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
Arrested Development, Season 1
Call the Midwife, Season 2
The Zookeepers Wife
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)

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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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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Parks & Recreation, Seasons 2 – 6

Deep Water Horizon

The Theory of Everything​

Singin’ in the Rain


A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

The Wonder ​by Emma Donoghue

The Children by Ann Leary

’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!


Surprise birthday party for my best friend’s dad

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




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






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


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

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

(un)happy holidays


This can be a tough time of year for many people. I’m one of those people that struggles to be “happy” over the holidays. Many reasons contribute to it being a challenging season. In particular, it marks the time of year I entered treatment, resistant to change.

Sometimes it feels like my journey began yesterday and others it seems like was longer than the *7* years when I stepped through that door.
To put it lightly, life after leaving what had ironically become my “safe place” was not easy. I was not “cured.” I encountered obstacles I had never dreamt of. But I’m still here. Still fighting – obviously with a multitude of support from professionals, my family, my friends, and even strangers.

This holiday season I am looking forward to curling up to “It’s a Wonderful Life” with more mindfulness of how quickly life can change and the gratitude for my “Clarence(s).”


My friends and I walked all the way around White Rock Lake for the first time ever (approximately 11 miles total)! Cue exhaustion and a super-bad sunburn…

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4th of July fireworks show

DPD shootings in downtown Dallas…

Saw 42nd Street at the Dallas Summer Musicals and LOVED it!

Spent the night at my friends house, making more time for friends overall

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Started “dating” again (again)

Dyed my hair

Young professional networking events

Lost my little betta, Monet

My 27th Birthday



Veronica Mars, Season 2 & 3

Pretty Little Liars, Season 7

Beauty and the Beast

This is 40

The Secret Life of Pets




Outlander  by Diana Gabaldon

The Portable Veblan by  Elizabeth Mckenzie

What were you up to in July?

Days of December

Highlights from My December:


Car accident and visits to the chiropractor (first time going to one)

Work Holiday party

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My brother visiting from out-of-town

Dallas Stars Game

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Busy with holiday parties at work

Worked on making my spiritual-life a higher priority – daily prayers (rosary, novenas)

Officially removed all of m furniture and belongings that I wanted to keep from the house I shared with my ex-fiance. I removed my name from the lease, turned in the key, done.

5 year anniversary of graduating from college.

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Going to see Star Wars, The Force Awakens with my young adult group

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Christmas gift shopping and wrapping

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My brother’s birthday

Holiday Baking

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Christmas Eve Mass
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Christmas Morning
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Yummy Dinner
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Christmas Afternoon
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Yoga Under the Tree
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Santa Paws
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Boomer Festive in His Scarf

Much needed time off work

Flew to Maryland to visit my cousin, Hannah

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New Year’s Eve



The Santa Clause

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Star Wars, Episode IV

Star Wars, Episode V

Star Wars, Episode VII

Holiday Inn

Jingle All the Way (halfway)


Christmas Vacation*

Star Wars, Episode VII (twice in theaters)



Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

What were some highlights from your December?

Thankful Thursdays: Thanksgiving Edition (continued):

Give Thanks

20. Crisp fall air
21. Finding a community of young adults who share similar faith and fundamental beliefs as I do
22. Shelter from storms both literally and figuratively – God (mental/spiritual strength) and a house, warm clothes and boots, umbrellas, etc. (physical)
23. Rain in times of drought to nourish the Earth & less precipitation when the ground is over saturated
24. Anti-anxiety medication for when I’ve “exhausted all of my calming techniques” and still can’t calm myself down
25. Hole-in-the-wall shops and restaurants (small & family-owned businesses)
26. The Sacrament of Reconciliation
27. My overall good health and well being and that of my friends’ and family members’
28. Having extra spending money at the end of the month
29. Celebrating my dad’s birthday (on Nov. 29th)
30. Things to look forward to in the future – my brother visiting in December, growing stronger relationships, taking much needed time off work over the holidays

What blessings are you particularly thankful for this Thanksgiving Day?