-improve-your-life

Munoz, K. (2014, April 3). 30 Convincing Reasons to Start Running Now. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://greatist.com/fitness/30-convincing-reasons-start-running-now

Beery, M. (2015, June 09). Does Running Lower Blood Pressure? Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/384470-does-running-lower-blood-pressure/

Why Running Improves Heart Health / Fitness. (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/why-running-improves-heart-health.html

Carpenter, P. (n.d.). How Does Running Help Your Respiratory System? Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/running-respiratory-system-10445.html

 

 

References

Cavazos, M. (2014, January 22). Running Effects on Fat and Cholesterol. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/281637-the-effects-of-running-on-fat-cholesterol/

Runner’s Knee. (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.runnersworld.com/tag/runners-knee

Bond, K. (2015, November 14). The Effect of Running on the Knees. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/526736-running-how-it-affects-your-knees/

Luff, C. (2016, January 19). Simple Ways to Avoid and Treat Chafing for Runners. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://running.about.com/od/commonrunninginjuries/p/chafing.htm

Bumgardner, W. (2014, October 10). What is Black Toenail? Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://walking.about.com/od/blisterfoot/a/blacktoenail.htm

How to Prevent and Treat Shin Splints. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://running.about.com/od/commonrunninginjuries/a/shinsplints.htm

Luff, C. (2015, October 22). How to Prevent, Identify, and Treat Achilles Tendonitis. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://running.about.com/od/commonrunninginjuries/p/achillesinjury.htm

Luff, C. (2016, March 15). How to Prevent, Identify, and Treat a Stress Fracture. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://running.about.com/od/commonrunninginjuries/p/stressfracture.htm

 

References

Luff, C. (2015, August 4). How to Kick Your Plantar Fasciitis. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://running.about.com/od/commonrunninginjuries/p/heel_pain.htm

Northridge, K. (2015, July 03). Exercise & Brain Neurotransmitters. Retrieved March 16, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/96493-exercise-brain-neurotransmitters/

Peterson, D. (2009, August 26). ‘Runner’s high’ can turn into a real addiction. Retrieved March 16, 2016, from http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32573781/ns/health-fitness/t/runners-high-can-turn-real-addiction/#.VumW6v5gmUk

East 5th

Quick shot, before church! While at church i caught myself peaking at my shirt many times, which had a glitter to it due to the lights. I felt my pastor, and others in the choir noticed it. Very fashionable feel at church today, and cant wait to wear this shirt again, but with a different pair of pants and shoes : )

Im wearing a glittering dress shirt by East 5th; dress pants by H&M, and also my Reaction Kenneth Cole dress shoes. I love this look! 


Have a great day, and God bless!

Groundbreaker by Ted Gall

Groundbreaker by Ted Gall

Steel

This is the first and largest of Ted Gall’s Fel-Pro sculptures to be installed on the property that eventually became the Skokie Northshore  Sculpture Park. This giant “gasket” seemingly half buried in the ground has been on this site across from the former Fel-Pro headquarters long before the Park was formed. It is made of sheet corten steel, cut and welded into large hollow forms. The peg shaped elements along the side represent the pieces removed from the holes in the main part of the sculpture.

Mr. Gall worked for Fel-Pro for 22 years as an artist -in-residence and often used gaskets, the main product of the company, as a theme for his work.