Swamped September

September shaped up to be another busy month. It was full of good things – new experiences, bonding with friends, and work events. Unfortunately hurricanes and natural disasters took away a lot of “good things” for many, many people. Reflecting on this, trying to put myself in others’ shoes, has helped me to be more gracious about what I have (both material and non-material). If I’m struggling with a bad day, I focus on shifting my perspective and offer up a prayer to those who are going through much worse situations than I am.
NYC Trip/US Open – seeing all the sites and eating all the pizza!
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Labor Day
My first time in College Station & my first Aggie football game
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Work team retreat
Stephanie’s (my college roommate) post-elopement reception
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Brunch with my roommates
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First day of autumn – my favorite season
Kept busy with work events
Movies/TV
Arrested Development, Season 1
Call the Midwife, Season 2
The Zookeepers Wife
Wimbledon
Books
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

October Goals:
Read more
Reconnect with several friends I haven’t seen in months
Train for the 5K I’m doing next month (up to 2 miles at a time)
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August Activities

Summer has come and gone and now I’m about to get into my busy season for work and life in general. Bring it, fall!

Seattle and Lake Chelan for a friend’s wedding

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Celebrated 6 months with my boyfriend

Caught up with old friends & spent time with new friends

Had my first facial

Stayed busy with my church group, planning for our fall retreat

Went back to counseling

J’s Abuelita’s 87th birthday party

Solar eclipse

Car accident…

 

Movies/TV

​Twin Peaks​

Moana

Arrested Development, Season 1

Ozarks

Call the Midwife, Season 2

​Trading Places​


Books

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Day twelve: (re)connect

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.

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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!

Who do you want to reconnect with?

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

March Madness

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

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One month dating anniversary – yes, we are cheesy and love it

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“Let is Be” musical at Fair Park

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St. Patty’s Day Party at J’s

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Ran a 5K

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Began working as a stand in for a new TV Pilot

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Babysat J’s nephews

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Springtime!

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Movies/TV

Parks & Recreation, Seasons 2 – 4

This is Us, Season 1

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13

The Usual Suspects

Books

The Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

February Fun

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!

Bowling

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Made new friends after volunteering with a young adult group from church

Became obsessed with RX Bars

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Started dating the most amazing man

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Went to London with my cousin, Hannah. In-depth post to follow!

Valentine’s Day

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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!

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The 2nd 636 Dallas event

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Mardis Gras

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J’s First Jambalaya

Movies/TV

Parks & Recreation, Seasons 2 – 3
This is Us, Season 1
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13
The Crown, Season 1 (again)
Love Actually
The Oscar’s

Books

The Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson

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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