Sunday, August 28, 2011

To Be Awesome

"Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice." -Lorraine Peterson-
I read that quote and literally laughed a little to myself. Is there really a difference between being cool and being awesome? I suppose there must be. After I stopped laughing about how simple and silly this quote is I, of course, started really thinking about what it meant. To be awesome takes practice....

On a daily basis you can be cool...but to me, being cool is just an outward look, a simple bodily expression that you have it all together. But to be awesome, that comes from have to practice and practice and really believe you are awesome to actually be awesome. Now, I realize the words "cool" and "awesome" are so simple and over used but really think about the difference and what she is saying when she says, "Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice!"

I think the people we surround ourselves with help to make us awesome...and that is the reason I posted the picture above. Had you told me when I was growing up that someday my bratty little, 8 years younger than me sister and my sporty younger cousin would be some of the most important supporters in my life I probably wouldn't have believed you. Of course they are family, so it was never that far of a stretch but the importance these two have in making me feel and believe and practice being awesome is unspeakable.

I can only hope everyone has those people that, even when your awesomeness fades in your own eyes, they are there to remind you that you are not only cool, but simply awesome! Practice being awesome because deep down everyone has it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wedding Weekend Extravaganza! case you haven't read my post on weddings before, I LOVE THEM! Over this past weekend I got to partake in a few pre-wedding events for my friend Ashley. I have known Ashley since I was in 3rd grade...about 22 years!!! To even have a friend that has known me for that long is an incredible feeling but to get to be apart of her big day is even better.

The other thing I love about these pre-wedding parties is that I also have several other friends that I have known for equally as long and i get to see them too. there is something about sitting around with friends you have known for so long. You don't have to pretend to be anything you aren't,or explain yourself, because they have been there with you every step of your life. Without words they know may not talk to these people often but they know the real you and there is nothing better than that. Below is some of our little group together to celebrate the eventual big day of Ashley (which happens in November!)

The other things I got to be apart of was a bridal shower and bachelorette party for Ash. As great as it is to have our group of life long, old friends it is also kind of special to meet the friends these people have made along their life path. Below are the future bride and bridesmaids (minus one). When someone gets married it is very interesting to see who they pick to stand by them every step of the way to the alter. The people they pick kind of reflect the type of person they are, they were, and who they have become...I have to say, based on this group ( maybe I'm biased..haha) Ashley is a pretty good person and great judge of character :)It is so crazy to think back on your life with a friend...the things you have gone thru, the boys you have gotten over, the haircuts you made it happened, and to come full circle and still remain friends with people for over 22 years is amazing. Congrats Ash...can't wait for the big day!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Life may change us...

"Life may change us, but we start and end with family."

A little over a month ago we got together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of my grandparents wedding. 60 years of marriage...I cannot even begin to wrap my head around the moments spent making that marriage work. 60 years later and my grandparents have managed to remain happy, in love and a constant support to every single member of the huge family they have created. Speaking of that large family unit that I cannot seem to get enough of, let me give you an idea of the size:

That is us...every last one of us. When I look at this picture it gives me this sense of comfort that is super hard to describe. I feel so extremely lucky knowing that I have this many people behind me. I have a family the size of a small village and every single one of them would drop everything at any moment to help one another. Sure...we can be crazy:

We love to dance and sing at the top of our lungs. We love to joke and laugh and give each other a hard time. We love to act like idiots, we love singing Meatloaf and Hank Williams Jr. We love being a family and my grandparents love watching us do all of these things:

I would like to think they are proud of the family they have created because I am sure VERY proud to be apart of it. I cannot imagine my life any other way and thank God every day for this crazy family I am apart of. Onlookers might think so many people is intimidating, but when this is all you know, you don't even think twice about shoving 40 plus people into a small living room for Christmas to watch everyone open's loud, it's crazy but it is my life and my family and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Life may change us, but we start and end with family. As much as I love my extended family, the ones that really know my every move, my dreams, my hopes, my fears, my favorite foods are the people below...and I love them more than words can describe.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Recharging my battery

There are some times in my life when the moment comes for me to recharge my battery.

I don't let myself get run down or stressed out too often, but when it really happens. Recently, for one reason or another I felt my life slip slowing from my grip...I watched in slow motion as several aspects of my life became messy. I don't know if anyone can relate to this, but it seems like you wake up one morning and nothing seems to fit...the puzzle pieces of your life are a mess and putting them back together seems terrifying and next to impossible. After my divorce I try really hard to not let this happen to me...I find ways to cope with day to day things...I try to put everything in to perspective and breath.

But, sometimes things pile up and you find yourself with puzzle pieces of life that aren't fitting together...when those times happen in my life I am pretty sure I have figured out the best remedy for me, and so that is exactly what I did over the weekend.

I went home...I am lucky enough to have the most amazing parents and a handful of friends that I can go to when my life battery needs recharged. I went home...I relaxed, talked about my stresses, and laughed and laughed and laughed until my stomach muscles hurt...and then i laughed some more.

I was able to get help...i was able to recharge my battery and am confident I won't wake up tomorrow morning unable to put together my puzzle. I will grab back a hold of my life where I left it and figure out the next step of my journey with confidence all because I have an amazing cord that recharges my whenever I need it.