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Good Enough

As much as I am head over heels in love with my new job, it takes up far more of my time than anticipated.

Lately, I feel as though I’ve been phoning in certain areas of my life in order to accommodate all that I would like to accomplish.

Sadly, one of the victims of my time crunch is Adventures in Adulthood.

Instead of having the time to fully form my thoughts and craft witty, clever posts, I’ve been slacking – just a bit.

slacking off

It doesn’t help that it’s summertime and there are a thousand things I would rather do on a sunny afternoon than sit inside banging away on my laptop.

When I was bartending I could work on the blog during slow weeknights.

Which gave me time to revise and edit until I found the perfect wording for what I was trying to say.

Now 300 or so coherent words on a relevant topic and that’s good enough.

At first I was disappointed in myself for not having prepared better.

feels bad man

But the accelerated pace at which I must now write and post has actually helped.

Being a Type A Perfectionist, I have never enjoyed the quote:

voltaire quote

But, it has become quite accurate for my circumstances.

I’ve come to the understanding that if I want to continue with my blogging adventure (and I very much do) I will need to do more with less.

It has made me far more focused, as I don’t have the time to just write and see where it takes me.

Which has made me think about the other aspects of my life that could benefit from a little less over-thinking.

overthinking

Yes, I know thinking about over-thinking is over-thinking.

It’s my Achilles heel 😦

I blame the Girl Scouts for teaching us to always be prepared.

But, I’m working on it.

And that will just have to be good enough.

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Cranky Pants Give Me a Wedgie

“I am a strong, beautiful woman that is never static but always growing and learning each and every day.”

This popped up in my news feed the other night, courtesy of the most delightful and light-filled souls I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

I’d been having the kind of day when you just want to burn it to the ground, get in the car, and drive west.

cranky pants

In other words, I felt like this. Wearing some serious cranky pants with the world’s most painful wedgie!

In fact, the post I was working on (avoiding writing while trolling FB) was about how even though I’m starting a new stage of my career, I’m having trouble feeling grateful. I’ve been stuck in this loop – dwelling on the areas of my life that I feel are lacking – poor me, blah, blah, blah.

And then BAM!

“I am a strong, beautiful woman that is never static but always growing and learning each and every day.”

The things I wish were different in my life aren’t permanent.

I haven’t died.

There is still time for me to learn from my choices and make better ones.

I only have to stay stuck for as long as I make myself.

there's still time to change the road your on

Those 13 words didn’t magically change situations to suite my desires, but they reminded me the only thing that is certain to happen in life is change.

It is up to me how I choose to handle that change, whether I stomp my feet and pout, or learn from the experience, and allow it to help me grow as a person.

happinessThis to shall pass.

It’s a nice reminder on bad days – that there’s an inevitable end.

Good days are different – you want those to last forever – so don’t forget to appreciate them 🙂

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

lead nowhere

Inspirational:

The best time to do anything.

Shake off that bad mood.

Climbing the Ladder:

Writing cover letters sucks. Make your cover letter suck less.

Looking for Love:

Would you sign a marriage contract??

Nesting DIY:

Upgrade those dingy plastic blinds that came with your apartment.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Bananas+Chocolate=LOVE

Body Lovin:

that ass

Giggles and Such:

Bread bowl gives you wings!

bananas

sun shines out your bum

crop circles

Have a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

brave goodbye

Climbing the Ladder:

Is networking as awkward for you as it is for me??

Round the World:

Traveling around the world is my ultimate dream but would you do it solo?

Feed Your Mind:

Improve your vocabulary.

How Does Your Garden Grow:

Why you’re killing your houseplants.

Best plants for low-light apartments.

Body Lovin’:

Jump start your morning with this energizing yoga routine.

Giggles and Such:

You can’t un-hear these song lyrics.

Sweet angel mouse you’re awesome.

don't tell me to calm downno monsterHave a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of)

I had the most amazing experience this past weekend at The Rock N Roll Resort: v3 Tiny Rager!

