Saturday, February 23, 2013

101 in 1001.

After reading Design Darling's list of 101 in 1001, I got inspired.
I got to thinking about things I wanted to see, do, eat, & accomplish by the time I was 25, which is roughly 1001 days away. And let me say, thinking about being 25 was kinda scary. So after much time thinking and seeking what my heart desires I finally accomplished my list. 
I'm posting it here because I loved reading others, and hope this might inspire someone to go after what they really want. Plus it will keep my accountable to actually doing it. 
So off we go!

1.   Create my 101 list 2.22.13
2.   Get a golden retriever puppy or cavapoo
3.   Travel abroad solo
4.   Take a mommy daughter trip
5.   Purchase a brand new vehicle
6.   Go camping in the Smoky Mountains
7.   Midnight drive to the beach to watch the sun rise
8.   Drink recommended amount of water for 7 days straight
9.   Run the Disney princess half marathon
10.        Go to Disney world
11.        Vacation on a white sand beach
12.        Have a Lilly dress for every day of the week
13.        Purchase another pair of Jack Rogers
14.        Do my daily devotional for 30 days straight
15.        Save $250 to have at all times
16.         Visit the MOMA in NYC
17.        Play in Central Park
18.        Sunday brunch
19.        Cheer on the Braves in Atlanta
20.        Go to an away Vols football game
21.        Learn to snow ski
22.        Learn to water ski
23.        Have a spa day
24.        Go salsa dancing
25.        Purchase an adult/nice handbag
26.        Finally get an external hard drive
27.        Read five classic books
28.        Visit two new states.
29.        Attend a pure barre class
30.        Go to a sips n strokes event
31.        Go to a country concert outside
32.        Learn to skeet shoot
33.        Update my computer
34.        Order room service
35.        Visit a winery
36.        Line dance at the Cotton Eyed Joes
37.        Take a cooking class
38.        Go to sundown in the city at least once
39.        Biscuit Festival
40.        Treat my mom to lunch
41.        Have a BBQ
42.        Purchase Christmas presents before December
43.        Pay for someone’s lunch behind me in the drive-thru
44.        Spend a Saturday at a Charity
45.        Go on a road trip
46.        Cook 5 new recipes
47.        Fly a kite
48.        Spend an afternoon in a hammock
49.        Visit an out of town friend
50.        Live in a house with a bunch of girls
51.        Try a new food.
52.        Eat at Paula Deen’s restaurant
53.        Watch a sunset
54.        Write to Uncle Brian once a month for a year
55.        Spend New Years at a beach
56.        Watch fireworks on July 4th
57.        Throw a birthday party for a friend
58.        Send a message in a bottle
59.        Go hiking
60.        Go a week without processed foods
61.        Do a dietetic internship
62.        Visit an apple orchard/pumpkin patch
63.        Take a photo booth photo
64.        Read one news article a day for 30 days
65.        See a movie at the drive-in
66.        Go water tubing
67.        Have a milkshake from Shake Shack
68.        Attend a friends wedding
69.        Help my best friend find the perfect wedding dress
70.        Have fresh flowers for a week
71.        Send my mom flowers just because
72.        Spend an entire day with my dad, without phones
73.        Find the perfect cigarette pants
74.        Find the perfect black flats
75.        Attend a midnight movie premiere
76.        Read a biography
77.        Graduate college
78.        Let myself fall in love again
79.        Find a Bible study group
80.        Learn to drive stick shift
81.        Visit the zoo
82.        Go zip lining
83.        Go star gazing
84.        See a famous landmark
85.        Hot air balloon ride
86.        Find my signature cocktail
87.        Start a retirement/401K plan
88.        Get a credit card
89.        Discover my signature jewelry
90.        Have a bonfire, smore's included
91.        Go fishing
92.        Grow some flowers. (peonies, tulips, hydrangeas)
93.        Buy produce from the farmers market
94.        Swim with dolphins
95.        Buy a pretty cruiser bicycle
96.        Spontaneous trip
97.        Visit the Holocaust Museum in DC
98.        Ride a Vespa/scooter
99.        Purchase new bedding
100.    Go a month without eating out
101.    Take a picture/ document all tasks.

