May Memories

I decided to take a break from my daily personal growth exercise to catch you up on what else has been going on in my life. If you’ve been following along with my blog then you know that I am overdue for a monthly review! Last month was full of many blessings and opportunities for personal growth. I have continued to move forward with hope despite the frustration of being unemployed. I do so by making the most of my time off, doing things that would be harder to do if I had a full-time job. As you will see, I’ve been doing so with family, friends, traveling, and spending more time reading.

Me and my boyfriend J’s 3 month anniversary – he isn’t an OU fan, but was a good sport when I gave him the bag

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Cinco de Mayo

Church women’s retreat – Christ Renews his Parish (CRHP)

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Mom’s surgery

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Mother’s Day. I took my mom for an early mani and pedi since she was out of town recovering from her procedure

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Dallas Arboretum

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Hair cut

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10 year anniversary of when I graduated high school…

Top Golf to celebrate J’s brother’s birthday

Family birthday celebrations – J’s brother and nephew

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I started taking Zumba classes at my local gym

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Chicago/Lake Geneva, WI trip with my boyfriend to visit some of his old roommates for Memorial Day weekend

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More dead-end job interviews…

Brother and sister-in-law visited from GA. I hadn’t seen them since the beginning of January and, as my brother and I are close, I was excited that they could finally meet my boyfriend (P.S. my brother approves!) We all had fun at the Ranger’s game together.

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Parks & Recreation, Seasons 6​-7


Finding Dory

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13


The Children by Ann Leary

The Assistants by Camille Perri

The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls​

Food Freedom Forever​ by Melissa Hartwig

The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern


February Festivities

Highlights from My February:
Finished my chiropractic treatment from the accident I was in back in December
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Actually tried going on “real” dates again
Superbowl Sunday
Mardi Gras party with my church’s young adult group
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Ash Wednesday/Lent: giving up diet sodas and pray the rosary daily (already “failed)
Valentine’s Day aka Single’s Awareness Day for me this year. I did receive a sweet gift from my brother, though!
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Went to the Dallas Arboretum with my parents
My brother and his girlfriend got engaged!
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Mom’s birthday
My mom flew out to visit my grandmother in Iowa after she had to go to the ER
Voted in my first primary election
The Oscars
Leap Day

Overall nothing too exciting. Just another month. However, I am making strides to better my wellness. More :

  • “Self-care” time: crocheting, crossword puzzles, coloring books, and spend more time writing and reading.
  • Social: see friends and attend weekly small groups at church at least once a week.
  • Physical: practice more yoga (2 times a week), long walks, start light weight-lifting (2 times a week), riding the stationary bike 3-4 times a week, limit sweets (ice cream has been my weakness the past few weeks), cut back on diet sodas (<4 a week).
  • Spiritual: pray novenas, follow daily devotionals, and praying the rosary, attending mass weekly. Going to confession once every two weeks.
  • Pretty Little Liars, Season 4 & 5
  • Downton Abbey, Season 6
  • It Happened One Night
  • The Intern
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain  
  • One Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  •  Speak by Louisa Hall
What were highlights from your February?
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