2015: A Recap

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Well, folks…2015ย cameย to an end. I don’t really know where the year went. I’m pretty sure I blinked and it was over. But here we are, wrapping it up. WHOA. I told myself I would blog more this year, because I miss writing. I’ve clearly succeeded at that (yeah…I know…not so much…). But I wanted to write a wrap up post to apologize, but also kick off 2016 with some regularity. The blogging kind. Not the pooping kind. (But I hope that’s regular for you, too.) ๐Ÿ™‚

A one sentence summary of the pastย year would be: It’s ending 180 degree difference from where it started.

But that doesn’t really do it justice.

2015 started at the end of a tunnel. I could see a light at the other end finally, but it felt very far away still. I had just started with Disney and quit my lame horrible fill in job, even though I wasn’t sure I could afford it,ย that I had taken while trying to get in to Disney. But I took the leap. Florida had given me a new sense of self and self-preservation. Somehow I pushed through many months of 6 day weeks in order to afford bills and also have a tiny bit of fun on the side. I went to Disney a bazillion times (okay, probably “only” pushing like 100 times, but that’s still pretty ridic). I’ve gotten to experience a whole year of holidays at Walt Disney World. WHO GETS TO SAY THAT?! Not many peeps. And I feel lucky. I’ve made new friendships, lost others, and strengthened many more. I promoted into a really awesome role with Disney Vacation Club and literally get paid to talk to people about princesses, Mickey Mouse, and their vacation. WHO GETS TO SAY THAT?! I’m working on paying off debt, and will have most of it doneย (except for college loans) by February.ย And I turned 32 with the help of a pretty amazing guy who I now get to say is mine (after 5ish years….finally….and I will continue to do the “I told you so” dance…haha).

That’s the fastest recap of a year that has ever happened, and it’s just a nutshell of what 2015 entailed, but to catch you up on a whole year of life, no matter how fast it felt to me, would be marginally crazy to attempt. Although someone reading this is thinking, “Well, you ARE marginally crazy, so….”

Instead, though, I think I’ll share some of my favorite photos from the past year, and let you live vicariously through me that way. And I’ll share that I’m going to be doing some sort of blog post EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. this year. 2015 felt like it was a ramp up to some really exciting adventures, and so I feel like 2016 deserves some documentation of what those adventures will be. A post may just be a photo some days, or a long winded Dawn rant others, but at the end of the year, I will be excited to look back and have a place to visit all the little moments I experienced.

So, 2015, you were good. You’re the first year I’ve ended feeling really good about what went down and what is ahead in a very long time. And, 2016, you’ve got some big shoes to fill, but I am pretty sure you’re up to the challenge and I am excited to see what you’ll bring me!

What are YOU hoping to accomplish/experience/dream/hope/live in 2016?

The (scary & weird) World of…INTERNET DATING!

Let’s be honest, no one’s getting younger here. Despite everyone thinking I’m 24 years old (clearly a win in my book), there lies the actual fact that I will be celebrating my 25th 32nd birthday in December. When you’re in your 20s and single, you’ll get the occasional comment and/or question, but it’s overwhelmingly acceptable to be figuring out who/where/what you are doing with your life, thus making singledom completely okay! Focus on yourself! Your career! Your friends! The rest will come, they say!

Then you cross that magical 3-0 line… Suddenly it’s confusing to EVERYONE (and I do mean everyone…thank you for your input on my life, complete strangers) that you, great/awesome/magnificent/intelligent/howthehellcouldsomeonelikeyoubesingle?! you, are alone. And you know that you’re not really alone. Because, let’s be honest, your best friends are way more loyal than any guy anyway. But why, oh dear sweet baby jebus, WHY!? are you still single?!

