Feature Friday: Megan Blanchard 

Happy Friday Lovelies!
Hope you all had a fantastic week and the sun is shinning in your neck of the woods too. This Friday Feature includes another F… not my favorite f word but fitness! I mean its more than fitness, its about Megan’s incredible journey, overcoming obstacles and being a strong woman who encourages other in the process. This one is a longer post- but promise, worth it! Let’s kick the weekend off right…
Introducing, Megan Blanchard.
 How did we meet?

-We actually met through social media! Facebook first I believe.
This is true. I think what got us really starting to talk with your Instagram. I messaged you bout an app – we started chatting- then following each other on every thing… did we just become best friends on the internet? YEP.

 
 

Can you give a brief bio about yourself? Defined any way you want…
Oh gosh well I’m a small town east coast girl who moved to Phoenix when I was 23 (7 years ago) and I have always been pretty introverted. I am an old soul and have very old school values, and I am an empath so I’m very sensitive to intuition and energy. I LOVE meeting and connecting with new people. I love health and fitness, baseball, dogs (my pup is the BEST). I’m an only child to a single mother and she is my best friend. I’m a sucker for anything romantic and emotional, but as I get older I’m finally learning to listen to my gut more than my emotions.
 I’m going to also pull the my mom is my best friend card. All of your sunshine posts make me want to visit asap. I have absolutely noticed how you channel into your own energy and feelings- but also how that effects those around you.
Tell me about your day job…

-Right now I work as an office manager at an aerospace manufacturing company. I’ve been with the company for 7 ½ years, and I’ve been the OM for 4. I wear many hats (AP, AR, HR) but it’s a small, private company so it’s not too bad. I love my boss and the people I work with but the office life just isn’t for me anymore! I think it’s time to move on..hmmm big changes coming soon?
I won’t spoil the surprise of what’s next but will say I am SO stoked for you! Life is always a little uneasy when we take risks- sometimes the risk is worth the reward. I know you have the ambition and strength to reach that reward. BUT let’s continue…
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And what’s your real passion and what motivates you…
-Sooo I am also an (until further notice) part time online health and fitness coach! It is the best! Gosh, I swear I have been trying to figure out my passion forever, so now that I finally have it’s so exciting and scary all at once. I LOVE growth, and shedding love, and inspiring women to be the best that they can be everyday. It seriously is the best feeling. That energy is what motivates me, for sure.
 image3I’m going to interrupt and say that I’ve seen coaches online and watched almost religiously with a lot of groups, but Megan is legit. I think my favorite part of your posts is how honest they actually are. Like today wasn’t a perfect day and it was hard but here’s what I’m going to do about it.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
My day job-Focusing. I’ve gotten to a place where is so routine, my mind tends to wander. Especially now that coaching has entered my life because it is ALL I think about!
Coaching-Trying to help people understand the incredible value in what I have to offer. I get so sad when I am not able to help someone. But, of course, I can’t let it drag me down..This is something I’m learning to overcome, but it’s definitely challenging!

Your favorite part about it?

My Day Job- The people I work with.
Coaching-Ummm, pretty much everything! I get to workout| Experiment with new healthy recipes| Meet new people (such as your beautiful self Cass!)| Inspire/be inspired| HELP people..I am encouraged to practice personal development everyday, and to challenge myself. It’s just an incredible feeling.
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You’re going to have to help me get to that point about getting excited to work out. Seriously tho. And seriously, how do you look that cute working out.
How do you relax?
-That’s a great question because I think it changes depending on my state of mind. I love just lounging with some tea (or hot chocolate..my weakness) and listening to acoustic rock/blues or anything hippie-esque. Haha. I also love hiking..and I’ve just recently SLOWLY started to enjoy yoga. That one will take awhile to adjust to..
Yoga is a rough one for me too. It seems almost impossible to turn my brain off.
 If you could tell your younger self one piece of advice?
-Honestly? To listen to my gut and appreciate my sensitivity to the energies around me. Because my intuition is pretty much always right, and I NEVER listened to it until recently.
What is that saying? Do your squats, Eat your vegetables, wear red lipstick, and don’t let boys be mean to you..
Yea that.
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Are you reading anything right now?
-YES.
Adventures for your Soul by Shannon Kaiser, which is basically a “How To” on learning to shift happiness hindering habits and finding your joy route. It is AMAZING. I tell everyone I can’t get through but the first 7 chapters before I start over because I just want to keep taking notes!
Next will either be “The Slight Edge” or something regarding empathic entrepreneurs..
And your current jam?-Do Podcasts count? Haha..
For real though, I love anything soulful. Allen Stone is one of my favorite artists. NeedtoBreathe, as well. I was also just introduced to The Strumbellas who are incredible and a lot of their songs are super uplifting!
Alright I’m going to throw in some bonus questions because we have both watched each other go on a journey, in and outside of relationships.
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What’s a piece of advice you would give to a single girl and one in a relationship?
Ohhh my gosh so much advice! Haha. Single girls-If you aren’t chasing a dream you had when you were a little kid that followed you into adulthood, you better get on it because it is your calling! Or even if it wasn’t necessarily a dream but a really strong passionate FEELING about something. Believe me, I’m 30 and just FINALLY figuring this out! My passion has always been wanting to help others feel accepted. AND, if you are in the dating scene..and you ever feel ANY kind of desperation towards a relationship or guy you are crushing on, walk away.

Both single and taken ladies- Relationships, whether they be romantic or otherwise, will never be healthy if there is any measure of desperation involved. When you feel at peace, when you can focus on your dreams on your time, and the relationship only when it’s necessary..when you are both working in a growth mindset (ideally at a measurably similar pace) that’s when you have something good going. Hold onto that..but NEVER try to fix anyone.

I couldn’t have said it any better my dear!

When was the turning point you realized this was a lifestyle and not just a fad?

Coaching? Hmmm..I would say probably right at the beginning. I had been following my upline coach for over a year, so I knew what I was getting into. I also don’t make decisions like that very often so when I do it’s usually because I know in my heart it’s the right path. It started getting real when I started seeing the impact I was actually making on people..Women getting real results, and random people messaging me and telling me that a post I had made that day really helped them out..I’ve had lots of emotional moments
What’s the best way to get a hold of you/talk to you about or try your services?

-The best way to reach me is through Facebook on my business page

–> Sacred Self Health and Fitness←

Or instagram Meghan_Fit.Well. There is a direct link there that will take you to my online health/fitness bootcamp questionnaire, or you can go ahead and message me in either platform!
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Everyone needs an outlet. Hopefully a positive one. But judgements are left at the door here.
With my music background- singing is one of them. Music is and always be. But touching into creativity has always been my thing. Writing has been one of those ways. An outlet for me. I can’t tell you how much I write that will never be published. It’s for me, it’s for another person. If you’ve followed me a bit I know you get that.
I’m the most real when I forget about others expectations and am just am. And this is new for me. It’s a freeing, scary really. But I don’t think I’ve ever been more honest with myself.
So that word vomit. Back to point.
Have your outlet. Whatever it may be. I love getting a recording studio, I love to sing as loud as I can. And while that’s on hold till I move- well maybe-explore other options.
I started painting. You may have been witness to dickasaurus but we graduated from that. Tonight I sat down and was going to replicate a piece I had done a month back and absolutely couldn’t.
I literally used the same shades of paint and my emotions completely came out instead. 

   
 I hated it. Stopped working on it. And it is what it is. I’m at a very unique cross road.
I’ve been done with this whole ideal honestly since the beginning of the year and tomorrow comes the final close…. Sign sealed delivered… I’m not yours. 
It’s a relief, it’s confusing, it’s done.
This may be confusing as I’ve started to talk about other people. Not to be discussed now. And trust me- S has been done for so long…but tomorrow is another day in all reality.
You deal with the remainder of the wedding stuff all in one day, get in touch with your favorites and carry on. Kcco right?
This painting is so different than I expected and honestly-letting me belt out a song would have been more effective. But.
We got this. Thanks for loving me through all of it and being patient. I appreciate you more than you know. And I do want to assure you. I’m more than okay.
Sometime life blows up but it brings you to the next best thing in more ways than one. 
Update tomorrow- 
Xoxo
C
Ps. I had a great weekend, adulted the shit out of it and can’t wait to tell you about hoe amazing parts of it were 

Exploring Alaska: Kenai

Hey friends!

So this month I’ve decided to focus on some things I’m thankful for, and believe me there’s a lot.that being said I’d like to share my latest adventure with you.

Two weeks S came home. I was so beyond excited to spend a solid two weeks with him. He got a call to work in Kenai during his time off and… Not going to lie, I was bummed. Overnight, two days, more? We weren’t really sure. I tried to play it cool, but when given the opportunity (this is the most positive spin I can put on it) to leave midweek and meet him there… I jumped on it.

After a two minute conversation that consisted of “no.. I don’t want to spend another night apart….” I packed a bag in under five minutes and got in the car.

Side note: I have two phones, work and personal.

i left my personal cell at phone, got in the car, having no idea where I was going and got in the car. I stopped for directions and made the three hour plus drive without gps. Also, half way through lost radio and cell service… Leaving me belting Celine Dion a Capella  for over an hour to provide my own entertainment. I made it without gps, which for those who know me was a huge accomplishment for all those directionally challenged… And made it to Kenai.

S was at work for another couple hours, so I took a bath and a nap. When he finally arrived at the hotel we went to dinner. Now the next part I will be vague for all parties involved. Long story short, S’s ex also happened to be stating in Kenai….at the same hotel…next door to the room of ours.

Awkward to say the least, and on my end I made a mistake.Lesson learned. Don’t be friendly, ignore the situation and move on for future reference. Anyways! After seeing her at breakfast the next morning… Of course with no hair and make up…again…. I decided to explore Kenai.

With S at work for the day, I headed to the front desk, eager to explore the town. I asked the front desk what I should do for the day. And…I wish I could make this shit up…she said, ” well we just got a Walmart.”

So I head to said Walmart, buy a book and other necessities and head to the beach.

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After about a whole 5 minutes freezing and over it, I run into a local and ask about a coffee shop. And this is where I struck gold. The cutest place I’ve ever seen.

Welcome to the cutest place in Kenai Alaska… And maybe the only place… The Veronica’s.

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I grabbed my book, ordered a latte, and sat watching the rain and the ocean. I sent a text message to the boyfriend thanking him for the opportunity to relax and enjoy myself. Without social media, without my phone… Just me, the ocean, and one of my first loves…John Grisham.

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The next day we took off to Anchorage. In separate cars. I hate driving. But… Would I drive six hours to see him for five minutes, or to have dinner with him or be in his harms…. Absolutely.

i can’t wait for our continued adventures and a mini vacay to disconnect…. I am so thankful.

xoxox

Cass

The Red Cup of Doom

I originally wasn’t going to post anything about this ridiculous “trend” and social media rant because I feel that the issue has already gotten more attention than it deserves.

But when jumping on my news feed this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see the news feed exploding with Thank You’s to our Veterans instead of everyone talking about how they don’t care about cups. Myself, guilty included… did post about it. And do you know what that did? Made a bigger deal about the damn non-holiday cup than it needed to be.

What did we accomplish with this movement? Well, we proved the power of social media. What could we have done with this power otherwise? Couldn’t we have actually brought attention to a cause that was worth discussing?

On my post, a friend wrote: STARBUCKS has a CHRISTMAS blend. They play CHRISTMAS music.

And you know what? She was right.

It’s their choice as an organization to do what they want with their damn cups. I’m curious how many people went to Starbucks just to do the Merry Christmas prank- could this have brought actually more business to Starbucks?

I won’t rant on this further. I am happy to see that our nation has chose to focus on Veterans Day.

Which by the way, thank you so much for your incredible service. Our nation would not be what it is without you. So many of my family and friends have given the ultimate sacrifice, and for that we thank you.

On a light note, I’ll leave you some of my favorite posts about the red cup.

Cheers!

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I will never stop trying

I will never stop trying….

Life comes at you. You have two options. To continue and push through or to stop. I will push.

Things change, don’t go according to plan, and it happens.

S being gone is harder than I thought. I miss him. We make big decisions via text.I’m sitting in his t shirt, I get giddy every time my phone buzzes. The hardest part? That this is the normal. That this happens half the time. It doesn’t help I have the next week off work. That I need something to occupy my time with. I’ve had the same song on repeat for days….

I’ll never stop trying
I’ll never stop watching as you leave
I’ll never stop losing my breath
Every time I see you looking back at me
I’ll never stop holding your hand
I’ll never stop opening your door
I’ll never stop choosing you babe
I’ll never get used to you

It has become so apparent how much I love him. I hate every second away from him. But I know he’s doing the right thing. Does that make me selfish? Recently during a disagreement, he wrote a letter, I just read it, and I can’t help but love him more.  Even whens hes upset, hes still the person I want and need through everything.

Through our parents, who expressed concern, but then have come around…. and while this is crazy… support us.  Us. That’s a strong word- something that wont change.

That being said- I signed up for this. I knew the time away, and I have experienced the time together. And yes, it is worth it.

I will never get used to you

So we move on. Power through it. Love the five minute conversations, the kiss on the forehead, the text that  makes your heart melt, his tshirt….

sometimes its the little things.

Exploring Alaska: Kenai

Hey friends!

So this month I’ve decided to focus on some things I’m thankful for, and believe me there’s a lot.that being said I’d like to share my latest adventure with you.

Two weeks S came home. I was so beyond excited to spend a solid two weeks with him. He got a call to work in Kenai during his time off and… Not going to lie, I was bummed. Overnight, two days, more? We weren’t really sure. I tried to play it cool, but when given the opportunity (this is the most positive spin I can put on it) to leave midweek and meet him there… I jumped on it.

After a two minute conversation that consisted of “no.. I don’t want to spend another night apart….” I packed a bag in under five minutes and got in the car.

Side note: I have two phones, work and personal.

i left my personal cell at phone, got in the car, having no idea where I was going and got in the car. I stopped for directions and made the three hour plus drive without gps. Also, half way through lost radio and cell service… Leaving me belting Celine Dion a Capella for over an hour to provide my own entertainment. I made it without gps, which for those who know me was a huge accomplishment for all those directionally challenged… And made it to Kenai.

S was at work for another couple hours, so I took a bath and a nap. When he finally arrived at the hotel we went to dinner. Now the next part I will be vague for all parties involved. Long story short, S’s ex also happened to be stating in Kenai….at the same hotel…next door to the room of ours.

Awkward to say the least, and on my end I made a mistake.Lesson learned. Don’t be friendly, ignore the situation and move on for future reference. Anyways! After seeing her at breakfast the next morning… Of course with no hair and make up…again…. I decided to explore Kenai.

With S at work for the day, I headed to the front desk, eager to explore the town. I asked the front de

sk what I should do for the day. And…I wish I could make this shit up…she said, ” well we just got a Walmart.”

So I head to said Walmart, buy a book and other necessities and head to the beach.imageimage

After about a whole 5 minutes freezing and over it, I run into a local and ask about a coffee shop. And this is where I struck gold. The cutest place I’ve ever seen.

Welcome to the cutest place in Kenai Alaska… And maybe the only place… The Veronica’s.

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I grabbed my book, ordered a latte, and sat watching the rain and the ocean. I sent a text message to the boyfriend thanking him for the opportunity to relax and enjoy myself. Without social media, without my phone… Just me, the ocean, and one of my first loves…John Grisham.

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The next day we took off to Anchorage. In separate cars. I hate driving. But… Would I drive six hours to see him for five minutes, or to have dinner with him or be in his harms…. Absolutely.

i can’t wait for our continued adventures and a mini vacay to disconnect…. I am so thankful.

xoxox

Cass

You did not just say that to me….

Warning: This post contains language.  Writing helps me work through a situation and I am also sharing this to show that it is NEVER okay to say these words to anyone.

I work an interesting job. I talk to people about rape. So, when an individual comes up to me it generally goes three ways.

One. The person genuinely cares. They want to volunteer or perhaps make a donation. They ask on how they can help.  They thank me and move on.

Two. The person is going to disclose something to me. Generally on how its impacted them. Whether it be them personally or someone close to them. This also happens when they tell me that they know someone that has used our services. This person is also generally grateful and involved.

And my favorite.

Three.  This db has a strong opinion and wants to tell me about it. Now this one is generally my favorite because I will debate anything- but an experience I have a connection with and am passionate about- bring it.

Today, at a company’s name I will not disclose- the third happened to me.

And what came out of their mouth may have been one of the most offensive things anyone has ever said to me. Ready for it? A man came up to me and said, and I quote…

“Beautiful women like you can be bought and sold…” (the rest really doesn’t matter at this point, but it was derogatory)

Are you fucking kidding me?

I wish I could make this shit up. And be prepared the rest of this email is going to be a rant with a lot of four letter words.

Bought and sold?

No. No I cannot. I am a person, a woman at that and I have my own rights. Lots of them actually. We’ve kind of worked are ass off on this one. Are you kidding me? I initially just kind of sat there stunned- and I wish I wish I would have said something back. A couple thoughts instantly came to mind. Okay I passed a security guard on the way in, sex trafficking is a big deal in Anchorage, was he just trying to shake me up, shit I have a name tag on and he knows where I work, call my boss…..

So I went with that. Very calmly she asked me if security was there and to leave. Now. And to come back to the office to debrief. Thankfully I work with a great group of men and women and the first person I spoke with our counselor. She asked me if I was shaking- I didn’t realize it but I was.  How could I let some douche bag be affecting me like this? It was just a stranger who obviously has some shit going on. Was this a legitimate threat? Is it a threat? Am I over reacting? It could just a random person trying to get a rise out of me.

But in my world- we take safety seriously. I know the stats. I know how very real this is. I can see a sex trafficking operation from my office window. I know how hard it is to stop it. I also know I live by myself. I do most things by myself. I go to functions where I identify where I work- a lot. Many people in the community know who I am. I open myself up with a blog and social media.

So back to what he said.

Bought? No. Not by money. Not by gifts. Not by anything. My love and affection can be earned- but certainly- yes most certainly not bought.

And sold? Are you fucking kidding me? What does the rate go for that? For me personally? Do you want to put a value on my self-worth? What am I being sold for exactly? Do I go for more because you think I’m beautiful?

Some may think I’m being dramatic but I dare you to have someone say this to you and not react. Better yet- have someone say that to your daughter, your girlfriend, and your best friend… anyone you love and tell me how that is.

Thank you to the awesome people at my office. And while it doesn’t matter what I was wearing- I could have been naked- it could have been my boyfriend- anyone…. And it still wouldn’t have been appropriate.

But this is what I was wearing. No one asks for it. No one should be talked to that way. Ever. Period. End of story.

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This is why I work where I do. This is why we talk about prevention. This is why we are advocates and educators. Because fuck people who have the mindset to say anything like that. How ignorant, rude, disrespectful. This is why we are making a difference and a change. To ensure that my children don’t grow up in a world that is ever this is okay.  Ever.

Tell someone you love them today. Tell them how awesome they are. Because that’s what they deserve.

So to this dude- where ever you are- let this be a lesson to you. This was not okay. I don’t care how old you are, or if you think I’m attractive… this girl cannot be bought or sold for that matter for anything.

What I learned from my birthday this year…

This is the first birthday that I’ve ever spent away from home. The first single one I can remember being so distant from the ones I love the most and in an attempt to not have a crying breakdown- my first sober one since high school.

Don’t get me wrong I would have loved to have started with mimosas all day long- but sobbing on the phone to an ex boyfriend at the end of the day. I’ll pass. So it was different to say the least.

And if you texted me and I didn’t respond- I probably didn’t get it. My phone is really weird here. My second line 208-449-8649 or my cell is the best way to get a hold of me. Or you could always call, email and join the pen pal band wagon a few of my friends have gotten on board to.

