Things I am Thankful For

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment and let the world know what I am thankful for this year.

1. My family. This fall my dad lost his job and my mom has been going through a rough time with not really having too many contacts in Florida, even after being there for almost three years now. I love my mom and dad so much and cannot wait to see them in just under three weeks!

2. My friends. Chloe and Natalie are my two best friends here in Pullman and I have no idea where I would be without them in my life. They are my rocks and I love them to death. We are able to joke around, relax and watch movies, and have a ton of fun without doing anything stupid… most of the time. Without Chloe and Natalie, I probably wouldn’t have as good of grades as I have this year, I probably wouldn’t be thriving in my job search and I really just wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now. So I just want to say thank you to my two beautiful ladies, you are the best.

3. Netflix Disney Movies. This one is kind of weird I know, but Netflix has been my saving grace during those times when I just wanted to curl up in bed and watch movies. The fact that Netflix now has Disney movies, is probably the best part about it now. I am able to watch all of the movies from my childhood just by opening up my computer. No more renting movies from the library or trying to find friends who have these movies, just a click of a button and I’m reliving my childhood. 🙂

4. The Sun. On a 20 degree Winter day here in Pullman, I am thankful for the fact that it isn’t snowing. After living in Florida for 8 months from January-August, I am NOT ready for it to snow!

Apartment Living

After living in my apartment for just over three months now, I have finally settled into my life and routine. There are many things I have learned about myself when it comes to apartment living rather than living in the residence halls or with my parents.

The first thing I learned is that I am not as messy as everyone thinks I am. When I lived with my parents or even in my residence hall, I HATED doing dishes. Like, would leave dirty dishes for months then just buy new ones so I wouldn’t have to wash the dirty. Now that I am living in my own apartment, a place of residence I pay for with my own money, I am a much cleaner person. Whether it is the fact that it is my OWN place or the fact that I do not want to ruin it with having it be dirty, either way, I am a cleaner person now that I live in an apartment.

The second thing I learned is that groceries are EXPENSIVE! Even from Walmart, I find myself spending $150 – $200 every two weeks for food just for me! Granted, now that I live in an apartment I also eat a TON more than I used to but it is all good food for me rather than dining hall food. But anyways, food will break your bank especially if you want to eat healthily,

The third thing I learned while living in my apartment is that you may think you will click with someone but you may not be the best roommates ever. My roommate and I are cool but she is very quiet and always takes over the living room so I feel like I have to hide in my bedroom and I’m not allowed to have friends over to hang out in our common areas. Also we spend about $100 for cable every month because SHE likes to watch TV. I am very happy with my Hulu and Netflix but have to pay half of the cable bill every month just because we have it. I would be completely happy with only having Internet especially since my TV isn’t even connected to the Cable.

Those are the things I have learned thusfar in my apartment living at Washington State University. I am absolutely positive I will learn much more as the year goes on, so wait for a follow up post in the spring!

Things My Mom Taught Me

1754971-4626770-202-HThis past weekend, I flew to Seattle to spend a weekend with my mom. Since she lives all the way in Florida and I live in Pullman, WA, during the school year I barely get to see my parents. It was a great time to be able to spend time with my mom, do some sight seeing and have a little bit of fun. This trip was supposed to be super fun and relaxing, but the first night I was there, we went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory by South Center Mall in Tukwila, WA (about 30 minutes south of Seattle, closer to the airport). While we were at dinner, my mom’s friend’s car was broken into and my whole suitcase was stolen. I lost things from clothes to shoes and even all of my make-up and hair products. During this weekend alone, my mom taught me probably 100 things about life, love and the pursuit of happiness as a woman. I am going to share as many of these things with you as I can think of.

1.  Possessions are just things, they can be replaced.

2. It’s okay to cry sometimes.

3. Spend time with the people you love, put your phone away.

4. It’s important to look good. Yoga pants are not always the best option.

5. If a hotel offers free food/drinks during happy hour, take advantage!

6. Happy hour at a sushi restaurant means spending less than $40 for about $100 worth of food.

7. Never settle.

8. Don’t ever eat too much.

9. The best company is people who care about you.

10. Life happens. Try your best and you will succeed with flying colors.

I only was able to spend two full days with my mom, and I am sure she has taught me these 10 things a million times, but as I am growing up and becoming an adult I finally realized that what my mom says matters.

Here’s your take home from this blog post: Listen to your mom and make a book of the things she says. One day when you are in a dark place, the things she has taught you will come in handy.