New Hair & Wedding Dress HELP

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Tuesdays are always the hardest day of the week for me, for some reason. Usually I’m running on pure adrenaline on Mondays, but by Tuesday, I have to physically push myself out of bed. But I’m here!

Anyways, I got in a spur of the moment hair cut / color last night and … it took 3.5 hours. My hair just pulls yellow like nobody’s business! So a million years of toning later …

Before and After

It’s horrible lighting, but basically it’s a lot darker, with less warmth and more cool blonde. The bottoms are pretty much gray right now, but that’ll wash out and be an ashy blonde. I like it, but it always takes me a little bit to get used to change to my hair – I’m very particular about it!  But most of all, it needed to be cut SO badly – the split ends were out of this world!

Moving on from that, I wrote about my weekend yesterday, but as always, gotta plug the YouTube video. It’s short (what, me do a short video?!) and is just my day on Saturday for Homecoming if you’re interested in watching!

Okay, last but certainly not least … I NEED HELP. I have two dresses (albiet they’re basically the same damn dress …) that I need to choose between for a wedding next month. Normally, I would not care, but for the first time in about, oh, I don’t know … eleventy billion years, I’m actually going to have a date to a wedding (#shocker) so yo girl needs to look spiffy. Which do you prefer?

Dress - which to choose!

And last but CERTAINLY not least, it’s my BESTEST LOVE’S 30th birthday today! <3 Love you, Amy!

Amy's birthday

What is your least favorite day of the week? Favorite day?

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Weekend Recap: Homecoming 2016

And the crazy weekend is over – woooohoooo!

Saturday my day started out pretty early with a trip to the gym. Had to get it in!

Workout outfit from TJ Maxx

After an upper body + HIIT workout, it was off to the Homecoming tailgate!

Homecoming 2016

It was actually a pretty slow tailgate for us this year, but we still had a good chunk of people stop by!

After the tailgate, we went back to the house (my office is in a house) and unloaded the truck/ate/sat down for a couple of minutes. Then the rest of the afternoon was spent running around campus, checking in on smaller reunions and getting our “After Party” tent all set up.

Food truck at Homecoming

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The After Party went all night and I was whooped. I got home around 9 p.m. and went straight to bed.

Sunday morning I slept in a little and then started in on my social media freelance … and was interrupted by a pug. 🙂

Work

Pug Distraction

I got done with my social around 3 and then cleaned the apartment as best I could, did laundry, went to the gym, went grocery shopping, meal prepped … and then died. Just kidding – but it was a pretty crazy “weekend” if you can even call it that.

This morning I got up at 5 (somehow) and got in a shoulders + HIIT workout.

Workout outfit from TJ Maxx

And now it’s back to work!

TJ Maxx Work Outfit

Here’s to a productive week – last week before my travel month starts up. Madison (for fun) this weekend to visit my wonderful friend Lindsay and hopefully a TON more trips to Chicago next month. I’m telling you … I just need to be there permanently. 😉

How was your weekend?
What are you doing for Halloween weekend?

Let’s have coffee

I love these types of posts. Whether it’s coffee, tea, diet code red mountain dew (my teeth are going to rot off, I swear) … I love getting coffee with a friend and catching up. Since I don’t have many in-person coffee dates planned, let’s have one together!

Coffee Date

If we were having coffee …

I’d tell you about the awesome, life-changing and uplifting trip I had to Chicago last week. Do any of you ever just “click” with someone, something, some place? That’s how I felt with Chicago. I’ve always liked it there, but this last time just solidified things for me. Even a few of you who watched my video noticed how happy I was, which is crazy to me that you can see that!

I’d ask you a million and one questions, because that’s what I do. I love hearing about things happening in my friends lives, whether it’s how passionate they are about their work, a new person joining their family, a funny date story … I love it. So how about you tell me something about you in the comments? I’d love to hear it. 🙂

I’d probably spill some of my drink on myself, let’s be real.

I’d tell you about a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. After over a year of being denied by loan refinancing companies, one finally refinanced my loan based on my credit score instead of solely based on my very low salary. So, my payments were supposed to go up to $867 in January (per month) … and the loan refinancing company cut that in half. It’s a HUGE weight off my shoulders and a little more manageable. Seriously, check out SoFi if you’re struggling with student loans (or any type of personal debt).

