Bucket List

Do any of you have a bucket list? I have never made one of my own (Luke and I have made one together), and I figure it’s about time! I’m sure I will add a bunch to it over time, but here’s what I’ve got so far!

  1. Move out of Michigan for at least a year.
  2. Travel around Italy.
  3. Start my own health and fitness business.
  4. Learn how to speak another language.
  5. Work for Ellen.
  6. Go to all 50 states.
  7. Learn how to surf.
  8. Go to a country music awards show.
  9. Buy my own cat.
  10. Learn how to meditate.
  11. Run a marathon.
  12. Write a book.
  13. Be on a TV show.
  14. Spend an entire day in silence.
  15. Work out with Jillian Michaels.
  16. Take Ellen and Portia out for a drink.
  17. Eat completely vegan for at least 6 months.
  18. Swim the great barrier reef in Australia.
  19. Meet the little girl I sponsor in Guatemala.
  20. Pay the bill for a random person’s table at a restaurant.
  21. Live on a vineyard.
  22. Dedicate a year to traveling around the world and doing one kind, random act a day.
  23. Ride on an elephant.
  24. Have a job where I can ride my bike or walk to work.
  25. Be completely happy with myself and my body.
  26. Watch all the Harry Potter movies in one day.
  27. Meet a random new best friend.
  28. Go on a vacation with my 3 little sisters.
  29. Send my parents on their own vacation.
  30. Get professional photos taken.

And now I have started playing Candy Crush and will see you all in approximately a week. Just kidding. Maybe…..

What else should I add to my list so far?

I believe in……

  • Mandatory naps at 230 pm, daily.
  • Lots and lots of red wine.
  • Days off.

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  • Love, of any type.

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  • Children & the validity of their thoughts/ideas.

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  • Cats.

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  • Yoga.
  • Driving with the windows down and the radio up.
  • Huge thunderstorms.
  • California weather.

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  • Riding bikes.

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  • Laughing.

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  • Dancing.
  • Reading and tea.
  • Staying in your pajamas all day long.

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  • Going on vacation.

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  • Coffee dates with old friends.

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  • Living your life to the best of your ability and to have the most fun as possible and to be as nice as you possibly can be.

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And now you know my favorite things. The end.

What do you believe in?

Sunshine and smiles :)

Well that’s a cheesy title if I ever saw one. That is how I feel about yesterday though! The day started out terrible. My phone is broken, I woke up late, my stomach has been hurting like crazy, and I’ve just been super stressed. I spent my entire day with children yesterday, from 8am-8pm and they managed to make me smile for about 100% of that time. Once the sun came out and we were able to play outside all afternoon, the day got even better. It really reminded me to cherish the little things in life and to try to remember to live each day as big as I can, even if I’m not currently as content as I would like to be. I was reminded of that little fact in an e-mail from a super special lady earlier this week; so thank you love Smile

I actually got a lot of little things accomplished that I had been meaning to get done. Ya’ll probably think I’m weird from getting a kick out of joy from making a 5 minute phone call that I had been putting off, but I really just do.

I also get a big burst of happiness from finishing the scrapbook I’m going to send to Ellen full of pictures and reasons I should work for her. I’m mailing it out today and am going to pray for the best! The girls I nanny helped me make it super cute (or super tacky, take your pick) and glittery. In their eyes, there’s no other way to do things.

Since I’ve been talking a lot lately about things I dislike about Michigan, I want to share some of the things that make me really happy here:

  • I know this place like the back of my hand, since I’ve lived here for 21 years. “Seek alternate route” construction signs don’t stand a chance with me.
  • We get some really awesome thunder/lightning storms, which make me much happier than a sunny day does for some odd reason. They’re especially the best if I have wine and a good book.
  • This can also be a bad thing, but almost every time I go out in public I run into someone I know.
  • It’s an extremely safe area.
  • My room is the bomb. It is super organized and super cute (thanks to momma) and is just such a sacred place for me to chill in. I love leaving the windows open all night in the summer and waking up to the sun coming up. Wonderful.
  • I have become involved with some amazing families with some even more amazing children. I don’t think I would ever be able to find sweeter kids than the ones I babysit for. I just love them all. In total, I watch 9 kids on a regular basis!
  • My gym is sweet and has the best people. My yoga studio is my favorite.
  • It’s really easy to drive an hour in any direction and find a cool city or small little town with random things to do and see. Like if you go one hour south you’re in Detroit and can go to the casino and drink and have a blast. If you drive one hour west you’re in Frankenmuth and it’s a super tiny touristy Bavarian town with tacky sight-seeing, yet weirdly fun.
  • People wave when you pass them in their cars.
  • I have a really good doctor, dentist, massage therapist, etc. I am bad at getting to know new people to help me out with these things!

