Sunday, October 5, 2014

Remember That Time I Was A Blogger?

Heyyyyo. This summer was something else. And it made me forget that I used to blog and enjoy it. So cool. Thanks for welcoming me back.

To be completely honest, I didn't really want to blog about this summer because I didn't want to remember my life this summer. And after I typed that sentence, that made me sound like the most unhappy person on the planet.

Let me explain: I went through a heart-wrenching breakup this summer. One that knocked me to my feet and challenged me in ways I thought I never even knew I could be challenged. It has changed me in the wildest ways. I miss Graham every day, but this breakup was totally detrimental to my emotional growth, and for that I am forever grateful. For every girl reading this that has been through something similar: you are awesome, you are strong, and if anything good came out of it, it's that you are a more whole person because of it. And if you haven't gone through something like this... well, bless your heart. I hope it never happens to you and I hope you are able to grow as a person without having to go through a heartbreak. Cause it just plain sucked.

.....and that's all I have to say about that.

But now that I'm back on my feet, I thought I'd get back to something I enjoyed: this ole blog. A lot's gone on since I last blogged. So I'm going to let my Instagram photos do the talking. Instead of sitting around moping, I decided to really live.

I've been forcing myself to do things I'd normally say no to. I'm trying to be a friendlier, happier, more positive person and I can totally see how it's bleeding into all areas in my life. Work is going great, my Etsy business is doing even better, I'm making great friends, and I'm just generally having lots and lots of fun. When we first broke up, I was terrified of being alone and doing things by myself. Now, I'm Miss Independent (cue Destiny's Child). I am 100% my own person now. It still feels kind of weird, but I know I needed it and I kind of love it.

So without further ado...... Photos from August until now. Enjoyyyy.

I'll start with this gem. A few months ago, I asked my single friends what I should say to get out of a date with someone. This was their response...... Because naturally.


Visiting family for Labor Day. Is my niece not the cutest thing you've ever laid eyes on?!

So grateful for these girls. They truly brought me back to life. Also, this is a work boat party because I work at a cooooool ass office.

First game of the season gameday attire. I want to marry my Longhorn Luchesse's.

My asshole friends decided to prank me by commenting on Lindsay Lohan's Instagram, saying that my number was hers.... Because, of course.

Some of my favorite people in the whole wide world. Thank God for high school friends that stuck around.

This is a cheddar cheese ice cream sandwich from Qui. It blew my mind.
Earlier this month, our office volunteered at an elementary school. It was Space Week and I'm not realllllly sure who was most excited: us or the kids. 

A friend got proposed to during a Jay-Z/Beyonce Singalong at the Alamo Drafthouse. It was so perfectly her and it was such fun to be a part of it!

And then a week later I went to a Clueless Quotealong at the Alamo Drafthouse because apparently I can't get enough of that place.

How you doiiiin Oktoberfest?

My ideal night: a run to get my mind off things, a glass of wine to fall into a deeper relaxation, and a documentary on Free Masons to put me to sleep.

That is a donut. And a Coors. Because that's how you do 2:30 games. I like to call this a tailgating brunch.

And then after I tailgated in the above photo yesterday, I went to ACL. It was awesome. Crowded, but the weather was perfect and seeing Eminem made 11-year-old Megan die happily.


And I ended my weekend this weekend with a grocery trip to Trader Joe's. I saw this and realized it was every basic white girl's fantasy. Props to me for not indulging. 

I'll be back on the saddle again very soon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lists Are Fun... (I Haven't Blogged In A While)

List is still.... weird for me. But I want to keep up with memories and my early adulthood, so I'm doing this list for funsies.


What/when was the last...

...recipe I made? I made homemade biscuits the other day for a Friday work treat. And they were DAMN good.

...good decision I made? To trust my gut and take a risk with a certain something. I let go of the fear I had and went for something that was probably dumb, but I enjoyed it and that's all that really mattered. Sorry I can't go into more detail. Maybe one day. (Making a note to myself for when I read this in the future: the Kanye shirt day/night).

...cool place I went? A bar on East 6th that had a cool vibe and a fun band. Too bad I can't remember what it was called.

...show I watched? Married At First Sight. Don't judge....

...awesome thing that happened? See the good decision above. Something I had been wanting to happen for a long time finally happened. Took it long enough!

