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Being a Grown Up

Sometimes, it’s hard being an adult.

But what I’m finding even harder, is transitioning all parts of my life into adulthood. I’ve got the whole job thing, responsibility thing, taking care of another human thing down (well, pretty much), but what I don’t have is the ability to transition the seemingly mundane categories of my life into full-fledged adulthood.

Getting up early is an example. I know that getting up earlier can have lasting impacts on your brain function and efficiency. I know that I need quiet time with God to pray, reflect and enjoy moments of peace before the rush of the day. But, I still cling to that alarm clock like it’s going out of style, rolling myself out of bed dangerously close to the “you’re going to be SO late” precipice and dancing dangerously with what’s appropriate hair styles going on day 3 of no shower.

Another example, my makeup bag is woefully comprised of the same products I used in high school. The same grocery store and Clinique counter products that I love are still in rotation. Now, nothing is wrong with those items, I will continue to buy them, but I REALLY need to update and upgrade my beauty and makeup routine. Less Lip Smacker, more Sephora. I’ve started watching some makeup tutorials on YouTube, like this , and I’m starting to get more into it.

Also, one of the hardest transitions into adulthood/mamahood is carving out time for yourself. You go from a self-focused world before marriage, before kids where it only matters what you do. But now I’m responsible for other humans and it is sometimes exhausting. Self care, taking me time, whatever you want to call it, it’s important. So I’m looking to set aside time each week to do something I like to do: read, take an online sewing class, take a bath, etc.

Whatever it may be that helps this whole transition into an adult easier, I’ll take it, try and let you know how it goes!

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Life Lately

We are in full baby mode! I’ve got about six more weeks until the due date, so naturally, we are consumed with all things baby.

baby showerBut that doesn’t mean I haven’t found time for other interesting things in my life, they are just receiving less and less brain power 🙂

What I’m Clicking On Lately

The uber-love going out to Kate Middleton and Prince George.
Some fabulous advice about motherhood.
V
ideos that make we want to continue my graduate school research.
A brilliant advertising campaign
Only the greatest music-related thing that COULD EVER HAPPEN TO ME.

What I’m Loving Lately

1. Water (hooray! something healthy!)
2. Pedicures
3. Perks of Being A Wallflower – finished the book and loved it as much as the movie
4. Real Housewives of New Jersey
5. Book club tomorrow!

What I’m Listening To Lately

“Sing You Back To Me” – Trisha Yearwood
“She Is” – NeYo + Tim McGraw
Mozart Pandora Station (specifically for Audrey!)

What I’m Cooking Lately

Meatball Subs


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What I’m Clicking On Lately

My obsession with Gilmore Girls continues.
Beautiful advertising campaign from Pedigree.
The “make me cry” moment of the week: “Boy Hears for the First Time”
Geaux Louisiana!
Geaux El Salvador! (my adopted familia!)

What I’m Loving Lately

1. Grande 1/2 Caf Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Lattes (via Starbucks)
2. Chocolate chip cookies
3. Jason’s pregnancy pep talks (WE CAN DO THIS!)
4. Beach time with family
5. Bingo (see confessional post about this problem)

What I’m Listening To Lately

1. Ed Sheeran Pandora Station
2. Fleetwood Mac “Songbird”
3. County Crows Pandora Station
4. The rain (summer afternoon showers on a metal office roof)
5. Zedd “Clarity”

What I’m Cooking Lately

1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
2. Watermelon Salad (recipe to come!)
3. Chicken Parmesan


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September Sort It

I saw this great blog over at A Collection of Thoughts where she listed out all the things she wanted to do in September, and it got it me thinking of how I REALLY needed to get on the To-Do list bandwagon and start being more productive.

So I started my own September To Do list. And, I think I got a little ambitious. Because these things are on top of my regular school, wife, football and reality-TV watching duties. Maybe too much? But…who can say that I won’t accomplish all these things?

But hey, it can only go up from the level of unproductivity I’ve inherited over the last week since Hurricane Isaac. Here’s to a productive September!

to do list


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What I Did This Summer

If you couldn’t tell already from all the Facebook posts exclaiming “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY AUGUST, AHHH!!” Summer is drawing to a close, and my daily life is changing again. So, in true “back to school” fashion, here is my “What I Did This Summer” essay…in blog form.

It’s a timely post, being that it will probably be the last summer of its kind, on break from school, part-time work and more time on my hands that I know what to do with. I tried to make it as productive as possible, so let’s review, shall we?

What I Did:

Spent time with some of the best people I know.

friends

 

Celebrated.

fireworks

 

Hung out with my two favorite guys.

painting

 

Did a few cool things along the way…

macy gray

 

And even though I didn’t get through full stack of books to read this summer, I read…ALOT. And that was great.

summer reading

What I Learned:

1. I’m worth every penny (and probably more) someone will pay me to work in marketing, pr, advertising, etc. (ahem…so hire me in a year!)

2. I’m a great cab/taxi driver. I can take someone to the airport like a pro.

3. Even five, small homegrown tomatoes are better than 50 store bought tomatoes.

tomato

4. I’m better at being busy.

5. Memories are like my drug. I can’t break my nostalgic tendencies…so I make arts and crafts out of them!

t-shirt quilt

I’m looking forward to a new Fall, a new semester, a start of a new year. But I sure have enjoyed this quiet, soothing Summer.