6.19.2012

{pretty} unchanging?

Whelp, so much for June being a month of accomplishments. So I wanted to give you all a quick update. I'm not moving to Madison anymore. I know. I'm disappointed and slightly heartbroken. But, my BFF and was-to-be-roommate got accepted to medical school! In Chicago!

When she told me the news, I knew I had two options. To move to Chicago with her, or to stay exactly where I am, and where I have been since graduating from college in 2008; in my hometown, at my parents' house, working at the same small print shop I've been working at since I moved back home. It may or may not come as a surprise to some of you that I chose the latter.

It took two weeks of intense soul searching {and stress} to come to this decision. While big city life in the Chi-town with my best friend sounded extremely exciting, I knew that I wasn't ready to call that place home.

I'm not sure what's going to happen with my life. I've been living the same one, day-in and day-out for the past four years. And all this time, I've felt a little like I've been waiting for something to happen. Something life changing, like making that decision to move, find my dream job, maybe even my dream man... I don't know if any of that will ever happen for me, but there is something that came from this entire experience. I now know {perhaps I always have} that life isn't about the job you have or the place you live in, it's about the people in it. This experience has made me realize and remember daily how lucky I am to be surrounded by the support and love of my family – namely that of my parents, who have allowed me to live with them well into my 20s.

While a piece of me still thinks I may have made the wrong choice – maybe my fears are getting in the way of my dreams? – I'm a full believer that we end up where we're supposed to be. Perhaps I'm about to embark on my life's journey after all. Or, perhaps my journey, the one meant only for me, has been unfolding all along.

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told my I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."  – John Lennon

{image via : my tumblr}

6.07.2012

I'm {pretty} needy

Here's the thing. I've had a bad week. Don't worry, it's nothing too terrible. It's been more of my state of mind. I'm not going to go too into it right now. I need more time to think things through myself before I plaster my uncensored thoughts on my blog for the world to read.

I did want to share with you, however, some things that are making me feel better right now. Some of these things are old, some of them are new. All of them are just what I needed.

Third Eye Blind. Don't judge me for this one. I once read that the bands and songs you listened to as adolescents stay with you through adulthood. It's been scientifically proven that our brains latch onto what shaped our lives at 14 and 15 years old and stay with us long into our adult lives.

If you're a 3EB fan, like me, you'll know that it takes years for them to release a new album. Because they're freaking perfectionists. They rework lyrics until there's nothing left to write. Each word is as well thought out as the plot of a novel. And the thing is, their lyrics don't even make any sense!

Until the day that they do.

Until the day that you blast your favorite Third Eye Blind songs in the car on your 40 minute drive to work because it's the only thing keeping you from completely breaking down. Suddenly there's a moment of clarity where, not only do the lyrics make perfect sense, but they're more relevant to your life that you could have ever imagined. And you remember that these same lyrics were there for you 12 years ago, and will be there for you forever.

Speaking of music, there's a line in Almost Famous that goes like this, "I always tell the girls, never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt; you never get hurt, you always have fun; and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends."

There are lines in Almost Famous that will always speak to me. To my soul. And as cliché as it sounds, I think that's what that movie is all about. The things that you grew up with and idolized making you who you are. You don't just forget things like that.

I think it was a year or two ago now that I made my two best friends sit down and watch Almost Famous. We watched it and we cried. And when it was over, we talked. We sat on my friend's living room floor and told each other everything we've never told each other before. Our fears, our secrets, how much we love each other {I'm not going to lie, there was wine involved}. The point is, we told each other everything best friends think goes without saying. And we cried some more. When I need a good cry, when I need to think things through, Almost Famous is always there for me, helping me do just that.

If you're still with me {I guess I'm really just writing this for myself at this point} there's one more thing that has helped tremendously in making this week bearable. Just as you can always go the record store {do they have those anymore?} and find your friends, the same has always been true for me when it comes to the library. My friends reside in the pages of books. One such friend is Charlie.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower movie trailer was released this week. And of course it includes the "infinite" line. That quote itself is infinite. When I'm feeling down I go back and read that passage in Perks. It's the page that's permanently dog-eared. I obviously know the emotional power that a good movie can bring. I couldn't be more excited for this one.

I lied, there's one more thing that's helped to relieve some of my stress this week... writing this blog post. With all the good in my life, is there really a reason to dwell on the bad? If you've read this entire post, or even if you haven't {what did you do, just skip to the last paragraph?}, I thank you for being here.

{images via : 1, 2, & 3}

6.05.2012

{pretty freebie} hey June

June. When did that happen? June marks the last month before I start making my move to Madison. I have a feeling it's going to go fast and I plan on making the most of it. Here's to having a great month.

And, for those of you wondering... no, I did not finish my May's Photo A Day Challenge. Does that surprise anyone? I genuinely tried. For at least a few days. Hey, I did make a desktop calendar for you all this month. June – a month for accomplishments.

2560 x 1440   •   1920 x 1280   •  1680 x 1050   •  1600 x 1200   •  1280 x 800   •  ipad   •  iphone

{via : Pretty {much} Art}

6.04.2012

a pretty grool weekend {get it?}

Whew. Well that was a nice little break from blogging. Hey June. Truth be told, I don't feel much like blogging now. But, since it's a Sunday night and I'm doing nothing but sitting here watching Mean Girls, I figured I do a little update. Here are some scenes from my weekend.

Can you believe my favorite sculpture from Juristic Park is of two gigantic birds? If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you may know of my fear of large birds. But these birds were beyond beautiful. If you're ever in Marshfield, Wisconsin, be sure to check out this art park.

Mmmm. Lemonade.

I didn't actually go to the movies, but I sat in front of the theatre for the Dairyfest parade. Yeah, Dairyfest. This is Wisconsin. The best part of the parade was seeing the UW marching band. I'm looking forward to seeing more of them once I move to Madison. Speaking of Madison, I told my boss I'm leaving. He appreciated the two month notice, but said he's sad to see me go. This week I'm sure he'll let the rest of my coworkers know. Which is scary, but at the same time makes me even more excited for my move.

Alright, I feel like I'm rambling. This movie that I've seen a million times is somehow distracting me. Four for you Glenn Coco! You go Glenn Coco! See you later lovelies.

{images via : my instagram}
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