Screenshot time! It’s amazing how many of these I have. 😉
Fashion & Decor
Life & Hustle
That’s all I’ve got for you today. 🙂 Any favorites?
Screenshot time! It’s amazing how many of these I have. 😉
That’s all I’ve got for you today. 🙂 Any favorites?
I saw this little post over on Taralynn’s blog and since I’ve gotten a teeny bit more traffic since my weight loss blog/vlog, I figured I’d give this little survey a go. Plus, again, we all know how I feel about surveys. If you’re looking for a fun one to do, I suggest this one!
GUYS THIS IS LONG ARE YOU STILL HERE??
Whew, that was long. And semi picture-less. I’m surprised if you’ve made it through, but it was fun to write. 🙂
Answer some of the questions below or, if you have a blog, blog about it!
I’m going to *try* (emphasis on the word try) not to make this post a rambling one, but … well, it’s Thinking Out Loud time with Amanda so I feel like I’m allowed to. 😉
Okay, so based on the title you might know where I’m going with this, but I’m kind of a dreamer. LIES. I am TOTALLY a dreamer. The only problem with that is that I’m a negative nancy, too, so I tend to knock down my own dreams before I start them.
For example, I’ve wanted to move to California since I first visited there in 2009. I fell in absolute love, but I’ve never truly tried to get out there. Sure, I applied for some jobs here and there at huge companies like Facebook and Twitter where EVERYONE applies, but I never truly tried. Because I’m afraid of failing, so I don’t even try. HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?!
So, my sister got me hooked on watching YouTube videos starting with the CTFxC a little over two years ago and I’ve grown to subscribing to over 50 channels on the YouTubes. I mainly watch vlogs, fitness and beauty channels, but I’m known to get sucked into all kinds of other things. I just love it. No Netflix for me. I rarely watch television (which is good because I don’t have cable anymore).
After watching videos for over a year, I started getting this weird feeling like I should start a channel, but kept pushing it to the back of my head. Who would want to watch me? I don’t have a good camera. I don’t even know what I’d talk about. Would people find me relateable? Would they find me funny? If they do find me, will they make fun of me? But some of my friends roll their eyes at me when I bring it up, so maybe it’s a dumb idea.
See how every single one of those thoughts up there is negative?
So after a year of convincing myself that I wasn’t good enough (and a year of my sister telling me that I was) I put up my first video last week and actually had a few comments of people telling me they liked my stuff! Granted, a few of them were there just looking for subscribers, but others really enjoyed it. And you know what’s most important?
I enjoyed making it. I enjoyed editing it. I thought I was funny. I was excited.
Today I put up my second ever YouTube video and had even more fun than before. I didn’t edit out as much stuff, I made a graphic for it and I was excited to finally get it up. If you’re into the YouTube thing (or just LOVE ME) you can check it out below.
And you know what? I’m proud of me. GOOD JOB, ME! Am I still afraid of all those negative things I said a few paragraphs up? Oh HELLS yes. But it’s something I’ve wanted to try for forever – almost a visual extension of this blog here – and I’m so happy I did. Maybe people will like me and start to follow me, or maybe they won’t. Maybe I’ll start to hate it and quit. Or maybe I’ll love it and keep on doin’ it for a fun little outlet from the craziness of life.
I’m just happy that I pushed the negative thoughts aside and took a leap of faith. Maybe this is the start of a new way of thinking for me. I have all this excitement – maybe I’ll even let a guy take me on a date!
Thanks for reading! Do you ever struggle with negative thoughts that hold you back from something?
Hi, my name is Jessie and I’m pretty sure I’m not even fully awake. Is it illegal to drive somewhere on two to three hours of sleep? Don’t answer that.
Anyways, let’s talk about weekends! This is going up a day late because technically this is my Monday (then again, technically it’s my Wednesday since I only have a three day week at the college this week). Too many technicallys in one sentence. Moving on … (Linking up with the wonderful Katie)
First of all, let me say thank God for SnapChat because apparently that’s the only way I document my life. I should just make a blog post out of my SC feed. It’s honestly about 99% of the photos that you’ll see.