I know I say all that in an overly dramatic, tongue-in-cheek way, but I know that many of you are in my boat…and you’re sitting here nodding your head in agreement, like the Justin Timberlake bobble doll I used to have in my ’95 Chevy Beretta. You know that awkwardness of attending the weddings of two out of three of your (all younger) siblings alone. All the questions. The stares. The awkward everything. So, I digress…

When you’re in these shoes, you begin to ponder. Over-analyze even (no? just me? oh. okay.). You wonder how DO you meet people outside of the social constructs of high school and college? You begin to understand those facts you’ve seen about adults meeting and marrying people they work with, because that’s their majority social interaction. And then you also live in a world with the modern convenience of *drum roll please* INTERNET DATING!

Internet dating is…interesting. I’m new to it. I’m still unsure and cautious. It’s, so far, a strange mix of people who are actually wanting to be in relationships vs. people who just want something casual/hook-up/share-their-weirdness. And, don’t worry, I am ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY going to be blogging about my experiences, which are as entertaining as you’d imagine. ๐Ÿ™‚ But this is about just internet dating in general. I’ve encountered some extremely annoying things that seem to be way too common. So, guys of the internet dating world, let me enlighten you to some things you seem to like to do…because STOP IT. The following things are not helping your case of singledom:

  • Pretty please put up photos of just you! I don’t know who you are in that photo of you and 50 of your closest friends and I’m not interested in the hot girl you’re posing with either. I will literally go right past you in both of these scenarios and not think twice. #learnhowtotakeaproperselfie #orgiveyourcameratosomeone #swipeleft (Unless you write a funny quip in your profile about how you know it’s everyone’s wish to try to guess which one you are in the group pic, which I actually stumbled upon recently and it made me laugh out loud and #swiperight. Touchรฉ to you, sir.)
  • Also, I get it…you fish (is this just a Florida thing?!), but put that in your profile as something you enjoy doing, don’t put a photo of you holding dead fish. (And certainly don’t put a photo of you kissing that dead fish, which also is a thing that has happened. #swipeleftamilliontimes)
  • Your shirtless photo doesn’t impress me. Stop it. You automatically look like a tool if your photo, especially your main photo, is you flexing without a shirt on. #notimpressed #cuddlingwitharockisnotfun #swipeleft
  • And, for pete’s sake, write something, anything, pseudo interesting about yourself! “Ask me anything, I’m an open book!” is not a convo starter nor is it a sign that you are interesting! (It is a sign, however, that you are too lazy to care about your profile, so #byefelicia! #swipeleft)
  • Lastly, sweet baby jebus, if you’re matched with someone, start a dang convo, ya pansy!!! You cannot use the “but it’s the 21st century” excuse. Be a man. If you’re interested, SAY. HI. (Say hi, don’t say anything dirty, ask questions to get to know me, and then ask me out. Leave a little mystery, and be a grown up.)

Since I told you that I’m going to be telling you about my adventures, you can guess that these tips are often not followed. The stories, though, are pretty funny and worthy of (anonymously) sharing.

While you wait in anxious anticipation to hear about my luck, what is the one tip YOU would give someone dating online?

 

A sassy Dawn reboot!

Lucky you! I mean, really. You’re lucky if you’re just stumbling across this. And I’m not saying to forego the option of going into the Dawn On Me archives, but things are going to look different from here on out. Let’s put my English degree to use (for once) and publish some fun! In short: the past year has rebooted me, the Dawn you know and love, and I’m feeling more myself…the self that existed before two years ago happened…than ever before.

 

So, prepare yourself…this blog is getting the reboot that it so rightfully deserves. Quips, life, and stories that could only happen to me are coming your way! ๐Ÿ™‚

Fat Shaming or Fat Praising?

Okay. I know I’m going to have people who agree with me, and I absolutely anticipate those who will be angry that I’m even thinking about saying something like what I’m about to in this post. It’s okay. We all have our opinions. This is just mine…

So, I saw this Buzzfeed article pop up in my Facebook news feed today. Did you see it? This story about Tess. Tess is apparently the biggest plus size model to get a major contract. Yay for you, Tess! Here’s the thing though: When I saw this article, and proceeded to read it, I got mad. angry. irritated. It really rubbed me the wrong way. It’s a feeling I’ve had more than once in recent history. And it has nothing to do with Tess. It has a lot, however, to do with the whole “plus size movement” going around.

