Adulting

Today was such an adult day.

When I arrived back to the airport after my winter break, I found my car’s battery was dead.

Okay, that’s fine, I thought. I called up some people and I got it jump started. Cool! I made my hour trek back home and along the way my radio kept turning on and off… That’s really weird.

I stop at my mailbox and see that my boyfriend had given me some meme shirts (so maybe it wasn’t that much of an adult day?).

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Once I got back in the car though it wouldn’t start and kept wining at me. That’s when I knew that those radio breaks where actually my car not being able to jive with the battery.

Also, I called my mom and she told me so.

By then, all the businesses where closed so I had to wait until today to actually do anything about it which was stressful in itself. For some reason, I’ve noticed that I tend to want to fix emergencies right away just to relieve the pressure. Oftentimes, it’s impossible though.

Once the tow truck service arrived the next day and I saw I didn’t get a ticket for where I parked, I was able to take a step back and I grabbed my Amy Poehler book and just accepted that the day was going to go one way and I had little control over it.

Luckily, it was the battery like expected so they were able to fix it the same day. I ended up paying a little over 300, which was not ideal but as far as car problems go it was okay…

The pain was lessened as a few of my new friends from work picked me up for lunch and we had cheap burgers and Cajun fries at Fat Boy & Skinny’s. While Cajun fries aren’t comparable to my favorite food, cheese fries, they were good albeit saltier than your normal French fries.

Moral of the story, the day wasn’t ruined and my car is okay and I’m not stressed.

Iimage1(1)n other news I decided to do Stitch Fix. It’s good for me because I live in the middle of nowhere. The closest mall is an hour away with nothing in-between. Having gone to college in New York, this was hard to adjust to so I compromised with myself and signed up for a stylist. Plus, how cool is it to say I have a stylist?

The way it works is you pay 20 dollars for someone to look at your Pinterest board of clothes and then take a quick survey that essentially asks you to explain your look. They send you a box of five things. I opt for all clothes, one being something quirky or surprising but you can also request jewelry or bags.

If you buy something, the 20 dollars goes towards that. For example, if a shirt is 40 dollars and you buy that from the box, it is now 20 dollars but if you buy nothing, it does cost 20 to have had them send you a box.

image6They provide a prepaid bag for you to send back the items you don’t want.

 

The reason why I’m mentioning this is because not only does it give me a chance to show off my purchases but also I think it’s a good way to make a ‘bad’ situation better. I get to participate in a fun stylish service even though I don’t live in a stylish area. Where I’m stationed is said to be the worst post in the Army. I feel like I can overcome that though with these small rebellions.

Perhaps the common theme is to just be flexible and to make do with each situation you’re in which is very hard for me to do sometimes and I’m not sure if I can sum that up in one word. Perhaps it’s a type of humility or just being positive?

I like that my blood type is B+ because they sew it on to your Kevlar and spell out the positive so I’d like to think when people look at me I’m like a happy bumper sticker telling them to keep smiling.

Maybe ‘blood type’ will be my word for 2016.

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The One Word Challenge

So going along with the New Year’s resolutions, my church does this thing where you are challenged to pick one word that you want to focus on to lead your life during the year. Of course, since it is a church thing, usually people choose words that are related to our faith, or that help us to connect better to God during our year ahead. For example, my pastor last year chose the word “generous”. Through this word he reminded himself to be more generous with his time, help and even his money throughout the year of 2015.

Although this is something that I learned about through church, I think it’s an interesting concept that anyone could use to make a bit of change in their lives this year. Think about the usual way people make resolutions… it’s a list of things that sound absolutely wonderful, losing weight, getting healthy, spending less, getting organized, making yourself new. But the list grows long for most people and pretty soon all of those wonderful changes you would like to make are overwhelming. It’s tough wanting to be the best you can be when there’s so much to focus on to get to that point.

I think what works great for the “One Word” idea is that you focus on this single idea, but at the same time, one idea can impact so many aspects of your life if you let it. You can make a widespread difference to your life without having to overwhelm yourself with so many goals.

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Slightly blurry picture of my pretty church…

So after getting the challenge to choose my one word, I did some digging, both in my soul and in my life generally and I discovered that something I really wanted to achieve for myself was to become that person who everyone can feel comfortable with, to really stop being so negative, stop bringing myself down (and bringing others down indirectly). I want to be able to hold my head up high and take on every situation with grace, and really I want to show my faith through my every day actions.

The word that kept coming to me while think about all of this was “Light”. To be a light in a world continually becoming darker is something that I’d really like to accomplish. I think it’s fitting in my life, since I work with light so much in my photography, and I think it’s a general enough word that I can really use it to make some much needed changes for myself.

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So I’m curious to know, if you could focus on One Word to make some changes in your life, what would it be?