Mid-Twenties Blues

As I get closer and closer to the dreaded “mid-twenties”, I’m starting to realize that there is a long list of things that I am getting too old for. I used to think that you didn’t get “too old” for stuff, but that people just conformed to how they should act at a certain age. Nope, wrong. So wrong. Let’s go over just a few examples…

  1. The Junior’s section. I used to make a beeline for the graphic t’s and hoodies, but now I find myself standing in between Juniors and what I still refer to as “the grown up section”. Do I buy the “Case of the Monday’s” crop top or the practical but still cute blazer? I DON’T KNOW. I like both, but I feel this responsibility to extend my business casual wardrobe outside of the office. What if I run into a coworker wearing the same thing as her teenager daughter? Awkward. I don’t think I’ve reached the point of being too old altogether… but I’m getting close.
  2. Staying up late/sleeping in. By 9:00pm on weekdays, I start thinking it’s about time to “turn in for the night”. I swear. I’m typing this from my bed. I’m still in my early twenties at heart though, because life is fair game on the weekends. Stay up until 1am?! Sureeee, just sleep in the next day! Oh, wait. Sleeping in is now 8:00-8:30am.
  3. Drinking. I’m always like “ugh, what a rough week! Time for a few beers or glasses of wine to unwind.” Next morning: wake up feeling like I never slept and big foot may or may not have stepped on my head.
  4. Haphazard plans. That kind of thing was cool when I was like 18-19, when our main objective was to “hang out”. Now, I need something a little more detailed to find the motivation to interrupt my Netflix binge-watching of Orange is the New Black. Oh, you want to go do something that sounds mildly fun 45 minutes away? Eh…
  5. Sleeping at someone else’s house. This might just be me, but there’s nothing that sounds less appealing to me than starting my weekend off by waking up at someone else’s house. Just no. I am way too old to “crash on your couch”, thanks.

Being in your twenties, whether it to be early, mid or late, is a weird thing. Like, you look forward to it so much when you’re a teenager because you just imagine it being so great. You’ll live on your own, buy whatever you want, do whatever you want… it’ll be great. Until you realize it isn’t, and now you’re just on a downward spiral towards 30. Can I go back to eating cup of noodles for dinner and wearing crop tops?

Spoiler: I still purchase/wear crop tops. -_-

xo,

A

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An Overwhelming Notion

I’ve noticed that it’s seems to be increasingly trendy to be “busy”. Like, full-time job-plus-I-run-the-PTA-and-do-spin-classes busy. It’s as if everyone is competing with each other to figure out how is filling up their calendars more; “sorry, I can’t get coffee Thursday, I’m just soooooo busy”.

Pardon my lack of eloquent vocabulary, but, ugh. Why?! I understand that people generally tie their ideals of success and self-worth into their careers but why is your to-do list the main factor in determining those things? I feel like if I can accomplish what I need to accomplish in a shorter amount of time so I can proceed to binge watch Orange is The New Black, then I’m gonna do that. Whatever happened to “work smarter, not harder”? Of course, it’s not just work. Nope, now everyone has a slew of extracurricular activities that they just have to be involved in, too. There’s the gym, kids’ activities, errands, blogging (ok, guilty) and then after all that, it’s time to prepare the weeks’ meal list.

Puh-lease. When I get home from work, I want to peruse through Instagram and eat whatever cooks the fastest. Call me lazy, but hey, a girl’s got a right to some lounging! I don’t understand why people need an extremely busy schedule to feel adequate. Slow down. Appreciate the day that’s in front of you right now. Be aware of your blessings in this moment.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be overwhelmed to be valued. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to hang out with my best pal, Netflix. 🙂

xo,

A

They’re Walkin’ in a Straight Line, But That’s Not Really Her Style

You want the things you’re saying, doing, planning, dreaming about, to matter. You want to believe that there is all some bigger purpose to life than the day to day monotony. Surely life isn’t all 8-5’s, health insurance premiums and pension plans, right? Everything that you do all year; the stress, the extra hours at the office, the anxiety over raises and promotions… is it all for one week of vacation? Is your life a waiting game for that one little slice of time where you allow yourself to “let loose”, to do the things you really want to do, to be truly happy? Not “oh I found this really inspiring quote on Pinterest that I’ll post on my Facebook and subsequently my Instagram (with a selfie)” happy, but legitimately happy. That logic is really hard for me to wrap my head around.

