Merry Christmas :)

So the holidays are definitely upon us, and I have been enjoying family time with tons of board games and card games. (Scrabble, Yahtzee, and Apples to Apples have run rampant in these parts.)

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out what I want from life. Setting goals for myself concerning my career, finances, friends, and family. The one thing I’ve learned that I can’t control is my love life, but I’m having a hard time letting go. This part of my life has been confusing and distressing for well over a year, and I’m no closer to processing my thoughts or feelings. I feel torn between two opposing ideas.

I have been wishing, praying, and hoping for an answer or guidance. Hopefully the New Year will bring some new insights and knowledge.

Happy Holidays. ❤

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Life…

Well, then… Life certainly swept me off my feet in the last couple of months.

 

Just a brief update:

1. Met a soldier

2. Developed some severe warm fuzzy feelings for said soldier. But he’s back on the other side of the world, and things are starting to shift back into place.

3. I miss my puppy-love.

4. Making care packages for soldiers = lots of fun.

5. Working out with a friend = 1 million times better than alone.

6. Making healthy food habits = more energy in the long run.

7. Having hard time sleeping lately.

8. Looking forward to Halloween! (Confession: My costume is still a CONCEPT. I need to step up my game before it’s too late!)

9. Special K = Best cereal everrrr.

10. Reading Wuthering Heights for Halloween is the best thing I could have done for myself. 🙂

 

But anyway, nothing is going on in the boy front now. Everything’s calm and soothing. My life isn’t going to topsy turvy. I’m kind of enjoying it. I never thought I’d enjoy single life so much. I owe a lot of this to my friends.

I’m trying to develop healthier habits. I tend to forget and step back into bad routines, but so far, I’m 2 weeks strong. My diet consists of a lot of humus, wheat thins, veggies, fruits, water, and a piece of dark chocolate every now and then 😉 My workout routine consists of:  ZUMBA (gloriousness!) ellipticals, track, yoga, arms, abs, and butt toning. haha Being a girl seriously rocks.

I’ll have more in-depth posts coming soon!

❤ and peace

Carnival of Madness: A Review

Carnival of Madness

Carnival of Madness

Okay, so I’ve been excited about this for a very long time. I’ve been counting down the days since I bought my ticket… and I bought my ticket months ago (the day they went on sale…)

I went to a concert tonight, and I got to see 5 bands. The last band was the whole reason I was there… but here are my notes.

  1. 10 Years I. Love. 10 Years. I was very impressed by their energy and their sound. (Plus, they’re all incredibly HOT!)

    10 Years

    10 Years

  2. Sevendust Not exactly my cup of tea. A bit too hard rock for me, but their energy was fy-ah.

    Sevendust

    Sevendust

  3. Puddle of Mudd Kinda fell off the band wagon… They have a few hits out there, and they played them all… plus a few lesser known songs… but they were kinda struggling to keep my attention.

    Puddle of Mudd

    Puddle of Mudd

  4. Chevelle Love ’em. Definitely enjoyed their performance. Couldn’t get enough.   ❤ They ended with a bang, and I loved it.

    Chevelle

    Chevelle

  5. SHINEDOWN Okay, if I could, I’d have all their babies. Or something. I have loved them since their first record (since I was 16 years old.) I got to see them perform live for the first time in March. (I got to meet them!) Their energy was hot hot hot. I know all of their songs by heart, and I’ll be a little hoarse for a day or so from all the singing screaming I did. Shinedown had the best lights, costumes, energy, etc etc. They are spectacular.
    Shinedown

    Shinedown

    Shinedown

    Shinedown! (Favorite photo of the night!)

Last but not least, I leave you with their newest song. Phenomenal. They performed it last night. (They wrote it for The Expendables.)

Peace Out Summer

Peace Out

Peace Out

I had one of the best summers of my life… and I’m disappointed to see it go, but I have tons planned for myself this fall/winter, so I’m hoping they rock just as much.

This summer I…

1. Graduated college!

2. Visited the Bahamas~ ❤ Nassau

3. Went to Gulf Shores

4. Hung with friends

5. Swam and enjoyed the sun!

6. Ate with friends every week 🙂

7. Re-connected with old friends

8. Read some

9. Focused on myself

10. Created goals (approachable and not-so-approachable goals. Post about this later.)

11. Became comfortable with myself

12. Painted some.

13. Baked some.

14. Saw one of my closest friends get married, celebrated this marriage.

15. Hung out by the lake with a group of close girlfriends

16. Found a job that I enjoy… so far.

17. Journaled

18. Discovered a passion for shoes

19. Enjoyed the company of my youngest brother.

20. Let go of things & people that were holding me back.*

Here’s hoping I can keep it up and continue to prosper. I love the direction my life is taking, and I love discovering the possibilities and opportunites.

Surprises! I love ’em~!

Surprise Packages ❤

Last week brought a great deal of joy. My mom pointed out a package that had arrived for me. My aunt had seen a Facebook update about how much I miss Dixie Chili & how badly I was craving a five-way (Hello Cincinnati! Newport, Kentucky to be more specific.) (Definition: Five-way- spaghetti, chili, onions, beans, cheese… crackers and hot sauce. Don’t knock it til you try it!)

So she sent me TWO cases of Dixie Chili. Oh my gosh. I can’t wait to get all of the necessary parts together (need fresh onions, cheese, and beans.) Mmm.

I also discovered I won a giveaway. A beautiful Less Than Three heart pendant from Metalsmitten… Her jewelry is beautiful. I can’t wait to order the Less than Three heart ring. I’ve decided to reward myself with one near Thanksgiving/Christmas if I’m a good girl.

I’ve been rockin’ the ❤ since ’02, babeh. I send it with every text that says some form of “I love you” to let those special people know just how much they mean to me. So I’m excited to wear it around my neck and to share it with everyone I come into contact with. It’s so lovely.

So, I leave you with… ❤

First and foremost… An Introduction

Allie's Last Day

I find myself in a new phase of my life… one in which I have time to focus on myself, my hopes, my dreams, my character, my style, my life. I’m 22-years-old, and I have a vague concept of who I am, but before I move on to my next phase (settling down in a career, potentially in a relationship with a family) I want to have a very strong hold of myself as a person.

This blog is going to be my escape… and my reminder… to stay on task. To take adventures, to create adventurous opportunities, to jump out of my comfort zone, to enjoy life NOW. This blog is going to be a record of my journey. I hope to inspire myself, and perhaps one day, to inspire others. I want to record those who inspire me. I suddenly realized it’s okay to step out of my boundaries (boundaries I defined for myself a long time ago) and make mistakes and take chances. This is only one of the many steps I plan on taking in order to figure out who I am, what my limitations are, where my weaknesses and strengths lie.

(My photo above was taken earlier this week with my lady-love, Allie the pit. She’s my angel. She’s currently with her daddy, my ex. We’re trying a temporary partial-custody thing. I’m lonely without her…)