2019 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hi everyone!

With the new year right around the corner, I wanted to share some of my fun resolutions for 2019. (These are not in any particular order) ­čÖé

  • Hit the gym regularly. (I started going to the gym back in May. Although it took some time to adjust to a new after-work schedule and to see improvement I truly can say I enjoy it now!)
  • Read more books. ( This year I read a total of 3 books: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman; Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst; and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I bought and received a few new books for Christmas and can’t wait to read them!)
  • Keep working on my blog. (In November, I reached my one year blogging anniversary. I’m proud of committing myself to doing something fun that I love and hope you all love as well.)
  • Interact with more faith bloggers. (When I first started my blog I wondered if I’d make blogger friends. Little did I know I did. Now I’m part of a small blogger engagement group communicating and encouraging each other. As well as sharing our life journeys together. THANK YOU, LADIES. You mean so much to me!)
  • Continue traveling. (This year I went to quite a few places! In January, I went off on a very spontaneous weekend trip to DC and revisited the beautiful capital. In February, I headed out on a day trip to the neat Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. Fast forward to the end of June, I headed off to a weekend beach trip with my boyfriend and close friends to Tybee Island and Savannah, GA. Not even two weeks later, I headed out with my brother on our first trip together to California. Once there, we visited our friends in SoCal and then took an Amtrak train up to NorCal and stayed with our aunts and cousins. So many wonderful memories we made there for sure! To end our year off, I was able to squeeze in a few more day trips to the beautiful mountains of my beloved home state NC. I can’t wait to see where 2019 takes me!)
  • Listen to more podcasts. (When the Summer started, I found myself working from home half of the week. At first I was content with listening to music aloud, but that died right away. I wanted to fill my time up with things that helped me live a better life. Currently, I’m listening to The Good Life of Stevie and Sazan! They are my absolute favorite Instagram Christian married couple!
  • Continue learning.┬á(I KNOW. Why would I want to continue learning? After such a crazy year learning so much at my job, the reality of always being willingly to learn new things hit me hard. I studied so hard for a certification test and I passed it at last. I want to talk more about this but I will make a separate post in the near future!)┬á ­čÖé

All of this resolutions are things I’m currently doing right now and will hope to keep doing in the New Year because they make me a happier, better version of me. I hope everyone of you can seek your own resolutions that make you a happier, better version of yourselves!

I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve! See you all in 2019!

 

Love,

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The Story of Dandy Sandy

…” I saw them slowly reach me with their sticky, stubby fingers stretched out to strangle me.”

My feet were swiftly moving underneath me; every few seconds I would turn my head and look behind me. Nobody, oh thank goodness! I had no idea how long I’d been running in this shallow swamp that never seemed to end. My pants had begun to stick to my legs, which slowed me down. No! Why am I slowing down right now, what if they find me? I turned my head around one last time and there they were.

My breath had caught behind my lungs, making it difficult to breathe, and my heart was pounding so fiercely against my chest I thought it would never stop.

My knees began to shake, and they fell into the murky water; now I was a goner as I saw them slowly reach me with their sticky, stubby fingers stretched out to strangle me. I felt everything go black, and then, I was gone.

My eyes snapped open and the first thought that came to my head was that I wasn’t dead; it had all been a dream! I got up, went to the bathroom, and took a shower to wash away that horrid dream; the dream that I’d been having lately. After my shower, I got dressed in my regular clothes; the baggy blue overalls, my favorite solid yellow t-shirt, a polka dotted tie, my one of a kind red shoes, and the best part of it all my big red rubbery nose. As I stared at myself in the mirror, I couldn’t help but think why on earth did I choose this job. I wasn’t fooling myself; I was a clown by the name of Dandy Sandy and my utmost secret is this: I am terribly afraid of children. I left the bathroom and picked up my bag of games beside the door and drove to a party I was scheduled for the entire day and evening.

Outside what looked like a mansion, I saw little children, or what I’d call “creeps”, running around happily entering the gate doors decorated with pink balloons. The sight nearly gave me an asthma attack! I quickly reached into my pocket and took out my inhaler. I took in three puffs of it and while I did so, I never noticed the evil-looking “creep” with a murderous glint in his eyes that would make me meet my doom tonight.

The party wasn’t what I had thought it would be. The little girls were content with their water squirting flowers, and were the boys with their sling-shots. I thought to myself, these creeps aren’t so bad, they’re completely the opposite of those I grew up with. the neighborhood I grew up in was mostly made up of old buildings and foster children that made my life into a real nightmare. I pushed my thoughts away and walked around with a smile on my face, making sure all the kids were happy. A smile that had been truly happy to be here until I saw him.┬áHe was staring at me with the meanest glare possible. I gulped.

Nearing the end of the party, I was exhausted. My hands were sweating and I began to feel nauseous because the creep hadn’t taken his eyes off me ever since I caught him staring at me. Mrs. Hunter came up to me and asked me to dance “The Dandy Sandy Dance” while she and the other adults went inside to bring the cake and food out. My greatest fear had come true: being alone with the little creeps. I said yes and I prepared myself to be brave. When I walked back into the garden, I barely gotten inside when I slipped. Laugher spread out as I tried to get up; several of the children jumped on me, making it difficult to breathe. As I was struggling with my asthma, I saw the evil-looking child staring down at me and in his hands were my inhaler. I instantly freaked out, my heart was pounding in light-years, my head was spinning, was had I done to deserve this? I tried once more to get up, but that was nearly impossible as all of them had jumped on top of me. I felt a shortage of breath, my last one; as I looked around one last time, I saw short, stubby fingers reaching out to me. I must’ve hallucinated them, but I┬á would never know because at that moment I knew my life was almost over. In the distance, I heard several feet running, and shouting from what sounded like chipmunks saying “Dandy Sandy, Dandy Sandy!” Then I was gone.

 

Your scary story teller friend,

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Sweater Weather

” I look forward to spending time with my loved ones.”

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Location: Concord, NC

It’s the final month of the year. How time flew by is beyond me. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this coming month.

The surrounding atmosphere is in festive cheer and the holidays are in full swing. Thanksgiving has just passed and there’s still Christmas and New Year’s to come.

I have officially decorated my work desk space with rhinestone snowflakes, glittery Styrofoam Christmas trees and a string of glittery penguins hanging near my desk.

However, I’m slightly┬ástressing out over the following weeks to come. Aren’t we all?

THERE’S┬áCHRISTMAS SHOPPING. WORK DEADLINES. MORE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. APPOINTMENTS. EVEN MORE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. COLLEGE GRADUATIONS. AND THE LAST BIT OF CHRISTMAS SHOPPING.┬áAND OF COURSE FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTIES.

When do I catch a break? When do any of us catch a break?

Instead of focusing on the things that need to get done during this holiday season, why not put some joy to it. Why not enjoy the precious moments that make us happy.

Above all the craziness, I look forward to so much this month.
I look forward to drinking hot cocoa on really cold nights.
I look forward to going outdoor ice skating.
I look forward to catching up with old college friends.
I look forward to squeezing in a quick getaway trip to refresh myself.
I look forward to spending time with my loved ones.
Lastly, I look forward to reflecting on the true reason for this season.

December is a month to enjoy. It is after all the most wonderful time of the year.

What are you looking forward to this month?

Love,

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