Monday, January 27, 2014

Because Life Happens

We are human. We fall, and we get back up only to fall down again.
Why? Because we are human.
We make promises that get broken, we make commitments that we can't follow through with, we mess up.

I have to admit that my resolutions are not going as well as they could be. Mostly the Get Fit part. It started when my work out buddy got sick, so instead of working out together, I colored and got soup for her while she was miserable. Then, we both became busy with school work.

Then there's the whole "I will post on a regular basis" thing. Which you can tell that hasn't worked. Because Life happens.

I now realize that New Year's Resolutions fail because Life happens. People get sick. We get busy, no, overwhelmed with school, work, and trying to have a social life. And Life never gives us sympathy and slows down long enough for us to at least catch up. Life has been, and always will continue going at the same pace, even if it seems it is going ten times faster than yesterday. We just have to accept the fact that we can never do it all. We have to choose to focus on the things that will makes us the best versions of ourselves. Whether it is giving up a social commitment to spend some time alone to process the day so you can tackle the next one, or cutting back your hours at work so you can stay on top of your homework.

Life happens. And when it does, we can either sit and complain or do something about it and deal with it. Let's try and choose the latter.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Things Are Looking Up Here

Wow. It's been a while since I have posted anything lately. I have been doing pretty well on my resolutions. I have been trying to follow my new motto, "Be Bold" and it's working pretty well.

So here is the scoop on my life in 2014. After much hesitation and contemplation, I have bought my plane ticket to Orlando Florida to audition to be "best friends with" Snow White at "the happiest place on earth!" on February 13th. I was very skeptical in actually going, but I decided to pull a YOLO moment and go for it. What could I loose? Although I was worried about telling my mom. I told her after I bought the ticket so the deal would be done. I thought that she would be upset at the least. I was worried that she would be condescending because it's not a "real job" and that if I did not get it, which I know is a very likely chance, I would have just wasted my money. I was going to tell her like the week of the auditions, but it was eating me up. I felt guilty even before I had purchased the ticket. I ended up telling her the day after because I just couldn't take it any more.

And you know what? She was totally cool with it, and little stunned at first, but now I think she is actually excited. I know it's not the perfect situation, but I would much rather my daughter run of to Disney World and waste her money there than some Spring Break trip to Mexico. I think her excitement has made me excited rather than anxious. And I now know that instead of worrying about it, I should be celebrating. Whatever happens, happens. I should just appreciate the whole experience of being there and auditioning.

My reaction if I got the best job in the world!!!

Now that I am actually going, I feel like I am seeing signs of good fortune. My bible study leader is going to Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon the weekend after I will be there. I found out that my friend's cousin works and is "best friends" with Ariel, Merida, and now Anna. We are going to stay with her and she has given us some really great tips. And, because it is a small world, it turns out that she actually knows one of my cousins! I guess it is that whole "6 degrees of Kevin Bacon" thing. (If you don't know what that is, I encourage you to Google it) I took that whole coincidence as a good sign and a sort of encouragement for me to just go with it. Also it seems that everywhere I turn, I hear that people are going to Disney World. My boss, and girl that sits right behind me in a class, my high school's dance team. I mean everyone!

Taking this chance is just another way of me "being bold"! Now that I have thought things through and gotten some encouragement from the mother and some sort of supernatural force that has produced all these signs I am totally stoked for this short trip!

Also on a different note, I was offered an amazing job here on campus, I was able to resign from my current job very easily and on a very good note, and all of my classes are going fairly well. If that ain't a good start of the year, then I don't know what it.

"Things are definitely looking up here in Duloc." - Shrek the Musical
Very cheesy, but entertainment nonetheless.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Years' Craft

Well, I said I would so here it is: My New Years Resolutions Craft. I found an old and torn song book while moving books for my parents' office and immediately thought of my Pinterest "Crafty" board. So I asked if I could have it, seeing as it was torn and tattered and very outdated, and took it home. Then I bought a canvas board from Walmart.

I first pasted whole sheets of music on the canvas as a background. Then I cut up strips of the pages (focusing on the notes and bars) and just glued them down in random spots, covering most of the whole pages. 

I covered the canvas in multiple layers of Mod Podge. Then I printed out "Be BOLD" in the font that I liked and cut out the letters using an exacto knife. I used that as a stencil and painted "Be" in black. I painted "BOLD" in the Mod Podge paste and sprinkle the silver glitter and let that dry. I did a few touch ups where needed and then it was complete!

These two words will remind me to be bold at the gym, be bold in relationships and in other situations, and be bold in my relationship with God.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

My New Years Resolutions

Everyone does their own thing when it comes to New Years. Some go out dancing or to some big event, like the New York Ball Drop. Some have an intimate get together with their friends and family. And others eat a bowl of black-eyed peas and call it good. Then we all have to come up with our New Years’ Resolutions.

I have made some resolutions in the past, but they usually all are broken within the month. This year, I didn’t really plan ahead so I am just now thinking about my resolutions. Now my resolutions are any different from the usual, but I feel that if I write them multiple times that they will stick. So here they are:

This year, I want to be healthier. I want to eat better by shrinking my portions and eating more healthy foods and not pig out. I want to continue my daily workouts that I started last month, which I have been pretty dedicated to minus the holidays. I would like to become fit and my goal is to be able to run in the Wildflower 5K in Fredericksburg by April.

This year, I want to become bold. By that, I mean that I want to speak up in my classes and in conversations with larger groups. I usually keep to myself, but I want to step out of my comfort zone and take more risks. I want to take chances in making new friends and not remaining like a fly on the wall. I want to take a chance and join a club that I wouldn’t have normally taken part of. I plan on stepping out of my comfortable self and put myself into situations where I have to be bold.

And lastly, this year I want to become closer with God. I go to church and attend a Wednesday night bible study, but I do not feel like those are pushing me to dig deeper into His word. This year, I plan on doing personal daily devotionals that will allow myself to search through the Bible by myself so I can come up with some questions that will strengthen my relationship with God.

I only have three resolutions, but I believe that those are all big and important ones to try and accomplish. To further engrave these resolutions into my brain, I am planning on making some sort of wall decoration that will give me a daily reminder. I also need to grab my planner and pencil in a time for all three of these things that I am trying to include in my life.

Get Fit. Get Out. Go In.
Become strong as a person. Step out of your comfort zone and go out to explore. Strengthen your bond with your creator and thank Him everyday for each breath.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Girl and her Dog

 Annie and her Sandy, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford, Dorothy and Toto, and Elle and her beloved Bruiser. It is a well known fact that girls are definitely attached to their dogs. We have our friends, family, and our dog! Because let's face it, our dog is a part of the family. They comfort us, they are our stress reliever, they cuddle with us when we are sad or sick, or just cold. They are a huge part of our life.

I have had dogs all my life, but never one that is mine. They were always Boston Terriers because that's what my mom's family had when she was growing up. Now, I like Bostons, but I wanted something that I could hold and snuggle with. Then I went through a Legally Blonde stage in the 8th grade, and because of that I now know all the words to both Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde: Red, White, and Blonde. After watching those movies over and over again, I wanted a Bruiser of my own. I begged and begged my parents to let me get another dog, but they always said "No!"

Freshmen year, I was still dreaming of my own Chihuahua. And suddenly, it seemed like everyone around me was getting a dog. And not just any dog, a Chihuahua! My neighbor got two! Then Michaela, who already had a tan Chihuahua, got a puppy. My friend, Alex, had one. Then my friend Olivia moved here and she had one! It seemed like the whole world was taunting me.

One day my freshmen year, I was walking to the Denny's parking lot because that is where we got picked up from school to avoid all the crazy after school traffic. Olivia and Michaela were there before me and so were all of our moms. They were all huddled in a circle when I got there. Then Olivia turned around holding the tiniest Chihuahua I had ever seen! "Look what I just got!" she squealed. I was furious! I didn't even bother to look at the dog. I just threw up my hands saying something along the lines of, "Really, Universe?" and stormed to my mom's car. I was still steaming when my mom opened the door holding the little white puppy and laughing. "Courtney, she's yours."

She was out!
 Well, I'm not going to deny anything… I cried. And I usually do not ever shed tears, so this was a huge deal for me! I was probably the happiest girl in the world.

Apparently, my mom and her friend were at an estate sale and there were chihuahua puppies for sale. She kept passing by and finally decided to call my dad. There was some faulty service connection during the phone call, and long story short, mom came home with a puppy that dad may or may not have agreed to.

Just thinking about it now makes me smile. It was one of the greatest days of my life. It was hard work, and still is. But it is definitely worth every chewed make-up brush, stolen lunch meat, and doggie accident. Sunny is a very special part of my life. She taught me responsibility and patience, loyalty and compassion. And she weighs less than 10 pounds!

After a performance and we were both tired.
Dogs are special family members who will always love you. I am so thankful for my little member and I know that she loves me just as much as I do.