Monday, March 14, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 10

My goodness. Is it really only Monday night? I feel like today alone I experienced three days worth of stress-- no lie. So I'm glad that my Monday is coming to a close. Bring on Tuesday.

In other news, there's a lot of great things happening over here. I'm just a bit overwhelmed at the moment. So I'm trying to find that peaceful, workaholic place that used to be somewhere inside me during undergrad. And with no avail so far. But as things keep getting crazier, I just keep reminding myself that a) I put myself in this situation, and b) that this is all a blessing.

I'm out here living my dreams and doing everything in my power to get there. Most people can't say that. Yesterday I had one of those days where I was so overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do that I did nothing at all. And that's the worst feeling in the world. Sometimes finding the motivation to conquer the world is hard-- but I'm trying to find it and harness it this next month and a half. #GirlPower

Now onto yet another empowering list!

Week 10: List the Things You Should Ignore

  1. The voices in my head telling me I'm overwhelmed.
  2. My constant urge to procrastinate. 
  3. The haters.
  4. The opinions of people that don't matter. 
  5. The urge to eat more cheese. 
  6. The impatience that I exert on people.
  7. The things I cannot change. 
  8. My recent urge to eat all the ice cream. 
  9. The snooze button (instead of ignoring my alarm).
  10. The voices in my head telling me I'm not good enough. 

Let's get to work. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Weekend Reading

Funny story... This post said Happy Friday when I wrote it. And then I apparently forgot to post it. So. Happy Saturday, y'all!

I have fully recovered from my "time travel" on Monday and Tuesday and I'm ready to conquer the world this weekend. Can't wait to finally get back on top of things again- I've felt like a lost and confused puppy all week. But I did make some delicious peach cobbler yesterday, so I consider that  a big win.

Here's some links that caught my eye this week:

1. Ever wish there was a word to describe a simple, yet strange feeling that you experience from time to time? There probably is a word for that.

2. This article is a good reminder for all of us out there slowly wearing ourselves down. Don't be a victim of early career burnout-- take some time for yourself.

3. The way that the Braves' Freddie Freeman and his wife did their gender reveal will make even non-sports people get all the feels.

4. I obviously just got back from my trip to Vegas and I've got about 10 more trips planned in the coming months. This beautiful travel tote would be a great upgrade from my current one (and it's currently 25% off!). And if it wasn't for the price point on this laptop carrying case, I would snatch it up right this second.

5. My final sports link for the day. If you haven't already seen the Michael Phelps ad for Under Armour, now is the time to watch it. The 2008 version of myself finds it very difficult to let go of Phelps. This video gives me all the feels.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 9

Live footage of me roaming around Athens, Ohio these past two days.

I returned from the strange city of Las Vegas at around 4am on Tuesday morning and I've been a walking disaster ever since. But I'm out here surviving and thriving and doing my best to avoid whining. Because I just had an amazing week, which I'll recap at some point soon. But for now- the usual list making.

Week 9: List the Things You Treasure Most
  1. My friends
  2. Gamma, Ninnie, and Daddy Frank watching over me from Heaven
  3. Cheese
  4. My family
  5. Coffee (Or any other caffeine source for that matter)
  6. My personal space
  7. Mojo Pup
  8. Every single friendship/relationship I have
  9. My health
  10. Netflix (Not even sorry about it)
  11. The University of Georgia
  12. Air conditioning
  13. Crossfit
  14. The Ohio Family
And much, much more. 

This list is obviously a strange mix, but in all honesty, I've really started to appreciate the amazing opportunities I've had in the past year. We tend to take for granted the things we have the opportunity to do, but sometimes its good to just take a second and reflect on life's blessings. I apparently had this same realization exactly one year ago as well...

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That is still so relevant today as I try to manage 6 million different priorities and trying to be a rockstar at life. I just gotta remind myself that all of these priorities are blessings that somebody, somewhere else would kill to have.

Peace and blessings.

Monday, February 29, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 8

Greetings from Las Vegas!!

I'll be calling Viva Las Vegas my home for the next week-ish, and hopefully actually taking photos to share with the world. I'm working with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the upcoming NASCAR race this weekend, which is bound to be a blast. I've never experienced a NASCAR race before, so it will definitely be a unique experience.

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Enough about how I'm spending Spring Break... On to the list!

Week 8: List Your Favorite Quotes
  1. "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." 
  2. "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." -Howard Thurman
  3. "Failure to plan on your end does not constitute an emergency one mine."
  4. "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." -Nora Ephron
  5. "The struggle is part of the story."
  6. "The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman." -Winston Churchill
  7. "Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people." -The Breakfast Club
  8. "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." -Seth Godin
  9. "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of the rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify them, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do." -Steve Jobs

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 7

Here I am with another late list. But I did put up a solid post earlier this week, and I've actually been working on developing content. So I'll pat myself on the back for that.

Moving along to the list! This one was easy and fun, and a wonderful way remember that you're surrounded by great people!

Week 7: List All the People Who Brighten Your Day. 

  1. Mom & dad (who I don't talk to as much as I should).
  2. My best friends back in Georgia. 
  3. The #OHIOFamily. 
  4. Any human being that serves me food or coffee. 
  5. My CrossFit SEO people.
  6. The Dawgs. 

The list may be short, but it covers all my bases. 
Baseball pun... get it?

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Peace Out, Paper!

Anybody else's Instagram feed always filled with perfectly posed planner photos like this? No? Just me? Okay. Then feel free to move along now.

If you are like me, and this is what your Insta feed looks like constantly, then you probably have a snazzy agenda that you swear by, amiright? Well, I'm here to tell you that it's all a lie. I, too, was once a believer in the importance of a beautiful paper planner. But I have been forever changed.

After many, many years being a complete slave to a paper planner, I've officially ditched it. And I never thought I'd see the day that happened. I was a firm believer that the paper planner was completely necessary to my life. Until I finally realized that, in reality, I was actually wasting my time writing things down when I already had them in my Google Calendar. Thereby wasting time instead of saving it- I think that's the completely opposite thing a planner is supposed to do.  

So in 2016, I made the decision to ditch the paper planner completely. I still carry around a small notebook to take notes in meetings and write to-do lists when I enter full-blown panic mode, but I no longer spend an hour each week ever-so-neatly writing down to-do lists and appointments... Only for me to not even reference it later in the week. 

I'd basically already switched to going all-digital, but was convinced by all those in Bloglandia and Instagram that I was supposed to have a pretty planner that was perfectly organized and color-coded and it was supposed to be "MY ENTIRE LIFE!" I used to declare all of these things as truth until I truly realized how much time I was spending worrying about making sure my planner was perfect. Which is completely ridiculous and counterintuitive.

I also constantly changed the type of planner I was using. Sometimes a planner didn't even make through a whole year before I traded that bad boy in for a different one. The one I ditched the quickest was probably my Simplified Planner. I think that thing caused me more stress than anything else. I also had very high standards for my planners. And I honestly never found one that had everything I wanted. So. I ditched it.

If you're wanting to join the digital revolution, I've got a few simple tips for you to make that transition as easy as possible. Because, let's be honest, moving what you may consider "your entire life" from one place to another is hard. So I've got some step-by-step instructions for you.

1. Utilize Google Calendar. 
I cannot emphasize the usefulness of this enough. It is the easiest way to quickly add things to a calendar, especially while out-and-about. Being able to check my day-to-day calendar on my phone when someone asks about my availability is completely necessary these days. I prefer Google Calendars over simply using iCal, because it's insanely easy to sync it up with iCal and because if you need to check your calendar on a work computer or something, it's easily accessible. And because Outlook calendars suck, but use it if you must. I've written about how I use BusyCal before, and it is still my go-to. I invested $50 into that about 5 years ago and haven't looked back.

2. Find a list-making app that works for your needs. 
And then use it. BusyCal has a list feature that I used to use. Now I've gone back to utilizing Hit List, which is also expensive. But I also invested in that many years ago and have finally found a good way to utilize it. But whatever application you choose to use, make sure it syncs well between your computer and your phone so you've always got it on hand.

3. Carry around a small notebook. 
I primarily use this for meetings and such, because it helps keep you engaged, off your phone, and avoid getting distracted on your computer. I also find this an easy way to reference previous meeting notes, lists, etc. I do still tend to gravitate towards writing quick to-do lists down when I'm in a panic, so having that notebook on me at all times is important for me.

4. Don't be scared. 
If you've got a plan, and you're ready for some change, go for it! It may not be the most effortless switch, and sometimes you may find yourself reverting back to wanting that paper planner, which is fine. Do what works for you. But being able to quickly access tons of information on your phone or computer is vital to today's fast-paced world!

If you need an accountability partner to help you through this, I'm here for you! Email me, comment below, tweet me, I'm there! I've helped multiple people through this process recently, and I've seen it work!

Go get after it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 6

After thinking that I was going to have so much time to blog this week... surprise! I didn't. Or I simply didn't make time. Which is my fault. As usual. But, we're gonna work through this. Because it's Valentines Day and I'm supposed to say relationship-type things like that. So here's a cute photo of what love looks like.

But today I've been super productive. And made some more lists. Because that's what I do. And this is one of those lists.

Week 6: List the Ways You Love to Have Fun.

  1. Traveling
  2. CrossFit
  3. Quality time with friends
  4. Breweries
  5. Eating
  6. Trying new things
  7. Meeting new people
  8. The beach
  9. Planning
  10. Attending sporting events
  11. Online shopping
All of these things are pretty simple. I'm easy to please, and up for anything. I also really enjoy online shopping. So. There you have it. Me and my happy place activities. 

In the meantime, you can find me... Wishing I was here. Like this chick. Chilling. Alone. On a beach. #LivingTheDream 

Weekend Reading

That photo from NASA just blows my mind every time. What a beautiful world we live in. Amiright?! For those wondering, that's a national park in Australia from the sky. *Heart eye emoji*

Happy Sunday, y'all!

Monday, February 8, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 5

First of all, I would like to sincerely apologize for what this blog has become: a place for lists and rants. This week I should have plenty of time to change that. Woohoo!

But, back to the lists. This is basically a week behind now. My bad. But still relevant.

This list is pretty fun, and what I spend 90% of my time doing: thinking about the future.

Week 5: List What You Would Like Your Life to Look Like in 10 Years.

  1. Married. (Assuming I don't continue along this #ForeverAlone path)
  2. Living in a city I love. 
  3. Doing something I actually love doing. 
  4. Surrounding myself with great people. 
  5. Traveling the world. 
  6. Living a healthy, active lifestyle. (Ideally in the best shape of my life)
  7. Owning a home. (And being stable enough to actually afford it)
10 years is so far away and going from your early 20's to your early 30's is an interesting time. Anything can happen, really. And I'm open for every opportunity that may appear. Because life is too short to not take the chances given to you. You never know what's around the next corner, after all. 

Happy Monday, folks. Go get after it. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm about to hop up on my soapbox, and I apologize for that. But after I finally bounced back from my rough couple weeks, it started to become a abundantly clear that my mindset was the root of my issues.

How many times in the past week have you said one, two, or even all of these these things?

"I can't, I'm busy."
"Oh my goodness, I've just been so busy lately."
"I totally forgot, I got busy and it slipped my mind."
"Don't they understand I'm busy?"
"You just don't even understand how busy I've been!"
"I don't have time for that, I've been really busy lately."

You're seeing the common theme here, right? This is what you probably look like:

In the past decade we've somehow started wearing "busy" as badge of honor. With the fast pace of the  world around us and our reliance on technology, we're always "on" and that makes us always "busy." But I'm tired of hearing it.

I'll be the first to admit that people used to preach this to me, and I always thought this was a stupid thing to get upset about. I mean, I've done it herehere, here, and here (to name a few). But in retrospect, when we stop acting like being busy is a burden and learn to appreciate the opportunities that are making us busy, the world around us changes completely.

We're all busy in our own way. We've all got our priorities as well. And those might not always make sense to the people around you. But as long as you're doing something that makes you happy every day, even if it makes you busier-- do it. It's worth it. It makes life worth living. And stop complaining about it.

Nobody that is successful and busy is complaining about it, are they? And success doesn't fall in your lap. You work for it. You keep your wheels moving. You stay busy. 

So instead of creating a pity party for yourself because you're busy, think about why you are. Are these opportunities that you are grateful for? If not, then why are you doing it? Do you get some form of enjoyment out of this? If not, stop doing it. Will doing this help you get further in your career? If not, stop wasting time and think about the future.

I'm not here to say it's all rainbows and butterflies out there. Some things just suck. But you're doing them for some reason or another. So suck it up. Think about the final outcome. And, please, just for me, don't use it as an excuse.

There's 24 hours in a day and we all make time for the things that matter most to us.
Time manage.
Get shit done.
Be this guy.

I've made a promise to myself to stop complaining and to completely avoid using the word "busy" for the next couple of weeks. Because neither of these things are helping me accomplish any goal. If you want something, go after it, and with a vengeance. You won't regret that, I promise you. Will you regret that night you spent whining on the phone to your mom/sister/boyfriend/best friend about something? Maybe not right now, but when you think about the hours wasted complaining instead of doing, you may think about things a little differently.

Even the Washington Post has something to say about this. I'll hop off my soapbox now, but I'll leave you with my favorite quote-- because I think it says all of this in a clear, motivating way:

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." -Howard Thurman

Sunday, January 31, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 4

Yes, I'm blogging twice in one day.
Yes, this list is very late.
No, I do not care.

Now that we've got that out of the way. Let's get started.

This week's list is pretty fun, and because I listen to basically the same music for months at a time, fairly simple. I went very literal with this one, and am just spouting out the playlist I've been playing lately. My girl Alex took a very different approach.

Week 4: List the Soundtrack of Your Life Right Now.

  1. (This Ain't No) Drunk Dial- A Thousand Horses
  2. Cold in California- Cam
  3. Fix- Chris Lane
  4. Cake by the Ocean- DNCE
  5. Jumpman- Drake
  6. Confident- Demi Lovato
  7. Shut Up and Fish- Maddie & Tae
  8. Hollow- Tori Kelly
  9. Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time- Panic! at the Disco
  10. Sugar- Robin Schulz
  11. Roses- The Chainsmokers
  12. Untamed- Cam
  13. Title- Meghan Trainor
  14. Love Yourself- Justin Bieber
  15. Speakers- Sam Hunt
  16. Hands to Myself- Selena Gomez
  17. Think of You- Chris Young & Cassadee Pope)
  18. Snapback- Old Dominion
  19. Hide Away- Daya
  20. Country Ain't Never Been Pretty- Cam
  21. Parachute- Chris Stapleton
  22. New Americana- Halsey
  23. I Know What You Did Last Summer- Shawn Mendes
This isn't on the list, but never forget that this happened:

I'm one of those lucky humans that will get to experience Bieber Fever twice in their lifetime. And I ain't mad about it.

Happy Sunday!

When Things Come Together

Howdy, folks.

I've already defaulted on my goal for not sucking at blogging anymore. But I think I may finally have my head back above water again. This semester started off with a bang and I was clearly not prepared. But I'm trying over here. So that's better than nothing.

Last week I posted about how everything just didn't seem to be going my way and that I was struggling to find a purpose and reason for the struggle. Good news folks, things came together. As they always do. This week was a total whirlwind of emotions, and ups and downs, and huge opportunities.

Everyone kept telling me things would be okay and work themselves out, but it's sometimes hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the world seems to be closing in on you. I'm going to do my best to remember this week when I start getting down about life in the future.

I've always been a strong believer in the fact that "everything happens for a reason," and that's become abundantly clear lately. My final MBA semester is finally coming together and I've got some awesome trips planned in the next few months, all of which are going to provide me with some great experiences. And I also had two amazing opportunities presented to me this week for the summer (unfortunately I had to choose just one). But there's so much for me to gain from the opportunity I decided on. I even got a jump start on planning out my final year here.

So, yeah, it's been a great week for me. And I couldn't be more motivated to finish out the semester strong. Sometimes just busting your butt hard enough and long enough does get you places. Who knew? But if you need a little more motivation, look no further. I present you the motivational penguin:

So here's to another great week! Let's go get after it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 3

This week's list couldn't have come at a better time. As yesterday's post depicted, I'm a little down in the dumps right now. I'm having a hard time finding motivation and an even harder time being genuinely happy. The last time I struggled this much was my sophomore year of college, and that was a very low time for me.

Lucky for me, todays' list is all about the happy moments in life. Which gave me some perspective. Things in a bubble always seem worse than things in perspective. Thinking about the big picture and the grand scheme of things is really what's getting me through right now.

Week 3: List the Happiest Moments of Your Life So Far.

  1. Getting accepted to UGA.
  2. Joining a CrossFit gym and learning to love fitness again.
  3. My internship interview at Augusta National.
  4. Getting accepted to Ohio University for grad school. 
  5. Finally doing an unassisted pull-up.
  6. The 2007 Blackout game against Auburn. 
  7. Raising $335,497.26 for UGA HEROs in 2014
  8. Graduating from UGA
  9. The entirety of my senior year spring break cruise. 
  10. Finishing a half-marathon (or two).
  11. Cinco de Mayo of 2014. 