Let’s go backwards and give a little background on this sitch. For those who have known me for the past couple years, you are aware that I’ve lost some weight. Some would say “a lot” of weight. I didn’t lose weight due to any pressure put on me or because I felt I would be “prettier” or from lack of self-confidence or whatever other petty things someone may think a person would lose weight over. Let’s put this in perspective…

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These photos are me in October 2012. These photos are me at over 250lbs. Size 20. I don’t know exactly what I topped out at, but it wasn’t healthy. I felt physically crappy all the time. I had a hard time sleeping. I had back pain all the time. My legs and feet hurt all the time. Did I feel pretty? Yeah. I was confident in who I was and what I wanted to do and I felt pretty in this photo shoot. I never “felt fat”. But I knew all the things listed above were due to my lack of being healthy.

So I made a change. I stopped drinking soda (and stopped keeping it at home, because it’d be what I turned to first) and started drinking water. I stopped keeping snack foods around, like cookies and crackers, because I don’t know how to NOT eat them if they’re around…and not just eat them, but literally eat the whole box (HELLOOOOOO lack of self control). I started keeping healthy snacks around, like apples and hummus and carrots and popcorn. I stopped eating seconds and thirds (which, we all know, means fourths and fifths with American portions) and started watching portion sizes. No. I never counted calories. Ever. Still don’t. I could care less about how many calories went in, because I knew the healthiness levels and portion amounts of the food I consumed were more important. Although, naturally the healthiness levels and portion control help control the calories. And I started working out. I introduced working out at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time into my schedule. And, ultimately, I started training for a half-marathon, which I completed, much to my own shock, this past November. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am down at least 60lbs so far (again, I don’t keep a lot of track of lbs, but rather my clothing size and how I’m feeling), fitting into a size 12 (nearly size 10…my 12s are kinda roomy…), and I wore a bikini and shorts this past summer for the first time since high school!

Now this is the Dawn I know:

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Now, I say all this not at all to even remotely toot my own horn. I am proud of myself, yes, but I will be the first to attest to the fact that it isn’t an easy road and it’s a path you have to choose every single day. Especially if you’re like me and food is practically your BFF (especially in times of stress and sadness) and your metabolism is pretty much non-existent without consistent activity. I get it.

So how does this tie in to why I was so upset when I saw that Buzzfeed article? (Yes. I CAN bring this rant full circle.) It’s because I’ve been the plus size girl. By mainstream standards, I still am (to which I scream a loud BULLSHIT, because I do think the mainstream standards are impossible to live up to and mostly unhealthy…with that much I do agree). I do think that women need to be more confident in themselves as people. As humans. In their career choices. Their hair color. Their quirks. So on and so on. I do think that women need to rely on their own awesomeness and be certain of that instead of depending on what other people think of them. I do not think that that means you need to be okay with being unhealthy.

I have a hard time with this, because I get what being confident in your own skin means. But I also get what being unhealthy feels like despite being confident in that skin. So I look at those photos of Tess and I think she is a very beautiful lady. She clearly gets that whole saucy smizing thing that Tyra talks about on ANTM. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I don’t think she looks healthy despite that confidence. And THAT. That’s what scares me about the plus size movement.

I absolutely agree that you should be you. Be confident in who you are all the time, but being confident in who you are doesn’t mean you have to be comfortable with being unhealthy. It’s not fat shaming. It’s not saying fat is ugly. It’s not anything that people are going to want to assume I’m saying because it’s easier to bully than to listen or be constructive or communicate in an educated way. Being confident in who you are is an internal thing. It’s knowing who you are and what you believe in and upholding your values and morals. DO THAT. ROCK THAT. And whether you’re a size 2 or a size 18, DO THAT. ROCK THAT. But do it healthy. Stop consuming the nasty stuff we are nearly forced to consume. Do some sort of physical activity. Drink water. Take care of yourself. Respect yourself from the inside out. That’s what the plus size movement should really be about. It should not be about saying we’re okay with people being fat because “fat can be beautiful, too”. Sure it can. I know many people who fall into that category. But I think it should be about learning to respect who you are on the inside so that you feel confident on the outside and take care of yourself because you know you’re worth it!

