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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Cinco de Mayo

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

MacFarland

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

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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Laguna

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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

’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!

My May

Mom had to go to the ER. She’s feeling better, but had been experiencing an intense amount of abdominal pain
A few day’s later, my brother had to go to the ER after him and his fiance were t-boned by a semi. Luckily both passengers are safe. The car, not so much
Cinco de Mayo aka tacos and tequila
Helped my friend judge color guard auditions
Relaxed pool-side with one of my friends
Mother’s Day: went to an outdoors arts festival and got rained on a bit
My mom’s college friend’s daughter spent the night: homemade lasagna, walk around the park, ice cream, then church and lunch at Panera the next day
Birthday party for one of my church friends
Rockwall “Wine Walk”

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Dallas Arboretum

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Chilling with Claude (Monet)

Went through my closet and donated a lot of clothing/items it was time to part with
Planted flowers
Went to a young adult networking event. I had been wanting to go, but putting it off for months. I ended up meeting a lot of cool people
Saw the musical, Cabaret, with one of my friends who got free tickets from her work
Helped with an open house at my current job
Went to my friend, Alex’s birthday party
Lost my credit card…
LOTS of catching up with old friends

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Me and My High School Sweetheart (2008)

Memorial Day- picnic with young adult group from church

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Prayer Wreath

TV/Movies
Grey’s Anatomy, season 12
Scandal, season 5
House of Cards, season 4
The Family, season 1
Pretty Little Liars, season 6 (A)
Fuller House, season 1
Brooklyn

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Books
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

How was your May (now that it’s almost July…)?

April Showers

April

Began counseling (again)

Lunch out with my co-workers

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The Porch, Dallas

Young Women’s retreat through my church

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Rain, lots of rain & lovely spring weather

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Springtime in Texas

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Colored my hair

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Earth Day Dallas with my Mom

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Fair Park, Dallas

Two year anniversary working at my current job (never thought that would happen)

TV/Movies
Scandal, Season, season 5
Grey’s Anatomy, season 12
House of Cards, season 4
The Family
Age of Adelaide
Fuller House, season 1
Daddy’s Home
 
Books

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Was your April full of showers or rainbows?

Marching on

Highlights from my March:
 
Job interviews, auditions, and more interviews
Attended a family friend’s wedding
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Enjoyed a weekend with friends and spent as much time outside after a rainy week! I even did a bit of running which I haven’t done in months
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I started spending more time with my ex, trying to figure where we want to take things
Took some much needed time off work
St. Patrick’s Day (stayed in, nothing special)
Bridesmaid’s dress shopping for one of my best friend’s wedding
Springtime in Texas
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Sacrament of Reconciliation
Easter
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TV/Movies
  • Downton Abbey, final episode (season 6)
  • Scandal, Season, season 5
  • Grey’s Anatomy, season 12
  • House of Cards, season 4
  • The Family
  • Pretty Little Liars, season 5
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Men, Women, and Children
  • Bridesmaids
  • Batman vs. Superman
 
Books
  • Speak by Louisa Hall
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Rising Strong by Brene Brown
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
 
How was your March?