Archive | September 2013

When the little things become the big things

Hello hello! How has it been a over week since I last posted? Seriously, where does the time go? One will never know, and I for one can not believe that this past weekend marked one month that I’ve been back from Australia. I wouldn’t exactly say I feel “settled-in” due to the fact that I’ve barely been home between working and classes, but I will say that since I’ve been back, I’ve realized that it’s little things that are making the biggest differences in my day-to-day life and helping me adjust into life at home again.  You know, little things like a compliment from a stranger, a pat-on-the-back from your boss, or a good grade on an exam. I used to think I needed monetary things to lift my spirits, like buying a new suit or the latest handbag, but now it’s just the opposite. Thank you, home, for bringing me back to reality and to my roots.
Some of the little things helping me lately have been:

-Random acts of kindness:
Can I just say that my Mom rules?  I don’t know how she does it, but somehow, someway, she spreads kindness everyday and truly makes me feel special. 
Things like: Saving me homemade macaroni cheese in the fridge(Meredith label, might-I-add):
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And leaving me the best coupon ever in my purse. $.99 cent iced coffee? Seriously this made my week.
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-Out-of-the-blue motivation
I happened to see this license plate on my way to class the other day (‘enjoy life’ shortened). I wasn’t in the best mind-frame to begin with since I was on my way to take a Chemistry exam followed by two hours of lab (I was actually VERY grumpy), so seeing this instantly helped me snap-out of it.
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-A girls night out
I haven’t been able to leave the state of Maine since I’ve been back, and I can’t describe how much I miss my girlfriends. So this past Friday, I bit the bullet, went to work super-early to get my Friday jobs accomplished by 1:00 pm, and hopped on a 3:00 bus to Boston to spend the evening with my Boston besties. There is nothing a little bit of girl time can’t cure, that’s for sure. Love you girls!
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-A refreshing workout
Sometimes, a good run is just what the doctor ordered. I ran with a windbreaker on for the first time in over a year last week and I smiled the ENTIRE 4 miles. That crisp, cool, fall air was just what I needed.
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-A visit with a loved one
My Mem is one of the most important parts of my life.I’m so grateful I’m back so that I can spend time with her, hold her hand, visit, and hug her again. It was the best hour of my week.
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-Personalized notes
Since I was a little girl I have always loved receiving mail and writing mail. I think it’s the honesty and personal touch of handwritten notes that’s so special, and whenever I receive them I literally get teary. (I know Brittany likes handwritten notes! I am totally checking out that website, by the way!)   This week, I received two special cards in the mail and I was so touched. Thank you Michelle and Sue xoxo.
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-Flowers just because
I am truly blessed to work for people that are like a second family to me. Last night, they handed me this beautiful bouquet from their garden and I was so touched!

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Even though I may not have won the megabucks, gone on a shopping spree or bought the newest Apple product, all of these little things have meant so much more to me than those things would, and they are truly the big things helping me smile today.

What is helping you smile today?

Anyone else love coupons as much as me?

Who else is loving fall running weather?

Thursday thoughts

Thursday…finally. Can I get an Amen? Since I’ve been working all weekend, every weekend since I’ve been back and I have night class Monday through Thursday night, Friday night is my only true weekend night-off. However, tonight my normal  Biology lecture and lab got cancelled, and I couldn’t be happier. To be honest it kind of feels like Christmas!  Class cancelled=no one hour commute=night off=YAY!

Anyway, here’s some random thoughts on this Thursday:
-I am super psyched for my twin sister’s wedding. This past week, my sisters, cousin, and best friend (about half of the bridal party in total) all got together and purchased our bridesmaid’s dresses. We made a great afternoon of dress fittings even more fun by stopping next door for a couple of margarita’s afterwards. Shopping + margaritas = my kind of afternoon!
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-I don’t remember ever disliking a class as much as I dislike Chemistry at this time. Atomic numbers, compounds, mols, elements…UGH. The one thing I do enjoy is the teacher (she is awesome!), so I’m trying to focus on that positive.

-I am becoming even more of an ice cream fanatic since I’m working around it all the time. Would you be able to resist homemade Peppermint Stick or White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle? If you can you are a stronger person than I!
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-I can not praise Bic Bands enough. I have been wearing mine to work, to work-out, and to go-out. I just love my sparkle band!
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I’m still unpacking and settling back into my room at home. Since I haven’t lived here since high school, I’ve been finding a lot of things my childhood….like this jacket. My proof that I was once a cheerleader Winking smile
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-I have been a big-time fan of Alexia sweet potato fries for awhile now but hadn’t yet tried the sweet potato “puffs”. Um… lets just say I’m never making my own sweet potato fries again.
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-One final thing… I need a puppy in my life. Anyone out there have a King Charles Cavalier Cocker Spaniel? OMG obsessed.
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How’s your week?
Have you tried any new food products that you like lately?
Do you have a puppy? If so, what kind?!

Now and then

In the last few weeks amongst unpacking, working, schooling, exercising, and trying to settle back into as much of a ‘normal routine’ as possible, I’ve had a lot of reminders of how different my life is now compared to then; then being the past— whether it’s a month ago, a year ago, ten years ago, just the past.  These reminders have stemmed from old pictures I’ve found, familiar faces I’ve seen in public, and comforting voices I’ve recognized on the phone. All of these reminders got me to thinking…sheesh my life has changed.

From being a fully employed city-girl one year, to an international exchange student the next, and now currently a full-time student/ rural-America girl in the present, I’ve sure had my fair share of change. But I guess change is what makes life exciting, right? I tend to think so.  I haven’t had a single second to be bored this past year, and while I truly don’t regret a second of it, I have to admit, after all of the excitement of moving to Australia and the mixed emotions of both sadness/joy over moving home, it does feel peaceful to be in one-place, unpacked, and at home for awhile. So when I got to thinking about just how different my life is now from then, I had to get it out on paper (or in this case, on the blog).

Now…Occupation
Year: 2nd half of 2013
Age: 27
Occupation: Student  + ice-cream shop/mini-golf/ bbq manager (Loving it btw!)
State & Country: Maine, USA

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Then
Year:1st half 2013
Age: 26
Occupation: student/barista/gelato scooper
State & country: QLD, Australia
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Now: Favorite Exercise
Running (check out the sheep behind me! #maineliving)
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Then:
Basketball
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Can you guess which one is me?  Winking smile

Now: Favorite Pizza
Veggie with cauliflower crust,  who would have thought?!
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Then:
Deep-dish cheese from UNO’s please 
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Now: Favorite Accessory:
Chunky necklaces
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Then:
Visor sunglasses (#soembarrassing)
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Now: Favorite ice-cream
Red Raspberry Chip with sprinkles (or anything with sprinkles!)
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Then:
Mint Chocolate Chip
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Now: Favorite Breakfast
Oats, oats, oats!  (And Greek yogurt with fruit)
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Then:
Cereal combo
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Now: Best Friend
My twin sister
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Then:
My twin sister
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Guess some things never change <3

You tell me, what’s a fun fact about you, now versus “then”?