January 1, 2013
2013, let’s be friends

I made a little list this morning of all of my “new years resolutions”. Now, I’ve never really made resolutions in the past, I’ve always felt it to be pointless and pathetic, because it seems that by the time March rolls around we’re all back to our same old ways. Resolutions gone and forgotten about. But this year, I’m coming at it from a different perspective.

Looking back now, I realize that in past years (2012 specifically), I’ve gone into the new year with a skeptical attitude and negative outlook without even knowing it. This year is going to be different. I’m expecting big things from 2013 and you should too.

I’m finally in a place where not only do I WANT to be the best version of myself, but I’m in a place where I thrive. Where it’s actually possible. Where I’m excited to work harder, become more disciplined and lead by example. These are all challenging tasks, but by making my little list this morning, I gave myself permission to “shoot for the stars” I guess.

If you had told me a year from now that I would be where I am right now, back in Dallas, working full time for Madewell, living with my best friend (who just got ENGAGED) and excited about the future I don’t know if I would have believed you. 2012 was one of the most challenging years of my life, but I believe it was necessary for my growth as a person. Thats easy to say now, but I can’t tell you how many times this last year I told The Lord “There’s no way you can make this all worth it” and of course He proved me wrong. I met the greatest people in 2012, went on multiple adventures, spent time with my family, worked my butt off, and found a company I ENJOY working for. These are all great accomplishments, and I believe 2013 has even greater things in store.

Thanks for reading my serious New Years Day post. I promise I’ll be more consistent with this thing this year, most of 2012 was nothing I wanted to write about so that’s why my updates were few and far between.

Have a wonderful first day of 2013; be productive, go on an adventure, meet someone new, just do something exciting in general. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

July 20, 2012

These are real children.

July 11, 2012
Sister Sister

This is how we skipped class in 2008.

July 10, 2012
Long time no talk….


"Is this thing on???"
In the wake of anything possibly awkward, I always pull that one liner out of my back pocket. It’s never successful, but somehow I always find myself saying it and then am immediately embarrassed. These types of incidents happen frequently.

It’s been a while. I know. I know. I was gone for a long time guys, I’m so sorry for that. Life has been crazy, and I don’t see the point of going into it all, but I’m back now, and that is all that matters. Be comforted.

So, in a nutshell, I’ve been living with my parents in Charlotte, NC trying to figure out my life and what I want to do. I got the awesome opportunity to go to NYU for a month (I returned to NC about a week ago) and take some classes within the Clive Davis School of Recorded Music. That was as cool as it sounds. Seriously. My classes were great, I learned a lot, kept very busy with schoolwork, and lived in the beautiful city of New York for 3 weeks. I also met some great people. But I digress.

Being 24, and pretty much starting over is a scary thing. I think we trick ourselves into thinking our 20’s are so glamorous and fancy free, but no one really tells us that your 20s are basically the worst. Yeah sure, I’m single and I can “do whatever I want”…. but at the same time  I’m trying to figure out what exactly makes me tick, what I want to do the rest of my life, where I want to do it, and how to get the funds that will “make my dreams come true”.  OVERWHELMING.

I will say this concerning my 20s, I am finally confident in myself and who I am, and thats a relief. Walking around NYC for 3 weeks by myself definitely helped with this, it came at the perfect time in my life where I felt everything had been turned upside down, and I was able to successfully run away and be me. HAHA. That sounds ridiculous.

This is a bit more serious than my usual posts, but I thought I owed you guys at least something substantial. I’ll be funny next time. BTW- I’ve started recording all the ridiculous things I say/crazy things that happen to me so I can share it with you guys. If I’m serious about writing a book in the future, then I need to get started somewhere!

You’re all wonderful human beings.

December 22, 2011
The cover of my auto-biography. “I’m either dead or sleeping”.

The cover of my auto-biography. “I’m either dead or sleeping”.

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December 22, 2011

Welcome to my first post from my iPhone. Sorry for any spelling and punctuation errors that may occur with this post, these keyboards can be tricky.

