Friday Favorites

There are many things on the way to Friday that are worth celebrating – some big, some little – and they deserve their own time. I’m taking some time again this week to highlight some of my favorite things and to be thankful for more than just the fact that it’s Friday.

This week, some of my favorite things were:

  • The sun shining through the cold weather to make a bitter day just a little better
  • Layers and layers of warm clothes and thick (but fun!) socks to keep you warm
  • A car that runs with a heater that works!
  • Health insurance that allows me to make regular visits to the doctor, just to make sure everything is ok.
  • Quiet mornings at Starbucks savoring a scone and a hot beverage before going into work
  • The opportunity to pursue new skills and opportunities with good friends
  • Old-fashioned written correspondence and learning new things about your grandparents. These letters are valuable to me know; imagine how much more they will be worth someday when they’re not here?
  • Pushing through the doubt and voices in my head that say my dreams aren’t realistic to take steps toward making them come true anyway. And knowing that just two years ago, I would have let them win. That’s a little victory worth celebrating right there!
  • Letting myself take a step back and adjust to all the changes professionally and realizing that I’ve been given a great opportunity to learn as much as possible and to expand my own ways of thinking.
  • Libraries! What would life be like without the ability to borrow books? And that’s not even considering the fact that I get paid to be at one three days a week… Do you have any idea the things you books you get to see and consider when working at a library that you have no idea existed when you’re just a patron?
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Friday Favorites

There are many things on the way to Friday that are worth celebrating – some big, some little – and they deserve their own time. I’m taking some time again this week to highlight some of my favorite things and to be thankful for more than just the fact that it’s Friday.

This week, some of my favorite things were:

  • Unexpected but enjoyable debates with Starbucks baristas about Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games books.
  • Fun meetings with friends to discuss new creative endeavors.
  • A good cup of tea after a rough day.
  • Remembering that God is in control, even in the midst of a week where everything seems to be spinning out of control.

Friday Favorites

There are many things on the way to Friday that are worth celebrating – some big, some little – and they deserve their own time. I’m taking some time again this week to highlight some of my favorite things and to be thankful for more than just the fact that it’s Friday.

This week, some of my favorite things were:

  • Encouraging late night conversations with the roommate. I’m going to miss those!
  • The successful execution of a big company event. There were a few hitches, but the energy was good and people had a great time. A job well done!
  • Wedding dress shopping!! What a fun experience to watch my roommate try on and find her dress.
  • Getting to know a coworker better.
  • Discovering a great podcast about history which keeps my mind engaged while working at the library.
  • Talking to my sister!

Friday Favorites

There are many things on the way to Friday that are worth celebrating – some big, some little – and they deserve their own time. I’m taking some time again this week to highlight some of my favorite things and to be thankful for more than just the fact that it’s Friday.

This week, some of my favorite things were:

  • Hanging out with good friends and discovering new and humorous videos on YouTube. Plus brainstorming about possible vlog topics. Perhaps a video post is in the future?
  • Serving at church with great friends who look out for your safety. Thank you to Martha for letting me follow her home when the roads were bad!
  • Electricity. Having the power go out when it’s -30 degrees outside is not a good thing.
  • Taking control of my IRA and learning more about investing! It’s going to be a good year.
  • Lunch dates with coworkers
  • After six years of combining Christmas decorations, my roommate and I had to separate them in preparation for moving into different places this year. There are many other things that we need to go through, but the Christmas decorations were the first. Last night was both sad and exciting as we look forward to our futures but remember the great memories we’ve shared.
  • Quiet mornings spent with Janet, my wonderful mentor. She consistently encourages and quietly challenges me to be better, to focus on what is actually important in life.

Friday Favorites

There are many things on the way to Friday that are worth celebrating – some big, some little – and they deserve their own time. I’m taking some time again this week to highlight some of my favorite things and to be thankful for more than just the fact that it’s Friday.

Welcome to 2014! This week, some of my favorite things have been:

  • Extensive shopping with my mom, including the purchase of a Diane Von Furstenberg dress. One more thing to cross off my bucket list!
  • Golfing with my step dad. His patience with my ineptitude was wonderful! We only played nine holes on a par-3 course, but I’m happy with my 41. 🙂
  • A GREAT New Year’s Eve surrounded by wonderful friends!
  • Discovering the Lizzie Bennet Diaries… why didn’t anyone tell me about these sooner??
  • Related to the above: staying out until 4:00am watching nearly all of the LBD episodes with a great friend. Awesome memories!
  • Visiting wedding venues and helping my roommate make a decision on her wedding location. November 2014, here we come!

Looking Back on 2013

It’s always interesting to look back over a period of time to see where you are compared to where you thought you would be or even where you would like to be.

Right now, I am sitting in a Starbucks in San Diego surrounded by others with computers, sipping an Earl Grey latte and blogging. In my dreams, it would be a normal occurrence and not just a stop on my way to the airport to go back to Chicago!

But I don’t mean this quite so literally. Last year I commented on the new start that the New Year brings and how it prompts us to turn over a new leaf and make new goals. It was interesting to read through last year’s post since I haven’t stuck with any of goals I had for myself last year.

However, they did remain themes in my life for 2013.

Faith: time with God wasn’t as regular as I would have liked, but it was a huge improvement from 2012. Reading Jesus Calling nearly every day helped me to start my days off right. And although I am still not in a regular habit of spending one on one time with God, he has taught me so much this year. So although it didn’t look quite as I expected this year, I am happy with the progress I made.

Fitness: well, I started off well with eating right but that didn’t last either. But again, improvements have been made from where I was. And 2014 will be a second chance: starting on Wednesday, my roommate and I are going to strive for a Real Food diet in January. Of course, Bar Method didn’t figure into my plans at all since I started that in May. This has continued to be an important part of my life, sometimes more frequently than others. I did have the pleasure and privilege of taking a class at Bar Method Point Loma while in San Diego on vacation. What fun! So again, this didn’t look quite like what I expected but improvement was made over 2012.

Blogging: hahaha! Well, I did set myself a lofty goal. Not sure I’m going to even try for this year! Completing NaBloPoMo was a satisfying blogging achievement, one I hadn’t planned. I’m not going to set any kind of goal for myself here for 2014, but I would like to keep updating periodically. We’ll see how this goes!

There were other achievements in 2013 that weren’t planned for as well, such as paying off debt, getting a second (and third!) job, and, the largest and most satisfying, earning my PHR-CA! None of these made my published list for 2013 and were still important this year.

If I’ve learned anything from 2013, it’s that personal progress is more important than perfection. This is important, for me, as a perfectionist, to realize. While my achievements didn’t look the way I wanted them to for 2013, I am making strides toward the end I wanted. And I can be satisfied with that, without cutting myself down for not reaching the extremes I pictured in my head.

It’s nearly time for me to head to the airport. It’s been a great trip with many lessons and I’m sad to leave. But I’m looking forward to the rest of my week off of work and the opportunity to get 2014 off to a good start. Hopefully this flight will give me a chance to sit down and make some rough goals for 2014.

How do you feel about your year in review?

Friday Favorites

There are many things on the way to Friday that are worth celebrating – some big, some little – and they deserve their own time. I’m taking some time again this week to highlight some of my favorite things and to be thankful for more than just the fact that it’s Friday.

On this last Friday of 2013, some of my favorite things this week have been:

  • Turbulence on my flight to CA. Yes, I’m weird, but I sort of enjoy some turbulence. It’s like a roller coaster!
  • An amazing Sunday in San Diego which was my dream for how my Sundays might be when I move: Bar Method, church, and meeting someone for Starbucks in the afternoon. What a wonderful day!
  • The various people who have been supportive and encouraging of my plans and offered their suggestions.
  • Driving my step-dad’s SLK for the first time. It’s a really good thing I don’t own a car like that! I would have so many speeding tickets…
  • Spending Christmas Eve sitting outside in the sun reading in a tank top and capris.. That is how all Christmas Eves should be!
  • Great AT&T customer service.
  • Spending time with the parents hanging out, getting advice on my future, sharing interests, watching Mel Brooks movies and film noir.
  • Unseasonably warm weather in Palm Springs. Napping in the sun is underrated.