My due date: July 15, 2016

yeah, I'm kinda giving myself some extra time..ssh :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

High Five Friday

Oh wow, this week was AWESOME!
Literally, such a blessed week.
Lets do a little high-fiving
Monday- Roommate got into Vanderbilt Nursing school.
That makes 2 smarty pants roomies getting into their dream schools.
Also on Monday I got to reconnect with a dear friend & mentor. 

This incredible woman is getting married!! 
The Lord blessed me hugely, and now I get to celebrate with her and some other lovely ladies in Dallas. Eeek! I've never been to Dallas so I'm really excited about going.
Also this week, got two new little kiddos to teach swim lessons. One of which looks just like boo from Monsters Inc., so stinkin cute!
This weekend is our church's women's retreat. I'm really excited as some college girls are joining in and we get to know the ladies that much better. 
Another high five, got an interview monday for my dream summer internship, so prayers/good thoughts pretty please if you will.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Loved you first, loved you always

Happy Thursday, or er Valentines Day! ;-)

Now I've always had mixed emotions about Valentines Day. I'm all about being super cheesy and romantic, but why on just one day of the shortest month of the year? Why not all the time? I also am a firm believer that today is for Hallmark economy boosting purposes. So there's that. 
But this morning I had a clear eye opening moment. As many people I have in my life that love me, and some many wonderful things I'm involved in that I love, loving yourself is most important. Loving yourself first, loving yourself always.
As the King of Kings, Jesus loved us first, and the most.
Here is a snip from my devotional, Jesus Calling, from this morning that made me smile so wide.

"Give yourself FULLY to the adventure of today. Walk bodly along the path of Life, relying on your ever present Companion
Do not give in to fear or worry, those robbers of abundant living. Trust me enough to face problems as they come, rather than trying to anticipate them."

Could not have come at a better moment for me. I've spent all week super busy trying to anticipate what could go wrong, or being late for a meeting.

I just wanted to let you readers know, that He loves you the most, and thinks you're beautiful, so we should think of ourselves as beautiful too.

Your love never fails -Jesus Culture

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

mid-day break

Got the Phillip Phillips cd this morning, my mood instantly increased upon listening.
I've come to find out I'm not fond of Tuesdays.
Needed two cups of coffee before 9:30 in order to function.
Job fair this afternoon, fingers crossed on landing an internship.
Teaching my kiddos this afternoon, and I'm beyond excited to hang out with them.
Einstein's garden herb turkey thin, is incredible!
Almost finished creating my 101 in 1001 list, send me ideas!!

Happy Mardi Gras y'all!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thursday Brain Dump

Since it's been a while since I've updated this little here blog I figured why not do a little brain dump?

As of lately I've been kinda sorta all over the place. Every time I go to catch up with friends they always ask, "What have you been doing?!"...ah well yeah bout that. So here is what I've been up to since starting back at school.

1. Visited some safari animals.

Since we didn't have school on Martin Luther King day my friends & I decided we just had to get out of Knoxville and do something fun! School hadn't really slammed anyone yet so we had a full free day. We drove up the interstate a bit to visit Circle G Ranch. Upon entering you are literally swamped with wildlife. I'm talking llamas, cows, zebras, goats, bulls, everything! At one point there were animals literally inside the car and it was absolutely hilarious!

2. Bible study.
I've been attending a mass Bible study on Monday nights with other college students and been loving it! We go really deep into the word and maybe only cover a few verses at a time, but its fantastic. I'm actually learning the background story and context of all that we are covering and this makes the verses come so much more alive.

3. Snow day

There was a snow day somewhere in there. We actually had classes cancelled two Fridays in a row, and it was amazing! The first snow was a Thursday afternoon. My work ended up closing early & my boss had to take me home. I met up with some friends and enjoyed the evening watching the snow come down. The next time, well that was pretty much all ice and I stayed warm in my bed. 

4. Ping pong.
Our group of friends has become obsessed with playing ping pong. We play all weekend every weekend. My game is really improving due to this.

watching the superbowl with the Colonel
5. And classes.
Last week I had my first round of exams and boy was it tough! Talk about no time for anyone or anything. I studied till I was blue in the face. But its all worth it because that just means summer is that much closer!! Ah, I'm beyond ready for summer, the lake, and some concerts!!

How is everyone's year going? Promise I'm reading, I just never get around to commenting.