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October 31, 2014

Favorite Fall Polishes!

**If you know me at all, you know I hate halloween.  So I'm choosing to ignore it completely.**

**Happy 30th Birthday to the sweet Lauren**

I thought since we're about to dive into much cooler temperatures (thank you, NC, for allowing Fall to finally arrive) that it would be a great time to share my favorite fall polishes!

You have no idea how freaking hard it was to narrow it down to just a few.  Or maybe you do.  If you know me at all, you know how ridiculous my nail polish collection is.  To say this was a project would be an understatement.

Either way, I finally did it.  And now that I did, I'm realizing that two of the colors (now that I have them side by side) are freaking close...so you probably only need one of the two, but whatever.  Just go with it people.

1. Wet n Wild Megalast in Disturbia.  
2. Wet n Wild Megalast (Fall 2014 Limited Edition) Careful, it's Vine-tage
3. Wet n Wild Megalast (fall 2014 Limited Edition) Echo Dark
4. Essie Chinchilly
5. Essie Merino Cool
6. OPI Over Exposed in South Beach

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October 30, 2014

Stuff & Things 10/30

**I'd like to wish my sweet friend, companion in the weird, and one of the special people who helped the book become a reality, SARAH, a happy 30th birthday!!  You rock, girlfriend!**


>>Whenever I find a new (to me) youtuber, I fall down a rabbit hole of zero productivity.  How I've managed to accomplish anything (never mind everything) since having found Colleen & Josh, I'll never know.  I'm obsessed, and it's a real problem.  They're just so friggin' weird, and I love it.  I like weird.
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>> I really hope this works.  This is what evenings are like in my house.   J is imitating THIS video (YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT), and that was what was making me laugh so hard I was crying in Starbucks yesterday.  Man.  That husband of mine sure can make me laugh on the reg!  Sorry for the voice, I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe.  And yes, we banter like that on the reg.

>> I tweaked my foot/ankle during my run on Tuesday and I'm being a big baby about it.  It's definitely just sore--pretty sure it's muscular, but it's super annoying.  Just painful enough that it's irritating.  Edited to add: yeah, no.  Now I'm fairly certain it's a pinched nerve.  So that's cool.  hashtag: ouch.

>> I'm having a blast with the youtube thing, people!  If you haven't visited or subscribed yet, you really should!  For now, I'll have new videos on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

>> I'll be hosting a 31 bag catalog party next week!  It's all online, and I'll have all the details for you on Monday!  I'll feature some of the best holiday picks as a gift guide for your mom, sister, girlfriend, coworker, etc etc!  Be sure to check in for that!  It'll be lots of fun!  And my sweet sister (who happens to be the consultant) has been nice enough to offer you all, my readers, a discount!
>> My head is still a messy place right now, but you guys.  I can't even begin to explain to you how full my heart feels.  I appreciate your understanding with my vague-ness, and your support means so dang much.  I swear that sometimes I really think I couldn't do this thing called life without y'all.  So consider yourself awkwardly hugged through the internet.

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October 29, 2014

Actually...

This year has been about definition.  Redefining, actually.  From the moment I walked across that stage in 2008, I've just been wandering around aimlessly.

I'd lost my label.  And I know I'm not alone in that feeling.  When student is stripped from our name tag, we're all left a little lost.

After last year (you know, the year that literally kicked my ass), I decided I was done.  I didn't like how things were going.  I had a moment when things got so scary last year that I promised myself that if I were given a second chance, I'd do things differently.  I'd be the me I wanted to be.

So 2014 came, and I took off running.

I set goals.  I put my dreams down on paper and didn't entertain the idea of them not happening.  I was on the phone with a friend one evening and literally said I'm not even scared that it isn't going to happen.  I won't let that happen.  I just won't stop until it does.

I'll admit, I've never worked harder than I have this year.  I'm not even just talking about the writing, I'm talking about it all.  Running, learning to drive stick, facing my fears.  I tend to try and then give up.  Failing wasn't an option.  

The thing with giving up is this.  It wouldn't matter to anyone else.  I wanted it.  And if I gave up, I'd only be disappointing myself.  I'd be left in the place I was when 2013 came to a close.  

I was terrified of being the same person.  I would actually get sick at the idea of being in the same place forever.  I'd been in that limbo for too many years already.  That place of wanting something but never having it.

I blamed the world.  I saw people get the things I wanted and I'd actually hate them for it.  Overnight success, it seemed.  And then one day it just dawned on me.

I would throw myself into all of it.  I'd commit 100% and just keep plowing forward.  And when one thing was crossed off the list, I'd add another.  

I've never felt like this before.  Like I'm exactly the person I want to be.  Like I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing.  Like I can do the things I want to do.  And you know what?  You can too!

This year, I redefined myself.


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October 28, 2014

Utter Chaos

First of all, thank you all so much for your support yesterday.  I try to keep things as real as possible around here.  Because you know what?  Perfect is boring. 

So to say that things have been chaotic would probably be an epic understatement.  And when things get chaotic, I reach for the things that ground me.  I grasp at anything that I feel like I can control.

So the other night?  When my mind wouldn't shut up?  I tackled something I've been avoiding for a long, long while.


Does anyone else do this?  Your insides feel all messed up so you do your best to make your surroundings make sense?  You should see my house.  Cleanest it's been in a long, long while.  (For the record, I keep my house clean.  But it's not always neat, much to my husband's dismay).

Can I ask a question?  Why is it that whenever you take on a major cleaning project, at some point you decide you'd rather quit...but you're standing amidst a bigger mess than you started with?

I remember when I was kid, my mom used to make us trash bag clean our rooms every so often.  If your moms weren't that mean (I'm totally kidding, Mom), that means we had to give stuff away.  And I remember it was like a week long project.  And I'd live among the chaos until finally everything found its place and things were so neat and pretty...for like a week.


Ahh.  Much better.  Now if only I could get the inside of my head to look the same.  

Tell me, what do you do when your world feels out of control?  Do you clean?  In case you all are convinced that I'm crazy (I am, for the record), I also bake.  And eat.  So I'm sort of normal, too.

October 27, 2014

It's only rain

Do you have a second?  Maybe grab a cup of coffee?  I'll wait.  I really just want to hang here for a minute and chat with you.  My people.  My friends.



It's never a good sign when your faith literally falls and crumbles.  I got home on Saturday night and heard a bang.  When I opened my bedroom door and saw this, I couldn't help but laugh a little to myself.

Figures, I said.

It's been a rough few months, friends.  Sure, there are little things that pile up and those just suck.  But those are easy.  Those you just get through somehow, you know?

But the big things?  The big things aren't as cut and dry.  The last few months I've found myself navigating a foreign adult territory.  There are times in your life when you can clearly see definition.  Does that make sense?  A moment in time between what was and what is now.  Before and after.

I have a collection of those moments in my life.  And usually as they're happening, I'm aware.  Some are obvious.  Graduation.  Marriage.  Moving.  Some are less obvious.

I think we feel the ones that are less obvious more.  We prepare for The Big Ones.  We know The Big Ones are coming.  The ones that come out of the blue and sucker punch you?  Yeah, those suck.

The thing is, you just do it.  You don't know how, but you do.  Fake it until you make it.  You try to keep your head above the water for so long that before you realize it, you've learned to swim.