Monday, July 11, 2016

The One Where Meggan Tries New Things.

I mean- it's been months since I last opened my laptop or even had the time to write anything that came from somewhere deep down inside me.
As opposed to one of the three dozen work emails I send out every day to the effect of "Sounds great! I will get completed today!:)"
P.S. Always add the smiley face at the end for effect.
Crabby women don't go far in the business world.
And frowning gives you wrinkles.
So much has happened in just a few short months.
I feel like I keep saying that.
But that doesn't make it any less true.

To recap:
Everything in my newsfeed has either something to do with the upcoming Rio Olympics.
Or has to with someone being racist.
As much as I love being told that I need to understand the African American perspective after being told that as a white person I will never understand the African American perspective, I decided that confusion and/or cop hating just isn't my style.
I thought that weird yellow dude died next to everything else in the mid 2000's, including but not limited to trucker hats and frosting your tips.

Aside from the strange, alternative universe I find myself in - here is a list of recent things I have now started enjoying in my everyday life.

1. Coffee.
I started choking down mocha during business meetings. As both a way to stay awake after working some pretty long hours these past few months. And also as a way to stay hydrated.
I'm not sure when it happened. Apparently I had one too many of these things.
But I actually don't exactly hate mocha now.
I'm officially a woman.
2. False Eyelashes.
My sister hates them.
But I feel so girly, and almost like I have my life together when I wear them.
There have been a few instances though where my eyes have watered & somehow my lashes end up glued, stuck to the side of my face some where they aren't supposed to be.
(You know I keep it real with you guys.)
I'm definitely still learning the delicate art of eyelash glue.
I'll get there eventually.

3. Dark Lipstick.
Because I need to reorder this particular shade of lipstick again.
It's become my go-to these past few months & I've worn this tube of lipstick down to a nub.
Mary Kay - have your lipstick people call my people.
I need some product ASAP.

4. Wearing my hair all natural.
Seriously. I might put a spritz of hairspray in.
But I condition the heck out of my hair in the shower.
I get out & DON'T EVEN COMB IT.
I let it go free.
And the waves do their thing.
It's somewhat magical.
Pfffffft are the days of straightening my hair for a bloody hour before going out in public.

The Lipstick. Eyelashes & Hair Waves. Oh My.

5. Hulu Plus.
After a long day of unpacking at my new place, it's nice to have every single episode of Real Housewives ever made to look forward to. Or Dawson's Creek. Okay, Okay. I watch reruns of Austin & Ally episodes..... Are you happy now?!

6. Audible.
This ingenious app lets me listen to books whilst I commute every day.
I knew I needed this when someone recently asked me what the last book I read was.
"Uhhhh....The Bible?"
I mean it's good to read the bible.
But just plain sad if that's all you ever read.
I wish my first choice of book on this app would have been a literary classic or something kind of funny.
Instead I chose "I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends" By, Courtney Robertson.
A book mostly about the behind of the scenes of the Bachelor franchise.
It's all shop talk for those of us who only do Monday's because Jojo's the Bachelorette.
I promise Mom. My next book choice will be something much more tasteful.
I wonder if Austin & Ally have a tell-all book yet?!

 But in complete seriousness Internet, to say the last few months have been hard- wouldn't be doing them justice.
My new job has been kicking my butt.
Between the new hours, commute, job responsibilities, & manager conferences strictly aimed at refining leadership skills, I have learned so much on both a professional & personal level.
These past few months have been the most rewarding of my career.
I could not be more grateful to have this opportunity & for the people who have refused to let me settle.
But pushing yourself to what your fully capable of - demanding no less than excellence IS HARD.
Tears have been shed. Sleepless nights have been had.
I wonder secretly if I'm enough or doing this right at the end of day.
But it's only because well, I care.

Right after I accepted this new position - my rental house sold.
(trust me. Renting absolutely makes the most sense at this point in my life for several boring reasons.)
I had less than 4 weeks to find a new a place & move.
With free time being a luxury I didn't have while paying my dues at said new job.
The idea of finding new schools & daycares for my kids was daunting.
My husband's non-profit job was falling through at that time.
So we decided he would stay home for the summer with the kids & focus on the move.
Which let me tell you - was SUCH A GREAT DECISION.
If he wasn't here finding us a great new place to live, moving every single box, cleaning out our old place, organizing our new place, all while being the best dad to our kids - I WOULD HAVE LOST MY EVER-LOVING MIND.
I honestly couldn't have made it without him.
The kids needed him. I needed him.
And he really stepped up for our family.

Now that we're nearly through these growing pains, I can soon focus on more important things.
My family.
The Rio Olympics.
Making my birthday wish list on Amazon.
Seeing a Twins game with my dad.
Figuring out next job steps for Trev.
Losing that 10 extra pounds I gained since I last saw my best friend, before seeing her again at the end of August.
Planning my TWO AND A HALF WEEK VACATION in August.
Actually reading a book instead of just listening to one.
Writing. (Hello again Blog.)
Squeezing in a few more reruns of Austin & Ally.
Finding new couch throw pillows.
Joining a gym.
Maybe. Possibly. Thinking about joining a small group at church.
Going Camping. (Without a blow-dryer. *Pause For Effect*)
Being in IOWA again!
Decorating my new house. Finding all my decorations buried in boxes in the garage.
Meeting my new neighbors.
Baking something. Anything really.

So much of the important stuff.
Here's to you Summer!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Happy 10th Anniversary.

When you get married, your 10 year anniversary seems about as far away as life in the nursing home.

