Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tonight I got on a wedding planning kick. I started looking at guest lists, venues, bridesmaids dresses, tuxes, flowers, cakes, etc. I have concluded that there are entirely too many options and ideas out there. I am a very visual person, so I look for pictures of things I like and add them to www.pintrest.com. You simply must check out this site. It has so many ideas for crafts, recipes, weddings, clothes, and more. It's addicting. I have my own "boards" here. Feel free to check those out as well.
I have been engaged for almost five months and I feel like I haven't done much with the planning. I do have almost 11 months left to plan, though. We finally set a date (yay!) for December 8, 2012. I booked the Chapel of Memories on Mississippi State's campus. It's a gorgeous little chapel and it means something to both of us. We met and started dating at State, so it's fitting. So that's two things down.
My mother and I have been hashing out wedding dress ideas and designs. She's going to make my dress! I'm very excited about this. Even though I will have to wait a while to see myself in the finished product, it will be so special and definitely worth the wait.
Friday, December 16, 2011
No, this isn't a post about Nike, but I think their slogan works nicely for where I'm going with this.
Too many times in this life have I over thought and over analyzed an idea or situation and in the end gave up or talked myself out of it. I will never accomplish any goals or get anywhere in life if I keep doing this! I have to "Just Do It!"
Now I'm not saying you shouldn't think about things before you act. God knows this has saved me from embarrassment and mistakes many, many times. But after you consider something, act!
I have been saying far too long that I need to lose weight. I need to cut the high sugar and carb intake, drink more water, and get off the couch. I know this and have weighed all my options, but I fail to act. My wedding is in 358 days. I refuse to not look and feel my best. I will act.
I will set small goals each week so I don't drown in a sea of disappointment and failure. My goal for next week is to walk 4 days and not to drink sodas. I think it's attainable. No, it IS attainable.
I am hoping that this plan will help me feel better about myself and will motivate me to do other things I want/need to do.
Question: What motivates you?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I would also like to ask a favor of those reading. For the sake of a little research, please post a comment if you read this post. Something as simple as "I read it!" will do nicely. It can be anonymous if you prefer. I'm just trying to get an idea of how many of you are out there.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I've been on the road for three weeks doing my job. It's a lot different than I thought it would be. I'm not so sure I'm doing a good job. I don't like being away from home. There's a good bit of stress involved. I'm not competitive or sales-minded. I don't like working 13 hour days or sometimes longer. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I accepted the job. Oh wait, I just wanted a paycheck. I was ready to get my own apartment and be self sufficient. It hasn't worked out so well and now I just feel stuck. Sometimes I think I'm really dense.
I have come to dread two weekends every month. My Love works every other weekend. His work schedule combined with mine doesn't work together very well. Weekends we spend together are amazing. I don't want to do anything other than be with him. Weekends he is working are long and often boring. I travel all week, so the last thing I want to do on the weekends is travel more. So I stay home.
I want things to be different. But I don't know how to change them.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Each week is physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. We are given so much information that at the end of the day I couldn't tell you my name. Doing my presentation in front of my directors last week was so stressful. Not to mention missing my guy. I hate leaving. It sucks so bad to be gone for 8 or 10 days straight with not much time to even talk on the phone.
I have all my stuff in my new apartment thanks to my amazing sister. But I haven't had a chance to even get things put away. It's bugging me. I would much rather stay home this week and next to get it all settled.
I went this morning to get my car title and tag, car insurance, and my MS driver's license. I'm officially a MS resident again. Yay!!!
I'm stuck at the gate with our flight delayed. Lovely. Have I mentioned that I hate flying?
Friday, July 8, 2011
I have a roommate this trip. I wasn't exactly thrilled. I guess it feels kinda like camp or some such. Not very adult-like. Oh well. She's nice, but is asleep right now. So I have to be quiet. Boo. I'd much rather have my own room, where I could watch tv or talk on the phone.
I'm not sure I'm going to like this being gone and traveling thing. Yes, there will be things that are neat about it, but I have a feeling on those weeks where I'm gone three nights straight that it's going to get lonely. Not a fan of that. Nonetheless, I have a job to do. Gotta make that green. Oh fun. I've never particularly been fond of having a job. Can't I just stay home?
Saturday, June 18, 2011
For this job I have to go to training. It will be about a month long. I will be training in Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Nashville, and Portland. I'm looking forward to the travel and meeting new people. The only drawback is possibly being gone three or four weeks straight. I'm gonna miss him a lot! But we'll make it through alright.
I'm going Monday to look for an apartment. I've been looking around on the internet for several days. I found one place that looked amazing. Too good to be true. It was a huge one bedroom apartment for $200 less than I thought I would have to pay. Well, after I read some reviews on it, I think it really is too good to be true. About 4 reviews mentioned cars being broken into, and another mentioned a shooting! Not exactly what I'm looking for. I'll see all the law enforcement I need to see when my guy and I hang out (he's a deputy, if you're wondering). I don't need them all around my apartment complex! Luckily, I've located another complex with some really great floorplans. I'll even get a room for an office here. Rent is a little more that I'd like to pay, but I'll deal with it to live in a safe and nice place.
I've been trying to figure out my financial situation. All the numbers and calculations, budgets, bank accounts, credit cards and insurance is making my head spin! I've about got it all figured out now though. At least for the moment. I found a nifty Excel template to use for my budget. You can find it here.
I guess that's about all for now. Adios.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
My friends are blogging more this summer. I like that. I love reading what's going on in their life via the great blogosphere.
I love summer. These are reasons why: sunglasses, frozen drinks, flip-flops, friends, sand, sun, sunscreen, water, mild nights, free time, country music, citrus, tans, windows down, reading, hobbies, and so much more.
People in public who laugh at something they're reading or listening to are amusing. I've done it before though, so I can't judge.
This weekend My Love is going to get a boxer puppy. I am as excited as he is. I love puppies!
I love coffee shops. Especially this one in Brandon. It's comfortable, relaxing, and fun to go to.
I think that's all the observations I have for now. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Tonight I'm going to an information session about a job. I have to speak while I'm there too. I get so nervous when I speak in public! But that's pretty much what the job requires, so I've got to beat the nerves and do good so they will hire me! I need a job so bad! It would help so many things that are going on right now. Finances, family, my relationship, my sanity. No kidding.
I'm ready for my life to start, so to speak. I'm ready for my days to be filled with meaningful work, seeing my guy, working out, and doing things I enjoy, instead of watching my guilty pleasure in the morning, eating, and searching for this phantom internet connection. It's the highlight of my day when I have an errand to run. I'm 22 years old. I want to be doing things that a single (as in not married) girl should do. Heck, if I make enough money, I may travel some.
I always sit down to blog and think I have so much to say. And maybe I do, but somehow it doesn't all translate from my brain to my fingers. There's so much going on in my head and in my life. Part of it gets cut for privacy sake. I can't put everything online for all to see. Some of it gets left out because I'm forgetful. So I guess that only leaves a little bit left to write about.
I have a chance to go to Washington, D.C. this weekend. It would be an awesome trip, but I'm afraid I'll miss out on a job opportunity. I really can't decide anything until after tonight.
So, we all know that I don't like change. But what if it's change that I had previously wanted? Why do I have a problem with that? I think half my problem is that I have an expectation of how the people I'm close to act. When they act opposite of my notion, I freak out. Even if it's something I wanted. That makes no sense whatsoever. I wonder sometimes what kind of nutcase am I?
Apparently the kind of nutcase who is contemplating joining a roller derby team. I'm not sure if this is one of those I-read-it-in-a-book-or-saw-it-on-a-movie/tv-and-now-I-want-to-do-it urges, or if it's something I could actually do. I guess if I ever get the courage up to go watch a practice, I'll find out.
So I guess I did have a bit to write about today. Go figure. Hopefully my next post will be titled "YOU'RE HIRED!"
Monday, May 30, 2011
But first, I'll talk about the waiting game. I'm learning yet another lesson in patience. I have been applying for jobs for almost four months now. I keep getting discouraged in thinking I'll never get hired. It's tough waiting for employers to respond to applications, and most of the time they never do. I also get stressed thinking about the financial aspect of things. I need a new computer soon. If it goes out, it'll be hard to keep looking for and applying for jobs. Other things like that. I need a job soon. I need to get into a routine. I think I'll be less neurotic that way.
Even through the worry, I still have time for the mushy stuff. Just yesterday I was reminded how much I love him. We were riding in the truck, on the way to get a Blizzard from DQ. The windows were down, music up, and he was singing along. I looked over at him, and he smiled at me. It still gives me butterflies. And I still love holding his hand as much as I did the first time, seven months ago. I don't ever want to lose that feeling. We were talking just the other day about when we first started dating. We didn't waste time getting to know each other. From the first date, we spent pretty much every day together. We have had some great times, and I cannot wait to see what's in store for us. He is so good to me. He takes care of me and loves me more than life.
The heat outside tells me summer is here, but this summer is different than I've ever experienced. It hadn't really felt like summer until yesterday. When we were in the car, riding with the windows down and summer country music playing, it started to feel like it. I'm hoping to go to the reservoir this week sometime for a picnic. Being by the water is very summery.
Well, I guess that's it for now. Back to job hunting...
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Please, please do not say that to me right now. I mean, if you really think about it, of course it will work out. There will be an outcome no matter what it is. But how much heartache will it take until it's "worked out?" How many tears until it's "worked out?" How many hurt feelings and broken promises? Well?
Why do I even try? It's almost pointless. I get disappointed again and again and again. So why do I keep going? Why do I apply for jobs? Why do I make promises? Why do people count on me when I can never, ever do anything right?
I am having to fight so hard to keep those feelings away. I cannot, absolutely cannot have a repeat of the same feelings I had last year. I have no reason at all for them, but I didn't have a reason for them last year either. I feel like I could crawl in bed and not come out for a month. I really could this time though. I don't have any obligations as far as school and job are concerned. It's really tempting.
I hate the ache that's inside my heart. I miss him so much it's a physical pain in my chest. I count the days until we can be together again, but when I don't know when that will be, it's even worse.
I hate not having a say in what's happening in my life right now. I keep making plans and having dreams and they are immediately squashed. It goes back to why do I even try?
I hate this.
Friday, May 6, 2011
I hate this limbo I'm in. I am 22 years old. A recent graduate. I have a gnawing desire to be out on my own, doing my thing. I can't make that happen right now and it's about to kill me. I am not a patient person. I have waited and waited for the answer I need, and still haven't heard. I don't know what plan B is. I want plan A to work. Why can't my phone ring, and on the other end hear, "you're hired!"? I need to get hired, get an apartment, get a car, and start living my life as a 22 year old woman. That's what I need.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I have a job interview for a job I really, really want in less than 2 weeks. I'm very excited, but nervous and anxious as well. I haven't had many other promising inquiries, and if I don't get this job it's going to be very disappointing. It seems just right for me: what I want to do and am capable of doing in the location I want to be in. I'm going to research as much as possible about the company and the position, and try to be my best at the interview.
I've also been thinking a lot about my future. There are very, very exciting things that I am looking forward to. There are also things that will be very difficult. There are certain aspects that I have no control over, and no idea how we'll accomplish that. But as long as I have the one I love by my side, we can make it though. I am about to head straight into the most difficult and rewarding life I could imagine.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I can feel a change coming on, a different stage of life starting where one is ending. On one hand, it's sad that I'm no longer going to be a college student. I'm going to miss lots of things about college. There will be other things I won't miss so much. But I'm definitely excited about what's to come. I'm excited about getting a full-time job and all the challenges and new opportunities that brings. I'm excited about moving into my own apartment again (like I did freshman year of college), but being on my own and independent. Though that brings tons and tons of responsibility with it, I think I'm ready. I hope so anyway. If I'm not, I have people that will always be there to help me. I'm excited about spending the summer with My Other Half and getting to know each other more. The past five months have been phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for more, and I have been happier than I've ever been. But that is a different story. One I could write pages and pages on.