Since last Saturday I have spent every day at the mall. No, not shopping, you know I don’t have any money! I’ve been selling gift cards. Sitting at a table, for hours, selling gift cards. This is my job. Until Christmas Eve anyways. It’s not exciting, it’s really boring, but I’m grateful. Even though I feel like I’m going crazy. I’m making money and that’s a good thing.

I’m in a surprisingly good mood today, I think because I spent my morning watching Late Night and I purchased Jimmy Fallon’s new Wake Up Call app, which was a worthy investment.

I’ll write a longer post in the near future detailing all of the amazing people I’ve watched during my time at the mall that will make you loose your mind with excitement.

Side note: to all those guys complaining about girls wearing leggings for pants, we know you’re just jealous because it will never be acceptable for you to wear leggings. Pants/jeans are some of the worst things ever invented and leggings are from Gods own hand. If you knew how comfortable these fake-pants were you would back off. I just know it. But girls everywhere need to be aware of the unwritten rule of leggings:

1.) Always wear a shirt long enough to cover your buttcheeks when wearing leggings.

I’ve seen lots of uncovered legging butts here at the mall and I have to say, not pretty. Too much.

Until next time, happy few days before Christmas everyone!

December 14, 2011

Don’t you worry, my faithful readers, I haven’t forgotten about you! Truthfully I DID forget about you for a week or two but thats neither here nor there…. I’m back again and ready to partAy (party with an extra A because I’m that excited).

Lately I’ve been busy working and babysitting while drinking lots of coffee because apparently my body ain’t what it used to be. Gross. I sound like someone’s depressed 38 yr old single cat-lady aunt. Forget I said that.
ANYWAYS, this last month has been really interesting… but boring at the same time. I’m being constantly reminded that the Lord never does what we expect of Him regardless of how we feel about the situation. He’s always pulling tricks out of His sleeves and they always seem to turn out better than anything I could ever personally plan. Imagine that. So I’m counting on that “better than anything I could ever personally plan” plan right now. TRUSTING. yowza.

Has anyone ever moved somewhere relatively unknown to them and thought “But how will I ever find friends as funny and weird as mine?? I’m sure there are no weirdos like me in _____, how am I going to be myself and make friends??” No? Just me? Okay. Well, thats currently how I’m feeling. Honestly, really, are weird funny girls who like bread, making ugly faces in the mirror, sweatpants, Nintendo Wii, and love the Lord in California? Well if not… there will be at least one as of February 1st (myself… in case you missed it)!
I know I’m overreacting, because really, did I ever expect to find my missing sisters when I moved to Texas 4.5 years ago? I definitely did not. So I’m sure Cali has some unexpected surprises for me. Since October I’ve been telling myself “Mary, the next year of your life is going to be super hard. Prepare yourself for lots of tears, money-less pockets, Skype sessions with your friends, and lots of alone time.” And while I was just trying to prepare myself for what I thought was to come, I was basically declaring a depressing year for myself… which results in a depressing year. My words are stronger than I realize and I’ve come to understand that speaking goodness and life over MY life will bring forth GOOD fruit. If I believe the “best is yet to come” and strive for it, it will!

I’m now believing that when I move to California… whenever that may be… the Lord will have everything fall into place because He has gone before me and ordered my ways.

HEYO!! Thats it for today guys, I have to babysit for some fun kids. I’ve had three cups of coffee today so maybe THEY’LL be babysitting ME. Just kidding.

You’re a star. Cidus Lipeedus! (My attempt at Zenon humor)

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November 16, 2011

You know how in my last post I mentioned that I wasn’t suffering from anxiety? Well, my circumstances have changed a bit…so… I’m fighting it. Honestly, I feel like such a joke half the time because my emotions/reactions/feelings change so quickly in each circumstance. I feel like the Lord is like “RELAX!!” and I’m all like “I’M GOING INSANE!” and He’s like “YOURE DOING THIS TO YOURSELF!” and I’m like “i know.” All that to say… thats that.

My purpose for this post actually wasn’t to go all stress-haywire (made that up. deal.with.it.), I actually just wanted to share some of my favorite blogs with all you readers out there (hi Mom). I figure if you enjoy my blog, you’ll probably enjoy these. So sit back, relax, and click away.

Will Work for Cupcakes- this is a blog masterminded by Tasia Holyfield. She and I decided to partner up together for this venture last January. Currently we are in hiatus because, well, both of us are moving to California and I just moved to North Carolina. 

The Girls With Glasses- Because who doesn’t love a girl in glasses?

Lauren Conrad- I adore LC. I mean, she’s always kept it so classy and looks great while doing it. 

The Beauty Department- Another Lauren Conrad blog. Here she teams up with Kristin Ess & Amy Nadine to bring you all things beauty. 

The Concerns of Mindy Kaling- We’ve been over this. You know I love some Mindy.

The Baby Bangs- Two of my closest gal-pals, Taylor Harrison and Ashley Blevins make up the Baby Bangs. They’re freakin hilarious and will soon be writing those SNL comedy sketches you love so much.

Hello Giggles- I’m really sorry if you haven’t gotten to look at this yet. Like, really sorry.

Promise Tangeman- One talented, fashionable lady.

I’m afraid I may have forgotten a few… but this is a good starter list. Take the time to check out all these blogs while your bored at work, that’s what I do!

November 10, 2011

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Here is my list of excuses why:

  1. I’ve been super busy.
  2. I just moved across the country.
  3. Currently my right eye is being all weird and irritated and stuff.

That last excuse on the list doesn’t really apply.

Anyways, here’s the update you’ve all been anxiously waiting for. I moved from Dallas, TX to Charlotte, NC and am living with my parents for the next few months. Exciting, right?
Well, it may not sound exciting, but it really is. It really is because I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m in the Lords will, and really, I think that’s pretty dang exciting. I’m expecting Him to surprise me during my time here with His faithfulness and His plans for me, because thats just the kind of guy He is and it’s what He loves to do- provide for His kids.

Currently I am job searching for holiday positions at restaurants and stores, I don’t feel anxious about this at all which is refreshing, because anxiety is my middle name. Just kidding, my middle name is Alexandra.

I’ve been spending a lot of time at my parents out of tune piano, pretending like I know what I’m doing. I’ve also been reading Mindy Kaling’s book, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" and laughing my head off because she’s just great. I love funny women. I think we’re all destined to be best friends with each other. Mindy, if you see this, text me and we’ll meet up when I move to California and people watch while secretly wishing we could steal all the chubby kids without going to jail.
Just Kidding.

So, that about sums it up. Nothing super exciting about this update, so sorry! But I’m not really.

Please keep my job search and sanity in your prayers as I begin this interestingly short season of my life. I know it’ll be a good one.

October 17, 2011

Well… if we want to be technical about it… it’s technically 19 days. 19 days and I’ll be done with you, Texas. This is what you would call bittersweet.

Bitter [bit-er] hard to bear; grievous; distressful
Sweet [sweet] pleasing to the ear; making a delicate, pleasant or agreeable sound
Bittersweet [bit-er-sweet] both pleasant and painful or regretful

In case you temporarily forgot what those words meant, I went ahead and went to Dictionary.com and looked em up for you. I know, I’m so selfless. 

Anyways, in 19 days my time in Texas is coming to a close. I’m so thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had and the friendships that I’ve made while living here, and I’ll never forget my time here. I’m leaving with lasting friendships and sisters. I’m pretty lucky. However, I do NOT want to throw a pity party, I’m simply showing appreciation where it is due. What I do want to do is to specify that I know I am also lucky to have this opportunity. I am lucky that the Lord would call me to make this move at 23 years old to California to be apart of transforming southern OC for the kingdom of God with a group of people I sincerely believe in. There it is. The blessed life looks different for everyone, but this is mine. And I’m excited to see what the Lord has up his sleeves next. I’ll never see it coming, thats for sure.

Short and sweet. Ya happy?

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