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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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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Movies/TV

Parks & Recreation, Seasons 6​-7

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Finding Dory

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13

Books

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

Day four: meet

Who would you love to meet? What would you ask?

I was having such a difficult time coming up with an answer for this question – noticing a theme here? I keep over-analyzing all of my answers… I sought the insight of family and close friends and here are what they said:

  • My Boyfriend, J – The Pope
  • Mom- Mother Theresa
  • Dad – Jesus
  • Brother – “doesn’t know”
  • Sister-in-Law – Jackie Robinson

Who I would like to meet goes back to the people and eras that I was interested in as a child. I have always been interested in early U.S. history. The first settlers and pioneer days have always fascinated me. I would love to meet one of the early explorers like Captain John Smith or one of my favorite writers, Laura Ingalls Wilder. It would be interesting to hear their side of the story and what life was like back then.

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As far as meeting someone living. I would jump to the other side of the pond to meet Queen Elizabeth II. I became obsessed watching “The Crown” on Netflix earlier this year and then went to London in February. She has been through and seen so much in her life. I can’t imagine becoming a queen at the age of 25!

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Who would you love to meet (living or deceased) and what would you ask them?

Onwards & Upwards…

Day three: who inspires me

Who are you most inspired by? Why?

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I’ve thought about this question a lot before I began this challenge and it has always been difficult for me to answer. I realize that how I answer it today my may seem like a bit of a cop-out.  It’s certainly not because I don’t have wonderful, inspiring people in my life. I do and I am very blessed to have grown up around strong men and women.

While growing up, I relied too heavily on what other people thought of me – always looking for approval, never really questioning my own beliefs, and doing whatever everyone else wanted me to do. Though some of this was in reason and the for the most part the people I were around were good, I feel like I “stunted my growth” a bit. Lately as I have been working on “becoming my own person” I have began to question why I liked X or did/did not do Y.

The first person who popped into my mind on who inspires me was our family friend, Maria. She has lived a life of incredible service as a former nun and continues to care for others after moving back to the US from France. I think part of the reason that I admire her is because my mom aspires to be like her mother – patient, faithful, and kind. Those are all qualities that I admire in a person, but again, I feel like I am just following in my mother’s footsteps.

Like I mentioned, to pick one person who inspires me is a tough. During times of growth, I’ve noticed that who and the types of people/things that inspire me change and can be harder to relate to. I am not a nun, like Maria, and have discerned that I don’t want to be. My former boss inspired me, but there were also things that I didn’t want to turn into (a workaholic). Bloggers inspire me, but I don’t always agree with all of their lifestyle choices. My mom is a selfless person and wonderful woman, but I don’t want to become my mother.

So here’s where my “cop-out” answer comes in. Instead of choosing one person that inspire me I am going to list qualities of and types of people who do inspire me. Because in reality, who is completely perfect?!

I admire:

  • My mother’s selflessness
  • My father’s artistic ability
  • My brother’s drive and persistence
  • The work ethic of my former boss
  • My boyfriend’s big heart
  • Those working on or have overcome addictions
  • Mothers
  • Writers/Authors
  • All runners (especially marathoners)
  • Everyone whole completes a Whole 30
  • Volunteers
  • Counselors
  • Doctors
  • Artists

Who are you most inspired by & why? Has that person changed over the years?

Onwards & Upwards…

April Action

April has been so busy, but in a good way. I’m starting to fall back into a routine after an intense few weeks of filming in March. It was a month full of new opportunities, spending time catching up with friends, and making new connections. There were no trips this month, but May kicks off the “trip a month” season for my boyfriend and I. Stay tuned for more!

Babysat J’s nephews

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Still job hunting and had many phone interviews – none of which have panned out…

I began struggling more with my eating disorder (the awful “binge and purge cycle”)

Attended our friend’s brewery’s 2nd anniversary party

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Began weight training with J’s brother

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Filming ended (hallelujah)

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Began coaching youth tennis

April (hail) showers

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Started a running regimen

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Some of J’s friends were in town for the weekend and we went to “The Revivalists” concert, brunch, and the park

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Easter

Saw a local production of “Singin’ in the Rain” (my favorite musical)

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Fell and hurt my knee…

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Movies/TV

Parks & Recreation, Seasons 2 – 6

Deep Water Horizon

The Theory of Everything​

Singin’ in the Rain

Armageddon
Books

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

The Wonder ​by Emma Donoghue

The Children by Ann Leary

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My Word of the Year: Brave

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Road trip with my dad to New Orleans. My brother and sister-in-law met us there (from Georgia) so they could go to the Sugar Bowl

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“Snow” day

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Job interview(s)

My brother and sister-in-law came to visit us from Georgia for a week

Joined a gym

Went on a couple of dates…

Found a new “home church” and a new young adults group

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Last day of my job –  Laid off

Inauguration day

Booked a trip to LONDON, England for next month with my mom

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More hiking, jogging, and yoga

Volunteered for a new mission – The 635 – and make a lot of new friends

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Movies/TV

  • Don Verdean
  • Grace & Frankie, Season 1
  • This is Us, Season 1
  • New Girl, Season 5
  • Talullah
  • The Crown, Season 13
  • The Girl on the Train
  • The Queen
  • Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12
  • Parks and Recreation, Seasons 1 & 2

Books

  • First Comes Love by Emily Giffin (finished)
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

How did the first month of 2017 treat you?!

’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

January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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Onwards and upwards to 2017!

December

Surprise birthday party for my best friend’s dad

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Things ended with the guy that I was “dating” – his loss
Started “relapsing” with my eating disorder
Re-Highlighted hair, but not a fan of how it turned out. But I suppose that’s what you get when you go to a school to save money
Went to the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit with my parents at the Dallas Arboretum

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More job interviews…
Started practicing yoga again

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Was let go from my job
Christmas Eve Mass and Christmas light-looking with my parents
Christmas Day

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New Year’s Eve – Kept it simple with a party at my friend’s house

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TV/Movies
This is Us, Season 1
New Girl, Seasons 4 & 5
It’s a Wonderful Life
Christmas Vacation
White Christmas
Miracle on 42nd Street (1994)

Books
Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Lianne Moriarty
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin