On New Year's Day, I sat down and created this awesome editorial calendar for January and February. I think that sometimes in life we make plans, and God just giggles because He has his own plan going for us. That definitely happened with my editorial calendar. (Thank goodness I write in erasable pen!) If you're the least bit curious what I've been up to in 2016, here's an update. (And if you aren't, no worries! Come back tomorrow for something else!)
Infusion drama // hug your nurse • My infusions are pretty much what keep me going. It is amazing how much a medication can change your life. Last Wednesday, I got a call two hours before my infusion saying that it had been indefinitely postponed, and I seriously did not know what to do besides pray that God would give me the energy I needed to make it until the next one. I was able to get my IV Monday afternoon. I was so annoyed because I was in a room that is used as a supply closet, but my nurses were awesome. My hands were cold, so they pulled out a hand warmer and wrapped me up in a blanket. They were completely overbooked and understaffed, but they took the time to check on me, offer me snacks, and even hooked my IV in a different spot in my arm so that I could cover it up with my sleeve because #cold. I'm so thankful to continually receive medical care that goes above and beyond each time I get my infusion.
There are no snow days in economic development. • Yesterday morning, a snowstorm hit as I was driving to work. I was afraid the interstates would shut down, so I took a different route to work... and my car spun out on a patch of ice while going uphill. I pulled into a parking lot to chill out, and eventually decided that I should just head home. I called my boss to call in, and he showed up in the parking lot in his SUV and drove me to work! We were working a project, and we couldn't afford to be one person short. The roads are much better today, so I'm looking forward to getting my car home before an ice storm hits tomorrow! (And I wore my Bean Boots... just in case!)
Trying new things • My boyfriend is so artistic and super interested in war, so he started this new hobby of building models of scenes of World War I. Y'all, I had no idea what to do with myself because I'm so used to seeing him sitting at his desk crunching numbers. So I decided I needed a new hobby - calligraphy. I've wanted to learn calligraphy since I was in fourth grade. (Super specific, but I know this because I was published in the local newspaper at the beginning of my fourth grade school year saying I wanted to learn calligraphy in school that year. #overachiever. And I touched on it in my 24 Before 24 post!) With talk of an engagement on the way, I thought it would be really cool to know so I could do wedding invitation envelopes and place cards. After getting a hand cramp from trying to learn strokes from a horrible book, I've decided to take a class! Haha. Wish me luck!
Cool sponsored content • Sponsored content always excites me! The pay is nice, but what really excites me is the challenge and endless possibilities of how I could "style" a post. Do I frame it like this or like that? Trying to decide that always leads me to more blog post ideas! I can't wait to share the end results with y'all. (PS - I recently wrote this sponsored post, and I'd love for you to check it out!)
Annaliese came to visit! • Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training came and stayed with me for the last few days of her winter break, and we had an absolute blast! We ate good food, drank yummy drinks, and explored. And of course, Francis loved having a friend around! You can read my post about it here, and A's post about it here!
I am still drinking tons of water. • My infusion messed me up a little bit. I planned Wednesday's water intake around my infusion, so when that fell through, that got me off my game. In the few days following the IV, I had no interest in drinking water, so I didn't force myself. But this morning, I was dying of thirst, so I whipped this 24 oz. bad boy out and had a third of my water consumption done for the day by 9:30! (If drinking more water is one of your resolutions, check out this post!)
I've done quite a bit of shopping. • I usually don't allow myself to shop without a list. I like to buy mostly needs and a few wants, and I always have something in mind while shopping. This weekend, I went a little crazy... at least for me! I started with Aerie, and I fell in love with all of their stuff because it reminded me of my ballet days! I left with this little wrap sweater, and I'm holding out for this top and these pants when they go on sale. And then I went to Journey's and realized I need casual shoes, so I bought these adorable little Vans! Gap was having a sale, and I had a gift card, so I stocked up on these tops. I tried a new CC cream, and it definitely confirmed that I love CC more than foundation.
I am learning to prioritize and show myself grace. • Being involved in my community is important to me. But sometimes I miss out on things that are also important to me because I have a board meeting. And I refuse to let that happen in 2016. In my mind, my cousin's birthday dinner takes priority over Junior League. The birthday of my best friend, who helped me through an extremely trying time this fall, takes priority over a board meeting. I'm not saying that I'm going to skip meetings constantly for things that are more "fun", but I'm going to accept that I don't have to have perfect attendance. Minutes exist for a reason! ;)
My grandmother passed away. • I don't want to be one to air dirty laundry online, so I will keep this brief. My grandmother passed away when I was around a year old, but my step grandmother has always treated me like one of her own, and I've always considered her to be my other grandmother. This weekend, I happened to find out that my step grandmother passed away in October. None of her children had let anyone on my side of the family know. I have spent the past week trying to comprehend this. I have felt a heaviness in my spirit, and I haven't had much to say. Always tell those you love that you love them. You never know when you won't see them again.
What's been going on in your life? I love keeping up with y'all!