Just This Side of Crazy

Nobody is surprised that Charlie Sheen has fallen off the wagon and skidded into Crazyville. In fact, he’s been a regular patron for quite some time. So why may I ask, is this news? Recently Charlie Sheen has been all over the news running his mouth and saying lord knows what. Are we really surprised and more importantly, why is this headline news? This was in evening news, national news, and a topic on every late night and early morning show.
I can’t be the only one who thinks there are more important or interesting stories out there. Not only is this not new or good news, why is this any of our business? He tested clean for drugs so we assume he’s not using and should be functional enough to take care of himself. He’s got nannies with the kids and is vocal about getting the show back on the air. People are concerned about all of the people who his binge may have effected, well, let them take care of it. You don’t see national headlines when an average person falls of the wagon. You don’t see everyday people going on the record to set the facts straight. You know why? This is their business. I don’t need to know what a day in the life of Charlie Sheen is like. I really don’t care. So please, please stop running footage of what he is saying and to whom. Move on. The public sure as heck has.

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March 2, 2011. Advice, alcohol, revelation, wishes. Leave a comment.

How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Sometimes the intentions are good but the execution is poor. We’ve all had this happen. Usually it’s because you got in your own way. Life can be difficult and complicated but sometimes when you push aside the “difficult” you find the simple exposed and waiting and pure.
Sometimes it truly is difficult to see the forest from the trees. It can be overwhelming and discouraging, but those are the times that you need to step back and ask yourself, “what am I doing this for?” If you don’t know, maybe it isn’t the time to go for it. Maybe its time to reassess and just concentrate on the simple for a while. Pick one goal and put your all into it. Otherwise, everything in your life suffers and often the ones you love the most end up feeling neglected and hurt.
So get out of your own way today. Take stalk of what your goals are and how you are reaching them. Otherwise, you may be going down a bumpy, ugly, lonely path.

February 15, 2011. Advice, career, change, Doubt, relationship, revelation, sadness, scary, unhappy, wishes. Leave a comment.

Some People Are Never Happy

Or they are simply happy being unhappy. Either way it is hard to be around these people. I know that at times I can be a Negative Nancy. I know that it is incredibly hard to pull your self up by your boot straps and keep going, but it still must be done.
There is a woman that I work with that is going through some hard times right now. Her kid is driving her crazy, she’s always worried about money, and lets face it…she doesn’t exactly love coming into work. That being said, being shrouded in her negativity has done something profound to me. It’s made me a more positive person.
I now see that I have a powerful tool to make myself happy and that tool is me. (I’m not a tool I’m just saying metaphorically…oh never mind…) Regardless. I need to be my own champion. I need to put myself out there. I need to see the good and the light and not the dark and gloomy.
I believe that people are put in our paths in life to teach us a lesson or help us through a difficult time. I believe this person was put in my path to give me the kick in the butt that I need to realize my dreams. I need to start working on me and what truly makes me happy. So thank you Disgruntled Co-Worker for being so miserable these last few weeks. You gave me the boost I needed. I hope I can do the same for you sometime soon.
What makes you happiest? and are you doing enough to make it happen? Get out there and live it. You never know what could be waiting around the next corner.

October 25, 2010. Tags: . Advice, blog, Blogger, books, Bored, career, change, Doubt, revelation, sadness, Stressed, Uncategorized, unhappy, wishes, Woman, work, writing. 1 comment.

And When I Grow Up…

…I’ll be a billionaire! Or maybe not. Remember when you were a little boy or girl and you used to fantasize about your life as a grown up? Do you remember spending all day on your Grandma’s tire swing pretending you were a famous singer? Well maybe that was just me…but nevertheless I’m sure you remember wanting big magical things for yourself.
I still want big magical things for myself.
Now I just have to figure out where that mysterious life path is and follow it. I feel like Little Red Ridding Hood without a flashlight or a compass and instead of the Big Bad Wolf on my heals its self doubt and monthly bills.
I’m a bit lost, a little scared, and a lot poor. I am apparently your typical American. Go figure.
So this is an open question to those of you who have found the dream, who are happy and content in the career/life that you’ve chosen. How did you know? What did you do? How did you figure out the age-old question of “what do I want to be when I grow up”? I’m serious. I want to know. I thought I knew, maybe I still do, maybe I’m just impatient? I’m thinking I need to just close my eyes and pick the name out of a hat and go with it. Career by Ouija Board…

October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , . admiration, Advice, blog, Blogger, Bored, career, change, Doubt, Imperfect, revelation, satisfaction, Stressed, tired, Uncategorized, unhappy, wishes, Woman, work, writing. 1 comment.

