My Twentysomething Life

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As Promised

I promised you a clothing rant, so here it goes.

Dressing up for work and other things seriously stresses me out.  My favorite outfit is my blue and green converse, jeans, and a white t-shirt.  If I could wear that every day, I definitely would!  Can someone find me a job where that would fit the dress code please?

I have something to admit, and if you are a friend of mine you probably already realize this, but I’m don’t usually put forth a lot of effort in what I wear.  Putting in effort into what I wear honestly stresses me out!  I don’t know why, it’s hard to put it in words, but it just does.  But this weekend I did some shopping for work clothes, because I have come to grips with the fact that I seriously need some, and I realized something about myself.

I have horrible body image.  I don’t like how I look in just about everything and I am very critical of myself.  This is something that I’m trying to work on, but it’s really hard.  I hardly ever look in the mirror and think, yeah I look good, unless I’m wearing my trusty white tee.

I did find a few things that I really liked when i was shopping and ended up buying them, but now I have to try and put together outfits, which is also really hard work for me.  I have a lot of ideas for what I would like to look like, just look at my Pinterest boards, but I have absolutely no follow through.

My mom is coming to visit this weekend and I’m hoping she can help me do some more shopping because I really need help in this whole “professional” clothing area.  I just don’t know what looks good, what is supposed to go together, and what is appropriate for work.  So if I am unsuccessful this weekend, I could use a shopping buddy!

So wish me luck on shopping this weekend, and hopefully I’ll have some photos of my finds for you.  And also, I would appreciate prayer for my body image issues, I’d like to feel happy with who I am 🙂  I know that God made me and I’m beautiful, but sometimes it’s hard to remember that when I look in the mirror.

So there you have it, a confession and a rant about work clothes, as promised.

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What a Weekend

Wow, it feels like it has been longer than only 2 days since my last blog post!  So much has happened since Friday.

Friday night at work there wasn’t too much going on, so I started watching a new show on Netflix.  Lately I had been watching tons of Grey’s Anatomy, but I am all caught up and ready for the new season this Thursday!!  So I have been looking for a new show to watch, so I picked Pretty Little Liars.  I only watched two episodes on Friday, but that was enough to get me hooked!  Question: How do those pretty little liars get their hair to look so perfect?!

After work, I watched What Not To Wear and waited for Adam to come home from playing with some of his friends.  When he got home, we took a late night trip to Walmart, which we have not done in forever.  We browsed and got some grocery shopping done and got home around one AM.  But it was fun to spend that time together.

Saturday morning we both just woke up around 9.  We took it easy in the morning, reading and watching cartoons, and then we went out to run some errands.  Adam’s mission: Yugioh cards.  My mission:  some new work clothes.

Adam was successful at the first store we went to: Target.  Then we went to Books a Million where I bought the new Nicholas Sparks book (!) and got a great deal on it with my member coupons!  Then we went to the mall and did some shopping (there will be a shopping/clothing/work clothes rant coming soon).  We finished our excursion with Pals (for me) and a pretzel (for Adam).  Delicious!

When we got home, Adam and Jacob played some Yugioh and I crafted upstairs (pics to come) and watched more Pretty Little Liars.  Then Jacob left, I made dinner, and we went over to Jacob and Lauren’s to play some games with friends.  It was so fun!  We made another stop at Walmart on our way home, for a full length mirror, can you believe that we didn’t have one?!

Sunday morning we woke up, went to church, and had lunch at Taco Bell.  Then we watched some Big Bang Theory, Amanda came over to do laundry, and we called my parents.  After church in the evening Adam and I watched Harry Potter 7.1 and just hung out.  It was a great weekend!

