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.
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.
AND WHAT'S WITH THE POKEMON HUNTING?!
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.
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.
Okay. WHO IS A MARY KAY CONSULTANT THAT I KNOW OUT THERE?!
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?!
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.
I literally COULD NOT REMEMBER.
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.
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!
Meeting my new neighbors.
Baking something. Anything really.
One Word: WATERMELON.
So much of the important stuff.
Here's to you Summer!