You’d probably ask me about my dating life because, well … that’s what people ask single people. It’s okay, though. I’m used to it. I’d tell you I’m not actively seeking anyone, not online dating, none of that. I’d tell you that I’ve given up on the dating scene where I live a long time ago because I have no intention of staying in the area forever, which obviously hinders my dating life. Now, if you prod a little bit more, I’d probably tell you about someone that currently has my “attention”, so to speak, but I’m nervous about it. Girl has been burned quite a few times, so I am apprehensive. But you would be able to see past the nervousness and see that I’m more excited than nervous. We’ll see what happens. 🙂 (<— I’m THE BEST at being vague enough that ya’ll will hate me)

I’d ask you your opinion on what to wear for a wedding next month because girl is BAD at making decisions.

I’d ask you about your favorite hair stylist … hair is a big deal for me and I haven’t had mine done in almost a year. Whoops …

I’d tell you about how crazy my November is going to be for work – just the full-time job. I have five events next month, but four of them require overnight travel. Nov. 3: Madison, Nov. 10: Minneapolis (overnight), Nov. 15-18: Chicago (multiple overnights). I’d tell you that I’m excited about it, because getting out of the office and being at my events is the best feeling. Although, you would probably be able to tell that I’m hopeful for new opportunities soon.

I’d tell you that we need to have coffee more often because I miss being with like-minded, fun, energetic, driven people. So, I’d basically beg you to be my friend all the time. 😉

Linking up with Amanda!

I asked you above, but if we were getting coffee, what would you want to talk about? What would you ask me? What kind of drink would you get?

It’s over!

Move-in week is over!

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Thankkkkkkkkkk God.

The week was filled with wearing the same outfit over, and over, and over …

Move-in week over

Ugh.

So, Tuesday was loft set-up – probably the worst day of the week. We had 3 hours to put together over 100 lofts in two different buildings. It’s grueling work that NO one wants to do, so I got a lot of cranky looks and comments all day. One thing I’m not good at is people being mean to me – I need to grow a thicker skin. So by the 4:30 p.m., I was so emotionally and mentally exhausted, that I just zoned out for the rest of the night.

Wednesday was Honors move-in. These freshmen move in a day earlier than everyone else into one hall. This day was MUCH better – it was from 8 a.m. – noon and I ushered in cars/checked in students while others on the team unpacked cars and brought it to the students’ rooms.

Move-in week over

After moving in 50+ students, a few of us went over to a local pizza buffet for lunch. I didn’t have any pizza, but I did have four breadsticks and a cookie so … my eating habits obviously took the back-burner for a couple of days. After work I had a call with Amy (my life coach) and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been SO anxious lately – having nightmares, not sleeping, feeling very numb, etc. so it was nice to talk with her.

Thursday is the “big day” – meaning we move in the rest of the freshman into three buildings on campus. It’s about 600+ students total. I had about 100 volunteers throughout campus, plus the 130-man football team comes in to help us from 10:30-noon. Students and parents basically don’t have to do a thing besides sign in and sit back while we move in all their crap. 😉 If you’d like to see more, here’s a video from the college’s YouTube channel.

The day went pretty well (minus me getting the golf cart stuck on a tree stump a half hour into the day … ugh) – I had quite a few volunteers not show up, so we were moving pretty slow until the football team came in at 10:30. Grateful for those men!

Once 12:30 hit, we were done! All of my volunteers set off for lunch at the caf as I finished up a few random things … and that’s when it happened. I had the CRANKIEST parent come up to me, get in my face and start screaming at me because his daughter was missing a bag of something. Long story short, I ended up getting the housing director and campus safety over there, but after weeks of stress and problem-solving all day … I was done. This week is the most stressful thing I do all year. It takes months and months and months of planning, stress, blood, tears, sleepless nights … and for someone to just attack me like that? Granted, I understand his concern and his frustration because the RAs basically blew him off, but it just wasn’t a good end for me.

I went back to my office, cooled my thoughts, tried to stop myself from crying (I’m unfortunately a crier when I’m frustrated) and headed out to meet up with my supervisor and a few other guys that were finishing up some broken lofts in another hall. After talking with them, talking with the VP of my department (who was VERY angry that someone treated me that way), a few of us headed to lunch at the caf (since the rest of my volunteers were already gone) and I felt muchhhhhh better.

Move-in week is over

Just a little reminder to all of you out there – I have the shortest temper of them all when I’m frustrated with something, but try not to take it out on people in such an angry manner. You never know what that person is going through.

