Fall In Love With 36 Questions

So if you don’t already know I have a serious blogger crush on Hallie over at  Corals + Cognacs. I read her blog religiously and let me tell you if you haven’t read it before well you will love her afterward.
Funny I mention love because Hallie wrote a post on Wednesday about how you can fall in love with anyone after answering a simple 36 questions. If you check out her post, she answered some of the questions on the list in true Hallie humor fashion (told you, serious blogger crush) and then invited fellow bloggers and readers to do the same. 

The article is based on mutual vulnerability and how being completely open can create a level of intimacy. So instead of the already scheduled post, I decided to slip this one in today. Let’s see if this works out…will we fall in love? 😉 

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? My great-grandmother Me-Me. She was my best friend for 9.5 years and I would like her to see me as an adult and give me advice…she always had the best advice. 

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?  It depends, work call, yes because it is usually a conversation I need to have down pat, but otherwise no or I would over think it and just get tongue tied. 

For what in your life do you feel most grateful? My relationships with my friends and family. They are biggest cheerleaders, my constant moral compass and the people who ground me when I need it. 

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be? I wish I was less uptight. I always envy those who can go with the flow when things don’t go as planned but I am currently not one of them. I am a planner and I want things to go as planned. 

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? If I was going to get married and when. It is hard for me to say this but I fear that I won’t ever find the person I am supposed to spend the rest of my life with. 
Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?  I want to go abroad and work with women and children to show that they too have a voice and right to be heard. I believe this world would be a better place if more women spoke up. 

How do you feel about your relationship with your mother? I am lucky to have a mom and a step-mom. I get told I am like both of them and that is the biggest compliment I could get. 

When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself? The last time I cried in front of another person was on Jan 3 while watching The Hobbit. By myself was right now as I type this and watching Scorpion’s Christmas episode. 

If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet? Gratitude. While I know the people in my life know how thankful I am for everything they do for me, I do not think I express it enough. 

Tell your partner something that you like about them already. I like that so far those who have commented have been kind. As a new blogger, I am terrified of that first comment that screams hatred so I like your kindness. 

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why? My external hard drive. It has all of my pictures and files that I treasure. 


Would you like to be famous? In what way? Yes, I want to be famous in a way that inspires others to help those less fortunate. 

Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible. I was born on November 3. My great grandma, Me-Me, kept me after my mom had to go back to work. My parents divorced when I was five and I lived with my mom until I was 12. We moved around a lot and I grew up pretty quickly. I won’t say that my parents didn’t put me in the middle because they did, but I hope in hindsight they realize the tole it took on me as a child and person. My little sister was born when I was 9.5 years old. I didn’t want her at first but grew to love her. I moved to Michigan when I was 12 and lived there for a month before coming to visit my dad for Christmas and he told me he filed for custody. I definitely went through a mom/daughter struggle in my later teens. I lived with my dad and Teresa until my sophomore year of college when I moved on campus at Young Harris College, one mile from my house. I joined a local sorority and met some of my best friends. I also played golf at YHC. After graduating from YHC, I moved to Athens and eventually graduated from UGA. I got a job in Charlotte and moved there knowing absolutely know one. I lived with a wonderful roommate who has become one of my best friends and introduced me to my current employers. After working for them for 1.5 years, they asked me to move to Mobile and handle our bank relationships. 

Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life. I was out with some friends and we were dancing. I started dropping low and then all of sudden I lost my balance and fell on my butt. There was probably a good 25 people who saw my fall…I wish I could say I was graceful but truth is I trip and fall  A LOT! 

Purple Waves

 
This past weekend I went to Navarre, Florida to visit family. It is such a great place to visit and I am glad my grandma is moving there soon. It isn’t overly populated, touristy is not a word I would use to describe it and you can bet that you won’t find building after building along the beach. All of this is what makes Navarre a great place to visit.
 
 
Carigan (similar) | Shirt (similar) | Leggings | Boots (similar) | Necklace (similar) | Bracelet | Watch
 
 
My sister and I went down to check out the beach and of course take pictures. I am  not a beach person, at least not in summer, but Janaury at the beach now we are talking. It was chilly but not cold, there wasn’t many people there and the gray day made the beach seem like it had a bleached filter over it. It was beautiful!!
 
 
I will say the one thing to never spend 25 minutes on is curling your hair. After being at the beach my hair looked a hot mess but thankfully they stayed for the pictures.
 
 
These boots have been a staple for a few years now and I am thinking I may have to invest in a new pair for next fall/winter but for now they remain one of my best sale finds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


No Spend January

Well guys, I did what I always tell myself I won’t do each Christmas; I spent way more money than I planned. I bought everyone exactly what I wanted to buy them BUT I didn’t stop there, I decided I needed some things as well. I can talk myself into almost anything, especially it comes in a pretty package….I am such a sucker. 😉
So what does this mean for January? Well it means that unless it is an actual necessity I can’t buy anything. This includes using gift cards to make a purchase. I need to learn to say no, so what better way to start off the year than by budgeting. The bigger picture reason for this is that I have a few friends getting married this year and with showers, gifts and traveling I need to save all the money I can.
My other big focus for saving money is my 28thbirthday. I know, I know my birthday isn’t until November but guys I am a planner and I LOVE my birthday so…..I already picked out the place…NAPA VALLEY. I sometimes change my mind so don’t hold me to it but I will definitely be traveling somewhere.
So what that means I can spend money on is groceries, gas and any toiletries I run out of (which is highly unlikely).
Anyone else cutting back for the month of January? Any tips for keeping strong when you want to try a new product or see a good sale?
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Focus…

If you read my last post, then you know that living a healthier lifestyle is a top priority for me this year and the years to come. So for a Christmas present to myself I purchased Focus T25 from Beachbody. Before I go in to why I chose this program, let me tell you a little bit about how I got to this place. 
I have struggled with weight pretty much my whole life. After college, I moved in with someone who I met the day before and quickly learned she was quite health conscious. Good news for me is that her healthy habits started to rub off on me and so I started training for a half marathon. I was making smart meal choices, running and really sticking to my goals. In April about three months before my half marathon I got an awful pain in my right knee. Fun Fact: I tore my ACL once in middle school and then again in high school. After a week of my knee not getting better I went to the doctor and he told me what I was dreading…that I would need knee surgery in order to remove more of my meniscus that was trapped between the bones in my knee. After surgery he told me that running was no longer an option and my heart broke. 
Fast forward a few years and I haven’t really committed to a healthy lifestyle since then. So what better time to start than the new year. Thanks to some guidance and group challenge put together by one of my favorite bloggers Marion I chose Focus T25 to help get me to a happy and healthy place. 
For me it was a no brainer, no equipment is required at least in the Alpha phase and since I travel every other week, I could always just pack these DVDs with me. Oh and of course the best party it is only TWENTY FIVE minutes. I mean seriously who says no to less than 30 minutes for a workout. 
You get the Alpha and Beta phase DVDs, a bonus stretch DVD, a nutrition guide, 5 Day Fast Track and a Quick Start Guide. You also get a resistance band which you don’t use in the Alpha phase. 
So far I am loving the workouts and am amazed and how much can be packed into 25 minutes. As I continue with this workout I keep you updated on my thoughts and results. So here is to a new year and a healthier version of me. 

New Year…New Goals

I have to confess something….I am one of THOSE people. As 2014 came to an end and 2015 started I reflected on the past year and all the ups and downs I have gone though and what I wanted to accomplish in 2015. So I thought well maybe you guys wanted to know what I want to accomplish in 2015.
1.   Live A Healthier Lifestyle
In past years I have always started the year off with I want to lose ___ pounds or I want to follow ____ eating regimen. This year I decided I just want to make healthier choices on a daily basis and not set a certain weight to reach or a certain food plan to follow. I did purchase Focus T25 from Beachbody, which will allow me to workout on work travels (which happen a lot) and doesn’t require equipment.
2.   Take More Photos
I am such a bad picture taker guys. Partly because I don’t want to tote around a camera and the other part because I tell myself it is better to live in the moment and really absorb it. The last statement is a good reason BUT I also want memories to keep and so 2015 will be the year of pictures!
3.   Explore Locally
I haven’t truly embraced local finds in Mobile so my goal for 2015 is to find fun local gems in Mobile and anywhere else I might live in 2015.

4.   Learn Needs vs Wants
Am I the only one here who constantly says I want this or I want that? Well I hope not but I also hope we can join together in 2015 and learn to realize we don’t NEED half of what we want and learn to love what we already have.
5.  Less Comparing
I am an avid blog reader and vlog watcher. Overtime I have realized the comparison issue it has brought about in me so this year I vow to compare myself less to the lives that I see on blogs and vlogs (because we all know that isn’t 100% their life). I will give a few more details on how I plan to do this at the end of the month (hint: it involves Lent).
6. Become A Morning Person
I am a night owl…END OF STORY! However the older I get the more I really want to be a morning person. I tend to stay up late and sleep until the last possible minute and that creates stress for me in the morning. So I plan to take the year to get that routine in gear.

7.  Blog More
I started this blog for fun and I quit due to some personal conflicts I was having but I vow this year to blog because I want to and it makes me happy. 
Do you set goals or make resolutions for the new year? If so, let me know 1 or 2 of yours.

101 in 1001 Update

Well what better way to welcome myself back to this blog than to give you guys an update on my 101 things in 1001 days. I am excited to report I have marked  few more off my list and look forward to marking some more off over the next few months. 
Since moving to Mobile, New Orleans has been on the top of my list and for my birthday this year, I decided it was the perfect destination. I was lucky enough to spend my 27th year in the beautiful city of New Orleans and cross off an item on my 101 list. While in New Orleans we ate delicious food, of course we visited Cafe Beignet, and the highlight of my weekend was meeting Manny Montana live and in person. If you don’t watch Graceland on USA then you need to. 
After my trip to New Orleans I had two days before I hopped on a plane to San Diego, insert crossing off item number 58, Packing in under 45 minutes. Between work and laundry I didn’t have time before Tuesday to pack so about 45 minutes before I had to be at the airport I packed up my suitcase. It was a super proud moment. 
While visiting Christine in Missouri we decided to cross another item off my list and make macarons. It was a great weekend with an amazing friend. I will give you one piece of advice for Macarons…don’t convert to US measurements. 🙂 
I have started on list of reading new books. So far I have two down, In Defense of Food and The Fault in Our Stars. 
I am 1/3 of the way to owning a nice set of luggage. I have been traveling a lot for both work and pleasure and so I decided it was time to invest in a good medium sized suitcase. My roommate was thankful too, since I had been using hers. I decided on a Samsonite, this one, in blue. I plan to purchase the carry-on next and then contemplating between the largest suitcase or the garment bag. 
Final list item checked off is due to my lovely friend Dusti, she sent me a beautiful gold address book that I just adore. I have already filled it with as many addresses as I could. It is such a thoughtful surprise. 

Friday Fancies

 
Seriously swooning over this closest/office combo.
 
Why can’t every ride in the New York Subway be this awesome?
 
If you live in Georgia, please run here now!
 
Such a wonderful concept. I want to stop in and grab a meal.
 
In honor of college football starting up, here is a seriously upstanding and honorable player I am happy to say plays for my Alma Mater!! Go Dawgs!

Take some sound shoe advice from a blogger who has a closet full of lust worthy shoes.

An instagram account that will make you start daydreaming of traveling.

Maybe one day I can have my table set with some of these pretties.

Alright loves it is officially Friday and I am looking forward to a long weekend. I hope to explore Mobile some and perhaps travel to the beach or New Orleans for a day. What are you guys doing for Labor Day? Whatever it is have a fun and safe time.

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