I’m Back My Friends!

Golden Trees

Golden Trees

I am finally back on my blog for real for the first time since January!!!! This means I will actually spend time documenting the mundane, the exciting, and random life of yours truly. Forgive me if I have been gone so long you’ve forgotten who I am, the fault is all mine.

A lot has happened since January! I nannied for two awesome kids that I mentioned in a previous post. Those little boys taught me a lot about myself and how to handle and become friends with children. Even though I am not an only child (coming from a family of six), I am the youngest. We all know what that means! I was spoiled to a certain extent and I didn’t really have to deal with other siblings encroaching on my privacy or being supremely annoying. I was the annoying one and I taught my siblings how to handle kids (at least I hope I helped in all my craziness). So these two little boys truly were a blessing and very intelligent for their ages. I miss them a lot as I have yet to meet equally intelligent kids and reasonable children. I can only hope my own kids will be that great!

Unfortunately, in May I had to leave my apartment to stay with my boyfriends family for the summer and also that family’s employment because it just wasn’t economical for me to drive 40 minutes every day for only 4 hours of work. Sad, but I was able to find a job only 5 minutes away from the house. I became a nanny for the most fiery little girl I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She challenged me every day and I got a glimpse at what can happen when a child is surrounded by impatience and insincerity. Her mother on the other hand was a pretty despicable human being and after a few months finally let me in on the secret that what she had promised to pay me when I first took the job, just wasn’t going to happen. So based on that new information I said, thank you kindly but goodbye. She said some pretty unkind things to me on that last day and I have no regrets about leaving except that I left that poor little girl in the hands of a terrible mother who was flat drunk the day I quit.

Moving on from that, I got a week off from work and flew home to MN to see my family, especially my wonderful Grandpa. I got to see him and spend some quality time with him. I was very grateful for this time as a few months later he passed away and I wasn’t able to go home for the funeral. It was hard on our whole family to lose such an amazing person, especially my Grandma, my mother and her 3 other siblings. A friend recommend the book Midwife For Souls and I read parts of it to see if I should give it to my family. Turns out it is a pretty awesome book, so I sent it to my mother. My mom read it and ended up recommending sections to other family members. My hope was that it would help even a little and my mom told me that it did indeed help with the approach of his death.

After I got back from my visit, I found a job pretty quickly as a Graphic Designer/Personal Assistant! It ended up being pretty awesome and my boss even let me take the job with me to Colorado and I get to work from home!!

Long story short, Casey (the boyfriend) was taking summer classes to prepare for grad school. He wants to become a physical therapist after all of the trauma and physical issues from the past year and so he started preparing. He’s applied to schools all over the country but after our visit in April, we both wanted to end up in Colorado. He found out near the middle of August that we needed to move here ASAP to work on getting residency for one of the schools here. homeSo in less than a month, with a lot of hard work, and Casey’s awesome mom helping, we thankfully found an awesome house! We’ve been both blessed and lucky in so many ways this year!

 

 

 

Check out this VIEW!!!

 

 

The view from my house!! So lucky.

The view from my house!! So lucky.

Now I am working from home and next week I start MASSAGE THERAPY SCHOOL!!!!! That’s right, I’m adding another skill to this jack-of-all-trades. It will take a year for me to finish, but in the end it will be worth it.

In the meantime, I resolve not to leave you (and myself) for so long and annoy everyone who cares to read this blog.

I’ll catch ya on the flipside 😉

 

We decided to call this forest, The Forest of Gold. With fall comes the most beautiful colors in the universe!

We decided to call this forest, The Forest of Gold. With fall comes the most beautiful colors in the universe!

Just me at Muehller State Park

Just me at Muehller State Park

So Much Talent

Budding talent.

In Flow

A couple of weeks ago I opened up for photographers to post a photo or a link to a photo on my web page Picture Critique. Today – when I finally close the offer – I can with hand on my heart say it’s been both fun and a privilege to be allowed to judge and comment the photos that have been submitted. I am still not done with all the images, but even if the page is now closed for further submissions, I will of course complete the task and get back to the remaining images. Hopefully all photos will be critiqued by the end of the weekend.

This is the third time I have offer to critique photos that readers of my blog wish to have a second opinion about from a professional photographer. It seems to become more popular with each instalment. The previous times respectively 15…

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Song of the Day – I See Fire by Ed Sheeran (tribute to my other love, JRR Tolkien)

Being a J.R.R. Tolkien fan, I can’t help but get a little excited about the up and coming continuation of The Hobbit in movie form. Despite how I feel about them changing the story for certain key things… like A LOT (Here is the article that breaks the changes down) I find the story still beautiful and well told. It would be hard to lose everything Tolkien wrote, it is also impossible to put everything he wrote into a movie. I still consider LOTR the best made film from novel adaptation I’ve every watched. However, I feel like Jackson took more liberties with The Hobbit than with LOTR. Than again, I need to read the book again to freshen my memory!!

