Monday, December 30, 2013

2013: The Craziest One Yet

2013 was a crazzzzy year. I wrote about it a few times towards the end of 2012. Before the year even started, I knew it’d be a wild one. 2013 brought lots of big events, some anticipated, some not. A new love, births, vacations, graduations, more trips, a small move, a new job, a new job, and more. 2013 was a year of emotional growth for sure. My heart and my maturity level grow 100 sizes. I was challenged to say goodbye to things I wasn’t ready to leave, yet I was blessed to great depths with things I never knew I could love as much as I do. It was a roller coaster ride for sure, but I’ll have to say… 2013 was the best one yet.

Let’s do a little recap:

January
I started my last semester of college! Ahhh! Talk about a weird feeling. My sweet baby niece was born, so my mom and I went to visit her in Tennessee a few weeks after she was born. It was love at first sight. I was so excited to be an aunt, especially because I have such great relationships with my aunts, but I was in for a surprise when I held her for the first time. It’s such a crazy feeling to love a little person so much. I can’t wait for her to grow up and for me to be the cool aunt she goes to when she can’t talk to her mom and dad about stuff. She is so beautiful.



February
Graham and I said the “L” word. The last time I told a boyfriend I loved them was in 10th grade and that absolutely was not love. This is the real deal. We celebrated a lovey dovey Valentines Day. I’ve never done that before, so it was nice to be pampered and showered with love (even though he does that everyday hehe ;) ). Later that month, we celebrated my best friend/roommate’s birthday and had an absolutely blast. I also started the hardest project of my life school-wise this month and the dots didn’t connect until I started working about how much that project prepared me for the real world.



March
Spring breaaaaak! I opted out of a beach trip with my best friends to go to San Francisco with Graham. We ate the best food ever, visited Alcatraz, drank wine in Sonoma, biked across the Golden Gate Bridge, and fell realllll deep in love. It was a magical trip that I’ll never, ever forget.



April
This month I started applying for jobs (and getting let down) and becoming more and more scared to graduate. I enjoyed beautiful weather and tried to soak up my last remaining days as a college student.  I didn’t get a job at my internship. I felt embarrassed and hurt. I put in a whole year with them for them to tell me there wasn’t room for me. This taught me patience, perseverance, and more importantly, to trust that things will work themselves out. Our whole gang went and saw Randy Rogers and I almost punched a high schooler in the face. Good times.



May
This month was nuts. My last day of school was at the beginning of May. For my graduation on the 17th, my whole family came into town for it. Organizing that bunch was…. hectic. But fun. I am so blessed that that many people love me and were willing to make that crazy trek down here. The day before I graduated, my sweet niece, Ella was born. It was so crazy to see my Kayla become a mom. After I graduated, I spent a lotttt of time applying for jobs, watching Game of Thrones, drinking wine, lovin on my boy, and wearing white jeans.



June
I spent too much time this month sitting around doing nothing. I was getting discouraged after applying for job after job after job with only a few interviews and no bites. My friends were all out of town, frolicking around Europe, and frankly I was bored to death. There was Graham, but he definitely sensed my unhappiness. It wasn’t a fun or easy time to be my boyfriend. I allowed myself to be unhappy and to dwell on things that ultimately didn’t matter (like finding a job right that second). G and I saw George Strait, then later saw Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, I went home a lot, and I made the stupid decision to rescue a puppy I couldn’t take care of. Phew. I’m exhausted thinking about that month.



July
I was still moping around this month, but things were getting better. Graham and I went to Las Vegas and it was a blast! We drank and gambled and loved on each other and saw a magic show. I spent a lot of time watching Netflix, preparing for a move because I signed the lease for my new big girl apartments, and did a lot of blogging stuff. Finallllly finally finally, a company I interviewed with in May wanted me to come back and do a second interview with them. I was hired! So in between moving at the end of July and saying goodbye to my beloved college apartment, I’d be starting a new job August 1st. Holy shit.



August
Started my new job! It was a super weird transition waking up early and going to work every single day. Initially, I struggled. I didn’t like my role and didn’t really understand why I had to do such bitch work. Luckily, as you’ll read further, I have absolutely grown to love my job and love the people I work with. And I don’t do bitch work anymore—in fact, I never really did. Graham and I traveled to Dallas, our group of friends got really into ping pong, and I got hooked on New Girl. Hilarious show. Watch now.



September
This month was filled with a lot of college football, work, a new workout routine, preparing for my parents move, both physically and emotionally. My parents put our house up for sale at the beginning of this month, so I made a few trips home getting things ready and boxing up my stuff.
 



October
Wooo Halloween month! I gorged myself with Halloween candy this month and really dove into my work. We went to JAB Fest and ACL Festand had a blast! Graham and I love going to concerts together and these were tons of fun. Singing and dancing and drinking ice cold beer is my idea of a goooooood time. We celebrated Halloween by dressing up as Maverick and Goose from Top Gun. I looked ridiculous. Next year, we’re dressing up as my choice.



November
My parents sold our house and moved to Tennessee. They told me by surprising me with the news, and I cried. I felt so bad. I’m so happy for them to retire and live in their dream house, but I’m sad to see them and my childhood home go. I spent the majority of the month preparing for Christmas because I’m a freak. Oh and I had the worst Thanksgiving ever. Fun stuff.



December
Another whirlwind of a month. Graham and I celebrated our one year anniversary. I can’t believe how quick a year goes by. Soon after was my 23rd birthday. Damn, I feel old. No one likes you when you’re 23, right? To celebrate my birthday and anniversary, Graham and I spent a weekend in San Francisco. We had no plans and it was such a great trip. It was super relaxing and was just what I needed before a week of crazy Christmas. Christmas was nuts, as always. I go to Tennessee every year, and now that my parents live there, it made my trip just a little more difficult. I love being up there, but I spread myself so thin in an attempt to spend time with everyone. And in 4 days, there’s only so much time I can spend with 20+ of my family members. It’s exhausting. Now, we’re off to see Willie Nelson and cheer on our Longhorns tonight! NYE tomorrow! Weeeee!


Phew, what a year. It was so full and so good. At times, it was quite the roller coaster, but I’ve learned that sometimes you have to endure the shitty stuff to find clarity and happiness down the road. All in all, 2013 was perfect. My heart is so full.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Another Post For 20-something's

Well you've probably seen one or two or fifty of those "Everything A Twenty Something Should Know"... or something along those lines. And I think they're stupid and sometimes unrealistic.

Everyone lives their life different. The 25 year old girl who majored in fashion at FIT in New York that is now working for Jimmy Choo probably has different shit going on in her life than I do. Same with the 23 year old hair dresser in small town Kentucky that's pregnant with her second child. Or maybe it's the 24 year old still in college, supporting himself. My 22 is definitely not someone else's 22 or 24 or whatever. And that is a fact, Jack.

After reading several of these articles, I've revised some, thought of my own, and compiled my own list of stuff every twenty-something should know, realize, and stop believing. Somethin' a little more universal.

Here we go.


1// Know how to create a kickass resume.
If you went to college, the only time your GPA will matter is if someone asks for it. Don't publicize that shit unless you have a 4.0. I've been on a crap ton of interviews for internships and jobs. Not one single person has asked for my GPA. Make sure your resume looks awesome. Get out there and make yourself look good. Sign up for organizations that will boost your resume. Volunteer. Become the president of something. You know the drill. And while you're at it, learn how to Photoshop because you'll want a resume that looks visually appealing as well.

2// Leave your comfort zone.
Don't waste your time being shy. Try a food you wouldn't normally try. Reach out to people you wouldn't normally talk to. Ask that coworker to go to lunch. Pick up a new hobby. Whatever. Do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes we need to feel scared to make us feel alive.

3// Learn how to budget your money.
Download the Mint.com app and see where your moolah is going each month. Put a little something away in savings each month. You won't regret it. Promise. I, personally, realized I was spending entirely too much money on lunch. After I started bringing lunch from home, I suddenly had more money to spend on experiences, like concerts and movies. For most of us, this will be the only time in our lives without major finances, like houses and children.

4// You're not the only one that doesn't like their job.
Jesus, this one gets me the most. So many of my friends bitch about their jobs. Um excuse me, you're not going to turn into an executive over night. Work your way up. I, too, struggled with this when I first started working. I'm at the bottom of the totem pole. I've gotta work my way up and prove to my superiors that I can handle the tough stuff. This is a learning phase in our lives and we can only learn through experience. You may be a great graphic designer or you may know everything there is to know about coding, but the fact of the matter is, is that college didn't teach us how to communicate professionally. It didn't teach us how to manage time and work relationships. We have to learn through experience with this stuff. Change your attitude about your job. It can only go up from here.

5// Why isn't this happening to me right now?
Your best friend is engaged, your old roommate scored that big promotion, and your sister just had a baby. You're starting to wonder why none of this has happened to you. Well guess what? Life ain't a competition. You shouldn't start thinking about engagement just because your friends are and you want to be in that phase with them too. Do shit when you're ready. For the love of God, stop comparing your life to other people's lives. Your promotion will happen. Your boyfriend will propose after you guys decide you're ready. And pleaaaase don't have a baby because you want your kids to be BFF's with your sister's kids.

6// Privatize your life a little.
The world does not need to know about the removal of your kidney stones, what paleo meal you made tonight, or what sweet thing your boyfriend did today. Take a step back from social media. I read an excellent article today about how you shouldn't feel bad about your "boring man". It talks about how social media has built these high expectations about marriage proposals--it makes us forget how romantic our significant other is behind all the fritz and frill of these viral proposals. They are good enough. Their shows of love are enough. They're not boring. So what I'm getting at is keep your personal life to yourself. Don't brag on social media. Don't share unnecessary information. Don't share controversial opinions. It'll take the drama down a notch, promise.

7// Get some sleep.
Seriously. Your body needs it. You'll be more attentive, perform better at work, and can carry on coherent conversation with your friends if you've gotten at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

8// If you screwed up, learn how to take the blame and how to apologize.
Swallow your pride, tough guy. We all screw up. We forget our friend's birthdays, we speak sharply to our boyfriends, and we mess up at work. If you can learn how to accept the blame and sincerely apologize, you're one step closer to a solution and resolution. They may not remember the shitty act you did, but they will remember how you reacted to it. Never, ever put the blame on someone else to avoid getting the punishment. We're not in middle school anymore.

9// Maintain your relationships.
Call your parents often. Send your grandma a handwritten letter. Text your high school best friend to catch up. Go to brunch with your old college roommate. After I graduated college, all of my friends moved away. My parents sold my childhood home. And suddenly, everyone still left in my town got ridiculously busy. I felt really lonely. Admittedly, some days after I started working, I was just way too tired to hang out with friends. I made excuses why I couldn't go have a glass of wine at a friend's house. After graduation is a huge transformational phase for everyone. Everyone is growing up. Working, getting wrapped up in their relationships, etc. It's so easy to be busy. Maintain relationships with the people you love. You'll need them when you're done being so busy.

10// Kill people with kindness.
You can honestly make someone's day just by being nice. Ask the barista how their day is going. Chat with your coworker about their boyfriend. People freaking love talking about themselves. Just ask. And smile. Oh man, smile at people. It's a proven scientific fact that faking a smile increases levels of happiness. Say please and thank you. Be patient with people--you don't know what kind of day they're having. Bite your tongue.



That's all I've got for now. I would looooove to hear some of your "twenty-something" advice!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What I'm Loving

1// Christmas Music
I absolutely cannot wait for Christmas. I'm already listening to the Indie Holiday Pandora radio at work. My coworkers think I'm bat shit crazy. I don't care. Listen to my new holiday Spotify playlist here.


2// Christmas Decor
Just let me be festive! I'm welllll aware we still have Thanksgiving, but I don't care! I cannot get over these gorgeous setups.




3// Dainty Rings
Just ordered these on Etsy. Love the way they are stacked and styled! So cute.



4// The fact that Honey Boo Boo's family dressed up as the Kardashians for Halloween. 
I seriously died over this. Best costumes ever, by far.



5// The Shouting Matches
You may or may not (like me) recognize Justin Vernon's voice from Bon Iver. Seriously did not know it was the same guy. Who knew?! I listen to Bon Iver when I want to cry and The Shouting Matches when I want to be happy. Anyways, I'm super impressed with their album Grownass Man



6// When people don't talk about their Crossfit WOD or their Paleo diet. I like soda and I like candy and I like not getting sweaty.


7// Bitstrips
I laugh so hard at these. Here's me throwing a potato at my friend Adam.


8// Cooking this steak.
Follow the recipe. You won't be disappointed. It's freakin amazing.




And 8 is all I've got. I love a bunch of other stuff but it mainly has to do with Christmas and my boy and other top secret stuff you'll just have to wait your pretty little eyes to read about. 

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I feel like my life is at a weird place right now. I'm super happy. But I'm so busy and tired from work that I'm slacking on doing fun stuff. I haven't spent time with or talked to my friends much lately and that's not good. And I miss my parents so much. They moved last week to Tennessee and my heart hurts and longs for them. I need a little extra something special to put a pep in my step. Here's to hoping the holidays, my birthday, and a potential weekend getaway will be just what I need :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Someday I will

Shout out to Taylor for giving me the perfect topic for today with her linkup!