What do you think about the whole plus size movement? Are you okay with the praise being placed on it or do you feel like me in thinking that the focus should be on healthy living from the inside out instead of someone’s size?

Catching Up

It has been a LONG long time since I last posted. It has been since April 9th, to be exact. How ridic is that?! Maybe you missed it, maybe you didn’t, but for now you don’t get a choice. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been making a lot of behind the scenes (and soon-to-be all up in your face) changes over the blogging lull. Due to those changes, my normal weirdo self is almost back and, with it, my creativity. That means I suddenly feel like I have a personality worthy of blogging with!

I won’t be blogging every day…yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I have some topics heading your way. These include, but are not limited to:

  • my weight loss (because everyone asks questions, so why not have the answers in one spot)
  • the aforementioned life changes
  • books that I’ve been reading
  • apps I’ve been obsessed with
  • WordPress (and why it’s suddenly a large…and awesomely awesome…part of my life)
  • ……?

Also, I’m taking topic suggestions, because I’m trying to make myself a better blogger again. I feel the readers really make a blog worth it, and I think that your questions/suggestions/topics are often times more interesting (for now…haha) than what I have planned.

So who’s ready for some me coming your way again?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

#ALLTHETHINGS!!!

I haven’t blogged in another week and a half. Because, quite frankly, a lot has been going on, and I’ve decided that unless I can stay positive, you don’t need the posts. Negativity can go crawl in a hole and die. So I’m here because I have #ALLTHETHINGS to talk to you about! ๐Ÿ™‚

ONE) You can be super excited because you get TWO blog posts to reboot things! TWO! How awesome is that?! Because today is also “Watch Me Wednesday”, so there will be vlog later…with a special guest! WOOT! ๐Ÿ™‚

TWO) It is officially spring time. Yep. Not only has the calendar changed, but so has the weather. I think it may be finally time I can say that. I see only 60s in the extended forecast, and you can’t go wrong with more warmth, sunshine, and the world turning green and flowery again. Nothing boosts my mood like getting hit with some vitamin D via the glorious raging sun.

THREE) This is kind of gross, but I was prepping lunch last Wednesday and totally stabbed myself in my hand while cutting an avocado…something I do daily. I felt SO stupid. I had to go get stitches. It’s just now to a point where my hand is pretty much normal use again. Stitches will get to come out in 3 days (I’m going with the max of the 7-10 days for the sake of my hand)! SOON! But I’m going to have that scar there forever reminding me of my dummy self. Hehe

FOUR) I went to Minneapolis for the first time last weekend. I got to celebrate Michelle’s birthday with her, visit some sites, eat delicious food, and meet some internet friends in person finally! There was still too much snow on the ground there, but it was 60ish while I was there, so it was manageable. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll share photos and more about it in a separate post so that anyone visiting can have an idea of things to do/eat while there for a short trip.

FIVE) My job search has not been a huge secret. I’ve applied to hundreds, maybe thousands, of jobs over the past year and a half or so. Only a couple of bites have happened, but nothing ever came of any of them, so I’ve been stuck in a job that I dread going to for far too long because #bills #adulthood #lifeisnotfree. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, the big news, and why I know people are reading this post and stalking my life right now is: I GOT A NEW JOB!!! I got the offer yesterday, I’m waiting on the official paperwork right now to come to my email, and I’ll officially start training next Friday! Light at the end of the VERY long tunnel. And it’s GOOD.

