In April I…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In April I…

  • Compiled all career info including interests, notes from mentor sessions I’ve had before, parts of previously written cover letters I liked, almost every address I have had since I moved to Portland for college and so much more. Compiled, more organized, made easier to access. Stoked.
  • Scheduled and had a career mentor call where I got helpful advice and suggestions on how to better sell myself and the kind of work that I do. Looking to make some shifts in the next few months and grow this part of my life. Pretty stoked.
  • Made a new playlist for working out with old hip hop and pop songs as well as some current ones that still get me moving. It’s really fun. I made it one afternoon after work but then erased the wrong version NOOOO and had to start all over again.
  • Switched my credit card to one without an annual fee because I figure out the travel points I got back at the end of the year was basically equivalent to the fee itself
  • Planned my money goals for the next couple of years. I’ve been looking at my money tracking and budget spreadsheets I made myself pretty much daily and I’m starting to realize I am not who I use to be with money and that’s frickin awesome.
  • Lined up most of the details for brother’s wedding in June. Got my bridesmaids dress in the mail and it fits, found shoes, rented car for my time there… only a few things left to do.
  • Tried dance classes at a new studio.
  • Helped a friend at the stables she works at on a Sunday afternoon. Best Sunday afternoon ever.
  • Had an obsession with iced mochas/iced coffee with chocolate
  • Was sick the first half of the month, month and a half long issues. Then had a reaction to the antibiotics. I think I’m coming almost completely out of it. Nashville allergies are no joke.
  • Rewatched the first half of the last season of PLL, can’t believe we are almost done!
  • started my I Believe or I want to believe practice.

The month didn’t feel productive while it was happening but turned out pretty full. Funny how that all works out.

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Books of April

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April was the month of good books. I think there was only one that was I was eh about but I got to talk about it with my book club so all in all, totally worth it.

This month I read:

I’ll Meet You There – small town, kitschy hotel, marine, ptsd, love story, and collages… I don’t think anybody could write a book more towards my interests

Cowboys are My Weakness – I started this book because I was deep in my country dreams, I ended this book with a new perspective.

In the Company of Women – I was almost just going to flip through this real quick and return it but during my second round with my sickness I decided to lay on my bed and read through. I started my mornings and ended my days with a few profiles until I was through the book. So many good feelings reading about these women. So much possibility.

The Young Widower’s Handbook – I started this because of good reviews and because I am a sucker for a story about healing through a US road trip. It didn’t grab me and pull me in deep but it has kept me interested.

Heartless – I read this one for bookclub. It took me a little bit to get into as I didn’t like the ties to Alice in Wonderland, and then it pulled me in with a love story and then it broke me at the end. This would be a good book for those who like Alice in Wonderland and wanted a story of how the Red Queen came to be.

Unbound – Loved this book. If you want it to be about skiing, move along. If you want the story of an incredible experience, start reading.

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Thirteen for Thirty-One

Friday, April 28, 2017

I started a list of 31 in 31 but realized after a few weeks that I just wasn’t motivated. So instead I’ve taken that 31+ list of things and decided that if I can do 13 of them in my 31st year then I will have added a lot of joy. (13 because it’s the reverse of 31.) I reserve the right to add whimsical/fun things to here as I’ve done them because I’m in my thirties… and there are no rules.

Here are the options:
+ be in a food fight
+ host a board and card game night, play Clue and Gin
+ try a barre class and take it for a month if I like it
+ Make a print or a collage to go over bookcase
+ try paddle boarding
+ get a facial
+ skinny dip
+ add something to sleeve
+ see Jason Aldean live
+ put an unnatural hair color in my hair (purple? pink?)
+ visit Country Music Hall of Fame
+ Take a self defense class
+ Learn how to read a map and use a compass –  DONE!!!
+ Adopt a dog – I want to do this by the end of the year!
+ leave a note in a book at the library or a bookstore
+ write something encouraging in a bathroom stall
+ walk through a field of fireflies
+ go on a bike ride (this is to get over a fear)
+ pay off cc debt
+ sleep under the stars/cowboy camp
+ climb water tower
+ watch a drive in movie from the bed of a truck
+ dance in truck headlights
+ take a kitchen knife skills class
+ make an epic fort
+ learn how to cook meat really well
+ finish my Swiss Cross Blanket – hoping by June
+ ride a mechanical bull
+ share secrets in the dark
+ learn how to start a fire (like a boyscout)
+ eat cake with my hands on the beach
+ create a piece of hotel art
+ take dance classes weekly
+ be a tourist in my city (Opry, Ryman, Bluebird… something)