Friday my boss let us out an hour early (YES) so I went home and … napped. HA. After a short nap, I took off to spin class and then met my sister out at Old Chicago for dinner. We ran into VS for the 7 for $25 sale and then the rest of the night we spent hanging out on the couch and going to bed early. #partyanimals
Saturday I woke up, headed to the gym for an early morning workout and then my dad came into town! We chatted about our Ireland trip (which just turned into me getting anxiety because this trip is so overwhelming to plan!) and then headed to Red Robin for lunch where my dad tried to explain boys to me (he wasn’t much help – just told me “Remember, guys are stupid” – thanks, Dad.) and then we hung out at my apartment for a little while longer. After that, my sister and I headed off to see Pitch Perfect 2 (a second time for me) and then I dragged her out for a walk. After our walk, we had
pizza breadsticks and then I headed out to Celebrate De Pere (basically a little baby fair) with a friend. Still no photographic evidence – apparently my SC stories didn’t start until Sunday.
So, Sunday! I woke up late, watched some tv with my sister and headed out for the day.
Our first stop was HuHot because I was slightly hungover (seriously Jessie – TWO DRINKS #old) and wanted some serious sodium. Ha.
After HuHot, we headed off to see yet another movie (and eat yet another $10 piece of candy and soda). This time we saw Hot Pursuit. I heard awful reviews for it, but it had me giggling the whole time so I thought it was pretty good. Granted it’s not going to win any Oscars, but that wasn’t something I was too worried about. The day was nasty with tons of rain storms, so we just stayed inside the rest of the night, watching fireworks from my bedroom window.
Monday rolled around and I spent most of the morning catching up on my YouTube subscriptions and trying not to whine about the humidity. I finally decided to try to tame my frizz ball humidity hair with my flat iron and put on something besides an over-sized t-shirt.
Maxi skirts – for when you want to look put together, but really just haven’t shaved your legs.
My sister and I headed off to the mall to look for a jean jacket for her (no luck) and I tried on a ton of a clothes and then had buyer’s remorse and didn’t buy anything. So, normal shopping trip for the two of us.
After that, I dragged my sister out for an hour-long walk since it was nice out.
I wanted to take advantage of the little bit of warm weather with no rain, so we headed off to Hagemeister Park to sit on the patio.
How I’m not completely sunburned, I have no idea.
The waitress talked me into the “Ultimate Bloody Mary” (mostly because she told me it came with beef sticks) but this whole “chaser” thing was not a true chaser. I was not expecting two full drinks!
And then I spent the rest of the evening not sleeping because it was so dang humid in my apartment. I need one of those stand-alone air condition units, I think. Otherwise this is going to be another longgggg summer of no sleep.
How was your Memorial Day weekend? Did you do anything fun?
Tuesday! I made it to TUESDAY!
First of all, thank you everyone for the sweet comments I got on the blog, Instagram and text. I appreciate all the love. 🙂 After a much needed nine hours of sleep last night, I’m right back in my normal healthy positive mindset and read to take on this week!
Yesterday started out with me working at the gym, half asleep. Thankfully members at that gym are super sweet and talkative, so my 3.5 hour shift flew by. Here’s photo evidence of that that you already saw yesterday.
My day started out a little cranky, I’ll be honest. The girl that came in to relieve me at the gym was late, so that sent me into a panic to get dressed as fast as possible and get to the college. Once I got here, I was bombarded with emails and questions about my weekend (which just got me all riled up) and my anxiety set in again. So I took a slight break and found this on Facebook which just put a smile on my face.
Finally it was lunch time so I headed home to eat lunch (aka 10 cookies) and then headed over to Dunkin Donuts for some happy juice.
After lunch and taking down that coffee, I headed over to our new science building on campus for the opening ceremony! Such a beautiful building – I’m so happy it’s finished.
After the ceremony, Michelle texted me a picture from Hawaii and I got INSANELY jealous because I don’t think there’s anywhere I would’ve rather been than on that beach with my best friend, forgetting about all the things making me anxious.
I mean, REALLY?!
I then spent the rest of the afternoon doing very important things …
I promise I did actually get some work done yesterday. 😉
After work I went home,
ate more cookies, ate dinner and headed back out to run some errands. Managed to spend way too much money at Target (AGAIN) and then went to the gym for a little bit. Meaning I did about 20 minutes of leg workouts before I realized that my body was just way too tired and I needed to go to bed.
Once home, I took a shower,
ate more damn cookies, texted back and forth with some of my favorite people and hung out with my sister. I don’t remember much after 9:45 p.m., so I’m guessing that’s when I passed out.
And that is my random day. I’m just happy I made it through with a smile on my face. Gosh, Mondays can be so hard!
How was your Monday? Anyone have any fun Memorial Day weekend plans this upcoming weekend?
Happy Monday! I’m in the weirdest mood this morning and am excited to start this week. Maybe it was because I finally had a day off this weekend and had a spectacular event for work yesterday. I’m not sure! Either way, I hope your Monday is off to a marvelous start as well. Linking up with Katie!
Friday was a pretty fun and quiet day at work. I went to lunch with two of my coworkers and then headed over to watch one of them be pied in the face. Not a bad way thing to watch happen to your supervisor. KIDDING. Still was funny, though. 😉
I think the lady pieing him is having the most fun. 😉
After work on Friday, I went to dinner with my friend Brooke and her two daughters and then headed to the gym. The gym on a Friday? I KNOW. What is happening to me?
I basically spent the night trying to figure out the machines that intimidate me the most and Snapchatting with a friend who kept being like, “I bet you could do 190 lbs” “Bet you can’t do 200”. You best believe I proved him wrong. Then I couldn’t walk, but that’s okay. I was right!
Saturday morning I got up around 8:30 and headed to the gym (I KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING) and then got all prettied up. It was supposed to be super nice out, so I took advantage and wore my maxi dress (again) but I don’t care because I love that thing. It’ll probably be in the rotation every week moving forward.
After that, I met my sister at the movie theater to watch the Avengers! I was a little heartbroken that Loki wasn’t in it (yes, I understand he’s not an Avenger but … LOKI)
At least I got Thor (and Captain America wasn’t looking too shabby).
It was a spectacular movie, as expected.
After that, my sister and I headed to Chili’s for a late lunch where I ate my weight in chips and salsa. We then went to Target quick and headed back to my apartment after some errands and I convinced her to go for a walk with me.
Of course, we spent too much time out there and by the time we got home I was starving, which ended in another bad meal of eats.
I technically only had one piece of pizza, but I did have five breadsticks so …
Then GUESS WHO SHOWED UP TO HANG OUT WITH ME?!
Only my best friend in the entire world, Michelle! 🙂 I knew she was coming, but she flew in for less than 48-hours to surprise her sister for her graduation and then was leaving super early on Sunday morning so she stayed with me. We chatted for a few hours before hitting the hay, but I’ll get to see her again in a little over a week before she moves to Hawaii! I also woke up to a love note from her, which was a great morning present as I got ready for my event on Sunday.
I got up pretty early (5:45 – not as early as Michelle, though!) to get ready for my event on Sunday in Milwaukee.
I was way more awake for 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday than I should’ve been.
My Mass & Brunch in Milwaukee went really well for work (the food was outstanding) and I got to see one of my favorite friends from the Milwaukee-area, Melissa!
I then proceeded to convince her to go to a wedding with me later this month, so you’ll be seeing her on the blog again later. 🙂
We got home from Milwaukee around 3 and I took advantage of the 82 degree weather (WHAT?!) and took a walk outside for a little over an hour.
Then headed over to the grocery store to pick up some “necessities” and somehow came out with two types of ice cream. I mean, really?
The remainder of the night I spent eating some of that damn ice cream, watching YouTube subscriptions and trying to go to sleep early which did not happen because someone doesn’t know how to put down her phone (*ahemjessie*).
And that was my weekend! A little too much “indulgence” and unfortunately I’m up almost 2.5 lbs since Thursday – oof! Granted, I know a big chunk of that is probably from so much sodium and it’ll probably go down, but time to hop back on that train! I’m hoping to dedicate one day to talking about fitness / health related stuff. Would that still interest you guys? Wouldn’t be as in-depth as my AdvoCare reviews, but I figured it would keep me accountable!
Tell me something you did this weekend? Did you guys all enjoy the weather wherever you are?
Have you ever had one of those days? You know the ones. You just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and it already feels like the longest day ever?
That’s me today.
So what does that mean? Instead of holding all of these little feelings inside, I’m going to turn on some Backstreet Boys and word vomit these feelings out to you guys. I apologize in advance (for the post and for the disgusting image I probably gave you of word vomit).
I’m definitely one of those people that thinks to much (who, me?!) All of my friends that know me well are probably shaking their heads going, “Duh, Jessie.” Fortunately for all of you readers of mine, you might not fully know the capacity of that. My poor friends get the brunt of it via IM, SnapChat, text, Skype … I’m the worst.
^^ My sister found that quote and I think it’s very suiting for both of us, just in different ways.
When I’m sad? I’m REALLY sad.
When I’m excited? Girl, you better watch out because I’m going to be bouncing all over the place.
When I’m in love? I’m head over heels.
When I’m mad? Get out the way.
When I’m scared? There’s no reasoning with me.
When I have a crush? I crush hard.
I know all of these things about myself and I don’t necessarily think they’re always a bad thing. I get to feel all things in ways that some people can’t and no one ever has to wonder how I’m feeling because trust me, you’ll know. Because I’m usually a pretty positive person, this “personality trait” of mine can be spectacular because I’m constantly smiling, dancing or bopping around to life.
But there’s also a flaw – I get hurt very easily and sometimes I can’t turn my brain off. Passive aggressive statements sting. Little off-comments you didn’t think I’d catch, I catch. Boys toying with my emotions gets me all in a tizzy. Since I’m one of those souls that can’t keep everything in otherwise I’ll explode (hence the blog), my friends get the brunt of it. I can tell when I’m annoying them. They tell me to just “let it go”, “don’t think so much”, “let things just happen” or “don’t worry about it” and I can try my damndest to do that, but it’s really hard for me. I’m naturally going to over-think that text. You can bet your butts I’m going to think way too far into the future. It’s hard to keep my feet planted on the ground.
I don’t know how many times I’ve said the words, “I wish my brain just had an off button – just for a minute.”
So anyways, this long-winded all over the place post comes up because a) I didn’t know what else to write about and this was on my mind and b) it’s something I’m “sort of” working on and “sort of” coming to terms with. Will I always be an over-thinker? Yep, probably. Will I always make things bigger than they need to be? Yep, probably. But that’s okay. Everyone has their little quirks, and that is one of mine.
Any other over-thinkers or over-feelers (is that a word??) out there? Or is it just little old me? 🙂
Good morning my sweet, sweet friends. How was your weekend? I’m hoping it was as fabulous as you all are.
Don’t mind the weird good mood – I somehow got up at 5:45 a.m. this morning after barely any sleep and worked out my legs at the gym. I’ll crash soon. In the meantime, linking up with with Katie.
My Friday ended up being a pretty fantastic day. After writing my Friday Favorites for the week, I booked it through work, trying to get as much done in the morning as possible since my weekend was full of events. I went home for lunch, only to find that my best friend Michelle sent me an AdvoCare care package – yea!
There was also some Spark in the package, so it was probably the best thing I’ve gotten in the mail in awhile.
I was able to leave work a tiny bit early on Friday, so I headed out for a 2-mile walk and then somehow convinced myself to go to Biker Chicks (an all-female cycling class at my gym). I picked myself up some Chipotle and headed back home for the night. My hamstrings were KILLING me between the Tone It Up Daisy Duke’s workout I did the other day and the biker chicks class, so I spent the night cursing at my foam roller. I know, party animal – this one.
The next morning I got up bright and early (okay, so at 8 a.m.) and headed into the gym for some arm/shoulder/back workouts before my event. On my way out, I stopped at the Herbalife stand in my gym (it’s never open when I’m there!) and got a Chocolate Cake Batter shake. Because duh.
