Thursday, December 31, 2009
I started this blog on January 12th of 2009. So I have almost reached a full year at 'So Scared of Getting Older, I'm Only Good at Being Young'...creeping up on 9000 views! It has been a great year and I look forward to many more years of blogging and many more 'blog worthy' events in 2010!
For now, I'd like to highlight a few of the big events in my life (and blog) from 2009:
Changes - I wrote what I was expecting out of this year. Not so far from accurate. : ]
The Super Bowl Breakfast - I posted this entry about the Super Bowl breakfast which I was able to attend. It was a great morning with fellow believers and a joy to watch Tony Dungy be honored.
The Friendship Crisis - I wrote my first open, honest blog entries that explored what I was dealing with in my 20s. Later as I explored blogging more, my entries took this tone more often.
March was apparently boring.
A Bittersweet Return - I wrote one of my favorite entries, where I finally returned to Raymond James Stadium for the first time since Coach Dungy, Dad, and the rest of us were let go years ago.
Saving Babies - I was able, with your help, to raise $1500 to prevent Crisis Pregnancies in Tampa.
One Year. - I also celebrated then end of my first year in Tampa.
Bloooood. - I gave blood for the first time, and yes, had my picture taken with it.
Dear President Obama. - I wrote my first blog that had a backlash...but I'm still proud of it.
Young, Fabulous, and Broke - I also discovered a new topic that would later dominate quite a few blog entries to date, personal finance.
Seasons. - In August, I got a new job!
Hands. - I wrote my first blog that got published on other sites.
Mr. & Mrs. - My first ever roommate (at Purdue) got married! I took a little trip up with my girlfriends to see it all happen.
Hello 24. - In September I turned the big 2-4.
Review. - I did my first book review (well, where I got the book for free at least).
AND Enter Dave. - I started Dave Ramsey!
Titans Weekend. - I had my first event as staff with All Pro Dad.
Gold Digger. - I was a gold digger...well, technically it was in Oct, but I posted it in November.
Thoughts. - I read a lot.
Over Thanksgiving - I saw my family.
Night of Pampering. - I got invite to my first event because of my blog.
Don't Judge Me. - I finally wrote about the whole 'I don't want kids' thing.
Merry Christmas to Me! - I bought a house (condo)!
So there you have it. A great year in my life, and blog. 2009 was my favorite year yet and I truly believe, they're only going to get better from here.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Note: the table is 'pub height' and black, even though it kind of looks brown in this pic. We haven't put the chairs together yet. But hey, one thing at a time!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale
Love & Merry Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
My favorite room in the house, at least so far. The kitchen. Now I just need to learn to cook!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Apparently 3.4 million married couples are living this way! 3.4 million? Good grief I'd say this is quite a trend. I've known a few married couples, mostly in my Dad's industry that have done this for a period of time as they're transitioning from one team to another. But these couples (the 3 interviewed) choose to do this, indefinitely. Can you imagine?
One girl said that she likes the arrangement so she doesn't have to chose between her husband and her friends. She can 'live like she's single while still having the security of a partner'. Does this strike anyone else as a little over the top in the 'have your cake and eat it too' catagory? Part of getting married IS giving up the single life. You're not single. Friends are important but you made a commitment to make your spouse your number one. Losing that causes inbalance. It may seem fun at first, like many things, but the long standing consequences, not worth it.
Another couple is raising a 1 year old daughter while living apart and the wife said she loves the arrangement because she can raise her daughter her way. Hmm, is this single parenting by choice while married? Odd. Very odd. And I hope that if I had a child (review my former entry if you'd like to read more about my feelings about being a parent) I would want my husband and I to agree on how we could raise our child. That would be more important to me than getting my way.
Wife number three said that she likes the time apart so that she can work more. Now as a bit of a workaholic myself this is probably the wife I related to best. But few people ever look back on their lives and think 'I wish I'd spent more time in the office'. It's key to realize young (the younger the better) that work is not even in the top 10 important things in life. Family is. Keeping a clear perspective on what your priorities are and should be for your life and time is key to being content & 'successful'.