I mean, what is it exactly that we are all trying to do here? I understand the materialistic side of things, I really do. I want the clothes, the car, the house, the level of comfort that having money provides. I also understand hard work, dedication and a sense of responsibility. I subscribe to all of those beliefs and find them to be important qualities for the general population to pride themselves on. BUT… is that what life is? It’s really sad for me to think that my life up until this point has been geared 100% towards obtaining some kind of skill/education that allowed me to begin a career. Now that I have that, the rest of my life is just planning for retirement? I know that we’re supposed to be thankful for the little things. I should be grateful that I’m lying in bed on Sunday night typing away in bed. I have a candle lit (a lovely soy candle called “sunshine” that I bought in Sarasota, Fl. this year on vacation), my tummy is full from dinner and I have a job to go to in the morning. I’m grateful for all of those things; but, can’t I be both grateful and still want for more? Maybe I don’t want for “more” but for “different”. I want spontaneity. I want crafts. I want travel. I want love- the ache in your stomach when they walk in the room kind of love. I want French-pressed coffee with whip cream and I want possibilities. I feel like I can have all of those things if I let go of this traditional way of living that everyone is so convinced they MUST live by.

You can be a cliche and note that you only live once; but I prefer the add-on to that saying. “But if you do it right, once is enough.”

So the question you have to ask yourself is, are you doing it right?

The Worst

I am seriously the worst blogger ever. Ugh. It’s been an entire month since my last post. I swear, I am alive. I’d post a selfie to prove it, but I just applied zit cream. It’s not pretty.

It’s been crazy lately. I went to Florida on vacation, which was amazing. There’s been a lot of not so amazing stuff, too, however.. so I’ve been processing that. Ill be writing a full post soon- I just wanted to check in. 🙂

So hi. Come back soon, I swear, I will too.

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Half selfie

Xo,

A

#Miley

Hello, loves. Yes, I just hashtagged the title of a post. I’m sorry, I’m still riding on the craziness train that was the Miley Cyrus concert last night. Seriously, SO MUCH FUN. I know that a ton of people judged me and my friends for going, but it was the best birthday present ever. (Thanks to my boyfriend!) Obnoxious costumes, crazy dancing, people watching galore, ridiculously overpriced beer… it was the perfect ladies night.

Say what you want about Miley, but she puts on one hell of show!

My ladies!

              Myself (left) and my lovely ladies!

Miley's entrance: tongue slide.

Miley’s entrance: tongue slide.

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That is indeed a giant hot dog.

That is indeed a giant hot dog.

I may have grabbed a couple of pieces of confetti to scrapbook.

I may have grabbed a couple of pieces of confetti to scrapbook.

"I eat glitter for breakfast" bathroom selfie, because, Miley.

“I eat glitter for breakfast” bathroom selfie, because, Miley.

 

So much fun annnnd t-minus 10 days til vacation! Sometimes being a 20-something is pretty sweet.

 

xo,

A

 

Sunday Funday: Boring Gal Edition

Happy Sunday, loves! It’s been a relaxing day in my neck of the woods. I got to visit with a friend that I never get to see, made dee-licious steak chili with my love, baked banana nut muffins and bought some new workout gear so I can do at-home work outs on the weekends! I stopped at my all-time favorite, Target, to grab a resistance band and dry-fit compression work out shorts (I’ve been drooling over all of the awesome Nike brands ones, but cannot bring myself to spend $25-40 on them just yet). I got a medium-resistance band for $10.49 and shorts (I forget which brand) for $13. The shorts are so comfy! I used the resistance band for all kinds of different arm/leg/booty work outs. Maybe I’ll post a resistance band work out one of these days… buuut, like I said before, this isn’t a fitness blog.

Anyways, when I went to Target I was trying to walk directly to the work out stuff without getting distracted by all of the other goodies. I did, however, make a little trip to the face wash section because I wanted to find something organic/sans weirdo chemicals for make up remover. For some reason unbeknownst to me, my skin has gotten oily as I’ve gotten older. I never really had acne/break-outs when I was a teenager, but lucky me, my skin seems to be getting worse with age. I would say that after a few hours into my day, my face is all shiny and gross looking. Ew. I’m too lazy to reapply powder throughout the day, and I’d rather eliminate the issue instead of covering it up. I also get these pimples UNDER the skin that either A) turn into horrific crime scenes on my face after I constantly pick at them or B) are colorless yet ENORMOUS bumps under my skin that last for weeks/months! Both are annoying but option A is especially awful because I’ll have this huge-impossible-to-cover-monstrosity on my face forever. I get instantly overwhelmed when I walk through the face wash, etc. aisle. I don’t know what to pick or what actually works! I remembered my friend had highly recommended the Say Yes to Carrots brand of shampoo/conditioner and lotions, so I checked that out. The Say Yes to Carrots has an entire line of “Say Yes to…” products. The Say Yes to Tomatoes is specifically for clearing blemishes. First, I looked at the price. Let’s be real, I can’t afford those $30 fancy face washes. $5.99 for 25 wipes. Cool. Next, look at the ingredients. No parabens. Check. The wipes are also made out of compostable fabric (awesome!) and are made cruelty-free. Psh, SOLD. I used one after showering and it left my skin feeling great. The best part is that the wipes aren’t greasy. I hate that oily feeling after using facial wipes; especially because I’m trying to reduce that issue. I’ll follow up in a couple weeks to see if there are any noticeable changes.

I'm not brave enough to post a close-up selfie but here is my skin on Day 1!

I’m not brave enough to post a close-up selfie but here is my skin on Day 1!

 

Post work-out selfie... so kill me. ;)

If you don’t take a picture after your work out, did you really work out at all? 😛

 

In other random news, tomorrow is the MILEY CYRUS concert!! I got tickets for my birthday and I’m so excited! 🙂 Annnnd, t-minus 13 days until Florida!

 

xo,

A

Are you really living life?

Hello, loves! It is a gorgeous Saturday here in Southwestern PA. Feet up, drinking coffee, blogging… this is the ideal life, huh? 🙂 The only thing that could make it better (besides a bottomless bank account to go shopping) is if I was on the beach.

Luckily for me… I will be in TWO WEEKS! That needed to be in all caps so you could understand just how much I need this vacation. I’m so excited to see a new part of the world (Florida!) and get away from life and responsibilities for awhile. I think everyone needs to take a vacation each year. I know, easier said than done; but even if it was a “staycation” (I used to do that when I was making 7.60/hr at Joanns- you weren’t gonna find me at the beach!) it’s good to just have time to decompress. I saw this post on Facebook the other day…

Are you really living life, or are you paying bills until you die?

How many of you just go to work to get that paycheck, only to pay it all out to bills? It’s a really repetitive lifestyle to make a student loan payment (that got you the job), make a car payment (to physically get to the job) to put gas in the car (to drive to the job) etc, etc. I understand that that’s life, I really do; however, there is SO MUCH MORE to it than that! I really think it’s about finding a balance. If you’re happiness is completely dependent on having enough money, spoiler alert: you will never be happy! Unless you strike it rich (and sometimes, even then) you won’t ever have “enough money”. Things always come up and throw our financial goals/plans off track; but don’t let it control your happiness.

Before I graduated college, I was driving a beat up Dodge Neon. I would sit around and look up cars for hours, trying to figure out what kind I would buy once I got my “real job”. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I wouldn’t be able to comfortably afford a new car right after graduation. So, I *planned* to drive my Neon until it couldn’t drive anymore. Other than some cosmetic issues, it ran fine. That is, until a week after graduation when it broke down and needed a new engine. I had already begun my new job, but I hadn’t even gotten a paycheck yet! I had no money saved because I had just finished up my internship and wasn’t really working at my serving job. No job history, no down payment… I was freaking out. Luckily, I have good credit (I might say to live life to the fullest but if I have any financial advice for anyone it is this: MAINTAIN YOUR CREDIT!!! Seriously.) and I was able to finance a new car. I am soo in love with my car. I am not, however, in love with the payment, or the full coverage insurance payment. Prior to that whole fiasco, I had *planned* to double my student loan payment and pay it off in 5-6 years instead of 10 and THEN buy a shiny new car. Instead, when I got my first student loan payment, I crunched the numbers and immediately called and had my payment reduced.

My point is, things don’t always go according to plan. In fact, I think it’s safe to say they rarely do. You have to learn to roll with the punches, have a back-up plan and find that balance. Unfortunately, money is one of the most important things in our society. Don’t go run out and max out your credit cards and drain your savings because “life is short!” or “YOLO”. (For the love of all things holy don’t ever use YOLO as an explanation for something). Be smart, build a small little savings and breathe.

Oh, and take a vacation. Or a staycation. You deserve it.

My views today

             My views today

 

My view in two weeks!

                My view in two weeks!

 

xo,

A

Just Keep Swimmin’

C'mon, it makes ya smile.

C’mon, it makes ya smile.

 

Everything isn’t all sunshine and rainbows all of the time. Sometimes, plans don’t work out. Sometimes, you get thrown off track. Sometimes, you wonder what the heck you’re even trying to accomplish. Sometimes, you get placed out of your comfort zone. (If you’re me, that one would be always).

It’s easy to throw in the towel when things get difficult. It’s easy to give up on the idea of change when it gets overwhelming. What’s that saying? “If it were easy, everyone would do it.” That quote can really apply to whatever you are trying to accomplish; whether that be a weight loss goal, a lifestyle change, a career move, etc. I’m not going to lie, I have a very bad habit of quitting when things get uncomfortable. This is mostly because I frequently feel uncomfortable. Thank you, anxiety. In “normal” situations where everyone else is just going about their day, I’m silently freaking out. It’s a great time.

This weekend was a string of those “sometimes” for me. It sucks, but tomorrow is Monday and the start of a new week. I didn’t have the blissful weekend of reading and crafting like I had hoped and I had some things get me down… but that’s no excuse to give up on my goals. Don’t let one bad weekend turn into a bad week, a bad month or a bad life. Holding onto that sadness and bitterness is only hurting one person: yourself.

I would like to shed some positive light on things, though! Since I began posting again I have journaled more, gone to the gym more, done yoga more, drank more water and (for the most part) quit smoking. I have to, unfortunately, say “for the most part” because I probably smoked about 8-10 cigarettes since Thursday. I just have to keep on keepin on and work towards that goal, along with everything else I am striving for. According to my app, I have NOT smoked approximately 90 cigarettes. Progress, not perfection…

 

Here’s to a better Monday.

 

xo,

A

Clap Along…

If you feel like a room without a roof! -Happy, Pharrell Williams

Hello! 🙂 This week has been fantastic so far and I’ve been in such a good mood that I’m almost annoying myself. So, sorry pals, you’re just gonna have to deal with me. I really should be cranky since I’m on day FOUR of being a non-smoker, but luckily, I’m still holding strong! I’m not going to lie, today is the first day that I thought man.. it would be really nice to smoke right now.. but instead I popped in a tic-tac (my go to if I’m feeling a craving!) and went on with my day. I’m really determined to make this time my LAST time! I’ve already given nearly 8 years (off and on, but mostly on!) of my life to cigarettes and who knows how much money to tobacco companies… I am done! I have my e-cigarette (which I have not used as a replacement- haven’t touched it thus far) for when I’m feeling weak. I’m not 100% sure about the liquid in e-cigs as I’ve read various studies on them.. but the liquids I have for mine are nicotine-free! I’m sure I’ll be relying on that a little bit while we go on vacation- happy hour, anyone?! I’d rather be puffin’ on water vapor every once and a blue moon than nasty chemicals every single day. 😀

This popped up on my phone while I was at work today! I am now at 106. :)

I’ve also stayed committed to my gym plan- I went Monday & today. Monday was some light cardio and leg day and today was arms and shoulders. It’s crazy how much strength I lost in the month that I stopped going. Time to get back to it and this time around, I want to far surpass the effort I put forth last time. Today, I went in without a plan and found myself kind of wandering for a couple minutes. Soo, I decided to document everything I was doing to start developing pre-planned work outs. I realized I’m never going to see the results I want (muscle GAINS!) if I just go in and walk on the elliptical for a few minutes.

My arm/shoulder work out today! There are a couple of others that I forgot to jot down & I don't know the name for... I know, such a newbie!

My arm/shoulder work out today! There are a couple of others that I forgot to jot down & I don’t know the name for… I know, such a newbie! * Don’t make fun of my super light bicep curls.. my noodle arms have always been my weakest spot, I was making pretty good progress before I conveniently forgot where my gym was located. Give me time, I’ll get there. 🙂

Speaking of planning, I need to sit down and commit some time to meal planning so we can 1) eat more consistent, healthier meals and 2) not waste money. Ugh. I haaate grocery shopping.

Anyways! This is not a health/fitness blog, that’s just what happens to be going on in my life right now! I really think that focusing on being healthier is making me happier. Natural endorphins, or something? Who knows.. but I’m not complaining! It could also be that I will be on vacation in 23 days! 🙂 The countdown started a long time ago but now it is SO CLOSE. Kinda like the weekend… now to find something to get into. Is it sad that all I want to do this weekend is drink really good coffee, read a good book, find a flea market, buy some curtains for my living room, take pictures of pretty things and binge watch Law & Order SVU? What are your weekend plans? Leave me a comment!

This about sums it up.

This about sums it up.

Happy Hump Day, lovelies.

xo,

A

 

 

 

A Productive Monday, Indeed

Hello, lovelies! Today was quite the productive Monday. I woke up and did some yoga; nothing crazy, just about 10 minutes or so! I drove about 150 miles for work (me, the girl who hates driving!), caught up on a bunch of paperwork, FINALLY donated the clothes that have been sitting in a bag forever and went back to the gym! Then I came home and cooked a delicious dinner of BBQ pork chops, cucumber, tomato & onion salad and sweet potato fries. MMM. Oh, and I didn’t smoke AT ALL. Hooray! 🙂

Ok, I’m done bragging about my super awesome Monday. I noticed that I have quite a few new followers… up to a nice little 94! It makes me really happy that there are people out there, all over the world even, reading words that I’ve written. It really motivates me to put forth the time and effort to make this blog live up to it’s full potential. Now to brainstorm just how I’m going to do that.. In the meantime, I’d LOVE to get to know my readers! Comment below and tell me something about yourself! Let’s get to know each other, shall we?

In the spirit of ice breakers, here are some random facts about me:

  • I am extremely indecisive. If I can’t choose “which one” I usually say, BOTH! (This is a terrible attitude when it comes to Target. Do not follow in my footsteps).
  • My dream was to major in Creative Writing or Journalism. I changed my mind last minute because I didn’t think I’d be able to find work. I wouldn’t say I regret it, but I’d love to take some writing classes just for fun!
  • I love the color “mint”. ALL MINT EVERYTHING. Seriously, I’m obsessed.
  • I also love leopard print. I will be that old lady in leopard print erything.
  • Despite that last sentence, I am a grammar-nazi. I am not a jerk; however, so I don’t go around correcting everybody all the time. I’m terrible with comma’s so I wouldn’t want people jumping down my throat, either. 😛
  • I want a puppy in the worst way. (No pets allowed. Sigh.)
  • I spent summers in Napa Valley and school year’s in southwestern PA. Completely different worlds- my California blood runs DEEP. ❤

Ok, your turn!! 🙂 Let’s get my followers up to 100, shall we? Share Girl Meets World with a friend!

Awkward angle and I'm way too pasty for July BUT those quads are poppin' through!

Awkward angle and I’m way too pasty for July BUT those quads are poppin’ through!

 

Fresh veggies om nom nom

Fresh veggies om nom nom

 

Whoo! $1,186 a year in my pocket! My goal is to place that amount in my savings so it really makes an impact!

Whoo! $1,186 a year in my pocket! My goal is to place that amount in my savings so it really makes an impact!

 

xo,

A