I have minimal photo evidence of these things (unless Carla was there-- then there's definitely pictures), which I think is a testament to how I generally live my life. It's not about documenting everything I do, despite what Snapchat and the resulting FOMO may have me think. Just simply living in those moments is what makes them great. Although, I do wish somebody had video of me when I got accepted to UGA. That was quite a scene. 

Reflecting on the happy things in life was definitely a good pick-me-up today. I'm glad I got to spend some time working on this post to give me a quick attitude boost. 

Happy Humpday!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

On Tuesdays, We Drink Wine

Disclaimer: Whining ahead. 

No. That was not supposed to be a pun. This is real.

I'll save you from another Tuesday list and save that for tomorrow. Today, I just need a minute. So here I am. At my desk. With all the wine I can find in the apartment. And unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've been here.

As long-time readers may know, I've always hated Tuesdays. There's a whole theory behind that, but I won't go into that right now. This semester, Tuesdays are a whole new level of terrible and I'm having a more difficult time than ever coping with the struggle. Wine and catching up on The Bachelor is not how adults handle life... I don't think. Or maybe it is and I've just finally figured it all out.

The only problem with that solution is that adults don't have homework. And I'm an MBA student. And I have have more than enough of that. Evenings wasted with wine and the urge to sleep forever aren't going to get me too far into this semester. This is the best I've got right now:

As usual, I started off this semester trying to make it the best yet. Really get motivated. Do my things. Be happy. And thus far, all I've got is frustration. I'm really in need of some real positivity in my life. and I've been looking to everyone around me for that with no avail. I even made myself a motivating desktop background in an attempt to keep me focused on my goals.... Nada. But at least it's pretty.

So I guess that's what I'm here for. Advice. What do you do when you've hit a wall and can't get out of a rut? Look to others or help? Try and find a way to motivate yourself? Run away from it all?

I haven't been this bad off in quite some time and I'm not really even sure how to turn things around. I'd hate to see a year with such a positive start take a turn so quickly.

So, please, tell me something good. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 2

2016 is finally settling in now and (sadly) the thrill of the new year is starting to fade. School started back today and I feel like life is finally real again. So this week's list was a fun little break to remind me of some things that make life more fun sometimes. This list was also a lot harder than I expected it to be. But also turned out to be a lot funnier than I expected it to be.

Week 2: List Your Favorite Characters from Books, Movies, etc. 

  1. Walter White Breaking Bad
  2. Chandler Bing Friends
  3. Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games
  4. Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz
  5. Rory Gilmore Gilmore Girls
  6. Leigh Anne Tuohy The Blind Side 
  7. Frank Underwood House of Cards
  8. Alexander Hitchens Hitch
  9. Jennifer Lawrence Anything Ever
  10. Coach Taylor Friday Night Lights
  11. Crazy Eyes Orange is the New Black
  12. Dr. House House
  13. Don Draper Mad Men
  14. Melissa McCarthy Anything Ever
  15. Andy Stitzer 40 Year Old Virgin
  16. Fat Amy Pitch Perfect 

And now because I'm self conscious and feel like you may all be judging me and my decisions on this list, I'm going to give my best one-sentence excuse for why I chose each of these.

Walter White: I can appreciate a man who can single-handedly build and destroy an empire.
Chandler Bing: Because he's perfectly awkward and funny all at once. 
Katniss Everdeen: She pretty much saved the world.
Dorothy Gale: It's my favorite movie so I had to.
Rory Gilmore: She's smart and pretty and Logan Huntzberger is important. 
Leigh Anne Tuohy: The perfect Southern woman. 
Frank Underwood: I have no proper explanation for the this one, TBH.
Alexander Hitchens: Let's be honest, I need my own personal "hitch."
Jennifer Lawrence: Everything she does is perfect and I love her long time. 
Coach Taylor: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. 
Crazy Eyes: Easily the most sane human on that entire show. 
Dr. House: He's a sexy old man that's always right. 
Don Draper: Another sexy old man that's always right, and a total a**hole, totally my type. 
Melissa McCarthy: Bridesmaids is her shining moment of glory but she's never not funny. 
Andy Stitzer: I just love Steve Carrell in this movie. 
Fat Amy: Because I think we all really prefer "horizontal running."