There really are a lot of positives about living in Michigan, but like I said in my previous post, I just need something more. I am so glad that I was reminded to make the best out of the situation for the time being though. That’s really important. Everyone that I have talked to about this has encouraged me to follow my heart. I have talked to a lot of women older than me about it (because I’m a nanny and am around real moms all the time) and every single person has said that their one regret in life has been not getting out and experiencing more. I will not let that happen to me. If my dream is to move to California and work for Ellen, why would I not go for that? It’s totally do-able if I quit spending my time watching cat videos on YouTube and put that time towards actually applying myself to something productive.

For the time being, I’m going to focus on spending time with friends and family and enjoying myself. Sure, I know deep down this isn’t what I want, but that doesn’t mean I need to have a bad attitude about it. Life goes on and the only thing we can’t get back is time, so I’m sure as hell not going to waste it.

What is one great thing about the place you live?

Quick Check-In

Hi friends! I just want to tell you all something: I really like blogging. I just worked 11 hours and all I wanted to do was come home, have some wine, blog, and watch The Bachelor. I’m also getting some of my Spice Up Your Life challenge done and organizing my clothes during the episode. Multi-tasking at its’ finest! I’m SO crossing my fingers Tierra goes home tonight. My goodness, I don’t know if I can stand another week with that girl. My favorite right now is Lesley. I could totally see those two ending up together.

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Back to my love for blogging. I feel like I can relate to you guys so much. Honestly, I have some pretty great friends in my life, but so many people on here are going through (or have gone through) some of the same issues that I have. It makes me feel like less of a fool and less crazy and less alone. So thank you! You all rock.

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Also, if you have any questions for me tomorrow leave them in a comment! I’ll be doing a Q&A tomorrow if anyone cares; probably not, but we’ll give it a shot Smile with tongue out

 

Enjoy your evening!<3

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend..

..finish that song.

 

Before I say anything at all, I need you guys to appreciate this:

You guys. Oh my goodness. This was from Thursday night’s episode of Glee. I’ve watched this scene approximately 7 times already. I already loved this song, and this performance just blew my mind. I want to walk down the aisle to this song when I get married. Moving on….

 

The other day in my post I discussed a new topic for each day of the week. I’ve been doing pretty good with it so far, so let’s keep the streak going! I said Saturdays I would talk about a healthy activity to do with your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, workout buddy, sister, brother, etc. This topic can apply to any of the above, plus just about anyone in the whole world, so give it a shot!

 

I’m currently reading a book by Gretchen Rubin called The Happiness Project. It’s all about this one woman’s journey for contentment. She organizes her book into 12 chapters for each month of the year. My goal is to work right along with her each month in making small changes to my life to see big results at the end of the year. January focused on boosting energy. Her main points were to:

  1. go to sleep earlier
  2. exercise better
  3. toss, restore, organize
  4. tackle a nagging task
  5. act more energetic

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I did this by starting to hit the snooze button for the first time in my life (1), getting in some form of physical activity every single day since January 1 (2), getting rid of a bunch of old clothes (3), clearing out my computer (3), taking the leap to pursue my personal training career (4), and just trying to have fun and not stress so much about the little stuff (5). I did a decent job.

 

Here’s February’s mini-goals to remember love:

  1. quit nagging
  2. don’t expect praise or appreciation
  3. fight right
  4. no dumping
  5. give proofs of love

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Personalizing these to pertain to me, they essentially mean to:

  1. stop bugging Luke about every little thing that I don’t agree with (sorry babe; I’m a gem)
  2. I already do a really good job at this one, but I guess I can do things that I really only want to do for me, no one else
  3. learn to communicate with the people in my life, rather than backing away whenever a situation gets difficult
  4. stop blaming people for my faults or my bad days (when I’m stressed or upset I tend to take it out on other people; Luke points this out to me all the time)
  5. hugs, e-mails, mini-gifts, quality time, surprises, etc.; basically making people feel good

 

Okay, okay, so what’s the point? This brings me to my fun activity! I actually just finished up February’s chapter and Gretchen talked about implementing a week of Extreme Nice. She did this with her husband in particular, but I want to do this with everyone I come in contact with. Gretchen basically said that she implemented her 5 mini-goals to the extreme for one week. One thing that I found particularly interesting is that she said her husband really never commented on her change in behavior, which she took to be a positive sign, because that meant her behaviors that week weren’t that far off from her “regular” behaviors.

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m literally known for cursing at drivers that upset me, storming away from someone like a 5 year old when I don’t get my way, using the silent treatment way too much, talking behind people’s backs, and putting myself first when I should really concentrate on the best interests of those in my life that treat me so well. Now this sentence made me sound like a bad person; I swear, I’m not. I’m normal. But for this next week, guess who’s going to be the nicest freaking person in the world? This girl right here.

We’ll see how this goes. I nag Luke, a lot. Hopefully he’s reading this and laughing right now, because I’ve probably already screwed up, but I swear I’m going to try really, really hard not to :p

So my challenge for you? Join me in a week of Extreme Niceness! Leave a comment below on who you’re going to be extremely nice to and how you plan on doing this. Let’s make the world a happier place during this month of loooooove :)