Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reflecting on 2014

I've been thinking about this post for about a month now. I'm pretty sure I drafted it up over Thanksgiving break. Maybe that makes me a crazy person. Or maybe I'm just deep. Who knows. But this year has definitely been a learning experience in just about every way possible. And as far as I'm concerned, that's what life is really all about. 

But I can also say this is was quite possibly one of my best years yet. Through the ups and downs, I've really embraced what life handed me and it's made me a better person today. 

So. Here's what 2014 taught me:

Family can be a mess, but at the end of the day, they're all you've got.
With everything that happened this year with my wonderful grandmother, I've seen the tearing apart and repair of an amazing family. We tend to take a families for granted because they are always there. But we shouldn't. We should embrace that together-ness and realize that we are blessed with people who have no other option but to love you.

Hard work and dedication can get you anywhere.
My internship in the spring seems like it was eons ago. But those five months really taught me a lot about who I am, where I'm going, and how much hard work it takes to get where you want to go. As exhausted as I have been most of 2014, it has always been worth the struggles.

When you feel like you've lost everything, another door will open.
This year I've had several doors slammed in my face. And I've always, always found another way, another path, or turned around and tried again. There was a point in mid-April where I thought my whole life was crashing down around me. But I got up, dusted myself off, and took off in a different direction full speed ahead. I've completely changed my life path and now I'm on my way to achieving completely different goals than I had coming into this year.

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
This quote has always stuck for me. But this year I've been a part of a group of people that really proved it to be true. I've spent 6 years of my life dedicated to UGA HEROs and it has been worth every second of it. If only because of this moment:

Friends are all around you, you just have to let them in.
I'm the queen of accidentally turning people away from me. I tend to get some serious tunnel vision in certain situations and shut people out for no good reason. In May it seemed like all of my friends graduated and left me in Athens all alone. I was worried that because I'd spent the past four years content with my group of friends, I would suddenly be a loner in Athens. But after I finally opened my eyes to the wonderful people that were surrounding me, I made some of the greatest friends I could have ever asked for, and developed better relationships with the people I already loved. Sometimes I've just got to look up and take it all in to realize what I've got.

The future will always seem uncertain.
This one is something that I've always known, but never wanted to accept. Once you get to college, you pretty much have the next four years of your life planned out for you. You've simply got to find a major, pass your classes, make friends, and get out. That's really all that's required of you. But what happens after that is all a mystery. And I'm starting to really accept and embrace that. I'm excited for what lies ahead of me in 2015... uncertainty and all!

Happy New Years, y'all!

xoxo, jgp

Friday, December 26, 2014

Alive & Well

Surprise! I'm still here, despite what my lack of posts says. 

Because you know what nobody tells you? College graduation is quite the process. You think it's all smoke and mirrors and that it's all just over. But no, no, no. Three ceremonies later and here I am. Officially a college graduate. 

It was a weekend of wonderfulness actually. Then Christmas came and suddenly it was December 26th and I hadn't blogged in what seemed like a month. But I just wanted to reassure you that I'm still kicking over here. 

Through this whole "being an adult" thing I'm experiencing right now, I've learned a lot about my blogging habits. 

When I have ample amounts of time for it, I don't. When I'm so busy I think I'm drowning, blogging is first priority. I've got to get it together.

I can't stay that busy forever or it will actually kill me. 

So. New Years resolution #1: blog when I've got time.

I'm getting a head start on that now and churning out some material for the rest of the year and the beginning of 2015. Look at me. Planning ahead and getting my life together.

I guess that's what happens when you turn into a real person and can't count on college as your "I'm a mess all the time, sorry 'bout it" crutch every day. 

Oh. That's another that happened since we talked last, I have a plan for the future now. But that will have to wait until tomorrow. Because I'm sharing all the fun festive things I've been up tomorrow. Brace yourselves. 

So. Now that I've left you with yet another annoying post about nothing, I'm going to leave now. 

xoxo, jgp

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week(end) Update

As I so eloquently reminded y'all yesterday, I've been a terrible blogger lady lately. So here I am with an update on the strange things that have been happening around here.

Last weekend, things got weird. But outside of the strange drama that reared it's ugly head, I did win Best Dressed at the Tacky Christmas party I attended. For the second year in a year. Because I'm a boss.