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March in Review

Saturday, April 8, 2017

March was a hard month, and so I’m going to do a review and save April and next quarter’s goals for another post.

At the beginning of March I turned 31 and while I usually get excited about birthdays, I crashed hard with this one. The crash was totally unexpected and hit like a tidal wave. The day of my actual birthday was spent alone, the next day a sickness hit that lasted a good couple of weeks and still has some residual lung issues. March was the month I had my first ever asthma attack, yay going back to the treadmill a little too soon, that was exciting. If I am being completely honest I feel like I am just now coming out of the overall mental and physical funk. (Thank goodness)

I decided this time that instead of being super hard on myself I would give myself whatever I wanted (within reason) and hold on. This meant using up my entire $50 starbucks gift card in a little over a week, buying little things that I had been putting off like a hat, a new chair for the patio, brown eyeliner and mascara, I ordered 3 different pairs of cowboy boots in different sized to try and find some that worked, none of them did, looked at rifles I might want to buy, looked at a whole bunch of fun shirts, added snapchat (something I was very vocal about hating for a while), went dancing two nights a week instead of one, decided I hated cooking and mostly bought precooked food and went out to eat, etc. As I’m typing this out I’m realizing how small some of these things are that I didn’t allow myself to do or talked myself out of over and over again. No wonder I am tired.

The good from March:
– Booked plane ticket, and paid for parking for trip in June
– Order bridesmaid’s dress for wedding
– Exercised 4x a week: Only missed one week because of the sickness, it was annoying
– Explored some new places- outside of Nashville: Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg
– Bought so much new music: Cody Johnson, some Josh Turner and Aaron Watson to name a few
– Drank a lot of iced coffee/mochas: tried with coconut milk, and low fat milk and decaf espresso and decaf cold brewed coffee… still trying to find my best option with the least amount of sugar
– Took a good amount of side roads during lunch and on the weekends, needed to be away from things
– Took a nap in my car at the library by a park under a tree and it was all kinds of blissful and a hint of the Spring I am looking forward to
– Painted a couple times
– Blocked some necessary people on different sites so I can keep my mind in the present, they weren’t bugging me, I just got bored and would “see how they were” and then get into a bad mood. No need.
– Wrote and re-wrote goals, obsessed about the most random things
– got Snapchat and started talking to one of my sisters daily on it

March wasn’t all bad, but it was mentally strenuous, I’m looking forward to the warmer days and then my vacation home in June. The countdown is on!

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Books of March

Monday, April 3, 2017

King’s Cage – I love this series so very much. I thought this was the last book and was thrown a little by the ending, but not so much that I would need to read the next book. Good thing because I have to wait a year before it comes out. That being said, I HIGHLY recommend these books for those who like Hunger Games like reading.

Caraval – Loved it.

Love Lives Here – Want to buy it and keep it on my shelf and re-read it all the time.

In Western Counties – A short story by Nickolas Butler. I love this man’s writing. Love it. Fell in love with it with Shotgun Lovesongs which I will probably re-read soon.

Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) – Easy, light read, finished in a day. Interesting to see how Jen took something she was doing all the time unintentionally and made it into a job. Was truly surprised by one chapter and how it hit me. The book started out hard to read because I related so hard to the singleness of her, but overall ended up being quite uplifting.

I’ll Meet You There – Started and finished this one on the 31st. I loved this book soooooo much. Small town, love story, girl that collages and works at a quirky hotel, boy back from Marines… seriously, I think this book was made out of a formula of some of my all time favorite things. I think the person that gave it one star from my library is out of their mind.

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