20 Thoughts Every Twentysomething has on a daily basis

I had chili for lunch today and now I feel like I gained thirty pounds. I don’t regret it, but man do I wish this waistline was more forgiving. It really wouldn’t hurt for me to get back on track with my workouts either. There are a lot of things I need to get under control. Do you ever feel that way? If you’re thinking yes, here are a few other thoughts you might have on a daily basis.

  1. I’m fat.
  2. Where will I be a year from now?
  3.  I like my job…right?
  4. Is that a stretch mark?
  5. Tomorrow I’m going to start eating healthier. For real.
  6. Seriously another one?! Who’s engaged now?
  7. I’m tired.
  8. Her hair is perfect. I hate her.
  9. Maybe I should run away and travel for awhile.
  10. I wonder if my boyfriend will propose this year. Hopefully not.
  11. Oh my god! What if my boyfriend proposes this year?! Am I ready for marriage?!
  12. I’m really tired.
  13. There is no way I will ever be responsible enough to be in charge of another human.
  14. I’m definitely fat.
  15. Could I BE any more stressed?
  16. Does he/she still like me? Why don’t we talk as much anymore?
  17. I should wear that one outfit again, I look hot in that.
  18. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could cook?
  19. I did a killer workout today. I probably lost like 10 pounds.
  20. Do I have to go to work tomorrow? I wonder how many vacation days I have left…

I feel like I could keep going, but in the interest of time, and keeping your interest, I’ll stop. You’re not alone with these thoughts. We’re all there. Every day.

Thanks for reading!

Embrace Yourself

Uncertainty. If there is one thing I am sure of as a twentysomething, it’s feeling uncertain. I feel like I’m constantly saying and thinking, “I don’t know.”

Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. Your mid-twenties are meant to figure things out so eventually you can be more certain. However, it is nice to feel a little more in control.

In an effort to feel more in control and be more honest with myself I am going to share three things with you that people may not know about me. I feel like if I am more honest with myself and others I am taking a small step toward knowing more answers.

1. I have way more anxiety than I let on

I think my anxiety has increased somewhat since I graduated college, but even so I am way more anxious than I like to let people think. My boyfriend know this, bless him, but not a lot of other people do. I am anxious to the point where if I send a text message and don’t receive an answer I am sure the person I sent it to is mad at me. Facebook messenger is the worst. If I don’t hear from a friend for awhile I automatically assume they don’t like me anymore. And that’s just the start of my anxiety. I know, I’m ridiculous. I’m working on it.

2. I wish I knew more about makeup

I rarely wear makeup. I would much rather sleep in longer than apply makeup. I also cannot justify wearing it, just to sweat it off later in the day. However, I still wish I knew how to apply it. Even if I only wore it to special occasions it would still be awesome to know how.  I still cannot figure out eyeliner.

3. I secretly love ramen noodles

Yes, you read that right. I never stopped eating ramen noodles when I graduated college like most people.  I think they are delicious. I eat them all the time. I get it. You probably think it’s gross, but I promise not to make you eat them.

There you have it. Three things you probably didn’t know about me. I feel better getting them off my chest. Next step, life decisions.

 

Think Big

My New Zoo, McGrew Zoo,
will make people talk.
My New Zoo, McGrew Zoo,
will make people gawk
At the strangest odd creatures
that ever did walk.
I’ll get, for my zoo,
a new sort-of-a-hen
Who roosts in another hen’s
topknot, and then
Another one roosts
in the topknot of his,
And another in his,
and another in HIS,
And so forth and upward
and onward, gee whiz!
-If Ran the Zoo

Live in the Moment

I have lived near Wisconsin Dells for over a year now. However, it wasn’t until this past week that I put much effort into taking advantage of my surroundings. I was so caught up in what was happening the next weekend or when I was going to visit here or there that I forgot to enjoy what was at my fingertips.

Well, I finally did it. Last week I went to the Tommy Bartlet Show, the Dells Lumberjack Show and Circus World in Baraboo. Now, reflecting on those shows, all I can think is: why didn’t I do that sooner?

I have never been to the circus and I wait until I have lived in Baraboo for 14 months before I go? What was I thinking?! As over a dozen horses raced around the stage performing tricks I felt a small void from my childhood fill. I was seven years old again and all my dreams were coming true.