This song, I See Fire, is pretty awesome despite how I may or may not feel about the films. The Hobbit is a lovely and mystical story and this song is equal to that, with a trendy music feel to it. (I liked Ed before it was cool! Hipster moment.). I really liked the way he set up his lyrics and instruments.

And if we should die tonight
Then we should all die together
Raise a glass of wine for the last time

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Sunsets in Texas… Beautiful! This was my fire over the weekend.

Here’s What We Missed…..

I can’t believe I missed the whole month of October… my favorite month out of the year for all its beer cheer and fall colors! The one month of the year I get to gush about everything in fall tones. The one month I get to complain about stores putting Christmas decor up before Halloween is even over and horrific costumes as well as a few clever and awesome ones. The one month I get to drink fall beers till I costumecan’t taste the pumpkin anymore and take shameless selfies with my favorite brands. Good food, great weather, and the best holidays in the land; that is what I missed. I’m sorry.

BUT here is what y’all missed!

I dressed up as a green and pink monster… I even wore it to my office costume/chili contest! I didn’t win either, but I only participated in one so it serves me right. One of my coworkers had the brilliant idea to come as Count Von Count from Sesame Street. He won of course!

I coffeediscovered two new coffee shops that make fantastic cappuccinos and macchiatos! Serj Books and Ascension Coffee are fantastic places to go and eat and have just straight up great, authentic coffee.

I made it to ONLY one Oktoberfest. This was very disappointing to me since my plan had been to hit up at least 3 different fests.

My shameless beer selfie!

My shameless beer selfie!

However, life can take you by surprise and I found myself with little time to go and oct beerdo much for almost the whole month. There is always next October to look forward to though! I always find myself taking selfies with food and beer in the fall. It’s just that time of year, I think….

We had a lovely birthday party for a dear family friend of Casey’s on a rooftop bar. I LOVE rooftop bars! The last one I went to was New York, New York and it was freezing yet wonderful. It was my best memory in NYC southsidedespite the chilling wind. I tripped over a couch trying to climb over it because I was catching up with Casey’s mom. I got to watch her trip right before I did and we both looked absolutely ridiculous, but it was hilarious! I digress. I loved this rooftop bar here in Dallas simply because it was different from your average uptown club or bar. It was cleaner and less noisy than most. Not nearly enough seating but…. I think when people “go out” they expect to stand most of the time. If they don’t (aka, Me), then1425578_10152834518359253_5975674370663165663_n they should probably change their approach to going out.

I got a new HAT!!!!!!!!! I have been dying to get a fedora just like this for

Its fedora time!

Its fedora time!

quite some time…. mostly just this last year. Still in terms of fashion, it has been forever. It’s just slightly too big, but I will probably wear it 5 out of the 7 days in the week. Just too perfect.

Last but not least…. my final beer pictures. I went to the grocery store the other night all excited about refilling my stock of beer with more blue moon pumpkin ale, because it is the best, only to find that they had already switched their fall beers to their Christmas ales!! I was devastated to say the least……

https://www.facebook.com/3015Dallas a place called LUCK. They had so many different beers on tap it was so cool!

https://www.facebook.com/3015Dallas a place called LUCK. They had so many different beers on tap it was so cool!

I look forward to them all year round and now, they are just gone… I do enjoy St. Arnold’s Christmas Ale, but it’s not the same as that good ol’ pumpkin seasonal fall beer.

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I don’t have pictures as of yet but the future is bright! We are getting a husky puppy and potentially moving to Colorado in April. When I say potentially, there is not a doubt in my mind that it will happen. The dream will finally happen!

That is what you missed! Thanks for listening to my life update. Ciao bella gente!

Take Advantage Of Tumbling Thoughts

“The Individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Thinking can only serve to measure out the helplessness of thought.” ― H. Rider Haggard, She

I have a lot of thoughts tumbling throughout my mind right now, and I’ve had this issue all week. I can’t seem to settle on a topic to write about. So many things have happened, even small things, I don’t know what to focus on.

Here, feel free to take advantage of my thoughts and failures.

I’ll start with my yesterday… I recently have been invited to move up in the ranks of the corporate world but to keep it quiet till it happened. I’ve known about it for almost two weeks and it has two weeks left to go before I move up. Yesterday I slipped up and said something to the one person that was probably the worst person for me to tell. She went on to make a little bit of a raucous about it making my boss upset. Bottom line, when your boss says not mention it to people… just don’t say anything to anyone no matter how much you think you can trust people. It’s not worth the chaos that ensues.