Calm the crazy eyes, Jessie.
Saturday I had our softball alumni day and it was C-O-L-D. It decided not to get above 48 and the wind was awful. The event turned out pretty well, though!
The best part of the day? Meeting this guy. My friend Brooke asked what the dog’s name was and when she said “Bubba” I was like, “of course it is.” Look at him! Totally a Bubba.
After the event (and saying good-bye to Bubba), Brooke and I headed back to our office and then met over at the gym to spend some quality time warming up in the steam room and the hot tub. Best. Idea. Ever! We then went back to her place, ate some dinner and watched a movie. My “clean eating” for the weekend did not happen, but you’ll see that whole breakdown on Thursday when I do my final thoughts on the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge!
Sunday morning I woke up early again to head to the gym. This time I just did cardio – my TIU 5K split up between the treadmill, elliptical and stair master. Then I headed back to the fields for our baseball alumni day. The weather was much nicer (hence the nice little forehead sunburn I’m rockin’) and the stands were crazy full. It was a long weekend of work, but when I get multiple thank-yous from our alumni, it’s totally worth the hectic hours.
After the event, I headed straight to Target for aloe for my forehead and walked out with $150 worth of stuff … but I remembered the aloe!
The funny part? I talked myself out of another dress, ha! I had three in my cart. Loving the maxi dresses at Target and I really needed a new swimming suit. Saturday in the hot tub was the first time I’ve worn a swimming suit (around other people) in almost three years and my suit isn’t the most flattering anymore, so I bought this black one! Still not 100% confident, but I’m getting there. 🙂 And the shoes because they’re sparkly – I don’t have to justify that.
Once I found out I didn’t have enough hangers for my clothes, I decided to go through some stuff that I never wear (you know, because who wants to buy new hangers??). Tried on all of my work pants and absolutely none of them fit. Good thing I wear a lot of dresses.
Mind you, these pants have already been taken in by my mom and the entire back is elastic to try to make them fit. I think it’s about time I part ways with them.
Oh, and Oliver “helped”.
And now we’re at today! I got up at 5:45, much to my body’s dismay …
Let’s just always assume that my bed will never be made and not judge me for it, mmkay?
And now, let’s do this Monday! I’m wearing my new blue dress and new shoes today, even though it probably won’t even hit 60. Don’t care!
Are any of you fans of maxi dresses?
Who else got in trouble at Target this weekend?
Good morning, friends!
I’ve been on the hunt for a camera for a few weeks now. I used to be into photography when I was younger and (humbly) quite good at it. I’m definitely into scenery / landscape photography the most and I want to start getting back into a hobby that I used to love.
Here’s the problem – I have no idea what to buy! I don’t want to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars because 1) I don’t have that in my bank account and 2) I don’t think it’s necessary to take great photos. When I was in 4-H many many moons ago, I had a Nikon film camera that I lovvvved, but it was a gift so I didn’t pay for it. I’m looking for suggestions, so I’d love any help!
1) High enough mexapixels (at least 16) so that I can have some of my photos printed and blown up to put on the wall
2) Good video capability so I can maybe actually start the YouTube channel I’ve been talking about for a year now
4) Will work better for blogging than just my grainy iPhone pics
3) Not going to make me broke for the rest of my life
Another reason I’m pushing to get a camera is because I go to Ireland in September, and I want to take pictures there (obviously), but I need the quality to be great so that I can blow some of the photos up once I get back. I have this HUGE wall at my apartment that’s just waiting to be filled with photos from Ireland – honestly that’s why I haven’t put anything on it yet! Plus I’d like one for my office at work.
I’ve heard people love Canons and I’m partial to Nikons (even though I’ve only had one … so I guess I can’t be partial), but let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions! Also, if you have any ideas for other things I should be looking for when buying a camera. It’s been so long and digital cameras are so much different than my film camera that I don’t even know what to look for anymore!
Sorry this post is a bit different than normal, but I figured bloggers probably would be great at helping me find a camera! 🙂