The Tommy Bartlet Waterski Show brought back some serious nostalgia of when I used to attend local waterski shows as a kid. But this time there were tougher tricks preformed and new feats entirely, like jet ski and jetpack performances.

The Dells Lumberjack Show was amazing. Not many people know this, but I tried log rolling for a night in college. I could stay standing for maybe a second and a half. The talent the men in this show possess is truly fantastic. Two thumbs up for sure!

Now I waited until the end of the summer season when all three shows were bearing the end of their season before I finally put my foot down took a moment to enjoy these shows. It should not have taken a looming deadline for me to enjoy events in my area.

Do the silly things. Attend the annual events. Thrift a little. Make sure you aren’t too busy looking ahead that you miss what is happening now. I mean, I rode an elephant for goodness sakes! Live in the moment. Enjoy it to the fullest.

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Meet Lisa, the elephant we rode at Circus World!

Decorating Your Apartment

 

 

It’s that time of the year again. Leases are coming to an end and hopefully you find that perfect apartment… now what?  If you were like me, then decorating your own can be very intimating.  I went from living in a closet in a house with five guys to owning a five room apartment all by myself. However somehow (thanks to all the advice requested by my friends), I must have pulled it off. Here are some of my tips (I’m so modest guys) that anyone can use when starting their new life away from home in a new apartment.

You find yourself buying things for the first time.  Shower curtains, sofas, microwaves… so many things you didn’t know you needed.  And then there are things that you don’t need, but it makes living three hours away from your family and friends feel more like home.

Let’s start with the things you need.  There are a few things you need to sort out before buying these things; like what will fit in your apartment, how long you will be living in this place, what you already have, and your budget.  Budget.  You are a new adult with a crappy paying job and loans to pay back, (who needs to eat) it’s okay to be cheap!  There are some really great things you can get for almost no money at all! Thrift shops are wonderful!  With that though, there are a few things to know.  NOT ALL THINGS SHOULD BE BOUGHT USED.  Trust me, sometimes it’s just gross.  Sofa with a slight rip in a cushion for $15.00 from Goodwill.  Good!  Buy that!  A microwave for $30.00 that you found on your college’s “Free or Sale” Page… don’t do that.  It is probably smelly and will break three weeks later.  So things to buy used.  Big furniture items: sofas, chairs, cabinets, tables, bookshelves, desks, etc… Things not to buy used. Appliances, microwaves, beds, shower curtains, towels….aka things that are need to be sanitary, or electric, or you eat off of…just spend the extra money on it. In the long run you will be be happier.

Next, how long you will be there.  This one is actually pretty easy.  Chances are, your first place right out of college will not be the place you grow old in.  With that, don’t sweat over getting stuff that will last.  Temporary.  You need decent, temporary items.  On the other hand you are also living in this place for probably a year or two…so it should still feel like home. I have been in my apartment now for almost two years, and that $15 sofa is doing great! Will it make it out of this apartment…nope…it will die on the street when I leave, or will go to some other poor, recent post-grad.

That brings us to the next part of apartment decoration, the actual decorating part of it. This is your space.  Go crazy in it.  That weird Narwhal thing you made in that art class you pretended to take? Um, that’s cool as shit.  Put that on display.  That reading corner you wanted to try on Pinterest…there’s a corner.  Those tins you found at a garage sale?  Cute as hell, and makes it look like you cook with cool things. Win win.

 

There are little things that will help brighten any apartment, and make it feel more like home.  You can start with flowers.  Such a simple thing.  You need three things: a vase, water, and flowers…actually scratch that, you don’t even need a vase. That stein you got from that one beer-fest you don’t remember? Great. Use that. But I digress…flowers. They come in all different kinds, you can get them almost anywhere, you can even grow them yourself.  Actually just do that. Potted plants are wonderful. That little bit of responsibility is very rewarding to see how they grow, and this little guy needs you.  Needs you to care for, water, and talk to when you both get lonely.  In return he gives you oxygen!  Who needs to open windows when you have that? Another really easy quick decorating tool is wall art.  Whether you are a painter or like funny posters, get something on those walls!  It’s a quick fix to dull walls if you can’t paint!  It’s all in the details. Fill your shelves and walls with things that make you happy, things from your past, things you want to become.

