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)

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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2017-08-05 17.31.20

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…



​Twin Peaks​


Arrested Development, Season 1


Call the Midwife, Season 2

​Trading Places​


Longbourn by Jo Baker

Day twenty: more

What do you wish you did more of?

Reading. I used to read ALL of the time, but sadly I have fallen away from that habit lately. I attribute this change to many factors. Starting a new job last week has a lot to do with it. I am a lot more tired when I get home from work and often have less mental resources to read. If I do read, it’s before bed and I fall asleep after only making it through a few pages. I have also been more active in evening/social activities – church groups, spending time with my boyfriend – which lead less time for reading. Once I get more into a new routine, balancing work and my social life, I look forward to being able to read more!

book 1

book 2

Onwards & Upwards…

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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2017-03-22 11.18.40


Parks & Recreation, Seasons 2 – 4

This is Us, Season 1

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13

The Usual Suspects


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!



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!

Valentine’s Day


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


Mardis Gras

J’s First Jambalaya


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


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

September Specials

My best friend, Shannon’s, Wedding
Trip to the Dallas Arboretum with my parents
Got accepted to grad school! I will begin pursing my Master’s of Education in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling via an online program on October 3
Volunteered for one of my church’s festival
First day of fall
Young Adult Networking group
Re-did my hair
Flew to Tampa for my brother’s wedding. Friday was the rehearsal dinner night and I enjoyed catching up with family and friends!
Cousin Love
Daddy’s Speach
The Good Wife, Seasons 2-4
Super Store, Season 2
Miller’s Valley – Anna Quindlen
An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris – Stephanie LaCava
What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
Surrender Bay – Denise Hunter


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?

April Showers


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)

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

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?

October Occasions

Highlights from this past month:

State Fair of Texas

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2015-10-04 12.46.09

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2015-10-04 12.56.16

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Took a Ballet Class

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Late Night at the DMA – Aurora Lights

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2015-10-16 21.54.35

2015-10-16 21.51.03

WORK, Work, work!

Rainy Days

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2015-10-22 22.54.14

2015-10-27 18.24.43

French-Canadian/Vietnamese Wedding with Carmen

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2015-10-24 16.10.01

2015-10-24 16.20.49


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2015-11-01 15.10.28

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2015-11-02 18.18.44


2015-10-29 20.09.10

  • Scandal (re-watched) Season 3 – 4
  • Scandal  Season 5!
  • Grey’s Anatomy Season 12
  • Hotel Transylvania (re-watched)
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Hocus Pocus


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  • The Only and Only by Emily Giffin
  • Good Bye Ed, Hello Me (re-read)
  • You’re Going to Be Okay by Holley
  • Lucky Us by Amy Bloom