Those are my thoughts.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I wanna ride on the wire
Cos nothing gets done with dust in your gun
And nobody respects a liar
So goodbye for a while I'm off to explore
Every boundary and every door
Yeah I'm going north
- Missy Higgins
Well loves, I'm headed North for the 3 days to Jacksonville, Florida. I love a good roadtrip to clear my head and get myself out of my routine. A read a great book last month that talked about how we need to make a point of getting out of our routines because that's when God speaks to us best.
Whether or not you're a Christian, breaking routine, getting outside of your typical day-to-day life allows you to gain perspective. I try to take a roadtrip on which I drive alone a couple times a year for this exact reason.
While I'm there I will be supporting my Daddy at his game against the Jaguars with my friends Sarah & Mike. Sarah and I even had t-shirts made. So there will be plenty of pictures coming soon.
Until then...I'm going North.
Ps: if you want to see pictures along the way, tune into my twitter (http://twitter.com/thequeenbc)
Friday, December 11, 2009
Oh Edward Cullen.
Real women may of curves...but it looks like America also has some sweat issues. Oops.
So my first ever giveaway is complete and I will be mail E.J. her prizes this week. ; ] I don't have immediate plans for my next giveaway BUT I am collecting ideas on a fun giveaway if my Colts make it to the Super Bowl and I get to go. So, if you have ideas, hit me up.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
In recent years I have bought him:
A Coach money clip
A designer cashmere sweater (I found a fabulous deal)
Before that a tie I believe
Any good ideas?! I'm really at a loss here. And I'd like to finish up my Christmas shopping for the year.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
While enjoying a lovely night with Dove Thursday (see earlier entries) - I had my second major camera
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
(to my coworker, the day after Halloween)
'I ate left-over Halloween candy for breakfast this morning...at 6am. Don't judge me'
Feel free to leave me some of yours. : ] Practice is good for you. But use the skill well friends.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I've been on a roll lately, so if you've got any additional titles you'd like to throw my way, hit up my comments section or shoot my an e-mail. I like to keep my Kindle fully stocked with new titles to keep my motivation to fly through books high. I'm use to being busy so when I get away for a few days of food and family, I usually find myself quite productive in all things literary.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Here are some great dresses for under $45.00 if you're thinking about getting dolled up to ring in your new year.
Here's a few that I found myself.
INC - in Gold. - This dress paired with my Guess 'flesh colors' heels would be perf.
Adorible Satin w/Ruffles
Love me some BCBG
Phoebe in one of my favorite shades of the season.
So there you go - 10 party dress ideas to get you thinking about and excited for NYE like me.
Watch for shoe ideas coming soon.
Monday, November 23, 2009
#1. I am thankful for an incredible, healthy, wonderful, close-knit, Christian family. I do not for a second take for granted that there are few people in this world who's family have been blessed as mine have. I am so incredibly blessed. I think to myself often that I wouldn't want to do life if it couldn't be with the 4 of them.
'The family is a haven in a heartless world' - Christopher Lasch
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
You should also check out this great picture of yours truly's padre from the sidelines after Sunday's win. Love this picture of Dad. You may have to hit pause on the slideshow because for some reason when I link it, it tries to keep going and showering you other pictures. So if you want to pause on the big grin, you will have to stop the slideshow.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
November's off to a great start. One trip down (to Indianapolis) and two to go this month. Next week will be an exciting week for me at work. Thursday night we have our banquet for work at the Grand Hyatt, with guest speaker Max Lucado. I will be sporting a (new) black and gold dress I found online and love. Amazingly, it's comfortable too. Still working on a shoe plan. I have a great pair of Coach gold peep toes but...I'm afraid I'll be running around too much for 6 inch heels. So I'll be trying to come up with a better plan this week.