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Vacation Nombre Deux!

Well, we are back from our second vacation of the Summer and it was so great! It’s always fun to travel to see my sister and brother-in-law. It’s hard to explain to anyone else what having a sister is like, unless you have one yourself. For me, it’s like having another person just like me to actually talk to, reminisce with, cry with, laugh with, etc. We are so much alike it’s scary, yet very comforting. I miss her because she is away, and I don’t like leaving her, but trips like these are good shots in the arm to keep us going till the next time!

This trip was all about birthdays, relaxing, museums, walking trails, sorority memories, healthy cooking lessons, Farkle, Skip-Bo, Monopoly and UNO Attack. And I loved every second of it.

me and jason

liza gift

daddy gift

mama gift

family

usanddaddy

 

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A Little To The Middle

I’m weird. I picked Marketing as my major at Spring Testing (as a senior in high school) almost a decade ago, and never looked back. I always somehow knew that I loved the mixture of business and creativity. In high school, I loved math and numbers, and spreadsheets, and symmetry (I get that from my Dad). But then I also loved nurturing, and interpersonal relationships and creativity (I get that from my Mom).

So when looking at the big expanse of major choices, Marketing seemed right. And it has been right. I loved my undergraduate career, loved my first few jobs where I got to be in the field of Marketing and work in it. And I’m loving now, where I’m studying a different side of Marketing, through Strategic Communication. I know I’m in the right profession.

So, have you ever heard of left brain vs. right brain?

According to About.com: “each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. Additionally, people are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. For example, a person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective,while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective.”

I’ve always considered myself a middle of the road type person. I’m not usually too extreme (unless you play me in co-ed softball), and I’m fairly stable (unless you take my pillow). But I always hoped I skewed a little to the right and was a more creative person than analytical. Maybe a little more Janis Joplin than Bill Gates?

Today I saw a blog post from a professor here at LSU about working with her students to understand the left brain tendencies of executive managers versus the right brain tendencies of creatives working on an advertising/marketing project. She then offered a quiz to see what brain-type you were.

My worst fears came true. I’m perfectly symmetrical.

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realising your right brain/left brain tendancy will help you interact with and to understand others.
Left Brain Dominance: 9(9)
Right Brain Dominance: 9(9)
Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz

I am no more dominant in my spreadsheet skills than my clarinet playing skills. My blog writing is equal to my poetry. My fashion choices are no more superior than my stapler choices. I love a good ROI report just as much as a good Degas. Devastation.

BUT! What I think I can glean from this is: I can be both. I can be your business-type and speak the language of the executives, but I can also get in the nitty gritty with the creatives. This could prove useful in the world of marketing….right? (subliminally HIRE ME!) And I’ll just have to live with being symmetrical, even in my brain.

For those of you interested, here’s the link to the quiz: http://www.intelliscript.net/test_area/questionnaire/questionnaire.cgi

Let me know what you turn out to be!


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What I’m Loving/Not Loving This Week

Things I Am Loving This Week

1. Planters Nut-rition Energy Mix — YUM

2. Being able to follow all the NSYNC guys on Twitter. Oh the depths of insanity I would have gone to had Twitter or Facebook been around when NSYNC was the light of my life. Probably a good thing.

3. Sticking to it! It’s now been four weeks since the start of the new year, and I’m still going strong on working out and eating better. This is usually where I leap fall off the bandwagon. Here’s some blogs that are helping me along: http://www.skinnytaste.com/ and http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/

4. February is almost here! That means: DISNEY WORLD, baby and wedding showers, BBQ supper club and Valentine’s Day!

5. The Big Bang Theory. Hi.lar.ious.

Things I Am Not Loving This Week

1. The realization that my two favorite LSU shirts have holes in them. Bad omen. LSU can’t catch a break lately. 😦

2. Bad dreams. For some reason the last few nights I’ve had really bad dreams, and I wake up feeling sick and irritable. No bueno 😦

3. This Honda CR-V campaign. Don’t get it. Are you advertising NOT making big and exciting life choices because you should instead buy a car? Although the addition of Ferris Bueller may change my mind…

Happy Monday!


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Being Relevant

As a millenial, a 20-something and a girl, I’m predisposed to a plethora of emotions that often contradict themselves, creating a swirling vortex of “oh my god, who am I” syndrome that pops up every now and then. Usually at the start of a new job, a new semester, or at the announcement of a new pregnancy (it has GOT to be in the water).

In my generation, it’s about the “me,” the “now” and the “easy.” But we all know that often we feel called to greater, bigger and better things than what’s considered easy. Or what’s considered the normal path. (DISCLAIMER: I am not discrediting the “normal path.” I myself am fairly on the normal path and spent three months bashing Eat Pray Love because it made girls like me who didn’t take soul-searching trips to India sound like drone robots who couldn’t break free from the “chains of normalcy.”)

Anyway, I found this article floating around Facebook, and thought it was a good article about this stage of my life. I may be one year beyond this so-called 25-mark, but I’m in that time of my life where there is still so many possibilities and time. And it doesn’t all have to happen when I think it should.

It’s a good reminder not to get caught up in “now, now, now.” Buy a house now. Get the perfect job now. Have all your babies now. Grow up now. But instead, take the time to be content in who are you now, instead of waiting for the next big thing. And when the next big thing does happen, take them as adventures and let God lead you to your right “now” when it’s the right “time.”

11 Things To Know At 25(ish)


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The Start of Something New

I’m a modern Ophelia. A small town girl caught in a bigger-than-life world. I’m a graduate student, but an aspiring professional. My goal in life is to make my Most Likely To Succeed title in high school a reality, and then write a book about it. I’m a wife. Sister. Daughter. Friend. Mother to Sadie i.e., human dog. Chocolate-milk lover. And according to Myers-Briggs, a caregiver. In short, it’s complicated.

I’ve shared thoughts and musings on previous blogs, found here.

But this is a new chapter. A time to breathe more life into my writing. Not just when I’m introspective or blue, but now more to write about my life, which before I considered dull. But then I started looking at the blogs I follow most. And there was a common theme. Normal, everyday women, who took time to talk about their everyday life and the beauty, hope, adventure, excitement they pulled from it. I think I can do the same.

Cast of Characters:

Me!

Hubby-extraordinaire Jason

Sybil Sadie the dog

And there are so many other people in my life I want to tell you about it, but that will come with time. I hope to share and to connect with this space, make it more than just a public diary. I hope you’ll join me along the way. I’m not promising a rose garden, but maybe a few blooms along the way to remember.

stephanie