So what is it exactly? It’s a job with Teavana! If you haven’t heard of Teavana, I’m not surprised. But you should know about it. I never liked tea until I experienced Teavana. It’s loose leaf, you make it how you like it, and it’s DELISH. Currently they exist in malls and sell their loose leaf teas and various tea brewing equipment. So it doesn’t surprise me that people still don’t know Teavana, because unless you are into tea, you probably would just keep walking and barely notice it. Well, in November of 2012 Teavana got bought by Starbucks, which is really the perfect coupling. So what I’ll be working is a brand new Teavana concept!! It’s a tea bar. It is a free standing cafe location (similar to the Starbucks concept) that serves the delicious fancy teas and some foods. Our Chicago location is literally only the 3rd in the country! But many are coming, so be ready for it to end up in your neck of the woods before too long. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so excited to help build and mold a new brand/concept. I’m excited that I’ll have more normal hours…8a-9p are our hours?! WHAT?! So much better than the 5a-11p I deal with currently. I’m excited that it’s closer to home. I’m excited for the opportunity to grow and advance. I’m excited about the benefits. I’m excited that I didn’t have to compromise myself for any part of it. I’m excited that it’ll allow me to focus more time on other areas of my life, too. SO YAY! All the good things! ๐Ÿ™‚

So there you have it, friends. Some big things! Does anyone else feel renewed by spring time and all the promises it brings like I do?! What is going on in YOUR life that’s super awesomesauce?!

Sounds of Saturday: Hey Ocean!

I’ve been listening to a LOT of new stuff (well, new to me) lately. And Hey Ocean! is one of my faves! Some examples? SURE!

‘Make A New Dance Up’

 

‘If I Were A Ship’

AH! SO GOOD! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t you love it?!?! Definitely check out the rest of their stuff. I like them so much that I have a Hey Ocean! playlist on my Spotify. Can’t. Get. Enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

Who are you currently digging on?

Photo Friday: Zac Hays

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This is Zac. Zac Hays to be specific. I’ve done several shoots for him, and I love all of them.

One) Zac is just good looking. Haha. So he’s easy on the camera. ๐Ÿ™‚
Two) He’s SUPER talented. Seriously.
Three) I love the perspective of this pic. And the light. So pretty. *sigh*

So…more about the super talented part. I love Zac. He’s like a little bro. We clicked pretty instantly when we met. Zac is a singer. A performer. He plays piano and guitar. He’s just so damn naturally talented, and I think he’s going to do some really big things in his life. You can search him on YouTube. All the covers are a year or more old, but you can see the talent. ๐Ÿ™‚

I miss you, Zac, and our laughs and hangouts and you testing songs out on me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to come visit soon! Love you!

St. Paddy’s Day!

There are a lot of things I love in life, but there is something about Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day weekend that is special. Yes, often drunken, but special. ๐Ÿ™‚

Got to spend this weekend with my ladies. I needed the girl time a lot and it was a welcome distraction from so many things. We ate far more food than anyone would expect 3 females to eat, played silly games, talked about all the things going on in our lives, and, ya know, I fell asleep early, because I’m old. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I wish I had thought to have someone take a photo of my outfit. I’m a little obsessed with it and kind of want to wear it regularly. And I might. My green skinny jeans (although, to be fair, I need to replace these with ones that fit…), my bronze sequined sweater, and my purple leopard Grace Adele scarf (my fave!!!). I felt pretty cute. Can’t even lie. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

We started the day with brunch and mimosas and I had the most amazing meal that I’m dreaming about RIGHT.NOW. Then we headed downtown for the parade. And then there was this guy…

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Apparently if you have abs of steel (this guy did, I swear. he showed us multiple times.), you can climb lights. And cops just laugh like it’s HI-LAR-I-OUS. Which, granted, it kind of, sort of, is. ๐Ÿ™‚ I applaud your tenacity and ability to get up there though, bro. I’m also glad you were able to get down and didn’t fall backward into a crowd that surely would not have caught you. This is all I remember of the parade though…because it was more entertaining than the parade (not because of any booze).

The rest of the evening was hanging out, being ridiculous, lots of laughter, more girl time, failing to see our friends that were in town (um…Wrigleyville? on a holiday? REALLY?!)…and it was good.

I had lots of things I probably could have and should have done this weekend, I’ll be honest. But my sanity and soul needed what I did instead.

So, HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY! Did anyone else do anything fun for the holiday?!