The Daily Tay

Someday I will....

Not drink Coke for breakfast.
Yall. I'm not sure if this will ever happen. I've tried and I've tried, but it's truly what I look forward to do in the mornings. I'm weird. But also, to my defense, coffee gives me a stomachache/makes me bounce off the walls. Two things I do not enjoy.

Have babies. And until I'm married, that ain't happenin'.
All the girls in my family are having babies and everyone's wondering when I'm going to pop one out. Not now, that's for sure. I like to spend my money on fun stuff and I like sleeping in and I like drinking. Guess what? A kid takes most of those out of the picture.

BUT. How freakin cute is my niece!?!?


Workout more often.
But who wants to nasty up their freshly washed hair? And who in the world has the energy to do that every day after work?! I know I need to work out more, but dang... some (most) days after work, I just wanna go lay down for a bit. Blehhh. One day though. One day.

This will never be my car. Mostly because those stickers are douchey, but also because running that distance sounds like my personal version of hell.


Get to work on time.
I'm the worst person ever in the mornings. I lay around browsing Instagram in bed for like 20 minutes and then rush through my makeup so I can run out the door. I'm notoriously 3 minutes late every day and it irks me to death that I'm never early or on the dot. For someone who is always on time to everything, it's crazy how I'm never on time to work.

Travel overseas.
I want to go on a Eurotrip sooooo bad I can't stand it. But... luxurious vacay's cost a fortune and ya girl ain't made of money yet.

Go to Target and not spend any money.
Actually scratch this idea. That will never in a million years happen. 

Make millions with my party invitation business.
A girl can dream, can't she?! I'd love for it to be successful enough that it's my full-time job. But I've got a loooong way to go haha.

Take it down a notch with my Christmas obsession.
The chances of this actually happening are also slim, but several people in my life (i.e., Graham) would appreciate it. I can't help it that I watch Christmas Vacation in July and make my boyfriend take pictures with Santa!


Be able to shower my loved ones with awesome gifts.
I can't wait until I have enough disposable income to shower everyone I love with great gifts. Giving gifts is literally one of my favorite things to see (see why I love Christmas so much), but unfortunately I don't have the means to do that now. I so wish I could go buy my dad an iPad or my mom a treadmill or my boyfriend a go-kart. So until then, I will save and save and give people modest, but badass gifts.

Blog daily.
There aren't enough hours in the day.

Figure it all out.
I'll stop questioning the future or what move I'm supposed to make or how to act in a certain situation. One day, I'll stop caring and let things just happen.  

 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Instafriday

It's been a hot minute since the last time I did one of these puppies. Life has just been fun lately. I'm so happy I could burst some days. The best part of it all is that I don't have any real rhyme or reason to be so happy. No extravagant event has happened that's just sent me over the moon. Life has just been agreeing with me. I have all these endorphins! And endorphins make you happy. And happy people don't kill their husbands. They just don't.

Anywho, I couldn't be more excited over the fact that it's fall. I've been eating too much Halloween candy, fantasizing about pumpkin patches, begging my friends to go to a haunted house, and looking at every badass costume on Pinterest. G and I finally bought our costumes the other night, and wtf. Why are costumes so expensive? And why doesn't Party City have dressing rooms? Trying on a mans costume over my clothes was not particularly enjoyable, but whatever. I can't wait! For the first time, ever I think?, I'm not going to be a skank for Halloween! I'm a real live adult now!

Anywho, I know yall are ready for all the Insta pics, so here we go:

Caramel apple bar at work. Like I needed more sweets. 'Twas awesome. And messy.

My boo thang and I at JAB fest. Josh Abbott and Kyle Park were awesome! And wasted. Josh Abbott came out in a miriachi band costume.

Our BFF's/roommates at JAB fest. Yep, my roommate/best friend is dating Graham's roommate/best friend. Makes life convenient.

Action shot of us love birds in our typical fashion. Me being all cute and stuff (as always, duhhhh) and G being a goober. He hates taking pictures and loves to ruin all of them....

I can't be the only person out there that completely ruins their meal by filling up on chips, amirite?

2 balls, one dog.

Watching the UT/OU game with my parents. There's really no greater feeling than watching the Longhorns beat the shit out of the Sooners. Hook em!

Throwback to last Halloween when my friend Alexa made me carve a penis into the pumpkin. Such ladies.

Couldn't end this post without a selfie of me having a great hair day being excited for scarf weather. Selfie shame doesn't count when you're a blogger, right?

Smell ya later, gator.
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