So, once our long lunch was over, we took down the tents on campus, finished up a few things and I left the office right before 5 p.m. And now today (Friday) I’m sitting on my couch! Woooohooooooo days off. 🙂

Today I plan to watch a ton of YouTube videos (what else is new) and get some work done on my social media clients. I already went to the gym and did a heavy lower body day (worked up to 135# squat, woo!) This weekend I don’t have much going on except a lunch for my aunt’s birthday (she’s 83!) and working on my social clients. Next week is pretty crazy AND my travel season starts so … here we go!

How has your week been?
Have you ever been so angry that you took it out on someone and regretted it later?
Any tips on how to have a thicker skin? 😉 

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A (not really) explanation

Hey, hey! It’s been awhile. As you may have noticed, my posts have fell off … as have my YouTube videos. In fact, really the only thing I’ve been keeping up with is my Instagram and Snapchat. And it’s not because I’m too busy (at least, not this week).

Have you ever just felt off? I cannot pull myself out of this funk. I go in them from time-to-time and I always struggle coming out of them. I filmed a YouTube video three times and deleted all three of them because I’m just “not there”. I’m bummed about a few situations in my life and people’s lives I care about. I’ve been having nightmares because I’m stressed so I haven’t been sleeping. I’m sick of never having any time to myself. I’m tired of getting home from working and try to start on my third job, but I can’t put my mind in it because I’m thinking about someone that’s treating me poorly. Or thinking about how messy my apartment is even though I clean it by myself every single day.

I’m also irritated with how much of a victim I’m sounding like up there ^^ and I’m over that as well.

So with that said, here are a few favorites this week in hopes to listen to my own advice and think positively when I’m feeling down.

First, amazing friends. Seriously. I basically will ignore everyone when I’m having a rough time and thankfully I have a few friends that pick up on that. Brooke makes me talk at work. Amy and Lindsay attack me on the regular via text, email and Snapchat. Kim is just always there for me. Julie texts me through how I’m feeling. <— I miss this one.

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Second, dressing up. Always makes me feel better.

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Third, that my favorite YouTube couple is back together. But it’s my favorite because I just love love. I mean, I can’t find it, so I hope other people do.

Sometimes I’m a little too interested in other people’s lives (that’s a story for another day), but I absolutely LOVE Christian and Nikki – separately – but together? Adore. And they did vlogs in Hawaii that I watched last night. Just the way he looks at her. And how happy she is. Makes me hopeful that maybe someday someone will look like that at me. (And also look like Christian Guzman. And also I’ll have Nikki’s butt. And also I’ll be in Maui.) 😉

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And finally, working out. This morning I did a HARD lower body workout + 20-minutes SS cardio on the stair master. I came out looking like a drowned rat, but I felt SO much better. So I went home and apologized to the cats for being so mean to them this morning. (In my defense, they start scratching at my door at 4:30 a.m. to eat and it drives me CRAZY.)

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Now on to the rest of the time! Time to look at life with a different perspective, remember I’m still SO damn lucky.

And maybe also take a nap.

What are you doing this weekend?
What are some of your favorites?

Whoops, where did I go?!

Heyyyyy … 🙂

This week, you guys. I didn’t do any posts ahead of time and then this week hit and … the blog fell to the wayside. Whoops! So I’ll catch you up.

Monday I wrote about my weekend, but the rest of the day was just work, work and more work.

Catch up

I ended up filling in for someone at the gym from 7-8 p.m., and then hung out and talked to my friends for a bit.

Tuesday was a pretty fun day. I woke up and went to the doctor. She basically told me my wrist is just sprained and still trying to get over the injury and I need to be careful. Then I went into work and we left for our all-day outing watching a baseball game. I mean, I didn’t watch it, but it was still fun talking to co-workers outside of work!Catch up

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One problem, though … it was BOILING hot outside and I forgot sunscreen so …

Catch up

Trust me, it looked worse in person.

That night I met up with one of my favorite people in the whole world for margaritas, tacos and girl time! Three hours of it. 🙂

Catch up

Catch up

Love that girl!

Wednesday was a crazy day, so I don’t really have any photos. Basically, I woke up, was trained on my new social media job, went to my full-time job, went to my part-time job and went home and made waffles.

Catch up

Yesterday (Thursday) was an event day. Started at 5 a.m. with a workout!

Catch up

Then I went and got ready for a longggggggg event day!

Catch up

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Gotta look the part, right?

After working until 2, my colleague and I headed up to Menominee, Mich. for my first event saying farewell to the college’s president.

Catch up

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We left the event around 8 p.m., drove home for an hour and then I passed out.

