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


’16 going on ’17

So 2016. I thought that 2015 tested me both mentally and physically, but 2016 didn’t give me much of a break. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a terrible year. There were plenty of great things that happened and I continued to grow and challenge myself – even when I felt like I had done all the “growing” I could (or wanted to).

I’ve compiled my “monthly reviews” (click on the month to check out the post) from the past year and included some of my favorite things. Checking out my old posts was quite an exercise as sadly I forgot a good chunk of things that happened…

Enjoy and here’s to an even better year!

Favorite Book: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty & Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Favorite TV Show(s): Pretty Little Liars, Veronica Mars, & New Girl 

Favorite Movie (s): Brooklyn & Room


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Onwards and upwards to 2017!

November Notes

Car accident, but at least my car is looking all spiffy again

Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election


Babysat the most perfect 1-year-old ever!

Went to a holiday craft bazaar with my mom and got a little Christmas shopping done

Aced my First Graduate Class

Trip to Klyde Warren Park

Rockwall’s Balloon Festival




The weather FINALLY started cooling down and felt more like fall


Movie Date – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 



Painting with a Twist

My Crappy Painting…

Celebrated my Dad’s Birthday by having lunch at Blue Mesa and a trip to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth





Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12
The Good Wife, Season 6
This is Us, Season 1
New Girl, Seasons 2, 3, & 4
Seeking a Friend for the End of The World
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

The Holiday
Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler
My Name is Lucy Barton

Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert


How was your November?! And… Since December is halfway over, How’s your December?

My May

Mom had to go to the ER. She’s feeling better, but had been experiencing an intense amount of abdominal pain
A few day’s later, my brother had to go to the ER after him and his fiance were t-boned by a semi. Luckily both passengers are safe. The car, not so much
Cinco de Mayo aka tacos and tequila
Helped my friend judge color guard auditions
Relaxed pool-side with one of my friends
Mother’s Day: went to an outdoors arts festival and got rained on a bit
My mom’s college friend’s daughter spent the night: homemade lasagna, walk around the park, ice cream, then church and lunch at Panera the next day
Birthday party for one of my church friends
Rockwall “Wine Walk”

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Dallas Arboretum

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Chilling with Claude (Monet)

Went through my closet and donated a lot of clothing/items it was time to part with
Planted flowers
Went to a young adult networking event. I had been wanting to go, but putting it off for months. I ended up meeting a lot of cool people
Saw the musical, Cabaret, with one of my friends who got free tickets from her work
Helped with an open house at my current job
Went to my friend, Alex’s birthday party
Lost my credit card…
LOTS of catching up with old friends

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Me and My High School Sweetheart (2008)

Memorial Day- picnic with young adult group from church

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Prayer Wreath

Grey’s Anatomy, season 12
Scandal, season 5
House of Cards, season 4
The Family, season 1
Pretty Little Liars, season 6 (A)
Fuller House, season 1

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The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

How was your May (now that it’s almost July…)?

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?
See what’s new on Etsy!

Notes on November

Daylight Savings began…


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An well-known association in the industry I work in hosted their November reception, dinner, and meeting at the venue where I work

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Visited our family friend, Maria

Veteran’s Day

Girl’s Night

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Movie Night with Mom

Returned to the Young Adult Group, Encounter, That I Had Been Attending Last Fall – Dubbed the “Prodigal” Child of Encounter  – Felt welcomed by familiar faces and meet some real cool new people

Back to counseling…

New pet – Monet the Betta

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Continued moving things out of my old house and into my parents’


The Turkey Trot

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Caught up with old friends over coffee (tea for me)

Assisted with day-of wedding coordination

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Dad’s Birthday – My mom and I took him to lunch then to the Kimbell Art Museum

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Scandal,  Season 5

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12

While you Were Sleeping (re-watched – a fave of mine)

Raising Helen (re-watched)

Elf (re-watched)

Inside Out

Pitch Perfect 2

Uncle Buck

A Christmas Card (re-watched)

A Charlie Brown Christmas



Plain Song by Kent Haruf

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue