Who would you like to connect (or reconnect) with? Why?
This question is easier for me to answer than yesterday’s was. I have been wanting to re-connect with my college friends for awhile, but after traveling to Chicago with my boyfriend to see some of his old roommates I have become more motivated to do so.
I transferred schools after my freshman year and ironically I still feel more connected to about four or five friends I met on the other side of the country than the ones that live close to me now. Maybe because I really relied on them for support after moving so far from home. I was really lucky to fall in with such a solid and fun group of people. Freshman year of college is a difficult transition, but I didn’t realize how special our connection was until I transferred (homesickness) and did not have the same experience at my new school.
I have been back to visit several times. It helps having family nearby to combine trips/travel expenses. Each year it becomes harder to stay close. It is tough when we are all in different phases of our lives – some in grad school, married, working full-time, etc. I hate to use “distance” and “busy schedules” as excuses, but life happens. I do have plans to meet up with one of my friends before I head back home from a family reunion next weekend. Unfortunately it falls on Father’s Day so everyone else already has plans. At least I’m making the effort!
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?!
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
All runners (especially marathoners)
Everyone whole completes a Whole 30
Who are you most inspired by & why? Has that person changed over the years?
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
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
Began weight training with J’s brother
Filming ended (hallelujah)
Began coaching youth tennis
April (hail) showers
Started a running regimen
Some of J’s friends were in town for the weekend and we went to “The Revivalists” concert, brunch, and the park
Saw a local production of “Singin’ in the Rain” (my favorite musical)
I know, I know… It’s halfway through April and I’m just now posting my “March review.” March has been a whirlwind, but in a different way. I started to train to run a 5K which was a good distraction/something to focus on while still being unemployed.
I took a job as a stand in for a new TV pilot which consumed a LOT of my time. I had worked as one three years ago, but this production was different. There were more 12-14 hour days, night shoots, and getting home at 3 am. Let’s just say that I am still physically and mentally recovering from when we wrapped last week. It’s been a struggle adjusting to a new routine…
Anyways, without further delay, here are the highlights from my March 2017:
Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent
One month dating anniversary – yes, we are cheesy and love it
Wow! To say that a lot has happened in a month is an understatement. It began with me transitioning into unemployed life, volunteering and becoming more active in a church community, meeting new friends and beginning to date the most kind and godly man, then back to back vacations. Whew… Read on!
Made new friends after volunteering with a young adult group from church
Became obsessed with RX Bars
Started dating the most amazing man
Went to London with my cousin, Hannah. In-depth post to follow!
Flew to California with said amazing man. He had to come out for work for a few days and I had been dying to re-visit California. We spent most of our time in Irvine while he was working and Newport Beach where and I enjoyed meeting a lot of his friends. It was nice to have time to ourselves after not seeing each other for 9 days while I was across the pond!
The 2nd 636 Dallas event
Parks & Recreation, Seasons 2 – 3 This is Us, Season 1 Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13 The Crown, Season 1 (again) Love Actually
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