The Tate Way

it’s worked so far

Too Many Players on the Field April 16, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals,all about me!,dating,in progress,random — Dianna @ 12:06 pm

Ummmm…I don’t even know what has happened in the past 6 weeks.

I met a few interesting people. I figured out that I really should watch what I’m doing in my friendships (otherwise life gets REALLY weird – especially when life is standing in front of you…lol). I’ve formed new awesome friendships. I’ve gotten even more comfortable in my own skin. I GOT A NEW JOB (this is possibly even better than meeting the aforementioned interesting people). I bought a new iPod (finally). And on top of all that I have to move from Sac to Herc to….


I have NO idea how to deal with all of that CRAP above. Really, I’m so happy – more happy than I’ve been in a long time. So many things are lining up, for the good, that I think my head is about to explode. Really. It’s going to be messy too.


I stole this! April 1, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals,all about me!,dating,in progress,love,manifesto,random — Dianna @ 8:17 pm

I won’t even hide the fact that I stole this idea from the ever so cool Catie. But, her list is really awesome! Although I won’t put “get engaged” on my list, I can come up with a few things. First, I’ll start off by reviewing my goals for 2008, which were a little different from my really general goals here.

08 Goals (the unabridged version) 


  1.  Take Tashar to Disneyland for his birthday (I’m x-ing this, we’ll wait until he turns 5)
  2. Call people! (been kind good at this.)
  3. Figure out what I want in a relationship and go for it! (been doing that since Jan. 1st…lol…at least I know what I want now; just gotta let life happen – remember I’m OUT of the game!)
  4. Meet my sales goal (getting there)
  5. Work my way out of debt
  6. Map out what it takes to become: a teacher, professional photographer, professional writer
  7. Meditate every day for at least 5 minutes
  8. Exercise: Jan – 2 days a week; Feb – 3 days a week, March – 4 days a week;the balance of the year 5 days a week (working on it….really I am…lol)
  9. Take another dance class
  10. Learn conversational Spanish
  11. Learn conversational French
  12. Take a copy editing class
  13. Get published again
  14. Start working on my non-fiction masterpiece
  15. Enter a photo contest
  16. Travel to: SoCal in April (happening in 2 weeks); NYC in May (still gotta buy that plane ticket); NC and TX, one in June, the other in July, SoCal in August to see the new baby

That’s them, my initial goals.  Next post will be all the things I want to do in the next 274 days.




Something new! March 25, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals,all about me!,in progress,random — Dianna @ 3:52 pm

I swear I’ve been trying to keep up with my daily blogging. But it’s been hard. I’ve been doing something new: writing for a blog that’s not mine! It’s so exciting and cool. So my excuse for not posting on my own blog is I have to write 4-6 posts a day for the other one.

We are in out ‘soft launch’ phase, so I can’t give you all the details (because the site isn’t finished yet). But when we have the launch party I’ll make sure you’re all invited!


It’s Spring! March 19, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals,5k,dating — Dianna @ 11:16 pm

It’s official: IT’S SPRING. Thank goodness, winter was starting to annoy me.

Here’s what I’m doing to celebrate:

1. Deleting phone numbers out of my phone. I don’t need to talk to “him” ever again. If you’re afraid of accidentally answering one of “those” calls, just change their name to “NO”. I made that mistake tonight and answered a text that I really didn’t mean to answer…GOOD TIMES…lol.

2. Turning off the “I’m online” icon on my MySpace profile. You don’t need to see me. My profile is set to private for a reason. No randoms, please.

3. Making myself get over the “I’m too tired to exercise” syndrome. I have a 5k to run in 2 months. Yeah, it’s only 3 miles, but I plan to run it all out and make grown men cry (because we know I can).

4. Throwing out all my oversized, or stained, or undersized, or just plain ugly clothes.

5. Getting out of “the game”. I’m serious this time. If I run into him, I do. I’m not looking ANYMORE. It’s mad tiring. But I will be giving all of my friends business cards with my picture on it, so they can do the looking for me (I never said my friends weren’t in the game for

6. Cutting my hair??? I’m very tempted. But I’m kind of attached to this mop.

7. Giving the side eye to people who deserve it. Check out this one at Afro Bella. HA!

8. Working on becoming a “real” blogger on a “real” site. I’m almost there…I’ll be sure to share when it actually happens.

9. Sharing some spring dating tips (which are my basic tips): keep it light, keep it simple, know when to cut your loses, and keep it moving! And buy lots of cute outfits for all those potential dates. I did! Here’s my favorite of the bunch (it has pockets & I love pockets on skirts and dresses):


Photos courtesy of Nordstrom

Meditation of the Week: Slow Hands March 10, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals,in progress,mediTATE,random — Dianna @ 6:25 pm

1. Sit comfortably and shake out your hands, as if you were flinging water off your fingertips. Deepen your breath slightly. When your hands feel energized, place them on your thighs, palms facing up. Take a few moments to focus on the sensations in your hands. Feel, if you can, the pulse in your fingertips.

2. As your breath deepens, see if you can activate your belly, diaphragm, rib cage, and upper chest. Breathe deep into your belly. Fill your upper chest with air at the top of the inhalation, then see how much you can relax with each exhalation.

3. Imagine a light at the core of your being. As you breathe in, let the light pulse a little brighter. When you exhale, let it pulse a little dimmer. You can even give it a temperature or assign a color to the sensations in your belly.

4. With each breath, imagine this energy filling your chest and shoulders. Feel it flow down your arms and into your palms. Notice light and warmth filling your chest cavity, your rib cage, your arms, your hands.

5. Rest your awareness in and around your hands. Feel the air touching your palms, fingers, and thumbs. Feel the outline of your hands and the space between your fingers. When you’re ready, gently lift your hands off your body just enough to release them into the air, then let them be perfectly still. Relax your shoulders, arms, and palms.

6. Then lift your hands as slowly as possible, almost imperceptibly. Feel the smallest movement in your awareness as you continue to life your hands. See how much you can slow down. Imagine the molecules of air rolling between your fingers. See if you can slow the motion down so much that your hands feel as if they’re moving by themselves.

7. When it feels right, turn your palms toward each other. As your hands come together, pulse them ever so slowly. Imagine, if you can, the edges of the energy field between your hands. You may feel as if you’re holding a ball of pulsing energy, or as if your hands were opposite poles of a magnet. Your mind is relaxed but also aware, witnessing the flow of sensation into your hands.

8. For the next few minutes, let your hands move naturally and your mind observe the smallest details of sensation. At some point, bring your hands to a place on your body that needs healing or attention.

9. In your own time, let your hands come to rest in your lap and sit for a few more minutes in silence.

Courtesy of Yoga Journal.


Harder (than I thought) March 4, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals — Dianna @ 8:27 pm

I managed to commit myself to a list of Lenten promises. I manged to tell everyone I knew what they were. And it just so happens that I managed to break 4 out of 5 of them.

I guess my jedi mind tricks don’t work on my own mind. Well, everyday is new day. And I’ll keep trying!

But I did start a new exercise routine, which is going QUITE well. Except I’m in a constant state of soreness…


5k here I come! February 17, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals,5k — Dianna @ 11:24 pm

Well, I wasn’t really planning on doing it, but I did.

Tonight while stumbling across the internet I found a website that lists all the 5k, 10k, and half marathons for the area I live in. After perusing the list and figuring out how to adapt the training schedule I decided to sign up for a race in May.

That gives me 8+ weeks to train, which is needed (based on that whole I have a job and I’m a mom thing). My goal is to complete the run in about 30 or 35 minutes.

If you are looking for all sorts of sporty type events to participate in check out this site:

Happy training to me!