I highly recommend anyone who loves art and music to go next year.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough start to the week. So we’ll be skipping straight to Friday, while I give my brain some much needed downtime.

I promise once I decompress and remember how to string intelligent sentences together, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming 🙂

Quote of the Day:

breathe move on jimmy buffett quote

Climbing the Ladder:

In-box out of control?? How to keep email from taking over your life.

On the job hunt? How to stand out from the crowd.

Body Lovin’:

Tummy troubles got you down?? Try these yoga poses for improved digestion.

DIY:

Why wait years for Mother Nature to produce sea glass?? Just make your own!

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Hawaiian, Gluten-free, AND Paleo. Pretty sure they’re delicious too 🙂

Healthy pancakes??

Nesting:

Trying to decorate on a budget? Get thrifty AND creative!

Peace of Mind:

Master your fears and get happy.

Round the World:

I’m almost six monthes passed the 30 milestone but I managed to cross most of these off in time. And I can definitely fit numbers 30, 13, 6, and 2 into one epic trip 🙂

Inspirational:

In the wake of Monday’s tragedy it’s easy to lose faith in mankind. Here are 10 acts of kindness to remind you the world really is a beautiful place even if some of the people who inhabit it are not.

Giggles and Such:

dustpanlife is like a box of chocolates

milk i am your father

Have a great week(end)!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

be the heroine not the victim nora ephron quote

Climbing the Ladder:

On the job hunt? Explain your non-traditional career path and ace your interview.

Dollars and Sense:

Apparently it’s Financial Literacy month – I didn’t even know that was a thing! Check out Warren Buffet’s money advice.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Healthy chips?!? Be still my beeting heart 🙂

How Does Your Garden Grow:

For those of you a little short on space – make your own lettuce basket.

Giggles and Such:

Early twenties vs. late twenties

drink with moderation

are you a smart assheadacheHave a great weekend!

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Judgey Wudgey Was a Bear

woman's mind

And at least 1,347 of those tabs are open to something we said or did, we’re currently obsessing over not having gotten quite right.

You can meet the smartest, most successful woman on earth, but I bet you $1000 there are at least 3 things she thinks she’s done wrong in the last week, that she can’t seem to let go of.

The judgement of others can be harsh, but there’s nothing compared to the judgement we pass on ourselves.

I for one, am tired of the constant loop of let-downs I review in the wee hours of the night.

finish each day emerson quote

Why is it five years later I can remember in detail an off-handed criticism from someone I don’t even like, but the last compliment I received is a little fuzzy??

I would never speak to someone I love in the harsh, judgmental voice I reserve for myself late at night.

If one of my friends came to me obsessing over some slight or slip-up, I would help them look at the big picture.

Illustrate that while they may have messed up this time it does not define them as a failure.

you have a glass

So why can’t I be that rational, supportive friend to myself??

Sometimes it feels as though there are two different women who live in my head.

One’s a smart, kind, cleverly talented, rational woman.

The other is Judgey Wudgey the Bear.

And I’m not talking about some cute little bear:

cute bear

Judgey Wudgey is a mean ol’ bitch:

angry bear

And she’s always cranky!

I’ve been trying to find new ways to silence the snarky bitch.

Since coming out of hibernation, she’s been overly articulate and quite nosy.

Digging up the past like she’s foraging for food.

I haven’t really had much success in getting her to STFU!

STFU

Even as I write this I can hear her mocking me, “boo hoo, poor little girl got her feelings hurt”.

So I’m going to start writing her bullshit down.

Much like I list the things I’m grateful for each day.

In order to maintain an objective frame of mind, I will now also include the day’s top five judgements.

Maybe if I have to acknowledge them on paper, I can forgive myself my transgressions and move on.

Or maybe I’ll see how truly ridiculous and mean-spirited Judgey Wudgey is and learn to ignore her.

let it go

Wish me luck!

How do you let go of your inner critic?

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