Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
First and foremost, I should probably apologize for being a little bit MIA...My life hasn't been cool enough to blog about, so I haven't really felt like it. Well, I decided that that is a stupid excuse and I should just do a bit of writing anyway.
Last night, we went out for dinner for my mom's birthday. She likes sea food, so we went to Joe's Crab Shack. I was lucky enough to sit next to these two. Forgive me while I post too many pictures of my adorable niece.
She suddenly has four teeth. I swear, they all cropped up overnight at the same time. She is getting way too big way too fast...
Dinner was...eh. I don't like sea food, and Joe's doesn't really have any other options, but it was okay. It was more about hanging out with my family and celebrating my mom's birthday. Plus, they made her shout "I'm a pretty, pretty princess" while they sang to her. It was too funny. We had a good time chatting the night away and laughing together. It reminds me why I missed being home so much.
For the past couple weeks, I've been working like a dog bringing in the big bucks. Okay...not the big bucks, but working nonetheless. I can't even tell you how much better it is to have a job and a purpose in life than it is to be unemployed and freaking bored all the damn time. Life is better now. It's busier, but oh man is it better.
Although I'm loving being home because I've sincerely missed my family, there are somethings that I do not miss about being home. I am sooo not loving this inversion. That looks like fog out there in the distance, but you want to know what it really is? Pollution. Ew. I can barely breath and it's gross. I feel like I need to wear my ProMask (gas mask) everywhere...
Honestly...It is so dang yucky. I hope that it starts to clear up soon. It usually fades as the temperatures rise, and I was driving around with my window down today, so I think this air has some potential to clear up. At least a little bit.
Now, I'm sitting in a nice chair, writing in my blog, and watching Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. I'm pretty sure that life doesn't get a whole lot better than that...Lets all hope I have the motivation to post some quality content. :)
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
As you may or may not know, my blog's name comes from my not so fortunate history of things just...not going quite as I planned. As a testament to this fact, I've created the "Chalk It Up" Series. This series is open for anyone to post. If you would like to write about a time when things didn't go as you had hoped, but you were able to shake it off and live your life afterwards please contact me!
Today's post was inspired by a call I received from a young man at work. The company I work for is a jewelry financing company. We often deal with people purchasing engagements rings and wedding rings for their significant other's. Well, yesterday, I was speaking with this guy who had recently broken up with his girlfriend and he was saddled with the burden of paying for the ring anyway as the store wouldn't take the return.
At the end of the call, I told the guy "You know, I'm really sorry this happened. I know how that can be. I've totally been there."
He asked me "How do you get over a thing like this?!"
I said to him "Sir...You just do."
Once upon a time, I was engaged to a lovely young man who was far too handsome for me. I thought he was way out of my league and I felt...blessed to have in my life. We had this whirlwind of a romance where we fell in love so quickly. We were just...intoxicated by each other.
That's us. For give me, this is before I knew about tweezers.
But then one day, it all fell apart. To this day, I really can't tell you what happened. All I know is that I was devastated. My life was over. I spent months crying myself to sleep just hoping and praying for things to change. It was just so hard. I was 19 years old, working a dead end job. I had just joined the Army Reserve because I wanted life to be easy for us. I wanted to be able to be with him, so I chose not to go active. It was kinda huge. The entire course of my life had to change.
Then all of a sudden, I started to just...feel better. It was like I had just realized that he didn't make me who I was. That I would be okay and that life really does go on. I started going to school. I lived on my own for a while. I became a Soldier...I saw that there was far more to life than a boy. To be honest, I don't think I really got over it until we reconciled and became friends. Sometimes, I'll still feel a little sad about it, but I know that I'm a better person for the experiences that I've had. Yeah, it sucked, but now I can look back on it and just remember the good parts. Now we can talk and laugh and be friends and it really is...okay.
Being able to take this HUGE thing in stride (okay, so at the time, I didn't take it in stride, but it has taught me to take other things in stride) has really helped me deal with other colossal changes in my life. Now, I really can just...chalk it up to better luck.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Today as I sat down to blog, my brain was completely empty. I could think of literally nothing to write about. Because I've been working and my job actually requires brain activity now, I don't just brain storm odd brilliance anymore.
When thinking about this fact, I came around to the simple prompt of "hate". Remember
"10 Things I Hate About You: Gym Edition"?Well...I give you...
I thought I was kind of hilarious when I made the graphic for this post because it is...disheveled. I was getting frustrated with creating the picture. I didn't like the colors, I didn't like the fonts...I was just being a flat out negative Nancy. So...I give you.
10) Photo editing
Although I think it really makes a blog post a lot better to have nicely edited photos that are watermarked and graphics that are nice and cute that draw the eye and catch attention of internet browsers everywhere, it is so time consuming. It can turn a 10 minute blog project into a 2 hour deal.
Am I right?!
Networking is more of a love/hate sort of deal. While I love to make new friends and connect with other bloggers, it can really get to be difficult to find blogs like yours and discover a group that you fit in with...it's difficult. Not only that, some bloggers are all like "you better stay out of my blog circle"
8) Finding inspiration
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
There really isn't a number four. but this post didn't feel over yet...I suppose I can use this item for blogging business.
Item #4 is...I partnered up with The Sassy Seamstress .
As I've said before, I'm all about small business and I love to see those people succeed. Watch out for weekly deals, reviews, and all kinds of great things from her. And from me ;)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I get to go and play big-bad Army swoldier this weekend. It has been ages since I ran around in my combat boots, so I'm not totally broken up about it. It's just a part of that life. I may or may not have some exciting new about the Army by the end of the weekend, but I'm not quite sure yet. Just cross your fingers and hope for good things!
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week, for now I must go, but you will see me again if I am not enveloped by the insanity that is every-day life.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
True facts people. True facts.
In the coming weeks, I have a feeling that my life is going to start making me much happier. Having a schedule and a routine will completely change how things have been doing lately. Even though everything has been a big old mess and real stressful being back home, I'm optimistic.
Life is good...Today.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
My sidebar is looking pretty bare because I've said goodbye to all of my awesome sponsors. Sadly, I didn't get to give them all as much attention as I wanted to. The month of december ended up being far busier than I would have liked. I just want to be sure that you don't miss out on all these great people have to offer.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Da Army to be exact.
I'm a Soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve. While being in the Army isn't exactly what I had planned for myself, it ended up working out quite well. I really enjoy being a Soldier. Originally, I wanted to be a Marine, but I got into a little bike accident that brought the dream to sudden stop. I broke my arm and I broke my dreams...
Instead of letting it hurt me though, I picked up the pieces and I rearranged them. When I was finished, the picture looked a lot different than when I started. I changed my perspective, I changed my goals and before I knew it, I was shipping out to Basic Training for the Army. Something I thought would never be possible.