I'm trying very hard to make good decisions for myself, and to form a foundation that will serve me well throughout my life. It's really difficult sometimes. I have to juggle different roles: student, daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend. It's not easy. But it is fulfilling to have those great relationships in my life. A lot of people don't have that. I'm very blessed in so many ways.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The wait is killing me. I have applied for several jobs and have heard nothing from them. I don't think I got the job I interviewed for last week. It's a bummer. I'm going to try to start babysitting again for some extra cash. I hate having to worry about money.
Monday, February 28, 2011
1) Photography. I want to take more pictures. I see pictures that other people have taken and I'm jealous. And in awe. And it makes me happy. I haven't even picked up my camera in weeks. Sad.
2) Homeschooling. Begin in college now, and about to graduate, I haven't thought much about it recently. I almost miss it. Weird. Never thought I'd say that. But I was reading The Pioneer Woman blog tonight (which is an awesome blog, btw. thepioneerwoman.com) and there was a post from her daughter about homeschooling. There aren't many things I've passionate about, but this is one of them. I lived through all my school years homeschooling and loved it. I never wished to be in public school. And when people throw the "problems" with homeschooling in my face, I get really defensive and want to tear into someone. Especially the "homeschoolers are socially disadvantaged" argument. It doesn't hold water. Do you know how many public or private school kids I've met that are socially awkward? It doesn't matter where you went to school, it matters how you were raised. So it's a terrible argument. I want to homeschool my kids. I realize that everyone will oppose that, possibly even my spouse at first, but it's something I feel strongly about. My mom and dad will be the biggest supporters though. My mom knows first-hand all the trials and rewards involved. She's the reason I want to homeschool my kids.
3) Pizza: With a side of ranch, is in the fridge that is calling my name.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
It occurred to me this morning walking to class that I should think about 1) things I should do before marriage and 2) things I should do before kids. Not that either one of those things is imminent, but I don't want to wind up looking back and having regrets or trying to be 22 again when I'm a wife and mother. I've known people who have done that and it's not cool. Not for the marriage and not for the kids. So this is just me looking three steps ahead (as usual).
Senioritis is kicking in. Actually, it's kicking like a mule. My attention is all but gone during lecture and my drive to get things done isn't very strong at this point. My major class takes most of my attention, but other classes are way under that in my priorities. It doesn't help that I've been feeling like crap lately. So much so that I'm going to the doctor about it. I hate going to the doctor...
Cross your fingers for my job interview tomorrow at 11. It's a student worker position for this semester. Still waiting to hear about the post-grad jobs I've applied for.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Today was rough. I wished I could wake up and try it all over again from the beginning. I'm not sure why these two weeks have been so rough. Nothing earth-shattering have happened. Just small things popping up. A large part of it is my mood and not feeling well. I'm being strongly encouraged to go to the doctor about it, but I'm not so keen on that idea. I know I need to though. Ugh.
I'm tired but I'm in no mood to sleep. I need to work some things out of my system. I'm aware that 1:36 a.m. is a bad time to do that, but it is what it is. I have the urge to go back and read my old journals right now. I was watching a show earlier that was talking about a journal this guy had back when he was a teenager and how his mom found it and read it. I have several old journals about random stuff. Most of them were when I was a teenager too. We'll see what I find.
I'll get to sleep eventually.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I'm fascinated by the time period and the characters in her stories. The scenery, music, and clothing are all so beautiful. I think it's the allure of another time and place that draws me to it. The stories and characters are not so different than people today. If you take away the clothing and speech, they would act just as people do today. Austen crafts her characters to point out human flaws. The stories are touching and deep, but also have elements of humor. I love it all.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."