 

 

Disappearing Act … HI!

What?! Has it really been that long since I last blogged?! I AM SO SORRY! (You’re probably less upset…) So much for blogging every day, eh? But quality over quantity? Can I make that argument for myself on my own blog? Sure….sure I can. Because I said so.

So, obvi, life has been crazy. And, by crazy, I mean I have clearly been working opens, which means I barely sleep, and, thus, I just pass out randomly out of pure exhaustion/have no real good flow to life/work. And sitting and blogging, which I love, falls to the backburner. I apologize. I’ll try to not let it happen again. I’m sure the silence kills you slowly…

So let’s just make this a random post. I mean, one of those “spill my brains” posts. I know you dig those the most. (Or that’s what I’m imagining.) You’re welcome in advance.

> Michelle made this great Spotify playlist. I listen to it pretty much on repeat. Except for the times I let John Mayer get in the way. Or American Authors. Or Bastille. These are things I listen to right now. I’ll share about the Spotify playlist awesomeness in it’s own music related post. There are some good musicians I think you should check out. For sure. And you know I know good music. *coughcoughHANSONcoughcough*

> I posted a disgusting photo of myself on Facebook last week? The week before? Not that long ago. Of a day I realized I really may be wasting away. It was the first time I’ve really noticed my weight loss gotten excited without forcing myself to notice it and be excited by it. It may be my most commented on/liked photo. I’m sorry it was a post-workout/pre-shower photo. Don’t worry if we’re not Facebook/Instagram friends. You will see it soon enough… I’ve been asked to blog about my weight loss and how I got to where I am today versus where I was. I’m not ashamed of it. I’ve been very public about it to my friends. Someone else may be motivated, so I’ll share that soon!

> I watched way more of The Bachelor this season than I should ever publicly admit to anyone. Especially the interwebs, where we know it will live forever as proof of my complete lack of cool. And, while I will admit to having a mildย fascinationย obsession with Bachelor Pad, I’ve actually never watched a full season of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. I am, however, a total addict of celeb (A, B, C, or D list…doesn’t really matter) gossip, so I usually catch the end of the seasons. You know. The final ep. The choice. The women/men tell all. The after the final rose. Because THOSE are the hilarious eps. Plus, they recap the whole season so thoroughly that who needs to really watch every excruciating detail?! (And, peeps, it is EXCRUCIATING.) But, Juan Pablo, and every idiot thing he did, sucked me right in. I watched probs 2/3 of the eps. Don’t worry about that. These are some things I noticed:

  • Juan Pablo is a moron
  • Juan Pablo talks about himself a lot
  • Juan Pablo thinks kisses are the most important thing in the whole world (and kissing well is apparently the most important, and, as far as I can gather, the only part, of a great relationship)
  • Juan Pablo thinks everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, “eets okay”
  • Juan Pablo uses his kid and English being his second language as excuses. Always. Incessantly. Dude. Here’s a memo: You’ve spent most of your life in the U.S. Your accent should not be that thick, nor should you be struggling with English so much
  • Juan Pablo should have been punched in the face by Sean on the After the Final Rose ep. Sean wanted to. I could sense it. We all wanted you to do it, Sean! SERIOUSLY.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. This man was EXTRA vapid. It was enraging. And I’m a little upset I took up so much blog space for talking about it. But, man, seriously. I considered throwing things at my TV every time your mouth opened. I’m pretty sure that is a more brills idea than anything you ever did/said.

Side note: I’m glad Andi is the next Bachelorette. She was smart enough to finally realize how much of sham JP was and just leave. And tell him off first. I hope she’s as blunt as I want her to be when she’s in charge.

Side note 2.0: Chris Harrison may have momentarily become my hero for all the jokes he had on that After the Final Rose. Mr. Harrison, sir, you dominated that whole awkward mess. *high fives*, bro.

> I apologize entirely for that last bullet point. (Sort of.)

