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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Currently taking applications for therapists (license not necessary).

Just stopping by to let y'all know that:

1) I'm still alive.
2) But barely because the end of the semester has reduced my brain to melted cheese.
3) I'm being featured on Alex's blog today!
4) I miss you guys.

Only a few more weeks until I come back!
A lot has happened since my last post (all good things, all good things...Frozen, anyone?). I can't wait to catch up!


See y'all in May.
*Buys the big jar of Nutella. Eats it all. Stares at study guides. Cries. Repeat*

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I don't understand...

Things I don't understand:

1. How Tennessee could have 9 inches of snow one day and then have lovely 55 degree weather two days later.

Early morning. Also, palm trees and snow do not go together.

View from my porch. By midnight I was officially trapped. 

2. Why no one uses the library on campus for things other than research. Seriously, they have everything. In the last two weeks alone I've checked out five movies and an audio foreign language program on modern Greek, just because I could. I mean we only pay 15k per year (you know, pocket change), so at the very least I'm going use the dang library. 

*end of rant*



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fifty shades of done with winter

Two weeks ago I attended a collegiate leadership conference in Chicago where I experienced actual snow.

I would never survive here.

We have another snow day today (with very little snow because obviously) and so far all I've done is make a gigantic batch of eggless cookie dough.

I've had a lot of trouble focusing lately whether it's my school work, writing, exercising...I'm not very motivated these days, you know? Maybe it's the winter blues.

Any advice on how to hit the ground running again would be much appreciated.
Also, hugs.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow day!

This is what a snow day looks like in Tennessee.



It's only about an inch of snow but let me tell you that EVERYONE is freaking out.
As it stands we don't have bread and milk in my apartment, but we do have chips ahoy and kool aid so I think we'll be okay.

Because the university is closed today I thought I'd show you guys what I normally learn about in class. This week we are covering selective attention. This short video shows that we aren't always aware of everything going on around us. *I promise nothing pops out*

 

:)
Happy Wednesday!



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reborn

To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.


Reborn, book one of The Fate Challenges, by Cherie Reich will be released on May 23, 2014. For more information about Cherie Reich and her work, please visit her website or blog. The cover art is created by Laura Sava. To add on Goodreads, click here. If you’d like to be notified when Reborn releases, please sign up for her newsletter here.


I definitely have a crush on this cover. It's beautiful!

I've had Cherie on this blog many, many times and let me just say that she is an awesome writer (and a great blogger). If you haven't "met" her already then go show her some love!

Congrats Cherie!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The year ahead!

Can I just start out by asking what the heck is going on with this weather? I live in the south y'all, the SOUTH, but for some reason it is currently 10 degrees outside with a negative 4 degree wind chill. I am not built for this...

I hope you guys had fantastic Christmas and New Year's. As far as resolutions go I haven't really made too many. I tend to forget them around March, you know?

I have decided though that I really want to focus on my finances. I'm not terrible with money but I could certainly do better.  I've made a savings plan and my goal is to save enough to start making payments (really, really small ones) on my student loans by May. I technically don't have to start making these payments until 6 months after I graduate, but paying every bit that I can now will help me in the long run. 

I've also decided to take a break from my WIP that I've been working on for 2 years and to start a new WIP. I'll come back to the other one eventually and hopefully I will have a fresh perspective. For now though I'm very excited about the new idea that I have!

2014 is going to be a pretty epic year.
In January I'll be attending a leadership conference in Chicago.
 I'll spend a week in Panama City in March.
Sister number 2 is getting married in June.
A family vacation (for the first time in like...ever) in a tbd location is happening in July.
In August I turn the big TWENTY-ONE.
And by December I will officially be a college graduate (one semester early, at that).

There's definitely a lot to look forward to! What about you guys? Have any resolutions or big plans for the upcoming year?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The most wonderful time of the year?

Only six days until Christmas!
Six. Days.
Oh my goodness.

If you're like me you MIGHT have a bit more shopping to do.
#bigfamilyprobs

I've always loved Christmas. Between the music, lights, the pretty wrapping paper, and the anticipation of the birth of Jesus it's truly an exciting time. 
I also get to spend time with family members that I don't see often and make some of the best memories.

Having worked in retail for the last three holidays though, I have felt that joy and love begin to fade. It's not so much that people are shopping and want to buy gifts for each other. The act of giving is a wonderful thing and I, for one, much prefer giving presents than receiving them. The problem is when it becomes all about outdoing the person next to you and only giving the best of the best. This leads to people acting cruelly instead of spreading good cheer. You'd be amazed at the behavior of some of the "adults" who don't get their way. 

For example: 
Last year I worked for a different company than I do now and the particular store I worked in had a different deal every day in December, leading up to the 24th. One day the deal was that a particular item was marked down 50% off but the next day it went back to regular price and another deal took its place. A few days later a customer came in, asked why this item was no longer half off, and proceeded to scream (I'm not exaggerating, she screamed) at me in front of other customers and my boss. 

*Clearly I didn't know the meaning of good customer service.
*Didn't I understand that she had family to shop for and gifts to buy?
*Her daughter LOVES this particular item and will be devastated if she doesn't get it.

Now, the item wasn't gone. It just was no longer half off. I explained to her that I understood her frustration of wanting the best price, but that the sale had already passed. Everything I said fell on deaf ears though and eventually my manager stepped in and gave her half off anyway. The woman left with the biggest smirk on her face and suggested that I get another job.

I cried the whole way home that night.

Now this hasn't happened with every customer I've encountered, but enough times that I feel it's time to say something.
I'm not asking for people to stop shopping or anything like that (I need a job, after all). 

I just simply request that at a time when it's really easy to be selfish, that we remember to be kind to each other.

*steps off soapbox*