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Currently (while on my lunch break)

CURRENTLY…

listening…for the click to let me know that the quesadilla maker is preheated for my chicken and cheese quesadilla

eating…grapes, but I wish it were oreos

drinking…water because we’re out of sugar to make kool-aid

wearing…purple shirt, gray pants, and my house slippers

feeling…tired

weather…overcast and warm

wanting…to make some plans

needing…to go to the library

thinking…that I’d like to finish this book so I can start on the next one

enjoying…sitting on the couch and relaxing during my one hour lunch break

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My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine: In Theory and In Reality

In Theory
6:00AM-Wake up wide awake
6:15AM-Start morning walk
6:45AM-End morning walk
6:45AM-Shower
7:00AM-Breakfast and Bible Study
7:30AM-Finish getting ready for work, blow dry hair, put make up on, look professional
7:55AM-Arrive at work ready for the day

In Reality
7:00AM-Wake up and slowly make way to the shower
7:20AM-Breakfast
7:30AM-Brush teeth and decide no time for make up or to blow dry hair and throwing on a comfy outfit
7:45AM-Make lunch
7:55AM-Arrive at work

I’m trying to get the reality to look more like the theory because I think that kind of a morning looks great.

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A Day in My Life

My Day Today-Every Hour

0700–My alarm clock goes off.  I choose to roll over and not get up
0800–Arrive at work, fill up my water bottle and turn on my computer
0900–Returning the 10 messages I got over the weekend
1000–Catching up on paperwork
1100–Answering the calls and anxiously looking at the clock for my 1130 lunch break
1200–Eating lunch at home and switching loads of laundry
1300–Entering the paperwork that came in the mail
1400–Originating Loans
1500–Wishing I had brought a snack
1600–Only one more hour!  Returning phone calls
1700–Leave for the day and arrive at home, start dinner
1800–Homemade stuffed shells come out of the oven.  Enjoy pretzel rolls with dinner
1900–My bible study girls arrive
2000–Still doing bible study
2100–Bible study is over.  Finish laundry and dishes
2200–Falling asleep on the couch
2300–Bedtime!

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Thursday-Morning Tell-About (Friday Edition)

I literally just looked at my calendar and realized that it is Friday and I totally missed my Thursday-Morning Tell-About!  Life has been crazy around here.  Please forgive me, and here is another Thursday-Morning Tell-About, Friday Edition.  Enjoy!

My Movie Queue: Cold Mountain, The Guardian
Pages left to read in my current book:   Lots in Les Mis and 111 in Silver Linings Playbook
I have made: nothing, but have lots of ideas
I have worked on: Doing Adam’s FAFSA, paying bills, and getting caught up at work.  This weekend will be all about getting caught up at home.
Food made: Dominos Pizza
Goals checked off: none this week.
Games played: Sudoku
Favorite Pinterest pin:lazy

Total Blog views since last Thursday: 185
Number of snow days: 0
Movies Watched: 3: Red Dawn, Around the World in 80 Days, There Will Be Blood
Books read: The Perfect Husband, Red Letter Revolution
This week I love: paying off all my medical bills
This week I hate: a messy house

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Don’t Forget Discipline

dis·ci·pline

[dis-uh-plin] Show IPA noun, verb, dis·ci·plined, dis·ci·plin·ing.
noun

1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
5. behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.

How many of us try to practice discipline?  Now, I am not talking about disciplining your children, so let’s just disregard the third definition for what I am going to say today.

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.

How many of us actually pay attention that that last fruit and say, “I’m going to work on being self-controlled or disciplined today.”  Not many of us probably.  And until this month, I had not either.

We have been talking about spiritual disciplines at church: reading the Bible, prayer, fasting, and so on.  When you practice spiritual disciplines you are training your spiritual behavior, you are working to make it stronger.  Because of these sermons, I have decided to discipline myself in reading my Bible and praying by doing this every day.

Adam and I are taking the Financial Peace University class because we need more discipline with our money.

Showing discipline in many areas or your life shows that you have self-control and that you are training yourself to be a certain way.  Because of all this talk of discipline I have decided to try and discipline myself in other areas of my life.  I am already working on spiritual and financial discipline, and I have added my own goals of showing discipline in my eating habits, in my exercising, writing every day, and in cleaning the house.  I want to train myself to be a certain way.   For me, it is important to learn these disciplines now so they will become habits for the rest of my life.

I have been thinking a lot about discipline and why I think it is important and these two verses really helped me:

Hebrews 12:11  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Proverbs 13:4  The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, which the soul of the diligent is richly supported.

So, I encourage you to think about discipline in a way you perhaps haven’t before.  I have found it very freeing and I am excited to see what these next few months of discipline will bring.

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