Cruise Ship Gym/I Wanna Look Like This at That Age…

…and rock it like Helen Mirren does. So while I was on my little vacation to the cold and fascinating I decided to work out at the ships gym on our first sea day. This being said let me give some very important details.
1. I’m not what you would call a fitness enthusiast.
2. We had just missed a pretty nasty east coast storm that left the sea a little…shall we say…uneasy?
3. My balance is not so good.
4. The median age on our fellow cruise passengers was 65. The MEDIAN AGE!
Okay, so now you have the facts. So I wake up and get ready. All pumped that I’ll be able to work out and look out into the vast blue of the Atlantic. Little did I know…I would be surrounded by old people. Old people that were in WAY better shape than me. So I think, “whatever, I’ll never see these people again.” So I climb onto the elliptical, my weapon of choice, and proceed to get my fitness on. About 15 minutes in, as usual, sweat begins to make my face shine and I begin to question my sanity. I could be in bed. I could be at the buffet. Instead, I’m trying to work out and stay on this stupid machine like my life depends on it. We were really starting to rock back and forth. I attribute it to getting very drunk and walking home, not safe and everyone stares…
So I’ve got the Vulcan grip on my arm swingy things and trying to pace myself when I look over at the treadmills. There are like a million Helen Mirran’s running, RUNNING, on the treadmills like it’s on flat land and they’ve been doing this everyday of their lives! Who are these people? Sea wives?
So I finish up and roll out a mat to stretch myself out. I’m a good little girl and always remember to stretch. So I’m about to sit on said mat when, wham, we hit a swell. I pitch forward and land on my hands and knees. I’m graceful like a ballerina, can’t you tell? So I hastily steady myself and begin the breathing and stretching and hope nobody notices. Riiighhttt. A Russian goddess from the dance team who is part of our on ship entertainment is sending me sympathetic looks. Well no thank you! So I finish up and head out feeling a little out of sorts and clumsy. Oh well, I got ready in my room then promptly headed to the buffet. What? I was on vacation!

October 14, 2010. Tags: , , , . admiration, blog, cold, Dance, Doubt, exercise, Food, Imperfect, Stairstepper, treadmill, Uncategorized, wishes, Woman. Leave a comment.

I Wanna Be a Disney Princess…

…minus the crazy bad guys and mean extended family. While reading Cocoperez.com this morning I came across something that made my little romantic heart go all a flutter. New Disney Princess wedding gowns by Alfred Angelo and they are beautiful!The little princess in me screams out to wear these gowns around the house singing to inanimate objects and furry woodland creatures. But I don’t think you want me to do that…I don’t sing all that well and if I spun around in my tiny apartment I’m pretty sure these dresses would knock things off of the walls and off of shelves not to mention Boyfriend might have me committed…Anywho. Take a look at the pretty new dresses and remember back to your favorite Disney movie and what made it so special to you. Happy Hump day!

September 29, 2010. Tags: , . admiration, blog, Dance, Dancing, Fashion, Love, movies, relationship, Uncategorized, wishes, Woman. 1 comment.