On another note, divorce hurts. Someone I am close to may or may not be getting separated soon and it hurts me to see how it has, and will, affect people I care about. I understand sometimes it’s better for everyone involved; but that doesn’t mean I like it.  I’m a romantic at heart and starry-eyed to a fault. Regardless, that pain is something everyone will have to live with, not just the divorcees. When kids are involved it always gets more complicated and again, it’s not an easy burden to bear. I myself am not from a split family, but before my parents were married my dad was married to a nice lady who gave him two great sons. I saw the aftermath of the affected and I see today how even though it was hard, it was better for everyone involved in the end. Not to mention, I might not have ever been born! The bottom line to this one… I just wish I could help where there is nothing I can do. “There is no such thing as helplessness. It’s just another word for giving up.” ― Jefferson Smith, Strange Places 

Now good things have been happening too! The day will come sooner rather than later when I no longer have to worry about work, and life has a tendency to work itself out. I have vented my frustration and am done pretending it matters for more than a day. Just keep swimming everybody! We can all help each other remember to love the people we are with, when we are with them, as hard and devotedly as we can.  Ciao!

“Regardless of the situation, don’t let the bastards win … and have no regrets … for it will be a good day! -Richard Wakinyan (Martian Fleet Commander)”  ― R.G. Risch, Beyond Mars: Crimson Fleet

“Regardless of the situation, don’t let the bastards win … and have no regrets … for it will be a good day! ― R.G. Risch, Beyond Mars: Crimson Fleet

Song of the Day – No Envy, No Fear

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I don’t know if I’ll make this a thing, but music is very dear to my heart and I listen to it all the time.  So in honor of that I am sharing a song with y’all that is just beautiful and simple. It isn’t complex but its message is clear.

I present to you the song of the day! No Envy, No Fear ~ Joshua Radin

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“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo

Biggest Gift To Give

Y’all I have a little bit of a story to share and it has to do with giving to random strangers. A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I stopped at a gas station to grab some beer in a sketchy part of town before going home and as we were walking in these two kids on bikes stopped us and asked if we had any spare change. They couldn’t be older than 13 and they didn’t tell us what they were going to use the 50 cents for and my boyfriend never carries change so he automatically apologized and started to walk away. My first instinct was to follow but then I stopped and just thought, “what if that was me?” My initial fear was the irrational what if they use it for something bad, but how much trouble can you get in with 50 cents? So I told my man to hold up and started digging for change and found the right amount. They were very thankful and when we came back out we noticed they had stopped at the air pump.  All they had wanted was to air up their bike tires so they could go riding around. Cool moment.

Then the story continues a week or so later. We needed to stop and get some air ourselves but since I had given my change to the kids I was all out of change. Like I said my boyfriend never carries change so we were kinda stumped. We went into Walmart to get a few grilling supplies and the plan was to get cash and change…etc. However, we get up there to check out and forget, by then the line had gotten long and neither one of us wanted to hold it up any longer so we were just going to leave. We had to drive a little ways to go to the grill-out we were headed to and I was suddenly worried we wouldn’t make it. The lady in line behind us had overheard the conversation between us and the cashier. She poked my shoulder and said, “Here I have change!” and quickly handed me $1.00 in quarters. All I could do was quickly thank her as the people kept mounting up. I was so flustered I can only hope that my gratitude was shown in my quick thank you. We walked out and all I could think about was that it had to be good karma due to the kids I had helped out. It was such a cool moment and made me determined that if anyone ever needed change and I could help them out, I’ll do it without reserve.

Just this weekend we were once again at the store getting groceries and we were checking out at the self checkout. I was standing there for a few minutes as my boyfriend had to run and get something so I was trying to check out very slowly to give him time (there weren’t many people there so I wasn’t holding anyone up! I promise!). When he arrived we quickly finished and were about to leave the register when the lady next to us, who had also been standing there for a while looking like she was waiting on someone, timidly asked, “hey do you happen to have 14 cents?” I stopped immediately cause I had remembered looking through my change earlier so I could wash my car and I knew I had something left. Sure enough, I had JUST enough for 14 cents. Of course I handed it to her, and on the way out I told my boyfriend that good karma was on the way.

It doesn’t matter how much you give, its how you give it. Moral of the story, if you give of yourself, you’ll always get it back.