I had BIG plans for my 10 year anniversary.
Think cruise ship.
Cocktails on the beach.
Me as skinny as the day he married me.

While sometimes big plans pan out, other times you're just lucky to still have some small grasp on your sanity.With a new job, a house on the market, 2 young kids, and an endless season of transitions - I had about as much chance of beach cocktails as I did winning the lottery.

The idea this year was to keep it simple.
Every thing else in our lives seems so complicated or up in the air.
I needed something easy - something good I could count on this year.
So the kids went to Grandpa's for the weekend.
(My little guy called when he got there just to tell me he went fishing for the first time. Oh Mylanta.)

We started our date by doing our annual photo shoot. My husband always reminds me of his extreme amount of patience with me while I try to shoot it exactly how I saw it in my head.

Next we had a big fancy dinner by the lake.
(Confession: Their dessert menu left much to be desired.
So we stopped by Dairy Queen afterwards instead.
Yep- total upper class all the way.)

Also that day, we stopped by the church we were married in - the church I grew up in.
The church where I prayed for the first time for Jesus to come into my life

I was sure our reception hall would be locked up & we'd have to reminisce from the outside looking in. But we were able to sneak in after another couple finished decorating for their wedding the next day. I have no idea who you are Cameron & Kaitlyn, but congratulations! :)

As we looked around the now empty reception hall which was so filled with love & all of our people the night we first broke bread together as husband & wife, my husband turned on some music.
He asked me to dance in the very spot we first danced together as Mr.& Mrs.
As we laughed together, recalling all those memories that came flooding back, I started to weep.
Thinking about 10 good, hard, loving years.
Thinking about the people who were there that night all those years ago who are no longer with us.
Thinking about how thankful I was to still be married & happily married to my guy.

We were sure someone soon was eventually going to come in & shoo us out of there.
But no one came.
And that dance floor was ours again - if only for that moment.

I didn't get the dream 10 year anniversary cruise like I had planned for.
My life doesn't look anything like how I thought it might 10 years ago.
But darn it if I didn't have my sweet, loving, steadfast Trevor who makes it all worth it.

Happy 10th Anniversary Love.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

On Racing. Georgia. Tattoos. And Sand Pits.

There was so much about today that I was proud of.
How hard my family works to put on this event of the 5K.
How many people continue to support the legacy work of my sister.
The people who show up year after year.
Some of them driving long distances just to say hello to our family.
It is incredibly humbling & is such an honor.
I never want to miss a chance to put our gratefulness out into the world.

The run was okay. Not my best time by a long shot.
But who can care about that?!
I ran my race. And I'm always proud when I do.
Along the route are the memories sprinkled across my childhood.
Thinking about my sister as I run & always wishing she was there with me.

Afterwards as I went to take my kids to lunch while my husband cleaned up, I GOT STUCK.
Of course this would happen to me.
Apparently what appeared to be just a smidge of sand was actually an old volleyball court that had been covered by weeds.
After getting a tow from my brother-in-law (I owe him big time) I finally arrived at lunch with a few of my high school friends.

I don't know how everyone feels about seeing their high school friends.
But can I just take a minute to say how fiercely amazing are the girls I still know from high school?!
I love them & I am so grateful to them for wanting to stay in touch with me.
For reading this blog.
For supporting my writing.
For letting me inside their lives & their world.
Even after all this time. (14 years later.....)
Some people might maybe have one person they talk to from high school.
I recognize how fortunate I am to have all of you.
I'm so thankful that we still find the time to get together.

So it occurred to me while speaking with my Auntie LeAnn today about my blog, I am behind by a few days for my #30DaysOfWriting project.
So here's to catching up. And running our race. And avoiding sand traps.

5. A Place You Would Live, But Have Never Visited

Savannah, Georgia. It's warm. It has southern charm. History.
Houses with wrap around porches. (It's my dream to have a house with a porch swing. I blame the movie "The ButterCream Gang." Totally.)
And accents.
Also so I can start using the word y'all & get away with it.
We'll send you a postcard when we get there.....

6. Someone Who Fascinates You & Why.

I'm always fascinated by women who seem to have a really good balance of work & family.
I want to know your secrets.
I'm also drawn to people who take beautiful pictures of the everyday.
From a person who appreciates the extra fine details in pictures - thank you!
(Blog shoutout to Hilary P. & Amanda S.)
I love lurking on people who are extremely successful in their given field.
It's obvious it's always an inner drive of passion that gets them to where they want to be.
It's the so-so hum-ho people who never quite reach those same levels of success.
Or people who travel a lot.
Also people who do a lot of good in the world & never boast about it.

P.S. I'm always fascinated by whatever Princess Katherine is wearing.

7. What Tattoos You Have & If They Have Meaning

Thank goodness I didn't do a post on just this by itself.
Because it would be pretty boring.
Mostly because I have zero tattoos.
My baby sister & I once considered getting matching tattoos of something in honor of my sister who passed away.
We never did it though.
And I'm kind of okay with it.
It's not that I hate tattoos.
But if they are showing in the business world, I've watched women struggle to try to compensate or have to work harder to overcome people's perceptions of them simply because of their tattoos.
It's not fair or right by any means, but being a woman in business is hard enough.
Making life harder just doesn't seem appealing honestly.

I'm kind of a fan of tattoos that people cannot see or know you have.
It's kind of like a sexy little secret you keep all to yourself.
That's more my idea of a tattoo.
I'm pretty sure I might seriously rebel at 40 & go tattoo crazy just to prove to myself I'm still young & hip.
Until then though.......
Cue the Jordin Sparks song.....