Archive | September, 2012

Celebrating Little Victories

26 Sep

Let’s get the hard stuff out of the way first…

I have been MIA from my blog for awhile now. I’ll be honest, I have been dealing with a lot of stress and the constant worrying managed to drain away my passion for writing. I couldn’t find the words, and even when I could, there was no motivation to tell you what I was thinking, feeling, experiencing. And even now, I find each word to be a struggle. But I refuse to be silenced by my own fears and self doubt any longer. I AM STRONGER THAN THIS PAIN.

You will now be returned to the previously scheduled blog!

When times are hard, I have often heard people say things like “count your blessings,” “look on the bright side,” and “every cloud has a silver lining.” I’m adding one to this list, “count your little victories.”

Tonight’s victory comes in the form of my goal for a healthier life. A few months ago I mentioned that I started working out and I may or may not have mentioned that I attend Zumba classes with my mom every Tuesday and Thursday. I have been watching what I eat (and no, this does not mean I watch the food on the fork as it makes its journey to my mouth.) I make conscious, healthy and delicious decisions about what food (aka: fuel) I put in my body.

The results after 3 months of dedication are starting to pay off…I have lost 20.8 lbs and it’s just the beginning! I have such a fire in my gut now, I love going to Zumba, I love that feeling of calm, peaceful accomplishment at the end of class. I love how every week the movements become easier and I become more in tune with myself. I KNOW I CAN DO IT!!!

So now, when life throws the unexpected into my path, I know I am strong enough to pick up that boulder and crush it into harmless pieces. I am taking back control of my life, my destiny, my dreams. This is my story, and I decide the plot.

It’s My BIRTHDAY!

14 Sep

For the next 30 minutes, birthday magic will continue to linger with me.

What started out as a terrible week, has turned into one of the best birthdays I’ve had in a long time.

And to quote the Walt Disney World Resort soundtrack for “Wishes”…. “it all starts with a wish!”

I got my wish! 😀

I have talked with my boyfriend for most of the day, and even though he is thousands of miles away, he made the day wonderful. And it all started with a phone called 20 minutes before midnight!

I woke up to tons of people wishing me a happy birthday, it’s such a wonderful feeling to be loved by your friends and family near and far.

At work, I was surprised with a bouquet of beautiful flowers!! The first I have EVER gotten at work!

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My boss, coworkers and dad planned a luncheon for my birthday! Complete with pepperoni pizza and chocolate cupcakes…my favorite! There was tons of laughter, just what a Friday called for!!

Then the pivotal moment…. 2:01pm….. OFFICIALLY 24!!!! (now I feel old)

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When I got home from work, I was greeted with traditional homemade signs, posters and decorations made by my little sister! Check out how she creative she is!!

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The night ended with my family singing happy birthday and me opening birthday cards.

All in all, I’d call it a successful birthday, but the fun doesn’t stop there!! Tomorrow is when the real festivities start! Birthday dinner and celebrations with my family and best friend!! So I better get some sleep so I can enjoy the rest of my birthday weekend!!

Desperate times, Desperate measures…

5 Sep

Desperate times call for Desperate measures…

I’ve heard of a War dance, a Mating dance, and a Rain dance.

Does anyone know if there is an

I AM DESPERATE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW” dance?!

LOL…. and can you please teach me the steps?!

Let the job hunt continue!

**For the record, I am searching for Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing/Communications jobs in Orlando, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. So if you know of ANYTHING (I’m not picky!) please let me know! I will FOREVER be grateful!  

Make Time to Listen

3 Sep

Make time to listen….. To the birds singing in the morning

Make time to listen…. To your kids talk about their day

Make time to listen…. To your heart

I think there are many people who would say they’ve listened to the above. They may have shared in a special moment with their kids by making them feel special or learned about who they are by following the guidance of their heart.

But have you MADE the time to LISTEN to someone much older than you? Have you heard their stories? Asked their advice? Learned from them?

This past week at work, I had the opportunity to speak with and interview a woman in her 80’s at the local nursing home for an article I was writing. She was the sweetest, most adorable and genuine person I think I have ever met. She had the kindest words about the individuals who care for her and for her “family” there. And when we were done talking (our interview went close to 1 hour and 15 minutes), she took me on a personal tour of the facility. She practically lit-up when she showed me her puzzle room! (When we were talking, I learned that her favorite pass time was putting together 1,000 – 1,500 piece puzzles!) Her current puzzle was the of the New England colonies.

It was so hard to say goodbye, but knowing I would be back to take her picture the next afternoon made it easier. She was so easy to talk with and we did just that before, during and after her photo shoot with her puzzle.

She spoke of her only child, a son, and you could feel her love for him radiating around the room. She told me stories about her and her sister as kids…. the ones where they were fighting and picking on each other just for the heck of it, those were the ones I could most easily relate to as I have two younger sisters of my own. Then there were stories about living during the Great Depression. It broke my heart, and yet she said their shoes may have been falling apart, but her family never went hungry. It taught her to always appreciate the things she had in life. She learned the things she wanted were worth putting forth the effort and time.

She has such a way with words and could connect with me on a deeper level so I could feel the emotion of the stories. I got the feeling she was lonely, and was excited I was there to share part of the day with her. That made saying goodbye much harder on that second afternoon. Yet, I will see her again as soon as she finishes her puzzle! I promised that if she called, I’d come take her picture with the finished masterpiece. You would have thought I’d promised her the world!!

I know I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her, and I spent that second day counting down the hours! It’s hard to put into words, but there is something I find so enjoyable about spending time with old souls. They have so much wisdom and I wish I was a sponge so I could soak it all up!

And before I left, she called me a Peach. She touched my heart when she said I was a wonderful person to speak with. She told me how much talking with me meant to her and how I helped her remember stories and feelings she’d long forgotten. Those were the sweetest compliments she could have possible given me.

While that is about as much as I can tell you about my visit with her, I did have the opportunity to have a similar conversation with my grandparents a few months back. For a class project, we had to record and edit an interview with someone, and it just felt right to capture the stories of my grandparents. It was the prefect setting to learn all about their childhood, hopes, dreams and life. And I got to hear their advice for my cousins and I. With over an hour of footage to work with, here’s what I came away with. Enjoy!

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I love how this turned out! And I love that I have these stories for future generations. They are priceless as they are being told by my grandparents in their own words and body gestures. I only wish more families took the time to preserve family stories, memories and moments like this!!i