Friday Letters: Fall and Rockstar Fail

OH THANK GOD, FRIDAY, you’re here.

Anyone else glad Friday is here? I told Rob EVERY NIGHT this week that it felt like Friday night so you can imagine my horror when it was only Tuesday, Wednesday etc. But WE MADE IT. *tooting horns and tossing confetti*

You know the drill, Friday letters he-yah! (my attempt at a Boston accent. Unsuccessful.) Linking up with Ashley.

Dear BLOG FRIENDS, Your replies on my blog yesterday completely turned my week around. Every single comment meant SO much to me because I have a hard time sharing certain things on the blog sometimes but I’m so glad I did. I can’t thank you enough and I treasure all of your wonderful thoughts and advice!

Thank you dear friends! Source

Dear Old Navy, I am kicking myself SO HARD because I missed out on $20 Rockstar jeans this past weekend. Because I’m clearly insane, I decided to try on Rockstar jeans for the first time yesterday after I realized I missed the sale and they were now $34.94 and my life is changed forever. If you haven’t tried on Old Navy Rockstars, you haven’t lived. They feel like pajama pants. Take it from the curvy girl! (FYI, I walked out without the jeans. I just couldn’t do it for $34.95… sigh)

Dear Fall, First you took forever to get here and now you come with a fury. I’m not even ready! I don’t have tights or leggings or even my jackets pulled out yet. Also, is it just me or does weather anything other than it being sunny make you feel sleepy too? Sigh. I want summer back already.

Something about this little guy just resonates with me. Lol

Dear fellow viewers of the debate, Politics is something I don’t get into much but I couldn’t help but think of one thing the entire debate… one of the candidates sounded a litttttttle like a used car salesmen. Lol do you hate me now? Sorry I couldn’t help it. Let’s still be friends! Honestly, the biggest achievement of the debate? I got Rob to listen to 2 hours of political talk! That’s not easy my friends.

Dear October, I got some planzzz for youuuu. Joining my dear friend Melissa with her lists of monthly goals. I’m keeping it pretty simple.

Dear readers, I need your help. Thanks to my unbelievably generous Bestie Auva, I got this Michael Kors bad boy for my birthday:

Auva knows me well and said she already included a gift receipt because she knows it’s expensive for a bracelet and I might want to get store credit and put it towards a purse (we know each other reallllly well). But the catch is that I FREAKIN LOVE IT. But $95 for a bracelet is beyond my comprehension. It’s absolutely gorgeous on but I don’t know if I can do it. So I’m enlisting your help, would you keep a gorgeous bracelet like this knowing it cost that much?!

This weekend my little brother has a laser tag birthday party so you can BET I’ll be channeling my inner Barney Stinson. HIMYM anyone?

What do you have planned this weekend??

Happy Weekend everyone!

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Wasn’t this what College was for?

Happy Thursday!

I knew my 24th birthday came and went too easily. Identity crisis was soon to follow. Initiating full panic yesterday afternoon.

I’m struggling friends, I’m struggling with deciding what I’m supposed to do with the rest of my life. Now, more than any other point in my life, I’m completely lost on what my life is leading up to. I’ve always been such a driven individual, with clear goals and the motivation to get there. But lately, I’m feeling unsettled and frankly, completely lost. Isn’t this what college was for?

Source for quote/Graphic made by me

At my core, I am an all-or-nothing person. People who really know me, know when I get a pet fish, I will know EVERYTHING there is to know about that fish. I’ll spend hours on forums making sure his behavior is normal, that his tank is the right temperature or that he is happy. Within the first month, they’ll see him in a 10 gallon tank with his decorative rock and live plants changed twice a month. And they know that when he died, I cried like an absolute baby (Truthfully, I’m tearing up right now writing this…Miss you Avatar). I don’t do anything lightly my friends, even owning a $2.99 fish. This is my explanation for why I can’t just “try” something out and hope it works out. It will either work out or I will make it work out.

Avatar, the best betta I ever knew.