> This weekend is St. Patrick’s Day celebrating in Chicago. I’m sorry that I’m not sorry about all the shenanigans that are about to go down. It’s going to be a mini-vacay for me and my brain, soul, heart, life need it. Plus, it’s celebrating Amber’s birthday, so DOUBLE WHAMMY! There will be dinners and Chicago dogs and endless mimosa’s at brunch and parade’s and green and beer and car bombs and shamrock headbands and photos. OH THE PHOTOS. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day!

> I’ve been working on rebranding and rebooting my photography business. Since everything I had got stolen, it’s probably the most logical time to do that. I do need new gear. Shout out to Jess, who is giving me a camera and one of my fave lenses for waaaay cheap to satiate my creative side while I’m rebuilding. In related news: I think I may start a GoFundMe to reboot. With giveaways for different gifting levels. Prints of artsy things I’ve taken…all the way to some pretty hefty photo shoot packages. I, of course, being me, find it a bit greedy to do when I let myself think about it too long, but I feel like it’s a productive way to rebuild. Puts my art and work out there, let’s me do a little portfolio rebuilding, maybe connect with some new people. I don’t know. What do you think??? (Seriously. Tell me what you think. I will not have hurt feelings.)

> I need to go to the eye doc. It’s time for a check up on my old lady eyes. Also, mostly, I just want to buy new glasses. Not because I want to spend the money. But because I look damn cute in glasses and want all the glasses of cuteness for my face.

> I also need a haircut. If I’m going to go celebrate Michelle’s birthday in grandiose fashion in a couple weeks (and I am), and see that super hot guy I spend way too much time talking to (haha he’ll hate me for that if he reads this), then I might as well look decent. And my hair needs to not be the untamed fro mess it is right now. #INeedTimeToDoThingsBesidesWorkEatAndSleep

> Yes. I may have a hashtaghashtag obsession. You’ll deal. It’s how I feel about abbrevs. It’s all good. I’ll never get over all the “totes magotes” things I get from people just because of my way of talking. You know you secretly love it, too. At least when it comes out of me. So, you’re welcome.

> This week was the official beginning of the build up to Scentsy’s 10th anniversary Family Reunion! It’s our big annual conference, and it’s going to be even bigger than normal because of the 10 year anniversary part. Already confirmed: Train and Jim Gaffigan and Sara Bareilles! WHAT?! Insanity! And, oh man, all those internet friends I’ve mentioned that I have? I get to finally meet a handful of them! And, I’m sorry, internet friends, because I am NOT as awesome in person as you’re all thinking I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

> OHEMGEE, WORLD! I almost forgot to tell you the most amazing news! In a couple months I get to go to Orlando! To visit my BFF, Erin! And celebrate Emma’s and Chris’ wedding! And take photos! OF THE WEDDING PARTY! (HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS…) IN DISNEY WORLD!!!!ย I have never been to Disney, and I’m practically pee-my-pants-excited! It’s going to be a week of totally incredible awesomeness and Florida warmth and friends and flip flops and bikinis and photography and sunshine and swimming and rides and characters and FUN! Are you dying a little bit from how awesome it is?! I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!

> Disney related: I signed up to participate in a half-marathon. It’s in November, so I’ve got plenty of time to train for it. Plus, I could walk it, because I walk faster than the mile pace Disney has, but I’m going to try to partial run it (I know I won’t be able to entirely run it, because I have physical issues that prevent that). Now if only the snow would stop dumping on Chicago by the buckets… And that’ll be a couple things off my bucket list…because Food & Wine fest AND run a 5K and/or half-marathon are on it! Oh. And we are going as Alice In Wonderland characters. My costume will be amazing and so I’m keeping it a secret, because it’s pretty awesome.

Okay. That’s a lot of info. I guess I have some exciting things going on that should totally overpower the chaos of my day job. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s more things that I’m sure you’ll be hearing about soon… ๐Ÿ˜‰ For now, my alarm goes off in 6 hours, and that’s never a pleasant story, so I’m going to go crash so that I don’t punch someone in the face tomorrow (still might be a possibility…). And, I promise, I will never you leave you for so long again!

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