And I didn’t get a few calls from people I was really expecting. I’m assuming your phones broken. And Zachary you get a free pass. I mean it was 1am but I was so mad at you until then. Ps. I’m super proud of you and your success of your man bun 🙂 miss you love.

Anyways. Birthdays always suck for me. I put up such high expectations that the world will stop for me for an entire day and just tell me how wonderful I am. Thankfully for me Facebook kind of makes that happen. But seriously, I partially blame my mother. She did the greatest birthdays for us ever. Like for my 16th she took me to Vegas to see Celine Dion and buy my prom dress. Those kind of birthdays.

So when I’m 3000 miles away and the highlight of my day was sushi with about 20 people I didn’t know…. It was different. Maybe it’s a part of growing up. You reach a part and a point where it suddenly isn’t all about you anymore. That the world doesn’t stop just for you for anything.

I also am struggling with this late 20s thing. No longer mid twenties. Big sigh. I mean this isn’t fitting into my 10 year plan. I want to have kids around 30, be married for two years before that, be engaged for at least a year. So I needed to be engaged last month…. Which I kind of thought was happening six months ago. Let’s just say that my plan and my timeline is not going to work out.

It’s funny the way things work. I made about with my high school boyfriend that if we weren’t married by 25 we would give it a shot. At 24 we pushed it out to 35 and then this summer I made him bring it back to 30 after finding all his letters from high school and him being a rock after the breakup. While its fun to think of- I doubt this pact whole hold. I mean we didn’t sign it in blood or anything.

Beyond being off my timeline, birthdays always give you time to look back at the past year. I would say 25-27 were the best years of my entire life. With the exclusion of about two months in there and a month of that was the month before 27- it was amazing. I don’t need to go into it now but it’s hard to sit and reflect without missing some of the good parts. A lot of the really good parts.

With that I will leave with this thought-

Accept your past will not get any better, move on without hesitation. Learn from your mistakes, cherish the good memories and continue putting one foot in front of there and know that there will be obstacles and victories in your way.

Here’s to another year, cheers!

Xoxo

Cass

Apartment Update & Throwback Thursday

Happy almost Friday lover faces!

Warning: this post has lots of hashtags- for those hashtag haters- please watch this video first:

I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to be a little bit of a social media whore girl. Part of my job is to see whats trending, whats happening on fb and don’t get me started on my favorite past time, Pinterest (side note- if we aren’t following each other, let’s do that shall we? I have like 5 boards dedicated to weddings, an engagement ring board with out having a boyfriend, a bunch of recipes I will most likely not get around to, and more DIY projects than I possibly have for) #endPinterestrant

Anyways.

A trend I’m loving is #throwbackthursday. Before I get started with some old- and some embarrassing pictures- there is a preface to what encouraged this weeks photos. 

I moved a little over 6 weeks ago. I’m by myself- which I have a love hate relationship with. No need to go into it. This is an upgrade from living with two lovely girls this summer- but still a downgrade from the 4 bedroom house I’m used to. Yes- I did have to give up my closet floor. I know I know #firstworldproblems.

Its all apart of this being a grown up process. I’m working on it…. SHINY OBJECT…Back to my point. It took me probably a good 6 months to decorate our house, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it still looks like someone just moved in my new place. I have decorate a little, hung curtains, bought furniture, and of course my closet is done. BUT if anyone wants to come hang the ikea floating shelf of doom, or the 50 pound mirror (life lesson #832, yes it does need a stud) please be my guest.

I love to decorate with pictures, specifically family photos and long term friends (this way you aren’t redecorating every time a new man boy comes along). I found several old photos that instantly made me smile, and I thought I would share them with you. 

ImageNow this has to be one of my favorite pictures of me and my dad ever. While ever is a bold statement- I can look at this picture every day and it will still bring a smile to my face. 

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Coming up with a favorite picture of my mom is a little more challenging- most likely because there are too many to choose from. The older I get, the more I get told the more we look a like. I don’t see it, but any comparison to my mom has to be a major compliment. While this may not be my favorite picture, its one of my absolute favorite memories. Yep that’s right, 16th Birthday. My family tends to go all out on Birthday which might be where I learned to have birthday months errr weeks. This birthday in particular I don’t ever feel  will be topped. Let me give the the cliff notes version, because I have a feeling this might require its own post soon. 

