Friday, July 24, 2015

Hindsight



This week I've been thinking a lot about how great hindsight is. The feeling when you can look back on something you've experienced and see the full story. Hindsight is the beginning, middle and end. In my experience, the ending is usually that "everything happens for a reason" place. When you've reached the end, you can look back and see the journey so clearly...and it's a good feeling. For example, my senior year of high school I really wanted to go to a large D1 university. My parents were against it. They convinced me to go to Southeastern, it was close to my grandparents and much less expensive. My first week of college was hard. There was a cricket infestation on campus (I'm not kidding, I would find those disgusting critters in my bed!) and I knew no one. It was a culture shock moving from a big city to a small town...and I resented it. Around the same time my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had no idea that my freshman year of college would be the last year of her life...and that I would be living in the same town and get to spend that last year with her. I know my presence there brought her so much joy and comfort in her last year. We made so many memories that I will cherish forever...hindsight: my place was at Southeastern. It was totally a God thing. The beginning: resentment over not getting to go to the school of my choice, the middle: the fleeting moments with my grandmother, the end: the most amazing experience that brought me closer to God.

It's hard to remember hindsight when you're in the trenches. When things don't go your way and you're mad and angry. You feel blindsided and confused. But then something happens and it all becomes clear. Right now I'm waiting for hindsight.

It's hard to write a story about something when you're right in the middle of it. You don't know the ending and the beginning is so damn confusing. So all you can do is trust and have faith.

I came across this blog post and it really resonated with me. It you're waiting on hindsight, I highly recommend it.

Other things I enjoyed on the internet this week:

How bubbly water became a billion dollar business. I'm a sparking water junkie...I stopped drinking diet soda a few months ago and haven't looked back!
-Washington Post 

This female ring bearer stole the show at her mom's wedding. Adorable!
-Buzzfeed 

Ghosting, the ultimate silent treatment. Have you heard of "ghosting?"  I call it "falling off the face of the earth." Please my friends, never do this!
-The New York Times

Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men. I laughed out loud when I read this because it is so true! As I type this post, there is a space heater by my feet and a cardigan on my back. So funny!
-Washington Post

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week In Review // Link Love

It's been terribly hard to get back into my daily routine after the fourth. Why can't every day be spent by the pool or at the lake? Being a grown up is the pits.

Last week was a blur..playing catch up at work, adjusting to a healthier diet, jogging at the park -which reminds me of a moment that deserves an entire blog post on it's own...

Last week I jogged past the most adorable little boy and his mother. The little boy was 4 or 5 years old, curly brown hair. As I approached them I couldn't help but smile as we made eye contact. He was just darling. Anyway, right as I was passing them, he pointed at me and asked his mother: "Mom! Is that a warewolf?"  The mother looked at me apologetically and responded "no that's a nice lady!"  Apparently, I look like a long-lost relative of Jacob Black (which now that I think of it, I don't hate)...but it was funny and a little horrifying at the same time.

What else...I finally finished The Sopranos! What an ending! Totally unexpected but I was satisfied! If you're a Soprano fan, comment with your thoughts...now I need a new series to binge! Any suggestions?

This week I'm gearing up for our monthly Young Professionals meet-up. If you're local, click here for more information, I'd love to see you there!



Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet right now:

I'm a total makeup junkie, this makeover is breathtaking!
-Maskcara 

Beauty Behind Bars
-xo Jane 

I love a good egg sandwich and this method is a game changer!
-A Cup of Joe

The story of how the beloved American Girl Doll brand came to be. I never had an American Girl Doll but I remember wanting one (especially the "my twin doll") My childhood best friend had "Molly" -I'm still a little jealous!
-racked

How to ruin your live without even noticing. Long read but worth it. I love when the author says "Why are we so enamored with the idea of first becoming somebody's rather than somebodies?" 
-Thought Catalog

I love zucchini noodles -I've been eating "zoodles" out the wazoo! It never occurred to me to make a fresh salad with my spiralizer! These recipes look amazing!
-brit+co

(I use the zoodle maker and LOVE it! It's small and easy to use -almost like using a pencil sharpener to spiral veggies) 

While we're talking food, these cooking hacks are awesome! Everything from re-heating french fries to preventing your avocado from turning brown.
-Refinery 29


Monday, July 6, 2015

Fourth at Grand Lake














This weekend is one for the books! I planned on taking a lot of photos with my DSLR but somehow never got around to it...we were having too much fun! Anyway, these iPhone photos will have to do! Our 4th of July was filled with yummy food, new friends, family and lots and lots of time on the lake! It doesn't get better than that!