...thing I bought for myself? Taco Bell for dinner. That's not embarrassing or anything.

...good photo of me? I took a selfie yesterday to let everyone know I'm actually not miserable.

...bad decision I made? I don't know how to play it cool. Let's leave it at that.

...time I was really excited? See the good decision/awesome thing that happened. Twas a great day.

...time I had a free weekend? Last weekend was purty free. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sometimes Bad Things Happen

You know that saying "When it rains, it pours"? Boy has that sentiment held true for me this past month. This past month has been one of the more Earth shattering, shocking, eye-opening months of my life. I'm not going to go into any details at all on it, because that's not the focus on this post. The focus is on my attitude towards it, personal growth, and what I've learned. Also, I'm more so just using this post as therapy because writing is cathartic and when times are tough, I love being able to go back in time and look at how I've evolved since that shitty life season.

Few things I've learned here lately:

You are the ONLY person that should control your happiness.
While friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, family, co-workers, WHOEVER should be a huge part of your life, you absolutely, 100% cannot and should not rely on them for your total happiness. That's way too much pressure on any person to be someone else's sole source of happiness and it shows that you are lacking something when you aren't looking inward for your own happiness. You have got to learn to be okay when a friend disappoints you or your coworkers are annoying. Placing all of your happiness eggs in the baskets of other people leads to you never feeling full and fulfilled with life. Learn how to be okay alone, learn how to rely on yourself, and more importantly learn to love yourself. True happiness can only be obtained intrinsically. Others help, but they should be just a piece in your happiness puzzle, not your whole puzzle.

You can't control everything.
It's not secret that I'm a huge control freak. I want to be in charge of everything in life. Big projects at work, the way my family acts, what me and my friends do on the weekends, etc. I want to always be the decision maker and the voice of reason. I want people to listen to me and do as I say. But guess what? Sometimes life throws you the biggest freaking curve balls that you have absolutely no control over and it sucks. It hurts so badly to let go and trust that things will be okay when they're out of your hands. It sucks not knowing the outcome to something. It is incredibly painful to try so hard to make something go your way, only to have it fail miserably or not even thought about. Learning to let go and trust that things will be okay is incredibly hard for me, but I'm learning each and every day to not hold onto things so tightly. Believe it or not, the people surrounding me are capable adults of making smart decisions. It's okay to let that friend go make a fool of herself and it's okay to let someone else take over a big project. I absolutely cannot place that pressure on me anymore--I need to let go and trust that things will be okay when they're out of my hands.

You don't NEED anything or anyone.
This has been a tough one for me. I have to learn that I don't need a single person or thing to make me happy. I don't need a promotion or a certain outfit or my Etsy business to excel to be happy. There have been times where I've really needed my mom and she lives 1000 miles away. I want her here with me, but I don't necessarily need her to be ok. I don't need my friends, my job, or my boyfriend to be ok and happy. Those things make me happy, but I don't need them. I just want them around. I can't keep waiting for the next big event in my life. I can't sit around and think, "oh I'll be much happier at my job when I get a promotion" or "I'll be so much happy when I don't live in an apartment". Happiness is now and I don't need external things to bring that. They help, but I can't bank on them. People and things are going to let you down and that's a harsh part of life.

Trust your path.
Shit happens for a reason. I'm a firm believer that your life story is already written for you and every little event that happens to you leads you to the next bigger, better thing. There are lessons to be learned in every season of your life, and sometimes it's hard to sit back and realize that what's happening now will make for a better you in the future. Crappy things are meant to break you down and build you back up. Tough times don't last, but tough people do. I will emerge victorious and stronger once all of this storm passes. I just have to trust that I'm going through this stuff for a reason.

This past month has not been fun in any sense of the word, but I've gained more insight into the person I am and the person I am meant to be this past month than I have in the past 3 years. I've done a lot of introspecting and character improvement. I've challenged my old ways of thinking more than I ever thought they needed to be challenged. It's an arduous process of disciplining yourself to change your mindset, but I will come out a much better person because of it. And frankly, if these events had never happened to me, I would've have even known I would need to change. And that's the silver lining I can find in all of this.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

That Time I Had A Phone Sex Operator Roommate

I've shared this story with just about every single person I come in contact with... mostly for the simple fact that it's fucking hilarious. And naturally I would have a roommate like this because I have excellent luck.

