Thursday, March 31, 2016

Over Poster?


Hooray! It's finally the end of March! I've had big plans for April since February. 

For the entire month of April, I'm going to be completing a 30 day challenge (I, of course, found it on pinterest... so I'm not entirely sure who specifically came up with the challenge because I've only seen the pinterest photo that was pinned a million times). I'll be posting something relating to a provided title from the challenge every day, but don't worry, I'm also planning on posting things like my monthly overview and my resolutions update so you guys can keep up with those things as well. 

Hopefully you guys won't get sick of me over the course of the next month because I'll be providing you with new content every say instead of every Tuesday and Thursday! 

Wish me luck, and I hope you enjoy April from me!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Random Quote That I Love

This is something that I've been repeating to myself for almost a year now. I found this version of it on Pinterest, and I thought that it was exactly perfect at getting the message across! You may be looking at a Peacock thinking that it's the most beautiful thing in the world, and wishing that you could look the same when you're really a Flamingo! Beautiful in a way that's separate from the Peacock. Who knows, maybe you're really a Mourning Dove, or a Harlequin Duck, or Falcon!

I also saw this one, which pertains to fruit and not birds, but it has the same meaning that I don't want you to forget.

Whenever I start to compair myself to someone else, I try to stop myself and think about this. Yes, her eyebrows may be on point, and that other girl may have awesome hair, but they may be looking at me thinking that they'd love to have my eyes, or to have delicate hands like I do. We're just different birds (or different fruit) and that's perfectly fine!

What are things that you do to keep yourself from comparing yourself to others? 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Thunder Storm - Photos


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Working Things Out?

On Friday, I FINALLY got an email telling me the results from the Resident Adviser position that I interviewed for. The interview processes took about 3 hours and involved 2 individual interviews as well as two group activities that were documented like interviews (as in they had people writing down everything that we said and did during the activity). Everything about the whole process freaked me out and made me really uncomfortable and anxious, so I didn't have high hopes of being offered a position. Ever since the interview, I've been really stressed about not knowing where I'm going to live for the next school year because it all rested on whether or not I got an RA position. Surprisingly enough, I'm happy to tell you that I wasn't offered a position! They put me into the awkward middle ground, so if one of the RAs ends up not being able to do the job they'd put in someone else from this middle ground. I, however, declined staying in the middle ground. I didn't want to continue to worry about where I'd live next year over the course of the whole summer!

The Summer.... My summer plans just got a lot more complicated. Remember when I applied for an Internship at a Zoo in a different state? Well, they choose me as one of the candidates to interview for the internship working with hoofstock. I think the main reason that they picked me for this particular spot is because of my experience working with Giraffes already. When I got the email, I called my dad to talk to him about what I should/could do if given the internship.

When I originally applied, I had the intention of being about to stay with my relatives that live in that state. Since then, that option isn't an option any more because those relatives will have a new baby, which means that I have no where I'd be able to stay. Something to consider - my boyfriend does live in this state as well, but my parents are very conservative and would throw a fit if I stayed with him for the whole summer. I know that, at the end of the day, I am an adult and I very well could live with him, but I'll need the support of my parents if I'm going to be able to do this. Well... After I gain their support about doing it I want to be able to keep it.

When my dad talked to my mom about me doing the internship, she essentially said there was no way I could ever do it, and to turn down the interview. I spent a few days (i got the email on Thursday) thinking about how I'd be able to pull it off on my own. I looked at the cost of living close to this particular zoo so that I could put what I would have spent in gas money and towards a car towards paying rent instead. I've looked at the cost of living somewhere cheaper that's farther away from this zoo and tried to factor in the cost of a car and gas. Then I remembered that I'll have to buy groceries, so I tried to factor that into the costs as well. Long story short, even if I worked my butt off for the rest of the semester, my chances of being able to afford living there for the summer to do this internship are slim. More recently I've been looking into whether or not I could get a part time job there to help me be able to afford it all. Plus, I have to afford a way to get to this other state.

I've seen several people who are doing Study Abroad programs do various fund raisers to be able to afford the costs. However, I don't know who in the college town where I live would want to buy things from me when others have already sold them the same things. I also don't have any particular talents to be able to sell cards or jewelry or something like that online. I've stayed at school for Spring Break so that I'll be able to pick up extra hours, but even with working extra hours I don't earn enough to be able to afford 3 months in a different state.