 

Put in the extra time to make your apartment something you are proud of. You will start to understand why us 24 year-olds start to spend Friday nights in our pajamas rather than at the bars…

Make your place yours. It will make you feel more at home in this new city you have settled in; which can be a really scary, lonely process. The small things matter. Even that plant.

Learn to Improvise

All I need is a reindeer…
The Grinch looked around
But, since reindeer are scarce, there were none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch…?
No! The Grinch simply said,
“If I can’t find a reindeer, I’ll make one instead!”
So he called his dog, Max. Then he took some red thread
And he tied a big horn on the top of his head.
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Why every Twentysomething Should Try the Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is an event that spans 10 Miles with over 20 obstacles. Sound impossible? I promise it’s easier than you think. I believe every twentysomething should try it. Let me tell you why.

You’ll realize you’re stronger than you think

While ten miles filled with over 20 obstacles may sounds intimidating, I promise it reall is easier that you think. What’s awesome about the Tough Mudder is that it is not a race, it’s an event built on teamwork. You don’t have to run any of it if you don’t want to. Ten miles may sound like a long distance to walk, but it’s not. You’ll hit the halfway point way sooner than you think. As you complete the course, you will realize how strong you really are. Last year I convinced my boyfriend and his brother to do it. Both of them went into it thinking it would be nearly impossible and now both of them agree it is easier than it sounds. It’s a great self esteem boost. And if you truly cannot fathom completing a ten mile course, they offer a Tough Mudder Half now. You won’t regret it.

Your faith will be restored in Humanity

You will be surprised how helpful other participants are. There are some obstacles along the course that your team will not be able to complete without first getting help from others on the course. Not only are people willing to help, they will go out of their way to assist you. That, in addition to the words of encouragement you will hear, will have you leaving on race day feeling better about yourself and those around you. Plus, you’ll meet some really fantastic people.

You’ll feel amazing when you are done

The feeling you get when you walk across that finish line and receive your headband is absolutely amazing. You conquered ten miles filled with over 20 obstacles. Hell yeah!

Your team will feel like family

There is no awkwardness on the course. You may need grab someone’s butt to give them a boost, but that’s all it is, a boost. Mud will get into every crevice on your body and that makes for some interesting conversion. Not to mention the celebratory conversation you have when you conquer an obstacle. By the end of the course, your team will feel like family.

You’ll want to do it again

Before you know it, you’ll have a headband collection. Trust me.

Now, before you write this post off and tell people I’m crazy just think about it. How cool would it be to know you completed the Tough Mudder? Really cool. I promise. Just consider it.

 

Puppy Update

I’m going to be completely honest with you I did not have time to write a blog post this week. I just have not had time to write and I do not have any prewritten posts ready. I am sorry.

Instead of trying to crank out a post that might not be very well written I am just going to give you a few updates on my puppy. I apologize to all the cat lovers out there.

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He’s talkative

When we picked him up the first day the woman warned us that his mother was a talker and corgis have a large personality. Boy is that true! If Thor doesn’t get his way, if he’s hungry, if he’s feeling tough or pretty much any other emotion. You will know it. Although he doesn’t bark much he’s constantly talking.

He’s almost potty trained

Yes, you read that right. He has had very few accidents recently and is getting very good at going to the door and whining when he needs to go out. Occasionally he lifts his leg a little when he pees. I am so proud!

He’s a chewer

Anything he can get in his mouth goes in his mouth. Since he still has his puppy teeth his nips can be pretty painful. We are working on it though and he is getting much better at understanding no. Even if he does wait until you aren’t looking to do it again. Little stinker!

He hates his leash

He will not walk on a leash. He will completely spaz out of we try. We worked on it a little yesterday but we still have a ways to go. A long ways.

He’s kind of weird

Sometimes I really wish I could understand what he is thinking. He is very clumsy and sleeps in the weirdest positions. Sometimes it feels like he stares right through  you and for no reason!

He’s the best

Even on on the days he is naughty or gets up a million times at night, he is simply the best. I like my adorable dork to pieces.

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Thanks for reading! I promise to have a real post next week!