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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On Wednesdays, We Confess

On Wednesdays we link up with Kathy and we confess. It's just what we do.

I confess...

I abuse my HOLLA privileges. I can't help it, I love it. I'm just like my girl Heather Thomson up in here.

I have been asleep by 10 o'clock every night since Sunday. I attribute this to extreme fatigue and the fact that I have not been talking to boys. I don't hate it.

I have a new TV show obsession, Turn on AMC. Is anybody else on this bandwagon yet or am I the only nerd totally obsessed with the Culper Ring?

I patted myself on the back on Sunday for ACTUALLY practicing grace. Long story, but a guy that the last time I saw him I was screaming and crying (and probably cussing) at him walked into my church Sunday for Easter. (spoiler alert: he's friends with Skye) My heart was absolutely racing when I saw him, but I walked over and hugged him and we had such a great convo. Not gonna lie, I was proud of myself for putting the past behind us and taking a step towards moving on. It's not an easy thing to do!

I love America, and if you do too then you'll love my American flag scarf that I'm rockin' today (Love my STS swag) #merica

And I got photo bombed by the sun... that's how you know it's gonna be a great day
Yesterday my girls and I thought it would be funny to try and figure out the number of dates I've gone on since I've been single... if you ever get the urge to try and do this (or to figure up how many boys you've kissed) just DON'T. It won't make you feel very good, but it is pretty funny. At least I can laugh at myself...

I have a sickness in the form of buying sports bras. I haven't worked out in WEEKS, but I bought 3 new sports bras on Saturday.

Happy Birthday to my sweet friend Katelyn today! She doesn't have a blog, but she reads mine and I love her so much!
Look how stinkin cute she is...and she loves America too :)
I could watch Bridesmaids over and over and over because really Annie's life is sadly parallel to mine. I could also spend hours looking at Bridesmaids gifs.
 
 That's enough confession for today, can't give away all my secrets! (wink, wink)

Happy Hump Day!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Currently - April Edition

Listening - John Mayer's version of Free Fallin' - I don't even really like him but I LOVE this.
 
Throwback Maroon 5 (thank you The Voice for reminding me that Adam has always been awesome)
 
Eating - How about trying not to? Before you get all worried about me and make sure I haven't developed some eating disorder, I'm still chubby have no fear. I'm just really really missing my old body so I am really working hard on eating healthier. 5am club is making a comeback!
 
 
Drinking - Zero water. Seriously it's the bane of my existence. Vanilla Diet Coke from Sonic is my most favorite right now. HOLLA for happy hour!
 
Reading - I just finished:
-Jesus Is ____ by Judah Smith. Best book I've read in the long time. He is hilarious and it's written very conversationally. He reminds me so much of my pastor.
-I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has by Mandy Hale. Single ladies - I know you've heard of this one. Worth a read. I can relate to so much of her story. I'll be doing a post on it soon.
-The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts.  I've read all of Nora's books - not her romance ones (GAG) and I always love a new trilogy from her.  
  
Feeling - Hopeful. I have several things going on right now that have really just weighed me down. Things that feel major. Things that aren't easy to just shake off. Things that will take time to heal. Even though I am a Christian, things can still get the best of me. But through my relationship with God, I know that I am never alone. And really all I have to do is be faithful. Each day he renews his grace to me, and if that ain't worth shaking off your troubles then I don't know what is.
 
 
Thankful. On a happy note, one of my good friends found out she's 11 weeks pregnant!! This is after a year long battle of trying so hard to make this dream of hers come true. I had even offered to carry a baby for her at one point. We have spent so much time praying for this baby and I can't wait to hold it!
 
Weather - Well yesterday was a random fluke of snow flurries and 40-something in an otherwise 60-70's kinda springy pattern. Today it's back to sunny so I think I will live. I got my first sunkissed cheeks & shoulders of the year last Saturday at my cousin's softball tournament. I'm ready to be tan!

Wanting - Let's just always assume that I want a vacay. A personal trainer would be awesome too. I don't ask for much.

This is actually somewhere I'm looking at going in October! AAAAHHHHH! It's in Nicaragua
Watching -  I did a little DVR clean up over the weekend - I deleted all my series recordings for HIMYM, I've seen them all and it's time to move on. RHONY is one of my current guilty pleasures, I love me some Heather & Sonja (Hate Aviva!!!)
Can I just say again how much fun it is to waste time looking up gifs??? I'm obviously easily entertained!
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

American Blogger - Your Story

Buckle up for a loooong post - consider yourself warned!
Have y'all seen this trailer for the American Blogger documentary? Take a minute to watch it and let's discuss...
  
If you're like me then you recognized some of these faces, and when you take a minute to look under the Meet the Bloggers tab, then you recognize even more of their names. Telling your story - your funny little day to day stories and your big life changing moments on your blog is such an important thing. People poke fun at bloggers, but they have no idea the friendships we form and how lasting they can be.
 
Blogging is hard to describe to people in your real life. I've told this story in some form before, but I had a friend who started a blog waaay back in 2006 because she was moving away. That was my introduction to blogging. It was a simple online journal of her journey. She had a couple girls that she connected with via the internet and I started to read their blogs too. I've always been a reader, but reading someone's first hand account of their life story seemed like such a cool concept to me. Then about 2011 I decided that maaaaybe I had a few stories in me to tell. I had no idea how to start, knew very little about HTML and it took me days to think up a name. But in it's own little way The Pink Growl was born. Through SITS girls and link ups, I began to meet girls, make connections and form friendships. We skyped, we emailed, we talked on the phone and sent each other gifts through the mail. It was a little strange, but at the same time fulfilling.
 
Not too long later, I got engaged. And my blog friends shared in my excitement. I had about 350 GFC readers at that point (give or take). I was caught up in a season of excitement and did posts about Our Love Story and wedding planning and really began to open up and share deeper parts of my story. My numbers began to grow because let's face it, girls love wedding talk. But I also ventured into talking about my mom being sick, and my mamaw passing away, my dad's by-pass surgery and other topics that I really just needed to blow off steam about. Then off a sudden in November 2012, my world fell apart when my engagement ended. My blog had grown into this portrait of a happy life as a future cop's wife, and now that identity no longer existed. I felt lost, not just in my day to day life, but in blog land as well. Where did I go from here? Most of the people I followed were in the same stages of life as I was and I couldn't bear to read about their wedding planning or marriages at that point. I did a breakup post, and was ready to shut this thing down.

Enter Kim, Cassie & Erin. These girls refused to allow to let me sink away into the darkness. They pursued me (for lack of a better word). They were relentless in sending messages of hope, love packages, and telling me their stories of struggle. Blogging is incredible y'all. You can doubt it all you want to, and that's fine. But these girls kept me going. I have tears welling up in my eyes right now just remembering how that felt to me. People in my real life were upset with me, choosing sides, saying hateful things about me and these girls were there to pick me back up - day after day. They were a source of strength for me at a time when I needed it most. I had my first blate with Kim & Cassie in Jan 2013, and the rest is history. I talk to them constantly. I've met their families, we've met each other's friends, they are a huge part of my life.

You find bloggers who inspire you and bloggers who are JUST LIKE you...ahem Manda! You "meet" girls who you have zero qualms about driving across states to hang out with. My dad still has a hard time with that concept...


My blog has since transformed into a place where I can tell you all the exciting things God is doing in my life, all my funny dating stories and throw out pictures of Luke Bryan until you are sick of seeing him (if that ever happens, we might not be friends anymore...). But my #1 goal is to keep it real. And real is NOT always an easy story to tell. Blogging has allowed me to document this life change - the good, the bad and the reeeeeally ugly - and it's pretty incredible to look back on. I'm kinda proud of myself honestly.

Basically what I'm trying to say is, I love blogging. Somehow you crazy people are interested enough in what I have to say to keep coming back every week. That's pretty awesome and I love you for it! So even when we feel like we aren't making a difference, we are. Even when we get stagnant and just do silly posts, people are still following our lives and reading our stories. TELL YOUR STORY!!

 
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Friday, April 4, 2014

32 Things That Make Me Happy - Linky

Linking up with my girl Sarah today for 32 Things That Make Me Happy -
let's keep it breezy on a Friday!
Venus Trapped in Mars

1. FRIDAYS!  Fridays are the first born child of the work week, and as the first born child in my family I can say those things.

2. Jesus. He's a pretty awesome dude.

3. French Fries. I'm chubby what do you expect?

4. Baseball season. hellllllllo baseball pants!

5. All things Real Housewives. I've tried to break this addiction (that's a lie, I've just tried to lessen it) but it ain't goin' no where!

6. Iced Coffee. Typical white girl status.

7. My baby brother - who will turn 24 in 2 weeks. Man I'm getting old!

8. A Workout That Makes Me Want to Die. Such a good feeling afterwards, not sure why I can't seem to remember that.

9. My iPhone. iPhone til I die.

10. Blog Friends. Seriously, y'all are the best. Probably better than some of my IRL friends honestly. Most supportive bunch of people eva!

11. Young Adult Books. Give me all your Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, Jodi Picoult, Lauren Oliver books. I'm a bandwagon jumper, what can I say? (also applies to TV shows, if people are talking about it, I gotta watch it)

12. Being Tan. Call me shallow if you will, but everyone looks better with some color.


13. Sports. I love em and won't apologize for it. Pretty much soccer is the only thing I don't watch. You know it's one of my THREE must haves that any boy I date loves sports like I do. Jesus, makes me laugh and sports. It's just a must. Bonus points if we like the same teams and the same sports talk hosts.
Just kidding, I want both :)
14. Cute Boys. DUH, not sure how many times I have to admit being boy crazy.

15. Pedicures. Got one yesterday - it's like I want to show my feet off to everyone now, which is oddly disgusting.

16. Not wearing socks.

17. Musicals. You know all Disney movies are musicals, right??

18. Hippos. I've always had a strange obsession with them.

19. Office Supplies.  

20. Bargains. I'm as cheap as they come.

21. 4th of July. My favorite holiday - combine sparklers, the lake and the love of America? Sign me up!

22. Patios. And we are definitely entering patio sittin' season!

23. Motivational Quotes. I can't help myself.

24. Verbal Encouragement. It's my love language.

25. Live Tweeting During Awards Shows.

26. All Things Southern. Comes with the territory.

27. History. I wanted to a history teacher for a long time. It's definitely something I am passionate about. I'm one of those nerds who wants to spend a vacay visiting Civil War Battlefields.

28. Hugs. I used to be a selective hugger, but now I want to hug everybody.

29. Yoga Pants. I'm not one of those girls who wants to be dressed up all the time. Yeah it's fun, but if I could wear yoga pants all day, erry day I would.

30. Walgreens. You would think it's my life's goal to spend my paycheck in that place.

31. East TN Happy Places. Norris Lake, the mountains, Neyland Stadium.

32. Lists. Like this one.

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