October Writing Challenge: Day 31

The word of the day is

Complete

Finally! My writing challenge has come to a close. Though I missed some days, I learned a lot by challenging myself. Writing isn’t easy, but making it a habit has allowed me to be more expressive. The word of the day also allowed me a perspective I previously didn’t make time for.

Another task I’ve completed? Learning a new program at work. I set a short term goal for myself and completed it. I’m proud of me, because the program has a steep learning curve, but with Lynda.com tutorials, Youtube vids, and Google, I did it. Now, my long term goal is to MASTER the program. I can and will do it!

Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!

October Writing Challenge: Day 30

The word of the day is

Champion

It’s true. The San Francisco Giants are the 2014 World Series Champions (also known as the 2010 & 2012 World Series Champions)!! After a humiliating loss in Game 6, my courageous Giants pulled off a W in the very last hour. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, the tenacity of this team, with all the baseball odds stacked against them, is admirable. In my opinion, that is what differentiates winners from champions.

Winners and champions both end up on top, but winners get there a different way. Maybe it’s luck, maybe it’s a bad call, or maybe it’s a rainy day. Whatever it is, winners don’t always win because they’re the best. Champions do. Champions win because they put their blood, sweat and tears into it. They dig their heels deep and hold onto hope. They have faith long enough to get them to the other side. I aspire to be a champion of life. Not by luck or chance, but by faith and perseverance. What about you?

October Writing Challenge: Day 29

The word of the day is

Time

Last night’s memorial service was so powerful for me. First we cried, then we laughed, but most importantly, we loved. We loved the person who passed away. As I sat there and witnessed the family’s sorrow and remarkable strength, I took away an important lesson that each and every speaker mentioned: time is everything.

The time is now. The time we spend with our loved ones, whether that be our family, our friends, or our pets, is so important. Because one thing is absolute: time will end for all of us. As morbid as that sounds, it’s actually great motivation. Don’t spend all your time working, struggling, wishing, worrying, thinking and planning. Yes, those are realistic parts of life, but never lose sight of precious time. Now is the only time that’s guaranteed. Spend it wisely :)

 

October Writing Challenge: Day 28

The word of the day is

Peace

My heart is heavy as I prepare to say goodbye to a friend’s mother later this evening. While I was tempted to label the word of the day “sadness” I opted for peace instead. My friend’s family has already suffered a terrible tragedy, and with the most recent loss, I can’t imagine their pain, which is why I wish them all peace. The kind of peace that is supernatural and all powering. It’s a peace no man can provide. I wish them and everyone who is hurting peace through these difficult times.

God bless the beautiful soul that has departed from this earthly realm.

Peace.

Why I’m Officially Over The Club

Clubbin NYC

Clubbin in NYC

I felt this day coming. I guess I wasn’t quite prepared for it.

I had an “experience” this past weekend as I celebrated a friend’s birthday at this popular club in the city. I’d been there many times before, and always had fun. The crowd was slightly rowdy, a fact that never used to matter. But now, with the S.O. by my side, it all felt sort of….overdone. It was like a filter had been removed and I saw every flaw. Even dancing wasn’t as fulfilling as it once was. I just wasn’t feelin it. But why!? What had changed? Could getting engaged really have made such a quick impact?

I spent Sunday mulling this over, and the truth remained. Gone are the days when I’d wild out for the sake of fun, or take shots to numb the pain of 4 inch heels. Being intoxicated in public just ain’t it. I can’t be irresponsible in that way. I have too much to lose: a significant other, a career, a family. Now, months away from my 30th birthday, I’ve gotten to THAT point many women speak of.

At 12:58am, I saw a girl lying  facedown in the women’s bathroom. Her friends tried to coax her to get up, but her dead weight indicated how successful that was going to be. Security ended up carrying her out the back door. She still couldn’t walk on her own.

It’s happened. I’m officially over the club.

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dueces to my club days