Tag Archives: Change

My First Frost

24 Jan

This is a year of firsts for me. Getting back to school, adapting to a new part of the country and truly feeling like an adult. So, a whole lotta different going on. As mentioned before, I like change. I thrive on it. But no matter who you are, it can be daunting and unsettling. That was my thought when I noticed the weather changes here in Indiana. Actually, on seeing my first snow fall, my first thought was “what have I done? I don’t belong here.” But I do. It’s just different and takes some getting used to.

I have spent more than half my life in a sub tropical climate. First, the Bahamas and then Florida. No snow. Hell, if it got below 70 degrees people wore parkas. So this was my view this past week:

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I was excited and then went, “what now?”

Thankfully, not a lot of snow. Mother nature needs to ease this FL girl into winter. But I have learned a few tricks. These are great for warding off the cold wind:

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Soap and Glory Hand Food lotion, Nivea Lip Butters

And on those long winter days when I feel like this:

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Sometimes you just have to remember it doesn’t last forever and have a big cup  bowl of tea.

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Stay Warm and Happy Thursday!

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Newbie

1 Sep

I made it! I’ve hit the 3 week mark and I’m finally starting to feel at ease. During my latest transition, I’ve had a bit of trouble. For some reason I’ve been hit with homesickness mighty hard and just couldn’t shake it. Some days I would be feelin’ good, making progress and then, bam! Not feelin’ so great.

Honestly, I’m kinda embarrassed by this. I pride myself on being able to move about, adjust as necessary and blend. So, while I’m moping about, wanting to go home, I’m also super mad at myself for feeling that way. Crazy, right? Yup. Definitely.

But this week, I’ve think I’ve turned a corner. No surprise that when I finally eased up on myself, the homesickness eased up as well. And I’m finally on my way :)

And this quote has helped immensely: 

Happy Sunday!

25

28 Jun

I turn 25 in less than a month.

Geez.

That’s just crazy talk.

But, it’s true and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I guess it comes down to both excited and nervous. Excited, because of the old adage “celebrate growing older because it’s a privilege denied to many.” And quite frankly I used to be a bit snobby about getting older. I didn’t understand the vanity of botox or lying about age to seem younger. Granted, I have a bit of a baby face and often get thought of being younger than I am (which until recently, drove me absolutely crazy.) But with the development of my first grey hair, let’s just say my opinions are a lot less harsh.

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And nervous because I dread the inevitable question, “so what are you doing now?” that seems to follow getting older. After spending a year at home with off and on work, this question makes my heart race like a hummingbird. Somehow telling people I spent 3 hours teaching myself to french braid doesn’t seem to hold the same weight as spending the day in an office.  And trust me, I desperately want to be in that office. But, instead I’m going to Grad School. I’m actually getting really excited about it but it’s not really what I thought I would be doing at 25. When it comes to my future, I’ve always been a big picture person. I imagined myself working in a publishing house or a museum or traveling, but I hadn’t really given much thought to how I would get there…and turns out that’s a crucial step.

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But I have course corrected and am now on the right track, so in a way 25 is arriving at just the right time. I came across an article by Sarah Shanfield, “What It Means To Be 25 Today”  from the Huff Post New York that was also perfect timing.The pressure we feel to have life figured out by 25  is in a way self given, a make believe do or die situation.When in fact, just like anything else it’s a journey that is so different for each person.

I’m inclined to believe her and walk through my invisible 25 threshold with my head held high.

Happy Thursday!

 

New Favorites

8 Jun

Hi guys. Sorry for being MIA for a while. I’ve been lucky enough to get some travel in and see my future Grad School. Which was great, I really loved the campus. But this time hasn’t been without it’s rough patches, either. But we’re all on the mend and I thought I’d share some fun things I’ve come across.

1) Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Curling Wand:

I kinda had mixed feelings about this thing. My hair is very fine but I have a lot of it, so curling it isn’t always a success. The first time I didn’t do so well, mostly because I kept burning my hand on the wand. The second time I used the heat resistant glove that comes with it and it was so much better. I had a better handle on the wand and it made much better coils. Overall, it’s not something I would do everyday but it was easy and the curls last a very long time.

2) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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I really enjoyed this movie, it was a bit more serious than I was expecting but had a few good laughs. The story follows several English adults in their “Golden Years” in their journey to a sort of retirement hotel in India. You learn what brought them there and their personalities based on how they adapt to their new environment. It has a full cast of well loved, well established actors like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy that show the moral of the story without hitting you over the head with it. Their point was revealed in small bits in ways I honestly have never thought of before.

{Spoiler Alert for those who do not want to know anything about the movie. It’s not a major plot point- I promise} One of the characters is an out of love, kind of pervy guy who has no idea how to get along with women. When he finally succeeds, he finds a perfect match girlfriend. Later on when a lead character asks the girlfriend what she saw in the wannabe lover boy she talks about their first night together. He brought Viagra and she saw them fall out of his pocket. She didn’t want their time together to be like that, so she switched the two pills for aspirin- and he didn’t even know the difference.  This is just one of the small anecdotes that illustrated the theme. Each person had a main reason for going to the hotel, but in each case there were other circumstances at work, altering their plan and ultimately making them better people.

3) The Lumineers- I stumbled on this album not too long ago and have been listening to it ever since. It has a folksy tone without being too strong. It’s a CD I can leave on because each song is just right. Definitely recommend :)

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

The Heart of the Matter

12 Mar

I used to think I was an optimist, but as I’ve gotten older the dial seems to be inching closer and closer to a more realistic place. My grand plans always seemed to work themselves out in my dreams. I wouldn’t imagine any obstacles, no trouble. That’s great for a childhood imagination but not so great for a practical adult.

I’ve never been one to pay much attention to “the journey” either.  Granted, I have gotten a bit better but I do like to get where I’m going- and quickly. .  My recent stint without work has showed me more than ever that things have a way of working themselves out and in it’s own time for that matter. It’s practically become my unemployment  battle cry, but I’m determined to believe it. I’m ready for bigger and better things. With cautious optimism, I say bring it on.