Let me give you a little background to this story. Apartments near UT in Austin are extremely competitive. Like you have to sign a lease in January to move in in August. Ridiculous. Anywho, my two best friends and my old roommate from freshman year moved into an apartment our junior year. Things were going great. We loved living together and life was fun. Until that said roommate from freshman year decided she was going to move in with her sister for senior year. Luckily she told us this about 2 months before our lease ended, giving us ample time to find a roommate.

Not.

So our apartment complex was kind enough to give us a random roommate that totally matched our "personality profiles". What they offered to us was an 18 year old girl that had 0 common interests as us. We plead with the apartment complex to give us someone different, but they wouldn't. We were 22 and she was 3 years younger than us. That might as well have been a 10 year age difference because you mature A LOT in those three years.


Anywho, we were pretty apprehensive about this chick moving in, especially because three of us were best friends and another person would really harsh that. And boy were we right... The first month started out fine. We were friendly with her, but it was painfully obvious that we had completely different lifestyles and would not become the best of friends, which was fine. I'd rather have that than some crazy person all up in my business.

Things were going fine until one night I came home early from a concert. It was still pretty late, so I tried to be quiet. "Shirley" and I lived on one side of the apartment and a wall. Apartments in our area were made really shittily (sp?) and the walls were paper thin. I could tell she was awake and watching a movie. Or so I thought.

Until I heard sex noises. Figured it was the movie she was watching. Until I realized it was starting to sound more like a porno. And then I realized it was "Shirley's" voice. This girl was not what I would call a social butterfly, so I highly doubted someone was in the room with her.

She was on the phone.

I about died right then and there. I immediately texted my friends, but no one believed me.

And then it started happening again. Regularly. Like every Monday and Wednesday night at the same time. Always on the phone. And we figured out it was never the same person because she would be extremely descriptive with their looks and age. And obviously my roommates and I stood outside of her door and listened and giggled because we're 14 year old boys.

And then it started getting worse. Like this girl had no discretion. She had to realize we could hear her! And she would do it when other people were over too! My mom heard it, my boyfriend heard it, two of our other friends heard it.


I was obviously way too embarrassed to ask her about it, so I avoided her. Never made eye contact. And when we all moved out, we did not make plans to keep in touch.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dear 16 Year Old Me...

Dear Megan,


You think you are hot shit right now. You have the coolest boyfriend, the coolest car, and the best friends in the world. You make good grades and you can kick some ass on the volleyball court. You can run on 5 hours of sleep and eat Hot Cheetos and a Coke for lunch every day. Guess what my dear? This stuff doesn't last forever.

Shortly after your 16th birthday, that hot boyfriend will dump you and it will flip your world upside down. It freaking sucks. You will cry about it every day and drown your sorrows in Eli Young Band songs and Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supremes. You'll annoy the crap out of your friends by writing them notes during class saying "i miss him </3".

It'll pass though.


You'll finally get a car after driving Mom's old Yukon around for a year. You wanna know why you didn't get a car the second you turned 16? Because you couldn't and shouldn't have been trusted with a brand new car. You stupidly drank and drove on numerous occasions. You shouldn't have even been given the privilege to drive a car at all. However, luck had it for you to get caught. You're gonna hate Mom and Steve and think it's so unfair, but it'll be good for you. You'll learn responsibility. Don't be stupid with your new car.

Believe it or not, you needed a curfew. Not all nights, but most. Nothing good (or at least smart) happened after midnight. You're gonna drink and you're going to do stuff you shouldn't do and you're going to be really stupid. Have fun, but don't ever take your safety for granted. Somehow, by the grace of God, you didn't get into serious trouble.


Grades are important. Do your homework and push yourself to study a little. I'm proud of you for always making grades a priority. It'll pay off when you head to UT in a few years. You'll get into your dream school because you worked hard in high school. I can't say the same thing with volleyball. You'll quit junior year and won't miss it in the slightest. It's ok to give up on something your heart isn't into.

Crazily enough, the best friends you have now will be some of the best friends of your life. You'll drift apart in college some--it's an inevitable part of growing up, but you'll all remain great friends throughout your twenties. You'll make other best friends down the road, but just know that those girls from high school will love you and all of your faults. They'll forgive you for being a bad friend, they'll be there for you when you need them in the middle of the night, and they will let you cry to them about your boyfriend just like they did in high school.


