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)
Fell and hurt my knee…
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
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
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
Too much alcohol and sweets… (yay Holidays!)
Was let go from my job
Christmas Eve Mass and Christmas light-looking with my parents
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
Miracle on 42nd Street (1994)
Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Lianne Moriarty
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
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…
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
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?
Highlights from My December:
Car accident and visits to the chiropractor (first time going to one)
Work Holiday party
My brother visiting from out-of-town
Dallas Stars Game
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.
Going to see Star Wars, The Force Awakens with my young adult group
Christmas gift shopping and wrapping
My brother’s birthday
Much needed time off work
Flew to Maryland to visit my cousin, Hannah
New Year’s Eve
The Santa Clause
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Star Wars, Episode IV
Star Wars, Episode V
Star Wars, Episode VII
Jingle All the Way (halfway)
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?
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?