This long-sleeve tacky sweater T-shirt actually is the best investment I've made in a while. The worst thing about tacky sweaters is how hot they are, amiright? So sweaty. T-shirt for the win.

And on that note, I need this. 100%. Johnny Manziel is the definition of tacky. So it wins.

Then Sunday was the greatest day ever because HERO things happened and I cried. Because for the first time since I've been on the HEROs Exec Board, we reached a fall fundraising goal. And then exceeded it by TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Here's all the pictures of us crying and celebrating and all of the things:

Sorry for the photo overload. I'm just so proud. And LOL at me sobbing uncontrollably in that one picture. And because life got boring after that... Finals. So here we are. 

This week sucked. Then this weekend I had a friend in town and had one more grand celebration with my HEROs people. And some drama was resolved. So I'm normally back to being my normal, happy self. Ignoring the final I have on Wednesday. Because graduation is lingering in my mind and motivation is not. And my dresses just got here for graduation, so I also knocked another one off my 101 in 1001 list! 

I'm on a roll, y'all! 
Look out world, here comes Caley Beacham!

xoxo, jgp

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Don't You Forget About Me

Quite obviously, I've been MIA over here lately. I hate apology posts, so I'll do my best to avoid this being one. 

But I've got three excuses for my behavior.

1. Fun times.
2. School things.
3. Personal issues.

I'm pretty sure all three of these things will be discussed in detail in this week's posts, so I won't elaborate on my struggles. We'll just leave it at this...



So. Yeah. I'm excited and terrifying and happy and sad and everything else. 

But I've finally got something that resembles a life path ahead of me. So that's nice. And for another post. 

I'm promising a lot of posts here... 

But I'm going to make a dramatic return tomorrow. You. Just. Wait. 

I hope y'all have had a great week. And I hope that you've missed me dearly while I've been dealing with the world spinning around me. It's been a relatively grand time since we last spoke. For the most part. So get excited. Because I am.

Happy almost holidays, y'all!!

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh. Hey...

Good Lord this past week has been absolute madness. I don't know about y'all that are still in school, but Thanksgiving break honestly gives me more anxiety than relaxation. I may also just be a crazy person. 

But I've been trying to recover from my week off all. week. long. And I think I may be finally getting my life together a tiny bit. So I thought I should stop by and say hello, since I've been MIA for a week now. 

Here's what you've missed:

FRIDAY | I returned to Athens to watch the Arkansas vs. Mizzou game which was nothing but a huge let down. Thanks for that, Arkansas...

SATURDAY | My final game day as a student in Sanford Stadium. And we decided it was a good idea to lose to Tech. We almost pulled it out, then blew it. So, yeah. That stung. *I'm funny* 

Because the Dawgs never lose a party, we obviously went out again that night. Which ended with my former roommate and another friend (all of which still live in Athens) crashing at my place. SLEEPOVER, y'all! 4am doesn't treat me well anymore...

SUNDAY | After peeling everyone in the house out of bed, some Advil and a lot of water we brunched. Because brunch is a way of life. Then the feeling of "oh my God, I've wasted my life away" kicked in and I started to panic. Spent the remaining 12 hours of that day writing a paper. Kill me now.

Ya big stupid...

MONDAY | World AIDS Day! << This is important to me because the organization I've served on the exec board for the last 3 years is an HIV/AIDS philanthropy. This was also the last exec board meeting I would ever have. Lawddddddd. It was also squat day. I actually thought I was going to die. #EveryDayIsLegDay

My attempt at walking Monday night:

TUESDAY | Group paper presentation. Kill me now. I also couldn't walk very well because Monday did me in. But I worked out again because, duh. I pretended to get my life together after that. It didn't really happen.

Walking Tuesday...

WEDNESDAY | Really can't walk. Plus my whole body hurts now from yesterday's workout. But of course I still go to the gym. #GAINZ. 

Getting down the stairs Wednesday...

Once again attempting to get my life together. Failing as usual. All I want to do is watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix and sit. But no. Way too much happening in life. Pretty sure I'm going to completely give up on school before graduation actually comes around.

How I feel about school right now:

Now that I've rambled on about my life and you probably don't care that much, I guess I'm done here. I'm just ready for the weekend. So, you know, I can waste it away and panic all over again because, well, finals. But in the meantime I'll be doing one of these:

Graduation Countdown: 14 days!

How are y'all holding up right now?

xoxo, jgp