Up and at ’em again this morning at 5 for my workout. Lotsa squats.

Catch up

Went home, got ready for work and now I’m here until noon (only about two more hours). Thank GOD for half days in the summer!

Catch up

I have to start doing stuff for my new part-time social media job this weekend, but today I intend on going home and taking a quick nap if possible. My events are exhausting for some reason! Thankfully next week is the “calm before the storm” – aka my events go into HIGH FORCE starting the week of the 22nd. Next week I just have normal work, one day at the gym job and starting the social media position.

How has your week been?
Any plans for the weekend or are you napping the whole time like me?

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My Favorite Songs

I was taking a walk by the river on Monday night with my phone on airplane mode and my favorite playlist blaring, keeping my mind occupied with all of my favorite songs. Music is different to every person. I’ve always been a music girl – whether it was singing in my band I created on the playground in middle school, the flute/piccolo in high school band class (this one time, at band camp …) or crazy loud music to get me through a tough workout. I choose songs based on the way they make me feel. It can bring me happiness, make me feel sassy, strong, independent, girly, etc. I think that’s why my music is so eclectic and all over the place. So here are a few songs that make me feel some type of way.

Also, fun fact: my playlist is named “Bath Time” because I named it that when I was taking a bath one night and wanted a bunch of songs that I wouldn’t need to get out of the water to skip through. Now I’m too lazy to change the name of the playlist.

Moving on!

Feeling: Sappy and Loving

 

Of course they’re all country …

Feeling: Happy and Dancey

Feeling: Strong and Pumped Up

Basically anything with a good base drop.

Feeling: Independent and Bad Ass

Feeling: Sassy and Sexy 

For this one, sometimes the music to me just sounds sexy (hence the Heathens song, obviously not sexy words) or sometimes it makes me feel sexy.

And finally, my all-time favorite …

Okay, I’m done now! I love hearing what songs people are loving (that’s honestly how I found almost all of these songs) so I hope you find a song you like! Let me know a song you’re loving in the comments below.

Am I the only one who loves music because of the mood it puts me in?

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Four Ways To Better Your Mood

Hey friends! As you might have noticed in my last couple of blog posts (particularly these two), I was in a tiny bit of a funk. Now, I’ve been the person that’s been in a funk for years. I still struggle with anxiety on the regular, but I’ve gotten much better at controlling the way that I think which is the first step in a more positive mindset.

Four Ways To Better Your Mood

List off five things you’re grateful for
I think I’ve mentioned this one before, but I do it every morning. Whether you’re talking to yourself, God, the Universe – whatever you believe in – just name off a few things/feelings. I will be grateful for everything from beautiful weather to a conversation with a friend to a FaceTime with a crush to just being alive and healthy. I promise you, it’ll help. And soon you’ll be more and more grateful for things around you because you’re looking for positivity in your life. Who knows, maybe some days you’ll be able to list off way more than 5!

Smile and look at the people around you
This may seem simple, but I noticed that when I’m in a mood, sometimes I don’t even look at people. I’ve been walking on the trail before and noticed that I purposely looked away from people near me because I didn’t want to make eye contact. How cranky! So on days I’m feeling particularly crabby (and just in general), I try to make it a point to look at people and SMILE at them. I know, rough life. But not only will it make them feel better, but it’ll make you feel better. The more you smile, the better you’ll feel. Plus, maybe you’ll make someone else’s day in the process.

Talk to someone that cares about you
Now, we all have that friend that loves to be the devil’s advocate – and we LOVE that friend – but not today. Talk to the friend that is overly excited about life. The positive friend. The friend that’ll listen to you, but give you upbeat and positive advice instead of agreeing with you when you’re in a poor mood. Yesterday I had a conversation with two people that make me happy and I just couldn’t be in a bad mood anymore.

Fake it ’til you make it
This is and probably always will be one of my most favorite quotes of all time. This has helped me with self confidence issues, imposter issues (when I feel like I’m not “qualified” or “good enough” for something) and just mood problems in general. I annoy myself sometimes, but if I’m in a bad mood I will FORCE myself to think positively. I’ll smile at everyone, laugh at my boss’ dumb jokes, make myself go and talk to a coworker even though I have a lot of work to do, send flirty texts even though I’m chicken … etc. Trust me, even after a couple minutes of pretending you’re happy, I bet you’ll feel a little better.

Extra! Look up puppy pictures
DUH.

Four Things To Put You In a Better Mood

Do you have any tips or tricks?