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”  ― Wayne W. Dyer

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

Our Personal Growth Stunt

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being

When false assumptions are mentioned, I usually think they mean the assumption was a bad one. Which, I’m sure everyone has done that at one point or another. We do the whole, judge a book by its cover whether we like to admit it or not. However, in going through lists of people in my head and through my Facebook feed I find more often than not that a lot of people I’ve made assumptions about have all been relatively good, only to be let down. My first impression of people I take only the good and I’m blind to the bad, only to be either told by someone later that so and so really isn’t that great of a person because of blah blah blah or through experiences of backstabbing and lazy friendships.  I expect the best from people and try not to ever make bad suppositions. In other words, I wear my heart on my sleeve. Which might sound like a great practice, but notice the “let down.” I think its important to emphasize that we not make any extra good or extra bad assumptions period. It puts too much pressure on someone you’ve just met and they can do nothing but disappoint. It’s not to say lower standards or limit possibilities. Just don’t assume anything about a person and take them as they are. That is the best way to value the people you are surrounded by. That is the way you won’t be disappointed and they won’t have a complex to deal with. Otherwise you are going to get stuck in thoughts like, “I thought he/she was better than that,” or “I can’t believe they let that happen!” It is an extra emotional roller coaster that no one needs, and it stunts our personal growth.

Side note….. I think my false assumptions are more oriented around objects. It boils down to whenever I lose something, I have a bad habit of naturally assuming I wasn’t the one who lost it. However, I lose stuff all the time so it’s a rather safe assumption that I was, in fact, the person to misplace whatever it is that is lost.

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”  ― Isaac Asimov

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
― Isaac Asimov

This was in response to The Daily Prompt!

 

Hello August!

Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day. ~ Donald G. Mitchell

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Henry David Thoreau

Here comes the month we all dread in some way. Personally I think its one of the hottest and busiest months of the year between everyone starting school, the weather reaching record highs and everyone is back from vacation ready to become hard asses all over again. Therefore one of the most hectic months in my experience. It’s the storm of summer ending before the wonderful calm of fall.

Even though August is rough, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to welcome in autumn this year! Nothing exciting is really happening to me except I get to go see the Arctic Monkeys in October, which I’m sure will be indescribably awesome, but its my favorite season for a reason. What with the colors and the weather and the wonderful mood people tend to be in. In school life it’s still the beginning of the year, so everyone has fresh minds and are relatively excited to learn. In regards to the weather, it’s so cool and lovely in some places on this earth that if anyone is lucky enough to live somewhere, where their fall is colorful and crisp, they are the luckiest people alive.  There isn’t a better time, in my humble opinion, to sit outside with a chai tea or a strong cup of coffee and read a book or take photos of the breath-taking beauty. Some of my best moments were held in the fall, one of the most significant being my time in Florence, Italy. I don’t think I’ll ever recover from those three months. They were the most awe inspiring three months of my life. Being able to travel is a gift we shouldn’t take for granted. That trip was in 2011 and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get over there, for even longer this time. Alas, I am still here in Texas….. but only momentarily! The tentative dream is to indefinitely backpack around Europe when my lease is up. However, there is a lot that needs to happen before this can take place and therefore I am making a very firm attempt at focusing on each day one at a time.

I therefore declare today a celebration of fall and travel and all that entails as well as living each day one at a time in order to stay in our reality. This also can remind us to make the reality we want and not wait around for something to happen.

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” [Indian Summer]” ― William Cullen Bryant

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Trying to Stop That Hurricane

I’m not trying to stop a hurricane
I’m not trying to shake the ground below
I’m just trying to find a way to make it back home

I’m not trying to part the ocean waves
I’m not trying to overthrow the throne
I’m just trying to find a way to make it back home
I’m just trying to get home ~ American Authors, Home.

I head this song today over the our work radio and for one, I do really love this song. Its catchy and heartfelt in my personal opinion, but they have almost over played it. For two, it caught my attention today though because looking over my past posts, I have a tendency to be forceful about being extraordinary or living an extraordinary life. Which, my opinion isn’t changing on that, it’s just modifying. I still think everyone limits themselves and life really is boundless. However, this song reminded me that you don’t have to stop a hurricane or move a mountain in order to lead an amazing life. Lead that extraordinary, ordinary life. There is that fine line between the two and it really depends on each person what the definition of each word is in regards to themselves. Some people will climb MT Everest, and some will not. This doesn’t make either better or worse. Just different definitions.

I guess my whole goal in life is to help people gently see that there is so much more to them then they realize. Y’all are special and amazing and there is no one stopping you from being a world-renowned movie producer or a not so world-renowned genius web designer  who may very well make the same as a movie producer. It all depends on what you personally desire your life to be. I just don’t like to see anyone waste their life away because they limited their dreams to what they could see directly in front of them. Me, I’m a dreamer so I don’t think I will ever just see what’s in front of me. If anything, I need to work on being in this reality more instead of in the reality of my dreams (which will come true in some way, just maybe not the way I expect). Implement and practice your dreams today, just don’t worry about trying to stop a hurricane.

The view after leaving a Philippine prison. Stormy weather ahead!

The view after leaving a Philippine prison. Stormy weather ahead!

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