Here it is: my favorite person and lifetime best friend, VEGAS, Celine Dion concert (I honestly cried through the entire thing I was so happy), my first Tiffany’s purchase, dressing up, looking at wedding venues and buying my “one of kind” prom dress. 

For those of you who know me, yes my mom did put ALL of my favorite things into a weekend. Best memories EVER!

ImageAnd while my brother originally posted this on Facebook as payback for posting an embarrassing picture of him… I must admit I have a thing for Marilyn, as my 8 year old self wanted to be her for Halloween too.  I can at least say that I think this years costume was at least a little more well done.

Hope you all are having a fantastic week- and at least we are almost to Friday! 

xoxo

Cass

 

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Long time coming…

Hello lover faces-

It has recently been brought to my attention that I haven’t blogged in forever. I would love to tell you its because my life has been so crazy and exciting- but maybe quite the opposite. Unless you consider sweat pants and terrible reality television excitement- if so, we should probably be friends.

Lets do a quick catch up, and I’ll get back on the regular routine of this. Who doesn’t want to blog through the Holidays anyway? There’s enough DIY failures, family drama, and kitchen disasters to provide you entertainment for days. And if not- there’s always my love life…

Just saying.

Back to the recap.

I did a fantastic photo shoot with an old friend from Elementary school. Will do an entire post about that soon- but here are some teasers. Details include our history of shoving cupcakes in faces and what a failure blowing leaves like glitter turned out to be.

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Photo credit: Eric Carlson

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Photo credit: Eric Carlson

Halloween turned out to be a lot of fun. People at my work go all out. I didn’t win a single contest- which I’m still not over. Cube decorating contest, I put fabric on my walls- with TULLE accents. And then some bitch built a haunted house… like legitimately. She also has a love for all things glitter- so I guess I will let it slide- but watch out during Christmas time.

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

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New boyfriend

Yes—- that is a JFK taped onto my boyfriend pillow. Best and worst part of my costume- I didn’t have to buy anything for it. Like honestly. And my fur was my grandmothers- totally legit.

Oh- PS. I got a new job. Its for something I actually went to school for. While I won’t post full details… perks include intense nerf gun fights. Seriously. CANT. wait. for. newbie.iniation.to.be.over

And I successfully made a glitter pumpkin. Granted theres still glitter in my car despite cleaning it out- but hey, sacrifices were made.

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RAWR

Franklin was a T-Rex, which I still can’t get over… big head little arms. Greatest costume ever.

On the boy stand front- yeah I’m pretty sure if I could date myself that would be great. Just kidding- kind of. In all sincerity, the older I get, the more changes what I’m looking for- and the harder it is to find. Who knew prince charming would be that difficult.

Current Jams:

Favorite sayings right now:

  • Acceptance does not require your approval.
  • Trust God. Clean House. Help Others

Amazing Blogs you should follow:

  • Life with Lolo – Laura and I went to U of I together and her blog is a perfect mix of being a grown up, every trending thing happening right now, and pictures of the cutest puppy I have ever seen.
  • Thousand Little Choices- also a friend from U of I- first dorm roommate actually. Katie has an INSPIRING story about her first years of marriage with her charming husband. Lately I can’t get enough of her honesty and willingness to put it all out there. She admits that it isn’t easy- but does something about it. Seriously can’t get enough!

True Cassie moment:

  • I also got a big lesson in why I should seriously avoid hitting curbs with my car. $700, 4 wheels, and a BIG “I told you so”…I most likely will be a little more carefully. Hopefully.

Current Obsessions:

  • Candy crush (shut up shut up)
  • Wishing I was in AK with one of my lovlies- or to get her to move here
  • Salmon Cakes from Pilgrims. Cant get enough!

Off to have coffee with the bestie, its been far too long I assure you. I promise to get back on track with this. I have so much to tell you- honestly. Let’s catch up- I’ve missed you

XOXO

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