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My New Year’s Wish For You

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We are heading into the home stretch of 2016, guys.

It’s safe to say it’s been a year full of ups, full of downs and so many in betweens. I think this time of year and the angsty reflection that comes with it can prove to be a chance to give ourselves a much-needed pep talk. Think the booming voice of James Earl Jones reverberating from the sky each night, encouraging us to remember who we are. (Or maybe that’s just my Google maps telling I took a wrong turn. Again.) It’s a chance to remind ourselves of what we’ve loved about our lives and ourselves this past year, and to be okay with all the imperfections. To love them, even, because they’ve made us who we are, at this very moment, here and now.

It can also be a time to look forward at what’s to come. Between you and I, I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions, instead focusing more on improving an already greatly lived life. And y’all, I’ve lived a pretty damn great life thus far in my almost 30 years. But there are always things that I can improve on, do differently, figure out and try. That’s kind of the beauty of life though, isn’t it? It’s never too late to do or see or feel or experience.

My wish for you this new year is that you do just that.

In this new year, I hope you do things that challenge you.

That trip to Australia that you have been dying to take, that side job you know will push your limits or that coffee date with a loved one you haven’t seen in years. I hope you do things that frighten you, like kiss the person who makes your heart flutter, or send that risky text or reach out to an old friend and repair a broken relationship. It is in these hard moments that you grow the most, that you strengthen your heart, that you learn who you are and who you wish to become. So I hope you decide to challenge yourself in this new year. Your mind and your body are more powerful than you think.

In this new year, I hope you say yes.

Say yes to that date, say yes to that slice of chocolate cheesecake, say yes to that girls’ weekend in Las Vegas or the boys’ softball tournament in the city. Say yes to that new project at work. Say yes to something you never thought you would. Say yes to something that’s probably going to end up terribly, but is still worth it for the experience and the lessons. Say yes because yes gives you opportunities. Say yes because saying yes is infinitely better than wondering what could have happened.

In this new year, I hope you go after what you want.

Life is too short to wonder what could have been, or to waste time chasing the wrong things. If it’s a job you want or a person you love, if it’s a future you’ve believed in or a dream you’ve been craving, go after it, fully and completely. I hope this year is one for selfish pursuits and confidence. I hope that all that you take steps forward where you were hesitant. I hope you stop holding back.

In this new year, I hope you are fearless.

I hope you stop second-guessing and questioning your decisions. I hope you stop wondering ‘what if’ and playing it safe. I hope you always use your head, but I hope you follow your heart, too. I hope you learn that fear is holding you back from who you could be, and you don’t allow it to anymore.

In this new year, I hope you smile.

I hope you find reasons to be happy, big or small, and carry those with you wherever you go. I hope you stop worrying about things you can’t control or people you can’t change. I hope you speak words of kindness to yourself and to others. In this new year, I hope you’re happier.

In this new year, I hope you live louder.

I hope you laugh more. I hope you sing at the top of your lungs. I hope you drive with the windows down and let the wind rustle through your hair. I hope you hug. I hope you kiss. I hope you surround yourself with people who make you feel alive. I hope you become the type of person that brings good energy wherever you go, and the type of person people want to be around. I hope you speak what’s on your mind, that you raise your voice for injustice, that you tell others that you love them, instead of waiting until it’s too late. I hope you live louder, shine brighter. This is your year.

If I’ve learned anything this past year (besides finally figuring out how to fold a fitted sheet), it’s that we shouldn’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown, try, fail, make mistakes. Let life surprise you!

Cheers my friends, to an incredible and unforgettable 2017!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!! So sorry for the lack in posts but I decided to take a brief break-a-roo from the ‘ol blog to spend as much time as I could with my family and friends.

BUT I’M BACK 🙂

I had such an incredible time over my holiday break.

I laughed too hard, ate too much and got into quite the shenanigans.

But that’s what life is all about, no? Especially when you’re surrounded by those who love and know you the best.

Here is just a small, itty-bitty glimpse into what went down over the past few weeks, Insta-style 🙂

Sister-sister :)

Sister-sister 🙂

The rents. Aren't they the cutest?!

The rents. Aren’t they the cutest?!

Snuggles with the pup are the best snuggles.

Snuggles with the pup are the best snuggles.

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Christmas with my crazy amazing family is always, well, crazy and amazing ;)

Christmas with my crazy amazing family is always, well, crazy and amazing 😉

The lil' sis really does know how to do Christmas presents. Does this not scream, "WENDI!!!!!" ?

The lil’ sis really does know how to do Christmas presents. Does this not scream, “WENDI!!!!!” ?

Okay. This is my last tattoo. I swear. At least I think it's my last one. For now. Maybe. #smile

Okay. This is my last tattoo. I swear. At least I think it’s my last one. For now. Maybe. #smile

I did A LOT of this. Like, A LOT!!!

I did A LOT of this. Like, A LOT!!!

Just ALL the Christmas movies.

Just ALL the Christmas movies.

Here’s to a great end and an even better beginning! Happy 2015 everyone! 🙂

Things I’ve learned (or were minded of) in 2014

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As 2015 gets ever so near (how is that even possible?! I just got used to writing 2014 on everything!), I thought it would be nice to take a hot minute to stop and reflect on some of the things I have learned and were reminded of this year. Looking back on the last 365ish days or so, I can’t help but be amazed at everything that has happened in my life, everything that I got to experience, places I got to go, people I was fortunate enough to meet and memories I was lucky to have made.

Here’s the 10-second Tom version of what’s gone down so far…

I completed grad school and finally, FINALLY got my Master’s Degree, moved across the country, got a new job, settled into a smashing new apartment (if I do say so myself), published a book (WHAT?! Still trying to wrap my head around that one), became a contributor for HelloGiggles (WHAT?! Still trying to wrap my head around that one as well!), joined an amazing new church, met some incredible new friends and reconnected with old ones. I’ve shared a million laughs, shed a few tears and gave a lot of hugs. Phew. Is that all?

This past year, I’ve also learned and have been reminded of just a few things in particular….

1. Nothing is ever completely as it seems. (I think in today’s age of social media, it’s even more important to remind ourselves of this on the regular.)

2. Always, always remember to take the cardboard out from under your DiGiorno before you stick it in the oven. Not that I know from experience or anything…

3. There is so much good in this world. The news and the media can sometimes make it a little difficult to find, but my goodness, once you start looking for it, you’ll see it everywhere.

4. Friendships are fluid. They change and take on different shapes and meanings, and that’s okay. It’s so wonderful to let old friends back in, and it really is okay to let the unhealthy ones go.

5. There will never again be music like 90s music. Sorry, 2014.

6. The size of your body, the clothes your wear, and the amount of makeup you have on (or don’t) does not determine your self-worth (like, it really, really doesn’t.)

7. Abandoning the “should mentality” is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

8. As George Michael so iconically put it, “You’ve got to have faith [faith, faith.]

9. Sometimes being a Milwaukee Brewers fan is hard. But I have a feeling 2015 is going to be our year. (Like I said, you’ve got to have faith [faith, faith.]

10. Adopting “F the Bullfunky” as one of my life mottos has served me well this past year. Life is way too short to sweat the small stuff.

11. I’ll never be cool. And I’m 110% okay with that.

12. Going after your dreams takes work. It’s hard. Like, the hardest. But you can’t stop. You can’t give up. (Again with the faith thing.)

13. I want to be BFF’s with Jimmy Fallon. And Emma Stone. Can my people talk to their people and make that happen?

14. Make sure you understand the basic principles of personal finance (I may have fallen asleep while it was being explained to me, but I finally know about–and have my very own–401K plan. I’m getting so old, guys.)

15. There is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone.

16. It’s scary, and often difficult, to admit when you’re ready to make a major life change.

17. Dating is ALL of the worst. But it’s also kind of ALL of the best. How can that be?!

18. It’s important to surround yourself with positive, passionate people.

19. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

20. Try not to take life–or yourself–too seriously.

21. Nothing is coincidence.

22. it’s critical to pull your head out of your arse and listen to what God and/or the Universe are telling you. (See #21)

23. Never, ever apologize for being a “heart thinker.”

24. Forgive.

25. Make a point everyday to have a positive impact on someone else. It can be as simple as saying hello, holding the door open for them, or sharing a smile. You never know how these simplest of actions can turn someone’s day around and make them feel loved/appreciated.

26. Make a point everyday to give thanks.

27. Write love notes.

28. Give compliments. Accept compliments.

29. Encourage and uplift others.

30. And lastly, I think the most important thing I have learned this year is that there is still so much left to learn.

I’ve been so extremely blessed this past year and can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next! Here’s to finishing off 2014 with a bang!

Question of the day: What are some things you learned this year?!

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13 Things I Learned in 2013

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Happy New Years eve eve everybody!

It’s so hard to believe, but this year is already coming to a close. I’m going to sound a bit like my grandma here, but each year really does go by faster than the previous one. It seems like just yesterday that I was ringing in 2013 watching the ball drop with some of my nearest and dearest by my side, raising a glass to the past and a cheers to the future.

On the precipice of each new year, I always like to take a second and reflect on what this year has brought–the things I got to experience, the people I got to meet, the fun I had, and of course the lessons I learned along the way.

This year was a Chex Mix bag full of mostly good, great, and exciting times, with a handful of trying, hard, and stressful times thrown in. I made some new friends, I looked fear in the face on more than one occasion, and I fell on my bum, literally and figuratively. I went on some pretty incredible trips, I lived the young librarian dream as an intern at the Milwaukee Public Library, and even jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.

I also lost someone very close to me this past April, and dealt with some very difficult family issues. But, as the year is coming to a close, I’m so very grateful that everyone is doing well; that they are healthy, strong, and happy.  It’s true what they say: trying times really bring people together. I learned how important it is to take advantage of every moment, each and every single moment, you have with people. Relish each laugh, cherish each hug, and let the ones you love know how much you mean to them as often as you can.

I also learned these 13 things:

1.  I truly have the best friends and family in the world Universe. I am one lucky gal. The never-ending smiles, belly laughs, overwhelming support and unyielding love that I receive from them on a daily basis is truly indescribable.

2. You should say YES to new things, even if they may seem terrifying at first. I used to be afraid to take chances, to step out of my comfort zone and “just do it” but I have learned, more heavily this year than any other, that the only things I should be afraid of are the missed opportunities, the experiences I will never be apart of if I allow fear to hold me back.

3. There are at least 33 things that make me incredibly happy. Some of these things include but are not limited to pandas, peanut butter anything, and videos of pandas eating peanut butter anything.

4. It’s okay to put yourself out there. When it comes to the dating front, I am not necessarily an expert. In fact, I could probably write a book on the many, many terrible, no good, rotten, and often hilariously funny first (and second) dates that I have had within the last year alone. But one thing that I have learned is that it’s okay to out yourself out there, to do the hair flip thing, smile, walk up to that cute guy by the bar (or in my case, the book shelf at Barnes & Noble) and say hi. Don’t give up because you may have had a few bad seeds. Like my dad always told me, “there are plenty of bass in the lake. Sometimes you just have to cast a few lines before you get a keeper.”

5. I have THE best dog. Like, ever. ‘Nuff said.

6. J.K Rowling should totally hire me pronto. I have, like, SO many ideas for the next HP book(s) and they’re 110% perfectly flawless in every way. Get at me, girl. Let’s DO THIS! Let’s give me the world what they so desperately need and want!

7. Gas station hot dogs are never a good idea. Ever.

8. Prayer is powerful. It’s not something I’ve necessarily learned this year, but something that I think is very important, something that I always come back to. When I’m faced with challenges and obstacles, when I start to question things or start to feel lost in any way, I turn to Him. When I have reason to celebrate, when I feel blessed and happy beyond measure, I turn to Him. Taking moments out of each day to talk with the Lord has definitely given me strength and I encourage you to try it. The good thing about prayer is that He will never put you on hold or ask you to leave a message at the beep. He’s always willing and ready…if you are.

9. The Brewers ARE going to the World Series in 2014. Don’t ask me how I know this, but I do.

10. Achieving the whole bed-head chic look on purpose is almost nearly impossible. Unless of course you just happen to wake up looking fabulous with no where to go. Then. Then it happens. Of course.

11. I’m almost 27 but I still can rock a pair of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle socks and color a wicked Hello Kitty activity book like no body’s business.

12. I thought I could get into the whole kale craze that took over this year. Nope. Just nope. But hey, feel free to give me a cronut any day of the week.

13. Apparently my car windows are NOT tinted as dark as I previously thought. I really wish I would’ve know that before I proceeded to do a full-on hip-popping, booty-shaking Beyonce-inspired rendition of “All the Single Ladies” in the parking lot at work.

I hope you all had a wonderful 2013.

Hopefully you had a lot of fun, met some great people, faced some fears, overcame some challenges, learned some things…and did not eat any hot dogs from your local Quickie Mart.

Here’s to an even better 2014, friends!

My New Year’s Wish

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As we approach the end of 2012 and embark on a new year, a fresh start, a grand beginning, I have one final parting thought for all of you….

Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself.

New Years to many is the prelude to second chances, new beginnings and fresh starts. If you think about it, that is what life is all about isn’t. But why wait until December 31st of  every year’s end to challenge yourself to new experiences, opportunities and goals? In the same respect, why pressure yourself to do things that you don’t think you are ready for or even need to do?

Instead of focusing on the negatives, think of the positives; all of the exciting things, wonderful things, things that will make you happy and fulfilled in the new year to come. And once you have thought of those things, go after them! Don’t hold back! But most importantly, DO NOT feel badly if you don’t accomplish them right away or even at all.

The major lesson that I have learned this year is that when you are ready to do something, when God is ready for you do do something, you will. It took me nearly ten years of my life, 10 YEARS, to finally be “ready” to kick my roommate, my eating disorder to the curb once and for all. I struggled for so long, fought and battled and raged war on ED, often feeling defeated or even hopeless that the day when I would be healthy and happy and ED-free would ever come.

But you know what?

That day came!

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2012 was a year of victory, of accomplishment, of triumph and opportunity. It was a year that I kicked some serious ED ass (pardon my French). It was a year that I finally began to live. I took off my foggy glasses, tore the chains from my hands and lifted that ginormous boulder from the top of my shoulders. It wasn’t easy by any means; in fact, it probably was one of the hardest years of my life, but it was because of that struggle, that fight and that war that I am where I am today, this December 31st, 2012 a whole new gal!551502_876808678072_1414670172_n

A gal who isn’t afraid to go to town on a giant burger and fries.

A gal who doesn’t stress about the size of her pants.

A gal who appreciates every waking moment for what it is, not what it could be or was.545493_963375916632_828531675_n

In this thing called life, there are no definite rules; we can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of. And if by some chance you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again until you do.

Happy New Year friends!

Let’s make it great!

No, let’s make it the greatest!

Thank you to all of you, my dearest friends and family for being my rocks, my inspirations, my hope and my strength. This year wouldn’t have been what it was without all of you!!

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