When it comes to affording the Internship, I also have to keep in mind the fact that I'll be living (for sure) in an apartment for the next school year, where I'll also have to pay rent as well as buying my textbooks like I've planned to with my New Year's Resolutions. The current job that I have on campus will still be mine next school year, which is enough to cover the cost of rent every month. I would only need to worry about textbooks at that point.

The reason that I'm willing to put in so much effort to make this internship happen is because it's a big opportunity for me. Internship positions are really competitive, including the unpaid ones like the one I've been offered a change to get, especially from such a huge and popular zoo like the one this Internship is with. The fact that they've offered me an interview for the position is a huge deal! If I was able to actually get the spot, and do the work over the summer, I'd gain a told of needed experience in my desired field of work as well as giving me the ability to beef up my resume. Having references, and maybe a reference letter, from people at this zoo would be a major deal for me and future goals! I decided this morning while I was thinking in the shower that, if I am offered the position after I'm interviewed, I'm going to make it happen and do the internship. I'm going to stay positive and hope that everything will work out for the better.

I guess things worked out when it comes to where I'm going to live for the next school year, and who my roommate is going to be and where I'll work. But now, my Summer plans are being thrown through a loop because I don't know what I'm going to do or where I'm going to stay or how I'm going to afford everything. I got off of one stressful wagon just to jump onto the next one!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Everyone Has An Exciting Story to Tell

One of the main things that I want to stress about Journaling is that everyone has an exciting story to tell. You're the only person living life like you are, so you're the only one who can record what that's like. How you do that is up to you! In this post I'm going to talk about my own journey with journaling as well as some suggestions I have for others. 

I'm an avid journal writer. I have been since about 2009 when I was given my very first journal for my birthday (My brother got it for me - I wrote about getting it in my first entry).

Now, don't get me wrong, I still miss days all the time, and sometimes I leave out different events and have to write about them later. However, it's really the effort that counts when it comes to keeping a journal.

I know that this blog has a lot about me and the things that happen in my world, but it's a lot different than the journal I keep. When I write in my journal, I'm a lot more detailed about the every day things that I do. When I write something for my blog, I write it with the intention of people reading it. When it comes to my journal, I write it as if my posterity is going to read it, so it contains more of the trials and lessons that I've learned as well as the things I'm feeling.

I always include photos! When I journal, it's easier for me to write every day when I have pictures or pieces of paper or tickets to tape in to help depict my day. It also means that my journals are all massive because of all the things that I tape in them (I've filled 7 or 8 journals by this point in my life).

I highly recommend getting some colored tape, it adds to the cuteness of your journal so when you tape in those photos and movie tickets and things it'll look more decorative. I personally have a rainbow assortment of colored tape that I bought all at once off of amazon, and so far I've been loving how it looks!

When it comes to journal writing, for me, I have a specific kind of gel pen that I prefer. It looks dark, exact, and it dries quickly. I know that everyone has their own preferences about pens, some of which are on the slightly priceyer side, but it's worth it if it'll get you to write! A few days ago I filled the striped journal and I started a new one. This particular one is black and white with a sort of floral pattern on the front. I like the size and the appearance of my journal, so it makes me happy and excited to write in it at the end of the day. 

That's another thing - when you write in your journal. I personally write at the end of every day, and that works really well for me. However, I know several people who write once a week about the highlights that happened, and people who write about an event after they've printed the photos or received things in the mail. I think that it's an entirely personal preference, you just have to find what works for you. 

Do you keep a journal? What are some ways that you make journaling fun?

Thursday, March 3, 2016

2 Month Resolution Update

Resolution 1: Save up the money that I need to be able to pay for my Housing and Textbooks for the 16-17 school year on my own.

As you know already, I got a promotion at work so I don't have to keep looking for that second job! With this new job, I have high hopes of being able to save up about a third of the cost of my housing and textbooks. I'm staying here at school for Spring Break in about a week, so I'll be able to log lots of hours then because I won't have anything else to do that whole week.

Resolution 2: DRINK MORE WATER!!!!!

I've been using the Plan Nanny app, which is a free app in the apple app store. It seems really silly, because keeping a digital plant alive by drinking water may not seem very motivating... However, it works really well for me! I never thought that I'd be able to keep the plant alive because I couldn't even keep my Tomagachi alive as a kid! In the app, you put in your height, weight, and level of activity and it tells you how much water you should drink in a day. You can enter in different sizes of water bottle or coffee cups and things like that, and it'll record everything for you! I'm not gonna lie... I have killed my plant a few times this month, but I've been much better about keeping up with the water that I need!

