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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Update: Real World. Real Stress.

I think it's finally hit me. I have a real job. I entered the real world. Although that comes along with a lot of perks and advantages (like making money, moving out on your own, and establishing your career as well as yourself), it also comes with stress. 

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I guess it really hit me today because I had my first true hard day at work. A day I made my first mistake. I don't deal well with doing things wrong or failing. So messing up on a project at work, although not the end of the world, put me in a funk for the rest of the day. It also made me realize the reality of where I am in my life. 

No longer are the days of sleeping in til noon, staying in bed a couple hours longer, and dilly dallying all day (whether online, reading, or shopping). Now days are filled -- and I mean an every-hour kind of filled -- with early mornings, excel sheets, late dinners, and bed (wake up and repeat). Everyone warned me that I wouldn't have time to even breathe but I didn't listen. I would make time. Who was I kidding?

I should have taken my unemployed days and checked off all my empty boxes on my numerous To-Do lists. I should have taken the time to fully organize my room and closet. I should have used every free day to learn more skills necessary to revamp my blog -- and then gone ahead and revamped it. Shoulda, shoulda, shoulda. But I didn't. And now I'm here. Exhausted on the train back home, where I'll most likely eat a quick dinner, slip into my pajamas, and get ready for bed. The same routine. 

But there's so much more I want to be doing with my time! I so desperately want to have the time and energy to focus on my blog --its design and its content. I want to create all the DIYs I always planned to (being planner-less while I'm trying to design my own is a big pain in the butt!). I want to learn new things and become better at things like InDesign and web design. I want to simply work out once in a while! Being out of the house for over 12 hours a day makes doing those things kind of hard. But hey! Beyonce has the same number of hours in a day as I do, right?!
So here's to attempting to do more. Whether it's a 20 minute at-home workout in my room, writing a short post before bed, or picking up a section of my room, I aim to do it. I guess you could say this is my big 2014 resolution.

Day by day as I read the blogs I follow (or attempt to before my eyes are begging for sleep), I realize just how much I want to grow and expand my blog. Right now it is just barely a tiny seed. And that's okay! There's still so much I want to do to this little seed before I plant it and let it grow to it's full potential. But I want it to happen. And I plan on making it happen. 
What are some things you wish you had more time to do? How do you plan on finding more time to do them?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

It seems as though 2014 is going to be a year of newer and bigger things. To start out, this was my first NYE outside of college (definitely bittersweet). Although I missed the ease of being in one place with all of my friends, I did not miss the drunken frat house shenanigans you usually encounter in that environment. This year Pat, myself, and four other couples ventured to Princeton! It was a cute night and a successful way to ring in the new year, however I am super excited to plan next year's NYE at a house in the Poconos!! But one thing at a time, right?




I guess I consider this year to be my first "adult" NYE -- and with that, I find myself reflecting a lot more than usual. So many big changes happened in my life this year and I couldn't be more excited for what 2014 has in store for me.

Here's a 30 second look into my past year (stay tuned for a month-by-month version):


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What did you do to celebrate the New Year?