You may have noticed that I have been absent the past couple of days. It’s all been for a good reason. After almost exactly 5 months of being unemployed I started a new job! It’s a great opportunity and I feel very blessed. However, that means adjusting to a new routine and not having as much time to do what I used to do. Now that things are starting to slow down, I plan of focusing on the personal growth exercise I started a few weeks ago.
If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?
I would make people less selfish. I believe people’s selfishness create a lot of problems. Our society is so “me, me, me.” We get into traffic accidents because of our impatience. We have a desire to be first, even if it means putting others down or at risk for future harm. We always want to be right and find it so challenging to admit when we are wrong.
When we are selfish we often dismiss the dignity of other human beings – choosing to spend $5 on our morning latte vs. putting that amount of money in a charity. We binge-watch TV instead of spending one hour of our week or month volunteering. We leave a mess for others to clean up because we are too lazy or just do not care.
No, this is not me saying that I am a saint, or completely selfless person. There are many areas in my life where I need to stop focusing on myself and put others first. I am guilty of all of the examples I listed above. Sometimes I don’t think that we are even aware of our selfishness at times, they become so routine.
This question definitely makes me reflect more on the areas of my life that I need to improve. Small improvements can make a big impact. I truly believe that leading by example can change a lot more than we realize.
Onwards & Upwards…
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
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
One month dating anniversary – yes, we are cheesy and love it
“Let is Be” musical at Fair Park
St. Patty’s Day Party at J’s
Ran a 5K
Began working as a stand in for a new TV Pilot
Babysat J’s nephews
Parks & Recreation, Seasons 2 – 4
This is Us, Season 1
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13
The Usual Suspects
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
My Word of the Year: Brave
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
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
Last day of my job – Laid off
Booked a trip to LONDON, England for next month with my mom
More hiking, jogging, and yoga
Volunteered for a new mission – The 635 – and make a lot of new friends
How did the first month of 2017 treat you?!
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!
Began counseling (again)
Lunch out with my co-workers
Young Women’s retreat through my church
Rain, lots of rain & lovely spring weather
Springtime in Texas
Colored my hair
Earth Day Dallas with my Mom
Two year anniversary working at my current job (never thought that would happen)
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?
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?
Daylight Savings began…
An well-known association in the industry I work in hosted their November reception, dinner, and meeting at the venue where I work
Visited our family friend, Maria
Movie Night with Mom
Returned to the Young Adult Group, Encounter, That I Had Been Attending Last Fall – Dubbed the “Prodigal” Child of Encounter – Felt welcomed by familiar faces and meet some real cool new people
Back to counseling…
New pet – Monet the Betta
Continued moving things out of my old house and into my parents’
The Turkey Trot
Caught up with old friends over coffee (tea for me)
Assisted with day-of wedding coordination
Dad’s Birthday – My mom and I took him to lunch then to the Kimbell Art Museum
Scandal, Season 5
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12
While you Were Sleeping (re-watched – a fave of mine)
Raising Helen (re-watched)
Pitch Perfect 2
A Christmas Card (re-watched)
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Plain Song by Kent Haruf
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue