I've been consumed with Nursing school over the past few weeks, but I finally have a minute to share a few photos. Have a good week!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
It's that time of year again: Back to School.
(I can't help but think of that song Billy Madison Sings..."Back to School, Back to School, To Prove to Dad I'm Not a Fool")
What I always loved about going back to school was getting new school supplies and, of course, getting new clothes. I always felt that a new school year was a way to re-invent myself, so my style changed every year. One year, I even rocked the Scene Girl trend. Let's not talk about that, though. Below I've put together some outfits that would be great for the first day of school, no matter if you're in middle school or college.
For those of you in school, I wish you luck this year! Make lots of memories!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Hey everyone! Today, I thought I'd post my current fitness routine. I like to change-up my exercises after a few weeks because I find that my body becomes accustomed to the workouts and I stop seeing results. I've started a new series of workouts that use my own body weight with added dumbbells here and there. I found these workouts on Pinterest. I don't have a Pinterest because that would be one more social media outlet for me to maintain and I barely use social media now as it is! I'm so glad that, as someone who doesn't have a Pinterest account, I can browse other peoples' pages basically for FREE!
I've been doing these exercises (along with some triceps dips, biceps curls) since Monday...so for 3 days. It takes me about 30+ minutes to do everything because I do multiple reps. Along with this 30+ minute strength training, I walk every evening, except when it rains. I can honestly say that my arms and glutes have been sore everyday since I began, which tells me that these exercises are working!! Just looking at the Pinterest motivation pictures of the beautiful fitness models makes me strive to be more toned and more in shape.
If you're struggling with where to begin, just start browsing Pinterest pages, even if you don't have your own. Or, you can go to any search engine and type in "Pinterest Workouts" or "Pinterest Fitness". I'll warn you---It's Addictive! It's amazing at what your body can do with just its own body weight---no weights or heavy equipment needed. Just challenge yourself everyday and you'll start seeing results!
Monday, July 29, 2013
How do you know when the time is right to end a relationship? In case you're wondering this same question, I'm going to give you my scenario and tips below, so hopefully we can answer this question together!
Alright, here goes:
I met a guy back in April. When I first met him, I thought he was a total sleaze-ball...he just rubbed me the wrong way. Over the course of a couple of months, we got to know each other on a surface level and I began to realize this guy was actually kinda cool. Flash forward to June: I went on my first official date with the guy. It's now the end of July and we are still dating, making this a 2-month ordeal. We discussed the label of "boyfriend/girlfriend" and I decided I didn't want that, partly because of the fact that we work together and also...the kicker...his ex-girlfriend works with us. Yeah. I'm a bad, bad person. NEVER DO WHAT I DID! Trust me.
Me working closely with the ex-girlfriend has put a damper on my relationship with this guy. The 3 of us work together at times and he definitely sees her everyday at work. I can't help but think there's something still there between them, although he denies it (of course he would!!). I find myself constantly comparing myself to her and I always feel less-than. And when I compare myself to others, I get really depressed because I start to focus on all of my flaws. It's just no good. I hate me when I hate myself. (Yes, I just wrote that)
So there's one of my issues with this guy: I feel that I can't trust him around his ex. Another is that he is full of dreams (which is great, really), but these dreams are, well, just that: Dreams. He has a college degree, but doesn't have a future planned out, nothing that's set in stone. Steve Harvey says a man should always have a plan and that he will never be happy with himself unless he accomplishes said plan. The guy has been kicking around all sorts of career ideas from being a police officer to being a pro-wrestler (neither of these match is degree). He's not completely serious about any of it.
My list cons could go on, and frankly, I'm beginning to have more "cons" than "pros". I think when that happens, it's time to reevaluate the relationship.
To end a relationship or not? Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself if you're stuck:
1) Do you feel happier when you the 2 of you are apart?
2) Do you no longer find yourself physically attracted to him?
3) Are the little things about him beginning to annoy you?
4) Have you lost trust in the guy?
5) Does the guy make you feel bad about yourself?
I would say "yes" to 3 out of the 5 questions above. I went on a date with this guy on Saturday. Before he even arrived at my house, I found myself dreading going out with him (not a good sign)!! So I went on this date with a not-so-great attitude, but I tried to hide it as best as I could. The date was...nice. But that's it. I felt no sparks and no connection this time around. Now for the hard part: We've kinda grasped when to end a relationship, but now we have to tackle HOW to end a relationship! Ah-yi-yi!!!!
Wish me luck!!
*On a side note: I literally just got a phone call and found out that one of my family members passed her GED test and is graduating on Thursday!!! What a great day!!
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Well, unfortunately the summer is winding down. I've been so caught up in work and family engagements that I really haven't gotten the chance to stop and think, "Man, this is my last summer of freedom", until NOW. It seems that the summer has just flown by, mainly because I've been busy nearly every day. When I do get "off" days, I start to feel lazy then find that I can't sit still. For those of you who work behind a desk, bravo to you because I'm the type of gal who could never sit at a desk all day---I gotta be able to move around.
Today is a sad day for me. My best friend, Hunter, is moving (permanently) to DC in a couple of weeks for work and today we're having our last Hoo-rah. I've been friends with him since 2nd grade and now we're both almost 23 years old. We both moved away to separate colleges and the distance was never an issue. We're the type of friends who can spend months (maybe years?) apart and pick right back up where we left off. I have no doubt that the DC distance will be almost the same way. It's just sad for me to think that our era is coming to an end. I tear-up as I type this. Some of my life's greatest moments and memories have been with Hunter and he will eternally hold a special place in my heart. Like I said, today is just...a sad day.
As Hunter is leaving my life (in a way), a new man is entering. All I can say is that I can see a future with this one. Maybe I'll post photos later...?
So my last day at work is August 7th. My first day of Nursing School is August 14th. All of my weekends up until the 14th are spoken for. I'm trying to fit-in all these fun activities since I will have no time for fun whenever school starts.
This has been a bitter-sweet summer for me. Only bitter because of the people I've met, but sweet because of the lessons I've learned and the growing I've done. I've waited years to be where I am right now...finally starting Nursing School, a great guy, a wiser person...and I'm excited to continue on this journey. I feel that Now is finally my time. GOD has truly helped me become everything I am today. After being shattered, the pieces are starting to fall back together again, except not replicating what I was before; the pieces are forming a new "Me"...and I like it.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
We all know how important it is to look like a knock-out when we're on a date. The pressure can be almost unbearable. From my experiences, I always find myself swimming in a sea of clothing options, but for some reason, NOTHING I own seems to be good enough...AKA: "I don't have anything to wear!". When given some time, it's amazing how creative one can get when picking out an outfit. My biggest concern when getting ready for a date is: THE GUY. I want him to be proud to have me by his side and one way I can help with that is by looking good (not by going overboard, just by looking extremely put-together). The trick is to look effortless--even though you've just spent all day getting ready. I went on a date last week and honest to goodness, it took me almost 2 hours just to pick out an outfit! #girlproblems
If I could pick a dream [summer] date outfit, this would be it. Surprisingly, I have YET to purchase a high-low skirt! Part of me is afraid that the minute I buy one, they'll immediately go out of style. But, who knows? Should I finally go out on the limb and buy one?