25 Thoughts

There is a hockey writer in Canada, Elliotte Friedman. Every week during the hockey season, he writes a blog post called, “31 Thoughts”, wherein he writes one thought about every single NHL team for the week. This could be about how the team is performing, what they could improve, whatever about the team.

Well. I’m turning 26 today. And as I’ve thought about year 25, I thought it might be fun to do a “30 Thoughts” about myself, and what I’ve learned, need to improve on, or realized in the past year.

  1. Buying a car? Surprisingly easy.
  2. Applying to go back to school? Surprisingly easy.
  3. Realizing having your life “figured out” is actually kind of a myth–at any age.
  4. But wait. That’s okay. Completely okay.
  5. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” -Vince Lombardi
  6. I’m probably doing better than I think I am.
  7. Being kind to yourself is paramount over anything else.
  8. Heartbreak and heartache will happen. It’s best to just embrace it and move on. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. 
  9. If you’re not happy, speak up. To the right people. Chances are, they don’t know you aren’t happy, and will do everything in their power to help out.
  10. I can do hard things.
  11. The people you meet at race tracks are some of the nicest people. You will become fast friends with them. They will share everything with you, their life story, their snacks, their binoculars, their time. This is because they are happy. Race fans that actually go to race tracks are the most passionate about the sport. If you find yourself at a race track, you are one of those stupidly happy, grinning from ear to ear people. Embrace it.
  12. Take more pictures, but don’t be excessive about it.
  13. Don’t Instagram all of them.
  14. Tell the people in your life you love them. Those who know will be happy to hear it, those who don’t know will be happy you told them.
  15. Don’t be afraid to cut people out of your life. If someone isn’t supporting you or being a friend, if someone is a drag on your well-being, then cut them out. It is okay to reevaluate those with whom you spend your time. Actually, it is more than okay, that is recommended.
  16. Traveling is a lot of fun. Do that more often.
  17. Stand your ground, even if it is hard.
  18. After taking inventory of the people in your life, and clearing house, as it were, take inventory of the physical things you have, and pare those down, too.
  19. Be kind to everyone. My dad once told me, “You have to be nice to everyone’s face, but you don’t have to like them.” Yeah, what my dad said.
  20. Say no to bad dates who try to ask you out again. It’s not worth having two bad date stories.
  21. It is not your responsibility how others perceive you. It is your responsibility to be kind to them, and to treat them the way you would want to be treated.
  22. Heavenly Father and Christ will never give up on you. Not even for a minute.
  23. If you fail at something one day, and have to do it again then next, you don’t have to start at the very beginning, you can start where you are.
  24. Over the past few months at work, I have had a lot of people tell me how much they like me, and how integral I am to not only their team(s) but the company in general. While this was nice validation, I started to wonder how it happened. And then I realized, it is because I am kind, hard working, and reliable. I am smart, and therefore people like having me around. It’s a good feeling, and one I hope to carry to every workplace I am placed into.
  25. Life will suck sometimes; trials will happen. It will not be easy. But, in the end, it will be worth it. Or at least I hope so. Maybe that’s what year 26 will be for.

It’s weird to me that I’m turning 26. 25 I could see, but somehow, making it past the halfway through my 20’s is so very odd to me. I think it is because this means I am no longer a young woman or even a child. I have now crossed the threshold into full fledged adulthood.

And that is too weird. Well, can’t knock it ’til I try it.

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So…uh…ideas?

If anyone can’t tell, I’m having a hard time not falling off the blogging wagon this time. This is an irritating thing to me, because I don’t want to fall off, but I don’t know what to write about…

So…any ideas? I’ll really take anything. I would like to keep up the one post a week on Sundays thing, because it was nice to have that routine to stick to.

I do have a few updates to go over (mostly my week of cross country travel and back again), but I’ll have to do that at a different time when I have more time. I’ll start that now and then work on it. We can plan on that being next week?

So, I’ll think, you think, we will all think about what I should write about. Make it fun, let me know, and we will make it work.

Ok? Ok. Solid.

Stories of the Job Hunt: The End

I got on Facebook yesterday, and the first thing that popped up was a memory. Two years ago yesterday, December 17, 2014, I finished my last final and finished college.

I finished college…and started my job search. It was a long, arduous process. But I’ve already said enough about that, to be completely honest.  Continue reading

First things first I’m the Realest

[Iggy Azelea, Thank you. I’ll take it from here.]

It’s been quite the couple weeks since I last opened my keyboard to the masses.  Ha! Jokes.  I know that there aren’t many who read my blog.  But those who do, we have some things to talk about.

First of all, holding down two jobs is tough.  Second of all, I’m quickly becoming aware that no one treats those in retail very kindly.  It’s not nice.  It’s not fun.  That is all.

So, it’s been a month since I’ve last blogged.  Let’s see if anything happened…..nope.

Well. Maybe a couple things. (A lot of them may be racing related. Sorry not sorry.)

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My Life as an Intern: Week 6

I had this idea this week that I should be blogging about my Adventures in Intern-ship.

So I will.

But the thing is, I had this great idea, and nothing really exciting has happened to me.

I sat at my desk and did stuff.

It’s kinda funny.  Everyone has this vision that interns are just errand people.  Maybe in some cases that is true.  The intern is supposed to stuff envelopes and get coffee and do all things awful that no one else wants to do.

I want to know where this stereotype comes from.

I’ve had to do none of that.  The closest thing to the cliche I’ve had to do is take notes at a meeting.  But I was given the option to do so.

I have become the master at commuting.  I am still awful at picking the fastest lane of traffic though.  Oh well, still lots of time to figure that out.

Honestly guys, it hasn’t been that bad.

I mean, I do get bored, but everyone else would while sitting at a desk for 8 hours.  Sitting at a desk is also EXHAUSTING.  I had no idea!!

One thing I love about the office I work in is the atmosphere.  All the guys work hard, but they also spend a lot of time making fun of each other, and talking about stuff.  The other day, we had a 45 minute discussion about what kind of music we listen to.

I’ve also learned quite a bit.  Mainly that the Google people are geniuses and that it is possible to track almost everything when you visit a website.  I’ve also learned how to use WordPress a little bit.  So that’s been cool.  I also like that my opinion matters.  If I have an idea on how something could be done better, all I have to do is speak up.  If I have an idea about something we should be doing, all I have to do is say what it is.  That is cool.

I was going to keep going about the crazy things that happened to me this week, but I don’t think I will.  I’ll leave this with just what I did at my big girl job this week.  I didn’t do much, just helped out to the best of my ability.

And that’s what interns are supposed to do.

Sigh.

It’s been one of those days.  You know the ones, where nothing really seems to go right?

I woke up late.

That made me late to class.

I really need to do my laundry so I didn’t really have any clothes.

My sock fell halfway off my foot. I was wearing hi-tops so I couldn’t just take my shoe off and fix it.

I got to my second class. Everything was going just fine, until we had to start working on our group project. Continue reading