Little Miss Fatty Pants

I’m feeling like a Little Miss Fatty Pants today. After marathon shopping with my mom this weekend I’ve learned two very important things:

1. My mom can shop me under the table hands down.
2. The older I get the harder it is to drop those 5-10 lbs.

I’ve gained weight since my boyfriend moved in. I eat more and I eat better. Though our dinners are typically on the healthier side, I still eat a lot more than I used to. Before he moved in my lunch was the biggest meal of my day. I would eat a smaller breakfast, a large lunch, and then a moderate meatless dinner. What I should have done was started working out. But I didn’t. I ate chocolate. I ate a lot of bread. I’ve had more rice in the last nine months than I have my whole life. What I should have also done was modify my lunching habits. But I didn’t.
This frankly needs to stop. My pants are tighter than usual and I can feel a slight muffin top happening! It’s freaking me out!
So I joined the local YMCA (since it’s the closes gym to our house) and plan to work out after my very busy day today. Keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully I can drop a few pounds by this weekend’s wedding festivities! The boyfriend’s Uncle is getting married to a wonderful woman. I need to look good in my dress and not like it fits me like a sausage casing. Pray for me…

September 13, 2010. blog, boyfriend, change, diet, exercise, Fashion, Fat, Food, relationship, scary, Uncategorized, wishes, Woman. 2 comments.

His and Hers

My boyfriend has a beard. Not just any beard, a brawny man-type beard. So when I saw this picture today in A Little Sussy’s post I couldn’t help but share it with the rest of you. I think these pillows would clash with my current bedding…but I’d be willing to get new bedding to match these little babies!

September 9, 2010. blog, boyfriend, change, Decorating, Fashion, Love, Photography, relationship, sleep, Uncategorized, wishes. Leave a comment.

I Do! You Do? I’ll be there too!

I have weddings on the brain. Not only am I attending a wedding in only a short couple of weeks but I have also been given the honor to be Main of Honor to one of my best friends.
Naturally this has me thinking about my own imaginary wedding. Gossamer, tea lights, soft kisses, too much food and a LOT of dancing. Anyway, this isn’t about me…
So I’ve been perusing wedding blogs, sites, books, and magazines thinking about how to help my dear friend plan and I’ve come to one simple conclusion. Weddings are a whole lotta work my friend!
There are so many decisions to make, so many options to chose from. As overwhelming as it all looks, it most importantly looks like a blast.
So if you know anyone about to get married or just starting the wedding process, next time you see them. Hug them, tell them they are amazing and remember one simple thing. Wear comfortable shoes because all of you are in for a wild adventure!

September 1, 2010. Tags: . admiration, Advice, blog, Blogger, Bloggers, books, Champagne, change, Dance, Dancing, Decorating, friends, Love, relationship, revelation, Uncategorized, wishes, Woman. 1 comment.

Acts of Kindness and Happy Thoughts

Recently I accepted an event invitation via Facebook for “Positive Status Day.” This got me thinking. How many status updates are filled with negativity? Festering anger that has been unleashed into the biggest social network in the world. (I think…don’t quote me on that one…) So why do we constantly hang our dirty laundry to dry via Facebook? Do you really think the guy who sat next to you in freshman math cares that you ran over a squirrel? Is it so imperative to tell your friend’s friend’s cousin that you didn’t get that promotion?
I’m the first one to admit that I’m 100% guilty of this. I’ve hung my half-baked rants out for everyone to see. I’ve left vague often annoying messages saying things like, “I wish this didn’t happen” out into the world of concerned nosiness where people inevitably ask, “Who? What’s wrong?”
The truth is, I’m sick of the drama. The asinine comments that make me take notice and worry, when in reality, without Facebook I would probably have no knowledge of your life at all. So, I urge you all to think of something positive today. If you find yourself having a hard time and picking at yourself or others think, “What can I say that is positive about this situation?” For instance, I’m having a bad hair day. I’m talking not good, looks frizzy and odd, however, when I looked in the mirror this morning I told myself, “Your skin looks nice today.” I needed to see the good through the bad. I think sometimes people really do need that. Especially that person sitting next to you in her cubicle typing a bit to hard and muttering to herself. Maybe she just needs to be reminded that its Friday or that she did a good job this week despite everything. If words fail you, a cookie left at their desk inevitably does it. So happy Friday and to all the people who are reading this: You are beautiful, smart, and wonderful. Have a wonderful weekend and remember, you are amazing. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks so!

July 9, 2010. Advice, blog, change, cookies, Doubt, friends, Love, relationship, revelation, rude, sadness, satisfaction, Stressed, Uncategorized, unhappy, wishes. 3 comments.

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