Resolution 3: Read at least 20 books  by the end of the year.

You already know that I'm failing at this one so far... I've only read one book! I'm reading a book right now, I just don't have very much time to because I've had to read for my classes and I'm not counting those books because I didn't choose them... I know, excuses excuses! I'll hopefully finish the book I'm reading this month!

Resolution 4: Clean my dorm room every Saturday

Surprisingly enough, I've actually kept up with this one throughout February! This so far has had the biggest impact on my normal day to day life because having a clean room helps keep me from tearing my hair out over homework and life. I may not get my math done, but at least my room looks like something out of a Magazine! (Just kidding... I always get my math done.... ;)

Resolution 5: Stop eating after 9pm

This one has been a lot harder for me in February because I've been staying up a lot later than I usually do. I mainly brake this resolution on Wednesdays because I have a lab that goes until 9, so I typically don't get dinner beforehand because it's too early, so I'll eat around 9:30 just so I'm not starving when I start working on any homework that I have left. For the most part, I've been doing my best with this one!

Resolution 6: Snack less, eat actual meals more.

This one I was actually really successful with this past month! When I ate actual meals, I wasn't big into snacking. At the most, I'd eat a bag of popcorn and that would be all! Before I was snacking so much that I was never hungry enough at a meal time to be able to eat an actual meal. I was just eating continuously throughout the day. I think I'll be a lot healthier eating more than just snack foods like chips and candy bars and cookies.

How have you been keeping up with your resolutions? I'd love to know how you guys are achieving your resolutions!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February 2016 Overview

Not gonna lie, February was an awesome month for me. So many good things happened! Well... Some not so good things happened as well, but I'm not going to focus on those things!

I updated the layout of my blog as well as creating an Instagram account and.... On the 19th.... I BOUGHT A DOMAIN!! So this officially feels like the blog that I've always wanted to have. It looks beautiful, the domain is my own, and I'm able to share my content in a much better way. The only thing I haven't worked the bugs out of yet is the mobile version of my blog... That's not the greatest yet, but I'm doing really well with this all on my own! I've said this before and I'll say it again, I have this blog just because I've always wanted to be a blogger not because I want to make money off of it. It's something that, for the year and few months that I've been doing it, I really enjoy.

On the 8th, my boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary, which we basically celebrated with Valentine's Day because the two are only about a week apart. We were both worried about the presents we got for each other (we always are) but we both loved what the other gave (like we always do). Because we're doing the whole long-distance thing, we're hoping to be able to get to see each other this upcoming summer! Which would be absolutely amazing!

In February, I played roommate roulette (which you can read about in a previous post which is, coincidentally, called Roommate Roulette) and I also went through the 3 hour interview process for a Resident Adviser position at my school. We're supposed to find out the results in the 2nd week in March at some point, so I'll be sure to let you guys know how it worked out. I'll most likely explain the interview process in that post also. My potential roommate and I were assigned an apartment, so the deciding factor of whether or not I'll get to live their with her is whether or not I'm offered an RA position.... Like I've said before, we'll just have to see what happens. Either way, my potential roommate and I are becoming really good friends, so we could always be roommates later on if we wanted to!

This year is a Leap Year, so February had an extra day! My school was stressing the whole "Do something nice for someone else with your extra day" but that didn't really happen for me because about a week ago... I GOT A PROMOTION to someone who writes parking tickets. So, for about 3 hours on Leap Day I went out to write tickets... However, I guess I was being nicer because I left more warnings that I did actual tickets. Hopefully that made a few people happy on their Leap Day.

The last thing I'm gonna say about how awesome my February was.... I found a youtube channel that I'm currently using to be able to exercise in the comfort of my own room! Well... By exercise I mean Yoga, because I'm not an athletic person so lifting weights and running and things like that don't work very well for me. I'm hoping to be less stressed because of it as well as being healthier, which is a big plus. Last semester, I took several yoga classes and I really loved it, so I'm confident in my ability to keep going with it! Especially since this youtuber has videos for beginners! I think she has videos for everything, which is just amazing!

What did you do on your Leap Day? Did you do something nice for someone else? What was your favorite thing that happened in February? Let me know!
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