Review Extravaganza Part 3 & 4

Linking up with the wonderful woman over at the Johanson Journey for the Review Extravangaza! If you missed it, check out Part One and Part Two. This link up has been an amazing reminder to celebrate my small achievements in life. This year has been rocky, to say the least, and while I for one cannot wait to send it on it’s way…this little project has been a good time to remind myself that there’s still beauty in the darkness, if you just look for it. 

 

july

spent lots more time in the sunshine, reading, playing with my nieces and just generally trying to be tan. started this blog with my first ever post: The 5 Assholes You’ll Date in College (still my favorite to this day). spent more time being frustrated than i should’ve.

 

august

In the span of 48 hours I: interviewed, flew out for a second interview, accepted my first “big-girl” job offer and found a roommate. Whirlwind? Absolutely. 

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september

I moved to Saint Louis, which as I sit on my family’s couch back in Michigan…I have to admit is growing on me. I started my first big girl job. Struggled to assemble shelves and other SWF problems. 

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Though I hate to admit it…I live in a beautiful place.

 

october

started really getting to know my coworkers and having fun at work. started attending a book club. celebrated halloween– tacky Pi Phi prom style. went to homecoming with my best friend–completing 18/20 of the “Top 20 things to do on your first trip back to homecoming as an alumnae” list that we composed. 

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Missourah wineries with the Pi Phi alum club definitely helped me like MO more 😉

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home is wherever i’m with you…and all that cheesy shit.

november

thanksgiving? kept enjoying the beautiful things STL has to offer–there are a surprising lot. my favorite of the month was probably this dive bar I found on Broadway. It looked like the sketchiest shit possible and I was scared for my life (legit) as I crossed the parking lot. But once inside–ADORABLE. It was decorated in true STL/NOLA style with fleur de lis, alligators, mardi gras and creole decorations everywhere. a jazz band plaid out back. christmas light were hanging everywhere and the food was the most amazing creole delights to hit my lips. YUMM!

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december

CHRISTMAS! Oh, and who could forget my absolute wonderful trip to the University of Alabama for work?!?!! I LOVED getting to see the beautiful campus, and the GIANT Greek houses. 

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ROLL TIDE

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Thanks for readying, y’all! Be sure to visit the Johanson Journey and link up as well! Happy New Year–we’re almost there!!!!

 

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2012 Review Extravaganza- Part 2!

For those of you who haven’t visited yet…I’m taking part in The Johanson Project‘s 2012 Reveiw Extravaganza. Each week in December, you take time to review three months of the past year. It’s been really helpful for me, as I have a tendency to be overly hard on myself and only look towards where I need to be in the future and how far I am from that. This helps me remember the little moments and how far I’ve come. If I can make it this far…I can definitely keep going =)

April

Does anything ever happen in April? April was a very social month for me, I guess you would say. Let’s see. I held a lot of odd-jobs in April that actually turned out to be really fun. I was a nanny for an adorable 5-year-old boy name Henrik, who never ceased to make me laugh with all his crazy costumes that he wore every day. Or when I told him we had to stop playing because I had lost my bracelet and we needed to go find it. He promptly stopped his dinasour roar, rolled onto his knees and moaned “This is not real life.” I agree, Henrik, I agree. He also made me play baseball…in a pencil skirt. My second odd-job was being an art model for the art department. At first I thought it would be hard…but I LOVED it. It gave me a chance to see something I hadn’t before, and to see the true dedication of the professor to their students (I am such a nerd, but I love that). Plus, a drawing of me sold for $200–not bad, not bad. I went to my last sorority formal and had a fabulous time.

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May

Oh May, it’s still rather difficult to speak about you–or believe you even happened at all. In the bittersweet fate that is Graduation, we were cruely ripped from our 4-year homes with all our friends and familiarity and thrown into the real world. Like I said, bittersweet. As much as I may complain, I am blessed to have gone to a college where I can be this sad about having to leave. Still…I can’t believe it happened. Fortunately, to cushion the sting of the blow, I got to fly immediatly to Idaho and be in my cousin Meg’s wedding! What an absolute blessing to be part of their big day. I can’t go on enough about how freaking cute it was. They got married outside of a barn in the Idaho foothills, and then the reception was inside. ADORABLE. I DIE JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. Thank you Meg, for letting me be part of it!

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June

I’ll get back to you on this one? 😉 I don’t think I did a whole lot besides read, lay in the sun and play with my niece. But really…is there anything better? I was exhausted from graduating, and your typical postgrad-frenzy hunting for a job as if it was the last thing I could do to keep me alive for another day. My friend Cade and I started volunteering for WAR International, an amazing place that helps women escape sexual slavery and learn a new trade or skill that will allow them to STAY out.

Well kids, that’s all for now! Check back soon….and start this project yourself! It truly is really rewarding. And it will keep your mind off the fact that Gossip Girl is ending forever in 4 days. Ahhhhhh =(