I graduated college 2 years ago and was incredibly fortunate enough to get a research position in the field I majored in at a well known Neurodevelopmental Institute. Graduate school was ALWAYS on the horizon but I purposefully chose not to apply while I was in college because I wanted to enjoy my last year of college and because I wasn’t 100% sure what program I wanted. So I started work full time, but grad school was always in the plan.

Fast forward 2 years and I’ve realized that research isn’t what I want to do for my life. This takes a Ph.D. out of the running since it involves an intense amount of research. Now I’m left to ponder Psy.D programs or Masters programs in Psychology for grad school. Then, I started this blog and discovered my immense passion for event planning, crafting and photoshop. At parties I’ve planned for work, one of our psychologists even mentioned that I could make more money party planning and suggested I look into it seriously. After months of receiving those compliments, a dim lightbulb started to shine brighter and brighter, until it started to overshadow the plans I had made all along.  This new creative side that I didn’t even know existed is competing with what my logical self has been planning on for YEARS. Could I really make a living out of my hobby? What about all the work I already did for my degree?

So now I’m stuck.

Stuck because I’m not sure which psych graduate program I want to apply for (All I know is I want to counsel somehow)
Stuck because I can’t shake this feeling that I could maybe do what I love everyday and even get paid to do it?
Stuck because I’ve worked so hard to gain experience and knowledge in a particular field already.
Stuck because the honest truth is I have bills to pay, student loans to pay off and I can’t do that on a dream alone. Now a degree, it does pay and no matter what anyone says, money has to count for something.
Stuck because grad school is expensive…and more loans won’t help with the next point below this one.
Stuck because I’m 24 and (I’m going to be frighteningly honest) I want at least 1 kiddo before I’m 28-29.
Stuck because I desperately miss being in school and I know I’m meant for more education someday, somehow.

Basically every thought in my head contradicts itself. I didn’t even mention that my ultimate goal in life is to first and foremost, be a Mom someday, and a good one at that. This will probably mean staying home with the kids for at least a year or so in the beginning. So all these things combined, I swear my head is going to explode. I want it all friends.

 WHY can’t we have it all?

I’m not begging for advice or suggestions (although they are welcome, I mean I did pour this all out on you and you’re still reading) but if anything, I’m looking to know I’m not alone in my complete and utter confusion. When you chose to continue schooling, or when you chose your career path, was it as clear as day? Are you currently still in the dark like me? Did you feel like the path you chose was what you were meant to do? This article was on Facebook the other day and it was SO relevant, it hurts. Read it!

LOL love this. Source

Sorry if this blog post is somewhat of a debby downer. At the end the day, I’m incredibly lucky to have attended college, to have great options and the time to pursue them, now if only I could just live and let live, I would enjoy my 20s more!

Plus, I’ve already got Rob and that’s half the battle isn’t it? Someone to weather the storm with? And celebrate your success?

Don’t forget you can still totally join in with Let’s Get Physical October! Link up is open until Friday at 11:00 pm PST.

Even if you don’t have a blog to link up or for them to visit, stop by the blogs of the ladies who linked up and give them some encouragement because their participation really made my day! Plus they rock, simple as that.

Thanks for reading ❤

Let’s Get Physical: October

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Ugh. I’ve been secretly dreading this moment because September was a hard fitness month for me. I’ll quit babbling, here goes:

At the end of the day, even if I didn’t make much progress I’m going to be honest with you all. But I will NOT come back to the fitness link up in November and tell you that I didn’t work out because I will. Honestly, I’ll probably have to do a weekly check-in on this whole fitness thing because I want to hold myself more accountable! Also, here’s my fitness inspiration, Dulce is so fit!

Andddddddd, I haven’t gone self-hosted on WordPress yet (feeling anxious about managing my blog 100%, without WordPress). This means the links will display in a separate window again, sorry! Click BELOW to enter your link! 

Remember the rules to the link up, after you add your link, visit the 2 bloggers located above your link and leave an encouraging comment or fitness tip for them! If you want to be a superstar, feel free to visit all the bloggers who link up!

Grab the button!
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Please ONLY add your link if you are blogging about your fitness journey. This isn’t the standard link up to just merely gain followers,  this is for support and uplifting each other! If your link is not relevant, I will probably delete it. The Link up closes on Friday at 11:00 pm PST (Oct 5th). Feel free to link up until then!