Now that I feel I've sufficiently explained myself, I think I'm done here. 

Comment below with all the judgement. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 1

If you take a quick glance to your right, you'll see that my "About Me" section clearly states: List Maker. And this is not a lie. So when I'm strolling around Anthropologie and see a book titled The 52 Lists Project, ya girl stops and takes a look at this thing. And then falls in love with a book about making lists every week for a year.

These lists are not my typical To-Do list, or Grocery list, or even a Lifelong Goals list. Each week, there's a different purpose for these lists, from things you're grateful for to favorite quotes to your current playlist. All of these things sound like great lists to me.

Anddddd this also sounds like perfect blogging content. Because, I mean, who doesn't love a good list? Look at Buzzfeed... I'm fairly certain lists pay most the bills over there.

So, each week Alex and I (because I gifted her this book for Christmas) are going to be linking up to provide you with our weekly lists. And I'm really excited about this if I haven't made that abundantly clear yet. The book also has a hashtag (#52ListsProject) that you can follow on all social media if you want to get in the mix as well!

Week 1: List your goals and dreams for this year.

  1. Improve overall fitness level.
  2. Procrastinate less.
  3. Cultivate better relationships.
  4. Be a better blogger.
  5. Create and follow a budget.
  6. Become a better networker.
  7. Be more minimalistic.
  8. Try more new things. 
  9. Find more self-confidence. 
  10. Travel more.

I also think my other favorite thing about this book is the little motivators throughout. At the end of each list, there's a "Take Action" section that encourages you to act on a goal or try something different. 

A lot of these items also obviously fall into the "New Years Resolution" category. I've got a post about mine coming this week as well. Because that's what bloggers do, I think. (I enjoy reading people's goals for the year, personally... So I guess I'm going to share mine too!)

So off I go to get some crap done so I can work towards no longer being the World's Greatest Procrastinator.

Happy list making!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello From the Other Side

Oh. Hello there.

Yes, I am still alive and well, despite what the blog world would have you believe. Somewhere between last February and now I apparently made the executive decision to stop blogging. It may or may not have had everything to do with he fact that I got so extremely busy that there was no space on my To-Do List for "Write a Freakin' Blog Already."

So, I quit.

But as you can see now, I'm back. And with a pretty sweet new design I might add. (Thanks Sarah!)

I think this is the part where I give you a quick update on everything you missed while I was away for 10 months, so here goes nothing:

When we last spoke, I was hopping on a plane, scared out of my mind, heading to Ohio for a grad school interview.

Now I attend said grad school (Ohio University) and have flown approximately 15 times since then. Oh, how things can change.

But between my move to Ohio and that first flight by myself, I traveled across the US in a Yukon XL with five other people for six weeks. That was something. We went to Vegas. Here's a photo.

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In the middle of all that, my sweet grandmother, whom I'd written about multiple times here, passed away on Easter. We've all since been learning to deal with life without one of God's great angels.

After my six weeks bouncing all over the place and nearly freezing to death on a mountain top, I finally found my way back to Athens, GA a solid 15 pounds heavier than when I left (you will see no photo evidence that this actually happened.) I had 3 weeks there until I made the big move to Athens, OH, where I've been calling home since the beginning of June.

I finally cashed in on my graduation present from last December and went to Nashville for the CMA Festival with my mom and best friend. It was a quick reminder that Nashville is the greatest place on Earth, and that country music is life.

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In September I tried to run another half marathon, then decided against it because my body hates me. But still made the trip to Chicago and had a total blast. It's officially up there on my list of favorite places and I can't wait to get back.

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Otherwise, nothing terribly exciting has happened here, yet, but I have managed to lose those 15 pounds that found their way to my general midsection in the Spring. So I consider that a win.

I'm about to embark upon my first real winter, as everyone's been calling it. AKA it may snow and the people in Ohio are concerned I'm going to whine about it and freeze to death. We shall see.

So, as you can tell, 2015 was pretty boring. Absolutely nothing happened and things are all the same.

I've got a lot of fun stuff on the horizon for 2016 including an week-long internship in Vegas, a trip to Italy this spring, (finger crossed for) a dream internship this summer, and all sorts of potential fun in between.

I hope you're as happy as I am for my return, and that you're ready for quite the ride. Buckle up.

Happy New Year, folks!