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

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Everything Will Change

Must Be This Tall To Ride

life-long-quotes

I wasn’t allowed to watch MTV or Beverly Hills, 90210 or go to boy-girl parties like the rest of my friends. One of my presents for my 10th birthday was Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure which was rated PG and I’d seen it a bunch of times, but after my mom heard some of the jokes, she took it away from me.

I didn’t think it was cool to have a conservative mom who cared enough about me to worry about things like that so sometimes I’d lie to my friends about why I couldn’t go to a party that everyone else was going to.

I was an only child. I didn’t have any older siblings to help me prepare for what was to come.

Every day growing up was a new experience.

Being friendly and nice to almost everyone got me through. But those school-aged years is when…

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You don’t need empathy to support a depressed person

Best sum up of this article. I love the way she talks about this without accusing anyone of being a bad friend. That’s not what its about. It’s about communication. – “depressed people don’t need you to empathize; they just need you. “

karenwriteshere

When a friend was hospitalized for appendicitis, people flocked to visit him at the hospital. When I was clinically depressed, some who knew it avoided me like the plague. But I completely understand — it’s natural for us to be afraid of the unfamiliar, including unfamiliar illnesses. And when it comes to depression, people are wary not because they are afraid it might be contagious (hey, many don’t even recognize it as an illness!), but because they are afraid of saying the “wrong” thing.

A friend once apologized to me, “I’m sorry I haven’t been reaching out to you or being there for you. I’m not like J — I wish I were, but I’m not. But know that I’ve been praying for you, okay?”

At the time, I smiled and told him not to worry about it. I read between the lines and I read his facial expressions — I…

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Song of the Day – Turn On Me by The Shins

This was the perfect song for this past month or so for me. It is called Turn On Me by The Shins, a great band with great messages in many of their songs.The whole song meaning revolves around falling out with a former band member, they had issues like most relationships do. This was huge because recently in my own relationships (mostly my man) I had the revelation that in any relationship that has potential, whether its platonic or romantic, if there is that missing aspect of communication then it will be doomed. It amazes me that if we tweaked only a few of the ways we communicate with that significant other, it can completely change everything and it will grow. If we refuse to change or back down and remain in our stubborn societal mindset of “I’m the center of the universe and I’m more important than everyone else,” inevitably we will be setting our relationships up for failure.

So affections fade away,
And do adults just learn to play
The most ridiculous, repulsive games?
On the faith of ruddy sons,
And the double-barreled guns,
You better hurry,
Rabbit, run, run, run.
‘Cause meeting you was fun,
And there’s a lot of hungry howlers in this one cell.
We’re taking it over,
Their brittle, thorny stems,
They break before they bend,
And neither one of us is one of them.

All it takes is a little humility, respect for the human person, and forgiveness. I’m sure easier said than done, but these are simple concepts that our own stubborn pride can make complicated. All the same, it does take two to tango. If it doesn’t work out, get back on that horse and ride!! Never forget hope and forgiveness.

So I took your licks at the time,
And to change like that is just so hard to do,
Hard to do.
Don’t let it whip-crack your life,
And bow out from the fight,
Those old pious sisters were right
The worst part is over,
Now, get back on that horse and ride.

Song of the Day – It’s A Good Life

I heard this song while I was getting ready for my day and after the past few days I needed that uplifting song. I had to take my boyfriend to the ER the other night (he is fine now!) but it has been a rough couple of days taking care of him, we are both ready for his pain to go away, and this song about freedom helps keep us focused on what we are fighting for. I’ll write about it later but, for now listen to this lovely song by the Kongos! I present to you “It’s a Good Life.”

Yeah we all have had those dreams
O-o-of the sun, and the sea and an island
Where you switch off
It’s a good life
It’s a good life
For me

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

O-o-of the sun, and the sea and an island

O-o-of the sun, and the sea and an island…..

 

Song of the Day (dig a little)- Nice Try

I heard this song today when I was getting ready for the day and I just really enjoyed everything about it. The lyrics are a little strange, but what song isn’t like that at least a little bit. Its beautiful and that leaves it open for people to let it speak to them. Why have a song that has no layers and says everything blatantly? Not saying those songs don’t have value, I just prefer digging a little for the meaning of a song. Anyway, I present to you Nice Try by I Am Arrows

Nice try, but I won’t pass on this
A high-five to everyone who helped you miss

"We all like that, when your heart beats"

“We all like that, when your heart beats”

Also… swallowing a hard candy whole on accident is the worst…

 

Things You Should Do to Have a Good Morning and Sunshine Success – Part 2*

“The longest way must have its close – the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

“I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Mornings are generally hard, no matter who you are. There are definitely morning people in this world and even though I think I’m closer to that category I still don’t understand them… I need some kind of routine in the morning, even if it’s just putting make up on the same every day, or I’ll be flustered for a little. BUT, the reasoning behind doing a part two of my morning post is because after my rough start on Monday, we have been getting up early and doing a daily burn stretch routine>. That link isn’t the one we specifically do, but it has some good stretches. It has been AWESOME! I never thought I’d be the instigator but, it’s totally changed my perspective on week day mornings. Maybe not totally, but it has surely helped put me in a better mood all week. Note to self, getting up and having some quiet stretching or yoga in the morning is key to leading a happy healthy life. They say (I think..) that its better to wake up slowly, and I think I had a quote on here about waking up to a smell is the best thing ever. I think in this case, doing a morning stretch is extremely helpful in waking yourself without that alarm clock blaring in your ears, invading on your happy dreams.

One more link I want to share, this concerns anyone with hip/knee/butt pain. Limber 11 is a way to do your own physical therapy. Which means you have no excuse for feeling terrible after work. Get on it!

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Song of the Day – Emmylou

I heard this song yesterday and I have come to really appreciate Vance Joy’s music. Talk about calming and romantic all in one artist. This song counters that emotional roller coaster we all ride in the amusement park of love (ha ha) and it just feels good to hear it and read over the lyrics. It’s sweet and definitely a love song, so if you aren’t in the soft and fuzzy mood then you should probably not listen to the song.

Oh if you’re losing sleep…
Oh if you’re losing sleep, scared of shadows.

I present to you Emmylou by Vance Joy! Here are the lyrics, purely for convenience. I know y’all can Google things too…

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