Sunday, February 26, 2012

Making Some Changes!

I wanted to write a quick post because I have been working on making some changes to my blog.  I am hoping to get busy and get WAY more active on here so hopefully that will happen…I think of so many things I can write about on a daily basis but it’s just finding the time to do it.  I guess I need to literally schedule “blog time” into my daily life, there really seems like no other solution. 

It’s just that sometimes other things happen first…like eating, or watching some great reality TV, or getting sucked into the pinterest world for hours, or facebook creeping the crap out of people (you know you do it too, it’s totally fine) or reading some new self help/fitness/diet/beauty book I just couldn’t live without.  Excuses, I know, but all of them are really easy to get distracted with so now that I have really narrowed down the issues at hand (and by narrowed I mean the 5 things I just listed) I can really tackle trying to limit them and get to blogging…YAY!

At any rate, back to the actual reason I even began this post…the changes to the blog.  Some of the things you may notice are:

1. “follow my blog by email” feature in the right sidebar.  Simply type your email address in that space, click enter and waalaa, you will get notifications whenever I post something new to the blog. AMAZING, so do it!!!!

2. The little/cute/amazing (why didn’t I do this sooner) tabs at the top of the blog.  Currently there is a “home” and a “contact” tab so now you know how to email me if you so feel the desire and need to let me know what you think or have a question or just want to say hello…whatevs----email me!  I plan on adding several more of these tabs so stay tuned for that as well.

3. I have added several more links to the “blogs i love” tab in the right sidebar so check them cause there are some really great ones.

4. I added a handy dandy “follow me on pinterest” button in the right sidebar as well, so check that out to see the cool things I have pinned on my boards.  I am completely obsessed with pinterest and it could be an issue (see above) but it is one thing I am not prepared to cut out of my life…waaaaay to much stuff out there that I need to know about! Seriously, check this site out…you too can become obsessed! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya :)

And with that, I say goodnight…hope everyone had an amazing weekend and will have an even better Monday!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Who says what is mature???

I find myself joking a lot lately about how some of the things I chose to do might be immature.  I joke that someone of “my age” should probably not be partaking in such things as an Alco-Olympics…I should not have time in my day to paint my finger nails in such designs that resemble a high school girl in love or a trendy 20 something fashonista…see below:

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I joke about these things because in all honesty I assume most people my age are having babies…raising families…spending their precious hours cooking dinners, working on school projects and nurturing their relationships with their spouses.  (non of which is negative AT ALL) I realize this is a general assumption and not all people in my age bracket are doing such things, perhaps it is just most of the people I know my age are doing these things.  Whether or not this is all in my head or people are actually thinking it…I sometimes realize that the way I live my life is perhaps a little immature in the eyes of some.  If I let myself think this way…I can see what they are saying, but in the end who gets to really say what maturity is anyway.  What makes a person “mature” and why is being immature bad???

I wish I had a family and a husband and made dinners at night that someone other than me got to enjoy, but that just isn't the case right now.  Sometimes it makes me a little bit sad but on the other hand (no pun intended…or maybe it is) I love that I have time to hand paint small hearts on my finger nails…I love that rather than sitting around my house wondering when Mr.Right  will appear, I get out there and partake in silly, hilarious, possibly immature things. I love that while I am waiting and hoping for the next step in my life to happen I take full advantage of the time I have now…and I live every single moment to it’s fullest especially if that means dressing up in a Canadian Tuxedo with amazing cousins to represent Team Canada in an Alco-Olympics. I have never laughed so much in all my life as I have in the last couple of years.  I laugh at the dumb things I do, the stupid costumes I wear, the hilarious memories I make with great friends and family and I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything. 

When the time is right my life will shift into something possibly bigger then these moments…it will shift and I will have a family of my own and I may not have time to paint my nails in stripes or hearts, but I will be damned if I still don’t get out there every now and then and act super immature all in the name of fun.  If these pictures are immature in a bad way…then I don’t ever want to be mature!!!  Try not to laugh at these pictures!!! (some are a little blurry, but you get the point)

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 On a side note I need to say how much I admire my cousin and his wife (seen below) because they are exactly the type of family I would want to be…they are the most amazing parents in the world and I think a small part of that has to do with the fact that they let themselves have fun without their kids sometimes too.  They can enjoy their kids even more because every now and then they remind themselves what it is like to take it down a notch and let loose and be immature.  They love each other to the point of me vomiting in my mouth…in a good way,if that’s possible…they are an amazing couple and I am so happy they join us every now and then for these “immature” adventures.  ( of course I am not saying every family needs to be this way…but it works for some people. I am sure there are many amazing parents out there that don’t partake in full denim gear events and that is perfectly fine…I am just putting my personal opinion out there when I say the things above) 

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Bottom line: have fun, be a little immature, do some crazy things, wear clothes completely out of your comfort zone in public, and always dance like no one is watching…even when you know they are for sure watching :) Being silly is fun and I plan on being silly right on in to the next stage of my life…I will never be “too old” to wear full denim and sing “Regulators” at the top of my lungs…NEVER!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What a day…what a lesson

I wasn’t really sure if I would write my story of today as a post, but I cannot stop thinking about it and so…as I usually do, I write. When I got to work this morning I learned a co-worker was killed in a car accident last night.  This person had only worked in my building for one short month.  I did not work very closely with her at all…she was a teacher that walked by my desk on a daily basis. She was a person that I had short genericish conversations with.  She was a very sweet person from what I could tell and a very good teacher.  Now she is gone…she does not walk past my desk, we do not have genericish conversations anymore, and she no longer works in my building.  What I can’t seem to wrap my head around is the fact that I just spoke to her yesterday and today she no longer lives.  What I cannot wrap my head around is the hurt her parents, her family, her friends must be feeling. 

 

She was 24 years old and worked a normal day just like any of us, she was a 24 year old that went about her day normally not knowing it was her last…she could have been me, she could have been you.  And as I was finally letting this settle in my brain… settle in my heart, I was nearly in a car accident.  As if the untimely death of a young women wasn’t enough to make me appreciate every breath I take and every moment I live…apparently I needed to be smacked a little harder.  As I was driving home from work deep in thought about how I need to get the most out my life a car ran a red light and nearly t-boned me. Somehow I was quick enough or someone was watching out for me enough that I swerved literally within a hairs length and made it home safe.  I did not, however, make it home in the same condition I left in this morning.  Thanks to that sweet young coworker that I had genericish conversations with I now have a renewed outlook on life.  Her death is so tragic and sad that words cannot come close to doing it justice, but the simple lesson I learned from a near stranger deserved to be written: 

Live your life every single day as though it could be your last.