You'll have your moments that make you feel inadequate. There will be times you'll feel like the biggest fuck up on the planet. Boys will treat you like crap. You'll feel ugly at times. School will bring you down. But guess what? That stuff won't matter down the road. Keep your head held high.

You have such a bright future down the road for you. You make think 16 is the happiest of year of your life, but just wait and see... Life gets so fun.

XO,
2014 Megan








Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Want A House pt. 2

I've said it once, and I'll say it again. I'm over apartment life. I'm over waking up at 6am to the person above me hawking loogies so loud I can hear them through the floor. I'm over not being able to paint walls and have room for tons of furniture. I'm over not having a gorgeous kitchen and backyard.

Okay fine. I don't really need all of those things, but I sure would like em. I can just picture us now... Graham barbecuing while I'm tending to our herb garden. Haha! I secretly wish my life was like Sarah Dorsey or Young House Love. I so want to spend my days scouring Craigslist for deals and reupholstering couches.

But houses are expensive, and ya girl has to rent until my manfriend decides to bite the bullet with me.

For now, all I can do is lust.

And here's what I'm lustin' after currently...


I'm dying for a garden. I want to plant peonies and have fresh herbs on hand. How cute would this setup look on a back patio?!


Ok, this bathroom is everything. Except only as some sort of guest bath. Yall know I have way too much shit to not have cabinet space. But yeah... seriously digging the industrial look and my most coveted subway tile.


I would essentially love everything in this. I'm obsessed with neutrals and industrials and this is just perfection in my eyes.


I'll take one of these.

Also, I've been on a HUGE navy wall kick lately. I absolutely the look of neutrals, navy, and solid wood together. It makes my heart go pitter patter. Below are some of my favesies.




Isn't it funny how trends change? It still blows my mind that my mom's house was once covered in floral wallpaper and all brass accessories just a mere 15 years ago. It blows my mind even more that I currently hate some of the home decor pins I pinned a mere 2 years ago. Granted, my style has grown up a bit since I was in college, but that's neither here nor there.

Wonder what the next big trend will be now that chevron is pretty much dead and gone?

One day I'll have that house. Yall wait and see.



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Internet Goodies

Hi friends, long time no write. I just haven't had the urge lately. My day job consists of writing articles, ad copy, and blog posts all the live long day, so pretty much the last blog post I want to write at the end of the day is my own. Weird how that works. Plus my life has been fairly uneventful these past few weeks. G has been out of town and the most exciting thing I did yesterday was get a cavity filled. Woohoo.

Weeks like these make me miss college so much. I miss the freedom of sleeping in, grabbing a long lunch with friends, and going to a bar at 9pm on a Tuesday night. Don't get me wrong, I love working, but most some days I want to go back to being a careless 21 year old.

For this post, I've rounded up some of my most interesting Internet finds as of late:

1//
See article here. Can you believe this shit?! Turns out this was a really smart ad for the Samsung Galaxy note. I feel so cheated! However, as someone who works in marketing, this was incredibly genius. Props to you, Samsung.

2//
One of my favorite Grantland writers/podcasters, Juliet Litman, did an interview with Chris Harrison (host of the Bachelor) this week and got tonnnnns of dirty deets about Juan Pablo. Turns out Juan Pab is a huge douche. Would've never guessed. Also, turns out Chris Harrison has the coolest job in the whole damn world. Basically spends 5 minutes of his day letting the ladies know its time for the final rose, then spends the rest of his time cahooting all over the world, fishing, surfing, and eating delicious food. No fair!

3// Oil Pulling
I recently read this article about the benefits of oil pulling. What the eff is oil pulling? Basically, putting a spoonful of coconut oil and swooshing it around in your mouth for 20 minutes, then spitting it out. It's a great detoxifier and literally pulls toxins out of your body by way of your mouth. People see better oral hygiene, breath, gums, a reduction in acne, better sleeping, more regulated hormones, etc., etc., Plus it also can help cure a hangover. This list goes on forever. I'm in.

4//
Buy this here. Holy mother of god I need millions of these around my house.

5//

I don't hate the idea of a Taco Bell breakfast waffle-taco. My day is essentially made when it starts with a breakfast taco and I certainly wouldn't mind a waffle being added into the mix.
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