Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hello Out There!

I did it again. I fell off the planet. So here I am again. Writing a post with some sad, pathetic apology post. And I had promised myself this wasn't happening anymore. 

But here I am, crawling back to you and asking for forgiveness... Again. 

Please love me still. I'm sorry. 

My transition to the "real world" has been much more overwhelming than I expected. Nothing brings to light much you've really got going on until you don't have time for it. I was busy my whole college career. Really busy. But it's all a little different now. 

Leaving my house at 7am and returning at 8pm every single day leaves very little time for anything in my life other than work and fitness (which to me is a non-negotiable.) So blogging, cleaning, groceries, and everything else that keeps my life afloat have all been in the balance lately. 

But this weekend I've finally had some time to sit down and get those things in order. Last weekend somehow managed to be chaotic and crazy, so I had to forge out some time for myself again. Something I haven't had to do since my junior year of college. 

But I'm back. And I'm pumped. And full of some really great ideas. And I'm ready to share some awesome stuff with y'all. 

I hope each and every one of you has had a wonderful week. And that this weekend treats you well. 

I'll be back tomorrow with something that's actually got some substance. 

Thanks for loving me. 

xoxo, jgp

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Weekend of Dream Men

This weekend has been beautiful. If only because the men I've found myself looking at have been beautiful. And no, none of them have been in real life. Sad day. 

But on my big ole TV in my living room I've been able to catch a few glances of some of the most beautiful men on Earth. As far as I'm concerned at least. 

On Satuday, you got a nice look at the man, the myth, the legend: Luke Kuechly. 

If you aren't into football, you may be now. He's got that sexy cute look that's darn near impossible to accomplish. And he's pretty stinkin' good at football. Dayum.

Today the Packers played. They were my first football love. And now their QB is one of my others. Aaron Rodgers.

And he's also good at football. His team actually won. Luke's did not. What a loser he must be. Literally. 

And last, but certainly not least... The one, the only: Ben Affleck. 

He may be the real reason I'm obsessed with award shows. But you'll never know. Regardless. The Golden Globes happened tonight, so he was there. And on this list, as far as talent goes, he wins. Hands down. Actor, writer, director, producer, and King of Sexy. 

I do believe my type may be clear here. Tall. Dark. Handsome. Talented. 

It's been a grand weekend. Now, let's get some of these good looking men in my real life. 

So. You a football fan yet, or no?

xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Bachelor is Back!

Oh, it's one of my favorite times of the year. Another season of The Bachelor is upon us, and ABC has a humdinger for us this season. This beautiful specimen: Chris Soules.


Hubba, hubba. Amiright?

If you don't normally watch The Bachelor, or you just weren't planning on watching this season. You really should change your mind. Why, you ask? Luckily I've got a nice little list of reasons why this season is going to be better than ever. 

ONE | The photo above. 
Farmer Chris is one sexy dude. In standard Bachelor fashion, he will end up shirtless for at least 50% of the season. I can't look away. Guilty.

TWO | The crazy girls. 
Per usual, this season has it's fair share of psycho girls. It also has some drunks. And some strange little birds. If you haven't watched last night's episode yet, I really suggest at least doing that to get a kick out of these chicks. 

THREE | The date locations. 
Working on a travel bucket list? Don't worry, The Bachelor will add about 20 more locations to it by the end of the season. If you need ideas for honeymoon locations, this show has you covered.

FOUR | Chris Harrison. 
Oh, man. I've got quite the crush on this older fella. He's semi-recently divorced and I'm pretty upset he didn't get to be The Bachelor this season. But we do still get to keep him around. He's just so smooth, and attractive, and funny. Dayum. 

FIVE | Chris Soules.
Oh wait. I've already covered this one. But he's one dashing young man. He drives a tractor and rides motorcycles and farms and is the sweetest man alive. How did I miss out on being on this season? I mean. How can you say no to a man holding a dressed up chihuahua. 

I like to think I've convinced you to watch this season. If not. Hopefully you'll stop judging people who are. Because you can't blame a girl for wanting some eye candy every Monday night.

Are you excited about this season of The Bachelor?

xoxo, jgp

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Just So You Know

I realized just the other day that I've been hinting at and talking vaguely about all of the things I've got going on right now. But never actually explained anything. Because I'm a terrible person, and I love leaving people hanging. 

So today seemed like a grand ole' day to fill you in on the life that lies ahead for me. 

I'm officially done with undergrad! Exciting things.

I'm still returning to Athens, though.

Because I'm working for the American Junior Golf Association in a small city right outside of Athens starting this week.

I'll be working there until mid-March, when I'll continue working for AJGA, but traveling.

I'll be setting up tournaments in some region of the United States that is TBD.

I'll be done there in May, and I'll be taking the summer off.

Then I'll be taking off to grad school somewhere also TBD, which I won't know about until April (most likely.)

Then I'll be in whatever city I end up in for the next two years studying Sports Administration.

So there's my life plan. Just thought I needed to clarify what the heck I'm actually doing with my life over here. I hope that clears some things up, because the only question I feel like I've gotten since graduation day is "what's next?" That's my answer people! I have a plan. So I'm already better off than most. Praise.

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Oh, The Resolutions

I used to be quite the resolution list maker. I'd start each year with ridiculously long lists of things I needed to accomplish in 365 days. These past couple of years, though, I've learned that spreading my goals that thin is just not going to work for me. 

Last year I set 10 resolutions. I'm going down to 5 this year. Keeping things simple. Or trying at least. I also think the biggest key to actually keeping up with these things is to have tangible ways to accomplish them. Real milestones. Defined actions. So you'll get all the deets here.

ONE // Improve JGP
This has been a work in progress since around October, but I'm excited about spending more time around here. It will always be a work in progress, but there are some very concrete ways to make this place a little more fun for you AND me. 
-- Dedicate at least an hour a day to JGP
-- Schedule blog content better
-- Interact with readers and other bloggers more

TWO // Improve Overall Fitness Level
Because what's a New Year's resolution list without some sort of weight loss/fitness related item? Fitness is something that's pretty much always been a thing for me. But after a year of CrossFit-ish life, I'm aiming to really push myself harder and further in the new year.
-- Run another half marathon
-- Find better cardio/lifting balance
-- Do a better job of tracking goals

THREE // Communicate Better
This one is kind of odd. When it comes to communication, I'm actually the queen. Got an issue that needs to be talked about? I'll be the first to bring it up. Have feelings that need to be discussed? I'll make it nice and awkward for you, no worries. But when it comes to keeping up with the people that aren't constantly in my life, I suck at maintaining contact. This even includes my immediate family, which is sad. So this year I'm going to work on maintaining better relationships from afar.
-- Send 5 hand-written cards a month
-- Call all family members at least once a week
-- Call at least one distant friend a week

FOUR // Manage Money More Effectively
It's fairly obvious that I have a serious shopping problem. I can always find a need for something. But I have to get that in order if I ever plan on being able to invest in really anything. So now that I've finally got some income coming in, I'm working on saving. As well as cutting back.
-- Save $500 each month
-- For every "want" purchased, sell/donate something
-- Cut online shopping purchases in half

FIVE // Manage Stress Better
We're all stressed out. We're all busy. And most of the time we do it to ourselves. And then turn right around and complain about it. Being busy has become a badge of honor. But why? Stress isn't something we should brag about. Everyone feels it. And everyone handles it in different ways. I've learned that I tend to struggle with mine.
-- Learn when to say "no"
-- Don't take out stress on other people
-- Create more down time for myself

Here's to 2015 being the best yet!

What are your resolutions this year?

xoxo, jgp