I’m so thankful for each blogger that links up with me! I’ve got some good ideas for month #2 of Let’s Get Physical so join in!

Who is your fitness inspiration? What person do you picture when you think of your ideal shape?

Happy Hump Day!

Simply Tasty: Goat Cheese Pasta

Happy Tuesday ya’ll!

I’m guest posting at one of the first blogs I ever religiously followed, Make it & Fake it! Check out my cookies over there!

I have an odd obsession with goat cheese. I don’t need it everyday but once in awhile, the irresistible urge to eat it will overcome me and I’ll come home with 10 oz of goat cheese with crackers. Anyhoot, if you love goat cheese like me (and avocados and asparagus), this recipe will rock your world! Loving lately: Goat Cheese Pasta!

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen.
Ingredients

  • 1 bag of rotini pasta
  • 1 pound of asparagus (1 bunch)
  • 5 oz of goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 avocados
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Boil pasta.
  2. Cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces.
  3. While pasta is boiling, put goat cheese in a large bowl.
  4. Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon grated lemon to goat cheese. Set aside.
  5. 2 minutes before pasta is fully boiled, add asparagus.
  6. Cut avocados into 1 inch cubes.
  7. Drain pasta and asparagus and while still warm, toss with goat cheese mixture.
  8. Add salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice as needed. Lastly, add avocados.
  9. Enjoy!

This recipe is so simple and makes so much pasta, perfect for dinner and 2 days worth of lunch! For the working gal like me, that’s two thumbs up. {This is a pretty goat cheese friendly recipe so keep that in mind if you aren’t really fond of it.}

Do you have a food product you have an unreasonable love for?

Linking up with Loving Lately!

Don’t forget the Let’s Get Physical Link up tomorrow! It will be available to link up Midnight PST. Get your Confessions, Facts and Goals ready! {The link up button is located on my right sidebar.} In case you need a reminder for how it works: Click here.

Happy Birthday Baby Bro!

HAPPY 13th birthday to my Bugga Boo, cuddle bug, sports superstar & baby brother Evan! The day of your birth was one of my favorite days ever, I’m such a proud big Sis of the little man you’ve become. Love you always.

Have a great day loves!

Weekend Awesomeness

Happy Monday lovelies!

I had a pretty fabulous weekend and that makes starting Monday off EVEN harder. I also realized that Sunday nights are the HARDEST nights to write entries when you’ve had an amazing weekend. Sooooo sorry I’m not sorry…Lol

Despite telling you all I had virtually no plans this weekend, that was a lie. Rob and my fabulous friends threw me an AMAZING surprise party on Friday. We had a nice dinner at Mikunis (sushi nomzzz) and went back to Rob’s for some beverages. And by some beverages, I mean LOTS of dranks. The after party was the best part and everyone got along so well and had a ton of fun! We even had s’mores by the fire to finish the night. I haven’t laughed as hard as I did that night in a longgggg time and I’m so unbelievably thankful for all the work Rob put into it. I love you boo! Thank you to all my friends for making it out!

In the midst of the madness, Rob and I managed to not get 1 picture together. Boo.

And no Mom and Dad (+Family that read my blog), I didn’t even drink much! I was having too much fun naturally to even have to drink 🙂

Okay, that’s end of my birthday talk. No mas!

Yesterday, I went to my lovely friend Caitlin’s birthday party with a bunch of my sorority sisters. I don’t get to see them nearly as often as I’d like so I was happy to spend time with them. Caitlin is one of the sweetest girls ever and it was wonderful to celebrate her birthday with her!

And because I clearly don’t have my own shiz together, here’s some blogs that do!

This one is for the ladies who love to do their own manicures!

My dear friend Lyss has finally taught me how to add washi tape to my blog!

This wall art is so beautiful, further proof I clearly need a Cricut or Silhouette.

I’ve pinned this time and time again but it’s time to make these already!

If only I had known this trick in college!

Let’s Get Physical Link up, THIS Wednesday October 3rd! Get your Confessions, Facts and Goals ready!

Have a great day! 🙂